ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Disappointed over lack of development in all spheres under Pumao
circle ever since its establishment, the Pumao Circle Students' Union in collaboration
with Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) conducted a rally for development at
Longding on March 6 last. The rally was participated by the PRI leaders, students,
womenfolk, chiefs, GBs and people from all walks of life.
I was not abducted: Nyodu
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Chief Executive Officer cum SE of Rural Research Development Agency
under RWD Doli Nyodu today said that he was not abducted by any organization or individual
rather he went with some disgruntle bidders of a project to resolve the differences.
He further clarified that without knowing the factual aspect of the matter his family
had informed the police.
In a press statement he said that incident occurred due to misunderstanding arose
out of ongoing phase X batch-II tender of PMSGY road being undertaken within the
state. Nyodu abduction report came after his family lodged an FIR claiming that he
was forcefully taken away by unidentified persons in his own car on Thursday evening.
Precautionary measures adopted for free and fair elections
ZIRO, Mar 08: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu while taking
precautionary measures to avert occurrence of disturbance to the public peace and
in the interest of conducting free and fair Parliamentary Elections'2014, prohibits
carrying of all types of firearms and ammunition, all kinds of daggers(daos)and all
other lethal weapons including bows and arrows at the surrounding places of venue
of political party meetings and at public places till April 30 in entire Lower Subansiri
Orders were also issued to deposit firearms in the nearest police stations within
15th March, failing to which may lead to cancellation of license as per Arms Act.
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretariat will celebrate
Commonwealth day on March 10 next at Nokmey Namati Hall. A discussion on the topic
'Is Direct Democracy Practicable?' with special reference to India will be held on
Extend cooperation to administration: CYO
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Claiming that stray animals have been one of the major causes
of road accidents, the Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has appealed to the Capital
Complex dwellers to extend cooperation to the Capital administration in its drive
against stray animal.
Meanwhile, CYO has decided to carry out a month-long white washing drive to erase
all the unwanted and illegal wall writings/advertisements in the road side and important
office buildings from Chimpu to Itanagar from tomorrow onwards to give a facelift
to the capital city, according to a CYO release.
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Reiterating its demand for granting ST status to Deori and Mishing
tribes of the state, The All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association observed
24 hours bandh call at Lekang in Lohit district on March 6 last. The association
further warned of continuing with the movement till the demands are met.
Programme on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan held
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Continuing its policy to make rural people aware of the hygienic
practices and water sources preservation, PHE&WS Division Seppa conducted a school
rally at Lada, one of the longest and remotest circle head quarters of East Kameng
Altogether 150 students including teaching staffs shouted slogans like 'one house
one toilet', 'open defecation shame shame!', 'healthy surrounding healthy living'
and 'green Lada clean Lada'.
Later, Field Testing Kits (FTK) for water quality testing training was organized
for the PRI leaders and VWSC members. About 70 people from eight GPC participated
Addressing the gathering, District Consultant Water and Sanitation PHE & WS Division
Seppa Koro Liyak while sharing information on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan programme called
upon people to practice proper sanitation.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, i/c Headmaster of Govt. Middle School
Lada Dongbu Miji talking on the evils of open air defecation which is the main cause
for transmission of diseases advised people to practice safe disposal of human excreta.
Chapi Riang District Consultant HRD PHE&WS Division Seppa encouraged the participants
to drink boiled water and to keep their surrounding clean to minimize water borne
PPA for CBI inquiry into Greenfield Airport episode
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Lambasting the Congress leadership in power for 'abrupt shifting
of the Greenfield airport site from Banderdewa/Karsingsa to Halongi for their selfish
gain,' People's Party of Arunachal (PPA)'s Chief Ministerial Candidate Laeta Umbrey
has demanded for a CBI enquiry into the whole episode to reveal all the 'blacksheeps'
involved in the mess
"Had the project site not been shifted for getting huge land compensation deal,
the all important multi-crore projects would have started by now," Umbrey said.
Supporting the voices of the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF), Umbrey
urged the Govt. not to make mockery of the development projects and allow the public
of Banderdewa circle to have the last laugh.
Taking dig at Congress Party, Umbrey stated that administration and governance today
is done by Supreme Count and High Courts and not by the elected Government.
"When the High Court has directed the Govt. to maintain status quo on the issue of
Greenfield airport, the Chief Minister of the State has no moral and legal authority
to push the subject further," Umbrey asserted.
Five PLA ultras nabbed
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Five PLA ultras have been apprehended and huge quantities of arms
and ammunition recovered from their possession by security forces from Longding on
The Assam Rifles stationed at Longding in a joint operation with state police from
Pongchau Police Station apprehended the PLA cadres from Pongchau area, who have been
identified as Pongsiba Dingam, Jackson Kuki, Diwang Chawang, Monglemba Meitei and
Ngongo Meitei-- all from Manipur, informed Deputy Superintendent of Police JK Lego.
Two AK M-22, two AM-T81, one 3G81 LMG along with 631 rounds bullets, 13 magazines,
one magazine box and cash Rs. 22,000 were recovered from their possession, Lego informed.
All of them were remanded to police custody. Earlier, they were sent to JMFC, Longding
after joint interrogation.
A case (No. - 03/2014) has been registered against the ultras at Pongchau Police
Station U/S 15 UA(P) Act R/W Sec. 21 Arms Act on receiving an FIR from one Dilip
Singh of first Assam Rifles, Longding.
Arunachal celebrates Intl Women's Day
ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Along with the rest of the world, Arunachal Pradesh has celebrated
International Women's Day with pomp and gaiety today.
The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women celebrated the day at Banquet hall
here in collaboration with Department of Women and Child Development and APWWS on
the theme 'Equality for women is progress for all'.
Addressing the gathering, Padmashree Mamang Dai, Member of A P State Public Service
Commission, while speaking on the status of women in context of Indian mythology,
said that women is worshipped, revered, and has a high esteem, however at the same
time women go through various complex issues which need to be addressed in the right
perspective. It's a challenging time for a woman and a mother to deal with young
generations which is going through a transitional period and have easy access to
She called upon all womenfolk to understand and be sensitive towards them and also
guide them. More laws don't mean less crime, she said. It is important to look into
the root cause of the crime as such incidents happen due to ignorance and unhealthy
family environment. So it is necessary to enlighten people on such issues and include
women in policy making process, especially in higher education sector.
She further urged upon the women of the state to re-establish our tribal credentials
and create a pan -Arunachal identity.
Chairperson APSCW cum President APWWS Gumri Ringu, in her keynote address, while
dwelling upon the history of celebration of IWD, said that, in spite of framing
of various women friendly laws, the factual position of women at the national and
global level is still of great concern. Awakening of collective consciousness is
the need of the day, change of heart and attitude is what is needed to achieve gender
She further said that, gender equality does not mean fight against men, but fight
against negative attitude that are ingrained in the society.
The resource person of the day, Advocate Nikita Danggen, while speaking on the theme
said that, progress of women is progress of a society. Empowerment should begin at
home and equality can be achieved through education, equal participation in policy
making process, governance, economic etc. She also appealed all to stand up for equality
and justice of women.
Director W&CD R T Riba, said that women play a very important role in a society and
is one of the determinants of social development as well as architect of and contributor
to building the society, the state and the nation.
Cultural program by Hiri Moro society, Doimukh Mahila party and a skit on 'Domestic
Violence and gender Inequity was presented by HCCD group.
Members of State Commission, former members of APSCW, officers and officials from
W&CD Deptt., police officers, various govt. officers, executive members of APWWS,
NNA, NES, Students, Aganwadi workers and housewives attended the program.
Celebrating the day at Yingkiong in Upper Siang district at a function organized
by APWWS district unit, ZPC Apel Modi advised the WWS members to educate/mobilize
rural women about the empowerment of women with reference to Panchayati Raj etc.
and to carry forward their responsibilities to family, area and society in constructive
and peaceful ways.
DMO Dr Kaling Dai advised the participants on various health matters concerning women
Various colourful cultural presentations by various tribes and sub-tribes of Adi
community living in Upper Siang District were also presented on the occasion.
Celebrating the day with a difference, two stalls of 'Chai pe charcha with Namo'
was organized by State Mahila Morcha Bharatiya Janata Party at Aakashdeep, Ganga
Market here today.
BJP state unit president Tai Tagak and former Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju and candidates
for 01 West Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency addressed the gathering on the occasion.
The Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) observed the day at Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium with the theme 'Mahila Suraksha Diwas' and topic 'safety of women
status: A way forward'.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of women folk, All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) general
secretary Jarjum Ete talked about safety of women, child labour and girl trafficking.
She urged upon all to help one another in need.
Delivering keynote address, APMCC vice president Tadar Yadir pointed out that even
when the Anti-rape bill has been passed in parliament, cases of rape and sexual harassments
are still on the rise.
Itanagar Municipal Council, Chief Councilor, Higio Aruni said that government should
create special reservation for women in jobs, politics and that equal status should
She further advocated for including martial arts in physical education classes.
OC, Women Police Station, Chukhu Nanu Bui, resource person, gave tips on how to combat
cases of sexual violence/assaults. She said, "Such cases should be reported to the
Advocate Taba Roji called for improving self confidence in women.
In another occasion, the Community Food & Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Itanagar
in collaboration with the Itanagar Urban ICDS, Itanagar also celebrated the day at
the premise of Itanagar Urban ICDS.
Speaking on the occasion, CDPO, Itanagar Tana Gumin while dwelling on the history
of women's day celebration said that the day opened up opportunities for a large
number of women organizations around the world acting on the economic and social
rights of their fraternity.
Further recognizing women's contribution towards every field in nation building,
he emphasized on the need to create mass awareness on the issues of women trafficking,
child marriage besides health, dowry and its detrimental effect in the society.
In Lower Subansiri district, a peaceful procession was taken out in Hapoli township
on the occasion of International Women's Day where in hundreds of woman of all ages
participated with placards.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu requested all mothers
to give emphasis on providing good education to their children. He also expressed
his admiration at the young and dynamic lady circle officers and exhorted the woman
folk to follow by the examples.
Some prominent women of the district also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion
special programs and games and sports were organized. Women from Mother's Society,
Home Society, Hari Women Group, Bulla Women group presented cultural items. The program
was organized by the APWWS Ziro Unit.
At Siyum: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) celebrated International
Women's Day and SHG day with participation of all the women and self help groups
Speaking on the occasion Fr. Johnson Puthur SAC, director of Catholic Mission, Siyum
explained the need of empowering and respecting the women in the society. He added
that the members of Self Help Groups should work sincerely and unified manner to
achieve the goals.
Sr. Teena Therese SD, In charge of Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum exhorted the
gathering to avoid the social evil, unrest in the society and appealed to the gathering
to educate their children for a better, prosperous tomorrow.
Among others, Fr. Sijo Chacko, Principal of St. Vincent Pallotti School Siyum, Sr.
Sheelet SD Headmistress were present on the occasion. Cultural programmes and sports
activities were organized to mark the occasion.
At Yachuli: International Women's Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm under
the banner of Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) unit Yachuli in collaboration
with World Vision India Yazali. A procession was organized from Don Bosco School
to Yachuli town with a play cards and banners by women's, children and students of
While speaking on the occasion, Joram Namu (Rijuju) Asstt professor DN College Itanagar
urged the women to know their rights and to play important role in the process of
development. She also called upon the women folk to fight against social evils like
dowry system, child marriage and many other socials evil which still exists in
our country. "Education to a girl child is more important to eradicate social evils
in our society "said Namu.
Jaya Jawl Singh, Deputy Director ICDS Ziro and Joram Eliu ACP also spoke during the
occasion. Dempu Pheiga program Manager, Panchayats leaders, Gauburas and senior citizen
of Yachuli also attended the program. Exhibition stalls by the women SHG members
on weaving, handicraft, agriculture/horticulture, local ornaments etc. and cultural
programmes were other attraction of the celebration.
In Lower Dibang Valley District, on the occasion of International Women's Day today,
the district administration has given a different but valuable message to the citizens
of Lower Dibang Valley through its youth icon, Tine Mena, the first Women Everester
of the North East. The message was announced through the public address system in
and around the Roing Bazaar area regarding the ethics of voting at par with the ECI
guidelines and for free, fair and peaceful conduct of election in the district.
Meanwhile, the Expenditure Monitoring Cell has been formed in the district with Sandeep
Kumar Singh, AC cum SDM as its Nodal Officers. Various teams under the cell viz.
Video Surveillane Team, Video Viewing Team, Accounting Team, Media Certification
& Monitoring Team, Static Surveillance Teams, etc. were formed and given training
AAPSU demands President's Rule in state
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today denounced the
dissolution of Assembly with its strongest term and demanded immediate imposition
of the President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh till the new legislative Assembly is
AAPSU said that complete breakdown of law and order in the state, economic blockade
and boundary issue, dissolution of Assembly, financial crisis and mismanagement of
the state exchequer are the reasons for demanding President's rule.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club today AAPSU President Kamta Lapung questioned
the logic behind the state government's statement in which it stated that dissolution
of Assembly is to minimize the election cost which roughly estimated Rs 70 crore.
The state government is already under financial crisis and crore of public money
has been mismanaged, Lapung added. Condemning the 'infighting between Congress
leaders' which according to him put the entire state in current situation, Lapung
said "Congress has 55 MLAs in the state Assembly and they should run the government
smoothly. They cannot run away from the responsibility."
"If the current government is unable to run the state, there is no need of care taker
government; rather the state should be immediately brought under President rule,"
the apex student union said.
AAPSU also strongly opposed the chief secretary's statement, in which CS said that
chief minister and council of ministers will continue to function, saying that it
would encourage council of ministers to misuse the government machinery and power
to score individual political mileage in run up to the election.
Citing the various law and order incidents such as reported RWD CEO Doli Nyodu abduction
case, attack on professionals, fake LTS bill payment, and Tarraso incident, AAPSU
General Secretary Biru Nasi stated that Arunachal government has failed to protect
its own indigenous people. Nasi added that elected representatives have run away
from the responsibility and abandoned the state out of greed and left its own people
at mercy of hooligans. He also termed the dissolution of Assembly as mockery of
democracy saying that it would deprive thousands of students to enjoy their adult
franchise as exam will be on in most of the colleges and universities.
AAPSU Chief Advisor and former president Takam Tatung criticized the Governor for
accepting the cabinet recommendation for dissolution of Assembly. AAPSU Convenor
Tadar Kakum asserted that AAPSU will fight continue to protect the lives and properties
of the Indigenous people of the state. Finance Secretary Suraj Tayem in his address
termed the cabinet decision to dissolve the state Assembly as biased decision ever
made by the legislators in the history of the state.
Earlier AAPSU has submitted its representation to the Governor demanding deployment
of adequate security forces at Capital complex, and other vulnerable areas like boundary
to maintain law and order problem. It also sought white paper on financial status
of the state government claiming that there has been serious case of financial mismanagement
and crisis which forced cabinet to call for simultaneous election of the state assembly
along with Lok Sabha. AAPSU said that it expects reddressal of their demands from
the Governor within 12th March saying that failing to do so would invite series of
Simultaneous polls an intelligent move: SUMA
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Students Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) has welcomed the
initiative of the State Government to recommend simultaneous polls for both Parliamentary
and Assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh.
"We believe this is a historic and one of the most intelligent moves of the state
government in the recent times," SUMA said in a release.
"Election process involves huge expenditure and conduction of the Assembly polls
along with the Parliamentary elections will minimize the expenditure to a large extent,"
the release said.
Also, the burden on government officials on election duty will be lessened. If the
Assembly polls were to be conducted after six months, the whole machinery will again
have to be geared up, which will be tiresome exercise, the release said.
SUMA expressed gratitude to the Governor for accepting the recommendation for dissolution
of the state legislative assembly by the Cabinet, which has cleared the deck for
simultaneous polls. "There are so many issues like that of inter-state boundary row
with Assam, law and order, financial crisis, infrastructure development, etc which
need to be addressed immediately. Only a fresh and stable government with the people's
mandate will only be able to deal with these urgent issues," it said.
SUMA appealed to all civil societies, political parties, student organizations and
citizens to welcome the move and get prepared for the polls. It further said that
opposition to the initiative for simultaneous polls, if any, from any quarter, will
be with only political and selfish interests.
"SUMA will oppose any move by any organization that opposes the simultaneous poll
initiative," the release added.
Poll personnel urged to ensure zero error during election process
CHANGLANG, Mar 08: In order to make the district prepared in all respects and to
avoid any lacunae and untoward incidence during the ensuing Lok Sabha election Changlang
Deputy Commissioner-cum-DEO, Chanchal Yadav called upon an emergency meeting amongst
all the Administrative Officers, Security Personnel, members of Flying Squad, Static
Surveillance Team, Video Surveillance Team, Video Viewing Team, MCMC, EMT and Accounting
Addressing the meeting, Yadav reiterated the important responsibilities of the all
the members engaged in different duties and insisted them to have clear concept of
the duties assigned to them to avoid future confusion. She exhorted officers, official
and police personnel engaged in election duty to ensure zero error during the election
process. Briefing upon all the standard operating plan of District during the ensuing
Lok Sabha Election Yadav categorically asked the ADCs to make proper plan to send
polling team well in advance under whose jurisdiction some polling stations are inaccessible.
Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar briefed on Security Arrangement Plan in the
district and responsibilities of those assigned with very important duties.
Tax and Excise, Superintendent Monica Medam Lowang also spoke in the meeting.
Earlier on March 07, DC Chanchal Yadav convened a meeting with the members of all
National and State Political Parties yesterday. While giving the Schedules of the
forth coming Lok Sabha election she urged all the members to go through the Model
code of conduct and strictly follow the guidelines of the Election Commission of
India during election process.
While informing the house that the motto of election this time is ethical voting,
she requested the members present to educate the fellow citizens to refrain from
giving and taking bribe and in case of have knowledge of such incidence inform the
Complaint Monitoring Cell of the district at 03808-222293 and 03808222221which is
a toll free numbers and functional for 24X7 hours. She requested all the party members
not to make electoral offences by giving negative remarks on any caste, community
or hatred words during the rallies. Superintendent of Police, Vijay Kumar and Superintendent,
Tax & Excise Minica Medam Lowang also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Villages adopt social regulatory measures
AALO Mar 08: Various resolutions on reformations and restructuring of social life
within Doke area jurisdiction was adopted in a meeting held at Raji Doke village
The house unanimously imposed many social restrictions like banning on rearing of
goat in the area to protect the leaves and bark of agriculture and horticulture plants
and trees and every household have been appealed to sell or dispose off their domesticated
goats within 2 months from the date of passing the resolution.
The house also passed a resolution to confine rearing of stray domestic pigs. It
also said that no new forest, agricultural plants, Bamboo farm, Toku Patta garden
will be planted within the village except plantation programme of pine trees for
beautification of the village.
No outsiders are allowed to use any spot for picnic or other immoral activities throwing
bottles, plastic materials within Doke area jurisdiction up to Sinem river side without
prior permission from Group Secretary, ASM and GBs. Illegal collection of woods,
bamboo, tek/toko leaves, ékkam, bamboo shoots, sand, boulder etc. has also been banned
at Doke area jurisdiction and violation by any individual will be imposed fine at
the first instance. Any damage or demolition of public property like Keba Dere, Anganwadi
centre, Community School, Teacher quarter, school building, church, Gangi intentionally
by any individual will be imposed fine depending on the gravity of loss or damage
The meet also stressed on individual household latrine, dispose off dead animals
in epidemic by respective household owner, maintenance of ecological balance by banning
traditional system of hunting. A fine will be imposed against the violators depending
on the nature of violation. Cigarette, Tobacco, Tiranga and other alcoholic items
which contain drugs is also prohibited within village area. Any retailer found selling
such drug items to young boys and girls shall be imposed fine. The meeting was attended
by Toyi Doke, Group Secretary, Otem Jamoh, EAC Tirbin, Anchal Samity members, Gram
Panchayat members, GBs and all households of six Doke villages, Sodo, Tedu, Ragi,
Rumdo, Yapak, Dedu Lipu, and Moba Doke of Tirbin area. DIPRO
DEO calls for strict adherence to election guidelines
KHONSA, Mar 08: A meeting of all the Sector Magistrate, Nodal Officer, HODs and all
the representatives of various political parties of Tirap and Longding districts
was held in the DC's conference Hall today. Issue regarding conduct of election in
peaceful and fair manner was discussed during the meeting.
All the nodal officers and magistrates appointed for flying squads were briefed about
their duties by Kamlesh Joshi, DEO Tirap and Longding district. DEO directed all
to perform their assigned duties as per the ECI guidelines. He further called for
Video coverage of all polling stations in order to ascertain free and fair election
in the trouble torn district.
Ajit Kumar Singla, Superintendent of Police, Tirap and Longding districts briefed
the gathering about the MCC and requested all the magistrate to perform the duties
as per MCC guidelines. At noon meeting with all the representatives of the various
political parties of Tirap and Longding distirct was also held.
Kamlesh Joshi briefed the representative of various political parties to abide by
the MCC guidelines and requested for extending their hand for a peaceful conduct
of election. DIPRO
BJP alleges Govt. of hatching conspiracy to sabotage election process
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has
alleged that conspiracy is being hatched by the ruling Congress Government in the
state to sabotage the election process by dissolving the State Assembly 'un-constitutionally
and against the interest of the people before expiry of terms.'
Addressing a party meeting here today to take stock of the political scenario after
the development, State BJP President Tai Tagak alleged that the state Assembly has
been dissolved despite serious law and order situation only to gain political mileage.
"The State Government instead of taking care of the people's safety and security
has made a mid-night exercise to dissolve the State Assembly even keeping the party
legislators in dark," Tagak said.
Tagak disclosed that the Central Election and Legal Cell of the party will file petition
to the Election Commission of India protesting the State Government's un-constitutional
and undemocratic recommendation for dissolution of the State Assembly.
The meeting was attended by former ministers R K Khrimey, Naresh Glow, Nyato Regia,
Tapen Siga, former BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga, former MLA Ngurang Pinch and Nani Rebia.
Unying-Aran festival celebrated with traditional fervor
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Adi community residing within the Capital Complex celebrated
its Unying-Aran Gí:dí, the first festival of the Adi new year with great enthusiasm
and traditional fervor at Naharlagun yesterday.
The day-long festival witnesses various cultural presentations by cultural troupes.
Later, the main dance of Aran festival "Yakjong" dance was also performed in the
festival ground where all walks of life participated.
On the occasion, Nyishi Elite Society's Papum Pare unit vice-chairman R K Taj extended
Aran greetings to all people and exhorted them to celebrate all the festivals cutting
across the community lines together to foster communal harmony and peaceful coexistence
He further said that "We need to celebrate such festival irrespective of different
community, caste, class etc. to foster communal harmony and peaceful coexistence.
Celebrating such festival will also harness cultural exchange too", he said.
Taking note on wanton killing of wildlife during this festival, Taj, who is also
a scientist at State Forest Research Institute discouraged rampant hunting and instead,
asked them to adopt traditional way of hunting.
"We should use traditional way of hunting which is being inherited from our forefathers".
He also said that many unwanted incidents (accident) occurred during the time of
fishing and hunting due to rampant use of modern arms and weapons in such activities.
Unying-Aran Celebration Committee (UACC) adviser Jombo Ratan informed that the festival
is celebrated to bid farewell to prosperous, vibrant, youthful past (winter season
in which minimum suffering and bountiful of harvest crops exist) and welcoming of
New Year indicates by sound of birds like Pipur, Pakkom, Todí-Kurkur and others.
"It is strongly believed that those who celebrate with full faith and believe to
this festival, the 'Kojum-Koje' will bless them for prosperity. So, the Unying/Donggin
Sobos (mithuns) are being sacrificed during Unying-Aran", he said while reading the
He further said that Aran festival being the first and one of the biggest festivals
of Adi community should be celebrated in a grand way. Whenever we talk about our
festival it is the Aran festival where everyone can participate i,e from children
to old people.
Participating the celebration, social worker Dakmo Jini asked the people to protect
the 'Mother Earth' through this festival. He also advised the seniors to show the
younger generation the foot prints of culture and tradition so that they can follow
While wishing the people on the occasion, Adi Bane Kebang president Kangir Jamoh
has expressed serious concern on deletion of the Aran festival from the holiday list
by the state government.
He also informed that the Kebang has appraised the state government on the matter
and they have taken the matter into special consideration for its inclusion.
Former information commissioner and senior citizen Bani Danggen said that the festival
of Adis such as Unying-Aran, Podi-Barbi and Donggin are same kind of festival. He
also exhorted for celebration of such festival together.
UACC president Dr Rajen Kombo and secretary Tamin Pabin and Dr Annong Borang also
spoke about Aran festival.
Later in the evening, the children, men and women with Yakjong dress visited every
house of the community to bless for well-being of the family.
Illegal boulder mining continues in East Siang
PASIGHAT, Mar 08: With mining of boulder, sand and sand gravels being the profitable
industry for the contractors as well as the individual owners (Area Malik) in Siang
valley, exploitation of mineral resources are underway in the region overlooking
laid down norms. One such example is boulder mining from the river beds.
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court has banned any kind of mining of minor
minerals, including sand, without environmental clearance from the Union ministry
for environment and forests, while National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a restraint
order on August 5, 2013, against all sand mining activity being carried out across
the country without environmental clearance.
Despite the recent ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) across the country
on mining of sand from river beds, boulder mining trade is flourishing in different
parts of East Siang district, especially in Mebo and Ruksin Sub-division, albeit
Indiscriminate extraction of boulders and sand from the river beds at the bridge
points is gradually affecting the river flows and this may pose great threat to the
people living at downstream and cause an ecological catastrophe in the region.
Locals said that the matter was already brought to the notice of the East Siang district
authority, but to no avail.
The local people with the environmentalists are seriously concerned over unscientific
quarrying rampant in the river bed for the last several years which has resulted
in change of course by the river. The authority concerned has no control over the
It is alleged that that majority of persons carrying out mining activity of removing
minerals from the riverbed have no licence to extract and also they have not obtained
"clearance" from the ministry of environment and forests or the state environment
impact assessment authority."
"The Siang river is changing its course towards its left side which may affect a
large portion of rural areas. It may also severely affect the bio-diversity of Dying
Ering wildlife sanctuary," said the people of Mebo- Sub-division.
While visiting the bridge Point of Siku River, a left tributary of the mighty Siang,
this correspondent saw rude and unscientific extraction of boulders, gravels and
sandy materials from the riverbed. The boulders collected from the river bed is supplied
to the crusher units set up near in the area.
Siang River flowing down from China is a major tributary of mighty Brahmaputra in
Assam. Due to rampant boulder excavation from river beds, huge volumes of sediments
from the geologically fragile Arunachal hills are carried to downstream, causing
frequent change of river courses in Assam.
Environmentalists have observed that removal of minerals from riverbeds has been
posing a serious threat to the flow of rivers, survival of forests upon river banks
and more seriously, to the environment on river banks.
Arunachal could become country’s football powerhouse
ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Arunachal Pradesh could become the country’s football powerhouse
in the next few years if everything goes as planned as the coaches from famous Reading
Football Club (RFC), who along with advisor Tomo Nomuk arrived here three days ago,
started their six-month-long coaching cum talent hunt at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy
(SLSA) playground, Chimpu near here today.
Coaches Keith Greene and Jamie Carr, having coaching experience of 18 and six years
respectively, will train the sub-junior under 14 years players. At Chimpu, 42 players
from Papum Pare and Capital Complex are attending the month-long training which was
kicked off by Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Vice Chairman Likha Tara today
Tara said this is a promise fulfilled by the state government, especially Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, to engage experienced football coach to train local youths.
Similar training camps of one month’s duration each will also be organized at Aalo/Nari
for players of West Siang, East Siang and Upper Siang districts from May 15, at Roing
for Lower Dibang Valley, Tirap, Longding, Changlang, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and Lohit
from April 10. It will be held for West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang at Bomdila/Rupa
from June 20 and Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri at Ziro from
This is the first time Reading FC is training any players in India, Nomuk said.
The coaching camps are being organized jointly by SSA and Arunachal Pradesh Football
Earlier, the coach duo stressed on hard work and maintaining strict discipline by
players. They also briefed the young footballers about the basic requirements, such
physical fitness, concentration, cooperation, confidence and maintaining healthy
and balanced diet etc. to become a good player.
RFC, an English Premier League (EPL) football club, entered into a MoU with the Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association (APFA) on September 30 last to give a new thrust to
soccer in the state.
The MoU was signed by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, representing APFA as its president,
and Nomuk on behalf of the premier club, in the presence of the Chief Minister.
RFC advisor Nomuk, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president G. Doke, Sports
and Youth Affairs Department Assistant Director Tadar Apa, officials of SSA and SYA
department were present during the inaugural function.