JJ Singh sworn in as Arunachal Governor
sworn in as Arunachal Governor(AST_28_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 27 – Former Army Chief
General (retd) Joginder Jaswant Singh was today sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh
Singh’s appointment as the Governor, soon after his retirement from the Army in
Sept last year, is being viewed by observers here as the Centre’s strong message
to streamline administration as the Governor has a special power under Article
371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border state.
Singh’s family members, including his father Colonel (retd) Jaswant Singh Marwah
and wife Anupama Singh were present at the swearing-in ceremony, which was also
attended by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his Cabinet colleagues, legislators
and top ranking officials.
Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar administered the oath of
office and secrecy to him. – PTI
Arunachal inseparable part of
ITANAGAR, Jan 22 – The Arunachal Pradesh
Government yesterday said Tawang valley in the State is an inalienable part of
India and its status cannot be negotiated.
“We are Indians and China cannot claim Arunachal or any part of it just because
of the similarity in physical features and food habits”, government spokesman
Tako Dabi told a news conference here.
He said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was chosen from Tawang
specifically to tell the world that the valley belonged to India and no Prime
Minister can agree to change the status.
Dabi said the Prime Minister’s scheduled two-day visit to the State from January
31, soon after his China tour, was only to demonstrate the Centre’s concern for
Singh, during his visit, is likely to announce the progress of the ongoing
border talks between China and India specially on the Arunachal sector, Dabi,
who also holds several portfolios including Law, Water Resources and Panchayat,
He said the situation along the Sino-India border had been peaceful and the two
armies regularly held meetings at Tawang and Kibitho. – PTI
moves PM over transfer of NH-52(AST_2_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 1 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention has
been sought to withdraw recent decision of the Union Ministry of Road, Transport
and Highways regarding handing over of NH-52 from Border Roads Organisation
(BRO) to Assam PWD.
In a letter to the PM, BJP mp from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju on Saturday
requested Singh to intervene in the matter and keep national interest above
politics in the interest of the common people.
“Please recall that I had led a campaign along with the MPs from the North East
and demanded that your government does not come under pressure of Assam
Government because NH-52 is a road of national strategic importance and the life
line of the people of the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and Arunachal
Pradesh,’’ Rijiju said.
“We are deeply hurt that the Central Government has bowed down before the
pressure of Assam Government,’’ Rijiju said adding that before BRO took over
maintenance of NH-52, journey through the road was a nighmare because of poor
maintenance by the Assam PWD.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways T R Balu in a letter
dated December 20 to Rijiju said that a stretch of only 345 km out of a total
length of 876 km of the highway, had been handed to Assam Pwd keeping in view
the work load with various executing agencies. – PTI
ITANAGAR, Jan 9 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should strongly defend
every inch of Arunachal Pradesh during his forthcoming three-day visit to China
next week, a BJP MP from the border State today demanded.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh
(West) Kiren Rijiju said the muted and guarded response of the Central
Government over claims made by the Chinese over Arunachal Pradesh “is hardly
“We expect the Government of India will come out strongly to defend every inch
of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju said.
He reminded Singh of the agreement reached during former Prime Minister A B
Vajpayee’s visit to China that status- quo in populated areas on both sides of
the McMohan Line or Line of Actual Control would be maintained in letter and
That (the agreement) could be the only viable solution of the border dispute in
the Arunachal sector in the present circumstances, he said.
Rijiju said re-opening of border trade with China through traditional routes in
the State would also bring the two people closer.
Re-opening Kinjomane, Bumla, Taksing, Mechuka, Monigong, Geling and Kibito,
closed since the 1962 War, could make the defacto boundary and ultimately result
in being recognised as permanent border, the MP said. –PTI
Minister surprised at Thai lineage(AST_13_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan12 – Visiting Thai Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr
Cholvijarm was surprised after learning that communities, like Khamti and
Singphos who constitute a sizeable section of the population in Arunachal
Pradesh, have Thai lineage.
Piyabutr dwelt on the common ethnic, cultural and linguistic similarities
between Thai Khamtis and people of Thailand during an interaction with Khamtis
at the Theraveda monastery here yesterday.
“It is a great pleasure to be among fellow Thais in Arunachal Pradesh”, he said.
The Thais and the people of Arunachal, particularly the Khamtis and Singphos,
are very close, he said.
The Minister said he was aware that some communities in other Northeastern
States, including Assam, had cultural and linguistic affinity with the Thais. –
Antony: Look East policy not targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)
Lumpur: India on Sunday
said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be at the expense
of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast Asia were not
aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.India’s growing ties with
the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends as could be seen in
increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here on Sunday evening
on a two-day official visit, said.He stressed that "we are not entering into any
military alliance with anyone," and emphasised that New Delhi’s ‘Look East’
policy "is nothing against China".
on China came ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s maiden visit to
from January 13."Our friends of the past still continue,"
said here, apparently referring to Russia. "Of late our ties with the US is
expanding…it will further expand but not at the expense of any old friends,"
"In the new
geopolitical situation we need each other," Antony said. In the past few years,
New Delhi had realised that "this part of the world (Southeast Asia) is very
important," he added.Antony, the first Indian Minister to visit the country
after local ethnic Indians launched massive anti-government protests alleging
marginalisation, will meet his Malaysian counterpart and deputy premier Najib
Razak and Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar for extensive talks on Monday.The
Minister noted that the boundary dispute with China still continued but added
that negotiations too were continuing. "Even though a border dispute is there,
trade ties are increasing with China."
said the Indian Ocean was important to India as was the Malacca Straits with the
country growing into a global power and trade on the rise. "We want to develop
close ties with our immediate neighbours, the ASEAN," Antony said."We feel there
is immense potential for ASEAN countries and India to work together in many
fields," including defence, he said, noting that Malaysia was a cornerstone of
these ties.He said the defence ties between the two nations was gaining new
Centre exempts Arunachal from delimitation process(SHT, 7-1-k8)
In a significant
development, the Centre has decided to exempt Arunachal Pradesh from the
delimitation of its Assembly constituencies, considering the demand of the
people of the State.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Government spokesman Tako Dabi informed from
New Delhi here on Sunday that the Centre would pass an ordinance within next the
three to four days for cancellation of its earlier order for delimitation of the
Arunachal Assembly constituencies.
decision to actively consider the State Government’s demand in the larger
interests has come as a new year gift to the people of this Himalayan state,”
Mr Dabi added.
draft proposal for the delimitation of the Assembly seats had evoked protests
throughout the State as population was taken as a yardstick for the delimitation
A team, headed
by Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Speaker Setong Sena, state PWD
Minister Nabam Tuki and Dabi, on Saturday met the Principal Secretary to the
Prime Minister to discuss the delimitation process.
informed that the Chief Minister had earlier written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, stating that the delimitation of Assembly constituencies on the basis of
the 2001 census was not justified and could lead to serious law and order
problems in the State.
memorandum, the State Government had also requested Delimitation Commission
Chairman Justice (Retd) Kuldip Singh to reconsider the case of Arunachal Pradesh
and exempt it from the purview of the delimitation process, Dabi added.
informed that Khandu, along with his Cabinet colleagues, would call on Manmohan
Singh in New Delhi to finalise the Prime Minister’s visit to the State,
scheduled either in the end of January or the early part of February.
The Prime Minister was also likely to
announce a special package for infrastructure development in the state during
his visit, besides inaugurating the Rajiv Gandi Bhawan here, he informed. (UNI)
Indigenous faith movement picks up in Arunachal(SHT_17_1_k8)
The indigenous faith and culture protection movement is gaining momentum in
Arunachal Pradesh and spreading to other north eastern states.
Government declared December 31 as a holiday for the first time conceding the
long standing demand of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society for Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP) which celebrates the day as ‘indigenous faith day’ every
year.The movement was started by eminent social activist and writer Talom Rukbo
by opening the first ‘Donyi-polo dere‘ (sun and moon worshipping centre)
at Pasighat way back in 1989, which was seen by many observers as a movement
against rampant conversions in the State.
years IFCSAP organised procesions and rallies in different parts of the State on
December 31, the day when the first Donyi-polo dere was inaugurated.
rally here, IFCSAP President Nabam Atum claimed that the indigenous faith and
culture protection movement has become so popular that more than 400 ‘deres‘
(centres) are functioning all over the State.Hundreds of people belonging to
different tribes dressed in traditional attires took out the procession carrying
placards which read "loss of culture is loss of identity".
Faith and Culture Protection Forum (JFCPF) President Bikram Bahadur Jamatiya of
Tripura led a 90-member team from other north eastern states to attend the
celebration as chief guest.Jamatiya said JFCPF has been formed as an apex body
for the north eastern region to spread cultural awareness in the tribal
states.He said many indigenous faith and cultural organisations like Baba Gariya
in Tripura, Jauparlo in Mizoram, Seng Khihlang in Meghalaya are active in these
made by Haipou Jadanag and Rani Gaidonlu in Nagaland for spreading cultural
awareness was also recalled.Eminent writer Tony Koyu cited examples of
extinction of Greek, Roman and Persian civilisations and cautioned the people
that if they continue to neglect indigenous faith they will meet the same
fate.He said while people do not have any ill feeling towards other religions or
believers, there should be no attempt to disrupt the indigenous faith and
culture of the state."We should not uproot our faith and identity", Kayu said.
Later, Jamatia told newsmen that efforts are on to codify customary laws and to
see that benefits given to scheduled tribes are not usurped. (PTI)
Fresh infighting in Arunachal Cong(SHT_21_1_k8)
Intra-party rivalry resurfaced in ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh with
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu being accused by his predecessor Gegong Apang of
taking photographs with Chinese armymen across the border in 2006 without taking
permission from the authorities.Khandu, however, defended his action and said he
did "nothing wrong" and the photograph was "not anti-India".
flags of both nations below which he was shown standing along with Chinese
military officers in the photograph "spoke for itself" and he did not owe any
explanation, Khandu said in a statement here.It said people along with army
personnel from both sides cross the border to take part in the national day
celebrations of the two countries on August 15 and October 1 (for China) as a
goodwill gesture and for improving bilateral relations.
"I went across
the border not as a minister but as part of a public delegation. I was given a
photo pass by the army. There were 50 armymen there," Khandu said.The visit
along with cultural troupes and other civilians with the permission of the
Indian Army had lasted a couple of hours only, he said, adding he had interacted
with the Chinese officials across Bumla pass in Tawang district and the snap was
taken in 2006 when he was the power minister."The issue is being raised because
of political rivalry," Khandu said.
Apang, who was the Chief Minister in
2006, said "Khandu neither took prior permission from me nor from the Governor,
nor from the External Affairs Ministry for his visit." (PTI)
Former Army chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh was on Sunday sworn-in as
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Singh’s appointment as Governor, soon after his
retirement from Army in September last year, is being viewed by observers here
as the Centre’s strong message to streamline administration as the Governor has
a special power under Article 371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here on Thursday on his two-day maiden
visit to Arunachal Pradesh to lay the foundation stone of a 3,000 MW
multipurpose Dibang power project.Official sources said here on Wednesday that
the project, to be executed by National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC),
will be the largest in the country.
Thai delegation to arrive at Arunachal(SEN_10_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A Thai
delegation, led by Thailand Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarn, will
be arriving here tomorrow to explore investment opportunities in the State.
Official sources said here today that at the initiative of the Indian Chamber of
Commerce (ICC), with the cooperation of DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, the
high-level business delegation would arrive here to hold interactive discussions
with ministers, State Government officials and business entrepreneurs. An
official team would exhibit a power-point presentation on the State’s vast scope
in tourism and horticulture sectors, besides industries and agriculture
potentials. Presentations would also be given on infrastructure development,
including airports, on public-private partnership basis, the sources added. (UNI)
demands CBI inquiry into Orissa communal clashes(SEN_4_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 3: The
Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the recent
communal clashes in Orissa and called for immediate deployment of paramilitary
forces in the affected areas.
In separate memorandums submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Orissa
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ACF president Khyoda Apik and general secretary
Toko Teki alleged that atrocities were being committed on the Christians in the
Criticizing the Orissa government’s ‘phlegmatic’ response to requests from the
Christian organizations to book the culprits, the ACF said, “The targeting of
Church leaders and concerted attacks on Christian institutions appears to be a
conspiracy planned over a period of time with meticulous mobilization.” The ACF
also alleged that the atrocities would not have been possible without the
complicity of the administrative machinery and the backing of powerful political
While demanding immediate compensation for the injured and next of kin of the
victims, the ACF urged the authorities to constitute a committee to assess the
AFTPA accuses Doordarshan, Itanagar, of violating norms
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The
Arunachal Film and Television Producers Association (AFTPA) has accused the
Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Itanagar, of violating the Prasar Bharti norms in the
process of empanellment of local producers for commissioned programmes allotted
for the current year.
The AFTPA accused the DDK of denying justice to local producers and staged
protests yesterday by wearing black arm-bands as well as covering television
sets in black.
According to the association, out of the 55 producers empanelled under category
A, only 15 were local producers, which violated the guidelines drawn up by the
Prasar Bharti in its 79th board meeting on October 12.
The Prasar Bharti had ensured to make special efforts to promote and nurture
talent, provide a platform to deserving producers and artists and encourage
production of programmes in local languages with a view to project the region’s
rich art, culture and literature, besides emphasising on transparency and
fairness in the selection process.
“Far from promoting and nurturing local talent, the DDK, Itanagar, seems to be
consciously keeping the interest of the State furthest from its mind,” the
Expressing resentment over the empanelment results, the association said since
government institutions in Arunachal Pradesh followed the practice of 80:20
reservations in its employment policy, it should have been implemented in
principle during the empanelment process within the 75 per cent set aside for
“As the television industry in the State is relatively new, many experienced as
well as young talents have taken it up professionally. The imbalanced selection
process has deprived a host of deserving producers from earning a livelihood for
the next five years,” the AFTPA stated.
“The present selection of 70 per cent non-Arunachalee producers against 27 per
cent indigenous producers is a gross disregard of the interests of the State,”
the association rued.
The association alleged that the authorities had deliberately taken local
aspirations for granted by not advertising the empanelment list in the local
newspapers despite clear-cut instructions from Prasar Bharti.(UNI)
criticizes UPA for PR in Nagaland(SEN_6_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The BJP
in Arunachal Pradesh today strongly criticized the Congress-led UPA government
at the Centre for imposing President Rule in Nagaland.
In a statement here, BJP general secretary Tai Tagak alleged that the UPA
government had illegally and clandestinely imposed President Rule in the State
and that it was undemocratic, unconstitutional and sans all political ethics and
“It is possibly the first time that a duly-elected government is being placed
under President’s Rule, only a fortnight ahead of the announcement of the
Assembly elections,” the statement added. The statement further alleged that the
decision of the union cabinet to sack the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN)
government headed by Chief Minister Nephiu Rio was with an obvious design to
manipulate and influence the forthcoming elections, where the Congress party was
in disarray and out of power since five years.
“This is a blunder committed by the Congress, which brutally murders democracy
in Nagaland,” the statement alleged. (UNI)
Arunachal inks MoAs for 42
projects in three years(SEN_8_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Arunachal Pradesh has signed 42 MoAs with various
power developers in the past three years for executing hydro power projects of
23, 591 MW in the State.
Official sources here today said that of the total projects, 14 were located at
West Kameng district with total installed capacity of 2,370 MW, eight in West
Siang (3,504 MW), six in East Kameng (927 MW), five in Tawang (1,790 MW), two
each in Dibang Valley (4,500 MW), Anjaw (2,700 MW) and Papum Pare (200 MW),
while one each in Lower Dibang Valley (3,000 MW), East Siang (1,600 MW) and
Lohit (3,000 MW). The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) had signed MoAs
for three with capacity of 4,500 MW, while North East Electrical Power Company (NEEPCO)
and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) have signed for two projects each
with capacity of 1,230 MW and 4,500 MW respectively. Altogether 14 private power
developers signed MoAs with the State government in the past three years for 35
projects of 13,361 MW.
Dubai based Vilcon Energy Ltd had signed MoAs for four projects, while KSK
Energy Ventures Ltd, Hyderabad, signed for eight projects, followed by four
projects of Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd, New Delhi, three each by Noida based
Bhilwara Energy Ltd and Delhi based Mountain Fall India Pvt Ltd, two each by J P
Associates, New Delhi, Reliance Energy Ltd Mumbai, Patel Engineering Pvt Ltd
Mumbai and ECI Engineering and Construction Company Hyderabad. The State
government also identified another 115 numbers of hydro projects in the state
with total potential of 56,151 mega watts, sources disclosed.
The State government during the period had received an amount of Rs 158.64 crore
from various power developers as processing and upfront premium, officials
resents AP’s approach to NE India Investment Summit(SEN_17_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)
today expressed resentment over the State government’s ‘half hearted’ approach
towards the recently held North East India Investment Summit 2008 at Guwahati,
organized by the DoNER ministry. Claiming that the summit was basically in
continuation of the Bangkok summit held in October last year, the ACCI said that
galaxy of ministers, MLAs and other officials from the State thronged the
summit, but the same which was held at Guwahati was not represented by the State
“At least one secretary could have been deputed to represent the State in such
an important function,” commented ACCI Vice-President Dominic Tadar in a
communique here today. “We are discouraged to see no representative from the
State attended the summit, while other States were represented by their chief
ministers and other ministers,” he added. (UNI)
PM to visit Arunachal this
Jan. 18: Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will be in Arunachal Pradesh within a month of his visit to
Beijing. For a long time now, Arunachal Pradesh has expressed fears that the
Centre was hinting of giving in to Beijing’s claims on the state.The joint
declaration by the two sides after the Beijing meet did not dwell in detail on
what transpired on the boundary question. While inaugurating infrastructure
projects on January 30-31, Singh will be sending a message to China about
India’s firm policy regarding the state of Arunachal Pradesh being an integral
part of India. Flagging off major projects, especially roads, indicates a marked
shift of strategy in the frontier state. Till now, India has not developed
border roads in the region, while
has rapidly developed infrastructure on its side of the line of actual control.
Chief minister Dorjee Khandu and top Buddhist monks at the Tawang monastery have
expressed their apprehension on the Centre’s approach to the problem. Tawang is
the seat of Mahayana Buddhism and the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. It is
second in importance only to the monastery at Lhasa.During a recent visit by
Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh to Tawang, monks directly put
the question to him. Ramesh had put on record his opinion about Arunachal
Pradesh being an integral part of India.
“But we will expect something to be
said by the Prime Minister as well,” said a senior politician from Itanagar.
Singh will be the first Prime Minister after Rajiv Gandhi to visit Arunachal
Pradesh. It was during a tense period of Chinese activity on the border that
Rajiv Gandhi had visited the state. The state has made headlines and earned
priority after the repeated claims on Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese
envoy San Yuxi just before the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao last year.
Arunachal MP unhappy with PM’s China visit(SEN_19_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 18: BJP MP
from Arunachal Pradesh Kiron Rijiju yesterday expressed his unhappiness over
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s failure to extract assurances from China during
his recent visit to settle the border disputes between the two countries without
disturbing the populated areas.
Rijiju in a statement here said there was already an agreement between the two
countries that the border talks should not disturb the populated areas but China
was staking claim over Tawang district. “We have sent him our best wishes to get
a good deal but PM seems to return without securing any such hopes,” he