PDS scandal outrageously disproportionate in its magnitude for Arunachal Pradesh,
an infant baby who refuse to grow leave aside standing on its own. The state wishes
to stay forever as white elephant at the cost of tax payers. It is out now, many
affluent cats, some even owning Ferrari car, are involved in dirty scandal. They
became affluent not by virtue of their hard work but by robbing the poor who elected
them. We need educated and morally upright people to run the state. These neo literate
pseudo politicians cannot distinguishes what is unethical. It is obvious now, fair
investigation cannot be conducted under present circumstance, as dear kith and kin
of Chief Minister, parliamentary secretary to food and civil supply and MLAs are
involved in the scandal. Without any worthy political opposition to raise the issue,
alternative solution to seek justice lies in the proactive voice of civil society
and Unions but the question is who will spearhead the movement. Time is ripe to
prove their mettle that they really care for welfare of common people. And they
will fight tooth and nail in seeking justice, irrespective of the community the
offenders belong to. Leading from the front in fighting to eradicate corruption
is more important than create mess for location of NIT and polytechnic colleges.
Campaign to end corruption should be as intense as for voting Tako Taji,our beloved
trend setter and proud son of this land. Then, why our so called union leaders are
maintaining uncanny silence? This is time to speak up, this is time to boycott these
pseudo politicians. Why no union leaders are coming forwards to call capital bandh.
We are now glad to suffer any hardship arising out of bandh to get social justice
and want to see those criminal behind bar. They commit crime not only against
poor but entire humanity of Arunachal Pradesh as PDS provides apart from AAY and
BPL ,ration for APL also which ensure food security to many of us. PDS scandal is
just a tip of iceberg. We are plagued by many corruption yet to be exposed. Government
is failing in every front: education, health, communication and transportation, drinking
water, sanitation. Common men are fed up of government apathy to deliver services.
People from Arunachal should mobilize and discard these tainted politicians and corrupt
officers. If not now, beware! so called union leaders, people will not repose faith
on them and they will be eroding sanctity of good image, which is everything.
A student of RGU
We are together
I on behalf of the entire affected people of Lohit and Chanlang Districts would like
to express deep concern about the PRC issue which has already drawn wide support
the decision to grant PRC is a gross violation of Eastern Bengal Regulation Act 1873
and will jeoperdise the very existence of the innocent tribals who are yet to eqaute
themselves with mainland people.
The support of the like minded people, organisations, unions and associations like
AAPSU, ANSU, ATKSSU,AMSU, ALTCSU, ADiSU, etc are heart-rendering and I salute all
for the united stand and wish them to stand together till the goal is achieved.
It’s time to fight against such draconian act and the politicians who are on the
selling spree off our identity and motherland for their temporary and vested ends.
We are always with student leaders, the future builders of our Arunachal Pradesh,
in this fight for the noble cause. Long Live Lohit, Long Live Changlang and Long
It was a time when we were really excited by the thought of getting the BSNL cellular
network in our area. With the hopes high as the BSNL advertisement went on claiming
“Connecting India” and “BSNL hai toh Apnapan Hai” thrilled our minds by the fascinating
advertisements in the TV. When finally the BSNL Tower came up on our famous hill
top which could easily be seen from the busy market of Lumla township, we the local
people could hold our breathes due to the joy of having the service.
But now after two years past, the BSNL cellular service remained dormant as it was
during the start. We had however convinced ourselves that the frequent network failure
could be easily rectified by the BSNL agency as they had said “Naya Naya hai, technical
problem hai, theek ho jayega”. But this “theek thak” network is yet to knock the
doors of Lumla and even the district headquarters Tawang till this date.
The locals of the district had been repeatedly complaining about the poor network
service to the SDOT (Tawang), but to our dismay the complaints have been going to
the deaf ears.
Some few years back there had been a mass protest and rally against the BSNL service
in the district headquarter. The furious mob had even attempted to burn the BSNL
office building. After a much conversation and assurance from the BSNL authorities
and the district administration the matter was brought under control. But the assurance
for a better network service remained assurance only and never was practically implemented.
In plain words, the network has worsened.
The telephone exchange of Lumla is without any man power. The costly machines and
generators are at the mercy of god. Although repeated request made to the concern
authority in the district, no tangible steps have been initiated towards the problem.
The sorry state of affair is that till now only the cellular service had the network
problem but the problem is gradually switching on to the landline service also. Forget
about the much propagated 3G service or the BSNL Broad band.
The BSNL authorities need to seriously think about the persisting problems and come
to the rescue of the sick network of the district. We the Panchayat leaders and Public
leaders of Lumla call the attention of the BSNL General Manager to look into our
People get a government it deserves
I wonder whether we are citizens of a parliamentary democracy. I thought in a democracy
the people wield the power. Contrary to it, once elected, the leaders act arrogantly.
People get a government it deserves. May be we have sold our votes while electing
them. Otherwise, how we can stand by the tainted leaders, even after they have been
exposed in public. We are indebted to the media and the Arunachal Times in particular
for publishing the name of the people involved in PDS scam. Its vigilant act has
exposed their true color.
It is true that leaders need to recoup the expenditure made in election. Investments
are made to get higher return. PDS scam is justified as per this skewed logic. But,
what about the reason behind granting of PRC to the non-APSTs? It is certainly a
case of underestimation to the people’s conscience. No other reason can be ascribed
to it. The people should wholeheartedly support APPSU to force withdrawal of this
order. It must not be left as a matter concerning the only two districts.
I salute them
Yet, another example of generosity has been showed by Non-APST like Navil Shing,
Sanjit Das, Sanjay Yadav and many more (The other side of PRC story- Taba Ajum).
This is how (Non-APST) earned love and Respect from the state. Not to deny the fact
that we are the same Indian brethren though, but we have natural or bylaws demarcation
that we should respect. I am quite delighted with their sensibility and inspired
by their thoughts. I thank them for having the same conscience, the spirit that we
I would like to thank Taba Ajum for highlighting their views and would like to apeal
every citizen, organization, student union of the state to give reinforcement to
APPSU to stand against the order. This is the right time to Stand together and act
Kra-Dadii Club, Seppa
Every one need to be clear
I refer to your article "The other side of the PRC story" by Taba Ajum (Sep 24).
You have a reference to the Yobin tribe, so I want to make a statement. Every student
organization, NGO, political parties and the people of Arunachal should be clear
on this. We are not demanding for PRC. We are asking for the restoration of ST status,
which is our legitimate right. Why is it that the restoration takes over three decades?
What went wrong? We ask these questions to the Arunachal government.
As far as I know "Yobin" is the correct spelling. But you have "Yobbin". I appreciate
Judiciary is no holy cow!
‘Nobody can make passing allegations on the judiciary’ by Duge Soki published on
25/09/2010 was an interesting read. We layman have least of prejudices and unaware
of the nitty-gritty of the legal parlance. But of late I have seen media reports
exposing the high level of corruption prevalent in the judicial fraternity also.
We human beings seem to be fallible in whatever profession we are in. The latest
addition to this saga was the controversial transfer of a tainted Judge to Sikkim
High Court. I can’t afford to take any side but I think the days are over when the
public perceived this profession as holy cow. Hope this piece also doesn’t invite
A citizen (On email)
Swimming Pool to keep us cool!
Amidst high voltage issues grabbing the attention of the public, the inauguration
of swimming pool at Itanagar brought much needed sense of relief. This report also
had its share of controversy, though. With another township claiming to have the
first swimming pool in the state as against the claim made for Itanagar swimming
pool. First or second it doesn’t matter. We also want to have our first experience
in life to swim in a real swimming pool as seen in Bollywood flicks! May be the Govt.
is keen to keep us cool in times of such charged atmosphere!
A citizen (on email)
We have a shy
At very outset let me begin by congratulating you for bold and courageous journalism
especially after revelations of murky PDS scam. By reading your paper it reminds
me of those forgotten anonymous saying “Be a healer if you cannot become a King”.
So you are the healer of our common and deserving citizen of Arunachal, in absence
of true & honest leaders. The fund meant for hungry citizen of Arunachal and developing
State have been siphoned off by our unscrupulous politicians and Babus who are loitering
around in the garb of administering the citizens of Arunachal as if they are the
most clever & intelligent person living in this world and rest of the citizens are
living in fools paradise. Everybody knows this kind of cheap propaganda & hypocrisy
had never lasted in the history of this world. The heat of corruption can be recognized
& felt even by untrained animals leave alone the common citizen of Arunachal.
No doubt by opening the Pandora of corruption (whether PDS scam or scam in all Engineering
Departments etc) of the State by various type of so called leaders or babus is nothing
new. Only the difference is that these murky deals have recently been revealed through
your local newspaper which can be read even by the common citizens which otherwise
even this opportunities was not available to them so far. Even more surprising is
that the so called students organizations who used to launch a bandh call or utter
a big, big talks even for petty matter has silently disappeared when the real bandh
is required by the common public against corrupt leaders & babus. The another surprising
thing is that everybody is writing through you esteem paper either in support of
those corrupt leaders or against the leaders without giving any viable solution to
clean up the corruption except for demanding resignations.
Therefore in this Reader Forum I am going to give few tips to clean up the mess.
Because enough had been highlighted about PDS & other corrupt dealing by our unscrupulous
politicians and babus. So here are the tips.
Without further delay the State should be brought under President Rule because the
sitting Chief Minister or Ministers or MLA’s have no moral right to occupy the
Govt. Chair after revelation in PDS scam. This is not only against the spirit of
constitutions but also against the very spirit of democratic principles. Thereafter
the murky PDS scam can be handed over to CBI or any other impartial investigative
agencies to find out the exact black dealing as per Court directive.
While investigating PDS scam, the Governor should simultaneously review all murky
deal of all the Department of the State since last three decades. Governor need not
go far away to dig out the proof of corruption. By going for a morning walk, he can
see the proof how many multistoried buildings are coming up in the Capital and who
is the financer and what kind of smooth road, supply of water & power are available
to the Common citizen leave alone surplus food.
The Governor should set up three types of independent statutory body.
Performance Commission :- whose objective should be to verify and certify the job
or development carried out by the all the departments before releasing the payment
without which no payment will be made to any firm, individuals or company.
Finance commission:- whose objective should be to control all the finance of the
state especially funded by the Central Govt. These body will not release any payment
unless issued satisfactory certificate by performance commission.
Planning Commission:- whose objectives should be to plan for state development. All
the department in consultation with concern official of the departments and representatives
of where development is likely to be done.
The three wing should function independently so that the corruption can be avoided
and to maintain integrity.
Meanwhile all the politicians should be placed under probation so that they are trained
to run the state. Otherwise the time is not far off when our state will be another
breeding ground for militancy. Remember in democracy the ultimate power rest with
people not with unscrupulous pseudo elected leaders.
Short sighted policies will make a Kashmir of Arunachal Pradesh
Sept 23, 2010: All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi
comes to Guwahati campus of IIT and makes a statement, “Construction of big dams
in the North East is not ‘anti-people’and the concern of the common man is being
given top priority.”
It seems Rahul Gandhi has not done his home work well like most politicians in India
or it might be because Assam has the same part in power as at the Centre.
August 26, 2010. The same person went to Niyamgiri in Orissa and assured the Dongria
Kondh tribe saying, “I am your soldier.” Here the self-proclaimed ‘aam aadmi ka sipahi’
is posing as the voice of the tribal community which is firm on not letting Vedanta
Resources mine bauxite in the Niyamgiri. Is it because the BJD is the party in power
in Orissa? Rahul Gandhi must have calculated the protesting communities as the most
viable vote-bank for the Congress in Orissa at the moment.
Jammu & Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state (according to the demography
of 1947, which is same for the state till date), was the first state in India to
ban cow slaughter in India with due respect to article 48 of the Constitution of
India. Such was the heart and mind of a Kashmiri in the 1950s. And look at Kashmir
today. The series of wrong policies by a certain group of people in sitting in the
North Block of Delhi has made what Kashmir is today. If the Government of India goes
on with its shortsighted strategies of the so called ‘development’, in the coming
decades it will make a Kashmir of Arunachal Pradesh too, not to speak of Assam.
Guwahati (On email)
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12 years after induction in IPS, MS Chauhan is still on probation!
The history of perpetual probation
of High Court appointed SIC SP
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Intrigued people of the state had marveled after the PDS scam
hit the limelight in recent times. Notwithstanding the fact that it was working under
the directives of the High Court, there were questions asked and perpetual anger
too at the partial behavior of the Special Investigation Cell looking into by now
infamous PDS scam in the state. Even as the state government reasons that SIC is
no way under the control of the government, the records available with this daily
makes ample suggestions that the person heading the SIC is surely under the control
of the state government.
One is forced to ask whether competent authorities dealing with PDS really took into
consideration the glaring questionable reports pertaining to the officer heading
Twelve years after his induction into the coveted Indian Police Service, Mayank Sheel
Chauhan is still knocking the doors of Home Ministry and Central Administrative Tribunal
(CAT) questioning why he is being kept on perpetual probation.
Appointed to the Indian Police Service in 07.09.1998, Chauhan’s services should have
been confirmed two years later. But even as late as 08.04.10, he wrote to the Home
Ministry asking for deemed confirmation in the service. The matter came up on 2 Sept
2010 at Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati Bench.
The records reveal that the Review Board, AGMUT, had sent in reports of officers
of 1998 batch for their confirmation in service in Feb 2002. But Board had recommended
extension of Chauhan’s probation by six months. That was the beginning of the history
of perpetual probation of the person who today heads the investigation cell looking
into one of the largest scam that has hit the North east. It is more incredible that
he has been bestowed with absolute sweeping powers by the High Court which includes
conversion of SIC headquarters to a Police station!
In 2004, Chief Secretary Delhi in her capacity as member of Review Board had stated
in her observation “Unsatisfactory reports were given to me about the habit of the
officer (Chauhan), which include seeking pecuniary (financial) favours, running up
bills in hotels while on govt duty. As such the officer may be unsuited for Indian
Police Service, as in years to come, the temptations would grow. Even in terms of
his overall contribution, I am informed that Chauhan’s work was very casual and not
dependable. The remarks in the ACR also bear this out generally. In the light of
this, confirmation case may be deferred”.
She however suggested that the case be reviewed, and details may be obtained from
superior officers under whom he served.
As suggested, a review was again held in the same year in which it observed that
Chauhan had earned very lukewarm and adverse remarks during his training and subsequent
posting in Goa.
Again 2009 Review Board met under the Chairmanship of Home Secretary (Centre) in
which it was decided that details of Departmental Enquiry (relating to at least two
accounts of complaints against Chauhan) by “Arunachal govt and later purportedly
closed by it may be sought from govt”.
The Arunachal Govt responding to a letter by Home Ministry informed by its letter
vide dated 19.05.2010 and 8.06.2010 that during the tenure of Chauhan as SP West
Siang, a fact finding inquiry was conducted after a complaint was received against
the officer for corrupt practices and working against Public Interest in June 2005.
The DGP East that time, S Prakash in his report concluded that conduct of Chuhan
amounted to gross misconduct and liable to be dealt with departmental action under
All India Service (Discipline and Appeal Rules) 1969. The Chief Secretary that time
approved the recommendation.
However, the departmental case against Chauhan was closed by the than Minister Home
Jarbom Gamlin on the ground that the charges against the officer was superficial
in nature. The decision was later reviewed by the state government and subsequently
it decided to initiate a departmental case.
In 05.05.06, the matter was referred to Ministry of Home Affairs for necessary action
against the officer in which the state government attached a copy of the preliminary
However, the case was closed against the officer after a review note dated 11/03/08
by the than Home Minister. This decision was made known to the centre by the Home
Dept vide letter 30.04.08.
Meanwhile, the centre requested the state govt to submit a detailed report leading
to closure of departmental case against Chauhan. The case came up again for examination.
The Home Commissioner (Arunachal Pradesh) observed that state government did not
have any grounds to close the departmental case against Chauhan, other than the ones
recorded by Home Minister. However the note from Commissioner was overlooked as the
then Home Minister Gamlin on 17.07.09 recommended for closure of case citing four
reasons including a point that there was no specific approval of the Govt of Arunachal
for initiation of Departmental enquiry against Chauhan as the enquiry was conducted
in secret by Special Branch CID, DSP.
Meanwhile even as Chauhan is crying to CAT over mental and financial agony incurred
because of perpetual probation, the questions remains whether he is the most efficient
person to head the High Court constituted SIC.
PRC issue gains momentum in state
ACR supports AAPSU, questions the legitimacy of PRC
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: The voices against grant of PRC to non APST in Lohit and Changlang
is gaining momentum.
Arunachal Citizens Right (ACR) endorsing rally proposed by All Arunachal Pradesh
Students Union to protest against the issue of PRC to non APST has said that state
govt is confusing the people of the state. Its Chairman, Bamang Tago asked which
order of the Supreme Court the government was referring to while adding that even
if Apex Court had passed such an order or directives, it is the prime duty of the
state government to file a counter affidavit to protect the interest of its people.
The people of Arunachal can’t be victim of democracy, he said.
He said that Bengal Regulation of 1873 is still enforced in the state while adding
that there are thousands of non Arunachalees who have been settled prior to 1964.
He further added that “in true sense, Arunachal people are not a party to who says
“We the People of India” in the preamble because N.E.F.A (Arunachal Pradesh) amalgamated
to Indian system much after 26 January 1950. However, Arunachalees have been loyal
and abide by the Indian constitution therefore it should be the duty of Indian judiciary
or the constitution to protect the rights and privilege of the Arunachalees, he said.
Meanwhile, All East Siang District Students Union (AESDU) is going to organize a
symbolic rally passing through heart of Pasighat town on 29th of this month to protest
against state government’s decision to grant permanent residential certificate (PRC)
to non-APST in Lohit and Changlang districts. Union has urged all the residents of
Pasighat and nearby areas to join in this protest rally. In a press statement AESDU
stated that protest rally is being taken out in solidarity with AAPSU’s propose rally
against granting of PRC to non-APST which will be held on 28th of this month. AAPSU
is going to take out protest rally on 28th of this month which will start from Akashdeep
market and culminate at Chief Minister’s bungalow.
Meanwhile, a meeting was convened at Bordumsa town to discuss about PRC issue today.
The meeting presided over by Wangpha Tinki, president of All Tai Khampti Singpho
Students Union unanimously decided that people of these two districts will fight
against grant of PRC to non APST.
Representatives from All Mishmi Students Union, All Tai Khampti Singpho Students
Union, District Students Union of Changlang and various regional youth organizations
took part in the meeting.
Joining AAPSU, various student bodies of these two districts will organize protest
rally on 28th of this month at district headquarter of both Lohit and Changlang.
Student bodies of Lohit and Changlang have appealed to student organizations like
ANSU, GSU, AdiSu, ATSU and civil society groups like NES, GWS, Adi-Bane Kebang and
ACR to support people of these two districts to fight against the draconian order
of granting PRC to non-APST in Lohit and Changlang.
All Hrusso (Aka) Students’ Union (AHSU) has extended its support to the AAPSU movement
against the Govt decision to grant PRC to non-APSTs in Lohit and Changlang district.
While condemning the Govt decision on PRC, the union said the controversial issue
has further strengthened its resolve to check illegal possession of PRC certificates
by outsiders in West Kameng district.
Consultation meeting on dam held
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Lower Siang Dam Affected Youth Association (LSDAYA) organized
awareness cum consultation meeting on 2700 MW Siang hydro project at Bodak and Pongging
on Sept 25 last.
NGO representatives from Assam including Takam Mishing Porin Kebang (TMPK) general
secretary B Pegu, All Assam Students Union (AASU) Dhemaji district unit president
Chittaranjan Basumatary, Jonai AASU unit president Niranjan Prakash along with 17
delegates attended the meeting, informed the association in a release today.
In his address Basumatary called upon the gathering to fight together against mega
dam project. If the State Govt is determined to go with dam, it should first compensate
and rehabilitate the dam affected people including the people who are residing in
the downstream of the dam project, he said and added that the people will become
refugees in their own land with the construction of the mega dam.
Pegu also assured cooperation to the people of Bodak and Pongging villages in their
fight for their right and against mega dam, the release said.
AAPSU appeals all to take part in protest rally
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has decided to go
ahead with its proposed rally on Sept 28 against the Govt decision to grant PRC to
Non-APSTs in Lohit and Changlang districts. The AAPSU has taken this firm decision
as the Govt did not respond to its ultimatum till date. The mass protest rally will
be start from Akashdeep market complex, Itanagar at 10 am and will culminate at Chief
Expressing resentment over the Govt’s adamant attitude to respond to its 20 days
ultimatum served earlier demanding revocation of controversial decision, AAPSU
president Takam Tatung appealed all the civil societies, NGOs and citizens of state
to participate in the mass protest rally on September 28. Tatung said such decision
of the state Govt will not only affect the people of Lohit and Changlang Districts
but it will gradually affect the entire state.
Concerned over the future consequences of such controversial Govt decision, he said
“acceptance of Govt decision on PRC will pave the way for non-APST families who
are residing even before the India’s independence in various districts of the state
to claim PRC status”.
MLA tells NEEPCO to comply with MOU
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: In a straightway warning to NEEPCO authority, Buragaon-Thrizino
MLA Kumsi Sidisow asked the power developer group not to play with life and property
of Bichom project affected people and complete rehabilitation works as per Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) signed with the State Government. Sidisow, who is currently
on a 10-day tour of his constituency after being elected as MLA, was addressing a
public gathering at Bichom yesterday.
"NEEPCO should honour and comply with the MoU signed with the State Government. However,
the matter of rehabilitation would be settled at a meeting scheduled to be held on
October 5 in DC’s Chamber involving CMD and other officers of the Corporation," the
MLA said while responding to a public memorandum submitted to him on rehabilation
of project affected people.
On job reservation in category ‘C’ and ‘B’ for project affected people in NEEPCO
and enhancement of their salary, the MLA informed that he had already spoken to CMD
and other officials of NEEPCO regarding the matter. He asked the HoP, NEEPCO Bichom,
who was also present in the public meeting, to reserve job for the educated youths
of Bichom villagers and also for the educated youth of West Kameng as whole.
The MLA reiterated that the main purpose of his tour was to know the real problems
facing by the people of his constituency and redress it as far as he can.
He appealed to the people to work in united brushing aside all party differences
to see real development in their area.
He informed that the link road from Mango-pam to Ramu, Chitu, Lichini and Bichom
has already been taken up under NSCLR and recommended it to Delhi. Water supply scheme
for Ramu and Chitu village, construction of porter track from Bichom to Ramu, Chitu
village and Kaspi and Mule Track Chitu to Sachita were also sanctioned, the MLA informed.
Further, MP Takam Sanjay has allotted Rs.3 lakh from his MPLAD fund for Hariyali
scheme and public can approach Project Director, DRDA for work, he said.
The MLA asked the Bichom ZPM and other PRI members of the village to prepare a list
of beneficiaries and submit the same for obtaining CGI sheets.
Regarding posting of teachers, he asked the headmaster to submit subject wise requirement
of teachers to DDSE with class wise strength of student. Construction of quarters,
maintenance work of Bichom Health Centre and school building could only be taken
up after rehabilitation work is completed, he added.
Earlier, Bichom ZPM, ASM and Bugun Youths Welfare Society general secretary, on behalf
of Bichom villagers, submitted an 11-point memorandum to the visiting MLA, which
included, demand for rehabilitation of project affected Bichom villagers, construction
of link road from Mangopam to Ramu, Chitu and Bichom, water supply at Ramu and Chitu
village, upgrading the Govt. I.V. School to residential Middle School, quarters for
medical staff along with posting of doctor at Bichom Health Sub Centre, reservation
of jobs in NEEPCO in category 'C' and 'D' for project affected people, posting of
sufficient teachers at Bichom I.V. School, porter-track from Bichom to Ruma, Chitu
and Nes Kaspi, maintenance of Bichom Health Sub-Centre and school building. Deputy
Commissioner, R Tashi, who accompanied the MLA, also addressed the meeting. The DC
while reiterating the importance of education in developing human resource, praised
the ZPM for giving top priority in this sector. He suggested the farmers to adopt
modern techniques for horticulture and agriculture farming. The DC appreciated the
villagers for preserving flora and fauna. The scenic beauty of the state may attract
tourists a lot but an improved behaviour towards visiting tourists could help boost
tourism sector to a great extent.
Talking about law and order problem, he requested the public to abstain from using
country-made guns. He also informed the public about the Wildlife Act 1972, which
protects poaching, illegal trading in wildlife, including birds, animals, plants
and its derivatives.
Earlier all Heads of Department also addressed the meeting. DIPRO
Sourabhee Debbarma campaigns for Teji
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Indian Idol 2009, Sourabhee Debbarma has appealed to the people
of the North East to vote for Wonder boy Toko Teji, who has reached the finals of
the India’s Got Talent Khoj-2. She made this appeal while addressing a press conference
at Agartala Press Club along with Bamang Tago who is campaigning in all north east
states to garner support for the Teji. She congratulated Toko Teji for reaching
the final in India’s mega talent hunt event and extended her best wishes.
Earlier, Tago met many individuals and organisations at Agartala including Twipra
Students Federation, Borok Kokrubai Bosong (formerly Kokboro Sahitya Sabha), senior
citizens and academicians seeking supports for Toko Teji.
Tago further informed that Sourabhee has consented to visit Arunachal soon.
FSC lift T Pabin memorial football trophy
Pasighat, Sept 26: Francis Soccer Club (FSC) lifted the 3rd Tarung Pabin Memorial
Football Trophy (TPMFT) defeating Linka B Team (LBT) 4-1 in an entertaining final
played here yesterday. All the four goals were scored by Matuni Padung, who was adjudged
the ‘Best Player of the Tournament.’
Witnessing final match as chief guest Education Minister Bosiram Siaram recalled
late Pabin and his contributions towards people of the state. He praised the organizing
committee Mirem Sports Association (MSA) and relatives of Late Pabin for organizing
the tournament in memory of the departed leader. Siram advised the participants to
maintain physical and mental strength to become a good sports person.
The minister contributed few amounts for sports developmental activities. Later,
he gave away trophies, medals and certificates to the winning, runners-up teams and
individual prize winners.
In his speech, Dr. Tapak praised Obang Mize and Isac Missam, president and secretary
of MSA for organizing the tournament smoothly and the local people of Mirem for their
cooperation. He said that the youths of the East Siang have great potentialities
in the field of games and sports to produce quality players.
Among others, Mrs Pabin, wife of Lt. Pabin and Bilat ZPM Nakek Moyong were present
on the occasion.
Earlier, the duo visited Bilat Primary and Bilat Higher Secondary Schools. He assured
the school authorities to meet up all the genuine demands at the earliest possible.
He informed that he is trying his best under the leadership of Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu to bring a sea change in the education sector in the state. He appealed to
the teachers and students to bring back Gurukul atmosphere in schools.
While commenting on crisis for teachers quarters, Siram urged the MLAs of the district
to construct at least two quarters every year from their developmental funds. He
also informed that the Sikshak Sadan-Transit camps would be constructed soon by the
department to minimize the said problems. DIPRO.
1st General Body meeting of LOU held
PASIGHAT, Sept 26: The first general body meeting of Land Owners Union (LOU) was
held at the Solung Ground Meeting Hall, Pasighat on Sept 25. The motive of the meeting
was to spearhead Siang Progressive Movement under the banner of LOU. More than
400 landowners of 28 affected villages took part in the meeting presided over by
Tagom Darang, a retired IAS officer.
According to a LOU press release, Siang Progressive Movement would redress the socio-economical
problems of the people with improvement of road communications, educational status
and electricity supply to every household. However, the main objective of the meeting
was for fixation of land value/rates including flora and fauna in the affected
area, the release said.
The LOU specified affected lands in three different categories --- WRC land, developed
land, undeveloped land including trees and wild plants.
LOU Executive Director Okom Tamuk while urging the state Govt to take the union
into confidence during fixation of the value/rates of lands, said, “We are the legal
and natural owners of the land by birth.”
He further appealed the corporate/company concerned to consider all the genuine demands
of the landowners without any discrimination, who are going to lose their ancestral
assets for ever for proposed dam construction.
The house dissolved the steering committee constituted on Sept 6 last and decided
to stand united under LOU, the release added. The LOU further decided to invite the
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in a land value fixation consultative meeting with
landowners which is proposed on October 10 next tentatively.
Besides Tagom Darang, altogether 52 persons from affected villages shared their
views in the meeting. (DIPRO)
Tuki to attend Miss Tirap contest
KHONSA, Sept 26: PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki will attend the Miss Tirap 2010 as
chief guest on 9th October 2010 at Nehru stadium, Khonsa. The beauty pageant organized
as a part of crusade against drug addiction and violence by Shine Tirap Self Help
Group, has generated much enthusiasm and anticipation, especially among youth.
Attractive cash awards and computer courses are up for grabs. The organizers have
received tremendous response from the aspiring contestants. A nite of musical extravaganza
will enthrall the entertainment–starved public of Khonsa. Awareness campaign on opium
addiction for Gaon Buras and Panchayat leaders will also be conducted on the same
day. Come 9th October, all the roads in sleepy Khonsa will lead to Nehru stadium.
Seva Dal repudiates demand for CM resignation
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal today condemned the demand
of All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union for resignation of Chief Minister on moral
ground for alleged involvement of his son in the PDS scam.
Terming the demand of the union as baseless, improper and politically motivated,
the Seva Dal said multifaceted development activities have been taking up in the
state including revival of Apex Bank and implementation of 6th pay commission under
the leadership of present CM.
Student pleads for regular power supply
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Highlighting the irregular supply of electricity to Tai Bida Boys
Hostel and Nyari Welly Girls Hostel, DNG College, Itanagar, boarders of the hostels
appealed the power department Executive Engineer to provide a separate feeder connection
for DNGC to solve the problems.
CM convenes meet on PRC
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has convened an all party
meeting including representatives from student organizations on September 30 next
to discuss about the PRC issue.
A circular was issued today from the CM’s Secretariat inviting all party leaders
& Apex student’s organizations to arrive on a consensus opinion on the matter. PRO
Dabi to attend inter faith meet
NAHARLAGUN: Home Minister Tako Dabi will attend a high level inter faith response
on reducing stigma and discrimination against HIV and AIDS on September 27-28 at
the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Around 300 delegates
from across the globe are participating in the summit besides host of religious leaders
from various parts of country.
The summit conference is expected to witness intensive brainstorming on the issue
and would draw up specific action plan to address the alarming problem the civil
society is facing across the globe. The Minister would make special mention on the
aspects of North East India during the conference.
Geojit Comtrade to open branch office
ITANAGAR: MLA Techi Kaso has consented to attend as chief guest in the opening ceremony
of branch office of Geojit Comtrade Ltd at D-Sector junction, Naharlagun on October
4. Geojit Comtrade Ltd. is a Kochi based financial services and enterprises which
offers trading servies in commodity futures. It is being managed by a group of experienced
and expertise in commodities.
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: The Officer and staff of Rural Works Sub-Division Sagalee mourned
the sudden demise of Division’s WC Mazdoor Ngurang Nyajung, who died on September
He was serving as a WC Mazdoor and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Ngurang joined the department as Casual Labour in 1988.
Meanwhile, MLA Tani Loffa has deeply mourned the demise of HGB Tara Cheri of Nere
village, East Kameng district, who died after prolonged illness on Sept 25. His death
has caused a irreparable loss to the Seppa West constituency in particular and the
district in general, he added.
Loffa prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sense of
condolence to the bereaved family.