ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Arunachal Taekwondo Association will conduct selection trials at
SAI SAG Centre, Naharlagun on August four to pick team for the 6th Under 14 Sub-Junior
Boys and Girls National Taekwondo (Poomsae) Championship and 31st National Sub-Junior
Boys and Girls Taekwondo (Kyorugi) Championship to be held at Pune, Maharashtra from
August 30- September to 1.
Total of 20 players, including 10 boys and 10 girl will be selected for the championships.
Interested players and officials are advised to report to the General Secretary,
Arunachal Taekwondo Association at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun on August 3.
AAPSU-ATSU play friendly to promote sports, communal harmony
DAPORIJO, Jul 25: All Tagin Students ’ Union (ATSU) defeated All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union (AAPSU) 5-3 in a friendly football match played at Rijo Ground here
The match was played to promote sports among youths of the district and maintain
communal harmony in the state as a part of the ongoing ATSU conference at Daporijo.
AAPSU President Kamta Lapung urged youths/students to maintain peace and communal
harmony among them. People of Arunachal Pradesh should love each other and develop
good relationship to make Arunachal an ideal state.
Emphasizing the importance of games and sports, AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi
said that sports foster unity and brotherhood and also teaches discipline and help
develop leadership quality.
Medical camp by AVP, Anjaw
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) organized a free medical camp at
Tafraliang under Hayuliang circle of Anjaw district today as part of ‘ASIMTA’.
In total, 100 patients were treated by the medical team led by Dr. DK Pathak and
medicines were provided accordingly.
Today’s medical camp at Govt. Middle School, Tafraliang was the first of the series
of five medical camps to be organized in the district during the last week of this
The inaugural camp was attended by the AVP members, including Solel Longling, CDPO,
Hayuliang cum President AVP Anjaw Unit, Sodyong Kri, General Secretary, Lohit Karate-Do
Association, teaching staff of Govt. Middle School, Tafraliang, PRI members and villagers
ARASY meets Lower Subansiri DC and SP
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) yesterday met Lower Subansiri
DC and SP to discuss about the fear psychosis that is prevailing in the valley after
the June 15 incident at Ziro which resulted in the death of Kapu Tajam.
The association appealed them for the early arrest of the miscreants involved in
Independence Day football tournament kicks off at Deomali
Deomali, Jul 25: The Independence Day football tournament kick-started yesterday
at Deomali. The tournament was inaugurated by Conservator of Forest SJ Jongsam. In
his inaugural address, Jongsam asked the players to maintain sportsman spirit both
on and off the field. He also underscored the importance of games and sports adding
that many sportsmen have made sports as their career.
Jongsam appreciated Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang,
for sponsoring the tournament.
The inaugural match was played between Namsang village and NCI, Deomali.
The organizers Rangkap Arang and Mongde Hondik have appealed the participants to
maintain peace and harmony throughout the tournament.
Altogether 19 teams are participating in the tournament. DIPRO
AAPLU demands labour colonies in Capital Complex
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has demanded for
labour colonies within Capital complex.
In a memorandum submitted to local MLA Techi Kaso it asked for construction of labour
colonies at Nirjuli, Naharlagun, Bank Tinali, Ganga, Chandranagar and Gohpur for
Its other demands are labour stands, establishment of their office building at Naharlagun
and labour barracks and building at various locations of Capital Complex.
Vehicle checking drive to continue
ITANAGAR, May 25: The city police has conducted a two days mobile vehicle checking
drive in the capital complex on July 23 and 24 and realised an amount of Rs 68,700
as penalty from the traffic violators, mostly from bike riders. 26 traffic violators
were also challaned to the court.
During two days MV checking drive 34 vehicles without number plate were detected.
280 riders were found without helmet and there were 15 Triple riders and 9 vehicle
owners without driving licence.
Earlier, prior to the checking drive the City police had given one week time to
keep up to date vehicles documents like RC book, driving licence, number plate and
all two wheelers riders were also asked to put on helmet and to avoid triple riding.
Strict MV checking will continue within Papumpare district till all the violators
are checked completely. All OCs of Papumpare have been directed to seize all vehicles
without registration/without number plate and has directed to arrest all Drivers
without proper driving licence and book under appropriate section of law, according
to an official release.
Officers from education department inspects school
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: A team of officers from education department made a surprise visit
to the Govt. Secondary School, RGU campus, Rono Hills, Doimukh on July 22 last. The
team comprised of joint director Mohan Rina, DDSE establishment Moto Nyuri, DDSE-general
Moran and director elementary education Bodong Yirang.
The officers inspected the class room and interacted with teachers and students.
They also tasted the Mid Day Meal before it was served to the students.
GIFCC extends solidarity to IFCSAP
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Galo Indigenous Faith and Cultural Council (GIFCC) has welcomed
the submission of memorandum to Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh by Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) regarding the implementation
of minority packages under the ministry of Minority Affairs in Arunachal Pradesh.
In a release, GIFCC stated that “One can not get double benefit rather one can get
either of benefit under ST quota or Minority quota. This point should be taken into
consideration while implementing the minority schemes in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.”
The policy and programme of government should be based on preserving, promoting and
protecting the indigenous faith and culture of our state.
Further, GIFCC questioned to the state government why not implement the “Freedom
of Religion Act of 1978 of Arunachal Pradesh”, which was enacted to protect, preserve
and promote the indigenous faith and culture of tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh.
GIFCC appealed to the state government for immediate creation of separate department
for tribal affairs, for the proper implementation of policy and programme under ministry
of Tribal Affairs in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
PIL filed against Siang Upper stage-II dam
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: In a first of its kind, a group of citizen hailing from East and
Upper Siang districts has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Gauhati High
Court Itanagar permanent bench against proposed Siang Upper Stage-II dam on river
Siang at Upper Siang district. On 17th of this month, the PIL was filed by one Karunath
Pazing and others seeking halt of Siang Upper Stage-II dam.
Judge MR Pathak after hearing both, the counsel of petitioner and state government
ruled that state government along with chairman/managing director NEEPCO Ltd. Shillong
shall apprise the court with regard to the provisions that they will take for safety
of the dam and safe discharge of water from the power generating station.
“This information is needed so that people living in the downstream and nearby area
are not affected by the flash flood from release of water from the said dam to be
constructed,” ruled judge Pathak.
Meanwhile Siang People’s Forum (SPF) has expressed serious reservation over signing
of MOA between state Govt and NEEPCO for construction of Siang Upper Stage-II.
In a release SPF general secretary Oyar Gao stated that there will be no compromise
with land and nature of Siang. “We whole heartedly support Karunath Pazing in his
endeavour. Nevertheless the law of the country is with him and hope it will edge
to a justified judgment for the cause of the indigenous people and larger interest.
We also want to disseminate this message that we aren’t “MAOIST” in any manner but
against dam by virtue. We are only in the mission to save our people from a money
hungered Govt and Dam mongered corporate companies, and we are the agent of eco-system
and the poor people,” stated Gao.
NHPC staff assaulted, five arrested
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Capital complex police today arrested five members of Papum Pare
Unemployed Engineers Association for assaulting staff of NHPC Ltd Naharlagun.
In a press release SP Capital Nabam Gungte informed that starting from 23rd July
one Nabam Tangam Hina, President of Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers Association (PPUEA)
along with his associates kept on visiting the residential complex of NHPC at Naharlagun.
The association had demanded financial assistance from the company for their trip
They have demanded huge amount from the NHPC authority therefore the company official
refused to pay their demand. On refusal to concede their demand, Nabam Tangam Hina
along with 8 local youths entered into the NHPC compound today at about 11 am and
assaulted one Litin Das, an employee of NHPC and misbehaved with the Executive Director
and threatened them with dire consequences if their demand is not entertained. On
receipt of this information, SDPO Naharlagun along with OC, PS Naharlagun rushed
to the spot and arrested the accused. The five arrested are Nabam Tangam Hina, president
of PPUEA and his associates which include Chera Naya, Nabam Khoda, Hillang Kushuk
and Hillang Takiang.
A case has been registered vide the Naharlagun PS Case No. 93/2013 U/S 448/333/387/506/34
IPC. The accused shall be produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Itanagar
for police remand.
It is to be mentioned that on 23rd of this month Chief Secretary, Commissioner (Home)
DGP and the IGP (Law & Order) Govt. of A.P. have reviewed the security scenario of
Capital Complex and rest of Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Secretary had directed the law
enforcing agency of the state to deal with firm-hand to check the extortion in the
name of donation, forceful demand by any individual or by any organization directly
or indirectly. Meanwhile SP Capital has appealed to all sections of society to cooperate
with the police and should not hesitate to lodge FIR to the police whoever it may
Another minor girl raped in Daporijo
DAPORIJO, Jul 25: Barely three weeks after Bhalukpong incident, yet another rape
case of a minor girl has been reported from Daporijo.
This time, the rapist left the victim, a six-year-old girl, in unconscious state
The incident came to light when a crowd of people found the girl lying in unconscious
state on roadside jungle near Liruk Village, Daporijo on July 23.
Being informed of the incident, police rushed to the spot and recovered the girl
with multiple cut injuries on her body. She was immediately rushed to the hospital
for treatment. The victim was battling for her life in district hospital as doctor
was fighting to stop excessive bleeding from her body, informed the OC.
Daporijo Police arrested the alleged rapist and registered a case (no. 54/13) U/S-366A/376
IPC against him, said Officer In-charge T. Riram.
The alleged rapist Pappu Kodal (23) was nabbed by police on the same day from Forest
Colony, Daporijo and detained in custody.
As per information, the victim was last seen with the accused before she had gone
The parents of the victim had lodged a missing report 30 minutes before the victim
was recovered and identified.
Meanwhile, a section of the society, NGOs have vehemently condemned the heinous
act and appealed to authority concerned to award exemplary punishment to the rapist.
Tagin Cultural Society and Bagang Abu Youth Welfare Society visited the victims in
the hospital and expressed deep shock over the barbaric act. TCS also met Superintendent
of Police and appealed the law enforcing authority to award the rapist exemplary
punishment as per law.
TCS claimed that illegal migration of people from outside the state to Daporijo was
one of the major causes for the rising incents of crimes in the town.
It urged police for proper checking of ILPs in the check gates to prevent people
from outside the state sneaking into to the district without valid ILPs.
SUMA to continue fight against PRC to
non-APST, minority scheme in state
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The Students Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) today announced
its resolve to fight against any move to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees
in Arunachal Pradesh, PRC to non-APSTs besides minority status to indigenous tribal
people of the state.
The SUMA also raised its voice against introduction/formation of Arunachal Pradesh
unit of Naga People’s Forum and called for streamlining PDS.
Addressing the media persons here at Arunachal Press Club today, SUMA president
Biri Tabing said that it would fight tooth and nail against any forces which are
supposedly working in favour of granting citizenship status to Chakma-Hajong refugees.
Criticizing the reported formation of Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students Union and
its open declaration that “citizenship are going to be granted at the end of this
month” Tabing urged the Chamka to immediately delete/omit the word ‘Arunachal’ from
its nomenclature as they are staying as refugee in Arunachal Pradesh.
Coming down heavily on the AAPSU for its reported opening of ‘political dialogue’
with the refugees, the SUMA president vehemently opposed any move to grant citizenship
to Chakma-Hajong refugees.
Opposing any decision on refugee issue by an single organization like AAPSU, Tabing
said Chakma-Hajong refugee issue is a serious one; it needs involvement of all prominent
organizations and intellectuals and people of effective area of the state.
Vehemently opposing any move to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees, SUMA
convenor Pebo Gyadi also blamed AAPSU for opening dialogue reportedly for granting
citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees. He asked the Chakma students to drop the word
‘Arunachal’ immediately from its nomenclature.
Speaking to mediapersons on the topic - “PRC to non-Arunachalee’, SUMA general secretary
Unti Umbrey highlighted the movement being carried out by their organization against
this move since March last month. SUMA had already successfully organized rally against
PRC to non-APST in various places of the state including Tezu, Aalo, Namsai and Itanagar,
Opposing the formation of Joint Higher Power Committee (JHPC) with MP Takam Sanjoy
as its chairman, Umbrey demanded resignation of Sanjoy as its chairman saying the
decision for formation of such joint committee was taken arbitrarily. Umbrey said
the committee should be reconstituted if necessary.
Informing that a good number of 731 non-APSTs have already been allotted land at
Tezu, SUMA president Tabing demanded cancellation of the same and implementation
of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 for safeguarding the interest
of indigenous people of the state and scrutiny of inner line permit in Lohit district.
Expressing concern over the implementation of minority package in the state SUMA
speaker T Gab disclosed that the minority schemes have been implemented in the state
since 2009 when Dorjee Khandu was chief minister. He further said initially 7 districts
of the state were brought under the minority package and now 12 districts have been
included under the minority scheme, which, he said, created concern.
Gab claimed that the minority scheme has created division within a family, society
and state as a whole. The scheme has posed threat to the indigenous scheduled tribe,
the SUMA speaker further said and added that some indigenous people have surrendered
their ST certificates to take benefit under minority schemes within a family. The
SUMA members including its president Tabing are of the opinion that the minority
scheme is not applicable to the tribal state like Arunachal where all indigenous
people are taking benefit under ST status.
On reported formation of NPF Arunachal unit with an Arunachalee as its working president,
SUMA president Tabing questioned the motive behind formation of such platform in
Arunachal. Expressing serious concern over the present fiscal status of the state
and prevailing corruption, Tabing claimed that major chunk of non-plan fund has been
drained out for payment of PDS bill pending since 2007 to 2010. Tabing put emphasis
on much public awareness on the PDS. Meanwhile, SUMA decided to hold a interaction
session with NGOs and intellectuals on burning issue of the state here on July
The season of rape !
As I leave my office premise late at night, someone accompanies me till I get my
ride home. And this is the routine that follows everyday.
In another instance, a person, during a casual conversation, when another cautions
me not to drive two wheeler late at night, tells me, “being a woman that too driving
a two wheeler late at night, you definitely would not be spared,” with that mocking
smile on his face.
Both the situations are symbolic of the many recent incidences of sexual assault
or the better known rape that has been happening in various parts of the state.
Ironically, it has been making a lot of news at a time when the world, especially
the womenfolk’ talk of empowerment and gender equality.
Today’s women are empowered, they say, who are walking towards a sovereign world
that is free from all the prejudices. But when it comes to rape, or for that matter
even molestation, gives out a total different perspective of what women are actually
perceived to be by most men. The rapes that are occurring with alarming regularity
must compel us to reflect upon who we are as a society.
It no longer helps being an empowered independent woman and being aware of one’s
basic rights, when it comes to hearing about the incidences of rape that has been
happening almost on a daily basis.
India’s literacy rate which has increased from 64.83% in 2001 to 74.04% in 2011 and
our very own state with its literacy rate at 65.38%, it would be perhaps wrong to
say that better education and development, will cure the rape epidemic. Most of the
incidences of rape are reported from the major cities.
It is the mindset that needs to be changed. As long as women are tagged as weaker
sex, violence against women would not stop. At a time when the world is enjoying
equal status with women being at par with men, women are still addressed as the weaker
sex. The terms - vulnerability, fragility - has often described women.
The problem lies in the double standard mindset of the people who are yet to come
to terms with the fact that men and women are equal.
We need to make efforts to create a society where women and girls can live lives
free of all forms of male violence. In addition to the change in the outlook that
will start seeing equal opportunities for both, zero tolerance by the state authorities
for violence against women would help a lot in carving the menace.
Erosion poses threat to Rina hydel project
PASIGHAT, Jul 25: Continuous erosion at left side of the forebay (reservoir) tank
of 2 MW Rina hydel is posing serious threat to the tank and power house at its downstream.
Rina hydel project, which supplies electrical power to parts of Nari Koyu, West Pasighat
(Ruksin) and Pasighat assembly constituencies is the main source of power for the
people of these three constituencies.
But, the hydropower authority, pretending paucity of fund is not properly maintaining
the project. It is reported that turbulent Simen river (water source of the project)
flowing down the reservoir is posing threat to the tank by eroding its right bank.
Newly elected Koyu ZPM, Takir Kakki along with the Assistant Engineer (hydro) Domar
Ete and other officials recently visited hydel project site and took stock of the
risky situation. He has demanded the MLAs of the area to initiate early anti-erosion
measure to save Rina hydel from the grip of erosion. He also requested the minister
concerned to take up the issue on priority.
The team also visited Forest Beat Office (T) at Korang and witnessed its pathetic
state. The ZPM informed that Korang beat office set up 20 years ago is presently
in a deserted state. Running for a period of ten years after its establishment, the
forest office has become almost defunct. It is lying without man and equipment for
the last six years thanks to the utter irresponsibility of the higher ups of the
forest department officials. Moreover, Koyu forest check gate remains open round
the clock to facilitate indiscriminate collection of cane and bamboo besides free
carrying of timber and other illegal activities.
Expressing his concern, ZPM Kakki has demanded the state forest department to appoint
an Additional Conservator of Forest in order to protect the forest resources as well
look after the forest related activities in vast Nari-Koyu area.
Kakki, a former BCC President of Nari-Koyu, has been moving the authority concerned
for early installation of BSNL Mobile tower, protection of forest wealth and to appoint
adequate number of teachers in the schools of the area.
The Koyu-Korang area falls under Nari-Koyu constituency. The local MLA Tako Dabii,
during his recent visit to Koyu-Korang area strictly urged the forest officials to
stay at their respecting posting places. But nobody is listening to the MLA's direction.
Arunachal map goof: New textbook panel soon, minister says
MUMBAI, Jul 25: Terming the omission of Arunachal Pradesh from the map of India in
the 10th standard geography textbook as serious, school education minister RajendraDarda
said a new textbook subject experts' panel would be appointed within one-and-a-half
"This was a serious lapse," the minister said in the state assembly after BJP MLA
Sudhir Mungantiwar, during question hour, drew his attention to the gaffe and sought
to know what action has been taken on the issue.
"We have been informed that there was error in only one of the nine maps and it was
due to technical reasons," Darda said.
"We will appoint subject experts in the panel so that such a mistake is avoided,"
Responding to the demand for lodging a police case, Darda said an FIR would be filed
in the matter.
Mungantiwar also demanded that those responsible for the goof up face an offence
of treason, to which the minister said law and judiciary department would look into
In a major gaffe, the north-eastern state was omitted from the map of India in the
textbook, printed by Balbharti, bureau of textbook production, and used by more than
15 lakh students affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board.
The erroneous map showed Arunachal Pradesh as not only "missing" from the country's
territorial domain, but also as being part of Chinese territory.
The state government had sought a clarification from the chairman of the Maharashtra
state board of secondary and higher secondary education.
Earlier, the minister had informed the state legislative council that the Board had
terminated the studies' committee for geography and some other subjects. PTI
138 Bn CRPF celebrates Raising Day
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The 13th Raising Day 138 Battalion CRPF was celebrated at its Unit
Headquarters Senki View here yesterday with various program and much enthusiasm.
Few fruit bearing and medicinal plants were planted in the unit premises as part
of the celebration. Various stalls were put up in the mela ground and sports activities
organized in a grand manner.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Ram Krishan, Commandant of 138 Bn informed
that 138 Bn CRPF was raised on July 24, 2000 at Durgapur, West Bengal under the Adm.
Control of IGP of Eastern Sector and DIGP of Durgapur Range.
Presently 138 Bn, CRPF is deployed in the six districts, namely Papum Pare, Lower
Sunbansiri, Upper Subansiri, East Kameng, West Kameng and Kurung Kumey in the western
part of the state.
The unit was awarded Best Battalion trophy of Eastern Sector for the year 2010.
In the evening, a cultural programme was organized by the unit personnel and students
from various schools of Itanagar, including Don Bosco, Vivekananda Kendruya Vidyalaya,
Elizier school etc.
About 1000 people enjoyed the programme.
Earlier, Surjit Kaur, wife of Ram Krishan, Commandant of the Unit inaugurated the
Dr. CM Ngullie, Chief medical Officer, Dulal Tarafdar, Asstt. Comdt, ML Meena, Asstt.
Comdt, Umesh Chand Singh, Asstt. Comdt, T Gussar, SDPO Itanagar, Ngurang Yache, Councilor
of Itanagar, subordinate officers, jawans and local people attended the program.
Disaster sensitization programme for APP lady constables and women self-help groups
KHONSA, Jul 25: One day disaster awareness programme for the lady constables of APP
and women self-help groups of Khonsa was organized at Khonsa by the Disaster Management
Around 100 ladies participated in the programme. The organizer DDMO Khonsa told the
participants that ladies are more vulnerable to disaster then men and since they
are the caretaker of the house they have bigger responsibility to safeguard the house
from any mishap and to educate the children and other family members about disaster
Dr. AmingYirang, MO from district hospital Khonsa imparted the basic of First Aid
techniques through power point presentation along with practical demonstration.
Power point presentation on Dos and Don’ts and preparedness and mitigation measures
for various types of disaster was presented by DDMO Khonsa. Leaflets of Dos and Don’ts
were also distributed to the participants on the occasion. DIPRO
DRDA governing body meeting held
DAPORIJO, Jul 25: The 32 governing body meeting of district Rural Development Agency,
Upper Subansiri, Daporijo was held yesterday at the Rijo Conference Hall. The meeting
was chaired by the Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sushil Nalo and attended by the DC
cum CEO Tahang Taggu, Project Director Sode Potom, Zilla Parishad Members, Anchal
Chairpersons, HoDs, BDOs of the CD Blocks, DRDA officers and officials.
The meeting was organized to review the annual performance report 2012-13 and for
the presentation of draft annual action plan (AAP) under SGSY for 2013-14. The Governing
Body also approved the draft AAP (2013-14), the DRDA Admin. Budget and appointed
chartered accountant for 2013-14.
Sushil Nalo, while addressing the house, stated that although the government was
bestowing funds under developmental packages in the district, no tangible achievement
was noted so far. He urged the PRI members to strive towards creating new assets
during their term. He informed the house on other schemes of the government like
MSDP, NRLM and RGPSA and said that efforts were on to bring the whole district under
Nalo requested the PRI members and govt. officers to work together to strengthen
the Panchayat and to create infrastructure for the convenience of the public. He
further advised that assets should be created at proper places so that it can really
be used by the public and not for the convenience of the contractor.
DC Tahang Taggu said that the meeting was a platform for the discussion of the achievements,
drawbacks, shortfalls of the projects being implemented by the DRDA and urged the
PRI members to voice their appreciations or criticisms if they had any, so that no
future problems and complaints arise. He stressed on the need for proper awareness
creation amongst the masses about the schemes so that it truly benefitted the needy
and improved their economic status. This in turn would encourage the people to stay
in the villages and rural areas and stop migration to the congested urban areas and
towns, he added.
Citing the example of some places in the state where excellent assets had been created
by the panchayats, he urged the PRI members to do the same in the district. He also
cautioned them that schemes should be implemented properly as timely checking; monitoring
and vigilance would be done.
PD S Potom presented the administrative budget and informed the house about the
dedicated work being done by the DRDA employees despite not receiving their salaries
for the last eight months. The house expressed their concern over the issue and urged
the government to look into the DRDA employees grievances. DIPRO
IV Donli Riba Gaming Quest for PES 13 and Tekken 5 to begin on 12 August
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The 4th edition of the state-level video gaming tournament organized
to commemorate the death anniversary of young musician Donli Riba, will he held at
Naharlagun on August 12 and 13.
The tournament, named Donli Riba Gaming Quest, will be played on the PlayStation
platform and will feature two parallel challenges; Pro Evolution Soccer 13 in the
Open Category and Tekken 5 in the Under 12 category, which has been created with
a view to give equal opportunities to young children to compete. With a prize money
of Rs. 12,000 for the winner in each game and Rs. 9,000 for each runner-up, along
with trophies, there is a lot of excitement amongst video gamers. To serve as further
incentive, there is also a trophy for the highest scorer.
In the three years since it was begun, the tournament has clearly emerged as the
premier gaming tournament of the State and has been attracting a lot of young talent,
eager to showcase their skills. While gaming has mostly been seen as a wasteful pursuit,
the organizers have taken up the cause of the tournament to give young people a chance
to show their skills in these two games, considered challenging by gamers. Through
the annual tournaments, there is a very conscious effort to remove the negative image
of gaming and gamers and legitimize its image as a sport as it is internationally
recognized, said the organizers in a release.
"We are expecting more than 500 competitors this year, as the reputation of the tournament
has grown over these years and we get a lot of enquiries", it said.
This year, in addition to the tournament, the event will also witness film screenings
and interactive sessions that will create awareness on the dangers of smoking and
of chewing guthkha and tobacco and also on substance abuse.
The participation forms for the gaming quest will be available at Nokia Priority
Dealer, Itanagar, Oasis Gamezone, Naharlagun and Galaxy Pharmacy, Nirjuli.
Donli Riba is the grandson of former Chief Minister Tomo Riba. The tournament is
a way to celebrate the positive spirit with which he fought his illness and to promote
optimism in youth.
‘Create conducive atmosphere for construction of Malek-Bomjir bridge’
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: An emergency meeting between the Adi Baane Kebang (LDV District
Unit), the Adi Cultural & Literary Society , Roing and the senior leaders of the
Adi Community of Lower Dibang Valley District was held today in response to the press
release made by the Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd on some local dailies on July
20 last. The apex body of the Adi community (ABK & ACLS) and senior leaders of
the district after gathering information about July 19 incident in which members
of Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) allegedly manhandled Navyuga employees condemned
the incident in strongest term.
They demanded unconditional apology from Nun Pertin, President DASU and Tom Gamno,
Vigilance Vice-Chairman, AdiSU on behalf of their union to the affected company.
While showing solidarity with the NEC Ltd., the apex body and the senior leaders
also sought to punish the defaulters suitably as per the law. They urged upon the
local administration to dispense proper justice and provide adequate security force
to evade any untoward incident in future.
The house further opined that bridging the road communication gap of Dambuk ADC Headquarter
with rest of the world is a long felt necessity of the people. So, creating a conducive
atmosphere for construction of the Malek-Bomjir Bridge is equally the responsibility
of the local people. Any action intending to delay the construction works of the
Malek-Bomjir Bridge shall not be tolerated by the ABK & ACLS. Hence, no NGO, Union
or any self-styled organization and individual has the right to interfere in the
internal matter of the company under any pretext. If anybody tries to interfere in
the company’s internal matter unless sought for by the company shall be viewed seriously
and action will be taken by the local community bodies, the house resolved.
However, all the members of the house refuted the NEC Ltd’s allegation that local
elements including politicians, contractors etc are not allowing work to progress
at Dibang River Bridge Project. Rather the members, without offence to none, have
observed that the incidence with the DASU on July 19 is the first instance of its
kind and no official report as alleged have been received so far. It was also felt
that maintaining good Public Relation with locals is a priority for all professional
companies and so as a professional organization/company, the NEC Ltd must also garner
goodwill from targeted people through personal consultations, publicity and other
non-paid forms of communications. The local leaders of the district expected to get
such noble gestures from the company in future, the house resolved.
Later, Mibom Pertin, President ABK (LDV Unit) along with Kirpa Pertin, President
ACLS, Roing, Abu Saring, Secretary ABK (LDV), Senior Leaders Golo Saring, Akak Lego
and Israel Megu submitted a copy of the resolution to the Deputy Commissioner, Lower
Dibang Valley District, Roing.
The Deputy Commissioner of the district, Shiv Kumar, said that he was shocked to
read the news where NEC Ltd has alleged that the district administration and the
state govt had not taken any action despite repeated complaints. He said that he
had not received any such complaint from the company before and instead he felt that
the company should have approached the district administration first before going
to public domain. However, he informed that the company has been told to continue
its construction work at Dibang River Bridge Project and some security personnel
has been placed at the Project Site. He further said that such kind of act if repeated
in future will be dealt with firm hands. (DIPRO)
Tourism a game changer: Sona
BOMDILA, Jul 25: Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA)
under the aegis of the District administration conducted Adventure & Youth Leadership
Training Programme at Bomdila.
Attending the valedictory function Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Pasang Dorjee
Sona gave a clarion call for development of tourism in the state.
Terming Tourism a game changer for a state like Arunachal which has been bestowed
with all the nature’s beauty and potentials that one can think of for exploration
and development of tourism, Sona called on the youths to actively participate in
such training programmes and to take fullest advantage of the same.
He informed that, impressed by the performance of the Arunachal Tourism department
in the first edition of the International Travel Mart (ITM) held at Guwahati, the
Ministry of Tourism, GoI, has asked the state government to hold the second edition
of the ITM at Tawang; which is the most sought after tourist destination in the whole
of the state and added that the need of the hour would be to re-affirm ourselves
on hospitality, neat and clean and a healthy surrounding.
Further with a sense of responsibility Sona acknowledged that several Tourism projects
in the district and the state were executed mindlessly. He urged the Deputy Commissioner
to take up and recommend feasible projects only through the District Level Tourism
Development Committee (DLTDC) for consideration at the state level.
Deputy Commissioner AK Singh congratulating AMASA and the trainees who successfully
completed the training programme, called for other such programmes and youth leadership
trainings in days to come and hoped that such activities would go a long way in paving
the right path for the youths of today who are prone to vices.
He informed that the 21 days Adventure & Youth Leadership Training Programme at AMASA
Rock-field for the 40 youths consisting of 26 boys and 14 girls was sponsored under
BADP for an amount of rupees five lacs. He urged the Parliamentary Secretary to consider
developing the AMASA Rock-field at Bomdila into a full-fledged institution in line
with that of the National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) at
Dirang in the district.
Earlier, ZPM Tsering Sonam who also is the President of the West Kameng Indigenous
Peoples’ Society (WKIPS), opined that such training programmes are a must along with
bookish knowledge and that, such activities would facilitate shaping the upcoming
generations to men with vision, knowledge and will.
AMASA President Tsering Wange dealt at length on the origin and activities of the
association and on the present training programme held for the youths. He also plans
to take on youths from other districts of the state for such camps in the near future.
Later, PD Sona, AK Singh and Tsering Sonam honored the Best Trainees and also felicitated
the Instructors; one of whom was Everester Nima Lama of the district. They also felicitated
all the 40 trainees for their successful completion of the 21 days training programme.
The 21 days Adventure & Youth Leadership Training Programme consisted of morning
exercise, rope knot practice, tent pitching, first aid, rescue technique, culture,
rock climbing, suspension traverse, rappelling, jummering, literacy activities, trekking,
meditation, social service etc. DIPRO
AGSU raises Arunachal dam issue at Shillong consultative meet
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) team led by Reken Ingo attended
the two days consultative meet on mega dams organized by North East Dialogue Forum
at Shillong, Meghalaya on July 23 and 24.
While addressing the meeting, Reken informed about reckless signing of MOUs and MOAs
with various power developers for construction dams in Arunachal Pradesh by the State
Government without observing any formality with clear violation of UN Declaration
of Indigenous Rights.
Informing the number of hydro-electric projects that are coming up in Arunachal Pradesh,
he informed that the state government has signed a more than 150 hydro-electric power
projects with different power developers out of which more than 15 projects are going
to be constructed at Siyom and Yomgo Basin.
“Right from Kamba ADC headquarter circle to Nyiko-Bango including Aalo township is
predominant by the indigenous tribe Galo. But it is surprised to know that how the
state government has executed the MOUs and MOAs without any knowledge of the indigenous
population living in the downstream of the proposed projects, Reken said and sought
the suggestions on legal aspects of the issue.
Informing that NE including Arunachal falls under most seismically active Zone V,
he presented the data of past mega earthquakes experienced by the people of the region
through Power-Point presentation.
He also informed that about 15-20 dams are proposed to be built in one of the highest
seismically active area and an earthquake measuring more than 7 in Richter scale
may trigger catastrophe.
He also informed that 99 percent people of Yomgo-Siyom will badly affected by the
dams, if implemented since they are fully dependent on agriculture activity only.
It will also affect the eco-system, bio-diversity of the area.
Representatives from Bangladesh, Abu Raihan M Khalid, Advocate Supreme Court of Bangladeh
and Rowshan Jahan Moni, Deputy Director, Association for Land Reform and Development
(ALRD), presented a Power-Point presentation on various dams coming up in North-East
India with special reference to Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur and dams in Arunachal Pradesh.
They expressed concern over negative impacts of mega dams on the people of Bangladesh
since the country shares a 54 lower riparian trans-boundary river with India and
coming up of many big dams in NE region would badly affects the livelihood of Bangladeshi
The two days meeting was attended by representatives from various organisations,
including Centre for Social Development, Manipur (CSD), Citizens’ Concern for Dam
and Development, Manipur (CCDD), Social Action Development Organisation, Manipur
(SADO), Society of Activist for Forest & Environment, Cachar (SAFE), All Galo Students’
Union (AGSU), Siang Bachao Federation, Arunachal (SBF), Committee on Peoples & Environment,
Silchar (COPE) and Association for Land Reform and Development, Bangladesh (ALRD).
Know Your Responsibilities And Not Only Your Rights
Gone are the days when the villagers used to clear miles of village paths leading
to the agricultural fields, rivers, water sources and so on so forth in the not too
distant past on self-help basis. They used to construct teachers’ quarters and school
buildings without asking a penny from the government. They felt pleasure in doing
social service in the interest of their community. The government was not allowed
to get involved at all. It used to be done on community basis and on a regular basis.
Today, this community work is truly dead. The villagers have been so mollycoddled
by the elected leaders that even for construction of their own toilet they demand
funds from the government. They are not willing to do anything sans sanctions from
the government. This spoon-feeding culture is annihilating another age-old culture,
the spirit of community work in the villages. Today, the same villagers who were
always willing to do anything for their villages free of cost tend to demand government
sanction even for petty jobs in the villages. The countless CC steps in the villages
are causing more harm than good because they are not laid properly. They become slippery
and dangerous during rainy seasons. The traditional CC steps were much better and
were easy to make without spending a single penny. Things have come to such a pass
that for every single peccadillo or misdemeanor the people criticize and blame the
Chief Minister and the government. The people must realize that the Chief Minister
is as good as the people. The HCM is like the cricket captain. The captain is as
good as the players. The captain alone cannot do anything if the other members of
the team do not perform. The wearer knows where the shoe pinches. The Chief Minister
must be doing his best to ensure that he leaves no scopes for complaint but everything
does not go as we plan. We often falter. He must also be having constraints which
we must appreciate.
It is seen that the private individuals in the districts and the state capital construct
houses, garages, private roads flaunting all rules if any with impunity thereby blocking
the drains. Now, should they blame the HCM and the government for this too? In Arunachal
Pradesh all the districts and the capital are crisscrossed by numerous streams and
rivulets. The people have illegally established colonies on both the banks of these
streams creating irreparable damage to the streams and causing landslides every year.
In fact, most of the disasters in our state are man made. Now, again, should they
blame the HCM and the government of the day for this too? They leave the bulbs glowing
brightly in the offices and other public places day and night. Some government employees
leave the bulbs around their quarters switched on for months together when they go
on leave ostensibly to scare away the thieves. The water tapes in offices, schools
and public places are left open allowing the precious water to flow merrily. Now,
do we have the right to blame the HCM and the government for this? We must admit
that we lack civic sense totally. However, we are adept at training our accusing
fingers on others. But please remember, when we point a finger at others there are
three fingers pointing back at us. Of course, the thump finger that represents the
gullible public is always confused and oblivious of what is going on. Let us not
derive sadistic pleasure from accusing the government for every petty matter. Let
us think in what way we can contribute our mite to build our poor state vibrant,
strong and self-reliant. Let us seriously follow what John F. Kennedy said, “Ask
not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country?” In this
case our state Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh with its myriad sensibilities, a cacophony of cultures, a multiplicity
of faiths and dialects, one never knows who will take offence at what. Sadly, some
people have the uncanny knack of criticizing the government without any basis and
without going deep into the issue[s]. They always tend to have a pedestrian attitude
and grizzle or complain about everything. This is surely not going to stand them
in good stead in life. Being the eyes, ears and mouth of the government my bounden
duty is to provide correct feedbacks to the government for which I am paid. So, please
do not complain that my present article is heavily loaded in favour of the government.
Having said that I have always stood by my view that the state government may have
bitten off more than it can chew vis-à-vis mega dams in the state. But this problem
was handed down to the present HCM by the former CM late Dorjee Khandu. In fact,
most of the problems are inherited ones. So, blaming Nabam Tuki holds no water. The
burning issue of PRC is another fiasco the state government could have done without.
But again no body is infallible. We should not be looking for the chinks in the government’s
armour but help the government in plugging the loopholes and the shortcomings if
any, after all it is our government. Our defeatist tendency and lack of belief in
our leaders are, I believe, the main reason for the success of failure rate of the
various development schemes in the state. We need to shed our smallness , come out
of the cocoon of self-made miseries and look at the wide world outside which is
full of avenues, opportunities and possibilities. No doubt our state is passing through
a critical phase of transition. But let us remember, the darkest hour is nearest
the dawn. Today, there is a sense of promise in the air that our state shall soon
assume it’s legitimate place and unprecedented prominence in the emerging scheme
of things. What is required is that we should be receptive to the policies and programmes
of the government.
The bandh culture is another nemesis that has the potential to cripple the state
permanently. The various organizations in the state must look for mutually rewarding
means of protest to reach mutually agreeable solution and that the bandh call should
be the last resort. There are array of dispensation channels other than the dreaded
bandh through which differences can be hammered out. Yes, the law and order is a
cause for worry in our state. But the pertinent question is, when was our state peaceful?
Blaming the government alone will not serve the purpose. The citizens will have to
be conscious of their responsibilities too. The few hooligans should not be allowed
to hold the state to ransom. They say the only thing necessary for the evil to triumph
is for the good men to do nothing. Another episode that was easily avoidable was
criticizing the Political Secretary to HCM Bamang Tago. I think he is doing his job.
We could have done the same in his place. Some people were even very personal in
attacking him in various social networks. Today, Tago is in this position by dint
of his hardwork and acumen. We must appreciate that. More over, how can one forget
his contributions through his NGO ACR before he had even occupied this coveted position?
They say ‘the higher one soars, the smaller he seems to those who cannot fly.’ Instead
of criticizing Tago, let us learn from him how to shine in life. Another unfortunate
trend in our state is blaming the elected leaders for everything. They have become
so dependent on their leaders that they even demand hard cash for building houses,
medical treatment, marriages, naming of their children and for all kinds of celebrations.
But after doing all these also they blame their leaders. If they have some better
ideas for the development of their areas why don’t they share with their leaders?
The leaders don’t have that magical wand to wave away all the ills in the society.
The public has to play a pro-active role. In case they don’t like a particular leader
then they should vote him out instead of criticizing him. Here, it is worth-mentioning
that the WRD Minister Newlai Tingkhatra has brought about a sea change in his constituency,
especially Kanubari Township. Infrastructures like roads, buildings, etc are in place
and most of his workers are engaged in the permanent venture-tea cultivation. Kanubari
is today, one of the fastest emerging model Towns in our state. Some unsung heroes
indeed exist against the backdrop of the chaotic ambiance.
Let us say no to spoon feeding culture, let us extend our fullest co-operation to
the government in the supreme interest of our young state. Let us stop the blame
game which we all seem to love. The HCM is only human and he is bound to err. The
onus is on all of us to build our state and not on one person alone. Rabindranath
Tagore said, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was
service. I acted and behold service was joy.” Together we can. Stop blaming and
start working. Some may say that I am overtly eulogizing the government which is
wrong. The fact is I am only articulating the facts. They say ‘it is dangerous to
be right when the government is wrong.’ But here there is no danger at all because
neither I am right nor the government is wrong. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Why so much hate?
I am from Arunachal Pradesh and I am proud of this lovely land. I could try and write
but Arunachal is not a story that can be told, it is an experience, ever evading
the clutches of words. Ever mysterious and ever elusive. Words are but wind.
I don't intend for this piece to become an article for the Tourism Department (although
they could use a good writer for their advertisements). What I want to address is
the recent "refugee" crisis because of which everyone has been going ga-ga over.
I have said it many times and I say it again, I am not a very politically wise person.
My little talents range from making my parents angry, running extremely fast when
ex-girlfriend is in sight and.... a little bit of writing. I cannot comment much
on the "refugee crisis" as I possess neither the information nor the political eye.
I don't know if it is right to chase them away from their homes or to brand everyone
with the same tag of ‘outsiders are trying to get a PRC' but I do know what is wrong.
I know that it is wrong to call them names, I know it is wrong to post articles on
facebook which could ignite communal fights, I know it is wrong for a man to hate
another man because of his birth into a community and I know, no, not only I but
even a five year old kid knows that it is wrong to hate without reason.
Over the weeks I have been reading in Facebook comment after comment filled with
such hateful messages. “Kill all the "Harings", "Chase away all the Tibetans”, “Burn
the houses of all Nepalis"...... it broke my heart. I thought to myself, is this
the Arunachal I am proud of? Is this the Arunachal whose statehood we celebrate every
year on 20th Feb.? No it could not be. No I am not in support of issuing PRC to outsiders,
no I am not in support of the Tibetans getting ST certificates illegally but neither
am in support of the violent methods and hateful slogans. There is a way of saying
and doing things. If Tibetans are getting ST certificates that means the administrative
office is to be blamed, if the Chakmas and Hajongs are getting PRC then it is the
law making bodies who are responsible. To the brothers and sisters who want to chase
and kill all the 'harings' and 'Tibetans' I say, no, I pray not to be so hateful,
the world is a bloody hateful place already. Show some love and please for the love
of the good lord please exercise the education your parents have bestowed upon you
and to the brothers and sister who want to burn all the 'nepalis', I say, no. I inform,
' Nepali' is a language, the people of Nepal are called 'Nepalese'.
When I was browsing through the hateful comment in social networking site Facebook
I made some comments, asking them to act like civilized people. I got back some really
interesting replies. Three Adi boys thought I had a Tibetan girlfriend, hence my
sympathy. Three Apatani brothers, two Tangsa brothers and a very angry Nishi brother
warned me if I supported the 'harings' 'mera liye achha nai hoga'. I tried to tell
them that I was not supporting the Non-Tribals but in vain. Problem was I did not
understand much of their English and I am very bad when it comes to reading Hindi
when it is written in English alphabets. So I gave up.
I lived in Bangalore for more than three years. I never understood why I could not
walk 50 mtrs without being called a 'chinky'. Now I know why. It was never me, it
was them. The people who could not understand or love their brother because he looked
different and was from another place. I only pray that Arunachal does not become
that place or else I will not be able to say " I AM PROUD TO BE AN ARUNACHALEE ".
John Matbing Jamoh
Nari faces encroachment threat from neighbouring state
Through your esteemed daily I would like to request the honourable MLA of 36-nari-koyu
a/c to take bold and urgent steps to save Nari town from further encroachment. If
we obey the status quo order given by the Supreme Court, then we would be making
big fool out of ourselves. Assam Govt is not obeying it and taking benefit of our
obedience. In my recent visit to Nari after about six months I was surprised to see
the construction of massive RCC School building about 300mtrs away from Arunachal
boundary. Moreover Assam people have donated huge area of boundary area for establishment
of Tezpur central university campus. Isn’t it too much? So I request the HMLA to
take up the border issue at Supreme Court urgently and at the same time construct
permanent govt. establishment at the arunachal side (lumpo village) of the border
as early as possible. Otherwise every year we are losing huge area of land to Assam.
Power cut disturbs student most
Through your daily newspaper, I would like to say some words to capital power department.
I know there are always problems during work hour but it seems in our capital when
power goes at night, it appears next day only. It seems power dept official correct
problem only next morning
Whole night goes dark. The electricity problem is serious concern for students more
so for science student. The constant power cut disturbs the concentration of students.
Wish, someone take action in this regard.
Gender equality and food security
Labor and land ownership laws throughout the Asia-Pacific region must change if women
are to reach their full potential as farmers and food production workers, says a
new report prepared jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
"Removing the barriers women face in their roles as food producers, farm workers,
and primary caregivers is achievable and inexpensive," said Lourdes Adriano, Practice
Leader for Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development in the Regional and Sustainable
Development Department at ADB. The report, Gender Equality and Food Security - Women's
Empowerment as a Tool Against Hunger, is authored by UN Special Rapporteur on the
Right to Food Olivier de Schutter and takes an in-depth look at women's role in food
production, nutrition, and access to food in the region, and the steps needed to
remove the barriers facing them.
Worldwide, around 60 per cent of undernourished people are women or girls, and data
shows that giving them access to education and employment opportunities has a strikingly
large impact on reducing overall hunger and improving child health and education.
However, restrictions on female land ownership, limited access to credit and farm
advisory services, and a lack of education hamper women's ability to produce and
access more food and earn decent incomes.
An FAO study estimates that closing the gender gap in access to productive resources
such as land, credit, machinery or chemicals could eliminate yield gaps of 20% to
30% among women and men, increase domestic agricultural output by 2.5% to 4%, and
mean up to 100 million fewer people living in hunger.
Even rural women working off-farm in low-skill jobs in agribusiness face gender discrimination
and low wages. To address these problems, the report recommends that policymakers
tackle laws and regulations which discriminate against women, particularly in land
ownership, initiate programs to boost gender equality in agriculture and the labor
market, while updating education and employment policies to be more gender sensitive.