November - 26


Arunachal media should highlight corruption cases

Dear Editor,

The time we were born and time we are in, makes lots of difference but, still our state is in same stage as it was before. People talk lot about developing our state and bringing awareness, but the reality is "our state is getting worse as ever". One person can't do magic, however if CM, ministers, MLA's and other concern authorities honestly work, they can make things better for ordinary citizens. Every body knows that corruption is the root cause for backwardness of our state. And I know it’s easy to talk about this topic but practically things are different. But sooner or later we have to deal with corruption issues and for this media person need to work hard. If newspapers publish news regarding corruption, general public will know more about illegal cases.

I have been readings news for the past 6 years but nothing really interested me. I request you all to try getting some good news and hopefully next time when I read Arunachal times, I might find something interesting to know about our state.


Leyu Yeto Kurdu




A message from Anini

Dear Editor,

Through the medium of your esteemed daily, we want to convey a message to our family and friends. The message follows: - We are good here at Anini and hope you all are keeping good too. You all must be worried as much as we worry here. We are unable to contact you all owing to complete break down in BSNL services. Let us hope, the BSNL authority will understand the problem of public and abysmal ignorance on its part and pay heed to the problem and accelerate the restoration work. Anini can be a synonymous with the word “problem”. The recent problem of Telecommunication failure has added more to the perpetual problem of power, road connectivity, exorbitant price and all other compounded problems.  Talking about the problems of Anini, we don’t want to bother you all and our fellow readers more and bore much. We always live in a hope for better tomorrow, so let’s hope that tomorrow brings a beautiful day with improvement in every sphere in which Anini is lacking.  Longing to hear from you all soon.  


N. Lobsang,

R. Tsetim,

K. L. Wangdi

Rajendra Prasad



It is time to act  mature

Dear Editor,

It’s for Arunachal Times, its time you guys act mature. As media coverage means to speak the truth but on humanitarian ground, don’t speak so bluntly that it makes nonsense. Some of the news items should be properly edited and some should be not put frequently. Hope news men will not bring war and tragedy in two loving brothers by publishing too much.


Hano Loder

Bamin Michi, Ziro



Can identity be constructed ?

Dear Editor,

Yes, Identity is a matter of Construction. The best example of 20th century is that of the Pakistani identity. Before 1947, there was nothing called Pakistani in this world. This nationality has been created by the British divide and rule policy. Even Indian identity is a construction of the British rule. Two first cousins, Ravi Kapoor and Rashid Kapoor, living on the borders of India-Pakistan are ready to kill each other today. Ravi Kapoor thinks himself to be an Indian, and Rashid Kapoor believes himself to be a Pakistani. But the same Ravi Kapoor thinks the distant Dravidian Tamil man called Karunanidhi to be of the same nationality! This is an example of how our formal education under different ‘national’ governments has shaped our minds in a communal way.

Similarly, post 1947, after 15 August, the north-east has seen many identity being constructed. One of the best examples is the creation of an identity called ‘Arunachalee’. This is an outcome of the divide and rule policy of the Hindi power lobby in Delhi. Before 1971, there was nothing called ‘Arunachalee’ in this world. These foresighted schemes have borne rich harvest for Delhi in the form of inter-state wars in north-east India for all times to come. If north-east stayed united and formed a strong bond by now, all the successive prime-ministers of India would have been from this region with the huge number of representation from this fringe area!

Identity politics is based on emotional exploitation of gullible masses. It is good that more and more ethnic conflicts flare up in this small land-locked block, that too when it is resource rich with a hopelessly incompetent people and Delhi dependent ministries. Indian politicians, corporate, lobbyists, bureaucrats and the intelligence agencies warm their hands over this ethnic fire in north-east.


Vox populi



Nitish’s victory should alarmed inefficient government

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily I want to write few words regarding, yesterdays Bihar Assembly Election result, where Nitish Kumar led NDA emerged as winning alliance party.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led NDA alliance won election because of efficient governance and developmental activities. During his tenure as CM, he had stressed on development activities, especially in education sector and working towards improvement of Law and Order situation.

Literacy rate of Bihar is less than literacy rate of Arunachal Pradesh, but the public of Bihar had proved that, they want those political parties which focus on effective developmental policy. If less literacy rate state can choose such then obviously, higher literacy rate will choose right party in near future.

This is the dangerous alarm for the present ruling government of Arunachal Pradesh and other state of  India. The inefficient government will loose the race of power.

Also I am daily reader of your daily and want to urge you that the last page of paper Contain lots of picture which seem waste of space instead of that add few local news.


Rimi Bam

B.Com  final year

DNGC - Itanagar.





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Dabi  gives priority on   law & order, health & education

PASIGHAT, Nov 25: The Home Minister Tako Dabi has called for strict maintenance of law and order in East Siang district during a meeting held with the DC, ADC, SP and DSP today.

Dabi asked the local administration and police forces to apply full strength to eradicate antisocial activities in the district. The minister said the district is known for its literacy and achievements and produced many jewels who served the state as leader, administrator, writer, journalist, educationist and many other top capacities but the young generation is being attracted to many unwanted practices in the name of modernization which not only a big threat to the state but it hampers the image of our forefathers.  Saying no space for miscreants, he ordered the local administration to deal strictly with any unwanted activities.

Dabi also urged the local administration to conduct various progressive seminar, debates etc in school and colleges taking helps from the intellectuals for a brighter future of the children of the district.

Stressing on infrastructural developments, he said road connectivity, health service and power developments are fundamental rights of a civilized society and priorities would be given by the government. The minister while interacting to the police authorities suggested  them to shoulder responsibilities as custodians of the citizens for safety and security of life of the people and their properties. He advised to utilize the services of Scouts & Guides, NCC, NSS etc for better traffic management without hampering their regular studies. Dabi asked the police to keep constant vigil on drag peddlers and local pharmacies and stressed for police patrolling in all the sensitive and risky places to tackle any eventuality and conduct frequent and sudden verifications of vehicles to minimize the rate of crimes. The minister showing his kindness said the outsiders who rendering their services in various means for development of the society should be well protected.

Meanwhile the SP Aloke Kumar (IPS) made aware of the present situation and strengths of the forces. DIPRO


Habung Gambo Marg inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Sadhana Deori inaugurated Habung Gambo Marg at Paking Hailyang road, Ziro on 20th of this month.

Parliamentary secretaries Nido Pavitra and Padi Richo, academicians, Panchayat leaders, GBs, students, members of All Nyishi Youth Association and Apatani Youth Association and large number of general public participated in the inaugural function.

Chief Guest, Sadhana Deori addressing the gathering informed that late Gambo was not only a good administrator but also very good human being. Special invitees Nido Pavitra and Padi Richo also recalled the contribution of late Gambo towards society. During the day cultural program was presented by Meder Nello of various villagers and students. To mark the occasion Habung Gambo memorial tournament was organized in which St. Claret College, Ziro emerged as winner whereas Sorang Youth XI was runner up.


APEDA brings awareness with MEV

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: With its constant endeavour towards giving conservation of energy a lift,  the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) is at it again to create awareness among the common masses on more and more use of new & renewable energies for the cause of sustainable future.

As part of this initiative, APEDA was a part of Chalo Loku festival here today, coming up with its Mobile Exhibition Van (MEV), demonstrating several devices equipped with the vehicle to give tips on the benefits of using renewable energy and enhancing the know-how of masses on the vast impact of solar energy due to its cost-friendly and nature-friendly aspects.

The devices that are used in the MEV include Solar Photo Voltaic Battery Charger, Solar PV Water Pumping System, Bio Gas Plant, Bio Mass Gassifier, Windmill, Solar Drier, Solar Water Heating System, Solar Distil Water Plant, Solar Light, Domestic Home Light System (DHLS), Improved Chulhas (based on traditionally used fuel with fire wood with an enhanced version) and Solar Cooker.

Meanwhile, the IPO of APEDA, T Muri urged upon the people to come forward and make the use of renewable energy a habit, learning and acquiring knowledge on multiple benefits of using energy emanating from renewable sources like solar energy.

“By using renewable energy devices, you not only save energy but also curtail expenditure – in other words you earn while saving energy. The renewable energy sources are not only available in nature but also economically more viable. Once invest, you only tend to gain,” he observed.

Lamenting over poor response from people on renewable energy sector in areas like Tuting and Tawang, the IPO made an appeal to the masses to get sensitized on the issue citing with the more and more use of renewable energy, they simply stand to gain the ultimate benefits.

It requires here a mention that the APEDA conducted a similar awareness programme at Kaying in West Siang district during the celebration of Solung festival in September last.

Further, Muri informed that the MEV will be in display during the Si-Donyi festival in Upper Subansiri in coming January next year.


Take a lesson from NDA victory in Bihar: State BJP

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the victory of BJP-led NDA in Bihar Vidhan Sabha elections yesterday at its state headquarters.

The celebration started with cutting victory cake by former state BJP president, Kangir Jamoh. Large number of BJP leaders including state BJP Vice Presidents Padmeshwari Jamoh and Kabak Yabii, General Secretaries Tai Tagak and Dominic, State President, ST Morcha, Tadar Akap, state general secretary Mahil Morcha, Yayang Bengia besides other party functionaries and workers of various frontal wings  participated in the celebration.  

The rank and files of the state BJP unit conveyed its congratulation message to its Bihar pradesh counterpart, the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi for the victory and extended gratitude to people of Bihar for their conscience voting for VIKAS over BRASHTHACHAR which is seen path-breaking before the nation when the nation is reeling under the clouds of several lakhs of corruptions, scams etc. under the Congress led UPA government at the centre which prompted the Union government  to go for steep hikes in petrol prices that leads to skyrocketing market prices nation-wide and affects the survival of common man with the uncontrolled prices rise in the country in the recent years.

The mandate of the people for more vikas has left more challenging tasks ahead before the new NDA government in Bihar with the UPA government at the Centre, the BJP said.

The jubilant state BJP further said that change of regime could also bring change and new taste of governance in Arunachal Pradesh.  Given the opportunity to people to judge, the good governance could certainly be enhanced in single party ruled state like Arunachal Pradesh, the party said adding it is high time people of Arunachal Pradesh also move forward to give a break on corruption and scams in the state.


“National Integration Week” celebrated

BASAR, Nov 25: A day long programme was organized by ICAR, Arunachal Pradesh Centre and KVK, West Siang at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Basar to celebrate the National Integration Week (Quami Ekta Saptah).

The programme started with tree plantation followed by drawing competition among the students of different schools of Basar. A symposium on “Save Environment” and “Women Empowerment” was also conducted on the occasion.

As a Chairman of the symposium, Dr. Rupankar Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR, A.P. Centre, Basar, emphasized on adoption of modern eco-friendly agro techniques and stretched on women empowerment.  Dr. Sachin Shinde, ADC, Basar as a Chief Guest, highlighted the issues related to global warming and protection of environment.

K. Amudhavalli, Principal, VKV, Basar mentioned the importance of national integration and role of women in nation building in her speech. As a resource person, Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma, SMS, Horticulture; Dr. Moloy S. Baruah, SMS, Animal Science and  B. Saloi, Prog. Assistant  of KVK, West Siang highlighted on different issues on environment and women empowerment. Among the gathering, Principals, teachers  and  students of different schools officials of ICAR  and KVK and women representatives of various Farmers’ Club and Shelf Help Groups interacted during the programme. The programme concluded with distribution of prizes among the students.  


Subroto Cup

GHSS Ziro pip Sainik School Imphal 1-0

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Govt. Higher Secondary School, Ziro defeated Sainik School Imphal 1-0 in their opening match of the National Subroto Mukerjee Cup Football Tournament played at New Delhi today.

Nillo Jilley scored the lone goal in 62 minute which later turned out to be the match winner, according to a communique.

The Arunachal team will play their second match against Bangadeah at MWC Football Ground tomorrow 3:30 P. M.

According to team coach Pura Talo and manager Koj Tatung, the Ziro team has been undergoing training for a long time with the guidance of the Directorate of School Education (DSE). Further, the team has been provided ‘A’ class facility by the DSE for the first time in the history of Arunachal school games. The coach hoped that his team will perform upto the expectation of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the communique said.


Society calls for renovation of Capital parks

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Environment Protection Society of Arunachal Pradesh advocated for protection and renovation of the parks within capital complex.

The society in a letter to the State Chief Minister alleged that one children park at Ganga has been converted to commercial parking place and another park at Naharlagun was on the process to develop it to a commercial place. It said that such act on the part of department concerned has left no space for recreation for children as well as public of this twin capital towns. The society appealed to the chief minister to give necessary directives to the department concerned to stop such practice. It also urged the CM to issue necessary directives to the department concerned to maintain all the existing children parks in various districts properly and erect security fencing to prevent encroachment.

The Polo Park at Naharlagun, once considered to be the most beautiful parks in the state, has become an abandoned place due to lack of proper maintenance, the society rued, and appealed for face-lifting the park.

The society, meanwhile, expressed surprise over open selling of meat of wild animals, including birds in markets of capital towns. It said that most of the meat sellers were ignorant about Wildlife Protection Act and the punishment involved in it for the violators. "And majority of the customers of such meat were local officers," the society said quoting the meat sellers. It society blamed the slackness of the authority concerned to checking illegal hunting and killing of wild animals. It however, suggested for conducting awareness campaign at grassroot level to make public aware of the need to protect wildlife to maintain eco system.


Donyi Colony win U-19 Inter Club Ranking T20 Tournament

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Gollo Poul took four wicket to lead Donyi Colony Cricket Club (DCCC) to a thrilling 4 run victory over Eastern Region United Cricket Club, Tezu in a low-scoring final match in the U-19 Inter Club Ranking T20 Cricket Tournament played at Naharlagun Cricket ground today.

Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, the local outfit set a small target of 60 run before the Tezu club to win. Yari Amas top-scored with a patience 22 runs from 38 balls while Momar Ori contributed useful 17 run to his team’s total.

Chasing the target, Eastern Region United Cricket Club were bowled out for 56 run which was 4 run short of the target.Barring Jony Mai, who scored 26 runs, no other ERUCC players could make a good partnership to propel the team to victory. The team never really settled into partnership as wicket fell at regular interval and finally collapsed in the 20th over.

Momar Ori, Sams Alam and Duyu Hanya all from DCCC were adjudged the ‘Player of the Tournament,’ ‘Best Bowler’ and ‘Best Fielder’ of the tournament respectively. The ‘Best Batsman’ and ‘Best Wicketkeeper’ awards went to Brena Kri of ERUCC while Akhilesh Sahani was adjudged the "Emerging Player’ of the tournament.

The tournament was organized by Arunachal Cricket Association under the banner of Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI).


Training on Commodity Futures Market for officers of Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University Pasighat in collaboration with Forward Market Commissions, Ministry of Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distributions Government of India organised 2-days training on Commodity Futures Market for officers of Arunachal Pradesh on  Nov  25 and  26.

The training was attended by 33 officials from state department of agriculture, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), faculties of Rajiv Gandhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat and College of Horticulture & Forestry. The Forward Market Commission, Government of India was represented by the official of the Indian Commodity Exchange Ltd.   

Inaugurating the programme, Dr. B N Hazarika, incharge Dean stressed upon the development of Arunachal Pradesh through efficient production technology supported by better marketing mechanism.

The coordinator of the training Dr. B. R. Phukan expressed that the programme would generate awareness on commodity futures market in India, and also equips the officers of Arunachal Pradesh to educate farmers to take advantage of this market mechanism in future. Some commodities like ginger, turmeric, spices are potential crops of Arunachal Pradesh.

The programme focuses on existing Agricultural Marketing methods, Agricultural Marketing Risks, Commodity Market Mechanisms, Organisation of futures market, Operation of futures trading, use of futures market by farmers, Government Official etc.

Agricultural output marketing in India is characterized by high price variability. This affects negatively on farmers production decisions as well as farm profitability. Under this situation Commodity Futures Market offers immense opportunities to the farmers, agri-marketing companies, farmer’s cooperatives, marketing federations, processors, exporters in the area of prices discovery and management of the price risk which is inherent in the Agri. commodities.


BJYM accused Centre of maintaining double standard

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Expressing concern over China’s repeated claim over Arunachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha East Kameng unit flayed the Centre for maintaining double standard on the issue.

Speaking at a Sadak Sabha at Seppa organized as part of All India Yuva Morcha’s nationwide Arunachal and J&K bachao rally on November 23, BJYM state president Doni Nich spelt out the state Government’s mis-governance and the reasons for Arunachal’s under-development. He also emphasized the importance of handing over the on-going investigation on PDS scandal to CBI for impartial inquiry.

BJYM national executive member and Arunachal in-charge Navarun Medhi said that the State Chief Minister’s assertion for a corruption free state has been reduced to farce as his son is one of the accused in PDS scam. The Chief Minister should resign on moral ground respecting public sentiment and his responsibility, he added.

West Kameng BJP president Sambu Siongju attributed the rising law and order problems in the state to unemployment which is an off-shoot of the state govt’s wrong policy.

Earlier, a rally was taken out in Seppa township which was participated by State and district BJP and BJYM functionaries and they submitted a memorandum to the Governor through East Kameng deputy commissioner.

The West Kameng district unit of BJYM also organized J&K Bachao rally highlighting national and state issues, like PDS scam, law and order problems etc. and subsequently submitted a memorandum to the DC.


Communal harmony day celebrated at Tuting

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Communal Harmony Day was celebrated at Tuting on Nov 25 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The main event was organized at the Government Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Tuting. Apart from hundreds of school children large number of civil and government officials attended the function.

Highlighting the teachings of different religions in the form of short speeches the teachers and preachers of Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and  Doni Polo faiths professed that the aim of all religions is peace and  harmony. The Principal of the school, Lego told the children that they must respect the customs, beliefs  and  traditions of all faiths, religions and  tribes. The Additional DC, Tuting Sub Division H Matcha said that education is the best means of achieving communal harmony.

In his key note address as guest of honour  Col  M Pande, told the gathering that the world is in strife due to intolerance. In our country also, anti social elements exploit the lack of knowledge  and education to cause tensions  and disharmony. He said that Arunachal Pradesh is perhaps the only state where communal clashes have never taken place  and we should strive to maintain this tradition. He exhorted the youth to be proud Indians, and follow the religion of Nationalism.

The function culminated with a colourful cultural program put forth by the school children. Adi and Memba/Khamba dances enthralled the audience. This was followed by a unique display of football skills by two young boys of the school.






Governor for proper representation of Arunachalees

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Wg Cdr TP Shaji, CO, ASC, Guwahati, along with Wg Cdr Vivek Menon, EAC Observer and Wg Cdr K Tyagi, CO, ASC, Mumbai called on the Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan, here today. The Indian Air Force officials are here in the state capital for its recruitment rally specifically and exclusively for candidates from Arunachal Pradesh and for those who completed their matriculation for here.

Interacting with the Indian Air Force officials, Governor implored that since awareness about job avenues in Air Force has increased now, there shall be better response for the rally. Gen Singh, while stressed upon the need for proper representation of Arunahalees in the Indian Air Force, wished them best wishes and success in their noble effort of providing employment.

Sq Leader S Chakravarty, Central Airmen Selection Board was also present in the meeting. PRO to Governor.


Ekta week observed

CHANGLANG, Nov 25: The District Administration Changlang observed ‘Kaumi Ekta Week’  from Nov 19 to 25 November 2010 in a befitting manner.

In a function organized to commemorate the final day of the gala week, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao, in his message appealed all and sundry to grasp the significance of the celebration from the depth and work to uphold unity and integration of the nation. He informed that the celebration and delivering lecture would have no effect unless it is translated through action and deeds and feeling of oneness  and Indianness is encouraged.

Earlier, teachers from Green Lawn School, Principal and lecturer of DIET, Student from Town Middle School delivered speech on life of Indira Gandhi and significance of National Integration Day followed by the cultural programme performed by the tiny tots of Holy Rosery School.

The function was attended by all Heads of Office, Changlang, teachers and students from  in and around the Changlang township area. DIPRO


Awarness camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 25:   The youths of Wancho are organizing All Wancho Youth Awareness Camp from 5th to 10th January 2010. Various issues to be taken up during camp include career counselling, health awareness, anti-drug campaign. Also cultural programs, traditional games and sports, beauty contest and literary acitivities will be organized as part of awareness campaign.

Parliamentary secretary for urban development, Thanwang Wangham has consented to be chief guest for inaugural day.


NSS campaign programme

ITANAGAR, Nov 25:  NSS special camping programme of Dera Natung Government College was held on 24th November at government middle school, Poma. Program was conducted by NSS programme officers Joram Muthu and Agin Taboh. Around 60 volunteers participated in the programme along with teachers, students and publics of Poma village.

During the camping programme, volunteers constructed flood control wall along the approach road of village. They also planted 180 saplings of varieties like Bokul, Acacia and Amla. Red Ribbon Club of NSS conducted blood grouping for around 60 students of Poma Middle School.  


Society celebrates foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 25:  Kalom Ao Welfare Society organized 7th foundation day cum conference of All Kalom Clan Tirbin from 18th to 20th November at Tirbin. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Takar Marde attended conference as chief guest.

During the conference a volleyball tournament was organized which was won by Liba Youth team. Chief Guest gave away winner trophy. He also released a book titled “The art of writing an application (English to Galo dialect)” written by Pankgu Lombi.

Meanwhile Kala Lombi, Jumpek Lombi and Numi Lombi were selected as president, vice-president and general secretary of Kalom Ao Welfare Society.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Nov 25:  The believers of Pentecostal Christian Fellowship Church, Chimpu will organize a healing and deliverance crusade -2010 near Little Flower School, Chimpu  from Dec 9 to 11. Evan Fenny Stephan Samuel will be the main speaker.


‘Annya Nam’

ITANAGAR, Nov 25:  T.G. Tara’s 2nd Nyishi film “Annya Nam” will be released in a function at Nikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli on Nov 27. Local MLA Techi Kaso and Nabam Tadap would grace the ceremony as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. The film is produced by Techi Tadap in collaboration with Arunachal Artiste Forum (AAF).



ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The All Tai-Khampti Singpho Students Union appreciated the PHE Minister Chowna Mein, MLA Nang Sati Mein , various other organizations, public leaders and local administration for providing help to the violence-hit people of the area during the hours of need. Meanwhile the union appealed the Home Minister to provide security and safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of the state.


Proper compensation demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 25:  All Nyishi Youth Association Papum Pare Unit has written to Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare seeking proper compensation for public who will be affected by construction of Yupia to Potin trans-highway project. Association informed that many public have done private plantation without any help from department on their own. However they did not obtain document from forest department and therefore now authorities are depriving of their right to compensation.

ANYA Papum Pare unit has urged district administration to amicably sort out the problem and do not hurt the interest of local citizens. Further they have threatened to launch stir, if administration fails to resolve issue at an appropriate time.


AAPGLU’s appeal

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union has urged the concerned authorities to intimate any sort of facility meant for the benefit of labours to the Union so that benefit reach to the  each labour. The AAPGDLU is a Govt registered organization, the beneficial works meant for the Govt departmental labours should not be allotted to any other NGOs or Union, it said.


Plea to Govt

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The All Arunachal Youth Association has urged the State govt to pressurize the Central Govt for early granting of scheduled tribe status to the Yobins (Lisus) in Vijaynagar area of Changlang district who are residing there since post-Independence era. The Association said the Yobins were enjoying the ST status since 1956. But their named did not figure in the electoral roll of 1980 and they lost their constitutional status as citizen of India. The Govt should do the needful for immediate restoration of constitutional status of the community, it said.


Belliappa honoured

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Prof. K.C. Belliappa, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh was honoured for his outstanding contribution to education at the 18th Business School Affaire and Dewang Mehta Business School Awards ceremony held at Taj Lands End at Mumbai yesterday evening.


Dabi visits Army recruitment rally

PASIGHAT, Nov 25: The Home Minister Tako Dabi along with the Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang visited the army recruitment rally being conducted by the ARO Jorhat at the general ground Pasighat yesterday.

While interacting with army officials Dabi appreciated the free and fair recruitment process and expressed hoped that many Arunachalees would get chance to serve the nation.

To boost up the moral of the participants the minister advised the participants to keep themselves mentally and physically fit for the future recruitments and disclosed that recruitment of 4th IRBn would be conducted soon in the state. DIPRO


‘Arrest miscreant’

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Sango Lomte Foundation has condemned the burning of car of Arunachal Law Student’s Union General Secretary Kipa Kanam by unknown miscreants. Foundation has urged government to immediately arrest the culprit so that genuine student activists like Kanam do not discouraged.


Kudos to Dugi

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization has lauded Rokom Dugi for winning two Gold medals in the recently held 7th International Wado Kai Karate Championship at Kolkata.

Rakom won two gold, one each in individual kata black belt open senior category and Boys 51 to 55 kg senior category.

The organization appealed to the Government to encourage the karateka for further success in future.


State Govt refutes allegations, rules out illegal coal mining

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The coal mining activity in Namchik Open Cast Coal Mine at Kharsang is going on as per the mining plan approved by the Union Ministry of Coal in 2003, said Finance Minister Setong Sena while reacting to a report of electronic media alleging illegal coal mining operation.

Refuting the charges leveled by NETV in its recent report, Sena ruled out illegal coal mining and said that state government is closely monitoring any illegal mining activities and there is no record of illegal mining in the state. He further clarified that all statutory clearances like pollution control board clearance, forest clearance and environmental clearance were obtained from the state and central governments before starting the mining operation.

Addressing the media persons here today, Sena said Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development and Trading Corporation Ltd (APMDTCL), a fully government owned undertaking, is operating the Namchik Open Coal Mine at Kharsang through the contractor M/s National Mining Company Ltd, Tinsukia, Assam. The contractor was awarded the work on the basis of open tender system, he further informed and said that the company is paying regular revenue to the government.

He also informed that APMDTCL has deposited Rs. 4.78 crore as royalty to the state government, Rs 48.11 lakhs cess to the government of India besides the Corporation is depositing central sales tax and education cess regularly to the government.

The APMDTCL has also paid penal compensatory afforestation of Rs 11.48 lakhs, compensatory afforestation of Rs 19.14 lakhs and Net Present Value (NPV) of Rs 1.36 crores to the Ministry of Environment and Forest Government of India.

The minister further informed that the APMDTCL is paying regular salary and all other dues to its employees without receiving any grant-in-aid from the state Govt. The proposed State Govt’s new mining policy  will incorporate the corporate social responsibility which will benefit the people, the minister informed adding that Arunachal Pradesh Rehabilitation and resettlement Policy will be implemented in any mining projects.

Regarding alleged health problem of the local people due to air pollution from open coal mining, the minister clarified that the local people are benefited from the company as company has set up a medical dispensary with ambulance facilities and also providing jobs to the educated youth of the area besides other benefits. Regarding alleged involvement of  Guwahati based businessman Ratan Sharma in illegal coal mining, the minister refuted the charges saying the state Govt has nothing to do with  the businessman.  It may be mentioned here that on November 24 the NETV reports alleged that ‘a circle of businessmen aided and abetted by some powerful politicians of the state has been making money by unabated striking of coal, posing serious threat to the state and its people which resulted in rampant plundering of natural resources and it also a big blow to the state exchequer’.

The reports further said that the open striking of coal at Namchik has been posing a serious threat to the people living in this entire area for decades and a section of local people in Longtam I and Longtam II falls ill because of air pollution from open coal mining.


Governor, CM stress on better road connectivity

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Good roads are required not only for defense purposes but for bringing up the quality of life and socio-economic development of the people in remote areas, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, when Border Road Organization Director General Lt Gen S Ravi called on him at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar this evening.  

While emphasizing on expediting of the road projects under Border Road Organization, Governor called for proper drainage system along the roads they build. Approaching in a planned manner is reguired, he added.

Taking up the case of Anini road with the BRO chief, Gen Singh pointed that the people of the area relay on the road link, but most of the time it is not maintained. We have to get it through and maintain properly so that people of the area do not suffer, he stressed.

BRO DG Lt Gen S Ravi, while assuring to look in to the areas the Governor mentioned said, this year cases of cloud blast have been recorded at many places and which created obstructions in meeting the targets. It was like Hobson’s choice, either to meet the target or maintain the roads. BRO chief, who was earlier posted as Chief Engineer in Eastern Command assured to look into Anini case on priority.

On the road project, Director General informed that unlike broadening of road by ten meters through out the country, in Arunachal Pradesh it is twelve meters. It is the reason why it is taking extra time. Any way, all projects will be completed in time frame, he added. PRO to Governor

Earlier this afternoon, Director General of Border Roads Organization, General S Ravi Shankar along with Commander BRTF, Chief Engineer Project Arunank and two other officers of BRO  who called on the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

During the meeting  the DGBR put forward proposals on various road infrastructure developments in the state and the problems faced by the organization while construction of those roads.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu urged the DGBR not to compromise with the quality of materials used for construction of road and emphasized for regularly paying of cess to the government exchequer.  

Lamenting over the poor maintenance of BRTF Roads, Khandu strongly reiterated the need of better and all weather connectivity to various parts of the state from strategic as well as socio-economic development point of view. The Chief Minister suggested for introducing incentives for its labourers. He also emphasized for setting up of elementary education facilities for the children of BRO labourers which in turn would also benefit the local populace in the vicinity of the BRO establishments.

The DGBR assured to take up the matter in right perspective.

With regard to procurement of essential commodities for the labourers, Khandu was of the view that the BRO should take up the matter with the Ministry of Food & Civil Supplies, Govt. of India so that these items are made available to the poor labourers at subsidized rates.

While dwelling on employment to local youths, the chief minister exhorted for engagement of local qualified youths in various technical and non technical sectors of the BRO.

Chief Minister, however, assured all possible assistance from the state government’s end to the BRO.

The meeting was also attended by Health Minister Tana Byaling and Planning Secretary Ankur Garg. PRO to CM.


Siram calls for adequate & timely supply of text book

New Delhi, Nov 25: Education Minister Bosiram Siram has stressed on the need of adequate and timely supply of text books, settling up SCERT in Arunachal Pradesh.

The minister while participating in the 48th General Council meeting of NCERT at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today expressed his concern, unacceptability as well as hardship due to frequent changes of NCERT based text books.

Siram also called for inclusion of local chapter in national school curriculum, up-to-date training to key resource persons regarding curriculum, examination reform, CCE implementation, teachers training, special package for the untrained teachers and opening of more IGNOU study centre in the state.

The Minister  was accompanied by T. Taloh, Director School Education and D.K. Chaturvedi OSD (Edn).

As a member of general council, NCERT the minister also highlighted the educational scenario of Arunachal Pradesh and focused on the multi-pronged strategies for all round developmental of the state in the education sector such as enactment of Arunachal Pradesh Education Act, project for construction of the teacher quarters, recruitment of senior and junior teachers through APCS and monitor able parameter under RTE.

While speaking in general council meeting he expressed his gratitude towards constant support of central government to the state in effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes, functioning of NIT, Polytechnic college, establishment of Law college and commissioning of EDUSAT project in the state.

Later, on behalf of the  Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Siram invited Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for HRD to visit Tawang. Sibal has agreed for visit Tawang in December, according to an official release.


APPSC awareness campaign at JNC

PASIGHAT, Nov 25: An awareness campaign on Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) was organized at Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat yesterday. Addressing the gathering APPSC member Jathi Pulu elaborated about the essence of the commission and it’s functioning, free and fair conduct of competitive exams and its evaluation techniques.

However, due to lack of awareness, many misconceptions are prevailing in the minds of the aspiring candidates on the functioning and status of commission, he said and added that the commission has taken the issue very seriously and determined to minimize the misconceptions into zero level by launching awareness campaigns in the state.

Responding to all queries of the faculties and students, he cleared many doubts and misconceptions regarding conduct of exams and recruitments.

Earlier, the DC Panyang said that instead of criticizing the commission or the government, candidates must try to rectify their odds and added that a person can not criticize the recruitment processes who is even incompetent to fill-up the application form properly.

The Principal Tayek Talom and Coordinator Dr. Tasi Taloh also spoke on the occasion and gave their suggestion. DIPRO


Hard work & positive thinking key to success: Swati Sharma

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Swati Sharma, Special Secretary, Finance, while interacting with the  aspirants of Civil Services Prelims-2011 at Civil Services Coaching and Career Counselling Cell of Dera Natung Government College Itanagar said that  hard work, regularity, constant practice and above all the positive thinking with firm determination are key to success in civil services examination.

On the occasion, she inspired the aspirants with several motivational exhortations and practical tips besides effectively addressing the various queries, confusions and doubts of the aspirants.

More than 70 aspirants participated the interaction.

It is worth mentioning here that UGC-aided Intensive Free Coaching Programme has been going on in the library Hall of Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar in full swing since 1st  November. The absolutely free coaching is held every day without any break even on Sunday from 2.pm to 3.pm.


Hard work only mantra for all round development: CM

Chalo Loku celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: “Hard work and accountability is the only mantra to ensure all round development of the state” asserted state chief minister Dorjee Khandu while attending the famous Chalo Loku festival of Noctes of Tirap district at Khonsa today. Emphasizing the significance of local festivals in tribal society, Khandu highlighted the benevolence of nature towards the mankind. “Through such festivals we appease the nature goddess to bless us with bumper harvest, good health, prosperity and peace on the earth”, Khandu added. He urged the people to maintain continuity of the festival in order to preserve it from the present trend of modernization.

While categorically exhorting the youths to join the mainland by giving away social evils like drug addiction, anti social activities, Khandu disclosed about the rehabilitation packages for such youths and appealed them to avail the benefit.

The chief minister assured to provide fund for construction of a new circuit house at Khonsa. He committed this while responding to the public memorandum submitted by the all the elected representatives of Tirap on the occasion.

“With immense hydro power potential in the state, if only half the total potential is being harnessed, it will herald an era of prosperity in the state”, Khandu advocated. He stated that the dams will not only control the trend of flood during monsoon seasons which is a regular feature in the state, it would provide basic infrastructures for the affected people besides providing free power to the villagers. He further briefed the gathering about the State’s Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy 2008 giving wide ranging benefits to the affected families and local communities. These benefits are much wider and liberal and pro-people than those laid down in National Rehabilitation and Re-settlement Policy 2008, Khandu further added.

Dwelling in length on the PMs package, the Chief Minister confidently said that every penny of the development fund would be utilized judiciously. He cautioned the executing agencies that if any mis-appropriation of fund is being reported then appropriate action would be initiated against them. He disclosed about the third party monitoring being introduced for ensuring cent percent implementation by maintaining complete transparency.

He appealed the government employees to cooperate with state government, which had implemented the 6th CPC despite severe financial constraint. He made it very clear that there had been no fund released from the centre to implement the 6th CPC recommendation. Despite all odds his government was the first one to implement the pay recommendation in the entire north east region, Khandu said.  “Development funds are pouring in but proper and judicious execution of works is the need of hour”, Khandu said while appealing the local legislators to ensure that all projects are implemented in letter and spirit so that the fruits of development reach the needy.

Earlier, in his welcome address State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong highlighted the importance of the festival. He briefed about the customs and rituals being carried out during the three days long festival.

Colourful cultural show by various cultural troupes from Tirap district were other highlights of the day.

Finance Minister Setong Sena, Legislators, Kamthok Lowang, Yumsem Matey, CM’ s Advisor Lobsang Phuntsok former Minister T L Raj Kumar, Thajom Aboh among others were present on the occasion. PRO to CM

Chalo Loku - one of the important festivals of Nocte community was also celebrated with  traditional gaiety and religious fervor at Tirap-Changlang festival ground, Senki View, Itanagar today.

The chief guest of the celebration function, MLA Techi Kaso stressed on maintaining peace and brotherhood among the different communities. Every one should respect the traditional faith and believe of each other community, he said.    

Cultural group from Honkang village of Tirap district presented beautiful traditional dance on the occasion.

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