November 09

Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes made invalid in war against black money
New Delhi, Nov 8: High denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced as he declared a "decisive" war against black money and corruption while disclosing a raft of steps to assure commoners that their money is safe.
In his first televised address to the nation two-and-a- half-years after assuming office, he announced a 50-day window from November 10 to December 30 for those having these notes to deposit them in their bank and post office accounts "without any limit".
He also said that new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500, with completely new design, will be introduced. Officials said such notes have already been reached to banks to prepare for their circulation from November 10.
"Based on past experience, the RBI will hereafter make arrangements to limit the share of high denomination notes in the total currency in circulation," Modi said.
Banks will remain closed tomorrow and ATMs will also not function tomorrow and in some places on November 10 also.
In the first few days, there will be a withdrawal limit of Rs 2000 per day per ATM card. This will be raised to Rs 4000 later.
Similarly, keeping in mind the supply of new notes, in the first few days, there will be a limit of Rs 10,000 per day and Rs 20,000 per week. This limit will be increased in the coming days.
Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes can also be exchanged for lower denomination currency at bank counters and select post offices till November 24 with a cap of Rs 4000 per day. From November 25, the cap will be raised.
Banks will open additional counters and work for additional hours to deal with the rush of people wanting to deposit or change notes.
There may be some who, for some reason, are not able to deposit their old Rs 500 or Rs 1000 notes by December 30, 2016, he said, adding they can go to specified offices of the RBI up to March 31, 2017 and deposit the notes after submitting a declaration form.
Officials said there were 6.7 billion pieces of Rs 1000 notes in circulation and 16.5 billion pieces of Rs 500.
In his address, first in Hindi and later in English, Modi, whose government had implemented two schemes for unearthing of black money both domestic and abroad, said Rs 1.25 lakh crore belonging to the "corrupt" people has already been brought out in the open.
"There comes a time in the history of a country’s development when a need is felt for a strong and decisive step," he said, asking political parties, all governments, social organisations and media to participate in the war against black money "with enthusiasm to make it a success".
He conceded that there could some inconvenience to people in implementing the measures and asked them to bear with it.
The notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 "will not be legal tender from midnight tonight" and these will be "just worthless piece of paper," Modi said.
However, he said that all notes in lower denomination of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Re 1 and all coins will continue to be valid.
Noting that there will be 50 days to deposit the demonetised notes, Modi said, "there is no need for panic.
Your money will remain yours. You need have no worry on this point. After depositing your money in your account, you can draw it when you need it."
Elaborating on the need for the measures, Modi said in the past decades, the spectre of corruption and black money has grown and has weakened the effort to remove poverty.
"On the one hand, we are now No. 1 in the rate of economic growth. But on the other hand, we were ranked close to 100 in the global corruption perceptions ranking two years back. In spite of many steps taken, we have only been able to reach a ranking of 76 now. Of course, there is improvement. This shows the extent to which corruption and black money have spread their tentacles," he said.
He said the evil of corruption has been spread by certain sections of society for their selfish interest. "They have ignored the poor and cornered benefits. Some people have misused their office for personal gain. On the other hand, honest people have fought against this evil," he said. PTI

DySP rank job to late Kamdak's wife
Govt. accords top priority to strengthen police dept: Pema
44th APP Raising Day
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: State government has decided to give DySP rank job to Late DySP Bomto Kamdak's wife as mark of respect to the brave soul. This was revealed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu during the 44th Arunachal Pradesh Police Raising Day celebration at Police Training Centre, Banderdewa on Tuesday.
He informed that state government has framed a policy to recognize the selfless sacrifices made by brave police personnel in the line of their duties. Under the policy, an ex-gratia to the tune of Rs. 50 lakhs for all the police personnel irrespective of ranks who sacrifice his or her life while fighting any terrorist, criminals or underground elements shall be given to the next kith and kin and a suitable government job for next kith and kins of the martyr.
CM also gave a brief on institution of the State's highest award namely Arunachal Ratna which carries a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh along with Gold Medal and a roll of honour. Late Bomto Kamdak was the first recipient of the award posthumously.
He assured to enhance grant-in aid to APP welfare society from Rs 50 to Rs 100 per personnel per year and one time Grant-in-aid of Rs 70,00,000 for opening of the Subsidiary Canteen at various locations. Funds raised for APP Welfare Society is utilized for welfare loan such as medical treatment, marriage, education, accident benefits, retirement benefits etc. for the police personnel.
Addressing APP contingents, Khandu said, "As peace is the barometer to gauge the social maturity of any nation or state, a peaceful State is one of the most important criteria for uninterrupted development." He announced that strengthening of police department would be one of the top most priorities of his government.
Khandu appreciated the immeasurable contribution of the state police force in maintaining peace in the society and keeping the citizens out of harm's way.
"With the active cooperation of the state police force personnel, the state government can ensure that there is peace in the state and any fringe elements attempting to disrupt shall be dealt with iron hand," CM asserted.
While talking about welfare measures initiated by the state government for police department and its personnel, CM said that all women police station will be established in all the district headquarters with 401 posts while 2400 posts of police personnel would be shortly filled. Khandu said that the ration money and uniform allowances of police personnel is being enhanced and shall be directly credited to their accounts.
"In order to control crime and instill a sense of security in the twin capital city of Itanagar and Naharlagun, city surveillance system would be put in place," informed the CM. He further revealed that the state government has proposed for a state of art Police Training Academy in line of NEPA, Shillong to Union Ministry of Home Affairs and said that it has high hopes that the proposal would be considered positively. CM also pitched to upgrade the existing forensic science laboratory as proposed by the department.
Khandu shared that he was aware of the problems faced by the department and assured that their grievances would be looked into in phase wise manner.
He later inaugurated the exhibition stalls put up by the police department.
Also speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Kumar Waii revealed that he has done extensive research on Police department and is aware of the problems they are facing. He assured all out support to strengthen police department besides keeping in mind the welfare measures of its personnel.
"I am always with you all," Waii emphatically said and suggested that such police Raising Day event should be organised in larger public gathering so that people can see the beauty and strength of the discipline force of the state.
On the day, President's Police medal for meritorious services of police officers and personnel and Home Minister's medal were given away by the CM. Winners and runners up of CM's Running Trophy (Football), Home Minister's running trophy (Volley ball) and Director General of Police's Running trophy for Marching Contingents were also given. CM enhanced the cash prizes of the football, volleyball and March past running trophies.
Smart marchpast display, band display by VKV students, PT display by women contigents of APP, Commando drills, SDRF and Fire Fighters display were other major highlights of the day.

Adventure Sports marks the Day-2 of [email protected]
MECHUKA, Nov 8: The second day of [email protected] was marked by Adventure events like, shooting, boating, horse riding, para gliding and various events for children.
The traditional songs, dances presented by various tribes of Mechuka sub-division, Nangbia Chanda IGT finalist, K-4 KEKHO rapper, North East India Fashion R-1, Pawandeep Rajan Voice Winner, North East India Fashion Week R-2, Pawan Rajan Voice Winner and popular Adi Singer, Delong Padu spellbound the audiences through their mesmerizing performances.
Popular Singer Miss Naheed from Assam enthralled the big crowed on day one nite.
The organizing committee headed by Mechuka ADC Tunge Loya, event organizer CCRD and local organizers are making all out efforts to make the celebration a grand success.

Union Minister assures to strengthen PRIs in state
NEW DELHI, Nov 8: Union Panchayati Raj Minister  Narendra Singh Tomar assured to strengthen three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) after learning about their dismal affairs from an All Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Parishad (AAPPP) team led by its secretary general Sangha Tagik here today.
Tomar was shocked to known that though district planning committee (DPC) was constituted on 04.12.06 to decentralise planning in all districts but are headed by deputy commissioners, instead of Zilla Parishad chairpersons.
Thus, he immediately asked the panchayat secretary Jitendra Shankar  Mathur to take up the issue with the GoAP to transfer the DPC chairmanship to Zilla Parishad chairperson forthwith as it violated Article 243ZD of Constitution of India.
    Tagik, in a memorandum, on behalf of state's 9,372 elected PRI leaders, urged the union minister to sanction Rs 200 crore for setting up of a tribal skill development & capacity building centre to skill the indigenous tribal people of the state to tap the vast natural resources to join nation building mission, said the memroandum, signed by ZPCs Tagik (Kurung Kumey), Jowkhong Singpho (Changlang), Santung Lowang Yagsia (Tirap) and Yaman Bagra (West Siang).
Stressing the need for close cooperation between the Army and security forces with civilians as the state shares borders with three countries, they requested him  to move the home and defence ministries for creating provision to exclusively recruit locals in group 'C' and 'D' posts who would benefit from employment but serve as the bedrock of the Army and security forces.
They drew his attention that the PRIs functionaries face acute shortage of accommodation when they visit state capital and district HQs as the GoAP had announced on September 2 last Rs 150 crore and Rs 145 crore for state panchayat niwas and district panchayat bhawan respectively to accommodate only 20 persons but the projects still in cold storage need to be expedited.
Moreover, the 14th Finance Commission grants are directly released to the gram panchayats while other two tiers are sitting idle, though the masses have huge expectations from them. Thus, funds should be provided to backward blocks and district of NE states to take the idle two tiers at par with other states of India. Moreover,  the DPC chairmanship vested with the deputy commissioners was solely responsible for haphazard district planning which should be streamlined immediately,  the memorandum added.

CoSAAP decries decision on pension enhancement for ex-legislators
Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has reacted strongly to the decision taken by Adhoc Committee of State Legislative Assembly  which was formed to examine the grievances of Former Legislator's Welfare Association (FLWA) for enhancing the pension amount of Ex MLAs from Rs 20,000 to Rs 100,000 and medical allowances from Rs 5000 to Rs 50,000.
Addressing  the press persons at Press Club on Tuesday, CoSAAP President Pate Marik  expressed disappointment that while the long felt demand of the state government employees was pushed aside considering the bye-election, the committee for Ex-MLAs have gone ahead and come up with a decision which shows the discriminatory approach of the constitution.
"The decision was taken while there is modal code of conduct imposed in the state for the bye election," he said adding, "If the decision of the Adhoc committee is accepted, the state government will have to accept our demand as well."
"If the model code of conduct works for us, why not for them?" he questioned the chief secretary.
Also criticizing on the pattern of the enhancement saying it is more than 50 percent of the actual amount; President CoSAAP wanted to know on what basis the hikes were made.
"While the medical allowance of the government employees increased from Rs 300 to Rs 500 only in November last year, it has gone from Rs 5000 to Rs 50,000 for the former legislators, which is unacceptable. Ours is a government which works only for classified people while depriving needy people," he condemned.
"But if the decision has to be accepted by the state government, we demand that the hike is equal for everyone and not only the ex-legislators," he demanded.

Road connectivity to  all administrative circles : DCM
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: "Govt. to connect all the administrative circles of the state by all weather roads", said the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein during the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Steel Bridge with RCC Decking over River Papum at Ramghat, Tarasso on Tuesday.
“Construction of road is one of the priority agendas of the present government as development can not take place without proper communication. Hence, the government is planning to connect all the administrative circles through all weather roads”, he said.
Mein further said that the State government will pay extra attention to the issues faced by the common men and efforts are being done to improve the economy of the people by bringing in innovative developments in construction and farming.
He said that we need to promote our traditional handlooms and handicrafts, agriculture and horticulture sectors to improve the rural economy.
He also stressed on harnessing of hydropower potential of the nearby rivers, which has the capacity of generating 22 MW of power to meet the power needs of the area.
This way the water of the river can also be harnessed for the irrigation purposes, Mein iopined.
While emphasizing on development of Agriculture and Tourism Industry of the state, he mentioned of the Royal Project at Thailand which transformed the erstwhile drought land of Isan (North East) Region of Thailand into a granary belt by bringing in irrigation project to be known as "Rice Bowl of Thailand".
He also informed how the people of Thailand maintained and showcases their ethnic cultures, handlooms and handicrafts for tourism. He stressed to strengthen ties with the South Asian Countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Maylasia, Cambodia, Myanmar, etc to develop the tourism industry of the state.
While responding to the 6-points memorandum submitted to him by local MLA and Minister UD & Housing, Town Planning and Law & Justice Nabam Rebia for construction and widening of Balijan-Jote Road, Mein assured that he would accord topmost priority to the project in next AOP.
On construction of bridge over Magoni and Dipu Rivers, the DCM informed that Rs 25 crore for 120M and 60M bridges over Magoni and Dipu under CRF 2016-17 has been already approved by the State Government and sent to GoI for sanction of the fund.
Regarding establishment of IRBn battalion headquarters at Tarasso, Mein said to discuss the matter with the Chief Minister and the Cabinet.
On widening of road from Itanagar to Sengdupota, he said that the government has already initiated work for its development. He also said to place the drinking water supply for Tarasso circle in the top most priority and also assure to look into the construction of multipurpose community hall.
Rebia urged the government to give due importance to infrastructure development in Tarasso area, including roads. He also urged the Executing Agency (PWD) of the bridge to complete all the formalities immediately and to start the construction work soon.
ZPM Upper Balijan (Sangdupota) GolloTakam, former Agency Council Member, Nabam Runghi, ZPM Tarasso, Nabam Eka and ZPM Lower Balijan, Tana Poona also spoke on the occasion.
The construction of the 120M long steel bridge with RCC decking over Papum River is being funded by NABARD under RIDF-XXI which would be executed by PWD.
The bridge will connect the Tarasso Circle with Balijan ADC Headquarter and will serve as the lifeline for the people of Tarasso Circle paving way for major socio-economic development of the area.
Present during the foundation laying ceremony, among others, were Chairman Science & Technology Bamang Mangha, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye, Balijan ADC Chukhu Takar, SE PWD (western zone)Techi Rotu, HoDs, GBs, PRI members and public leaders.

Dr. Pandey conferred 'Life Time Achievement Award'
PASIGHAT, Nov 7: Dr. A K Pandey, Dean of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat has been conferred 'Life Time Achievement Award' by the Society of Biological Sciences and Rural Development, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of horticulture in general and in the field of vegetable science in particular, during  a National Symposium on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development held at Allahabad recently.
Dr. Pandey has made substantial contribution towards identifying under-utilized vegetable crops of the country. His efforts toward developing the technology for protected cultivation of vegetables have opened new vistas in cultivation of high value vegetable crops like colored capsicum and cucumber.
He is a well-known academician who has published more than 70 research articles in journals of national and international repute and attended around 150 national and international conferences and symposia.
The Society of Biological Sciences and Rural Development, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh also conferred 'Scientist of the Year Award' to Dr. B P Mishra and Dr. M M Kumawat who are Assistant Professors of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat.

An inclusive oil palm policy for people and biodiversity
[ Nandini Velho, Aparajita Datta, Anirban Datta-Roy, Mihin Dollo ]
The recent articles by Umesh Srinivasan and Idar Nyori have brought the promise and pitfalls of oil palm expansion in Arunachal Pradesh to the fore.
Oil palm is a highly productive crop important for India’s vegetable oil security. But oil palm expansion in Arunachal must proceed cautiously without affecting the state’s social fabric and environment.
Palm oil is used in everyday products, but known negative effects of oil palm on biodiversity, forests and climate change have led to a global push for stringent standards and sustainable production. Consumers are choosing not to buy products containing unsustainably produced palm oil that harms farmers and biodiversity. Indonesian and Malaysian companies face pressure to grow oil palm in equitable and ecologically less damaging ways. India needs to follow such global concerns.
Before signing MoUs with private companies, the state should have evolved a transparent, inclusive and consultative oil palm policy that considers the perils and potential of oil palm. Government websites should place information and maps on proposed oil palm development in the public domain and solicit public comments. Arunachal needs a policy that safeguards people’s rights and the state’s biodiversity for several reasons.
People need to be aware of their choices and policy options to ensure that past mistakes are not repeated. When Dutch colonisers brought oil palm to Indonesia and Malaysia in 1890, no one foresaw its negative consequences. In 2013, journalist Jay Mazoomdar visited oil palm farmers in Indonesia and wrote “All of them vied for the freedom to choose their destiny in a system where ‘companies’ and the government decide pretty much everything.” Closer home, this is being repeated. Over the last decade, Mizoram’s New Land Use Policy encouraged people to abandon jhum for settled agriculture and oil palm was aggressively promoted in recent years. In 2014, an Aizawl-based journalist wrote “In many cases, contractors/businessmen from distant towns bag the land titles.” In Mizoram, farmers are not free to sell oil palm to anyone but only to particular companies in each district. This system makes it captive plantations of each company.
Journalists, ecologists, social scientists, and most importantly, farmers with strong cultural ties to their land have all expressed such concerns. The criteria used to in Arunachal Pradesh to identify land as ‘potentially suitable for oil palm’ or ‘degraded’ can be questioned. Often, land regarded as ‘degraded’ or ‘wasteland’ from a commercial perspective, provides valuable socio-economic needs to poorer farmers and refuges for biodiversity.
Zonation must not be based on agro-climatic suitability for oil palm alone, but should consider land use, tenure, ecological and watershed values, and be made public for verification and feedback. The foothill areas along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border where oil palm is being planned are among the richest in biodiversity, hold important wildlife corridors, and spaces for other productive agricultural crops.
As Nyori points out, people care deeply for their forest. But simply caring for one’s land is not a guarantee against market forces in the light of 100% Foreign Direct Investment in oil palm. Across the world, people have lost their lands, despite caring deeply, as evidenced in forest landscapes lost to oil palm in South-east Asia. Indigenous people elsewhere have gained from oil palm but also suffered from air and water pollution, disease, and social conflict. These facts must be made public (and not just yield and monetary aspects) so that people can make informed decisions on sustainable uses of their own lands and not lose community control of forests and land.
Land under community-managed forests can be taken over by contractors/businessmen or encroached or lost to individuals leading to dispossession and social conflict. Nyori mentions that central and state government policies do not allow companies to acquire or lease land beyond a specific acreage as defined by land ceiling norms. But recent news reports clearly indicate that industry is lobbying the government to declare oil palm a plantation crop to bypass Land Ceiling Act regulations.
Groundwork is needed to first legally empower people.  C. R. Bijoy, a human rights researcher speaking at the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, Itanagar on Forest Rights, has urged amending the Jhum Land Regulation Act, Anchal Forest Reserves Act and Assam Forest Regulation Act. He suggests that “the power of the Deputy Commissioner to regulate jhum rights and acquisition of jhum land without recording the rights and consent of the communities are to be removed.”
While existing laws do not give people legal land rights, the state government has not interfered with the traditional de facto tribal community ownership of  Unclassed State Forests (USF). The entry of oil palm could change this and with no legal safeguards, palm oil companies may gain greater control and lobbying power. The state government has not undertaken cadastral surveys giving land tenure to people in USF or in forest areas settled by people that are Reserved Forests on paper. It is vital to know how the state government will safeguard the interests of people and biodiversity over that of companies.
With regard to oil palm suitability, Nyori states that oil palm has done well in experimental plantations. Experimental plantations will be optimally watered and provisioned (with fertilizers and pesticides), so it is no surprise if they have high yields. The Food and Agriculture Organization maps show no areas in Arunachal are suited to oil palm cultivation.
Nyori notes that oil palm is rain-fed and Arunachal’s rainfall will be inadequate for growing a crop that needs 300 litres per plant per day. “Two hectares of oil palm uses up more water everyday than a citizen of Mizoram needs in an entire year” writes a report. In the dry season, foothill forest areas in Arunachal are prone to fires as stream beds dry up. It is unclear how experimental results will scale up to 1.25 lakh hectares that would require irrigation and chemical inputs.
The Rethinam committee also states that further studies on water availability and soil type are needed to fully assess the feasibility of growing oil palm.
Oil palm as “green cover” is a myth. As ecologically barren monocultures, they are nowhere near the value of even “degraded” forests or shifting cultivation-forest landscape mosaic for biodiversity. Oil palm has one of the lowest carbon sequestration potentials (45 tC/ha) even when compared to other crops (orange: 76 tC/ha) and not comparable to forest carbon stocks. The clearing, burning and conversion of forests to oil palm leads to higher carbon emissions.
Despite considerable government investments, oil palm has not taken off in India because of constraints faced by growers. Even if 1.25 lakh ha of oil palm operates at optimal productivity in Arunachal, how will the profits be distributed? Elsewhere, influential community members and companies have reaped benefits, while negative effects have been heaped on marginalized poor farmers. A democratic, transparent decision-making process to ensure benefits are shared in a socially just manner is essential.
This leads to the larger question about top-down or bottom-up sustainable development efforts in Arunachal Pradesh. Oil palm is a top-down policy thrust on farmers – a non-native crop hugely subsidised and promoted by government. Despite institutions doing good agricultural research and government schemes promoting crop alternatives, inadequate financial support, poor implementation, and delivery failure plague the sector. While oil palm is promoted as a magic bullet, many bottom-up, locally relevant solutions languish for government support. The valuable Agar (Aquilariaagallocha) is cultivated in home gardens in Assam and harvested in 4-5 years without huge investments or large land tracts. There are many economically important native species such as Rudraksh, Tokko and Mekahi valued by local communities that could be encouraged via subsidies for growing saplings and afforesting lands, bringing income from multiple crops.
A broader vision will require innovation and incorporate people’s knowledge about ecologically benign and socially just cultivation options. A state oil palm policy should be created that is not solely based on crop yields and monetary profits but balances various costs and benefits. This will enable people to make choices in their best long-term interest.
(Nandini Velho, Aparajita Datta and Anirban Datta-Roy are researchers working in Arunachal Pradesh. Mihin Dollo is Coordinator (Natural Resource) at NERCORMP-IFAD, Shillong, Meghalaya)

DFP stall draws huge crowds at [email protected]
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Readily available information in the form of booklets, leaflets, display boards at the DFP stall put up by the Regional Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Arunachal Region) was a huge crowd puller at the Mechuka Festival, which began on Monday.
The stall was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs along with the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajwardhan Singh Rathore last evening.
While a large number of people visiting the festival from across the state made it a point to visit the DFP stall to get themselves updated with various initiatives of central government they could also get their doubts cleared on the spot.
The stall was visited by the Member of Parliament Ninong Ering, who not only appreciated the DFP initiative in reaching out to public in such a remote, difficult terrain but also advised DFP to organise more such programmes on central schemes and programmes
It may be noted that DFP has deputed its teams from Aalo and Phasighat to highlight various schemes and programmes launched by central government in the last 2 years for farmers, youth, women and poor.
Small booklets titled Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai; Aage Badh Raha Hai containing brief details about a number of flagship programmes launched by the NDA government were distributed on the occasion.
Information related to Agriculture( PM Krishi Sinchaya Yojana, PM Fasal Bima Yojana), Banking( PM Dhan Jan Yojana, PM Suraksha Bima Yojana, PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, PM Mudra Yojana, Skill Development( Deen Dayal Grameen Kaushal Yojana, Women Empowerment( Beti Bachao Beti Padao, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, PM Ujjwala Yojana, Digital India, Swacch Bharat initiatives and their impact on overall development and progress of the country were shared with the public and their doubts were clarified.
Other important visitor to the DFP stall was the famous singer Adnan Sami.
Many public who visited the stall complimented DFP for its initiative with their remarks  on the visitor book and requested for similar information kiosks at other fairs and festivals.

‘Stop encroachment of Arunachal land by Assam’
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The Jigo Yego Students' Union (JYSU) on behalf of the public of Likabali has lodged a complaint with Likabali ADC regarding alleged encroachment of Arunachal land by Assam.
In a representation to the SDO, the students' union claimed that Assam government was carrying out road maintenance work at Likabali behind the Likabali Saturday market area, which falls under jurisdiction of Arunachal Pradesh and has been maintained till date by Arunachal Pradesh.
JYSU demanded the administration to give proper order and necessary directive to police to halt the alleged 'forceful' encroachment of Arunachal land by Assam within two days, failing which the union threatened to launch its first phase of 12-hr bandh call on November 12.
In yet another memorandum to the SDO, JYSU strongly opposed the award of civil works of 132/33 KV sub-station at Likabali to a capital based contractor depriving the local people and land donors.
The students' union said that the people of the area had offered their ancestral WRC field to Department of Power for establishment of 132/33KV sub-station by PGCIL with high expectation of large scale infrastructure development, where hundreds of unemployed youths as well as villagers will be benefited once the project starts. But unfortunately Neccon Power & Infra Ltd. (Turnkey Contractor) awarded all the civil works of the project to one capital based contractor depriving the local people and in an open violation to Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneur's and professional (Incentive Development and Promotional) Bill 2015.
JYSU appealed to the SDO to take immediate steps for cancellation of sub vendor contract work to outsiders as it grossly curtails the rights of the local people.

Mallo asks students to devote in study with  sincerity
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Commissioner Raj Indra Mallo has asked the students of the Green Mount School to devote in their studies with responsibility for better results in examinations. "Help yourself first with respect and responsibilities so that you can enjoy a respectable life in near future," she said while addressing the inaugural function of the silver jubilee cum annual school week celebration of Green Mount School here on  Tuesday.
Stating that Arunachal does not lack talents, she said sincerity and devotion with dedication is the need of hour. She asked the students learn to respect the teachers and maintain a cordial relations with fellow students and improve their aptitude to learn  even  beyond  their academic career to become a good citizen.
Sharing her learning experience as student in the past, Mallo said "if you pursue your goal with dedication and hard work,  your efforts  will bring good results."
School Management chairperson Hegio Aruni in her address elaborated the twenty five years of journey of Green Mount School in Itanagar and her contribution in the field of education and social service and society. The school which started in the year 1990 with only 5 students  has now more than 500 students, she said. She  asked the students to study well and  also take part in  co- curricular activities like games and sports  and  culture programme. School Principal Tomar Namak also spoke on the occasion.
School management committee members and local residents among others were present in the  inaugural function.

Mrs. Arunachal-2016 to project 'Mother of substance'
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Mrs. Arunachal-2016, themed 'Mother of substance', is being organized  by the  Ngurang Learning Institute (NLI) at Dree Ground here on November 26 next, not as a beauty pageant but to celebrate the strength, determination and empowerment of women of the state.
Five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom, mother of three, an epitome of mother of substance, is the special guest for the event. The platform, with participants from all walks of life in the age group of 30 (59 to be the oldest), would project the personal experiences of bravery, courage and encouragement.
While chief advisor & former lawmaker Ngurang Pinch would address the gathering, Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju would speak on  Nari Sashaktikaran & women in politics, social activist Jarjum Ete  on 'Gender equality: Uniform civil code or codification of customary laws, Mary Kom  on 'How to punch like a girl', Bompie Riram on  'Fervor of equity', to be punctuated by performance by the contestants, local artists including  Arunachal Artist Forum and The Brooks by K-Pop cover artists of Delhi's Korean Culture Centre before the winner is felicitated by state Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

In pursuit of quality living
[ Dr. Hage Tabyo ]
Man needs two basic quintessential ingredients in his life. One is - money and the other - happiness. If he possesses the first, he does not always become the master of the second and vice-versa. If one wants to be happy by each moment in his life, it's quite fine; who does not want to be happy? But money! Money is not by any way the ultimate means of happiness, as we all agreed. But how much money one requires to make himself happy - is the million dollar question.
The world has changed tremendously, and is still changing in too fast pace. Everything has sped up. Fast technology of all kinds - fast information, fast travel, fast career, fast results and fast relationship - are all in a rage with our "I want it just now" world. Indeed, the world is fast becoming a vast 'convenience store' or multi brand shop  where you can get everything in an instant - fast (instant) coffee/tea, fast (microwave) food, fast (online) booking or shopping, minute meal, minute wifi, minute pass photo, quick home delivery of everything and of course quickie marriages and divorces too.
In the same momentum, now people want the first and favoured ingredient - money in a very fast pace. He/she wants to make money at the quickest and become rich, if not overnight, at least by year-end or within a couple or so. This has become a ubiquitous trend and a kind of competition, deeply ingrained into the mindset of people, especially in today's younger generation. Hence, the core value of life and fundamental quality in people's of present generation is towards the course of erosion, by dint of invasion of present day's technology.
By any means, there certainly is a set standard for living and enjoying life by people being fit and healthy, imbibing moral virtues of character and education, securing a cheerful family, giving due respect to native culture, faiths and traditions, pursuing careers in a valued modest way of life etc etc. It is worth knowing that fast speed often begets accidents and regrets. The choice on by you should be on the quality, not on speed or quantity in any form.
By talking of quality of living, I have a rough and ready yardstick to measure the quality of life in our state - Arunachal's towns and cities. On the positive sides are the number of schools, colleges, health & public utility centres, libraries etc we have, while, on the other hand - the negatives, the number of beer bars, snooker zones, fashion parlours, nocturnal clubs (other than health and fitness clubs) and even some exotic restaurants. But the ultimate litmus test of a town's sophistication, as per my parameter, is the number of bookshops it has, the kind of books they stock and the customers they draw.
Book stores that cater to students selling school and college text books, exercise copies and reams of plain sheets do not count. It is the others, which have books on fiction, poetry, science, technology, philosophy, comparative religion and of course G.K and the kind of people who buy them.
It is heartening to see that though prices of books keep going up, book buying is also on the increase - as it is evident on seeing the crowd pilling up in the bookshops these days. On a comparative estimate, the Bengalis have always been among the top book buyers. The day they receive their monthly salaries, they usually go to buy their ration of reading for the month. Daal-bhath and maacher jhole are their other priority. People of other states or zones are also picking up the habit evidently nowadays.
We, the local tribal groups - be it Arunachalee or other NE people who are at the bottom of my list in this count, are  turning more bookish now a days to an extent. A decade back or earlier, we were real laggers as book buyers, whereas, we are still among top in the list of consumers of beer & its allied beverages & meats of damn varieties.  To talk of some contemporary Indian literary personalities  making their name and fame, I have my own choice. My favorite authors and columnists comprise predominantly of females - Shobhaa De, Arundhuti Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, and two more latest entrants, being Preety Shennoy and Twinkle Khanna.  The lone male writer making my list in the grade is Upamanyu Chatterjee, but the most preferred among them is the one and only, the maverick Khuswant Singh. In our state Arunachal Pradesh also there is no doubt, no dearth of good writers and authors even of national eminence. We have our own, the late "Luminous" - Lummer Dai, Yese Dorjee Thongchi, Mamang Dai. We have the journalists like Tongam Rina, Taba Ajum and others making waves in today's print media and we have the erudite columnists Denhang Bosai, and Group Captain M. Panging  to name a few. And we shall hope to see some more young genius likely to be extracted out of the State's APLS exercises & other fora in days to come. (The writer is a retired Director of Family Welfare, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh)

Kra Daadi, Papum Pare announces teams for state boxing C'ship
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Kra Daadi Boxing Association (KDBA) and Papum Pare Amateur Boxing Association have named their district teams for the 3rd State Level Boxing Championship to be held in Nykum Niya ground, Nirjuli from November 10.
Kra Daadi has fielded a team of 29 boxers while Papum Pare has named a strong contingent of 33 pugilists for the championship.
In a briefing session at Tennis Court of IG Park here on Tuesday, Bamboo Mission (Arunachal) vice chairman Yura Tugung encouraged the young boxers of Kra Daadi to perform up to their potentials and bring laurels to the district by winning medals.
Informing them about various initiatives by the State Government for the welfare of sportspersons, like job reservation for meritorious sportspersons, Tugung asked them to take up sports seriously and grab the opportunities by becoming a good sportsperson.
Kra Daadi District Olympic Association president Charu Tatung gave some important tips and advice to the participating athletes.
He advised the young boxers to stay calm and cool during fight and maintain strict discipline. He advised them to observe and find out the weak and strong points of their opponents and make fighting strategies accordingly. He advised them not to lose heart if they lose a bout or two. Rather, he asked them to learn from loses.
Tatung asked the budding players to continue practicing without any stoppage.
KDBA secretary general Tatung Takar Ame is the coach of the team led by President Dari Lakniya.
The team is supported by Minister Takam Pario, musical band Ejeng Dudak, AACWA president Takam Padu, among others.
Papum Pare Amateur Boxing Association president Teli Duli, who also is the organizing chairman of the championship, told that the district team was selected after rigorous four-month-long training conducted by coach and AABA secretary Teli Kahi. He hoped for a better performance this time by the district team.
Senior boxing team manager and Treasurer of Arunachal Boxing Association Tenzing Chogyal also interacted with the selected boxers of Papum Pare and gave them some important winning tips and advices.
Meanwhile, it was informed by AABA that the state team for the National Senior Boxing Championship to be held in Guwahati from December 8 to 13 will be selected on the basis of performance in the ensuing state championship.

21st State Level Karate-do Championship
SAI emerges overall Champions
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Sports Authority of India (SAI), Naharlagun emereged overall champion with 21 Gold, 2 Silver and equal numbers of Bronze medal in the just concluded 21st State Level Karate-do Championship, which was held at Hapoli, Lower Subansiri from November 4 to 6.
Kra Daadi with 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 9 Bronze medal finished runners up.
Altogether, 640 players and officials from 18 districts and 3 units/teams took part in the championship.
The closing ceremony was attended by Zila Chairperson Hage Kobin, Karate Association of India vice president Shihan Likha Tara and Executive Engineer (RWD) Toko Out.
The championship was organized by All Lower Subansiri District Karate-Do Association (ALSDKA) under the aegis of Arunachal Karate Do Association.
The result:
Sub-Junior Boys (8-10 Years) Individual Kata: Amit Sagndo (Gold), West Kameng, Duyu Chikho (Silver), Papum Pare, Takar Chekhe (Bronze), Upper Siang, Zintu Eyum  (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Sub-Junior Girls (8-10 Years) Individual Kata: Riseng Yun  (Gold), Anjaw, Zimi Eyum (Silver), Upper Subansiri,Namir Niji (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Sub-Junior Boys (11-13 Years) Individual Kata: Joseph Parang (Gold), SAI, Sake Bayor (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Deepak Jamoh (Bronze), SLSA, Babin Kri  (Bronze), Anjaw.
Sub-Junior Girls (11-13 Years) Individual Kata: Eihena Pulu (Gold), Dibang Valley, Tame Ani (Silver), East Siang, Hinium Mama (Bronze), Kurung Kumey, Mechar Lamra (Bronze), Papum Pare.
Cadet Boys (14-15 Years) Individual Kata: Lodar Tong (Gold), Papum Pare, Atum Sono  (Silver), SAI, AchemYun (Bronze), Anjaw, Charu Solomon  (Bronze), Lower Dibang Valley.
Cadet Girls (14-15 Years) Individual Kata: Rosemlu Tamblung (Gold), SAI, Bumi Nuk (Silver), Upper Subansiri,Yasmin Leriak (Bronze), Upper Siang, Banu Karga (Bronze), Kurung Kumey.
Junior Boys (16-17 Years) Individual Kata: Tanga Tamen Pigia(Gold), Upper Subansiri, Chonia Nilling  (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Charu Jagu (Bronze), Kra-Daadi, Amanso Pul (Bronze), Anjaw.
Junior Girls (16-17 Years) Individual Kata: Bomak Sera (Gold), SAI, Hiba Ama (Silver), Kurung Kumey, Yalum Piya (Bronze), Upper Subansiri, Nabam Nasap (Bronze), SLSA.
Senior Boys Individual Kata:Raja Yangfo  (Gold), SAI, Nabam Radhe (Silver), SLSA, Komer Bimpak  (Bronze), Upper Subansiri, Bagang Nagung (Bronze), Kra-Daadi.
Senior Girls Individual Kata: Goda Asha (Gold), SAI, Mesom Singhi (Silver), SAI, Nikter Ani (Bronze), Papum Pare, Minam Takseng  (Bronze), SLSA.
Sub-Junior Boys Individual Kumite: Biki Josh (Gold), Capital Complex, Takar Cheke  (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Tato Bani (Bronze), Lower Dibang Valley, Pitotro Naril (Bronze), Anjaw.
Sub-Junior Girls Individual Kumite: Lipin Ete (Gold), Kra-Daadi, Damsap Bengde (Silver), East Kameng,Mepung Langdo (Bronze), West Kameng, Namir Niji (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Female Team Kata: Goda Asha, Mesom Singhi Bamang Yamu (Gold), SAI, Rebiyalu Kri, Nuanna Kri, Ananlu Kri (Silver), Lohit, Mimi Ramching, Giamtu Ligu, Nani Leriak (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Male Team Kata: Raja Yangfo, Doni Yangfo, Chopo Tallo (Gold), SAI, Yorbu Sera, Tanga Tamin Pigia, Taling Nangnu (Silver), Upper Subansiri, P. Nobin Jamoh, Likha Rajen, Jaham Dodum (Bronze), Arunachal Pradesh Police.
Sub-Junior (10-11 Years) Boys Individual Kumite: Namsai Bagbi  (Gold), Upper Siang, Tamo Mepo (Silver), East Kameng, Pate Khoda  (Bronze), Kra-Daadi, Seke Bayor  (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Sub-Junior (12-13 Years) Girls Individual Kumite: Longam Dakpe (Gold), Upper Subansiri, Namte Singdak (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Tame Ani (Bronze), East Siang, Papung Dodum (Bronze), East Kameng.
Cadet Girls (-40 KG) Individual Kumite: Rosemlu Tamblung  (Gold), SAI, Santi Sikom  (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Open Nguri  (Bronze), Kurung Kumey, Baby Tayem  (Bronze), Kra-Daadi.
Cadet Girls (-47 KG) Individual Kumite: Yalam Maying  (Gold), Upper Subansiri, Yana Bagang  (Silver), East Kameng, Jumi Nabam (Bronze), East Kameng, Gyamr Yayak (Bronze), Kra-Daadi.
Cadet Girls (-54 KG) Individual Kumite: Yanung Gamnu (Gold), SAI, Lipjor Nima  (Silver), Upper Siang, Dongda Yamak (Bronze), Capital Complex, Bumi Nuk (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Cadet Girls (+54 KG) Individual Kumite: Yaki Dignium  (Gold), Upper Subansiri, Yanam Jeke (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Sonu Nacho (Bronze), Kra-Daadi, Yakmin Leriak (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Sub-Junior Boys (12-13 Years) Individual Kumite: Josep Parang Londa (Gold),  SAI, Rakesh Dasi  (Silver), Dibang Valley, Agung Paffa (Bronze), West Kameng, Nyapa Leriak (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Cadet Boys (-45 K.G) Individual Kumite: Laa Tara (Gold), East Kameng, Tatung Tama (Silver), Capital Complex, Kiochu Nayam (Bronze), Lower Dibang Valley, Jirom Mugli (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Cadet Boys (-52 K.G) Individual Kumite: Alta Tayung  (Gold), Kra-Daadi, Rana Bayor  (Silver), Dibang Valley, Datam Tachang  (Bronze), Capital Complex, Bahadur Ekke  (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Cadet Boys (-63 K.G) Individual Kumite: Sipi Paffa (Gold), West Kameng, Tatung Taya (Silver), SLSA, Atom Sono (Bronze), SAI, Acham Yun (Bronze), Anjaw.
Cadet Boys (-57 K.G) Individual Kumite: Mingno Solo (Gold), SAI, Kaku Baia (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Nyia Tao (Bronze), West Siang, Pingkash Moya  (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Cadet Boys (-70 K.G) Individual Kumite: Doni Neri (Gold), SAI, Nuh Dada (Silver), East Kameng, Mige Kaye (Bronze), Lower Subansiri, Toi Muri (Bronze), Upper Siang.
Cadet Boys (+70 K.G) Individual Kumite: Raja Bagang  (Gold), SAI, Amit Kino  (Silver), East Kameng, Toko Taram  (Bronze), Capital Complex.
Junior Boys (-50 K.G) (16-17 Years) Individual Kumite: Charu Jagu (Gold), Kra-Daadi, Karte Rebe (Silver), SLSA, Tang Narba (Bronze), Upper Siang, Bayean Tamblung (Bronze), Lohit.
Junior Boys ( -55K.G) Individual Kumite: Tadam Doyom (Gold), Upper Subansiri, Mojum Dodum  (Silver), SLSA, Parbu Mengnia  (Bronze), Upper Siang, Bathumso Navil  (Bronze), Anjaw.
Junior Girls ( -48 K.G) Individual Kumite: Niamun Mara  (Gold), SAI, Palum Piya  (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Yaw Nacho  (Bronze), Upper Subansiri, Mepung Jamoh  (Bronze), East Kameng.
Junior Girls ( -53 K.G) Individual Kumite: Karsang Yanga (Gold), Lower Dibang Valley, Dongda Yana (Silver), Capital Complex, Angaishi Pul (Bronze), Anjaw, Paching Lily  (Bronze), Kra-Daadi.
Junior Boys ( -68 K.G) Individual Kumite: Dakme Sii (Gold), SAI, Joseph Langu (Silver), East Kameng, Nyage Taipodia  (Bronze), West Siang, Sonam Lamrah (Bronze), East Kameng.
Junior Boys ( +76 KG) Individual Kumite: Tarba Tai (Gold), Kra-Daadi.
Junior Girls ( -50 K.G) Individual Kumite: Lokam Maya (Gold), Lower Dibang Valley, Chaji Ngonle (Silver), Uppers Subansiri, Pate Yapa (Bronze), SAI, Biki Yatup  (Bronze), Kra-Daadi.
Junior Girls ( +50 K.G) Individual Kumite: Toku Yamak (Gold), Kra-Daadi, Ngurang Mala (Silver), Capital Complex.
Junior Boys ( -76K.G) Individual Kumite: Jackup Flago Taniang (Gold), East Kameng, Golil Appa (Silver), Lower Subansiri, Baheth Manyu  (Bronze), Anjaw, John Pordung  (Bronze), East Kameng.
Junior Boys ( -61 K.G) Individual Kumite: Doni Yangfo  (Gold), SAI, Taling Nungnu  (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Nabam Aania  (Bronze), Papum Pare, Likha Oum (Bronze), Lower Subansiri.
Senior Girls ( -45 K.G) Individual Kumite: Goda Asha  (Gold), SAI, Choti Yorpen  (Silver), Papum Pare, Dhirelu Yun (Bronze), Anjaw, Biri Moni  (Bronze), Kra-Daadi.
Senior Girls ( -50 K.G) Individual Kumite: Rei Yadi  (Gold), Kra-Daadi, Pesai Mai Minin (Silver), Anjaw, Nanee Gamnu  (Bronze), Papum Pare, Kamrung Wangsu (Bronze), Capital Complex.
Senior Girls (+61 K.G) Individual Kumite: Nikter Ani (Gold), Papum Pare, Bamang Yamu (Silver), SAI, Goda Yabang (Bronze), Lower Subansiri, Damsup Tungi (Bronze), Kra Daadi.
Senior Girls (-68 K.G) Individual Kumite: Johney Mangkhiya (Gold), SAI, Likha Ame (Silver), Lower Subansiri, Likha Ruth (Bronze), Papum Pare, Nangbia Penu (Bronze), APP.
Senior Girls (+68 K.G) K.G) Individual Kumite: Taw Ponung (Gold), Papum Pare,  Chunu Sangno (Silver), Papum Pare, Mepung Tana (Bronze), Capital Complex, Mui Ama (Bronze), APP.
Senior Boys( -50 K.G) Individual Kumite: Tachi Bagang (Gold), SAI, Nabam Radhe (Silver), SLSA,  Banenso Tawsik (Bronze), Namsai, Luyi Dakpe (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Senior Boys( -55 K.G) Individual Kumite: Sine Mikhu (Gold), SAI, Tarak Nalo  (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Tai Tani  (Bronze), Lower Dibang Valley, Ajay  Rotom  (Bronze), Lower Subansiri.
Senior Boys( -60 K.G) Individual Kumite: Raja Yangfo (Gold), SAI, Ashok Sahani (Silver), East Siang, Lingdum Tagi (Bronze), Kurung Kumey, Charu Govin (Bronze), Kra Daadi.
Senior Boys ( -67 K.G) Individual Kumite: Janam Dodum (Gold), APP, Tajar Nilling (Silver), Upper Subansiri, Dongda Tapi (Bronze), Capital Complex.
Senior Boys ( -75 K.G) Individual Kumite: Tage Saa (Gold), Charu Chittung (Silver), Kra Daadi, Neelam Hania (Bronze), Lower Subansiri, Tadar Taruk (Bronze), Dibang Valley.
Senior Boys( -84 K.G) Individual Kumite: Tarh Tapak (Gold), Papum Pare, Likha Topa (Silver), Capital Complex, Pisa Nachung (Bronze), APP, Tade Bayor (Bronze), Upper Subansiri.
Senior Boys ( +84 K.G) Individual Kumite: P Nobin Jomoh (Gold), APP,  Biplap Debnath (Silver), Lower Dibang Valley, Dawoulun Yun (Bronze), Anjaw, Goda Dinong (Bronze), Lower Subansiri.

Sunfeast Cup: Lekhi Public School, NYFC win U-13 and U-16 titles
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Lekhi Public School and New Young Football Club became champions in U-13 and U-16 categories respectively in the 2nd Sunfeast Cup, 2016 football tournament.
Lekhi Public School beat Arunachal Sporting Club in U-13 age category and New Young Football Club beat Chandra Nagar FC in the finals played at RG Stadium, Naharlagun on Tuesday, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association Secretary Kipa Ajay.
Deputy Chief Councillor of IMC Tarh Nachung and Vice Chairman Sports Authority of Arunachal Gechi Doke witnessed the final matches.

BS&G Foundation Day  observed
ROING, Nov 8: A total of 250 Scout/Guides and Cub/Bulbuls, along with 10 Unit Leaders participated in the Bharat Scouts/Guides Foundation Day 2016 at Government Middle School Roing here on Monday.
DTO Roing Somit Mena spoke about the importance of celebrating the day and emphasised on need of full cooperation from school authorities in order to run Scout/Guide activities smoothly in the school level.
Scout Master of Govt. Secondary School Mayu PP Dhar highlighted the problems faced by the District Unit in carrying out it's activities without a training center and the dire need of one in the district.
DDSE cum District Chief Commissioner BSG LDV Ego Doye and BEO cum District Scout Commissioner Obang Langkam also participated in the programme. Doye encouraged and motivated the Scout/Guides and Cub/Bulbuls to follow the principles and motto of the Scout Movement to become a true Scout/Guide and serve for the community development.
Dance and community song competitions were also held during the programme.

Coordination meeting held on 'Mission Clean Kley River'
ZIRO, Nov 8:  A coordination meeting was held under the chairmanship of ADC Nending Chatung at the Conference Hall, Hapoli, here on Tuesday regarding the annual 'Mission Clean Kley River' organized by the Apatani Youth Association (AYA), a local NGO.
Addressing the meeting, ADC expressed concern over the depleting water level of the Kley river and called for coordinated efforts in terms of awareness to save the river. He further assured to provide all possible support from the district administration for the noble cause.
AYA president, Taku Chatung informed that CM Pema Khandu is also expected to volunteer for the cleaning mission and sought support from all the HoDs to make the event successful.
Action plans for waste pick up and disposal, work and area distribution etc were chalked out elaborately during the meeting.
Among others ZCP Hage Kojin, SP, Tage Habung, all the HoDs, admin officers, NGOs, PRI members and representatives from various schools attended the meeting. (DIPRO)

Social service conducted
[ Karda Natam ]
DAPORIJO, Nov 8: A mass social service was conducted here on the eve of Bharat Scout and Guide foundation day on Monday.
Initiated by Tagam Motu, captain of Bharat Scout and Guide (BS&G), Daporijo and Rocky Motu, ZPM Sigin-I, members of BS&G and general public carried out cleanliness drive from Singhik Hall to Tanium Putu colony.
Speaking to the gathering, ZPM Rocky Motu appealed everyone to make the town green by planting and protecting plants.
DPO Same Timba also attended the social service programe.

Daporijo District Hospital to be named after former minister late Tadak Dulom
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: District Hospital, Daporijo will be renamed as Tadak Dulom Memorial District Hospital on November 19 next. Chief Minister Pema Khandu  is expected to  attend the inaugural  function of the renamed hospital.
Late Tadak Dulom was a Cabinet Minister in the Congress government led by Mukut Mithi.
Similarly the steel bailey bridge at Keojoring near Nacho will be named after former Nacho MLA Late Tarik Rava on November 25, while the steel bailey Bridge at Siyum will be named after Ex-VP Siyum Anchal Samity Paksing Siyum on November 26.

Enquiry sought into distribution of alleged inferior quality CGI sheets  
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Claiming that inferior quality and insufficient CGI sheets have been distributed to the beneficiaries under IAY and PMAY schemes by violating GoI prescribed guidelines, the Arunachal Vigilance Forum (AVF) has in a representation to the state Chief Secretary on Tuesday, appealed to her to initiate an official enquiry into the issue to unearth the truth.
'As per the guidelines Rs. 75,000 is earmarked for each IAY and PMAY beneficiary, however, the beneficiaries have been provided insufficient numbers of substandard CGI sheets which is a violation of government norms', the Forum alleged.

Artists from six states performed at NEZCC organized border area prog.
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Various artists from six different states including; Telangana, Orissa, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh presented a colorful cultural programme during a two-day long border area programme organized by the North East Zone Culture Centre (NEZCC) Ministry of Culture, GoI, in collaboration with the department of Art & Culture, GoAP at Lumla and Dudunghar of Tawang district from Nov. 6 to 7 respectively.
The programme themed 'Bridging the Border' was coordinated by SCO, Sonam Tsering and attended by Lumla ADC, R D Thungon along with HoDs and public leaders, AO Deputy Director, NEZCC, M Sentinungsang and Lumla ZPM, Lobsang Yonten.

Installation of biometric machines sought
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The PRI members of 2/12th Lower Nyapin led by ASM Tadar Chachung have in a representation submitted to the Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday, sought early installation of bio-metric machines at various government offices and institutions within Lower Nyapin including, Government Higher Secondary School, Nyapin, Tadar Tang Primary Health Center, Govt. Primary School Lower Nyapin, PWD and Power (elect) departments.

Kathina Civara Dana celebrated
MACHAN, Nov 8: The Buddhist community of Changlang district celebrated Kathina Civara Dana, Achariya Kanto and Vihara Dana ceremony at Machum Buddhist Vihara, here on Tuesday with traditional fervor.
Minister Wangki Lowang and local MLA, Laisam Simai who attended the celebrations, advocated religious tolerance and conservation of culture and discouraged any discrimination in the name of religion.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by dedication programme of the new Buddha Vihara of Machum village.  The new Vihara is now enshrined as 'Dhamma Dipa' Vihara and now dedicated to the Sangha. It must be mentioned that Kathina  Civara Dana, Achariya  Kanto and Vihara is a Buddhist religious congregation where sacred Civara (holy robe) is  woven overnight, washed, dried and honored to the Sangha (order of monks of Lord  Buddha). It is also an occasion where junior monks seek blessings from their senior monks.





America decides

After months of campaigning and debates, Americans will decide the fate of Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in the polls as voting is underway in the United States to elect the country's 45th President. This election has been bitter and historic in many senses. Clinton is aiming to be the first female president while billionaire businessman Trump has run vicious campaign targeting Muslims, Hispanics, women and even disabled person. He also said he will put Clinton behind bar over email controversy issue.

Most of the American pollster has said Hillary Clinton has a 70 per cent chance of winning the White House race against Donald Trump. Ms Clinton's projected margin of victory in the popular vote has increased to 3.5 per cent from 2.9 per cent. Mr Trump has dismissed the poll and said he will win election defying the opinion poll. The American people have the historic opportunity to decide whether to elect seasoned politician in Hillary Clinton and a raw untested candidate in Donald Trump. Whole world is closely watching the US election as it will impact the dynamics of international politics. Trump's hate speech against Muslims has deeply worried liberals across the world. If he is elected, it will vastly affect the relation between West and Muslim world. His anti-immigrant thoughts have sent shockwaves throughout the world. No one expected a presidential candidate of world's largest democracy to espouse such hate thought. In another 24 hours it will be clear whether American citizens have chosen to go with Hillary or Trump. As the America decides rest of world can only patiently wait and hope for the best.








Readers’ Forum




What is status of HPC constituted to look into Chakma-Hajong issue?

Dear Editor,

The complete silence of state as well as the central government regarding the High Power Committee (HPC) constituted on 23rd of August 2010 to examine the issues relating to Chakma-Hajong problems in Arunachal Pradesh is matter of deep concern.

During my tenure as the president of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), I along with my team managed to persuade both central and the state governments to look into the Chakma-Hajong imbroglio in Arunachal Pradesh with a more convincing and holistic approach. In pursuance of our positive entreat, HPC was formed in October, 2011 to look into the matter under the Chairpersonship of Sambhu Singh, joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs, Gol. The committee thus constituted was the first of its kind to peep into the ever pending predicaments faced by the people of Arunachal Pradesh due to the alarming Chakma- Hajong issue in the state.

The High Power Committee comprised of the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs Navin Verma, Joint Secretary (F) Ministry of Home Affairs GW Sarma, the then Secretary political, GoAP Indra Malo, three representatives of Committee for Citizenship Rights of Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh (CCRCHAP), six representatives of All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), GoAP and the Deputy Commissioners of Lohit, Changlang and Papum Pare district as its members.

The AAPSU representatives included me in capacity as president, Nabam Tamar (Vice President), Tojum Poyum (Gen Secy), Advocate Tony Pertin (Legal Advisor) and advisory members JM Singpho and advocate TT Tara. CRCHAP was represented by Subimal Bikash Chakma (President), Santosh Chakma (Gen Secy) and Ajay Chakma (Executive member). The High Power Committee was to submit its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Gol by 28th of February, 2013.

Though no concrete decisions could be consented upon in the first meet of the HPC on the 30th of April, 2011 at Banquet Hall, Itanagar, the following points were discussed and agreed upon during the second meet of the HPC on the 9th of June, 2012 at the same venue:

1)  It was decided to conduct a joint visit by High Power Committee members to the designated blocks where Chakmas were consigned to settle in order to substantiate and verify the ground realities.

2)  The committee urged the Chakma delegation to maintain the status quo of dwelling within their designated blocks/territories. The CCRCHAP consented to do so in letter and spirit and assured the committee that no individual or group of individuals of Chakmas would stray away from their consigned blocks, nor would they create any social nuisance in the nearby habitats of the local indigenous populace.

3)   The CCRCHAP requested the committee to ask for a special package from the state and central governments to provide the Chakmas and Hajongs with basic civic amenities like health service, water supply, education facilities etc and a police post for their designated blocks. Everyone agreed to the request and the request was noted for consideration.

4)   AAPSU put forth that only those Chakmas and Hajongs who came to Arunachal Pradesh between 1964 and 1969 be allowed to reside/dwell in the designated camps of the state. CCRCHAP was urged to conduct a census survey and submit its report to the committee and the state as well as the central government.

(CCRCHAP conducted the survey and verified the legal immigrants, a copy of which is with the Green Arunachal Foundation). Green cards for refugees were to be issued in accordance to the survey thus conducted.

However, despite all our efforts, neither the government of Arunachal Pradesh nor the central government has come up with any constructive or befitting solution till date. Why both the central and the state governments have not implemented decisions of the High Power Committee and everything has remained only in paper.

It is questionable how Supreme Court of India granted citizenship right to Chakma and Hajong. Arunachal Pradesh enjoys a special provision/status for which the honorable court requires to reconsider while making decisions on the state. The Chin Hill Act, 1856 clearly states that no non indigenous individual or group of individuals can acquire permanent residence/settlement in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Eastern Bengal Frontier Act, 1873 makes it mandatory to obtain Inner Line Pass for any non indigenous person to visit the state, least to talk of the Protected Area Pass (PAP) and the Restricted Area Pass (RAP). Therefore, we appealed all concerned to look into the matter more seriously and bring a permanent solution to the vexed problem of Chakma and Hajong at the earliest so that the people of the state may not be troubled eternally due to it.

It is strongly condemnable that some political leaders are directly or indirectly supporting Chakma and Hajong, at a time when refugees are lobbying hard with the central government for their citizenship rights. Public leaders of the state should not try to draw political mileage out of this vexed issue.


Takam Tatung


Green Arunachal

Foundation (GAF)




Recruit more judges

Dear Editor,

9th November is celebrated every year in India as Legal Services Day. It is time to reflect on equality and feasibility of having legal services in our country. We need to ponder on the implications of one party getting the best of legal services and its opponent has none or just one iota of it. Isn't it an unfair battle say between an armed person and one without arms or with just a small stick? Given 194.6 million of Indians go hungry everyday (Global Hunger Index, 2016), it is totally beyond their capacity to afford legal services. Theoretically, every Indian has the right to challenge the verdict of the lower court and can move upto the level of the Supreme Court of India. But there is always a financial roadblock for most of the Indians as more than 50 per cent of the people of our country are reeling with a meagre 4.1 per cent of nation's wealth.  The difference in the quality of the lawyers who are to fight against each other in the court room can cause tilting the balance of the objective scale the other way round by the subjective factor that is their debating skills. Even legal aid cannot solve the problem as most of the established lawyers fight shy of joining a legal aid team.

The need of the hour is to start a system of self-defence and to do away with the practice of lawyers' defence on behalf of the party. The cross - examination can, aptly, be done by the Hon' ble judge. Both sides are to explain the situation to the judge in the same way we do it before a doctor without knowing the ABC of pathology. Indeed, we ourselves furnish prescriptions and medical test reports to doctors without having assistance of others. The lawyers can become jobless for some time but they are to be recruited as judges. Recently, the Hon'ble CJI TS Thakur had said that seventy thousand judges were needed to clear the pending cases. Given India have only about seventeen thousand judges at present, more than fifty thousand lawyers can be recruited and trained to be judge. In an unequal society like ours, it can translate the words ~ "the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India" (Article-14) into reality.


Sujit De,



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