Sonia concerned at well-being of PDS in Arunachal: AICC.
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
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
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
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
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
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 [email protected] rediffmail.com.
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.
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