May 28

DA carries out eviction drive

ITANAGAR, May 27: In a bid to clear off the unauthorized structures alongside the National Highway in capital region, the district administration today carried out a massive eviction drive and removed more than 30 structures. The eviction drive was carried out by Additional District Magistrate Talo Potom along with DLRSO, police and security forces both IRBN and CRPF along NH52A from Chandranagar to Gohpur Tinali for the construction of four lane NH52A and the compensation for the removed structures had already been paid to party concerned.


SES distributes aids and appliance to Nafra health centre

ITANAGAR, May 27:  The Sajolang Elite Society (SES) has donated five crutches and as many wheel chairs to Nafra health centre on May 25. The items were handed over to the Medical Officer of the health centre during its 8th foundation day celebration on May 25, informed SES president Aju Khonjuju in a release.

The society has also decided to felicitate the Class X and XII CBSE toppers, JEE qualified and the APCS prelim qualifiers belonging to Sajolang community.

The function was attended by all heads of department, elected Panchayat leaders and general public of Nafra.

Meanwhile, SES and people of Sajolang community congratulated Kiren Rijiju for his induction into the union council of ministers as Minister of State (Independent charge) and hoped he will work hard for the betterment and upliftment of the people of Arunachal in particular and North-East region in general. The society also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inducting Rijiju into his ministry, which shows his love for the people of North East region.


NSUI state unit observes 50th death anniversary of Nehru

ITANAGAR, May 27: The National Students’ Union of India state unit observed 50th death anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Donyi- Polo Mission School for hearing and visually impaired, Chimpu here today.

The union interacted with the staff and student and distributed fruits etc.

Observing that the institute lacks accommodation for its inmates and that the state government is yet to fulfill its commitment of enhancing corpus fund for staff salary and construction of hostel building, it sought government’s immediate action for the same.


Teachers training programme held

ITANAGAR, May 27: A teachers training programme for upliftment of life skills, enhancing speaking and listening skills and leadership skill was conducted at Good Shepherd Public School, Papu Nalah from May 22 to 24 last.

The programme was organized by PCTI Group Ltd, under the banner of CBSE, New Delhi.


Slow progress of some projects rankle Changlang DC

CHANGLANG, May 27: The district level review meeting of Changlang district was held today under chairmanship of Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav. All heads of works department attended the meeting.

The chairman, while reviewing implementation of projects sanctioned under CSS, NLCPR, SPA, NEC, CRF, RIDF, DOTCL, MsDP etc. expressed her dissatisfaction over the slow progress and was quiet unhappy with slow implementation of some projects sanctioned under above programmes. She, however, appreciated the Executive Engineer, WRD Bordumsa for excellent construction of Community Health Centre building at Bordumsa sanctioned under SPA and Executive Engineer, PWD Changlang for construction of Community Hall at Changlang under SPA.

She asked the concerned executive agencies to expedite completion of work and fixed the deadline for most of the projects by 30th June and 31st December 2014 respectively. She further instructed the Executive Engineers to work hard and personally monitor the projects instead of depending to their subordinates. She asked all the Executive Engineers to attend next meeting with full preparation having thorough knowledge about all ongoing projects so that they can interact confidently with the Chairman and other Members of the meeting.  DIPRO


GWS congrats Rijiju

Itanagar, May 27: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) also congratulated Rijiju on his being inducted as minister in the Narendra Modi led NDA Govt. in the Centre.

Assuring all support to the Rijiju, GWS hoped he would live upto people’s expectation and work for peace and all round development of the state.

Khampti Singphow Council congratulated Kiren on being inducted as union minister of state for defense and assumption of his office.

Further, the council congratulated Narendra Modi for becoming the 15th Prime Minister of the country and expressed gratitude for reposing faith on Rijuju and inducting him under his able Council of Ministers.

The Council wished them the best time ahead and hoped Rijuju along with the newly inducted council of ministers would live upto the expectation and aspiration of the people of Arunachal in particular and the nation in general.

“Rijuju, with his vast experience as Member of Parliament, close association with colleagues under the NDA ministry earlier and having read the pulse of the state at the grassroots level would  bring a new chapter of development for the different ethnic communities in  Arunachal Pradesh on the need base,” the release said.


Three arrested in illegal coal transportation case

CHANGLANG, May 27: While conducting a surprise raid on May 25 last, the Kharsang police of Changlang district arrested three persons along with vehicle who were illegally transporting coal from Kharsang to Bordumsa side. A criminal case has been registered against them.  Further interrogation of all accused is being sought to know about mastermind behind the coal theft. Vehicle and coal has  already been seized.

Changlang police registered 5 cases and arrested 14 persons for theft and illegal transportation of coal from Kharsang during last one year. DIPRO


Union reiterates its demand

ITANAGAR, May 27:  Reiterating its charter of demands which it had already submitted to the state chief vigilance officer (CVO), Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Students Union (NNSPSU) today sought an inquiry against in-charge of District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Koloriang by setting up a high power inquiry committee alleging mismanagement of PDS items in Kurung Kumey district.  The union demanded CVO to verify all administrative centres where head load system is operating.  It also claimed that numerous fake HTS bills submitted by officer were allegedly countersigned by administrative officers.  Union further claimed that despite 499 quintals of salt allocated to district, no single kg was received by the district.  Claiming that numerous quintals of allocated rice and wheat meant for the district were never delivered to the district, the union also demanded for fresh appointment of district PDS whole sale nominee.


Changlang records higher entry tax collection

CHANGLANG,  May 27: The Department Tax & Excise, DC’s Office, Changlang has collected record high entry tax during the financial year 2013-14. The department has revealed that, in comparison to the previous financial year’s collection of Rs. 2, 72, 66, 400,  the total entry tax collection in the financial year 2013-14 was Rs. 6, 05, 75, 236.

Presently, there are four entry check gates operational in the district, namely, Namdang, Jairampur, Namchik and Bordumsa Check gate. Earlier, the check gate at Bordumsa was lying un-operated but with  active initiative and steps of the District Administration  under the abled guidance of Chanchal Yadav, Deputy Commissioner the gate was made operational during November 2013. Also, the present Namdang Check gate was shifted from the earlier  location at the entry point of Changlang Township area which enhanced the tax collection significantly from average of Rs. 20, 000 to Rs. 4, 00, 000 during the financial year under report.

The Changlang District Administration is closely monitoring and making all efforts for further increase of the tax collection in the district in years to come.   DIPRO


APETA writes to education commissioner

ITANAGAR, May 27: The Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (APETA) has expressed disappointment over non-execution of the verification process by the committee constituted earlier this year.

A seven-member committee under director of higher & Technical education as chairman was constituted on January 3 last for verification of distance education of private institutions running without valid documents.

In its letter submitted to the commissioner education, it said that such institutions should be barred from functioning.


News Impact

Modi Govt likely to review decision on Snoopgate: Rijiju

NEW DELHI, May 27: Describing the previous UPA government's move to order a probe into the 'Snoopgate' affair as being politically motivated, newly-appointed Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today indicated that the decision may be reviewed by the NDA government.

"It is clearly visible that the decision was politically motivated," he told PTI when asked about UPA government's decision to order a probe into the surveillance of a woman in Gujarat in 2009.

The 42-year-old BJP MP from Arunachal West constituency said that the decision to order a probe into any case needs to be based on merit and has to be without any bias.

"Rule of law has to be established. There should not be any politically-motivated move," he said when asked whether the decision would be reviewed by the Narendra Modi government.

The Manmohan Singh government had on December 26, 2013, decided to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe the charges of surveillance of a woman, triggering a political row with the "snoopgate" affair alleged to have involved Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister Modi.

The government had announced that the commission, to be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a retired chief justice of a high court, would also look into charges of snooping on Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh by the previous BJP government when he was in the opposition as well as the leaking of the call data records of Arun Jaitley in Delhi.

The Union Cabinet had taken its decision on the probe under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, which the Gujarat government, too, had used to set up a similar panel.

Reports suggested that as no retired judge was willing to head the probe commission, the UPA government had to abandon the plan to appoint its head days before the Lok Sabha election results were announced.

Rijiju will join his new duties in the home ministry on Thursday, along with his senior minister Rajnath Singh.

As to his priorities on the job, the young minister said that strengthening internal security was the top goal for the NDA government and it would do its best in that regard.

"Internal security has to be strengthened. We cannot be soft on terror. We have to take a multi-pronged approach to tackle problems like naxalites," he said.

Rijiju said he has been asked by Home Minister Singh to make an assessment of the peace negotiations currently underway between the government and insurgent groups in the northeast.

He said that the home ministry will also contribute for its part by ensuring security for all development projects.  Rijiju was first elected as MP from Arunachal Pradesh in 2004 but lost in 2009. He was elected again in the just- concluded Lok Sabha polls.

A graduate from Delhi's Hansraj College, Rijiju also completed law from Faculty of Law at University of Delhi. PTI



Candle light vigil held to demand justice for Aroti Mize

ITANAGAR, May 27: The heavy shower did not stop the masses as thousands of people from all walks of life took part in a candle light rally starting from Indira Gandhi Park to Solung Mopin Ground today evening seeking justice for late Aroti Mize.

They demanded justice for late Aroti by shouting slogans like, “We want justice, justice for late Aroti Mize”, “Arrest the Culprits”, “We want speedy trial of the case”, “Justice delayed is justice denied” etc. While expressing serious concern over rising incidents and crime against women, National Alliance of Women's Organization (NAWO) Arunachal chapter president Jarjum Ete demanded speedy investigation into the case and also appealed to the people to extend cooperation to the police in their investigation. Urging the gathering to fight for justice without any differentiation in the line of tribe or community, Ete appealed to all, especially the younger generation, to maintain peace and harmony.

While expressing solidarity with the bereaved family of late Aroti, Apatani Cultural and Literary Society (ACLS) general secretary Tapi Tai said,“A criminal is a criminal. He/she doesn’t represent any clan, tribe or community. They deserve stringent punishment.

The ACLS general secretary further appealed to all including media to restraint from making or publishing any statement or comment which does not help maintain peace and old-age social harmony among various tribes of the state

Terming the death of Mize a loss not only to her family but also to the entire state and nation, Galo Welfare Society President Dr Emi Rumi stressed the need of a thorough inquiry into the mysterious death case to unearth the truth behind her death.

Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) vice-president Getom Borang said, “Such kind of crime may happen to anyone. We should fight against such crimes together to prevent recurrence of such incident in future.”

Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) general secretary Obuk Gao while consoling the bereaved family, called upon all to rise to the occasion and fight against crime against women in the society.

Expressing gratitude to the people of the state for participating in the rally to express their solidarity with the family of the deceased, ABK youth wing president Aling Pinggam hinted about organization of a peaceful dharna any time within Itanagar if their demands are not fulfilled by the authority.

Itanagar unit of Jering Matkir Society general secretary Tamoli Tako on behalf of the family informed that the case becomes more suspicious as her name was registered as Sumpi Borang at RK Mission Hospital during the time of admission on May 20 evening. And the person, who admitted her at hospital, also named himself as Nada Tatung.

The senior members present during the rally were ABK president Kangir Jamoh, Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong, Pasighat West MLA Tatung Jamoh and members from various organizations, including Apatani Career Guidance Forum, GWS, SUMA, GPF and ABK women wing.

ABK along with its youth wing and AdiSU, the organizers of the rally expressed gratitude to all for joining the rally to express their solidarity with the bereaved family members and to demand justice for the deceased.

Meanwhile, the Lotong Banggo Students’ Union and All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union also conducted a candle light march at Namsai this evening demanding justice for late Aroti.

The members of the unions observed two minutes silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

They also demanded capital punishment for the culprit(s) involved in the Mize’s death. It also condemned the heinous crime and growing atrocities against women in the state.



Mob attacks Tawang MLAs’ vehicles at Rinpoche’s funeral

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 27: Even before the mortal remains of His Eminence TG Rinpoche, who died under mysterious circumstance in Delhi on May 16 last, were consigned to flame with proper rituals, angry mob unleashed their wrath at Tawang MLAs namely Pema Khandu, Jambey Tashi and Tsering Tashi and damaged their vehicles during funeral rites at Bomdila today.

Sources from Bomdila informed this daily that trio were escorted out by Arunachal Scouts from Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling Monastery where funeral was taking place.  However no physical harm was inflicted upon three MLAs, added sources.  Three sport utility vehicles such as Mahindra Scorpio, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavor were badly damaged.

It said that the incident occurred around 10:30 am when three MLAs reached at monastery to pay their last respect to spiritual guru.  Somber atmosphere turned violent when aggrieved devotees most of them were youth agitated at arrival of three MLAs, some of them allegedly hurled abusive words at them, squarely blaming them for death of Rinpoche.   In the meantime Police had to intervene and resort to five round blank-firing to disperse the mob.

Hundreds of devotees across the country thronged at Monastery to pay their last respect to Rinpoche. Special rituals were performed by the monks before his mortal remains were cremated. The death of Rinpoche still shrouded in mystery since Delhi police in its statement published in Indian Express, a Delhi-based English Daily claimed that spiritual guru of Gelupa sect of Himalayan Buddhism was committed suicide at his relative’s apartment in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi.  Delhi police also claimed that Rinpoche left suicide note in which it indicated reason of suicide would be due to lost of his relative in Assembly election.

Meanwhile, Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling, (Monastery Administration) has strongly condemned the incident. It also expressed its regret to the MLAs saying that  the shameful incident is “not befitting to our culture and teaching of Buddhism.”



SURGGP demands immediate eviction of land encroachers

ITANAGAR, May 27: Alleging encroachment of institute land by public, the Students’ Union of Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic, Itanagar (SURGGP) has demanded the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) to make a spot visit of the encroached land and evict all the encroachers immediately.

The students union in a release informed that the boundary wall of the institute has been smashed and GI nets removed by the encroachers to make shelter and way for their movement.

Moreover, the encroachers have developed bamboo plantation in the encroached area and have started to claim the plantation area as their land. It also alleged destruction of campus boundary wall by battalions from BN colony, Chimpu to make way a through it.

This rampant encroachment is not only disturbing the atmosphere of the polytechnic but also posing a serious threat to future development of the institute, the students union said.

SURGGP also urged various students unions like All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union, All Nyishi Students’ Union etc.  to visit the spot and take up the matte with the authority.

SURGGP also appealed to the state government to look into the matter seriously and provide special package for the construction boundary wall of the institute as soon as possible.



Anti drugs rally organized at Aalo

ITANAGAR, May 27: The Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) in collaboration with Gomar Foundation Society today organized an Anti-Drug Rally here with huge participation of people.  Slogan like “Drug kills, say no to drug, arrest all drug peddlers”, echoed all around the streets of Aalo township as the rally which started from Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Aalo passed through DC Office Complex, Police Colony, Old Market, New Market, Medical Road and culminated at Nehru Chowk Aalo.

Later, people from all walks of life while participating in the rally shared their views on ways and means to curb growing drug menace in West Siang district.

“We cannot be mute spectators to ills that plague our traditionally peaceful and vice free society and stringent law should be enforced upon all drug peddlers that are showing their ugly heads and taking root in various parts of the district. Drug business cannot be sources of a livelihood as it spoil the career of young generation. The drug peddlers and addicts are responsible for all night time nuisances, accidents and other law and order related problems and need to be nipped in the bud to save the succeeding generation from the path of the deviation.”

Later Lige Lollen, President and Minto Ete, General Secretary PAYWA submitted a public representation to West Siang Deputy Commission pertaining to departmental enquiry on non arrest of identified drug peddlers Akiya Dirchi, Jonya Rinya, re-detention of Karku Likar, cancellation of trading license of shops involving unauthorized commercial outlet of alcohol  etc. DIPRO



Nodal dept clarifies, shifts blame on PWD over alleged fund embezzlement

ITANAGAR, May 27: The department of social justice empowerment and tribal affairs (erstwhile Social Welfare & WCD) today clarified that fund released by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs amounting Rs 624.50 lakhs as 1st installment of total estimated cost of Rs 1249.00 lakhs meant for construction of girls’ hostels in Palin area was placed under the disposal of the PWD Central Zone, which is the executing agency, after obtaining necessary FD concurrence.

The nodal department has indirectly shifted blame on PWD Central Zone after All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) rake up the issue demanding termination of alleged involved officers in fund embezzlement under girls’ hotel project.

While disclosing the factual position of the project and action being taken by the Government, the nodal department said that “PWD Central Zone chief engineer would further place/release the fund to executive engineer PWD Sangram for undertaking construction work of girls’ hostels.  The necessary codal formalities for award of contract work/supply order against the construction work were supposed to be done by the executing agency. It was the responsibility of the executing agency (PWD) to undertake and supervise the construction work as per approved DPR of scheme and release of payment to contractors on the basis of work done.”

It also disclosed that on the basis of some complaints received from an organization named Arunachal Against Corruption alleging misappropriation of fund released for construction of girls hostels, the state government had sought report from the deputy commissioner Kurung Kumey.  “On being not satisfied with the  DC’s report, Pooja Jain, then ADC Capital Complex  was appointed as enquiry officer to conduct a thorough enquiry into the alleged misappropriation of fund released for construction of 10 nos of girls hostel under Palin circle. The matter is now being submitted to state Govt for further necessary action,”  said the nodal department. It further said that 2nd and final installment of fund is yet to be released by the state government in view of alleged misappropriation of 1st installment.



APFA to hold seminar on club management

ITANAGAR, May 26:  In a first of its kind, the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) will conduct a seminar on football club management here at the state capital next month.

Assistant general secretary of the APFA Kipa Ajay today informed that Sankap Pujari and Sujesh Rajan from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will arrive at Itanagar on June 7 to interact with club owners and officials and provide guidelines on how to efficiently run and manage a football club.

Ajay informed that the idea behind the seminar, which has tentatively been scheduled for June 8, is to help interested parties learn about the official rules and regulations which need to be followed in order to ensure qualification for teams into the I-League, the top football division in the country.

“The seminar is not only for current owners and officials as even those possibly looking to getting into club management can come and learn from the experts”, Ajay said.

He also informed that a six-member team including the two Reading FC coaches- Keith Greene and Jamie Carr - who are currently training young players in the Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy here in Itanagar, will be in Aalo in West Siang district for a talent-hunt programme beginning June 2 next.

The programme which will conclude on June 8 will seek young prodigies from the ages of 11 to 15 years. The programme has been divided into five daily hour-long sessions for each age category, kicking off with the 11-year category from 10 AM. For the 12-year category the training will begin at 11:15 AM, followed by the 13-year (12:30 PM), 14-year (02 PM), 15-year (03:15 PM). A similar programme will also be held at Pasighat, East Siang from June 9 to 15 followed next at Rupa in West Kameng district from June 23 to 29. Talent hunt programmes will also be conducted at various parts of the state as time progresses.



30-member state karate team leaves for Delhi

ITANAGAR, May 27: A 30-member karate team from Arunachal Pradesh, including three officials, left here for New Delhi today evening to participate in the Karate Association of India (KAI) Sub-Junior, Cadet Junior and U-21 National Karate Championship to be held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi from May 30 to June one.

While wishing the team all the best at HQ Club, Naharlagun, Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Vice Chairman Likha Tara asked the players to maintain strict discipline throughout the championship. Delivering few words of advice to the participating players, Tara asked them to perform their best without thinking about winning or losing since winning and losing are part and parcel of sport.

Tara, who is also president of Arunachal Karate Association (AKA), informed that KAI is the only National Federation for Karate Sports in India duly recognized by World Karate Federation (WKF). KAI has 34 state/province members all over India along with Army, Police and different Para Military Forces.

AKA vice president Dr. Marli Ete, assistant general secretary Charo Tatung and few senior players were present to see off the team.

The Team: Girls 8-9 year (Kumite and Kata): Lipin Ete; Boys 10-11 years (Kata and Kumite): Joseph Paraj Lenda; Girls 10-11 year (Kata & Kumite): Tamchi Nancy; Boys (12-13 year): Simon Megu (Kata), Abab Sangdo (Kumite); Girls 12-13 year (Kumite): Nabam Nasap; Boys (14-15 year): Achemso Yun (Kata), Mojum Dodum (-52 kg, Kumite), Raja Yangfo (-52kg, Kumite), Phassang Tama (-63kg, Kumite); Girls (14-15 year): Jugami Basumatary (-47kg, Kata & Kumite), Gichik Yami (-54kg, Kumite), Minam Tekseng (+54kg, Kumite); Girls (16-17 year): Goda Asha (-48kg, Kata & Kumite), Bamang Yakum (-53kg, Kumite), Yapung Sonam (-59kg, Kumite), Johny Mangkhiya (+59kg, Kumite); Boys (16-17 year): Balipso Pul (Kata), Likha Lej (-55kg, Kumite), Ngongchen Hodung (-61kg, Kumite), Nikam Sonoliyang (-68kg, Kumite), Bangram Tungi (-76kg, Kumite); Girls (U-21 year): Rei Yadi (-53kg, Kumite), Rebiyialo Kri (-60kg), Kumite), Mepung Tana (+60kg,Kumite); Boys (U-21 year): Matyup Tamblung (-68kg, Kata & Kumite), Anurudh Sahani (+76kg, Kumite).

Official: Tagri Raju (Coach), Ajay Chetry (Team Manager), Emi Tayu Ete (Coach, Girls).



3rd Taba Tath memorial club level football tournament begins

ITANAGAR, May 27: The 3rd Taba Tath memorial club level football tournament was kicked off today under the banner of Aab Tebw Ato Lapa Welfare Society. On the auspicious occasion Kipa Babu Deputy Chief Councilor Itanagar graced the occasion. In his speech he said that younger generation should change themselves first as maximum cases of drug addiction is being reported from them. He also appealed to the citizens to elect good leader who can serve people and don’t blame government only.

APCC spokesman Haying Mangfi who also attended the programme said that sportsmen should maintain discipline and exhibit real sportsmanship. Aab Tebw Ato Lapa Welfare Society general secretary Taba Tara said loosing and wining is a part of a game and participation itself is a prize. On the occasion president BCC Taba Niglo gave a brief report about late Taba Tath.

Players, managers, panchayat leaders and dignitaries were present on the occasion of opening ceremony. In the first match played between Jollang United FC vs Duimukh FC, later won by margin of 3-0 goals. In another match Gora Makik Sports club defeated Papa XI by 4-1 Goals. Tomorrow’s match is between PUFC vs MSC and Chandranagar FC vs Nyokum Youth FC.



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Art & Culture department has been doing good job

Dear Editor,

This has a reference to interestingly placed news item published in popular dailies on 23rd May 2014 where the headlines for memorandum submitted by the IFCSAP states that no new project or activity has been undertaken in a long time and where the IFCSAP has prayed for induction of persons with good knowledge of states culture as Minister and Parliamentary Secretary in context of the department of Art & Culture, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is a matter of record that leading newspapers of the state itself have time and again lauded the performance of the department of Art & Culture over past few years highlighting the emergence of the dept under the able leadership of the then Minister Art & Culture and Parliamentary Secretary and team of executive administrators from state to dist level. Corpus funds for self sustaining NGOs like the IFCSAP, for cultural sites like the Tawang Monastery, building of cultural Halls and MPCCS all over the state, launching of financial assistance for celebration of major festival of the state, introduction of Dist Art & Culture week annually in the district, felicitation of artistes working in the field of indigenous arts & crafts, introduction of the Teacher Learner scheme to revive old arts, comprehensive assistance to indigenous artistes, exposure of Art & Crafts of Arunachal through international events like ITM, national folk festivals etc are projects that have seen the light of day under guidance of esteemed previous Minister Art & Culture and Parliamentary Secretary strongly guided and supported by Chief Minister of the State Shri Nabum Tuki Over the last few years. The inclusion of not one but two sites of Arunachal Pradesh- The Ziro Valley and the Thembang fortified Village in the world Heritage Site Tentative List of the UNESCO and the pioneering performance by first ever Children Parade contingent at The Raj path New Delhi by an all girls team.  The President of IFCSAP issuing the memorandum, who was earlier Secretary Art and Culture, perhaps may like to recapitulate the various ground realities that he had to face and perhaps urge in his present capacity to the competent authorities to appoint a unilateral Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Cultural affairs instead of separate Minister for Art and Culture and a separate Minister for Research etc. Further more in view of performance of the present team perhaps the IFCSAP should pray for continuation of the same team so that the outstanding initiative taken by the present Government goes from leaps to bounds in the interest of the State.


Tarak Kuyu

Polo Colony,





Power to Panchayat leader only in paper

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring some awareness to the PRI members and public as a whole. According to devolution of power  to the Panchayati Raj Act  in our State, the finalization of deserving beneficiaries of Government Schemes are supposed to be recommended by PRI leaders(GPM,ASM etc.),at grassroot level.

In our 31st Aalo East constituency, while finalizing the beneficiaries, Zila Parishad Member in connivance with HOD and newly elected MLA is superseding the power of PRI members. To my utter dismay, the selection of beneficiaries for Power tillers and Rice Mills under the Chief Minister’s Mechanization Programme are already done by ZPM without the consultation and consent of PRI members.

There is certain apathy among PRI members about this irregularity and disguise meted out against the needy villagers of 31st Aalo East Constituency. Now, it seems the declaration of power devolution to PRI members are only in the paper not in practical. So, this is my earnest request to PRI leaders, not to be just swayed and suppressed, know the basic tenets of devolved powers and its application.


Remi Lollen

Anchal Samity Member

Bogdo-Panya Village

1/6 31st Aalo East .




Why so much delay in appointment of new cabinet ministers?

Dear Editor,

After securing absolute majority in the recently held parliamentary election Narendra Modi took just 10 days (excluding the result day) to invite the leaders of SAARC and finalize his council of Ministers. He also took oath as the 15th Prime Minister of the Union of India along with 45 Ministers in the august presence of dignitaries from the SAARC nations to show an era of new beginning in leadership and regional cooperation. As a blessing in disguise one of our MP has been appointed as MoS for Home Affairs.

What about ours? Ours is a small state...! We too went on a simultaneous assembly election along with the parliamentary election. In our state too, a party has secured absolute majority. We had CM oath taking ceremony within 2 days from declaration of the results!!

Now, why there is a delay in declaring the name and list of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries? Might be this is the basic reason why ours is a lagging state...!!

Still optimistic that ours too will be a Government of Pro people say in the field of Education, Health, Human Resource Development, Welfare, Safety & Security, Road & Transport Sector (s).


Goter Duchi








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Modi cabinet constitutes an SIT to bring back black money

If the first day action is curtain raiser, then for sure India has finally got a government which is seriously committed for betterment of this country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today meets all the head of SAARC leaders and had discussion on wide ranging issues.  In his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Shariff, Modi urged him to speed up the trial of 26/11 perpetrators. In a swift move, this evening union cabinet which meet up for the first time took an important decision of the formation of Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe black money mostly stashed abroad.

This was the first major decision of Modi led government. The SIT will have retired Supreme Court judge MB Shah as its head. During the election campaign Modi had promised to bring back the black money. Although there is no official figure, various estimates put the quantum of black money upto $1.4 trillion. Further it is believed that majority of them has been kept in the banks of countries like Cayman Islands and Mauritius, which are considered to be tax haven. This step taken by new government is indeed a very good one. But Modi should ensure that SIT completes the investigation on time and do not delay.