October 23

STS introduces new bus service

CHANGLANG, Oct 22: State Transport Services of Changlang district, Miao today introduced a new deluxe bus service on Miao -Dibrugarh route. It is hoped the new bus service will not only benefit the passengers on this route but also generate revenue. DIPRO


Ban AMSU, demand public

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The public of Tezu Township have demanded complete ban on All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) with immediate effect.

“Since AMSU has distracted itself from its aim and objectives we cannot allow our innocent children  to join AMSU and involve in bloodshed,” a group of senior public and panchayat leaders, in a signed statement to Lohit Deputy Commissioner said while referring to the September 27 incident.


Derecognized AAI not eligible for any assistance from Govt

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: With de-recognition of Archery Association of India (AAI) by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for failing to conduct elections in accordance with the National Sports Development Code despite of the direction of the Delhi High Court in December last year, the association is no more eligible for financial assistance under the scheme of assistance of National Sports Federations (NSFs) and other relevant schemes of the ministry as well as other forms of support available from the government to recognized NSFs.

This was informed in an official statement by state sports and youth affairs department.


Daporijo dwellers demand ban on gambling

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Claiming that Dice game, a form of gambling, continued till October 16 even after expiry of the permitted period which was till October 10 in Daporijo, the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri district, the residents of Polo Colony Part II, Daporijo has requested the district administration not to give permit for gambling on each and every festival other than 'Diwali' in future.

“Permission for playing dice or other forms of gambling in Durga Puja is given nowhere in the state. But in Upper Subansiri, the district administration has granted permission to play dice in the last Durga Puja for 12 days,” the colony secretary claimed in a release.

Alleging that the issuing authority has illegally collected about Rs. 60,000 by granting permit for 12 days from October five to 16, it wanted to know from the DC the purpose of collecting the money and its utilization. It alleged that permission was first given for six days and later, it was extended for another six days.

“Such gambling activities not only disturb the atmosphere of the area but also create law and order problem,” the release said, and appealed to all senior citizens, students unions, NGOs, market committees to fight against all forms of gambling in the district to maintain peace and tranquility.


Audition for quiz competition held

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Audition for Northeast India Wai-Wai Inter School Quiz Competition, a television show of NE TV Guwahati, executed by Spectrum Events—a group of event management—was held today at Royal International School Papu Nallah.

Former NESO secretary general  Gumjum Haider attended the programme and encouraged the participating students.

Haider advised them to develop the spirit of healthy competition as they are equally competent and can compete with students from other developed countries.


Social service cum wildlife protection awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Aseries of mass social service cum forest and wildlife protection awareness programme were conducted in and around Potin area near Yazali in Lower Subansiri district on October 8, 9 and 19.

Organized by Potin Amchi Rub Welfare Committee (PARWA), the programme was attended by the PRI leaders, GBs and intellectuals of the area.

On the last day, all the participants took pledge to protect and preserve forest and wildlife.

The association also decided to extend one-time financial help to its Class X and XII toppers for their higher education as a token of encouragement.


Veteran Cup Football

E&K’s, OSC register wins

NAHARLAGUN, Oct 22: E&K’s defeated Legislative Assembly by solitary goal in the first Veteran Cup Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium here this afternoon.

The all important goal was scored by Tadar Joy in 31 minute.

In another match of the day, Officers Sports Club (OSC) defeated Ward No 25 Prem Nagar 3-2.

Nyali Ete, Tali Miroh and Techi Tado scored a goal each for OCS in 4th, 15th and 20th minutes respectively. The goals for Ward No 25 were scored by Toko Tacho and Heri Mania in the 35th and 40th minutes.

Today’s matches: E&K’s vs Arunachal United; and Kameng Veteran vs Siang United.


ATYO for realignment of TAH in Upper Subansiri

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO) has requested the authority concerned for immediate re-alignment of road plan of Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) so that it passes through Daporijo town.

In a letter to Upper Subansiri DC, ATYO said that as per the proposed alignment the road does not touch Daporijo town as the road has been diverted to Dumporijo directly from 1 km ahead of Daporijo town.

It threatened to launch phase-wise democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled within two weeks.


2nd PLY Memorial Trophy from Nov 1

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Apatani Women Sports Club (AWSC) will organize the second Inter-School Girls Football and Volleyball Championships for Padi Lailyang Yaaku (PLY) Memorial Trophy for secondary and higher secondary level students at Subansiri Stadium, Ziro, Lower Subansiri District from November one to four.


AACWA reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has reiterated its various demands before the state government for immediate fulfillment.

Expressing anguish over non-fulfillment of the demands despite repeated pleas, AACWA in a release said that a memorandum was submitted to the chief minister on September 30 last giving 30 days to meet the demands.

“But the state government has not shown any positive response to our demands,” AACWA lamented.

The AACWA ultimatum expires on October 30.

AACWA has been demanding, among others, white paper on the State’s financial position, adoption and relaxation of 1 percent earnest money deposit (EMD) for ST and local contractors for any category of tender works, immediate introduction of electrical wing enlistment/registration for contractors in Power Department, to stop the practice of advance work system under SPA/TFC and other centrally sponsored scheme, stop unfair deduction of 2 percent income tax from tribal contractors.


News Impact

Workshop on English Language Learning held

Young friends of Arunachal exhibit love and dedication as they render remarkable service

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: A Workshop on English Language Learning (WELL) was conducted for rural Wakro school children by Niharika Rathore of Ajmer and Kaveri Dixit from Delhi from October three to 18.

The school children, who were initially upset as they had to attend classes during Durga Puja break, expressed great excitement saying that Niharika and Kaveri kept them charmed and captivated since day one of their arrival at Wakro.

The WELL was conducted with lots of interactive discussions, role-play, games, debates etc while the younger kids were enriched with audio-visuals.

Niharika and Kaveri concentrated on teaching Functional English both to the students as well as the teachers.

The WELL is not conventional kind of teaching but was more of interactive sessions with games, arts and crafts, music and visual aid, role play, story – telling.

Singing common songs, such as “mary had a little lamb” in kindergarten encouraged students to attend to sounds in words. The focus on language games from nursery rhymes or simple songs effectively taught kids to understand rhyming words breaking the words down into separate sounds. Kids had fun deleting sounds while they were also able to blend sounds etc.

For the adults the guest faculty concentrated on one-on-one conversations through role-playing, group discussions and reviews of short stories, starting with simple sentences, rhyming words, segmenting sentences into words. Concentration on phonics helped them in understanding the relationship between spoken sound and written letters.

Balu Kri complimented the duo saying, it was worth attending the sessions during our holidays.  “It has helped us in acquiring better language skills. I am a more confident child today,” declared a child, while many are requesting the guest faculty members to devote more time in future.

A separate one hour WELL was conducted for the rural teachers to help them acquire fluency in English every day during their stay at Wakro.

A participant rural teacher says, “My confidence level is improved so is my English and the faculty members were really great and friendly.

Niharika and Kaveri appreciated the good behavior and sincerity of Arunachalee children. They assured all that they would certainly try to devote more time in future in serving the cause of education in Arunachal Pradesh.

The guest faculty team interacted with commander of the Army formation in the region. The Commander explained in detail about the remote areas and while appreciating the young leaders for their initiative suggested them to revisit and continue forward on the effort started by them.

Dakto Riba, EAC, Wakro appreciated Niharika and Kaveri for taking out time for service in Arunachal.

KK Rao, Principal DPS Duliajan appreciated the visiting team for the good work.

Pradeep Kumar Panday, principal of VKV, Tafrogam interacted with them and narrated in details on, how, many residential schools were set up in Arunachal to cater to the educational needs of children here by various NGOs with support from the government braving hardships of all kinds.

Bharat Bhushan Sethi, CO 186 CRPF opined that a lot of self transformation and learning can happen while one serves in these hilly areas.

“The people here are pure at heart and their minds are still much faultless,” he opined.

Vineeta Jalan, corporate leader based in Jalannagar, Dibrugarh appreciated the young leaders and expressed that in modern times it’s hard to find happy faces among the youth.

“It is greatly encouraging and reassuring to see these two young girls happy in serving with smiling graceful faces. Such efforts by spirited youth will help build a vibrant society,” she added. Deepa Singh lauded the young girls for having the urge to serve with dedication and sincerity.

“If more young people render with such spirit a lot of good will happen all around,” she added.



The Sartang tribe of Arunachal

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Not many Arunachalee people are aware that a tribe known as Sartang exists in the state. Populated around 3000 in number, Sartang people reside in Jerigaon and Khoina village under Nafra circle and also at Salari village under Dirang circle. Their dialect is one of the Kho-Bwa languages which is quite similar to Sherdukpen (50–60% lexical similarity).

Like any other group, Sartang’s has also managed to make adjustment with prevailing surroundings. A section of population those living near to Monpa tribe follows Buddhism and celebrates Losar festival while other group living closure to Sajolang (Miji) believes in traditional tribal practice like sacrifice of animal. The main festival of Sartang is Thongchodu which is celebrated in the month of October/November. Sartang has been categorized under minor tribe category and efforts are being made to preserve their unique culture. Majority of Sartang’s living at West Kameng district are extremely hard working and mostly depends on agriculture for sustainability. Many educated youth hailing from the community are now fighting hard to create niche for themselves. “For long there has been lot of confusion regarding our identity. People of Arunachal hardly know about us. Some of them think that we are Monpa and others presume us to be Sajolang(Miji). However with concerted effort of elders from our community in recent years we are slowly managing to create separate identity for ourselves,” shared a Sartang youth from Jerigaon village.



DC, DDSE disburse honorarium to CCHs

ZIRO, Oct 22: The first ever awareness – cum – disbursement of honorarium to Cooks-cum-Helpers (CCH) of Ziro-I Block was held at L B School, Hapoli today.

Attending the programme, Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Marnya Ete briefed about the importance of Mid-Day Meal (MDM) in schools, a flagship programme of Govt. of India.

Suggesting the CCHs to maintain cleanliness and hygiene  while cooking meal for the children, he asked them to contact DDSE or its staff directly in case of any problem, confusion and non- receipt of their honorarium. He assured to initiate action against misuse of honorarium by any officers.

The DC also assured to deposit their honorarium in the account of the concern School Managing Committee (SMC) for more convenience.

Lower Subansiri DDSE Yumlam Tana asked the CCHs to express their grievances without any hesitation. For more accountability and transparency, he suggested headmaster in-charge of concern schools to maintain the records of receipt of CCH honorarium.

Earlier, an open interactive session among the CCHs and sub-ordinate officers of DDSE was held in which they shared their opinion and suggestions for smooth and timely disbursement of honorarium.

Later, the DC disbursed the honorarium of Rs. 3,600 each to the CCHs for third phase of 2012-13.

The disbursement programme was also witnessed by Hija ZPM Dani Buker, district unit Arunachal Teachers’ Association’s Secretary Padi Payang, headmaster s ov of various schools.



SCCZ hosts ‘Food and Fun’ Fest

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Saint Claret College Ziro (SCCZ) hosted a food and Fun festival named “Gastronomia.”

Introduced for the first time in the College, the festival saw a variety of delicious dishes from various tribes as well as states in the North East India as well as South India. Besides the delicacies, several stalls hosted fun-filled games to the excitement of the students.

The event was organized in connection with the Claretian Universal Mission Day, a day set aside in all charitable and social service centers of the Claretian Missionaries all over the world, to celebrate with the people whom they minister and to share with them the details of the various charitable services undertaken by them.

The funds raised through the Fest are donated to charity.

A 90-minute cultural extravaganza preceded the Gastronomia, in which students showcased their talents, teachers felicitated the Claretians, and Fr. Allwyn Mendoz, Vice Principal, shared about six specific Claretian ministries in five different parts of the world—ministry to the leprosy-affected in Bangalore, to the drug-affected people in Columbia, interreligious ministry among Christians and Moslems in the Philippines, health care through alternative therapies in Uganda, to the immigrants in Italy, and to the people caught up in the poverty and drug-stricken US-Mexican border.

A friendly visit by Dr. T Padu, Joint Director of Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, who addressed the students and spoke of his appreciation for the College and its achievements, and Dr. VN Sharma, State Liaison Officer, State NSS Cell, enriched the event and delighted the Claretine family.



Siram visits project sites

PASIGHAT, Oct 22: Education Minister Bosiram Siram accompanied by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava and host of officers and leaders yesterday inspected various on-going projects in and around Pasighat.

While expressing his happiness over the smooth progresse of work, Siram asked the executing agencies to complete their projects within stipulated time period to avoid inconveniences to the concern departments.

At Gumin-Nagar, the constructing agency RWD informed that ‘Sikshak Sadan’ and ‘Bachelor Barrack’ have been completed and construction of new DDSE building was in full swing.

While inspecting the works, the minister asked the RWD engineers to complete the work within next month. He instructed the DDSE to allot the Bachelor Barrack immediately to the entitled and deserving teachers and staff.

DDSE Tani Talom appealed to the visiting minister to provide adequate fund for construction of security wall, approach road and electrification and and water suplly etc to make the office building fully functional.

The minister also visited the Polytechnic College site, JNC complex and Donyi-Polo Ganging, where he was informed by the Executive Engineer (PWD) that constructions of Polytechnic College will be completed at end of this current financial year. The Administrative Block at upper campus of JNC will be completed within January, 2014, he said while informing that the college library under NLCPR has already been completed.

At Donyi-Polo Ganging, the visiting team was given warm reception by the Ganging members.

The EE (PWD) informed the minister that the construction of Multipurpose Literary-Cultural Hall will need another 3-4 months’ time to complete. DIPRO



Border dispute not 'easy issue' to tackle: PM

Beijing, Oct 22:  Asserting that the commitment of the Indian and Chinese leadership to maintain peace on the frontiers is an important guarantor for progress, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the border dispute is not an "easy issue" to tackle and will take time to resolve.

"This is not an easy issue and will take time to resolve," Singh, who arrived here today on a three-day visit, told the Chinese media in a written interview.

"Boundary question between India and China is complex and sensitive. We have established the Special Representatives (SRs) mechanism to find a political solution to the boundary question," he said.

The two countries are expected to sign the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) to prevent Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during Singh's visit.

"In the meantime, both the governments of India and China are committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas," Singh said.

"This is an important guarantor and a fundamental basis for further progress and growth in our bilateral ties."

The leadership on both sides is united on this issue, he said as he emphasised the need to maintain peace at the borders.

Singh will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tomorrow after which the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) will be signed.

However, there are indications that an agreement for liberalising visas for the Chinese is unlikely to be signed by the two countries in a virtual tit-for-tat after China issued stapled visas to two Indian archers from Arunachal Pradesh recently. PTI



CCI may soon take up Dibang Hydel Project for clearance

New Delhi, Oct 22:  The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) is expected to soon take up state-owned NHPC's Dibang hydro-electric power project in Arunachal Pradesh that has been long stuck due to delayed environment clearance.

The Power Ministry has sought CCI’s intervention on the issue and it is likely to be taken up soon, sources said.

The 3,000 MW Dibang hydro project has been stalled for a long time in the absence of environment and forest go-ahead.

CCI, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, aims to fast-track major projects and help boost investor sentiment.

"Dibang project will go to CCI. Power Ministry is also likely to seek CCI intervention on numerous projects in the future based on the amount of investment involved. The higher investment projects will be referred first," said a source.

The project was originally scheduled for commission by 2017 but delays in clearances will push it back by a couple of years, sources said.

This delay will also lead to cost escalation but the amount could not be ascertained.

Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had earlier said that as many as 94 hydro power projects are languishing due to tardy progress at various levels in granting them clearances.

Once approved, they can generate 37,000 MW electricity.

Hydro power contributes 39,623 MW of the total 2,25,793 MW capacity in the country.

Sources further said that the ministry may also approach CCI for other hydel projects.

NHPC has an installation base of 5,702 MW from 17 hydropower stations on ownership basis including projects taken up through joint ventures.

The company is constructing 7 projects aggregating to a total installed capacity of 4,095 MW. It plans to add over 10,000 MW of hydropower capacity by the end of XIII plan (year 2022). PTI

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Accident prone capital

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my view through column of your esteemed daily regarding speeding vehicles which causes maximum road accidents in twin capital city. Every day, we hear about road accident causing deaths. The young bike riders and tempo along with tracker drivers is the main culprit. All the accidents take place due to over speeding.

In recent year state capital has earned bad name for numerous horrifying road accidents. Therefore I have few suggestions for concern authorities which may help in controlling rash and reckless driving in twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun. Traffic police need to streamline their working system. Regular patrolling should be done to catch rash drivers. Erring drivers should be booked and strictly punished. The speed limits should be strictly enforced.

Traffic police should install speed detectors on the roads and those violating speed limit should be punished. Police should crack down on motorists and driving licenses of those violating for second time should be cancelled. Dilapidated roads must also be repaired. All these measures will help to make road between Itanagar and Naharlagun safe for motorists and pedestrians as well as.


Tem Tama Tarh

Vivek Vihar, Itanagar



When Guru turns villain

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article by one Dr Kenjum Bagra where he has in details described about way his HOD from RGU is punishing him for daring to stand up for right cause. People like Prof HN Sharma, HOD, of Zoology department are the reason why relation between student and teacher is getting worse in recent year. It’s astonishing to read that despite being teacher who are like father figure Prof Sharma harbours so much vindictive attitude. Teachers are usually big hearted and are always known for forgiving students even if they commit any mistake. If we have teacher like Prof Sharma teaching in lone university of state for sure our students will continue to suffer. By developing vindictive attitude he is behaving like dictator.

He is curtailing rights of students to raise question against him. This is a dangerous trend and there is every possibility that Prof Sharma may misuse his position. I appeal RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang to look into the matter. No professor should be allowed to harass students like this. The beautiful Guru-Shisya relation should be remain intact.


Techi Tach




Other side of bandh

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed newspaper I would like to appeal various unions and associations of state, please don’t go for bandh call to press for your demands. During recent capital bandh call, I faced lot of problem. My mother was admitted in a hospital at Itanagar and my younger sister was taking care of her. As it was bandh day, I could not deliver food to them because traffic moment was not allowed.

We had bought some biscuits and other eatable items in advance keeping bandh in mind bandh call. But my old mother wanted to eat homemade food and therefore she did not eat biscuits. Because of it she faced lot of problem. My younger sister also starved of hunger. I was staying in a relative’s house in Naharlagun and so could not deliver food. We are poor people who come to Itanagar only for medical treatment. I felt so bad thinking about condition of my sister and mother and went out to try finding way. I saw some police and magistrate vehicles going around without much problem. My experience tells me that during bandh call only poor like us suffers. I know my letter won’t make any difference but it is my sincere appeal to students unions like AAPSU, ANSU, GSU, AdiSu, SUMA and various other associations, unions please think thrice for poor people before declaring any bandh call. I would rather suggest them to gherao house of particular MLA, Minister or CM if your demands are not fulfilled. Please spare poor who are already suffering so much in life


Nini Ete, West Siang





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PM embarks on China tour

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday left for China, on the second leg of his tour after holding summit level talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manmohan Singh was accorded a ceremonial send-off at the Vnukovo international airport. In Beijing, Singh would hold restricted talks and delegation level talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Wednesday and also attend a banquet hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

His visit comes in the wake of recent unsaviour incidents like issuing of stapled visa by Chinese embassy authorities to young archers Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang of Arunachal Pradesh and repeated Chinese incursion along LAC including the one at Chaglagam, the last village on Indo-China border in Anjaw district. These incidents have soured the relation between two Asian giants. For Arunachal, Singh’s visit does not offer anything new. Though China lay claim over entire Arunachal, the people of this state has always been loyal to New Delhi. Infact, off late demands for opening of border for trade purposes are coming in from various quarter.  The Arunachalee citizen believes that instead of treating the state as natural barrier, New Delhi should open up border and let people of two countries develop business relation.