The Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal on, Rijiju to meet him
NEW DELHI, Mar 4: The week-long visit of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
to Arunachal Pradesh next month will take place as scheduled, notwithstanding objections
The Dalai Lama will be in the north eastern state from April 4 to 13 and Union Minister
of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, among others, will meet him there.
During his visit to Tawang bordering China, the spiritual leader will be hosted by
the Buddhist Tawang monastery where he will be meeting his followers.
"The Dalai Lama will be a guest of the Arunachal Pradesh government and as a devotee,
I will meet him in Tawang," Rijiju, who represents the Arunachal-West Lok Sabha constituency
under which Tawang falls, told PTI here yesterday.
Peeved over the proposed visit, China warned India against allowing him to visit
Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would cause "serious damage" to the bilateral ties and
peace in the "disputed" border region.
"China is gravely concerned over information that India has granted permission to
the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng
Shuang said in Beijing.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and routinely objects to any visit
by top leaders, officials and diplomats to the area.
Rijiju, however, said the Dalai Lama is going to visit the state as a religious leader
and there is no reason to stop him as his followers are demanding he should come.
Asked about China's objections, Rijiju said the central government is run by a nationalist
party which considers the country's interests first.
"We are neither going to be dominated by anyone nor shall we dominate any of our
neighbours. But we give prime importance to India's interests," he said, without
making any reference to China.
Ignoring China's protests, the government had earlier allowed former US ambassador
to India Richard Verma and Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje's
visit to Arunachal Pradesh last year. (PTI)
'India, China should be sensitive to each other's concerns'
BEIJING, Mar 4: China and India should be "more sensitive" to each other's concerns
to address contentious issues and they should not allow differences to stop their
"pretty close" relations from moving forward, a top Chinese official said today.
Being big developing countries facing multiple challenges China and India "need to
be more sensitive to each other's concerns so that we can better address them," Fu
Ying, spokesperson of the China's parliament, the National People's Congress, said
responding to questions on India-China ties.
"For some issues that cannot be worked for the moment, we cannot allow them to stop
us from moving forward. We must proceed with whatever we can and advance good cooperation,"
she said at a crowded press conference here ahead of NPC's annual session starting
China's relations with India and the US were the only foreign policy related questions
dealt by Fu in the nationally televised press conference which is otherwise dominated
by the defence budget and pressing domestic issues like recurring pollution.
China yesterday expressed concern over India granting permission to the Dalai Lama
to visit the Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of South Tibet.
Fu said that despite the differences, the relations are progressing well.
"China-India relations have been advancing pretty rapidly," she said. (PTI)
Gao reacts to purported letter to Shah
BJP lodges complaint to police
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: State BJP President Tapir Gao on Saturday evening came out strongly
against the purported letter doing rounds in social media and asserted that it was
the handiwork of some politically-motivated people to cause friction among party
Speaking to this daily, Gao, who is currently at Imphal for an election campaign,
said that the purported letter was a hoax and that the matter has been reported to
BJP national President Amit Shah.
Asserting that 'such mischievous and childish act won't bear any fruit', Gao assured
the public and his party members that the BJP is united and will continue to remain
'We have lodged complaint with Itanagar Police Station for necessary actions and
requested for filing an FIR under relevant Act,' said state BJP General Secretary
Jarpum Gamlin in a press statement, who asserted that Gao is currently out of town
since March 2, 2017 and he has nothing to do with such stupid act.
Terming the 'failed' act as cheap attempt to bring disrepute to Pema Khandu led BJP
Government, which is ushering much needed stability after prolonged political instability,
Gamlin said, 'In short span of time, Tapir Gao and Pema Khandu-Chowna Mein have forged
a strong team bonding. They all share same vision for growth-development of Arunachal
Pradesh and its people.'
'Imitation and forgery also requires high degree of class act,' said the BJP leader,
while adding that whenever any communication in writing is made to our national leaders,
state President Gao never uses the general letter pad as seen in the circulated letter.
Also, letters to our national leaders, are never stamped with official seal as is
seen in the purported letter, he added.
'These little instances are a total giveaway that the letter in question is false,
forged and fabricated and desperate attempt by the losers,' said Gamlin.
In the so-called letter in circulation, BJP president Amit Shah has been allegedly
requested to ask Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein
to step down from their respective posts for the allegations leveled against them
in the 60-page note 'Mere Vichar', left behind by former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.
'I have seen a copy of the 60 page MERE VICHAR, the allegations against these people,
I found to be very authentic to many extent' (sic), an extract of the letter read.
Stand on your own feet; Governor asks Puroik community
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Governor P B Acharya advised the Puroik community to stand on its
own feet for social and economic progress by empowering themselves through education.
'Strive forward with positive mindset, go for entrepreneurship and form cooperative
societies in the fields of tribal expertise, like handloom and handicrafts and excel
in life', the Governor suggested the delegation of the All Puroik Welfare Society
(APWS), who called on him at the Raj Bhawan on Saturday.
Calling on them to maintain their cultural traditions, the Governor, who knew of
the community since his first visit to the state in 1965, exhorted the Puroiks to
think about the society and people with new mindset. He also stressed on social rehabilitation
and girl education.
As an encouragement toward women empowerment on his part, the Governor assured to
sponsor five Puroik girl students for nursing courses free-of-cost, except for the
food through Alva's Education Foundation, Moodubidri in Udupi District, Karnataka,
the home district of the Governor.
Earlier, the Governor had invited the Chairman of Alva's Education Foundation Dr
Mohan Alva during the 31st Statehood Day celebration of the state.
The Managing Trustee of Alva's Education Foundation Vivek Alva participated along
with vice chancellors of NITTE University, Mangalore, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai
and Sikkim Manipal University, Rangpo in the celebration.
Further, the Governor assured to visit the Puroik Colony at Papu Nallah on March
5 and have a community dinner with the people.
Earlier, the APWS members, led by its General Secretary K Talong and accompanied
by T Soja, K Halley and T Waru briefed the Governor on their challenges and avenues
for development of the Puroik community. They also submitted a memorandum to uplift
the community. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)
AdiSU opposes any deviation from Committee recommendation
[ Maksam Tayeng ]
PASIGHAT, Mar 4: The Adi Students' Union (AdiSU) has clarified its stance on Lower
Siang district territorial boundary creation, saying that any deviation from the
Dharmendra Sharma-led High Power Committee recommendation, which was submitted to
the state government on April 7, 2015 will be strongly opposed by the AdiSU and other
The AdiSU has in a press statement alleged that, an attempt is being made by some
organizations to compel the state government to notify the territorial jurisdiction
of Lower Siang district contrary to the Dharmendra Sharma-led High Power Committee
'Such an attempt will dilute the confidence and assurances made between the ABK
and Lower Siang Elite Forum', stated the AdiSU.
AdiSU Secretary Education, Nang Gao has said that the Lower Siang Elite Forum had
requested the ABK to accept the Dharmendra Sharma-led High Power Committee Report
and issue a 'No Objection Declaration' upon which the ABK, the apex and appellate
body of the Adis had issued the same subject to strict adherence with the Dharmendra
Sharma-led committee recommendation.
APPSC candidates attend mock viva-voce
NAHARLAGUN, Mar 4: In all, 16 qualified candidates participated in a daylong free
mock viva-voice, organized by the Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) for the APPSC
mains 2017 qualified Assistant Engineer (Civil) candidates, at a city hotel in Naharlagun
on Saturday last.
Professors from Rajiv Gandhi University, including S K Patnaik, Narayan Prachand
and Bhasker J Chutia besides, Dr R K Prasad from NERIST and senior journalist, Tongam
Rina were the resource persons.
ACGF Secretary, Dr Nani Tamang and ACGF Chairman, Pura Sambyo were also present on
College holds national conference
ZIRO, Mar 4: A two-day long national conference on Rural Livelihood, Environment
and Sustainable Development, organized by the Department of Geography, SCCZ concluded
at Saint Claret College on Friday last.
During the conference, which was also attended by Lower Subansiri EAC, Mokar Riba
and IGTAMSU, Ziro, Chancellor, Arvind Kumar Das, about 16 papers were presented by
Renowned academicians were the resource persons for the conference including; Professor
Nishamani Kar, Dean, School of Environmental Sciences, RGU; Professor S K Patnaik,
HoD, Department of Geography, RGU; Dr Vijay Kr Sharma, Deputy Director, SIRD; John
Gangmei, Dept of Social Work, RGU, and Dr Jagannath Patgiri (Retd) Former HoD, Department
of Geography, Pragjyotish College, Guwahati.
AAPSU urges govt to give priority to education and health sectors
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Reiterating its 18-point demand submitted through a memorandum earlier,
the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has strongly appealed to the state
government to give priority to education and health sectors during the ensuing budget
Citing that the government needs to take bold initiatives for drastic development
of education and health sectors, the AAPSU said, "It is an undeniable fact that majority
of the population of the state solely depends on government schools and hospitals,
especially in rural areas. However, the government institutions and health centres
are in dilapidating condition." The AAPSU urged upon the government to restore dilapidated
infrastructure of government schools and colleges and hospitals, which are pivotal
for human development.
The Union has lamented that the Right to Education Act has not been implemented effectively
and the distribution of teachers in schools has also not been done fairly and systematically
in the state. The government should ensure the 1:30 pupil-teacher ratio in the schools
by formulating effective policy, it added.
Earlier, the Union had demanded for regular disbursement of SSA/RMSA teachers' salary
to solve economic conditions of the teachers, establishment of CBSE regional sub-branch
at Itanagar, timely disbursement of stipend and scholarship for students, implementation
of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and provision for high-tech equipments
and medicinal facilities in government hospitals.
In a statement, AAPSU President Hawa Bagang has appealed to the government to sort
out problems that confront the education and health sectors, and hoped that the government
would take up issues relating to the health and education sector in the budget session
on priority basis.
Further, the Union also asked the government to take firm stand on the long-pending
boundary issue and refugee issue (Chakma & Hajong and other illegal immigration)
in the state.
While welcoming the government's initiative for establishment of full-fledged state
university at Pasighat, the AAPSU, however, lamented over the tardy progress in construction
of the university infrastructure. It also threatened to take up path of agitation
to put pressure on its demand for appointment of regular Governor immediately in
ROING, Mar 4: The district level Cub-Bulbul Utsav was held on Saturday, wherein seven
The event was organized especially for the Cubs and Bulbuls between 5 to 10 age group
with an objective to provide them with an opportunity to interact with each other.
Various fun and entertaining activities were organized amongst the children.
The children enthusiastically took part in activities, like sessions on Cub and Bulbul
law, promise, motto, sign salute, uniform, flags, knotting, drill, jungle stories,
jungle dance during the programme.
Group song, group dance and storytelling competitions amongst the children, and talent
show were also conducted.
Earlier, the Cub and Bulbuls took out a procession with slogans in the main thoroughfare
of the township, followed by flag ceremony.
Roing ADC Chesta Yadav distributed prizes to the winners, and advised the students
to maintain discipline and give priority to their studies to achieve the desired
goal in life.
District Commissioner (Scout) Obang Langkam and District Commissioner (Guide) Toklak
Pertin were also present in the programme.
The event was organized by the District Association Roing, headed by DTO Somit Mena
under the guidance and supervision of DDSE Ego Doye, with support from unit leaders,
senior Scouts and Volunteers.
Ha Anchal team wins 1st Martyrhood Volleyball Tournament-2017 of Lt Romik Tada
NIRJULI, Mar 4: The Ha Anchal Segment Volleyball team won the 1st Martyrhood Volleyball
Tournament-2017 of Lt Romik Tada by defeating Nyobia Anchal Segment volleyball team.
Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources Development Agency Chairman Yora Tagung, members
of All Kra Daadi District Students' Union, including its President Gora Rikam, ANSU
leaders and family members of late Romik Tada attended the closing ceremony of the
tournament held at Nyokum Niya Ground, Nirjuli on Saturday. The tournament was
organized by the All Tali Area Students Union.
International Women's Day
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) will celebrate
the International Women's Day at Longding on March 8.
The theme of this year's celebration is "Be bold for change - Women in the changing
world of work: Planet 50:50 by 2030".
The programme is being organized in collaboration with the District Legal Services
Authority (DLSA), Public Health Engineering Department & Water and Sanitation (PHED&
WS) and All Wancho Women Welfare Society (AWWWS), Longding unit.
Tago is SAA Chairman
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The State Government on Friday appointed Bamang Tago as the Chairman
of Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) and sports fraternity of the state
have welcomed the appointment of Tago in the post.
He has vast experience in sports field and appointment of an energetic and capable
person like Tago as Chairman of SAA will help in further development of sports sector
in the state, said AOA in a statement.
Pioneer of education in Ziro, Kuru Tangu passes away
ZIRO, Mar 4: One of the pioneers of education in Ziro, Kuru Tangu of Reru village
in Lower Subansiri district passed away on March 3 at his residence after prolonged
He is survived by his wife and children.
A visionary leader in the field of education, Tangu founded Nime Ashram School at
Ziro in the late 90s and dedicated his life for the betterment of the students' community
in particular and the society as a whole.
He was instrumental in Ziro earning the reputation of educational hub of the state.
"His death is a great loss for the society and the void left behind by his death,
especially in the field of education, will be difficult to fill," the Private School
Association of Ziro (PSAZ) said in a condolence message.
The PSAZ conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Training on citrus plantation concludes
[ Maksam Tayeng ]
PASIGHAT, Mar 4: A three-day long training on good agricultural practice for controlling
fruit drops in Khasi Mandarin Orange (Citrus reticulate blanco), organized by the
Department of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture & Forestry, CAU, Pasighat concluded
Altogether, 30 citrus fruit growers/ farmers from Takilalung village and GTC, Pasighat
attended the training programme.
The scientists from the college imparted training on different techniques and methods
of physiological disorders and management. Different diseases and its management
in citrus, soil management, mechanism of plant growth regulators (PGR) for controlling
fruit drop, improved horticulture tools and implement for foliar spray, nematodes
infestation in citrus and its control measures, parasitic infections and its measures,
and post harvest management of the fruits were also taught to the farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr A K Pandey, Dean of CHF Pasighat stressed on the need
for scientific cultivation in citrus fruits to increase the yield and productivity
in the region for economic enhancement of farmers and the state at large.
Maintain unity amidst diversity: Bhagaiah
PASIGHAT, Mar 4: Joint General Secretary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS), V
Bhagaiah has appealed to the people of Arunachal to maintain unity and work for social
Bhagaiah, who was addressing an 'Intellectual Meet' at Pasighat College of Horticulture
and Forestry on Saturday, urged the citizens to develop the culture of unity and
oneness among different groups for nation building. He laid stress on preservation
of indigenous faith and culture, customs and local languages to keep their unique
Stating that religion and politics are not mediums of social transformation, Bhagaiah
further opined that only unity among diversity could put the country on the tract
East Arunachal MP Ninong Ering, East Siang DC Tamiyo Tatak, DFO (T) Tabang Jamoh,
ZPC Kaling Dai, WASE General Secretary Joya Tasung-Moyong and leaders of Donyi Polo
Yelam Kebang also attended the programme.
SAI to hold selection trials
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre, Naharlagun,
will conduct selection trials for both boys and girls (12- 16 years) in four sports
disciplines for admission to the centre.
The selection trials will be held for few seats in boxing, karate, taekwondo and
weightlifting on March 25, 26 and 27.
Gold and silver medal winners in state championships and any medal winners in national
level competition recognized by the concerned sports federation or state association
are eligible to appear in the selection trials.
Swachh Shakti Saptah
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The "Swachh Shakti Saptah" was launched at Simong Gram Panchayat
of Upper Siang district on March 3.
Swachh Shakti Saptah, launched nationwide by Union Ministry of Drinking Water and
Sanitation is a week-long programme of activities to highlight the role of women
in Swachh Bharat Mission and recognize their leadership.
Speaking on the occasion, Assistant Engineer of PHE & WS, Yingkiong Sub-division,
L K Srivastava explained about the week-long programme and exhorted the womenfolk
to make cleanliness a part of daily life in order to make Upper Siang district open-defecation
free by October 2, 2019.
Departmental engineers, women activists, and ASHA workers were present and addressed
Blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The All Bengali Welfare Federation organized a voluntary blood donation
camp in collaboration with Rama Krishna Hospital, Itanagar, recently.
Around 55 students turned up for the camp, out of which 37 could donate their blood.
The main objective of the camp was to motivate voluntary blood donors, create awareness
among people about the importance of blood donation as well as to meet the blood
requirement of the Capital Complex.
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Palin Employee's Welfare Association (PEWA) has deeply mourned
the sudden demise of Junior Engineer (Power/Electrical) Tarak Hari on March 4 at
his residence at Bage Tinali, Nyirubjolli.
He left behind his wife and children.
In a condolence meeting, PEWA President Heri Maring said that Hari was a sincere,
dedicated and hardworking official. He was also one of the very active members of
the association and his premature death has caused an irreparable loss to the association
in particular and the Nyishi community as a whole, Maring added.
The members of the association observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect
to late Hari and prayed to the almighty to rest his departed soul in peace. They
also conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.
The name of Professor Tomo Riba was wrongly published as Professor Tamo Mibang in
a news on World Wildlife Day celebration , which was published on March 4 edition
of this daily. The inadvertent mistake is deeply regretted.