September  07


CM calls on Union Agriculture Minister

Arunachal to get benefit under RKVY

NEW DELHI, Sept 06:  Consistent effort put in by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to make the state a front runner in spheres of development seems to bear fruit. His commitment towards providing special impetus to agriculture has been rightly backed by the Union Ministry as the state of Arunachal Pradesh has been made eligible to get benefits under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) a centrally sponsored programme. This was communicated by the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to Tuki while the later called on him in his office this evening.

The Union Minister further approved for an Agriculture College at Pasighat besides consenting to strengthen and upgrade the existing ICAR centre at Basar. Pawar also assured to consider the proposal of a Veterinary Science College for the state in the course of time.

While due importance would be provided to Bamboo mission, the Union Minister nodded for upgradation and strengthening of Pig rearing centre at Karsingsa apart from modernizing the veterinary hospitals and dispensaries across the state.

In response to the chief minister’s plea for sending a technical team to assess the feasibility of setting up of Mithun Rearing Centres in the state, the Union Minister gave a positive nod with an assurance to send a central team at the earliest possible.

“With the Centre making Arunachal eligible for RKVY, our farmers will be immensely benefitted from the programme” a seemingly happy Tuki said while extending his heartfelt gratitude to the Union Minister.



Bandh hits normal life in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Sept 06: Normal life was affected in Arunachal Pradesh today following the dawn to dusk state-wide bandh called by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), reports PTI.

The apex students’ body of the state called the bandh in support to the North East Students Organization (NESO)’s bandh call against the "atrocities" committed towards the people of the region in various parts of the country. NESO has been demanding the Center to act tough against atrocities meted out to the people of the region and deportation of illegal immigrants.

The bandh was total in all the districts of the state as business establishments, educational institutions, central and state government offices remained closed, while all sort of private and commercial vehicles remained off the road.

No cases of law and order violation were reported from any parts of the state, police sources informed.

The AAPSU had instructed its federal units to spearhead and enforce the bandh in their respective jurisdiction. However, essential services were exempted from the purview of the bandh.

Normal life was also disrupted in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland due to a 12-hour bandh called by the North East Students' Organisation.

The statewide bandh called by AAPSU in support of NESO passed off peacefully in East Siang district. Though central govt. institutions like post office, banks etc were closed, the offices of the state govt. remained open. Shops in Pasighat-market areas found closed affecting normal life in the township. Meanwhile SP East Siang Pushpendra Kumar informed that no untoward incident has been reported from any corner of the district, according to a report from DIPRO

Meanwhile, AAPSU has expressed satisfaction over success of today’s Arunachal bandh.

AAPSU President Takam Tatung, however,  has called on state government to properly regulate ILP system in Arunachal  to prevent influx of illegal immigrant.

“There are reports that many non-APSTs, especially illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are coming in to Arunachal by using forged ILP. State govt should keep strict vigil, so that tribal identity does not get diluted because of large scale of  migration,” said Tatung.

AAPSU has also called on all the parents to properly cross-check private colleges before getting their children admitted.  Many cases of fake colleges are emerging and parents need to be careful, AAPSU stated in a release.




Tuki meets Union Civil Aviation Minister, discusses progress of Airports development

NEW DELHI, Sept 06: The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki met Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh in New Delhi yesterday.  The two leaders discussed the status of development of airports at Itanagar, Aalo, Daporijo, Pasighat, Tezu and Ziro in  Arunachal Pradesh.

Singh informed Tuki that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has prepared a draft Master Plan for development of the Airport at Hollongi in Itanagar following the acceptance of the site by the State Government for construction of the Greenfield Airport in view of its technical suitability and operational safety.  It was noted that the terrain at new Hollongi site permits operations on runway from both directions as compared to Banderdewa site which permits unidirectional operation. In this regard, AAI has forwarded requirement for acquisition of 320 hectare of land to the State Government.  

Regarding the development of a civil enclave at aerodrome in Aalo, the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister was informed that the Airports Authority of India had sent a report in July to the State Government for removal/curtailment of obstacles around the Aerodrome for safe flight operations.  The Authority has also submitted the Master Plan to the State Government and Indian Air Force (IAF) as the IAF has been mandated the development of the aerodrome.  It was brought to the notice of the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister that the State Government has to act urgently on land requirement of seven acres projected by AAI for development of civil enclave.  

Singh further informed that the AAI has finalized the Master Plan for Daporizo Airfield.  The Airfield has to be developed for ATR-42 (50 seater) type of aircraft operation. An additional land of 34.2 acres as per the Master Plan has been requested from the State Government in December 2010. Exercise for identification of obstacles around the airfield to be removed/ curtailed by the State Government has also been conducted and the report has been sent to the State Government in July last year. In this case also, the State Government has to respond to the requirement of land.  

 In case of Pasighat Aerodrome which belongs to AAI and has to be handed over to IAF for development for both civil flights and defence use, Singh said that a formal lease agreement is yet to be signed.  He said that quantum of available land to be shared between IAF & AAI is in dialogue, needing reconciliation of extent of land available. The revised Master Plan has been sent to IAF for finalization of lease agreement.

The status of work at Tezu Aerodrome was also shared in the meeting. It was informed that the work for upgradation and development ATR-72 type of operation is in progress and AAI has taken up works related to runway extension, strengthening of existing runway and recently awarded the work for new terminal building.

At Ziro also the development has been mandated to IAF. AAI will develop a civil enclave. The State Government has to provide ten acres of land for the purpose. PIB



SBI ATM counters remain defunct in Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Sept 06: The State Bank of India (SBI) customers here are continuously facing problem due to non-functioning of ATMs and rush in the bank for monitory transaction. The ATMs installed at three locations here are lying defunct which is compelling the customers to stand in queue for hours at branch counters.

Annoyed with the defunct ATMs and rush in the bank branch, some of the customers opined that the customers of SBI here too equally deserve quality services from the largest banking institution of the country.

When contacted, Chief Manager SBI Branch here Alok Das informed that, “effort is on to rectify all the defunct ATMs. The ATM beside the bank branch has already been rectified and the second one opposite the Ane hotel will be corrected within 15 days. The third one at Ering building near Sumo counter will take around a month to rectify completely’.

On the other hand, when the customers need to get relief from the day to day rush at SBI branch, the general public also need to have some civic sense to keep the ATM counters neat and  clean. It is observed that the ATM counter beside the bank branch is made dirty and unhygienic by spitting pan masala, gutkha etc The same scenario is also observed inside the branch’s upstairs. (From Maksam Tayeng)




Teachers urged to be role model for society

Seppa, Sept 06: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam urged the teachers to re-dedicate themselves to ideals of their noble profession.

Attending the Teachers’ Day celebration at GHSS here yesterday, Bam appealed to the teachers to be disciplined, sincere and dedicated to their duties and responsibilities. He said that there are vast differences between teaching and other professions for which he called upon the teachers to be a role model for the students and the society as well. He urged them to live up to society’s expectation and discharge duty sincerely since education is the backbone of all round development.

While paying homage to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a great philosopher and scholar, Bam called upon the teaching community to emulate the ideals of the great philosopher.

The Deputy Commissioner gave away the certificates and trophies to the best performing teachers of the district.

Bijoy Sonam, DPO cum secretary NES, said that a good teacher is like a candle which consumes itself to light the way for others. The teacher has a bigger role to play in the formative stage of a person. He advocated for good relationship between teachers and students, teachers and parents and parents and their school going children to uphold the noble profession of teaching.

East Kameng unit of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) president Blagang Dada highlighting the outstanding contributions of Dr. Radhakrishnan in the field of education, urged the students to abstain from adopting unfair means in examination hall. He sought cooperation from all to check the bad practice and improve the quality of education among the students of the district. The central executive members of ATA, teachers from various schools of the chairman of EKSWCO attended the celebration among others.

From Pisi Zaing: At Miao, the teachers of Miao Sub–Division in Changlang district were felicitated by local MLA and Minister Kamlung Mossang on Teachers’ Day yesterday.

Altogether, there are 534 teachers serving in 83 government and private schools spread over three administrative circles of Miao, Kharsang and Vijaynagar that form 50th Miao Assembly Constituency.

Minister Kamlung Mossang, who could not felicitate the teachers in three consecutive Teachers Day in 2009, 2010 and 2011  said that “owing to unavoidable circumstances, I couldn’t be part of the celebration for three years. But you were always in my heart, Mossang said while appreciating them for their relentless contribution to growth of society.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tayom Mara who spoke during the function appreciated the Minister for his immense respect for teaching community. He however appealed the teachers to be acquainted with the depth of love and respects bestowed and reciprocate by sincerely rendering their duties to utmost satisfaction of parents.

PD Bhatt (ST) GHSS, Miao said “Such token of love will certainly make a difference, he said while speaking on behalf of teachers”.

Teacher’s Day was celebrated with much fervor and gaiety in Green Mount School.

On a day dedicated to the never ending efforts of a teacher, the students of Green Mount School, led by the students of class XII, left no stone unturned to make their teachers feel special.

While the decade old practice of students dressing up as their teacher continued, teachers too took part in various cultural and other programs like arm wrestling and ramp walking. In a time when various cases of students disrespecting their teachers are heard, the day ensured that students learned to respect their teachers. The need for a healthy student-teacher relationship was emphasized upon.




Strategy chalked out for effective distribution of PDS items in Anjaw

TEZU, Sept 06: The wholesale nominees and fair price shop (FPS) dealers of Anjaw district would lift and distribute PDS items within a specified time regularly and the supply department along with the concern administrative officer and PRI members would conduct three-tier unannounced checking on the FPS to ensure that there is no leakage of PDS items.

It was decided in a meeting on PDS held under the guidance of MLA-cum-Adviser to CM, Kalikho Pul at ADC Office Chamber, Hayuliang in view of the problems faced by the consumers of the district as well as the FPS dealers and Wholesale nominees in discharging their duties.

The meeting further decided to pursue with the State Government for increasing APL rice quota for Anjaw district in view of the rise in population. The district do not have its own local rice production or well established open market. The entire district is soley dependent on PDS for its daily consumption needs.

Meanwhile, it was announced in the meeting that KGBV one each at Supliang and Hawai and  a JNV at Hawai will be set up while two schools would be upgraded to higher secondary schools with hostel facilities.

The meeting was attended by ADC, district food and civil supply along with staff, Zilla Parishad chairperson, Anjaw FPS dealers and Wholesale nominees of the district attended the meeting. DIPRO




Parents awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Sept 06: A unique awareness programme for the parents and guardians was conducted at Kimin bazaar by Kids Foundation School, Kimin, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day to make them aware of the fact that ‘learning begins at home’.

The role of parents in moulding a child’s  future, their character, academic career and moral values were elaborately demonstrated through skits, songs and speeches during the campaign.

One of the staff Junas in his speech said, “Parents are the true image of god. As god gives good things, so do parents to the children. Many children in the society are getting spoilt because of the carelessness of the parents, ” he opined.

“Child in true sense is the replica of god. Sometimes they take up the image of satan if they are not cared, educated and shaped properly by the parents,” said Rajeev, one of the teachers.

Many who turned up to the spot, learned the dangers how the children who are not guided in the right moral way, becomes a thorn of the family, to the society and finally to the country.  


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 06: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


Adis in Tezu celebrates Solung

TEZU, Sept 06: The Adi Community residing in Tezu celebrated Solung at Botanical Garden here with joviality and color on September one last.

Dressed in traditional attire, the small number of Adi community which comprised mainly of Government employees organized the Solung in a simple and befitting manner. True to the age-old traditional practice, Solung celebration began after the initiation of ‘Taku Tabat’.

Joining the celebration, MLA Karikho Kri said that Tezu is one such place where festivals of every community are celebrated with equal amount of joy and peace. He hoped that the long maintained communal harmony in the area will be carried forward in the future too.

Pointing out the long-felt need of a ground for celebration of Solung in the area, Kri said that he would try every  possible way to grant a permanent plot of land for Solung celebration here.

Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma while expressing his contentment and happiness to be a part of the simple yet grand celebration, emphasized on unity and brotherhood in the area for peaceful co-existence of every individual in the society.

Various cultural programmes were presented by the Ane and youth parties. Ponung was joined by both MLA Kri and deputy commissioner Shrama.

An eventful cultural night was also organized in the evening. Traditional dances, songs and a fashion show by the Ane and Abu parties for Mr. and Miss Lune were the main attraction of the evening. DIPRO



BYRS wins T20 TPL trophy

ITANAGAR, Sept 06:  Bangte Yaglung Royal Strikers (BYRS) defeated the Dui Daredevils by 41 runs in the final match of the 2nd edition of the  T20 TPL (Teachers Premier League) cricket tournament at  general ground, New Palin on September 5.

Takam Hinda of Dui Daredevils, Gichik James and Khoda Janu of Bangte Yaglung Royal Strikers won the Man of the series, Man of the Match (final) and  highest sixes scorer of the tournament  awards respectively.

Jiyo Aur Jine Do MD Tam Matum and Toku Paying awarded both  the winner and Runner up team respectively as sponsors. The trophies were awarded by Palin ZPM Techi Azad and   Palin Govt Higher Secondary School Principal Biri Son.


Bacterial leaf blight attacks paddy crops in Upper Siang

ITANAGAR, Sept 06: Farmers of Upper Siang, especially of Geku area, are facing huge losses as rice fields have been affected by bacterial leaf blight.

A team of experts from KVK, Upper Siang inspected the affected rice fields at Geku area along with ASM, Jommoh-Kupak village and other panchayat leaders and farmers yesterday and confirmed the infection of rice fields by helminthosporium leaf spot and bacterial leaf blight.

The KVK organized an off campus training programme at Jommoh village today to educate the farmers about the diseases, its symptoms and their control and precautionary measures. Leaflet on rice disease management practices were also distributed among the farmers/villagers.


ANSU conducts awareness campaign – cum –career counseling prog

ITANAGAR, Sept 6: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in collaboration with Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) organized an awareness campaign cum career counseling programme at Govt Hr. Sec. schools Itanagar, Kankar Nalla and Doimukh on Sept 4.

Tagru Tame vice-president cum chairman of the ANSU awareness campaign said that “ the main motto of conducting such programme in capital region was to make the capital youths aware about the worthy of life”. He expressed hope that  students will immensely benefit from such awareness campaign.  

Resource persons from Dera Natung Government College Itanagar, Government College Doimukh, ALA and government officers delivered lecturers on various topics before large numbers of students who participated in the programmes.   The topics included “Violation of traffic rules in the state of Arunachal Pradesh by youths and its consequences,” “Drug Addiction among youth a cause of concern,” “Early marriage and its impact on society,” ”Career options after class X and XII and setting of goal in life,”  and “Women Empowerment and its Relevance.”






53 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Renewable energy sector needs adequate funding

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy has asked for the higher allocation for funds for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, so that ‘the renewable energy programmes, particularly the project of the ambitious Solar Mission may not face a setback’ in the beginning of the 12th Five Year Plan itself. It has also expressed concerns about the non-achievement of the targets of the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The Committee also emphasized on greater focus on research, design and development on new and renewable energy through technological advancement and adequate allocation of funds.

The Committee has noted that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has got a marginal increase in the Budget Estimate for the year 2012-13 over the Revised Estimates of previous year. The Ministry had sought a Gross Budgetary Support to the tune of Rs. 5,582 crore in their annual plan to achieve the targets, however, the Planning Commission have subsequently reduced the amount to Rs.2,979 crore. The Committee were surprised to note that the Ministry of Finance has sanctioned a meagre amount of Rs.1,385 crore only as Gross Budgetary Support for the year 2012-13 which is not even 25 per cent of the proposed demand of the Ministry. The Committee felt that adequate funding is a must for harnessing the potential of available renewable resources.

According to the Committee Report, the initial 11th Plan target for electrification of 10,000 villages and hamlets was reduced to 7000, which includes 1058 border villages under a special package for electrification in border villages of Arunachal Pradesh. However, so far only 3186 remote villages and hamlets have been provided renewable energy based system and projects and another 400 remote villages and hamlets are under implementation in various North-Eastern States under the scheme and even the reduced targets of 11th Plan could not be achieved. The Ministry's 12th Five Year Plan programmes do not include the Remote Village Electrification Programme at all.

The Committee recommended that the Government should continue with the Remote Village Electrification Programme in the 12th Five Year Plan in a more effective manner with a view to improve living conditions of the people living in far off/border areas.



Dear Editor,

Jungo Basar, Heni Basar, brothers, family members and well-wishers of late Jumkar Basar (Annu Basar) express  heartfelt thanks to Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte, North Lakhimpur SP P K Bhuyan, S I Bumchu Krong, investigating officer, Inspector R. Khomrang, Circle Inspector Doimukh PS , Inspector L. Bagra, Officer in charge Doimukh PS, OC PS North Lakhimpur, CMCU Unit, PHQ and Doimukh PS staff for their prompt action in nabbing the  heartless murderers  who killed innocent and peace loving Jumkar Basar on August 13 night.  Jumkar Basar  is the author of “Sukun-E-Dil”, a collection of Urdu Shayari.

We also express our gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Basar MLA Gojen Gadi and also members of KAWA, GWS, GSU, BASU, BACSDA and GPF for their moral support in nabbing the culprits. We express our sincere gratitude to all the people of Basar and people of Nyigam village and well-wishers of Capital Complex for their timely help and participation in last rite for eternal peace of Annu Basar for ever.

The  family members including kith and kin of Late Jumkar Basar appeal to the Government to give severe punishment to the accused involved in the murder case so that this kind of heinous crimes do not happen in Arunachal in future.


Jungo Basar

Camp: Naharlagun



Bandh and Capital roads

Dear Editor,

NH-52-A of capital complex Itanagar seems to be feeling relax due to 12  hours bandh on Thursday called by AAPSU as the roads having lots of wound and injuries with lots of bleeding in the form of dusty fog.

In some sense of humor it’s good to call bandh which leads to preservation of thousands litres of fuel. Now a days  the road users  are  spending a good amount annually in wasted fuel in traffic jams rather than running a vehicle.

These days roads of capital complex are crying for the treatment and extension of its dimension to get rid of the disease like huge traffic.


Dr. Om Pradhan

A-Sector Naharlagun



Small gestures of kindness

Dear Editor,

Small gesture of kindness shown by the Youth Congress Arunachal East Lok Sabha constituency towards the sick and patients of Community Health Centre, Jairampur  in recent past is really appreciable. The medical community of Jairampur extends sincere gratitude to Youth Congress, Jairampur unit, especially James Jugli, president, Youth Congress, Arunachal East Lok Sabha Constituency for their yeoman service towards the sick and the deserving patients of Community Health Centre, Jairampur in providing mattresses, bed-nets, bed-sheets, pillows, cots, etc. for the needful use of the indoor patients.

The above mentioned articles are always in-short during the peak season of patients’ admission. Moreover, these articles due to their constant use are prone to wear and tear needing frequent replacement. The Youth Congress deserves appreciation for their noble gesture  and contribution for the sick and the needy people who come from near and far for treatment. Indeed a small gesture of kindness towards sick is action enough to restore half the health in them.


Dr. S. Ngemu

CHC, Jairampur



Long-felt demand fulfilled

Dear Editor,

Ambulance service to mitigate the problems of lifting serious patients from remote Koyu area and Lower Ramle Banggo to district Hospital, Pasighat East Siang district during emergency situation was a long-pending demand of the people. Now MP Ninong Ering has fulfilled the long-pending demand by donating two ambulances meant for Telam and Koyu PHCs from his MP LAD fund for the year 2012-13. We extend our gratitude to Ering for his noble works. Hope, he would continue his humanitarian works in near future for the welfare of the Ramle Banggo in particular and state as a whole.


Kayi Dabi, GS

Ramle Banggo

Welfare Society, Naharlagun


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