PASIGHAT, Jul 31: The skyrocketing prices of green vegetables, fruits and other edible
items at Pasighat, Ruksin and other adjoining areas is burning hole in people’s pockets.
The vendors here, taking the advantage of the adverse weather conditions and non-availability
of local products, are charging exorbitant prices from the consumers giving lame
excuse like high transportation charge etc in bringing such items from Bodilla, Shillong
and parts of Assam. Currently, the average cost of a kg of Carrot is Rs 120, Tomato-Rs
120, Cabbage-Rs 40, Potato-Rs 30-40, French Bean-Rs 80-100, Squash and Patal-Rs 40,
and Ladies finger-Rs 40.
On the other hand, the prices of common fruits such as mango, apple, grapes, citrus
fruits are skyrocketing in the markets in Pasighat and other places. The price of
a kg of Langra mango costs Rs 100, Dussera (Dosahari) mango costs Rs 80 and Fazali
mango costs Rs 50. Most of these mango consignments are brought to Arunachal from
West Bengal, Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Malda. Even the prices of apples
brought to the State from Kashmir, Fiji and New Zealand cost around Rs 200 – 220
per kg. Prices of fruits are almost the same in the fruit markets of Assam located
near the interstate boundary. Apples brought from China and New Zealand cost around
Rs 200- 220 per kg and pomegranate brought from Nasik and Hyderabad cost around Rs
240 to 250 per kg.
Sources said that price of all fruits have become 50 per cent costlier than last
year. It is said that fruit markets is controlled by the traders sitting in Guwahati,
Kolkata, Allahabad, Banaras, Kashmir and Malda.
Alleging that the controlling authorities has no control over the soaring market
prices, the locals demanded administration’s immediate intervention to regulate the
JMF Court takes up media attack cases
NAHARLAGUN, Jul 31: The judicial first class magistrate court of Talo Potom has actively
started pursing few cases of attacks on media persons.
Potom was appointed specifically to expeditiously try ongoing and pending cases of
attacks on media persons and media houses by state government as assured by Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki to the media fraternity.
The 10 accused arrested by the Capital police in connection with the April 15 Arunachal
Times vandalism case (86/2012 u/s 454/4247/34 IPC) appeared before the court on Saturday
last for recording their confessional statements. The bail application of one of
the accused was heard Monday.
On being pleaded under section 12 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)
Act 2000 that the accused was a minor, the JMF, in his order, directed the chief
medical superintendent of Arunachal State Hospital here to constitute a medical board
to determine his age and submit the report within a week. Moreover, the JFM also
directed the police to keep him in safe and separate custody till the receipt of
the medical report, before posting the next hearing to August 07 next.
Two more cases, namely State Vs Venkata Laxmipati and others u/s 341/354/427/506/
509 IPC (Assault case of The Sentinel Arunachal reporters Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen)
and u/s 440/324/34 IPC (Assault case of Dawnlitpost associate editor V Ravindran)
are being pursued by the court and summons have been issued for hearing, according
to court sources.
Emporium cum training centre inaugurated
Changlang, Jul 31: Zilla Parisad Chairperson Junpo Taikam Jugli inaugurated the newly
constructed “SGSY Product Display Stall/Emporium-cum-Training Center at DRDA office
premise here today.
Speaking on the occasion, the ZP chairperson urged the implementing agencies of Rural
Development Programmes to keep vigil and constantly monitor the central schemes to
ensure quality work and timely completion. She exhorted the officers of DRDA to help
the villager select only those schemes which are feasible in the district. She encouraged
the villagers to go for tea cultivation for self employment.
Changlang ADC M C Roy hoped that the building will be utilized for the purpose for
which it is constructed and will help uplifting the rural people.
“The building was a long felt need of the agency as they had to depend on other departments
during conduct of any programmme,” said M Bui, project director, DRDA Changlang .
ZPM, Changlang (North) Marina Kenglang and DFDO, Changlang N Longri were also present
on the occasion. DIPRO
Arunachal Guv visits Maratha Light Infantry
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh visited troops
of the Maratha Light Infantry in Uri sector in north Kashmir's Baramulla district
on July 28 last.
Gen Singh, a former Chief of the Army Staff, who advocated the ‘Velvet Gloves and
Iron Fist’ guiding principle exhorted the troops to conduct the military operations
in professional manner. He appreciated the excellent service rendered by the battalion.
Gen Singh, the life-long Honorary Colonel of the regiment of the Maratha Light Infantry,
exhorted the troops to continue to serve the nation in the highest traditions of
the Army and the Maratha Light Infantry.
It may be mentioned here that last time General JJ Singh visited Uri was shortly
after the disastrous earthquake of 2005. It was under his able leadership as Chief
of the Army then that the Army took upon itself to provide succor to the disaster
struck population of Uri. It was on the directions of the General that Army adopted
village Churunda near the Line of Control for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
This time around the General came down to Uri specially to visit troops of Maratha
Light Infantry located in and around Uri. General, who commissioned into 9 Maratha
Light Infantry on 2nd August 1964 is the lifelong Honorary Colonel of the Regiment
of the Maratha Light Infantry.
Anti-ragging strategy worked out
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: The Institute Level Anti-Ragging Committee (ILARC) of North Eastern
Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) had its maiden sitting last
Saturday to work out strategy to maintain the rapport of the premier institute.
The panel set up in 2009 under UGC regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in
higher educational institutions, took stock of the situation under the chairmanship
of the Director Prof. Dipankar Pal with participation of 12 including a number of
After taking note of valuable suggestions of the members, the meeting lauded the
steps taken so far by the ILARC, the Anti-Ragging Squad, which conducts surprise
visits to both boys’ and girls’ hotels at odd hours and on a regular basis and appreciated
the role of Students’ Union of NERIST headed by president Shankar Baggang to facilitate
conducive academic atmosphere and harmonious relations among students from all over
It was decided that any case of ragging will not be tolerated and stringent actions
would be taken as per the UGCV regulations, including expulsion from the hotel and/or
institute. The ILARC, Anti-Ragging Squad, SUN and security staff will continue to
maintain vigil not only to curb ragging but also to prevent alcoholism amongst students
as it makes them more vulnerable to break discipline and make deviations from their
avowed responsibility of gaining knowledge for a secured future. Appreciating the
active participation of the members, including the Prof. P. R. Alapati, Dean, Students’
Affairs, Prof. D Jhajharia, HMC Chairman, D.P. Dutta, ASP Capital, Pradeep Kumar,
Editor of the Arunachal Front, Dr. R. P. Bhattacharjee, Registrar (I/C), Prof. S.
Samanta, Deputy Registrar (Academics), Prof. P. Parida, Controller of Examinations,
S. Baggan, President SUN, P. Simi, Security Officer, V. B. Chandran (Parent-Member)
and Sonam E. Bhutia (Student-Member) Dr Pal exhorted all to help NERIST so that it
becomes the numero uno in the North Eastern region.
It may be noted that NERIST was established by the GoI in 1984 as an institute to
provide technical education right from certificate level to doctorate level under
one roof as the first such institute in the country to meet the need of quality technical
manpower for North Eastern States in particular and the whole country and the globe
45 days residential theatre workshop concludes at RGU
Rono Hills, Jul 31: The 45 days residential theatre workshop organized by the National
School of Drama, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Hindi department of Rajiv Gandhi
University (RGU), concluded here yesterday evening with display of series of Dramas
themed as “ Tales of past and Present” based on the local folklores of different
tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
Attending the valedictory the function, MLA Passang Dorjee Sona, said Arunachal
though a late starter in the field of Drama is catching up with the mainstream national
artistes with our talented youths. Given the required grooming they can create miracles
and can be the best artiste in the country, he said. Drama, besides being a source
of very good entertainment is also a very effective medium to send the crucial
messages on cultural heritage, national integrity and development to the common
He congratulated the Director of the Drama, Riken Ngomle who has created a place
for himself in the field of national drama and advised him to properly guide the
youths of the state to that line.
Sona assured the organizers of his unstinted support and cooperation to the National
School of Drama in grooming the local youths in the field.
Secretary Cultural Affairs, IPR, etc, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Indra Mallo appreciated
Ngomle and the artistes for their efforts in beautifully and lucidly depicting the
local folklores in the form of plays which, according to her, would give continuity
to the rich cultural heritage of the state besides opening the floodgate to thousands
of folklores of different tribes of the state to the field of Drama which so far
remained untouched .
Jamuna Bini, Assistant Professor, RGU, under whose aegis the theatre workshop was
organized, highlighted the importance of the workshop in the state. She expressed
her gratitude to Sona, Mallo and Administrative officers, faculty members and students
of the RGU for their support and cooperation in conducting the theatre workshop successfully.
Riken Ngomle, Director, of the Drama also spoke during the function. DIPR
Association opposes selection of new airport site
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Claiming that the people had already donated land free of cost
for construction of Greenfield airport at Karsingsa, Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare
Association (BKYWA) has appealed the Airport Authority of India and state Govt to
change its decision to implement the greenfield airport project at Hollongi.
Opposing the reported AAI’s objection for construction of airport at Banderdewa due
to hilly terrain and safety and security reason, the Association said that there
is no any reason to change the location for the airport and Banderdewa is the perfect
place for it.
The AAI authority had gave its assurance not to change the location for the airport
and land for this purpose had already been demarcated at Banderdewa, the Association
While welcoming the reported decision for construction of green field airfield at
Hollongi, the All Papum Poma Students Union has urged the authorities to take necessary
step for construction of the airport at the earliest. It appealed the NGOs and individuals
not to interfere in selection of airport site by the AAI.
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh 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 Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Engineering Colony Welfare Committee (ECWC), Ziro conducted a day
long cleanliness drive cum social service at the colony on July 28.
The department of PWD and UD provided men and machineries and other materials like
cements for the social service. Ajay Electrical also provided 5 bags of cements for
Earlier, Power Deptt Ziro also helped committee by providing and repairing old street
light in the colony.
On the same day, few speed breakers in the road were constructed and few hoardings
erected. The Colony Welfare Committee urged colony dwellers to keep their colony
clean and hygienic.
Unions oppose land regularization policy
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Students unions and community based organizations of various districts,
in a general body meeting convened by All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU),
have resolved to protect the public premises from illegal encroachment and occupation
by any individual/party in all the districts of the state.
The representatives of the unions and organizations, while highlighting the illegal
encroachment problem and occupation of public premises in the Capital Complex and
other districts demanded the State Government to immediately cancel the Cabinet Decision
passed on 2nd May 2012 saying that the land regularization policy adopted was against
the interest of the public of state. The meeting gave the state government week
time to roll back the Cabinet decision failing which, it said, mass democratic movement
will be launched all over the state.
The meeting was attended by representatives of various District Students Unions,
Community Students Organizations, welfare associations and branch Students Unions,
including Papum Pare Unemployed Engineer’s Association, Arunachal Law Students’ Union
besides former students leader of district and state, senior citizens and like minded
citizens, APPDSU said in a release.
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: All Taksing Tagru Welfare Society felicitated weightlifter Sorum
Hitler Tagru, Girls Inspector Cadre Yaro Taksing, APJEE topper 2012 Tagru Raju, SI,
IRBN Tagru Magong, ASI IRBN Taksing Tallang, Class XII topper of Taksing Tagru society
Shanti Tagru, Class X toppers of the Taksing Tagru society Tagru Tatu and Raja Tagru
in a function at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuly recently.
Speaking on the occasion, ADM cum Estate Officer Talo Potom advised the students
to study hard and become a good citizen.
He further advised the felicitated police officers to maintain discipline and dedicate
in their duty and also appealed the people to cooperate with the magistrate and police
in order to maintain peace in the state capital.
CO Likha Theji highlighted the tips on how to study and prepare for examinations
and other competitive examinations.
DSP Capital Taru Gusar highlighted the role of police personnel and the problems
being faced by them. He also urged the gathering to cooperate with the police department.
RGU, Assistant Professor Bikash Bage also advised the students to dedicate in their
studies and urged the parents to encourage their children to excel in their academic
General Secretary of the society Taksing Tame, acting President Takap Tagru, Tana
Tagru also spoke on the occasion. All the speakers expressed their gratitude to all
‘Post HM and subject teachers’
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Parsi-Parlo Area Youth Organization and ZPM Parsi-Parlo in a joint
letter to the Director of School Education highlighting the grievances of students
said that the government secondary school, Parsi-Parlo was upgraded to secondary
school in 2009 but since then the school is functioning without headmaster and subject
It appealed to the Director to post headmaster and subject teachers at government
secondary school, Parsi-Parlo immediately.
Tourism development meeting
Seppa, Jul 31: The District Level Tourism Development Committee chaired by the East
Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam sorted out comprehensive plan for Tourism Development
in the district in a meeting in his office chamber here yesterday.
The plan comprises recommendation of few proposals, including tourist lodge at Chayang
Tajo and wayside amenities at Lamdung, The meeting stressed on good use of existing
tourist lodge and the view point. He said that the feasible rate for leasing out
the tourist lodges was already recommended to the tourist department.
Inclusion of Seppa-Chayang Tajo- Koloring in the Tourist Circuit Map was also was
recommended. In a move to make use of the existing Tourist Lodge, the DC informed
that the DIPRO
Volleyball tourney at Jang
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: A volleyball tournament in memory of late Leki Dorjee, father of
former chief minister Dorjee Khandu began at Jang, 40 km from district headquarters
Tawang, on July 30.
Addressing the inaugural function, Thingbu anchal chairperson Passang Lhamu and CO
P Dorjee recalled the invaluable services rendered by the former chief minister,
a keen sportsperson and lover of all games and sports.
The tourney in memory of his later father is a befitting tribute to both of them,
In all nine teams from different villages under Mukto assembly constituency are taking
part in the sports event sponsored by the family members of the former CM.
The final match will be played on August 15 next.
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association has lauded the
Capital police led by SP Capital for nabbing the accused in April 15 Arunachal Times
office attack case.
The Association hoped that the police will soon nab the culprit/s involved in attack
on Tongam Rina, associate editor of the Arunachal Times and appealed the civil society
and general public to cooperate with the police.
Committee for speedy implementation of the project
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: A Development Monitoring Committee of Construction of Phaa Steel
Bridge and Dha to Gangte Road called on the Palin MLA Takam Pario recently and discussed
ongoing construction of steel bridge over Kumey River under Kurrung Kumey district.
The committee in a release said that the on-going construction work is yet to be
completed though it was supposed to be completed before mid June 2012. Meanwhile,
the committee strongly stated that bill against the project should not be prepared
without the approval of the monitoring committee.
ITANAGAR, Jul 31: A 3 days healing crusade with the theme of ‘Be Holy, for I am Holy"
was organized at Dispur Baptist Church, Christian Basti Guwahati, Assam recently.
Dr. Joram Dol, the founder president of Apostolos Bible College and Arunachal Christian
Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) attended the programme as Guest Speaker.
In his speech, Dr. Dol appealed the congregation to maintain the holiness and do
not sit idle to be successful in life.
Believers from Guwahati and its surrounding areas attended and received the blessings.
Songs and dances, skits etc. were presented by youths from different churches on
16 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Is anyone empowered to ban RTI Act ?
While congratulating all newly elected office bearers of East Kameng Social Welfare
& Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), I would like to mention here that both Jabu Lapung
and Loga Tallong in their letters “Few Words regarding “EKSWCO conference” and “EKSWCO
conference was a mere confabulation of elites” respectively have rightly highlighted
the essence of the RTI. EKSWCO members must realize the need of RTI in the district
in particular and state as a whole.
We came to know that an agenda was moved in the EKSWCO conference held in July 21
and 22 regarding ‘RTI activities and its impact on society’ and surprisingly a resolution
was also adopted for banning RTI activities in the district.
Unfortunately, the speaker in the EKSWCO conference, who dared to speak against the
RTI Act and went on to argue that RTI activities had adverse impacts, was none but
a highly educated elite member of the society and senior government officer. He even
termed the RTI activists as blackmailers and the RTI a weapon of blackmailing.
The view of the speaker in the conference has not only misguided the EKSWCO members,
but also given wrong message to the people of the district and the new generation.
One wonders, if he is a clean government officer, why is he scared of the RTI Act?
Further, ethically, a government employee cannot go against Acts, like RTI Act, which
have been enshrined in the Constitution of the Country. It is unbecoming act on the
part of a Govt servant.
EKSWCO members may not be aware that there are corruptions in most of the departments
in East Kameng district and this is apparently the highest in the state. Corruption
is visible in all the projects and schemes here.
If the EKSWCO members are not motivated by some vested interests they should ponder
on these issues in the greater interest of people of the district. They should remember
that our RTI activist Payi Gyadi was conferred the Citizen Journal Awards by the
international News Channel CNN IBN. Gyadi belongs to this East Kameng District and
his dedicated efforts have unearthed many corruptions in the district. Many corrupt
officers and officials were punished and had their services terminated for their
misdeeds. The positive impact of this RTI is that, government officers and officials
have to think twice before indulging in corruption particularly in our East Kameng
I suggest, EKSWCO should take corruptions in most of the departments in East Kameng
district. There are many schools in the district which are facing acute shortage
of teachers. This is hampering the growth of the students in the district.
We, on behalf of the Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) would like to request
EKSWCO to withdraw the immature resolution to ban the RTI activities at the earliest.
Chopa Cheda, President
General Secretary, ARTIAF
Recruit deserving candidates on merit basis
I would like to bring to the notice of the common people a fact that haunts me a
lot. It is regarding the recent selection of peon/chowkidar-cum-mali/LDC/UDC/lab.
assistant/attendant at Pasighat under Education Department.
The written exams of the above mentioned posts were held on 21st and 22nd April
2012. I thought that the recruitment would be a fair one as it took approximately
3 months for evaluation of the answer scripts of the candidates like that of APCS
exams. Ultimately, the result was declared and the 13th day of July was scheduled
to be the date of viva exam. There was a ray of hope for a post graduate candidate
like me to be selected on merit basis. Few of my fellow candidates hoped for special
recruitment under departmental quota for they have been serving the department
for a long period in the status of contingency therein.
When the candidates were short listed, I was amazed to see that I have been dropped
from the list in spite of my qualification and proficiency, rather a few candidates
who were below the average during our school period and had been dropped out of school
a decade ago were selected. Thus, the hope for selection on merit basis has been
crushed. A few more candidates who have left the school in their early age were also
selected in place of those who are engaged as contingency for several years. Thus
the in-service (departmental candidate) quotas were also crunched to pieces.
Sometimes, I think I should file an RTI but I assume it is of no use for I realize
that the selected candidates are my own Arunachalee brothers. So let them serve the
state. As the adage goes - “Every dog has its own day”, someday, I’ll have my chance.
So congrats successful candidates, do keep going and serve the nation with your utmost
Last but not the least, I would like to appeal all the concern authority to recruit
the job seekers strictly on the merit basis. I strongly condemn the recent selection
process which has demoralized hundreds of aspirants like me.
EKSWCO never banned RTI activities
Apropos the letters published in your esteemed daily regarding the resolutions adopted
in the conference of the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO),
it is to clarify that EKSWCO never banned Right To Information (RTI) Act and RTI
activities in East Kameng district as it is understood that once Act is being enacted
no any Organization can put ban on it. So it is ridiculous claiming EKSWCO banned
RTI activities in East Kameng dist, rather EKSWCO being an apex organization passed
resolution to discourage using RTI as tools for personal and vindictive motive and
it appealed the activists to restrain and refrain from misusing it, as sometimes,
it seriously hampers the developmental activities in the district.
As regards to the education system of the district, it’s well-being, being the prime
objective of EKSWCO, we have already initiated the matter with the five Members of
Legislative Assembly of our Dist. and the concern authorities of the Department and
better policies are expected to be adopted soon.
Therefore, EKSWCO is pained and it regrets that members without attending the conference
and knowing the detail facts are making allegation on the organization on the basis
Further, EKSWCO invites its members for constructive suggestions and advices time
to time for the welfare of the Dist. EKSWCO also appeals all the members to come
forward and discuss any kind of grievances with Executive body of the Organization
at any given point of time before publishing the matters regarding EKSWCO through
Er. Takar Tachang
General Secy. EKSWCO
The foundation stone for construction of Greenfield airport was laid by the then
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil at Karsingsa. The people of Banderdewa circle are
expecting lot from the Greenfield airport and they are against the shifting of airport
project to other location.
Therefore, I on behalf of youth of Banderdewa, appeal the AAI authority and state
Govt not to shift the Greenfield airport site from Karsingsa to Hollongi.
Irrigation and smaller farmers
Irrigation makes higher yields possible, affording a second or even third season
of crops. But water is generally scarce and so rapid growth of tube wells has raised
concerns about sustainability. Pricing of both water, and electricity for agricultural
purposes, are increasingly being used to ensure water resources are being used more
The International Water Management Institute, which was commissioned to study the
impact of irrigation policy change in West Bengal, in its study found that the groundwater
market which had flourished in rural areas shrunk. Smaller farmers had to pay more
for their water, many turning to more expensive diesel irrigation or watering by
hand. This was an unintended and unexpected negative impact of the reform on poorer
The impact evaluation made two important recommendations - to scrap the permit system
for small pumps and to introduce a fixed electricity connection fee for tube wells.
Previously farmers had to pay for the full cost of wires, poles and transformers;
something that most urban customers did not have to do. This was prohibitively expensive
for many smaller farmers, especially if they were far from the existing electricity
However, it is said that recommendations from the study to reduce red tape and costs
for small farmers of acquiring electric pumps were adopted by the concern government.