Tadar Tang Memorial Football Championship

Lower Subansiri win title for 5th time

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Lower Subansiri captured the coveted Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football title for the fifth time defeating defending champion Papum Pare 3-1 in the final at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun today.

The match started on a promising note with both teams trading shots and focusing on offensive plays. But neither team was successful in finding the breakthrough until an own goal by Papum Pare’s Tapan Bora in 16 minutes. Seven minutes later, a strong footer from Mihin Pullo again shook Papum Pare’s net. Lower Subansiri was leading  2-0 in the half time.

The second half was a seesaw battle between the two sides with Papum Pare making all out efforts to find the equalizers. The margin was reduced to 1-2 by Papum Pare in 49th minute with goal scored by Pasang Tamang from a perfect cross from the right winger. Mihin struck again in 54th minute to give Lower Subansiri 3-1 lead. The supporters and players of Lower Subansiri erupted in jubilation when the long final hooter was blown by the referee ensuring victory of the team.

The last part of the match witnessed some dangerous tackling by players from both sides. Techi Takkar (Jersey No.4) of Papum Pare and Pura Dukhung of Lower Subansiri were sent off by field referee while Toko Poliam, Hage Talloh,  Mihin Pullo, of Lower Subansiri and Techi Takkar (Jersey no 16), Rahul Barman and Tarh Anthony of Papum Pare were cautioned with yellow cards for foul play.  Mihin Pullo of Lower Subansiri was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring highest goal in the tournament while Toko Polliam of the same team was adjudged the “Best Player of the Tournament”. Tadu Taka of Lower Subansiri was chosen as “Best Goalkeeper. Fair play team award went to West Siang.

The winner took away cash prize of Rs.50,000 along with the trophy while the runners up team was given Rs.30,000 along with a trophy. Individual winners were also given cash prizes of Rs.5000 each.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki gave away the winner’s trophy to Papum Pare. Reading FC Director Eamonn Dolan and his Deputy Lee Heron also distributed prizes the individual winners and fair play team.

Besides the Reading FC officials, the match was also witnessed by Parliamentary Secretaries Nabam Rebia and Karikho Kri, State Sports Authority Chairman Tapuk Taku, vice chairman Likha Tara, local MLA Techi Kaso, Tadar Yedir, wife of Late Tadar Tang and other dignitaries.



‘RG Stadium to be converted into international stadium’

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Naharlagun would be converted into a football stadium of international standard equipped with state-of the -art facilities, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said and assured to provide Rs.two crore for the purpose.

Addressing a packed stadium on the final day of the 11th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Championship at Naharlagun today, Tuki said “My government has committed to develop sports infrastructure in every district, for which, Rs. 200 crore has already been earmarked under SPA .”

Informing about adoption of a pragmatic sports policy by his government, Tuki said that the main vision of the policy is to make Arunachal a leading state in sports arena through target oriented action plans for diverse activities, including coaching, training, counseling and participation at various levels of tournaments and championships of all sports disciplines.

The policy also provides for lucrative incentives to outstanding sportspersons, job reservation and maximum opportunities and benefits to indigenous youths.

“While a pension scheme for welfare of distressed sports persons has been incorporated in the Policy, special focus is also laid on promotion of sports amongst girls and the physically challenged,” he informed. Paying rich tributes to Late Tadar Tang, on whose memory the tournament is held every year, the Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the Tadar Tang Multipurpose Society, formed by Late Tang’s well-wishers, for starting this state level football tournament and offering one of the best platforms for budding football players to showcase their talent

The chief minister has agreed to enhance the grant for the tournament from Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs from this year.

Tuki also expressed gratitude to Eamonn Dolan, Director of Reading Football Academy and his Deputy Lee Heron, who are here and have been following the tournament since last couple of days scouting potential in local players.

He appreciated the visit of Dolan as normally the Director doesn’t travel but just because of his invitation, the European premier league soccer club sent him to Arunachal Pradesh personally.

“Arunachal Pradesh will be ever grateful to the Reading FC for their interest and acceptance to train our talents in one of the best coaching centers of Europe free of cost,” he said.

The Reading FC Director, earlier, showered praise on the people of Arunachal Pradesh for extending heartwarming welcome to him and his deputy along with Tomo Nomuk, Reading FC Advisor for Asia, and making memorable their stay in the state capital.

He emphasized on catching talented players as young as 10 to 11 years and training them professionally. He admitted the potential available and hoped that an association would be created between the State and the Club to evolve a coordination and cooperation to churn out world-class professional football players from the State.

MP Takam Sanjoy, who is also President of the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA), addressing the players and spectators stressed on discipline. He said without discipline nothing would be achieved no matter how talented you are.

Meanwhile, Sanjoy, on behalf of APFA, appealed the Chief Minister to place sufficient funds for renovation and maintenance of the R G Stadium. The Chief Minister has assured to place funds for the same from SPA in the current financial year.



Docoits loot cash; three arrested

NAHARLAGUN, Oct 03: A group of five miscreants committed dacoity at pistol-point at the General Agency, an Amul distributor, owned by Ramesh Kumar Jhawer in A-Sector here around 8.10 am Wednesday but three of them were arrested within an hour.

Three accused who were arrested were identified as Keji Taniu Ramniu, 33, of Parsi-Parlo and Dena Tanang, 29, of Bikia village, both under Tali/ Pip-Sorang circle of Kurung Kumey district; AK Singh, 35, resident of Koiwagaonwa of Bihar living in E-sector, Naharlagun, while Veo and Raju from Seppa ran away with the booty, Capital Complex SP Hibu Tamang informed.

Dena, Veo and Raju had entered the building, took away the cash kept in a cotton bag inside the wooden cabin and ran away in the car in which other two were waiting. On receiving the report, a police team led by SI M Geyi and SI N Lali trailed behind and arrested three of them from Transport Colony, Polo Colony around 9.15 am while search operation involving the CRPF and IRBn personnel was launched to apprehend the two absconding accused, who managed to disappear through river route.

A case was registered and investigation launched, while the SP, SDPOs NC Dutta (Naharlagun) and Taru Gusar (Itanagar) joined the probe.

The SP had sounded a red alert immediately, sealed the Capital Complex and launched massive search operation by setting up nakas at various vulnerable points. He appreciated Geyi and Lali for their prompt action.

Singh is a history sheeter, who was arrested in a traders’ extortion case of Nahalagun PS (No 65/2004 u/s section 387/34 IPC), while the costly car No WB 06 1584, Hundai Civic brought here for sale and used in the crime is part of the investigation, the SP informed.



Arunachal Governor calls on Meghalaya governor, CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J J Singh called on the Governor of Meghalaya Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary at Raj Bhavan, Shillong today.

They discussed concerning interests of the two neigbouring States and shared ideas for developmental initiatives taken up in their respective States, especially on tourism.

State First Lady Anupama Singh, who accompanied the Governor during the call on, presented a ‘Thankha’ to Meghalaya Governor on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Later Arunachal Pradesh Governor, who is on a two-day visit to Meghalaya also met the Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma at Raj Bhavan, Shillong. They discussed on areas of prospective commercial activities and exchange programmes. (PRO to Governor)



SDO sends SOS, asks Govt to continue air sorties in flood-ravaged Dambuk

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Dambuk sub-division officer in charge today send “save our soul”(SOS) message to the state government saying the situation at Dambuk Sub-Division in Lower Dibang Valley district is far from better.

SDO in charge Eving Yirang asked for non-stop air sorties during the hours of need  while alarming that food crisis loomed large over the areas as the surface communication to sub-division is yet to be cleared and the area remained cut off from rest of the world. He further said that for restoration of surface communication it could take two months.

After spot visit to various places such as Anpum and Paglam, Yirang reported that though the flood water has receded, the situation of these areas is still grim, with extensive damages of crops and livestock. He went on to say the area have turned ghost town with sickening smells emanating from cattle carcasses lying everywhere after the flood fury.  SDO also said that despite the PWD road was washed away at Loklung village; none of PWD officials visited the site to stock of the situation.



APSCW team organizes legal awareness camps  in  two districts

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: A team of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) headed by its chairperson Gumri Ringu organized legal awareness camps on Domestic violence Act- 2005 and Prohibitions of Child Marriage Act 2006 & Crime against women during its district tour to Lower Subansiri  and Upper Subansiri from Sept 22 to 29. Other members of the team included APSCW vice Vice- Chairperson, Radhilu Chai and Members Dharmawati Mangmow, Yabin Zirdo, Yapi Kulo  and Meyo Taku. In its first leg of legal awareness camp organized in collaboration with Mecha Welfare Society, Yachuli at Yachuli, Lower Subansiri district on  Sept 22  Ringu, highlighted  the Domestic violence Act- 2005 & Child Marriage Prohibition Act- 2006. While vice chairperson Radhilu Chai elaborated on the power and functions of APSCW, Joram Yajum, Chairperson, Mecha Welfare Society, highlighted the grievances being faced by the girls  and womenfolk of their area.  This was followed by legal awareness camp at Ziro on Sept 23.  Here the APSCW team also visited Achukuru Welfare Society, Ziro.  On Sept 24, the team had a brief meeting at Raga with PRIs, Women Groups, general public  and  youths. The Chairperson, APSCW, Ringu had highlighted the significance of APSCW and its effort in working for the cause of aggrieved girl / women.

While addressing the awareness camp at Daporijo on Sept 25, Gumri Ringu appealed the District Administrations to open a District Grievances Cell, in every District HQ, so that justice could be delivered to the aggrieved girl / women. Further, she requested for creation of Juvenile Justice Board (JBB) at District level.

The APSCW team organized  legal awareness camps at Taliha on Sept 26, at Nacho on Sept 27,  at Dumporijo on Sept 28.

The legal awareness tour came to  an end with awareness camp organized at Baririjo on Sept 29. Govt officials, panchayat leaders, gaon burahs and gao buris and general public were present in all the  awareness camps conducted in  these wo districts.



State level  training cum workshop on integrated watershed management programme

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: A State Level Training cum Workshop on Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), the flagship programme of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, began at SIRD Conference Hall, here today.

Delegates of the Workshop include Project Directors of DRDAs, designated officers of Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC) including Assistant Project Officers, Technical Assistants (IWDP) etc. and officers and officials of State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) at the Department of Rural Development.

Speaking on the occasion, M. Ronya Joint Director RE, Department of Rural Development Government of Arunachal Pradesh, stressed on the need for proper capacity building of all stakeholders. He informed that under IWMP a specific allocation is there of 5 percent of project cost for Institution Building and Capacity Building, which is to be utilised in three specific installments as per the three phases of programme implementation. In addition to this allocation, Govt of India has provided funds to SIRD Arunachal Pradesh for the purpose of conduction of training programmes in coordination with SLNA Arunachal Pradesh, highlighting the seriousness that Department of Land Resources, MoRD gives to training and capacity building interventions. M. Ronya also appreciated the timely intervention of SIRD in view of clarifications required for Livelihoods for landless asset less and Production system and Micro Enterprises component under IWMP. He also stressed on the need for timely and proper updation of MIS under IWMP, especially in view of the fact that subsequent release of funds by Govt of India shall be subject to proper updation of MIS. He also emphasized on the need for timely release of State Matching share for the projects, which is being regarded as an important criteria for release of subsequent release of central share of funds.

Stressing on the important issues being pursued by Department of Rural Development Government of Arunachal Pradesh, M. Ronya asked for early submission of GP wise village list, Annual Plans and MPRs which are to be submitted by 30th of every month.

V.K. Sharma, Associate Professor HIRD Nilokheri, who has been invited for sharing his experience and expertise on IWMP, addressing the delegates emphasised on the need for proper preparation of 28 DPRs for IWMP projects sanctioned during 2011-12 for Arunachal Pradesh in a participative manner under the guidance of WCDC and PIAs. He also stressed on the need for greater coordination between WCDC and SLNA for ensuring streamlined implementation of IWMP projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

The training programme is being coordinated by Rakesh Srivastava and Sinku Wada Bagang, Assistant Directors at SIRD. The three day programme shall cover issues pertaining to planning and management of IWMP, understanding of important IWMP concepts, roles and responsibilities of various institutions under IWMP, and activities under IWMP. It shall also dwell on livelihoods and production system and micro enterprises component under IWMP.

Earlier SW Bagang, Assistant Director cum Course Coordinator welcomed the delegates and Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director cum Course Director highlighted the background of the workshop.  Dr. Kirto Loyi, Dy. Director SIRD gave away the vote of thanks.

Eminent resource persons from Department of Science and Technology, GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, National Informatics Centre Itanagar are also scheduled to address the delegates in the 3 days workshop.



Arogya – state level health fair begins at Ziro

ZIRO, Oct 03: Parliamentary Secretary, health and FW, Nido Pavitro inaugurated four days Arogya -- State Level Health Fair on Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani and Homeopathy at Ziro today.

Speaking on the occasion Pavitro said “Lower Subansiri district is a store house of medicinal herbal plants. This opportunity should be used to learn and identify more of these herbs. Large scale plantation of medicinal herbs should be encouraged and its  commercial viability be studied.” Further, exhorting the public to actively participate in the fair he informed that this fair will not only project the requirements of modern day medical treatment with collaboration of Ayurveda but also be a platform for horizontal and vertical discussion of Ayurveda treatment.

The visitors can avail the free consultations and free medicines during the fair, he informed. Arogya Nidhi, a health program for BPL family will provide a financial assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh for treatments and operations. This provision can be extended to any hospitals empanelled with the health department, he said and added that the central government has sponsored 1.5 crore under this scheme.

While emphasizing on adapting traditional method of treatment, Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary, UD &LM  said that “ Ziro Valley can become a medical tourism hub due the presence of a large number of medicinal plants. Patients coming in for treatment can enjoy the natural beauty of the valley and relax in its mild weather”.

He also said that one should also be aware of the side effects of the allopathic medicines and try to inculcate a healthy living habit.

Terming the day as a historic one, Deputy Commissioner Lower Subansiri Dist Taru Talo extended his gratitude to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and Dept. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India for choosing Lower Subansiri district to host this fair.

Dr Rama Shankar in-charge Ayurveda Regional Research Institute in his keynote address dealt in length the growth of Ayurveda in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr. B.V.S Murthy, DDHS, AYUSH also spoke on the occasion.

Health Services Director Dr. K. Nishing, Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences, Chancellor Dr. P. R. Trivedi, DDHS, AYUSH Dr. B.V.S Murty, HoDs and PRI members also attended the programme.

The special features of the fair are live yoga demonstrations, public health awareness lectures, AYUSH Specialist for consultation, AYUSH products and therapies, traditional healers, medicinal plants and books and publications.

Earlier, Pavitro, inaugurated the office of the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Ziro in presence of Richo, Talo and the medical staff. DIPRO



Awareness rally on women’s rights


ROING, Oct 03: On Tuesday, women from across the Lower Dibang Valley district took part in a rally on women’s rights organized by Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) department, Roing.

“The rally,   which  coincided with the 143rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, was organized to spark awareness on women’s rights, especially on growing issue of domestic violence with the hope that more and more women will get involved,” said Nelo Umbrey, Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), Roing.

Leading the rally, Umbrey explained how domestic violence has negative impact on a family and on the entire community. To stop the violence against women, they had to be sensitized first and made aware to fight for their rights, she said.

 The rally started from CDPO office located near helipad, and continued towards the administrative office building covering major parts of the town. Joined by representatives of various women’s organization and self help groups, the rally raised slogans condemning incidents of rising violence against women in the state.

 After the walk ended, a meeting was held in CDPO office where one participant Renaki Pulu, a local women activist brought the attention of the organizer on lack of awareness on women’s rights among the victims. She emphasized on the department for organizing workshops for capacity building and generating awareness on women’s rights issue.



Wakro marches for sanitation

Wakro, Oct 03:  Coinciding the Gandhi Jayanti celebration, Er Lupalum Kri, SE, PH & WS flagged off the sanitation walk yesterday organized by Er Tayum Tok, EE, PH&WS, Namsai. Among others, students and staff of the Govt Secondary School, the Apnes and KGBV at Wakro took part in it.

Addressing the school children, teachers, staffs and members of Wakro Bazaar Er Lupalum exhorted the children to take up health and hygiene issues and vigorously campaign for sanitation in their homes and villages. The students can be the best agents to motivate family members and villagers on sanitation issues and encourage construction of toilets in every household. He pointed out that women face great hardship in lack of proper toilet facility in households and that the issue should not be neglected rather earnestly pursued by all. Er Kri also disclosed that Mawai village was awarded the Nirmal Gram Puraskaar. To the applause of all present he further revealed that Eighteen villages have received the award so far in Namsai division.

The SE appreciated committed efforts put in by Namsai division of the Public Health and Water Supply department under the able leadership of EE Er Tayum Tok while also not failing to recognize the distinguished services of Er Oyuk Padung who was formerly the EE. Togelum Chikro, JE and consultant Dasamso Minin highlighted the programs of the PH&Ws department for educating and promoting general public on sanitation. Mohd Ahmed, Head Master, GSS read out the message of Mahatma Gandhi saying  "My system of education leads to the development of the mind, body and soul. The ordinary system cares only for the mind. I will inculcate in them (humble rural people) the importance of hygiene and sanitation, and when they come to ask me for a sweeper, I will tell them, 'I will be your sweeper and I will train you all in the job.'For my material needs village is my world, but for my spiritual needs, the whole world is my village." The message was selected by Satyanarayanan Mundayoor for the occasion.

The Apnes and the girls of KGBV Wakro celebrated Gandhi Jayanti in a befitting manner. Apne Batemlu Mam of Class VII drew an impressive sketch of the father of the nation for the event of Ramdhun chanting.  Students spoke on the life of Lal Bahadur Shastry and Mahatma Gandhi.

Kenbom Nyodu, EAC, Chongkham in a brief ceremony forwarded the book gift of “ Beautiful Country- STORIES FROM ANOTHER INDIA” to Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament representing 2 Arunachal East parliamentary constituency. The book gift by Anu Shiksha Seva Trust, Wakro is in continuing the literacy campaign started on the International Literacy Day. ASSET expressed gratitude to Er M.B. Singh and the Chongkham administration for organizing the ceremony in a short notice.  

MLA Chongkham-Wakro and the ADC Namsai were present on the occasion. ASSET also presented the book gift to Tamune Miso, DC (designate), Anini. Apne Amilu Minin presented the book gift to SE Lupalum Kri in Anugrah to mark the occasion. The books will be gifted to more leaders in Arunachal Pradesh as a part of the yearlong literacy campaign.



Felix-led high-level team calls on CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: A high level team from the department of environment & forest, Arunachal Pradesh, led by Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board chairman Bamang Felix, is slated to participate in the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP) to be held at Hyderabad during October 8th -18th next.

Funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), representatives of 161 from across the globe are expected to take part in the CoP.

The CoP aims at conservation of the rich biodiversity of the earth and conservation, cultivation and utilization of medicinal species in the larger interest of the humanity.

As biodiversity holds the key to sustain the living beings while sustaining the life of the earth, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki after giving a patient hearing to the presentation by the Felix-led team advocated for a scientific approach in highlighting the rich biodiversity of this Himalayan state.

It would be worth mentioning here that Arunachal Pradesh is considered one of the 11 biodiversity hotspots in the world while its forest cover of over 82%, highest dense forest coverage in the country.

 Arunachal Pradesh has a pivotal role to play with its vast medicinal plant resources whose global demand has been rising across the world, the CM pointed out.

The chief minister advocated scientific farming giving special emphasis in involving local scientists besides engaging the community, the first stake holder, so that the local people are engaged in scientific conservation, cultivation and commercial production of medicinal plants while conserving the biodiversity.

 It may be mentioned that the state government, UNDP and Global Environment Facility (GEF) have decided to take up a collaborative project for conservation, cultivation and sustainable development of medicinal plants involving the community in seven identified medicinal plant conservation areas in the state.  

Lok Sabha member Ninong Ering, principal forest secretary & PCCF BS Sajwan along with senior forest and board officers were present. (CMMC)



Silver Jubilee Foundation day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Oct 03:  The Youth Fellowship of Christian Revival Church (CRC) Naharlagun has celebrated its Silver Jubilee Foundation Day with befitting manner here on Tuesday. The celebration started on Monday with a theme ‘God’s solid foundation stands firm’.

The colorful programme started with hoisting of the jubilee flag by ACRYA President Evan. Dr. Joram Dol, and unveiling of jubilee plaque by the pastor of church  Hillang Taya.

Speaking on the occasion Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam urged the youth to be responsible citizens. Stressing on the role of youth in shaping the society, Sonam said without youth’s contributions the development and changes in the society is not possible. He also suggested the youths to be disciplined and respect the elders.

Nabam Tado, in his address appealed the youths to shoulder the responsibility and educate their counterparts through church activities for building a harmonious and peaceful society. Tai Ete, General Secretary APCRCC highlighted the pros and cons of the silver jubilee foundation. To mark the occasion various colourful cultural programe, such as songs and dance were presented and later Jubilee song book also released by Pastor Tai Tatup, Chairman, Papum Pare district Sub-council of APCRCC.



Basic Computer and PC Technician Course concluded

TAWANG, Oct 03: The six-month long Basic Computer and PC Technician Course conducted by the 4th Bn ITBP under its Civic Action Programme at the Perception Management Centre, Tawang concluded.

Ten monks of the Tawang Monastery, eighty students mostly orphans and physically challenged students of Manjushree Vidyapeeth and public of the district were given computer and PC course during the six month long training programme.

Addressing the closing ceremony Tawang Deputy Commission Kemo Lollen called the Perception Management Progamme an innovative one and  emphasized the need on continuing the computer literacy drive of ITBP. The DC also distributed prizes and certificate to the trainees.

He lauded the ITBP for its role in spreading education among the masses along with its main task of manning the Sino-Indian Border. The DC stressed the need of Computer Education in School curriculum and added that “a man without computer knowledge is like a body without soul in modern day life”.

Later, Lollen held a meeting with the officials from the Army, BRTF, Navodhya Vidyalaya, Police and the DA officers to assess the preparations for the visit of the 1st sub-committee of the committee of the parliament on official language.

The members discussed and finalized the minute to minute programme of the visiting committee. It is to be mentioned here that the said committee comprising of 11(eleven) Members of Parliament is scheduled to visit Tawang from October 6-8 to inspect some of the central offices/undertakings on implementation of the official language policy. DIPRO



District level farmers training

AALO Oct 03: A district level farmers training on cultivation practices, pest and disease management on Winter Vegetables was organized by Project Director, ATMA, West Siang District at DAO’s Office, Aalo recently.

Altogether 140 farmers from Aalo attended the training programme.

In his inaugural speech West Siang District Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete, shared his experiences of exposure visits to the agriculturally developed countries and emphasized on commercial agriculture.

DHO Aalo K. Doji suggested the farmers to go for demand driven agriculture and enhance the socio-economic status.

The resource persons from the Research Station of ICAR Basar, Dr. Parnabjyoti Sharma SMS (Horti.), Anup Chandra (Entomologist) and Raguveer Singh, Scientist (Plant Pathology) dwelt at length about the cultivation practices, pest and disease management on Cole crop and potato respectively.

DAO cum P.D. ATMA Karbom Riram, R.K. Kanaujiya, PO (MCP) Basar, N.

Riba, ADO (Hq), N. Loya, ADO (APMC), J. Jini, ADO, J. Yomcha, ADO, M. Kato, ADO (PP) and T. Jerang, ADO (Rumgong) were the other officers present during the training programme. DIPRO



Gandhi Jayanti in Ruksin sub-division


RUKSIN, Oct 03: Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated at different educational institutions at Ruksin, Bilat and Sille-Oyan areas under Ruksin sub-division with various programme including procession, cleaning drive and discussion on the wisdom of Mahata Gandhi yesterday.

Addressing the gathering at Oyan Upper Primary School, former Arunachal MP (RS) and former Arunachal State Information Commissioner Nyodek Yonggam suggested the student communities to emulate Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals.  Stating that ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ is an occasion to remember the contribution of the Father of Nation, Yonggam urged the young students take inspiration from Gandhiji’s thoughts and actions to address present day problems that confront the societies.

Eminent citizens including forest officer (ACF) Boken Pao, Oyan Anchal Somity Member Tajom Mibang and other also spoke on the occasion.

The government officials of Bilat Circle led by Circle Officer Tony Mitkong conducted a cleaning drive  at Bilar Bazaar to mark the occasion.  Local people also took active part in the social service.



Gandhi Jayanti celebrated across Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated across Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday with district administrations, various institutions and general public pledging to follow the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and organizing cleanliness drive and other programmes on his 143rd birth anniversary.

At Bomdila, the pledge to make Bomdila plastic free, clean and green for better environment by the combined efforts of the District Administration and the department of tourism with co-operation from its entire people and the mass cleanliness drive that followed was dedicated to the Father of the Nation.

Prior to the mass social service, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi in his motivational address to the students, teachers, officers, staff and public which numbered to around seven hundred in head count gathered at Buddha Stadium, called on them to strengthen the spirit of unity and promote peace and to strive for non-violence as this was the most effective tool used by Gandhi to fight against the British rule and to attain freedom from their tyrannical clutches.

He exhorted the people to do away with the plastic culture and to make an all out effort to keep the town clean which directly would reflect on one’s good health besides paving the way for further flow of tourists to the district. He also advocated for planting of trees to augment the afforestation process which would add beauty to the area and which would also be a natural barrier against soil erosion and other forms of natural and man- made calamities, he added.  

An oath to make Bomdila plastic free, clean and green for a better environment was administered by the DC Rinchin Tashi on the occasion.

Later the DC distributed dustbin bags and issued spades, shovels, bamboo brooms etc sponsored by the Tourism department and the District Urban Development Agency to all the Sector In-charges for use in the cleanliness drive.

Earlier in the morning, all the schools of the district headquarters Bomdila participated in the Prabhat pherry and organized programmes in their respective schools. Rich floral tributes were paid followed by speeches from the teachers and students, singing of Ramdhun and all religion prayer etc.

At Koloriang, the students took out a prabhat ferry on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

 All the Govt staff led by DC Rajeev Takuk paid floral tribute to the statue of Gandhiji  in a simple function at DC’s office on the occasion. M.D Prasad DAO spoke on the life and struggle of Gandhiji  and his path of ahimsa. A social service was also conducted  by Govt staff  in the market area to mark the occasion.

At Ziro, “Asatho ma satgamaya, Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya, mrityorma amrutamgamaya” reverberated the Govt. Middle School playground as the  Lower Subansiri district Deputy commissioner, HODs, teaching staff, student community and the public gathered to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and  former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo exhorted the students to follow the ‘simple living and high thinking way of life’ as shown by the Mahatma. He asked the students to denounce liquor and adapt a healthy living pattern.  “Always harmonize your thoughts and actions. Think positive and be good citizens” he added.  

R S Bhist, Lecturer, DIET, Yachuli spoke on the importance of the day and implored the students to follow the “satya and ahimsa” path as laid down by Gandhiji. He also added that from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama all have been inspired by the Gandhian thoughts.

An NGO , Ngunu Ziro demonstrated waste management tactics to the gathering using used cold drink bottles, plastic carry bags and newspapers. Kasturba Gandhi Ashram, Hong presented the Sarva Dharma Prathna on the occasion.

Early in the morning, the student and the teaching community joined the procession from the main bazaar area Hapoli to Mahatma Gandhi Govt. Middle School. The 2nd phase of Clean Ziro drive was  conducted  in and around the Hapoli township on the occasion.

At Seppa, Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated at Gramin Vikas Udhyan , circuit house Seppa, East Kameng in a befitting manner on Oct 2.  The programme started with a Prabhat phery followed by garlanding of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue  by Tope Bam, DC East Kameng and others. All religious prayer was also organized in front of the statue of the Father of the Nation. D. B. Singh, ST ( Pol. Sc), Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Seppa enlightened the huge gathering on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and urged them to follow Gandhian principles.

Earlier, a Social Service was conducted at office complex, bazaar line and colonies of Seppa. DIPROs

The Youth Congress Committee of 10th East Seppa A/C headed by Khabdom Pinda, President 10th East Seppa Youth Congress  conducted mass social service at UTP Cell and clear the jungle short cut road leading to district hospital Seppa to mark the Gandhi Jayanti.

The central executive members of the Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association (APJEWA) paid floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on his 143th Birth Anniversary at Niti-Vihar, Itanagar Tuesday. The members also recalled the contributions of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Sashtri on his birth anniversary.

Meanwhile, APJEWA mourned untimely demise of Teju PWD junior engineer A K Dey and prayed for his soul rest in peace in the heavenly abode.

Students of the Government secondary school, Lumba (Old Palin) and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, (KGBV) Palin in collaboration with the general public organized a mass social service at Lumba village, Kurung Kumey district  to mark the Gandhi Jayanti yesterday. Students forming  four groups cleaned  the market place, medical sub centre, and  school  campus of both GSS, Lumba and KGBV, Palin.  Sports competition was also organized on the occasion.

Donyi Mumsi Foundation Society celebrated 143rd Birth Anniversary of Rastra Pita Mahatma Gandhi as Gandhi Jayanti at Donyi Mumsi Foundation School Itanagar on Oct 2. The programme was graced by Tony Koyu , MD, APIDFC. He described how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became Mahatma. He asked the students to follow the path of truth and Ahimsha which was the main teaching of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Society also organized  various literary programmes like essay competition in Hindi and English, Poem competition and cultural activity for school students.  Children of Donyi Mumsi Foundation school presented the song - Raghu Pati Raghovo Raja Ram. Upcoming artiste Amol Biswas also enthralled the audience with his patriotic songs. Prizes  were also distributed to the participants in various events.

Assembly Youth Congress members under Thrizino-Buragaon constituency, general public and students and teachers of the  Govt Middle School, Lower Bhalukpong celebrated the Gandhi Jayanti at school premises yesterday. The members paid floral tribute to the portrait of Mahatma.  A social service also conducted at Model village and Govt Middle School  to mark the occasion.



News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


Moderate earthquakes hits NE states

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: A series of earthquakes of moderate intensity measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale jolted Assam and other parts of the North East region, the met office said.

Three quakes shook Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya between 12.07 am and 12.10 am today waking up people and making them to rush outdoors in panic for safety.

Another earthquake hit the region at 7.39 am.

The epicentre of the tremors was at Rangapara in central Assam's Sonitpur district on Latitude 26.9 degree north and Longitude 92.8 degree east at a depth of 35 km, the met office said.  No casualty, injury or loss of property has been registered so far, but there are unofficial reports about minor cracks developing in several buildings in Sonitpur due to the tremor.


Gaden Thri Rimpoche arrives Tawang

TAWANG, Oct 3: Gaden Thri Rimpoche, Jetsun Thupten Nima Lugtok Tenzin Norbu Pal-Zangpo arrived at Tawang today.

During his stay here from Oct 3-22, Gaden Thri Rimpoche, the supreme guru of Gelukpa sect of Buddhism, would give extensive teachings on Buddhism at Tawang Monastery and he is expected to visit some of the pilgrimage sites in  and around Tawang as well.

He will deliver teachings on “Lamtso Namsum” composed by Je Tsongkhapa at Tawang Monastery from October 5-7, from October 8-10 he will confer “Guyasamaja initiation” (Sangwa Due-pai Wang) along with the formation of Sand Mandala (Kyingkhor). On 11th Oct, “Chakrasamwara initiation” (Khorlo Dechok Wang) will be conferred. On 12th Oct,  “Yamantaka initiation” (Dorjee Jigje Wang) will be conferred. From 13th to 16th Oct, he will give commentary on Guyasamaja. On 17th Oct, Tenzhuk (Long life prayer) to be offered to his eminence, on 18th Oct, “White Tara Long Life initiation” (Tsewang) will be conferred to the public. Apart from these, the devotees will be allowed to have dharshan of the Sand Mandala.

Earlier today, he was given a warm reception at Sela Pass by Pema Khandu, Minister RWD and Tourism, Religious heads of various monasteries of the district, officers of the district and public leaders. DIPRO


Yingkiong-Mariyang-Pasighat road restored for light vehicles

YINGKIONG, Oct 03: The Yingkiong-Mariyang-Pasighat road, which remained disrupted for last several days at Singak river due to capsizing of a steel bridge during recent flood has been restored for light mobile vehicles today.

It was made possible by construction of a log-bridge at the site by villagers of Gobuk and Kolung with initiative of Upper Siang District Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang who supervised the voluntary social service personally at the site.

It may be mentioned that this road was handed over to Highway Department way back in 2010 and since then it has been without a caretaker causing severe hardship during frequent disruption. Every time, when there is disruption the district administration has to act without any resource/fund. DIPRO


Thrilling experience

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Reading FC Director Eamonn Dolan, who along with his deputy Lee Heron, is currently in the state capital, said that he felt himself really lucky to have earthquake experience here last night.

“The state of Arunachal Pradesh has shared with us their experience of earthquake at a time when we were sharing our experience on football with them,” Eamonn said in lighter vein while addressing the huge crowd of football lovers on the final day of Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Naharlagun today.

“Earthquake usually do not occurs in England,” he said.

A mild tremor measuring 5.1 in Richter scale shook Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring Assam yesterday night.


‘Excellent operation’

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh has congratulated the State Government, the DGP, 2 Mountain Division, Assam Regiment, State Police and Lohit district administration for the excellent operation in which self-styled commander-in-chief of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), Sumna Munglang and six of his important accomplices were apprehended.

The Governor said that the successful operation will help in restoring confidence amongst the people and establishment of law and order in Namsai area.  (PRO to governor)


Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris Rally

KHONSA, Oct 3: DAO Division organized an Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris rally at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa recently.

On the occasion, CDR 117 INF BDE Brig Jai Singh remembered the contribution and supreme sacrifice made by ex-servicemen. He distributed gifts to gallantry awardees, Veer Naris and meritorious students.

Stalls were established by various departments to enhance awareness about schemes to facilitate their upliftment.  Medical stalls were also established and services relating to gynaecologist, opthalmologist and dentists were given.

600 ex-servicemen and their dependants from Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts benefitted from it.

The deputy commissioners of Tirap and Longding districts, Superintendent of Police Tirap, CO19 AR, CO 36 BN CRPF, CO 14 Rajput RGT and all heads of department also attended the occasion.  DIPRO


School fraternity mourns student’s death

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: The teachers, management committee and students of government middle school Mani Doimukh today deeply mourned  the death of Hake Tanga,  a class VIII student who was drowned in Pare (Dikrong) on 25th September last.  Tanga’s body was reportedly recovered from Parbatinagar area, Harmuty in Assam on Sunday after five days extensive search operation.

In a message to aggrieved family, the school fraternity said death of Tanga  is an irreparable  loss and he will be fondly remembered as good student forever. Coinciding the Gandhi Jayanti,  a mass tree plantation programmee was also conducted at school premise as a mark of respect to late Tanga.


Water supply disrupted

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Following heavy downpour, the main water supply pipeline to Senki Park WTP (Lappu Nallah) and Mowb-II (Doria Main Supply line) have been completely damaged, informed official sources.

Public Health Engineering and Water Supply department officials informed that rain triggered landslides also washed away water supply pipelines at various points.

The department has appealed consumers of Mowb-II section and its feeder tank and RKM Hospital section to bear with it.  

The source added that restoration works for  the water supply lines are in full swing. Man and machines have been engaged on a war-footing to restore the supply, the official said.


Association calls for uniform eviction drive

ITANAGAR,  Oct 03: All Capital Complex Unemployed Youth Association, in its representation to the deputy commissioner Capital Complex, demanded for uniform eviction drive along national highway 52-A.  The Association expressed displeasure over the recent eviction drive conducted by district administration saying it was largely targeted OBT structures only.  It said that law should treat everybody equally and eviction drive should effectively carry out against all encroachers who constructed building with total violations of govt prescribed guidelines. Further, the association said that failing to meet their demand, would compel them to  agitate.


AAPANWA pleads for eviction

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu(Priest) Welfare Association today requested the Parliamentary secretary for home and geology and Mining for eviction drive against illegal land encroachers at Nyibu Nijik Model Village Jammi Jaate-I &II. Further, it lamented that despite lodged several complaints about the illegal activities, no action was taken so far.


Social services  

ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Tapik Colony Welfare Committee, Karsingsa conducted social service at Urban Health Care Centre, Karsingsa and its  nearby areas.

The social service was participated by PRI embers of the segment –II.

Meanwhile, the committee informing about the availability of government quarters, urged the medical staff of the Karsingsa to shift in the vacant quarters immediately.

It also appealed to the concerned authority to keep the health centre clean and construct a permanent boundary wall for its safety and security.

ITBP Kimin, All Kimin Youth Welfare Association and Bazar Welfare Committee, Kimin jointly conducted social service at Kimin Township yesterday.

Government officers and staff, few PRI leaders and public also joined the cleanliness drive conducted at Kimin daily market and from ITBP gate to APP check gate points.







80 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.

Food price and India  

Indian planners are talking about moving away from the old idea of giving special concessions and subsidies to the small farmers, even as the Global Food Index brings to the fore India’s appalling state of nutrition.

India is vulnerable to food price shocks, according to the Global Food Security Index 2012 released in New Delhi last week. India’s high vulnerability to food price shocks is explained as being due to a high incidence of poverty and food expenditure, in relation to other outlays.

The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) conducted by the Economicst Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by American chemical company DuPont, ranks 105 countries in accordance to their relative level of food security in three internationally established categories -- affordability, availability and quality and safety. This study ranks India 66th, much below its neighbour China which has been placed at the 38th position.

Even as the study attributes India’s high political stability as the primary driver of its first place rank in food availability within South Asia, the lack of a diverse diet and low protein quality constrain India’s score in food quality and safety, placing it at the third spot among the five countries in the region.

India is behind Pakistan and Sri Lanka in terms of protein intake, according to the report that makes no mention of the vegetarian food-culture of the Hindu-dominated country where a large section of people do not eat meats. Besides, poverty makes these diets unaffordable.

EIU’s regional Director, Pratiba Thaker put it like this: “India’s food is starch-based.” Explaining India’s ranking, Thaker said that India’s moderate global ranking means it has some strengths, yet it also has some areas that it needs to work on, like the infrastructure and storage facilities to help the produce reach the markets on time, which in turn will ensure good money for the farmers.


We are the loser

Dear editor,

I am a diehard fan of football and like most of people of capital I was enjoying Tadar Tang trophy. While it makes me very very proud that the standard of game and talent of players have increased to multiple level since our childhood. But  two things which pricks me is why our CM, Ministers, Legislators and other VIPs need to crowd the stadium every day ? It’s alright they are fan too but when entire state is sinking under floodwater, people dying in tragedy and ration shortage are being highlighted everyday in media do they really have time and morality to enjoy the game, that too coming in their posh, headlighted Fortuners bought in spite severe fund crisis? Every afternoon your motorcade create serpentine traffic jam till late evening. I am sorry but your Fortuners bring misfortune to us.

 Second prick is our foul mouthed, ever menacing and most non sporting audience, which keeps on shouting, Maaro, Kaato, Paun tur dega, Bahar mein dekh lega and all Maa- Behen things as if they do not have Maa & Behen. I have seen opponent teams shaking hands & exchanging warm regards after match. Its only audience who raise the temperature of game be it girls, boys, grown ups even women all needs to be put tape on their mouth. When you behave like animal you will be treated like one. This Tadar Tang trophy whoever be winner, loser is our audience.


Ramesh Jomo,




Why not hunger strike instead of bandh ?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of the people of Arunachal as well as the associations, unions  and other parties who declare bandh and strikes now and then.

Bandh  and strikes does not only hamper the life of people but it slows down the economic growth of a particular area. The major and the immediate sufferers of bandh  and strikes are the business men and the students. It can be seen that government officials generally enjoy the bandh and strikes while general public become the immediate sufferer.

Bandh is democratically correct if it is based on genuine reason. At the same time, it is morally wrong as the bandh generally cripples life of ordinary citizens who are not party to it.

Therefore,  I would like to question the  unions  and  associations, why they do not go for hunger strike  instead bandh if their demands are really genuine. When there are many other options in hand to register protest and express grievances,  whey they choose to call bandh ?


Sange Tsering




Exempt the exam goers

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the kind attention of the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum that the National Institute of Open Schooling has already declared its time table for Examination and it is conducting its Secondary and Sr. Secondary Examination from  Oct 05 to 07 at various centers in  Capital Complex.

Therefore it is my sincere request to the Forum to think for a while about the plight of the students who are going to appear the  examination on Oct 05.

In addition to this, I on behalf of candidates and NIOS appeal the organization to show leniency and allow the candidates with proper ID Card and Hall Tickets to travel to the various examination centers for appearing the examination on 05/10/2012.


T. Lingyu


Polo Colony, Naharlagun


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