Orgs hold protest rally, demand CBI inquiry into scribe attack case
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: Various organizations under the initiatives of Arunachal Pradesh
Women Welfare Society (APWWS) took out a silent peace protest march from Akashdeep
here to Governor’s Secretariat holding placards, posters and banners against the
recent brutal attack on Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of Arunachal Times and also
Publicity Secretary of APWWS and various crimes against women and children in the
Later, a five members delegation led by APWWS president Gumri Ringu and Secretary
Samnem Ngemu Lego met the Governor and submitted 4- point memorandum to him demanding
CBI inquiry into Tongam Rina shoot out case so that culprit is nabbed at the earliest.
“Bail should not be granted in heinous crimes like rape and murder in order to check
criminals and crimes against its citizens and women in particular,” the memorandum
Other demands included installation of surveillance gadgets like CCTV cameras in
the strategic points of the Capital Complex to maintain law and order and setting
up District Grievances Cell in order to facilitate easy access of legal aid to victimized
women and girl child.
After giving a patience hearing on the issues, the Governor assured to take up the
“Let the law take its own course,” the Governor said and appealed to all concerned,
including various NGO’s, Civil Societies to cooperate with Police and Administration
to nab the culprit.
He also appealed for maintaining peace and communal harmony in the State while assuring
to maintain law and order in the State.
The peace march was joined by the members of NNA, AITF, GWS, NBCC (Women Deptt.),
Friends for Life, NAWO, Doimukh Nyem Welfare, Action Aid Society, Hiri Moro Society,
Bogo Sisters SHG, RGU CWA, Polo Colony Fellowship Committee, Dony Polo Naharlagun,
Baptist Church Model Village etc. along with thousands of their members.
A massive protest rally was also held at Likabali demanding CBI inquiry into the
Tongam case. The procession started from Likabali bazaar all the way to SDO office
where they submitted a memorandum addressed to Deputy Commissioner demanding a CBI
inquiry into the case.
The rally was participated by women folk, students, youths, public leaders and shopkeepers
of Likabali, and it was organized jointly by Likabali Youth Volunteer Association
and Likabali Welfare Society.
CM assures to nab culprit/s
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: Chief Minister Nabum Tuki today said that no stone will be left
unturned to nab the attacker(s) of senior journalist Tongam Rina. His assurance came
during one-on-one meeting with Press fraternity at CMO here this afternoon. Tuki
also said that he had directed the police department to carry out extensive enquiry
in time- bound manner to nab the culprit(s). He added that the shooting case would
be handed over to other premier investigative agencies if the state police fails
to achieve a breakthrough. He also assured to provide security to all the media
houses in and around Capital Complex and informed that high definition CCTV camera
will be installed in all the strategic locations for security purposes.
He further suggested the proprietors of media houses to deploy own security personnel
for whom his government would provide arms license.
The CM invited the members of media fraternity to discuss the prevailing situation
after unidentified gunman shot at Tongam Rina, the associate editor of The Arunachal
Time. The Chief Minister also appealed to the Press fraternity to reconsider its
decision regarding ban on Govt. news and advertisements in greater interest of the
state. The press fraternity was led by Arunachal Press Club President Taba Ajum
and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists general secretary Dodum Yangfo.
‘All possible steps taken to solve the scribe attack case’
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: The Capital Complex police have taken the 15th July 2012 attack
on Arunachal Times Associate Editor Tongam Rina as a challenge and taken all possible
steps to solve the case at the earliest, said Capital SP Hibu Tamang in a release
“Crimes are of three types – violent, economic and property - of which the first
one is violent and blind without clues many a times that makes the investigation
very very tough and challenging. But at the directive of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
and DGP Kanwaljeet Deol a special investigation team led by the SP and under the
direct supervision of DIGP HGS Daliwal swung into action the same night”, the release
The release further said that the team comprising ASP DP Dutta, SDPO Taru Gusar,
inspector Make Bui, SIs I Ete, C A Namchoom and D Bagra since launching the probe
has so far rounded up about half a dozen persons and maintaining vigilance on dozen
others while probing various angles to crack the case.
While taking note of the grievances of the masses, the chief minister has issued
specific directives to not tolerate lawlessness and to not allow any criminal to
go scot free and deal with the situation with an iron hand, the SP said.
On the investigation into 15th April 2012 vandalization of Arunachal Times office,
the release said that though the police had collected the CCTV camera footage depicting
figures of few youths but the faces are not clear because of poor resolution. Therefore,
the figures could not be identified which was a drag in the process of investigation.
However, the probe is on with full commitment, he said.
“Police being human beings cannot be expected to be omnipresent and omniscient.
Therefore we seek the wholehearted willing cooperation of the civil society to crack
the cases and also to maintain law and order to restore the confidence of the people,”
the release said.
The DGP has already announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for informer on the Tongam
Rina attack case, while any one giving vital clue/s of 15th April 2012 vandalization
of Arunachal Times office will also be suitably rewarded and the identity of the
informers will be kept secret. The information could be passed on to SP’s mobile
number – 9436040006. Help us to help you, the release added.
Orgs react strongly while condemnations pour in
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: A six-member team from Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS),
including its president Y D Thongchi, general secretary Tokong Pertin, assistant
general secretary Dr Pekba Ringu, coordinator RN Koley, executive members – Batem
Pertin and Roman Bora visited Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times
at Ramakrishna Mission Hospital yesterday.
Thongchi enquired about her health and prayed for her swift recovery.
APLS condemned the attack on the journalist on Sunday last.
Condemning shooting incident and increasing unlawful activities in the Capital city
in strongest term, the Apatani Socio-Cultural Welfare Society, Itanagar demanded
early arrest of all those responsible for harming Tongam and award exemplary punishment
to the culprit/s so that no such case is repeated in future.
“Attack on journalist is akin to attack on democracy,” Apatani Socio-Cultural Welfare
Society, Itanagar said and appealed that no political and communal colour be attached
to such incidents. Let’s work together and ensure justice for Tongam, it added.
Condemning the attack, Karko Ao Welfare Association, All Arunachal Pradesh Border
Students demanded the Government to take necessary steps to nab the culprits and
give exemplary punishment to those involved in the life attempt on journalist so
that no other person ever think of doing such incidence in near future.
While condemning the attack on Tongam Rina, the Tagin Culture Society and All Tagin
Students’ Union (ATSU) said entire people of Arunachal Pradesh should fight together
against such gun culture. Both the organizations appealed all sections of the society
to fight for justice and appealed the state Govt to nab the attacker on Tongam immediately.
‘Joy of reading’ workshop in Roing
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: As a part of Community Initiative Programme, the RIWATCH organized
“Joy of Reading” workshops in association with Lohit Youth Library Network to promote
good reading habits among the school going children of different schools in and around
Roing, Lower Dibang Valley. The Coordinator Satyanarayanan, Mundayoor stressed upon
the teachers to adopt play way method of teaching, story-telling and use low cost
teaching aids to make learning more joyful and enjoyable. The workshop session included
story-telling, story-reading and poetry recitation from Mary Ann Hobberman’s “You
read to me, I’ll read to you”. The children found the poetry quite interactive and
Around 200 children of Govt. Middle School and Future Generation School from Abali
and Hornbill School and Anakum Academy from Roing benefited from the programme.
At the initiative of RIWATCH, a “Chinzigoma Library” has been started at Abali village.
About 30 readers, including school dropouts, visiting the library every day is quite
encouraging. A young reader, Sujata sitting in Chinzigoma Library remarked to her
friends “what wonderful books, very interesting, very interesting !”
The RIWATCH proposes to extend the reading campaign to other schools in Dibang Valley
region during the year.
‘Restore Yembung hydel project’
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: Expressing displeasure over the Hydro Power Department for their
failure to restore the damaged portion of Yembung Hydel which was washed away in
June 24 last, the All Adi Youth Association (AAYA) urged the concern department to
restore it immediately.
The association said that due to non-restoration of the said hydel, many villages
under Kebang circle are still reeling under darkness as the power supply from Ranganadi
Hydro Power Project is not sufficient enough to feed all the villages. The association
further taking serious note over the irregular supply of electricity at general hospital
Pasighat, demanded the concerned authority look into the matter immediately and threatened
to launch movement against the authority if their demand is not fulfilled.
It further alleged that some of teachers of Government Kebang Secondary School are
engaging themselves in personal business instead of concentrating on their duty.
It appealed to the concerned authority to check activities of teachers and post subject
teachers in the said school early as possible.
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: The picturesque Pakke-Kessang one of the circle headquarter in
East Kameng has been reeling under darkness following the non-functioning of its
mini hydel project. This was informed by Alang Tupte Palove Suchung Lamta Development
Committee in a release today. The committee said that due to non-availability of
electricity at circle, all the administrative works have been hampered. Students
are also badly affected due non-availability of power, it said. It added that power
crisis has forced the government officials to stay out of station. Committee further
alleged that despite the non-supply of electricity to public the power department
is collecting electricity bill from every household.
Minor student raped
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: In a shocking incident a minor school girl (13) of government
I V School Lomlo under Deomali circle in Tirap district was reportedly raped by a
teacher, police said.
The accused (40) has been arrested on 15th July last and kept in Deomali police station
under section 376 IPC, following the first information report lodged by the parent,
police sources said.
In its FIR parent alleged that the teacher has been raping the minor student over
the last few months. It was also alleged that accused threatened to kill her (minor
girl student) if she reveals the incident, police added.
Meanwhile, Deomali police station informed this daily that accused has already confessed
his guilt. However, it added that they are awaiting medical examination report.
AR nabs hardcore NSCN (K) cadre
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: Assam Rifles (AR) apprehended a hardcore NSCN (K) cadre in Tirap
A well planned joint operation by AR was carried out in Khonsa which led to the apprehension
of SS Pvt Winnok Nokbi. Extortion note, money and a pair of combat shoe were recovered
from the cadre.
Winnok Nokbi, from village Muktwa, Tirap District was tasked by Self Style Maj Johan
to extort money from Khonsa Market. Apprehension of the cadre has not only dented
the morale of the cadres but also gave a major blow to the extortion racket being
run by cadres of NSCN faction in Khonsa.
ALSSU bandh passes off peacefully
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: The first phase of 12 hrs Lower Subansiri district bandh called
by the All Lower Subansiri Students Union (ALSSU) on July 18 in protest against the
District Administration’s failure to fulfill its two points demand passed off successfully.
There was no bandh related incidence during the bandh, informed ALSSU Convenor Tanya
ALSSU has been demanding eviction of Government land encroachers in Ziro and its
adjacent places and maintenance of proper sanitation in Ziro Valley by Urban Development
Meanwhile, ALSSU in its executive body meeting has decided to go for its second phase
of 36 hrs district bandh on August 14 and 15, if its two-point demands were not met.
The meeting also decided to observe August 15 as ‘Black Day’.
‘Ban tinted car windows’
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) appealed to the state government
to ban using of tinted or black film on the windows of four wheelers on security
ground as per the Supreme Court direction.
It said that all the states have already banned using of tinted windows in four wheelers,
but Arunachal Pradesh is not following the direction so far.
‘Demand unfortunate and misguiding’
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: Reacting to the proposed 12 hrs Capital Complex bandh call on
July 23 by Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association (APDYA), the Arunachal
Below Poverty People’ Union today said that APDYA’s demand for the removal of the
present Director of School Education is unfortunate and misguiding one.
It said that the charges framed against the Director are unfounded.
Regarding allegation on illegal appointment, the union said that clarification was
given by DSE earlier and if the association is not satisfied, it may challenge it
in the court of law.
All Naharlagun Youth Welfare Association also opposed the proposed bandh call and
urged the bandh callers to withdraw it.
It said that general public including daily wage earners and medical patients face
lots of difficulties during such bandh.
Promote WI as JE : AAPWU
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has appealed to the
higher authorities of concern department to promote the senior most works inspectors
as junior engineers under the five per cent reservation quota as per the recruitment
rules. The AAPWU said that though there is a provision for promotion of work inspectors
(WIs) as JEs under RR, the no single WI has been promoted since last 15 years.
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: Barah Tayam Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association has felicitated
the meritorious students of its clan at Nikum Niya Hall.
The toppers of Cl-X, Cl-XII Arts, Commmerce and Science, Graduates and Post Graduates
Students were honoured with certificate and cash amount.
Liveyana Tayam, who secured 92.2% in class XII arts was the highest among the achievers.
APPSCE achiever Kasep Tayam hailing from East Siang was also honoured on the occasion.
Orgs hope for amicable solution
ITANAGAR, Jul 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF), Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani
Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) and All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) in joint press
release said that the organization trio has discussed the issues including illegal
land allotment to non-APSTs and increase of age criteria of APST candidates in APSCS
examination with a Govt representative yesterday. After the discussion, the trio
organization decided to temporarily suspend its proposed 72 hours capital bandh call
saying they were assured to take up their issues before cabinet for discussion. It
hoped for better and amicable solution to their demands.
Enhance monthly salary
With appreciating the role of private institutions/schools of the capital complex
for sharing the problems of unemployed youth especially for unemployed DIET/B.Ed
holders I would like to request to the owners/authorities of the private schools
to enhance the salary at least up to basic level in the private schools of Capital
Complex. We are very happy to see the advertisement for the requirement of teachers
in private schools and it mentioned that the candidate must have fluency in English/should
be well-trained and negotiable salary/handsome salary/2000-3000 pm.
While taking admission in the school they/school authorities promised the parents
to provide quality education to the students in their school. But I confused that,
could they provide quality education to the students while paying meager salary?
Don’t expect that the well trained/fluency in English teachers will devote all his
time in the school to get invisible pm salary. Everybody knows that it is very difficult
for the low-income group families to live in the capital because of the sky rocketing
So, I request to the concerned administration to enhance the salary of private
school teachers so that they could meet their daily minimum requirement while teaching
in the private schools.
All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Trained Teachers Association.
Upgrade VKV schools and accommodate students
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight some realities that the VKVians
are facing in Arunachal Pradesh.
The VKV schools are one of the pioneer schools in Arunachal Pradesh. The VKV schools
have produced many brilliant students who are now holding top positions in the government
and in public life. There are more than 35 VKV schools in Arunachal Pradesh and more
VKV schools are coming up in the state. Barring three higher secondary schools, rest
are secondary schools.
The VKV students after passing out the secondary level do not find admission in
the VKV schools itself. The parents of VKVians run from pillar to post to get admitted
their wards at higher secondary level. But, ironically the VKVs are not bothered
to help the parents and shoulder the responsibility of its own students. At the end,
the parents are compelled to put their wards in other schools against their wish.
The prima age of the students is at the level of higher secondary school and it is
the formative age during which students can improve their knowledge and skills for
their bright future. But, it seems that instead of helping the students, the VKV
schools disown their students without making arrangement for studies at the higher
Now, the question is why the VKVs are not upgrading their schools to higher secondary
level to accommodate the VKV products. Are they not willing to take the responsibilities
of their own VKV students ? Are they not capable of taking such responsibilities
It is seen that many VKV students are found loitering in search of good education
and environment every year, but alas, only few students have luck to get such schools,
because of which many VKV students have spoiled their lives.
Therefore, it is strongly urged upon the VKV Trust to upgrade as many as higher secondary
schools to absorb its own feeder schools instead of opening so many secondary schools,
so that VKV students may not face any problem in getting admission in the higher
Hope, VKV Trust would certainly take this issue seriously and initiate action at
the earliest and upgrade some high secondary schools to higher secondary level from
the next academic year.
Media should be protected
I personally condemn the brutal attack on Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of the Arunachal
Times. It is a shame for the most cultured people and civil society of Arunachal
Pradesh. Every section of people should come forward to protest such brutal attack
and to protect the journalists and media which is regarded as most important pillar
of the democracy. We pray the God for quick recovery of the journalist.
Urgent health needs remain unattended
Every year, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than one billion people
and kill more than half a million people across the world. Despite these figures,
historically there has been little focus on NTD-related research, public health services,
or drug and vaccine development. But according to the report on Neglected Tropical
Diseases this trend is beginning to change.
The report measured NTD coverage in scientific publications across the world between
1992 and 2011, using data from Web of Science, an online database that covers 11,500
journals worldwide. During the time period analysed, more than 73,000 papers on NTDs
were published. Most of these focused on a single disease, and articles covered diverse
aspects of NTDs, ranging from the biology of disease vectors to healthcare solutions.
Of the NTDs evaluated, dengue fever is one of the diseases covered most frequently
by research papers, particularly between 2002 and 2011.
While recognizing that there has been a steady increase in resources for NTD research
and development, significant scientific breakthroughs are still sorely needed, experts
said. The urgent health needs of the majority of the global population are still
unattended, current R&D efforts are fragmented, and sustainable financing mechanisms