ITANAGAR, May 19: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA)’s Core Group Members and
elected legislators today elected Pasang D. Sona as the Leader of People’s Legislature
Party (PLP) and Wanglam Sawin as the Deputy Leader. The party congratulated Nabam
Tuki for taking oath of office of the Chief Minister for second terms.
Earlier, the executive body meeting assessed the party’s performance in the just
concluded assembly and parliamentary elections before party president Nikh Kamin
dissolved the executive body. The new executive body of the party will be reconstituted
very shortly, informed Kamin.
Let us work together for development of state, appeals Rijiju
ITANAGAR, May 19: The newly elected Arunachal West Member of Parliament Kiren Rijiju
has congratulated Nabam Tuki for being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal
Pradesh. Rijiju, who won on BJP ticket, has also congratulated all the elected Members
of Legislative Assembly and Ninong Ering, MP from Arunachal Pradesh East constituency.
On the occasion, he appealed to all elected members cutting across party lines to
join hands together for the development of Arunachal Pradesh. “We should work tirelessly
to fulfill the aspirations of our people and promises made by us to our people,"
AACWA draws Govt attention to its pending demands
ITANAGAR, May 19: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) has
expressed the hope that the new Congress government in the state under the leadership
of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will take prompt initiative to fulfill all the pending
demands of the contractor fraternity.
Some of the demands of AACWA are, relaxation of EMD from 2 pc to 1 pc for tribal
contractors, to stop deducting 1 pc income tax from tribal contractors, enlistment
of electrical wing and classes for unlimited tendering capacity in APPWD, to stop
direct participation of company or manufacturer in procurement of life-saving drugs
at Director of Health Services and other work related supply items in every department
and to stop advance works system under SPA, TFC and centrally sponsored schemes.
The association also hoped ongoing projects like four laning of Itanagar to Banderdewa,
construction of the State Hospital at Naharlagun, Civil Secretariat building will
be taken up priority basis beside ensuring regular supply of dringking water in capital
The association also hoped that all the newly elected MLAs and two MPs both from
Congress and BJP will live up to public expectations by working for all round development
of the state.
Meanwhile, the association opposed the random appointment of vice chairmen in various
departments at the cost of state ex-chequer. It favoured appointment of retired officers
or former minister and MLAs as chairmen.
‘Maintain balance in transfer & posting’
ITANAGAR, May 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers
Association (AAPSSAATA) has urged for maintaining balance in transfer and posting
of the SSA teachers.
The association in its letter to the commissioner education, while suggesting that
the transfers and postings of the SSA teachers should be done before the academic
sessions, it said that the SSA teachers are being transferred in the middle of the
session which creates problem and also affect the atmosphere of the schools.
Arrest of culprits demanded
ITANAGAR, May 19: The District Head Quarter Staff Welfare Committee of Papum Pare
district has called for immediate arrest of culprits involved in the death of a class-
X student of Sagalee. In its letter to the concern DC, it demanded for strict investigation
in the case so that the culprit is caught and punished as per law.
Unidentified body kept in RKMH
ITANAGAR, May 19: An unidentified body of a person (age 25 to 30), who succumbed
to his injuries in a road mishap, has been preserved at RK Mission Hospital here
for identification, police said. In a release Itanagar Police today disclosed that
the deceased was succumbed to injuries in a tragic road mishap occurred between Itanagar
and Naharlagun on Sunday. Anyone, whoever identifies the deceased may contact to
telephone nos. 03602212233/Mobile no 9436258720.
Moyong gets a rousing welcome
ITANAGAR, May 19: The supporters and well wishers accorded a warm welcome to newly
elected BJP MLA Kaling Moyong at Banderdewa check gate today.
He has arrived state capital this morning from his home town Pasighat to meet the
party officials, members, supporters and well wishers after defeating the INC candidate
and former Education Minister Bosiram Siram by margin of 50 votes from 38th Pasighat
East Assembly constituency.
Meanwhile, Moyong expressed his gratitude to his supporters and well wishers for
their support and cooperation during the recently concluded assembly election. He
also hopes that the people, particularly the people of Pasighat East would maintain
the same spirit to make his constituency a better place to live in.
Being a grandson of one of the pioneers and renowned personalities of Pasighat area,
Moyong dreams of a better Pasighat and better tomorrow. In his last election campaign
at Pasighat he appealed the people to make a change to bring over all development
and stand united in the fight against nepotism and corruption in Pasighat area. Now,
it is the time for public to wait patiently and give him an ample time to carry out
his promises as it is said that ‘Rome was not built in a day.’
PPA MLA Aboh assures to raise people’s grievances in assembly
ITANAGAR, May 19: Newly elected PPA legislator from Khonsa West Tirong Aboh expressed
gratitude to the electorate of the constituency for reposing faith on the regional
party and electing him in the assembly election.
Soon after being elected as MLA, Aboh in a felicitation programme organized by Dadam
Area Youth Association in collaboration with the Chiefs, Gaon Buras, panchayat leaders,
Women Welfare Association and youth associations of Dadam circle, Aboh assured to
highlight the public grievances of his constituency in the first season of the assembly.
He specifically stressed upon early functioning of Dadam circle headquarters which
was formally inaugurated in 2008, posting of doctors and other medical staff at Dadam
Primary Health Centre, one of the oldest PHCs in Tirap district and upgradation of
the Dadam Govt Middle School.
T G Rimpoche’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, May 19: The staff of Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh
Limited has mourned the sudden demise of Rev. T G Rimpoche and prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul by observing two minutes silence in a condolence meeting
in the chamber of the Managing Director of HPDCAPL today.
Rev. Rimpoche was the Chairman of Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal
Pradesh from November 2007 to July 2011.
The Management of HPDCAPL conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family to
withstand the irreparable loss.
The employees of Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (Chosig) Affairs (DoKAA) today
deeply mourned untimely death of His Eminence T G Rimpoche who died in Delhi on May
16 evening. All staffs observed two minutes silence for the peace of departed soul
and conveyed heartfelt condolence to bereaved family and authority of GRL Monastery,
Students appeal for releasing stipend
ITANAGAR, May 19: Northeast Student's Welfare Association, Madhya Pradesh has appealed
to the Director of Higher and Technical Education Joram Begi to do the needful for
early release of stipend of students pursuing education in various educational institutions
in Madhya Pradesh and other central India states.
The students union said that many students, especially from poor economic background,
are facing problem in pursuing their education due to delay in release of their stipend.
APETA appeals for eligible person as education minister
ITANAGAR, May 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (APETA) has
appealed for giving the education portfolio to the most capable, efficient and sincere
person. ‘… so that the department could be brought to a new height. There are many
things to be done in education department viz. Implementation of RTE Act and other
various schemes in letter and spirit which will help in increasing the literacy rate
of the state,’ it’s letter submitted to the chief minister read.
There are lots of milestones to be covered by the educational department in the state
and these things will only be possible if the responsibilities are given to the most
eligible person, the letter further added.
53 persons deported from Capital Complex
ITANAGAR, May 19: Conducting a special drive against violators of Inner Line Permit
(ILP) regulation, Papum Pare district administration and police have deported 53
persons from the Capital Complex for not possessing ILPs.
Police produced them at local court before they were being deported.
Police set up multiple checking points at Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli and picked
up those persons as they did not possess valid documents.
The checking was conducted in view of influx of outsiders to the state capital without
valid documents, informed city Superintendent of Police SP Kuruvilla.
People’s movement for WHS status to Ziro valley begins
Hundreds take part in ‘Run for World Heritage Site’
ZIRO, May 19: A warm Monday morning witnessed an event that could change the future
of Ziro. A confederation of students, officers, NGOs, men and women cutting across
all ages gathered at Subansiri Stadium to participate in the Marathon race “ RUN
FOR WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Apatani Cultural Landscape” to ascertain the belief that
Ziro valley deserves to be a World Heritage Site. The Marathon race organized by
Apatani Youth Association (AYA) also to commemorate its 41st foundation day was flagged
off by Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri district Krishna Mohan Uppu amidst hosts
of dignitaries which include Dani Sulu, Secretary IPR, Dr Joram Beda, Secretary Tourism,
Gyati Kago, Rtd Wing Commander, AYA president Taku Chatung and HoDs of the district.
This marathon marks the beginning of the comprehensive awareness/ sensitization
programmes so as to enable the people of Ziro valley to know exactly what is required
as per guidelines of WHS and what everyone has to do at individual, clan and community
The open marathon culminated at Dree ground, Hija where a meeting was convened for
the Goanburas, Goan Buris and other PRI members.
Addressing the gathering Dani Sulu, Secretary IPR said that the movement for WHS
should be a people’s movement. It should be a collective effort. Govt. will be the
guardian; every individual living in the Ziro Valley should feel responsible and
contribute their bit. “Youths full of vigor, valiant and strength should lead the
movement with the guidance of the elders. There’s no stopping the fervor until we
see Ziro on the final list of the WHS.”, he added. On the same line he advised the
villagers to opt for better technology as prescribed in the WHS guidelines instead
of tin sheets as roofs and stop cementing the canals for irrigation. We need to preserve
the traditional practices under all conditions. He entrusted the goan buras and goan
buris to disseminate what they have learned today to their fellow villagers.
Gyati Kago, Rtd Wing Commander called also for a collective effort from every individual
living in Ziro. He exhorted AYA to take the lead, galvanized the youth brigade and
make it a force to reckon upon. Recalling the contributions of AYA since its establishment
in 1974, he said that education picked up pace after the AYA movement. Ill practices
like child marriages and tattooing was stopped by AYA. Today AYA has got bigger challenges;
he said and urged the leaders to be responsible.
Dealing in detail with the cultural landscape, he said that, “We Apatanis have learned
to domesticate the forest and are living in harmony with the nature. The once upon
a time unfriendly, swampy land has been well developed and domesticated by our forefathers.
This exceptional cultural tradition has helped Ziro to the tentative WHS list. This
tradition thus has to be preserved.” A comprehensive master plan and an awareness
campaigns is the need of the hour, he added. AYA president Taku Chatung also spoke
on the occasion and stressed on the need of collective efforts for HWS status to
“There is no dearth of hardworking people in the valley. What requires now is cooperation,
coordination and a bit of sacrifice to see Ziro at the final list of the WHS”, said
K M Uppu, DC, Lower Subansiri. Ziro is the 1st cultural landscape enlisted from
India; it’s a matter of pride and also brings in more responsibilities. We have to
be responsible towards our civic duties, keep our city clean and continue the good
works. Without any Govt interventions aforestation has been massive in Ziro. It should
be an example for the entire state. Let’s work in unison to make this dream of WHS
a reality, he gave a clarion call.
Also speaking on the occasion Dr Joram Beda, Secretary Tourism, appreciated the people
of Ziro valley for successfully preserving the forest area and its traditions till
date. “We need a serious retrospection of the revenue earning for our state. Tourism
could be one of the major revenue generators. And to bring in good tourists we need
good connectivity,” said Dr. Beda while emphasizing the need for ALG. A good connectivity
can bring about a tourism revolution in the state and Ziro Valley could be the torch
bearer, he added. He extended full support for the revolution.
On the occasion Tilling Yam, social activists, Bobby Hano, Director, Ziro Music Festival,
Yachang Tacho, Editor, The Subansiri and SUPUNG PUYU-the first vernacular paper of
the state and Taba Ajum, journalist, The Arunachal Times were felicitated for their
contributions to the society in their respective fields.
A congratulatory letter from Chief Minister Nabum Tuki was also read out on the occasion.
SMILE a society comprising of dedicated and concerned Apatani youth, released a pamphlet
on WHS for Ziro on the occasion. Gyati Kacho Secretary, SMILE, flashing proudly the
SMILE on his T shirt said that his participation in today’s program is to reaffirm
that the people of Ziro are keen that WHS materializes.
Apatani Cultural Landscape is one amongst the 55 sites selected from India in the
tentative list and the 1st cultural landscape entrant from India. This is a befitting
tribute to the ancestors who devised and modeled a unique civilization of their own
which has stood test of time, remained intact till date and captured attention and
imagination of the world. DIPRO
Tuki inks Lokayukta file
ITANAGAR, May 19: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki started his first day
of the second term in office with a bang – signing approval of the Lokayukta Act
for the state this morning.
Thanking the people of Arunachal for reposing faith in his governance, a visibly
happy Tuki accomplished his first commitment among several other promises made in
the Congress Manifesto. This step he said is a gift to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
from a responsive government.
“My wish and desire is to provide clean, transparent and accountable government to
the people of Arunachal Pradesh,” Tuki said after signing the Lokayukta Act file
in presence of several newly elected Members of Legislative Assembly. Lokayukta is
a quasi-judicial body, which would act as a watchdog to pinpoint wrong doings of
the administration, look into complaints of the victims of corrupt elements and suggest
measures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Government.
The bill which was passed by the 5th legislative assembly in its budget session in
the month of March last and assented by the Governor has become an Act after the
newly elected CM signed it today.
Unplanned construction a threat to capital city
[ Ojing Tayeng ]
ITANAGAR, May 19: Once a lush green Itanagar now turns out to be a hub of multi-storied
buildings due to increasing number of population longing to settle in state capital.
We should admit that during this inevitable development process, we have failed to
study the soil type and to follow the building codes and guidelines which resulting
in unauthorized construction and thereby inviting risk to the settlers.
Despite knowing the fact that Arunachal falls under seismic zone IV with weak soil
composition particularly in Itanagar capital region and risk of natural streams or
rivulets, the people started construction of buildings in unscientific manner by
occupying government land on hill-slopes. The people even dare to occupy rivulets
and its catchment areas and start construction of houses and buildings.
Numbers of important offices, Govt. staff quarters and bungalows of ministers and
MLAs were also built at hill ridges here by town planners in the past. Now earth
cutting in hill slopes in and around such buildings by public has distracted the
natural water follow of rivulets and streams.
Such rampant unplanned constructions make Itanagar a landslide hazards zone and this
unhealthy development, particularly in state capital is being witnessed by residents
of Itanagar and the state government. But no concrete step has been initiated in
this regard by Govt so far.
Apart from these, decreasing number of government quarters in the state capital due
to encroachment and construction of private residents in occupied Govt quarters is
a cause of major concern. It is not that Govt is doing nothing. The government issued
several notices regarding unplanned earth cutting within Itanagar capital complex,
but no one pays any heed to such orders, the unplanned earth cutting and the unplanned
building constructions are still going on.
Until and unless unplanned earth cutting and human settlement in nearby catchment
area of streams are being checked, the drainage systems regularly maintained and
retaining walls in landslide prone zone are constructed, the state capital would
witness a major landslide in near future. Above all, there is an urgent need to take
all steps for implementation of building construction guidelines to save the Capital
region from landslide and other natural calamities.
Hope, considering the risk of live and properties, the new state government will
pay attention to town planning and take appropriate measures to save Itanagar,
which is the mirror of the state.
Modi cabinet to have proper representation of NE states
ITANAGAR, May 19: With few days left for Narendra Modi to be sworn in as next prime
minister of India, hectic lobbying for cabinet berths has intensified among BJP leaders
and its coalition partners. There is growing sense of belief that NE states will
have healthy representation in Modi-led cabinet. Names of Tura MP PA Sangma, former
Nagaland CM Nephiou Rio, Lakhimpur MP Sarbananda Sonowal along with Arunachal West
member of parliament Kiren Rijiju is doing round as probable candidates.
However sources indicated that nothing has been finalized yet and it will be upto
Modi to pick his cabinet. Bharatiya Janata Party surprised everyone by winning 7
seven seats in Assam and one in Arunachal. Their alliance partner PA Sangma of National
Peoples Party and Neiphiu Rio of Naga Peoples Front also won their respective seats.
BJP wants to cash in the momentum and therefore is planning to give proper representation
in Modi cabinet to the NE states.
It’s over to the Netajis
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, May 19: Senior Congress leader Nabam Tuki was yesterday sworn-in as the
eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second consecutive term. Governor
Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tuki
in an impressive function held at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan. The Congress party had
retained power in Arunachal by winning 42 seats in the 60 member legislative assembly
election. Tuki resumes his second inning as Chief Minister in a difficult time and
people of state has massive expectation from him. State is witnessing serious financial
problem and there is urgent need to fix it. In this month, state government struggled
to pay salaries to its employees.
Apart from tackling various burning problems plaguing state, Tuki needs to assert
his leadership in his own party. Ever since the death of late CM Dorjee Khandu in
a tragic chopper accident, state Congress has been witnessing serious internal wrangling.
Though Congress doesn’t admit in public, many believe that Assembly election was
held six months prior to actual schedule to avoid another round of dissidence by
party MLAs. State is paying for the internal fight among Congress leaders. Every
time dissidence movement starts, Congress MLAs book hotels and resorts at Delhi and
stay back there for months. Many of these MLAs who are either minister or parliamentary
secretary do not attain their offices up to months. This seriously hampers developmental
It is time that state Congress leaders get some sense and stop playing with emotion
of public. They need to understand that public has given them mandate for good governance
and not to fool around. While some of the MLAs might have won election by throwing
huge money but they need to understand that not every voters can be bought and therefore
they should not take voters for granted. Already warning signal has been issued to
Congress by voters as this time opposition parties made serious inroads into those
seats considered to be Congress bastion. Many sitting ministers and parliamentary
secretaries lost the election. There is sense of anxiety among public over the way
state is being run by the politicians.
In recently concluded assembly election 1% voters exercised NOTA option which shows
that increasingly there is growing disconnect between public and politicians. It
is time all the newly elected 60 MLAs take this figure seriously and try to introspect
why people of Arunachal have developed so much of hatred against politicians. Often
it is said that politics is not bad and it is politicians who make it bad. Now the
onus lies on politicians of state to make Arunachal politics good and win the heart
of citizen. The people of state are watching, it’s over to you Netajis.
‘Modi-wave’ fails to queer Tuki’s pitch in Arunachal
There are no two opinions about the fact that the Assembly elections in Arunachal
Pradesh had been a watershed in ways more than one. It also made a number of records
in the electoral history of the Himalayan state. Some pundits say that sending too
many uncontested candidates to the hallowed Assembly is not good for the health of
the fragile Democracy in the state. But we must also admit that the people are the
supreme in Democracy and we cannot act against their wishes. In this context 11 Congress
candidates were elected unopposed including the Chief Minister NabamTuki indicating
that in these 11 Constituencies the people were fully satisfied with the people-friendly
and people-centric policies and programmes of the Tuki-led Congress government. The
so called –‘Modi-wave’ failed to queer Tuki’s pitch in Arunachal Pradesh. His party
won 42 seats in the 60-member State Assembly, an absolute majority. They say that
most of the successful Congress MLAs are Tuki’s close confidantes. Little wonder
then, Nabam Tuki was sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second straight term
without a hitch. It will also ensure the stability of the state government. We all
are aware that political instability has been Arunachal’s nemesis over the years.
But with the flock firmly under Tuki’s control, we hope to see a stable government
quietly going about its business in governance. Needless to say that Tuki played
his cards very well in this Assembly election who outwitted every one. Many say that
Tuki’s announcement of the simultaneous elections was a masterstroke that caught
his perpetual political detractors napping. His covert support to the candidates
who would toe his line is a history now and the affable Chief Minister who appears
mild and soft-spoken from outside is a smart politician from inside. Tuki’s long
innings in politics has made him almost invincible today. The Political Secretary
to the Chief Minister BamangTago also played a stellar role and his contributions
cannot be overlooked as an effective advisor to the CM. His knowledge of the ground
realities in Tirap and Longding districts helped the Congress to win 5 seats out
of the 7 seats in these two insurgency-hit districts.
The much-hyped NPF, a Nagaland-based regional political party’s making its maiden
forays into Arunachal Pradesh electoral politics ended in a smoke with not a single
candidate emerging winner. In fact, most of them forfeited their security deposits.
The Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal [SUMA] was opposing the entry of NPF tooth
and nail but the regional party of Nagaland managed to field its candidates but without
success. This Assembly election will also be remembered for electing 19 first-timers
from different Constituencies cutting across political affiliations. This is a healthy
sign for Democracy. The electors have become conscious and have come of age proving
that they cannot be taken for a merry ride by the politicians. Those leaders who
did not perform or deliver the goods were shown the door. Among the stalwarts who
were humbled by the political novices were Setong Sena, Tako Dabi, Bosiram Siram,
Dr Tangor Tapak, Jiten Pangen, Kamthok Lowang, Yumsem Matey and others. A number
of old war horses that once had a great influence over the state’s politics also
lost to their juniors. They are former CM Gegong Apang, former ministers Lowangcha
Wanglat, TL Rajkumar and others. So, it will not be out of place to say that we will
have ‘a young Assembly’ this time with new faces and new ideas. This augurs well
for the state because India boasts of having the maximum young people in the world.
This Assembly election was not without a sad angle to it in the form of late Newlai
Tingkhatra of INC winning posthumously from the 58-Kanubari Assembly Constituency.
It may be mentioned here that late Tingkhatra expired recently after a massive heart
attack in Gurgaon Hospital. His family members and well-wishers are confused as to
whether they should celebrate or cry harder as the win is meaningless when the candidate
himself had left this beautiful world for his eternal abode. As a result of his untimely
demise, a bye- election will be held. It would be the greatest tribute to hardworking
late Tingkhatra if one of his family members retains the seat left by him.
Sadly, this time too only two women candidates could win indicating that our society
is still a man-dominated one wherein the fairer sex has no or little say in the state’s
politics. Ms KaryaBagang retained her Chayangtajo seat while Ms Gum Tayeng won from
Dambuk. Many people in social media are apprehensive that the Modi-led NDA government
at the centre may show a step-motherly attitude to the Tuki-led Congress government.
I feel this holds no water. We must remember that ours is a federal structure wherein
the central government irrespective of political parties, invariably addresses the
problems of all the states without any bias. Of course, there are some state subjects
that will have to be addressed by the state government. When the Congress was in
the power, many states were ruled by non-Congress government. So, the apprehension
amongst some people is baseless. The fund flow to the state from the centre will
continue. Moreover, Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency has sent the most efficient
person in Kiren Rijiju as the MP. He will ensure that the problems of our state are
taken care of on priority because Arunachal is a sensitive state by virtue of its
So, all in all this election has been a manifestation of Tuki’s political maturity
and acumen that will stand him in good stead in the long run. Tuki has, without an
iota of doubt, garnered all the accolades and praises, especially from the Congress
leadership in the centre because he could withstand the winds of change generated
by the ‘Modi factor’ across the country. It’s hoped that the Tuki-led Congress government
will continue to work for the welfare of the common masses and take the state forward
in terms of development in all spheres. [ The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached
at [email protected]]
Dr. YSR Foundation offers free education to few selected Arunachalee students
ITANAGAR, May 19: Dr YSR Foundation has expressed its willingness to offer few seats
to meritorious students of Arunachal Pradesh in some colleges in Hyderabad with free
accommodation (hostel) and tuition fees etc. This was stated by president of the
foundation Madhushudan Reddy before All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU)
general secretary Biru Nasi and Convener Tadar Kakum. The AAPSU leader duo recently
visited Hyderabad on invitation of Dr YSR Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Reddy said that the tuition and hostel fees will be borne by the Union Ministry of
Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Minority
Affairs through scholarships for SC/ST/OBC /MOBC.
Nasi and Tadar visited some colleges, namely PIRM Engineering College, Bandari Srinivas
Institute of Technology, MNR Group Of Institutions offering courses in B.Tech, (CSE,
ECE,ME,CE,EEE), B.Pharma, M. Pharma, Pharma D, ANM, GNM, BSc Nursing, BPT etc.
Dr YSR Foundation have also submitted all the relevant documents of those institutes
of higher education.
Nasi said that they will go ahead with the facility offered by the foundation only
after proper verification of documents of those institutions they visited.
Sale counter of Research Publication to lure more tourists in Arunachal
KOLKATA, May 19: Much to the delight of the people eager to know more about the
Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, a sale counter of Research Publication was
inaugurated today by Secretary, Civil Supplies, GoAP, Gamli Padu in an impressive
function at Arunachal Bhawan, Kolkata in presence of all staff stationed at Kolkata
and a number of visitors. Deputy Resident Commissioner, Kolkata, Bijoy Talukdar and
representative of Directorate of Research, R N Koley, Asstt Director (Culture) cum
in-charge, Publication wing were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Padu lauded the initiative taken up by DRC, Kolkata and
Directorate of Research, GoAP for opening the outlet to fulfil the needs of general
public of West Bengal, particularly those who aim at making their next stop to Arunachal
“When 80 per cent of domestic tourists of the country and 90 per cent of domestic
tourists of Arunachal Pradesh are from West Bengal, it will be pertinent step to
make available the data and information through published books by the Directorate
of Research through this sales counter. It will also be beneficial to accelerate
non-tax revenue as well as economic development through augmentation of tourism potential
in the years to come,” Padu said. Padu also appreciated the proactive role of Talukdar
to highlight Arunachal Pradesh in proper perspective to greater Indian masses, particularly
the people of West Bengal.
Meanwhile, Director of Research and pioneer archaeologist of the state, Dr Tage Tada,
in an interaction, extended his gratitude to the Secretary Civil Supplies and DRC,
Kolkata for taking pains to conduct the significant event. Further, he described
the inauguration of sales counter of Research Publications at Kolkata as ‘great’
achievement of DRC office and Directorate of Research too.
Urgen Lama, Tourism Assistant and in-charge of sales counter also spoke on the occasion.
Young Adi artist Padung honored
RUKSIN, May 19: Delong Yameng (Youth) Group of Rayang village in a simple but impressive
function held in the village community hall honoured young and renowned Adi singer/artist
Delong Padung for his outstanding contribution in the field of art & culture.
The youths organized a musical night as part of the Etor festival celebration where
the young artiste’s musical journey was highlighted by displaying his audio/video
CDs, including Adi feature films.
After opening the musical night, young and renowned Adi Film actor Ibrahim Pajing
said that Padung has enlightened the Adi societies through his cultural activities.
Describing music and film as parts of education, Pajing urged the youths to come
forward and build career in this field.
Pajing, who is an Assistant Engineer in state PWD, spared enough time for promotion
of traditional cultures of the tribal societies. He was optimistic that Padung will
become a “music legend” in the future. He also released a number of audio CDs composed
The inaugural programme of the cultural night started with lighting of lamp followed
by colourful cultural presentation and screening of video albums and films.
Padung, who is a native of Rayang village in East Siang, has so far won a bagful
of awards in the field of art and culture. His outstanding singing talent has earned
him accolades from cultural enthusiasts and researchers. The folk songs composed
by Padung depict many mythological aspects of tribal folklores associated with social
evolution and civilization on this land.
Padung has dedicated his audio CD ‘Paknam Abo’ to the state’s chief minister Nabam
Tuki honoring his able leadership.
His audio CD, ‘Lumi Gaayo’ that was released in Itanagar last year exposes age-old
relationship among various tribal groups in terms of language and culture.
Tenshinkan Shotokan Karate team leaves for Nainital today
ITANAGAR, May 19: A nine-member karate team from Arunachal Pradesh Tenshinkan Shotokan-Ryu
Karate-Do Association will represent the state in the 27th National Tenshinkan Shotokan
Karate Championship to be held in Nainital, Uttarakhand from May 23 to 26.
The team will be leaving here for Nainital tomorrow.
The team: Boys Cadet (14-15 year): Gollo Joseph (-46 kg); Junior Boys (16-17 yrs):
Bamang Kanam (-55 kg), Sibon Engti (-55 kg), Tamchi Tayam (-68 kg), Biplab Devnath
(+76 kg); Girls Cadet (14-15 yrs): Lokam Maya (-54 kg), Karsang Yanga (+54 kg); Girls
Junior (16-17 yrs): Tai Rija (-48 kg), Gida Yaro (-53 kg). Coach cum Manager: Sensei
Seeds of marginalization being sown in Arunachal Pradesh
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to let out my gasp of discomfort and apprehension
at prospect of railway connectivity at Pasighat in East Siang district. Fear and
apprehension of unchecked influx into state has already been reflected with the introduction
of Naharlagun- Dekargaon train service, which was highlighted in an article of Amar
Sangno, caption, ‘Railway in Arunachal, a developmental reward or betrayal’ published
in your daily on April 29, 2014.
The hue and cry created by many organizations on need for effective implementation
of inner line permit (ILP) in railway led to temporarily suspension of the train
service. However this is not permanent solution to tackle the influx in our state.
The railways authority is undertaking survey on alignment for Murkongselek (Assam)-Pasighat
(Arunachal)-Rupai (Assam) railway tracks which would connect Pasighat with the entire
Unlike Naharlagun, Pasighat is located on the bank of mighty Siang River just on
the edge of Assam plain. Considering its plain landscape, the introduction of railway
in Pasighat would be more vulnerable for indigenous people and their existence would
be in threat from migrants. Since railway authority is not paying much concern about
Inner Line Permit, the railway introduction in place like Pasighat would be like
sowing seeds of marginalization. It is well known fact that negative impact of train
would be far reaching.
Indeed Pasighat is more vulnerable since many of the illegal migrants sneak into
its territory with the help of ferry in the Siang River during winter season. Railway
will add more misery to people of Pasighat. I shudder to imagine that thousands and
thousands of immigrants will come and settle which will annihilate our rich natural
resources. In the process, we will be reduced to minority and state demographic will
get new look.
People of Pasighat have bitter experience in late 70s and early 80s, as the large
portion of Arunachal land was forcibly taken away by people from neighbouring state.
Since then no attempt and effort were made by our state government to retrieve the
No doubt the proposed railways project has significance for economic and strategic
boost in Arunachal Pradesh which would reduce the cost of living and will make easier
for defense movement.
But after witnessing the lackadaisical attitude of the Railway authority and centre
towards ILP issue in the state, we do not want railway in Arunachal at all. We do
not want such communication line which would open flood gate of influx into already
porous border and threaten the very existence of indigenous people in its own land.
Taking all those points into consideration, I would like to appeal to the state government,
to scrape the MoU of proposed railway line in Pasighat and other places in Arunachal.
Pasighat, East Siang district.
Open flaunting of political loyalty by govt officers
With the elections coming to an end, we all are looking forward to a new innings
of good governance. One distressing aspect as highlighted by many was open participation
in electioneering process by government officers. What was really horrendous was
the utter disdain shown by politically motivated officers towards their service/office.
They were seen openly flaunting service rules without any fear or shame. (No wonder
they are flourishing financially). This reflects failure of governance and is not
conducive for democracy either. Government shouldn't turn a blind eye to such illegal
acts as it will only breed corruption, abuse of the poor, sidelining of honest people
and encourage criminals in usurping power.
Such nexus should be treated with an iron hand if we really want peace and development.
Government officers should maintain dignity and sanctity of their office. Of course,
they are free to participate and even contest but atleast have the courage and humility
to resign first. It’s not difficult to name them but publishing and indulging in
cheap talk will not help the cause. I believe we should work through proper channel
and hope that unruly element gets deserving punishments. The picture is not completely
dark as we do have honest and exemplary officers and leaders who deserve appreciation.
We shouldn't allow good work done by them to be held hostage by thugs and incapable,
corrupt leaders and officers. Development and democracy can only move in the right
direction if the electorate is an informed one (then only they can make proper choices).
They should blame themselves if their chosen one turns out to be a money sucking
machine with no vision for the people maybe because of deficiency in education /knowledge(
hope no reverse development occurs)or simply lack of will and sincerity. Lastly,
congratulations to all winners. Hope we see changes for the better not worse.
H Panggeng, Itanagar
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Tough days ahead for Congress party
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-president Rahul Gandhi today offered to
resign from their party posts following its drubbing in the recently-concluded Lok
Sabha election. However, party members have refused to accept their resignation during
CWC meeting held at AICC office. Earlier Sonia and Rahul appeared before the media
on Friday and took personal responsibility for the drubbing that left the party with
just 44 seats in a House of 543, a huge climb-down from 206 seats it had in the outgoing
15th Lok Sabha. This offer of resignation looks more like political drama.
But Congress party has to understand that in order to win back the confidence of
people of India they need to do more serious introspection. The people will not vote
them back on the basis of drama being unfolded by their party president and vice-president.
Too much reliance on Gandhi family charisma has weakened the party. The Congress
has failed to organize their ranks at grass root level. This weakness was effectively
used by BJP and RSS to their advantage in parliament election. The cadres of BJP
and RSS manage to propagate message of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi
to the voters. If Congress did not make amendment at the earliest, then party may
find it difficult to revive itself in days to come if Narendra Modi government manages
to win confident of people.