ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Leading Indian women’s University, Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan
has conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) to its alumna and Padam Shree
Awardee Binni Yanga in a special convocation ceremony organized there yesterday.
During her stay in Banasthali from March3 to 5 Yanga visited all the places where
she had spent her days as a student. In her own words, ‘It was like revisiting the
old memories,’ said a University release. She credited the education acquired at
Banasthali to be the major factor responsible for making her what she is today. She
enjoyed all the activities of the University and also tried hands at rifle shooting.
She said that she was indebted to Banasthali Vidyapith for making her believe and
practice ‘Simple living and high thinking’.
She could barely control her emotions when she visited the hostel where she had spent
her initial years in the Vidyapith. She also interacted with the students and school
where she shared her experiences with them. The students were highly influenced and
motivated with the great cause of social awakening she has been doing for the past
Yanga’s visit to Banasthali Vidyapith brought back all the old and golden memories
of her life as a student in the Vidyapith.
NES reiterates adoption of Roman script
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) during its executive committee meeting
yesterday reiterated its earlier resolutions to adopt Roman script in toto as the
Nyishi script with exceptions to ‘W’ used as consonant as starting alphabet of a
word and as vowel in mid-word and ‘V’ as vowel to take care of Nyishi pronunciation
constituting seven vowels instead of five in Roman script.
A notification to this effect would be issued immediately to all concern including
Nyishi text book review committee for implementation of the same. Meanwhile, NES
President Bengia Tolum has dedicated his gold medal awarded to him on Statehood Day
celebration to the “strong”, “selfless”, “vibrant” and cohesive team of NES to which
he is heading and exuded hope that the team would keep up the same spirit in the
days to come.
Officer feared kidnapped
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: D Nyodu, chief executive officer, ARRDA (Arunachal Rural Research
Development Agency) under RWD department has been feared kidnapped from in front
of his official quarter at C-sector here around 8 pm this evening. Unconfirmed report
informed that he was lifted out by some unknown persons when he was returning to
his official quarters in his vehicle.
A missing report has been filed at the Police Station by his family. Whereabouts
of Nyodu could not be traced out till filing of this report.
Oil tankers blockade lifted
YUPIA, Mar 06: The reported oil tankers blockade has been lifted from this evening
after a meeting with Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union, general secretary Romen Das on
behalf of the union in the office chamber of DC Yupia. DIPRO
PPA alleges financial mismanagement by Govt.
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has said that the attachment
of bank account of Food and Civil Supply Department by the Judge, West Session Division
is a clear indication of failure and financial mismanagement by the Congress Government.
“The Congress Government has miserably failed to handle such an important department,”
PPA general secretary Ashan Riddi said in a release, and demanded that the concern
minister should resign owning responsibility.
PPA further demanded that the government should explain to the people as to why the
bank account of the department has been allowed to attach. The party demanded immediate
settlement of the matter.
YUPIA, Mar 06: The drowned NERIST student’s body was recovered from Dikrong river
bank today and his dead body was taken to hometown in Nagaland the same day in
the evening hours by the parents. DIPRO
CEO’s directives to DEOs
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CB Kumar today issued strict direction
to all deputy commissioners, asking them to direct government officers to report
to their places of posting ‘no later than March 6.’ No joining time is allowed to
any of the officers who have been relieved or are being relieved, in view of the
announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the CEO said. ‘All the officers are deemed
to be on deputation to the Election Commission of India, and failure to comply will
attract disciplinary action including immediate suspension,’ he said.
BJP alleges laxity in budget presentation
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged colossal laxity
in the presentation of budget for Itanagar Municipal Council by the ruling Congress
The party in a release claimed that the budget session was notified on March 3 in
local news dailies without giving official notification to the municipal councilors.
“The actual budget session was held on March 5 on telephonic to the members thereby
falsely and fraudulently recorded the date of holding of budget session of the IMC,”
the release alleged.
“This is amount to cheating and an act with a criminal intent to present the artificial
budget for IMC which would jeopardize the entire system of presenting any budget,”
the party said adding that it will set a bad precedent in the state’s urban local
SUMA unit conducts social service
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Students Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) Papum Pare District
unit conducted a social service by cleaning the compound of Community Health Centre,
Doimukh today. The SUMA unit also donated few cleaning materials to the hospital.
The program was conducted to create awareness among people on health and hygiene.
Society seeks suspension of F&CS dept’s officers
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: The Tarh Welfare Society has asked for suspension of director, joint
director and finance and accounts officer and other officers of food and civil supply
department alleging their involvement in misappropriation of land transportation
subsidy works bill amounting to Rs 26, 03, 19,406.
In its letter submitted to the chief secretary, GoAP, while referring to the FIR
filed by one Tarh Kuyu regarding siphoning off of land transportation subsidy works
bill, it expressed apprehension that the director along with others will manipulate
and temper with evidential records and witnesses if they are allowed to continue
in the office.
Hoardings at public places removed
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: In view of Election Commission of India’s instruction regarding
display of advertisements and hoardings at the cost of public exchequer and in view
of announcement of Parliamentary Election, 2014 and subsequent directives from the
office of the Chief Electoral Officer, all advertisements and hoardings at public
places within the Capital Complex have been removed today.
The simultaneous operations to prevent defacement of public property of the State
was carried out simultaneously in Banderdewa, Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Itanagar under
the supervision of concerned Executive Magistrates/ Administrative Officers in a
swift and sweeping manner. At the same time Flying Squad constituted by the District
Election Officer, Yupia has also been activated in the Capital Complex. DIPRO
YMAC conducts candle making training
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC) conducted vocational training
on Candle making at Likabali and Liromoba in West Siang district recently.
Sponsored by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar, the training was aimed at generating
self employment and economic empowerment of the self help groups (SHGs), especially
in the rural areas.
During the programme, representatives of various self help groups were taught on
the steps to make different types of candle and their marketing.
YMAC had conducted similar programme at Aalo and Yomcha last year.
GASU for setting up of sub-CBSE office at Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: The Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Union (GASU) has appealed for setting
up of a sub-CBSE office at Itanagar.
In a memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it said, every year many students
face problems from CBSE office, Guwahati, which is very far from the reach of students.
Often pass certificate do not reach on time, as a result many of the aspirants cannot
proceed for further studies. And in case of corrections in mark sheet or certificate,
students have to travel to Guwahati to get it which at times gets difficult for poor
It’s other demands include setting up of blood bank at Guwahati preferably at GNRC
or Downtown Hospital, early construction of Arunachal Guest House, Guwahati, appointing
a driver for the ambulance donated by MP Takam Sanjay, release of stipend for Arunachalee
students studying in Guwahati, concession of at least 50 percent for students and
patients at Arunachal Guest House, Guwahati and provision of a room for setting up
of GASU office at Arunachal Guest House, Guwahati.
‘Confine stray animals within seven days’
ITANAGAR, March 06: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Mige
Kamki in an executive order under Section 144. Cr.PC today directed all the owners
of stray animals to confine or dispose of the animals roaming in Itanagar Capital
Complex within 7 days, failing which the stray animals shall be destroyed by shooting
or otherwise as deemed fit and proper. This order comes into force with immediate
effect and the City SP has been enjoined to execute the order after the stipulated
This order has been based on the report that the stray animals are roaming freely
in the market, residential areas and Office premises of Itanagar Capital Complex
causing nuisance, traffic and health hazard for the people at large.
Vasundhara – NE Woman Entrepreneur Award instituted
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The Sreemanta Sankar Mission (SSM) of Guwahati, a 27 years old
registered voluntary organization of Assam has been working for the underprivileged
masses since inception. From last several years, it has been working for empowerment
of women too and executing unique programs to highlight the needs and aspirations
of women in this region. This year, with the aim of recognizing the efforts of women
entrepreneurs in Northeast India and honouring them so as to inspire and encourage
others, the SSM of Guwahati proposed to confer an award titled “Vasundhara–NE Woman
Entrepreneur of the year (2012-13)”. An iconic and leading entrepreneur from each
of the 8 NE states will
be felicitated in the proposed program besides conferring the award on one top women
entrepreneur from the whole region.
The award giving ceremony will be held on March 11 at the ITA – Pragjyoti Centre
for Performing Arts, Machkhowa, Guwahati.
A 10 member panel of eminent jurists had already been constituted to select the iconic
women entrepreneurs from the region, who have displayed rare examples of business
acumen and enterprise.
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: In the news item published in this daily on March 6 with the headline
'Galo based organizations threaten indefinite bandh call’, in the first paragraph
where it mentions the name of various organizations threatening to resort to indefinite
bandh call in 28 Likabali and 36 Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency, the name of All
Galo Youth Organization was erroneously mentioned as All Galo Students’ Union. The
inadvertent error is regretted.
Arunachal Pradesh Assembly dissolved
Itanagar, Mar 6: Arunachal Pradesh Assembly was tonight dissolved by Governor Lt
Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma on the recommendation of the state cabinet which demanded
holding of state elections along with Lok Sabha polls next month.
The cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki recommended the dissolution of the
Assembly demanding simultaneous state elections along with the Lok Sabha polls.
"The Cabinet favours simultaneous Assembly polls along with Lok Sabha poll on April
9 to minimise election expenditure, which comes roughly around Rs 70 crore," Chief
Secretary Ramesh Negi told PTI.
The Lok Sabha election in Arunachal Pradesh would be held on April 9 and a notification
in this regard would be issued on March 15.
The Governor would send the recommendation to the Election Commission for its consideration,
Raj Bhawan sources said, adding that the announcement of simultaneous state polls
has to be made before March 15.
The 60-member Assembly has 55 Congress members, 3 of BJP, one of People's Party of
Arunachal and an independent. PTI
Govt making all out efforts to bring back normalcy in boundary area: CM
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Arunachal Pradesh government is making all out effort to build
up confidence among the people of the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam residing
in border areas and bring back normalcy in the affected areas, stated Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki in the Assembly today.
Replying to a question put up by PPA MLA Laeta Umbrey on the Tarasso incident and
economic blockade during the question hour, the Chief Minister informed the house
that state government has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs,
Government of India to set up an independent inquiry in the incident. Besides, the
matter has been taken up with the government of Assam to maintain status quo in the
boundary area till finalization of the matter by the Supreme Court. To control the
situation, state government has also deployed two companies of APP/BN/IRBN and two
companies of ITBP forces in the area, Tuki added.
He also appraised the house that the union Home Ministry has been approached to deploy
Para-military forces in the disputed areas besides security along the national highway.
The local Boundary Commission is also taking action in the matter, he added. Earlier,
Umbrey in his query asked details of the Tarasso incident and wanted to know about
steps taken by governments to prevent reoccurrence of such incidents in future.
To a supplementary raised Umbrey on the ex gratia payment given by the state government
to the next kin of the deceased and to the injured in the incident despite having
financial crisis which aroused public resentment in the state, Tuki informed the
house that the state government has condemned the incident and the ex gratia payment
was provided as a good will gesture and on humanity ground. The Chief Minister further
said that the economic blockade was withdrawn because of the state government’s intervention
and initiative to talk with the agitating associations in Assam and he appreciated
state media and youth organizations for playing a pivotal role in convincing the
people on the other side to calm down the situation. He however assured to convene
all political parties meeting if such situation arises in the future as demanded
by Laeta Umbrey.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed the house that Rs 40.51 crore under SDRF and Rs
100.44 crore under NDRF have been received under the department of Disaster Management
against flood and other disasters in the state during the last year.
Tuki was responding to a question raised by Laeta Umbrey during question hour today
on relief fund received from Centre. He told that the relief funds received from
the centre have been distributed to all administrative centres including district
headquarters. The details of funds utilized district wise against each of such disaster
is readily not available as funds have been released to various departments including
the district administrations from time to time.
Reacting to a supplementary of Umbrey seeking details of funds utilized district
wise against each of such disaster from the respective deputy commissioners, the
Chief Minister informed that all concerned have been directed to submit details of
fund utilized and the reports would be circulated immediately after receipt from
the districts.Dissatisfied with the government statement, Umbrey urged the Speaker
to constitute a committee to enquire into the relief fund distribution.
To a query of MLA Tamiyo Taga on numbers of hydro power projects signed since 2011-2012
and the total power generating potentials of the projects thereof, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki said that 26 nos of new MoU/MoAs has been executed since 1st April 2011
to till date and total power generating potential of the 26 projects is 5932.9 MW.
He further informed that some of the hydro power projects are going slow because
of lots of hindrances including delay in getting environment clearance etc, adding
that the central government has been approached for construction of double lane roads
in districts as demanded by the private power providers for setting up of hydro power
projects in the state.
The Central Water Commission has recommended the proposals of the state government
seeking fund from the Centre in lieu of ADB Fund against the ADB identified projects
for water management in the state, informed state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the
floor of the house today.
Responding to a question on whether the government has taken any step recently to
get fund from the centre in lieu of ADB fund against the ADB identified projects
raised by MLA Laeta Umbrey, Tuki told the members that on the plea of the state government,
Government of India has assured to adjust fund for management of all flood prone
areas in the state after ADB refused funding for the same.
Governor exhorts NE woman groups to promote peace
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma
has called upon the woman groups of the country, particularly the women of North
East and Himalayan region to play a lead role in promoting peace and security in
the region and the country.
He said the collective voice of women must be heard as important members of the society
in peace-building and other social issues confronting the region through the Gandhian
philosophy and values.
The Governor was addressing as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the three-day
dialogue on “Matri Shakti - The Voice of Women Power for peace-building” organized
by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Katurba Gandhi National Memorial Trust,
Assam Branch at Sarania Ashram, Guwahati, today.
He said that the challenges that the region and the country face also include issues
of underdevelopment, unemployment, corruption, drug abuse, creeping sense of alienation,
ethnic violence, insurgency and terrorism. Some states of North East also have a
history of conflict for more than five decades, which has also held development to
ransom and retarded its momentum, he said. In any conflict situation, while the men
folk who are fathers, brothers, sons and husbands are affected, worldwide 96% of
the detainee population and 90% missing are men. Women and children are the most
vulnerable groups and thus the impact of conflict has been immense on communities
and families, he said. Many women become the main bread earner and provider in the
family and are the first to experience the suffuse sufferings, he added.
“Understanding the feminine burden of violence and unrest, the United Nation Security
Council has passed a Resolution addressing women’s role in conflict and peace processes
as well as the impact of war on women” he said.
He said that women’s groups in Nagaland, Manipur and Assam have played a vital role
as peace activists in the sphere of civic space to resolve conflicts in their society
and also in fighting drug addiction, alcoholism, HIV infection and lauded the role
of groups like Naga Mother’s Association, Meira Paibis and others in their efforts.
He also applauded the efforts of women organizations like Arunachal Pradesh Women’s
Welfare Society (APWWS), Amik Matai Society, Society of Economic Welfare Association
in their fight against prevailing social evils and issues like upliftment of women,
opium and drug addiction.
He also made a special mention of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Girls’ School, Khonsa
Tirap adding that it is working silently, but most diligently in educating the tribal
girls of Arunachal Pradesh.
In the context of Arunachal Pradesh, he said that while the state is relatively an
island of peace, the issues of social inequality, and infirmities in certain tribal
customs and associated ills of underdevelopment also confront the state. “In particular,
the cases of drug abuse, and other forms of frustration and discontentment among
the youth is prevalent in many areas’’.
He termed Arunachal Pradesh as a Mini India and the people as proud upholder of secularism
and patriotism and in this regard a shining example for others to follow.
Further extending his support and encouragement in their strive toward peace and
progress, the Governor, said that women’s participation in peace efforts is a matter
of gender equality and universal human rights and crucial to achieving peace in the
region. Calling for harnessing the power of the mother, Matrishakti, he said that
it is the accent of women power. We need to bring Women groups together through such
initiatives and lauded their commitment towards their causes.
On the occasion, he also appreciated the good works carried out by the Kasturba Gandhi
memorial Trust and Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan, to bring attitudinal changes
and development through practical applications of Gandhian Philosophy and values,
developing capacities of children and youth, promoting volunteerism, empowering the
marginalized through vocational training programmes and other livelihood initiatives
as part of Gandhian constructive work.
Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, Vice-Chairperson,
Gandhi Smriti Darshan, eminent guests like woman activist and former chairperson
of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), Jarjum Ete, Sushma Kapoor,
former Dy. Representative of UN Women in India and Bhutan, Hajira Bano, Coordinator,
Peace Gong, Leh, youth, grassroots workers, academicians, researchers, volunteers
also attended the occasion.
The three-day dialogue is an endeavour to strengthen the Gandhian approach to peace
building by the women and women’s groups in the North east and Himalayan region,
involving women’s groups and women who are involved in peace building in the region
. PRO to Governor
Motion of thanks on Governor address adopted
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The motion of thanks to Governor’s address was adopted by state
legislative assembly today. The assembly also passed three bills namely, Arunachal
Pradesh Horticultural produce, marketing and processing board bill 2014, Arunachal
Pradesh salaries, allowances and pension of members of the legislative assembly (Amendment)
Bill 2012 and North East frontier technical university (NEFTU) Arunachal Pradesh
Bill 2014. The NEFTU bill was passed after some amendments were made.
Initiating the discussion on motion of thanks to Governor’s address, Congress MLA
Ralom Borang stated that Arunachal model of development is much better than Gujarat
model. “Under the Chief Ministership of Nabam Tuki we have achieved 9.4% growth.
We could achieve this figure despite lesser source of revenue,” stated Ralom Borang.
MLA Bamang Felix said that hosting of international tourism mart at Tawang and participation
of Arunachal tourism at ongoing ITB Berlin, the world's leading travel trade show
is glaring example of how Arunachal is marching ahead in tourism sector. Parliamentary
secretary for planning Nabam Rebia stressed on the need for giving good connectivity
to people living in foothill areas along the Assam-Arunachal boundary.
BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga expressed worry over deteriorating law and order condition especially
in capital complex. “The claim of improving law and order situation is not correct.
Today people in capital are scared of reporting incident of crime to the police.
When victim lodges police complaint, they are tortured more for doing so. In capital
complex judges, advocates and even government officers are attacked. How can they
work in such atmosphere?” stated Tamiyo Taga. Another BJP MLA Tapen Siga urged government
to take proper steps to ensure that illegal migration does not take place due to
coming of railway in the state capital. He also expressed concern over entry of too
many private universities at one go stating it may led to commercialization of education
Participating in the discussion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki stated that the whole
state is witnessing the initiatives of the state government right from the grass
root level. Giving a vivid account of the development activities in the state, Tuki
informed that the Trans Arunachal highways within the state, Airports in various
districts, besides mini secretariats in all the district headquarters in phased wise
are in progress, adding that construction of cement concrete roads to minimize the
occurrence of potholes are being taken up to improve the surface communication in
To enhance youth talents especially in games and sports, the Chief Minister disclosed
that a proposal of indoor and outdoor stadium in the state capital and districts
headquarters has been purposed. Highlighting on every sectors of development in the
state, Tuki stated that the intension of the government is clear and transparent.
He wanted security to all citizens by imparting proper knowledge to the children,
besides providing health security to all sections of the society. The Chief Minister
further told that the various flagship schemes are introduced with the mission to
set a better tomorrow for the generations to come and provide security to all citizen.
Tuki, while replying to the some questions put up by some of the members on the Governors
speech said that only the key issues which were necessary to be addressed were taken
into account covering all sectors of achievements and initiatives of the state government.
In reply to a query on railway line, Tuki informed that a committee has been set
up to look into the matters pertaining to check entry formalities into the state,
adding that a separate headquarter has been created in Gumto to check any entry formalities
like visa on arrival for the foreigners and inner line permit on arrival for the
visitors of the nation, besides other facilities will be provided within the station.
The Chief Minister, while welcoming the suggestions of the members on Assam- Arunachal
Border issues, racial attack on Lt. Nido Tania, construction of alternative road
and economic corridor with the neighboring states assured to take up the matter with
the union government on priority.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram, while speaking on the nonpayment of salaries to
the SSA teachers, assured of making the payment as soon as fund under the scheme
is released from the centre. On mushrooming of private Colleges and Universities
in the state, Siram said that it would help the students who do not get admission
in the government colleges and have to go out of state to pursue their further studies
due to shortage of seats. It will also let other students from other states to study
in our state thereby contributing to the state economy. These steps are only taken
to impart educational benefits to the youths and provide more opportunities, he added.
Later, the Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong adjourned the Assembly Session sine die.
Power scenario likely to improve after June
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Power Minister Tanga Byaling today told assembly that state government
is aware about power crisis affecting all towns including twin capital cities of
Byaling was replying to a question raised by MLA Laeta Umbrey on the floor of the
Asking about the details of villages and towns electrified without any power interruptions,
Umbrey wanted to know whether government is aware of irregular power supply in the
Informing that during winter from September to April, the consumers of the districts
which get power supply from the Central Sector Power stations are subject to regular
load shedding in order to avoid Grid un-stability due to drying of the catchment
area of the hydro electric projects, the minister told that the districts where Grid
connections are not available also suffer from power disconnection during the same
period on the same reasons as the state is dependent on the hydro based power plants.
He further informed the house that in order to avoid extreme difficulties of power
shortage, government purchases extra power by importing from outside the region subject
to availability of surplus power as well as within the budgetary coverage of the
government. Taking the opportunity, Byaling appealed the members for creating awareness
on power conservation among the people in their respective constituencies. Minister
further added that situation may improve only after June.
ALSU flays Govt over fake payment, demands probe
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Expressing serious concern over the alleged fake payment of LTS
bill amounting to over Rs 24 crores to the third party, the Arunachal Law Students
Union (ALSU) today criticized the state government and the department of Food and
Civil Supplies for being failed to monitor it properly. Terming the incident as unhealthy
and unacceptable practice, ALSU stated that situation could have been avoided if
the department and the state government acted diligently and carefully. The union
also expressed shock at releasing of huge payment without proper verification at
a time when the state government is under austerity measure.
The incident requires detail investigation through Special Investigation Team (SIT)
to unearth the truths, ALSU said. The union further squarely blamed the government
and the department for lapses which led to release of huge amount without verified
by the state level monitoring and vigilance committee.
The union also questioned the state government for alleged unable to disburse the
salary of various chairmen and vice chairmen of the state as well the SSA teachers’
salary. ALSU urged the government to look into the matter saying that failure to
do so would prompt the union to file PIL against the government.
Illegal saw mills in East Siang pose threat to environment
PASIGHAT, Mar 06: Mushrooming of illegal saw mills in East Siang has become a big
threat to the environment. The forest department, more or less, has failed to curb
the illegal timber operation which is going on unabated at Mebo, Ruksin, Nari and
other parts of the district despite ban on tree felling in NE region by the Supreme
Timbers are being smuggled from those areas taking advantage of the Forest Department’s
alleged inaction. Despite reported crack down on such illegal saw mills by the forest
department, numerous saw mills are still running their business illegally in the
The forest department two year back had insisted on strong mechanism to check the
illegal operation of the saw mills, issued instruction to run the saw mills inside
notified industrial area. The department’s move was yielding result as the illegal
sawmills were closed down for some days.
Illegal operation of saw mills is rampant in Ruksin area bordering to Assam. Five
saw mills are running with green timber logs under the very nose of the Forest Range
office here. It is alleged that some unscrupulous forest officials had unholy nexus
with the timber traders.
Meanwhile, eminent citizens of the district, including environmentalists, have come
down heavily on the Forest Department for their alleged failure to check the illegal
timber operation and saw mills. It is reported that four saw mills are being run
by timber traders with timber logs from different hilly areas. Raw timbers chopped
in these mills are being sold at various places and bulk of the sawn timbers is supplied
to Jonai area of Assam. Thus violation of the apex court’s order of December 12,
1996 (on felling of trees in any forest land, State-owned or privately held) is noticed
in the region.
Meanwhile, Pasighat Divisional Forest Officer (T) Tabang Jamoh has said that he had
directed all the range officers under the division to crack down on illegal sawing
and smuggling timber.
“I have formally informed the district administration about the illegal timer operation
and smuggling of forest products across interstate boundary. I have also informed
it to the East Siang district administration for a strategic action to check smuggling
of forest wealth in the district”, said a visibly annoyed DFO.
District level meeting reviews law and order in boundary area
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The Sonitpur district administration, Assam and Papum Pare district
administration, Arunachal Pradesh in a inter-state review meeting held at Tezpur
today reviewed the law and order situation as well as election matter along the Assam-Arunachal
boundary area to ensure peaceful-coexistence of people living along the boundary
area of both the states.
Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye, Sonitpur DC K L Gogoi, Mari Riba SP Papum
Pare and Getanjali Doley DSP Sonitpur were present in the meeting. Both DCs reiterated
that people living border areas should maintain status quo and no activities should
be taken within 200 mtrs radius within the boundary of both sides. Both DCs further
decided to remain vigil to avoid any untoward incident in near future. It is agreed
upon to conduct joint police patrolling as confidence building measures.
There will be a peace committee meeting at Ram Ghat (Tarasso) and Bihali on March
7 to repose faith and trust among the people as good neighbors. In the recent past
Peace Committee meeting held from Kakoi to Balijaan.
Both the DCs cum DEOs promised full cooperation during ensuing Lok Sabha election
2014 and overruled any kind of election disputes pertaining to polling booth and
polling personnel under any circumstances. DIPRO
Pol parties asked to strictly follow ECI guidelines
ITANAGAR, March 6: Leaving no stone unturned in preparation of the ensuing Lok Sabha
election, Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Shiv
Kumar held a meeting with the representatives of political parties at Roing today.
While reading out the election schedule, the DEO sternly urged the political parties
not to adopt any corrupt practices during electioneering and to follow the ECI guidelines
in toto. He asked them to obtain prior permission from the DEO before organizing
any kind of rally, party meetings, etc and to submit the details of expenditure estimate
to the DEO in Form 16. He said that failure to take prior permission would invite
legal action and the expenditure done by the party would be accrued to the candidate’s
expenditure of that party. He also informed them to take prior permission before
pasting any posters or banners in Private properties.
“A special drive in the form of one day enrollment would be carried out on March
9 on every polling booth” he said and asked those who had attained 18 years of age
and missed out the enrollment during the last electoral revision to avail the opportunity
and enrolled themselves in their respective BLOs.
Replying to the query of a member regarding non-receipt of EPIC till date, he informed
that in case of non-receipt of EPIC by the newly enrolled voter’s till the date of
election, Voter’s Slip will be issued to them before the polling day and asked them
to collect the Voter’s Slip from the DEO’s Office.
B K Singh, Superintendent of Police also informed the political parties that carrying
of any kinds of weapons like gun, dao, sword or any other sharp weapons is banned
during party rally or public meetings. He also informed that distribution of liquor/opium
is also banned during the election period. He requested them to inform any kind of
eventualities in advance to the authorities through the control room to avoid/prevent
any kind of law and order problem.
In Lower Subansiri district, a coordination meeting of all nodal officers was held
in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner today. Taking over the charges
as Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu exhorted all the nodal officers to put
in extra efforts and appealed for cooperation for smooth conduct of Lok Sabha election.
He insisted on immediate completion of District election Plan for the elections.
He also took stock of the training, transport, material, movement, security and the
communication plan. He interacted individually with the nodal offices for various
activities and recommended daily reports for further submission to the Election Commission.
Being new to the region he appealed for inputs, coordination and cooperation from
all the officers.
Tirap, Longding districts gear up for parliamentary elections
KHONSA: The two insurgency-hit districts Tirap and Longding gear up for the ensuing
Parliamentary elections slated to be held on April 9. With the announcement of the
election by the Election Commission of India for the 2-Arunachal Pradesh East Parliamentary
constituency to be held on the 9th of this month, the District Election Officer of
Tirap and Longding districts has geared up all the machineries for a peaceful and
smooth conduct of elections as per the ECI guidelines in the district of Tirap and
Longding. 3 flying squads for each Assembly Constituencies along with Sector Magistrates
have been formed to check any kind of breach of Model Code of Conduct of elections
in all the areas of 167 polling stations of Tirap and Longding districts. These flying
squads have been activated from the 5th March and will be active till the conduct
of polls on 9th April.
Tirap Deputy Commissioner and DEO, Tirap and Longding Kamlesh Kumar Joshi is leaving
no stone unturned to ensure a free and fair elections in the two districts which
are considered sensitive. He is personally supervising all the arrangements and has
asked the officers not to leave any lapses whatsoever in conducting the elections
without a hitch. DIPROs
NDRF to conduct mega mock drill on disaster management
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: A coordination meeting was held at the chamber of the Deputy Commissioner,
Itanagar Capital Complex, Mige Kamki in connection with the “Mega Mock exercise for
Mw 8.7 Shillong earthquake scenario” to be held on 10th March in the Capital Complex.
During the exercise, a real life like earthquake scenario would be created in order
to generate awareness among public of what steps to take during such disasters. Stating
that earthquake doesn’t come knocking, the DC asked all the departments to participate
and work in unison with each other so that everyone becomes prepared to deal with
it’s after effects. Further in case if any eventuality, disaster wouldn’t be confined
to a particular place or a particular person, rather all are stakeholders, so he
stressed all the departments to equally participate and be prepared for disaster.
During the meeting, five disaster prone areas were also identified where mock drill
would be conducted by a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Guwahati.
The identified areas are Chandranagar, Akashdeep- Ganga area, Heema Hospital – Bank
Tinali area, Naharlagun Market area and Nirjuli Market area.
The DC also asked the officers to nominate one officer each from their department
would observe the Mega Mock Exercise at the identified areas where the exercise would
be conducted. Nodal persons for the same were also nominated.
Informing that a team of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA ) which is
the apex authority in the country to deal with disasters would also be arriving soon
in the Capital Complex to train the observers, he further asked all to utilize the
opportunity so that each person becomes capable to deal with any kind of disaster.
During the meeting, it was also decided that a relief camp would also be set up at
the Vivekananda Hall premises in RKM Hospital for which a Nodal Officer was also
nominated. The Itanagar Market Welfare Association was also asked to arrange volunteers
for each location who will act as casualties and evacuees. The DC also asked all
the representatives of Hospitals in Capital Complex to participate with their medical
teams which should also include an ambulance.
The Field Officer Disaster Management, ICC Jogam Angu also informed that District
Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC) at the DC office will be activated very soon. Almost
all the line departments under DC Capital Complex attended the meeting. DIPRO
Lokayukta Bill to reduce corruption
ITANAGAR, Mar 06: Arunachal Citizens Right (ACR) welcomed the passing of the Lokayukta
Bill by the State Legislative Assembly during its budget session yesterday.
With passing of the Bill it will be mandatory on part of the state government to
create a Lokayukta that will be a constitutional body to check corruption at all
levels and maintain transparency and accountability in governance, ACR Chairman Taring
Mama said in a release.
“The courage shown by the government and the legislators exemplifies their determination
to recognize the long-fought battle by rights activists led by Anna Hazare and lakhs
of common men. With the Act in place, ACR believes that the rampant corruption that
is deep rooted at all levels of governance will be checked and even abolished in
years to come,” the release said.
ACR also appreciated the clause that the Chairperson of the Lokayukta will be a judge
of the Supreme Court or chief justice of a High Court with two members, one a judicial
member from Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe and one a woman. This composition will
ensure impartial decisions by the Lokayukta and become the strongest tool – along
with the Right to Information act – for the common man to hold the government accountable
and check corruption on all fronts, the release added.
Orientation training programme on integrated watershed management programme
YINGKIONG, Mar 6: The Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC) of Upper Siang District
conducted two days training programme on Integrated Watershed Management Programme
(IWMP) for the first IWMP Project of the district, viz. Ningging project at DRDA
Conference Hall in Yingkiong.
The programme is being conducted under the aegis of DRDA, Upper Siang with faculty
support from SIRD Arunachal Pradesh and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Geku.
The programme was attended by representatives from WCDC as the IPA, WDT members and
representatives of Watershed Committees and SHG members beside representatives from
Inaugurating the programme, Deputy Commissioner cum CEO DRDA Upper Siang Dr. Tariq
Thomas appreciated the DRDA team for conducting the programme before the actual implementation
of the project. He also expresses his gratitude to the organizers for giving him
an opportunity to meet the villagers after assuming charge of Deputy Commissioner
He emphasized on the need for changing the mindset especially at the grassroots level.
He called upon effective utilization of the funds and resources and assured all cooperation
from concerned government agencies. He also called for self realization towards ensuring
long term benefits from all development programmes for which attitudinal change is
also required. He asked the participants to utilize the opportunity provided by the
programme to develop a resources base for future generations.
He called upon the DRDA to explore options to converge IWMP with schemes from PHE,
MG-NREGA etc. The DC assured that he would proactively take interest in implementation
of IWMP including visiting the project sites and personally interacting with concerned
Hengo Basar, PD DRDA informed that after his assuming office all efforts have been
taken to streamline the MG-NREGA MIS and recently even the IWMP MIS for the project
has been updated. He expressed the need for sincere implementation and assured all
cooperation to all concerned especially for proper implementation of rural development
programmes. He also called for effective functioning of the WDT and the WC so that
the district is able to showcase the project as a model project under IWMP. Dunggoli
Libang, former-Zilla Parishad chairperson was also present on the occasion. DD,
SIRD M.C.Debnath Prog. Coordinator KVK and Indrajit Burman SMS(Agri Extension) were
the resource persons of the programme.
Arunachal declared as "election expenditure sensitive states"
The election commission of India yesterday announced dates for ensuing general election.
The election will be held between April 7 and May 12 in nine phases. The two parliamentary
constituencies of Arunachal will vote on April 9, while notification would be issued
on March 15 and last date for filing nominations has been fixed on March 22 next.
Counting of votes would take place on May 16.
Arunachal Pradesh has been declared as one of the "election expenditure sensitive
states" in the country by election commission. The commission, based on inputs has
identified 23 assembly constituencies in six districts of the state as most election
expenditure sensitive. The districts include, West Siang, East Siang, Kurung Kumey,
Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare and East Kameng. In every election be it parliament,
assembly or Panchayat massive involvement of money is witnessed. Despite best effort
put in by election officials, still money flows during the time of election. The
people of Arunachal should introspect and vote for right candidate instead of being
lured by money. The coming Lokh Sabha election offers best chance to redeem themselves
and elect true leader who will work for the people.
---- Readers Forum ----
Hostility against NE people is harsh reality
First and foremost, I express my deepest gratitude to your daily for allowing me
to highlight my thoughts on the below-mentioned issue.
It is really hard for me to even conceive of a manner to begin with. This year commenced
by sending shock waves all across the country; especially in the Northeastern region.
And why not? Rampant hostility towards the northeastern Indians has escalated to
a peak where it scares the devil out of us. I express my deepest condolence for the
sad demise of our brother late Nido Tania. It was a tragedy that served the country
as a mirror to look into the widespread hatred and common prejudiced disposition.
Not long after that other instances of such heinous intentions burst into the scene.
Two young Northeastern ladies beaten in the daylight, a minor raped by the landlord’s
son, two northeastern people, a girl and her male friend, brutally beaten to black
and blue, followed by an attempt to rape!! And we say India is a land of manifold
colors? That India is a land of secularism?
The horrors of these incidents have shaken very foundations of our faith in the administration
of this vast nation. It showed another loophole that exists amongst already perforated
nature of our nation. Apart from that, a general consensus has unfolded in regards
to this incident which concluded that this nation had been bitten by a bug of inhumanity
and lack of morality. And, let’s not forget the obvious nature of racism prevailing
in India since ages. Be it Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or a small town like Gulbarga
where I am continuing my higher education. Every night when I go to sleep, there
are two contradicting thoughts ringing my mind, one that tells me that I have spent
a safe day and that I could have a sound sleep and the other is of a lingering anticipation
for the next day and whether it would be as safe as the departed day. This fear isn’t
the one that we invent in our hearts but are rather implanted in us. My experiences
here would shy off before the ones that I have mentioned earlier but, is it fair
to live under these circumstances of fear, oppression and racial discrimination?
My freedom as a girl is so limited in the sense that even when I go to the market,
I am often whistled at, winked, eve teased, called “chinki” and all other kinds of
derogatory references. Why? Am I not a fellow human being? Is this the way to behave
with a girl?
The specificity of this hostility is again worth noting as this happens mostly with
the northeastern people. Calling us names and abusing us just because of the virtue
of our physical features is not only offensive and terrorizing but also make them
look like buffoons in our perception because the lack of knowledge about their own
mother land and its citizens is embarrassing enough already. We can admit that lack
of knowledge only accentuates the issue and hence is an area to be addressed at.
Well, as this is an issue that is more subjective rather than a structural flaw,
I hope the government takes the cue that it is a matter of urgency to pass stronger
anti-racist laws as well as propagate proper education about Northeast India. The
incidents that happened might be mostly because of lack of humanity and morality
but, there also other problems of misrepresentation or inadequate representation
of our part of the country. Syllabus regarding Northeast India should be involved
in educational institutions. Fulfilling all these measures would really send a strong
message to the whole country.
And lastly, I would appeal our brothers and sisters residing in other parts of the
country to stay safe and be careful as a quick transition in the country are very
unlikely to come so soon.
PDA college of
Hard work and dedication goes in vain
Through the column of your esteemed daily I wish to state the sorrow condition of
all contractual teachers serving under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Arunachal Pradesh
since 2003.It is a well known reality that SSA teachers in Arunachal has been rendering
their duties beyond all appreciations but this government couldn’t stand up to its
own commitment to work for the well being of SSA teachers of the state.
Non receipt of salaries for half a year has been a mockery in itself, job regularization
of in-service SSA teachers in due intervals is out of menu now which signifies how
irresponsible this government has been to us.
Diwali came and went but we couldn’t light our houses, Christmas flew away into cold
winter nights but we were left alone in the snow & New Year celebrations approached
but not a star twinkled at our home. A slight thought of medical expenses in such
situation breaks our nerves and oh! Never talk of any funerals please. All our sincerity
has been rewarded with disinterests and negligence.
Dear friends, through this medium I am only trying to re-open the closed mirrors
of yours. Can we SSA teachers go on experiencing such hardships every year? I believe
time has come for us to be united and stand against all the injustices and ill treatments
done to our nobility.
I wonder again....... What is worth about ‘teaching with dedication' when we can’t
have the privilege to live in happiness and prosperity? What are the moralities left
behind now? The famous phrase ‘Teachers are the builders of a progressive nation’
has become the joke of the day. How come a nation progresses when teachers stay back
Nabam Bittu, Doimukh
Let us cooperate with the govt.
We have come to know that DDJAC of Likabali and Nari Koyu and GSU along with some
other social organizations after having staged dharna on 4th March, have announced
and served an ultimatum to the government pressuring them to declare Likabali as
temporary headquarter and Sikirima (a non habited forest area) as permanent headquarter
of the newly created Lower Siang district. They warned government that if it doesn't
respond positively, organizations will launch indefinite democratic movement against
the state government.
We have no right to persuade or dissuade the people of Likabali and Nari in launching
any kind of democratic movements, however, I, on behalf of the DDAC and people of
Basar Assembly Constituency while sharply reacting to the fresh demand moved by the
concern organizations of Likabali and Nari Koyu, would like to remind them as follows-
The highest conclave comprising Galo legislators, senior member of society, GWS,
DDJAC, DDAC and GSU held meeting at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok, Itanagar on 12th Dec.
2012. A consensus resolution was adopted in which all present had unanimously agreed
to allow govt. to create long pending Lower Siang district by legislation and that
govt, be pursued to decide the temporary headquarter, either at Nari, Likabali or
Further, it was resolved that permanent headquarter will be finalized in a joint
sitting of the Galo legislators, GWS, DDAC and DDJAC on an appropriate time after
the legislation, under the chairmanship of Gadam Ete. The resolution was signed by
legislators namely Tako Dabi, Gadam Ete, Jomde Kena, Gojen Gadi and the authorities
of GWS, DDAC, DDJAC and GSU.
Accordingly, Galo Welfare Society had submitted the above resolution and moved state
govt. for needful action. Hence, to our understanding the process of creation of
Lower Siang district is moving forward as expected. After legislation let the govt.
decide the temporary headquarter on the merit of feasibilities. The newly created
Lower Siang district should starts functioning without further delay to pave the
process of ushering over all developments and prosperities in our Galo area.
The permanent headquarter issue can be settled unanimously after consensus in due
course of time as per the famous resolution referred above. It would be to our benefit,
if we can maintain minimum restraint and learn to abide by our own words and resolutions.
We should refrain from self contradicting by words and deeds. 'Enough is enough'
as how long can we go on launching movements over an issue in vain. Let us cooperate
with the govt. and gain something than nothing.
District demand action committee (DDAC),
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