November 18

CLP meet postponed

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting which was supposed to be held today has been postponed. According to the sources, the CLP meeting has been postponed due to non arrival of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. “CM is yet to come back from Delhi. After he comes back, the meeting will be held,” said a source.

According to report published earlier in a section of local media, the rebel Congress MLAs had expressed their inability to participate in the proposed CLP meeting.


Sixth Assembly session summoned

ITANAGAR,  Nov  17:  The Governor has summoned the sixth session of the  sixth Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from January 14 to 18, 2016 (excluding holidays).


‘Inspire’ launched at VKV Nirjuli

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: ‘Inspire’ a  programme to identify and nurture the talents of children was inaugurated at VKV- Nirjuli today by HoD History, RGU Prof. Tana Showren. The ‘Inspire’ is the educational initiative of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas, Arunachal Pradesh Trust, in collaboration with Jnana Prabhodhini, Pune.

It is a five years long programme offered to the students of Class VI studying in VKVs and other interested neighborhood schools. The students are selected based on the written selection test. The students will be exposed to various workshops, camps, Mock tests and Field visits.

 The participants will be trained for the prestigious competitive examination like NTSE.  A team of five experts led by Dr. Sucharita Gadre from Jnana Prabhodhini institiute of Psychology, Pune are the main resource persons for the camp. They would be conducting various psychological assessments and also taking various sessions. Altogether 72 students from various VKVs and few private schools from Papum Pare district are participating in the camp.

During the inaugural function, Prof Showren appealed the students to make use of the opportunities to develop one’s potential to the fullest. He lauded the contribution of VKVs in the field of education.

PM, Education Officer of VKVAPT Trust, Unnikrishnan urged the students to get inspiration from the Programme and become a source of inspiration for others.


Students extend helping hands to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Extending their helping hands to the fire victims of Reying village of Payum circle of Siang district, the members of Kebo-Gambo Students’ Union of Kerang village studying at the Government Higher Secondary Kaying, Saint Josepth Secondary School Kaying conducted Social Service by collecting jungle housing materials for rehabilitation of the affected families.

Seventeen houses with seven granaries and two shops were burnt into ashes in the village in a devastating fire on October 28.

Meanwhile, affected villagers, including the village welfare society, the panchayat leaders, Block Youth Congress of 32nd Rumgong Constituency have appreciated the noble works of the students.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: On the occasion of 62nd All India Cooperative Week, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was conducted yesterday at Polo Colony, Naharlagun by Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) with support from department of Cooperation and IMC.

Residents of the colony, students and teachers, youths and government officials from the department of cooperation and  APSCU participated in the drive.


‘Replace damaged electric poles’

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Informing that two electric poles were damaged at Niya Colony, Banderdewa, the Banderdewa Circle Youth Organization (BCYO) has requested the executive engineer (E), Naharlagun Electrical Division, for its immediate replacement. It claimed that the poles have not been replaced for the past two years.


Yarns distributed to local weavers

of Dibang Valley

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Yarns were distributed free of cost to 420 selected local weavers of Dibang Valley under Chief Minister's Indigenous Handloom and Textile Promotion Scheme.

Dibang Valley Zilla Parishad Chairperson Singe Milli, who attended the yarn distribution function, encouraged the weavers to preserve their own traditional forms of dresses and bring in their own innovation as per customers choice and demands in the market. The ZPC appreciated the CM for the scheme which will not only help preserve the traditional forms of dresses but also help improve the rural economy by way of providing a source of income to the local weavers.

District Planning Officer Haringga Pullu, advised the beneficiaries to make best use of the yarns received for income generation.

Earlier, Jhumsor Rime, Assistant Director of Textile K Handicrafts, highlighted the main aims and objective of the innovative packages under this flagship programme of the Chief Minister's Loin Loom Scheme.


65 youth to undergo SD training

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation has organized a simple but impressive briefing –cum-send off programme in Udyog Sadan here for 65 youth, who are selected to undergo skill development training in Integrated Course on Beauty & Hair Dressing at O2 Spa, Masti Health Service Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad and in Plastic Processing at Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology (CIPET), (Govt. of India Undertaking)  Balasore under the Chief Minister’s flagship programme on Skill Development and Employment Generation.

Subu Tabin, Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation along with K. Sarma, Dy Director (Skill Development), J. Riba, Assitant Director and representative of CIPET and O2 Spa briefed the youth about the training programme, train journey, essential to acclimatize in new place, food habit, security/precaution, dedication, discipline etc. for successful completion of the training and to find a suitable job immediately after the 6 months training.

Both the VTPs, will impart 6 months training, both theory and practical including soft skill like spoken English, communication skill, internet browsing etc. At the end of the training the candidates will undergo an assessment to be conducted by an empanelled and professional organization. The trade certificate will be provided to successful candidate by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the district wise Job Mela cum Skill Development Awareness and Trainees Selection Rally which will to be conducted in all 20 district headquarters has started at Roing yesterday.


Children’s Day celebration

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Children’s day was celebrated by Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar at various Anganwadi Centres from November 14 to 16 with programme such as Free Health Checkup, visit to state Museum.

A medical team from CHC, Itafort, Itanagar, headed by MO Dr Neelam Nochup, conducted the free health checkup  and  provided medicines to the patients.

Baby show competition, Games and Sports and Rhymes competition were the other main activities during the programmes. The Anganwadi Children led by team of ICDS functionaries including the CDPO, SC Tok had also visited Raj Bhawan  to mark the occasion.


Training on digital record

keeping begins at ATI

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: A three days training on electronic/ digital record management for ministerial staff of district administrations began at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

All together 21 ministerial staff from Tawang, Longding, West Kameng, Upper Siang, West Siang, Upper Subansiri, Namsai, Changlang and Papum Pare districts, including DC’s office Capital Complex, are attending the training.

ATI Director Pate Marik, who inaugurated training, informed the participants that Govt. of India has launched "Digital India" flagship programme of governance with a basic objective of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. He said that the training will deal with the three key vision areas of Information Technology –‘Infrastructure as a utility to every Citizen’, "Governance and Services on Demand" and "Digital Empowerment of Citizens".

ATI Deputy Director Priscilla Tayeng and Assistant Director Nani Khambo also attended the inaugural programme.

The programme is conducted under 100% course fee sponsorship of Department of Personnel and Training, Govt. of India under its Training for all Policy of 2015-16.

Debasish Goswami, Head of State e-Mission Team, Department of Information Technology, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh will impart the training as main resource person-cum-course director.


Demonstration on multipurpose mini tiller held

PASIGHAT, Nov 17: In all, 70 farmers attended a two-day long demonstration programme on Multipurpose mini tiller (Shrachi MT 105 & 135) at Ledum and Ayeng village which concluded here on Monday.

The programme was conducted by KVK, East Siang, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat in collaboration with BTL EPC LTD under the banner of Siang Biotech.

During the interaction, Subject Matter Specialist of KVK and the Marketing Manager of BTL EPC LTD informed the farmers regarding the advantages of multiple use of the mini tiller and needs of selective machinery to prevent drudgery, high operation cost, low cropping intensity and labour cost.

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Arunachal Unit President, Takali Tamuk and Vice President Pumto Perme said that introduction of such new machine is very useful for the farmers of the state and appealed to the state government to include the multipurpose mini tiller into its subsidy category.


Memo on  refugees submitted

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: In a memorandum submitted to the state Chief Secretary, the All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) today demanded immediate re-call and cancellation of Public Notice issued by Papum Pare DC relating to inclusion of refugees into compensation assessment list of Green Filed Airport Project, Hollongi.

AAPBSU, in the memorandum, stated that the matter of granting citizenship status to Chakma and Hajong is sub-judice before the Supreme Court as government of Arunachal Pradesh and the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union has filed a petition before the SC  against its verdict on Sept 17 last.

While terming the enrolment of Chakmas and Hajongs into the Green Filed Airport Project compensation list as serious violation of law of the land, the Union further demanded the Chief Secretary to direct the DC for conducting re-assessment of Green Field Airport project at the earliest.


CS intervention sought

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Claiming that on-going Capital Highway cement concrete road  widening work is a unnecessary steps and wastages of state exchequer as the steps being taken for construction of four-lane  capital  highway shortly, the Itanagar City Development Welfare Association (ICDWA) today  sought the intervention of the chief secretary  in this regard. It said that payment of works should not be released till the highway department issued a clarification on  the necessity of road widening work.


Assembly standing committees

ITANAGAR, Nov 17:  Rajesh Tacho and Laisam Simai have been nominated as the members of Business Advisory Committee and Privilege Committee respectively by the Assembly Speaker. On the other hand, Tsering Tashi and Tesam Pongte have been nominated as members of Library Committee. The  appointments are made against casual vacancies, according to an official release.


DC assures early restoration of

Toru-Ompuli road

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: A team of Toru Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (TPYWA) today met the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner and urged him to do the needful for early restoration of the road between Toru and Ompuli.

They informed the DC that the road remained cut off since last 20 days due to complete damage of the culvert at Sudum.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye assured the team to immediately start road restoration and maintenance work. He also sought cooperation of the youths and panchayat leaders of the area.


LDSU disowns press statement

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Longding District Students Union (LDSU) has denied any press statement urging the rebel MLAs to cooperate the present government.

Reacting to a news item published in this daily on November 14 under heading, “Rebels MLAs urged to cooperate with Govt.”, LDSU clarified that the press statement was a handiwork of some person with vested interest.

“LDSU as a federal unit of AAPSU had never given such press statement of political nature,” said LDSU president Manlem Wangsu.

LDSU is for the welfare of the students and for the development of the district. We have nothing to do with the ongoing political crisis, he added.


AYO draws DA’s attention

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Drawing the Capital Deputy Commissioner’s attention towards alleged illegal mining and quarries being taken place at river banks in and around Capital complex, Arunachal Youth Organisation (AYO) today sought action against unauthorised miners.

In a letter to the DC, the organization claimed that some agencies and contractors are illegally extracting minerals from un-notified areas, thus violating district administration order.  AYO requested the DC to take strong action against the defaulters.


ANSU-ANYA reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Reiterating its demand for constituting of Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by police officer not below the rank of Deputy SP to investigate into the alleged murder of a young girl Yapu Dong in her rented room, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Joint Interim Committee in a representation to Home Minister  demanded immediate institute of the SIT. A case was registered with Daporijo police station (case no.72/15 U/S 306/34 IPC) in this regard.  The joint interim committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the status of the case claiming that the case has taken a pause after the transfer of SIT Additional SP.


Awareness programe held

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union in a release claimed that an awareness campaign cum interaction programe was held in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) at Tali under Kra-Daadi district on November 14 last. AAPLU informed that during the programe various items like laptop, mobiles, raincoat, shoes and mosquito nets were distributed to beneficiaries.


Effa takes charge as HPC chairman

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Tungri Effa has assumed his office today a day after his appointment as Chairman of Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Ltd. (A Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Enterprise).

While interacting with the officers and officials, the new Chairman assured that he will work for the betterment of the Corporation. Effa added that he would try his best to take forward the corporation to a new height.

Effa belongs to Effa village under Bameng circle of East Kameng district.  The Chairman post was lying vacant following the resignation of predecessor Tani Loffa.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Director of Divine Word Touch Ministries, Itanagar, Jumi Dora and her team participated in a two days healing crusade at Solapur, Maharashtra organized by Peniel Christ Ministries on November 14 and 15 last.


APPSC Chairman demits post

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Dr Ligu Tacho has demitted from his post on November 15.

Dr Ligu had joined as the member of APPSC on April 21, 2006 and was subsequently elevated to the post of chairman on August 20, 2011.


Demand for Greenfield airport

ITANAGAR, Nov 17:  A joint delegation of ABCSU, BKYWA  and Karsingsa ASM today met the Governor and discussed regarding construction of green field airport at  the vicinity of the Capital Complex.  During the discussion, they advocated for construction of Greenfield airport at Karsingsa, the original choice for the project and ‘problem free site’.   The  organizations said that the governor has assured to pursue the matter with higher authority for early construction of Greenfield airport in the vicinity of Capital Complex.


Nampong all set to host 8th Sacred Kathina Civara Dana

Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 17:  Rima village along the Indo-Myanmar border under Rima-Putok circle of Nampong, Changlang district is all set to host the 8th Sacred Kathina Civara Dana cum Acharya Kanto Poi at Asoka Vihara from November 20 to 22 next.

The  three-day programme is expected to draw thousands of Theravada Buddhist and other Buddhist sects including Buddhist Monks from Myanmar.

The Kathina festival is a traditional Theravada Buddhist festival celebrated by lay Buddhists to offer new robes to Bhikkhus besides bringing donations to temples.

The major attraction of the programme will be Khamsin-thom-tra (manglacharan), Tripitika pathana chanting besides hoisting of world Buddhist flag, Dhamma discourse, colourful procession etc.


Anganwadi Centre children

meet State’s First Lady

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Children under the age-group of 3 to 6 years from different Anganwadi Centres presented colorful cultural items and nursery rhymes on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, during their visit to Raj Bhavan here on Monday.

First Lady of the State Rita Rajkhowa interacted with them and had expressed her great pleasure in getting their company.

The children along with ICDS functionaries led by Child Development Project Officer SC Tok were also ushered around Raj Bhavan compound by the Raj Bhavan officials. (PRO to Governor)


Five-day free surgical med camp begins

KHONSA, Nov 17: A five-day long mega free surgical camp jointly conducted by Vivekananda Kendra Arunjyoti in collaboration with the Tirap district administration and District Health Society, Khonsa was inaugurated by Tirap ZPC Chawang Lowang at the district hospital here on Monday.In his inaugural address, Lowang, while appreciating the organizers of the much-needed free surgical medical camp wherein surgeons from the USA and Maharashtra will be attending the patients, said that it would immensely benefit the people of the district, especially the poor villagers who had never been exposed to specialized treatment and who could not afford to go outside the district for treatment. He also donated 40 blankets for use during the camp and in the district hospital.

ADC N Wangsu, Revered Sivatmaprana Mataji of RK Sarada Mission School and joint general secretary of Vivekananda Kendra, Kannyakumari Pravin Davokar also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, DMO Dr. N Lowang threw light on the present status, scopes and challenges of the lone district hospital, adding that the hospital left a lot to be desired in terms of facilities and posting of staff especially, specialists.

Free medicines were also donated by the Numaligargh Refinery, Assam for distribution to the needy patients. The inaugural function was attended by Khela-Lamsa ZPM Sontung Lowang Bangsia besides, various HoDs and medical staff. (DIPRO)


Selection trial

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: East Kameng Boxing Association will conduct selection trial to select boxers for the ensuing Arunachal Mini Olympic Games, 2015 on November 21 at SAI Centre Naharlagun from 9 am.

The selection trial will be held for both boys and girls in the weight categories of 46kg, 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 60kg+ (Girls) and 46kg, 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg and 70kg+ (Boys).


Arunachal United Football Club lift Veterans Futbol Cup

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Arunachal United Football Club (AUFC) lifted the Veterans Futbol Cup defeating E&Ks 2-1 in the final match played at Yazali on Monday.

The match started on an attacking note with players of both the teams trying to penetrate into each other’s territories. But it was E&K, who shot into the lead nine minutes into the game through goal from Tadar Joy. Stung by the early goal, AUFC went all out for the equalizer. The team restored the parity when Taja Bonung scored for his team in the 64th minute (1-1).

AUFC skipper Neelam John scored the winning goal in additional time.

Apart from the prizes for the winning and runners-up teams, prizes were also given to Yazali United for ‘Fair Play Team’.

Lige Lollen was awarded the ‘Player of the Tourney’ while Minku Bage was declared the ‘Goal Keeper of tourney’ and Tadar Rupu with three goals in his kitty was awarded the prize for ‘Highest Scorer’.

Director (UD) Taba Tedir witnessed the final match.

Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram also sent a message assuring the organising committee that he would provide Rs 1 lakh for next year’s tournament.


AKKWA to represent country at International Wado-Kai Karate Do Championship

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Representing the Country, a team of karate players from Arunachal Wado-Kai Karate-Do Association (AWKKA), led by its chief instructor cum president Sensei Yarda Niki as overall in-charge, left here today for Gujarat to participate in the 13th International Wado-Kai Karate Do Championship at Vadodara from November 20 to 22. Sensei Rakom Dugi, general secretary, AWKKA, and Sampai Yarda Tagio are the Coach and Manager of the team.


News Impact


Real democracy depends on its

informed citizenry: Taloh

PASIGHAT, Nov 17: Education and WRD Minister Tapang Taloh said that the real democracy depends on its informed citizenry. “I am confident that the state media would rise to the occasion to shoulder the onus,” Taloh  said while addressing the   gathering at National Press Day celebration in the centenary town of Pasighat in East Siang district on Monday last.

Recognising the vital role of state’s media, the Minister said the celebration aims at highlighting its fundamental role of the media to the society for a better tomorrow. “Pen is mightier than sword, which has been proved by the state media to project the state in global canvas,”  Taloh  added.

He announced that the state Cabinet has approved centralized funding to IPR to pay media advertisements bills and earmarked Rs 10 lakh for renovation of the Arunachal Press Club (APC) to the thunderous applause of the gathering. 

Speaking on the occasion, DIGP (central range) L H Shanliana said the press people have played a crucial role in protecting nation’s unity and integrity up to village level.  The press is the voice of the people as information is power today, he said and called for starting a local newspaper from Pasighat.

Lauding the state’s media for playing a vital role, he exhorted the scribes to promote communal harmony, peace and progress of this multi-ethnic state in an intensified manner.

Siloke aina lunga solo agampe taka mem (Good wishes on this great occasion), APC president Chopa Cheda said at the outset of his presidential address.

“As Pasighat has been selected for Smart City, the press fraternity decided to celebrate the day here to bridge the gap between the state Capital and other parts while highlighting the role the media has been playing for state’s socio-economic development,” Cheda added.

Reiterating the importance attached to the media by the state government, IPR director C M Longphong informed that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has hiked the Journalists Welfare Fund (JWF) from Rs 20 lakh to Rs one crore.  Moreover, the National Film & TV institute is in the offing, he added.

The seminar with the theme - Media vis-à-vis rural reporting in Arunachal Pradesh - highlighted whether the local media has done justice to rural areas of the state. Highlighting various challenges including low pay, threat and pressure, state’s senior most journalist Pradeep Kumar said that reporting in true sense is yet to begin in Arunachal.

As visiting faculty of Mass Communication department of Rajiv Gandhi University since 2004, “I have defined media as (mein dia) as reporters write from the angle they look at a story. Media persons belong to the society and give it back what they receive as they derive the strength from Article 19 (1) freedom of speech, like that of any citizen without any Indian law to regulate the media.”

Effective reporting would begin only when the society establishes a chemistry with the media persons, Kumar said and exhorted the parents to encourage their children to join the challenging profession. 

The real Arunachal lives in rural areas for which media has an important role to disseminate information, CM’s political adviser Bosiram Siram said underscoring the role of ‘Team Arunachal’.

Though the state governmnt has launched very good schemes, like Chief Minister Universal Health Insurnce Scheme (CMUHIS), only 16,000 families have so far been enrolled. The state is lagging far behind for which mass awareness is the need of the hour and the media to change its outlook towards rural reporting, Siram added.

Terming media as a platform to address and redress grievances of the masses, Siram urged the masses to be part of the media.

Rural reporting has taken a back seat because of various challenges, said The Dawnlit Post editor Dakter Esse, adding the sector offers huge scope and need to involve the agri-horticulture sector.

She further said rural reporting can bridge the gap between ‘media rich’ and ‘media poor’ and that there is a need for the student community to march forward in making it happen by contributing stories from their area.

Many important rural stories from Arunachal have drawn global attention, Hindustan Times reporter Rahul Karmakar said citing the example of Jadav Payeng’s story filed by PTI’s Utpal Boruah for converting a sandbar in Brahmaputra to a sanctuary to win numerous awards.

While painting a brighter and gloomy picture of print & electronic media, Karmakar said that rural reporting offers huge scope in this land-locked Arunachal.

Local scribe Maksam Tayeng highlighted various difficulties faced by scribes residing in far flung areas, JNC Associate Prof Shiva Nand Jha described media’s role and credited it with the only vehicle that spreads knowledge among the masses.

The media fraternity also felicitated trendsetter Arunachalees for their pioneering achievements to mark the occasion.

They included Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing (ABKWW) anti-drug committee’s Joya Tasung Moyong for checking drug abuse, Pangkeng Pertin for promoting orange cultivation as source of income, ABKWW chief patron Bormoti Dai for invaluable role in promoting education, Takong Darang of Komsing village for pioneering role in horticulture.

APUWJ President Azing Pertin also addressed the gathering which included JNC principal Tayek Talom, East Siang DC in-charge Deepak Shinde, Arunachal Electronic Media president Kara Guma.



Governor commends people for cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has commended the people of Ziro, Apatani Youth Association and the District Administration for carrying out the mega social service to clean the Kley River wherein more than 7000 volunteers participated. The volunteers completely cleaned the 22-km-long Kley River and its tributaries through the well organized community service which deserves appreciation from all.

In his message, the Governor said that as one of the most industrious societies of Arunachal Pradesh, the Apatani Community has once again set the trend to preserve our fragile environment.

The Governor said that in spite of Arunachal Pradesh being blessed with pristine and green environment, it is unfortunate that such a gift of nature is being adversely impacted due to all kinds of pollution, particularly plastic hazards. He expressed the hope that other communities and people of the State would emulate this initiative of Apatani Community and Lower Subansiri District Administration in preserving and upgrading the natural water bodies of the State. PRO to Raj Bhawan

AYA team revisits Kley River

After successful conduct of the mega social service to clean the Kley River, the committee members of ‘Mission Clean Kley River’ (MCKR) known as ‘Green Ants’ has today revisited the river and its tributaries and collected the remaining debris.

‘Green Ants’ led by AYA President Taku Chatung, started their works at a tributary of Kley River near Pine Grove and then went down along it upto Siiro village.

“This morning we have seen few diapers disposed in the river. We enquired about the persons who might have thrown them in the river but failed. After mega social service, we are now fully aware of the importance of keeping our surroundings neat and clean”, told an old woman of Hong village to the Green Ants.

Many youths joined the team in the cleanliness drive. Even Siiro Youth arranged lunch for them, said Taku Chatung AYA president.

“A clean and pollution free Kley River henceforth will reflect people’s positive attitude and awareness on environmental hazards, said Nending Ommo, vice chairman MCKR.

A mega social service was conducted by AYA in collaboration with district administration on November 13 to clean the river wherein more than 7000 volunteers from all walks of life took part. It was a red letter day for people of Ziro Valley.



SEC to conduct summary revision of electoral roll

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The State Election Commission has decided to hold summary revision of electoral roll of the Panchayat constituencies in the state which are presently falling vacant on account of the death of candidate, resignation etc.

In a release, the SEC stated that the revision works will commence from December 1st and final publication of the Electoral Rolls shall take place on January 6, 2016. The concerned districts have been informed to recommend names of officers for appointment as the Registration officers. SEC added that registration will be done with reference to January 1st 2016 as the qualifying date. Meanwhile, the Commission also notified bye-election for Ward No.5 of Pasighat Municipality today. The polling will be on December 12 and counting of vote on December 19, according to an official release.



ABK adopts resolutions to fight against social evils

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MECHUKA, Nov 17: The second part of the Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) conference which concluded recently witnessed a brainstorming session on various issues with participation of think-tank from Adi community and  adoption of various resolutions  for well being of the society.   

Numbers of additional clauses were also approved and added in ABK bye-laws and  many important resolutions for protection of flora and fauna, eradication of evil practices like child marriage, awareness programmes against drug abuse, alcoholism and establishment of de-addiction centres in Adi belt for rehabilitation of drug addicts were adopted in the conference.  

While taking up women related issues in the society, participants and delegates in the conference observed that although the education level and social standing of the women folk was progressing, much was still needed to be done. With a view to preserve and promote traditional Adi dresses and ornaments a resolution was passed to oversee that due acknowledgement was given to the community when using  the  Adi traditional attire and ornament during film shootings, write ups, festivals or even in celebrations.

Further, it was decided to reinstitute the time-honoured “Lamkang” system in every village due to rising number of fire accidents. ABK also passed a resolution to maintain a centralized relief account in order to handle various natural disasters wherein even NGOs and community based organisations (CBO) can make direct contributions.

While denouncing formation of any sub-tribe based organizations, the conference also passed a resolution to put a ban on it.

Stressing on the need for quality education, the proposal for establishment of academic boards and coordinators in various educational institutions was unanimously consented to. In an attempt to boost trade and business proceedings in the Adi belt, ABK decided to promote plantation of cash crops like rubber, tea, oranges, kiwi etc and vigorously pursue opening of Domla pass in the border area. The conference also strongly condemned any plans to transfer construction work of Raneghat to Bomjir road from BRO to APPWD(HW), saying this would stall development and progress.

Further, ABK passed a resolution to ban slaughtering of Mithuns during marriages and stressed on maintaining the traditional “Kepel” system as written in the “Adi Kebang Ayon”, a book on traditional judiciary system adopted by the apex body, to curtail extravagant expenditures. This, they believed would not only make marriage among Adis equal and affordable for everyone, but prevent rampant wildlife hunting as well. A resolution to maintain a uniform body of Adi customary laws related to forest and land rights was also adopted.

Expressing satisfaction at the enthusiastic participation of Adis from different regions, especially Mechuka subdivision, Kangir Jamoh, President ABK, exhorted everyone to “dedicate themselves to service in the world” and hoped that more youngsters would voluntarily participate in social reformation.

Earlier, Tony Pertin, Vice President Protocol, ABK speaking on the developmental proposals made by ABK in the Adi belt like institution of AIIMS, implications of unclassified forest lands and other critical cases related to safety and security of the Adis, categorically said that “any untoward attacks and attempts to disturb the peace would have to first face the united front of the Adis and ABK”. However, he reiterated that individual issues must not be blown out of proportion and cautioned people against making adverse reactions without knowing the complete ground level report.

 Speaking on the occasion, Rajeev Takuk, Advisor ABK, said that people must sacrifice a bit of their ability for society’s overall economic, social, cultural and mental growth. Bodong Yirang, Secretary General ABK also spoke on the occasion.



First round of citizens’ consultation

campaign on Smart City ends

PASIGHAT, Nov 17: The first round of citizens’ consultation campaign on ‘Smart City’ planning concluded.

The campaign, which was conducted through various modes, including door to door campaign, helped the Pasighat Municipal Council in creating awareness about smart city mission.

A team along with photographer was constituted to interview eminent citizens, public leaders as well as general public. Basic objective was to gauge and video graph their views about smart city and also to make them feel important and valuable for this mission. The response was exemplary and enthusiastic wherein citizens from all parts of Pasighat actively participated.

It is worth mentioning here that the same team also visited and interacted with senior citizens of Pasighat, who could not attend the place of public meeting.

To gather support of citizens during public meeting, signature campaign was also launched. It received humongous response from general public & it became a symbol of support.

Suggestion box were kept at every meeting venue. Participating citizens were asked to give their suggestion in written. Similar suggestion boxes were also put up at all important locations and offices all over the township area. DIPRO



Come to state or resign: Orgs to rebel MLAs

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF), All Galo Youth Organization (AGYO) and Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Organization (APSO) in a joint press statement asked the rebel MLAs currently camping in New Delhi to either come back to the state or quit their MLA posts.

The organization trio said that long absence of the MLAs from the state as well as from their respective constituencies has adversely affecting the development process and activities. There are lots of burning problems like Chakma-Hajong regugee issue, airport issues in the state to address. We do not want to see any messy political situation, we want good governance and development of Arunachal instead, the press statement said.

They also urged the opposition party in the state to support and co-operate with the ruling government for the betterment of the state avoiding playing blame game upon each other.



Research dept come out to protect

Dora Kulu  sacred site

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Research department has taken steps for preservation of Dora Kulu site at Hija village in Ziro area. Dora Kulu, a species of wild banana is considered as village deity by Apatanis. It is believed that the plant has some spiritual power; it protects villages from any natural calamity. Therefore, the habitation area is also considered as sacred place.

The Dora Kulu site was formally declared as protected area  in a ceremonial function held at Hija village on November 14 last.

While inaugurating the monumental plaque of the Dora Kulu in an impressive function which was organized by the Directorate of Research, pioneer public leader of Tanii community, Nending Rido, lauded the role of the  research directorate for taking up sincere efforts for the preservation and protection of Dora Kulu.  

Rido added that the Dora Kulu site which was earlier very dirty and kept for dumping of garbage,

The Research Department has taken up cleaning, conservation, preservation and protection works of the site which was earlier kept for dumping of garbage, Rido said and requested villagers to extend all sort of cooperation for the preservation of Dora Kulu as part of traditional culture of the Apatanis.

In his address cultural affairs secretary Dani Salu emphasized on preservation of tradition and culture of the Apatanis. “It is not the responsibility of the government or the Research Department, rather it has been the responsibility of all members of the community to keep the sacred site of Dora Kulu neat and clean. It will also conducive to augment the cultural landscape of Ziro Valley for which it is enlisted in tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salu said.  People should be aware to achieve the final tag of the Crown of the World Heritage Site, he added.

Among others Hija based panchayat leaders, NGO representatives, Pura Koji, Assistant Director of Research (Archaeology) and Yalu Mudang of the Directorate of Research were also present  on the occasion, according to an official release.



Rally organized at Aalo for Late Dorik Basa

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The villagers of Eyi, Logum-Jini and Biru under the banner of Nyiko Banggo took out a protest rally at Aalo yesterday to demand justice for Late Dorik Basa, a student of BA III yr, Donyi Polo Govt. College, Kamki, who was murdered on November 1 last allegedly by three school going students. The rally which started at Hissam culminated at DC’s office Aalo wherein the protesters submitted a memorandum to the DC demanding to expedite investigation of the murder case to unearth the truth.

Its other demands include no bail to the accused, to include robbery, theft and criminal trespass to the offenses of the accused, ban on selling of IMFL to minors and unauthorized selling of liquors by local vendors and to intensify patrolling in the township.



Cultural progs, sports competition mark Golden Jubilee celebration

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Nov 17: Various cultural programmes like fashion show and sports competition such as bamboo climbing and body building were held as part of a five-day long golden jubilee celebration of Government Higher Secondary School, Maro which concluded here on Saturday.

The inaugural function was attended by Baririjo and Maro CO-cum-Block Development Officer, Gamjar Doke, while, Baririjo BEO Kili Maro attended the valedictory function.

Speaking during the valedictory function, Principal in-charge Makke Muri informed that the school has produced many bureaucrats, technocrats and politicians since its establishment in 1963. The school first upgraded to middle school in 1970 from primary school and later to secondary school in 1987 then to Higher Secondary School.

Apart from the school staff and PRI members the programe was attended by former student of the school.



SSA Rajya Mission chalks out strategies for CWSN

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rajya Mission, project director Opak Gao emphasized in bringing the more number of Children With Special Needs (CWSN) into schools saying that not a  single CWSN should be deprived of ‘Right to Education’. Gao was addressing the review meeting cum Capacity building Programme organized by SSA Rajya Mission at Science Centre here yesterday.

During the meeting Deputy State Project Director Likha Sampu said that a special attention is being given to the inclusive education under SSA, Rajya Mission to enhance the quality of education for CWSN in  each school of the state.

Participants from all districts (district IE Coordinators) presented a power point presentation on physical and financial progress on IE,  while, State Project Director, Dy. State Project Director and State Coordinator Inclusive Education (IE)  and State consultant SSA, Rajya Mission have reviewed the progress made by the districts authority on Inclusive Education for the financial year 2014-15. The  meeting also chalked strategies to implement activities for financial year 2015-16.

Earlier, State Coordinator Inclusive Education (IE) SSA, Rajya Mission, Techi Pratap, narrated the aim and objective of meeting and advised the district authorities to proactively contribute to the ‘Mission of Inclusion’ of CWSN in schools. He also  stressed on physical achievement in ground level  saying that benefits need to be provided to the Children with Special Needs.



XIXth Donyi Polo College Week

Kena stresses on moral values among students

AALO, Nov.17: Describing the teachers as nation builder, Minister for Transport, Cooperation and Civil Aviation Jomde Kena exhorted them to inculcate value based education among the students of school as well as colleges.

Inaugurating the 19th College Week of Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki yesterday, Kena said that one of the main objectives of education should to build moral character of students. He advised the students to focus only on their studies for academic excellence. He appealed to all stake holders to cooperate with the college authority for the development and steady growth of the college.

The Minister announced to sanction Rs. 5 Lakhs from his MLAD fund for construction of security fencing of the college within this financial year and also assured to extend every possible help from his side to fulfill the demands of the Students Union and teachers in their memorandum.

Dr. G. Karbak appealed to the students to maintain strict discipline and concentrate on studies to achieve success in life. He also advised them to abstain from using drugs, alcohol, tobacco and tobacco products like gukha, pan masala etc. which may ruin their lives.

Arunachal Congress Seva Dal Spokesperson Geli Ete also attended the programme.

The Minister was accompanied by West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Superintendent of Police M. Riba and host of HoDs from Aalo.

Earlier, the Minister held a coordination meeting with all the HoDs at DC’s Conference Hall on November 15 evening to know first hand knowledge of activities undertaken by the various departments in the district. DIPRO



29th Sub-Jr. National Badminton Championship

Tukum advanced into 4th round

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Arunachal Pradesh shuttlers started the 29th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship campaign on a mixed note at Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Badminton yesterday.

Laa Tukum beat Dingku of Manipur in 2-1 (21/17, 17/21, 21/19) sets to advanced into the fourth round today, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA).

Tukum pairing with Akash Yadav also reached the fourth round of Boys U-15 Doubles with a facile victory over R. Lalam and Ankit Pydimarri of Andhra Pradesh. Tukum-Akash beat their opponent 21-8, 21-6 in the third round.

However, Biki Lakai and Sonam Tamang of Arunachal Pradesh lost 21-12, 15-21, 21-18 to Edwin and AV Suresh of Kerala.

In Girls Double U-15, Yumlam Mopi and Kapu Rumi of Arunachal Pradesh lost 11-21, 15-21 to Venella and Magha of Andhra Pradesh.

Kirto Nyorak lost 12-21, 12-21 to PR Gandham of Telangana in third round of Boys U-13 singles today. Nyorak beat P. Sharma of Jammu and Kashmir 21-10, 21-18 and Hasil Tiwari of Chandigarh 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 in the first and second round respectively.

Kenith Tamin Kenith lost 9-21, 13-21 to A Raj Gupta of Uttar Pradesh in the third round in Boys U-13 Single.

Kenith Tamin, who had a first round bye, beat S. Shah of Gujarat 20-22, 21-12, 21-17 in the second round.

In Boys U-13 Doubles, Kenith Tamin and Nikil Chetry went down fighting 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 to VS Vajay and Sabreesbwaran of Tamil Nadu.

In Boys U-15 Singles, Sonam Tamang lost to Amit Rathor of Madhya Pradesh 14-21, 16-21 in the second round. Sonam had a bye in the first round.

Disha Jain of Madhya Pradesh defeated Yumlam Mopi of Arunachal Pradesh by 21-14, 18-21, 21-15 sets in the first round of Girls U-13 Singles. Nisha Upadhyaya of Arunachal Pradesh lost to 9-21, 11-21 to N. Priyam of Bihar in the first round.

Kapu Rumi representing Arunachal Pradesh entered into the third round beating Shalini Mauryu of Jharkhand in 2-0 sets (21-11, 21-14) in the first round and Rashmi Kashap of J&K 21-11, 21-15 in the second round of Girls U-15 singles. Later, she lost in the third round.

Yumlam Mopi of Arunachal Pradesh lost to Richa Muktibodh (8) of Karnataka in straight 9-21, 11-21 sets in the first round of Girls U-15 Singles.

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Is India ready to face ISIS threat?

The brutual massacre of 129 people at Paris by ISIS militant group has sent shockwaves across the world. Before this incident Islamic state has been confined to mostly Syria and Iraq. But with this spectacular attack they have shown their capabilities to launch attack in the heart of western world. The attack has naturally worried security establishment across the world including in India. Though their presence is considered negligible in India, the security agencies do not rule out the presence of ISIS sympathizers.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh today categorically stated that India is alert and ready to fight any threat arising from Islamic State (ISIS). His statement assumes significance as centre has already issued advisory warning to all states and union territories about the possibility of an ISIS-sponsored action on Indian soil. The decision of Indian government to extend support to France's retaliatory strikes on ISIS territory might also make India a potential target. Though Home Minister stated that country is ready to face any threat but the question is, are we really ready? The Mumbai attack had badly exposed our lacunae and many still believes things have not much changed. To deal with ISIS threat government of India should closely work with countries like US, Russia, UK, Israel and France. These countries have considerably large network operating in the Middle East.  India will gain access to their networks which will directly help to neutralize any potential future threat. India should also take help of countries like Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia in this regard. We should understand that threat of ISIS is real and it needs to be tackled strongly.




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Little more time is required

Dear Editor,

The borrowed constitution of India is considerately the most popular and successful constitution in the world besides the constitutions of U.S. and South Africa. I offer a grand salute to our forefathers who have taken the pain in writing and completing this work and for making our constitution very much living even in today’s time. Unlike the constitution of Nepal that had to re-write for at least five times, Indian constitution was once for all despite some amendments.

Nonetheless, many are against the Reservation policy of the Indian Constitution (listed in : Article 16(4), 46, 335, 338, 340, 341, 342. Partly referred in the Schedule ninth, Sixty-Fifth Amendment., etc).Arguments on Reservation is not new to this country. The idea was debated much earlier while framing the constitution. Critic claims that it is a policy which is wrongly placed in the constitution.

Perhaps it is immeasurable and difficult for an individual who probably is exercising the special treatment to understand the context of an individual of the category-General. But belonging to a tribal community I believe, we need some more time to get coped up with. I do not focus much on the economic interests but emphasizing more on the need for the promotion of educational interests of the backward classes. More than the majority of the present-day learners in tribal community are the first generation learners. Majority still requires the basic education. We are yet to receive the 3R’s (Reading, writing and Arithmetic), yet to learn our national languages both Hindi and English, yet to understand the purpose and importance of education in order that we teach our younger generation the significance of education. The evidences revealed that number of individuals to crack the competitive exams like UPSC and to get into the higher services belonging to backward classes is very few. Interestingly, in many instances, particularly in the interior part of the country, we find a situation where parents would tell their children during the exam time to work in the field whenever there is a gap in between the exam. This is a classic case and still prevails among the majority families. I keep using the term ‘majority’ because the arguments of the critic of reservation policy are basically that- not all the ST’s or SC’s are backward educationally and economically. So to defend my argument I say, yes we are in majority.

Equality means equal treatments to the equals (formal equality) but equality also means to treat people of unequal differently in order that they may enjoy equal rights. (As the establishment of the formal equality is not sufficient) It is ‘equality through differential treatment.’ It is also a measure of minimizing the form of social inequalities from our country and a move in the making of an egalitarian and a just society.

So, appreciating the idea of Positive Discrimination or the Affirmative action (Particularly the reservation policy) is to assist in minimizing or eliminating the forms of social inequalities in our country. Altogether, it would be wrong to do a simple generalization by stating that every individual belonging to the backward classes’ have been pampered by GOI or would not work hard. Indeed, we are to learn to appreciate the hard workers of all the communities. Of course the time will come very soon when the reservation policy will not be required any longer and that the formal equality will be sufficient. But what is required today is-”a little more time”


Geyin Boli,

PhD Scholar,

Department of Education, RGU.



Construct security gate

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to bring to your kind notice that there is neither any entry gate nor any security guard at Poma Water supply complex. Due to this many outsider are visiting the area. This pose serious threat to the water supply of capital complex as any untoward incident might happen any time. State government should immediately construct entry gate and post security guards.


Yura Tachik,

Niya Colony,