All party meet on SC refugee verdict
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called an all-party meeting at his
official residence on September 28 to discuss on the Chakma-Hajong issue.
A thorough and threadbare discussion on the Supreme Court verdict for granting citizenship
to Chakma and Hajong refugees is expected in the meeting.
Two persons from each political party have been invited to attend the proposed meet.
Doimukh Govt College to be shifted
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The Government College at Doimukh will be shifted to Midpu-I (KVIC).
This was decided in a public meeting held at Midpu in the presence of local MLA cum
Speaker Nabam Rebia, Papum Pare DC, Tai Kaye, SDO Doimukh Ibom Tao and the PRI leaders
of the area, informed ZPM Doimukh-II, Tana Yayo Nabam in a press release.
All the land owners have agreed to the decision. It is found that the location is
pollution free as well as its environment is conducive for the college, added the
Two houses burnt down
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: A devastating fire which broke out at 11.30 PM on Saturday night
at ALC Line Koloriang, gutted down two houses. The houses belonged to Bengia Sinda
and Pani Mangha, while the house of Taug Tato was partially damaged in the inferno.
Although Koloriang town has no fire station, SP Issac Pertin leading from the front
along with Biaro Sorum, EAC Hq, T. Chakum, ARCS, Bengia Kagung, AE(Elect) other govt
employees, students and public of the town joined hands and managed to get the fire
under control by 1.30 AM.
Immediate relief has been made available to the victims consisting of food, essential
utilities as well as cash by the District Administration.
As per the report of OC Koloriang, K L Pertin, who was at the ground dousing the
fire, preliminary investigation indicates that the probable cause of fire could be
a short circuit.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey, Mamata Riba requested the Home Department
for immediate setting up of a fire station at Koloriang and all circle headquarters
of the district.
Photography workshop at Ziro
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The Arunachal Photography Club and Nikon India conducted photography
workshop on Sept 25th and 26th at Ziro. Altogether 32 participants including amateur
as well as professionals participated in the workshop.
The mentors of the workshop were from Nikon India technical team. During the workshop,
theory session and practical classes were held. General Secretary of the Club, Dr
Joram Khopey promised to conduct more such workshops, seminars, etc in the days to
The workshop concluded successfully with photo reviews analysis under the guidance
of the mentors and photo experts. The participants were distributed Nikon School
DC holds meeting with HODs
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The monthly coordination meeting of the Head of Departments (HoDs)
of East Kameng district was held at Kameng Hall, Seppa on Sept 25 last. The HoDs
briefed about the status of the works/ schemes carried out by their respective department
and also the target to be achieved in the coming financial year. All the issues concerning
each other’s department were discussed and sorted out.
While initiating the discussion, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh informed
that Aadhar enrollment is going on at Seppa town for database entry of national population
register. He also added that Aadhar Card will fully cover the district within Dec
this year. The DC enquired the status of the works of various departments and asked
them to supply information instantly on public quarries under RTI.
He suggested the HoDs to appoint a nodal officer to deal with the land encroachment
cases and directed them for early initiation of the process for allotment of their
departmental land pacing way for revenue generation. He also directed the Power (Elect)
and PHED for immediate shifting of utilities under Right of Way (RoW) for smooth
construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway. The DC also asked the DLRSO to constitute
committee for joint survey of the boundary of the district hospital Seppa and handing
over SSB land for mini secretariat. He also enquired the status of BSNL services
at Bameng and Chayangtajo.
The DC further asked the Station Superintendent Transport to continuously pursue
the process of starting bus service between Chayangtajo and Guwahati.
Dy. SP, G Dajangju who briefed about law and order situation stressed on the need
for opening of check gates at Bana and Pakke Kessang with CCTV camera facilities.
He informed that rigorous MV checking shall be done within Seppa town.
EE (E) Er. G. Nalo sought help of the PWD and RWD to evolve modalities, so as to
ensure that electric lines damaged during road constructions were restored at the
AYO-ABSU holds awareness programme
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The Arunachal Youth Organization (AYO) and All Bodo Students Union
(ABSU), Assam today held an awareness cum interaction programme in a city hotel.
The 32 member ABSU delegates arrived this morning for the interactive session. The
two organisations deliberated on issues ranging from promotion of communal harmony
and developing brotherhood among the people of Assam-Arunachal.
They resolved to work together and cooperate with each other. After the discussions,
the organisations adopted for joint six points resolution. AYO and ABSU will work
in tandem with each other for peaceful co-existence by promoting unity, peace and
trust. AYO will extend all possible help to ABSU for the cause of realising Bodoland
with all possible democratic means. Also respecting the ABSU's sentiments on the
issue of demand for Bodoland, AYO has consented to raise the matter with MoS Home
Kiren Rijiju at the earliest. Further both the organisations have agreed to spread
the message of unity and brotherhood in their respective areas especially in schools.
Besides deciding to go for cultural exchanges, AYO agreed to help in the matter related
to human trafficking with special reference to child labour issue.
Yoga camp concludes
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The three day Yoga Camp for school children under innovation activities
for girls education organised by District SSA Mission in collaboration with Art of
Living, Arunachal Pradesh concluded yesterday at Officer’s Club, Seppa. The Art of
Living faculties from various district imparted yoga training to 650 students.
Swami P.Alexander from Bengaluru taught the students about yoga and its value in
daily life. DC Sandeep Kumar Singh advised the students to take care of both health
as well as academic study. ADC Pooja Jain explained about the demerits of child marriage
and advised the students against it. Er. Pai Dawe, Art of Living teacher and Kata
Rangmo DDSE also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
AVP’s sports competitions
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The East Siang unit of Arunachal Vikas Parishad conducted the
circle level sport competition for Sille-Oyan circle.
The two-day competition included 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, shot-put, kabaddi, long-jump
for both boys and girls in sub-junior, junior, senior categories.
57 athletes out of the total 250, who participated in the competition, were selected
for the district level competition.
Meanwhile, AVP’s district level sports competition for Lower Dibang Valley was held
at Roing today.
Altogether, 53 athletes were selected on the basis of their performance for the state
level sports meet scheduled to be held at Doimuk in November. Certificates were given
to the winners.
Workshop on Seating and Wheelchair usage
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: A two day workshop will be held on 'Seating and Wheelchair usage'
for differently abled children at Sishu Saarothi, Birubari (opposite Ramakrishna
Mission path) at Guwahati in partnership with Kong Kong Lige Loyi Foundation (KKLLF)
from Sept 28. The workshop is aimed for the benefit of Rehabilitation professionals,
parents of wheelchair users and prospective wheelchair users, caregivers and Persons
with Disabilities using wheelchairs. It will be conducted by Indranil Ghosh, Head
of Therapy, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), Kolkata who is specially trained
in Seating, Posture and Hydrotherapy.
Kong Kong Lige Loyi Foundation is a trust with multiple objectives formed in the
name of a young boy who is no more.
Aboh lauds CRPF
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA of Khonsa West Tirong
Aboh while inaugurating a community hall at Dadam on Sept 27 said that after the
establishment of the CRPF post at Dadam, the law and order had markedly improved.
The MLA thanked the 36Bn Commandant for repairing and renovating community hall at
CO H/Q Dadam which was in a dilapidated condition.
He asked the villagers to maintain the hall properly adding that community hall or
Morong is important to the Nocte community.
Commandant 36Bn, P. Johnnes said that more civic action programmes would be carried
out for the benefit of the villagers. (DIPRO)
NGO check illegal shop items
AALO, Sept 27: West Siang based NGO - Mothers’ Vision on Saturday with women volunteers
from 33 sectors and colonies of Aalo township divided in groups checked and imparted
awareness on sale of illegal items in the Ghumtis that are largely responsible for
spoiling the life of adolescent boys and girls.
Jumde Yomgam Gamlin and Kenbi Jini Bagra, President and General Secretary of the
NGO said that the fight against the growing menaces in the society will continue
for a better society for all to live in.
The cleanliness drive in the market area will also be continued sector wise, informed
T. Wangchadong Memorial Football
Khonsa GHSS, Bazaar FC wins
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: GHSS, Khonsa defeated NECORMP by 2-1 goals in a match of the Thansen
Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa today. Wangchu
scored both the goals for the winning team. The consolation goal for NECORMP team
was scored by Ngonlin Bo. Bazaar FC won against Upper Chinkoi by 3-2 goals in the
second match of the day.
Noksam Pansa, Logan L Medam and Tanwang Doidam netted a goal each for Bazaar FC.
The scorers of Upper Chinkoi were Wankha Sumyan and Dawang Tekwa.
Tirap Badminton FC will play against Pullung FC in the first match tomorrow and Khunnu
Yoth Club will be up against Changyak FC in the second match at 3 pm.
CM’s badminton tourney
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The 2nd Chief Minister’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran Badminton Championship
will be conducted at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium here from Nov 6 to 8. It was decided
in a meeting of Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) today chaired by vice
president Tadar Appa.
The championship will be held for both men and women of age 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+ years
and above in singles and doubles. The mixed double event will be held for players
of age 35 years and above.
An organising committee was also constituted for smooth conduct of the championship.
Team Arunachal at Wushu Championship
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: A team of six members have been selected to participate in the
upcoming National Junior Wushu Championship to be held at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh
from October 4 to 9.
The team comprises of players Rahul Das, Taring Sonam Liyak, Kishen Chetia and Tadung
Dada with Abo Lukham as Coach and Techi Junah as the manager.
Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union on Saturday conducted a mass social service in the
RK Mission Hospital Complex, Itanagar. The volunteers cleared the drains, roadside
weeds/jungles up to RK Mission campus on the way to the helipad, the pay cabin of
female wards, emergency wards etc.
Cash incentives for meritorious sportsperson
[ M Doley ]
ITANAGAR, Sep 27: The State government will reward all meritorious sportspersons
of the state with cash incentives in recognition of their brilliant performances.
Cash incentives will be provided to all sportspersons of various disciplines, who
have brought laurels to the state by winning medals through their smart performance
in various national, international and regional level competitions. The incentives
will be given away during November-December.
This was disclosed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki when the triumphant state karate
team accompanied by Arunachal Olympic Association President Padi Richo, Sports Authority
of Arunachal Vice Chairman Gechi Doke, Director (Sports) Tadar Appa, Arunachal Karate
Do Association President Likha Tara, General Secretary L Marik sports and others
called on him at his official residence here today. The Chief Minister asked Director
(Sports) Tadar Appa to prepare the list of those meritorious sportspersons.
The State Government in 2013 awarded cash incentives amounting to Rs. 69.95 lakhs
to 40 meritorious sportspersons of the state.
Expressing his happiness over the state karate team’s splendid performance in the
recently concluded Commonwealth Karate Championship in New Delhi, the Chief Minister
said that fruit of hard work is always sweet.
Highlighting on the vast scopes for karate players with good skills, Tuki felt the
need of imparting karate training to children and women for the purpose of self-defence.
In the process, there will be employment opportunities for the karate players, he
opined. Responding to a memorandum of Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA), Tuki
assured to construct a mini Karate Indoor Hall and also to clear all its pending
liabilities at Sports Authority of Arunachal very soon.
The Chief Minister also informed that the proposed Olympic Bhawan would be constructed
very soon and he has written to the Planning Department for it.
The Bhawan, if constructed, would accommodate offices of all affiliated sports associations
in the state besides providing accommodation to visiting sports officials from outside
the state, said AOA President Richo.
Tuki also said that every district will get a modern sports infrastructure each within
the next 2-3 years. More than 350 meritorious sportspersons have so far been employed
in various government departments in the last three years, Tuki informed, and said
that 10 percent reservation for sportspersons in Forest Department will be implemented
Tuki asked the departmental officials and officials of various sports associations
to work in close coordination for further development of sports sector and make Arunachal
Pradesh a sports power-house.
Earlier, Richo, urged the CM for incentives to meritorious sportspersons, early construction
of the Olympic Bhawan, effecting the out of turn promotion for sportspersons employed
in various government departments and conduct of ‘Mini Olympics’ to identify talents
in different sports discipline to which the CM nodded positively.
Arunachal State Badminton Association secretary Bamang Tago, AKA technical director
S Deben Sharma and officials Yarda Niki, Dr. Marli Ete, Tai Hipik, Charu Tatung were
also present on the occasion.
BJP accuse Cong govt of failing to provide civic amenities
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh has accused the Congress
Govt of deliberately failing to provide civic amenities to the people of state and
amassing disproportional wealth without known sources of their income, at the cost
of the state exchequer and the people.
The allegations came while reacting to the press statement by APCC on failure of
the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Morth) to improve the condition
of roads under Transport-Arunachal Highways project in the state.
Terming the accusations as lies and misleading, BJP said that Congress has exposed
their incompetence in providing all weather road to the citizens of the state, particularly
the on-going Trans-Arunachal Highway.
It further said that the APCC President is making desperate attempt to divert public
attention as the Congress Govt under the Chief Ministership of Nabam Tuki is facing
serious corruption charges.
The APCC President instead of levelling allegations against the Union Minister Road
Transport and Highways should advise the Govt to be pro-active in the development
of state by being transparent and accountable to the people of state.
3rd Arunachal Film Festival-2015 concludes
Govt. committed to support filmmakers
NIRJULI, Sept 27: The 3rd Arunachal Film Festival-2015 after successfully showcasing
several locally produced films concluded here at Sky Digital Cinema today.
While addressing the packed gathering at the closing function, Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki said the potentials of the youths of the state have now begun to show in every
field, be it in sports, cinema while committing his government’s continued support.
While announcing to provide necessary support and incentives to the local film makers,
he asked them to give due importance to culture and traditions of the state.
Arunachal Pradesh, though late starter in its cinematic journey, is poised to compete
in the national international levels in the coming days, Tuki said.
With coming up of Film and Television Institute at Jote, the stage is being prepared
for the entry of Arunachal Pradesh in the arena of global cinema, he said. We already
have the natural scenery and the institute will add required skill and infrastructure
to it and draw film makers from across the world, the Chief Minister said.
With picture perfect landscape, distinct yet colourful tribes with vivid culture
and dances, Arunachal Pradesh is the most ideal location to attract film makers,
Tuki said while adding that Department of IPR will initiate talks with film producers
from India and Hollywood to workout avenues of film shooting in the state.
Saying that Films are one of the best means of educating the masses, the state government
has launched Government Outreach, Advocacy and Leverage initiative with an initial
fund of Rs.2 crores. Documentaries and short films on development front, social front
and economic front shall be screened in the far flung interior locations under this.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said with the support of state
government, the film industry is gaining momentum. Documentary films are very important
media for social transformation, he said while appealing the film fraternity to guide
the youth and the state government for a better future.
A jury member and professor at Satyajit Ray Institute of Film and Television, Kolkatta
Prof. Prakash Moorthy, while appreciating the efforts of the local youths said the
films in the state has great future and will pay dividends.
Short film-‘The Bag’ produced by Neelam Raja and directed by Tanom Jerang and feature
films –‘Mwngkar’ produced by Chopa Cheda and directed by Shambo Flago, and ‘Gyumrie’
produced and directed by Tsangpa Norbu were screened before a packed hall on the
last day of the three day festival. Feature films ‘Itanagar 0 KM’, produced by Alison
Welly and co-directed by Tai Gungte and Tani vrs Hailyan Mikhii produced by Michin
Nampi and directed by Michi Tamang and 14 short and documentary films enthralled
the audience in the first two days of the festival.
Parliamentary Secretary for IPR and Education, Bamang Felix, Parliamentary Secretaries
Gum Tayeng, Karya Bagang and Nikh Kamin, Secretary Planning and IPR Sonam Chombay,
Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipal Council Kipa Kaku also attended the closing
Governor of Manipur passes away,
Rajkhowa, CM condole
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has expressed shock
and grief on the sudden demise of the Governor of Manipur, Dr. Syed Ahmed in a hospital
in Mumbai. Giving his condolences, the Governor said that Dr. Ahmed was a distinguished
and veteran politician, who will be remembered for his contributions towards education,
culture and environment.
Rajkhowa said Dr. Ahmed’s sudden demise has caused a great vacuum and irreparable
loss not only to his family but also to the whole country in general and amongst
the Constitutional Heads of the States in particular.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also mourned the demise of Dr. Syed Ahmed.
In his condolence message, Tuki said, “In his demise, the country has lost an eminent
personality, a seasoned politician, an able administrator and a great writer”. Ahmed
was a distinguished and veteran politician, Minister of State in Maharashtra and
Chairman of State Haj Committee. He was elected to the Assembly five times from Nagpada
constituency in Mumbai and also served as a minister in Maharashtra, before his appointment
as the eighth Governor of Jharkhand in 2011 and then as the 16th Governor of Manipur
on 16th May, 2015. He had authored many Urdu books of literary and historical relevance.
Chakma-Hajong Issue: Democratic
Solution is Possible
[ Nani Bath ]
The Chakmas and Hajongs, who hail originally from Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
are actually displaced indigenous people. The region (CHT) was included as a part
of Pakistan after partition of India in 1947 in spite of the fact that most of the
inhabitants of the CHT are either Buddhist or Hindu. The Chakmas and other non-Muslim
tribal communities were forced to move out because of religious persecution and the
construction of the Kaptai hydro-electric dam.
From the years 1964-69, as part of the refugee settlement programme, a total of 2,748
families of Chakma and Hajong refugees consisting of 14,888 (750 Hajongs) persons
were rehabilitated in Chowkham in Lohit district, Miao, Bordumsa and Diyun in Tirap
(now Changlang) district and Balijan in Subansiri (now Papum Pare) district.
The records of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh suggest that their population
increased to 21,494 in 1979. All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has estimated the
population of Chakma and Hajong refugees to be 60,000. The 2001 Census has listed
39,920 Chakma population and 2,413 Hajongs.
It was a letter from P.M Sayed, then Minister of State (Home), to Nyodek Yonggam,
then MP (RS) that sparked a ‘critical phase’ in AAPSU’s movement against the refugees.
The letter in question reads: “under the Indira-Mujib Agreement of 1972, it was decided
that the Chakma/Hajong refugees who came to India from the erstwhile East Pakistan
before 25, 3, 1971 will be considered for grant of Indian Citizenship”.
M.M Jacob, in 1992, replying to Laeta Umbrey, said that “these refugees were settled
in Arunachal Pradesh in consultation with the State administration under a definite
plan of rehabilitation”. He adds, “…they are eligible to the grant of citizenship
according to the policy of the government on the subject”.
Subsequently, the Union of India (National Human Rights Commission vs. State of Arunachal
Pradesh, 1995) observed before the Supreme Court that decision to settle the Chakmas
in the state of Arunachal Pradesh was taken after discussion between the Government
of India and North-East Frontier Agency Administration. These refugees are tribals
and have great affinity with the people of Arunachal Pradesh then they would have
with people on other parts of the country.
The entry of political parties, including the one running the state government had
heightened the emotive issues, even to the levels of violence, looking beyond ‘Mc
Mahon Line’ in search of ‘lost brothers’, and ‘elimination’ of unpalatable political
It is reliably learnt that around 50 youths of the state were sent across the state
border for arms training. They, however, returned with no substantial training and
did not involve in any illegal activities thereafter. But for the intervention of
central forces, some of the youths could have used 40-plus arms collected clandestinely
from licence holders.
On more than one occasions, leaders of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, the
apex students’ body of the state, had exhibited what can be termed as ‘anti-Indian
tendency’ by seeking to look beyond ‘Mc Mahon Line’ in search of ‘lost brothers’.
Use of the words like ‘Mc Mahon Line’ and ‘lost brothers’ is an implicit expression
of seeking assistance from China to help solve refugee problem in Arunachal Pradesh,
a territory constantly claimed by Communist China as theirs, in favour of the natives.
AAPSU had on many past occasions boycotted Republic and Independence Day celebrations.
The Union’s actual intent may be different but the fact that it is trying to internationalise
the issues shows the natives’ utter desperation.
The Arunachal Congress, a regional political party, is basically a by-product of
the refugee issue. The party is an outcome of Peoples Referendum Rally held on 20th
September 1995 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.
It was decided in the Rally that if the central government is unable to remove the
Chakma and Hajong refugees within the stipulated time, all political leaders of the
National Political Parties at the state level will resign from the primarily membership
of their respective parties and will form a common organisation of indigenous people.
It is learnt that the original draft of the Resolution did contain the words like
‘elimination of political leaders’ if they did not agree to resign from national
Yet another institutional intervention that ignited the minds of indigenous people
of the state was the decision of the Election Commission of India (by its 2004 Order)
to include 1,497 eligible Chakma and Hajong voters in the electoral rolls. The ECI
overruled a State Cabinet Resolution dated 14-05-2003, terming it as “not in consonance
with the provisions of the constitution and acts and rules governing the matter”.
The Cabinet Resolution directed that non-Arunachalees shall not be entitled to be
enrolled in the electoral rolls in the state unless they possess Inner Line Permits.
The Gauhati High Court dismissed a PIL filed by AAPSU against the guidelines issued
by the ECI for revision of Electoral Rolls respect of 14-Doimukh (ST), 46-Chowkham
(ST), 49-Bordumsa-Dayum, and 50-Miao (ST) Assembly Constituencies.
Boycott call was given to 2004 parliamentary elections by APPSU on the question of
voting rights to the Chakmas and Hajongs. A lesser-known militant group, the National
Liberation Front of Arunachal, backed the AAPSU’s call to boycott election on the
vexed refugee issue, holding the central government responsible for it.
The Rajya Sabha Committee on Petition (1997) recommended that “the Chakmas of Arunachal
Pradesh who came prior to 15.3.1971 be granted Indian citizenship. ….the Committee
also recommends that Chakmas be also considered for granting the status of Scheduled
Tribes at the time of granting the citizenship”.
The Arunachal Congress was formed with much fanfare ostensibly to continue to struggle
for removal of the Chakma and Hajong refugees from Arunachal Pradesh. It did not
happen as its leaders jumped to other national parties. Nor was the boycott call
of AAPSU in 2004 supported by the political parties.
In reply to an unstarred question by Nabam Rebia (1999), the Minister of Home Affairs,
L.K. Advani categorically stated that the government does not consider the Chakma-Hajong
problem of Arunachal Pradesh as a national problem. Hence, the theory of ‘equal distribution’
of refugees is bound to fail.
For national parties, the state of Arunachal Pradesh being a part of India should
also share the national responsibility in resettling them. The BJP (Jan Sangh) considers
Buddhism as a part of the extended family of Hinduism. As such, the party’s support
for the Chakmas, who are Buddhist by religion and the Hajongs, who are Hindus, is
only natural. The recent circular allowing minority communities from Bangladesh to
stay without valid documents in Assam is an expression in this line. .
The successive Congress governments’ position remained unchanged. After all, Indira
Gandhi was the chief architect of 1972 Indira-Mujib Agreement. Most of the AAPSU
leaders, who once swore to ‘fight till death’, are in Congress.
The recent SC ruling reaffirmed that they (refugees) cannot be required to obtain
any Inner Line Permit as they are settled in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. The
Court directs the Government and India and State of Arunachal Pradesh to “finalise
the conferment of citizenship rights on eligible Chakmas and Hajongs….. at the earliest
preferably within three months from today (September 17, 2015)”.
Given the facts and circumstances, is it advisable to sit for dharnas and march in
protest? Is it not the time for unity at different levels? It is definitely not the
best time to score political points. It is a good time for across-the-table discussion.
(To be contd…..)
(Prof. Bath teaches in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University
and can be contacted at [email protected])
World Tourism Day at ZFM and Pasighat
ZIRO, Sept 27: World Tourism Day was celebrated at the Ziro Music Festival ground
today. Attending the celebrations, Lower Subanisiri Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang
distributed certificates to the trainees under various tourism training programmes
conducted by the Tourism Department. He advised the successful trainees to utilise
the knowledge acquired in the training to earn a livelihood and assured to extend
support from the district administration.
This year, the ‘Hunar se Rozgaar’ stall of Tourism Department manned by the trainees
have been exempted from the stall fees by the ZMF organisers, and will continue to
provide free stalls in the coming edition as well, he added.
SP Tumme Amo expressed hope that the trainees empowered with the skills should be
able to do better in life.
The trainees were trained by the department of Tourism in various fields like hospitality,
bakery and confectionery, tour guide, housekeeping etc. The stall put up by the bakery
and confectionery group in the Ziro music festival has done a good business this
time, informed DTO, Tater Mize.
A cleanliness programme was also conducted in the ZFM venue to mark the celebrations.
Meanwhile, East Siang DC Isha Khosla, speaking at an event to mark World Tourism
Day, stressed on Home Stays as well involvement of local communities in all tourism
Khosla emphasised on low cost tourism to attract tourists.
PMC Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk handed over certificates to fifty participants
who have recently completed training on “Home Stay”.
Earlier, Khosla along with SP T Konia, ADC Deepak Shinde, CC (PMC) Denong Tamuk,
DTO (Tourism) Nui Talong and HoDs joined in a mass plantation programme organised
by the Tourism Department in and around the DC’s office complex. (DIPROs)
3rd Open Badminton C’ship-2015 begins at RGU
ITANAGAR, Sept 27: The 3rd Open Badminton Championship in Rajiv Gandhi University
(RGU) organised by the Officers’ Club, RGU began at the university’s auditorium yesterday.
A total of 32 players are participating in the men’s doubles event comprising faculty
members, administrators, research scholars and post graduate students.
The winners, runners-up and 2nd runners-up will be given cash prizes, trophies and
citations besides bagging sponsorships by the Club to participate in Arunachal State
Badminton Association (ASBA) organised tournaments.
The finals will be played on Sept 29.
ASBA Secretary Bamang Tago, who inaugurated the championship, opined that badminton
as a sport is the ultimate game, a game of no retirement, which, if played regularly,
helps a person of all ages keep physically fit, healthy and mentally sound. Playing
badminton is also beneficial for those with high blood pressure and diabetes in maintaining
blood pressure and sugar level. He appealed to the large gathering to encourage the
sport advised the young players to take up sports and make a career out of it.
He further informed that the state’s Sports Policy Bill is in the offing and once
it is passed, it will be instrumental in developing games and sports in a state.
Dr. Tasi Kaye, Dean of Student’s Welfare & HOD Commerce, RGU exhorted the players
to play the game with true sportsman spirit. Earlier, Chairman of the Officers’ Club
and Deputy Registrar, RGU, Dr. David Pertin gave the welcome address and lighted
the championship inaugural lamp.
The tournament is co-sponsored by AARGU, Doimukh, M/s Diamond Sports, Itanagar, M/s
Eureka Offset, Naharlagun, NK Residence, Doimukh, Prof. Nani Bath, Prof. R.K. Singh,
Dr. Jumyir Basar, Dr. Anil Mili and Dr. Marpe Sora.
The evening also marked felicitation of a founding member of the club, Nich Bapu,
on his being recognised and declared as a state umpire grade-I.
In the eight first round matches played on the first day, the pairs of Lige Sora-Joba
Riba, Khoda Tana Tara-Paul Jerang, Dr. David Pertin-Rojeet Singh, Dr. Jommi Loyi-Abu
Lego, Dongchey Isack--Geyi Potom, Pura Deilyang--Anjey Komi, Krishna Chetry-Techi
Sissal and Gektum Tangu-Ando Elapra won their respective matches.
Present on the occasion, among others, were HOD Education, Prof. T. Lhungdim, political
science expert Prof. Nani Bath, Coordinator of Bioinformatics Centre Prof. R.K. Singh,
Associate Professors, Dr. Otem Moyong, Dr. Jumyir Basar and Dr. Oken Lego, Assistant
Professors Dr. Tabang Mibang, Dr. Tage Rupa, Dr. Jommi Loyi, Zilpha Modi, Rojeet
Singh, Assistant Registrar Hage Kojee, Assistant Town Planner Terge Sora, and Executive
Member of ASBA Penya Bagra, besides state badminton players and technical officials
from ASBA, other govt. officers and staffs witnessed the programme.
Duty of north Indians to ‘merge’ with North East: Rijiju
Shillong, Sept 27: Stating that the North East was also mainstream, Union Minister
Kiren Rijiju today said that it was the responsibility of the north Indians also
to "merge" with the people of the North East.
Pointing out that a country is defined by its border, Rijiju said, "Delhi is the
capital of India but Delhi is not the beginning of India... We (the north-east) are
the sentinel of this country, we protect and safeguard this country."
" Referring to people who stress on the need for bringing the north-east to mainstream
India, he said, "But I differ and disagree with that by saying if Delhi is the mainstream,
the N-E region is also the mainstream of this country and everybody must respect
and adjust with each other."
"I need not adjust with the people of Delhi, because it is also duty of people of
north India to merge with us (NE). It is responsibility of everybody," Rijiju, an
MP from Arunachal Pradesh, said.
The Minister also announced that the Centre is all set to come up with a stringent
law against 'racial discrimination' besides introducing a subject on the north-east
region from the primary to PhD level, to commence from next year.
"After long deliberation for the first time we are sending this proposal to Cabinet
to introduce a law that 'racial discrimination' will be penalized in this country
in the strongest possible term. It is going to be made a provision in the Indian
Penal Code," Rijiju said. The Minister was addressing the Mega Arunachal Tribe Festival
- 2015 cum cultural exchange programme in the city here today.
"So any kind of person who abuses on racial lines will be taken to task and we are
coming up with a strong legislative provision," he said.
Stating that racial discrimination is the worst form of crime, Rijiju said, "We are
all human beings and if we are discriminated because of our racial background, it
is really unfair and unfortunate."
The Minister also said that the Centre through the Ministry of Human Resource Development
(MHRD) has decided to formulate its decision to include subject about the North East
region in the education curriculum from next year.
"We are formulating it probably by next year, right from nursery level upto class
XI and from degree, MA, MPhil to PhD level will be having chapters about NE region,"
Stating that the NE will be integral part of the education system, he said, "Anybody
who studies the CBSE courses, anybody who is pursuing courses under UGC, will get
to read, learn many things about the NE because it will become a part of the educational
Apart from this, Rijiju also said that the Centre as part of its Incredible India
Campaign has been spending money to showcase North East region so that people of
the country and the world know about the beauty of the region and its culture.
"The effort is to make people aware North East is not about bombs and AK-47," he