October 01

Students demand investigation

AALO, Sept 30: West Siang District Student Union and Kargu Kardi Student Union demanded a thorough investigation to unearth the reason that led to a school girl to commit suicide at Yomcha on September 17.

They further demanded exemplary punishment for APP Constable, who is alleged to have been responsible for the unfortunate incident. Both the unions said that the culprit should not be granted bail under any circumstance.

The victim, a class XI student, reportedly had a relationship with the constable and was staying together at Yomcha for the last three years, unaware that he was already married. DIPRO


Teachers demand early release

of pending salary

ITANAGAR, Sept 30:   Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in releasing the pending two months (Aug and Sept) salary and TA and DA of the faculty members of Government Model College Basar, the Arunachal Pradesh College Teacher Association Government Model College Basar unit, today appealed to the Director Higher and Technical Education to release the same on or before Oct 12 next.

The association claimed that no action has been initiated by the Director, Higher and Technical Education so far despite submission of a memorandum earlier on Sept 11 last. It further threatened to launch a pen down strike in case their demands are not met within the stipulated time.


Org opposes Phanchung Hydro Project

Itanagar, Sept 30: Immediate Downstream Affected Peoples’ Forum (IDAPF) of East Kameng district has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Secretary calling for scrapping of Phanchung Hydro-electric project over River Pachi.

 IDAPF has strongly opposed the setting of two dams within the distance of just one kilometer and had submitted a memorandum for scrapping of project in the public hearing which was held in last April, said its chairman, Lota Singhi who led the delegation to meet the Chief Secretary.

It also decried the proposed preliminary survey for land acquisition initiated by the district administration and termed it as disrespectful to public sentiments. IDAPF threatened to launch widespread democratic movement if their demands are not met.

Tara Singhi, Chairperson, 10th Seppa Block Panchayat appealed to the Secretary, Hydro Power for immediate intervention in the matter while reiterating its demand for immediate scrapping of Phanchung hydro power project.  

Meanwhile, the team also discussed with the Chief Engineer Sang Phuntsok on the issue. Further, IDAPF appealed the MLA Tapuk Taku for cooperation after which he is reported to have met  with the authorities to discuss the issue.


Rally-cum-special awareness programme on Mother & Child Health

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: There are many methods and medicines to prevent unwanted pregnancy said, Dr. C C Ngemu, SMO, PHC, Nampong during a rally-cum-special awareness programme on Mother & Child Health under Mission Indradhanush. The rally was organized today jointly by Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Nampong and Tezu units at Nampong.

Dr. Ngemu urged ASHAs to play active role and educate pregnant women about health related issues which might crop up during pregnancy period. Further, she added that grass-root health workers should make pregnant women aware about blood testing, TT injection and Hepatitis-B vaccines and need to immunize their children against Polio etc.  

Dr. Jonali Tikhak, MO, PHC, Nampong demonstrated about child care methods.  More than 200 women including pregnant women, infant baby mothers, Anganwadi workers, ASHAs and other ground level health workers took part in the awareness programme.

PRI leaders, Principal of Govt. HS School Nampong, S. K. Deori, FPO Nampong and Mihir Kumar Jha, FPO Tezu also spoke during the programme. Similar kind of rally was held at Diyun on Sept 26. More than 500 women including ZPM, Anchal Chairperson, D. Gadi, EAC, Diyun and Aanganwadi workers, ASHAs, SHG took part in the rally-cum-awareness programme.


Winners of state level competition announced

ITANAGAR, Sept 30:   Marina Lego, BSc 1st year student of JN College, Pasighat, Tilling Kuniya BA 1st year student of Saint Claret College, Ziro and Amum Gagung BA 3rd year student of Don Bosco College, Jollang have won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively, in the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education conducted state-level essay competition held on Aug 31st last.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI sponsored essay competition was held among the college and university students of the state on the topic ‘Role of Youth in promoting National Integration & Communal Harmony’.

The cash prizes along with certificates will be given away by the state Governor on the occasion of Republic Day celebrations next year, informed an official release.


KVK Tawang conducts farmers’ training

TAWANG, Sept 30: Krishi  Vigyan Kendra(KVK) Tawang  today conducted a farmers training at Kitpi village in Tawang district today. Altogether 26 farmers have attended the training programme.

While resource person L Borah, (SMS Plant Protection) imparted training on Rodent management in rice, another resource person Dr. A K Tiwari, (SMS Horticulture) dwelt at length on the scientific cultivation practices of Kiwi fruit.  Resource persons also cleared all doubts of the farmers during interaction session.


World heart day observed at Khonsa

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: World Heart Day with the theme - Creating Heart Friendly Environment was observed at District Hospital, Khonsa on Tuesday.  

As part of the observation, an awareness rally was organized which started from DC office and ended at the Bus stand near Khonsa bazaar which saw the participation of ZPC Chawing Lowang, DMO Dr. N.Lowang, PRI members, doctors, teachers and students from various schools of Khonsa.

An advocacy programme on prevention of cardiovascular diseases and associated risk factors was facilitated by Dr. P.Rakshit, DPO (NPCDCS) at the event.

Later, a seminar on cardio vascular diseases was also held at the District Hospital, Khonsa. (DIPRO)


DC visits RK Mission school

AALO, Sept 30: West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu has visited Ramakrishna Mission (RKM) School and interacted with Swamiji, teachers and students of the school today.

During his visit, the DC, who is an alumnus of the school, also inspected the smart classrooms, computer section, kids’ hostel, library and other infrastructures of the school and urged the school authority to submit estimates on urgent requirements so that it can be mobilized at different levels to garner fund for the development of the school.

Expressing his happiness over the decision to celebrate Golden Jubilee Year of the premier institution of the state in 2016, he stressed on the need to give a big facelift of the school by conducting mass social service. DIPRO


Committee reviews work progress

CHANGLANG, Sept 30: The District Level Monitoring Committee meeting was held at Changlang to review ongoing projects implemented under SPA, NLCPR, NEC, RIDF, RGGVVY, MsDP.

Addressing the meeting SDO Changlang Nampang Wangjen insisted on quality works as well as completion of projects within stipulated time.

He advocated for updating the Local Administration and panchayat on all the schemes being implemented in their respective jurisdiction to ensure best utility of the projects.

During the meeting, various departmental heads presented the latest status of projects and schemes under their disposal with photographic evidence and targeted date of completion.  

The meeting was attended by ADC, Jairampur and Bordumsa, ZPMs from Khimyang, Manmao, Kharsang, Jairampur, Miao and Vijaynagar, Anchal Chairpersons from Changlang and Khimyang and all the HODs from the district. (DIPRO)


Awareness camp for the workers

at Tezu and Roing

TEZU/ROING, Sept 30: Awareness camp cum welfare kits distribution was conducted at Tezu and Roing by Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board for the registered workers of Lohit district on Sept. 26 and Sept 29 last for the registered workers of Lower Dibang Valley respectively.

Koj Kano, Registering Officer cum Public Relation Officer APB&OCWWB while distributing welfare kits like mobile handsets, mosquito nets, gumboots and helmets to the registered workers informed that in order to provide social security and other welfare measures/facilities to the workers engaged in Building and Other Construction activities in

Arunachal Pradesh, the Govt constituted a Labour Welfare Board in 2007 becoming the first state in the North-East to do so.  

Board has more than fifteen thousand registered workers.

He said that with the initiatives of present chairman cum MLA Nyamar Karbak, Board has rolled out many other benefits towards its registered workers as well as facilities for their children including laptops for the children of registered workers as well scholarships to enable them to peruse higher studies.


AMSU demands fresh interview

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) in a letter to the Chief Conservator of Forest, Eastern Zone, has reiterated its demand for fresh interview for the posts of forest guard, PI, UDC and ADC within twenty days.  

Alleging deprivation of their community candidates by  the interview board members,  the AMSU further demanded district-wise decentralization of posts and  appointment of wait listed candidates from  Mishmi community to various clerical posts including the posts of forest guard.


DA to ban use of plastic bags


ROING, Sept 30: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner today assured the All Idu Mishmi Students Union(AIMSU) to impose ban on use of plastic carry bags in Roing town after a fortnight.   The DC gave this assurance while responding to a representation of the AIMSU seeking administrative support in banning plastic carry bags.

Earlier, student body  has adopted a resolution  to ban use of plastic bags keeping in view the environment and the health hazard.


NPR training

Seppa, Sept 29: The National Population Register and Biometric enrolment training was imparted to the enumerators of Bameng & Lada circle at Bameng yesterday.

Assistant Director, Census Operation, Shillong Utpal Sharma was the resource person. DIPRO


CE urged to release LOC soon

ITANAGAR, Sept 30:  The All Baririjo Area Students’ Union has  in a letter to the Chief Engineer PWD appealed  him for early  release of letter of credit (LOC) for construction of SDO office building at Baririjo and office building phase-I and approach road under SPA-2014-15.  

Claiming that sub-contractors have been facing problem due to non payment of bills, it has further sought early release of the funds.


Hunting, fishing banned

ITANAGAR, Sept 30:  In a public meeting held at Mani village under the chairmanship of Mithun Farmer’s Club chairman Yab Hari Camdir recently, it was decided to impose complete ban on hunting and fishing in mithun grazing areas of 5th mile and 10th mile and adjoining area of Midpu, Lekha, Chiputa and Rose Panchayat.


‘Stop payment of absentee school staff’

ITANAGAR, Sept 30:   Expressing serious concern over the absenteeism of teaching and non-teaching staffs of Government Residential School, Leel, All Leel Youth Association (ALYA) today appealed to the Kurung Kumey DC, DPC and Deputy Director of School Education to held up the salaries of those absentee staff.

The ALYA has claimed that the supporting staff of the aforementioned school like hostel warden, accountants, part-time teacher, music teacher, chowkidar and peon have not attended their respective duties for a single day but continue to draw salaries.  Unless authorities initiate strict action against the staff, the quality of education in  village level will never improve, it stated.


Society extends help to fire victim

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Arunachal Pradesh Society for Education & Development (APSED) extended some financial assistance to one Tani Rawa, whose dwelling house was burnt down in a fire accident at Rawa village near Waii, East Kameng on September 24.

While informing this, BJP state secretary Vijay Sonam appealed to various NGOs of East Kameng to extend helping hands on humanitarian ground to the victim as he has lost everything in the fire.


Capital Complex SC to face Todo Utd FC (B) in final of Abotani Cup

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: Todo United FC (B) will take on Capital Complex SC in the final of the 4th Abotani Cup State Level Football Tournament.

The “B” team of Todo United entered into the final defeating Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) 5-4 via penalty shootout in the second semifinal at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today. The match went into tie-breaker after it ended 0-0 at the end of regulation and extra time.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso and IMC Chief Councilor Kipa Kaku will attend the final match and concluding function of the tournament on October 2.



The CC pavement road from Paktu Tinali to Pakam is  undertaken by  PWD Department not by TK Engineering Company as reported on September 30 issue of this daily. TK Engineering is taking up the maintenance works of road from Aalo bridge point to Bam Tinali.


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Arunachal to file review petition against SC ruling

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Arunachal State Cabinet that met on Wednesday decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against permanent settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh. The Cabinet also expressed concern on Chakmas and Hajongs, settled in the state, of being exempted from the purview of Inner Line Permit regulations.

The Cabinet gave a go-ahead to opt for legal options to resist any step to grant permanent settlement to the Chakmas and Hajongs in the state. The Advocate General and legal experts have been directed to pursue the matter immediately with the apex court.

The Cabinet further resolved to appeal Government of India to extend support to the cause of the indigenous communities of the state.

Earlier, the All-Party meet on Monday last attended by representatives of all the four recognized political parties (INC, BJP, NCP and PPA) in the state – had authorized the state government to take up the matter of permanent settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs in the state with the Supreme Court. (Media Cell, CMO)



AAPSU to take legal recourse, appeals support

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has decided to file a “review petition” against the Sept 17 Supreme Court verdict on grant of citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong refugees.

It further decided to simultaneously launch movement against the decision in every district of the state as well as in New Delhi and other cities.

In a press statement, AAPSU President Kamta Lapung urged every citizen of the state to come forward and voluntarily extend support to the AAPSU in its movement against the refugees.

Meanwhile, upset at the Governor for not meeting the student delegation after their protest rally on Sept 28, aftermath of Supreme Court Verdict on grant of citizenship status to Chakma and Hajong refuges in the state, student Union termed the refusal uncalled for and not in the interest of the indigenous people of the State. Raj Bhavan, yesterday had already clarified its position on the issue.

On the other hand, the Union also demanded the removal of Standing Counsel for Arunachal Pradesh at the Supreme Court.

AAPSU appealed to all the politicians in Itanagar and New Delhi to stop playing hide and seek and instead concentrate on burning issues of the state and development.


Namsai dist. orgs come together against SC verdict

[ Indrajeet Tingwa ]

CHONGKHAM, Sept 30: The Tai Khampti Singpho Council today convened a protest meeting at Chongkham which saw the attendance of several communities as well as NGOs of Namsai district and formation of Joint Action Committee on Chakma Hajong issue, Namsai (JACCHIN) in the backdrop of recent ruling by the Supreme Court granting citizenship status to the refugees.

Representatives from about a dozen NGOs and student bodies including All Tai Khamti Singpho Students Union (ATKSSU) and All Namsai District Students Union attended the meeting apart from senior citizens and public leaders. The meeting decided to hold a protest rally at Namsai on 5th October. The meeting also condemned Nikh Kamin, Bordumsa-Diyun MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for allegedly sending a congratulatory message to the Chakmas and Hajongs on the SC's verdict.

General Secretary of the newly constituted JACCHIN, Chow Anuradha Mantaw said “Tai Khampti and Singpho people are against the grant of citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees as it will jeopardize the demography of the area  and as it is sure to marginalise us".



Militants in North-East greatest destabilisers: Rijiju

NEW DELHI, Sept 30: Describing the militants in the North-Eastern states as the “greatest destabilisers”, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today called upon them to shun violence, which he said was the only factor holding back the progress of the region.

"I am directly sending messages to the militants that if you are thinking of taking up arms and achieve something you are wrong. You are causing harm to your own people and you are the greatest destabiliser.

"You are a trouble for your own region, not other region," the Minister of State for Home Affairs said while addressing students at Lady Sri Ram College for Women here.

Appealing for peace, the minister said that violence is the only factor that is holding back the progress of the region, which otherwise has everything that could make it a great destination of India.

"North East is really beautiful region. Once we remove the violence from the region I can tell you it is the place to be. Only thing is we need to secure the place and once peace prevails prosperity will follow," he said.

Rijiju, who was at the Delhi University college to inaugurate a day-long event 'Understanding Diversity' focusing on the North-East, said that he is immensely proud to be an Indian but also acknowledged the fact that there are certain things in the country which need to be corrected.

"The North East region of India is home to almost 46 million people, which makes it nearly the same size as Germany, but it looks small because our country is enormous and the population density is immense," he said.

The minister compared the number of Parliament members from the North East to the number from UP and Maharashtra and said that the number of MPs from the region is relatively less because despite the geographical size, the population is very scattered.

"Delhi is the heart of the nation, but a country begins from the borders. There is nothing called mainstream - wherever I stand, wherever I live, that is mainstream for me.

People say that the North East should join the mainstream, but that is conceptually wrong because every part of the country is mainstream," he said.

Addressing the issue of violence and conflict politics in the North East, the minister said,"we must take responsibility for it in some sense."

"If we fail to elect right people at the right time, we must take part of the blame. The character of the politician, after all, is a reflection of the society he belongs to," he said. PTI



Cabinet approves State Sports Policy

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The Nabam Tuki led Cabinet today approved the State Sports Policy with the motto ‘Fraternity through Sports’. The policy brings with it incentives and cash award as approved in principle earlier like cash incentives of  Rs 1.00 core for gold, Rs 75.00 lacs for silver and Rs 50.00 lacs for bronze medal winners in Olympic Games. Provisions have been kept for incentives in other categories of sports competition of national and International levels too.

Special incentives will also be given to outstanding sports persons through employment - 5% job reservation for meritorious sports in government departments and 10% job reservations for meritorious sportspersons in police department for APST candidates and 5% job reservation for non APST meritorious sports persons out of the 20% general quota. Further, the system of reserving quota/incorporating grace marks 10% to meritorious sportspersons for admission to educational/ professional institutes will continue. The Policy also provides for constitution of “District Sports Committee” in all the districts to look after the assets created against Sports Infrastructure in the district.

Meanwhile, the Directorate of Youth Affairs presented its draft state Youth Policy before the Cabinet with priorities on education, skill development and employment, entrepreneurship among others. (Media Cell, CMO)



Arunachal Pioneer gets new office

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The new office of the award winning newspaper Arunachal Pioneer at T T Marg near Bank Tinali area was opened today.  

Inaugurating the new office, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist(APUWJ) president Ajing Pertin lauded the move of editor-publisher Chopa Cheda, who since the inception of the paper in 2012, has been conferred  the Most popular  editor  award while his newspaper bagged the ‘People Choice award-2014’ for its objective contribution in the field of journalism.

The office layout and working atmosphere are laudable which should be emulated by other establishments, Pertin added.

Referring to presence of four media houses in Bank Tinali area, Arunachal Press Club and APUWJ Chief Advisor Pradeep Kumar cited the example of Singapore where all media establishments are located in single multi-storied building.

He exhorted the senior media persons including editors present on the occasion to stand united to prove the strength of media, which Arunachal Pradesh, though late is recognizing fast. Cheda, APC president, who is also a filmmaker apart from heading the Arunachal Film Federation  assured all possible support to the media fraternity and establishments in fulfilling their social responsibility.

Among others, Editor Dawnlit Post – Dakter Essi, Editor Eastern Sentinel – Kenter Riba, CEO Eastern Sentinel Jarpum Gamlin, Editor-in-Chief Dawnlit Post Dodum Yangfo also attended the programme.



Public hearing for Army land acquisition held at Gumto, registered villagers eligible for compensation

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: The general public hearing for land acquisition of 661 acres of land for Indian Army was held today at Gumto village. Land affected owners and locals of the area attended the hearing which was quite successful. The hearing was organized by Papum Pare district administration. Representatives of army including Defence Estate Officer, Jorhat, assessment board and others were happy to see overwhelming response from general public towards army.

The army along with district administration has been working since April 2010 for setting of an Indian army base camp  in Gumto area. Due to various issues, the land acquisition process was delayed for some time. However, with holding of public hearing, it is expected that process will speed up in days to come. As the outcome of today’s meeting, it was decided that joint compensation assessment team along with all the stake-holders will make final survey from 12th to 17th October to finalize the land compensation issue.  

Also in the meeting, it was made clear that no outsider, whoever buys land or anything else in the Gumto village area, for the sake of availing compensation will be entertained.  Only the genuine land owners of the area who are enrolled in the Panchayat will be considered for compensation.

Earlier Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Gumto submitted a representation to Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare on behalf of the Gumto villagers. The villagers demanded that army should cooperate with local public and preference of civil work should be given to locals especially affected land owners. The majority of project affected people welcomed the proposal for setting up of army establishment at Gumto. DC Papum Pare Tai Kaye stated that this project is of national importance and need to be completed at the earliest.

“The whole process started in 2010 and we are too late already. We cannot afford to waste more time.  For national interest, we will not allow anyone to disturb the process of land acquisition,” said DC Kaye. Nabam Vijay, ex-ASM of Gumto also spoke on the occasion.



Promote Arunachal Tourism: Governor

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: Interacting with the Parshuram Dham Seva Ashram members, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa exhorted them to be part of Team Arunachal in promoting religious Tourism.

Governor said this when the representatives of Parshuram Dham Seva Ashram, based in Parshuram Kund, Wakro, Lohit District, one of the most famous pilgrimage and religious centres of the State called on him at the Raj Bhawan here  on Wednesday.

He advised them to avail benefits from important tourism related schemes of Government of India, including PRASAD- Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive. It may be mentioned that lakhs of pilgrims come to Parshuram Kund, Wakro every year during Makar Sankranti.

Earlier, the team led by Kirti Prasad Chaliha and Soto Thali submitted a ten-point memorandum to improve the religious centre, including registration of the society, land allotment, road communication, power supply and railway connectivity.



Sites  for fire station and police outpost

[ Pisi Zauing ]

MIAO, Sept 30: Paying heed to the growing public demand for a fire station at Mio town, at last the location for establishment of a fire station has been finalized at Police colony opposite Buddhist monastery. However, formal land allotment order for the same is yet to come.

It is worth mentioning here that the people have been demanding for fire tender facilities in the town   for last many years and the  devastating inferno at lower Miao market that gutted several shops a couple of months back  compelled the people to intensify their demand for fire safety measures.

On the other hand, the site for establishment of police outpost at Namphai-I, 13 kms from Miao has also been finalized.  The proposed outpost was also long-felt public demand to tackle law and order situation. People hoped that with the selection of the  site,  the outpost  will see the light of the day very soon. Namphai-I was declared circle HQ and foundation stone for the same was laid by CM Nabam Tuki two years ago but the HQ is devoid of  any infrastructure  facilities.



Field training on scientific cultivation of tea held


RUKSIN, Sept 30: The Donyi Polo Tea Estate (DPTE), Oyan in collaboration with Agriculture Department of East Siang  District has conducted a training program on ‘Scientific Cultivation of Tea’ for small tea growers in the Tea Estate training hall today. This was the first tea cultivation training conducted under Chief Minister Mission Mode Scheme (MMS) in East Siang district.

Addressing the participants in the training, Tea Estate Manager Manuj Kumar said that the DPTE has been conducting such programme to educate the new tea planters on scientific tea cultivation and also to  encourage them to enhance their household economy through tea cultivation, which is  known as green gold. Highlighting the contribution of the founder of the tea estate Yadap Apang, Kumar said that she is putting special attention for extension of tea cultivation in the region.

Manager Kumar  also suggested the farmers for selection of certified tea seedling produced in recognized nursery for gardening. He gave special emphasis on development of well-defined drainage system in the tea gardens for removal of stagnant water and as pest control measures.

Senior Assistant Manager of DPTE, Profulla Bori, who trained the tea farmers on bringing up of tea sapling, explained  on preparation of land for tea plantation and scientific management of tea gardens. He observed that healthy growth of tea bush signifies  rich the soil status, topography, climatic condition of the locality for tea cultivation.

Another manager of the tea estate, Taying Jonnom elaborated on pest and disease management in tea gardens. He also discussed on Plant Protection Code (PPC) and Plant Protection Formula (PPF) pertaining to limited application of pesticides on the tea plants.

The programme was followed by a field visit, wherein the resources persons demonstrated various technical procedures of tea garden management such as construction of drains, maintenance of space among tea bushes and identification of infested tea plants etc.

Among others, Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina, who is actively involved in tea plantation activities interacted with the resource persons regarding selection of tea seedling.

ADOs (agri) N Nonang (Pasighat), Dana Moyong (Mebo), Meghnath Bori (Sille-Oyan) also spoke on the occasion.

As many as 80 small tea planters from different parts of East Siang district including members of Siang Basin Small Tea Growers’ Association (SHG) and MMS beneficiaries besides sizable numbers of farmers from Jonai, Assam participated in the day-long training program.



Market committees, IMC to take

up clean Capital initiatives

Itanagar, Sept 30: Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) along with members of the Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) and Bazaar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun (NBWC) would work in coordination with each other to clean up the market area falling under its respective jurisdiction while the sector wise cleanliness drive would be carried out by the Councilors.

This was decided at a meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki with the Councilors of the IMC and members of IMWA and NBWC relating to special cleanliness drive being organized in the state to mark Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October.

Chairing the meeting, the DC urged the councilors and the members of IMWA and NBWC to work together as a team to ensure that the Capital Complex is clean. He appealed them to come forward voluntarily for the cause.

Stating that the present scenario of garbage lying unattended gives a wrong impression of the Capital Complex, the DC further appealed the denizens of the Capital complex to lend their support and take part in the drive.

Both the IMWA and NBWC assured that the market areas would be cleaned regularly.



School children sensitization workshop

on earthquake hazards

ITANAGAR, Sept 30: CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Jorhat along with department of Disaster Management, GoAP, organized a one-day school children sensitization workshop on earthquake hazard at CSIR-NEIST branch office, Naharlagun today.

Resource persons Dr R Duarah, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEIST Jorhat  and R S Saxena, former team co-ordinator enlightened the children about the science behind earthquake and preparedness against earthquake hazards. G. Tugung, Councillor, Itanagar Municipal Council also spoke on the occasion.

 A team of Arunachal Pradesh SDRF gave demonstration on first aid, search and rescue, fire safety to the students on the occasion.

Around 1400 students from 10 schools in  Itanagar Capital Complex participated in the program which was inaugurated by YW Ringu, Addl. Secretary, Disaster Management department.



RGU Open Badminton Championship concludes

ITANAGAR, Sep 30: The pair of Gektum Tangu and Ando Elapra, both post-graduate students of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), clinched the doubles title of the 3rd Open Badminton Championship defeating the pair of Dr. Jommi Loyi and Abu Lego by 2-1 sets.

Tangu and Elapra won the match 22-20, 13-21, 21-17 sets.

The pair of Techi Sissal and Krishna Chetry, both research scholars, beat Dr. David Pertin and Rojeet Singh 21-14, 22-20, 21-16 in the third place decider.

RGU Registrar Prof. Rachob Taba, who witnessed the final matches, hoped the initiative of the Officers’ Club will prove beneficial for badminton players of all ages and the event will gain more popularity in the days to come. He assured all possible help and support to improve sports facilities in the university campus.

Proctor of the University Prof. PK Panigrahi hailed the endeavour of the organizer to provide a platform where all could come together and play badminton.

The best player the best smasher awards were bagged by Gektum Tangu and Dr. Jommi Loyi respectively.

The participation certificates were given to all the players, match officials and volunteers.

A total of 16 teams participated in the championship.


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Where is humanity?

When the whole politics over beef started many feared that it might have a serious repercussion. Yesterday night with the killing of a Muslim man over suspicion that his family was involved in the slaughter of a cow at Greater Noida's Bisada village, the fear has finally come true.  Ever since BJP came to power at centre, the call for country wide ban on cow slaughtered has intensified. The party which came to power at Maharasthra, Haryana and Jharkhand has banned beef in all these states. Politics over beef ban being fanned by BJP and its Sangh affiliates has taken first victim at UP.

It’s unfortunate that some people consider human life inferior to that of animal. Such people should know that India is a democratic country and constitution has given us freedom to eat whatever we want. Who has given authority to these killers to indulge in such kind of moral policing? UP government should ensure that all the people involved in the ghastly murder attack are strongly punished. Also its time BJP rein in its Sangh affiliates and stop them from further damaging the secular credential of India. All the Indians who believe in the country’s secular constitution should come out openly and denounced such kind of incident.  This kind of incident makes us to ponder whether humanity still exists?




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Recruit technicallysound employees

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services and Director of Transport regarding recruitment of technically sound employees in the Department.

State Transport Services deals with machineries so   to be an employee of the Department, one must have the basic knowledge of Mechanical /automobile parts. Other than Drivers, Conductors and the Clerical staffs, all employees should be from mechanical/automobile background. Even driver and Conductors need to have some basic Knowledge of mechanical parts. It is seen that Recruitment rules do not have such criteria and Station Superintendents and Assistant Station Superintendents are all from the Non-Technical background.

Time has come for change in recruitment rules to accommodate technical persons who have better mechanical knowledge. The department will improve greatly if people with technical knowledge are employed. In any case, the state   have large numbers of energetic Mechanical/automobile Engineers who are looking for unemployment opportunities.   Therefore, I request concern authorities to make necessary changes in the process of recruitment and employ people who come from technical background.


Concern Citizen




Partial treatment

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to raise against partial treatment of teachers by State Bank of India (SBI) while dealing with personal loans. All the employees of Arunachal Pradesh are getting personal loan from SBI at eighteenth times of their salary but unfortunately SBI offers only twelve times of salary to the teachers.

All employees of state government should be treated equal.

 I appeal to the Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) to once again raise the issue with concern higher authority at the earliest and must stick to earlier demand to withdraw the salary account of the teachers from SBI and shift to other banks if demands are not fulfilled.


A Teacher



SC verdict on refugee is beyond imagination

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I vehemently oppose any move to grant citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong refugees who were provided temporary shelters in districts like Namsai, Lohit and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh.  It is beyond imagination as to why the Supreme Court had passed a verdict directing the state Govt to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees who migrated from Bangladesh during 1964 to 1969.  How is it possible to grant citizenship to  Bangladeshi refugees in the state where even the Indian citizens (non-tribal) who have been staying here for decades  as Govt employees and wage earners are not entitled to obtain certain rights. Everybody knows, Arunachal Pradesh is a protected tribal state and no outsiders can obtain citizenship rights.

It seems that some politicians and businessmen helped the refugees to get citizenship to enrich their vote banks and engage them as helpers in their business activities but they failed to realize the consequence that may befall upon the Arunachalee people due to APST status for non-tribal or refugees. Who will take the responsibility if the rape, murder and extortion incidents increase manifold following citizenship rights to such refugees?

Therefore, we should move against citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong and should never compromise on such issue.


Tajek Riji,

Chandranagar, Itanagar



Let us respect all languages

Dear Editor,

I greatly appreciate the letter by Kajal Chaterjee entitled ‘All languages should be equally treated, honored and promoted’ (Sep 29) in response to my earlier letter on Sep 25 on language promotion. Chaterjee’s points are all relevant and important and the discrimination faced by other languages is certainly true. However, since India is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-language nation; such challenges faced by other regional languages are not possible for complete eradication. Let us not take the path of confrontation but join efforts for promoting cooperation between different Indian languages. All languages whether it is Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil or Telegu are parts of the same nation and equal opportunities are important for their preservation. But some languages are now more widespread and globally well known compared to others depending on several factors and one important aspect being internationalization of some Indian languages due to the presence of Indian diaspora overseas such as Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Gujrati etc. The market for Hindi language being much broad based, the patronization also has been much greater for it compared to other Indian languages and there is a question of vote bank politics too by all mainstream Indian political parties. The image of India abroad for many average Americans and Europeans are defined by the Hindi language, Bollywood movies, Hindu religion and spicy curry delicacies. Hence the language has become extremely popular. Bengali literature has several outstanding works by poets and novelists but they do not get properly translated in several European languages and as such remain under explored compared to easily available numerous translations of contemporary and popular Hindi works. Hence slowly the Hindi language has become popular across the globe compared to other Indian languages. The spread of Bengali language overseas has been largely due to the large Bangaldeshi diaspora rather than Indian Bengalis because of their greater numbers and bigger existing cultural groups promoting the language and culture. But still it is far behind the popularity of Hindi mostly due to the Bollywood connection. The Wikipedia recognizes the following languages as the top ten most spoken in the world and are listed as follows: 1. Mandarin, 2. Spanish, 3. English, 4. Hindi, 5. Arabic, 6. Portuguese, 7. Bengali, 8. Russian, 9. Japanese and 10. Punjabi. Rather than being negative about the impetus given to Hindi, I humbly suggest let us celebrate the fact that there are three Indian languages in the top ten most spoken global languages. Although central aid will be important; but, the preservation and popularization of all the regional languages will critically depend on the contribution of different Indian states. Unfortunately and sadly true is the fact that several state governments are not serious and dedicated about patronizing their own regional languages wholeheartedly.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge, Canada




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