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March  - 31


State gets Wide Area Network

ARSWAN launched

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Ambitious Information Technology Project, “Arunachal Pradesh State Wide Area Network” was formally inaugurated by State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in an impressive function here at the Office building of Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology today.

In his inaugural address Khandu while appreciating the State Council for Science and Technology for the initiative, said that this advance telecommunication infrastructure would be used for exchange of data and other type of information in this remotely located state. He believed that the SWAN project would play a pivotal role in overall development of the state through good communication.

“In the backdrop of the poor road connectivity covering only 40% in the state, the SWAN with its coverage till date to 15 district headquarters and 46 Blocks will provide e-connectivity in the remote areas and help in e-governance”, Khandu emphatically said.

 On dwelling the benefits further the chief minister informed that the project will help the state government to disseminate its plans, policy and programmes to the people residing in remote and inaccessible areas in the quickest form by maintaining complete efficiency, reliability and accountability.

 Besides, Video Conferencing facilities, the SWAN project will improve the functioning of the government by faster electronic transfer of information in the form of voice, video & data. It will also help in effective implementation of all e-governance projects and would be a great support for e-tendering process followed by various departments in the state in the recent times, Khandu assertively said.

He categorically appealed all the ministers, legislators and officers to undergo training for effective implementation of the e-governance in the various projects being taken up including the PM’s package. Khandu also stressed for involving education department for creating awareness about the state e-governance mission.

While addressing the gathering Parliamentary Secretary Science & Technology & IT, Jomde Kena highlighted the benefits of the project.  “The vision statement of NeGP articulates the Govt.’s efforts to bring public services closure to citizens. With the digitalization of database and government records in future, a common man will be able to obtain the important documents like ration card, inner line permit, driving licence and land records without any hassles and at considerably low cost”, Kena emphasized.

Kena revealed that SWAN would cater to the communication requirements of all departments at the National, State and block level. It would make the lives of the people easier for even the people living in the remotest part of the state, Kena informed. He however, called for a concentrated approach to create awareness amongst the masses on the project and accumulate the know how and avail the complete benefit coming out of the project.

While highlighting certain concerns of the department, Kena requested Chief Minister to consider in merging the staff of State Remote Sensing Application Centre and AP Science Centre in the department of Science and Technology so that their salary head may come under non-plan head of the government of Arunachal Pradesh. He further stressed for an urgent need of land for setting up fixed dome digital planetarium adjacent to Science Centre, so that it will be added to the next plan of National Council of science museums, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. (PRO to CM)


AVP for implementation of Freedom of Religion Act

Itanagar, Mar 30: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) appealed the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to implement the “Freedom of Religion Act 1978” to protect the Indigenous religions of Arunachal Pradesh in letter and spirit.

Speaking at a Peace Rally, organized by Rangfraa Faith Promotion Society (RFPS) at Changlang to commemorate the 5th year of the Great 3rd coming of Rangfraa, President of AVP Pratik Potom said that there are some agencies who want to repeal the Act. But the need of the hour is to make rules to implement it more intensely as the alien religions are flourishing at the cost of Indigenous religions.

5000 strong Rangfraaits from 64 Rangfraa Faith Mandirs of Changlang and Tirap districts attended the Rally, in spite of bad weather.

Narrating the significance of the Day, Er. L.Khimun, Secretary General of RFPS stated that we the Rangfraits are not against any religion and believe that all religions can lead the man towards the attainment of spiritual solace.

He said that the Rangfraaits don’t believe in conversion and they don’t allow others to disturb them. Rangfraa religion believes in the immortality of the soul and there is no fear to face consequences while professing the truth.

A book “Critical questions and simple answers” written by Er. L. Khimun was also released on the occasion by the Chief Guest.

Tumme Amo, the Superintendent of Police of Changlang,  was the Guest of Honor. He said that there should be congenial atmosphere to take up the developmental activities and the Peace Rally organized by RFPS will definitely help to bring peace in the area.

Tengam Ngemu, former Minister of Arunachal Pradesh praised RFPS for  the positive changes it brought in the life of the people of Changlang especially. He said the honesty of the people in public life has increased and youths are now coming out of the bad habits as a result of the movement.

Potom remembered the contributions of late Talom Rukbo on the occasion in promotion and preservation of Indigenous Faith and culture.


Arunachalee female mountaineers ready to conquer Mt Everest

ITANAGAR, Mar 30:  For the first time in Arunachal, two female mountaineers of the state are going to conquer Mt Everest.

Addressing the media persons here today, director of sports and youth affairs D K Dinglow informed that for the first time two young female mountaineers of the state, namely,  Anshu Jamsenpa from Bomdila and Tine Mena from Roing have been selected as member  of North East Everest Expedition 2011 team. They will be the 1st female Mountaineers from the state and also from entire North-East region to climb the Everest.

The Team Arunachal will be flagged off from Itanagar on April 1st. Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) have jointly supported both the female mountaineers on their expedition to Mt. Everest (29035 feet). Both the mountaineers will be under the guidance of Dr. K. R. Meetei and two time Everester Karma Gyaltsen from Bhutan.

Both the mountaineers Anshu and Mena also shared their mountaineering experience in the press meet.  ‘We have to work hard and went through mental, physical and emotional challenges throughout the training’, they said. But now they are ready to face the real challenge that is waiting for them. One has to be hard working with patient and determination to achieve the goal, they said.


Sr. journo's death mourned

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The members of Kristi Bikash Committee (KBC) and Itanagar Rongali Bihu Sanmilan (IRBS) have mourned the death of A K Bhattacharjya, senior journalist and former Bureau in-charge, United News of India (UNI),  who breathed his last on March 26 at his home town Nalbari, Assam.

Bhattacharjya was founder member of KBC and IRBS and later became the president of both the NGOs.

The members recalled his long association with different organizations like KBC, IRBS, ISS and Kristi Kendras of greater Capital Complex located at Itanagar and Naharlagun and also his notable contributions towards promotion and projection of socio-culture and literature of Assamese society in particular. His amiable nature and sincerity in social work had impressed each and every one of the society, KBC said in a release.

They observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to late Bhattacharjyal and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and to bestow enough courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


New Marketing Outlet for Nirjuli

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: In order to improve the access of the farmers to market, NABARD has sanctioned a rural marketing outlet at Nirjuli Village, under Naharlagun Block in Papum Pare.

The outlet has been sanctioned under its Rural Haat Scheme to NN Charitable Society, a local NGO based in Sagalee.

The proposal was submitted to NABARD Arunachal RO by the NGO through the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner’s Office.  

NN Charitable has been working with NABARD in implementing various developmental schemes like Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Programmes, Farmers Clubs and SHGs. The proposed rural haat will serve the farmers and artisans of 15 villages who will have access to market for their products from farm and non-farm sectors.

NN Charitable Society which is the Project holder under the scheme will start construction of the marketing outlet having permanent roofing with toilet, drinking water and parking facilities within three months from the date of sanction. The NGO will also ensure that the market outlet becomes self sufficient within two years after completion of construction.

For implementation and monitoring of the project, a Rural Haat Management Committee will be constituted drafting the officials from various stake-holders   which include officials from District Administration, Banks, NABARD, NGO, Farmers Clubs, SHG members.   

The Committee will meet at least once in a quarter to monitor the implementation of the marketing outlet.


Steps towards implementation of NICRA project

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: A team agro scientists of ICAR Basar centre   has visited different Jhum and WRC fields to  collect  soil sample for  testing and GPS mapping on March 28 and 29 last. This is the first steps towards implementation of the project, namely, “National Initiatives on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)” in Padi, Chisi and Dali villages under Daring Circle of West Siang district from this year.

The team comprises of A Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy), KVK West Siang, Basar, Goutom Bhagawati, Technical Officer (Agromet), ICAR, Basar, Wangnem Rekhung, Programme Assistant (Soil Science) and A Robindro Singh, Fieldman. Altogether the team collected 102 soil samples and these samples will be tested for 12 different parameters to categorise the fertility status of the soils. Accordingly the KVK West Siang will take up the necessary steps for amendment of the soils as per the recommended standards and practices to be followed in these villages.

The team members expressed their gratitude to the villagers for their support and co-operation during the  visit. They further informed that the project will be formally launched in ICAR Research Complex for NEH region during April.


BWC urges banks to make coins, notes

of small denomination available

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee (BWC), on behalf of business community and traders of Naharlagun market area urged the SBI, Naharlagun Branch Manager and other Banks to make coins and notes of small denomination available for smooth running of business and easy transaction.

BWC, in a release, said that the traders and business community have been facing lots of problem due to non-availability of coins and notes of small denominations.

It asked owners of various show-rooms, dealers, agencies to keep ready fire extinguisher to avoid any fire accidents. BWC said that many such business establishments in Itanagar and Naharlagun are without such fire-fighting equipments.

While directing all shopkeepers under BWC not to sell any tobacco product till further order by the authority, BWC also asked hawkers of Naharlagun to obtain proper permit from administration and BWC to run their business.


Over 752 patients benefitted from Health Mela

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Upper Siang District Health Society organized a two days Health Mela with the motto ‘to provide service at the doorstep’ under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) at District Hospital, Yingkiong on March 25 and 26 last.

Over 752 patients were treated out of which 3 cases of Hernioplasty and 8 cases of appendectomy during the two day health camp. Ultrasound scanning for suspected appendicitis were done on 102 patients. The Health Mela was conducted by a team of specialist doctors including Dr. Tarik Doke, Surgical Specialist, Dr, Gagam Dai, Pediatrician, Dr. Josep Tekseng, Anaesthesist, Dr. Tayi Taloh, Medicine, Dr. Obang Modi, DS, Celina Clinic, Yingkiong and Senior Medical Officers, medical officers and staff of the district hospital.

Earlier, Upper Subansiri deputy commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain while inaugurating the Health Mela described it as a great opportunity for all citizens residing in  the district and urged them to avail the services of specialist doctors in such a remote area.

He appreciated Dr. Kaling Dai, DMO, Dr. Tatok Gao, DRCHO for their initiative in organizing the most important health camp. He also appreciated Dr. Gepeng Litin, Medical Superintendent, district hospital Yingkiong for utilization of Rogi Kalyan Samity (RKS) fund with proper planning.


Head GB passes away

SEPPA, Mar 30:  The Head Gaon Bura (HGB) of Lapung village, Rangno Lapung died due to prolonged illness and old age at his native village Lapung on  March 28. He was 85 and father of Norbu Sonam, former youth coordinator, Pradesh Congress Committee and former APPSU leader.  Late Rangno is also survived by two daughters.

Late Rangno had worked as WC mate in the govt. deptt. Seeing his dedication and sincerity towards his work, the govt. had appointed him as Gaon Bura of Lapung village in 13th August, 1964,  and subsequently promoted to Head Gaon Bura (HGB) of the village in the latter stage.

During his 47 years as a GB, Lt Rangno Lapung had solved numerous cases of criminal and civil nature besides other relevant cases.

Meanwhile the Lapung Welfare Society (LWS) has condoled the demise of Late Rangno Lapung and termed it as great loss to the society. Extending its solidarity to the bereaved family, the society prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace to the departed soul and to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family. DIPRO


SHGs take up mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The  members of Kimsing and Atapha SHGs under Kharsang circle  have taken up mushroom cultivation as one of their income generation activities under the support and supervision of the  Alombro Mayu  Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA), a Namphai –I, Miaso based non-governmental organization.

The mushroom cultivation with low cost production and high demand of products in the local market has attracted many aspiring SHGs to go for the cultivation. The AMYAA after imparting training in Mushroom Cultivation under Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme (REDP) at Khasan Jugli village of Kharsang circle with support of NABARD Itanagar is imparting the similar trainings to SHGs of other villages including the said two SHGs of Nongtham Village.

The AMYAA is exploring every possibility for  promoting and protecting medium and small enterprises among the members of Farmer’s Club, SHGs and school drop-out youth of the district of Changlang.

Recently R K Paul Chawang, secretary along with Velazo Chiizho, staff of AMYAA had visited  the office of “Dhriti – Courage Within and the Tamul Plates Marketing Pvt. Ltd. Company  at Barpeta (Assam)  to gain first  hand knowledge  on Tamul Leaf Plates Manufacturing technique for starting similar unit in Miao of Changlang district.


KVIB organizes awareness camps, exhibition on PMEGP

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Arunachal Pradesh Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) in collaboration with District Industries Center, Deptt. of Industries and Asst Director, Textile & Handicrafts organized a series of awareness camps and district level exhibition on Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) at West Siang district from March 27 to 29 last.

The programmes were held at Kombo Pomte, Kombo Tarsu, Jirdin, Logum Jini and Aalo town while the three days exhibition were organized in the hall of District Industries Centre. All the programmes were attended by large numbers of villagers, unemployed youths and members of Panchayat Raj institutions.

KVIB distributed detailed guidelines to all participants encouraging them to take optimum benefit of the flagship programme of the Centre.

These series of programmes were sponsored by KVIC, Ministry of MSME. KVIB CEO Sukamal Deb attended the entire programmes which were organized under the initiative of KVIB chairman and MLA Jarkar Gamlin.


ANUO demands cancellation of illegal appointments

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: All Nyishi Unemployed Organization (ANUO) has demanded immediate cancellation of all alleged illegal appointments made in various departments and conduct interview as per recruitment rules for appointment in the same posts.

Reacting to the media report alleging massive illegal appointment in various departments, the  organization also  urged the state Govt to  constitute a high-power committee to enquiry into such illegal appointments. Requesting the civil societies  to support the cause of the unemployed youths of the state, the Union  urged the Govt not  to deprive the educated unemployed of job opportunities.


10 judges, four additional judges appointed to Madras HC

NEW DELHI, Mar 30: Ten additional judges were on Wednesday elevated as permanent judges in the Madras high court even as four others were appointed as additional judges.

Justices R S Ramanathan, Balasundaram Rajendran, Raja Elango, Duraisamy Hariparan-thaman, Cyril Thamarai Selvam, Chinnasamy Swaminathan Karnan, Nadesa Gounder Kirubakaran, M M Sundresh, Tirunelveli Subbiah Sivagnanam and M Duraiswamy have been elevated as permanent judges of the Madras high court.

T Raja, R Mala, Aruna Jagadeesan and G M Akbar Ali have been appointed as additional judges of the Madras High Court, a law ministry statement said here.

With fresh appointments and elevations, the total strength of permanent judges have gone up to 43 as against the approved strength of 44. Similarly, the number of additional judges now stands at 20.


State AITC team continues poll campaign

ITANAGAR, Mar 30:  The team of state AITC headed by its  president Toko Sheetal along with party electioneering team from Assam addressed public rally  at  Dhakuwakhana  play ground in support of  party candidate Bhaben Kumar Panyang.  They also addressed public meetings at Dhemaji Open Stadium and  Gogamukh of Dhemaji district in support of Khadgaraj Pegu. The team while interacting with the voters found that till today no development has been initiated by the Congress-ruled state.


CCE presents certificate to 39 successful students

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The Centre for Computer Education (CCE), Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat has conducted its fifth Convocation on 26th of March. After the completion of six months of intensive training in computer applications, a  total of 39 students were given certificates on the occasion.

While addressing the gathering of students and the teaching faculty members of the college, the principal T.Talom informed that the centre has installed sufficient number of brand new computers for the benefit of the students recently. Another set of 25 brand new computers will be procured by the College in the coming session, he further informed adding that under the CPE grants scheme of the UGC, a new V-SAT connection with more than 100 high speed net connections will also be installed within a month.

The Principal also assured the gathering of starting an extension centre in the lower campus of the college for the benefit of the students and teachers.

The CCE at JN College, Pasighat runs on a self finance basis. Since its inception in 2006, the centre has imparted training to 220 students, according to a release.


Committee meets CM, pleads for public hearing on Lower Siang Hydel project

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Upper Siang Land Owners’ Development Committee, Geying has demanded the authorities concerned to immediately complete the survey of the Lower Siang Hydel Project and hold public hearing.

The committee, which was formed recently with Obat Megu and Obang Taruk as president and general secretary, met the Chief Minister yesterday and submitted a memorandum highlighting their grievances which included suitable compensation along with special packages to the people of the  affected villages and road from Reglat (Silli) bridge point to Pasighat-Pangin via Pongging and Sisen villages. The committee also urged upon the CM to ensure permanent safety and security of the future generation.


10 days Craft bazaar opens today

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Creation Society for Handicrafts and Goodwill, Chingamathak, Imphal is organising a 10 days exclusive craft bazaar at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar from March 30 to April 8.

Speaking in the inaugural function as Chief Guest today, Sports and Youth Affairs Director D K Dinglow appreciated the local artisans and artisans coming from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland for conducting such craft bazar in the state.

A wide range of products having both functional and aesthetic essence with the valuable inputs on new designs including Cane and Bamboo items, Woodcarvings, pottery, Artistic textiles, Embroidery, Kauna crafts, Doll and Toys, Appliqué, Jewellery, Brass and bell metal craft, carpet making are the main items of the craft bazaar.

The objective of the craft bazaar is to expose the richness and uniqueness of the Handicrafts items to the people and to interact with the consumers.


Training on Innovative Designs on Artistic Tribal Textiles

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: A training programme on “Innovative Designs on Artistic Tribal Textiles” of three months duration started on March 29 in the office premises of Kera Dadig Multipurpose Society, Sangram, Kurung Kumey District.

The training organised under Human Resource Development Scheme, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Union Ministry of Textiles aims to train the artisans for technology up-gradation and to create new products of artistic tribal textile.

The training will enhance the quality, appropriate techniques, processes and innovative designs to meet present day market requirement in field of finished products of artistic tribal textiles.

On the occasion, invited Anchal Samiti Members and GBs visited and interacted with the trainees and appealed them to be punctual and sincere during the training programme so that the objective of the training can be achieved.

Ten participants registered under the Marketing Service Extension Centre, the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) are participating in the training.

The training programme is being conducted under the guidance of empanelled designer, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), NER, Guwahati.


KVK conducts training on maize cultivation

ITANAGAR, Mar 30:  Lohit districit Krishi Vigyan Kendra has successfully organized a training programme on “Improved cultivation practices of maize” on  Mar 25. A total of 30 farm women from various SHGs of Alubari village attended the programme.

Debasish Borah, SMS (Agronomy) highlighted  the importance of maize cultivation, improved seeds, manuring and fertilization of the crop and plant protection measures to be taken for getting higher yields.  Madhumita Sonowal Bora, SMS (Plant Protection) took part in the discussion with the farmers and responded to the quarries of the farmers.


Govt urged to check destruction of forest resources

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The Borun Panchayat Youth Welfare Association has urged the state Govt, particularly the forest and environment departed to implement its policies to protect and preserve the rich natural resources of the state.

Pointing out the rampant destruction of forest in Daria hills, the Association   said destruction of forest resources for jhum cultivation has severally affected the ecological balance of the area. Our natural resources should not be compromised in  the name of development, it said and called upon the organisations and concern department to take positive steps to  prevent rampant destruction of forest resources.


DAIF appeals for communal harmony

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Dibang Adi Intellectual Forum (DAIF) has appealed both the communities in Lower Dibang Valley district to maintain peace and communal harmony for their mutual benefits.

In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley district, the DAIF also appealed to the elders and leaders of both the communities to work together  in bringing back normalcy to the district.   “Efforts will be made by the union for peace and communal harmony and the same is expected from the various organizations of  Adi and Idu Mishmi communities, DAIF said in its letter to DC.

It also appealed to the villagers who are being temporarily sheltered at Rekho and other places at Roing to return back to their native villages at Ithili and Idili. Security personnel should be provided/retained at Balek, Kebang, Ithili and Idili  till the normalcy return, the Forum added.

The blame game and complaints of the student unions of both the communities should not be entertained and also no arrest of the student union leaders of both the  communities  basing on unsubstantial complaints against each other should be made , the Forum added.

A letter to Chief Minister

Dear Editor,

We appreciate your untiring effort to bring all round developmental  in our state.

But as we observed since 4 -5 years, our students’ organization is most expensive organization of the state as on today.   If I not wrong money decide who becomes a student leader. As we know student is the back bone and future leaders of the state but due to huge involvement of money, it is out of track now.

It is known that student leaders are getting power projects and SPA fund.

It might be a good gesture from your side but it is spoiling the upcoming young and energetic youths.

Instead of funding student organizations, you are requested to fund some of talented youths of the state so that they can take up productive activities.  

If some good steps are not initiated now, then it will be too late to control the system because everyone wants easy earning.

I personally do hope you will take good step to discourage the prevailing system and shall take good step for the future generation of the state.


Nabam Simon

Itanagar (on email)



A matter of serious concern

Dear Editor,

Apropos to an article 'Around 2000 Illegal Appointments in Government Departments Unearthed' published on 28th March'11.

I, being an educated and unemployed youth would like to thank Save Arunachal Forum for unearthing the illegal appointments through Right To Information Act.

It is matter of serious concern that such illegal appointments are being practiced.

It really dishearten the educated and children of poor peoples who don't have monetary power nor political backup.

Hence, the authorities of concerned departments are requested to remove all the illegal appointees immediately and advertise the vacant posts in due course of time.


Koj Kapa (On email)



Laxity will embolden the criminals

Dear Editor,

This has a reference to the obscene video clip made by some policemen at PS Daporijo.

A police station is for protection of rights, life and dignity of the citizens. But, here it was reduced to place of inhuman atrocities by the men in uniform! Every policeman is expected to set personal example of discipline and lawfulness.

Many policemen behave as if they are above the law and have misconceptions that the law is meant for civilians or the common people only. It is strange that a person who committed the heinous crime succeeded in obtaining bail! Any laxity in investigation and prosecution will definitely embolden the criminals.

Yours Etc.



(On email)



Cut the rotting tree before it falls on you

Dear Editor,

 I thank Tom Simai for enlightening us with the recent SSR on CHR. It is really a matter of serious concern and consequences that is bound to be a catastrophic reality in the state if the alarming intrusions of the CHR are not checked at the earliest.

Let us not forget the issue of Bangladeshi population growth in Assam. Muslim population in Assam has grown by an alarming rate of 75% in 1991 from what it was in 1971,which according to studies, has been due to the illegal migration of the Bangladeshis. Today six of the 24 districts of Assam are ‘Bangladeshi’ dominated ones. More appalling is the apprehension that Assam will become a minority - dominated state. If the Govt. of Arunachal does not respond to the recent SSR, the days are not far away when the CHR reality will grip the state and we the indigenous people will be left as the minority. Hope the Govt. stick to “cut the rotting tree before it falls on you”.  But nonetheless, the state Govt. I suppose has given a better late than never approach to its commitment to the CHR issue by carrying out the SRR. Let us hope for more such serious approaches to contain the CHR issue and its menace.


Dusu Kaling,

New Delhi.



Good initiative

Dear Editor,

My personal appreciation goes to Dr. Egul Padung, who along with his associates initiated and conducted a two day seminar and research on Adi 'Aabang origin and its evolution'.

Broadly speaking, these kinds of works should continue time to time on our tradition and culture.

The importance of our tradition and culture are still in the subconscious level of maximum populace, due to which we are missing the precious Aabangs, Miris, Ponungs, Baris, Khebangs, festivities and other arts like Gashe pooreng, Galub pooreng, Gongghang, Tapung, Pherii Tukhi, Pughi Biarkhi etc. besides forgetting Adi language.


Dr. K. Ering,

Kallek Village



A bad move

Dear Editor,

The news item 'Lightning kills college student at Tezu, 22 animals at Dambuk' requires a lot of rephrasing. We don’t expect these mistakes from a newspaper of your calibre. If it was a press release, was it necessary to reproduce it unedited?


Bengia Abo

RIMS Imphal



Don’t deprive us

Dear Editor,

For the last 5/6 yrs we have been getting our stipend but now they say that our college Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) is just a learning centre and so we won't get our stipend. If it is so then why and how they've been providing us our stipend for so many years?

I believe it wasn’t from their pockets.

The students from other states studying in SMU are still getting their stipend. As compared to ours, they get a lot more.  

A BBA 3rd yr used to get Rs 4290 only.

Now the authorities are not willing to even give that much to us. What should we do?


Suffering Students

SMU, (On email)



Vulgar Advertisements

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to notice about some vulgar advertisements that are appearing in the Capital such as AXE deodorant advertisement. It is one thing to have such advertisements in TV and quite a different thing to see them on the road side. I appeal to the company/dealer to replace such hoardings with decent and thought provoking advertisements. I hope the dealer/company will respect the sentiments of people and act immediately. In trying to get the attention of the people, we should not violate the conscience of people. If they want to attract more people's attention, why can't they go for more nude and more indecent words for their advertisements? It is quite sad that some of the advertisers want to fill their pockets by burying all ethics. Along with freedom there should be some ethical code for advertisement industry. Is there someone in the government who looks after such things? Please do something.



NERIST (on email)





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News Impact

Fund misuse alleged

ITANAGAR, Mar 30:  All Chambang Area Youth Forum has alleged  misuse of Rs 15  lakh fund  meant for celebrating the Penjik Chollo Festival at Chambang.

The Forum has urged the state government to initiate action against the tourism department and others involved in the matter and also seize  the trading license of one M/s Ascant India Company of Ziro, Lower Subansiri district  in this regard.


NEDWS condemns MMS scandal

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) has condemned the MMS scandal at Daporijo Police station as inhumane act and violation of human rights.

The Society appealed to Govt to take drastic action and terminate all the police personnel involved in the scandal from their service.


Association oppose extension of retirement age

ITANAGARN Mar 30: All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association taking serious note on the move for enhancement of service period of government servants in  various departments of the state, appealed the state government not to extend the service tenure.

It said that the extension of service period will deprive the job avenue of the local people and there is very chances of misuse of public money and official position during the extended period.


Kaso chief guest at Mopin

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Local MLA Techi Kaso has consented to attend the inaugural day of the Mopin celebration at Naharlagun as chief guest on April five while Director of Health Services D. Golek Yomcha would be the guest of honour.

The cultural competitions will begin from April One to three, according to Mopin Festival Celebration Committee-2011, Naharlagun release.


Student's death condoled

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Taniang Youth Welfare Association (TYWA) has condoled the sudden demise of Song Tama, a class X student of Dr. Ambedkar Memorial School, Itanagar on March 26 last. The association prayed to almighty to rest the departed soul in peace in heaven and also conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.



ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The people of Mebo area mourned the untimely demise of Olik Darin, GPM, Kiyit village, Mebo, East Siang, on March 29, and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Darin (52) is survived by three sons and many daughters.

HIs last rites was performed at his native village Kiyit yesterday.

Meanwhile, All Hija Welfare Society has condoled the death of its senior member Kime Tagur on March 29 and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Longte festival

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Porsa Lote and Rago Duchok have been selected as Chairman and Secretary of Longte Festival celebration committee Daporijo.


Utkal Diwas

NAHARLAGUN: Utkal-Arunachal Sanskritika Parishad (UAPS) will celebrate Utkal Diwas, the birthday of Oddisha, at NERIST Degree Block, Nirjuli (Opposite GREF office) at 4.30 pm on April 1 with great enthusiasm with Sahitya Akademi awardee Y D Thongchi and IPR director Leki Phuntso as special invitees. All Oriyas in the Capital Complex will join the celebration.


Bank of India begins its foray in Arunachal

ITANAGAR: In a major boost to expand its pan Indian presence,  the Bank of India (BOI) opened its new branch at Ganga Market, Itanagar  yesterday. D Lakshminarayana, General Manager, NBG-East  inaugurated the bank branch in a simple ceremony in presence of  A K Azad, Zonal Manager, Siliguri zone and 1 Barum Anchal segment ZPM Taro Modi and others. With this new branch, tally of  BOI branches reach 17 in North East.

Having its head office at Mumbai, the bank is offering one of the highest rates of Interest of 9.75 per cent for 555 days to its senior citizen customers. The Bank offers facilities like e-shoppe, e-taxes, direct trading, net banking, New Pension Scheme, Mobile Banking, Online Education Loan across its  3472 CBS  branches.


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