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
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
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
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
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,
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
During the meeting, various departmental heads presented the latest status of projects
and schemes under their disposal with photographic evidence and targeted date of
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The participation certificates were given to all the players, match officials and
A total of 16 teams participated in the championship.
---- Editorial ----
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
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.
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.
SC verdict on refugee is beyond imagination
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.
Let us respect all languages
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
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