October 25

Naharlagun United FC and Kameng Veterans FC win their respective matches

Naharlagun, Oct 24: Naharlagun United FC (NUFC) and Kameng Veterans FC (KVFC) defeated their respective opponents to reach the knock-out stage of the ongoing maiden State Level Veterans Cup Football Tournament-2013 here at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today.

Earlier in the first match Naharlagun United FC (NUFC) demolished Arunachal State Legislative Assembly FC (ASLAFC) with the score line of 6-0. Tage That of NUFC scored 4 goals. Neelam Jhon and Koj Tatung added one each for the winner. NUFC team comprising some of well known senior players like Kalom Pait,Toko Sama,Kipa Bharat,Koj Tatung,Koj Chatung,Kalung Tani,Kipa Takum ,who represented Arunachal Pradesh at various tournament during their prime time completely dominated the match. With this win they have booked their place in the semis.

In another match of the day, Kameng Veterans FC (KVFC) put up a spirited performance to defeat Officers Sporting Club (OSC) with the margin of 2 goals to nil. The main highlight of the match was the participation of Takam Sanjoy, Member Parliament, who led the attack by playing as a striker for the Officers SC. Although, he was on the losing side, his team gave toughcompetition to their opponents. Karbia Dodum of (KVFC) scored both the goals to take his side to the knock-out stage.


3rd North East Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship

Assam picks two titles on day 2

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Assam picked up two titles on the second day of the 3rd North East Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship at Rajbhawan Badminton Stadium here today.

Assam won the Men’s team title defeating Nagaland 3- 0 to lift the Rahimtoola Cup.

Assam eves also won the Women’s team title defeating Mizoram 2-0 to  lift the Chadda Cup.

Arunachal beat Tripura 2-0 in Junior Boys team championship to reach final. The host team will meet Assam in the final.

Arunachal Pradesh also reached the final in Junior Girls team championship defeating Manipur 2-0. They will face Assam in the final.

The 17th North East Open Badminton Championship will start from tomorrow, according to organizing committee.


HGBs, GBs’ honorarium enhanced

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The State Government has enhanced the monthly honorarium of the Head Gaon Burahs (HGBs) from the existing Rs.350 to Rs.600 and Gaon Burah (GBs) from Rs 300 to Rs. 500 with effective from April one, 2013.


Govt quarters gutted

YUPIA, Oct 24: Two SPT types-I Govt. quarters were burnt down in a devastating fire here today.

Fire destroyed all belongings/household items of the APP personnel, who were living in the quarters. The APP personnel were out in duty when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire is not yet known. DIPRO


DDSE refutes APPDSU allegation

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Papum Pare DDSE, in a release, informed that the Govt. Middle School, Patila at Hollongi was provided immediate relief after the fire incident.

Refuting the allegation of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) that the authority did not provide any relief to the school after the incident, Papum Pare DDSE TT Tara in a release clarified that Rs.30, 000 along with other articles, including plastic chairs were handed over to the headmaster of the school in presence of the BEO, Balijan immediately after the incident.

A detailed damaged report has also been submitted to higher authority for further action, Tara said.

He suggested APPDSU to first know the actual financial position and sanctioning power of the DDSE for renovation and maintenance of school building before going to press and media.


DDSE clarifies on ‘unfit

school uniform’

PASIGHAT, Oct 24: Reacting to a photo caption on issuance of “unfit school uniform” that appeared in this daily on October 22 issue, the East Siang DDSE has clarified that the Headmaster of Rani Secondary School did not issue the particular uniform to the student. In fact, the dress (uniform) was issued to his younger sister. The picture was taken only for ‘fun’, the DDSE claimed quoting the student as saying.

On further enquiry, it was also found that the student was issued a correct size (34) uniform (see pic.) , the DDSE added. DIPRO



CHF scientists bag awards

PASIGHAT, Oct 24: Three young scientists from College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat have been awarded for their outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture development in this region in the National Symposium on Innovative and Modern Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development held in Allahabad on October 19 and 20 organized by Society of Biological Sciences sponsored by ICAR, DST and DBT, New Delhi.

Th. Eloni Vida, Subject Matter Specialist in Home Science, KVK East Siang was awarded the Jr. Young Scientist Award for her outstanding contribution in the field of Home Science. She made a presentation on “Contribution of Women in Agriculture with Special Reference to Arunachal Pradesh” in the symposium.

Dr. Ng. Piloo, Assistant Professor, PHM was awarded with the best Oral Presentation Award for her paper on “Effectiveness of Evaporative Cool Chamber for extending the shelf life of vegetables in East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh”.

Dr. MM Kumawat, Assistant Professor, Entomology was awarded the ‘Best Poster Presentation Award’ for his poster presentation on “Diversity of birds and their role in agro –ecosystem of Arunachal Pradesh.  DIPRO


Workshop on social science begins at RGU

RONO HILL, Oct 24: Inaugurating the two-day workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences, organized by the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) today in the Conference Hall of Rajiv Gandhi University, eminent sociologist, Prof Yogesh Atal argued that there is a need for social sciences to rethink the meaning of Tribe. He stated that there is a ‘definitional’ crisis regarding Tribes. The traditional definition and understanding of Tribes by the social sciences have undergone tremendous changes and in order to study them we have to incorporate the changes.

Tribe as a homogeneous entity is a political reality but not a social reality. An artificial unity has been imposed on the tribes, he continued. This is hazardous and can have negative implications. In this regard, the tribal study institutions have a higher responsibility of studying the present profile of tribes as they are dynamic in its methodological approach and do not draw strict disciplinary boundaries.

Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, RGU also alerted on the problem of quality in academic research works. He argued that in the last decade there had been a rise in academic degrees but this has not resulted in any substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge. He also appealed to the novice researchers to give importance to research ethics and sincerely contribute to the development of society through quality research work.

Dr Jumyir Basar, Coordinator of the workshop, while introducing the workshop, highlighted the purpose and relevance of qualitative research methods in social science, especially in the holistic understanding of society not yet quantified in their daily aspect of life. Learned faculty members of various disciplines and research scholars were also present in the workshop.


Training for PR leaders concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The three days training programme for the Panchayat leaders of four blocks, namely Mengio, Toru, Leporiang and Sagalee covering six circles concluded at Multipurpose Cultural Hall, Sagalee yesterday.

Wide range of topics, including origin of Panchayat Raj system, power and functions of Gram Panchayat,  Anchal Samiti and Zilla Parishad, salient features of National Rural Health Mission/Ajeevika, MNREGA, IAY, IWMP, RSBY, PMSGY, National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) and the role of Panchayat in poverty alleviation were covered during the training period.

The training session was inaugurated by Sagalee ADC Bamin Nime and sponsored by Director, SIRD, Itanagar.

Likha Kiron Kabak, Dy Director, SIRD, Itanagar and Sanjiv Tirkey, Project Managar, State Livelihood Mission, Itanagar, Jumte Jini,EAC, Gyati Pushang, BDO, Likha Sampu, CO were the key resource persons.

Anchal Chairpersons of Mengio, Toru, Leporiang and Sagalee along with ASMs and GPMs attended the programme.


Female Sterilization Camp Held at Mechuka

AALO, Oct 24: Nineteen women were sterilized out of the 28 registered in a female sterilization camp conducted by West Siang District Health Society at CHC, Mechukha recently.

The women, who were sterilized in the camp, were provided incentives of Rs.600 each. The motivators were also given incentives.

The camp was conducted by a team of doctors from District Hospital, Aalo under the supervision of Dr. K Ori, DFWO cum CEO (EC), DHS, West Siang district.

Mechuka ADC Ravi Dhawan inspected the CHC, Mechuka during the camp and interacted with the doctors.  DIPRO


DM prohibits sand, boulder quarrying

AALO, Oct.24: West Siang District Magistrate MK Sahoo, in an order Under Section 133 CrPC, has prohibited collection of boulders, sand and shingles etc from the bank of Sipu and Yomgo rivers within the Aalo township area. DIPRO


YOMA urges Govt. to continue eviction drive

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) has urged the state government not to succumb to the pressure of any organizations/unions with vested interest while carrying out eviction drive against illegal encroachers of government land in and around Capital Complex.

In a release, YOMA said that the sudden halt of eviction drive led by ADM cum CEO Talo Potom against illegal land encroachment is a ‘bad sign’. “If such trend continues, it will discourage the common mass and people will start criticizing the GoAP for maintaining double standard.”

“We appreciate the work done by the ADM and hope that the encroached public property will be recovered at the earliest to beautify the twin Capital City with proper town planning,” it added.


Coordination meeting held

ITANAGAR, Oct 24:   With the objective to strengthen party organization, a coordination meeting of Block Mahila Congress Committee of 20 Tali Assembly Constituency was held on October 19 under the chairmanship of Block Congress Committee president Songio Taba.

Altogether, 131 mahila members attended the meeting.  

Local MLA cum Hydro Power Cooperation Chairman Markio Tado also attended as resource person.


News Impact

Arunachal seeks Centre’s support to realize ‘Youth and Sports Vision’

NEW DELHI, Oct 24: Union Minister of Defense, Sports and Youth Affairs Jitendra Singh lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for declaring the 10 percent reservation in jobs for sportspersons in the departments of Sports & Youth Affairs, Police and Environment & Forests of the State Government.

While terming the step as “exemplary” the Union Minister said that the other states should also come out to implement similar quotas for overall development of sports and sportspersons in the country.

At a high level meeting here today between the Union Minister, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and other senior officials from the Union Ministry of Sports Affairs, the road map for integrated development of sports, particularly in the rural areas of the state was discussed in detail.

The Union Minister apprised the Chief Minister that the Ministry was committed to charting out a comprehensive plan for development of sports in the state in the current fiscal which would focus on development of sports infrastructure and facilities to promote talented sports people right from the block level.

Tuki asserted that sportspersons perform well not only in the sports arena but also have the potential to contribute significantly to every sphere of the society. He elaborated on the urgent need to create a long term eco system for talented youth, trainers and teachers so as to fully realise the objectives of youth development in the state.

He sought the Centre’s support towards implementing the Youth and Sports Vision adopted by his government for benefit of the youth in the frontier state. The Union Minister said that Arunachal Pradesh and the entire North Eastern Region is on top priority of the Ministry and it is just a matter of time before people notice a sea-change in the sports landscape of the state and the region.

Jiji Thomson, Director General of Sports Authority of India (SAI), who was also present in the meeting, informed that the upgradation of the SAI SAG Centre in the state to a Centre of Excellence is under review of the Ministry and a decision would be taken soon.

Ajith Saran, Secretary Union Ministry of Sports (MoS), G.S G Ayyangar, Joint Secretary MoS, and Vikramjit Singh, OSD MoS, were among others present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by  Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Kamlung Mossang.



Indrajit Namchoom passes away

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Former Minister Indrajit Namchoom passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata today morning at 2 am following cardiac arrest.

He was 71 and is survived by two sons and daughters. He belonged to Khamti tribe and was a native of Chowkham under Lohit district.

Born in 1947 to late CK Namchoom, Indrajit Namchoom did his schooling from Don Bosco School, Guwahati and graduated from Cotton College, Guwahati.

During his school and college days, he was part of active indoor and outdoor games and excelled in football representing India in Youth Asian Soccer Tournament held at Saigon, Vietnam in 1964 besides, Santosh Trophy in 1959.

He started his career as a circle officer and retired as Secretary Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 1994.

His political innings started in 1999 when he got elected from Chowkham constituency and was appointed Chairmen of Public Accounts Committee in the Mukut Mithi ministry.

Later, he became a cabinet minister in the Gegong Apang cabinet.

All his children including his niece and present legislator from Namsai, Nang Sati Mein were present when he breathed his last.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have condoled the death of Namchoom. In a condolence message to Dr. Anand Namchoom, son of late Namchoom, Governor said that Arunachal has lost a pioneer in sports and dedicated social worker.

“A distinguished personality, Namchoom made immense contributions as administrative officer, Secretary, Legislative Assembly and later as its member towards socio-economic development of people, especial in sports and youth affairs,” the message said.

Conveying heartfelt condolence and praying to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul, the Governor said that people of Arunachal Pradesh will always cherish his fond memory.

In his message to late Namchoom’s eldest son today, Tuki expressed pain and shared the grief with the bereaved family members.

“The information has come as shock to me.  I am aware, how painful it is to you to be deprived of the love and guidance of a father and the futility of these words of condolences. I hope my humble words of consolation would ease the grief even if a little,” he said.

Tuki remembered late Namchoom as a stalwart and legendary footballer, first from the state of Arunachal Pradesh to represent India in an international tournament, who later joined government service as a circle officer and retired as Secretary Legislative Assembly.

“Late Namchoom will be remembered forever by the people for his contributions as an able Minister, a seasoned Legislator, a responsible bureaucrat and an all time sportsperson,” Tuki said in his message, and prayed to almighty to bestow the family members with strength to bear the loss.

“May the departed soul rest in peace in heavenly abode,” Tuki added.

Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi in his condolence message termed Namchoom a pathfinder of sports in the state and a person who proved his worth both as an able administrator and a leader of the masses.

“India has lost a noted sportsperson, who put this unknown North Eastern region on the global soccer map,” said Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, who is also president of the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.

“It is a sad moment for all that Namchoom is no more,” said Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong.

“His passing away is a loss not only to the North-Eastern Region but an irreparable loss to the Nation,” the Speaker said in his condolence message.

Officers and officials of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly also condoled the demise Namchoom and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Finance Minister Chowna Mein, a close relative of the deceased said, “After toiling selflessly for the cause of the state, particularly all-round development, he has left all of us in vacuum, his family in an abyss of grief and darkness”.

As the news of demise of the former Minister spread, a pall of gloom has descended in East Siang district.

Expressing deep shock and grief over demise of Namchoom, both Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Union Minister of State (Minority Affairs) Ninong Ering in their condolence messages said that Namchoom was a very simple and straightforward man with amiable nature, who served the people with utmost sincerity and dedication.”

While conveying condolence to the bereaved family, both the leaders prayed to almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss.

Recalling his invaluable service to the state, others who have deeply mourned his death included Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries and Arunachal Weightlifting Association and Eastern India Body Building Association vice president Abraham K Techi.

Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS) of Itanagar paid homage to the departed soul by organizing a prayer meeting and lighting candle at the premises of Theravada Buddhist Temple here.

“It is just cannot believe that he is no more. It will difficult to fill the void left by him,” the TBS said.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee and Lohit District Congress Committee have also condoled the death of Namchoom and conveyed the parties deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.



VKV  Itanagar gets full-fledged computer lab

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Education Minister Bosiram Siram has inaugurated a full-fledged modern computer laboratory at VKV-Itanagar today in presence of Retd. Major General RS Naidu, students, staff and parents.

Speaking on the occasion, the Education Minister urged the students to utilize the laboratory to learn necessary computer skills. “The government understands the need of equipping VKVs with all the facilities as it created an indelible niche in the minds of the people with the dedicated service,” he said, and expressed his happiness for utilizing the fund given by the education department satisfactorily and properly.

The State Government is committed to improving the quality of education so that the Arunachalee can compete with anybody in the world. VKVs have contributed much to the state and due to certain constrains, the state government was unable to fully consider the needs of the VKVs, he said. However, the Government understands the value of the VKVs in Arunachal and will work out to meet the requirements.

The VKVians should discharge their responsibilities by sharing their knowledge and skill for the development of human resource of the state, he added. The Minister also inaugurated a  workshop for the science students of VKV- Itanagar and Nirjuli today. Dr.TP Sasikumar, former Space scientist was the resource person of the workshop.

The computer laboratory has 45 computers of latest version, LCD projector, Edu Sat, networking etc which can be used not only for computer education but also for language laboratory, online library and integrated subject teaching. The computer laboratory will cater the educational needs of students from class III onwards.

Major General R.S. Naidu (Retd ) congratulated Education Department for fulfilling the need of VKVs as the effective computer education is need of hour. He advised the students to lead a disciplined life to use their full potential.



Forum calls for fresh NIT

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The 9 Chayangtajo People’s Forum has demanded the executive engineer, RWD, Seppa to re-advertise the notice inviting tender (NIT) vide No SEWD/PMGSY/Tender-1-5/2013 dated 17-10-2013, which was published in local dailies on October 19, by making necessary corrections.

Armed with a copy of writ petition from Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench, the Forum, in a press release, claimed that the High Court, responding to a petition by a firm, disposed it with the direction that the time limit for submission of tender has been extended to November  2 instead of October 26 , 2013 as published on October 19 advertisement.

The 19 October advertisement had given only 7 days time for submission of tenders whereas according to the CPWD rules, which the state govt follows, 14 days should have been given. “The CPWD rules are followed by the state government while issuing NIT and since all the five packages of the said NIT are above 2 crores, the time limit should have been 14 days for submission of the tender bid,” says Pranab Yangfo, president of 9 Chayangtajo People’s Forum quoting the court judgment.  

The NIT was called for construction of roads under PMGSY for 5 different roads including Yangfo to Kesse Bagang, 7km point of Chayangtajo-Yangfo to Killo, 65km point of Seppa-Chayangtajo to Krema Pao, 51km point of Seppa-Chayangtajo to Sawa and Yangfo to Tagampu road.  

The Forum also urged the EE, RWD Seppa to abide by the court’s judgment and take early action on it while stating that people are hoping for all round development with the completion of these roads in their villages.



Awareness workshop on ‘save indigenous rice varieties’

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: An awareness campaign and workshop on ‘Save indigenous rice varieties’ is being conducted by Thanal, a reputed NGO leading the ‘Save Our Rice campaign’ in South India, at Namsai and Roing from October 25 to 27.

The programme at Namsai is being organized by KhunTa Nau Welfare Society and Lohit Youth Libraries and at Roing by RIWATCH, Roing and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Roing).

The Awareness workshop is aimed at sensitizing the farmers, environmental activists, NGOs and the educated elite of Arunachal to the increasing threats to India’s rich rice-biodiversity due to the emergence of GM seeds, chemical pesticides and the resultant environmental degradation of farm fields. Apart from interactions with local rice-farmers to bring out their extensive traditional knowledge of rice cultivation, there will be an exhibition of indigenous rice varieties of Namsai, Wakro, Sunpura and Dibang Valley. The programme at Namsai will be inaugurated by Nilima Kumar, ADC, Namsai.   

The expert team is led by S Ushakumari, Director, Thanal. They will also share experiences about Thanal’s Rice Repository Nursery which has saplings of 206 rice varieties of South India.

A number of farmers, agricultural enthusiasts, representatives of NGOs, panchayat leaders and students are expected to attend the workshops at Namsai and Roing. The team will also address college and university students at Dibrugarh.



Political defection in Arunachal

Kaling Jerang

The naked and shameless defection of Arunachal legislators from one party to another have always been meekly and indifferently observed by the citizens of the state as routine political affair. These acts of floor crossing by the legislators have never even been debated among the intellectuals of the state because of the attitude of indifference towards stinking political culture. However, better late than never and today the time finally seems to have arrived when the history of political defection in Arunachal’s political history will be permanently ended.

In this connection, it is for every one of us to know that the political defections in our state have been unquestionably taking place in the name of ‘merger’. But for the merger to be constitutionally valid under the Xth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, the call for merger of the original political party into another party has to be made by the President of the political party followed by the fulfillment of the criteria of requisite minimum two-third legislators.

Say for example, in the case of the merger of NCP, it should mean the merger of NCP into another party not only in one state but should mean merger of NCP units in all the states of the country wherever NCP has its presence along with the national and state executive members, legislators and parliamentarians backed by a call for merger by its National President, i.e. Sharad Pawar.  With these provisions clearly laid down in the Xth Schedule of the Constitution pertaining to the Anti Defection Law, the political defection of NCP, TMC and PPA legislators of Arunachal Pradesh into Congress-I is clearly a hotly debatable issue for everyone to discover and finally conclude that defections in no case can happen unless it is a valid merger. These legislators defected into Congress-I fulfilling just the minimum ‘two-thirds members criteria’ while ignoring, may be out of ignorance, the first and the main criteria, i.e. the call for merger of the original political party into another by the respective presidents at the national level. For the merger of PPA into Congress-I, the call for merger of the party along with its state executive members and its elected legislators had to be initiated by the then Party President Kamen Ringu. But sadly and surprisingly, all the constitutional codal formalities were simply ignored and the mergers were confidentially and hurriedly executed overnight.

Kahfa Bengia, currently the President of Working Committee, PPA has submitted a petition to the Court of the Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly seeking for disqualification of defected NCP legislators. This bold step is a wakeup call to all the concerned citizens of the state who either has gone into deep slumber out of despair and helplessness owing to the complete failure of the state mechanism or because of the ignorance of the constitutional laws pertaining to Anti-Defection laws. This may be treated as a final call for uprooting the genesis of corruption in our society as well as putting a complete end to the culture of aayaram and gayaram politics.  



2013 witnesses alarming increase in rape cases

Appu Gapak

Ever since the December 16 gang-rape and murder of a Delhi medical student made headlines, incidents of molestation and rape have increased manifold.

As the news spread of the conviction of all the four rapists and awarding of death sentence to them, more and more crimes of sexual in nature are coming to fore defying the very belief that conviction on such cases act as deterrent with Arunachal too in the rat race with victims as young as three and a half year old.

On October 19, this belief was shattered yet again when a teacher of Niglok Primary School under Ruksin sub-division was arrested for allegedly raping his 10-year-old student the previous day.

According to Ruksin police, Tanying Padun, the teacher on October 18 allegedly took the minor girl to the market on the pretext of taking photograph and then raped her in the backyard of Industrial Complex at Niglok.

This is the eighth case of rape in the state this year after a minor girl was raped by Chakma refugees on February 11 last when she, along with her friends, had gone on a picnic on the bank of Bereng River at Chowkham in Lohit district.

A Class VI student was allegedly raped by a constable of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) after he forced her to take alcohol at Longding on March 2 last.

Lower Subansiri Police on March 24 arrested the owner of Bomi English School in Joram under Yachuli Sub-Division in lower Subansiri district, for allegedly raping one of the minor boarders.

A three-and-half-year-old minor girl was reportedly raped and murdered at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district on July 2. One acquaintance of the family named Labi Miji Tuksa was arrested for the case.

On July 23 last, a six-year-old girl was raped and left on the roadside near Daporijo, the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri. The victim was recovered with multiple cut injuries on her body. The alleged rapist named Pappu Kodal was arrested on the same day.

As many as rape and molestation of 14 minor girls in Green Valley English Medium School, Likabali came to light when some of the students managed to report the matter to police on August 27. The warden cum teacher and the principal of the school were arrested.

And on October 13 last, body of a class VI girl was found from the nearby jungle of Nyigam village near Basar in West Siang district. She had gone missing on October 11. Authorities suspect a case of rape though it is yet to be confirmed.


Hearing for Likabali minor rape case fixed on Nov 7

The two tainted teachers of Green Valley English Medium School, Likabali, will go on trial for the infamous Likabali minor rape case on November 7 next at Fast Track Court, Aalo.

Vipin Viswan, the warden cum teacher of the school is accused of sexually assaulting as many as 14 of his minor girl students while the principal, Ranjit Kumar V K, is charged with abetting him.

Both are currently lodged at judicial lock up, Aalo.



Mr Arunachal and 5th Mr Eastern India Body Building Championship from Nov 23

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The newly formed Arunachal Body Building Association (ABBA) under the patronage of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has decided to conduct the two-day maiden Mr Arunachal and 5th Mr Eastern India Body Building Championship at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from November 23 next.

Chief Chairman of the organizing committee and Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy told that the platform would offer scope to expose the hidden talents of the state while the regional competition would imbibe competitive spirit in them.

The objective behind the event is to encourage the people to remain fit and fine and promote body building as a career.

In all 13 states of India would take part in the 5th Mr Eastern India Body Building Championship which would be conducted on November 24 next.

The event would be attended by a galaxy of international and national body builders like Abraham Bobby Singh from Manipur, 12 times Mr India and three times Mr World and once Mr Asia, Mr World Muscle Mania Gautam Kalita, among others.

The championship offers prize money in six categories for Mr Eastern India besides overall champion while the competitors of Mr Arunachal would bet for three categories, according to organizing committee chairman and vice president of Eastern India Body Building Association Abraham K Techi.



DC inspects Roing District Library

ROING, Oct 24: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar along with Assistant Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh inspected District Library near District Court here today.  

While visiting the library, the Deputy Commissioner opined that he was planning to make it a comfortable study centre for the students as well as other book readers of the district. After thorough inspection of the whole building, book racks and study room, he directed the District Library and Information Officer to properly re-arrange the book racks and study room so that more readers can be accommodated in the study room. He also directed him to maintain the library clean and congenial for study. After going through the list of books ordered by the DLIO, he further asked him to order more books which may help the students in preparation of various competitive examinations. He also decided to provide some furniture for the study room. The DC also interacted with readers during his visit.

O Lego, DLIO apprised the Deputy Commissioner about the shortage of furniture in the district library. He also informed that the library building is yet to get water connection and proper electrification.

The DC also inspected the new RCC building of DDSE, Roing accompanied by M Lego, DDSE.  DIPRO



Orientation training on vector borne diseases

ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The three days orientation cum training programme on vector borne diseases organized for the medical officers of the district by District Vector Borne Disease Control Society of Papum Pare concluded at District Surveillance Office, Yupia today.  

The resource persons Dr Libe Nyorak, Dr Mope Riba and Dr PJ Sharma conducted training on various vector borne diseases, including Malaria, Dengue, Chicken gunia, Filarias and Kala Azar.

Earlier, inaugurating the training, District Medical Officer Dr S Ronya called upon the participants to take full advantage of the training to gain more ideas and knowledge on vector borne diseases to control it.

While explaining the importance of IEC tools in the field of information dissemination, he requested the medical officers to smoothly monitor all IEC/BCC activities in the district to create more awareness among public on vector-borne diseases.

Dr. Ronya also stressed on imparting proper personal skill development to all health care units workers and to maintain proper cooperation with Panchayat members and villagers.

He also spoke on leprosy control and treatment of the disease.



Awareness campaign by NABCONS at Abali Village


ROING, Oct 24: A district level awareness programme on schemes for development and strengthening of agriculture marketing infrastructure, grading and standardization was held at Abali Village on October 23 organized by NABCONS (NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd).

Kamal Roy, Assistant Project Manager, NABARD outlined the details of the programme by briefing the participants and the distinguished guests about the scheme.

The participants were briefed about the present agriculture marketing bottleneck which leads to wastage of food grains and horticulture products.

It was pointed out that there was ample scope for growth of both agriculture and horticulture products.

Roy stressed on post harvest management and how losses could be minimized with the help of proper grading, packaging, storage etc. The grading of produce based on color, size could fetch good price in the markets.

Due to bad storage practices, about 30% of the produce is destroyed resulting in losses to the farmers. In this context Roy cited the case of gunny bags and said that these should be replaced by plastics crates to increase the life of the products.

It was also pointed out that processing specially for products like ginger, pineapple and orange is very much required to prevent them from getting wasted due to communication and marketing bottleneck. The Central Government scheme in the present scenario can alleviate the scenario in a big way by bringing in marketing infrastructure in the state.

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Appreciable effort

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the article on ‘Sartang’ tribe of Arunachal by Taba Ajum. We extent our thanks and appreciate his effort for highlighting such small tribe of state. Regarding the confinement, it was reported that Sartang’s reside in three villages, whereas such tribe is constitutionally divided into two sub division i.e., Jerigoan and Khoina village under Nafra circle while Salary and Rahung village under Dirang circle. Also the main festival of Sartang tribe is Chhik-Shakhen besides that of Chhodun and Lossar festival.


Cheten Jomba Rockpudu

Rajiv Gandhi University



We expect suitable action from GM BSNL

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily we the public of Nampon/Rima Putok circle in Jairampur area, would like to draw the kind attention of GM BSNL Itanagar on the following issues –

1. IMMEDIATE RESTORATION OF BSNL NETWORK  - BSNL cellular service has been out of order for a last one year causing immense problems to consumers belonging to various background. It is not the first time that it is out of order, hardly does the connectivity remains in service for a couple of days before breaking down again. Last year also, it obligated the public comprising of villagers, students, govt. employees and shopkeepers to come on the street and register their voice against poor BSNL services and negligence of concerned authorities for not taking any measures on 1st Oct, 2013. Even then concerned authorities didn’t pay any heed after serving 15 days ultimatum. That clearly shows negligence of authorities towards their duties and step mother treatment to the public of this area. If really the problem persisted then how come our neighbouring towns are getting connectivity?  Therefore we serve an ultimatum of 15 days w.e.f. 25th October, 2013 for immediate restoration of BSNL Network or else aggrieved public will take its own course of action.

2. REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING OUTDATED BTS SYSTEM /INSTALLTION OF SATELLITE SET – The existing outdated BTS system of Nampong exchange is one of the oldest models of communication system. Due to technical problem it frequently breaks down. Moreover the existing battery backup does not have sufficient capacity resulting in poor network. In the last memorandum submitted on 1st October, 2012, it was demanded for replacement of outdated BTS system and battery but it was hastily restored temporarily to pacify the public outrage. Thus, we appeal the concerned authorities to phase out such outdated equipment and replace it with new one for the greater interest of general public.   

We lastly on behalf of all the public of Nampong area expect a suitable action from GM BSNL for betterment and welfare of the area.


Samthai Mossang (President, Nampong Border Trade and Business association)

Remmit Mossang, (Gen. Secy. Labour Union Nampong)

Mrs Phennem Tikhak  (Gen, Secy. Mahila Sanghathan, Nampong)

Kingjong Morang (Gen Secy. Nampong Border Trade & Business Association)

Youngme Mossang (Youth Leader)

Ngantang Lungphi

(Youth Leader).



Slow process of justice encouraging crime

Dear Editor,

It seems that the people have got so acquainted with the law and order of our state that they don't feel afraid and are doing crimes every now and then. The slow process of delivering punishment might be encouraging them.

The heinous crimes like murder, kidnapping, rape and so on which we used to see/hear from other states is becoming a common crime in our state. The most heinous crime for me is rape as it becomes a bad dream which the victim have to face throughout their life. Despite passing of stringent laws passed this year by J.S Verma committee after DELHI GANG RAPE this crime is not mitigating. I think this is because of slow process of delivering punishment. I request our govt. to be very sensitive on this matter and give early punishment to the culprits so that this kind of filthy crime will not occur again and again as it is happening now.


Jumnya Rina






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India needs to understand China’s emotion  

China on Tuesday blamed Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and his supporters for creating border problems between India and China. In a white paper issued just before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh landed in Beijing for three-day visit, China alleged that after the failure of their armed rebellion in 1959, Dalai Lama and his supporters fled abroad and began to harass China's borders for years.

The paper said the Tibetan leader's main purpose is to "overthrow the socialist system and the system of regional ethnic autonomy that is practiced in Tibet''. It added he wants "to rock the systemic foundations that have ensured the development and progress of Tibet''. This bold Chinese stand has confirm the earlier fear expressed by section of defense think thank that Beijing carries out incursion activities along LAC only to show their displeasure against India for giving shelter to Tibetan spiritual leader. If China really wanted to capture Arunachal Pradesh, they would have never accepted cease fire agreement in 1962 when Chinese were in advantage having run over Indian army at Tawang and Kibitho sector. For a harmonious border, China expects India to curb down anti-Beijing activities by Dalai Lama and his supporters. It’s time India also understands the sentiment of China and avoids hurting their emotion. The Tibetan refugees living in India are enjoying enormous freedom. However they should not be allowed to carry out any activities which may hurt the relation between two neighbour.