Tawang shivers in tension, Army continues flag march
By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | May 03 | : * CBI or fair probe demanded
Army continued to flag march and prohibitory order u/s 144 CrPC remained in force in the Buddhist town of Tawang today which has been experiencing simmering tension after police fired upon angry mob on Monday killing two and leaving scores injured.
The aggrieved and shocked locals today demanded immediate suspension of DC, SP, DySP, EAC and CO, particularly the magistrate who had ordered firing and immediate lifting of the prohibitory order for normalcy to return and immediate payment of Rs 20 lakh ex-gratis to the kith and kin of each deceased.
Five of the critically injured were taken to Tenga Army base hospital , which referred very critical two victims to Guwahati where the hospital referred them to NERGIHMS, Shillong, sources told this daily.
Meanwhile, as desired by Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, Dy CM Kameng Dolo arrived Tawang to take stock of the situation and after meeting with senior officers facilitated constitution of a peace committee with MLAs Jambey Tashi (Lumla), Tsering Tashi (Tawang), Pema Khandu (Mukto), Tawang ZPC Jambey Tsering, Tawang Monastry secretaries lama Lobsang Phuntso & lama Lobsang Thapkey, Manjushree vidhyapith lama Thupten Phuntsuk, ATDSU president Urgen Dorjee, lama Tashi Norbu, ZPMs Sherap (Kitpi) & Tsering Dorjee (Tawang), anchal chairperson Phuntso Raptan, Tsangpa Tashi (AAPSU), former ZPM Lemberdung Dorjee Norbu, BJP president Sangey Chodup, GBs Lama Ngui (Changprong) & Dorjee Tsering (Bomba), Jampa Tsering, Tawang DC & SP as members.
However, the sources claimed that the masses were aggrieved that Dolo did not meet the families of the bereaved or the injured.
Expressing shock at the police firing in Tawang, which claimed two lives and left many injured, Lok Sabha member Ninong Ering today conveyed his deepest condolences to the aggrieved families.
While praying for speedy recovery of the injured, the MP made a fervent appeal to the people to maintain peace and tranquillity.
Anti-dam movement was nothing new, but such a tragic incident should not have happened in Arunachal Pradesh, Ering told this daily, reacting on the incident.
State Governor J P Rajkhowa, reflecting humanitarian gesture, granted â€~one time reliefâ€(TM) of Rs one lakh each to the nearest kin of the deceased , Rs 25,000 to each of the seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to each with minor injuries from Governor Relief Fund.
Welcoming the judicial probe ordered by the GoAP, he reiterated his appeal to the masses to maintain communal harmony and peace and resolve the differences across the table.
Meanwhile, CM Pul lauded the peace committee meeting conducted by DC and attended by local MLAs, PRI leaders, monks and student unions members.
"There must always be a way by which we can communicate our feelings, only then we can think of resolving whatever issues there may be. Dialogue is the only way to move forward," he said advocating dialogues.
Though the incident was extremely unfortunate but "we have to look ahead", he said and made a fervent appeal to continue to work together with a shared vision for a better tomorrow.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) today demanded immediate suspension of Tawang DC, SP and magistrate on duty, police station OC, who were involved in police firing.
AAPSU president Kamta Lapung told media persons in Arunachal Press club that It is the responsibility of the GoAP to ensure wellbeing of the people but our CM Pul preferred to attend hydropower conference in Delhi when Tawang people were fighting over the big dam issue.
State people, particularly of Tawang were not happy with the GoAP in ordering magisterial probe without suspending those officers involved immediately for a free and fair enquiry, AAPSU GS Biru Nasi said.
Several probes have been ordered in the past whose outcome were unsatisfactory, he said and demanded CBI enquiry to grants justice to those killed in the incident, he argued.
Pointing out that there was enough ways to disperse the mob, but firing to the unarmed person is highly condemnable, NESO coordinator Pritam Bai Sonam said and support demand for CBI probe.
A peace team led by Lapung would go to Tawang to interact with the victims and while Nasi will be leading a peace candle march rally from Akash Deep Complex to Tennis court on Wednesday evening.
The students leaders univocally urged for maintaining peace tranquillity in Tawang.
APCC president Padi Richo sought probe by a retired high court judge or CBI. He wonder how a peaceful protest ends in genocide? Had the GoAP intervened with right earnest it could have been averted, he said and suspected foul play in the entire episode and the APCC wanted the concerned authorities to reveal the truth so that guilty are taken to task.
The much acclaimed messiah of the poor whose arrival in the state was propagated to be a over-night changer seems to remain a mute spectator.
While talking a dig at state governor, the APCC questioned disappearance of BJP leader Kiren Rijiju and PPA leader Kalikho Pul in such hour of distress in the Mon region which amply shows their contradictory claim of being people's saviour. The rule of law should prevail to ensure a sense of security to every denizens of the state.
APYC spokesperson Niglar Veo demanded CBI inquiry of or other appropriate independent agency.
State NCP president Gicho Kabak Gicho & VP Nima Sangey Saling expressed shock over the incident and urged the GoAP for a judicial enquiry besides appealing the people for peace.
Condemning the incident, the Arunachal Citizens Rights demanded immediate suspension of SP & DC, sought a central agency to probe it and urged the masses to stand together to restore peace without politicising. (PROs/releases)
AUS plans expansion: Chairman
By Pradeep Kumar , ITANAGAR | May 03 | : Arunachal under WEM radar
With poor growth of education even after over 66 years of independence, Arunachal Pradesh came under the radar of World Education Mission (WEM) to help growth of the sector.
The GoAP enacted Arunachal University of Studies Act, 2012(AUS) providing a window to WEM which acted toeing with India's priority to expand education and fulfil its global mission, said its chairman Dr Ashwani Lochan, also ASU chairman.
The AUS aims at helping nations diagnose the societal needs and requirements to define the basic level of learning and meet the need of its population. It helps to evolve suitable strategies by prioritizing desired targets and methods to implement policies & programmes to meet educational and institution building needs, Dr Lochan told this daily today before leaving Delhi for Namsai.
State Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, Parliamentary Secretaries Chow Tewa Mein (Forest & Environment) & Chau Zingnu Namchoom (Tax, Excise & Handicrafts) would attend ASU inaugural function on May 05 next.
WEM, a global NGO, is currently offering more than 100 UG, PG, doctoral level certificate, diploma, degree courses, recognized by universities/institutions, he said, adding that already 1,500 students are pursuing higher education in present Namsai campus.
The AUS with Dr G N Pandey as Vice Chancellor started faculties of arts & social sciences, management & commerce, computer science, agriculture sciences, education & special education, skill development & vocational studies, library & information sciences, legal studies and university industry inter-linkage centre (UIIC) for on-job training of its students, set up by the UGC, he said.
The varsity has become a regular member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), approved by Union MoHRD, besides approved by All India Council for Technical Education, Indian Council for Agriculture and Research, National Council for Teachers Education & Rehabilitation Council of India and Bar Council of India, he said adding the present faculty strength is around 65 and likely to be raised by 20 in the coming academic session. In fact, Dr Trilochan Singh, who worked in the state as former WIHG scientist, reflecting his attachment to the state, is AUS's honorary professor.
The WEM grants scholarships to meritorious students and those belonging to socially backward, financially weaker, physically disabled to encourage them to avail low cost quality education.
Originally, the WEM surveyed land in centurion town Pasighat and Tawang but during survey at Namsai Mein had deputed his OSD Anupam Tangu and land was shown by then Lohit DC R K Sharma. The support extended by Mein, district lawmakers and educationist Dr Joram Begi helped to zero down to Namsai to acquire 30 acres land along the NH, two miles off Namsai.
The first phase infrastructures and buildings construction in four lakh sqfeet area is complete and the 2nd and 3rd phases have started. The WEM targets every youth aspiring for higher education to get it at the door steps within the state with an expansion plan, he added.
State's education history is interesting. While gasping for breath to improve status of education, being panacea to all ills confronting this tribal dominated society, fund has been proving to be the greatest hurdle for this fund-starved state.
It would be prudent to recall former chief minister Gegong Apang, who had approached then prime minister Indira Gandhi for a universality. She had laughed to her heart's content for such a request with only one college - Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat - but had arranged an appointment with DU university VC. Apang returned to her depressed as the VC refused to meet him.
The next appointment she had arranged was with Punjab University VC, who had obliged for which the JNC was under PU before Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of Arunachal University at Rono Hills as a state varsity on 04.02.84, to make it state's oldest varsity.
However, Arunachal now boasts of central varsity Rajiv Gandhi University (formerly known as AU), deemed varsity North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (04.03.84), Nirjuli & National Institute of Technology (2010), Yupia, besides first technical university - North East Frontier Technical University set up by Automobile Society India in 2014 at Aalo, Indira Gandhi Technological & Medical Sciences University in 2012 at Ziro, Himalayan University (2015).
Tuki dares Pul to prove allegations
ITANAGAR | May 03 | : Financial mismanagement
Taking a dig at Chief Minister Kalikho Pul for blaming the previous GoAP for creating huge financial liabilities, former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki condemned his immature, unfounded and childish statement.
Pointing out that such baseless and unfounded accusations could be leveled by a person having vindictive attitude, Tuki, in a release, challenged the incumbent CM to prove his charges.
"Since day one, Pul has been trying to malign my hard earned reputation and image by all scrupulous means. His evil designs are amply clear through his actions as he first toppled a popularly elected and mandated Govt with the support of BJP and the governor. Secondly, he hurriedly took oath showing no respect whatsoever for the judiciary as the case is pending with the Supreme Court. Finally, he has been throwing wild allegations with no substance to hide his malicious intention to mislead the people and garner cheap publicity," Tuki said.
In reality, the entire financial mismanagement and huge financial liabilities the state is facing today is the handiwork of Pul himself as he was state's longest serving finance minister (FM). The state first went through over draft as during his tenure as finance minister. Despite his tall claims, he has been a total failure in managing the state funds. It was then that the preceding CMs had to intervene and shift him to some other ministries," he claimed.
Under Pul's rule the state would further go into debt, Tuki alleged, adding that Pul had recently announced creation of thousands of posts in health department. Yes, all posts are necessary for effective health delivery system but creation of so many posts at one go would burden the state exchequer by several hundred crores, which the state can ill afford. His Govt was getting ready to create those posts but on need-basis in a phased manner, Tuki said.
Inviting citizens, especially intellectuals to compare the funds brought by him and Pul as FM, the former CM urged them to compare "funds brought in under the 12th Finance Commission (Pul as FM) and the 13th FC (under his leadership as FM). I dare him (Pul) to make the figures public", Tuki challenged.
"After taking over the reign of Arunachal illegally, Pul has been making propitious claims of changing the face of state's development trajectory. But on the ground, he has been concentrating on individual schemes rather than public interest. Whatever development is being witnessed now was initiated during our Govt. We had kept huge funds for state's equitable development which were apparently sprinkled to few pockets only.
"We had undertaken massive exercise to prepare 2030 Vision Document with feedbacks and suggestions from all quarters. All plans and programmes were thus prepared keeping in mind their viability, feasibility and benefits for the people after thorough consultation with departments concerned. But, during fag end of 2015-16 fiscal, Pul adopted a ridiculous approach by distributing funds without proper exercise. Crores of funds went to his close aides, supporters based on pick and choose basis thereby pushing genuine development giving to back burner".
Negating Pul's all tall claims of transparency, the planning secretary issues a circular in 2016 mid-March restricting all commissioners and secretaries to keep all schemes and programmes, including under SIDF secret. Is this the transparency and accountability Pul has been boasting about?
If at all Pul's clarification are to be believed, then why has the bills of marginal contractors not cleared yet? Why have the SSA teachersâ€(TM) voices being muzzled instead of listening to their pleas? Has not these issues which he had been raising in all available platforms garnered him popularity? Where his assurances have gone" - Tuki questioned?
Tuki further raised serious questions over the contradictory stand of Pul over freedom of media. At one point, Pul says that he would cooperate fully and ensure that state media would work independently without any pressure or duress but on other hand he warns a particular leading daily of legal consequences for publishing a news item on financial mess. Instead of taking the news positively or clarifying the report, Pul resorted to intimidating the media house. It shows the mentality of an individual who does not want to accept the truth.
People who are watching are the best judge of these false propaganda. Time will tell who is right and who is not, Tuki added!
CM Pul commits to tap hydropower
NEW DELHI | May 03 | : Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today said that the hydropower would be developed in an optimal manner, in which, the environmental impact and human displacement would be reduced to the absolute minimal possible and positive outcomes are achieved in the shortest possible time.
Addressing conference on 'Hydro power at crossroads - tapping the untapped', organized by Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM).
He said that hydropower is the only viable source for the resource strapped state and added it could provide sustainable means of livelihood to youth through jobs and other related activities, he said the GoAP would involve all stakeholders and take local residents into confidence and dispel any misgivings that they might have regarding resettlement due to the hydropower projects. The endeavor would be to create conditions for eco-friendly and people-friendly growth, Pul said.
In achieving investor friendly environment, he said the state was willing to relax entry tax to protect investors' interest in cutting down the labour and construction costs wherever necessary. He urged hydropower developers to invest in the state without any apprehensions.
The CM sought support of financial institutions and the GoI to help in achieving its hydropower potential and assured all help.
Underlying the importance of hydropower, he said that with volatile international energy prices and heightened concerns over carbon emissions, there is an increasing focus on developing a cleaner and greener energy basket. In a nation endowed with huge natural resources, particularly Arunachal Pradesh with its 58,000 MW hydropower potential, this is but a natural choice, he said.
To fast track clearance processes at state level, the CM assured to provide all support to developers with single window clearance, to be operated through chief secretary with quarterly meetings. All local coordination requirements would be expedited removing all barriers.
Long construction periods, lack of transport infrastructure, environmental concerns and geological risks, including environmental are matters of serious concerns which cause inordinate delay to most projects, he reasoned.
Clearance such as cumulative impact and carrying capacity studies for the river basin prescribed by the MoEF takes away the confidence of the investors, who by then have made substantial investments, he pointed out, adding mandatory basin studies for forest clearances has hurt the small hydro project prospect below 25MW which were dropped, he said and urged that forest clearance be delinked with basin study completion.
The GoAP would examine various options for funding the equity participation including to exit from the same, he said while assuring the power developers to invest on an as-is-where-is basis while the GoAP would only need 12% free power.
Private developers in many instances are facing fund constraints, which delays in implementation, the CM observed and reasoned that projects are taken up without tying up resources from 'concept to commissioning' and the bankers are averse to lending money.
To tide over such crisis, he said that the GoAP is willing to extend necessary cooperation required to reduce risks and ensure commissioning without cost overruns.
He urged the Centre to give favourable push for hydropower to increase its share in the nation's electricity-mix, where today the thermal power accounts for more than 70%. The CM pointed out that such scenario is not good when steps to mitigate emissions of green house gases is to be seriously considered. Share of hydropower in the electricity mix needs to be raised substantially and that ministry of power may setup a green energy corridor to evacuate hydropower generation from Arunachal and NE region.
Earlier Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin in her brief speech informed that GoAP would conduct an investor conference in the state shortly and urged all the stakeholders to participate in it.
ASSOCHAM secretary general DS Rawat and Norway Embassy deputy chief of mission in India Sigvald T Hauge also spoke.
The CM was accompanied by Power Minister TN Thongdok and Hydropower Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimhun. (PRO)
Ering wants to visit China but not on stapled visa
NEW DELHI | May 03 | : Declaring himself as a "proud Indian", Congress lawmaker from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering on Monday said in the Lok Sabha he wishes to visit China to meet the members of the Lohoba tribe but asserted that he will not do so on a "stapled visa".
"I want to visit China as a proud Indian and not go there through the backdoor like other MPs have done. I will go there on a regular visa and not a stapled visa," Ering said.
"I will prefer to take the bullet on the chest," said the lawmaker from Arunachal East.
China, which lays claim over Arunachal Pradesh, has a policy of issuing stapled visas to residents of the state.
Ering, who belongs to the Adi tribe, said he wanted to visit China to meet the members of the Lohoba tribe.
"We speak the same dialect and have the same dress code. On the Chinese side the tribe is known as Lohoba while on the Indian side its known as Adi," Ering added while participating in a debate on demand for grants of the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministries .
When later asked about the issue, Ering said some "BJP MPs" had visited China through "backdoor". (PTI)
Arunachal scribes resent intimidation of Press
ITANAGAR | May 03 | : World Press Freedom Day observed
Marking the World Press Freedom Day for the first time in the state, members of the Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Electronic Media Association today met at the APC office here.
Celebrated across the globe, the day stresses that freedom of information is a fundamental human right, weighs the state of press freedom around the world, and is a reminder that in dozens of countries, publications are censored, fined and closed down, while journalists and editors are harassed, attacked, detained and sometimes murdered.
The date for the celebration was adopted by United Nations in 1993 to commemorate the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek. This year is significant because it marks the 250th anniversary of the world's first freedom of information law, covering Sweden and Finland, the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Windhoek of press freedom principles in Namibia, and the first year of the 15-year life cycle of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Members present at the celebrations today noted that the day comes at a significant time in press freedom in the country and the state when both state and non-state actors are behaving with growing impunity against the media.
"Recently, the top executive has been repeatedly making statements in public against the state press. While freedom is granted to all, when powerful people make certain statements, the line between freedom of expression and intimidation can get blurred," APC general secretary Ranju Dodum said.
The fraternity also noted that everyone is free to clear allegations that are made against the state or an individual at any point of time.
During a recent press conference at the CMO, the CM had remarked that he would take legal action against The Arunachal Times where it was reported that the state finances had gone into overdraft. While the CM did clarify that no notification from the RBI had been received on the matter, he warned of legal action against the publication.
Oil palm plantation begins
From Our Correspondent , PASIGHAT | May 03 | : Oil palm was planted at Leku village under Ruksin sub-division on recently at the initiative of M/s Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd (RSIL).
Ruksin ADC T Pada launched the initiative with RSIL adviser AK Purukayastha, advisor Neckhom, nodal officer Opang Moyong and RSIL corporate head P Mallesham.
: NH-415, blocked in front of PYBSS Hotel since April 21, is likely to be opened at 6 am on Wednesday, informed PWD (Highway) CE (WZ) Bora Ete, EE Nani Tath, AE Nangbia Tedi, JE Tabom Doyum & SI Rito Kamdak after inspecting the ongoing restoration work. The already readymade RCC pre-cast box culvert was transported from Sagalee base of Susee Infra Ltd -AFND
Relief in a week, Mein to victims
NAMSAI | May 03 | : Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein with Parliamentary Secretary Zingnu Namchoom, Namsai officers led by DC RK Sharma visited flood affected Mengkeng Miri I & II villages and assured the victims to provide relief within a week.
AdiSU GS Buteng Tayeng, accompanying him, demanded immediate flood relief for the victims, replacement of tree electricity poles by iron poles, road maintenance by the RWD were also requested and permanent solution to Lekang and Namsai river flood problems.
While assuring to look into the demands, Mein urged the villagers not to panic as steps would be taken to built embankment along Noa-Dihing River course from New Silatoo, Dirak to Mengkeng Miri in winter season.
Link road to Paki demanded
ITANAGAR , May 04, 2016: All Paki Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (APPYWA) has urged the chief minister to sanction 13-km Sakiang Paki panchayat road in Mengio circle. APPYWA, in a press release, claimed that Paki is the only panchayat without road linkage which has hindered the development of the area.
Rebia tours constituency
KIMIN , May 04, 2016: Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia accompanied by Papum Pare DC Pooja Jain and HoDs toured Kimin, Kakoi and Banderdewa today.
At Kakoi, Rebia asked the SDPO to prepare list of materials required for early operation of under construction police station. He visited new circuit house, girls hostel, office of Circle office and flood restoration work along Kakoi river and expressed happiness over work progress.
Rebia warned the executing company M/s Mechfab Engineering Industries Pvt Ltd for slow progress of bailey bridge construction over Ranganadi and asked the RWD to take over the work if bridge is not completed on time. Rebia and Jaino had discussion with PRI leaders on their problems, grievances and on status of all developmental works. (DIPRO)
From Our Correspondent , PASIGHAT , May 03, 2016: East Siang Adi Baane Kebang unit led by its president Okom Yosung and women wing resident Yalem Taga Burang conducted a seven-day awareness programme in Upper Siang district continuing their efforts to spread awareness on drug abuse and alcoholism.
The event which concluded on Moday aimed at educating the masses, GBs and PRI leaders on drugs, alcohol, preservation and protection of bio-diversity. It covered Pongging, Padu, Adi-Pasi, Damro, Mariyang, Simong, Karko and Geku villages.
DC asks SP to act
ITANAGAR, May 03, 2016: Following repeated complaints, Capital DC has directed SP to take necessary action against a group of people who had allegedly assaulted village elders, GBs and PRI leaders injuring two of Nirjuli village seriously over a family land dispute.
The boundary wall was erected following a Mell decision but the said accused resorted to attack on April with lethal weapons on those who were monitoring the construction work, a written statement issued by ASM and GBs claimed.
The village elders had lodged an FIR but the Nirjuli Police did not act.
Plant trees to check global warming: PCCF
BASAR, May 03, 2016: Forest and environment department additional PCCF Dr C M Rao has exhorted the officers to motivate people with 'each one, plant ten' principle to check global warming and end forest degradation.
Dr Rao, who is on a visit to West Siang district, planting Tuja Orientalis sapling alongÂ the road side of Basar forest range office and advocated creating more forest areas by planting feasible species while assuring all possible support, an official release said.
Pasighat CCF Millo Tago was accompanying the PCCF.
Relief funds misused, alleges panel
From Our Correspondent , PASIGHAT, May 03, 2016: Anpum-Loklung villages are facing the threat of being submerged with Dibang, Sisiri, Dotung and Sikang Rivers changing courses toward the villages.
These villages, under Dambuk sub-division in Lower Dibang Valley district, had suffered massive damages last year caused by flood water of those rivers.
However, the precarious situation has drawn the attention of GoAP, NGOs and well-wishers who have been contributing relief materials, but there is allegation that relief committee has been misusing the funds.
Anpum-Loklung Flood Victims Welfare Society (ALFVWS) president Oiboram Lego, in a statement, has urged GoAP to conduct a probe.
Unknown body found
AALO , May 03, 2016: The mortal remains of a non-Arunachalee was found at Chirne, Basar under West Siang district on Monday. He was a male, aged about 40, height around 5.1feet, dark complexion. But there is no claimant as yet, town magistrate L Ete. (DIPR)
ASBA to host national event
By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | May 03 | , May 03, 2016: Aimed at exposing hidden talents, Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) today announced series of events for 2016-17.
An ASBA team led by its honourary president Rotu Techi, addressing press persons in Press Club here today enlisted state level inter-club badminton championship which (May 26-29); inter-club tournament within districts to be completed by July 2016 and winners to represent the district in Dorjee Khandu Memorial state badminton championship under 13, 15, 19-age and open categories (in boys, girls, women and men); Dorjee Khandu memorial state badminton championship ( August 17-20) under 13, 15, 19-age and open categories (boy, girls, women and men) to select state team to identify state ranking players and represent in zonal and national championships
Announcing the tentative programme, Techi said that district level team events will be conducted within November next and CM sub-veteran and veteran state badminton championship (December 1- 15).
Appreciating the ASBA endeavours to promote badminton, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has entrusted Arunachal the responsibility to conduct senior national ranking badminton tournament during October 6-9 next. Many leading national players are expected to take part which would help growth of badminton, Techi added.
The events would facilitate all age players to be part of â€~badminton Arunachalâ€(TM) with ASBA springboard, honourary secretary Bamang Tago said, adding two coaches have been arranged for conducting the events and the ASBA would move the GoAP for support.