Singphos demand Govt to initiate legal action against Chakma refugees
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: After the M-pen fiasco, the Singpho community led by Singpho Development
Society and Singpho National Council called on the state government to initiate legal
action against Chakma refugees and deputation of Police personnel at the area.
The call came after refugees and Singphos clashed that left dozens Chakma refugees
and Singpho injured following a court order that refugees vacate encroached private
land belonging to the Singpho community.
Today a team consisting of Singpho Development Society and Singpho National Council,
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union met the Home Minister and PWD Minister to apprise
them of the situation.
The Ministers are reported to have assured the delegation of immediate action against
those who has violated the Court order and seriousness over the issue.
On April 9, violence broke out after some 60 Chakma families were evicted from M-Pen
following a court order to vacate the area on March 31 as some Singphos who have
Land Possession Certificate wanted it back.
M-Pen, which is around four Kilometers from main Miao Township originally belongs
to Singpho community. However in the early sixties, Chakmas were given settlement
in an area measuring up to 8 miles on one side of the road. With time, the refugees,
which numbers around 200 hundred families encroached on the other side of the road
as well and settled in the area.
9th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament
Papum Pare beat East Siang, enter semi-final
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Papum Pare beat East Siang 3-0 and became the first team to seal
place in semifinals of the 9th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi
Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Papum Pare, which has not yet conceded a single goal in their three outings, sounded
the score board 24 minutes into the match through Michi Gambo. Gambo netted the ball
when the goalkeeper failed to collect it properly. The second goal was result of
a thundering shot unleashed by skipper Techi Takar in 34th minutes. The team was
leading 2-0 till the lemon break.
The second half saw Papum Pare unleashing flurry of attacks on opponent’s citadel.
But the team had to wait till 77th minute for their 3rd goal.
For East Siang what seemed to be lacking was coordination amongst the players. Thanks
to poor finishing all their futile attempts to find the equalizer bore no fruits.
Kurung Kumey will play against East Kameng in tomorrow’s second quarterfinal at 3
All India Football Federation (AIFF) referee instructor Anjan Bonik will witness
the final match on May six. He will be arriving state capital on May four on invitation
of the organizing committee.
Northeast Consultation on Dams decries development’ aggression
PASIGHAT, Apr 30: Concerned leaders from all over the Northeast have gathered here
in Pasighat, East Siang District, to discuss the ‘development’ aggression of the
Government of India in the Northeast. The gathering strongly opposed any move to
destroy land and natural resources of the indigenous communities for the profit of
a few Corporate Houses.
Ninety eight participants from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur
and Meghalaya are participating at the consultation.
The gathering condemned the callousness of the Corporate and Government in evolving
policies which would ultimately destroy the livelihood and the natural resources
of the peoples in the NE and also the fact that they have totally ignored or are
knowingly avoiding the life threatening issue of the seismicity of the North-eastern
The gathering witnessed outpourings from people coming from all Hydro Project Affected
areas in the NE. There are three stories, among many which were shared, on queer
dynamics of Dam issues in the NE.
There was a sharing on how Domur Dam in Tripura which has been silted and choked
is a glaring example of technological and scientific failure at the planning level
and yet the Government has done nothing to decommission it. The meeting also discussed
about how Tipaimukh Dam is going to submerge a civilisation of Zeliangrong People
if the project is implemented.
There was also a discussion on how Assam Government’s repeated order to stop the
construction works of Lower Subansiri which has gone unheeded, indicating the control
of the Corporate over the Assam Government.
The Consultation is till May 2.
MDVSU demands essential service
ROING, Apr 30: The Middle Dibang Valley Student Union (MDVSU) has expressed serious
concern over the acute shortage of essential commodities, medicines and electricity
at Anini and middle Dibang Valley.
The district administration has failed to bring respite to the flood affected people
after several days of flood fury, said the union in a release. Relief materials are
yet to reach the affected people, it added. The union demanded sufficient stock of
the life-saving medicines to prevent outbreak of water-borne disease after the recent
The union also appealed the administration and the GREF for early restoration of
Ambolin Bailey Bridge, the lone lifeline of Anini over the river Dree. Flood water
washed away the bridge on April 15.
Bandh at campus, RGUSU reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) informed that the
12 hours bandh call today crippled the normal life in Rono Hills. Students gathered
at University Security Checkgate and Administrative Block demanding immediate resignation
Vice Chancellor of RGU Prof. KC Belliappa within 2 days time.
The Union urged upon Chairman of High Power Committee to end the agony of the students
by removing Prof. Belliappa within two days time.
Union has decided to appeal AAPSU to take over the charge of agitation if present
state and central government fail to remove the tainted VC within stipulated time,
a release further informed.
The RGUSU President Tayuk Sonam, General Secretary, Lingdum Taha and Vice-President,
David Gao apprised the matter to the Papum Pare DC who visited the campus today.
The Union informed that it has clearly apprised to DC Papum Pare that they are not
against the institution and state, but democratically fighting against Prof. Belliappa
“who is an icon of moral misconducts, nepotism and corruption, who has broken the
University Acts, Statutes and Ordinances into pieces”.
It is upto to the state and its people to judge whether such person of low integrity
and irresponsible nature should be allowed to remain as VC of this prestigious institute
of higher learning, the release further added.
“Apex bank is making quick recovery”
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd is making
quick recovery, according to a release from NABARD. It has complied with provisions
of Sec.11(1) of B R Act, 1949 (as applicable to Cooperative Societies) and most of
the legal parameters baring one as prescribed under B R Act, 1949 (AACS). The net
financial margin of the bank has shown positive trend and it has increased to 2.1%.
The Bank’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) has improved to 21.9% which is fairly high
as required under BASLE norms. NABARD will be writing separately to the Deputy Commissioners
to park Government funds at Apex Bank and the Bank has been advised to market its
products aggressively to its customers.
With the amendment of Cooperative Societies Act, the bank will receive a financial
package under Vaidyanathan Committee Recommendations which will augment the bank’s
financial resources. Besides, the bank will introduce the Comprehensive Banking Solution
(CBS) for which it is negotiating with Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD),
an apex training institute of NABARD at Lucknow. This will facilitate in Asset –
Liability Management and smooth transfer of funds and remittances.
Upper Subansiri gears up to deal with disasters
Daporijo, Apr 30: Stress was given on the need to provide training to personnel involved
in District Disaster Management Committees (DDMC) so that all could be prepared about
their roles and duties during disasters during a District Disaster Management Review
meeting held here today.
Under the DDMC, 12 teams were formed to look into specific duties like information,
search and rescue, shelter management, emergency health services, vigilance, water
and sanitation, transportation, roads and bridges, food supply, fuel collection,
electrical and damage assessment. A comprehensive DDMP will be prepared after all
relevant data is collected so that it could be followed in order to mitigate and
minimize loss and hardship if a disaster occurs in the district. Deputy Commissioner
i/c ADC G. Ete while chairing the meeting said that review meetings were necessary
in order to remain alert in case of any kind of eventuality in the district.
The DDRO, Lobsang informed that with the onset of the monsoon season, it was imperative
to review the District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP) and do away with any lacks
and lacunas so that rescue and relief work could be provided immediately and smoothly
in case of any disaster. Adding that all district heads of departments were members
of the DDMC, he requested all to provide necessary information about resources and
infrastructure available in the departments so that it could be incorporated in the
plan and put to use successfully. (DIPRO)
Estimate Committee lauds activities in Lohit
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The Committee on Estimates of Fifth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal
Pradesh headed by its Chairman Dr. Tangor Tapak observed that development activities
are better visible in Lohit than other districts. They were in Lohit on a two days
At Tezu, the team inspected various schools and District Hospital Tezu and lauded
the activities undertaken in the district under SSA, NRHMS and other schemes sponsored
by Centre and the state.
The team also visited ICDS and Anganwadi centers at Loiliang and Danglat.
The activities at Sunpura circle of Tezu and Anjaw district could not be assessed
by the team due to road communication bottleneck. DIPRO
Legal action against those without registration and licenses
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Legal action would be initiated against erring employers and contractors
who are found executing work/project without obtaining registration certificates
and licenses respectively from the Labour Commissioner.
This decision was taken at a coordination meeting of District Labour & Employment
Officer and other officers under the Labour and Employment Department at Itanagar
Addressing the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary (L&E) Padi Richo urged the Labour
Officers to ensure that no principal employer should undertake works without obtaining
registration certificate, and in case any such employer is found executing the work
without having a valid registration certificate, prompt legal action should be taken
by the Labour Officers by filing prosecution case in the appropriate court. He further
called upon the Labour Officers to ensure that employers should not violate provisions
of the Cess Act and smooth collection of Cess in time. He further emphasized the
need for early modernization of Employment Exchanges so as to access nationwide vacancies
to job seekers in Arunachal Pradesh.
Secretary, Labour & Employment D.S.Pandit, made it clear to the Labour Officers that
legal action should invariably be taken by them against the defaulting employers
and contractors irrespective of their status and organization.
Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board,
Jelley Sonam also emphasized on stream-lining of working of the Board.
Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung, exhorted District Labour Officer to put their best
efforts for effective enforcement of labour laws for projection and benefits of working
class particularly to workers of unorganized sector.
During the meeting, District Labour Officers highlighted their difficulties and problems
arising out of lack of human resources and fund at their disposal as a result of
which, their efforts are not yielding desirable results in enforcement of labour
The officers also highlighted that the employers particularly the Executive Engineers
of various works departments have made their task more difficult because these Executive
Engineers/Employers do not pay much attention to comply with the provisions of labour
laws regarding registration of their establishment and licensing of contractors working
Bagang calls for timely completion of on-going schemes
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Chayang Tajo MLA Karya Bagang has called upon the heads of various
departments in East Kameng district to make every effort to complete the on-going
development works in the district in time.
Addressing a coordination meeting with the HoDs at Seppa recently, Bagang, while
expressing satisfaction over the work progress under various departments, assured
all possible support to Govt officers.
Earlier, departmental heads and administrative officers, who took part in the meeting,
briefed about the progress of the on-going schemes under Chanayang Tajo constituency.
They have also proposed action plan for development of the segment.
Centre keen to promote food processing sector in state
Union Minister to attend ‘investors meet’ today
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The union ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) is keen
to promote the food processing sector in Arunachal Pradesh in particular and NE in
general, informed ministry’s Joint Secretary A M Meena today. Meena was addressing
the press persons on the eve of investors meet scheduled to be held at Banquet Hall
Union Minister for Food processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahai and Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu and other dignitaries will also grace the occasion.
The Joint Secretary said that the employment opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs
can be generated in the state suitable Agro-climatic condition with adequate land.
Nalbari in Assam has been identified for the Mega Food Park for NE , which will
benefit all NE states as the Primary Processing centres. The “Investors Meet” being
jointly organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with the support of the
MOFPI and Government of Arunachal Pradesh will aim to create awareness about the
various programmes/schemes of the ministry to the entrepreneurs, farmers and potential
investors and other participants. The meet will try to draw the intention and generate
interest of the investors on the immense agri-potential of the state.
200 potential investors of Arunachal and North East region have been invited by
the ICC to attend the meet. 20 potential investors from outside the region are expected
The meet would also highlight the innovative agri -technologies and services developed
in the NE Region, while also acting as platform for farm sector players to explore
the opportunities for contract farming, sourcing, processing, value addition, distribution
and marketing and identify profitable agricultural, horticulture and agri-processing
projects in the region with special focus on Arunachal Pradesh.
State Industries joint director Subu Tabin highlighting the initiatives of the
Arunachal Govt to promote the sector. He also informed that investor friendly State
Industrial Policy-2008 would also be apprised to the Investors and entrepreneurs
on the occasion.
The State Food Processing Policy is on the anvil, he said while adding that the Industrial
Policy has given special emphasis on food processing industry with 20% capital subsidy.
The facilities of Primary Processing Centres and Collection Centres need to make
available in the state, so that cultivators get encouraged, he added.
The state Govt. will also apprise various scheme and grants available for promotion
of Industries in the state.
Deputy Director and Head of the Agri-Business Cell of ICC, Madhuparna also spoke
on the occasion.
Representatives of financial sectors of the state, and officers from various departments
besides representatives from DoNER, NABARD and various Govt agencies will take part
in the meet. DIPR
Sahai stress on viable schemes
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Food processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahai arrived
Tawang this morning. The union minister is expected to visit Tawang Monastery, PT
Tso Lake and War Memorial before leaving for Itanagar tomorrow.
Responding to the plea of the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who air-dashed to Guwahati
and escorted him to Tawang, Sahai assured to extend every possible assistance to
the state government in the field of food processing industries. He asked the state
government to come up with viable schemes according to the produces for early consideration
from the ministry. During interaction Khandu apprised Sahai about the state’s potential
to produce varied agro-horticultural products in large scale. He however lamented
that due to lack of basic infrastructure like cold storage facility, marketing avenues,
lack of awareness amongst the growers etc. the quantum of produce is by at large
restricted. He appealed the union minister to consider for developing infrastructures
to boost this sector for economic growth of the state.
While Khandu sought every possible support from the union government to harness the
agro-horticultural potentials of the state, he believed that this sector would to
a great extent provide self employment avenues to the people and augment income for
the poor farmers.PRO to CM
Depts come together to restore Deopani Hydel
ROING, Apr 30: Responding to a call by Deputy Commissioner, Y W Ringu Ringu for
early restoration of Deopani Hydel, NHPC, BRTF, PWD, RWD, WRD, Hydropower (Civil),
PHED and Power departments has decided to clear the diversion channel. Machineries
from NHPC, PWD and BRTF will be used to clear the boulders that blocked the diversion
weir at some 4 km from intake point. Some 60 labourers will be engaged for the task.
Deputy Commissioner also asked the power department to restore the Assam Line within
three days so that the people of the Roing township get immediate respite from power
Jitu Miri, AE(Power) informed that the Assam power line were disrupted due to damages
of electric poles of about 1 km stretch by Lohit River at Alubari under Namsai Sub-Division
last week. He informed that a Junior Engineer from Roing was sent to the damaged
site for helping immediate restoration of power line which may take about a week.
Meanwhile DC has called an emergency meeting of District Level Relief & Rehabilitation
Committee to work out the extent of damages caused by the torrential rainfall throughout
the district. She asked all the HoDs of Work departments to submit the estimate of
damages and extent of losses caused by the recent torrential rainfall in the district
to expedite the relief and rehabilitation process. She also asked them to develop
a communication network with their field staffs to immediately report to the district
headquarter when any kind of damages are caused during monsoon season in different
corners of the district. (DIPRO)
Kudos to KK DC
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: All Nyishi Youth Association, Kurung Kumey unit (ANYAKKU) has lauded
the initiative being taken by Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng to improve the work
culture in the district.
It is worth mentioning here that Deputy Commissioner has already served notice directing
the district heads of the departments of Kurung Kumey, including the work departments,
who are presently officiating from Ziro or any other locations outside Kurung Kumey,
to shift to their HQ in the district within 15 days.
Orphanage health program
NAHARLAGUN, Apr 30: Jhil Takking Society (JTS) has organized an orphanage health
care programme at Jivan Jyoti Children’s Home at 9/6, Koilamari village in North
Lakhimpur district of Assam as a part of interstate program on April 24.
It was sponsored by Emmanuel (BTM) Hospital, Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh and inaugurated
by JTS chairman Boria Yabang.
During the programme specialist doctor conducted free health check-up and offered
free medicine to 30 patients/children. The children were provided necessary clothing
as an economic support. Children also interacted with doctors during the programme
called Maina Parijat Sora.
Richo, Nikang to lead CDFC
ZIRO, Apr 30: Padi Richo has been selected chairman of Central Dree Festival Committee
(CDFC), Ziro. Mudo Nikang has been selected as the Secretary, CDFC. The selection
was made in a general public meeting held at Dree ground, Old Ziro on April 27 Last.
Dree is an agricultural festival celebrated on 5th and 6th July by Apatani community
every year for bumper harvest.
Prior to modernization of Dree festival in 1967, celebration was confined to village
level. Today, with passage of time, along with religious formalities, more of social
activities are included.
FUASU supports protest rally
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Federal Unit, Apatani Students’ Union extended support to the protest
rally launched by Apatani Youth Association (AYA) on May 3.
The protest is against the brutal murder of Habung Chunya on April 6.
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Zilla Parishad Members (ZPMs) of Kurung Kumey district, in a letter
to Chief Secretary, have opposed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between
M/s Delhi Traders Itanagar and Director of PR for construction of Intermediate Panchayat
Resource Center under Kurung Kumey district without floating tender notification.
Free medical camp
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: PRI leaders, GBs, youth, NGOs, Leporiang Market Committee, All
Leporiang Welfare Committee Capital Complex and Women Welfare Society Leporiang Circle
are jointly organizing a free medical camp at Leporiang on May 4 and 5.
The organizers appealed public of Sagalee, Toru, Parang, Mengio and other circles
to attend the medical camp and informed that Doctors from RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar
comprising of Dr Tunu Gadi, Dr Obang Ngupok, Dr K Zamal, Dr T Lobsang and Dr Doli
Geyi will attend the camp.
DSU supports RGUSU’s demands
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Doimukh Students’ Union (DSU) extended supports to the demands
made by Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union regarding removal of RGU Vice chancellor.
It further said that the law and order problems within RGU campus is affecting the
law and order situation in Doimukh.
Improve mobile phone service: BJP
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Anjaw district unit president appealed
to the BSNL authority to install additional mobile towers at Manchal circle in order
to improve tele service.
District BJP President Banim Kri claimed that due to poor tele network or no network,
remote villages like Walong, Kibithong, Goilang, Mataliang, Chaklagam and Khyong
in between Randham and Hayum remained disconnected from rest of the world. He also
urged the BSNL GM to pay special attention towards Hayuliang and Hawai for improving
Orientation training on Drug abuse
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Regional Resource and Training Centre North East II, under the
sponsorship of National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment, Government of India is organizing a one day orientation/ sensitization
programme on Drug abuse prevention at Cafeteria, near Kingcup Public School, Itanagar,
on May 3.
ITANAGAR: On the eve of the Labour Day, Parliamentary secretary Labour and Employment
Padi Richo in a message has said that government is making all out efforts to fulfill
the demands of the workers of the state.
Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley
Sonam also said that the state Government is making all its efforts towards the upliftment
of working class and to fulfill the need of the workers.
Several programs have been scheduled to mark the day in Itanagar.
State Level Taekwondo C’ship
ITANAGAR: The 18th State Level Taekwondo Championship 2010 will be held at Aalo,
the district headquarter of West Siang from May 14 to 16 organized by West Siang
Respite for Malaria workers
ITANAGAR: The Itanagar Bench of Guwahati High Court has issued a notice to state
government and Health Directorate after Malaria Eradication Employees Association
knocked the doors of the court seeking its intervention for withdrawal of fresh
interviews by government instead of accommodating 59 employees who are already working
with the department.
The Association had been on a three day dharna demanding repealing of government
advertisement as they want government to abide by its earlier decision in which it
had assured that 59 workers would be given preference.
The Notice is returnable within two weeks from today.