November 25

Guv, CM greet on Chalo Loku

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended sincere greetings to the people of the state, particularly to the Nocte community, on the auspicious occasion of Chalo Loku Festival. He expressed his hope that the festival of the Nocte community will usher-in peace, harmony and prosperity for all.

In his message, the Governor wished that the community leaders and youth continue to preserve it for generations to come. Governor offered prayers to almighty Rang for peace and socio-economic wellbeing of all on the auspicious occasion.

In his message, Tuki hoped the celebration would strengthen the emotional integration and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst the people of the state besides bringing prosperity, happiness and tranquility in the society. He appealed the elite elders to guide the young to preserve and showcase the rich tradition and culture of community.


Pawar to lay foundation stone of College of  Agriculture at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Nov 24: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will lay the foundation stone of College of Agriculture (Under agriculture University, Imphal) at GTC, near JN College, Pasighat on November 26.

He would also inaugurate a “Kishan Mela” at Horticulture College Complex, Pasighat on the same day.


Severe malaria, jaundice outbreak in Longding

KHONSA, Nov 24: Spread of malaria and jaundice in epidemic form has been reported in many villages of upper Wancho belt of Longding district. According to DIPRO reports, the diseases have reportedly claimed many lives so far.

Local MLA Thangwang Wangam said that the situation was alarming as new cases are being reported everyday. Though all the health workers have been pressed into service there was no respite from the diseases, he informed, and appealed to the state government to send more medicines to contain the diseases from further spreading. He is camping at Longding and closely monitoring the situation. DIPRO


Protest rally to demand justice for Bomjen

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Continuing its fight to put behind bars all the culprits involved in the brutal murder of Bomjen Gapak, the family members and relatives are organizing a protest rally here on November 26.

Bomjen was gruesomely murdered by a group of youths on the intervening night of May 26-27 at Legi Complex here. So far, only one alleged accused has been arrested in connection with the murder case, who has reportedly admitted his involvement in the crime.

Calling upon everyone to join in the protest rally, father of the deceased Tabom Gapak said, “I would like to appeal all the well wishers, intellectuals, NGOs and student organizations to participate in the protest rally and make this movement a strong one. Let us ensure that such incidents do not occur again.”

Meanwhile, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has demanded immediate arrest of all the remaining accused in Bomjen Gapak murder case.

While appreciating the Itanagar police for cracking the case within very short period, the ACS also demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits.


Food crisis looms large at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Nov 24:   The fear of an impending food crisis loomed large at Seppa in East Kameng due to delay in posting of a depot in-charge at FSD Seppa, informed All East Kameng Fair Price Shop Welfare Association, in a release today.

According to the release, the BPL and AAY beneficiaries were the worse affected as they can not afford to buy ration from private shops.

The association also alleged non receipt of their monthly quota of iodized salts for public distribution. It appealed to the authority concerned to look into the matter seriously.


Social service held

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: All East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association (AEKCCSWA) organized a social service to clean the Dera Natung Government College Itanagar premises here. The members filled up potholes and repaired damaged road from the college gate to Tai Bida Boys and Nyari Welly Girls Hostel. Hundreds of students took part in the social service.


Assault on JE condemned

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association (APJEWA) has strongly condemned the physical attack on one of its members Dony Mugli, JE (C) PWD at Nacho on November 13 last and demanded immediate arrest of the assaulters.

According to APJEWA, the case was reported to Police Station, Nacho but no arrest has been made so far. The AJEWA’s district unit also submitted a memorandum to the DC and SP of Upper Subansiri demanding immediate arrest of the culprits; but they did not take any initiative to arrest the assaulters, the release alleged.

According to the association, the JE was brutally assaulted when he refused to prepare bill without work order.

Meanwhile, the central executive body of APJEWA, in an emergency meeting here today, urged the Chief Secretary and Director General Police, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, to intervene the matter and direct the Upper Subansiri DCand SP to arrest the culprits at the earliest failing which the APJEWA threatened to launch series of state wide democratic movement.


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Arunachal is nation’s sentinel of the east: Tuki

Govt to set-up Martyrs’ Memorial in Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Arunachal Pradesh is the nation's “sentinel of the east”, and its people are patriotic and “jealously guarding the territorial integrity of the country”, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said today.

“Sitting on the lap of the Himalayas, we are the first to resist any force against India. If any enemy eyes India through North East, Arunachal Pradesh will stand against it first, like in the 1962 Sino-India war,” he told the valedictory programme of the three-day 'Sarhad ko Swaranjali' organized by North East unit of Sansakar Bharati at Indira Gandhi Park here.

Tuki announced that the Government would set-up a Martyrs’ Memorial in the state capital Itanagar in memory of those soldiers killed while fighting the invading Chinese army in 1962. He said Itanagar, which was established as the state capital after 1962, owes its respect to the Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of the country and territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh.

Tuki paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1962 war and acknowledged the exemplary services rendered by the Indian soldiers along the international boundaries that the state shares with neighboring countries. He remembered martyr Jaswant Singh Rawat, hero of the Indo-China war, as a true son of the soil and said Arunachal Pradesh as well as the whole country will always remain grateful for his ultimate sacrifice.

Felicitating wheel-chair bound Leela Devi, 94- year-old mother of martyr Jaswant Singh, who came all the way from Dehradun to attend the programme as the Chief Guest, Tuki expressed gratefulness on behalf of the people of the state.

“Your setting foot on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh has furthered the sanctity of the land of the dawnlit-mountains, where your brave son laid down his life fighting the enemy. I salute the mother, who sacrificed her beloved son for this land,” he said.

Citing his visits to remote army locations and forward-posts, the Chief Minister acknowledged the hardships being faced by officers and soldiers of the Indian Army in the line of duty. He reiterated his assurance that the state government and people of Arunachal Pradesh will always support the soldiers whenever called for.

Heaping praises on Sanskar Bharati, he said patriotism of the people of North East, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, is unfathomable and through this programme this will be now acknowledged by the entire country.

“The need of the hour is to awaken the patriotism in us and reiterate our duties towards our motherland. I appreciate the novel endeavour of the organizers,” he added.

Among those honoured on the occasion were Tagom Taki from Beging village in East Siang district who served as SSB constable and died on March 30, 2002 during an attack on Raghunath Mandir temple in Jammu, Kriti Chakra awardee Lance Naik Tape Yajo from Aalo and jawan Pate Tasuk from Kurung Kumey, both of whom died in action along the J&K border.

At least 100 veterans and families of martyrs of the 1962 Sino-India war hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam participated in the programme.

Also present during the programme were 1962 war-veteran Lt Gen (Retd) V M Patil, actor Mukesh Khanna of Shaktiman-fame, Dabang-2 writer Dilip Shukla, renowned artistes from across the country and others.

The programme was marked by colourful cultural programmes by participants from the North Eastern states and school children and a soulful rendition of the ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ by Lata Mangeshkar.  (With inputs from PTI)



Governor pays homage to martyrs

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Terming martyrdom as the "ultimate" form of patriotism, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today said paying homage to such brave sons was the "highest" form of worship.

“The nation can never repay them for their deeds. It is an act which is well beyond the confines of religion and politics,” he said while felicitating the families of martyrs at Raj Bhawan here, official sources said.

Leela Devi, mother of Late Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, Maha Vir Chakra,  Yape Yajo, mother of Late NK Tape Yajo, Kriti Chakra, Pate Yayir, mother of Late Lance Naik Pate Tasuk, Sena Medal, Tabit Tapak, relative of SSB Constable Late Tagom Taki along with other family members were present on the occasion.

Sharing his experience, the governor said, “Having been a soldier and worn the uniform for 40 years, I know that a soldier fights for his country irrespective of his religion, caste and community. I am often asked as to why does a soldier (during war) walk into a situation of certain death? What makes him do this act”?

“Having seen this from close quarters, I consider it to be a determination to achieve the goal and defend the motherland. The man in him urges him to go on and on and the nation must recognize it. We are indeed proud of our armed forces and men in uniform who truly symbolise the spirit of secularism and patriotism,” he added. First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma, Chief Secretary Dr. HK Paliwal, Development Commissioner Ramesh Negi, Lt. Gen (Retd) V.M. Patil, Officiating Sub Maj, 11 Garhwal Regiment, Naib Subedar Yespal, representing Garhwal Regiment to which Maha Vir Chakra Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat belongs to, President, Ex-Servicemen Association (Arunachal Pradesh), Hony Captain Lobsang Monpa, among other who were present on the occasion.



Hura Monu wins Mr. Arunachal title

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Hura Monu, 34, of Capital F Point Gym, won the first ever Mr Arunachal Bodybuilding Competition (60 kg category) at the IMC building here on Saturday evening.

Tenzing Dhondup (from the same gym), Kabak Tanang (Victoria gym), Rup Boruah (Capital gym) and Ravi Panikar and Sanjay Biswas (National gym) came second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjay, who earlier declared the event open, in his address said Arunachal is a young and undiscovered state in the fields of the games and sports.

“But lately, our boys and girls are making progress in games and sports, especially weightlifting, badminton, archery and karate,” he said.

Making special mention of ace shuttler Laa Talar and his younger sibling Laa Takum (who recently won the national sub-junior doubles title), Sanjoy said that the people of the state are proud of them and that the government is behind them.

“Our state still needs to excel in football and cricket and the government has already undertaken various steps in this direction,” he said.  “Bodybuilding is completely a new thing for the people of our state and I am hopeful that one day our boys are going to excel in this field also.”   Indian Body Building federation (IBBF) chairman Karan while encouraging the state’s bodybuilders stressed on the need of quality equipments for their training, and urged the GoAP to reduce the custom duties on sports equipments as most such equipments are imported from other countries.

Saying that bodybuilding can transform a one’s personality, he cited the example of A Bobby Singh of Manipur, who won the Mr World title three times, Mr Asia title once, and Mr India title 11 times.

Bodybuilders from various gyms in the state as well Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Sikkim took part in the competition.  

The Mr Arunachal competition was organized alongside the 5th Mr Eastern India Bodybuilding Competition (65 and 65+ categories).

Pradip Borah (Capital gym) and Mintu Hussain (National gym) stood first and second in the 65 kg category, while Mamuson Ishaque Goney (Capital gym) and Nishu Konia (Victoria gym) won the top two prizes in the 65+ category.

The spectators were also treated to a muscle-flexing presentation by A Bobby Singh performing to the AR Rehman song ‘Jai Ho’.

The event was organised by the Arunachal Weightlifting Association led by its president Abraham K Techi and the Arunachal Bodybuilding Association led by its secretary Daniel Teli, and supported by TK Engineering Construction Pvt Ltd, Kirloskar dealer M/s JH Powerline and Nigla Nissan Automobile Pvt Ltd in association with Growmore media house and media partner the Arunachal Front.



President to attend RGU’s XIIth Convocation on Nov 30

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Spirits are running quite high in the heart of the instituteof highest learning in the state, with the Visitor of the University President Pranab Mukherjee paying a maiden visit to the campus for its XIIth Convocation scheduled on November 30. The President will also deliver the Convocation Address. The Convocation is slated to be a landmark event in RGU’s history.

In addition to the President, the Chief Rector of the University Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma too will be present.

Adding another first to the list, the Convocation will also have the presence of Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who will be the guest of honour and also address the august gathering. Air Marshall (Rtd.) Pranab Kumar Barbora, the Chancellor of the University will preside over the function. This edition of the Convocation will confer degrees for the last two academic sessions of 2011-12 and 2012-13. A total of 1158 degree holders, out of the total of 6288 graduates in BA, B.Com, B.Sc.,BCA, B.Ed., BALLB, LLB and BHMS and 831 post graduates comprising of MA, M.Com, M.Sc., MBA, M.Tech will be conferred degree certificates in person and in absentia during the important academic event of the university. In addition to this, 70 M.Phil. degrees and 49 PhDs will be conferred on this day.

A key part of the proceedings will be the award of the Chancellor’s Gold Medals to Cristina Gammeng, M.Sc (Maths) and Taja Yaying, M.Sc (Maths) for being the University postgraduate toppers in the two successive academic sessions. Sushant Saurabh Jha, B.Sc (Physics) from Dera Natung Govt College and Botem Moyong, B.Sc (Maths) from Jawaharlal Nehru College will be awarded the Vice-Chancellors gold medal for topping the undergraduate courses. 63 individual toppers in each subject will also be awarded gold medals.

The highlight of the event will be the solemn yet grand Convocation procession in which, in addition to the dignitaries, members of the University Court, the Executive Council, the Academic Council as well as the Deans of Faculties along with the Controller of Examinations and Registrar will take part.

Vice-Chancellor Tamo Mibang, who is personally supervising the preparations, expressed confidence that with detailed preparations being made by the various Committees, the event will surely become yet another accomplishment for the University. “The cooperation and support we are getting from the State government, the security agencies and the State police is highly encouraging and appreciable…the Chief Minister himself was here to oversee preparations. We are confident of the event being a grand success.”

He also informed that a dress rehearsal for the event is scheduled on 29 November so that each person is able to understand his or her role in the function. “The convocation being a very formal occasion, we have to ensure that everything is well worked out in advance”, he said.

Preparations are underway on a war footing in the campus to ensure that this first ever visit by the University’s Visitor is a memorable one.



Adopt modern scientific fish farming techniques: Sena

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Setong  Sena  urged the fish farming community of the state to adopt modern scientific technologies to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency in fish production.

Attending the valedictory function of the just concluded maiden ‘Meen Mahotsav’ here, Sena exhorted the farmers of the state to make best use of the tips and scientific methods, which they have acquired during the Mahotsav, in the day to day management of their fish farms and ponds to achieve the goal of self- sufficiency in fish production.

He impressed upon the farmers and the general public to protect widespread degradation of aquatic ecosystems, destruction of fish breeding grounds and conserve fish biodiversity in the natural open water to maintain fish stocking densities. He also advocated for banning all forms of illegal fishing and appealed to all to refrain from fishing during breeding season.

He also stressed the need for organizing such fish melas/ mahotsav in other districts also for the benefit of fish farmers from far-flung areas.

Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho assured the farmers of all possible help and support from the department and urged them to maintain coordination with the department. The minister duo also distributed certificates and mementoes to all the participants and participating organization. Over 300 fish farmers from all the 17 districts beside other state and central organizations, entrepreneurs from within and outside the state took part in the Mahotsav.



ASEAN, business leaders pledge support for growth of North East

DIBRUGARH, Nov 24: Representatives from Southeast Asian nations and business leaders of the country have pledged to contribute substantially for the socio-economic growth of the North East region at a two-day North East Business Summit here.

Dato Paduka Haji Sidek Ali, the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam and chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), New Delhi Committee, said in his valedictory speech that only connectivity could bolster the trade and commerce activities in the region by giving easy access to market, investments and tourism potential of the region.

During the concluding session, Cambodia Secretary of State Tith Chantha called for improving relationship by promoting particularly the tourism sector for mutual benefit of ASEAN.

The Summit was organised under the aegis of the Union DoNER Ministry and Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) at Dibrugarh University with the valedictory programme had the theme “Building bridges with South East Asia”.

Lim Thuan Kuan, High Commissioner from Singapore stressed on the importance of knowing how to implement projects.

Siaosavath Saveng-suka, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) said that ASEAN master plans and dreams can be realised only when there was direct link between India and Lao, Vietnam, Singapore and other South East Asia via Myanmar and Thailand.

The Summit Chairman and Union DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar said that the central government was working with the governments of Myanmar and Thailand for fast implementation of the Trilateral Highway Project to improve connectivity so as to boost trade and investments among the countries. Arunachal Pradesh Industries Minister Tapang Taloh lauded the initiative undertaken by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and hoped that the summit will help promot the brand entity of the NER and increase investment. To witness the desired level of economic development of the region, concerted efforts should be made by the state and Central Government, suggested Taloh.

The state of Arunachal Pradesh has sufficient power generation facility and is upgrading its present infrastructure which is expected to create surplus power by 2015. He said that infrastructure development is an issue of topmost priority for the State Government. The Government has laid planes and proposals to develop the existing infrastructure with an objective of enhancing trade and commerce with the South East counties and ASEAN. Some of the projects include development of Greenfield Airports and development of highways connecting the state with the neighbouring country. Since agriculture sector has immense potential in the state, development of food processing technologies and food parks are planned by the concerned Ministry.

He welcomed the industrialists to invest in these sectors and help in developing the socio-economic condition thereat. The state Government has even undertaken the Industrial Policy in 2008 with an aim of attracting big ticket investments through offering a host of initiatives for investors. To tackle the issue of unemployment, the Government has started working on training candidates through institutes which includes subjects/courses on aviation, accounting and plumbering, he added. PTI



Thousands participate in Annual Eucharistic Procession

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Leading the thousands of strong Catholic believers of Capital Complex in a religious procession carrying the Holy Eucharist from St. Patrick’s Seminary, Kankarnallah, Model Village, to Good Shepherd School, Papu Nallah, Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar exhorted the faithful to pray for leaders who are religious to come out of their families who will not only be civil leaders but lead the society in the fear of God which is a sound basis for good civic living.

The Annual Eucharistic Procession held this year at the conclusion of the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI at Rome last year this time was an invitation to the Catholic Faithful to mould their lives on Christ the King of Peace.  

“The Year of Faith as declared by the Holy Father is an invitation to you to lead God-fearing lives, to mould your lives on Gospel values and to make every family a ‘seminary’ where good citizens and God-fearing children will be nurtured” , said the Bishop.  John Thomas also exhorted the Catholic faithful to remind themselves that in God alone lays the common brotherhood of all people and in God all are brothers and sisters.

In the Morning Prayer led by Boa Tarin, a veteran Catholic leader, prayers were offered for all civil and religious leaders and all engaged in the service of leadership in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.  Fr. Jacob, the Vicar General of the Diocese exhorted the faithful at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist to participate devoutly in the Eucharistic Procession and get blessings for oneself and one’s family.

The procession which took about two hours to culminate at the premises of Good Shepherd School bracing the blazing sun and dusty roads, prayed for God’s blessings on all and for peace, harmony and prosperity of Arunachal.

The annual Eucharistic Procession of the Catholic Church, coinciding with the feast of Christ the Universal King was spectacular for the sheer number of faithful who turned up and took devout participation. The procession also marked the conclusion of the Year of Faith for the Catholics as announced by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at Rome last year this time exhorting all Catholics to grow in faith and in the Gospel values of holiness, love compassion and universal brotherhood.

The conclusion of the Year of Fatih was also celebrated with a Catechism Quiz competition, Saturday last, at DBYC, Vivek Vihar, wherein seventy five youngsters from the ten districts of the Diocese of Itanagar were grilled on doctrines of Catholic faith by Sr. Penny Rose Chinir and her team in which Auxilium College Girl’s Hostel came victorious and bagged the coveted rupees ten thousand cash prize and certificates.  Don Bosco School, Ziro and Mary Immaculate Parish, Ziro bagged the second and third prizes.  Taba Yall Nabam, Member Itanagar Municipal Council and Taw Tebin, Executive Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.  The Chief Guest Yall called upon the participants to know their faith and to live lives based on the universal values of Love, Compassion and Forgiveness as taught by Jesus Christ.

Special prayers were offered for the Governor, the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues and leaders of various religions and all elected representatives of Arunachal and all leaders.

The Eucharistic Procession which showcased the unity of all tribes under the banner of Christ the Universal King, ably organized by Catholic Church, Naharlagun and St. Patrick’s Seminary has sent out the clarion call to all to base their lives on God who orders all human activities in right perspective.



APFA completes a busy, fruitful year

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: There are several footballers in the streets and corners of Arunachal Pradesh; some who have been recognised, while others are waiting to be discovered. People often speak of the abundance of football players the state has. But they also question the position of the state team in terms of national representation and also how players are not provided with better facilities.

This is where the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) comes into play. The association under the guidance of APFA president Takam Sanjoy, secretary general G Doke and with the active support of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who himself is a football enthusiast, have been working to improve the football scene in the state. Tuki was in fact instrumental in inking a MoU with UK-based Reading Football Club, which will see two football coaches from the academy coming to the state to scout local talent.

Besides organising local football tournaments, the association has taken the state team to the national level and instilled self confidence among the players, encouraging them to do better in future tournaments; highlighted by the Arunachal team’s participation in the Santosh Trophy held at Kerela in February earlier this year, followed by a visit to Shillong in March for the Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament.

This year also saw the boys’ under-16 team represent the state at the B C Roy National Football Championship at Jharkhand, while the boys’ under-14 team participated in the National Football Championships held in Odisha.

Besides preparing teams for zonal and national football tournaments, the APFA organised several local tournaments like the XII Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLFT) held at Pasighat earlier this year and the IV Eagle Trophy State Level Football Tournament held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Naharlagun.

Other local tournaments witnessed this year include the 1st Inter District Level Football Tournament, the 2nd Gogio Taya Memorial State Level Football Tournament, and the 1st Veteran State Level Football Tournament, which allowed former players to showcase their skills to the younger generation of footballers.

Key contributions were also made by former footballer and Councillor Kipa Takum who was the organising chairman of the 2nd Arunachal League Football Tournament, which was held under the aegis of the APFA. The league competition was a landmark one in many ways. League champions Todo United FC were the biggest beneficiary of the competition as they would now be trying to make a mark at the national football landscape, hoping to make it to the second division of the Indian League which begins in April next year.

Additionally, four clubs which registered with the APFA before the league began will now receive grants-in-aids from the government, thanks much due to the efforts of officials from the association such as assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay.

The AGS informed that teams and players have to register themselves with the APFA to be deemed recognised to participate in competitions organised by the association. Hoping to keep a check on unscrupulous tournaments, Ajay says “organisers who do not seek permission from the association to hold tournaments will not be recognised and APFA teams and players will not be allowed to participate in such competitions. Also, the APFA cannot take the risk for unruly incidents that occur in such competitions”.

The APFA believes in fair participation and have been encouraging female players to enter into the field of sports as well. The association has created an all-girls team, who recently participated in the under-14 National Football Championships held at Odisha. To further support the fairer sex in their endeavours, the association will also organise the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State Level Women Football Tournament which will take place by the end of the year.

The association has planned ahead for next year and is organising the under-16 Dera Natung Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Nari in East Siang district and the XIII edition of the prestigious Tadar Tang Memorial Tournament to be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun. The last date for registration for TTMSLFT is December 20.

While putting in efforts to nurture and showcase the talent present in Arunachal, the APFA has announced that the state will be represented by the Arunachal football team in the Santosh Trophy scheduled to be held in February next year in Mizoram, and the Arunachal Women’s team will participate in the National Football Championships which is set to be held in January next year.

However, there are also concerns as the lone stadium in the state capital, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, is still not at a level to host high profile zonal and national level competitions. During the 11th edition of the Tadar Tang Memorial Tournament in 2012, the chief minister had announced a sum of Rs two crores for the maintenance of the stadium which still hasn’t materialised. It’s an amount that will only help the APFA develop the game further in the state. For the sake of the state, citizens can only pray it happens soon.



NHPC’s Subansiri project cost may go to Rs 12k cr

New Delhi, Nov 24: The total cost of state-owned NHPC's Subansiri Lower Project in Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be around Rs 12,000 crore, nearly double than envisaged initially, following delays on account of various hindrances.

The country's largest hydro power producer, NHPC is executing the 2,000-MW Subansiri lower hydel plant.The original cost of the project was Rs 6,285 crore.

"Local issues, contractual issues, geological surprises, delay in decision making and poor risk-taking assessment have impacted the progress on the Subansiri project, which is now likely to cost nearly Rs 12,000 crore," a senior company official told PTI.

The project has been stalled since December 2011, after the local people raised issues related to its safety and downstream impact.

"Assam also wanted to increase its total share of power from the project," the official said, adding that the state was earlier granted 208 MW of electricity from the hydel station which has now increased to 300 MW. Besides, the state is expected to get 25 MW or more free power from the plant which is likely to resume construction work next month.

The project, earlier expected to be fully commissioned by December 2012, is now likely to be operational by December 2017.

"We are hopeful that the construction work on the project would start again from December next month," the official said.

According to sources, the Power Ministry had a meeting with the state government earlier this month and achieved some breakthrough on the issues.

Once commissioned, Subansiri (250x8) will be India's biggest hydroelectric project.

The estimated annual energy generation from the project is 7,421 million units.

NHPC generates 5,702 MW electricity from 17 hydel stations in the country. As many as seven power stations with total capacity of 4,095 MW are under construction. PTI

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Lower Dibang Valley Road woes of East Kameng district

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of concern authority towards the worsening condition of the Nechipu (Zero Point) to Seppa road passing through Khuphy, Ramda, Palizi, Bana, Pompoli, Wessang and then Seppa. The 99 KM long Nechipu-Seppa road is turning into worse state due to landslides and lack of maintenance. Though the road is in terrible condition so far no proper action of any kind has been taken up to address the problems. Nechipu-Seppa road is the only road which connects East Kameng district and its Sub-Divisions, Circles and villages of the district with other districts of the state like West Kameng and Assam too. Daily around 500 to 600 vehicles including Govt., private, business/ commercial duties and tourist purposes ply but they are facing severe trouble while driving over the road, which affects the health of the people. The daily essential commodities are being supplied through this road and due to pathetic condition of the road, vehicles get mechanical defects and ultimately people of the East Kameng have to face the problems.

This is a serious economic and communication hindrance to the people of East Kameng. As it is the lone life-line of East Kameng district, why our five MLAs of district don’t care about the poor road condition whenever they drive through this road? Besides that there are numbers of East Kameng based, NGOs, other social organizations and so on, but I don’t find their voice for the cause of own district interest. This is the time for all the organizations, students’ unions to raise the matter to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the problems, but I guess they don’t care about the district’s problems. Citizens are busy with their livelihood; as such they don’t have time to spare for the social cause.

Furthermore, large numbers of leader’s of students unions like AAPSU and ANSU belongs to East Kameng District but it seems they too have turned deaf, dumb and blind or might have forgot the burning problems of their own district.

Seeing all these basic problems of the district I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority to kindly pay heed towards the above stated plight for the greater interest of the East Kameng’s overall development as there is no alternate road to Seppa other than this.

On the other hand, there is a road which connects Seppa with Capital Complex, Itanagar, by passing through Pijirang, Pakke-Kessang Circles of East Kameng and then Sagalee, Toru Circles of Papum Pare to reach Itanagar but the said road is almost in defunct state due to non-maintenance since BRTF left it in 2000-2001. And the State PWD department has failed to keep up the road condition, despite huge sanctions of funds for the maintenance works.

Thus, the citizens of East Kameng are requested to wake up from their sleep and speak up for better development, since our district has already attained 33 years of creation, despites of that, we still don’t have proper communications and it is a great insult for the people of East Kameng district.

The State Govt and five MLAs of East Kameng district are requested to keep up the Seppa-Sagalee and Itanagar road vehicular-able mode for all weather road conditions please. Please! please! please!


Dokum Taku(Sangno)

Vice President

All East Kameng Youth Forum.



High expectation from PCCF

Dear Editor,

We the members of FOSAA (Forestry Student Association of Arunachal) through the column of your esteemed daily would like to bring into light few important points discussed with honourable PCCF-cum-secretary regarding the reservation of forestry graduates in the various posts under the Department of Environment and Forest. To begin with we were very much delighted with the positive attitude and humble behavior of respected PCCF and would like to express our deep happiness and satisfaction over the verbal assurance given by him to give reservation quotas for forestry graduates in the posts of ACFs/ RFOs in state Environment and Forest Department in the days to come. He further assured to keep atleast reservation Quotas for the B.Sc and M.Sc and PhD forestry holders for forthcoming RFOs/ACFs recruitment. After years of battle for the aforementioned reservation quotas, his words are like a ray of hope for the increasing number of unemployed forestry graduates in the state who due to lack of scope in the respective course are compelled to go for jobs in other departments which is totally irrelevant to the kind of study they pursue in their four year degree course. Moreover, the sooner implementation of his words would certainly encourage more and more students from the upcoming generations to take up the course with more interest and satisfaction.


Talo Ekke

President , FOSAA


Techi Tajum

Secretary, FOSAA





Remove inequalities from society

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to say that economic development needs to be social justice. Social justice means that economic and political power should be equitably distributed in the state and there should be no concentration of economic power in the hands of a few people and political leaders of the state. With social justice people will have more incentive for economic growth in the state and country as a whole. Our state is still facing economic crisis and it’s all because of political hands. The central government has been pumping in crores of fund or scheme every year to improve state’s economic development but state government misuses the fund and scheme. The absence of social justice presents a serious problem in the path of economic growth.

Development must therefore be conceived of as a multidimensional process involving major changes in social structures, population attitudes, and state institutions, as well as the acceleration of economic growth, the reduction of inequality and the eradication of poverty.

So I would like to say that government should help to obtain social justice through reduction in inequalities of income by progressive taxation of incomes, decentralization of economic power, more expenditure on the weaker sections of the society, workers participation in management, etc. This will bring institutional changes in the economy and promote economic growth of the state.


Tana Rasso Tara

Asstt. Finance Secy.

All Papum Pare District Students ‘ Union








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Let there be proper investigation

The allegation of attempt to rape laced on Tehelka editor in chief Tarun Tejpal by his female colleague has shocked the entire press fraternities of country. Tehelka is one of most respected news magazine of country known for bringing out often controversial but explosive news item. The sting operation carried out by its reporter posing as arms dealers’ years ago had exposed the political-middlemen nexus in many high profile arm deals.  Tarun Tejpal is founder of Tehelka magazine and has been one of reason why it garnered so much popularity in the last decade.

It is in this context that allegation leveled against him by his fellow colleague is very serious in nature. One do not expect person like him who is role model for many budding journalists to indulge in such shameful act. The incident happens at a time when whole country is still yet to overcome the trauma of Nirbhaya gang rape incident. Though Tejpal has apologized to the victim journalist and also ‘recusing’ himself from the post of editor in chief of Tehelka for six month, one wonder is that really enough? He ought to be treated like any another criminal and Goa police, where incident took place, should immediately start criminal proceeding against him. Press Council of India should also step in and ensure that he does not return to editorial board till proper investigation is done.