ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The office of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited
(NEEPCO) Doimukh was yesterday vandalized and its staff manhandled by miscreants.
According to sources, a group of unknown people numbering around 35 entered into
the NEEPCO complex at around 10.30 am and vandalized the office creating panic among
employees. The group also physically manhandled some of the employees causing minor
The group also damaged furniture, computer set and tore down important official documents.
When contacted officer in-charge of Doimukh police station RP Singh informed that
an FIR has been lodged against unknown attackers by NEEPCO authority. “We have registered
case under section 147, 506, 323 and 3 PDPP Act. The attackers specially targeted
electrical and civil branch of the office,” said OC. The investigation officer of
the case further stated that attack was due to the fall out of controversy over tender
process and majority of attackers are believed to be locals of area.
Fight against land encroachment need political will
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Will our state Capital be free from land encroachment or will the
state Govt regularize the encroached Govt land in Capital Complex? These lingering
questions have shaken the mind of city dwellers again with recent arrest of labour
commissioner, who was released later.
Labour commissioner Ojing Darung was arrested under section 3 of Prevention of Damage
to Public Property Act 1984 on charges of demolishing the type –IV Govt quarters
allotted to him in D Sector, Naharlagun. On the other hand, Darung, while producing
a copy of survey report of the PWD said nothing illegal has been done in dismantling
the quarter. He further said that he had already applied for allotment of the said
plot of land. However, Chief Estate Officer cum additional district magistrate, Capital
Complex, Talo Potom said ‘all codal formalities’ were not maintained while dismantling
the Govt quarters. Potom further clarified that the arrest was made in connection
with the dismantling of Govt quarter not encroachment.
When enquired about the action taken against the Govt land encroachment in Capital
Complex, Potom further said that hundreds of illegal structures built in Govt
land along the sector roads and nation highways have already been dismantled/evicted.
Responding to a specific question, Potom, while mentioning some of the land encroachment
cases in Chimpu, Naharlagun and Karisingsa etc, said many individuals have been booked
irrespective of tribe, caste, religion in recent past in connection with land encroachment
Claiming that around 81 cases of land encroachment have been ‘dismissed’ due to ‘non-prosecution’
by the complainant party like housing department, Potom further regretted that many
individuals have succeeded to obtain ‘stay order’ from high court in connection
with land encroachment cases.
Referring to the Govt decision taken in August last regarding land allotment/ encroachment
of Govt quarters and recent decision of the State Govt on Right of Way in state capital,
the ADM further said that except some major cases, almost 50 per cent of land encroachment
cases have been solved. When contacted, Housing director Techi Govin said steps
have already been taken against land encroachers and more than thousand cases of
land encroachment have been forwarded to the competent authorities for action.
Changma Tajo of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU), while reiterating its
stand said that AAPWU is not against any community or tribe but is against the Labour
Commissioner as he is not properly implementing the welfare schemes meant for the
Govt land encroachment has already become a major and irksome issue for authorities
According to sources, there are 2296 encroachers of Govt land including Govt quarters/office
premises in the Capital Complex right from Banderdewa to Chimpu.
As per the encroachers’ lists prepared by the land department following a Cabinet
decision in 2010, 843 individuals have encroached the Govt quarters and offices.
Out of the total 2296 encroachers, there are 337 encroachers of Rights of Way (RoW)
along NH52 A. Also records shows that encroachment is more visible in sector areas.
There are 1116 encroachers of RoW in sector, colony and approach road.
Arunachal records first win in Santosh Trophy
AT News Desk
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh football team has created history by recording
its first win in Santosh Trophy at Kollam, Kerala today. The record was created when
striker Toko Polliam netted the goal against Daman and Diu 23 minutes into the match,
informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA).
Though Arunachal is presently occupying the second position in their group its all
chances to advance into the next level of the tournament are over. The state team
lost 0-1 to Bihar in their first match and drew 2-2 against Himachal Pradesh in the
second match. Arunachal will play their final group match against Karataka on February
“We could have won the match by bigger margin had we not failed to convert the chances
created,” an elated coach Kipa Bharat told ATNS over telephone. He also expressed
his satisfaction over overall performance of the team in the last three matches.
“The overall team performance has been up to the expectation,” he said adding that
lack of exposure and poor finishing cost us the previous two matches. He informed
that Arunachal dominated today’s match with 80% ball possession. Meanwhile, Arunachal
Pradesh Football Players’ Association (APFPA) has sought more support and encouragement
from the state government and APFA for further development of the sport in state.
Providing facilities like proper ground for practice, incentive for coaches and players
and their due recognition will go a long way in improving the performance of the
state team, the players’ association said.
Though the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APFA led by MP Takam
Sanjoy as president have shown keen interest in games of sports sector, there ‘s
still lot to be done, APFPA said. It, however, hoped sport in Arunachal Pradesh will
reach another height under the patronage of the Chief Minister.
NES pays tribute to its former GS
ITANAGAR Feb 14: In commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration the Nyishi Elite
Society led by its President Bengia Tolum paid floral tribute to the portrait of
late Nicham Sonam, former General Secretary NES on his 15th death anniversary at
A Sector Itanagar.
“Nicham Sonam came to this world to give something to the community and left us for
his heavenly abode on February 14,1998, said Tolum.
Nicham was culturally resourceful and was man of amiable. He was the person behind
success of Nyishi Unity Movement and good will mission to East Kameng in 1978 as
he was the only and first graduate from Seppa at that time, Tolum recalled.
He was friend of all and he never showed his angry and difficulties to other,” said
Dr. Joram Begi, former NES president and Director Higher and Technical Education.
Nicham was the General Secretary of NES from 1995-1997 and founder President of East
Kameng Socio Cultural Organization. Dr. Tachi Taku, Vice-President NES and President
East Kameng Socio Cultural Organization and Vijay Sonam General Secretary NES also
spoke on the occasion.
Former NES President Dr. Ligu Tacho, Bengia Tabb, Tapu Gapak, Former Chairperson
APSWB Tadar Yadir, all executive Members of NES and senior members’ community have
also paid floral tribute to Sonam.
Young researchers urged to promote folklore, oral literature
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang urged
the young researchers to come forward for rescuing age-old indigenous knowledge system
hidden in the folklore and oral literature of multicultural tribal society of Arunachal
Chairing a one day national seminar on Folklore Proverbs of the Tribes of Arunachal
Pradesh at Rajiv Gandhi University today, he expressed happiness over the relevancy
of the seminar in current context and urged the young researchers to come forward
and rescue the folklore and oral literature of Arunachal Pradesh for cultural unification
and social integration among the tribes.
Prof. Dinesh Baishya, Dean of Media and Cultural Study, University of Science &
Technology, Meghalaya elaborated on significance of folklore proverbs in current
multicultural society and urged the upcoming scholars to take up the issue seriously
so that rich cultural and biological heritage of Arunachal Pradesh could be nurtured
without losing its essence in future.
Prof. Anil Boro, Department of Folklore, Gauhati University has shared his experience
with young scholars from different parts of the country and admired the noble initiative
of the organizing committee in bringing such valuable topic in university platform
for scholarly debate and discussion and for formulating policies for way forward.
He also mesmerized the audience by his humorus Boro proverbs which really impressed
Dr. Ashan Riddi, Associate Professor, Department of History, RGU has narrated few
important folklore proverbs of the Tagin community. His presentation was followed
by Dr. Phillip Mody, Department of Commerce, RGU on Millang Adi proverbs informed
great social and cultural relevancy to the contemporary society. Dr. Hui Tag, Department
of Botany, RGU, and General Secretary of Nyishi Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society
(NIFCS) has presented folk proverbs of the Nyishi Tribe and their role in governing
Biocultural and Social environment of East Himalayan ethnoecological landscape. He
informed that folklore proverbs is scientific and rationale and still playing a significant
role in conservation of cultural and biological diversity of this global biodiversity
hotspots-East Himalaya including Arunachal Pradesh. He fundamentally dwelt on the
significant role and relevance of such valuable indigenous system knowledge in healing
current social, cultural and environmental ills posed by the consumerism driven ideology
of 21st century.
Other young presenters were Sodyung Kri on Kaman Mishmi community, Tage Momu on
Apatani community, Nguri Shanti on Nyishi, Tumge Lollen on Galo, Rinkiolu Chai on
Dr. Tabang Mibang in his thought provoking proverbs on Minyong Adi has evoked wide
response from the audience and has widely appreciated by the participants.
The valedictory session was addressed by Prof. Pura Tado, Dean of Social Science,
Professor in Political Science, RGU. He urged the young scholars to take up the documentation
activity with zeal and enthusiasm and also urged them to act as future academic icon
and socio-cultural ambassador to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. During final feedback
session young participants from RGU has interacted with Dr. Hui Tag, Secretary NIFCS,
Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina, Seminar coordinator and Prof. Pura Tado, the Chair of the valedictory
session as to how cultural erosion and gambling during our indigenous festival could
be prevented in future.
Dr. Tag in his reply informed the upcoming young scholars that statewide cultural
group networking movement is on the card. He also informed that, to curve certain
bad practices of the society, close coordination among the top leaders of different
cultural organizations of Arunachal Pradesh is urgently needed. He urge the youth
to act as agent of desirable socio-cultural reformation for socio-cultural integration
by upholding ethical and moral values hidden in our folklore proverbs and oral literature
for conservation of rich biocultural heritage and rich but critical ethnoecological
landscape of Arunachal Himalaya.
The rationale of the seminar was conceptualized by NIFCS and Abotani Academy, few
among the pioneer regional NGOs working on indigenous cultural preservation of Tani
belt established way back in late 1990s and this noble concept was patronized by
Department of Political Science, RGU.
The rationale behind the seminar was to document losing tradition of tribal folklore
proverbs which has deep philosophical and cultural meaning and has proven as powerful
ethical and moral tools that governing social, economic, political, cultural, spiritual
and overall ecosystem functioning of traditional ethnoecological landscape. These
folklore proverbs, folk songs, folk dance which are proven highly scientific and
rationale by contemporary conservation biologists, and even scientifically developed
western nations are likely to lose its identity in coming decades due to onslaught
of modernism. The seminar was organized with major objective to documents such valuable
knowledge system in written form in immediate future which would act as ethical and
moral guidelines tools for the future generation living in this East Himalayan critical
ecosystem in general and the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
The seminar was organized by the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University
in collaboration with Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society and Abo Tani Academy,
Kri assures all possible help to PLHIV
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Parliamentary Secretary (PHED & WS) assured all possible help to
the people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the Lohit district which has high prevalence
rate of HIV.
While kicking off the Rock Concert on HIV ‘Live Another Day. Journey Against AIDS’
at Jubilee Ground, Tezu yesterday, Kri said that he will provide one condom vending
machine to District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Tezu and also assured
to provide free rice on monthly basis under government schemes to PLHIV. Kri appealed
to the youth to be equipped themselves with proper knowledge about the disease so
that they remain safe from HIV.
Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma also attended the programme.
Lohit is the only ‘A-Category’ district in Arunachal Pradesh as per as HIV is concerned.
Though Papum Pare has the highest officially recorded HIV cases, Lohit is declared
A Category district in Arunachal Pradesh because of high prevalence rate of HIV among
the general population.
“Live Another Day, Journey Against AIDS” Rock Concert under MMC while continuing
its journey reached Tezu yesterday to educate the youth about HIV/AIDS. The death
metal band ‘Alien Gods’ with large number of fans following among the youth, made
the Tezu audience dance to the tune of its rocking numbers. Olik Boko, lead vocalist
of the Alien Gods in his inimitable Rock style appealed youths to stay away from
bad habits in order to move forward in life.
Carnal Sins, another death metal band who is also the goodwill ambassador of APSACS
rocked the Tezu audience consisting hundreds of youth while urging them not to discriminate
people living with HIV.
APSACS Dy. Director (IEC) Tashor Pali, during the course of rock concert while educating
the youth on the routes of HIV transmission and its prevention asked the youth to
remember ABC of HIV which stands for Abstinence, Be faithful your partner and condom
Yumrin Nokpa, General Secretary of ArNP+ while continuing with campaign asked the
PLHIV from Lohit district to avail ART medicine being provided free of cost in the
ART Centre at State Hospital, Naharlagun. He also appealed to the people of Lohit
not to stigmatize people living with HIV. “Hate the virus but no to the person living
with HIV”, he said.
Ongtang Thamphang, Dy. Director (IEC), Family Welfare sensitized the audience on
weekly iron and folic acid supplementation. He appealed to the youths, especially
of age between 10-19 years to take IFA tablet to keep their mind and body healthy
as IFA is an iron supplement and not a medicine.
DMO in Charge, Lohit, Dr. Bhowmick, Dr. Jomya Ado, DPO, DAPCU, also spoke on the
Two local rock bands, The Dirty Rose and Audio Faction also enthralled the Rock fans
of around 2000 people in Tezu by their rocking numbers.
Admin. reveals plan to regulate Rly passengers
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The state Govt would adopt proper mechanization to check ILP/RAP
of train passengers before they enter the state through railway line. This was informed
by the Papum Pare district administration in a meeting held between district administration
and representatives of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union today on the security
issue that has to be addressed while implementing the railway project in state capital.
The meeting was attended, among others, by DC Pige Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte, panchayat
members, government officers and student leaders.
The administration further clarified that the law enforced in the land (BEFRA, 1873)
would be upheld to control crime, influx of foreigners, anti-social elements, etc,
into the state by trains.
The administration also said there would be no pollution by the entry of trains since
most of the engines run on electricity, and that several advantages in terms of trade
and commerce would accrue to the district and the state once the railway becomes
The SP Nabam Gungte informed that the government has already sanctioned Class A police
stations in Doimukh and Yupia along with a Class C police station in Gumto to contain
illegal entry of passengers into the district.
District Level Orientation Workshop on Community Monitoring
PASIGHAT, Feb 14: The District Level Orientation Workshop on Community Monitoring
sponsored by National Rural Health Mission (GoI) and State Health Mission was organised
by Doying Gumin College, Pasighat in collaboration with the Daying Ering Foundation,
the district nodal NGO.
In his keynote address, Principal of Doying Gumin College Dr Egul Padung highlighted
the concept of National Rural Health Mission by introduced by the central government
in Arunachal Pradesh.
Neiy Tayeng, Coordinator, District Community Monitoring Committee, dwelt at length
on the importance of community monitoring in the rural villages and the necessity
to the community monitoring of rural health systems.
Geman Tamuk, resource person of the district community monitoring committee spoke
on the health rights bestowed to the people and highlighted on the need of ‘rights
based approach’ to the demand of better health care system for potential beneficiaries.
The three days workshop started from the February and it was attended by people from
Mebo CHC block including the village Gaon Buras, ASHA workers and PRI members of
People from Ruksn CHC block and Nari CHC block attended the second and third day
of the workshop respectively.
The main objective of workshop was to locate community monitoring in the larger framework
of community participation and ownership in Comprehensive Primary Health Care and
to update participants about the community monitoring process under NRHM which will
be implemented in the district soon. DIPRO
DLMC meeting held
KHONSA, Feb 14: The district-level monitoring committee meeting of Tirap district
was held at DC’s conference hall under the aegis of Planning department yesterday.
The officers representing various departments submitted their progress reports along
with photographs on various centrally sponsored schemes like SPA, NLCPR, ACA, RIDE,NEC,
DoTC, PM Package and BADP etc. with proper records. They also expressed the bottleneck
while executing some of the schemes. Most of the departments had completed their
schemes though there were inordinate delays in some cases.
While reviewing the schemes Tirap DC Dr Sachin Shinde said that there has been a
significant paradigm shift in the policy of the state government adding that monitoring
of the schemes had been accorded top priority. He asked the officers working in the
circle headquarters to conduct the meeting immediately and submit the reports. He
asked the executing agencies to mandatorily produce photographs of the schemes and
asked them to handover the completed quarters and other assets to the concerned departments
immediately after completion with proper records and by maintaining proper formalities.
The DC told the officers that they must ensure that the schemes were completed on
time and that there must be no compromise on the quality of work. He expressed concern
over the absence of some Executive Engineers in important meetings that does not
augur well for the district.
Earlier, DPO, Okep Tayeng in his welcome address explained the objective of the meeting
and urged the officers to participate actively in the deliberation. The important
meeting was also attended by ZPMs of the district. DIPRO
Minister Meets Fire Victims
AALO, Feb 14: Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin met the fire victims
at Puak Gumin and consoled them to overcome the misfortune today.
Stressing on the need to prevent such mishap in future, he appealed to the inhabitants
of the thickly populated colony to keep space for movement of fire tender, men and
materials during such mishaps. The recurrence of such fire accident in this particular
place is quite unfortunate and time has come for our people to construct dwelling
houses with CGI roofing to avoid such house fires, he said.
The Minister insisted on detailed assessment of the losses for consideration of the
govt. The minister also contributed Rs. 10,000 from his side as immediate relief
to each fire victim.
West Siang Deputy Commissioner, who was also present on the occasion, said that road
connectivity and spacing in all sectors are quite essential and he appealed the welfare
committee of the colony and inhabitants to cooperate with the district administration
to sort out any such problem. The District Administration will depute land record
officials as and when needed, he added. DIPRO
Action committee pleads for job on compassionate ground
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Action Committee on Aalo incident while welcoming the handing
over of Goto Yudik murder case to Special Investigation Team (SIT) and constitution
of a one-man Committee headed by Commissioner Home to investigate the murder issue,
urged the State Government to provide a regular job to the wife of the deceased on
compassionate ground so as to support herself, children and family.
Reiterating its earlier demands, the Action Committee insisted the State Govt to
act more in completing the investigation within a given time frame. It appealed to
all individuals, society/union etc. who were the eye witness of the incident that
took place at Aalo leading to death of Yudik to come forward and help SIT in investigating
the case so that circumstances that led to brutal murder of Yudik can be unearthed
and perpetrators in the instant case can be booked under appropriate sections of
law for awarding exemplary punishment.
The Action Committee also demanded for dropping of criminal proceeding against innocent
members for alleged damage caused to the Paktu Pillar at Aalo.
“The Action Committee sees it as an act of someone to divert the main issue which
is unfortunate and uncalled for”.
It also hoped that the new GWS team will work on the charter of demands placed by
the Action Committee on Aalo incident to state Govt and by pursuing the demands placed
before the state government.
ZPM completes wheel-chair distribution
ZIRO, Feb 14: In Continuation of his mission to locate disable, partially disabled
and old age persons, Diibo ZPM Bamin Siri yesterday reached Dutta village, Nenchalyang
village and Hapoli town and distributed numbers of wheel chairs, crutches and walking
Siri accompanied by Hiinyo Tai GCP and Roto Tago ASM visited Dutta and Nenchalyang
villages where he distributed six crutches and 14 walking sticks to partial disabled
and old age persons.
At Hapoli, he along with ASMs Hano Tago, Tamo Gumbo and Bamin Apii visited to a number
of houses where disabled and old age persons were residing and distributed four wheel
chairs, three crutches and eight walking sticks.
After covering his area, the ZPM reached Hija village on request of ASM Nada Nyikang
of Hidu Subu Anchal segment of Hija village where he distributed three wheel chairs.
Contented with the service provided by the ZPM, ASM Nada Nyikang of Hija village
said, “Though he is not our ZPM but responded with my request. He distributed wheel
chairs to deserving people of my segment. I really thank him for the yeoman service
that could not be provided by me” Nyikang added.
“I never thought somebody will present me such a useful thing before I die. I have
no befitting word to express my thanks to ZPM Siri”, said 82 years old woman Kime
Sponsored by the department of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Bamin
Siri distributed these equipments to needy people.
Conference of Higher & Tech Edn
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 14: The Directorate of Higher & Technical Education, Itanagar is
organizing the XIII Conference of Higher & Technical Education at Golden Jubilee
Banquet Hall here on February 21 and 22.
Conference is being organized with the objective to provide a platform for the academicians
and stakeholders to share their perspective views for policy recommendations on higher
and technical education, and holistic approach to education infrastructure and above
all adoption of best practices for quality education.
It would also dwell on introduction of Rashtriya Uchatar Shiksha Abhiyan(RUSA), Community
College under Govt. of India Scheme, and mandatory assessment and accreditation of
higher education institutions; in the state perspective. As usual the conference
also features Outstanding College Teachers' Award, felicitation of former education
administrators and college, university teachers, Governor's Award to university toppers,
gold medal to polytechnic toppers, NSS awards, release of books etc. on the inaugural
session of the conference.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General (Retd) JJ Singh and the Chief Minister, Nabam
Tuki will attend the inaugural function to be chaired by Education Minister Bosiram
The Directorate of Higher & Technical Education has been organizing Annual Conference
regularly in a meaningful manner for the last one decade. DIPR
Make sanitation prog a grand success: Byaling
DAPORIJO, Feb 14: Power and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling appealed to the
PRI members and other stake holders to make their best effort for successful implementation
of sanitation programme under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan to make Nirmal Upper Subansiri
Attending an awareness programme of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan here, Byaling suggested
for construction of atleast a kitchen and a toilet for every household compulsorily
and to stop open defecation. He also appealed religious leaders and NGO’s to come
forward and render service to make the awareness campaign successful. He urged PRI
members to give full co-operation to the executing agencies for successful implementation
of the sanitation programme. He warned no payment should be released without physical
achievement and proper verification of any scheme.
N Konia, EE, PHED, Daporijo division briefly explained factors affecting successful
implementation of the schemes like lack of awareness among people, proper education
and institutionalized PRI system etc. He also presented up-to- date physical status
of the sanitation programmes in the district. He informed that 5787 individual household
latrines for BPL families have been constructed so far out of the targeted 9045.
The number of Anganwadi / School toilet constructed so far is 178 out of the targeted
221and 3 sanitary toilets out 25 have been completed.
He appealed all PRI members to co-operate with the nodal department for successful
implementation of the sanitation programmes and bring awareness to the people.
Dr. Bagra, District Medical Officer,Daporijo dwelt at length about the importance
of health and hygiene and its effect on human being. He stressed that it is not only
important to keep our body clean but keeping our surroundings is equally important.
He suggested that water from any sources for drinking purposes should be boiled properly
before drinking to prevent many water borne diseases like, diarrhea, cholera, dehydration
etc and food that we eat should also be properly cooked.
Chairing the meeting Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu advocated strongly
that nodal department PHED, in collaboration with RD should implement the sanitation
schemes according to the central government guidelines strictly and without political
interference. Any violation of the guidelines will not be tolerated, he cautioned.
Awareness for sanitation needs active participation from all of us, he said and urged
all to carry message and spread awareness to all the villagers, school children
and common public the importance of sanitation. He asked Town Magistrate and urban
development department to initiate this sanitation programmes and to make it successful.
He lauded Tagin Culutral Society for their co-operatrion and support extended to
the District Administration in organizing any social service activities. He appealed
all the religious leaders, NGO’s PRI members, Officers, Principal and Headmasters
of the school to create civic sense among the common mass and school children.
T Ketan, CE PHED explained in details the aim and objectives, purpose and motive
of implementation of sanitation programmes, how it was started with the low budget,
he also explained about the Nirmal Gram Prashkar to the PRI members.
K. Dulom, Director, RD highlighted the important policy and programmes of some of
the schemes like MNREGA, KVK etc. He explained how to make use of sanitation from
minimum resources and fund. He clarified all the doubts and questions raised by the
DRDA project director, religious and public leaders, departmental engineers, officers
and NGO representatives were present in the meeting. DIPRO
BCIF moves AAPSU on airport issue
ITANAGAR Feb 14: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) held a meeting regarding
shifting of Greenfield Airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi under the chairmanship
of its president Kamta Lapung here today.
A team of Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) also attended the meeting and
alleged government’s failure to solve its ‘genuine’ demands.
BCIF told AAPSU that the DPR for the airport has already prepared and the feasibility
report Okayed the Karsingsa site for establishing the airport. Further, the foundation
has also been already laid in the site, AAPSU informed in a release.
It sought AAPSU’s intervention, if the demands are found genuine in public interest.
“The shifting of Greenfield airport is purely based on interest of some individuals
and it also became a centre of gaining political mileage,” said Kipa Taniang, General
“The Chakmas are refugee against whom the AAPSU has been fighting for last many decades
and they have no right to sell land. The RR policy of the state govt. has clearly
included Chakmas in the Project Affected Families (PAF) which is not fair and justified
for the people of the state and nation as whole”.
The BCIF claimed that their agitation on the Greenfield airport called earlier were
justified and will continue to fight till the justice is delivered.
AAPSU in its release further informed that the BCIF president has criticized the
state government for failing to solve the issue. According to BCIF, the release said,
forest and defence clearance against the project have already been obtained and it
is found to be fit for establishing the airport. BCIF also rejected Govt’s technical
difficulties in regards to landing and taking off at Karsingsa field.
“The Karsingsa ground is lower in altitude as compared to other famous airports such
as Sikkim and Ladakh. Further BCIF flayed the present government for lending a deaf
ear to their genuine demand.
Meanwhile, AAPSU president has assured BCIF to cooperate with it if the demands and
claims are found genuine after proper investigation.
He said that AAPSU being the apex students’ body of the state is always fighting
for people’s cause and will never tolerate any injustice done to our own indigenous
The AAPSU president received the relevant documents on the issue from BCIF and assured
to visit the proposed site very soon.
Meanwhile, Lapung urged state govt. to bring IAS cadre for smooth administration
of educational department as a director.
Tadar Kakum, Convenor cum Chairman of Airport issue urged BCIF to work transparently
and make people understand on the issue.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: 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
Arunachal to participate in NE Rating Chess C’ship
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh will participate in the 6th North East Rating
Chess Championship -2013 being organized by Imphal West District Chess Association
on behalf of Manipur Chess Association at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal from
February 28 to March 7.
The state will participate in all categories and is scheduled to leave here for Imphal
on February 25, according to All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) release
The players have been selected on the basis of their performance in the 4th State
Level Chess Tournament -2012 held at Nirjuli. An official representative of AAPCA
to be led by its president Niapung Konia is also expected to attend the North East
Chess Forum (NECF) meeting to be held in the sideline of tournament and make bid
to host the next North East Rating Chess Championship in Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Four persons, namely, Janam Dodum, Runa Dada, Sonu Tabri and Tango
Gyadi were arrested from Bameng village, New Seppa and Power House Colony, Seppa,
in East Kameng district by police teams in connection with the February 5 DNGC students’
union general secretary Gorak Rikam assault case. A case (FIR No 32/13 U/S 448/326/34
IPC) has been registered against them at the Itanagar police station, City SP Surender
Kumar informed in a release today.
They were remanded for 14 days judicial custody at the Central Jail in Jully.
While appreciating the district administration and Capital SP for taking prompt action
against the assaulters of DNGC GS Gora Rikam, the Students Union of the Dera Natung
Govt College today appealed to the administration not to grant bail against the culprits.
Advocating for strict punishment to the accused, the Union demanded immediate installation
of CC TV camera at all vulnerable points in the college premises.
All escapees re-arrested
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: All the five accused persons, namely, Sale Mangha, Bengia Taha,
Bengia Tapung, Saji Tagi and Sangyo Tabu who escaped from judicial lock-up, Koloriang
have been rearrested within three days from different locations. They are now lodged
in judicial lock-up Koloriang, informed Superintendent of Police, Kurung Kumey District.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Krishi Vihyan Kendra (KVK), Changlang organized a vegetable saplings
and seed distribution programme at Lew Longkey village under Kharsang circle.
The subject matter specialist suggested the farmers to adopt scientific methods in
agriculture field for high yield. He discussed with farmers about scientific cultivation
Programme Coordinator of the KVK Dr. N Kumar suggested the farmers to prefer new
ideas in the field of agriculture.
Later, Bhindi and maize seeds and vegetable saplings were distributed among the farmers.
Triangular Badminton Championship
SEPPA, Feb 14: The Officer’s Club, Seppa welcomed Kumar Waii’s suggestion to include
Officers’ Club, Tawang in the next year’s Triangular Badminton Championship.
The Club also lauded Dahey Sangno and Taring Mompak for retaining the doubles title
and Guruk Produng and Pudom Taku for taking the runner up in sub-veteran category.
It also congratulated Guruk Produng and Taring Mompak for becoming champion in open
category in the triangular badminton championship held among Bomdila, Bhalukpong
and Seppa Clubs. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have extended sincere greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
on the auspicious occasion of Tamladu.
In his festival message, the Governor expressed his hope that the festivity will
evoke the blessings of Almighty and protect us from natural calamities. On this sacred
occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty Lord Jebmalu to bless each one of us with
his choicest blessing, he added.
“These are the days of festivals….time to celebrate our varied culture and reaffirm
our unity,” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a message this evening wishing the
Mishmis of Lohit district on occasion of Tamladu.
Tamladu, celebrated by the Digaru Mishmis on February 15, is a public display of
their religious, social and supernatural beliefs to protect their village and people
from any natural disaster.
“I join my Mishmi brethren in praying the God of Water and God of Earth to save our
people from natural calamities. May Lord Jebmalu save us, our animals and the newly
planted crops from all disaster,” Tuki wished.
The Chief Minister specifically prayed the Almighty to keep at bay natural disasters
and fire mishaps, which is haunting human habitations too frequently these days.
At the same time, he appealed all, especially those in rural villages with kutcha
houses, to remain vigil and adopt fire preventive measures.
GPF expresses concern at frequent fire accidents
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) has expressed grave over concern
frequent fire accident reported from various parts of the state.
While expressing shock over the recent fire accident at Puak-Gumin at Aalo which
has burnt down properties worth lakhs of rupee, GPF urged the society members to
be extra cautious during this dry and windy season to prevent household fire.
It also urged the District Administration to take up the matter with Govt. to sanction
extra relief fund for the fire-victims.
Meanwhile, Galo Peoples’ Federation assured all possible help and support to the
news Galo Welfare Society in its all activities and hoped that the new incumbent
will lead the society to a new height of achievement and glory.
Saint Vincent Pallotti School celebrates first annual day
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Saint Vincent Pallotti School, run by the Catholic Mission at remote
Siyum in Upper Subansiri celebrated its first annual day on February 12.
The day was marked by various cultural performances by the tiny tots as they showcased
their talents and won applause of the audience. The block education officer, Siyum,
Tago Nima presided over the function and awarded prizes to the meritorious students
in academics and extra curricular activities.
He exhorted the students to make full use of the facilities provided by the school.
He also advised the parents and the general public to educate their children for
a better tomorrow.
Earlier Fr. Siju Jose gave welcome address and expressed his confidence that the
school will scale new heights in the coming years.
Fr. Sijo Chacko, the principal, presented the annual school report and elaborated
the achievements of the school.
At present the school has 65 children with LKG and UKG sections. The programme was
attended by parents, parishners and teachers of various schools in Siyum and its
214 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to express some my view regarding
rude behaviors of Civil and IRBn police of the state. It has become a habitual practice
of our police personnel to threaten the poor and uneducated common people and obedient
students with their words. These types of misbehaviors and indiscipline manners of
one of the most known discipline groups of society creates fear psychosis and indifference
attitude among the people. Such types of activities of police personnel are also
widening the relationship between them and common people.
Today I was leaving for my college in hurry because I was getting late due to the
engagement ceremony work of one of my elder sisters and therefore I forgot to wear
helmet. On the way to college, I was stopped by police near Tata Sumo Counter, Ganga
and was verbally abused and my bike key was snatched. I was fined and had to pay
Rs 300 and accordingly challan was issued against me. Even after paying fine when
I tried to get bike key back, the police still ill-treated me and continued to abuse
I want to ask the department concerned; "Are they are trained to talk and behave
like this do? I appreciate capital administration and other police officers and officials
for checking against traffic violators and drive against black films, but I am saddened
with the way in which they are doing, especially with the activities and behaviors
of some of the Civil and IRBn policemen.
We respect the police and think them to be our saviour. We obey their rules and regulations,
but they are not likely to be respected. Though laws provide them power and position
to maintain law and order and control crimes in the state, but it does not mean that
they should use such powers for frightening and harassing the public and students.
I am not saying that police are not pro people and people friendly; I am talking
about those policemen, especially IRBNs who use powers unlawfully and unnecessarily.
A student of DNG College, Itanagar
Condemn anti-social act
It is very sad to learn from various sources such as NDTV, Arunachal Times...etc
about the incident that occurred in Chowkham and being a social development professional
condemn such heinous activity that is anti social. I wholeheartedly support that
the culprits should be booked immediately and punished so that this kind of act is
not repeated by anyone in near future.
I urge the Khampti brethren not to take law and order in hand in order to maintain
peace and harmony. Also urge the Chakma leaders to cooperate with authority against
BODHI South-Asia Programme India
Please release our salary
Through your respected daily I would like to draw the attention of the concerned
authorities, that we the SSA are doing our duties with dedication in areas far from
our home. It is really sad to say that we are deprived of our salaries. The concerned
departments should know that we are also having families to look after, children
to take care of and last but not least stomach to be filled every day.
Therefore I would like to request the concerned authorities to look after our
problem as soon as possible.
Govt. Middle School
BSNL service at Bhalukpong need urgent attention
Through your esteem daily I would like to bring it to the notice of concerned authorities
that Bhalukpong is an important gateway place for 3 districts with highest inflow
record of domestic as well as international tourists. This place needs better network
communication for the betterment of the visiting tourists in particular and general
public as a whole. But the present BSNL network service at Bhalukpong is very poor.
It remains off for days together particularly during holidays and there is no one
to raise this issue of public interest may be due to which it is always holiday for
the BSNL staff posted at Bhalukpong. These staff or the equipments need immediate
replacement for standard service.
Air pollution in India
Outdoor air pollution has become the fifth largest killer in India after high blood
pressure, indoor air pollution, tobacco smoking, and poor nutrition, says a new set
of findings of the Global Burden of Disease report.
The Global Burden of Disease report is a world-wide initiative involving the World
Health Organization which tracks deaths and illnesses from all causes across the
world every 10 years. The report says that in 2010, about 620,000 premature deaths
occurred in India from air pollution-related diseases. GBD has ranked air pollution
as one of the top 10 killers in the world, and the sixth most dangerous killer in
South Asia. In fact, particulate air pollution is now just three places behind indoor
air pollution, which is the second highest killer in India.
The India-specific analysis has been done using estimates of air pollution exposure
at the national level and incidence of leading causes of deaths, aided by ground-level
measurements, satellite remote sensing and models to capture population exposure.
The GBD assessment follows a rigorous scientific process involving over 450 global
experts and partner institutions including the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation
and the WHO.