November 05


News Impact



Militants fire at army convoy, no casualty

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: A convoy of the Army's 4 Rajput Regiment was today ambushed by unidentified militants in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh but there was no report of any casualty.

The militants exploded a bomb before firing at the army vehicles along the Longding-Kanubari road forcing the army personnel to retaliate, army sources said.

However, there was no report of any casualty and neither it could be established whether the militants belonged to the proscribed NSCN (IM) or ULFA, the sources said.

In a statement, Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tanga Byaling termed the incident as "unfortunate and condemnable".

He said that the army personnel were on duty for the security and safety of the people and the underground group had no reason to resort to an anti-national act.

Kanubari MLA Gabriel D Wangsu said that the ultras ambushed the convoy near a remote post when the personnel were on their way back to a post after routine patrolling duty. PTI



BJP leaders rush to Delhi over merger rumour

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The Arunachal BJP candidates who unsuccessfully contested in the last assembly election recently met national BJP president Amit Shah at Delhi and expressed concern over the alleged rumour of possible merger of present Congress government with the BJP. The BJP leaders submitted a memorandum to party president and stated that such move will dishearten the existing party workers.

“It is in the air in Arunachal Pradesh that the ruling Congress (I) Govt is merging with the Bharatiya Janata Party. We do not know whether it is a fact or rumor but the gossiping has given us and our supporters sleepless nights. The persistence pressure put on us by our supporters has compelled us to come down to New Delhi and apprise you about our impending condition. We do not have any answer when our supporters ask us what would be our fate in case our rival candidates joined BJP,” the leaders wrote in the memorandum. Further it read, “We believe that BJP under your able leadership will take into consideration the fate of thousands of BJP party workers of Arunachal Pradesh. We also believe that the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh has the capability to form the Govt. in the state with our own strength and hard labour.”

While Congress did not give any official reaction in this regard, however, in private the party leaders thrashed such rumour and alleged that whole drama has been concocted by BJP to destabilize the state government.



Centre to release fund under RGKA


NEW DELHI, Nov 04: Union MoS (Independent charge) for Sports & Youth Affairs, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Sarbananda Sonowal today announced to release Rs 1.85 crore per block under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) to Arunachal Pradesh.

His announcement came in response to the plea of state’s PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, who called on him in his office to discuss strategies and fund allocation for encouraging the hidden talents of the state in the field of games and sports. He also assured that all blocks of Arunachal Pradesh would be covered under RGKA within the next five years.

When Gadi sought his help citing the examples of state’s national and international level medal winners in various sports categories that had prompted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to announce 10 percent job reservation for sports persons as an incentives, Sonowal said, “Arunachal is my family and I shall extend all possible help to promote sports activities in the state”. “Along with my colleague Kiren Rijiu (MoS for Home Affairs), I shall pursue Union Minister for Road, Transport & Highway Nitin Gadkari for early construction of the proposed Tawang-Vijoynagar road along the international border besides other important road projects in the land-locked state,” the MoS added.

It may be mentioned here that under the RGKA, each block is entitled for Rs 1.85 crore for sports infrastructure.

Moreover, rural competitions, a mass participation sports programme, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is organised across the country every year for providing an ample opportunity to young and old men and women of rural areas, to participate in the competitive sports.

The rural sports programme was started in 1970-71 and was being operated through Sport Authority of India (SAI). It was merged with Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme during 2008-09. The PYKKA scheme rechristened as RGKA are organised at block, district, state and national levels through the state governments/UTs with technical support from Sports Authority of India.



US Consul General calls on Governor, CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 04: The Consul General, US Consulate, Kolkata, Helen LaFave called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today.

They discussed various matters of mutual interest and avenues for mutual benefits. They also discussed on scope for socio-economic initiatives.

While drawing historical link of the region with United States of America during the Second World War, the Governor highlighted on Stilwell Road, War Cemetery and discoveries of wreckage of US aircrafts in the State.

In the meeting, the Governor emphasized on exchange programmes for students, and study tours for officials, and entrepreneurs especially in the field of technology, tourism and horticulture. Helen LaFave also called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his official residence this afternoon. While the Chief Minister highlighted the huge potential of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in the fields of horticulture, tourism and hydropower, LaFave explored avenues for cooperation in developmental activities. Also present were Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Commissioner to CM Tajom Taloh and State Protocol Officer Dani Salu and three officials from the Consulate.




Arunachal 1962’ to showcase the state’s innate beauty

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The heart gripping and enchanting appeal of Arunachal Pradesh - the land of rising sun, gorgeous waterfalls, gurgling brooks and raging rivers  is yet again to be captured in director’s frame in an upcoming film from the Northeast. The working title of the film is ‘Arunachal 1962’ and is being produced by Living Dreams Trust.

Living Dreams Trust is affiliated with Association for Motion Picture of India and is run by Marbom Mai, an entrepreneur and an engineering graduate. “Many countries or places are known through the medium of cinema. ‘Arunachal 1962’, which have been shot mostly in Arunachal Pradesh, also aims to promote tourism here through the medium of film,” said Mai.

The film is based on the backdrop of 1962 Indo-China war. It is being directed by Partha Borgohain and Tanvi Manpoong is the production manager.

Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2014 Ketholeno Kense and Aham Sharma, an Indian Telly Award 2014 winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Karna) in current Mahabharat series, are the casts for the film. Daniel Han from Korea is also playing lead role in the film.

Speaking about the film, Aham said that the film is different from conventional Bollywood films and promises of realism with a universal appeal.

“The USP of the film is its unique story line,” said Aham.

Kense while expressing excitement for the venture informed that it is her first film. Amazed by the magnificent beauty of the locations in which the film is to be shot, Kense said that the Northeast is endowed with scenic beauty but not much focus has been put towards it in terms of film making.

Acting supervisor of the film Riken Ngomle, a National School of Drama (NSD) graduate, informed that the film will be performance based and will be showcased in world movie forums.

He also informed that the film does not revolve around any particular tribe of the state but around tribal regions.

‘Arunachal 1962’ will hit the artistic frame as a multi lingual film. Shooting for the film have earlier been done at Meghalaya, Tawang, and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Further, shooting for the film will start from second week of November at Mechuka and other Indo-China locations. It is expected to be released by early 2015.



AAPSU reacts to allegation, few students claim everything is alright

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has reacted to the allegation leveled by parents of some of the students who had opted for free education under Dr. YSREWF in collaboration with AAPSU. In a statement, AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi clarified that AAPSU is fully committed towards fulfilling its promise of providing free education to the poor students of Arunachal Pradesh.

“It is true that affiliation of some the colleges under YSR were withdrawn but they always had AICTE approval. Their affiliation was cancelled by the new govt. of Telangana. However the colleges knocked the door of High Court and they won the case. Yet the state govt. was reluctant and finally they had to move the Supreme Court and the Apex court gave them justice. In the meantime, while the case was going on we couldn't risk the careers of the students and immediately shifted them to those colleges which had all affiliations namely Ellenki College of Engineering & Technology, KG Reddy College of Engineering, Bandhari Srinivas Institute of Technology (BSIT) and MNR College of Medical Science,” stated AAPSU General Ssecretary. The AAPSU claimed that even before shifting the students they had a meeting with all the students and asked them to make their choice and preference.

“We had also agreed to repay those students who wanted to leave. For those students and parents who still have faith, I can assure them that the students wouldn't face any problem in their academic career. The classes are in full swing and we have made the students even accessible to the college management,” claimed Nasi.

Some of the students who are staying outside have themselves opted to stay out of the hostel despite hostel facilities being provided to them. Earlier, the lateral students of BSIT College had asked for permission to stay outside but we denied as we couldn't take the risk of their life and property outside. But since they had protested the decision we had to yield to their demands. Presently they are staying outside and half of their hostel fees have been refunded and the rest will be refunded by 15th November. However we will still be looking after their academic, library and tuition fees. The representatives of AAPSU are constantly in touch with the students, the union added.

While clarifying about allegation of misusing of the fees, the AAPSU stated, “Here it is to be noted that the total amount that we had asked for was Rs.25000 as registration fee which we have completed and Rs.60000 as hostel fees which was to be refunded at the completion of the course. However, taking in consideration the economic background of the families we had asked them to pay in installments and till now majority have yet not paid but still we haven't forced the students.” The union has urged the agitating parents and students to stop spreading rumours and understand the pain and trouble they are taking for the students. They also assure that even though there are certain problems but it will be resolved soon and future of students will never be compromised.

Meanwhile, three students selected under the said scheme in a separate release claimed that they have comfortably settled at K.G.R.C.E.T College. “We did face problems at first but the situation is stable right now. We, 26 students have been admitted to K.G Reddy College of Eng. & Tech and have got our respective registration numbers too. We are comfortable in our hostel with no more than 4 students in each room. AAPSU leaders are in touch with us and they are concerned about us and respond to our problems,” the three students namely Lokam Kiochak, Chello Gunia and Nabam Tatung stated in a release.



Tale of a Govt. school in Capital Complex

[ Taba Ajum ]

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: At a time when the state government is talking about overhauling the education system, many government run schools of the state are still struggling for basic infrastructure. The government middle school located at ESS sector Itanagar is facing multiple problems due to poor infrastructure. The walls of class room have been badly damaged and are in dilapidated condition. As winter approaches, the students are bracing themselves for tough time as cold breeze easily passes through due to the pathetic condition of class room.

Adding to the woes, the school does not have a proper boundary wall. Owing to it, the moment night falls the school campus becomes the centre of all the wrong doing. Drug addicts turn into the campus as their hang out zone. Ironically the said school is located at a stone’s throw from the offices of the directors of elementary, school and higher & technical education. If the government school situated in the heart of state capital is in such dilapidated condition, one can only imagine about the condition of the govt. schools in interior parts of state.



Pakke-Kessang, a virtual moonlight town

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: For Rup Techi Tara, (a school teacher at Govt Secondary School Pakke-Kessang), spending the night without electricity is no longer a new experience; rather a routine cycle which he learns to live every evening. After the sun sets, the silent night falls over and over again. This natural cycle silently keeps on going in Pakke-Kessang town a circle headquarter in East Kameng district ever since the Pakke Mini Hydel Project, a 30 KW capacity mini hydel stopped functioning.

It is said that the lone mini hydel had stopped functioning since last April 2014. The sleepy hamlet (Pakke-Kessang) is inhibited by a population of around 1600 and located at 1247 feet approximately above the sea level virtually becomes a moonlight town. It was illuminated only after seven months during the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization’s 6th General Conference held on 23rd to 25th Oct 2014, because EKSWCO had managed its own diesel generator for the conference.

However, the reason of non-functional mini hydel is yet to be known. The local people claim that no attempts were made by the Hydro Power Department to restore the hydel so far, which was supposed to look after the electro-mechanical parts. Meanwhile, this daily was unable to contact the concerned officer of Hydro Power Department for his statement over the crisis.

The said mini hydel was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Mukut Mithi way back in January 2001 in presence of then local MLA late Dera Natung, amidst roaring applause from the public for the electrification of the valley. Since then not much effort was put by the department concern for its maintenance.  The 30 KW mini hydel hardly mitigates the power requirement of the consumers in the town, as the current requirement of Pakke-Kessang town according to the Power department sources is 150 to 200KW.  The department has to upgrade the existing ailing hydel to meet the requirements of the consumers.

The immediate power restoration in the town can only be done with setting up of a DG set, to which the state government is reluctant to setup as the diesel generator incurs heavy expenses to run. The department sources informed that to mitigate the power crisis, an alternative power arrangement can be done from Rupong in Papumpare distict, 14 kilometers off Pakke-Kessang. Sources also said that power department of East Kameng has submitted the estimate and detail project reports but response from the higher authority is yet awaited.

The non-functioning of the lone power house has been become a serious problem for the citizens particularly CBSE students who are preparing for the half-yearly examination. The non-availability of power also badly affects the working of government officials who rely on power for office duty. Reportedly, many government staffs are reluctant to stay in the town due to the absence of power. As of now, the Pakke-Mini Hydel is a forlorn power house, as the department concern is apparently turned a blind eye to restore the crisis.



NESO, AAPSU demand time-bound probe

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Nov 04: North East Students’ Union (NESO), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) Pasighat unit, today submitted a memorandum to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner with a copy to Superintendent of Police for speedy and time-bound investigation to unearth the exact cause of the death of Mizo boy Lalmuankima Chawngthu.

Chawngthu, who was a B.Sc. (Horticulture) 4th semester student of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat, was found dead on the bank of Siang river on October 26 last.

NESO Coordinator, Pritam Sonam and AAPSU Assistant General Secretary Techi Doni said that, whatever may be the reason behind the death of Lalmuankima, the truth must be unearthed at the earliest.  Both Sonam and Doni appealed to the fellow students and individuals of both Arunachal and Mizoram not to post any provocative comments on the issue in any social networking site which may cause damage to the good relationship between the people of Arunachal and Mizoram.

The members of both the apex organization visited the place where the body of the Mizo boy was found at Komlighat and also met Investigating Officer (IO) of the case at Pasighat Police station besides requesting the concern doctor for post mortem report.

Meanwhile, Lalduhzuala Colney, the room-mate of Lt.Lalmuankima, who came back from Mizoram yesterday, informed this reporter that, his deceased friend was a good student and he saw him last at around 5.30 PM of October 25.

Police said, they are still waiting for the Call Detail Record and Post Mortem Report to proceed further into the investigation.

Meanwhile, an independent enquiry committee has also been set up by Central Agriculture University, Imphal to investigate the case.



Arunachalee rubber growers gain knowledge from exposure visit

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: A group of 10 prospective rubber growers from various districts of Arunachal Pradesh were taken to rubber growing areas of Assam by the Department of Trade & Commerce on a four-day exposure tour-cum-training programme on rubber cultivation from October 27.

The objective of the tour was to give exposure to rubber farmers of the state so that they could take up rubber cultivation in their respective feasible areas in a more feasible way. The broader objective was to prepare the interested rubber growers technically equipped for availing Chief Ministers’ Mission Mode Project on Rubber Plantation more successful and self sustenance way, informed Tokong Pertin, Director Trade & Commerce.

The team visited the rubber plantation areas of Goalpara and Bongaigaon districts of Assam. The team visited one Ghengamari Rubber Growers Society at Agia in Goalpara district with plantation area of 12.66 hectares which are owned by 53 small and marginal farmers. The team also visited another society called “North Salmara Rubber Producers Society” in Bongaigaon district. The society was established on 2002 and has, at present, 352 members out of which 172 are having production gardens.

The visiting team was impressed by the self sustained functioning of the society as small and marginal farmers of the area have formed together into a strong society which is quite effective in management and marketing of the products.

The representatives of the society informed that they do not find any difficulty at all for marketing of their products, because they do not need to go to market for sale of their products, rather, the dealers come to their gardens. Since the society has bulk of products at their disposal it is always advantageous for the society to call the shots. Even if no dealer comes forward, then there is a company called “M/S Monimalayar Rubber Private Ltd” functioning under Rubber Board of India is always ready to buy the products at the prevailing approved rate. Hence, through the formation and registration of society (SHG) the interests of the marginal farmers could be protected from the exploitation from the middlemen/broker which is quite common in any other business.

Rubber Board provides many incentives and benefits to such registered society like processing centre, smoke house, training of growers at the door steps, setting up of training hall etc, Pertin informed.

While selling of the products, the society need not to pay any taxes, whereas the dealer/company has to pay all the required taxes, hence maximum protection/relaxation is ensured to the small and marginal farmers if formed into a society and registered under Rubber Board, he said.

The visiting team felt that they could also form society in their respective places and get registered under Rubber Board in order to avail all the benefits and incentives from the Rubber Board of India.

On the third day, the team visited Rubber Research Training Centre, Hahara, Kamrup District.

Prasanta Baruah, Asstt Development Officer who is the officer-in-charge of the Centre taught the visiting team about the scientific cultivation of rubber from raising of seed nursery to tapping of matured rubber tree in brief.

On the fourth day, the team visited Rubber Nursery, Nagaon located near Karbi Anglong border.

Biswajit Chakravarty, Asstt Development Officer, Rubber Board Nagaon Regional office taught the team about detailed steps of raising of rubber nursery. He has also demonstrated the raising of seed nursery and bud grafting of high yielding clone from mother plant (bud wood) to seedling plant.

Prasanna Kumar, Survey Officer, RBI, Regional office, Nagaon guided the team during the 4-day visit.

Recently, Dr. A. Jayathilak, the Chairman of Rubber Board of India and who is also holding the charge of Spices Board of India, visited Itanagar on 25-26 October’2014 to attend the National Seminar on Spices, assured the Chief Minister all possible help from RBI including opening of Regional office at Itanagar and more Rubber Board Field Stations in suitable location of the State.



Noble gesture to bring back dignity of a school

From a correspondent

ZIRO, Nov 04: To send a message of urgency to bring back the lost glory of the Government Higher Secondary School, Ziro (GHSSZ) and also to draw the attention of the alumni, NGOs, civil societies, the SMILE Ziro, a Ziro based NGO has repainted the entrance gate of the school today.

The GHSSZ which was one of the most popular Higher Secondary School in the State has come down to its lowest ebb over the period of one and half decade in respect to its physical infrastructure and quality of education. We have repainted the gate so as to draw attention of general public, NGOs, Govt. and also to create a strong feeling for rejuvenation.  Making the entrance gate a fresh look will indicate just a gesture of initiative to bring back the dignity of the school, said Dr. Nani Tamang Jose, chairman SMILE Ziro.

Be late than never, it’s high time we have to bring its past glory back’, he said and appealed civil societies to extend their helping hands to school authority and the district administration as and when necessary.

While welcoming and appreciating SMILE Ziro for showing their concern to school, Hibu Tama, principal of the school, said that though this school has produced numbers of bureaucrats, technocrats and politicians, the atmosphere of the school has unfortunately turned gloomy too such an extent that the school authority alone cannot manage it. He appealed civil societies to cooperate him in his attempt to bring back the past glory of the school.

Participating the gate re-painting work, Taku Chatung, president Apatani Youth Association while referring to the recent murder and rape case that happened in school campus itself, said that school is considered as temple of learning but not a breeding ground of criminal. He further informed that thoroughfare of general public, youngsters, students into the premises of GHSSZ from 5 PM to 8 AM is prohibited according to a prohibitory order issued recently by the district magistrate under sec 133 CrPC.

Later, the team led by the SMILE interacted with Hibu Tama, school principal and Tage Gambo vice principal and discussed issues relating to security and other problems of the school.

The repainting work was done with active participation of alumni, NGOs and civil societies.



Tourism dept imparts training to 500 youths under HSRT prog

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The state Tourism department has successfully achieved its given target by imparting training to 500 youths of the state under Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT) programme initiated by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Addressing a function on successful completion of 5th batch of training for 100 youths under the scheme here at Tourism Directorate this afternoon, HSRT master trainer S S Kar, who is also manager of Donyi Polo Ashok said the programme is an initiative to create employable skills amongst the unemployed youths belonging from economically weaker strata of the society.

Informing that the trainings were related to hospitality trades such as food production, food & beverages service, house keeping, bakery and patisserie, he told that due emphasis were given on improving their attitudes and behaviour in order to enhance their market acceptability under the guidance of HSRT nodal officer Bengia Manna Sonam.

The placement opportunities are being facilitated by the department and some passed out participants of the programme have been employed in various hotels and restaurants in Capital Complex, Kar added.

“Arunachal is going on a transitional period. You have to think where you have to go and invest your skill by taking entrepreneurship development”, exhorted RGGP principal AK Tripathy to the trainees.

Tourism DD H Buda asked the youths to make good use of the knowledge and experience they had learned from the training and remember it wherever they go. “Make good use of this scheme. It is the part of hospitality sector and is related to hotel, motel, cafeteria, home-stay etc.”, he said, while exhorting them to take up entrepreneurship development.

Various trainees expressed their happiness over taking training from the department, and some of them planned to start their own business and some wanted to work in hotels and restaurants.

The course content of the training programme has been designed by National Council of Hotel Management &Catering Technology, and was conducted by clustering around five best hotels in the state capital and the trainers were faculties from Hotel Management Department, Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic (RGGP) and senior executives of Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok.



BJP leaders allege mass political transfer and posting

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of Arunachal Pradesh have alleged that the Congress Government in the state of indulging in mass transfer and posting of Govt. employees on political ground.

In their letter to the party’s national president Amit Shah, the BJP leaders, who contested in the last assembly election, claimed that over 500 teachers, who had supported BJP in the election were transferred which is a matter of grave concern.

They said that there was a practice in Arunachal Pradesh where all the policy and programmes of the central government are carried out on party lines. Even the beneficiary-oriented schemes are also denied to the opposition party supporters.

The BJP supporters have been denied from Rural Housing Scheme even CGI sheets were taken back after election, they alleged. Moreover, Relief & Rehabilitation funds are not given to actual affected people whereas all the beneficiary-oriented schemes have been implemented on party basis. Supporters of BJP have also been denied of the government facilities, they claimed.

They also alleged mis-utilization of PMGSY road funds and overlapping of SPA, NEC, and NLCPR fund.

Funds of mission mode programme like PMGSY, SSA, NRHM, JNNURM etc are deposited in State Exchequer thereby diverting the fund to other works as per the sweet will of the State Government, they claimed.

Alleging that Hariyali / IWMP projects are not implemented, especially in Bameng Assembly Constituency, they demanded proper monitoring of all flagship programmes implemented in Arunachal Pradesh.

Saying that these are few glaring examples of mis-utilisation of funds in Arunachal Pradesh, they said an investigation of one or two programmes will be enough to reveal the true picture of omission and commission of the ruling Congress Govt, in Arunachal Pradesh.

They urged the party central leaderships to look into the issues and take necessary action in this regard.



DRDA  PDs urged to work with sincerity and dedication

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: Secretary, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj etc. Tahang Taggu asked the Project Directors of DRDA, especially those on deputation, to discharge duty with utmost sincerity and dedication to ensure that fruits of rural development schemes are percolating down to the poor in a meaningful manner.

Addressing the PDs of DRDA in a meeting to  review implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes, like Mahatma Gandhi - National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, Indira Awas Yojana and other time bound programmes of socio-economic and caste census, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana etc, here yesterday, Taggu reminded the PDs of their duties and responsibilities. He expected better and quality services from them for uplift of rural poor and alleviation of poverty from rural areas.

“Insincerity, lack of punctuality and dedication to duties on the part of the Project Directors resulted in the delay of timely implementation of schemes and programmes. There should be a team work between Project Director and Block Development Officers with the Deputy Commissioners of the Districts,” he said.

Taggu also asked the other employees of DRDAs to be sincere and dedicated to their duties.

He declared that 10th November 2014 will be the final date of clearing all pending works like uploading of MIS, submission of utilisation certificates, closure and completion reports of IWMP schemes, comments on CAG paras, submission of proposals and all time bound activities.

The Joint Director, Agri & Allied Department TT Dagium highlighted progress status of Indira Awas Yojana, MG-NREGA while State Technical Expert M.Ronya explained the performances of IWMP. RD Joint Director Tado Ado presented status of socio- economic and caste census, Aam Admi Bima Yojana, Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana etc. Dr. Rakesh Srivastava from SIRD gave a presentation of IPPE programmes of MG - NREGA.

RD Director Tarin Dakpe highlighted various shortcomings and difficulties in implementation of RD schemes and asked all officers to work with dedication to achieve the target.



ACRYA conference cum healing crusade

Mein calls for maintaining true spirit of secularism

ITANAGAR, Oct 04: The 12th Conference cum Healing and Deliverance Crusade of the Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) was held from the 31st October to 2nd November at Namsai.

Attending the programme on the Sunday service, Minister Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary, Chowna Mein lauded the Christian brethrens for their services for humankind in the field of health and education and advised the gathering to be true Christians by practising the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ.

He also emphasized on the importance of unity of all the religions in the state by maintaining the spirit of true secularism and democracy for the overall physical and spiritual development.

Zugnu Namchoom, local legislator and chairman of the Bamboo Mission Board of Arunachal Pradesh in his speech expressed his solidarity to the efforts of the Christian community towards bringing brotherly love, peace and happiness through Christ for the people of Namsai.

Attending the first day of the crusade, Principal Advisor to CM, Kameng Dolo, in his speech, opined that Christianity is a practice which brings positive and divine change in people’s life.

Witnessing the second evening, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung emphasised on honest and sincere approach towards one’s chosen religion with true workmanships knowing the responsibility and personal roles effectively. He called upon the gathering for a united Arunachal where all tribes dwell together in peace and tranquillity.

The three-day long event was ministered by Rev. Dr. Imcha Yanger from Nagaland and Evangelist Jumto Riba as the main speakers.

Rev. Dr. Imcha Yanger spoke on the essence of holy and truthful living, while Evangelist Jumto Riba dwelt in length on the divine healing by Lord Jesus Christ.

The organisers also felicitated Mito Riba, headmaster of Govt. secondary school, Manmao for being conferred with the Best National Teacher award in September last by the President of India at a function in New Delhi and Evangelist Gonesori Bam and Evangelist Yaluk Riba for their missionary works at Namsai area.

Among others Namsai Zila Parishad Chairperson Chow Kyasing Mounglang, other panchayat leaders, youth delegates from the districts, church leaders and members from APCRCC, APCRCWW, ACRYA, APCRCC district councils attended the conference.

The crusade was attended by around three thousand delegates from the state and neighbouring Assam, claimed a release.



Golden Jubilee celebration of Ngopok School

Minister seeks cooperation for improvement in Education sector  

PASIGHAT, Nov 4: The education sector is passing through a bad phase so all should join hands to sail over the crisis, said Education Minister Tapang Taloh today. The government is working for the welfare of the teachers and therefore the teachers in turn should realize their responsibilities and work with more dedication and missionary zeal, the Minister said adding literacy rate of the state should be raised.

The Minister was addressing the gathering of teachers, Govt officers, public leaders, students and villagers at the golden jubilee celebration of the Ngopok Upper Primary School.

Teaching is a noble profession and all should maintain its dignity, he said adding that positive and right thinking would create suitable atmosphere for development and all should resolve to lift the society.

Giving a defensive statement regarding recent transfer and posting of teachers, Taloh said before finalizing new roadmap for the education department, he undertook intensive tour in order to assess the ground level situation of the schools in remote areas and held open discussions at length with the people of all sections of the society. Taloh claimed that it as a revolutionary step under education policy and further informed that the decision had come across over several layers of screening committees.

For East Siang district in particular, Taloh asserted that before taking the decision, a consultative meeting was convened which was attended by officers of the department and ZPMs. “Unfortunately teachers of the district opposed the move. They should have thought about the welfare of thousands of our children who were waiting for long for teachers in their respective schools, located in remote areas or in the other districts like Upper Subansiri, Anjaw, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Tirap, Changlang etc. However, overwhelming response and support have been received so far across the state and being the minister of the department he would do his best to honor the responsibility entrusted upon him by the people to bring radical change in the society and eradicate students’ sufferings”, he said. He would do right thing in right time to achieve the success, Taloh affirmed and sought cooperation of teachers, students  and NGOs  towards policies of the government for the benefit of the  deprived sections of the society.

Earlier, the Education Minister unveiled the Golden Jubilee Memorial Stone and a Souvenir to mark the fifty years of Ngopok Upper Primary School. Taloh also felicitated Geyon Apum, retired and first teacher of the institute for his dedicated and sincere services during his long service period.

Earlier, local MLA Lombo Tayeng said teacher-student-parent relation is of prime importance. Hence, there should be extra efforts by the teachers to have friendly relation with the students. They should update themselves with the latest methods and the requirement of the moment. Improper teaching is dangerous for the future generation, he said and appealed the general public to go for long term planning and take up sustainable projects like coffee, tea, rubber plantation etc.

Ex-MLA Ralom Borang urged teachers to maintain their dignity and sincerity. Students should also love and respect teachers, he added. Director, Elementary Education, Bodong Yirang appealed the parents to cooperate with the teachers to mould the children in right direction.

Notably, Dr. Dangi Perme, one of the alumni of the school has voluntarily constructed the school gate and dedicated it to Lt. Okep Tayeng, a pioneer in education and Adi literature. Among others, ADC Yemling Tayeng and DDSE Tani Talom were also present on the occasion. DIPRO



APFPA resents decision of dropping football event

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The decision to exclude Football event from the forthcoming National Level North East Sports Competition to be held in Itanagar under the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) from December 10 to 13 has been strongly criticized by the football lovers of the state. Representatives of Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association (APFPA) lead by president Kipa Takum today called on Director of Sports & Youth Affairs and registered strong protest against the move. After hectic parley, the director agreed to put up the file in this regard and said that government will take final call on the matter.

On his part, the director told the members that due to paucity of funds and accommodation problem they have dropped the football event. However questioning such logic, APFPA stated that department is doing great disservice to the people of NE region by excluding football. “Everyone knows that football is the most popular game in the whole of North East. It is evident from amount of interest Indian Super League football tournament has generated among NE people. No amount of argument can justify such illogical move of the department,” said Takum. He further added, “In the CM’s trophy which is being organized throughout the state, football and volleyball are the only two events. The National Level North East Sports Competition would have been an ideal tournament to unleash the talent tapped from CM’s trophy.  If we don’t provide such platform to the budding footballers of the state, then all the hard work of CM’s trophy will go waste,” the AFPA president. The association has made fervent appeal to the state government to include football event in the coming North East Sports Competition in the greater interest of the football lovers of NE region.

ACS  urges Centre to speed up infra dev. along border

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) expressed strong resentment over the illicit interference of Peoples Republic of China (PRC) by impeding India to carry infrastructural development in Arunachal Pradesh, especially near to McMahon line.

The reaction from the China is unacceptable and they don’t have any right to interfere in the internal matter of the India, Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and Government of India (GOI) has every right to do anything that is helpful for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, stated ACS in a release.

To give a strong message to China and to show solidarity with India, team ACS has already organized peaceful sit-in dharna at the national Capital on October 15 last. The initiatives taken by the Government of India to develop infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh like, roads, railways and airports is a welcome decision, it added.

ACS urged the concern authority of Government of India to expedite the infrastructural development activities and give a strong message to the China that Arunachal is an integral part of India.



RONO HILLS, Nov 4: In continuation with the celebration of its annual event, the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Doimukh is all set to organise the XVth UNIFEST starting from 6th to 8th November at the university premises. The three days festival shall include games and sports, cultural show, and literary activities.

Various houses compromising of different departments have been categorized and they will compete with each other. The winners will be awarded with prize and certificates, informed Tai Bai, president Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU).


St. Joseph Catholic Church celebrates silver jubilee

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gohpur Tinali celebrated its silver jubilee with a three days programme from October 31.

Attending the celebration, former Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy spoke about rising of Christianity in the state and the difficulties faced by the early church leaders.

Councilor of Itanagar Municipality, Tatung Tania spoke about how they established the St. Joseph Catholic Church in 1989 and the people who contributed in the construction of the church.

General Secretary of Catholic Union North East India Tok Botom also attended the function.

The program was blessed by Rt. Rev. John Thomas Kuttrukudiyil, Bishop of Itanagar Diocese.

Earlier, the celebration started with holy mass by Itanagar Diocese Bishop followed by numerous colourful cultural programmes.


Poma panchayat calls to ban selling of wild meat in Capital Complex

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: Claiming that people from other places come to Poma village for hunting of wild animals and fishing and are commercializing it, the Anchal Samiti Member IV Upper Balijan Anchal Segment, 27-Poma Panchayat has asked the concern authority to ban selling of wild meat in the entire Capital Complex area.

In a release, it said that illegal hunting should be checked from time to time and the defaulters be punished as per Wild Life Act 1972.


ASYWA seeks early completion of steel bridge

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The All Sawa Youth Welfare Association (ASYWA) has sought early completion of the under-construction Para Holling Steel Bridge.

In its letter to the Executive Engineer, PWD, Sub-Division Chayang Tajo, it claimed that the completion period of the project has already expired and that the construction agency has again applied for its extension.


Union seeks regularization of workers

ITANAGAR, Nov 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering & Water Supply Department Workers’ Union (AAPPHE&WSDWU) has sought regularization of workers as per seniority list.

In its memorandum submitted to the PHED and WS Minister, it also asked for creation of 244 posts of revenue collector, 90 chawkidars, 50 pump operators, 70 drivers, 420 plumber and 200 WI Mates and construction of bachelor barrack at Itanagar and Naharlagun.


Nagaland lift Inter-State T-20 Invitational Cricket Cup

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: Arunachal Pradesh U-23 cricket team lost to Nagaland in the final of the Inter State T-20 Invitational Cricket Cup tournament organised by Nagaland Cricket Association at Sovima, Dimapur today.

Nagaland decided to bat after winning the toss and set Arunachal a moderate target of 94 runs in 20 overs to win. They scored the run in 20 overs losing seven wickets.

Momar Ori claimed 4 wickets while Sams Alam, Licha Tehi and Akhilesh Sahani took one wicket each.

Chasing the target, the Arunachal team could score only 81 runs in 20 overs losing seven wickets.

Captain Neelam Obi scored 16 while Techi Dorio and Kamsha Yangfo contributed 11 runs each.

Trophies and certificates to the winners and players of all the four participating teams were distributed by NCA Vice President D.B.Jamir.

Arunachal entered into the final defeating Sikkim by eight wickets in the semifinal yesterday, according to an Arunachal Cricket Association release.



Gamlin, Bagra for development of Aalo township

AALO, Nov 04: Aalo East MLA Jarkar Gamlin has asked the medical department to open up a pharmacy that operates round the clock for emergency patients through Aalo Cooperative or medical department-run pharmacy within its complex to cater medicinal needs. He suggested taking up big schemes for infrastructure as small constructions simply occupy the medical area without future prospect for expansion. He also stressed on giving away genuine highway compensation claim to facilitate Trans Arunachal Highway. The quality should be maintained for the township roads which are under progress. The BSNL is in the process of erecting towers at different locations to improve the network services in the district and towers have to be installed in Govt. department occupied land and stressed on joint survey of such land by the district administration.

Aalo West MLA Tumke Bagra pointed out the problems of drugs addicts and related crime in the district. The drug peddlers should be taken to task immediately as such anti-social activities take no time to spread and destroy the peace of our society. “We need to fight collectively to check this growing menace for the wellbeing of our succeeding generation”, Bagra added.

The MLAs were present in the coordination meeting held under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu for elaborate arrangement and discussion on the visit of MoS Govt. of India to West Siang district at DC’s conference hall here on 3rd November. DIPRO


House gutted at Rayang village


RUKSIN, Nov 04: A dwelling kaccha house of one Tajing Padung of Rayang village near Ruksin was completely burnt down in a devastating fire that broke out last midnight.

The fire which broke out at around 3 am engulfed the entire house within no time and completely devastated all household items. However, value of the properties lost in the fire is yet be ascertained.

Fortunately, there was no report of any casualty or injury and the cause of the fire is yet to be known.

Meanwhile, Ruksin SDO (C) and the Circle Officer with police have visited the spot and took stock of the situation.

The local authority has announced Rs 3000 as emergency relief to the affected family.


AAA to conduct selection trial

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: Arunachal Athletics Association (AAA) will conduct trials to select players for the upcoming North East Sports Competition.

The selection trials will be held at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy playground on November 15 for both men and women in 100M, 400M, 800M, 1500M and 3000M race, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Discuss Throw, informed AAA secretary Kage Dodum.

AAA has set the athletes minimum qualifying marks for each discipline which is as follow:

100M (11.5 sec for men and 13.50 sec for women), 400M (54 sec (men), 1.10 min (women), 800M (2.01.53 min (men), 2.40.00 min (women), 1500M (4.15.50 min (men), 5.30.00 min (women), 3000M (9.50 min (men), 11.50.00 min) race, Long Jump (6.50m (men),4.50m (women), High Jump (1.70m (men), 1.40m (women), Shot Put (10.50m (men), 8.50m (women)and Discuss Throw (32.00m (men) and 30m (women).


AAPLU district unit conducts awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU), East Kameng district unit conducted an awareness camp for the labourers of the district at general ground, Seppa on November 1.

All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) president and Arunachal Pradesh Building & Others Construction Labour Welfare Board (APB&OCLWB) member Dana Tadu suggested the labourers to register themselves with APB&OCLWB to avail various medical, education, housing benefits etc. from the Board. He also requested them to maintain discipline and sincerity in their works as the development of any society or state or country depends on the hands of the work force.

ZPMs of Wathe and Papu Valley Dadi Rimo and Mega Natung highlighted about the importance of discipline and sincerity in the works by the labour force, who are the true pioneer for development of any society.

While, responding to the seven point demands submitted by the labour force of the district in a memorandum, the APPLU chairman assured them for taking up the matter with the concern authority for fulfilling their legitimate and genuine demands like enhancement of labour wages, sanitation, accommodation, medical benefits etc.


OEMFT: DFC to meet BSC in final

From a correspondent

PASIGHAT, Nov 04: Dokpun Football Club (DFC) of Dhemaji, Assam will meet Bogong Soccer Club of Pasighat in the final of the 13th Odam Ering Memorial Football Tournament at general ground here on November 6.

BSC entered into final beating Siang Rovers by a solitary goal in the second semifinal today. The all important goal was scored by Katem Mengu. Miding Tasung of BSC was adjudged the man of the match.

DFC entered into the final defeating Pasighat Sporting Club 4-3 by a penalty shoot-out in the semifinal yesterday after both the teams were locked 2-2 in regulation and extra time.

DFC’s Mijom Bori was adjudged as man of the match.


NSS volunteers conduct special camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: A special camp conducted by NSS unit of Tomi Polytechnic College, Basar is being held at Bam Village from November 1.

Attending inaugural programme, Judge, District Session Court Basar Jaweplu Chai, explained the role of NSS in channelizing the energies of youth.

Dr. Jitendra Kumar from ICAR Basar as resource person spoke about Vermi-culture and its importance in modern agriculture.

In afternoon session, NSS volunteers gave a facelift to community hall of old Bam. They also cleaned the drains and the residential areas. Besides, they completed their project activities by visiting every household of the village.

It was followed by a carrier guidance and personality development programme conducted by V. Arul Kumar, Vice-Principal cum NSS Programme Officer, TPC Basar.

The villagers presented colorful cultural programmes in the evening.

The inaugural function was presided over by S Vinayagan, Principal, TPC.


Exposure tour for SHG members

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: Self-Help Group (SHGs) members from Roing under Lower Dibang Valley district were taken to Tezpur Assam, on an exposure tour cum training programme under State Rural Livelihoods Mission recently..

The programme was conducted for building capacity of SHG members and understanding the function, role and responsibilities of SHGs.

The main objectives of the programme were to create awareness among SHG leaders on salient features of NRLM, to build the capacities of SHG leaders on accounts and book keeping, to enhance the leaders on effective group management for sustainability, to create awareness among leaders on SHG federation of different levels.

The training motivated the SHG leaders to develop alternative livelihoods, improve alternative employment opportunities and initiate small enterprises. The SHGs were also provided new avenues to the diverse livestock–rearing and farming by sustainable livelihood systems based on the locally available resources.  

With this, the first phase training of all seven intensive block SHG members has been completed, informed the Chief Executive Officer of State Rural Livelihoods Mission.


Modern infrastructure can reduce flood damage: Moyong

PASIGHAT, Nov 04: The severe flooding that devastated road communication every monsoon in Yagrung area could be reduced if bridges, roads and other infrastructures are upgraded or modernized, said Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong while visiting the damaged bridges over Poglek and Tolon rivers.

Accompanied by EE (PWD) Oni Jamoh, TR Pertin (AE) and PRI leaders and local people, Moyong visited the spots to examine the actual causes of flooding and its impact on infrastructure. Saying reconstructions are always very expensive and troublesome, the MLA extended his thanks to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and higher authorities of the PWD department for their fruitful initiatives. He urged the accompanying engineers to construct bridges with proper planning and materials that could help in increasing the resiliency of the local populace.

MLA Moyong also inspected the under-construction Circle Office at Yagrung, Sibut Primary School and took stock of local development, interacting with the villagers while returning to Pasighat. DIPRO


SMC meeting

ITANAGAR, Nov 04: The School Managing Committee (SMC) meeting of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Deomali, Tirap was conducted yesterday to discuss various activities and problems of the school.

The meeting chaired by school Principal Lat Ratan unanimously decided to provide safe drinking water in Block II and shift the Govt. Natunbasti Primary School constructed within the premises of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Deomali to some other suitable location or place.

The school principal highlighted about the status of the school infrastructure and problems faced by shortage of teachers (TGT). He informed that school is running with acute shortage of PGTs for subjects English, Geography, Physics and Chemistry. The school also urgently needs Laboratory Assistants for Science stream and Geography laboratory, a school librarian and a computer teacher. He laid emphasis upon the timely Parent-Teacher Meet for all round development of the school and also to bridge the parent-teacher relationship more closely. The Principal appealed to the Officer in Charge, Police Station Deomali for police patrolling around the school compound at night.

Vice Principal of the school Yampo Matey stressed on quality education and regular attendance by students in view of the CCE pattern in CBSE curriculum.

Ngelang Songthing, ZPM Deomali Block cum SMC Chairman also spoke in the meeting.


Govt land encroachment alleged

DAPORIJO, Nov 04: Village of Daporijo Township Area Welfare Association (VDTAWA) has brought to the notice of the authorities that some individuals and groups have encroached upon the veterinary fodder grazing land at Daporijo, which was earlier earmarked for the proposed Mini Secretariat of the District Administration.

Expressing their resentment over this unauthorized encroachment, the Association stated that the land should be used to build common public utility infrastructure like the much needed District Central jail here.  

Attention was also brought to the pitiable condition and encroachment of the burial cum cremation ground at Daporijo.  

Expressing resentment over the encroachment, the association lamented that that the cultivable ancestral land that they had donated with the expectation of the growth of a well panned town had not materialized.

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Pakistan should be held accountable

For years, India has been accusing Pakistan of launching proxy war against India by supporting the militant groups who work against the interest of this country. The western world until the 9/11 attack refused to accept the India’s case. However on Tuesday in a blunt assessment of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, the Pentagon has told the US Congress that “Afghan-and-Indian-focused” militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability.

While reacting to the Pentagon’s report, India stated that this has vindicated their belief that Pakistan is the hub of international militancy. The report manifests a growing acknowledgment in the international community of the extent of Pakistan's involvement in terrorism. The western countries need to wake up and take this report seriously. International community, particularly US and UK should take strong action against Pakistan for supporting the terrorist organizations. At the foremost, Pakistan should be declared as terrorist country and punished by imposing economic as well military sanctions. If strong measures are not taken, the Pakistani establishment will continue to support the terror group and make the world unsafe. It’s time Pakistan be held accountable for their misdeeds.

----Readers Forum ----



Rediscover abandoned Dile

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of tourism department government of Arunachal Pradesh through your esteemed daily for rediscovery of abandoned Dile Lake in Payum Circle. It is about two days journey from Gasheng village. The people of Payum Circle used this route for barter trade with Tibet before Independent. In those days people took five days to reach Dile Lake. However they would carry about 70-80 kilogram heavy load with them, probably travelling 30-35 kilometres a day approx. So we can assume that their two days journeys can be covered in one day today if we travel without carrying heavy load. It was a famous station for traders for a night stay. If rediscover we will encounter with veritable treasure house of nature with very hospitable people of Gasheng village in particular and people of Payum circle as a whole.

The picturesque hills, snowy mist with various endangered spices of flora and fauna and tranquil lake will make the spot more tempting for tourist. The spot will become famous Angling spot in the country with time. I appeal the concern authority to wake up and initiate necessary action.


Taling Yaying




Contractor eligibility criteria

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the appeal made by the APCC President regarding awarding of contract works to local contractor, civil works upto Rs.20.00 lakh be executed through all registered contractor of appropriate class within the jurisdiction of Anchal Samiti Block,  above Rs. 20. 00 Lakh and upto Rs. 1.00crore within Zilla Parisad Block, above Rs. 1.00crore and upto Rs. 5.00crore within the Assembly constituency, above Rs. 5.00crore and upto Rs. 10.00crores within the district and above Rs. 10.00 crores and upto Rs. 50.00crore within the State. Above Rs. 50.00crore it should be opened to all. State like Sikkim is successfully implementing their projects in this manner, same may be adopted in our state to engage our local contractors who have registered their firm with the authority concerned after paying requisite fees of registration but not getting any projects for implementation. It is also seen that tendering system is not done as per rules, work already executed is regularised by tendering in later stage in order to get fund released from Centre govt as fund released is subject to tendering of projects.


K. Padu

C-Sector, Itanagar



Appreciate where it is due

Dear Editor,

From the desk of your esteemed daily, I would like to bring to the notice of all concern that efficient officers who dedicate and risk their life for betterment of others are never appreciated. Instead the corrupted ones are appreciated.

A.Mondal (SI) incharge of Jang police station (Tawang) solved the Murder case of Jang within a very short stipulated time of 10 days by tracing the murderers from interior place of Assam by risking his life. But I came to know that he was neither appreciated by senior officers nor by the public in general. Such honest and dedicated govt. servant should  be appreciated and rewarded so that they can be encouraged to do better in future for the betterment of all sentient beings.


Tsering Phurpa





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