November 12


News Impact



KSC beats SFS College to lift 2nd Rebi Ado Memorial Football Trophy

AALO, Nov.11: Kabu Sports Club (KSC) beat SFS College by a narrow margin of 2-1 goals to lift the coveted trophy along with cash prize in a brilliant final match of 2nd Rebi Ado Memorial Football tourney held at General Football Ground on 10th November.

The two teams were tied goalless till the interval but SFS College took the lead just after the start of the second half but KSC fought back to pump in two consecutive goals to seal the fate of SFS College who could not even convert a penalty awarded to them in the dying minutes of the play.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that obsession for football in this district is legendary and it has produced many a stalwart in the game of football and it is good that the crave continues here. “Some fund under MPLAD was placed for construction of galleries and other infrastructures in the ground but unfortunately many of them along with documents have been set on fire.”

Responding to demand placed by DSA Secretary, Gego Doji pertaining to the stadium and other infrastructures development in the ground, Rijiju assured to take up a national level stadium at Aalo soon. The West Siang Deputy Commission cum Chairman DSA Pige Ligu to expressed his happiness over the presence of the Central Minister in such a crowd pulling sports extravaganza to share his views with people of West Siang.  DIPRO


Modi likely to visit Arunachal on Dec 2

Agartala, Nov 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first visit to the northeast in November-end and will inaugurate the annual conference of state police chiefs in Guwahati on November 29, an official said on Tuesday.

He is also likely to meet the chief ministers of all the eight northeastern states, including Sikkim, in Guwahati on November 29, a top Tripura government official said.  "The prime minister is scheduled to visit Manipur on November 30, Nagaland and Tripura on December 1 and Arunachal Pradesh on December 2. However, his itinerary is likely to be slightly rescheduled," the official said on condition of anonymity. Courtesy: IBNLive website


Initial post-mortem report suggests Mizo boy died due to Asphyxia

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Nov 11: Pasighat Police said “Mizo boy Lalmuankima Chawngthu’s post mortem report suggests that he died due to asphyxia.”

“Initial report does not show any foul play in his death, However, the actual cause of his death can be confirmed or ascertained only after the viscera analysis report from Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Guwahati is out,” said OC N Riba. “We are conducting thorough inquiry into the case and also considering all angles whether it was an accidental, suicidal or homicidal death.”

“There is also every possibility of his falling down into the river from his bicycle as the post mortem report established that Lalmuankima was drunk,” police said.

Lalmuankima was a BSc. (Agri) fourth semester student of College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat and his body was found at Komlighat, Siang on October 25.


Libang inspects reconstruction of Nubo bridge

YINGKIONG, Nov 11: Tuting Yingkiong MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary PWD, Alo Libang accompanied by Bading Teng ZPM, Tani Taki EE PWD and public leaders inspected the ongoing reconstruction site of Nubo Steel Suspension Bridge over the Siang River today. The bridge is connecting the district headquarter Yingkiong left bank and Jengging circle under Tuting subdivision on the right bank.

The bridge constructed earlier was washed away by the then Siang flash flood in 2001. The Steel suspension bridge having a span of 218.5 metre, 8.5 metre breadth is being reconstructed by the GPT Infra Project Ltd. Kolkata and started its work in the year 2005-06 with an estimated cost (Revised) Rs. 3278.34 lakhs financed by NABARD.

The Parliamentary Secretary Libang asked the constructing company to complete the construction at the earliest possible time for making it possible to be commissioned before the end of the current year 2014 as a New Year Gift 2015 to the people of Upper Siang and others as well. The company Manager agreed to complete it within the month of December positively. DIPRO


IGNOU observes National Education Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre Itanagar celebrated “National Education Day” today by organizing an inter-university debate competition on the topic “Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system of education is far more inferior to the conventional face to face mode of education”.

Sanjay Kumar Ranjan, a student of IGNOU was adjudged the best debator while Ceemona Taku of Don-Bosco College, Itanagar (DBC) and Saurav Mitra of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) were declared first and second runners up respectively.

The award of “Best Institution for the Motion” went to Don-Bosco College, Itanagar while first and second runners up awards went to RGU and Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar respectively.

The title for “Best Institution for Against the Motion” was awarded to IGNOU while Dera Natung Govt. College and Rajiv Gandhi University bagged the first and second runners-up award respectively.    


Meet on Banking Ombudsman Scheme

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The Banking Ombudsman for North Eastern Region in association with SBI conducted a  meet at Banquet Hall here yesterday to spread awareness about Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006 in Arunachal Pradesh.

It was attended by large number of public including bankers working in different places of Arunachal Pradesh and students etc.

Secretary (Finance) Daulat Hawaldar while delivering his speech urged the public to take advantage of the Scheme which is inexpensive and get their grievances resolved expeditiously.

The Banking Ombudsman for North East Region, Anand Prakash detailed about the functioning of the “Banking Ombudsman Scheme,2006” in North East Region, lack of awareness about the scheme among the general public and the steps taken by the Ombudsman Office to create more awareness about the scheme.

An interaction session was held for public and bankers where the queries and doubts raised by the bankers and public on Banking Ombudsman Scheme were cleared by the Banking Ombudsman and Anil Kumar, Secretary to Office of Banking.

HC Miri, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, Itanagar was also present in the meeting.


Boy escapes from the clutches of kidnappers

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: A Arunachalee boy, Biki Suni miraculously escaped from the clutches of kidnappers at midnight yesterday after he was picked up by a group of people between Banderdewa to Harmoti at around 3.47 in the afternoon. Later the police team recovered him from Parbotipur Christian Church at Harmoti and took him to Harmoti Police Outpost for interrogation.

Meanwhile, the All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU) meanwhile congratulating the Harmoti police team has appealed for the immediate arrest of the culprits involved.


Death mourned

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has expressed their sadness on the demise of social activist Taring Ranjeev who passed away on Sunday at Heema Hospital here after prolonged illness.

His demise has caused irreparable damage to his family. We have also lost such a responsible person which contributed lots of sacrifice through tireless works for good cause of the society, it said in its message.

It further offered condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Misappropriation of fund alleged

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The Arunachal Pradesh RTI Forum for State Development has alleged the state Water Resource Department of misappropriation of funds.

In its complaint letter submitted to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Chief Secretary seeking enquiry into the matter, it claimed that the work pertaining to protection and preservation of Archeological Park at Itafort Southern Gate is irregular as per the funds allocated.


Arunachal student in Tamil Nadu hospitalized

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Kaling Tayeng, an Arunachalee student studying in Tamil Nadu is reportedly fighting for his life in a hospital in Salem after he met with an accident in Salem city in Tamil Nadu on November six, informed Arunachal Students Union Tamil Nadu (ASUT).

ASUT president Kipa Peter, who rushed to Salem from Coimbatore on November 8 after hearing the news of the incident, informed that Kaling was in a state of unconsciousness and fighting for his life. He also informed that Kaling was beaten by some local people in Salem due to some misunderstandings before he met with the accident.

Meanwhile, the ASUT president appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister to provide some facilities to the students studying outside the state to meet the medical expenditure during such incidents and emergency.

He also urged the students to be careful while travelling to avoid such accidents.


Councilor alleges misappropriation of fund

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Pasighat Municipal Council, Ward 12 councilor Kangge Moyong in a letter to Deputy Commissioner East Siang District said that the Government has allotted huge amount of fund for different developmental projects and for the welfare of the public through Pasighat Municipal Council, East Siang District during this financial year. But the allocated funds were not utilized properly in the works allotted.

The councilor appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to intervene and enquire into the matter under what circumstances the said funds allotted by the Government were converted and diverted to other purposes.


DVMC meeting on RD prog held

SEPPA, Nov 11: The District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DVMC) meeting on RD programme held here at Kameng Hall Seppa yesterday.

DRDA PD K Nyodu highlighted the physical and financial achievement on RD programmes. The BDOs of respective blocks also gave similar presentation.

CDPO Bana P Thungon presented physical and financial achievement under social welfare programme.

DC cum CEO DRDA Sandeep Kumar Singh suggested for conduct of project-wise meeting with various stakeholders on IWMP and directed PD, DRDA to ensure timely submission of UC MPR etc. He also asked the BDO Seppa that the account for job card holders be opened in any others banks. Talking about IAY, he suggested that the CGI sheets should be distributed through the committee formed at various block level with proper receipts from beneficiaries and display of logo fixing at prominent place having photograph of beneficiaries.  DC also directed the CDPOs to properly monitor the distribution of SNP items through Anganwadi workers.

Chayangtajo ZPM Lama Bagang urged the PD DRDA for sharing information about implementation of RD programmers for monitoring from the level of PRI members.

Ram Tajo, nominated members of DLV & MC also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO

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Stop wrong practices

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like draw the kind attention of higher authorities of J.N.V towards the lackadaisical attitude and functioning of the JNV, Goju (Bordumsa) in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.

It has been noticed that several times the school authorities are allowing the students to proceed to their home without consulting/informing the parents. I am aware of the facts that institution like Kendriya Vidyalaya, V.K.V and J.N.V does not have more than 2/3 days holiday either be it Puja or Local holiday at a stretch in their academic calendar, but the JNV authorities of the said school are in the habit of permitting their students to stay away from the school beyond weeks and days together. This encourages other student to follow suit, compelling the respective parents to pick up their ward by travelling long distance and spending days together incurring huge expenditure towards to and fro journey. However allowing a student to proceed home on emergency cases like serious illness of the student or parent of the student is an exceptional case but this also needs to be informed to the parent and they should obtain prior permission from parents before allowing them to proceed on leave. There has been instances of allowing students to take leave by issuing gate pass/permission “with own risk” of the student that too without informing the parent/guardian either by phone or other means of communication. This practice must be stopped to prevent any unforeseen incidents. If any unfortunate incidents take place, the school authorities cannot evade responsibilities and will have to answer to the civil societies at large. In this context, I would like to raise a question to the said school authorities, how they are issuing gate pass/permission “with own risk” of the student who propose to proceed on leave without seeking permission from parents since all the guardian/parents have kept their ward under the umbrella of school authority for better education. Such act on the part of school authorities is against the faith and trust of the parents.

Therefore, I request the higher authorities of the JNV to pass necessary instruction in this regard against the said school to stop such practices.


A conscious & worried parent



Ready to donate land free of cost

Dear Editor,

I    on behalf of the people of Sippi Sinyik Sangam Welfare Society (SSSWS) would like to inform that, people of Sippi Village are ready to donate the required area of land for the establishment of a polytechnic college at Ngudar (Sippi) free of cost.

Further, I would like to inform through your esteemed daily that during the public hearing for the assessment of compensation for Two Lanning of BRTF road from "0" km to "20"km, the Deputy Commissioner of Upper Subansiri along with HoDs of various department of the district have visited the offered site and they were satisfied with the location and the geography of the site.

The said site is very suitable for establishment of a polytechnic college. It is located 12 km from the Daporijo HQ. The site is endowed with the plethora of facilities like fresh water supply, uninterrupted power supply, well connected telecommunication network, existing all weather road, availability of raw materials etc. To add, the site is located optimally at the confluence of three administrative blocks viz Sigin-I, Giba and Chetam Circle and hence it would cater to the needs of the students of the entire district who goes to other state to pursue various diploma courses thereby spending huge money. This would help the economically weak student in acquiring professional degrees.

In this context, I appeal to the concern authority to acquire the offered land as soon as possible and start the establishment process of polytechnic for the welfare of the students of the entire district. I also request the minister of education Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh to visit the site during your next education tour to Taksing-Nacho-Limeking due later this year.


Tayom Mothu (Rocky)


Daporijo HQ






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Differences over GST refuse to die

Differences between Centre and states over some key provisions of the Goods and Services Tax remain, with the empowered committee insisting that threshold turnover for levying GST be retained at Rs 10 lakh and petroleum be kept out of the purview of the new tax regime. The empowered committee of state FMs, which met on Tuesday, however expressed hope that the GST could be rolled out by April 1, 2016, notwithstanding the hitches. Centre had recently written to empowered committee chairman Abdul Rahim Rather suggesting that the threshold annual turnover for levying GST should be increased to Rs 25 lakh from Rs 10 lakh.  

The states had in August decided that the threshold be fixed at Rs 10 lakh and had informed that to the Centre. Differences like this have been delaying the progress of works towards the implementation of GST.  The GST Constitutional Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2011, had lapsed and the NDA government will be required to come up with a fresh bill.  The finance ministry is in the process of preparing a Cabinet note on the GST Bill.  States want that petroleum, alcohol and tobacco should be kept out of the purview of GST. The states are yet to receive the draft constitutional amendment bill from the Centre. Both centre and state will need to find out a solution which is acceptable to both. Implementation of GST will help in the revenue generation.  

Rijiju calls for coordinated efforts to speed up project implementation

AALO, Nov 11: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has exhorted various agencies of state and central Govts  to sort out any problem confronting each other through mutual discussion in a coordinated manner.

Convening a coordination meeting related to major issues that require his intervention with Army, BRTF, ITBP, Central Govt. employees and HoDs at DC’s conference here yesterday, Rijiju said “All organs of the governments, state and central, should sort out any problem confronting each other through mutual dialogue through coordination meetings from time to time.”

Describing the West Siang as a model district in terms of election works or execution of Border Area Development Programme, the Minister informed that efforts have been made to get forest clearance easy to avoid delay in taking up big projects.

The Minister, however, said “fund under BADP can be increased but our performances have not been up the mark to get more grants.” He also mentioned non-submission of fund utilization certificates.

“There are growing cases of public litigation that halt the process of development” Rijiju said and appealed the public to avoid such cases. He also asked the officers to look into the genuine demands of the people to dissuade them from such practices.

Rijiju said though the Home ministry is busy with full of sensitive issues but problems of the state will always be taken care of.

Informing that ambitious projects are being worked out to provide network connectivity, roads, electricity, water and other essential services in the far-flung areas of the country by 2019, the Minister asked all HoDs to submit their proposals at the earliest.

Initiating the discussion West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu disclosed his two proposals of four-storied Integrated Housing with all amenities and an installation of electrical crematorium.

Pumek Ronya, DLR&SO pointed out the problem of land compensation and acquisition of land and suggested for land acquisition under Jhum Land regulation Act 1947 and compensation payment on the basis of new land act to avoid delay in acquisition of army and ITBP lands. He also suggested for establishment of separate branch of a Defense Estate Office at Itanagar or Aalo Military Station to expedite the pending land acquisition process all over the state. The GOC from the army, DIG from ITBP, senior Officer from BRTF, DFO, DPO also spoke and pointed out their problems.

The Minister also disclosed that Yigi-Kaum Village in West Siang district has been adopted as Adarsh Sansad Gaon and asked the Deputy Commissioner to take all HoDs to the village to work out the facilities that exist there and the gaps to be filled up soon. The village will be developed in a time bound manner to set example of an ideal village for gradual adoption of some other villages in future. The Minister also visited the District Hospital and distributed fruits to the patients. He assured to provide a mortuary van, ambulance and Autoclave Machine immediately to the District Hospital Aalo.

Earlier, the Minister witnessed the Donyi Polo Degree College week celebration and exhorted the young generation of the district to inculcate the values of life through higher learning for social reconstruction. He also assured to look into the genuine needs of the college placed by the Principal Dr. Rejir Karlo. DIPRO



Kaso for early construction of bailey bridge over Pachin river

Staff Reporter

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 11: UD Parliamentary Secretary and Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso today urged the PWD engineers to construct the proposed bailey bridge over Pachin river soon to ease traffic congestion in Capital Complex.

The 60 metre bridge would provide an alternative road to Papum Pare district headquarter Yupia and divert the traffic through the heliport road. A suspension foot bridge facilitates pedestrians to cross the river now.

Naharlagun PWD division, EE Taniya Soki gave a detailed account of work progress for the proposed bridge when Kaso along with councilor Tarh Nachung inspected the site here.

“Complete the bridge soon as it would provide a great relief for officers, officials and public who go to Yupia besides the ITBP personnel for to and fro movement from their headquarters,” Kaso told Soki.

Kaso along with Nachung and a group of engineers earlier inspected the ongoing work of colony roads in Nirjuli and lauded the PWD for the quality work. He asked the engineers to complete the colony roads in a time bound manner.

The MLA also made a surprise visit to Nirjuli secondary school to plan the expansion of building to accommodate the ever rising number of students which stands at around 1200 now.

However, he took serious note of the absence of four of the 15 teachers, who reportedly were expected to arrive late for sports activities in preparation of Children’s Day. Such excuse would not be tolerated during next visit, Kaso cautioned the morning session in-charge teacher.



Lohit DC urges civil society, Govt staff to join hands in fight against opium menace

TEZU, Nov 11: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra today appealed all civil society and government staff and organizations to shoulder responsibilities in the fight against opium menace in the district.

Expressing concern over the wide-scale cultivation of opium in the district, Dr. B M Mishra has devised a plan to involve NGOs, government employees, PRI members, GBs, public leaders, teachers and students, medical officers etc to generate awareness among general populace through public meetings on social impacts and health hazards of opium in the district.

“Educating the public about the laws that trade/cultivation of opium is a cognizable and non-bailable offence can help prevent its cultivation to a great extent,” he hoped.

Addressing a coordination meeting at his chamber today on the growing menace of drug abuse and illegal drug trade, the DC asked the forest department to inform any illegal cultivation of opium in reserved forest land.

“Forest department will have to be attentive and provide information of cultivation in deep forests. If the officer in-charge of a particular area fails to inform or report of any illicit cultivation in that particular area, action will be taken against the cultivator and responsibility shall be fixed on official as per law,” he said.

The DC also expressed his dismay on reports of involvement of some section of government employees who are engaged in opium cultivation/trade, peddling and use of drugs in various forms. If proven, such employees will be punished under certain sections of law, he said.

Use of Radio as an awareness tool by broadcasting useful information regarding drugs and substance abuse was highly recommended by the officials.

Inclusion of de-addiction chapters or de-addiction week in schools and colleges was also brought by the members during the meeting.

Earlier, two mobile enforcement teams were constituted in the meeting which will comprise of a Magistrate, an agriculture department official, Goan Burah/ PRI member, Excise Official and Police Personnel to deal with drug peddlers and illicit opium cultivation.  OSD Narcotics Control Cell Aastha Lakshmi, SP V.P. Surya, SDO Judicial Gautam Hazarika, ACF Gopin Padu and Superintendent Tax & Excise were present in the meeting.

A vertical chain of teams will function at circle and village level in various capacities- monitoring, awareness, de-addiction and enforcement of NDPS Acts in the District. The teams will also be responsible for destruction of illegal cultivation if any in their area of jurisdiction. DIPRO



DHPD to revive sick hydels to make Arunachal self-reliant in power sector

From a Correspondent

AALO, Nov 11: ‘The Department of Hydro Power Development (DHPD), Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, is determined and initiating major reforms to revive the sick, defunct, small, mini and micro hydels to be self-reliant in power sector,’ said DHPD Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering in course of his week-long tour and inspections of the various hydel units of West Siang and Mechuka here recently.

‘The state exchequer has to annually pay huge revenue to neighbouring Assam for power supply while our state is often termed as  power house of the country. This is a very unfortunate and contradictory situation and I believe till the time of achieving that coveted tag we need to focus, revive and renovate those sick units and make them run to their optimum level to generate power and meet aspirations of the people while also earning revenue for the state instead of paying’, said Phurpa while adding that detailed project reports of all key hydels of the said district were being sought for the purpose.

Declaring that DHPD and the state govt. were serious in overhauling the present system and bringing about attitudinal change of work culture to achieve the target, Phurpa informed that DHPD will henceforth take up the cases of these sick and defunct hydels in a phased-manner and appoint a senior nodal official to look after and monitor either a single or few hydels and fix responsibilities for their smooth functioning. ‘Now, the 2 MW Liromoba and 6 MW Kambang H.E Projects would be looked after by newly appointed Chief Engineer DHPD (E & M) Along Ketan, 500 KW Aalo Micro-Hydel by Aalo Executive Engineer (Civil) Y. Ete while another two Micro Hydels of 2 MW Subbung and 4.05 MW Angong Hydels would be monitored by senior Superintending Engineer Atek Miyu. The ongoing litigation and counter litigation by the department and the private player over non-functioning of Liromoba hydel was also defused by the visiting Parl. Secy who directed for its early restoration. ‘The said hydel was supposed to be commissioned way back in 1995-96 but has never seen the daylight till today. We request the state govt. to make it functional by 2015 else we will sell it to the scrap dealers’, threatened former Liromoba ZPM Jomjum Ligo and Anchal Samiti member Karjum Bole. Swamina International Pvt. Ltd (SIPL) representative Joluk Minung manning the machines assured the visiting team to make the machines functional within a few months.

On need of components by the department to achieve the target, the DHPD officials said that funding during the past 3-4 years especially for maintenance of Transmission and Distribution (T & D) was inadequate and there was need for effective T & D coupled with Plan Load Pattern (P &D). It was also made explicit that besides the two wings of the DHPD comprising the Civil and E & M branches, the Department of Power also needed to be brought under the ambit and a comprehensive joint working strategy was necessary to be hammered out for a concrete and effective remedial solution. ‘For this to happen a decisive decision by the state govt. in the joint working pattern of the two departments coupled with a change of mindset and work culture by the various stakeholders is necessary to make a break from the past and delivering the goods. We will further introspect and do the needful when we return to Itanagar’, explained Phurpa.

Meanwhile, while inaugurating the 500 KW micro-hydel at Mechuka, Phurpa also announced that another 150 KW power would be added in addition to the installed capacity within a month.

Among others, the inspection team comprised DHPD chief engineers Lipe Ete (Civil) Eastern Zone, Along Ketan (E&M), Superintending Engineers Atek Miyu (Jengging Circle), Moto Basar (P & D), T. Jerang (E&M) Eastern Circle and Executive Engineers Durik Kamdum, Y Ete and Yimi Angu. The team visited H.E Projects of Dali, Pagi, Liromoba, Kambang, Mechuka, Aalo, Yembung and the newly proposed at Dambuk.



East Kameng women sensitized on Domestic Violence Act

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Women folks from East Kameng were sensitized on various women friendly laws and their rights to protect themselves from domestic violence in an awareness programme at Seppa today.

Addressing the participants, Pipu Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) Lenzing Tagi elaborated the various legal provisions under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 and also the major causes of domestic violence in the district. He asked the womenfolk to approach the Protection Officer or the service providers in order to avail the legal provisions under the Act.

Dr. Dirang Pizi mentioned the role of doctors in the events of evidence collection and in the process of treatment of victims of domestic violence. In this regard, doctors’ response should be prompt, he said.

Representing the service providers, Yatek R. Riang, President Women Welfare Organization (WWO) narrated the problems faced by the district in details.

According to her, early marriage and polygamy have been the main causes of domestic violence, she called upon the womenfolk to come forward and report any kind of domestic violence to the appropriate authority for initiating legal action against the violators.

She also stressed the need of women police station as well as shelter homes for the victims of domestic violence. DDSE Kata Rangmo appealed to the civil society to shoulder the responsibility to eradicate prevailing social evils. He expressed his strong reservation on widespread misuse of technology like mobile phones by youths. He requested parents to discourage providing cell phones and bikes to their school and college going children. Instead, parents should open accounts in their children’s name and deposit money for their higher education, he suggested.

Principal, Govt. College Seppa, Robin Hissang and member of EKSWCO whole heartedly supported the initiative taken by WCD Department in implementation of PWDV Act in the district. He advocated for exemplary punishment for the violators the Act to eradicate social evils.

CDPO DK Thungon on behalf of DEO of East Kameng highlighted on Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation  (SVEEP) and asked all eligible voters to enroll their names and also warned against forged documents.

In total 80 women, including members of Self Help Group, Anganwadi workers and helpers and NGOs participated in the programme.



Bamboosa Library gets book gift from London

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: As a prelude to the National Book Week celebrations commencing on November 2014, the readers at the Bamboosa Library, Tezu had a delightful surprise, with the arrival of a magnificent book gift from far away London.

The books worth Rs. 20,000 contributed by IAHV Read Library Trust, London was formally handed over to the Bamboosa Library by Sokhep Kri, State Editor, Arunachal Gazetteers, Itanagar, and also, the Convenor, Lohit Youth Library Network, on Sunday. The function was attended by many reader-activists and well wishers.

S. Mundayoor, Coordinator of Lohit Youth Libraries, remembered gratefully how unknown well wishers in distance places are also contributing to promote the reading habits of the youth of the Lohit region.

For instance, he said, Simon Smith, a teacher-educator from London, has been sending books for learners and teachers every year. He also informed that the APNE Library reader activists will be conducting a reading campaign as a part of the National Book Week Celebrations, from November 14 in schools in Wakro circle.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajendra Babu, Asst. Professor Indira Gandhi Govt. College Tezu reminded that the Bamboosa Library has emerged a unique institution in the entire Lohit valley. He urged the readers to read daily and learn something new every day.

Presenting the books, Sokhep Kri recalled how active library readers have progressed in life. He complimented the reader activists for their various achievements and pointed out that many youth magazines have been generously encouraging their creative expression such as stories and paintings.

APNE Library, Wakro and Mini Library, Namgo had earlier received similar book gifts from the London Trust in August 2014.



Arunachal students in Delhi participate in NE festival

ITANAAGAR, Nov 11: A team of Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) presented a cultural show with theme “Celebrating diversity” showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh in the recently held 2nd North East Festival 2014 at Delhi which was appreciated by all.

The organizing committee acknowledged and appreciated Jeli Kayi for his enchanting and melodious performance.

Mina Toko, a PhD Scholar, opened a food stall named “Dawnlit Delicacy” providing  a platform to  transgender community of Arunachal Pradesh. The theme of the novel initiation was “Relish to Peace and Harmony” making the transgender as the ambassador of it.

Member of Parliament Ninong Ering encouraged and appreciated all the participants from Arunachal for their efforts for promoting Arunachal Pradesh at the national capital.

The North East Festival 2014  with theme: “Connecting people, Celebrating life” organized by Trend MMS in association with North East Community Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) ,Ministry of Doner (GoI) and  Ministry of Home Affairs was held from November 7 to 10 at New Delhi.



Pema inspects under construction bridge at Jangda – Shyro

From a Correspondent

TAWANG, Nov 11: Tourism, UD, Art & Culture Minister, Pema Khandu today inspected the under construction RCC bridge at Jangda – Shyro along with the Chief Engineer (Western Zone), Jang ADC and Superintending Engineer of Rupa circle. The bridge sanctioned under SPA connects Rho and Jangda village apart from several Regimental units of the Indian Army.

The bridge apart from having strategic importance will also serve as the lifeline for the villagers living along the borders.

The RCC Bridge is still under construction and owing to its rugged and harsh terrain, a RCC work is expected to cause further delay the work for another long two years.

The Indian Army and the villagers on several occasions has approached the Minister to change the scope of work from RCC to Bailey bridge so that the bridge can be completed at the earliest and still serve the purpose of connectivity.

The Chief Engineer after inspecting and taking into consideration the difficult terrain of the site and the urgency of the situation, proposed for a 70-R Bailey bridge.  

After inspection and discussing the matter with the team of PWD engineers, Pema assured that he would take up the matter with the Chief Minister and state planning to consider the change of project from RCC to Bailey bridge.

Earlier in the morning, a meeting was convened by Pema at ADC office Jang to plan his second tour of the constituency which is scheduled from November 15 to 24. Pema last week completed his first part of tour in the most remote villages of the district that lies along the Indo-China border.

The annual development tour that was instituted by his father and former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu aims at experiencing the hardship and hearing to the grievances at first-hand faced by the people at grassroots level.



Is Arunachal Pradesh in China” ?

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: “….We have never heard of Arunachal Pradesh...Is it in China?”- The line is from one of the stories  published in the book “Kéérook and Other Stories from North East India” authored by Group Captain Mohonto Panging, Vayu Sena Medal (Retired). The book was released by Air Marshal (retired) AK Gogoi at a function held at Guwahati Press Club on November 8.

Kéérook and Other Stories from North East India is a collection of 10 fictional short stories based on lives and livelihoods of the people living in the region. The stories narrate tales about the unique way of life, customs and traditions of people of North East India.

Three stories Indi-Chini Bhai Bhai, Odyssey to Thoubal and Exodus to the North East are based on recent geo-political events related to people from North East India vis-à-vis mainland India.

These are of special relevance due to the increase in racial indicents against the people of North East by so called people from mainland cities. The stories in the book will go a long way in helping and understanding the ethos of North East India. It is a must read for a fine perspective on North East India.  

Chennai based Notion Press is the publisher of the book.

The event was attended by many dignitaries including Doli Loyi, Commisioner Income Tax, Subhash Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam, many retired officers from the Defence services and alumni of Sainik School, Goalpara.

The following are some excerpts from one chapter of the book;


..........This biased classification of Chinky’ people in India based on appearances led to some paradoxical but hilarious incidents. While returning after seeing off a colleague at Pune railway station, Kabit Perme from Arunachal Pradesh was commented upon by a localite:


Kabit stopped and replied ‘Pakistani...’

‘How can you call me a Pakistani...?’ the man thundered back.

‘How can you call me a Nepali...?’ Kabit replied.

‘You look like a Nepali...’ the man replied.

‘You also look like a Pakistani...’ Kabit stood his ground.

‘Don’t call me a Pakistani...’ the man charged.

‘You don’t call me a Nepali...I am an Indian...the same country as yours...’ Kabit replied and walked off.

On one occasion, some main land officials casted aspersions on the citizenship of north easterners.

Khotuo Chaya from Kohima and Noune Zhotso from Piphema in Nagaland applied for passports at Bengaluru. After an inordinate delay, the regional passport officer called them to the passport office.

‘Where were you born?’ the Passport Officer asked Khotuo and Noune.

‘Kohima’ Khotuo replied.

‘Piphema’ Noune replied.

‘Where were your parents born?’ the Passport Officer continued asking.

‘Both in Kohima’ Khotuo replied.

‘My father in Piphema and mother was born in Zakhama’ Noune replied.

‘Where are these places?’ the Passport Officer continued asking.

‘All these places are in Nagaland’ Khotuo replied for both of them. After a pause, the passport officer asked ‘Are you citizens of India...?’

Khotuo and Noune were flabbergasted at the question asked by the passport officer.

Khotuo recovered and replied ‘Are you asking if we are citizens of India...?’

‘Yes...Are you citizens of India?’ the passport officer continued.

‘Sir, all our documents have been submitted to you. These include our birth certificates, schooling certificates, college certificates, tribe certificate etc. We belong to Nagaland. Nagaland is a full fledged State of the Indian Union. How can you have doubts on our citizenship...?’ Khotuo was almost shouting.

‘That’s all okay...please submitting an affidavit declaring that you are citizens of India...!’ the passport officer was relentless.

‘Sir, What is the proof of your citizenship?...How do you prove that you are an Indian citizen and we are not? You mean to say that you are more Indian than us...just because we belong to north east India!...we are not going to give you affidavits to prove our Indianness...if you do not issue our passports on this ground, we will resort to other legal means...!’ Khotuo replied........

.......During the NCC Republic Day Camp held at Delhi Dorothy Lyngdoh, Tombisena Devi and Asen Jamir along with few more girl cadets from the north east contingent went through a harrowing experience at India Gate. The girl cadets were strolling near India Gate when a group of men started following them.

‘Hey Chinky...hello Chinky...’ one of the men shouted at them.

The girls ignored the group of men.

‘Mera naam ching ching chu, ching ching chu...’ one of the men sang aloud.

The girls ignored the group of men and walked away.

‘Sayonara, sayonara...hey ching ching chu...’ the men kept following them.

The girls ignored the comments and walked away increasing their pace.

‘Mera joota hai Japani, yeh patlung chinesetani...’ the men continued their teasing.

Dorothy could not take it anymore.

She turned around and shouted ‘Bhaiya, hum bhi hindustani...please leave us alone’

‘Wah wah...ching ching chu hindi bola...kya chikni maal hain...’ the men continued their harassment.

‘Chikni Chinky...Chikni Chinky...Chikni Chinky...’ the men shouted at them.

The girls faced them and Dorothy replied ‘Please bhaiya, we are also Indians...we are not foreigners...please leave us alone’.

Tombisena said angrily ‘Kyun hame tang kar rehen hon, Aap logoke ma, behen nahin hain kya?’

On hearing this, the men got angry and started hurling abuses at the girl cadets. They started to surround the girls and started approaching menacingly. With no choice, the girls started shouting ‘Bachao, bachao, bachao...’

Luckily for the girl cadets, some more cadets from other mainland contingents were present in the same area. The cadets from other mainland contingents recognized them as fellow cadets and rescued them before the group of men could touch them.

Shocked and traumatized the girl cadets returned back to their camp.

Kholie Taniang from Arunachal Pradesh studied in an engineering college at Baroda. During his first year at the college, he realized that most of the students in the college had not heard about Arunachal Pradesh at all. During the ragging sessions when the senior cadets asked him which place he belonged to, the typical conversation would be ‘Where are you from?’

‘I hail from Arunachal Pradesh’ Kholie would reply.

‘Arunachal Pradesh...Where is Arunachal Pradesh?’

‘Arunachal Pradesh is located north of Assam’ Kholie would reply.

‘We have never heard of Arunachal Pradesh...Is it in China?’

‘No...Arunachal Pradesh is bordering China...but it is in India...it is a State of India’ Kholie would reply.

Unable to pronounce his name, many students and teachers called him variety of names. His names included ‘Kalia’, ‘Koolie’ and ‘Khali - after the famous WWF wrestler’. Finally they settled to call him simply ‘Tanny’.

Many seniors and colleagues made fun of his appearance, eating habits and lack of proficiency in Hindi. In fact when his roommate discovered that he ate pork, beef and types of insects, he immediately asked for a change of room. For a few months Kholie was the only student staying alone in a room in the entire batch as most students refused to share his room! Due to his eating choices many students called him ‘Jungalee’ and ‘Adivasi’! However, by the time Kholie graduated from the engineering college, he was accepted as a genuine member of the batch with these mundane differences set aside. Many of his mainland batch mates turned out to be lifelong friends on whom he could rely for almost anything.



State badminton team leaves for Guwahati

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: A 21-member State badminton team, including three officials, will be leaving tomorrow for the North East Zone Inter State Badminton Championship-2014 beginning in Guwahati on November 13.

Arunachal Pradesh junior boys team won the championship for Narang Cup last year while the junior girls team finished runners up to win the Shafi Qureshi Cup.

State’s top shuttler Laa Talar won the both U-19 and junior boys singles titles of the championship last year.

Talar has just undergone a month-long intensive badminton coaching at Indonesia. He will return to India tonight and lead the State team in the championship, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Secretary Bamang Tago.

Tago said he was hopeful of retaining the championship title.

“We have got some very good players in our team. They need to focus on playing to their potential without worrying about the result. Hopefully, we can retain the title,” Tago, who will be accompanying the team, said.

The team:

Boys: Laa Talar, Jokom Ribya, Rahul Thapa, Ambita Sonam, Dilip Gurung, Kalung Takhi, Laa Tukum, Bamang Pengko, Vicky Lakia, Akshay Raito,

Girls: Laa Yajum, Pinki Karki, Taring Yania, Tania Yasap, Yumlam Mopi, Binpi Lendo, Pema Ladhen, Kapu Rumi.

Officials: Karmo Riram, K. Rupachandra Singh, Penya Bagra.