ITANAGAR, May 04: Former All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) president Racho
Tama has died after prolonged illness last night at Ziro. He was 56 at the time of
Born in 1959 at Bamin village of Lower Subansiri, he was a brilliant student and
pioneer of students’ movement not only in Apatani community but entire North East.
He joined J.N.C, Passighat and was elected Assistant General Secretary in the year
1976-77, subsequently was elected as General Secretary in 1977-78 and was elected
as President of AAPSU in 1978-80.
Meanwhile, All Bamin Welfare Association (ABWA), Itanagar expressed profound sorrow
over the death of the former AAPSU president, Racho Tama.
The contributions of Late Tama will always be remembered by student community in
particular and common people in general, said the Association in a condolence message.
The Association conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for his rest
in eternal peace.
While mourning the death of Late Racho Tama, the Apatani Youth Association (AYA)
said late Tama was selfless and down to earth leader. His contributions towards people
of state as well as students community will be remembered forever.
Lt. Racho Tama, son of Racho Tana of Gano under Bamin-Michi village, Ziro, was also
the secretary general of then North East Regions Students Union (NERSU) now North
East Student Organization (NESO) and also the founder member of NERSU, said AYA in
a condolence message.
The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) also mourned the demise of Racho Tama.
The untimely demise of Lt. Racho Tama is not only a loss to the Apatani community
but to the state as a whole, the GSU said in a condolence message. The Union prayed
to the almighty Donyi-Polo for eternal peace of the departed leader and also to give
strength to the bereaved family.
NERIST, AAPLU celebrate May Day
ITANAGAR, May 04: The Department of Mechanical Engineering of North Eastern Regional
Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli celebrated International Labour
Day in a befitting manner by honouring some of the employees with “Certificate of
Appreciation” for their valuable contribution to the Mechanical Engineering Department.
The office of the Mechanical Association of NERIST (MAN) and Departmental Research
Laboratory was inaugurated on the occasion by NERSIT Director PK Das.
In his speech, the Director acknowledged the role of working class and their immense
contribution in nation building. He said that the people engaged in manual labour
in different departments of this Institute with little or no prestige should not
be called as labour, rather they be called as work force as a mark of respect for
them, opined the NERIST Director.
Head of the Department Dr. Pradip Lingfa threw light on the history and background
of International Labours Day which is celebrated every year on May 1.
Prof. M. Muralidhar briefed on the significance of May Day celebration and highlighted
the past and present Labour movements all over the world.
He also highlighted the present scenario of labour force both in organised and unorganised
sectors in the country and their wages including latest wage adopted by NERIST with
a minimum of Rs. 6500 per month.
MAN Secretary Hussain Md. Javed Tapader also spoke on the occasion.
Besides Deans, HoDs, Registrar, faculty members, officers, staff and students of
the institute with large number of work force engaged in different sections, like
maintenance cell (civil & electrical), horticulture, sanitation attended the function.
Meanwhile, the East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang units of All Arunachal Pradesh
Labour Union (AAPLU) jointly celebrated International Labour Day at General Ground
Seppa on May 1.
Labour Commissioner cum Member Secretary APB&OCWWB Ojing Darung, who was the chief
guest of the occasion, distributed helmets, plastic shoes, umbrellas, mosquito nets
etc. to the labourers of various departmental and non departmental organizations.
He suggested the labourers to be punctual in their duties and avail the basic facilities
provided to them by the state government.
Seppa-10 ZPM Rajo Gyadi appreciated the labourers of the district for rendering their
service for development of the district and state as a whole.
AAPLU, East Kameng unit president Niya Bagang also spoke on the occasion.
ASM complains against DDSE
ITANAGAR, May 4: The Anchal Samiti Member of 63 Sippi VIII, Siga/Lechin village has
complained against DDSE cum District Project Officer, SSA and district coordinator
alleging diversion of fund for construction of new primary school building from Lechen
to Dayam village.
In a complaint made to the Education Commissioner and Sceretary, the ASM stated that,
Rikung, Guha, Dadi, Dayam and Lokarijo villages under 57 Sippi-II anchal segment
already have four primary schools at Rikung, Guha, Dadi and Lokarijo. And with the
diversion of the fund for the new primary school building from Lechen to Dayam village,
the total numbers of schools would be five. Moreover, these five villages are located
nearby and the total population of Dayam village is only 56 as per the 2011 census.
At present, the Dayam village has only one house with a total population of 56 persons
and most of the people have already settled at Daporijo town. Only two people stay
in the village and there is not even a single school going children. Moreover, the
proposal of new primary school at Dayam village has not been reflected in the approval
list of District and State and the concerned department is not maintaining the codal
formalities of the Govt, added the complaint.
Lechen village has a population of more than 114 persons, the ASM said advocating
for establishment of the school at Lechen village and requested for constitution
of a verification committee to enquire the feasibility for establishment of new Govt.
Primary School at Dayam village.
ITANAGAR, May 04: Training on scientific cultivation of cole crops and Solanaceous
vegetables for farmers was conducted by KVK, Lower Subansiri at Gano village, Ziro
Subject Matter Specialist in Horticulture of the KVK described to the farmers in
detail about seed rate and selection, sowing time and methods, nursery management,
spacing, nutrient and weed management. He also encouraged the farmers for adopting
the mulching technology (organic and inorganic) for weed control and enhancement
of yield in vegetables.
Another SMS in Plant Protection trained the farmers about plant protection measures
of Cole crops and Solanaceous vegetable crops. Altogether 24 farmers of Gano Farmers
Club attended the training.
Vaccination against FMD
PASIGHAT, May 4: The department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Nari under East
Siang district conducted pre- monsoon vaccination programme against Foot and Mouth
Disease (FMD) of the cattle at different villages under the sub-division from April
A total of 550 cattle heads, mostly plough bullocks, were vaccinated during the 3
day camps covering Aditako, Namey, Nari, Lumpo, Depi, Depi-Moli villages.
Veterinary Officer of Nari Veterinary Dispensary, Dr. J Bam supervised the whole
vaccination programme and appealed to the farmers to avail the opportunity to get
their animals vaccinated free of cost.
The pre-monsoon vaccination aims at preventing recurrence of FMD in livestock. As
per record, a large number of cattle die from FMD every year causing heavy losses
to the farmers.
Development works under MLA LAD fund at Nari-Koyu
PASIGHAT, May 04: Several minor development schemes, such as minor irrigation, rural
approach road, and construction of suspension bridge etc. are being implemented in
all the four circles of Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency through MLA Local Area Development
Fund (MLA LAD).
According to Koyu ASM Pakyor Koyu, the local MLA has equally distributed fund for
execution of these schemes in all four circles of the constituency.
Relief fund drive for quake victims
ITANAGAR, May 04: The Kalaktang BJP Mandal Committee has decided to conduct a relief
drive in aid of the earthquake victims of Nepal and states affected by the earthquake
in the country.
The fund raised will be deposited to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. This decision
was taken in a meeting held today under the chairmanship of West Kameng District
BJP Vice President Wangdi Dorjee Khrimey at Rupa.
The meeting observed two minutes silence for the earthquake victims and expressed
solidarity with the people of Nepal at this hour of crisis.
Later, the meeting discussed on the party’s ‘Maha Sampark Abhiyan’ launched by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on May 01.
Committee calls for immediate release of CSS funds
ITANAGAR, May 4: The Development & Welfare Committee Ward no. 5 has demanded for
immediate release of centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) funds to the state without
any further delay.
In a release, it said that MoS home should immediately release the required fund
from the centre and direct the BJP legislators to monitor proper utilization of CSS
While calling on the general public not to blame the state government for the crisis,
it said that party differences should be avoided for the general interest of the
Social service at police colony
ITANAGAR, May 4: The residents of police colony conducted social service at Police
colony on May 2. The social service was led by Takap Tagru, Councilor ward no. 3
Itanagar Municipal Council. During the day they repaired arterial road leading to
the police colony which was in pathetic condition. Members of the police colony women
welfare association also contributed their bit to make the social service a success.
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Peace has no substitute
Recently some of the major armed insurgent groups of North East region joined hand
together to form a new common organization. NSCN-K, ULFA-I, NDFB-S and Kamatapur
Liberation Organization formed a new group call United Liberation Front of West South
East Asia (UNLFW). It was formed last month in Myanmar. This joint force is headed
by chairman of NSCN-K SS Khaplang. Reports also added that some Metei based groups
have also become part of this new cluster. When the report about formation of new
organization by conglomerate of four militant outfits started circulating in media,
the ministry of home affair did not took it seriously. MHA though it to be some kind
of media publicity stunt.
However much to the horror of Indian security agencies, newly formed United Liberation
Front of West South East Asia has claimed responsibility for killing eight jawans
in Nagaland's Mon disctrict in the Sunday ambush. This is the second attack by NSCN
(K) since the outfit pulled out of a 15-year old ceasefire agreement with the centre
last month. On April 2, three army jawans were killed and three others wounded when
NSCN (K) ambushed an army convoy in Tirap district. The killing has started after
centre recently cancelled the ceasefire agreement with NSCN (K) and refused to extend
it further. The MHA will have to re-study their policy towards the insurgent groups
of NE region. Gun alone will not bring peace. They have to continue peace talks with
all the groups including likes of NSCN-K, ULFA-I, NDFB-S etc. Abrupt discontinuation
of peace talks will surely alienate the insurgent groups. They may use the situation
to further vitiate atmosphere in the region and carry out hate campaign against Indian
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An unfair request
Whereas, it is advisable that Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission should
try to avoid dates that clashes with the Semester exams, however, it is unfair to
request for the extension of dates; on the ground that one is not getting ample time
to prepare properly after academic exams. As, this would be a lamest excuse in this
case where a mains exam has been dragged for about two years. To add here, no one
is thinking about the pain and agony of those who don’t have Job or other exam and
those who left their jobs for this exam.
Commission therefore should come out with a clear notification whatsoever; so as
to avoid unsolicited requests and problems.
It would not only make the things convenient for the aspirants but for the commission
as well. The things have been dragged for far too long. Being flexible is not bad
as such but the problem entailing is: dragging/extending the process will always
bring it near some or the other exams.
Through your esteemed of daily, Arunachal students’ Welfare Association of Tripura
would like to inform you that, we are eagerly waiting for our stipend for the session
2014-2015. As most of students come from poor background and stipend can help us
fulfil our needs including travelling fare, dues as end semester for the session
is coming. We are still hoping for early release of stipend. Hence, we requested
all the Students organizations/unions to look after this matter for our welfare.
Nabam Takam Hina
ICFAI University, Tripura
An exam, rains and heat
Through your esteemed daily, we would like to request APPSC to conduct our APPSCCE
Mains examination in the last part of December as it is late already. In the month
of June – August, aspirants from interior areas won’t be able to reach in time due
to weather problems. Further it will be too hot for the aspirants to face such competitive
exams and Law exams are also scheduled to be conducted in June. Further govt servants
have lost their entire EL (earned leaves) last year while attempting APPSCCE mains
So it will be better to conduct Mains exam in December last for the servicemen also
as they can get some more earned leaves for the preparation of Mains exam.
Therefore, it is my sincere appeal to APPSC to look into the grievances of aspirants
so that we can appear the exam without any mental agony.
Hoping to rebuild a new Nepal
Life as Nepali knew it is over.........of all the people in this world no one ever
deserved this tragedy less than Nepalis. This catastrophe comes on top of decades
of misfortune. The population explosion, sex trafficking of the most vulnerable,
massacre of the royal family, Maoist war and political instability , unable to even
agree on a new constitution. All this has left Nepal without any effective government.
Its only the attitude, the heart of the Nepalis that have let them bear their many
burden before the earthquake. Now, I see them standing on the street reeling from
this latest blow. But, still standing tall. With those heartbreaking smiles, even
when facing the worst that life can throw at them.
Rising from the dust and hoping to rebuild a new Nepal.
Pare H.E. Project, Sopo
Introduce bus service
It has been more than 3 months that Naharlagun is connected with railways and Daily
train is operational. But till today there is no public transport system for general
public from both cities to station and back. We would like to raise a demand for
city bus service from Railway Station to Naharlagun and Itanagar.
APTET teachers – the sufferers
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to voice myself for our rightful cause.
With the inception of the NEFA days, the state has gone through many horrible situations.
But present situation of our state is worth mentioning where the bill is not being
passed in due time, due to gross manipulation in higher level- impinging on common
people. I am left with no other option but to write this article to remind the academia
that one’s rightful share should be handed duly without any discrepancies. It is
since July, that we joined our respective posting place as SSA teachers through APTET
examination. But now it is the end of April, 10 months in all, that we have not received
our salaries. Our situation makes me implacable towards the higher authorities in
the academics and put a question on them. Are we not supposed to be paid for our
efforts towards a better education? Are we not human and do we not require the basic
needs to survive? We are living a miserable life, regretting the decision to join
I thought I will be capable to support my family but now I am like a burden to my
family members. There was never a situation to go for loan but after joining SSA,
I am loaded with loans. I wonder what is the difference between the job of a regular
teacher and a contractual teacher. We do the same work, put the same effort to make
our students learn than why this differences.
At the end of a month if the salaries of regular teachers are delayed for even a
day havoc is created. Think about our situation, we are serving the schools in the
remotest place of the state without a penny which I am sure half the population of
the state doesn’t even know the place exists. I guess if the academia were posted
in our place only would they know our life’s miseries. Every day of ours counts
to misery. Newton’s third law of motion fails to apply in our case. We give, we work
hard but we get nothing. We hope and hope for the government action for the release
of salaries but no replying back. I wonder if honorable chief minister and education
minister are not aware about this situation of APTET SSA teachers. How can somebody
live so peacefully keeping others in a hellish situation?
Whenever we visit the concern office inquiring, the response and attitude towards
us is regretful. They behave as if we are beggars. The whole country is today debating
on the issue regarding farmers committing suicide but the day to my estimation is
not far when the entire country will know of Arunachal Pradesh not for its achievement
but for the recurring suicide cases of SSA teachers. That would be only because
of state government and its corrupted members. Is it our fault?
It bemuses me that they talk of quality education. How can somebody expect us to
perform our duty with frustration, empty pocket and stomach? By talking of quality
education, shunning the teacher committee, they are only abrading the sense of education.
This article may seem bedlam to some but I say stand in our place and know what
we are enduring. Therefore I would like to request the academia to please look into
the situation and not make us befit a beggar.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Buddha Jayanti celebrated with great pomp and gaiety
Thongdok emphasizes on peaceful co-existence
ITANAGAR, May 04: The 2559th Buddha Jayanti was jointly celebrated by the members
of Theravada Buddhist Society and Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society at Thuptan Ga-Tseling
Monastery here with great pomp and gaiety today.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, the Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker, T N Thongdok
called on everyone to respect each other’s religion and also stressed on peaceful
coexistence. Highlighting the essence of Buddhism, he said Buddhism is the only way
Appreciating the joint effort of the TBS and IBCS for celebrating the Buddha Jayanti
annually, he said that there is no other place in the country or the world where
both the sects of Buddhism come together to celebrate the Buddha Jayanti.
He further expressed happiness that members from various communities have participated
in the essay writing competition. While congratulating the winners, he called for
greater participation of the younger generation in such competition in future and
to emulate the teachings of Buddha.
He also showered praised on Vivekananda Yuva Shakti for conducting the Blood Donation
camp on the auspicious occasion.
Altogether 55 units of flood were collected during the blood donation camp organized
by the Buddha Jayanti Joint Celebration Committee in collaboration with the Arunachal
Vivekananda Yuva Shakti and with the support of doctors and other medical staff from
Arunachal Pradesh State Hospital, RKMH and Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control
Society. The collected blood will be donated at RKMH Blood Bank.
Both the Societies also collected a sum of Rs. 40,800 for the relief fund for Nepal
earthquake victims. Religious procession with the idol of Lord Buddha along with
Holy Buddhist scriptures of TBS and IBCS from Theravada Buddha Vihara to Thuptan
Ga Tseling Monastery, cultural programme and lighting of candles and lamps in both
the monasteries were other attractions of the programme. The Buddha Jayanti was also
celebrated in other places of Arunachal Pradesh.
Wrestler alleges state Govt. negligence
ITANAGAR, May 04: Alleging years of negligence by the state government in recognising
his achievement, state’s promising wrestler Dada Riba said, he would be a happy person
to play for other states, if this kind of casual treatment on him continues.
Dada, the only and first wrestler from Arunachal Pradesh has plenty of national and
international medals to his credit.
Recently, he won a Bronze medal at 34th (Boys) Junior National Wrestling Championship
held at Ranchi, Jharkhand in April.
Riba won a bronze medal in the 33rd boys (free style) Junior National wrestling Championship
held at Kodarma, Jharkhand in 2014. He represented India in Asian Championship and
brought laurel for India by winning Bronze medal in 2013.
Further, he had won one gold medal each at National Sub-Junior Wrestling championship
held at Solan, Himachal Pradesh in 2012 and Tamil Nadu in the previous year. Riba
represented India at the World (free style) Wrestling Championship held at Szombatheli,
Hungry in 2011 and the Sub-Junior Asian cadet Wrestling Championship in Bangkok,
Thailand in the same year.
Dada, who is currently undergoing training at Army Sports Institute Pune, also questioned
the credibility of Arunachal Wrestling Association.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G. Doke, congratulated
Dada for making Arunachal Pradesh proud in the field of wrestling with his remarkable
achievements and assured to provide assistances as much as possible.
Rains cause heavy damage to roads
AALO, May 04: A group of Sumo drivers, owners and persons associated with the business
have expressed their deep resentment and anguish over the pitiable condition of the
road from Karo to Tayong and Karle to Monigong in a representation submitted to the
EAC Monigong today.
They said that a large portion of the narrow and high altitude road is covered in
mud due to incessant rains in the last one week causing the vehicles to skid and
get stuck on the road risking the life of passengers. Rains also eroded a good portion
of the road, they said, and expressed their fear about the threat of disruption in
When contacted, Monigong EAC Sang Khandu said he had written a letter to the BRTF
authority in March apprehending disruption in road communication during monsoon.
He also said that the matter has been informed to the BRTF authority for immediate
The BRTF road serves as the lifeline for the people of interior circles of the district.
Make NERCORMP a success: Lowangdong
KHONSA, May 04: The North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP)
- a livelihood mission sanctioned for Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts
to improve the lives of the poor and marginalised tribal families would prove to
be a real boon in the long run, said Minister for WCD, DoTCL etc Wanglin Lowangdong.
Attending the first review meeting of the national resource management group here
today convened by NERCORMP-Tirap, Lowangdong said that the livelihood and rural development
project NERCORMP provided the much needed impetus and opportunity to the people of
the three districts to improve their livelihood as well as make them self reliant
through successful implementation of various schemes under the project. He urged
the people to execute the selected schemes with utmost sincerity and devotion.
The minister said that the people of Tirap were hard working which is evident from
the fact that they used to construct arterial roads in the past on self help basis
under the command of the chiefs. Hence, there is no question of failure of these
schemes under NERCORMP.
He however, said that there was a time when people were lured by easy earning when
timber industry flourished in the district which virtually destroyed a generation
of youth. Lowangdong further said that the topography and climate of Tirap were conducive
for all kinds of crops and passionately appealed to the people to work hard to make
NERCORMP a success.
MLA Wangki Lowang said that development should be inclusive and not confined within
a few individuals. Total development would be possible only when all the public representatives
and the people work hand in hand with unwavering determination and a set goal, said
While underscoring the importance of public participation, Lowang said that the traditional
crops like millet, maize and tapioca could be converted into more commercially viable
food or into animal feeds for sale to neighbouring states and other districts of
Local MLA Wanglam Sawin said that schemes under NERCORMP could alternate the rampant
opium cultivation in Tirap district and explained the importance of convergence to
make the schemes successful and beneficial to the people. He said that only those
SHGs that performed creditably would be supported and patronised. The MLA urged the
chiefs, GBs and NaRM-Gs to implement the schemes with great seriousness to achieve
Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi appreciated NERCORMP-Tirap for starting the
new project in a successful manner by involving the villagers, NGOs, government departments
and financial institutions. He added that all the schemes were decided by the villagers
themselves with technical and other logistic supports from the NERCORMP-Tirap and
line departments. He opined that the unproductive, destructive and environmentally
harmful shifting cultivation should be replaced by terrace cultivation that proves
to be great success in East Siang and other districts of the state.
Earlier, in her welcome address, Project Manager Lily Rose Jagi said that the review
meeting offered an opportunity to the chiefs, GBs and NaRM-Gs of 56 villages to interact
with them. DIPRO
Minister assures to make Basar MDC functional soon
ITANAGAR, May 04: Education Minister Tapang Taloh today assured the Galo Students'
Union (GSU) to make the Model Degree College at Basar functional at the earliest.
The assurance came when a GSU delegation led by its president Damik Gameh called
on the minister and submitted a three point memorandum here today. The demands included
immediate transfer and posting of teachers in schools of Galo inhabited areas, starting
of Model Degree College at Basar under West Siang district from the coming academic
session and introduction of Science stream at DPGC, Kamki.
The minister further informed the delegation that he is visiting the college site
at Basar soon to take stock of the work progress. The education department is ready
to make the college functional from the current session, he said and sought cooperation
from all stakeholders.
GSU spokesperson Marli Kamki suggested that the unused buildings under UD & Tourism
departments at Basar could be used for college purpose temporarily until the college
structures at the permanent site come up.
Responding to the demand for posting of teachers, the minister assured the union
to post teachers in schools which are facing shortage of teachers at the earliest,
the union claimed.
While extending support to the transfer and posting policy of education department,
the Union urged the minister to expedite the same before the start of the coming
academic session. The GSU strongly feels that the Court should not unnecessarily
intervene in transfer and posting policy of education department except under extreme
circumstances as it is the students who are at the receiving end due to such legal
Regarding introduction of Science stream at DPGC, Kamki, the Minister assured to
do the needful at the earliest, stated a GSU release.
Ceasefire violation will affect peace process: Rijiju
New Delhi, May 04: The violation of the ceasefire agreement by NSCN will affect the
peace process in the region, said Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today while condemning
the killing of eight security personnel in a militant attack in Nagaland.
The government has taken serious note of the killings of seven Assam Rifles personnel
and one Territorial Army jawan and the security forces will react accordingly, Minister
of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said.
"The killing of eight Assam Rifles and paramilitary forces personnel is very unfortunate.
I condemn the incident.
With such incidents the peace process in the region will be affected," he told reporters
on the sidelines of an event to celebrate Buddh Poornima.
He said the government has appealed to NSCN and talks are on with them for bringing
peace in the region and hoped such a dialogue yields good results.
"NSCN is doing ceasefire abrogation which is not good. We want that peace prevails
in the region and good results should come out of the peace dialogue currently on
"We take serious note of the incident from the security point of view. The security
forces will react accordingly," he said.
Seven Assam Rifles personnel and one Territorial Army jawan lost their lives as they
were fired upon by underground militants when they had gone to Changlansu in Mon
district with water tankers to fetch water yesterday. PTI