MoUs to harness 19000 megawatt of power in state
Legislative assembly adjourned sine die
ITANAGAR, Nov 5: The Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu informed that state government
has signed memorandum of understanding with power proponents to harness 19000 Megawatts
of power in the state earning close to Rs 900 crores for the state exchequer.
He informed this on the third day of the first session of the fifth legislative assembly
today on motion of thanks on Governor’s Address.
He said that state must harness its power potentials to make Arunachal self-reliant
and said that power is the backbone for development.
Without going into details, the Chief Minister said that Indo-China border issue
is being taken up by the centre.
Tamiyo Taga of BJP said that Indo-China issue need to be taken up at diplomatic level.
He expressed the fear that by creating outcry on the issue, the problem could further
Jomin Tayeng called on the state government to create alternative opportunity to
arrest growing unemployment. He further called for creation of Education Commission
to streamline education system in the state.
Nang Sati Mein drew the attention of the government on the malaria menace in Lohit
district. In her short but effective delivery, she spoke on issues ranging from Indo-China
issues to growing atrocities against women and need for their empowerment.
Tenzin Norbu called for speedy release of state share of the funds. He further said
that road network need to be developed in the state with help from centre or by
taking help of consortium of power developers at least in those areas where power
projects are coming up. He advocated for development of tourism potential in the
Pasang Dorjee Sona spoke on the need of spread of road network and tapping tourism
sector. He suggested that few pockets of Arunachal need to be identified and nurtured
rather than wasting resources by creating scattered infrastructure, which eventually
becomes dwelling house of stray animals.
Markio Tado also spoke on the need of road infrastructure and equitable development
while Dr Tangor Tapak called for specialized health services along with improvement
in primary health sector.
Thangham Wangham drew the attention of drug problem in the state. He said that Tirap,
Changlang, Lohit, Anjaw need special attention from the government to deal with drug
He further called for promotion of sports activities, which was echoed by Jambey
Bamang Felix, disagreed with the government’s decision to communatise education in
the state. He said that an education policy needs to be in place.
Kamlong Mossang spoke on the need to connect Vijaynagar by road. He said that people
of Vijaynagar still struggle for basic necessity because of lack of road networks.
Among those, who spoke were Ralom Borang, Tani Loffa, Nabam Rebia, Alo Libang, Likha
Saaya, Tapen Siga.
The third day of the session was a whole day affair as many speakers irrespective
of party affiliation choose to take part in the debate. This was a departure from
the usual scene as earlier members choose to keep mum most of the times, even after
Speaker sets aside time for discussion on important bills. Cutting across party lines,
first timers and experienced ones took part in the discussion at times even questioning
the government why some areas were not covered by the governor in his speech.
This was something new!
Anti dam activists are not stopping you from building roads upto the dam site: Tamiyo
Taga (BJP) on slow road connectivity in power project areas.
There may not be employment problem in Liromoba or Tawang, but it is problem in Arunachal:
Tamiyo Taga on growing unemployment in the state
How can a hospital that covers six villages not have a single doctor: Jomin Tayeng
on lack of doctor in Parbuk Hospital.
Jaisa teisa kaam karna hain aur payment lena hain: Nabum Rebia on lack of accountability
in the state.
I as a Budhist look forward to His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit: Nang Sati Mein
Carbon copy of policies of other state is best avoided: Bamang Felix
If the pace of development continues, few years from now, our Chief Minister need
not go to Delhi with a begging bowl: Pasang Dorjee Sona
Divorces are happening at throwaway prices: Thangham Wangham on violence against
We cannot purchase peace from Akasdeep Market: Wangham once again!
Aap log yaha bolta kuch aur hain, aur karta kuch aur hain: Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu on interference by legislators on transfers and postings of govt employees.
For the sake of development, we cannot destroy our ecology: Sundarlal Bahuguna
ITANAGAR, Nov5: “Development and environment is two complete things. For the sake
of development we can’t destroy our ecology,” noted environmentalist and Padma Vibhushan
Sunder Lal Bahugana during the interaction on Thursday talking about coming up of
many hydropower dams in Arunachal Pradesh. For him every development work carried
out in the rural belt should benefit local people. He urged people of this state
to understand repercussion of various hydropower dam which are being proposed to
build across the state.
“In the near future if ever a war breaks out between two countries it would be on
water issue’ he added. Popular for his staunch opposition to Tehri Dam project and
for leading Chipko movement, he is in Itanagar as part of his Himalayan tour to create
awareness about fast evaporating glaciers. The 84 year old is still enthusiastic
while talking about environmental issues, which is so dear to him.
He is planning to tour all the Himalayan belt area to sensitize people about the
need to safeguard ecology. His new campaign under the name of “Save Himalaya, Save
Water, and Save Life Movement” will take him to entire Himalayan region. “Himalaya
is one of the most fragile mountains of earth and it should be endeavor of people
living under this mountain to maintain its beauty,” told Mr Bahuguna. He also suggested
that solar energy should be properly tapped and believes it can in many fill some
of energy needs.
It is very well known that Arunachal Pradesh is located in earthquake prone zone
and construction of such large scale dams can disturb ecological balance of region.
During the interaction, Bamang Tago of Arunachal Citizen Front shared his view of
environmental problem that plagues the state. “The construction of these dams sure
is major ecological problem. But bigger than this is Jhoom cultivation issue. As
long as an alternative to Jhoom cultivation is not found, trees will be felled leading
to more environmental problem,” shared Bamang Tago. He asked people of state to wake
up to impending danger of global warming and put in every bit from their side for
conservation of our rich bio-diversity.
on Governor, CM
Meanwhile Bahuguna called on the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan today. The hour-long
meeting touched on environment issues, initiatives of the state Government and the
Raj Bhavan initiatives on value added projects of forest produces, tourism, water
harvesting and hydropower and road projects.
Bahuguna, while appreciating the initiatives and efforts of the Governor towards
environment preservation called for his good office in creating more awareness on
it and on plantation programme of selected tree species, which Gen Singh readily
agreed to take up with State Environment and Forest minister. Bahuguna further suggested
on ropeway instead of roadway as many trees are fell in the process.
Citing that Arunachal Pradesh has 82% forest cover, Gen Singh said disallowing of
felling trees for roads will be a hindrance to the development in the interior and
border areas of the State. We cannot be weight along with Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra,
where the forest cover is below 15%. Moreover, we are in the process of increasing
our green cover. Wherever there is felling of trees, double the numbers are planted
elsewhere clear areas, he pointed.
Later the environmentalist and his entourage toured the Raj Bhavan, appreciating
the green cover, the wooden hornbill cottage, organic vegetable garden and the orchidoriums.
Later, Bahuguna called on the state Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in his office chamber
Initiating a discussion with the environmentalist, Chief Minister informed that
Arunachal Pradesh has been protecting the vast forest cover and maintaining the
greenery of the state. In this away the state is also playing a vital role towards
checking and reducing the global warming which has become a vital threat for mankind
and flora and fauna, the chief minister pointed out and advocated for compensation
to the tribal people most of who are largely depends on forest for sustenance.
Encouraging the run-off-the river hydro-power projects being taken up in the state
the renowned environmentalist also advocated that Himalayan states of India need
to be adequately compensated as the Himalayan region provide water through its rivers/glaciers
to the rest of India.
The delegation sought the Chief Minister’s support in raising a common voice for
the cause of the Himalayan States of India along with other heads of government of
the Himalayan region.
IFCSAP to accord warm welcome to Dalai Lama
ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
decided to accord warm welcome to spiritual leader The Dalai Lama on his arrival
at State Capital on November 14.
Meanwhile, IFCSAP strongly objected to China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh. “Arunachal
Pradesh had neither historic and cultural link with China”, it said while appealing
the Central Govt to be assertive while reacting to China’s claim. The society extended
its support and solidarity to the movement initiated by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’
Union on the issue.
Meanwhile Society will celebrate Indigenous Faith Day on December 31 next, like previous
years, with various programmes. It was decided in a meeting of the society held here
IFCSAP also expressed deep anguish over the way in which the people of North East
are being treated in other parts of the country saying that the rape and murder of
an NE youth by anti-social elements in the national capital recently was a matter
of grave concern.
The society also opposed the construction of mega dam over river Tsangpo which according
to the society will pose permanent threat to this remote part of the country, especially
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the society sought cooperation from the believers of indigenous faith
during the celebration of 10th years of Central Nyedar Namlo at Doimukh on January
27 next year.
Catch up with Umang online
BOMDILA, Nov 05: Feeling it imperative to provide citizen friendly services in an
effective and transparent manner, the District Administration have launched the first
issue of the online newsletter ‘Umang’ which features updated informations about
the activities in the district in all fields. New initiatives and achievements of
the departments would be accorded priority.
A lot of fresh and exciting new materials would be covered in this regular monthly
feature and, taking into account the youthfulness and excitement involved, the name
A special profile in Umang would be dedicated primarily to the cultural aspects of
the district. Inhabited by the 5-major tribes of Monpas, Shertukpens, Sajolangs (Miji),
Hrusso (Akas) and Buguns, West Kameng is culturally very rich and also, the district
is a part of one of the approved travel circuits which is most frequented upon. The
rich cultural heritage of the district with its colourful people invites tourists
to explore the pristine beauty and unlimited delights.
Dalai Lama’s visit is purely religious
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: The Congress in state has condemned China’s objection to the
visit of the His Holliness Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh. The Dalai Lama is an
honoured guest of India. His Holiness is a spiritual leader and his visit to the
state is purely religious, not political. This was stated by the All India Congress
Committee (APCC) member and APCC spokesman T L Rajkumar while taking part in the
panel discussion on “Sino-India relations’ at Rajiv Gandhi University yesterday.
Reiterating the stand of the APCC on the repeated China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh,
Rajkumar said Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had already denounced China’s claim over
Arunachal Pradesh and made it clear that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of
India and will not part with an inch of its land.
The view and stand of the APCC on this issue is same with the Centre, Rajkumar said
and added that India had several rounds of bilateral talks with the China to solve
the border issue. Dialogue would continue but India would not succumb to any kind
of threat, he added.
Governor advocates rural entrepreneurship
ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, exhorted the villagers
to venture into entrepreneurship through village and cottage industries, at Poma
village, near Itanagar today. He said this while on a visit to the Poma Bamboo Processing
Centre (BPC), a pilot project which has been set up under his initiatives.
It is set up to show the rural communities a path towards financial empowerment through
utilization of abundant forest products. He said that when there is buyback arrangement
for its product from the BPC already in place, quality produce of highest order should
be eunsred. Citing that now name of Poma Village is known through out the world via
Internet because of the BPC, he urged upon them to work hard to ensure it meet more
than its objectives. We are using bamboo; therefore, we should also carry out bamboo
plantation, to ensure that cycle is maintained. Moreover, it should be of the species
on demand, Gen Singh added. He appreciated Forest department for carrying out two
hectors of bamboo plantation in the area.
Further encouraging the villagers to taken up floriculture, horticulture, fishery,
bee keeping, the Governor invited them to visit Raj Bhavan to see for themselves
that these sectors have the potential.
Highlighting on development programme of the state government, the governor informed
that now whatever work is taken up in the area would be of highest quality as the
State government has introduced unique system of ‘Third Party Monitoring’. He went
to advise the villagers on proper sanitation in the village and emphasized on organic
farming. Pointing plastic as enemy of the environment, Gen Singh once again educated
the people on it.
Speaking on the occasion, newly elected local MLA Nabam Rebia expressed gratitude
to the Governor for his farsighted effort in the development of rural areas particularly
the Poma area. Referring Gen Singh as the People’s Governor, Rebia said, because
of his concern for the people, he enjoys love and affection from all. Never in the
past, Governor went to the villages and interacted with rural population. Assuring
to work under the guidance of the Governor, he urged upon the people preserve the
green surrounding as it will become a tourist attraction in the future. The rivers,
he stressed, should be free from plastic and there should be no hunting for at least
for three years from this day.
Poma ASM Techi Anna highlighted on the progress of the BPC. She also cited some problems
like power supply and late deliveries of machines. Circle Officer Kiron Ningo and
Head Gaon Burah Tacha Markha also spoke on the occasion.
State First Lady Anupama Singh, Chief Engineer (Power) Er. Jumtum Tato, Papum Pare
ADC T. Kaye and district heads of work departments were present on the occasion amongst
Earlier, the first couple and the guests inspected the working of the BPC and saw
some local handicraft produces. As encouragement, the Governor bought some items
like Bamboo mugs. He advised them to keep some more indigenous produces such as wooden
statues from Tirap, caps from Kurung Kumey, shawl from Ziro in the Curio Shop, set
up attached to the BPC. First lady advised them to maintain originality in their
products and not to use plastic strips in it. (PRO)
Governor to lay foundation of RIWATCH campus
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh would lay the
foundation stone of the Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions, Cultures
& Heritage (RIWATCH) at Iduli Village on the outskirts of Roing, Lower Dibang Valley
on Nov 7, informed its project director Vijay Swami in a release today.
MP Mukut Mithi, MLAs Laeta Umbrey and Jamin Tayeng would be the guests of honour
on the occasion.
RIWATCH is an Affiliated unit of International Centre for Cultural Studies (ICCS),
Pennsylvania, USA. The basic objective of RIWATCH is to cater to the needs of research
scholars in studying different ethnic groups of North east India and initiate comparative
and cross cultural studies of various ethnic groups of different countries with that
of India in general and north east India in particular. It will also facilitate
young scholars from North east India to have opportunities of cross cultural studies
in foreign countries and vice versa. This will ultimately result in Scholar Exchange
Programmes with different higher educational institutions of the world, the release
The local people have contributed 10 hectors of land, free of cost, at Iduli Village.
The contributor of the land is Dature Miuli of Iduli Village, Lower Dibang Valley,
said the release.
Mortal remains of K.D.’s mother consigned to flames
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: The mortal remains of Savitri Devi, mother of state election commissioner
KD Singh, were consigned to flames at Laluk crematorium in neighbouring Assam amidst
chanting of hymns on Thursday.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, whom Singh served as a principal secretary, also visited
the latter’s official residence here this morning to pay his last respects.
Well wishers and close friends, including top ranking bureaucrats, police and forest
officers also paid their last respects to the late octogenarian, before her mortal
remains covered with flowers were taken away for cremation.
Hundreds of well wishers present at the crematorium consoled Singh, who was shocked
at the loss of his mother. However, they were unanimous that a crematorium with basic
infrastructure was very essential in the Capital Complex which is speedily attaining
the status of a mini metropolitan city.
Development package sought
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: Expecting that the state would witness all round development under
the 2nd innings of the Dorjee Khandu as chief minister and his government, United
Brothers Welfare Association (UBWA) an Rumgong based organization has appealed the
chief minister to initiate a development package for Rumgong constituency which has
been remain ‘underdeveloped for almost a decade’.
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: Village Level Committee, Panchayat and Roan Burah of Jote Panchayat
appealed the people and the visitor not to use bleaching powder in the river and
throw plastic bottles and polythene in the area.
Road in memory
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union in a meeting has decided
to construct AKKDSU Marg at Papu Nalla, Naharlagun in memory of its former finance
secretary late Langyuk Tajik, who died in an accident at Papu Nallah on AKKDSU duty.
Meanwhile, AKKDSU has constituted a construction committee headed by Tai Ananth as
Chairman along with six members and appealed the well-wisher, business community,
public leader and students leaders to cooperate with the AKKDSU for construction
of the Marg.
Declare results on merit basis
ITANAGAR, Nov 05: The Graduate Unemployed Youth Welfare Association (GUYWA) Capital
Complex has requested the tourism director not to succumb to the political pressure
or pressure from higher authority and declare the interview results of the group
C and D posts strictly on merit basis.
Alleging large-scale corruption in tourism department, the GUYWA said that instead
of declaring the result of typing test/interview for LDC posts held in August 10
last in local dailies, the candidates with less typing speed have been appointed
as LDC and the right candidates were deprived.
While the candidates are still looking out for the results for the posts of tourism
information officers’ interview for which was held in February 2008, the department
also made appointment to the posts of TIOs without declaring the pending results,
GUYWA further alleged.
The association has appealed the Chief Minister not to distribute the portfolio of
tourism department or any other corrupt department in order to check and control
ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Expressing resentment over non conduct of viva voce for various
posts in Urban Development and Housing Department, All Kurung Kumey Unemployed Welfare
Association (AKKUWA) has demanded the department concerned to conduct the same within
second week of this month.
The Association claimed that although written examinations for the posts of Assistant
Urban Programme Officer (AUPO), Urban Programme Inspector (UPI), UDC etc. were held
on December, 2008 the viva voce for the same have not been conducted yet.
13-member taekwondo team leaves for Haryana
ITANAGAR, Nov 5: A 13-member taekwondo team from Arunachal Pradesh left here for
Haryana to take part in the 29th Junior National Taekwondo Championship to be held
there at Panchakula from November 10 to 12 next, according to Arunachal Taekwondo
Borik Pamo, Suraj Ali, Gollo Nan, Button Acharjee, Tao Tayo, Bhim Bahadur Thapa,
Rattan Nipak, Nyemwang Wangsa, Tana Anisa, Tajin Boni, Yanga Bayor, Lkshm Mugli,
Jawan’s family support bandh
ITANAGAR: The Family members of victim of Seppa firing Tako Tagak and well wishers
extended their support to 12 hours Capital Bandh on November 6, called by All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union and Arunachal Law Students’ Union. It appealed the general
masses to cooperate the movement.
NERIST impress UGC
ITANAGAR: The University Grant Commission (UGC) expert committee was highly impressed
by the achievements of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology
(NERIST) and said that the institute has become a centre of higher study in engineering
The UGC committee headed by Prof. JV Prabhakra Rao, vice chancellor, Rayala Seema
University recently visited NERIST and assessed the performance and progresses.
The institute, after attaining deemed university status in 2005, achieved major milestones
under the leadership of Dr. Joram Begi as director. The first convocation of the
institute, Silver Jubilee celebration, revision of syllabi, inclusion of PG/Doctoral
programme in every department, enhancement of intake capacity of APST students in
the institute was worth mentioning among others, the report said.