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
APCTA suspends stir temporarily
ITANAGAR, May 17: Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) has decided
to suspend its ongoing non-cooperation movement temporarily till the next Academic
Council Meeting. The decision was taken after Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor
has assured to consider both the demands in the next Academic Council Meeting on
APCTA has been demanding exemption from entrance test for pursuing Ph. D program
and the entitlement of the eligible Associate Professors of colleges to act as supervisor
for Ph.D program’ in congruence with many other reputed Universities of India.
ITANAGAR, May 17: The authority of Biological Park, Itanagar will conduct free livestock
vaccination programme to prevent spread of diseases like FMD, HS & BQ from domestic
animals to Zoo animals from May 24 to June 1.
The vaccination programme will be carried out by a team of vets and forest staff
led by Dr Sorang Tadap, veterinary officer, Biological Park, forest staff from May
24 to June 1.
The Zoo (Biological Park) authority has appealed all the livestock owners of the
Poma, Bath, Lor-putu, Sangloputu, Sangrihapa villages and Gohpur, Forest corporation,
Chimpu area and Horticulture colony, Itanagar to cooperate with the vaccination team
and get their animals vaccinated.
Biometric attendance system launched in Anini
ANINI, May17: Biometrics finger print attendance system was officially inaugurated
by, Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso in a function held in National Informatics Centre,
Anini in presence of many officers and officials.
Calling upon to all to be sincere, punctual and regular, the DC said, the Biometric
system of attendance has been brought to use basically to inculcate healthy work
culture amongst the govt. employees of entire state.
The DC lauded the efforts put in by Rajendra Prasad, DIO and DPO CW Chautang, particularly
for the pain and initiative taken in the installation of the device despite their
engagement in the ongoing PR election duties.
The DC informed that said the device was procured under UNTIED fund.
Around 150 finger prints of employees from many departments were recorded in the
Former minister alleges irregularities in Panchayal polls
ITANAGAR, May 17: Former Minister Bida Taku has alleged serious irregularities in
yesterday’s Panchayat election in 7th East Seppa constituency and demanded re-polling
in Kakukao, Pabua and Laimoya.
The former minister alleged physical assault on polling agents of an independent
ZP candidate by some miscreants which disrupted the polling process at 78-Pabua.
However, polling was completed without the presence of polling agents in violation
of the laid down norms, he said. There was also serious violation of election code
of conduct during the polling in Laimoya stations, he alleged without elaborating.
Taku further informed that a car of a former minister was destroyed at Kakukao polling
station while a woman supporter of an independent candidate was severely beaten by
miscreants at Kakukao village. Taku criticized the district administration for failing
to maintain law and order during the election period.
All Singhi Welfare Association (ASWA) has also condemned the incidents and urged
the district administration to issue notice for fresh polling in those places.
Holding district administration responsible for the untoward incidents, ASWA alleged
that the District Administration did not make proper security arrangements though
those polling stations were declared hyper-sensitive which has resulted in booth
capturing and physical assault on polling agents.
306 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
NEW DELHI/ITANAGAR, May 17: The Maharashtra Government has ordered withdrawal of
Class X Geography textbooks that excludes Arunachal Pradesh from the map of India.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan termed as “unpardonable mistake” the exclusion of
Arunachal Pradesh from the map of India published in the textbooks and disbanded
the committee of experts which had approved of the textbook.
"Orders have been issued to stop circulation of the textbooks to students and efforts
are on to get back the books that have been circulated," he told reporters here.
The Chief Minister yesterday assured a high-level delegation from Arunachal Pradesh
that his government will take action through the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary
and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) against all those responsible for printing
a wrong India map in the geography and economics textbook.
Chavan said the government was evaluating options on how to replace the textbooks
that have already been distributed.
"An inquiry is underway to find out how this mistake has happened and who is responsible
for this. I have directed the Education Minister to take strict action against those
responsible for this," he said.
The Arunachal team led by Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy met Chavan at his Delhi
residence and submitted a protest letter to him, demanding a thorough investigation
to find out the truth behind the 'Missing Map' of Arunachal Pradesh from the textbook.
The team also demanded that all books circulated throughout Maharashtra should be
withheld till investigation to unearth the truth is completed.
Sanjoy alleged sabotage of such publication by anti-national elements who are inimical
to the nation's democratic set up.
He said that such publications demean the national security of the country, where
Arunachal Pradesh people stood time tested and sacrificed to be the first class citizen
of the Indian nation. Earlier, Sanjoy had written a letter to Prime Minister Dr.
Manmohan Singh for immediate institution of enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) or the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The delegation headed by Sanjoy, included AAPSU President Kamta Lapung, Prof. Tana
Showren of Rajiv Gandhi University and Joint Secretary Delhi AAPSU, JT Tagam.
Till date, 1.17 lakh textbooks in English and 4.71 lakh in Marathi containing the
map have been sold. The board could swap the books for ones with a corrected map
or may instruct schools to tell students to correct the mistake.
The textbooks have been printed by the state-run Balbharti and approved by the Maharashtra
State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
As many as 17 lakh copies of the text book have been printed. (Agencies)
‘Secret’ Panchayat voting at Longding district
ITANAGAR, May 17: In a first of its kind, the Panchayat election at Hasse Russa village
under Longding district was held secretly to avoid clash with Assam police personnel.
According to the report, Assam police on 16th evening cordoned off Govt Primary School,
Hasse-Russa, which was the main polling station of the area. Claiming that area belongs
to Assam, the large police contingent numbering around 300 lead by SP Sivsagar did
not let election process take place at the designated polling booth.
The Assam police were heavily armed and came well prepared. When contacted, Kanubari
Additional Deputy Commissioner N Wangjen informed that Assam police arrived at polling
station ahead of local officials. “Their police were armed with modern weapons and
was in combat mood. They were carrying ammunition, tear gas and lathis. I along
with Longding district SP went to Govt Primary School, Hasse-Russa where polling
was supposed to take place. We requested them not to disturb the election process.
However they did not relent,” said ADC Wangjen. Further he added, “We were outnumbered
by Assam police. Despite our repeated request they did not allow us to conduct polling
at the designated polling station. Left with no choice, we had to virtually carry
out secret election process.” The polling was later held at Anganwadi centre.
As per the figure released by government official, polling percentage in Hasse Russa
was reported at 40% as many of the voters could not turn up due to confusion regarding
poll venue. The incident has deeply angered the local citizens and there is simmering
tension. “The Govt Primary School, Hasse-Russa is located way inside the Arunachal
territory. We have voted in the same venue in last assembly and parliament election.
This is our land and Assam has no right to disturb us like this,” told a resident
of Hasse Russa village over phone. Further he added, “This brazen act by Assam police
official supported by various organizations and unions of Sivsagar district is very
provocative in nature. The government of Arunachal should take note of such incident
and ensure that status quo is maintained as per Supreme Court ruling.” In August
2010, the clashes had broken out between Assam and Arunachal after Assam police illegally
constructed police barrack inside Arunachal territory at Kamkuh Russa area of Kanubari
sub-division. The angry local Arunachalee citizen had destroyed police barrack. In
retaliation, various organizations of Assam tacitly supported by its government had
imposed lengthy economic blockade against Tirap district causing immense trouble
to the local citizens. The Arunachalee citizen living in boundary areas are repeatedly
harassed by Assam police officials. At the time of filing this report, the Assam
police had not yet vacated the campus of Govt Primary School, Hasse-Russa.
10 polling stations identified for Re-poll in Upper Subansiri
DAPORIJO, May 17: The District Election Officer has ordered fresh polling (Re-polling)
in 10 polling stations in Upper Subansiri district after complaints of vote capturing
and other irregularities.
Re-polling will be held in polling stations at Lepajaring Govt. Primary School, Lingram
Govt. ME School, Ebo Govt. Primary School, Damba Community Hall under Taliha Anchal
Samiti, Kamra Temporary Shed and Haning Temporary Shed under Payeng Anchal Samity,
Natam Govt IV School and 110-Marging Temporary Shed under Giba Anchal Samity , Aki
Nirin Govt. Pry. School and Param Govt. Pry School under Dumporijo Anchal Samiti,
District Magistrate cum DEO Tahang Taggu said.
However, polling passed off peacefully in most of the polling stations with large
number of voter turnout.
Meanwhile, the DM expressed grief and sorrow over death of HK Chutia, Senior Accounts
Officer, DRDA, who was deputed as Presiding Officer at Lepajaring polling station
under Taliha Anchal Samiti. Chutia died after suffering a stroke in the polling station.
He was rushed to the District Hospital Daporijo, where he succumbed to the stroke.
Meanwhile, re-polling in 3/4 Jeyi Bagra Polling Station under Pushi Anchal Samity
and Zilla Parishad Member Constituency of Aalo West has been fixed on May 20 as per
the directive of State Election Commission.
Re-polling in Jeyi Bagra Polling Station has been ordered after miscreants snatched
away ballot box. The incident occurred when the polling team along with AERO Sona
and Tomi Doke, DDSE and the Executive Magistrate were returning from the said polling
station in a car in between Jeyi and Higi Bagra. According to report, a group of
80 activists forcibly snatched away the ballot box and ran away into the nearby jungle.
However, polling in other polling stations ended peacefully and all polling teams
barring far flung Pidi and Monigong circles have arrived Aalo safely along with sealed
The Panchayat polls held in the 93 Polling stations for the 6 ZP, 40 Anchal Samity
and 116 Gram Panchayat seat in West Kameng district passed-off peacefully with an
aggregate of 81.05% voting.
Three ZP, 57 AS and 351 GP candidates were elected uncontested. Interestingly, 30
GP seats have remained vacant due to non-filing of nominations.
Municipal elections yesterday in Pasighat recorded 65.90% polling while the three
tier Panchayat election registered 81.07% polling. Barring an incident of skirmishes
at Lokpeng village under Boleng subdivision, where re-poll will be conducted, polling
in rest of the district was by and large peaceful. Women and first-time voters showed
keen interest in exercising their adult franchise as a large number of women were
seen standing in queues in front of polling booths in villages.
Reportedly, all the polling teams of Municipal and Panchayat elections have returned
successfully and deposited poll materials /EVMs/ballot boxes etc to their respective
Our Ruksin correspondent adds: Ruksin Sub-division in East Siang recorded a total
81.50% voter turn-out in all 20 polling booths in three blocks.
Election office sources said that as many as 8,722 electorates including 4,193 males
and 4,529 female exercised their franchise. The Mangnang polling booth under Sille-Oyan
block recorded highest (90.94%) polling while Ruksin booth recorded the lowest (65%)
Polling was held in Rayang polling booth under Ruksin block comprising two anchal
segments for the Zilla Parishad seat only as the candidates in all Anchal Samity
and Gram Panchayat seats were declared unopposed.
The percentage of voting was about 80%.
Allow Arunachalee to visit China on stapled visa, re-open border trade routes: Rijiju
ITANAGAR, May 17: Ahead of proposed visit of new Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India,
former Arunachal MP Kiren Rijiju has appealed the Prime Minister of India to take
bold step to give Indo-China relation a new and positive beginning.
While offering two-point suggestions to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up
with the visiting Chinese Prime Minister at least to begin with a bold and concrete
steps for solution to border dispute, Rijiju sad “Our biggest concern remains to
be the Chinese claim on ‘the whole of Arunachal Pradesh State’ since the remaining
boundary disputes are just running along uninhabitable areas owing to differences
in boundary perception of LAC which can eventually be settled.”
The Chinese government by issuing stapled visas to Arunachalees, has in fact, soften
from its earlier stand of non-issuance of visas at all, thereby recognizing that
Arunachal Pradesh is part of India although “disputed” one, Rijiju said and feels
that “without diluting our stated position, India should consider allowing the Arunachalees
to visit China even on stapled visas. The formal exchanges of visits would downgrade
the status of Arunachal Pradesh to a less confrontational one.” He further said China
gets important international events which Arunachalees do not get to participate
On border trade, the former MP suggested reopening of all the traditional ancient
trade routes along McMahon Line and other Indo-China border areas as trading points
rather than making just Military meeting points only.
He said the political benefits would be that in long run these de-facto border trading
points will be converted into formal de-jure border points which can be permanently
acceptable to both sides. Trade & commerce is foundation to great political relations.
“If we fail to strike any concrete settlement with China then Arunachal Pradesh
will forever remain a disputed at least according to the Chinese. And the conflict
between two countries will keep flaring up time and again which could be disastrous
and will be detrimental to our Country's progress,” Rijiju asserted.
Members of NE expedition scale Mt Everest
ITANAGAR, May 17: The 1st North East Mt. Everest Expedition today successfully summitted
the highest peak of the World- Mt. Everest (29,029 Ft.) at 7.35 AM (Indian Standard
Time). With the successful summit, it will now be listed in the history of the region
as the First Expedition comprising exclusively of North East India mountaineers and
being supported by Govt of India and State Government to have scaled the height of
Mt. Everest. The mountaineers of the region now join the league of the best mountaineers
in the world.
Mr. Anand Gurung from Sikkim was the first to summit Mt. Everest at 7.35AM (IST)
followed by Nima Lama from Arunachal Pradesh at 8.30AM (IST) and N. Bidyapati Devi
from Manipur at 9:30AM (IST). N. Bidyapati is the first lady from Manipur to summit
the Mt. Everest.
For the remaining members the Leader of the Expedition Dr. L. Surjit Singh, President,
MMTA advised to make the attempt for summit tomorrow due to heavy wind condition.
Other members of the team attempting the summit are currently waiting for the opportune
The team including Anshu Jamsenpa had arrived at the Everest Base Camp (EBC) on 5th
April 2013 and have been undergoing acclimatization, during the acclimatization the
team reached Camp-Ill (24000 Ft. (Approx.)) on 30th April 2013.
O. Ibobi Singh is the Chief Patron and D S Poonia, Chief Secretary; Govt, of Manipur
is the Chef de-Mission of the expedition.
The 1st North East India top of the World Mt. Everest Expedition is the first ever
expedition comprising exclusively of mountaineers from 6 states of North East India.
16 individuals from different states are participating in this expedition including
the support team. It is being funded by North Eastern Council, Shillong, supported
by Planning Department, Government of Manipur and being implemented by Manipur Mountaineering
and Trekking Association, Manipur.
Earlier, the expedition was flagged off from historic Kangla by Governor of Manipur
Gurbachan Jagat on 25th February last and subsequently by Pranab Mukherjee, President
of India from Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 20th March 2013.
Meanwhile, Taro Chatung, chairman of Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro extended hearty congratulation
to Anand Gurung, Nima Lama and Bidiyapati Devi. With the success of Nima Lama, Arunachal
has four Everesters - Tapi Mra, Tine Mena and Anshu Jamsenpa and Nima Lama. Anshu
Jamsenpa also in the team is the mother of two children who conquered Mt Everest
twice within a short span of nine days in May 2011. If she is successful in her third
attempt she will be the first woman in country to do so and to brings laurel the
TSGAP observes Tibet Solidarity day
ITANAGAR, May 17: The Tibet Support Group, Arunachal Pradesh chapter (TSGAP) today
observed International Tibet Solidarity day here with a day-long programme.
The day coincides with the day on which 6-year-old 11th Panchen Lama Gendhun Choekyi
Nyima disappeared in 1995 along with his parents in China, a press release said.
Despite repeated requests to meet him and know his whereabouts by world leaders,
China has refused to divulge any details and instead placed another boy of its choice
as the 11th Panchen Lama, the release said.
In the meeting two-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the Tibetans who
have immolated themselves for Tibet and the cause of the Tibetans.
As per record, 90 people immolated so far demanding freedom of Tibet and the return
of the Dalai Lama.
"We appeal to the Chinese government to re-start dialogue with the Tibetan government
in-exile at the earliest," Tacho Kabak, TSGAP president said. TSG hoped that under
the leadershio of Xi Jinping, President of People’s Republic of China and Li Keqiang
Prime minister of People’s Republic of China will solve the Tibet issue by fulfilling
the demand of Tibetan Exile Govt for genuine Tibetan Autonomous Region under one
umbrella (U-TSang, Amdo,Kham ) under the PRC.
Tibet Support Group of Arunachal Pradesh also appealed the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh,
Students Organisations, NGOs, Political parties to extend their support the demand
of Tibetan Exile Govt. and condemn violation of human rights in Tibet.
Anok Wangsa, former Minister and Secretary General Tibet Support Group, Tanyong Tatak,
former Minister and vice president of Tibet Support Group, Nima Sange, secretary
Tibet Support Group, Arunachal Pradesh unit also addressed the meeting among others.
Pema Graces Operation Samaritan
TAWANG, May 17: RWD & Tourism Minister Pema Khandu today distributed artificial limbs
to 17 physically challenged persons at a function organized as a part of Operation
Samaritan by the 3/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) under aegis of 190 Mountain Brigade,
also known as the Korea Brigade.
Speaking on the occasion, Pema hailed the Brigade for undertaking the philanthropic
services to the people of the district. He also praised the efforts of the Brigade
Commander Brig. JS Rajpurohit for his efforts to improve civil-army relationship
Praising the sentinels for braving all odds in guarding our borders, the Minister
assured all possible assistance from the civil society and guaranteed the Indian
Army a home away from home at Tawang.
Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev thanked the Indian Army for the noble services
in reaching to the needs of the “differently abled” persons in the district. He also
assured all co-operations to the Indian Army from the civil administration. Guru
Rinpoche, the abbot of Tawang monastery said that by providing humanitarian services
to the handicapped people, the Indian Army was able to translate the essence of Buddhism.
Brig. J.S. Rajpurohit instilled in a deep sense of security to the people of Tawang
by saying that the borders are well secured and it is perfectly fit for taking up
the much required developmental activities in the district.
“The Indian blood that flows in the flesh below the uniforms of every soldier of
Indian Army makes them equally concerned for development of Tawang district,” said
the Brigade Commander while assuring continuity to developmental activities in the
district by the Indian Army.
Principal of Manjushrishri Vidyapeeth Orphanage Amar Tamang also spoke on the occasion.
Later, the Minister along with the and abbot of Tawang Monastery was taken round
the Tawang War memorial by the brigade Commander and briefed about the renovation
and beautification works being carried out there. “This War memorial, which figures
in the tourist map of India will be the most artistically decorated War memorial
in the country” said the Brigadier. Being a spot of prime tourist interest, the Minister
was enthusiastic to develop tourist amenities around the Tawang War memorial.
The function was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life.
In recent Panchayat election it has been observed that the villagers get divided
and the ever loving families become enemies. They criticize each other. They don't
like to talk with each other even if they belong to the same family. I wonder why
our fellow citizens never try to understand that election is only a game. Why don’t
they understand that in every game one wins and other looses. When the family members
become enemies really it is unbearable. It is like putting salt in the wound. So
I would like to remind our fellow citizens that Indian Constitution had guaranteed
Fundamental Right to each and every citizen through which we can enjoy our adult
franchise. Everyone has the right to choose his/her leader. No one can curtail ones
right. Everyone has the right to decide their future.
Jumbin Darang Rayang
Let peace prevail
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to request to all the contestants
who took part in recently concluded Panchayat and Municipal election that whatever
the result may be whether you lose or win please maintain peaceful atmosphere. Winning
and losing are the two parts of a coin.
Kudos to AT
I enjoy reading the entire section of ' The Arunachal Times' one of the leading dailies
of the State. It gives detail coverage of news from various parts of state, North
East and country as well.
Malini ( Likabali )
It is very sad news for the people of Arunachal that, Arunachal is repeatedly excluded
from Indian Map. Year before Arunachal was shown within the Chinese territory in
Google Map and once again same has been repeated in the Class Ten Geography Textbook
I strongly retort the simple explanation of “the Printing mistake” given by Rajendra
Dadra (Minister of School Education) govt. of Maharastra. The printing machine cannot
do any mistake whenever man do not make mistake. This is not only bad for us but
they are cheating their future citizen also. Suppose, (How many states in India?)
if such question will be set in any competitive exam, then, what answer will be replied
by that students in their future?
In this regard, I strongly appeal to the Govt. of Arunachal not to devote in your
political/business carriers but to take strong action against Govt. of Maharastra
and to protest against them at national level also.
Once again I appeal to all the people of the state to put your hands together and
raise single voice over this issue instead of your activeness in any other issues
like communal/caste/religious/clan etc feelings/sentiments within the state.
Lastly but not least, I appeal to the media community (state/national) to raise this
issue at national/international level and have debate on all National TV channels.
Otherwise, such practice will be repeated in near future.
Kiryi Potom Research Scholar Dept. of Geography RGU
A new analysis of scientists’ articles on global warming and climate change has found
almost unanimous agreement that humans are the main cause.
The comprehensive examination of peer-reviewed articles on the topic showed an overwhelming
consensus among scientists that much recent warming is anthropogenic – the result
of human activities.
The study, the most comprehensive so far, identified 4,000 article summaries, or
abstracts, from papers published in the past 21 years which stated a position on
the cause of recent global warming.
Its finding that 97% of them echoed the consensus view – that anthropogenic global
warming (AGW) is responsible for the rise in global average temperatures – is remarkably
similar to the conclusion of a smaller study completed in 2004.
The latest study, Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the
scientific literature, which was led by John Cook of the University of Queensland,
Australia, is published in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters.
It did not stop at analysing the abstracts, but went further, asking each author
to rate their entire paper using the same criteria. Over 2,000 papers were rated,
and among those that discussed the cause of recent warming, 97% supported the argument
that much of it is caused by humans.