March 19


District Jail inaugurated

TEZU, Mar 18: Lohit District Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra inaugurated District Jail at Tezu today.  The Jail will hold 40 prison inmates from native District and will also house prisoners from Anini, Longding, Tirap, Changlang Districts.

Meanwhile, 34 prisoners were shifted to the District Jail from judicial custody today. DIPRO


ACF condemns Nun rape incident

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Expressing shock over the rape incident of a Nun in West Bengal and vandalization of Church at Hisar in Haryana, the Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) today extended its solidarity to the Christian community of West Bengal and Haryana. Condemning the incidents with strongest term, ACF stated that a series of brazen attack on Christians is a danger to unity and integrity of the country. The ACF also added that silence on the part of government over the incidents has emboldened the anti-minority forces.


‘Biorsources’ released

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. Tamo Mibang formally released the first Issue of journal ‘Biorsources’ at Faculty of Life Science building of the university at Rono Hills, Doimukh today.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Mibang advised the scholars, students and faculty members that the fundamental aims and objectives of biodiversity research should be focused on socio-economic development of the region, and Arunachal Pradesh being the largest and biodiversity rich state has an important role to play in national and regional development.

He appreciated the CPEB-II team of RGU headed by Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator Prof. H.N Sarma and Dr. Hui Tag for bringing out the Journal which has the potential to achieve the height of excellence through dedicated effort of editorial team members.

Dr. Daniel Mize, Executive Editor of the Journal informed that the aims of launching this journal is to provide platform to young researchers and scholars actively working in the biodiversity rich region of Eastern Himalaya.

In the same function, the 3rd Issue of Biodiversity Newsletter of CPEB-II was released by Prof. PC Bhattacharjee,  member of the Expert Committee of CPEB-II programme of RGU.

Prof. HN Sarma, Coordinator of CPEB-II programme informed about CPEB-II activities which mainly focused on documentation, knowledge sharing and sustainable utilization of east Himalaya bioresources.

Dr. Hui Tag, Deputy Coordinator of CPEB-II programme informed that CPEB-II programme of RGU have so far conducted 35 outreach programme in different localities of Arunachal Pradesh. It aims to generate awareness among the grassroots level stakeholders about potential and sustainable management and utilization of bioresources for the rapid knowledge sharing and socio-economic development of Arunachal Pradesh.

Prof. Ranjan Das, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Prof. Tamuli, Department of Commerce and COE, RGU, Prof. J.C Soni, Department of Education, Prof. T. Lumding, former Dean of Students’ Welfare, RGU and Prof. D.N Das, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, RGU were present on the occasion.


Allegations refuted

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: The District Agriculture Officer (DAO) of Tawang has refuted the allegations of violating of guidelines in selecting firms for supply of inputs and termed it as baseless.

Reacting to news items that appeared in this daily on March four and 16 wherein it was alleged by  All Arunachal Agriculture/Horticulture Inputs Suppliers Registered Dealership Association that the District Agriculture Officer had violated Government guidelines and adopted  “Pick & Choose' method to select firms for supply of inputs, the DAO in a release clarified that the firms were screened by the District Level Screening Committee constituted by the Deputy Commissioner, Tawang and nly those firms which had fulfilled all the criteria, terms and conditions as specified in the Government Notification were selected for the said purpose.

ROING: Responding to the news item published in this daily on March 16 last wherein the AAAHISRDA alleged that the DAOs and DHOs of various districts including DHO Roing are violating the Govt’s guidelines/notification in implementation of Agriculture/Horticulture Inputs of various schemes in the state, the DHO Roing clarified that the department has followed prescribed policy of the Govt.

DHO Roing clarified that the department has floated open tender through advertisement which was published at local news paper and one of the state leading daily and accordingly various firms of Arunachal Pradesh have submitted their documents.

The Board members headed by ADC Roing as Chairman and DAO, DVO and one Officer from the department as members verified all the relevant documents received from different firms and selected 19 firms. However due to non-receipt of fund from the Govt, the selected firms could not be intimated till date.  Hence, there was no any choose and pick method as alleged, added DHO.(DIPRO)


Villagers sensitized on good hygiene and sanitation practices

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: A team of engineers of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Daporijo, today visited Lepajaring village under Taliha circle as part of National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week and sensitized the villagers on the importance of maintaining high degree of health and sanitation practices.

The villagers were educated on relationship among water, health, sanitation in day-to-day life and role of each individual in making their village open defecation free.

A model individual household latrine (IHHL) using Roto Moulded Squatting Plate was constructed under the supervision of JE RC Sharma. He explained the functioning of each component as well as the procedure for proper operation and maintenance of the toilet.

The villagers pledged to eradicate open defecation in the village.

The team of engineers included N. Konia, EE, T Dulom, AE, and Sri Tapak Dagam, ASM Lable-IV.


Sonia lauds PCC for maintaining winning streak

NEW DELHI, Mar 18: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with State Pradesh Congress Committee President Padi Richo and newly elected MLA of 27 Liromoba Assembly Constituency Nyamar Karbak called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her Parliament office here today. The Congress President while congratulating Karbak on his victory in the recent bye-elections lauded the efforts of the Chief Minister and PCC President on continuing the winning streak of the Congress in this frontier state.

They discussed various issues related to the strengthening of the party in the state. The Congress President was also briefed on the victory of the Congress party in the recent Panchayati Raj bye elections to various vacant posts across the state.

Sonia Gandhi accepted the Chief Minister’s invitation to inaugurate a State Level Convention organized by Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) on the theme; Women’s Empowerment, Security of Women and Eradication of Social Evils. The deliberations of the convention, planned in the last week of April at Itanagar will be based on increasing awareness and knowledge of women Party workers at all levels from across the State. Further, it is intended to give a renewed sense of direction to Women representatives of the Party at various levels of Governance.

AICC General Secretary and in-Charge Arunachal V Narayansami was also present in the meeting.


Small Holder Farmers Conference

ITANAGAR, Mar 18:  Godak Yarin from Raga attended the five days “Small Holder Farmers Conference” held in New Delhi from March 10– 14 organized by Caritas India, Delhi.

Selected by Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA), she was the lone participants in the conference from North East.

The conference was held to promote farmers to practice organic farming in entire Asia.

Presently Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration with Caritas India is working on the Project Farm Northeast (NRM) in 20 villages under Kamporijo – I & II of Lower Subansiri district.

Yarin shared technical problems that are faced by the farmers In Arunachal and Northeast India. She also shared a case study on People Lead Development Approach (PLDA) with them.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways also attended the conference.   

Participants from Nepal, Bangladesh and Germany also took part for the program.


National rural drinking water and sanitation awareness week concludes

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: The gram panchayat level workshop cum national rural drinking water and sanitation awareness week conducted by PHE &WS Division, Khonsa at Sinu Raho GP concluded yesterday.

Doi Tarak, Consultant, M &E cum IMIS, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa urged the gathering to keep their village clean through solid liquid wasted management approach.

Napong Kangnong, Block Coordinator, PHE & WS Sub- Divison, Khonsa displayed various portable low cost sanitary toilets and encouraged the people of Sinu- Raho to construct sanitary toilets in order to prevent sanitary borne diseases.

Earlier, the team visited Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidalaya Middle School, Barap and highlighted water quality testing and personal hygiene.

Documentary film show on hygienic practices of water and sanitation, distribution of leaflets, post card, H2S strip bottles were the other events of the week. DIPRO


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: A mass Social Service was conducted under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yajana (SAGY) in and around Kera-aa Rekho ground, Kera-aa Primary School and Mayu II Secondary School under Mayu II GP today. A good number of volunteers including Sipi Linggi Elapra, ZPC, Misa Linggi, ASM Mayu II, Joweta Meme-GPC, P.I, village elders, women and youths took part. UD & Housing Deptt, Roing extended all possible help by providing truck for disposing the garbage.

It is worth mentioning here that Mayu II Gram Panchayat has been adopted by  RS MP Mukut Mithi under SAGY, which is a GoI programme.


Unions distribute relief to Kato fire victims

AALO Mar 18:  A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union and West Siang District Student Union visited Kato village under Kamba Circle recently.

The team distributed relief items like CGI sheets, blankets, buckets and rice to two fire accident affected families.

The students also met ADC Kamba Nyiken Lollen and Panchayat leader Yorme Kato, and discussed on relief provided by the District Administration and expressed their dismay for not providing Fire Extinguisher at Kamba though proposal has been sent to the Govt. long back. DIPRO


NSS unit conducts camping prog

BOMDILA, Mar 18: The NSS Unit of Government College Bomdila conducted a week-long special camping programme at Wanghoo village.

The NSS Unit comprising of 141 volunteers participated in different social activities like door to door awareness campaign related to natural and manmade disasters, swine flu, personal and community hygiene, sewage cleaning and disposal etc. DIPRO


Church youths provide relief items to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: A team of Town Baptist Church youths visited the fire-affected families at Tadin village, West Siang and provided them with relief materials.

They also contributed few cash amounts to the fund of church to rebuild the church.

14 houses, including a church, six rice mills, two granaries and other properties were devastated in a major fire accident at Tadin village on March three.


YOMA demands two more MOs

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Claiming that there are inadequate numbers of medical officers specially during emergency case in Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun, Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal (YOMA) demanded the director of health services to appoint two more medical officers to meet the needs during emergency. In its representation, YOMA stated that even emergency patients have to wait for the doctors to attend them.


News Impact

Centre releases SPA and TFC funds

Tuki calls for immediate release of fund under DoNER projects

NEW DELHI, Mar 18: The follow up for release of pending funds by the Government of India for various development projects to the State Government, being personally supervised by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has yielded positive results. The Centre has released substantial funds under important allocations such as Special Plan Assistance (SPA) and other schemes related to TFC, health, education, social welfare, etc.

Tuki who is in New Delhi since March 11 with his team of senior government officials including the Chief Secretary and Secretary Planning has been holding several round of discussions with senior central government officials regarding the resolution of several issues before the closing of this financial year on March 31 next. More releases covering important sectors are expected before March end to facilitate timely completion of several ongoing projects.

The Chief Minister held important discussions with Secretary DoNER R Vijayakumar who had called on him to apprise about the status of the projects under the Ministry. Tuki expressed his concerns over inordinate delay in release of funds for ongoing projects funded by DoNER and requested the Secretary to take immediate measures to expedite the same. While reiterating the policy deficiencies in the Non Lapsable Pool of Resources (NLCPR) fund being administered by DoNER Tuki called for an overhaul of the provisions to ensure efficiency and diligence.

Senior officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Ministry of Finance also called on the Chief Minister to discuss several important matters relating to the state.

In another important development, a Steering Group to monitor the preparation of the Arunachal Vision 2030 document was formed by the Chief Minister here after consultations at various levels.

The Steering Group that includes Gen JJ Singh, Former Governor, Ex Members of the Planning Commission Saumitra Chaudhuri and B.K Chaturvedi is likely to meet for the first round of discussions on March 28 in the national capital. The Chief Minister hoped that with their experience and vast knowledge the Steering Group members will be able to give a new direction to the long term aspirations of the state.

The Chief Minister said that this Vision for Arunachal would not be isolated but prepared in participatory manner by including the views and suggestions of the people of the state.

“Any vision would be successful only when the people, right from the grassroots, contributes to its evolution. Therefore, we are going to make this a very participatory exercise,” he confirmed.  

As part of the State Government’s thrust on expanding the renewable energy landscape of the state, the Chief Minister also finalized a 5 Mw Solar Plant in the state which will be commissioned within the next three months.

During this visit to New Delhi the Chief Minister also attended the prestigious India Today Conclave 2015 in which Arunachal Pradesh was showcased as a leading leisure destination of the country. He also participated in the 7th edition of the Delhi Dialogue on Indo ASEAN relations organized by the Ministry of External Affairs on March 11.



Tongam makes Arunachal proud

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Several organizations of the state rejoiced the rare achievement of Tongam Rina, one of the senior journalists of the state and senior deputy editor of Arunachal Times. Tongam has been awarded Indian of the year 2014 for public service by CNN IBN group in  a glittering ceremony held yesterday evening at New Delhi.

The Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) expressed joy over the news that Tongam Rina has been awarded Indian of the year 2014 for public service by CNN IBN group.

In a joint statement both the organizations expressed hope that her rare achievement will inspire the generation of aspiring young journalists of the state. “She is an epitome of courage and her dedication towards cause of freedom of speech and expression is truly inspiring. She has made every Arunachalee proud with her achievement,” said APC President Chopa Cheda.

The APC and APUWJ while congratulating Rina, stated that she has set a new benchmark in the field of journalism and young Arunachalees should draw inspiration from her achievement.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) extended congratulation to Tongam for receiving the CNN IBN IOTY Award.  

“Her achievement is the recognition her selfless and fearless service rendered by her in the field of journalism,” APSCW Member Secretary Yame Higio said in a congratulatory message.

APSCW expressed the hope that the young women of Arunachal Pradesh will draw inspiration from her courage to stand for the right and bring out real issues of the state without any fear.

Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) congratulated Tongam, also one of its active members, for making the state and its people proud through her rare achievement.

The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) described Tongam as pride of Arunachal, an ardent and courageous journalist the state has produced so far. The Society hoped she will scale more heights in the field of journalism and inspire younger generations in this field.

“The readers have been a keen observer of her articles and news coverage of immense importance on the socio-political, cultural and economic aspects and agenda of our state and we do hope that she will continue to work with dedication for the complete integration of this Himalayan state; culturally and emotionally and propagate the essence of peace as pre-requisite for progress and prosperity of Arunachal Pradesh by her creative writing skills,” NES said in a congratulatory message to Tongam for receiving the prestigious award.

“The jury proved their wisdom and broad mental horizon by identifying a deserving recipient of the deserving award from a tiny state of ours, far off from the so called mainland as a befitting recognition to her hard work and service to the people,” the message added.



2nd day of Spring Festival

Adventure sports steal the limelight

Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

PASIGHAT, Mar 18: The adventure Tourism sports on the day two of the on-going 3-day Arunachal Spring Festival at Pasighat stole the limelight. The festival is being organized by the Department of Tourism in order to promote and tap the huge tourism potential of East Siang district.

Much to the delight of the tourists, adventure activities like rock climbing, angling, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) drives, paragliding, parasailing were organized.

The main attraction of the today’s event was angling competition held at River Siang near Bodak Village where a total of 12 anglers participated. However, results were yet to be declared.

Angling opportunities available in our state are yet to be explored due to lack of awareness, said one of the anglers.

Our team of fishing experts is studying the locations along the Siang River to promote the unique angling events, said Nino Dai who is a ground coordinator of the festival.

On the day one of the carnival, colourful traditional dance presented by different troupes of state and Fashion Show presented by designer Kari Lombi  enthralled the crowd. Other attraction of the day one  was  musical night with participation of local legendary artiste like Omak Komut Collectives and Delong Padung besides Imphal talkies, Tetseo Sisters and Guru Rewben Mashangwa.



SES bans use of mobile phone, advocates wearing traditional dress in schools

Staff Reporter

NAFRA, Mar 18:   In a bid to ward off the impact of modernity Sajolang Elite Society (SES) resolved to ban use of mobile phone by secondary level Sajolang students in schools.  It also decided that if any student found with mobile phone during class hour he/she would be summoned by the society for necessary action. The society justified its move by stating that accessing of internet through smart phone has pernicious effect on underage students. The decision came after a mass meeting convened at under the chairmanship of Aju Khonjuju at Nafra in West Kameng recently.  

 SES also decided to make mandatory for Sajolang students to wear traditional dress in their respective schools on every Monday.   However, it made it clear that the rule will be implemented only in Sajolang inhibited areas of both East and West Kameng districts. And the design of the traditional dress for students will be given by its women wings.  To promote its traditional liquor (chang), SES also decided to ban foreign liquor during Chindang festival.

In a statement, SES president said that promoting of local liquor would attract more tourists in such festivals. Aju also stressed that  production of local handicrafts and other traditional instruments should also be encouraged more, so that it generates income for the villagers in rural areas.

During the meeting representative from All Sajolang Students Union, PRI leaders and public leaders were also present.

Sajolang (Miji) is a small community with total population of ten thousand (approximately) according to 2011 census. It inhibited in small pockets of western East Kameng and eastern West Kameng district.



Govt to give special focus on education sector: Felix

PASIGHAT, Mar 18: Arunachal is going to get a fiscal stimulus package for the state under 14th Finance Commission and special focus will be given to education, said Parliamentary Secretary for (Edn & IPR) Bamang Felix while addressing a consultative meeting with the education officers today here at the Siang Guest House conference hall. The meeting was convened  to know the first hand information of the functioning of education department of the district including teacher and student strengths,  infrastructure development and maintenance etc.  

While admitting that his department is facing multiple challenges, he expressed hope that with sustained efforts better results could be achieved. He suggested the ways and means to overcome problems and issues raised by the academicians.

Laying stress on good governance by all functionaries, he sought concerted efforts to create favorable and suitable atmosphere for learning environment. He gave instruction to DDSE and his associate officers to frame short, medium and long term planning for future so that every school could provide basic amenities like furniture, good classrooms.

Felix also called for implementing the policies and programs of the government by all the stakeholders of the department and also suggested them to come up to expectation of the public, student and department.

“The government has adopted zero tolerance for education sector. We are committed to rationalize the transfer and posting of all categories of teachers through single window transfer and posting system to equip with the sufficient numbers of teachers in every school and determined not to tolerate any lapses by any employee of the department in the state,” he reiterated.

Later, Felix accompanied by DDSE, SSA Coordinator, PD (RMSA) and Chief Councilor (PMC) visited fire ravaged Gandhi Secondary School, Pasighat and took stock of losses. He also made surprise visits to DEM Hr. School, IG Middle School (Banskota) and KGBV (Sawmill area) and interacted with the teachers and students to know ground reality.

While visiting KGBV (Sawmill area) the PS expressed unhappiness over the management of the NGO, presently running the school. He observed that there was no boundary wall or fencing to protect the girls, laboratory was being used as hostel and the NGO has appointed an unqualified warden violating the norms set by the government. He also visited, newly constructed Shiksak Sadan and DDSE office in 2-mile area and assured to initiate positive steps to make these fully functional soon.

Felix on the way to Itanagar also visited KGBV Rayang, surprised to learn that students were attending annual examination but there was no teacher present in the school. The very upset PS directed the DDSE to summon the coordinator of the concerned NGO to report him immediately in his Itanagar office. “I cannot compromise with the future of our children. NGOs should impart good education instead of doing business. If they fail to show sincerity and dedication our government will compel to terminate them,” he cautioned. DIPRO



Wildlife awareness campaign

Adequate forest guards sought to prevent wildlife hunting, deforestation

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: The series of awareness campaigns on wildlife protection and preservation organized by Pakke Valley Multipurpose Society Ltd. (PVMSL) in collaboration with Department of Forest under state CAMPA in East Kameng district emphasized of the need to deploy adequate forest guards in the block-wise, if possible, village-wise, to stop hunting and deforestation activities rampant in the district.

It was revealed during the awareness camps that limitless issuance of gun licences has been one of major causes of excessive hunting of wildlife. It can be minimized only when the state government holds back and limits the issue of gun licence to the public, said PVMSL in a release.

“Air Guns are mainly used for hunting purposes; hence availing of air gun from stores should also be banned,” it suggested.

Besides conducting awareness campaign on wildlife protection and conservation in every village, the concern authority in the district should appoint wildlife and forest monitoring committee in villages under CAMPA, it said.

The village GBs and Panchayat leaders and members should organize orientation workshop on Forest Acts and legal provisions on forest and wildlife. Textbook relating to wildlife and natural resources conservation and preservation should be made mandatory at school level syllabus, it said.

Saplings should be provided to the villagers, school students and other public for plantation in their respective place/ areas free of cost.  

The camps were manly conducted on roadside between Seppa and Chayang Tajo for large participation by people. However, two camps were conducted at 18 Mile Camp and Pachi Camp on March 17 and 18 respectively.

Forest Beat Officer Seppa, Nungsung Natung, along with AEKSU president AEKSU and advocate SD Londa were invited as resource persons for today’s programme at Pachi Camp.

Range Forest Officer Tai Dora, AEKSU president Karbia Sonam, Advocate, SD Londa, and 18-Mile Govt. Middle School Head Master Kiachak Londa attended programme at 18-Mile Camp as resource persons.



Karuna Trust PPP model lauded in Philippines

ITANAGAR, Mar 18:  Anup Sarmah, coordinator of Karuna Trust, Arunachal Chapter along with Dr Raja Dodum, Nodal officer, National Urban Health Mission, had represented India  at International Workshop on ''Empowerment of Indigenous People through community participation for sustainable health care system'', held in Tanay city, Philippines from 2nd to 12th  March 2015.  Only two NGOs of India had been selected by the Karuna Trust's international NGO partner The Asian Health Institute (AHI), Japan &  INAM, a Philippine based NGO for the workshop.

Policy makers, experts, research scholars of Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, India and Bangladesh participated in the program.

During the workshop Anup Sarmah had shared about the new initiatives of NRHM in Arunachal Pradesh and other states of India where the Govt. primary health centres are being managed under Public private Partnership program by the Trust. It created lot of enthusiasm among the International delegates to know how NGOs are involved in the strengthening of Govt. health centres in remote and difficult areas.

The audio visual interaction program created enthusiasm among the Province level & National level policy makers of Philippines and other experts of Asian countries.

As the Karuna Trust's state PPP partner, Dr Raja Dodum, presented the National Health policy of India including the recent initiatives & schemes of National Health Mission. He also highlighted how NGOs role is important for the strengthening of public health care system.

Both Sarmah & Dr Raja also visited remote rural health units and the villages inhabited by the indigenous communities of Rizal province of Philippines and studied the role of community health volunteers in managing the traditional health care system in the geographically isolated places of Philippines.

It is to mention that Karuna Trust in partnership with the Dept of Health & family welfare, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh has been managing eleven Primary Health Centres (PHCs) under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) program of NHM since Jan 2006. Under this program Karuna Trust is providing universal health services for about 6% of the total population of the state.



BJP for curbing election malpractices

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Election Commission of India through the Chief Electoral Officer of Arunachal Pradesh to issue necessary directives to the Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng to constitute an inquiry committee to examine and curb the alleged election malpractices in 8-Bameng Assembly Constituency.

Highlighting some alleged malpractices like inducing voters to take bribe, threatening, invocation of divine intervention, forceful keeping of mortgage of property that are widely practiced before, during and after election in the Bameng Assembly constituency, the party in its representation requested to issue directives to all the elected Panchayat leaders and Gaon Burahs of East Kameng to prevent recurrence of forcing the people to take oath relating to election purpose in their respective jurisdiction.

“If elections are held under such suffocating atmosphere how can we expect a free and fair election and also healthy participation of the electors,” the party said, and appealed to the ECI to create an atmosphere where every citizen of the State can participate in election without any fear and elect their representative according to their conscience.

The party took part in the all Political Party meeting held on Tuesday at CEO’s office here to discuss on the improvement in Electoral Roll- Launching of National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.

It strongly advocated for purification and authentication in electoral roll for healthy participation and equal opportunity of the electors during elections. It hoped strict implementation of the programme will not only give a correct figure of electors in the state but also prevent an elector from casting his vote more than one constituency, the representation said.



Breakthrough in Kameng HEP construction

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: In a major breakthrough, the power developer has completed the herculean and challenging task of boring the 14.47 km long Head Race Tunnel (HRT) of 600 MW Kameng HEP in the tectonically disturbed Himalayan terrain of Arunachal Pradesh on March 16 last.

P C Pankaj, CMD, NEEPCO Limited activated the last blast at 11 am in Face-II of HRT at Bichom in presence of Kumsi Sidisow, Thrizino-Buragaon  MLA & Parliamentary Secretary (PHE&WS), A K Singh, Deputy Commissioner, West Kameng district, M K Sharma, ED(P) Hydro, B C Saha, ED(D&E), S K Baruah, HOP, KaHEP and host of other officials of NEEPCO Limited and Patel Engineering. The work commenced during February 2005 for conveying water from Bichom Dam to feed the hydro-turbines of Kimi PH and in-spite of encountering various geological surprises the breakthrough could be achieved.

The criticalities encountered and remedial measures adopted during the boring of this 14.47 km tunnel in this tectonically disturbed, young and fragile Himalayan belt are precious for the tunnel engineers as well as for engineering geologists all over the world.

The Kameng Hydro Electric Project which is situated in the West Kameng District, envisages an annual generation of 3353 MU of electricity by constructing two dams across the river Bichom & Tenga and, conveying this water to Kimi Power House through a 14.47 km long Head Race Tunnel and 3.7 km long High Pressure Tunnels to feed hydro-turbines of four generating units having capacity of 150 MW each. It is a run-of-the-river project with a gross head of 536 meters and firm power of 161 MW. The horseshoe shaped concrete lined HRT of 6.7 M dia has been designed to convey 140 cumecs of power draft.



A-Coy, Jully emerges champion in the 4th IRBn Inter-Company Volleyball championship

ITANAGAR, Mar 18: The four-day long 4th IRBn Inter-Company Volleyball Champion -2015 came to end on a colourful note at 4th IRBn BHQ, Jully today.

In the final match A-Coy., Jully defeated the equally strong opponent D-Coy of PTC by 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11 and emerged as the Champion of the 4th IRBn Inter-company Volleyball championship 2015. CT. Nokbow Pansa was adjudged as the best player and best discipline team award was given to F-Coy., Seppa.

The final tug of war match was played between A-Coy., Jully vs B-Coy., Naharlagun and later defeated the former in the two straight set to claim the champion title.

Prizes were distributed to winners during closing ceremony.

Prize and reward of Annual classification firing was also announced. Asstt. Commandant, Techi Susen was declared as best firer among officers of 4th IRBn, BHQ, Jully in 9mm Pistol firing category.

Head Constable Taw Leya was adjudged best firer among Head Constable in 9mm CMG category. Constable Pill Talam was adjudged best firer in Constable category of 5.56mm INSAS Rifle.

Republic Day Parade contingent led by SI Chukhu Teri (PC) was also rewarded on the occasion for their excellent drill performance during Republic Day Parade 2015 at I.G. Park, Itanagar. SI Noren Siang (PC) and his subordinate ASI M. Perme were also rewarded with Commendation certificate-III and cash for their excellent performance of law and order duty at Upper Siang.

Earlier, addressing the  closing ceremony, Commandant Meghna Yadav (IPS) congratulated all the participating teams viz A-Coy, Jully, B-Coy, Naharlagun, C-Coy, Tarasso, D-Coy, PTC, E-Coy, Tawang/Bomdila, F-Coy, Seppa and Office team for their well and exemplary performance during the entire tournament.

While encouraging the participants, Megha Yadav  said “it is a platform where we law enforcing agency get time to interact with each other apart from our normal duty.” She promised to organize such event in near future. “Winning and losing is part of the  game,” she said while lauding all the participants  and organizers for successful conclusion. It  is a victory of everyone who had contributed and took part, Yadav added.



Disaster management meeting held

YUPIA, Mar 18: A team of Disaster Management Audit, Brig (Dr).B.K Khanna, Chairman, BNK Disaster Management and Crisis Management Services, New Delhi, Squadron Leader Krishan Mitroo, Member, DM Expert and Nina Khanna, Member DM Expert had a meeting with DC cum Chairman Disaster Management Tai Kaye and all officers of line department at DC Office Yupial today.

DC Tai Kaye who is also the Chairman of District Disaster Management highlighted on the various preparedness on Disaster Management  of the district and informed that the area is located in vulnerable zone and the main challenging problem is the lack of proper tools and equipments of Disaster Management at district level during any disaster.

The visiting team had one to one interaction with the officers to know about their role in disaster Management plan of the district. They said that good disaster management program can only be made when there is collective effort and equal contributions from all sides. A better community based preparedness and management should be high priority in any disaster Management plan.

Earlier, Brig(Dr) B.K Khanna informed that the main objective of the Disaster Management Audit process is to evaluate and improve the Disaster Management preparedness program. DIPRO

At Itanagar, the meeting with Technical Team, National Disaster Management Authority was held at Office of Deputy Commissioner today.

The Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex apprised the Technical Team about the problems faced during disaster within Capital Complex in the last one year. During the meeting a Proforma for Disaster Management Audit was given to all the members present and necessary instructions were given to all by the Technical Team.

The Technical Team also visited Hospitals, Schools, Markets, etc in the Capital Complex and adjoining areas during the course of audit.  



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Save our tribal dialects

Dear Editor,

Unfortunately lots of local dialects are on the verge of extinction. Due to globalization, the economically powerful languages have started dominating the local dialect. Even many parents believe that their dialects have no future and that their children will not acquire professional qualification if they teach them their tribal language. All the schools, especially the private schools discourage the use of local dialect. Children of present generation are even ashamed of speaking in their own dialect. Well, we should know that when a community losses their local dialect, they often lose part of their culture and tradition.

Keeping in mind the importance of local dialect, no stone should be left unturned to preserve and protect it from extinction. The concerned ministry, NGOs, societies and every individual should play their part in this endeavor. The young generation should be encouraged to speak in their dialect. “Loss of language is loss of culture;    Loss of culture is loss of identity"


Nyalen Hakom

Student, GHSSI


Speed up the work

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw kind attention of our beloved PWD Minister about ongoing repairing and maintenance of road stretching from state capital to Jote by concerned PWD department. It is observed that PWD department has only few labourers (10-20 numbers) in hand for carrying out this work and with this amount of manpower, the work is moving at a snail pace. The said work started since last October and it has not completed even halfway. If this pace of work is maintained, it would take one year for completion of repairing work.

And it would be further delayed as rainy season is also approaching and during monsoon season they will not be able to burn the bitumen. So, a little time of about two month is left for finishing the work. The said stretch of road is of state importance as it would connect various institutions like NIT, Arunachal Law College, EDI, tourism resorts etc. Also large numbers of public of this area use this road on daily basis.

Therefore, being a concern citizen and daily user of the road I urge respected minister to kindly look into the matter personally for early amicable solution and completion of work.


Nabam Tara



Wrong information

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the news item published in your daily on 17th March under the headline extortion racket busted, wherein it was mentioned that few people have been arrested for extorting money from the government officials. It was mentioned in the news item that two of the alleged accused namely Charu Kani and Yura Rajesh hails from Kurung Kumey district.

We are surprised to hear this as truth is that both of them belong to Kra Daadi District which has separated from Kurung Kumey. Also it is matter of regret that the police official made such wrong publication without properly verifying the background of arrested persons. Such wrong publication defames the name of our district and gives wrong impression to the general public.

Therefore, the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey District Unit demand the officer In-charge to verify accused person and give clarification in local news paper at the earliest.


Phassang Bunghi


Kurung Kumey District Unit ANYA




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---- Editorial ----


Unfortunate death

The mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi at Bangalore has once again brought to the fore, the need to protect honest government officials who takes up cudgel against the corruption. Before his untimely death, Ravi had taken up crusade against illegal builders. He became extremely popular as the deputy commissioner of Kolar district for his work in ridding encroachments and other "honest" works. Ravi’s death has angered the people of India as he joins many other honest officers who are constantly paying for their life for being an honest government servant.

Our system has gone so wrong that there seems to be no place for the honest person. Those officials who try to do their work with sincerity and truthfulness often become the victim of corrupt system. In such scenario, how can one expect government officials to be honest and sincere? While Karnataka government is maintaining that Ravi’s death is case of suicide, many including his family member suspect’s foul play. Today his parents staged a protest outside the State Secretariat building and demanded a CBI probe into the mysterious death of their son.  Karnataka government should heed to their demands and handover the case to CBI. State CID may be easily influenced by local politicians and therefore such prove will not be transparent enough.