November 27


News Impact



Seppa gets broadband connectivity

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Much to the delight of the citizens, East Kameng District Headquarter Seppa finally got a broadband connection under BSNL.

A small formal inauguration program was held at the office of the deputy commissioner by connecting broadband service which was attended by DC Sandeep Kumar Singh and other officials. SDOT Tao Tana further informed that the connection was done via multi-media satellite. BSNL source informed that all the offices will be soon connected.

Apart from the government offices, the private firms and office may also get connectivity, the source added. Broadband connectivity was long-felt demand of the district since the BSNL’s Cell One service started functioning. The district headquarter has only lone cyber-café run by the private operator which is the lone internet accessing source for the public, because the National Information Centre (NIC) which is attached to DC office is mostly for official purpose.

The broadband connectivity came up to reality after rigorous persuasion by East Kameng Social Welfare and Culture Organization (EKSWCO) with the help of Superintendent Engineer BSNL Shillong, Mara Kocho. Broadband is most the reliable and high speed internet connection.


Society condemns alleged murder of woman

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Dumporijo Constituency Peoples’ Welfare Society (DCPWS) has strongly condemned the reported murder of Lt. Yagm Marde w/o Lt. Taga Marde aged about 50 years at her native village Aya Marde village under Dumporijo administrative circle. The news of such heinous crime has shaken the people of Dumporijo as it is the first incident of such kind happened till date, it said.

Marde’s body was reportedly found on Nov 23 at Aya Marde with injury marks.  

The society also appreciated the prompt act of Likabali police and Talo Rebi Officer Incharge PS. Dumporijo for arresting the suspect Md. Kasim Ali, Md. Sukur Ali, and Md. Salman Ali hailing from North Lakimphur Assam at Likabali Check gate on Nov 24 when they were trying to flee away to Assam.

The DCPWS strongly demand the concern authority to nab the rest of the suspect labourers engaged at Aya Marde village and conduct thorough investigation into the case to unearth the motive of committing such heinous crime. The DCPWS also appeal the trying judicial not to entertain any bail petition of the accused. Rather stringent punishment be given to all those involved in such heinous crime and justice be delivered to the deceased family, they said.


Union lodges complaint against PDS distributor

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Jigo Yego Students Union and the people of Likabali under West Siang district have lodged a complaint against the Public Distribution System (PDS) distributor M. K Poddar, (M.E.S) of Dhemaji Assam for illegally selling PDS items to open market.

In its complaint letter which was submitted to both Deputy Commissioner West Siang and Superintendent of Police, the union and the people of the area claimed that distributor M.K Poddar is allegedly selling PDS items which is meant for genuine card holders to open market. It added that public is not getting essential commodities such as kerosene, rice, wheat flour and sugar at Likabali. It went on to claim that the genuine ration card holders get PDS items after 3-4 months, depriving them of allotted quotas.

It further alleged that in order to cover up illegal selling of PDS items at the open market; the distributor frequently changes the ration cards with malicious attention to erase evidence of previous records. The union demanded the district administration to investigate the matter and distributor is booked under appropriate section of law.

When contacted DC West Siang Pige Ligu confirmed about the complaint letter and informed that he has sought report from the Sub-Divisional Officer Likabali on the matter. However, this daily was unable to contact Mr Poddar for his reaction on the allegation.


Law Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration with the Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) celebrated Law Day.

While highlighting the significance of the celebration, Dani Belo, OSD, APSLSA, said the day marks the anniversary of drafting of the Constitution by the constituent assembly.

APSLSA Member Secretary Budi Habung spoke on the role of legal services authority.

Additional Advocate General Kardak Ete spoke on ‘rule of law and its relevance in today’s scenario’ and traced the ancient history of evolution of law until the modern times.

An easy competition was organized among the colleges and university students to mark the day.

The programme was attended among others by Uttam Deka, Principal, ALA, Rosy Taba, programme coordinator; Nani Modi, project assistant; faculties and students of ALA.


Book Fair

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A Book Fair was organized by VKV PTC Banderdewa in the school premises today as part of Library Week celebration from December 19 to 26.

A large number of people thronged the fair and enlisted their names to subscribe various magazines for their wards to encourage the reading habits of their children.  

Lack of interest in book and decline in reading culture among students is a cause of major concern as it affects the overall academic development of a children, said principal of the school. This type of celebration encourages the students in developing their reading habits, he felt.

Parents are also requested to donate some valuable books to the school library. They are also motivated to subscribe some of the magazines for their children.


Cultural meet  held

ITANAGAR,  Nov 26: The All Arunachal Youth Star Artiste Association (AAYSAA) has organised its 1st Cultural Meet at Naharlagun on Nov 21 last.

 A host of dignitaries including Ward No 4 Councillor of Itanagar Municipal Council Gora Talang and All Arunachal Hotel Resort Restaurant & Bar Association president Tagru Ponung were present on the occasion.  

While attending the celebration the officials of the Art & Culture department encouraged the participants to preserve and promote their own tradition and culture  for younger generation. They also stressed on promotion of integrity and unity among the citizens.


Call for shifting of HQs

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU) has called upon the state Govt for immediate shifting of proposed Kara Dadi district headquarters along with all offices at 50 bedded hospital buildings at Palin town under Kurung Kumey district for the time being for the convenience of the local public.

In its representation to the Chief Ministers, the Union stated that 50 bedded hospital building at Palin town is suitable for functioning of temporary district headquarters till the infrastructures at the permanent site are developed.

Crime against NE people in Delhi on the rise

Delhi Police registered 232 FIRs till Nov  21

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Delhi Police has registered 232 FIRs of different types of crimes against people of North East living in Delhi so far this year, according to a report.

A total of 872 complaint calls have so far been received by Delhi Police of which 666 are crime related. Delhi Police had registered 74 FIRs in 2013.

As per information obtained from SPUWC-special Unit of Police for Women and Children, Nanak Pura by Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD), Delhi Police has received 167 complaints related to quarrel, 56 eve teasing, 32 tenant/landlord dispute, 27 theft, 22 racial discrimination through social media etc, 22 kidnapping/missing, 20 salary dispute, 16 snatching, 15 anti obscene, 13 molestation, six rape and four attempt to rape,  four murder and one attempt to murder, 74 threatening, cheating, robbery, burglary, harassment, domestic violence etc. and 187 others.

Over two lakh people from North East are currently living in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) on different occupations. About 10,000 people from North East come to Delhi and NCR every year for education, employment and various other purposes. But, people from the region are often subjected to racism and racially-motivated attacks in the country because they share closer ethnic ties with South East Asians.

While expressing grave concern over increasing incidents of crimes against people from North East in Delhi, ASUD appealed to the parents and relatives of the students living in Delhi to visit them atleast once in six month.



Govt to set up committee of MPs to monitor NE projects

NEW DELHI, Nov 26: With over 700 ongoing development projects getting delayed in the northeast, government is contemplating setting up a committee of MPs to monitor such schemes in the region.

Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Jitendra Singh said in Lok Sabha that a total of 555 ongoing projects under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) and 153 schemes being carried out by the North Eastern Council (NEC) are delayed due to reasons like procedural problems and hostile climates besides other reasons.

"Very soon we will be able to overcome the hurdle," he said during Question Hour.

The Minister said the government was keen to involve all the 39 MPs of the Northeast for proper implementation of developments projects and as part of the initiative a meeting of the Parliamentarians will be held next month.

On a suggestion of RP Sharma (BJP), Singh said government was contemplating setting a up a committee to monitor all development projects in the region.

Apart from providing funds under the scheme of NLCPR and NEC, funds are provided for development schemes under capacity building and technical assistance and external aided projects.

"13th Finance Commission has also recommended Grants-in-Aid for these states for their specific needs," he said. PTI



Preserve nature’s bounty, harness

tourism potential: Governor

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today called upon the people of Lower Dibang Valley district to preserve nature’s bounty, which they have inherited. Addressing the public meeting at Roing, he said that the district has huge potential for tourism, adventure sports and eco related activities. It has to be harnessed. The Governor also emphasized on promotion of handicrafts and traditional knowledge of herbal medicines.

Noting that connectivity as the major challenge, the Governor advised the people to act as a watchdog to ensure that the projects are implemented in time and quality is maintained. For society to progress, it has to be bottom up. The local people have to participate.  

In his second leg of the two-day districts tour, the Governor urged the Goan Burahs and elders of the society to wean away the youth from drugs and alcohol.

He said that youth are the engine of development, they have to be mentored and guided to become a better citizen. The Governor appreciated the NGOs of the district and women Self Help Groups for their social upliftment activities.

Speaking on the occasion, elected representatives of the district, Gum Tayeng, Parliamentary Secretary Water Resource and Mutchu Mithi, Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture stressed on better connectivity.

Later the Governor met the district heads of department and advised them to monitor the projects for timely execution. He said wheel of development cannot be halted due to procedural requirement. Work as a Team and get together. More dialogues are required amongst the offices and agencies to facilitate the progress of projects and programmes.

The Governor exhorted the officers to mentor brilliant students of the district. He said such endeavour of the officers will create a momentum for better educational environment in the district. He appreciated the initiative of the District administration for the effort in drive against drugs and alcoholism amongst youth.    

The Governor advised the power developers and construction companies in the district to contribute towards the communities where they are executing their project under social corporate responsibilities. He suggested them to provide necessary support in heath and education sectors.

Shiv Kumar briefed the Governor on the developmental projects in the district. He highlighted the potentials of the district and challenges.

Earlier yesterday, the governor addressed a public meeting at Anini.  He urged upon the people to be proud of their villages and land. He said that they are the sentinel of the country and they should be proud of it. “Be rooted to your land, cultural and traditions to preserve the age-old heritage of your tribe.” Government will ensure that development reach to their doorsteps. If they are strong, whole of Arunachal Pradesh and the country is secured.

The Governor informed that with ‘Frontier Road’ in the pipeline and District Connectivity road under progress, development will touch every part of the district which is bestowed with nature’s bounty.

Exhorting the people to not to depend solely on the Government, Governor urged the people to help themselves in finding ways and means to address their challenges and problems. The stressed on skill development and entrepenuership.

The Governor advised the people to avail benefit under Chief Minister’s Health Insurance scheme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. He also advised them on Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan.

In his meeting with District Heads of Departments, the Governor advised them to ensure that the policies and programmes of the government are implemented in true letter and spirit. He gave emphasis on road connectivity, education and health sectors.

The Governor met the district officers, representatives from Government of India organisations and power developers and discussed on the progress of projects and programmes in the border district. The Deputy Commissioner of Dibang Valley Tamune Miso briefed the Governor on the developmental projects and social indicators of the district.

At Roing, the Governor laid the foundation Stone of the commencement of double laning of 228 km Meka-Hunli-Anini Road. Border Road Organisation is executing the 16 km stretch.  

The Governor also visited the construction sites of Meka-Bomjir Road under Navayuga Enginering Ltd. Interacting with officials of the MoTRH and constructing agencies, he exhorted them for timely completion of the project. (PRO to Governor)



CM lays foundation stones of Outdoor Stadium at Pasighat and Yupia

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today laid foundation stone of the much awaited outdoor stadium at Pasighat general ground. He asked the Urban Development and Housing Department, the implementing agency for early execution of the multi-crore project and requested the local leaders to help the department for timely completion of the construction works.


Construction of a well-equipped outdoor stadium at century-old Pasighat town is a long pending demand of the local people. Inordinate delay in execution of the project was causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people.

The state government under Sports & Youth Affairs sanctioned an amount of Rs 2.5 crore out of the total estimated project cost of Rs 40.90 crore for “Construction of Outdoor stadium at Pasi-ghat” during early January this year.

Addressing a public gathering at the general ground, the chief minister said the stadium would be equipped with all modern facilities for conducting state and national level sport events. He hoped construction of the outdoor stadium will cater to the needs of budding sportsperson and help in physical and mental development of the growing youths.

He said that his government has formulated a comprehensive policy for development of sport sector in the state.

Tuki also reiterated his government’s earlier announcement for awarding cash incentives of Rs 25 lakhs to those players who qualify for Olympics, Rs 75 lakh and Rs One crore respectively to those who win silver and gold medal in Olympics. He also informed the gathering about 10 percent job reservation for meritorious sportspersons in some government departments,

He said that more than 300 youths have been recruited in government departments and 200 sportsmen will be recruited in the next years.

While referring to the policy of Students’ Talent Award, Tuki stated that the policy for awarding laptop to meritorious students has been modified and the government is planning to give laptop to every student who pass out matriculation (class X). He gave emphasis on introduction of e-teaching and learning in government run schools and said that steps are being initiated providing e-teaching training for school teachers through internet.

“We have a proposal to start e-teaching in the schools of Itanagar and Pasighat as model learning. I have instructed the education minister to take necessary steps for early development of e-teaching system in our state”, the chief minister said.

Addressing the young school children, Tuki suggested them to obey their teachers. He also urged the teaching community to discharge their duty with utmost sincerity and dedication. He said that teachers’ role is vital in moulding a child’s future.

Expressing his optimism of a ‘Smart City’ at Pasighat, Tuki urged the local people to work in united for overall development of the area.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by Pasighat Municipal Council, the chief minister assured to provide all required facilities in phase-wise manner for effective functioning of the municipality. He suggested the local leaders to approach the authority in written form regarding their needs and problems, according to a report filed by our Correspondent.

Meanwhile, YUPIA DIPRO reported that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also laid the foundation stone of construction of outdoor stadium at general ground here today.

While addressing the people on the occasion, Tuki described the outdoor stadium as a dream project with a mission to promote and improve the games and sports activities in the state. He called upon the executing department Urban Development and Housing to award the construction works to well experienced contractors.  Stressing on the need of completion of the project within stipulated time, Tuki also called for maintaining  quality and construction of stadium at par with national and international level standards.

Terming sports as a very big industry he said that with the changing time concept of sports are also changing and it not only gives entertainment to masses but also creates avenues for self employment among youths and likewise in Arunachal also it will bring tangible changes in employment and development among youths of the state.

Assembly Speaker cum local legislator Nabam Rebia, while expressing his happiness for fulfilling long cherished demand of an outdoor stadium at Yupia which will cater to needs of youths of both rural and urban youths in sports activities, envisaged on making Yupia District headquarter as one of model towns in state with all modern facilities in days to come.

Calling for completion of the project on time he stated that stadium should be a unique one and there should not be any compromise on quality of works.

The said outdoor stadium will have seating capacity of 15000 and it will be constructed in an area of 28060 sqm.

The CM was accompanied by APCC President Padi Richo, Health and Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul, Parliamentary Secretaries Likha Saaya, Karya Bagang, Tapuk Taku, Techi Kaso and legislator Rajesh Tacho. A host of Govt officers including UD Secretary Kapa Kholie, IPR, Art and Culture Secretary Dani Sulu, Capital DC Mige Kamki, Papum Pare DC Tai Kaye, Director Housing Taba Tedir, public leaders, GBs attended the programme which was organized by Urban Development and Housing, Itanagar in coordination with district administration.



HIV tests conducted for Arunachal

jail inmates and officials

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society today conducted HIV tests of 118 inmates of the Papum Pare district jail here, IGP (Prisons) Satyendra Garg said. Garg, at whose initiative the project was launched, was the first to undergo the HIV testing.

Of the 133 inmates of the jail, 118 including seven women underwent the test. The testing programme was preceded by a counselling session for all jail officials and inmates in the jail campus for creating awareness on HIV/AIDS and the relevance of AIDS testing, Garg said.

Numerous queries from the participants were responded to by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) deputy director Tasor Pali. "Come out of the social stigma against HIV/AIDS infected persons who are part of the society. Instead of boycotting or rejecting, accepting them socially would do more good to them," Pali said before Garg offered to be the first to be tested that evoked keen interest among the inmates.

They queued up for the voluntary test conducted by a six-member team including technicians and counsellors.

If anyone was detected with HIV virus, it would be kept a secret and the person concerned would counselled to go for treatment, said Deputy Director, Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC), Dr A Borang.

Of the total 13 lakh population, the APSACS has so far conducted HIV testing for about 2.8 lakh population and 240 were detected HIV positive cases. PTI



West Kameng Indigenous Festival

ends on a happy note

Karpu Chisi

BOMDILA, Nov 26: The West Kameng Indigenous Festival, which was organized with the objectives of unifying the different tribes of West Kameng district and promoting the district’s age-old culture and tradition, was concluded on a happy note.  From traditional sports and performances to delicious local cuisines, the festival had plenty on offer for the visitors.

Attending the valedictory function, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung called upon the people of district to preserve indigenous culture and tradition terming that culture is our identity.  He urged the youths to play a pro-active role in guarding own culture from being extinct.  Natung assured that the festival would be made a part of state’s calendar events.  The Tourism Parliamentary Secretary also disclosed that the state government is initiating to adopt a policy for preserving the indigenous tribes.

In his address West Kameng Indigenous People’s Society (WKIPS) Chairman Bonny Sakrinsow said that the festival was a step towards to promote and preserve our valuable culture and tradition.

He further said that society has been working on preservation of rich culture and traditional values, promoting communal harmony since its inception.

Besides colourful performances by cultural troupes of various ethnic tribes and fashion show, the final day of the festival featured a felicitation programme of outstanding achievers of the district. Among those who were felicitated were P.K. Thungon (the first Chief Minister of the State), R.K. Khrimey (the first elected MP), Y.D. Thongchi (the first APCS/IAS (nominated) and Sahitya Akademi Awardee), Deputy Speaker T.N. Thongdok (the first Chief Engineer and the first to win the Rajat Kamal Award for Best Feature Film for Languages in 2014), and Anshu Jamsenpa (the first woman to scale Mount Everest).



Bridge construction without tender sought


RUKSIN, Nov 26: The Panchayat leaders and members of Bosing Banggo area under Pasighat-East constituency have sought the PWD Commissioner’s intervention for execution of bridge construction project departmentally without calling tender.

A team of PRI leaders led by Bosing-I ZPM Namuk Taloh yesterday submitted a representation to the Commissioner stating that bridge construction over Poglek and Tolon rivers that were entrusted to Pasighat division should be executed departmentally and no tender should be invited for the work.

It may be mentioned that DoNER Ministry has sanctioned an amount of fund Rs 16.23 under Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) project for “Construction of PSC-girder RCC bridge over Poglek and Tolon rivers” at Yagrung portion along Pasighat-Ledum-Tene PWD road.

The PRI members in their representation said that major bridge projects at Remi, Mingo, Myone-korong and Tatsing rivers along Mebo-Dhola road were constructed departmentally within stipulated time. They further claimed that many major projects in the district which are being executed by various agencies/contractors are lying incomplete causing concern among the local people.

The turbulent Poglek and Tolon rivers frequently change its course and breach the road every year during monsoon causing hardship to users of the road.



FGA initiative

Itanagar, Nov 26: International visitors have been impressed by the effort of local Self Help Groups (SHGs) to improves their  life  through income generation activities like piggery, handloom and in agri-horti allied sector.

Recently, a group of people from Future Generations/USA visited the Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) program site as a part of workshop interaction with SHGs members in Sille-Oyan and Mechuka.

They also interacted with medical staffs of Primary Health Center (PHC), Sille which is managed by Future Generations Arunachal under public private partnership mode of Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Beside this, the rice cultivation practice and training imparted by FGA in 2009 at Mechukha has also brought fruitful results. As such, SHG members of Mechukha are increasing the size of the field and production every year, the release said.

Future Generations Arunachal under its belt has integrated the SHGs into federation and taken up the initiative to promote the Self Help Groups through training and support.



Farmers draws attention on non-availability of fish seeds

ITANAGAR, Nov 26:  Huzar Lollen, IAS, Commissioner (Fisheries) visited Sagalee on Tuesday to inspect the fisheries activity in the area.

The progressive fish farmers of Sagalee area expressed their grievances to the Commissioner regarding the non- availability of fish seeds. The Officers of the Fisheries Department apprised the Commissioner that the months of May- July are the breeding season for Indian major carps and exotic carps and fish seeds are usually distributed during these months. When he was informed that seeds could not be distributed to the farmers due to disrupted road communication during these months, he advised the District Fisheries Development Officer, Yupia and Extension officer (Fisheries), CD Block, Sagalee to make necessary arrangements for supply of advanced fingerlings to the fish farmers once the road communication is restored, preferably during August and September every year.

He also suggested to the Officers of the Fisheries Department to revive the transit fish seed nursery at Sagalee and rear fish seeds to meet the demands of fish farmers.  

He inspected the fish ponds of Nabam Taram at Nimte village, Techi Takia, Gaon Burah and Tarah Eya of Sagalee. He was impressed to see the integrated fish farming, poultry cum fish culture of Techi Takia.



Painting competition to create awareness on water conservation

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 26: The growing scarcity of water world over and India in particular needs a clarion call to make people aware of the need for water conservation. For this purpose Union Ministry of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is conducting nation-wide school level painting competition to create awareness among children.

As per the directive of the concerned Union Ministry, a state level painting competition was organized by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), state unit office at the conference hall of Itanagar  Municipal Council, Naharlagun today. This is the 5th state level painting competition organized by CGWB and the theme of the completion is “Save a drop, save the future.”

Out of the 50 students of class 6 to  8 standards selected by a committee of five jury members for their best paintings in school level competitions,  44 students took part in the  state level competition.

The 1st prize winner in state level competition Soham Kondu (Class-VI, KV1 Naharlagun) was awarded with cash prize of 10,000, 2nd prize winner Kumar Souvik Dey (Class VIII) won Rs 8,000 and 3rd prize winner Priyanka Bhowmik (Class VII) got Rs 5,000.  10 consolation prize winners were awarded Rs 1000 each.

The winners of first, second and third prize from Arunachal Pradesh would be called to take part in the National level painting competitions scheduled to be held at New Delhi in December next.

Later addressing the prize distribution ceremony, R K Kalita, Scientist, CWGB gave a brief account on how school level painting and state level painting completions were organized. He requested the students to spread the massage of save water and conserve water for our future.

Speaking on the occasion V N Pandey, Superintending Engineer, Water Resource (TW&GW Divin) expressed the view that high rainfall of the state should be tapped through rain water harvesting. Every drop of water should be saved and utilized for economic development of the state.

WRD has implemented demonstrative structures in several schools, community halls, hospitals and other public buildings with funding from the Central Ground Water Board to create  awareness amongst the people of the need to conserve water.

Addressing the gathering K Ramanand, Scientist, CGWB, North East Region, Guwahati emphasized the need of water conservation in the hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh due to changing nature of global climate.

CGWB had sanctioned an amount of 2.5 crore during the years 2007-2012 to WRD, GoAP to implement a demonstrative project on Artificial Recharge to Ground water by Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting in 6 districts namely - East Kameng, East Siang, West siang Lower Dibang Valley, Papum Pare and Tawang. An impact assessment study was also carried out and it has been found that the local population in the above mentioned districts has immensely benefitted by these projects. T Ketan, Chief Engineer, PHE department also spoke on the occasion. DIPR



AAPSU meets VC

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed by its president Kamta Lapung met Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang at his office today apropos of its memorandum submitted to Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani on November 19 at her office in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.

The Vice-Chancellor after having a threadbare discussion with the delegates assured that Electronic and Communication, Physical Education and Master in Social Works (MSW) departments would be introduced in the post-graduate level from the next academic session. He also assured the delegation that the authority will increase the intake capacity of all the departments of RGU from the next academic session.

AAPSU spokesperson Tanya Agu urged the Vice Chancellor to introduce subjects like, Public Administration and Sociology in both graduate and post-graduate levels as these are the core subjects which are opted by majority of the aspiring candidates of APPSC examination.

AAPSU president Kamta Lapung expressed gratitude on behalf of the students’ union to the Vice-Chancellor for giving his assurance and commitment responding to the request of the delegation.



ALSU opposes land compensation to Chakmas

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) today opposed the inclusion of Chakma refugees’ names in the land affected people list for the land compensation of Greenfield Airport at Hallongi.

In a representation to the chief minister, ALSU demanded for immediate cancellation and strike out the names of 156 refugees’ from the list.

The union claimed that the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has approved a sanction of Rs.645.72 crore for the construction of Greenfield Airport and Rs 153.46 crore for rehabilitation of 156 displaced Chakma families on 17th July 2014.

It also disclosed that the state government has decided to pay compensation to affected landowners including Chakma refugees.

It expressed apprehension that the government and authority at helms of affairs may misappropriate the amount in the name of land compensation. It added the affected land in which Chakma refugees fall under was part of Dropong Reserved Forest which was de-reserved by the government way back in 1978 for settlement of Chakma Refugees. There is no need to pay land compensation to Chakma Refugees since they are going to be rehabilitated at Kokila, ALSU stated.

 Alleging that kits and kins of politicians and influential people in the state are getting direct and indirect benefits from the land compensation, ALSU demanded for striking out of 263 private individual names from the land affected owners lists.

ALSU President Tadar Tarish questioned the state government decision to pay compensation to the affected people. Tarish claimed that half of the proposed site for Greenfield Airport falls under Dropong Reserved Forest area which is purely the government land and others occupied by the Chakma Refugees whom government has decided to rehabilitate at Kokila. ALSU expressed concern that if the amount sanctioned for construction of airport is used for compensation, the airport will be a reality.

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----Readers Forum ----



Stop the extravaganza  

Dear Editor,

The Delhi government recently has imposed ban on purchase of new official vehicles until the old ones complete their required life cycles. It further stated that new vehicles purchased should be of Rs 4.75 lakh or below in price.

When the government of a cash rich and economically self reliant area goes ahead with such self imposed austerity measure, shouldn’t the government of a poor and economically dependent state of Arunachal Pradesh follow suit ? Shouldn’t the extravaganza stop ?


T. Damik, Itanagar


Overloaded trucks on difficult terrains

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to ventilate some of the menace of overloading in truck destined towards difficult terrain road.

A mechanism should be there in place to regulate goods loaded in trucks destined for difficult terrain like West Siang (Silapather to Aalo). Those travelling by the road might have experienced that many trucks overloaded with goods are found parked about in the road almost blocking the road, as they are not able to move uphill with such huge load.

The load being abnormally huge, the brake pedal become incompatible to control the truck, especially while negotiating steep down road, as consequence it goes berserk, costing lives and goods.

Huge stones kept all along the road are again a menace of overloaded truck, as these trucks being unable to move upward with such huge load get stranded. The truckers use stone to secure control of the truck and after they leave the spot, these stones are kept scattered in the road.

These stones left behind by the truckers in the road become a danger to other vehicles especially when two vehicles coming from opposite direction meet in such point as they finds no place to make way for the other vehicle.  

The road between Shilapatar to Aalo is narrow with no space for overtaking. Often vehicle following after such overloaded truck has to move on a snail pace all along the road.

It is therefore desirable to have a strong regulation to check overloading of trucks, especially destined towards difficult and hilly terrain.


Doge Durchi,



Health care and transfer

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to make a humble appeal to our Health Minister Kaliko Pul to standardise the medical facility, infrastructures and most importantly, take necessary steps to enhance the number of doctors in the state instead of seeking mass transfer of doctors. The medical entrance examination has to be to be modified so as to increase MBBS seat from existing 30 to at least upto 100 seats under government of India. The cry for medical officer is in every corner of the state. Even in capital areas there are no surplus medical officers. Still required numbers of doctors are much less in the twin capital town as compared to the numbers of patients.

By taking consideration into all the activities undertaken by the minister, it is praiseworthy. We expect the able minister to bring more improvement into the medical scenario in the state but please avoid the process of mass transfer of doctors because nowhere in the state there are surplus doctors.


Pebi Lombi

Tirbin,  West Siang


RSS, BJP relations and media

Dear Editor,

These days the RSS appears in news media in a wrong way or the other way around. I being a sympathiser of the RSS got to know and learn the organization in this way. The RSS or Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh is one of the largest voluntary organizations in the world. The organization was founded in 1925 at Nagpur by Dr Keshav Hedgewar, and their motto is man making, nation building. The RSS members are dedicated, disciplined, clean imaged, open hearted people and sacrificing their whole life for the good cause of the nation. Whereas, BJP was founded as Jan Sang in 1952 by Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who was then an intimate friend of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Because of ideological differences between the two leaders, Jan Sang was born. Dr. Mukherjee persuaded some of the RSS members to join in Jan Sang party, from there onwards the mentor student relation of RSS and BJP began. So, even today that father son relation like bonding between RSS and BJP exists. But RSS do not interfere in day to day politics of BJP.

Many a times RSS BJP relation is portrayed in a wrong way. This wrong perception comes through media, selfish politician, pseudo secular and communist. If political leader go to social reformer, cultural reformer for interaction, that’s a good sign. Political leaders also go to RSS for their suggestion and discussion, that’s also a good sign. In fact, the working of RSS and BJP are very different, some of the BJP worker are members of RSS. If RSS members are competent, well matured, clean imaged, not selfish and dedicating their whole life for the good cause of nation, why they can’t be given the responsible post like CM/PM to run the government, for the greater interest of society and the nation? Moreover, there should be no question of tussle between RSS and BJP in the long run, since RSS is not a political party, it is simply a voluntary organization whose members love to serve for the cause of the country. Hence, I appeal all the citizens, members of society to learn more about the RSS by interacting with its members, so that you could know the real face of the RSS.


Dr. Siang Tamut







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Peace and development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded the SAARC leaders that violence and peace cannot go together. He called upon the member nations to combat terror and transnational crimes together in order to ensure peace in South Asia region. He was addressing the 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday (Nov 26).  On this day of November 26, 2008, terrorists killed as many as 166 people in Mumbai. Recalling the horror of Mumbai terror attack Modi rightly said "we feel the endless pain of lost lives. As neighbours, we should be available for each other in good and bad times."

It is not out of the perspective to mention here that when the PM was advocating for peace in the South Asia region, an Assam based insurgent outfit reportedly prepared a plan to carry out serial blasts and other subversive activities at Guwahati ahead of Modi's scheduled visit to Assam.

There is no denying the fact that most of the tourists like to visit only some selected places in North East due to wrong reason or wrong propaganda about the region.

A peaceful environment is not only necessary for development activities in North East, it also requires for making this region a tourist hot spot and hub of educational and research activities.