Governor envisages a corruption free Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Corruption is becoming a serious challenge for all of us, said Governor
(Retd) J J Singh while addressing the legislators on the second day of 5th Legislative
“I share the feeling of well-meaning citizens when they express pained concern about
the decline of morals and ethics in public life” he said.
He said that government will tackle the menace of corruption and it will be addressed
seriously. Every step will be taken to strengthen the people’s trust. Responsive
and transparent administration, autonomy to investigating agencies and system-wise
augmentation of efficiency will be the order of the day. The days are not very far,
with transparency in the departments, the Right to information and conscious desire
of Arunachalees, corruption, irregularity, red tapism and partiality, will be wiped
out, he said.
Terming the legislators as core members of Team Arunachal, he said “as the first
citizen of the state, I firmly believe that each and every Arunachalee at this juncture
wants a stable and performing government, and it is the responsibility of each of
us to ensure that we perform, and we come upto the expectations of our people”.
‘People First’ government will continue to accord the highest priorities to ensure
maintenance of peace and tranquility in the State; to free the State from social
injustice, ill health and inequality and promote education especially amongst the
women and the girl child, he said.
“As peace is a pre-requisite for development, my government is maintaining utmost
vigil on law and order. Along with modernization, focus is on strategies, strengthening
deployment and on basic amenities to our brave personnel. My government will continue
to be on high alert in effected areas and will ensure that our youth, our future
are not allowed to go astray”.
As peace is a pre-requisite for development, political stability is of paramount
importance for proper administration and implementation of developmental projects,
One of the thrust areas of the government is education, which is a vital component
for the development of every society. Attaching utmost importance to it and in order
to ensure proper implementation of various programmes, the State government is weighing
on the concept of communitization, he said. He advocated the sustained income generating
activities for the common masses especially the youth and women even as the major
projects make inroad in the state.
Meanwhile, Committee on Public Accounts, Committee on Estimates and Committee on
Public Undertakings have been adopted in the assembly and election/ selection of
the members will be held on last day of assembly session.
AAPSU protest at Chinese embassy, taken into custody
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (A.A.P.S.U) in continuing
with its protest against the Chinese claim over the state of Arunachal Pradesh today
demonstrated in front of the Chinese embassy.
Five members of the Union were taken into custody at Chanakyapuri police station
and held up for four (4) hours as they tried to break into the embassy premises.
Along with others, General Secretary Tujum Poym, vice president Nabam Tamar and spokesperson
Tobom Dai, along with General Secretary Rajiv Gandhi Students Union Lingdum Taha,
General Secretary All Tirap Students’ Union Noksa Saham were arrested. They were
later released on personal bonds.
Some 200 students from different universities and colleges of the national capital
took part at the protest rally.
Its President Takam Tatung while addressing the press persons at press club of India
Raisina Road New Delhi told that the people of the state particularly the youths
completely reject the Chinese claim and term it as just the figment of the Chinese
leadership lustful thinking.
Tatung also attributed the Chinese claim to abject underdevelopment prevailing in
the strategic located border state, which needs special attention from the central
The union while stepping up its protest a notch higher shall organize a candle light
march at Jawaharlal Nehru University (J.N.U) campus tomorrow. They are likely to
be joined by students from different countries of the world.
Lowandong elected Speaker with Taloh as deputy
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Congress candidates Wanglin Lowangdong and Tapang Taloh were today
elected to the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Lowangdong and Taloh, elected to the assembly for second time, were declared elected
Thanking all the members of the house for their unconditional support extended to
him for the coveted post, Lowangdong assured to uphold dignity of the house and sought
cooperation from all in delivering impartial duty in conduct of business in the house.
Deputy Speaker, Tapang Taloh while thanking the members assured to perform his duty
Setong Sena, the outgoing Speaker was the first one to speak. Soft spoken and credited
as one of the best speakers state has seen, Sena expressed the hope that the new
Speaker would ensure a vibrant assembly with important questions and discussion.
The Speaker is the judge and guardian to ensure that it does, he said.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who along with representatives of all the parties
escorted the new incumbents to their chairs, expressed the hope that Speaker and
his deputy would take the house forward.
Laeta Umbrey of AITC suggested that sessions be prolonged to facilitate members to
discuss issues at a length. He felt that sessions are of very short duration, which
leaves little scope for covering all issues pertaining to the state.
Minister Tako Dabi expressed the hope that members would put more effort to take
part in the proceedings of the house.
Markio Tado of PPA asked the Speaker to ensure that members irrespective of party
lines get chance express themselves.
The house witnessed some tensed moments when Rajesh Tacho, a former deputy speaker
recalled instances when party in power put pressure to bar some members from speaking.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said that those days of dictations are over and that
his government will never put any pressure on the chair of the speaker and deputy.
Former Speakers Chowna Mein and Tamiyo Taga and former Deputy Speakers C.C Singpho,
Rajesh Tacho and Takar Marde with Minister Bosiram Siram besides legislators Ralom
Borang, Nabam Rebia, Tapen Siga, Bamang Felix, Dr Tangor Tapak, Tani Loffa were among
those who spoke.
“When you entered the house, I was on leave” Tamiyo Taga (BJP) to the Speaker.
We should debate development politics, not party politics: Ralom Borang (NCP)
Opposition parties are mirror of govt!: CC Singpho (INC)
None of words were expunged: Bosiram Siram, one of the most vocal legislators while
recalling his last tenure.
Your role is like the headmaster of a School: Nabum Rebia.
How many best friends Tapang Taloh has: a journo after a member proclaimed himself
as Taloh’s best friend.
RTI in Tawang
TAWANG, Nov 4: A two-day sensitization training programme on the Right to Information
Act, 2005 for the Panchayat Leaders of Tawang and Kitpi CD Block was organized
at Zomkhang ,Tawang on October 29 and 30 last. The programme was sponsored by
the Administrative Training Institute, Govt. of Arunachal ,Naharlagun and conducted
by the District Administration, Tawang informs an official report.
Speaking on the inaugural session, Chairperson Zilla Parishad Tsering Lhamu, stated
that the Right to Information is a fundamental right for every citizen of the country
and the legislation has empowered citizen to know about the transparency and accountability
in the Govt. Offices.
The Course Director, Dr. Dilip Kumar Chutia, EAC cum APIO explained the objectives
of the training and highlighted in brief the link of the right to information with
the Constitution of India and requested the PRI members to be transparent in their
public affairs as the Panchayat Raj Institutions are also under the purview of the
said Act and anyone can file application. As many 21 PRI members and some Govt. Officers/officials
participated the training.
Scholar for development to match with China
ITANAGAR, Oct 04: As a part of the weekly talk series, a lecture was organized in
the Rajiv Gandhi University campus on Nov 4 on the topic “Understanding China: Redefining
Sino- India relation” by Dr. Alka Acharya from the School of International studies,
J.N.U, New Delhi. The talk was followed by a panel discussion on “Indo-China relations”.
In her deliverance Dr. Alka Acharya observed that the power race or supremacy in
Asia is the points of conflict between two Asian giants. The good relationship between
India and China would benefit mutually and not the War like that of the year
-1962, should be the focus point, she said.
Emphasising on the food and energy security to match with China in terms of growth
she further said that the strategic partnership is the need of the hour to bring
people to people contact between the two Asian giants. If any grudge, it should be
compromise through dialogue.
China has built the infrastructure along side the border, which should be the eye
opener for the Indian side, she pointed out.
Chinese has criticised the spiritual leader His Holiness Dalai Lama for the uprising
in Tibet against their administration in that autonomous region, which may be another
reason for anger against India.
The talk was followed by panel discussion which was participated by the various political
parties and other academicians.
Dr. Ashan Riddi, Associate Prof. Dept. of History and General Secretary, P P A opined
that the Arunachal Pradesh was neither the part of India, nor the part of China but
was historically an Independent land by itself.
While mentioning the on-going demonstration being staged by AAPSU in New Delhi
in protest against China’s claim over Arunachal’s teritorry NESO secretary general
Gumjum Haider appealed the media fraternity to disseminate good ideas to the common
The govt. of India should involve the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh in the
dialogue process with China for larger interest, said BJP spokesperson cum general
secretary Tai Tagak.
Stressing the need of the political consciences, Tagak also advocated for a state
level coordination committee on the issue.
Taking the discussion into a new dimension, former minister T L Rajkumar pointed
out the visa controversy with Arunachalees while visiting a neighbouring country.
No history or folk lore tell that the state was a part of China, he asserted.
Arunachal Citizen Rights chairman Bamang Anthony also spoke on the occasion. The
Event was organized by DSW, Dr. Nani Bath and the panel discussion was moderated
by Prof. P.K. Panigrahi, Dept. of Political Science. Rajiv Gandhi University lecturers
and the students also attended the programme. (Reported by the mass communication
Students serve ultimatum to DC
ANINI, Nov 4: Students Union of Government Higher Secondary School, Anini has served
20 (twenty) days ultimatum to the district Authority to address the shortage of subjects
teachers and posting of a regular principal, while threatening to close down academic
sessions of schools including all the commercial institutions in Dibang Valley district.
Student body’s General Secretary, Gukhu Mega in his ultimatum submitted to Deputy
Commissioner, Anini alleged that no concrete steps were taken till today despite
repeated appeal made to the higher authorities.
He also alleged that those reliever teachers who were posted to Anini are camping
at Lower Dibang Valley district without reporting to their original place of postings.
Castigating the lackadaisical attitude of concern authority, G S, Mega disclosed
that the Government Higher Secondary School, Anini has been functioning without a
regular Principal for last many years and facing shortage of subject teachers particularly
for English, Science and mathematics that had badly hit the academic sessions as
a result students are not doing well in board exams. (DIPRO)
Art of Living to hold free Yoga camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The Art of Living has started a free yoga camp for the benefit of
the people of Itanagar. The one-hour session is being held every morning from 6 am
at the Art of Living Centre in H Sector, Itanagar.
Every morning, trained instructors of the Art of Living teach basic yoga, pranayama
and meditation along with tips on healthy and stress-free living. The camp is open
to everybody and anybody can walk-in any day to get a deep experience of the serene
world of pranayama, yoga and meditation. Easy-to-practice techniques that are suitable
for the modern day life and ideal for beginners and advanced practitioners alike
are taught every day.
Rishab gets national scholarship
ITANAGAR, Nov 04: Risabh Dagra a class IX students of KV No-I, Naharlagun has been
awarded national scholarship by National Council of Educational Research and Training
(NCERT), under the ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
The scholar ship will be given to him up to the PhD level education.
Meanwhile, the Staff and students of KV No –I congratulated Risabh on his success.
Rector Major of Don Bosco Society in north east
Itanagar, Nov 4: The Rector Major of the Don Bosco International Society has arrived
in Dimapur on a weeklong tour of India and the North East. Civil and religious
heads at Dimapur airport received very Rev. Fr. Pascual Chavez SDB., this afternoon
amidst the cheers and applause of crowds of young people from the various Don Bosco
institutions of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Chavez who is the Executive head of the Don Bosco International Society guides and
directs Don Bosco institutions in 122 countries the world over.
During his visit to Dimapur and Guwahati he will meet hosts of young people from
the various North Eastern states and be the Chief Guest at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations
of St. Anthony’s College Shillong. He will also dedicate the Basilica of Don Bosco
at Cherapunjee and lay the foundation stone of Don Bosco University at Guwahati.
The Rector Major will also interact with the members of the newly formed Don Bosco
Alumni, Itanagar at Don Bosco Provincial Headquarters at Dimapur on 6th November.
Vigilance Awareness Week
ITANAGAR, Nov 3: NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar observes Vigilance
Awareness Week from 03-07 November 2009. The objective of observing Vigilance Week
is to remind oneself of maintaining probity in public life, creation of awareness
among the employees about transparency, accountability, fair play , objectivity and
need for timely response in official dealings. Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay, General Manager,
NABARD Arunachal RO, administered pledges to the employees in Itanagar on the occasion
and exhorted them for maintaining the highest level of probity, transparency, accountability
and responsiveness in performing their responsibilities for fulfilling the organization’s
mission of promoting sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural prosperity.
Association express hope
ITANAGAR, Nov 04: All Sawa Youth Welfare Association expressed the hope that change
in leadership at 9 Chayang Tajo Assembly Constituency would bring developmental activities
in the constituency including shifting of Sawa HQ to its original proposed site.
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Laa Talar of Arunachal Pradesh is participating in the 34th Junior
National Badminton Championship which began at Mundya, Bangalore on November one.
He is taking part in both boys singles and doubles under 19 category.
Earlier, Talar and his doubles partner M Sai Tanuj reached quarterfinal in All India
Sub-junior Ranking competition held in Jaipur in October while Jokom Ribya won silver
medal in doubles and reached quarterfinal in singles event in the competition.
Biodiversity conservation through community based natural resource management
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The first piglet distribution programme among beneficiaries of GOI-UNDPCCF-II
Project entitled “Biodiversity conservation through community based natural resource
management in Arunachal Pradesh “, which is being implemented by GB Pant Institute
of Himalayan Environment and Development, North East Unit, Itanagar was held yesterday,
at Ziro Valley.
The project is being implemented at Tawang-West Kameng Biosphere Reserve (proposed)
and at Apatani plateau, which is proposed for World Heritage Site.
Inaugurating the programme, attended by 100 participants that include villagers,
government officials and others, Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri district
Sadhana Deori said that the project has befitting objectives to conserve the rich
biodiversity of the Ziro valley. She appealed to all the members of VBCCs and villagers
to heartily participate in the project and ensure complete fulfillment of its objectives,
therefore, conserving biodiversity. Sixty piglets were distributed among beneficiaries
identified by the Village Biodiversity Conservation Councils constituted under this
project in project villages.
Appraising the participants of the programme about the objectives of the project
the Scientist Incharge of the Institute, Dr. P.K. Samal said that biodiversity conservation
approaches do not work in isolation of traditional communities inhabiting along the
forest fringes. Keeping this in view, the Institute has evolved an integrated approach
in order to conserve the rich biodiversity of the state through community participation.
He reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is India's biological frontier; arguably the
biologically richest region in the country. Located in the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity
hotspot and recently designated as a globally important endemic bird area, it is
one among the 200 globally important eco-regions. The state harbours more than 23.5%
of flowering plants reported in Indian sub-continent, i.e., about 5000 plant species
that include 500 spp. of medicinal plants. However, in the recent past under various
factors including population pressure, the rich biodiversity of the state is threatened.
In order to arrest this problem and conserve the state’s rich biodiversity, the Institute
through this project is trying to address critical issues like hunting, shifting
cultivation, alternative livelihood and community wellbeing. Under development of
alternative livelihood options, the Institute has been promoting piggery, pisciculture,
large scale cultivation of Medicinal and aromatic plants and horticultural crops.
Rubu Buker, Chairperson, Nature Care and Disaster Management Society, Ziro informed
the participants that NCADMS is a Partner organization in the implementation of this
project. The society is working in collaboration with GB Pant institute in fulfilling
the project objectives.
Mihin Dollo, the Project Manager, UNDP Project, while thanking the participants urged
them to fully cooperate in this noble cause of environmental conservation.
Mehra take charge as GM
ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Rajeev N. Mehra has assumed charge as General Manager, Network-I
of State Bank of India, North Eastern Circle on Oct 26 . The Network covers the States
of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
An M.Sc. from the University of Delhi and an MBA (Marketing and Advertising) from
FMS, University of Delhi, Mehra joined State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer
in 1977 and has served the Bank in several important capacities in India and abroad
which includes an assignment at the Bank’s London Office and as DGM, Industrial Finance
Branch, Indore and DGM, Overseas Branch, Mumbai. He was also instrumental in creation
of Mid-Corporate Group of the Bank while he was DGM, Mid-Corporate Group, Corporate
Prior to assuming charge as the General Manager, Network-I, Mehra was serving as
the General Manager, Network-II in the N.E. Circle covering the States of Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura.
Review meet on CSS
Changlang, Nov 4: A review meeting among the District Level Monitoring Committee
on Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) was held here at Changlang today under the Chairmanship
of Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Changlang.
The meeting was attended by 21 members including the ZPMs, Administrative Officers,
EEs & AEs of different working Departments of Changlang district.
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman District Level Monitoring Committee, Changlang Dr
S B Deepak Kumar, informed the house that the meeting amongst the committee should
have been convened in every three months on CSS but due to the Assembly Election
held recently, the same could not be followed at time. He urged upon the PR leaders
to keep vigil and monitor the project works in theie area properly to ensure the
completion of work on time.
While responding to a point raised by Zilla Parisad Chairperson J Jugli, he ensured
that a copy of works undertaken under CSS would be provided to all the ZPMs, department
wise, ten days before the fixation of the date of meeting.
J Jugli stressed that a copy with detailed list of all the work undertaken must be
provided to all the ZPMs prior to the meeting so as to enable them to take active
role in implementation and also appraise the shortcomings in such meeting.
The working departments presented the progress, status, etc of the works implemented
by them under Centrally Sponsored Scheme under NLCPR, SPA, ACA, NEC, RIDF, PM’s Package
& PMGSY. (DIPRO)
Yeshi Tsering appointed Principal Secretary to CM
NAHARLAGUN: Yeshi Tsering, IAS has been appointed as the Principal Secretary to
the Chief Minister with additional charges of PWD, UD, Geology & Mining and Social
Welfare until further orders.
Tsering shall also continue to hold the charge of the Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal
Commissioners Otem Dai, and M. Pertin and Secretary Bandhana Deori stand relieved
from the charges of the departments of PWD, Geology & Mining, Social Welfare and
UD, according to an official order. (DIPR)
DC declares Bandh illegal
ITANAGAR: District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex Padmini Singla declared the
proposed Bandh call given by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and Arunachal
Law Students’ Union (ALSU) on November 6 as unlawful and illegal.
She further urged AAPSU and ALSU to abstain from any act that may affect right, liberty,
safety and security of common citizen.
Church constructs teachers’ quarters
ITANAGAR: The members from different sect of churches recently conducted social service
at government middle school Tani Happa under Bokoriang-II panchayat of Sagalee circle.
Social service was organized by Techi Papa, headmaster in charge of school. As part
of the social service work, four OBT teachers quarter were constructed and extension
of two classrooms was carried out. The school authority has thanked all the members
of church for their contribution and look forward for more co-operations from them
in the near future.
ATA attends meet at Mumbai
ITANAGAR: Recently general council meeting of All India Federation of Teachers Organizations
was held at Mumbai. In the meeting Arunachal Teachers Associations was represented
by president of associations Likha Vidha, Secretary General Jumnee Rina and the convener.
During the meet, a presentation on topic “Exemption of teachers from non-teaching
duties including elections” was made and participants extensively debated about topic.
The association decided to take up this issue with authority throughout the country,
as they believe students study should not be sacrificed in the name of upholding