Organizations questions Apang arrest, demand
AASUI serves 24-hour ultimatum
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Organizations have voiced their grievances against the arrest of
former Chief Minister Gegong Apang in the multi crore PDS scam.
The North East Students Organization (NESO) Secretary General Gumjum Haider while
welcoming the investigation into the scam however questioned the manner in which
former Chief Minister was arrested. He said that former chief minister should have
been given excess to a lawyer as entitled for all the citizens. Reacting to reports
of SIC team’s treatment of Apang, he said that every citizen should be treated with
All Adi Students’ Union Itanagar (AASUI) yesterday served a 24-hour ultimatum demanding
handing over the PDS case to CBI, immediate suspension of M S Chauhan from the office
of SP (Vigilance) and arrest of other accused in the multi-crore scam, failing of
which it threatened to take its own course of action.
Meanwhile, Donyi Polo Mission Alumni Association has strongly condemned the ways
in which former Chief Minister Gegong Apang has been arrested. Association has termed
his arrest as saddest moment in the history of Arunachal as it signals the beginning
of new era of political vendetta in the state.
Such kind of political vendetta has never been seen in Arunachal and this will surely
influence politicians thereby hampering the peace of this state, association claimed.
It has urged state government to show some kind of respect to senior leaders like
Gegong Apang who has served the state for more than 20 years as chief minister.
Mori Rotgo Banggo Welfare Society (MRBWS), Itanagar has condemned the procedure in
which the former Chief Minister Gegong Apang has been arrested.
While supporting stand of the Adi Baane Kebang, the Society said that instead of
making the former longest serving Chief Minister of the state a victim, the investigation
authority should arrest all other accused in the PDS scam irrespective of their
position and the status.
Expressing resentment over reported ill-treatment meted out to former Chief Minister,
the Society said former CM should be treated not as criminal as he was arrested as
On the other hand, Adi Baane Kebang Youth Front (ABKYF) terming the arrest of Apang
unprecedented said that it was very unfortunate and not at all acceptable to the
Terming it gross violation of the collective sentiment and pride of the Adi Community,
the Union strongly demanded that all the persons involved in the PDS scam be arrested
within 15 days. If the authority fails to do so, then it will clearly indicate the
discrimination of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to a member of the Adi Community,
ABKYF “fails to understand the logic for singling out and summarily arresting Apang
out of all the people allegedly involved in the PDS scam. The circumstances and manner
in which the arrest was carried out by Special Investigation Cell (SIC) smacks of
personal vindictiveness as well as political vendetta at some quarters. We will never
end our demands to book the officers involved in this conspiracy and we shall not
rest till we are given justice” it said.
ABKYF further condemned the way the Investigating Officer (IO) behaved with the former
Chief Minister while questioning whether IO has the right to drive the car of former
Chief Minister when former chief minister had a driver. It demanded the state government
to set up an enquiry committee to investigate the way the IO handled the case.
It further said that M S Chauhan, SP, SIC do not have unblemished service records.
ABKYF intends to check out their service records and will raise the question to the
government of Arunachal Pradesh that how officers of doubtful integrity has been
appointed to investigate such an important case? It further added that let us not
forget that even in Arunachal Pradesh as a whole, Apang is the senior most Congress
leader in terms of his dedication and commitment to the Congress Party while adding
that almost all the Congress Party leaders in the State today have been one way or
the other, groomed by him. Therefore, it is not only appalling to see the kind of
ignominious treatment meted out to such a senior person as Apang, but it also a gross
violation of propriety and decency by his own Party men, the front added.
“It is learnt that Apang was summoned as a witness U/S 160 Cr Pc, so his arrest seems
politically motivated. As we are given to understand, he is not an accused man in
this case, hence why arrest of a man who is not an accused? This action of SIC is
beyond our comprehension. Without giving any opportunity to explain his side of the
story, Apang’s arrest seemed pre-planned by SIC”, it added.
As demanded by Apang, for the general interest of the people of Arunachal Pradesh,
let the case of PDS scam be investigated by Central Bureau of Investigation, the
front added. It further asked why the government of Arunachal Pradesh was hesitant
to handover the case to the CBI?
Why it has entrusted investigation of such an important case which has a large scale
public interest ramification to a team of state police that does not even know how
to treat one of the senior most public leaders of Arunachal Pradesh not to mention
of the Adi people.
Law should be equal for all: Apang
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: The former chief minister Gegong Apang in written statement today
said that no exception should be made “to me for being the former chief minister
of the state because in the eyes of the law all are equal; but it has to be ensured
that justice is delivered to the people of the state equally. If I am found guilty,
I am ready to face the consequences under the due process of law and in this context
I would like to declare that I am ready to quit politics forever”.
Reiterating his demands, he further requested all authorities concerned and Guwahati
High Court to issue necessary directives to hand over the on-going-case to a competent
and neutral investigating agency like CBI so that it unearths the real guilty of
the PDS scam and punish them as per the law of the country.
He further added that CBI should have also no apprehension about taking over such
onerous responsibility on account of any logistic constraints since Arunachal Pradesh
is now well connected and all infrastructure are readily available for necessary
The former Chief Minister further added that “a whole lot of misgivings have been
created among sections of the public following his summon by SIC and subsequent arrest
in the PDS scam.
He further said that “adverse and biased reporting in some section of the press has
caused irreparable damage to my image and reputation”.
Govt denies involvement in arrest of Apang
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: In the wake of widespread criticism by several quarters accusing
the State government on the arrest of former Chief Minister and veteran Congress
leader Gegong Apang, the Government Spokesman and Power Minister Jarbom Gamlin has
denied any involvement of the State Government in the ongoing investigation by the
Special Investigation Cell (SIC) Vigilance in connection with the multi- crore PDS
Addressing a press conference here today, Gamlin refuted the allegations on the government
over the issue and clarified that the SIC has been constituted by the Gauhati High
Court to investigate into the PDS Scam. Adding that the State government has no role
in the PDS scam investigated by the SIC Vigilance under the direct control of Gauhati
High court, the Govt Spokesman termed the allegations as unfair and uncalled for.
Quoting Gauhati High Court judgement order dated 15th June 2007, Gamlin informed
that the Gauhati High Court has created the SIC to investigate all cases related
to PIL 50 of 2004 on PDS scam and directed M.S Chauhan, SP SIC, Vigilance for conducting
investigation properly, independently and expeditiously. The court order further
directed SP Chauhan to report directly to the court and not to any other state agency,
he added. Gamlin further informed that in yet another High Court judgment order dated
24th Sept 2009 citing that complete separation of judiciary from executive has not
yet taken place in Arunachal Pradesh, the trial of SIC (Vig) on the multi-crore PDS
scam has been transferred from the Court of DC-cum- Special Judge, Western Zone,
Yupia, Itanagar to the Court of District & sessions Judge, North Lakhimpur to ensure
that the trial of the cases is conducted fairly, efficiently and without any delay
or obstruction. (DIPR)
Protestors against power projects arrested, AdiSU terms 144 CrPC violations of rights
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: The Adi Students Union has vehemently condemned the state government
and district administration stating that it was curtailing the democratic rights
of the citizens by clamping 144CrPC after a bandh call against the Lower Siang Hydro
Electric Project was declared.
AdiSu president Tapu Mibang informed on the phone that, ‘the state government and
the district administration who are in the grips of Jaypee Associates has violated
human rights by restricting our right to expression and life by declaring 144 CrPC’.
The arrest of our members before the bandh is also violation of our human rights
as we had planned the bandh in a non-violent way and no public or private property
has been destroyed in the bandh, added Mibang. Further condemning the full use of
police machinery in curtailing the bandh, Mibang said, ’It was appalling to see the
four buses of additional CRPF brought in to Pasighat as if it was a war zone and
a Naxal infested area.
‘We are peaceful people but when pushed to the limits we know how to retaliate’,
Mibang said. Altogether fifteen students and activists at Pasighat, one AdiSU executive
body member at Patum bridge in West Siang including Siang Peoples Forum chairman
and APPSU advisor Ojing Tasing was detained by the police from Siang Guest House
in the early hours today by the police, informed sources. However the bandh was peacefull
and no untoward incidents have been reported so far.
Till the latest updates, AdiSU activists and Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat students
have put up at police station Pasighat rallying for the release of the detained AdiSu
Sena demands dismissal of DRROs
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Arunachal Anti Corruption Sena in a letter to Chief Secretary
said that during 2004-2005 when the present Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was the
Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation and disaster management minister, 14 District
Relief and Rehabilitation Officers (DRROs) were appointed without adhering to the
laid down recruitment rules.
Its president Subu Kechi while demanding that all illegally appointed DRROs be dismissed
from thier service said that all the posts should be advertised afresh. He further
called for suspension of the than Director of Relief and Rehab T T Gamdik for his
involvement in the appointment of 14 DRROs.
The Sena further said that it would be compelled to knock the door of the court if
these fourteen DRROs were not immediately dismissed.
KKSU decries empty offices
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Kargu Kardi Students Union (KKSU) while furnishing photographic
evidence said that the positions of the Government establishments in rural area are
in pathetic condition. It said that the district administration is undermining the
situation and is reluctant to act against the absentee government staffs. The offices
and quarters of various departments such as PWD, PHED, and Veterinary are at ruins
while adding that there is no staff to attend and look after them but the official
records shows that for every department there are sufficient staffs to run it.
Except for the administration offices, rests of the govt establishment are almost
defunct till date, it said while adding that the local people are encountering uncountable
hardship because of absentee government officers.
It appealed the government staffs to return to their respective posted area while
adding that if they continuous to evade their duties harsh action against them would
Assam Rifles pitches in to transport fuel, gas
KHONSA, Aug 26: In the wake of the economic blockade imposed by AASU and other organizations,
the people of Tirap are facing acute shortage of petrol, diesel and cooking gas.
Playing the role of a good Samaritan and truly proving to be a friend of the hill
people, the 19th Assam Rifles posted at Khonsa extended its much-needed help in transporting
fuel and gas from IOC, Tinsukia. On the evening of 25th Aug the consignment escorted
by Major Karan and DFCSO Amit Bengia along with other personnel safely brought to
Khonsa to the relief of the local populace. When 19 AR was approached by the district
administration the officers volunteered to help without any hesitation.
In the meantime strict rationing has been imposed by district administration on food
items, fuel and cooking gas to ensure equitable distribution of these items to all
consumers. The indefinite economic blockade continues in spite of effort at all levels
to plead the AASU leadership to lift the blockade. All the prominent public leaders
of Khonsa and Tirap Women’s Welfare Association have appealed to AASU leadership
to lift the blockade at the earliest in the interest of people living in both sides
of the border.(DIPRO)
Arunachal to participate in Krishna Khaitan Badminton Tournament
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Arunachal Badminton Association (ASBA) has announced a 19-member
squad for the Krishna Khaitan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament to held
at Punjab from September One to six next.
Arunachal will participate in Under 13, Under 16 and Under 19 years category. The
team led by Laa Ribe as Manager will leave here tomorrow for Punjab.
The squad: Under 13: Pinki Karki, Laa Yajum, Taring Yanya, D. Lakshmi, Laa Tukung,
Under 16: Laa Talar, Jokum Ribia, Sai Tanoj, B. Chandu, Laa Tukum, Pinki Karki,
Laa Yajum, M. Lakshmi, Taring Yanya,
Under 19: Laa Talar, M.Sai Tanuj, Jokom Ribia, C. Upendra.
APB & OCWWB awareness camp concludes
ITANAGAR Aug 26: The Second phase awareness camp cum meeting of Arunachal Pradesh
Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board led by its Chairman and the Secretary
concluded today at Dikrong Power Station, NEEPCO Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project
Addressing the gathering at Yazali yesterday APB&OCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam highlighted
the benefits provided by the board and appealed the workers to avail the benefits
and assured to look into the wages and Bonus problems of the departmental labour.
Meanwhile, the Chairman concerned at the HoD of the Agriculture Farm, Yazali for
not allowing the workers to attend the awareness meeting of the Board, advised the
HoD to cooperate with the workers so that they could know and avail the benefits
provided by the board and also advised the workers to dedicated in their duties.
He further advised the HoDs of the every department to assist their workers.
He further suggested that in such mega labour awareness campaign of the government,
the inclusion of HIV/AIDs awareness topic/camp would give better result, as labourers
are more vulnerable. APB&OCWWB Secretary Ojing Darung also advised the workers to
submit their membership form to the board and highlighted about the various labor
welfare schemes of the board.
He further responding to a memorandum submitted by the AAPWU Yachuli Block said that
in the coming board meeting, enhancement of labour/worker wages would be discussed
on priority and expressed the hope that the wages and other workers benefits amount
would be increased.
AAPWU Deputy Secretary General headquarter Rakhe Boda concerned over the HoD of Agriculture
Farm Yazali for not allowing his workers to attend the labour’s benefit awareness
camp organized by the government appealed to the HoD to maintain cordial relation
with the labour.
The AAPWU Deputy Secretary further appealed all the HoDs of every district to help
the workers while filling up membership form and also to inform the workers about
the benefits provided by the board.
However, the workers of the farm also attended the awareness camp after much persuasion.
Earlier, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union, Yachuli block President Likha Taram
in a Memorandum to Chairman appealed for establishment of Labour and Employment Office
at Yachuli, immediate release of adhoc bonus in respect of casual staff of PHE Department,
Ziro Division, enhancement of casual/contingency worker’s wages from Rs.90 to 200
On the occasion, besides distribution of free exercise books to all the 400 above
workers by the board, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union, Yachuli Block presented
Later, the Chairman and the Secretary along with Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project
Deputy Manager (P&A) Oni Apum, AAPWU Deputy Secretary General Rakhe Boda and Labour
Officer, Lower Subansiri District T Ete visited Dam site and Dikrong Power Station.
Meanwhile, the workers expressed their willingness to fill up the membership form
of the board so that they can avail the benefits.
The defining moment to PDS in state
The arrest of former chief minister Gegong Apang in
PDS scam is a watershed in the contemporary political history of Arunachal.
There is a lot of talk on the streets regarding the timing of the arrest, the manner
in which it was carried out and even about possible motives behind the overdramatized
unfolding of events.
As due respect extended to a senior statesman, was the sanctity of the process of
justice upheld, was it law of the land that was followed or the law of the landed
few? These are questions which perhaps time and the court will answer.
The manner in which arrest was done left a lot of bad taste in the mouth. The way
it was executed made Bollywood plots and sensationalist news channels look unintelligent.
To see this happening in an honour-bound tribal value system was hard to swallow-
after all age does need to command respect.
If we step back and consider the core issues in the entire episode somethings remains
unexplained. Why does a PIL filed in 2004 regarding the PDS in the state of Arunachal
raise its head only in fits and starts and that too in well timed moments? That
But the timing of the arrest could not have been more perfect and it deserves accolades
as it managed to divert the attention from some issues. The media in the state had
a field day as the events unfolded. What more, the Assam based media houses so far
busy fuelling tension in Assam and Arunachal on boundary issue too was distracted.
Devoid of media intrusion, at least people along the boundary are talking peace!
On the other hand, Apang was to meet the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Aug 25. The
meeting was seen important by Congress watchers given the fact that Congress party
elections are just around the corner.
This is not the first time that the Congress party has seen such a crisis prior to
party elections in the state.
Perhaps a mere coincidence but in Dec 2007, Wangcha Rajkumar, a contender to the
party leadership in the state was mercilessly killed.
The arrest also has brought to the fore many questions regarding the functioning
of PDS in the state.
Even though the government would like to believe that PDS have been overhauled in
the state, citizens continue to bear the brunt because of poor delivery system. The
Food Corporation of India is not too enthusiastic at taking over the PDS in the state
even at the request of the government. As the drama continues people are at the receiving
Even as FCI and state government figure out what to do with PDS, Agriculture Minister
Sharad Pawar informed the Parliament that delivery is off track. Apart from poor
delivery of rice and other items in the state, there has been almost 100% diversion
The centre has threatened to withdraw allocation of wheat and has raised serious
question mark on the delivery system. These are larger issues that the government
needs to take in account if it is serious about PDS in the state.
Even though we are made to believe that state does not have a hand in arrest of Apang,
arresting him obviously is not the final solution to the problems confronting the
PDS in the state. One could just hope that the arrest is a catalyst to book all the
guilty as well as rectifying the crisis that continue to hit PDS in Arunachal.
Villagers willing to donate land on condition
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Jeru Village Welfare Society claimed that people of Jeru village
under Katan circle of Upper Siang district is willing to donate 250 hectare of land
for Lower Siang hydro electric power project.
Welcoming the project, society informed that Kaying area situated in southern part
of Jeru village is suitable to establish offices of Jaypee. However society wants
state government to bring in certain developmental projects like setting up of polytechnic
institute, establishment of primary health centre and residential school, job reservation
for local villagers and special package for affected area of Lower Siang Power.
Saaya gets relief
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: The election of Likha Saaya from Yachuli assembly constituency
got the seal of approval from the Gauhati High Court with the disposal of election
petition No 5/2009 filed by Nikh Kamin against Saaya and Jotam Toko Takam.
After hearing the arguments of the counsels, judge IA Ansari in his judgment on
August 19 lastpronounced, “...the election petition being vague and devoid of ‘material
facts’ are hereby struck out and the election petition is rejected on the ground
that it does not disclose any ‘cause of action’.
Kamin (a candidate of All India Trinamool Congress) had lost the election to INC’s
Saaya by 42 votes.
Of the 376 postal ballots, Saaya got 197, Kamin 125 and Takam of PPA 34.
“However, none of the said 376 persons, who had cast their votes through ‘postal
ballot’, falls in any categories of voters, who are eligible to cast their votes
through ‘postal ballot’, and, hence, the votes of all 376 voters were invalid and
ought to have been counted in the election,” contended the petitioner.
“Unless, therefore, one states the reasons as to why he contends a person, though
eligible to cast vote, is not eligible to cast vote by means of ‘postal ballot’,
would remain as bald allegation, particularly, in a case of present nature, wherein
it has never been the lection petitioner’s case, who had cast their votes by means
of ‘postal ballot’, were not eligible voters. Their right, therefore, to cast votes
in the election, in question, is not dispute. The dispute is confined to the means
adopted by them to cast their votes. In such circumstances, the election petitioner
ought to have clearly stated, against each one of such voters, as to why he or she
was, though eligible to cast vote, was not eligible to cast vote by means of ‘postal
Having not assigned the reason, the election petitioner cannot but be held to have
not given ‘material facts’ in his election petition. The pleadings, in the election
petition, need to be, therefore, struck out as a whole,” the 92-page order said.
Army vouches to support girl education
WAKRO Aug 26: The girl child and teachers of Wakro received a pat on the back with
firm assurance from Maj. Gen. G.S. Katoch, VSM, General Officer Commanding the 2nd
Mountain Division of the Indian Army that “The Army will continue to support good
works of public welfare and will always promote girls education.”
The GOC said that he is always keen to reach out to institutions dedicated to public
welfare, as he dedicated the hundred bedded hostel for girls in Wakro today. The
hostel is built by the Distrcit Education Department to facilitate quality living
of the girls pursuing education.
The GOC during his visit met S.Mundayoor, coordinator of the VT-AWIC Library Network
who presented a detailed report to Gen. Katoch on the VT-AWIC Library movement. He
also informed the Gen Katoch about the support rendered by Governor of Arunachal
Gen. (retired) J.J. Singh, the district Education Department and administration and
the inspiring involvement of voluntary organizations in promoting the library movement.
Anugrah presented an updated Photo Report “ Ideal Parenting - Indian Army shows the
Way” to Maj. Gen. G.S. Katoch which contains the many efforts made by the Lohit Brigade
and DAH Division in promoting education of the girl child in remote Arunachal. Col.
H.S. Chouhan informed the visiting dignitary about the efforts made by ASSET in improving
education to which the GOC assured further support. He was informed that 13 out of
a total of 20 girls who qualified in the written test by the district education deptt.
for “Pratibha Khoj” award were from the KGBV, Wakro.
DDSE, Lohit K. Rina assured that the education will continue to make all out efforts
to ensure quality education.
Block Level Inter Schools sports competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Nehru Yuva Kendra , Tezu conducted Block Level Inter Schools Games
and Sports Competition at Tezu from Aug 23-25 under Panchayat Yuva Krida Khel (PYKKA)
in which ten schools participated.
DDSE Lohit K. Rina inaugurated the Games and Sports Competition and Anchal Samiti
chairperson Haweli Kri attended as chief guest during the prize distribution ceremony.
Campaign on Gender equality
Ziro, Aug26: The Art and Culture Department, in collaboration with the North Eastern
Zone Cultural Centre,(NEZCC) Dimapur, conducted two days gender equality campaign
through folk Arts and Drama here from Aug 25.
The inaugural function of the campaign was held at Bulla village where large number
of students , youths , Panchayat leaders, local officers and villagers witnessed
the three hour long cultural programme with a special Drama on gender equality. While
the second day of the programme was concentrated at street shows with special emphasis
on Gender equality through songs and Drama in and around Old Ziro area.
Apatani Cultural and Literary Society, President , Hibu Tadi who attended the inaugural
function as Chief guest , said, gender equality do not only mean giving equal opportunity
of education to our children, it also means equal sharing of ancestral property,
equal distribution of domestic works, sharing of responsibilities and burdens.
Lower Subansiri DACO, Tanya Siga, in his welcome cum keynote address acknowledged
and thanked the role of the Apatani Students Union (ASU) in conducting the campaign
successfully, particularly for their role in script writing and direction of the
Drama on gender equality. Thanking the young school children for their support
and cooperation in the programme, Siga said the participation of young school
children and their role as artistes in the Drama as well as folk dances has immensely
attracted and inspired their parents. (DIPRO)
Solung: Ritual and its origin
Arunachal Pradesh is a land of colorful festivals. Festivals are inseparable part
of socio-cultural life of people of the state. Most of the festivals of the indigenous
communities like Solung, Nyokum, Mopin, Dree etc. are celebrated primarily to appease
the gods and goddess for all round socio-economic development to live in peace and
The Adis have a number of major and minor festivals like Solung, Etor, Unying-Araan,
Donggin etc. which are related with the annual agricultural activities. The most
popular among them is the Solung.
“Solung’ is celebrated annually during the first week of September. It is mainly
celebrated in East Siang, West Siang Upper Siang and Lower Dibang Valley. Solung
celebration lasted for seven days. On the first day, Mithun, pigs etc. are sacrificed
early in the morning. This is called `Ardo-Baado’. On the second day, called `Yegling’
day, arrangement for special feast for children is made in every house called `Agaam
Gampu’. The third day is Nyatdung, the preparation day for binnyat offering. On the
fourth day, member of every family goes to the field and perform Binnyat ritual offering
kine naane (the goddess of crop and prosperity). This part is called binnyat. On
the fifth day, the pator mijing (or patron of a village) make small bows, arrows
and fasten atop the doors of every house of the village to resist evil spirits from
entering the house. This parties called Ekop or Taktor. Thus, Solung has three parts
namely, the liimir, liibom, Binnyat and Taktor or Ekop.
The Solung Aabang has three sections:-
l. The first section is called Liiimir Liibom or Sopi Yekpi Aabang narrating the
creation of the universe including animate and inanimate.
2. The second section is the Binnyat Aabang dealing with the progress of the race
and development of agriculture and how the food grain came to exist in the world.
3: The third section is called Taktor or Ekop Aabang dealing with the titanic struggle
between the Tani (the mankind) and Taro (the beast) and his emissaries like Yapom
(spirit of forest and mountain) etc.
All the facts are manifested in the Solung Aabang. The Solung Mirik narrates all
these facts keeping Sedi in the central theme.
Origin of Solung: Kine Naane (Goddess) bestowed ‘Lune’ and ‘lutor’ upon the Daadii
Soomii land and issued divine decree to observe them as festival. They observed this
festival every year. Domestic animals multiplied after observing this festival. They
Seeing the prosperity of Daadii Soomii land, the Engo Takar people become jealous
of them as they had no domestic animals. They wanted to acquire domestic animals
from Daadii Soomii land. For that they hatched a trick ‘Daadii-Miiko lombo, Daadii
Miiko-Pokbo and Engo Luutum luumuk went to the rivers ‘Engo Siilo logong’ and ‘Daadii
sika Pangkok’ for fishing regularly. As per the plan they fixed fishing traps against
the gushing water of rivers. ‘Engo Takar made an image of woman and erected it at
the route that passes to the rivers where Daadii-Bote, the head of ‘Daadii Somi’
people uses to visit for fishing or other purposes. One day Daadii Miko Pokbo and
Daadi Miko Lombo asked ‘Daadii-mira migang’ and Daadii miring legeng to see their
fishing traps next morning. Next day, early in the morning they set forth for the
rivers. On the way, they found the image standing in front of them, thinking that
the image to be a living human they began to talk to it. However, she smile but did
not talk to them. Annoyed with such behavior ‘Daadii Mira’ migang pushed the image
into the gorge leading to the river of ‘Engo Silo Logong’. Engo Takar people called
the image Nanyi Pumtung Rube. They claimed Nanyi Pumtung Rube was one of the living
members of the Engo-Takar land, not an image.
The Engo-Takar people claimed compensation for Pumtung Rube. After a confrontation
they got one female Mithun and a female Pig from Daadii Somii land as compensation
for the death of Pumtung Rube. Daadii Somii seceded for Lune and Lutor festivals
to Engo-Takar people. They begin to observe the festival seceded to them by Daadi
Somii. Tani inherited this festival from Engo-Takar people. During the time of Tani
it has become ‘Solung’ festival. (The author can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laurel for Karatekas
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Karate Instructors Nanu Sangha of Director of Sports and Youth
Affairs and Rokom Dagi, branch chief instructor of Upper Subansiri District Wado-Kai-Karate
Do Association became the first Arunachalees to qualify in a world level technical
seminar under Japan Karate-Do-Federation rules.
The instructors duo achieved the feat under Japanese Karate Master Hoshito Kondo
during World Karate Do Cup 2010 held at Nogaya City of Japan recently.
Further, Likha Lej and Sinne Mikhu both from Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy reached
up to the quarter-final level in the Karate World Cup. Likha lost to Jesse Mooney
of USA and Mikhu went down fighting to Hirold Masamotto of Japan .
Meanwhile, Arunachal Wado-Kai Karate Do Association lauded karateka quartets for
their remarkable achievements and also thanked those who have extended support to
the players in cash and kind to participate in the Karate World Cup at Japan.
Govt clarifies on head load carriage
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Lack of suitable dropping places, landing ground and inclement
weather, especially during monsoon in some remote areas of Kurung Kumey district
along with Govt.’s inability to afford the expenses involved in Air sorties were
some of the main reasons why the State Government prefer Head Load Carriage System
over Air Dropping for supply of PDS items in those remote areas, a press statement
issued by Parliamentary secretary for Civil Supply Lokam Tassar said.
Government had decided to reintroduce Head Load Carriage system on August nine in
continuation of air dropping of essential ration commodities (ERCs) to CPO centres
to ensure the food requirements for people of all walks of life, including government
agencies, students and general public, the statement said while clarifying AKKDSU’s
demand for cancellation of reintroduction of Head Load carriage system.
It also said that a meeting with AKKDSU and PR leaders was held in the conference
hall SIRD, Itanagar under the chairmanship of Pisa Gonia, Chairperson, Zilla Parishad,
Kurung Kumey district regarding re-introduction of Head Load carriage system and
resolved that air-dropping of ERCs to CPO centres to continue and students community
would be given priority for issue of ration from CPO centres and Head Load Carriage
to be introduced for PDS items.
It added that PDS related activities are empowered to PR leaders for monitoring at
grass root level.
The Demand for Air-dropping of PDS items started during 2005 to 2007 as an alternative
arrangement in the floor of Assembly by the legislators and general public. But,
the State Government could not materialize air-drop due to some ‘contradiction in
system’ in guidelines and inability to bear financial involvement of over Rs.100.00
crore for PDC Damin and Vijayanagar, it said.
Head Load Carriage system was discontinued following protest from various organizations
in April 2009.
Meanwhile, Damin Parsi-Parlo Youth Organization claimed that people of their area
are facing great problem due to non-availability of food grains and people have to
walk whole day to reach Sangram to purchase essential commodities.
Expressing strong resentment over the apathetic attitude shown to the people of those
remote areas, especially Damin and Parsi Parlo, by the politicians of Kurung Kumey
district by favouring head load carriage of PDS items, the organisation appealed
to the chief minister Dorjee Khandu to look into the matter seriously. It further
reminded the govt of its assurance for banning head load carriage system and re-introduction
of air-sortie in the district.
Satyam Ispat GM dies
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Satyam Ispat Banderdewa General Manager Rakesh Sharma died today
morning following a heart attack. The mortal remains of the deceased has been sent
to his native town Tinsukia, Assam, Banderdewa Bazar Welfare Committee General Secretary
Kipa Hipik informed.
While expressing deep shock at the sudden demise of Sharma, Hipik informed that the
shop keepers, traders of Banderdewa area will down shutters from 6 am to 10 pm to
mourn the death of Sharma.
Meanwhile, Ngurang Changriang, member of Juvanile Justice Board of Papum Pare district
deeply mourned the death of Sharma. He will be rembered for his helpfulness, especially
towards poor and, with his death the business establishment, in particular, has lost
a young and energetic persons who had sacrificed his life for the growth of the state's
rod manufacturing industry, Changriang added.
Personality development camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad(ABVP) of Pasighat unit has conducted
personality development camp on Aug 21-22 at Daying Ering Memorial Higher Secondary
School and IGJ government higher secondary school. About 95 students participated
in the camp.
Nanom Jamoh, advisor to chief minister who is also member of right to education protection
authority (REPA) attended inaugural session as chief guest. Various resource persons
deliberated on topics like personality development, moral values, positive attitude,
effective public speaking and how to develop leadership quality.
Valedictory function was graced by Hari Borikar, ABVP organizing secretary of Arunachal
Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.
Assn. demands fresh Memo
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: All Subansiri Upper Project Affected Land Area Youth Association
has opposed the memorandum reportedly signed between State Govt and KSK Energy Venture
Ltd for Subansiri Upper Project on March 16 last.
Many likely to be project affected villages did not find place in the memorandum,
the Association claimed. It demanded a fresh memorandum in presence of Local MLA,
local leaders, president and secretary of the association and with prior consultation
with the land affected people.
Welcoming the Subansiri Upper Project, the Association said, there should be systematic
approach for proper re-rehabilitation, compensation and job opportunities for the
affected people and for proper infrastructure development in the area.
CRPF 186 Bn launches civic action programme
ROING, Aug 26: With an aim to overcome the increasing mistrust of paramilitary force
from people’s mind and to bring a sense of unity and brotherhood, the 186 Bn of CRPF
stationed in Roing today launched its ‘civic action programme’, that aims at helping
the citizen and create goodwill, making cordial and healthy understanding between
civilians and paramilitary force.
Under the programme, a five day District Football Tournament is being organized,
where eight teams from Lower Dibang Valley district is participating in the event.
Chief Guest T Karga, Superintendent of Police, declared the opening of the tournament
through a ceremonial release by releasing dove, the symbol of love, spreading the
message of peace.
Earlier, Commandant P John of the CRPF Battalion read out his message to the people
of the district: “CRPF is ever ready to extend its help to people to build cordial
and strong relation, so that together we can destroy all anti-social elements from
our peaceful society.”
“We also wish to inculcate good habits in the children by organizing this football
tournament, so that they grow up and become true citizens of our country.”
Most of the participating teams are from schools like VKV, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
and Intaya Public School. The other team represents villages from nearby town.
Underscoring the need for police and public to coexist peacefully with understanding,
John said, “Police and public are the two sides of the same coin. Both cannot exist
without each other.”
“To strengthen relation between the two, this tournament will help us in integrating
with the society.”
The first match today is being played between Abali and Koronu team.
Students and local people gathered to witness the ceremony appreciated CRPF and extended
full hearted support to them. They also appreciated the CRPF for being a disciplined
Assistant Commandant B Shyam Nivas briefing to media said, “We will leave no stone
unturned to live upto people’s expectation.”
He informed that under the civic action programme they will continue to organize
more such tournaments and welfare programmes aimed at serving the people.”
Deputy Commandant, P Yadav of the battalion was among those present in today’s opening
ceremony of the tournament.
Training on fish production
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: With a view to enhance fish production in Upper Subansiri District,
Krishi Vigyan Kendra organized a day long training programme at Kuporijo on Aug 20.
Sixteen farmers from surrounding villages attended the training programme.
Dipjyoti Bora, Programme Assistant (Fisheries) spoke on “Integrated Duck cum Fish
Farming” and discussed the different aspects of fish farming. He requested the farmers
to practice this profitable farming system for proper utilization of duck as well
as duck wastes.
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: All Hija Welfare Society Itanagar has mourned the untimely death
of one of its active member Late Taku Halley, who died here on Aug 25. The Society
conveyed deep sense of condolence to bereaved family and prayed to Almighty for eternal
peace of departed soul.
Youth assn. formed
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: The youths of the Damin circle have formed an association called
All Kopila Youth Association for betterment of the youths. Tolum Tapam and Tarba
Nikma have been appointed as president and general secretary of the Association for
the session 2010-2013.
ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Chambang Area Sangcha Ajing Association in a release claimed that
one Dindo Tibing, Area Load Carrier (ALC) of Chambang area, went missing on August
16. It appealed the circle administration to trace out the missing person immediately.
State Award for teachers
ITANAGAR: The State Award will be conferred to teachers at a function being organized
by school education department to mark the Teachers Day at Banquet Hall on Sept 5.
Issue of modernity and tradition
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) in collaboration with Maulana
Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata is organizing a two-day national
seminar on "Arunachal Pradesh : Issue of modernity and tradition" at the conference
hall of Rajiv Gandhi University on September 7-8. A host of resource persons, scholars
and students from various institutions are expected to attend the conference.