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    Tawang to host global seminar

    TAWANG | Dec 20 | : * Kiren Rijiju, Richard Gere arrives

    Tawang, the seat of school of Mahayana Buddhism, is all set to host the maiden international seminar on â€~Challenges facing the Himalayan regionâ€(TM) tomorrow.
    Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and prominent Hollywood actor Richard Gere along with members of International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) arrived here today to attend the event.

    While Rijiju, arrived at Ugyen Sangpo helipad, accompanied by Mechukha MLA PD Sona and were welcomed by stateâ€(TM)s Tourism, Art and Culture Minister Pema Khandu, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, DC Abhishek Dev, ZPC Jambey Tsering along with PRI members, BJP party workers, Richard Gere and his entourage landed at Lumla and was escorted to Tawang via Mahabodhi Old Age Home, Teli by Lumla MLA and RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi.
    Rijiju, Gere and IBC members visited Asiaâ€(TM)s oldest monastery Urgelling Gompa (birth place of the VIth Dalai Lama), Khinmey monastery and also interacted with the children of the Manjushree Vidhyapeeth, an orphanage run by Lama Thupten Phuntsok who is a Padmashree.
    Rijiju, who is on his maiden visit to Tawang district, after assuming charge of home affairs, will interact with the public tomorrow.
    The duo will inaugurate a seminar on â€~Challenges facing the Himalayan regionâ€(TM), organized by the Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKA) department in collaboration with IBC at Kalawangpo convention hall.
    Eminent Buddhist scholars from various countries along with local intellectuals will deliberate in the seminar.


    BJP demands GoAP to resolve APPSC stalemate, flays PPA MLAs

    ITANAGAR | Dec 20 | : The BJP today demanded the state government to act fast to resolve the stalemate on the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) paper leakage incident so that the future of aspirants are not jeopardised.
    "The GoAP should made public the magisterial enquiry report along with the action taken report so that the issue is resolved amicably and the candidates can plan accordingly to sit in the exam," senior BJP leader and former MP Tapir Gao said during a Press conference here today.

    The reported leakage of a question paper (General Studies Paper-II) in the APPSCCE Main exam held in September last had snowballed into a major controversy after the candidates protested which forced the APPSC to cancel the examination indefinitely.
    The GoAP had constituted a committee headed by Naharlagun EAC Hento Kena to conduct the enquiry and submit the report within two weeks.
    Gao said, the GoAP should not play with the career of the students and resolve the issue soon.
    Alleging that the GoAP was not serious on the imbroglio, the BJP leader demanded the GoAP to act to bring back the lost glory of the APPSC by appointing an IAS officer as its permanent secretary.
    "Efforts should be initiated to make APPSC strong with special budgetary provisions. Our legislators will raise the issue in the forthcoming winter session of the assembly," he said.
    Gao also criticised the five PPA MLAs who merged with the Congress Saturday saying that they have cheated the people who voted them to power.
    State BJP president Tai Tagak criticized the GoAP for cancelling the scheduled chopper service to Tawang on Dec 18 last without any reasons.
    Tagak along with Gao was supposed to go to the border district to attend a party meeting.
    "The GoAP should come out clearly on the reasons for cancellation of the passenger service as there was no VIP requisition," he said alleging, "It could be sabotage by the GoAP to prevent the BJP leaders from attending the important meeting." (PTI)


    BJP gets ready for Liromoba bye-poll

    ITANAGAR | Dec 20 | : With the Liromoba Assembly seat declared vacant by the Speaker on Dec 12 last following the death of sitting MLA and former chief minister Jarbom Gamlin, the preparation for the bye-election has begun by opposition BJP, which facilitated entry of Jarbomâ€(TM)s brother Jarpum Gamlin as announced in a press conference here today.

    BJPâ€(TM)s move was a veiled homework before going public once the Election Commission announces the poll, though party insider gave oblique reference leaving it to the president Amit Saha to make the formal announcement.
    Jarpum, stateâ€(TM)s English daily The Eastern Sentinel Editor-in-Chief, hails from a political family whose two siblings - Jarkar Gamlin and former chief minister, late Jarbom Gamlin - are from the Congress.
    Jarbom died at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Nov 30 last.
    Talking to media, Jarpum, former corporate executive turned media entrepreneur with a Commerce (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce and MBA form XRLI, Jamshedpur disclosed that his joining the BJP was purely his personal preference.
    "I will extend my support to the party and shoulder all responsibilities entrusted on me with utter devotion and dedication.
    "I will also try to bridge the gap between the media and the party," he said.
    When asked whether his paper would serve as the mouthpiece of the party, he categorically said that he would soon resign from all positions he held in the paper so that the publication would continue to serve the purpose as the 'voice of the people'.
    "The DNA of my paper will not be diluted at any cost and it will continue to remain as the mouthpiece of the people," added by Jarpum, recognized by India Today in 2012 as one of the 37 young Indians for tomorrow. (PTI)


    MLAs defection is not end of regional party era: PPA

    NAHARLAGUN | Dec 20 | : Reacting to the merger of all five Peopleâ€(TM)s Party of Arunchal (PPA) MLAs with the ruling Congress Saturday, partyâ€(TM)s interim president Kahfa Bengia today said "the departure of PPA legislators from the party should not be seen as the end of the era of regional park in the state".

    Pointing out that if this tribal state has to see better days ahead, the onus lies only in a party with regional character and sentiments, Bengia, in a release, said that working towards stateâ€(TM)s economic independence with a singular resolve to grant of Article 371A status to the state shall be our prime agenda, besides working towards peaceful solution of inter-state boundary, ILP and refugee issues.
    Seeking support from all corners, he called for condemning such "nasty betrayals".
    Stateâ€(TM)s lone regional party is passing through a yet another great traumatic phase, PPA CWC chairman Kamen Ringu said.
    Ironically the party which had gone to the Assembly polls promising strict implementation of Anti-Defection law in the state is found to be abusing the same law with its MLAs joining another party which it had condemned to be in "deep corruption", he rued.
    "What greater betrayal can it be of one's own party and state interest by a leader who had promised never to desert the party of his political career?", he wondered, adding "I fail to understand how this unfortunate defection of our legislators into INC is going to help a Govt. which is already reeling under severe financial crisis. However, l wish their joining the Tuki Government shall add quality to the government instead of just quantity".


    Special direction given for speedy land allotment to Army, CM informs GOC

    ITANAGAR | Dec 20 | : Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed Lt. General Sarath Chand, GOC, 4 Corps that he has issued specific direction to all DCs and land management department in particular to expedite the land acquisition process for Army and para-military forces when the later called on him in his office here today.

    During an hour long meeting, various issues pertaining to security, civic actions, land acquisition for Army etc, the Lt Gen. sought the CMâ€(TM)s intervention to expedite the land acquisition process by giving special dispensation to the Army in national interest.
    "The Army shall take up plantation in identified areas to compensate the forest land taken over by them" he informed.
    While assuring all possible assistance, the CM reiterated his stand for more recruitment of the local youths in Army as they are acclimatized with the hilly terrain of the state and well-built to take up such jobs with their patriotic spirit.
    The chief secretary, DGP, commissioner to CM, land management commissioner & director besides senior Army officers were present.
    The Lt. Gen later called on Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhavan when they discussed various issues related to armed forces in the state. The Corps Commander briefed on the activities of Army in Arunachal Pradesh while the governor emphasized on the civil-military coordination and cooperation. (CMMC, PRO)


    ALARC to give legal aid online

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Dec 20 | : The Arunachal Legal Aid and Research Cell (ALARC) launched its free legal helpline no 8119090880 (10 am- 4 pm) and website www.aplarc.org, later inaugurated by Yupia district and session judge-cum-member secretary of State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) Budi Habung and SLSA officer on special duty Dani Belo, during a workshop on â€~access to justiceâ€(TM) in collaboration with Papum Pare District Legal Services Authority (PPDLSA), here today.

    With a vision to provide easy access to legal aid anywhere and everywhere, the ALARC, a unit of Action Aid Society Arunachal (AASA), devised this website. Giving a presentation on the website, ALARC team leader and the mastermind behind the website, Jumgam Jini said that today is the generation of facebook and technology and what better use than to exploit it in a positive way to solve our problem.
    Congratulating PPDLSA and AASA for organising the workshop and establishing the website, Habung said that giving aid to the needy and poor was a noble job that helps in extending access of justice, enshrined in article 39 (A) of our Constitution.
    Stating that giving legal aid is not a charity but an obligation for government, similarly, legal services authority were also obliged to provide competent legal aid, he informed encouraging the participants and stake holders to use the services and to spread awareness, in this regard.
    Belo, who was the guest of honor, in his address announced that SLSA were also thinking of such ambitious programme. Saying that media is the best instrument to spread legal awareness among the masses, he said that he would call upon the press, Saturday next, to ask mediaâ€(TM)s support to disseminate the rights that the public is unaware of.
    Others attending the workshop were special guest EAC-cum- PPDLSA member secretary K Komut, AASA president Titu Yoka and resource members like assistant professors of Arunachal Law Academy, N Sinha and B Kri, student unions, advocates, college students, to name a few.


    Tsering lauds NYP for skilling youths to shape their future

    DIRANG | Dec 20 |: "Skilling yourself amounts to shaping your future while becoming a part of state development," said Hydropower Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering while inaugurating a month-long entrepreneur development programme here today.
    Arunachal Pradesh needs huge skilled manpower to match its increasing pace of development for which Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has initiated the skill development and job mela throughout the state for providing skills to our youth, Tsering said.

    Appreciating National Youth Project (NYP) for its endeavour to provide training to local unemployed youths throughout the state to make them self-dependant, he said such initiatives are the need of the hour. He announced that NYP would be entrusted with the responsibility to run the training centre here which is being developed by the state government.
    After learning that NYP had to increase its intake capacity to 38 against 30 for the month-long beautician course because of the overwhelming response of the youth, the local MLA announced to sponsor an exposure trip to any part of India for the trainees, after the training.
    Kudos to NYP for its initiatives, said Dirang ADC Dagbom Riba, in his address, and exhorted the unemployed youth to make best use of the training. He urged the NYP to offer training in other trades to benefit the local youth.
    Earlier, NYP president H P Biswas informed that the course is being conducted by NYP in collaboration with Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and sponsored by Union Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, adding that NYP would provide year-long hand-holding support to the passed out trainees to make them employed.
    Highlighting various NYP activities aimed at channelizing youth power towards nation building, he said the organisation has so far skilled 47,000 less read, unread unemployed youths and working women, particularly in rural areas and taken up various projects sponsored by central government departments and organisations to improve the locals.

  • Local

    Yigi Kaum prepares to be sansad aadarsh gaon

    AALO | Dec 20 | , Dec 20, 2014: Arrangements for the central governmentâ€(TM)s maiden programme to make Yigi Kaum village as the Sansad Aadarsh Gaon was discussed in a meeting here, Friday last, under the chairmanship of West Siang DC Pige Ligu which decided to start the baseline survey and entry point activities.

    In this regard, nodal officer and project director Dege Ete said that a technical team of the department would be deputed to carry out baseline survey of the village, urging the line departments to put available resources to start the initial work.
    Saying that though no fund has been earmarked for the initial activities, Ligu asked the line departments of the district to start the preliminary works like the topography, social mapping, demarcation of village boundary, existing resource in the village and to fill the critical gaps through joint survey for which he directed Ete to fix a date for the survey works.
    He also appealed the PRIs, gaon buras and people of the village to cooperate to make the programme a success, assuring that he would take up the Pobdi-Yigikaum road renovation with the department of road and works.
    Participating in the discussion, West Siang ZPC Yaman Bagra said that 5-year perspective plan should be drawn by the department which should be consulted with PRIs at different levels and added that land ownership claims have the obstacles in the implementation and submission of utilisation certificates to the government and so they should avoid such instance in this programme.
    The Ubu ZPM Yomgi Ori disclosed that the village was ready to cooperate with the government agencies and has started social mobilization, village development plan, cleanliness drive and plantation around the village. He further said that the PRIs and villagers have committed to take up the task and the village development committee has even banned the sale of alcohol, tobacco and smoking items in the village. (DIPRO)

    KVK conducts 4th SAC

    SEPPA | Dec 20 | , Dec 20, 2014: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) conducted fourth scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting at KVK office, Pampoli on Wednesday last.
    While presenting progress report for the current year and action plan for coming year (2015-2016), the programme coordinator-cum-member secretary Dr. S. Borthakur briefly explained the aims of the meeting and asked for constructive suggestions from the line departments for the betterment of farmers.

    DC Sandeep Kr. Singh advocated adoption of model village where all government beneficiaries of a sponsored scheme under line departments should be selected after having proper training on technical know-how from KVK.
    Further he suggested the formation of a board or committee to ensure supply of quality planting materials and seeds, advocating local available items to minimise the transportation cost.
    All the head of departments of line departments PD K. Nyodu, DVO, Dr. M. Modi, ADO J.U. Bahar, DRO D.N. Saikia and farmers attended the meeting.

    Maintain norms while floating tender

    ITANAGAR I Dec 20 I , Dec 20, 2014: Alleging various government departments of unfair practice while floating tenders, the Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) has today urged the authorities to maintain the CPWD norms as regards the cost of tender papers, time of sale and submission of tender.

    It alleged that few people in nexus with the departments ensure late publication of tenders in local dailies so that other contractors may get less time for preparation of tender documents. The departments should make tenders available in all websites of the PWD and others for a free and fair bidding process and ensure that the websites are updated with all kinds of information, the association said and termed the high rate of tender papers as gross violation of CPWD norms. It also expressed concern over the charging of commission at various levels of the government departments, which often results in sub-standard work.
    It has also appealed the GoAP to release the pending salaries of SSA teachers.

    Students, volunteers carry out cleanliness drive

    AALO I Dec 20 I , Dec 20, 2014: A cleanliness drive was carried out by students and volunteers in the premises of government secondary school in Namuk under the initiative of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman-cum-Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Nyamar Karbak here on Friday.

    Later, during a meeting with the teaching staffs, Karbak was apprised of the various issues concerning the schoolâ€(TM)s infrastructure development. The schoolâ€(TM)s headmaster Pokde Yomgam informed that the school, establishment in 1981 has been facing shortage of basic facilities like, proper urinal, drinking water facility, electrification of school, IT materials and boundary wall etc. Despite numerous appeals by the school management authorities and villagers to the government seeking early construction of the same, the authorities have done nothing for the development of the school, he rued.
    West Siang School Education deputy director Tomi Doke and CO incharge S E Borang, Kamba ADC and various PRI members attended the meeting.

    Cleanliness drive held

    CHANGLANG | Dec 20 |, Dec 20, 2014: Hundreds of volunteers including teaching staffs and students of various schools run by R K Mossang Memorial Society (RKMMS), a local NGO, conducted a cleanliness drive at New Thamlom village as part of the ongoing capacity building camp being organized by the NGO here today. RKMMS chairperson Komoli Mosang was also present.

    Army adventure challenge cup-2014 concludes

    YINGKIONG | Dec 20 | , Dec 20, 2014: The Army Adventure Challenge Cup 2014 organised by the Indian Army concluded today with a colourful ceremony, performed by school children and locals, at Upper Siang district Yinkiong.
    Emphasizing upon the need to maintain peace, tranquility and bring development in the region, the chief guest Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat said that the army were committed to achieve this goal, a release said.

    The local MLA and parliamentary secretary Alo Libang, ZPM Bading Teng, DC, SP and heads of government officers attended the function.
    The six day event was organized in challenging and ardent terrain condition, it said informing that 12 teams, two from each command of Indian Army participated, adding that despite the harsh conditions the participants displayed exemplary sportsmen spirit and participated in mountain cycling, mountain running and white water rafting in the river Siang. (DIPRO)

  • Sports

    Stage being set for Mr Arunachal-2014

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Dec 20 | , Dec 20, 2014: About 100 handsome honks from various gymnasiums of Arunachal Pradesh are engaged in rigorous practice in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here targeting the honour for 2nd edition of Mr Arunachal-2014 scheduled on December 28 at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar.
    The event in 55 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg, +75 kg above and master (Veteran) categories offers cash award, trophy, medal and certificate to each winners, said Arunachal Body Building Association (ABBA) president Abraham K Techi.

    Few benevolent sponsors volunteered to promote the event aimed popularising games and sports as an alluring career among the Arunachalees, he said.
    However, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is the chief patron of ABBA, has been the moving force behind the event.
    The winners will represent the state in the two-day Eastern India Body Building Championship beginning at Imphal on January 3 next, Techi said, adding any winner will represent the national event.


    AALO | Dec 20 | , Dec 20, 2014: In the news item â€" 200 police posts under sports lying vacant: Felix â€" published in December 19 edition of this daily, the GoAP spokesman Bamang Felix had referred to the state governmentâ€(TM)s announcement of Rs 1 crore, Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in Olympics, which was wrongly published as, Rs. 2 crore, 1 crore, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and participant in Olympics respectively.

    The inadvertent mistake is deeply regretted (DIPRO)

    Papa FC to take on AUFC in 1st semis

    NAHARLAGUN | Dec 20 | , Dec 20, 2014: In the ongoing 2nd State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament, at Rajiv Stadium Naharlagun Papa FC came back from a goal down to draw with E n Ks FC. Needing all three points to stay in the tournament E n Ks FC came up more strongly and midfield game was dominated with some swift moves by their midfielder Lige Lollen. E n Ks shot into lead in 19th minute scored by Tam Lebu. Score remain 1-0 till the lemon break.

    Second half started with positive note as Papa FC equalized in 47th min through a well taken header by their winger Nabam Tamar. Papa FC needing a draw to enter semis did not sit back and went all out for winner. E n Ks FC shock by the equalizer and needing to win the game sent their super sub Toko Pacho (Bulbul) replacing his elder brother Toko Tatung who almost scored in 60th min, which would have his team in semis. Last five minutes show some desperate attempts by the E n Ks players, but time run out and even their super sub could not save the match as it ended 1-1.Papa FC complete the semi-final line up were they will face tournament favorite Arunachal United FC and other semi-final will be between last year winner Naharlagun United FC and new comer Siang Highlanders.
    In tomorrowâ€(TM)s 1st semi-final underdog Papa FC will take on Arunachal United FC at 1.30 pm.

  • Culture

    Why do we explore outer space?

    Dec 20, 2014: Of the chicken and egg stories… (Science and technology)

    By L D Kala
    "We are about to reach Moon in about ten thousand seconds. The craft will stay there for some minutes, before we launch ourselves for the next stop, Mars and then proceed on to its moons â€" Phobos and Deimos. Those who are not versed with human self transportation may jump from the transport window with the button in their hands…."

    Such announcement may be a reality in future, when each one of us, on this planet earth, will be able to afford to travel in a spacecraft which may be launched by India herself though not in the immediate future.
    Russia has already on it and is currently struggling perfecting it, facing some setbacks and successes but this is how progress happens.
    Virgin Atlantic, owned by billionaire Richard Brosnan, is in a striving process with one step forward other backward which is true for almost all players vying to establish space tourism.
    India sent Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark â€" III, Thursday last, giving an adrenalin rush to India, after it experienced mix feelings of success and failure. But such feelings have been felt by not India alone but even technology leaders that had set foot on Moon, sixty years ago, proving that there are no short cuts.
    Earlier this year, India came with a bang when Mangalyaan entered the Martian orbit making it the first nation to do it in its maiden attempt. Chandrayaan, mission to the moon, did not only reach moon but it has confirmed beyond doubt that there are traces of water on the Moon.
    Have you ever thought…why humans are crazy to explore space and go where â€~no man has goneâ€(TM)? Oh! It is simple space gives possibilities of unseen and unimaginable dimensions which make man want to examine the eternal fascination.
    Space is the global stage to showcase your scientific and technological prowess and if one has gone far in space science and technology then it belongs to an elite class of nations. This is also the future where discoveries and advances are to happen. The knowledge space is sure to determine the importance of a nation in the fraternity of countries. Curiosity is not only widening the knowledge but pushing us in finding answers like evolution and its basis.
    The advantages of engaging in space missions is that the technology acquired in conquering space are beneficial as they have dual use, it has both civil and military applications like technology required for making space vehicles and developing missiles are very much alike. The communication network has both civil utility as well as national security.
    Space market today has become a multi-billion dollar market as the nations that do not have technological capability to launch a space vehicle or build a satellite then other nations possessing such capability provide the service. Indiaâ€(TM)s space marketing arm earned foreign exchange worth Rs 174 crores for FY 13-14 and it provides space services for satellite fabrication and launch, technical consultancies, satellite data access and sales, etc.
    Launch of GSLV Mark-III (vehicle capable of placing 4 ton plus satellite in geosynchronous orbit), December 18, was an experimental flight which carried a CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment) module weighing 3,775 kg to height of 126 km when it was separated for its re-entry experimental studies in preparation to manned space flight sometimes in 2020. GSLV Mark-III measured 42.4 metre high and 630 tons lift off weight.
    Befitting its emerging status in field of advance science and technology, India aspires to become a major player in the space industry which is possible with its cost advantage that it enjoys.
    (The Delhi-based columnist is a technologist, science writer and a science film maker, can be contacted at email â€" ldkala@yahoo.com. Your views are welcome)