The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
LYVA condemns road blockade
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Likabali Youth Volunteer Association (LYVA) has condemned the act
of road blockade on Akajan-Likabali-Bame defense road by Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva
Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) in protest against holding of Malini Mela.
Describing the road blockade as unfortunate and uncalled for, LYVA, in a release,
claimed that the place where Malini Mela is celebrated is not a disputed land as
claimed by AJYCP. “It is an attempt by some organization to vitiate the peaceful
and congenial atmosphere prevailing along the inter-state boundary, especially in
Likabali and Silapathar area,” the release alleged.
The Malini Mela has been celebrated in the same place since 1964 by then NEFA and
present administration of Arunachal Pradesh. This stand has been amply corroborated
by the recent Gauhati High Court judgment in which it has directed the authorities
of Assam not to obstruct the holding of the ‘mela’, the release added.
Slow Loris rescued
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: A Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang) an endangered animal listed in
Schedule-I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 alongwith 2-month-old infant has been
rescued from the paddy field at Dollungmukh area of Lower Subansiri district by a
villager of Dollungmukh.
Rescuer Nido Talin has handed over the primate to the Curator of Biological Park
here for treatment and rehabilitation, informed Park Curator Raya Flago.
The example set by the villager by rescuing an endangered animal despite being an
illiterate person will go a long way in creating awareness among people on the need
to conserve wildlife, the Curator of the Park said in a release.
Three-day training concludes
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: A three-day intensive prophetic training organized by Christian
Revival Church, Naharlagun under the banner of APCRCC has successfully concluded
at CRC, Naharlagun on April 20 last. The main theme of the training was “Let all
things be done decently and in order”.
Attending the inaugural programme as special guest APCRCC president Tarh Kama exhorted
the trainees to avail the opportunity and become a good citizen in the society.
Earlier, in his keynote speech, CRC, Naharlagun general secretary and coordinator
of programme Tad Akin elaborated on the main aims and objectives of the training.
The three-day programme was concluded with the mass thanks giving prayer.
Orientation training for Farmers Club
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: An orientation cum training programme for newly formed Pada Farmers
Club was conducted at Mai village Under Yaculi circle by KVK Lower Subansiri on April
Subject Matter Specialist Hage Manty explained the farmers about aims and objective
and proper functioning of farmers club and their linkages with banks.
SMS (Agronomy) Yowa Nunu also trained the farmers about green manures and its application
in wetland rice.
Maize and vegetables seeds were also distributed.
Altogether 36 farmers participated during the programme.
Society refutes charges
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Bagang Welfare Society Capital Complex today refuted the charges
leveled against one Kogam Bagang for his alleged attempt to burn alive the Tali
PWD executive engineer at Zir. It said Bagang actually tried to kill himself by pouring
petrol over his body before the Executive Engineer and others after knowing that
his name was left out from the contractors' list for payment.
The Society said that Bagang had to face financial problem after he had completed
the construction works of 4 culverts at Pip-Sorang road. While other contractors
were being paid for their works, only Bagang was left out from the list, it added.
It further said "after award of 4 culverts on November 2009, Kogam Bagang borrowed
an amount of Rs. 7 lakhs from others @ 10% per month with hope to refund within the
financial year. But of his no fault, he has to paid off an amount of Rs. 17.50 lakhs
to the borrower by selling his allotted land at Itanagar on 2012 leaving another
4.56 thousand as debt to be paid within this year."
Meanwhile, the organization has condemned all who had denounced the act of Kogam
Bagang without knowing the "facts leading to the incident". Further, it requested
the state govt to constitute a high level committee for investigating the alleged
financial misappropriation involved in Pip-Sorang road project.
Mara visits fire victims
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Punji Mara visited the fire
victims of Menga yesterday and donated Rs One Lakh to the affected families as immediate
relief, informed Janu Nekam, Nayam and Negia Welfare Association of Menga.
While interacting with the victims, Mara suggested them to take utmost care while
handling fire. Claiming that electric short-circuit has been one of the major causes
of fire in the district, he advised people to seek help of electrician or experienced
during electrification and installation of electrical equipment. He also urged the
department concerned to provide relief assistance to the victims for their quick
According to the association, five houses were gutted along with properties worth
lakhs of rupees including domestic animals. However, there was no human casualty,
the release informed.
280 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Govt seeks RBI support to boost rubber cultivation in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today pleaded the Rubber Board of India
(RBI) to extend technical and financial support to give a new thrust to rubber cultivation
in the state. Chief Minister was addressing the awareness workshop on rubber cultivation
at SIRD conference hall today. The workshop was jointly organized by the Department
of Trade and Commerce, GoAP, Rubber Board of India (RBI) and agro gramin United (agun),
Terming the workshop as historic beginning in the field of rubber cultivation, Chief
Minister said that rubber could change the life of rural masses in the state.
Stressing the need of collaborative approach, the Chief Minister hoped that rubber
cultivation will play a significant role in achieving the state Govt’s five-year
job generation target of one lakh. “Though we are little late, but we have to take
rubber cultivation in bigger way for the benefit of rural people, particularly the
unemployed youths,” the Chief Minister said. “Only during the previous financial
year, my government decided to make all out efforts and take up rubber cultivation
seriously under a mission mode project (MMP) as we have picture-perfect climate condition
and vast stretches of land made just for it. Besides making best use of our resources
in this way, we would also be uplifting the economic condition of the people of the
state,” he added.
Emphasizing the need of selection of genuine beneficiaries under rubber cultivation
schemes, the Chief Minister also observed that rubber can be a good alternative
source of income for the people who are reportedly involved in opium cultivation
in some districts. Rubber cultivation will not only change the life, but it will
also help reduce the opium menace, he observed.
Earlier, Rubber Board of India chairperson Sheela Thomas in her addressed disclosed
the ambitious plan to boost rubber cultivation in North Eastern region including
Currently, out of the total potential area of 25,000 hectares of land, rubber is
planted only in 2,540 hectares of land in Arunachal Pradesh and the state so far
produced only 195 MT of rubber, she informed. Thomas further said East Siang, West
Siang, Papum Pare, East Kameng, Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley and Tirap have been
identified as potential areas for rubber cultivation. Highlighting the RBI development
programme for the North East state, the chairperson further disclosed RBI assistance
to the rubber farmers such as plantation subsidy – Rs 30,000 (six installments),
boundary protection - Rs. 5,000/12,500 (Bamboo / Barbed wire), irrigation - Rs. 3,000
(One installment), restocking - Rs. 20,000 (Six installment) and Revitalization
Rs. 13,500 (Three installment).
Rubber is planted in 1.28 lakh hectares of land in North East, including 64,480 hectares
in Tripura and 38,090 hectares in Assam.
Chief Secretary H K Paliwal in his address said that rubber cultivation will go
a long way in replacing jhum cultivation in the state. He expressed his hope that
with the support of central Govt the state will achieve the target under rubber
cultivation within the next five years.
Rubber cultivation will not only provide employment opportunities, it will pave the
way for rubber industry in the state, Paliwal said.
Agriculture Minister Setong Sena in his brief speech, highlighted the initiatives
of the Govt to boost rubber cultivation in the state.
Finance Minister Chowna Mein said that the Planning department has already accorded
top priority to agriculture sector including rubber cultivation in Arunachal. Emphasizing
the need of strict monitoring for proper implementation of rubber scheme and selection
of beneficiaries, he said the state would take up rubber in mission mode project
in next five years and achieve the target.
Agro gramin united chairman Likha Maj delivered vote of thanks.
Sheela Thomas was accompanied by rubber production commissioner Dr J Thomas, additional
RPC MN Gopinath, project coordinator Dr D Choudhury, deputy RPC PC Goswami and ADO
BK Borthakur in the workshop.
Besides the progressive rubber growers of the state, MLA Nang Sati Mein, commissioners,
the PCCF, senior officers of RBI, HoDs, rubber growers, officers of Trade & Commerce
department including director Tokong Perting were present on the occasion.
Protest in PTC against shifting of trainees
Personnel have no choice but to go:PHQ
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: All is not well with the Police Training Centre (PTC) Banderdewa,
as hundreds of recruited constable personnel both IRBn and APPBn from East Kameng
and Longding district today lodged its strong protest against the authority’s decision
to shift them to Dergaon PTC in Assam.
Sources from PTC Banderdewa informed that recruited constable personnel from both
districts are anguished with the authority’s decision to shift them even they are
on training since last 12 days from 9th April.
“If we are to be shifted to Dergaon, why didn’t the authority mention in calling
letter,” questioned a personnel. “In our calling letter it is clearly mentioned we
would be undergoing training here at Banderdewa PTC,” he added angrily.
Sources also disclosed that reason for protesting is that as many personnel reportedly
did not have pocket money for mess fee in PTC Dergaon. “I don’t have single penny
for another mess fee at Dergaon PTC,” said other personnel. This correspondent is
being informed that there is chaos like situation among the personnel while managing
the amount for mess-fee.
However when contacted, sources from police headquarter (PHQ) said that recruited
constable personnel have to go, saying that authority has no choice but to shift
them to PTC Dergaon. PHQ also clarified that PTC Banderdewa has only intake capacity
of 450 personnel at a time, whereas currently there are more than six hundreds personnel
in the PTC. “We have limited seats and it is virtually impossible to accommodate
more than six hundreds personnel at a time” said officer from PHQ over the telephone.
Further it also said that delay in shifting was due to delayed respond from Assam
DMEO appeals for strict adherence to model code of conduct
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Deputy Commissioner cum DMEO Capital Complex Sanjay Goel urged
all the political parties to strictly abide by the ‘Model Code of Conduct’ for free
and fair conduct of Municipal election.
The DC cum DMEO, in a meeting with the representatives of all political parties for
smooth conduct of Municipal Election 2013 at conference hall of Director of Urban
Development here today briefed all about the procedure and formalities of election,
the Model Code of Conduct and informed the dates of respective events.
He requested them to avoid slaughtering of mithun and other domesticated animals
during the period of enforcement of election Model Code of Conduct. He also warned
them against misuse of Government vehicles for campaigning and restrained the use
of loudspeakers from 6 am to 9 pm. He further restricted all from organizing rally/
procession etc within a radius of 100m from Raj Bhawan, CM’s Bunglow, Banquet Hall,
DC Office and SP Office, Legislative Assembly.
He also informed that State Election Commission (SEC) has declared the two days prior
to end of the poll as ‘Dry days’ along with May 21 being counting day. Special Observer
Dr. SS Bedi, Principal Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, said that since
the officers are bound by law and political parties by moral, both should work together
to ensure smooth conduct of election. She said that any person whoever is found to
be involved in bogus voting will be dealt strongly as per the law.
Kameng Ringu, President PPA, Kahfa Bengia, President NCP were some of the representatives
of various political parties who put forward their grievances and suggestion which
was welcomed by the Observer and the DC assured to take up the issue with the state
election commission so that it could be taken care of in the next elections.
He also asked them to contact the ROs and AMROs in case of any uncertainty.
APCC General Secretary TC Tok also shared his views.
Capital SP assured to provide all out support concerning security during the election.
The Municipal election, which is going to be held for the first time in Capital Complex,
has a total of 30 wards which have been divided into 55 polling stations.
The date of polling would be held on May 16 and counting will be held on May 21.
The last date for filling nomination is on April 23.
The representatives of the Political Parties were issued kit containing documents,
including Model Code of Conduct, list of polling stations, copy of polling- station
wise electoral roll, other instruction/ advisories of SEC etc.
Observer Sanjay Kumar Saxena, Secretary, Power, Observer R.K Singh, Additional PCCF,
Surendra Kumar, IPS, SP City, Bokar Basar, RO, Sibo Passing, RO, A.C Baruah, MERO,
other officers along with representatives of various political parties were present
in the meeting. DIPR
Congress, BJP tighten belt for Panchayat poll in Pasighat West
RUKSIN, Apr 21: With Panchayat Election day fast approaching, the ruling Congress
party and opposition Baharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have tightened their belts to
fight election in Pasighat-West (Ruksin) constituency.
The Block Congress Committee (BCC) of Ruksin today opened a temporary election office
at Ruksin town for smooth conduct of the activities related to panchayat election.
The general secretary (Admn) of BCC Ojing Panyang informed that the Congress is fielding
candidates for all Gram, Anchal and ZPM posts under the block. As such, former Ruksin
ZPM Tonggeng Panyang is again allotted party ticket to contest in the same block,
while Nei Taloh and Tajing Taki are given ZPM ticket to fight in Bilat and Sille-Oyan
anchal blocks respectively.
Like the ruling Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too is preparing itself
for contesting the panchayat election in all the posts/seats. The saffron party has
a strong base in Ruksin Mandal as their party MLA is representing Pasighat-West constituency.
Moreover, BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao is a native of Ruksin block.
The BJP mandal committee was recently reconstituted with Tamat Jonnom as its president
and other 14 executives. The party has already constituted Block, Sub-block and Village-
Level election committees for smooth conduct of the election activities. Its mandal
level office is running at Ruksin village.
Ruksin block/mandal comprises three Zilla Parishad, 35 Anchal and 150 Gram Panchayat
seats spreading in its three circles. Both the ruling and opposition parties are
taking infrastructure development of the rural areas as their main poll plank.
Poi Sangken observed with traditional fervour
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Theravada Buddhist Society with great funfare and enthusiasm
observed and celebrated the Poi-Sangken here at Theravada Monastery, Itanagar.
Devotees from all walks of life attended the festival. Poi-Sangken is mainly observed
after completion of 3-day celebration of traditional Water Festival-Sangken to commemorate
the beginning of New Year and to seek blessing from elders and for thanksgiving to
Triple Gems -- the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha-- to bless, protect all human
beings from all evil as well as to keep them happy and tranquil and free from all
suffering in the new days to come. Delivering his discourse, Venerable Gyanavomsa
Mahathra, Bhikkhu of Guwahati Buddha Monastery said that meditation is a means of
transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage
and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the
true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn
the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate
new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing,
focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of
mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding
Further speaking, he said that there are many things in life that are beyond our
control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind
– and to change them for the better. According to Buddhism this is the most important
thing we can do, and Buddhism teaches that it is the only real antidote to our own
personal sorrows and to the anxieties, fears, hatreds, and general confusions that
beset the human condition.
To understand the higher realms described in Buddhism that comprise the worlds of
pure form and the formless worlds can only be understood by those who undergo special
training in meditation, he added.
Venerable Gyanavomsa Mahathra besides speaking on the importance of Buddhist meditation
also spoke on attainment of Nibbana (Nirvana) and water being essential part not
only for the celebration of Water Festival Sangken but also in most of life form.
Head Monk of Theravada Buddhist Monastery Itanagar, Venerable Ratnadeepa was also
present during the celebration.
The celebration ended with a community feast while engaging in day-long fun by splashing
water on friends and passersby. (Contributed by Chow Bilaseng Namchoom).
Petitioner dismayed as APIC delaying return of hearing
PASIGHAT, Apr 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC), which is allegedly
failing to deliver justice to the appellants concerned now caught on defiant to High
Court’s order regarding dispose off appeal cases on merit. The High Court (HC), in
the judgment order of the writ petition (C) No-238 (AP) of 2012 Lenzing Pertin-Vs-
state of Arunachal Pradesh passed on March 3,2013 ordered the APIC to dispose the
appeal case on merit. But, the APIC is delaying return of the case, which is causing
a great deal of dissatisfaction to the petitioner. The case, in fact, was against
violation of Right to Information Act, 2005 by a PIO of state Public Works Department
and non-compliance of APIC for disposal of an appeal case. The aggrieved petitioner
finally moved in Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court, challenged APIC
for dismissal of an appeal case without giving him chance to attend the hearing.
Stating that the APIC was violating his fundamental right enshrined by the Constitution
of India, he prayed to the High Court (HC) to quash the APIC impugned order and to
direct the APIC for fresh hearing.
The HC after perusing all records and materials related to this case came to know
that the Chief Information Commissioner acted illegally. The appeal was dismissed
by APIC on February 15, 2012 when the petitioner was not present before the commission.
Thus, the HC directed the APIC for fresh hearing on March 20, 2013 without fail.
The APIC, on compliance of the HC order conducted the hearing on March 20 last, wherein
the respondents failed to attend before the commission. The commission decided to
return hearing of the appeal case within first week of April (current month). According
to the petitioner, the APIC assured him to return the hearing during first week of
this month, but it has not done it even after passage of a month.
It may be recalled that the APIC, in pretext of the Supreme Court’s order in Write
Petition (C) No.210 of 2012 Namit Sharma Vs- Union of India, is keeping a lot of
APIC cases in abeyance and consequently, a lot of RTI activists like Lenzing Pertin
are being debarred from getting official information under provisions of RTI act.
“The inaction/dysfunction of APIC is indirectly encouraging the corrupt officials
to misappropriate public money that they are now quite reluctant to furnish any financial
information”, Pertin lamented.
Huge round of applause to Vivekananda Yuva Shakti
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to extend sincere thanks
to this NGO (Vivekananda Yuva Shakti) regarding their help in the form of Blood Donation
towards me. I was admitted in R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar and I was in dire need
of around eight units of blood. I could hardly manage 3 units from my friends and
family member. One hospital staff told me about this organization and asked me to
contact a person named Ramesh Jeke from Daporijo whom I never knew. When I contacted
the person, he expressed the willingness of the organization to help at the time
of need which has moved my heart. This reminded me of what Vivekananda said, "service
to man is service to God."
I want to appeal all the well-wishers, intellectuals etc. to come forward and encourage
this organization so that this NGO will serve more needy persons in days to come.
I also want to appeal this NGO to keep on doing service they have taken up for the
welfare of humankind. My special thanks goes to Ramesh Jeke and his team (Vivekananda
Tawa Kocho Tallang
Seppa, East Kameng
Deprived from franchise
It is very unfortunate to say that most of the students those who are pursuing for
B.Ed/M.Ed or other professional courses are deprived from their Franchise because
as per norms and guidelines of the above given courses examination are conducted
on the month of May in which the election poll is schedule to be held on 16th May
Parliament has made a law to ensure free and fair elections and comprehensive system
under the 61st Amendment Act 1988 amends Art. 326 by substituting the words 18 years
for 21 years but now this rule of Law are going to be curtailed.
Therefore, my appeal to State Election Commission (SEC) is that the date for the
forthcoming Panchayati Raj election's be re-scheduled so that every bonafide citizen
can exercise his/her franchise to contribute electing the candidates who are worthy
of the post for the progress/prosperity of the State.
Tater Dugi Tamin
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of
the authorities concerned of the department of Tax and Excise towards the declaration
of written test result for the post of constable. Almost seven months have passed
since the day the written test was conducted and yet the results are to be declared.
In addition to that, if I am not wrong, the written test was answered in an O.M.R
sheet which would hardly take a week to evaluate the answer sheet. So, I see no reason
in delaying the results for such a long time.
Therefore, I would like to request the authorities to declare the result at the earliest
E- Sector, Itanagar.
A good sign
I feel much delighted for certain things that are taking form in our state. On 19th
of this month, there was an article from Taba Ajum (Why poor should ....). It is
a good quality article. And on 20th, a letter of appreciation from Philip Jerang
regarding the article was published. These are good signs for our orphan state.
One may fail to read the sign that is evident from what I cited in preceding line
if he/she reads it without much thinking. But, little thinking, while reading, revealed
a self- explaining pictures. What are the pictures? The first picture is Taba Ajum's
articles. The information in the articles are of real quality what our people must
be provided. The information hold the key to change the direction of a society,(negative
or positive). Its shape the thinking of a society & where informations are fact
& of good quality, one like, T Ajum's society can hope for better things. Qualitative
informations are essentially important for positive things to happen.
The 2nd picture is Philip Jerang's interest. Person inner being is best reflected
in nature of person’s interest. Unlike, the most of todays youth, who are celebrities
crazy or glamour world crazy, he is showing a keen interest in real issues that concern
the health of our state/society. This evident from his various letters wrote in
local daily of our state. Future of society is bright when interest of youth of a
society is at real issues.
In the last, I can say "the picture of Arunachal is not completely a dark".
They are so desperate …
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention
of the DC Itanagar and State Election Commission that some aspirants in the ensuing
Municipal election (of the xyz political party) are so confident with their winning
chances that they are hanging their party banners and flags, sticking their pamphlet
and poster in every nook and corner of their respective ward that too before filing
the nomination of their candidature and violating model code of conduct of Election
Commission of India. They are so desperate and over ambitious that I have to remind
them as a citizen that they are not allowed to do so until the scrutiny result is
out. "No hard feeling." My remarks are in general not related to any individual.
4-year plan to fight poverty
The World Bank has come out with a multi-billion dollar four-year plan aimed at bringing
down poverty levels in seven low-income Indian states.
The states are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan,
and Uttar Pradesh where majority of India's poor live.
World Bank's Country Partnership Strategy for India proposing a lending programme
of 3 billion US dollars to 5 billion US dollars each year over the next four years
was discussed by its Board of Executive Directors.
The proposal was announced for the first time by the World Bank President recently.
Taking cue from the priorities set by the government of India's 12 Five-Year Plan,
the strategy looks at sustaining high economic growth as a critical factor for lifting
millions out of poverty in a nation that has the largest number of poor people globally.
Several factors like population density, ecological conditions and the availability
of irrigation and transport account for some of the differences among India's states
and even within them. Among the other conditions affecting the poor people in rural
India are gender, literacy, land ownership, employment status.