October 21

Veteran Cup Football Tournament

Kameng Veteran FC and AUFC win

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Kameng Veteran FC (KVFC) defeated Ward No 25 Prem Nagar by 2-1 goals in the first match of the second day of the Veteran Cup Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun today afternoon.

The goals for KVFC were scored by Tacha Tallang in the 8th minute and by the player donning the Jersey No 8 in the 36th minute. The lone goal for Ward No 25 was scored by Toko Tacho in the 78th minute.

In the second match, AUFC defeated Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly by 4-0 goals. For AUFC, Taja Bonung and Gyamar Jill scored two goals each in 38th and 41st minutes and 52nd and 68th minutes respectively.

Today’s matches:

1. Siang Utd vs Officers Sporting Club.  2. AUFC vs NUFC



KKS memorial dist. level badminton tournament in November

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Ziro Badminton Association (ZBA)   in collaboration with Sports Department in the district will organize the Kalyan Kumar Sonowal (KKS) Memorial District Level Badminton Tournament from November 23 to 25.

The tournament will include eight events--Men’s Singles, Men’s Double, Women’s Single, Women’s Double, Veteran’s Single, Veteran’s Double, Under-17 Boys Single and Under-17 Boys Doubles.

Those players who are permanent residents of Lower Subansiri district, government employees serving in the district, students studying in the district or others residing in the district for at least 3 years will be eligible to participate in the tournament.

The winners of the various categories of the tournament will represent Lower Subansiri District in the 2nd Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship.

It may be mentioned that Kalyan Kumar Sonowal was student of Government Higher Secondary School, who later served in the District Administration. He represented Lower Subansiri District in various sporting events and brought laurels for the district. He was responsible for popularizing the little known game of badminton in the district and inspired many players to participate in the state and national level tournaments.


DBYC conducts workshop on ‘deep self awareness’

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Itanagar IGSSS/SMILE (Indo-Global Social Service Society) organized a workshop on ‘deep self awareness’ for school and college youths at Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC), Vivek Vihar here yesterday.

The youths were taught in the workshop about the meaning of life, how to understand self, be happy, how are they important in their life etc.

In total, 54 youths attended the workshop.

Resource person of the workshop, Franklin Naloiju, Chairman, Agape Welfare Society advised the youth to learn moral values and lead an exemplary and meaningful life.

Another resource persons from VKV Arun Jyoti Rupesh Mathur also emphasized on moral values and living a life of discipline by sacrificing oneself for the society.


Bandh postponed

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Bana-Pampoli Area Trans-Highway Affected Welfare Committee (BPATHAWC) has postponed its proposed 48-hr Bana-Seppa bandh from October 22 for time being in view of the 16th general conference of AEKSU, according to a BPATHAWC release.


Orgs condemn alleged rape incident

RUKSIN, Oct 20: There has been widespread protests and condemnation from all quarters over the alleged rape of a minor school girl here.

Prominent women leaders of the area, including some school teachers have expressed grave concern over the barbaric incident and demanded stringent punishment for the alleged rapist as per law.

Adi Bane Kebang (Women Wing) president Aini Taloh, in a statement strongly condemned the incident and demanded the administration not to grant bail to the rapist under any circumstance and also terminate him from the government service.

On the other hand, the East Siang DC has appealed all to abstain from indulging in provocative activities and co-operate with the proceedings of the law. She urged the parents to have the courage to report such incident for proper legal action.

The investigation officer of the case said that accused has admitted his offence before the police during interrogation. The alleged rapist is presently under judicial custody.

Ruksin Police yesterday arrested an assistant teacher serving at Niglok Primary School with charge of rape of a minor school girl of his school.


Training on e-working plan organized

AALO, Oct 20: A day-long training on e-working plan for field staff all ranges was held under the chairmanship of Nyali Ete at DFO’s office here yesterday. The training programme dealt with techniques to collect sample plots as per the guidelines provided for survey and enumeration for preparation of e-working plan.

Ete taught his staff about the datas to be collected such as nature of forest, seedling, regeneration, bamboo and flowering etc.

The Resource person, Mardo Angu, RFO Menchuka spoke in detail about the e-working plan exercise and demonstrated the field works to be carried out.

All participating officials attended the programme enthusiastically and shared their experiences. DIPRO


Patriotic song competition organized

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh organized the patriotic song competition, “E Mere Watan Ke Logo” at Nyobam village Dere, Bassar and at Community hall Yinkiong on October 18 and 19 respectively.

In competition held at Basar, Lina Riba, Tojum Gurung and Jumi Riram were the first, second and third position winners. The first, second and third position winners in competition held at Yingkiong were Mary Dalbong, Gepeng Boli and Nam Mingki.

All the prize winners will represent their respective area/district in the state level competition Sarhad Ko Swaranjali 2013’ to be held in the first week of November at Itanagar.


Spray machines, weedicides distributed to farmers

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Department of Agriculture under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) has distributed spray machines, weedicides and plant protection chemicals to 60 farmers of Bogong-I (Balek group) today. The inputs were distributed by Oli Perme (EAC) in presence ADO Mirem Perme and AFA Talem Tali of Balek village in a cluster demonstration program at agriculture store, Pasighat. .

While interacting with the farmers, EAC Perme advised them to adopt scientific methods of cultivation for bumper harvest. She also advised them to avail optimum benefits of government sponsored schemes to combat weeds and pests menace in agriculture fields.


17th NE Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship from Oct 23

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) will organize the 17th North East Zone Inter States Badminton Championship under the aegis of Badminton Association of India (BAI)  at state Capital here from  October 23 -26.

Around 400 players from across the North Eastern states are expected to participate in the championships, informed Organising Secretary Bamang Tago, in a release.

Arunachal Pradesh is fielding an 11-member team in the Championship.

Governor Lt General (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma will inaugurate the Championship at Rajbhawan Badminton Hall on October 23.

Badminton Association of India has deputed its Joint Secretary Omar Rashid as the observer of the tournament. National referee Madan Charan  Srivastag of UP have been appointed as the Chief referee for smooth conduct the matches, the release added.


News Impact

Tawang Festival begins amidst festivity

Tuki visits Bumla Pass

TAWANG, Oct 20: Tawang Festival, introduced since 2012 as a tourism festival after celebration of Buddha Mahotsova since 2004, would be a harbinger of speedy socio-economic development of the people of the district, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Addressing a massive gathering at the inaugural function of the three-day festival attended by a massive gathering at the SSB ground here today, Tuki suggested a complete package comprising echo, adventure, religious, spiritual, health and cultural tourism for holistic growth of the vast potential tourism sector to benefit the people of the hilly district along the Indo-China border.

The successful conclusion of India’s second edition of the International Tourism Mart-2013 on Saturday here has created a platform for which the past efforts of GoI as well as Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona deserve appreciation.

Appreciating the locals for introducing home stay facility for the tourists and constructing many new private hotels, he said these would be self-sustaining development and eradicate poverty.

To boost tourism, 100 educated unemployed youths were given taxies on subsidy under Mukhyamantri Paryatan Vikash Yojana. The scheme would continue and more taxied should be given to Tawang considering its communication hazard, the CM emphatically said.

Of the 14,000 registered youth for three-day job mela at Itanagar, 9,500 have been selected by 28 vocational training providers with job guarantee, Tuki said and regretted that hardly 30 youths turned up for the event. Elaborating the benefits the proposed hydro projects - 780 MW by Bhilwara, 600 MW and 800 MW by the NHPC –in the district, the CM sought the support of the masses as it would facilitate massive local area development with contribution of 1% each by the power developers and the GoAP, besides employment generation, growth of trade besides many other fringe benefits including setting up of a technical college.

However, he assured that the ongoing 6 MW Mukto hydro project would be completed by December next which would end power crisis in Tawang.

The CM honouring the plea of local leaders announced a number of sops for the district including Rs 2 crore corpus fund for Tawang Monastery (released this year, Rs 2 crore next year) and Rs 1 crore sanctioned for tackling its landslide problem, the regularization of 36 Bhoti teachers approved, creation of 100 honourary teachers  to be taken by the Cabinet, fund for taking up educational and health activities would be sanctioned to department of Karmik and Adhyatmik from next year, wrongly spelt Memba would be corrected and a polytechnic college at Tawang next year, upgradation of Jang secondary school to HS level next year, a ring road for Tawang township proposed under RIDF, Zemithang CO HQ upgraded to EAC HQ, CO HQ at Pamghar to be approved next year, assured to consider a PWD circle at Tawang.

Announcing his support for Mon Autonomous Council and assuring to move the GoI, he advocated a special package for Tawang considering its peculiar condition as different district has different potentials.

He enlisted the efforts to improve road condition and build more roads including the Lumla-Bleting-Tashigaon road, an all-weather and alternate roads, the Itanagar-Guwahati-Tawang-Guwahati-Itanagar helicopter service would begin next month.  Moreover, an airport has been proposed at Lumla whose investigation was on, he said.

Earlier, during the day, the CM along with media persons visited Bumla pass at 17,000 feet, where the 1962 Chinese aggression had taken place, and lauded the forces for their yeoman’s service in guarding the frontier even as the border post records 10 to 15 feet of snowfall during winter and the temperature goes below minus 23 degree Celsius. He emotionally spoke to the officers and jawans including about nine from Arunachal and embraced them to boost their morale.

Observing the poor road and telecommunication condition, the CM assured to impress upon the central government for the needful. (CM Media Cell)



VIPs of Arunachal violate Supreme

Court ruling

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Concerned over rising instances of criminals using black films for windscreens and side glasses of four wheelers, the Supreme Court in April 2012 directed States and Union Territories to strictly enforce the ban on use of the tint beyond the permissible limit.

Manufacturers was allowed to produce vehicles with tinted glasses which provide for 70 per cent Visual Light Transmission (VLT) for safety glasses on windscreen (front and rear) and 40 per cent VLT for side glasses, the apex court said. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice SH Kapadia, AK Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar gave the ruling while partly allowing a PIL filed by one Avisekh Goenka seeking total ban on all forms of tinted glasses used in four wheelers.

In Arunachal Pradesh, especially in capital complex, massive operation was launched year ago led by deputy commissioner Sanjay Goel to remove tinted glass from the vehicles. Capital administration also took step against misuse of read beacon. However, still many VIP and VVIP vehicles are moving around with black film. Both in capital complex as well as district headquarters, one can see many VIP vehicles with tinted film. The most surprising aspect is that despite knowing Supreme Court order, these VIPs seem least bothered. What can we expect from a person who does not respect for law of the land? However the big question is will district administrations of state show some courage to book case against these VIPs for violation of apex court order?



Nobin returns home to rousing reception

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: State’s senior karate player P Nobin Jomoh, who bagged two silver medals in the just concluded Commonwealth Karate Championships in Montreal, Canada, returned home to a rousing reception by the Karate family of the state at Shotokan Karate Club, Headquarter Naharlagun today afternoon. Earlier in the morning, Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Vice Chairman Likha Tara received Nobin at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati and accompanied him upto Naharlagun.

At Headquarter, Naharlagun, he was received by entire karate family of the state, including AKA technical director Sensei S Deben Sharma, Arunachal Pradesh Shotokan Karate Do Association President Sensei Tai Hipik, AKA vice president Yarda Niki, Joint Secretary Vicky Punung and many others.

Sensei Tara, who also is president of Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA), expressed immense pleasure and happiness over the performance of Nobin in the championship. He wished Nobin all success in his life and hoped he will bring more laurels to the state by winning more medals in national and international level competitions.

The SAA vice chairman informed that Nobin’s were the first Commonwealth Karate medals to be won by an Arunachalee karateka.

SAA Chairman Tapuk Taku also congratulated Nobin for his outstanding performance in the prestigious event.



Newly elected MLA Gum Tayeng receives warm welcome

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct, 20: The newly elected Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from 42-Dambuk Assembly Constituency Gum Tayeng received a warm welcome this afternoon at Banderdewa check gate when she returned to state capital from her home constituency after being elected as MLA.

The programme was organized by Tayeng Welfare Society (TWS), her supporters of 42-Dambuk Assembly Constituency and well-wishers.  

It is worth mentioning that the seat had fallen vacant following the death of her late husband and sitting MLA Jomin Tayeng on May 8 last. Gum Tayeng of the ruling Congress party was declared elected uncontested in the bye-election after her only opponent independent candidate withdrew his nomination on last Thursday. She will be third lady MLA of the present assembly.

The new MLA assured to work for the welfare of the people and expressed her gratefulness to the people of her constituency for their support and cooperation. She also expressed her gratefulness to party high command for their constant monitoring and support.

“I really appreciate the people for their support and cooperation, now it is my duty to look after the grievances of the people, particularly my home constituency”, said the newly elected MLA.

Miti Libang Tayeng, Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) of 3 Meka Anchal Block, 42nd Dambuk assembly constituency also attended the programme.

Meanwhile, Tayeng Welfare Society (TWS) has expressed hope that Gum Tayeng would address the problems of her home constituency and fulfill the dreams of her late husband.



CBOs meet deplores state Govt. for ‘inept’ handling of boundary issue

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The first ever joint meeting of all the presidents and general secretaries of entire apex Community Based Organizations (CBOs) of Arunachal Pradesh was held here yesterday to discuss the vexed inter-state boundary issue in view of the proposed visit of the ‘Local Commission’ in November to identify the boundaries between Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The meeting chaired by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) President Bengia Tolum deplored the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for the ‘inept’ handling and ‘callousness’ in dealing with the vexed border issue since inception unlike neighboring states and deplorable condition of the Department of Border Affairs. The meeting also expressed doubt on the vehement presentation of the case in the Supreme Court by the Government legal aid of the State Government.

Addressing the meeting, the NES president exhorted the media to play a pivotal role in highlighting the sufferings of the people living in the border areas on the line of what their counterparts are doing in the neighbouring states.

Earlier, NES general secretary Tarh Tabin highlighting the purpose of the meeting, appealed all the office bearers of the community based organizations to strengthen inter-personnel relationship in social as well as personal life, show solidarity in the hours of need, imbibe sense of solidarity and be in constant contact to set example for other members of the communities to follow suit.

“This is the key to the peace, progress and prosperity of Arunachal Pradesh,” he opined.

“It also aims to give a maiden jettisoning kick-start to materialize the silver jubilee slogan of the Nyishi Elite Society ‘Towards Pan Arunachal Approach,” he informed.

NES Vice President (West) Katung Wahge, in his welcome address stressed on maintaining unity, brotherhood and peaceful coexistence among all tribes to keep Arunachal united, peaceful and progressive in all fronts.

“We must emotionally bind the Arunachalees together for the bright future of our generations. This is in the interest of the entire state as well as national interest,” he asserted.

Nakkeng Perme and Sengo Taipodia, two victims of inter-state boundary dispute, in their educative presentations, gave a detailed account of the history and intricacies of the problem.

Among other speakers Gabriel D Wangsu, Chairman, Boundary Affected Indigenous Peoples’ Committee of Arunachal (BAIPCA), Sheriff Nimaso, Spokesperson, Hrusso (Aka) Cultural & Literary Society (HCLS), PN Khrime, Joint Secretary, Sherdukpan Employees Welfare Association (SEWA), Aju Khunjuju, President, Sajolang Elite Society (SES), Kangir Jamoh, President and Bodong Yirang, General secretary, Adi Bane Kebang (ABK), YD Thongchi, Chairman, Sherdukpan Employees Welfare Association (SEWA), Dr. Emi Rumi, President, Galo Welfare Society (GWS) and Secretary General Mokir Eshi Ori,  Dr. Hage Tam, President, Er. Tapi Tai, General Secretary and Er. Tage Taki, Adviser of Apatani Cultural & Literary Society (ACLS), Muntu Mossang, Vice President, Tangsa Literature and Cultural Development Society (TLCDS) also the acting General Secretary of Arunachal Indigenous Tribes’ Forum (AITF) actively took part in the brainstorming discussion.

Later, the meeting adopted few resolutions, which included demand for re-vitalization of the Department of Border Affairs with adequate fund, other resources, manpower including technical hands and infrastructure under a cabinet minister, immediate construction of foothill road connectivity to ease dependence on Assam road etc.

The meeting also formed a joint committee, namely Joint Action Committee for Border Affairs (JACBA) headed by Gabriel D. Wangsu as its President.



ALBRSU holds 3rd Freshers Meet

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The 3rd social freshers’ meet of All Libo Ramo Bokar Students’ Union (ALBRSU) with the theme “Kaju Konchen Rane Ju” (let’s know each other) was held at Naharlagun today. The main objective of the meet was to greet the new students belonging to Libo, Ramo and Bokar community of Mechukha sub-division who are pursuing various degree/diploma courses in the Capital Complex, Itanagar.

All the newly enrolled students, seniors and other members of the society attended the day-long programme.

Boken Burak and Yape Pujen of DNGC were adjudged Mr and Miss Fresher respectively on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajen Pudur, Assistant Professor, NIT, Arunachal Pradesh, urged upon the students to be serious in their field of studies as mere simple pass is not enough in this competitive age.

While sharing his own experience, Pudur suggested the students to avoid three things viz. pride, greed and anger to be successful and happy in life besides hard work. “There is no shortcut to success”, he asserted and urged them to be ready for every situation and competition in life.

Sanjay Mosing, Journalist with local English daily, also suggested the students particularly fresher’s not to waste their valuable time in unproductive activities. He urged them to work for the society while prioritizing their studies. Akar Koje, Jolar Yuto, Jeni Bunyi and Tajing Yorgo also spoke on the occasion, among others.  



Sanjoy seeks people’s support for timely completion of TAH


KAYING: Oct 20: Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy has urged people to support the state govt, especially the department concerned for timely completion of Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH). He was addressing a Congress Party rally here today at West Siang district.       

While informing that the Congress led UPA Government in the Centre has allocated millions of rupees to adequately compensate the people affected by the TAH, he urged them not to disturb the construction work which is going on smoothly.        

“Once the Trans-Arunachal roads are completed, one can see a tangible change in their lives. Therefore, we must ensure that these roads are constructed without any hitches from any quarter.”

He also urged the officers to be non-partisan in delivering govt schemes and funds to public irrespective of which party he or she belongs to.       

Informing that he has been tremendously working for the welfare of the state ever since he was elected as the Lok Sabha MP, Sanjoy said he believes in practical work rather than going to press for every work or achievement.  

“You must understand that as an MP of the ruling govt, I have to engage in guarded diplomatic fighting and cannot be frivolous in my speech,” he pointed out.

Mentioning various developmental activities by the Congress led Govts in the Centre  and State, Industry Minister Tapang Taloh, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Gadam Ete, West Siang DCC president Gedo Kato, appealed to the public to elect Congress legislature and parliamentarian to ensure rapid development in the State. The leaders were of the opinion that only Congress Govt can ascertain a stable and sustainable development of the State.

Well-known socio-political activist of the state and former AAPSU leader, Domin Loya, also sought support from people to mandate Takam Sanjoy once again to continue his pro-people works in Delhi as a ‘vibrant’ representative of the State.

Altogether 10 Anchal Samity Members  (9 PPA and 1 BJP) of Payum-Kaying block joined Congress party on the occasion.

Yora Tagung, vice-chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Research Development Agency, Byabang Nukh, general secretary, PCC, Nyamar Karbak, vice-president, APYC, Dikto Yekar, president LYC (Western Parliament), Nirmol Khadka, General Secretary, LYC and also I/C West Siang and host of other Congress leaders and public attended the rally.



Capacity building training for teachers held

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: A five day refresher course cum capacity building training for in-service teachers and supporting staff of KGBV Nangnyo, Pakke Kessang was conducted from October 15 to 19.

Inaugurating the training, East Kameng DDSE Kata Rangmo suggested the participants to be sincere and devoted to their duty for improvement of education of the girl students, especially those  studying in the school. He suggested them to sincerely attend the training and get all doubts cleared and develop the skills and innovative techniques of teaching which will help achieve quality in teaching learning process. He also inspected the kitchen, hostel and on-going construction of school building.

R Pathak, Pedagogy Coordinator, SD Pandey Lecture DIET, OP Ojha RP RMSA and GS Mishra DRG imparted the training as resource persons. The programme was concentrated to capacity building of teachers. Subjects and contents specific training on Mathematic, EVS, Language English and Hindi was imported besides design of question paper, CCE etc. Emphasis was also given on workshop for development and use of TLM.

Over 104 students of KGBV were also taught by the resource persons on the subject matter. The school is being run under Sei-Donyi Charitable Trust.



First Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tourney begins

AALO, Oct 20: Memo Sports Club and Karbak Geyi Youth Club played out a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the first Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tournament here today.

Attending the opening ceremony, Member of Parliament Takam Sanjay highlighted the state government’s various initiatives for development of sports, including 10 percent job reservation for meritorious sportspersons in Police, forest and sports and youths affairs departments, signing of memorandum of agreement with English football club Reading FC etc.

Responding to the memorandum submitted to him on the occasion, he assured to earmark a sizeable fund within six month to create new infrastructures and renovation of the campus around the General Football Ground. He appreciated former minister Doi Ado and his family for sponsoring such a big tournament. APBRDA vice chairman Yora Tagung  said that sports and agriculture are the thrust and focus areas of our Chief Minister and CM Running Football Trophy will be introduced shortly to attract various talented footballers from nook and corner of the state.

Former Minister Doi Ado, the sponsors of the tournament, appealed to the participating teams to maintain discipline and sportsmanship spirit during the tournament.

DSA Secretary Gego Doji outlined the detailed activities of the association and pleaded to the MP to look into the requirements like rostrum, gallery, furniture of the stadium.

Former footballer Mukdo Ete was honoured on the occasion in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards development and popularization of football in the state. He represented the state in Subroto Cup, various national and international level of football competitions since his school days.

Altogether 16 teams are participating in the tournament organized by West Siang District Sports Association, Aalo. DIPRO



Minority scheme will not encourage conversion: Ering


ROING,. Oct 20: In view of the growing debate over minority welfare schemes in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering today downplayed the concern that it will encourage religious conversion in the state.

Speaking as chief guest during an inter school meet organized by Divine Word School, the Minister said that fear about conversion is unfounded. The religious conversion to Christianity has been going on even before the implementation of minority welfare schemes in the state.

Allaying the misconception that once a tribal adopts a minority religion, he has to give up his schedule tribe status, Ering said that such change of status is limited only with scheduled caste and otherbackward caste. Due to discrimination to lower castes, a Supreme Court order has said that any backward caste when converts to a minority religion is freed of such status. Therefore, reservations granted to backward or scheduled caste is then lifted.

He made the point that scheduled tribe is not a religious grouping. A tribal can be born under any religion. So are the people from Tawang and Namsai who follow Bhuddism, said Ering.

Unlike the Tribal Affairs Ministry that has limited funding for Arunachal with meager Rs 6 Crore allocation, the Minority Ministry is granting Rs 10 crore for each block. In Arunachal there are 26 blocks, and the Minority Ministry has further plans to increase the number of minority blocks. This year Arunachal has been earmarked with Rs 260 crore with Rs 60 crore already been released, informed Ering.

He clarified that these funds are not meant for churches or mosques but are spent on education and health. So if people blame me for such spending then am ready to accept it, said Ering.

On dual benefits availed through student’s stipend, he said a student has the choice to avail either through minority quota or as tribal. But it is being observed that since minority stipend is very low in Arunachal, students opt for stipend under scheduled tribe quota.



10 Northeast parties including PPA form common political platform

GUWAHATI, Oct 20: Ten regional parties of the Northeast on Sunday formed North East Regional Political Front (NERPF), a platform that will consider putting up joint candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio will be the NERPF Convenor, while Asom Gana Parishad president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta will be its chief advisor.

Rio said, "This (NERPF) is a political party. It is a federation of the regional parties... We will discuss about putting up joint candidates."  Besides NPF and AGP, the other members of NERPF are Hills State Democratic Party, Meghalaya United Democratic Party, Manipur Peoples Party, Manipur State Congress Party, Manipur Democratic Peoples Front, Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura, Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) and Mizo National Front.

On the Front's relation with Congress and BJP, he said, "We will be equidistant from them and we will have equi-closeness with them."

Asked if NERPF would work for formation of a Third Front at the Centre, he said, "It is pre-mature to talk about it."

"We have resolved to form this Front to safeguard the territorial, cultural, social, political and economic front of the region. We will strive to protect its ethnic identity ... Lok Sabha election will be the first thing for us," Rio, who is a senior leader of Naga People's Front, said.

NERPF will have its permanent headquarters here and will deliberate on national and international issues affecting the north east, he said.

"Delhi has always looked at us as one entity, that is north east and Assam is the mother of this region. That is why we have formed this platform to fight for the common issues," he added. PTI

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Daporijo post office turns fish pond

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to talk about pathetic condition of Daporijo Post Office where I recently happen to visit.

The telegraph service ended due to the popularity of phone. The phone service have also nearly ended letter system but it can never end it completely because, how much we may use phone, we cannot send parcel through it. Moreover the wireless and landline network is not allowed all over India especially in the interior areas. There arises the importance of post offices. The condition of the mentioned post office is very bad. It is the only and the oldest post office of U/S District. I am damn sure that whosever visits in the mentioned Office will get confused whether they have entered in Post Office or Fishery Department. That is because the compound is jammed with water like a pond. I am also sure that all the Daporijo mosquitoes comes from that pond where if you see with concentration then you’ll find that millions of larvae are dancing like they are having party for their next phase of life. And I am also sure that if you go fishing in there you’ll catch lots of magoor(cat) fish.

That is the condition of the Daporijo post office surroundings. Now, please know about the condition of its Office. During our childhood I use to visit that Post Office which was in the older building just near the present building. That building was spacious and comfortable. Since, it was old a new building was sanctioned. It usually happens that new building are better than the older but the present new building which has also become faded is much congested than that old one. If the bulk of letter or parcel arrives then the post office gets so congested that its staff has no other choice rather than sitting on the bags of letter and do the work. The old Post Office building is still standing there probably to be used as a store room which for me seems impossible because its conditions is so bad that its roofs may fall anytime and probably for the same reason the postal department does not keep goods there. And it surprises me a lot as usually government seals the old building for security reasons and here it is still standing. It seems departments want it to become a monument in future.

Same day I asked one of the staffs of the mentioned office that why they do not complaint to the higher authority or the government. Person replied that they have written many times to higher authority for help but no reply comes.

Therefore, as a concerned and a responsible citizen of Upper Subansiri District and Daporijo I would like to ask the concern authority why it is happening like this? Why they are keeping P for Pond in the P for Post Office? Why they are letting mosquito generations to breed in it? Why they are rearing magoor(cat) fish? Why they are harassing the staff and public of Daporijo Post Office? Why they are not giving any heed to their request? Why, Why and many whys??


Tumdak Dignium

Vice President

All Tagin Student Union (ATSU)



Importance of library

Dear Editor,

In today’s modern education system presence of libraries and self-learning is considered as vital components of entire educational process. In many parts of our country as well as world considerable thought and attention have been given to the planning and development of academic libraries and self learning at all level. But our education system of Arunachal Pradesh is quite different from others may be because of their pre-conceive notion for library i.e. for them library is still a store house or there’s no need of library in schools.

In this present scenario, I would like to raise a question to every citizen of our state? Are you satisfied with the facilities of library in your school? Without a doubt I believe the answer would be unanimous “no”. And I further believe that some of you will even question yourself, “do we have library in our school?” the answer is not an affirmative. The schools in our state lack “library facilities” most probably because the education department doesn’t find the need of library in the schools. Library, being the main organ in any educational field, the education department second the idea that  student can excel without library in their school. How can they, being the apex body, not realized the most important need of student- the library. How can they not know pupil receptive factors? A pupil can gain his knowledge; mould his brain activity by keeping himself busy with books and continuous reading. They should know that it is the library that plays the most significant role in making a pupil succeed in his study. With such an acquired habit pupil is acquainted with the reading habit and further creates curiosity and interest in pupil mind. It develops a reading ability and as such pupil become a discriminate user of learning resources as well as engendering strong self learning ability and skills for life-long learning. It also encourages their special talent such as in drama, painting, game, sport, music etc. In this crucial formative year of children, good habits formed at this stage would be everlasting.

It is silent prayer and my humble request to the concerned authority that if they are really concerned about tomorrow’s bright future they should fulfill all basic requirements especially at the school level. Lastly and most importantly they should not ignore the “Library Service” because “today’s child is tomorrow’s citizen”


Lobom Lida

Librarian,  DCTE, Tezu




Hope commission understands

Dear Editor,

This is in continuation to the article ”Give us more time for study”  published in the Readers Forum column of your esteemed daily on 18th October, 2013 regarding the date of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Competitive Examination- Mains.  Mr. Tajum Okang and Ram Olom have rightly presented the problem of aspirants. To that we would like to add that even UPSC gives five to six months for the preparation of Mains exam, therefore at least we also deserve that much time. Although it has to be agreed that the degree of toughness of UPSC paper is higher but the syllabus is same, whether it is UPSC or APPSCE. Moreover it is not justified to conduct such an exam in such a rush because of accommodation problem. Hence, we on behalf of the likeminded aspirants would like to request the commission to give us more time for the preparation of mains exam. We hope that commission understands the herculean task of completing such a vast syllabus in such a short period, as they all are learned people.


Y. Mibang

R. Singlong






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ITM gives new hope

The 2nd international tourism mart which began at Tawang on 18th of this month has given new hope to the tourism industry in Arunachal Pradesh. Organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in association with eight Northeastern states and West Bengal, the main objective of the ITM is to highlight the tourism potentials of the region in the domestic and international markets. The event will also facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, government agencies and others. The attendance of 27 foreign media persons this time against 21 in ITM-2012, an increase of 33% reflects the growing popularity of NE India as tourist destinations among foreigners.

It is well known fact that till now tourism potential of Arunachal has not been able to tap properly. Department of tourism should carry out more rigorous awareness campaign so that local people becomes tourist friendly. For a state like us which is blessed with abundant natural beauty, tourism sector offers ample opportunity for revenue generation as well as employment opportunities. Union Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan told media persons during inaugural ceremony of ITM that though at present North East India has been receiving about 59,000 foreign tourists, but this event would hopefully increase it by 10 per cent a year. Let’s hope that his words come true and Arunachal tourism shines in days to come.