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Sona elected PLP leader

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," stated Rijiju.


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 complex.

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, Bomdila.


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.



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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 levels.

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 Ziro valley.

“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

Staff Reporter

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 activities.

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

Denhang Bosai

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 geographical location.

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 denhangbosai@yahoo.co.in]



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 Pradesh.

“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 by Padung.

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 Tai Hipik.



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Seeds of marginalization being sown in Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

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 nation.

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 lost land.

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.


Tarak Gete

Pasighat, East Siang district.




Open flaunting of political loyalty by govt officers

Dear Editor,

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.