Centre assures AAPSU to improve law and order in Tirap, Changlang and Longding
NEW DELHI, Mar 26: Union Ministry of Home Affairs joint secretary (North East) Sambhu
Singh today assured All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to improve the law
and order situation in insurgency-infested Tirap, Changlang and Longding district.
This assurance came when AAPSU president Kamta Lapung called on the Joint secretary
at New Delhi today.
Through a memorandum, Lapung drew the attention of the central Govt towards the sufferings
of the indigenous people because of the ongoing factional clash between two factions
of NSCN for area dominance though the ceasefire agreement between the GoI and the
NSCN has not been extended to Arunachal Pradesh.
Highlighting the genesis of the Naga problem that had spilt over to Arunachal Pradesh
with the insurgents resorting to heinous crimes including extortion, torture of local
denizens, kidnapping and murder, Lapung wondered why New Delhi remains a silent
spectator to the atrocities committed against Arunachalees by both factions.
Reminding the moral responsibility of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre
that the state has been a safe fort of the ruling Congress, Lapung urged the Centre
to stop lip-service and take tangible steps to instil confidence in the minds of
the Arunachalees. Singh committed to begin streamlining the law and order situation
by deploying additional forces from April onward, AAPSU said. The AAPSU also appealed
the people of three districts to launch a non-cooperation movement against the NSCN
factions. Singh reportedly asked the AAPSU to conduct seminar in collaboration with
GoI on steps needed to tackle problems confronting the three districts to elicit
the opinion of the masses.
Expressing deep concern at the GoI’s proposal to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong
refugees for which a high power committee was constituted headed by Singh on 10th
August 2010, Lapung told the join secretary that despite numerous crimes including
murder, rape, extortion and reserved forest encroachment cases registered against
the refugees in various police stations of the state, Arunachal Pradesh Government
had shown its magnanimity.
Referring to the rape incident wherein a group of Chakma youths had reportedly raised
the modesty of a local school girl on 11th February for which the Chakma refugees
had tendered written apology and AAPSU’s boycott of the 2nd HPC meeting on 12th March
2013 opposing citizenship to the refugees, Lapung said “under such circumstances,
how the indigenous people would allow the refugees to settle permanently in their
native land as the GoI has been insisting?” Will it not open the floodgate for rest
Indians to place the same demand ? it questioned.
In response, AAPSU said that Singh directed the Chakma-Hajong refugees to maintain
status quo and not to encroach upon an inch of land beyond their designated camps
and end violence against the locals to pave the way for further talks.
Lapung further said that the state government has to play a proactive role on all
issues instead of adopting ‘wait and watch policy’.
Kamta Lapung also called on CMD, Food Corporation of India Dr. Amar Singh at his
office in New Delhi.
During the discussion, Lapung urged the CMD for floating of NIT for carriage contractors
at Itanagar, operationalization of three new FCI at Bomdila, Pasighat and Tezu,
regularization of Arunachal Pradesh govt employee in FCI immediately.
AAPSU informed that Dr Amar Singh assured to look into the grievances seriously.
The FCI CMD also emphasized for proper supply of food grains in the grass root
level and also gave a assurance for the recruitment of category three and four
employees from indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Sena seeks NABARD’s support to accelerate agri growth
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Agri-Horti, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Minister Setong
Sena today sought the support of the NABARD to accelerate the growth of agriculture
At a threadbare discussion with NABARD general manager Dr P Radhakrishnan, Sena said
that he with the commitment of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was working with a mission
mode for the growth of agri sector to add to national productivity while creating
job opportunity for giving enough livelihood opportunities to needy rural populace.
Pointing out that the NABARD with a three-decade success story was engaged in boosting
agri sector involving the rural masses as per GoI policy but had switched over from
grant-based to soft loan-based programme.
When he hinted at the poor loan recovery rate that had discouraged the banks to grant
loans in the state, Sena attributed the loanees' mentality of considering the loans
as government sops while lack of market linkage was causing losses to the farmers.
However, when Sena suggested that vegetable, piggery, poultry and fisheries should
be taken up as achievable short term schemes; cash crops like tea, rubber, large
cardamom, orange etc. under medium term and red sandal wood as long term scheme to
benefit the locals, Dr Radhakrishnan assured all possible support while suggesting
to assess the compatibility of taking up multiple cropping.
He informed that the state focus paper projecting NABRAD’s next five-year credit
plan was released by Chief Secretary H K Paliwal recently advocating handholding
support by the bankers for taping the vast untapped potentials of the state. Thus,
the NABARD would explore the possibility of extending support under Tribal Development
Fund as sought by Sena.
Besides numerous central projects including Food Security Mission and CM’s Livelihood
Mission School (CMLMS) launched as a pilot project at Nampong were tangible steps
in that direction, Sena spelt out as to how he was dovetailing various central schemes
to achieve the goal.
Committed NGO – National Youth Project - was supplementing the GoAP efforts, while
another CMLMS was planned in Sagalee soon, he informed. As NYP president H P Biswas
highlighted the success of NABARD supported farmers’ clubs, Sena pointed out that
there should be a club in each 70 villages of his Nampong assembly constituency as
a pilot project for others to emulate.
Two farmers clubs of Anjaw had sold large cardamom worth Rs 1.76 crore in 2011 @
Rs 650 per kg at their doorstep with NYP providing the market linkages while many
growers had sold at through away rate as low as Rs 380 per kg at Tinsukia, NYP vice
president Pradeep Kumar said to support Dr Radhakrishnan that middlemen were looting
Sena called for mass awareness about CMLMS as NABARD manager K Vaiphei informed that
many NGOs were approaching them to know more about the novel school.
Sena’s OSD Nalong Mize was also present in the discussion.
SSA teachers to get 5 months pending salary in one go
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today meet Rajarshi Bhattacharya,
Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy (SE&L), Government of India
at New Delhi. Siram urged the secretary to release central matching share of SSA
at the earliest so that salary can be paid to teachers as soon as possible. State
government had already released its matching share this month.
It is to be mentioned that SSA teachers are yet to receive their salary since last
5 month. Minister further informed that he had briefed in detail to secretary about
various grievances of SSA teachers like lack of accommodation and how teachers are
working in far flung areas reaching by foot march. He invited secretary to visit
state in order to get first hand information regarding problems faced by the teaching
community in particularly by the SSA teachers. Secretary Rajarshi Bhattacharya instructed
his official to release central matching share of SSA within next 3 days and also
expressed satisfaction over performance of SSA in Arunachal. Secretary further appreciated
Nabam Tuki led state government for releasing state matching share timely. Minister
Siram added that five months salary of SSA teachers will be paid in one go.
Delay in completion of Aohali mega drinking water project resented
PASIGHAT, Mar 26: Inordinate delay in completion of drinking water mega project at
Aohali in Mebo constituency has evoked massive public reaction as the Pasighat division
of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has miserably failed to supply drinking
water to the concerned villages under the constituency.
The project under Union Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER)) was
funded under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR). The DoNER ministry,
through file No. DNER/NLP/AP/141/2009 dated March 22, 2010 accorded necessary administrative
and financial approval for “Providing potable drinking water supply to Mebo Sub-division
HQ and adjoining villages in East Siang district.
The much hyped drinking water mega projects at Aohali, at 21 km far east from Mebo
town started in 2010 and its scheduled time of completion was March 2012. But, it
could not be materialized within the time scheduled and yet to see the light of the
day. The villages like Siluk, Kiyit, Ngopok, Borguli, Sigar and others are still
waiting for water to be supplied from the mega project.
Lack of water supply in the villages is compelling the consumers to fetch water from
unhygienic water sources, which has resulted in spread of various water-born diseases.
It is reported that along the 200 mm DI pipe laid, water is flowing in 80 mm level
in the pipe, which is too inadequate to meet the water demand in Mebo township. The
mega project is yet to supply water to the nearby villages.
Alleging financial irregularity in implementing the project, the local villagers
of Mebo have alleged that the implementing agency has already spent an amount of
Rs 22 crore released against the project, the water supply system in Mebo town area
and adjoining area has not been improved”. “The mega project is delayed without
any reasonable ground. Our MLA Ralom Borang, who made the mega project a poll-plank
during the last election, is not putting any attention on time-bound competition
of the development projects in the area” lamented Lenzing Pertin, a public leader
Pertin, who is state council member of BJP, submitted petition to Pasighat PHED under
the provisions of RTI Act, 2005 and had some substantial information on cost and
expenditures against the construction works in Aohali mega project. He alleged that
huge amount of money out of the released fund has been misappropriated by the department
engineers in a fraudulent manner with help of fake vouchers/ bills.
Being annoyed with the undue delay of Aohali mega project, the local people have
demanded the authority to publish a “white paper” on utilization of fund against
the drinking water project.
Awareness camp on tea and rubber cultivation
ITANAGAGAR, Mar 26: An awareness camp on Tea cultivation and management was conducted
at Community Hall, Jairampur, Changlang District on 20th March. The awareness camp
was organized by R. K. Mossang Memorial Society under the sponsorship of the Department
of Trade and Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. More than 100 prospective farmers
from the Jairampur administrative sub-division have attended the programme.
Nidhi Srivastava, ADC Jairampur in her inaugural speech she exhorted all the participants
to avail and utilize the scheme in a meaningful way, if allotted, to enhance their
economic livelihood because Changlang district has all the favourable and suitable
factors for cultivation of Tea.
S. Modi, Deputy Director, Trade and Commerce informed that the State Govt. under
the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, has launched a Mission Mode Project
called “Chief Minister’s Plantation crop Mission”. Under the Mission, assistance
@ Rs 1.00 lakh for Tea cultivation per family for 1 hectare and Rs 80,000/- for
rubber cultivation per family for 1 hectare only is provided. The assistance includes
cost of planting materials, fencing materials, fertilizers, costs etc. Apart from
this, another Pilot Project called “Sharing a cup of Tea Mission” is also launched
in East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Changlang Districts. Under this scheme, only
Tea Sapling will be provided to the tea growers. Application forms for availing these
schemes can be obtained from the respective DAO office.
Selection of beneficiary will be done by a Selection Committee headed by concerned
DC as Chairman, DHO as Member and DAO as Member Secretary. Target allotted for the
district is 27 units for Rubber and for Tea 21 units during the current financial
A. D. Panggom, DAO Changlang informed that they have advertized the schemes in all
circles of the district and so far they have received more than 4000 applications
for both rubber and tea against 48 units (27+21) allotted to the district.
Rajesh Roy, Resource Person in the technical session gave detail presentation on
the systematic and scientific cultivation of tea.
Arup Kumar Choudhury, Secretary, R.K. Mossang Memorial Society in his welcome address
gave detail accounts of the activities being undertaken by the Society for socio-economic
development of the area.
Komoli Mossang, Chairperson of the Society also spoke on the occasion.
Another awareness camp on Rubber cultivation & management was also conducted at Anchal
Samity Hall, Roing on 23rd March. More than 100 prospective growers have attended
the programme. Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar requested all the participants to learn
as much as possible from the Resource Person regarding various techniques for cultivation
of Rubber as Lower Dibang Valley has vast stretch of suitable land for cultivation
of Tea and Rubber. Tea and Rubber could change the economic life of the people of
S. Modi, DDT&C gave detail accounts of the ‘Chief Minister’s plantation crop Mission
on Tea and Rubber and ‘Sharing a Cup of Tea Mission’.
T. Basar, DAO informed that so far they have received more than 400 applications
against their advertisement.
P.C. Goswami, Deputy Rubber Production Commissioner, Rubber Board of India, Guwahati
attended as Resource Person. He gave a Power Point Presentation on Scientific and
systematic cultivation of rubber.
Komoli Mossang, Chairperson of R K. Mossang Memorial Society and former Minister
of Arunachal Pradesh advised that earlier getting Govt. job for educated people and
also for Govt. contracts was easier. Now time has changed and it is very difficult
to get Govt. job not to talk of contract and other supply works for our educated
youth. The only option is self employment through commercial cultivation of Tea and
Rubber and other agri-horti commercial cultivation.
Arup Kumar Choudhury, Secretary, R.K. Mossang Memorial Society and Dature Miuli,
local rubber planter have also spoken in the programme.
World Consumer Rights day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Papum
Pare district celebrated the World Consumer Rights Day 2013 at Siddharth Hall, Itanagar
Techi Lala, President, ACCI and Biri Kame, General Secretary, IMWA were the dignitaries.
The programme which was organized by Papum Pare unit of Legal Metrology and Consumer
Affairs Deptt. in collaboration with the Headquarter witnessed participation of
huge gathering of traders from Itanagar and Naharlagun area besides representative
from VCOs, NGOs, print and electronic media.
Welcoming the guest and public Taba Tabin, ILM, Itanagar briefed about the theme
of the celebration and also various initiatives of the Deptt.
The theme of the celebration as selected by the Deptt. was “Traders and Consumers:
Fostering and Strengthening Trust”.
In his keynote address Techi Nyokum Tara, Assistant Controller, LM & CA, Papum Pare,
while elaborating various aspects of the Deptt. activities, urged the business community
to adhere to the laid down norms and regulations and also to be friendly towards
On the occasion of the celebration programme, S. Chakraborty, TA, LM & CA presented
a power point presentation explaining in detail the Provisions of Consumer Protection
Act and Legal Metrology Acts and Rules. He also appealed to the trading community
to be vigilant on spurious and adulterated products and to restrict entry of these
products in local market to ensure safety of consumers.
K.P.Tago, ACLM (HQ.) while sharing his experiences requested the trading community
to be alert and responsible while dealing with consumers. He also sought cooperation
from business leaders and also other allied departments to work cohesively for the
welfare of the consumers of the state.
Lonku Tania, Secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Association also spoke on
the occasion and expressed gratitude to the Department and asked for conducting more
of such programme in future. He assured his future cooperation in protecting the
rights of consumers.
Biri Kame also expressed deep satisfaction and gratitude to the Deptt. for organizing
such programme. He asked the Deptt. to conduct such programmes frequently at market
areas involving trading communities to increase the outreach of the Deptt. and
its activities. Speaking on the occasion Techi Lala, asked the traders, NGOs and
public present to accept “Consumerism” as a social responsibility. He appealed to
all specially representatives of Chamber of Commerce & the Market Welfare Associations
to be in touch with Deptt. and avail all possible opportunity to upgrade their information
on various products and also to abide by the laid down norms and procedures. Assuring
his all-out cooperation to the Deptt. he urged to conduct similar publicity awareness
programme in collaboration with the existing business establishments.
The programme concluded with Vote of Thanks from Likha Yach Debia, ILM, Naharlagun,
according to an official release.
Panggeng inaugurates health mela at Mariyang
YINGKIONG, Mar 26: The Parliamentary Secretary, Law & Justice and Education J K
Panggeng inaugurated a two day Health Mela organized at CHC, Mariyang amidst a huge
gathering of officers, public leaders and numbers of patients coming from different
villages of Mariyang sub-division on 25th March. The Parliamentary Secretary was
accompanied by L. Borang, DC, DMO, SDO, EE (PWD), Mariyang.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Panggeng appealed one and all to eradicate
all types of disease thereby making the society free from diseases and said that
only a healthy society can make developments in all fronts. In opposite to the English
proverbs 'When health is lost something is lost when character is lost every thing
is lost', Panggeng, while giving priority on health, opined that “when character
is lost, something is lost but when health is lost every thing is lost'. Without
good health no one can do anything good.
While speaking on objective of the health mela Dr. K. Dai, DMO appealed the public
to get the opportunity and advantage of such Health Mela and asked all pregnant women
to get admission in Govt. Hospitals for delivery of their child and get government
facility so that every one can get a healthy child.
On the first day of the Mela 475 patients were treated, 24 cases of tubectory operated,
IUD- 2, Sonography -13 patients. The doctors who made hectic efforts were - Dr. Bimol
Ratan (MAPAED), Dr. Keni Lego (MDDERMA), Dr. Gepeng Litin (MD O and G), Dr. Joseph
Tekseng (MD ANAEST), Dr. Ahik Miyu (DTO), Dr. Etuk Jopir (MD O&G) and Dr. Obang Modi
(Dental), Dr. Appri Apang, DRCHO who organized the Mela and Dr. Otem Pertin. MO,
Mariyang extended vote of thanks. DIPRO
‘Holi' - A Festival of Universal Brotherhood, Religious
Harmony & Social Cohesion
Prof. (Dr.) Jayadeba Sahoo
Bharat is one of the ancient countries of the world. It has great heritage of glory
and elevated way of life. Even now it is very well known for being the land of deities
with palaces and lifestyle of legendary beauty. Many people abroad also consider
Bharat as a great pilgrimage place and hold the soil of Bharat in great respect.
Bharat is well known for festivals and by tradition one festival or another is celebrated
almost daily. The number of festivals celebrated here is hardly comparable to festivals
celebrated by other countries. Twelve months in a year is filled with thirteen big
festivals. ‘Holi', is one of the greatest festivals in India. People celebrate this
festival with lot of enthusiasm and zeal. The auspicious festival of ‘Holi' had been
reduced to an annual ritual hardly reflecting its true significance. If ‘Holi' is
celebrated with the correct understanding of this esoteric Truth, then it will render
immense benefit to the humanity at large.
Purity of means is as essential as honesty of purpose. Means should justify the end,
not the vice-versa. In fact, purity in practice always begets peace and happiness.
The festival of 'Holi' conveys this universal message in many ways to mankind. Without
harmony, there can't be peace. Human harmony with the self, nature, fellow beings
and with society is the basis of universal peace and happiness. The basis of harmony,
in turn, is in becoming 'being' or 'soul' conscious rather than 'human' or 'body'
conscious. When we identify merely with 'humus' (in Latin for 'soil') or 'human body',
worldly possessions, position and relations, then our perception, visions, values,
attitude and actions get circumscribed and narrowed down. Our consciousness gets
bogged down by a set of social conditioning, bias, prejudice, pride, ego, lust, jealousy
or hatred. This gross or mundane mentality becomes the breeding ground of all negativity,
vices, disharmony and discords in self and society.
When we become 'soul' or 'being' conscious, the horizon of our perception, outlook,
mindset, character and conduct expands to become universal, holistic and harmonious.
We go beyond the consideration of all limitedness, caste, creed, community, sex,
race and religion and we embrace everyone and everything under the sun with equal
love, affection, care and concern, as we would have done the same for our self, our
near and dear one. The joyous spirit of 'Holi' in true sense envisages and encompasses
this universality of perception and when people put it into practice by remaining
in soul consciousness, they can widely promote essential unity in diversity and universal
brotherhood of mankind under the spiritual fatherhood of one incorporeal Supreme
The celebration of 'Holi' which is supposed to arouse and spread soul consciousness
rather than gross entanglement, if observed in proper perspective, can help the self
and others to collectively connect and commune with the Supreme Cosmic Energy- the
eternal source of pure and positive powers for self & world transformation, for holistic
health, harmony and happiness. The festival of ‘Holi’ in spiritual sense stands for
the victory of virtues over vices, light over darkness, mind over matter, subtle
over the gross, love over hatred and divinity over the demonic. It is not merely
a playful game in colors or colored water. It is much more than mundane indulgence
in fun and frolic for a day or two. Rather, it is a common socio-cultural and spiritual
platform for contemplating and creating meaningful avenues for healthy and harmonious
inter-religious, inter-community, inter-caste and international interactions, understanding,
cooperation and peaceful co-existence.
Devout devotee Prahlad inspires us to look within, introspect and remain in love
full intellectual connection with the Supreme Soul for developing inner powers, divine
strength and support so that we can burn and sublimate the Holika like evil traits
and devilish proclivities in the sacred fire of Holy Communion with the Almighty.
With the practice and powers of such spiritual wisdom, human values and Raj Yoga
meditation on God, the forces of good and similar minded people can unite and take
up collective measures face and finish Hiranya kashyap like divisive and destructive
cult of violence, cruelty, religious intolerance and bigotry in the long run.
This we can attain when we make Holi Mangal Milan by forging link and fostering friendship
with like minded people from all religious groups and communities and by getting
united and committed as brother souls under fatherhood of Supreme Soul, to the common
minimum agenda of defeating and eliminating the vicious cult of hatred, violence
and vices for restoring a benign culture of peace, non-violence, benevolence and
for re-establishing a single religion of humanity for the entire mankind.
Observe 'Holi' In A Holy & Healthy Way :
The story of Prahalad in Vishnu Puran projects the ultimate triumph & purity over
impurity, goodness over evils and virtues over vices. The legend depicts Prahalad's
devotion to Lord Vishnu and describes his father, King Hiranya Kashyap as an atheist
engaged in religious prosecution. The evil father adopts many ruthless routes to
dissuade his son from the path of devotion but fails. Finally, the devil king seeks
the help of his sister Holika who is blessed by Lord Brahma not to be consumed by
fire. She enters a bonfire taking Prahalad on her lap. For misusing the boon, Holika
is burnt to ashes, while Prahalad escapes unscathed.
People today, observe and play Holi in gross form and mundane manner without realizing
the deeper implications of its rich rituals. By such outward, ritualistic and routine
observance of Holi, they deprive the self and society from true spiritual empowerment
and enrichment which the festival is supposed to provide.
Holi Burns Impurity
Vabhishya Puran depicts the narration of Devarshi Narad who speaks highly of Holi
to king Yudhistir: "Oh Emperor, on Phalguna Purnima (day of Holi), people of your
kingdom should be allowed to have fun and frolic without any fear. Boys should go
out and gather sticks for Holika burning in an atmosphere of loud laughter, ha-hola
& hymn chanting to destroy the demon. Till date, the effigy of evil Holika is continued
to be burnt, Oh King! to annihilate all enemical forces".
It stands to reason that no physical bon fire of dry sticks can ward off all evils
or inauspiciousness. Rather, it is the dryness, hardness and harshness of human propensities
which perpetrate pain unto the self and others need to be sublimated in the subtle
fire divine knowledge and meditation on God. The practice and promotion of Holy Communion
(Raja Yoga) of self with the Supreme Soul hold key not only to wipe out innate evils,
vices and negative traits but also to empower and enrich the self and others with
positive qualities, character and conduct. As per Brahma Puran, on the day of Holi
if a person in rapt attention makes a prayerful darshan of Purushotham Srikrishna's
idol kept on a swing in the temple, then the person is assured of a place in Lord
Krishna's celestial kingdom, Vaikunth or Paradise.
Mention of such rituals in scriptures need to be understood not in their literal
sense, but in spiritual essence. Not mere physical glance or glimpse of Lord Krishna's
idol but regular divine contemplation and meditation on God's incorporeal point-light
image and cultivation of Krishna's divine/deity qualities such as contentment, courage,
cheerfulness, detachment, dispassion and determination in life would enable you to
eliminate inner impurities and negativities and to experience deity like true peace,
health, harmony and happiness.
Similarly, the chanting of Vedas' holy hymns "Raskhohagam Balgaham" for destroying
the devils during demoness 'Holika' burning and the mention of 'Holi' in scripture
as ‘Vish Todak’ (Vice-Demolition) and ‘Punya Praydayak’ (Merit Giving) Parv or festival,
enjoin on the observers to desist from demonic thoughts, desires, diets and dispositions.
This can be done when you light the inner fire of spiritual wisdom and RajaYoga Meditation
(Supreme Communion) on God and when you adopt universal values, satwik diet and healthy
lifestyle, so that you can smear and decorate yourself and all others with divine
colours of Peace, purity, positivity, balance and bliss in life. Happy greetings
on the “Holi - Festival of Colours” . (The writer is a Faculty, Brahma Kumaris &
Head, Dept. of Education, R.G.U.)
Cash reward stands
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
The March 28 edition of The Arunachal Times would not hit the stands on account of
Holi. This daily wishes its esteemed readers and advertisers
a very happy Holi
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings and good wishes to people of the
state on the festive occasion of Holi.
The Governor in a message expressed his hope that the festivity promotes communal
harmony and happiness in the society.
“May the festival of colours, Holi, which is celebrated all over the country with
traditional gaiety and enthusiasm, further strengthen the social fabric and cohesiveness,”
Tuki in a message from New Delhi this evening, expressed optimism that this Holi
would remind all of the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and
destruction of the demoness named Holika. “Let this Holi spread the universal message
that good prevails over evil no matter what and in the long run truth, justice and
the good will always emerge victorious,” he said.
Observing that Holi also marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming
spring harvest season, the Chief Minister prayed that the coming times would always
be bright and colorful devoid of misery, draught and distrust for the state and its
“I wish the citizens, happy time for all times to come. Let this Holi mark the beginning
of happiness and prosperity for all!” the Chief Minister added in his festival message.
AAPBSU places grievances of border area citizens
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The All Arunachal Pradesh Border students’ Union (AAPBSU) had written
to chief minister expressing their displeasure over non-fulfillment of demands placed
by them year ago. Union stated that they had given enough time to state government
following the assurance by CM to look into the genuine place by AAPBSU. Some of the
main demands placed by union include immediate relocation of Likabali check gate
from existing to actual place, issuing of land possession certificate (LPC) for free
of cost to the local bonafide people who are permanently settled at boundary area,
construction of permanent police check post, at Kakoi circle of Papum Pare district,
Dessing Passo circle of East Kameng district, Pumao and Kamku Russa of Kanubari circles
of Tirap district and Kangku circle of West Siang district and issue of arms licenses
with reasonable rate to the local people of border areas. They have four more other
demands. The AAPBSU has threatened to launch their own democratic means if government
fails to meet the genuine demands of long suffering citizens of border areas.
Houses gutted in fire
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Informing that at least six houses were gutted in a devastating
fire at around 1.30 pm at Fishery colony Dumporijo yesterday, Topo Welfare Society
(TWS) today demanded the authorities to provide immediate relief to the fire victims.
It further demanded permanent fire station at Dumporijo to prevent frequent occurrence
of fire mishap. The Society, further informed that though is no report of casualties,
properties worth lakhs of rupees have been damaged. The local residents along with
fire brigade personnel doused the fire. However, the cause of the fire accident is
yet to be ascertained.
Shower lashes Siang Valley
RUKSIN, Mar 26: A gusty wind followed by intermittent drizzle lashes entire Siang
belt and parts of Dhemaji in North-Assam during the last two days.
Incessant rain for the last three days has paralyzed life in Siang belt, especially
Pasighat, Pangin-Boleng, Ruksin, Nari-Koyu and Mebo areas of East Siang and parts
of adjoining Dhemaji of Assam.
The shower come on Monday morning after a long dry spell, gave respite to the people
of the region from scorching heat due to constant sunny weather. But the downpour,
which turned torrential last night made the rural roads muddy besides causing problems
for ongoing construction of NH-52 between Ruksin and Pasighat.
The region last year witnessed sufficient rainfall. The Southwest Monsoon picking
up adequate moisture from the Bay of Bengal, which was heading towards NE region
during early July last, remained active in the region till the month of November
Sources from Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) in Guwahati said that Normal weather
condition has returned to the NE region. The Easterly or Northeasterly wind has been
blowing at the lower level of the atmosphere over the NE region.
ANSU urges DA not to grant bail to the rape accused
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has hailed Lower Subansiri
police for arresting the person who raped minor girl at Bomi English School at Joram
village. ANSU patted the back of police team comprising Inspector Tab Techi Officer
incharge PS Ziro, SI D. Singpho and SI I. Lollen for sincerely working to arrest
However union demanded severe punishment to rapist and appealed to the district
administration not to grant them bail to the accused under the influence of politician
and others influential person. They asked administration to treat this crime as serious
offence and opined that accused must get punishment as per nature of crime.
Foundation day observed
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO)
today observed its foundation day with a befitting manner here. The members from
various district of the organization were also participated in the foundation day.
Speaking on occasion President APATCYO suggested the youths of Tani clans to promote
culture and identity.
Maintain status quo, AAPSU urges Chakma refugees
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today said that
it will never talk to Chakma refugees till they maintain status-quo, confine themselves
in designated areas and keep away from anti-social activities.
Maintaining its firm stance on the refugee issue, AAPSU said that “Simple apology
or excuse doesn’t work until and unless they prove their honesty and loyalty towards
indigenous people of State.”
It is worth mentioning here that the ‘Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas
and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh’ had apologized to the tribal people of the State
including the AAPSU leadership for the criminal offences allegedly committed by the
refugees including the recent gang rape of a local girl at Chowkham in Lohit district.
Refugees should maintain status quo and should stop their illegal practices for larger
interest of their community and indigenous people of the State too. Committing of
crime against indigenous people by the refugees created disturbances on mutual dialogue
in between AAPSU and govt or High Power Committee, the AAPSU said in a release.
“Land encroachment after felling of forests (by Chakmas) should be avoided immediately
as people across the State were crossing their limits of tolerance,” stated AAPSU
president Kamta Lapung, adding, “Chakma refugees always neglect term and condition
negotiated by the people of state which makes us very tense”.
Shifting of EM division opposed
PASIGHAT, Mar 26: Reacting to the shifting of EM Division from Pasighat to Pangin
circle, BJP state executive member Kaling Moyong today appealed to the government
to re-establish the EM Division at Pasighat immediately. He said, shifting of EM
division has irked the sentiment of the people of Pasighat as the motive behind the
shifting of EM division is very confusing. The government should remember that the
creation and establishment of the said division was tabled and demanded by people
of Pasighat under the banner of Pasighat Peoples’ Welfare Association and accordingly
the said division was established at Pasighat and running smoothly for the last couple
of months. The people of Pasighat failed to understand as to what has prompted the
government to act in such manner which has hurt the sentiment of people. The government
should understand the sentiment of people before shifting of the said office just
to entertained few individuals at the cost of the whole society, he added.
Awareness camp on food processing
YINGKIONG, Mar 26: One day Awareness camp on Food Processing under National Food
Processing Mission was held here at conference hall of DIC (District Industry Centre)
Tapik Petin, SDO, Yingkiong inaugurated the programme. In his speech Pertin encouraged
and advised the youths particularly the unemployed women to take up food processing
industry and get advantage of the facilities provided under National Mission on Food
Processing initiated by the central government thereby improving the economic condition
of the rural poor and raising the standard of living.
While encouraging the trainee participants, DIPRO O. Pertin, said about interdependence
and co-related activities of power sector, Food Processing machineries and Agro-horti
based products. Without sufficient power supply and available raw materials, setting
up of any industry/ factory seemed to be a distant dream and therefore, he advised
the trainees to put maximum efforts for maximum produce of raw materials and attend
maximum awareness training.
Earlier, Deputy Director of Industry Marme Kato explained detail provisions given
under National Mission of Food processing in brief.
Among others Dy. Director, ICDS T. Tanjang, M. Ete, ADO attended as special invitees.
Around 100 trainees coming from different circles/ sub-divisions of Upper Siang District
participated the one day awareness camp enthusiastically. DIPRO
World TB Day observed
YINGKIONG, Mar 26: District Health Society (RNTCP), Upper Siang observed the World
TB Day 2013 at Millang village, 65 km from here.
A procession was taken out by students/ teachers/ PRIs/ GBs and villagers, shouting
slogans on TB followed by a community meeting wherein the villagers actively participated.
Bome Mitkong, ASHA of the village, was felicitated by the Nariyang SDO R Perme as
the 'Best TB Worker' for her dedicated service as DOT provider.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ahik Miyu, DTO Upper Siang urged the villagers to come
forward for early diagnosis and prompt treatment of TB with 'DOTS' to prevent further
spread of the disease in the community.
R. Perme, advised the students to carry on the message to their respective home and
make the people aware of TB and its control measures. DIPRO
DDJAC calls for early Govt notification on creation of Lower Siang
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: In an emergency meeting with public leaders and PRI leaders of
28 Likabali and 36 Nari-Koyu assembly constituencies held yesterday at Likabali circuit,
the District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) has appealed to the Govt to issue
immediate notification for creation of Lower Siang district with temporary Headquarter
at Likabali and permanent headquarter at Siki-Rima in the Gazette along with the
newly created Namsai, Kra-Daadi and Siang districts.
While appreciating the Govt and all the legislators for passing the district creation
bill in recently held Assembly session, the meeting held with DDJAC chairman Sengo
Taipodia on the chair further said that there should be official gazette notification
first for creation of Lower Siang and any complaints whatsoever regarding four
villages of Nari-Koyu namely Depi, Depi-Moli, Detak and Sido be decided by the Govt
by way of public referendum. The house further threatened to call an indefinite
strike in the form of economic blockade and complete blockade of vehicular movement
in Likabali and Nari-Koyu areas in case Govt fails to issue notification for creation
of Lower Siang along with other three districts.
254 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
I being an indigenous inhabitant of 35 Pangin-Boleng in particular and 32 Rumgong
Assembly Constituency extends my gratitude to chief minister Nabam Tuki, for successfully
passing the District Re-organisation Bill while paving way for creation of Siang
District. The 19th March 2013 will ever be remembered as a red letter day by the
people of 35 Pangin-Boleng and 32 Rumgong Assembly Constituency because the long
cherished dream of the people of both the constituency comes true, the most awaited
Siang district born on this memorable day.
But as a matter of sorrow, the proposed headquarter of newly born Siang district
called “Nyobo” has put the people of both the constituency into dilemma. The people
of both the constituency are anxious to know where the proposed headquarter “Nyobo”
is located? As per the geographical location of 35 Pangin-Boleng and 32 Rumgong Assembly
Constituencies is concerned, there is no place called “Nyobo” within the far flung
areas of both the constituency. So, I appeal to the senior citizens of both the constituency
to locate the proposed headquarter “Nyobo” so that dilemma/confusion is cleared at
Please postpone the exam
Through your esteemed daily we would like to present few words regarding recruitment
process for APPBN/IRBn at Daporijo. Through local daily we had came to know exams
for re-recruitment will be held in the month of April. We the students of Upper Subansiri
District strongly oppose such decisions. Most of the poor students belonging to poor
family of our district is studying at various colleges and majority of annual college
examination will start from 2nd April. In such situation how can we prepare for exam
and interview at the same time? Therefore we the collegian of upper Subansiri District
appeal to the All Tagin Students Union (ATSU), All Upper Subansiri District Students
Union (AUSDSU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to kindly take a necessary
action in this regard. We believe and hope that these powerful student organizations
will understand our pain and help us in this regard. We also appeal to all the apex
tribe bodies of Upper Subansiri district to serious examine our cause. The interview
should be held only after completion of the college exam.
Dikbu Lusi Tamin
Tanya Patumm Tamin
Is it a crime to be born poor?
My heartfelt applause and appreciation goes to Taba Ajum, for his article ‘All is
not well outside the Assembly’, published in your daily on 21st of March. Hats off
to writers like him who in today’s context of the society where every single thing
is under control of the fraudulent people in power, has the courage to bring out
the bitter yet very true scenario of the state. It gives a sigh of relief knowing
that there are people who are apparently trying to bring out a change in a society
that is surplus by spiritually and morally impure people.
Inspite of fully agreeing with his view, I being one of the many thousand youths
with a vision in my mind, a beautiful dream taking its form in my heart and eyes
full of hope for the new ventures in life, could not help but felt shattered by getting
to know once again the actual scenario of the state. How are we supposed to see new
generations bloom when hardworking and straightforward citizens are not appreciated?
Where is the opportunity for new and honest talents when even the Govt jobs are being
manipulated by those in power?
What would happen to the poor and downtrodden section of the society, when preferential
treatment is given only to the rich? Is it a crime, so heinous, to be born in a poor
family? Is this the punishment and suffering we have to endure for taking birth in
a poor family? Who is to be blamed??
Headquarter should be selected after scientific and objective evaluation
Ultimately, the bill has been passed for creation of new district- Lower Siang after
lots of hullabaloo has been passed. But, the ordeal doesn't end here. Now, there
will be a tug-of-war for the location of District Head Quarter- as it is not yet
decided. It is an earnest request to our representative and public leaders that they
must decide about the Head quarter after scientific and objective evaluation.
Some important points to ponder about before deciding about the Headquarter are:
Strategic importance of the Place, Administrative convenience and feasibility i.e
availability of transport and communication,
Distance from other places in the district(would be), Prospect of future expansion,
Likabali in this regard, holds a strong promise of a successful Head-Quarter of the
proposed district. The location of Likabali makes it easily accessible from any place
of the proposed importance with repeated attacks from the neighboring Assam and moreover,
it has great importance as a historic and tourist spot (Malinithan).
Therefore, making Likabali as a headquarter would be beneficial for the whole district.
It would not only deter the repeated encroachment by Assam; but also enable expeditious
action if situation demands. It would also help in harnessing the potential of tourism
to the fullest- thereby augmenting the economy of the proposed district.
These are my personal views and I don't want to stir any controversy. But, one thing
must be kept in mind that getting (creating) a district or Headquarter is not the
panacea for all the hardship and problems (economic backwardness)- but definitely
provides for the opportunities. It is up to us, how we begin and embark on our new
journey and how best we utilize the opportunities!
Lets us live together peacefully
Through esteemed daily would like to express my view in regards to statement given
by Adi Baane Kebang on 25th March in some local daily. I want to ask some question
to ABK. What type of traditional boundary they are talking about? Who made this traditional
boundary and when? Does the Govt. create districts for particular tribe or community?
Are the Dravidians going to claim central India like they claim upto Singen/Simen
River? We respect ABK & ADISU. So please do and write constructive/progressive things.
We are Arunachalee and can settle anywhere. We all are temporary settler of this
earth. Let us live peacefully together.
Drought hits Indian farmers hard
Television viewers in India watched in disgust as a self-styled God-man and devotees
at his ashram, or spiritual abode, revel in playing, spraying and spilling gallons
of water to celebrate Holi – the festival of colours.
Days later, political activists vandalised an electricity generating company that
has received government largesse in the form of a decision divert millions of gallons
of drinking water to thermal power plant.
The country watched in horror when a 30-year-old Andhra farmer appeared on television,
lifting his shirt to show a scar from an operation he underwent to sell his kidney
– a sign of the bad times a rain-fed economy has plunged its farmers into.
Parts of India are in the throes of one of the worst droughts in living memory and
there have been reports of people migrating out of their villages from Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
In Maharashtra, the state government has deployed nearly 2,500 tanker trucks to supply
drinking water to the worst affected areas. The central government has approved Rs
12,07840 million (more than USD 22,000 million) for the state.
The state’s chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was quoted as telling news agencies
that water reservoirs in the state were at their lowest ever in recorded history
“With every passing day the reservoirs are drying up,” Chavan was quoted as saying.
Humanitarian have now begun to take notice – a bit late in the day, considering that
the government had declared a drought early on in the year.
International charity, Save the Children says it has reached out to its field teams
in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to assess the drought situation and develop an
But the political climate in the run-up to general elections next year has prompted
some pro-active decisions. Declaring a drought, for instance, allows farmers to avail
credit facilities while the government takes up relief operations.