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BBPF ready to donate land for AIIMS

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: The Bogong Banggo Peoples' Forum (BBPF), in a meeting at Pasighat today unanimously resolved to donate the required land for establishment of AIIMS.

The BBPF in a release informed that it has already liaised with the land owners, who are reportedly willing to donate 300 to 400 acres of land without seeking any compensation.

BBPF stated that Pasighat being a centrally located place in the state is one of the most suitable places for establishment of such a prestigious institute. The meeting also chalked out future plans and programmes and appointed a new committee for BBPF.


No alcohol during Reh

ROING, Jan 11: The Central Reh Celebration Committee (CRCC) 2015 has responded to the appeal put up by the Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum (EMWEF), positively. The EMWEF had earlier submitted a written appeal to the committee in an informal meeting regarding putting a ban on selling of alcohol in stalls during the three days Reh festival celebration. The CRCC had praised the forum's appeal when it was put up, and has now agreed to the ban. "Although the committee will be serving a limited amount of local alcohol to keep up the tradition, we assure that there will be no stalls selling alcohol during the festival", said President IMCLS Inju Linggi.


Governor greet people on Sarok

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma greeted the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Sarok and hoped the celebration will usher in prosperity, contentment and happiness in the society.

In his message, the Governor said Sarok Festival reflects the deep relationship between human and nature. At the same time, it facilitates in carrying forward our age-old customs and cultural heritage, the Governor said.

“On this festive occasion, I join my Aka (Hrusso) brethren in offering prayers to almighty to bless each one of us with good fortune and health,” the message added.


East Siang intensifies ILP checking, 25 sent back

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jan 11: East Siang district police following instruction of the higher authority has intensified Inner Line Permit (ILP) checking at all entry points and caught a large number of people from outside the state without valid ILPs.

Pasighat Police led by OC of Sille-Oyan Police Station SI M Bori today conducted checking at Sille- Oyan portion and detained 25 persons for not possessing ILP.

Earlier, the police caught 45 passengers who tried to enter into the district without possessing ILPs on January 4. Later, they were sent away from the district after they were produced before the competent authority.

Police have set up check posts at Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Two-Mile near Pasighat with patrolling team to keep strict vigil on movement of suspected persons.


Villagers urged to avail benefits of CSS

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Secretary (RD&PR) Tahang Taggu recently visited remote Kaying block of West Siang district and advised the Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) leaders, members and public to create an atmosphere for successful implementation of all Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in their area.

Addressing a public meeting during his visit, the Secretary urged the villagers to take maximum benefits out of such welfare schemes. He advised the Government officials to be honest and maintain transparency in discharging their assigned duties.

He also exhorted the PRI members to conduct social services for cleanliness at their respective Gram Panchayats as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

DRDA Project Director, West Siang, EAC and CO of Kaying accompanied the sectary during his visit.


BJP worried at law and order problem

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: East Kameng District Unit Bharatiya Janata Party led by its president L K Yangfo called on Dy Superintendent of Police and ADC Chayangtajo to discuss law and order problem in the district.  The BJP district unit also demanded for night patrolling at Seppa to contain law and order problem. It also raised the issue about the irregular government staffs of the district. It also appealed to the district authority to strictly maintain formalities while implementing various government schemes in the district. Further the BJP district unit expressed concern over scarcity of drinking water as well as power crisis at Seppa, a release added.



15-member team for 13th Junior National Wushu Championship

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (AAPWA) has selected a 15-member Team for the 13th Junior National Wushu Championship to be held at Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh from Janaury 15 to 19.

The state will participate in both Sanshou (fight) and Taolu (demonstration) events.

The Team (Sanshou): Onilu Tega, Paya Taku, Minam Taron, Tai Mintu, Khoda Har, Kishen Chetia,

Taolu (demonstration): Yapi Mara, Mipi Miso, Mepung Lamgu, Bamang Yamam, Neelam Whoto, Sangay Phuntso, Tai Naku, Kabak Nyoying.

M. Premchandra Singh is the Coach.


News Impact

4 more volunteers join indefinite hunger strike, Ujum Perying shifted to hospital

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: In an unprecedented development in the ongoing standoff between APPSCCE aspirants and the state government, four more volunteered to sit in indefinite hungers strike if the government fails to bring concrete solution to the issue by Monday morning.

Rajiv Gandhi University Political Science Professor, Dr. Nani Bath, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) General Secretary Biru Nasi, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) Chairman, Patey Tayum and Consultative Committee (CC) member Mepe Ete have decided to continue the agitation till the demands of aspirants are fulfilled.  

The decision of the four volunteers has ended the speculation that agitation will die a natural death after Ujum Perying stops her hunger strike. It has also bolstered the agitating aspirants and emboldened Ujum in her hunger strike. When asked by this daily for his decision to join in the hunger strike, Professor Dr. Nani Bath replied, “The government has the political power to correct the whole system. I would rather die peacefully fighting corruption than be a mute spectator”.

Meanwhile, Ujum Perying who is on hunger strike against the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPCS) over paper leakage issue has been shifted to RK Mission Hospital this evening.

The 25 years old was taken to hospital after a medical team led by Dr. Bengia Abo and Dr. Mahanto from the State Hospital Naharlagun examined her health.  

According to the medical team, Ujum needs critical medical attention. Before leaving for the hospital, Ujum maintained that she would continue her fast till Monday morning (10 am) even in the hospital.  

Earlier she had extended 24 hours more in fasting reacting to the state government unresponsive attitude.  

She further said, “We have been carrying out our agitation peacefully and after 72 hours, why not another 24 hrs more”.

“I require medical attention but will continue my strike at the hospital. I will break my fast here tomorrow.” she firmly added.

Appealing to people to support their cause, Ujum said, “Come and support us if you are concerned citizens of the state and the nation.”

She also encouraged her fellow aspirants not to be discouraged, “We must maintain peace and exercise patience and have faith because I am hopeful that our demands will be fulfilled”. Later she appreciated the district administration and the police personnel for being cooperative throughout her fast.

Though the state government has partially agreed to the demands of aspirants, the aspirants under the aegis of Consultative Committee decided to continue their hunger strike until their whole demands are met.

Today in a show of solidarity, students of Exalt Foundation School, Itanagar took part in the hunger strike for few hours.


Governor intervenes, State govt seeks AG’s opinion

In response to the agitating aspirants regarding their demand for the removal of the Chairman and Members of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Examinations 2014, the Governor has advised the State Government to seek the opinion of the Advocate General whether a Presidential Reference in the matter is made out under the provisions of the Article 317 of the Constitution of India on the grounds of misbehavior, according to an official statement. The State Government has sought the opinion of the Advocate General on the matter with a request to provide the same by Jan 18th of this month.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi met the representatives of the agitating aspirants of the APPSC Examinations 2014 at his office today and discussed the actions being taken by the State Government.

He clarified that the State Government is not constitutionally empowered to remove the members of the APPSC including the Chairman. The Chief Secretary advised the Secretary, APPSC to favourably re-conduct the written Mains examination and appealed the representatives of the agitating aspirants to withdraw the strike to create an atmosphere conducive for resolution of the impasse.



Centre will not cold store state’s proposals: Rijiju

BOMDILA, Jan 11: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has asserted that the State would not find its projects and proposals languishing or cold stored at New Delhi.

“I believe that people and society are above one’s political affiliations and being a public representative, I am duty bound to work for their welfare, development and prosperity irrespective of their party and political affiliations,” Rijiju said during his visit to Thrizino for the 43rd Nyetrii-Dow festival of the Hrussos (Akas).

“I will ensure that the state is well represented at Centre and its needs are taken care of,” he said.

He assured to sanction Rs. 8 crores for construction of the long felt Nyetrii-Dow building and development of the general ground on the condition that it is technically fit and sound.

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Mama Natung said that the onus of preserving, nurturing and propagating one’s age-old tradition and cultural heritage lies on the younger generations. We lose our identity when our culture is lost, he opined.

Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary for PHED & WS, Kumsi Sidisow, the chief patron of the festival cum local legislator urged  Rijiju to facilitate inclusion of the 6-Thrizino-Buragaon assembly segment under BADP in order to accelerate the development of the area, which had for long remained unattended and under developed. DIPRO



RGU organizes Biodiversity & Livelihood lecture for students

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: The Biodiversity Conservation Lecture Series titled “Biodiversity & Livelihood – Students’ Lecture Series of Mountain Section” was organised by Centre with Potential for Excellence in Biodiversity, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh in Higher Secondary School, Dirang West Kameng on Jan 9.

The students’ lecture series – mountain section programme is initiated by Dr Hui Tag, Deputy Coordinator of the CPEB-II and Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, RGU which aims to create curiosity among the younger generation about economic, cultural and ecological value of mountain biodiversity and its close link with human livelihood security issues.

This time, Dr. Tag has came up with two innovative and captivating lecture series for the students, first, on Biodiversity & Livelihood, and second lecture which he delivered was on Rural Botanical Garden for Health & Livelihood security which enthused the packed auditorium with more than 400 hundred students including teaching staffs for nearly two hours. His lecture was mainly focused on bioresource potential of the mountain ecosystem of Eastern Himalaya, factual natural history and livelihood alternatives for the local communities of West Kameng & Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh.

The programme was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dirang, West Kameng and other government officers, Scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Forest Officials, Gaon Burahs of Dirang and teaching fraternity of Dirang Higher Secondary School. ADC Dirang on his key note address has appreciated RGU exploration team for conducting the lecture series on biodiversity urged the young students to preserve local biodiversity, sacred land and fragile mountain ecosystem for environmental and livelihood security by immolating the holistic conservation knowledge of traditional parents. He further invited RGU team to explore more on local biodiversity of the two districts for future energy and food security while closely working with the grassroot community.

The team, meanwhile conducting livelihood crop survey has sighted the pair of Siberian Black Neck Crane at Sangte Valley near Dirang.



ANSU demands reasonable fare, four lane roads

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Expressing concern over the reported high passenger fares despite drop in fuel price, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has appealed to the trekker association of Capital Complex to charge reasonable fares from the passengers.

ANSU appealed to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to regulate the fares of trekkers plying within Capital Complex by adopting some methods for the welfare of the passengers.

The Students’ community has been the worst sufferers of the high fares, the release added.

In another press release, ANSU demanded the State Government to start the four-lanning of the road between Itanagar and Banderdewa within a week failing which the students union will launch democratic movement in the form of series of Capital bandhs for fulfilment of the demand within a week.

ANSU informed that it had submitted a single-point memorandum to the Chief Secretary in December, 2014 to withdraw the ‘negative’ report submitted by UM Shambharkar, Superintending Engineer and RO (MORT&H), Itanagar to the Chief Engineer (NER), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, New Delhi. But, unfortunately, no positive response has been received from Chief Secretary till today despite submission of the memorandum, the release said.

ANSU said that four-laning of the road is urgently required to ease the ever growing traffic congestion.



IAS probationers get firsthand experience

CHANGLANG, Jan 11: Officers of 2014 batch of Indian Administrative Service (Probationary) reached Changlang on a three days study tour.

In a meeting held today, the under training IAS officers were briefed about the district by the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang, Chanchal Yadav.

Briefing on the places of tourism attractions, she highlighted the features of World War-II Cemetery, Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Pangsau Pass. She also highlighted the ongoing developmental activities in the district like Construction of Border Haat at Pangsau Pass to enhance local trade between India and Myanmar, construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway, Mini Secretariat at Changlang, Margherita-Changlang road, National Highway Jairampur, Township CC road at Changlang headquarters as well. The officers were also briefed upon on the problems of Insurgency, Drug & Opium addiction, Cross border issue, refugees among others.

Superintendent of Police, Changlang, Vijay Kumar, IPS, briefed the officers on security scenario in the district. He also explained about the different underground outfits active in various parts of the district and their impact on overall development of the area. He pointed out that poor infrastructure, inadequate facility for forensic and forensic medicine, scarce communication and interception facilities as major constraints in the department.

The Commandant 14 AR and Company Commander 149 CRPF briefed the visiting officers on security operations being carried out in the district.

The officers will visit remote Khimyang and Khuchep in two groups to study the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in the area.



Creative war at 64th sitting of APLS

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Creativity war by a local couple marked the 64th monthly literary sitting and the first in 2015 of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) at Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here today.

After Yabin Zirdo recited Appu (flower), in chaste Galo, reflecting the pangs of flower, the greatest gift of nature to humanity, right from bud to till it perishes. It wishes not to die when plucked by flower lovers or being sucked by bees but to continue to spread fragrance always, her husband, child specialist Dr. T Zirdo presented three self-composed poems– Hasoo ya roun (A tribute to 2014), A cry amidst happing & Mennamem menkok kato (which speaks expressing what one feels and narrates reminiscing his childhood days besides being critical of the negative changes in today’s world). It looked like both were fighting an intellectual war through their creativity to the applause of the gathering including APLS president Y D Thongchi.

Journalist turned instant poet Pradeep Kumar recited Chairaiviti chairiviti to explain the gospel truth jindagi ka aant hai jivan ka nahi (Life ends but not the soul) followed by Rindo Pertin, Class-VII, who reviewed the much publicised You can win by management guru Shiv Khera to send a louder message – winners don’t do different things, they do things differently – proving to be a young book critic. Two young members came out with their self-creations – story by Aryamaan Das Bora, class-VI and poem New Year eve by Baji Andrew Ringu, class-V.

The call for reviving the glory of humanity – Kahaan gaya insaan – lamenting over the loss of human values with a craze for conquering the universe by DNGC Hindi Prof Dr A K Pandey, touched the core of everyone’s hearts and made them ask where had they gone wrong. Rise from the ruins of negativity, it is not too late, he appealed before stirring wish for humanity and creativity to flourish in 2015.

Writer R K Koley pitched in with ‘Sab dekho’ in Bengali, Inumani Das Bora with ‘Ekhan alikhita chiti prashtuti parba’ in Assamese and Une Pertin with short poem in English ‘The talking sparrow’. 

Thongchi, on behalf of the members, congratulated Tridipta Trishna, a student of VKV, Chimpu, for her academic excellence in Class-XII. She was conferred the Eknath Ranade award for securing 96.2% in humanities, highest in North Eastern region.

Terming her as a role model for students, Thongchi also appreciated her parents – Raman Bora and Inumani Das Bora, both members of APLS.

Thongchi and APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin led the members in welcoming new member, B M Bhattacharya, an AIR staff, Itanagar, who is a poet, story writer and president of Dibrugarh Kavi Sammelan, to the APLS family.



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Arunachal govt. should take cue from their Gujarat counterpart

The vibrant Gujarat summit which started today is attracting massive amount of interest from across the world. US secretary of state John Kerry, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and World Bank head Jim Yong Kim were in attendance along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit. Wooing global investors, Modi promised to make India the "easiest" destination to do business with a stable tax regime and a predictable, transparent and fair policy environment.

About 50 top global CEOs and 30 leading diplomats are also attending the summit.  In a major boost to the summit, Reliance Industries today announced Rs 1 lakh cr investment in 12-18 months in Gujarat. The vibrant Gujarat summit started by Prime Minister Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister has manage to continuously attract massive business to the state thereby fueling growth. Recently West Bengal government also held similar kind of business summit and it was declared a big hit. The government of Arunachal should contemplate organizing such kind of business summit to attract global business communities. However, first of all they should create a healthy atmosphere to draw business houses to the state. Government of Arunachal should learn something from vibrant Gujarat summit.

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Neglected people of the foot-hills

Dear Editor,

Although it appears much repeated, we can't help but keep writing and reminding the govt. till realization of our dream for the cause of our people for whom we have taken up the cudgels jointly.

The government declaration of the Lower Siang District HQ at Likabali (temporary) and Sikirima (permanent) is getting too delayed although the demand for the

said district took roots in 1994 and creation of Lower Siang got materialized l8 years later in 2012 along with Longding District. Lucky that Longding saw its DC, SP and HODs get posted early, much to the relief and satisfaction of its people. Even two more new districts, Namsai & Kra-Dadi, that were not in the offing at the time the proposal for creation of Lower Siang was in progress, have been created recently with their HQs at Namsai & Pakke-Kessang, respectively without much controversy, fulfilling their demand for common interest. But it is very unfortunate that our government is leaning too much on the political and biased reports of some persons to take a decision in case of the Lower Siang District HQ. A sensible man can understand that the long pursued demand of the people of the remote Kangku, Likabali and Nari-Koyu is truly rational, genuine and justified on account of the following striking points (all of which were reported in earlier press releases).

Basar to Aalo, the road distance is 50 Km only. Whereas, it is 245 KM from the remote parts of Kangku Circle to Aalo and more than 150 Km from remote parts of Likabali Circle to Aalo, and, as such, the economically poor people of the two circles can't afford to visit Aalo, in their life time, even for their important official works.

Similarly, the remote villages of Kangku and Likabli circles are at a road-distance of 195 km and more than l0O km, respectively from Basar. So, it too will not help the poor villagers in any way if Basar is made the HQ of Lower Siang.

Apart from occasional border skirmishes, the harassment meted out to the people by way of encroachment of large stretch of cultivated land of the people of the foot-hills region (from Kangku in West Siang upto Nari in East Siang) by the people of Assam under the protection of their administration with police forces is a long known reality. On our side, we are simply kept neglected and allowed to fend for ourselves with no similar protective measures extended to safeguard our ancestral land by our administration that is sitting at the remote Aalo which finds it difficult to supervise and depute police forces during the time of emergent needs. The various problems cropping up from sharing of common boundary with Assam gives the foot-hills region a unique geographical position demanding special attention from our government. The ground reality now is that due to this development that has taken place in areas along ihe inter-state boundary, the original map of Arunachal Pradesh has got distorted about which the government is well aware of but is unable to take any fruitful action to prevent further attempts of encroachment of more land in future. The fear of threat from insurgency from across the State boundary is equally a matter of concern for the inhabitants of the foot-hills belt.

The socio-economic condition of the average people residing in and around Aalo followed by that of Basar Sub-Division is better than that of Likabali Sub-Division, a fact pointing to the absence of adequate govt. attention towards all-round development of the foot-hills region of West Siang District. The geographical proximity of Basar Sub-Division to Aalo seems to have benefited the people of the said sub-division much more than those of Likabali/Kangku areas.

The district HQ, Aalo is gifted with the essential educational facilities in terms of well equipped schools with experienced teachers and coaching centres and the like needed to groom and produce potential students with remarkable academic track records that qualify for admission to higher technical colleges, and also some degree colleges for those who prefer to study in their own home town. This is probably the reason that the large majority of Galo bureaucrats, officers and academicians posted in various government departments and colleges are born and brought up in and around Aalo followed by those in and around Basar. Likabali and Kangku being remotely located, have a negligible number of such elite groups. For the budding school children of Likabali and Kangku circles with poor economic background, the absence of such educational facilities has discouraged them from going any further in their academic pursuit. A bachelor degree remains a distant dream for most of them. Thus, majority stays back to be a school drop-out and so is un-employed for life.

Who is/are responsible for it? Certainly, the absence of fore-sightedness and lack of the needed conscious reasoning and retrospective assessment by our successive leaders and bureaucrats and, to a certain extent, the lack of the sense of empathy in our fellow Galos inhabiting in more advantageous parts of the district are the factors responsible for.

Our leaders have disowned us by remaining blind to the sufferings of the foot-hills denizens. We are lagging much behind in all aspects and will remain so till our dream is realized.

The Galo brethren of Nari-Koyu, too, have their own tale to tell. They had been, for long, emotionally longing for a home to bond and co-habit with their fellow community members which is genuine and natural. They enthusiastically joined and actively participated in our efforts for creation of Lower Siang and, thus, they are intrinsically an inseparable part of our movement to the last.

Going by the foregoing points, it is not difficult for one to understand that the demand made by the DDAC of Basar is irrational and unjustified. Can our so-called 'the people friendly government' comprised of mature and responsible leaders relax in peace by disfavoring and depriving the genuine claimants of Lower Siang? Are we the much aggrieved and less privileged citizens residing in West Siang's foot-hills region destined to live a life of misery for generations to follow? Are our government and the brethren of Basar Constituency encouraging occurrence of more episodes of land encroachment of our State by some people of Assam?

We the long neglected people of the foot-hills regions of Lower Siang appeal to our Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his sensible cabinet ministers to fulfil our demand without any more delay based on the above mentioned genuine reasons, with Likabali as the temporary and Sikirima as the permanent HQ of the Lower Siang District, and for this act of sympathy and consideration we will remain ever grateful to him and his government.


Dakkar Riba,

General Secretary

DiP- Ego Welfare Society




Set up SBI at Mariyang

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of concerned authorities regarding establishment of a bank.

Mariyang is one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh. It was established in 1951. 64 years have passed without bank. Nearest SBI is at Yingkiong which is 52 km away and another is SBI Pasighat which is 87 km apart. People of this areas are facing lots of problems regarding banking especially in summer seasons. Now the people are seeking the establishment of State Bank at Mariyang as early as possible. It will bring new hope for the people of Maryang and its nearby villages.


Atting Perme







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