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August  - 29


Economic blockade against Tirap temporarily lifted

Ministerial delegation visits Russa

Taba Ajum & Denhang Bosai

Russa/ Khonsa, Aug 28: Economic blockade by All Assam Students’ Union against Tirap has been temporarily lifted. The road link between Joypore and Khonsa which is life-line of Tirap district has been opened for traffic from today. It has been possible after hectic parleys between AASU, AJSP and Nocte Chiefs’ Council at Joypore. The team of Nocte Chiefs’ Council from Khonsa was led by its secretary Khamwang Lowang. It may be recalled that the important Joypore-Khonsa road was closed for traffic due to economic blockade imposed by Assam as a fall out of border clash in Charaipung bordering Kanubari.

In the mean time an important meeting was held today at Hukanjuri Gate which was attended by Nocte Chiefs’ Council and Seven organizations from Dibrugarh district of Assam including AJSP, Bengali Sanghatan, Hindu Parishad, Ex-ULFA Sanghatan and others.

A 21-member peace committee was constituted with Nocte Chiefs’ Council Secretary, K. Lowang as chief convener to monitor the situation from time to time. The meeting also decided to hold cultural exchange programmes at regular intervals to build confidence and goodwill between the people of Assam and Arunachal, adds DIPRO Denhang Bosai.

Meanwhile, a Ministerial team lead by Finance Minister Setong Sena today visited Russa villages which have remained tense ever since boundary skirmishes broke out between Assam and Arunachal on Aug 14.

The team comprising IGP SBK Singh, advisor to chief minister Tame Phassang, capital MLA Techi Kaso, parliamentary secretaries Thangwam Wangham, Wangki Lowang and Newlai Tingkhatra, who is also local MLA, ACR Chairman Bamang Tago met people of Russa villages and assured them of all help in this hour of crisis.

A public meeting was held at Russa village where local citizens shared their grievances with visiting team.

Finance Minister Setong Sena while addressing villagers praised Arunachal police force for their exemplary service by providing security to local people. “Our police force has done excellent job by protecting the interest of local citizens. Our government has started peace parley with Assam government and we are hopeful that soon peace will prevail in the area,” said Finance Minister Sena.  

Sena further said the onus was on Assam and Arunachal Governments to maintain law and order on their respective sides adding that the problem only be solved through dialogue and not through use of force.

He further added, “Assam government has assured to lift economic blockade with immediate effect. It is in the interest of people living in both sides of border to maintain peace. We should not let people with vested interest to harm relation between Arunachal and Assam.”  

Informing people of Russa village that whole state is behind them in this hour of crisis, advisor to Chief Minister Tame Phassang, urged them not to feel neglected. “Entire people of Arunachal share pain and suffering of Tirap citizen. We want to tell that peace process has started and hope that soon situation will return to normal, so that citizen of Tirap can live peacefully,” said advisor to CM Phassang.

Local MLA  N. Tingkhatra cautioned the villagers from initiating any action without consulting the MLA and village elders adding that the case pertaining to Assam-Arunachal boundary issue was pending in Supreme Court.

The chief of Russa speaking on behalf of all villagers of the area said the Assam Police has been unlawfully indulging in torturing the villagers in border areas including resorting to unprovoked firing. He passionately appealed to the state Govt. to step into mitigate the hardship of villagers.

Galo Students Union expressed concern at the happening in Assam-Arunachal boundary. Its president Pakmik Taipodai said that state government has always maintained silence taking the guise of status quo which is never followed by Assam.   He further added that state government is yet to take action on the demand of the Union which  include permanent demarcation of border.


       All  Assam Students Union president Tapan Gogoi while speaking to this daily said that economic blockade has been temporarily suspended on humanitarian ground and at the initiation of the NESO.  He said that there is no enmity between the people of both the states and age old relation should continue. He further added that AASU has rejected the joint decision of the Assam and Arunachal government which they had agreed for joint patrolling. He said that it is on the Assam government and Police to take care of its citizens and not Arunachal government and  its Police. He further said that NSCN role will not be tolerated while adding that the militant outfit had no place in Assam. He further informed that there would be a joint meeting of AAPSU , AASU, NESO within September 10 to chalk out lasting solution to the ongoing impasse.



15 days ultimatum for govt on Apang arrest

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Arunachal Youth Federation while serving a 15 days ultimatum to government demanded handing over the PDS case to CBI from Special Investigation Cell (SIC).

It said that Federation would be forced to “take own course of action” if the demand were not fulfilled by the government.

Apart from handing over the case to CBI, the other demands include immediate suspension of MS Chauhan from the Office of SP SIC for mistreating former Chief Minister and resignation of government spokesperson Jarbom Gamlin for his “misinterpretation of the case”.

Meanwhile Galo Students Union has questioned the procedure in which former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Gegong Apang was arrested on Aug 24 by SIC for his alleged role in the multi crore PDS scam in the state.

The Union demanded that the case be handed over to CBI.

A chronic Diabetes and Hyper tension patient, former Chief Minister is currently admitted at R K Mission hospital.

The Medical Board constituted by SIC has submitted its report today to the SIC. However the SP SIC MS Chauhan said that report is yet to reach him while advising that this paper contact the medical team for details.

The medical board was constituted to find out whether Apang would be medically fit enough to respond to the questioning by the SIC.

The Itanagar Bench of Guwahati High court turned down the bail petition yesterday and listed it for hearing on Sept 3. The former Chief Minister was sent to seven days police remand on Aug 24 after he was summoned as a witness in the PDS scam.



AR nabs two NSCN cadres

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: 25 AR based at Changlang Dist under the aegis of 25 Sect AR/DAH Division nabbed an two NSCN (K) cadres including a woman on 26 Aug.

Operating on an intelligence tip off regarding movement of NSCN(K)  cadres in fringe areas neighboring Myanmar  international border, an ambush was sprung despite inclement weather & insistent rains. The terrorists tired to escape before they were over powered by the AR troops.

Interrogations has revealed that they are a couple named No. 16317 SS Sgt Angam Wangsu of Mintong in Tirap) and Jalik Wangsu of Lahon village, Myanmar.  Jalik is an over ground worker of the Union.

Five bottles of contraband liquor, few fired cases, mobile phone, besides other incriminating   documents relating the outfit were recovered from them. They have been active members of banned outfit since 2000 & have been involved in extortion, recruitment & drug smuggling across the border, said an AR release. The two have been handed over to Police Station Changlang.


DC calls for better performance

CHANGLANG, Aug 28:  The fourth governing body meeting of District Health Society (DHS) was held here at Circuit House Changlang today.

Deputy Commissioner cum Chairperson, DHS Opak Gao urged all the members present to strictly adhere to the norms and guidelines provided by the central Govt. while undertaking activities under DHS.

Gao while underlining the performance of DHS in previous year as unsatisfactory called all the member secretary RKS to render extra service on humanitarian grounds ensuring delivery of better health assistance to needy people. He insisted all member secretaries of Rogi Kalyan Samiti( RKS) to immediately submit Utilisation Certificates.

Earlier Dr. P De , Chief Executing Officer, Governing Body gave a presentation on third Governing Body meeting and proposals and Dr. P. Dutta, DRCHO and Chief Executing Officer, DHS on performance of NRHM in 2009-2010 and first quarter of 2010-2011.

The proposals were discussed and new resolutions were adopted by the Governing body. Meanwhile there was a brief discussion on Pre-natal Diagnostic techniques (Regulation and prevention of misuse) Act among the members for wide awareness.

ZPM Chairperson J. Taikam Jugli also spoke on the occasion.

The Meeting was attended by ADC Jairampur, Bordumsa, ZPM Chairperson J. Taikam Jugli,Outpost admin officers, Medical officers of CHCs and PHCs of Changlang District. (DIPRO)


Demand for Ziro Valley Autonomous Council

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Apatani Youth Association has appealed the state Govt for creation of  Ziro Valley Autonomous Council curving out the valley from Lower Subansiri district to protect the interest of Apatanis.

Justifying its demands for autonomous council, both president and general secretary of the Association in a joint release today said in spite of comparatively less fund allotment, every Govt pie invested in Ziro valley has given some tangible return due to which the people of the valley have at least some basic amenities.  But this at times is taken to be development at the cost of other places and development projects were shifted out to Ziro, the Association resented.

For instances, the Association pointed out that  the flourishing dairy farm of Siro under Ziro, office of the divisional commissioner West and DIG West and Krishi Vigyan Kendra proposed at Ziro were shifted out and   now  bandh call for the shifting of polytechnic college proposed at Ziro and land allotment. The association said that it has never opposed allotment of Govt land to the bonafide residents of the district,  and added  that   is the  reasons why  many land allotments have been made to other communities as well.  The release further said, the Association also never demanded shifting of any institution at Ziro which is proposed at other place.


Sena lauds contribution of Malayalee Community

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Malayali Community residing in the Capital Complex celebrated the Onam Festival, while also observing the 16th anniversary of the Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi at Siddhartha Hall here with a colourful cultural programme.

Addressing the huge gathering on the occasion, the chief guest Setong Sena, Finance & IPR minister, has lauded the contribution of the Malayalee community towards the growth and development of a young state like Arunachal Pradesh in all sectors, particularly their dedicated service in human resource development.

Underlying the significance of culture and tradition, he said that festivals which represent the culture of a community, needs to be celebrated which gives us a sense of identity. Celebrating ones festival in such collective forum also helps to promote and strengthen the bond among the members of the community in particular and society in general, he added.

Such celebration also inculcates and promote understanding and pride in one’s own unique rich culture and heritage in the younger generations, he said, adding that it gives a sense of identity.

With growing exposure level and world turning into a global village, he expressed the hope that the youth of Arunachal Pradesh too would find opportunity in future by contributing their services in other states like Kerala.

Earlier, the local MLA Techi Kaso while greeting the people on the auspicious occasion said that personalities like Late Lt. Governor K.A.A Raja hailing from Kerala had made significant contribution towards the development of the state including the Capital region. He assured that as a local MLA, he is always ready to lend a helping hand towards the welfare of the community and others in general.

Earlier, The President Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi(KKSV) C N Thankappan informed that KKSV is a society promoting the art and culture of Kerala and for cultural unity and integration among the Malayalee community and Arunachal Pradesh in general. The society is also committed towards popularizing the rich vibrant cultural heritage among the younger generation, he added.

On the occasion, meritorious students of Class X, Aditya Shankar, Roshan Thomas, and from Class XII Rupesh R were felicitated and received award from the chief guest.

The General Secretary KKSV informed that Onam Festival is celebrated because as per mythology the most loved King Mahabali visits every household to see their well being and happiness as the people of those days during his reign were living happily and to seek his blessings for peace, prosperity and well being of entire mankind.

The festival also symbolizes the beginning of life nurturing, nature and sustaining food security.

The Cultural highlights included among others performance by Raga Tharanga Orchestra, Wyanad. (DIPRO)


DNGC Fresher meet held

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar has organized its fresher’s meet on August 27 last.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest MLA Karya Bagang advised the students to maintain discipline and respect elders and teachers.

She further advised the students to maintain conducive and cordial environment.

Guest of Honour ZPM Taro Modi also advised the students to be dedicated in their study and bring laurel to the society and the state.

Special Guest former ZPM Tara Bagang also exhorted the students to utilize the three years tenure judiciously and constructively to build a bright career.

Principal T Ete briefing the problems of the college said that due to shortage of infrastructure many students have not been able to find seat in the class room.

Union adviser Dr. Joram Anu and General Secretary DNGC Students Union Nabam Tuna also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Milichang Mosang and Rubul Das were crowned as Miss and Fresher, DNGC,2010.


ATA & ASEVPF call for status quo on position of principal and DDSE

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Central Executive Committees of the Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) and Arunachal School Education Vice-Principals/ Headmasters Forum (ASEVPF) have appealed the education minister to incorporate some vital provisions in the proposed bills of subordinate legislation of Arunachal Pradesh Education Act, 2010.

Highlighting the grievances of teaching community, both the organizations in a joint memorandum to Education Minister suggested that status quo of the same position of both the Principal and Deputy Director of School Education should be maintained.  The memorandum pointed out that the Central Pay Rules indicate both the posts as the same rank / analogous by awarding same grade pay scale and state Recruitment Rules also treat both the posts as analogous to each other. It caters opportunities to the incumbents of both the posts to experience and test the duties and responsibilities of both the posts, the memorandum said.

The memorandum also called for upholding of the existing prescribed Recruitment Rules pertaining to the educational qualifications for the various posts of the department.

It should be mandatory to give an option to the promotees while choosing HM/VP and DAEO. If no seniors opt for the DAEO the immediate juniors should compulsorily be promoted to the DAEO, the memorandum said while adding that any one having opted either HM/VP or DAEO, should not also be allowed to merge to other group/channel. Thus the next higher post of DAEO should be the Deputy Director of Adult Education while that of HM/VP should be Principal / Deputy Director of School Education.

The memorandum also suggested changes in some existing designations such as Assistant Teacher (A/T) to Primary Teacher (PMT), Junior Teacher ( J/T) to Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT), Senior Teacher (ST) to Post Graduate Teacher (PGT), Assistant Dist. Edu. Officer to Block Education Officer (BEO), Headmaster in-charge of Middle School to Headmaster and Head Master Sec. School to VP.


Farmers’ Clubs inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Aug 28:  14 groups of farmers’ clubs under Parang and Sagalee circles were inaugurated in presence of large number of farmers, panchayat leaders and Govt officials at Community Hall, Sagalee on Aug 26. All the clubs were promoted by the NN Charitable Society (NNCS).

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest,  Papum Pare Krishi Vigyan Kendra programme coordinator Dr Taba Hali assured to impart training to interested farmers  or farmers club  on farming activities.

The guest of honour,  B C Das,  Branch Manager of the Doimukh SBI also assured the  farmers to guide them in financial matter, particularly in KVK loan  to farmers.

Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Sagalee branch manager N B Konwar has expressed satisfaction  over the cooperation of the farmers, particularly in re-payment of bank loans and assured  more  bank loans   to the farmers who have already made payment of previous loans.

NABARD manager O P Mounglang while appreciating the activities of the NNCS, called upon the farmers to work with dedication and assured all possible help to the farmers.

NNCS chairman Nangbia Amar Dui in his address said that he is always ready the help the farmers to improve their economic condition. He suggested them to work hard in order to achieve their goal in life.


Jari Gamlin Memorial Football Tournament

Aalo, August 28: Jari Gamlin Memorial Football Tournament kicked off this evening at Kamba town in West Siang district. On the occasion, West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Amjad Tak and Superintendent of Police Sindhu Pillai, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

In this third edition of the annual football tournament, twenty teams from Darak, Liromoba, Kamba and Yomcha circles are taking part. Besides trophies, winner will take away cash prize of Rs 25,000.00 and runners-up shall be rewarded with cash prize of Rs 15,000.00. For the third position, cash prize of Rs 5000 shall be awarded. And there are prizes for ‘fair-play team’, best striker, best goalkeeper and best defenders.

Jari Gamlin Memorial Football Tournament is organised by Sokjar and Gamde Gamlin Foundation in memory of Jari Gamlin. Final shall be played at Kamba ground on 8th of next month.


AR computer programme in Changlang

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Eight week long Computer workshop for the youth of Changlang organized by 25 AR under the aegis of 25 Sector AR /DAH Div ended yesterday.  

The workshop was sixth in the series of computer trainings which has already trained 176 children since the inception of civic action program by 25 AR in Oct 2008.

DIG 25 Sect AR Birg J S Negi, VSM who was the chief guest at the training programme expressed satisfaction at the interest shown by students towards learning computers that would go a long way in facilitating strong foundation toward their career prospects.

Honoring the recommendation from the parents of students, who were also invitees for the function, the chief guest assured of running similar capsules periodically free of cost.


AHYWA backs AKKDSU demand

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: All Hake Youth Welfare Association (AHYWA) appealed to the state government to accept All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU)’s demands for re-introducing Air Dropping system for PDS supply to remotest destinations for regular and timely distribution of ration items.

The association also expressed the fear that people of various remote and far flung areas of Kurung Kumey will die of hunger if head load carriage system for supply of PDS items is continued. Since its introduction, this head load carriage system proved to be a total failure due to remoteness and inaccessibility of places.

Meanwhile All Julang Khu Youth Society has revealed that many people of Tali area have left their native places in search of food items and settled down in various places like Itanagar, Ziro etc. Later, they have forgotten to return to their own villages obviously due to the fear of scarcity of food items.

While extending whole-hearted support to AKKDSU’s proposed dharna in front of CM’s Bungalow on August 30 to register its strong opposition to reintroduction of head load carriage system in Kurung Kumey district, the Julang Khu Youth Society urged the Government to reconsider its decision for the sake of people living in remote places.

Meanwhile, the society organized a social service today to clean the AKKDSU Marg at Papu Nalla constructed in memory of former AKKDSU finance secretary Langyuk Tajit, who died in a road accident in 2006.


Society demands road connectivity

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Bullang Welfare Society has demanded road connectivity from Parsi-Parlo to various other places like Taba, Damin, Chota, Tongbia Rasik, Nyokunang, Tawriang (Puroik village), Pado and Tali. It also demanded for establishing atleast a primary school at Tongbia-Rasik anchal segment, which is one of the 10 anchal segments under Parsi Parlo, where not a single educational institutions exists. The society demanded the ZPM of Parsi Parlo to take up the matter with Government.

Meanwhile, the BWS supported 12-hour ANSU sponsored bandh on September Six in support of its various demands, including the demand for establishment of the proposed Polytechnic College at Yachuli, declaration of Kara-Dadi as National Park, construction of Hydel Project In Kurung Kumey and improvement of road connectivity to various places in the state.


ALSU support ASUS’ demands

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) supported the demands of Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong (ASUS), which includes reconstruction of Arunachal Bhawan at Shillong for convenience of the people of Arunachal, especially student studying in Meghalaya.

While extending support to other demands of the Shillong-based students union, ALSU said that Meghalaya being one of the best choices for higher education for students of the state, construction of a Girls Hostel in land available at Bhawan premises is an urgent necessary. It also stressed the need for having students dormitory for short accommodation in all such state bhawans in the country.

ASUS’ other two demands were replacement of the APST bus with a new one and affiliation of the present Arunachal Boys Hostel at Shillong with the state government, ALSU added.




ITANAGAR, Aug 28: All Capital Complex Contract Workers Union (ACCCWU) has expressed deep shock at the sudden demise of its executive member Late Rakesh Sharma, manager of Satyam Ispat Industry, Banderdewa, who died on Aug 26.

The union appealed the factory authorities to  extend financial assistance to the  family members of Late Rakesh Sharma  who was a dedicated and sincere  manager of the  factory.

The rank and file of the union expressed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and pray to Almighty for eternal peace of departed soul.


DOA reconstituted

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The executive body of Lower Subansiri District Olympic Association (DOA) has been reconstituted with Kamin Toko and Kalung Tani as president and Secretary General respectively for smooth functioning.


Society demands action

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Capital Complex Lego Welfare society alleged that an attempt was made on the life of Kabuk Lego of NERIST who is pursuing PG course in Social Forestry.

Hage Nobin, a PG student of the Institute, attacked Kabuk Lego without any provocation with a stone while he was asleep in his hostel room at 2 am in the morning of August 28, the Society informed.

The attack has seriously injured Kabuk Lego and left him with a broken nose and many grievous injuries on his face and body and presently is undergoing treatment at RKM hospital Itanagar, it said.

An FIR has been registered against Hage Nobin at the  Nirjuli Police station for intending to cause serious injuries to the victim. The society demanded the Director of NERIST to give exemplary punishment by expelling Hage Nobin from the institute so that such kinds of incident are not repeated in the future.

The society also demanded the Police to trace out the culprit who is absconding after the incident and punish him as per the Law.


Puchi Geku without CO

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Upper Subansiri Unit of All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU-USU) demanded for immediate posting of a circle officer (CO) at Puchi Geku for normal functioning of the CO office for public convenience.

ANSU-USU, in a release, claimed that the CO office was haphazardly functioning without a circle officer since last one month which has caused great inconvinience to the general public as well as other officials in carrying out day to day works.

Meanwhile, the Union, while drawing attention of the authority concerned towards dilapidated school infrastructure of the Middle School Liruk, which was upgraded in 2004, the students union appealed for complete renovation of the school building.


Kurung Kumey ATA appeals

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Kurung Kumey district unit of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) appealed to the Commissioner, Education to release the backlog stipend bill for five month of the year 2009-10 to refund credits taken by school authorities.

A team of the ATA unit, which called on the Commissioner yesterday, also pleaded for releasing stipend bill of this month for smooth functioning of schools.


Shopkeepers register protest against AdiSU

PASIGHAT: Pasighat Market Association has registered their protest against the activities of AdiSU and downed shutters today.  

The AdiSU members failed to keep promises to maintain peace and tranquility and tried to damage public properties pelting stones in the main market area on August 26 night stated Onyok Tamuk President PMA in a written statement to the Deputy Commissioner, Pasighat.

He further alleged that members of AdiSU summoned the shopkeepers and asked money for keeping their shops open during the bandh on August 26 last.

The PMA in a meeting resolved and demanded immediate arrest and stringent action against the four miscreants of AdiSU who tried to break peace in market area. It further demanded adequate security in and around Pasighat market to ensure safety and security of businessmen. (DIPRO)


Are We There?

ITANAGAR: Directorate of School Education is organizing a state level science seminar for students on the topic India and World Science: Are We There? at Vivekananda Hall, RK M Hospital, Itanagar on August 31.


Gyargo Pongkok

ITANAGAR: Adi feature film Gyargo Pongkok will be released on September 1next.

The film is being produced under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh Film World.

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