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National Weightlifting Championship gets underway

Arunachal to produce Olympian within 2016: IWF


M Doley

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The 7th National Youth (Boys & Girls) and 48th Men and Women Junior National Weightlifting Championship got underway at Nyikum Nyia hall, Nirjuli near here today.

According to Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) vice president L. Sokun Singh, 241 athletes and officials from 16 states, including host Arunachal Pradesh have so far arrived here. Participants from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana are expected to arrive in a day or two, he said.

Addressing the inaugural function as chief guest, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said: “Hosting such a big event in a small state like Arunachal Pradesh is a big achievement and Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) headed by Birendra Kumar Baishya as president and his team deserve appreciation for reposing faith on Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) to shoulder the great responsibility.”

Giving full credit to AWA for the mega event, Tuki hoped the championship would herald a new era in Games and Sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

Lauding lifter trio Yukar Sibi, Soram Hitler Tagru and Takio Yana’s recent triumph in national and international level competitions, the chief minister exhorted the upcoming sportspersons to take up sports seriously, which, if pursued sincerely, would not only bring personal glory but also solve unemployment problems. He hoped that the lifters of the state participating in the championship would win medals.

Reaffirming his assurance to the sports fraternity of the state to develop sports infrastructure in every district to groom hidden talents, Tuki said his Government would make its best effort to construct the ambitious multipurpose indoor stadium soon. The chief minister also assured the organizing committee to extend all help for making the event a grand success.

In his speech, IWF president Baishya exuded confidence that Arunachal Pradesh will represent the country in 2016 Olympics in weightlifting. He urged Tuki to patronize the sport to see result.

Praising the efforts of AWA in grooming and exposing the latent talents, the IWF president hoped many Sibis and Tagrus would be emerged from the state in the next few years.

He also praised the Organizing Committee for providing the best accommodation facility and food to the visiting athletes and officials. He said that Arunachal edition of the championship has broken the last year’s records in terms of number of participants. The number of athletes and participating states in this year’s event are much more than that of last year’s national championship, he added.

IWF Joint Secretary and AWA president Abraham K Techi thanked IWF president and general secretary for shouldering AWA to organize the tournament with full faith. He also acknowledged the help and all support extended to AWA by the state Government, specially Chief Minister Tuki, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) president Padi Richo and Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy for organizing this national event. He also mentioned the role and contribution of Army Sports Institute, Pune in grooming the sportspersons of the state.

The inaugural function was attended by Parliamentary Secretary  Nabam Rebia, AOA president and Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, MLA Techi Kaso, Capital DC Onit Panyang, IWF general secretary Sahadev Yadav among others.

The competitions would start from tomorrow at 9.30 am.


Once renowned footballer and FCI manager Medhi’s body found dead

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Pranjal Kumar Medhi, the Itanagar Food Corporation of India (DCI) Manager, who had been missing from 1st November, was today found dead in a drain nearby the office of this daily. His body was later handed over to his wife after post-mortem.

He left behind his wife and two sons.

According to the Itanagar police sources, the cause of death is yet to be known and it may take some time as the body was almost decomposed at the time of recovery. They are not ruling out any possibilities at the moment.

Late Medhi was a renowned football player of  80s and 90s. He played for Kolkata based A division clubs Md. Sporting, George Telegraph, Sonali Sibir during 1980-82. In Assam, he played for Guwahati based Nabajyoti Club and Dynamo Club. He also represented the Junior Indian Football team at Changhai, China and his home team Assam thrice in Santosh Trophy.

Pranjal had been missing since 1st of November and an FIR was lodged with police by his family in this regard.

Itanagar police, who had been tracking him through his mobile phone located that the area of coverage was within Niti Vihar and Division IV area of Itanagar. Basing on that police today carried search operation starting from area around FCI office and finally located his body in a drain less than 100 m away from the FCI office.

The 51 year old Pranjal, a native of Guwahati was posted at FCI, Itanagar recently. He was allegedly battling against alcohol addiction. While talking to this daily a family member of late Pranjal told, “He came to Itanagar on 31st October from Guwahati and was supposed to go back to Guwahati on 1st November evening. He even bought two bus tickets to go to  Guwahati along with one of his colleagues. But he went missing on Nov 1.”

Further he said, “We all are shocked with his death. He had no enmity with anyone and had never received any threat. Hope Itanagar police crack down this case soon and tell us the reason of his death.

His death has sent shock-wave among FCI officials.

“We don’t know what was the cause of death but his death has shattered us. We work under tough condition and this incident has traumatized us a lot. It will take some time for us to get over this incident,” said one FCI officials on condition of anonymity.


AAPSU questions highhandedness of security forces

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has drawn the attention of DGP towards highhandedness of security forces like CRPF, SSB and ITBP during patrolling duty.

In a letter written to DGP, AAPSU President Takam Tatung said behaviour of security forces have become matter of concern for capital citizens.

“It has been experienced in the recent time that the paramilitary forces deployed in the twin capital town of the state are involved in highhandedness in the name of overseeing law and order problem, thus subjecting numerous innocent masses to untold miseries. The report of such dereliction of duty by the custodian of law is condemnable and uncalled for,” said  Tatung.

Further he added, “Though AAPSU welcomes the heightened security frisking in the capital town urges, we urge security forces not to deter the public-police relation with their highhandedness.”


Extended wait

Tongam Rina

Amidst unparalleled violence and high drama, Nabam Tuki took charge as the seventh Chief Minister of Arunachal on Nov 1.

After two long weeks, his ministry was formed. However, the wait is not over yet as even after completion of 22 days; Arunachal unfortunately is yet to see a functional government as the allocation of ministries is yet to be formalized. Even if the Chief Minister is efficient enough to oversee the whole of the departments in absence of full functional ministry, the delay is certainly worrying for a geo-politically sensitive border state.

While the AICC and fickle politics drag on, there are reports of skirmish along the border areas in Tawang and Anjaw. Everyone predictably is quick to deny any such occurrences all in the name of national security. One would perhaps never know what kind of a national security we are talking about.

While everyone including the media choosing to maintain a stoic silence, with financial year almost closing, one wonders whether the state would actually be able to meet the deadlines. It’s for all to see that apart from few inaugurations, this government is yet to move an inch.

Under such trying circumstances, one is bound to question All India Congress Committee for the delay. While state capital burnt and rest of Arunachal watched in horror, the party high command kept quite. The silence of the party was broken only after a youth lost his life and citizens moved out of the Capital amidst unprecedented violence.

If we recall, AICC did not step in for four long months while the Congress party in the state was divided in two camps forcing a halt to all developmental activities. One group was locked up in Chief Minister’s official bungalow while the other group was in Delhi.

The collective silence of all the 60 representatives sure was a lesson for the people of the state. They say a state gets a media it deserves. Perhaps it’s true even for our elected representatives.

To put it mildly, they don’t deserve another chance to represent us in their life time.

While the Congress MLAs fought at the cost of peace, security and development of the state, the rest of the elected representatives were mute spectators.

While we and their money decide who represents us in 2014, it is worrying that Arunachal does not figure in the agenda of the Congress or the UPA government.

For those who follow the workings of the Congress party, it won’t come as a surprise as AICC usually do take longer than necessary to decide for states that does not have the requisite numbers and the resources. For us in Arunachal, the recent happenings were good testimonies about where we figure in scheme of things. A state dependent on centre for all its funds and to make matter worse with just two mute MPs, we are a lost case.

In the meantime as Buddy puts it, people of the state alternatively look Delhi-wards and heaven-wards for answers.


Maintain quality of work: Kaso

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 22: Legislator Techi Kaso today exhorted the public works department to maintain quality of work by judiciously utilizing the limited funds.

Kaso accompanied with PWD CE(WZ) TH Tayung and a host of engineers including SE and EE inspected various ongoing works at D’ sector, G’ Extension market area here and Nirjuli township roads being executed by the PWD.

All-round development should be sole objective of the PWD by utilizing the funds for the purpose it has been sanctioned for, he said. While appealing to the public to extend their cooperation, the local MLA also urged all contractors to abide by the instructions of the field engineers for timely completion of various projects without compromising with their quality.

The construction could create temporary hurdle but the people should realize that the works are for their benefit, he added.


Union questions Dept clarification

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe Student Union (APSTSU), a federal unit of All India Schedule Tribe Students Action Forum after a visit to the site of the accident  wherein Nyajum Kakki, a budding media professional got  electrocuted by a live 11 kv electric wire at E Sector Naharlagun has rejected the statement of the Electrical department.

In its press statement, the department of power had said that the site of the accident was “No Man’s land” and unwarranted place for the common man. The Union stated that the site where the accident occurred is public area wherein large number of people have already settled. Quoting local people, the Union further stated that despite several complaints lodged in that regard, the department remained unmoved.

According to norms of department, the height of electric  wire should be 5 to 7 meter from ground at jungle and 9 to 10 meter at highway but when the union  measured the  height of the live wire which caused the accident it was only 1.5 meter above the  ground level.

It said that the department is solely responsible for causing the untimely death of one of the promising journalists in the state. It further appealed to the department that instead of indulging in blame game, the department should come forward and take responsibility for their negligence and should make adequate compensation to the victim’s family.

Meanwhile, the Union urged that the department concerned to learn lesson from it and do the needful to avoid recurrence of such unavoidable accident in near future.


Convention Hall at IG Park

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki laid the foundation stone of the ambitious state-of-the-art Convention Hall here at I G Park this morning. The project, being executed by Arunachal Pradesh Infrastructural Development Corporation Ltd and implemented by the state Urban Development & Housing department, once completed will have a seating capacity of 1000 people and include basic amenities like restaurants, food court, office with media room, amphitheater with change room amid ample parking facilities. With an estimated cost of Rs 3,125 lakhs (excluding contingency and labour cess), the project is to be completed within a period of 24 months from the date of commencement of the work.  

Construction of the Convention Hall in the state capital has been finalized keeping in mind the difficulties faced by the people of the state for convention of meetings, VIP functions, etc. The existing meeting halls and public centers like the Banquet Hall do not have sufficient seating capacities or parking facilities, that is why large public gathering at one place is not possible. Hence, the government felt it necessary for construction of a state of the art Convention Center. (Media Cell, CM).


AAPSA  Talent Search 2011

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: All Arunachal Private School Association (AAPSA) organized inter school “Talent Search 2011” at Delhi Public School, Itanagar, on 21-11-11 with the motto “Together to Excel”

Delhi Public School, Itanagar bagged “Junior Champions Trophy” while Holy Cross School Itanagar bagged “Senior Champion Trophy”.  

Rev. Fr. Klement Vaclav SDB, General Councilor for International Salesian Missions (Rome), the chief guest of inaugural session while inaugurating the Talent Search 2011 called upon the students to develop respect towards parents, teachers, elders and companions.  He called upon the youngsters to excel in education, co-curricular activity and life.  

Altogether 14 schools participated in the event and around 700 students were present.  The students participated in Poem recitation, Declamation, Essay competition, Art Competition, Solo and Group Songs and colorful display of Group Dance.

During the prize distribution ceremony T. Gusar DSP Itanagar, advised the children to follow the path of hard work and discipline.  While stressing on the importance of discipline he called upon the students to focus their attention on academics and for a better future as well.

Ivan.J.F.Vas, Headmaster, while thanking the Guests, Principals and students opinioned that the right combination of co-curricular and academics and responsible educators can work wonders in building better future for the children.


RWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The first ever conference of Rending Welfare Society (RWS) was conducted at Linia village under Yachuli circle of Lower Subansiri district from November 18 to 20 last.

Attending the inaugural day of the conference as chief guest, Yachuli MLA Likha Saaya encouraged the members of the society to work for noble cause and welfare of the society. He assured his full support and cooperation to the society and urged the society members to reciprocate. He released the genealogy of RWS on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan, guest of honour, urged the womenfolk of the society to form self help group (SHG) and avail its benefit. She also assured all possible help from her side for the socio-economic development of the society members.

The chief guest and guest of honour were accompanied by DHO, DDSE, DMO, DAO, BCC-I president and many prominent leaders of the area.

Various dance, games and sports competitions were organized to mark the occasion.

Dr. Tania Raju and Tania Taluk were felicitated on the occasion for being the first doctor and MA, LLM degree holders respectively from RWS by the chief guest and guest of honour.

RWS president Tania Boga submitted a 3-point memorandum to the chief guest.


Association demands solution to TOI issue

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Nyishi Youth Welfare Association has demanded immediate solution to the infamous TOI issue which created unnecessary communal tension in the state.

Highlighting the October 11 IG Park incident, which claimed a life and led to unprecedented violence, the association said public of the state suffered a lot due to violence of that fateful day. It also led to communal tension among different tribes of Arunachal, they claimed. They wanted to know why government is keeping silence on TOI issue now. Further they urged the chief minister to bring an honourable solution to TOI and Deccan Chronicle issue so that all doubt is cleared and pride of Nyishi is maintained. They gave 10 days ultimatum in this regard to state government and threatened to launch democratic movement on the same issue till justice is delivered.


Socio-economic reforms of 19th century India

Itanagar,  Nov 22:  The History Department of Don Bosco College organised a seminar on ‘Socio-Economic Reforms of 19th Century in India’.

Research papers on eminent  reformers of  the time like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Vivekananda, and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan were presented by the students.

Addressing the seminar, the chief Resource person Dr. S.N. Singh, HOD, History Dept.  of RGU said that India of the present day is the product of the movements and reforms set in motion in 19th century India.

He said that the social reformers of the time were imbued with the courage to stand against the evils prevailing in the socio-religious sphere of India. They stood their ground against all odds to eradicate social evils and brought about ‘renaissance’ in Indian society ushering India into a new dawn. Encouraging the students he stated that every society has some evil practices which need to be eradicated with courage. He also emphasized the need to have universal brotherhood and harmony among all groups of people in India.


Action against land  encroachers demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Zilla Parishad member (ZPM) of Taraso under Papum Pare district appealed to the people of Assam to maintain status quo along Assam-Arunachal border near Taraso.

The ZPM, in a release alleged that thousands of people from Assam have illegally settled down after occupying Arunachal land near Radhaso, Tallumso, Huking Hote and Tasumso villages under Taraso circle and

As per resolution adopted by the border peace committee in 1992, the Assam-Arunachal boundary should be Raj Ghar Ali but the same is being violated by people of Assam under the patronage of so called Arunachal Agrashan Protirodh Committee.

The ZPM further said that Papum Pare deputy commissioner along with DFO Banderdewa, EAC Balijan, Taraso CO witnessed the gravity of the situation during their visit to the spot today.

While appealing to the state Govt. to take up the matter with its Assam counterpart, the ZPM also demanded immediate arrest of those persons who have provoked the innocent people to encroach Arunachal land thereby creating disharmony among people of both the neighboring states.


List of Parliamentary Secretaries


1) C C Singpho

2) C T Mein

3) T Norbu Thongdok

4) Honchum Ngandam

5) T Taiju

6) Padi Richo

7) J K Panggeng

8) Kumar Waii

9) Nido Pavitra

10) Phosum Kimhum

11) Karikho Kri

12) Gadam Ete

13) R T Khunjuju

14) Gojen Gadi

15) Tsewang Dhondup

16) Lokam Tassar

17) Likha Saaya

18) Jambey Tashi

19) Yumsem Matey

20) Punji Mara

21) Wangki Lowang

22) Thangwang Wangham

23) Nabam Rebia





Training of trainers on MCTS

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Two days state level training for district trainers on Mother and Child Tracking system (MCTS) in two batches each were organized by the State Health Society, Naharlagun on Nov 14-15 and Nov 21-22 at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Naharlagun.

MCTS is a generic system which aims to provide information of different health services received at the individual level, by monitoring all the encounters that an individual undergoes in his/her health program. This system aims to help the service provider by categorizing various health services the individual person has to get (with due date) and missed services. It also provides for effective monitoring of different health services drilling down to the individual patient information, he said.

The training concluded today with a message to all the districts to upload data in the MCTS portal urgently.

Nani Mali, MD (NRHM) in his inaugural speech exhorted the participants to update the data on web portal in time without delay and to learn and absorb all they can from the training. Since the data updated by districts can directly be viewed online by the centre, he advised the participants not to be careless while updating on the web portal and to be sincere and regular.

Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM) explained that Tracking of Pregnant mothers and children have been recognized as a priority area for providing effective healthcare services to this group.

As a major initiative in this regard, the MCTS is name based pregnant mother and child tracking system. It is a management tool to reduce MMR/IMR/TFR and to track the health service delivery at the individual level.

Apart from Mission Director (NRHM), Nodal officer (NRHM), Dr. A. Perme Ete, State Programme officer (M&E)-cum NO (AH), District Programme Managers, District Data Assistants, Block Accountant cum Data Assistants, Senior officers and staffs of the Mission Directorate and a Resource person from NIC attended the programe.


Council questions delay

ITANAGAR, Nov 22:  All Nyishi Youth Council has expressed concern over delay in distribution of port- polio by chief minister Nabam Tuki. While stating that the state was facing deficit in development due to leadership crisis, ANYC appealed to the chief minister to immediately distribute port-folios to his council of ministers so that everyone can get back to work soon and makeup for the losses of the last seven months.


Fire in Changlang

ITANAGAR, Nov 22:  A devastating fire broke out yesterday in Apuka cinema hall complex, Changlang town. Two shops were gutted down which led to heavy losses of items.


State Merit Scholarship Exam

Naharlagun, Nov. 22: The State Merit Scholarship Examinition-2011 of class VIII passed students will be conducted at Govt.Hr.Sec. School, Itanagar instead of earlier notified Center i.e. Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Arunadoya Itanagar on 27-11-2011 (Sunday) at 10 AM.

Admit Cards of eligible candidates are being sent to the DDSEs of the districts.

However, for the Capital District of Papum Pare, concern school authorities are directed to send their representatives for collection of the Admit Cards from the Academic Branch of the Directorate of School Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar on any office working day, informed T. Talo, Director of School Education.


Development of micro enterprises in NE

Itanagar, Nov 22: The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, an organization under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India is organizing a regional workshop on innovative approaches for development of micro enterprises (IADME)  in north eastern region for the senior level officers who are directly or indirectly involved in the process of promotion and growth of micro enterprises, particularly in the urban areas like Municipality development authority, Municipality corporation, Municipality board, Industry department, Bank, NGO’s at the institute premises from Dec 06.

The two days work shop aims at creating awareness on the need and importance of new innovative approaches for the development of micro enterprises.

Dr. Renu Khosla, Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, New Delhi will deliver the key -note address along with eminent scholars.


Rural sports competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The district Level Rural Sports competition-cum-selection under PYKKA was organized at Longding from November 18 to 20.

The competitions  conducted by the department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Tirap District under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) was participated by selected players (both boys and girls) from 9 Anchal Blocks of the district took part .

R.Mehu, DSO (Sports) highlighted the main aims and objectives of the sports meet. He informed that the selected players from Dist. Level Rural Sports meet will represent the district at the State level Sports meet at Itanagar to be held in the 2nd week of December next.

N.Wangsu, ADC Longding was the chief guest of the inaugural function. While explaining the importance of Games and Sports Wangsu advised the players to maintain discipline during the competition.

The closing ceremony was attended by  T.Dada, Circle Officer, Pumao  and ZPM Chubam Anchal Block  as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Both the chief guest and guest of honour distributed the prizes to the winners and certificates of participation to all the players.


Union demands road renovation

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union has drawn the attention of PWD central zone towards delay in blacktopping of Talariang-Yangte road under RIDF-XIV scheme.

The union urged the  department concerned to immediately instruct the contractor to take up work without any further delay. Though the Talariang-Yangte road is in deplorable condition, some of the contractors are yet to start the work, the union claimed. Further they urged both contractors and concern department to surrender the work if they can’t complete it in stipulated time.


Union thanked

Itanagar,  Nov 22:  All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) and East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (EKMZSU) thanked All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) for its extensive support extended to Ame Natung who met with an accident in February last.

Natung was elected as a member during the last ANSU election.

He met with an accident in Itanagar just two days after his election in Seppa.

He is currently undergoing treatment at Chandigarh Omni Hospital.

The cooperation of the ANSU in terms of moral and financial shall not be forgotten, the release read.  


BSG welcomes

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG) of West Siang district organized the welcome ceremony for Tomi Doke, DDSE cum district chief commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides on 20th of this month.

All the unit leaders of scouts, guides, cubs and bulbul of West Siang under the leadership of Kepmi Pakam, district training organizer BSG, West Siang extended warm welcome to the new district chief commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides.


New monks at monastery

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society today organized a ceremony to mark the arrival of new monks in Thupten GA-Tselling monastery in Siddhartha Vihar, Itanagar. The new monks will take care of all activities for the next one year.

Meanwhile IBCS informed that they will organize free medical camp from 25th to 28th November at Men-Tse-Kang near Thupten Ga-Selling monastery, Itanagar and appealed everyone to attend camp to make best use of free medical camp.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Doi Kilo Welfare Committee is going to organize social service on 26th and 27th of this month for cleaning and maintenance of two suspension bridges. They appealed to the people of the area to participate in the programme.


Humiliation alleged

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Students’ Union of Government College, Seppa has alleged humiliation of its medal winning students by the organizers of the just concluded IXth Inter-College Youth Festival at Rono Hills, Rajiv Gandhi University by not calling them to the stage to collect their prizes in the valedictory function.

“Instead they were given their prizes by the organizing committee only after the valedictory function was over,” the students union alleged and said such negligence shown to the medal winning students by the organizing committee deserves condemnation.

The medal winners were Nayo Taki (2nd, marathon race, Male), Jasi Rimo and Churme Rakhya (1st and 2nd, Marathon race, female), Atam Bagang (2nd, 100m race) and Rapung Duri (2nd, 100m race).


GSU unhappy at dropping of Dabi

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Galo Students Union has expressed displeasure over dropping of senior Congress leader Tako Dabi from Tuki led cabinet. In a release GSU stated that Dabi has been tallest leader of Galo community and state in general.

Stating that Dabi has contributed immensely for development of his constituency, GSU said a man who has been elected five term consecutively should be given more respect and adulation. Union further stated that experience and senior leaders like him are very much needed for over all development of state.


Forum questions

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has expressed concern over non-arrest of those who attacked the president of forum on 19th September at his own resident.

While coming down heavily on state govt, forum wanted to know why there has been no arrest in this regard till date. Further they warned that if their genuine demand is not met within seven days, they will be forced to go for rigorous democratic movement against Congress led state government.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Full Gospel Church Arunachal Pradesh is going to conduct the inter-denomination healing crusade cum pre Christmas celebration from 2nd to 4th December at Jomlo Mongku village, West Siang district.

Pastor Hamlet K Rajee and his team from Shillong will be part of the celebration.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church Nonpu, Doimukh is going to organize convention cum healing service from 6th to 9th December in the Parish Church ground. Food and accommodation will be provided free to all the participants, they informed in a release.


ACCAWA reconstituted

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The executive body of All Capital Complex Autorickshaw Welfare Association (ACCAWA) has been reconstituted with Tadar Oping, Dungu Tamin and Tako Doyom as president, vice president and general secretary respectively, in a meeting held here on Saturday last.


Students get support

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Mori-Moya Intellectual Forum, Dumporijo, has supported the 24 hours  Upper Subansiri District bandh called on Nov 23 given by all Upper Subansiri student against authority’s inaction to arrest Junior cum Cashier and SSA coordinator for alleged misappropriation  and misutilization of SSA fund.

It further appreciated the student organization for unearthing the corruption activities through RTI Act and also appealed to the authority concern to give stern punishment as the law.



ITANAGAR, Nov 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Poverty People’s Union has appointed Licha as president of their Lower Subansiri district unit.

Dongro Waii, Sania Welly and Vikash Richo have been selected as chairman, vice-chairman and general secretary respectively of Upper Vivek Vihar Colony Welfare Society.

Lungku Aken and Kina Taper have been selected as chairman and general secretary of 45th central Boori Boot Yullo celebration to be held at Raga from 3rd to 5th February.

New market business community Daporijo, Upper Subansiri have unanimously selected Miro Bagbi as President and Mania Lusi Dasi as its General Secretary.  



ITANAGAR, Nov 22:  Anggong Society has condole the untimely demise of late Talong Goi who died today at Guwahati. Born on 18th June, 1987, he was serving as junior engineer in Jaypee group, Shillong at the time of his death.

Terming his death as loss to Anggong society in particular and Adi community in general, society prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. They further prayed to the almighty to give enough strength to the bereaved family member to bear the irreparable loss.


News Impact


We oppose the title of Karam Veer

Dear Editor,

Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), leading the People's movements against Big Dams in the Siang Basin vehemently oppose the of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) decision to confer upon the title of "Karam Veer" on late Dorjee Khandu.

We, question APLS president Y D Thongchi as to why a title should be conferred upon an individual, who has sold  all rivers, land, forests and minerals to private parties.

The Comptroller and Auditor General Report (CAG) has already stated that the account and expenditure of the so called "upfront money" has not been yet clarified and even accounted for.

A person who has sold away all the land, rivers, mountains, natural resources and minerals without the consent of the indigenous owners, who have acquired it from their ancestors and especially in the Adi belts even many people have laid down their lives fighting the colonial rulers for the safety and security of their motherland cannot be respected by conferring an unwarranted title. A person who has taken autocratic, anarchic, dictatorial decisions in a democratic set up of government in and attempted to forcefully snatch the properties of the poor villagers cannot command any respect from the common people of the state, especially poor farmers who are on the verge to lose their lands to the Big Dams.

We shall oppose and object to any moves to confer any sort of titles to late Dorjee Khandu whom  FSD shall always give the tag of "Land Grabber".


Vijay Taram  

 Ogam Mengu   

Maksup Yomso

Forum for

Siang Dialogue (FSD), Pasighat



Why is Nagaland worried about us?

Dear Editor,

I'd like to open the eyes of GoAP.

I was very shocked and awestruck on reading an article titled "Nagaland minister attends Foundation day in Tirap". Also, some of the lines like, "While greeting the people on the occasion, the minister told the gathering that the Chakhesang Baptist Church Minister’s Hill Kohima under the active patronage of Chakhesang Mission Society and Chakhesang Baptist Church Council had invested so much for the establishment of the Tutsa Model School because the Chakhesangs of Nagaland love the Tutsas."

Don't we love our fellow citizens? I'm surprised that, what's Govt. of Arunachal doing. These people from out of state are coming in our state and investing to establish a school at some remote place whereas our Govt. is busy fighting for CM’s chair.

Also, funnier thing is a minister from neighboring state is coming to our state and demanding Govt. of Arunachal to look after our own fellow citizens. And also donates Rs 1 lakh from his side and another Rs 1 lakh from Nagaland CM’s side to the school management. And also a CM of some other state is worried about our people's uplift, while our own Govt. is busy pulling each other's legs. And moreover, which society is the NPF boasting to up-lift? They consider themselves as just a regional party of Nagaland, but are talking about uplifting Arunachalee society. This is really funny.

Also, as we all know about the recent news about the creation of a "supra state".

I think this news still didn't reach the ears of our GoAP. Is this because they never watch News on Tv or read Papers or access internet. Why is GoAP is always the last to know about any news?

At last, thanks to Taba Ajum for enlightening us about the Judicial status of our state.

As told by a CBI Inspector that I met while on a Train journey, considering the density of people and the number of Crimes, Arunachal has higher crime rate than UP, Bihar or any other state. Where are we heading?

Wake up Government of Arunachal Pradesh.


N L Richo



Thanks for standing by us

Dear Editor,

We express profound gratitude to all those who turned up and stood by us to provide moral, physical and all kinds of support when our son Neetin Rina was battling for his life after a road accident on 4 Nov. Without the support of  friends, relatives, Church associations and well wishers, we would not have had been in a position to overcome the unfathomable grief and irreparable loss. Though it may not be possible to offer our heartfelt thankfulness to all in person, the Rina family shall always remember their presence & joining hands in the times of trouble.

The Rina family also feels indebted especially to Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister, Takam Sanjay MP and T.N Tara Dy. Dir. Legal Metrology for arranging Air ambulance facility from Aurangabad to New Delhi in a brief period of time despite their hectic schedule without which further treatment at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, would not have been possible.

Albeit maximum effort and highest possible level of treatment to save his life, Neetin left us for the heavenly abode on 8th Nov at Indraprashta Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, leaving behind his beloved parents and his three younger sisters.

Through this daily, we once again would like to convey our sincere thanks and request all the Church believers, friends and well wishers to keep praying for Lt. Neetin Rina so that his soul may rest in eternal peace.


Dr Jumnee Rina




Dont impose Hindi

Dear Editor,

Assam should follow a 3 language formula where English will be used to communicate with the whole world, and used in higher studies in state and abroad.

Assamese will be taught as a subject in all medium schools, also in Kendriya Vidyalayas  and army schools set up by central govt in Assam.

Every school should have the local ethnic language opted by a student, for example, Mising in Lakhimpur, Bodo in Kokrajhar, Rabha in Goalpara, Tiwa in Morigaon, because of majority of that ethnic tribe in that district.

Hindi should be taken away from schools as was the situation before 1947. Those who want to learn it can go to Hindi schools or get private tutors. We donot need to be pandits in Hindi. Whatever Hindi we learn from Bollywood Hindi films and TV shows is more than enough to be used when going to the cow belt. The educated high class also only use English in Indian cities. In signboards also, English is used in metros. With taxiwallas, the basic minimum can be spoken as we hear speak in Hindi films and songs.

This is the best way to preserve Assamese language and ethnic tribal languages. Otherwise, Hindi will gradually swallow all the native languages as in the case of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. Our coming generations will be absorbed into Hindi as planned by the central government of India. Only Tamil Nadu will be able to save the unique identity in the next 50 years. Will the Assam govt have the guts to tell this outright to the central govt and Nehru family? Will the Brahmin high caste ministers listen to the suggestions of a native of Assam? The Himanta Sharmas and Murli Manohar Joshis, this Tripathi and that Chaturvedi should stop imposing their decisions on Assam. These Hindis should sit in Benaras, Kashi in UP, or Patna in Bihar and learn their Hindi language for themselves.


Diganta Sonowal




News report did not reflect the factual position

Dear Editor,

Apropos to an article written by Ojing Tayeng viz " Strategic Vijaynagar devoid of any development" published in the issue of 20th November, wherein the writer in his article has mentioned that " the construction of 100 KW Micro Hydel Station at Vijaynagar started by the Department of Hydro Power Development has been halted midway", it is to clarify that the Department has already completed the construction of the hydel station and has already test commissioned the same in March, 2011. However, the commercial generation could not be started because of non ¬availability of the transmission line for evacuation of power from the hydel station. The construction of evacuation and distribution system by the Department of Power is reportedly underway and on completion of the T & D system by the Department of Power the generation of power from the hydel station would be started by the Department of Hydro Power Development.

It may further be stated that despite non-availability of road, the project has been completed in a record time by transporting all the construction materials and Electro-mechanical equipments through head loads and air-sortie covering a distance of 175 KM (approx.).

For carriage of heavy materials like steel, even the service of elephants had to be employed. The skilled manpower also had to be deployed from the plain areas of Assam and outside. It appears that the writer / reporter have not given the factual position in his article.


Chief Engineer

Department of Hydro Power,  Itanagar





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Polio and India


After India launched national polio eradication programme, there has been amazing changes. For a country that was most afflicted with the disease, only one case has surfaced in 2010.

The on-going vaccination strategy, especially the use of the Bivalent OPV since the first quarter of 2010, is considered to be the key factor in the current success. This, along with the relentless efforts of the central and state governments, UN agencies like UNICEF and WHO, organisations like Rotary International, and other key partners, have helped to establish the much needed health-seeking behaviour from care givers and parents of children under five.

The occurrence of even a single case during this phase could almost lead to a public health emergency for the national polio eradication programme,.

The primary source of detection for polio is through cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). It is to be noted that only about one-in-2,000 wPV3 infections result in paralysis, whereas it is one-in-200 for wPV1. India saw its last type-3 virus around a year ago. This seems to indicate that India has managed to push the wPV3 to a corner. All the six outbreaks in 2009 were fully neutralised, which is why there have been no cases in 2011. Moreover, according to available scientific data, even the sewage samples taken from select high-risk areas have not shown the presence of the type 3 virus for over 14 months.

Given India’s high population density, and other risk-factors like poor routine immunisation, lack of appropriate sanitation and poor hand-washing/hygiene health-behaviour, gaps in detection are possible despite the country having an extremely sensitive disease surveillance system in place, experts feel.

While 2010-11 saw the consolidation of the polio eradication programme, the next three years – till 2014 – would be crucial in ensuring the complete eradication. This would also mean focused and intense communication and preventive work under the polio eradication programme, especially with regard to critical risk-factors like poor routine immunisation and lack of proper sanitation.


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