November 28

Victim alleges police refusal to register FIR

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: One Kaling Saroh of Mirku village, who was allegedly assaulted physically by a Sub-Inspector (SI) of Pasighat Police Station recently, appealed to the Superintendent of Police, East Siang to register a criminal case against the SI on the basis of the FIR filed on November 24.

Alleging police inaction and refusal to register the FIR by the OC of Pasighat Police Station, Saroh in a letter to the SP stated that the OC, instead of registering the FIR, has been forcing him and another person who hit his vehicle to write a withdrawal letter without making any complaint.

“Both the parties failed to understand as to why we have been asked to write the withdrawal application for our ‘minor’ accident case to which we never made any complaint with Police,” victim Saroh said in his letter to the SP.  The victim alleged that he was beaten badly by SI Sochi Dhon without any reason inside the police station which is a cognizable offence and misuse of power.

Further, for any criminal investigation, the registration of FIR is must and mandatory but same has been denied by the concern Officer In-charge of Pasighat Police Station which is clear violation of criminal procedure and investigation, he said.


Traders booked

BHALUKPONG, Nov 27: In an unannounced inspection-cum-raid at Bhalukpong Town here yesterday, several counterfeit and underweight goods were seized by the team of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Department, West Kameng district. Four cases were booked for violation of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and Packaged Commodities Rule, 2011. During the exercise it was also found that traders were using additional stickers in packaged commodity items and also using unverified weight and measurement instruments. Shops and traders found indulging in such malpractices included M/s Rupa Lamps, M/s Dirang Lamps, M/s Rima Steel Fabrication and M/s G. Jebisow Enterprise, Bhalukpong.

The team was under the supervision of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Bomdila Assistant Controller Tasso Gurro.

“I caution the traders of West Kameng district not to indulge in unfair trading practices while also requesting the citizens to be aware of such unscrupulous practices by traders for which we will be carrying out similar inspections from time”, he said.


NH blacktopping soon

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today informed that blacktopping of Itanagar-Banderdewa road will start from December 7 onwards. While talking to this daily, he stated that work could not be started on time due to delay in setting up of the hot mix plant.  

While sharing the concern of capital dwellers, Chief Secretary did acknowledge that delay on the part of PWD in starting the process of repairing cum re-carpeting of national highway has troubled everyone.


Prohibition in Poma River

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The Poma Rillo Moin Youth Welfare Society today informed that they have decided to prohibit all kind of activities like fishing, picnicking, hunting, swimming on Poma River. The move has been necessitated in order to protect the ecology of the area. The society further alleged that many visitors pollute the river and indulge in illegal activities.

However, they clarified that Poma tourist picnic spot will remain open for the public use. The society has appealed to the visitors especially those coming from capital complex to respect the decision of villagers and not to violate the rules. Further, they warned that the violators will be strictly punished.


Govt quarters devoured at Bomdila

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: In a major fire accident that broke out this morning around 4.am at Bomdila, two government quarters, along with all the belongings have reportedly been devoured.

The source of fire accident is yet to be ascertained.

The 28th Madras Regiment, Arunachal Scouts and CRPF jawans rushed to the spot with water tank, but could not save the quarters.

Meanwhile, while visiting the spot, the Sajolang Elite Society (SES) has contributed relief materials such as utensils and blankets to the fire victims. The society further appealed to the district administration to provide immediate relief to the victims.


80 youths enroll for Job Mela at Palin

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: A total of 80 unemployed youths enrolled in the Job Mela cum Skill Development Awareness and trainee’s selection rally-2015 held at General Ground, New Palin for Kra Daadi on Nov 26.

Speaking at the Job Mela, Kra Daadi Deputy Commissioner, Habung Donyi expressed optimism that Job Mela will go a long way in building careers of the unemployed youths. Encouraging the selected unemployed youths to avail the benefit of the government sponsored programme, the DC also advised the youths to make proper use of the opportunity during their training period.

Koloriang ADI, P. Wangjen explained the details of the Job Mela cum Skill Development Awareness and trainees selection rally being held across the state. District Coordinator on Skill Development and Employment Generation, Bamang Chai also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Students pay homage to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack victims

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The Arunachal Students’ Union Mumbai (ASUM) on Thursday paid homage to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its seventh anniversary. At a gathering at Arunachal Bhavan, Mumbai, the students observed a minute’s silence in the remembrance of the lives lost in the terror attack.


Training on Mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: North East Institute of Science and Technology, Naharlagun (Itanagar), a constituent establishment of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) organized a training and awareness programme on cultivation of mushroom at Tigdo village, Yupia today.

Mushroom bagging and preparation of materials for its cultivation were demonstrated and information on commercial viability of mushroom and its food value explained during the programme by Dr. Budhen C. Baruah  of the institute

Edible mushrooms have large number of micro and macro nutrients which are very essential in our body. The protein, vitamins content are very high in this edible mushroom, he informed.

Dr Chandan Tamuly, Sc in Charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Itanagar talked on importance of edible mushroom.

10 mushroom spawns were also distributed to the trainees for cultivation on trial basis.

30 women actively participated in the programme.


Sensitization camp on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence

AALO, Nov 27: A day-long sensitization camp on Domestic Violence on protection of women from Domestic Violence sponsored by Department of ICDS and organized by APWWS Aalo unit was held today at PI Colony Community Hall.

Speaking in the camp, Indian Council for Child Welfare Board, member, Jarjum Ete said that customary laws that exist in some cases relating to women is not binding unless it is codified and has been fought at different level in the past by the women. Customary laws of the land have to change with the passage of time to accommodate the welfare of women, she said. Adolescent fatherhood and motherhood we see today is alarming and this can be avoided through awareness, parental care and role and guidance of teachers in the school, Ete added.

Resource person, Prosecuting Officer SP Office Aalo, Gamde Padu spoke on various provisions of Domestic Violence Act 2005 and exhorted the women to make best use of it on genuine grounds only.

Dy. Director ICDS, Singhpho, APWWS, President, Marbom Bagra, APWWS Aalo unit members, Hoksum Ori and Jumken Ete also spoke about domestic violence and child abuse in the camp. DIPRO


CM’s Loin Loom Scheme launched in East Kameng

Weavers advised to ensure quality in designing, defect free product

SEPPA, Oct 27: Chief Minister’s Loin Loom Scheme was launched in East Kameng district on Thursday.

Acrylic Yarns were distributed to 312 local weavers at the launching ceremony at Seppa.

Toko Okey, Assistant Director of Textile and Handicrafts, Seppa explained in details about scheme. He suggested the weavers to promote and preserve the traditional handloom designs and ensure quality in designing, weaving and defect product.

Meyuk Cheda, Zilla Parished Member, Chairperson of East Kameng, who distributed the yarns, suggested the beneficiaries to take up handloom activities sincerely and seriously for self-employment and earn livelihood. DIPRO


Rijiju condoles death of Nagaland MP

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju condoled the death of Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Nagaland Khekiho Zhimomi.

Zhimomi was an active social worker, who strived to uplift the weaker and backward sections of society. His contribution to the development of Nagaland in various capacities will always be remembered, Rijiju said in a condolence message to the grieving family members.

“In his passing away, we have lost a distinguished Parliamentarian, an able administrator, a dedicated social worker and above all a fine human being,” the message added.


Society appeal MPs to take up Chakma-Hajong issue

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Stating that the Members of Parliament, Ninong Ering and Mukut Mithi have been silent on the Chakma and Hajong refugee issue, the Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) has urged the MPs to play a pro-active role during this crucial time. Both of them should raise the issue in the ongoing Parliament session and also should pursue the issue with Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi, added a release.  

Further, the ECDS has appealed the concerned PWD (Highway) Division to start the works for blacktopping of the national highway between Itanagar-Banderdewa. The highway has become hazardous due to the dust and is posing a danger to the people living near the highway, stated the release.


Ziro to get Yoga and wellness centre

ZIRO, Nov 27:  The dilapidated tourist lodge in the picturesque Monipolyang at Ziro will be resuscitated into a centre of excellence in research, development, training in tourism, hospitality, yoga, naturopathy and wellness by the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Hapoli.

Unveiling the plaque for the foundation, SSP Tumme Amo lauded the dedicated efforts of the university in venturing into different fields and providing employment opportunity for the locals. He expressed joy that the dilapidated structure that could have become a hub of anti social activities is being revived by the university.

Chancellor Arvind Kumar Das while welcoming the gathering said that the purity and the proximity to nature make Monipolyang the right place to start yoga and a wellness centre. He added that his team will toil to convert the dilapidated structure into a state of art yoga center by March, 2016.

The university has already signed a five year MoU with the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh for the 19 acres hillock for this project , he informed.

Michi Yarang , who is the Director Yoga and Naturopathy, IGTAMSU and a well trained Hatha yoga expert will be leading the research centre.

She dealt in detail regarding the yoga, naturopathy and wellness centre and the facilities it would be providing. She visualizes to improve the health conditions through yoga and naturopathy.


Yoga teachers’ training concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The 20 days Yoga Teachers’ Training organized under the aegis of Seva Bharati Arunachal Pradesh concluded at Seva Dham, Lekhi village Naharlagun today.

A total of 22 trainees, including 11 women from 9 districts participated in the training.

Dr Dusu Laji, Deputy Director, AYUSH, who attended the concluding day function, opined that yoga has become a necessity for whole society irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Pointing towards the growing need of trained yoga instructors in Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Laji said that he and his department would do the needful to facilitate the access of yoga to the villages through these trainees.

He hoped that the newly trained Yoga instructors with a Diploma from Yog Vidya Gurukul, Nasik (Maharashtra) will try to fulfil the health necessities of the people in the remote parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Sound health and peace of mind through yoga will help us make a better Arunachal, he added.

Yoga experts and instructors from Assam chapter of Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nasik conducted the training programme as resource persons.


State Badminton Team leaves for Gujarat

ITANAGAR, Nov 27:  A 14-member state badminton team left here today for Rajasthan to participate in the 40th Inter-State, Inter-Zonal and Junior National Badminton Championship-2015 beginning from November 30- December six at Jaipur.

The team will participate in U-19 Boys and Girls Single and Doubles, Mixed Doubles, U-17 Boys and Girls Singles and Doubles.

Gita Karki is the Coach and Laa Ribe is the Manager of the team.


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Carcasses of wild animals recovered

[ Karda Natam ]

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Carcasses of many wild animals have been recovered by the officials of Forest Department at Yachuli Forest Check gate on Thursday afternoon.

The carcasses were recovered as the department carried out routine checks against wild life poachers.

This was a third time that the Department of Forest, Yachuli under the close supervision of ADC AC Baruah and Forest Ranger L.Togur has seized varieties of dead wild animals this year.

Carcasses of deer, bear, jungle pig, varieties of bird, jungle cat and unidentified animal which had been roasted were found from the passenger travelling in a Tata Sumo coming from Hapoli to Itanagar.

As the department officials carried out checks the whole day, dead wild animals were found from at least three vehicles.

However, no miscreant involved in the wildlife poaching was nabbed during the checking. No one revealed the name of the fellow passenger carrying the carcasses of wild animals. ADC Baruah further informed that during the checking, they also found many Tata Sumos which were not registered even after many months of purchase.



Talar wins All India Ranking Badminton Tournament

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: State’s top shuttler Laa Talar again brought laurel to the state by winning the 14th Union Bank All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament-2015 title at Bangalore today.

Talar currently ranked 18th in all India junior (U-19) ranking beat Arintap Dasgupta (19th) in the final in straight 21-14, 21-10 sets to win the gold medal.

He entered into the final defeating second ranked Chirag Sen in three sets (18-21, 21-11, 21-18) that lasted for 52 minutes.

Earlier, Talar beat Satish Naidu (25th) in the first round, Arjun Sachdeva in the second round, Kartikey Gulshan Kumar (8th)  in third round and Bodhit Joshi (9th) in the fourth round.  The tournament was participated by as many as 124 shuttlers from all over the country, including the top ranked players under 19 years category.

Meanwhile, Arunachal State Badminton Association has congratulated Talar for winning the title with an impressive performance throughout the tournament defeating higher ranked players.



Siang becomes 21st district of Arunachal

Govt committed to make Siang a model district: Tuki

PANGIN, Nov 27: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today formally declared the Siang district as the 21st district of Arunachal Pradesh amidst euphoria here today.

The district was created to bring administration to people’s doorsteps, said Tuki while addressing the mammoth gathering  on the occasion at the Pangin general ground. “Siang being the youngest child deserves more care from the government and we are committed to provide all support to make it a model district,” he added.

While assuring sufficient funds for infrastructural developments of the district, CM sanctioned Rs 25  Cr for District Secretariat building, Rs 10 Cr for SE (PHED) office, Rs 3 Cr for residential buildings, Rs 5 Cr for Mini Stadium, Rs  2  Cr for school building, Rs  12 Crore for  Komsing bridge, Rs 5 Crore for  Peram to Lampang road, Rs 7 Cr. for District Hospital, Rs 3 Crs. for horticulture development and Rs 5 crore for developmental activities at Rumgong.

Informing that the state government is taking measures to streamline PDS and to provide 35 kgs of rice per month for the poorest section of the society at Rs. 3 per kg, the CM called upon the people shun political difference  and join hands in the district building process to secure the future of the next generation. For smooth functioning of the nascent district, government has already posted all-important officers, he added.  

The Chief Minister also highlighted various welfare schemes and achievements of the present government. The state is marching towards progress he said and informed that the present government is being appreciated by the entire nation for best financial management, skill development policy, health insurance scheme, agriculture and horticulture development, effective Panchayati Raj system etc.

Government is preparing vision documents to bring faster and planned developments for the state, the  Chief Minister said adding that  Trans Arunachal Highway, ALGs, tourism projects and industries etc are in right tracks and will make Siang district a hub of economic activities.

Tuki also laid foundation of District Secretariat at Peram (Pangin) and SE PHED’s office building at Pangin. Further he flagged off the bus service from Pangin to Itanagar and distributed colour TVs to Gaon Buras and Buries under his Rural Information Program.

In his address, Tanga Byaling, Minister for Home, Power, Horticulture etc assured to provide sufficient police personnel for the newly created district for maintenance of law and order. “People should extend full cooperation to the district administration and police in containing crimes and conducive atmosphere for developmental activities,” he said. Paddy has been the major crop in the agriculture sector and orange has become a dominant industry while cardamom are picking up pace, he opined.  Informing that the  government has created “Research & Development Department” to give a thrust in horticulture sector, the Minister also assured to provide one SDHO soon  for promotion of horticulture activities and to boost rural economy. He also assured to establish electrical division office at Pangin shortly. Byaling also showered praises on ABK (WW)  for their pioneering role against drug abuse.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi asked the government employees to be dedicated, sincere and to deliver prompt services to the people. Pangin is rich with natural resources/minerals and has vast potentials in horticulture and tourism sectors, he observed. Instead of seeking jobs in government departments, unemployed youths of the state should go through government’s skill development program for self-employment, he added.

Education Minister and Chief Patron of ICSD, Tapang Taloh expressing his happiness on the occasion said that the long-felt demand and cherished dream of the Adi community has been fulfilled with the  inauguration of the  district. The newly created district will be a boon for the people in all fronts and bring faster developments, Taloh said while presenting a brief history on evolution of Siang district. Various people friendly programs which have been implemented  in the district will bear fruits within few years, he opined.

Among others, Health Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretaries Bamang Felix, Tapuk Taku, Nyamar Karbak, Mama Natung, Pani Taram, Gum Tayeng, Dikto Yekar, Karya Bagang and Alo Libang and APCC President Padi Richo were present and spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



Taga asked to withdraw statement and seek public apology within a week

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Ever since the leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga made the controversial statement about Doimukh MLA cum Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Speaker Nabam Rebia being involved in the Tarasso firing incident, he has been facing flak from all corners. The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) today gave seven days time to Taga to withdraw his statement and seek public apology.

Addressing media persons at Press Club this afternoon, union’s general secretary Nabam Gandhi insisted that Taga should seek apology through press conference.

“When everyone including the home ministry has ruled out involvement of Arunachalee people in the Tarasso firing incident in their reports, why is the leader of opposition talking against its own people?” he lamented and termed Taga as anti Papum Pare and anti Arunachal.

“Tarasso incident is a sensitive issue, people should not take political mileage out of it”, he urged. “It is very sad to know that the Governor too is not speaking in the interest of our state,” he said talking of the recent controversy wherein the Governor had written a letter to the president of India asking to cancel the proposal of Green field airport at Hollongi and upgrade the Airport at Lilabari, Assam instead on the recommendation of the leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga.

What they recommended is against our indigenous interest, he said.

APPDSU president Teli Duli Camdir said, “If Taga cannot value our emotion, he is not fit to be the leader of opposition,” terming his statement as illogical and without any fact.

The union has warned of mass protest against Taga if their demand is not fulfilled within a week.



ARTIAF counters SE’s claim, expresses shock at ZPM’s representation

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: While nullifying the statement made by Superintendent Engineer PWD Bobia circle over Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) Bana, the Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) today claimed that there is unspent amount of Rs 35.34 lakh meant for Boys’ Hostel whose work is completed and contractor is waiting for payment.

Earlier, SE in his statement published on Nov 3 edition of this daily, clarified that unspent money of Rs 35.34 lakhs remained unspent due to late receipt of fund from the client department (Department of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs).

 Further SE had given the assurance that once Rs 35.34 lakhs is released, the remaining works of Girls’ hostel and Playground would be completed within a short period of time.

Addressing the press conference held here this afternoon, ARTIAF Chairman Kasung Cheda stated that department is trying to pull wool over innocent people by giving false report.  ARTIAF Chairman added that unspent money is only meant for the Boys’ Hostel which cannot be diverted for Girls’ Hostel.

“It would be legally wrong to divert the unspent amount for Girls’ hostel, whose amount has already been siphoned off” Cheda reacted.  He further claimed that even completed boys’ hostel lack proper play ground and beautification.

Forum GS, SD Londa in his address expressed shock over the representation purportedly submitted by Dajam Degio, Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) Bana segment under East Kameng district to Superintendent of Police, SIC  seeking dismissal of FIR lodged by Forum against the department and officers. In her representation, ZPM defended then Executive Engineer Nabam Tado and Assistant Engineer Sunil Degio and gave them clean chit claiming that due to non-release of fund, the Girls’ Hostel has remained incomplete.  Condemning her defiant representation, ARTIAF GS questioned ZPM on what capacity she has given the clarification and defended the officers.  

“The ZPM herself would be answerable, if allegation against the officers and department is proved to be correct”, Londa stated.

The Forum also questioned the role of Special Investigation Team (SIC) for allegedly delaying in registering the case.  The whistle blowers informed the media persons that an FIR was lodged against the officers on October 2 last, however, till date the SIC is reluctant to register the case in spite of the fact that they had inspected the site recently.  

When contacted, the SIC Inspector confirmed that they had inspected the site last week.  He further admitted that Girls’ Hostel remained incomplete and the SIC had shot a requisition letter to EE, PWD Seppa to furnish relevant documents on EMRS Bana within November 30.

“After cross examining the documents, we will register the case, he said while informing that investigation is on” he added.

The Raj Bhawan has also taken the matter seriously and directed Chief Secretary to initiate vigilance enquiry into alleged irregularities of EMRS, Bana. In a letter written by Raj Bhavan on November 19 last, the Chief Secretary has been asked to look into the matter and send action taken report to the Governor’s office.



13 resolutions taken for SBM

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The two days workshop on Swachh Bharat Mission [Urban] organised by the Department of Urban Development and Housing at Banquet Hall here concluded today with adoption of 13 resolutions for effective implementation of the SBM.

The resolutions taken in the end of the workshop are construction of individual household latrine with state share Rs. 20,200, the balance fund required for other components of SBM consisting of community toilets, public toilets, Solid Waste Management etc., should be borne by the state government, emphasis should be given on IEC and public awareness, capacity building and administrative office expenses should be given and additional requirement of fund apart from central share should be met by the state government. Government decisions and necessary legislations should be put in place to eradicate stray animals from all the urban towns and to impose blanket ban on use of plastic carry bags with creation of public awareness.

The workshop also resolved that the department should gradually adopt outsourcing of garbage management, colony/sector wise, biomedical wastes generated should be strictly disposed off separately. The stakeholders should be made accountable for the treatment/disposal of biomedical wastes by purchasing/installing incinerators at their compounds, and financial aid, if required, shall be supported by the local administration, banks and state government.

The department shall also get the minimum required locations for garbage bins and is landfill sites notified by the local administration at every urban town and increasing the number of safai karmachari adequately for all urban towns.

Further every town shall strive to adopt door to door waste collection by segregating wastes at the individual households level, the toilet cum bathroom model designed by M. Dharmarao, and presently in use at Hyderabad should be adopted as a pilot project at Itanagar first and field functionaries of the UD department should be deputed to Hyderabad and elsewhere for capacity building and learning innovative technologies.

The department/ULBs/DUDAs should elicit physical as well as financial cooperation of Corporate/Organizations under Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and proper guidelines should be put in place in respect of disposal of unclaimed dead corpse and carcasses, the workshop decided.

Addressing the session, Chief Engineer-cum-Director, UD, Taba Tedir reminded the participants about the message of the Governor delivered during his inaugural address, advice of the Chief Secretary, views of Brand Ambassadors, and technical know-how of the resource persons, experts from Public Health Engineer & Water Supply Department and Tourism Department.

The second day of the workshop involving technical sessions was presided over by Commissioner (Urban Development) Belatee Pertin.

The experts have echoed for change of people’s mindset towards garbage management and change of behavioural attitude to achieve the goal of Swachh Bharat Mission.

To successfully implement the Swachh Bharat Mission, the department has appointed nine renowned personalities of the State as Brand Ambassadors. They included Anshu Jamsenpa, Tine Mena, Tapi Mra, Laa Tallar, Tam Tapak, Nobin Jamoh, Taba Kojum and J. Deru.



SCC meeting on School and Teacher Education

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The 6th State Co-ordination Committee (SCC) meeting on School and Teacher Education was held today in the conference hall of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Itanagar.

Chairing the meeting, Director of Secondary Education (incharge), Moto Nyori lauded the efforts of North Eastern Regional Institute of Education (NERIE) for regularly conducting SCC meeting at Itanagar and requested the NERIE faculty to arrange for approval of the proposals as per the needs of the state.

Addressing the meeting, Jt. Director, SCERT, Gania Leij stressed on the need to identify problems in both school and teacher education and requested them for sharing their views and giving suggestions for improvement.

NERIE Shillong, Associate Professors, Dr. B. Devi and R. A. Singh participated in the meeting organised by the NERIE, NCERT, Shillong in collaboration with the SCERT, Itanagar involving senior officers and officials of the Directorate of Secondary Education, Directorate of Elementary Education, RMSA, SCERT, DIET, School Principals and teachers.

A thorough discussion on various issues and problems of School and Teacher Education was held in which was participated by all the members of the SCC. The SCERT on the basis of a need assessment analysis made a presentation of specific training, material development and research programmes and sought NERIE (NCERT) support for development of state's competency in School and Teacher Education. The suggested proposals in the context of Arunachal Pradesh would be discussed in the Institute Advisory Body (IOB) Meeting of NERIE, Shillong in December'2015.

The State Co-ordination Committee meeting is conducted every year to identify the state's educational needs related to school and teacher education in order to recommend to the NCERT for the academic support required to develop State's educational competency at key level.



Taloh inaugurates Boleng CD Block Office, announces development packages

PANGIN, Nov 27: Education, WRD, Textile & Handloom Minister Tapang Taloh said that sufficient funds have been approved for infrastructure development of Siang district by the state government.

Addressing a public meeting at Boleng ADC’s office complex after inaugurating the Community Block Office, Boleng today, Taloh said that the independent CD Block will boon for the people in bringing faster development in the rural areas.

“People will see visible development soon, he asserted, while disclosing various upcoming development projects/schemes meant for Boleng, like establishment of Government College, Engineering and Polytechnic Colleges and full-fledged library to promote and secure higher studies for the students.

He announced Rs. 15 lakh for Block Godown and Rs. 5 Cr for construction of the town’s CC road network. New offices of SE (WRD) and division office of PHED at Boleng will ensure faster development in the district, the minister said and appealed to the people to cooperate the government departments to ensure properly implementation of those schemes and projects.

The minister emphasized on judicious utilization of government funds.

“All should sacrifice their personal interest for the greater development of the society and donate lands generously for all upcoming infrastructure development and securing the future of the next generation,” Taloh said.

The Education Minister also instructed the teaching community to be sincere, dutiful and dedicated as a member of a noble profession.

He also said that various steps are being taken to streamline the education system in the state.

The minister informed colour television sets will be given to the GBs under CM’s Welfare Scheme.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Dr. N Lego informed that his office has already received all the TV sets and it will be distributed tomorrow at Pangin. Lego sought cooperation and active participation from all quarters in the district building process.

SP D Jini, ZPC Opung Jerang Taggu,  Boleng ADC Taro Mize, local officers and leaders also attended the inaugural function and meeting. DIPRO



Helicopter crashes may be part of disaster management plan in Tirap: DC

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Though uncommon, Helicopter crashes may be part of the district disaster management plan, indicated Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha today.

Inaugurating the district level disaster awareness badminton tournament organized in memory of former Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi, who died in a tragic helicopter crash this year, Tirp Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha said that the district disaster management plan would be reviewed and updated with inclusion of chopper crashes as part of disaster management plan.

The Deputy Commissioner took strong exception to encroachment of land and illegal hook up of electricity. He suggested the public to construct houses leaving sufficient space between two houses and termed hook up of electricity as one of the major causes of fire accident.

The DC also urged department of Mining to restrict boulder/stone collection from streams and road side to avoid frequent landslide.

DDMO P. Duggong said that the district level badminton tournament has been organised in the memory of Joshi, who had dreamt of conducting such tournament to create disaster awareness among public. Duggong further said that  impact of any calamity could be reduced to a large extent if people are made aware of general disaster preparedness and safety tips. People should be aware of the disaster management techniques so that they could respond properly during natural calamities and man made disasters.

Earlier, Tirap SP Jasmeet Singh, IPS, CO 1st AR Col. B.B. Pun, ASJ Dangme Niri, DJMC and DF&CSO M.Miri, Asst Commadant, 36th Bn CRPF recalled Late Joshi and spoke about dos and don’ts before, during and after disasters.

A documentary film on disaster management was also screeened as a part of disaster awareness campaign.

HoDs including BRTF Officer and students from various schools of the district attended the inaugural function.



Khik-Saba Festival of the Sherdukpens

[ Netan Dorjee Thongdok ]

The Khik-Saba festival of the Sherdukpens of Rupa area in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh commences on November 25 at Rupa. It is basically believe in animism by the Sherdukpen community and worship of the mountain deities, shunkit and srokhit. This is a typical indigenous Sherdukpen festival of animism before the advent of Buddhism among the Sherdukpen communities some centuries ago. The festival is actually a ritual performance by the specially ordained priests, wearing headgear resembling the horn of a Mithun, called Khik-Zizi belonging to Dinglow and Megaji clans.

Legend has it that the festival started around 15th century by Usu-Gyapten, the progenitor of the Sherdukpen community after killing the then king of Rupa Kelling Sowa Gangan , thus conquering Rupa.

Before the beginning of the festival a team of villagers called Ton-Nyapa is deputed by the Tukpen Village Council (TVC) to Assam in the Dhekiajuli area of Sonitpur district to collect the betel nut. Beatle nuts wrapped in white Gamuchas are donated by people from different villages of that area since time immemorial for offering to the mountain deities Shunkit and Srokhit. For this a gift of local chilly and pepper are offered to them in return.

A drum is sounded at the mid-night by the clan representatives called Kaching-Pas, when the confluence of the moon and seven stars takes place in presence of the Khik-Zizi from a sacred hillock at the middle of Rupa village called Kamcha-Shree, announcing the beginning of the festival.

The main ritual of the festival happens in the nine clan houses, namely Thongdok, Thongchi, Thongon, Thongdok-Achung, Khrimey, Mosobi, Dingla, Megaji and Ubu-Chilu. All festivities take place in these clan houses. Each clan house will select one warrior called Makhepo, who will be collected from their respective clan houses by a group of singers and dancers, after a feast ceremony at a place called Guching-Hin in the late evening on the first day of the festival at the bank of the legendry river Ziding-Kho.

On the second day of the festival the Makhepo’s scale the southern mountain called Tsangtong-Lu of Rupa to collect the holy bamboos bare footed in the early morning hours shouting ‘Kitma ho ho’. They return in the afternoon with the holy bamboos and are received by a colorfully dressed team called Batpo with songs and dance. The Makhepo’s rush through the river Dinik-Kho with the holy bamboos at a great pace which is worth watching. The holy bamboos are carried to Kamcha-Shri and offered to the mountain deities followed by a dance performance by the beautifully dressed Gomchinpos, Batpos, Changme and Makhepos.

The third day of the festival is the Tsok-Satpa (offering of the holy food) viz. beatle nut, banana, sugarcane and caseau(junglee aloo) to the mountain deities, shunkit and srokhit, by the nine clan houses at a holy spot called Lhablang under a huge old capricious tree. A deity house is constructed under the giant tree made of bamboos and a sacred tree leaf called Tsok-Tsok. All the households are present at the spot as the whole environment reverberates with the holy chanting of the Khik-Zizis, Lorjangpas and Baidong, praying for the well being of all the people. However, the most interesting moment is the warrior dance performed by the Makhepo’s which is quit thrilling and worth watching.

The team of Lorjang and Baidong, singing holy verses visits each clan house on the fourth day. The day culminates at Kamcha-Shri in the evening with the taking of holy wine Lhotsang and folklore by Asu-Dchaw.

On the penultimate day of the festival all the dance troupes and the participants will go visiting the clan houses collecting necklaces made of cooked flour called Khik-Gaw and merry making.

The festival concludes with a feast at the respective clan houses and a camp fire at the clan house where all the clan members are invited, simultaneously a community feast is also hoisted by the Tukpen village council for the entire council members, bidding adieu to Khik-Saba.



Revenue collection satisfactory till date’

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Except for the non-performance of some officials, Parliamentary Secretary (Tax & Excise) Tapuk Taku expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Tax & Excise department. The PS was chairing the fourth revenue meeting on performance of the department at the conference hall of Udyog Sadan (Directorate of Industries) on Nov 26.

According to an official release, Taku assured support in the matters of proper policies, infrastructure and manpower requirements for the department.

Attending the meeting, Secretary (Tax & Excise), T.T Gamdik, called on the participants to maximize their efforts to plug the revenue leakage and enhance revenue generation.

The meeting observed that the collection till date was satisfactory and to enhance the overall revenue collection, it was felt that all DDOs of the various departments be requested to deduct Tax at source mandatorily and deposit the same into Govt. Treasury or else action shall be initiated against defaulting officers.

The meeting was held to take the stock of progressive revenue collection and to work out the modalities to augment more revenue. The pros and cons were discussed in length to explore more avenues to plug revenue leakage. In the meeting it was decided to focus on TDS where there is more scope to generate optimum revenue.

All the officers and officials of the department, from district offices and the Commissioner’s office were present in the meeting.



Governor felicitates Anshu

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa felicitated Anshu Jamsenpa, who has the distinction of being the only Indian woman mountaineer to climb Mount Everest thrice, at Raj Bhavan yesterday..

Jamsenpa also has the credit of nine successful peak summits and holds the record of being the only mother in the world to summit Mount Everest twice in 10 days. She created another mountaineering record by scaling three Himalayan peaks in just six days.

While congratulating for her achievement, the Governor, who was former President of Explorer, an adventure related association in Assam, said that the feat she has achieved is incredible. She is asset and pride of the State.

The Governor expressed hope that youth will be inspired by her.

He assured to positively look into the proposal submitted by the Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association for promotion of mountaineering and adventure sports in the State.

Tsering Wange, President, Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association and Koj Nawrence, Joint Secretary, AMASA, were present during the felicitation. PRO to Raj Bhawan



State to soon get badminton stadium of international standard

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The State of Arunachal Pradesh will soon have a badminton stadium of international standard.

The state-of-art stadium proposed to be constructed at Six Mile near Sango Resort will house eight badminton courts of international standard with all modern facilities, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association Secretary Bamang Tago.

There will be VIP lounge, conference cum meeting room, including for media, administrative office, gymnasium and physiotherapy rooms, cafeteria, and dining room for players, medical rooms, store, snack counter/bars, change room, car parking facilities for 115 cars and accommodation facilities for 100 players, both men (60) and women (40) within the stadium.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki accompanied by Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, Secretary Sports  Dani Salu on Wednesday inspected the proposed site, Tago told.

The state government has already allocated Rs.10 crore in the first phase for construction of the stadium and necessary formalities like tendering etc. for construction of the stadium are under process, he informed.

He hoped the stadium will fulfill all badminton needs of the state.

It is worth mentioning here that Arunachal Pradesh lost the opportunity of hosting the national sub-junior championship this year due to lack of proper badminton stadium with required facilities.

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Refugees should respect law of land

On a day when All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) declared its intention to keep on fighting against granting of citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees, the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), which is run by a prominent Chakma leader tried to deflect the attention from them. ACHR yesterday asserted that it is not the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh but other non-tribals who pose a bigger threat to the indigenous people of the state.

This is the first ever attempt by the Chakma-Hajongs to try paint themselves as lesser danger in compare to non-tribal populace. But not many Arunachaless will agree with their view. It is well known fact that majority of non-tribals who are in the state for various purposes never stays back. Also they cannot buy land and needs inner line permit to enter state. On the other hand Chakma-Hajong has illegally occupied many forest lands and is clamouring for APST status. They have migrated from Bangladesh and will never go back to their place of origin. Therefore Chakma-Hajong should stop trying to play politics. If they are really interested to stay in Arunachal, first of all they should at least try to improve the relation with the indigenous people. They should give up their hostile attitude and respect the law of land. The refugees should adhere to the provision like ILP system and also stop encroaching into forest as well as private lands. Unless they respect sentiment of the indigenous people, the mistrust between refugees and Arunachaless will never end.




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Stop it before it becomes a trend

Dear Editor,

Lately, on visiting a friend in his rented house at Itanagar, I was shocked and disappointed to learn that he is being charged extra Rs 200 per month by the rent owner for parking his bike in the same apartment.

I was further told that four wheelers are charged Rs 500 per month. I personally find it difficult to swallow this fact. I have never heard of such practices in any other places. It seriously does not augur well for the larger section of the society. Of course, most of the rent owners do not undertake such practice but when others are setting it up, it would not take long for such trend to embrace the society. Therefore, it is my earnest request to those rent owners to stop charging parking fee before it becomes a trend.


Godtree Pertin,

Rajiv Gandhi university,

Rono Hills



Consensus, not confrontation

Dear Editor,

Smart city  Project is yet to begin and our folks have started all sorts of weird speculations. Some of them have even started talking about inclusion and deletion of some places which are strategically unavoidable. Remember, only" fools try build castles in air."

It’s true that conducting fruitful affairs through the art of diplomacy is a complex matter. But one has to overcome all pressure and counter pressures to attain notable success.

So folks, let’s start thinking rationally and start handling both internal and external crisis with strength and confidence.

Smart city is not a pound of meat.  It is basically upgradation of whole zone to fulfill all basic needs of the people and nation as a whole. We as whole should be a part of this noble project. Instead of delineating amongst ourselves, we should try and instigate all citizens to support and build strong mindset amongst us for the cause. Some traveler has truly said that" there are more beautiful things in the world, than you have it in your dreams".

Smart city is a humble beginning for the people of Siang belt towards modernisation .So let’s not allow this euphoria die so easily .Remember "Rome was not built in a day “likewise smart city will take time to materializes despite so many controversies looming large ,we  all should join our hands not to let the project go away due to immature miscalculations. All ideas leading to crisis should be avoided and political skeletons should shun their differences for better future. Clean image bears better results and also neutralises perpetuated atrocities in today’s world. Instead of shouting your throat out, lets create a conducive environment for the project.

Remember "consensus, not confrontation" is the key to success.


Dr K Jonnom




She deserves due recognition

Dear Editor

Maj Ponung Doming deserves due recognition for the first Arunachalee women Major in Indian Army Maj. Ponung Doming of Pasighat, East Siang District deserves due recognition from the state government as many celebrity have already been conferred and given recognition by the state government who made the state  proud and brought laurel.

Major Ponung Doming, daughter of Alom Doming and Jimi Dai Doming of  GTC Tebo village, Pasighat, East Siang District, made the state proud when she became the first Lieutenant in Indian Army  in September in 2008.

Elevated to post of Major in just four and half years, she made the state made proud as she was selected for the  United Nation (UN) Peach Keeping Force (PKF) training at Congo, Central Africa for one year.

It is worth mentioning here that Major Ponung Doming did her Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Maharastra in 2001-2005 and topped the college.

Later, she worked in L&T Company as a Senior Engineer for two years at Kolkata. In 2008 she joined the Indian Army.

Despite all, she is waiting for due recognition from the state.


Litem Eshi Ori

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