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Arunachal Pradesh Political, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

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‘AP needs proactive,
resource-based strategy’(SEN_21_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 20: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen(Retd) J J Singh today
stressed the need for a proactive, resource-based and time-bound strategy for
development of the state and said the Centre should give foremost priority in
this direction.
Addressing the gathering here at I G Park this morning on the occasion of 22nd
Statehood Day celebration, the former Army Chief pleaded the Centre not to
subject Arunachal to the theoretical “cost-benefit” analysis and added that
money spent in the state was not “expenditure, but investment.”
“Whatever support we get from the Centre will be used in an innovative and
productive manner and we will work hard in improving our administrative
mechanism so that better quality of life is made available to the citizens,” he
said.
Referring to the packages announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his
recent visit to the state, General Singh said the announcement of package was
just a beginning and a great amount of will power and hard work would be
required to convert this package into reality.
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APDA condemns assault on
doctors»(SEN_12_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) has
vehemently condemned the physical assault on senior specialist (Surgeon) and the
Deputy Director of health services by three youths at Pasighat in East Siang
district last week.
The association has urged upon the concerned authority to take immediate action
against the assaulters and warned to take its own course of action if justice
was denied, sources said yesterday.
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Arunachal Press condemns attack on NE TV CMD
(SEN_13_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working
Journalists (APUWJ) and Itanagar Press Club today condemned the incident of
firing on NE TV Chief Managing Director Manoranjana Singh on Sunday night.
It is an attempt to muzzle the voice of media working against all odds in the
North Eastern region, the APUWJ stated.
The Press has been doing yeoman service in the greater interest of society and
such attacks are aimed at scuttling the freedom of the press which would affect
the process of development in this backward region, it added.
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 Mangalsutra
finds a kin in Arunachal
(AST_14_2_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Feb 13 – Married women of Tebw and Lappa tribal communities of
Arunachal Pradesh will compulsorily wear ‘Jenjap’, a kind of traditional
necklace, much like Mangalsutra.
The decision was taken unanimously at the 7th annual convention of the community
at Ballan, about 50 km from here yesterday, setting an instance in the State to
prevent matrimonial relation between people belonging to same blood group.
The convention made it mandatory for the communities’ married women to wear
‘Jenjap’ around their neck symbolising their marital status.
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Arunachal BJP opposes petrol
price hike
(AST_16_2_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Feb 15 – The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh has opposed the price
hike on petroleum and diesel saying it is sure to further trigger inflationary
trends. It is unfortunate that when international crude oil prices have started
to sober down, the Centre has gone ahead with this increase that should have
been averted, the BJP State unit said in a press release.
This is the eighth petroleum price hike thrust by Congress-led UPA Government
upon the hapless ‘Aam Admi’, and this move will also adversely impact the
economy. Instead of opting for a price hike, the Centre should have considered
the Finance Commission recommendation of revenue neutralization. It is ironical
that the Indian customer is being asked to pay more although he is already
paying the highest petrol prices in the world.
During the NDA regime, in April-May 2004, the price of petrol in Arunachal
Pradesh was Rs 28.31 per litre and diesel Rs 17.39 per litre and today under
four years of UPA misrule, the price has highly escalated. How can the common
people ever accept such a whopping price escalation of a commodity that directly
triggers the upward movement of price of all items of essential commodities and
daily use goods?, the release asked.
The hike of petroleum products will affect the prices of essential commodities
and traveling and transportation costs in Arunachal Pradesh which is a consumer
State and therefore depend on other States in all spheres.
…more…

BJP to move EC(SHT, 25-2-08)

Meanwhile, BJP has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission
about alleged use of money power by Congress for electoral gains, claiming that
Chief Minister DD Lapang had given Rs 1.8 crore as his share for spending in the
elections.Talking to newsmen here on Sunday, BJP general secretary and MP from
Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju said Congress was distributing a huge amount of
money to influence voters. He also said Congress had distributed Rs 5 crore
among its candidates for use in the elections.The BJP general secretary wondered
as to why at the fag end of electioneering the AICC was distributing money to
its poll nominees and wanted to know the total expenditure incurred by Congress
during the elections.Stating that controversial lottery baron and BJP MP from
Tezpur, Mani Kumar Subba was camping at Pine Wood Hotel here on Saturday, Mr
Rijiju alleged that a lot of money was being brought from Jowai, too.
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Chouhan
lauds Arunachal package(AST_28_2_k8)

 ITANAGAR, Feb 27 – The Rs10,000 crore financial package announced
recently by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for Arunachal Pradesh would help in
emotional integration of the people of the State with the mainland, Union
Minister of State in PMO, Prithviraj Chouhan said today.
…more…

 

Scribes
get rare chance to explore Arunachal Pradesh (IFP_3_2_K8)

Itanagar, Feb 2: Every young journalist of the country who participated in
the recent study tour to remote parts of the hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh
was excited and expecting to discover a land of tribals during the tour
organised by Panos Asia.

The trip started from Guwahati in the morning of January 20 in six different
groups of young jouranlists from the country as well as learners from Germany
and Australia.
Everyone in the trip including Fellows from Panos Asia wanted to make the most
out of the rare opportunity to interact with journalists from different parts of
the region.
When the journey began, there were intense discussions on topics like the
chronic insugency problem of the North East and most of the 650 km long trip to
Itanagar along National Highway 153 was over in no time.
The participants of the trip were enlightened on the topic of Burma by Achan
Mungleng, coordinator of South Asia Euro-Burma Office, Kerstin Duell from
Germany who is a Ph.D candidate, MA SOAS, University of London, who made studies
on Burma about Burmese struggle for democracy and Hilal Ahmad, correspondent of
Greater Kashmir, from Srinagar on the existing Kashmir issues.
The trip to Itanagar also gave opportunity to witness the beautiful scenery in
the upper Assam districts of Nagaon, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Jorhat
amidst the tea plantations.
On January 21 evening the team reached Itanagar where everyone got the
opportunity to attend the closing function of a Film festival at E&K`s near
Lagun bridge and was entertained by a documentary on `Borderlands, struggle and
identity` based on true stories of Arunachal Pradesh produced jointly by the
Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation and Panos Asia.
…more…

39 abducted, cops silent
(TEL_6_2_K8)

Itanagar, Feb. 5:
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union today claimed that 39 students were
abducted by the Khaplang faction of the NSCN from six villages in Tirap district
last month but the police and district administration have done nothing to
ensure their release. The apex students’ organisation of Arunachal Pradesh today
served an ultimatum to the government saying that it would launch a statewide
agitation if the children were not released within 10 days.Some of those
kidnapped are below seven years of age.“We have also submitted a memorandum to
Governor Gen. (retd) J.J. Singh and chief minister Dorjee Khandu seeking their
intervention in the matter to ensure the safe return of the 39 students,” All
Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kanu Bagang told reporters. Sources
said armed National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) militants kidnapped
22 children at gunpoint from their houses at Wakka and Chingkhow villages under
Ponchu police station on January 9.

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Arunachal Government bans entry of poultry
(SEN,9-2-08)
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The Arunachal Pradesh Government has imposed a ban on
import of poultry and poultry products following outbreak of bird flu in West
Bengal.In a message to all Deputy Commissioners and district veterinary officers
here today, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director T Taloh has ordered to seal
the inter-state and international entry points immediately and activate all the
district-level rapid response teams for surveillance activities.
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Khandu releases stipend for students
(SEN,
7-2-08)

ITANAGAR, Feb 6:
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu yesterday released stipends for
the students to redress their and their parents’ long pending grievances.
While approving the additional allocation, to the tune of Rs 12.46 crore for
disbursement of stipend in addition to Rs 7.65 crore released in October last,
the Chief Minister observed that stipend is a welfare measure, which helps human
resource development in the State and therefore, it deserves his government’s
top priority, informed official sources here today.
In all, an amount of Rs 20 crore has so far been released during the current
financial year to the Education Department to provide stipend to 57,000 students
pursuing studies up to the higher secondary level and 5,500 students pursuing
higher and technical education.
This is for the first time in recent history of the department that the entire
requisite amount of stipend has been released.

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