November 28

The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and the Arunachal Press Club have decided to shut down the press on Thursday as a mark of respect to the departed soul of senior journalist late V Ravindran Nair. Therefore, there will be no issue of any newspaper on Friday.





Medical camps by VKAJ

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Medical Service Forum of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) recently organized four medical camps in Changlang district from November 23 to 26. The camps were organized at Longkey,Bubang, Sohelaktong and Chingsa villages of Khimiyong and Changlang circle. A total 371 patients were examined and medicines were distributed to the patients free of cost.


APJEWA unit to organize protest rally, dharna

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association (APJEWA), Upper Subansiri district unit has decided to launch a series of democratic movement in form of protest rally, strike etc. until the arrest of the persons involved in the physical assault on Dony Mugli, Junior Engineer (Civil), working under APPWD Nacho division.

The AJEWA unit, as part of its democratic movement, has decided to organize a dharna cum procession at Airfield near SP Office Daporijo at 9 am on November 28 to register its strong protest against the authority’s failure to arrest the culprits even after expire of the ultimatum.

The procession will start from near SP Office, Daporijo and pass through Govt. Bazar ME school, Medical road, New market, Co-Operative char-ali, Post Office, Gandhi Market before culminating at DC office.


Training on house wiring

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The 90 days house wiring training for rural unemployed youths organized by Rural Development and Heritage Society, (RDHS) Sangram under the sponsorship of NABARD, regional office concluded at Sangram yesterday.

Training on all types of residential wiring, including earthing etc. were given to 26 trainees, which also included some departmental employees.

Attending the concluding programme, Gram Panchayat Member (GPM) Hote Tamchi Kokum suggested the trainees to make good use of the acquired knowledge and be very careful while doing household wiring.


EKCCI demands immediate repair of Hari bridge

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: East Kameng Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EKCCI) has drawn the attention of the concern authority towards the deteriorating condition of Hari bridge in Seppa.

In a release, EKCCI claimed that the bridge is lying in a dilapidated condition due to years of wear and tear and lack of maintenance posing great danger to the people.

Lamenting that the condition of the bridge will never improve until it collapses in on itself, EKCCI urged upon the authority concerned for immediate repair of the bridge.


Foundation day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Govt. Drivers’ Association celebrated its 14th foundation day at 6km, near here today.

Addressing the gathering after hoisting the flag, association’s president Takam Teli advised all the government drivers to maintain their duty as per CCS rule.

He further urged the state government to look after the welfare of the drivers.


YOMA demands govt. to unearth matter that led to death of a trainee IRBn jawan

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) has condemned the incident wherein one IRBn trainee jawan Bater Koyu was grievously injured by a fellow trainee at Battalion Training Centre, Dergaon. Koyu, who was admitted in Sanjivani Hospital at Dibrugarh, breathed his last yesterday.

Demanding the state government to unearth the matter that led to the incident, YOMA stated that the person involved in the attack should be punished as per law. It further appealed to the state government to provide ex-gracia payment to the victim’s family.

Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) has demanded the state Home Department to take up the matter seriously and unearth the truth behind the incident that led to death of the trainee jawan.

Condemning the incident in strongest term, the Society demanded exemplary punishment of the culprit(s).


Jonti Lomdak murder case

1 more arrested


DAPORIJO, Nov 27: Daporijo Police led by Officer-In-charge T Riram succeeded in arresting another accused in Jonti Lomdak murder case.

Police acting on a tip off arrested another alleged accused from Sera village under Chetam circle today. Police had earlier arrested one person in connection with the murder case. Both the accused are currently under Daporijo police custody.

Meanwhile, the OC has acknowledged public support and cooperation in arresting the accused.

16-year-old Lomdak succumbed to his injuries on November 25 after he was brutally attacked on November 23.


Lok Adalat settles 27 cases

PASIGHAT, Nov 27: The Lok Adalat held here on November 23 by East Siang District Legal Services Authority, Pasighat  has disposed of 27 long-pending cases, including 18 Money Suit and nine criminal cases.

The Lok Adalat bench consisted of judicial officers Starlie Jamoh, EAC, Naatek Nonang, CO and members Oshong Ering, Rtd IA officer,  Kumsong Pangging, retired APCS officer, advocates Tonning Pertin, Raising Jamoh and Member Secretary T. Pada, SDO.

East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava, who is also the Chairman of East Siang District Legal Services Authority, urged the litigants not to take law in their own hands, and appealed them to settle their cases through Lok Adalat. DIPRO


Special Asembly session on Nov 29

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: A special session of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly will be held on November 29 next.


AHHWA celebrates 2nd foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The All Honik Hoke Welfare Association (AHHWA) celebrated its 2nd foundation day at Songio village under Pipsorang circle of Kurung Kumey district recently. Thousands of its clan members participated in it.

The first ever late Markio Tama Volleyball tournament was played between the clan members in which Tamuk team emerged as winner. President and local MLA Markio Tado distributed free blankets to the villagers.

Attending the programme as chief guest, Pipsorang ZPM Ha Tagung called for unity and socio-economic development of the region so that socio-economic development can be achieved through healthy clean and intellectual society.

During the celebration, a team of medical staff under the supervision of doctor Maru Doro, medical officer Tali Health Centre who is also the secretary health and hygiene, (AHHWA) organized free medical camp and health and hygiene programme. Free medicines were also distributed in the camp.

Local MLA who is also the chief patron of the society appealed youths and intellects to come ahead for the upliftment of the area.


Environment awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: In view of hunting and illegal timber activities in the area, an awareness campaign was organized at Goloso under Seijosa Sub-division by Dibru Village Forest Development Council recently. The programme was sponsored by state CAMPA in collaboration with the forest department, Khellong division.

RFO Lod Lalyang while highlighting the importance of conservation of forest appealed all the participating villagers to use forest only when in need and not for greed. He further sought the help of the villagers to nab the criminals indulging in illegal timber activities in the area.

Lauding the effort of the council, ZPM Pani Tayem emphasizing on the cultivation of rubber plantation said, it will help in generating sustainable source of income for the people. He further urged upon the people to refrain from indulging in poaching and illegal timber activities.

DFO, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary, Tapi Tana elaborated many eco-development schemes being provided by the concern department called on the villagers to avoid revenge killing of animals as compensation against their loss is being paid by the department. He advocated for peaceful co-existence of both human and nature.

As many as 25 nos of piglets were distributed to the local people and some SHGs on the occasion as incentive to refrain from illegal timber operation and to contribute towards conservation of wildlife.


Women SHGs from West Siang visits Kullu and Manali

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The members of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) from Liromoba in West Siang district were taken for exposure visit to Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh recently.

The programme was organized by Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC) with an objective to show the visiting SHGs how rural women of Himachal Pradesh are doing sustainable income through tourism and horticulture.

The visiting SHGs were taken to various places where they learnt about different tourism activities.

Apart from Kullu and Manali, the participants were also taken to Chandigarh, Amritsar, Wagha border, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.


APRBOA, APRBEU stage dharna

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: “Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank Officers’ Association and Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank Employees’ Union, under the banner of All India Regional Bank Employees Association (AIRRBEA) staged dharna before Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Head Office, Naharlagun on November 22 demanding early fulfillment of their various long-pending demands.

Later, APRBOA and APRBEU submitted a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, New Delhi through the Chairman, APRB, HO,  Naharlagun, demanding early fulfillment their demands, which included scraping of RRBs Act Amendment Bill, 2013 aimed at privatization of Gramin Banks, implementation of Pension Parity and agreement dated 29.10. 1993 in RRBs, establishment of State Level Rural Banks, one for NE States, under NRBI, regularization of all part time/ casual/ daily waged workers, recruitment of adequate staff, promotion of staff in time, massive branch expansion etc.


School building inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The school building and teachers’ quarter were inaugurated by Seppa East ZPM Raju Gyadi at Tassomora village of East Kameng in presence of Nyadang Hiffo, ASM Tassomora, AE PHED, BRC, Head GB and many others on November 26.

Gyadi advised villagers and PRI members to maintain the infrastructure properly. He also announced Rs 4 lakh for construction of Gram Sabha house.

Later, the ZPM distributed CGI sheets to beneficiaries of IAY. The ZPM, accompanied by AE, PHED also inspected the individual house hold latrine and advised the people to use it properly and give up the practice of open defecation.


News Impact

Pioneer journalist Ravindran is no more

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: V Ravindran Nair, one of the pioneers who worked for the cause of the print media in Arunachal Pradesh since its inception in 1988, passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 52.

He died in his private residence around 10.30 am. After the death of his father, mother and wife, he was leading a lonely life, completely devoted to his work as a journalist besides as a visiting faculty of the mass communication department of Rajiv Gandhi University.

As the news of his untimely demise spread, shocked members of the media fraternity rushed to his residence. On receiving the news from Dawnlit Post editor Gabriel D Wangsu, the deceased’s brother-in-law requested the media fraternity to conduct the last rites here.

 “I am extremely grieved and pained at the demise of Ravindran, who has been an epitome of journalism in Arunachal Pradesh since the inception of mass media in the state,” Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said in his condolence message.

“His sudden demise has come as a shock for me and I share the grief and pain felt by the media fraternity as he was sincerely working for over two decades and was known as a face of print journalism through his qualitative reporting. He breathed his last as a true solider of the pen, far away from his homeland, in our state, which he had made his second home. Ravindranji will remain a source of inspiration to the new generation of mass media, and in him we have lost a true harbinger of the noble profession of journalism,” Tuki said while conveying his deep sense of condolence, and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

A host of well wishers including Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, Science & Technology Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering, Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii, IPR secretary Dani Sulu, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s political secretary Bamang Tago and PROs Jambey Khochy and Rup J Pater, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarh Nachung, councillors Tarh Nachung and Gangte Tagung, NES general secretary Tarh Tabin, I&P secretary Heri Maring, Arunachal Civil Society chairman Patey Tayum, and Heema Hospital CMD Dr Byabang Rana rushed to Arunachal Press Club premises, where Ravindran’s body was laid in state, to pay their last respects.   

Sanjoy and Dabii expressed deep sorrow over the loss of a good friend. Dabii had recently visited the journalist at the latter’s residence and advised him to take care of his health.

“It is a tragedy that he passed away only a few days later,” Dabii said.

Ravindran, who hailed from Palaghat in Kerala, had joined the Echo of Arunachal, three months after the first newspaper of the state was launched. Due to his perseverance and love for the profession, he rose to the rank of an associate editor. He had joined the Dawnlit Post in 1998, and there was no looking back for him since.

His health had, however, been failing him lately, and he rarely ventured out of his residence. At the time of his demise he was undergoing medical treatment.

The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and the Arunachal Press Club (APC) have deeply mourned the senior journalist’s demise.

In a joint Press release, they recalled how the veteran journalist, who was known for his simplicity and down-to-earth attitude, encouraged and guided the young journalists.

‘We have lost a father-figure who always motivated and inspired us,’ they said.

Offering condolences to the bereaved family, members of the organizations prayed for the eternal peace to the departed soul.

Condolences have been coming in from all quarters.

Governor Nirbhay Sharma in his message said the passing away of Ravindran is a big loss to the Press fraternity.

 ‘In his passing away the state has lost a senior press personality who has been associated with the print media of the state since its beginning in Arunachal Pradesh,’ the governor said.

Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowandgong said Ravindran’s passing away has created a vacuum in the press fraternity.

‘We have lost one of the pioneers in the field of print media of the state. He will be remembered not only by the mediapersons but by the entire state,’ Lowangdong said. Expressing condolence to the bereaved family, the Speaker prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Kerala Kala Sanskarika Vedi has deeply mourned Ravindran’s demise. On behalf of Malayali community of the state, it expressed gratefulness to the Press fraternity for undertaking the last rites of the veteran journalist.

The students and staff of Vidyamandir, Itanagar, DRS International School, Itanagar, have also mourned the demise of the veteran journalist.

In a condolence message, both Vidyamandir and DRS International school family recalled his long association with the schools, and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD) Sammanoy Gut Cooperative Society (SGCS) in its condolence message recalled Ravindran ‘for his selfless and dedicated approach to work and his humane touch,’ saying he would always be remembered for his lifelong dedication to the Arunachal’s print media.

‘CCRD would like to put on record the constant support, encouragement and inspiration provided by ‘Ravi Da’. With his demise CCRD has lost a father figure,’ SGCS chairperson Minoti Riba said.

Rajiv Gandhi University led by its vice chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang deeply condoled the passing away of the veteran journalist, and said ‘in his death Arunachal has lost one its greatest well-wishers.’

‘I am personally saddened by this news and fondly recall my interactions with him,’ Prof Mibang said in his condolence message.

Faculty members and students of RGU’s mass communication department expressed deep anguish at his demise. Saluting him for being one of the founding faculty members of the department, they said that they are indebted to him for his contributions in teaching and guiding the students.

Both present and former students paid their last respects to their teacher at the APC and also attended the last rites.   

The Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) recalled Ravindran as ‘a true journalist having no bias towards any individual, ideology or policy.’

He was a friend to people of all ages; his flair for writing and love for journalism will be remembered. His demise is great lost the media fraternity of the state, ACR chairman Taring Mama said.

“I have lost the closest friend who stood by me in shaping the destiny of Arunachal media. As his mortal remains were swallowed by the fire, I wondered at the gospel truth death – death while Gabriel was crying that ‘the most dependable Ravi is gone after working for 18 years with me,’” editor of the Arunachal Front and APC advisor Pradeep Kumar said.

Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Robin Hibu sent his condolence to the bereaved family and the state’s media persons. ‘It is tragic that the state has lost a great journalist,’ he said.

The veteran journalist’s last rites were conducted at Laluk in Assam.  Unfortunately, the Capital Complex does not have a cremation ground despite claims by leaders in the past that funds had been sanctioned for establishing one in Karsingsa. What is visible there is only a signboard.  

The ACCI has meanwhile demanded that a cremation ground be built within the Capital Complex, ‘so that those who have devoted their lives to the cause of the state - such as late Ravidran - would not have to be taken outside for cremation.’


The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and the Arunachal Press Club have decided to shut down the press on Thursday as a mark of respect to the departed soul of senior journalist late V Ravindran Nair. Therefore, there will be no issue of any newspaper on Friday.




Jaundice, malaria wreak havoc in Longding

Govt. sounds red alert

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Severe outbreak of malaria and jaundice has wreaked havoc in Longding district. So far, atleast 128 people have reportedly died of suspected malaria, jaundice and typhoid in upper Wancho area of Longding Pumaow and Pongchau circles, claimed former minister Anok Wangsa.

Wangsa met Health Minister Atum Welly yesterday to apprise him of the grave situation and requested him to send medical team with sufficient medicines to contain the situation.

Meanwhile, the State Government has sounded alert in Longding district following reports of ‘few deaths’ allegedly due to water-borne diseases.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki convened a high level meeting at his offices here this morning attended by Health Minister Atum Welly, Legislator Honchum Ngandam, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, Director General of Police, Health Secretary, Director Health, PHED Chief Engineer (East), PHED Executive Engineer Khonsa, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago and OSD to CM Dr Hatobin Mai.

The meeting assessed the situation and chalked out a strategy to oversee and implement precautionary measures immediately.

DC and DMO of the district have been directed to strictly monitor the situation and deal it with utmost urgency. The Directorate of Health Services, on receipt of the information last week, had immediately swung into action and dispatched a consignment of medicines to the district.

A water quality testing team has already left Khonsa for Longding with kits and medicines. DMO Khonsa has also been directed to depute a medical team to Longding immediately.

A medical team of Specialists from General Hospital Pasighat, Dr J Gebi and Dr T Siram along with paramedics have been detailed to take fresh stocks of medicines to the district and render treatment to the affected people.

Health Jt Director (Malaria) Dr Hage Taki, SPO (NVBDCP), has been directed to move immediately to Longding with laboratory experts. A medical team from the Arunachal State Hospital has also been directed to visit the affected places.

The Chief Minister has also ordered coordination with the Civil Aviation department to arrange evacuation of affected people by helicopter in cases demanding emergency.

The Health Minister and officials of Health Department will visit the affected places soon. Tuki has appealed the people to remain calm and avoid rumour.

“If affected report immediately to the nearest medical center and undergo treatment. Others need to take extreme precautionary measures and avoid use of contaminated water,” he appealed to the people.

As reported by DMO Longding, Dr Lowang, there were only 14 cases of death in the vicinity of Kannu. The deaths of about 100 as reported by people were of cumulative nature spread across several months due to various factors including old-age, injury, endemic malaria, etc.

The Chief Minister directed the district administration and Health Department to aggressively launch awareness campaigns on water-borne diseases in the district and equip the villagers with know-how on water testing and other precautionary measures.

He also assured posting of regular doctors along with para-medics in all affected areas as necessary.

DIPRO adds from Khonsa: Meanwhile, local MLA Thangwang Wangham, who is stationed at Longding, is closely monitoring the situation. He informed that the situation was alarming as there has been no respite from the diseases in spite of best effort by the medical team to stop the killer diseases from further spreading.

Meanwhile, Wangham, in an emergency meeting attended by Longding Deputy Commissioner, PRI leaders, women leaders, HoDs, DMO, NGOs and Wancho youth leaders, informed that the situation was alarming and asked all the participants to be in readiness and be alert for any eventualities.

He suggested that teams be sent to all the villages to assess the situation and provide relief and medicines accordingly. He also said that the cause of deaths may be Dengue but has to be ascertained by medical experts.

Earlier, Wangham sent SOS to the state government seeking more help to contain the outbreak of the disease and treat the victims efficiently.

The Deputy Commissioner and other members present in the meeting assured their full co-operation and vowed to fight the outbreak in united.  

The meeting constituted teams which would visit the affected villages and send reports to the district administration.

The Tirap DMO and his team are also rendering their services by visiting the affected areas.



Pawar calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Sharad Pawar called on Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today and discussed on various issues related to agriculture and food processing industries, including establishment of veterinary college and research centres.

Highlighting the importance of domestic animals, especially Mithun in tribal society and rural communities of the State, Governor urged upon the Union Minister for establishment of Mithun Research Institute and Regional Pig Breeding Centre. He also proposed for establishment of college of Veterinary Science and Home Science in Arunachal Pradesh. Stating that many horticulture crops such as Orange, Apple, Kiwi, Large Cardamom and Ginger are produced at marketable surplus, Governor called for more food processing units for the State, proper market linkage and setting up of required infrastructure. He suggested for revision of cost ceiling on market infrastructures.

Governor requested the Union Minister on setting up of a Regional Research Centre for temperate horticulture through Indian Council for Agriculture Research.

Underscoring the importance of Agriculture and allied sectors in the State and North Eastern region, which produced huge citrus and other horticulture product, Governor suggested for a north east comprehensive agriculture marketing and export policy.

Conveying gratitude to the Union Minister for laying the foundation stone for Agriculture College at Pasighat, Governor requested for enhancement of intake capacity of student in the college. PRO to Governor



Allegation baseless: ADM

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Reacting to the news item under the headline “Harassment Slur on ADM”, the incumbent CEO cum ADM Talo Potom today clarified that allegation of trespassing levelled by Techi Hitler is baseless and unfounded. He claimed that his office on 31st 0ctober 2013 had received a complaint letter against Techi Hitler, LRSO, Yupia with photographs of his resident which shows that compound wall of building was blocking the public road of Mowb-II and accordingly the instruction were issued for verification. It was informed to him that he had blocked public road with his wall and Iron Gate.

The ADM also claimed that he has neither visited residential place of Hitler nor entered into his building and, therefore, question of trespassing does not arise.” Being the authority concerned for dealing such subject of encroachment and blockage of public road, am legally bonded to direct all the concern agencies to verify the factual of the case to take cognizance in the court of undersigned and once the matter is found illegal, however, status may be the criminal/ offender shall be tried and justice will be delivered as per the provision of the law. Here in this case the picture which was made available by the complainant visibly shows the blockage of the public road by Techi Hitler with his Iron Gate and brick wall. Further he has admitted in the FIR lodged against me on 26th Nov., 2013 that the road which he had blocked belongs to PWD and it was not used for time being and the complainant is ready to vacate the said blockade as soon the PWD will retain the landslide zone for use of colony road,” stated Potom. Further he informed that he had directed OC, PS, Itanagar and the Executive Engineer, PWD, Capital division-A also to verify the spot and submit report.

He further alleged that litigation against his appointment was filed by Hitler because he had initiated action for encroaching upon the govt land.  Potom also alleged that despite being land officer, Hitler has been obstructing the process of trial and enquiry for the offence committed in public road and public places and this will defeat the existence of law of the state and the land grabbers in the Capital Complex will be encourage by such activities by an officer. In a letter addressed to chief secretary, he wrote, “I request Chief Secretary to direct the Secretary Land Management to take disciplinary actions under CCS conduct rule and also endorse the matter to Commissioner Home, for criminal proceedings as per the letter issued by Secretary land Management vide letter no. LM-86/2013.”



Special attention on education and infra development : MLA

ITANAGAR, Nov 27:  Tali MLA Er Markio Tado who is also chairman of Hydro Power Development Corporation recently went on a ten days visit to river Huma-Paye belt under Pip-sorang circle. He was accompanied by Ha Tagong, ZPM Pip-sorang, Songio Taba, BCC President, Tagru Kakunt, President, Assembly Youth Congress, Mahila Congress Team, members of Tali-Pipsorang Capital dwellers and five ASMs. The visit was basically to assess the real needs for the development at grassroots level.

While responding to the memorandum submitted by the ASMs of the Huma-Paye areas, the MLA assured to take-up five year plan for the better development of the said areas. He stressed on the need for giving special care to infrastructure and education sector. During the meeting at every Panchayat segment the MLA also highlighted the achievement of flagship programme of UPA-II Government and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership of chief minister Nabam Tuki.  In overall during visit the team emphasized for road connectivity from Parsi-parlo to Pip-sorang Circle Headquarter under NLCPR as preliminary and the feasibly of road has been assessed. During the tour on 19th November he inaugurated the improved WRSB over River Paye in between Yaba and Paniong constructed under BADP at Sangio Village.



Arunachal pavilion adjudged best at IITF-2013

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Arunachal Pradesh pavilion was adjudged best pavilion in the 33rd Indian International Trade Fair (IITF)-2013, New Delhi and was awarded gold medal. Arunachal Pradesh Textile and Handicrafts Secretary Dr. SS Ghonkrokta and pavillion Director Haj Dodung, on behalf of the state government, received the medal and citation from Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah in the concluding day function today.

In his speech, Dr Abdullah emphasized on the importance of such Trade Fairs which ‘foster the feelings of oneness and brotherhood amongst all the nations of the world.’

Rita Menon, Chairperson and Managing Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), informed that South Africa and Japan collaborated with ITPO as partner country and focus country respectively., Altogether, 33 countries participated in the trade fair, she informed adding that Bihar and Orissa as partner state and focus state respectively contributed immensely to the event.

 “Inclusive Growth” was the theme of this year’s trade fair.”

The gold medal was the recognition of state’s rich handicrafts and textiles tradition and hard-work and planning of the staff of the department and the participants, Dr. Ghonkrokta said in a release. He also informed that the sale of items in the trade fair doubled this year.

Participating after a gap of 10 years, Arunachal bagged bronze medal last year, he added.

‘Arunachal Day’ was celebrated yesterday evening in a colorful manner at Lal  Chowk Theatre, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi which was attended by Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare AK Khan Choudhary and Textile & Handicrafts and Industry Minister Tapang Taloh,

The students of Arunachal Pradesh studying in various educational institutes in Mathura, Dehradun, Delhi and nearby areas with traditional attires displayed colourful cultural items, including War Dance, Lion Dance, Rikham Pada etc.



Dhondup inaugurates children’s park

TAWANG, Nov 27: Parliamentary Secretary (Arts & Cultural Affairs) Tsewang Dhondup inaugurated a Children Park near Officers’ Colony here.

Lauding the district administration, DUDA and NHPC Ltd for their efforts to renovate the park, Dhondup informed that the park could serve as an important place for recreational activities for children. He also advocated for such projects of social and mass utility in the township area in the near future.

Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev appreciated the NHPC and DUDA for the noble services rendered by them in the renovation of the park.

NHPC Manager (Civil), Tawang SP Sharma, head of offices of the district, UPO DUDA Tawang Sophia Lego were present on the occasion.

It is pertaining to mention here that the park has been renovated and revived under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Commissioner. DUDA carried the renovation works while NHPC Limited contributed children playground equipments for the Park under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme. A plantation drive was also organized around the Park on the occasion of World Environment Day-2013 by NHPC in association with Forest Department Tawang to beautify the park.

Earlier, A cleanliness drive was conducted in the premises of the Tawang monastery by Eco-Wildlife & Pollution Control Society (EWPCS)Tawang under the guidance of ASM Changprong Pala and president (EWPCS) Tashi Dondup.

The cleanliness drive was necissitated in the wake of the recent exposition of sacred Buddha Relics at Tawang Monastery. DIPRO



APEDA organizes awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: As part of its efforts to make more and more use of new and renewable energy sources, the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) is organizing a series of orientation awareness camps at different places of Upper Subansiri district Daporijo, beginning November 25.

The camp aims to spread awareness among the younger generation on the importance and use of renewable energy technology.

In the orientation awareness camp held at Govt Sec School Maro, around one hundred students participated including the teaching staff and headmaster in-charge.

While addressing the gathering, T Muri, IPO, APEDA while explaining the causes of global warming and its impact asserted that renewable source of energy is the only the option to minimize global warming which is taking its toll on all of us.

He also gave demonstrations on solar education kits during the programme. Three sets of solar education kits were also donated to GSS Maro so that the students could be able to make their own solar energy tools with the help of the kits.

Later on the same day, the APEDA team carried out another awareness programme at Govt. Secondary School Baririjo and donated two sets of solar education kits to the school headmaster.

The team reached VKV Kuporijo this morning and conducted OAC. Around two hundred students turned up for the open demonstration of solar education kits at the school ground. Later, three sets of solar education kits were also donated to the VKV.

Addressing the students, the IPO called upon the students for to get aware about the importance of new and renewable energy technology saying it is eco-friendly and abundant in nature.

The next stop was JNV, Megdong where the awareness camp was also conducted in which around 50 students participated including the teaching staff and principal.

The APEDA team further handed over five sets of solar education kits to JNV principal for laboratory purposes.

The principal, in his speech, called for conducting more such programme in the coming days.

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MAC will set wrong precedent

Dear Editor,

This is in apropos to the news item under the headline “Massive rally demands ADC for Mon Region”, which published on 26th November 2013 in your daily regarding the demand for creation of separate Mon Autonomous Council (MAC) for Monpa tribe of Tawang and west Kameng district to have self local governance and to preserve the culture and traditions of Monpas tribe which was initiated selfishly by Late Dorjee Khandu then Chief Minister. I am not against to the idea for creation of Mon Autonomous council nor to their demand but as a layman we feel that that Arunachal Pradesh is home to more than 20 tribes and every tribes have their own culture and traditions and also every tribes want to preserve their culture and tradition and want more development and extra GDP share. Govt has already gifted a separate department of Karmik and Adhyamik Department to preserve religion and culture of Buddhist community of Arunachal Pradesh. There is also a separate department for districts like Changlang,Tirap and Longding and still today most of common public of Arunachal don’t know the exact reasons for creation of separate department and for giving extra privileges to the people of these three districts of Changlang,Tirap and Longding and for creating a separate department for Buddhist Community as all the districts and religions are children of single mothers .Is it because they are backward???Or they have extremist like NSCN or their leaders are more powerful than others????Or the Buddhist religion is more important than other religion????Government need to answers. As a layman we feels that all the district are totally equal in terms of backwardness and development and all the religion are same and have equal importance. Now presently the Monpa brothers are demanding for separate Mon Autonomous Council to preserve the tradition and culture of Monpas and Buddhist culture and to have self local governance at Mon areas of West Kameng and Tawang district and I think that it is going to be next Andhra Pradesh and may create wrong precedent in the future. Today they are demanding for separate autonomous Council for Monpa tribe and Buddhist culture then what about the others tribes and other culture of Arunachal???The problem will arise when every single tribe starts demanding separate Autonomous council. And if every individual tribe have their self governance and regulation then what will be the role of government. This precedent may create a great mess in the future. And lastly we expect our leaders to be more liberal and work for oneness when they are in public chair like Chief Minister rather taking selfish stand for betterment of their own tribe and culture.


Jaida Singhi

Member, Kra-Dadii Club



Give us permanent road

Dear editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to know which dept. is constructing better to say filling the gaps (holes) of the capital road. I am so curious because they are laudable. I thought BRO (Border Road Organization) can only construct roads within no time, but I was wrong. It's been just two-three days, better to say two-three nights, the looks/shapes of the capital road has changed a lot. Is our capital roads going to be like this for long or is it just another eye-wash? Why do we get to drive on good road only when someone from centre comes to our homeland? It has always been witnessed that the roads are filled within no time if someone influential comes to our state. We often talk about these and that development but can't even manage our Capital Road. We talk about tourism but I wonder how tourism can be developed upto expectation when we don't have a good infrastructure. The reason why China's economy is growing fast is because of their high-quality infrastructure. They even have railway lines in the border area. But in our state, we don't even have a good road in the capital itself. We the common people use to say that I would have constructed the road like this or that if I had the power while walking/driving on the road. I don't want to be too pessimist just want to request our state govt. to give us a good and permanent road rather than "FILL IN THE BLANKS" road because the development should start from within.


Jumnya Rina







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Tribute to veteran journalist

V Ravindran Nair, one of the pioneers who worked for the cause of the print media in Arunachal Pradesh since its inception in 1988, passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 52 at the time of his death. He died in his private residence around 10.30 am. As the news of his untimely demise spread, shocked members of the media fraternity rushed to his residence and started preparing for his last rites. With his death, the press fraternities of state have lost a father figure.

Late Ravindran has been instrumental in popularizing print media in the state. He played a vital role in establishing newspapers like The Echo of Arunachal and Dawnlit Post at a time when people of state had no basic idea about role of media. He was completely devoted to his work as a journalist besides as a visiting faculty of the mass communication department of Rajiv Gandhi University. The member of Arunachal Times remembers the immense contribution of late Ravindran in shaping destiny of print media in the state and also condoles his untimely demise.