May 25

‘Induct capable minister  & PS in art and culture dept’

ITANAGAR, May 24: The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has requested the Chief Minister to induct indigenous minded persons with good knowledge in the field of indigenous arts and culture as minister and Parliamentary Secretary for arts and culture department in-order to protect, promote and preserve rich arts and cultural heritages of the state.

In a letter to the Chief Minister, the IFCSAP that the Department of Art & Culture is not undertaking any new project and model activity since long to promote  the rich indigenous arts and culture of the state. This may be due to induction of incapable minister and parliamentary secretary by the government, the society observed.


SUMA says no to ministerial berths for PDS scam accused

ITANAGAR, May 24: Student Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) Capital Complex Federal Unit and Papum Pare units strongly urged the Chief Minister not to give ministerial berth to ‘two main PDS scandal accused’ in his council of ministers.

“Since your ministry is for the development of the state no person accused in such scam should be inducted into the ministry,” the representation said.

It urged the chief minister to accommodate ministerial berth to other eligible MLAs representing various tribes of the state besides Nyishi.

They also strongly appealed to the state government to stop PDS payment to FCI contractors  from state fund which is meant for infrastructure development.

“SUMA will launch mass agitation if further payment is made to the accused PDS contractors until and unless they are given clean chit by the court,” threatened the representation.


ACS for re-introduction of home guard training in state

ITANAGAR, May 24: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), in a representation to the Deputy Inspector General of SSB, Tezpur, Assam urged him to re-introduce Home Guard Training in Arunachal Pradesh.

The ACS representation informed that many border villagers in the state were given Home Guard Training under the banner of SSB after Indo-China War with an assurance to absorb them in the concern department. But the assurance remained unfulfilled till today, it said.

While urging the SSB DIG to formulate a mechanism to absorb the trained persons as per their capacity, it also urged him to publish the criteria for claiming compensation and honorarium for the convenience of general public.

ACS requested the SSB DIG and other subordinate staff to recommend their representation to the President of India and Director General of SSB and Ministry of Home Affairs for further necessary action.

Meanwhile, ACS claimed that the DIG, Tezpur and the Deputy Commandant, 30th Battalion, Dirang after going through the representation have assured to look into the matter within their capacity.


Hardcore criminal nabbed

ITANAGAR, May 24: City Police yesterday nabbed one Rahul Pegu, a hardcore criminal from  Niti Vihar here yesterday.  

Acting on a tip off, a team of city police under the command of Addl. Superintendent of Police Dipankar Mishra including Itanagar SDPO B Kamdak, SI T Nega, H/C  N Tada and IRBn personnel  conducted a raid early yesterday morning at Niti Vihar area and  nabbed  wanted criminal Pegu of Jengraimukh area under Majuli sub-division, Jorhat district, Assam, informed  capital SP Seju P. Kuruvilla in a release.

Pegu is wanted in Tihu PS Case No 19/14 U/S 457/380 IPC, Jalukbari PS Case No 321/14 U/S 400/461/382/353/307/326 IPC R/W 25(1)(a)/27 Arm Act and Azara PS case No 178/14 U/S  379/427 IPC of Assam. He is also reportedly involved in various other cases at different places of Assam, the release said.

Preliminary enquiry reveals that after commission of crime, he uses to take shelter in Arunachal Pradesh to avoid Police arrest and interrogation. It is further revealed that he is an expert in ATM burglary.


AdiSU reacts to AYA statement

ITANAGAR, May 24: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) called upon the Apatani Youth Association (AYA) to cooperate with the investigating agency in unearthing the truth behind the death of Aroty Mize instead of defending the suspect.

Reacting to the press statement given by AYA, which was published in today’s edition of this daily, AdiSU said that the suspect has been detained for interrogation only which is a part of investigation.

“This kind of interference and backing of the suspect by an association must be taken seriously by the investigative agency which may help them find breakthrough in the case,” it said, and termed the press statement very unfortunate.

At the same time, AdiSU requested the authority to expedite the investigation process and give the status of case in media from time to time.

Meanwhile, AdiSU and ABK Youth Front along with other like- minded body from different walks of life has decided to organize a candlelight march on May 27 at 5.30 pm from IG Park to Akashdeep Itanagar as mark of protest the increasing crime against women and justice for late Aroty Mize.

Meanwhile, Lohit district units of ABK and Lotong Banggo Students Union have expressed grave concern over mysterious death of Aroty Mize.

While demanding thorough and speedy inquiry into the death case, both the unions urged the police to bring the culprit(s) to book immediately under appropriate section of the law.

They also expressed serious concern over growing incidents of crime against women in the state.


144 CrPC lifted, ILP, vehicle checking intensified at Tezu

ITANAGAR, May 24: Section 144 CrPC has been lifted in Tezu yesterday by the district magistrate in view of the ‘improvement’ in law and order situation.

However, the district police have intensified motor vehicle and ILP checking in and around Tezu Township, informed Lohit SP Tumme Amo.

According the SP, penalty was imposed to 41 vehicles for violation various sections of MV Act and Rs. 10550 was recovered from the violators as fine.


News Impact

Bihu celebrated with enthusiasm

‘Culture is the mirror of our society’

From a Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 24: Political boundary and petty differences cannot separate minds and hearts as has been proved by the enthusiastic Bihu celebration here today, said Itanagar municipality chief councillor Higio Aruni.

“The inter-state boundary difference is a political issue which should be left for the political leaders to resolve without affecting our age-old relations,” she said to the applause of the gathering.

The age-old relation between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is well known. It has existed since even before the NEFA days, which has been strengthened further by matrimonial ties, she said while speaking as chief guest of the celebration.

“No force for reason can separate the people of the two neighbouring states,” she said emphatically.

Giving a clarion call for clean and green capital, she sought the support of all sections to achieve the goal.

The Assamese deserve appreciation for zealously guarding their rich culture, she said, adding that the Arunachalees are also protecting their culture.

“Culture is the mirror of our society. It brings togetherness, unity and communal harmony. But the relation between the peoples of both states are age-old,” said Itanagar councillor Taba Yall Nabam.

She assured the Assamese community, particularly RRBC president Api Nima Dutta and general secretary Niranjan Konwar, all possible support to coexist with their Arunachalee brethren peacefully.

People of all communities should take part in such festivals to send a message to the rest of nation – “We are one,” said Nabam, melody queen of the state, who thrilled the gathering with her melodious Assamese and Nyishi songs.

The sound of pepas, drums, tals and flutes punctuated by traditional numbers rent the air as the Bihu spirit gripped the state capital with the Rajdhani Rongali Bihu Committee  (RRBC) celebrating the national festival of Assam. Young damsels of Narayanpur in their best attire danced to the song, ‘Naach nachani nach, kokal bhangi bhangi naach’ (Dance dancers dance, twisting your waists), that echoed in the air as the audience cheered.  It was a combination of taal, gaan and laya, the gist of Bihu dance.

Agricultural and pisicuture practices are livelihood means which the Bodo troupe reflected through dance besides the drummers from North Lakhimpur who cast magic spell.



Tuki bids emotional farewell to outgoing PM

NEW DELHI, May 24: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today bade an emotional farewell to outgoing Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, at the latter’s 7 Race Course Road residence here.

Wishing Dr Singh all the best and a healthy life ahead, Tuki conveyed gratitude and love from the people of Arunachal Pradesh for his constant support and personal interest in development and welfare of the people.

While recollecting Dr Singh’s visit to the state as Prime Minister of India in 2008, Tuki said the subsequent development announcements made by him marked a watershed moment in the history of the state. The PM’s Package announced by Dr Singh ushered in a new era of development in the state and predicted that completion of the projects will bring a sea change in the development landscape of Arunachal Pradesh. “I owe a debt of personal gratitude to you for always lending a sympathetic ear to the problems of my state during my interactions with you ever since my assumption of office as Chief Minister nearly two and half years ago. Our state benefitted from your prompt action regarding different issues at various times during your tenure. Your firm belief that the development of states like ours is a measure of the progress of the nation as a whole will continue to inspire and guide us in the times ahead,” Tuki said offering a bouquet of flowers to the man who ruled the nation for ten years with all humility.

Tuki asserted that it would be hard for anyone to match the standards of probity in public life, which Dr Singh embodied during his long tenure.

“The country was able to tide over many difficult crises especially in the backdrop of the global financial scenario primarily due to your sagacity and acute understanding of the fundamentals of good Governance. It is needless to mention that the landmark economic reforms introduced by you guided India into the 21st century as a globally competitive economic power,” he observed.

While assuring that people of Arunachal Pradesh will always remember Dr Singh for his kindness and affection showered on them, the newly elected Chief Minister sought continuous guidance and blessings for the times ahead.

Meanwhile, Dr Singh assured that his blessings are always with the people of Arunachal Pradesh as it has a special place in his heart. He also congratulated Tuki for taking oath as the Chief Minister for the second consecutive term and hoped that Arunachal Pradesh will witness rapid development under his stewardship.



Edufest 2014 begins on May 30

ITANAGAR, May 24: Like previous years, Edufest 2014, organized by Lynchpin in association with state's leading English daily The Arunachal Times, will be held at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok on May 30 and 31.  It will bring together more than 50 UGC recognized universities, AICTE approved institutions and Govt. recognized colleges offering courses in engineering, medical, information technology, arts and commerce, diploma courses, fashion designing, business management and other career opportunities.

Some of the reputed universities participating in the Edufest are Manipal University, Amity University, NITTE University, Narayana Hrudalaya, Apeejay Stya University and Lovely Professional University. Only AICTE, UGC, MCI, DCI accredited colleges are allowed to participate in the Edufest.

The students and parents will be able to check out on the latest on education front in the country in the two days Edufest. They will have the opportunity to interact directly with the Directors and Professors of those participating institutions regarding all admission related issues including entry criteria, admission fees, hostel facilities, courses offered etc.  

In the last 12 years, more than 2.5 lakh parents and students from North East have benefited from Edufest.

Entry to the exhibition is free and the students will also have the opportunities to win tablets and smart phones through lucky draws at the venue.



USF students take part in cleanliness drive


ROING, May 24: Officials and staffs of Government District Hospital along with students of University of South Florida (USF) today took part in a cleanliness drive here at premises of District Hospital.

A 15-member student accompanied by their two teaching staff are on a 15-day visit to Roing under a student exchange scholarship programme organized by RIWATCH. The students are from department of social work and health from USF, informed Vijay Swami, Executive Director, RIWATCH.

The cleanliness drive was joined by members of Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum (EMWEF). The volunteers sweated it out for an hour cleaning the female and maternity ward.

Alok Yirang, District Medical Officer (DMO) appreciated the participating students from USF for taking part in the cleanliness drive. "Your voluntarily participation today is a great service offered to the people of Lower Dibang Valley," he said. Yirang also appreciated them for taking part in local Adi festival in Bolung and for taking keen interest in the local culture.

A student from USF while interacting with the medical staffs narrated her experience of how she was fascinated by the rich culture of the Idu Mishmi tribe. "I am greatly indebted to the local people for showering their hospitality to us," said the student.

Later, the USF team members participated in the tree plantation drive at government secondary school in Mayu. The team was joined by local panchayat leaders and school teaching staffs.

The event was participated by Medical Superintendent Dr LC Deori, Dr Ista Pulu, Dr SJ Mitapo and several medical staffs.



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