September  25


Floods continue to wreak havoc in Arunachal

Anjaw devastated by flood and lanslide

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 stranded.

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 on.

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

Amar Sangno

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 weather.

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 shelter.

“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

R.G. Lyngdoh

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 with Bangladesh.

“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 of Bangladesh.

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 initiated.

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 today.

The scorers were Raju Dagiam (23, 32 Min),  Tashan Ramching (43 Min) and Roni Ramching (82 Min).

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

Raju Mimi

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 Solung.

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 21.

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.”



News Impact

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 am).

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, it added.


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 in 2008.

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 side.

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 delivered.


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.


Social service

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. DIPRO


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 5-1.

Earlier, DPGC Kamki thrashed ADC Rumgong 5-0 while Pobdi S C defeated ADC Kamba 4-1. DIPRO



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