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Land for Guest house as patients flow reaches 5000 in CMC, Vellore

ITANAGAR, May 20: There is some good news for patients and their escorts coming to Christian Medical College (CMC), Hospital, Vellore for advanced multi-specialty treatment.

Because of concerted efforts of Arunachal Pradesh Patients' Welfare Committee, Vellore, (APPWCV) led by Dr Moji Jini and Lodam Dulom managed to purchase a plot of land measuring about 4300sq ft for a Guest House to cater to the needs of the ever increasing patients. The land is within 3- 4 minute drive from CMC.  

According to the Medical Superintendent of CMC Hospital, Vellore, a total of 5709 patients from Arunachal Pradesh were treated at the hospital over the last three years, which means nearly 2000 patients per year.

Head count done on a single day in the month of April, revealed a total of 134 patients undergoing treatment in various departments of CMCH, which is about the bed strength of present General Hospital Naharlagun.

Recently a group of persons committed to alleviate the suffering of patients and relatives staying at Vellore constituted and registered Arunachal Pradesh Patients' Welfare Committee, Vellore. The Committee had urged the AP State Government to Construct an AP Medical Guest House and establish a Patient Liaison office in Vellore.

Health &FW Minister Tanga Byaling, visited the proposed site for guest house with J.E PWD of Naharlagun Division Nagrajan.

The APPWCV expressed the hope that with the initiatives of State Government, the AP Medical Guest House and Patient Liaison Office will    not be a mere distant dream but an early dream come true.


CM demands release of the abducted officer

ITANAGAR May 20: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has appealed the abductors of Maharashtra Social Forestry Joint Director Vikas Bardekar to release the officer immediately on humanitarian ground.

Bardekar, an IFS officer of 1984 batch, was kidnapped by NDFB militants from Doimara in West Kameng on May 12 last while he was carrying out research on butterflies in the area. He had taken a fortnight leave from his Office in Pune to study the butterflies in Arunachal.

Khandu said that officer should be released unconditionally, as he has nothing to do with any militant group or organization and is innocent.


Nyishi MLAs disapprove mushrooming of orgs

ITANAGAR May 20: Disproving mushrooming of various organizations in the name of the community, Nyishi MLAs, cutting across party lines, in a meeting yesterday said that any organization using the name of Nyishi community and resorting to agitation and bandh in the Capital Region or any part of the Nyishi belt will not be tolerated.

The MLAs further said that any organisation that blackmail or collect donation in the name of the community shall be blacklisted and declared illegal.  

An open meeting of all the organizations of the community has been further fixed for June 10 to discuss the issue. Apart from Nabum Tuki and Atum Welly, Nabum Rebia, Kumar Wai, Lokam Tasar, Likha Saaya, Tapuk Taku, Bamang Felix, Takam Tagar, Markio Tado, Tani Loffa, Techi Kaso attended the meet.


Objection against public hearing on mega Dam

ITANAGAR, May 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) advisor has raised serious objection against the public hearing for environmental clearance in respect of 1700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project.

In a letter to Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, AAPSU Advisor Ojing Tasing claimed that the executive summary of the EIA and EMP is very controversial, misleading and devoid of some vital points and issues to take up during the hearing. "The summery of the EIA and EMP has not been made available in local dialect (Adi) while the technical terms used in English edition of the EIA are beyond understanding even to educated citizens, he said. The company might have not mentioned the seismicity of the region sensing public fear and disagreement with the company after knowing the real fact, the letter claimed. Also missing in Adi version of EIA and EMP was the impact of the project on local inhabitants. However, the English version read as "majority of the impacts are negative," the letter said.

While highlighting the likely impact on local people on long run, if the Dam is constructed, the letter claimed that people would loss pastures, wood for fuel, sand and stone. It will also cause serious effect on age-old river culture by people of Adi community, extinction of migratory fishes, submergence of historical ‘Kekar Monying,’ loss of nutrients dynamic of the water etc.

Further, the height of the proposed Dam and the area likely to be submerged are also not clear in the summery report. By not providing summery report in both English and local dialect before 30 days of the hearing the applicant company has violated the notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, the letter said while driving points home that the proposed public hearing is wrong and illegal.


Panchayat Raj Members to get Mobility honorarium  

Ziro, May 20: After a long struggle, the Panchayat Raj members right from the Gram Panchayat Members to Zilla Parishad Members will be paid mobility honorarium. This was announced by Panchayat Raj Director, Bida Gadi, here in a key note address of a workshop on Planning Process and Consultancy Service for Panchayat Raj leaders at Abo Tani hall here today.

Informing that the fund for mobility honorarium is already placed at the directorate, requested the District Panchayat Development Officers (DPDOs) to recommend the list of Panchayat members of  their respective  districts  from the year 2008 onwards at the earliest so  that the directorate can speed up the  releasing  of the fund  for the districts on monthly basis. When funds reach to the village or Panchayat level , it  becomes insufficient or too small to implement any good or viable scheme as a result many of the schemes remain unimplemented , he pointed out. To mitigate this problem, Panchayat Raj members should converge/club funds of various development departments to take up viable and major schemes for the village, but this has to be reflected properly in the planning process to avoid overlapping, he added .

Anticipating that the Panchayat Raj institutions will be stronger by the coming years with the capacity development  of PR leaders and various  legislations being taken up  by  the government  for empowering  the PR bodies , the Director, asked the PR members to work sincerely  for the people.                                                 Lower Subansiri DC Sadhana Deori, who attended the function as Chief guest, while launching the manual for District Planning Committee, lauded the Director, Panchayat Raj for his initiative in streamlining the Panchayat Raj department.

Underlining the importance of the participation of PR bodies in the development process, she said developmental planning should be from bottom to top and asked the PR members to ensure conducive atmosphere for developmental works at their respective villages by keeping good relations with other counterparts, villagers and government officials.  

Gumjum Haider, Secretary Genral (NESO), and Chairperson of the Ato  Chegum Multipurpose Society, who has been entrusted with organizing the workshops in the state, also spoke.DIPRO


Siram call for student centric education

ASVS teachers orientation training prog begins

ITANAGAR, May 20: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today called upon the teachers to make the education students centric to realize the goal of qualitative and productive education.  Siram also called for active involvement of NGOs and private parties in the field of education apart from the government schools.  Siram was addressing the teachers as chief guest in a ten days Teacher’s Orientation Training Programme organized by Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti (ASVS) at Abotani Vidya Niketan School Pachin, Naharlagun which began today.

About 100 teachers representing 28 schools under ASVS from different districts of the state are participating in the training programme.  

Terming the profession of teacher as a noble job and the teachers as the pillar of the healthy society, the Minister also said that the state government is making its best efforts to bring qualitative reforms and reconstruction measures in education sector.

Highlighting the Right to Education (RTE), Siram, the chief guest of the programme said, the RTE would give enough scope of reforms and reconstruction process of healthy education system in the state with the support of the people in the days to come. However, its fruits would certainly come when our people and teaching community lends its support with sincerity, he added.

He also appreciated the performance of the schools under ASVS, saying that the performance records of the students of these schools in CBSE examinations and character building education reflects itself.

Responding to the Memorandum submitted by the Samity, the Minister assured to look into the proposals/grievances for the well being of the children. Among others, Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan – Vidya Bharati Northeastern States Organizing Secretary, U. Brahmaji Rao, Chairman, School Management Committee, Tai Tagak,  ASVS - Vice President Tadar Kama and General Secretary Nabam Ruja also spoke on the occasion.

The Samiti is a registered non-profit making voluntary Organization affiliated with Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan – Vidya Bharati and currently running 28 schools besides 9 Kasturbha Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas in East Siang district.  


Advocacy and knowledge sharing workshop held

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, May 20: North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Develoment Corporation Limited organised a one day workshop on advocacy and knowledge sharing of artisans, weavers and other associated agencies for the first time in the state here today.

Speaking on the inaugural session as chief Guest Director, Textiles and Handicrafts Khoda Ruja appreciated the initiation made by the Managing Director of North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Coorporation Ltd (NEHHDC) Jagdish Borah.

While briefing on the lack of regulated marketing system in the state, Ruja urged the organiser to regulate Marketing Avenue for the artisan of the state, so that they can sale their product in other states as well.

Meanwhile, he advised the artisans to cope with the present demands and improve the quality of their product for better exposure in outside market and avail the benefits of the workshop from various resource persons and share their problems with the co-artisants.

Representative of an NGO ‘Rural Development Society, while briefing about the problem confronted by the artisans said that due to lack of modern technical inputs and lack of training, many artisans are facing problems in improving the quality of their product, as many of them are still dependent on old technique and traditional approaches. NEHHDC Ltd Marketing Manager Tapan Sarma briefed about the history and activities of the NEHHDC Ltd.

He informed that the corporation organises exhibition to provides marketing facilities to the Artisan, the retail sale of handicrafts and handlooms of the North Eastern Region are also organised through the corporation’s Purbashree emporium located at Shillong, Guwahati, Kolkotta, New Delhi and other states.

Corporation also undertakes design and technical development projects and workshops in various crafts/ weavers clusters in the North Eastern egion for training, design improvement and capacity building of the Artisans and Weavers in the region.

The corporation has taken a new initiative for the development of the handicrafts and handlooms sector in NE region. A Handicrafts Museum is being opened at Guwahati which will showcase the entire range of handicrafts and artistic textiles of the eight NE and a design bank has also been established in Guwahati recently, he added.

An NGO worker appealed the organiser to provide technical training to the rural Artisans.

He further lamenting over the lengthy loan procedure said that the artisans are not getting proper loan facilities, categorically mentioned that delay loan procedure in SBI also demoralized the artisans.

Deputy Director, Tax and Handicraft also lamented over the lack of marketing facilities and advised the artisans to improve the quality and set a reasonable price on the product.

Later, in the technical session, National Small Industries Corporation Ltd (NSIC), Itanagar Development Officer Bhupen Das informed that various training programmes like Computrized Embroidery, Wool Knitting, Candle, Chalk and Pencil making, Ginger Paste, popcorn, noodle, Soya milk making projects and other training are imparted by the NSIC Ltd.

He appealed the interested entrepreneur to consult the concerned office for detail information.


White water rafting & kayaking training

ITANAGAR, May 20: A 10 days state level White Water Rafting and Kayaking training camp for both boys and girls began at Poma River on May 17 last, according to an official release.

The programme mainly aims at promoting water sports and eco tourism in the state.

The camp is being conducted under the expertise of Dr. K.K. Meetei, in-charge, Adventure Cell, Sports and Youth Affairs department and Nino Dai, a qualified rafter of the state, and his team.

Altogether 35 boys and girls from different districts are participating in camp

Tadar Appa, Asst. Director, S&YA and Taba Tahang, president, Jote Panchayat Welfare Association attended the inaugural programme.

The training camp is organized by Adventure Cell of the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs under the aegis of Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi.


Ramesh errs in China on Brahmaputra hydro

By Himanshu Thakkar  

India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s blunders in China have become famous. But one mistake that he committed there seems to have escaped media attention. While discussing the problems that India would face if China were to implement its Brahmaputra diversion project, he said (for example, the Hindu 100510), “The answer to the (problem) lies in India expediting its hydro projects in the Brahmaputra basin. India needs to be much more aggressive in implementing its own hydel projects so that our negotiating position vis-à-vis China improves.” Ramesh is clearly wrong here.

Firstly, it is wrong for the environment minister to advocate expediting of environmentally destructive big hydro projects. A minister for environment and forests is supposed to work for the protection and improvement of environment and forests and not for expediting projects that destroy environment and forests. Secondly, he is not supposed to be advocating expediting of projects for which his ministry has not even given statutory clearances, which is indeed the case for most such projects in the Brahmaputra basin. Thirdly, even on merits of the argument, India expediting such projects is not going to be of any help with China when India has no formal treaty for sharing and managing the waters in Brahmaputra basin. On the contrary, if China diverts the Brahmaputra waters as feared, that will adversely impact generation performance of the projects of India on the diverted rivers.

Lastly, even if India were to have a treaty with China on sharing and managing Brahmaputra basin, Ramesh should note that China is not particularly well known for good behavior in this regard. In case of Mekong basin, where again Chana is the upper riparian, the downstream countries have been suffering the adverse impacts of China projects in spite of the existence of an international Mekong Commission backed by Asian Development Bank, Japan and others. Even more significantly, to push unjustifiable big hydro projects in the Brahmaputra basin under this China Diversion Bogey that India has been trying, would actually destroy the people, environment, rivers and peace in the North East. It is well documented how the unjustifiably displaced people of Tripura by the Dumbur dam there was the most important catchment for the militant struggle there.

It is also useful to note that the main issue that took the minister to China was the cooperation on climate change. Incidentally, the Brahmaputra hydro projects would actually be having big adverse impacts on Climate change due to the destruction of the biodiversity, forests, rivers and so on. Even from this specific point of view, the Ministers' advocacy on big hydro is at cross purposes with his main agenda in China.

One expects better response from India’s Environment and Forests Minister.  

(Himanshu Thakkar with the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People).


Landslide claims 1, houses damaged

ITANAGAR, May 20: A 17 year’s old person died in a heavy landslide triggered by rain at Sarli in Kurung Kumey on May 15. The landslide also completely washed away three dwelling houses. Road from Tayang to Tai in the circle has been washed away causing shortage of ration items in the circle, according to official source.

The body of the deceased identified as Milli Niglar could not be recovered despite being searched by the ITPB jawans.  It is feared that dead body has been washed down to Kurung river, the DC Bidol Tayeng informed the  department concerned in a fax message yesterday while recommending ex-gratia to the family of the decease and relief assistance for those who become shelter less  and lost their properties in the landslide. Meanwhile, Himalayan Development and Charitable Society (HDCS) in a letter appealed the Chief Minister to issue directives to the departments concerned to grant relief to the landslide victims and ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased besides restoration of road communication and supply of essential ration items.

In addition to death and destruction causing heavy loss of properties, entire Sarli and Damin circles have been facing acute shortage of essential  items, the society said  adding  that 46-km Koloriang-Sarli road, the lifeline of Sarli and Damin circles have been cut off from the rest of the world due to landslide.


Youth association demands govt action

ITANAGAR, May 20:  All Kimin Youth Welfare Association has called on the state government to take immediate steps to end unwarranted harassment of citizens of the state by Assam authority. The association said this after Beat Officers of Phoolbari, Budh Bazar and Rampur in Assam, accompanied by Assam Police force, allegedly disrupted the works at Lora, Belo and Buka Villages of Kimin Cricle on April 27 last. The Association informed that electrification process under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna was forced to be halted as these officers took away the electric posts.

It further informed that SP and DC Papum Pare who had come visiting on April 28 were not allowed to enter these villages by the Assam Police.

Upset at these developments, the association said that state government must do something to mitigate the problems of the people and questioned the government’s reluctance to enter into a negotiation with its Assam counterpart. It further said that despite being near to the Circle headquarters, Lora, Belo and Nuka villages are yet to get modern amenities because of disruption by the Assam authorities.


Democratic India has 196 indigenous languages on the verge of extinction!

Dear Editor,

In his letter "Incredible India need to accommodate all !"( 19 May), Mr. Aakash Shah advises me to accord respect to all the languages and cultures of India. Had I been a chauvinist Bengali, then I would not have cared whether the indigenous culture of Arunachal Pradesh survive or not. Since Mr. Shah is absolutely ignorant of me, let me assure him that not only do I belong to the male species, I have also dedicated my life to raise the voice for the oppressed people and their endangered culture and language. Thus I continue to vehemently protest against the Pandit's ouster from Kashmir Valley, pogrom against the Sikhs( New Delhi, 1984) and Muslims( Gujarat, 2002), physical atrocities perpetrated on the North Indians in Mumbai, assault on Tamils in Karnataka whenever the Cauvery water dispute crops up, attack on Christians in Orissa, discrimination against the locals in industrial sector of Assam and the assaults on North-Eastern students in New Delhi. Again I demand promotion of Dogri language in Jammu, congratulate Mr.Laxmikant Shetgaonkar for his film 'Paltadacho Munis' which placed Konkani cinema in the world map, support Karnataka's initiative of according utmost respect to the Kannada language, urging the Centre to confer the nation's highest civilian honour on Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and protest when New Delhi administration tries to put a bar on the attire and food habits of the North Eastern students living in the national capital. Thus, I don't want to learn from Mr. Aakash Shah what pariotism, Indianness or respect for all languages and cultures is all about.

Actually there exists a set of Indians who try to measure an Indian's patriotism with the sole yardstick of Hindi. A rabid supporter of Hindi is necessarily a "true" Indian, while anyone who dares to question the Constitutional or moral authority of Hindi to lord over the rest of Indian languages or urges different ethnic groups to remain true to their own indigenous culture is promptly dubbed as "merchants of hatred"! So, Mr. Shah, who are the harbingers of Indian nationalism? The authorities, who do not hesitate to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states, that too by displacing the local languages?

Mr. Shah has presented  few unique "logic" to prove Hindi's "superiority". He asserted that more than average Indians from different states know the language. Leave aside numerically bigger languages like Telugu, Bengali or Marathi; even if Konkani, Kokbarak or Tulu had been sponsored (actually imposed) by the Central authorities through more than six decades, those fringe languages would also have been fluently spoken by a large section of Indians. Hindi is dominating over India not due to its merit, but just because of the undue paronage it is receiving from the Centre. Mr. Shah should advise the Hindi-sponsors that India is not the paternal property or colony of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan or Haryana; but a conglomeration of different regions, each having a distinct language of its own. He should protest when as much as Rs.36 crore a year gets sanctioned to promote Hindi within the country, the amount being  much larger than the sum sanctioned for all other Indian languages put together! If people of Phillipines, China, Malaysia or Jordan can speak a bit of Hindi, again it is due to the reality that it is always Hindi which gets projected as the sole language of India in international forum and millions of dollars are invested to propagate the language in foreign shores. And as far as receiving the feel and warmth of being Indian in alien nations is concerned; not only Hindi, but conversation in any Indian language will serve the purpose.

Mr. Shah would render a great service to India if instead of accusing me to create restlessness and dividing the nation in the name of language, he reserves such advice for the parochial authorities who not only term Hindi as the "Rajbhasa"( thereby humiliating the non-Hindi speakers as "Praja" who form atleast 60% of the Indian population), but also dare to exhort people to learn Hindi so as to know India better! This directly implies that those who are ignorant of the language are in dark about national affairs! If this is not a classic example of brainwashing and linguistic fanaticism, then I don't know what is. Just because of the glorified status of Hindi, its speakers not only enjoy undue advantage in service and education sectors) (thereby posing a direct assault on the democratic norms of the multi-lingual country); but also try to belittle the other linguistic groups. This is the very reason why  anti-Hindi sentiments are growing leaps and bounds right from Assam to Maharashtra to Karnataka.

And less said about Bollywood the better. Yes, Censor Board does exist, but it has completely failed to sanitise the mainstream Bollywood films. Either the supporters of Bollywood are "Idiots" or myself is an "Idiot"! And the vulgar display of women in the name of "glamour" and glorification of eve-teasing in the guise of "romance" have simply destroyed the culture of the nation whereby the women-folk get treated merely as sex objects. Yes, Bollywood is next to Hollywood; but in marketing power only, not in terms of quality. Rather the films made in Kerala, West Bengal and the North-East are intellectually far far superior than its Bollywood counterparts.

Lastly, languages do wash away one's culture and doom a province. The world history bears witness to the fact that innumerable languages have got wiped away from the face of the earth due to linguistic imperialism of the State or dominant communities. Even in West Bengal, a number of CBSE-affiliated schools do not offer Bengali as a subject and the Central Government employees are coaxed to work in Hindi. Thus Bengali is slowly but steadily marching towards its doom. Thanks to India's pathetic indifference towards the non-Hindi languages, this "democratic" nation proudly holds the numero uno position in the world with as many as 196 indigenous languages on the verge of extinction! Very recently, we have lost the Bo language of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for ever. Far from being disappointed, the "nationalists" like Mr. Shah shamelessly claim that Hindi is the second major language in the islands! Mere raising of the slogan  of "Incredible India" will not do, Mr. Shahs should protest the effort of transforming India into a mono-lingual(Hindi) State and engage themselves in retaining linguistic diversities of the colourful land.


Kajal Chatterjee,

Kolkata-114,  (On email)



are still waiting for results

Dear Editor,

We request the fire service department to declare the interview results for the posts of fireman for which the interview was held four months back.

It is very unfortunate that in spite of recommendation of our names by the Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) for the posts of fireman, the Govt did not pay any heed.

Though we had fulfilled all criterion and appeared in written test, viva-voce for the posts under the sports quota, we are forced to live with depression and uncertainty as the results are yet to be announced.

Hope, the fire service department will consider the matter on priority basis and declare the results immediately.





Taba Ajum’s article was in good taste

Dear Editor,

Response by Bengia Abing and Arun Kumar Mehta on Taba Ajum’s “Arunachal need to act before being relegated to minority in their homeland” is not in good taste.

First of all I did not find his article communal or divisive from any angle.  If one carefully read his article he had basically spoke about illegal immigrant and business mafia going on in our state. He has rightly given example of Tripura, where local tribal are now minority.

In national newspaper like Times of India often we read about journalist writing about illegal Bangladeshi migrant coming to India. Do those journalists become communal for such write ups?

Arun Kumar Mehta and Bengia Abing should apologize to tribal people for writing that Tribals of state beg at the door of MLAs or ministers. This is an insult to many tribal elders like my father and many more who work hard to give us better life.

Also how can they say that only non tribal people are good tenant? Many tribal families are living in house rent in capital complex and owner has no issue.  I would like to appeal to our fellow Arunachalee to seriously take up this issue of illegal migrant coming to our state. Liberalism is good but having small population we should be protective of ourselves. And I would request Taba Ajum to carry on his good work. First time in long time our state has found a journalist who had dared to write differently. Kudos to Arunachal Times for Reader’s Forum. You are best newspaper of the whole state!


Tenzin Drema

Bangalore (on email)



In the name of NSCN  

Dear Editor,

The recent report on NSCN trying to forcefully convert the people of some village to Christians is really very anguishing.

The same people some few years back had destroyed The Rang Frah Temple in Changlang in the name of their greater cause. .Actually they are just giving their god's peace messages straight from their high command. Not only are these, the people of Changlang and Tirap districts paying their taxes to these so called missionaries.

It is openly known fact that the two factions of the same underground outfits are having their base set up in this two district. The salaried class has to spend 24% of their income annually for running the parallel govt. and the trader community is shelling out large part of their hard earned money for them.  There is a long list that could be prepared and that too in the name of ceasefire.

The recent reports on paper about the deplorable condition  of Khonsa township is very true. You can see it by yourself when you happen to visit this side of the state. I had wished that  Home Minster P.Chidambaram take a trip of Khonsa during his last visit of the district.

The question is why is the govt, simply extending its ceasefire when we know that there cannot be any amicable solution to this problem if we consider about its creation. During the period of ceasefire, the underground factions have been able to extort money from Tirap and Changlang districts, so that they can send it to their bosses for their trip to Bangkok to India and back to Amsterdam. And sometimes to Hebron too if the watchful eye is sleeping.

And if one believe the grapevine, a "third faction” is just gearing up to grab a few bite consisting of people dislocated from the “IM & K " group.


Samurai Man,

(on Email)



What’s the progress in Tirap?

Dear Editor,

I would like to know the progress of New Longding District, Patkai Autonomous Council and Patkai District Autonomous Council through your paper. I would also like to know about the progress regarding Wangcha Rajkumar Government College Deomali popularly known as mobile college. Has it got permanent location? If yes, I would like to know whether it will be in Deomali or Charju-Khela.  Undecided issues in Tirap and Changlang are making people more confused.

I believe that Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and his council of Ministers and concerned MLAs will persue the matter and convert our dream into reality.


Nokkai Wangsaham

Research Scholar





KKSU demands buses

ITANAGAR, May 20: Kargu Kardi Student’s Union (KKSU) has appealed to the state transport department to facilitate bus service from Itanagar to Liromoba passing through Tirbin for the convenience of local residents.  In a submission to the general manager, Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Department, union informed that roads of area have improved considerably and government should start bus service on urgent basis.

Union informed that earlier there was bus service from Itanagar to Liromoba which has been since discontinued by transport department. KKSU informed that people of Liromoba constituency is facing lots of problem because of non-availability of bus service.


Football coaching for Arunachalee youngsters

ITANAGAR, May 20: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) will conduct football coaching for players of age bracket between 7-11 years and 11-15 years at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from June two onwards.

Further, examination for state Class I and Class II referees would also be conducted very soon, APFA informed in a release.

Meanwhile, a national level coaching camp for women footballers began at Wakro under Lohit district today, according to Women’s Football Association Arunachal Pradesh.

CT Mein, Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Husbadry and Veterinary and Colonel DN Mallik, 26th Maratha Light Infantry have attended the inaugural function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.


Lowang to represent Aruanchal

ITANAGAR, May 20: Master Gangpang Lowang of Luthang village of Tirap district will represent Arunachal Pradesh at Sub-Junior National Taekwondo Championship scheduled to be held at Guwahati from August 28 to 30 next.

Lowang won a gold medal in sub-junior boys at the 18th state level taekwondo championship held at Aalo recently and by winning the medal he became the youngest champion of the tournament.


APRMSA meeting held

ITANAGAR, May 20: District level Management Committee meeting on Rastriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan, Papum Pare District was held at Deputy Commissioner Office Chamber today.

The meeting, after a long discussion on the plan has approved to forward the plan to APRMSA, Itanagar.

Meanwhile, the DC suggested to take proper care while preparing the long term prospective plan of the district in order to avoid any future complicacy.


Mass social service

ITANAGAR, May 20: Around  900  people including young and aged  conducted a mass social service at Danyi-Piilo ground in Hapoli on May 18 last.  The social service was organized by the Danyi-Piilo Ground Protection Forum, a common forum of Apatani Priests Association, Danyi-Piilo Society and Meder Nello Committees of Apatani Plateau.

The district administration and Govt. departments in the district also rendered all possible service by providing truck, labour and JCB, while business community of Hapoli offered light refreshment to the social workers.   The social work is third of its kind since 1966.


AATKUO resolve to save culture

ITANAGAR, May  20: All  Abo Tani Ku Youth Organization (AATKYO) in its executive meeting held yesterday at Itanagar unanimously  resolved to save the culture and heritage of the Arunachal Pradesh and sought cooperation of the people.


Committee calls for protection to deal with dam breakage

ITANAGAR:  Mebo Area Bachao Committee in a memorandum to Chief Minister has called on the government for protection measures to ensure safety of the people in an event of dam breakage of Dibang and Lower Siang Hydro projects.  Citing an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) report that states that most areas under Mebo administrative Circle shall be submerged if there is such a catastrophe, the Committee led by Aku Borang and Shoney Pertin called for construction of RCC guide bund along Sisiri/Sisar/ Siang River, creation of drainage channel, construction of raised platforms, installation of alert system at Ngopok, Motum and Namsing, construction of raise platform, creation of green belt along the bank of Sisiri/Sisar/Siang . They further called for creation and management of health centres at Mebo, Siluk and Aoholi villages to deal with emergencies and 80% job reservation for local people.


PhD for APCS officer

ITANAGAR: Olik Taring has been awarded PhD in Anthropology for his thesis “Lineage Mapping of Nyishi of Arunachal Pradesh” by Rajiv Gandhi University. He finished his PhD under the guidance of Dr Sucheta Choudhury. The degree will be conferred to him during the next convocation of the University. Taring is an APCS officer of 2003 batch.



ITANAGAR, May 20: Chambang Area Sangcha Ajing Association has appointed a new team of executive with Biki Tamang, Miching Ponglu and Charu Tamo as president, vice-president and general secretary.



ITANAGAR, May 20: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is organizing a seminar on the theme “ Indian National Congress—Vision of inclusive growth and evolution of Indian Economic Policy at Vikekananda Hall, R K Mission complex, here on May 21.

The  programme is being organized to commemorate the 19th death  anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and as a part of the year-long celebration of 125 years of Foundation of Indian Naitonal Congress.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki and  Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have consented to attend the programme.

The director of Gandhi Darshan and Smriti Dr Savita Singh and Prof Suresh Mishra of Indian Institute of Public Administration will be the resource persons, while AICC secretary Ranji Thomas will represent the AICC in  the seminar.

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