ITANAGAR, Jul 27: A prime accused, who allegedly masterminded the attack on The Arunachal
Times office on April 15, namely Yumlam Achung alias Achung Yumlam, has been absconding
and evading police arrest. The alleged involvement of Achung in the attack was revealed
by another accused Charu Tanium, Capital SP Hibu Tamang informed in a release today.
Tanium admitted his involvement in the attack during a sustained interrogation by
police besides disclosing the involvement of Achung in the attack case, the release
Tanium, 28 of Korayar village under Sangram police station was arrested by a team
of Capital police from Guwahati and he was brought here early morning today.
Tanium was given 14-day police remand on being produced before a magistrate.
Achung, 35, of village Yumlam under Sangram police station, who is presently residing
in Senki Park here, is wanted by Itanagar Police in connection with Itanagar P.S.
case No.86/12 U/S 454/427/34 IPC for vandalizing Arunachal Times office.
“Anybody sheltering him would also be booked under appropriate section of law for
harboring a wanted criminal. Moreover, anybody giving information on his whereabouts
would be given a cash reward of Rs. Two Lakh and the identity of the informer will
be kept secret,” the release added.
Army rescues bear cub
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The Indian Army personnel of Tenga Garrison in Arunachal Pradesh
rescued a bear cub from the clutches of poachers. The cub was handed over to Centre
for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) run by IFAW-WTI for the state Forest
Department, for rehabilitation.
A number of Asiatic black bear cubs are rescued every year from various parts of
northeast India. The adult bears are believed poached for body parts that find use
in local as well as international markets, and the cubs, if found, are taken in for
illegal pet trade.
In the past six years, IFAW-WTI has hand-raised and successfully rehabilitated 29
orphaned cubs rescued from at least four Northeastern states, including Arunachal
Pradesh and Assam.
The latest cub was rescued from near Margingla village by the Army convoy led by
Major Arun Tiwari, during late evening of July 15. While on route towards Seppa of
East Kameng district, a local boy informed the army personnel about the ‘presence
of poachers with a wild animal’ about a kilometre inside the forests near the village.
Reacting immediately, Major Tiwari and his team rushed to the forests. However,
the poachers escaped into the forest, leaving the cub behind.
“We took the cub to our base camp and provided it first aid,” said Major Tiwari.
“I’m a wildlife lover and want to contribute to conservation in saving wildlife and
ecosystems of Arunachal Pradesh where hunting and killing of wildlife is very much
The female cub of a few-month old, is presently being nursed at CBRC under the guidance
of IFAW-WTI veterinarian Dr Jahan Ahmed.
“The cub is healthy and active. As with the other cubs hand-raised at the Centre,
it will spend a few months here. After weaning, the cub will be moved to a ‘selected’
release site, where it will be allowed to acclimatize itself through walks into the
forest and will eventually be released,” said Dr. Jahan Ahmed, an IFAW-WTI veterinarian
based in CBRC. Currently four hand-raised bear cubs are being walked in Ripu Reserve
Forest in Bodoland along the Indo-Bhutan border, and four more are being similarly
acclimatized in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal.
“The Indian Army has been setting good precedents in a number of ways, and saving
the country’s natural heritage is one of these. We have been helped by the Army earlier
in our clouded leopard rehabilitation in Manas and plantation in Karbi Anglong among
others for which we are extremely thankful. This instance of proactive participation
by Major Arun’s team has raised the bar as to what the defence services can do for
the country,” said Dr NVK Ashraf, Chief Veterinarian, WTI.
Praising Major Arun and his team, Dr Ian Robinson, IFAW Director for Animal Rescue
said, “This is extremely commendable. Conservation is difficult and requires a united
approach from all sectors, and to have the force like the Indian army on our side
is just very encouraging.”
India is home to the sloth bear, brown bear, Asiatic black bear and sun bear - four
of the eight existing species of bears worldwide. Persecution for bile and other
body parts is a major threat, in addition to habitat loss and conflicts.
It is worth mentioning here that on November 26-30 this year, the union Ministry
of Environment and Forests, along with the Wildlife Institute of India and WTI is
hosting the 21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management. The conference
is supported by IFAW and the World Society for the Protection of the Animals (WSPA),
according to a Wildlife Trust of India release
Ensure implementation of ban order on tinted car glasses
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The Supreme Court (SC) has directed States and Union Territories
to strictly enforce ban on use of the tinted screen or black films on side glass
of four wheelers beyond the permissible limit few months back. Despite such directions
from SC, thousands of private vehicles across the state are still plying on the roads
with tinted glasses.
The concerned authority should take up the Court directives seriously and issue necessary
order for removal of tinted screen (black films) from the window glasses of four
wheelers within a given period of time.
While enforcing the Court directives, the concerned authority need to maintain equality
for all citizens.
Though the court order exempted certain persons from the purview of the ban order,
the enforcing authority must see to it that citizens are not discriminated on the
ground of their official position or their social status.
Apart from the issue of tinted car glass, many other state Governments in the country
make the use of high-security number plate mandatory for all registered vehicles.
But in Arunachal, such mandatory use of high-security number plates seems to be a
distant dream as the authority in its notification has clearly mentioned that vehicle
registered prior to the date of notification shall be required to affix HSRP within
two years till further notification.
This indicates that it would take two years to complete the process of affixing HSRP
in the state.
Further, the cost of affixing HSRP is too high in comparison to other states of the
country. It is time for the concerned authority to ensure that such important decisions
are implemented immediately without any hindrance and no other type of vehicle registration
number and plates should be allowed. Such move of the government would check illegal
possession of vehicle and check tax evasion.
It is observed that some of the vehicles are plying in the Capital with invisible
or absurd number plates making it difficult to recognize the vehicle registration
numbers. The law enforcing authority should strictly check and issue directives
to replace such number plates immediately.
However, it is appreciable that traffic cell with law enforcing authority has been
strictly monitoring the traffic regulations by conducting frequent checking drive
in the state capital. While conducting such checking drive the authorities are also
imposing certain penalty allegedly without issuing any money receipt. Sometimes authorities
seize the vehicles, book the drivers under various provisions of Motor Vehicle Act,
and release them after appropriate action.
No doubt, there are numbers of commercial vehicles, most of them hired by the NGOs,
Government departments and corporate sectors, which are plying in the state without
plying permit. The authorities should strictly regulate compulsory plying permit
for all the commercial vehicles and ensure that the all the road users/vehicle owners/drivers
maintain up-to-date documents and pay the taxes to the authorities without any lapses.
The concerned authority and the state government should ensure that fund collected
in the form of fine (penalties) from violators of traffic rules are deposited in
Flood damages paddy fields in Sille-Oyan circle
RUKSIN, Jul 27: The flash flood triggered by the Oyan, Sille and Pagla Korong (rivers)
caused extensive damage to paddy and maize cultivation fields at Sille-Oyan circle
besides eroding large area of bamboo and banana cultivation.
Surging water of Oyan river due to incessant rain at upper reaches damaged about
50 hectares standing Ahu (paddy) crop at Taru and Ten-mile of Oyan on its both banks.
The flood water also caused water stagnation at several portions of the area.
The locals say that flood is causing damage to Ahu cultivation at both banks of the
river for the last three consecutive years. It becomes more devastating this time.
The river, which enlarged to three times its former size during the last five years,
is also causing serious erosion at both sides.
“We have been doing Ahu cultivation at this low lying plain areas for the last three
decades, but we have never witnessed such damage. Flood in Oyan river suddenly gripped
the entire paddy fields and washed away our golden grain within no time,” said Niroma
Bori, a 50-year-old lady of Oyan village, who was seen busy in collecting damaged
paddy grains at her field.
The river has also taken its course towards right side and eroded a large areas at
several portions at its downstream.
Same situation was also noticed at Mangnang, Baromile and Rani paddy fields where
flood water inundated a large area of Sali field and damaged irrigation channels.
Overflowing water also damaged the National Highway-52 at several points between
Sille and Rani Villages, adding woes of the commuters.
Sources informed that a team of departmental officials today visited the flood affected
paddy fields of Sille-Oyan circle and took stock of the situation. The Block Level
Relief Committee will assess the lost and submit its report to the concerning department
within this week.
The Oyan-II ASM and Oyan Area Development Committee have moved the authority to provide
relief to the affected families besides demanding anti-erosion measures to prevent
further erosion by Oyan river.
Sources said that more than 500 hectares of cropland of 700 families of the block
are affected by the current flood.
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: 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 Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/9856060490.
Traditional house gutted in fire at Tawe village
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: A traditional house of one Kage Tawe, a village gaon burah at
an interior village Tawe closed to MacMohan line under Lada circle of East Kameng
district was reportedly gutted down in a devastating fire which broke out around
12 noon on Wednesday last.
Source from Lada (circle headquarter) said that fire devoured the house completely
and nothing could be recovered. Source also informed this daily that fire was suspected
to be broke out from a local fire place, when the villagers were outside the village
for daily business. However, it also said the district administration is yet to ascertain
and assess the actual damages caused during the incident. The fire victims have taken
shelter temporarily in house of other villager.
Meanwhile, Tawe Welfare Society (TWS) has fervently appealed to the district administration
for immediate relief to the fire victims. TWS also requested the concerned circle
officer to depute a team of officials for spot assessment of fire damages. TWS president
Niki Tawe said, “Ours is one of most interior and inaccessible villages of the circle,
and victims are suffering hard. He further said that administration should rush a
team of officials to the village with essentials items.
Union demands posting of doctors
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Claiming that no doctors are available in primary health center
(PHC) Raga in Lower Subansiri district, All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) today
demanded posting of allopathic doctors for PHC Raga. ARASU said due to absenteeism
of two doctors who have posted at PHC, many patients were forced to visit other
places for their treatment. It also claimed that most of government officials remain
absent in the area.
Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Abotani Vidya Niketan of Naharlagun has celebrated the Vijay Diwas
(Kargil Victory Day) on Thursday at its school premise in a befitting manner.
Various programs were displayed by students to mark the occasion. Attending the function
Kipa Rinya, a well-wisher of the school, called upon the students to be determined
like martyrs who laid down their lives for the motherland. Among others, who attended
the program were Tadar Kama, vice president of Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti, Kipa
Bada and Tadar Devan.
Posting of teachers demanded
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Adi Students Union West Siang Unit, in a memorandum, has urged
the Rumgong MLA to include Rumgong Hr. Sec. School in the catchment area of JN College
Pasighat and post Chemistry and Physics teachers in Rumgong Hr. Sec. School immediately.
Few words regarding EKSWCO conference
East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) is an apex social organization
of East Kameng district. It was conceptualized with a specific objective for addressing
the socio-cultural and economic aspects of the district. Every individual irrespective
of his or her position, social status, and economical background needs to have an
equal say in the organization. But in due course of time, nuances in the trend have
been seen with the majestic interference of those with ‘Haves’ tag.
During its 5th conference held at Seppa on July 21 and 22 last, it was seen that
the dignitaries present had maximum share of words in the podium.
It is quite obvious that the dignitaries are always given a special treatment in
such occasions, which, they feel that it is their due share. But one must not forget
that when it is a matter of sharing ideas, opinion and an expert views etc, the
intellectual persons with less fame can also deliver better ideas. A good example
was shown in this regard with our elected leaders being given their own beat to deliver
in the technical session. I think, other educated persons/ intellectuals could
better explain on the topics including youth affairs, communication and infrastructure
development, women empowerment and Town Planning, Law and Order etc.
EKSWCO is being regarded by the people of the district as a local authority with
mandate from every citizen of the district. But, we fail to understand whether it
still stands for what it was meant for. People expected rigorous discussion of issues
in the last conference but it ended after two days discourse on issues like the RTI.
We must not forget that RTI as an Act enables the common people to have access on
the govt policy and the programmes. But the EKSWCO’s resolutions on it’s misuses
and its impact, the right of the activists and its limitation was like extracting
water from the stone. We must not take it as our own created law.
Besides, the conference was expected to be a platform to discuss various current
issues of the district. But, unfortunately only few issues could find place which
I could say “the gossiping agendas”. Most important issues among them are controversial
illegal encroachment of Govt land in and around the Govt establishments, which hardly
got mentioned in the conference. Another important and very sensitive which did not
get mentioned in the discussion was the Indian Army basing very soon in the district.
I think this is an important issue and it should find place for discussion and
be given more focused than the issues like RTI Act and its effect in the society,
mushrooming of organizations in the district, donation and gambling, and social
abuses and discrimination within the distt which forms the crux of discussion in
the whole length of conference.
However, this can be shorted out as the newly selected organization’s convener Chapo
Yangfo informed that a session would be called by the executive members to be participated
by the intellectuals or like- minded people to discuss various other issues untouched
in the conference and a concrete resolution would be taken thereafter. Indeed, it
is a good idea.
‘Shiva Thapa’, a role model for youths of Arunachal Pradesh
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to share a few things about
Shiva Thapa, the 18-year-old pugilist from the country and former student of Arunachal
Karate-do Council (AKC) 1998, who made it to London in the 56kg category for London
Shiva Thapa, son of former karate player Padam Thapa, is the youngest Indian pugilist
(56 KG) and a former student of Arunachal Karate-do Council (AKC) under my guidance
in 1998. As an instructor, I used to closely observe his talent and was always optimistic
that someday he will become an international player/karatekas and bring laurels
to the nation. Today 14 years have passed and my expectation has come true as he
made it to London Olympic. I was very excited and happy on hearing the news regarding
his nomination for the ensuing London Olympic. Congrats Shiva Thapa!
However, it is disappointing to know that the Assam govt. has betrayed/deceived the
young talented Olympian. Earlier, the Assam govt. had announced Rs. 25, 00,000 to
Shiva but he was given only Rs.5, 00,000 till date. Such childish act should not
be played upon such talented national player as it is a costly game under which a
pair of shoes or sport equipment cost huge money amounting to lakhs. Instead of deceiving
the players, the govt. should extend their supporting hands to Thapa at this point
of time so that the players are morally boosted and can expose his talent to its
Last but not the least, I would like to appeal everyone to stay tuned to the ensuing
London Olympic and also pray for Shiva Thapa who will be competing with his might
to bring laurels to the country. It is indeed very much a pleasure and proud moment
for all of us that the little boy who grew up here, learned the basics at the local
club whose motto and aim has been holistic-to keep youth away from harmful addictions
by imparting training in martial arts as sports - is not only a national champion
but an international star. Who could be a better example of discipline and focus
and a role model to excel in sports than our own Shiva Thapa.
Solar ATMs for rural India
With 70 per cent of India's population living in the villages and small towns, solar
ATMs may well be the solution to take banking to India's rural interiors. Vortex,
a Chennai-based company, could be adding new energy to India's rural economic growth
with its award-winning solar-powered automatic teller machines (ATMs) called ‘Gramateller
Indi’. It is a low-power consumption machines operate at one-tenth the cost of conventional
ATMs. State Bank of India, the country's leading banking chain, has already ordered
300 Gramatellers; 19 other banks are using these sun-powered cash venders in villages
and small towns.
India's banking industry has in recent years identified the potential of the rural
market, but logistics and associated costs have hindered full-scale expansion. Rural
India is expected to overtake the urban market in size by 2017.
The Gramateller Indi, which need only about five hours of good sunshine per day,
use solar panels to convert sun rays into electrical energy; the electricity is stored
in a battery that runs 24 hours a day. The ATMs can survive power fluctuations and
have power failures and have a built-in battery back-up for four hours.
A single Gramateller unit saves more than 90 per cent of the annual costs of maintaining
a conventional ATM, half of whose annual bill of 144,000 rupees (US$2,530) goes on
air-conditioning, electricity and generator running costs.