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Centre to finalise better air

connectivity in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, May 9:  After two fatal crashes in Tawang in the month of April, the DONER Ministry would meet the officials belonging to different organisations of the Aviation Sector to discuss safety of Air Services in the North Eastern Region and alternate arrangements particularly for Arunachal Pradesh in view of the suspension of Pawan Hans Services in the North Eastern States.

Among those attending the meeting would be representatives of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of Indian and other concerned agencies.

This has come after a strongly worded letter written by Minister of DONER B K Handique to the Minister of Civil Aviation for introduction of commercial air services to the Region in order to boost connectivity to Arunachal.

In his letter, the Handique said that there is a strong resentment amongst the people of the state against Pawan Hans Corporation and emotions are running high. In this background, apart from other steps, the central government is urgently required to act for improving connectivity issues in the remote areas like NER looking at the sensitivities of the Border States like Arunachal Pradesh and the sentiments of the people facing deprivation and helpless situation.

He said that arrangements are immediately required to assure the people of Arunachal Pradesh that the Central Government is with them and would endeavourer everything possible to obliterate their difficulties to possible extent in the current scenario. A copy of the letter was endorsed to Prime Minister.

I intensely felt the insecurity and difficulties faced by the people of Arunachal Pradesh in the absence of Helicopter services, he wrote. He further called on the Civil Aviation Ministry to immediately direct the commercial airlines to operate flights to the airports of Tezpur and Lilabari (Assam), in addition to improving the existing arrangements. He proposed better connectivity from Lilabari and Dibrugarh.

Ministry of DoNER had already proposed a separate civil aviation policy recently to the ministry of Civil Aviation in the region.


APCC, BJP and Kaso condemn attack on media offices

ITANAGAR, May 9: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has condemned the destruction of PTI and Arunachal Front offices by a group of youth yesterday.  It appealed the administration to book the culprits immediately and provide adequate security to the media persons and media houses.

Meanwhile, local MLA Techi Kaso expressed deep shock at the attack on local media house and office of the national news agency. The MLA appealed for peace so that no wrong message goes from the state to rest of media.

Expressing concern over increasing threat to media persons in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh strongly condemned the barbaric attacks on the Arunachal Front, Naharlagun and the PTI, an Itanagar-based national news agency by some unknown miscreants yesterday.

The BJP demanded adequate relief assistance for the victimized media houses immediately so that they could resume their services to the people.  The party also  appealed one and all to  maintain peace and tranquility at least at this tragic situation.

The BJP also condemned the media houses responsible for dragging the name of a tribe in the appointment of Chief Minister in the state. The party termed the media report as ridiculous, provocative and misleading and against Pan-Arunachal interest.

The people of Arunachal Pradesh are yet to come out of traumatic and tragic  situation, the party said  while adding that  making news from no news  at the hours of crisis by a media house is uncalled-for.

All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) also strongly condemned the shameful act  of destruction of Press Trust of India Itanagar office and Arunachal Front  office, Naharlagun. It demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the persons involved in vandalism.


Temporary setback for Anshu and Tine

Mission Mount Everest

Itanagar, May 9: The first summit bid by Team Arunachal – Anshu Jamsenpa & Tine Mena met with a temporary setback when they encountered snow blizzards and strong winds blowing at high speed as they were braving their way up.  The heavy snow fall during the past week and the unstable weather patterns with temperature dipping -250C has made further climbing difficult and risky.

Anshu and Tine are in Camp 3 (24500 ft) and Camp 4 (26000 ft) respectively and will try their summit bid as soon as weather clears up. The decreased air pressure at this height contains less than one third oxygen as in sea level. Stuck at such a height for so long and waiting for a favorable weather for final summit attempt is perhaps the toughest time they are experiencing right now.

The legendry mountaineer Apa Sherpa and two American climbers Chris Shumate and Deke Williams also called off their summit push temporarily and returned back to Camp 2 (21300 ft). Last week an American mountaineer Rich Hitch died near Camp 3. He had earlier climbed all the six highest peaks in six continents and this was his final attempt to create world record by climbing Mt. Everest.

His dead body was air lifted two days later by rescue helicopter and transported to Kathmandu.

Swiss and American meteorological forecasts for the next week have highlighted improvement in weather condition. It is indicated that jet stream will be out of Everest region in the next seven days; this is an incredibly important factor as negative jet stream means less wind chill and therefore more chances for summit attempt.

Tsering Wange President Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association and Dr K R Meetie Adventure Cell Incharge State Sports Department are keeping a close tab on the day to day progress of the mountaineer duo.

Scores of other well wishers have extended their best wishes to Team Arunachal in their attempt to climb world’s highest peak.


Tuki condemns attack on media, flays news agency for dragging his name

ITANAGAR, May 9: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Nabam Tuki has described the attack on PTI office Itanagar and Arunachal Front office at Naharlagun yesterday as most unruly act.

Tuki feels that freedom of Press should not be encroached upon by any one. At the same time, he called upon the Press fraternity to maintain highest standard of journalistic ethics, codes and norms set by Press Council of India.

“Any media person of the state, region and nation knows very well the good relation I have with media fraternity,” Tuki said and advocated that violence in any form should be avoided.

Reacting to a report of national news agency alleging that his supporters were behind the vandalism of media  offices, Tuki said ‘this is not only blatant lie and without any fact but an attempt to tarnish my hard earned unblemished political career’.

Tuki also strongly condemned the derogatory remarks on Nyishi community with a communal overtone in a report that appeared in online version of Times of India on May 4. He said such kind of report is prohibited by Press Council of India. The APCC president appealed everyone to maintain peace and calm at this hour of state mourning.

The APCC president demanded correction in the news item to set thing right or else, he said, would be compelled to seek legal redress.


APCC lambasts media report,

demands apology

ITANAGAR, May 9: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) vehemently condemned the news report that appeared in Times of India (ToI) web portal and written by one Pradeep Thakur on May 4.

Lambasting the news report as baseless and unfounded, APCC said that bleak communal remarks on a particular tribe are a matter of great concern.

Taking serious exception on the news report, APCC demanded immediate clarification and unconditional apology from the writer and newspaper for their ‘irresponsible and fabricated news’.  The news report is against the ethics of journalism and it hurt the sentiments of the people of the state, particularly to Nyishi community, APCC said.

APCC said, Arunachal Pradesh is always known for its peace and tranquility and the people belongs to various communities are living unitedly.  The people of Arunachal Pradesh never thought of such communal line and remained united always. Such kind of news item published in a reputed daily of the national will create misunderstanding and confusion amongst the peace loving people of the state.

“The selection or election of CLP leader/ chief minister within our party is not based on community. It is purely the decision of high command being the national political party through the views of elected INC legislators. In such priority within the party, no one is allowed and welcomed for negative comment like Pradeep Thakur,”  the  Pradesh Congress Committee said. It appealed all the press and electronic media not to carry such kind of news and cautioned the writer to refrain himself from publishing suck kind of news in future.


APLS bestows title of Karmaveer

on Khandu

ITANAGAR, May 9: The 24th literary session of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) unanimously resolved to confer the title, ‘Karmaveer’, on late Dorjee Khandu in remembrance of the former CM’s immense contributions towards the development of this frontier state.

The meeting observed two minutes’ silence as a mark of respect to the departed leader who died in a tragic chopper crash in Tawang on April 30 along with four others.

The APLS meet, chaired by its president Y D Thongchi, The executive committee of APLS further decided to felicitate three writers – Kensam Kenglang, Tagang Taki and Wansan Jonsang – during the foundation day celebrations of the Society on December 2 next in recognition of their contribution to literature.  Kenglam is also the recipient of Phulchand Khandelwal Award, 2011 presented by the Asom Sahitya Sabha. He is second from Arunachal Pradesh to be awarded with the prestigious award after renowned author Y D Thongchi, who was decorated with it in 2003.

Then the literary sitting proceeded with the recitation of self-composed poem titled ‘If I am fairy’ by youngster Arunika Koley, a class VI student. Rajendra Pardeshi, a Lucknow-based poet and critic, read out his poem, Jeevan Ek Sarita’ and Prasant Kr Mahapatra, an Oriya poet, recited ‘Ji Bhar Ke Dekho’.

Dr Pekba Ringu shared an excerpt from one of his romantic stories, ‘Wow Wow Wow!’, while R N Koley of APLS read out his self-composed poem titled ‘Jhinuker Petey Mukto’, illustrating the miseries of tribals living in forest areas of his native state, West Bengal.

Before the house decided to hold a special discussion on oral traditions of tribes of Arunachal Pradesh during next month’s session of the Society, the newly elected general secretary of APLS, Tokong Pertin (Director, Trade & Commerce) sought all cooperation from the members towards strengthening the Society and spreading its wings to other parts of the State.  

Sunday’s sitting was also attended among others by Batem Pertin, Deputy Director Research (Museum), Nani Kojeen, Editor Arunachal Front and Jamuna Bini of RGU.


Lummer Dai NE Centre for Language, Literature and Cultural Research at Bihpuria

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 9: The ‘Lummer Dai North East Centre for Language, Literature and Cultural Research’, established under the initiative of Axom Sahitya Sabha, will be inaugurated at Bihpuria, Lakhimpur district on June 1 next coinciding with the 70th birth anniversary of late Dai.

This was divulged by Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) president and well-known litterateur Y D Thongchi during the 24th literary sitting of APLS held at JN State Museum here Sunday.

A close aide of late Lummer Dai, Thongchi said, “This spirited step of the Axom Sahitya Sabha to set up the research center after late Dai would go a long way in strengthening the cultural and literary ties between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, besides promoting the Assamese language and literature.”

He further informed that during the inauguration of the research centre, the Asom Sahitya Sabha will also confer the 2nd ‘Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota (Literary Award)’ on Basanta Das, an eminent novelist of Diphu in Assam.

A delegation of APLS headed by Y D Thongchi, besides Nanni Dai, the wife of Lummer Dai will be invited to the function scheduled on June 1.  

Instituted by the Sabha in 2009, the first Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota was conferred on (late) Swarna Borah, a renowned novelist, poet and lyricist of Nagaon, Assam.

The Sabha’s initiative to open the research centre in Bihpuria has apparently come after its futile proposal submitted to the Arunachal govt about two years back for setting up of Lummer Dai North East Centre for Language, Literature and Cultural Research, besides pitching for reintroduction of Assamese as third language in secondary schools in Arunachal Pradesh.

Once tagged as ‘father of journalism’, late Dai - who had contributed immensely towards enriching the socio-economic growth of Arunachal and bridging the cultural gap between the two neighbours - and his priceless contributions were yet to be recognized by the State authorities.

Late Dai, recipient of prestigious Sitanath Brahmachaudhury Memorial Award, was more familiar to Assam than his native State for his literary contributions in the form of all-time famous novels—‘Prithivir Hanhi’, ‘Paharar Sille Sille’, ‘Mon Aaru Mon’ and ‘Konyar Mulya’.


Orgs mourn Khandu's passing away

ITANAGAR, May 9: Condolence messages continue to pour in from various organizations, NGOs, individuals to condole the death of chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

Shocked at untimely demise of Khandu, Lohit and Anjaw district unit of CoSAAP said: “In his death we have lost an outstanding, dynamic and great leader. Above all, he was a man with great personality and was a very jovial, generous and kind hearted,” CoSSAP said in its condolence message, and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.

“He (Khandu) was a true leader having broad vision for all round development of our state,” said Karuna Trust. It hoped that his dream for making Arunachal a prosperous state will be fulfilled in days to come.

The officers and staff of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission, the Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Upper Siang, West Siang, East Siang and Lower Subansiri district units of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), All Capital Complex Youth welfare Association, ABK Lohit district unit, Nyishi Nyem Acham, Food Corporation of India (FCI) regional office Itanagar, the president and working president of NEFIT also condoled Khandu’s death and prayed for his eternal peace.

Meanwhile, the DGP along with all ranks at Police headquarter today condoled death of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Yeshi Chhodak, the personal security officer of Khandu, and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

He was 48 years and left behind his wife, a son and a daughter.


Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament

Zing Urban pip NLG C- Sector

ITANAGAR, May 9: Zing Urban Football Club beat NLG C-Sector 1-0 in a league match in the Giogi Taya Memorial Football tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today.

Arunachal Orphan Football Club were held to a 2-2 draw by Punglu Abo Sports Club in another match of the day while Youth United Football Club were given walk over.

Senki Valley Sports Club will take on VKV Banderdewa in the first quarterfinals at 1.30 pm tomorrow while Gora Makik Sport Club will play Zing Urban Football Club at 3 pm.


News Impact


New CM congratulated

ITANAGAR, May 9: Various organizations, associations, NGOs, panchayat and public leaders have congratulated Jarbom Gamlin on being appointed as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Those organizations, NGOs, individuals and Govt departments which offered congratulations to the new Chief Minister include All Tirap District Student’s Union,  All Capital Complex Youth welfare Association, the Lohit district unit of ABK, Arunachal Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, Arunachal Capital Students’ Union of Monpa’s, Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association, All Yomgam Youth Association, Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Parishad, Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission, Apatani Youth Association, Black Bear Foundation Trust, Seppa, National Students’ Union of India, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation units of Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Upper Siang, West Siang, East Siang and Lower Subansiri district, Begam Ao and Tajang ZPM Rubu Hangu, Galo Students Union(GSU)

. In a release GSU urged new CM to accelerate the pace of development and make Arunachal one of the most developed states of India. All hoped that the new CM, being an experienced and veteran leader, will lead the state towards peace and prosperity.


Release payment,

demands contractors association

ITANAGAR, May 9: The Papum Pare district unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Contractors Welfare Association has demanded the authorities concerned to release contractors payment (2nd installment) under SSA civil works.

It said that though the second installment fund has been released by the state project officer (SPD) on March 25 last while payment to the contractors has not been made yet.


Fishing, hunting prohibited

ITANAGAR, May 9: The youths of Nimte and Rigo village, in a meeting, decided to prohibit fishing, hunting and collection of forest resources within the village jurisdiction. Violator would be dealt sternly, it said. It also demanded immediate restoration of power supply in the village which is reeling under darkness more for than a month.


ALYA demands for

restoring electricity at Leel vill

ITANAGAR, May 9: All Leel Youths Association (ALYA) demanded the power department to restore electricity at Leel-I village by replacing the damaged transformer.

ALYA informed that the transformer at the village was lying defunct since last year after it went burst.


180 schemes under AAP proposed

ITANAGAR, May 9: The 4th Anchal Samiti Meeting of Tali Anchal Samiti Block held recently has proposed a total of 180 schemes under Anchal Action Plan for the year 2011-12 and decided to submit it to the department concerned for  approval.

The meeting was attended by CO cum member secretary of Tali Anchal samiti Block, ZPM, ASM chairperson, ASMs, GP chairpersons and officers and officials of Tali circle.


Awareness prog

ITANAGAR, May 9: Awareness cum member education programmes on Cooperative was organized at Jenging and Yingkiong by Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union, Naharlagun from May 5 to 7 last.

Complete knowledge regarding registration process, rights and duties, values and principles of cooperatives along with latest amendment done to Cooperative Act and important notifications, orders etc issued by the department were informed through lecture and interactions with the participants.

The programme was conducted under the leadership of Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Union CEO G Nyorak along with district ARCS N Lego and others.


Congress team leaves for Tawang

ITANAGAR:  A team of Congress leaders including Dr (Col) Dhani Ram Shandil, member CWC, in-charge Arunachal Pradesh, AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna, in-charge Arunachal Pradesh along with APCC general secretary T C Tok,  Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch, Arunachal Pradesh unit vice president Nabam Nikia has left for Tawang today to attend the last rites of  former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu which is scheduled to be held on May 10.


Help desk

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Student’s Union Delhi (ASUD) urged those students willing to study in Delhi University to seek help from ASUD’s ‘help desk’ or contact JT Tagam @ +919716432014 for further details.


AITF constitutes

fact finding committee

ITANAGAR: In an emergency meeting of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF), while unanimously condemning the defamatory statement published in the online portal of Times of India, New Delhi, on May 4th last, against the Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh written by one Pradeep Thakur, supposed to be a senior Delhi based media person has decided to constitute a fact finding committee to inquire in the matter.

The AITF, the pan-Arunachal confederation of all community based organizations, working on a united Arunachalee identity condemns such unfounded comments from reputed media persons and media houses, harming the efforts of AITF, it said.

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Let us keep the hopes alive

Dear Editor,

A Wednesday that will ever haunt the people of Tawang.   The day we heard about the death of our beloved leader, who guided us to the path of development there was pin drop silence in Tawang.

At this juncture, it is really a shameful thing that the superpower India’s ISRO and Sukhoi could not even locate the exact place where our most valuable leader’s dead body was found.

I doubt how they would fight against other super powers of the world. The government of India has committed a mistake by spending heavy amount of money in defence sector. Instead, the money would have been spent in social sector to curb economic disparity which is a menace to the real development of the country.

The last time I saw him was in Kalawangpo Hall, Tawang where North East Review Meeting on Rural Development was held on 19th April 2011.

 I noticed him smiling and happy when some of his MLAs highlighted the achievements and other concerns of Arunachal.

In fact, representatives from the Centre including Vilasrao Desmukh, Agatha Sangma and other Secretaries were very glad and pleased with the performance of our beloved visionary leader and his team.

Though a star has fallen down, let us remember that the only way to pay tribute to this bright star is to make his dream by inculcating the spirit of Unity and working together for the attainment of our common goal to make a prosperous Arunachal.


Ramananda Nongmeikapam

Tawang,  (on email)



Let quality be the benchmark

Dear Editor,

I want to share my feelings with the parents and teachers of Arunachal that latest education policy which is prevailing in our state (i.e no detaining system) from Class- I to Class-IX.

 Is it really being adopted by keeping the future prospects of students who are pursuing their early education in the Govt sponsored schools or to mere raise in the literacy rate?

Such type of policy may hamper the quality education of children of state like Arunachal who is in need of own human capital.

Some of students are in sad mood as they feel that there is no meaning of conducting examination by spending huge amount, if everybody has to get through examination.

Such type of education system which is based on Quantity will create unemployment problems and will breed anti-social elements in near future.

So it is my sincere appeal to all parents and authority concern that let there be quality education rather quantity education.



Itanagar, (on email)



Multifaceted internet service

Dear Editor,

The internet service has become a daily part of our life and a popular tool of communication. Internet has been widely used throughout the world by people of all ages to serve various purposes and it has a direct influence on the GDP of the country. Today internet has found its presence in most of the organizations small or big and even at home.

The use of internet has become very essential, primarily for business houses. Nowadays, number of business related matters are being communicated via internet within a short time.

Internet has also paved the way for the growth of small home-based office across the country. It facilitates internet trading, cyber cafe, e-learning, value-added online services like e-ticketing, e-bill payment, etc. Many multi-national companies and many business establishments in India thrive on Internet. Besides the positive growth of e-commerce industry in India, it projects a good employment opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and also gives a fair deal to the buyers. This industry is expected to grow 47 per cent and touch Rs. 46,520 crore by the end of 2011.

Therefore, reliable and quality internet service has become extremely essential so that work flow never gets interrupted. Today in the market there are broad internet technologies like ADSL, Lease Line, Radio Frequency, Cable, GPRS/CDMA data card and VSAT. The users too have multiple options of ISP like BSNL, Amtron, Tata Photon, Tulip, Hughes, etc to name a few. But unfortunately many parts in India, especially the rural parts of North East India are still deprived of reliable internet connectivity. As a result, the e-commerce industries in rural area are badly affected. This is also one of the reasons for slow growth of Internet users which is just 10 million (approx) as compared to more than 700 million mobile users.

However, under the new broadband vision policy being drafted by Telecom Ministry of India to get India fully connected, the rural and hilly parts of India have to depend upon VSAT technologies which are especially applicable where no reliable broadband service is available. At present this service is being used in the remotest parts of North East region like Tawang, Maibang, Cherrapunjee, Moreh, Anjaw, Mechuka, Koloriang.  Thus internet is on its way to become the most accepted communication device after mobile phones and one of  the effective tools for employment generation.


Bamang Apo,

District Informatics Officer,  Koloriang



No manipulation please

Dear Editor,

I would like to enquire about the result of written examination for U.D.C PWD which we had given on month of February. I want to know whether concerned authority has already notified the result or still it is pending.

Besides this I want to request the concern official and minister not to manipulate the selection process.


Concerned candidate,

(on email)





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