March  06


News Impact


Two Arunachalee students assaulted in Chennai

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Few days after Arunachalee students were severely thrashed at Bangalore by locals, new report of attack against Arunachalee students have emerged from Chennai, where two students reportedly received serious injuries after they were attacked by locals. According to the report, the incident took place yesterday inside the campus of Vinayaka Mission University, Chennai.

While talking to this daily over phone from Chennai, one of the students informed that Arunachalee students were beaten up without any provocation.

“Around evening time two Arunachalee students had come to the university ground to play football. After parking bike, when they were about to enter university football ground, four locals who were not even students of the university started abusing them. First they asked silly question like why are you riding bike in high speed and then they afterwards asked Arunachalee boys to get cigarette and beer for them,” told a student.  He further added, “Our boys could not bear the insult and this led to verbal argument. Later more number of locals arrived and they brutally attacked our students with sharp weapons. We immediately sought help from two nearby police stations. But they did not help us citing that complaint has to come from university authorities. Even private security guards posted at university did not come to our rescue.”   Just before filing of this report, one of the injured students was reported to have been shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his condition got deteriorated. As per the report, he received severe head injuries because of the attack by lethal weapons.

 This is the fourth major case of attack against Arunachalee students being reported from Southern India. Usually South India is considered to be safer place to pursue higher study as  compared to rest of India. Also majority of technical colleges are based in South India. Last year students were beaten up at an engineering college in Gulbarga and Polytechnic college in Chennai. Similarly few days ago Arunachal students were assaulted at Bhuvan Polytechnic College, Bangalore. In most cases it has been noticed that students were severely attacked by locals on minor issues. There is growing feeling that such incident can no longer be treated as isolated case and it needs to be seriously addressed.

“Whenever an Indian is attacked at Australia mainland politicians and media make huge outcry. They term it as racist attack. Here we are treated like second class citizen in our country and often get attacked but mainland media never reports it,” shared a student studying at Delhi.

 There is urgent need to take up such cases seriously for the safety of the students.



Committee formed on students assault case

CM expresses concern

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed serious concern over the reported incident of violence in Bhuvan Polytechnic, Yelahanka, Bangalore on March 1, wherein several Arunachalee students have been reported as injured.

On directions of the Chief Minister the state government has constituted a four-member Committee to assess the situation prevailing in the Polytechnic after the incident. The Committee would be headed by the Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education and consist of the Deputy Secretary (Home), a representative each of parents and the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) as members. The Committee would leave for Bangalore and submit a report on return to the state government within 10 days.

On the other hand, the Chief Secretary also has written to his Karnataka counterpart and sought steps to ensure the safety and security of the students.

Meanwhile, Higher and Technical Education Director Dr Joram Begi has personally taken up the matter with his counterpart of the Karnataka Government. In a letter sent to the Director Technical Education, Karnataka, he too requested intervention of the authorities to ensure safety and security of more than 50 students studying in the institute.

Dr Begi also had a personal talk with the Principal of the Polytechnic over telephone and took stock of the situation. Reportedly the Principal has assured safety of the Arunachalee students and said that the Management is keeping a constant vigil to avoid any scaling up of the tension.   

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) has appealed to the parents in particular and people in general to maintain calm as  both the Govt and students’ representatives are working closely  to find out the truth behind  the  assault case  and bring a solution to the  problems.

All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association condemned the recent assault on Arunachalee students in Karnataka and appealed to the state government to take up the matter with Karnataka government for amicable solution.



Rebuild the image of Dept: F&CS minister

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Food and Civil Supply Minister Kamlung Mosang today called upon the field functionaries to make an honest effort to re-build the image of  the department through mutual coordination and cooperation.

The minister was addressing the district food and supply officers  at a conference held here today. “In order to accomplish our cherished goal, I seek your cooperation and support”, the minister exhorted.

Mosang further informed that an action plan for computerization of TPDS in  Arunachal Pradesh has been submitted to the  Central Govt and efforts are on  for implementation of e-PDS pilot project in all districts of the state which will go a long way towards actual streamlining of the PDS.

Addressing the gathering  Parliamentary secretary, food and civil supply, Nido Pavitra  said  proposals  are being made to seek enhancement of monthly quota of PDS items like rice, wheat, levy sugar and SK Oil to meet the growing demands of the people.

Few districts are over staffed while most of the other districts do not have sufficient staff to monitor the day to day PDS activities thereby defeating the very purpose of creating the posts and also sullying the image of the department, Pavitra said and appealed the department to work sincerely and to re-structure the transfer and posting system in the interest of the people and state.

Sadhana Deori, Director of the department, highlighted the poor flow of food grains into the state with no improvement to mitigate the food crisis prevailing  in the state and demanded that the backlog of approx.1,55,000 quintal foodgrain be lifted immediately within March 2012 by the FCI authorities who have also been asked to explain the poor performance which has severely affected the image of the department before the general consumers. She also questioned on the delay in release of pending HTS bills submitted to the FCI in September 2011. All the DFCSOs have been asked to digitize the existing ration cards to clean up the bogus /ghost ration cards in order to expedite the end to end of computerization of TPDS  according to the latest directives of the Supreme Court of India. The other issues discussed were decentralization SK oil  allocation and its distribution through valid retail licence holders only.

Among others, officers from DGM office, FCI  attended the conference.



Siang water flow normal: Siram

BJP sets up study group on Siang river

PASIGHAT, Mar 5: Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with officers and public leaders today maid a personal visit to the Siang river to ascertain the fact regarding the water level of Siang river  at Raneghat and Komlighat. He also inspected the GD stations of WRD and CWC at Komlighat.

While briefing the media persons, the minister said the water level in Siang river is normal and there is no reason to panic. “As per records maintained by WRD which monitors the water level, there is slight increase in the water level of Siang river this year. During the lean period of January and February water level generally goes down due to scanty rain fall, which is normal phenomena. Being local inhabitant, he observed the same for the last many years. Therefore people should ignore such rumours which are baseless and not supported by facts.” He strongly appealed one and all, specially the media fraternity to bring this controversy to an end for once and all.

Replying to a quarry regarding implementation of RTE, the education minister informed that it is being implemented sincerely in the state. Textbooks and tools have been distributed free of cost. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation is continuously being carried out. DIPRO

A New Delhi report adds, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday appointed a study group, with party general secretary Tapir Gao as the convenor, to look into issues concerning alleged drying up of Siang river (Brahmaputra in Assam) at Pasighat town in Arunachal Pradesh, reportedly due to diversion of damming of the waters by China upstream.

The party said in a statement that Gadkari has formed the study group for looking into issues concerning "The drying up of Siang river at Pasighat". The convenor of this study group will be Tapir Gao, general secretary of BJP. Other members of this group are Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Anil Dave (both MPs); Manvendra Singh, ex- MP, Tamiyo Taga, Leader of BJP Legislature Party in Arunachal Pradesh, Tongor Tapak, MLA and BJP state President and Sriram Vedire.

Last week, former BJP president Rajnath Singh had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising concerns over the alleged damming of Brahmaputra waters by China. He had demanded an international water-sharing treaty be signed by India with China.  PTI



AAPSU opposes formation of NSF unit

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has reacted strongly to the  formation of  Naga Students Federation (NSF) unit in Arunachal Pradesh. Recently Naga Students Federation of Changlang district was formed with selection of its office bearer on February 18.

In a release, AAPSU President Takam Tatung  said Tirap and Changlang are inhabited by Arunachalee tribals and therefore AAPSU strongly opposes formation of NSF unit.

“We have deep respect for Naga Students Federation (NSF) and the way they are fighting for the cause of Naga people in Nagaland. But they have no right to interfere in affairs of our state, specially knowing well that people of Arunachal is emotionally bonded with people of Tirap and Changlang. We strongly object such move of NSF,” stated Tatung. Further he added, “We appeal to the student community of Changlang not to be involved with this so-called Naga Students Federation of Changlang district. We also appeal to the politicians not to encourage such student groups whose very existence is against the interest of Arunachal.”

AAPSU further appealed to the Naga Peoples Front to stop their activity in Tirap and Changlang. “For the interest of Arunachal, particularly the people of Tirap and Changlang, AAPSU urged NPF not to carry out their activities within Arunachal territory. They are Nagaland -based party fighting for the cause of Naga people and therefore should limit their activity to Nagaland. We don’t need them in Arunachal,” AAPSU stated.

The Union also called upon the state government to move resolution in state assembly seeking removal of word Naga from schedule tribe certificate of some tribes of Tirap and Changlang. The historical blunder need to be corrected at the earliest, AAPSU stated.



Mithi inaugurates girls’ hostel at Hunli


ROING, Mar 5: Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Mukut Mithi today inaugurated a 30-bed newly constructed girl’s hostel of the government middle school, Hunli.

The construction of the girl’s hostel was funded by MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund) and executed under District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).

The fund for the construction of the hostel estimated at Rs 10 lakhs was sanctioned by Mithi during his last visit to Hunli in December 2010 for inauguration of school building of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Hunli.

As promised during that visit for a new boys hostel, he directed the Public Works Department of Hunli Sub-division to prepare an estimate for a 40-bed hostel that will include kitchen and toilet. In addition, he sanctioned funds for kitchen and dining hall for the newly constructed girl’s hostel, for which the construction is likely to be completed before the start of the new academic session.

Mithi also urged the district education authority to improve the student intake in the school so that it can be upgraded to secondary status in the future.

The furniture for the school will be provided by NHPC Ltd, informed Rakesh Tacho, i/c Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Hunli-Desali. He also informed that NHPC Ltd will be providing an ambulance for Hunli Primary Health Centre.  Later, Mithi took an inspection of the old hostel/classrooms and also went for inspection of the site of the proposed new boy’s hostel. During the informal session at Hunli Circuit House in the afternoon, he met KGBV school teachers and approved for construction of water tank for the school. Mithi also met local villagers and activists of local self help groups.

The function was attended by Rao Dele, Anchal Chairperson, Hunli-Desali, Longe Miso, Anchal Samity Member, Hunli, Mama Miso, ASM, Desali, T Tatak, DDSE Roing, Rani Mibang, Circle Officer, Hunli and S Chaudhury, AE PWD, Hunli.



CM to take part in ‘year of India’ celebration in Canada

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Indian High Commission is celebrating the ‘Year of India’ in Canada 2011 and as a part of the year-long celebration a multi-product brand expo is being organized at Ottawa, Canada on March 13 and 14. This year, the North-East India has been selected as the focus area and the Ministry of DoNER is partnering with various North-eastern States to promote the investment potential in the region. The Expo, apart from highlighting the investment opportunities in the seven sates, will also see participation from various Government agencies, PSUs and private companies in fields as diverse as tea, jute, rubber, plastics, metals, tourism, energy, etc. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been invited as the guest of honour for the inaugural event at Ottawa on March 13. The Ministry of External Affairs has approved a four member State delegation, consisting of the Planning Minister, Tourism Minister, Secretary Planning and Director PPP to accompany the  CM to the prestigious event. The delegation will also hold meetings with the trade and business chamber of Canada at Toronto to highlight and promote various business opportunities in the State. Tourism, hydro-power, forestry, medicinal plants and horticulture have been identified as the focus areas by the State Govt. for highlighting at the expo. A comprehensive compilation of various investment opportunities in the State ‘Venture Arunachal’ will also be released on the occasion. With the recent adoption of the PPP Policy 2011 by the State, it is expected that deliberations during the event would substantially help in promoting the State as an exciting and viable investment destination, attracting the much needed capital required for infrastructure and socio-economic development.



1st phase training programme on NSSK ends

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The 1st phase of 2 days training on Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (NSSK, Basic Newborn Care and Resuscitation) for medical practitioners and Nurses ended today at the Conference Hall of the Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun.  The training was held in four batches for 101 participants from various parts of the state including  53 medical  practitioners and 48 Nurses.

Addressing the valedictory function of the fourth batch of training programme today, Dr. Moji Jini, Registrar-cum-Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council (APMC) appreciated the untiring efforts of the trainers including Dr. Hibu Tagyung (Paediatrician), Dr. Toko Bombei Tayeng (Gynae-cologist), Dr. Koj Jarbo (Anaesthesiologist) of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun to disseminate knowledge to their fellow medical professionals and nurses with a sole motive to decrease under 5 neonatal mortality. He said a new chapter of learning process began in the state with large number of medical practitioners and nurses participating in such important programme.  In the trainings, Dr. Hibu Tagyung, Master Trainer of NSSK, Arunachal Pradesh cited that the reasons for high neonatal mortality rate are : Birth asphyxia, Infections, Hypothermia, Low birth weight, congenital defects  etc.

He requested all the participants to keep in mind that high neonatal deaths can be reduced by resuscitation of asphyxiated newborns, prevention of infections and hypothermia, exclusive breast feeding and immediate surgical interventions of  required.



Lohit library readers’ meet ends

‘Books mould life towards perfection’

WAKRO, Mar 5:  “Book provides comfort, solace and knowledge without seeking anything in return. And this knowledge is the greatest gift one can receive,” said K S Saini, Suptd. Engineer, (WRD), Namsai while addressing the valedictory function of the  Lohit Library Readers Meet organized jointly by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network and ASSET Wakro here today. The Function was large number of people including Lohit Youth Library activists, school students and teachers.

“The wisdom that one can get from reading stands by you and helps you to choose tools to mould yourself towards a perfect human being”, he elaborated.

Nearly 40 reader-activists from Tezu, Wakro and Chongkham libraries presented a series of exciting skit, poetry enacting, story-telling, book-reviews and book reading  before the gathering. The skit that kept the audience roaring and giggling was ‘Menace of Opium’ in Mishmi language by Bialu Kambrai and team (APNE Library, Wakro), with Bialu presenting a sterling show as the opium addict.  Kr. Ashish Singh (Bamboosa Library, Tezu) displayed his creativity with an imaginative skit “Jungle Detective”, with an equally matching poem-presentation, “A topsy-turvy World” led by the Bamboosa’s ace-performer Arpita Dwivedy and a skit “Rupanzel” by Kr. Deep Das and team.  

Amilu Minin and team’s (Apna Vidya Bhavan) skit  “A mother’s teaching” and recitation of Mary Ann Hoberman’s immortal “You Read to me, I’ll read to you” by Alikmai  and team  (APNE Library), “Watch out these four!” by Sumjo Lama  and team (AVB) and book reviews by Amapsi Minin  and Animai Chikro (APNE Library) also won hearty appreciation from the audience.

A special attraction of the programme was a story-telling demonstration by well-known Montessori teacher-educator from Art of Living Foundation, Rupa Ma and a hilarious introduction of the RL Stevenson ever-green classic, “Treasure Island” by the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries Network.



WRD minister inaugurates Don Bosco School at Otongkhua

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: WRD Minister N Tingkhatra inaugurated a Don Bosco school at Otongkhua about 30 KM from Khonsa today amidst a huge gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister conveyed his gratitude to the Don Bosco fraternity for opening the school in remote area and expressed hope that it would go a long way in spreading quality education in the area.

Highlighting the various developmental activities of the area and the importance of education, he urged the Don Bosco authorities to upgrade the present school in the near future to enable the students to acquire more knowledge.

Meanwhile, he advised the villagers to engage in tea and rubber plantation and not to waste their time in hunting and fishing activities.

Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong also lauded the Don Bosco organization and Salesian Fathers for spreading quality education all the world over including in remote places of Tirap district. He hoped that the humble beginnings at Otongkhua would grow from strength to strength. He, however, lamented that the guests from Germany could not participate in the function due to RAP problem. He reiterated that the genuine demand for opening of tourist circuit for Tirap would continue adding that if the tourist circuit is in place, it would generate ample employment opportunities for the youth besides it would go a long way in show-casing the rich and varied culture, handicraft and cuisine of the district.

While lauding the self-less services rendered by the Salesian Fathers and Sisters in the field of education, Lowangdong urged them to establish technical institutions in Tirap to cater to the ever growing demands of the students.

He also advised the villagers to conserve environment and shun fishing and hunting which are doing irreparable damage to the wildlife and water bodies.

Rev. Father Provincial of Dimapur described the opening of the school at Otongkhua as a miracle adding that it was due to the generosity of KNISTER School in Germany and UNESCO that the Don Bosco School has taken shape at Otongkhua which was away from civilization for reasons more than one. He appriecated the local people, contractors and the well-wishers for completing the building on time and starting the classes.

Earlier, Fr. Joseph threw light on how the school came up and expressed gratitude to Tingkhatra, Lowangdong and DC W. Lowang for their cooperation and support.

Tirap ZPC Rongnai Maham, ADC Kanubari N. Wangjen, Salsian Fathers and Sisters, Panchayat leaders, HoDs and public attended the programme.



Green Dirang drive during Losar festival


DIRANG, Mar 5: A massive seedling plantation drive involving all Govt. officials and public was carried out at Lopon Stadium here today coinciding with the ongoing Losar festival celebration under initiative of Dirang additional deputy commissioner Habung Donyi in presence of local MLA Phurpa Tsering.

Speaking on the occasion, ADC Dirang announced that the plantation program would be continued in phased manner at all important office premises and public places in the coming days to make Dirang greenery rich with financial and  moral support from the local MLA.

Besides planting seedlings at Lopon Stadium, another 1000 seedlings were distributed free of cost to public. An amount of rupees three lacs had been sanctioned by local MLA from his LADP for the purpose.

Taking part in the drive, local legislator Phurpa Tsering said that trees are similar to children who should not only be planted but also nourished and looked after for their healthy growth and long life. ‘I feel two children are sufficient for a family but there should be no limit for planting trees which also symbolizes growth and life’, he said in lighter vein.

‘Plantation of seedlings at strategic locations and important public places will not only improve beautification of Dirang Township but it will also bring in more scenic beauty and improve ecological balance’, said the ADC.

Acknowledging gratefulness to West Kameng Divisional Forest Officer Dr. Surabhi Rai, (IFS), Dirang Range Forest officer Sange Tsering said that the plantation drive within Dirang range had been successful with large and enthusiastic participation by Govt. officials and public at large.



Training camp on white water rafting

ANINI, Mar 5: A two days “training camp on white water rafting” was organized at Dri river near the picturesque Dambuen village in Dibang Valley district on March 3 and 4. The programme was sponsored by the district administration and supported by Donyi Hanggo Adventures and Abor Country Travels & Expeditions. Altogether 20 students attended the training which had theoretical and practical sessions. A large number of villagers and officials also witnessed the training camp.

The training, a brain child of Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng, aimed at creating awareness among the young children on preservation of nature and potentials of adventure tourism in the district

Resource person Nino Dai from the Donyi Hanggo Adventures dwelt in length about the importance of adventure tourism with its immense potentials to general employment opportunities. Dai also spoke on the topic “Leave No Trace (LTC)” and stressed on the need of preservation of environment.

Earlier, DC, inaugurating the training camp urged upon all the trainees to derive maximum benefits from the camp. The DC further expressed gratitude to all those govt officials and organizations who extended their support for grand success of the camp. DIPRO

Capital bandh

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Arunachal Abo-Tani Clans Students Union (AAATCSU) has called 12-hr capital bandh on March 12 after expiry of its 15-day ultimatum to the government to respond to the demands of the union, which included establishment of Sainik School, Govt. Medical College, adoption and implementation of Tani Lipi as the script of Arunachal Pradesh.

In its meeting yesterday, the union further demanded the govt to make the defunct Govt Degree College, Nyapin functional, to improve and enlarge medical equipments and infrastructure of every district hospital in the state, to construct the 300-bed State Hospital, Naharlagun without any delay, to submit proposal to the Centre for establishment of Medical College and start official procedures regarding establishment of Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh.


AR  provides solar street lights for remote villages

JAIRAMPUR, Mar 5:  The 18 Assam Rifles provided Solar street-light system  at Gandhigram  and Kona villages under Vijaynagar cirlce, one of the remotest areas in the Changlang district yesterday.  The  non-conventional energy devises are gaining popularity due to lack of electricity supply in the area.

“The villagers of other nearby villages are also approaching Assam Rifles for the similar facilities in their villages and we are considering to fulfill their demands in near future,” said Commandant Col R.S. Chuohan of 18 Assam Rifles.  


ITBP Relay LRP Baton tours Upper Subansiri

DAPORIJO, Mar 5: Commemorating it’s the Golden Jubilee year, Indo Tibetan Border Police organized a Golden Jubilee Relay Long Range Patrol (LRP) Send off Ceremony at the 10th Bn ITBP Camp, Daporijo today. The Relay LRP consisting of 10th ITBP Bn Assistant Commandant Ashok Singh Negi, 2 SOS and 12 OPS will conduct the LRP from Daporijo to Nacho- Limeking and further to Taksing and back to Ziro.

Different activities like distribution of TV/ DTH, stationary items, awareness programme on ITBP recruitment and lectures on various medical related diseases are being organized during  the celebration.

Attending the send off ceremony ADC Gejum Ete praised the dedicated service of the ITBP in maintaining peace and harmony in the border areas. He also stressed on the need of support and cooperation from local people to ITBP so that it can perform their duty successfully.

Assistant Commandant Ashok Singh Negi also spoke on the occasion.


L Kri awarded

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Er. Lupalum Kri,  SE in PHE & WS department, who is also a progressive orange (citrus) farmer has been awarded for his dedication in promoting orange cultivation in Wakro Circle, Lohit district.

The award was presented during “National Level Dialogue on Citrus Improvement, Production and Utilization” held at National Research Centre for Citrus (NRCC), Nagpur on February 27. It was jointly organized by Indian Society of Citriculture  and  NRCC Nagpur and sponsored by National Horticulture Board ( NHB) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research  (ICAR).  Er. L. Kri has been working dedicatedly for promoting orange garden apart from his departmental assignment in Wakro circle.


AoL workshop

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: A six-day stress management and life-skill workshop will begin at the Art of Living Centre here from  March 6. The centrepiece of the workshop will be the Sudarshan Kriya, an innovative breathing technique designed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. In addition to Sudharsan Kriya, the workshop will include meditation, yoga, pranayama that result in higher concentration, energy, joy and peace of mind.


ANYA units demand arrest

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Nyishi Youth Association, Papum Pare district and Lower Subansiri district units appealed to the concerned authority to arrest  Oshan Borang, the alleged main accused in Rs 2.5 crore forgery cases in DACO (District Art and Culture Office).


Suspension demanded

ITANAGAR, Mar 5:  All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) today appealed to the district administration to immediately suspend both the accused from their services who were arrested for their alleged involvement in  recent  Rs 2.5 crore forgery case in Kurung Kumey district. Union also demanded for the immediate seizure of trading license of said firm which accused had used to defraud the amount and immediate arrest of prime accused in forgery case.


AdiSU serves ultimatum

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Adi Students Union in an ultimatum to Upper Siang deputy commissioner demanded imposition of appropriate section of laws against three police personnel who had allegedly assaulted one Koley Burang in investigation office room, Yingkiong recently.

Appropriate section of law should be imposed against the alleged police personnel considering the nature of offence they have committed, the union said.

Expressing displeasure over the action taken against the personnel, the union urged the DC to address its grievances within four days. It threatened to launch 12 hours Upper Siang bandh on March 9 if their demands are not fulfilled.

It further demanded Rs five lakhs compensation to Burang for better medical treatment and also demanded registration of FIR lodged against one Geyam Libang.


Training on book keeping

ITANAGAR, Mar 05:  A short term course on book keeping for cooperative and self help group members of far flung districts of Arunachal Pradesh was organized under central sector scheme today at Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Training Centre here.


Stop illegal quarrying at Siang left bank

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Expressing displeasure over the district administration’s alleged failure to take up action against illegal quarrying within left bank of river Siang, Eastern Adi Students’ Union said that rampant quarrying has endangered the livestock, ecology, forest and environment of the area.

The union appealed to the Deputy Commission to stop illegal quarrying at left bank of river Siang within March 15. It threatened to launch indefinite bandh call within EASU jurisdiction if their demand is not fulfilled.


SSA unit condemns attack, submit memo to DC

ITANAGAR,  Mar  5: At  least four  teachers were attacked by a dao-wielding man at Govt M.E School Gautampur in Diyun circle of Changlang during school hours on February 28, said All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhijan Teacher’s Association (AASSATA) Changlang district unit in a release. The SSA unit alleged that one Rajesh Chakma has attacked in-charge headmaster of the school, C C Namchom, junior teachers Mingnung Techi, Nongthong Tangha and also assaulted a lady assistant teacher Nilop Bo in presence of school management committee and village education committee members besides vandalizing office articles.

While condemning the barbaric attack on teachers, the SSA unit in a memorandum requested the DC to transfer all the attacked teachers to safer place and not to post teachers in the school immediately before ensuring life security of the teachers.  It further said that the miscreant should not be released on bail and  the proposal for up-gradation of the school should not be entertained.


CM calls on Governor

ITANAGAR,  Mar 5:  Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on the Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan,  here today. They discussed the overall development of the state and security related issues.

Dwelling in length on the projects under Prime Minister’s economic package, the Governor who has been closely monitoring the progress discussed on the bottlenecks and emphasized for timely implementation. Health, education, road communication and infrastructure in interior areas came up in the meeting.

The Governor also congratulated the Chief Minister and his team for the successful celebration of the Statehood Day and expressed his hope that they will maintain the spirit in future too. Defence Minister has also expressed his happiness to see the development in the state.

The Chief Minister who made whirlwind tour of the state in the past one month briefed the Governor on the progress of development projects in the state. Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Takam Sanjay accompanied the Chief Minister in the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhavan


State level seminar

TEZU, Mar 5:  Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu is organizing a one day state level seminar on “Rethinking Higher Education” at the college auditorium on March 7 as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations. The seminar would cover up emerging issues of higher education including challenges of quality, equity, access and competitiveness in North East India.  Parliamentary secretary (PHED & WS), Karikho Kri would grace the occasion.


Results declared

ITANAGAR, Mar 5:  Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the results of English I & III semester examinations held in December 2011. The results are subject to modification or correction in the Result Sheets and Mark Sheets, if any error is detected subsequently. The result may be seen in the University website www.rgu.ac.in


GWS demands probe

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has expressed grave concern over the recent fire accident at Nirjuli in which a mother and her two minor sons were charred to death. The GWS demanded thorough investigation into the case to unearth the truth behind the matter and to deliver justice to the affected family.  



ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Tadar Niglar and his team deeply mourned the death of Nabam Maga, mother of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Nabam Maga passed away after prolonged illness at Guwahati on February 29.

APYC  conveyed deepest sympathies  to Chief Minister  and prayed to Almighty to give the Chief Minister and his family courage, strength and support during this difficult time.


Awareness prog on cooperatives

ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Arunachal Pradesh state Cooperative Union, Naharlagun conducted member education programme on cooperatives at Tezu yesterday.

Altogether, 50 members from BoDs and Cooperative Societies attended the programme. Further, another awareness programme on cooperative was also conducted at Wakro today in which 60 participants attended.

Malnutrition & child health

Policy brief Zero child hunger: breaking the cycle of malnutrition have showed that increased household income and better diets improve children’s nutritional status.

The evidence shows that nutrition-focused agricultural interventions are short term and cannot address the root causes of malnutrition like chronic poverty and maternal health. While such interventions may increase income from one source, they can also result in reduced income from other sources which may mean no change in overall buying power.

Agricultural interventions to tackle malnutrition are not reaching the poorest and those most at risk to chronic hunger such as orphans and other vulnerable children.  Many development agencies believe that fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals is a cost- and time-effective way to tackle malnutrition, but more studies showing positive impact are needed for justifying further investment in such programmes.

Six million children die of hunger every year. Over 40% of children under five in countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Niger are stunted. Children that do survive are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and renal damage.


Let the people know

Dear Editor,

The news items under the headline “Ruksin PRI unhappy ………and “PRI leader refute …….” respectively that appeared on February  20 and  27 editions drew my attention.

In this connection, I would like to clarify that my speech delivered at the public meeting at Community Hall, Ngorlung on School Inauguration Day have been taken out of context.

Two Primary Schools upgraded from EGS under SSA Scheme, at Ngorlung and Ralung village were inaugurated by MLA, Dr. T. Tapak and DDSE, T. Talom on the day which was followed by a public meeting in the Community Hall.

Being ZPM of Ruksin Anchal Block, I appealed to the MLA to bring more visible development in the area in the days ahead by judiciously using the MLA LADs and any other funds given by the State and the Central Govt.

The news reporter should have covered the whole event of the day including the speech of the MLA.

It is seen that the reporter has gathered views of some PRI leaders and linked it in the said news item which gave the impression that the PRI leaders of Ruksin Block are engaged in finding fault in the MLA’s role.  But I, personally, had no such malafide intensions and we do not organize such meetings against the MLA.

Interestingly, some PRI leaders with vested interest, in reply to the aforesaid news item, had mentioned my name without any thought in their press statements that appeared on February 27 edition under the heading “PRI leaders refute allegation”.

This kind of blame game played by those PRI leaders has created a situation which has compelled me to highlight implementation of some schemes like Rural Housing, Rural Electrification etc. in our area.

The truth is that the recent selection of 150 beneficiaries under Ruksin – Bilat IRP Block in the on going Rural Housing Scheme under SPA have been done even without constituting a board wherein the ZPM is one of the members in the board.

It is learnt that under the said Rural Housing Scheme the beneficiaries have been selected by some political ‘chamchas’ of MLA Dr. T. Tapak, where the PRI leaders were not involved.

Hence, the selection was unfair, and poorest of the poor people were deprived. This is a total violation of guidelines and rules of the schemes, and this is one of the instances going on at Ruksin area in implementation of Rural Development Scheme.

I feel pity that those PRI leaders are not aware of the powers and responsibilities which they are supposed to exercise.

So, I sincerely request them not to release useless press release in near future. As a matter of fact, we cannot conceal the truth and let the people know the reality.


Tonggeng Panyang



Roman script is an option

Dear Editor,

The recent news about an organisation demanding for the institutionalization of the so called 'Tani Lipi' as the third language of the state, and the government committing to do so makes for some interesting observations.

First of all, it seems to exhibit an utter lack of understanding of the language and culture of the state by both parties. What is the Tani Lipi 'language'? Which community speaks it? What is overlooked is that Tani Lipi is not a language but a script which was created out of the thin air just a few years back as a script for the Tani languages. So, how do you purport to make a 'script' into the third 'language' of the state?

Secondly, the so called Tani Lipi script, with due respect to its inventor, is one man's imagination and creative output. Scripts (Roman, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Chinese etc) have taken thousands of years to attain their present shape, influenced by social, cultural, historical and linguistic changes and developments. For Tani Lipi to be actually 'Tani' it would have to have all of the above. But does it?

Thirdly, why at all go for an unfamiliar, unwieldy, impractical, invented script when we can choose one already in use by slightly modifying it for our requirements. Why let a ridiculous sense of tribalism waste our time and resource and harm  our native languages in the long run? The Khasis and Mizos use modified Roman scripts: their languages are studied from the primary to the university level, newspapers are in their own language, their literature is vibrant. And meanwhile we have this argument in A.P.

Fourthly, this whole rigmarole once again brings into stark relief how little thinking process goes into the demands of our organisations and the promises of our political leaders.

Time to start thinking Arunachal.






Allegations against doctor baseless

Dear Editor,

Apropos the news under heading “Fresh allegation of Govt land...” published in your daily on March 3 issue, I on behalf of Nabam Welfare Society (NWS), strongly condemn the baseless allegation leveled against Dr. Jadav Nabam, Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeon, by the so called Integrated Youths Guild to Save Arunachal Capital (IYGSAC).

We have conducted thorough inquiry into the matter in entire capital complex on the basis of the press release issued by the so called  IYGSAC to find out the existence of the organization as well as locate its office bearers. We have also informed it to the members of Yangfo and Kipa clans residing in capital complex about the president and general secretary of this fictitious organization to ascertain that whether such persons really exist in their clans. But none of the clan members knows about the presence of such president and general secretary as mentioned in the press release of IYGSAC.

Hence, it is crystal clear from this that the press release was issued with a malafide intention to tarnish the image of the sincere and dutiful upcoming young doctor and create communal disharmony among some certain clans residing in capital.

If any such president (of IYGSAC) exists, I on behalf of NWS cordially invite him to clarify the statement with their signature jotted down in the complaint letter.

Land encroachment is a problem not only in capital complex but in entire state. Instead of singling out any individual, a responsible organization should raise voice against all who have encroached government land.

Dr. Jadav Nabam has been performing his duty with utmost sincerity and dedication which can be learned from his performance records available in Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

With regards to private practice, examining and treating the ailing patient coming to doctor’s residence is not a sin. If a doctor does private practice neglecting his duty then it is absolutely wrong and stringent action should be taken against such doctor. But if a doctor examine and treat a patient in their extra time after the duty hours what is wrong with it?  Why do not you tell the sick people or the mass to stop going to private clinics. We just can not comment on it. There is competent authority to look after them. Who knows, the fictitious president of IYGSAC might be the frequent visitors of private hospital or doctor’s chamber.


Nabam Jallow

Chairman, NWS, Itanagar



CM Talent Award Scheme 2011

Dear Editor,

This clarification is issued with reference to a few letters from readers that have appeared in some newspapers over the delay in disbursal of cash award and laptops to meritorious topper students under the CM Talent Award Scheme 2011.

While accepting the delay, it is submitted that it was purely due to non-submission of full lists of topper students from the Districts. As a bulk order for laptops was to be placed, it could not be done unless the exact numbers were known. As an instance, the list of students from Kurung Kumey District has not been received till date. This was the first year of the launch of the scheme and hence it took some time for the first-time issues to be sorted out. Even now, only about 50% of the applications received from the Districts are in order and complete in all respects and the remaining are being returned to the respective Deputy Commissioners for correcting the errors.

The State Govt. remains fully committed to the cause of identifying and promoting talent amongst the meritorious students, who are our biggest asset. It is the commitment of the Planning Department that the cash award, in respect of complete applications would be released through the concerned Deputy Commissioners within March 2012 and the laptops would be awarded within the month of April 2012.


Ankur Garg

Secretary (Planning)




Dear Editor,

Apropos the news item published on March 3 issue of your daily leveling unfounded allegations against Dr. Nabam Jadav by the so called Integrated Youths Guild to Save Arunachal Capital (IYGSAC), I would like to clarify that I had never written any letter against Dr. Nabam. Further, I am not associated with the so called IYGSAC. I am astonished and shocked to learn that my name has been unnecessarily used in the allegation against Dr. Nabam by some obsessive persons with an evil intention to harm the dignity of the reputed surgeon of the state. By doing so, the so called organization has not only defamed my name in the society but also entire Yangfo community.

I also object to your esteemed daily for entertaining the press release in your daily without having proper address and contact numbers of the complainants.


Sama Yangfo

Polo Colony, Naharlagun.





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