More than ever, Arunachal needs communal harmony: Lowangdong
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Mopin is being celebrated across the state with traditional gaiety
and fervour. The harvest festival of the Galos started off on a colourful note with
priest chanting for bumper harvest, peace and well being of all and festival goers
smearing rice powder and dancing to the tunes of Popir.
Joining the festivities at Itanagar, Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly Wanglin Lowangdong said that more than ever the state needs communal harmony.
Making a strong appeal, ‘one for all, all for one, he said that communities all across
Arunachal need to cultivate a feeling of oneness.
He called upon the Galo community to show the way and lead for a strong and united
Praising the Galo community for organizing the festival in a grand manner, he appealed
the people of the state to preserve the rich tribal traditions.
Later, the Speaker inaugurated a Mopin Photo gallery showcasing the festival since
its formal inception.
MLA Tapuk Taku also appreciated the community for preserving and maintaining the
true spirit of Mopin festival celebration and urged them to continue in future too
in order to preserve and promote community’s tradition, culture and identity.
Earlier, Mopin Preservation Society, Chairman Tony Koyu briefed about the importance
of Mopin festival and changing trend of Mopin celebration.
He also called upon the Galo community to remain united and extend their cooperation
and support for preservation and promotion of tradition and cultural identity and
also urged to the younger generation to celebrate the Mopin festival in true sense
and spirit. Mopin Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar (MFCCI) president cum
Pingi Neri Karbom Riram and MFCCI secretary general Mido Lollen also spoke on the
Naharlagun: Mopin was celebrated, at Mopin ground Naharlagun here today.
The programme started with offering of Opo at alters and Popir dance to invoke the
Mopin goddess for a bumper harvest and blessings.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance and Information Technology C C Singpho and MLA
Tani Lofa who attended the festivities asked the Galo community to keep up the age
old tradition alive, reports DIPR.
PASIGHAT: People of Pasighat celebrated ‘Mopin’ with pomp and traditional fervour
Addressing the gathering, Education Minister Bosiram Siram appealed to the citizens
of state to welcome the hydro power projects for economic development of the state.
The projects would not only meet the demands of water and electricity, but would
help to set up industries, control flood and bring in developments in agricultural
sector which would make Arunachal an economically strong state.
He further urged all to preserve the age-old songs, dances, costumes, customs and
rituals related to Mopin and follow the path shown by our forefathers to protect
identities of the tribes.
He said festivals belong to all and should be documented by intellectuals so that
government could introduce it in schools in a befitting manner to educate the coming
generations about their own culture.
The minister expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his help
and cooperation to make the celebration successful by donating Rs five lakhs from
CM’s grant. He said the Tuki led government is putting all efforts to preserve and
protect the cultural heritage of the State.
Er. Tapi Darang, who attended the celebrations appealed to respect the cultural sentiments
of all communities for peaceful coexistence, progress and prosperity.
MP Ninong Ering also joined the festivities, reports DIPRO.
NAMSAI: Galo community residing in Namsai celebrated Mopin with great joy and cheerfulness
at the Mopin - Solung ground.
Local MLA Nang Sati Mein and President DCC(I) Lohit Chow Zignu Namchoom and Minister
of Finanace, Planning and PWD Chow Na Mein also joined the festivities.
President, Namsai Mopin Celebration Commitee Er.Puluk Gadi thanked the Khamptis
for their continued support over the years.
CHANGLANG: The Mopin Gidi was celebrated at Changlang. Along with the Galos and the
Adis, people from all walks of life took part in celebration of the auspicious day.
Parliamentary Secretary WRD Tinkhup Taiju and MLA P. Khimhun, the Commandant of 4th
Assam Rifles also joined the festivities.
Taiju unfurling the festival flag urged the people of Arunachal to develop work
culture and devote themselves for public service.
He appreciated the Adi-Galo communities for celebration of the Festival and emphasized
on communal harmony and respecting the cultures, religion, tradition and customs
Later, he released “Kakam mimi” a book written by SP Changlang Tumme Amo, who is
also the President of Mopin Gidi Festival Committee.
Likabali tense as Assam officials destroy Malini Mela structure
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: The Likabali town is tensed following boundary skirmish between
Assam and Arunachal. At wee hours this morning at around 2.30 am, Assam officials
led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Dhemaji, UK Baruah illegally raided Malini
Mela complex and destroyed structures including recently erected pandal for Malini
Mela celebrations and a store room building which was constructed way back in 1994.
The ADC was accompanied by superintendent of police Dhemaji PR Kar, deputy superintendent
of police MU Ahmad and HK Pegu, Sub Divisional Officer, Sissiborgaon.
The officials came along with police force comprising 300 in numbers and all armed
with sophisticated weapons. Precisely they choose to raid at morning hours, knowing
well that local people will be asleep and therefore they won’t face any resistance.
At first they tied up the night Chowkidar and took away his mobile phone. Besides
damaging pandal and store room, they took away 1500 CGI sheet, 50 plastic chairs
and GI pipes from the spot. They used JCB excavator to destroy the structures.
By around 4.30 am, Likabali police got to know about activities and rushed to the
spot. Officer in charge Likabali police station and his team exchanged heated words
with Assam officials at the spot. They almost came to blows and later seeing situation
getting tensed the Assam team immediately vanished from the scene.
An FIR (case no-Lkb ps case no 10/12 U/S 447/427/379/34 IPC) has been lodged against
UK Baruah, PR Kar, MU Ahmad and HK Pegu at Likabali police station for damaging the
properties. This afternoon Deputy Commissioner West Siang Amjad Tak visited the area
and later held a meeting with local citizens. He promised to take up the matter seriously
with his Dhemaji counterpart.
It was pre-planned attack on Arunachal soil. On 24th of March Assam officials had
raised objection to the construction of pandal at Malini Mela area by the people
of Likabali. A series of letter was exchanged between West Siang deputy commissioner
Amjad Tak and his Dhemaji counterpart with each explaining their positions regarding
boundary issue. Following this development there was lull for some days and Malini
Mela was celebrated peacefully with majority of devotees coming from Assam. Just
two days after Mela got over, Assam officials raided deep inside Arunachal territory,
thereby violating status quo implemented by Supreme Court of India. Meanwhile this
latest incident has deeply angered the people of Likabali town and locals are seething
with anger. “The area comes under Arunachal and was declared as protected area vide
notice RES (H) 124/75 dated 12th October, 1981. It is not a disputed land and is
an Arunachal territory. This is an insult to Arunachal and it is time our state government
stands up against such illegal act by Assam officials. Our patient is running short,”
told a citizen of Likabali over phone.
Galo Students Union (GSU) has demanded Assam government to compensate people of Likabali
for loss of properties due to illegal act by their authorities.
“We had never gone and destroyed any properties in Assam. People of Likabali had
always maintained cordial relation with people of Silapathar and Dhemaji. Just because
we depend on them for communication, Assam should not take us for granted. Assam
should not forget that majority of their citizen is getting employment in Arunachal
and if such atrocity continues there might be retaliation against them in Arunachal,”
said GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia.
The Mita Ao Welfare Society (MAWS) has also expressed anger over this brazen act
of goondaism by Assam officials. Society urged Chief Minister and West Siang administration
to deploy more security personnel at Malini mela ground permanently. Further they
called on state government to devise special security system for the welfare of people
living in border areas.
Provide justice to poor and needy: Justice Kabir
Govt to provide free telephone & electricity services to GBs
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Supreme Court Justice and executive chairman of National Legal Services
Authority, Altamas Kabir today inaugurated a Legal Aid Clinic Centre at Papu village
Addressing the gathering which included Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Takam Sanjoy,
judges, magistrates and Gaon Burahs, Kabir said justice must be provided at the door
step of the marginalized, needy and poor people. He called upon the legal experts,
advocates and likeminded organizations to spread the knowledge of legal justice system
in nook and corner of the state under the State Legal Service Authority.
Pointing out the Constitutional provisions which advocate for equal opportunity of
justice for all, the Supreme Court Judge Kabir said the legal aid authority basically
aims at ensuring that equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and
weaker sections of the society.
“Even we don’t know all the laws of the land,” Kabir admitted while stressing the
need of making the Gaon Burahs aware of modern justice system.
“This is the beginning in the state, we must ensure that the aid clinic centres percolate
down to the grassroots level so that citizens, particularly women, children and marginalized
people get justice,” he said.
In his address, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that tribal dispute redressal system
being practiced by the Gaon Burah institutions under Assam Frontier (Administration
of Justice) Regulation, 1945 is still considered as best and effective system for
speedy and inexpensive dispensation of justice at grassroots level. It is very much
in tune with the object of the various schemes under present Lok Adalat institutions,
Amidst thunderous applause of the Gaon Burahs, the Chief Minister announced that
the state Cabinet has taken a decision to provide free telephone and electricity
connections to the houses of the Gaon Burahs. The state Government will continue
to take such welfare measures in the years to come in order to strengthen this unique
Gaon Burah institution, he assured.
On separation of judiciary from executive, the chief minister said though the process
of separation in started lately, the state Govt has given top priority on separation
of judiciary. CM informed that the State Cabinet recently cleared the proposals
to create new Courts and posts of Judicial officers.
Expressing happiness over the inauguration of aid clinic centre, the Chief Minister
said “Our endeavor should be to educate the local people of their rights and remedies
under the law and help them settle their disputes.” The Society needs to know its
constitutional rights and the system and technique made available by the Legal Services
Authorities before going to courts for redressal of the disputes,” the Chief Minister
Highlighting the role and power of GB institution to deliver justice in tribal society,
MP Takam Sanjoy said both traditional and modern legal systems to deliver justice
to the every section of people are still gaining popularity. The MP, however, hoped
that the Chief Minister would make all out efforts for early separation of judiciary
Stressing on coordination and integrity between GB institution and modern of law,
Justice I A Ansari of Gauhati Court called upon the Gaon Burahs and general people
to be aware of their right and duty. However, he said, right without the knowledge
on duty is meaningless.
Despite the Constitution of India advocated for equal justice for all, many downtrodden
people are deprived of justice in the country, said Justice A K Goel, Chief Justice,
Guwahati High Court-cum-Chief Patron, Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority
(APSLSA). He said, the Legal Aid Authorities in states endeavor to provide justice
to all needy and poor people who have every right to live with dignity.
Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra of Supreme Court, who first enquired about prevalence of
domestic violence in Arunachal Pradesh, said people have every right to seek justice
in the court of law.
Highlighting the role of legal service authority in delivering justice to the needy
people, Mishra, who is also member secretary of the NALSA, said “rights and justice
can not be obtained through might. We should have knowledge about legal system to
seek justice through the court of law”.
People have every right to seek justice and once can file Public Interest Litigation
to the court in greater interest of common people if they are deprived of basic rights,
Highlighting the role of the Gaon Burahs in delivering justice to the grassroots
level people, All Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Burah Welfare Association president Nabam
Epo proudly said that GB institution solves the cases including murder, land dispute
within five days which cannot be solved by modern court of law within five months.
On behalf of Gaon Burahs of the state, Epo also submitted a memorandum to the Chief
Minister and appealed him to look into their problems.
Among others, Gaon Burah Association general secretary T Lombi, APLSA member secretary
and Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. Ashok Saraf and chairman of the District
Legal Services Authorities, Nani Grayu spoke on the occasion.
A host of dignitaries including Justice K. Meruno, Judge, Guwahati High Court, Itanagar
Permanent Bench-cum-Executive Chairman, APLSA, magistrates, police officers and Gaon
Burahs took part in the function.
Later, at a workshop on the “ Role of Legal Service Authority in access to Justice
and Juvenile Justice at Banquet hall, Itanagar, the team highlighted the roles
and objectives of LSA in providing justice to all and interacted with the members
of Juvenile Justice Board, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, MLAs senior
bureaucrats and NGOs.
Org accuses use of force as Tawang witnesses massive rally to protest mega power
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Save Mon Committee (SMC) spearheading the anti mega power projects
movement in Tawang claimed that the public of Mukto and Lumla constituencies were
forcefully prevented from joining an anti power project rally by the public leaders
of both the constituencies yesterday.
Yesterday hundreds of people turned up at Tawang to express their displeasure at
the coming up mega hydro projects in the area.
The public leaders of Lumla accompanied by their supporters blocked the road near
Kudung to prevent the public from spontaneous participation. The monks were beaten
up and video cameras and mobile phones destroyed, SMC said in a release.
On the other hand, the public of Mukto constituency were threatened of imposing heavy
fines if they attend the rally, the release alleged.
“This is a clear case of curtailment of freedom of speech and rights,” said SMC general
secretary Lobsang Gyatso.
“We vehemently condemn such act to suppress the people who are raising voice against
construction of power projects in Tawang,” Lobsang said while claiming that ‘Goonda
Raj’ was prevailing in Lumla and Mukto constituencies. He appealed to the central
government to look into serious matter.
Meanwhile, Lobsang informed that the protest rally was peaceful barring an incident
of stone pelting near NHPC office.
He said that all the public who joined the rally were united in opposing construction
of mega hydel projects in Tawang district.
“We already have so many small, mini and micro hydel projects in Tawang. But none
of them are functioning well. We request government to upgrade these existing hydro
power stations rather than destroy beautiful landscape and virgin flora and fauna
by proposing so many new projects,” the release said.
Reverend TG Rinpoche, Reverend Thektse Rinpoche, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, MLA
Tsewang Dhondup attended the meeting for a brief.
SFRI scientist to represent Arunachal at WBC
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) Scientist Rab Kara Taj would
represent the state in World Bamboo Congress (WBC) at Antwerp, Belgium organized
by World Bamboo Organization (WBO) from April 10 to 15.
After obtaining diploma in Bamboo cultivation, processing and production technologies,
machinery, tools and its administration from National Bamboo Research Center, Hanzou
(China) in 2003, he joined the Department of Environment & Forest as scientist in
A pioneer on bamboo and its development in South Asian region, particularly North
East India, Taj has so far trained thousands of people in bamboo development and
its technology in the state, national and international level under the support of
UNIDO, DC (H), NEC and National Bamboo Mission.
He has also recorded several new bamboo species from the region.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, Mizoram Industry Minister S Haito, Kerala
Planning Board member CP John and various representatives from various corporate
sectors manufacturing bamboo products would also participate in the six days programme.
Awareness camp on PMEGP
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board, Itanagar
in collaboration with the Centre for Management Studies, NERIST organized an awareness
camp on Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) at NERIST, Nirjuli
Addressing the participants, NERIST Director Prof. Dipankar Pal, said Gandhiji gave
a fatal blow without firing a shot to the British exploiters through initiation of
Khadi movement and compelled to leave India.
Stressing on the importance of setting up of micro-enterprises for a vibrant economy,
he said the PMEGP is one of the very important flagship Programmes of the Union Government.
He further said that NERIST has contributed numbers of trained manpower to the country
who can be put to service.
Khadi and Village Industries Board Chief Executive Officer Sukamal Deb said it is
the entrepreneurial societies who are the crucial force in transforming the nation
to a developed country.
He spoke on `Relevance of Khadi & Village Industries in pursuing Gandhian Model of
Socio Economic Development of AP.
Prof. Muralidhar of NERIST highlighted the long association of NERIST and the KVIB.
In his talk entitled Entrepreneurship Sensitization, Prof. Muralidhar said money
is not a barrier for starting an enterprise rather it is the entrepreneurial traits
that need to be developed to become a successful businessper-son.
He gave a detailed note on classification of various industries on the basis of investment
limits and other criteria in emphasizing the prominent role of micro-enterprise as
the entry point to an entrepreneurial career.
While speaking on the topic Promotion of Entrepreneurship Prof. BD. Nayak, Department
of HSS, NERIST said the process of industrialization is challenging but not impossible.
He briefed on the rapid industrial growth in East Asian Countries in recent times.
Later, an elaborate open-house discussion was also organized.
Anti-ultra operation launched along the border
RUKSIN, Apr 5: Security forces have launched a massive combing operation against
United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and National Democratic Front of Bodoland
(NDFB) militants at vulnerable forest and riverbank areas along Assam-Arunachal boundary.
Security measures have been intensified at Jonai sub-division bordering East Siang
district on the eve of ULFA’s raising day on April 7.
Assam police and army of 41 field regiment separately launched anti-insurgency operation
against the ultras along the border.
The police nabbed three NDFB (Ranjan) cadres from the area during the last week.
Quoting an intelligent input, a highly placed Assam police sources today said that
the ULFA may sneak into Jonai area through the border at East Siang and Dibang Valley
district of Arunachal from upper Assam district and carry out subversive activities
on or before the raising day. It is said that the ultras have been using the interstate
border as their temporary hideout.
“Our police force along with the Quick React Team (QRT) has been continuing operation
at vulnerable areas including Kobuchapori, Jampani, Mesaki chapori and border areas
at Dekapam and Simen chapori area under strict security surveillance”, said the sources.
Aaranyak at work at Namdapha
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: The first ever photographic evidence of the presence of tiger in
Namdapha Tiger Reserve was acquired by a Guwahati based scientific organization,
Aaranyak using the modern census technique.
The study was carried out in collaboration with the Arunachal Forest Department
under the Directorate of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve.
This is the first time that a tiger has been captured in a camera trap since attempts
were made early in 1996 by a Bangalore based Wildlife Conservation Society. Another
attempt in 2006 was made unsuccessfully by a Mysore based Nature Conservation Foundation
that used camera trapping method.
Aaranyak was then invited by the Namdapha Tiger Reserve Authority in January 2012
to conduct a camera trapping exercise using the standard protocol set by the National
Tiger Conservation Authority of India.
“Huge manpower was involved including Aara-nyak personnel and local communities
in the exercise to access rugged and difficult interior forest areas in the park,”
informed Dr Firoz Ahmed, Head of the Tiger Research and Conservation Initiative (TRCI)
of Aaranyak and also the recipient of Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award.
The exercise for camera trapping began on 3rd February and ended on 29th March 2012
covering about 300 sq km area of the western side of the park, part of the most suitable
tiger inhabiting area.
“As many as four base camps were established at Happy Valley, Hornbill, Farmbase
and Deban to place and monitor the 80 cameras that were installed in the park. Team
members of 3 to 35 were on foot march on trails, some of which were never explored
by the forest staff, to install cameras and monitor them at regular intervals. Three
jumbos were also pressed on service to port loads of supplies and resources for subsistence
in the forest,” said Dr Ahmed.
Besides working in harsh environment, the team also faced resistance from the hunters
camping in the park.
“On two occasions,” Dr Ahmed said, “The field teams were shot at by hunters from
the bushes in deep woods.”
JL Sing, Principal, Chief Conservator of the Forests (Wildlife and Biodiversity)
was part of one of the field team when a group of poacher shot at the entourage.
“The incident took place on 12 March at Bulbulia area. Singh was visiting the park
on foot to monitor the camera trapping exercise from 10-14 March 2012,” he said.
Recalling another incident of March 2, Dr Ahmed said, “A camera trapping team was
assaulted, equipments and data robbed and camps were vandalized at Farm Base by a
group of 12 armed people. On February 28, another four rounds were fired by suspected
poachers at a team consisting of Protection Force of the Tiger Reserve and members
of the Aaranyak.”
Though poachers managed to steal as many as 25 cameras, the team managed to get
photographs of an adult male tiger that was captured on 20th March 2012 from two
cameras inside the park.
“The location of the cameras that captured tiger is not being disclosed,” said Dr
Ahmed fearing that it could attract poachers to the area and elimination of the tiger
could be possible.
A herd of elephant was also spotted in the camera. These herds are reportedly visiting
the park after a long gap as the elephants in the park were killed by poachers or
the herds lost connectivity from nearby elephant habitats.
Because of rampant killing of tigers by poachers, Namdapha has been considered as
an ‘empty forest’ with no tiger inhabiting the park. Moreover, illegal settlement
in the core area has also led to increasing disturbances to the wildlife causing
The presence of tiger in the park was also earlier confirmed by Aaranyak in 2011
based on scat of tigers supplied by the Namdapha authority. The DNA from Scat was
analyzed in the state of the art laboratory of Aaranyak, which conducts Wildlife
genetics work and is the only one of the kind in North East India.
The Aaranyak’s Tiger Research and Conservation Initiative is funded by Panthera,
USA and the Namdapha Tiger Reserve is supported financially by the National Tiger
Conservation Authority of India.
Mini Marathon by CRPF
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: The 138 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) based at
Senkiview here organized a Mini Marathon race today as part of the ‘Valour Day’ to
be observed on April 9.
Youths and students from twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun and CRPF
personnel participated in the event where Takam Tani of Senkiview colony, Constable
(general duty) Satyam Konai of E/138 and Liga Tath of Senkiview colony finished first,
second and third respectively. Besides the winners, consolation prizes were also
given to five woman participants, who completed the marathon.
The Battalion has also proposed to organize a voluntary blood donation camp at Bn
headquarter campus here on April 7 on World Health Day with the help of Ramakrishna
Mission Hospital, Itanagar and a mass plantation programme in the campus on April
SSA teachers appeal
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association appealed
to the concerned authority to release the salary on monthly basis and prepare the
official paper works in advance for timely release of fund from the centre.
It also urged the SSA teachers to discharge their duty with utmost sincerity and
dedication to fulfill the mission.
The association expressed their gratitude to state government including, Education
Minister and State Project Director SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar for releasing their
salaries with arrears.
ITBP IG visits Arunachal
Itanagar, Apr 5: R K Saini, Inspector General, North East Frontier, ITBP, visited
SHQ (Itanagar) and its Forward Units from March 30 to April 3. During the visit he
reviewed the performance of border battalions, Internal Security Bn and the Additional
Training Center at Basar. He addressed the officers and men posted at those sub units
of the Force. He has also interacted with Sub Inspector (Probationers) of Arunachal
Ptadesh Armed Police who are undergoing familiarization training under ITBP at 20
Bn, Aalo. The IG also visited SHQ(Itanagar) and chaired a Conference of Sector officers
and Commandants of Itanagar Sector on April 3.
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Upper Nyapin Youth Welfare Association has apealed to the state
government to direct the ADC to return to his posting place at Nyapin who is allegedly
out of station since last nine months.
Highlighting the grievances of public of Nyapin area, the Association said presently
Circle Officer of Phassang is looking after the administrative work of Nyapin ADC
Hq which is a tough job for a CO to pay heed to the grievances of people of Nyapin,
Phassang and Sangram circles. It particularly appealed the local MLA to look into
the matter at the earliest.
IAF Marshal at Tezpur
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Marshal of the IAF, Arjan Singh DFC, was on a two days visit to
Air Force Station Tezpur which started on 4 April. He is on a visit of Air Force
bases in the North-east.
During his visit he addressed and interacted with the personnel of the Air Force
Station and motivated them to work towards improving the operational potential of
the IAF. The Marshal fondly remembered his flying days in the North-East and appreciated
the rapid improvements being made to the combat assets and infrastructure in the
Youth Congress meeting at Yingkiong
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Youth Congress Committee of 34th Tuting-Yingkiong assembly constituency,
Upper Siang District unit conducted its mass meeting at Yingkiong recently and discussed
on policies and functions of Youth Congress to strengthen the party activities in
Addressing the gathering, senior Congress leader Tadum Libang and 34th Tuting-Yingkiong
constituency Youth Congress president Apang Jongkey urged the youth Congress members
to maintain party discipline and work hard for uplift of the party image.
They also advised the members to properly monitor the centrally sponsored schemes
to ensure successful implementation of the schemes and check misuse of development
Executive members from DCC Upper Siang District and BCC of 34th Tuting-Yingkiong
assembly constituency also attended the meeting.
‘Declare ADO written test result’
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Arunachal Agriculture Students’ Welfare Association appealed to
the APPSC to immediately declare the results of Agriculture Development Officer (ADO)
written test examination.
Expressing displeasure over the delay in declaration of results, it said, despite
the the candidates for the written test are very less than other competitive examinations,
the authority is taking more than two months to declare the result.
Students concerned at illegal mining
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) demanded the State
Geology & Mining Department to deploy sufficient Mining Guards to check mass illegal
mining activities undertaken by the construction agencies of Trans-Arunachal Highway
& NF- Railway in Papum Pare.
The Union informed that government has notified only six sites in the district for
mining. But shortage of Mineral Guards, private local quarry owner claimants and
lack of cooperation from the administrations has stopped the department from effective
monitoring of the illegal mining activities in the district and as well as in the
state which has resulted into non achievement of the annual target revenue of the
department. It further said that executing agencies are felling trees without prior
clearance from concern authority; instead the department is obtaining approval from
the private land holders/quarry owners of the district.
Illegal mining activities in the river banks of Poma, Dikorong, Mani, Karsinga, Nirjuli,
Pachin, Yupia and other river banks without obtaining permit from the Geology & Mining
Department is a matter of serious concern and it is appropriate to term the illegal
mining activities as mass plundering of the natural resources of the district, the
APPDSU urged the Chief Minister to directly intervene into the matter and demanded
immediate deployment of Mineral Guards in the concern government notified areas of
the district to check mass illegal mining activities. It said that such activities
might aggravate the danger of flood water diverting in the human settlement areas
and destruct the agri-horticultural land.
The department concerned and district administration need to initiate necessary action
to avoid man-made destruction in the area, the students union added.
Contractors demand their dues
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: The Contractors for construction of road from Yazali to Mengio under
RIDF XIV and Jop to Silsango under NLCPR, in a representation, have appealed to the
PWD Minister to direct the authority concerned to release the outstanding dues of
the genuine contractors.
The Contractors Welfare Committee (CWC) of the above mentioned roads, claimed that
though the Letter of Credits (LOCs) against both the schemes have already been released,
no payment was made to the genuine contractors/public till today.
The representation, in the meantime, informed the PWD Minister that the then Executive
Engineer of Yazali PWD division had reportedly assured to release all the outstanding
bills of the genuine contractors by April 25. According to then EE, CWC said, the
fund/LOC allocated against the two road schemes have already been placed in Part-V
account at SBI, Ziro branch.
CWC said that the construction works of road from Yazali to Mengio under RIDF XIV
and Jop to Silsango under NLCPR were duly awarded to the villagers of nearby areas
by then EE with a direction to complete the works within the stipulated time. Accordingly,
the villagers completed the construction works. But they are still running from pillar
to post for the last three years to get their bills released.
Arunachalee boy makes mark in Natl tennis arena
PASIGHAT, Apr 5: Budding tennis player Mingki Talom won the Junior National Tennis
Championship held in Kolkata recently fulfilling his dream of making a mark in the
National tennis arena.
The Pasighat boy Talom also secured runners-up position in the National Level Tennis
Championship (Jr. group), organized by All India Tennis Association in collaboration
with International Tennis Federation at Ludhiana recently.
Dr. T Talom, father of Mingki informed that his son will be proceeding to USA for
further training on June next.
It is a matter of immense pleasure and encouragement that an Arunachalee boy has
achieved success in a sport like tennis which is hardly played in the state. Meanwhile,
the East Siang District Tennis Association was formed recently with an objective
to promote and groom young talents. DIPRO
Fire at Pania
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Three houses along with two granaries and two motorcycles were completely
gutted in a major fire accident at new Pania under Yachuli ADC headquarters on April
Meanwhile, CO Pistana Murnya Kakki rushed to the spot for verification.
Bam recovering well
ITANAGAR, Apr 5: Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, who underwent a major surgery for brain
tumour in New Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences, is convalescing
in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital, according to his son Toni Bam.
“He is very much stable and recovering fast after a successful surgery by Dr SS Kale
Monday last, Toni informed.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and MP Takam Sanjoy have joined the people of the state
in praying the almighty for speedy recovery of Bam, an UT cadre IAS officer of 1977
The “Life Sustaining Spring - II” was a timely piece. But what caught my attention
was far from the serious issue of nature and sustainability of life. It was gross
injustice to tempt the drought ridden citizen with a water Tank! That too with spring
water dropping into the vehicle. We citizen wait for the arrival of water laden tank
with so much uncertainty.
These mechanical beauties are so sought after these days. Whenever, it is spotted
near our locality, everyone rush towards it. Like a drop of spilt honey attracting
bees. Many might be rigorously following the regimen even in their dreams. After
all it brings succour to the thirsty public only once a week. Complaining seem passe
or risky these days. So endure till humanly possible.
A Thirsty Citizen
Need of Dream Bhawan in South India
In this present era of science and technology every parent wants to provide the best
possible education to thier children. They try their level best to impart better
and quality education, by sending their wards out of the state and abroad to pursue
the careers they crave for.
It is seen that in recent times the southern India, especially the states of Tamil
Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala have turned into the new educational hub for the Arunachalis.
Thousands of Arunachali students are pursuing various courses in government and private
institutions. These students often face innumerable difficulties during their early
days in these unknown states.
As the number of students residing in these areas is increasing day by day, we are
in a need of a proper guiding and protective authority for the welfare of the students
residing there. In case of any emergency situation, the student community needs to
be provided with necessary help and directions. I feel an Arunachal Bhawan, with
a student support committee, is the answer to all these problems. It could act as
a guide for the new students in these regions. During situations like the recent
Bangalore incident, where the student community is struck with grief and fear, the
students can be provided necessary protection and help.
Besides these, the students studying in these states mostly miss out their tradition,
culture and festivals.
They can reconnect with their identity by regrouping and celebrating their festivals
and let the local communities have a glimpse of our Arunachal. During admission season
it will protect the students and their guardians from exploitation by the local communities
and also provide ample opportunities of enrollment of our students in better colleges
in terms of private institutions. The Bhawan can also be used as a counseling institution
during the high times of admission. It is also seen that in many institutions, most
students are allotted very little period of holiday between two sessions. The students
don’t have enough days to return home and so they are stuck in a real dilemma. With
the hostels closed down and nowhere to go, they are in the worst of the situations.
If the Dream Bhawan is constructed, it could provide a safe, homely and economic
shelter for the needy students.
Many people from Arunachal go to CMC Vellore for medical treatment due to its reasonable
cost and excellent medical services.
But lots of unnecessary amount is expended as accommodation charges by the ignorant
Arunachali patients. The Arunachal bhawan could be a boon for these patients. The
need for an Arunachal Bhawan in the southern India has now become a necessity for
us. According to records, this demand has been dated since years. During the reign
of Dorjee Khandu, the government had allotted a plot of land, 3km away from Vellore
CMC but with the seasonal change of the government, no further development has been
The helpless student community still seems to be wailing at the deaf authorities
I optimistically hope that the present government understands the need of the hour
and takes action as soon as possible to retain a secure and healthy environment for
the young Students residing there.
Save us from rich beggars
I would like to warn all the people of Arunachal to be aware of beggars who begs
in the name of youth.
To support my statement, let me narrate one true story that I witnessed.
Recently, I was standing in front of one shop at Bank Tinali and suddenly one well
dressed guy came near me and demanded that I put one 10/- rupees note in the paper
bag he was holding.
When I inquired the purpose of asking money from me, he politely said that money
was being collected so that they could purchase gift items to welcome a minister
to a programe!
Good save Arunachal from these beggars who beg to welcome VIPs.
An Eye witness
Baseless allegation by a civilized citizen
“An open letter to the CM” appeared in the Reader’s Forum of Arunachal Times on April
4 written by one Athupa Mano, BADP Contractor, Etalin in which he alleged that executing
agency misappropriated public money by arbitrarily deducting 30% from contractor’s
I, being a team member of the executing agency would like to clarify that the scheme
was sanctioned for Rs. 3.00 lacs last year.
The erection work amounting to Rs.25336/- was issued by name to Athupa Mano and Supply
Order amounting to Rs.1, 84,671/- was issued in favour of the same contractor through
M/s Awa traders so as to avoid Audit objection and the remaining was issued to the
proprietor of the firm and accordingly payments were made by the Executive Engineer
(E) Roing in March 2012 after receipt of the fund from the D.C. Anini vide his letter
No. DB/Cash-1/2011-12/04 dated 03/02/2012. Necessary deduction of Vat and other taxes
were made in the office of the D.C. Anini itself as per the norms of the government.
God knows whether it is his ignorance or he is acting at the behest of someone else;
by claiming that the work was awarded to him by Zilla Chairperson.
The Zilla Chairperson has no authority to award any Govt. contract work. It is the
prerogative of the executing agency to decide who to award the works.
From the above cited facts it is quite clear that the question of deducting 30% does
not arise at all. This sort of allegation is nothing but just a desperate attempt
to tarnish the good image of some team members of the executing agency out of ill-will.
Such baseless allegation without an iota of truth and reality was never expected
from a so called civilized citizen of Etalin as the contractor believes himself to
After these clarifications, if anybody has any more doubt, they may come forward
for physical verification.
AE (E), Anini
I am writing this letter from the future. The year is 2030 and our twin township
of Itanagar and Naharlagun are becoming to look more and more like the Grand Canyon.
The landscape is no longer lush and green. The mountains have become barren and as
far as the eye can see, what used to be a haven for greenery, have turned red. Like
the African soil too much blood has spilled from the mountains. The land has been
bled dry by forest fires because men won’t leave nature alone. Men declared war on
nature a few years ago. Now nature is fighting back.
It all began in the turn of the century. As we ushered in a new millennium we began
to look forward and saw endless possibilities. We began to envision new ideas and
prospects. We were confident and headstrong in our resolve. We were ready to take
on the world. And we did.
We now have wider roads, better medical facilities and even a Pizza Hut! The infrastructure
has improved ten folds since the beginning of the century. A new international airport
has opened up connecting most of South-east Asia to our state. There are more than
five ATMs now. Restaurants serve actual Chinese food and Momo’s are called dim sums
now to add a more international feel. Travelling to Guwahati has become hassle free
because no one makes demands to bring back a bucket of KFC for them since we have
our own outlet. We now have malls (yes “malls” not “shopping complexes”) bringing
the best brands to us.
There are a few cons to all this infrastructural development. The sunrise and the
sunsets aren’t as beautiful as they used to be. Flooding and landslides occur on
a more regular basis caused by the soil erosion, which in turn were triggered by
the forest fires. Also, due to fires, the air has become polluted and unbreathable
so we now walk around with gas masks on all the time. We look like Dart Vader from
the Star Wars movies. It’s inconvenient to talk to anyone outdoors with the face
mask on and next to impossible to hear anyone on the cell phones. Traffic mishaps
have become a regular occurrence due to the presence of smog everywhere and lung
diseases have become a common ailment among adults and children. All these factors
are also causing chronic depression among the people, yours truly included. Thank
goodness we now have broadband in Itanagar. Broadband!
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Autism in India
India is home to about 10 million people with autism and the disability has shown
an increase over the last few years. According to statistics by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every 88 children today is born with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) against a ratio of one in 110 few years back.
According to CDC, autistic people are a group of people with developmental disabilities
characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication and by restricted,
repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. The disease is found to be four
times more prevalent in males than females.
In India these symptoms are usually ignored by parents and are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed
by many medical professionals, which is the reason for the higher numbers in the
Surveys predict that children born to older parents or those born prematurely are
at a slightly higher risk of developing ASD. In some cases it has also been found
that harmful drugs taken by the mother during pregnancy exposes the child to this
disability. But scientist and researchers are still attempting to recognise the main
genetic cause of this disorder.
Even as the law provide for facilities of transport, vocational education, banking,
housing and other benefits for people and children living with autism, they face
harassment, end up becoming the laughing stock of the society and are often discriminated.
Health experts believe that since the first signs usually appear before a child
is three years old, early detection of this incurable disease can help a child lead
his full potential.