ITANAGAR, May 3: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (Retd)
has conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to people of the State on the auspicious
occasion of Buddha Purnima. He expressed hope that the occasion will promote Lord
Buddha’s messages of universal peace, harmony and brotherhood.
May the sacred occasion inspire us to follow the path of truth, non-violence and
compassion, the Governor wished in his message.
Little Rose School student tops BJJCC essay competition
ITANAGAR, May 03: To mark the 2559th Buddha Jayanti celebration the Buddha Jayanti
Joint Celebration Committee (BJJCC) 2015 conducted an essay writing competition today
at Kingcup Public School Itanagar. The competition was participated by large numbers
of students belonging to Class VIII to X from various schools of Capital complex.
The winners of the essay competition were declared on the same day, where Hage Dinsung
from Little Rose School, Naharlagun, Samten Lhamo from V.K.V, Nirujuli and Toyum
Ngomdir K.V.No 1 Naharlagun bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively.
The consolation prizes were shared by Bommie Riram and Tadar Amakaya.
The prizes of the essay writing competition will be given away on May 4 during 2559th
Buddha Jayanti Celebration at Thuptan Ga-Tseling Monastery, Itanagar.
The essay writing competition was conducted with the following three topics on Life
of Buddha, Buddha Jayanti and Teachings of Buddha, where students were given the
freedom to opt for anyone and write.
Kadu HGB dies aged 109 years
ITANAGAR, May 03: Jummar Kadu, Head Gaon Burah (HGB) of Kadu village under East Siang
distirict died aged 109 years at Pasighat last month, according to family source.
Born in 1906 at Kadu village, he was the oldest known serving HGB of Koyu circle
under East Siang district. He was admired and regarded for his judicious approach
in delivering justice to people in local cases under traditional and customary laws.
A primary school was established at Saku under his persistent effort and persuasion.
The porter track from Saku to Loglu was also surveyed by him first.
He also played a pioneering role for promotion of games and sports and cultural activities
in the district by donating shields and trophies. He also helped the administration
solve the inter-district boundary dispute with West Siang in Kadu and Zirdo area
He left behind his wife Kime Dabi Kadu, six sons and four daughters.
ITANAGAR, May 3: Former minister Takar Marde has mourned the demise of social activist
AT Kulo was highly intellectual, well versed in Hindi and English. He was a very
good orator. He was appointed as headmaster in-charge under DDSE Daporijo in Upper
Subansiri district and later was offered the post of UC which he did not accept as
he wanted to serve the people. His decision was always impartial and just, he shared.
The untimely demise of Kulo, a man of commitment, straight forward with great personality
has caused a vacuum not only to the Galo community but also to the state as a whole,
the former minister added.
The Karga Kara Area Youth Organization (KKAYO) also conveyed their condolences on
the demise stating it is a great loss for the entire Karga Kara area and state as
Lt Kulo was a socialist and a dynamic leader who contributed his life tirelessly
for the betterment of the society, it said.
The organization further prayed to the almighty to give strength to the bereaved
family and for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Arunachal bag 4 gold in KAI National Karate C’ship
ITANAGAR, May 03: Arunachal bagged four gold and eight bronze medals in the national
karate championship conducted by Karate Association of India at Talkotara Indoor
Stadium, New Delhi that concluded today.
While Mojum Dodum and Sinne Mikhu won a gold medal each in cadet (boys) individual
Kumite in below 57 kg and below 60 kg category respectively Johny Mangkhiya and Minam
Tekseng bagged one gold medal each in below 68kg and above 54kg Cadet (girls) individual
Kumite, informed Arunachal Karate Do Association general secretary L Marik.
The bronze medal winners are Nabam Radhe, Kamku Tallo, Niaimun Mara, Yorjum Sera,
Yoisi Tawsik, Raja Yangfo, Tade Bayor, Biplab Devnath. All the bronze medals came
from Kumite event.
Arunachal fielded a total 27 players in the championship.
Kakio Siga was the coach (boys) and manager of the team while Tadar Eba was the girls’
Centre assures to repeal AFSPA: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, May 03: Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has assured a delegation
of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) to consider and look into the latter’s
demand for repealing the Armed Forced Special Power Act (AFSPA) from Arunachal Pradesh.
The assurance was given by the Home Minister when a team of AAPSU led by its President
Kamta Lapung called on the former at his official residence in New Delhi and submitted
a memorandum urging him to repeal AFSPA.
Rajnath, however, pushed the AFSPA ball into his Deputy Kiren Rijiju’s court.
“I will discuss the issue with Kiren Bhai and decision will be as per his wish and
interpretation,” said AAPSU in a release quoting the Home Minister.
“As of now, further order pertaining to AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh has been kept
in abeyance,” he said.
AFSPA has been in force in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh since September 17,
1991. It was further extended to nine other districts on March 27, 2015.
During the team’s meeting with the Union Minister, AAPSU President Kamta Lapung made
a sincere effort to convince the former that the Army Act was not applicable in a
state like Arunachal Pradesh inhabited by indigenous tribal people, who are known
for their simplicity and peace-loving nature bounded by all the accepted traditional
customary laws. North East Students’ Organization Coordinator Pritam Sonam said that
extension of the Army Law in the state just after Kiren Rijiju was inducted as MoS
for Home Affairs saddened the people of his state.
The AAPSU team was accompanied by Tagru Tame, former ANSU vice president and Tayuk
Sonam, a scholar from RGU.
Itanagar to be developed as Smart City
ITANAGAR, May 03: Itanagar is among the capitals of North East states to be developed
as Smart City under the Centre’s flagship programme, according to a report published
in Hindustan Times.
The proposal to develop 100 smart cities, which was cleared by the cabinet last week,
makes not only cities in the one to four million population range eligible to be
developed as smart cities, but also capitals of smaller states which have less than
one million people, the report said.
The criteria, urban development ministry (UD) officials said, would de-facto make
the capital of all North-eastern states eligible. “Almost all capitals also happen
to be the largest cities in their respective states,” the report said quoting an
Though these cities will be eligible to get selected in stage one, they will also
have to qualify the ‘city challenge competition’ to make it to the final list.
The Centre will give Rs 48,000 crore for five years for the programme. Each city
will get Rs 100 crore per year. A matching fund of Rs 48,000 crore will have to be
contributed by states from their internal resources/ market borrowing and through
private sector participation, the report added.
Tawang Festival concludes
Tuki hails Tawang’s hospitality
TAWANG, May 03: The three day Tawang Festival concluded here today to the beats of
traditional music and soul soothing Buddhist hymns with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
attending the cultural evening as the chief guest.
Addressing a huge gathering at the festival venue, the Chief Minister hailed the
people of Tawang for keeping the tradition of peace and hospitality alive making
the district one of the best sought after destinations for tourists.
Assuring that the Government will leave no stone unturned for development of the
district, he appealed all to cooperate with the government in its initiatives. He
cited the ongoing hydro power project of the NHPC and said that once the project
is implemented Tawang will witness unprecedented development including 24X7 electricity
and employment to the youths.
Also present on the occasion were cabinet ministers Chowna Mein and Pema Khandu,
Parliamentary Secretaries Karya Bagang, Bamang Felix, Jambey Tashi and Phurpa Tsering
and MLAs Dikto Yekar, Pani Taram and Tirong Aboh.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister conducted a review meeting of the preparations
for the upcoming visit of His Holiness the VII Dalai Lama Tawang scheduled from November
16 to 26, 2015.
He first visited the Tawang Monastery and expressed satisfaction at the renovation
work being carried out in the area around the living chamber of His Holiness and
the installation of lift. He advised the renovation committee to ensure that the
works are completed a month before the scheduled visit of His Holiness.
The chief minister thereafter visited Yid-Ga-Chos-Zin complex near the Govt. HS School
Tawang which has been designated as the location where His Holiness will be delivering
his teachings and sermons to the public. He advised the executing agencies to complete
the repair and maintenance of the road to the ground at the earliest and also to
make the stadium complex ready in time so that the public and devotees are able to
see the blessings of his holiness without facing any inconvenience.
The chief minister assured the full support and commitment of the state government
to make the visit of his holiness to Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh a grand success.
In recent month series of union ministers are visiting Arunachal to oversee the development
activities undertaken in the state. Just days after union minister for road, transport
and highway Nitin Gadkari visited state and laid down the foundation stones of various
road projects, yesterday defence minister Manohar Parrikar made short trip to Itanagar.
Parrikar held meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Governor Lt. General Nirbhay
Sharma (Retd). Chief Minister Nabam Tuki placed 10 points memorandum to the visiting
defence minister. Some of the main demands include creation of two more Arunachal
Scouts Units, Liaison Offices of Ministry to be established in Arunachal Pradesh,
relaxation in height norms for Arunachalee boys and girls in the Army recruitment
and so on.
However it was Governor Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) who raised a very important
issue of the potential role of defence personnel in the development of border areas.
Governor Sharma told Parrikar that Army and Air Force units deployed on the Line
of Actual Control (LAC) can play significant role in the implementation of developmental
projects besides securing international boundary. He has made a very pertinent suggestion
which should be taken seriously. Army should contribute their bit for the development
of border villages. Especially in the field of education and health care they can
play a critical role. Army should open schools and hospitals in the border areas.
They should allow the local citizen to make use of such facilities.
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Pul is our God Father
Apropos the news item published in your daily dated 25th April, 2015, alleging former
Finance Minister K Pul of massive corruption, we the public leaders of Anjaw district
would like to bring the facts to light without giving any reply to some baseless
allegations made by some politically motivated persons for their selfish interest.
We the public of Anjaw regard Pul as a ‘God Father’ in our district for his tremendous
effort for all round development of backward Anjaw district. Under his able leadership,
the people of Anjaw witnessed a tremendous development as compared to other old and
newly created districts. But still, some selfish minded people are making fabricated
and politically motivated allegations just to malign the dignity and prestige of
The allegation on fund misappropriation for C/O ‘4' wide CC path from Chaglagam to
Roncham was just sanctioned on 13.03.2015. No fund has been released yet for construction
of the same. So there is no question of any fund misuse.
The C/O FSB at Glotonglat Patrol route was sanctioned in 11th March, 2015, the construction
of huts for Jawans at Roncham BOP was sanctioned on 16th March 2015. The schemes
were sanctioned but no LOC has been given yet to the executing department. The construction
of Halai Pani Hydro Project is almost complete with ninety percent work being done.
All the required machinery items brought for running the Hydro Project have already
been procured, but sudden and unexpected cloud burst changed the main course of the
river and washed away the power house completely damaging other portion of the project.
The state government had promised to sanction additional funds for completion of
the project during the CM visit at Hawai on 2.01.2013. But no fund has been released
so far for the same. The construction of motorable Manchal suspension bridge has
been carried out by M/s TK Traders for construction of Anchor Blocks (both left and
right bank), abutment portion has been done by Arunachal Agency, earth cutting work
by M/s Sangrila Trade Agency, launching done by Damodar Rope ways, a Kolkatta base
The name of Muhilum Pul has been unnecessarily dragged into controversy just because
he is the brother of K Pul. Our leader never makes any payments or bill or does any
contractual works in the name of his family members. The executing department has
got the list of contractors which can be checked at any time by anyone.
We consider Pul as the most patriotic leader in our state. No corner of Anjaw district
has been left out by Pul. He along with his workers travels on foot to interior villages
of the district to take stock of the development activities. There are no rivers,
streams, culverts, bridges and schools in the interior villages where he has not
visited. There are more than hundred foot suspension bridges in Anjaw district. No
stream or river is left without a bridge. We the people of Anjaw get 24 hours light
with our own Mini Hydro Projects.
He is also the only minister, who always raises the issue of Chinese intrusion into
the Indian Territory. On many occasions, whenever he meets the central ministers,
he always highlights about the practical problems being faced by the local people
living in border areas and the also problems faced by our Indian Army due to lack
of proper road communication.
We sit together along with Gram members, ASMs and ZPMs for distribution of any contractual
works Anchal/area wise and decide accordingly with the consent of all, then prepare
the list of contractors and send to all concern departments.
We the public leaders of Anjaw demand a SIT or CBI probe into all the schemes sanctioned
in different district of the state along with Anjaw. We are proud to say that our
leader has done so much for us which no other has done in whole of Arunachal Pradesh.
Buglelum Tega, Anjaw
My experiences of travelling in your state
I am writing this open letter to you, the readers of your newspaper and the government
of Arunachal Pradesh, hoping to highlight my experiences of travelling in your state.
I am a freelance travel journalist and I have travelled in Arunachal Pradesh twice
in 2013 and 2015. I specialise in Independent travel that focuses on indigenous
peoples and wildlife experiences, so initially I felt that Arunachal Pradesh could
be the perfect destination. During both visits I was asked by many people in Arunachal
Pradesh whether I would be recommending the experience of travelling in this state
in any future articles. Unfortunately I feel unable to recommend Arunachal Pradesh
to foreign travellers for the following reasons, and I feel its only fair to place
these reasons on the public record in your publication.
Firstly there is my experience in trying to acquire a permit to travel in Arunachal
Pradesh. Whilst personally I am not against permits or extra charges for foreign
tourists, the system devised by your state government is open to corruption and mismanagement.
For a start it openly discriminates against independent travellers. In my 40 years
of travelling to over 70 countries, I have never been discriminated against for travelling
independently, except in Arunachal Pradesh. For example, the state of Sikkim provides
a straightforward permit on arrival for Rs1500/- per person. A permit for Arunachal
Pradesh (minimum two persons) can cost an individual between Rs3000-Rs9000/- per
person, depending upon the whim of the agent and the ‘administrative costs’ he/she
feels like charging. When the federal government is moving towards visas on arrival
for independent travellers as well as groups - I find this system discriminatory,
old fashioned and open to abuse.
The second reason is the fees the state charges for visiting National Parks and Wildlife
Sanctuaries. Now that the state’s camera and park fees per day are Rs2000for a foreign
tourist, I feel that this is prohibitively expensive when compared to other countries
and states. State permit aside, many parks in India offer good value such as Bharatpur
with a total tourist charge of Rs 400. As a benchmark the Taj Mahal is a total of
Rs770. However a more meaningful comparison (with entrance and camera fees) in the
context of this letter is with the following famous international parks.
Manu NP in the Amazon, Peru is Rs3000/- (47 US$) for seven days,
Etosha NP in Namibia, Africa is Rs400/- (6 US$ )per day,
Okavango Delta NP in Botswana, Africa is Rs130/- (2 US$) per day
Kalahari National Park in Botswana, Africa is Rs130/- (2 US$) per day
Kakadu National Park is Rs1200/- (19 US$) for a max of 14 days in Australia.
The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is just one charge of Rs7500/- (US$120) and after
six or more days offers substantially better value for an international visitor.
All these fabulous National Parks offer far better value for money and a more developed
infrastructure. Consequently I am duty bound to my readers to recommend these parks
for their wildlife experience.
Finally, it has been my unfortunate experience that tourists are further actively
discriminated against in Arunachal Pradesh unless they are from India. During my
two visits, I have been pulled out of a Tata shared Sumo travelling to the scared
lake behind Tawang because I was not Indian. The armed forces made me wait while
the Indian tourists visited the lake and then get back into the taxi on its return.
All on the pretext of ‘safety’. Surely if it’s safe for mainland tourists, us foreigners
are no different! On the same visit I had my camera taken from me in Tawang Monastery
during a courtyard ceremony when Indian tourists have been photographing the ceremony
and using their videos. No explanation was given by the army, despite a plea on
my behalf by the monastery monks. On this visit, I also wanted to visit Tirap, yet
I have been told by the travel agents (with whom I sourced my permit) that this is
only possible if I am an Indian citizen. This form of discrimination I have only
encountered once in other countries and that was during the Apartheid era in South
Consequently I feel most sorry for the citizens of this state who are involved in
the tourist business or who are investing their money in this industry. This state
could be one of the most desirable places to visit in the world yet the problems
detailed above show that Arunachal Pradesh needs to change if it wishes to attract
more tourists. Currently better value is available in other parts of India, Nepal
and (most excitingly) South Western China and Burma. All these regions or countries
operate a fairer, non-discriminatory and more value orientated approach to their
I hope in some small way this letter will instigate a change in the government’s
thinking. Of course I may have mis-understood their strategy and the Arunachal Government
may only be interested in a premium low traffic volume of tourists (such as the small
number currently visiting the state). In this case I stand corrected.
Freelance Travel Writer
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