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Final plan for centenary celebration of Pasighat chalked out

Siram calls for cooperation

PASIGHAT, Sept 25: The Centenary Celebration Committee (CCC) Pasighat today unanimously decided to organize the four-day celebration beginning from 14th January, 2011 next at the general ground, Pasighat.

The decision was taken in a meeting convened by the DC-cum-Chairman, Centenary Celebration Committee (CCC) Onit Panyang in presence of the Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Nanom Jamoh Advisor to Chief Minister, CCC Organizing Secretary T. Darang DFO (T), SP Aloke Kumar, all the committee chairmen and secretaries and local leaders at Pasighat yesterday.

Siram while addressing the house appealed one and all to contribute generously for making the celebration a grand success. He urged the employees to donate their one-day salary for the noble cause.  He also appealed all the heads of the department, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and general public to keep clean their respective office, residents and business establishments.

Siram also called upon the authorities concerned to complete the road maintenance works of the Town within the second week of November’10 for which necessary funds have already been allotted  to the Urban Development.

He also urged the SE Power to install all the nine High Power Musk Towers immediately at various places of the Pasighat and appealed all the HODs to convince their respective higher authorities to provide extra funds for  beatification of Pasighat town.

After a marathon discussion, it was decided that a “Centenary Pillar” would be constructed at the Dying Ering Memorial Park near Siang Guest House.

Among other issues, the committee discussed about the formal inauguration of Raneghat Bridge, lying of foundation stones of Polytechnic College, Ayush hospital by the VVIPs during the celebration.

There will be various Indigenous cultural presentations and prominent artistes from in and outside the state would also be invited to enthrall Pasighatians as well as the visitors during the celebration.  The Directorate of IPR would conduct a photo exhibition with precious photographs of the state. DIPRO


Apang family blast media for distorted report

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: The family members of Gegong Apang strongly reacted to the news item published in one of the local dailies on Sept 24 that had alleged that former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister wrote his own medical report to avoid appearance in the court at North Lakhimpur on PDS scam.

Blasting the media for not cross checking facts before going to print, a press release from the family informed that the SIC Investigation Officer M S Chauhan, considering health conditions of Apang had suggested that he record his inability to appear before the court due to ill health.

When Apang enquired whether this will serve the legal purpose in the court, SP Chauhan responded in affirmative and advised him to do so, family informed adding that as advised, Apang had no other alternative but to write that he was suffering from acute diarrhea and it was “written as a patient, not as a doctor”, as made out in the news item.

Giving the details of the health status of former Chief Minister, the press release stated that Apang is a chronic diabetic and hypertensive patient and was complaining of severe loose motion and abdominal pain and discomfort since Sept 22 night and had continued to suffer when the SIC officials reached next day to take him to North Lakhimpur to produce before the court. Due to dehydration, Apang was also complaining of giddiness and persistent discomfort, which was informed to the nurse and the doctor.

The family questioned why SIC officials had not gotten Apang re-examined by the doctor if they had any doubt about his health condition instead of advising him to write his health condition himself.

The family said that the reporting was malicious and with an intention to malign and tarnish the image as well as reputation of former Chief Minister in the eyes of the public.

The family further said that it would be appropriate if the media could take extra care while reporting such sensitive incident without any bias so that people continue to repose their faith and trust on the press. It added that publishing of such biased news item shall not dent the hard-earned image and reputation of former Chief Minister. To the contrary, such biased reporting shall only damage the image and the credibility of the press, release added.


Govt urged to take action against hate campaign

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges Forum has taken exception to hate campaign started against Likhabali MLA Jomde Kena and AAPSU President Takam Tatung by elements of NLCT. Recently it had emerged that posters were splashed across Likhabali town accusing Tatung of being student leader of MPs, MLAs and also blaming him for arrest of NLCT cadres. Forum while criticizing such anti-social act, wondered why Dorjee Khandu led state government is not taking enough steps to check such underground group. They further wanted to know whether any politicians of state are directly or indirectly encouraging this particular underground group. Forum has appealed to the state chief minister and home minister to take immediate action against such unscrupulous group and book them under law.

All East Siang District Student’s Union (AESDSU) has also strongly condemned the unwarranted hate campaign launched against AAPSU President Takam Tatung by an anti-social organization. The Union stated AAPSU under present leadership of Takam Tatung has achieved remarkable success and various students and youth oriented subject has been taken up during this period. AESDU while appealing state government to investigate the whole incident has also urged student communities of Arunachal to back their leader in this moment of crisis.


Kri conducts surprise visit to Tawang STS

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: Parliamentary secretary transport, Karikho Kri visited State Transport Services, Tawang yesterday unannounced. The surprise visit was carried out to find out the ground realities of the station.

While congratulating the Station Superintendent Khoda Tajang for achieving the highest revenue percentage in the first quarter, he advised him and his official staff to work sincerely to achieve the revenue target fixed by the Government in the coming quarter as well.

While responding to a memorandum submitted by the Station Superintendent, he assured him to provide two new APSTS buses and also to take step for overall development of the Tawang Station.


Citizens threaten agitation on PRC issue

ITANAGAR, sept 25: The members of Tangsa Cultural and Literary Society (TCLS), Panchayat Members, public leaders, students of Changlang South  and Changlang North Assembly Constituencies, and members of Tutsa tribe in a meeting  held at Changlang Circuit House  today resolved to launch a phase wise agitation, if the state Govt sticks with its decision of granting PRC to the Non APSTs in Changlang and Lohit district.

While condemning the Govt decision the meeting felt that Changlang district has always been the target of the government for dumping all the unwanted problems of the state.

After the recent incident at Mpen under Miao circle and Diyun circle, the decision to grant PRC to Non APSTs is like adding salt to the wounds of the peace loving people of the area, the meeting observed and appealed the Govt to revoke the govt. Office Memorandum NO. POL-193/2004/453 dated 24th June'2010.


Seminar on Social issues: Child Marriage, Polygamy and Status of Women in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: The department of Sociology, Don Bosco college, Itanagar  has  organized a one-day seminar on Social issues: child marriage, polygamy and status of women in Arunachal Pradesh  at college premises here on Sept 25.

The seminar was inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women chairperson Komoli Mossang as chief guest. In her inaugural speech Komoli Mossang lauded the college for taking up these social issues which are also concern of the world today. She highlighted the constitutional right of equality and fair treatment for women in the Indian constitution. It was pointed out that the contribution of women is not really counted in the society. The chief gust emphasized the importance of creating a massive awareness for the empowerment of women especially in the rural areas.

She also throws a pertinent question to the participants-- in spite of all the verbal discussions what concrete steps are done for the empowerment of women?

Mamta Riba, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health, Arunachal Pradesh and member secretary of APSCW exposed the traditional status of women, child marriage and polygamy in Arunachal Pradesh. She highlighted the legal rights of women and the measures taken to help women to gain their rights in particular situation. She encouraged the women participants to assert their due rights for a just and civilized society.

Earlier, introducing the seminar the principal, Dr. Sebastian Karottpuram, presented the complex issues to be discussed in the seminar. He also praised the contribution of Komoli Mossang and Mamta Riba to the society in their various capacities. Students of BA III Year presented research papers in the seminar. The seminar was enriched by the interaction of the students, staff and the resource persons.


Resenting voice raises against Govt decision to grant PRC to Non-APST

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: With each passing day state government’s decision to issue permanent residential certificate (PRC) to non-APST in Lohit and Changlang districts is getting into the nerve of the people of this state. More and more number of student bodies, political parties and civil societies are expressing serious concern over this development. Today All East Siang District Student’s Union (AESDSU) blasted govt. of Arunachal for committing such a ‘heinous crime’ against tribal people of the state. The union termed this move of the govt. as biased and anti-tribal and a measure to de-establish the very existence of the tribal.

With this, the govt has once again proved that it is busy in chopping out issues against the interest of the indigenous people of the state. The Union also termed this act of the govt. as one of the wildest blunder in the history of Arunachal Pradesh which is not going to rear any positive development rather an impact more devastating than that of the Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the world war II. The Union also termed this move contradictory to the “Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873”which was a step adopted to protect the tribal’s of Arunachal against the exploitative rich plain people.

As per the state govt. granting of PRC to non- APST was done under the directive of the Supreme Court of India, but one should not forget that it’s only a “directives” and constitutionally it holds that “directives” cannot be imposed though it is from the Supreme Court of India. The Union also questioned why didn’t the Govt protest against this draconian directive of the SC when they clearly knew that our state is a 100% tribal state regulated by “Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873”.Therefore, the Union appeal the state govt. to immediately revoke this SC directive and work comprehensively for the welfare of the indigenous tribal people of the state.

All Tagin Students Union has demanded immediate cancellation of government decision to issue PRC to non-APST in Lohit and Changlang district. ATSU has asked AAPSU to continue fighting against this decision to safeguard interest of tribal people. Union further has requested AAPSU to check status of those non-APST men who after marrying APST girl are easily getting ST and PRC. Unemployed Arunachalee Engineer’s Association (UAEA) has also criticized state government for issuing PRC to non-APST in Lohit and Changlang. Union which has been fighting for 100% job reservation for APST in various engineering service of Arunachal has termed this as historic error committed by this government and many generation Arunachalee will not forgive them for this mistake.

Meanwhile,  the All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Clans Youth Organization (AAPATCYO), All Papum Poma Student’s Union (APPSU) and All Upper Subansiri District Student’s Union (AUDSU) have  extended supported  to the movement initiated by All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) against the state government’s decision of granting PRC to non-APSTs.


Campaign launched across NE in support of Toko Teji

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: Arunachal Citizens Right chairman Bamang Tago has launched a rigorous campaign throughout the North East state to garner support for music prodigy Toko Teji of Arunachal Pradesh, who has made it to the finals of India’s Got Talent- Khoj 2.

Addressing a press meet at Guwahati today,  Tago appealed to the people of the entire Northeast to extend their support to Teji and make the region swell with pride. Its time to declare for another time that North East is not all about violence but is full of talent, waiting only for exposure and a platform, he said. Tago said given the right opportunity and attention people of the North East can stand at par with anyone, North East can be the pride of India.

Reminding the NE people of their support for Sorabhi and Debojit, winners of talent shows, Tago said time has again come for the people of the North East to unite and vote for Teji.  If Teji emerges the winner of the reality show, not only the North East would have stamped another presence in the national mainstream but Arunachal Pradesh, despite its backwardness, would have established an identity.

Meanwhile, the Students’ Union, Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar appealed all sections of the society to vote for Toko Teji, the pride of Arunachal Pradesh who has entered the finals of “India Got Talent Khoj-2”.  To make Toko Teji win,

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NSS Day observed page

ITANAGAR,  Sept  25:  The NSS Day was observed in a befitting manner at Chongkham  yesterday.

Social service by NSS in the Chongkham township and Tree plantation in the School complex were organized on the occasion. This was followed by Quiz competition on the NSS day. Nitesh Nandi, Ikbal Bahar Choudhary and Rohit Upadhyay (all NSS volunteers) secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively.

Addressing the meeting held on the occasion Principal of GHSS Chongkham D.Koyu called upon the NSS volunteers to work hard to fulfill the objectives of NSS for overall development of our country. Presiding over the meeting  A.Singh (S/T) appealed the NSS volunteers to work hard to maintain the unity, integrity and communal harmony of our country.

While programme officer M.Ali explained in detail the overall objective of NSS, the NSS volunteers delivered their valuable speeches an various national, social and economical issues. The resource persons D.P.Singh (S/T),  R.K.Pathk (J/T),   B.Upadhyay (J/T) also spoke on various national and social issues.  Besides NSS volunteers, large number of students from CHongkham took part in it.


Training prog on impact of climate change

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: Two days training programme on impact of climate change was organized by State Agriculture Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh and Extension Education Institution, Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat (Assam) on 23rd and 24th sept, 2010.


Demand supported

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) has supported the demand of West Siang DCSD chief organizer and Gasheng GPM chairperson to exclude Gasheng village from Dibang Dihang Biosphere.

Although Government is spending crores of rupees for the DDB, the villagers are not getting any benefit from it, AAPHWS, in a release said and urged the authority to exclude the village from the proposed project.


ALSSU demands resignation

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: All Lower Subansiri Students Union (ALSSU) has demanded resignation of the four MLAs who are allegedly involved in the PDS scam.

Condemning all the 96 accused in the PDS scam, the union said accused MLAs have no right and credibility to hold such authoritative positions anymore. ALSSU  further said that Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was left with no alternatives but to resign from the chief minister ship owning morale responsibility for his son’s alleged involvement in the scam.


AKKDSU defer bandh

ITANAGAR: All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU), in its general council meeting today deferred its proposed 12-hr Kurung Kumey bandh on September 29 to October four respecting the appeal from DDSE to defer the bandh call for a hassle-free conduction of CBSE summative examination, 2010 of Class IX and X in the district.


Blood donation camp

ITANAGAR: Coinciding with the National Blood Donation Day, Arunachal Capital Students’ Union of Monpa’s (ACSUM) is organizing a blood donation camp at Rama Krishna Mission Hospital (RKMH) on October One. The association called upon one and all to come forward and donate blood voluntarily to help poor and needy patients.


Relief sought for fire victims

ITANAGAR: Donyi Colony Welfare Committee appealed to the authority concerned to provide emergency relief to the fire victims of the colony. According to the committee release, properties, including important original documents of three residents of the colony were lost during a fire accident on September 24 at around 11.30 pm.

Carriage contractors threaten to launch agitation

ITANAGAR, Sept 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Carriage Contractors Welfare Association (AAPCCWA) has threatened to launch a democratic agitation if FCI fails to position manpower and food grains in every nook and corner of the state.

Informing that recently the state government had decided not to lift any food grains from the FCI from October next till the pending PDS payment is fully resolved, AAPCCWA further urged the FCI authority to deliver the food grains at every doorsteps of the FPS located in the state through their own carriage contractors. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had also met the FCI authority in the month of August, urging them to supply food grains to nook and corners of the state on their own, the association informed.

Addressing the media persons here today, AAPCCWA president Likha Maj said present poor state of affairs of PDS has caused untold sufferings to the tribal people of the state. About 60-70 per cent of the population in Arunachal Pradesh who are dependent on PDS for their existence in remote and inaccessible parts of this hilly and landlocked state are on the verge of starvation, he said.

While the carriage contractors have been running from pillar to post for their outstanding payment after feeding the poor and the needy, the union food ministry, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and the state government have neither realized the suffering of the people nor of the contractors, said Maj.

The AAPCCWA president further said the carriage contractors of PDS items, numbering around one hundred, had been put to a lot of hardship on account of non-payment of Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) against the supply of food grains to different parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the mode of agitation, he said bandh calls, 'dharna' and other democratic means would be resorted to ventilate their strong protest.

While referring to the Court order of September, 2007, directing the government to pay the outstanding amount to the carriage contractors against the supply of food grains along with six per cent interest against the pending bills, the AAPCCWA president informed that the non compliance of the court order would result in attachment of the state government assets for making payment to the contractors.UNI/Source.

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