November 15

CM congratulates Nobin

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has congratulated ace karateka from the state P Nobin Jomoh for winning two silver medals in the 7th Commonwealth Karate Championships held at Montreal, Canada last month, when the later called on him in his Niti-Vihar residential office this evening.

Accompanied by chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal Tapuk Taku, vice chairman Likha Tara, member secretary of SAA Tadar Apa, Arunachal Olympic Association secretary general Gechi Doke, Arunachal Karate Association general secretary Langkung Marik and technical director and coach SD Sharma, Nobin showed his medal and certificates to the chief minister.

Tuki while lauding his contribution exhorted others to emulate. He also requested the champion to work harder and bring more laurels to the state and the country.


Arunachal Football League

Todo United beat Capital Complex

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Todo United Football Club (TUFC) defeated Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) by solitary goal in the ongoing Arunachal Football League at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today, The all important goal was scored by Tatan Dai in the 5th minute.

Bamang Taji FC will lock horns with Tugung Neri SC tomorrow at 2 pm.   


Referee examination cum training

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: A state level football referee (first class) examination cum training will be held at Pasighat, East Siang district from November 23 to December two.

While informing this, Arunachal Pradesh Football Referee Association president Nada Apa said that the referee examination is being conducted under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association due to acute shortage of first class football referee in Arunachal Pradesh. He urged football referees of the state to avail the opportunity.


State level Shito-Ryu Karate C’ship in Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The 4th State Level Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-do Championship will be held at Doying-Gumin Hall, Pasighat from December 7 to 9. Education Minister Bosiram Siram will inaugurate the tournament.


Ajin Arrom win  Middle Zone Volleyball Tournament

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Ajin Arrom Team defeated Daath Volleyball Team 25-19, 25-20 in the final to become champion of the First Middle Zone Volleyball Tournament (U-Class X) organized by Students of Govt. Middle School, Jollang in the school playground today.

The final match was attended by Ha Tugung, ZPM, Pip Sorang and Tarh Kanium, president Jollang Youth Welfare Association.

The tournament was organized as part of the Children’s Day celebration.


PPA flays Cong. Govt.

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Criticizing the Congress-I Government for ‘half-hearted’ devolution of power and function to Panchayat and Municipal bodies, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) asserted that real democracy in Arunachal can only be achieved under its (PPA) regime only.

Addressing a joining ceremony at party office, Naharlagun today, the party leaders, including president Nikh Kamin and spokesman cum general secretary Tsering Naksang, stated that the devolution of power under 29 Subjects to PRI leaders are only in paper and it will continue to be so as long as the policy makers are from the Congress-I party.

According to them, even the selection of IAY, horticulture garden, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, Gaon Buras etc. are single handedly done by the local MLAs.

“Such blatant violation of the guidelines is very unfortunate and goes against the dreams of the founding father of the grassroots level democracy in India,” they said in a release.

“The leaders further charged that the concept of three Fs--Fund Function and Functionaries-- are only conceptual dreams and at the best can be seen as election lollypops of the Congress to continue holding the seats of power at Itanagar,” they said, adding that “the fate of the democratically elected councillors at Pasighat and Itanagar too are similarly sealed under the dark room of the Congress legislators.”

Urging the elected Panchayat leaders and Municipal councillors to stand united and  back the PPA to fight for their Constitutional rights through all democratic means, including a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi followed by hunger strike in front of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.

The PPA leaders further asserted that given the mandate in 2014 Parliamentary Election followed by Assembly Election, the PPA will bring a legislation to debar the MLAs from interfering in the functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Municipal modies and abolish election to the same on party lines since party politics have caused immense damage as well as divided the basic fabric of tribal society which is based on principles of Consensus and Co-operation rather than Competition and Conflicts.


Dani Salu takes over charge of IPR Secretary

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 14: Dani Salu, a young central cadre officer of Indian Defense and Accounts Services (IDAS) of 1997 batch hailing from Hija Village of Ziro Lower Subansiri District has taken over the charge of Secretary, IPR.

Immediately after the order of assignment, the officer visited the Directorate of IPR office yesterday in connection with various preparations on Vikas Rally and reviewed the works on booklet, documentary film and all other related advertisements to be given in the publication matter of the Vikas Rally.

A documentary film titled, “Arunachal Pradesh (Marching Ahead...)”, produced by DIPR will be telecast through DDK here on November 15 and 16 respectively in between 6 pm to      6. 30 pm.

The documentary film highlights the initiatives and achievements of the state government. DIPR


APATCYO-USU for regulation of RTE Act in the state

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization Upper Subansiri Unit (APATCYO-USU) has urged the state government to implement the RTE Act in letter and spirit.

Alleging collection of high fee from students by the authorities of various schools, the Union demanded the education minister to inspect the schools and initiate action against those earring headmaster/principals.

Other demands of the unon included approval of AOP for 2013-14, immediate establishment of engineering college in the state and creation of Arunachal Railway Police, among others.


LRSO’s transfer  demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Leveling allegation of corruption, the Social Reform and Anticorruption Activists’ Association has demanded transfer of LRSO, West Siang district within 15 days.

The copies of the ultimatum demanding his transfer were also submitted to the secretary and director land management, PPS to chief minister, chief secretary and secretary to Governor.


RGUSU resents bail to accused Prof.

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) has expressed deep anger and grief over report that prof MC Behra, the alleged accused of infamous molestation case has been granted regular bail. RGUSU stated that student community of university has been deeply hurt by this new development.

Following this, yesterday the students in hundred numbers protested against the court decision and shouted slogans against the accused. Furthermore regarding the loopholes of security failure against such incidents where the culprit have a easy hand on the law and easily gets bail extension or may be freed, the students have strongly demanded the govt and the security agencies of the state to pass a strict law against such perverts and deal them with an iron hand. Recalling the recent case of Likabali and Tezu it has also created a collective and serious concern over the safety of women community in our state. Further RGUSU has appealed to the entire student community and the public to join hands together in teaching such people a lifetime lesson and strictly deal with them as per keeping aside caste, creed or relation. Let such perverts learn how concerned we are regarding the safety of our sisters and mothers in our state, stated RGUSU.


APCC pays tribute to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The rank and file of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today paid floral tributes to the country's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of his 124th birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, APCC president Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy, UD and Housing Minister Rajesh Tacho paid homage and garlanded the decorated portrait of Pandit Nehru at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

Party leaders, ministers, MLAs, PCC office bearers and members, Councilors of Itanagar Municipality, frontal wing office beaers and workers were also present on the occasion and paid rich tributes to late Pandit Nehru.


NHPC holds state level painting competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Mudang Anku, class 6 of VKV Ziro and Saikat Paul, class 9 of VKV Chimpu won the first prize in the state level painting competition on energy conservation, 2013 under category ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively organized by NHPC Limited at Banquet Hall here on November 12 last.

Nyohai Wangjen, class 6 and Piman Rani Wangsaham, class 6 of Rama Krishna Sharda Mission School, Khonsa, Vikash Miroh, class 7 of Donyi Polo Mission School, Chimpu won second and third prizes in category A and B respectively.

The winners were awarded cash prizes. 10 participants from each category were also awarded consolation prizes.

The winners under the category ‘A’ will participate in National Level Painting Competition.

Altogether 50 students from each category were selected for participation in the state level competition.

After giving away the prizes to the winners, education minister Bosiram Siram emphasized on involvement of children as media in energy conservation and hoped that the winners will disseminate information about the need of energy conservation.


Palin on verge of starvation: ZPM

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Palin ZPM Rido Meena has drawn attention of the authorities concerned towards acute shortage of PDS items in Palin area.

In a release, the ZPM said that the people of Palin area in particular and Kurung Kumey district in general were on verge of starvation due to non supply of PDS items since last three months.

Requesting the concern authority for supply adequate rice, the ZPM said that the most sufferers were the government staff, which has directly affected the smooth functioning of offices.


‘Exempt spectrum charges for installation of VSAT in NE region’

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Peoples Action for Development (PAD) has demanded to exempt spectrum charges for installation of VSAT in the hilly North Eastern states, especially in Arunachal Pradesh.

In its letter to the union minister for communication and information technology, PAD said, “to cater to the present situation in the state and to increase the telecom reach in the state, VSAT installation is necessary in all the interior border blocks and circle headquarters. But the spectrum charges for VSAT installation is very high which is not economically viable, as we know that Arunachal has the lowest population density of 17 persons per sqkm as per 2011 census. Private parties hardly operate in the state and even BSNL is struggling for survival.”


Free medical camp organized

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: More than 400 people attended a daylong free medical cum awareness camp organized by Leporiang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society at Leporiang on November 12.

A medical team comprising Dr Doni Ratan and Dr K Darrang from State Hospital, Naharlagun, Dr Sarmila Tana from Urban Health Centre, karsingsa and Dr Moli Basar from PHC Leporiang along with other para medical staff treated a total of 269 patients from Leporiang area.


House gutted

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The dwelling house of one Tabi Komut, Head Gam of Napit village under East Siang district has been reduced to ashes in a fire accident on November 11 at around 5.30 pm.

Properties worth lakhs of rupees were also gutted in the fire, informed Yak Ao Welfare Society (YAWS). The cause of the fire is yet not known.

Meanwhile, the Society (YAWS) has provided blankets and other essential items to the victims as an immediate relief.


ASF for eviction drive along NH-52A

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Arunachal Students Federation (ASF) has demanded the chief secretary for immediate conduct of eviction drive along NH-52A from Itanagar to Banderdewa.

While highlighting the traffic problem in the Capital Complex, the ASF in its representation to CS also demanded for eviction of all illegal encroachers along NH52A.


News Impact

Will not compromise on an inch of land in Arunachal: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) while welcoming the Local Boundary Commission led by retired Justice Tarun Chatterjee, which is currently studying the interstate boundary issue between Arunachal and Assam, today said it would ‘not compromise on an inch of land in Arunachal.’  

‘The AAPSU is opposed to the notification issued in 1951, without the knowledge of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, on the basis of the one-sided Bordoloi Commission report,’ it said, and urged the commission to ‘genuinely consider the case of Arunachal Pradesh so that the people of both the states may coexist peacefully.’ The Commission while studying the issue should take into consideration the traditional rights of communities with due emphasis on the landholding pattern of the individual owners as per their ancestral belongings, irrespective of the states, it said. The union also sought a review of the Reserved Forest Notification for the boundary areas, saying the notification along the interstate boundary was ‘executed arbitrarily, without taking into consideration the ownership rights,’ and that the eviction drives initiated by the forest departments of both the states ‘have been the driving force behind the boundary conflicts.’

On the other hand, it said, the map presented by the Geological Survey of India in 1972 ‘misrepresented facts, which has created further confusion and misunderstanding among the dwellers on the boundaries.

‘Most of the geographical area of Arunachal Pradesh have been dissected and shown as part of Assam. As a result, the administrative reorganization within Assam involved taking some part of Arunachal Pradesh as Assam’s. This needs to be redrawn on the basis of the decision arrived at by the mandate of the Commission,’ it said.

The union also lamented the violation of the Supreme Court directive and the status quo agreement between the states by some officers of the Assam government, ‘particularly of the forest department,’ and said it has enough evidence to substantiate its claim.

Urging the Commission to visit all the vulnerable places along the interstate boundary in order to bring about a logical conclusion, the union assured its full cooperation to any step to reach an amicable and lasting solution to the contentious boundary dispute ‘that has at times polluted the age-old relations between the two states.’



Disability certificates issued to 230

CHANGLANG, Nov 14: As many as 230 persons with disability (PWD) have been issued disability certificates by Changlang district administration after proper screening here today.

Eighty-four were declared cent percent disabled out of the total 230.

Assistive devices such as hearing aids (62), blind sticks (20), Braille slot (1), tricycles (4), walking sticks (20), crutches (35), wheel chairs (11) and rotator(1) were distributed to the persons with disabilities. Savings Bank Accounts were also opened in their names at local SBI branch on the spot.

Pensions under Chief Minister’s Disability Pension scheme were also disbursed among the beneficiaries of the district.

Three specialist doctors from General Hospital Pasighat, namely Dr. Beauty Borang, Eye Specialist, Dr. Tering Dupak, Orthopaedic specialist and Dr. Yaraam Taga, ENT Specialists conducted the health screening.

The Department of Health & Family Welfare, Changlang led by Dr.P Dutta, DMO, Dr.T Yomcha, DRCHO, Dr. H Tangjang, MS and Dr. Mrinal Thakuria, the Department of ICDS led by LK Singpho, CDPOs, the Commandant, 4th Assam Rifles extended all supports for smooth conduct of the camp.

A team from Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs Department, Itanagar led by Tabak Hanker, Research Officer and Talung Taloh participated in the camp.

The programme was organized by the Changlang District Administration under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav in collaboration with District Health Society, Department of ICDS, Education and Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, GoAP. DIPRO



Stage all set for Vikash Rally

Dodum Yangfo

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Altogether 100 meritorious students of the state will get laptops and cash awards from the state government under Chief Minister’s Talent Search Award. The GoAP has allocated Rs4 crore to the School Education Department for awarding cash award and laptop to students as per eligibility during 2013-14. Another Rs 3 crore has been provided to the Planning Department for the purchase of laptops for the students who have already been provided with cash awards during 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The students will be given the awards during the Vikash Rally at IG Park here on Nov 16 next. Nabam Tuki-led Congress govt is organizing the Rally to highlight the accomplishments of the state govt. The rally also marks the completion of Tuki’s two years in the CM office. He had assumed the office on Nov 1, 2011 last.

Also, the selected farmers engaged in horticulture and agriculture will be provided with tools and equipments that includes power tiller, rice hullers and so on while 16 tourists cabs, provided to unemployed youth for tourism promotion, under CM’s Paryatan Vikash Yojna will also be flagged off.

To promote preservation of rare and beautiful Arunachalee handloom design, CM’s Loin Loom Scheme would be launched wherein the grants will be given to local entrepreneurs. To stop and to regulate fishing through hazardous means, cast net will be provided to fishermen.  Several other schemes are expected to be announced and offered to the enlisted beneficiaries.   

To celebrate the ‘first- of- its-kind’ in a grand manner, the Park here has been turned into a fair like with a symmetrical placement of barricades, lighting and beautiful bamboo/wood stage.    

PWD and finance minister Chowna Mein who is also the chairman of the Vikash Rally celebration committee visited the Park and took stock of the preparation. He also convened a meeting in the celebration ground and stressed that there should not be any lacunae from any quarter for the successful solemnization of the Rally. Veterinary and Agriculture minister Setong Sena, Geology & Mining and Food & Civil Minister Kamlung Mossang, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago, IPR Secretary Dani Sulu, Planning Secretary Sonam Chombey, Itanagar DC Sanjay Goel, Secretaries and host of other nodal officers attended the ‘final touch’ meeting.

A host of senior Congress leaders, including Luizinho Faleiro, ex Goa CM and AICC general secretary, DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Ranee Narah and AICC spokesperson Raj Babbar, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering besides senior officials from Planning Commission, North Eastern Council, Union Ministries and PSUs are also expected to attend the rally.



Koloriang witnesses tussle over electoral roll revision

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The hearing of electoral roll revision in 21-Koloriang Assembly Constituency witnessed fierce dissidence and opposition from the ruling INC party workers.

It has been alleged that the opposition parties, namely PPA and NCP have enrolled several thousands of Chakma-Hajongs and non-APSTs in the revised electoral rolls.

The hearing was initially fixed from  November 6 to 8 for all polling stations under Koloriang but it was extended for another 3 days for 34-Pani polling station.

The INC workers are insisting for review of newly created 34-Pani and 35-Pigging polling station due to sharp rise in claimants of the former polling station, where the existing electoral roll is 89 while the claimants in revision is 2029.

Vindicating the stand and demands of the INC party workers, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary  (Tax & Excise) Lokam Tassar said that this type of illegal practice by the PPA and NCP just to gain political grasp is highly condemnable.

A massive peaceful dharna was also organized yesterday outside the Kurung Kumey DC’s office at Koloriang by the members of 21-Koloriang Assembly Constituency Native People’s Forum (KACNPF) demanding immediate removal of the Chakma-Hajong and non-APST claimants from the electoral rolls.

Bengia Tagar, Chairman (KACNPF) pointed out that they are not against enrolment of non-APSTs working inside Koloriang but against the bringing of outsiders in large number for inclusion in electoral roll, which, if not stopped now will severely affect the local indigenous populace. He also questioned the sudden increase in voter list of 34-Pani polling station from 89 to 2029 in current revision.

Meanwhile, the NCP and PPA in a joint statement cautioned not to make such statements without any concrete proof.

Bengia Tado, a senior NCP leader stated that, he being one of the pioneers in leading the Chakma-Hajong refugee issue since the beginning, he can never tolerate such activity, especially in his constituency.

Infuriated and embarrassed by the cheap politics the INC are indulging in, he pin pointed on the lackadaisical attitude and desperate bid of the local MLA under who’s ruling; development is a distant dream for the citizens of Koloriang.

Tado also said that if a single Cakma-Hajong is found to be enrolled by them they will willingly accept the mistake.

Nangram Niani, ZPM, Lower Koloriang and NCP leader also expressed her resentment over the allegations by INC Party.

She said that inclusion of refugees in electoral roll in Koloriang is ridiculous and the non-APSTs who have applied for inclusion in electoral roll are the working class, who don’t have adult franchise right at their native place and they have applied at their own consent as most of them have been dwelling in Koloriang since many years.

She appealed to all the media fraternity of the state to visit Koloriang and take public opinion so as to disseminate the actual information to the citizens.

(Reports Tumter Riba, Arunachal News Network)



CM inaugurates CO office

DOIMUKH, Nov 14: The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today inaugurated newly created administrative circle headquarter at Gumto and Extra Assistant Commissioner office at Doimukh in presence of MP Takam Sanjoy, local MLA and Planning Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, APCC Vice President Padi Hinda, APCC General Secretary TC Tok, host of senior officers including DC Pige Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte, Doimukh EAC M Padung Doke, Gumto CO Dr Dana Unna, all Heads of Departments,   panchayat leaders and a host of public leaders along with gaon burahs.

The Chief Minister while inaugurating the CO Office said that as Gumto is located along the inter-state boundary and the railway line would also be passing through it, therefore, the CO HQ has been set up for the safety and security of the people besides providing good governance and also to check the influx of illegal migrants.

Addressing a public meeting, he assured to fulfill the demands for providing fund for constructing residential quarters of CO and the staff, boundary wall of the office, Gumto-Rose link road, procurement of vehicle to administrative officers and also assured to consider the flood protection of Birup and Hati Nallahs.

The CM’s team also inspected the under construction community health centre CHC building  at Emchi where Rebia requested the CM to convert the CHC to a district hospital as it would benefit lots of people in both the states of Arunachal Pradesh as well as Assam.

Enlisting one after another projects implemented, the CM announced his resolve to strengthen the Gaon Bura institution, the powerful constitutional body that ensure law and order in remotest part of the state in absence of police and administrative officers

He also announced to place the demand for ADC HQ at Kimin and Doimukh before the Cabinet for approval and to take up the proposal for the inclusion of Harmuti-Bage Tinali under NH-52 for which he assured to take up the matter with the Central Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway. He also assured that Doimukh CHC would be upgraded to a model hospital with posting of specialists and increase its capacity to 100 beds to cater to the needs of the increasing population, Doimuk PS would also be upgraded and a fire tender has already been sanctioned and further also consider the demand of people for inclusion of Banderdewa CO HQ with P/Pare district. Most of the demands, including CO HQ at Hollongi were reiterated by Rebia earlier. He also mentioned that the train that would run between between Doimukh to Guwahati would herald a new economic era for the state.

Tuki also informed that the SBI has assured to sanction various loans to the GoAP employees for which an agreement with the GoAP has been signed. He also seeked the cooperation of all to translate his dream into reality.

“UPA chairperson conceived the Food Security Bill which was enacted by the Parliament,” said Sanjoy while highlighting the provisions to reflect the commitment of the Congress to ensure the fundamental rights of the poor people of India.

Highlighting various developments taken up in the area,  Sanjoy said that a number of projects in road, health and education sectors are in the pipeline while all achievements of the present government are concrete.

Lauding the efforts of Tuki to provide employment opportunities to unemployed youths, T Taloh, Minister industry, textile and handicrafts said  that the recently held job mela was a first of its kind in the state which provided job opportunities to many unemployed youths in various sectors. He also informed that he has taken up the proposal for creation of warehouse service centre and research and design centre at Doimukh.

Key development should come through public, said Rebia while appealing all to work in unison as development would not take place unless people themselves get involved in development process. (DIPRO)



Siram inaugurates Annual College Festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: A Polytechnic College will be established at Tirap district very soon, informed Education Minister Bosiram Siram.

Inaugurating the Annual College Festival of Wangcha Rajkumar Govt. College, Deomali today, Siram said that the present state government has accorded top priority to higher education and various innovative steps are being initiated in this direction.

He asked the students to maintain strict discipline and study hard. Students are the future of the country so they should work hard to achieve success in life, he said. He also exhorted the teachers to discharge duty and live upto society’s expectations.

Later, Siram declared the annual college festival open.

Parliamentary Secretary Wangki Lowang advised the students to devote their time only in study and strive to achieve excellence.

Principal of the College Dr. Milorai Modi highlighted the academic achievements of the college and credited it to dedicated faculty members of the college. He also asked the students to maintain camaraderie and bonhomie among them.

The students have been divided into three houses and each house has been named after flowers of Tirap--Menpo, Rankhe and Chopha.



AdiSU launches drive against alcohol, drugs abuse


RUKSIN, Nov 14: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has decided to launch movement to root out drugs, alcohol and other social problems like domestic violence, reckless driving etc.

AdiSU general secretary Obuk Gao informed that the union has decided to organize campaigns to create mass awareness about harmful effects of alcohol, drugs and substance abuse in every nook and corner of Adi belt. He appealed to all to cooperate with the union to make their operation a success.

The student leaders, in a meeting at IJG Govt. Higher Secondary School, Pasighat today expressed grave concern over anti-social activities rampant in the society, which has hindered the development process. They appealed to the parents and guardians to take proper care of their children.

It is pertaining to mention here that the women activists of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) have been working tirelessly to eradicate these social problems.



Remembering Chacha Nehru and more….

S. Mundayoor

We have just celebrated yet another Children’s Day. What does it mean to us and the children after whom it is named?  The usual programme in most places in Arunachal and elsewhere, is a morning procession of small children shouting ‘Chacha Nehru ji ki jai..’, a few mundane speeches on Nehru as our first Prime Minister, and distribution of some  toffee (the wrappers of which can be seen, for days together, scattered around the area.)  To what extent do these efforts touch the lives of the children? Do they make any sense to their parents, or are they ‘involved’ in the celebration/observation of the day? Ever pondered a bit ?

It is just elementary, we feel, that parents and elders are responsible for caring and guiding the children, to lead them to a bright future. What does it boil down to? Sending them to a ‘good’ private school, or to tuition 2 hours daily all through the year, from nursery class onwards? Letting them ride a bike the moment they reach class 8 ? Pride ourselves in their splashing a 3” broad mobile, with wires hanging down their ears all day? For our teenaged daughters, admiring their courage in walking down the roads in the most stunning dress? We thank our stars that our children, like us, do not have to walk days to reach school, live in poorly-lit hostels, and to cook food themselves with fire-wood carried on shoulders from nearby jungles.

Well said.. What about the emotional, intellectual support to our children? The well-to-do parents provide them laptops, free access to internet, buy expensive books and magazines or send them for far-away vacation outings. What about the less-privileged commoner?  What could such a parent do?

Here is where Nehru ji comes up as a guide. Fully aware of how his only daughter was missing his company and guidance during his long absence in jail, he started writing detailed letters to the adolescent Indira, narrating many historical accounts and ideas that could guide her emotionally, educate her intellectually and strengthen her values. These letters, which became later classics as “Letters from a father to a daughter” (CBT, New Delhi) and “Glimpses of World History”, elevate Nehru not only as a scholar par excellence, but as a committed parent.

He goes one step further for all of us. Here was probably the busiest Indian, working 18-20 hrs daily as the leader of the nation, overweighed by its problems, and yet could find time to read a new book every night before he retired to bed. (Verrier Elwin admiringly refers to this in ‘A Philosophy for NEFA’.) This routine Nehru strictly followed till his very last night. How many of our parents can claim to reading one book a month?

Interestingly, the November 14 also marks the beginning of the National Book Week, a programme initiated by the NBT, during which many organizations, like the Lohit Youth Libraries Network, hold book exhibitions, reading sessions and book-contests.

What then could be a very befitting act to celebrate the Children’s Day and remember Chacha Nehru? Could we start the habit of reading a few pages of a book daily, setting a model for our children? Can we also read out a book, and share something we found stimulating, with our family members? Not just with little children. Our senior students at higher secondary schools and colleges, who spend so little time with their parents, too need our reading experiences. And feel enriched by the great treasures created by immortal minds.

Your new habit could wean our youth away from the strongest negative influences sweeping around them! Remember, in a few years, it would be they who have to read out to their young..

[The writer is an educational activist and coordinator of Lohit Youth Libraries Network. He can be contacted at [email protected] ]



Children's Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Children’s Day was celebrated throughout the state to mark the birthday of country's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority celebrated the Day with presence of nearly 300 students and faculty members of the Good Shepherd Public School, Pappu Nallah, Naharlagun by organizing a symposium on the concept of Child Rights, Provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, availability of legal aids and services to the children in particular under the Legal Services Authorities Act,1987 and the various programmes and the activities being undertaken by all the legal services authorities in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The programme was addressed by Budi Habung, Member Secretary of the State Authority cum Dist & Session Judge, Yupia; Dani Belo, Under Secretary, law and Judicial,Govt of Arunachal Pradesh/ OSD,State Authority, Advocates Deepa Yoka and Sum Darrang.

Brouchers on the rights of the child and legal services authority’s schemes were distributed among the children.

VKV, Chimpu celebrated Children’s Day by organizing a science exhibition which was inaugurated by Anuradha Panigrahy, Head of the Dept. of Physics, DN College.

Dr. AK Pandey, Associated Professor, Commerce Dept. DN College, Sharat Godse Engineer (Metallurgy), Dattatreya Dewal Engineer (Automobile Industry) from Vigyan Vahini Maharashtra were also present on the occasion.

Students from Class III to XII participated in the exhibition.

The KIDZEE SMARTKIDS, Ganga celebrated the day at school campus with much fervour. The teachers narrated stories on the importance of the day. A puppet show competition was also organized for the children.

The birth anniversary of Pandit Nehru was celebrated by tiny tots of DRS International School, Itanagar by organizing various competitions such as fancy dress, drawing, quiz was held among the students.

On the occasion, the Board of Directors and teachers of the school highlighted the contribution of Chacha Nehru to the nation.

At Yingkiong, the people of Geku and Katan circles particularly the teaching community and students in collaboration with the local administration celebrated the Children’s Day at Geku Govt H S School in a befitting manner amidst a huge gathering of Gaon Buras, PRI members and govt officials among others.

Various literary events including essay, quiz and drawing competitions in senior, junior and sub-junior categories were conducted in all schools of Geku and Katan circles.

Childline Itanagar in collaboration with 138 Bn CRPF celebrated Children’s Day by organizing a Health Camp for children.

The programme organized at Don Bosco, St. Mary’s Parish, Itanagar was attended by over 350 children from various schools, including kids of Don Bosco Literacy Centre and Bosco Primary and children from different sectors and colonies of Itanagar.

Attending the celebration, Michi Paku, SP, Jail, asked the children to enjoy their childhood and congratulated Childline and Don Bosco for taking up the cause of the children.

Ram Kishan, Commandant, CRPF, 138 Bn. appreciated the work done by Childine under the aegis of Don Bosco and promised all assistance for such activities.

Like previous years, the students of Green Mount School also celebrated Pandit Nehru’s birthday with great enthusiasm.

Yumlam Minu and Techi Mema, Councillors of Ward No 12 and 13 respectively were special guests of the function and distributed the prizes to the students, who had excelled in various events held in the school.

Higio Aruni, Chief Councillor of Itanagar Municipal Council emphasized on the importance of Children’s Day and urged the students to never underestimate the power of hard work while maintaining that co-curricular activities are equally vital in a student’s life.

She also urged the teachers to work with dedication and sincerity to impart quality education to the young generation.

Children’s Day was celebrated at VKV Ziro by organizing various literary and cultural programs, such as singing, dancing, painting, drawing, quiz, story telling, elocution, fancy dress, debates, speeches etc. among the students. The winning students are rewarded prizes.

At Tezu, Tezu-Sunpura MLA Karikho Kri felicitated the student toppers of the area on the occasion at Amik Ringya Hall.

Explaining the significance of the day, Kri said, “There cannot be any special day than today to honour the meritorious students of the year 2012 and 2013”.

He appealed to the toppers and the entire students of the area to study hard and bring laurels to the area.

“Every child is important and there should not be any discrimination between girl and boy child,” he said  and requested all the parents to provide equal education to every child on the day.

Attending the celebration. SP Tumme Amo asked the students and youths to not stray around and be sincere and dedicated towards their studies. He appealed them to not use drugs and other addictive substances which will destroy their lives.

A team of Radio Ooo La la 91.9 FM under their special programme “Ooo LaLa Cares” – dedicated specially to the orphans of Itanagar – visited various orphanages including Oju Mission School, Naharlagun, Donyi-Polo School for Hearing & Visually Impaired and Gyan Mission Orphanage, Itanagar to celebrate Children’s Day in a special way.

The children of the said orphanages performed cultural items for the team of the only FM station of the state and shared some light moments with the team. With the ambition of becoming an engineer, doctor and singer, most of the boys of the orphanages seemed very determined and the beautiful girls of the orphanages seemed obvious with medical as their career option.

During the visit, the team also handed over sweets and collectibles donated by the caring denizens of the city to the three orphanages.



Sarhad ko Shradhanjali- in remembrance of the 1962 Indo-China martyrs

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: In remembrance of the 1962 Indo-China war martyrs, ‘Sarhad ko Shradhanjali’- a three-day national level mega event is being organized at IG Park here from November 22.

Organized by Sanskar Bharti Arunachal Pradesh unit, the event will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Addressing media persons during a press conference at Press Club today, Amirchand, Organizing secretary, Sanskar Bharati All India said, “We lost many of our precious soldiers during that war, so with this event it is our way of remembering those martyrs who gave their precious lives for our today.”

He informed that some of the family members of the martyrs are also coming to the state to participate in the event.

Talking of the significance of ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo by Lata Mangeshkar’ and ‘Koto Jovanar Mritu Hol by Bhupen Hazarika’, dedicated to the war martyrs, which also completes its fiftieth year, he said, “these two songs helped a lot in instilling a feeling of patriotism into the minds of the people.” Singing competition on the two immortal songs will be held during the three day event.

Cultural troupes from all over the NE states will participate in the event.

The mega event will also see Shehnayi player Dr Rajendra Prasanna, Classical (Dhrupad) singer Ustadd Nafeesuddin Dagar and Aneesuddin Dagar performing live, while actor Mukesh Khanna who plays the famous role of superhero Shaktimaan will come down to grace the event on its closing function.

Among others, Deputy Chief Councilor, IMC, Kipa Babu who is the president, Sarhad ko Shradhanjali, organizing committee also spoke on the occasion.



Admin must keep pace with needs of people: Tuki

TIRBIN, Nov 14: Administration must keep pace with the needs of the people to address core issues that agitate the minds of common people, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Addressing a huge after inaugurating a double storied EAC office building, electrical subdivision, electro mechanical and Electrical Civil Subdivision of Hydro Power department amid applause here yesterday, Tuki said that Arunachal is a 100% tribal dominated state and all strata of people in the state should maintain a peaceful co existence. Since 90% of the people of the state depend on agriculture, an ambitious agriculture and horticulture policies has been launched by the Govt. to uplift the economic condition of the farmers. He informed that under CM’s Agriculture Farm Mechanized programme farmers are provided tractors, power tillers, pumping sets, rice haulers and fencing materials etc. in subsidized rate.

Tuki said that the Food Security Bill passed by the Govt. will soon be introduced and essential commodities will reach to the needy family. But this should not dissuade our hard working farmers to depend only on such facility only, Tuki cautioned. He also informed that the state Govt. has entered into agreement with insurance company to start a health insurance and urged the people to avail the opportunity.

He disclosed that Centre has sanctioned 55 roads to the tune of Rs.1200 crores to do away communication bottleneck in the district.

To encourage the GB institution, Tuki said the honorarium of the GBs has been doubled with effecting from April this year besides two-point free electricity.

Responding to the three-point memorandum submitted by Tirbin ZPM Bajap Jilen pertaining to construction of General Football Ground, introduction of science and commerce stream at Govt. HS School and Rs.5 crores for clearing the liabilities and improvement of roads within Tirbin, the Chief Minister assured to take up the matter on priority basis.

MP Takam Sanjoy, Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena, local MLA and Parliament Secretary Gojen Gadi, Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, hosts of panchayat leaders, including West Siang ZPC Yaman Bagra, Anchal Chairperson Tai Basar, ZPM Yakek  Lombi, DCC president Gedo Kato were also present on the occasion. DIPRO

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Correct syllabus at the earliest  

Dear Editor,

We on behalf of all B.Com & B.Sc students of the state extend hearty thanks to “Mr. Amar Sangno” for raising our voice through his article “Bulky Syllabus Creates Panic among College Students” published in your esteemed daily dated the 12th November, 2013.       

It pains our heart that we are the first batch of this newly introduced semester system for the students of B.Sc and B.Com first year, yet our career is not considered while prescribing syllabus of ‘English Compulsory Paper’. In almost all universities the contents of syllabus of semester system are just 50% of that of annual mode. As in annual mode a student has one year whereas in semester system a student gets hardly six months for preparation of examination. We appreciate that this has been done by RGU as well in context of all the other subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics and Commerce. In these subjects, the syllabus has not changed; it has been rightly cut short to 50% only. But to our great surprise and shock, the syllabus of compulsory English has not only been made lengthier, bulkier and more difficult than the previous syllabus of annual mode rather the contents of Unit ‘A’ & ‘D’ are quite irrelevant for our career as four prose pieces and a bulky drama ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare, have been prescribed in these two units besides retaining almost all the contents of previous annual mode syllabus. In Unit ‘E’ also there is no specific topics mentioned.

What creates panic among B.Sc &B.Com 1st year students of the state is the fact that the new syllabus of Compulsory English Paper under Semester system retains almost all the contents of the previous syllabus of Annual mode- But the contents of five units have been loaded into two units i.e. units-B &C while additional, new and unwanted contents have been put into three units i.e. units-C,D&E, which has made the Semester-syllabus of compulsory English two times bulkier than even the previous syllabus of Annual mode and doubled the burden and stress on students.

We are anguished that it was the duty of the University to prescribe a good and relevant syllabus caring for our career. In fact there was no need for changing the syllabus as the previous syllabus of annual mode was very good and simply that could have been retained as happened in case of other subjects. Those who don’t know how to design syllabus should not pretend to be over smart to play with our career. Our teachers submitted representation duly forwarded by the Principal opposing the new bulky and bad syllabus for immediate correction in August itself. We waited for more than three months that University would correct, modify and restructure the syllabus in the interest of career of students. But till date nothing has been done by the University. We don’t want to waste our time in studying works of literature which does not have any relevance in our career building. Instead, we want to study such items which can help us in developing our English language as well as helping us in various competitive examinations. For this, it is essential that in Unit ‘A’, ‘D’ and ‘E’ also topics like essay writing, letter writing, paragraph writing, précis writing are prescribed to replace Drama and Prose pieces through bifurcation of Unit-C, which has been loaded with contents of three units of previous syllabus.

As our term-end examination is scheduled in December, University Authorities are requested to correct, modify and restructure our Compulsory English syllabus within a week as syllabus is the most important document and foundation for career of a student. University must ensure that if syllabus is changed it should be for better and not for the worse and the simple philosophy that syllabus of semester should be shorter in size must not be violated in ‘English Compulsory Paper’ and this should be taught to those who design the syllabus.

We cannot suffer innocently and silently only because of the mistakes of some people who were chosen by the university to make the syllabus of Compulsory English Paper. If University waits for another one year to correct that mistake of so called BUGS, our career will simply be ruined as we have examination in December only and hardly 20% of the syllabus has been taught to us, simply because it is too lengthy and bulky. It must be corrected immediately to give justice to the students of B.Sc. and B.Com first year of the state.

When syllabus of all other subjects has rightly been reduced by 50% than that of annual mode, ironically the syllabus of English has been made lengthier, bulkier and tougher than the syllabus of even annual mode. There is panic situation among innocent students and their career is at stake as they fear to fail in English because of too bulky syllabus.

Can University and those who were assigned the task of designing the Syllabus, answer our Questions?

·  When in all the other subjects Semester Syllabus has been reduced to 50 % of that of Annual Mode syllabus without any other change- Why has this not been followed in English Too, Whereas the previous Syllabus of  English under Annual Mode was very good and useful?

Can a Semester -Syllabus be Bulkier than That of Annual Mode and if so why was it not applied to other subjects also?

Looking forward for justice as nobody can justify that a semester syllabus can be doubly bulkier than even the annual mode syllabus.


Nana Chera, Omi Dohu, Nyumpi Bagra, Amit Gupta, Nada R. Onya, Gitanjali Rai on behalf of all B.Sc and B.Com I year Students of  Arunachal Pradesh.



There should be respect for all the streams

Dear Editor,

There is something very wrong with the education system of our country.

Educational system works like a factory. In the process, the child is being viewed as just a product of the system. The emphasis that should be laid on the personal growth and development of the child has been overlooked. Capacity for convergent and divergent thinking, effective interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively, has been undervalued. To date, the Indian educational system is obsessed with producing individuals who conform. Independent thinking is discouraged as against conformity and passivity. It is unfortunate that today education instead of reforming the human behavior, in my humble opinion, appear to have failed to achieve its objective. Instead we find troubled atmosphere in the society at large, which calls for immediate reformation with the efforts of one and all. In comparison to earlier times, the literacy level has increased but it did not result in better human value which calls for transformation in the education system.

Unlike countries like America, where a child undergoes a psychology test in the beginning to check his bent of mind and is asked to follow the field which he likes the most, there is no such test in India. We run towards any field which we feel will give us a job. Today, there is an IT boom in India, it’s offering a number of jobs, and so everybody is seen pursuing computer science engineering or a small certificate course (say .NET or JAVA or other Computer courses). Can the govt. of India justify this situation? Today, when one is asked “Why an MBA?” (in personal interviews for admissions), he comes up with different answers given by coaching institutes just to hide the main reason. Trust me, more than 90% of students don’t have any other reason but MONEY, immaterial of their interests they jump into this course and end up becoming “just a manager” who ends up saying “my life sucks!” If Sachin Tendulkar would have been asked to become an Engineer or if Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam would have been asked to become a dancer, can you think of their performance? The point that I am trying to make out here is that every child should be given the liberty to choose a career of his/her choice. Perhaps then his efficiency would increase by more than 100% accounting to a better quality service to nation.

And also there should be respect for all the streams. It always does not have to be:

M.A English-Teacher


Hotel Management-Cook and

A Degree in Music-Sitting at home!

Is this how it is supposed to be? Students at the school level need to be educated regarding the kind of streams that exist and what importance each of them plays to make an economy diverse. I would say even the adults who make such comments should be counseled about the importance of each and every degree and its scope all over the globe. Students should be encouraged to take up the streams according to their interests and come out with flying colours in that line; and the crowd around should not let them down but treat them equally. Trust me, every career has numerous opportunities, you can excel if you are good at it!


KD Pertin





People of state bearing brunt of Congress party’s misgovernance

Dear Editor,

The proposed “Vikash Rally” by the Congress Government itself is making mockery of their more than three decades misgovernance in Arunachal Pradesh. At present whatever problems faced by the common people of the State is because of the Congress party’s misgovernance. Traditionally, the people of Arunachal Pradesh were of high moral values, ethos and just, however, because of the money culture of the Congress some of the indigenous people of the state has been made corrupted. Therefore, the prevalent rampant corruption practiced in the state is transplanted by the high commands of the National Political parties.  Arunachal Pradesh is still most backward in the country not because of lack of resources but because of the deliberate policy of the Central Government after 1962 Indo-Chinese war.

People of Arunachal Pradesh in general and capital city in particular had to pass their darkest phase during the leadership changed in Congress party in year 2011. Therefore, the PPA demands that the Congress Government should directly own responsibility for backwardness and lawlessness of Arunachal Pradesh. So, instead of “Vikash Rally” the Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and Congress leaders of Arunachal Pradesh should tender apology to the people of Arunachal Pradesh


Dr.  Ashan Riddi

Secretary General







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Young talent should be properly groomed

A deafening roar greeted Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday at his home ground as India's favourite son walked out to bat in his farewell Test to a guard of honour from his opponents.  Tendulkar's 200th Test match, against West Indies, at the Wankhede Stadium will also be his last, as the 'Little Master' brings the curtain down on a glittering 24-year career at the age of 40. The match started in festive fashion with the Indian government releasing two commemorative stamps, while local organisers used a specially minted coin to mark the occasion as Tendulkar led the team on to the ground.

Sachin Tendulkar has inspired millions of children to take up cricket as career. Also he has been the uniting factor in a culturally sensitive country like ours. Sachin is true example of how the sportsperson can become role model for youngsters. In North East sportspersons like Olympic medallist MC Marykom and football legend Bhaichung Bhutia are idolized by many youngsters. For the troubled region, these sporting heroes are true inspiration. In our state due to lack of proper infrastructure sports has never grown.  Infact many budding sportsperson get disenchantment due to lack of support system. There is urgent need to properly groom the young talent, so that they bring laurel for state as well as country.