November 03

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


ACCI questions RKMH

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Taking serious exception to the attitude of doctors of R K Mission Hospital, the Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) today questioned whether the hospital, run by a philanthropic organization,  was meant to serve the people or for its doctors to run business.

Following receipt of complaints that some doctors were diverting patients even from the pay clinic of RKMH to their private clinics for earning easy bucks, ACCI wanted to know those who wanted to be rich overnight should take a different route, not the noble profession of medical. When the hospital has received grant-in-aid from the GoAP and huge corpus fund from the GOI with the commitment to serve the poor and needy, there was no reason for the locals to level allegation of unethical practices by its doctors. It is for the RKMH management to ensure that such thing never happens in future.

RKMH being an institution of the masses with a proven record can not afford to loose its image as a referral hospital for the state as well as neighbouring states, the ACCI said.


Project affected people declare bandh

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: The Youth Association of Ross Panchayat (YARP) and Dakte Hoj Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (DHPYWA) have jointly declared 48- hr bandh call at NEEPCO Ltd’s Pare Hydro Electric Project (PHEP) site at Jampa and Sopo village on November 10 in protest against non-fulfillment of their various demands, including the demand for recruitment of project affected qualified youth into NEEPCO job, by NEEPCO authority.

Criticizing the state government for failing to take up the job issue of project affected people with the NEEPCO authority; both the organizations have threatened to continue their democratic movement against NEEPCO Ltd until and unless the authority of the power developer provides 100 plus job in group B, C & D posts to the project affected people at Pare Hydro Electric Project.


Training cum demonstration

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: A short-term training on the importance of green manuring for the farmers was conducted by KVK Lower Subansiri  

The subject matter specialist on Soil Science spoke on the importance of green manuring as a component of soil health and nutrient management. The farmers were also trained on green manuring crops Dhaincha (Sesbania rosrata) and Azolla.

Around 20 farmers participated in training cum demonstration.


Declare interview results

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) has appealed to the concern authority to declare the results of APPBn/IRBn constable recruitment drive held in Daporijo recently.   Other districts had already declared the results in their respective district but  it is delayed in Daporijo, the Association said.



District youth convention

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Nehru Yuva Kendra, Tezu conducted District Youth Convention and Cultural Program at Tezu on November 1.

The main objective of the convention was to make the Youths known about NYKS existing programs and activities, such as the basics of youth club formation, activation, and sustainability, personality development and leadership qualities,

Attending the program, Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri advised the youth to work for development of society and asked them to say no to drugs. Describing that youths are the future of nation and society, Kri said development of human resources is essential for beginning any other development activities.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK.Sharma encouraged the youths to start self employment activities for self sustenance. He advised the youths to avail the benefit of so many schemes launched for rural development by government. He exhorted the youth to contribute towards socio-economic dev elopement of the society.

Resources person from various development departments and from IGG College, Tezu also highlighted on various development activities of their department and some burning issues of the society.

Both the Parliamentary secretary and DC provided sports materials, (Volleyball and Football) to the youths Club and Mahila mandal.

Presidents and Secretaries of 105 Youth Club and Mahila Mandal from Five Block under Lohit district participated in the program.


Rat menace in Gangte area

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Gangte-Tarak-Lengdi Zilla Parishad Member Taring Bath has appealed to the Relief and Rehabilitation minister to sanction relief fund for the farmers affected by rat menace due to bamboo flowering.  

Informing that jhum cultivation and paddy fields were badly damaged by the rodent population in Gangte and Tarak Lengdi  circle in Kurung Kumey district, the ZPM  said that relief assistance of Rs 500 being paid to each affected villager every year is not enough.  Bath demanded the Govt for enhancement of fund meant for relief assistance and disburse it to  the affected farmers at the earliest.


UMEA favour recruitment process

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Reacting to a news item demanding fresh advertisement of five junior engineers (E-M) in Hydro Power Development which was published in this daily last month, the Unemployed Mechanical Engineer Association (UMEA) has urged the engineering friends of Electrical Engineering Wing not to interrupt the existing recruitment process.

Informing that the Mechanical Engineers are not availing the actual strength of the sanctioned posts for Mechanical Engineers, UMEA, in a release claimed that the total sanctioned posts for JE (EM) is 28 out of which only 20 JEs (EM) are working. Out of the 20 JEs (EM) only 2 are Mechanical Engineers, where 17 JEs are from Electrical department.

“Let the office of HPDD complete the recruitment process in the greater interest of the aspiring engineers of the state,” the release added.


Kena leaves for New Zealand

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena  today left for Auckland city,  New Zealand to attend workshop—II on leadership in urban and rural management.

Earlier, Kena  took part in four days Australian component of international  workshop –I on good governance held at Sydney from Oct 29 to Nov 1 and delivered lecture on the prevailing system of governance  in Arunachal Pradesh.


BSNL cable damaged

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: The BSNL telephone cables have been heavily damaged during the drainage construction work along the national highway in Itanagar. Telephone cable of size 800 pair and 400 pair have been damaged at various locations thereby affecting 800 customers of ESS Sector, Nirvachan Bhawan, Ganga and secretariat areas. Full efforts are being made to restore the faulty telephone lines. The BSNL requested   its esteemed customers to bear with  them.


Student volunteers donate study materials to DPM school

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Student Volunteer Tabom Dugi from Don Bosco College, Julli alongwith 10 volunteers from Dera Natung Govt. College visited the Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing and Visually Impaired today and donated various study materials, such as Scrap books, note books, pens, geometry box, Chart papers to its children.

Tabom and his team were overwhelmed by the academic performance of the students. Tabom extended his thanks to the management of Donyi Polo Mission, especially Gegong Apang, who founded both the school for the differently able children.

H. Sharma, Principal of school while expressing his gratitude to the student volunteers said that such kind of support from the benevolent groups and organization not only benefit the less privileged children but also boost their morale.






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NSCN factional fights force villagers to flee

CM directs police to act swiftly

ITANAGAR, Nov 02:  Villagers have fled their homes in two villages of Longding and Tirap districts after NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) cadres were engaged in gun-fighting, officials said today.

Over hundred villagers of Ojakho, 15 km away from Chasa village in Tirap district, were caught in yesterday's cross firing forcing them to flee for safety, they said.

Intra-factional fight was also reported from Chasa village.

“This is not the first time that such a clash had taken place. Recently there were factional clashes at Chasa village and between Borduria and Kaimai village,” the sources informed.

18 houses of the two villages were gutted and another destroyed.

The police headquarters here on Wednesday claimed that paramilitary forces had intensified patrolling in Borduria and Chasa areas following reports of inter-factional clashes between the two factions of NSCN there.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had yesterday directed the police to act without any delay.

"It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the security and safety of the life and property of the people and the state government will do what is needed," Tuki said.

About 60 NSCN (K) cadre camping in nearby Longmai village and about 50 NSCN (IM) cadre camping in Chatong village began the gun fighting around 4 AM yesterday that continued till 11 AM.

Three AK series rifles and over 100 live rounds were found by Tirap police during search operations from the spot where another turf-war took place on Tuesday last.

Meanwhile, the district administration of Longding rushed immediate relief materials to the victims. (PTI with inputs from DIPRO Khonsa)

Meanwhile, the All Longding District Students’ union  came down  heavily on the two factions of NSCM (IM) and  NSCN (K) for gutting down 18 houses of Ozakho village into ashes during their encounter. The students body condemned the inhuman act of the two factions causing heavy loss to the innocent villagers and also question about the in-fighting between the brothers of two factions of NSCN when the peace talk is in progress between the Govt. of India and NSCN.

Who will take responsibilities for the  inhuman acts meted to the villagers of Ozakho?, it further questioned.

Thought the situation in the village is still in tense, a rescue team from  Longding led by DC  Shilpa Shinde  and police,  and paramilitary forces  led by SP, Rajesh Kumar, Commandant, 4th Rajput Longding, CRPF brought  some solace in the village, the union said.

All the male members of nearby Chanu, the paramount village, also rushed to  the spot with whatever help to rescue and give solace to the grief stricken villagers.

Emphasising on the need to extend support and cooperation to bring peace and normalcy in the areas, the students body urged the Govt to provide immediate relief followed by full compensation  to the victims who are left at the mercy of God. Futher the union urged the state government  and the district administration to provide security to the people infested by the insurgency.

Meanwhile, Wancho Students Union  (WSU) blamed the security forces for their alleged failure to protect the life of people and their properties.  It appealed to the Govt to provide food and shelter the people who lost their properties and houses.  Such incidents of infighting have been going on in Chasa, Borduria and Ozakho villages  for last one week, but the  authorities  ignored it, the union said and appealed to the Govt take immediate steps to bring back peace in Longding district.



I never joined Cong: Rijiju

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Former BJP MP Kiren Rijiju, who returned to BJP recently,  said that he had never joined the Congress party but was in a “political exile” for a period of over three years after quitting the saffron brigade on August 23, 2009 following his defeat in the Lok Sabha election.

Addressing the media persons here today, Rijiju said, “I did never join Congress officially. I just extended my support to the then Dorjee Khandu-led Congress Govt. I remained in political exile for nearly three years… but never criticized BJP.” He further said that it was very difficult for him to adopt  ideology of other’s party.

Rijiju rejoined the BJP  during the  flagging off ceremony of the BJP’s Shahid Sharaddanjali Yatra at Guwahati on Oct 18. BJP president Nitin Gadkari,who flagged off the yatra welcomed him amidst huge gathering. While elaborating his “temporary exile” from the BJP, Rijiju said he was under tremendous mental and political pressure after his defeat in last Lok Sabha election by a negligible margin of little over 1300 votes. He further disclosed  that  his  temporary departure from BJP was a collective decision of the  BJP leaders of the state including all three sitting BJP MLAs.

The former BJP MP further said that he never formally took charge as principal advisor to the then Chief Minister and he never adopted Congress ideology.

Rijiju, however, said that his decision to leave the  saffron party was a big misstate. “I have realized the mistake that I had committed and will never repeat the same”,   Rijiju said. He said his returning to BJP is a home coming which was welcomed by all BJP leaders including party legislators.

Rijiju also tendered apology to thousands of his supporters and BJP workers for “this kind of dishonesty,’ and hoped that he would work for the party and nation with renewed vigour with the support of the  people.

BJP legislator Tapen Siga  who was present in the press meet said “we are happy that Rijiju has come back  to strengthen the party.

Meanwhile, state BJP general secretary Tai Tagak informed that Rijiju has been appointed as chairman of  second phase of Jora Yaad Koro Kurbani Yatra organising committee.



Taloh visits remote Pareng village

Five villages electrified under RGGVY

PANGIN, Nov 02: Five villagers under Pangin constituency, namely   Pareng, Subsing, Sine, Yingku and Yibuk have been electrified under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) today.

The power supply to the above villages was formally inaugurated by the local MLA and present Industry Minister Tapang Taloh in presence of ADC Boleng Taho Mize, Under Secretary Power and Industries TaroMize, EE (Electrical) Tami Jerang, BCCI president Tapang Tamut, ZPM Taben Jamoh and host of officers, leaders and villagers.

Addressing a public meeting at Pareng village, Taloh highlighted various developmental activities being carried out by him in the constituency in particular. He prioritized to provide better health-care facility, education and road connectivity in the constituency so that the objectives of all round development could be achieved.

The minister assured to fulfill all genuine demands in phase wise.

While appreciating the Power department for using quality material and completing the project within stipulated time frame, Taloh informed that 59 BPL households have been given free power connections under the scheme. The minister advised the people for timely payment of monthly electric bills and to protect the public property stating that electricity is equally important like health and education for a progressive society.

The minister sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for maintenance and extension of the Dere (Community Hall) at Pareng village. He assured to construct Pakka road from BRTF road to Rengo village.  He also sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for Dosing to Pareng road extension. The minister asked the authorities of works department to carry out all works according to DPR and government guidelines. Taloh expressed happiness over progress of Simang Hydropower Project.

During interactive session, the minister disclosed various upcoming developments like loin-loom scheme which would be implemented soon in the state under which rural weavers will directly be benefited.

Meanwhile the villagers of Paron in a memorandum informed that 150 out of 156 primary level students have been shifted to other places by their parents due to teacher problem in Pareng village school. The minister assured to take up the issue with the concerned authorities soon. DIPRO



Postpone core-committee meeting on Chakma-Hajong: AAPSU

ITANAGAR,  Nov 02 : All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU)  has appealed to the political secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Government to postpone the tripartite core committee meeting on Chakma-Hajong which is proposed to be held on Nov 3.

AAPSU president Takam Tatung in a release today said the proposed date for the meeting clashes with the preparation works for the  24th  general conference cum election of the union starting from November 19 to 22. “Secondly, we have a reservation over non-inclusion of AAPSU six-member high power committee into the core committee constituted on Oct 26 at Banquet Hall,” Tatung said. AAPSU appealed the political secretary to postpone the scheduled meeting from Nov 3 to 11 and inclusion of the all  six   members to the core committee.



Education is only panacea to all woes: Siram

KAMKI, Nov 02:  The Annual College Day of the Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki in West Siang was flagged off today by Education Minister Bosiram Siram in presence of MP Takam Sanjoy. Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin and Vice President of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Nyamar Karbak were also present in the inaugural function.

Asserting that education is the only panacea to all woes, Siram beckoned the students to take their studies seriously. He assured that the Government under Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is giving top-most priority to education and has the ambitious plan to eradicate illiteracy and attain hundred percent literacy rate in the current five year plan.

Admitting the necessity of an auditorium for the college to hold co-curricular activities, the Education Minister announced to sanction a fund of Rs 60 lakh for its construction. He, however, urged for judicious and proper utilization of the fund.

In his address, MP Takam Sanjoy said higher education is the path finder of a lucrative career for a student. Therefore, he said students must take their higher education seriously.

Sanjoy also said that the days are gone when parents and peers forced students in selecting a career sometimes even if it was not to their liking. He appealed parents not to force their wards to choose a particular profession but give them the freedom to choose their own.

Pointing out that there were hundreds of professions and careers to be chosen from these days, he called upon the youths to take up sports and games if they have the talents seriously. He gave the example of M C Mary Kom and said that she took seriously her sport and today is an icon despite being from a poor family background.

The MP also hailed the Tuki Government for giving the due weightage to sports and games by framing a state sports policy. He said the Chief Minister’s announcement to give incentives to meritorious sportspersons will go a long way in encouraging talented youths to take up sports professionally.

Sanjoy, meanwhile, assured to provide a fund of Rs 30 lakh from his MPLAD for construction of a boundary wall around the college premises.



Take action against school land encroacher: APPDSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU), in a release claimed that the newly constructed boundary wall of Govt Middle School Bassarnallo has been damaged by some persons with vested interested with the intention to encroach the school land.

Describing the incident as shameful, APPDSU demanded the district administration and deputy director of school education Yupia (DDSE) to take serious note of the complaint lodged by the VEC chairman of the school and take strict action against the person(s) involved in the demolition of the boundary wall and give the culprit(s) exemplary punishment as per law.

APPDSU also appealed, especially the general public of Sangdupota circle to discourage such kind of activities which may create bad precedence in the area.

The people should also protect the schools from encroachers for future development.

The Union further urged the authority concerned to take action against the contractor responsible for the collapse of the Poma Bridge and restore it before the next monsoon. Any delay in restoration of the bridge would cause hardship to the people of the other bank of the river.


Please stay at posting places

Dear Editor,

It is found that the officers of various departments in East Kameng  are not attending their offices regularly, not even stay at their posting places. General public are facing lot of difficulties due to non-availability of officers in Govt offices. Moreover, the bills for the contractors have not been released yet due to non-attendance of officers, particularly in important departments like PWD and RWD.

Therefore, I, on behalf of All Puroik Youth Association (APYA)  request the officers and officials to say at their posting places   for well-being of the  people and the district as a whole.


Tadung Yachu






Arunachal needs good quality roads  

Dear Editor,

Despite the road connectivity works in Arunachal Pradesh started way back in 1972, we are still deprived of good roads and proper road connectivity till date. The Govt of India pumps in huge amount for road construction/renovation in every financial year.  Accordingly open tenders are being floated and contractors from other states get the contract works. But the contractors do not maintain quality works  and  in some cases,  they withdraw from the road project without completing it.

Therefore, I request the chief minister to give serious thought on construction of good quality roads in our state with involvement of  local contractors.


Habu Tabang

President, Ess-Sector Welfare Committee

Cooperatives crucial allies in fight against hunger

Small-scale food producers can gain access to local and global markets with the help of cooperatives, says FAO.  One of the only chances small-scale food producers have to gain competitive access to local and global markets is by banding together in cooperatives, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a meeting of the World Cooperatives Congress in Manchester. He said that Cooperatives follow core values and principles that are critical to doing business in an equitable manner that seeks to empower and benefits its members and the community. In the case of agriculture, the cooperative business model helps small- and medium-scale farmers, fishers and others add value to their production and gain access to markets. Many food producers, through their cooperatives, are now even taking part in policy-making discussions that affect their lives.

The FAO chief said that his Organization was committed to fostering the growth of agricultural cooperatives, including through appointing special ambassadors for cooperatives to spread the word and by developing approaches, guidelines, methodologies and training tools on organizational development and policy support.

He called on his audience to contribute to the global plan of action that will emerge from the International Year of Cooperatives, perhaps by assisting less advanced fellow cooperatives in developing countries.

Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), also stressed the importance of increased participation of the people in the decision making process.

"Whether you are in the UK, Brazil, Kenya,Thailand or Nepal, cooperatives help to generate employment, boost national economies and reduce poverty," he told.


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