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    Namsai gets official seal as 18th district

    By Staff Reporter , NAMSAI, Nov 25:: Arunachal Pradesh today added another
    district, with the official inauguration of Namsai, the 18th district by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at an impressive function amidst jubilation.
    "It is a day to rejoice for the people of this beautiful
    place as their long cherished dream is fulfilled," Tuki, clad in
    traditional Khampti attire, said to the thunderous applause of the people gathered on the occasion.

    The Poi Pee Mau festival ground was agog with enthusiasm as thousands of people thronged the venue to be a part of the grand celebration.
    The atmosphere of Namsai reverberated with the sounds of Kongpat (Kampti dhol), Paiseng (cymbal), Yammong (Gong), while Khampti youths draped in royal robe (Along-Nagfi) were the cynosure of all eyes.
    "The district was created to bring administration to
    peopleâ€(TM)s doorsteps despite opposition from various quarters," Tuki said and congratulated the people and the lawmakers of the district on the occasion.
    He said, Lohit district was created from erstwhile Lohit
    Frontier tract and later three new districts â€" Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw were carved out of it.
    "Namsai being the youngest child deserves more care and
    affection from the parents (government) and we are committed to provide all support to make it a model district," he said and exhorted the officials to prepare a master plan for the new district for the GoAP extend support.
    Giving a genesis of the district, Tuki recalled the contributions of various former stalwarts and maintained that a Namsai would soon become an education hub of the state with various educational institutions in the pipeline.
    "The lord Mahabodhi College will change the district into
    an abode of Buddhist learning," he said before enlisting GoAPâ€(TM)s numerous initiatives, particularly flagship programmes.
    The state assembly on March 20 had passed the District Re-organization Bill for creation of Namsai district and notification was issued on July 15 last and the formal announcement was made during the 68th Independence Day celebration on August 15 last.
    The nascent district has a population of 95,950 as per 2001 census and has an area of 1587 sq km with a literacy rate of 54.24%. It is inhabited by the Tai Khampti, Singpho, Deori and Mishing tribes. The district also has a high potential for growth in tourism sector, particularly spiritual tourism with the numerous temples and stupas manifesting the area as an abode of the Theravada Buddhists.
    Namsai of late has also been developing into an
    educational hub with a private university, three colleges including a polytechnic, a nursing school which starts functioning from next academic session and number of schools both public and private. In the socio-economic front, tea has become a dominant industry while rubber is picking up pace. Paddy has been the major crop in the agriculture sector.
    While responding on the issue of challenges posed by drug menace, DC R K Sharma said, "Drugs itself is a big challenge. Control cannot be achieved unilaterally; all stakeholders must shoulder responsibility as it is a social as well as legal problem".
    A foundation stone laying for a De-Addiction Centre under the PPP mode also featured amongst 13 institutions for which
    inauguration or foundation stones were laid today.
    The CM also laid the foundation stone of Mini Secretariat,
    Stadium, DCâ€(TM)s office complex, government polytechnic, Arunachal University of Studies, ANM school, Lord Buddha Mahabodhi College, Co-Op complex, Multi-Purpose Cultural Hall at Mahadevpur, orchid house at Tengapani (Noi-Cheynam), circuit extension at Namsai.

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    Be proud as sentinels of the nation: Guv

    ITANAGAR, Nov 25: : Terming the people living in the border areas of Arunchal Pradesh as sentinel of the country, Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today exhorted them to be proud in serving the nation.

    The governor, who is on a two-day tour to Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valleys districts, while addressing a public meeting at Anini, said that with the proposed â€~Frontier Roadâ€(TM) and district connectivity road under progress, development will touch every part of the district which is bestowed with natureâ€(TM)s bounty.
    "Be rooted to your land, cultural and traditions to preserve the age-old heritage of your tribe. Government will ensure that development reach to your doorsteps. If you are strong, whole of Arunachal Pradesh and the country will be secured, the governor said.
    Sharma, who was accompanied by stateâ€(TM)s First Lady Jyotsna Sharma, Anini MLA Rajesh Tacho and his secretary Shurbir Singh, said herb Mishmi Teeta, grown aplenty in the district due to its climatic and topography, has huge scope for commercial cultivation and marketing. He urged the people, particularly the youth to go for its cultivation besides horticulture.
    Stressing on priority attention to education, he urged the people to work together for wellbeing of the next generation. He advised them to not depend solely on the government and finding ways and means to address their challenges and problems. He stressed on skill development and entrepreneurship or making the youth employable.
    The Governor advised the people to avail benefit under CMâ€(TM)s Universal Health Insurance Scheme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
    He advised the HoDs present to ensure timely implementation of GoAP policies, programmes and projects, with a special reference to road, education and health sectors.
    He met the district officers, central government representatives and power developers to discuss progress of projects in the border district.
    DC Tamune Miso briefed the Governor on the developmental projects and social indicators.
    At Roing, the governor laid the foundation stone of double laning of 228 km Meka-Hunli-Anini road. He visited the construction sites of Meka-Bomjir road under Navayuga Enginering Ltd., interacted with MoTRH officials and constructing agencies and directed them for timely completion of the project. Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi, local MLA & Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture Mutchu Mithi, and Water Resource Parliamentary Secretary Gum Tayeng, DC Shiv Kumar, SP Rajneesh Gupta, officials and public welcomed the governor. (PRO)

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    All unconnected Arunachal villages to be linked by 2019, Rijiju to Tado

    NEW DELHI, Nov 25: : Union MOs (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju today assured Food and Civil Supplies, Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Markio Tado to provide connectivity to all unconnected villages of Arunachal Pradesh by 2019 when the later called on the minister in his office here today.

    Tado briefed him about unconnected locations of Tali Assembly constituency under Tali and Pipsorang circles, saying that Tali was set up in 1957 during NEFA days but still was delinked from the rest of the country even after 57 years. Lack of connectivity had led to large scale migration, especially to the state capital primarily for want of health, education and other important avenues.
    Tado sought urgent measures to connect the Pipsorang circle, stateâ€(TM)s one of the 41 unconnected border area development blocks, besides priority to ongoing Chetam-Pipsorang road under additional BADP schemes and Damin to Lemiking road via Pipsorang circle along the Indo-China border to facilitate connectivity.
    The Yangte-Tali road linking Tali ADC HQs, the lifeline for both circles, needs upgradation along with realignment for proper gradient to make it traffic worthy.
    After thorough discussion with the help of maps and the accessibility points to these areas, they explored the scope for giving immediate road connectivity.
    When Tado pointed out that road connectivity would improve socio-economic condition of the people and check migration, Rijiju assured to look into the matters and asked him for DPRs through proper channel as proposed, according to an official release.

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    SK oil crisis hits poor in Tawang

    By Neema Khernab , TAWANG, Nov 25: : With the onset of the severe winter and the temperature dropping below subzero in this HQ town, there is a huge outcry over the shortage of SK oil in the district.
    Kerosene in the district is supplied 75% less than the actual requirement of 48 kiloliters, considering an allocation of 3.95 liters per ration card per month of 12,315 ration card holders.

    When contacted, the DF&SCO office, it was learnt that the district is allocated only 18 to 28 KL in a month which means 1.46 to 2.27 liters allocation per ration card holder.
    "I have a considerable difficulty of managing supply versus demand to ensure that all beneficiaries are fairly given. I can supply highest 3 liters to a card holder", the DF&SCO clarified.
    A large section of the society living in rural parts without LPG connection completely depend on kerosene for burning of firewood for both cooking and heating purposes which also serves as an alternate source of illuminating homes during the lean winter season, particularly during the power crisis.
    A poor sexagenarian woman standing in queue at the kerosene depot, when asked how she cooks three meals a day in a entire month with three liters or less kerosene, murmured, "Almost the entire month I end up burning straws to make fire for cooking, even stringent use of 3 liters last for 10 to 12 days. God alone knows who will sort out the crisis".
    It may be mentioned here that the neighbouring districts of Tawang enjoys a surplus allocation of 60 to 84KL PM which is close to five times the SKO allocated to this district.

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    3 suspected in murder arrested

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR, Nov 25: : Three labourers engaged in road work in Aya Marde area under Dumporijo station of Upper Subansiri district for the last one month were arrested suspecting their involvement in the murder of a 50-year-old woman.
    Dumporijo PS OC SI Talo Ribbi told this daily over telephone that the body of the woman, identified as Yagam Mardey, was recovered with her face covered, hands and legs tied with ropes from a kitchen-cum store at Tapo village on November 23 last.

    Police swung into action, handed over the mortal remains to her relatives for the last rites after conducting postmortem and launched investigation following registration of a case u/s 302 IPC.
    Meanwhile, condemning the cold blooded murder as inhuman, Dumporijo MLA Paknga Bage condemned the act and called upon the police to bring the culprits to book immediately.
    There is no place for such barbarous act in a civilized society and it should be condemned by all sections of the society, he added.
    While condemning the murder, the Galo Studentsâ€(TM) Union (GSU) said that the three suspects arrested from Likabali check gate belonged to Likabali check gate belonged to Laluk under North Lakhimpur district of Assam who were working in a PMGSY road project. Blaming the GoAP, particularly the West Siang district administration in failing to check entry of fake ILP holders through Likabali despite repeated demands, the GSP demanded speedy trial for early justice.

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    Yak Mela organised at 11,000 feet

    DIRANG, Nov 25: : UD, Tourism and Art & Culture Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the Yak Mela 2014 at Chhaghar grazing ground at an altitude of 11000 feet above mean sea level and at Jang on Monday, organized by the ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY), in collaboration with Indian Armyâ€(TM)s 46 Infantry Brigade, district veterinary & animal husbandry department and Jang Sports Club.

    Khandu, in his address, stressed on the importance of yak in the economy of the highlanders and appreciated the efforts of NRCY for promoting scientific yak husbandry practice. He appealed to the scientists to find out the major problems facing yak husbandry in consultation with the yak rearers to find a cost effective solution.
    A livestock competition was organized in the morning at Chaghar grazing ground to encourage yak rearing community in adoption of scientific yak husbandry practices. More than 1000 yak and yak cattle hybrid were gathered in this completion.
    Leki Dhondup of Marmong village was awarded for his best female yak, Phuntso Dorjee of Punglo village for his best Dzomo (female hybrid yak) and Kesang Zonten of Mago village for his best yak bull. Exhibition stall by the community with their ethnic item and live demonstration of yak milk product preparation were main attraction in the mela.
    Exhibition stall from yak rearing community of Jang was awarded the best exhibition stall. More than 2,000 farmers including 300 yak rearers from all over the district attended the event and NRCY provided basic amenities, like tarpolin, rain coat, gum boot, mineral mixture, milking bucket, concentrate mixture, common salt, blanket, calcium preparation and solar emergency light to 100 rearers.
    Nomadic yak herdsmen were registered for opening of bank account under the Pardhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana and Adhar card bank account with the help of Jang SBI branch and district authority. KVK West Kameng and Tawang made an exhaustive demonstration of the useful technology pertaining to high altitude agriculture.
    Promotion of scientific yak husbandry practices in Tawang district is the basic objective of the event, NCR director Dr S M Deb, said in his address and assured the herdsmen of all support for sustainable development of yak husbandry as well as nomadic yak herds of the country.
    Khandu was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretaries Jambey Tashi (RWD) Phurpa Tsering (Hydropower), Brig B B Saini, 46 Infantry Brigade, DC Abhisek Dev were present.

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    Arunachal â€" a land of festivals: Khimhun

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR, Nov 25: : The nature worshiper Nocte brethren, inhibiting in Tirap district, celebrated their annual agricultural festival Chalo Loku with great traditional fervour and enthusiasm at Senki View festival ground here today.

    Arunachal Pradesh is a land of festivals, said Trade & Commerce Parliamentary Secretary Poshum Khimhun, adding 26 major and 110 sub-tribes of the state celebrate their unique agricultural-based festivals aimed at bumper harvest and wellbeing of the entire humanity to justify this adage.
    Reiterating the common saying â€" culture is identity â€" he called for preserving and rejuvenating the rich cultural mosaic of the state for protecting the indigenous identity for posterity.
    Pointing out that religion is an individual practice while culture identifies a community, Khimhun advocated to not intermix them in the greater welfare of the society.
    He wished happy Chalo Loku to the revellers and prayed the almighty for his blessings for the greater welfare of the people.
    Earlier, celebration committee president Manje Tangjang and secretary Dr Sompha Sumpa highlighted the importance of the festival.
    Tourism secretary Dr Joram Beda, political secretary to CM Bamang Tago, RCS W Lowang, art & culture director Mamta Riba, among a host of senior officers, were present on the occasion.
    Young and old in their best traditional attire took part actively. The traditional dance to the tune of folk song and sound of drums rent the air. But what was most striking was the young educated youths taking active part in the celebration reflecting their awakening against the threat of modernity that was dissuading the younger generation from adopting their rich cultural heritage and customs.
    Young Chadong Socia from Khonsa village, presently serving in the state secretariat, admitted that there was awakening among the GenNext. But nothing should be imposed on them as they themselves would realise the value of their tradition and customs and take steps for their rejuvenation, she observed.
    (P) At Khonsa, the 45th edition of the festival was celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm.
    While greeting the people as chief guest, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang said that festival gives the spirit to forget enmity, hatred, envy and jealousy.
    Appealing the Noctes to preserve their rich culture, he advocated that the attractive traditional dresses could be commercially produced and marketed to benefit the weavers and makers.
    Koloriang MLA Pani Taram, who was guest of honour, said that all the tribes of arunachal pradesh celebrate their respective agriculture-based festivals. He urged all not to mix religion and culture and partake in festival celebrations irrespective of what faith they professed.
    MLA and Chief of Borduria Wanglin Lowangdong said that festivals foster love, peace and happiness and urged the Noktes not trivialize their festivals by indulging in petty political and ethnic differences. He said that no divisive force should be allowed to divide the well-structured Nokte society. Lowangdong appealed the GoI to open the Tirap-Changland-Longding tourist circuit.
    Earlier, Chalo Loku Celebration Committee president & ZPC Chahwang Lowang highlighted significance of the festival. (DIPRO)
    Denhang Bosai, Secretary, Society for promotion of nokte indigenous culture also spoke on the occasion. Folk dances by the villagers of Moktowa and Longthan (Laptang) villages were presented to the delight of the festival revellers including many foreigners. MLAs Nikh Kamin, special guest, Tirong Aboh, Wanglam Sawin and a host of other dignitaries witnessed the festival. In the evening popular artiste Jely Kaye another local singers enthralled the huge crowed.

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    Painting completion today

    NAHARLAGUN, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: A state level spot painting competition on water conservation at the directive of union ministry of water resources, will be organized at Itanagar Municipal Council building here tomorrow.

    1, 63, 739 households enrolled under CMUHIS

    ITANAGAR, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: In all 1, 63, 739 households were enrolled and 94 patients (beneficiaries) under the Chief Ministers Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) had received treatment in hospitals within and outside Arunachal Pradesh, schemeâ€(TM)s executive director Dr Kartik Nishing informed the state empowered committee (SEC) today.
    Commissioner to CM, Tajom Taloh, who chaired the meeting aimed at assess and review the progress of the scheme, expressed satisfaction over the smart card enrolment progress.

    In all 1,000 CMUHIS manuals on information and guidelines besides answers to frequent asked questions were distributed to the DCs, DMOs, and to public leaders besides publicizing the empanelled hospitals.
    Health secretary Indra mallo, who highlighted various issues about the schemeâ€(TM)s progress, later held a meeting with New India Assurance Company, the scheme implementer and health care services officials and chalked out the mop-up schedule for enrolment of the beneficiaries who are left out.
    She asked the insurer to complete the mop-up with in December 2014 and to settle the insurance claims timely and to submit the weekly monitoring reports, summary reports to the department.
    Secretaries Sonam Chombay (planning) & Tahang Taggu (RD), joint secretary finance, Dy labour commissioner Dr S P Bharadwaj, APSH chief medical superintendent Dr R D Khrime, CMUHIS state nodal officer Dr B V S Murty were present, according to an official release.

    35 qualify for medical test during IAF rally

    PASIGHAT, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: The IAF recruitment rally, conducted by Guwahati-based 11th Airmen Selection Centre for both technical and non-technical branched concluded here this evening.
    Of the total 45 candidates who appeared for technical and 158 for non-technical branch, 35 candidates qualified for medical/physical test scheduled to be held at Tezpur in January 2015. â€" Correspondent

    Follow tendering process to execute works, HC to PWD

    ITANAGAR, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: The Gauhati High Court has directed the public works department to execute works while following tender process soon.

    Justice K Sreedhar Rao, while disposing off a public interest litigation (PIL), No. 64.2014, filed by 10 petitioners representing Anti-Corruption Sena of Arunachal Pradesh (ACSAP) against the state of Arunchal Pradesh and 18 others including senior PWD engineers, on November 4 last ruled that The "basic allegation highlighted in the PIL is that the PWD, GoAP is executing works worth Rs 110 crore under the revised estimate schemes for 2013-14 without inviting tender. Favourbale and handpicked contractors have been awarded the contract works without following any procedure".
    On allegation that the quality of works executed so far is very poor as sub-standard construction materials have been used and such omission and commission would led to substantial loss of public money and people would suffer, the judge ruled that "works amounting to about Rs 37 crore have been executed and for the remaining amount, i.e. about Rs 72 crore, tenders would be floated and works wil be executed following tender process at the earliest".
    Meanwhile, the ACSAP has welcomed the verdict of the HC in pubic interest.

    Cub Bulbul Utsav concludes

    NAHARLAGUN, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: The three-day district level Cub Bulbul Utsav, organized by Bharat Scouts & Guides, Papum Pare district at Borum Govt. middle school concluded on Monday.
    In all 60 Cubs & Bulbuls (6 to 10 yrs age group) from five schools, five service Scouts & Guides and 10 Scouters & Guiders, who took part in camp, were addressed by UD Parliamentary Secretary-cum-MLA Techi Kaso and Borum-I ZPM Techi Tolu during the valedictory function.

    While advising the students to be disciplined in their all actions, Kaso announced to provide Rs 1.5 lack for uniform for to the district from MLA LAD fund and manage to identify land for district training centre.
    DDSE-cum- BS&G district chief commissioner T T Tara, P/Pare DTO Dr. C B P Singh and Kurung Kumey DTO U P Singh also spoke.
    Besides usual activities, various competitions were conducted in the camp and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners were awarded, according to an official release.

    Death mourned

    ITANAGAR, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: Menyo Phassang, wife of Capital BJYM unit president Tale Phassang, sustained grievous injuries in a road accident between Bhalukpung to Bhalipara, Assam on November 24 and succumbed to her injuries later, the state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha unit said in a condolence message.

    Demand unjustified

    ITANAGAR, Nov 25:, Nov 25, 2014: The central executive committee of All Arunchal Sarva Sikshya Abhiyan Teachersâ€(TM) Association (AASSATA) has termed the demand for elevating the post of state project director, SSA Rajya Mission to director of elementary education (DEE) as baseless.

    In a memorandum to the chief secretary, the AASSATA said that while the SPD deals with the SSA activities only as per the guidelines of the MoHRD but the DEE is an independent department with vast responsibility. Therefore, the demand of Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachersâ€(TM) Association (APETA) was not justified.

    House gutted

    SAGALEE, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: The house of Upper Gai village gaon bura Debia Tahi, under Sagalee circle, was completely burnt to ashes in a fire accident recently. Sagalee ADC had offered a sum of give Rs 15,000 as an immediate relief.

    Farmers trained on cultivation of rabi crops

    BASAR, Nov 25:, Nov 25, 2014: In all 40 farmers from different parts of the West Siang district took part in a KVK conducted two-day long district level training on sustainable production and management strategies of rabi crops for higher income generation, which concluded here today.

    During the training programme, KVK programme coordinator incharge A Kirankumar Singh explained about production and management strategies of true potato seed for higher production and storage techniques, production and management strategies of rapeseed/mustard through a powerpoint presentation while, agronomy scientist Badapmain Makdoh informed the participants about strategic management of pea for higher income generation.
    An interactive programme between the scientists and farmers was also held on the occasion. Seeds of rapeseed, pea and true potato were also distributed to the farmers, according to a KVK release.

    Trading & possession of spike/thorn bits banned

    NAHARALGUN, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: Animal Welfare Board of India, under the union ministry of environment and forest, has imposed ban on trading, manufacturing and possession of spike/thorn bits.

    As per Rule 8 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rule, 1965 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960, use of spiked bits is prohibited. No person shall, for the purpose of driving or riding an animals or causing it to draw any vehicle or for otherwise controlling it, use any spiked stick or bit, harness or yoke withy spikes, knobs or projection or any other sharp tackle or equipment which causes or is likely to cause bruise, swelling, abrasion or severe pain to the animal, necessary action against the person riding an animal or causing it to draw any vehicle or for otherwise controlling it by using spiked bits will be taken.

    Children's amusement park inaugurated

    TEZU, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: Tezu-Sunpura MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai inaugurated a childrenâ€(TM)s amusement park at district urban development agency (DUDA) energy park here on Monday in presence of DC Dr. B M Mishra, HoDs and general public.
    The park has been constructed by DUDA under Swarna Jayanti Shahri Rojgar Yojana and is equipped with all the basic amusement items like see-saw, swings, roller, slide etc. for childrenâ€(TM)s recreation.

    Chai, in his inaugural address, urged all to adopt the habit of preserving public property as their own. He informed that two solar streetlights have been installed by APEDA in the park to facilitate the children in their recreational activities during dusk. He also assured to provide more equipment to the park through his MLA LAD.
    Dr Chai further asked the various HoDS to disseminate information to the public regarding the Prime Ministerâ€(TM)s mega project of Jan Dhan Yojana so that maximum number of people avail its benefits. (DIPRO)

  • Sports

    6th Lt. Onyok Moyong cricket tourney begins

    From Correspondent , PASIGHAT, Nov 25: , Nov 25, 2014: The 6th edition of Late Onyok Moyong Cricket Tournament has begin here at miracle field/playground of IGJ Govt. Hr. Sec. School today in which 19 teams from across the district are participating. Dr. Igul Padung and Tagom Padung graced the day as Chief Guest and Guest of honour respectively, while many well wishers along with executive members from All Bogong Studentsâ€(TM) Union actively cheered the teams.

    While playing in todayâ€(TM)s inaugural match, Siang Rider Cricket Club won the Renging Cricket Club by huge 10 wickets. Elected to bat first, the Rengging CC could set only 39 runs as target by the loss of 10 wickets in 16 over. Meanwhile, chasing the easy target, Siang Rider CC hit 40 runs without losing any wicket. Winning teamâ€(TM)s India Taruk was man of the match by taking 2 wickets and 38 runs.
    Lt. Moyong was a leader from All Bogong Studentsâ€(TM) Union hailing from Kelek village who was shot death by police during an agitation in 25thJune 1993. This cricket tourney is being played from last six years in memory of Lt. Moyong being organized by ABSU, informed Dani Ering, Secy. Games & Sport and Mingge Tasung, General Secretary. The final match of this tourney will be played on 5th December 2014.