October 27

Apang mourns Namchoom’s death

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang has deeply mourned the demise of former minister Indrajit Namchoom, who passed away on October 24 in Kolkata Medical Super Specialty Hospital following cardiac arrest.

“I am greatly shocked and pained to learn the untimely demise of Indrajit Namchoom. The death has snatched away from us a great human being who was not only an able minister and administrator but also a great sportsperson,” Apang said in a condolence message.

He said the death of Namchoom is not only an irreparable loss to the Khamti community but also to the entire people of Lohit district. The void created by his death will never be filled and we will fondly cherish his memory forever.

“I on behalf of the members of my family and on my own behalf convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray to almighty to give them enough courage and moral strength to withstand and bear the irreparable loss.”

“I also pray to Donyi Polo to keep the departed soul in eternal peace in the heavenly abode,” Apang added in his condolence message to the bereaved family.

The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has also expressed grief and sorrow over death of the former minister. While recalling Namchoom’s immense contributions towards socio-economic upliftment of the poor and down trodden of the state in general and Lohit district in particular, the party conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

East Kameng Veteran Football Club while mourning the death of the former minister, who was also a prominent footballer, appealed to Arunachal Pradesh Football Association to conduct the Veteran Cup football tournament in memory of Namchoom from next year.


Funeral of late Namchoom held

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The funeral ceremony of former minister and national footballer late Indrajit Namchoom was held at his native place Chowkham last night.

Finance and PWD Minister Chowna Mien, relatives, friends, admirers, including officials of Gauhati Town Club represented by its General Secretary Devajit Saikia, Jaideep Barua, Anuj Paliwal attended the funeral ceremony and paid last respect by laying flowers.

Namchoom started his football career from Gauahti Town and played for the club for more than 10 years. The century-old club conferred him Honorary Life Membership in 2009 for his immense contribution to football and the society.


Teacher assault case ABK unit demands immediate arrest of assaulters

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Adi Bane Kebang (ABK), East Siang district has demanded the district administration to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the physical assault on a school teacher at Oyan on October 19 last.

“Some miscreants have allegedly assaulted Malokong Jamoh of Mirbuk village under Pasighat Police Station at Oyan on October 19 inflicting grievous injury by some miscreants without any valid reason. An FIR was lodged against the miscreants at Pasighat Police station the very next day of the incident. But, the police have not yet been able to trace the culprits involved in the incident,” the ABK letter to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner, said.

The incident occurred when Jamoh was returning home from his place of posting.

A copy of the letter was also submitted to the East Siang SP for immediate action, the district ABK unit informed.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of National Institute of Technology (NIT) conducted a social service to clean the Yupia town today.

The officers, faculty members and other staff of the Institute also participated in the cleanliness drive.


APLS mourns Manna Dey’s death

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) while remembering Manna Dey, the legendary Indian singer who passed away in Bangalore just a couple of days back said he had united the nation with his soulful rendition of music and winning over the listeners across the length and breadth of the country for over four decades.

While bemoaning over his expiry, APLS president Y D Thongchi said, “Manna Dey who has won over generations of music lovers with his impeccable style of singing in different moods, ranging from classical to modern, will always have a special place in our hearts. He will be remembered as long as music exists in the world.”

Meanwhile, Thongchi has informed that the 52nd literary sitting of APLS will be held at the premises of J N State Museum here tomorrow. The changes, getting off the usual order (2nd Sunday of every month), have been necessitated owing to Durga Puja celebrations which came to a close on October 14 last.  


Panchayat leaders tender resignation

ITANAGAR, Oct 26:  Some of the Panchayat leaders of Tezu have raised rebellion against local MLA Karikho Kri by resigning from Panchayat membership on moral ground.

Expressing displeasure over report that local the MLA was involved in violence that rocked Tezu town on September 27, ten Panchayat members, including a gram chairperson submitted their resignation letter to member secretary, Tezu CD block-08 Tezu Anchal Samity.

The member who have tendered their resignation include Sukutlum Tamai, Sotem Thadu, Sowemso Tamai, Musing Kri, Janlu Kri, Wemanlu Kri, Sadhalu Kri,  Sowim Tayang, Khamso Tayang and GPM Chairperson Kangerai Manyu. They have also written to Congress high command to relieve themselves from primary membership of INC.


DM prohibits gambling in West Siang

AALO, Oct 26: Apprehending breach of peace and public tranquility in the district during Diwali, West Siang District Magistrate has issued prohibitory order banning all kinds of gambling activities like dice, housie etc in West Siang district under Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Prohibition) Act 2012. The order will be effective from March 31 till November 4.

Anybody found violating the order will be prosecuted under appropriate section of the law. DIPRO


Likabali bandh on Nov 4

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Expressing their displeasure over state government’s inaction to fulfill demands, the parents of students of Green Valley Residential School, Likabali, West Siang district, have called 24 hours Chakka bandh in Likabali area on November 4 next. It was decided in a meeting today.

The school was closed down recently following sexual assault and harassment of its minor students.

The parents have been demanding early release of the rehabilitation package of Rs 10 lakhs as announced by the CM for the students of the school, total closure of the school until refund of fees of all the students and early compensation to the parents.


News Impact

PPA tightens noose around defected MLAs

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 26:  At a time when the ruling Congress party in the state was sailing through without much political hiccups, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) is tightening noose around the four former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators, namely Techi Kaso, Bamang Felix, Ralom Borang and Alo Libang, who defected to the Indian National Congress (INC) last year, demanding the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker to disqualify them under anti-defection law of the Constitution. This was informed by PPA acting president Kahfa Bengia while addressing the media persons in a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here today.

Bengia informed that he has filed petition seeking disqualification of the defected legislators, who joined INC. He also informed that the Speaker has served notices to those defected legislators giving one month and seven days time to comment.

Referring to the anti-defection law listed in the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, he claimed that the merger of the NCP legislators with Congress-I is not at all valid unless the original political party (NCP) gives nod at national level.  

Expressing dismay over the defection, PPA President Nikh Kamin alleged that all Constitutional codal formalities have been totally ignored by the Speaker and the merger was hurriedly executed.

Kamin criticised the Speaker for not being able to initiate any action against the defected legislators till date.

“The Speaker being the custodian of the law should have initiated action against them under anti-defection law of the Constitution.”

He further expressed confidence that PPA will win majority in the next Assembly election and form government in the state.

Addressing the media persons, PPA member Kaling Jerang stressed on vibrant and healthy democracy in the state. He demanded to rooti out the culture of shifting of loyalty from Arunachal forever to uphold the principles of vibrant and healthy democracy.

Meanwhile, State Assembly Secretary M Lasa has served notices to all the defected legislators, including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki seeking their comments within one week.

“Your comments on the Petitions are yet to be received. You are, therefore, requested to forward your comments immediately failing which it would be deemed that you have no comments to make thereon and the Petition will be proceeded with accordingly,” the order, copies of which were made available to media by PPA, read.



3rd North East Zonal Inter-state Badminton Championships concludes

Talar wins Boys and Men’s Single titles

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Living upto the expectations of the home crowds, ace shuttler Laa Talar won both Boys’ and Men’s Open Singles titles in the North East Open Badminton Championship which concluded at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium here today. Talar pairing with Jokom Ribya also won the Boys Double title.

Talar defeated Joseph Sumi of Nagaland 21-9 21-10 in Men’s Singles final and RK Manajit of Tripura in Boys Singles final to bag the Gold medals.

In Boys Double, Talar and Jokom beat the pair of  Deepjyoti Dutta and T. Dutta of Assam 21-9 21-9.

In Girls Singles final, Laa Yajum lost 10-21, 14-21 to Asmila Chaliha of Assam and had to content with the silver. Yajum also bagged a bronze in Women’s Single.

In Girls’ doubles, Pinki Karki and Taring Yania bagged bronze and Pinki pairing with Gita Karki won another bronze in Women’s double.

Yesterday, Arunachal beat Assam in two straight sets to win the Narang Cup for Junior Boys Team Championship in the 3rd North East Zonal Inter-state Badminton Championships.

The host team, however, lost 0-2 to Assam in Junior Girls Team Championship for Safi Qureshi Cup.

Assam won the Men’s Team Championship for Rahimtoola Cup, Women’s Team Championship for Chadha Cup and Safi Qureshi Cup.



Education, awareness key to ending domestic violence’

PASIGHAT, Oct 26: The first ever workshop on “women’s status in the society” was held at JN College, Pasighat, where emphasis was laid on domestic violence and sexual assault on the fairer sex.

Participating in the programme, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava stated that domestic violence against women is global menace which is absolutely unwanted and unwelcome in every civilized society. She emphasised on organizing such programme to educate the women about their rights and various Acts that prevent domestic violence and assist the victims. The DC also stressed on education and gender sensitization to address violence.

“Gender discrimination and violence against women and girls persists everywhere and is a growing phenomenon in many parts of the world. The change towards equality must begin from every family,” she opined.

Earlier, president of East Siang APWWS & ABK (WW) Aini Taloh while describing role of a woman in the society, has strongly criticized the prevailing system of polygamy, dowry system and various other forms of domestic violence against women.

As a resource person, Advocate Mompi Dey elaborated on the legal issues involving crime against women. She said women should be educated about their rights and the laws for prevention of domestic violence etc.

Among others, College Vice-Principal Dr. SR Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion.

The workshop was organized by Associate Professor Dr. Sulekha Bose, Women Cell of JN College, Pasighat under sponsorship of NAAC-IQAC.  DIPRO



The plight of Govt Middle School Debing


RUKSIN, Oct 26: Although the state’s education minister is blowing a hollow trumpet claiming to have improved the educational scenario in the state, the pathetic condition of the Govt Middle School at Debing village in his home district (East Siang) is portraying a different education scenario in the area.

Located at Assam-Arunachal boundary, the only Govt. Middle School in the vast area is running without necessary infrastructure and other facilities. The outdated school building is lying in dilapidated condition for years for want of maintenance.

The school is facing great problems in accommodating its ever growing students due to acute shortage of classroom, drinking water, sanitary toilet, boundary wall and other necessary school infrastructures.

Established in the year 1987, the school is providing primary education to the students of poor villagers of Debing, Poplung and Detak village in Arunachal Pradesh and Rajakhana panchayat in Assam.

The president of School Management Committee (SMC) of the school said the education department, despite repeated appeals has not granted fund for ‘boundary wall’ and other infrastructure development of the middle school. The extended building of the school has been constructed without erection of the middle post due to which the building has been left unused observing its risky condition, he said.

It is observed that there are  three buildings near the school meant for teachers’ quarter, but these are not in use. One of the buildings is used by the APPBn cops of Debing BOP (shifted from its original location), while another two quarters have turned into “bhoot bungalow”.



Arunachal United meet Naharlagun United in final today

By Staff Reporter

NAHARLAGUN, Oct 26:  Arunachal United FC (AUFC) will lock horns with Naharlagun United FC (NUFC) in the final of the First State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament-2013 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.

AUFC stormed into final defeating Siang United in a closely fought match by solitary goal in the first semifinal at Rajiv Gandhi stadium here today. The all important goal was scored by Gyamar Jill few seconds before the final hooter.

In the second semifinal, tournament favourite Naharlagun United (NU) drubbed Kameng Veterans by 6-0 goals.

The first half of the match kept the scorer busy with some eye-catching goal shots from NU players.

The first goal for NU came in the form of a penalty shot when the referee found Kameng Veteran’s defender foul inside the ‘D’ Box. The opportunity was turned into goal by Kipa Kaha. Neelam John of NU, who replaced Kipa Kaha in the 30th minute of the match in the first half, turned the well-made pass from Tage Tath from the right corner into a goal in the fifth minute of his entry. Tage Tath, the leading scorer in the tournament with seven goals under his belt so far, scored the third goal for NU. The fourth and fifth goals for the team came off Gem Taga’s boot.

In the second half of the match, Kameng Veterans showed some signs of a comeback, but it was soon subsided by some close attempts near the goalpost by NU players. The last and the sixth goal of the match was scored at the last minute of the match by Toko Sama.

PWD Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii,  who played for Kameng Veterans in the second semifinal, was instrumental in keeping his team mates’ moral high – not that it could be translated into goals.

Besides the presence of the tournament’s patron Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, other dignitaries, Finance Minister Chowna Mein will be the chief guest of the concluding ceremony.



Awareness camp by fishery department at Kimin

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The second technology cum conservation awareness camp for the fish farmers and PRI leaders to acquaint them with technologies available for aquaculture and importance of fish bio-diversity conservation was conducted by the Department of Fisheries at conference hall of Kimin Panchayat yesterday.

Inaugurating the camp, Kimin ZPM Tai Tayu exhorted the participants to adopt aquaculture as alternative source of income. He expressed his concern about illegal fishing and urged all to refrain from such illegal activity. He advised all to abide by laws of conservation  and importance of conserving fish bio-diversity for the future.  

In his keynote address, Director of Fisheries, J Taba elaborated the concept of organizing such camps and its importance in the context of popularizing aquaculture and disseminating the message regarding conservation of fish biodiversity down the line and assured all possible support of the Department to the farmers.

He too echoed the concern expressed by the ZPM about illegal fishing and urged all to discourage such acts which are detrimental to our fish population, especially in our open water systems.

Kimin EAC S Passing also spoke on the occasion and impressed upon the participants to learn more about the technologies from the experts and apply the same in day to day management of fish farms.

Presentation on technology for promotion of aquaculture and its benefits to farmers, tips on increasing production and productivity, management practices and conservation tips by the experts from KVK Papumpare and Departmental Officers were the other highlights of the programme.

About 60 participants from Kimin circle participated in the camp.

Earlier in the day, the ZPM and the Director of Fisheries released fish seeds in Ranga Nadi river about 5 km ahead of the Kimin town as a part of generating awareness on conservation of fish biodiversity.



District BJP condemns killing of cow near puja mandap during durga puja

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: East Siang district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has condemned in its strongest term the alleged slaughtering of a cow by some miscreants in front of a ‘Puja Mandap’ during last Durga Puja celebration in Pasighat.

“Every Indian has the right to celebrate its festivals in its own way. But this dastardly act has not only hurt the religious sentiment of other community but also defamed the age-old Pasighat town, which is also known as education hub of the state, State BJP Executive Member Kaling Moyong said in a press statement.

The party demanded the authority to award exemplary punishment to the culprits for their heinous crime.

The incident reportedly took place on October 12, the day of Saptami,

He further said that an FIR was lodged against the miscreants at Pasighat Police Station on October 13.

Meanwhile, Moyong said that the closure of a link road between Pasighat main town and Jarku Municipality ward and AR Field (Assam Riffle) Municipality ward area in the name of construction of new ALG (Airport) has irked the dwellers. The BJP executive member, on behalf of the affected people, appealed to the district authority to construct an alternative road via Jarkong to Jarku immediately for the convinience of the affected residents.



JNC organizes workshop on Examination Reforms

ITANAGAR, Oct 26: JNC, Pasighat organized a UGC (CPE) sponsored workshop on ‘Examination Reforms’ today.

Attending the seminar, Principal of the college, TayekTalom emphasized on the need for examination reforms stating that it needs a smooth transition from tradition to modernity to cater to the intellectual needs of the students.

“The scientific as well as the humane insight,” he said, “was the only key to the success of the examination system.”

Prof. RC Parida, HoD, Commerce, RGU, highlighted the issues related to the Semester system and Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in the light of the examination reforms.

NT Josh, Deputy Registrar (Examination), RGU, gave a PowerPoint presentation on “Examination Reform: A Need for Paradigm Shift in Process of Evaluation for Quality Education.”

Asst. Professor Dr A Padu, Associate Professors Dr. SN Jha, DV LN Rao, Dr. CM Naya and Dr.DP Panda also presented papers on various issues related to examination reforms.

Later, SR Choudhury, VP, JNC, opined that time has come for change in examination system for maintaining quality education.

An Open Forum was also held where the faculty members exchanged their ideas and views on the key subject.

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