Badge of honour
Anyone who has worked in media in Arunachal would vouch that after a point, nothing
rattles us. We have faced it all. Intimidations, law suits, threats of law suits,
physical and verbal abuses, which are often on a daily basis, are nothing new. We
take it as professional hazards and get back to work. Sometimes the causes of these
threats are so ridiculous, we often discuss it among the fraternity and have a laugh
But there are times when it not only amuses but shock us too. The other day, a gentleman
walked into this office. He pulled a chair and sat down very comfortably. Before
I could ask what it was, he says, “I met you at the Police Station”.
Some two years, we had indeed visited the Itanagar Police Station when an uncle was
killed in a road accident at Bank Tinali. Some citizens had come forward and helped
us during those difficult times. I presumed he was one of them.
But his next sentence took us by surprise. “I am out on bail and you know what it
means” he said.
Truly at a loss of word, I asked him if there was anything we could do. As he took
out a copy of previous issue of the daily, his chilling response was “I could go
back to jail again if you don’t stop publishing this”. He walked out as unceremoniously
as he had walked in.
Here was a man flaunting his trips to jail as a badge of honour!
Apart from the fact that he was a coward, this despicable act made me wonder where
we have come as a society. It’s a reflection on our society which has no respect
whatsoever for the laid down rules and our deafening silence when things go wrong.
As citizens, we don’t have the courage to stand up when things go wrong. Except for
some villages across the state where traditional village councils still have a say
which ensure that citizens not only follow the dictate but strictly abide by it for
the common good, in urban areas individuals often call the shots. Who cares what
happens to the society as long as you have the right connections, muscle power, political
interference and money.
When we should be bending down and still have a say, we crawl. End of the story.
Look at Itanagar-Naharlagun. After so much of hullabaloo by the media, we got the
zebra crossings. But drivers will not stop at the designated zebra crossings even
if there are tens of pedestrians wanting to cross. If there is an accident, we
refuse to go the police stations or insurance company. We would rather ensure that
unlucky one not only dish out money as compensation but pay for mending the car too.
Apart from what happens within the demarcated roads, that look more like river banks,
it is likely that you would end up in someone’s house, once you step off the road.
That’s the beauty of this city. And they say widening of roads, beatification of
the city and action against illegal encroachment is on. But how would one possible
take action when the entire areas have been encroached upon and converted into one
shapeless concrete jungle? Responsible ones are the high and mighty government officials,
politicians and moneyed ones. Almost all the government quarters have been encroached
upon. Even the spaces at ministerial bungalows are not spared. Forget about responsibility
towards the state and Capital Region, going by the records, they are busy being responsible
to their greed and upkeep of their families. That’s a reflection on our society.
We have very conveniently kicked our tribal habit of self righteousness. Instead
of just harping about our tribal identity, where justice was the name of the game,
except in few cases, it’s about time we decide as a society what we really need.
Towards strengthening agricultural marketing infrastructure
PASIGHAT, July 7: An awareness program on government sponsored schemes being implemented
for strengthening agricultural marketing infrastructure, grading and standardization
was held on July 5 last in the DC's conference hall Pasighat.
The program was organized by NABCONS, NABARD Consultancy Services in collaboration
with National Institute of Agricultural Marketing.
East Siang Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang presided over the meeting. The DC said
East Siang district is capable of producing bumper rice and is considered a ‘Rice
Bowl of the state’. The district needs new technologies and infrastructural developments
for pre and post harvest management and adequate financial assistances, Panyang added.
He also appealed the NABARD authorities to provide more project/schemes in the district
to enhance the rural economy and hoped that NABARD sponsored schemes would definitely
facilitate marketing linkages outside the district or state for marketable surplus
agricultural and allied commodities. The Dy. General Manager A.K. Pasrija NABARD
highlighted the need of education and training to the farmers, entrepreneurs on agricultural
marketing. He also urged the bank authorities to be more liberal while delivering
their services to the people of the state. NABARD has been extending financial support
in implementing various schemes in the state, he said.
The Dean, College of Horticulture, Pasighat Prof. Dr. V. K. Mishra appreciated the
farmers for their excellent farming knowledge and skills. He stressed on organic
farming and encouraged to promote grading standardization and quality certification
system enhancing farmers’ income.
Dr. I.Y. Singh, an expert of marketing infrastructure and consultant to College of
Horticulture, called for priority on better managerial skills and agricultural marketing
infrastructure. He suggested for good grading, waxing and packaging the perishable
items to be safe and attractive for sale easily.
Among others, the Dy. Director APMC Itanagar P. L. Lego, B. Apum DHO, O. Yomso DAO
also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
Mobility honorarium for the PR members
ITANAGAR, July 7: The crippled Panchayat Raj Institutions in Arunachal got the much
needed boast today with release of mobility honorarium for them.
Lower Subansiri and Papum Pare district Chairpersons Likha Tongum and Nabam Aha received
the first mobility honorarium amounting to Rs 47, 4000 and Rs 23, 11,800 respectively
from Panchayati Raj Minister, Takar Marde today in Itanagar.
Terming the achievement as important and historic for the department as well as for
the state, Marde said that the initiative taken by the state government would benefit
the people at grass root levels.
While highlighting on the achievements and under progress schemes taken up by the
department since its inception, Marde called upon the MLAs and PR leaders of the
every district for coordination for better utilization of fund.
He also urged the concerned directors and other officials of various departments,
entrusted to implement various schemes like MG-NREGA, Shaskar Bharat Mission (SBM),
PYKKA, SSA, NBM, BADP to ensure involvement of the PRI members in implementing the
schemes so that the grass root people benefits.
PR director, B. Gadi said that despite financial constraint, the government has taken
up the step to boost the moral of PR leaders.
The cheque would be distributed to other districts who could not attend the function.
Meanwhile, Chairperson Arunachal Pradesh Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangathan (APRGPRS)
Jarjum Ete thanked the government for award of mobility honorarium to PRIleaders.
She said that it will go a long way in encouraging the leaders to work with better
Shakshar Bharat Mission (SBM) state’s coordinator, A K Sharma informed that the scheme
is being taken up at those areas which has below 50% female literacy rate under which
East Kameng, Tawang, Upper Subansiri, East Siang and Changlang falls. Sports and
youths affairs director, P R Majumdar highlighted on Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel
Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme for promotion of sports among the rural talented youths and
divulged that the central government provides one-time capital grant of Rs five lakh
and Rs one lakh at the block panchayats and village level respectively.
Rural development Joint Director, T Ado highlighted about the progress of Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the state. He said that
the scheme has already been implemented throughout the state under its third phase.
The government will soon launch Rastriya Swastya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to provide insurance
facilities to below poverty line people (BPL) very soon.
1962 war remains unearthed
ITANAGAR, July 7: Anjaw Police have unearthed some remains believed to be that of
1962 Indo-Chinese War at Japak Nallah at Walong circle.
One Disc Badge, a silver ring and one rusted 303 ammunition 46RDS were unearthed.
The Disc Badge bearing PIS No. 3950976 and CMD is that of late Sepoy Karam Chand
of 4 Dogra Regiment as per verification with Martyrs list of 1962 War.
An information was received by Deputy Commissioner from OC 116 RCC GREF that some
arms/ammunition and other materials were unearthed by the laborers working to restore
Hayuliang-Walong road on July 1. Based on the report, the Police swung into action.
APSCW calls for uniform directives
ITANAGAR, July 7: Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW)
Komoli Mosang, while attending a consultation meeting organized by National Commission
for Women (NCW) requested the NCW to give uniform directives to the states to implement
gender budgeting and consultations on the policies of the Government affecting the
interests of women. She has also requested the NCW for a special Regional Meet of
the SCWs of the North East.
The meeting was organized in Delhi on July 5-6 for the active implementation of the
Domestic Violence, Dowry Prohibition of Child Marriage Acts by the State Government,
which is also an extension of the ‘Save the Home, Save the Family’ Scheme initiated
with the Delhi Police by the NCW.
APSCW Member, Secha Rajkumari also represented the state.
Meanwhile, Mossang called for early arrest of culprit involved in the killing od
AR nabs NSCN (K) cadres
CHANGLANG, July 7: 25 Assam Rifles, the Dah Division nabbed hardcore active terrorist
of NSCN(K) on 05 July.
Acting on an intelligence tip off regarding presence of an NSCN(K) terrorist in general
area Rangfarah Degree College, troops of the Battalion established a mobile check
post and intercepted Rowro Taidong alias Waro Taidong, son of Mongkhok Taidong of
Chokdok, Changlang. On interrogation the individual revealed that he is a hardcore
active terrorist of banned NSCN(K) outfit and was actively involved in instigating
villagers especially youth of Changlang District to join NSCN(K). His name finds
mentions in the record books of Security Forces as well as Arunachal Pradesh State
The apprehended terrorist have been handed over to Changlang Police for further action.
City Police busts gang, recovers 13
ITANAGAR, July 7: The Itanagar City Police busted a gang of vehicle lifters after
hot pursuit under the close supervision of SP Papum Pare by apprehending mastermind
accused Ngurang Peter alias Serbang , 26 yrs S/o Ngurang Punung, Vill-Rupung, Papumpare
and five other accomplices; Nur Zamal Haque alias Babu Ali alias Das, 28 yrs S/o
Mafir Uddin Ali, PO-Natabari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, Sapan Das alias Raj, 24 yrs,
Kathalpukhri, Laluk, North Lakhimpur, Tacha Radhe, l9 yrs S/o Tacha Tapok, Vill-Basarnallah,
Papumpare, Md. Gulzar Hussain,24 yrs S/o late Md. Razak Ali, PO/PS-Dihingi, Nagaon
and (5) Tana Nikam,20 yrs S/o late Tana Soma, Vill- Ramghat, Papumpare who is an
agent cum-receiver of stolen property.
The police team including SDPO Itanagar B.S.Mahra, officer in charge Itanagar Police
station Make Bui, Officers of Itanagar P.S. Civil Police & 3rd IRBN personnel have
recovered 13 stolen Motorcycles including one Scorpio vehicle within a week. More
stolen vehicles are expected to be recovered soon and Police is hopeful of apprehending
more lifters and receivers of stolen vehicles. After these arrests, the vehicle theft
case in capital complex has gone down.
The SP cautioned the vehicle owners to ensure safe parking / garaging of their vehicles
instead of parking haphazardly on road side.
Mra begins Mt Denali expedition
ITANAGAR, July 7: Arunachalee Everester Tapi Mra began his Mt. Denali expedition
on July 5 and, is expected to step into the highest peak of the North America in
the midst of this month.
Eight climbers from various countries, including Belgium, Sweden, USA, Netherlands
and India are taking part in this expedition, informed Taro Chatung, Chairman, Taro
Opey Foundation (TOF), Ziro.
Mra made his final preparation of the expedition at Talkeetna, the last destination
of Alaska state.
Talkeetna is one of the most attractive adventure tourist spots of the world where
hundreds of tourists flock in daily basis for hiking and fun climbing. ‘Alaska range
and nearby areas get 23 hours of functional daylights, where people work and sleep
by counting time,’ Chatung quoted Mra as saying.
Lobsang Phuntsok, proprietor of Tawang Tour & Travel, New Delhi, who had accompanied
Mra from New Delhi upto Alaska, returned to New Delhi few days back.
Meanwhile, TOF expressed gratitude to individuals, who extended all supports to Mra
and also the SBI regional office at Itanagar for granting financial assistance for
Anchal samity concerned at Assam IAY building in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, July 7: During a meeting of the Bordumsa Anchal Samity construction of
IAY house by Assam counter-part inside Arunachal land at Wagun Panchayat areas was
taken up. All members assured support and urged for proper spot verification regarding
IAY building constructed on Arunachal land and requested the officials to take up
the issue with the Higher Authority.
Among others, the meeting was called to finalize scheme selection under 13th Finance
Commission grants and scheme selection under Panchayat Local Revenue Fund amounting
to Rs. 11,81,140. ASMs and GPCs expressed concern over the meager fund grants and
as per Govt. guidelines the small schemes for water supply and sanitary sector is
very difficult to cope up with the present fund position.
After threadbare discussion proposals were unanimously passed for Govt. concurrence
and under Panchayat local revenue, the schemes were selected to strengthen PR Institute
and to increase the revenue generation source for the panchayat including Rs. 2.00
lakh fund earmarked for the Opium de-addiction campaign within the villages under
Weather spoils Roing-Anini restoration work
Roing, July 7: Roing-Anini road restoration works may take more time than expected
as the weather condition continues to be a big dampener to the restoration work.
However, personnel along with adequate equipments are being engaged in restoration
“We have managed to restore 13 KM distances and renovation works are being carried
out on war footing at the remaining 16 KM of roads which were washed away,” informed
the newly posted Nagandra Kumar OC 62 RCC.
“Equipment could not be lifted to Anini due to road blockages and the inclement
weather, thus, causing hindrance to restoration task”, informed the OC to this correspondent.
The crisis hit Dibang Valley is getting from bad to worst due to delay in road restoration.
Transporters flays PWD on road conditions
ITANAGAR, July 7: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) and
All Arunachal Pradesh Maxi-cab Association (AAPMA) have urged the Govt to check and
improve the dilapidated road conditions across the state.
While adopting resolutions in a joint meeting yesterday, both the organizations
criticized the Govt for handing over the maintenance of NH-52A to PWD and demanded
immediate renovation of the National Highway from Banderdewa to Hollongi including
all sector roads. If the PWD is not efficient to do so, the responsibility of road
renovation work be handed over to BRTF, the meeting asserted. The meeting also urged
the BRTF to check and improve the road condition from Balukpong to Tawang. The organizations
also condemned the fuel price hike by the central Govt.
Dree at Aalo, Kimin
ITANAGAR, July 7: Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Nabam Rebia was the chief
guest of the Dree festival celebrated at Mini Subansiri Stadium, Kimin
Keeping in line the Vanmohatsav, this year’s Dree was celebrated on the theme “Let
us all join hands to promote Green and Clean Kimin”. Members from all communities
including Nyishi, Adi, Nepali, Assamese and Apatani joined the celebration with great
Both chief guest and guest of honour called upon Kimin people to keep up the spirit
of unity and join the festival being celebrated every community. Rebia also stressed
on clean and green environment.
Cultural programmes, traditional arrow shooting, fancy dress competition besides
Dree Gift Hamper 2002 were organized as a part of the celebration. K. V. School Kimin
and Kids Foundation School took away the prizes in fancy dress competition. The
chief guest also distributed the prizes to the winners of Dree Gift Hamper-2010.
AALO, Dree festival of Apatani Community was celebrated at Aalo too.
MLA-cum- Chairman, KVIB Jarkar Gamlin, while taking part at the celebrations as Chief
Guest said that festivals give a platform to citizens to know the culture of one
He further advocated for celebration of one Arunachal festival.
West Siang DC Amjad Tak in his address said that the central message of every festival
humanity and mutual co-existence. He also said that Arunachal Pradesh is a role model
of unity in diversity.
Main attractions of the day were the cultural events represented by various tribes
of the state apart from the host Apatanis.
DPO Millo Pushang, spoke on the origin and meaning of celebration of Dree.
ITANAGAR, July 7: Poma Village Education Committee in association with various government
departments observed 61st Vanamohatsava at Poma Middle School yesterday.
The plantation programme was led by Techi Tubin, Member, Poma Village Education Committee
and G. Doke, RFO. More than 200 saplings of various forestry species was arranged
by Itanagar Wild life Range.
Besides tree plantation programme, a public meeting was also conducted on various
Chuku Loma, DFO Silviculture, R.K. Taj, Scientist, SFRI, , Likha Teji, CO Upper Balijan
and Techi Anna, ASM Poma highlighted about the importance of tree plantation, School
campus beautification, soil and water conservation and various agro-forestry techniques
suitable for Poma area and its sustainable management. The department of environment
and forests Lohit district in collaboration with the school authority of Kendra Vidyalaya
Tezu Celebrated the 61st Vanamahotsava today.
Various fruits bearing and ornamental Plants were planted on the cccasion by Deputy
Commissioner, Chief Conservator of Forests, Superintendent of Police, heads of department,
teaching staff and students of Kendra Vidyalaya Tezu at the School Campus. (DIPRO)
INC DRO visits Anjaw
ITANAGAR, July7: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee President Yari Dulom,
who was appointed as District Returning Officer for INC party organizational election
had visited Anjaw district on June 30 last. She was accompanied by Tax and Excise
Minister Kalikho Pul, Block Returning Officer Nowbo Dokam, APMCC state Media cell
convenor Techi Dumsap and APMCC women NGO cell state convenor Mai Modi.
During her visit, Dulom attended party meeting at Khopa under Hayuliang circle and
interacted with party workers, panchayat leaders and Gaon Burahs.
On way to Anjaw, Minister Pul picked up rice bags from Tezu and airdropped the same
at Hayuliang, Chaglagam and Kibitho near China border for the people who are stranded
there due to disruption in road link.
Tawang DRDA meet
Tawang, July 7: The 43rd Governing Body Meeting of the District Rural Development
Agency was held in the Officers' Club, Jang, today.
Alongside meeting of the District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee was also
The meetings discussed the physical and financial achievements of the central sponsored
schemes under various implementing agencies.
In the District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, the implementation and
achievements of the PMGSY, Total Sanitation Campaign and Swajaldhara and other programmes
under the Women and Child development by the CDPOs were reviewed.
The members present came out with a joint decision to conduct such meeting at least
twice in a year.
The Chairperson and the DC collectively asked the implementing agencies to bring
awareness among the beneficiaries.
Earlier the DC inspected the Government Secondary School, Jang and the NHPC College
NTPC Nominates its RTI Officer for RTI Awards
ITANAGAR, July 7: RTI Awards, which entered second year, is drawing encouraging response
from various quarters. Several interesting nominations are being received in the
Best Public Information Officer (PIO) Category from all across the country.
One of the latest is by NTPC, India’s largest power company, which has nominated
its RTI Officer for the Best PIO Award. The PIO, OP Khorwal, claims to have received
644 applications in 2009-10, all of which were duly processed and replied. According
to the data provided by him, out of the 644 applications he received, he provided
complete and correct information in 558 cases. Around 170 applications went to the
first appeal and only 27 went into the second appeal.
Similarly, last year, several Ministries such as Railway Ministry and Ministry of
Culture had nominated their PIOs for the award.
Another interesting nomination is from Allahabad. Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari of Motilal
Nehru National Institute claims to have satisfied all RTI applicants barring one.
This officer received 80 RTI applications last year. He claims to have provided complete
information to all applicants within prescribed time. He did not reject information
to any applicant. Only one applicant was dissatisfied, who filed first appeal. No
second appeal or complaint was filed against this officer in UP Information Commission.
Interestingly, the last year’s Best PIO Award winner, Dr. Lalit Narayan Mishra, also
from UP. He was then working as an education officer in Etawah district of UP. He
provided complete information to all applicants. Not a single appeal was filed against
his decisions. And when RTI Awards secretariat wrote to all the applicants who had
filed applications with Lalit, all of them expressed satisfaction with the response
that they got from Lalit.
Like last year, this year too, all the applications received would undergo several
rounds of scrutiny before making it the finalist list. For this, RTI applications
would be filed in respective departments to verify the claims made by these officers.
Letters would be written to all those who filed RTIs with these officers to check
whether the citizens were satisfied or not. A team would also visit these officers
to inspect the records maintained by these officers.
ITANAGAR: Deputy Commissioner, Capital Region Dr S B Deepak Kumar, in an effort to
curb illegal earth cutting in the area, has said that permission has to be taken
from the district administration for use of earth moving machineries including bulldozers
and excavators. The permission has to be taken by the land owners from the DC.
Pipe line damaged
ITANAGAR: The main water supply line feeding Naharlagun and Nirjuli Township from
Norch River has been damaged due to landslide and flash flood last night.
However, the department is putting all out efforts to restore the water supply line
at the earliest possible time informed Executive Engineer PHE and WS Division, Itanagar
Er Tadar Mangku.
Carrying of arms banned
SEPPA: Deputy Commissioner East Kameng Tope Bam in an order yesterday prohibited
carrying of firearms/lethal weapons while visiting Government and Semi Govt. offices/Bank
and residential buildings of Officers/Officials in Seppa Township. Further the order
says “carrying fire arms , local Dao and other lethal weapons by the visitors in
the Office complex and residential quarters of official are likely to create sense
of insecurity and fear psychosis among the general public, shop keepers and officers
which may compel the Officers/Officials to work under duress”
The Deputy Commissioner further imposed ban on one time lottery and Housie in entire
East Kameng District with immediate effect. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, July 7: Koloriang, Damin, Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students Union’s Langkung
Rade said that his impeachment as president of the Union is unconstitutional. He
said this after he was impeached by the union on July 4.
BRTF on job
ITANAGAR, July 7: Deputy Commissioner Anjaw C S Jeinow has appreciated the efforts
of the BRTF for early restoration of road leading to Anjaw.
The Hayuliang – Chaglagam Meteliang BRTF road and Hayuliang – Goiliang PWD Road are
yet to be restored but authorities are managing flow of stock through various means,
A total loss of Rs. 35.47 Cores have been estimated in the district during recent
monsoon fury. 18 Ration sorties have been pressed in to service during the last two
month to air drop foods to various administrative locations.