ITANAGAR, Aug 2: In a major eviction drive of obstructive parking and illegal structures,
the Capital district administration today removed more than fifty structures. The
eviction team was led by Chief Estate Officer cum Additional District Magistrate
The team also removed garbage dumped at roadside along NH52A pressing five numbers
of tipper and a JCB during the eviction drive. The eviction drive was carried out
in order to make vehicle movement easier.
Senior AIR officer assaulted
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Senior Program Head, AIR, Itanagar C C Manlong was physically assaulted
in early hours of 2nd August 2015 by three unknown miscreants.
The three men forcefully entered his official residence at AIR colony, Itanagar and
committed the heinous crime. Manlong is the Head Priest of Theravada Buddhist Temple,
Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.
The Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS) Itanagar has condemned the physical attack causing
greivous injury to its senior member.
Such barbaric attack on the priest is highly condemnable, it said while adding that
Manlong is a very pious man who always wishes good for mankind.
The TBS has requested District Administration and Capital police to book the culprits
and deliver early justice.
Workshop for VKV teachers organized
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal Pradesh Trust (VKVAPT) organized
a one-day workshop for its teachers, who teach students of class IX and X at VKV
The teachers were given training on CCE, maintenance of records, target fixing, and
how can it be achieved.
The resource persons were PM Unni Krishnan, EO and Anand Dutta, member of VKVAPT,
Unni Krishnan urged the participants to be missionary and not mercenary. He also
compared the class X results of various VKVs, like Amliang, Tafragom, Sunpura, Roing,
Kharsang and Jairampur.
Altogether 16 teachers from 7 VKVs participated in the programme.
The programme was attended by PK Pandey, Cluster incharge of the aforesaid VKVs.
Court directs OC to register case
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Seppa following a
complaint received from one Ravi Gurung of Type III Colony, Seppa, has directed the
OC of Seppa Police Station to register a case against a Sub Inspector and others
under section 323/341/342/352/34 IPC, who allegedly beat up the complainant.
In his complaint letter to the CJM, the victim alleged that he was beaten black and
blue at Police station by the SI and others after unlawfully confining him at the
The police officer reportedly got furious after Gurung, who was driving a truck,
took time to give way for her vehicle near the gate of General Ground Seppa on July
10. Gurung took time as the vehicle (truck) was big and difficult to maneuver. The
victim was reportedly going to drop one of his friends.
The victim has approached the CJM after Seppa Police’s alleged negligence to the
register the case even after lodging of FIR.
Meanwhile, International Human Rights Association in a representation has appealed
to the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner to direct the Superintendent of Police to
immediately register the case against the SI failing which the NGO will be left with
no other options but to launch democratic protest.
Guru Purnima celebrated
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Vivekananda Kendra Aryunjoyti celebrated Guru Purnima in various
prayer centres throughout the state, including six prayer centres in capital complex
and conveyed the message of Guru-Shishya Parampara.
At Central Nyder Namlo, Doimukh. Papum Pare DDSE TT Tara highlighted the importance
of celebrating Guru Purnima and its significance.
On the occasion, several priests, including Techi Rintu of Rono village Nyeder Namlo
and Tana That of Kheel Nyeder Namlo, Tadar Sonu and Taba Tatup, activist were felicitated
for their remarkable contribution for the welfare of people in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Guru Purnima is celebrated on the eve of birthday of Maharishi Ved Vyas.
Association seeks regular ILP checks
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has appealed to the District
Administration of Papum Pare to initiate routine and regular inner line permit checking
at all the strategic points of Hollongi, Balijan, Banderdewa and Gumto to effectively
contain and minimise the lapses while maintaining law and order in the district.
It further called for putting a stop on rampant selling of Indian Made Foreign Liquor
(IMFL) without authorisation in areas like Hollongi, Kokila, Chessa, Sonajuli, Tengabari
“Illegal trafficking and selling of IMFL is rapidly spoiling the very essence of
social fabric and the future of the youths of the areas concern” it said.
BCYA further decried the recent rape cases in the state and asked for exemplary punishment
which will act as a deterrent to the potential perpetrators of rapes and other heinous
Student leader dies
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Maiya Riba, an energetic youth of Upper Subansiri district, who
was presently serving as vice president (pro) of Upper Subansiri Galo Students Union
has died yesterday following a brief illness, informed Galo Students Union (GSU).
He was son of Talom Riba.
While expressing grief and sorrow over sudden demise of Maiya, GSU conveyed condolence
to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Society mourns death of retired worker
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Taning Haging of Payeng village under Payeng circle of Upper Subansiri
district, who served as village level worker under the Department of Agriculture
from 1981 to 2008, died aged 65 years yesterday.
He left behind his wife, two sons and two daughters, informed Cherom Welfare Society.
The society conveyed it’s condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty
to rest his departed soul in peace.
In a report published today under the heading, “Parents holds PTC authority responsible
for death of IRBN jawan” there has been a factual mistake as the body of Late Nabam
Regang was never brought to PTC medical sub-center as reported. The inadvertent error
Arunachal Govt does a flip-flop on land bill issue
NEW DELHI, Aug 2: In a flip-flop, Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday
said it opposes the contentious land bill of BJP-led central government and backs
the UPA law, barely a month after it had in a letter to rural development ministry
found fault with the 2013 Act and suggested that it be "revisited".
"The view of the Arunachal Pradesh government stands clear on the contentious land
law being pursued by the BJP-led central government in Parliament by bringing changes
to the 2013 law passed by the UPA, which is that of 'opposition'.
"In fact, the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh himself had written a letter to
the Prime Minister on July 13 clarifying the stand of the state government on the
land law as pushed by the present government at the Centre," the media cell of the
chief minister's office said on Sunday.
Referring to a letter written by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on July
13 this year, it said in a statement that Tuki had then clearly written, "We believe
that the amendments go against the interest of farmers and livelihood losers and
take away the rights of tribal communities and Gram Sabhas".
Further, the chief minister had endorsed the 2013 Act of the UPA saying "it was passed
unanimously by Parliament in September 2013 after over two years of nation-wide consultations
It also added that the chief minister requested the Prime Minister to reconsider
the whole issue and resolve the avoidable controversy.
Today's statement came as it came to light that in a communique to additional secretary
K P Krishnan of Department of Land Resources in rural development ministry on June
22 this year, the commissioner and secretary of Arunachal Pradesh government B Pertin
had said that the 2013 land Act is "too lengthy and time taking process and complicated
The letter has been circulated to members of the Joint Committee of Parliament on
land headed by BJP MP SS Ahluwalia, which is looking into the vexed issue.
It was in response to a communique dated June 1 by the rural development ministry
regarding information on land acquisition in Arunachal Pradesh under the The Right
to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabiltation and Resettlement
Act of 2013. The state government had said in the letter that the 2013 Act required
to be "revisited and reviewed to obviate, minimize and to reduce complications like
involvement of external expert group for social impact assessment" and that there
is "difficulty in acquiring land under the 2013 land Act".
Noting that no land was acquired under the 2013 Act so far, the state government
had said in the reply, "The government of Arunachal Pradesh is taking necessary steps
for proper implementation of the Act as required under the relevant provision of
The letter was in contrast to the official stand taken by Congress which has opposed
any changes in the 2013 Act. PTI
Governor suggests committee for road design and quality
ITANAGAR,Aug 2: Arunachal Pradesh governor suggested that to improve upon road conditions,
Central Road Research Institute, Delhi, IIT Guwahati and NERIST, Itanagar be involved
by constituting a committee to look into the issues of design and quality and also
to consult Ministry of Highways.
Governor J.P. Rajkhowa said this while on a visit to the sinking zone at Karsingsa
today where he took stock of the progress of the culvert being constructed at the
middle part of the sinking portion of the road.
He suggested the officials should themselves make an independent assessment of the
exact affected area and not to rely entirely on the Google maps.
Commuters and vehicles movement are now being made through a diversion till the completion
of the culvert.
Chief Engineer Highways (Western Zone) PWD Er. Hage Apa and EE(PWD) Er. Khoda Gyati
briefed that the under construction 70 tonne culvert will be completed by end of
The Governor was also briefed on the proposed Viaduct (Bridge) at Karsingsa spanning
1.3 Kms which will be a permanent solution to the recurring problem causing untold
misery to the general public and transportation of goods and services. Earlier, the
MoRTH team had also inspected to see the feasibility of the project. The sinking
zone stretches around 3.5 Kms and this time 100 mtrs portion of the zone had collapsed.
Governor also asked to look into options of exploring the feasibility of constructing
Sky Bridges/Cable Bridge/Suspension bridge. He emphasised that international standard
has to be maintained in terms of quality, design, and time and also the lifespan
of the proposed Viaduct Bridge taking into account the soil type and topography.
Timely completion of such vital project is very important, he reiterated.
He also enquired about the steps action taken to improve Doimukh-Gumto Road and directed
to take up proper repair of the road. He stressed on the need for proper & timely
maintenance and repair of roads of the state for the comfort of the public adding
that good roads will boost economy of the state.
Later, the Governor also visited the check gate at Banderdewa and expressed his ideas
for issuance of ILP on arrival at the check gate itself to improve tourism.
The Governor also expressed concern at the rampant hill cutting, which causes soil
erosion and landslides.
Itanagar Capital Complex DC Mige Kamki was also present on the occasion. (PRO to
Hazards of mushrooming fake educational institutions
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: As the new academic session readies to start, the Arunachalee students
are scrambling to get admission in various colleges across the country. Lack of availability
of the quality higher educational institutes, especially, in technical education
field forces thousands of students every year to go out of state to pursue their
dream. North-east region in general and Arunachal in particular is considered to
be lucrative area for the educational institutes to do business.
Representatives of various educational institutes’ starts camping in Arunachal moment
the results of CBSE exams are out. Unfortunately many students get trapped by unrecognized
institutes which greatly harm their academic life. In recent year many such incidents
of Arunachalee students getting cheated by fake institutes and colleges have been
reported. “We got admission in a private college to pursue B.Sc agriculture in the
year 2013. The college representative told us during initial interaction in Itanagar
that college is properly affiliated to a reputed university. In 2014 when we reached
2nd year we got to know that our college got affiliated only that year. Practically
we lost one year and lost money too. Students as well as parents should double check
before seeking admission in private colleges,” shared a student.
The department of higher and technical education is aware of this problem. “We are
very much attentive about the problem. Therefore to help student as well as parents
we have list of empanelled colleges with us. These colleges were empanelled after
our officials made campus visit and thoroughly checked the credentials. Also unlike
other private institutes they charge normal fees,” said Dr Tejum Padu, director higher
and technical education department.
Recently UGC has also issued list of 21 fake universities operating in the state.
The names of fake universities are Maithili University, Darbhanga (Bihar), Varanseya
Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya(University), Commercial University Ltd, United Nations University,
Delhi Vocational University, ADR- Central Juridical University, Delhi Indian Institution
of Science and Engineering(All Delhi based), Badagnavi Sarkar World Open Educational
Society, Belgaum (Karnataka) St. John's University, Kishanattam (Kerala) Kesarwani
Vidyapith, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) Raja Arabic University, Nagpur (Maharashtra)
D D B Sanskrit University, Putur, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Indian institute of Alternative
Medicine, Kolkata, West Bengal, Mahila Gram Vidyapith, Allahabad, Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith,
Allahabad, National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur, Netaji Subhash
Chandra Bose University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Maharana Pratap
Shiksha Niketan Vidyalaya, Pratapgarh, Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida-Phase
II and Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, Mathura(All based in Uttar Pradesh). The students
as well as guardians need to remain alert while seeking admission in private institutions.
Rubber plantation catching farmers’ fancy
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Days are not far away when rubber would replace the traditional
jhum practices of the tribal communities in this Himalayan state as the state government
has accorded top priority to the sector for the past several years with separate
Rubber plantation has of late become the centre of attraction for farmers in the
state with the government laying emphasis on the crop over the past few years.
For the current financial year, the state government has allocated an amount of Rs
15 crore for the rubber sector.
During 2012-13, under the chief minister's Mission Mode Programme (MMP) an amount
of Rs 2 crore was allocated for rubber cultivation under TFC grant covering 237 beneficiaries.
The highest allocation of Rs 10 crore was given to the sector during 2013-14 covering
950 beneficiaries while during 2014-15, an amount of Rs 3 crore was allocated covering
270 beneficiaries, Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin said.
He added that assistance in the form of planting materials (720 rubber poly bags
and 6 rolls of barbed wire) per beneficiary were provided to a total of 237 units
including 26 each in East Siang, West Siang, Lohit, Tirap, Longding and East Kameng
and 27 units each in Papum Pare, Lower Dibang Valley and Changlang districts.
"The state government will closely work with the Rubber Board of India for technology
guidance and transfer besides extending marketing facilities," Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki said, adding special emphasis would be given on this sector to provide economic
benefit to the rural people and employment to the youths.
"Rubber cultivation will meet 25 per cent of the state government's five-year job
generation target of one lakh," Tuki added.
Rubber Board's Eastern Zonal Additional Production Commissioner Anil Kumar said that
the board was committed to taking steps to boost rubber cultivation in the state.
"The opening of Rubber Board's regional office here and posting of development officer
besides a field officer at Namsai office reflected the Board's commitment to help
grow rubber production in the state," Kumar said, adding posting of field officers
to potential rubber growing areas of the state was in the offing.
State Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin said that if the state would not
provide quality and assured planting materials to farmers by involving the Rubber
Board of India, there is every possibility of unscrupulous traders duping farmers.
"As a rubber sapling is planted, its life span is calculated up to 40-50 years, and
in the process, the duped farmers will incur heavy losses both economically and in
terms of fertility of their soil," Pertin added.
The Rubber Board has already identified nine districts in Arunachal Pradesh for rubber
cultivation including East and West Siang, Papum Pare, East Kameng, Lohit, Lower
Dibang Valley, Changlang, Tirap and Longding having potential for cultivation of
rubber in 25,000 hectare as per initial survey.
Manong Ratan, a progressive rubber planter from Kiyit under Mebo sub-division who
availed the benefits of chief minister's MMP scheme is a happy man today.
"I am delighted that the state government has ensured to look after the welfare of
the small and marginal farmers and it is a big help that the government has assisted
us with the requisite rubber sapling and fencing materials.
"Since we are small farmers, we will need maintenance cost at least up to the fifth
year," he said.
While suggesting the state government to provide maintenance cost to marginal rubber
planters, Taba Tagam from Balijan said that with the state's help, farmers like him
have established rubber plantations paving way for self sustainability. PTI
Youth recognized as partners in development
[ Gyati Kacho ]
NEW DELHI, Aug 2: The Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meet (AsR-CYMM) has
recognized the important contribution of youth as partners in regional and national
development particularly on decent employment, entrepreneurship and skills development,
professionalizing youth work, peace building, strengthening national participation
structures, developing and implementing National Youth Policies.
Held at New Delhi from July 27 to 30, the 4-day meet was opened by Youth Affairs
and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in presence of eight Commonwealth Asia region
countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives and
Brunei. Popular youth icon and leader from Ziro Nani Opo was invited to represent
Arunachal Pradesh. Opo had also recently attended the Inter-Governmental Youth Exchange
Programme at Seoul, South Korea from June 3 to 12 as an invitee from Northeast India.
Advocating more integration of young people in national and global development agendas,
AsR-CYMM agreed upon strategic key actions to ensure youth empowerment and development
priorities to be included in national and regional development frameworks especially
in light of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2030 which would
be finalized by world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in October next.
Agreeing to champion youth focus in their respective countries, member countries
also agreed for a youth-focused monitoring mechanism for SDG while also adequately
financing youth development activities at sub-national, national and regional levels.
On youth employment, skill development and entrepreneurship, it was decided to facilitate
easier access to technology by financing entrepreneurial ventures and skill development
programme by young people. It was also agreed to strengthen skills training education
and celebrate World Youth Skills Day annually.
Underscoring participation of youth in decision-making, design, implementation and
monitoring of Govt. programmes, National Youth Councils (NYC) would be soon set up
with adequate financial assistance and other measures in the lines of Common Wealth
Youth Forum (CWYF) and youth leaders of these councils would be encouraged and sponsored
to attend CWYF and other youth conventions and meets across the globe.
Emphasizing implementation of national youth policies catering to young people’s
needs and capabilities, AsR-CYMM advocated for adequate resourcing and prioritization
for youth development across all relevant ministries and urged the need of having
competent young people working in various ministries to provide youth perspective
on policies and programmes, design and contribute in its overall implementation.
On professionalizing youth work, importance of education and training of youth workers,
celebrations of Commonwealth Youth Work Week and institution of Commonwealth Youth
Worker Awards were agreed upon.
On youth and peaceful societies, it was committed to take a collective regional approach
to peace building and rope in young people’s participation in peace building, harmony,
and social cohesion and as a force for social and economic development.
On his experiences from both the youth meets at Korea and New Delhi, Nani Opo said
that 21st century of today is very dynamic with lots of social and technological
changes taking place and time has now come for the youth to shoulder equal responsibility
by actively taking part in all the happenings around them including Govt. programmes
“Youth are the architects of our tomorrow so let us all contribute positively today
for our better tomorrow”, he said.
MLA meet citizens and Engineers to discuss power problem
PASIGHAT, Aug 2: Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong today convened a meeting with the
local residents of Pasighat Township and the engineers of power department to discuss
the present power scenario.
Addressing the meeting, MLA Moyong strictly directed the engineers of the power department
to chalk-out a comprehensive mechanism to meet up with the power crisis in the township.
He also instructed the power department officials for installation of new transformers
at vulnerable locations to meet the growing power demand.
MLA Moyong said that he was able to convince the government to grant additional
fund of Rs 10 Crore to complete the 132 KV Tower line from Aalo to Pasighat. He is
optimistic that tower line would be an effective solution to end the power crisis
in Pasighat and adjoining areas.
Several consumers in the meeting expressed grievances about erratic power supply
with low voltage in the township. They have demanded the power department officials
for immediate replacement of the defunct transformer at High region, which is out
of order for the last five months.
Resenting over the frequent power cut and low voltage current, the consumers sharply
criticized power department officials for not paying any heed to consumers’ grievances,
but sincerely sending the monthly electric bills. Various government offices, market
establishments, financial banks are badly hit by irregular power supply. Erratic
power supply is compelling them to make alternative arrangement incurring extra expenditure.
Executive Engineers of Pasighat electrical division has assured the people to improve
power supply scenario in the township within this month. He informed that procurement
of transformer has been ordered and existing power problem would be solved after
installation of the new transformer.
Fraudster using forged signature to collect fuels
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Some fraudsters have been collecting fuels from various petrol
depots within capital complex forging signature of the president of All Nyishi Students’
Union (ANSU) and using fake letterheads.
All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in a release informed that persons in vehicles
with registration numbers AR01H-0131 and AR01E-2516 have been collecting fuels from
various petrol depots in capital complex forging the signature of the president of
the union and using fake letter pads. As per the information collected from various
petrol depots, the above mentioned vehicles have been using fake ANSU letter pads
and forging the signature of the president and other executive members of the association
to collect fuels. It has been reported by the petrol depots that several hundred
litres of petrol and diesel have been collected so far from various petrol depots
in capital complex fraudulently, ANSU said in a release.
Taking serious note of the case ANSU appealed to the city police to nab the owners
of the vehicles involved in the case and register forgery case against them.
The ANSU president appealed to the business community, particularly petrol depots,
to inform whenever people approach them to collect petrol by taking his name to verify
the actual facts.
A page from an old diary
[ Dedo Ete ]
The deeper the hamlet as one enter, the purer the heart and mind, more the hospitality
and more feeling of patriotism one will find in the rural folks. They are ignorant
yet hospitable, they look rough and rusty but soft in heart, they are gullible people
but unsuspicious of outsiders who visit their village. Whenever they see anyone visiting
their village they greet them with folded hand and say ‘Jai Hind’ and take few steps
forward, throw their both arm to shake hands. They never suspect any one who visits
their village knowingly or unknowingly. Because of their naivety they never look
at visitors with suspicious eyes. Even, if, unknown visitors visit their village
they show no belligerence.
Before India recovered from the trauma of 1962 when the Red Dragon (China) invaded
India on NEFA front out of the blue, India was dragged into another war with Pakistan
in 1965. Although, Pakistan was in the extreme west of India and Arunachal, (the
then NEFA) in the extreme east, the war created tremendous panic in the minds of
civilians of Aalo (the then Along) and every now and then civilians were asked to
dig bunker nearby home and hide inside the bunker and switch off lights supplied
from diesel generator of power house when sound of plane was heard. At Along town,
fire fighting exercises were organized for civilians and first aid trainings were
Fatigued with war, government decided to introduce home guard training in the villages
of border area. May be, government wanted the villagers of border area to share some
responsibilities of protecting the country through ‘gorilla war’ in the front line
in case China invade again or maybe there was no such idea at all.
Twenty days home guard training programme was launched in Tabasora village for the
first time in district albeit it did not fall exactly in border area. The village
was about 25 km from Along. Men, women, boys and girls from Tabasora and nearby villages
willingly got themselves enrolled for the training. Initial enrolment was more than
50 but as the training proceeded number reduced. After completion of the training
at Tabasora, trainers were supposed to move to Dasi village (pronounced as Daasw)
for next training and from Dasi village to another village and so on.
Twenty days basic training commenced with basic march past and physical exercises
for physical fitness. It was followed by ‘Kasam khana’ (swearing). Trainees swore
in Hindi “Hum desh ka raksa karneka kasam khaate hain” (We swear we will defend our
country) and “ Hum desh ka akhandata banaye rakhneka kasam khate hai’ ( we swear
to maintain the unity and integrity of our country).
Swearing was followed by Jai Hind and Bharat mataki jai. Trainees (men and women)
whose ages ranged from as young as 15 years to as old as 50 years were yelling,
face reddened with emotions, some holding and waving Indian flag hand made from
paper, painted with color pencil. Other trainees followed in chorus. Swearing were
honestly serious and with honest patriotic fervor. Instinct patriotism, love for
the country, desire to serve and sacrifice for the motherland were clearly visible
on their naïve face.
The next step of training was dismantling of 303 (three knot three) rifle parts,
cleaning and oiling of parts and assembling of all parts after cleaning, demonstration
how to load cartridge into the magazine while pushing down ‘w’ spring of the magazine,
how to fit the bayonet and so on. The rifle was commonly called ‘three knot three
rifle’. Training ground was surrounded by houses and granaries. Everyday training
proceeded amid frequent interruption of grunting of pigs, chirping of birds, lowing
of cattle, bleating of goats.
In the next step of training, trainees were taken to nearby jungle full of shrubs
and bushes but devoid of big trees. In the bushy jungle, troop movements and different
types of battle field formations, like arrow head formation, diamond head formations,
camouflaging, charging on enemies with ear bursting high decibel yells were taught.
As per experienced battlefield combat experts, oral message sent through mouth to
mouth of soldiers always ended with distorted message which jeopardized the battle
field combat plan. Misinterpreted message lead to miscalculation and suicidal plan
which let the frontline soldiers ultimately fall in the hands of enemy.
So, in battlefield how oral message can be sent through mouth to mouth of soldiers
(without using wireless or where wireless was not available in battlefield) efficiently
without distortion or misinterpretation was a very important aspect. To demonstrate
how oral message was sent in the battle field, fifteen trainees were made to stand
along the road side at distance of about 30 metres from each other. The first man
in the line was instructed to convey a message orally to the next man standing next
in line and second man to the third and so on until the message reached the last
man. Message in Hindi was: ‘Dushman20, 400 metre duuri mei’ (Enemy twenty men, four
hundred metres away). After message had reached the last man, all the men were asked
to gather near the last man to share what message was conveyed to him. When asked,
the last man said that the message he got was: “Dushman 400, 20 metre duuri mei”
(Enemy 400, 20 metres away). Every one began to laugh. After having passed through
20 or 30 men and covered a distance of about one kilometer the message got distorted
and the message received by the last man carried a reverse meaning. Lesson was that
verbal message always get distorted or misinterpreted (albeit unintentionally) at
the end. In this case, ‘20 enemies’ became ‘20 metres away’ and ‘distance 400 metres’
became ‘400 enemies’.
Conclusion was that in the battlefield message must be written in a piece of paper
and read out. After message has been read out to next man, paper should be destroyed
so that written message may not fall in the hands of enemy.
The last one week was devoted to shooting (firing) with ‘three knot three rifle’
on a fixed target. Four standard target boards having four circular bands were fixed
upright on a ground. The distance between the target board and firing positions was
200 metres. The target board had four circular band, alternate circular bands were
painted black. The inner most circle was called the ‘Bull’, the next outer band
was designated as ‘inner’, the next and third outer band was called ‘Outer’ and the
last and outermost circular band was called the ‘Magfy’. The innermost circle (bull)
carried 10 points, ‘inner’ carried 8 points, the third circular band called ‘outer’
carried 7 points, and the last band called ‘magfy’ carried 6 points. Shots outside
the ‘magfy’ carried no points. Target shooting were of two types- ‘point system’
and other one was called ‘grouping’. In the ‘grouping’, shots can be anywhere even
beyond the ‘magfy’ (outer most band) but shots should be clustered very close to
each other. Smaller the area of cluster the more the points and wider the area of
the cluster lesser the points. Trainees were made to lie down on abdomen spreading
the two legs wide apart to take position for firing. Shooters were asked to close
the left eye. For stability while aiming the rifle on the target- breathing was stopped
for a moment till trigger was pulled.
Women and young girls were as smart as men. There were more than 40 trainees, including
women and young girls.
In the evening of last day of the training, the trainer, trainees, some ‘gaon buras’,
aged men and women gathered in a small field situated in the middle of the village.
The size of the field was slightly bigger than a volleyball field. They sat around
the burning fire. Some young boys and girls danced around the fire, some were busy
in chatting. The home guard trainers were mostly Nepalese. They were free, frank,
cordial, well behaved and cool. Before departing for the night’s sleep, one of the
training instructors of the home guard stood up and said: “Bhaiyoon aur behenoo (brothers
and sisters), listen for a moment please. You have learned to use ‘three knot three
rifle’, you have learned to dismantle, clean the parts and then assemble, you have
learned to load the cartridge in the magazine and shoot. You have been taught all
these for self-defense and also to defend our mother land from enemy. If we do not
defend our mother land enemy will take our land, enemy will make us their slave.
So, once again let us swear. ‘aap taiyaar hai ?’(Are you ready ?). One of the trainee
youth stood up and stepped out from the crowd, raised his fisted hand high above
his head and shouted “Hum apne watan ko raksa karne ka kasam khate hai” (we swear
to protect our mother land), and “Hum apne deshka akhandata banaye rakhne ka kasam
khatehai” (We swear to maintain the unity and integrity of our nation)–the same
swearing which they swore in the beginning and lastly said “Jai Hind, Jai Hind, Jai
Hind” and rest of the crowd followed in chorus. The air was filled with reverberation
of echo of chorus. It could be heard from as far as the last house of the village.
The home guard training imbued the village youths with discipline, tremendous zeal
and fervor for defense services. For many trainees, the training was a rare chance
and also a memorable moment of life.
Despite home guard training and access to outdated ‘three knot three’ rifle, no youths
ever tried to take wrong path. Poverty did exist but circumstances were not as bad
as to compel them to drift from main stream and morality. Youth were not as gullible
as to be easily misguided. Words like robbery, burgling, underground element, murder
were anathema to them.
There is not a single village which did not contribute energetic youth to the defense
services like Assam Rifles, Gurkha Regiment, Border Security Force (BSF), Indo Tibet
Border Police (ITBP). Every village has four or five retired defense service men,
some from Assam Rifles, Gurkha Regiment, some of ITBP, BSF, drawing pension from
the government. Some of them were re-employed as security guard in private bank,
some in public bank.
During 50s, in the villages, families having more than one energetic male members
had to send one of them to defense services. To some extent it was mandatory in those
days. There were no qualms from the families because they knew it was service to
one’s mother land. The youths were known for the diligence. Moreover, they had fervor
for the defense services. Patriotism has been there in their blood from the birth.
Eagle Trophy: BTFC, FC Doimukh win
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) came from one goal behind to beat
Tarh Ku Sports Club (TKSC) 4-1 in the third group level match of the state level
6th Eagle Trophy at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Tai Kaya put TKSC ahead by scoring in 30 minutes through penalty kick which was equalized
by BTFC in 33 minutes through a penalty kick taken by Taba Isac.
Isac again scored in 63 minutes through another penalty kick before completing his
hat-trick by scoring in 73 minutes. The fourth and last goal was scored by Dari Lugu
in 79 minutes, according to organizing committee..
In another match of the day, Doimukh Football Club beat Gangte Togung SC 3-1.
Gangte Togung SC took an early lead in eight minutes through goal from Damin Taru.
Doimukh Football Club neutralized the score in 40th minute through a goal from Nabam
Guna. He added another goal in 51 minutes before Nguri Alin made it 3-1 in 54 minutes.
Arunachal Pradesh Police will meet 19th Nyapin FC at 1:30 pm in tomorrow’s first
match and the second match will be played between Todo United FC and Gora Makik SC
at 3:20 pm.
Siang United beat Banggo United in Solung football
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Siang United FC defeated Banggo United FC in today’s first match
of the Solung festival football tournament 2015 at DNG College playground here.
Siang United FC scored one goal each in both half through Opang Lonchung and Miloko
Nobeng while the only goal for Banggo United was scored by Kaling Tatin in 7. 58
The second match of the day was played between Donyi-Polo Ganging FC and Pameng
Patang FC in which the former defeated the latter 3-0. Tom Lego, Batong Perme and
Kajin Ratan were the scorers.
The third and final last match of the day was held between Ngargo Yameng FC and Sisang
Yameng FC and the match was won by Sisang Yameng FC 3-0.
Nongkim Siang Pertin, Olom Darin and Nung Ering scored one goal each.
The consolation goal for Ngargo Yameng FC was scored by Tony Ering.
Miloko Nobeng of Siang United FC was declared “Player of the day”.
1. Nulu Nubu FC Vs Prez XI FC : 7 a.m
2. Giidi lepang FC Vs Giidi Yameng FC, 2 p.m
3. Abotani FC Vs Donggin Yameng FC, 4 p.m
Govt says oppn obstructionist
New Delhi, Aug 2: Setting the tone for tomorrow's all-party meet, government and
Congress were today engaged in a verbal clash, with the ruling side alleging "obstructionism"
on part of the opposition which in turn blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "arrogance"
for the Parliament logjam. With half of the Monsoon session virtually washed out,
the government asked Congress to introspect and said it can have "honourable exit"
by having a debate on the row surrounding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
and Lalit Modi.
The government has convened an all-party meeting tomorrow to discuss ways to end
the stalemate in Parliament.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Congress may be upset with the government for
"political reasons" but it must "accept and seriously introspect" that "negativism"
and its "obstructionist tendencies" would hurt the country and the economy.
His attack in a facebook post came in the context of the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Bill which is among the reform measures stuck as Parliament is unable to function
because of relentless opposition demand for resignation of Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief
Minister Vasundhara Raje in Lalit Modi row and ouster of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who addressed a press conference at BJP headquarters,
termed Congress as "confused" and claimed that it has put itself in an "untenable
position" and "pushed itself against the wall" by demanding resignations of Swaraj,
Raje and Chauhan.
Reacting sharply, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "The blame of Parliament's not
functioning lies squarely with the Prime Minister for his arrogance and obduracy."
Referring to Jaitley's comments, he said, "the unwarranted, uncharitable and provocative
statement by the Finance Minister and BJP, accussing Congress of disruption makes
it abundantly clear that the government is neither serious nor sincere in breaking
the deadlock in Parliament."
He asked Jaitley and BJP "not to give patronizing sermons to the Congress but to
collectively reflect and apologise for their own conduct while in opposition." PTI