Far-flung Indo-China borders in Arunachal still needs dev: Rijiju

KOLORIANG, Jan 22: Lot of developments have to be taken up in Arunachal Pradesh as its far-flung areas yet  to see the light of the day, Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju said in his address to Arunachal Rising Campaign here on Tuesday. Stressing on attitudinal change in working style as the old working style will not bring desired fruits and special care needed for those living along Indo-China border China, he said that as minister representing the state as a MP he has always tried to work for development…

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Mega’s bird could be an endangered one!

By Pradeep Kumar ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The picture of above bird caught by a local denizen of Roing area, sent by a MA student Bogita Mega was a brainteaser. Puzzled about it identify, when many senior forest officers approached, Lower Subansiri DFO Koj Riniya said that it could be an owlet to solve the mystery. These birds, locally called Pralu in Idu-Mishmi language, are found in three colours including black and white mostly in dense forests and the one (in picture) was caught by 85-year-old Imu Mili, said Mega, means…

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Arunachal Pradesh tableau to march in 2019 R-Day parade

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Arunachal Pradesh will march along with 15 other states during ensuing Republic Day to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary by displaying what he believed in and stood for. Arunachal Pradesh, after a tough competition among states and UTs involving many rounds of screening, stood third in cultural competition among participants of 16 states and two ministries to be selected for tableau march during R-Day parade. Four NE states including Assam, Tripura and Sikkim are among 16 tableaus nut each with different theme to exhibit…

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Challenges aplenty to hold fair & free elections, CS informs ECE

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Foot march to far-flung polling stations, communication bottlenecks, and Assam-Myanmar border are specific & major challenges for free and fair election in Arunachal Pradesh, chief secretary Satya Gopal told Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India Sunil Arora through video conferencing here on Tuesday. Arora and election commissioner Ashok Lavasa a meeting video conferencing with all chief secretaries, DGPs, and CEOs of eastern states sought status reports on ongoing election preparations. Transfer posting of officers and officials as per ECI directive in administrative and police departments was taken…

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SLEC approves 17 projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: State level empowered committee (SLEC), chaired by chief secretary Satya Gopal in its meeting on techno-economic vetting of DPRs approved under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) of 2018-19, vetted 17 projects worth Rs.342.38 crore here on Tuesday. While taking stock of DPRs of 17 projects as presented by NESIDS technical board chairman Dr. Atop Lego, Gopal reiterated that the technical board and implementing departments  have to strictly adhere to guidelines prescribed by Union DoNER Ministry and the GoAP. Referring to a DPR for construction of…

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Rly canteen, public transport | CS assures needful

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, responding to a written plea of this editor on Tuesday for facilitating setting up of a canteen in Naharlagun railway station and ensure public transport for convenience of growing number of railway commuters,  assured to initiate action. The railway station functioning since 20.02.15 with addition of new train services (Tinsukia Intercity Express latest), but the commuters have been suffering from early morning till late night for lack of a canteen while taxies charge exorbitantly high rates for want of public transport. He said that the though the land…

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Hoodlums damaging, CC road: PWD EE

By Our Staff Reporter NIRJULI, Jan 22: While construction of 1-km cement concrete (CC) road in between Rayo and Anya Colonies here is on full swing, anti-social elements destroyed newly built  CC road again on Monday, Naharlagun PWD division has alleged. This is second incident as the miscreants were created hurdle in works few days ago. “Despite our repeated pleas, some people are regrettably hell bent on destroying the newly built CC road. Such anti-development attitude will obstruct development projects and turn image of in Capital Complex,” said EE Techi…

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Wages of contingent employees hiked: CM

ZIRO, Jan 21: Chief Minister Pema Khandu true to his promise to offer New Year gifts to state Govt employees, announced enhancement of wages for labour class during second leg of Arunachal Rising Campaign here on Monday, expected to bring cheers for meeting their day-to-day needs. The initial wages on a appointment of un-skilled contingent employees (UCEs)/casual workers/daily labourers has been enhanced from Rs. 8,000 pm to Rs.10,000 pm while from Rs 9,000 pm to Rs 11,000 pm for skilled contingent employees (SCEs)/casual workers/daily labourers as per a latest GoAP…

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Reallocation of 30-MW power | Taga deputes Meena for liaison

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Arunachal Pradesh Power Minister Tamiyo Taga on Monday deputed power commissioner G S Meena to New Delhi to liaison with Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for re-allocation of 30-MW electricity to state Govt out of surrendered share of 36-MW by Punjab Govt  in Unchahar-I power plant. The surrender and decisions to re-allocate 30-MW power for three months from February 1 to April 30 next to GoAP, including its willingness to buy, was mentioned in a letter of power ministry director (OM) Chandra Prakash written to CEA chairperson on…

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