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PWD office and APST buses burnt down

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The office building of Superintending Engineer (Coord), PWD, Mowb 2 here was reduced to ashes in a massive fire in the wee hours of November 4.

All important files, documents, papers and other properties of the office were burnt to ashes in the fire which broke out in between 1.30 am to 2 am, Capital Complex SP Alok Kumar said. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he said.

A failed attempt to set fire on the SE (PWD) office building at Naharlagun was also reported.

In another incident, three buses of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (APST), which were being parked at STS station at Ganga were set on fire by some miscreants on the same night. Two buses out of three were (AR-02-0266, AR-02-347, AR-02 -0402) burned to beyond repair while the third one got partially damaged.

“The buses could have been saved, if the fire brigade were well equipped and there were sufficient fire tender at the time of fire, station superintendent Gyamar Tadap told The Arunachal Times.

The single fire tender, which rushed off to the spot and tried to extinguish the fire, soon ran out of water and it took another half an hour to refill it. By the time the fire tender returned to the spot after refilling, all was almost over, he said.

The same case was also witnessed in the Mowb 2 incident, eye witnesses said.

Daily bus services from Itanagar to Pasighat, Bomdila and city service from Doimukh to Dera Natung Govt Colleges had to be suspended today due to shortage of departmental bus after the incident, the station suprintendent said.

An FIR was lodged with police against the miscreants, added he.

“No arrest has been made so far in connection with both the incidents,” SP Kumar said, adding that the two night chowkiders of the Ganga STS bus station, who were detained by police, were later released after interrogation.

It is pertinent to mention here that insufficient fleet of fire tenders, including refilling point in capital complex was highlighted by this newspaper few months back. But the authority did not take any initiative to further strengthen the fire brigade by inducting new fire tender into its fleet.

Expressing deep anguish at the incidents of midnight arson in the state capital, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who arrived at New Delhi today to call on central leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has warned in no uncertain terms that his government would not tolerate such destructive activities under any circumstances.

The police and administrative authorities have been directed to take stringent action to bring the culprits to book at the earliest and strengthen security measures to avoid recurrence of such anti-people incidents.

Describing the incidents very unfortunate, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) urged the State Government to constitute a high level enquiry committee to unearth the truth behind both the incidents.

“The State Government under the leadership of Nabam Tuki as chief minister would not allow to carry out such evil designs of some anti-social elements,” APCC said in a release and urged the Government to deploy adequate para military and police forces in the entire town and its adjoining areas to safeguard the life and properties of its citizens.

While condemning the act of burning bus and SE office building in its strongest term, APCC demanded the authority to apprehend the culprits and award them exemplary punishment.

State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that today’s incidents of burning Govt properties should not be considered as normal one. The incidents, infact, exposed the district administration and undoubtedly it is a big slap on the local administration since the incident occurred at a time when 144 CrPC was being imposed.

The BJP demanded for constitution of an enquiry committee headed by a retired High Court judge to investigate the incident. The party also demanded state government to restore the rule of law for peace and progress of the state.

Meanwhile, the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has strongly condemned the act of bus and Govt office building burning by miscreants and urged the Government to investigate the matter and arrest the culprits immediately under appropriate section of the law. NES urged the district administration to intensify the night patrolling and implement the 144 Cr.P.C. imposed in the Capital Complex effectively. Vehicles plying without number plates should be checked and restricted, it said.

All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union strongly condemned incident. Destroying public properties should not be tolerated by any civilized societies as it will only compound the problems of the poor people of the state and culprits should be given exemplary punishments.

AAPWU urged thr district administration and police to nab the culprit at earliest and give exemplary punishments as per the law.

All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has expressed shock over damage caused to the state properties by burning APST buses and Govt office building by some miscreants.

“The cowardice act by miscreants deserves strong condemnation from every section of the society,” ANYA said in its release and demanded the Home Department to apprehend the culprits and book them under appropriate provision of the law.

It also demanded mass transfer of police personnel posted at both Itanagar and Naharlagun police stations.

Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has also strongly condemned the burning down of Govt properties.

While demanding the authority to conduct a judicial enquiry into the incident, ALSU sought exemplary punishment for the miscreants involved in the crime.

“Burning down of public properties like office and bus is big crime. If accused is arrested there should not be any compromise and strict action taken under appropriate section of law,” stated ALSU president Tadar Tarish.

All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Association expressed shock and anger over setting fire on state transport buses, including a JNNURM bus by miscreants. While condemning the barbaric act, the association demanded immediate arrest of the culprit involved.

The association has given 10 days ultimatum to the state government to arrest the culprits failing which it has threatened to launch state wide ‘chakka bandh’. The association also demanded the state government to constitute a special investigation committee to investigate the incident.

All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Youth Organisation (AAPUYO) also vehemently condemned the burning down of government properties and described it as cowardly act. It is a great loss not only to the Govt but also public and its employees, AAPUYO said and demanded the authority to bring the culprits as well mastermind behind the incident to book and give them exemplary punishment.


Arunachal delegation at World Travel Market

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Arunachal delegation would soon leave for London to attend the World Travel Market (WTM) which is being held Nov 7-10.

The delegation comprises of Jomde Kena, MLA and former Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism), G N Sinha, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Dr Satbir Silas Bedi, Principal David Resident Commissioner, Gedo Eshi, Assistant Director  (Tourism) and tour operators David Sangtam and Komkar Riba.

 The delegation is carrying adequate publicity material on tourism in Arunachal Pradesh which will be put up at the allotted stall. The Arunachal Pradesh delegation will make a multimedia presentation on tourism potential in Arunachal Pradesh and will hold meetings with tour operators of the UK and the European Union.

The World Travel Market (WTM) is held every year in London and is perhaps the biggest tourism event in the World. This event is known for setting new trends in tourism development as well as to provide an opportunity to the participating countries to showcase their tourism potential.


Lohit conducts stress management program for police personnel

MAHADEVPUR, Nov 4: Lohit district is all set to conduct Stress Management Program (SMP) for all police personnel in all the police Stations and police outposts in the district. This is the first ever initiative of its type to be organized in this scale, reaching out to all men and women in uniform in the entire district.

The first SMP was inaugurated in Mahadevpur today by Mito Dirchi, EAC Mahadevpur.

Dirchi congratulated the SP Tezu and Lod Tari, OC, APP, Mahadevpur for conducting the program. He also explained the benefits of Yoga and called upon all the trainees to take up the course in the right spirit to derive maximum benefit. He further exhorted all police personnel to regularly practice the breathing technique for a healthy and stress free life.

The organizers and all course participants were delighted to receive an inspiring message from the Arunachal Pradesh Police Headquarters for the inaugural program of the SMP. In his message mailed to Anugrah, Devesh Chandra Srivastva, DIGP (HQ) said that the job of no other Govt. servant is as stressful as of police personnel irrespective of the rank one holds, as an inherent element of stress is built in due to the very nature of the duties they perform day in and day out, without any respite and relief. Hence it becomes all the more important for the police personnel to know the art of “Stress management” in their day to day life so that they remain physically fit, mentally alert and spiritually high all the time.

The DIGP further conveying the encouragement of the PHQ appreciated the initiative and lead taken by SP Lohit, Isaac Pertin for the welfare of police personnel, calling the effort noteworthy. While expressing hope that more of such SMP workshops for all the police personnel of Arunachal Pradesh be conducted in a phased manner DIGP Devesh Srivastva appreciated the AoL and Anu Shiksha Seva Trust for rendering dedicated service to the society. ASSET delegation led by its Chairman in a recent meeting with Tajom Taloh Commissioner Home and  Robin Hibu, IPS, DIGP ( West ), briefed the top officials of the Home department about the Art of Living Part I course for Stress Management and requested the senior officials to initiate on the matter for the benefit of police.

ASSET opines that with the rise in law and order issues in the state the police personnel will have to face greater challenges and shoulder more responsibilities in the near future.

Lt. Col D N Mallick, second in command of 26 MLI and Sonai Bellai, Assistant Inspector, Tax & Excise rendered local support to the SMP.


Traders forum writes to CM for support

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The B B Plaza Traders Forum has written to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuaki and appealed him to provide financial compensation to enable them to re-setup their establishments.

Shops at BB Plaza was looted and vandalized during the Oct 11 riots. 13 shops were completely looted and vandalized, while the rest remain closed to this day.

The representation said that large numbers of people affected are local youths who have painstakingly taken loans or sold properties to setup these stores.

“We are at crossroads now, wherein our hard work and effort was subsequently run down by a handful of thugs. In this prevailing scenario, wherein our daily income source has been completely cut off, we under the banner of B.B. Plaza Traders Forum would like to humbly appeal to the Chief Minister to please look into our cause and provide financial compensation” the representation read.

“Our will remains strong that we want to continue our business within the said premises but without any monetary help, it will be a herculean task to start from square one” the Forum said as it appealed for help.  “B.B. Plaza was closed on the day the riots took place but despite that, great efforts were made to enter the premises and create such havoc. It's also pertinent to add that large number of non-rioters from all walks of life residing in the nearby vicinity took advantage of lawlessness and also looted the place in the cover of darkness” it said.

The Forum while thanking Arunachal Chamber of Commerce for showing its support, however questioned the general silence maintained by large number of organizations.


Decentralised Planning and Professional Planning Support to PRIs

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: A One Day State Level Workshop on Decentralised Planning and Professional Planning Support to PRIs was conducted by SIRD Arunachal Pradesh here today. The workshop was attended by Zilla Parishad Chairpersons, ADCs cum District Panchayati Raj Development Officers (DPDOs) and District Planning Officers.

Inaugurating the Workshop Nyabin Ete, Director SIRD stressed on the need for revitalising Panchayats at the grassroots level for the purpose of preparation of meaningful participatory plans involving PRIs and official functionaries in the State. He emphasised on the need of active involvement of District Planning Officers in the process of enabling the PRIs to prepare Plans and expected that State Govt would provide adequate support particularly at the Gram Panchayat Level for this purpose.

Earlier Dr. Kirto Loyi, Deputy Director SIRD and Coordinator of the Workshop gave a brief on the content of the workshop and later shared inputs in reference to decentralised planning as per MoPR framework. He also informed that recommendations of the workshop shall be forwarded for greater handholding support to the PRIs. Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director SIRD cum Co-Coordinator of the Workshop, briefed the delegates on the Plan Plus applications. The framework of provision of Professional Planning Support to PRIs was also discussed in detail.  The delegates expressed the need for greater devolution of powers, especially devolution of funds and functionaries. The need for strengthening grassroots at the level of Gram Panchayats for better and meaningful functioning of PRIs was also emphasised. The delegates appreciated the ICT interventions proposed by MoPR for facilitating the process of preparation of participatory plans. The delegates expressed the need for greater support for proper functioning of the e-PRI applications at the sub district levels. The delegates also requested Director SIRD to forward a copy of the recommendations of the workshop to State Govt.  The effort of SIRD in conduction of the workshop in a timely manner before the onset of the 12th plan period was appreciated by the delegates.

Sujit Mohanty, Consultant e-PRI from MoPR also interacted in depth with the delegates. He informed about the various initiatives including support to be provided to the PRIs under e-PRI programme for internet connectivity. He also deliberated on e-PRI Core Applications, such as Plan Plus, Pria-Soft, e-Social Audit, GIS Applications, etc.  He also appreciated the proactive role of SIRD in extending the efforts of State Govt in empowering and enhancing the capacities of PRIs and related functionaries through training

SIRD informed that initially the support in preparation of plans shall commence with Upper Subansiri District as the district is the lone BRGF district in the State at present. Subsequent training on preparation of plans based on Plan Plus shall be provided on demand basis.


Arunachal gets three awards from India Today

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Arunachal Pradesh received three awards in the ‘Most improved small states’ category instituted by the leading magazine of the country India Today here at a gala function held at Hyatt Regency this afternoon.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki received the trophies on behalf of the state, which was adjudged the Most Improved Small State in i) Investment Sector, ii) Macro Economy and iii) Overall Performance. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Guest of the India Today Conclave 2011, gave away the trophies. The Conclave was also attended by Chief Ministers of all wining states, Union Ministers, MPs and other dignitaries.  

Earlier a warm reception was accorded to the newly sworn in Chief Minister on arrival by officers and staff of Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi, Arunachal students community and other citizens of the state residing in Delhi.

The reception ceremony was arranged by Arunachal Students Union of Delhi (ASUD) and North East Youth Association.

Addressing the gathering, Tuki asserted that his government would focus on immediate development of surface communication, tele-communication, air connectivity, peace and security and judicious use of natural resources, development of education, health and hygiene sector.

In reply to a question raised, the Chief Minister clarified that the political instability in the state was an internal matter and the same has been sorted out. He asserted that all INC legislators are like one family and whatever differences comes on the way will have to be sorted out within the family. To another query, Tuki reiterated that Arunachal is an integral part of India. He also informed that a detailed report is awaited on the Indo-China Border Development.

On constitution of his new council of ministry, the Chief Minister said that the matter will be discussed with senior leaders and the Congress High Command and then decided. (Media Cell, CMO)


APDA questions deputation and appointment

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) objected to a Radiologist and a Surgeon appointed as Junior Specialist as per Govt. order No HFW-67/2010 on  7 Sept on being deputed to RK Mission, Hospital. It said that the move is in gross violation of norms and has undermined the Department of Health of the State.

APDA views that if at all such deputation was required by the RK Mission Hospital the Hospital administration should have advertised in media seeking such deputation and the interested Doctor working under State Health Services should have applied for it through proper channel and obtained necessary approval from a competent authority.

It further said that three Regional Diagnostic Centers (RDC) sanctioned at Roing, Miao and Ruksin, despite being equipped is rotting in absence of radiologists.  It further said that a Contractual Medical Officer at Raj Bhawan, Itanagar was appointed without any formal interview, by the Govt. as per order No. MEST-2011/51 dated 30th June 2011. APDA will oppose to her regularization to A. P. State Health Services (APHS) in future unless such regularization are through APPSC as per the APHS Cadre rule 2000 notified by the Govt. of A.P earlier.


Disaster Risk Management Programme

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: In the quest of making Tirap a disaster resilient district, the Disaster Risk Management Cell of Tirap District, conducted one day Orientation cum Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Management and First Aid” on Nov 3 at Deomali.

More than 80 people attended the training progamme which was specially organized for the PRI members, Village Chiefs, Shopkeepers and govt. staff of Deomali Sub-division.

G Singpho, SDO Deomali requested all the members to take advantage of the programme and make themselves disaster literate.

P Duggong, DRRO Khonsa, spoke  about the various disaster happenings around the world this year and said that the community is the first responder to any disaster, so trainining the community is the priority of the department.

Dr. AK Mishra, lecturer Political Science of Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College Deomali, attending the programme as resource person spoke on different aspects of disaster and disaster preparedness.

He advised the trainees not to depend on govt for everything but prepared themselves for any mishap.

Speaking on the programme, VK Jawal DFO Deomali, said that the knowledge of simple tips on dos and don’ts can save many lives and properties. He informed the house that forest fire is not only a danger to the human beings but also destroys the valuable flora and fauna. Further he cautioned the villagers to be very careful during Jhum cultivation and refrain from jhum cultivation surroundings human habitations.

Dr. A Neog of Community Health Centre Deomali spoke  in length about First Aid on fracture, bleeding, snake and dog bite, burns.

V Mitte, FO(DM) delivered lecture on the method of preparation of Community Contingency Plan.

While thanking the local administration and dept of Disaster management for organizing the programme, Wanglong Rajkumar, a public figure adviced the trainees to follow the building byelaws/ earthquake resistance technology during construction of any buildings.

He also requested the local administration to write to the govt for a fire brigade unit in Deomali at earliest.  K Lowang, ZPM Deomali also spoke on the occasion. Leaflets and posters on Disaster Preparedness Tips/ Dos and Don’ts were also distributed to the participants.


Orgs hopes for a new era

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: High expectations from Nabam Tuki are still pouring in as he sworn in as new CM to take the rein of state Govt on Nov 1.

Numerous organizations and individuals are hoping that a new era of peace, harmony and all round development will be ushered in the state under the leadership of CM Nabam Tuki.

Arunachal teachers’ Association (ATA) hoped that various grievances of teachers will be fulfilled under the leadership of new CM. It appealed the CM to induct an educationist and capable personality as education minister in his ministry.

All Sagalee Employees Forum (ASEF) also hoped the new CM would look into the grievances of the Forum for overall development of the Sagalee area. All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA) expressed hope for lot of development, peaceful co-existence among all tribes of the state, good and people friendly government under the leadership of new CM.

However, it appealed the new CM to provide compensation to the poor and innocent unemployed youths who lost vehicles during recent violent incident on Oct 10 and 11.

“Your coming in the helm of the state affairs as chief minister in this crucial juncture is blessing in disguise,” said former minister T C Teli in a congratulatory letter to Nabam Tuki. He hoped that state will march towards success in all fronts under able leadership of Tuki.

Capital Complex Yachuli Area Welfare Association believed that under the dynamic leadership of Tuki, peace will prevail in the state and development will take place. While extending cooperation to Tuki Govt, it hoped that Yachuli area will reap the benefit of development under the guidance of new CM.

A new era of peace and all round devepment will begin under Tuki’s leadership, hoped Upper Siang Zilla Parishad chairperson Dunggoli Libang.

Expecting acceleration of development under the CM Tuki and his council of minister, All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) appealed the chief minister to direct the department concerned for immediate release of pending bills of the contractors and  to follow CPWD manuals while awarding contract works.

While requesting the organizations to cooperate with the Govt for peace, harmony and all round development, the panchayat leaders, head gaon burahs, gaon burahs and people of Tarasso circle hoped that new CM gill give priority on development, particularly development of underdeveloped Tarasso area and take care of all section of community.

Expecting solution of problems raised by various organizations, All Nyishi Youth Council further hoped that besides solution to Pradeep Thakur issue, law and order will be improved under the leadership of new CM.

Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Coordination Committee while extending support  and cooperation to new CM, hoped that the state would prosper and achieve all around development under the dynamic leaders of Tuki.

While welcoming the new CM, the 13th Itanagar Constituency Youth Association (ICYA) urged upon the state Govt to clear the pending bills of urban department under JnNURM project in capital division. Project works have been done a year ago, but the payment of the bills remains a distance dream till date, it said.

Apatani Students Union (ASU) also hopes that the chief minister would create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the state and bring in all around development.

The Peoples' Party of Arunachal said that it would extend its support to any Government in State as long as the government performs for the development of the State and promotes its peoples' welfare activities.

Grace Covenant Church Society hoped that he will bring peace, harmony and security to the state.


Arunachal to host National Weightlifting C'ship

Itanagar, Nov 4: Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) will organise National Weightlifting Championship for the first time here from November 21.

AWA sources said here today all preparations are in full swing to make the championship a grand success.

All 28 states, seven Union Territories and Railways are expected to participate in the 10-day event.

The weightlifting equipments are being obtained from Japan while, the medals, trophies and mementoes are being procured from Taiwan, sources informed.

Renowned weight-lifting personalities like, Karnam Maleswari, Kunjarani Devi and a host of Arjuna and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees are likely to be present during the championship, sources added. UNI


NYWA appeals for a honourable solution

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) has appealed to the Chief Minister to find an honourable solution to Times and India and Deccan Chronicle issue.

Demanding arrest of both Pradeep Thakur and Manoj Anand on ToI and Deccan Herald issue respectively and explanation from them before public, the NYWA said that NES should also apologize to Jarbom Gamlin  for ‘unnecessaryly  defaming  his  dignity by demanding his resignation on ToI and Deccan issues’ besides demanding resignation of 14 MLAs of Nyishi community.

Pointing out the  declaration of great Nyishi procession cum referendum rally of Oct 11 on ToI issue as anti-Nyishi, the Association further said that the ‘anti-Nyishi  word’ gave a negative direction and it resulted in violence incident on Oct 11. There may be anti-NES and Anti-ANSU but there is no such thing like anti-Nyishi, the Association opined. It held the NES president Bengia Tolum responsible for anti-Nyishi tag and demanded his resignation. The Association further demanded intervention of CM for removal of anti-Nyishi word which may create problem among Nyishi community.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Apatani Students’ Union has conducted a mass social services at Govt Hr Secondary School, Ziro wherein the school boundary has been demarcated.


District level SSA governing body meet held

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: A Papum Pare district level governing body meeting of SSA district mission was held at DC’s conference hall, Yupia today.

Participating in the meeting, Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia emphasized on quality works under SSA. SSA mission is a centrally sponsored programme and will be directly monitored by the Centre, the  MLA said and called upon the ZPMs and department concerned not to compromise on quality   of works under SSA.

ZP chairperson Nabam Aka said that district level monitoring committee should supervise the   work to ensure quality. She further stressed on equal distribution of civil works to all ZPMs as per feasibility and need based.

The meeting concluded with a request from Deputy Commissioner cum district project director to all PRI leaders to cooperate with SSA district mission to achieve the goal of RTE and SSA in implementation of various programmes. DDSE cum DPO T.T. Tara, ZMPs, Coordinator (Civil work) cum JE and district functionaries took part in the meeting.


‘Maintain suspension bridge near Daporijo HSS’

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Former Daporijo MLA and Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) president Yari Dulom has appealed to the Upper Subansiri deputy commissioner to renovate the rope wire suspension bridge (Tadak Dulom Shom) over Subansiri river near Daporijo H S School to avoid recurrence of Seppa-like tragic incident  at Daporijo in near future.

Dulom said that she visited the bridge site recently and found it in a dilapidated condition. It required immediate attention of the  authorities for maintenance, she added.


Federation demand action

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: All Tribes Youths Federation of Arunachal has demanded immediate arrest of culprits involved in burning down of APSTS buses and SE office of PWD. It urged the CM Nabam Tuki to take responsibility of today’s incident and resign on moral ground.

Demanding imposition of President’s rule in the state for restoration of peace and harmony, it urged the state Govt to order CBI enquiry into the Seppa Bridge collapse incident and also demanded arrest of culprits involved in destruction of B B Plaza and burning of CS vehicle in recent past.

While supporting the demand of All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Organization, it further demanded action against Tuki and Kumar Waii and arrest of Koniang Waii and Dungro Waii. It threatened to launch movement if it’s demands are not fulfilled within seven days.


One arrested for burglary; stolen goods recovered

PASIGHAT, Nov 4: Pasighat police arrested an inhabitant of bordering Dhemaji (Asamm) involved in a recent Pasighat-market-burglary case.

The OC Pasighat T Tatak in an intensified search operation recovered huge readymade garments etc worth more than lakh from his possession.

The SP East Siang Pushpendra Kumar stated that the accused wanted to make quick money and live a lavish life which prompted him to indulge in crime. Kumar while appreciating the officers said that commendable work has been done by the police team solving the case within 24 hours.

Giving details, Inspector Tatak informed that the accused targeted shops and locked houses particularly during night. The accused has been remanded under police custody and the case has been registered. (DIPRO)


Forum to take part at event

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Tali and Pip-Sorang Collegian Forum, Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar in a meeting on November 2 has decided to participate in literary, cultural and sports competition being organized as part of golden jubilee celebration of government higher secondary school, Tali from November 25 to 27.


Mini rice mill at Poma

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: A unit of mini rice mill was established at Poma village under Agricultural Technology Management Agencies (ATMAs) programme.

While dedicating the mill to the women self-help group (SHG), AK Purkayastha, director (agri-marketing) cum CEO Agri. Marketing Board, impressed upon the woman farmers to derive best advantage from the state level new initiative.

Explaining the objective of the venture, Purkayastha said that since Poma is a model village near to the state capital, this would be an example for other woman farmers of the state to take up new initiatives under ATMA programme.

The inaugural function was attended, among others, by the ASM cum chairman of the Village Development Society, district agriculture officers and officers of Directorate of Agriculture.


KAWA conference

AALO, Nov 4: Under the initiatives of Tai Kaye and Domin Karbak, the then President and Secretary General, the 7th Karko Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) General Body Conference was held on 2nd November  last.

Tumken Bagra, Additional Session Judge, FTC Basar graced the occasion as Guest of Honour at Karbak-Geyi village under Kamba Circle of West Siang District. More than 500 delegates from Pangin, Boleng, Pasighat, Paglam, Nari, Dari, Basar, Likabali, Aalo and Itanagar attended the conference.

Former Minister Eken Riba and Henrik Basar was selected as the President and the Secretary General respectively for the session 2011-14. The house also selected Pasighat as the next venue for the General Body Conference.


Society lauds

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Gyamar Welfare Society has expressed happiness over induction of Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte into prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS) by government of India. The Society hoped he will continue to render best of service to the people of the state and will be role model for younger generation.

Meanwhile All Hija Welfare Society has also lauded Kime Kaming for being inducted into IPS.


Mipi circle office starts functioning

Anini, Nov 4:  Deputy Commissioner, Abu Tayeng visited  Mipi circle to oversee the functioning of the new Circle office.

He had taken personal initiatives in developing the infrastructure of the circle office which was the long felt demand and need of the general public of the area.

DC advised the Circle Officer to deliver her best service to villagers and work in close coordination with the  GBs, PR Members and villagers.

GBs, PR members, Village Heads called on the DC at CO office to apprise him  of the problems being faced by them and sought his personnel attention to redress it.


Trekking expedition

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) will organize two days  trekking expedition to Kario village on Nov 7 and 8. Meanwhile, it expressed happiness over the induction of Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte into Indian Police Service.


Governor seeks assistance of expert naval divers

ITANAGAR: In order to expedite the search and rescue operation at Seppa and downstream of Kameng River, Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh took up the matter with Ministry of Defence and personally spoke to Union Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma on Nov 4.

The Governor informed the Defence Secretary on the latest situation on the hanging bridge collapse, which resulted in lot of causalities and about eleven persons who are still missing.

Expressing his concern on the urgency in the search and rescue mission being undertaken by the local administration, the Governor asked for the assistance of expert naval divers to be made available for carrying out more effective search and rescue operation.

General Singh also spoke to Vice Admiral Anil Chopra Commander-In-Chief, Eastern Naval Command to speed up the process.  (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


ALSU appeals

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has appealed to the newly appointed chief minister Nabam Tuki to give priority on separation of judiciary from executive and also urged him for immediate establishment of Law Commission in state in the greater interest of the common public.


News Impact


IAF rally and percentage of marks

Dear Editor,

Indian Air Force (IAF) held a rally at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun for the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland. The Students who secured 50% marks or above in 10+2 CBSE Examination were allowed to attend the rally.

I have secured 56.2% in plus 2 but I was rejected. One of the Airmen did not accept my percentage for Y group (Non-Technical) saying that I was not qualified to attend the rally as I got only 17 marks in Mathematics which was my additional subject. But the fact is that additional subject is not added in the overall percentage. They added my additional subject and divided it by six subjects whereas they should have just taken into account marks of the five subjects.

I want a reply from any IAF officer regarding this.


Takar Rie

Dera Natung

Govt. College



Dr Jini’s kindness saved my sister

Dear Editor,

My idea of medical service in our state was not very high and those of high medical officers were not better, but to my pleasant surprise, I was proved wrong by Chief Medical Officer, General Hospital, Naharlagun in particular and its staff in general.

On the night of Oct 30, my sister was critically ill and was referred to Guwahati for treatment. Problem of managing an ambulance seemed an uphill task to me, anyway I called up C.M.O, Naharlagun and requested for his help. Frankly I didn't expect much would happen but he took prompt action and arranged an ambulance to take us to Guwahati. I will ever be grateful to him and would not able to repay him ever. If not for him my sister would not have been alive.

I hope people like him will always keep burning the lamp of humanity and other officers should take cue and be sympathetic towards poor and needy.


D . N . Hina



Capable student leader is the need of the hour

Dear Editor,

The XVIth Biennial Conference-Cum-Election of the All Mishmi Students’ Union (AMSU) commences from 3rd November at Sunpura in Lohit. Established in the year 1978 with the motto to serve the Mishmi Society, it was initially a vocal pressure group. It acted  as a vigilant watchdog which would growl, bark and bite whenever the interests of the Mishmis were infringed upon. Upholding its motto, the AMSU since its inception played many significant roles for its society, such as fostering brotherhood among the Mishmis, organizing social services in the villages, guarding the native’s land from encroachment by outsiders and refugees, dissuading the sale of native’s land to outsiders and educating them about its long term implications etc. Similarly, the union leaders were elected on the basis of their integrity and leadership qualities.

But of late, it’s conspicuously seen that the union elections have turned into a political arena. The candidates are affiliated to one or the other politicians. The elections are fought under their auspice, who support the candidate of their choice. To ensure their victory, the political patrons entice the voters with money and other allurements. Obviously after emerging victorious, these student leaders would bend to the interest of their political boss. Instead of becoming a true student leader, they become the Netaji’s stooge, who dances to the latter’s tune by often keeping at bay the community's interest. Under the leadership of such dubious leaders, the union deflects from its motto. In such a scenario, many capable candidates without political affiliations are ignored and the union is deprived of a strong leader. Consequently, the credibility of the union is at stakes. In absence of strong civil bodies of the Mishmis, AMSU is expected to play a host of roles, such as stress on quality education, launch tirade against the opium menace, check the influx of migrants, prevent the marginalization of Mishmis politically and uphold the dignity of the natives, etc.

The need of the hour is of a capable student leader, who can galvanize the dormant youth power to work selflessly for the society. The student community needs to understand that the union election is not only about raving up and casting their votes. They should ensure that they vote for a candidate, who can deliver the goods without fear and prejudice.


Suraj Tayang

Tezu (on email)



Ban, hoarding and inflated prices

Dear Editor,

I would like to post some comment on banning of tobacco products, by various fly by night organizations. I do accept the negative aspects of tobacco consumption, but as an adult member of the society, it is my right and choice to indulge in whatever vices I want to without hurting the sentiments of the majority. Yes smoking, tiranga consumption among school children is rampant and it should be discouraged through awareness and one should not forget the role of parents and family, plus legislations have been passed to control it. Society as a whole should act these organizations has no authority to ban things whatever it maybe.

Does banning really solve the problem? It only leads to hoarding and inflated prices. A pack of cigarettes costing Rs 25 is being sold at Rs 50. The only ones profiting are vendors and wholesalers. The administration doesn’t seem to care. You get cigarette at Rs 25 at district whereas in the capital of a state the rules are openly floated by everyone. It explains the sorry state of affairs. The govt could start on a positive footing if prices are checked on every items used by the common people, though it may sound ridiculous but drops makes an ocean.

Lastly use your precious pages for useful news, not for any know all organizations.


Gampu Pertin




What is the motive behind such sudden compassion?

Dear Editor,

The Heri Youth Welfare Association strongly condemn 7 days ultimatum by one Yumlam Achung, who claims to be president of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) wherein he demanded renaming of Indira Gandhi Park as Heri Tai Memorial. Heri Tai is a martyr of the Nyishi community who laid down his life for the greater cause of the Nyishi community. We the family members of late Heri Tai are at pain to read the local dailies of November 2 issue where one Yumlam Achung so called president of ANYA demanded the State Govt to rename Indira Gandhi Park as Heri Tai Memorial Park. The entire Heri clan does not support such meaningless demand which smack of political motive and malafide intention.

The 7 days ultimatum is uncalled for and is an act to take undue advantage for selfish motive and thereby defaming the supreme sacrifice of late Heri Tai.  

The family members of late Heri Tai under the banner of All Heri Youth Welfare Association out rightly reject and strongly condemn the demand of Yumlam Achung and group. Heri clan does not recognize Yumlam Achung led ANYA and strongly warns them not to interfere in our family matter.

What is the motive behind such sudden compassion for late Heri Tai? Yumlam Achung may kindly clarify on why he did not express condolence to the bereaved family by visiting them at their home? Why he did not visit RK Mission Hospital when he was admitted there and taking his last breath? Why he did not attend the funeral which was attended by every member from Nyishi community?    

Moreover, Yumlam Achung or his representatives did not take the consent of late Heri Tai family before demanding renaming of the Park to the State Govt.

Regarding the Heri Tai case, the Heri clan strongly believes that matter will be seriously taken up by the NES, ANSU and legislators of the Nyishi community.

Therefore, the Heri clan warns Yumlam Achung led ANYA and any organization in future to refrain from playing with the sentiments of Heri clan and make mockery of the supreme sacrifice of late Heri Tai for their selfish interest.

The All Heri Youth Association also demands to the state government to nab the culprits who shot late Heri Tai on 11 October, 2011 at IG Park and award exemplary punishment.


Heri Tapum,


Heri Maju

Spokesperson, AHYWA



Some sense

Dear Editor,

Public Sense, albeit the absence of it is a pan India occurrence particularly so in case of our beloved state.

Take for instance, the ATM Booth. Go to any ATM kiosk and one will see it all swarmed by people. To top it all, you have a separate queue for the women folk, so much so for gender equality which I believe is typical of Arunachal only. This crowding of the ATM kiosk defeats the very purpose of a secure ATM Pin no.

It is very clear even from a layman's perspective that a criminal minded person can easily manipulate the situation and can rob a person. It would be far better if we be a bit patient and show a bit of common sense as well and stand in a queue outside rather than cram the insides.

The same people when they go out to some other states are all courtesy and gentleman personified, they waits, follow the rules etc. Wonder why they can't do the same in their hometown!


Tato Payeng

Taliha, (on email)




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