ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Even after a lapse of three months, the trial of the accused in the infamous journalist assault case is yet to reach a logical conclusion with the investigating officer (IO) awaiting prosecution sanction from the respective department for filing a chargesheet.
Nyapi Bomjen and Appu Gapak of The Sentinel Arunachal were assaulted on duty by a IRBn personnel on December 12 last at Pappu Nallah. The incident evoked strong protests from the media fraternity, who had resorted to a pen down strike sending shockwaves throughout the state.
Hina Tada, the accused who was absconding for almost a week, later surrendered before the police on December 20 with an anticipatory bail in hand.
“We are awaiting a prosecution sanction against the accused from IRBN Commandant, which was requested of him almost a month back,” informed investigating officer N Lali.
The prosecution letter is necessary from the employer of the accused without which no chargesheet can be filed for conducting trial, the officer added.
The case, which began with a bang pace initially, now has retarded and waiting for the nod of judiciary, which in the state dismal as usual.
“As per the clauses of law a person is not supposed to get anticipatory bail if he is absconding before arrest. But ironically Tada was awarded the same in doubtful circumstances,” a lawyer said.
Even the accused was never arrested; he had surrendered armed with the anticipatory bail. Moreover, the Test Identification (TI) Parade on January 5 last was also conducted under suspicious circumstances, which is not according to prescribed laws, the lawyer added.
“There’s no point in conducting TI Parade after fifteen days of the surrender of the accused. It has to be done immediately or the next day,” he added.
As alleged, there is also a discrepancy on the hearing of bail plea of Tada which was conducted on January 31st last for which the IO was not intimated.
“I was not intimated by the court on the hearing of the bail plea of Tada,” Lali admitted. “Lapses cannot be ruled out in any cases and this one is not an exception. No case in Arunachal ends with cent percent justice,” commented a senior lawyer.
Yupia Session Judge, Nani Grayu, who granted anticipatory bail to the accused, when contacted declined to comment on the circumstances under which he granted anticipatory bail to Tada.
Meanwhile, the media fraternity is not taking the delay in trial of the case lightly. Frustration is brewing up and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it declares another series of agitation demanding justice.
Now, it is to be seen whether the court will go for a speedy trial to dissuade the media fraternity from keeping away from further agitations.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Tirap Students’ Union (ATSU) has expressed deep concern over the NSCN threat and said that it is unethical and unacceptable which may be detrimental towards ushering peace in the two districts. ATSU said that it should not be in political benefits or political game to be in power and also questioned the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh why every time the leaders and the people of Tirap and Changlang are victimized and sandwiched for no fault of theirs ?
The legislators are democratically elected and representing the people of their respective constituency for development, the Union said and appealed all the legislators of Tirap district to work properly for all round development for the district.
Tirap, one of the oldest district of Arunachal Pradesh, is still in worst condition,
the union said and appealed to all the HoD of Tirap district and DoTC to utilize
their fund properly for the development of the district. It also said that the union
will check whether the funds are being utilized in proper way or not. While supporting
the stand taken by the Nocte Chiefs Council and Tirap and Changlang District Congress
Committee, the Tirap-
Such directives would bring bad name to the people of this region, the union said. It would make the situation of the backward district worst bringing all multifaceted work to a halt, it added.
“We appeal for the withdrawal of the directives in the interest of the poverty stricken people of both the districts” the union said and the appealed the Governor to take tangible steps for peace and solution to the problems.
The NSCN (K) in a mail to this daily and Assam based media houses called for withdrawal of support to the Dorjee Khandu led Congress Govt.
Arunachal Pradesh in the fast track of development : Sanjoy
KALAKTANG, Mar 11: Lossar festival was celebrated at Kalaktang with religious fervor and traditional gaiety today.
Addressing the mammoth gathering on the occasion, Chief Minister said “Transition in the form of development is must but at the same time we need to make sure that our rich cultural ethos are equally preserved and passed on to the younger generation”.
Lamenting the gradual disinterest shown by the youth over learning and preservation of the rich tradition, culture and ancestral language, Khandu called the elders to guide the young so that they are well conversed with the rites and rituals. He batted for documentation of the customary laws and also stressed for showcasing the unique cultural identity of the state to the outer world.
Khandu sounded very loud over social responsibility to be shouldered by the people. While he urged the people to maintain and safeguard the public property, he emphasized for a plastic free Arunachal Pradesh and urged all to take the task on a missionary zeal. The chief minister further dwelt on length on the hydro power and tourism potentials of the state and stressed on the need to rightly harness it for the state’s economic sustenance. He also informed the gathering about massive developmental activities undertaken by his government in the state.
MP Takam Sanjoy while wishing the gathering a very happy and prosperous new year said that every individual in the state should take a resolution that they will preserve and protect wildlife.
Making amply clear that the legislators, MPs and the common people would always support and stand for chief minister Dorjee Khandu, Sanjoy said that the people of the state would not allow any force to interfere in the matter of state’s development. Arunachal Pradesh is in the fast track of development under the leadership of CM Dorjee Khandu and the way the developmental activities are under taken, the state is soon to achieve many milestones, Sanjoy emphatically said.
Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii pitched on preservation of forest and wild life. He categorically called the people to shift the Jhum cultivation practice to wet cultivation so that burning of forest and clearing of jungles could be avoided.
Local MLA T N Thondok also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, Parliamentary Secretary R T Khunjuju, MLAs Ralom Borang, Bamang Felix, Phurpa Tsering, Kumsi Sidisow, DC West Kameng were present on the day. (PRO to CM)
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare organized a three days Specialized Training Programme on Organic Farming under the sponsership of NABARD Itanagar from March 9 at Nirjuli. Altogether 22 farmers were benefitted by the programme.
The Dr. H. Tabin, Director, AH & Vety while attending the inaugural session of the specialized training emphasized the need of organic farming and advised the participants to take the full benefit of the training and field demonstrations given by the resource persons of the Kendra.
Dr. T. Heli, Programme Co-
During the 3 (three) days long course works, M. Mamung (ADO, Bio-
The specialized training was co-
The farmers were given first hand knowledge on vermicompost and weed compost making
M. Monglam (Manager, NABARD Itanagar) participated the valedictory function as chief guest. He appreciated the initiative of KVK Papum Pare for selecting the genuine farmers for such training programme and requested the participants to apply the knowledge gained in this training to produce organic crop.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The 4-
A total of 476 cases, out of which 49 cataract and 6 minor cases were operated by a team of ophthalmic specialists led by Dr. K. Darang, Sr. Eye Specialist, T. Lalling Opth. Assistant, Duyu Munya, and Nending Yakang from Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and CHC Boleng.
All the patients and their relatives showered praises to Dr. R. Kombo, President of SHERU for conducting such camp where the patients regain their vision.
They hoped that Dr. R. Kombo would continue such noble services for the poor patients of the area in future.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In yet another instance of local talent from Arunachal Pradesh receiving accolades and appreciation, designer Yana Ngoba got a thunderous applause from the audience after displaying her attractive collection of clothing at the “Magical Threads of the North East" apparel show held recently at Mumbai. The event was organized by the Fashion Society of Shillong at the Meghalaya House in collaboration with the Directorate of Sericulture and Weaving with the main motive of showcasing the handloom heritage of the northeast.
The choicest designers of the NE region were handpicked to showcase the weaves of the region and featured Ngoba for Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, Duncan Kharmon for Assam and Meghalaya, Charlie for Mizoram, Premjit Salam for Manipur, Rosou Thri for Nagaland and Suman Chettri for Sikkim. The models were also representative of the different states.
"Weavers from villages have been creating traditional apparels ever since people started wearing them. But we never got a chance to display their work to people from other states. This fashion show is meant to bring our rich weaving culture to a larger audience. Models were seen wearing Paat and Eri varieties, the famed muga silk of Assam and dharas and dakmandas of Meghalaya, lohi and lungtensu shawls of Nagaland, puan and ngotekherh of Mizoram, bokhu and honju of Sikkim, gale and other traditional attires of Arunachal Pradesh, rigwnai and risa of Tripura and the phanek and phee of Manipur" said Aldous Mawlong, Chairman of the Fashion Society of Shillong and also of the Northeast Forum for Indigenous Culture and Arts.
Reacting to the overwhelming response of the audience to her collection, Ngoba said, "For this fashion show, we have displayed clothing from tribes of the state and modified it so that people can wear it even on an everyday basis". In her presentation one could witness a lot of innovation where traditional fabrics were complemented with jewellery from the state which included bangles, bracelets and necklaces. Ngoba, who started designing at a very early age and who is today known as one of the innovative designers of the region, said that the purpose of the fashion show was to make people from all over India become aware of the clothing heritage of the region.
"Merchandising and mar¬keting have been recognized as being central to the growth and development of the handloom sector in India. Domestic marketing is im¬portant for providing links be¬tween the producer and the consumer. Such events promote the marketing of handlooms in the country and in order to create publicity and awareness about the weaves and handlooms of the northeast, we wanted to hard sell the hitherto inaccessible prod¬ucts by hosting a show like this," added Mawlong.
The fashion show was first conducted at Shillong after which it moved to Kolkata and then finally to Mumbai.
It may be re-
SHILLONG, Mar 11: A one-
Secretary to Governor Meghalaya and Commissioner IPR etc, Shakil Ahmmed sharing his views on relevant matters of photography urged upon all the NE states to put on special efforts for digitizing the photograph from conventional to digital format and preserving this photography at the earliest as this photographs are the strong communication thing which make a world of difference. He even appreciated the special efforts put on by the Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Naharlagun for the humble step to introduce digital cameras and for the process of digitization and converting the conventional images to digital format.
Director Photo divisions Debatosh Sengupta while dwelling in length explained on the aspect of digitalization and its management and emphasized on the importance to have the conventional images converted to digital format.
Systematic approach to retrieve the images from different places of storage and archives
is the need of an hour as most of the North eastern states do not know the technical
knowhow to start the process of digitalization, he said. Photo division which is
the largest organization in the country in the production and storage of Still Photographs
has more than 10 Lakhs of negatives/ transparencies and has them in digital format
right from the Pre-
Apart from documenting various activities of the Central Government, Division has built up an invaluable collection of photographs on different aspects of Indian Life, culture, flora and fauna, social and industrial growth which is available on internet on www.photodivision.gov.in, he added.
Director IPR Leki Phuntso discussing on the topic described briefly on the functions of Photo section of DIPR Naharlagun and on the part of preserving the archival photographs through digitalization. Software Engineer & President of S.G Informatics, New Delhi Satnam Singh also spoke on the occasion.
The photographic symposium was attended by delegates and participants from Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. The team of Arunachal Pradesh comprised of Director IPR Leki Phuntso, Photographic Officer Kishore Chakraborty and Cameraman (Jr) Chow Bilaseng Namchoom. DIPR, Arunachal.
ROING, Mar 11: The 15th District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) meeting was held under the chairmanship of Y W Ringu, Deputy Commissioner, Roing in her chamber yesterday. The heads of the working department and their representative presented various achievements of the work/schemes executed under the respective departments for the quarter ending up to December last during the meeting.
Taking part in the meeting, M Borang, EE(PWD) informed that 4 km jungle clearance
along with earth work has been completed at construction of road from Jia Tinali
J Angu, AE(RWD) informed that construction of steel bridge as well as approach road to the bridge over Kundil river in between Iduli and Kabang Village has been physically and financially completed. 30 central sponsored schemes are being implemented by DRDA, informed T Tatak, PD. Also various Flood Damage Restoration Works under Special Plan Allocation (SPA) Scheme have been completed by Water Resource Department, informed departmental representative.
The Panchayat leaders present have expressed resentment and dissatisfaction to EE
(Power) for repeatedly sending sub-
Deputy Commissioner has requested all the HoDs of working department to come with preparation and to submit report of the actual progress of works in execution quarterly.
Earlier, M Pertin, EAC cum in-
Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson, Namo Linggi, Anjite Menjo, and Anita Payeng, ZPMs and HoDs attended the meeting. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: ENVIRON, an NGO working on solid waste management in North Eastern region is also working on project for solid waste management for Clean and Green Itanagar in association with Capital District Administration. The project is sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar.
The ENVIRON have already constructed a “Model Vermicompost Unit” in D N College, Itanagar, which will be a demonstration unit cum training centre for entire Arunachal Pradesh. Moreover, technology that adopted for collection of “Vermin Wash” is the first of kind in whole India.
To highlight the Project and facilitate mass participation in waste management, the ENVIRON have organized a seminar in D N College, Itanagar on “Challenges on Municipal Solid waste Management, an analysis of Pilot Project on awareness and primary implementation of the Municipal Waste Management in Itanagar” today. DNG College Tomar Ete presided over the seminar.
Environ president Prof. A J Kashyap presented the entire activities of the Project while, K Vaiphei, manager NABARD has explained the necessity of community participation in the solid waste management activities.
During the interaction session, the faculty members particularly from D N Govt.
College discussed some important points regarding Integrated Eco-
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Seppa West MLA Tani Loffa and Seppa East MLA Tapuk Taku would grace the Mopin celebration as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively at Seppa on April 5.
The Popir troupe from Aalo is also expected to participate in the celebration. Besides
this different competitive events including Open Badminton (double), Colony-
Meanwhile, K. Lego, Marpe Rina and Moji Kamduk have been selected as president,
Ex AAPSU Forum reacts
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Ex-
“We condemn DCC(I)’s such protective political statement in favour of their MLAs
instead of supporting our views as the opinion put-
“It is an open secret that the two factions of NSCN have been brought to limelight in both the districts of Tirap and Changlang by political leaders with an ulterior political motives for their cheap and easy political gain,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Forum demanded constitution of an independent committee to be headed by the Chief Minister as chairman, Home Commissioner and AAPSU as a Member Secretary and Ex AAPSU Forum, ALSU and all community based students’ organizations as a member before the commencement of State Budget session to unravel the truth behind the alleged nexus between some of the politicians and both faction of NSCN. Failing to constitute the same would mean that the Government was not serious on this particular crisis which threatened the peace, tranquility and governance of our state, it added.
AAYA opposes convention centre in IG Park
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA) has opposed construction of Convention Centre at Indira Gandhi Park saying that such a mega project to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.30 crore will require huge area which will reduce the area of the park.
If constructed, the park will suffer extensive damage to its plantations, including the tall and ornamental trees, AAYA said while advocating for preservation of the lone recreational park in capital complex. It appealed to the Governor to intervene in this matter and instruct the department concerned to find alternative land for the purposes.
APPDSU demands arrests
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) expressed displeasure over the administration for its delay in taking action against the alleged culprits responsible for demolition of newly constructed teachers’ quarter at Kokila, under Balijan circle recently.
The authority has also failed to make any progress in connection with another case
of demolition of school building by unknown miscreants under Chakma block-
The union appealed the authority to immediately arrest the culprits and award stern punishment and also urged the higher authority to direct the department concerned to restore both the demolished building for smooth functioning of the education institutions. It threatens to launch movement, if their two point’s demands “arrest of culprits and restoration of building” are not fulfilled within seven days.
Power supply restored
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The power supply to East Siang District which was disrupted on March 9 following heavy cyclonic storm at Aalo was restored on March 10. Yet again another cyclonic storm with heavy rainfall struck the district in the evening same day causing disruption to power supply to the district. However, restoration has been done and the district is getting power supply now. This was informed by the Executive Engineer (E), Pasighat Electrical Division in a release today.
The department deeply regrets for the inconvenience caused due to such power failure. However, the release said the department is duty bound to maintain proper power supply to consumers and shall be at public service at its best.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Ex gratia payment of Rs.30 lakh has been distributed to the family member of those killed in Goimara massacre today.
Ex gratia relief of Rs.5 lakh to each family member of those killed in the incident has been distributed by the ADC at Seijosa, Pakke Kessang BCCI informed in a release.
Meanwhile, BCCI thanked Minister Atum Welly, Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam, NES and ANSU for taking initiative in granting relief to the family members of those killed.
ACF concerned over NSCN(K) directive
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) expressed its grave concern about recent development in Tirap and Changlang over the alleged directive of the NSCN (K) to the elected representatives of both the districts.
“ACF on behalf of the Christian community of the state fervently appeals to the leaders of NSCN(K) to desist from any activities which may affect the democratic as well as developmental process in the state. “We strongly believe that true development could possible only when there is peace and harmony,” ACF said in a release.
It also appealed to the State Government to focus more on the development of those
Semester results out
ITANAGAR: The Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the Semester result of M.Tech (I&III), B.Ed (I), MBA(I), APGDDM(I), BCA(I,III & V), LLB (3 Year) (I, III & V) and LLB(5 Year) (I, III, V & VII) Exams 2010. The result may be seen in the university notice board and in website: www.rgu .ac.in
A wake up call
I may appear to be an anti government which in fact I’m not nor my contentions are voices of opposition; almost certainly it should be understood as rest of the political parties in the state. I wouldn’t question the integrity of the present system of the state government to be considered as a fool to look for something in something which is not there. I’m just so shocked that people can become slave and could even sell their own family members for lustrous paper call money. I can only say none of you are less than the other in corrupt efforts. I hear snobbish noise shouted by chief minister’s personal guards when they try to bark their lung out in traffic highway which undoubtedly become a nuisance for any cultured individual trying best to obey traffic rules.
It is easy to sit at home and come up with our own argument that NSCN (K) is wide of the mark, I do trust certain views but nothing in this universe just happens, law of inertia could be a good case in point. The question in this matter is who is the hitchhiker? If the government have the answer than I dare to pronounce that NSCN (K) is a threat not only to the legislators but to every single individual trying to contribute a better shape to the society. Today, no officer positioned of course in the high posts can dare clarify to give an authentic utilization certificate; you know why? You’re good enough and I don’t think I should teach you a for apple.
The council of legislators who are already thinking to bring change for real development is our only hope. I’m sure our state which has become a giant movie theater studio would soon discontinue sleep.
Haku Tatak , Itanagar
A new low
It is really disheartening to know that District Congress Committee of Tirap and Changlang appealed to the NSCN(K) to reconsider their ultimatum served to the Ministers and MLA of the districts to withdraw support from Khandu Government, published in your daily on March 11. This would be the one of the most shameful day in the history of Arunachal Pradesh. Indian Nation Congress being the ruling political party, the party who formed the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, pleading before the terrorist is one of the most degraded step taken so far. One cannot imagine the party who brought independence to India following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi would ever beg a terrorist organization for mercy and consideration. If the political leaders themselves go on pleading the terrorist organizations for mercy then forget about the life security of the common people. District Congress Committee of Tirap and Changlang should know that their silly deed would tarnish the image of the party.
If the ultimatum is a real one then it’s the time for the political leaders to prove that they worth being elected. This is not the time to beg mercy but this is the time to show courage and leadership. Let’s hope all our leaders would live up to our expectation by removing fear and terror not only from their mind but also from the mind of the common people.
K. Dini ,
Itanagar, (on email)
We hope NSCN leave us alone
It’s my duty to tell the brethren of Arunachal what the NSCN' makes us do.
They make us guard the village from all quarters turn by turn day and night, collect rice, buy potato and dal ,chicken and slaughter pig if they see some healthy pig.
They collect tax from every household. They make us carry their bags loaded with bullets and to be their gun shield.
If anyone dares to speak against them, they directly shoot.
They have killed so many of our fellow brethren but the press was not informed.
People of Tirap and Changlang are really suffering. We are Noctes, Wanchoes, Tangsas, Tutsas of Arunachcal Pradesh.
We hope NSCN leaves us one day and we live a full life like other human beings someday.
A citizen, (on email)
It is just to inform and appeal through your daily to all candidates applying for the various posts that have been recently advertised in some departments, to carefully watch upon their proceedings. Don't be happy that there are many posts. More the posts, the more scope for corruption. It is no use spending lots of money coming to Itanagar for interview purpose if posts have already been misappropriated. Corruption may be there or may not be, but Dear serious candidates and dear really concerned organizations, Please do use the RTI whenever needed at any stage. If needed, a simple PIL can teach the frauds a lesson. Be always aware of your right and be vigilant. Let's set the trend for our future generations to come.
A frustrated youth
(a frustrated youth)
An open letter to Sonia Gandhi
I was elected Member of Legislative Assembly from 20-
Under Dorjee Khandu’s leadership, the corruption is so high and spreading like wild
fire not only among the leaders and bureaucrats/technocrats circles of the state
but it has reached underground elements like NSCN(K) and NSCN(I-
On Tuesday, 8th March, a letter written by the President of GPRN/NSCN(K) S.S. Khaplang
directing the Minister's and MLA's of Tirap and Changlang District to withdraw support
to Dorjee Khandu Government reasons with specific serious allegation against Khandu
for backing and supporting NSCN(I-
Despite the allegation of nexus with NSCN(I-
Dictating Ministers & MLA's of the two district to shift loyalty from Dorjee Khandu
is not a serious matter, it seems to be an expression of frustration by ultras /NSCN(K)
but allegation made by highest ranking underground leader against sitting Chief Minister
for killing Naga people through NSCN(I-
We the genuine citizen, especially Congress people of the state feels that Security
of the State and the Nation should not be compromised for the interest of few people
and Khandu should take the moral responsibility and step down from the Chief Ministership
on moral ground. Keeping in view of the fact that violence and anti-
Therefore, I would like to draw your attention that please direct Dorjee Khandu to step down from the post of Chief Ministership to stop further deterioration of the state of affairs before it is too late for the interest of the State and the Nation.
Safe haven for the corrupt
This is in reply to a column posted by the so called "some officers" of Changlang on Readers' Forum of March 11. I want to draw the attention of all the readers through this column that Changlang is the safest place on earth to live in. People of every part of Arunachal Pradesh and India are enjoying the richness of Changlang peacefully. Last but the least, Changlang is a safe haven for corrupted and selfish "so called " officers.
Son of Changlang
Prelude to the lawless society
As a concerned citizen, I am much worried about the pathetic political condition of the state. There is no strong will of the politicians to fight back the crisis. If today the fate of Arunachal politics is determined by the outlaws then it will be the best career for every individual to join underground outfit and give diktat to the govt because govt easily bow down before such groups rather than democratic demands.
Here power and money is involved too. So I request not to bow down before such asocial elements because if accepted today then it will be a prelude to the lawless society.
Roing (on email)
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