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108 houses gutted in Nyigam Village

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Tragedy struck Nyigam Village, when 108 houses were gutted down by a deadly fire that broke out  at midnight today. Hundreds of Granaries were also gobbled up by the fire. The fire which started from a house engulfed the entire village within no time. Nothing could be salvaged from the devastating fire.

Nyigam, located at the periphery of Basar in West Siang considered one of the best planned and wealthiest villages in the area had total 130 houses.

A source informed that the area does not have fire tenders and it had to be called in from Aalo, the district headquarters which is around 50 kilometers from the Nyigam. By the time, it reached the entire village had turned into ashes.

SP Tushar Taba while speaking to ATNS said “nothing is standing. It’s a heart wrenching scenario”.

An eye witness account reports that even the fields near the village known as one of the rice bowls of the district have been affected.

The victims are being provided temporary relief by ITBF who has pitched their tents while the administration is providing blankets and mosquito nets while the boys and girls hostels of Basar have set up a community kitchen.

SP said that damages will run into crores.  The DC Amzad Tak and SP Tushar Taba along with other officials rushed to the area.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union general Secretary Tujum Poyom has called on the govt to air drop food and other necessary items and set up relief camps.

Well wishers who wish to contribute  voluntarily for immediate relief to the fire victims may contact, Tomar Basar-946054756 and Jumgam Basar -9436052936.


AAPSU concerned at Tirap-Changlang political development

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union President speaking on the political development of Tirap Changlang said that with certain outside political parties putting up candidates and propagating their political ambition in the name of origin, region and community is posing a threat to the age old unity of our state.

He said this today while attending the XIIIth general conference cum election of Apatani Students’ Union (A.S.U) at Ziro.

People of the state should not remain indifferent to such developments, he added while asking all to look beyond the boundaries of their own districts.

The president speaking on the occasion lauded the students of the Apatani community for their excellent performance in every competitive examination that have been conducted in the recent time and called upon them to maintain the same tempo.

He pointed out that their success has in a way become a source of inspiration for the students’ community of the state.

He further appreciating the natural beauty of the ziro valley called upon the state government to give equal treatment to the place for tourism development at par with other place of the state like Tawang and urged to expedite the process of establishment of Science and Technology College which is still to see the light of the day. Taking a dig at the pitiable road condition from the state capital to the district headquarter he reminded the state government the importance of HOJ to POTIN road that runs without touching the state of Assam.

It can play a vital role in connecting several districts of the state in times of need and requested for according top priority in AOP for early sanction of necessary fund for repair and maintenance.


ANTWDC to carry out work

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: All Naharlagun Township Welfare Development Committee (ANTWDC) has decided to carry out developmental activities like proper drainage system, preparation for sewage treatment plan, inter-sectoral road connectivity, proper electrification, water supply, health care, charitable services and social awareness programmes in collaboration with concern authorities.

The members present further expressed dismay over the present system of work executed under the pressure of political leader. The committee also said that political interference has caused immense problem to various sectors as the departments concerned were not given free hand to solve the problem.


APEDA follow up on energy efficiency and conservation

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: A Meeting with the Building owners of 15 Nos. of Government Buildings was held today in Urja Bhawan, Itanagar.

They are Raj Bhawan Building, Civil Secretariat Building, Office Building of Deputy Commissioner, Yupia, BSNL Building, Itanagar, Bidyut Bhawan, Office Building of Chief Engineer, PHED, Banquet Hall, Directorate Building of Agriculture Department, Naharlagun, General Hospital Building, Naharlagun NERIST Main Building, Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 and 2, Naharlagun, Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, Itanagar, Office Building of Chief Engineer PWD (W/Z), General Hospital Building, Pasighat.

The objective behind calling the meeting was to give the building owners a comprehensive idea of the suggestions made in the IGEA report and also to get a feedback from the building owners on the methodologies that can be adopted to implement the suggestions made in the report.

It is worth mentioning here that the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, (Retd.) General J.J. Singh in his speech as the Chief Guest during the Seminar held on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy last year in Banquet Hall, Itanagar had announced the Governor’s Cup for the most Energy Efficient Government Building.

Besides Secretary (Power & NCER) as the Chief Guest, the meeting was attended by representatives of General Hospital, Naharlagun & Pasighat, Dy. Secretary, Rajbhawan Secretariat, Superintending Engineer, DOP, Principals RGGP & KVNo.1, Executive Engineers & Assistant Engineers from CED, NED & PWD (W/Z).  A Power Point Presentation was given by Er. I. Ramachandran, Consultant, Epic Energy Limited, Navi Mumbai about the various measures that can be adopted by the Building Owners to conserve Energy. Er. T. Bagra, Secretary, (Power & NCER) in his concluding remarks mentioned that though Arunachal Pradesh is going to be the richest state in terms of Power Generation but we still need to adopt Energy Conservation & Energy Efficiency and make use of Electrical Energy very judiciously.

Under the initiative of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) had undertaken Investment Grade Energy Audit (IGEA) of 15 Government Buildings.

Now the Departments whose buildings were taken up for Investment Grade Energy Audit can take the advantage of the Audit Report and can take up measures to reduce their Energy Conservation and win the Governor’s Cup for the most Energy Efficient building, said Director APEDA, Marki Loyi.


Team visits Pakke-Bameng road

ITANAGAR, Sept 7:  A team headed by East Kameng DEO Pige Ligu, EAC Bameng Kego Essi, CO (Election) Liken Koyu, AE (RWD)Er. M.Ronya, visited the point in between Pakke to Bameng which has remained blocked for last two months due to heavy rainfall.

The 12 km road under PMGSY is the only road connectivity to circle Head quarter-Bameng. The DC/DEO has directed the concern authority RWD to clear the road before the ensuing Assembly polls. The authority (RWD) has assured to clear the block point within five days.

The team also visited to monitor quality work progress of PMGSY road connecting Pakke-point to Waii village, Hariyali project at Waii village and construction of a Tourist Lodge in between Pakke-point to Waii village.

In order to ensure better communication during the entire poll process, the DC/DEO tested the functioning of DSPT at Pakke.

Meanwhile, the DEO has directed all the Administrative officers to keep ready for use all the wireless sets & DSPTs in their respective circle head quarters. (DIPRO)


Bomdila schools come together to observe Teachers Day

BOMDILA, Sept 7: The teachers day was celebrated in style in Bomdila, West Kameng. Some three thousand students from 14 schools came together to mark the day. The day was marked by colourful cultural programmes, khada and flower offerings and speeches from the students and Teachers with prabhat pherry in the morning.

To commemorate the occasion, the best teachers were felicitated for their selfless, devoted and dedicated service. Paying rich floral tributes to Lt. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the first President of the Indian Republic on the occasion of his birthday celebrated as Teachers Day all over the nation, Deputy Commissioner Swati Sharma implored upon the students to maintain and respect the guru-shishya parampara. Likewise, the teachers are also to devotedly carry out their duties and keep themselves abreast of all the latest developments taking place, she said. Though dilution in the guru-shishya relationship has become quite evident, this bond, to quite an extent, depends on the way, the teachers carry themselves, she observed.

Earlier, the DDSE B.N. Lendo, while dwelling on the importance of the day, called upon the teachers to re-dedicate themselves, as the future of the society depends upon their thought and deeds. The day is being celebrated annually to express gratitude and recognize the hard work and effort put in by the teachers in shaping and giving dimensions to the future generation and the society as a whole, the DDSE concluded. (DIPRO)


State level training prog on PMEYSA

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: The State level Training Programme on Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan began   here at  State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) today.

Addressing in the inaugural session of the training programme as chief guest, Mapung Tadar, Vice Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women expressed her desire that West Siang district Panchayat should act as the model Panchayat for the state as most of the Panchayat elected representatives are educated and at least have the minimum exposure about the role and function of the local self government .

While citing the 33 % reservation of Women for Panchayat ,  which  is yet to be taken place, she said each of the line department should keep some provision for the gender budgeting and the specific allocation should be kept for gender issues. She also called upon the Women Panchayat representatives to act as the vibrant forum to check the domestic violence and child marriage in Arunachal Pradesh and if necessary report the same to the commission for appropriate action.

Bida Gadi, Director, Panchayati Raj,  while pointing out the devolution of financial and functional power to the PRIs, said this is the beginning of new era of Panchayat in Arunachal Pradesh .The capacity building of PRIs is the major initiative of the present government to handle the different programme and schemes and to act at the policy device for the state machinery, he said.

Citing the importance of the training, he said now government is keen for the entire devolution of power in the three dimensions such as function, fund and functionaries. For the smooth looking after of the Panchayat activities in the districts, the district Panchayat officer post  is created and government is in the planning process for execution of that assignment.

Recently Government has approved Rs 10 Crore for Panchayat development activities and office expenses for Zilla Parishad and Anchal Samiti and Honorarium etc for taking different Panchayat level activities, which will be implemented directly by Panchayats in the respective districts as per population basis.

Regarding streamlining of the planning process in the Panchayat level, specific guidelines have been issued for the preparation of District and Panchayat Plans in the different level. In course of time, the Panchayat Department in the respective district will act as the grievances redressal mechanism in the district level for each of the line department. The state Govt is also expecting some more fund in the 13th Finance Commission Grants.

Tope Bam, Director, SIRD, in his inaugural address cited that Panchayat was the dream of our Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and for Arunachal Pradesh it was initiated by Late Daying Ering. The dream of Gram Swaraj only can be fulfilled with the active participation of  panchayat representatives in planning and development process.

While citing the different stages of the constitutional amendment, particularly 73rd constitutional amendment and its implementation in Arunachal Pradesh , he expressed the difficulties and grievances faced by the government and expressed that people’s participation and sharing of information is the bench mark of the community development .

Narayan Sahoo, Asstt. Director (Panchayati Raj), SIRD and Course Director of the programme vividly expressed the objective of the programme and specifically cited that PMEYSA is the only programme, where there is ample opportunity for the development of leadership skill and empowerment of Women and making vibrant youth elected PR representatives for State. This programme is the best forum which is acted as the policy dialogue/think tank for the activation of the Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh.

  L K Kabak, Asstt Director also spoke in the occasion . The Zilla Parishad Members, Anchal Samiti Chairpersons, Anchal Samiti Members and Member Secretaries of Panchayats of West Siang District are attending the said programme. The line departmental officers are also invited to take part in the technical sessions of the programme.    

(Narayan Sahoo) AD (SIRD), AP, Itanagar


EC notification

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: Chief Electoral Officer Yeshi Tsering informed that “based on the assessment of the ground situation, Central Police Forces (CPF) and State Armed Police (SAP) drawn from other States will be deployed during the ensuing assembly elections. The identification of polling stations requiring static coverage by CPF in various assembly constituencies will be made by district election machinery in consultation with the ECI Observers”.

The state goes to the polls on Oct 13 to elect 60 members to form the Legislative assembly. Last date of filing of nomination is 25 - 09- 2009 (Friday), Scrutiny of Nominations 26 - 09- 2009 (Saturday) while the last date for withdrawal of Candidature is 29- 09- 2009 (Tuesday), counting of Votes 22 -10-2009 (Thursday.


Hucheliang win  Peelomai Memorial Football Tournament

TEZU, Sep 7: Hucheliang team of Tezu lifted the 2nd Peelomai Memorial Football Tournament beating Government Higher Secondary School Tezu 2-1 in a closely fought football final on September 5 last.

HS School Tezu took early lead in the first half through a goal by Rocky. The equalizer for Hucheliang team came through Kimo Chiba . In the dying minute of the game Kimo Chiba opened up a neat pass for his teammate J Tayang to score and take 2 – 1 lead.

Paradise team was declared best disciplined team. The tournament is organized yearly in memory of late Peelomai Tayang, mother of Sobeng Tayang , Ex- MP and Agriculture minister .

Gracing the closing ceremony as chief guest Tezu SP Issac Pertin was all praise for both the teams for taking the game in its true spirit. Win or loss is a part of the game and sportsmanship spirit that was visible all through the tournament is quite encouraging and such tempo should be kept-up in future also, he said. The Chief Guest also gave away prizes of all categories on the occasion.

Tezu ADC W. Khimhun attended the closing ceremony as guest of honour, reports DIPRO.


West Siang, East Kameng register win

NAHARLAGUN, Sep 7: West Siang pipped Upper Siang 2-1 while East Kameng prevailed over Lower Dibang Valley District 3-2 in a keenly contested league level matches of Under 16 Dera Natung Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here today.

Untu Darang and Tabang Libang scored a goal apiece for West Siang while Bharat Panyang reduced the  margin to 2-1 by scoring a goal in 60th minute.

In another match, East Kameng’s Toko Polium scored in 28th and 50th mins which were equalized by Gaji Dele and Biju Mengu in 47th and 59th minutes. AS Chettry finally found the winner in 62 minutes to seal victory of East Kameng.


Lok Bharati to support BJP

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: The state unit of Lok Bharati has decided to support Bharatiya Janata Party in the ensuing assembly elections.

This decision was taken in an executive meeting held under the chairmanship of Lok Bharati, North East In-charge Jodik Tali on September 5 last.The party has also decided to put up candidates in some assembly segments on the basis of win-ability and popularity.

State unit president Domo Boje has advocated for free and fair contest amongst well deserving and good candidates.

He further appealed the public to do away with money and muscle powered election and discard corrupted leaders.



Social service

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in collaboration with school committee and All Papum Pama Students’ Union (APPSU) conducted social a service at government middle school Bassarnilo on September 5 to demarcate the school boundary. About 300 students from various schools and colleges, public and teaching staff took part in the social service.



Section 144 clamped at Ziro

Ziro: Apprehending further group clashes and disturbing public peace in Hapoli township, a Prohibitory order under section 144Cr.P.C. has been clamped in Hapoli township by District magistrate Sadhana Deori, following a group clash between the supporters of two political parties at Hapoli town this evening.

The prohibitory order restrains any public gathering, organisation of any meetings and processions of more than five people till 12th September next. The order warns of action under section 188 IPC for any one violating the order.

Magistrate and police, who immediately swung into action to control the clash is patrolling the township round the clock to avert any further clashes.


Sora to head Trinamool

ITANAGAR: MLA Kito Sora has been appointed as president of Trinamool Congress, Arunachal Unit.


Swine Flu alert

ITANAGAR: Papum Pare District Surveillance Officer has informed that all the 15 suspected Swine Flu samples collected from the district are negative of H1N1 as per reports received from Regional Medical Research centre, Dibrugarh.

The cell has called on the students visitors of H1N1 affected areas to inform the District Surveillance unit at 0360-2284929 or Dr Kipa Tubin District Surveillance officer at 9436251304 for proper surveillance and guidance.


PPDWC demands

ITANAGAR: Pare Project Downstream Welfare Committee (PPDWC) in a meeting held at HoP, PHEP Doimukh regarding execution of 2nd phase Anti-Erosion work under NEEPCO Ltd has decided to stick on its earlier demands.

It urged the NEEPCO authority to execute the work of second phase immediately and complete the work within the stipulated time.

It further urged the NEEPCO authority to furnish the details of the work before September 30.








(Readers’ Forum)






Would it be like giving Chicken to a toothless man?


Kudos to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for inducting flight services to new places one of which is Vijoynagar (Dawodi).The people of Vijoynagar has long felt need of the service  since the only means of transportation is by air, the 2 passenger sorties  per month from Mohanbari(Assam) was inadequate.

Atlast something to cheer for the people of Vijoynagar, so at this juncture may I take the pleasure to request the Government three things through this esteemed columns.

Firstly, considering the fact that more than 70% of the total populace of Vijoynagar live below poverty line, the charges of flight be adjusted to minimal cost, which can either be from the flight operators or by way of subsidy by the Sate government. If not than the poor ones would not be able to avail the service, it would be just like offering a plateful of chicken to a toothlessman.

Secondly, the ticketing officials should be recruited from and amongst the local youths of Vijoynagar, so that the language should not be a problem and employment to the locals.

Thirdly, and the most important one leaving aside the transportation problems is to restore back the Yobin (Lisu) tribe’s Schedule Tribe status which is rightfully and undoubtedly a genuine problem to be addressed as soon as possible, which at the first instance should not have been revoked. A genuine tribal who had been included before has been removed without any justified reason. It is high time the mistake metted to this tribe be corrected and justice be done.


Phuyosa Yobin

Shillong Law College

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An appeal to ASU for better society


In view of the   Apatani  Students’ Union (ASU) election, I would like to highlights some important areas for our student community and  the  student leaders who are going to take  responsibility after election.

Students can take responsibility to change the education scenario of Ziro in particular and socio-economic scenario in general. Being a non-political apex students’ body, first and foremost duty of ASU is to work for the welfare of student community. Some major impediments of students’ welfare are shortage of classroom, teachers, text books, teaching aids, furniture, laboratory, equipment and other infrastructure. Frequent changes of syllabi and non-procurement and non-supply of new textbooks in respective school is the most important and living impediment towards students’ welfare. These impediments are not natural but created by men through corruption,  misappropriation, nepotism and other malpractices that can be successfully checked only by legitimate pressure groups like ASU with easily accessible weapons like RTI (Right to Information Acts) against any institution/organization and department etc.

I poorly request ASU’s support to ban private tution by departmental teachers. It is said that teachers are nation builders and teaching is a noble profession, but it is seen that few teachers forget their noble profession and not committed  towards their duties. ASU should gather information from competent authority against such teachers and write letters to the particular teacher requesting him/her to mend his/her duty. ASU or forthcoming ASU leaders should not enjoy their status and power whimsically; they should step forward for overall development without prejudice.

But before reviving the society and system they should revive themselves. They have to be disciplined and honest. They should look like and behave like students only. They should put on proper and acceptable uniform while in school.

I also request the public leaders, general public to support ASU   so that  it can shoulder responsibility in meaningful way in the greater interest of the student community.


Rubu Challa

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.





Credit goes to Governor


After more than two decades, the Siang Bridge over mighty Siang River at Raneghat in East Siang was opened for public utility on August 10 last. And for this, credit goes to Arunachal Governor J J Singh. The governor had personally visited the project site many a times after he assumed his office, moved concerned union ministry, BRO and instructed the constructing agency to complete the bridge within March 2009.We have seen many leaders and governors since the foundation stone of the bridge that had been laid down by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at river bank, but no one had taken such bold initiative for early completion of the bridge. The state transborder  highway would cross over the bridge  connecting area like Mebo, Dambuk, Roing, Anini, Tezu in eastern side and  Mariyang and Yingkiong of the Upper Siang district.

Therefore, in my opinion the Governor deserves appreciation from all quarters for his tireless work for the all round development of Arunachal Pradesh.


Bomtem Tayeng

Camp: Research Colony,


September - 08