November 01

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

Yachang Tacho

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 today.

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 Talom.


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" today.

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

Groups conference

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 Tibet.

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 and outside.


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 respectively.

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 Mijum Lego.

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 rainy retreat).

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 begging tomorrow.

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.


News Impact


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," Tuki said.

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 at Hollongi.        

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 interest.

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

Staff Reporter

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 PowerPoint presentation.

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 resources.

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 respective constituencies.

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

Staff Reporter

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, Manipur today.

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 (ASBA).

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 it.

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 Government. "

"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 Management Unit.

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 regard.

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

Staff Reporter

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 misunderstanding.



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 the shops.

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. (DIPRO)



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 Monastery.

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 Buddhism.

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

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