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    Rahul assures 21 dissident MLAs to resolve CLP crisis  

    NEW DELHI | Feb 05 | : After series of unprecedented events that unfolded in the political history of Aunachal Pradesh and clamping of the President(TM)s Rule in the state due to "misgovernance & lawlessness, created by former chief minister Nabam Tuki & his supporters, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi finally invited us at his office to find out a way to resolve the prevailing differences within the CLP.

    "This meeting materialized after our persistent wait in Delhi for the last four months," a joint statement issued by 21 MLAs Kalikho Pul, Chowna Mein, Kameng Dolo, CT Mein, Lombo Tayeng, Wangki Lowang, Phosum Khimhun, Honchun Ngandam, Wanglin Lowangdong, Kamlung Mossang, Thangwang Wangham, Kumar Waii, TN Thongdok, Pema Khandu, Jarkar Gamlin, Pasang D Sona, Markio Tado, Wanglam Sawin, Gabriel D Wangsu, Muchu Mithi, Zignu Namchoom said, and claimed that Rahul  assured us to look into our request and come out with a solution within six months".
    "We were wrongly portrait as anti-party and termed as being influenced by BJP. In our discussion with Rahul, we articulated our stand as devoted Congress workers. We emphatically mentioned that our differences with CLP leader is due to our unceasing effort to uphold the party etiquette, morality, ethics and dignity.
    "We expressed our grievances on misrule and gross misgovernance by Tuki, the autocratic manner that he adopted to run the affairs of party by crushing inner-party democracy, dropping of senior ministers & parliamentary secretaries at his whims and by acting in most unconstitutional manner by disqualifying own party MLAs in order to secure his own position without caring a bit for the image of the Congress party whom the people has voted to power. We further told how the misdeeds and corruption in Tuki regime resulted in chaos & lawlessness that has adversely affected the party morale and colossal loss of faith in the party by the people of the State.
    "To our utter dismay, it was divulged in the discussion with Rahul that all the repressive actions taken by Tuki against us in the name of AICC, particularly those of dropping the ministers & PS, resignation episode of two MLAs and disqualification of 14 Congress MLAs were in fact never approved by the AICC.  In the light of this revelation, we told him that V. Narayansamy had all along stood by Tuki in creating all the mess, which is highly unbecoming of a person of the stature of AICC general secretary.
    "We expressed our serious displeasure over the manner in which Narayansamy, also present in the meeting, had mis-handled the situation right from day one. We informed how he obstructed us from meeting party president Sonia Gandhi by misinforming us and how he hid the true facts from Sonia & Rahul while biasedly endorsing the acts and deeds of Tuki in the name of AICC. We requested Rahul to remove Narayansamy from Arunachal in-charge to which he consented.
    "We reiterated that the future of Arunachal that of Congress in the state is not at all secure in the hands of Tuki and that he should be replaced immediately by handing over the reins to a more matured and visionary leader Pul", the statement added.

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    Central team visits flood ravaged Tezu  

    From Bishnu Rana, TEZU |  Feb  05 | : A seven-member central team headed my MoHA joint secretary M A Ganapathy visited this HQs town today to take stock of massive damages caused by massive flood last year.

    Other members included from Union Ministries of Agriculture, Drinking Water & Sanitation, RTH, Central Electricity Authority & Central Water Commission (CWC) Guwahati besides state(TM)s disaster management & relief director Y W Ringu, secretary Khapa Kholie & PWD CE A Lego. The team was joined by senior Lohit official team led by DC, & SP besides Power Grid & AAI. 
    During inspection to Sukha River, WRD EE C J Mannow EE Lohit gave a detailed account of damages casued. While emphasizing the urgency of funds to plug the rivers, DC Tatak described Lohit as a flood prone district.
    Talking to this daily, Ganapathy said that their assessment is basically to assess temporary & immediate restoration work caused by last flood. It required long term planning and adequate funds to plug this river but GoI would sanction, if proper estimate and persuasion is made. He assured support if approached. 
    The flood damages amounted to Rs 2,320.304 lakh was submitted to the team. 
    Later, the team visited the fire accident site where at wee hour of this morning 23 SPT and semi RCC shops were gutted. The Directorate DM & R also announced to compensate the victims on receipt of proper report. 

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    Glamour world to turn radar on Arunwood 

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Feb 05 |: Film NE-2016 from Feb 17

     The global glamour world would turn its radar to this Capital city, which is getting ready to host four-day Film Northeast-2016 from Feb 17 next, to showcase the unique cultural mosaic of NE, Arunachal in particular.

    This city received snowfall on Jan 28 this year after 1988 to justify its status as Himalayan state and gave birth to Arunwood, which symbolises Arunachal Pradesh (Arun) & its scenic natural beauty amidst deep forest (wood), on the line of Bollywood & Hollywood.
    The maiden event, hosted by the IPR department, as nodal department, in collaboration with Film Federation of Arunachal (FFA) headed by president Chopa Cheda, has already inked some path-breaking steps by setting up a film secretariat and involving professionals, namely globally famed documentary film maker Moji Riba as co-director, Gyamar Neme & Dogin Randa (curators) & Banta Natung (coordinator) of the festival, said IPR director C M Longphong, also co-director.
    Preparations are on in full swing, the team said, adding so far total film entries received was 46 (competitive section), 32 (competitive section), two standby films from Arunachal, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, but still entries are being received.  The event would include segments: Competition- chiaroscuro: (one feature film from each state), non-competition- magic mirror: Retrospective of a leading filmmaker from the region at every edition.
    Few of the heart throbbing entries are The Dhemji Tragedy  (Assam), Alternate Dancer (Manipur), Fading Footprints (Arunachal), MNF (The Mizo uprising). 
    The upcoming regional Film & TV Institute (FTVI) at nearby picturesque Jote third in the country, would give a special thrust to development of IT, media, films, particularly the rich cultural heritage of this ~Land of Rising Sun(TM) yet not known to the world.
    The Arunchalees need to rise to the occasion as February is a month of celebration that would see the Statehood Day celebration.
    Once the film industry grows it would not only serve as a great entertainer but also as a bridge to cultural understanding and social transformation by serving as a springboard to help better cultural understanding of the NE culture, creativity & compassion for the rest of the country to understand by this pioneering effort.
    DIPRO adds: The event envisions to promote understanding and appreciation of NE India(TM)s diversity of cinema & create a network for NE filmmakers to share their work and concerns, Riba told a CS chaired meeting on Thursday aimed at reviewing the preparations for Film NE-2016 and Festival of Arunachal (FoA).
    Negi, however, sought cooperation of one and all including Capital DC-cum-organising secretary Sandeep Kumar Singh.
    The biennial festival with various segments would provide a platform to the directors to showcase their films and an open forum to the filmmakers to share their views on any issue concerning.   
    A new highlight this time would be a two-day street play from February 21 next by young performers at Naharlagun. The street pageant would run parallel with the FoA.

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    Inferno devours 23 shops

    TEZU | Feb 05 |: In all 23 SPT and RCC shops were gutted and four partially in a devastating fire accident in local market here after the fire broke out around 3 am today.
    There is no report of loss of human life nor how the mishap occurred.
    Civil police, fire tender, IRBn, Army, BRTF, ITBP personnel and civilians fought to extinguish the fire before it could spread to nearby shops.

    Lohit DC Tamiyo Tatak has ordered a judicial probe into the cause of the fire and directed the district disaster management officer to assess the loss by a board soon. (DIPRO)

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    Guv seeks ACCI suggestions to boost trade

    ITANAGAR | Feb 05 | : Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa, acting swiftly on the newspaper report of reduction in market activity allegedly due to President Rule, called an urgent meeting today.
    The meeting was attended by Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) president Techi Lala, secretary general Tarh Nachung and advisor Pradeep Kumar, IGP Nobin Tayeng, Capital DC SK Singh and SP Devender Arya, and others.

    Lala clarified that the market turnover has ebbed over the last few months due to various factors and not due to PR and said the extortion menace has considerably reduced in the market owing to stringent policing in the Capital Complex.
    Kumar while appreciating the improvement in law and order in Capital Complex, requested governor to reintroduce police beats that have been constructed across the Capital Complex and use public address system, especially in the market areas, as a confidence building measure.
    The governor directed the officer to ensure good coordination and liaisoning with the market community so that they can carry on business without fear of any miscreants. He directed them to take swift action against anybody who harasses the traders by extortion or intimidation.
    Singh, asked the business community to meet him and give the list of habitual problem creators to act U/s CrPC 107/151 & 109. PRO 

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    Boy's conversion into girl not true: AIIM

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Feb 05 | : Conversion of boy into girl is not true but possible only  through surgery in some case with due confirmation with the family or parents that too in early stages while it is a genital defect in some cases, All India Institute of Medical science (AIIMS) paediatric  surgery department Prof Dr M Bajpai today said.

    Addressing a sensitization-cum-awareness programme on disorder of sex development at Tomo Riba State Hospital here as resource person, he elaborated about disorder in the sex development its complexities,  chromosomal, gonadal, anatomic sex,  cultural & social factors, role of supports groups, legal issues related with the sexual disorder  in gender discrimination.
    He stressed that in some cases genitogram also matter the factor and explained various legal, social, medical and scientific opinion and theories on disorder on sex development. He said that sex is a biological concept related to the body influenced by physical attribute, chromosomes, genitals, gonads, hormones and brain sex, while gender is a personal or social idea, related to how people identify themselves in their social context. He pointed about the birth defect and disorder and some of its remedies through surgery or otherwise. He also stressed that it is a matter of awareness about what is sex, what is gender we must know and
    Various speakers also spoke on the occasion including including Medical education director Dr Moji Jini,  Jnt director Dr R Doye, NERIST director Dr P K Das, Hospitals(TM)  chief medical superintendent Dr R K Khrimey also spoke before a guide book on ~dissipation of information on disorder of sex development was released to mark the occasion.
    Another such programme was conducted at NERIST earlier where the Nirjuli VKV class-X students attended.
    The programmes, an imitative of National Council of Science & Technology Communication, aimed at mass awareness in the society.

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    Turning 'My Shame City' to 'My City, My Pride" the Negi way

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Feb 05 | : There is nothing wrong to call Capital Complex ~My Shame City(TM) as the entrance gate here welcomes the visitors with a stinking dustbin attached to it whose dirty wastes give the 'First impression lasts long' feeling.

    It is immaterial as to who built it but many residents of A-Sector make it a point to dump their waste right from morning till late evening and the dustbin, probably has remained uncleaned for years, but who bothers. This unacceptable behaviour of the sector dwellers was spotted by the Zone-4 team led by zone officer & EAC Mabi Taipodia this morning. The team comprising councillor Taba Takia, senior officers, lawyers, traders, local men and women cleaned at least three quintals of garbage.
    Though Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, who conceived the idea of "My City, My Pride! I will clean it" idea, toured various parts of the Capital Complex and was impressed with the ongoing drive that has given a facelift to A-Sector, but the members took exception to the dustbin built adjacent to the tall entrance gate and desired the IMC to dismantle it immediately.
    The team has imposed penalty on many resident dwellers and traders for their sense void of civic sense despite the ongoing cleanliness drive and decided that the trend would continue with strictness to discipline few unruly residents.
    "It is our city and everyone is responsible to keep it clean. Anyone going wayward has to toe the social principle or else would face the brunt of the society, cautioned Taipodia.
    Negi accompanied by sports & youth affairs secretary Dani Salu, IMC chief councilor Kipa Kaku, CMEO Habung Lampung and IPR director CM Longphong had visited Banderdewa and advised the local residents, traders to keep their surrounding clean and to use dustbin and the chief councilor to take precautionary measures on the health of sanitation workers, especially encouraging them for hepatitis B vaccination. (DIPR)
    DIPRO adds from Dibang Valley district HQs anini today, conducted the campaign to mark 30-year of statehood day celebration. The drive gave a facelift to the township divided into 14 zones, monitored by DC tamune miso and ZPM Dipen Molo, which recorded tree plantation too.
    At Itanagar, a mass social service was conducted by hundreds of people led by councilor Pakyum Tagung ward nine while councilor Tadak Tagru facilitated the drive in C-1, C-2 sectors & Indira Gandhi Park here today.
    The cleanliness drive in c1 and c2 sector is organised    by the staffs and officials of power department under the aegis of ward councilor Tadak Tagru followed by hydropower officials at I G Park.

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    Boori Boot Yullo Fest

    NIRJULI | Feb 05 | : The pre-golden week-long Boori Boot Yullo Festival-2016 of the Nyishis would conclude at Nyikum Niya ground here tomorrow which would showcase the rich cultural mosaic through traditional dances and songs eremonial mithun sacrifice.  
    Guv's greetings

    Meanwhile, Governor J P Rajkhowa today greeted the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Boori Boot Yullo. "May the festival rituals invokes the spirit of Boori Boot and bless one and all with contentment, good health and prosperity, he wished in his message. (PRO)

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    Community tag for APPSCE candidates

    By Une Pertin , ITANAGAR | Feb 05 | : An uncanny development surfaced as congratulations started pouring in for 132 APPSCCE candidates selected for the next round of viva voice slated tentatively for March 8 next,
    Aspirants who had cleared the mains examinations were tabulated on the basis of communities they belonged to and "lists" were prepared on "who and how many of their brethren" had made it to the next level.

    Social media sites and messaging services suddenly were abuzz with ratio comparisons and clarion calls have been already made to make their "communities proud".
    Although, this sense of pride and happiness is not unplaced in a state as diverse as Arunachal Pradesh, the constant reminder that only the achievements of your tribe must be rejoiced is extremely detrimental to the growth of a pan-Arunachal identity.
    Our elders and the generations before could be even forgiven for this folly: the idea of a formal administrative zone was brand new and this frontier region was just coming out of its cocoons.
    But as society has progressed and developed further, clubbing APPCS aspirants - who will be the future officers and policy makers of the state - to a cloistered tribal identity is like giving free hand to divisive feelings in future. "I will congratulate them for belonging to a certain tribe but not as an Arunachalee". Those who disbelieve it must remember that ideas can make a change and what percolates down from the highest echelon can either broaden or narrow your vision.
    Last year, in this very season, hundreds of agitating candidates had taken to streets demanding for a fair and impartial examination after general paper II was found to be leaked. The prolonged process and thereafter the monumental time taken by the commission to declare the results had spiralled many candidates into despair. Although delayed, the declaration of results will perhaps finally act as a balm to the jaded souls and put an end to their prolonged anticipation. 
    But instead of congratulating them as Arunachalees, people are more eager to tag them in their community(TM)s names. However, an officer however does not belong to any community in his/her line of duty and it is unfortunate that the trend continues to be followed unabashed in the state. A senior had once shared that when she was awarded in the national level, except for people belonging to her tribe, she was never even congratulated by other Arunachalis! And those who congratulated her, did so on the grounds of "for making their tribe proud".
    Such is the misery of having strong tribal roots " a matter of pride but nevertheless not suited for promoting a pan Arunachal image. We can only hope that the next batch of APCS officers are immune to such leanings and make their headway unscathed. Mired in controversies for all the wrong reasons, what(TM)s remaining to watch is the way APPSC will conduct the upcoming viva voices and physical tests to regain its lost glory. 

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    Opinions differ on PR  

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Feb 05 | : Although President's rule is imposed during "complete breakdown of law and order" and only in rarest of the rare cases, it(TM)s implementation has encountered more oppositions than acceptance due to overwhelming interference of the bureaucracy and the military.
    But in Arunachal, the situation has been completely different and the masses have in fact welcomed it with open arms. Perhaps it's a tell-tale sign of the public's lack of confidence in the present crop of politicians.

    Many have cited speedy completion of official works and presence of otherwise absentee staffs as a positive development of the PR. For Govt employees and contractual workers, release of their long pending salaries has been an occasion to rejoice.
    However, opinions differ on whether the PR was actually needed and if yes, how smoothly it's being implemented.
    For the Capital Complex dwellers, it has been a nightmare for the past few days with regular para military checking at multiple points.  The route from Banderdewa to Itanagar is witness to serpentine traffic jam causing massive distress to commuters.
    Moreover, the paramilitary has been accused of being unnecessarily rude to travellers. Many exasperated females have also reported of being subjected to "questionable ways of checking" - unwelcome ogling and checking of their purses for instance. It must be however kept in mind that female drivers cannot be subjected to such intrusive checking and if required, need the presence of female personnel.
    Although many have welcomed the crackdown on erring government employees and rash drivers - excessive presence of military and paramilitary could be a bone of contention. The governor with his due capabilities must balance this excess before the situation goes out of hand.

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    Demarcate parking place: BWC

    ITANAGAR, Feb 05, 2016: Naharlagun Bazar Welfare Committee, in a letter to Capital DC, has urged to demarcate parking places in Naharlagun market area.
    Claiming of complaints, particularly from banks and other establishments blocking their approach roads for want of demarcated parking areas in market areas, the vehicles are parked in front of banks and other busy establishments since introduction of parking fees.

    Introduction of parking fee is appreciable but such parking blocking others(TM) approach road is not appreciable.
    Thus, the DC and the IMC are urged to demarcate parking places and re-consider e parking fees by constituting a committee headed by either  ADM or EAC  and involving the police officers, IMC & BWC members, BWC chairman Shillong Tajo, said in the letter.

    Plantation drive conducted

    ZIRO, Feb 05, 2016:
    A massive plantation drive was carried out in GHS School compass today by DC office staff led by DC Kanki Darang as part of ~Greener & Cleaner Ziro(TM). The trees would add to the beauty of this valley, Darang said, adding such drives would continue for next three months. (DIPRO)

    Coordination meet

    YUPIA, Feb 05, 2016: Papum Pare DC Pooja Jain in a coordination meeting of all HoDs discussed inter-departmental issues and problems faced by them.
    The DC also reviewed the preparation for Statehood Day celebration. (DIPRO)

  • Sports

    Security forces vacate badminton stadium

    ITANAGAR, Feb 05, 2016: The security forces have vacated the Raj Bhawan badminton stadium here following an instruction from the Govt.
    Responding to an appeal from Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA), the GoAP took step to make the security forces vacate the badminton hall to facilitate and ensure regular coaching and training of badminton players.
    Meanwhile, ASBA honourrary secretary Bamang  Tago has lauded the prompt initiative of the governor.