ITANAGAR, Dec 10: 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 at tele. numbers : 09436040006
ACF appeals AAPSU to defer election
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) appealed to All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union (AAPSU) to postpone its conference cum election scheduled to be held
from December 21 to 24 to a suitable time after Christmas or New Year in the greater
interest of the Christian community of the state.
“From past experience, it is apprehended that all the shops are likely to remain
close during those days, which may totally dampen the Christmas festivities,” ACF
said in a letter to AAPSU outgoing president. “All the Christians need to do shopping
for various items for Christmas celebration. If the shops are closed for the four
days preceding Christmas then all preparations for this solemn occasion would be
badly affected,” the letter said.
ACF hoped AAPSU would consider the appeal respecting the sacredness of Christmas
and our own religious sentiments.
Student leader's death mourned
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) deeply mourned the untimely demise of
Taley Dasi and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Taley was a young dynamic student leader and always participated in any student activities.
His death is a great loss for the students’ community of Arunachal Pradesh, GSU said
in a condolence message.
GSU prayed to almighty for bestowing enough courage and strength to the bereaved
family members to bear the irreparable loss.
The Unemployed Youth Forum of Upper Subansiri District also deeply mourned the tragic
demise of Taley and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ABK lauds CM
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: While referring to the recent visit of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
and his team to Adi belt including Mariyang, Adi Baane Kebang expressed happiness
over the announcement to include Mariyang in tourist circuit and laying of foundation
stones for construction of Circuit House and Multipurpose Auditorium at Mariyang.
Appreciating the announcement, the ABK hoped that construction work for the same
will start from current financial year. In his recent visit the CM assured in principle
to declare Mariyang as Urban town, establishment of Polytechnic and up-gradation
of Mariyang circle. He also announced Rs.20.00 lakhs for constructions of Solung
Rostrum and Rs 2.00 lakhs for celebration of Solung festival next year.
ABK further expressed its grateful to Union minister of state Ninong Ering for taking
up many developmental activities in state as a whole. ABK also extended sincere thanks
to all Adi legislators and former Chief Minister Gegong Apang for accompanying CM
in his recent visit.
NWS mourns a caring mother's death
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Neelam Welfare Society (NWS) has expressed grief and sorrow
over the demise of Neelam Yama, mother of Neelam Tatam, Chairman NWS.
In her death, we have lost a caring mother, who was always ready to help the needy
children and actively participated in church activity for wellbeing of the villagers,”
NWS said in a condolence message.
The office bearers and members of NWS residing in Capital Complex, in a condolence
meeting at Naharlagun observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed
soul and prayed to for eternal peace of the departed soul.
The office bearers and its member attended the funeral function held at New Neelam
village of Deed circle under Lower Subansiri district. Neelam Baptish Church Pastor,
Neelam Tedi and Deed Range Pastor led the funeral programme and consoled the bereaved
family to remain strength.
TM Memorial Si Donyi Volleyball tournament
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Late Toke Mara Memorial Si Donyi Volleyball tournament was inaugurated
by APMCC President Yari Dulom at Si-Donyi ground Naharlagun yesterday.
On the occasion, she recalled late Mara’s contributions to the society. Dulom also
briefed about Si-Donyi festival and appealed each and every one to join the celebration.
Amongst others, Tagin Welfare Society Chairman Rodham Sindhu also attended the inaugural
Inter-school Sport and literary meet concludes
TANAGAR, Dec 10: A five-day ‘Inter-school sports and literary meet’ held at govt
secondary school, Lumdung under Pijiriang circle in East Kameng concluded here on
December 8 last.
Altogether six schools of Pijiriang circle participated in the five-day event. Apart
from games and sports, literary and cultural competitions were organized among the
students. The KGBV, Nangyo won the overall championship trophy.
Health and Family Minister Atum Welly and Ex-Minister Hari Natung attended the closing
ceremony as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
‘Land dispute settled’
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Border Peace Association (APBPA) said that
it has brought about settlement of an inter-state land dispute in the Banderdewa
(Arunachal)-Parbotipur (Assam) area through ‘mutual understanding’ between the parties
involved. The five-month-long dispute between one Tadar Nai and Pallabi Biswas (Gupta)
was resolved following the intervention of AAPBPA led by its president Sesom Pao,
according to a release.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Capital Complex district magistrate Sanjay Goel has directed
all the owners/managers of hotels/guest house in Capital Complex to keep a photo
copy for the identity proof of all the guests staying in their hotels in order to
prevent any deterioration in law and order in the district.
The City SP and all the executive magistrates are also directed to randomly check
the hotels/guest house in the capital complex and ensure proper maintenance of records
of the identity proof of the people staying at hotel.
OMS students perform at Assam seminar
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The students of Oju Mission School, Naharlagun performed a song
during a Seminar on Elimination of Child Labour and Trafficking of Women and Children
at Guwahati, Assam on December 8.
Justice AK Goel, Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and Patron-in-Chief of Assam
Legal Services Authority offered few amounts to team led by S Dey as a token of love
A.K. Tripathy, Principal, R.G. Polytechnic, Itanagar, also visited Oju Welfare Association
(OWA) yesterday and offered sweets to the children of the Organization and donated
a cash amount of Rs.10,000 for the destitute children.
Chairperson of the OWA Padmashri Binny Yanga expressed her heartiest thanks to the
well-wishers for their love and care for the less privileged children.
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Mariyang is situated in Upper Siang, not in Upper Subansiri as
wrongly published in yesterday’s edition of this daily under headlines - “Tuki assures
to include Mariyang in Pasighat-Yingkiong-Tourist circuit.” The inadvertent error
148 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ATM card racket busted, five arrested
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: In a major breakthrough, the Capital police under the supervision
of City SP Surender Kumar has busted the fake ATM card racket and arrested four culprits
from Barpeta district of Assam. The arrested persons were identified as Md. Mukibul
Islam,(22), Habib Ahmed,(23) Razzaqul Islam, (27) and Rafikul Islam, (19). Till date
a sum of Rs. 12,00,000 (approximately) has been looted by the accused from around
twenty SBI customers.
The four arrested accused persons have been produced before the JMFC Itanagar and
remanded in seven days police custody. Intensive investigation is being carried out
to nab the remaining culprits, according to an official release. All the accused
persons are youths studying at schools, colleges and running mobile shops, the release
Earlier, the Itanagar Police Station had launched the investigation following the
complaints received from SBI customers about unauthorized withdrawal of money during
the month of June and July last. The Itanagar police also registered cases (No.
127/12 U/S 379 IPC R/W Sec 66  I.T Act and (No. 166/12 U/S 379 IPC R/W Sec.
66 [c][d] I.T Act).
At the initial stage of investigation the police had arrested one Md. Shariful Islam
on Sept 25 who disclosed the modus operandi and the name of his associates involved
in the crime.
Following the arrest of Shariful Islam, the police team led by SI. C.A. Namchoom,
L/SI. P. Taku along with head constable Nitu Gogoi, constables Devendra Singh, Buru
Pali, Tating Dignum and Ojo Deru left for Barpeta and conducted raid simultaneously
at different hideouts under Sorbhog PS and Howly OP under Barpeta district Assam
in the wee hours yesterday and apprehended the four culprits. A Samsung laptop, one
mobile handset, two memory cards were seized from the house of one of the arrested
During custodial interrogation the arrested accused persons disclosed that they had
visited Itanagar on several occasions in the months of May to July last. They were
guided by a Tempo driver, who is also a native of Barpeta and stays at Itanagar.
On arrival at Itanagar they had checked in a city based hotel at Ganga market and
used to visit different ATM booths in Itanagar area and collect SBI customers ATM
card number and password from innocent customers by posing a customer and standing
behind probable victim. They were also collecting the transaction receipt containing
the ATM card number/account number which were thrown away by the customers in the
ATM booth. After collecting the ATM card details the accused persons used to SMS
the details to their associates at Barpeta (Assam) who in turn immediately starts
to make withdrawals by ordering electronic goods like high-end mobile hand sets,
LED TVs, Bluetooth Head sets etc. through online payment gateways like CC Avenues,
Flipkart, Billdesk, Mantra. Com, Paytime, Snapdeal etc. through courier services.
They also does mobile and dish TV recharge through rechargeitnow.com, mobikwik.com
The accused persons also used to sell the electronic goods at discount rate through
their shop at Barpeta and does the recharge through their shop and within their locality.
By the time the actual account holder realize about the withdrawals and intimate
the bank that their account is empty, the release added.
Rs 61 lakh ‘fraudulently’ withdrawn from SBI Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: What could appear as the latest forgery case and financial crime
in the state, an amount of Rs sixty one lakh has been ‘fraudulently withdrawn’ from
SBI Itanagar from the bank account of the Accountant General, Arunachal Pradesh.
According to highly placed sources, the major fraud has been unearthed when the AG’s
SBI bank account was thoroughly scrutinized recently. It was found that the huge
amount was drawn from the account of the Account General, Arunachal Pradesh against
the self cheque No. 711192, Dt. Nov 1 by ‘fraudulent means’. The specimen signatures
of the pay and account officer and drawing and disbursing officer did not match the
signature as reflected on the cheque, sources claimed.
It remains as a question how the bank authorities had passed payment order for such
a huge amount without verifying the specimen signatures of the authorities.
Sources further claimed that a letter was written to the bank with a instruction
that any cheque for drawal of Rs 10 lakh and above has to bear the signature of a
second officer nominated by the AG office beside the signature of the PAO. But in
this case, the cheque was passed for payment without the signature of a second nominated
officer, it said. As per the normal procedures followed by the AG office, an authorisation
letter is endorsed along with a self cheque for genuineness/identification of the
person drawing the cash, sources said adding that “the bank had not followed any
of the procedure/instruction while accepting and passing the cheque of Rs 61 lakh
for payment to an unauthorized person.”
When enquired, the police sources informed that a case was registered in the regard
and investigation is going on. However, it refuses to give details.
When contacted, the AGM of SBI Itanagar refused to make comment saying that he is
now at Guwahati and yet to enquire details about the matter.
Observers feel that with the reported increase in crime rate in the state, the
financial institutions need to take extra care to curb financial crimes like forgery.
Tuki sees good future for state sports
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki convenes first ever
Sports Authority of Arunachal Managing Committee meeting at his office conference
Taking ahead his Government agenda for promotion of sports in the state, the chief
minister disclosed that there had been a quantum rise in sporting activities in the
state in the recent times which was a good sign.
“I would credit this development to the Government’s vibrant and pragmatic sport
policy and special attention given to sporting activities in the village, district
and state levels”, visibly happy Tuki said.
“Organizations affiliated to games and sports should be welcomed but at the same
time, we should take note that they are duly registered and recognized by the mother
association in the national level,” CM reacted on being informed about 15 registered
associations for sports in the state. He emphasized for proper functioning of the
sports societies adhering to their laid down guidelines and bye-laws. Tuki reiterated
his stand over construction of sports indoor and outdoor stadiums in all district
headquarters. He laid emphasis on recruitment of sports teachers for all primary,
middle, secondary and higher secondary schools in the backdrop of producing promising
sportspersons who need training right from the primary level. He directed the department
of education to formulate policy to regularize the plan.
Asking the Sports department to keep provisions for inviting expertise coaches from
outside the state, the chief minister opined for promoting such sports where the
youths of Arunachal Pradesh have the potential to master it and can excel in national
as well as international arena. Tuki was dwelling in length on the sports policy
of the state. He directed the department to keep provision in their AOP for such
kind of invitations.
Chief Minister has asked the department of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Sports
Authority of Arunachal to prepare a detailed calendar of the tournaments being organized
for whole year in the state. “This will simplify the finance department to earmark
adequate fund and also would help in proper planning of the tournament for its grand
success”, he said while justifying his stand.
Brief report on the activities of sports authority of Arunachal was presented by
the Chairman SAA Tapuk Taku during the 3-hr-long discussion. Besides discussions
on streamlining of mode of funding assistance to all registered sports associations,
funding pattern of sports authority of Arunachal at par with other North East states
was discussed in length.
While Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso stressed for the need of sports infrastructure for
promotion of any kind of sports in the state capital, the chief secretary Tabom Bam
and finance commissioner Ramesh Negi were of the view that new construction could
be taken up under SPA fund.
Apart from above, Vice Chairman Sports Authority of Arunachal, Likha Tara, Sports
and Youth Affairs Secretary Indra Mallo, Special Secretary Finance, Swati Sharma,
Director Higher and Technical education Joram Begi, Director State Plan C L Tungkhang,
Director Sports and Youth Affairs, D K Dinglow, Secretary Arunachal Weight Lifting
Association Daniel Teli and others participated in the discussion. It was decided
to hold such meeting in regular intervals.
Sincerity, dedication, work culture key to dev: Siram
PASIGHAT, Dec 10: “Sincerity, dedication, work culture along with ethics of the officers
can do wonders in bringing development in the society,” said Education Minister Bosiram
Siram while addressing a co- ordination meeting of the officers of various departments
and head of institutions.
Dwelling in details about the various development activities in the district, Siram
urged all to extend cooperation to authority to make them successful. The Govt. has
already notified the establishment of state university at Pasighat and construction
works will start soon as the Govt. is allotting fund for the same, he said adding
that the University will have extended university campuses. He asserted that all
efforts will put into make it a model University. The Minister also informed that
a Central Agriculture College will be opened soon at GTC, Pasighat which may be upgraded
into a University in due course of time.
Elaborating the Sports policy of the Govt. he informed that a flurry of sports activities
will be taking place in the district. Some of the main events will be the conduct
of Tadar Tang Memmorial football tournament, tournaments in memory of freedom fighters
Lt. Matmur Jamoh and Lt. Botte Moyong etc. These will not only provide platform to
the youths to show their talents but also help in canalizing the youth power in the
To improve the power supply, the Govt. has provided fund so that power can be tapped
from Assam, he informed and hoped that the 133 kv line from Aalo to Pasighat will
be completed soon. The Govt. is contemplating to fix responsibilities to the officers
for successful completion of the projects and schemes. Efforts for improving the
water supply is also going on, the minister informed.
The minister wanted that the ongoing amusement park to be centre of attraction with
all amenities. He sought innovative ideas from all for the purpose. He exhorted all
to take up the responsibility to improve and develop the society and maintain the
glory of the town. DIPRO
Governor presents Rajya Puraskar Award to Scouts & Guides, Rovers, Rangers
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh gave away
the Bharat Scouts and Guide Rajya Puraskar to 30 scouts, 40 guides, two rovers and
seven rangers in an impressive function at Raj Bhavan here today.
The Rajya Puraskar is the highest State level awards for Scouts, Guides, Rovers and
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the spirit of harmony and tolerance
has been the hallmark of India and all should strive to uphold these values. The
nation needs the contribution of every individual to strengthen every social fabric
of the nation. The Scout and Guides movement is providing the youth with the physical,
mental, intellectual and moral values to face the challenges of life ahead. He
added that scouting and guiding in India is not merely a program of the youth but
also a way to sensitize the society about its own evolution. Through its activities
like, community development, literacy programs, health awareness campaigns, and accidents
and calamity relief, the Bharat Scouts and Guides have been fostering in our society
a new culture of work, a refreshingly different attitude. It is an education system
based on respect and relevance for children, a system which will help each one blossom
according to one's best potential. An education system fit for a vibrant democracy
which will develop children to be responsible and progressive citizens of the country.
Congratulating the recipients of Rajya Puraskar Award, the Governor said that the
award is the fruit of your hard work, dedication, and disciple and recognition of
their excellent work in the filed of Social Service and Community Work. He expressed
his hope that the award will further encourage the awardees and their colleagues
to strive towards excellence in every field. The Governor called upon the awardees
to be role model.
The Governor commended the State scouts and guides officials for reviving the scouting
activities in the State. He also appreciated the scouts and guides for humanitarian
activities and for bringing good names for the State in the regional and national
level activities. The Governor advised the Scout masters and Guide instructors to
be creative, innovative, and dedicated. They should inculcate ethical thinking and
analytical skills in children. The children should be trained in the best way to
enable them to face any challenges in life. They must have the burning desire to
fight to win in all spheres of life and they must emerge victorious, he stressed.
In his welcome address, State Chief Commissioner for Bharat Scout and Guides and
Director of School Education T Taloh informed that Arunachal Pradesh is regarded
as best in the country. There are 777 units covering 350 schools and 4 colleges in
addition to 50 more private educational institutions. Earlier he presented scarves
and memento to the guests.
Giving a brief report on the scouting movement, State Organizing Commissioner B.P.
Gupta informed that scouting activities are taken up in 155 countries involving 38
million youth people. He added that for the first time Rovers and Rangers of the
State are included in amongst Rajya Puraskar awardees.
Deputy Director School Education Opel Tayeng also spoke on the occasion.
State First Lady Anupama Singh Commissioner cum Secretary Education Ganesh Koyu,
Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, government officials, teachers, scout and guide
masters and trainers, rovers and rangers scouts, guides, cubs and bulbuls attended
the award giving ceremony.
Earlier, the Governor along with the First lady and guests and invitees visited the
exhibition stall of photographs and trophies depicting scouting activities in the
State. District Training Officers, Kenpi Pakam and S.B. Singh ushered the visitors
around the stalls, providing detail information of the photographs, charts and trophies
won by scouts and guides in regional and national camps and jamborees.
Students of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing & Visually Impaired, Chimpu
and guides presented cultural items on the occasion. The First Aid demonstration
and community song were part of the function which started with Bharat Scouts and
Rangers Mumtak Yommin, Nana Tatak, Kalpana Kalita, Osi Siram, Yoyi Rukbo of Jawaharlal
Nehru College, Pasighat and Yapng Rai and Lavanya Sharma of State Bharat and Guide
Headquarters, Papum Pare district received the Rajya Puraskar, while Rovers who received
the award were Basant Kumar Singh and Anu Tabing of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat.
Siang River Festival concludes
YINGKIONG, Dec 10: The Siang River Festival--2012 (SRF) ended successfully with former
Chief Minister Gegong Apang distributing prizes to the winners of sports, cultural
and other competitions.
The SRF committee awarded cash prizes of Rs. 7000 each to all the 22 participants
of Traditional Apparel Show as a token of encouragement. Folk dances like Disang
Delong, Etor Delong, Yoiyo Delong (male dance), Keyum-Kasi Genunu-Pipi, Riktu etc.
(female dances) enthralled the audience most. Traditional games like Tug of War and
Archery (Epuk Apkisunam) competitions were also organized. The textiles and handicraft
and antic stalls were found exemplary and awarded prizes by the festival committee.
Food products and agro-mechanization item exhibited by agriculture department in
collaboration with M/S Pasighat agro-machanisation and the local fruit products
presented by the Horticulture department and different species of nursery plants
both ornamentals, commercial and medicinal plants displayed by forest and environment
department highly impressed the visitors.
Popular Adi singers Onumoti Sisam, Delong Padung and Star Siram enthralled the audience
in the musical nite.
Delong's song on Anti-HIV and Anti-Drug Addiction was highly praised by all.
On the second day of the celebration before leaving for Tuting for Gracing the Kapangla
Festival, the Chief Minister Nabum Tuki along with his minister colleagues, legislators
accompanied by DC, district officers inspected the on-going bridge construction site
over Simar river at the entry point of Yingkiong township and asked the GREF engineers
to complete the construction March, 2013. DIPRO
Bana villagers deprived of drinking water facilities
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: At a time when Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is putting
all efforts to provide safe drinking water facilities to people of Arunachal Pradesh,
there are still some places in the state which depend on traditional method of water
It is worth mentioning here that according to PHE department website “The main objective
of the PHE & W/S Department is to improve health of people by providing potable and
adequate drinking water supply and improving environmental hygiene by proper sanitation.”
On the contrary to the motto of the PHE , a group of villagers living nearby Bana
Bridge in East Kameng district has not been provided proper drinking water facilities.
Though village is hardly few kilometer away from district headquarter Seppa, the
villagers are still depending on traditional method of water supply. Using bamboo,
they have managed to get water for domestic use. However, the chances of water-born
diseases is quite high as there is no any modern means to purify the drinking water.
West Kameng transporters surrender 52 vehicle keys in a peaceful protest
BOMDILA, Dec 10: West Kameng Transporter's Joint Action Committee (WKTJAC) submitted
a memorandum to West Kameng DC In-Charge B Dhingia today in the presence of West
Kameng SP In charge H Deilyang and Town Magistrate T D Bapu EAC.
WKTJAC comprising of members of West Kameng Tata Sumo Association, West Kameng Tatamobile
& Pickup Association, West Kameng Truck & Bus Association and Bomdila Taxi Union
were demanding immediate solution to their grievances like man handling of drivers
and owners, detention of commercial vehicles, non payment of hire charges and forceful
extortion by unsocial elements.
In a peaceful protest, scores of commercial vehicles went off road today. They parked
their vehicles in Buddha Stadium and surrendered 52 vehicle keys to WKTJAC for onward
deposit/submission to the District Administration. This was a unique way of protest
to attract the attention of the concerned authorities to their grievances, said Nana
Khunjuju President of Bomdila Taxi Union.
Citing the latest example, Nima Tsering, President of West Kameng Tata Sumo Association
stated that Maruti van (AS/12C/7958) was forcibly taken from Bomdila to Thrizino
on 7th last, driver was thrashed and made to seat in the backseat, forcibly took
the key and drove the vehicle till they met with a fatal accident near Nechiphu.
Luckily they survived with some injuries but vehicle was totally damaged. FIR has
been lodged but the culprits are still at large.
After giving a patient hearing the DC In charge assured to depute sufficient police
force to contain the unlawful activities. He asked one and all to give a written
complaint as soon as such incident occurs. He also assured to hold a meeting of all
concerned on December 13 next so as to work out a long term solution to the transporter’s
Stop assault on journalists to reap fruits of free and fair media: Times Now
Attacks on media in Arunachal must stop: Arindam Das
Wakro, Dec 10: Foundation stones for Vidya Ground ( named in gratitude to DAO FWO)
to house school assembly and a badminton court and Rajiv Maidan ( named in gratitude
to 2 Mtn Div) for conduct of national and important celebrations were laid by Jagjit
Singh, Empanelled Producer/Director for the Doordarshan, Guwahati yesterday. While
rendering the service in the Apna Vidya Bhavan, Singh appreciated the school for
rendering dedicated service in improving rural education.
Earlier, Arindam Das, Times Now senior correspondent for North East during his recent
two days visit to Wakro interacted with the members of civil society. The senior
journalist expressed deep concern over the repeated assaults on media fraternity
in Arunachal. He assured that the Times Now will always stand by the Arunachal media
and media houses. He also further revealed that Times Now was the first to get the
visuals of the attack on lady journalist in Itanagar and the news was aired for not
less than three days.
The role of media is very important to ensure that people are well informed and aware
of their rights, to maintain transparency in public transactions and in building
a healthy civil society. Unmindful attacks on journalists and harassments to media
houses will severely affect the functioning of media. Arindam called upon members
of civil society to sensitize the people on the importance of free and fair media.
People must know the responsibilities shouldered by media houses and the challenges
faced by them while rendering their duty in the supreme interest of the people and
society, he said. Attacks on media will send a wrong signal to the world about the
otherwise peaceful state of Arunachal and peace loving and generously hospitable
Arunachalees. Arindam firmly reiterated his opinion saying “ Attacks on media in
Arunachal must stop.”
Pradip Kalita, video journalist conveyed that Times Now management and the team led
by Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami is committed towards progressing and serving the
region and that they will support the media in Arunachal in its efforts to render
free and fair journalism inspite of the challenges faced.
Wakro thanked Zubina Ahmed, Senior Assistant Producer, TIMES NOW, New Delhi for arranging
the media visit to Ranganatha retreat library premises. In their communication to
Zubina, they expressed that “Great minds achieve and loving hearts inspire. The library
movement in Arunachal Pradesh is the story of one such man with commitment of an
oceanic mind and dedication of a loving heart who devotes his entire life for a single
cause --To spread the light of knowledge in Arunachal. It has been thirty two years
since the pioneer who spearheaded the youth library movement, traded his well heeled
job as an officer with the Income Tax department and donned the modest slippers of
a social worker. Since then Arunachal and its upliftment has been the object of his
single-minded devotion. The depth and intensity of the work in the neglected rural
pockets is truly super-human. Though promotion of education is the pet concern, there
has been very few aspects of social life that he has not made his contributions to.
Starting as an education officer responsible for over a dozens reputed residential
schools, his role in shaping up a good educational system for these schools in which
majority of Arunachalee children study is pivotal. For 3 decades he has been campaigning
relentlessly, endlessly for various social, environmental and public welfare issues.
Right from promoting herbs for better health, motivating food processing and small
savings effort of the local women to taking up the cause of wildlife and saving of
our forests and rivers, he has guided many a soul on life and living. For all these
years, this 60 year old man who has the productivity of a 20 year old, has been a
reliable friend, faithful servant, trustworthy physician/therapist, enthusiastic
environmentalist and an able guide for many Arunachalees who affectionately call
him Uncle Moosa. He presently is working for library movement with its 13 mini libraries
in the Lohit district to spread the pleasure and joy of reading.
The libraries of the network continue to charm the youth and the children alike.
They are not just places where children get to read books, but they are the nerve-centre
of many inspirational activities where children get to express their creativity and
talent all for a good social cause. These libraries due to their action packed programs
of poetry recitation, skits and dramas on various social and environmental issues,
have attracted the participation of various Govt departments, leaders, officers,
panchayat raj institutions and the common people alike. The movement ensures that
in places where there is no library, exhibitions are conducted regularly like in
Kaho-the last village on the Indian border, ensuring that the books reach the children
if they cant reach the books. The movement is contributing immensely to the educational
scenario due to fact that children learn joyfully and that learning is not a competitive
stressful process. The people expressing gratitude to Zubina and TIMES NOW team for
meeting the young readers of the rural library movement to know about the effort
coming to the ground, further conveyed that the print media houses in Arunachal Pradesh
have supported the humble effort greatly and the encouragement from a national electronic
media will further inspire one and all connected to this service in Arunachal Pradesh.
Countdown to Poi Pee Mau begins
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
NAMSAI, Dec 10: The countdown to Poi Pee Mau of the Tai people has begun as preparations
to celebrate the festival are almost completed.
The organizers of the three-day festival, which is to be held at Namsai in Lohit
district from December 13 to 16, 2012 are hoping to make this year’s Pee Mau festival
bigger and more successful than its first two editions held in 2008 and 2009.
The event, organized by Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS) supported by Khampti
Singpho Council, will herald a new beginning for the socio economic development of
the region and the state as a whole. The essence of this festival lies in bringing
people together and spreading the intrinsic values of their cultures and traditions.
The inaugural function of Poi Pee Mau will be graced by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
along with Member of Parliament (RS) Mukut Mithi and Member of Parliament (LS) Takam
Sanjoy as chief guest and special invitees.
On the penultimate day of Poi Pee Mau, Union Minister DoNER Paban Singh Ghatower
accompanied by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering along with
Minister Art & Culture (Assam) Proniti Phukan, MLA Assam Bolin Chetia and Tourism
Minister (Arunachal Pradesh) Pema Khandu would attend the function as chief guest
and special invitees.
While Sangken, Mai-Kasung-Phai, Khao-Wa, Poat-Wa, Buddha Purnima and Poi Kathing
are popular festivals of the Tai-people of Arunachal Pradesh; Poi Pee Mau is the
biggest among the tribe’s folks in the state, the country and the world at large.
Poi Pee Mau, literally ‘the Tai New Year’, is celebrated in November or December
to welcome the advent of a new dawn of socio-cultural development in the community.
The idea of the festival was conceived by the Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS)
and it is celebrated in accordance with the ancient Tai calendar. The noble initiative,
with support from the Khampti Singpho Council (KSC), is aimed at reviving the tribe’s
culture, script, music and way of life, while keeping pace with developments in the
The organizers of Poi Pee Mau are optimistic that the celebration will give ample
opportunity for everyone to come together and rejoice this change. Besides this celebration
will disseminate the distinct, rich and unparalleled cultural heritage which has
till now remained unexplored in its totality to other region of the country and the
The added attraction of the festival would be live performances by Indian Idol-4
Sourabhi Dev Barman.
'Young women's convention proved huge success'
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The one day district level young women's convention at Seppa on
December 7 last conducted by Pradesh Youth Congress (PYC) proved to be a huge success
with more than 1000 young women from five assembly constituencies of East Kameng
district and college and Hr. Sec. School students participating in it.
Attending the convention, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that “Role of women is the
need of hours for change of society and similarly peace and civilized society is
needed for all round development of state. He expressed his happiness to see large
crowd of women participating in the Youth Congress programme. He announced to launch
Women Oriented Scheme for welfare of rural women. He also announced funds for renovation
of Auditorium and construction of Girl Hostel for College and Hr. Sec. School respectively.
Marina Nido, Chairperson State Social Welfare Board and Karya Bagang MLA Chayang
Tajo stressed on status of tribal women with reference to socio-economic development
and role of women in politics with reference to Arunachal Pradesh respectively as
resource person and guest speaker.
Indrani Misra, Secy. IYC incharge Arunachal Pradesh narrated the aim and objective
of the outreach programme and vision of Rahul Gandhi, AICC general secretary and
incharge IYC for upliftment of SC/ST, minority and women. According to him upliftment
of SC/ST, minority and women is equally important for progress of the nation.
Tadar Niglar, President APYC, Nyamar Karbak, VP APYC cum organizer and Hake Tako,
Gen. Secy. LYC cum Co-organizer also spoke on the occasion.
On the occasion Pema Kandu, Minister RWD and Tourism, Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secy.
RWD and Supply and Transport, Thangwang Wangham, Parliamentary Secy. IPR, Tani Loffa,
Chairman Forest Corporation, Khomsi Sidisow, Chairman APEDA, Tapuk Taku, Chairman
sport Authority A.P., rank and file of party cadre including DCC, DMCC, Seva Dal,
BCCs and AYCs of district and large numbers of Panchayat leaders including Sipi
Bagang, ZPM Chairperson East Kameng District attended the programme as special invitees.
Training-cum-workshop on power and functions of drawing and disbursing officers
ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Week-long training-cum-workshop on power and functions of drawing
and disbursing officers commenced at ATI, Naharlagun from today.
Altogether twenty three officers from various Heads of Departments and District Administration
holding the DDO charges, Head of Offices including COs, EACs, ADCs are attending
the Training Programme.
Inaugurating the programme Gonesh Koyu, Commissioner (P&AR/TRG.) and Ex-officio Director
General, ATI, advised the trainees to be well equipped with Financial Rules and
Regularizations and cautioned the officers holding the charge of DDOs/ HoOs to adopt
strict physical discipline by enforcing all financial norms of the Government and
avoid misappropriation or financial scandal in the office which brings bad name to
the office and create embarrassment to the Government.
He further advised the officers not to adopt careless and easy going attitude rather
maintain a regular cross-checking of the Cash Book and other Financial statements
and to satisfy themselves about the compliance of all financial norms in accordance
with the budget provision/ financial restrictions. He further said that every single
penny of the Govt.
fund should be utilized for the development and welfare of the State as the fund
at the disposal of the Govt, is basically the public money.
Earlier, the Director (Trg.) Pema Tshetan said that the Finance Department of the
Govt of AP oversees the financial propriety of the state and regulate the various
expenditure under the delegation of financial power and physical guidelines and norms.
Therefore, he said the officers particularly holding the post of FAOs/DDOs/HoDs should
be thoroughly conversant and up-dated from time to time in matter of application
of DFPR/ various Financial Rules/ Treasury Rules etc. in their day to day functions.
Pate Marik, Dy. Director (Trg.) also spoke on the occasion.
The resource persons of the programme included Taniyang Tatung (FAO), RCS Office/
Directorate of Audit & Pension is also the Course Director of the programme. Besides,
Suresh Kumar.T (FAO), Directorate of Textile and Handicrafts, J.K Bhattacharjee (FAO),
ATI/DoA & T/ P.K Saikia, Dy. Director Directorate of Small Savings, Tapas Dutta,
(Asstt. Commissioner), Tax & Excise, Itanagar.
District tourism website launced
TAWANG, Dec 10: In his efforts to promote the tourism potential of the district,
Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen launched the official District Tourism website
at the district tourism office here today.
Tawang prides itself on its rich cultural heritage and tourism and development of
infrastructure at tourist sites would give a boost to the sector, Lollen said after
launching the District tourism department’s website www.tawang-tourism.com.
It would be desirable if more and more tourists visit rich cultural-religious sites
and tourists spots in Tawang as this will boost economic activities and general employment
at the local level.
Besides, there should be proper avenue of collection of information about various
tourist places for the visitors to enable them to plan their visit in advance, Lollen
While giving presentation on website, the District Tourism Officer, Tsering Dekey,
informed that the district tourism department along with the official from NIC Tawang
had developed the website to highlight the tourism potential of the district and
to assist the visitors. She further mentioned that the website highlights the area’s
natural assets. The new site features detailed information of the district including
people & culture, historical sites, cultural events, nature and wildlife, trip plan
discussions, entry formalities, adventure, photo gallery, etc. She further exuded
hope that the website would be very helpful to common people/visitors in obtaining
any information about the district.
Earlier, the DC along with the DTO and CO Rinchin Leta visited the Tourist Lodge
Tawang and expressed his satisfaction on the renovation of the lodge which was completed
in October last. He said much more was required to be done to lay infrastructure
like quality roads, hotels and resorts for the benefits of the tourists. DIPRO
Accolades To Raj Kumar & Kuldeep
BOMDILA, Dec 10: The inferno that left the people of Kalaktang valley in chaos, tears
and apprehensions on the late night of December 8 was really painful and saddening.
Nothing much can be done when it is 2230 hrs late in the night and when people were
fast asleep. Had there been no quick response and dare devilry of some, the losses
could have been many folds.
One Raj Kumar JE BRTF and Constable Kuldeep of 16 JAKLi saved the day for the people
of the beautiful valley; where CM Tuki and his entourage had, just a week ago visited
and camped. Accolades to Raj Kumar and Kuldeep for their quick response and bravery
that the losses could be minimized to 22 shops which got all gutted down. JE Raj
Kumar rushed in with water tankers and the jawans of 16-JAKLi got into fire fighting
instantly. Constable Kuldeep of the 16-JAKLi played a decisive role in dousing the
Though there was no human casualty, the preliminary investigation hints loss of properties
The Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi along with ADC (HQ) B.Dehingia and DDMO rushed
to Kalaktang in the early hours yesterday and made an elaborate survey with W.Khimhun
ADC Kalaktang. Blankets, plates, cups, buckets and fast food packets were distributed
to the victims as immediate relief by the District Administration.
The Kalaktang local administration distributed Rs 2000 each to the victims also as
The Sub-Divisional Level Disaster Management Committee (SDLDMC) Kalaktang has been
pressed into task to ascertain the cause and place of occurrence and to assess the
actual loss in the devastating fire.
The local Legislator TN Thongdok this morning reached Kalaktang and is taking stock
of the situation with the Additional Deputy Commissioner Kalaktang, Kalaktang Employees
Welfare Association (KEWA) and TSOPA – the apex body of the Kalaktang Monpas.
The people of Kalaktang have deeply appreciated the kind heartedness of Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki for instantly announcing relief of Rs 1 Lakh each to the affected families
from the state governments end. DIPRO
“Ever enriching, the greenery around, this beautiful State with natural pristine
beauty endowed is Mother Nature’s favourite daughter”
The above quote is a significant line that I use most of the time because of my
belief in it. Growing up in this state and having to learn the way nature beholds
this beautiful place is mysterious. One thing I know is that Nature doesn’t know
what is good or bad, it only knows balance and imbalance.
Our State while emerging on periphery as a developing state is at its nascent stage.
There has been so many progressive works on the flow, and when there is certain progressiveness
there will always be deforestation and deforestation in a definite geographical language
means imbalance in nature. With the State Government’s motto of the ‘Green Arunachal
Mission’, it is not but unusual that a certain way be created that may pave way for
holding on to the greenery and at the same time create and generate employment for
the vast educated unemployed youth as well as rural folks. Although there is too
much at stake but there is always positivity for marching ahead. Therefore, it is
a sincere initiative of the State Government to focus on tea and rubber cultivation
in the State. Since, I am indulging my pen to jot down on the SHACOT Mission; my
write-up is on Tea, the miracle drink also popularly known as green gold, which if
worked upon with solemn effort will bear result to the maximum.
Although, tea cultivation is of recent development in the State, high quality tea
is being grown in the hill slopes of the State. The virgin soil and suitable land
leads to high productivity of tea in the State. Longding, Tirap, Changlang, Lohit,
Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang and Papumpare districts have been practicing organic
tea farming and it is also gradually started cultivation in other parts of the state.
Now, the State of Arunachal Pradesh has taken a lead over the other non-traditional
tea growing States of the North East Region. However, the pace of growth of tea has
declined perceptively because the prospective tea growers of our State are now required
to obtain Clearance Certificate from the Ministry of Environment & Forest that the
area proposed for tea cultivation is not a forest land and the proposed activity
does not violate Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.
Mostly tea is grown by large growers, presence of small growers is limited. Growers
in the area bordering Asom are incited by the success stories of small tea growers
of Asom. The people residing in these parts have picked up the plantation practices
from Asom and the plantations in these parts are relatively much better as compared
to the rest parts of Arunachal Pradesh. While majority of plantation is haphazard
and unscientific as the gravity increases in proportion to the distance from Asom
border. In general, there are lot of enthusiasm among the small growers for tea
cultivation despite problems and constraints faced by the people of state in regard
to the cultivation of tea on scientific way, which if tapped properly may result
in huge production and generation of income for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Another area of confusion for the tea growers of the state is about the nodal Department
for implementation of tea and rubber cultivation; many growers take if for the Agriculture
Department or the Horticulture Department or the Forests & Environment Department.
And therefore, it is for all to know that as per the Business allocation of the Ministry
of Commerce at the Centre, the Department of Trade & Commerce is by virtue the Nodal
Department on tea & rubber. The Ministry of Commerce has also constituted technical
boards’ viz. the Tea Board of India & the Rubber of India for administering and functioning
of tea and rubber plantations and marketing of its products. In its effort for delivering
services, the Department of Trade & Commerce has been endeavouring to educate the
farmers in right direction by conducting Awareness-workshop specially, in areas where
people are contemplating for organic tea cultivation. In addition to the awareness-workshop,
the Department of Trade & Commerce has sponsored two batches of prospective organic
tea farmers to undergo training at one of the oldest and renowned tea training &
research institute in the world, the Tea Research Association (TRA) at Tocklai, Jorhat.
A VIEW OF ORGANIC TEA GARDEN
To take up the Tea Cultivation in a bigger and vigorous manner in the state, long
term planning and investment including setting up of more tea garden and financial
incentives to the local growers will be required. So that tea processing factory,
likely to be established under Self Help Group (SHG), in future, does not face shortage
of any raw materials in the form of organic tea leaf. Apart from the initiation of
the State Govt., the enthusiasm of local entrepreneur, the latest technology and
up gradation and potential outside private investor will also be required for transforming
the tea industries into a major industry benefiting majority of the population of
One endeavour of the Department of Trade & Commerce is the Sharing a Cup of Tea Mission
or the SHACOT Mission. A brainchild of the Department, under this scheme progressive
farmer of the State will be provided scientifically raised tea seedlings and its
post plantation management. The selection of beneficiaries is done by the District
Administration alongwith the Panchayat Leaders, Head Gaoh Burahs, a representative
of Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association and an officer from the Agriculture
Department. This scheme is being vigorously worked on because of various factors
but the highlight remains on the sole fact that small growers can go the organic
way, which has a high demand in the markets beyond our boundaries. Large area of
plantation can never yield organic tea due to managerial problems and therefore,
small tea plantation is being encouraged by implementing the SHACOT Mission because
the plantation can be done either by family members or by engaging few helpers and
it will not account for labour management and wages problem. Since the SHACOT Mission
is targeting at cultivation of tea on a small land, it will be more of a family affair
and as the current market rate of organic tea is at a higher price, it is significant
that the tea farmers of our State can reap a better price for their organic product.
As organic tea is highly demanded at global market due to its medicinal value, large
quantities of good quality organic tea can be produced in the state as its climatic
condition and soil fertility is in its virgin stage, which make Arunachal Pradesh
better prospect than that of other state in Organic Tea Production.
Sharing a Cup of Tea Mission has been implemented for the first time as a pilot-project
in the East Siang District during 2011-2012 financial year and the Department is
planning to implement in a phase-wise manner to other feasible districts of the State
and based on the people’s response, the SHACOT Mission will be launched in a grand-scale
in all the tea-growing districts of this State in the near future.
With all the diligent and conscientious effort of the Department of Trade & Commerce,
I hope that the vast forest land is transformed into those rows
of fusion of dark and light green hues of tea plantations, so that when the dawn
breaks-in with the mist covered over the gardens and the dew-drops still glistening
on the leaves in the morning sun-rays, every house-hold can sip and share a cup of
organic tea.(The author is presently holding the post of Director Trade and Commerce,
Government of Arunachal Pradesh.)
Nepal rehabilitation process
The US has pledged USD 1,050,000 to support Nepal's peace process and the post-conflict
rehabilitation efforts of the government.
The money goes as US’ contribution to the Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF). During the
current life of the NPTF, USAID will support the peace process as a contributor to
the Fund and as a participant in the Technical Cooperation Pool for Capacity Development.
The US Government is providing $500,000 to the NPTF to support conflict-affected
communities, transitional justice, future elections, public infrastructure reconstruction,
and other peace commitments.
Nepal is the first and only country to lead a joint donor-host government trust fund.
Since its inception in 2007, the NPTF has funded Government of Nepal institutions
to implement Comprehensive Peace Accord programs such as support to conflict-affected
people, elections, cantonment management, and infrastructure reconstruction.
In addition to its support to NPTF, USAID works to encourage robust citizen participation
at the national and local level. At the national level, USAID supports government
and political systems by helping key institutions such as the Election Commission,
the former Constituent Assembly, and political parties to become more democratic,
inclusive, and effective. At the local level, USAID helps communities to participate
effectively in development decisions which impact them, and fosters linkages between
citizens and their Village Development Committees and District Development Committees,
as well as other local government offices.
USAID programs also strengthen government and non-governmental organization services
for one of Nepal’s most vulnerable populations—human trafficking survivors and those
at high-risk for trafficking.