ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Although the water level in Siang and various other rivers in
flood hit districts started receding flood waters continued to play havoc in many
eastern Arunachal districts.
Anjaw located in China-Butan-Myanmar trijunction, has been completely devastated
by landslides and flood triggered by torrential rains since September 16 last and
cut off from the rest of the world.
Economic adviser to CM and lone MLA of the district, Kalikho Pul, who managed to
establish telephonic communication by travelling three kms from his residence, informed
this daily Monday evening that the five people have been reported dead in different
parts of the hilly district, whose all seven administrative centres at Hayuliang,
Hawai, Manchal, Goiliang, Walong, Kibithoo and Chaglogam were completely cut off.
The details were being collected.
At least 30 to 35 major breaches all along the Tezu-Hayuliang road, the lifeline
of the district, have made it completely non-trafficable, leaving thousands of denizens
People were without food, water, electricity, fuel and domestic LPG cylinders, while
the roads, bridges, culverts, standing crops suffered massive damages, electric posts
uprooted, water supply lines washed away and telephone post uprooted multiplying
the suffering of the masses.
With no intra-district road communication, telephone service for want of electricity
supply for the last nine days, assessing the magnitude of the trail of devastation
was next to impossible, Pul said, adding most of the over 21,000 population was hit
by the unprecedented natural calamities.
Criss-crossed by 12 perennial rivers, namely Lohit, Lam, Tidding, Dalai, Krowti,
Dichu, Lati, Klung, Dab, Telua, Ampani and Sarti, flood havoc is a recurring annual
phenomenon of the district.
While expressing deep shock at the suffering of the poor local people, he informed
that about 25 houses were completely destroyed by landslides and landslips leaving
the occupants roofless. People did not anticipate such massive rain and flood in
September and were caught off guard to face the wrath of nature, he reasoned.
Though there was acute shortage of PDS items and requisition was sent to the state
government, but ration sortie could not materialise due to constant bad weather,
Pul said, adding all educational institution were closed.
Meanwhile, Lohit district administration informed that one person drowned while three
others were saved from drowning by GREF and Army personnel when they were coming
from Hayuliang to Tezu. Further, three persons are reportedly missing in Durra Nalla
area and search operation to trace a woman, who was caught in landslide, was going
The road communication to Tezu remained cut off from the rest of the country for
the sixth day today causing acute shortage of POL items, kerosine, LPG and other
essential commodities, it informed.
Though BRO was working on war footing to restore the road communication, it might
take more time to fully restore it as the magnitude of devastation was huge. Water
supply and electricity are yet to be restored in Tezu and Sunpura. Restoration of
electricity may take a month or more as towers crossing Lohit river were totally
washed away by flood water, the release said.
Flood damage assessment teams have been formed to assess individual crop, house and
livestock loss in the district. All the executing agencies are advised to submit
detailed flood damage reports after flood water recedes.
“Food items are regularly dispatched to marooned people in various villages as per
requirement,” it said adding that “steps are being taken to tackle post flood situation”.
The Mebo sub-division under East Siang district has been completely cut off from
rest of the world as the main Bailey bridge over Sisar river has been washed away
by flood water de-linking the area. The abutments of both sides of another bridge
over the same river have also been washed away in between Seram and Kongkul village.
Further, the left side abutment of Ngopok River Bridge between Kiyit and Borguly
has also been washed away by flood water.
Agam village and wet rice cultivation field of Sigar village have reportedly been
submerged under flood water.
The district administration and public are finding it difficult to provide necessary
help to the people of Mer-Gadum area due to disruption in road communication from
all directions, informed NCP Block President Todol Pertin, who visited all the flood
affected areas of Mebo circle along with Monggu Banggo ZPM Tokram Yirang today.
They appealed to the authority concerned to airdrop sufficient relief materials at
Mer-Gadum area immediately as the people have been facing hardship due to acute shortage
of food items.
Meanwhile, East Siang district administration informed that 80 bags of rice were
air-dropped at Mer and Gadum villages of Mebo Sub- Division as immediate relief.
DFCSO, Pasighat informed that more relief materials will be air-dropped tomorrow
at Namsing and Mer villages.
Our Ruksin Correspondent adds:
Sources from district disaster management informed this evening that overall flood
situation in East Siang district has improved as rainfall has receded during the
last 24 hours.
“Flood situation in the district is improving slowly. However, detailed flood report
from Mebo is still awaited”, informed district disaster management officer (DDMO)
G Tsomu this evening.
The DDMO also informed that the members of high level committee, who were supposed
to reach Pasighat today, have postponed their aerial survey due to inclement weather.
However, the team is expected to arrive in Pasighat on Wednesday.
The Anchal Somiti Member (ASM) of Borguly, Yung Tayeng informed that overflowing
water of Ngopok river between Borguly and Sirit submerged entire left bank, damaged
crop fields and sub-urban roads. Flood water also washed away standing crops at Taksing,
Logburung and Konkin.
ASM Tayeng alleged that the flood-hit people of Borguli area are facing hardship
as no relief materials have been despatched to the affected people till today. The
leaders of ‘Eastern Adi Students Union’ led by its secretary Petor Tayeng also visited
the flood affected areas and demanded the authority for providing immediate relief
to the affected people.
Meanwhile, MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak made a whirlwind tour of Ruksin Sub-Division, Bilat
and Oyan circles to assess the flood damages.
He visited 21 flood affected villages in the area along with i/c SDO T. Jonnom, Officers,
PRI and Public leaders. He expressed serious concern over heavy damages caused to
standing crops, horticultural gardens, plantations, cash crops, fish ponds and death
of livestock causing untold miseries to the people.
He also visited the river sites of Sille, Dekam, Peneng, Remi, Rayang, Kemi, Debing,
Jone-jo etc. where heavy erosion is taking place.
The MLA granted Rs.one lakh for flood protection at Rayang village, Rs.2 lakh for
reconstruction of Sigo MIP, Rs. one lakh for Gagor MIC, Rs. 1 lakh for Linka MIC,
Rs.2 lakh for Mangnang, Rs. 2 lakh for Mikong, Rs.5 lakh for flood protection and
restoration of water supply and MIP at Mirem, Rs. 2 lakh for flood protection at
Miglung, Rs. lakh for restoration of RLR at Remi, Rs. 2 lakh for flood protection
at Bilat and Rs.3 lakh for restoration of Dekam MIC at Ledum.
Dr. Tapak also assured to take up with the Govt. regarding the roads and bridges
in the area.
Unprecedented rains for the last 26 days has also snapped surface communication and
adversely affected cultivation in many parts of West Siang district. Flood damages,
erosions, water logging, rise in water levels of rivers and tributaries and damages
to standing crops during the harvesting seasons have been reported from many parts
of the district. The district is also reeling under darkness for the last three days
due to maintenances of electric lines.
Meanwhile, the West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Marnya Ete has asked all administrative
officers to draw out contingency plans at their level to meet up all crises that
are likely to crop up.
The Upper Siang district has also been facing acute shortage of essential items,
including cooking gas due to disruption in road communication due to incessant rains.
With inputs from DIPROs
CM briefed on latest flood situation
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The State Council of Ministers today met under the chairmanship
of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here at his office and reviewed the over-all flood scenario
in the state.
The Chief Minister, who reached the state capital from New Delhi this morning, expressed
concern over the trail of damages caused by the recent spate of flash floods especially
in the districts of Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and East Siang.
While mourning the deaths of at least three persons in the last couple of days, Tuki
assured provision of relief and rehabilitation to affected people and urged his Council
of Ministers to remain alive to the situation and take effective measures concerning
their respective ministries.
The Chief Minister was briefed about the devastation caused during the floods. Official
records showed that in East Siang, several areas in Pasighat like the market and
DST and AIR colonies are inundated in flood waters while the Ledum-Pasighat road
and the Mebo-Pasighat road have been snapped. Portions of Mebo and Gadum villages
have been submerged while the iron bridge over Siku river has been washed away. In
Lohit several people including patients have been evacuated by IAF and 24 relief
camps have been opened sheltering at least 4150 people. At least 682 families have
been also reportedly affected by flood waters in Bijoypur-I and Bijoypur-III areas
of Changlang. Several places in Lower Dibang Valley like Paglam, Anpam, Loklung,
Jia, Abali, Moying, Baksek, Sekbek, Kalling, Tapar, Parbuk and Bollung have been
badly affected. A bridge over Deopani River that serves as the lifeline of Anini
has been washed away. A high power committee made a tour of Lohit and Changlang districts
on September 22.
Another aerial survey of Pasighat area and Lower Dibang Valley is scheduled for tomorrow
by the high power committee.
The Government has provided funds to all the deputy commissioners and concerned ADCs
of the affected districts for immediate relief and rehabilitation measures.
Meanwhile, The Chief Minister informed the ministers present that UPA Chairperson
and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi have accepted the invitation to visit the
state during October. Tentatively they are scheduled to visit Tawang, Dirang and
Ziro during the visit.
Dambuk, Paglam and Anpum of LDV left at mercy of nature
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Danbar Doley and Langkesar Perme at their 40 are vacantly looking
at the roaring flood water from Dotung and Dihang Rivers that created mayhem, destroyed
everything they had. Both Doley and Perme of Paglam village, a CO headquarters under
Dambuk sub-division, along with their family members are temporarily taking shelter
at Dilip Pangging (a NCP leader)’s house which was too partially damaged by the flood
water but is still standing strong.
“We have lost everything in the flood and now we are feeling totally hopeless,” said
Dilip Pangging. He informed that many families, who have lost everything to flood,
are taking shelter either in relatives’ house or at makeshift in compulsion which
are not fit for human living.
The situation in the western part of Lower Dibang Valley district is still grim,
apparently Dambuk, Paglam and Anpum villages are left to mercy of nature, since there
is no accessibility to those areas. Even the air sorties had to be suspended today
due to inclement weather. According to reports, there was acute shortage of food
items in the flood hit areas.
According to sub-divisional officer in charge Eving Yirang, who is also stranded
at Dambuk and now monitoring the situation, said that people are confined to their
makeshift. “We cannot even move to 1 kilometer, there is no way out”. Updating the
situation to this daily, Yirang informed that 4 dwelling houses and a church were
washed away today at Loklung village between Paglam and Anpum at around 2pm. He further
said, though the flood water is receding slowly there is no sign of improvement in
There is growing anger amongst the flood victims of this area against the state government
and the district administration as they are not provided any relief items till today.
They alleged that the administration is not doing anything to provide them food and
“We are isolated and left out. There is no efforts either from the government or
district administration to reach out the victims,” said a victim angrily. He further
said that people need food and shelter but not consolation at this hour of crisis.
However, the district administration clarified that they are helpless due to inaccessibility
of the areas. “We are helpless since there is no accessibility to those affected
areas; we are pinning hope on air sortie only,” said DC Garima Gupta.
Like Doley and Perme there are many marooned families surrounded by the wild flood
water, who do not even have a mobile phone to communicate with the other parts of
the world and tell their ordeal.
The Ziro Music Festival, 2012
Thursday, 13th September, 2012, turned out to be a rainy wet morning, with the heavens
opening up and drenching the world in torrents of water. But, as bad as the weather
was, it could do little to dampen our spirits as we left Shillong and headed for
the Ziro Music Festival in Arunachal Pradesh. We had decided, in one of our formal
meetings as the Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum, to attend the festival for two
reasons. Firstly, to learn from the experience so that we could replicate what was
good about the festival in the Shillong Autumn Festival. And, secondly, to network
with the people there and help them in any way we could. Accordingly, eight of us
members of the MTDF, set out for Ziro that rainy morning, in two vehicles.
We had decided to drive through and spend the first night in the NEEPCO guest house
at the Ranganadhi project, situated one and a half hours short of Ziro. It was going
to be a long trip, so we had left early from Shillong. The journey went as expected,
without any major hitches, until we reached Pohumara village in Assam where we had
to turn off the highway to head for the border town of Kimin in Arunachal. That road
turned so bad, it took us the better part of an hour to cover that 14 km stretch.
We literally “shook, rattled and rolled” along, and that lap of our trip seemed endless.
The pouring rain and low visibility, of course, did not help. So it was with a sigh
of relief that we finally crossed over into Arunachal and headed for the hills and
our first night stop.
We got into the NEEPCO guesthouse, tired and hungry, rather late that night, and
we were so relieved to find the kitchen staff waiting up for us. A hot shower and
a satisfying dinner later, we all retired for the night. The next morning we awoke
to hear the rain still incessantly drumming on the tin roof. Reluctantly we peeled
ourselves out of bed to hunt for a hot cup of tea. We stepped out of our rooms and
were greeted by the most astounding scenery. We were in a little township, nestled
among the hills, on the banks of this river swollen by the rains. The scene was straight
out of a Chinese water colour painting, with the hills partially hidden by puffs
of white clouds. We spent the rest of the morning lolling around on the veranda outside
our rooms, immersed in the ambience of the natural surroundings. That and the warm
hospitality of the officers and staff of NEEPCO is a memory we will long cherish.
After a sumptuous lunch we headed out for the last stretch to our final destination.
Snaking our way up and down the hills, we were greeted at every bend of the road
by the most amazing scenery one can imagine
The raging rivers and streams roaring past serene paddy fields and sleepy towns took
our breaths away. Deepak Laloo, MTDF Vice President and an angling buff was left
drooling over the possibilities of fishing the rivers and streams. However the swift
and turbid waters deterred him from giving it a try and the rest of us were silently
grateful for the opportunity to travel without any interruptions. Suddenly, out of
nowhere, Deepak announced that we were approaching Ziro at last. We all credited
that revelation to memories from his previous visit to Ziro, until he pointed out
the garbage littering the slopes along the sides of the road. It was like a beautiful
woman revealing a mouthful of decaying teeth as she smiled, and we felt sickened
and saddened by it. An efficient garbage and solid waste management system suitable
for our villages, towns and cities in the North East, is an urgent necessity.
When we entered Ziro, we decided to head straight for the festival venue, nestled
among the paddy fields that made up the Ziro flatland. After the rough ride from
Pohumara to Kimin, a second twist awaited us. We parked our vehicles and stepped
out onto a field of thick, sticky, slushy mud. Getting from that parking lot to
the concert area was an obstacle course that would have brought out the best in a
seasoned Vietcong! But when we got to the venue we forgot the mud, we forgot the
rain, and we just marvelled at the ambience of the venue. On top of a mound amidst
the paddy fields it seemed almost too perfect to be true. Our heartfelt gratitude
goes to Bobby Hano and his team for the three days of pure, unadulterated musical
bliss. The music just got better and better. Twenty superb bands, interspersed with
cultural items, to finally apex with the musical icon of the northeast, Lou Majaw
and friends. What was heartening was to find the Tourism Minister, the Parliamentary
secretary looking after Tourism, the local MLA, the Tourism Secretary, the Deputy
Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, supporting the festival and enjoying
the music. With that sort of support, I am certain that the festival will grow to
become a major event in the national calendar of festivals. Our most precious mementoes
from the festival – our camouflage gumboots that we had bought from the local market
on the morning of the second day!
I cannot end this piece without telling you something else that we loved from the
Ziro experience. Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to our hosts, Punyo Chada and
his wife, at Ngunu Ziro. Their kitchen, in particular, including the awesome food
our hostess produced there, simply blew us all away. We spent endless hours sipping,
eating and chatting in that kitchen, retiring to our rooms only to sleep. Its ethnic
design, and its warmth, drew us to the room much like moths to a light. Chada would
enthral us for hours with stories and explanations of the Apatani customs and traditions.
He told us of the special ecosystems in the paddy fields, where paddy cultivation
and aquacultre supported each other. His deepest fear of encroachment by dwelling
houses onto the paddy fields, and how it would adversely affect the existing fragile
traditional ecosystem, was a fear that we too shared. I do hope the legislature would
pass appropriate laws that would protect these and similar traditional practices
from the adverse affects of modern development.
We learnt a lot from our Ziro experience. We learnt that taking proper care of the
guests is the first of essential ingredients. We learnt that lack of physical infrastructure
can be overcome by the beauty of our natural surroundings and the strength of human
warmth. We learnt that the Home Stay concept can really work, provided we build up
the human skills of the hosts. We learnt that Government patronage by building the
capacity of the community to help themselves can produce amazing results. And, lastly,
our faith in the spirit and the warmth of the people of the North East was strengthened.
All in all, it was an exhilarating experience we eagerly look forward to repeating.
On behalf of the MTDF, and from myself, I would like to invite you readers to come
enjoy our Autumn Festival, scheduled to be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of November
on the banks of the Umiam Lake, about half an hour short of Shillong, on your way
up from Guwahati. “Paya aro pacho” and “aya patka” to the people of Ziro. God bless
and stay pure. ( R.G. Lyngdoh is Chairman of Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum,
Shillong and he can be reached at [email protected] )
Bangladesh High Commissioner calls on Governor, CM
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Tariq A Karim along with
Minister (Commercial) Md Habibur Rahman Khan this evening made a courtesy call on
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his offices here. The High Commissioner and the Minister
are on a three-day goodwill mission to Arunachal Pradesh.
Welcoming the dignitaries to the State, Tuki appreciated the gesture and expressed
optimism that the visit would further the cordial relation that was developed during
his visit to Bangladesh last May for a business summit.
In the informal discussion, Karim elaborated the need to work together specially
on strategies to synergize and harness natural resources for benefit of the people
without disturbing the ecology. On behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, he sought
cooperation to maintain the vibrant ecology and environment that the North East shares
“We live in an indivisible eco-system irrespective of political boundaries. Therefore
we share a common responsibility towards it. We appeal for your cooperation to maintain
it while working on conducive projects beneficial for both of us,” Karim said.
To bring home his point, the High Commissioner explained that once the GDP of North
East increases, the GDP of India will increase, which in turn will uplift the GDP
The discussion also brought up the subject of hydro-power potential of Arunachal
Pradesh, which the neighboring country has expressed keen desire to benefit from.
According to Karim, his country still is power deficit and needs extra to meet its
demands, which the state could provide once it starts producing up to its potential.
For this he advocated coordination for development of a power grid.
The High Commissioner also viewed hydro-power as the most viable, clean and environment
friendly source of energy for economic activities. He hoped that now that a bonding
has been created with Arunachal Pradesh, projects of mutual interest would soon be
Earlier, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India also called on Arunachal Pradesh
Governor J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan here and discussed various matters of interest
for promoting Indo- Bangladesh relations and issues concerning interests of Northeast
and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
Inland waterways, Brahmaputra River project and areas of prospective trade and commercial
activities were taken up in the meeting.
The Governor highlighted the tourism and hydropower potential of the State.
During his interaction with the Governor, the High Commissioner called for promotion
of social, cultural and economic bonds amongst the people of both the countries.
Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg also attended the meeting.
Karim was accompanied by Md. Habibur Rahman Khan, Commercial Counsellor in the high
commission. PRO to Raj Bhavan
Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament
Upper Subansiri thrash Tawang 4-0
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Upper Subansiri grounded Tawang 4-0 in a group level match in
the 11th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun
The scorers were Raju Dagiam (23, 32 Min), Tashan Ramching (43 Min) and Roni Ramching
In another match of the day, Dibang Valley coming from behind went on to beat Upper
Siang 2-1 to ear full points.
Upper Siang took the lead within one minute of the match with a goal from Anil Jerang.
But Papen Mano restored parity in six minutes. The winner of the match was scored
in additional time of the first half by Tokhey Meso.
Ke-me-ha festival celebrated at Roing
ROING, Sep 24: The Mishmi community of Dibang Valley has celebrated Ke-me-ha festival
with religious fervor at Masello village in Roing today.
The Ke-me-ha is a harvest ceremony celebrated by Mishmi community of Dibang Valley.
During the festival, offering is made to the spirit for the boon of good yield of
paddy and health of the family members.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Adi Cultural and Literary Society (ACLS)
president Kripa Pertin appealed to the Adis and Mishmis communities to celebrate
the harvest festivals Ke-me-ha and Solung jointly.
He said that when Adis and Mishmis can take part together in celebrations like Durga
Puja and Diwali, why the two communities can’t join hands to celebrate Ke-me-ha and
He was also concerned at the level of communication gap between the two communities
and said that though the two communities have lived together closely for several
generations, not many in the local Adi community knew about the festival ‘Ke-me-ha’.
He appealed the people to eliminate such communication gap to develop closer ties
between the two communities. Adding that, festivals can play important role in fostering
brotherly relations among the two communities.
Amongst other, Abu Tayeng, General Manager, State Transport Services and Alok Yirang,
District Medical Officer and Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson, Lower Dibang Valley,
Namo Lingi, Zilla Parishad Member, Roing also attended the festival.
On the occasion, the chief guest released a new Mishmi music album ‘Khumbu’, produced
by Yona Mele. The album introduces new budding singers like Ruth Michichi, Rompi
Miuli and Rohit Mele.
To bring vigor to the festival, badminton, volleyball competition and cultural programme
were also held in which Open Melo won the Ke-me-ha badminton singles title, Mama
Miso and Guto Meto grabbed the doubles veteran title while Apomo Linggi and Open
Melo won the doubles open title.
APSCW organizes interaction progs. at Yachuli and Ziro
Ziro, Sept 24: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) organised
a two days public hearing and interaction programme with the District Administration,
Panchayat leaders, goan buras, NGOs working for women welfare and the women from
all sections of life at Yachuli and Ziro on September 22 and 23 respectively.
Addressing the packed Abotani Hall with women from all walks of life at Ziro, Deputy
Commissioner Taru Talo emphasized on women education saying that “Educating a women
means educating the whole family.”
Addressing the gathering, APSCW Chairperson Gumri Ringu expressed her joy on the
huge turn out of women and stated that such massive participation is a motivating
factor for the Commission and rekindles their zeal to work for the betterment of
the womenfolk. Expressing her concern over the increasing rate of crimes against
women, she requested the District Administration, NGOS, Panchayat leaders and the
general public to join hands in curbing this menace.
Vice-Chairperson Radhilu Chai elaborated the functions and responsibilities of the
Commission. Terming the Commission as a family court, she appealed to all the NGOs
and individuals as well to report cases of child marriage, sexual harassment and
offences committed against women to the Commission. She also informed the gathering
that a Protection Officer has been appointed in the district where an aggrieved can
file a Domestic Incident Report (DIR) and the same can then be forwarded to the Magistrate
and the Police officer in charge of the concerned police station.
The APSCW has also recommended setting up of shelter homes for destitute women in
the twin city, job-reservation, gender –budgeting in all developmental programmes
and establishment of sexual harassment cells in the offices and districts as per
provisions of rule 22 of the APSCW Act, she informed.
Later, there was an interaction session cum public hearing where the members of APSCW
clarified queries and educated the women on their legal rights and areas covered
under Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and Child marriage Prohibition Act,2006. DIPRO
GPF team visits flood affected areas of Likabali
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A team of Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) led by Dr. Jumri Josam
and T Jirdo visited the flood affected areas in Likabali, West Siang on September
The team has informed that heavy downpour has led to death of one pandal curator
hailing from Dibrugrah and injury of a government employee of Statistical Department
of Seppa, while crossing the heavy mudslide point near Likabali Police Check Gate.
The water supply lines have been badly damaged resulting in water scarcity in Likabali
township. Besides the major blockage near Police Check Gate, road has been washed
away near Ganesh Mandir located between Rilu and Garu villages, the team added.
The team has appreciated the untiring efforts of the GREF and PHE Department in restoring
the road communication and damages caused to the water supply system respectively.
The federation appealed to the affected people to inform the GPF members in case
of any emergencies or for other financial help, according to a GPF release.
Representation to Education Minister
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: All Upper Siang District Students’ Union has urged the Education
Minister to direct the teachers, who have been recently posted in various schools,
to join their duty at their respective posting places and start teaching.
The Union, in a representation informed that the government secondary school was
upgraded to higher secondary school few years back. The government had transferred
and posted four senior teachers, namely TV Srinivasan, BR Das, Ajem Padun and Ram
Raj Singh in June 2012 last. But they didn’t join their duty in their respective
posting places even after three months, it claimed.
It also said that the government higher secondary school, Yingkiong was in need of
subject teachers including a music teacher and laboratory assistant. The union appealed
to the minister to post subject teachers at government higher secondary school Yingkiong.
The union further alleged that illegal appointment under SSA Rajya Mission was rampant
in Upper Siang District. It said the altogether, 24 SSA teachers have been appointed
in the district in recent past and such appointments have deprived the genuine unemployed
youths of the district.
It demanded the minister to look into matter seriously and cancel all the illegally
appointed SSA teachers within ten days failing which it threatened to launch movement
against the authority.
Itanagar Pastoral Range Youth Annual Sport Meet held
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Itanagar Pastoral Range Youth Annual Sport Meet 2012 was held
at Lobi Baptist Church here on September 22 and 23.
Likha Tara, Vice chairman, Sport Authority of Arunachal attended the opening ceremony
and advised the players to maintain the spirit of sport. He also informed about various
programmes and policies of state government for the welfare and benefit of sportspersons.
He suggested the students to take part in co-curricular activities along with their
regular studies for overall development.
Tamchi Niania, Youth Secretary, Itanagar Pastoral Range delivered the welcome address.
A total of 278 youth delegates from the eight churches participated in the annual
sport meet under the guidance of Likha Loma, Range Pastor, Itanagar Pastoral Range.
Tana Tagi Tara, Board of School Education (BSE) NBCC spoke on the theme “Youth should
have a proper goal and vision.”
Capital Complex bandh
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) in a meeting held
on September 22 has decided to go for its 3rd phase of protest in form of 48-hour
Capital Complex bandh starting at 5 am on September 27 to September 29 morning (5
Expressing sadness over decision of Airport Authority of India (AAI) to shift the
airport site from Karsingsa to Hollongi, the Forum stated that both AAI and state
government have turned blind to the grievances placed by them.
“We feel betrayed by AAI and state government as they abruptly decided to shift the
airport site. This happened after foundation stone of the green field airport was
laid at Karsingsa way back in the year 2007 by then union home minister Shivraj Patil.
Also, both of them have not listened to the grievances put forward by,” stated BCIF
in a release.
Meanwhile Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association while extending support
to the bandh call issued by BCIF, said that AAI and state government are doing injustice
to Karsingsa-Bander-dewa people by shifting the airport site to Hollongi. Both the
organizations have exempted media, magistrate on duty, milk van, electrical, medical
and PHE department from the purview of bandh.
Appeal to defer bandh
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The organizing committee of 11th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level
Football Tournament (TTMSLFT) and Tang Foundation Multipurpose Society have appealed
Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum to defer its 48-hr Capital Complex bandh call
as it collided with ongoing TTM state level football tournament.
In a late email release, they stated that the proposed bandh call from September
27 morning will hamper the smooth progress of the tournament which entered its crucial
stage. The bandh would also deprive the football lovers from enjoying the tournament,
NK Tape Yajo remembered on his death anniversary
Aalo, Sept 24: Highly decorated Indian soldier late NK Tape Yajo from Monigong circle
of Arunachal Pradesh was remembered on his 4th death anniversary on September 22.
Brig, Raj Pal Punia, Commander 5 Mountain Brigade with rank and file, family members,
public and civil officers paid their profound tribute to Yajo at his memorial site
erected at Bogdo by placing wreaths at his portrait The army saluted and observed
silence as a mark of respect to the great soul.
Yajo was born in 1977 and enrolled in 1st Assam Regiment of Indian Army in 1995.
He served the Indian Army with a distinction for more than 12 years and laid down
his life for the nation in a gun battle with terrorists at Punch in Jammu and Kashmir
He was awarded Kriti Chakra--the second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry
awards which comes after Ashoka Chakra and before Shaurya Chakra. Besides this, he
also received many awards, including 50 Years Independence Anniverary Medal, Videsh
Seva Medal with Clasp Bhutan, Special Seva Medal with Clasp Suraksha, OP Rakshak
Medal, High Altitude Medal, 9 Years Long Service Medal, OP Parakram.
Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier Punia recalled the contributions of late Yajo
towards the motherland and said that only distinguished service fetches Kriti Chakra
in Indian Army and this rare feat which provides special facilities should inspire
tribal people to join in Indian army.
Assuring all help and assistance from the army towards parent and kith and kins of
the deceased, he said army will write to state Govt. for all possible help from its
Former Minister Doi Ado said that the annual big honour given to the brave soldier
should come as an inspiration for the tribal people to achieve more feats. He appealed
to the army to conduct some recruitment rallies in West Siang and impart essential
training to the aspirants.
It is worth mentioning here that a Sainik School has been established at Punch in
Jammu and Kashmir and a Gym Club has been installed at Happy Valley at Shillong at
Assam Regiment Training Centre after his name by the Govt. of India. DIPRO
DC inspects damaged bridge at Ngorlung
RUKSIN, Sept 24: Responding to the plea of Ruksin Area Youth Front (RAYF) and Ngorlung
Students’ Union, East Siang deputy commissioner RK Mishra visited Ngorlung village
recently and took stock of road communication problems.
The DC assured to move the state’s PWD department for early restoration of the Mirem-Mikong-Jonai
road. During the visit, the local leaders apprised the DC about alleged inaction
of PWD, Pasighat division, which has failed to reconstruct the collapsed Bailey bridge
over Ngorung river for the last three months.
It may be mentioned here that the Bailey bridge linking interior villages with Ruksin
HQ was caved in due to overload on June 23 this year snapping road communication.
The PWD had restored communication along the road by constructing a temporary log
bridge which was washed away by the very next flood wave.
Delay in restoration of road has caused great hardship to the villagers, particularly
the school going children as there is no alternative route to reach Ruksin.
Expedite the investigation, society asks SP
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Nyochi Ao Welfare Society today urged the Superintendent of Police
(SP) of Capital Complex to expedite its investigation in connection with its first
information report no. 34271 case no.140/12 which was lodged on 28th June, 2012.
The Society claimed that no progress has been made yet on the said case over the
last couple of months. In a representation submitted to the SP Capital Complex, the
society made fervent appeal to speed up the investigation so that justice could be
ASM appeals for relief against crop damage.
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Claiming that paddy fields of many villages under 3-Gangte Tarak
Langdi circle in Kurung Kumey district were damaged by rodent, Anchal Samity Member
of 30-Higio Anchal Segment today pleaded local MLA to provide relief for the affected
villagers. The PR leader further requested for deployment of agricultural field assistant
for spot verification.
Association demands IOC to fulfill demands
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Alleging that Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) authority has neglected
the welfare of villagers since its establishment in 1984, Emchi Youth Welfare Association
today demanded the IOC authority to fulfill its charters of demands immediately.
The Association’s demands included establishment of fire brigade, primary health
centre at nearby village and job reservation in group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts in the cooperation.
APCC constitutes committee to monitor flood issue
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: In view of the recent flood in the state, Arunachal Pradesh Congress
Committee (APCC) has constituted a six-member monitoring committee headed by Takar
Marde as its chairman.
Meet on PYKKA scheme
CHANGLANG, Sept 24:A series of block level meeting for implementation of centrally
sponsored scheme with one-time seed capital assistance under PYKKA for infrastructural
development at village/ panchayat in Tirap and Longding district were held at Longding,
Lazu and Khonsa recently.
The scheme will also be implemented at Bordumsa Anchal block in Changlang district
in this year, informed R. Mihu, DSO, Tirap who is also the incharge DSO of Changlang.
TWS mourns LDC’s death
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Tamchi Welfare Society (TWS) has expressed shock over untimely
death of Tamchi Allo of Sangram, who died at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district
on September 19 after prolonged illness.
Allo was first Govt servant among Tamchi Clan and was presently working as Lower
Clark Division (LDC) at Govt Higher Secondary School Thrizno, West Kameng.
He is survived by his wife, 3 sons and two daughters.
Tamchi Welfare Society (TWS) observed a minute’s silence as mark of respect to late
Allo and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Town Baptist Church, Roing conducted social service in and around
upper Roing by clearing clogged drains and water logged footpath and road. They also
organized a prayer session and fasting for a fair weather.
VKAJ organizes workshop for teachers
Changlang, Sept 24: Changlang branch of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) organized
a workshop for teachers in connection with the celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary
of Swami Vivekananda at DIET Auditorium here on September 22-23.
Inaugurating workshop Changlang ZPM John Jugli urged the teachers to discharge their
duty sincerely and live up to society’s expectation.
Samartha--a workshop for teachers orientation was attended by 31 teachers from different
schools of Changlang which aimed at bringing attitudinal change among the teachers.
JB Memorial Football Tourney
Aalo Sept. 24: Yomcha ADC and ADC Basar played out a 1-1 draw against their respective
opponents R2 Tadin and KFC in league level matches in the Jumke Bagra Memorial Foot
Ball Tournament here.
In another matches, Memo Sports Club beat JBC 3-2 while BPDSC outclassed ADC Mechuka
Earlier, DPGC Kamki thrashed ADC Rumgong 5-0 while Pobdi S C defeated ADC Kamba 4-1.