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
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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….
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
· 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
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
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!
People of state bearing brunt of Congress party’s misgovernance
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
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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.