September 24

‘Remove domestic animals from zoo area’

ITANAGAR, Sept 23:  The Biological Park Itanagar Curator R Flago has appealed to all cattle owners to remove all kinds of domestic animals from the zoo area by Sept 30 next.

The Curator appealed all concern to remove their cattle from the zoo area by the aforementioned date, failing which the animals will be either impounded or killed with involvement of police and magistrate while, any damage caused to the plantation and other government properties by animals, shall be recovered from the owner apart from imposition of fine and imprisonment.


Ex-servicemen reiterate demands

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The All India Central Para-Military Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association State Committee, Arunachal Pradesh has in a representation to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today reiterated its demands including one rank one pension, separate service and pension rule, ECSH facilities, statutory para-military Welfare Board, CSD canteen facilities and exemption from new contributory pension system etc.

The committee said that the Indian para-military forces also fall under the category of armed forces of the union but the continued apathy towards their genuine  grievances have  resulted in  wide spread  resentment amidst retired and serving personnel, widows and their dependents.


AAPPPU assured of an ambulance

ITANAGAR, Sept 23:  Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh chairman Gora Makik has assured to donate an ambulance for the welfare of the poor patients of the state while addressing an All Arunachal Pradesh Poor People’s Union (AAPPPU) organized function on the occasion of release of the Union’s bye-laws here on Tuesday.


Arunachalee girl honored by Delhi Police

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: An Arunachalee girl Mina Toko working as a Delhi Police North East Representative (DPNER) has been honoured by Delhi Police in recognition of her outstanding performance. Deepak Mishra, Senior Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Delhi Police has honoured Toko with memento and certificate during the special felicitation and North East Legal Awareness programme held at New Delhi yesterday.

She was inducted as DPNER in the year 2014 and since then she is very active in dealing with different criminal and civil cases, said Mishra.

Robin Hibu, Joint commissioner of Police, Nodal Officer, Special Police Unit for women and children (SUPWC), said Delhi Police has honoured Toko in appreciation of her dedicated service towards the well-being of North East people  in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

Toko is currently pursuing Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. She is also General Secretary of  the  North East Trade Union Delhi.


EKSWCO  hails DC’s contributions

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: Hailing East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh for his immense contribution and services for bringing overall change in East Kameng district, East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) has sought his services as Deputy Commissioner of the district for few more years.

Singh joined as DC of East Kameng in April 24, 2014 at a crucial time when general assembly election was in full swing and the entire election process was conducted peacefully in the district under his able administration. The law and order situation too has improved drastically ever since he took over as Deputy Commissioner. Recently he inspected various schools and initiated strict action against absentee teachers, said a release.

He visited various interior administrative centres like Lada, Chayang Tajo and interacted with govt. staff and public and had streamlined the distribution of CGI sheet for beneficiaries and is monitoring implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes, such as MNREGA, BADP etc, the statement added.

However, there are still many more to work on Trans-Arunachal Highway project, stop drug abuse etc, the organization said and sought the DC’s services for few more years for greater interest of the people of East Kameng.


Training prog on Oyster Mushroom cultivation

NAMSAI,  Sept 23: A two-day training  programme on  cultivation  of  Oyster  Mushroom  was  organized  by  the  Namsai District Horticulture Officer here on  Sept 21 and 22 last.

While addressing the  trainees,  Namsai ZPC Chow  K. Munglang emphasized on the need of mushroom cultivation  in large scale by forming SHG. He  said  that oyster mushroom  can  be  grown  easily  in  home  and it also  helps  in  maintaining balanced diet for the body.

B. Chutia from DRDA, Tinsukia explained about various types of  mushroom  through  power -point presentation.  Informing that  presently  21 varieties  of  commercial  mushroom  are  being cultivated throughout  the  world,  he  emphasized  on  large scale cultivation of oyster  mushroom in  the North Eastern region as the  climatic condition  of the region is suitable for mushroom.

Madhumita, SMS, KVK, Momong  demonstrated the method of mushroom cultivation. S Bhide,  Namsai DHO explained  the  importance  of  Mushroom  cultivation  and  its marketing facilities in  Namsai  and  Tinsukia.  The trainees also  interacted  with  the  resource  persons and cleared their doubts.


DC convenes meeting to expedite road maintenance work

AALO, Sept 23: West Siang DC Pige Ligu convened a meeting with the representatives of TK Engineering Coy and AE Highway to discuss issues related to maintenance of Aalo to Bam Tiniali road, in his office chamber here on Tuesday.

During the meeting, representative of TK Engineering assured the members present to start maintenance work within two days. He, however, informed that the continuous downpour is hampering maintenance work.

The meeting was convened in response to the Aalo to Bam Highway Maintenance Monitoring Committee (ABHMMC) declared 24hrs Chakka Bandh on 25th Sept and Aalo  bandh on 29th Sept next,  against deteriorating road condition. (DIPRO)


Memo submitted

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has submitted a memorandum to the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport demanding early regularization of passenger fare of commercial vehicles plying within the Capital Complex and adjoining areas.

Stating that the commercial vehicles in the Capital Complex charge very high passenger fare, the Union sought his early intervention into the issue.  


Fishing, hunting banned

ITANAGAR, Sept 23:  In a public meeting organized under the 69 Yuba Gaga ASM Tadar Natung which was attended by HGB, GB, PRI members, government employees and youths of the area on Friday last, it was decided to ban fishing, hunting and killing of  wild animals in the area.

It was also decided in the meeting that a fine of Rs. 30,000 will be imposed on those found violating the resolution.


Results of Vishwakarma football tourney

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: Following are the results of 21st 9 Warrior Vishwakarma Running Football Tournament played today.

Gyamar FC beat Satam Kame 1-0, MWSAP beat KV No.2 6-1, Parsi Parlo beat Gangte Hari FC 3-1.

Today’s matches:

SLSA vs CRY FC (2 pm),

LESS vs Novodaya FC (3pm),

Manu Academy vs KK FC (4pm).


Sangnyak FC beat Laho FC 1-0

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: Sangnyak FC defeated Laho FC by a solitary goal in a match of the first Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa today. The all important goal was scored by  Nyahwang Tante.

In another match of the day, Thinsa Soccer Club beat Thingdong Soccer Club 3-1.

Wasum Kakho scored two goal and Manrang Kakho one for the winning team.  The lone goal for Thingdong Soccer Club was scored by Wangkam Wangsu.

Hunkan FC will meet Borduria FC in tomorrow’s first match at 1 pm and Khonsa Village FC will play against Lainwang-Katang (B) FC in the second match at 3 pm.


Training for BLOs held

PASIGHAT, Sept 23: Thirty-three Booth Level Officers (BLOs) cum designated officers of 38 Pasighat East constituency attended a day-long training for Special Summary Revision of Electoral Roll at the DC’s conference hall here today.

The training was conducted by the EAC cum ERO Tajing Padung aiming to clear all doubts of the BLOs so that error-free electoral role could be prepared. While addressing the participants, Padung instructed the BLOs to follow the guidelines framed by the Election Commission of India. He emphasized upon the need to speed up the process of updation and registration of new voters in the electoral rolls.

CO cum AERO R Pertin called for regular review of progress of BLOs with regard to addition, deletion and registration of new voters. DIPRO


BCYA appeals for TFC at Hollongi

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) in a representation to the Chief Secretary of the state appealed for establishment of a Tourist Facilitation Centre (TFC) headed by CO near Hollongi check gate.

In its representation, the BCYA said there is an urgent need for posting of a CO along with creation of Tourist Facilitation Centre for issuing Inner Line Permit (ILPC) at Hollongi to the tourists visiting our state.  Hollongi is often visited by both domestic and foreign tourists, the  Association said adding  many tourists often turn back or they  have  to  procure ILP from Balijan ADC since there is no facilities for issuing ILP at Hollongi, the   Association said.


KVK training for agriculture extension workers

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: In-service training on double cropping systems and system of rice intensification method of rice cultivation for agricultural extension workers was conducted at District Agriculture Office, Khonsa by KVK, Deomali Tirap on September 22.

The subject matter specialist in Agronomy of the KVK imparted the training and discussed on all the aspects of feasible double cropping systems for the district and rice cultivation under SRI method.

Different problems of farmers witnessed by the agriculture extension workers at grassroots level on crop cultivation also discussed in the training programme.

They also visited some nearby agricultural fields and advised farmers to take some effective steps to increase production and productivity of crops.

The SMS advised the Agriculture Extension Workers to increase the cropping intensity of the district through rice-toria cropping system and urged the participants to abstract full benefit from the KVK.

16 Agriculture Extension Workers from the entire district participated in the training.


TUFC-B, CCSC win in Abo Tani Cup

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The “B” team of Todo United FC beat their ‘A’ team 3-2 in a group level match in the Abo Tani Cup Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The “A” team took an early lead against their “B” team through goal from Tana Sanju in 18th minutes. The score was equalized by the “B” team in 21st minute with goal from Degio Nanu before Bania Joseph put the “B” team ahead by scoring in 39th minute (2-1). Heri Tali scored the third goal for TUFC 'B' in 48th minute through a penalty kick (3-1).

Sanju of TUFC-A again scored in 56th minute to reduce the margin of defeat to 2-3.

In the second match of the day, CCSC beat Tarh Ku FC 2-0. Nguri Abin scored both the goals for the winning team.


News Impact

Inclusion of Chakma & Hajong as APST will dilute the constitutional safeguards of indigenous people: Kiren

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijuju has said that while Chakmas and Hajongs faced great sufferings for very long period of time and deserved the citizenship status but their inclusion as Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribes will dilute the constitutional safeguards of Arunachal indigenous people.

While Supreme Court order has to be complied but the rights of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh also should not be overlooked, the MoS said.  

Rijiju said that the state government must defend and appeal before the Supreme Court effectively to protect the legal and demographic safeguards of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.

“It was historically wrong to settle them inside the territory of NEFA without the consent of the local people. There are other parts in the country where Chakmas  & Hajongs are already citizens and therefore a mechanism must be worked out where Arunachal Pradesh do not take extra burden of the large numbers of Chakmas & Hajongs”, the minister stated.

Rijiju has asked the Home Ministry’s North East Division to seek the reports from Arunachal Pradesh Government to respond to the Supreme Court direction and to obtain the reports of State Level Core Committee headed by Secretary (Political) Government of Arunachal Pradesh in which AAPSU and other representatives are members.

On Sept 17, the Supreme Court had directed the State Government and the Union Government to finalize the conferment of citizenship rights on the eligible Chakmas and Hajongs and also to ensure compliance of the direction within three months.



STPI centre in city soon

NEW DELHI, Sept 23: Director General of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Omkar Rai has assured Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to set up a centre of the STPI at Itanagar at an early date. Rai called on Tuki at New Delhi today and they finalized the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the STPI and State Government in the first week of October.

The STPI Centre at Itanagar would pave the way for employment and entrepreneurship avenues in the IT Sector and is likely to considerably enhance the IT– ITES Sector in the State. STPI is an autonomous society under the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.

Rai had earlier visited the State to inspect the premises for setting up of the STPI.

Moreover, the Director General informed that STPI is committed to encouraging the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Sector in the State through the flagship scheme of North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS) for which STPI is the Nodal Agency. Under the Digital India Programme, the NEBPS was introduced to incentivise BPO operations in the region by establishing 5,000 seats with capital support in the form of viability gap funding.

The BPO Sector has the potential to generate employment and also render a window to local entrepreneurs to set up BPO centres.

The Chief Minister welcomed the initiative of STPI to introduce the NEBPS scheme in Arunachal Pradesh and pledged full support of the State Government towards its implementation.

Senior Director of STPI Devesh Gupta, who was also present in the meeting, mentioned that the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the NEBPS scheme has already been floated and that interested entrepreneurs and companies can apply for availing the same.



AAPSU to move against SC verdict

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today unanimously decided to fight against the verdict of Supreme Court in favour of citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees in the state or nation as a whole. AAPSU will file review petition against the verdict and warned that if anybody found extending support to the refugees in the state shall face serious action.

In a meeting chaired by AAPSU vice president (Prot.) Happy Toko, the Apex Student body resolved that it will fight against the SC judgment to grant citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs.

“Chakma and Hajong don’t deserve Indian citizenship as they committed uncountable crimes against the indigenous people since they settled in the state in 1964,” AAPSU said.  The  Union further said that cases of murder of innocent people, rape and atrocities against the local women in the state have been recorded and illegal felling  of trees in reserved forest area, wildlife poaching and drug trafficking are commonly being practiced by the refugees. The crimes committed by the refugees are unpardonable, the union added.

Infiltration of refugees or abnormal growth of refugee population has become a major challenge for the security of local people,  AAPSU said   adding  that  granting  citizenship to refugees is a serious concern for the indigenous people of the state.  “Formation of underground group (Naxalite) by the Chakmas and Hajongs indicates that they have vindictive motive in their movement particularly against the indigenous people,” claimed AAPSU. Meanwhile, AAPSU appealed all the individuals and organizations to participate in the mega rally against SC verdict to be held on Sept 28 at Itanagar.



Toko Likha Yaram conferred with NE

Woman Entrepreneur award

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The 2nd Vasundhara NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14) for Arunachal Pradesh was conferred upon Toko Likha Yaram in recognition of her  achievement at a function at IIM Shillong on Saturday. The award, instituted by Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati was conferred on Yaram by M Rajeshwar Rao, Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai during the annual management conclave of IIM Shillong called EmergE 2015.

Yaram started a cold storage named M/s Arunachal Valley Cold Storage and M/s Toya Hotel, Papum Pare.  Both are service-based industries. The cold storage unit at Banderdewa, the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh’s capital has helped in creating a marketing hub for agro based products benefitting both the farmers, as well as public.

Those who won state awards from other North East States  are:  Lata Lepcha from Sikkim, T. Jemima Achumi from Nagaland, Moirengthem Muktamani Devi from Manipur (also the title winner), Lalhimpuii Hmar from Mizoram, Sukla Rani Debbarma from Tripura, Queency Thangkhiew from Meghalaya and Kanta Dey from Assam. They were awarded with cash award, trophy, plaque and citation each.

Moirengthem Muktamani Devi of Manipur won the overall Vasundhara NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14) title. Devi, who is into the business of manufacturing woolen knitted shoes and exports her products to UK, Australia and Korea, besides supplying regularly to Defence forces was given a cash award of Rs 25,000 along with the winner’s trophy, a plaque, a citation and an Eri shawl.

Basamly Krisikro from Arunachal Pradesh had won the Vasundhara – NE Woman Entrepreneur  award  for the year 2012-13.



Multiple entry can be removed with help of BLAs: DEO

TAWANG, Sept 23: Tawang Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Duly Kamduk opined that multiple entries of electors in the Electoral Roll can only be removed with the assistance of the Block Level Agents (BLAs).

Addressing a meeting held in connection with Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Roll on Monday,  the DC cum District Election Officer stressed on error free electoral roll for all the constituencies in the district. He directed all the EROs and the AEROs to pay proper attention while disposing off the claims and objections.

Highlighting on the importance of the Booth Level Agents he requested all the political parties in the district to appoint their respective BLAs so that the district gets an error free Electoral Roll.

Mika Nyori, ADC Lumla who attended the training for State Level Master Trainers in Nirvachan Bhawan, Itanagar elaborated on various forms that are used in the Revision Process.

The meeting was attended by all the EROs, AEROs, Representatives of BJP and INC beside other officers.

At Koloriang, a training and orientation on Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral rolls was held for EROs, AEROs and booth level officers in the conference hall of District Election Officer (DEO), Kurung Kumey today.

DC cum DEO Mamata Riba, who chaired the training, asked all the EROs and AEROs to be committed and conversant for higher achievement of the programme as per schedule fixed by the ECI.

In addition to clarification in all aspects of the matter related to the revision with the BLOS and EROs, a special campaign date for differently abled, women, NRI and in-service voters was also fixed on October 26 to be organized by the respective ERO, AERO of Kurung kumey and Kra Dadi districts.



NE jewelry and loin loom costumes immensely appreciated at London Fashion Week

GUWAHATI, Sept 23: Yana Ngoba, one of the first tribal jewellery designers from the region and the founder of designer label Yana in Style, presented her exclusive designs at the coveted London Fashion Week on Saturday. As a part of the London Fashion Week's off-schedule shows 'Fashions Finest', Yana showcased her collection at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Yana Ngoba along with renowned weaver Nabam Aka, both hailing from Itanagar, showcased contemporary tribal jewellery and costumes at the event. The collection at Fashions Finest- London Fashion Week brings in life loin loom, one of the oldest looms in the world.  This fabric is hand-woven by the weavers of the Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh. A heritage fabric, its making has been passed down from generation to generation of weavers. The designers jointly worked in the North-Eastern states to uplift traditional weavers and introduce new and safe weaving looms. The colored fabrics have been dyed using the traditional method of indigo dyeing, and also with other vegetable colors.

The apparels consisted of motifs like zinjab, looch, bumph, madoli, juhah, hangbia are all inspired by traditional ornaments of Arunachal Pradesh whereas the accessories and ornaments were made of bronze, silver, old Indian coins, bamboo canes. Other pieces in the collection were inspired by "gale" which takes almost 100- 150 man hours to complete.

About her collection showcased at the London Fashion Week, Yana says, "This is my first show in London and I am so overwhelmed with the response. Every piece of jewelry, every fabric that we showcased in our runway show, has a story and emotion behind it. It takes hours of efforts and emotions for our weavers and jewelry designers to make a single piece. I am so glad that people here in London are connoisseurs of good artmanship and acknowledge the efforts behind it.”

“I am overwhelmed with the support and appreciation we are getting after the event. Our tradition and fabric are exotic. Especially our silk like Muga and Eri are of world class. All the designers and buyers liked the quality and we look forward to promote our traditional fabric and artmanship to the international level", says Nabam Aka.



Army observes Golden Jubilee

celebration of Indo-Pak War

AALO, Sept 23:  The 5 Mountain Brigade of Indian Army celebrated Golden Jubilee year of Indo-Pak War on Tuesday.

On the occasion, SM Deputy Commandant, Col. Jagdish Singh Budhwar paid homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their life during Indo-Pak War.

Addressing a large gathering of jawans and retired army personnel, Budhwar appealed them to work hard to safeguard the nation. Later, Budhwar along with officers and officials visited the memorial site of Kirti Chakra recipient Late NK Tape Yajo of 1st Assam Regiment at Bogdo and paid floral tributes. Late Yajo had laid down his life for the nation on 22nd Sept, 2008 during a gun battle with terrorists in Poonch sector of Jammu & Kashmir. (DIPRO)



All set for Ziro Music Festival

The buzz word in Ziro besides ”Know plastics for no plastics” is “The Ziro music festival”. The festival site located amidst swaying golden yellow paddy fields almost ready to be harvested, pine trees and kiwi orchards ,autumn scented winds is a perfect weekend gateway. A brain child of Hano Bobby, the Festival Director, it is one of its kind in the world. The festival enters it fourth edition this year.

The music festival has got a very interesting story behind. In early 2012, Menopause, a Delhi based Band was slated to perform in Itanagar under Bobby’s event management team. Unfortunately some student unions called a 48 hrs bandh, and the entire concert team headed for Ziro. The idea of organizing a music concert, away from the maddening crowd, in the laps of the exquisite natural beauty of Ziro was born during this visit. Anup Kutty, lead vocalist of Menopause and Hano Bobby sweated and emptied their pockets on the idea. Five months later Ziro witnessed the first edition of the Music festival, in September.

The Festival Director, Hano has been meticulously working along with his team from AYA, ASU and Ngunu Ziro to promote Ziro as a tourist’s destination on a musical note. Yes, there were a lot of hurdles in convincing the people around for accepting the idea. But Bobby and his team believed that music binds people, it creates a bond unbreakable and when people go back to their states and countries, Ziro and its warm people are remembered with affection.

UK based Rock Street Journal reviewed the last edition of the festival and said “Hipster Cynicism (was) no match for the sheer beauty of the venue and the friendliness of everyone present”.  The Tetso sister via Tehelka wrote “you need time on your hands and the heart of an adventure to come and enjoy this little piece of heaven”.  Ziro is truly globalised. Bobby visualizes promoting responsible tourism through this music festival. He says that high ranking Govt. officials, politicians from across the country have booked their tents for the entire four days and we as hosts need to be more responsible. People come here to enjoy the music, to learn about our culture and tradition and to spend a quality time. In return our entrepreneurs, hoteliers, villagers, craftsmen, vegetable venders etc are able to do brisk business in these four days. Hano and his team’s effort was recognized when the cabinet recently approved the Ziro music festival as an annual event of the Tourism Department and started funding it. And to mention here, Hano is a college dropout, but it’s his vision and commitment alone that has propelled him all along. He also credits the current MLA Tage Taki and also the former legislator Padi Richo for their unconditional support for his model of tourism for Ziro.

This year 32 bands from across the country will fill the plateau with music unlimited from 24th to 27th September.  Side Effects (Mynamar), Run it’s the kid (Delhi), the F 16s (Chennai), Tetso Sisters (Nagaland), Gowri Jaykumar (Mumbai) , Barmers Boys (Rajasthan), Omak Komut Collection, Takar Nabam to name a few. Besides music several activities like nature treks, Apatani Cultural heritage walk, bird watching, trek to Pange wildlife sanctuary, high altitude Tarin fish farms, Shivling at Kardo hills, river rafting at Kamle river and bike an cycle expeditions around the plateau have been planned out this year. Michi Yarang, a yoga expert who has travelled across the world would conduct meditation and yoga classes during the festival.

Tent accommodations have been arranged in and around the festival ground. The hoteliers in the town are happy as all their rooms have been booked for the entire four days. It’s a cent percent business days for them.  The District administration has directed all the hoteliers to maintain their visitor registers, install CCTV cameras, verify the police records of the staffs before recruiting and put their best foot forward to make the visitor feel secure and at home. To take stock of the security arrangements at the festival ground, Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang and SP Tumme Amo visited the festival venue yesterday and interacted with the organizing members.

All efforts are being made by both the District Administration and the Festival organizers to ensure a safe and a joyous stay at Ziro. So it is the time to relax and soak into different genres of music in the little piece of heaven known as Ziro. DIPRO



Gadkari assures early completion of TAH

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: Union Minister for Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari has assured All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) that the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) will be completed soon.

The long-awaited dream of having the Trans-Arunachal Highway by the people of the state will become a reality soon, Gadkari said to a delegation of AAPSU in New Delhi today, according to an AAPSU release.

Gadkari will also hold a talk with the state government soon on matter related to highway projects, the release informed.

On compensation, the Union Minister said, “Once the realistic DPR for compensation is reached, he will address it without any further delay,” AAPSU informed quoting the minister.

Earlier, the AAPSU delegation submitted a memorandum to Gadkari apprising him about the tardy progress and non-execution of TAH works in various portions in spite of getting work orders by various construction firms/companies and even after withdrawal of sizeable mobilization fund.

AAPSU cited the example of Potin to Pangin portion of the TAH, the construction works of which is yet be started by (ECI&ECC Ltd. & SREI (later on a joint venture with a changed nomenclature ‘PPHL’) even after getting the appointment on July 18 last year and withdrawing mobilization fund amounting to Rs. 45 Cr.

AAPSU president Kamta Lapung urged Gadkari to pass necessary order to all the firms to start their respective projects without further delay. He also requested him to ensure that the successful bidders, after getting the mobilisation fund, do not evade from the execution of their respective works. He further requested the minister to release the compensation as early as possible.

Spokesperson (AAPSU) Tanya Agu urged for the Union Minister to expedite all the ongoing road projects in Arunachal Pradesh. He also urged both state and central governments to ensure proper implementation of the project as per the guideline without compromising on the quality.

AAPSU also appealed to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to cooperate and not to politicize the developmental activities in the light of the Trans Arunachal Highway. AAPSU further requested the people of the state to refrain from setting up of illegal structures along the ROW for compensation.



Victorious Karate team calls on S&YA Secretary

ITANAGAR, Sept 23: The medal winning karate players and coaches of Commonwealth Karate Championship accompanied by Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) president Likha Tara met Dani Salu, Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, today afternoon.

While interacting with the players and coaches, Dani lauded the karatekas for their splendid performance in the championship bringing laurels to the state and the country as well. He encouraged them to keep up the hard work and practice, and continue with the same spirit and tempo to achieve more success in future.

Appreciating AKA’s untiring efforts for development and promotion of the sport in the state which is now paying off, the Secretary assured AKA officials to extend all possible help from his side to get the sanctioned amount for the just concluded Commonwealth Championship released soon by the state government as per norm.

Highlighting the various sportsperson friendly programmes and policies of the state government, he said that sports sector under the leadership of  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will achieve more heights in days to come.

Later, the team also met Sports Director Tadar Appa at Chimpu and briefed him about the performance of the players.

“You did your part, now it is our turn to do more for you,” Appa said, and assured AKA all possible help from his department.

Meanwhile, another batch of two players, Lipin Ete and Gyamar Doka returned home from Commonwealth Championship today.

Lipin and Gyamar won a silver medal each in the Championship in Sub-Junior category. Both the players won a Bronze medal each in KAI Sub-Junior National Championship which served as qualifier for the Commonwealth Championship.



Contrasting weather baffles experts, laymen

Active monsoon affects vegetable cultivation in Siang Valley

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

PASIGHAT, Sep 23: Monsoon rain still active in Siang Valley and various parts of the state is badly affecting the cultivation of winter crops, particularly vegetables.

Rainy weather in the region is not only hitting the normal life but also hampering construction of road, bridges and other developmental activities.

The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) had a forecast of normal rainfall in NE states and had a perception that monsoon would last till the month of September.

The flash flood due to heavy downpour devastated Mebo sub-division in East Siang and Anpum and Loklung villages in adjoining Lower Dibang Valley district.

According to data available in Pasighat Division of Water Resource Department, East Siang district received rainfall of 1,530.50 mm during June this year, while the rate of rainfall in July and August was 842.50 mm and 1,784.50 mm respectively.

The number of rain-days during June was 22, while it recorded 18 and 21 rain-days during month of July and August. The current month has so far witnessed 13 rain days till date.

Plenty and frequent rainfall in the last part of September is an unnatural phenomenon in this region. The contrasting weather for the last three years has baffled the meteorologists as well as the laymen, while the farming communities are worried because of uncertain weather condition.



Make ZFM a grand success: ASU

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 23:  The Apatani Students Union (ASU) has appealed to the people of Ziro valley to extend whole-hearted support to Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM) which begins tomorrow.

ASU Secretary General Hage Kanno while talking to this daily stated the ZFM has brought international fame to picturesque Ziro valley.

“Media persons from across the country converge at Ziro to cover ZFM. When they write about festival, it indirectly helps in the tourism promotion of the area. No amount of publicity can generate such kind of curiosity among visitors that ZFM does,” said Kanno.  

Further he added, “Neither during Myoko, Dree nor in any other occasion the Ziro valley is flooded with so many tourists. The hotels, lodges, home stays, campsites, all were booked in advance and full, not a single room vacant. More homes and adjustments are made. Many tourists couldn’t come because of the non-availability of room. In the past we have seen instance where some groups even stayed in their vehicles.”

He also claimed that festival provides job opportunity to many local youths. “The local unemployed youth have the opportunity to earn for more than a month during the festival working on the structures. More than 100 youth are employed. The festival also helps to create awareness about need to keep city clean. Every evening, after the programmes are over litters, cans, bottles, wrappers and all other wastes are gathered by volunteers especially from Government College Yachuli in a place which is collected by UD vehicle every morning. Even the tourists are encouraged and they help in cleaning,” said Kanno.


---- Editorial ----


Commendable Act

In a country where security cover is often flaunted by many VIPs/VVIPs as symbol of status, the decision of the family member of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to voluntarily give up their elite Special Protection Group cover is refreshing to hear. Ex-PM’s daughter themselves wrote to home ministry seeking removal of SPG guards. They have set up an example which others should try to emulate. Especially the politicians of Arunachal should learn something from them.

In our state large chunk of police force are busy protecting so-called VIPs. Even politically appointed figures like chairmen, vice-chairmen, etc are provided PSO. Some of the MLAs and parliamentary secretaries have even been given Z category security cover. This really does not make sense.   Barring troubled district of Tirap, Changlang and Longding which are battling insurgency problem, the major part of state is peaceful. Therefore what is need of providing high security cover to the politicians of state?  Government should not just randomly provide security to every tom, dick and harry. Instead of wasting energy of police forces on securing life of so called VIPs, they should be used to secure life of the ordinary citizens.




---- Readers Forum ----


Oppose citizenship to Chakmas

Dear Editor,

In its goodwill to bring “justice” to about one lakh Chakma refugees settled in Arunachal, the Apex court may be in fact bringing, in the same coin, monumental injustice to her thirteen lakhs indigenous tribal population.

As we all know the Chakma refugees are mostly settled in the Namsai, Lohit and Changlang districts; the land of the compassionate Buddhists and of the harmony seeking Rang Fraists. Therefore, more than elsewhere it is on humanitarian grounds that the Arunachali people and the refugees had been peacefully coexisting for the past four decades; firmly believing in the oneness of mankind and benevolence to all.

However, if on humanitarian pretext if you are upsetting the natural demographic balance of the region who would be held responsible for the chaos that follow, for the social and political disorder that ensues? Even now the population of the refugees (one lakhs) exceed those of the natives, the only exception being that of the Nyishi and the Adi, by a narrow margin. Continuous immigration to the state from Mizoram, Assam and other parts of the country being the prime factor for such phenomenal rise in its population. Granting of citizenship rights in Arunachal would be almost like opening the floodgates and saying, “All the Chakma refugees of the world! Come here, it is your land, Arunachal.”

Wild demographic changes brought in Assam by British administrators is considered by many scholars as one of the leading factors for all the many problems afflicting her today. It would not be an exaggeration to say that such demographic disorder which would inevitably follow the granting of citizenship rights to the refugees in Arunachal, might push the north east’s most peaceful state towards a state of perpetual chaos, ethnic conflicts and armed violence.

The indigenous tribal people of Arunachal are humans too - with its human apprehensions, its human needs and human limitations. I oppose granting of Citizenship rights to the Chakma- Hajong refugees in Arunachal.


Dite Pertin




Threat to indigenous people

Dear Editor,

The directive of Supreme Court on Chakmas shocked the indigenous people of the state. The AAPSU has always been raising the denizens’ voices of repulsion over the issue of Chakma-Hajongs but the recent SC’s verdict of granting the citizenship to refugees sternly contradicts the people’s voice. 

As per SC’s verdict, these refugees must be given facilities as being provided to the tribals. Do you agree with that?  And how awful is that few anti-Arunachal politicians helped them get citizenship in our state for vote banks.

I remember in July 2012, how the violence broke out between indigenous Bodo and Bangladeshi immigrants leading to loss of many lives of immigrants.  The Bodo people knew the vagabonds are threat to them and their land. I fear we might face the same fate as Tripura. In 2013, I met few friends from Tripura at Dimapur, Nagaland who then told me how indigenous people are starving for freedom and rights since the socio-political scenario is controlled by Bangladeshi immigrants. Today the indigenous people of Tripura are minorities. The numbers of Bangladeshi immigrants multiply like microbes.  Today they are a lakh in population; tomorrow, they will be in crores. Few cosmopolitan minds may have sympathy for them now but our descendants will have ruined fate since every right, in any stand, for native people will be snatched by Bangladeshis.

The rise in number of immigrants is not only faced by Arunachal but all other NE states like Assam, Meghalaya etc. The SC’s decision may abruptly increase the demography of immigrants in the state. The supreme dictators of our state are silent over this verdict.

In spite of sorting out the core indigenous subjects such as enhancing rate of unemployment, crimes, pothole roads, corruption in the state, the leaders seem to inexplicably trade our land to immigrants in exchange of vote banks.

I think we are at the verge of losing our Identity. We respect the Supreme Court but we object its verdict on sharing the same privileges with outsiders.

Therefore, I request the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh to wake up from sleep and prevent the impending ordeal of deathtrap and support the voice raised by AAPSU for the betterment of our future.


Bamang Taba





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