The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs 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 at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Society demands probe into Koloriang poll violence
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Bengia Welfare Society (BWS) reiterating the incident wherein
a person, Bengia Tamang, was murdered in a poll related violence that took place
at Koloriang in Kurung Kumer district on April 25 last has urged the chief minister
to initiate action against those responsible for the incident.
In a representation submitted to the CM, BWS demanded for immediate constitution
of an impartial enquiry committee to unearth the truth behind issuance of two INC
tickets for 10 Parsi-Parlo ZPM segment resulting in a conflict that led to the death
of a person, immediate enquiry into the politics behind centralization of filing
nomination papers and scrutiny of the same at the district headquarter, Koloriang,
instead of conducting it at the respective administrative circle by RO concerned,
immediate arrest of culprits behind the incident and immediate rehabilitation of
widow and orphans of the deceased.
According to BWS chairman Dr. Bengia Tobin, the chief minister, in response to the
memorandum, assured the delegates to facilitate a government job for the widow of
the deceased. However, the CM urged the members to help maintain peace and tranquility
as investigations were on and the long arm of the law would catch up with the culprit
soon. “Any one involved in such dastardly act would not be spared and awarded exemplary
punishment as per law,” he assured the delegates.
Apex Bank AGM’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, May 31: The members and staff of the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation,
Samannoy Gut Cooperative Society Ltd. (CCRD & SGCSL) have condoled the untimely demise
of Apex Bank Assistant General Manager (AGM) Tadar Simi.
Recalling his immense contribution towards the growth of the bank, especially during
the time of crisis, they said that Simi’s death is not only an irreparable loss to
the bank and his family but also entire state. Besides an active social worker he
was also an ardent lover of Nyishi art and culture, the members of CCRD & SGCSL said
in a condolence message. They conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved
family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Petrol, diesel prices go up
NEW DELHI, May 31: Petrol price was increased on Friday by 75 paisa a litre and
diesel price by 50 paisa as the rupee hit an 11-month low, making oil imports costlier.
The increase, excluding local sales or value-added taxes, came into effect from midnight,
Indian Oil Corporation said. Petrol price in Delhi was increased by 90 paisa to Rs.
63.99. Diesel would cost Rs. 50.25 as against Rs. 49.69 at present.
The oil companies cut the price of cooking gas (LPG), which consumers have to buy
beyond their quota of nine subsidised cylinders a year, by Rs. 45 a bottle. Non-subsidised
domestic LPG in Delhi will cost Rs. 802 a 14.2-kg cylinder.
IGNOU term end exam in June
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Term End Examination for June, 2013 of Indira Gandhi National
Open University (IGNOU) will be conducted from June one to 28.
DTO office inaugurated
ZIRO, May 31: A new office building for District Tourism Officer was inaugurated
by Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete today.
Speaking on the occasion, Ete said that since an independent office has now been
established a special tourism reception centre could be opened which will be helpful
to the visiting tourists.
District Tourism Officer Tater Mize welcomed the DC’s idea though there is no sanctioned
post of TIO.
Biometric attendance machine installed in the DC’s office was also inaugurated today
All the officers, officials and staffs working in the DC Complex including DC himself
were included in the system which will be functional and effective from Monday onwards.
A Total of 155 names have been entered in the system.
Two CCTV Cameras have also been installed in and outside the office Chamber of DC
today and is already functioning smoothly. DIPRO
Campaign against drug abuse at Oyan
RUKSIN, May 31: The ‘Lisang Donyi Welfare Society’ in collaboration with ‘All Oyan
Students Union’ recently conducted a public rally against “Drug Abuse” at Oyan Village.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Dr Robin Bori explained the ill effects
of tobacco and adverse effects of consuming narcotic drugs and other psychotropic
substances. He suggested the young students to give up the bad habits of consuming
tobacco products and other narcotic substances.
Expressing strong concern over growing drug menace, Dr Bori urged the parent to keep
eye on their children so that they cannot fall prey to drug addiction.
Another resource person Dr Hage Ampi explained the harmful effect of alcohol and
smoking on human body.
Among others, Pasighat Block Education Officer Jaisingh Pao, newly elected ASM Lalita
Pait, Oyan Gaon Burhi Bobita Bori, Student leader Marshal Jerang and others also
spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the members of Lisang Donyi Welfare Society, students and villagers took
out a procession in and around Oyan and Sille village, shouted slogans against use
of tobacco and narcotics in the society.
Teacher Jitendra Pait, secretary of Lisang Donyi Welfare Society appealed the people
as whole, to whip out the drug menace has from the society. He thanked the people
for their active participation.
Doni appointed as BJYM National Secretary
ITANAGAR, May 31: The All India President, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Anurag
Singh Thakur has appointed Doni Nich as one of the National Secretaries, BJYM.
Prior to his assignment as the National Secretary, BJYM, Doni Nich held various positions
in the State BJYM and state BJP.
He held State Secretary, BJP, AP during 2006-2009 and was assigned as the State BJYM
President from 2009 to January 2013.
The State BJYM under his leadership has successfully led state BJYM International
Border study and survey camps, also actively participated in the BJYM hoisted National
tricolor flag at Srinagar on the occasion of January 26, 2011.
The State BJYM ranks and files led by State President, BJYM, Arunachal Pradesh, Dug
Saha welcomed the decision of the central leaders.
The State BJP President, Tai Tagak facilitated Doni Nich on being appointed as National
Secretary here at State BJP Headquarter, Itanagar today.
Resolves to act tough against irregular teachers
ITANAGAR, May 31: The deputy director of school education Kurung Kumey has resolved
to take tougher action against the irregular teachers in the district. The resolution
was taken in a conference held at Sangram on 28th May last, which was attended by
school principals, head masters and BRCs. The conference was held with objectives
to bring better education scenario in the district. DDSE further urged the functionaries
and teachers to effectively implement SSA scheme at schools.
Continue drainage construction
ITANAGAR, May 31: Questioning why the drainage construction on the NH-52A opposite
RK Mission Hospital gate was stopped, the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) demanded
the district administration to continue the construction work.
The particular building, it is learned. belongs to a senior legislator. If other
buildings were evicted, why this particular building was left?, asked ANYA.
‘Provide proper mobile network’
ITANAGAR, May 31: The BJP, Anjaw unit has urged BSNL to provide proper service with
high quality signals without any interruption in the district.
In a representation to the general manager BSNL, BJP Anjaw district president Banim
Kri wrote, most of the time either the signal remains very poor or it is without
signal and the consumer has to face lot of difficulties for communication; poor voice
quality, one sided voice transmission and sometimes it stays without signal for many
days resulting into debarment of mobile phone service for the consumers in Hayuliang.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, May 31: A Joint Social Service was conducted at Durpang Middle School by
the students of Banderdewa yesterday.
During the programme, the students planted trees around the school boundary. The
school headmaster, teachings staff and the members of All Papum Pare District Students’
Union (APPDSU) also participated in the day-long programme.
The Banderdewa students also requested the education department to improve the school
infrastructure at the earliest.
319 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
accompanied by First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma visited the Jawaharlal Nehru
State Museum here today.
Briefed by Research Deputy Director Batem Pertin, the first couple minutely observed
each and every diorama of different communities of the State, textiles of different
tribes, wood carvings, basketries, paintings, ornaments, weapons and archaeological
remains. They were very impressed by the vast cultural diversity of the State.
The Governor said that the museum provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage
of the State. While appreciating the set up of the museum, he said that the museum
has the potential to become one of the best in the country.
On their arrival to the State Museum, Research Director Dr. Tage Tada along with
his officers and staff received the first couple on the maiden visit to the museum.
He also presented some important publications of the Research department. Earlier,
the first couple visited the Itanagar Gompa at Sidhartha Vihar, Itanagar and offered
prayers. Lama Tsering Tashi briefed them about the Gompa, which was consecrated by
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on 15th December 1996. PRO to Raj Bhawan
Police expedites investigation to nab Bomjen’s killers; 40 youths detained
ITANAGAR, May 31: A special investigating team under the direct supervision of SDPO
Itanagar Taru Gussar has been constituted to expedite the investigation into the
Bomjen Gapak murder case and to nab the culprits, informed the city SP in a release
today. The team is being assisted by the Itanagar OC PS Tabi Bage. Bomjen, an engineering
student was hacked to death by some unidentified persons on the intervening night
of May 26-27 at Legi complex here.
A total number of 30 to 40 youths including habitual offenders, rowdy elements and
hooligans were rounded up so far and questioned intensively. Their photographs were
shown to the injured victim at Hospital but he failed to identify any one of them,
the police said. Police has also obtained the video footages of the installed CCTVs
of all private and Govt buildings and these are being scrutinized. Apart from these,
the CDRs and ‘dump-datas’ have been collected which are under continuous process
of analysis, the release said.
Police hopes that this gruesome murder case will be solved soon. Police will not
left any stone unturned for solution to the case, the SP said. He appealed to the
general people to extend full cooperation and provide any input which may lead
to the arrest of the culprits.
Peace rally against PRC to non-APSTs in Arunachal organised at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Students' Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) along
with DSU and public organized a mass peace rally at Pasighat in protest against any
decision to issue Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) to non-APSTs of Arunachal
Pradesh by Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) under the chairmanship of Takam Sanjoy.
SUMA president Biri Tabing and vice president (East) Kaling Moyong led the protest
rally and demanded the authority to immediately stop further issuance of PRC to non-APST
at Lohit, cancelation of land allotment issued to non-APST at Lohit, immediate cancelation
of Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) on PRC issue, immediate cancellation of voting
rights to all non-APSTs and thorough scrutiny of already issued Inner Line Permits
The rally was taken out from Doying Gurriin Ground to Gandhi Chowk Market, Pasighat.
Assam orgs protest against dam
RUKSIN, May 31: Assam’s leading farmers’ organization Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity
(KMSS) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) have flayed both Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh Government for their role in construction of run-off-the river
dam over Subansiri at Gerukamukh by National Hydro-electrical Power Corporation (NHPC)
despite expert committee’s non-recommendation for the project.
Several hundred members of KMSS yesterday staged protest in front of Lakhimpur Deputy
Commissioner’s office and expressed their strong resentment over state government’s
alleged denial of the expert committee report regarding construction of the dam over
Expert committee report stated that construction of big dam over a terrain consisting
of sand stone in an earthquake prone zone would be of great danger.
Tinsukia district unit of the AJYCP has also raised voice against construction of
a dam in upper portion of Lohit river near Parashuram Kunda in Arunachal Pradesh.
They alleged that the Central Forest and Environment (MoEF) Ministry has givent permission
to construct the dam without considering the future threats the dam may posed to
the downstream (Assam) people.
The AJYCP unit while demanding immediate withdrawal of the permission threatened
to intensify its movement if its demand was not met. The union burnt the effigy of
Jayanti Natarajan, Union Minister of Forest and Environment in front of its office
situated at Tinsukia town recently in protest against the nod given by the ministry.
“The MoEF should have heard the opinions of the people living in the downstream
areas of the river before giving nod to construct the dam as the dam would pose serious
threat to life and property of people at down stream,” the AJYCP leaders opined.
The AJYCP has also been moving Assam government for early solution to boundary disputes
with Arunachal. The Dhemaji unit General Secretary of AJYCP informed that his union
is all set to convene an all party meeting at Silapathar to discuss the boundary
dispute with Arunachal within the second week of June.
Is Arunachal Pradesh a failed state ?
When we grew up in 70s and 80s, Arunachal Pradesh, the land of rising sun of India,
was fondly enjoying with the sobriquet ''Island of Peace" in the midst of troubling
neighbours like Assam, Nagaland and other States. We were not developed but proud
of newly born Arunachal Pradesh because we were simple yet unique and peaceful. Every
Arunachalee dreamed of catching up with more developed States and societies. Dreams
will never be over. But today a small tribal population of around 8 lakh Arunachalees
are not happy with the way where it has reached so far.
Govt of India has pumped in billions of money in last five decades to develop the
State though it's never enough to the needs of a poor State which was newly created.
The bigger question is how have we behaved ourselves and what did our own State Govt
contribute. Govt's role is not limited to roads and bridges but must also touched
upon softer human development index including advancement of basic human characteristics.
A State can be termed as "failed State" when some individuals wield excessive power
above and beyond rules and State authority, when justice is not available to ordinary
citizens, where crime rates and criminals are uncontrollable, exists of extreme political
corruption is order of the day, where bureaucracy is rendered ineffective besides
when the State is under high financial debt with economy in shambles.
In Arunachal Pradesh the opposition party has failed simply because the electorates
need jobs and financial support which ruling members only can provide. Ethical democratic
stands appeals to very few therefore people are tempted to form associations to pressurize
the Govt without any burden to take care of their depending or demanding supporters
thereby ending up in compromise with Govt or crushed.
Speak to anyone on the street. Traders are under perennial extortion raids, lawyers
are not allowed to perform legal duties, Media is under constant siege, officers
are put under duress either to perform improperly or not allowed to conduct congruously,
institutions are tempered with, students have to fight for their stipends, intellectuals
are not getting space to ameliorate their minds and common citizens are under constant
fear of life and security.
Itanagar is the State Capital which means its must wear a cosmopolitan character.
It must not only be safe place for citizens to live but to attract diversified people
with investment for economic growth. What's happening is opposite. It has become
unsafe as well as repealing people from coming. Few fortunate rich people are draining
the capitals as investment outside the State. The housing property acquired by our
Politicians and few others in Delhi alone is astonishing. A poor State needs capital
inbound not outbound.
Leaders are suppose to lead with example with impeccable conduct with probity in
public life. If the purpose of getting elected is to acquire wealth then democracy
is hijacked. It was appalling to witness ruling party leaders openly accusing each
of toppling the Govt using militants. Some politicians are accused of misusing militants
and Govt apparatus for booth capturing during elections. Then it becomes easy to
fine out where is the root of criminals. Let the leaders understand that performance
not perjury during it's tenure is the yardsticks to be judged. People ponder why
an elected MLA or a corrupt officer becomes millionaire within few years. Has sense
of social responsibility or moral obligation obliterated from our civilized society?
A young Arunachalee will be happiest when he proudly invites an outside friend to
visit Arunachal Pradesh to showcase it's amazing beauty with colorful traditions
and heritage. We have all it takes to be a strong, rich and progressive State. To
present Arunachal Pradesh as a State where nobody is deprived of basic needs where
everyone can live in peace is ultimate aspiration of all. If all these basic needs
cannot be provided then at least give us back the title "Island of Peace" which is
our inherent symbol and nobody has the right to it take away.
If Arunachal Pradesh is not a failed State then please tell why a man on the street
is not safe ? (The writer is a former MP of the state)
Book on shifting cultivation & tribal culture released
ITANAGAR, May 31: A book on shifting cultivation and tribal culture written by Prof.
Tomo Riba was released by Prof. KC Kapoor in presence of Takar Riba, retired Art
expert of the state, Prof. SK Chaudhuri, Anthropologist in a simple function on May
The book titled “Shifting Cultivation and Tribal Culture of Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh,
India” has been written mainly to show how the traditional life of tribal people
of Arunachal Pradesh is very much attached to shifting cultivation.
“Shifting cultivation is more a culture and a way of life than agriculture to these
people. The beliefs and practices, art and crafts, food habits, the technique of
hunting and fishing, traditional healing and even the sentiments and emotions of
the people are either directly or indirectly attached to shifting cultivation,” the
The book has also mentioned, how centuries of practicing of the same system has helped
these people to learn so many secrets of nature, which is termed as Traditional Ecological
Knowledge (TEK). They have rich knowledge about the property of plants and behavior
of animals and birds of their own surroundings.
“Many scholars have misconception about shifting cultivation without knowing much
about it. Farmers do not cut the trees only, but also grow crops and domesticate
animals. They are the maintainers of crop diversities as they grow more than 30 crops
in the field. They do not use any chemical fertilizers and pesticides to increase
the productivity. Many blame them for global warming due to emission of carbon dioxide
from few days burning in the field forgetting how crops in the field also help in
absorption of carbon dioxide from atmosphere. Shifting cultivation should not be
seen as an evil practice rather than a system practiced by ethnic communities of
the world, not by choice but by compulsion. They are also the preserver of traditional
culture of their society where many have already lost. They are content and don’t
remain unemployed,” Prof. Riba said.
In Arunachal Pradesh individual farmers maintain their own forest for shifting cultivation.
In other way it can be said that, shifting cultivation is there, so is the forest.
They do not remove the forest permanently like agro-forestry and many other commercial
farming. They fallow the forest to allow regenerating. Secondary forest during fallow
period can support more organisms due to large plant diversity as compared to primary
forest which is devoid of undergrowth.
The book has been divided into seven chapters comprised of Introduction, Origin of
farmers and farming, Beliefs and Practices, General Life of Farmers, Different Stages
of Shifting Cultivation, Shifting Cultivation and Allied Activities and Conclusion.
The book is one way of documentation of traditional culture of shifting cultivators
of Tribal ethnic groups of Arunachal Pradesh India.
“One day shifting cultivation is sure to meet its natural death along with its rich
Indigenous Cultural Knowledge and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Village depopulation
has started in many places and in many families only last shifting cultivators are
left. Replacing population who had to continue it is declining mainly due compulsory
elementary school in villages.
Methods of cultivation may be almost same but there is a variation in techniques
of cultivation in all over the world and even within the state. Thus most of the
references have been taken from West Siang District which is almost centrally located
in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The book would be of immense importance to young
researchers and people who had less exposure to their own society.
During his second visit to Kyoto University Japan as a Visiting Professor for six
months from May to October 2012, Prof. Riba devoted his time in writing the book
besides giving talks and presentation of papers in various seminars and workshops.
This is his second book.
The book is the Series No. 6 of Practice-Oriented Area Studies, Centre for South
East Asian Studies, Kyoto University Japan and printed at Dhaka in Bangladesh. It
is a reference book, which has been sent to different Libraries of the world by Kyoto
Prof. Riba is the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences in Rajiv Gandhi University.
During his first visit to Japan in 2010, he travelled extensively to the whole part
of Japan from Hokkaido, the northernmost island to Yonaguni, the southernmost island
near to Taiwan. The author seeks positive criticism for future refinement of the
Tribute to Tadar Simi
Dasher Teshi Taba,
For the time, I saw an iron built young man, in an occasion probably sponsored by
collegians of that time in early 1977-78. Later on, he was known to be Tadar Simi
whose name symbolized to that of a typical female Indian Hindu girl. Initially, I
felt funny on his name but when I grew up with genesis or genealogy of my mother
side I had developed a different attitude of respect to him and emotionally he became
my admired gentlemen and I became the permanent admirer to him. It was during his
hay days, I met him for the second time at Shillong in eighties who had been a borne
selfless social worker, who grasped all classes of people and became the absolute
guardian of absolute nature. To pay his social value and work, a million dollar would
fall short in any transaction on his depth of knowledge on humanity and social values
For the third occasion, I approached him, was in April 1987 to attend a meeting at
Anchal Bhavan, Doimukh, in turn he took the responsibility of hosting the dinner
and sent a chit which was read out in the meeting hall. He was in helm of banking
affairs as a newly assigned branch manager of the Apex Bank and hardly could manage
the time to attend social gatherings during banking hours. My meeting to him does
not mean on personal but on social objects only.
An interesting incident took place in the dinner party in that evening. After the
dinner Pai (Tadar Taniang) had been chatting with me in a ground kitchen of kiyi
Simi’s quarter at E- Sector. By the time, we could hear the voice of T.C.Teli, who
came little late and was a fresh post graduate from Delhi University and making a
step to enter into politics. It was the habit of educated youths of that time to
abuse the leaders for their showing least sincerity to solve the problems of the
community and state. Here, revered late Taniang might have felt offended and both
took it to hot argument. Ultimately, it led to a scuffling between the Senior and
Junior. The dinner party all that “began well did not end well”, due to this unfortunate
incident. Here Simi felt sad. Simi was annoyed and bent on to avenge him but on my
approach, he cooled down and was found to be an unlike of other people having aggression
on such issues.
The wisdom he had possessed was unparallel to anybody. The knowledge on social and
traditional view bonded him to far more wise and matured man and so he never became
sort of short temper or aggressive nature. He always held his mind high and made
people around him under domain of his wisdom and guardianship. He is credited to
have hosted the first dinner on foundation of Nyishi Elite Society.
Simi had a dream for himself and for the society as well. He had been in pain at
heart when the organizations of the community and state were involved in mutual clash
on subjects concerning to the society. He always held society in his first priority
and second came to individual. The wrong on part of persons involved in the affairs
of society convinced least to him and so he sometime kept himself out of the scene.
In this way, he was a total pluralist and strongly believed in pluralism to uphold
the common interest of the state.
In certain aspect, he was disheartened on the view that people in the name of service
to society, defame the society itself and they are not reached either by the social
law or law of the land. Out of disgust he remained aloof from social activities in
his later part of life but he admired and loved one who always bent on to share his
views, or ideology or philosophy and sometime spoke on the future of the society.
He was somehow persuaded and convinced to accept the advisor ship of Nyishi Federal
Council. He really wanted the society to recognize themselves and reform the evils
of distinguish among the brothers. He was a total human being at heart and practiced
it; he had dreamt to build a society where haves and have nots does not come into
practice in a developing society like ours. Now the question arises that who shall
adopt the legacy propounded by him. May Almighty give a special place to a great
soul of his stature?
The seizure of life is a temporary transition of life cycle but the ideology, the
good sense and humor he had thought for the society will be immortal and hence he
is an immortal. The sun has set at early 0400 hours on May 30, 2013 at his Karsingsha
resident and his mortal remains has been shadowed by gloomy and darkness before the
routine rise of the sun. Late Simi born to late Tadar Kame and late Kipa Yape at
village Gangnee under Nyapin circle Kurung Kume district graduated from JN College
Pasighat in 1982 and served the state government at various capacities and till date
he was serving as assistant general manager of Apex Bank. (The writer is Dy. Director,
Indian lifters shine in Asian Youth Boys C’ship
ITANAGAR, May 31: Three Arunachalee weightlifters representing India at 15th Asian
Youth Boys Weightlifting Championships at Doha, Qatar have brought laurels to the
country as well as state by winning five gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
Promising lifter Jimjang Deru and Sambo Lapung won two gold and one Silver medal
each while Lalu Taku bagged one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the prestigious
“Lalu Taku won a Gold in clean and jerk, silver in snatch and bronze in Total lift
in Boys 60 kg category,” told Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Joint Secretary
Abraham K. Techi over telephone from New Delhi today evening. He lifted a total of
242 kg (Snatch 107+ Clean and Jerk 135kg) on Wednesday.
Abraham further told that the lifters from India dominated the championship, where
athletes from Asian countries, including China participated. Winning medals by beating
top international lifters from Asian countries is definitely a matter of great pride,
Abraham, who is also president of Arunachal Weightlifting Association said while
congratulating all medal winners for their outstanding performance.
Jamjang bagged a Silver in snatch by lifting 87kg on the opening day (Tuesday) before
adding a gold to his kitty in clean and jerk with a lift of 113kg. He signed off
with a Gold in total lift with an effort of 200kg.
Sambo bagged a gold medal each in Clean & Jerk and Total lift and a Silver in Snatch
in Youth Boys 69 kg category.
Meanwhile, Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Tapuk Taku and Vice Chairman Likha
Tara congratulated the lifter trio for their impressive performance in the championship.
Both the Chairman and Vice Chairman hoped that their outstanding performa-nce in
such prestigious event will definitely encourage other players into sports in the
Popularly known as ‘the land of rising sun’, Arunachal is also a well-known hydro
potentials state. Being the Second largest forest covered state, it has got a huge
resource of water. Large Hydro Power projects are what the Government is aiming for.
But what I fail to understand is how does the state covered by almost 30 percent
of water and receiving annual rainfall of 2000-4100mm (79-160 in) face acute water
shortages. I would say during summer it is the design of the water tapping system
and in winter it is by the default of the nature that is causing such shortages.
But actually both of them are outcomes of poor management input. And very ironically
we buy packaged drinking water in this land. A huge amount of income is wasted in
such a field in which Arunachal can actually master. Surface run-off management,
proper rainwater harvesting systems, Water treatment and purification plants, and
mass packaged drinking water industries can really boost the economy. I haven’t seen
more than 2-3 local water packaging companies. The national top-branded companies,
most of them which comes from drought prone states dominate the national market and
interestingly this state too.
Everybody looks at the negative side of the havoc-creating rainfall and water related
disasters here. But now it is wise to bear it and rather make good use of the rain
water, because we may not have such rainfalls in the next coming years. It is estimated
that by 2020 India will be a ‘water-stressed’ state. That will directly affect our
state too. Moreover the population density of Arunachal has recently increased from
13 to 17 person per sq.km. More population, more hands to work, but it just a red
alarm. The changes hereafter are inevitable and a drastic one.
Today is the day and now is the time that we should start working on it. If not now,
all the efforts taken later will be nothing but just delaying the inevitable. Ultimately
at the end it is our beautiful state that will be in ruins. I don’t think that this
blessed land of ‘Donyi-Polo’ is destined to see such a fate - “Born to win but conditioned
Why we cannot love each other?
How can people be so ruthless? Why we cannot love each other? Why people have to
kill to satisfy their furious mind. All these lines seem meaningless because it is
not I who suffered. Because it is not I whose brother is dead. Because it is not
I who is spending sleepless night crying.
Why is it that we always understand things only after it comes to I, Me or My? So
selfish we are, drowned in I, Me and My. Hope someday you will be able to see something
other than I, Me and My and stop being short sighted. We are all Arunachalees - is
this sentence not enough for us to unite?????
Why can’t we join our hands together to find out the culprits? Are you trying to
say my brother Bomjen Gapak, who was killed mercilessly, was not an Arunachalee?
Or is it because he was not your real blooded brother?? Or is it because he was my
brother and not yours??? If people of our state live with this kind of ideology,
than I oppose to be an Arunachalee. As a girl and a sister, the only thing that I
can do is pray for his soul to rest in peace and to help my parents find out those
We will never relinquish finding out the culprits, neither me nor my family. Transition
which is taking place in our state can devastate the future of our state. We can
see different aspects of crimes taking place in our state.
For instance, my brother Bomjen Gapak was killed so brutally and still we are unaware
of the person who did it. I don’t get it utterly. As per yesterday’s news, there
was no electricity at Legi Complex when the incident happened, but when I personally
enquired about it, I was told about the presence of electricity during the incident
At first, I asked his friends (who were with him during the incident) about it, they
told me electricity was definitely there. Even the people residing at Legi complex
informed the presence of electricity. I don't understand where the flaw lies! Now
whom should we blame for it? Our state police? People? Our state government? Or my
aggrieved family? Crime rate has already pre occupied the whole state. People are
turning wild day by day. But everyone is just relishing watching the drama and this
is the ugly truth of our society. Justice delayed is like justice denied.
Its a famous saying that unity is strength, so my dear Arunachalee brethrens, it
is my earnest request to each and every one- let u join our hands together to deliver
Justice to my late brother Bomjen Gapak.
'I will never despair. I will work on assertive way,’ let us say this and find the
Kingcup Public School, Itanagar
Is East Siang district free from unnecessary fee collection ?
The collection of daily entry fees from commercial vehicles starts from Ruksin check
gate, and within Pasighat and other areas of the district one has to pay yearly tax
to so called Banggos for using commercial vehicle in their area.
Apart from these the Banggos also collect yearly tax from domestic animals owner
at Rupees 100 or more per cow.
The interesting part is, these banggos will never collect these taxes from the people
of their Banggo. It is the outsider (who migrated from other areas) from whom they
collect these animal and vehicle taxes.
Now one wonders, why these police personnel charges entry fees at check gate, is
this not there duty to guard the check gate, is this collected entry fee accountable,
are they not drawing salary from concerned department?
If these police personnel are drawing salaries from their own department why they
are doing such activities at check gates, and if it is a government order then why
they refuse to issue money receipt.
Regarding Banggo, if they can’t collect taxes from their own people, why they depend
on others and impose taxes on others for growth and expansion of their Banggo.
Through this letter, I would like to appeal to the District Magistrate to check collection
of illegal entry fee at check gate and also urged the Banggos to maintain equality
while collecting vehicle and animals taxes to uphold unity and brotherhood among
Big blow to NE air passengers
From this week, all the airlines have restricted the cabin baggage from 23 kgs to
15kg and introduced heavy charges for any extra baggage. This has come as a big blow
to all air-passengers to NE, specially the students, patients and tourists who need
to travel to remote areas of states like Arunachal Pradesh.
Air services has been a basic communication facility and not a luxury for those living
in the NE. It was with this realization that the India Govt. started air-services
from early 50s to connect even remote pockets of Arunachal Pradesh. With the low-cost
air services starting all over the country a decade back, it was the common people
of NE and visitors to the NE, who have most benefited. Appreciating the hardships
of air-travellers to and from remote pockets of NE, the airlines too were not very
rigid in restricting the cabin-baggage.
In view of this, this short-sighted new decision would cause utmost hardships to
students, patients travelling to the metros and other common people who have to travel
outside. Further it would be a major setback to the promotion of tourism in our state,
as tourists coming mostly in winter, would have to carry and pay heavily, for the
essential extra luggage like winter-clothing, jackets etc.
In view of this, I, on behalf of all air-passengers from the state, appeal to our
esteemed MPs as well as the state tourism dept authorities, to immediately take up
this issue with the Civil Aviation Ministry and to ensure that the baggage limit,
at least in flights to NE is raised back to the previous 23kg.
S. Mundayoor, Tezu
Say no to tobacco
Tobacco use kills nearly 60 lakh people every year and is the single most preventable
cause of death globally. The World Health Organization, WHO, cautions that unless
countries act, more than 80 lakh people are estimated to fall prey to tobacco every
year by 2030, with four out of five deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries.
The tobacco use kills about 10 lakh people in India every year. According to the
Global Adult Tobacco Survey- India (GATS) - conducted by Government of India in
2010 in collaboration with WHO and Centre of Disease Control (CDC, Atlanta) covering
all states and Union Territories of the country, nearly 35 percent of the population
consume one form of tobacco or the other.
The survey finds that 275 million adults in India (15 years and above), nearly 35
percent of the population consume some form of tobacco.
The most prevalent form of tobacco usage is smokeless tobacco with 206 million users.
Smokeless tobacco use in India is the highest in the world with 25.9 percent of the
adults, 32.9 percent of men and 18.4 percent women, using it.
Among smokeless forms of tobacco, khaini (tobacco with lime mixture) is the most
prevalent form (11.6 percent) followed by Gutkha (8.2 percent) and betel quid with
tobacco (6.2 percent).
Among smoking forms of tobacco, bidis are the most prevalent form (9.2 percent) followed
by cigarettes (5.7 percent).The average age at initiation of tobacco use was 17.8
years with 25.8 percent of females starting tobacco use before the age of 15 years.
A WHO report says 83 countries have introduced a comprehensive ban on all tobacco
advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Health-conscious India had already enacted a law in 2003 to regulate consumption,
production, supply and distribution of tobacco products. It makes mandatory the depiction
of specified pictorial health warnings on all tobacco product packs.