November - 27


Scrap mega dam projects

Dear Editor,

The Jayprakash Company is the modern day Ravan and its byproduct would surely be a monster. We the Adi people are the Hanuman's army who will destroy the modern Ravan. Dorjee Khandu and Co. should have understood the sentiments of the Adi people and should have first discussed the local people where the mega dam is supposed to be constructed. Confident building measures (CBM) and consent of the local people should be the first step and priority.

I vividly remember what our honourable Chief Minister said" where there is public protest against the so-called mega dams, I will call off the project". I request our Chief Minister to stick to his words and commitment. Majority of people are against the Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project. Scrap this mega dam project from our Adi land.

India is not a communist country but is a democratic country where, by the people, of the people and for the people stands. Now it seems, it is by the Jayprakash Company, of the Jayprakash Company and for the Jayprakash Company.


Bangkut perme



APPSC awareness campaign a good initiative

Dear Editor,

Awareness campaign on Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) being organized at different educational institute is indeed a very good initiative by the present APPSC team. In fact many of the doubt regarding its functioning, free and fair conduct of competitive exams and its evaluation techniques could be cleared to the students by organizing such awareness campaign. Most of the time due to lack of awareness and misconceptions the aspiring candidates resort unnecessary allegations on the commission. The reputation of APPSC gets worse because of the alleged incompetent. Also in the past corruption charges have been labeled against APPSC by citizens. However the present team seems to competent enough and determine to bring some changes in the commission which is a good step, not only for our young aspirant but also for state. At the same time I would like to pray and appealed that they should not succumb to political pressure and money power which may be ready some where to demoralize the clean mind and full energy of present team of commission. Good job, keep it up.


Concern citizen.






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First light vehicle to reach Vijayanagar by January 2011

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: With the dedicated effort of the State Government and Public Works department in particular, the one of the most remote administrative centre of the state, Vijaynagar will be connected by road by the end of January 2011.

In spite of the severe resource constraints, the State Govt. has already provided funds to the extent of Rs. 8.25 crores for the construction of this important road. This had demonstrated the firm commitment of the state Govt. towards the welfare of the people, said a release issued by PWD department.  The PWD department is sure that the first light vehicle would reach Vijayanagar by the end of January 2011.

The release further said that concrete steps will be taken to make it a single-lane black topped all-weather road (except the portion through wildlife sanctuary). However, as the requirement of funds for a black-topped all-weather road is substantially very high, the same cannot be managed out of State Govt’s own resources. The Govt. has taken up a strong case with the Planning Commission for sanctioning of these funds and a detailed presentation has already been given on the same by the Planning Secretary. This important road is also a part of the project –‘Connecting 22 unconnected Administrative Centers by Road’ for which the State Govt. is actively pursuing with the Central Govt. and also with the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the release said.

The construction of a jeepable, fair-weather road is only a first step towards improving the living condition of our brethren living in this remote part of the country. The road would be motorable, except in very severe monsoons. Once this black- top road is through, there will be all-weather connectivity, the release added.

The Department is also working on the up-gradation of ALG at Vijayanagr, which once through, will ensure regular AN32 flights to this Circle HQ, which had to be abandoned once the landing strip went out of use.  The release further said that Indian Air Force provided helicopter support for airlifting heavy machinery till Vijaynagar so that work on the road could be simultaneously started from that side as well.

The PWD Department is going all-out on a war footing for this important project, the release said and called upon the people of all section of the society to supplement the efforts of the PWD in providing road connectivity at the earliest.

Completing 157 km of road within a period of about three months requires more than 1.5 km of road cutting daily. This is by no means, a significant achievement, even when compared with national standards, the release said.


AAPSU seeks Govt intervention to solve numerous problems of Anini people

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union (AAPSU) has lambasted state government for their failure to solve emerging humanitarian crisis being faced by the people of Anini town.

In a press statement AAPSU President Takam Tatung while sympathizing with people of Anini has questioned the poor response of state government towards this crisis. “It was around April that Anini got disconnected with rest of world due to washing away of roads caused by heavy rain. It’s going to be almost 8 months but authorities have not been able to restore road connectivity. It’s a shame for Arunachal government,”  said AAPSU President Takam Tatung.   

According to various reports there is total breakdown of communication and people of Anini town are living a miserable life. “Why is our government neglecting people of Anini? Are they not Arunachalee citizens? There is no mobile network and prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed. Anini has gone back to 19th century and for this state government is to be blamed,” said Takam Tatung. He urged government of Arunachal Pradesh to make immediate intervention before situation goes out of control. Tatung also took exception to irregular chopper service to Anini town. “Chopper service to Anini is very erratic. Most of the time choppers are being diverted for VIP service. This is very bad and is slap on the face of Anini citizen,” stated Takam Tatung.  He also said that at a time when government of Arunachal is trying to promote tourism,  the places like Anini with amazing tourism potential are facing so much of trouble.  

 Questioning the role of Border Road Organization (BRO), Tatung said that BRO have failed to restore road connectivity to Anini. He also urged eastern parliamentary MP Ninong Ering to take up the matter with central ministers so that Anini people get rid of all the pain.


ALSU takes out rally, demands arrest of miscreants

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU), in a memorandum to the State Home Minister yesterday, demanded arrest of the culprits involved in the burning down of the car of its general secretary without further delay.

ALSU criticized the Home Department for failing to nab the culprits even after more than 15 days of the incident which occurred in the wee hours of November nine.

While expressing serious concern over ‘backdoor’ appointment in various departments against various posts, especially in Tax and Excise Department, the memorandum demanded immediate cancellation of all illegally appointed Inspectors in Tax and Excise department and termination of those officers involved in the illegal appointments.

Earlier, ALSU took out a  rally and staged a dharna in front of the HM’s official residence in protest against inability of Govt machineries to nab the culprits involved in the car burning incident  even after expiry of its ultimatum served to the Home Department. Meanwhile, ALSU decided to go for its second phase of the democratic movement in the form of Capital Bandh call on December seven if demands are not met.


ACDSU demands compensation to miningaffected people, NCP seeks white paper

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: All Changlang District Students’ Union (ACDSU) today said that the mining company at Kharsang is carrying out the mining work recklessly without following central mining guidelines. The Company is also not providing essential requirements to the affected people as per the Memorandum of Agreement, the union said in a release today.

The union demanded the government to look into the grievances of the mining affected people and also demanded the company to provide the basic and essential facilities and sufficient compensation to the affected people at the earliest. It threatens to launch democratic movement if their demands are not fulfilled.

It claimed that as per MoA, the locals people of the affected area should be given the facilities of better education, rehabilitation package, employment opportunities, business opportunities, drinking water facilities, good road condition, compensation on crops and cropland damages, medical facilities and afforestation. But the company could not fulfill the above agreements despite several grievances submitted to the company by the affected locals, the union said.

It further claimed that the National Mining Company Private Ltd, Kharsang is engaging labours at  ‘cheap salaries’ and forcing them to perform 12-hr duty per day without paying bonus and proper medical facilities.

The Union further said that villagers are being supplied polluted water from nearby polluted river water for household and domestic purposes which is a major threat to the health problems of the people.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Unit Vice President Kahfa Bengia urged the state government to issue white paper on the entire mining issue.

The party also asked the state government to explain the ‘CAG reports pointing undue financial benefits extended to a lessee namely M/s National Mining Company Ltd, Tinsukia by incorporating lower rate of royalty in the agreement resulting in short realization of royalty to the state exchequer’ and  further loss of crores of amount though leviable but not levied for delay payment of royalty.

Kahfa further urged the government to furnish detail records of good works done by the Private Company as part of corporate social responsibility to the locals of the Kharsang area including the land compensation to the land owners of the Namchik area.


Raise age limit for civil service aspirants: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has appealed the state Govt to raise the upper age limit of APPSCCE aspirants from the existing 28 years to 35 years without relaxation and to 40 years with relaxation in case of ST candidates.

The union also demanded that the Govt should enhance the age of superannuation of Govt employees from existing 58 years to 60 years.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the AAPSU said since the 40/60 recruitment model roster has been modified in 2000 making it to 80/20, the 28 years upper age limit should also be scrapped as it has become obsolete.

AAPSU said that pressing need of modification of age limit for civil services combined competitive examination was being felt badly in a tribal state like Arunachal Pradesh where the level of literacy, employment and development is very low as compared to other states.

Moreover, keeping in view of the State Development Index, which was lagging far behind in literacy, development and employment, the upper age limit very much matters in regard to  employment of the tribal people, the memorandum said, while pleading that the upper age limit for APPSCCCE should be 35 years without relaxation in line with Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttrakhand and Northeastern states of Tripura (37) and Assam’s 38.

While citing the prescribed retirement age on superannuation at 60 years for all govt servants as per Swamy’s Handbook 2011, the union also urged the state Govt to consider the  enhancement of superannuation age in an expeditious manner.


Multi Media campaign on HIV/AIDS in East Kameng  

Red Ribbon contest superstar  rocks Seppa

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Seppa leg of Red Ribbon Superstar contest of Multimedia Campaign on HIV/AIDS was kicked off  by Dy. Commissioner, Seppa, Tope Bam amidst jammed packed crowd at Abotani Manch, Seppa.

Speaking on the occasion, the Dy. Commissioner appreciated the novel idea of creating awareness through a musical programme which attracts more youth crowd. He also asked the people of Seppa especially the youth to arm themselves with the proper knowledge of HIV/AIDS to prevent themselves from the disease.

While asking the people present in the show to take the message of HIV/AIDS further to the general population, he stressed that a chain of message should be created to halt the further spread of the disease.  Suptt. of Police, East Kameng, Kime Aya, while attending the programme as the Guest of Honour said that youth being the backbone of a nation should shoulder the responsibility of creating awareness of HIV/AIDS should that our people remain safe from this disease.

Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, in his introductory remark on MMC said that there was tremendous response from youths for Red Ribbon Superstar competition to generate awareness on HIV/AIDS in all the venues conducted in various districts of Arunachal Pradesh so far.

While alerting the people of East Kameng not to remain complacent thinking that there is no HIV/AIDS cases in East Kameng, he said that officially, East Kameng has recorded 3 HIV cases which could be just tip of the ice berg. Urging the youth to volunteer themselves for the cause of HIV/AIDS, he also asked people not to stigmatised the people living with HIV/AIDS.

DMO, Dr. T. Gongo also spoke on the occasion.

In the East Kameng leg of Red Ribbon superstar contest, ‘Rock Band’, ‘Margin of Error’, emerged as the winner of the contest while the ‘Dark Weather’ came second followed by ‘Thy Hell’ band which came third. Altogather 5 Rock Band registered for East Kameng district.


Airmen recruitment rally begins at RG Stadium

NAHARLAGUN,  Nov 26: Airmen recruitment rally for unmarried male candidates from Arunachal Pradesh started today at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.

Around 70 candidates from almost all the districts enrolled their names of which 14 candidates qualify for the Group X (Technical Trade) category and rest are in Group Y (Non Technical) category,  informed, Wing Commander T P Shaji Commanding Officer, Airmen Recruitment Centre, Guwahati.

It is to be mentioned here that recruitment in two categories, technical and non-technical posts for 10+2 pass candidates for domiciles of the state,  was conducted by a team of Ari Force Selection Committee comprising 30 officers and staff on the spot.

Candidates with minimum 50% marks and with Maths, Physics, and English, and diploma holders with minimum physical height of 152.5cm would be eligible for Technical categories while for non-technical categories 10+2 pass candidates with same physical standards and with any subjects can appear the test. Evaluation of marks and physical tests would be performed during the course, the Wing Commander informed.

According to Shahji, the list of selected candidates would be published in All India Select List by January 2011, and accordingly they would be enrolled as per availability of posts. DIPR


Farmers training on “Broiler poultry farming and conservation of fish and aquatic resources”

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: In one of the technology out-reach programme in Papum-Pare district, altogether 50 farmers of Laptap  and Balapu area were trained on ‘Broiler poultry farming and Conservation of fish and aquatic resources’ by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) , Papum-Pare on  Nov 24 and 25 respectively.

The trainees were mostly the members of Farmers club and the selected beneficiaries of the on-going TDF Project as well as other farmers of the locality. The courses on broiler farming include brooding management, grower management including health and preventive care. The farmers were also demonstrated about the construction of broiler grower and brooding unit by Dr. Pranjal Borah (SMS, Animal Science) and Dr. N. Gama (Farm Manager).

Vivekanand Safi (SMS, Fisheries) has delivered the lecture on conservation of fish and aquatic resources. The detrimental effect of bombing, poisoning, electrification etc were discussed and he demonstrated various methods of fishing which can in long run conserve our indigenous fish species. Dr. Gama further explained the need of wildlife conservation in the area. He stated that the fauna species (Hornbill, Deer, clouded Leopard etc) which are seen very frequently in the area has vanished and we are still continuing destroying their living home (forest). This will lead to detrimental ecological imbalance and our future generation will have to face the nature’s fury. The new and old generations are urged during the training to educate other villagers also to save the Mother Nature.

Dr. Taba Heli. (PC) explained the farmers regarding the role of KVKs in technology transfer and reaching the un-reached area which were lagging behind in different aspects of modern agriculture and allied practices.


IGNOU’S MED workshop concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The 7 days practical based workshop for M.Ed. course was concluded today.

During the valedictory function, the chairperson of the occasion Dr. S. J. Neethirajan asked the trainees to educate the student to become the instruments to develop an integrated nation out of our diversities. The teacher shows the national responsibility by shaping the minds of younger generation.

The teacher should develop a scientific and humanistic attitude and temper, self-discipline, concern for other people, and environmental awareness and concern to save a firm connection that democracy thinks on tolerance and firm commitment to the service of the nation.

It is the duty of the teacher to instill into the students mind, our ancient cultural spirit of tolerance amidst different new points and opinions. Our next generation India will be formed on the basis of what we teach today to our students in the classroom. Hence they must be taught in such a way that they may inculcate the sense of loyalty and responsibility. The education which is offered at the classroom should instill the capacity to discriminate between the good and bad and the courage to reject what is bad, irrelevant and weakening. Teachers must help the students to identify and retain the versatile elements of the society and pass on them to the next generation.

This is to stress the facts that the teacher plays a very valuable part in the changing times we are in. This responsibility is just too great to be ignored. The teaching profession is considered to be one of the noblest in the world.  It takes great responsibility, dedication, patience and commitment to be a teacher. “Teachers are the basic links between the present and future”

The coordinator Dr. Reena Tok and the programme incharge D.S.S. Latha also encouraged the trainee to put into practice what they have learnt here.


Pangkeng gets drinking water supply and middle school

AALO, Nov 26 : The Rumgong constituency MLA Tamiyo Taga inaugurated a 36, 300 litres capacity drinking water supply scheme and a Middle School at Pangkeng village amid cheer and applause on Nov 25. The big water supply scheme was executed by PHE department. The project have features including slow sand filtration and clear water reservoir that caters the need of 150 household in the village.

Inaugurating the two schemes, Taga said that the need based developments works have been drawn comprehensively for his constituency which are being implemented in time. The VKV school at Jomlo Mobuk is under active consideration by VKV authorities but land notification forwarded by administration is pending at Itanagar for the last one year, he said while responding to peoples’ aspiration to have a VKV to remove educational backwardness of the area.

He urged the youth force, students and teachers to move forward with determination. He also exhorted the students to excel in different parameters to be become self-dependent in future. He assured to  extend cooperation in  construction of a Donyi Polo Gangi at Pankeng at an estimated cost of Rs. 10 lakh and also to clear approach road up to paddy fields for the convenience of villagers.

The Rumgong ADC Obang Dai urged people, Govt. servants and PR leaders to cooperate the administration. Tabong Mibang and Ex V.P. Taje Komut stressed on imbibing learning spirit among the students as the education is the only panacea to all ills in the society. The ZPM, Opung Jereng, Tagom Tabi, ASM Chairperson, Tapang Mize, Tayor Ketan Secretary Donyi Polo and Tapun Tair also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Induction training for community mobilisers and data assistants under NRHM

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A day-long Induction Training for State/District Community Mobilizer and Data Assistant under NRHM for ASHA Resource Centre (ARC) was organized by the A.P. State Health Society, at ATI Naharlagun  today.

The training was attended by all the newly selected candidates for state/District Community Mobiliser and Data Assistant, senior officers and staffs of the Mission Directorate.

The Resource persons for the Induction Training were Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM) and Sh. Ram Badan Dubey, Consultant, Community Mobiliser, RRC.

The resource person Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM) with the help of slides briefed the participants mainly on the role of ASHAs as a link worker between the community and the health service providers and also the role of ANM as a facilitator of ASHA. The participants  were also briefed on the role and importance of Rogi Kalyan Samiti, Village Health Sanitation Committee , Village Health Nutrition Day and the Janani Suraksha Yojana scheme.

Another resource person, Ram Badan Dubey asked the participants to make sure to collect the datas, analyse it and then transfer it to the state co-ordination cell for maintaining proper record. He further, highlighted the role of State Programme Management Support Unit (SPMSU), State Health Society and  District Health Society and all the other linkages of the health department as a whole.


8 days multidisciplinary training to Farmers Club

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Horticulture is a major component in the agriculture scenario of Arunachal Pradesh. Despite of the abundance of suitable land for cultivation of horticultural crops, the production quantum from the area is not upto the mark due to lack of technological knowledge of the farmers. Keeping this in view the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang district along with College of Horticulture and Forestry with financial support from NABARD conducted 8 –days training programme on “Production Technology of Horticultural Crops” for 20 rural youth of Techno Farmers club from Tirap district and some other participants from Pasighat on Nov  19 to 26.

The Subject Matter Specialists of the KVK and faculties from different departments of the institute gave hands on training in different aspects of horticulture such as Nursery Raining Techniques and Management of Vegetable and Fruits Crops, Insect Pest Management of Vegetable and Fruits Crops, Mushroom Cultivation, Cultivation Techniques of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants and its uses, Processing of Fruits, Edible wild plant of Arunachal Pradesh, Vegetable seed production, Oil palm cultivation, Pathouli cultivation and Vegetables and Technology of Fish Production and Management.

In the valedictory function the chief coordinator of the Techno Farmers Club Wangfyak Wangsu expressed his gratitude to the Kendra  for imparting such type of multi disciplinary training programme and expecting more exposure in future also.


AIPU demands transfer to reduce corruption   

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union has appealed the State Governor and Chief Minister to issue sanction order of transfer of all the officers who have already completed three years or more in a place to check corruptions for greater interest of the common public.

It also requested various commercial banks in the state capital to open more ATM centers in the capital city as well as district headquarters for the convenience of common public besides providing more employment opportunities to the indigenous unemployed youths of state.

Meanwhile, expressing concern over rampant selling of tobacco and gutka products in the market, the Union appealed the district administration to take immediate steps to seize and destroy the items and  impose penalty against shopkeepers dealing on tobacco products.


Cataract operation camp at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Lohit Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma inaugurated the “Cataract Operation Camp” at Tezu. The week-long camp is being launched by “District Blindness Control Society” from Nov 22.

DMO, Lohit Dr. N. Ninu in her key note address informed a total  of  28  cataract cases has been detected  during the screening test from Nov 22 to 25 at District Hospital and    now the detected eye patients  will undergo operation from Nov 26 to 28.

She further informed that in the current year the DBCS has trained 139 teaches in this regard and 1594 students were screened. Out of which 107 students have been found with Refractive error; 12 have been provided with glasses free of cost; 12 students have undertaken cataract operation and one had a pterygium correction.

Speaking on the occasion, Lohit DC cum Chairman, DBCS, R.K. Sharma, lauded the medical department and committed all possible help in such endeavors. He also instructed the medical department to make a baseline data for all the villages with the help of AASHA and Aganwadi workers, so that exact number of people with blindness and eye problems can be ascertained and thereby operations can be conducted to attain cent percent eradication of blindness in the district. DIPRO


SLSSC team visit West Kameng

BOMDILA, Nov 26:  State Level Scheme Screening Committee chairman Er Tagong Ketan, Chief Engineer, PHE & WS and  Scientist cum State Unit Officer Amlanjyoti Kar conducted two-day tour to West Kameng district on Nov 23 and 24 and assessed the ground reality on the proposed water supply schemes whose per capita costs have been estimated beyond the prescribed limit.

Er. Ketan visited Sachida, Tenga and Chander villages along with the  officers of PHE &WS division Bomdila.  Taking into account, the ground realities, Er. Ketan directed for certain modifications in the paper works.

Impressed over the arrangements made for lifting the supply system at Chander village which is located above 10,000 ft from the mean sea level, Scientist Amlanjyoti, who is also the member of the Central Ground Water Board, offered few tips for further improvisation in order to make the system fool-proof. DIPRO






Workshop on banking career

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Career Guidance and Counselling Cell, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat will organize a UGC-sponsored workshop on “Banking and Civil Services as the Hot Careers” on Nov 29  & 30. Eminent personalities from Banking and Civil Services are being inducted to render their goods for the broader benefit of the students of the college. The workshop aims at providing the students with the positive feedback to pursue their careers in Banking as well as Civil Services.


LCDF reiterates

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Lohit Changlang Development Forum (LCDF) has appealed the state Govt to consider issue of PRCs to the non-APSTs residing permanently in Lohit and Changlang at an early date.

LCDF claimed that the Chief Minister had given verbal assurance to the agitating forum at Mahadevpur Airfield in presence of the Home Minister to resolve the PRC issue within a month on Oct 25. Forum said that following the assurance, it had suspended its agitation programme temporarily.

It is pertaining mention here that the state Govt had considered issue of Permanent Residential Certificate to those non-APST in the two districts but  revoked the decision later due to pressure from student community.


One-day orientation programme

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: One day orientation programme for PRIs, ASHAs, ANM, GNM, AWD, CHWs under the RCH-I programme was conducted at PHC Taraso recently.

The programme was conducted by SHEEP Society under the aegis of Nani Sala Foundation, Naharlagun, sponsored by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the Society Tania Tering highlighted on mother and child health. He appealed all the gathering to cooperate with the NGO for implementation of the RCH phase-II Programme.

Vijay Yumnam attended the programme as Resource person.

Meanwhile, ZPM Nabam Eka appreciated the NGO for conducting the programme and assured to cooperate with the concerned NGO.


ACA selected 15-member squad

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) has announced a 15-member squad for “Under-22 Associate and Affiliate Member Tournament” beginning at Chhattisgarh from December One. The players selected on the basis of performance in the just concluded Inter Club Ranking T20 Tournament are Tana Begi, Tana Radh, CRY Cricket Club, Sams Alam, Momar Ori, Nyato Koyu, Donyi Colony Cricket Club, Suhel Hussain, Toko Robin, United Cricket Club, Brena Kri, Rangminso Awailiang, Eastern Region United, Ashlam Hussain, Sandeep Thakur, Nirjuli Market Welfare Cricket Committee, Joram Richo, Neelam Obi, Ziro-II Cricket Club, Tabom Ngomle, Jaryir Cricket Club ‘Hime’, Yito Riba, Deccan Youth Cricket Club.


Ori AO Foundation Day

AALO, Nov 26 : The Ori Ao Foundation Day will be celebrated on Dec 15 in a befitting manner.


Bagra cautions against double enrollment of voters

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Divisional Commissioner East, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Tape Bagra, cum Electoral Roll Observer for Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley districts is on a tour of these two districts. He was accompanied by DC cum DEO, EROs and AEROs of the district during his tour.

Addressing  the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) and other election functionaries in a meeting at the  DC’s conference hall at Tezu yesterday, Bagra  stressed the need of cent percent enrollment of electors in voters list. He said that efforts should be made to ensure that no individual is left out or barred from exercising his/her right to franchise which is a fundamental right of every citizen. He also called for cautious steps against double enrollment, which otherwise, misleads and causes a contradiction. DIPRO


Ete joins NCP

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Former advisor to Chief Minister and District Congress President West Siang District Ege Ete joined Nationalist Congress Party.

Meanwhile, NCP State Vice President Kahfa Bengia expressed hope that the joining of Ete will go a long way in strengthening the party activities in the state and West Siang District in particular.



ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Lenbai Hangkar and Yangfo Lokap have been selected as President and General Secretary of C-Sector Youth Association, Naharlagun recently.


Law students demand action against miscreants

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Arunachalee law students of various legal forums including Arunachal Law Academy, other NE states and Pune in a joint meeting held here today  formed a committee, titled, Joint Action Committee (JAC) with Techi Polo Tara, chief advisor of Arunachal Legal Forum of Pune, as its chairman.

Meanwhile, JAC strongly condemned the recent burning down of a car of ALSU general secretary Kipa Kanam. Demanding resignation of Home Minister for alleged failure of authorities to nab the miscreants involved in car burning, JAC  decided to fight unitedly till justice is done to ALSU general secretary and also urged the miscreants not to resort to such unlawful activities in future.

However, the Committee said that the decision to defer the conference cum election by invoking article 8 (b) of ALSU Constitution is against the interest of the union.


NNA to celebrate its 4th foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Nyishi Nyem Acham is going to celebrate its 4th foundation day on 5th December at Millennium Hall, Doimukh.

Parliamentary Secy, Industry, Nabum Rebia and Yupia DC Pigu Ligu have consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

On the day, Boa Rina Tok, Assistant Prof., RGU, and Tadar Mepung, Vice Chairperson of SCW, Itanagar will deliver lecture on the “Role & Importance of Education for Women” and “Domestic Violence Act 2005.” Also, senior Nyishi women would be participating in the programme from 8 am to 2 pm.


IMWA  bans  forceful donation, gambling

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has banned all kinds of forceful donation, selling of calenders, gambling like Housie, Lottery etc, within its jurisdiction and violators would be punished as per law, it cautioned.


NCP lauds Govt  for relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Pradesh unit expressed gratitude to the State Government for granting Rs 10 lakh to the fire victims of Nari Market of East Siang district, who had lost their houses and properties in the fire accident which broke out on November 6 last.


Tawang monastery at mercy of nature

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Famous Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery founded in the year 1680-81 is at the mercy of nature. The monastery which stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and gradual slope on the east, witnesses a massive landslide around it for last few days.

It has indeed become a major concern for the monks and local Denizens of Tawang as the nature is showing its wrath and the people there are mute spectators. In order to take first hand stock of the situation Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu visited the landslide spot at Tawang today.

On his visit Khandu expressed concern over the damage and urged the district administration and the works department to put their men and machine in service to contain more damage in the site. He further consoled the people that he would take up the matter with the Centre to bring out some tangible step to stop the disaster.  

The landslide which has already damaged the plantation around the monastery has now engulfed some electrical post also. It is surprising to note that such landslides which is usually seen during monsoon seasons has occurred in the winter (dry) season and that too not because of rain or cloud burst.

The way the damages are on in the site, there is nothing much to do in such situation. The mud from the landslide is mixing with the Tawang-Chu river making dirty and unhealthy for drinking. It may be mentioned that many villages in the vicinity are dependent on Tawangchu river for their livelihood.

Tawang monastery is the largest of its kind in the country and is one of the largest monasteries in Asia. Though it has the capacity for housing about seven hundred monks, the actual number of resident Lamas (monks) at present is a little more than 450. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the people of this region. This monastery is also capable of attracting tourist from worldwide in huge numbers.

Immediate steps need to be taken up to control the devastation in order to save the majestic Gaden Namgyal Lhatse. PRO to CM


GSU &WSDSU to launch mass agitation against PDS accused in Galo areas

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Galo Students Union (GSU) and West Siang District Student Union (WSDSU) have decided to launch democratic movement across West Siang district and Galo dominated areas in general against PDS accused of Galo inhibited areas. Both the union had served 30 days ultimatum, which expired today, to state government to act against PDS accused belonging to Galo community but government did not pay heed to their demands, it said.

In a joint press statement signed by GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia and WSDSU President Karyom Loyi, they have expressed anger against authorities for not initiating any action against PDS accused. “Through West Siang district deputy commissioner we had submitted memorandum seeking action against tainted firms and PDS accused belonging to Galo inhabited areas within 30 days. But government did not take any action against them. We are left with no option but to launch mass agitation against state government for not meeting our demands,” said  Pakmik Taipodia. He further added, “As part of our agitation on 13th December we are going to observe first phase of 12-hour bandh in West Siang district and in Galo dominated areas in general. It will be followed by second and third phase of bandh call.”

 It is to be recalled here that last month GSU and WSDSUalong with various student bodies and civil societies had organized protest rally at Aalo town against PDS accused belonging to Galo inhabited area, in which more than seven thousand people participated. They had submitted a four-point memorandum for immediate action. Their demands included immediate blacklisting of all firms and contractors allegedly involve in PDS scam belonging from Galo inhabited areas and termination of contract works issued to these tainted contractors. They had also demanded immediate arrest and detention of contractors/firms and officials involved in PDS scam.

Further they had sought handing over of the case to CBI for impartial investigation. GSU and WSDSUhad also asked authorities to take immediate action against those officials allegedly involved in transporting PDS food grains by using RX Yamaha bike bearing registration No. AR-08- 2699.

 Meanwhile, both the unions questioned why SIC arrested former chief minister Gegong Apang only and spared other accused. “Around 7 thousand people rallied at Aalo demanding action against PDS accused. Can’t the SIC hear the pain of poor Arunachalees, who want action against those people who snatched away food meant for poor and needy. We also want to know where SIC chief MS Chauhan has gone hiding. He acted like messiah by arresting Gegong Apang but suddenly disappeared. People of Arunachal want to know why Chauhan has vanished,” stated the two unions.


Netajis of Arunachal on foreign tour

Tuki refutes allegation

ITANAGAR, Nov 26:  At a time when state of Arunachal Pradesh is facing innumerable problems, netajis (read MLA’s and ministers) are embarking on foreign tour to five south-east Asian countries. Though problems like PDS and alleged mining scam, PRC imbroglio, unemployment and corruption are making life miserable for ordinary citizens but nothing seems to be bothering elected representatives. Starting tonight, they are set to tour Japan, South Korea, Hongkong, Singapore and Thailand.

Meanwhile reacting to the news broadcasted by Guwahati based NE TV alleging that tour is being borne by government exchequer, APCC president Nabam Tuki has thrashed this allegation.

In a press statement he said, allegation made by NE TV is baseless.  It is personal and private study tour and the trip is self-financed and there is no any financial involvement either from the State Exchequer or financed by any businessmen, company or organization, Tuki stated. Further it has been informed that group of legislators are not only from the Congress but also from other political parties such as PPA, NCP, BJP and TMC.

“The legislators are mostly newly elected and interested to gain first hand knowledge in tourism, infrastructure development and individual exposure and to understand how the ancient cultural heritages are being preserved and promoted in those countries by different ethnic groups,” stated APCC President.

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