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CCI approves widening of Potin-Pangin and Nechipu-Hoj roads

Daporijo, May 17: The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr.Man Mohan Singh has approved the widening of two roads of Arunachal Pradesh to National Highway standards under Arunachal Pradesh Package for Roads & Highways of the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE).

In its meeting held in May 6  in New Delhi, the CCI approved the construction of Road from Potin to Pangin at a project cost Rs.1985 Crore and for Nechipu to Hoj a total project cost of this road project is Rs.1486 Crores on BOT (Annuity) basis.

The Prime Minister had made an announcement on January 2008 at Itanagar to upgrade/construct roads in Arunachal Pradesh. Based on this, the Cabinet approved the Arunachal Pradesh Package of Roads and Highways totaling 2319 kms under SARDP –NE in January 2009. Out of 2319 kms, 776 kms of road comprising of 4 packages, proposed on BOT (Annuity), were approved in principle. Under the 11th Five Year Plan, a total outlay of Rs. 2028 crores have been earmarked for the 4 BOT (Annuity) projects of Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways of SARDP-NE. The two roads approved form a part of these 4 packages.

The total Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) required for the projects would be Rs.4851 Crores and Rs.3513 Crores respectively. The total cost of the project also includes the Land Acquisition and Pre Construction activities cost of Rs.163 Crores and Rs.125 Crores respectively. The timelines for completion for both the projects have been set at five years.

Minister of Mines & DoNER B.K Handique, was also present in the meeting.


AdiSU oppose proposed hearing on Lower Siang project

ITANAGAR, May 17:  Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) had decided to oppose the proposed public hearing regarding clearance on 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Project on May 30 and 31 and June 1 at Pessing, Pangin and Jeying respectively.

Justifying its stand, the Union said that the state Govt had failed to fulfill its demands which was submitted in the form of memorandum to the chief minister  on June 22 last.

Terming the proposed public hearing as illegal, the Union in a representation to the State Pollution Control Board (APCB) today said no power developer or Govt. supplied a copy of draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Dam break inundation map to public.

The union further expressed concern that the “Dam issue has become very political. Instead of educating the public properly on the pros and cons of the project, it has become a fertile ground for the representatives for  politicizing and dividing the society”, the Union said.

Even the power developer are indulging in bargaining with local individuals and  groups with monetary support in the name of removing the suspicion regarding the dams and its bad affects, it said.

Union also questioned the stand of Adi Bane Kebang, apex council of Adi Community on Dam issue. It said, instead of being mere spectator and yes man organization under few elected leaders of Adi belt, ABK, should lead in any development activities in Adi Belt.


AAPSU seeks government action

ITANAGAR, May 17: Lamenting the irresponsive attitude of the government in divulging the whereabouts of the 250 students of state languishing in various monasteries of Nepal, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung has reminded the government to come out with the details regarding the children.  

The government needs to address it seriously and immediately as the future of young naïve children’s are at stake, he said while adding that government has to bring back the 160 students who are still studying at the Phuntsok Choeling Monastery, Katmandu and others monasteries in Nepal.

He further said that government must trace out those government employees suspected to be involved in the racket besides Norbu Wangdi, the reported agent.

He further expressed shock that no records of Phutsok Choeling Monastery is available with the Ministry of Human Resources, Govt of Nepal and that it was raided by the Nepal police on several accounts.

It was also learnt that the monastery teaches cult form of Buddhism banned by His Holiness Dalai Lama but is believed to be promoted by China.

He asked the government to enumerate the records of all the Arunachalees students studying in and outside of India while demanding that government come out with the whereabouts of the students within a stipulated time.


Queen's Baton to arrive on July 22

ITANAGAR, May 17: The Queen's Baton for Delhi Games is scheduled to arrive in Itanagar and Naharlagun on July 22. The district administration along with security personnel, officers of various departments and representatives of mediapersons would chalk-out programmes for smooth conduct of the Baton’s rally in a meeting to be held at Capital Complex DC’s conference hall on May 21.


Kishori Shakti Yojna camp

ITANAGAR, May 17: ICDS Project, Seppa East Kameng had conducted a week long Kishori Shakti Yojana camp for adolescent girls at Sibibo village recently.

Altogether, 21 beneficiaries and AWWs/AWHs attended the camp.

During the week long camp, training were given on health and hygiene, family life and child care education, vocational education, constitutional rights, social issues, facilities in AWCs for adolescent girls and role of AWWs.

Circle officer Topek Kakki and ASM Natung Sangyu attended the inaugural function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively, they advised the participants to devote in their training to get optimal benefit out of the camp.

Resource persons from Health, Textiles and Handicraft departments attended the camp. Besides Vocational training classes, woolen, frames, knitting equipments and other materials were distributed participants.


APSCW concerned at atrocities

ITANAGAR, May 17: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) voiced concerned at the rising incidences of atrocity on women in the state capital complex and peripheral areas and urged the police authorities to expedite investigations on the cases of murder, rape and violence against women and girl child. Meanwhile the Commission constituted an Ad-hoc committee headed by former Chairperson Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board Gumri Ringu to look into the reported assault of a lady officer of Papum Pare District on the night of April 30 last.


Community involvement needed for conservation movement: Waii

ITANAGAR, May 17: Parliamentary Secretary, Environment & Forests, Shri Kumar Waii has called for involvement of communities for conservation and wildlife protection.

He said this during a visit to East Siang District from May 14 to 16.  

During the trip he covered Ruksin, Pasighat, Anchalghat, Mebo and Namsing.

Accompanied by MP Ninnong Ering, MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak, Pasighat, Waii visited D.Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Achalghat and Mangnang  and discussed  upgradation of the present Wildlife Sanctuary to the status of the National Park.

Along with MLA Ralom Borang, Waii also visited proposed Community Forest areas to be taken up through Compensatory Afforestation Scheme under CAMPA at Mebo, Namshing, Gadum and Mer. Waii highlighted the need for involvement of the local Panchayat and villagers in successful implementation and aftercare of the plantations. He stressed on plantation of need based and fast growing species suitable for the area.

The Parliamentary Secretary also assured to look into the  proposal for construction of Forest Rest House and Bazaar Park at Pasighat.

The Parliamentary Secretary also chaired the meeting of All India Forest Officer Federation at Pasighat and assured to take up the grievances of the field staff with the state government. Various development works undertaken by the Pasighat Forest Division were inspected by the team accompanied by DFO (T) B. Darang, and DFO (WL) T. Sitang Eko.

The secretary was accompanied by J.L. Singh, Principal Conservator of Forests, Wildlife during his visit to the district.


KKSU appeals for assistance for fire victims

ITANAGAR, May 17: Kargu-Kardi Student Union (KKSU)  has called for financial assistance for the victims of the May 7 fire accident in which seven houses were gutted down by fire at Yiga Village, Tirbin Circle, West Siang. While informing that families lost everything in the fire, it urged the authority concern and well wisher and  local MLA of the area for financial assistance to the fire victims as early as possible. The Union, in an email informed that it visited the site and distributed quintal of rice, kitchen items and blanket to the victims of each house.


Training on neonatal care

ITANAGAR, May 17: The Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council under the aegis of National Rural Health Mission Arunachal Pradesh would organize two day training on Neonatal Care’ from May 18 at Conference Hall, Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun.

Pediatricians,  Gynaec-ologists and medical practitioners from entire Arunachal Pradesh are expected to take part in the training program.   

Dr. Simon Rajratnam, Professor of Medicine, Christian Medical College (CMC) and Dr. Anna Rajratnam, Professor and Head of the Department Paediatrics, CMC Vellore will  deliver lectures on the second day of the traning programe.  


Training on Formulation of District Disaster Management & Response Plan gets underway

ITANAGAR, May 17: An exclusive Week-long-Training Programme on “Formulation of District Disaster Management & Response Plan” commenced at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun today.  The programme is being conducted under the sponsorship of National Institute Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs New Delhi.

41officers are attending the training programme representing the District Administration.

Addressing the participants, Pema Tshetan, Director (Training) reminded the participants that Disaster can wipe out years of development in moments as Arunachal Pradesh is prone to various natural calamities like flood & landslides besides its high vulnerability of earth quake as the state falls under the highest seismic zone V in India.

However, past experiences teaches us that if people, the Community, the Society & the Government work together, challenges of such disasters can be addressed while adding that Disaster Management & Preparedness   is no more an optional choice but an imperative necessity. He further added that the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has accorded top priority on formulation of effective Disaster Management Plan & Preparedness for every districts of the state and has constituted a high level State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister and also District level Disaster Management Authority for effective handling & management of natural disasters.

Earlier, the Sr. Visiting Faculty of NIDM, Col.P.K.Pathak said that under the provision of National Disaster Management. Act 2005, every District will have to constitute a District Disaster Management Authority. Mandatory task of this Authority would be preparing the Disaster Management & Response Plan for the District.

He further informed the participants that the main endeavor from him & his colleague faculty is to help the participants to prepare a model of Multi-Hazard District Disaster Management Plan taking one District of Arunachal Pradesh as an example. Further the participants will be exposed to various tools & conceptional skill of District Management Planning.

He further said that some of the District Disaster Management Plan prepared by the Districts is basically compilation of data & not an actual plan and added the faculties will assist the participants to convert this valuable datas into a management plan. The Deputy Director (Training) & Course Coordinator, apprised the participants about the detail arrangement made by the Institute & requested for their cooperation for success of the training programme.

Sushma Guleria also spoke about the training programme & assured the participants to make the training programme enjoyable & participatory in nature.     


Art of Living opens free school in Seppa

SEPPA, May 17: Art of Living recently opened a completely free school in Taluku area of Rang Village in Seppa. Christened Sri Sri Gnan Mandir, the school was inaugurated on May 13 by Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng District Pige Ligu.

To start with, the school will admit about 60 students from poor and needy families of the area in KG I and KG II.

The students will be provided with uniforms, books, writing materials, to neutralise any factors that can hold back the children from poor families from coming to school, explained Pai Dawe, a local co-ordinator of the Art of Living.

“The school will be scaled up to a full-fledged high school in the coming years with its own building and infrastructure. Though the school will provide totally free education, it will strive to provide the best and holistic education to the children,” he said. “Soon the school will emerge as a model of quality education in the area,” he added. Addressing a modest gathering of parents and local supportters of the Art of Living, Ligu lauded the initiative of the Art of Living to make education accessible to the poorest of the poor. He appealed to the parents to take advantage of the school and ensure a holistic growth of their children. He also suggested that the school reserve certain number of seats in each class for disadvantaged communities located around the area.

Echoing the views of the DC, Project Co-ordinator Mitra Agarwal informed  that most of the students who have sought admission to the schools are   first-generation learners. “This is very encouraging to see parents who have never gone to school lining up get their children educated. The response of the parents is so overwhelming that we have decided to start classes for the adult population also,” she added.

The Seppa School is the Art of Living’s first completely free school in Arunachal Pradesh. The international NGO runs nearly 100 such schools in different parts of India, mainly in the tribal and rural belts, providing value-based education to over 10,000 children from economically challenged sections. It also runs two urban schools in Itanagar and Pasighat.


Jan Suvidha workshop

Ziro, May 17: With Jan Suvidha Centre on the cards for Lower Subansiri District,a workshop on working system of Jan Suvidha was held here today.

Appreciating the project, Lower Subansiri DC Sadhana Deori said that the project will streamline the process of issuing certificate and minimized the work load.

She assured to mitigate some of the financial requirement and advised the DIO to work out the actual requirement and give necessary technical guidance to the staff engaged at the counter. Jan Suvudha centre, Tezu DIA Nyaken Eshi while elaborating the working of the project said that the project will streamline the process of issue of PRC, ILP and STC.

Amongst other ADC W Thikhak, SP Mari Riba, EAC T Murtem and other administrative officers attended the workshop.


Union cries foul in dispatch of wheat

ITANAGAR, May 17: Koloriang, Damin, Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students Union alleged that wheat meant for Kurung Kumey have not been reaching Kurung Kumey for the last two years despite lifting of the same from Lakhimpur depot. It called on the deputy commissioner to investigate the matter. It said that around 762 bags of wheat lifted from Lakhimpur have been recorded at Ziro Depot but it was yet to reach the Fair Price shops in Kurung Kumey.


Union calls for sanction of fund

ITANAGAR, May 17: Students Union of Dera Natung Govt. College has called on the authorities to sanction funds for various activities of the students including general and Geography education, excursion, college week. It said that despite repeated request for grant of Rs ten lacs for the purpose, the government is yet to entertain it.  It called on the government to look into the demands of the students while appealing the AAPSU to intervene.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, May 17: All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union would celebrate its 13th foundation day at Bameng on June 10 with MP Takam Sanjay and Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.


Training on Procedure for Maintaining Accounting under BRGF

Daporijo, May 17: The District Planning Committee (DPC), Upper Subansiri conducted a training programme on ‘Procedure for Maintaining accounting under BRGF’ on May 15- 16 exclusively for accountants and EOs(RE) posted under various Member Secretaries of the Panchayat at the office of the DPO, Daporijo .

Gejum Ete ADC,i/c Deputy Commissioner urged all the trainees to assimilate what was imparted to them in the training so as to maintain quality record and to avert audit objection.

He further appreciated S. Timba, DPO cum Member Secretary DPC for conducting such training despite heavy workload entrusted upon with limited resource for providing ample opportunities to those accountants to hone their skills in maintaining cash book and other accounting processes.

The Valedictory Function was attended by S. Potom EAC(Judicial), who marking the importance of accounting in his address, stated that accounting is the heart of government machinery and so urged the participants to render their services for the cause of BRGF and to make it a success story in this district.

Workshop on Kathak dance organized

ITANAGAR, May 17: The 10 days workshop on Kathak dance, a classical dance of North India, organized by Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh, concluded at Doimukh auditorium yesterday.

Attending the closing ceremony, Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado encouraged the participants to continue their learning process to make oneself master of the dance. He appreciated Sanskar Bharati, especially Prolay Dutta, who trained dance to the young participants of Doimukh in the last ten days.

All India Sanskar Bharati assistant organizing secretary, Amirchandji also attended the progamme and spoke about aims and objectives his society.

The main attraction of the closing ceremony was presentation of Kathak dance by the participants.

Certificates to all the 57 participants were distributed to the participants by Guruji Dutta, a kathak exponent from Kokrajhar district of Assam.

Earlier, the programme was started with lighting of lamp followed by Deyo Geet Sadayati Sanskar Bharati.



3rd Nyishi Idol 2010

ITANAGAR: The Nyishi Idol 2010, a singing talent hunt contest is being organized for the third time in the state with final rounds beginning at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli on September six next.

The contest which would be held for Nyishi singers from Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare and East Kameng, aims at exploring the budding artists besides promoting Nyishi traditional, patriotic and modern songs.

The preliminary rounds (audition tests) would be started from August 15 at Raga while the grand finale would be held on October 23 and results declared on the same day.

An organizing committee has also been constituted with Techi Lombu as chairman and Nangbia Naga as general secretary.


Union call for issue of refugee I cards

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union called on the state government to issue refugee identity cards to Tibetans and Chakma refuges residing in the state. While reacting to media reports on resurfacing of Chakmas in M-pen, the Union called on the government to look into the issue for a lasting solution.  It said that encroachment on Singpho land by the Chakmas is a challenge to the state government by the refugee community.


Association calls for regularization

ITANAGAR: All Arun-achal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association has called on the government to initiate regularization process of teachers before the start of academic session this year. It further called on the Education Minister, three MPs from the state to initiate with the Centre for regularization of SSA teachers jobs.


Gaon burha passes away  

ITANAGAR: The Gaon Burah of Ledum in East Siang Tater Pada, 84, passed away on May 11. A respected figure in the Adi society for his commendable social work, Pada left behind seven daughters and three sons including senior APCS officers Tapyam and Taper Pada.



ITANAGAR, May 17: Galo Indigenous Faith and Culture Protection Forum has been formed with Tabin Karlo as President of the society and Yide Potom as Vice President and Mamar Basar as General Secretary.  



Biggest shock!!


Dear Editor,

I would like to share the biggest shock I have ever experienced.

Two years back an agent of RLIC (Reliance Life Insurance) came to me and showed me some insurance policy plan.  Let me tell you that I have zero knowledge about insurance sector especially market based policies. Agent showed me a flow chart which shows a growth of 30% per annum and said ‘after 10 years you will get Rs.19,00,000’.  He did not show me any kind of deduction that is supposed to be made from the invested amount. He also said that I can withdraw the amount partially or fully after completion of one year and he did not mention any kind of surrender charges or anything. At that time market rate was going high and he assured me that no matter what market condition is, I will definitely get at least 30% growth. Therefore I invested Rs 1 lakh on 31/03/2008.

On  14/05/2010, I went to RLIC office to ask about the amount that I have invested 2 years back. They give me one statement which shows my one lakh become Rs.87,670 and it shows deductions like allocation charges etc. I was shocked and asked why? They simply smiled and said," yeh sab to market ka baat hai, market uthega to paisa badega, market girega to paisa girega. "

I said," yeh baat aaplog pehle batana chahiye tha na? Their reply was : Aisa nahi bolega to humara business kaise chelega!

In last two years I  asked hundred  times to show me the place where my money is invested, instead of giving me statement they keep on calling me to make new investment in another plan. My mobile phone is full of sms's they send day in day out, it's a real harassment. I want to ask them where is my money, why they are using our hard earned money for few incentives, why there is no transparency where such huge amount is involved.

It is my earnest request to all don't be the blank cheque of these agents. I have learnt my lesson, be aware.


Manda Gumja

Damsite, Naharlagun




Kudos to DoNER


Dear Editor,

Kudos to the Ministry of Development of North East Region for initiating steps to boost the prospects of tourism in the beautiful, but relatively unexplored, Seven Sisters ("Tourism master plan for North East prepared", 15 May).

Right from the lush green hills and mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram to pilgrimage centres like Tawang monastery and Kamakhya Temple; from the historical World War Cemetry( Kohima) and INA Memorial( Moirang) to the sanctuaries of Kaziranga and Manas; North East India presents a variety of colour and sites worth visiting. The series of waterfalls in Meghalaya and the unique Loktak Lake of Manipur are sure to spell-bound the tourists. Not to forget the rock-cut sculptures in Unakoti which are nothing but awe-inspiring.

Apart from possessing such physical bounties, North East is a treasure trove of colourful festivals and dances like Hornbill, Monpa, Sangken, Nongkrem and Bihu. These cultural extravaganza can be highlighted in the national and international forum, thereby drawing thousands of tourists to witness it. Also the trekking and river rafting packages, specially in Arunachal Pradesh, should be an experience of life-time.

The Ministry, along with the state Governments of the North East, should not only build a brilliant tourism infrastructure, it should also launch an extensive campaign through the media so that the national and international tourists be tempted to visit the region and appreciate its uniqueness. Not only will it help to remove many misconceptions which the "mainstream" Indians harbour about North East, it will also brighten up the economy of the region considerably.



Kolkata (on email)




Is one community responsible for whole of Arunachal?





Dear Editor,

I dont know to what extent the series of bandh call given by ANYA(All Nyishi Youth Association)seeking white paper on the AOP from the state Govt. is justified but it makes me wonder why only one association representing only one particular community is fighting tooth & nail for cause of entire state. Is the AOP of Arunachal state meant for Nyishi community alone? Where are the uncountable pressure groups of entire Arunachal Pradesh hibernating at such crucial juncture?

The Mega episode of Apex bank revival which was donning the headlines of every dailies and which later became one of the greatest election mantra of the present Congress Govt. is still fresh in the minds of several Arunachalees.  I remember it was the outcome of the pressure tactics adopted by ANSU(All Nyishi Student Union) who fought tooth and nail for revival of the same. My question here again is that why only one particular community is becoming social crusader while rest of the communities of Arunachal is becoming mute spectator and having no say in such matters which pertain to whole of Arunachal Pradesh.

Where are the so called elected members of the legislative assembly hibernating and also the so called opposition parties sleeping who actually should be the first to rise against the wrong policies and decisions of any Government?

I want to give a clear cut message that when any matter pertaining to the   overall development of the same is concerned then all the Arunachalee should come forward and voice with a single chorus so that the problems pertaining to our state is addressed. It’s high time that we all collectively take account of our elected representatives who are shedding away their moral duty & responsibility. Further, it’s a matter of great dismay that our so called opposition like the BJP, NCP, and RJD are keeping mum and are just mere spectators in the whole process. Why can’t they raise these issues when the very purpose of the opposition is to maintain proper check & balance of the wrong policies and programmes of any Govt.


Bengia Guma

(on email), Itanagar







Dear Editor,

I do not understand why the common problem that concerns the entire Arunachal Pradesh is always shouldered by the Nyishi Organizations only. Whereas there are other community based organization representing different tribes of the state equally concern for the welfare of the Arunachal Pradesh. When the issue of AOP is being raised by ANYA, is other communities not concern about the issue?

According to me there are Nyishi social organization like All Nyishi Student Union(ANSU), Nyishi Engineering Service Forum(NESF), Nyishi Agri. Allied Extension Society(NAAES), Nyishi Nyem Acham(NNA), Central Nyokum Committee(CNC, Nikum Niya Committee and  Nyishi Elite Society(NES) the apex body of the community. All these organizations are very popular and known by all the members as each organization has been dully constituted by organizing society meetings and conference by following rules as laid down in their respective By-Law.

Moreover, it is not known when and how the ANYA was constituted and what are its objectives? Who are the members of ANYA and does the association enjoys the mandate of the Nyishis? Was AOP issue ever discussed and debated in any socially mandated Nyishi organizations before being making it an issue for calling a bandh.

When we talk of the socially mandated Nyishi organization, it becomes pertinent to point fingers towards the organization such as NES and ANSU and they are accountability to protect and safe guard the integrity of the Nyishi society. What stand the NES and ANSU has taken on the issue of Bandh Call given by the ANYA? Why the NES and the ANSU have maintained silence and distanced from the act of ANYA? Is the act of ANYA is in the interest of the Nyishi community? What the Nyishi politicians think of ANYA sponsored bandh call? Do all the youths of the Nyishi endorse the views and action of the present ANYA team?

I cannot ever forget the contribution of the government of India and the State government for making constitutional amendment to change the nomenclature from Dafla to Nyishi. I am also eagerly looking forward for creation of department of Nyishi affairs to streamline and accelerate the developmental activities in Nyishi areas. Unfortunately the present trend of calling Bandh calls, that too by a Nyishi organization is uncalled for and disturbing to not only  the Nyishis but gives a negative impression of the sate as a whole.


Tana Sunny

(on email)



Wish bandhs were a solution!


Dear Editor,

Does the bandh call by the various organization gives the real answer to the grievances of the people?  If so, there should have been no grievances by now. The enormity of the bandh call is rising so high in our small state that we may someday be swallowed by it.

I appeal the thinkers of XYZ organizations to mend their ideas regarding this bandh culture and bring in a more holistic approach in dealing with the government.


Takam Sakter

Thrissur,  Kerala

(on email)



Who would pay the fare?


Dear Editor,

I would like to express views regarding recent cancellation of walk in interview for the post of District Statistical Officer/ Research Officer on the Eleventh hour. Such last moment decisions are mental harassment for the hard working students. Apart from that it cost a lot of money to come to capital. So, who is going to pay us the travelling cost incurred?

It is my humble request to the State Government and Student Unions not to cancel any interview at the last minute.


Gedo Basar

(on email)





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