November 09

Apne Ajnabi, an APSLSA film released

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: A documentary film, titled, ‘Apne Ajnabi’, of the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) was released on the second day of the National Meet of Para Legal volunteers at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today by Chief Justice of India designate and National Executive Chairman of NALSA, Justice TS Thakur along with Supreme Court Judge, Justice Anil R. Dave, and Executive Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority, Justice Hrishikesh Roy.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) led by Justice Hrishikesh Roy, APSLSA Member Secretary, Budi Habung, Law and Judicial, Deputy Secretary, Dani Belo and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Yupia, and Secretary Papum Pare District Legal Services Authority, Hirendra Kashyap are participating in the three days meet.

The meet is being attended by all the Executive Chairman and Member Secretaries along with the best Para Legal Volunteers and best District Legal Services Authority.

Apne Ajnabi has been directed by Rang Virasat from New Delhi on the issues of racial discrimination faced by the people from the Northeast in the mainland India coupled with the idea and feelings of national integration.

The  film  traces the journey of one Talo, a boy from Ziro, who comes down to New Delhi for a career in singing and faces racial abuses and assault, obtains the help of legal services authorities in his defence during legal proceedings, stated a release.


Science exhibition cum craft

expo at SFS School PSG

PASIGHAT, Nov 8: A two-day long science exhibition cum crafts expo held on the theme ‘Harnessing Energy’ at SFS School Pasighat concluded on Nov 7. The first day of the expo was opened to the students and the second day was for the parents and the public.

Inaugurating the exhibition, DIGP (Central Range), L H Shanliana stressed on the need to raise scientific literacy. The DIGP urged the students to train their mind to question, to reason and to cultivate the nature of scientific enquiry. He categorically advised the students to be law abiding and hardworking to lead prosperous life.

Speaking in the expo, Deputy Commissioner in-charge Deepak Shinde emphasized the need to foster scientific mindset of the society by motivating children towards science.

Students of the school enthusiastically participated in these activities with models demonstrating the use of hydro, geo-thermal energy, ocean thermal energy, bio fuel etc. along with beautiful crafts. Around 24 schools from in and around Pasighat witnessed the exhibition and the two-day long programme ended with lots of enriching experiences. DIPRO


Social service conducted at Kanubari

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Longding District Students’ Union (LDSU) in collaboration with AAPSU members  of Longding district conducted a social service at Late Nape Wangcha (Dalimi) Botanical Park, Kanubari yesterday.  Kanubari  ADC and DFO, Mitali Wangjen, ZPM Kanubari Block, Jae Wangsu, ZPM Chubam block and Principal and teaching staff of Govt. Higher Secondary School Kanubari were also present on the occasion.


AAPSA talent search 2015 concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The three-day literary, cultural and sporting extravaganza, ‘Talent Search’ organized by All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association in collaboration with Sahodaya, Itanagar concluded yesterday with participation of large numbers of students, parents and well-wishers of AAPSA.  

Speaking as in the valedictory function, former Chief Minister, Gegong Apang lauded the efforts of all the Principals and AAPSA for taking up such a noble event and called upon the students to reciprocate such initiatives of AAPSA through good discipline and behaviour in and outside the school. “Today we need young people to be disciplined and respectful to teachers”, said Apang and expressed hope that the Talent Search is going to take this aspect of education go ahead.  

SLO NSS, Dr. V N Sharma appreciated the efforts of all private schools in bringing quality education to the State.  AAPSA president, Techi James briefed the activities of AAPSA and the Talent Search-2015.

The winners of the Talent Search were announced and prizes, medals and trophies were distributed. Good Shepherd Public School was declared the overall champions, while Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan and Don Bosco, Doimukh emerged the first and second runners’ up respectively.


Tuki congrats Sonia, Nitish, Lalu for victory

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, on behalf of the people of the state, has congratulated the people of Bihar for the successful conduct of the Assembly elections and reposing faith on the secular alliance of JD(U), RJD and INC under the banner of Mahagat Bandhan.

In separate letters to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of JD(U), AICC President Sonia Gandhi, AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Lalu Prasad Yadav of RJD, Tuki praised their leadership in leading the grand alliance to a landslide victory in one of the most challenging elections after 2014.

The Chief Minister expressed happiness that the people of Bihar have shown the country that divisive and communal forces coupled with intolerance will not be accepted in a secular country like India.

“I wish all success for overall development of Bihar in the days ahead,” Tuki added in his letters.


SFS College conducts lecture on Shakespearean Drama

AALO, Nov 8: The De Sales Extension Lecture was organized by the Department of English, SFS. College in the presence of Asstt. Prof. RGU, Dr. Miazi Hazam as resource person on Nov 6.

Dr. Hazam delivered lectured on the various themes of Shakespearean Drama which was followed by an interaction session. Rev Fr. George V John the Superior, Rev. Fr. Augustine the Manager, Rev Fr. Vipin George the Principal, Asstt. Professor English Department of DPDC Kamki, Karpi Rike were also present on the occasion.

The Third Year BA Hons students staged the drama on Dr. Faustus. DIPRO


RTE-SSA Zila Mission conducts sensitization campaign on drugs

AALO, Nov 8: An awareness campaign on Anti-drugs, de-addiction, HIV/AIDS, gender sensitization and misuse of Mass Media was organised on Nov 6 by the West Siang RTE-SSA Zila Mission at PI Colony Community Hall Aalo.

DPC, Bamin Loyi and District Coordinator for Community Mobilisation and SC/ST Intervention to ST/SC students, Bejum Kato led the campaign.

The topics on gender sensitization, importance of co-scholastic areas, anti drug/de-addiction, awareness on AIDS/HIV and awareness on misuse of multimedia communication were explained by resource persons Gynecologist Dr. Yam Narang, Drug Inspector, DHS Itanagar, Ibom Ete, DRP, Batel Rimey, DRP RTE-SSA Zila Mission, Gemar Karga and Marli Kamki. Teachers, stakeholders. Around five hundred students participated in the campaign. DIPRO


North East Cultural cum Intellectual Meet 2015 at Gwalior

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: North East Student's Welfare Association, Gwalior organised the 2nd edition of North East Cultural cum Intellectual Meet 2015 at Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior on Nov 7. The motto of the programme was to promote rich cultural heritage and tourism of Northeast with cultural folk dances and songs. Mayor of Gwalior Vivek Narayan Shejwalker attended the programme.


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43rd Raising Day of APP celebrated

Maintain balance between moral and legal duties: CM

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urged Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) to maintain a delicate balance between moral and legal duties as the situation in Arunachal is distinctly different from other states. The Chief Minister was addressing the APP’s 43rd Raising Day celebration at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Highlighting the duties and responsibilities of a policeman, Tuki said that human rights are core values which the police have a moral as well as a legal duty to uphold.

The situation in Arunachal in terms of policing is very distinct and peculiar. The state has so many tribes distinctly different from each other with highly sensitive ethos and egos. People get hurt by simple things. Hence, they (Police) must maintain a delicate balance between protecting human rights and preserving the security of the people, which though difficult, is not impossible, said Tuki.

The power of a police officer lies in his ability to enforce the law. The police forces are different from defense forces in a sense they have to work with civil society for maintaining law and order. Their job is no less important than the defense forces, since handling the tricky situations while operating in the vicinity of civilians can be more challenging than guarding the borders.  In a broad sense, police keep the bad elements of society at bay. They fight for maintaining peace and harmony. There are many forces in the world that disrupt the peace and balance of the social environment; such forces and anti-social elements are kept under control by the police, he said.

The police officers have to remain vigilant and control all such acts that ultimately lead to violence. Thus, one shouldn't take the services of police officers for granted, Tuki said.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced enhancement of Grant-in-Aid to APP Welfare Society from Rs 50 to Rs 100 per personnel, welfare loan, such as medical treatment, marriage, education, medical aid for cancer, heart, kidney, permanent disability, ex-gratia in case of death, natural calamity, spectacle grant of Rs 1000 for member above 40 years, education scholarship, one time grant for higher education of children, accident benefit of Rs 1 lakh for death, Rs 50000 for serious injury/disability, retirement benefits, superannuation scheme (Grant in case of death and retirement), one time grant of Rs 70 lakhs for opening up Police Subsidiary Canteens.

At present there is only one subsidiary canteen at 1st APPBn, Chimpu. He also announced to open seven subsidiary canteens at 1st IRBn Hqs at Namsangmukh, 2nd IRBn Hqs at Diyun, 5th IRBn Hqs at Pasighat, 2nd APPBn Hq at Aalo besides one each at Daporijo, Bomdila and Tezu district headquarters.

The CM further announced the enhancement of ration money from the existing Rs 300 to Rs 500 per personnel per month from the rank of Grade IV to Sub-Inspector covering a total 11,701 personnel with financial involvement of Rs 7.2 crores, regular supply of uniforms, Rs 6.83 crore for 2015-16 to procure uniforms for Grade IV to Inspectors including APPBn and IRBn of about 13500 personnel.

Tuli also highlighted some of his Government’s initiatives for police, such as waiving of the in-practice 10% uniform cost deducted from police personnel for procurement of new uniforms in place of the old ones, sanction for provision of satellite link to all existing police stations across the state, which are not yet connected by any telecommunication network, 10 % reservation of jobs under sports quota in the state police department, passing of the Arunachal Pradesh Fire Service Force (Amendment) Bill 2012, establishment of Women Police Stations.

While ensuring that the families of all the police persons will be covered under Chief Ministers’ Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS), he called on all of them to get themselves enrolled with the scheme.

Home Minister Tanga Byaling hailed that the force for doing commendable job.

He informed that CCTV’s will be made available for better surveillance in and around Itanagar and that the CCTV footages will be examined here in the state itself.

“We will do the verification of the CCTV footages here itself. No more sending to Delhi and other metros for analysis,” he said.

He also informed that equipments have been procured to screen use of drugs and alcohol.

The home minister suggested for a system to be introduced such as promotional benefits and increments to award policemen with exemplary services.

“Adorning them with just medals does not serve much for their extraordinary duties they do for us,” he called.

Earlier, DGP, S. Nithianandam, informed  that the Raising Day of the APP commemorates the  passing out of the first batch of recruits on 8th November ,1974 from PTC Banderdewa.The expansion of the force has been very rapid after Arunachal Pradesh attained Statehood, and at present there are 4 ranges, 85 police stations, 28 check gates and a total strength of 11,910  personnel comprising of civil police,Arunachal Armed Police and India Reserve Battalions. As on date there are two battalions of Arunachal Armed police,five battalions of IRBN, a separate unit of Telecom, Security and Fire Services. 17 Fire stations are functioning in the state.

Demonstrations such as Silent demonstration by STF, PT, Fire and emergency services demonstration were displayed during the celebration.

Various stalls were also put up by the forces.

Earlier, Gallantry medal was awarded to Devendra Arya, SP(City), Nikom Riba, Inspector and Nani Nama, Sub- Inspector on the occasion.

While Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service was awarde to Hibu Tamang,IPS, SP(Telecom) and Patan Chandra Roy,Sub-Fire Officer.

Commendation certificates were also awarded to various police personnel which included Oyin Tari (I.O),  Sub-Inspector, Sang Thinley, SI, Tamar Pabin, SI, K. Yangfo, SIO, Karto Zirdo, Fireman, Tapak Bagra, Naik, P. Talam,Constable.

Certificates were also given away to the winners of the football and volleyball tournament, firing competition and essay competition.



Cong to take disciplinary action

against dissident MLAs

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Congress will initiate necessary disciplinary action as per the constitution of the party against all the rebel MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh.

Attending the meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) here today, former Union Minister and in-Charge of Congress Affairs in Arunachal Pradesh V. Narayanasamy and AICC Secretary and In-charge of Arunachal Pradesh Dr. K. Jayakumar, asked the party cadres to deal strongly against those dissident party MLAs, who have been allegedly working at the command of the BJP. They said that disciplinary action must be taken as per the party constitution.

They further said that matter of dissidence within the Congress party will be apprised to AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for further action and to sort out the internal conflict. The central party leaders also said that any grievances of any party leader or worker should be brought to the Congress house and sorted them out within the party.

Both the central observers were satisfied with the progress of the State under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Marina Kenglang, ZPC from Changlang also highlighted the CM’s various flagship programs and schemes and explained how they are benefitting the poor people.

Earlier, APCC workers and party cadres apprised both the central party leaders of the ongoing situation of the party, particularly the much talked dissidence by a few MLAs ‘at the behest of the BJP.’

Among others, APCC President Padi Richo, APCC Vice President cum Adviser to CM Bosiram Siram, APCC Vice President TC Tok, General Secretary BC Tok, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha, West Siang District DCC President Gedo Kato were also present and spoke in the meeting, according to APCC release.



Child labour: a growing menace in Arunachal

[[ Monday Musing ]]

[ Appu Gapak ]

“We do not face human trafficking problem in our state much like other states. In fact we bring in people from other states to work for us”, this had been  my reply to a question about the scene of human trafficking in Arunachal during a trafficking in-person conclave that I attended in Guwahati in the fag end of 2013. My honest response got me many cold glances. I had been naive, not knowing the harsh realities of life.

And then I met A and B from a small village in the newly bifurcated Longding district. They are sisters and work as maids in Itanagar.

A and B tell me their brother goes to school. But they have to work to pay for their family’s expense. There are many like them working in the various corners of the state. Some of them work outside too. They have been sent off by their parents willingly to work as maids.

“Recently we rescued a girl from Changlang working as maid in Itanagar. She has been handed over to Oju Mission Orphanage. But she refuses to go back. She says she will rather stay here than go back or else she will be sold again,” shares Labour officer Lee Ete. Such is the harsh reality.

Another seven-year-old girl was allegedly sold off by her father in the remote Kurung Kumey district a month ago for a sum of Rs 30,000, who was later again sold off for a much higher price at Rs 1.5 lakhs. The evils of child labour in the state are on the increase as many children, mostly girls, are being sold off. Many of the families are unable to afford the basic necessities of life. For the poor, labour is often the only asset they can use to improve their well-being and hence the parents are forced to sell their children off to work as maids. There are many contributing factors to child labour, which include economic deprivation, living condition, and lack of employment opportunities, social status, lack of education and of course gender biasness when the girls, both A & B, are being made to work as maid while their brother goes to school.

Only 'rescuing' children, often will not help. What is required is addressing the reasons that force children to work. Children work mainly to help their families because the adults do not have appropriate employment and adequate income. Children also work because there is a demand for cheap labour in the market.

In light of these contributing factors, it seems child labour is not going to disappear very easily in the near future. It will continue to flourish unless economic conditions of the people are improved and women are treated as equals.

And like what the labour officer has said, children will still refuse to go back home because they will still be sold. “They don’t even get to have a proper meal in their homes. They are better off with us,” someone had said and till the situation improves this stands true.



43rd APP Raising Day celebrated at Ziro

[ Yachang Tacho ]

ZIRO, Nov 8: The 43rd Raising Day of Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) was celebrated with various sports event at Govt. Higher Secondary School ground Ziro today.

The month-long sports competition among the Lower Subansiri district police concluded here today coinciding with its Raising day. Divided in four groups; Alfa, Delta, Bravo and Charlee, the APP men took up various competitions like football, volleyball, carrom etc. and also painting and essay.

Attending the Raising Day, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang wishing the APP for attaining 43rd year service in the State, congratulated winners of the games and sports events. He suggested the participants to maintain their sports spirit so as to maintain discipline and physical fitness.

Commandant, 54Bn ITBP, Sukhwinder Singh attending the celebration said, in order to retain oneself physically fit, exercise is a continuous process especially for armed force personnel and organizing such sports competition among police personnel will help them in keeping sound health and sound mind.

Earlier, Lower Subansiri Superintendent of Police, Tumme Amo highlighted report of achievements of the department in the case. Later, prizes were distributed to the winners.

As part of the Raising Day, five days yoga session was also conducted for district police from Nov 3 to  7 under Yarang Michi, yoga teacher who got trained from the International Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre Kerala and Canada.

Among others, ADC, Nending Chatung, EAC, Mokar Riba, EE PWD, Er. Hage Obing, ADO Koj Horming and Dy SP Jhon Pada along with district police personnel also attended the celebration.



CDPOs for release of honorarium to Awangwadi workers, helpers on monthly basis

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Arunachal Pradesh Child Development Project Officers’ Welfare Association (APCDPOWA) has appealed to the Government for release of honorarium to the Angawanwadi Workers and Helpers on a monthly basis.

The APCDPOWA in its general conference cum election/selection held here yesterday observed that since the Anganwadi Workers and Helpers are the key functionaries at the grassroots level, who deliver the services to the targeted group, their honorarium should be released on a monthly basis instead of present phase-wise.

The meeting also advocated for providing additional incentives for them considering their increasing workloads.

“Due to launching of many new programmes in the department, such as SABLA, IGMSY, ECCE and new MIS etc. the work load of AWWs and AWHs has increased many-fold for which the Govt. should consider for providing additional incentives as being practiced in other states,” said APCDPOWA in a release.

The Anganwadi Workers award should also be given during important occasions or days at district or state level instead of awarding it to them at ICDS project level silently, the release said.

The meeting also discussed various problems faced by the CDPOs at ICDS Project level and strategies for effective implementation of various schemes of the department.

All the officers present during the conference felt the need of increasing the numbers of officers and officials considering the expansion of ICDS Projects and launching of many new programmes.

All districts, including Itanagar Capital Complex should have separate one post each of DD (I), the meeting opined, and further suggested for separating the state into two zones --East and West-- and creation of post 1 each of J.D(I) to ease down the workloads of the department. The meeting also urged the government for promotional avenue for the CDPOs serving in the same post for last 23-24 years.  

The meeting urged for strengthening the Directorate by posting sufficient officers. The present strength of 1 officer each of JD (I) and DD(I) is found to be quite insufficient to attend the officers and officials coming from far flung and various project areas for various works.

Provision for two directors--one for ICDS and other for schemes should be made and independent officer for other programmes such as Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (PWDV), Juvenile Justice etc. appointed in all the districts for effective and qualitative deliverance of services, the release added.

Earlier, the association felicitated Dipti Seal Barman, the retired CDPO, who joined the department as a Gamsevika (Jr.) in 1979 and served at various places, with memento in recognition of her services to the needy and downtrodden, especially women and children. She also was one of the active members who contributed a lot for the welfare and strengthening of the association.

A new executive body of the association was also constituted.

The meeting was attended by the CDPOs working at various ICDS Projects under the Department of Women and Child Development, Arunachal Pradesh.



Rijiju calls for positive changes through religion

SEPPA, Nov 8: Religion is a spiritual path that spreads knowledge and brings positive changes among the people in the society, said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju. He was attending the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Christian Revival Church Bameng on Saturday at Bameng in East Kameng.

Rijiju said that he is committed to raise various issues of the frontiers state of Arunachal Pradesh at various national and international forums. He stressed for working as a united team-Arunachal among the elected representatives cutting across party affiliations for better development of  the state.

Taking the responsibility of clearance of important projects from the central Govt., he cautioned that single penny should be made accountable to the people without misuse of money by maintaining quality of works. He informed that population criteria was no more required for road connectivity to village under PMGSY.

Further, Rijiju appealed those people to open bank accounts whoever attained 18 yrs and above under Prime Minister Jhan Dhan Yojna so that beneficiaries may be directly linked through the bank account. He also informed of the Mudra Yojna with three categories of loan for easy access for the common people.

Rijiju assured the clearance of necessary fund from central Govt. for Seppa to Chayangtajo road to be completed before 2019. Two ambulances were sanctioned for Khenewa and Bameng health centers by the MoS in the function.

Speaking on the occasion, local MLA Kumar Waii advised the revival followers to imbibe good behaviours and character as the religion teaches us to be good human beings.

Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu gave the Bible message and the prayer warrior team performed the invocation prayer.

Among others East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh and SP Tojo Karga attended the programme. DIPRO



Governor calls upon people to come forward to help the needy and downtrodden

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa called upon the people to come forward and help the needy and downtrodden.

Rajkhowa, who visited Seneh, an NGO under Bhabada Devi Philanthropic Trust working for the welfare of the homeless and destitute of the society at Guwahati on Saturday, emphasized that the people from all-walks-of-life, particularly those who are well-off, should provide their surplus to the poor and needy people.

The Governor lauded the NGO, which is led by Gp Capt (Retd) Atul Chandra Barua , VSM, as the chairman of the Board of Trustees, for its efforts and rising to the call of the society. He also commended the members of the NGO for addressing the challenges of the downtrodden and the inmates.

The Governor added that the regular financial assistance from ‘GiveIndia’ received by ‘Seneh’ speaks of its credibility and recognition. ‘GiveIndia’ is a donation platform that allows interested people to support a cause of their choice from about 200 NGOs that have been scrutinized for transparency and credibility.

Recalling the famous quotation of Swami Vivekananda, ‘Service to men is service to God’, the Governor said that with the benevolent services of organizations like Oju Welfare Association, Naharlagun, Donyi Polo Mission, Itanagar, Manjusree Vidhyapith, Tawang and Bhavada Devi Memorial Philanthropic Trust, Guwahati – Seneh, have improved the  life of the needy, destitute and orphans. These organizations have been providing a magnanimous service to the society.

Seneh provides refuge to number of homeless people, destitute or abandoned women, who have made it their home. It also provides free medical assistance including Psychiatric treatments to inmates of the shelter. PRO to Raj Bhawan



APYC  rejoices Bihar poll results, alleges  dissident party MLAs of hobnobbing with central BJP leaders

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The outcome of Bihar election where BJP has been decimated by JD(U), RJD and Congress alliance is having effect in Arunachal too. The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today claimed that dissident Congress legislators currently camping at Delhi were hobnobbing with central BJP leaders and were waiting for Bihar election.

“These legislators were showing signs of according confidence on BJP and hobnobbing with its leaders. The Bihar results should wash away their vested dreams of holding power at the cost of state’s development. They were waiting for the Bihar Assembly election results to decide their future plans. Now the result is out and the defeat of BJP and its alliances in Bihar Assembly election to Mahagat Bandhan alliance of JD, JD (U) and INC is the first step towards downfall of BJP,” said APYC. Further they appealed to the BJP National President Amit Shah, General Secretary, in-Charge North East, Ram Madhav and Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju to free Congress legislators from their game plan, so that they can come back and contribute to the developmental process of the state.

The youth Congress member also appealed to senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi to coordinate and facilitate the process of homecoming of those misguided legislators as it has been reported that he has been very close to them and the central BJP leaders.

Meanwhile within BJP the voices of dissent against possible joining of Congress legislators into BJP have came out openly. Today members of Kalaktang Mandal Committee of BJP claimed that Congress MLA from Kalaktang constituency is trying to join into BJP.  They have appealed to the BJP national and BJP state presidents not to accept him into party alleging that he is involved in several wrongdoings. They also leveled serious allegation of nepotism and corruption against him.  Further BJP Mandal committee also alleged that absence of local MLA from the constituency for months together is unbecoming of a law maker who happens to be also the Deputy Speaker of State Assembly. The developmental activities have come to a standstill and the common denizens are suffering, they added.



CCA Management Committee bags Balipara Foundation Nature Conservancy Award 2015

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Pangchen Lakhar Community Conserved Area Management Committee (PLACCAMC) has been conferred with the prestigious Balipara Foundation Nature Conservancy Award 2015 to recognize their participatory community-based conservation in community owned forests.

In 2011, the villagers of Kharman and Kyalegteng of Zemithang valley, inspired by the idea of Community Conserved Area model approached WWF-India for technical and financial support in demarcating 85 sq km of community forest as the Pangchen Lakhar CCA. The PLACCA comprises Panchayat members, village elders and youth who work for the conservation and management of their verdant forests, thereby securing the habitats of red pandas, musk deer, serow, goral, Himalayan black-bear, Siberian weasel, leopard and wild dogs. It is also one of the wintering habitats of endangered black-necked crane.

PLACCAMC has been encouraging the villagers to revive their dependency on agriculture and put into practice some of the pilot mitigation techniques to combat human-wildlife conflicts. The Management Committee is also drafting a management plan to put a mechanism for long-term conservation of community-owned forest and address livelihood requirements of the villagers.

The management committee was recognized in a ceremony in Guwahati on Nov 6. This recognition will boost their moral and encourage them to do better conservation in days to come.



CM satisfied with CC road works in Capital Complex

ITANAGAR, Nov 8:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki accompanied by Local MLA and UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso today inspected ongoing construction work of Cement Concrete road at Naharlagun.  

A total of 13km of CC road works were completed in and around Naharlagun and the remaining work is slated to be completed by the end of this year.

Satisfied with the pace and progress of work, Chief Minister reiterated his vision and commitment of durable road for the Capital Complex. He directed the department officers to leave no stone unturned to complete the project well in time by maintaining quality.

Tuki directed PWD department to expedite maintenance work of roads in Itanagar including construction of CC pavement roads in the sectors. It may be mentioned that the state government has already released funds for maintenance of capital roads and expectedly the work would be completed within a span of two to three months.



Results of state level painting competitions on energy conservation announced

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The results of State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation under National Campaign on Energy Conservation were announced.

After evaluation of the paintings, the jury members nominated by the State Government and NHPC on November 6 selected three paintings from each category “A” (4th, 5th & 6th standard) and “B” (7th, 8th & 9th standard) for national level competition. Ten paintings were selected for consolation prizes from each category.

Anubhav Dutta, Class VI,  of VKV, Itanagar, Lindum Antoni, Class VI, of JNV, Doimukh and Liyum Ori, Class VI, of VKV, Jirdin, West Siang won the first, second and third prizes respectively in category ‘A’.

Winners of category “B” are Martina Bagra (1st), Cl VIII, VKV, Jirdin, Aalo, West Siang, Kirondeep Bhattacharjee (2nd), Cl VIII, VKV, Itanagar, Mary Rumin, (3rd) Cl. VIII, VKV, Aalo.

The consolation prize winners are (Category A) Tanisha Paul, Cl. VI, VKV, Itanagar, Tage Atassi, Cl. VI, Woodland School, Lower Subansiri, Ziro, Baishali Paul, Cl. V, VKV, Kuporijo, Upper Subansiri, Subham Sinha, Cl.VI, Siyom Army Public School, Aalo, West Siang, Sangzing Phinya, Cl. V, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tengavalley, West Kameng, Pema Yadron, Cl. VI, VKV, Itanagar, Sagar Mall, Cl VI, Alphabet Public School, Doimukh, Liza Zirdo, Cl VI, VKV, Vivek Vihar, Aryan Singh, Cl VI, Blue Pine Res. Public School, Ziro, Dorjee B. Sona, Cl VI, VKV, Jirdin, Aalo, West Siang.

Consolation prize winners of Category B:  Mary Basar, Cl. VIII, VKV, Basar, Gul Lomdak, Cl. VIII, VKV, Kuporijo, Upper Subansiri, Joydip Kakoti, Cl IX, KV, NERIST, Nirjuli, M. Reshmi, Cl. VIII, KV, Itanagar, Nyohai Wangien, Cl. VIII, Ramakrishna Sharda Mission Girls School, Khonsa, Nabam Lamin, Cl. IX, Boum Kakir Mission School, Papum Pare, Dibyajyoti Baruah, Cl IX, VKV, NEEPCO, Yazali, Rishita Nath, Cl. IX, KV No. 1, Itanagar, Tabom Tatak, Cl. VIII, Donyi- Polo Mission School for Hearing & Visually Impaired, Chimpu, Itanagar, Piman Rani Wangsaham, Ramakrishna Sharda Mission Girls School, Khonsa.



Jummi Combats Bene lift 3rd Rebi Ado  Memorial Football Tournament Trophy

AALO, Nov 8: Jummi Combats FC Bene beat All Kombo FC via tie- breaker in a nail biting final to win the 3rd Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tournament at General Football Ground Yesterday.

The match went into penalties after both the teams were locked 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra times.

Bene took the lead in the middle of the first half and increased the lead to 2-0 by scoring another goal in the beginning of second half.

All Kombo FC made all out effort to find the equalizer and pumped in two consecutive goals to restore parity (2-2).

Both the teams were locked 2-2 even after five penalty shootout.

Finally, Bene managed to win the match 3-2 in extra penalty shots and clinched the trophy along with cash prize of Rs.1,20,000.

Tadin FC bagged the fair play trophy while Nyamo Ete and Tonya Basar emerged as joint highest scorers. Ragyor of Jummi Combats Bene was declared as best player of the tournament.

The runners up was awarded cash prize of Rs. 60,000 with a trophy.

Hokda Lollen gave away the prizes to the winner and runners up team.

The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, West Siang Badminton Association president Yomto Lollen also attended the closing ceremony.

The sponsorer of the tournament, Doi Ado extended his gratitude to DSA for conducting the third and last tournament smoothly.

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Bihar result to have national ramification

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was today decimated in Bihar after losing badly to the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress. Grand Alliance has registered a big win by securing 178 seats in the 243-member legislative assembly, marching well ahead of the two-third mark of 162. Of this, RJD bagged 80 seats, JDU 71 and Congress 27. NDA has secured 58 seats of which BJP has got 53 seats. LJP and RLSP have bagged two seats each while HAM has got one seat. Others have won seven seats. This is the second major election defeat for BJP in the last one year after losing badly in the Delhi election.  

The Bihar election was fought bitterly and political analysts believes that ramification of this result will be felt across the nation. Modi wave for sure has ended and now people are starting to ask tough question to him about promises made during the Lokh Sabha election. People of Bihar have out-rightly rejected the communal politics used by BJP and greater Sangh Parivar members during the election. Opposition parties are elated over victory and are taking potshot at BJP. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has termed the grand alliance's triumph, a victory of unity over divisiveness, humility over arrogance and love over hate. Also the election was seen as a personal battle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. For now Nitish has emerged as clear winner and in the process has severely dented the image of PM Modi.





---- Readers Forum ----


Tourism dept and stakeholders working hard

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the news published recently under the headline 'TOURISM DEPT. REFUTES GOVERNER'S CLAIM'.

Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) being the biggest stakeholder of tourism in the state supports the statement and clarification of tourism dept. The figure of tourist arrival of both Indian & foreign tourist has grown significantly in the recent year. More revenue has been generated due to the efforts of dept. of tourism and its stakeholders.

We, the APTOA members strives hard to promote and bring in more tourists to the state through various Nationals & International Travel fairs & festivals where Tourism dept. helps the tour operators by supporting us in every possible way.

We along with the dept. are instrumental in promoting Arunachal tourism through attending fairs & festival like WTM, London, ITB Berlin, PATA, Satte, ITM, TTM etc. With all our hard work and efforts we manage to achieve success after being awarded 'World's 4th best region to visit" in 2012, National Tourism award for "Best state in the category of Clean India Campaign" and "best adventure tourism destination" Award in 2014 by CNBC Awaz and "Best Eco-Tourism Destination by Today's Travellers Magazine.  The coming up of Green Field airport and Trans-Arunachal Highway will further boost tourism industry.

Various new policies is being adopted by the dept. to promote tourism through tour operators by providing opportunities like Hunar se Rozgar, Mukhiya Mantri Paryatan Vikas Yojna, providing Homestays, Tented camps, adventure equipments and organizing various cultural, musical and adventure festivals and holding capacity building training programs.

We are always eager to work hand in hand with the tourism department  to promote and to make Arunachal Pradesh the best tourist destination of India.


Bengia Mrinal

Vice President,

Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association.



More of ideological war

Dear Editor,

Through the esteemed column of your daily, I want to express my views with regards to some so called prominent people who are returning their awards due to the growing intolerance in the country as alleged by them after the BJP led NDA government came to power at the center. Certainly I too feel the heat of intolerance has increased among some section of people in the recent past. But for that to return their awards, is it justified? I don't think so, I find it ridiculous & laughable.

The recent incidents where some fringe elements, not state actors trying to dictates & throw their majoritarian beliefs on others on dietary habits like: for e.g urging the government to ban the selling & killing of Cow all over the country, ghar wapasi; death of Akhlaq & many other such issues has not gone down well with the minorities & that can't be denied for sure.

I too have strong reservation on such issues & I am very critical about it. I have always raised my voice & opinions in all these issues time & again in various forums.

Having said that, here I find the matter is bit different. Some people are deliberately keeping their eyes closed & they don't want to acknowledge any good things which are happening in the Modi government. This made me wonder whether their returning awards to the government is a genuine one or it's just a sheer propaganda to defame the BJP led NDA government at the center. I doubt, there's some deep rooted conspiracy behind to defame BJP led NDA government. Whether we like it or not, we shouldn't forget that its people of India, who has given the mandate to the BJP led NDA to run the government for 5 years & we as a nation should respect the verdict of the people.

Moreover law & order is a state subject. How center can be blamed for every little issues which are happening in UP, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh & in any other states of the country. No country is perfect not even so called great super power USA. In a vast country like India, which has a population of 125 crore there may or will be a section of organizations, groups or people who may have their own set of agenda & their agendas can be detrimental to the very existence of our country.

We should not just get carried away by their mere symbolic gestures. These bunch of hypocrite who are returning their awards are followers of certain ideology. It's not a sin to believe in certain ideology but returning their awards it doesn't make any sense at all & it will not serve any purpose either.

It seems it is more of an ideological war then to do with intolerance. God only can save my country from these so called intellectual.

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!


D. Gao



Clarification over Kala Utsav

Dear Editor,

This is in response to news  item under the headlines  ‘Arunachal team to join National Kala Utsav’  published in your esteemed daily  on Nov 6 last.

I, on behalf of RMSA, Rajya Mission, Itanagar and being the State Project Officer (Gender), RMSA/State Nodal Officer, Kala Utsav,  Arunachal Pradesh for conducting state level  art and culture competitive events in various categories to represent our state in national level, do hereby clarify the remarks made by Delong Padung that district level competition has been conducted in every district on 23rd and 24th of October 2015 and we received the e-project/video recordings of the winners of various events which will be scrutinized/selected on 9th and 10th of November 2015 by the judges appointed by the Department.

Accordingly the judges will select the best 3 teams (1st, 2nd and 3rd) for state level competition that will be held on 13th November 2015 at Itanagar. The selected teams from the state level competition will be sent to New Delhi for participation in National level which is going to be held from 8th to 12th December 2015.

The team will be lead and guided by the State Nodal Officer, RMSA, Rajya Mission, Itanagar, in the final competition  at New Delhi.


Tumngam Loyi Nyodu

State Project Officer cum state nodal officer, Kala Utsav, RMSA, Itanagar