Major Union Cabinet reshuffle today

New Delhi, Oct 27: The stage is set now for a major revamp of the Union Council of Ministers tomorrow with the likely induction of at least 10 new faces and promotion of some Ministers of State, besides a rejig in the Cabinet in which Anand Sharma may get External Affairs portfolio.

Ahead of the reshuffle, three Cabinet Ministers Ambika Soni (I&B), Mukul Wasnik (Social Justice) and Subodh Kant Sahai (Tourism) and Minister of State Mahadev Khandela (Tribal Affairs) resigned today, saying they would work for the party. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had quit yesterday.

The ceremony for swearing-in of new ministers is scheduled at 11.30 hours at the Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow when a number of new faces are likely to be inducted.

Rahul Gandhi, who was earlier speculated to be joining the government, is unlikely to do so. He may be in for a larger role in the party and could be made Working President.

59-year-old Sharma, who is tipped to move from Commerce to take the place of Krishna, has done a stint in the MEA as MoS in UPA one.  As Congress leader he had campaigned against apartheid in South Africa.

His place in Commerce is all set to go to 53-year-old Purandeswari, daughter of the late N T Rama Rao, after her eight-year tenure in as MoS in HRD Ministry.

Prominent among the newcomers expected to be inducted are actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi (Andhra Pradesh), A H Khan Chowdhry, brother of late A B A Ghani Khan Chowdhry, Pradeep Bhattacharya and Deepa Dasmunsi (West Bengal), Tariq Anwar (Maharashtra), Pradeep Balmuchu (Jharkhand) and Pradeep Majhi (Odisha).

Besides Purandeswari and Ajay Maken, who could also be promoted as a Cabinet minister, Ministers of State who could be upgraded are Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Milind Deora. Maken may get Information and Broadcasting portfolio.

In the rejig of portfolios, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath is likely to be given additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs, now held by Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is expected to retain Water Resources.

Anwar, NCP MP, is expected to be made Minister of State for Agriculture to work under his party chief Sharad Pawar. Along with the revamp in the Council of Ministers, there is a possibility of long-awaited restructuring in the AICC, to make it ready organisationally for the next Lok Sabha elections slated in 2014. Submitting their resignations, Soni, Wasnik and Sahai said they will work for the party. Soni was Congress General Secretary for several years and was Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi while Wasnik was handling the dual responsibility of Congress General Secretary as well as Union Minister.

Before meeting the prime minister, Sahai said yesterday that Congress President Sonia Gandhi called him to draft him for party work.

"It is an honour to work for the party. I am offering my resignation to Prime Minister. Party President (Sonia Gandhi) and others want me to work for the party so I will be working to strengthen the party as the party is supreme. We are in the government because of the party. Party is supreme and will always be supreme," he said.

Sahai's name had cropped up in a controversy following media expose that he had recommended for allocation of coal block a company in Jharkhand in which his brother was a Director.

Soni said, "I have taken Prime Minister's permission to resign. It is not appropriate if I do it on my own so I have taken his permission and explained it to him".

Asked if she was willing to work for the party, she said, "I think it is an honour".

Wasnik said, "I have been working for the organisation for the last several years and I would like to work for the organisation".

The other changes could include ministers holding dual portfolios shedding one of their responsibilities. PTI


Ering likely to become Union Minister

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Member of Parliament (MP) from Eastern Parliamentary constituency Ninong Ering is expected to be inducted in the Manmohan Singh led union cabinet. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself called Ering over phone and informed him about the decision.

His father late Daying Ering was cabinet colleague of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and had immense role in shaping the state of Arunachal.

While talking to this daily over phone from New Delhi, Ering expressed joy and promise to give his best. “I had meet AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh many times in the last few months. But had never expected that I will be given cabinet birth. The call from PM was a pleasant surprise and I believe my dedication and hard work had paid off,” said MP Ering. Further he added, “I got ministry birth thanks to the support of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APCC President Mukut Mithi. I will try my best to work for the interest of North East in general and Arunachal in particular.”




CM urges BRO to speed up road construction works

TAWANG, Oct 27: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this morning convened a high level meeting in presence of Governor Gen J J Singh to discuss over the most important matter of concern in this part of the state – the road from Balipara to Tawang, which is in a pathetic condition owing to delay in its completion.

The meeting was attended by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, WRD Minister Newlai Tingkhatra, UD Minister Rajesh Tacho, Chief Engineer of Vartak, BRO, top army officials, Parliamentary Secretaries Tsewang Dhondup, T N Thongdok, P D Sona, Jambey Tashi, R T Khunjuju and Phurpa Tsering, Principal Secretary Yeshi Tsering and Planning Secretary Ankur Garg besides officials of the district administration and Head of Departments. The Chief Minister echoed the sentiments of people of West Kameng and Tawang districts, who have been lamenting about the road condition that has even hampered the flow of tourists to the region. Transporters had recently imposed a bandh in the two districts in protest against the delay in completion of the road.

“This is the most preferred tourist circuit in the state. Therefore, a good road is must. Moreover, the road is important from strategic point of view for movement of defence personnel and equipments,” he observed.

Chief Engineer, Vartak, informed that the delay is because of shortage of construction materials like stone chips, etc. He said the existing supply of construction materials is not even 1/3rd of the required quantity. He, however, assured that the road from Balipara to Tawang would be completed by 2014.

Responding to the explanation given by the BRO officials, the Chief Minister decided that the government would identify quarries to be handed over to BRO. He said the government will revise the existing rate of quarry materials and also fix a uniform rate. Landowners will be adequately compensated, he added.

Tuki also advised the BRO to put the services of heavy machines and equipments as much as possible to speed up the construction. He pointed that due to less labour charge, there is a shortage of workers.

“The government will lend all possible help in land acquisition and forest clearances as and where necessary. This should not be a reason for slow progress of work,” he said.

During the meeting two other projects were also discussed in detail. One was on the road from Lumla to Tashigaon in Bhutan and the other was on establishment of an airport (Short Take-off and Landing ground) at Lumla.

The Chief Minister admitted that the two projects are of utmost importance and assured to take these up with the concerned Ministries at the Center.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister visited the Mahabodhi Old Age and Child Care Home. Impressed with the philanthropic work done by the institute, he assured to place funds for extension of the institute.

He also visited the Tawang Monastery in the afternoon accompanied by Governor Gen J J Singh and Planning Commission Member Soumitra Chaudhury.

Responding to a memorandum, the Chief Minister ordered an expert committee report on renovation of the monastery’s library and submission of a proposal for further action by the government. He also assured to place funds for extension of parking space and construction of a welcome gate of the monastery.  

Meanwhile, the Tawang Festival organizers this evening informed that on invitation of the Chief Minister AICC General Secretary and MP Rahul Gandhi has agreed to attend the festival here on October 29 next. Preparations are on to receive the VIP guest. Expectedly Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would extend his stay at Tawang to receive the young Gandhi.

Governor reviews road construction

While reviewing the Bhalukpong-Tawang road construction with Border Road Organization (BRO) Officials,  Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh, highlighted the importance of the road in regard to development of the western part of the state, its importance to the state tourism and also for national security and called for expediting the process. He told the concerned organization that people have come to him expressing concerns on the slow process of the work. The Governor, who have been in touch with the Defence Ministry for the early completion of said road, advised the BRO to have a time frame for project implementation. Later in the day, the Governor paid obeisance at the Dukhang, the main prayer hall of the Monastery. The Governor had a long interactive session with Head of Tawang Monastery, Rev. Guru Rimpoche and other senior Lamas for maintenances of the Monastery and its spiritual importance. Later, the Governor witnessed the monastic dances, performed by the Lamas at Douche of the 17th century Monastery. (PRO to Governor)



First round auditions for Miss Arunachal 2012 held; 2nd round on Nov 3

13 qualify for final in first round

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The first round auditions for the 9th Miss Arunachal 2012 contest, organized by Arunachal Guild for Cultural Integration (AGCI), were held at a city based hotel here on October 26 and 27. After two days of the auditions, 13 out of 17 contestants have been selected for the final round, who include Mongam Basar, Moti Libang, Mege Duchok, Sonia Tassar, Mui Tina, Angel Mary Pada, Happy Yaying, Alice Dai, Gumme Riba, Moom Darang, Romi Marbom, Toyir Riba and Joram Rupa.

The jury panel included former Miss Arunachal Aman Lego, former Miss Nyishi Licha Jeri and Organizing Secretary Niglar Veo.

The second audition round would be held on November 3 while the grand finale has been fixed on November 30 at Indira Gandhi Park here.

This year’s beauty pageant with the theme “Beauty with Brain” aims at providing a platform to young female enthusiasts to show their talents in the field of fashion besides showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state and creating better understanding among people of the state. The winner of this year’s contest would be awarded a car along with cash prizes and gift hampers while the runners up and second runners up would be awarded cash prizes along with a Scooty each. The winners of various sub-titles, such as Best Costume, Miss Talent, Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and Miss Cat Walk would also be awarded cash prizes along with gift hampers.

The first Miss Arunachal Contest was held in 2000 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun and Taying Anita became the winner.



School karate team leaves for MP

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  A 9-member Karate team from Arunachal Pradesh comprising six boys and three girls from various schools in the state left here today evening for Madhya Pradesh to participate in the 58th National School Games beginning in Indore on October 31.

Although National School Games (NSG) are held every year for different disciplines regularly, this is the first time a school karate team from Arunachal Pradesh is  participating in the NSG.

The team: (Boys) Sinne Mikhu (-50kg), Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Takiang Bagang (-55kg), GHSS, Naharlagun, Anurudh Sahani (-60kg), Daying Ering Memorial GHSS, Pasighat, Janam Dodum (-65kg), GHSS, Naharlagun, Dongro Dodum (-70kg), GHSS, Polo Colony, Naharlagun, Biplob Devnath (+70kg), GHSS, Itanagar.

(Girls): Juna Dada (-48kg), SLSA, Bamang Yakum (-52kg) SLSA, Rebiyialu Kri, GHSS, Tezu.

Kakio Siga, Asst. Teacher of Govt ME School P Sector, Itanagar is the Team Manager and coach of the boys team  while Rajnita Rotom is the coach of the girls teams.



ASKA felicitates medal winning players

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate Do Association (ASKA) felicitated three of its players, who have won medals in the International Seiko Kai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championship held in Colombo, Sri Lanka recently, in a function held here today. Arunachal bagged five medals in the championship, including one silver and four bronze.

While Yesenso Yun won a silver and bronze medal each in Kumite and Team Kumite event Charu Govind bagged a bronze medal each in Kata and Open Kumite under 17 years category. Banenso Towsik bagged a bronze in Kata event under 15 years category.

Attending the function, Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) president Likha Tara delivered a few words of advice to the budding players. He said that concentration, acquiring the techniques of the sport, physical fitness and hard practice were the keys to success in sports. Tara, who also is the vice chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) hoped that the recent trip to Colombo has provided a must needed exposure for them. He advised them to practically apply the new techniques they have learnt from other players during the championship.

Tara advised the players to take up sports sincerely as one can earn livelihood as well as personal glory from sports, if pursued seriously.

AKA general secretary L Marik lauded the karateka trio for bringing laurels to the state by winning medal in the international event.

ASKA president Dr. Marli Ete in his welcome address lauded the outstanding performance of the players.

The function was also attended by Arunachal Tenshinkan Shotokan-Ryu Karate Do. Association president Tai Hipik, AKA vice president Yarda Niki.



NGOs should act as an agent of change: Welly

SEPPA, Oct 27: NGOs should act as an agent of change bridging gap between the Govt. and its people rather than working for the interest of its members, said Health Minister Atum Welly while referring to many NGOs in East Kameng during 34th foundation Day of East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) at Bana on Oct 24.

R.T. Khunjuju, Parliamentary secretary, Hydro Power, Kumsi Sidisow, MLA Cum Chairman APEDA and Goverdhan Nimasow attended the programme as Chief Guest, Guest of honour and Special invitees respectively. Attended among others during the programme were Shri Tani Loffa, Local MLA cum Chairman Forest crop. Shri Tapuk Taku, MLA cum Chairman Sport Authority of Arunachal, Smti Kraya Bagang, MLA, Shri Jalley Sonam, Chairman APBOCWB and Shri Hari Natung, Ex-Minister.

Health Minister lauded EKSWCO for taking along the four tribes of East Kameng and also its endeavour for promotion of mutual understanding and harmonious co-existence. He appealed the people to jointly celebrate each other’s festival and exchange culture through such festivals.

Taking note of point of Kashok Halley, Chairman Puroik Welfare Society saying that Puroik tribes are still deprived class in the society, he said that one should not feel inferior and suggested the concerned leaders of Puroik inhabited areas to evolve a modalities of participatory development.

Stressing on the need to develop tourism sector as a source of income generation, he said that the time has come to introspect and change the mind set of people to welcome more tourists in East Kameng, more particularly in Pakke and Pappu valley.

He cited that people of Tawang are not asking for contract works because of self-sufficiency due to flow of tourist. He also asked the people to have future plans by taking up agriculture and horticulture in a big way for self-reliant and sustainable economy. He appreciated the people of Bana that they are doing good as compare to other constituencies of the district. He reminded the people of the fact that every contract work is on tender basis except MLA LAD scheme which may also be done through tender in the times to come.

R T Khunjuju, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Hydro Power had all praise for the arrangement and the cultural programme displaying the tradition and culture of each tribes of the district. While quoting that “Loss of culture is loss of Identity”, he exhorted the people to abandon bad practice and keep intact good things. He appreciated the good gesture of Nyishi community even after being major tribes paying respect and honours’ to minor tribes of the district. He announced Rs 5 Lakh for Sarok Festival ground at Yangsey village.

Kumsi Sidisow, MLA cum Chairman APEDA called on the people of Bana to cooperate with present MLA and help the Govt agencies in implementation of Govt. funding schemes for progress and prosperity. He appealed one and all to cooperate  the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led Govt  for prosperous Arunachal. Taking about boundary of East and West Kameng ahead of Bana, he echoed the same opinion with his counterpart Tani Loffa, MLA  that the matter shall be resolved in the meeting of both DC and both MLAs as per official records of Land Management .

Dr.Tachi Taku, Chairman EKSWCO while highlighting the objectives and achievement clarified his stand on RTI act saying that filing of RTI is a deterrent to the developmental process where works has been done as per specification with quality.

Jalley Sonam, Chairman APBOCWB who was awarded commendation certificate during the function for his selfless service to the needy and downtrodden people of the state said that he is trying his best to do noble work with honesty and truthfulness and to show a good lesson to the younger generation.

Er. Aju Khunjuju, President Sajalong Elite Society revealed the formation of all Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous  Forum which is under  process involving all the tribes of the state for unity and peaceful co- existence. He reiterated on the need for job reservation of minor tribes as they are residing in the remote areas where no good school is available.

Tani Loffa, local MLA suggested that such programme be organized at Lada, Chayang Tajo and other remote area of the district to bring awareness to the people. He said that it takes time for a social change but is definite and the things to do are to make the people aware about bad practises through NGOs or other means of communication.

Master Nabin Jomo, who won many laurels for the state in the field of Karate was also awarded commendation Certificate along with Jalley Sonam, Chairman APBOCWB.

EKSWCO conducted social service and repaired hanging bridge, 6 Kms away from Bana and also organized cultural exchange programme on October 23, 2012. DIPRO



Siram inaugurates AAK website

PASIGHAT, Oct 27: Education Minister Bosiram Siram inaugurated Adi Agom Kebang website and also released Ngargo Lupo at the Dooying Guumin Hall, Pasighat on Oct 24 last.

Speaking on the occasion, Siram said such attempt would help to retain and restore pride in an ancient culture, preserving it for the benefit of future generation.

He extended his gratitude to Adi Agom Kebang, the developer and designer of the website Maktil Apum and Chief Editor of the souvenir Girin Tamuli. He also gave away the AAK lifetime membership cards and certificates on the occasion.

The minister appealed to all the unions, associations, organizations to join hands in the state building process and strongly discouraged bandh culture. Lots of development projects and schemes are coming up in the state to ensure better future for our youths in particular and citizens as a whole, such projects should not be hampered at the cost of bandh practices, he said. He sought active participation of the elders in the process with proper discussions and debates to motivate the youths to choose the best path for prosperity of the state. He also disclosed various developments being brought and undertaken in education sector under his leadership.

Meanwhile, the AAK in a memorandum appealed the minister to appraise CBSE authority to include ‘Adi’ in 3rd language column in Class (X) LOC and sought financial supports for printing of new marksheet for Upper Primary schools, develop Computer Based Training (CBT) to learn Adi and to develop Adi computer keyboard software etc.

Amongst the prominent personalities, Prof. Tamo Mibang Director AITS, RGU and President AAK, Bodong Yirang Director elementary education, DC RK Mishra, Obang Tayeng DDIPR and Secy AAK, Oshong Ering IAS(Rtd) and Nanom Jamoh were present on the occasion. DIPRO



AYC distributes flood relief for the second time

ROING, Oct 27: The second phase of relief distribution to flood affected people in Lower Dibang Valley district by Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) was carried out on Friday in Bhismaknagar village.

The village situated near the Lohit border was severely affected by flood leading to erosion of rice fields and other cultivated areas.

Earlier, a team from District Congress Committee (DCC) and Block Congress Committee (DCC) visited Bhismaknagar village on October 19. During the visit, the team surveyed the affected areas and prepared estimate of the losses.

Based on the estimate, the flood relief materials consisting of 35 bags of rice of 50 kg was distributed to 35 affected families.

In the joint survey by BCC (I), DCC (I) and AYC, they also inspected site of water intake point used as source for drinking water in the village.

The estimate of the damaged infrastructures and losses were later submitted to Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi for financial allocation to replenish the losses.

Further, the AYC source informed that all estimates of damages due to flood assessed in the district would be submitted to central leadership in New Delhi.   

The team was led by AYC President Japani Meto with BCC President Jeela Mega and AYC Secretary Lobo Linggi.



Circle level games and sports competition begins

CHANGLANG, Oct 26: The Changlang Additional Deputy Commissioner, M C Roy inaugurated the circle level Games and Sports competition here at General ground Changlang today.

Speaking on the occasion, Roy emphasized on the importance of games and sports for healthy body and healthy mind. He advised the participants that winning and losing is not important but participation with sportsman spirit is more important.  Encouraging the young sports persons, Roy informed that there is reservation in Govt jobs especially for sportspersons.

Earlier Dorjee Khandu (DDMO), In-charge DSO (Sports) in his key note address informed that the programme “Promotion of Games and Sports activities” at Dist Hq Changlang, is being organized by the District Administration Changlang and is sponsored by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh. He further informed that on the direction of the Deputy Commissioner Changlang Chanchal Yadav, the whole programme had two sessions -- the training session and final competition round.

The training session for the games and sports began from 26th Sept.2012 in which about 380 students from various schools from Changlang  circle participated.

The other dignitaries present in the function were SDO, G C Doeri, CO, DR. Marngam Kakki and Binti Mibang, FAO, Gombu Dingla, Astt Curator, H C Boruah and teachers from various school of Changlang Circle. DIPRO incharge



Ghatowar to attend opening ceremony of Yaja Waii memorial T-20 cricket

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Union Minister for DONER, Pawan Singh Ghatowar will attend the opening ceremony of the 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T-20 cricket championship slated to begin from 21st November at Seppa town.

Parliamentary secretary (RWD), Kumar Waii, who is also the chief patron of the championship, on Friday along with MP Takam Sanjay, called on the Union Minister in New Delhi. In the said meeting they discussed about various issues concerning development of the state.  The Union Minister expressed his personal interest to the visit the backward district (East Kameng) of Arunachal Pradesh.



After rubber plantation, farmers eyeing on sandalwood in Siang valley

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Oct 27: Far from the sylvan plain land of South India including Karnataka, Kerala and Andra Pradesh, sandalwood widely considered a ‘green gold’ has found its mooring in the hilly terrains of East Siang district.

The commercial horticulturists of the area, who have achieved a milestone in rubber cultivation are now eying on cultivation of sandalwood. Though the state government is not taking any initiative for growing of sandalwood in the landlocked state, yet they are taking the bold initiative to start a green revolution in Siang valley.

Observing the climatic condition in  the plain areas the farmers are now putting their attention on sandalwood cultivation  for its rich economic prospects,.

Half a dozen farmers of Ngorlung village under Ruksin circle have opened some small nurseries of their own. They also started sandalwood plantation on plain hilly terrain near Assam-Arunachal border here. Through formation of a grower’s committee, the farmers are moving the forest department for due recommendation of sandalwood plantation on their own land.

“We have developed sandalwood nurseries and started plantation in our own land. We are taking necessary guide and suggestions of sandalwood plantation from Assam Social Forest officials as there is no concerning experts in Pasighat Forest division. Initially, we are targeting plantation on 8 bighas land this year”, said Okeng Taying, retired CID official of Ngorlung village.

Taying, who is also a successful rubber planter of the area reportedly attended training on “Growing of sandalwood”, conducted by Social Forest department in Assam. He nursery contains 5,000 saplings including two varieties of sandalwood (Red and white).

Sandalwood, commonly known as ‘Chandan’ naturally grows in the forest of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andra Pardesh, Kerala, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The plant has special economic importance as its products are one of the finest perfumery materials since ages. Chandan-oil, which has unique medicinal values, is also widely used for making detergent and cosmetics. The demand of “Srigandha” that obtained from sandalwood is increasing faster.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: 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 at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Mass clean up drive at Daporijo Airfield

DAPORIJO, Oct 27: Keeping an eye on the ensuing 4th State Level Youth festival 2012 to be held at Daporijo from 1st to 3rd December 2012, the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society, Upper Subansiri and the Festival Celebration committee 2012 along with the Donyi Polo Namlo, Daporijo and Ligu and Arunachal Vikas Parishad, Daporijo organised a Mass Social Service to clean up the Airfield at Daporijo.

Govt officers including DC, SP, and heads of the departments, PRI members took active part in the social service. The cleaning up of the Airfield is not only aim at preparing the festival venue, its  provide a new and fresh look to Daporijo as well.

The clean up drive was headed by Duma Yekar, ZPM and Vice-Chairman of the Festival Celebration Committee and Yajum Muri, ZPM (Puchigeko). Ladu Yekar, Vice President of District Congress Committee, Upper Subansiri and Parlek Nima, Advocate also actively supported the Clean up drive. DIPRO


ULFA cadre nabbed

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Assam Rifles has apprehended a hardcore ULFA militant from Longvi village, Jairampur yesterday. The militant was identified as Upakul Moran alias Dhan Asom. The cadre entered into Arunachal territory from neighboring country Myanmar with intention to serve extortion note to local businesspersons, sources said.

A Chinese made AK Rifle alongwith three magazines and 65 live rounds have been recovered from the possession of the militant.  The apprehended ULFA cadre has been involved in extortion, kidnapping and other illegal activities in Kharsang and adjoining areas.  Apprehension of ULFA cadre with arms and ammunition will give a severe blow to their illegal activities in the area, it added.


CM gives his nod to ring road scheme

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Tsewang Dhondup, MLA, Tawang along with public leaders of his Constituency met Chief Minister Nabum Tuki who is on a four-day visit to Tawang in connection with the celebration of ‘Tawang Festival 2012’ and submitted a memorandum for sanctioning of a scheme for ‘Construction of Ring Road in Tawang District Headquarters’. During the opening ceremony of the festival, Chief Minister declared his approval of the scheme to the much delight of the public. The leaders and general public of Tawang-II Constituency extended gratitude to the CM for his approval to Ring road scheme.

It is worth mentioning here that Tawang, the headquarters of Tawang district, has been facing acute traffic congestion problem in the township area since last three to four years due to increase in the number of local, army as well as tourist vehicles. The local administration, on its part, tried their best to solve the traffic congestion problem by declaring certain roads within the township area as ‘one-way’. But this efforts could not do much in lessening the congestion problem due to innate problems of being a hilly area. DIPRO


Blood donation camp

PASIGHAT, Oct 27: The Adi Baptist Union (ABU) Pasighat has organised a Blood Donation Camp at the premises of General Hospital Pasighat yesterday.

22 donors set their foot forward for the cause and 15 units of blood were collected on the day. Earlier, donors were properly checked before donating their blood by the pathologists Dr. Tapi Ering and Dr. Kaling Jerang.

While appreciating the ABU’s efforts the Jt. Director of  Health Service

(T&R) Dr. Kabang Lego said voluntary blood donation is an ideal example of altruism in action. Blood donation is not hazardous and it proves to be a healthy habit that helps blood renewal. It is the highest form of charity which can bind the society, regardless of class, colour or religion, he added. DIPRO


Disruption in water supply

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Water Supply system to Mithun gate, Zero point area, six mile and various sectors of Itanagar has been disrupted due to the ongoing excavation works for construction of drains by PWD contractors along NH 52A informed EE, PHE and WS Division, Itanagar.

The PHED, EE said that the excavation work has been carried out without proper intimation to PHED department and consequently, the consumers are facing water crisis.

The EE, PHE and WS Division, Itanagar further said that the restoration work is possible only when a proper space for utility service is made available and damaged cost be borne by executing agency/ contractors.

It appealed to the executing department and the contractors to cooperate with PHED for early restoration of water supply system.


Appeal for help

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Arunachal Cultural Society President Kipa Ajay had appealed to the people of Arunachal to come forward and extend help in every possible way to legendary artiste Moge Doji who was admitted in a serious condition in a hospital at Dibrugarh.


MP inspects Tajum-Sille road, stresses on early maintenance

PASIGHAT, Oct 27: MP Ninong Ering along with the BRO officers inspected NH52 from five Mile (Tajum) to Sille road yesterday.

While expressing his concerned over the dilapidated road condition from Tajum to Sille, Ering urged the authority to complete the maintenance works including black topping of the said portion of road on or before November 15 next.

Earlier, on Thursday, he visited Riga village and sanctioned 70 lakhs from his MPLAD for early completion of a Dere (Community Hall) and also sanctioned another 30 lakhs for construction of Dere at Moli and Moruk village.

Later, on his way back to Pasighat he called upon the executing agencies of Pasighat-Pangin road to maintain quality and timely completion of the road. DIPRO


Social service

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: A mass social service was conducted at Biological Park Itanagar yesterday under the guidance of curator of the park Raya Flago, RFO.

The volunteers repaired damaged security wall and cleared jungles as an immediate precautionary measures to prevent entry of human and animals inside the park illegally.

Meanwhile, the Park authority in order to prevent any untoward incident inside the Zoo has strictly prohibited using of plastic items, carrying of fire arms and weapons including Dao, cutting, collection or removal of any forest products, teasing of animals, drinking alcohol and smoking inside the Zoo.

It also prohibited rearing or bringing of domestic animals and birds inside the Zoo either by visitors of Zoo staff.

It appealed the general public not to enter inside the park after 4 pm in winter and 5 pm in summer season and added that the biological park will remain closed on every Tuesday.


AYC convention held

PASIGHAT, Oct 27: The Booth Level Training convention for  Assembly Youth Congress members was organized by the IYC Lok Sabha Eastern Parliamentary Constituency and Assembly Youth Congress, Aruanchal Pradesh at Doying Gumin Hall, Pasighat on Oct 26.

 The programme was flagged off by MP Ninong Ering along with Indrani Mishra, IYC In-charge Arunachal Pradesh, Tadar Niglar President APYC, R N Lalum PYC training in-charge and Pinna Muklom PYC Incharge East Siang district.

The training was organized to ensure active participation of  youths in  development  activities in grass root level. Around 600 youths  took part in the programme.

Meanwhile, the 4th extended state level executive meeting of all PYC and LYC concluded at Siang Guest House Conference hall today.

In his inaugural address MLA Tako Dabi called upon the  youth  Congress leaders to play active part for the development of the country.


APCA adopts resolutions

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: 3rd Executive meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association was held in the Bishops' House, Itanagar Diocese, Naharlagun today.  All the executive committee members of the Association including five member delegates from Miao Diocese under the chairmanship of Tok Butum, President of the Association took part in the programme.

The Executive body adopted a series of resolutions which, among others, included renaming of the erstwhile Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union to Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association, Constitution of  District Units etc.

Earlier, general secretary Taw Tebin apprised the members present in the meeting of numerous activities undertaken by the Association since last two years.


Kena to attend wokshop on effective governance

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  Arunachal Pradesh  Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena will participate in a workshop  on “Effective and good governance, parliamentary practice and procedures, public private partnership, ethical leadership  and management, local government reforms etc” in Australia  and New Zealand be to be held from Oct 30 to November 7. The program will also include field visit on health care system, road and transport system agriculture and diary and sheep farming etc. according to an official release.


NYWA resents

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  Nyishi Youth Welfare Association in a release today alleged that the Capital DC  has kept land related  files  in the cool storage for last many months despite  Govt  order to speed up land allotment  process for Govt departments and private individuals.

“Normal cases of land transfer,  issue of non- encumbrance  certificate,  mortgage certificates, land passbook against the lost or damaged paper should be disposed of regularly but such cases are also  kept in cool storage,” the Association said in a memorandum addressed to Chief Secretary.


Rao to visit Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: North East BJP organizational incharge  P Chandrashekar Rao is arriving at Itanagar on Oct 29 on a two days visit to Arunachal Pradesh to take stock of BJP state presidential election-2012. He is expected to hold parleys with senior party leaders including MLAs regarding party organization.

Party sources informed that  4 senior state BJP leaders are lobbying for  the post of party president.


Leadership training prog for teachers

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: A Leadership Development cum In-service Training Programme for teaching staff was organized by the Managing Committee of Kids Foundation School, Kimin at its school premises today.

A senior teacher Mr Kuria of Govt. Hr. Sec. School Kimin spoke on the use of Teaching Aids which is very essential for any teacher to bring about practical results in teaching. He further stressed on child centric teaching method which according to him is the ideal method in the Teaching Learning process.


Bandh called off

ZIRO, Oct 27: The Hapoli Bazaar Committee (HBC) and Ziro Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ZCC&I) in a joint sitting of the executive body have withdrawn their proposed 48 hrs Ziro-Hapoli bandh on Oct 29 and 30.  The decision was taken after the arrest of all the six culprits involved in Raju Chakarborty attack case.

While lauding the district administration and police department for fulfilling their demands, HBC & ZCC&I appealed the authorities  to award exemplary punishment to the culprits.


Re-investigate PDS scam: ACS

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) today demanded the state government to re-investigate the multi-crore PDS scam.

In a release ACS questioned the state government for its alleged reluctant to sanction prosecution order against the remaining accused person. Society further said that government should re-constitute the special investigation cell (SIC) members.  Irked with the former SIT chief MS Chouhan, society Chairman Patey Tayum also demanded for the property assess investigation of SIT steering committee members.  However society also clarified that it has any personal grudge against carriage contractors of PDS.


Training on pig farming

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: ICAR Basar unit in collaboration with Onge Welfare Society organized a one-day interactive training cum demonstration programme on Pigs farming for farmers of Menchukha under training and distribution of Pigs under Tribal Sub Plant recently.

High quality breed 40 nos of Gungoor, TMD and Hampshire Pigs and 130 Vanaraja under the NICAR were distributed to the progressive farmers on experimental purpose. Dr Doni Jini, Scientist ICAR, Dr Bali Yomgam T-3 animal science ICAR and Rubjyoti Sharma RA, TAS ICAR were the resource persons from ICAR Basar.


‘Improve reading habit’

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: ‘Prachodaya Shibir’ an interactive session to cultivate and develop good reading habits and creative writing was organized by the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal Pradesh Trust today in the school campus of VKV, Chimpu. Altogether 200 students from twenty-one VKV schools from the state participated.

While addressing the students gathering, Tokong Pertin, Director, Trade & Commerce and General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) highlighted the aims and objectives of APLS. The society provides a platform to the budding writers in order to tap the latent talent of the younger generation. He also spoke on the importance of reading and said that creative writing inspires one to think out of the box and sharpens one’s imaginary power. Reading and creative writing is an active mental process that improves one’s concentration and focus, he said.

Jamuna Bini, Assistant Professor, RGU, who is also Assistant General Secretary (Organization), APLSgame some tips to all for creative writing.






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