ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Arunachal Pradesh won 16 more medals, including a gold, 5 silver
and 10 bronze, on the third day of the 27th North East Games in Imphal, Manipur,
The gold medal was won by WK Devi in weightlifting. She lifted a total of 137 kg
(snatch 62+ Clean and Jerk 75 kg) in women’s 75 kg category, according to information
received here today.
Anuing Wangsu, who became the first Arunachalee to win any medal in track and field
event in NE Games by finishing third in 5000 mt race in Mizoram last year, again
bagged bronze in the same event today. She took 20 minutes and 40 seconds to cover
With addition of 16 more medals to its kitty, Arunachal’s medal tally rose to four
gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze.
Taring Yania won a bronze in badminton women singles as she lost in semifinals.
Yania pairing with Pinky Karki also lost in the semifinal in badminton women’s doubles.
The losers of both the semifinalists are awarded bronze medals.
However, Wushu players have won majority of the medals today. They contributed four
silver and two bronze medals to team’s medal tally.
Kalyani Bosumotary (66kg), Amina Khujur (48kg), Bhaigorani (56 kg) and Simsiri won
a silver medal in Wushu Women’s category in Pomsie while Tai Yamak (45kg) bagged
a bronze. Ganesh Das also won a bronze in Men’s 48 kg category in Pomsie.
Judokas won a silver and three bronze medals.
While Anjali Sagro bagged a silver in women’s 44kg category Possen Pangkhu (30kg),
Echalu Tega (40kg) and Yami Mara (57kg) won a bronze medal each.
In Boxing, Doi Taipodia had to settle for the bronze after he lost his semifinal
Good and bad side of ‘March ending’
Every year during the financial year end March month, various government officers
face heat of the hooligans and contractors. While some contractors genuinely seek
payment for the investment made by them in various developmental projects, there
are hooligans who try to extort engineers and head of departments to issue them fake
bill. Situation has gone from bad to worse in recent years.
Innumerable threats issued to HODs demanding money and an attempt on the life of
engineer recently made headline in various local dailies. Such acts show desperation
on the part of youth to earn easy money without doing any hard work. Now the question
is who are to be blamed for this easy money culture? Many seniors have shown the
way for the younger ones to emulate. The central government pumps huge money into
Arunachal for various developmental works. However most of the developmental works
is only in paper with ground reality telling us some other story. In the past many
citizens in cohesion with corrupt officers earned huge money from these projects.
Some became over night ‘crore pati’ thanks to such corrupt practices. These people
used muscle and money power to earn enormous fortune. Many of them later went on
to become MLAs and ministers. They have shown the way and now youths want to take
similar path to attain success in life.
Today there are thousands of union, association, organization, committee etc which
claim to be fighting for the cause of ordinary citizen. Most of the youths are leader
of these groups. While some of them may genuinely want to do something for society,
majority only speaks for themselves. These groups only raise those issues which is
dear to them. For example if any department does not heed to the ‘appeal’ of these
group seeking help, next day they will file an RTI or issue press release making
all sort of allegations against that department. Such act raises question marks over
motive of these associations and unions. In the process public tend to be suspicious
of even those groups who are honestly working for the society. Media houses are quite
often used by these groups for their personal interest. Year ago once few member
of a particular union came to my office with an allegation laded press release against
an officer along with RTI documents. The leader of the union told me, “Sir, please
humko help karo. Hum log corruption ka against fight karna hain and isleye yeh RTI
documents be laya hain (Sir, please help us to fight against corruption and therefore
we brought RTI documents too).” I felt quite good to see young citizen fighting against
corruption. However to the utter surprise of all, the boys called me around 10 PM
and asked me to drop the news. “Sir kuch misunderstanding ho gaya tha officer ke
saath. Now everything has got clear and tomorrow I will come to your office to collect
those RTI documents,” the leader of union told me. I was lost for words and wonder
how within few hours they changed their stand.
Coming back to March ending phobia, it is seen that month of March is the best time
for media houses of state. I say this because during the month of March majority
of associations, unions and organizations are busy troubling government officers.
In such situation they have no time to raise issues and therefore they hardly make
round of media houses. “Wish March month never ends,” quipped a journalist friend
of mine. March ending does have brighter side too!
Verification process of Electoral Rolls suspended
NAHARLAGUN, Apr 10: In view of thousands of new applications pouring in the office
of Municipal Electoral Registration Officer (MERO) for inclusion of their names in
the municipal electoral roll and various complaints being received from various
persons and associations against the inclusion of the name of such new claimants,
the Itanagar Municipal Electoral Registration Officer (MERO), AC Baruah, in an order,
under the powers granted to him under Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Election Act and
Rules, has decided to suspend the verification process of all such applications for
inclusion of names in municipal electoral roll received after 15th March, 2013 and
the said applications will now be disposed of after the ensuing municipal election
process is over.
The election for Itanagar Municipality are likely to be held some-time in May, next,
the notification of which is likely to be issued on April 16.
As per the directions of the State Election Commission, the process of ward-wise
preparation of the electoral roll was initiated from February 2 to March 3, 2013.
The updated final electoral roll of assembly (as updated on 15tn January, 2013) was
used as a draft electoral roll for inviting claims and objection for preparation
of the fresh municipal electoral roll.
The final roll for the Municipal Election, after disposal of claims and objections
was published on March 15, 2013. It is evident from above that sufficient opportunities
have been given to the eligible voters to include their name firstly in the assembly
roll as updated on January 15, 2013, (which was used as the draft roll for ward-wise
municipal electoral roll).
It is mandatory that proper scrutiny of all such individual cases have to be done
including personal hearing of the claimants, site inspection by the election officials,
etc before disposal of such applications in order to ensure defect-free and fair
municipal electoral roll, he reasoned in his order. DIPR
NESO fights for NE students’ cause over DU’s MIL
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Miffed with the Delhi University (DU)’s move in making Hindi a
compulsory subject in Major Indian Languages (MIL), North East Students’ Organization
(NESO) on Monday lodged its protest saying the move by the mainland varsity had denied
the rights of north-east students. In a representation submitted to Dr. M. Pallam
Raju Human Resource Minister in charge, NESO strongly stated that decision of the
DU is totally unacceptable as it deprives the indigenous students from the region
who are to study in the university. In its strong worded letter to the union minister
which made available to this daily, through its chief coordinator Pritam Waii, the
apex students organization said that if the latest decision is allowed to be implemented
it can be construed as an act of discrimination towards the peoples of the north-eastern
region. Further organization alleged the DU decision as conspiracy to keep the north-east
students away from availing the opportunity in the prestigious university. While
drawing the minister’s attention, it added that India itself is a multi-lingual state
as there are many different languages and dialects belonging to different communities
spoken across the India.
To impose one particular language is not practicable, NESO said firmly. NESO chief
coordinator Pritam Waii on behalf its organization also deeply mourned at the demise
of Takam Sharmila who died on tragic road mishap between Shillong and Guwahati and
Chow Tan Manpoong the first engineering graduate person of the state who passed away
on Tuesday here.
Meanwhile sources from Delhi informed that the hundreds of students from the north-east
region today staged dharna in front of Delhi University in protesting against the
DU decision to implement Hindi as compulsory subject in Major Indian Languages (MIL).
The protestors thronged at university gate and numbers of protesters reportedly swelled
into hundreds and shouting against the authority to not to implement the latest move,
saying that it would deprived hundreds of students from north-east region as many
states in the region have their own state board where Hindi is not taught.
Laeta Umbrey joins PPA
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: In a significant political development when aspirants are merging
into the ‘safe’ Congress, the lone remaining Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Laeta Umbrey
has joined Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA). The move was made after the TMC president
Toko Sheetal resigned from her post and the party was consequently dissolved yesterday.
Disclosing this in a press conference at Press Club this evening, chairman, PPA working
committee, Kameng Ringu hoped that with this significant move, more and more people
will join the regional party.
“I saw the greener pasture that I have been looking for in PPA which is why I am
here,” reasoned Umbrey.
While putting forward the idea of an indigenous party like PPA, Umbrey said, “When
people at the centre don’t have any idea about what Arunachal is; how people’s aspiration
can be fulfilled by them? It is the very reason why Arunachal is still deprived of
developmental activities according to its need.”
“Why do we even have to go there and convince them about our needs?” he questioned
while explaining that a regional party reads people’s mind and works accordingly.
“The example can be seen clearly in Mizoram and Sikkim where Congress has never been
in control and yet they are counted among the developed states while Arunachal with
Congress as its government as long as one remembers has never been able to reach
there,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PPA during its 36th foundation day today has urged the state government
to protect proper utilization of coal mining in the state, to check proper implementation
of centrally sponsored schemes, to pay 13 moths salary to ANM/GNM nurses and to declare
Arunachal a dry state.
Also resolving to protect proper implementation of hydro power project in the state,
working president PPA Nikh Kamin said that many MOU’s for the power projects have
only been signed but the practicality implementation of the projects is yet to be
“Even the DPR have not been maintained and the survey has also not been done,” Kamin
Also asking for a while paper for the financial status of the state government, Kamin
said, “If as claimed by the finance minister Chowna Mein that the financial status
of the state is stable then the state government must come out with a white paper
regarding the same.”
Further demanding for a white paper on the law and order problem in the state, Kamin
said, “Every other day, when the chief minister claims that the law and situation
problem has improved, something happens the very next moment. Then how can he say
the situation is improving.”
Graduation from traditional farming to a tea estate owner
Taba Taro an orphan and a middle school dropped out had no other dreams but went
on to toil the soil and witnessed the hard reality of life. He had made an arduous
journey and experienced trial and turbulence of life. He was born to Taba Teri and
Chukhu Yopu, in late fifties in a total traditional village called Posa under present
Kebi Anchal area and later grew-up at Jop. He had seen the door of school for first
time in 1965 at Yazali lower primary school. He successfully passed class III final
in Assamese Medium and had the privilege to join school at district headquarter Ziro
and studied up-to middle school. During his young days, he learnt and equipped in
him the art of doing all traditional things ranging from household works , community
services, art of making hunting materials from his paternal uncle late Taba Bida
and became an expert hunter.
The village life hardly opened up any visible avenue even for part time labour works
since developmental activities were not in the picture. The economic conditions compelled
him to look for other options. The source available left to the people was only travel
to Assam to sell local products in local hats or to do certain jungle clearance work.
The area with stiff hills and deep narrow gorge in upper range offered very limited
wet rice cultivation. The geographical adversity forced him to venture upon to the
area where lands were available for right kind of cultivation.
During a school vacation, he somehow landed at Jumi village at left bank of river
Panyor near Kimin with the information that certain crash programme were going-on
in the area. Initially, he looked for a petty labour works there but the land adorned
him and beholds his dream for farming. He all alone started clearing a plot and had
sown paddy seeds that yielded him a bumper harvest. His happiness on first fruit
made him to feel blessed by god and fulfilled his dream. To store the corn, it required
proper winnowing and job was an uphill task for a male. He looked around at “aghast
“and true Hindi film scene favoured him. He approached to a girl for job and then
Miss Kin Yakha came to his rescue and later on became his life partner. An orphan
single man started life with her company. He did not look back and furthered his
horizon by expanding his Agri & Horti activities.
In social and political front, he gained much popularity and became Anchal Samiti
Member of the area and served his people for consecutively 25 years to his fullest
capacity. Initially he got the company of Dukhum Teji who became Zilla Parishad Member
and duo had immensely contributed in developing the area and made a considerable
stride in the developmental arena.
Now, he had realized to realign his relations with original relatives and looked
to complete the unfinished settlement that his parents had left due to untimely departure
for heavenly abode. He could purchased many live stocks and restarted relations
with his maternal uncle Chukhu clan and entered into second marriage with Chukhu
Yekhi daughter of Chukhu Kuli Head gaon bura of Kebi village. In fact , she would
have been his first wife but circumstances changed the situation and life opened
with the former and success begun with the lady with luck.
Taba Taro is now a proud father of 5 sons and 4 daughters ; 3 sons from his first
wife and 2 from second and all 4 daughters are from his first wife . He has two
residences, one at Kimin and another a Jumi respectively beside a farm house at tea
estate. He is also the owner of 10 acres of tea garden that gives him most needed
income for his family. The garden that he has developed is entirely at his own efforts
whether it is of physical or financial aspect. The hard work seemed to have reduced
his physical strength but the spirit of the man is still high and mentally he is
strong enough to lead his physical power to carry on his works undeterred by other
forces. He himself has mastered the art method of seedling, period of germination,
transplantation , medication etc. He has gained vital knowledge and experience with
physical involvement of technical aspect of developing nursery and plantation.
Technically, he has achieved the knowledge on tea plantation with private patronisation
from Small Tea Grower Association of Assam ( STGAoA) . The organisation has taken
the responsibility of marketing aspect of the grower. He has also received part time
training sponsored by the organisation. The Association has encouraged him and technical
input is provided to him from time to time it. The Diju tea estate Manager is also
giving minimum external guidance and use to receive the green tea leaves on cash
payment that reduces the burden of marketing. The traditional farmer has vastly graduated
to tea estate owner and received overwhelm external moral boost to plan him to convert
his vast WRC fields into a tea garden in near future.
Now, Taba Taro has no regret about life but wish to expand his field of chosen activities.
He sometime says that if wasteful 25 years of public service were put into in this
field, today he would have been a different personality. However, he credits his
experiences as social worker in public life that guided him to push forward in the
work. It is said that the tea leaves from his garden are sold like hot cake in neighbouring
Assam and is considered golden among tea producing farmers in the area.
Though the gardening is at micro level, but considering the annual progress, it is
expected that he would convert it to a macro status and it may not be a distant dream
once own Processing Plant is started. The farmer initially looked for other fields
of cultivation but he somehow landed in tea growing job which has been a blessing
in disguise now he has realized. So far, what he has achieved is absolutely on his
merit of sincerity and determination. The success of sale and demand has greatly
encouraged him to go for expansion of tea gardening. The tea plantations for now
is on profit motive but a passion to guard his inner urge to do something special
on which his parents were not aware of.
The mission will go on with hope that his children will able to carry on the half
done work and adopt tea gardening as art or profession. The tea grower feels that
more than half of the life has been spent in public service, which legacy his wife
had also been involved for a term as ASM. Prior to tea gardening he had developed
wet rice cultivation fields, good number of fish ponds, horticultural activities
including cardamom and orange etc. His wife has taken up sericulture and producing
Erri chador from the Erri seeds and doing well in the production. All the activities
are being incorporated under a registered Co-Operative Societies namely Gutu – Gora
Co-Operative Society and his activities will certainly gain multi dimensional progress.
In eight years of being involved in tea plantation, he is yet to receive any sort
of guidance or moral support from the own government or from the tea board of Arunachal
Real democracy hijacked in Arunachal: BJP
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The real democracy in Arunachal Pradesh has been hijacked by the
state government of Arunachal Pradesh by not fulfilling the constitutional mandate
and the provisions specified under the PR Act, alleged state BJP.
Taking serious note on non-devolution of power and responsibilities to the PRIs in
Arunachal Pradesh, Party President Tai Tagak, who along with National BJP General
Secretary Tapir Gao, former MP Kiren Rijiju and party Treasurer Bai Gadi discussed
in details with BJP central leadership on Panchayati Raj status in Arunachal Pradesh
in New Delhi today, alleged ‘complete discrimination and non-functioning’ of Gram
Sabhas/Gram Panchayats in the state throughout the state.
“The party has taken a decision to impress upon the state government of Arunachal
Pradesh to take urgent decision to devolve full power to Panchayati Raj Institutions
before the notification of PR election schedule.
The holding of real power of the grassroots level elected bodies in the hand of the
MLAs and executive is against the very spirit of the Constitution of India,” the
“We urge and demand the ruling Congress Government in the state to make an urgent
decision to devolve all the powers and responsibilities – 3Fs to the PRIs before
the formal notification,” the releae said. It also questioned the state government
that as to why it did not devolve powers to the PRIs in the last two complete terms.
NSEF demands stringent punishment to the culprits
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Condemning the life threatening attempt on EE, PWD, Tali division
Nich Tedir on March 30 last by a group of people at his camp office at Ziro, the
Nyishi Service Engineers’ Forum (NSEF) has demanded stringent punishment to the alleged
accused Kogam Bagang and his accomplices.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, government of Arunachal Pradesh, it
stated that the punishment to the culprits will give a sense of security to all the
Appreciating Lower Subansiri district administration for its promptness in arresting
the accused urged to book the culprits under non-bailable section.
The case, with non-bailable sections, should be preceded for immediate conviction
and in no case the bail should be granted to the accused, NSEF appealed.
If the accused is not given stringent punishment, it will only encourage the criminals
a license to commit such offences in future too which will dampen the morale of engineering
profession in the state.
Suggesting establishment of a special designated fast track court in Capital Complex
for trial of all such offences occurring in different parts of the state, it said
it would ensure in the timely trial and conviction to allay apprehension of the common
man as adage goes “Justice delayed is justice denied.”
NSEF further asked the state government to provide security through practical arrangement
to the engineers, especially the DDO’s office during the fag end of the financial
year as a preventive measure.
Dr Hahnemann’s birthday celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: North East Homeopathic Medical College, Itanagar celebrated the
258th birth anniversary of Dr Hahnemann, father of homeopathy, in a befitting manner
at college auditorium today. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was a German physician
and best known for creating a system of alternative medicine called homeopathy.
Attending the programme, Arunachal Pradesh Building & other Construction Workers
Welfare Board (APB & OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam said that homeopathy can play pivotal
role in treating the people of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and entre North East
in general. Lauding the people who were involved in establishment of the homeopathic
medical college in Arunachal Pradesh, he called upon the students to work hard and
help the needy people of region.
Stating that the Arunachal Pradesh is endowed with huge medicinal plants, Sonam exhorted
the students and faculty of college to make use of such resources for the benefit
of people. Further, he called upon the students to be well mannered towards their
fellow students who are coming from various parts of North East to study in the college.
Dr BVS Murty, Deputy Director (AYUSH), Director of Health Services appreciated the
performance of homeopathic college and assured to extend every possible help from
the department. He suggested the students to work hard and improve their knowledge
in the field homeopathy.
Principal In-charge, Dr Pankaj Das gave a detailed overview on college and its functioning
since its establishment in 2001. He also highlighted on the challenges being faced
by the college.
Earlier, in his welcome address College Students’ Union general secretary, Akar Koje
threw light on the life of Dr Hahnemann and also shared his experience in the college.
The day-long programme was marked with various colourful cultural presentations by
the students besides giving away of prizes to the winners of quiz competition organized
on the occasion.
Discard petty political differences: CM
TORU (SAGALEE), Apr 10: For Chief Minister Nabam Tuki the latest development witnessed
today can be best stated as a massive political advantage gained, especially with
panchayat elections round the corner.
Tad Tana, who has been the political rival of Tuki since long from Sagalee Assembly
constituency and had contested against him in the last Assembly elections on an NCP
ticket, has joined INC along with supporters in a gala ceremony at Toru today.
Tuki welcomed the joining of Tana in the Congress fold and assured that he would
continue to work for his Assembly constituency and the state as its Chief Minister.
He appealed all to discard petty political differences and work together for overall
welfare and development of the society.
“There’s no point nurturing differences on party platforms. Congress is the only
party that can provide a stable and pro-people government in the Center as well as
in the state. So let’s join hands to make it stronger,” he said in his address to
a huge gathering.
Tana, in his speech, hailed Tuki as one of the best Chief Ministers, who has shown
his mettle as a people’s leader in a short span of two years.
“I have realized that there is no point to put up an electoral fight against Tuki
as both of us are working to achieve the same target, which is development of our
constituency and the state,” he said.
He also expressed confidence on the people-friendly policies adopted by the state
government and observed that there was not a single drawback to cite in Tuki’s leadership.
Therefore, he reasoned, joining hands and making him (Tuki) stronger was the best
thing to do.
Tana made a fervent appeal to people of Sagalee constituency to support Congress
and make the party victorious in all the forthcoming elections – panchayat, parliamentary
More than 50 leaders and members of NCP from Sagalee, Mengio, Parang and Toru Blocks
and the district unit, in a signed statement, joined INC along with Tana during the
RSS concludes Training camp at Yazali
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: “One must know his past in order to progress ahead in the future.
The key to success lies on study and analysis of our ancient history, certainly never
by rejecting or denouncing it, said Bengia Tolum, president Nyishi Elite Society.
He was addressing the concluding day function of the week-long initial training camp
organized by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Abotani Academy, Yazali yesterday.
Drawing a parallel to the Narendra Modi’s recent FICCI speech, Tolum said, while
throwing a stone ahead to target, one has to take his hand back to gather strength.
In a society like Arunachal Pradesh with rich cultural tradition, the people must
uphold their root and civilizational glories which will help the state progress ahead,
he strongly emphasized. According to Tolum, the RSS gives the message of loving ones
glorious heritage in order to make a strong and developed India.
The NES President was at his oratorial based while speaking to the massive crowd.
He asked the raptly attentive audience to love the Motherland that is India. One’s
Mother and Motherland is a fixed concept which cannot be divorced nor changed as
per wishes. Tolum quoted the famous saying of Sri Ram from Ramayana that Mother and
Motherland are superior to heaven even. The Nyishi way of life and the Vedic way
of life have many things in common as far as respect to soil and value of life are
concerned, he said.
The RSS Arunachal Pradesh State Secretary, Nido Sakter, delivered the basic philosophy
by RSS, that is, Discipline, Patriotism and simple living. The RSS Divisional Secretary
and Govt. College Yachuli, Dr. Techi Upen Tara and Chairman ITC Organising Committee
Taba Nepa also advised the audience to lead this Patriotic Movement ahead.
The seven days initial training camp (ITC) was attended by students from Lower Subansiri,
Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare districts.
The ITC meant for the overall personality development of students, focused on the
physical and intellectual growth of the participants.
A long and disciplined foot march with the tune of Band throughout the Yazali Township
marked the conclusion of the week-long programme.
TWS conducts Social Service at Dist Hospital, Tezu
TEZU, Apr 10 : A social service was conducted by Tayang Welfare Association (TWA)
at District Hospital, Tezu today.
About hundred volunteers of TWA representing the two districts of Lohit and Anjaw
assembled at District Hospital premises in the morning to re-affirm the maxim that
"Cleanliness is next to Godliness".
With an undaunted zeal to maintain cleanliness in the Hospital, the volunteers of
TWA braved the rain to clean the grass and garbage in the hospital compound, evoking
appreciation from the Hospital Authorities.
The district hospital provided hand gloves and masks to the TWS members for undertaking
the cleanliness drive in the hospital premises.
Later, the senior members of TWS distributed fruits and sweets to the indoor patients
in the district hospital.
Tayang Welfare Association is a registered NGO formed with an objective of Socio-cultural
and economic upliftment of the society based at Tezu.
Cash reward stands
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
Pongtu Festival Greetings
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh,
particularly the Tutsa community on the auspicious occasion of Pongtu festival.
In his festival message, the Governor expressed his hope that the festival, which
heralds coming of New Year for the Tutsa Tribe, will usher in peace, good health,
and bumper harvest.
May Almighty Rangkathok shower his choicest blessings for communal harmony, prosperity
and happiness in the society, the Governor wished.
In his festival message, Tuki stated that the New Year festival of the community
will bring peace, prosperity and goodwill to the people of the state.
Election code of Conduct issued
NAHRALAGUN, Apr 10: The State Election Commission has issued the model code of conduct
for political parties, contesting candidates, Govt. departments, PSUs and Government/
PSU employees for the ensuing elections to the Municipality and Panchayati Raj
slated for May 16 next.
The code shall, however, be effective only from the date of issuance of the election
The code has an important section banning slaughter of Mithun and other domestic
animals during the process of election.
“All such slaughters shall be prohibited by the District Magistrate during the period
the model code of conduct is in force excepting under exceptional circumstances which
shall include any religious or marriage ceremonies for which written permission shall
be obtained from the concerned District Magistrate. DIPR
Apang mourns death of Manpoong
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang today expressed deep shock at
the untimely and sudden demise of Chow Tan Manpoong, the first engineering graduate
of Arunachal Pradesh, who died at Naharlagun yesterday.
In a condolence message, Apang said late Manpoong could become the first engineer
of the state due to his hard work and dedication.
“I had known him from close quarters and I have found him to be very intelligent
and a person of high integrity. His death is not only an irreparable loss to the
members of his family but also to the entire state. With his death a void has been
created which will be very hard to fill in,” the message read adding that his foray
into politics in later period of life was an ample example of his leadership quality
and his dedication towards development of the state.
At this hours of grief no words are sufficient to express one's feeling, Apang said.
On behalf of his entire family members and on his own behalf, Apang conveyes heartfelt
condolences to the bereaved members and pray to the Almighty to give enough moral
strength to bear the irreparable loss. He also prayed to Donyi-Polo for eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Organization blames govt on law and order problem
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO)
today blamed the state government for breaking down of law and order in the state
particularly in the capital complex. In a release APATCYO claimed though the statement
government claimed law and order situation improved in the state, the stark reality
is quite contrast. It further said that wrong policies and financial mismanagement
are the cause for unlawful activities.
Talo conferred ‘Best Citizens of India Award
ZIRO, Apr 10: Taru Talo, presently serving as Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri
district, has been conferred recently with the prestigious award “The Best Citizens
of India Award, 2013” by the International Publishing House, world’s most leading
The award has been conferred on him in recognition of his exceptional calibre and
outstanding performance in his chosen area of activity. (From Yachang Tacho)
Five seats each for ZPMs and ACs reserved
PASIGHAT, Apr 10: Lottery was drawn to sort out seats from where women candidates
will contest in Panchayat elections for Zilla Parishad and Anchal Chairperson in
East Siang district.
As per draw, Boleng, Mongu Banggo, Bilat, Riga and Bosing-II seats will be reserved
for women candidates and Nari-Seren, Ruksin, Rebo and Bosing-I Anchal Chaiperson
seats for women candidates.
The lottery was conducted by ADC (i/c) N Kumar, who is also District Panchayat Development
Officer, in presence of senior administrative officers and members of various political
APCC condoles Manpoong demise
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee today deeply mourned at
sudden demise of Chow Tan Manpoong the first engineering graduate from the state,
who died on Tuesday. In its condolence message to the bereaved family members, Pradesh
Congress termed the late Manpoong death as an irreparable loss to society and the
state as whole.
Release pending bill: AAPYO
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) today appealed
to the state finance minister to release the pending bill, claiming that the government
has halted the transaction exceeding Rs five lakh. It urged the minister to release
the bill at public interest.
Club lodges complain against Tata Sumo service
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Don Youth Club has registered its protest against the Tata Sumo
service which ply from Daporijo to Itanagar claiming that reckless and irresponsible
attitude of driver had led tragic road accident. In a representation to district
administration the club alleged that none of the sumo owner and representative from
Tata Sumo Association came for help after the accident occurred between Puchigeko
and Gami village which led two persons killed.
Mopin celebrated at Gensi, Likabali
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Mopin – the festival of Galo community was celebrated with pomp
and gaiety at Gensi on April 5. The dignitaries present on the occasion included
M P Takam Sanjoy and MLA Bamang Felix. Jomde Kena, Deputy Speaker, Arunachal Legislative
Assembly played the role of perfect host on behalf of the Mopin Festival Celebration
Addressing a mammoth gathering at General ground on the occasion, Sanjoy announced
for sanctioning of Rs. 20 Lacs for construction of a playground at Gensi and Rs.
5 lacs for construction of Donyi Polo Dere at Gensi from his MPLAD Fund.
Further, MP assured to take up the peoples' demand for up-gradation of Gensi Secondary
School to Higher Secondary level with Chief Minister immediately. While greeting
the people on the auspicious occasion, Sanjoy also wished the benevolent god shower
blessings for bumper harvest and blessing to the people to live with harmony and
In his speech, Kena highlighted the pro-people policy of the Nabam Tuki led Government.
Jomde Kena also participated in the Mopin celebration at Likabali on April 6. In
his address, Kena emphasizing on the need of maintaining peace and tranquility
in boundary area.
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) state unit has condoled
the demise of Talu Nalo, student of LLB final year of Arunachal Law Academy, who
passed away on April 9 last.
Praying for the eternal peace of the departed soul, it further prayed to the almighty
to give enough strength to the bereaved family members.
CoSAAP Peace Rally at Khonsa
KHONSA, Apr 10: All sections of government employees of Tirap district organized
Peace Rally at Khonsa at 8 am onwards from Khonsa Bazar bus stand to DC’s office
The Peace Rally was against atrocities such as, physical assault, kidnapping, murder,
life threatening, extortion notices etc meted out to govt employees in different
parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Hundreds of government employees whole heartedly participated in the Rally. The Rally
concluded with briefings about the rally by the Secretary CoSAAP Tirap Unit Namchai
With the rest of the State, the Lower Subansiri district unit of CoSAAP also staged
peaceful dharna in the office complex of DC yesteray.
A larger number of Govt Employees took part in the dharna organised by CoSAAP district
unit protesting physical attack on officers and officials and intimidation to govt.
Seminar on population based cancer registry prog
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: A sensitization workshop cum seminar on population based cancer
registry was organized at District Hospital Khonsa today.
It was attended by peripheral Medical Officers and paramedical staff of Tirap District.
Addressing the participants, DMO Dr K. Perme informed that the main aim of the National
Cancer Registry Programme launched in 1982 was to generate reliable data on the magnitude
and pattern of cancer prevailing in the area.
Dr.T Ering, Principal Investigator cum Senior Pathologist PBCR Govt Hospital, Pasighat
which covers six district of eastern Arunachal gave a PowerPoint presentation on
the annual report of 2011. According to the data available, he informed that incidence
of cancer was highest in East Siang district whereas erstwhile undivided Tirap in
spite of having more population than East Siang was having negligible incidence which
could be due to under reporting. He requested all the periphery medical officers
to provide quality reporting.
Dr. O Moyong, Senior Eye specialist General Hospital,Pasighat spoke on the Epidemiology,
Pathophysiology and treatment of Ocular Tumor (Eye Cancer) while Dr.N Borang, DRCHO
Khonsa, Maloti Tamin, Programmer and Chapiak Lowang Social Investigator, PBCR Pasighat
highlighted on the risk factor of cancer and gave an overview of population Based
Cancer Registry in India.
The participants expressed their views on better and timely reporting on cancer registry.
German Consul General calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: German Consul General, Kolkata Rainer Schmiedchen called on Governor
of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhawan, Itanagar yesterday
and discussed various matters of mutual interest and avenues for mutual benefits,
including power and tourism sectors.
The Governor emphasized on scope for exchange programmes for students and study tours
for officials and entrepreneurs, especially in the field of tourism and horticulture
The Consul General was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Annette Schmiedchen.
Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg was also present in the meeting.
Nyali Ete’s book released
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Lee’s (mis)adventures in NERIST – a book written by Nyali Ete was
released at a simple but impressive function held at Hotel Arun Subansiri today.
Noted writer and Sahitya Academy Awardee Y D Thongchi, Joint director of Higher and
Technical Education Dr Tejum Padu, Deputy Conservation of Forest (industries) T Gapak
and former APPSC member M Ete were the dignitaries who released the book in presence
of intellectuals, upcoming writers, students and well-wishers.
Speaking on the occasion, Y D Thongchi called upon the young generation to take keen
interest in developing habit of writing. Arunachal is a treasure house which is
yet unexplored, Thongchi said and suggested that youths should write to expose the
rich culture and tradition of various tribes in the form of literature to outside
In his address, Dr Padu also emphasized the need of taking up writing not only as
a passion but with a motive to enrich the literary world of the state.
Among others, writer of the book Nyali Ete and M Ete also spoke on the occasion.
Nyali Ete is an Indian Forest Officer, presently working under Anjaw Forest division.
He’s a post graduate in forestry with specialization in Economics and Management
from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
Published by Gomar Foundation, the book is available in all the book stalls in the
PASIGHAT, Apr 10: Pasighat police seized more than one kg Ganja (Cannabis), about
5 kg Ganja seeds, Tiranga (gutkha) and illegal IMFL from private shops located in
High-Region and JNC market areas during two separate raids. Police sources informed
that three persons have been arrested so far in this connection and the case has
been forwarded to the judicial authority for further action.
Sub Inspector Buker informed that Women Adi Baane Kebang (WABK) has been organizing
anti tobacco and anti-drugs awareness campaigns in district for last few months and
it was a part of their search operations.
East Siang SP Pushpendra Kumar, who is currently at state capital to attend urgent
election related meeting, congratulated the WABK President Aini Taloh and her teams
and also the police team for their successful operations and action.
Kumar asserted that police would continue to deal such issues head on with the help
and support from the people.
The SP in his message to the Pasighatians said ‘This latest seizure underlines the
determination of my officers to stamp out drug-dealing within our communities. I
want to reassure the people of Pasighat that we will act on any information provided”.
Death of Manpoong: Condolences pour in
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The rank and file of Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) have condoled the death of CT Manpoong here today.
Manpoong, the first engineering graduate from the state, died yesterday following
a cardiac arrest.
He served the state as Executive Engineer in RWD. He joined BJP in 1986 and became
the party’s first state president.
Manpoong unsuccessfully contested in the state assembly polls twice on BJP ticket.
Despite losing lections, Manpong contributed immensely in socio-economic field in
the state. Later, he joined Arunachal Congress.
The state BJP leaders, including MLA Tamiyo Taga, State BJP Mahila Morcha President
Padmeswari Jamoh, State BJP Vice President Tayek Goi, Katan Kamboh, former minister
Lichi Legi and office bearers of various frontal wings (morchas) attended the condolence
meeting and prayed to almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace. The party also
conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family to cope with the tragedy.
Arunachal Padesh Welfare Society (APWS) has expressed shock and grief over sudden
and untimely demise of Chow Tan Manpoong and prayed to almighty for his eternal peace.
BSNL restores mobile service in Wakro
WAKRO, Apr 10: In a delightful turn of events, totally unanticipated, the people
of Wakro were surprised to find full signal strength shining bright on their mobile
screens. They could not recall the last time they witnessed such a miracle on their
phones. These people were the hapless loyal customers of BSNL who still refused to
let go of their connections in-spite of the poor signal and connectivity issues that
plagued the area for a long time now. Some people had lost hope and had completely
switched to other service providers while others had started maintaining two connections.
People in rural Wakro had almost completely lost their confidence in BSNL. But now
once again, calls and messages from their BSNL phones resumed their lightning speed.
All the credit to this happy ending goes to Dakto Riba, the Extra Assistant Commissioner
of Wakro who had decided to take up the matter with the BSNL authorities. It was
reported that with the tireless efforts of the EAC, the tower that had remained shut
for almost four years due to land dispute was restored for public service. He is
a shining example of how officers who serve in the general administration can bring
a lot of change in the society by their positive attitude and willingness to render
Riba, however, conveyed his appreciation and gratitude to Dilip Siram, AGM with the
BSNL, who according to him, was equally prompt to respond and render assistance in
the mobile tower issue and its restoration to the public. The EAC also guided the
consumers to pay their bills timely and settle outstanding bills so that the service
providers can render better service, according to a release.
269 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
That I am yet to receive the meritorious award for CBSE class XII result as promised
by the State Government during the year 2010-11. Through your esteemed daily I would
like to question the concerned authority “What actually have happened"? After the
declaration of our CBSE class XII results, I had been asked thrice to submit my bank
account number and the required documents by the school authority. Whether it was
some sort of excuse for them to say 'my documents were lacking or something' as the
reason behind why I had been asked for the same. It's been almost two years now and
still a smell of it is not even to be found! Where have the promised amount and the
laptop gone? Are the concerned authorities trying to extract out a penny or two from
it, or was it a bogus promise from the State Government?
Moti Bagh, New Delhi
What happened to SI recruitment process?
I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority of Arunachal Pradesh Police
Department about the recruitment of sub- inspector (civil police/IRBN/Telecom) advertised
vide No. PHQ/PER-29/2011 Dated 07-12-2012 in various local dailies.
The aspiring candidates for recruitment have been informed about the postponing of
written test via advertisement in 08-01-2013, (Adv. no. PHQ/PER-71/2012). Three months
have passed but we are waiting for the new date of the examination to be declared.
We are keeping patience no doubt, but my question is how long we have to keep patience?
I on behalf of the entire aspiring candidate would like to request the concerned
authority to please look into the matter and provide us the best solution as soon
A welcome step
Arunachal Citizen’s Right (ACR) welcomes and appreciates the seminar on ‘Need to
Develop Critical Infrastructure in Border Areas of Arunachal Pradesh’ organized by
Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force on 9th April 2013 at Siddartha Hall.
At the same time taking into account a wholesome dimension of the developmental discourse
and considering the meaningful participation of the peoples of Arunachal Pradesh,
this very seminar manifests necessity of a review. The occasion is clearly limited
forum restricted only for certain government machineries only. The entire picture
of the seminar looks like concentrating around the authorities and agents of military
and police; the concept and thrust is not derived from people centric development.
In fact, owing to existing international geopolitical circumstances and other strategic
conditions the Government of India may be compelled to such limited kind of program,
and that it is militaristic in nature. However, ACR views that the times have changed
and it is best in the interest of India more particularly for the people of Arunachal
that these militaristic views be slowly be transformed into a collaborative work
with local population. Also it is delighted that government of India has realized
the misdeed they committed in past in the name of national security.
Having said that it will be meaningful and rightful effort in case there is inclusion
of wider and deeper level of participation in the process. The absence of various
fundamental stake holders and community concerned are evident in the effort. If there
is extension of participation to the civil societies, nongovernmental organizations,
village representatives, students, youths and women, political personalities, academicians,
civil administrators, etc. it will be truly democratic in not only bringing development
in the border area but also help include border people in defence of the land.
We are still very affirmative and hopeful that such extension and inclusion will
be considered in the next round of the program in near future, and that government
will demonstrate commitment and sincerity in proving that it is not merely of the
lip service and face saving. ACR also sees the need of redesigning the overall government
policy of development in such frontier state.
On the other hand, this seminar is good in the sense that it reminds the media and
general public of prolong inability of the government to undertake the proper and
adequate developmental activities in the border area due to various nature of limitations
and practical difficulties. About 700 villages which are scattered around the border
lives along the international border lines which covers a lengthy geographical area
of 1680 kilometers. The Arunachalees living in these parts of the country are not
able to have accesses to the basic facilities of health, education, transport and
communication, power and economy for the last few decades mainly due to national
ACR believes that the indigenous peoples oriented development of critical infrastructure
is really needed and those undertakings will be appreciated by all.
India lacks prime ministerial candidate
This is in response to Poonam I Kaushish's article "Comparing chalk to cheese” published
today in your daily.
The contrasts between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi have been discussed in the article.
But there exists two similarities also. Firstly, the media is zealously focussing
Modi and Gandhi for the post of Prime Ministership of India and secondly the fact
remains that if any one of them manages to attain the prestigious chair, it would
not show Indian democracy in a glorifying light.
Narendra Modi might have a scored a hat-trick in the Assembly elections, but does
it hide the fact that Gujarat ranked 13th among the major Indian states in State
Hunger Index and "boasts" of 47 percent of underweight and malnourished children
in its midst? Inspite of the trumpet of "prosperous" Gujarat, the state plays host
to innumerable poor and unemployed and regularly gets hit by drought leading to suicides
of farmers. And his failure in containing the Gujarat communal riot against Muslims
remain one of the greatest scandals and horrors of independent India and the greater
scandal lies in the fact that innumerable victims are yet to be adequately rehabilitated,
compensated or provided justice.
Narendra Modi's electoral success has been achieved by banking upon Gujarati asmita
and Hindu rights. If he is indeed the self-declared guardian of the Gujarati Hindus,
why would the non-Gujaratis and non-Hindus accept Modi as the Prime Minister of a
multi-lingual secular democratic country?
And how can electoral success in mere Assembly elections of a single state serve
as "qualification" enough to assume the Prime Ministership of India? Left Front won
seven successive Assembly elections in West Bengal, but never did the "pundits" attribute
it to the good governance pursued by Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Manik
Sarkar is never accorded the recognition he deserves despite his fourth-successive
triumph in Tripura. Thus it is ridiculous to witness how mere electoral success in
just three successive Assembly elections is being exploited by the vested interests
as the ultimate yardstick of Modi's "greatness"!
It is really disgusting that an influential section of the media, instead of highlighting
his failures and indulgence in parochial and communal politics; zealously projects
Narendra Modi, by citing ridiculous electoral statistics, as the "best" Prime Ministerial
candidate of a country which is based on the foundation of secularism and equality!
As for Rahul Gandhi, his only credential for probable Prime Ministership lies in
his family lineage only. Not in any state yet has Rahul succeeded in helping Congress
to win Assembly election by virtue of his leadership or deed. Really it is unfortunate
that even after 65 years of independence, India is still immature enough to project
an individual as contender for the top executive post just because he happens to
be the son/grandson of particular leaders of a particular political family.
As far as other prominent leaders are concerned, most of them are epitomes of corruption
and casteism. Another overhyped candidate Nitish Kumar might not be corrupt, but
his "brilliant" governance in Bihar is nothing but a myth. The ground situation in
Bihar remains as lawless and brute as in earlier decades. India is really a sad nation
which, despite being the second-most populated nation in the globe, fails to churn
up efficient, honest, secular leaders of nationalist mindset fully eligible to don
the mantle of the Prime Minister.
Peerless Nagar, Kolkata
No need for marriage identification
This is in response to the letter written by Sorang Tagit Aabharam, where he advocated
that married woman should wear an identification mark. He also called on government
to take some initiative in this regard. I don't support such view because as per
our culture we don’t follow such practise. Culture and religion cannot be imposed
by the state as it is unconstitutional. In my personal opinion, wearing marriage
identification mark has merit and demerit of its own. Today the trend is, wearing
scanty and revealing cloths whether married or unmarried, beauty or ugly, rich or
poor. Especially among urban woman this is common. Yes, one thing is very clear there
may be more number of cases of adultery in society if no proper identification mark
is fixed to the woman but what about man who wants to roam around with girls when
his wife are away. Before imposition of any new rule proper research is necessary.
Every culture has merits and demerits of its own.
Papua Nalah, Naharlagunm
Land degradation damaging agricultural production
The international community is losing vast amounts of agricultural production due
to the effects of continuing land degradation such as desertification, a new United
Nations study has warned, adding that without sustainable land management, development
initiatives the world over will be stymied.
Presented at the opening session of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s
(UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation
and Drought paints a dire picture of the planet’s current state, noting that up to
five per cent of global agricultural gross domestic production (GDP) is being lost
due to deteriorating land quality.
The report – the first economic evaluation of its kind in over twenty years – shows
that up to 12 per cent of Africa’s agricultural GDP is being lost due to environmental
degradation while the levels in individual countries vary widely, from six per cent
in Paraguay to 24 per cent in Guatemala.
According to the UNCCD, the social costs of land degradation are even more staggering
with nearly 870 million people suffering from chronic hunger globally. The UN agency
reports that in Uzbekistan, food yields have declined by 20 to 30 per cent while
in East Africa nearly 3.7 million people still require food assistance following
the drought of 2011.
In addition to the ominous statistics, the study, which looks at the costs and benefits
of addressing desertification, land degradation and drought, finds that the existing
research mostly focuses on the direct economic consequences of these phenomena but
overlooks the unintended consequences.