AAPSU bandh cripples life across Arunachal
ITANAGAR, July 28: The 24-hour bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union
(AAPSU) over the Tachi Nguso death case crippled normal life in several parts of
the state today.
All the key institutions remain closed barring a few emergency services like medical,
fire services and media. Shops, business establishments, educational institutions
remained closed and vehicles went off the road and attendance in government offices
However, there is no report of any untoward incidents so far from any part of the
state, except stone-pelting incident in Banderdewa area early in the morning.
Twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun also witnessed complete shutdown. There was
no movement of vehicles and usually crowded road were emptied.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung claimed that bandh was effective through out the state.
He said spontaneous support of ordinary citizens cutting across from tribe and region
made this bandh successful. Till government fulfills all the demands of AAPSU, union
will continue the fight, he added. “All these years people of this state had deep
anger against government and police machinery for their ill treatment of ordinary
citizen repeatedly. The public support for today’s bandh should act as a warning
to police and government not to take citizen for granted,” says Tatung.
At Pasighat, AAPSU bandh passed off peacefully. However, the bandh affected vehicular
movement in the district head quarter Pasighat. The District Administration had provided
adequate security in all government offices and vital installations in the town and
no untoward incident has been reported today. All the financial, educational and
commercial establishments also remained closed for the day.
According to the Deputy Commissioner, the other parts of the district remained largely
unaffected and medical service and educational institutions functioned normally.
At Aalo also, the bandh paralyzed normal life. All shops were closed and streets
were devoid of vehicles. There was no report of any untoward incident except stray
stone pelting at Bagra Administrative circle.
The bandh was also successful in Ziro area and normal life was badly affected. Bandh
supporters came out in the streets and stopped vehicles from plying. Shops, educational
institutions were closed while government offices reported thin attendance. Meanwhile
at Ziro it has been reported that headlight of two bikes were broken and window of
one private car was damaged during the day.
According to a source, AAPSU bandh was totally ineffective in Tawang town with shops
remaining open and vehicle moving freely. It has been reported that administration
had given prior notice to the shopkeepers not to close shops during the day.
According to official report, the bandh passed off peacefully without any signs of
trouble and violence in Tawang. All governmental establishments and educational institutes
remained open as usual. Markets were open, and movement of public and vehicles were
also normal in the district.
AWKSU ensures total bandh
BOMDILA:Supporting the 24-hour band call of the AAPSU, the All West Kameng Student’s
Union (AWKSU) ensured a total bandh here today. All Govt. offices and institutions
were closed for the day and vehicles were off the road. No untoward incident was
reported till the time of filing of this story.
‘AWKSU executive members had a meeting with the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner yesterday
at his official chamber and we are glad that citizens of the district are extending
whole hearted support to our cause and bandh call’, said AWKSU president Jilik Chand
Sidisow and general secretary Leiki Wangda to this reporter. Similarly, the bandh
was also reported peaceful at other parts of the district including Rupa and Bhalukpong.
District administration intervenes in Roing
ROING: As whole state prays for the departed soul of late Techi Nguso, and AAPSU
calling 24 hours state bandh demanding justice, the situation in Roing today, as
anticipated could have led to bitter communal conflict. Had it not been for timely
intervention by district administration and few senior student leaders, the issue
would have simply derailed.
Though the day remained peaceful, as dusk broke in, at around 6.30 pm, two hours
after AIMSU had started to withdraw its activists from market area, a large number
of AAPSU ‘activists’, started to gather in the lower marker area of the town. Any
wrong move and slight provocation then would have led to mass conflict. However,
AAPSU leader Kaling Borang intervened and promised AIMSU leaders to hold back its
Soon, following the incident, patrolling by IRBN and CRPF personnel in the lower
area of town were intensified. In a telephonic conversation with this correspondent,
Deputy Commissioner YW Ringu said that the administration is going to take guard
of the situation till tomorrow morning, till 5 am, the time when the bandh will be
District Superintendent of Police T Karga and two magistrates, Rakesh Tacho and T
Miso has been put on active duty during the night hours, besides whole night intense
patrolling by the state police forces.
It has been informed that so far, the situation is totally under control and all
the activists of AAPSU drawn from nearby villages have dispersed and left for their
Reacting to the evening incident, Lumini Mihu, an AAPSU leader from Dibang Valley
district, expressed regret over provocative gestures and said, “Though AIMSU offered
all material support and took responsibility of the town whole day during the bandh,
such provocation by ‘activists’ of AAPSU will only breach the trust between student
AIMSU on its part have said that they were from start not in favour of bandh, as
AAPSU’s bandh in the district always had a high chance of leading to communal conflict.
The reason for it is obvious from the fact that, AAPSU is inappropriately represented
in terms of tribal community in Lower Dibang Valley district, making it as exclusive
domain of one particular community. Therefore, AAPSU's over meddling in the affairs
of the district is resented by many concerned community members of Idu Mishmi. This
distrust is then directly reflected by non acceptance of AAPSU in this part of the
Besides, the local Idu Mishmi dominated students union’s race to curve out its own
territorial influence in the district have led to such non acceptance.
“The emotive issue of late Nguso would have turn an ugly turn here in the district.,
so AAPSU has to rethink every time it calls for state wide bandh”, said AIMSU.
Tawang gears up for “Mon Sergeling”
Tawang, July 28: The Film federation of Monyul a recently formed film federation
to encourage Monpa artists and youths has decided to organize mega singing event
Mon Sergeling under its banner.
Young singers from Tawang and Bomdila will be invited for the audition, in which
apart from Hindi, English and other modern songs, Monpa classical folk songs will
The Chief Patron of Film Federation of Monyul Pema Khandu and President Chombay Kee
informed that the winner of the contest will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs.
One Lakh and a car, the 1st runner up will get a cash prize of Rs Fifty thousand
and a motorcycle, the 2nd runner up will get a cash prize of Rs. Thirty Thousand
only and consolation prizes for Top Ten contestants.
Auditions for this singing contest will commence from August 16 at Tawang and Bomdila
NCM ask NE states to set up State Minorities Commission
Shillong, July 28: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has asked all the
North Eastern States including Arunachal Pradesh to set-up State Minorities Commission
(SMC) to address the problems faced by the minorities and to also protect their rights
Presently, only Assam in the North East has set-up the SMC.
Speaking to journalists here today, Vice-Chairman of the NCM, Dr HT Sangliana said,
“Once the SMC is formed then the discrimination against minorities on the basis of
religion and their victimisation because of being a minority will be addressed by
Dr Sangliana who visited Meghalaya held discussions with State government officials
in matters relating to minorities.
“We have asked the State Government Officials to submit Action Taken Reports (ATR)
on schemes and programmes by various ministries,” he said.
He also pointed out that the NCM has taken cognizance of various incidents affecting
minorities and has also issued sou moto notices to the Government seeking reports
on such incidents.
Vice-Chairman of the NCM also assured the tribals practicing indigenous faith that
their rights and interest will be protected.
He however pointed out that they are under the nomenclature of tribal and the Commission
was ready to handle their problems too.
Recently, a delegation of the Khasi Indigenous Faith met Dr Sangliana in New Delhi
urging that they should be also considered in the list of recongnised minorities
in the country. The Commission has the power to summon and issue sou moto directions
to State governments to take actions on any complaints filed by any individuals and
ITANAGAR, July 28: The much awaited western musical event “ Unplugged Night” is
going to be held at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar on July 30 at 5 pm. It is being organized
by Mascot Network Society to explore latent talent in the field of art and music
in the state.
This one of its kind soothing to ear rock musical event will be a platform for local
musicians to hone their musical expertise playing unplugged in front of the audience.
It will be a rare opportunity for music lovers, particularly western concert goers
also to encompass a memorable night in their life with the local band such as “HELLGATE”,
“FAR CRY”, and “THE METHODS” and many other individuals’ musicians who are going
to perform live in acoustic guitars and violins.
For the first time in Arunachal Pradesh, the three individual musicians Bomto, Sange
and Benjamin will try their hands in fusion music, do some musical experiment using
acoustic guitars and violins. The trio will perform unplugged in some of the popular
western songs only using two violins and an acoustic guitar.
Sensitization training on RTI Act
Daporijo, July 28: A 3 days Sensitization Training on RTI Act, 2005 for PIOs and
APIOs, organized by the District Administration was inaugurated here today at the
Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo by the Deputy Commissioner H. K. Shalla.
Shalla while addressing the gathering said that as RTI is meant to promote transparency
and accountability of governments programmes, policies, schemes etc to the people,
any information sought by them should be provided. He also stressed on the need for
the PIOs and APIOs to read the RTI Act thoroughly and understand it, so that it can
be implemented in a better way. The DC advised all to interact with each other and
share their knowledge and experiences so that difficult situations can be discussed,
understood dealt with.
While highlighting the salient points of the training, ADC G. Ete said that the Act
provided all citizens with a right to access information they sought. The training
will provide the PIOs and APIOs with knowledge of their duties, responsibilities
and functions under the RTI Act, he added. Ete also advised all concerned to attend
the training without fail so that they could better benefit by it.
ADC G. Ete and Dr. B. Paul will be the resource persons for the training programme.
Training for in-service teachers
ITANAGAR, July 28: The 5 days In-Service Teachers Training Programme started in District
Institute of Education and Training, Pasighat on July 26.
The Training programme was inaugurated by DDSE, East Siang Tani Talom and chaired
by Dr. Buk Lego, Principal, DIET, Pasighat.
In his inaugural speech, Talom called upon the teachers to gear themselves up to
cope with the recent changes in the field of education . He emphasized upon the importance
of teachers in moulding the future of children and stressed upon the fact that all
the teachers are able to teach all subjects up to elementary level provided they
take pain and interest. He further stressed the need of such type of training in
Dr. Lego said that training plays a vital role in enhancing knowledge and skills
of teachers and helps them to acquaint with recent changes in school education with
re- introduction of NCERT books in our state
People need social security too
ITANAGAR, July 28: The arrest of four SSB personnels at Rupa in West Kameng district
for their alleged involvement in the rape and subsequent murder of a local girl is
quite shocking. For long people of this state had shared excellent relationship
with army and paramilitary forces, but in recent time this bond has been shaken to
a large extent. Numerous incidents of armed forces committing gross human right violations
has come to light and local residents have a feeling that these forces do not respect
the local sentiment. Last year paramilitary forces were involved in skirmishes with
local residents at Daporijo and Roing. In both incident locals alleged that men in
uniform went out of their way and ill treated the local residents thereby angering
Then there was an incident of an IRBn jawan Tako Tagak reportedly being shot dead
by ITBP jawan at Seppa during last year’s state assembly election duty which also
contributed to the souring of relation between central forces and citizen of this
In most cases problem arises due to the lack of knowledge about local culture. “We
carry our sisters or for that matter our wives in bike and go around. If our girl
wear jeans and shirts, they think in different way. Also abusive language use by
them is much to take,” told one resident of Itanagar. He further adds, “Centre should
teach their forces certain lessons about the area they are going to be posted. Giving
them fair idea about local cultures and lifestyles, before being posted in places
like Arunachal, will go long way in helping jawans to get acclimatized with local
The interesting part to be noticed is that most of the incident involving paramilitary
forces and local residents takes place in the civilian areas. As it is the duty of
state police to take care of daily law and order issue, then why does state government
deploy central forces for civilian duty. This is absolute militarization of the state.
Arunachal Pradesh which shares international boundary with China and Myanmar already
has large presence of army in border areas. Since the end of 1962 Indo-China war,
presence of army and paramilitary has manifold in the state. More and more forces
have set up bases in the civilian dominated areas. The large presence of military
personnel in the civilian areas is not a healthy sign. After certain period of time
even a minor incident can create deep misunderstanding between central forces and
Time and again it has been proved all over the world that presence of armed forces
in civilian areas always create lot of tension. State police should be provided with
best training and equipments to deal with the civilian duty. Government of India
should not try to militarize state of Arunachal. We don’t want situation like Kashmir
or Assam to be developing in our state. There is genuine peace in Arunachal and this
tranquility should not be disturbed by deployment of central forces in civilian areas.
People of this state have always had deep respect for armed forces but if similar
incident like that of Rupa or Daporijo repeats, equation may change for bad in the
This underdeveloped state needs love and care of central government for speedy development.
Still many interior places of state like Tali, Vijoynagar, Taksing, Mechuka and many
more are crying for urgent attention. There are places where till now there is no
road connectivity and where people never had any access to electricity or health
facilities. These areas need development for people to have better life. Just
having strong military presence does not mean you are developing the state. Physical
security is always good but government has to work towards providing a social security
NABARD-NGOs workshop ends with a pledge to ‘create a better tomorrow’
ITANAGAR, July 28: The NABARD- NGOs Partnership workshop hosted by NABARD Arunachal
Pradesh Regional Office ended successfully on 26 July 2010 in the Conference Hall
of Directorate of Tourism Govt. of Arunachal.
48 participants representing various NGOs across the State attended the workshop.
The action point that emerged from the workshop includes collaboration and focus
on the Millennium Development Goals for poverty alleviation, quality education and
health care. Involvement of District Administration at various levels of implementation
of programmes and schemesm Maintenance of transparency and accountability in all
spheres of life by the NGOs.
Formation of more farmers clubs and SHGs, timely submission of MIS by NGOs to NABARD
and proper monitoring and escort services as per sanction terms and conditions and
sharing of knowledge and ideas among the various NGOs and NABARD were other points
that emerged during the workshop.
At the end, all the participants formed a human chain and pledged to “create a
better tomorrow”. Earlier, in his keynote address Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay, General
Manager, NABARD highlighted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of United Nations
in which India is a signatory. He dwelt at length on the role of NGOs for implementing
MDGs goals which include eradication of extreme Poverty and Hunger, Universal Primary
Education, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and
other diseases and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay urged the participants to achieve these goals before 2015 with
a clear mission and vision. He said despite development in many areas, there are
large number of people who are still deprived of food security, clothing, shelter,
primary health care and education which are the basic minimum requirements for a
person to lead a dignified life as an individual in the society. As citizens of this
great country, it is our duty to constantly work for these people to help them to
access food, shelter, quality education and health care. Civil Societies will have
to create their our own space in the developmental process and play their roles
to serve the poor and needy, he added. Until and unless the fruits of development
reach to these unreached section of our society, our mission will remain unfulfilled,
opined Dr. Mukhopadhyay.
The General Manager of NABARD assured the participants of continued support
from NABARD, which will be based on the impact and outcome of the programmes implemented
by them. He suggested that the NGOs should adopt a strategy for impact-evaluation
of their activities which will ensure transparency and accountability in their
The NGO representatives from ENVIRON (P. Pare Dist) , AMMYA (Changlang) NYP (P.Pare)
, NNCS (P.Pare) Manghi Welfare Society (K. Kumey) , Rural Development and Heritage
Society (P.apare ) , CLDC (K. Kumey) , IDEA (P. Pare), Jarkum & Yania Charitable
Society (P.Pare), Amik Matai Society (Lohit) , Arun Kutir (L. Subnasiri) , Nichii
Niittii (L.Subansiri), SARRA (P. Pare) , Mecha Welfare Society (L. Subansiri) ,
AIDA( Dimapur), Micro-Finance Support Centre (P. Pare) and other participants made
presentations on the various activities undertaken by them with NABARD support and
assured for increasing their developmental activities in the areas of literacy, health,
women empowerment, tourism, environmental protection, capacity building and skill
based programmes for school drop-outs, unemployed youth, women, farmers to increase
production, productivity and income generation etc.
OP Mounglang and K Vaiphei, Managers of NABARD made presentations on NABARD Promotional
A.K Pasrija, DGM, NABARD made presentations on the expectations of NABARD from NGOs
thereof. Some of these relate to annual reports, audited financial statements and
evaluation by third party on the impact and outcome.
Training On Strengthening And Modernization Of Rodent Pest Management
PASIGHAT, July 28: Training on ‘Rodent Pest Management’ was conducted on July 27
last at the APMC Conference Hall Pasighat. It was organized by the District Agriculture
department under the centrally sponsored scheme for the year 2009-10.
While speaking on the occasion, the District Agriculture Officer O. Yomso said training
and ongoing education to educate the manager/users of pest control is very necessary.
Such training helps to identify insect & rodent, chemical & non-chemical treatment
methods, insecticide & rodenticide label and pest control equipment uses and maintenance.
Dr. K. Momocha Singh (Associate Professor) and Dr. M. M. Kumawat (Assistant Professor)
both from the College of Horticulture, Pasighat imparted the training as resource
persons. The Training was attended by all the Agriculture Development Officers and
the Agril Field staffs of the entire circle.
Itanagar,Jul 28: Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) has resented over ‘lackadaisical
attitude’ of the Govt towards the fulfillment of demands raised by the people after
the ‘custodial death’ of Late Jumchi Nguso.
The Society said snail pace of enquiry and immature statement on the part of the
Govt on jub-judiced case deserve condemnation and indignation from people. It
also demanded Govt for adequate compensation to one Soyi Rida who received severe
rib injuries on July 15 during the incident at Naharlagun. Rida is reportedly
still recuperating from his rib injuries.
Meanwhile, the Society decided to feliciated former DIGP Raksap Yomcha on his superannuation
and in recognition of his contribution towards the Society on August 13 next.
ITANAGAR, July 28: The members of Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) deeply mourned
the sad demise of late Damgum Romin who died at Naharlagun recently. The members
conveyed heartfelt condolence to bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of