March 16


Protest against racism in Delhi and Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  Arunachalee students on Wednesday organised a dharna outside the Karnataka Bhawan in Delhi in protest against the attack on Higio Gungtey, a student of Christ University, Bengaluru.

Higio Gungtey, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a fourth-semester student of Christ University, was allegedly beaten and forced to lick his house owner's shoes for using excessive water in Bengaluru on March 6. The house owner was identified as Hemanth Kumar.

Students submitted a five points memorandum to the resident commissioner of the Karnataka Bhawan demanding immediate intervention of the government of Karnataka into the matter and deliver speedy justice, free and fair special investigation team (SIT) to be constituted to probe into the case,  compensation and immediate medical care and attention to be given to the victim, punishment to the culprit and a Special Police Team to safeguard and protect people living in Bangalore.

Arunachal Student Union Delhi, North East Student Society Delhi University, Arun Chetna Manch and several other organizations have formed Justice for Higio Gungtey Committee to fight against racial attack, informed its Chairman Rikar Dini.

The students later protested in front of the Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi seeking action against the latest attack.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) and Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) have strongly condemned the brutal assault on Gungtey.

Taking serious note of the incident AAPSU President, Hawa Bagang  asked the concern authority to take appropriate action  against the  guilty. It also appealed the state Govt  to take up the  matter with Karnataka counterpart  for  justice to the victim and requested the MoS  for Home Kiren Rijiju  to look into the case seriously to prevent such incidents in the future.

AAPSU  appealed  to the students who are studying outside the state to take precaution.

"This is not the first incident, we have witnessed a number of such incidents in the past in which our students are victimized," the AAPSU resented.  

All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) has appealed to Kiren Rijiju, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Governor to take up the matter with Karnataka Government  to book the  culprit under ST/SC  Atrocities Act 1989 and  give justice to the victim.

Expressing concern over the increasing racial discrimination against the students of North-East in general and Arunachal Pradesh in  particular in other parts of the country, the ANSU said that despite ILP restriction, outsiders are living in Arunachal peacefully without discrimination while doing  their service in both Govt and private sectors. On the other hand, our students are completely unsecured in educational institutions in other states which is not at all good, ANSU added.  

Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC)  also  termed the incident as racial discrimination and urged state government to take up the matter with Karnataka counterpart  for punishment to the culprit as per law. It further requested Kiren Rijiju to act practically for justice to the victim.

Strongly condemning the alleged racial attack on Higio Gungtey, a fourth semester student of Christ University, Bangaluru in Karnataka on March 6 last, by his rent owner B Hemant Kumar, the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes' Forum (AITF) in a release on Wednesday, sought the state government's immediate intervention into the matter.

While commending the Karnataka Police for its prompt action in nabbing the accused, the Forum has further urged the state government to take up the matter with the Karnataka government to ensure justice for the aggrieved student.

In Itanagara protest against racism and attack on Higio Gungtey is being organized by Civil Societies on Thursday, March 16. The rally which starts at 7.30 AM from Akashdeep and will culminate at IG Park.




Legislative Assembly passes budget

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The State Assembly on Wednesday passed the Rs.16015 Crore budget for 2017-18 with Finance Minister Chowna Mein terming it as progressive, reform oriented and 'people's budget.'

It was passed with voice vote after two days of debate and discussion by the members.

The budget, which was presented by Mein on March 10, has an increase of Rs. 2791.79 Crore over the previous year, which was Rs 13,243.21 Crore.

Speaker TN Thongdok adjourned the Assembly sine die after a brief discussion on release of LOCs and payments.

Prior to passage of the budget, Mein said that the budget will address core economic sectors and fulfill people's aspiration.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu called for turning the budget into reality.

He called upon the elected representatives, government employees from top to bottom level to develop work culture and will power and prioritize issues of common interest over all issues to achieve the budget goals.

"The High Power Committee (HPC) constituted will be activated soon to monitor implementation of the budget," Pema said.

"Corruption is the main hindrance to development and it must be rooted out," the Chief Minister said, and called upon people to join hands in the fight against corruption for progress.

On air connectivity, Pema said that six ALGs are ready to opertionalize and the state would soon have commercial flights.

Lamenting the absence of an airport in the state capital, Pema assured to pursue the airport issue with Centre and finalize it.

Earlier, participating in the discussion, member Wanglin Lowangdong suggested the government to give priority on exploring the yet unexplored resources of the state.

He urged the government to give attention towards Geology and Mining Department.

He also called for strict checking to prevent revenue pilferage and review of revenue structure.

Expressing serious concern over uncontrolled drugs problems in eastern districts, Lowangdong informed the house that as per Narcotic Control Board report, 2014, 80% of the youths are opium addicted. He also informed that 762 tons of Opium cultivation was reported during that period, Lowangdong urged the Government to look into matter seriously.

Mama Natung suggested for formulating buy back policy for agri-horti produces to support the farmers.  He emphasized the need of investor-friendly policies to woo investment from outside investors.

Karya Bagang, Japu Deru, L Simal, GD Wangsu also participated in the discussion and put-forwarded valuable suggestions.




Sanctuary of Democracy Shifts

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  The 42 years of journey of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Building in Naharlagun came to an end with the conclusion of the 11th session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. By April, the sanctuary of democracy is shifting to its permanent new building at Itanagar.

It was an emotional day.

One of the oldest members, Chowkham MLA, CT Mein delivered a farewell speech today reminiscing the journey of cramped old building.    

78 years old MLA shared his experiences as he officially announced his last session in old building.  Mein's brief speech welled up many legislators.  

Mein who first got elected way back in 1978 informed that initially the Provisional Legislative Members got Rs 250/- honorarium. These days a member draws a salary of more than a lakh per month with incentive included.  

The old building has a tale to tell. It had its first Provisional Legislative Assembly session under Union Territories in 18th August 1975.  The journey started at the makeshift barrack accommodating five provisional legislative members- PK Thungon of Kameng district, Tadar Tang  of Subansiri, Tomo Riba of Siang, Sobeng Tayeng of Lohit and Wangpha Lowang of Tirap.  

After attaining statehood, the first legislative Assembly session was held on 26March 1990 in the building, enough space made to squeeze in sixty elected members, invited visitors and the press gallery.

The nondescript but historically important legislative building has seen nine chief ministers.

"630 honourable members have come and gone, many are not with us, many are retired, but whatever Arunachal Pradesh today is because of the legislations which have been brought to the house. Today's progress is due to that house" said Speaker TN Thongdok pointing out the histories of the state associated with the building.  

In a country famous for verbal disruptions and physical fights during legislative sessions, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly has remained one of the most disciplined and blissful.

"I never come across unruly behaviors from the honourable members", Thongdok adds.

There is mixed feelings among the staffs at the prospect of shifting. Few of them are excited to work from the new building with spacious rooms, however many are emotionally attached to the old building.

"We are expecting better facilities, spacious room in new building" said Kingsuk Chaudhry, a computer operator.

Another staff wanted the Assembly to be continued in same old building for their convenience. "I wish Assembly continued in this old building, it will be difficult for us to commute to Itanagar" a staff said.  

Section Officer L Kumar R who has been working in the Assembly for the last 36 years feels that building is historical.   

The cramped and congested state Legislative Assembly building will be remembered for years to come. The baby steps to democracy were taken in the same corridors that will make way for the new Medical College.




Trade Unions serve 14 days ultimatum to govt

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  The Joint Working Committee of Arunachal Pradesh Trade Unions (JWCAPTU) comprising of 12 different Unions has served 14 days ultimatum to govt seeking immediate removal of all the Ex-Officios from the Workers’ Board and to stop non-statutory benefits.

Addressing media persons at Arunachal Press Club (APC), JWCAPTU general secretary Kenkar Yomcha informed that in the welfare fund account of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board, crores of money has been deposited in the form of 1% cess, but the fund which is meant for poor registered workers of the state are being misused in the name of implementation of Non Statutory benefits.

"Despite clear cut direction by the Apex Court and executive order by Ministry of Labour and Employment, crores of rupees are being misused in the name of implementation of non-statutory benefits," alleged JWCAPTU.

Stating that board is being used as an ATM to mint money by team of ex-Officios, JWCAPTU went on to allege that the officers are looting the public money while diverting the fund which are meant for poor workers.

JWCAPTU informed that while defying the orders passed by the central government and also Rule 22 of Act 1996 of Board, officers are procuring items which was not finalized in the meetings.

Informing that as per the records available, more than Rs 3 crores were spent in various awareness camps and around Rs. 75 lakhs were withdrawn in the name of awareness camps,

JWCAPTU further disclosed that awareness camps and medical camps were not conducted in all the places against which the money was withdrawn.

JWCAPTU demanded that Chief Secretary constitute a high level enquiry committee to unearth all the misappropriation and the assets of CEO and all the ex-officios of the Board.





State BJP lauds budget

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  On the conclusion of debates & discussions and passing of the Budget 2017 - 18 in the State Legislative Assembly, BJP Arunachal Pradesh congratulates Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein for presenting a "pragmatic, pro-poor, developmental oriented comprehensive budget with many new innovative initiatives".

 The State BJP President Tapir Gao said that many of the reforms in policy and governance as proposed in the budget in the areas of land management, fiscal management, decentralization & devolution of power, communication and transport et al will bring tangible improvement in the developmental pace and greatly enhance the productivity of the State.  




Governor meets community leaders

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  Governor of Arunachal Pradesh P.B. Acharya met the representatives of Assamese, Bengali, Jain, Malayalee, Marwari and Punjabi communities in Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.

The Governor exhorted them to maintain one's distinct identity, culture and traditions and also concomitantly intermingle with the local communities. He urged the representatives to strengthen oneself so as to strengthen the society where the communities are rendering their service.

The Governor said that some benefit of their enrichment should go back to the local communities under 'Citizen Social Responsibilities' (CSR). One needs to have the spirit to serve the Arunachali society and for this, any of the societies can adopt a Government School, orphanage or a hospital and if possible sponsor few underprivileged people and facilitate the illiterate to avail benefits under various schemes of State and Central Governments, he said.

The Governor urged upon the social leaders to be nodal agents of Central Government programmes and schemes and to work towards 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' and against drug addiction.

The society representatives requested the governor for his initiative for the train service to South India, cultural exchange programmes and promotion of Yoga in bigger way.

The delegation included B. Dutta, D.J. Bhattacharji, Kamal Jain, C. Ramesan, Samal Bajaj and Sukhwinder Singh and Chayanika Vaishast of Vivekananda Centre of Human Excellence.




Gambling and sale of tobacco products prohibited

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Capital Complex District Magistrate, Prince Dhawan has in an executive order U/s144 Cr.P.C of 1973 r/w Section 31 of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Control Products Act (COTPA), 2003, issued on Wednesday, prohibited sale and consumption of Tobacco/ Gutka/ Cigarettes/ Panmasala, etc in and around 100 mtrs radius of educational institutions/ Hospitals within the Capital Complex jurisdiction.

He further cautioned that violation of the order may lead to prosecution under relevant provisions of the law.

The district administration further appealed to all not to sell or consume tobacco and nicotine products, which are already banned by the Govt. of India as well as the GoAP.

Meanwhile, in another order, the District Magistrate prohibited all kinds of gambling in the entire jurisdiction of the Itanagar Capital Complex. He further issued directions to the Capital Complex Superintendent of Police and all the Executive Magistrates to keep strict vigil and take strict action against those who indulge in gambling.  

He further requested the denizens of the Capital Complex to report any  gambling activities going on within the Capital Complex to the concerned administrative officers and nearest police station. (DIPRO)   




RGU conducts workshop on 'Advances in Electronics and Communication'

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  A two-day workshop on 'Advances in Electronics and Communication' was conducted by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh which concluded at the Institute of Distance Education, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) on Wednesday.

Earlier, while speaking during the inaugural ceremony of the workshop which was attended by over 60 participants, Prof. Amitava Mitra said that an intervention of advanced engineering technology is required to save the coming generations from the fatal effects of economical degradation.

RGU Registrar, Prof. Rachob Taba in his address, also stressed the need for technological, social and ethical consciousness in the present generation.

Dean, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Information Technology and Engineering & Technology, Prof. Utpal Bhattacharjee, Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies, Prof. Rama Chandra Parida, HoD, Department of History, Prof. Tana Showren and HoD,  Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Ani Taggu also spoke on the occasion.




DTF review meeting on IPPI and Mission Indradhanush

ZIRO, Mar 15:  A meeting of the District Task Force on Immunization (DFTI) was held at the Conference Hall of the General Hospital here on Wednesday to review the performances of the 1st round of Mission Indradhanush(MI) and IPPI and to discuss the microplan for the 2nd round of IPPI.

Addressing the meeting ADC, Nending Chatung expressed concern over continuous absenteeism of few DFTI members and poor participation of the teachers during all national health programs for children and directed the DDSE to issue circulars in time and ensure teachers participate in the programs.

On the suggestion of Secretary, All Hari Women Welfare Association, Hage Tarun Yanku for issuing circulars to all the schools regarding the important health programs and their schedules, ADC Chatung directed the DDSE and the DRCHO to liaise and circulate the schedules to all the government as well as private schools and day care centers.

Further, while reviewing the performance of the 1st round of IPPI held in January 29, DRCHO, Dr. Derin Likar informed that 5395 children between the age of 0-5 yrs were vaccinated with OPV crossing the actual target of 5176.

'Although India has been declared polio free nation on  March 27, 2014, but danger still looms in the form of migration of the virus from PAN( Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria) countries where still few cases of polio has been detected in the recent year. We cannot afford to remain complacent and need to be on our toes until the entire world is declared polio free, he added.

The meeting was also attended by DMO, Dr. Tage Kano, MS, Dr. Kime Horming, Dr. Radhe Angku, DANO, DTO, Yumlam Yajum Lombi, Deputy Director, ICDS, T Thangjam, CO, Hake Tarung besides representatives from education department and medical staffs. (DIPRO)




World Consumer Rights Day observed

ITANAGR, Mar 15: The World Consumer Rights Day was observed across the state on Wednesday.

In Bomdila, while addressing a gathering at Multi Indoor Sports Club, DF&CSO, T Gamlin called upon the consumers to be well aware of their rights and responsibilities. He urged the traders to shun illegal practices and be a part of the well conceived progressive society.

Earlier, ACLM, T Gurro briefed on the modalities of the standard packaged commodities and services sector while ILM, T Tassar highlighted on the aspects of the World Consumer Rights Day and about the Consumer Protection Acts.

Among others, Bomdila Bazaar Secretary, Lobsang Jamba and Tsering Thinley spoke on the occasion.

In Aalo, the Day was observed in a befitting manner at Aalo Club by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society West Siang Unit.

In his address, West Siang DC, Gamli Padu said that Consumer Protection Act 1986 is a legislation enacted for protecting the interest of consumers through various forums for settlement of consumer's disputes. It guarantees enormous rights to the consumers and ensures compensation to aggrieved consumers. He further appealed to the women wing to spread the message and knowledge on such rights and duties to the ignorant masses in the far-flung areas.  

West Siang unit APWWS Secretary, Hoksum Ori and Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology, Jomba Kamgo Lobom also spoke on the occasion.

The students of SFS college also presented practical demonstration on adulteration, quality standardization, weights and measures, packaged commodities, ISI Mark etc.

In Daporijo, special awareness programme was conducted at Ligu Govt. Higher Secondary School by Department of Legal Metrology and Consumers Affairs on consumer's affairs.

Resource person from the department explained about the rights of consumer and informed about MRP, expiry date and other printed item on the product.

Labour and Employment Officer, Jumni Ligu was also present as resource person. (DIPRO/ Correspondent)




Coordination meeting on flagship prog and Aadhaar enrolment held

YUPIA, Mar 15: A coordination meeting with all administrative officers including head of departments and BDOs on the ongoing Central Govt flagshipship programme and status of Aadhaar card enrolment of officers, staffs and beneficiaries in Papum Pare district was held at DC's conference here on Wednesday.

Presiding over the meeting Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye informed that the administrative reform department of the PMO  has been strictly monitoring the  achievement and progress of the implementation of all the flagship programme and other developmental schemes. He requested all the HoDs to submit the status of ongoing schemes and new scheme proposal with proper documentation.

Stressing for  enrolment of officers, staffs and Govt schemes beneficiaries in Aadhaar card, DC asked the DSO Economics and Statistics who is nodal officer to immediately arrange the necessary machineries for Aadhaar enrolment in uncovered or left out  area and to constantly monitor  the enrolment process.

SP Tumme Amo who was also present in the meeting informed that law and order situation is more or less peaceful and under control in the district. He assured the head of departments that Police personnel are always there to assist if there is any security problem.

All Govt officers apprised the DC about the status of ongoing schemes, Aadhaar card enrolment and DBT facilities in their respective departments.  DIPRO




Pema congratulates Parrikar, Singh

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has congratulated senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar for being sworn as the Goa Chief Minister for the fourth time on Tuesday. Khandu also congratulated N Biren Singh, who took oath as the chief minister of Manipur today.

 In his congratulatory letters, Khandu hoped that with BJP Government in place in Goa and Manipur, good governance, peace and development will take lead in these states.




AR apprehends weapons dealer

KOHIMA, Mar 15:  One Malu Sethi, a resident of Ponklasahi, Orissa was apprehended from Paharpur village with deadly explosives, detonator, shrapnel's & equipment for making IEDs during an operation launched by Jairampur Battalion of Assam Rifles on March 14.

He is reported to have admitted to supplying explosives to terrorist outfits and further admitted to have been convicted previously at Guwahati for similar offences and is on bail for last one year.




Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  A Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi (prayer center) was inaugurated at Balisori under Kamku Circle, West Siang district on Sunday last amidst the presence of hundreds of believers.

While addressing a huge gathering on the occasion, AGICTF President Marpe Bojir urged all to preserve and maintain their indigenous identity by establishing more such prayer centers for the Donyi Polo believers.

AGICTF Secretary, Marpen Nalo in his address also advocated for maintaining the religious practices of Donyi Poloism.





East Siang DC reviews Smart City proposal

PASIGHAT Mar 15: A consultative meeting of Pasighat Smart City proposal was held Wednesday evening under the chairmanship of East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak in his office chamber.

Municipal Executive Officer Ainstein Koyu, PMC Chief Councilor Kaling Doruk, Core Committee member Dr. Narmi Darang and Consultant of Voyant Solutions Md. Fahad Shahab presented a complete report on final concept papers.

DC Tatak while appreciating the team spirit has directed that guidelines set by Union Ministry of Urban Development for Smart City Mission is followed. The draft Smart City Proposal should be ready within 19th March next for scrutiny and finalization, added Tatak.  DIPRO




Fish farmers meeting held

ZIRO, Mar 15: Progressive fish farmers from Ziro-I and Ziro-II took part in a general body meeting of Lower Subansiri Fish Farmer Cooperative Society Ltd at Abotani Hall, Hapoli here on Saturday last.

In the meeting, DFDO, James Nabum informed the participants about the technical aspects of fish farming. DRCS, Gyati Kobing also spoke on the occasion.

Later, the members of the  cooperative society decided that fishes dully certified by the DFDO and Lower Subansiri Fish Farmer Cooperative Society Ltd. alone will be sold in the market while, fish seeds would be procured only from authorized farms in Assam and adjoining state. (DIPRO)




Airtel authority urged to activate mobile tower

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Mechukha Eco-Tourism and Conservation Society (MECS) has urged the Airtel authority to immediately activate the mobile tower erected at Mechuka town to facilitate better network coverage in the area.

Narrating the problems faced by the people of the area due to lack of proper telecommunication facilities, the Society lamented that the Airtel authority has not yet taken any interest to provide mobile services in the town despite repeated pleas by them.

Airtel tower was erected at Mechuka town in June 2016 last year.

The Society, in a letter addressed to the Bharti Airtel General Manager, Itanagar, fervently urged for immediate activation of the mobile tower.   The Society further cautioned that any further delay from Airtel will compel them to invite other service providers to replace it.

Meanwhile, the Society also requested the local MLA to personally take up the matter with Airtel authority for early activation of tower.




BWS demands high level enquiry

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Beyong Welfare Society has  appealed to the state Govt to conduct high level enquiry into the Rakesh Beyong murder case to find out the root cause  behind murder and arrest all the  culprits involved in it.

A society release informed that on February 18 last Rakesh Beyong was brutally murdered by one Sagar Adivasi who reportedly admitted the crime after his arrest at Khola Camp, Bhalukpong in West  Kameng district.   

Expressing dissatisfaction at police investigation into the case, the Society suspected   involvement of more persons  in the murder case and urged the Govt to take necessary action within seven days to give justice to the deceased.

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---- Editorial ----



End attack on NE students

The attack on students hailing from North East region continues to take place in various parts of country despite tall assurance from central government. This time an Arunachalee student has been brutally assaulted at Bengaluru by his landlord. The student was even forced to lick shoe of the landlord. The horrific incident brought back the memory of Nido Tania, who died after being assaulted in a market place at Delhi in 2014.

After the incident Government of India constituted an 11-member committee headed by retired IAS officer M P Bezbaruah to look into the report of racial attacks on members of North East community. The committee submitted its report in August 2014. However not much have been heard about report after it. The attack on NE students will not end unless people of mainland Indians are educated about the region. Majority of Indians assume people of North East as foreigners and behaves differently. This is the root cause of all the problems. In order to educate people, government of India should include chapter on North East in the school syllabus. If these kinds of attack continue to take place it will only create bitter division between people of North East and mainland India. Therefore drastic measures should be taken to ensure that such incident do not again take place in future.






---- Readers Forum ----




Different facet of politicians

Dear Editor,

Before elections we find politicians making promises which are never fulfilled and hitting out on each other parties .I would like to tell these politicians that if they are so interested in serving the state, they should refuse to take any salary or allowance or any benefit related to such post.

Tell the people what you can do and if you make any promises stand by it .A pauper if he wins an election, becomes a millionaire, but what about the aspirations and faith of the people who have elected him .There are so many persons in Arunachal Pradesh who without any financial power have done so much for the people .It is not that only if someone is an MP or MLA this can be possible. Maybe in future, a time will come when due to such purity of thinking in the minds of all, Arunachal will be a paradise.


Byabang Noah Dui





Stringent punishment must

Dear Editor,

After Hyderabad, Una and Bastar, it is now the turn of JNU to stage yet another agonizing incident; a Dalit research scholar being found hanging. In another incident, a student from Arunachal Pradesh faced racial attack in Bangalore. How long we will make ourselves lick the shoes of caste and race monsters? When will we Indians learn to tolerate Indians? And when will we Hindus learn to tolerate? A quick and stringent punishment must be dished out to those among us who are attacking the fabric of fraternity.


Sujit De, Kolkata






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