April 20, 2015


Symposium on AFSPA

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 16.

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

Staff Reporter

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 department.

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

wp16bebb84.png 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 groups.

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

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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 today.  

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 Vihara.

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 1984-85.

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.


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