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I seek the support of each one of you in this difficult times: Gamlin

ITANAGAR, May 7: In his first official statement after taking office on Thursday, the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has appealed the citizens to work together and stand united. In an emotional message, the Chief Minister said that “I have taken office at a very difficult time. This is a time for prayer, for solace and for re-affirming our commitment to the state we call home. I seek the support of each one of you in this”.

“The passing away of our beloved Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu is perhaps one of the darkest moments in our state’s history. At this difficult and tragic time, I appeal to the people of Arunachal to stand united and to work together to take his dream forward. I feel that only when we can continue, and indeed accelerate the tremendous pace of development that he has set in motion, that we will truly pay tribute to his memory, he said.

Arunachal Pradesh has lost definitely one of its most illustrious and compassionate leaders. His absence is a void that will be hard to fill. Khandu was a visionary driven with a passion and a commitment to take our state to un-imaginable heights of progress. But at the same time, he was also a very kind and warm-hearted human being. I can only remember and pay tribute to the many small gestures he made that touched the lives of thousands of people across the state. Even in the central government, he is much remembered today for his affable manner and his immense humbleness, the CM said. As I travel to Tawang tomorrow for the last rites, I will carry with me the love and affection of the entire state towards it’s ‘people’s CM’.

“I have assumed the office of the Chief Minster with utmost humility and as a tribute to late Dorjee Khandu. I have no doubt in my mind that this is an extension of his vision and that my foremost responsibility is to carry forward his dream of making Arunachal and its people prosperous, self-reliant and happy’” he added.  

The Chief Minister further thanked the entire Congress Legislature Party for reposing their faith in him. “I know for certain that it is only as a team that we will together make this into a reality” he said.


Khandu’s last rites on May 10

TAWANG, May 7: The last rites of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have been rescheduled on May 10 next at 0800 hrs at Famla area.

The mortal remains of the departed leader will be taken from his residence at Lemburdung to the crematorium at 0800 hrs for the last rites.  

The body of Khandu was flown back yesterday to Tawang from Itanagar where it was kept for the public to pay their last homage. Thousands of citizens including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram paid their tribute to the leader.

The Chief Minister went missing on Saturday while he was on his way back from Tawang. After five days of intense search his body and four other co-passengers were located near Luguthang in Mago circle of Tawang.

The services of the ISRO and Sukhoi were roped in but it turned out futile with images giving out wrong data. While search were concentrated in the images given out by ISRO and Sukhoi-30, the body was located near Luguthang which was not captured at all by the radar.

Several organizations are still pouring out their grief at the death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash near Tawang on April 30 last.

The members of Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society  condoled  untimely demise of Dorjee Khandu, offered gyamchho (hundred lamps)  with chanting of om mani padme hum and prayed for eternal peace of late Chief Minister Khandu at Siddhartha Vihar Gompa today.

While condoling the death of Dorjee Khandi, Totpu Panchayat Youth Welfare Society, PR leaders and GBs said, late Khandu will always be remembered by the people for his selfless services  to the society.

Late Dorjee Khandu was the guiding force and torch bearer who worked hard for prosperity of the state and its people, said Sherdukpen Employee’s Welfare Association in its condolence message.

All establishments of NEEPCO in Arunachal Pradesh remain closed on May 6 as a mark of respect to the departed soul of late Dorjee Khandu. NEEPCO will always remember chief minister Khandu as its patron and guide, said  the corporation.  Nocte Students’ Union, and members of Old Ziro Market Welfare Committee deeply condoled the death of Khandu and four others who lost their lives in tragic chopper mishap.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh condoling the death of Dorjee Khandu  said that as a Chief Minister he initiated several developmental and welfare schemes and planned variously for all-round development of the state. Khandu started developmental programmes particularly relating to Roads, Health, Water, Education and a chain of Super Hydro projects to fulfill the state and National power requirements. He also proliferated the several ambitious planning of development and progress in a very short span of his tenure as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, it said.

Khandu was a man of extraordinary courage who never paid any heed to the perpetual derogatory statements of China. He always persistently echoed the voice of national integration from the bordering state of India.

The Pasighat market also remained  closed and all the business transactions  cancelled yesterday as a mark of the respect to  former chief minister Dorjee Khandu.  The members of Pasighat Market Association (PMA) led by its president Onyok Tamuk paid floral tributes to Dorjee Khandu on Friday last at the Gandhi Chowk, main Bazar Pasighat.

Expressing deep shock over the tragic death, Tamuk said Khandu was undisputed and caring leader. He would be remembered by the Arunachalees as a dedicated leader who worked very hard for fastest developments of the state during  his short tenure as CM.


Carry forward DK’s legacy”

ITANAGAR, May 7: NCP expressed the hope that the new Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin will definitely carry forward the same vision of former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu.  “It will take time for the pain caused by Khanduji’s tragic departure to heal but the demand of progression is pressing. Arunachal Pradesh government has now got a new leader, Jarbom Gamlin who by many standards is a proven person. The State, however, would require to giving him some time to prove himself further. But then the time may be brief in terms of the development needs of Arunachal Pradesh and its people’ it said in a press statement.

I congratulate the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and welcome him to the complex job of navigating the development process of Arunachal Pradesh in right direction, it added. Arunachal Olympic Association, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal and Arunachal Teachers Association, West Siang Unit congratulated Jarbom Gamlin on being appointed as chief minister of the state.

They expressed hope that under Gamlin the state would reach a new height in developmental activities.

The Bishop of Itanagar congratulated and extended his best wishes to Jarbom Gamlin. A young, educated, experienced, and determined man with clean image, and a staunch loyalist of his party will certainly take forward  the vision and dream of ‘Developed Arunachal Pradesh’ of our late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, it said while adding that his journey to the top post marks the culmination of a politician who is well versed in the art of politics and administration.

We are optimistic that  Chief Minister will make Arunachal a developed and prosperous State, it added.


CM  mourns officer’s demise

ITANAGAR, May 7: The Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has mourned the demise of Yeshi Chodak, the security officer of the Chief Minister. Chodak was in the same chopper as that of the former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu which fatally crashed on Saturday.

Jarbom Gamlin said that the officer laid down his life in the line of duty.

I personally feel that the state has lost one of its finest officers, he said.

“I will always remember him as an officer of highest integrity and commitment. In my personal interactions too I found in him a genuineness of heart and an extraordinary sense of duty. The loss is not just to his family’ the message read. The Chief Minister also condoled the death of Yeshi Lhamu and Captains JS Babbar and TS Mamik in the crash.


Prolonged Dusk

Tom Simai

Last summer, Namchik Valley Society For Eco Tourism and Wildlife Conservation was conferred the opportunity by Butterfly India Group (BIG), Mumbai to organize the 13th Butterfly India Meet 2010 in Namdapha in Changlang District for the second time. The initial version was organized in Jairampur in 2006 by the same NGO, gaining accolades from worldwide.

Therefore, the consent of BIG to organize it for second time in the state was a huge accomplishment as it would help to improvise the image of the district and reflect the opulent ecology of our state, globally. Most significantly it would also list the butterfly species fluttering across this tropical vegetation.

When the meet concluded after 5 days of rigorous trekking, chasing and clicking the butterflies, in all 185 species of butterflies were listed, this was sort of a record.

And to organize this very significant meet, being the secretary of the society, I knocked the doors of all the Tirap and Changlang MLAs but they had their own problems to share.

Such lackadaisical and irresponsible responses from our local representatives compelled me to approach our Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu instead of pursing the visionless throng.

And I'm glad that I did because it offered me the opportunity to meet and interact with him for the first time after he took oath as CM. Though it was for a brief moment, the memories will linger for a while.

The concept of Butterfly India Meet was a bit perplexing for him initially. But when I briefed him about the reason of organizing it and the benefits the state will incur, without a second thought, he sanctioned the fund required for the event that later on became the most successful event of that summer with active participation of global nature and butterfly aficionados.

I vividly recall our last conversation. That heartfelt smile, that cordial greeting and that firm handshake is still afresh, like yesterday. It was this simplicity that separated him from the power hungry hordes and it was this simplicity that connected him with the general public so perfectly that I’m skeptical if anyone will ever replace the void created by his untimely death.

Considering the developmental initiatives and implementation across the state, without hesitation, I take this liberty to say that he was the most successful CM of our time with progressive visions for the state. Due to this reason, he garnered support from all walks of life.

No matter how much we might have criticized his policies but we cannot deny this verity also that it was during his time, we witnessed development taking shape in the state and scaling the height of progress.

From stagnant to resurging economy, the transformation has been magnificent and visible. It’s sad that the man who gave us reasons to dream and hope in time of adversity will not be here to witness the harvest of his sowing.

With that tragic Saturday crash, a prolific era of contemporary Arunachal has ceased forever. The rays of hope that enlightened our path are suddenly engulfed by darkness.

Now he is gone and with him that heartfelt smile and hope is also gone. Life will never be same again on this land of dawn lit mountains because when we thought the desperate dusk was over, tragedy struck to tell us that the dusk has been prolonged. Tomorrow that seemed so close is now unseen and unknown. ([email protected])


Action against encroachers demanded

ITANAGAR, May 7: Dokum Colony Welfare Committee (DCWC) has appealed to the district authority as well as local MLA to take necessary action against the illegal land occupants of Govt, Primary School Donyi-Dokum colony and take back the school land from their possession.

DCWC in a release said that the encroachers have completely destroyed the school building. Although an FIR was lodged with Itanagar Police regarding destruction of the school building, no action has been taken yet against the culprits.

It also appealed to the various students bodies to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, DCWC informed that an OBT building was completely destroyed in a fire accident alongwith a grocery shop and timber depot at Dokum colony on May four last at around 12.30 pm. It appealed to the authorities concerned, local MLA as well as Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) to extend help generously to the victims.


Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament

E-Sector Naharlagun FC, Gora Nakik SC win

ITANAGAR, May 7: E-Sector Naharlagun FC and Gora Nakik SC won their respective league matches against Punglu Abo FC and Chandranagar FC in Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium today.

E Sector Naharlagun FC won their match against Punglu Abo FC by a solitary goal while Gora Nakik grounded Chandranagar by 5-0 goals. Loyi Kena scored 3 goals while Taba Rakesh and Gichik Taming scored a goal each for Gora Nakik SC.

Lingdom Kumar scored the winning goal for Punglu Abo FC.

Meanwhile, Youth United played out a 4-4 draw with Zing Urban Football Club in yesterday’s first match of Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament while Senki Valley Sports Club beat SD United Football Club by 3-2 goals in the second match, according to organizing committee.

Health awareness camp

ITANAGAR, May 7: NN Charitable Society conducted one day health awareness programme under tribal development fund project at Laptap village, Sagalee on May 3.

The programme was implemented by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papaum Pare District and sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar.

The resource person of the day Medical officer in-charge Maya Bagang highlighted on Malaria, child health and hygiene and sanitation.

PRI leaders, SHGs, farmers club and general public also attended the programme.


14 houses gutted in fire

KOLORIANG: Fourteen houses along with property worth lakhs of rupees were completely destroyed in a massive fire incident that broke out at 8.45 pm at old bazaar Koloriang yesterday.

The district magistrate along with police personnel and public rushed to the spot to douse the fire but due to non availability of fire tender, they could not doused the fire in time.

Another 11 houses were demolished in an effort to stop further spread of fire.

Later, the district authority provided immediate relief materials to the fire victims and a committee has been constituted to assess the extent of damage. DIPRO


Pario provides transformer

ITANAGAR: Palin Chambang Assembly constituency MLA Takam Pario has provided 250 KV transformer from his own source to activate the defunct power house at Palin soon, said  ZPM Techi Azad today.

While lauding Pario for his noble gesture, the ZPM informed that the general people and Govt employees under Pania sub-division are facing hardship due to failure of the two transformers of power department  at Palin since December last.

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