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
Free eye check-up camp
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: A free eye check up and cataract operation camp under National
Programme of Control of Blindness began at Diyun, Changlang yesterday.
Conducted by Mobile Eye Unit, Naharlagun headed by eye specialists KK Deb and Taba
Khanna, the camp is being attended by eye patients from Changlang, Miao Diyun and
A total of 206 patients with various eye ailments were registered for check up at
According to information eye check up was being carried out under the personal supervision
of Changlang DMO P Dutta. Doctors from Diyun CHC are assisting the team.
NCC advance leadership training camp ends
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The advance leadership training camp conducted by NCC Group Headquarters,
Tezpur concluded at Dera Natung Government College here on Saturday.
The camp was organized to inculcate leadership quality in youth and motivate them
to join armed forces.
Maj Gen RK Sharma, Additional Director General, NCC Directorate NER attended today’s
function as chief guest.
Col S A Patil, CO NCC Bn, Naharlagun expressed his gratitude to State Govt and DNGC
authority in particular for providing all assistance for smooth conduct of camp.
Improve work culture: CoSAAP
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: Elated with the state government’s move to increase dearness allowance
(DA) of 8 per cent over the existing 72 per cent to all the state government employees,
the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has asked
the state government employees to improve work culture for overall development of
the state and also to enhance the policies of the state government for the welfare
of the common people.
We further appeal the state government to consider the other genuine pending demands
of the state government employees including release of 10 per cent HRA with effect
from April last, the release added.
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The All Habung Welfare Society has condoled the demise of Habung
Pappu who passed away today at her native village at Reru in Lower Subansiri district.
Late Habung Pappu was 82 years old, who left behind three sons, four daughters and
32 grand children.
In the condolence message, the society wrote, her death is an irreparable loss to
the Habung clan. She was a very popular lady as she was extremely amiable and was
of helpful nature.
Expressing regards and sympathies with the bereaved family, the society further prayed
for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Youths against drug abuse
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The All Arunachal Pradesh Anti Drug Youth Organization (AAPADYO),
in its fight against consuming and selling of drugs, collaborated with Capital police
today to nab five drug peddlers from Itanagar Gompa.
We request the law enforcing authority to take strict action against such drug peddlers
to save and protect the society, stated AAPADYO appealing the senior citizens, civil
societies and youth organizations to cooperate with them in promoting awareness among
the youths about the ill effects and potential menace of drugs.
NAMSAI, Jun 15: Namsai recorded its hottest day in the last 8 years on June 11 last
with the temperature soaring to 37.8 degrees Celsius, informed Gonong Pertin, AE
Grieving parents thank supporters
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The parents of the teenager who was killed in the unfortunate incident
of May 27 have expressed their grief and thanked the many supporters who came for
the candlelight procession yesterday.
Tabom and Yama Gapak, parents of the 18-year-old Bomjen Gapak, who lost his life
when a group of about 12 people attacked him with dao at Legi Complex here, said
they were ‘devastated by their son’s death’ but seeing the many supporters coming
for the candlelight procession it gave them much courage to deal with the loss.
“We hope with so much support around, those responsible will be behind bars very
soon. Justice will be delivered,” hopes the grieving father.
NNA resolves to work for women emancipation
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The two-day general conference-cum-election of the Nyishi Nyem
Achem (NNA) concluded in a colourful note with commitment to strive hard for ensuring
the safety, security and all round development of Nyishi women at Nyikum Niya Hall,
Nirubjoli on Saturday.
The meeting further gave emphasis on women education for eradication of various social
evil prevailing in the society.
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), in
a release, clarified that Party will initiate legal action against its four defector
NCP in a press statement yesterday mentioned to initiate legal action against its
335 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: Former minister Wangnia Pongte has lost his life in a fatal road
accident at Dhemaji area around 11 am today. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital
Dhemaji after the accident where he was declared dead. The accident occurred on
his way to Changlang when his Alto Car collided with a Tata Winger, reports DIPRO
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has declared state mourning on Sunday as a mark
of respect to the departed soul of former minister Wangnia Pongte and the national
flag would be flown half mast Sunday while a holiday will be declared in Changlang
district only on the day of his last rite.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma expressed deep shock and
mourned the sudden demise of former minister Pongte. He said that untimely demise
of Pongte is a great loss to the State and its people, especially for the Tutsa community.
Conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, the Governor offered prayer
for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief over the tragic demise of
former Minister Wangnia Pongte.
“The information has come as shock to me. This is a moment of tragedy and I, on behalf
of the government and the people of Arunachal Pradesh, convey heartfelt condolences
to the bereaved family members,” he said in a message here this evening.
Pongte reportedly succumbed to the injuries inflicted on him when the car he was
travelling in collided with a Tata Winger near Dhemaji this morning.
Tuki recalled Late Pongte as a leader of the masses who worked tirelessly for upliftment
of his district, especially the Tutsa community. He said the tragedy has taken away
one of the true sons of the soil.
“Late Pongte will be remembered forever by the people for his contributions as a
minister and a legislator,” Tuki added in the message.
Expressing deep shock at the untimely demise of former minister, Food and Civil
Supplies Minister Komlung Mosang said it is an irreparable loss to the state. Mosang
conveyed deep sense of sympathy to the bereaved family. The Tutsa Community of Changlang
also expressed deep sorrow over the untimely death of Pongte. The community prayed
for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Born on November 14, 1953 at Yankang village, Changlang, Late Pongte was a keen
football lover and Arts graduate from J N College, Pasighat. Pongte was appointed
as circle officer in 1978. However, he resigned from the post in 1984 and contested
unsuccessfully as independent candidate. In 1990, he was elected as MLA and became
the minister (independent charge) of state for research, library, labour and agriculture
and again re-elected in 2004. Earlier, he had served the society as student leader
since 1968. He was elected as AAPSU joint secretary in 1970 and general secretary
NES gives a clarion call for crime-free state
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today called upon the state Govt
to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the state so that every citizens live a peaceful
Interacting with the media persons, after being reelected as NES president for the
third consecutive time at NES silver jubilee celebration at Yazali in April 19 last,
Bengia Tolum said that it is first duty of the welfare state Govt to protect the
life and property of every citizen.
Giving a clarion call to make the state crime free, Tolum also requested every
citizen of the state to extend a helping hand to the Government in maintaining law
and order and to bring the criminals to the book.
Stating that his organization is not in favour of using the word “deteriorating’
as they have no statistical data on crime, Tolum, however, said that home department
must see to it that the police personnel are doing their job sincerely and dedication.
At least Govt should ensure that the existence of police force is felt in the society,
Emphasizing the need of maintaining a Pan-Arunachal identity in the state, Tolum
said during its silver jubilee celebration, community leaders like Adi Bane Kebang
president Kangir Jamoh, had called upon the Nyishis, the largest community of the
state, to play a role of big brother for state’s all-round development. And accordingly,
the NES will continue its struggle for maintaining a Pan-Arunachal character for
peaceful coexistence of all communities of the state, he said. “Without development
of Nyishi, there will be no progress of Arunachal,” Tolum said while seeking the
cooperation of all NGOs, civil society and media in identifying problems and its
When his attention was drawn to rising number of bike accidents, particularly during
night hours, the NES president said that police must act tough, intensify its
patrolling in between 9 pm to 4 am and take stringent action against the reckless
NES vice president Er Katung Wahge, general secretary Tarh Tabin and assistant general
secretary Dr N T Rikam, former NES presidents and executive members were present
during media interaction.
NCP urges Centre to review its approach towards China
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The State unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) urged both Centre
and the State Government to review its policy towards China and support the Tibetan
Describing the violations of basic human rights of the Tibetans by the Chinese authorities,
especially in matters of culture and religion, and aggressive marginalization of
the Tibetans through the policy of economic imperialism and exploitation of its huge
water and mineral resources as extremely upsetting, the state NCP unit urged both
the Congress led Govt. in Centre and State to realize the gravity of the Tibetan
problems and start an early review of India’s approach towards China.
“The innumerable instances of self immolation in various pockets of Tibet and the
growing unrest amongst Buddhist monks throughout the globe are matters of international
concern and speak volume of the grave situation.”
According to Bengia, the greatest Foreign Policy blunder Committed by Central leadership
was accepting Tibet and Tibetan problems as internal matter of China. This sort of
soft, timid and ambiguous approach by the Indians State led to Chinese Aggression
in 1962, he claimed.
“The Chinese die hard stand on sharing only hydrological data and not immediate signing
of Treaty on Water Sharing with India is enough indication for the ‘once bitten twice
shy Indian State’ to ponder upon its past follies and initiate counter aggressive
Foreign Policy. Unless this is done, Arunachal will always be a part of unfounded
claim of the Red Army, Bengia opined.
To begin a change in paradigm shift in policies, the GOI should not only support
the Tibetan cause internationally but more importantly allow the voices within the
Nation State, particularly the voices of Arunachal, who are the worst victim of Chinese
occupation to ventilate their concerns for Tibetan Refugees in India as well as those
in Tibet, he opined.
The spontaneous formation of TSG Arunachal (Tibet Support Group) with participation
of prominent leaders like RK Khrimey, Anok Wangsa, Kabak Tacho and many others, including
leaders from various political parties in the state extending their unconditional
support to Tibetan cause is a welcome beginning, Bengia said.
The Arunachalees living in border pockets of Taksing, Limeking, Singha, Geling, Monigong,
Charli, Damin, Mago, Thimbu etc. are leading a wretched life with no facilities of
Pakka Road, electricity, Telecommunication, health care and modern educational amenities,
essential commodities only because of fear psychosis of the policy makers of Indian
mainstream of another Chinese aggression, he claimed. Party’s state unit Spokesman
and General Secretary T Naksang, called for a major public debate over the second
class citizen treatment of the Arunachalees by New Delhi.
Before beginning to express a tribute to the Dads all over the globe, I vouch not
to go deep into tracing its origin like everybody else does. Rather, I would like
to bring forth those critical moments when dads (well my dad constituted the rescue
team) saved our souls from the sound thrashing of moms, did credible duty as the
defense lawyer so on and so forth.Still, Dads aren’t all that charitable beings for
one can sniff out their disapproval when you go out for shopping, yes I just mentioned
that! “I got that for you last month, it had cost me my month’s salary, how could
you be such a monster” or “You know what, with this much amount that you are spending
on your vogue items a pauper would have afforded his daily meal” are some of his
trademark statements. On the contrary, mother’s emote a more liberal approach as
she is inherently possessive and informed about her offspring’s demand and the legendary
‘mood swings’ when they don’t have ‘demanded’ stuffs at their disposal.
Since the supposed truth goes somewhat like this “a son is a son till he gets himself
a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life”, I would like to churn out possible
ecstasies by feeling a lot more pampered. To be the father of growing daughters,is
quite challenging a responsibility because one has to view the situation from both
the perspectives;from the daughter’s lens and his own parental instincts. He cannot
be a ruthless dictator, taming his daughters and demarcating out of bounds areas
for her nor can he be too liberal a guardian. I read somewhere, “Any fool can be
a father but it takes a real man to be a daddy”! A daughter’s, as they say, first
hero and her last lover dads are someone who don’t tell you how to live rather they
will live and let us watch them and as you grow up watching them living you will
realize what God has gifted you with; the masterpiece of Nature.
Driving away back from your hostel his heart wrenches more than yours and its him
who wishes for a prompt reunion. Taking a trip down the memory lane, I could recollect
that day when dad was stretching his neck and eyes full of anxiousness at my home
coming, that was a pleasant yet poignant sight.To a father growing old nothing is
dearer than his daughter and nothing is more expensive than hugging his daughter
tight after what seems like a decade of separation. No matter whom she grows up to
be, a daughter will always remain that tiny little child flaunting her neatly tied
braid and twirling around the household space like a naughty little elf.
So this is for you young man (because legends never grow old),of whom I can vouch
for that he won’t ever hurt me and no matter how grave my mistakes are, one pretentious
innocent look and he will be a pat of butter in the hot frying pan. Happy Father’s
Day Dad and as the appeal goes ‘sunn raha hai na tu’! (On the occasion of Father’s
Day on June 16)
West Siang DC calls for collective efforts to mitigate problem in education sector
AALO, Jun 15: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner M K Sahoo has called upon the officers
of the education department in the district to work hand in hand as a cohesive unit
with a sense of commitment to nurture the young generation and sort out all ills
and problem that largely plague the education department as health of a society largely
depends on education. The DC was addressing the education authorities holding different
responsibilities at Cluster, block and district level here recently. All principals,
Vice Principals, Headmasters, BEOs, and CRCs from all parts of the district took
part in the meeting.
The district has been educationally advance and has a legacy of producing many a
luminary of the state, the DC said adding such trend should be sensitized among the
young generation through self-confidence building measures and objective assessments
in all institutions.
He said infrastructures in different locations require proper monitoring by the field
officials and teacher-taught ratio and over staffing at township areas needs streamlining
so that light of education percolate down to far flung areas where schools remain
defunct or face acute shortage of teachers. The school lands need proper identification
and encroachments of school land, downsizing the important project under National
Flagship Programme, absence of teachers for long duration and registration of fake
names in the school for drawal and other contractual works that put negative impact
on the people who are really concerned for the cause of education will not be tolerated
in any way, he said while passing a cautionary note to all responsible officers of
The DC also patiently heard the grievances and problems put forth by the education
officers and assured to take up with the govt. at appropriate levels.
The West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke dwelt elaborately on all measures to improve the education
scenario of the district under centrally sponsored flagship programme like SSA, RMSA,
Mid- Day Meal and Shakshar Bharat. Education being the largest department in the
district, problem within is enormous and need coordinated effort to solve all key
He urged the school authorities to ensure timely receipt of Mid Day Meal items, timely
submission of ACRs, report returns by the Block Education Officers to know the ground
realities and reiterated non participation of many schools in state sponsored Science
Exhibition, seminars, Congress and other literary activities. He also urged the education
officers of the district to get requisite qualification as desired by the Govt for
future promotion. Moli Tato, DAEO expressed his gratitude to one and all for the
successful meet and said that such congregation will go a long way to sort out the
problems of the department. DIPRO
NABARD to start horticulture in Tawang under TDF
ITANAGAR, Jun 15: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has
conducted a detailed consultation with the farming community of six villages in Tawang
district to start horticulture farms under Tribal Development Fund (TDF) program.
Delhi Based NGO InsPIRE Network for Enviornment (INE) and Yuva Arunachal have prepared
a proposal for establishing the horticulture plantations in those villages in detailed
consultation with the community.
The community consultation began in Lumla in presence of Parliamentary Secretary
and MLA Jambey Tashi, who called upon the community to own the program and generate
sustainable employment options through establishing the horticulture plantations
with support from NABARD.
Reminding of the fact that agriculture is the mainstay of livelihood for majority
of people in Arunachal Pradesh, Jambey requested the NABARD representatives to look
into all the unique agriculture problems existing in the region and consider them
during the project planning.
NABARD DGM Anoop Mohan explained the communities about the different programs carried
out by the Bank while AGM Sachin Kamble explained about the details of TDF of NABARD.
Dr. K Inkarsal, AGM of NABARD also participated in the detailed community consultation.
The communities of the area have brought out the burgeoning man-animal conflict in
the area which has become a major threat to the agriculture.
ADC in Charge of Lumla Tashi Dondup advised the farmers to opt community farming
in order to reduce the cost of cultivation and easy marketing of their produces through
The Program Officers of InsPIRE, Dr. Monalisa Sen and Dr. K. M. Jayahari have expressed
their commitment to support the agrarian communities and ensured all their support
to make the program a success.
Chombey Kee, President of Yuva Arunachal gave the detailed account of the program
to the communities and requested them to utilize the opportunity to walk toward prosperity
through horticulture production and marketing.
Vocational training prog on “Nursery Raising Technology for Vegetable Crops”
PASIGHAT, Jun 15: A 5-day long vocational training programme organized by KVK, East
Siang, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat
for Soi-Liya farmers club concluded here today.
Earlier, inaugurating the programme, Dr. A. K. Pandey, Dean, CHF, Pasighat emphasized
on the scope of vegetable farming in Arunachal Pradesh, which is also the need for
the hour to be nutritionally secured. Vegetable farming is a remunerative venture
for the farming community in general, he said and encouraged the rural youth in particular
to take up such activity. The farmers were also taken for exposure visit to Jampani
vegetable growing areas and Rayang village for vegetable growing, rubber plantation
and Integrated farming systems.
During the valedictory session Dr. A.K. Pandey, Dean distributed certificate and
vegetable seeds to farmers. The participating farmers were from Sipu, Sido, Kakki,
Rotte and Jarku villages of the district. The farmers in their feedback appreciated
the simple yet unknown farmer friendly technologies that were taught during the training
programme. The farmers also requested for organizing such programme in future for
the benefit of the farming community. Dr. Mahesh Pathak, Programme Coordinator thanked
the farmers and assured them of every technical help from KVK. The entire programme
was coordinated by Toge Riba, SMS, Plant Protection who was also the course coordinator
of the training programme.
46th Dree Football Tournament
AHSA, DFC enter quarter final, HDFC defeats DMFC
ZIRO, Jun 15: Last year’s runner up team All Hija Sports Club (AHSA) enter into quarter
final of 46th Dree Football Tournament by defeating Sancha Yapa Football Club (SYFC)
here at Subansiri Stadium Hapoli today being organized by Central Dree Festival Committee.
AHSA become the third team to enter into quarter final of the tournament by defeating
SYFC by 1-0. The lone goal for AHSA was made by Nada Tado in 44th minutes of second
half. The score was 1-0 till the end of the match. Dani Sambyo of AHSA and Tage Mali
of SYFC received yellow card.
With the defeat of SYFC, AHSA becomes the winner of (Group-C). Diibo Football Club
(DFC) who had defeated SYFC on June 12 last by 2-1 become the runner-up of (Group-C)
and also entered into the quarter final.
The first match of day was played between High Definition Football Club (HDFC) and
Dolo Mando Football Club (DMFC) in which former defeated later by 1-0. In unintentional
fault, the goalkeeper of DMFC got leg injured and referred to Itanagar.
Tomorrow’s first match will play between Hari Sports Club and Youngest Club Hari
while in second match Sojang Lapang Sports Club will meet High Defination Football
Club at Subansiri Stadium.