Water supply to be disrupted
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Water Supply will be affected in F & G sectors, G-extension, Akash
Deep, MLA Cottage, DNGC, Polytechnic College, C-sector, D-sector, ESS-sector and
Nyokum Lapang areas due to the ongoing 4 laning works at the PHQ on November 2, 3
and 4 next.
Drinking water will be provided to the affected areas through water tankers, informed
PHE&WS Division Executive Engineer, Tadar Mangku in a release.
AdiSU demands renovation of JNC hostels
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Adi Students' Union (AdiSU) appealed to the JN College authority
and students of the college to take proper care and make best use of the two buses
and a Bolero car provided by the government.
Lauding the state government, particularly Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Education
Minister Tapang Taloh for fulfilling long awaited demand of the students of the oldest
and first college of the state, AdiSU appealed to meet other demands of the union,
such as renovation of the entire hostel building of the college, proper electrifications
and fencing of the college compound.
AdiSU also appealed for early establishment the Arunachal University at Pasighat
in full-fledged with required staff and faculties which is still running its academic
activities under the roof of JN College, Pasighat.
Nov 13 declared as Mission Clean
Kley River Day
ZIRO, Oct 31: Endorsing the 'Mission Clean Kley River' movement of the Apatani Youth
Association (AYA) and its importance in environmental conservation, Lower Subansiri
Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang in notification on Thursday declared Nov 13 as
Clean Kley River Day for Ziro-I circle to be observed every year.
Accordingly the people of Ziro Valley are gearing up to clean Kley river and its
tributaries under the theme 'Mission Clean Kley River' as part of 'Clean Ziro, Green
Ziro' an environmental conservation programme initiated by AYA.
State BJP unit observes Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest
of country in observing Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorating the 140th birth anniversary
of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel here today at the party head office.
Addressing the party cadres on the occasion, the BJP state unit President, Tai Tagak
highlighted the life and contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to the nation.
Among others the celebration was attended by BJP vice president, Techi Necha, Bharatiya
Janata Mahila Morcha (BJMM) state president, Padameswari Jamoh, other party leaders
and workers. Floral tributes were offered to the portrait of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
on the occasion, stated a release.
JNC NSS volunteers conduct cleanliness drive
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Hundreds of volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of
Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat carried out a cleanliness drive in the primary
school, Anganwadi and UGC coaching centers and children's park in the college campus
The volunteers were led by NSS programme officers Dr. T Payum, Dr. K Kadu and I Perme
along with Dr. S K Sinha (senior faculty) under the supervision of Principal Tayek
Cleanliness drive at school
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The students and teaching staff of Ziro Valley School organized
a cleanliness drive in their school campus with theme "Swachh Bharat "Swachh Vidvalava"
Dr. Vivek Kumar, Senior Innovation Officer and Dr. Rajiv Mili of National Innovation
Foundation-India, an autonomous body of Dept, of Science and Technology, Govt. of
India were present during the cleanliness drive and encouraged the students to maintain
cleanliness at school and home as well.
MLA assures to address issues
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The 27th Liromoba Assembly constituency MLA, Nyamar Karbak has
assured a team of Hirik Hiru Students' Union (HHSU), who called on him on Wednesday,
to address various issues related to the education sector, health and infrastructure
etc, confronting the constituency.
The union in a release today said that the MLA further assured that development of
his constituency is his top most priority and he will put every effort to make it
a model constituency of Arunachal in terms of development. He also sought cooperation
of the general public, youths, intellectuals and government employees of the area
in his endeavor in making the area a developed one, the union added.
All India Tibet Support
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The Core Group for Tibetan Cause, an apex coordinating body of
Tibet Support Groups all over India is convening its 5th All India Tibet Support
Groups conference at Guwahati, Assam from October 2 to 3.
More than 180 representatives from across the country of various Tibet Support Groups
organizations will take part in the event to deliberate, discuss and strategize on
strengthening the Tibetan movement and Tibet Support Groups in India for the peaceful
solution of the issue of Tibet.
The purpose of this conference is to highlight the dim, ever growing repressive implementation
of Chinese policies and the worsening situation of human rights situation inside
The conference will also focus on security related issues between India and China,
construction of mega dams by China etc and highlight the significance of Tibet's
history and culture with India.
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong, democratically elected political head of Central
Tibetan Administration will attend the conference besides dignitaries from Guwahati
VKV Roing bags first prize in dist level Children’s Science Congress
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: VKV Roing stood first in the district level National Children's
Science Congress of Lower Dibang Valley district conducted at VKV Roing yesterday.
KV Roing and Govt. Middle School, Yibuk (Rayang) bagged the second and third positions
The topic of the 23rd NCSC was 'Understanding Weather and Climate'. A total of 10
teams from different schools participated. The programme was inaugurated by DDSE
The group leaders of three teams will represent the district in the state level competition.
Prizes to the winners were distributed by Emin Rumi, DAEO Lower Dibang Valley District.
NP Singh, Lecturer DIET, Obang Langkam, BEO and T Ravi, Senior Teacher were the judges
for the event.
APMCC observes National Unity Day
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) observed the
31st Martyrdom Day of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as National Unity Day (Rastriya
Ekta Diwas) at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.
The party leaders, workers and cadres took pledge on the occasion to uphold and promote
peace, social harmony and also to fight against anti-social elements threatening
human lives and values. APMCC president Kamala Lingi administered the pledge.
The function was attended by Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki, his cabinet colleagues,
party MLAs, parliamentary secretaries, leaders, workers and office bearers of all
the frontal wings of the Congress party.
All the officers and staff Arunachal Bhawan and House, New Delhi observed the day
as Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas as well as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day).
V Abrraham, Resident Commissioner, administered the pledge of unity to the officers
and staff members, who finally signed the pledge.
Poi Potwa marks end of Satang Potwa
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Poi Potwa was celebrated today at Theravada Buddhist Vihara Itanagar
to mark the end of Satang Potwa. This festival is generally celebrated to pay homage
and reverence to Bhikkhus by the devotees.
The tun patesha (celestial tree) ceremony remained the most adorn occasion of the
day. A procession with the celestial tree decorated with different denominations
of money, other materials and flowers was carried out around the Theravada Buddhist
Vihara by the lay devotees with pious and devotion to earn merit. The celestial tree
and its carrier are made well in advance for the devotees to decorate it and carry
in around during the procession. The procession was carried out by every member with
recitation of religious chants and beating of drums and cymbals.
The decorated tun patesha along with Sang-kaan (yellow monk's robe) will later tomorrow
be handed over to the Bhikkhu Sangha in a simple but impressive function in morning.
There is no specific day to observe the tun patesha ceremony and Theravada members
usually fix the ceremonial day just after the celebration of Satang Potwa (end of
Added attraction of the day was the illumination of candle in Vihara (Temple), preparation
of local traditional sweets.
World Thrift Day celebrated
ITANAGR, Oct 31: Along with the rest of the country, Arunachal too celebrated World
Thrift Day on Friday last.
Addressing the general public and small saving agents in a function organized by
the Directorate of Small Savings on the occasion of World Thrift Day at Naharlagun,
the head of the Commerce department, RGU, Dr SK Jena stressed on the need for saving
for each household. He shared his experience of working with micro finance in Odisha.
Director, Small Savings, Md Abdul Basit urged all the small saving agents to educate
the investors to refrain from chit fund and insecure investments.
Regional director, in-charge National Savings, GoI, KK Pradhan stressed that youths
should get involved in savings.
Superintendent of Post offices, K Kharshandi informing that HPO Itanagar has introduced
customer-friendly Core Banking Solution (CBS) and this will be followed by other
post offices soon.
Professor B D Nayak of NERIST explained the concept of savings and gave tips to the
small saving agents.
Earlier three of the best agents each from SAS and MPKBY were honoured with certificates,
according to an official release.
Kra Daadi team leaves for Tezu
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Kra Daadi Football team captained by Tarh Rajkumar left for Tezu
today to participate in the 14th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament
Byabang Nama is the Coach of the team.
The players were given 15 days intensive coaching cum training to prepare them for
the highly competitive tournament, informed Kra Daadi District Football Association
president Takam Tayam.
Meanwhile, the district football association rued the lack of necessary support and
assistance from the district administration for participation in the tournament.
Instructor for Wado Kanshinkai Karat
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Sensei Moi Tasa is the chief instructor for Arunachal Wado Kanshinkai
Karate-Do Association. This was decided in a meeting held by Wado Kanshinkai Karate-Do
Federation of India under the chairmanship of its national director Shihan Y Choaba
Meitei at Guwahati recently.
CM surprised at Guv’s letter to PM on airport
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed surprise at Governor
J P Rajkhowa's letter to the Prime Minister urging him to reconsider the decision
to build a green field airport at Hollongi in the state in view of its "high cost".
"It is completely against Arunachal Pradesh and its people," Tuki said reacting to
the governor's letter in which he had asked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to upgrade
Lilabari airport in nearby Assam as it would be economically more viable.
"It is the Centre's decision to provide airport in every state capital on priority
and that too we have no airport. I requested Civil Aviation Minister Pashupati Ashok
Gajapati Raju during my last meeting to accelerate clearance and allot fund to resume
the work soon.
"He has consented to provide fund in the revised estimates of the current Union Budget,"
Tuki told reporters here after the celebration of Rashtriya Sanklap Diwas today.
In reply to a question, Tuki said he would talk to the Governor as such a move would
be an injustice to the people of the state.
"Land has already been allocated by the district administration. How can a major
project in the greater welfare of the state be scrapped? If the statement of the
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Tamiyo Taga is correct, he should tender public
apology," he said.
"I boarded a flight for Delhi from Lilabari airport last month and have been urging
the Centre for its development too for the benefit of Arunachal and north Assam,"
The Governor in his letter had said in view of the "high cost", public leaders like
Tamiyo Taga, some students organisations and social activists met him recently and
suggested that instead of a new airport at Hollongi, existing Lilabari airport, adjacent
to Lakhimpur district in Assam, should be upgraded at a much lower cost as no land
acquisition would be needed. PTI
Cong govt in Arunachal strong,
functioning effectively: Tuki
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said the Congress government in
the state was "strong and functioning effectively" and those quitting it were not
interested to serve the people.
"Congress, being a grassroots level party, has the mandate of the people by winning
42 seats in the last Assembly elections," the Chief Minister said in reply to a question
on the present political situation.
"The government is functioning effectively and those quitting are not interested
to serve the people...Their decisions are against the people and make no difference.
"There is no dearth of capable people who are in the queue," he said making a dig
at those who have resigned.
"Any internal Congress matter can't be discussed in public and BJP has no business
to interfere in matters of Congress which they have been doing repeatedly," Tuki
told reporters here today.
The Chief Minister was flanked by Legal Metrology, Consumer Affairs, Food & Civil
Supplies Minister Tirong Aboh and APCC president Padi Richo.
Responding to questions on the Chakma-Hajong refugee imbroglio, the CM said the September
17 Supreme Court directive to grant citizenship to the refugees was "shocking".
"The state government has already filed a review petition in the SC and I have called
on the Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking help in this regard.
"The issue has been prolonging for the last 52 years and all efforts to find an amicable
solution is yet to yield result," Tuki said, adding that it's not the time for blame
game but to stand united for the welfare of state's people.
When asked if the SC sticks to its stand, Tuki said "that being the apex court it
is aware of the Constitutional protection of Arunachal and would protect the interest
of country's people first and I have full confidence in the judiciary". PTI
Orgs condemn statements of Governor and Taga on airport project
Refrain from negative comments on developmental issues: ANSU
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The All Nyishi Student Union (ANSU) has strongly expressed displeasure
over Governor J.P. Rajkhowa's statements against the proposed Greenfield Airport
In a release, ANSU stated that the Governors' letter to the Prime Minister to reconsider
the decision to set up a green field airport in the state in view of the "high cost"
has diminished the status and glory of Raj Bhawan in the history of Arunachal Pradesh.
Raj Bhawan before issuing any letters should cross check the correct facts pertaining
of the projects in the state's interest, the ANSU said in a release.
ANSU has appealed all sections of the society, especially the Raj Bhawan to refrain
from making negative comments on the development activities in the state for greater
Citing a letter of former Governor JJ Singh to Principle Secretary to Prime Minister,
TKA Nair, dated May 4, 2009, ANSU added that the present Governor should be consistent
and should have learnt from his predecessor. The letter detailed the vital importance
of the airport at Itanagar.
The ANSU release also cited former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu's letter to former
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in favour of construction of airport at Itanagar.
The letter had said "considerably higher cost of the project should be treated
as investment instead of expenditure as establishment of the proposed Airport at
Itanagar will serve a wider strategic development objective."
Further, ANSU stated that there should not be politics in regards to development
activities of the state. It added that the leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga should
know the bottom line of BJP's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mantra's "Sabka Saath
Sabka Vikas". Vision 2020 document says all the state capitals/states should be connected
with commercial aerodrome independently, ANSU said adding that Arunachal Pradesh
is the only state in the country which does not have any Airport, whereas neighbouring
Assam has six airports.
Citing the starred questions asked by Taga in the Legislative Assembly on July 3
2014 and the 19th steering committee meeting on Greenfield Airport at Hollongi which
is not being held by Govt of India yet, ANSU alleged that "the entire negative development
is being politically carried out by BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga on the behest of and under
guidance of Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju."
It also added that now the Raj Bhawan is also involved in it which indicates MHA's
underhand in the entire episode. The question of high cost doesn't arise as recently
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs.27000 Cr. for construction of four airports
in Bihar under PM's package, reasoned ANSU. Regarding the Itanagar-Banderdewa Highway,
ANSU said, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in presence
of Rijiju and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had announced at Banquet Hall here that within
short period it will be sanctioned whereas the project has been turned down at the
union Secretary level. ANSU further said that the Union had submitted a series of
memorandum to Rijiju and had officially meet him at New Delhi more than five times
in this regard. Union MoS for Home had assured for early sanctioning but till date
all efforts have failed for reasons best known to him, the release added.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) has expressed shock at the letter
allegedly written by the Governor to the Prime Minister for scrapping the Greenfield
Airport project at Hollongi. It stated that the Governor's recommending Lilabari
airport in Lakhimpur, Assam to be upgraded instead of Hollongi is nothing but reflection
of biasness from the part of J.P Rajkhowa by the virtue of being from Assam and not
representing as the Governor of Arunachal which is anti-Arunachal.
Why does the constitutional head of the state wants the project scrapped and deprive
Arunachal from access to airways, queried the ACR release. The ACR also sought apology
from Governor to the people of the state "for misusing the constitutional authority
against the interest of the Arunachal."
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit President Gicho Kabak has also strongly
opposed the Governor's recommendation to the Prime Minister for scrapping the Greenfield
Airport at Hollongi.
Condemning the Governor's statements, the NCP unit stated that the Governor should
know that Tamiyo Taga and students leader are not above the state Govt and people
of Arunachal Pradesh. Why did not the Governor consult the state govt before taking
such step, the NCP asked and termed the Governor as anti-Arunachal.
The Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) has also condemned the statements
of Governor and leader of opposition Tamyio Taga against Greenfield Airfield at Hollongi.
In a release, the ECDS stated that being the constitutional head of the state, the
Governor should not make such statements which may hamper state's development.
The act of the leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga itself reflects that how he is playing
anti-developmental activities, it added.
EMRS Bana faces uncertainties, ARTIAF
seeks Governor intervention
ITANANAGAR, Oct 31: Amidst much fan fare and drum beats, the first academic session
of Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) Bana Sub-Division of East Kameng district
was began with diminutive infrastructures in the year 2009. With objective to impart
quality education especially to below poverty line (BPL) students, the school started
the academic session with class VI. However, years after flying start, the uncertainty
looms large over the model school, following the discontinuation of fund by the Centre.
The EMRS Bana is a one of the schools under education mission launched by the Union
Ministry of Tribal Affairs exclusively for tribal students in 2007.
An additional fund of Rs 161.35 lakh for construction of Boys' Hostel and Play Ground,
Rs 200 lakhs for construction of Girls’ Hostel and Play ground at Bana was released
on 1st December 2011. The nodal department, Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal
Affairs Development executed the project after it received fund from the concern
ministry through state Public Works Department (PWD).
In a startling revelation, Arunachal RTI Activist Forum (ARTIAF) claimed that there
are serious irregularities of fund meant for construction of Boys’ and Girls’ Hostels
including Playgrounds involving an amount of Rs 3.61 crores.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club today, ARTIAF Chairman Kasung Cheda informed
that though the amount of Rs 2 crores for construction of Girls’ hostel and playground
was sanctioned, the infrastructure is yet to be completed. "The amount has already
been withdrawn and utilization certification have also submitted by the PWD Seppa,
but so far girls’ hostel building and play ground is yet to be completed" alleges
ARTIAF Chairman. The ARTIAF has submitted a representation to the Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh briefing the pathetic state of EMRS Bana. The RTI activists' forum further
pleaded the Governor to intervene and sought immediate suspension of officials involved
in irregularities. Condemning the executing department (PWD Seppa), Cheda retorted
that incomplete infrastructure has led major setback in academic process of said
school, as the school authority had forced to discontinue the enrollment of the
students due to inadequate rooms to accommodate them. It is said that as per norms,
60 students (30 boys and 30 girls) must enroll in every academic session.
Substantiating its claims with the documents accessed through RTI, ARTIAF General
Secretary SD Londa alleged that executing agency PWD deliberately violated the norms
as it started the work without inviting any formal tender. The forum GS also questioned
the nodal agency how come has accepted the utilization certificate submitted by PWD
without verifying the facts that whether physical works have completed or not. Londa
further revealed that Rs 35.34 lakhs was not taken into account by then EE PWD
Seppa during 2012-13 due to late receipt of the fund and further requested the Director
SJETA to obtain budgetary support again, as stated by Senior Finance and Account
Officer PWD. The whistle blower forum also demanded the Governor for immediate arrest
of the contractor who is responsible of irregularities and criminal motion may initiate
against him. It also demanded for immediate completion of the incomplete infrastructures
so that school may run smoothly. It also questioned the selection process of students
in the model school alleging that genuine BPL students are deprived in getting admission.
The forum threatened to launch rigorous democratic movement if their demands are
not addressed. The forum informed that it is on "Mission East Kameng"with motto to
boot out irregularities, embezzlement and misgovernance so that transparency and
accountability are maintained in the district.
Stop indiscriminate killing of wildlife: DFO
RUKSIN, Oct 31: Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Tashi Mize passionately appealed
to the people, particularly of Adi community to stop indiscriminate hunting and fishing.
Addressing the public at a wildlife awareness meeting at village community hall here
today, Mize appealed to the people to stop community hunting and fishing as practiced
by them to protect the endangered animals and biodiversity.
He said that hunting of wildlife can have far reaching effect on biological diversity
and pose danger to mankind. He stressed on sustainable horticultural activities to
minimize hunting and fishing.
ABK (women) leader Yater Taloh appealed all sections of the society to conserve the
wildlife for the sake of future generations, while Dr Rumi Tasung explained the harmful
effects of alcohol, tobacco, narcotic drugs and other psychotropic substances through
Public leader Tamat Jonnom of Ruksin lamented that many indigenous species of birds,
animals and fishes in the area are fast declining in population because of indiscriminate
hunting and fishing. According to him, huge demand of wildlife meat and organs in
the markets is encouraging hunting. He urged the forest department and local administration
to crack down on such illegal wildlife trade. He also demanded the authority to issue
ban on the use of air guns in the state.
Many speakers, including leading public leaders, PRI members, GBs spoke on the occasion
and took pledge to work for conservation of wildlife in their respective areas.
The meeting also resolved to demand the administration to issue complete ban on wildlife
hunting along with empowerment of the local bodies to take lawful action against
the violators. The meeting was organized by the East Siang unit of Adi Baane Kebang
(ABK) as part of its ongoing programme to sensitize the people of the community of
the need to conserve wildlife and ban on ritual hunting.
Earlier, ABK president Okom Yosung informed that a series of similar wildlife awareness
meeting will be conducted in every nook and corner of the Adi belt to sensitize the
community people on the need of protection and conservation wildlife and other natural
It is worth mentioning that Ruksin area is covered by Poba and Gutin Reserve Forests.
The natural vegetation bestowed with perennial streams and rich ecosystems once provided
natural habitat for various wild animals, exquisite birds and insects, reptiles and
valuable trees, including medicinal herbs. But, the natural bounties are now threatened
due to rapid man-made ecological catastrophe.
Tirap PRI members resent absence of MLAs
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The panchayat members of the seven panchayat blocks of Tirap district
have expressed their strong resentment over the long absence of their MLAs from their
In a release, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tirap, Chawang Lowang, stated that this
was an irresponsible attitude of the MLAs and it has greatly hampered the developmental
activities in the district. The MLAs are staying away from the district and their
respective constituencies during the peak working season due to which the PRI members
and work departments are not able to submit development schemes, added the release.
The panchayat leaders have appealed the MLAs to remain in station to guide the people
who have elected them, added the release. It also stated that such negligence of
duty by the MLAs was a breach of trust and was an outright insult to the verdict
of the voters.
Further the release added that Tirap being a backward district, the MLAs should make
more efforts to execute the developmental schemes.
Meanwhile, condemning the statement of the Governor J P Rajkhowa on airport project,
the release stated it was uncalled for and unbecoming on the part of Governor. The
Governor was a constitutional head and should not meddle in the affairs of the executives
and elected leaders who have the mandate of the people.
The release also condemned the 'irresponsible statement' of the leader of the opposition
Tamiyo Taga on the Greenfield Airport project.
Governor, LOP draw flak, Kena condemns Taga’s remarks
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Following the report of recommendation of Governor JP Rajkhowa
to Prime Minister for scrapping of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi allegedly on leader
of Opposition Tamiyo Taga's suggestion, both governor and leader of opposition found
themselves in middle of criticism.
Reacting at the report, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Jomde Kena said, "I
came to know the report from local dailies, if it is true, it's very unfortunate."
The Minister who expressed surprise at the report further added, “our state has no
airport so far, the alleged suggestion of leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga for reconsidering
the airport is totally uncalled for". Condemning the remarks of opposition leader
for what he termed anti-development view, the minister said Taga should rather support
and help to expedite the airport instead of giving suggestion to Governor for reconsideration.
"Yes there are some technical reasons which is delaying the project, but that doesn't
mean we should give up the project" Kena added. Chief Minister already had round
of meetings with concern minister at Centre requesting for expediting the dream project.
The Civil Aviation Minister further said that if Sikkim and Mizoram can come up
with good airport why cannot Arunachal Pradesh as we have plenty of feasible lands.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga gave a clarification saying that he did
not give suggestion for scrapping of Hollongi airport. In his clarification letter,
Taga claimed that when his opinion was sought by a person who claimed to be a correspondent
of PTI over the telephone about upgradation of Lilabari airport in Assam, he had
suggested for upgradation of the same. “I have suggested it would be very good which
would cater our need also. That doesn't mean that proposed Airport at Karsingsa or
Hollongi should be scrapped,” Taga said. He claimed that some section of print media
has misquoted his reply to PTI correspondent. He also maintained that his suggestion
was concerning upgradation of Lilabari airport be useful to people of Arunachal Pradesh
till the construction of the proposed airport. “Rest statement I don’t know”, Taga
said in his clarificaion.
NE Badminton C’ship
Arunachal reap rich haul of medals
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: After losing the Team events, the shutllers from Arunachal Pradesh
came back strongly in the open category to win four Gold and five Bronze medals in
the North East Zonal Inter-State Badminton Championship which concluded at Imphal,
Ace shuttler of the State Laa Talar lived up to expectations and won a hat-trick
of gold medals in the championship. He won the Men's Open Single, U-19 Boys Single
and U-19 Boys Double titles with his double partner Jokom Ribya. Talar won the U-19
Boys title for three times in a raw, Informed Arunachal State Badminton Association
He won the Men's Single title defeating Hirok of Assam by 2-1 sets. Talar came back
from one set behind to defeat Hirok 21-23, 21-14, 21-12.
Talar-Jokom duo beat the pair of Sang and Jhon from Mizoram 21-14, 21-13 to win the
U-19 Double title. Laa Yajum and Pinky Karki beat Purnima and Sombibala of Manipur
29-27, 21-15 in a keenly contested match to win the U-19 Girls double title.
Arunachal also won five bronze medals, including a team bronze.
Meanwhile, ASBA Secretary Bamang Tago expressed immense happiness over the outstanding
performance of the players and credited the state government's constant support for
Congratulating all the medal winning players, Tago said that "Our players have performed
exceptionally well. This has been possible due to constant support from the State
"ASBA is committed to produce more and more shuttlers like Laa Talar in the days
to come," Tago said, and thanked the state government, parents, badminton lovers
for their constant supports for development of badminton in the state.
Chief Minister takes stock of the APCMUHIS
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki asked the officials of health department
as well as the Insurance Company to work as a team so that every citizen of the state
can avail the benefit of the Chief Minister's Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS).
Addressing the officials of the health department and the insurance company representatives
in a meeting to review implementation of the scheme at his official residence here
today, Tuki agreed to allot Rs. 30 Lakhs for administrative purpose of the Program
The Chief Minister stated that this scheme will be sustained through fund received
as health cess which will be collected from the increased taxes on alcohol and tobacco
as passed by the Cabinet recently. He revealed his plan to embark on district wise
awareness campaign through ArunVikas rally. He also directed health officials to
conduct similar campaign and to club it with health camps where on-the-spot enrollment
of beneficiaries should be held.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to leave no stone unturned to empanel reputed
hospitals such as AIIMS New Delhi, Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, CMC Vellore, NEIGRIHMS
Shillong and RKM Hospital Itanagar.
Health Minister Rajesh Tacho expressed satisfaction with the team of officials working
to make this scheme an exemplary one for the country to follow. He agreed with the
Chief Minister's idea to have 100% coverage in enrolling all the citizen of the State
and requested the officials to set permanent enrollment station in all districts.
Insurer New India Assurance Company clarified that there was no need to renew or
reactivate the smart card issued to beneficiaries under APCMUHIS as it is done automatically.
The Company assured that they will work to eliminate the hardship, if any, in this
Earlier, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Pooja Jain informed that 2,23,761
families have so far been covered under the scheme. In person-wise, the actual coverage
is 702392, she said. Jain asked the insurance company to submit a district wise enrolment
coverage plan so that the additions of the left out members in existing cards and
left out enrolment can be done. She urged the Company to install a kiosk in Arunachal
Bhawan, Delhi for faster coverage.
While presenting on claim analysis, the Jain apprised that so far 12918 claims have
been made benefiting 8952 families in 15 government hospitals, six private hospitals
in the state and 29 empanelled private hospitals across the country. She told that
a new list of empanelled hospitals is being prepared by a team of doctors which will
be placed before the State Empowered Committee soon. She further informed that a
focus is required on IEC activities by the insurance company by way of putting up
signboards of APCMUHIS in all private hospitals, activating help desk in private
hospitals, activating toll free number for redressal of grievances.
No role of its member in defaming Rebia: TWS
ITANANAGAR, Oct 31: Tarh Welfare Society (TWS) today claimed that defamatory comment
allegedly posted in facebook by one Tarh Rekam against State Legislative Assembly
Speaker Nabam Rebia on July 27 last was actually posted by one Biri Tabing. In one
of the Facebook posts it was said "NABAM REBIA…Speaker state Assembly: …MAN responsible
in bringing BANGLADESHI MIYA'S from Dubri district Assam at Hollongi police check
gate on 26.07.2015 for his construction work at Jhote-Poma."
Addressing the media persons at Press Club here today, TWS stated that the defamatory
statements on social media against Nabam Rebia in the name of Tarh Rekam Suma have
been made by one Biri Tabing, without knowledge of Tarh Rekam. This fact has been
confirmed by Biri Tabing vide his letter dated 22.09.2015, the TWS further claimed
armed with a confessional statement purportedly written by Biri Tabing to Rekam,
wherein Tabing admitted that facebook account in the name of Tarh Rekam Suma was
created by him without his (Tarh Rekam) knowledge.
In the letter Tabing also confessed that he owned the responsibilities of the facebook
account and said that there is no involvement of Tarh Rekam.
It is said Rebia had filed defamation suit against Tarh Rekam for allegedly posting
defamatory post on social media. On the other hand, on September 10 last, TWS had
filed an FIR against unknown person with Naharlahgun Police station stating that
unscrupulous person has created a facebook account in the name of Tarh Rekam Suma
and used it for posting derogatory and defaming articles against Rebia which created
Discipline and hard work, key to success: DC
TEZU, Oct 31: Lohit DC Tamiyo Tatak told students that the key to success is obedience,
discipline, sincerity and hard work and advised them to show respect towards their
teachers and elders.
He was addressing a general awareness and sensitization programme for the students
of Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu and Government Secondary School, Tezu,
organized by the district administration at the Auditorium Hall of GHSS here today.
The programme covered key topics for overall development of the students where HoDs
of the district were chosen by the DC to deliver speech on various topics for the
benefit of the students.
The DC said that the programme has been conducted with the objective to mobilize
the knowledge of learned speakers for the benefit of student community for their
overall development. While cautioning the students against indiscipline, Tatak informed
that he will be visiting various schools and conduct surprise checking and take strict
action against unruly students and absentee teachers.
Many other speakers delivered speeches on general awareness and sensitization programme.
While DRCHO spoke on health and hygiene and ill effects of drugs, Tezu Indira Gandhi
Government College Principal Dr.T Taloh spoke on value based education, DDSE, M
Linggi on discipline of students at schools and colleges, EAC, D Ribya on law and
order which is pre-requisite for communal harmony and economic development, GHSS
Tezu Principal, Ami Lego, on role of students towards building a healthy society
and All Mishmi Women Welfare Society President, Sibali Tayang on role of parents
towards a successful career for students.
Urban Development Deputy Director also informed about the financial assistance provided
by the department to the poor for construction of toilets in their houses and, community
and asked students to spread the message among their families, friends and villages
to help them avail its benefit.
Earlier, the DC prohibited carrying of any lethal weapon like daos, khukri, licensed
arms etc. for peaceful conduct of the XIVth Tadar Tang State Level Football Tournament.
In addition, the DC also imposed restrictions on the sale of liquor/ alcohol in all
On the same day, a cleanliness drive was also conducted in Tezu and its adjoining
areas as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan wherein government employees, general public,
police, members of bazaar committee and PRI teachers along with students took part.
Inter-Monastic debate cum workshop concludes
TAWANG, Oct 31: The three days inter monastic debate cum workshop on Buddhist philosophy
and dialectics concluded at Tawang Monastery yesterday.
The debate cum workshop was organised by Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs
(DoKAA) in collaboration with Centre for Buddhist Culture Studies (CBCS), Tawang
The workshop was attended by monks and nuns from 14 monasteries and nunneries from
Tawang and West Kameng districts under the patronage of Rev. Guru Tulku Rinpochey,
the Abbot of Tawang Monastery and DoKAA chairman Jambey Wangdi.
The first day saw debate and workshop on the four seals of Buddhist doctrine, the
12 links of dependent origination, Buddha's scriptural teaching and the transmission
of insights and its implementation and how to realize the three vows. The second
day continued with deliberation sessions on the four noble truths, basic two truths
and the union of methods and wisdom, explanation of cyclic existence, the 12 deeds
of Buddha and the practice and accumulation of dharma through the seven practices.
The final day saw presentations on the seven awareness, the 10 virtues and non-virtues,
qualities of the three objects of refuge and how to take refuge, 10 grounds and the
5 stages of path and the differences between Mahayana and Theravada tradition of
Earlier, Rev. Guru Rimpoche and DoKAA chairman Jambey Wangdi released the third edition
of the annual magazine of CBCS. Rev. Guru Tulku Rimpoche noted the importance of
propagation and widespread of science and philosophy viewed through Buddhism in the
district and the Himalayan belt.
DoKAA chairman Jambey Wangdi informed that a daylong workshop on importance and preservation
of Buddhist culture will be convened at West Kameng district on Nov 1. (Tawang Vigilance)
CM takes part in tree plantation, calls for proper garbage management
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with host of dignitaries participated
in a tree plantation programme along the highway near RG Stadium today. Parliamentary
Secretaries Kumsi Sidisow, Techi Kaso, Bamang Felix, Commissioner (TP & ULB) Belatee
Pertin, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, PCCF Dr. Rabindra Kumar,
Chief Councillor Kipa Kaku, CMEO Habung Lampung and Empowered Standing Committee
members of the Itanagar Municipal Council accompanied the CM during tree plantation
programme organized by the IMC under its towards a Green Capital initiative.
This was followed by a meeting at the Municipal Hall.
While responding to the demands of the Chief Councillor during the meeting, the Chief
Minister assured to fulfill all the demands at the earliest.
Lauding the effort of the IMC, the CM exhorted one and all to make the state Capital
a green city. He further asked the IMC to evolve a proper strategy for the disposal
of the garbage and assured his all out support in garbage management. The CM further
asked the Councillors to work in unison for the development of the State.
As all the sector/ colony roads in the Capital Complex are getting CC pavements,
he asked the Councillors to personally monitor the quality of road works. DIPRO