November 30

AVYS comes to the rescue

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The husband of an ailing wife, who was in dire need of B(-ve) group blood, was finally able to get relief when a student from NIT, Arunachal came forward to donate his blood.

“There cannot be greater relief than the offer of free B negative group blood, as I had lost all hopes to arrange Rs 25,000 demanded by blood brokers to save my wife who is suffering for last two decades,” said Nirjuli-based trader.

When contacted Ramesh Jeke, the founder of Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS) informed that on being alerted by ASH about the blood requirement Saturday evening, he scanned the list of AVYS volunteers and zeroed down to Shivaji Vakada, a student of NIT-Arunachal.

Vakada donated his blood around 10.30 AM today to add to the AVYS list of blood donors, Jeke added.


Road accident claims one life

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: In a horrific accident, one student lost his life while his pillion rider received serious injury. The incident took place this evening near Ganga market, Itanagar.

While talking to this daily, Officer-in-Charge of Itanagar police station, T Bage informed that dead has been identified as Ha Jawan, a student, who hails from Parsi-Parlo under Kurung Kumey district.

“The two boys were riding on Yamaha R-15 bike when they were hit by a truck, loaded with sand gravels, near Jullang entrance.  The truck did not have a number plate. We have registered a case and investigation is on,” said OC Bage.


Legal awareness camp at VKV Nirjuli

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: A daylong legal awareness programme was conducted today at VKV Nirjuli in collaboration with State NSS Cell.  

Speaking at the programme, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, chairperson, Mitali Tingkhatra emphasised for Rights of children and women, and detailed on the various atrocities faced by tribal women in the form of physical harassment, mental torture. Tingkhatra also highlighted about the work of the Women Commission.

While resource person Batotri Kri, Assistant Professor from Arunachal Law Academy spoke on fundamental rights of women and POCSO, her colleague Anupama Singh dealt with sexual harassment. She informed that the Sexual harassment Act -2013 provides protection to working women.

The resource persons exhorted the participants to update themselves about their rights to get over the prevailing atrocities on women.

Earlier, VKV Nirjuli, Principal, Panchanan Tripathy highlighted the legal rights of the women granted by the constitution of India. State NSS Cell, State Liason Officer, Dr VN Sharma said that women are not aware of their rights so there is a great need to orient them.

The programme was attended by 100 girls from the higher secondary wing of the school.


AAPGYA observes foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The Gorkha community residing in the Capital Complex, observed the 2nd Gorkha Youth foundation day organised under the aegis of All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Association (AAPGYA) at Siddhartha Hall today.

The foundation day celebration which was also extended to a cultural night was attended by IMC Councillor of Ward No. 4, Gora Lotak, Director of Gurukul Institute, Naresh Chetry and retired Sub-Major K B Chetry, 19th Assam Rifle.

In his address, Lotak reaffirmed the rights of the community to live in peace and with dignity. Stating that maintaining brotherhood is a necessity in the diverse society such as  Capital Complex, Lotak also urged the Gorkhas to shoulder the responsibilities of making the capital a better place.

Special guest, Sub- Major K B Chetry congratulated the Gorkha youths for upholding the tradition and forming a united front to address the issues faced by the community. Urging on them to continue their efforts, the retired Sub-Major also added that their efforts would help sustain the culture and tradition of the Gorkha community.


House gutted

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The dwelling house of one Tabom Libang of Ngorlung village, Ruksin of East Siang was burnt to ashes in a fire accident today morning.

The victim has lost all his properties and important documents in the fire, informed Industrial Growth Centre Complex Youth Association.

The Association appealed to the local administration and Relief and Rehabilitation, Disaster Management Department to provide relief and necessary assistance to the victim.

It also appealed to the local MLA and MP to press the state government for the establishment of a fire service station at Ruksin.


26 girl students from West Siang

on exposure tour

AALO Nov 29: A group of 26 meritorious girl students of West Siang district accompanied by two lady teachers left here for Assam and Meghalaya on an APST bus for a five-day exposure tour programme.

The students were selected from different schools of the district by the SSA District Mission under Girls Education Exposure Programme.

Tuter Nima, Station Superintendent, STS gave some useful briefings to the touring students.

The parents, officers and officials of education department were present during the small sending off ceremony held at STS office premises here. DIPRO


Let Tuki continue: ZPM

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The people of Leporiang circle under the chairmanship of ZPM Nabam Tara have condemned the ongoing dharna being staged by Arunachal Justice Forum at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi alleging corruption by the state government. The forum has been demanding stepping down of Nabam Tuki as chief minister; white paper on financial mismanagement of NDRE and SDRF schemes among others.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki should be allowed to continue in order to bring proper development to the state, the press release signed by the ZPM said.

They also condemned the dissident MLAs for trying to change the leadership.


Indian Army donates buckets to girl students

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Colonel R Parthasarathy of Indian Army visited the Girls Residential School at remote Monigong in West Siang district on Saturday. The school is run by Onge Welfare Society, a Mechukha based NGO.

Colonel Phartosharty donated few buckets for the girl students. He also distributed prizes to the winners of the school week held at the school.

The Colonel praised the OWS for imparting quality education to the girl students at a very remote place like Monigong despite facing lots of obstacles.


9th convocation of NLBC

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The 9th convocation of New Life Bible College, Dobam village near Banderdewa was held today at the Chapel hall of the college.

Speaking at the function, APCRCC president Tarh Kama called on the students to equip themselves and serve the society with in-depth biblical knowledge, dedication and commitment.

Principal of the College, Rev. Tinu Yangba Imchen gave away the certificates to the passing out candidates.

A total of 15 students were conferred certificates in theology and Christian ministry courses. The college is run by the Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC).


3rd state level veteran cup

football from Dec 2

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The 12-day third state level Veteran Cup Football Tournament-2015 will begin at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on December 2 next.

As the sports sector has been taking a quantum jump with the GoAP led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki giving top priority with an avowed policy, the veterans have been equally showing keen interest for which the tournament has decided to create a platform to showcase their talent, said chief patron and Sports Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya.

The tournament is being organised by Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) in collaboration with E&K’S.

About 10 to 12 teams from different parts of the state would vie for cash awards – Rs one lakh (winner) & Rs 50,000 (runners up) with trophy, said CCSC chairman Toko Tatung.

Preparations are afoot to ensure smooth conduct of the soccer tourney, said CCSC general secretary Kipa Takum.


ADYF conducts social service

ZIRO, Nov 29: A mass social service in and around villages of Diibo belt was organised by All Diibo Youth Forum (ADYF) on Nov 28.

Considering the fact that pollution of Kley River mainly originates from the villages in the Ziro Valley, ADYF involving students of Govt. TPD ME School, Govt. Dutta ME School, VKV, Ziro and Dutta Youth Association organized the cleanliness drive covering Bamin, Michi, Mudang-Tage, Tadu, Dutta and Biirii villages.

Wastes dumped and littered around the villages and in the vicinity of rivulets were cleared so that they do not reach the Kley River. Drainages were cleared, debris collected and disposed off in safe locations.

In every village, the activists suggested people to dispose of the household waste in safe places to avoid pollution.


News Impact


Wakro achieves milestone in fight

against opium addiction

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The Wakro unit of the Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmis (CALSOM) along with I-Care won their first battle in the fight against opium addiction when 20 opium addicts out of the 23 successfully completed the de addiction course at Treatment cum Rehabilitation Centre (TCRC) at Chongkham run by Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society.

A total of 23 addicts were admitted in TCRC on November 15 after they had expressed their willingness to undergo the de- addiction course.

Addressing the first batch of the addicts on the day of their induction in the treatment centre, EAC Dakto Riba appealed to the addicts to undergo the de addiction program with determination and complete the same successfully. He also appealed to one and all to come forward in the fight against the prevaling social evil.

Meanwhile, the team of 20, who have successfully undergone the treatment, were received warmly by the members of the community on their return for exhibiting strong will to come back and lead a healthier life free from addiction.

“It is a matter of great happiness that de addiction and rehabilitation work against opium menace is going on zealously under the active cooperation from CALSOM,” said  Dr BM Mishra, Secretary to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in a message.

Dr Mishra, who served as DC of Lohit earlier, had prepared a road map for control, monitoring, awareness, de-addiction and alternative livelihood development to tackle opium cultivation and menace of drug addiction in Lohit district.

Sosot Dellang, one of the addicts, who has successfully completed the course, shared his experiences and encouraged other addicts not to be scared by the withdrawal syndrome and to fearlessly go ahead in getting rid of the addiction.  Khuti Mitti assured that under no circumstance, he would fall prey to addiction ever again. He also appealed to all the participants of the first batch to stay strong and remain free from drug addiction. He informed that the De addiction and Rehabilitation Centre in Chongkham rendered good service and support.

Chow Thanin Mansai, Secretary, APV Society, Chow Tewa Manpoong, senior counselor and Chow  Jet Gogoi,  Program Co ordinator  of the TCRC reportedly went beyond the call of duty to help the needy.

Asuiso Minin not only pledged to stay away from addiction but also assured the organizers that he and his friends will participate in the future awareness campaigns and de addiction movement.

The rests of the addicts, who have completed the de-addiction course, also joined Asuiso in the pledge to support the movement.

Guwahati based Nezone Pipes and Structures sponsored the de addiction and rehab programme. The organizers and beneficiaries lauded Somodang Tawsik for relentlessly pursuing social good and fighting opium menace braving all hardships and public criticism.



PRI leaders urged to work selflessly

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Nov 29: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom appealed to the PRI leaders of Chetam and Giba circles to work selflessly for the betterment of the society.

Addressing the PRI leaders at a block level sensitization cum capacity building programme here, Dulom exhorted the Panchayat leaders to render their services for the welfare of the people without thinking of any personal gain.

Parliamentary Secretary Dikto Yekar advised the Panchayat leaders that any problem of villages should be sorted out within the Gram Sabhas. On selection of schemes, the Parliamentary Secretary said that the PRI leaders should prefer such schemes which are viable and beneficial to all the villagers.

While informing the villagers about the state government’s various schemes for development and promotion of agriculture and horticultural sector, he urged the PRI leaders to motivate the villagers and farmers to take up agricultural and horticultural activities seriously. Further, he asked the interested farmers to approach the department concerned for availing such scheme.

Training programme was attended by all the Anchal and Gram Panchayat members of both Chetam and Giba circles, youths, gaon burahs and public. The Central Govt. sponsored programme was organized by Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun to train and make the PRI leaders know various central govt. sponsored schemes, their implementation.



RGU all prepared for the 13th Convocation

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Around 1100 students out of the 12051 eligible for the graduation certificates are expected to attend the 13th Convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University on Monday.

According to Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Tamo Mibang, the numbers of graduate students have increased this year as compared to previous year which is very encouraging. He credited the active support and co-operation of the faculty members, administrative staff and the students for it.  He suggested the students graduate from the University to be practical in life, apply and transform every theoretical lesson and knowledge they have learnt into practical term for the betterment of the society.

In an interaction with a gold medalist (MA) Doli Ete from the Dept. of Mass Communication, he said that, “A student should not be judged on the basis of his/her accomplishments rather on how well he/she was taught”.

Pani Renyu, another gold medalist (BA) from the Dept. of Political Science, Saint Claret remarked that inspiration from seniors, support of her mother and discipline of the college helped her achieve the prestige she is receiving.



Dilemmas of a Governor

[ Monday Musing ]

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR: The current Governor JP Rajkhowa who is rather candid has been in controversy, for his alleged ‘reckless recommendation’ seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention to upgrade Lilabari Airport in Assam instead of building Green Field Airport at Hollongi because of cost involved. Soon, various political parties and civil society were after him.

He tried hard and loud to clarify the matter. But by then many organisations came up with a catch phrase and dubbed him Anti-Arunachalee and Anti-Development for the recommendation. The apex students’ organisation AAPSU reacted first and termed him, ‘Anti-Arunachal’, later on joined by various organisations. Many had also called for his recall and ouster.

The former bureaucrat was sworn in as 19th Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on June 1 this year as rebellious cloud was hanging over Itanagar because of Congress infighting, after his predecessor Lieutenant General (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma was unceremoniously packed off to Mizoram.

But since he took office, Raj Bhawan has been facing unprecedented shelling of criticism as the Governor has managed to stay in pool of controversy because of his outspoken nature.

In recent times, one occasion when Raj Bhavan was under such scrutiny was during the time of General JJ Singh who had to face a barrage of criticism because of incorrect information he gave when the helicopter carrying Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu vanished. Gen Singh had said Khandu’s chopper had landed in Bhutan.

However, if we go by the intensity of criticisms, it is slightly different, because General JJ Singh was castigated publicly by people as emotions ran high as India struggled to locate the missing CM for almost a week.

On the other hand, Governor JP Rajkhowa is being targeted partly because of his links to the Bharatiya Janata Party at center.

His appointment itself was made in such a hush-hush manner, in late May which coincided with atmosphere of ‘political uncertainty’ kicked up by Pul-Mein led rebelling Congress MLAs who have since been camping in Delhi against its CLP leader Nabam Tuki.

The attendees, representing the state BJP, appeared more enthusiastic and hopeful than ruling Congress during the short coronation of Rajkhowa at Raj Bhawan, as there was popular speculation that the Governor sent by the BJP government at center would throttle Tuki government in all fronts.

Apparently, for the BJP legislators, Rajkhowa was a glimmer of hope to finish off the Tuki government for once and all, already fractured by dissident MLAs, openly opposed to his leadership.  The mission to unseat Tuki is on by the Congress MLAs and BJP legislators as of now, but because of unwillingness of the Congress High Command to let go of Tuki, it remains to be seen what happens next.

But Raj Bhawan remains in focus, both politically and otherwise. Soon after he took over the charge, Rajkhowa started castigating Nabam Tuki-led government, publicly expressing his displeasure over poorly maintained Capital road by the PWD.   Minister PWD Gojen Gadi was targeted by the Raj Bhavan for allegedly going on an announcement spree instead of mending the roads. The subsequent reaction from the PWD Minister reflected the fact that Congress government was not very happy with the Governor.

As if to prove a point and adding more salt to the Congress wound, Raj Bhawan delayed acceptance of recommendation letter sent by the Chief Minister to drop four cabinet ministers.

Going by the past antecedents, it is unlikely that Raj Bhavan would ignore a lot of things but coming months will be much more interesting.



Sidisow asked students to focus on studies

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Parliamentary Secretary (Forest & PHED) Kumsi Sidisow said that students should work hard and focus on studies instead of involving themselves in politics and anti social activities, like bandh calls, drug abuse etc.

Addressing the valedictory function of the Sagalee Sub-Divisional Inter Secondary School Meet- 2015 at Parang on Saturday, Sidisow gave emphasis on quality education and advised every parent to send their children to government schools instead of wasting huge money in private schools.

He advised for aforestation of Parang and urged the Gaon Buras to actively participate in protection of flora and fauna. The Parliamentary Secretary also assured to establish a forest range office (FRO) at Parang. During his return trip, he visited the Forest Division at New Sagalee and Water Treatment Plant of PHE Department at Yallang.

Papum Pare DDSE TT Tara also agreed with Sidisow on the importance of quality education. He said that the quality of education is degrading rapidly, particularly in Papum Pare district. He advised the students to be more concerned, sincere and dedicated towards their studies as they are the future of the society.

ASEF president Nabam Kiran also stressed on quality education and appreciated General Administration for organizing such event. He said that such event should be conducted every year to encourage students for their overall development. He advised ADC, Sagalee to encourage the participation of more students from other circles and to include students from Mengio and Silsango also.

He donated 10 dustbins to Govt. Secondary School, Parang under “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”.

The function was also attended by Sagalee ZPM Nabam Yakum, a team of ASEF, Sagalee, PRI leaders, GBs and public of Parang.



World conference on climate

change set to begin in Paris

New Delhi, Nov 29: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for Paris to attend the world conference on climate change amid his emphasis that it is the responsibility of all to work against global warming. Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister said in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat': "The whole world is worried about climate change. There are discussions everywhere over it and concerns are being expressed.... The temperature of the Earth should not increase now. It is the responsibility and concern of all."

His emphasis on the responsibility of all assumes significance as the developed world is trying to place greater onus on developing nations like India in the fight against climate change.

India has been maintaining that the developed countries have been the major polluters over centuries and should assume greater role in fighting global warming by funding and transferring low-cost technology to developing nations.

Joining a select group of countries, India said it will provide USD 2.5 million for the vulnerable nations in the Commonwealth to help them introduce clean energy and reduce green-house gas emissions. India contends that the developed countries must bear a bigger burden than developing countries to control climate change, since they had contributed largely to pollution over the last 200 years.

India's 25-member delegation will focus on PM Modi's call for "climate justice" and "common but differentiated responsibilities", despite being under pressure from the developed nations to cut down on emission.  With 200 million people with no access to electricity, India has said it will not accept any restrictions on its use of coal. The nation, however, has set a target of availing 175 gigawatts of power through renewable resources by 2022.

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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.




---- Readers Forum ----


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