PM likely to open train service: CM
By Staff Reporter , BORUM | Dec 18 | : Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to visit Arunchal Pradesh for the first time in February next after taking office, is likely to inaugurate the railway service here, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said while inspecting the Naharlagun railway station here this afternoon.
Tuki took keen interest in the ongoing finishing works and directed to accelerate the process besides verifying the counter for issuing innerline permits and the police check gate set up within the railway station complex.
Arunachal Pradesh was formally put on the railway map of India on April 7 last with the trial run of passenger train which continued for about a month but was suspended for want of facility to issue and regulate ILP.
Responding to a question, the chief minister informed that the railway ministry has consented to introduce Rajdhani Express to link national capital New Delhi from next year.
The chief minister was accompanied by local MLA-cum-UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, Capital deputy commissioner Mige Kamki, LRSO Takam Titus and group of engineers led by chief engineer (WZ) K Waghe.
Earlier, the team inspected a vast land near the railway station where the CM in principle announced to develop an international standard cricket stadium.
The complex will be developed along with Information Technology Park in 40 acre area, the chief minister disclosed.
CMMC adds: The proposed stadium would have sitting capacity of minimum 50,000 viewers and would be executed by the PWD. The CM while briefing the PWD engineers, advised to ensure parking place in the plan.
Tuki hoped that with the stadium coming up, lot of business and industries prospects would be created in the area and advised the departments to keep avenues open.
Education is a shared commitment: Governor
TEZPUR | Dec 18 | : Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma said that education is a shared commitment among the dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.
Addressing the regional incentive award ceremony of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan at Central University as chief guest on Wednesday, he said, "Everyone is the stakeholder. He held that when people stand united and put in concerted effort, it can be a force for the nationâ€(TM)s character building".
He urged the teachers to instil a sense of cleanliness, love and respect for nature and its resources in the young minds. These efforts will be the greatest gifts to the future generation, he said while advising them to motivate the children to contribute to nation building.
Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ€(TM)s advice, he stressed that the teachers should be two steps ahead of time â€" anticipate change and prepare the new generation for it. Donâ€(TM)t worry of the consequences if your intent is correct, he added.
The governor advised the students to be self-discipline as their action, thoughts and words must reflect the highest sense of integrity, honesty and commitment. Motivating them to strive to excel, he cautioned them that in todayâ€(TM)s competitive world, there is no room for mediocrity.
Appreciating the KVS for its yeoman service, he said that it has been playing a paramount role in imparting education in different parts of the country particularly in remote areas.
KVS deputy commissioner Ajay Pant informed that the KVS has 1104 school across the country and abroad having more than 11 lakh students.
A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students on the occasion.
GOC 4 Corps Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Central University vice chancellor Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhury were present. (PRO)
Research department enriches state coffer
ITANAGAR | Dec 18 | : The research department, which known for not earning revenue, has earned of Rs 8,45,636 from the sale proceeds and entry fee of the museums in 2014.
The earning included Rs 6, 17,744 from the sale proceeds of departmentâ€(TM)s publications and Rs 2,27,892 from entry fee of the museums, has earned as Govt. exchequer, cultural affair secretary Dani Salu said in a release
Appreciating the efforts of the department, Salu exhorted the officers and officials to main the tempo.
It may be mentioned here that the directorate had set up sale counters of research publications in New Delhi residence commissioner and resident commissionersâ€(TM) offices located in different cities while the counter in Kolkata DRCâ€(TM)s office was inaugurated by civil supply secretary Gamli Padu in May last.
The counters aimed at disseminating correct data and information on the people, culture, custom, tradition and heritage of Arunchal Pradesh to rest of India, said research director Dr. Tage Tada.
"Arunachal Pradesh is overlooked by the regional and national medias both the electronic & print, which was also experienced during the recently held DIGP conference in Assam. They hardly highlight the positive aspects of the state except some negative news.
The reason may be lack of data & information for the media as well as the greater mass of the nation. This prompted the department to open sale counters outside the state to showcase the state in right perspective, Dr Tad added.
The department to its credit has so far published 180 books based in research field and innumerable contributions made by research personnel and five books of Dr. Verrier Elwinâ€(TM)s.
This helped the department in toeing the GoAP directive to earn revenue, the release added.
APPSC exam aspirants stage dharna
ITANAGAR | Dec 18 | : Continuing their protest against the authority of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) more than hundreds of APPSC exam aspirants staged sit-in dharna at Indira Gandhi Park here today.
Shouting slogan for justice and holding placards, members of consultative committee constituted by the APPSC aspirants informed that the inquiry report of paper leakage in APPSC main exam (General Studies Paper-II) by a magistrate has been completed within 14 days of the incident but no action has been taken against alleged person involved even after almost three months.
"We have no faith in the GoAP and sought the intervention of President of India. If the GoAP would fail to respond within stipulated time than we will be compelled to take the issue to the President's office", added the aspirants.
The aspirants are demanding removal of present APPSC members and secretaries and re-examination.
BJP demands white paper
on question leakage issue
Meanwhile, the state Bharatiya Janata Party unit today demand a white paper from the GoAP on the issue of infamous leakage of the question papers of APPSCCE Mains 2013-14 by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission that led to the constitution of one man enquiry committee under EAC Hento Karga.
The enquiry report should be made public and the sanctity of the APPSC should be purified and the shadow that has clouded the commission from reported incidents of irregularities has to be cleansed and the confidence of the authority has to be regained, the party said in a release.
It is unfortunate that the lives of the students are put to peril and their future has become uncertain because of the questionable and doubtful role of APPSC, it said and urged the GoAP to act swiftly to restore the confidence of the students.
RKMH doctors join duty
ITANAGAR | Dec 18 | : The agitating doctors of the RKM Hospital (RKMH) here joined their duty this morning providing solace to the patients.
The doctors called off their 45-hour began on Wednesday morning, which they staged in protest against assault on a doctor on duty on Dec 12 midnight following the arrest of two accused, including the PSO of a MLA, in the case and Home Minister Tanga Byalignâ€(TM)s appeal to withdraw stir and assurance of punishment to the guilty.
Arunachal most suitable, CM tells expert team
ITANAGAR | Dec 18 |: "Despite inadequate infrastructure and training institute in the Arunchal Pradesh, our local youths have been producing lots of documentaries and films", informed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to the visiting Kolkota-based Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute director of Sanjaya Pattanayak and associate professor Pankaj Seal.
They are here as part of expert team entrusted by the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to conduct feasibility study and chose an appropriate site for proposed film and television institute.
Tuki apprised the team of development of stateâ€(TM)s film making beginning with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika "Mera Dharam Meri Maa" in the early eighties and subsequent progress made both in Hindi and local languages by various young film makers.
While justifying his stand for selecting Arunachal Pradesh for the proposed institute, the CM said "our state has everything to offer for a film. Beautiful landscape and scenery that matches Switzerland, colourful tribes and hospitable people that would mesmerize any film maker to opt this Himalayan state". Sufficient land is available for the institute at all the proposed selected sites, he added.
He disclosed that the GoAP is very serious on developing the communication network, like airfields, road communication and rail services. Airfields at various locations are coming up soon which would improve the communication bottleneck to a great extent, CM viewed.
Earlier during the day, the duo called on Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, who told them about stateâ€(TM)s huge potential in creative fields and establishment of a film and television institute will hugely boost the creative spirits of the youths besides promoting national integration.
He assured that in all the earmarked sites at Jote Jolling and Yachuli have sufficient land availability for meeting the requirements of the institute.
The duo was escorted by IPR secretary Dani Sallu, director CM Longphong and deputy director Obang Tayeng. (CMMC)
Employment scheme to start in next 3 months
NAHARLAGUN | Dec 18 |: With the aim to finance unemployed BPL schedule tribes for setting up of diary, goatery, poultry, to name a few, a scheme, under the Chief Ministerâ€(TM)s Employment Generation Mission, is in process which would take-off through out the state within the next three months.
Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperation Apex Bank Ltd. signed a MoU with National Schedule Tribe Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) here on Tuesday last to translate the scheme into a reality.
The bank will implement the scheme, preferably in cluster basis as per economic practicality, after completion of the documentation process, a release said, informing that NSTFDC has sanctioned Rs 46.53 crore for setting up 2200 units for the purpose on Dec 08 last.
The bank management is also trying to bring in NABARD supported societies and NGOs to set up primary processing units to facilitate marketing and processing various farm products of the producing units set up with the loan.
Under this scheme, loan will be offered at concessional rates which will be repayable in 5 years and it is likely to generate self-employment to about 9,000 unemployed youth in phase-I and around 20,000 persons in totality.
HC stays heritage village work
NAHARLAGUN | Dec 18 |, Dec 18, 2014: Itanagar permanent bench of the Gauhati High Court, while disposing off a PIL (No 20/2014) - Tao Ror and 10 others vs the state of Arunachal Pradesh, suspended all construction works of Heritage Village at Hoj.
In his order on Dec 16, judge M.R. Pathak posted the next hearing to January 19 next and directed production of relevant records.
PPA asks GoAP to act on probe report
NAHARLAGUN | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014: Retorting to the paper leakage of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Examination (APPSE), the Peopleâ€(TM)s Party of Arunachal (PPA) today said that the state government should immediately act on the report submitted by enquiry committee headed by EAC Huto Karga, saying that it would relieve the aspirants and they could start their preparations.
Expressing that the matter was a grave concern for the state, the PPA, in a release, advocated strict action against those involved in the scandal.
School foundation day celebrated
PASIGHAT | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014: The 11th foundation day cum parentsâ€(TM) meet of Democrat Bakinâ€(TM)s Residential English School was held here today.
Former education minister Bosiram Siram, speaking on the occasion, urged the teaching fraternity to rededicate themselves to groom children as worthy citizens through quality education.
An educational system is not worth the name if it fails to make students understand the importance of education for the humanity. Education has far-reaching effects because it is not only an entry point to other opportunities but also it uplifts living standard across generations.
Invest in education yields high dividends and therefore children deserve the best education to cope with the competitive world, he said and exhorted the students and parents to not forget their duty.
Earlier, PMC chief councilor Tamuk Denong Tamuk said that extracurricular activities like games and sports in school are equally essential as these fastens friendship and amity, give a healthy direction to their excessive energies and make them better citizens of tomorrow. Students must be obedient and respect their teachers and dutiful to parents while the parents have a vital role in shaping the careers of their children.
Principal Chandra Thapa presented the school report, before the winners of various competitions were awarded, followed by attire by the students that enthralled the huge gathering. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR I Dec 18 I , Dec 18, 2014: The Memo Ao Welfare Society (MAWS) has deeply mourned the death of Inspector Lijum Bagra, who died while undergoing treatment at Guwahati-based Down Town hospital on Dec 16.
Recalling Bagraâ€(TM)s relentless contribution towards the department of home, the MAWS termed his death a great loss to the society and the state as a whole. While extending its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, the Society further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
CCR work begins at Pasighat
From our Correspondent , PASIGHAT | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014: The much awaited construction of cement concrete road (CCR) has begun to give a facelift to the deplorable condition of roads of this district HQ town.
Commuters were facing tough time in traveling along the town roads because of potholes which have been evoking strong protest after the road status went from bad to worse.
There were lot of assurances including from the then local MLA cum Minister Education Bosiram Siram during the Centenary celebration in 2011 but nothing changed. However, Siram had announced that Rs. 10 crore has been earmarked for CCR.
Though late but the work has been taken by one TJ Enterprises, representing three contractors - Oling Perme (ZPM Mebo-Banggo), traders John Perme and Karsing Moyong.
When asked, the contractors assured to maintain quality of the road beginning from NH-52 which will pass through MG road, Mirmir Chariali to culminate at Mirbuk Chariali.
ACS moves CS on Kra Dadi officers
ITANAGAR | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014: Stating that the administrative officers posted at the newly created Kra Dadi district have declined to work in their respective offices, the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), in a memorandum to the Chief Secretary, has urged to give directives in the matter.
Pointing out that because of lack of infrastructure they could function from the nearest ADC HQ within the district, it claimed that many officials have requested to function from either Ziro or Itanagar citing unavailability of proper infrastructure as the reason.
ACS chairman Patey Tayum expressed that the new district has brought hope to the people of the area but now with the hesitant administrative officers the people would be greatly inconvenienced which would also affect the welfare of the newly created district.
Traders hold peaceful dharna
By Our Correspondent , PASIGHAT | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014: The business community staged peaceful dharna at Gandhi Chowk here today to register their protest against forceful donations by certain organizations/unions in the name of conference, election, tournament and picnic etc.
The dharna was spearheaded by Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries East Siang Unit and Bogong Banggo Yame Kebang.
Supporting the traders, local MLA Kaling Moyong said that time has come to raise voice against the atrocities committed against the business communities. The common masses suffer as the traders compensate the loss from the consumers.
ACC&I district unit secretary Maksup Yomso claimed that the district administration has agreed to crack down such unruly acts by deploying police in plain clothes.
Peshwar terrorist attack condemned
NAHARLAGUN | Dec 18 |, Dec 18, 2014: Lok Sabha Youth Congress, Western Parliamentary constituency president-cum-MLA Dikto Yekar today led the APYC members in condemning the barbaric terrorist attack in which hundreds of students lost their lives in Peshawar in Pakistan on Dec 15 last.
Such inhuman acts and ghastly killing deserves condemnation from all quarters, he said before the members observed silence for two minutes to pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved families.
The youth along with hundreds of school children took out a candle light procession to express solidarity with the grieving families, according to an APYC release.
Meanwhile, expressing solidarity with the Peshawar victims of the brutal terrorist attack, the principal along with the teaching staffs and students of Kankarnallah GHS school observed a two-minute silence at the schoolâ€(TM)s premises here today.
They also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved families.
100 PWDs benefit from free camp
ROING | Dec 18 |, Dec 18, 2014: Around 100 persons with disabilities (PWDs) of Lower Dibang Valley district benefited from a diagnostic camp-cum-free distribution of aids and appliances conducted at a district hospital here today.
A medical board of the hospital screened and diagnosed all PWD categories and provided them with aids and appliances like wheel chair, crutches, rotator, blind stick, hearing aids, walking stick and tri-cycle free of cost to the needy.
The camp was organized by stateâ€(TM)s social justice & empowerment and tribal affairs department with the help of rehabilitation professionals, district administration and medical officers of the hospital.
A six-member team of the department headed by research officer Tabak Hankar conducted the camp, coordinated by ICDS deputy director Savitri Khampti. (DIPRO)
9 shuttlers to represent state in 39th Junior Ntl Badminton Champ
ITANAGAR I Dec 18 I , Dec 18, 2014: A nine-member team of shuttlers of will be representing Arunchal Pradesh in the ensuing U-17 & U-19 age groups in the 39th Junior National Badminton Championships- 014, scheduled to be held in Patna.
The team comprises of gold medal winners of recently concluded North East National Level Sports Competition including Laa Talar, Akshay Raito, Jokom Ribya, Rahul Thapa, Laa Tukum, Kalung Taki, Laa Yajum, Pinky Karki and Taring Yania along with Laa Ribee and Dilip Gurung as team manager and coach respectively, informed ASBA honourary secretary Bamang Tago.
3rd Christmas league 2014 football tourney begins
ITANAGAR I Dec 18 I , Dec 18, 2014: Itanagar ward no. 10 councilor Tagru Tadak kicked off an E- Sector Indira Gandhi Youth Association organized, 3rd Christmas League-2014 football tournament at the IG Park here today.
Ward no. 9 councilor Takyum Tadung and ANSU general secretary Nyanya Golo were also present on the occasion as guest of honor and special guest respectively.
Siang Highlanders defeat Emchi Veteran, NUFC thrash EnKs FC
NAHARLAGUN | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014:
Siang Highlanders defeated Emchi Veteran by 7-0 in the ongoing 2nd State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium today. Needing a draw to enter semi-final Siang dominated the game and their first goal was scored by Nyato Riba in the 27th minute. Team captain Megu Jonkey who missed the first match doubled the lead in 36th minute. In the second half Highlander continued their attacking game and scored five goals, T. Siga 48th and 60th min, Okit Palling 49th min, Marli Bam 53th min and Megu Jonkey 55th min to make it 7-0. With this win Siang Highlander storm into semi-final along with Arunachal United FC.
In the second match Naharlagun United FC (NUFC) pip EnKs FC by 3-2. Both teams needed a win to stay in the tournament for the knock- out stage and match started in aggressive note with E n Ks FC almost fielding 12 players in the ground. Though many scoring chances were created both teams fail to take a lead and first half ended without any goal. Game came into life in second half with NUFC taking lead 50th minute scored by their prolific striker Tage Tath. But NUFC joy just lasted a minute as Toko Pacho(Bulbul) who replaced his elder brother Toko Tatung equalized in 51th minute. Koj Tatung gave NUFC lead in 54th minute with a thundering header from a corner kick. E n Ks players came all out for equalizer and their attacking play paid off in 72th min with Toko Pacho again scoring with header to make it 2-2. As the game seems to be heading for a draw, it was NUFC who had the last laugh as Tage Tath again scored with a header in 80th minute with just few minutes remaining for final whistle. It was again NUFC non playing captain John Neelam who came as substitute in second half and inspired the team and also assisted all the three goals scored by his team.
Todayâ€(TM)s Match: Naharlagun United vs Kurung Kumey Veteran FC (1.30 pm)
200 police posts under sports quota lying vacant: Felix
AALO | Dec 18 | , Dec 18, 2014: "Games and sports which improves physical endurance promotes oneness and values of life are integral part of life, said Education & IPR Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix.
In his inaugural address to the Hirik Hiru Inter-Village Football, Cricket and Volley tournament as chief guest at Kamba near here today, Felix disclosed that around 200 police posts are vacant against 10%sports quota announced by the GoAP.
The GoAP has also announced Rs 2 crore for gold medalist, Rs.1 crore for silver, Rs 50 lakh for bronze in Olympics and Rs 25 lakh for any Arunachalee taking part in the most famous sporting event, he said, adding time has come for our boys and girls for a professional approach towards games and sports.
He said such tournament is all about learning from each other to build mutual trust and oneness among different strata of people and called for true sportsmanship spirit.
Arunachal achieving second place next to Manipur in the recently concluded North East Sports Meet is encouraging and showed improvement of stateâ€(TM)s sports persons over the years.
Responding to a two-point memorandum submitted by P. Ninu pertaining to construction of rostrum at Kamba football ground and construction of a tourist lodge there, Felix, who is also the GoAP spokesman, assured to spare Rs 5 lakh form his MLALAD fund and asked ADC Kamba to send a detail estimates soon. The construction of a larger rostrum is quite essential and matter will be taken up with the GoAP on priority, he assured.
APB&OCWWB chairman Nyamar Karbak, speaking as guest of honour, said that our people should keep away from politicking everyday and every where rather concentrate on key issues of health, sanitation, communication and problems of schools that agitate the minds of the common people.
The growing trend among our people to look for any issue from political angle is unhealthy and detrimental for the society, he said, adding that political hue and cry come and go but society exists for ever. The GoAP has adopted zero tolerance in health and education sectors and officials manning the departments should adopt professional approach to deliver good services.
Tournament MD Dr. Pemin Kamki and vice president Karmi Kamki said that event aimed at reviving its old glory.
Altogether 15 villages excluding host Kamki are participating in the tournament while the limited over cricket is being sponsored by Kamki family in fond memory of late Kendo Kamki. (DIPRO)