ITANAGAR, Dec 30: 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
Students advised to be sincere in study
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Attending the School Week celebration of Nyapin Higher Secondary
School, Kurung Kumey on December 27, APYC president Tadar Niglar advised the students
to study sincerely to be a good citizen.
Highlighting about Youth Congress activities and ideologies of the Congress party,
the APYC president appealed the youths of age 18 to 35 years to support the party
and educate themselves on active politics of state as well as the nation.
Again on December 25, Niglar attended the Christmas celebration of Revival Church
at Sangram. He advised the members of Christian community to keep firm believe and
faith on their religion and also he narrated the secularism ideology of INC.
Rijiju appointed election prabhari
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari has appointed former
Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju as the central Election Prabhari on Dec 29 for the forthcoming
Meghalaya state Vidhan Sabha elections. Rijiju would look after the affairs of elections
matters of that state which is going for elections in the early 2013.
TWS condemns physical assault
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: East Siang district Mahila Congress Committee President and active
member of Tayeng Welfare Society (TWS) Oter Tayeng was mercilessly beaten by one
Mary Ering while the former was attending District Congress Committee meeting at
Pasighat on Dec 26, said the TWS in a release.
The TWS condemned the barbaric act by a responsible citizen, who is also wife of
education minister and appealed to the law enforcing authority to immediately arrest
An FIR lodged at Pasighat Police station said that Mary came to the meeting and physically
assaulted and injured Oter with a weapon in presence of public.
Indigenous Faith Day
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh has conveyed
good wishes to the people of the State on the occasion of Indigenous Faith Day.
In his message, the Governor expressed his hope that the celebration of the day will
inspire all to carry forward the rich indigenous faith system as it has been done
since times immemorial.
On this special occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty God to invoke his choicest
blessings for each one of us, the Governor added in his message.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also extended his best wishes to the people on occasion
of Indigenous Faiths Day to be celebrated across the state by all indigenous communities
In a message on eve of the celebration, Tuki expressed hope that the festival would
not only reaffirm the need to preserve the state’s indigenous faiths, beliefs and
traditions but also send the message of religious tolerance and respect for all faiths.
“This is a big day for all of us that remind us of our roots. This is a celebration
of our ancestors, our beliefs and our traditions. Let us all join the celebration
in our own ways and means,” he said.
Tuki appealed that all kinds of festivals and celebrations should foster religious
and communal harmony so that the state and its people march ahead in an atmosphere
of peace and brotherhood.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh extended best wishes to the people
of the state on the auspicious occasion of Indigenous Faith Day. The BJP also expressed
hope that the new year 2013 will bring peace, progress and foster peace, harmony
Chimpu FC lift Christmas football trophy
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Chimpu FC defeated the Paney Brothers FC in the final match played
at I G Park today to win the first ever Christmas Premier Football league trophy.
The tournament was hosted by E-Sector Indira Gandhi Park Forest Colony Youth Forum.
The winner team of the tournament was awarded with cash prize of Rs 30,000 along
with trophy and certificate. The runner up team walked away with Rs 10,000, a trophy
Indira Gandhi Park FC received cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a trophy as best fair play
team while Taksing Mangha of Taksing-Tagru FC, Yarda Taja of Chimpu FC and Gollo
Sankar of Indira Gandhi Park FC were adjudged as the best player, best goalkeeper
and highest scorer of the tournament respectively.
Attending the closing ceremony, former minister Lechi Legi called upon the sportspersons
to maintain true sportsman spirit. He also donated some amount to the organizing
committee and cultural troupe as a token of appreciation.
168 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
PIC on Bharat Nirman at Likabali concludes
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The 3-day Public Information Campaign (PIC) on Bharat Nirman in
Likabali, West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh ended yesterday with a day-long
special awareness publicity programmes at Chigo-Chido general ground.
In her address Likabali Zila Parishad chairperson Komde Nyodo said that emphasis
had been laid on social infrastructure development.
Appreciating role of PIB in disseminating information of Bharat Nirman and other
flagship programmes through public information campaign in rural area like Likabali,
she observed that there has been a qualitative changes in the life of the common
people, particularly in rural areas.
In his key note address J Karbi, Circle Officer, Likabali called upon the panchayat
leaders to play a crucial role in getting the welfare programmes implemented in proper
Karsen Basar, EO, DRDA, Likabali highlighted the work done under MGNREGA in the West
Siang district. He said the Department of Rural Development covered almost all villages
under Likably Sub-Division. He also explained about implementation of IAY in Likabali.
Tuli Bagra Tamuli,CDPO, Likabali speaking on the occasion as a resource person highlighted
the progress made under the ICDS in Likabali Sub-Division. He further explained about
various components of ongoing ICDS programmes specially immunization.
Earlier, M. Doley, Deputy Director (M& C) PIB, Guwahati explained the objectives
of Public Information Campaign. He called upon the masses to participate in the campaign
and learn about the Government schemes for their benefit. He also requested the people
to come forward to avail the benefit of various Schemes of the Central Government.
During the public information campaign in Likabali, the components of Bharat Nirman
and other flagship programmes were highlighted through lectures, booklets, photo/poster
exhibition, quiz and song and drama programmes. The exhibition on Bharat Nirman put
up by the DAVP and various Departments of the district turned out to be big crowd-puller
on all the days. The three days special awareness campaign was organized by the PIB
and other sister media of I&B in active cooperation with the West Siang district
APYC takes out candlelight march in solidarity with Delhi gang rape victim
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress conducted a peaceful candle
light vigil at Itanagar from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan to Akaashdeep at 4.30 pm onwards
in solidarity with the victim of Delhi gang rape and her family members.
While demanding justice for the victim, the Youth Congress demanded capital punishment
for those culprits involved in the heinous crime.
Over 100 youth activists, including PYC, LYC (Western PC) and AYCs of Itanagar and
Sagalee joined the candle light march.
Change the mindset, uphold equality and dignity of women: ACR
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Expressing grave concern over heinous gangrape and the subsequent
death of the 23-year-old Delhi girl, Arunachal Citizen’s Rights (ACR) has exhorted
all to change the patriarchal mindset, uphold equality and dignity of women.
The heinous crime and the subsequent death of the girl have forced our country to
wake up from its slumber. The protests in Delhi and other big cities reflected the
seething anger of our youth – the women and the students – not cowed down by the
police brutality in India Gate, ACR said in a release.
But, the shocking silence of the government and the political class is adding insult
to this mass anger. It is not enough to establish a commission or notify an enquiry,
we need quick and timely action. The police reform is pending for decades, the judicial
reform is pending, and legislations to protect women are weak enough to act as deterrents
against sexual harassment, molestation, rape, dowry and female feticide, it said.
The youth of this country wants a change, an end to discrimination justified by the
patriarchal society that we exist in, an end to the commodification of women that
patriarchy also justifies.
It is also disconcerting for us that in Arunachal Pradesh also we are coming across
increasing incidents of sexual assault against women, something that our egalitarian
tribal society never dreamt of. We all need to act quickly and put an end to this
menace, protect and respect dignity of our women.
For all of us it is surely a challenge, tougher than ever but we need to take that
up. Perhaps, this is the best time to take a mass resolution that we should fight
to end discrimination against women, change the patriarchal mindset against women
and uphold equality and dignity of women.
A country can never develop, grow and move forward where the discrimination starts
from the womb of our mothers, the release added.
Consumer awareness campaign held at Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Association Upper Subansiri District
Unit in collaboration with Department of Legal Metrology, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
organized mass consumer awareness campaign on December 28 as part of National Consumer
Week celebration from December 24 to 30 at Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo.
Inaugurating campaign, Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu, who is also the President
of District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, advised the traders to strictly follow
the guidelines and norms of Consumer Act 1986.
The Resource persons Minte Siga, Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology & Consumer
Affairs give the keynote address on consumers’ rights and Adap Maling, vice president,
AAPCAUSDU educated consumers about new LPG gas connection, importance of MRP and
how to check fuel adulteration etc.
Advocate Tadu Bayor also attended the program.
Soil of Oyan village on archaeologists’ radar, primary survey completed
RUKSIN, Dec 30: The soil of Oyan village on archaeologists’ radar as the State’s
Archaeological Research department following a report in this daily in early July
this year that precious beads, archaic goods, metallic idol and coins are unearthed
in Oyan village, conducted scientific survey in order to explore more treasure beads.
A three-member archaeologists’ team led by PJ Das visited Oyan village on July 18
and conducted preliminary survey at Oyan village, located at 10 km east from Ruksin
The archaeologists took over some of the metallic coins discovered in the soil of
Oyan after careful examination. They were hopeful that there may be more archaic
goods in the area and these might help them explore a lot of historical facts about
the area. They also confirmed that there was human settlement in the area during
It is worth mentioning that the local administration imposed some restriction in
the area and instructed the local people to stop further digging/excavation in search
of precious beads until the archaeological survey and other activities were completed.
The Sille-Oyan Circle Officer (CO)Ayeng Perme and Oyan Village Development Committee
members, who assisted the team in survey works, informed that the archaeologists
would conduct more exploration in the area soon.
“The deputy director, Research in Itanagar office has told us about fund provision
for conducting more exploration works. Shortage of staff in the department is hitting
their pre-scheduled activities as one of the archaeologists has retired from service
while another was transferred to Assam. Presently only one is conducting the department
activities. They, however, will arrive at Oyan again as soon as the vacant post are
filled up”, informed CO Perme while quoting the report of a Deputy Director of Research,Itanagar.
Oyan village is one of the ancient villages in East Siang district and located at
Assam Arunachal boundary. The villagers said the precious beads and pearls found
in the soil such as Dogne, Doksor, Dogpun, Doglee etc are related to tribal traditions.
These are reportedly found more or less along the riverbanks at Oyan, Niglok, Rayang
and Debing sites in East Siang district.
Baki Garam Football Club lift Si-Donyi Football trophy
DAPORIJO, Dec 30: Baki Garam Football Club, coming from behind, defeated Taliha Payeng
Football Club 2-1 to lift the Si Donyi Football trophy at Rijo Ground here.
Taliha Payeng Football Club was leading 1-0 in the first half.
However, Baki Garam netted two goals in the second half to win the tournament.
Speaking on the occasion, Nyapung Konia encouraged the players to do regular practice
instead of practicing during the tournament session only. The footballers of the
state have lots of talent and potential. If pursued seriously, they can represent
the country at international level in future.
L Kare, Secretary, Si Donyi Celebration Committee informed that, football in the
district has changed a lot. The strict discipline and sportsman spirit shown by the
players during the whole tournament could be understood from the fact that no player
has been either booked (yellow card) or red carded.
The final match was witnessed by hundreds of football lovers including many VIPs.
Centenarian Tasing Darang celebrates birthday
H K Roy
PASIGHAT, Dec 30: One of the oldest living persons of East Siang Tasing Darang celebrated
his 100th Birthday yesterday at his residence at Rengging.
“I had quite a good time today by the blessing of Donyi-Polo and I cannot describe
my feelings in words”, said the centenarian on this special occasion.
He migrated from historic Kebang to Rengging village at the age of 10 years.
Selling a goat and one Gadu (Blanket) at Rs ten in total, Darang managed to take
admission in Sadiya Mission School (Assam) during 1932 and read up to class II. During
the 2nd World War, he moved to Patkai Hills of Indo-Burma border to carry the loads
of the refugees coming from Burma as he was appointed as Chief Sardar by the Head
Clerk Rai Boruah.
On September 15, 1943 he got a chance to join as Kotoki and posted at Pasighat by
the British rulers and received Rs. 15 per month as salary. Later in the year 1948,
he joined as VLW and he was paid Rs. 160 a month. Finally he took retirement in June
1972. His pension amount has been enhanced from Rs. 70 to 8,500.
He is the son of Late Taper Darang and Late Yari Paron Darang and proud father of
nine sons and four daughters (two daughter died) and grandpa of many great-grandchildren
and great-great-grandchildren. All are now living independently and settled down
at Pasighat with their families.
He is the father of Tapang Darang, who served in SSB, Tajong Darang, a farmer, Tayon
Darang, retired DC, Tarung Darang retired Jt. Director (V&AH), Taking Darang, UDC,
Tapi Darang EE(PWD), Tanu Darang (Manual Mining deptt.), Otem Darang (Arts Graduate)
and Jem Darang (Technical student).
He is still maintaining a good health and mentally sound having good appetite.
When asked about the secret to his long life, the living legend said that he has
been always against bribes, alcoholism, drugs and other anti social activities.
GPF mourns Koyu’s death, flays Govt on scribe shooting incident
ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) today deeply mourned the demise
of Tokom Koyu who died in a fire accident yesterday at Koyu village.
Pointing out the immediate relief of Rs 2000 only for affected family, the GPF members
suggested the Govt. to work for the welfare of the people.
Taking a dig at State Home Department, the Federation regretted that the people of
Arunachal are being duped by the Department particularly in Tongam Rina shooting
incident. The GPF further said that no details of its progress and any breakthrough
have been reported regarding the case till date.
Whiling recalling their meeting with the Parliamentary secretary on Oct 25 last where
the Govt. representative parliamentary secretary for home Gadam Ete had reported
about handing of the case to the CBI, the Federation said that the infamous shooting
case is still waiting to see the light of the day. Further, it suggested the Home
Department to verify and check the statistics of the crime and crime graph in the
State of Arunachal, particularly at State Capital.
Supporting the suggestion of Eastern Arunachal Peoples’ Welfare Organization, the
GPF opined that the State Govt. should de-centralize the developmental activities
with immediate transfer and full functioning of the Development Commissioner, East,
at the earliest.
IAEWP award giving ceremony deferred
NEW DELHI, Dec 30: The Lifetime Achievement Award for the Chief Minster of Arunachal
Pradesh Nabam Tuki instituted by the United Nations affiliated International Association
of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) - ECOSOC, UNDPI, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Green
State of the Year Award 2012 to be conferred upon the Chief Minister and the Government
of Arunachal Pradesh on December 30 at New Delhi has been deferred in the 3rd week
of January 2013 viewing the sad demise of the paramedical student, who was gang rapped
last week and sent to Singapore for treatment. Announcing this during the inaugural
function of the 33rd World Management Congress at New Delhi soon after the condolence
offered to the departed soul, the IAEWP World President Dr. Charles Mercieca and
the IAEWP South Asia Vice President Dr. P R Trivedi in a joint statement said that
as the entire world and India are saddened and as IAEWP has resolved to solve these
mind related pollution at the earliest, the IAEWP Lifetime Achievement Award 2012
and CUTE Green State of the Year Award has been deferred till the 3rd week of January
2013 while the exact date will be announced in consultation with the Chief Minister's
Office at Itanagar. It may be mentioned that the Alabama (USA) based IAEWP and Verbania
(Italy) based Clean-Up-The Earth (CUTE) Green State of the Year Award had been announced
in favour of Nabam Tuki and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh respectively to be
conferred on 30 December 2012 at New Delhi.
The parameters relating to the selection of Nabam Tuki and the State of Arunachal
Pradesh have been based on the action plans envisaged by the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh for retaining peace on the Mother Earth of Arunachal Pradesh besides the
Green policies of the State relating to sustainable agriculture, vocational and employment
centric education, medical and health care facilities, rural reconstruction, tribal
development, road construction, horticulture, pomology, fruit preservation, and processing,
medicinal plants, ecotou-rism, adventure tourism, religious tourism, medical tourism,
folk medicine etc.
During the inaugural function of the 33rd World Management Congress today, more than
500 foreign and Indian delegates appreciated the efforts of the Chief Minister Tuki
for inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of the Ziro based Indira Gandhi
Technological and Medical Sciences University on 28 December 2012 in the presence
of several Ministers, MPs and MLAs from Arunachal Pradesh.
The 150 hectare green campus of the University will offer Bachelor's and Master's
Degrees from the coming academic session specially in the areas of engineering, paramedical
sciences, architecture, information technology, business administration, medicinal
plants, hospitality management etc. for the students from Arunachal Pradesh in particular
and the North East in general besides different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe,
Oceania, North and South America.
In view of gaping shortages of doctors, allied healthcare professionals would have
to play an increasingly prominent role in providing health services to India’s masses,
says a report released by the Public Health Foundation of India.
The report highlights the lack of a uniform approach in defining Allied Health Professionals
(AHPs), largely known as ‘paramedic’ in India and calls for correcting this perception
by standardising a comprehensive definition for AHPs, along with a defined career
pathway, salary structure and cadre formation to ensure their growth prospects.
Pointing to a considerable regulatory gap in the allied health space, the report
reasons that this is attributed to the lack of a comprehensive regulatory framework
and absence of centres for excellence or apex bodies for professional development
and training of AHPs.
It points out that a number of councils such as the Medical Council of India (MCI),
Dental Council of India (DCI) to name a few, have already been established by Government
of India for regulating the standards of education and training, as well as the
registration of practitioners in respective fields. While such bodies aim to prevent
unqualified people from practicing and also for maintain the standards of these professions,
the fact however remains that there is no central regulatory mechanism for AHPs.
It calls for standardised course duration, curricula, training methodologies and
other such components pertaining to the education and training of allied health professionals.
The Indian public health care system has limited options for employment for AHPs
that is far from being rational in its approach. The report’s authors have analysed
that given the fast-paced growth in the healthcare sector, there is a potential for
developing cadres of several new and emerging fields of AHPs.
Who will give justice to us?
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to inform the citizens of
Arunachal Pradesh about the barbaric and savage act of Mary Ering (Siram), first
wife of sitting Education Minister, who unnecessarily assaulted my mother without
any valid reason on Dec 26 evening. My mother who is presently holding the post
of District Mahila Congress Committee (DMCC) President, East Siang district was
to attend the meeting conducted by Education Minister. Suddenly Mrs Siram physically
assaulted my Mother who was with her Congress companion members. In the meeting there
was no any argument with Mrs Siram. I got shocked when I first heard the news about
my mother being attacked and badly injured in the meeting hall where all its committee
members were present.
My motto here is to convey the people that there was no valid reason, people usually
think “oh! She hit her there must have been a reason.” Even you must have thought
that. I thought in similar way too when I first heard the news. But when I spoke
with eye witness, everyone told me there was not a single worthy reason. She must
not forget that her husband is a minister and people need him.
Some people updated this incident in social networking site and they didn’t know
the true story of my mother’s incident. If my mother is guilty, she will never “Knock
for justice”. An FIR has been lodged in Pasighat Police station but in vain. Therefore,
through this esteemed daily I would like to ask citizens of Arunachal Pradesh who
will give justice to my mother?
Rapists should be hanged to death
After the gory 26/11 Mumbai mayhem, the whole country was baying for the blood of
Kasab and the "nationalists" even questioned why he should be tried in court at all
! Following Kasab's hanging, the "patriots" had also celebrated his death!
Now it is high time we realise that the Indian rapists and murderers of the hapless
girl are infinite times greater sinner than the Pakistani Kasab. The hungry uneducated
unemployed Kasab was merely a victim of poverty whose plight was cleverly exploited
by the terrorist organisations to further their vested interests. Also he was a mere
instrument rather than the think-tank of the arson.
The demon of poverty and illiteracy compel the victims of fate like Kasabs to join
terrorist outfits who wage war against alien nations. But the employed bus staff
of New Delhi are home-bred criminals who had attacked the country's very own daughter
from within, that too without any economic compulsion or brainwashing; but just to
"satisfy" their lust.
Innumerable cases of rape and murder get reported in the dailies of this "great"
nation claiming to "worship" women. But right from the media to the common public,
Indians forget it in hurry so as to immerse their conscience in the cesspool of IPL,
Bollywood, Sensex etc. Moreover, it is New Year eve! Night-clubs, bars, discotheques
are waiting for the "modern", "enlightened" Indians to have a hell of a time by dining,
drinking and vulgar dancing! It is hoped that in this hullabaloo, the tragic brutal
death of the girl will not be forgotten and the Indians will continue to demand adequate
punishment for the culprits just as they zealously did in case of Kasab, but without
taking resort to violence like that happened recently in New Delhi claiming the life
of an innocent cop.
As far as punishment is concerned, there lies absolutely no reason why the criminals
would not be hanged to death. Let's hope that such a punishment is not "reserved"
for only a rural poor caretaker like Dhananjoy Chatterjee who was alleged to have
committed the same offence!
Last but not the least, it is hoped that the Indians who are invading the streets
and organising candle-light marches in perhaps all Indian cities and towns since
the incident of rape will refrain from engaging in lunacy and fun to celebrate the
New Year so as to honour the departed soul and instead mourn the death of the violated
girl by solemn prayers. Else it would get proved that their marches and candle-light
vigils were nothing but "fashion" and utter rhetoric!
And our resolution for 2013 should be to voice our protests against every incident
of rape irrespective of the geographical location and social/financial status of
the victim. Also we should raise our voice against the philistine dirty mainstream
commercial films, advertisements and sections of visual and print media which barbarically
exploit feminine bodies to make a quick buck. Vulgar display of skin and constant
portraying of women as "sex objects" in the name of "modernity" and "art" have absolutely
devastated the moral fabric of the society resulting in increasing incidents of eve
teasing, molestation, rape and related murder.
Justice delayed is justice denied
It is extremely unfortunate and tragic that the perpetrators of the Tawang gang rape
case of August 28th, 2012, are still free and breathing fresh and free air. It pains
my heart to mention that she was raped and killed by 9 persons and thrown in the
jungle. Her head was smashed and throat slit before she was killed. It is of utmost
importance to mention that she was just a 14-year old girl who was returning back
from school when she was abducted by 9 persons. She had her whole life and a bright
future ahead. The Tawang District Administration is still clueless and helpless.
It still awaits the Post-mortem and DNA report after almost 4 months of the happening
of the crime. The need of the hour is to make strong laws so that the perpetrators
of crimes like this are given stringent punishments. This would deter others from
committing these sorts of crimes in future. We need to increase mass awareness, responsibility
and sensitivity among all of us so that crimes like this do not recur.