May 29

DoNER Minister promises to find solution to harassment of NE people

NEW DELHI, May 28: Newly-appointed Minister for Development of North Eastern Region General (Retd) V K Singh today promised to find a solution to the harassment of people from the area, saying it is his top priority.

63-year-old Singh, who was appointed Minister for DONER with independent charges, said that he "strongly condemns" the harassment of the people from the North East.

"It will be my priority to find a solution to this," he tweeted this evening.

Singh, who will take charge of his ministry tomorrow, was elected to Lok Sabha from Ghaziabad constituency in the recent general elections.

Singh also thanked everyone for their wishes and blessings, saying it will be his constant endeavour to deliver on the promises and to live up to people's expectations.

The former Army chief has the experience of serving in the Northeast in different capacities as an Army officer. He was also the GoC-in-C of the Eastern Command looking after the Easter and entire Northeaster region. PTI


Keep Ziro spick and span: DC

ITANAGAR, May 28: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu has appealed to the people of Ziro to cooperate with the administration to keep the township spick and span. The Deputy Commissioner was addressing a function to launch a new cable TV channel called “Amaaba Valley” and to award two doctorate scholars, whose thesis have been selected for sponsorship.

Two best doctorate theses dealing with cultural heritage of the Apatanis were selected and sponsor money presented on the occasion.

Of all the places, Ziro valley is one of the sites selected to be included in the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and it is a matter of pride for all of us, Uppu said.

Attending function MLA Tage Taki said that the ancestor of the Apatanis must be as happy as the people present here today because a big step to preserve the age old cultural heritage is being taken today. It is a befitting tribute to our ancestors, he said. He assured his support for such ventures in the coming days.

Earlier, synopsis of research topics related to Apatani culture and traditions were invited from the doctoral scholars. A panel of judges comprising Professors from various colleges selected the two best research subjects which will be sponsored with Rs 25,000 each.

Gyati Kobin (DRCS), Hage Penji (Chairman, Amaaba Multipurpose Cooperative Society), Tutul Goswami (Secretary, Amaaba Multipurpose Cooperative Society) and Prof. Talukdar of St. Claret College also spoke on the occasion.

The function was organized by Amaaba Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd.


3rd Taba That Memorial Club Football Tournament

MSC, Chandranagar FC win

ITANAGAR, May 28: Model Sporting Club (MSC) and Chandranagar FC won their respective match in the 3rd Taba That Memorial Club Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

After a barren first half, MSC scored two goals through Techi Tasar (Jersy no. 10) in 56th and 65the minutes in the second half  to register win against Petwa United FC.

In the second match Chandranagar FC defeated Nyokum Youth FC 2-1. Dondup Tsering (jersey no. 10) of Chandranagar FC and Taksing Mangsa (jersey no. 20) were the scorers.


Arsang  Football Club beat Balek XI Team in the 5th GPFT’14

ITANAGAR, May 28: The month long 5th Gora Pertin Football Tournament 2014 held at Bolung village General Ground, Lower Dibang Valley Dist concluded today.

The Arsang Football Club of Jia beat Balek XI Team by  4-1 in the final match.

Notem Tayeng scored 2 goals, Talni Pertin and  Kaying Tayeng scored 1 each for Arsang football club Jia . While Bikash Linggi of Balek Banggo Team scored the lone goal for runner up team.

The Sprite XI team got the third place in the tournament.

Addressing the closing ceremony Meka Block ZPM, Miti Libang Tayeng, urged the people to realize the importance of Games & sports in development of human resources and personnel discipline.

District Sports Officer, Raju Mipi  appealed to the elders and sports veterans in the society to continue support and participate in the field to inculcate sportsmanship attitude/ spirit to the people.


AMS provides appliance to differently abled persons

ITANAGAR, May 28: With an objective to provide basic curative and rehabilitative services to differently abled persons,   Amik Matai Society (AMS) donated a tricycle to Durga Bhattacharjee, a casual mechanic serving under the PHE Department after he approached the Society for it four months ago.

It is pertaining to mention here that his left leg was amputated a year ago at CMC, Vellore after a minor injury in his leg while crossing a cattle bridge discharging official duty.

The Secretary of Amik Matai Society informed that the organization has been dedicatedly working towards promotion of inclusive, barrier free and right based society for the differently abled. He appealed to the state government to   run exclusive workshops for fabricating and fitment of aids and appliances for the disabled such as artificial limbs, calipers, crutches etc. and conduct special camps in rural and urban areas so that they can identify and take measures on various issues related to the welfare and rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, especially those who are below poverty line. Earlier, the organization has also requested the DEO cum Deputy Commissioner, Lohit to make special arrangements for the differently abled voters at polling booths in the just concluded Assembly and Parliamentary elections in the district.


Free coaching for ‘O’ level computer course

ITANAGAR, May 28: The sub-regional employment officer, coaching cum guidance centre for SC/STs, Naharlagun, GoI, is going to conduct a free coaching of ‘O’ Level Computer Course for SC/ST job seekers from July 1 next.

The coaching is aimed at preparing SC/ST candidates for the various competitive examinations conducted for the post of clerk and stenographer preferably within the age group of 18 to 30 years.


APPDSU warns against donation collection

ITANAGAR, May 28: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) today sent strong message against the fake students who are allegedly involved in donation collection in the name of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in the Capital complex. In a press release APPDSU claimed that some unknown persons are illegally collecting donation which creates hue and cry among business community. It also appealed to people not to indulge in illegal donation collection in the name of unions.


JMS raises question on the clarification issued by accused’s brother

ITANAGAR, May 28: The Jering Matkir Society (JMS) has raised serious question over the clarification issued by the brother of the alleged accused in the Aroti Mize death case and has urged the police to look into it and investigate accordingly.

Pointing out the claim of the brother of the accused that the deceased was known as Sumpi Borang to them, the society wanted to know why they had not tried to contact any Borang family within Capital Complex while admitting her to the hospital.

Going by the detail provided, the society also sought his interrogation for the case.

As told, both, the accused and his brother had tried to contact deceased’s parents on May 20 evening through a mutual friend, it sought to know who that mutual friend was and why hadn’t the police arrested him yet for the investigation process.


Clarification on alleged mismanagement of PDS items

ITANAGAR, May 28: Kurung Kumey District Food & Civil Supply Officer today said that due to non-availability of rice stock at FCI depot Ziro, 1697.53 quintal APL rice allotted for the month of April last and 1214.14 quintals APL rice for November last year lapsed which is not received from GOI till date. The DFCSO was clarifying the allegation of mismanagement of PDS items in Kurung Kumey district leveled by Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Student Union.

Regarding 499 quintals of iodized salt allotted to district, the DFCSO in a release said “carriage contractor never reported/ approached to district administration for allocation/sub-allocation order so no allotment was made from district authority.”

The head load system has been discontinued from March last, he further clarified adding that the PDS rice allotted for this month is also yet to be drawn from FCI Depot. The student organization needs to cooperate with district administration to find out cause of problem, instead of leveling wrong allegation without knowing the truth, the release added.


Yachuli MLA invites suggestions

ITANAGAR, May 28: Yachuli MLA Likha Saaya has invited constructive suggestions from all quarters so as to enable him to work for all round development of his constituency in particular and the state as a whole.

While expressing gratitude to electorate of his constituency and party workers for reposing faith on his leadership and re-electing in the assembly election, Saaya vowed to deliver his best to bring development to the area.


News Impact

Domestic LPG cylinders seized from commercial establishments

ITANAGAR, May 28: Following the directive of the Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki, a team of officers from Food & Civil Supplies (F&CS) department and general administration swung into action and raided all the commercial establishments like restaurants, hotels, road-side eateries, fabrication units and jewellery shops etc in the Capital Complex and seized huge number of highly subsidized domestic cylinders meant for domestic cooking purposes.

The  team  included DFCSO Amit Bengia, SDFCSOs Tadar Nikio, Nabam Anand  and Biri Kago as well as  SIFCS Pranab Hazarika, T R Tara, Dana Angung and CO Banderdewa P. Bagang.  Divided into three groups, the official teams along with IRBN personnel carried out the surprise checking at all the commercial institutions of Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa.

Later in the evening, a coordination meeting of all the managers of the five Gas Agencies of Capital Complex, IOC sales officer and F&CS officers was held under the chairmanship of Amit Bengia to discuss ways and means to curve black marketing of domestic LPG cylinders by the unscrupulous petty traders. During the meeting, Bengia dwelt at length on the provisions of Arunachal Pradesh Cooking Gas (Licensing and Distribution) Control Order 2005 and provision U/S 3 of Essential Commodities Act 1955 etc.  Informing that appropriate action shall be initiated against all the black marketers of domestic LPG cylinders, Bengia further informed that highly subsidized LPG cylinders meant for domestic cooking purposes are illegally used in the commercial establishments, thereby compounding artificial crisis of refilled LPG cylinders in and around Capital Complex and causing hardship to the general consumers.

Earlier, IOC sales officer, North Lakhimpur Lila Rajkhowa informed that supply of LPG bullet tankers from Haldia Port in West Bengal and Numalighar in Assam to the LPG bottling plant at Kimin in Arunachal Pradesh was disrupted due to 120 hours strike called by North East Bulk Association (Transporters) resulting in temporary shortage of refilled LPG cylinders across the districts of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North East region as a whole.           

The DC lauding his officials stressed on the need to carry out such surprise checking at regular interval and also appealed all the commercial establishments to refrain from using LPG cylinders meant for domestic cooking. DIPRO



Panel formed to enquire into Bomdila mob violence

ITANAGAR, May 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Government has constituted a high-level committee to conduct enquiry into the incident of violence at Upper Gompa premises, Bomdila yesterday where the vehicles belong to Tawang MLAs, namely, Pema Khandu, Jambey Tashi and Tsering Tashi were damaged in a mob attack when the trio had gone there to participate in the last rites of TG Rinpoche. Four vehicles were extensively damaged in the incident. The Bomdila Police has registered a case under section 146/ 147/149/152/353/427/120(B) IPC and the case is under investigation, reports DIPR  

The inquiry committee will submit its report within 15 days.  It has also been decided that the post mortem report of late Rev. T.G. Rinpoche and other related documents would be obtained from Delhi Police to ascertain the cause of death so that  misunderstandings and rumors  doing the rounds be cleared.  The Govt also appealed to the general public to maintain peace and harmony.

Meanwhile, the legislators from West Kameng district have strongly condemned the incident of attacking the MLAs from Tawang by few anti-social elements during the last rites of TG Rinpoche at Bomdila yesterday.

The act of stone pelting and damaging the vehicles of the MLAs by the miscreants under the cover of mob is a cowardly act, they said.

The legislators appealed to the Chief Minister to constitute a committee headed by a Secretary level officer to conduct a detailed inquiry into the unfortunate incident and un-earth the hidden forces behind the incident. Each and every culprit should be identified, arrested and awarded exemplary punishment, they demanded.

They further appealed to the Chief Minister to bring out the inquiry report of death of late TG Rinpoche from the Delhi Police and to make public the mysterious circumstances that led to his death so that the rumors being spread about the mysterious death of late Rinpoche becomes clear.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) expressed shock over the incident of damaging the vehicles of elected representatives of Tawang district yesterday by unruly mob when they went to Bomdila to attend the last rites of Rev T G Rinpoche.

“Such violence that too during the funeral rites of a holy guru is highly condemnable. All sections should univocally condemn the crime and steps should be taken at all levels to prevent repetition of such attack,” AAPSU said.

While condemning the Bomdila incident, Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) demanded that miscreants who indulged in violence should immediately be booked and punished for such heinous act. Further the Society appealed everyone to maintain calm at this juncture. The Society also came down heavily on district administration for their failure to provide full proof security to the VIPs.

PLP leader condemns Bomdila incident

The Leader of People's Legislature Party (PLP) Pasang Dorjee Sona today strongly condemned yesterday’s Bomdila incident where an angry mob reportedly attacked three MLAs from Tawang and damaged their vehicles during the funeral rites of TG Rinpoche, who died under mysterious circumstance in Delhi on May 16.

While calling upon the people to maintain peace in this hour of distress, Sona, who is also MLA from Mechukha, said that such incident will not benefit anyone.

“Any misunderstandings or issues should be solved amicably through negotiations and dialogue so that peace and harmony is not disturbed,” he added.



Imagine, development without road !

Indu Chukhu

When it is said, ‘seeing is believing’, how can we see development without road? Road in the Capital complex, be it the national highway or approach roads, are in pathetic condition. Its first appearance is a testimony that the much touted development slogan in Arunachal is not moving rather dragging its feet. Forget about conditions of village and district headquarters’ road, if the state capital is going through such poor road condition.

Strewn boulders, sprawling potholes, choking canals, overflowed rain water and cave-in roads are usual repulsive sight in and around the capital complex.  Most of the roads are left to fend for themselves from wrath of monsoon and since no restoration work are seen at least for couple of months, as if the department has constructed a new road.

Haphazard building constructions along the road sides and unabated earth-cutting in and around the town rubs more salt on the wound. Apparently people have lost their sense of moral responsibility towards common development. The monsoon has already rang an alarm bell of her arrival by creating havoc across the state. Since the state is geographically located under the great Himalayan range with average rainfall of more than 300% annually, the rainfall created landslide is inevitable in the region.

The roads in Arunachal offer a bumpy ride to commuters with a regular interval jerk “at free of cost”, however at the same time it irks many, especially octogenarians, who curse the department and concerned minister while squarely blaming for deteriorating condition.

Needless to say about the condition of approach roads like way to Lobi, Panchali, Poma, and Doimukh. Restoration and maintenance is a rare sight in these approach roads.

“No maintenance has been seen so far from Bage Tinali to Doimukh road since past one year,” says Tahe Tana, a resident of Nirjuli.

Pathetic road make people’s life worst as many of them are unable to go out for office and market. Public transport vehicles like Auto-Rickshaw, Trekker and buses are generally avoiding these particular areas, even if they happen to ply on the road in this area, they charge higher fares with an excuse that potholes and poor road condition cause more fuel expense.

“I often have to bunk my class during rainy season, because no public transport vehicle comes to our area,” said Labaino Raito, resident of Lobi, Itanagar who is a 12th standard student.

In many cases, damaged road in the districts have to wait for a whole year to catch the authority’s attention for restoration. In a place where NGO and student organizations are active, they somehow manage to draw the department’s attention by publishing the matter in the local dailies.

What went wrong with the department which is supposed to look after each road connecting the sectors and colonies, even the remote areas in the state? This question often goes unanswered; heaven knows what the state Public Works Department has been doing all these years. Is our department well equipped to tackle natural calamities like landslide and flood?  Or it is the laxity of the officials which is slowing our state down. As Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is yet to assign someone as the PWD minister, people are pinning their hope that new minister will certainly pay his attention towards poor road and communication. Otherwise imagine development without roads!



12th Edufest begins on May 30

ITANAGAR, May 28: The 12th Edufest- 2014, North East India’s biggest education fair will be held at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok here on May 30 and 31. It is being organized by Lynchpin in association with state's leading English daily The Arunachal Times.

Students will have the opportunity to meet over 50 universities and colleges of repute from all over India who would be participating in the education fair. Edufest is the only platform in which only AICTE, UGC, MCI, DCI accredited colleges are allowed to participate. Therefore parents and students could get an idea about entry requirements, hostel facilities, admissions etc right here without having to travel anywhere. They will also have a great opportunity to interact and know about the colleges from directors and professors of institutions.

India’s most popular institutions like Manipal University, Amity University, NITTE University, Narayana Hrudalaya, Apeejay Stya University are going to be present at this exhibition. Manipal University has gained international recognition with Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft, and Rajeev Suri CEO Nokia both being alumni of their institution. Rajiv Das of Shillong whose daughter is an engineer with an MNC in New York feels “In 2006 when I visited Edufest it was a boon as I could get my daughter admitted to a well known college right here without having to travel all over the country and spend good money and today she is a very successful engineer in the US”. In the last 12 years more than 2.5 lakh parents and students from North East have benefitted from Edufest.

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



Farmers yet to receive subsidy under MMP scheme

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, May 28: Commercial horticulturists, including rubber and tea planters of East Siang district, have voiced discontent with the policy designing of ‘Mission Mode Project (MMP)’ under Chief Minister’s Plantation Corp Mission claiming that it failed to fulfill the needs of the farmers.

The Chief Minister’s Plantation Corp Mission was launched in the state in order to give financial assistance to the commercial horticulturists, who are involves in tea and rubber plantation activities. The scheme was initially covering six Upper Arunachal districts, including East Siang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Tirap, Changlang and Longding besides West Siang, East Kameng and Papum Pare.

The state government proposed an investment of Rs 3 crore for tea cultivation and another Rs 2 crore for rubber cultivation under the Chief Minister’s Mission Mode Project (MMP) during 2013-14 financial year. There is provision in the scheme for financial assistance upto to Rs one lakh per hectare of land per family for tea cultivation’ and Rs 80,000 for rubber planters to meet the cost of planting, fencing materials and fertilizer etc. Selection of beneficiary was done by a Selection Committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner as Chairman, East Siang District Agriculture Officer as Member Secretary and District Horticulture Officer as Member. Officials informed that the target allotted in the scheme in the district was 21 units for Tea and 27 units for Rubber.

But, it is alleged that actual and needy farmers have been deprived from the benefit under the scheme. They are quite unhappy to know the fact that, out of the above 500 rubber planters in the district, only 46 farmers--20 tea planters and 26 rubber planters--are included in the approved list. The nodal department (Agriculture) in March last year collected application and submitted the approved list to the authority. But, the beneficiaries are yet to receive any benefit under the scheme.

East Siang District Agriculture Officer, who is the nodal officer of the scheme, informed that he was not concerned with money matter in this scheme, but their duty is to collect the application from the interested farmers and to monitor progress of the plantation activities.

“We have been assigned to submit the approved beneficiaries’ list to the concerning directorate and to monitor plantation activities. The Directorate of Trade & Commerce is all set to supply rubber sapling/tea bush through contractor. We are not informed whether the benefit will be given to the beneficiaries in the form of cash or kind”, the DAO said.

It is pertaining to mention here that the Tea Board under the Ministry of Trade and Commerce set up a regional office at Itanagar headed by one Assistant Director for development of the tea plantation activities in the state. As such, the Jorhat regional office of Rubber Board India (RBI) under the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce had launched rubber cultivation project in the state.



Special workshop for small tea growers held

ITANAGAR, May 28: A field-based special workshop cum demonstration program on “Cultural practices in tea for the Small Tea Growers (SC/ST) of Arunachal Pradesh” was organized by the Arunachal Advisory Centre, Tea Research Association (TRA), Itanagar in one of the progressive small tea growers’ field at Balijan area on May 27. About 50 small tea growers participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted by Dr. S K Pathak, Deputy Director, Advisory Services, Tocklai Tea Research Institute, TRA and sponsored by the Tea Board of India (TBI). Officials from department of Trade and Commerce, GoAP, Regional Office, TBI and Arunachal Advisory Centre, TRA were also present as resource persons.

Speaking on the occasion, B J Bordoloi, Junior Advisory Officer, Arunachal Advisory Centre, TRA informed that TRA’s ultimate effort was to disseminate the technical knowhow of tea cultivation among the upcoming tea growers of Arunachal Pradesh through such workshops to augment the tea scenario of the state.   

Dr. S K Pathak elaborated about the right technique of maintaining un-prune and young tea to combat with drought to overcome the ill affects of this a-biotic stress. He also informed the participants about the latest research findings of pest and disease management in tea and elaborated the stringent regulation to avoid undue pesticide residue in tea, which was a global concern. He emphasized on minimum and judicial use of pesticide and to adopt all possible safer pest management practices like cultural, botanical etc to minimize the pesticide load in tea plantation. He also discussed in details about fertilizer application, plucking and tipping, weed control in tea.

S. Rajbongshi, Assistant Director, Regional Office Itanagar, Tea Board of India informed that  small tea growers should form self help groups to avail the financial benefits of various schemes launched by the Tea Board of India.  

T Togur, Assistant Director, Department of Trade & Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in his address informed the participants about the initiatives taken by the department for the benefit of the small tea growers of the state and requested TRA & TBI to take initiative to impart such training cum demonstration programs in future to disseminate technical knowhow amongst the small tea growers of other tea growing districts of the state. Tana Tad, Papum Pare District Secretary, APSTGA also spoke on the occasion.

During field demonstration, the method on bringing up young tea and nursery, which are generally deficient amongst the small growers was demonstrated and  discussions were also held on various cultural practices in tea to be followed in next few months for better crop.  This was followed by the technical session of the workshop under the chairmanship of Toko Togur, according to a release.



5th Itanagar Career Fair begins

ITANAGAR, May 28: The 5th Education & Career Fair -2014 was inaugurated by Dr. T Padu, Joint Director Higher & Technical education, GoAP at Hotel Arun Subansiri today. Around five hundred students visited the Fair on its inaugural day. The two days Career Fair is being organized by the SAPE, a leading educational fair organizer in South East Asia in support of Higher & Technical Education Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

For many students, a visit to the SAPE Education Fair marks a new phase in their life. This is where they made their decisions not only on the choice of their program, but also the education institutions to help them build their future. For others, SAPE Education Fair is a place for them to gather information to make an informed choice for their educational needs.

With 11 years of successful track record since its inception in 2004, SAPE Education Fair is now recognized by the education industry as one of the most effective platform to promote and disseminate information on courses offered by renowned institutions of higher learning.

The education extravaganza features over 30 leading Indian institutions at the event. This 2-day event will provide aspirants a single gateway to entire gamut of academic and professional courses available in India in various conventional and non-conventional streams.

Institute from Delhi, Dehradun, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, West Bengal, Assam and many places are participating the fair.

SAPE career fair has been pioneering education fair of Arunachal Pradesh and focusing education in India. During last four years SAPE career fair has presented unique opportunities for students of Arunachal Pradesh to directly meet reputed college from all over India and enable them to shape their career.

The students can also gain information on education expenses that are a definite requirement to fund today’s growing expense in education. The students can also use this platform to avail scholarships and on the spot admissions.



AoL announces ‘Live Healthy, Work Happy’ retreat

ITANAGAR, MAY 28: The Art of Living (AoL) is holding a unique stress management and rejuvenation retreat this weekend at its Campus located in Jully (Jollang) basti. It will be held from 5 pm on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, it will have full-day sessions. The participants can opt either for residential or non-residential option. Well-furnished accommodation is available in the campus.

“Stress is one of the main factors that stop us from living a healthy and happy life and being efficient and productive in our personal and professional duties. This workshop is designed to equip the participants with tools to take charge of life and reduce stressors in their day-to-day life, both professional and personal,” said Rajaque Rahman, a faculty of the Art of Living.

Christened ‘Live Well, Work Happy’, this workshop is meant especially for officials, executives, professionals and decision-makers who find it difficult to attend the regular courses of the Art of Living due to tight work schedule. “It will help the participants attain a perfect work-life balance,” he adds.

The idea behind the workshop is to provide a complete experience that will not only help one rediscover and reclaim a joyous life, but will also equip with all the tools needed to lead a happy life. Set in an idyllic atmosphere of the Art of Living Campus and away from the hustle-bustle of city life, the workshop will provide a complete holiday for the body, mind and spirit.

Through the workshop, the participants will have a beautiful opportunity of knowing themselves and experiencing the life-transforming powers of the Sudharsan Kriya. A unique breathing technique gifted to the world by renowned humanitarian and spiritual guru His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Sudarshan Kriya is proven to promote overall physical, mental and social wellbeing.

In addition to Sudharsan Kriya, you will learn meditation, yoga, pranayamas and relaxation processes that result in higher concentration, energy, joy and peace of mind.



District co-ordination meeting held at Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, May 28: A district coordination meeting participated by all the Circle, Sub-Divisional Officers and all Heads of the Departments was conducted at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Yingkiong today.

The Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas, presiding over the discussion calls for promotion of cordial and goodwill relationship among the heads, officers of the respective departments and their close coordination and cooperation with the district, sub-divisional and circle administrations.

Dr. Thomas stressed the need for creating a conducive atmosphere and environment for initiating work culture  for greater achievements in respective fields and departments in the district. During the meeting, the house discussed upon every ongoing and uncompleted projects of the district.

The EE(PWD) explained the reason of non-completion of Nubo, Gandhi and Kodak bridge over Siang and lack of maintenance of Yingkiong Township road. EE(WRD) committed to complete the Tourist Lodge Building at Geku latest by March -2015.

The Deputy Commissioner asked EE (Electrical) to issue letters to the defaulter HOOs to clear the pending electrical bills in time and also advised the concerned department to implement CM's Health insurance scheme in time.

The Project Director (DRDA) Hengo Basar informed that uploading the RD Programme in internet was a difficult problem in the district.

During the discussion on horticultural and cash crops Dr. Thomas advised DHO to encourage Cardamom and Kiwi Plantation in place of Opium Cultivation in Mariyang, Mopom, Katan area. The Deputy Commissioner asked the DF &CSO to streamline the Public distribution system as per State Government’s monthly Quota alloted to all Cooperative Lamps and Fair Shops in regard to ration commodities.

The DIPRO Onyok Pertin informed and appealed to all HOOs to follow State Government advertising policy in publication of advertisement/Quotation in all local dailies.

Concluding the discussion, Dr. Tariq Thomas sought cooperation and coordination from all the heads of department in building and developing the remote district and asked one and all to take daily attendance through biometric machine and cautioned that disciplinary action would be taken against those erring officers and officials in the district. DIPRO



Changlang DC urges Geo-Enpro & OIL to take up CSR schemes

CHANGLANG, May 28: Changlang Deputy Commissioner, Chanchal Yadav, convened a meeting with the officers of Geo-Enpro petroleum limited, Kharsang and Oil India Limited, Diyun to discuss various issues relating to the royalty deposition to the state exchequer, CSR activities undertaken by the organizations, problems or issues faced by them and potential of expansion of their activities in Changlang District, here at DC’s conference hall, Changlang today.

The Deputy Commissioner while enquiring the calculation of royalty ratio and its submission appreciated the companies for timely clearance of the royalty. She encouraged the companies to enhance oil extraction and assured for every possible help from the District Administration to maintain conducive environment in the area.

Enquiring upon the Corporate Social Responsibility activities, she asked them to carry out these activities sincerely in the area for the larger benefit of people living in the area. Appreciating compassionate nature of both the companies, she urged Oil India Limited to include repairing of the rope way between Miao and Diyun in their CSR fund which would benefit the poor local people of the area and the representatives of Geo-Enpro Petroleum Limited to immediately construct protection wall at the land erosion point at Kharsang resulted by one of their project which is affecting the nearby areas.

Later, the representative of both the companies raised issues before the Deputy Commissioner which are affecting expansion of tapping areas for which she assured to look into it personally and take necessary steps to sort out possible solutions. DIPRO



PPA, AAPSU congratulate Rijiju

ITANAGAR, May 28: Messages are pouring in from various political parties, unions and organizations to congratulate Kiren Rijiju for his induction as Minister of State in the Union Ministry.

While expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inducting Kiren in his council of ministers, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) hoped Rijiju, who proved himself as a worthy son of the state, would impress upon the central government to bring Arunachal Pradesh under Article 371 (A) of the Constitution, which is long cherished dreams of people of the state.

Claiming that the ‘defective’ Statehood Act of 1987 bestowed the rights of rich natural and cultural resources of the state on the hands of the central government, the party hoped Rijiju will liberate the people of the state from the bondage of high command culture and give the Arunachalees their legitimate rights over their rich natural and cultural resources.

The party further urged Rijiju to take initiative to start trade through Tibet and South East Asian countries to enable the people of the state a beneficiary in the process of economic liberalization and globalization.

The Party also hoped for a transparent and accountable Govt. in Arunachal Pradesh under Modi led NDA government in the Centre.

Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) while congratulating Rijiju for his induction as minister of state in the union council of minister, expressed confidence that he will live upto the hopes and aspirations of the masses and prove his wisdom through tangible action.

“During 2004-09, Rijiju had vociferously highlighted the various issues concerning the North Eastern region, particularly Arunachal Pradesh through his qualitative participation on the floor of the house forcing the Centre to pay special attention to this sensitive border state,” AAPSU said.

BLP congrats

Modi, Rijiju

The BJP Legislature Party (BLP), Arunachal Pradesh, on behalf of the people of the state congratulated Narendra Modi led central government with 45 strong Union Cabinet Ministers after securing a resounding victory with absolute majority at the Parliament.

The BLP Arunachal Pradesh also congratulated all the Parliamentarians, who have been inducted as Union Ministers and hoped the country will start its new beginning of socio-economic and political development under the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi.

The Legislature party also extended its congratulation to Kiren Rijiju, Member of Parliament from 01-Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency for his induction as union Minister of state (MOS) for home affairs and thanked the Prime Minister for including him in his Ministry.

The Legislature party also congratulated Sarbananda Sonowal, MP from Lakhimpur, Assam for being appointed as the Union Minister of State with independent charge.



CIF Kolkata visits Itanagar Childline

ITANAGAR, May 28: Two officials from Regional Resource Centre (RRC), Kolkata are currently in the city on a three days “Networking visit” to monitor the Childline activities in the state.

It is hoped the visit of the two officials Avik Mitra, Senior Programme Coordinator and Saptarshi Hazra, Programme Coordinator of RRC will further strengthen activities of Childline in Arunachal Pradesh.

The CIF representatives will also attend the first meeting of the State Child Advisory Board (CAB) scheduled for May 29 at the chamber of Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner.  

Aimed at strengthening Childline services in Itanagar, the CAB meeting will be first of its kind and assumes great significance.  The visiting team lauded the efforts of the State Social Welfare Department and other line departments and the keen interest the officers have taken in improving the lot of children and the cooperation extended to Childline.  

Popularly known as 1098, (Ten Nine Eight), Childline is a National 24-hour, free, emergency phone-in and outreach service for children in need of aid and assistance. Initiated in 1996 as a pilot project in Mumbai, Childline is a project run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India in collaboration with the State Government, NGOs, Academic Institutions, UNICEF and the Corporate Sector. It has been set up to provide assistance to children in distress particularly missing children, runaway and abused children, child in need of medical assistance, child laborers, street children, substance abuser children etc. It also offers shelter and rehabilitation and other long term services.

Childline is a civil-society-government partnership under the aegis of the ministry of women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India. Childline India Foundation (CIF) is the organization for the Childline 1098 service in India.



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Handicapped BSNL service of Upper Siang

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to request BSNL authorities to provide proper service as general public of the state is suffering due to very low quality service provided by them. Especially at Yingkiong public is very upset with the service of BSNL. In this 21st century rest of the world is equipped with 4G, 5G but the people of Upper Siang are still waiting for 3G service. The only broad band service in the dist is the worst as most of the time broad band service is cut off due to the reason best known to the authorities. We the poor citizen is paying our hard earn money to get broad band service with a hope that we can get update of local dailies online as local news paper of the state takes 3 days to reach Yinkiong. BSNL is the only hope but nothing can change the fate of this district. The district administration is silent in this issue even after repeated request made by public as they are paying bills from the govt fund but what about poor public which is paying from own pocket even without getting proper service. Both the authorities’ i.e BSNL & dist. administration need to address the grievances of the public and wake up from the deep slumber! If they can’t do anything, at least they must arrange to rebate the monthly rental. I am amazed to see all the officers carrying smart phone in the district and I can’t understand how they are using this smart phone where 3G, wi fi service is not available.  I mean what is the meaning of having this smart phone???? Last but not the least I hope GM BSNL will understand the suffering of this poor district in particular and the state as a whole and find out amicable solution to this long pending dreams of the citizen.


Tashi Nopi, Yingkiong.



Political appointees are useless

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to state that Chairman & Vice- Chairman appointed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh under political compulsion does not benefit the common people. For that matter even concerned department against whom they are appointed also gets no benefit. They just act as voracious wolf waiting to gulp up the scheme implemented by the State Government by virtue of occupying the chair.  These Chairman and Vice-Chairman are not generating any profit for the concerned department nor are the head of the department free from them (voracious wolf). They should have been guiding the department with innovative skill but it is seen that chairman and vice chairman of our state just only care for the individual benefit and enjoy the power. State government provide them security and expensive vehicles which is unnecessary and pure case of the misuse of state fund.

Whenever common public of the state wants to meet officer then the PA(personal assistant) replies, “SIR BOL RAHA HAI Kl CHAIRMAN SAB SAT MEIN HAIN, KAL AANE KELIYE BOLA Hain.” On the next day same answer is repeated by PA of each department. But fact is that inside the office those voracious wolfs are doing nothing but just bargaining with the officers to claim their quota from whatever scheme given by state government to the concern departments. This is nothing but an act to get individual benefit. Poor thing is that even officers are not allowed to work freely by those useless appointed chairman and vice-chairman.

Therefore, I would like to ask state government ‘what will be the power and function of Minister/MLA,’ if Chairman and Vice Chairman occupy every departments. Let elected leaders enjoy their power and function as per power conferred by the state govt.

So, we are hopeful that new government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will stop this political appointment system in the interest of Arunachal.


Challing Yangfo

Asstt. Info. & Pub. Secy.




Broad day light robbery

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight the khushi-marji attitude shown by shopkeeper of khushimarji land i.e Arunachal pradesh.

Most shopkeeper never return balance money instead they opts for Candies, Chewing gum etc. When questioned they answered, "Bhai change nahi hain." These are broad daylight robbery and it has been possible only due to sheer arrogance shown by public towards change money. Also there's extra additional money including retail price charged by shopkeeper in the names of transportation charges, cooling charge etc. As of now I rarely see any person complaining/asking for remaining changed money and have never seen any action taken by the concerned department toward these shopkeepers.

So people wake up from the slumber and starting tomorrow ask for remaining money and register your complain at consumer forum as in democracy few voice are not enough to make an impact. We all need to join our hand and roar till the lung gives out “UNITED WE STAND DIVIDE WE FALL"


Masuk Yomcha





Dear Editor,

In connection with the news item published in your newspaper dated 23rd May, 2014 regarding ‘Immediate release of SSA fund demanded’, it is imperative that the matter be clarified to the readers and those directly concerned with the subject.

The allegation made by the BRCC & CRCC Coordination Committee Kurung Kumey district that “the implementation of all SSA programme is being delayed because of non-release of the file by the DC” is totally false and baseless. The concerned files are not in the office of DC, Koloriang. The files were brought before the DC by the officials of the concerned department and approved. The files were brought again by the concerned officials for release of fund and it was observed that no guidelines or laid down procedures were followed and therefore, it was kept in abeyance. The files were again brought by the concerned officials before the i/c DC, wherein the same omissions were observed and returned to be put up again observing the laid down guidelines and procedures for release of the said fund.  And it is thus till now. The press release is a deliberate attempt to malign the office of DC, Koloriang and misguide the public. Such type of insinuation is totally uncalled for and objectionable.


C. Chuku (EAC)

DC i/c









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Shameless act

As per the report published in various local dailies, Students’ Union of Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic, Itanagar alleged that the land belonging to institute is being encroached by the public. Union has demanded Additional District Magistrate (ADM) to make spot visit of the encroached land and evict all the encroachers immediately. It is believed that encroachers have developed bamboo plantation in the encroached area and have started to claim the plantation area as their land.

This report should be taken seriously by the education department and cases should be lodged against those encroachers. It is matter of great concern as to how insane citizen of this state has become that they are starting to encroach upon the land of educational institution. Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic is one of the few technical institutes of state which is offering professional courses to the young students. We all are proud of this institute and should contribute to make it even better. The citizens should not disturb the sanctity of institute by indulging in such shameless act of encroachment.

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