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One house at Lora-I burnt

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Residence of Tadar Taling has been completely gutted down in a fire accident at Lora-I on September 20, informed All Kimin Students’ Union.

The union alleged that the accident occurred due to electric short circuit. It demanded the electrical department of Kimin Circle for proper maintenance of electrical wiring in every house and suggested the department to engage atleast two electrical duty incharge in every village.

The union further demanded the EAC and ZPM Kimin to provide immediate relief fund to the fire victim.


Membership drive

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Membership Drive kicked off at West Siang District with the arrival of Subarato Samadar L.R.O i/c West Siang and Upper Siang recently.

President Dist Congress Committee West Siang Gedo Kato while addressing   the meeting highlighted the importance of membership drive and asked every individual to get themselves registered. Meetings were held  at 27- Liromoba, 28- Likabali, 29- Basar, 30- Aalo West, 31- Aalo East, 32- Rumgong and 33- Mechuka.


KKSU dismayed

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Kargu Kardi Students Union expressed its dismay over the delay shown by a doctor who has been posted to Tirbin, PHC, West Siang on Aug 5. His negligence has caused uncountable miseries at that particular circular. It further appealed to the school to get involved in literary events in order to promote and improve the literary talents among the students.


Police Officer commits suicide

ITANAGAR, Sep 22:  Inspector Toko Doni of IRBn who allegedly shot dead one Rita Dorjee, 21 and injured her mother Rupa Dorjee, 41 at Paglek village, Pasighat on September 14 is reported to have committed suicide at his native village Yachuli.

According to sources, Doni committed suicide in the intervening night of September 18 and 19.

His body was found hanging in a jungle by a group of villagers who identified his body.

Later, Police team after postmortem handed over the body to his family member, informed SP Lower Subansiri District.


National Seminar

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Hindi Department of DN College, Itanagar under the sponsorship of Nagari Lipi Parishad, New Delhi is organizing National Seminar on September 24 and 25 at DN College.

Vice Chancellor, RGU Professor T Mibang and Director, Higher and Technical Education Dr Joram Begi have consented to attend the inaugural function as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.

Director NERIST Professor PK Das and Joint Director, Higher and Technical Education Dr. T Padu would attend the valedictory function as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.


Bandh opposed

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) has strongly opposed tomorrow’s 12-hr Capital bandh given by Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation.

Terming the bandh call as illegal, ACCYWA appealed to all concerned, including business community, not to support the bandh call and keep their shops and business establishments open as usual during tomorrow’s bandh call.

Bandhs, which paralyses the normal life of common people, is not a solution to any problem, it said and urged the organizers of the bandh to adopt another means of democratic movement or approach the appropriate authority for fulfillment of their demands, if any, ACCYWA said.



ITANAGAR, Sep 22: A.K Loram, Taniang Kipa and Headmaster Incharge of the school K. Yomcha have been selected as chairman, vice chairman and member secretary of VEC of Government Middle School, Karsingsa.

Dongche Peter and Langda Tadok have been appointed as President and General Secretary of Parsi Parlo Circle unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization.


DA declares band illegal

Naharlagun: Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex has declared the proposed 12 hours bandh called by Arunachal Volunteers Youth Federation (AVYF) as illegal. The Federation has called a 12 hours bandh on Friday demanding dropping of WRD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu from the Congress ministry in the state. The organization says that the minister should be dropped for his alleged involvement in corruption cases.

DC Onit Panyang in an order said that all types of strikes and bandh have already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court of India. He further said that all roads have to be kept open as the Legislative assembly is meeting from Sept 23.


DA issues prohibitory order

YUPIA: The Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate, Papum Pare District Pige Ligu in an Executive Order said that the executing agency has proposed to intensify the road construction works on Papu-Yupia-Hoj-Potin Trans Highway on day- night basis with heavy machines from September 20-November 30 which would result in disruption of traffic.

 The order states that there will be total closure of regular traffic movement including two wheelers other than the vehicles of implementing agency along the road 7.00KM (Yupia junction) to 13.50 KM (Khola Camp) to avoid untoward incidents during the course of execution and also for un-disrupted construction works. (DIPRO)


Cultural event

ITANAGAR: Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi is organizing a two days cultural event at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar from September 23.

Power Minister Setong Sena and MLA Techi Kaso would attend the function as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour on September 24. On the occasion, Cochin Kalabhawan would also perform musical concert.


News Impact

Centre, Arunachal and HSCC inks MoU for up-gradation of Arunachal State Hospital

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Arunachal Pradesh today inked a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) with union health ministry and Hospital Services Consultancy Cooperation (HSCC) India Limited for strengthening and up gradation of Arunachal State Hospital at Naharlagun.

Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Joint secretary of Union health ministry Shakuntala D Gamlin and HSCC director (Engineering) G Pandey signed the memorandum in an impressive function at Banquet Hall here this evening in presence of Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, his cabinet colleagues including high level civil and police officials.

Terming the day as a ‘red letter day’, Gamlin lauded the health and family welfare ministry for its unstinted support in extending all possible help to upgrade the 140 bedded hospital to a 300 bedded multi-disciplinary hospital.

“Whatever fund we received from the Centre we will ensure that it will be properly utilized,” Gamlin asserted.

“The North Eastern states, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, with poor health infrastructures and human resources are under the focused attention of the union health and family welfare ministry (MoHFW), said joint secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin.

Gamlin, who arrived here today leading a three-member team to sign the tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the multi-specialty 300-bedded hospital renamed Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), said that this landlocked state has been suffering for want for adequate health care delivery system.

Responding to a question, she said of the high focused, high performing, low focused and low performing categories of states, the NE states, particularly Arunachal, falls in the first category.

The reason behind the high performing southern states was establishment of number of medical colleges, she said, adding that this was why the MoHFW had sanctioned the Rs 185 crore 300-bedded hospital project on priority with a target time of 24 months for its upgrading to a medical college subsequently. When 10 medical colleges are coming up in neighbouring Assam, Arunachal has to catch up, she said, assuring all possible support of her ministry.

“Arunachalee girls could serve anywhere in the world as caring nurses,” she said, adding they should be trained as nurses.

When asked as to how the completion target of 24 months revised from 33 months would be achieved, Hospital Service Consultation Corporation (India) Ltd (HSCCIL) director (engineering) Gyanesh Pandey disclosed that almost all formalities have been completed.

The demolition of the existing structures in the 18 acre allotted area should begin immediately for the work to begin. He said the work would begin within 45 to 60 days as the HSCCIL was very enthusiastic to execute the project with a built in area of 3 lakh sq feet.


BJP blames AICC for ‘instable’ state Govt

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: A day after the appeal of the AITC, NCP and PPA legislators to the Governor for a stable state government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today squarely blamed the All India Congress Committee (AICC) for ‘instability of Govt’ in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the media persons here, BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao blamed the AICC for not being sensitive towards the problems faced by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The AICC is least concerned for the people of Arunachal and lack will power to resolve the crisis, he said.

The people of the state had given mandate for a stable Govt, but the state has been witnessing many unpleasant situations including instability of Govt and law and order problems after the demise of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, the BJP leader said.

"The BJP is not concerned about change of chief minister as it is the internal matter of the Congress, but we are concerned about the lack of development due to instability, he said and added that Arunachal, a sensitive border state has been witnessing law and order situation in various parts of the state, while the law and order situation in Tirap and Changlang districts is aggravating day by day.

He said all the developmental activities has come to a standstill, important files gathered dust and most of the departments remain inactive due to absence of good numbers of legislators including ministers and parliamentary secretaries from the state for last three months. Blaming the AICC  for present impasse in the state, Gao further said people of most of the interior areas of the state are deprived of essential medicines as the  road link has been disrupted after recent nature’s fury.

Gao also demanded that the state Governor exercise his Constitutional power by invoking Article 365 keeping in view "the instability of the present government with prevailing lawlessness in various districts" or initiate strong action for  stability of the Govt and improved law and order situation.

“I would like to ask AICC president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi as to why such drama is happening in Arunachal Pradesh and why AICC is playing such game with the  people of the state,”  said Tapir Gao.

Gao further alleged that "the AICC has become an agent to extort from elected representatives of the state and North East as a whole in the name of development”. The BJP leader further informed that "the party will raise the issue in the assembly session beginning from tomorrow and also decided to raise it in party’s two-day national executive meeting to be held on Sept September 30 and Oct 1.” The State BJP executive body will also hold a discussion on present situation in the state on Sept 27, he further informed. State BJP general secretary and spokesperson Tai Tagak and another GS Dominic Tadar also present during the press meet.


Protect sanctity of Constitution: Taloh

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: The 76th conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India opened at Rajasthan yesterday with a call for constantly upholding the dignity and prestige of all legislative bodies and maintaining the high traditions of Parliamentary Democracy. The four-day conclave was formally inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in the Rajasthan Assembly.

Participating in the topic “The role of Legislature in scrutinizing and making laws of good governance” in the ongoing conference, Arunachal Pradesh  Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh today emphasized on the need of scrutinizing the bills by the legislature before placing it for discussion  and approval as laws. Not only the legislators of ruling front, but the opposition bench has also very important role to play in the discussion in the House, he added.

While pointing out the recent movement of Anna Hazare and his team against the system of governance, Taloh said “we all should rise above the party-line and have sense of protecting sanctity of Constitution of India at the cost of anything.” The Deputy Speaker opined that the public support and mandate should be honoured  and  there should be effective participation in discussion in bills before its  approval as laws, At the same time, standing norms in the parliamentary system should also be given due passage, he added.

On the crucial role of legislatures, he said legislature has most important and vibrant role to play in parliamentary system of democracy.  He further suggested that the legislators should nurture sense of rights, privileges as well as responsibilities in discharging their duties in given parliamentary system as democratically elected leaders.


Incorporate the need of farmers: Pema Khandu

Itanagar, Sep 22: WRD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu made an unannounced visit to the WRD campus at Chimpu this morning and suggested the accompanying officers to plan the demonstration plot in an integrated manner to incorporate Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock Farming and Pisciculture activities. He directed departmental officers  for extensive education to the farmers for proper irrigation and good harvest.

Pema inspected the 12 acre campus where 57 units of residential quarters, divisions and sub-division offices of the department are being constructed.

“All projects executed by the department should be farmer oriented and should have flood management facilities” Pema added.

While inspecting the ongoing project, Pema categorically briefed the departmental officers to ensure timely completion of the project for the betterment of farmers of the state.

The chief engineer who accompanied the minister informed that an area of 1.5 acre fallow land has been earmarked as irrigation demonstration plot.

Model minor irrigation project with sprinkler and drip irrigation system have been constructed for demonstration purpose. The department is also contemplating to include check basin, farrow and flooding irrigation system within the plots in order to train the field engineers as well as the farmers under extension programme of command area development and water management programme, the chief engineer briefed.

SE WRD Itanagar Circle office is under construction with SPA fund and a training auditorium hall is proposed adjacent to the office building. The minister, however, directed the department officers to make the auditorium as a state-of-the-art building.


FGA conducts Herbal medicine training prog

Koyu, Sep 22: One day training programme on Herbal medicines was conducted by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) at Rami camp under Koyu circle on Sept 20. The training is part of FGA’s project entitled “Identifying best practices to empower Arunachal families”, launched in 2008. The project aims to bring equitable and sustainable development through empowering communities to shape their future. In this regard, a series of training and awareness programme have been carried out in the FGA projected sites since 2008.

The main objective of the training was to generate awareness in the community about basic healthcare system and its management through locally available herbal medicines. Thirty-eight men, women including panchayat leaders from the surrounding area participated in the training program to enhance the quality of their lives using locally available resources based on local needs.  Earlier, Takhe Meena and Kago Yam, Project Supervisors, FGA briefed on the objectives of the training program which aims to build the capacity of the rural inhabitants to take the responsibility precaution to their own health and well being. They also highlighted on FGA’s programs and teaching method based on SEED-SCALE methodology emphasizing on four key principles. It is worth mentioned here that FGA is managing three PHCs one each at Sille in East Siang, Deed-Neelam in Lower Subansiri and Thrizino in West Kameng district.


Students’ Union executives take oath

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: The newly elected office bearers of Students’ Union of Dera Natung Government College took the oath of office in a simple function held at the college auditorium here today.

Principal of the college Tomar Ete  administered the oath of office to the newly elected office bearers.

In his speech, the principal asked the students to help the authority run the college smoothly saying that students’ cooperation is a must for development of the college. Union activities are also part of education, he said and asked the newly elected students body to work more for the welfare of the student community as well as  overall development of the college.

The principal released the college magazine Alokarun on the occasion.

Vice principal S Khandu, in his inspiring speech, asked the students to develop positive attitude among them and bring positive image to the college. He said that students are the future of the society and advised them to study hard to achieve the desired goal.

Speaking on the occasion, out-going general secretary Tanya Agu urged the new executive committee to lead the students from the front in upholding the legacy and values of the premier educational institute of the state.

Recalling his days in the college as general secretary, Agu said: “I had years of the best of everything and the opportunities to work with the best people. He expressed gratitude to the entire college fraternity, particularly the principal, faculties and students for extending all help in his every endeavour.

He briefed about various achievements of the college during his tenure as general secretary, which included construction of Rostrum, installation of over-head water tanks for all the toilets in the college, renovation of the entire college buildings, cement concrete benches under tree shades, wells and water tanks to mitigate water problems at boys and girls hostels, high-mast light in between boys and girls hostels, boundary wall of the girls hostel, cement concrete floor in the courtyard of the girls hostel and purchase of a grass mower at cost of Rs. 3 lakh among others.

In academic field, the remarkable achievements made during his tenure were, increase in intake capacity of BSc. Students from 100 to 150 (in PCM and CBZ) and Hons. students in science subjects, initiative in releasing students’ stipend which was discontinued for the last few years, Agu said.

Newly elected general secretary Khoda Mission also spoke on the occasion and sought help from the authority as well as students of the college in carrying out activities for welfare of the students and the college as well.


Kemeha badminton championship

ROING, Sept 22: Apomo Linggi, a school teacher won the singles of the Kemeha badminton championship held at the PWD indoor stadium here on Sunday.

It was a sweet day for Linggi, as he won the doubles as well, partnering Open Melo of the District Medical Office.   

They defeated their opponent Sachin Mito and Atepo Pulu in straight sets by 20-16, 20-17. In singles, Linggi defeated Melo in another straight set by 20-17, 20-17.

The tournament attracted 35 players from Lower Dibang Valley district and was organized by Odick Umbrey under the banner of Roing Town Club. The one week badminton championship was sponsored by Arjun Mega Enterprise and Akepi Miuli Enterprise.

The tournament is organized as pre-celebration for Kemeha festival to be held on September 24. The festival is a post harvest festival of the Idu Mishmi community.

PHE Superintendent Engineer L Kri and Vice Chairperson of Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmis (CALSOM) Hakresha Kri are expected to visit the celebration as the chief guest and guest of honor respectively.

Earlier, the game was inaugurated by Kelo Pulu, President of Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) on September 13.


Training on vermicompost production technology

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Momong in Lohit conducted a 2 day training programme on “Scientific cultivation practices of potato” and “Integrated Disease management in Potato” for farmers of Juna Kachari village. A total of 28 farmers were present during the training.

Debasish Borah, SMS (Agronomy) in his training thoroughly discussed about the concept and importance of Potato cultivation, HYV in Potato, INM in Potato, intercultural practices, preservation and cost of production.

Madhumita Sonowal Bora, SMS (Plant Protection) in her training detailed about principles of disease and pest management. She thoroughly discussed about the various methods of disease management in potato. She has given control measures of commonly found diseases occurred in Lohit district. In the final session discussion on problems faced by farmers in various crops were discussed. The farmers took active part in the training.


Aalo ready for successful conduct of APPSC exam

Aalo, Sep 22: A coordination meeting on successful conduct of APPSC exam in the district, attended by representative from commission, administrator, Centre Superintendents, Invigilators was held today at DIC, Aalo today.

Gracing the function, Kanki Darang ADC asked each and everyone involved in the apex examination of the state to discharge their duties and responsibilities sincerely. He insisted them to follow guide lines of the Commission in toto.

Under Secretary APPSC Taket Jerang, outlined the basic objectives of the meet and gave detail briefings to centre superintendents and invigilators on do and donts, impersonation, arrangements and managements aspects.

While welcoming the gathering i T. Messar, EAC also gave a detail deliberation on successful conduct of the exam. The centre wise badges, roll numbers and honorarium to all officials on duties were distributed on the spot.



Do not displace the people

Dear Editor,

My appreciations to your team for reporting about the negotiations with the Yobin (Lisu) people on land issue in your article, “Lisus say no to relocation from Namdapha National Park”.

I have a few reflections because anyone reading this without context is likely to believe that our people are too adamant, not willing to listen to authorities and other leaders from the surrounding communities. This may be far from truth.

First thought, who will agree to move from their ancestral homeland? It’s ok for a family or two but it’s about three villages. Our people have lived in those three villages since the 1960s and 70s. We have built good homes, good paddy fields and church. The Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary was demarcated only in 1983, that too without any consent from our people.

Second is a funny point: The Namdapha authorities wanted to de-conserve a portion of Namdapha area and give us for re-allocation. If that were possible, why not de-conserve our villages? What a game they are playing with our people?

Third, how can we survive in a 200 acre land? We are not salaried people who need only a plot of land for building. We need for paddy fields, houses, animals. Moreover, the 200 acre land is not cultivable. It’s hilly area. It’s very strange!

Fourth, how come the community leaders from Singpho and Tangsa got interested in our affairs? They were silent till today for our need of Scheduled Tribe status. As for the interest of Namdapha authorities, I can at least understand as it is their duty and are responsible to higher authorities.

Thanks once again for sharing our news to the people of our state.


Liahey Ngwazah,




Live and let live

Dear Editor,

Reading the top story of your 20th Sept will make anyone think that the Lisus are not reasonable. Some may be already wondering why they refused 200 Hectare of land and saying no to developments.

While the Lisus appreciate the well-wishers, they are also not so confident. They have known a long history of deprivations.

This is why I think the Lisus are not willing to jump into the 'new land' given to them: This was what was done to them 40 years ago! The Lisus were forced to leave their cultivated villages of Vijoynagar Circle and forced to gather only in one village which is Gandhigram. This was done by the Assam Rifles (unofficially though) when Major A. S. Guraya was the DG.

While the Yobins have been living in their traditional land for ages, the Namdapha Tiger Park was declared only in 1983!

And remember that the International Boundary with Myanmar along the Lisu land took place only in 1972!

And the Government of India came into contact with the Lisus in Gandhigram, locally called Shidi on the 7th May (Sunday) 1961! This was during a 7th Assam Rifles Expedition in that year- the Expedition led by Major Sumer Singh under the direction of DG, A.S. Guraya, in 1961!

So the question of "encroachment" does not apply to the Lisus.

Let the Lisus enjoy the rightful place. And let them live in their traditional land.

Lisus can be given facilities and helpful packages like any other Arunachalees. It may be a good environmental sensitivity to let the Lisus remain where they already are with their paddy fields, villages, Churches, and gardens instead of moving them to a Reserved Forest which is nothing but the continuation of the same park. Once they are moved to a new place, they will have to do felling of tress in order to do agricultural activities.

Another sad observation I have made is that some people seem to enjoy putting up the Lisus in the bad light, many a times. We are called Encroachers, Hunters, destroyers of Forests, unruly and a lot more. This is unfortunate and untrue. If you do a statistics, you will see that the Forests cleared and used by the Lisus are Far Less than what is being used by other Arunachalee people groups. And if you are to record and compare the bio-diversity preserved in Lisu dominated area with those of other areas of the northeast India, you will be able to conclude that the Lisus are much more conservative! If you doubt this, see if you can, name one place anywhere in Arunachal where you still have more wildlife than in the Lisu lands. This should silence the careless lips. And if you are to check the criminal records, you will find that the Lisus are the least problematic lot. You notice that even the Police station was moved from Gandhigram. The Assam Rifles camps have been moved from the prime Lisu villages. The security analysts seem to think: there is no point having an outpost here! If you are a researcher, you will find that the Lisus are one of the most peaceful, loyal, honest, hardworking citizens of India. You will not find a Lisu anti-government or anti-national. You will not be able to find a Lisu bandit.

Lisus are not cheap, though we do not like confrontations or quarrels. But if Lisus are continually been marginalized, and sidelined like this, we may need to call on the civil liberty lawyers! Stop Harassing the Lisus! Live and let live!


Aphu A. Yobin


(on email)



A wrong place in 21st century

Dear Editor,

It is my joy and privilege to thank you for reporting on Miao-Vijaynagar Road condition on Sept. 14 edition.

You have really unearthed the reality of the people's conditions in Vijaynagar circle. I hope many people may have read and felt something needs to be done for this people. It is really a miserable life to live in such a place in 21st century!

Hope more such reports will follow up to help the people of vijaynagar. I highly appreciate your effort of bringing news from such a place.


Ati Bosa, (on email)



Something more than that meets the eye

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment regarding the news item relocation of Lisus from Namdapha National Park.  There has been serious fight between the local people and Chakmas since last fews years. The Chakmas claims that they have been living in that particular area for many years and they refuses to leave the place even after they were forced by the local tribals which later became the reason due to which the fight between the two communities took place. The land for which the two communities are fighting is the very land which has been offered to the LISUS in order to save Namdapha. Politics has been played here with Lisus. We would like to know about this issue. Did they agree to give 200hacters of land just because they couldn't fight with Chakmas anymore and decided to give up? This  question will be there in the mind of every Lisu people.


Elvin Yobin,

Bangalore, (on email)





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Solar power and environmental regulations


India’s ambitious solar power projects have been adding bulk of lead emissions caused due to inefficient battery production and lead mining in the absence of proper environmental regulations, says a new energy study.

Plans for China and India to generate more solar power may increase lead pollution, according to a study report. The move could release more than 2.4 million tons of lead pollution in China and India, according to the analysis of government plans by researchers at the University of Tennessee, United States. This is because off-grid solar power in both countries uses lead–acid batteries for storing energy.

The team also found that both countries have large amounts of lead leak into the environment — 33 per cent in China and 22 per cent in India — from the total amount mined, smelted, used in battery manufacturing, and recycled. Their findings were published in the journal Energy Policy.

India plans to add 12 gigawatts of solar power by 2022, including the distribution of 20 million solar lanterns. It aims to provide renewable energy to 80,000 villages outside the power grid — 25% of which are unsuitable for grid connection — so it will depend on lead batteries, the authors said.

The low efficiency of India's battery production, lead mining and recycling industries means that the amount of lead leaked into the environment is likely to be high. Based on emissions from new battery-producing units in India and China, the authors estimated that lead emissions will equate to one-third of the world's total lead production.