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LSPAWS welcomes construction of dam, while Singlung opposes all mega dams

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Lower Siang Project Affected Welfare Society (LSPAWS) a newly formed organisation welcomed the construction of 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project dam over Siang River by JP Associates.

Society president Orat Panyang said the executive members of the LSPAWS including from affected villages of Lower Siang Hydro project in its meeting held today at Pasighat discussed the recent development regarding construction of hydro project and the members supported the construction of dam.

During the formation of the Society on May 24 at Bodak village, some responsible persons of Pongging village and members from other affected villages were present in the meeting and unanimously decided to support hydro project for socio-economic development of the area, the society said in a release.

Terming the news item on firing during the agitation on May 26 last as misinformed, Panyang said that “there was no blank fire until agitators started pelting some stones and mud to the CRPF and police personnel. It was only after pelting of some stones to the police men, the police men opened blank fire and there was a minor lathicharge by the police to  control the situation”.

The Society president claimed that a group of anti-dam protestors had damaged house-hold properties of Society executives on May 26 evening for extending support to survey work for Lower Siang dam.  

Some people who do not belong to dam affected families are misleading the people of Pongging and other villagers for political motives, the release further said.

The society also appreciated the state Govt and Geku-Maryiang MLA J K Panggeng for “progressing thinking for development”.

On the other hand, Sinlung Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Organisation (SIPHRO) strongly condemns the violent atrocities of the State’s forces against the democratic voices of the indigenous communities to protest against a series of issues arising out of the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project and its developer JP Associates.

SIPHRO demands that a free and fair Judicial Inquiry Commission be instituted by the Arunachal Pradesh government to look into the incident and take concrete action against the officials responsible for the atrocities perpetuated on the indigenous communities.

SIPHRO is against any proposed Mega Dams, including Tipaimukh Dam project in Manipur, Siang Dams in Arunachal Pradesh that are being pushed through against the will, consents and aspirations of the directly and indirectly affected peoples.

SIPHRO also demands that the Government of India, State Governments, Corporates and Financial Institutions adopt human rights-based approach to development based on respect of indigenous peoples rights enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, implement the recommendations of the Committee on Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination in 2007, revoke all agreements signed for construction of Mega Dams in NE Region, all of which have been done without the knowledge and consent of the indigenous peoples.


RKM conducts capping ceremony

Mehra calls for dedication

ITANAGAR, May 29: The capping ceremony of XXIV batch students of school of Nurshing, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar was held at Vivekananda Hall, RKM, Itanagar this evening.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Director General of Police Vimla Mehra appreciated the RKM Hospital authority for providing nurses training in the institute and advised the newly passed out 22 nurses to be dedicated in their duty, work hard and provide better service to the needy people of the state and the country.

While, citing the problems faced by the Police personnel, she expressed hope that the newly capped nurses would overcome all the problems while delivering their service for the cause of humanity.

Guest of Honour, Secretary Ramkrishna Mission, New Delhi Swami Shantatmananda appreciating the nurses for their commendable services, advised the nurses to be devoted in their profession. The nurses should not feel weary with their daily routine rather they should take the everyday activities and challenges with vigour and great enthusiasm as the nurses and Doctors are equally important in caring for a patient, he added.

Later, cultural programme was also conducted to mark the occasion.


Minor allegedly raped in Geku

ITANAGAR, May 29: A thirteen year old school girl was allegedly raped yesterday evening by two men in Geku, Upper Siang. An FIR has been filled in this regard at Yingkiong Police station. When contacted SP Maipak Sing confirmed that a case has been registered and police team has been sent to Geku area to arrest the alleged accused Kasar Padun and Kadum Paloh, who are absconding. They are reported to have raped the girl as she was returning from a religious programme.

The SP further said that medical report is being awaited.


Catholic Union calls for preservation of language & culture

ITANAGAR, May 29: The first Executive meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) unanimously reiterated its commitment to work for the upliftment of the catholic faith and unity among its members, offers its constructive support to all developmental activities of the state Government, youth development and also called for preservation of Language and cultures along with the spiritual development. The meeting was convened today at Hotel Chandini, Naharlagun under the chairmanship of Tok Buttum, President.

The maiden meeting held after its first constitution congratulated Tok Buttum and Taw Tebin, the President and the Secretary General (APCU) on their recent appointment as central executive member of Catholic Council of India and All India Catholic Union.


SIT unearths medical racket, arrest four

ITANAGAR, May 29: SIT has arrested Takhe Yaku, an employee of Arunachal Secretariat, Nitul Saikia of Banderdewa, Lohit Boruah of Dolohat and Pinku Biswakarma for their alleged involvement in preparation of Medical Reimbursement Bill. The arrests were made after RK Mission Authority; Itanagar lodged a complaint about the fake bills.

DIGP (SIT) Tashi Lama informed that during the investigation, a racket involved in preparation of MR bills was unearthed in which racketeers used printed forged prescriptions, cash memos and seal and signature of medical officers of R K Mission, Itanagar.


MLA assures speedy development

ITANAGAR, May 29: Chayang Tajo Assembly Constituency MLA Karya Bagang attended the meeting of Bagang Welfare Society Capital Complex (BWSCC)held at Hotel Achi Ama on 28th May as chief guest. In reply to the memorandum submitted by BWSCC she assured every possible help from her side including construction of permanent office building of the society.

Further she vowed to continue working for speedy development of entire Chayang Tajo Assembly Constituency and make it one of the most developed regions of state. Tara Bagang, popular PR leader of the area and guest of honor for the day highlighted about various proposals submitted by MLA to different departments. “If all the genuine proposals are accepted by government, Chayang Tajo Constituency will become one of the most developed regions within next few years, “added Tara Bagang.

Also present on the occasion was Kafa Bagang, NSUI, state unit president and former AAPSU president Kanu Bagang.


Administration takes stock of clean and green mission

ITANAGAR, May 29:  A team of Govt officers led by Capital DC Padmini Singla has visited all the offices and sector roads in order to take stock of the clean and green Arunachal drive in the Capital.

The team consists of Singla, ADM-cum-nodal officer Talo Potom, Itanagar EAC, DFO and PWD assistant engineer during their visit to sector roads decided that unauthorized excavation on the road side and cutting of trees in the Capital Complex will be dealt with iron hand which creates nuisance to the traffic and ugly look to the Capital Complex. The team, however, appreciated all the officers and staff who are found cleaning their office campus and also appealed them to maintain the same spirit.

Capital DC also planted a sapling during visit to Electrical Executive Engineer office campus to mark the clean and green mission. Meanwhile, presiding over an awareness meeting at A sector, Naharlagun, Potom appealed the general public to cooperate with the sector committees and NGOs in their endeavour to maintain cleanliness. He particularly requested the women to cooperate with garbage collection programme. The meeting was organised by Guwahati based NGO -- Environ in collaboration with sector welfare committee.

Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) complying with the govt circular conducted its 5th monthly social service on May 29 within the office premises attended by all the officers and officials.


ANYA reiterates demands, calls 24-hr capital bandh on June 2

ITANAGAR, May 29: In continuation of its movement demanding white paper on non preparation of AOP --2009-2010 and permanent establishment of National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Capital region, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has announced 24-hour capital bandh  from 5 am of June 2 to June 3 morning.

The Association had deferred its proposed 24 hours Capital bandh on May 17  following written assurance given by the Govt to place its demands before the cabinet meet on May 17 and also facilitate the easy movement of the students who were appearing the examinations, the ANYA informed.  

The ANYA further said the state Cabinet befooled the associaiton by not including its demands in the agenda of cabinet meeting despite assurance. It demanded that the Chief Minister should take moral responsibility for failure to look into demands and tender his resignation.

Media vehicles, magistrate on duty, paramilitary forces, fire and medical service, vehicles on LPG and electricity duty will be exempted from the purview of the bandh call, the association said in a release.


Power supply partially restored

MLA hopes improved power scenario in 2 years


ROING, May 29: The Roing people heaved a sigh of relief with the restoration of  33 KV Assam power supply line after nearly 42 days of  power snap caused by the flood.  

It was really terrible job for both the Tezu and Roing power divisions to restore the  power lines in the midst of gushing Lohit river and its tributaries.  It was indeed a challenging taks which took more than 15 days  for restoration, narrated  A K Paul EE Roing Power Division.

Electricity poles  and wires at Alubari Ghat and Digaru Ghat were washed out  April 18 by the flood water.  Both Tezu and Roing towns depended on the same grid.

  However, 750 KW Phase-I Deopani Plant and 500 KW Phase-II turbines are expected within a week. “Massive chocked of boulders in the three different point of 2.7 KM hydel channel were cleared, only clearance of mud and silt are needed with repairing of damage in the channel”, informed the sources. Meanwhile, the Power department is finding a roadmap to trace out lasting solution of the repeated power crisis by connecting the district with the Ranganadi Power Grid which could possibly be completed in the next two years. “An amount of Rs 650 lakhs is already sanctioned under Non-Lapsable Central Pole of Resources (NLCPR) by ministry of DoNER and with the end of this rainy season the work is expected to start”, revealed Laeta Umbrey MLA. With this grid our district will get sufficient and durable power supply in next two years, the MLA hoped.


Former AAPSU president hails movement on refugees

ITANAGAR, May 29: The approach adopted by the present leadership of the apex students’ body headed by President Takam Tatung and general secretary Tujum Poyom on the vexed issue of decades old chakma – Hajong refugees who were given temporary settlement in the state will herald a new chapter in the movement, said former president of the Union Kanu Bagang.

The Chakma-Hajong issue committee led by its Chairman Tobom Dai and Vice chairman Nabam Tamar is praiseworthy and we are expecting a lot from them this time around, and hope they will endeavor to give it a concrete foundation for the posterity to continue the fight against the encroachers and refugees, he said.

The recent incidents at M-Pen in Miao, where legal land of local people were forcefully grabbed by Chakma refugees is a silent indication of the unpleasant times ahead. It is also disturbing to learn that the refugees have emerged in Kathan and have asserted their illegal activities in Diyun, he said.

The state government should take up the matter seriously and local leaders and elected representative of the affected areas should rise above the occasion leaving behind petty differences and co-operate the AAPSU leadership dealing with this decades old repression of the tribal community, Bagang said.  

He further said refuges should be pushed back to designated blocks and issue refugee card as an interim arrangement for deportation.


NABARD’s Pilot Project for Rural Poverty Eradication in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, May 29: NABARD will arrange an exposure visit for Govt. officials and Bankers of Arunachal Pradesh to Andhra Pradesh to study the Andhra Pradesh model for rural poverty eradication. The Andhra Pradesh model of Social Mobilization and Empowerment of Women through Indira Kanthi Patham has become a very successful model to organize the poor women through self-help groups, creating federation and building effective linkages with Govt. departments, Financial Institutions, Panchyati Raj Institutions and the market. The model has helped the poor women to increase the access of finance from Banks, livelihood promotion, and economic empowerment.

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development T. Vijaykumar, who was earlier CEO of Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) in the Indira Kanthi Patham, in a communication to NABARD that Govt of India will accord support to replicate this model in Arunachal Pradesh. Minister of Rural Development Agatha Sangma, impressed at Andhra Pradesh model has shown keenness to take it on to North Eastern States.


Committee formed to accelerate development and check encroachment

ITANAGAR, May 29: Tasi-Tama-Lipu Village Development Committee has been formed under Baririjjo Circle of Upper Subansiri District with an objective to check encroachment of land, accelerate development and welfare activities, and protect river and forest.

  The committee appeals all the concerned departments to reach out to the villagers with developmental activities. Development meant for villagers seldom reach its destination which is the main reason why villagers are sufferers all the time, it added. The committee also requested DDSE and DC Daporijo to post sincere and dedicated teacher at Govt. Primary School, Tamaripa as the students lack the very foundation or the basic in all subjects.

District Agriculture Officer, W/Kameng, Kidu Game who was the chairman of the meeting stressed upon agriculture and advised the villagers to take up agriculture as an economic activity and also demonstrated for proper cultivation of field by maintaining fertility of land.


MABC demands rectification of EMP reports

ITANAGAR, May 29:  Mebo Area Bachao Committee demanded the authority concerned for rectification/ correction of the EMP report of Dibang Hydro-Project.

The committee claimed that the two existing village of Mebo area - Motum and Ralling have been wrongly mentioned as Tango and Yabin village in the EMP report, adding that Kiyit Kongkul and Gadum of Mebo area are not included in the inundation map althought these villages comes under indundated area.

Meanwhile, taking concerned over the EMP reports of Lower Siang Hydro Electricity Project, the committee alleged that the detail inundation map is not found in the EMP report of Lower Siang Hydro Electricity Project.

The authority should provide detail map of the area to be inundated in case of Dam failure or sudden release of water from reservior through General Graph or Bar Chart as the present inundation report is very much vague and difficult to understand, release said.


Mra arrives in New York, ready to scale Mt. Denali

ITANAGAR, May 29: First Arunachalee Everester Tapi Mra along with Tawang Tour & Travel proprietor Lobsang Tsering arrived in New York, USA yesterday and is ready to conquer Mount Denali next month.

Immediately after landing in New York, Mra told Taro Chatung, Chairman Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro over telephone that he is hoping to scale Mt. Denali within the month of June. He also conveyed his gratefulness to people of Arunachal Pradesh for their blessings and supports, particularly Home Minister Tako Dabi and his family, who have been extending their support since long.

Tsering while talking to Chatung over telephone from New York expressed his happiness for having a rare opportunity to accompany Mra to USA on his mountaineering expedition up to the base camp of Mt. Denali.

The Mt. Denali is the highest peak of the North American continent located in Alaska Range. The Mt. Denali expedition is a part of World Seven Summit Mission of Mra, who has already climbed the highest peaks of Asia and Africa continent.

This expedition is in the process of conquering the third continent’s highest peak. His next step is to conquer Mt. Elbrus of European continent and, thereafter he will set out expedition for remaining three highest peaks of the three Continents of Southern Hemisphere.

It may be mentioned here that the Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro has successfully coordinated three mountaineering expeditions of Mra starting with Meera Peak expedition in Nepal in June 2008, Mt. Everest expedition in April/May 2009, Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition, Africa in February 2010 and now the Mt. Denali Expedition, USA which is now under process.


Appreciation for DC

ITANAGAR, May 29: Appreciating Changlang deputy commissioner Dr Deepak Kumar’s initiation for the all round development of the district, NCP leader Hamjong Tangha said DC has managed to check misappropriation of public developmental funds.

He further added that Dr Kumar is the first DC to visit Vijaynagar – a remote area of district, by tracking more than 150 km to access the grievances of the people of the interior area.


KKSU calls for teachers

ITANAGAR, May 29:  Kargu-Kardi Students Union (KKSU) has demanded Mathematics and Hindi teachers at Govt. Secondary School Darak. It said that school has been running without teachers since the last academic session. As the state govt. is implementing a new system of school education, it should first assure the fulfillment of teaching staffs, the Union said in a release.


Jindal extends help

ITANAGAR, May 29:  Jindal Power Ltd at Etalin are providing free transportation to  upto 30 Km journey on road between Anini and Roing to minimise hardships being faced by the people. Vice President (Hydro) Jindal Power Ltd Harpal Singh said that many people have resorted to walk the distance between Anini and Roing in absence of road communication which has been snapped following devastating rain.


Bhuria and Sanjay to attend Dree

ITANAGAR: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Kantilal Bhuria and Lok Sabha MP, Takam Sanjay have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour at the Central Dree Festival Celebration at Ziro on July 5 next.  

They consented to the invite when Parliamentary Secretary for Labour and Land Management, Padi Richo met them at New Delhi on May 24 last.  


DPVB students secured 100% in AISSE Exam

ITANAGAR: The students of Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan, Itanagar once again excelled in the AISSE Examination by securing 100% pass pecentage in the recently declared Class X Examination result.

The management, principal and all the teaching faculty of the institution congratulated all the students for the achievement and wish them a bright future.


Dy speaker, MLA contribute to ACH

ITANAGAR: Deputy Speaker T. Taloh and MLA P. Khimhun have extended their helping hands in the upbringing of Arunachal Charity Home (ACH), Dibrugarh.

While the Deputy Speaker donated a generator set to ACH, the MLA contributed few amounts for leveling and cementing of the low-lying areas of the ACH compound.

The management of ACH appreciated both Taloh and Khimhun for their kind contributions.


AAF appointment

ITANAGAR,, May 29: Arunachal Artiste Forum (AAF), in its 3rd annual conference held here on May 27, has unanimously selected Tage Dibo as chairman, Neelam Pope as vice chairman and Kipa Rabniang as secretary.


INTUC appointment

ITANAGAR, May 29: Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Arunachal Pradesh unit president has appointed Tabi Marde as president of INTUC’s Upper Subansiri district unit effective immediately.


Summer vacation

ITANAGAR, May 29: The court of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission will remain close from June 14-July 14 on account of summer vacation.



ITANAGAR, May 29: Upper Subansiri Galo Students’ Union deeply mourned the sudden demise of Kipe Yoya, a BA first year student of Dera Natung Govt. College, on May 28. He was son of Late Taki Yoka of Baririjo circle under Upper Subansiri district.

USGSU conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Lendo Ao Welfare Association has condoled the death of Ngomjum Ngucho Lendo, popular priest of Gensi area who passed away on 19th of this month. In this regard association today observed two-minute silence for the departed soul.

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