ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Rajiv Gandhi University Teachers Association (RGUTA) and Rajiv
Gandhi University Employee's Association (RGUEA) is jointly organizing a symposium
on Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) and its extension to Arunachal Pradesh
on April 21 from 9.30 am in the mini auditorium of the university (RGU), Doimukh.
The objective of the symposium is to generate understanding on the Act and draw opinions
from various sections on the issue. It also aims to provide for a platform for these
various opinions to come together to form a public opinion that could be instrumental
in critically analyzing this Act and also to speculate on the future implications
of this Act.
Besides eminent academicians, journalists, politicians and civil society members,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is expected to take part in
the symposium where he will explain the reasons for implementation of AFSPA in the
state. The outcomes of the symposium would become the document to be placed to Govt.
of India later.
ACR condemns Army atrocity
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: While condemning the recent incident at Tarrasso, where three Arunachalee
women were molested by army personnel, the Arunachal Citizen’s Rights (ACR) has demanded
the concern authority to take adequate measures to stop such atrocity and safeguard
the rights of innocent people.
Describing the incident shocking and unfortunate, the human rights group said that
the Armed Force Special Power Act (AFSPA) was imposed to help administration tackle
insurgency. But in the process innocent people are being harassed which is very unfortunate,
said ACR in a press statement.
ACR hoped this kind of atrocity on public by army would not recur in future.
Union condemns assault on mother
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: All Sartang Students’ Union (ASSU) has strongly condemned the reported
physical assault on mother of three children from Bomdila by some miscreants on April
While condemning the inhumane act, the ASSU urged the West Kameng district administration
to take strong action against those involved in the assault on the woman.
8th Nyishi Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The 8th Nyishi Day was celebrated here at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nyirubjolli.
The President, Nyishi Elite Society Bengia Tolum in his address reminded that this
is not only to celebrate this auspicious day, but to acknowledge the great sacrifice
and contributions of social activists late Nicham Sonam, Tadar Tang, Dera Natung,
Techi Takar, Nyari Welly and others, towards the community and outlined the genesis
of the Nyishi unification movement. He urged the members to be united and strong
including the elected leaders. He vowed to vigorously pursue the Pan Arunachal approach
strategy adopted in the Silver Jubilee Conference of Yazali in April 2013. The President
also outlined the NES theme 2015-“Mould Youth character and mindset for ensuring
their secured future.”
The social pioneers, the Presidents/Chairmen and General Secretaries of Nyishi community
based social organizations- All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU), All Nyishi Youth Association
(ANYA), Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA), Central Nyokum Committee (CNC), Nyishi Service Engineers
Forum (NSEF), Nyishi Agri-allied Extension Society (NAAEA) with their executive members,
former Presidents and General Secretaries of Nyishi Elite Society, the senior and
socially active members of the community enthusiastically took part in the programme.
The Chief Co-ordinator of the programme, Bengia Amit while addressing the gathering
said that “Nyishis have to work hard to rebuild our image. It is very sad that due
to few black-sheeps, the image of our society is getting a sound beating in the eyes
of other communities. We must remain vigilant; thwart the evil designs and destructive
motives of some people. By virtue of being largest tribe of our state we have greater
onus of building a strong, vibrant and self reliant Arunachal Pradesh”
The General Secretary, Tarh Tabin led obituary reference for Late P.R Kyndiah, who
passed last month, the then union Minister of Tribal Affairs, who introduced the
bill for change of nomenclature from derogatory Dafla to Nyishi.
In a major shift to the usual celebration programmes, a seminar on various issues
of social importance was also conducted and a Nyishi poem recitation programme.
Later, certificates of proficiency with mementos were presented to the three toppers
and three consolation awards for the essay writing competition conducted at Govt.
College, Doimukh on 12th March 2015 on the theme.
The programme was interpolated by colourful cultural programme by the Nyishi Art
& Culture Welfare Society (NA & CWS) led by its President, Shri Bengia Tabb and General
Secretary, Neelam Pope.
Pakke Mini Hydel restored
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Bringing much relief to denizens of Pakke-Kessang, the Pakke-Kessang
Mini Hydel Sub-Station (1x30)KW has been restored recently. This was informed by
the department source to this daily over telephone. The mini hydel had remained dysfunctional
for last one year causing darkness in entire Pakke valley. However with the restoration
of the mini hydel, the people are getting uninterrupted power supply, informed the
The mini hydel was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Mukut Mithi way back in January
2001 in presence of then local MLA late Dera Natung amidst roaring applause from
the public for the electrification of the valley. Since then not much effort was
put by the department concern for its maintenance. The 30 KW mini hydel hardly mitigates
the power requirement of the consumers in the town, as the current requirement of
Pakke-Kessang town according to the Power department sources is 150 to 200KW.
RGUSU concerned over financial alleged mismanagement
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Taking serious note of the state government’s alleged financial
mismanagement leading to common people to suffer, the Rajiv Gandhi University Students’
Union (RGUSU) has called upon the people of the state to rise to the occasion and
voice against it.
Criticizing the state government for the current alleged financial crisis, the RGU
students union in a release said that failing to produce utilization certificate
indicates how funds are being siphoned off.
“While the government employees are not getting salaries on time the payment of contractors
are blocked and GPF and NPS exploited,” the students union alleged.
Extending its whole-hearted support to the proposed April 20 rally by Arunachal Anti
Corruption Sena, RGUSU appealed to all to join the protest rally and raise their
voice against the alleged financial mismanagement.
Hunting, fishing banned at Korang area
PASIGHAT, Apr 19: Taking a serious note on rampant killing of wildlife and fishing
in rivers of Korang area, the villagers Korang in East Siang district have imposed
a ban on such illegal and destructive activities in their area.
The decision to impose ban on fishing other than conventional methods in Dobung river,
hunting and collection of forest resources was taken in a Village Council meeting
last month. The meeting chaired by Korang village Head Gaon Burah, Taken Pago further
decided to impose penalty of Rs 30,000 on violator(s) of the ban order besides seizing
his/her firearms or other weapons used for hunting.
It is reported that indiscriminate hunting and fishing besides collection of forest
products are posing serious threat to natural beauty and ecosystem of the area.
Meanwhile, the village council of Korang has appealed to the district administration
to check illegal hunting and fishing in their area. They sought cooperation from
all sections of people in the district to protect wildlife and natural resources
of Korang area.
Cong protest rally
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: District Congress Committee and Block Congress Committees of Kra
Daadi District organized a rally to protest against Land Acquisition Bill of BJP
Govt. and the election of manifesto of BJP during Delhi Assembly election.
Rally which was participated by PHE and WS Minister Takam Pario, Parliamentary Secretary
(Civil Supply etc) Markio Tado, APCC General Secretary APCC (i/c Kra Daadi district)
Minkir Lollen, DCC president Techi Azad, party workers and cadres registered strong
protest against the Land Acquisition Bill and the election manifesto terming the
people from North East as immigrants.
Many commuters were stranded near Chiputa Village between Hoj and Midpu, Papum Pare
for hours today. With monsoon season on, whole state will witness similar scenes
as people are left at the mercy of the nature.
4th Convocation of NERIST
NERIST can be the best human resources hub: Governor
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology
(NERIST) can play a pivotal role of a facilitator in providing students of the region
with expertise thereby producing best human resources in the field of science and
technology, said Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.
It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction that the institute, despite limited
resources, has been able to excel against all odds and challenges by producing skilled
and trained human resources, the Governor said while addressing the 4th Convocation
of NERIST today.
“I have seen NERIST growing and its students constantly setting new examples of excellence
in numerous fields. They have competed and performed with the best talent pool drawn
from some of the premier institutions of the country,” he said, adding that the journey
shouldn’t stop here. They must not become complacent and content over what they have
achieved over the years, he added.
Felicitating the students, who have been awarded with degrees, the Governor emphasised
that NERIST must set newer targets, create new benchmarks and provide fresh examples
of performance, innovation, and excellence.
The Governor said that NERIST has also become a centre of excellence to do substantive
and focused research in areas of the regional concerns. Reiterating his concern for
flora and fauna and need for developmental activities, the Governor said that along
with conservation of flora and fauna the people want development. Development and
environment protection can go hand in hand if the young scientists and members of
faculty explore innovative ways to address this issue.
He also stressed on improving teacher-student relationship, which he opined is vital
to upgrade the quality of education in the region.
Chairman, Board of Management, NERIST, Air Marshal (Retd) Pranab Kumar Barbora, Director,
NERIST Prof. P.K. Das, Deans, Registrar, Heads of Departments, faculty Members and
staff of the Institute, members of the NERIST Society, Board of Management and Academic
Council and students of NERIST were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Governor laid the foundation stone of the Administrative Block in the
NERIST campus. PRO to Raj Bhavan
BJP leaders to look into demand for repeal of AFSPA
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The central BJP leaderships have assured a delegation of state
BJP that they would take up with the central government the demand for repealing
AFSPA from Arunachal Pradesh.
The assurance was given when a team of state BJP led by president Tai Tagak met several
party leaders, including MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi in the last
couple of days and apprised them of the people’s stiff opposition to extension of
the Act in a state like Arunachal Pradesh where there is no any home grown insurgency
Criticizing the state government for allegedly misleading public that AFSPA was enforced
in the state by BJP Government, the party demanded the ruling Congress Government
to make public the March 27, 2015 notification (as published in some local media)
enforcing AFSPA in 12 districts of the state bordering Assam. “It was the State Congress
Government who recommended for enforcement of AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh on September
17, 1991 which was later extended up to 20 km inside the state from Assam boundary
during the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre,” said the state BJP.
The state government has dragged BJP into controversy only to divert the attention
of people from the alleged financial mismanagement issue as revealed by a former
finance minister, alleged the party.
The BJP also demanded constitution of high level committee to probe into the whole
gamut of the former Finance Minister’s revelation.
AAPSU to launch movement against AFSPA and APUAPA
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The consultative meeting organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’
Union (AAPSU) on Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 and Arunachal Pradesh
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (APUAPA), 2014 here today unanimously decided
to constitute a Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) to carry forward the movement
against AFSPA & APUAPA.
The JCC to be spearheaded by AAPSU will be comprised of presidents or leaders from
various organizations, NGOs and prominent persons in the state.
The Committee will conduct state-wide awareness campaign on AFSPA and APUAPA which
will be followed immediately by launching of mass democratic movement.
The meeting also decided to submit a memorandum to Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and
Union Home Minister, Govt. of India on issue of AFSPA and APUAPA by AAPSU. Although
the meeting welcomed the assurance given by Union MoS Home to partially roll back
AFSPA from Arunachal Pradesh, JCC in coordination with NESO will continue to campaign
for total repeal of the Armed Forces Act from Arunachal Pradesh and all other North
Eastern states where the Act is in force.
The meeting was chaired by AAPSU President Kamta Lapung and attended by human rights
activist Babloo Loitongbam, NESO Secretary General Sinam Prakash, representatives
from various organisations, political parties, NGOs, students, scholars etc.
Sachin Gaonkar, cyclist with
a mission reach Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: As part of his entire India cycling tour with objective to create
awareness on mental health including addicted people across India, Sachin Gaonkar,
a cyclist reached Itanagar on Saturday. Sachin from Maharashtra started his journey
on 7th January 2015 from Thane. He set off on a mission called Cycle Parikrama, exploring
India on mental health issues.
So far the mental health activist has covered 15 states including all the Northeast
states except Sikkim with 6700 kilometers. He reached Gohpur Assam this afternoon
on his way to Sikkim. Gaonkar expedition will end at Thane on 15 August 2015 after
circling north India touching Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Gujarat. He aspires
to cover 25 states in India with 14000 kilometers in 223 days. Speaking to The Arunachal
Times, Sachin disclosed that he covers 80 kilometers distance in a day on flat road
and 40 to 50 kilometers in hilly areas.
Poi Sangken marks end of Sangken
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: With the end of popular Sangken Festival of Theravada Buddhist
communities on April 16, Poi-Sangken was held here at Theravada Buddha Vihara Itanagar
Poi Sangken is a valedictory function organized after the successful conduct of 3
days Sangken and is decided by the Theravada members when to hold it in their respective
places of worship on the last day of Sangken.
The joyous festivity of Sangken ends with shifting of images of beloved Buddha from
makeshift temple to main monastery at a particular time and interval mentioned as
per Sangken Cha which is the Astrological Sangken Calender of the Theravada Buddhist
communities written in Tai Khampti Script. This year’s Sangken Cha in Tai Khampti
script was prepared by Venerable Pingyasiha Mahathero, Chief Monk of Chongkham Buddha
The Poi-Sangken in Itanagar was held in a grand manner. The Head Monk of Theravada
Buddha Vihara Venerable Ratnadeepa along with Buddhist Scholar Aryadhamma chanted
and offered prayer for good luck, happy life, peace, prosperity and good health for
every living being. People from all walks of life participated in the Poi Sangken
ceremony. The ceremony ended with arrangement of community feast for its members
besides splashing and drenching each other with scented water.
Nocte film documenting traditional system screened
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: A Nocte documentary titled ‘Atei Awa Damaan Ko’ (following the
footsteps of our ancestors) was screened today at Deomali Rangsom Hum today. DIPRO
Denhang Bosai is the director, script writer and narrator of the documentary.
Namsang MLA Wangki Lowang who attended the screening lauded the theme of the film
and hoped that the young Noctes would be inspired to value the value of their age-old
traditional systems. He said that such documentary would be useful for the research
scholars in future and urged the youth to take a keen interest in documenting the
facets of Nocte life. He lamented that many invaluable folk arts were truly things
of the past thanks to onslaught of more dominant cultures from outside. The MLA appreciated
the filmmaker Denhang Bosai for his untiring effort in showcasing the rich Nocte
culture and traditions to the outside world.
Bosai disclosed that it was a humble effort on his part to document some of the fast
vanishing precious Nocte folk arts for the coming generations. He thanked the cast
and crew who worked really hard to make the film happen. The film would be uploaded
soon on Youtube, added Bosai.
The show was attended by former minister and an authority on Nocte traditional system
Wangpha Lowang, Principal and Professors from WRG College, Deomali, PRI leaders and
public. The documentary received a resounding response from the viewers. The documentary
was first screened at Khonsa on 8th April.
Noted social worker Nyong Panyang passes away
ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Renowned social worker and father of Nanni Dai, Editor of Echo
of Arunachal, Nyong Panyang died aged 88 years at his native village Ngorlung after
a prolonged illness yesterday.
He is survived by his wife, four sons, five daughters and many grandchildren.
He was born to late Alum Panyang and late Oyam Panyang at Pongging village in Upper
Siang district in 1927.
Panyang also worked with PL James, then APO of Pasighat during 1950s and pioneered
in raising various commercial crops in Siang belt, and recognizing his contribution
toward forestation, the Department of Forest & Environment also rewarded him during
After voluntarily retirement from his service life, he was nominated as GPM of Ngorlung
village in 1961 and elected as ASM in 1992-93. He was also the founding president
of Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan, Ngorlung and was holding the post of chief adviser at
the time of his last breath. He also served in various capacities for the organizations
like RSS, VHP and AVP.
Last rites of late Panyang was performed today at Ngorlung village in presence of
host of villagers’, family members and well-wishers’ like former CM Gegong Apang,
Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission member Nanom Jamoh, former minister
Tobar Jamoh and representatives from RSS.
While attending the final rite, former CM Gegong Apang recalled the contribution
made by late Panyang in the capacity of social worker and panchayat leader and expressed
grief for losing a good friend.