November 15

APCC hits out at Modi over demonetization
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Padi Richo lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had informed its all 'big corporate friends' to settle their black money well before he announced the demonetization on November 8.
He said that scrapping of notes of higher denomination has brought the country into a state of financial and economic emergency, where common people were worst sufferers.
Criticizing the Prime Minister's new monetary policy, the APCC President said that the Centre should have first made currency notes available in advance in all the bank branches throughout the country with adequate ATMs.
The people are harassed unnecessarily in the name of "surgical strike" against black money and corruption, Richo said.
The patients, daily wage labourers, farmers, vendors, shopkeepers and indigenous tribal people living in the far flung areas having no any bank accounts or bank facilities are going through the toughest time for survival since last 5 days, he said.
"Bringing black money back to the country from aboard in 100 days was the first promise made by Modi during his election campaign in 2014. He also promised that every individual account would be credited with Rs 15 lakh each after recovering black money. But, two and half years have passed the people still did not get the Rs.15 lakh in their bank accounts," Richo said.
"Is not it a high drama of Modi to divert the attention of the people after he failed to fulfill the poll promises," questioned Richo.

Strengthen coop movement, says  Minister Taga
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 14: Minister Cooperation Tamyo Taga stressed the need for strengthening cooperative movement in the state through public awareness to achieve the objective of Cooperative Society.
Cooperative Week is celebrated throughout the country by organizing a lot of activities where people from all the society take part. It is greatly enhanced by the cooperation for the youth to make their own societies to actively take part in the cooperatives movement to make their livelihood more institutionalized, the Minister said while addressing the inauguration function of the week-long 63rd National Cooperative week here on Monday.
He advised the participants to make full use of the weeklong programme and hoped that the programme will bring huge change in sustaining their life.
The theme of the national cooperative week this year is "Role of cooperatives in Sustainable Development and Growth".
Earlier, ZPM Borum-I Advocate Techi Tolu advised the participants to make the people educate and aware about the importance of Cooperative societies and how it can help them in sustaining their life.
Chairmain, APSCU Bengia Hemanta also spoke on the occasion.
M/S Poultry Cooperative Society Ziro won the Dorjee Khandu Memorial Best Cooperative Society award while the award for "Best Cooperator" was given to Bengia Hemanta. These awards will be given away to the respective winners during the coming Statehood Day celebration.
Earlier, the celebration began with the launch of Rupay ATM Debit card. Installation of ATM machines and Micro ATM machines are also in the agenda. DIPRO

Union minister reviews status of central schemes, puts emphasis on road connectivity
TAWANG, Nov 14: Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arjun Ram Meghwal has reviewed the status of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (SSC) being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh in a meeting held at Zomkhang Hall, Tawang on Saturday.
The visiting minister while reiterating the commitment of government towards the state said that region is of paramount importance and that the assurances given during this visit would surely be reflected in the budget.
Stressing the importance of road development, the  Union  minister said that he would see to it that the fund constraint highlighted in the presentation on BRO is included within the Supplementary Demand so that the same may be taken up during the parliament session. He assured that unreleased amount with respect to the upcoming Medical College and 500 Bedded Hospital in Naharlagun, required/pending funds under PWD, RWD and Urban Development departments  would also be included within the same .
When apprised about the Arun Medicity project for future expansion of health sector which would include medical schools, hospitals, accommodation etc and for which an area of 180 acres have been earmarked, he assured that the project would be included in the budget.
He asked PWD to explore connecting Arunachal under Bharat Mala Project and prepare DPR accordingly. Minister further advised that various requirements viz. survey, augmentation, transmission etc under power sector may be placed under DDUGJY (Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana). The Minister also directed the state govt. to ensure  construction of separate toilets for boys and girls in all schools and assured that the enrollment norms for upgradation of schools to higher levels would also be relaxed considering sparse population in the region.
With respect to Tawang district he said that certain amount for drainage system would be allocated in the next budget and asked for submission of DPR after conduct of survey/investigation by an expert organization. He also assured to press for early clearance of Lumla-Tashigang road with the ministry of External Affairs.
Presentations on respective departments highlighting the target and achievement, constraints, pending issues etc were made by the team of delegates comprising of Bora Ete, Chief Engineer (PWD, Highway), Atup Lego, CE (PWD Design & Planning), KC Dhimole, Technical Assistant to Chief Minister, Taba Tedir, CE (UD), Dr Moji Jini, Director, Health Service and Rokom Bado, MS (APPDA). The minister was apprised about the constraints being faced owing to general norms/ guidelines not feasible for the State owing to various conditions,  fragile topography resulting in frequent landslides, floods leading to repeated damages, escalation of cost owing to high rates of materials, transportation cost, inability to complete infrastructures due to non release of funds within delinked schemes etc. A presentation on the status of BRO roads was given by Chief Engineer, Vartak.
The meeting was also attended by Dhiraj Kumar, Director Finance, Government of India, , Satya Gopal Principal Secretary ( Coordination, Home & Personnel) Government of Arunachal, Tsering Tashi MLA Tawang, P.Mishra, Joint Director (Planning), GoAP, Anshu Bhardwaj additional PS to Minister, Sang Phuntsok  DC Tawang, Jambey Tsering,  Chairperson Zilla Parishad,  MK Meena,  SP, Tawang, Brigadier 190 Mt Brigade and HoDs. DIPRO

AdiSU Delhi provides cloths, toiletries to homeless
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Delhi unit of AdiSU provided warm cloths and toiletries to the footpath dwellers in national capital.
The 32-member AdiSU team under its 'winter giveaway drive', reached out to more than 100 footpath dwellers and provided them with cloths, blankets,  toothbrush,  toothpaste,  soaps,  sanitary pads, shoes, etc.  
The team started off in the midnight (00:00 hr) of Monday so that it can reach out to those, who were in dire needs of such items.
They went through Ashram Ring road to Kashmeregate, Majnukatila, Lajpat Nagar and AIIMS.
The programme aimed at achieving twin objective of extending helping hands to the hapless ones and bridging the racial differences with love and friendship.
AdiSU acknowledged the support of Arunachal student's of KD Dental College, Mathura and Meerut for making the programme a success.

Lohit Youth Library Network enters "Civil Society Hall of Fame"
NEW DELHI, Nov 14: "Innovations of common man are of utmost importance to the progress of India and our societies. Hence these efforts should be actively encouraged and honoured," said Prof R. A Mashelkar, National Professor of Science  & former DG, CSIR, Govt of India, as he presented citations to Lohit Youth Library Network & six other social activists from all over India at the "Civil Society Hall of Fame 2016" function held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on  Saturday.
Applauding the awardees working amidst rural and disabled groups from different corners and backgrounds of India, Prof Mashelkar,
presently Chairman of the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), narrated how ordinary Indians, with little or no formal education have brought about inventions and solutions, that have greatly benefitted our society. "These innovators have not waited for Governments to solve the people's problems, but have tried using their own resources and skills, to bring about local improvements in social life. NIF therefore has been awarding and supporting such efforts. Civil Society magazine deserves all praise for discovering and honouring social innovators every year through the Hall of Fame function."
Lauding the 'Civil Society' magazine for honouring the Lohit Youth Library Network working in the easternmost districts of India, the Coordinator, Sathyanarayanan Mundayoor, pointed out that the inspiring social and national changes in India during the last 120 years, was propelled by a powerful desire to read and absorb new ideas. Unfortunately, after Independence, this wave did not spread strongly to rural and marginalized societies. Further the traditional mother-tongue education has been replaced today by English medium schooling in states like Arunachal, with both the teacher and the students, equally deprived of adequate access to learning materials. He also appealed to the educated elite of the society to join hands to spread the joy of Reading among these reading-deprived youths.
Earlier, Umesh Anand, Publisher, Civil Society, outlined how the magazine during the last 13 years has been projecting stories of little-known Indians who have been struggling to better the lives of common people. The Hall of Fame programme, launched with the support of Azim Premji Foundation and a few other institutions have been, during the last 7 years, bringing the nation's attention to several innovative efforts.
The Lohit team was represented by Etalo Mega (Bamboosa Library, Tezu), Vijay Limbu (APNE Library, Wakro) and Dr Ms. Sheelawati Monlai & Dr. Namita Lungchang (Lathao Library), along with the Coordinator.

Floral tributes paid to Nehru on his birthday
ITANAGAR, Nov 14:  Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) paid glowing tributes to first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.
Former Prime Minister and veteran Congress leader Nabam Tuki led the party workers, cadres and leaders in offering floral tributes to the decorated portrait of Pandit Nehru at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Monday.
Tuki recalled Nehru as a visionary leader, a statesman and a profound humanist.
"Nehru laid the foundation of a strong and modern India based on secular ideals. He believed that Science and Technology could only enable India to emerge as modern country," Tuki said while recalling his contribution to the nation and the state.
Tuki highlighted on Nehru's Panchsheel system for tribal development, like Inner Line Permit System to protect and safeguard the life and property of indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.
The veteran Congress leader appealed to the party men and women to take a pledge to follow ideals of Nehru and spread the message of communal harmony, unity and integrity.
APCC President Padi Richo recalled Pandit Nehru's struggle and contribution in nation building and said that he had great love and affection for children for which he is popularly known as "Chacha Nehru."
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal cadres, workers, state and city office bearers have also paid floral tributes to Pandit Nehru on his 127th Birth Anniversary.
Nehru, born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad, was one of the prominent nationalist leaders of the freedom struggle and the central figure of independent India as its first Prime Minister, APCSD said in a release.
As Nehru's birthday is celebrated as Children's Day, schools throughout the state organized various programmes as part of the celebration.
Headmaster of P Sector Govt. Secondary School Toku Raja led the students and teachers in paying floral tributes to Pandit Nehru. He highlighted about Nehru and his contributions to the nation as first prime minister of the independent India. He advised the students to follow the ideals of Nehru. He asked the students to respect their parents, elders and teachers.
Speaking about youth power in the nation's development, State Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Taring Tiri asked the students to concentrate on their study to become successful and responsible citizens.
Prizes/medals and certificates to winners of various competitions of the Annual School Day were distributed on the occasion.
Schools in Daporijo also celebrated Children's Day with various programmes.
Rijo Middle School and Police Colony Govt. Middle School organized cultural and sports competition among the students to mark the day.
Teachers also spoke about the importance of the day and highlighted the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Queen's Gate Public School, Lekhi celebrated Children's Day by organizing various cultural and literary programmes; and martial arts demonstrations by the students of the school was one of the main attractions.
Parliamentary Secretary (Food and Civil Supply) Markio Tado, Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Gora Makik, Capital Complex DDSE Mallo Yam Gollo, former MP Takam Sanjoy and Arunachal Christian Forum President Khyoda Apik attended the celebration to encourage the school children.
Speaking on the occasion, Markio urged the teachers of the school and state as whole to discharge duty sincerely and provide all facilities to the students for overall development.
DDSE Mallo Yam Gollo highlighted the importance women education their role in building society.
Gora Makik assured the school to extend support in terms of upgrading the sport infrastructure of the school.
The ACF president too announced support for the school infrastructure.
A parent-teacher interaction programme was organized on the occasion of Children's Day celebration at Govt. Middle School, Mowb-II here.
Participating in the interaction, Headmaster (in-charge) Tania Hakom spoke in details on the role of parents and teachers in the teaching and learning process of students. He said that parents and guardians too must shoulder equal responsibility for growth and overall development of their children.
Hakom, who also is the Secretary General of Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA), suggested the parents and guardians to keep in contact with the teachers and school authority to ensure that their children reach the school after they left homes. He appealed them to guide their children properly and evaluate the progress of their children after every assessment examination.
Prizes to the meritorious students of class I to VIII in different fields were also given away on the occasion.
Around 200 parents/ guardians and members of School Management Committee attended the programme.
The Guardian Angel School, Itanagar also celebrated Children's Day, wherein Director of Elementary Education Tapi Gao attended.

The struggle to shed off that ‘dirty’ tag
[ Appu Gapak ]
It was August 23, 2016 when he had cleaned the streets of Naharlagun for the first time. He was devastated with the news that Itanagar had come third in the list of dirtiest cities in the country.
"I love my state and I have always been proud of my rich Arunachalee heritage so the news came as a shock to me," recalls Techi Karda Tara, a resident of Polo Colony in Naharlagun.
He has not stopped since then. After collecting all the garbage, he would then inform the IMC workers to get it picked in the morning or would use his pocket money to hire a pick up van to send it off to the dumping ground at Chimpu.
He accepts that his decision to start cleaning the streets of Naharlagun had bewildered few minds, one being his father.
"My father thought I had gone insane," he grins.
Starting all alone, his has a team of seven core members now who likes to call themselves 'Citizens against garbage' which swells up to 30 to 40 during weekends. They can be seen sweeping the streets of Naharlagun everyday during evening hours.
"We cannot always blame the municipal for the dirt that adorn our twin town. It is also our duty to keep the surroundings clean. There is no point campaigning for cleanliness unless you do it and show them how it's done," he reasons.
The 24-year old lashes out at the many organizations who seek money from government officials and others for conducting social work.
"Their main source of income is collecting donations for these events. Our work will show them that we don't need money to do these things," he laments.
Seeing their voluntary works, many people have come out and helped the group with monetary help which are used to buy tools.
"We never misuse the funds that we receive from donors. We make it a rule that it is spent in buying useful stuffs for our volunteer works," he says.
A student of sixth semester BA LLB in Arunachal Law College (ALA), Karda also gives free tuition classes to underprivileged students of his neighbourhood during free hours.
"I met a guy who owns a small shop. I saw that his son was smart but paralysed from waist down and though he wanted to go to school, he couldn't because of his condition. And the father could not afford to admit him to the special school or pay his tuition fees so I decided to help. I started with him and his little sister," he shares.
Of his fight to remove the dirty tag from Itanagar, he says, "We will continue to do our works. We want to see our state get out of that list of 10 dirtiest states," he says. "Or at least bring it down from that humiliating third position," he adds smiling.

A nation's destiny is shaped in classroom: Wangham
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Parliamentary Secretary (Power) Thangwang Wangham underscored the importance of education in nation building, saying that a nation's destiny is shaped in classrooms.
Speaking at the silver jubilee cum Children's Day celebration at Green Mount School here on Monday, Wangham urged the young children to aim high and make their dreams into reality through hard work and perseverance.
Underscoring the importance of teachers in shaping young minds, the Parliamentary Secretary called upon the teaching community to be more hardworking and dedicated.
"A nation cannot progress without good teachers," he said and appealed them to live upto to society's expectation by discharging duty sincerely.
Later, Wangham released the Special Silver Jubilee Edition of the Annual School Magazine, 'Baal Darpan'.
Impressed with the function, he announced Rs. 5 lakh out of his MLA LAD fund for the welfare of the school to the thunderous applause of the teachers, parents and students.
Chairperson Higio Aruni took the impressive gathering down the memory lane since 1991 and the circumstances under which this school was opened. She revisited the days when she opened the school with only 5 students and how the school has grown in these years.
The week-long program of co-curricular activities included games and sports, cultural and literary activities.
The school also had its first ever Alumni meet on November 12, which was well attended by most of its ex students and teachers, who are now serving in different parts of the state in various capacities.

GoI giving special attention to sports sector: Pario
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
PASIGHAT, Nov 14:  Minister for PHED & Water Supply, Takam Pario has said that the central government is giving special attention to the state's sports sector and is granting funds to boost sports infrastructure.
He said this while attending the inaugural program of State-Level Inter-School Sports Meet-2016, organized by Arunachal Sikhsha Vikash Samiti (ASVS) here on Monday. Stating that games and sports is an indispensable part of children's education, he suggested the young students to take active part in games and sports and maintain the spirit of sportsmanship.
ASVS State Secretary, Nabam Ruja and State Coordinator of ASVS, MN Chaturvedi also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, Project coordinator, Ashokan KV, Tagum Jerang, SMC secretary of Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan, Dana Moyong besides, a host of government officials attended the inaugural function.
Students and teachers from 19 schools under Vidya Bharati are participating in the three-day sports meet which is hosted by Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan.

Emulate  work culture of Apatani women, says DC
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The laborious spirit and work culture of the Apatani women should be emulated by all the womenfolk across the state, said Kemo Lollen, Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri while inaugurating the APMC market shed at Khoter, Hapoli on Sunday.
Addressing the farm women from different SHGs and farming clubs, DC Lollen said that concept of SHG has been implemented in true spirit by Apatani women. Better training and exposure trips will equip them better to generate more revenue, he added and assured to incentivize these SHG to strengthen them.
The bank officials should proactively assist these laborious womenfolk in securing loans; he added and suggested the sponsoring departments to pursue the matters with the banks whenever applications are received under certain schemes. This way SHGS and entrepreneurs will be encouraged, he reasoned. He donated a set of farming equipments on the occasion.
Chairman Dilyang Dibo Multipurpose Society Nani Jailyang highlighted the activities of the farmers clubs and the SHGs under the society. As the new market shed is located in between Old Ziro and Hapoli it can become a buffer zone for vegetable growers of the nearby villages. The shed would initially start as a Saturday wholesale market and then based on the production the market will be open twice a week, She informed while appealing to all the farming women to avail the facility.
Deputy Director Agriculture Boria Nakum informed that a soil testing laboratory is being set up at Yazali agriculture farm which would facilitate nutrient treatment of the soil and increase productivity. Much to the joy of kiwi and cardamom growers, he also informed that both have been approved by Mission organic Value Chain Development under National Mission for Sustainable development, thus paving way for a higher market value.
Hage Taru a progressive farmer and the owner of Himalayan kiwis shared his experiences as a kiwi grower. Later DC interacted with the farm women and inspected the market shed, nursery and the emporium run by the Dilyang Dibo soceity. The inaugural program was attended by officials from agriculture department Nani Lajie, Joram Robi ADO, progressive farmers and SHG members. (DIPRO)

Kathina Civara Dana ceremony ends
NAMSAI, Nov 14: The two day Kathina Civara Dana ceremony concluded on Monday with ritualistic offering of yellow robes to the monk by Thai devotees who are here to celebrate the Kathina Civara Dana at the Kongmu Kham (Golden Pagoda) in Namsai district. The Thai delegates also presented specially designed Kalpatru (Money tree) to the monks.
The devotees who thronged the Kongmu Kham to celebrate religious occasion with the Thai delegates undertook the five precepts which were followed by offerings of alms to Bhikkhu sangha and religious discourse led by Head monk of Chongkham temple Venerable Pingyasiha Mahathero.
According to religious belief of the Theravada Buddhists, the day being purnima is considered a sacred day for the entire Buddhist communities which also coincided with appearance of the super moon that added grandeur to view of the Golden Pagoda. The whole event was witnessed by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein who is also the patriarch of the Kongmu Kham with the people including the reverend monks from Thailand and the Thai delegates.
In the evening celebration of Loi-Krathong (Poi-Phong) the ceremony of releasing floating lamps in the Mungchalinda Buddha pond was organised.
The Abbott of the Kongmu Kham Venerable Vimalatissa Bhikkhu underlying the significance of Poi -Phong informed that it was performed to seek blessings for good health, peace and prosperity and usher in prosperous and vibrant New Year as per the Tai lunar calendar.
In the intervening night of the 2-day fest, Pung the Tai Khampti melodrama enthralled the crowds.

Jarbom Gamlin State Level Boxing Championship concludes
NIRJULI, Nov 14: The first Jarbom Gamlin State Level Boxing Championship 2016, organized by Papum Pare Amateur Boxing Association under the aegis of Arunachal Amateur Boxing Association, concluded successfully at Nyokum Niya ground, Nirjuli on Monday.
Upper Subansiri bagged the champion district in men's section followed by Tawang.
Kra Daadi was declared the champion district in women's section with three gold, two silver and equal numbers of bronze medal while Changlang came second.
East Kameng was adjudged the champion district in sub-junior category while Kurung Kumey came second.
Papum Pare's Techi Bida and Mandiya Mekola of Dibang Valley were declared best boxers in men's and women's section respectively.
Techi Bida beat Jehnu Homnyu of Capital Complex to win the gold in 46-49 Kgs category. Bronze medals were awarded to both the semifinalists Gaurav Dewan Rai of Kurung Kumey and Thagum Khybang of Upper Subansiri.
The best looser title in men's section went to Khungpong Wangcha of Capital Complex. Kai Rumi of West Siang was adjudged the best looser among the women boxers.
East Kameng's Kane Natung won the best boxer in sub-junior category while best looser award went to Techi Manya of Papum Pare.
Tahon Kongkang of Capital Complex won the best boxer title in junior category while Solung Singhi of East Kameng was the best looser in the category.
Gumin Gara of West Siang walked away with the promising boxer title.
Earlier, In 49-52 Kgs category, East Kameng's Karling Natung won the gold beating Khumpong Wangcha of Capital Complex. Krishna Kr Mote of Kurung Kumey and Barun Ch Dhingia of Changlang bagged the bronze medal.
In 52-56 Kgs category, Aadu Milli of Dibang Valley beat Amir Tajo of East Kameng. The bronze medal went to Taken Eyum of Upper Subansiri and Dorjee Khandu of Papum Pare.
In 56-60 Kgs category, Poken Siga of Upper Subansiri won the gold. He beat Capital Complex's Honrang Kongkang. Gumin Gara of West Siang and Nikito Sumi of Kurung Kumey had to contend with the bronze.
In 60-64 Kgs category, Changlang's Chamaitu Tikhak won the gold beating West Siang's Lhadup Sherpa. Sonu of Tawang and Riken Ngomle of East Kameng had to settle for the bronze.
In 64-69 Kgs category, Rinchin Tashi of Tawang beat Vikash Prasad of West Kameng to win the gold. Siddhant Chettry of West Siang and Daniel Koyu of Upper Subansiri bagged the bronze.
In 69-75 Kgs category, Tawang's Gaurav Datt had better of Arvind Singh of West Kameng, to win the gold. Talek Niji of Dibang Valley and Sampong Rajkhowa of Kra Daadi had to contend with the bronze.
In 75-81 Kgs category, Pardeep Singh of West Kameng won the gold beating West Siang's Moji Riram.
In 81-91 Kgs category, Upper Subansiri's Chai Haji beat Naveen Dayal of Lower Subansiri. The bronze medal went to Dupo Poyom of Tawang and Tassar Takar of Kra Daadi.
In 91+ Kgs category, Kunwar NS Rathor of Tawang beat Tenzin Tsepa Bhutia of Kurung Kumey to win the gold.
Arunachal Amateur Boxing Association president DK Dinglow declared the tournament closed.  
Papum Pare Amateur Boxing Association president Teli Duli Camdir, who was also the organizing chairman of the tournament, congratulated all the medal winners.

Kurung Kumey, E&Ks register wins
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Kurung Kumey FC and E&Ks won their respective matches against Balijan and Classis Assembly FC in the 4th State Level Veteran Cup Football on Monday.
Kurung Kumey defeated Balijan 3-1 while E&Ks edged past Classis Assembly 1-0 scored by Tadar Joy in 55th minute.
The second match of the day played between LABA FC and EKFA ended in 2-2 draw.
Scorers of LABA were Tadar Tanam (41st Min) and Tadar Tanam (68 min) through penalty kick.
Arom Sonam  (24th min) and Sona Bagan (37th min) scored for EKFA.

Ex-PI Toya Pertin passes away at 100
KIYIT, Nov 14: Toya Pertin,  ex-Political Interpreter of Siang Frontier during the North East Frontier Agency breathed his last , yesterday morning at his residence at Kiyit village under East Siang.
Born in 1916 at Mebo (Langko) village, Pertin lived till the ripe age of 100 and was renowned for his traditional knowledge of Kebang, a social worker and a visionary and yet he was a Towering figure in Siang belt during his active and veteran life.        
He was inducted as a Political Interpreter from 1947 to 1954. Then taking voluntary retirement, Toya Pertin actively participated in 'Community Development Project' of the NEFA era. He also participated in the World War II. He was called as the living encyclopedia of Adi Traditional Laws. A benevolent person and a great visionary, being the Gambura, he was one of the personae who was influential in the creation of Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctuary in East Siang.
He was a pioneer and instrumental in popularizing and introducing Wet Rice Cultivation in Mebo area. He was one of the founders of Kiyit village, which is part of the famed rice-bowl of Siang region.
The then Governor of Assam Vishnu Sahay in recognition of his exemplary community services awarded the Governors' Medal to Toya Pertin.
Later, Pertin also became the first ever Zilla Parishad Member of Mebo Banggo from 1972 to 1975. He also served as the president of Mebo Banggo several times in the late 1970s and 1980s.
He has left behind with three sons, four daughters and 38 grandchildren with their 60 offspring.
"His passing away will never make up the irreparable loss. Today all of the Adi Society and all the people of Arunachal are bereaved at this stage. May the Almighty Donyi Polo bless his wonderful soul,"  said Bodong Yirang, Gen Secy, Adi Baane Kebang.

Miss Senorita Universe -2016 turns showstopper for Designer Yora Mary
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Miss Senorita Universe 2016, Rewati Chetri turned showstopper for Fashion designer from Arunachal, Yora Mary who showcased her 'Arunachal Modern Local Attire Collection' at the Northeast Festival held at New Delhi from Nov 4-6 last.
In all, 13 designers from different parts of the North East had showcased their designs in the event.
Mary had earlier, showcased her designs for Mrs India Home Makers 2016, held in New Delhi besides, the Garnier Fashion Week in Guwahati and North East Fashion Weekend held at Guwahati and Itanagar respectively.

Two houses gutted
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Two houses were completely gutted down in a major fire accident at Puchigeko-South under Puckigeko circle of Upper Subansiri district on November 11 last.  After spot visit All Nyishi Students' Union Upper Subansiri district unit (ANSU-USU) appealed the DC and SP for spot verification and to provide immediate relief of the fire victims.

Early implementation of 7th CPC sought
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has appealed to the state government for early implementation of 7th pay commission as approved by the Central Government.
The budget provision for 7th CPC is Rs 642.56 crores whereas the actual additional implication is Rs 415.13 crores only so there won't be much of a financial burden on the state Govt if 7th Pay commission comes to force, it said supporting CoSAAP's demand in its release.
As per Fundamental Rules (FR) 56, every government employee will retire at the age of 60 years.  Retirement age at 60 years is a part of 5th CPC which  the government of India accepted and implemented since 1998. All the states have accepted. Arunachal Pradesh is the only state of where teachers and MTS retire in 60, Doctors in 62 and others in 58 years. This is big injustice, it added also supporting CoSAAP's demand for retirement age to be pushed to 60.

Guru-Nanak Jayanti celebrated
PASIGHAT, Nov 14:  The 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak was celebrated by Sri Guru Nanak Devji Sabha Pasighat with religious zeal and fanfare at the Gurudwara here on Monday.
Special prayers were offered at the Gurudwara two days before the Guru Purnima. Devotees recited their holy book, Guru Granth Sahib and took out procession keeping the holy book in a palanquin as part of the celebration.
Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, MLA Kaling Moyong, PMC Chief Councilor Kaling Doruk and former Minister Bosiram Siram also greeted the people on the occasion and appealed to all to follow the path shown by Guru Nanakji. (DIPRO)

Free health camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: More than 700 people participated in a free health camp which was organized at Bana and Pampoli under East Kameng district on November 9 and 10 by All Abo Matam Kao Welfare Society (AAMKWS). It was done in collaboration with District health service, Seppa, RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar and Sushi Infra & Pvt Limited.
During the camp, medicines and eye glasses were distributed to the patients free of cost. More than 45 cases of eye problems were detected. Free eye surgery for the patients detected with eye ailments will be done by doctors from R K Mission Hospital at Seppa in January next year.

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Hoping for the best

The winter session of parliament which will begin on Wednesday is expected to be stormy. Issues like demonetization, alleged fake encounter by Madhya Pradesh police and attempt to ban NDTV for a day are expected to dominate the course. As usual the opposition parties are expected to be noisy and might attempt to disrupt the functioning of parliament to corner government. Sensing the trouble ahead Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today called an All Party Meeting to discuss ways to ensure smooth functioning of the House with floor leaders of the parties.

The Government has also convened an all-party meeting tomorrow to seek cooperation from leaders of the both the Houses for smooth functioning of Parliament. But already cracks have developed and both the sides are gearing up for fierce political battle particularly over the decision to ban notes of rupees 500 and 1000. NDA has rallied behind the government and supported the move. Union Minister and senior BJP leader V Naidu has thrown gauntlet at opposition parties by stating that in Parliament, we will get to know which people are on the side of black money hoarders. Naidu was making reference to opposition parties which has been criticizing government's move. On the other hand opposition parties are putting up united front by questioning this whole move. Congress has been highlighting the inconvenience being faced by the people due to ban on notes of 500 and 1000. It will be interesting to see how the political parties present their case on this issue in the floor of the parliament. Hopefully everyone will have civilized participation without disrupting the functioning of house. Disruption of house only causes loss to the nation.








Readers’ Forum




College Student needs Govt intervention

Dear Editor,

This is regarding Arunachal Community College which need intervention of the govt.

The problem of the college continues. Now students of ACC are facing academic problem because of frequent change of lecturers. Our semester exam is very near but coming and going to teachers continue. Every month one or two lectures change due to which we face lots of problems. Rs 5000 per month salary are main causes for leaving the college.

We raised the issue with All Arunachal Pradesh College Forum and some student union along with state Government, but there seems to be no solution to bridge the problem faced by students. So at last i would like to queue some questions for Arunachal Govt and NGOS.

1. Is this institute abiding by norms of state govt Education policy?

2. Is this institute following the norms to recruit lecturers as per UGC?

3. Is this institute running as per UGC norms, in regard to salary of lecturers and infrastructure?

In my opinion, the above three are not being followed. So I request state govt to look into the issue strictly.


A student,





Delay in declaration of results

Dear Editor,

Through this esteem column, I would like to draw the kind attention of the secretary and members of APPSC towards the frustration of the candidates who had appeared interview for the post of Assistant Professor in Department of Economics for government colleges of Arunachal Pradesh on 28th September 2014.

It is very disheartening that even after more than two years the result of the said post is still under sealed cover. Why there is so much of delay in the execution process of the court case. Why it is difficult to dispose off the case where the petitioner has already surrendered?

This has not only increases our frustration but also creating barrier for our employment therefore we request you kindly to consider our situation and head towards the final disposal of the case as soon as possible.


Desperate Candidates




Open Letter to Prime of India

Dear Editor,

We respect and welcome the bold Step taken by your Government under your leadership in Demonetising Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 from midnight of 8th November 2016.  We are very happy that your government has taken this bold step to unearth Black Money and fight corruption which will benefit the citizens of this country and help in the faster development of our country bringing it nearer to its goal of becoming a World Super Power. We are ready to wait and accepted your appeal for 50 days to see the results and we will support your efforts even more than this.  After 05 days of seeing the plight and suffering of the common man , the following are suggested for your kind consideration so that the scheme’s implementation will be smoother and people suffer less and their  support is kept sustained :

1) Ensuring 24x7 Service of Bank ATMs: Let all the ATMs of the Banks function 24 x7. It is observed that till 13 November 2016 most of the ATMs are either closed or not able to dispense cash. Wherever a few ATMs are properly functioning people stand in long queues till late night. As temporary measure, necessary security may be provided through District Administration for  all the ATMs to enable functioning  24x7. This will work like magic wane.

2) Monitoring of ATMs 24x7. Reserve Bank of India may be entrusted with the task of Monitoring ATMs 24x7 as temporary measures and report to the Highest Authority.

3) Making available more of small Denomination Notes. At present Public require more of small denomination notes and not Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500. After getting Rs. 2000 note getting change for smaller purchases is another headache.

4)  Bank account details and PAN Card should not compulsory Currency Exchange: Banks have started allowing exchange of currency for its own account holders only citing cash crunch against the original instructions issued by GOI and RBI under the scheme. Some Banks ask for more than  one Identity Proof out of which one should be necessarily PAN Card. For withdrawal of Rs. 4000 one Identity proof should be sufficient and PAN should not be insisted by Banks.

5) Utilisation of Customer Service Points (CSP) of Banks for facilitating currency exchange by enhancing Cash Limits with Security Support from District Administration. Most of the Banks have more CSPs than their own branches. These CSPs open PMJDY accounts and dispense small cash limits. Utilisation of CSPs for cash dispensing and exchanging of cash   by enhancing their cash dispensing limits, as temporary measures  will help in the alleviating the plight of public. District Administration may provide security for this purpose.

6) Group Mode of Exchanging Cash through Self Help Groups (SHGs).  SHGs comprising of 10-20 members maintaining accounts with Banks can be effectively utilised for reducing queue and crowding in the bank premises. Instead of dispensing cash to 20 group members the amount can  individually, the exchange of currency can be done with Authorised Group Leader through Common bank Account Cheque who will in turn distribute the amount to group members. Instead of 20 people thronging for Rs. 80000 the amount can be handed over to 1.

7) Sufficient cash for All Banks. No Bank should be left cash strapped  and sufficient requirements should be supplied by the  Monetary Authority RBI

8) Grievance Redressal and suggestion Cell (Online and Offline) for Banks and Public.  Apart from problems of public Banks,  which have been working hard and at present giving extra efforts and time to implement Demonetisation Scheme 2016 have to face many problems.  A dedicated cell, preferably at RBI or DFS for the banks to share their suggestions and problems online, which should reach the highest authority in the Government, may be put in place as temporary measures for this scheme.   A cell online and offline for the public with may also be made available for the same purpose.

9) Effective Utilization of Accounts Opened under PMJDY. Effective utilisation of PMJDY accounts through activation of Rupay Debit Cards, awareness and educating the poor and illiterate who are major holders of PMJDY accounts will greatly help.

We hope and wish the scheme a grand success.


K Vaiphei,  Jorhat




Ragged shirt with gold buttons

Dear Editor,

Nearly one lakh crore Ahmedabad - Mumbai bullet train project shows that our government is eager to wear a ragged shirt with gold buttons forgetting how ludicrous this will make it look. Just published Global Hunger Index 2016 has ranked India 97th (!) among 118 countries with one in three children facing stunted growth and 15 per cent of the population undernourished from lack of food. India where 194.6 million people go hungry every day is placed even behind Bangladesh, Nigeria and Rwanda. The government must avoid the trap of going gaga over such a costly project while 39 per cent of our children are stunted and 35.6 per cent of us illiterate. Indeed, majority of Indians will have to bite the bullet to buy bullet trains.


Sujit De,