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2013
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August 15

Banggo United register 3-0 win over Ngargo Ao FC

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Banggo United FC registered a 3-0 win over Ngargo Ao FC in a group match in the first ever Solung Football Tournament organized by Solung Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar (SFCCI) at DNG College playground here today.

Oyin Tatin (30 min) and Yongkiram Tayeng (69 min) scored a goal each for the winning team. The third goal was an own goal. Ato Borang of Banggo United was named ‘Player of the Day’.

Solung United FC and Golgi Bote FC from group ‘B’ have already qualified for semifinals, informed SFCCI sports secretary Kadum Apang, in a release.

Today’s match

1. Siang UFC Vs Banggo UFC(G-A)  (2 pm)

2. Dongin FC vs Minam YFC(G-B) (3.30pm)

 

 

CSC, Sanglo Putung win in super 10

ITANAGAR, Aug 14:  BNFC lost 4-5 to Chimpu Sporting Club (CSC) in a Super 10 match in the 7 Warriors 9th Independence Running Trophy Football Tournament at KV No 2 playground here today.

CSC shot into lead three minutes into the match through Tai Thomas which was equalized by Tamuk Taja of BNFC in 17 minutes.

CSC scored four goals in the second half while BNFC could score only three. Other scorers of CSC and BNFC were Takesh Heri and Tashuk Ramching respectively.

The second match of the day was played between Sanglo Putung and Chandnagar FC in which the former beat the latter by 2-0, which also included an owl goal.

Today’s match

1.   Chimpu United vs Friends Youth Club

2.   Spartans GHYC vs Shining Boys FC.

 

Awareness programme for farmers and stakeholder

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Training for the creation of awareness among farmers and other stakeholders regarding provisions of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act (PPV & FRA), 2001 was organized at Orchid Research Centre, Tippi by the State Forest Research Institute, Itanagar on 10th of August. Training was sponsored by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.    

Speakers during the day included EAC Bhalukpong, SFRI Director, DFO Silviculture, DFO Khellong Forest Division, Bhalukpong who all spoke on various aspects of PPV & FRA, 2001. Dr. L R Bhuyan, Systematic Botanist, SFRI and Dr. Ona Apang Principal Investigator made power point presentation on topic general flora of Arunachal and procedures for conducting descriptions of characters of orchid as per the guidelines of the authority. More than 100 farmers attended the awareness training, the release added.

 

Students take out rally

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: A mass peace rally was organized by the students of GHSS Itanagar along with Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA)  from H S school premises to restricted area of CM’s bunglow today  to ventilate their grievances and submit a memorandum. Thousands of student from twin capital city reportedly took part in the rally.  

Addressing the students at dharna site SUMA president Biri Tabing exhorted all those participants to maintain social spirit for cause of coming young generation. Later Tabing along with School representatives submitted the memorandum to the Education Commissioner C B Kumar for necessary action. The Education Commissioner was said to have assured his full cooperation for solution to grievances.

While pointing out the construction of road  ‘through the middle of school compound creating much disturbance for the school authority,’  the memorandum addressed to the CM demanded immediate halt of  payment to the contractor and take appropriate action against the erring executing department at earliest.  It further demanded proper maintenance of school boundary, improvement of school infrastructure  and refund of excess amount  charged from the students as school fees and additional bus service for  transportation of students.

 

Councillor visits RKMH

ITANAGAR, Aug 14:  On the eve of the Independence Day, the councillor of ward no.5 and also the member of empowerment standing committee (IMC) Taba Yall Nabam today visited RK Mission hospital, Itanagar. She interacted with patients and administrative staffs.

Later she distributed fruits to the patient and prayed for their speedy recovery. She also heaped praised on RK Mission hospital for their yeomen service and assured full cooperation from her side being councillor of the said word.

 

ACGF condemns physical assault on govt officer

ITANAGAR, Aug 14:  The members of Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) have vehemently condemned the dastardly act of physical assault on Er. Narang Gumbo, Executive Engineer, Sangram division by some miscreants without any provocation at Naharlagun recently. Such unruly behavior and act on any public servant will demoralize the effective functioning of their duty and hamper the overall development of society directly or indirectly, ACGF added in a release. Any public servant must be allowed to function with fair and just manner. The forum appeals all public concerned to restrain from such activities, and particularly to administration to curb such menaces and identify the culprit and impose exemplarily punishment without any prejudice.

 

DPC meeting held at Yingkiong

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: District Planning Committee meeting of Border Area Development Programme of Upper Siang district was held in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner office Yingkiong on 13th August under the Chairmanship of Liyon Borang Deputy Commissioner. Informing about the aims and objectives of the meeting the chairman Borang announced the decision of including Jengging under BADP schemes during the current financial year for the first time.

He appealed officers and Panchayat members to submit schemes on priority basis restricting the amount to a tune of 1.85 crores each under the three border blocks- Jengging, Tuting and Payindem. Local MLA Alo Libang while participating in the discussion suggested and insisted judicious and perfect selection of schemes and proper monitoring of its implementation so that the public get the real development. Nobeng Burang ZPM Jengging extended thanks to the authority concern for inclusion of Jengging under BADP schemes. Kopir Osik ZPM Likor-Singga and PR members representing Singga and Migging also attended and participated in the discussion. DPO, DMO, ADTH, CO Jengging, DAO, DHO and DVO attended the meeting and participated in the discussion.

 

National Librarians Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: National Librarians Day was celebrated in a befitting manner to pay tribute to Dr S R Ranganathan, father of library science on his birth anniversary in the complex of District Library Anini in presence of Administrative Officers, Army Officer, Principal, Teachers and students of Govt. Hr. sec School, J.N. Vidhyalaya, Anini under chairmanship of Tamune Miso, Deputy Commissioner Anini.

Speaking on the occasion, RK Singh, DLO & IO highlighted the reasons behind the celebrations of National librarian’s Day. Prizes were also distributed to the participants of essay and quiz competition conducted by District Library on this Occasion. National Librarian Day was also celebrated in a befitting manner at District Library, Koloriang. The function was attended by the library readers, teachers and students of various schools. Jacob Tabing CO (Hq) graced the occasion. In his brief speech he emphasized upon the importance of the developing reading habit to improve the knowledge and also urged the people present to utilize the full capacity of the Library as the Library is the store house of knowledge. Joram Taga, District Library and Information appealed the mass to avail the maximum benefit of library service as library is supplement to class room teaching for students and People University as whole.

An Essay competition was also organized among the students of various schools. The competition was divided into Senior and junior group. The winner was awarded cash prize with certificate and also free membership of the library were given to top eight students of each group to encourage library culture.

 

Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The All Banderdewa Circle Students’ Union (ABCSU) conducted a mass social service at market premise and near Police Station, Banderdewa yesterday.

The day-long drive was attended by the teaching staffs and students of Govt. Secondary School, PTC, Banderdewa, panchayat leaders and the PS OC.

 

Social service at Doimukh

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The panchayat leaders of IInd Doimukh Anchal Samiti Block, Teachers students and General Public under the guidance of Anchal Chairperson Yab Lotus, ASM 8th Doimukh conducted social service along with plantation around Govt. Primary School Sangri under papum Pare District. Gram Panchayat members were also present. Panchayat leaders also donated ceiling fan to Govt. Primary School Amba, Doimukh.

 

Training held

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Training cum demonstration on drip irrigation by using waste plastic bottles was held on date 8th August  at  Abuliyang by KVK Lower Subansiri. During the day of training, SMS (Soil Science)  Hage Munth explained in details about how waste plastic bottle can be used for irrigating the crops by simply  making a tiny holes on bottom of the bottle.  More than 13 farmers attended on the training.

 

Literary competition at Bana

ITANAGAR, Aug 14:  An inter-school literary competition which include essay writing, painting & quiz competition was held at St.Xavier School,Bana on 13th August in which more than 70 students from Govt. Sec School, Eklavya Model Residential School, Kameng Welfare Society School, St. Xavier School & Govt. Middle School,Bana participated. The competition was sponsored and organized by Abu Taba, CO cum BDO and D K Thungon,CDPO, Bana to encourage the students in extra -curricular activities and to expose their hidden talents. The prizes to the winners of the competition will be distributed on 15th August 2013.

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News Impact

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CBI registers regular case against MLA Phurpa Tsering

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: In a major setback to sitting Congress legislator from Dirang assembly constituency Phurpa Tsering the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a Regular Criminal Case under Sections 120-B r/w 420 of IPC and Sections 13(2) r/w 13(l)(d) and 15 of P. C. Act' 1988 against him and endorsed the case to Vikash Kumar Pathak, Inspector, CBI, ACB, Guwahati for investigation. Besides him 7 other persons including local government officials and Panchayat leaders will also be investigated by the CBI.

The copy of the said regular CBI case has also been forwarded to the Special Judge, P.C. Act, West Sessions Division-cum- Additional District & Sessions Judge, Bomdila, West Kameng District for information and necessary action on 5th of this month. The Writ Petitions Vide No. WP(C) 153(AP) 2012 dated 18.04.2012 was filed by Leiki Khandu and another Writ Petition Vide No WP(C) 154(AP) 2012 dated  18.04.2012 by Dorjee Khandu. Both the Petitioners further submitted the Additional Affidavits on 17.07.2012. The Writ Petitions and Additional Affidavits alleged anomalies in acquisition of land and building and in determination and payment of compensation to land owners for horticulture / land/ building acquired for Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH] Project in the Dirang region of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Bench, while disposing the two Writ Petitions passed a common judgment on 09.08.2012, directing CB1 to make an enquiry into the matter and to find out the truth or otherwise on the alleged irregularities committed by the members of the Compensation Board, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh and other persons including the local MLA of Dirang Constituency. In compliance of above CBI, ACB, Guwahati Branch registered PE No. PE0172012A0005 ([PE 5 (A)/2012-GWH) dated 29.09.2012 for conducting enquiry.

As per the CBI report, during enquiry omission and commission constituting criminal offence by suspected persons causing pecuniary loss to the Govt, and pecuniary gain to certain persons were found. Accordingly, enquiry report was submitted on 29/04/2013 before the Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench.  The Gauhati High Court ordered that CBI should take further necessary action as directed by them. Report further read, “The enquiry discloses the prima- facie criminality on the part of the Compensation Board Members for showing favour to some selected few beneficiaries including Phurpa Tsering, MLA by preparing false and fabricated valuation reports which is highly inflated and misrepresenting certain vital facts with regard to the duplicity of land including that of Phurpa Tsering and presence of apple/orange trees on land to be acquired for two lane Trans Arunachal Highway. The approximate loss was calculated to the tune of Rs. 2, 15, 94,140.00 (approx.) due to overvaluation”.

 

 

CM lays foundation stone of TCC, launches NUHM

ITANAGAR, Aug 14:  On the eve of Independence Day, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today gifted the people of the state a Cancer Center and the National Urban Health Mission, marking another milestone in the health sector of Arunachal Pradesh.

In a simple but impressive function at the premises of the Naharlagun State Hospital here, Tuki laid the foundation stone for the Tertiary Cancer Center (TCC) and also launched the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) in presence of Health  and  Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly, Secretary Indira Malo Jain, Director Dr Kartik Nishing and Chief Medical Superintendent Dr Moji Jini besides host of officers, doctors and officials of the State Hospital.

Describing the TCC a milestone in state’s heath delivery system, Tuki however called for massive awareness campaign against all life threatening diseases including cancer and conduct of free health camps to know the health status of the masses. He advocated introduction of health card for each family in tune with his proposed CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) which would provide cashless treatment in notified government and private hospitals initially to BPL category families. Once the state and district hospitals are upgraded, expert surgeons could be brought from reputed hospitals from outside to treat patients within the state as per the agreement under preparation to be inked with a reputed insurance company with proven record, he added.  

Tuki urged the concerned Minister, Secretary and officials of the Directorate and the State Hospital to fast-track processing of the proposal and ensure its launch by September next.

“We cannot delay giving the benefit to the people, particularly in delivery of health services, with reasons like official bottlenecks,” he observed.

Expressing dismay at the inordinate delay in upgrading of the 15-bedded State Hospital to a 300-bedded multi-specialty hospital-cum-medical college, the Chief Minister appealed the implementing agency to expedite the construction.

He asserted it as one of the most prestigious projects of the state and said that delay in its completion is equal to depriving the people of their basic rights.

Citing his meeting with Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad recently at New Delhi, Tuki informed that the Union Minister has assured all-out support to Arunachal Pradesh in augmenting health services and will visit the state next month to take first-hand report of the ground situation.

Without taking the name of the executing agency of the 300 bedded-cum-college, the Chief Minister emphasized that the dream project should be executed on war footing or given back to the State Government. The Center is implementing the project through an agency by signing a tripartite MoU, the State Government being a party to it.

Speaking on the occasion, Welly said the TCC would immensely benefit the state people, but suggested the health mangers to find out the cause leading to rise in number of cancer cases, particularly stomach cancer. He also called for strict enforcement of ban on sale of tobacco products in the state to prevent cancer.

He said the NUHM would be great relief but exhorted that those in medical profession are ‘social workers’ and should serve with dedication and sincerity to serve humanity.

“The TCC approved by the Center under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) with radiotherapy facility would offer complete treatment for the poor people who cannot afford the time consuming and costly treatment outside,” said Oncosurgeon and State Nodal Officer for NPCDCS, Dr Mari Basar. The Rs 6-crore project includes Rs 1.8 crore of state share.

Dr Basar and radiotherapist Dr S Tsering were heaped with praises for their untiring efforts since 1999 to make the TCC a reality.

Earlier, H&FW director Dr Kartik lauded the state government, particularly the Chief Minister for creating directorates of medical education & research and family welfare, creating posts of 100 Medical Officers, 52 ANMs while 55 specialist’ posts were under process which would help improve the health scenario of the state.

Dr Jini, in his concluding address, said that despite inadequate facilities doctors of the State Hospital were serving the people, including those from Assam, to their best capacities which however would improve with upgradation of the hospital.

Meanwhile, Dr Raja Dodum, State Nodal Officer for NUHM, explained the objectives, target and implementation procedure of the newly launched Health Mission.

 

 

ANSU seeks Govt status on its demands

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Appalled by the inaction of the state government in the Bomjen Gapak murder incident, the All Nyishi Students’ Union has urged upon the state government to come out with the report regarding the demands placed by it.

In a release, it said, two months have passed since the agitation was deferred on the assurance given by the chief minister himself. The government needs to clarify on the status as per the demand. We expect a man of his stature, the guardian of the state, to honour his commitment, it said.

It appears as though all the demands are still to see the light even after passing of two months and to this the chief minister owes an explanation to the entire public of Arunachal Pradesh, it held.

The union is deeply hurt by this casual take by the government and being taken for a ride for two months and for the lackadaisical attitude shown. The union will deliberate on the further course of action very seriously after the update given by the government in this regard and intensify its agitation after the union is satisfied that the entire stretch of two months was not just an eyewash, it declared.

ANSU has been demanding arrest of  culprit involved in Bomjen’s murder case,  appointment of Independent Home Minister, additional police stations at Itanagar and Naharlagun and installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic areas of capital complex.

 

 

Misunderstanding resolved

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: In a rare show of maturity and unity, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and Naharlagun NRL petrol pump owner and senior advocate Tony Pertin came to term and resolved the ‘misunderstanding’ that cropped up after the unfortunate petrol pump vandalism incident at Naharlagun on June 17 last.  However, Adi Baane Kebang and Adi Students Union (AdiSU) played a perfect mediator in resolving the issue.

On June 17 last, a group of persons reportedly ransacked the NRL petrol pump at Naharlagun owned by Tony Pertin.

Addressing a joint press conference here at Arunachal Press Club today, ABK president Kangir Jamoh showered praises on AAPSU president Kamta Lapung for showing maturity in resolving the issue.  Lauding  all the members of  AAPSU and  AdiSU who played important role in bringing a solution to the  misunderstanding,  Jamoh hoped that such maturity will be displayed by the young leaders in future too for  greater interest of the state.

“The case has been settled with the intervention of ABK and also AdiSU” declared Kamta Lapung.  “Life is nothing but full of compromise, let us compromise in greater interest,”  Lapung  said adding that the 17th June incident took place due to  communication gap and misunderstanding.  He appealed to the ABK and AdiSU to continue their good works for the cause of people of the state. Lapung further appealed to its advisers to continue their guidance to the Apex student body.  

“Little misunderstanding has been settled” said Tony Pertin adding “misunderstanding sometimes happens out of emotion and anger. It was a case of such a nature.”  He also apologized to well-wishers, general public and petrol pump dealers for the inconvenience caused to them due to such ‘misunderstanding’.  He also assured to work together for progress of Arunachal.

ABK secretary general Bodong Yirang, who is also director of elementary education, said that Kamta Lapung had shown maturity to tackle the crisis. He hoped that Lapung will continue his maturity in future too.

AdiSU president Sokun Siboh also lauded the AAPSU leaders for their matured decision in solving the issue. He also appealed Pertin to continue his  cooperation. AAPSU convenor Tadar Kakum also spoke on the occasion.  Among others AAPSU legal advisor T T Tara was also present in the press meet.

‘AAPSU is not final authority’ : While addressing the media persons, AAPSU legal adviser T T Tara appealed to the general public of the state not to believe in misinformation that AAPSU is granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajong or AAPSU is inclined to issue PRC to non APSTs.  Tara clarified that AAPSU is not a final authority to decide on granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajong and issuing PRC to non-APSTs.

AAPSU is only a team member of the JHPC which is basically formed to study the ground reality of Chakma-Hajong in the state, Tara said adding once completed, the report will be submitted to the Govt for necessary action.

Similarly, on the issue of PRC to non-APSTs, the advisor informed that state Govt will take a policy decision on it.  He reiterated that AAPSU will always fight for the interest of the indigenous people of the  state.

 

 

Massive manhunt launched to trace back absconding UTPs

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Taking serious note of the recent jail breaks at Chowkham, Tezu and Khonsa, state government has launched a massive manhunt and combing operations on with the help of CRPF and Assam Rifles. Two cases vide NMS PS Case No.121/13/ U/S 224/34 IPC and FIR No.70/13 dtd. 6.08.2013 have been registered. Action has been taken against the officers on duty including Guard Commanders who have been put under suspension and departmental action has been initiated against the IRBn staff, the release said.

Photographs of all the criminals and hue-and-cry notice of escaped UTPs was circulated to all neighbouring districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland including main bus stand, railway stations, check gates likely to be used by the escaped UTPs. Besides this, police men on duty at Tirap Sub-jail have also been arrested in connection with FIR No.70/13 dtd. 6.08.2013 U/S 223/224/34 IPC, PS Khonsa.  Informing that advisories have been issued to all district SPs under the overall supervision of DCs to ensure regular checking of police staff deployed, besides checking of jail staff as per Jail Manual, stationing of adequate number of police personnel in sensitive jails, proper checking of visitors to avoid smuggling of hacksaw blade, crow bars or any such instrument into the hands of prison inmates and to pursue proper power supply 24 hours back up for proper vigilance and overview, inmates in prisons should be rotated and no inmates should be allowed to stay in a cell longer than two weeks at a stretch, regular and thorough checking of Prison cells should be carried out by the jail authorities without complacency and there should be 24 hours power back up in each prisons/jails/sub-jails, rotation by the concerned police commanding officers of staff posted on jail duty and rotation of IRBn and AAP Bn staff on the pattern of para-military forces without interference from external sources, it hoped that with the initiatives taken by the government, recurrence of such instance will be checked and prevented.

 

 

Eagle Trophy

Mouth-watering final on cards as ITBP face BTFC

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF), Kimin set up a mouth-watering Eagle Trophy final with formidable Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC).

ITBP team stormed into the final defeating Todo United 3-2 in a high voltage match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today afternoon.

Todo United, which entered into the semifinal defeating Tarh United yesterday, drew the first blood against the para-military team scoring in 3rd minutes through Takam Tayam. The ITBP team suffered another big jolt when one of their players was sent off for foul play few minutes later.

After trailing 0-1, the 10-men ITBPF team fought back valiantly and went on to score two quick goals in the 27th and 30th minutes through Gumli Riba and W Madhu Singh to lead the match 2-1 in the first half.

Both sides played aggressively in the second half, especially Todo United, who were desperately looking for the equalizer. Tayam, one of the senior-most football players of the state, again rocked ITBP camp by scoring the equalizer in 46th minutes. This was, perhaps, one of the best goals of the tournament so far.

The match was evenly poised until Gumli Riba scored in 70th minutes to book ITBP’s place in the grand final.

Earlier, BTFC outclassed Gora Makik SC in the first semifinal.

Striker Toko Poliam gave BTFC a flying start by scoring in14th minute. He again found the net in 35th minute to give his team 2-0 lead in the break.

GMSC, who entered into the semifinal trouncing Model SC 8-0 in the quarterfinal, could not live up to their reputation in today’s match. However, GMSC fought back in the second half scoring in 62 minutes through Techi Tasar; but ultimately lost the match to a superior team.

Poliam netted his third goal in 70th minutes to complete his hat-trick. Tage That put the final nail in the coffin of GMSC by scoring in 71 minute.

Poliam was adjudged player of the match for his outstanding performance.

The final will be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow at 2.30 pm.

 

 

Protest rally held against atrocity to women

Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: A peaceful procession was conducted by Nari Kalyan Kendre and All Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society at Daporijo Township today. Women from every walk of life came out in the street to register their protest and make people aware against the domestic violence and atrocity towards the women. Recently a minor girl was allegedly raped at Daporijo.

Procession started from Rijo Ground covering most of the colony within the township. Finally the procession culminated at Rijo conference hall, where protester gathered. Later a meeting was conveyed in presence of Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of police along with other dignitaries.

During the peaceful procession more than five hundred women including students from Govt.Hr. secondary school participated. Representative from women community like doctors, engineers, teachers, panchayat leaders, social activist, media persons and public actively participated. Most of the women participants were both tribal and non-tribal women.

Many slogans and quotation dedicated to the empowerment of women and condemning ill treatment against the women was reflected in the placard and banners.

Speaking on the occasion, DC Tahang Taggu encouraged the women NGOs to meet every after four month and list out the grievances faced by women and try to resolve it. During the meeting every likeminded NGO working for women should exchange their thoughts and views for the empowerment of women. He added that child marriage should be discouraged.

District Planning Officer, Same Timba also spoke on the occasion. Submitting two point memorandums to Deputy Commissioner Nari Kalyan Kendra Chairman Yayum Ligu appealed for the early trial of the accused and financial help to rape victim. Social activist and member of NKK, Duma Yekar demanded capital punishment to culprit for such heinous crime and stop such barbaric act from occurring again in feature.

President AAPWWS Kakri Nyokar, appealed the women to fight against the prevailing injustice and fight for their rights. Condemning the recent rape of minor girl at Daporijo she urged every well-wisher and political leaders to not seek bail to any culprit involved in such heinous act.

 

 

Freedom is meaningless when no one is Aazad

Gopal Rai

When I was passing out from Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), I asked a Deori friend of mine coming from Assam to study in RGU how did he feel staying two years in Arunachal Pradesh?  Happily he replied, “I really enjoyed being here. I like Arunachalee contrary to what was told to me by my relatives when I told them I took admission in Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh. People here are simple and straight forward sans cunn-ingness and deceit-fulness. I enjoyed eve-ry freedom here and loved being here.”

Time changed! Today, somewhere inside our hearts, many of us find we cannot enjoy the real freedom. Many feel, the state is not as safe as it used to be, though many may claim. Inside our hearts we, somehow, believe and accept that the place is becoming insecure for us irrespective of caste, community or region.

Recently, while buying chana-matar-badam from a chanawala at Nahralagun roadside, I  asked him, “Bhaiyya kitna kama liya,” he looked upset and replied, “Kahan sir, abhi abhi ek ladka aaya thaa, haath  mein beer bottle thaa aur pura nasha mein thaa, usne mera jeb check kiya aur sab  kamaya hua paisa le gaya aur saath mein ek bada sa chana ka  packet bhi le gaya”. Surprised by his answer I asked why he didn’t protest. He was afraid of protesting. The man was scared of being beaten up by that drunken guy. How free he feels, only he knows!

Journalism in Arunachal Pradesh is clear example of how freedom is curved, pressed and twisted by few people for their self interest. Journalists work hard risking their lives in mirroring the reality. But everywhere freedom of press is chained. Hard wor-king media persons are threatened and humiliated at every drop of a hat. Not only this, they are warned and intimidated and threatened of being killed or tortured. Do they really enjoy the freedom of press and freedom of expre-ssion? Answer is crystal clear.

Concerned parents are always worried about their children’s well being. If they are late by any means particularly at night, many horrible imaginations start coming to their  minds. Their children being in trouble, beaten or killed are few scariest imagi-nations that haunt these parents. Their minds are not free.

If in an emergency one has to go to any place during night time, one has to think time and again before stepping out from home. No one feels secured or safe to move out during such an emergency. Where is one’s freedom?

Law abiding citiz-en don’t feel free to drive along the main highway. They are afraid of being hit or smashed by law bre-akers of traffic rules. Sometimes their minds are preoccu-pied of being killed or being fined if someth-ing goes wrong. Are they really free? You know the answer better.

Only few days back I read a joke about a school going child saying to his mother, “School sey darr nahi lagta hai Maa, Mid Day Meal sey lagta hai”. Joke apart, somewhere between the lines one realises how scared school going children and their parents are regarding their lives. Parents are not free from fear of losing their children. Freedom is confused here.

Rapes and murders were unheard of in the land of rising sun till few years back. Time has changed. Rape, murder and other criminal activities make headlines in most of the state’s local dailies.

Womenfolk cannot move freely at night hour which makes mockery of Gandhiji’s vision, “The day a woman can walk freely at midnight on the roads, that day                we can say that India achieved independence”.  They are not free from the clutches of greedy and lecherous eyes. Does freedom hold any meaning for these women?

In many parts shopkeepers cannot keep their shops open till late night. They start shutting their shutters as soon as the sun hides beyond the western horizon. How free and secured they feel is still a mystery.

And finally, where is the actual freedom when a rickshaw puller has to pull another fellow being for earning livelihood even after India achieved freedom many years back? Freedom is meaningless for him. 

However, having said all these, all is not dark and depressing. There are freedoms that we enjoy everyday. We must be optimistic. Let everyone enjoys the things they love doing it without obstructing another person’s freedom. Let each of us feel secured, safe and free. Let there be an environment where each of us can enjoy the happiness of being free and pleasure of freedom or else what is this freedom if no one is aazad in reality.

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Floods -- blessing for Indus Dolphin

The recent floods in the Indus River, which are becoming an annual occurrence, are certainly devastating for the local human population but for one species some conservationists believe, they provide a silver lining. The extra water in the Indus River is a godsend for the endangered Indus Dolphin, considered Pakistan’s flagship species, as it provides them with a larger area to swim and hunt in, connecting all the side channels and large pools.

Every five years, the WWF-Pakistan along with the Sindh, Punjab and KPK Wildlife Departments and other NGOs, conduct an Indus Dolphin population survey on the river. According to the findings of the latest Indus Dolphin population survey, conducted in 2011 after the massive floods of 2010, an increase in dolphin population was observed in some of the river sections.

In a previous news report based on the same study it had been claimed that the Indus Dolphin’s population had decreased. However, various other reports contradicted it. The conservationists involved say it is a matter of interpretation.

The movement of the Indus Dolphin is not restricted to the main stretch of the Indus River. During high flow season, the Indus Dolphin routinely swims into the many connecting irrigation canals of the Indus when the gates are usually opened. It frequently moves back and forth in the irrigation canals and tributaries of the river. When water levels go down and the canals are closed, the dolphins get stranded in small water pools.

WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with the Sindh Wildlife Department set up an Indus Dolphin Rescue Unit several years ago to rescue trapped dolphins and physically transport them back to the Indus River. There have been a number of rescues since the floods of 2010 because many dolphins spread into irrigation canals and active channels and had to be rescued from there.

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Clarification

Dear Editor,

With due respect and humble submission, I would like to lay down few words in your daily. Few months ago back, in every print media under the banner of SUMA my name was published as RTI Chairman of said union. Many people including my friend asked me about how I being a Convenor of AKKDSU accepted such post. As per my knowledge there are many people by name Natung in our clan. But as per the official appointment of SUMA, some other person is the RTI chairman.

Being a convenor of our apex district student organization my soul and duty did not permit me to serve in other organization till completion of my tenure. This is my humble appeal to our student comrade that I am not a RTI Chairman of SUMA and from today onward I wish every people’s miss-concept have been clear from my side.

But being an active student member my mental and moral support is always with those organizations that think and act for welfare of student community and I am ready to serve for common cause and act for mankind of state as whole. Long live Arunachal Long live Student Organization

Yours,

Kipa Natung

Convenor, AKKDSU

Naharlagun

 

 

 

Wrong act on the part of police

Dear Editor,

Through this esteemed daily I would like to express my strong criticism against the unruly behavior of Naharlagun police to the media person which appeared on August 10th of this daily. Before this, also many such incidents have appeared in this daily a few months ago. As usual, it is the miscreants who attack media as they really don't want media to  expose their illegal activities. But what a sad, now the police too don't want the media to work freely. I really never expected such unethical behavior from police side on the media.

If we talk about the press, HG Wells regarded the press as the very backbone of enlightened citizenship. And the Robert Lynd describes the press as a reformer, teacher and a critic. Dear citizens, in the light of this context, it is the news paper which is the greatest and most potent channel of expressing the opinion of the public through feature, article, report, advertisement, readers forum and editorial sections. As we have democratic government in India so certain types of rights, liberty, freedom of express, to give constructive criticism etc. are guaranteed for us in constitution of India.

It is confirmed that the press is the very backbone of enlightened citizenship and the press people are dedicatedly, tirelessly and impartially doing their job to expose wrong or right, true or false activities of people, state and country in front of public. It seems the press is really a teacher, reformer and a critic.

From my point of view media is eyes, ears and mouth of the common people. Those who attack on the media means they attack on the eyes, ears and mouth of the common people and the common people should raise their voice against such people whenever such uncivilized behavior occurs.

Yours,

Karbia Tana

Govt.College Seppa

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