I would like to respond the letter of one D. Ete published in your esteemed daily
on Dec 7. After precisely going through his letter it could be easily observed that
his writing is self-contradictory. He concluded his letter with the line “we should
extend our cooperation in the development of our state” where as in the whole body
of letter he was against the development of Likabali and Nari-Koyu.
The gentleman was very much concerned about the financial involvement of establishing
the HQ in the proposed virgin land so now I would like to ask where was his concern
when a same virgin land called Yupia was converted into HQ leaving behind the popular
places like Itanagar and Naharlagun .
Where was his concern when a small village on the top of a mountain called Hawaii
was converting into HQ of Anjaw leaving apart Hayuliang which was a well established
For an undeveloped state like Arunachal Pradesh, development is always directly proportional
to area. Therefore, the more area covered under development programmes, the more
developed the state becomes. So, I see nothing bad in creation of Lower Siang for
Likabali & Nari-Koyu and its HQ could be in any virgin land within its area.
I saw people of Arunachal Pradesh expressing their woes and bitter experiences against
the ill treatments received from Assam Traffic Police. So why cannot we all try
to think and feel the problems of our people living in Assam- Arunachal border where
they have to struggle against both the Police and Criminals of Assam. In reality
it is much more secure and peaceful to live in India-China border than to live
in Arunachal- Assam border. Likabali is facing the worst encroachment the Assam Government
could ever make and so Nari-Koyu. The creation of Lower Siang is the only hope of
secure and peaceful life for the people of this area. So we should extend our cooperation
in the development of Likabali and Nari-Koyu which in turn reflects the overall development
of the state.
Er. Kirpak Dini (on email)
They took away my hard earned money
I passed Cl XII previous year but could not join College as my family could not afford
to send me to college. So this year I am working hard to earn a bit to join college
An ugly incident happened on 2th December 2010 which forced me to unveil my deplorable
The Police officers who gets salary for 13 months looted a boy struggle hard for
People come to Pasighat to enjoy its scenic beauty but on the contrary I was on the
way to the town to sell oranges on a hired Tata mobile.
At the Raneghat check gate, the Police fellows asked for a commission of Rs 150 in
the name of Agriculture Produce Market Committee.
I was shocked but I paid because I did not have other way out. Again in the return
journey, the looters asked for Rs 50 for some pretext.
Hoping for some help, I complained it to the police officer with a star but the contrary
he scolded me and threatened to take away my hired vehicles.
After 40 minutes of argument and letting off Rs 30, I was allowed to go. What is
this APMC who loots the villagers and snatch their hard earned agriculture produces?
How much profit will a boy make selling oranges that he buys from others?
With such behavior, the police are losing its respect.
So I appeal the department to stop these kinds of illegal earning activities. They
should be satisfied with thirteen months salary. They should learn to respect the
James Gao (on email)
One of us
Mr. Bahugana is talking like a layman; a man of his stature should roll out selected
words and views/statement. His statement on Dam in Arunachal seems attributed by
Chinese interests to weaken our economy. Let he may be told that China have capabilities
to strike any point of India, whether it is Kanyakumari or Dong in Lohit.
Ezengo (on email)
It is very sad to know that people do not think twice before giving such high profile
Construction of dams no doubt causes environmental degradation, but it can be checked.
As far China is concerned, we need to have positive outlook. We know most of our
NE States have international boundary. So, does it mean that we shall never have
any mega projects?
Why no dams in Arunachal but international trade from Mumbai sea port?
Why peaceful trade link or railway link between India-Pakistan and no accessible
road to borders of Mechuka and Taliha?
Now the question is why we are afraid of being a border state. In fact we should
try to utlise it. No bad feelings against anyone.
(on email), Itanagar
A source of inspiration
Sarah Enung Borang who recently cleared APPSC competitive exam has proved that hard
labour, firm ambitions, sincerity and dedication never goes unrewarded. She is the
source of inspiration & encouragement to those who are poor and struggling hard yet
putting their maximum effort to achieve their dream and be a role model like Sarah.
A lesson is to be learnt that "Where there is will there is a way" .No matter what
sort of problems and difficulties may be , it can not deter from getting success
if one has a strong aspiration like Sarah.
I convey my best wishes to Sarah and other young, energetic successful candidates
who got through the APPSC exam .It is expected that as a public servant, they would
continue to strive in rendering their valuable services effectively with full vigour
and dedication for upliftment & welfare of our state.
Further, I would like to congratulate and express my pride for having ideal bureaucrats
like Huzar Lollen, Secy. APPSC and Chairman Rinchen Dorjee for adopting transparent
and precise procedures in conducting the exam.
Heni Rina (on email)
Dera Natung College,
Nail the culprits
On the night of 6th December'2010, a bike was burnt down by unknown persons at Topna
market area. The burnt bike is still there. Till date no inquiry/investigation has
been carried out by the Arunachal Pradesh Police, no Magisterial inquiry and most
surprising is that still no one has claimed the bike.
I appeal to concerned authority to look into the matter and book the culprit.
Changlang is disturbed area and Assam Rifles' patrol throughout the night within
township area. But occurrences of such incident has create fear among the common
Why is the Police and District Administration is silent?
The innocent people are being harassed by the so-called Assam Rifle/Police in the
name of inquiry..!
The people do not like to come to Changlang.
Corruption is high and officers have over stayed their tenure. Public or civil
societies do not dare to speak about these developmental activities.
Wangkom Khomrang and Wang Tailong
Changlang (on email)
Pasighat reels under darkness
The power supply to East Siang district has been disrupted for last one week and
Pasighat is reeling under darkness. The excitement which the centenary celebration
has pumped into the minds of people, appear to cool down, following such frequent
disruption in power supply to Pasighat. The public seems disheartened and is even
of the opinion whether or not the celebration will be a success at all.
In view of this, the authorities concerned are requested to resolve the problem at
the earliest so that the dying hopes of the public is rejuvenated and they gear up
for the celebration once again. It should also be made sure that this sort of power
problem be curbed at least during the period of the celebration. Come to think of
it, we are celebrating the centenary event of a town which otherwise means development,
new hopes and prosperity. But power the most essential service now, should not be
cause of driving us back to dark ages.
So, once again, all concerned, especially the people’s representatives of the district
are requested to take personal interest in sorting out the problem in the larger
interest of the centenary celebration, hence the public interest.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Bharat Linggi and Techi Umpo clinch State Level Chess Championship
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Bharat Lingi clinched the Second State Level Chess Championship
in open category which concluded at Youth Hostel, Naharlagun yesterday.
Dr. Rejum Ronya of Dumporijo, Tamchi Kache of Koloriang and Hage Lasa of Ziro finished
second, third and fourth respectively and all of them qualified for national level
Techi Umpo and Otel Lego, both from of Roing, secured the first and second position
respectively in Women’s Open category. The first and second prize in U-16 year category
went to Nabam Kayang of Sagalee and Take Robin of Ziro while Rapak Dui of Daporijo
and Papu Gyamar of Sagalee were the winner and runners in U-20 year category.
Agami Miri of Roing and Likha Taram of Yazali won the first and second prize in U-12
years category. Winners and runners up of all the categories, excepting Men’s open
category, have qualified for national level championships.
A total 90 players from 16 districts participated in this game of 64 squares which
was conducted under various age categories by All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association
from December 4 to 9.
Lower Subansiri ZP Chairperson Likha Togum, who attended the championship as chief
guest, appreciated All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association for organizing the championship
successfully and suggested the association to conduct it regularly to expose hidden
Players who have secured 5th to 20th positions in Men’s Open category are, Gapor
Dupit (5th), Raluk Dui (6th), Nabam Chada (7th), BP Lahon (8th), Yomi Karbi (9th),
Jigo Josam (10th), Yommar Nyori (11th), Nikbam Doke (12th), Nabam Kayang (13th),
Santosh Giri (14th), B Phukan (15th), Gem Taje (16th), Tabu Dupit (17th), Heri Majik
(18th), Tapung Pogia Mara (19th), Durgeswar Pait (20th).
Truth Will Find A Way
Few months back, on a busy Monday I was at my office desk, redacting the usual notice
board news, when my cell phone rang for the third time. Seeing a new number on the
screen, I ignored it twice but when it buzzed for the third time, I took the call.
It was from the office of a cabinet minister, summoning me at once.
For a while, I was baffled and didn’t know how to react but being a call from such
high profile office, I couldn’t muster the courage to ignore or delay.
As I stepped inside the office and introduced myself, I saw him picking a particular
newspaper from a pile adorning the corner of his desk. The instant I saw that paper
fluttering in his hand, I got the message of being summoned.
Pointing at my write-up published on that day, he said, ‘I can see beyond your writing
and the intention you’ve put forth, adding grimly, ‘I appreciate your writing and
I can construe that you’re a frustrated young man.’
I was dumbfounded and couldn’t make out, whether to take it as compliment or criticism.
Confused, I opted to keep my mouth shut and I did it for yawning one hour.
His fatherly advice that still reverberates on my mind, ‘abstain from maligning the
state’s reputations by highlighting only the flaws instead focus on the pleasant
transition that Arunachal is transpiring through.’
And I silently thought how can I when I’m yet to witness such transitions.
Sadly that old man of wisdom interpreted my write-up as a denigrating endeavor instead
of considering it as a source to comprehend the mindset of a grieving generation.
Preferably, sharing his progressive visions would’ve been more beneficial for the
state than trying to tame my candor write-up. Though it was a lopsided interaction,
I came out smiling, satisfied of what I did - stirring the passive conscience.
Another person I annoyed with my write-up was an intellectual lady designated as
secretary of some well known department. She thought that by reflecting the negativity
I wasn’t doing any good. Her sisterly advice that came through my friend, ‘It won’t
change anything, it’ll continue functioning the way it has been.’
Finally, the recent irritating call from my own brethren was a masterpiece. He called
me up to say, ‘why are you tainting Tangsa society by writing its tradition of opium
consumption? This gentleman conceived that by highlighting the scourge of opium addiction
I’m tarnishing the image of our society but he forgot that by concealing the truth
we’re preventing the cure and encouraging the social ill to prevail.
When I questioned him, ‘Sir, May I know which one is the better option, to eradicate
the social ill or its prevalence that’s annihilating the posterity?’ Speechless,
he simply disconnected the line.
Personally, on numerous accounts, I’ve been discouraged to highlight the veracity,
each time by a different character. If I compile the dramatic interactions into a
book, I’m certain it’ll upset many influential individuals who tag themselves as
the torch bearer of society but in truth, they’re the reason of darkness prevailing
in our society.
My point is – ‘if you can’t contribute or be the change than shut your mouth and
stop galling, when the young generations are pioneering the process.’ We write so
that truth can survive and it’ll continue because we know someday, somehow, truth
will find a way. (The writer can be reached at simaitom@ gmail.com)
Mass awareness rallies for clean and green Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: ENVIRON an NGO largely working on solid waste management in North
Eastern Region has organised awareness rallies on solid waste management for clean
and green Capital at Naharlagun and Itanagar on Dec 8 and 9 respectively.
The programmes were sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar in association with Capital District
The main objective of the awareness rallies was to prevent the present habit of use
and throw practice of solid waste.
Large number of students and youths participated in both the rallies with placards
which read “Do not Throw Garbage Here and There”, “Always use Litterbin”, “Avoid
Gutkha and Pan Masala”, “Avoid Plastics, Save Earth”, “Keep your Surrounding Clean”,
“Let us make our City Clean and Green.” The Best three slogan writers from among
the students were given prizes respectively.
Earlier, “Play Card” competition cum workshop on solid waste management was held
at Govt. HS School, Arunodaya and Vivekananda Central School of Itanagar and at Central
School No.1 and Govt. ME School of Naharlagun.
The Day Abo Tani Nurtured Ego and His Ordeals Thereafter
(This article is excerpt from sacred verses of “Tani Sabre Barniin”. Mythology of
birth/evolution of human being under compilation for my forthcoming book “Fine
Flake of Miji Migun from the Sachet of Popi Sarmin Part-2”)
Mythology is a collection of interrelated stories of a culture, which tends to describe
the gods and its creation of this world. It also tells the story of the people who
inhabited this earth. These early inhabitants of this earth usually had some supernatural
and special power and some of them were elevated to gods and goddesses. Myths also
relate that culture faiths, moral values, ethics, traditions, customs and, etc. which
if followed and uphold has benefited them spiritually, morally, psychologically,
and assure peace of the society and individual members.
In the discourse of oral sacred literature, “Ayu-Bari” and “Miji-Miguñ,” the Epic
ballad songs and Mythological short Stories Popi-Sarmin(learned Elders) and Nyibu
(Priests) of Apatani, discussed thoroughly the transcendental knowledge, of Morality,
ethos, faith, tradition and customs acquired by our fore fathers after the commission
of certain mistakes, realization, experience and understanding of the nature which
encompasses him. The following is a story of an ancestor of humanity ‘Abotani’ who
unintentionally nurtured the Ego and its resultant suffering by him and his posterity.
In olden days, there was a very cordial relation among the world of Spirit, animal,
nature and vegetations. Abotani, our forefather was living in perfect harmony with
spirits, other living being and vegetation. He established matrimonial relation with
Hasañ Buluñ Biinyi the sister of God of Strength Hasañ Buluñ Mikhii who adorned
him with Koga Mirii, an extra Eyes at his back side of head with which he could see
the world of spirits; Liidu Piimyi a powerful spikes in both hands and Legs with
which he could vanquish his enemy very easily. Due to Tani’s such adornment of a
weapon, he was feared and respected in both the human world Neha and world of spirits
Uie. However, his good time did end, when ego entered into his mind. As he was feared
and respected in both the world, and he became so proud of himself and was under
the illusion that he is the Lord of both the world. In a course of time, this ego
grew more and more.
While Abotani walking blinded with his ego, his spike accidentally pierced and killed
Tubo Haley and Lyabo Hakhe, the sons of Tubo and Lyabo both Prominent personalities
of the world of Spirit. This incident created a large number of adversaries. All
the kit and kins of Tubo-Lyabo Myotii Pilya, Dingyañ-Shii, turned against him. They
nurtured the grudge against him, were always conspiring to eliminate him, and were
in looking out for the chance to take revenge.
One day conspired thus; they made a swing in high up at the mythical place Miido
Tuko with iron rope. They played with swing one after another and with their tacit
motive enticed Tani. Myotii swung in the swing and told Tani, “It is very exciting,
and I could see the northern country and Nyime, the Mongolians planting Pine saplings
in their Groves.” Next Dingyañ swung and said, “Ah!! It’s hilarious; I could see
the southern country and Panii Hiiro the Aryans planting Tree in their grove. Hearing
these, curiosity took over Tani’s cautiousness, unaware of their plan, he sits himself
on the swing; immediately, they pushed Tani forcibly and throw him high up in the
Sky and kept him aloof with Tabyuñ Tochi and Tamo Toko the spiked Bamboo and wooden
pole to let him die.
Instantly, Giinii Pilya (in laymen Apatani dialect) the protector god arrive to protected
Tani. Tani saw a man below who was clearing the old bamboo spikes, and was making
the soil soft and ask him. “Who are you? What are you doing?” “I am the protector
god within you. I am softening the soil and clearing the old bamboo spike where you
may fall and get pierced and break your bones.” (Note: Therefore, Apatani Boys propitiate
Giinii Pilya during Myoko by offering a Cock so that god within May always alerts
and protects us).
When Dolyañ Chanjañ , Tani’s sister came to know of this event. She persuaded the
spirits to spare Tani’s life but in vain. When Spirits decline to spare the Tani’s
life, she approached Miido Popi the eternal guide for advice. Miido Popi suggested
Dolyañ Chanjañ to negotiate with the Spirit to spare Tani’s life in lieu of disarming
him. Accordingly, she approached the prominent Spirits and asked them that if Tani
is eliminated from the Neha, there will be nobody to propitiate and give them gifts
and offerings. So, she negotiated that if they spare his life, the arrogant Tani
will be subdued by disarming his extra Eyes and Power full spike in lieu of Haley
and Hakhe’s life. The spirits agreed to spare his life in lieu of his disarmament.
As agreed upon, though Tani was spared, but was left disarmed and in enervated condition.
Resultantly, not only the animals like wild hens, boars, grasses, but also his own
implement like wooden pestles (Hunyi) winnowing fans (Yapyo) turned against him and
was ever ready to cause obstruction in his every venture and to harm him.
Even then, the grudge against Tani harbored by the spirits did not die off. One fine
day, Tani reached the mythical place called Bhogo Nyatu and show that Tubo and Lyabo
preparing “Durgu,” Pig’s wooden feeding trays. They enticed him to lay and try if
the sizes were big enough so that their pigs, “Lyipo Tagya”, could sleep after feeds.
Tani unaware of their tacit motive agreed and laid there. When he affirmed that the
size was all right, immediately they closed Tani with the other Tray and tied it
with the rope securely. Thereafter, they throw him from Cliff of a mythical mountain
(Sha Dango) down to the River Sha Kiilye to let him die by drowning.
Murtu paku ( two trays enclosing Tani inside and tied securely) was rolled down
from the cliff towards Sha kiiley, fortunately, they’re in that cliff grew a spice
of bamboo locally known as Tajer (Pleiosblustus simoni) whose branches hold the
Murtu paku and Tanger Mibyo the tail pin of Fish pushed up and stopped it from drowning.
(Note: Therefore, Tajer and the Fish are considered very sacred and are used in
various rituals and in preparation of alters and images of benevolent spirits and
Abotani, like a caterpillar in cocoon was desperately trying to free himself. His
efforts were in vain, as it was securely tied with a rope from outside. Exhausted,
he was lying quietly; after a while, he heard Miiyi Tarin and Miilyo Tako a mythical
bird was flying over. He asked him for help. The bird tried but could only make a
hole through which he could peep outside and thereafter bird expressed his inability
and flew away. Next, he shows through the hole that an owl (Pamu) was flying over
and persuaded, “My dear Owl. I have been thrown in Sha-Dango by Tubo-Lyabo and accomplish,
please help me and rescue. ‘In yonder days you drove me by shouting Hu... hu.. hu..,
you were never friendly. It would be better if you die.” Saying this, the Owl urinated
upon Tani and flew. A while later, he saw (Pua) a Crow flying over, Tani asked him,
“Dear Crow, please help me. “In those days, you shoot an arrow upon me. I don’t see
any reason to rescue you, and it would be better if you die.” Saying this Crow drop
his defection upon Abotani and flew away. Little later, a Mole drop in and abotani
asked him, “O uncle Mole. I have been thrown in Sha-Dango by Tubo, Lyabo and accomplish
to let me die by drowning in Sha Kiilye. There is nobody to rescue me. Please go
to the almighty Ayo Danyi (Mother Sun) an appeal her to help and rescue me.”
The heavenly Mole runs to the land of Almighty Iijang Anii/Ayo Danyi; and said, “O!
Iijang Anii, the sustainer mother, Tani has been closed in Murtu Paku and thrown
down the Sha Dango to let him drawn and die in Sha kiiley by the gang of Spirits.
If you don’t save him now, he will be eliminated from the Neha the world of living
being and there will be no reason left for you to rise there and shine. So, O sustainer
and protector mother, please save him.” Hearing this, Iijang Anii adorned herself
with her armors and rose to Neha with blazing light and with here intense and with
blazinglight the Murtu Paku was opened and Tani was rescued from the trap.
Realizing his own friability due to disarmament, grateful Tani choice to stay with
almighty Iijang Anii to serve her and went with him in Land of light Iijang. Iijang
Anii or Ayo Dany instructed Tani before going out for her daily chore. “While I am
absent, don’t look into the Chuka, Hurbu, Tardu, Chiba, Miiha, or Reke.” But Tani,
did not adhere to the instruction his inquisitiveness took over and checked out every
corner of the house and found at every corners of the house were filed with the
poisonous insects, reptiles, roaches, and dreaded animals like lion Tigers, Wild
Boars, Bears, etc. . And Tani shows that Ayo Dany giving blessings to the faithful,
upright, compassionate and responsible person and sent out these reptiles and animals
to punish the wrong doer; she sent snakes to bite the liars, other ferocious animals
to the cruel and exploiters of poor, weak and ignorant, etc. etc.
When Ayo Danyi return frightened abotani persuaded her, “O ayo Danyi, at the time
of the day it is unbearably cold and at night it’s so hot, at your palace. Where
it is extreme, cold and hot it is impossible for me to survive. Please send me to
my own place.” “Alright I will send you to your place through a holy woolen thread
Chai Chata let me make sure that it reaches upto your Ingya (place where family
sleep in the traditional house), otherwise you may get pierced by the spikes of your
roof. However, before that I will give you brief knowledge of Dany-Shii lenda the
guiding principle living in the upright way. It will guide you and your offspring
practice and preserve it. The details I have given to Charuñ and Kolyuñ Popi, who
will teach you.” Ayo Danyi, continued, “……. Always hold the pillar of Truth, have
faith in the almighty, have compassionate mind; always be patient, don’t do wrong
even through thought, speech and action………” After teaching Tani the Dany-Shii lenda
she added, “Remember this incident of your resurrection by offering me Danyi genda,
Pyagang bikre and Danyi- Khonju, I will bless you and your offspring health wealth
and knowledge in abundance.” Saying this Ayo Danyi let Tani go down to Neha, his
home through Holy Thread.
There for Nyibus (Priest) pray to Almighty Ayo Dany/Danyi Piilo:-
“Iijang anii noh, Jamping Danyi Karpin Piilo,
Noh charun loma ka hulu pakhu, Kanku loma ka siibi bikhu.
Kolyun anii ka nutii nuri, Kolo anii ka hatii hanyo.
Iiji kuha ka Gartii Danyi, Murta kuha ka liitii piilo
Iiji Duhin ka dupin danyi, Gambii thatii bo.
Murta liitii ka liipin piilo ganda Tarho bo,
The Compassionate almighty Mother, Iijang Anii, Who is beyond the perception
of Ato Charun, the God of Knowledge and wisdom, the source of every element and matters
of this Universe, manifesting as Sun and Moon, the caring Eyes of the Kolyun Anii
and compassionate heart of Kolo Anii, the Goddesses of Time. The omni conscious,
Nikun Neha ka hiisi rigyii ko
Nikun Neha ka hiimer khegyii ko.
Jamping Danyi noh, Karping Piilo noh
Nikun mika lyantii lyala bo,Goro gola bo,
Siiju jula bo, Siimer marla bo.
Laa bhiki bo, Hikhii khiiki bo.
Liimin tula bo, Lamin pyala bo
Upon thee, Nikun-Neha all living beings pray for their well-being from the time of
eternity. Thee, the Compassionate and Caring parent the Jamping Danyi and Karpin
Piilo, the sustainer, protector, and bestowal of blessings to the believers.
Ngunu miilang timing riiming tiimo buyung sando pa laynato pe.
Today, we pray upon thee for sustenance, protection, knowledge, vitality, and blessing
for multiplication of our son, daughter, domestic fowls and animals. Let peace prevail
upon our hearts for our life.
Come one and all let us celebrate the indigenous Day and preserve, protect and promote
our pristine old heritage, faith, culture, tradition for our progeny and to eternity.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The NSS Unit, J.N.College, Pasighat conducted Annual Special Camping
Programme at Ayeng on Dec 4-5.
The camp was organized by the Programme Officers T.Payum and W. Gyatso and 73 N.S.S
Volunteers and seven teachers took part.
On the first day, the volunteers cleared jungle around Middle School and Health Sub-Centre
In the meeting the programme officers highlighted the aim and objectives as well
as significance of the camp. Villagers were made aware on health and hygiene, AIDS,
Swine flu, drug abuse, adult education and rural economy during the camp.
The Anchal Samity Member, Village Secretary and Gao Bhuras also spoke and appreciated
the camp. On the second day, volunteers constructed approach road to Health Sub Centre,
dug drains on the two sides and filled up around 1 km link road that connects Ayeng
Village and Health Sub Centre.
VIII Galo Baanv Kvba
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The VIII Galo Baanv Kvba (GBK) will be held at Dumporijo in January,
2011. Delegates from all over will assemble on the 19th and the 20th and 21st January
and will witness the brainstorming of the best minds of the Galo community from young
students to the senior citizens on various topics under the theme of : peace, progress
The Galo Welfare Society (GWS) hosts these Baanv Kvbas at regular intervals since
2000. During this GBK, there would be plenary sessions, group/focussed group discussions
and debates on a few important issues. And the GWS expects to work out a road map
towards a more peaceful and more progressive approach of community life to ensure
the prosperity of the people of the community and the state, at large.
The Local Organising Committee of the VIII GBK will be chaired by Secretary General
of the North East Students' Organisation (NESO)Gumjum Haidar with Takar Marde, Minister,
Rural Development and PRI as Chief Patron.
The achievers and trendsetters among the Galos will also be honored and felicitated
during the VIII GBK in Dumporijo.
The Foundation Day of the GWS will be celebrated on 10 January 2011 in Baririjo.
And the GWS President, Jarjum Gamlin Ete, the Chief Advisor, GWS, Huzar Lollen (
Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission) and the Chief Patron,
GWS, Tape Bagra ( Commissioner, RWD, RD& PRI, etc) are likely to participate in the
celebrations along with other members of the Governing Body of the GWS.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Chandranagar Welfare Committee appealed the Department of Urban
Development to initiate immediate steps to start drainage construction of estate
industries Chandranagar road to NH52.
Govt. Deptt labour union opposes
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union opposed
the demands made by All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union regarding cancellation of
illegal appointments to the post of Grade C and D under WR Department during 2009-10.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Raising Perme has been appointed as Chairman Labour Cell State
NCP Unit along with Akodong Badu as Secretary State Unit In-charge Upper Siang District,
Omiyang Boli as Secretary, Nationalist Mohila Congress State Unit, In-charge Upper
Siang District Women Wing and Miti Tangu as Secretary, NMC State Unit, Western Zone
Women Wing respectively.
AIPU, AYA oppose DEE appointment
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) and Arunachal Youth
Association (AYA) have opposed the appointment of an APSC cadre as the director of
elementary education and demanded immediate cancellation of the appointment.
In a joint memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, both the organisations said
that the appointment has violated the DPC rule and demoralised the senior officers
of the education department.
Pointing out the cabinet decision and Govt extraordinary notification of August 19,
the organisations said that the appointment should be made on promotional basis from
among the senior officers who completed minimum five years of service as joint director
of school education.
Libang for quality education
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: MLA Alo Libang has called upon the VKV organisations to cooperate
in education sector and impart quality education to make the future generation worthy
citizens of the country.
Addressing the gathering at Parents meet of VKV, Yingkiong as chief guest, Libang
said, education is the root of all development. He called upon one and all to help
improve the education sector in Upper Siang district.
Stressing the need of schools with good infrastructure and vision for quality education,
the MLA assured to work for the development of the education sector in the district.
He further said that efforts is on to upgrade the JNV, Geku to Higher Secondary level.
Vishwas Lapalkar, secretary VKV, NE and joint secretary Radha B spoke on the principles
and policy of the VKV and its effort in spreading quality education across the country
including Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The district and Session Judge, West division, Yupia while hearing
a case No 15/10-(YPA) in T S No 38/10 (YPA) (Nabam Tarin vrs Taring Mama) on Dec
1 has ordered that Taring Mama shall not act as president of All Nyishi Youth Association
The court further said that “the interim order will remain till the returnable period
which is fixed on Dec 21 and the defendant is at liberty to move before this court
for vacation/modification and cancellation of the interim order.”
Increase upper age limit of civil service aspirants: AAPPDU
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The All Arunachal Pradesh Private Drivers Union (AAPPDU) has appealed
the state Govt to increase the age limit for the candidates for the APPSCCC examination
from 28 years to 35 years.
Raising the age limit from existing 28 years to 35 years will definitely be a boon
for the unemployed educated youths of the state who are running from pillar to post
for Govt job. Moreover such steps will help reduce unemployment problems in the
great extent, the union said in a release.
Club members reconstruct new house
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Leo Club of Karsingsa has reconstructed new house for the
fire victim who has lost his dwelling house in a devastating fire at Karsingsa on
Nov 28 last.
The Club members led by Karu Sonam collected bamboos and other materials from jungle
and constructed the house through social service yesterday.
Meanwhile, the villagers and fire victim appreciated the club for rendering self-less
service at the time of need.
SDP on cane and bamboo handicraft
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: National Youth Project (NYP) of Arunachal Pradesh successfully
conducted the NABARD sponsored 36 Days Skill Development Programme on Cane & Bamboo
Handicraft at Aalo from Nov 3 to Dec 8. 25 unemployed participants have been trained
on various designs and products on bamboo handicrafts and other various managerial
and operational functions.
Seppa, Dec 10: Ram Flago and Taffa Gyadi have been selected as President and general
respectively of All Pipu Gyawepurang Youth Welfare Association (APGYWA).
Asso. demands BSNL mobile services
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: All Nyapin, Sangram, Phassang Youth Welfare Association highlighting
the grievances of public due to BSNL mobile network problems said that a BSNL Mobile
tower was erected at Nyapin two years back but the concerned authority could not
activate the services till today.
It appealed the BSNL General Managar, Itanagar to activate the services before the
end of December and also urged the authority to look into the Sangram mobile network
North East Wave
NAHARLAGUN, Dec. 10: As part of the Agenda for 100 days of Ministry of DoNER, A Multi-State
Composite Competitive Cultural Programme called “North East Wave” in the television
reality show is being taken up by NEC to encourage the talented youths of the North
Accordingly, M/S Suyojan Films(India) Pvt Ltd.,New Delhi has been awarded the contract
The programme will showcase the composite cultural heritage like folk/ethnic dances/songs
of the region as well as the modern creative dance and songs to suit the aesthetic
taste of the day and mainstreaming the talented youth of the NE Region into the National
Pool. The show will have two parts-one competitive and one non-competitive part.The
non-competitive part will be organized in consultation with the State Governments
of NE States.
The Mega finale of the reality show will be telecasted at live in an open air stadium
at Guwahati during 3rd week of February, 2011.
Audition in the state would be conducted at Bomdila on December 20 and 27th December
at Itanagar. (DIPR)
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Art of Living will host Know Your Child (KYC) workshop on
December 12, 2010 at the Art of Living Centre, Itanagar.
Concerns over long term survival of stranded gibbons
Roing, Dec 10: In an aberration from their canopy dwelling nature, eastern Hoolock
gibbons (Hoolock leuconedys) stranded in isolated clusters of trees near Roing in
south-east Arunachal Pradesh have been observed descending towards nearby fields
for food, raising concerns on their safety and survival.
About 14 families are confined to clusters of trees in Dello and Injino villages
near Roing, as an outcome of tree-felling for jhum cultivation. With the reduction
in the number of trees in this cluster, the population of these gibbons has reached
a critical minimum level.
The distribution of eastern Hoolock gibbon in India is limited to four districts
in Arunachal Pradesh.
Highly specialised canopy-dwellers, Hoolock gibbons have long arms and short legs
making their body suited for swinging in the tree tops and not for movement on the
ground. Two species of this tailless primate are found in India – the eastern Hoolock
gibbon and the western Hoolock gibbon. Listed under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife
(Protection) Act 1972, the Hoolock gibbon is threatened due to habitat fragmentation.
“Hoolock gibbons are strictly canopy dwellers. They are extremely clumsy when on
ground and can become easy targets of stray dogs or hunters,” explains Dr Prabal
Sarkar, Primatologist, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). “Individuals from this particular
population were observed raiding corn fields, by our field officer Jis Sebastian.
This is alarming as it indicates the extent of habitat fragmentation and the desperation
of this population due to insufficient food sources.”
To counter threats to this population, the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department assisted
by WTI is assessing their behaviour and habitats to evaluate the feasibility of their
The Gibbon Translocation Project is a joint venture of the Arunachal Pradesh Forest
Department and WTI supported by the Noyen-Melendez Family Trust, IFAW, Serenity Trust,
and philanthropists Himraj Dang Subhadra and Kannan Jayaraman.
“There is no option but to relocate them to another area with better connectivity
and sufficient food and cover,” says Dr NVK Ashraf, Chief Operating Officer, WTI.
“Through vegetation and behavioural studies we have identified the families which
need to be shifted urgently. A suitable relocation site has been identified in Mehao
Wildlife Sanctuary and the movement process will be finalised soon.”
Tine Mena all set to conquer Mount Everest
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: After Tapi Mra’s rare feat of scaling Mount Everest nearly two
years ago, another Arunachalee youth Tine Mena is all set to climb the highest mountain
peak in the world during March, 2011.
Mena is the lone climber from Arunachal Pradesh selected for the ensuing summit by
North East Everest Expedition 2011. Romio Meetei, another person selected from Arunachal
Pradesh is supporting member.
Mena had to undergo rigorous training before she was being selected for the most
Mena, the eldest daughter of Buge Mena of Malinye village of Dibang Valley district
said: "Since my childhood days I have been nurturing a dream of doing something new.
But I was helpless due to my poor family background. However, I was introduced and
encouraged to adventure sports and rock climbing by my seniors and well wishers.
I got an opportunity to pursue a combined adventure course in Manipur Mountaineering
and Trekking Association which recommended me for basic mountaineering course in
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling from where I successfully completed
my basic and advance course in mountaineering."
She also took part in Zonal Sport Climbing competition in Imphal, Manipur, Kaya Pass
Trekking Expedition, Arunachal Pradesh in 2007, Tourism awareness programme organized
by State Tourism department and adventure awareness camp organized by Directorate
of Sports and Youth Affairs.
Mena, who had to discontinue her school education after 8th standard due to abject
poverty and later rejoined Open schooling at Roing after lots of struggle, told this
reporter about some harsh reality faced by her during training period in Manipur.
"I had to do labour work (porter track cutting work) on daily basis to meet my daily
expenditure and earned Rs.1,500 because my father was not able to bear all my expenses.
I will always be thankful to Minister Kalikho Pul, who gave me Rs. 5000 and encouraged
me," she said.
"I am training hard and looking forward to climb the Mount Everest. And if God blesses,
I would be the first lady mountaineering from Arunachal Pradesh as well as whole
NE Region to scale the one of the most fearsome mountains to climb in the world,"
she emphatically said.
Meanwhile, Mena met State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu yesterday and appealed him
for providing financial assistance for fulfilling her childhood dream. According
to Mena, the CM has assured her to extend financial assistance for the ensuing summit.
Of the 12-member expedition team four are lady climbers one each from Assam, Meghalaya,
Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The team will be accompanied by 10 supporting members’
upto the base camp.
She successfully completed her Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) and Basic Mountaineering
Course (BMC) from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling in 2009. She
was the best trainee of her batch in BMC and won gold medal. She came second in AMC
and won silver medal. She took her adventure course from Manipur Mountaineering Institute
in 2008. She climbed Mount Kolahi, Jammu and Kashmir in 2009 organized by NE Adventure
Foundation Guwahati, Shivalinga (6543 mt), Garhwal in 2010 and finally Lama Wangden
peak (6200mt), Sikkim as part of pre-Everest expedition organized by Indian Mountaineering
Federation, New Delhi during November-December, 2010.
AAPSU calls for step to save Tawang Monastery
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has expressed serious
concern over report of landslide around Tawang monastery.
Recently it has been reported that landslide behind Tawang monastery is causing serious
threat to this historical monument.
In a press statement AAPSU has appealed to central and state government to take
urgent steps so that no harm is done to this historical monument.
“Being the second largest monastery of world, Tawang monastery is an asset of state
and nation too. It’s disturbing to hear that landslide is posing risk to Tawang monastery,
which draws large number of visitors every year. We should approach central government
to send expert from Delhi to assess the whole situation,” stated AAPSU President
He urged state governor JJ Singh to personally intervene in this regard, so that
works towards safeguarding monastery is properly carried out.
Meanwhile welcoming the SSA Rajya Mission’s decision to carry out recruitment for
various posts in education department, AAPSU felt that criteria set for local candidates
should be eased. “ First of all 50:50 recruitment policy for APST and non-APST for
posts like MIS coordinator and part time instructor for Physical and Health Education
is wrong. 50% seat for non-APST should be made general category and should be opened
to everyone including APSTs,” said Tatung.
Further he added, “Government should relax criteria set for APST candidates for
various posts advertised on 9th December by SSA Rajya Mission. For some posts our
local candidates may not necessarily have required work experience. We request government
to ease criteria for certain posts for benefit of local citizens.”
At a time when many unemployment youths are struggling to get jobs, AAPSU believe
such relaxation on the part of government will help these youths.
Rampant violation of traffic rules leads to road accidents: Dabi
PASIGHAT, Dec 10: Careless driving and rampant violation of traffic rules are the
main reasons for maximum road accidents, said Home Minister Tako Dabi while addressing
the special traffic awareness-cum-education campaign organised for school students
in particular and public in general at Bakin Pertin Memorial Auditorium of HS School,
Telam in East Siang district today. The programme was organized jointly by SP Alok
Kumar and SP (Traffic, Itanagar) A Tamut.
Stressing the need of strict observation of road safety rules to save precious human
lives, the minister, who presided over the programme, appealed the participants to
become campaign managers to bring in mass awareness on road safety among the masses.
He also suggested the teachers and parents to teach traffic rules and guidelines
to their children regularly. Such initiatives would transform them into responsible
and law-abiding citizens, he added.
The minister lamented that despite 2010 being a Helmet Year and massive efforts being
taken by police department on road safety measures in the state, many died owing
to careless driving, thereby crushing cherished dreams of their parents and family
members. He advised the drivers and car owners to carry driving license and all related
document while travelling for own safety and security. He appealed the youths to
join state police forces while informing that recruitment would start on March 2011
next in the state.
Earlier, Alok Kumar called upon the gathering to strictly follow the traffic rules.
The SP hoped that such awareness campaign would help the people to recall their responsibilities
and scale down number of road accidents.
Expressing concerned over growing number of accidents in the state, SP (Traffic,
Itanagar) A Tamut said that many youths of our state died in the road accidents due
to reckless driving and lack of knowledge of on traffic rules. He also demonstrated
road safety signs and distributed pamphlets on traffic safety measures among the
Among others, ADC Nari T Mibang and ASP Pasighat R Padu also addressed and shared
their views. The next campaigns are scheduled to be held at Pasighat and Ruksin
on Dec 12 and 13 respectively. DIPRO
APB & OCWWB awareness campaign team reach East Siang district
BOLENG Dec 10: The Aruna-chal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’
Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam along with Labor Commissioner-cum-Secretary APB&OCWWB
Ojing Darung, continuing its campaign in the state conducted an awareness camp at
Boleng today. The board is organizing the extensive tour in order to provide social
security and other welfare measures/facilities to the workers engaged in Building
and Other Construction activities in the State and to make them aware of the benefits
provided under the APB&OCWW Board.
Highlighting benefits towards laborers, the chairman said “today no bank or person
is willing to lend loan and extend helping hand to poor laborers at the time of their
need, particularly for procurement of tools and equipments, medical treatment and
But with the establishment of APB&OCWW Board, now any laborer/worker registered with
the board can get housing loan, medical assistance, tools advance, maternity assistance
and other benefits from the board.” The Chairman further advising the workers to
cooperate with the state government by contributing maximum out put towards the developmental
activities informed that under Chief Minister Welfare Scheme one can avail benefits
like Chief Minister Group Insurance Scheme (Mukhya Mantri Swastha Bima Yojna), Janashree
Bima Yojana, Free distribution of Exercises Books to the children of registered workers,
Education Assistance for higher studies in Technical/Professional, Old age pension
for above 60 years.
Earlier, Sonam along with board officials visited District Hospital, Aalo and handed
over Rupees five thousand as medical benefit to Kemba Lollen, a registered worker
on Dec 9.
Labour Commissioner-cum-Secretary APB&OCWWB Ojing Darung highlighted about the 1%
cess collection and informed that 1% cess deposits is mandatory as per the Building
& Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act. 1996. He also explained about the
procedure of transfer and payment of cess to the Board by demand draft payable at
He appreciated Sonam for speedy implementations of benefits to the registered workers.
Labour Officer and Registering Officer West Siang district Lee Ete and Hage Obing
also appealing the various construction agencies to pay the required cess so as avoid
legal complicacies said that every employer in building or other construction works
under all undertakings are liable to pay not less than one percent and not exceeding
two percent of the total cost of construction incurred to APB&OCWW Board as per the
Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act. 1996 (28 of 1996).
Public Relation Officer of the Board, Koj Kano briefed about the APB&OCWWB and objectives
of the awareness camp and urged the HoDs to extend their help to the workers in their
President and General Secretary AAPWU West Siang District Tumar Bagra and Donga Kayi
also spoke on the occasion and assured to cooperate with the board for welfare activities.
The team, conducted awareness camp at Likabali, Gensi, Daring and Basar from December
5 to 8 last and the same camp will be conducted at Pasighat on December 11 in which
Home Minister Tako Dabi will attend the function as Chief Guest.
Organisations propose bandh to protest public hearing
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Downstream Villages Welfare Association, Mebo and Mebo Bachao Committee
have opposed the proposed Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project Public Hearing and proposed
a bandh on Dec 21 and 22, the days of the hearings.
The Downstream Villages Welfare Association, Mebo and Mebo Bachao Committee informed
that it had submitted a 6-points Memorandum to the President, Jaypee Arunachal Power
Limited, Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project on 7th July this year, a copy of which
was made available to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh.
Accordingly the Govt. had vide Memo No.PWRS/W-1405/2006/3085-88 dated 17/08/2010,
instructed the Company to look into the demands of the Association.
The organizations said that despite several reminders and several rounds of talk
with the Company, so far no initiatives have been taken towards the demands of both
“This lackadaisical attitude of the Company towards the demands has sent a strong
anti-dam feeling and sentiment amongst the public of Mebo area. Aggravating the wounds
is the proposed Public Hearing of 20, 21 and 22 December 2010 at Along, Geying and
Boleng respectively. It is virtually crushing the feelings, sentiments and security
of the downstream community” it said in a joint press release.