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Sonia concerned at well-being of PDS in Arunachal: AICC.

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern over the well-being of the economically weaker section of people and wished that the Public Distribution System (PDS) be implemented properly in interior and rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh. This was disclosed by the Union  Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs and All India Congress Committee general secretary V Narayanaswamy  in a  hurriedly called press meet today.

Ahead of the proposed visit of the AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi  to the state Capital, Narayanswamy informed that priority would be given in effective public distribution system and state Govt would endeavour its best to get the required ration items from the Centre and concerned sources on time  with the liaisoning of the Member of Parliaments.  Education, health, infrastructure and other social sectors would also be taken up for speedy development on priority basis, he asserted.

The people of the state have reposed faith in the Congress and in Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and APCC president Nabam Tuki.  Now Congress will prove itself  and implement all the welfare schemes as promised in the manifesto, the AICC leader said.

Regarding Rahul Gandhi’s visit, Narayanswamy  said that Rahul would address a victory rally at I G Park at the request of APCC and Chief Minister.

However, it was also desire of Rahul Gandhi to address the people  of the state  as he could not make it to state Capital earlier, the Congress leader added.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu informed that Rahul Gandhi will be here especially to extend thanks to the people for reposing faith on us.

Assuring full implementation of the election promises, Khandu said, ‘we will implement the Prime Minister’s development package in toto and fulfill the people’s aspiration while implementing the PDS.

However, both the Chief Minister and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki, who was present in the press meet took the opportunity to appeal the people of the state to attend the thanks giving ceremony  at  I G Park  which would be addressed by Rahul Gandhi.

Clarifying on the membership drive being taken up by the NSUI in the state, MP  Takam Sanjoy  said, the students who believe in Congress ideology can enroll their names as NSUI member. Apex students bodies should not interfere in the affairs of the Congress party, he said.

National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) national president Hibie Eden also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the   activities of the NSUI in state and other parts of the country.

Among others, AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna was present.


Elaborate security measures for Rahul Gandhi’s visit

ITANAGAR,  Nov 22: The Arunachal Pradesh government has made an elaborate security arrangement in view of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to the state tomorrow. Altogether six companies of security forces, including state police, Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and CRPF, have been deployed in the entire capital complex.

The Lok Sabha MP is scheduled to participate in the valedictory function of the inter-state Youth festival at Rajiv Gandhi University at Doimukh.

He would also address the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) executive meeting at Rajiv Bhawan besides addressing the Congress party victory rally at Indira Gandhi Park here.

Capital Complex Superintendent of Police (SP) Hibu Tamang informed that the twin capital cities have been divided into six zones which would be headed by an officer of the SP rank.

''All the zones have been divided into 19 sectors which will be looked after by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) or inspectors,'' he disclosed, adding separate contingency plans have also been prepared for all the sensitive areas.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Tashi Lama informed that all the check gates have been sensitized and security apparatus have been beefed up to check all the hotels in the capital complex.

''We have requested the army for area dominations in and around Itanagar and Doimukh,'' he added. UNI


Cooperative call for redressal of grievances

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Various cooperative societies in the state today urged the Cooperation Minister Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary Secretary Cooperation Nido Pavitra for immediate redressal of their grievances.

The Registrar, Department of Cooperation, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank, Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Cooperative Federation and Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Union, in a joint press statement,

said that although there were numerous problems that have hit the cooperative societies, blockage of HTS bill of LAMPs for years and loan defaulters of Apex Bank were the serious problems being faced by the cooperatives.

They also stressed the need of department expansion and enhancement of work force in cooperation department.

Considering the major role being played by the cooperative societies in implementing central and state sponsored poverty alleviation programmes by taking up various schemes like distribution of PDS, implementation of Krishan Credit and agri and agri-based schemes in the state, the state government under the leadership of Dorjee Khandu would look into the grievances of cooperatives societies for their rapid development and full growth, they hoped.


AAPSU oppose NSUI recruitment drive

Itanagar, Nov 22: Ahead of AICC general secretary, Rahul Gandhi’s much awaited trip tomorrow, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) has staunchly opposed the NSUIs recruitment drive.

The AAPSU president Takam Tatung today said that NSUIs drive to “lure away students to join its fold would be opposed  tooth and nail”. Tatung though clarified that AAPSU do not oppose Rahuls trip but if it is intended to recruit students to NSUI camp, AAPSU will never allow it to happen.

We have nothing against Rahul Gandhi though as a patriotic Indian and Arunachalee we feel that Rahul instead of  maintaining muted silence over Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh should have stood beside us, the union said.

Where was NSUI when AAPSU staged protest in front of Chinese Embassy at New Delhi in protest against China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh?, he asked.

He further alleged that every time North eastern girls are molested at New Delhi or a boy is ragged at university campus, NSUI never bothered to come in support of students of North east.

It said that NSUI despite winning election with active support from North East students have never extended its hand when students from the region are in need.


SEFTI study tour concludes

Itanagar, Nov 22: The State Environment & Forestry Training Institute, Nagaland, Dimapur has conducted six days study tour to Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

The 32nd batch of Forest Guards Trainees have visited among others Biological Park and State Forest Research Institute in Itanagar, Bambusetum in Chessa, Apatani Bamboo Plantations & Pine regeneration in Ziro, Orchid Research Centre in Tipi, Ranganadi Hydro power project in Yazali.

In a communiqué issued by the SEFTI, Director Imtiwabang, expressed profound gratitude to officials of Arunachal Forest Department.


Why writing for media is still charming

Gyati Kacho

BOMDILA, Nov 22: It has been quite sometime since I left journalism having qualified in the last state civil services examination. I decided to join the same as advised by most friends and relatives.

While recollecting my media stints at Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh, it however seems my penchant and passion for journalism is still alive and kicking just as tea continue to intoxicate its drinkers. Perhaps the hangover of hard journalism lessons learnt at The Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi which chaffed me out as one amongst 100 serious journalists from the over 8,000 aspiring journalists of the country in 1999, could be an underlying factor.

 Leaving aside the story of my associations with media at the national capital, when I look back and recollect some of my significant news coverages of my home state that contributed directly or indirectly towards the cause of happiness and success to my fellow brothers, three news reportings are dear to my heart.

The first news coverage was on Tapi Mra, the first Everester of our state. The innocent but enthusiastic climber had met me at Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi during 2005 after his conquest of K2 peak in Nepal. He had a fiery ambition to conquest Mt. Everest but was penniless and directionless having exhausted his meager funds at Nepal. Besides breaking his achievement story in national and local dailies, I was instrumental in getting him contacted to the then Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju and Papum Pare MLA Kipa Babu, who helped him in his further endeavors to conquest the highest peak of the world. Later, state Governor J.J Singh did the honours to felicitate him upon achievement of his coveted goal.    

The second social effect was when my writing and legal advice to a contractor whom I would not like to name here, helped him win a multi-crore tender package. The gentleman had been generous enough to ask me if I wanted a piece of his contract, which I politely refused.

The third and the most recent news coverage that has brought smiles to my face is titled ‘Good Deeds Never Go Unrewarded’ as published in 17th edition of this month’s Arunachal Front newspaper which reported rewarding of bravehearts Ipi Basar and Tashi Khandu by the state chief minister during the National Press Day Celebration. The firing incident at Itanagar bound Night Super Bus from Bomdila at Bhalukphong, wherein the brave driver Tashi Khandu managed to maneuver the bullet punctured bus and drive the 30 passengers to safety despite the shower of bullets by waiting terrorists had been reported by me.  

On other side of the coin, the sad part of my stint in journalism was the short teaching experience at Mass Communication Department of the Rajiv Gandhi University where I had taught as a guest faculty member for two years during 2005-06. Besides the paltry remuneration paid by the University, I found enthusiasm and passion lacking among the aspiring journalism students. But of late I am getting to hear that bright students are joining the stream which is good news for Arunachal media.

For democracy to thrive in any nation, it is pertinent that media play its vocal, vibrant and proactive role as its fourth pillar. Empowerment of media and freedom of expression is the key to that. For that to happen in Arunachal Pradesh, it is not only duty of the state Govt. to play its role as the benefactor, but people as a whole has to be sympathetic and supportive to the cause of media. Investments by like minded individuals/businessmen in media related industries as in other parts of the country, better working conditions, pay packages and social security to journalists could be some of the solutions in strengthening Arunachal media and make it run from its present limping position.                  

 (The author is an ADI at DIC, Bomdila and can be contacted at gyati@ rediffmail.com. or 9436221598)


Catholics take out Eucharistic Procession

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Catholic Churches of the Itanagar, Naharlagun, Gohpur, Chimpu, Bath, Nyokum Lapang, Nirjuli, Banderdewa and Domukh jointly took out its Annual Eucharistic Procession here today. 5000 catholic believers, including Bishop of Itanagar Rt. Rev. John Thomas and members from other churches joined the procession.

During the Holy Mass at Nyokum Lapang, the Bishop of Itanagar quoting the words of Jesus said Catholics should be agents of change in the society.  “You must accept Jesus as your King and follow the primary rule of His Kingdom: Love one another as I have loved you.”  

Earlier, Chief Coordinator of the Procession Taw Tebin encouraged all to participate in procession and prayer.

The congregation prayed for wellbeing of all national and state leaders and a special prayers was also offered for Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu under whose guidance the state need to stand up to national and international standards.


CoSAAP, ATA bereaved

BOMDILA, Nov 22: The West Kameng unit of Confederation of Service Holder’s Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has mourned the sad and untimely demise of Choijan Bapu, general secretary of West Kameng CoSAAP unit, who died last night at 6 mile near Bomdila at around 11 pm at a car accident while returning from Nafra. The heavy and dense fog is suspected to be the cause of the death. Late Bapu had been working as a teacher at Govt. Higher Secondary School here. Meanwhile, the West Kameng CoSAAP unit has expressed its deep shock at the unfortunate death and conveyed its condolence to family members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.    

All West Kameng Students’ Union mourned the sudden demise of Bapu.

The union prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Staff and students of Government Middle School, Nitivihar, Itanagar and CEC Arunachal Teachers Association condoled the sudden demise of AT (A) Yapi Nalo, who died at RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar on November 20.

Born in 1977, she joined the education department as AT in the year 1999 after her graduation from JNCollege, Pasighat.

The school family and the CEC ATA prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence massage to the bereaved family members.


Chalo Loku Festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Minister, Horticulture Honchun Ngandam and MLA Yumsen Matey have consented to attend the Chalo Loku Festival as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at Sinki Park, Itanagar on November 25.


ANSU alarmed at road accidents  

ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Students Union has expressed serious concern over repeated road accidents and traffic congestion in capital complex area. In a release issued, Union demanded that authority ban entry of heavy vehicles into capital road during daytime. In addition, ANSU appreciated recent drive conducted by police officials against two wheelers for violating various traffic rules.


Subroto Cup begins

ITANAGAR: Under-17 State Level Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament 2009 will begin at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.

The winners of district level tournaments from all the 16 districts of Arunachal Pradesh are taking part in the tournament.  Over 400 students of four higher secondary schools in Capital Complex will display colourful cultural programme during the inaugural function. Sixty Bharat Scouts and Guides volunteers of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Arunodaya are being engaged for smooth conduct of the tournament.

Local MLA Techi Kaso will attend the inaugural function tomorrow at 1 pm as chief guest while Sports and Youth Affairs Director PR Mazumdar will be the guest of honour.


Association impose ban

ITANAGAR: All Ranje, Kawa and Khyora Youth’s Welfare Association has banned activities like timber cutting, hunting of animals and birds, collection of sand, stone etc. under Khenewa circle of East Kameng district.  In press release issued, they warned that violators will be fined with an amount of Rs ten thousand.


Cricket coaching

ITANAGAR: Coaching cum practice session for both the U-16 and U-17 state cricket team for the forthcoming BCCI organized tournament at Shillong and Shattishgarh began at Nyokum Lapang ground today. The players are undergoing rigorous training under guidance of a coach who arrived here from Kolkata today, informed an Arunachal Cricket Association release.

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Who will check the rising prices of essential commodities?


Dear Editor,

It has been noticed that the prices of all the vegetable commodities have  been continuously rising up for last several months.

I went to Akashdeep market area to buy vegetable items on Nov 19 but was left astonished after knowing the prices of various vegetables commodities. Potato price has risen up from last week’s Rs. 20 Per Kg to Rs. 30 Per Kg now. I remembered that in gone days even the potato price was fixed at Rs. 5 Per Kg. When I enquired about other items, I found that tomatoes were sold at Rs. 60 Per Kg. and prices of other commodities were almost same as that of tomato.

Not only the prices of vegetable commodities have been risen up but the prices of Meat (Chicken, Mutton, Fish etc.) have also been in rising position. Besides that even the prices of other commodities like costumes have been charged exorbitantly in various Shopping Complex. One page of Xerox Copy is also even charged Rs. 3 which is too high for a student.

We know that there are various factors such as unavailability of indigenous factory, no proper communication, but the shopkeepers should think about their valuable consumers. Common people don't say that they should sell their commodities in loss way. However the consumers’ satisfaction should also be taken care.

I request the authorities concerned and various consumers awareness organizations take various measures to curtail the price rise so that the burden on students and common people could be reduced.


Tasi Darang

RWD Colony, Itanagar





Mra’s achievement not honoured


Dear Editor,

The exemplary gentleman’s story and his simplistic manner in which he addressed the youth crowd at Cadence -2009 festival, RGU was overwhelmingly encouraging. He narrated his capricious journey to become the first man from Arunachal to scale the mighty Mt Everest, which he informed, was vacillating at frequent point of time.

The crowd who came to witness the cultural event had the rare chance to see Tapi Mra in complete mountaineering costume along the crampons, which he donated to the State Museum.

Mra’s determination and perseverance has undoubtedly made all of us proud despite the fact that his achievement is not satisfyingly acknowledged by the Government.

It is heartbreaking that Tapi Mra’s triumph is just a dubious excitement and no real honour is awarded to this bonafide conqueror. Despite his daring accomplishment outside Arunachal he still has to face beginner’s obstacle in his own state.

It is an appeal from our society that Tapi Mra’s achievement be honoured wholeheartedly and adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering, aero sports be encouraged.


Tagru Tani,  Asstt. G. S.

Mascot Network Society

E-Sector, Itanagar


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