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
ITANAGAR, May 22: The road connectivity of Sangdupota Circle under Papum Pare district
was restored with the re-launching of Steel Bailey Bridge over river Poma today.
The bridge had collapsed on 29th November last year due to plying of an overloaded
Parliamentary Secretary Planning cum Local MLA Nabam Rebia visited the newly erected
steel bailey bridge of 180 feet span along with CO Sangdupota and officials of Doimukh
PWD Division today. Rebia appreciated the concerned department for the timely re-launching
of the bridge. He also appreciated GRSE Ltd. Kolkata for supporting the concerned
department on a very special consideration by providing bridge components on loan
basis for 3 months expiring on July 2013. The bridge over Poma River is now made
open to public traffic with the maximum load capacity of 15MT only. Earlier Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki visited the collapsed bridge site along with local MLA, DC Papum
Pare, CE W/Z APPWD and SE Capital Circle APPWD on 12th April and directed the department
to go ahead with re-launching of bridge immediately to restore road connectivity
to Circle headquarter Sangdupota and permanent site of NIT, Jote.
PPA condemns chopping off of Arunachal map in textbook
ITANAGAR, May 22: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) strongly condemned the omission
of Arunachal map in class 10 Geography and Economics textbook of Maharashtra State
Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
“It is a classic example of sheer negligence of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary
and Higher Secondary Education. This kind of apathetic attitude toward the people
of Arunachal Pradesh by the people from the mainland is surely to create doubt and
fear in the minds of people of this eastern-most state of the country,” PPA said
in a release.
Criticizing both Centre and State Government for remaining silent over the issue,
PPA demanded the latter to convene an all party meeting on the issue immediately.
Death of social worker mourned
ITANAGAR, May 22: The Tarh Welfare Society (TWS) has mourned the demise of Tarh Kasung
(Tarak) who passed away on May 11 at R K Mission Hospital here.
A renowned social worker, true priest and GB of Gaga village under Nyapin Circle
of Kurung Kumey district, Late Kasung is survived by his two wives, seven daughters
and three sons. He was the elder brother of TWS general secretary Tarh Miri.
In a condolence message, TWS wrote, “His untimely demise has left a huge vacuum in
the Tarh family in particular and Nyishi society as a whole. We have lost a senior
member whose place can never be filled up. His work and love for the society shall
remain immortal in the heart of every member.”
Offering condolence to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Arunachalee boy forced to consume illicit substance
ITANAGAR, May 22: An Arunachalee boy studying at ITFT College Chandigarh fell unconscious
after he consumed the drink that was offered by an auto driver in New Delhi yesterday.
The victim has been admitted in City Hospital, Karol Bagh for treatment, according
to a release from All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, Delhi unit.
The victim reportedly said in a semi-conscious state that he was offered some drinks
laced with drugs by the auto drivers when he was travelling in the hired auto from
Kashmere gate, Bus terminal, New Delhi to central Delhi.
An informal complaint has been lodged with Kashmere Gate Thana, the release informed.
However, investigation could be launched only after the victim recovers from the
unconsciousness state, it said quoting police. The matter has also been referred
to DCP North District, the release added.
“This is just one of many examples how notorious people are active in national capital,”
said the release. It appealed all to be careful when they visit Delhi to avoid such
Governor mourns demise of Sokjar
ITANAGAR, May 22: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen. (Retd) J J Singh has condoled
the sudden demise of Sokjar Gamlin. Late Sokjar was a former political interpreter
and chairman of S & G Printing and Publishing House that owns the English Daily “Eastern
Sentinel”. Sokjar breathed his last at a private hospital at Guwahati on May 20
In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Governor expressed shock and
prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
NAHARLAGUN, May 22: State Government has lifted the temporary suspension of Bank
transactions up to Rs.50 lakh under head of Account 8443 Civil deposits, according
to a notification. DIPR
Society alleged ill-treatment to juveniles
ITANAGAR, May 22: Claiming that two minors were mercilessly beaten up and bundled
up inside the bar by police officer after they raided Tamne village under Bana Sub-Division
in East Kameng district today, All Richo Welfare Society has vehemently condemned
the police brutality saying that two juveniles were kept behind bar and non-bailable
case registered against them. Terming the act as an unlawful, the Society appealed
to the district administration to maintain law and order problem.
KKSU mourns death of ex-PI
ITANAGAR, May 22: The Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) has deeply mourned the demise
of Sokjar Gamlin, former political interpreter and chairman of S & G Printing and
Publishing House that owns the English Daily “Eastern Sentinel”. Sokjar breathed
his last at a private hospital at Guwahati on May 20 morning.
Late Sokjar Gamlin was the father of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin and transport
minister Jarkar Gamlin. He was a kind hearted and one of the visionary men of KKSU
areas in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general, the Union said in a condolence
The KKSU observed three minutes silence for the peace of the departed soul and
prayed to the almighty Donyi Polo for enough strength to the bereaved family members
to bear the irreparable loss.
Union demands action against wrongdoers
ITANAGAR, May 22: Informing the incident wherein Assam police and Assam forest department
officials had destroyed Church and rostrum and injured many people at Digalmukh village
under East Kameng district, the All Pakke Kessang Pijeriang Dissing Passo Seijosa
Students’ Union (APPDSSU) has appealed the state government to take immediate action
against the responsible persons.
Also asking to provide compensation to the affected people, it warned of taking law
in its own hand if the vexed issue of boundary dispute is not solved early.
Pre-poll violence alleged, FIR lodged
RUKSIN, May 22: One Igo Doye (42) of Seren village in East Siang has been accused
in multiple charges like attacking two innocent persons besides damaging a vehicle
at the eve of last panchayat poll.
According to report, accused Doye illegally restrained one Ganesh Dabi of New Telam
village, who was on the way back from Seren village on May 15 evening. Doye and his
accomplice reportedly attacked on their car and made Ganesh and his mate Tumgo Riba
injured. The accused also broke the glass of the Scorpio during the attack. Ganesh
is a Congress party member in Nari-Koyu constituency.
Victim Ganesh, on the next day lodged an FIR with Nari Police accusing Igo Doye for
his unreasonable attack upon him and damaging his valuable Scorpio car. Police have
registered a case (Case No- 03/2013) under sections- 341/323/427 IPC against Igo
Doye and started investigation. Police however reluctant to disclose details of the
Doye is head master of a Govt Secondary School in Itanagar. He was allegedly involved
in active politics during the panchayat election in support of the NCP candidates
contesting in Nari-Seren Anchal block and thereby violated the Election Code of Conduct.
The senior Congressmen of Nari-Koyu have condemned the alleged act of the headmaster
and demanded the authority to take strict legal action against him.
311 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Governor inspects progress of BCT and OKSRT roads work
ITANAGAR, May 22: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) JJ Singh undertook an aerial
inspection of Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) and Orang-Kalaktang-Shergaon-Rupa-Tenga
(OKSRT) roads today.
Accompanied by Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg and Project Vartak Chief Engineer
Brig. PD Naidu, the Governor saw the progress of work on both the roads, which are
of immense importance to the people of West Kameng and Tawang.
In his efforts to expedite these projects, the Governor advised the concerned officers
to put their best effort and set a new benchmark for roads in the north eastern part
of the State.
The Governor emphasized on timely completion of the roads. He said that these roads
are vital from both tourism and defense point of view.
Recalling the ancient trade route from Udalguri-Tawang-Lhasa, the Governor pointed
that these roads will not only be benefiting the people of Arunachal Pradesh but
also to the people of Assam and West Bengal.
Later, the Governor interacted with senior officers of Army and Air Force at Tezpur.
According to official sources, of the 318 km BCT road work is in full swing from
0 (Charduar) to 50 km towards Bomdila-Tawang and will be completed by December 2013.
This border road is being funded by Ministry of Defence. Works are also being carried
out on the OKSRT road. PRO to Governor
Palin town tense after poll related violence
ITANAGAR, May 22: The poll related violence today rocked Palin town with one person
getting serious injury after security personnel open fire on unruly mob. According
to the report a group of people unhappy with the order of State Election Commission
to conduct re-poll of 15th Sangyata Pagu Anchal Segment today ransacked official
quarter of additional deputy commissioner at Palin town.
When security personnel tried to stop the mob, they started clashing with them. To
control the mob the police personnel fired in the air. However in the entire melee
one Takam Tagung, who is also contesting candidate for Anchal Samiti member was hit
by the stray bullet. According to the report he was not part of mob and was only
witnessing the incident from his home which is located adjacent to the ADC quarter.
His condition is stated to be serious.
Meanwhile Kurung Kumey district magistrate has declared 144 in the district. “In
view of the recent violence and threatening of life and property of officers/officials
performing election duty at Palin Township, the District Magistrate Kurung Kumey
District exercising the powers conferred under Sec 144 of CrPC 1973 prohibits carrying
of all kinds of arms and lethal weapons like daos, knife etc.,” stated DC in an email
Further holding of Public meetings, gathering and movement of 3 or more persons at
one place and doing anything that may lead to loss of public peace and order has
been banned in the district. The order comes into force from 22nd day of May’2013
and will remain in force until further notice. (ATNS and DIPRO)
Cong maintains lead in PR elections
ITANAGAR, May 22: Ruling Congress continues to maintain lead in elections to three-tier
system of Panchayat Raj in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to reports received from various district headquarters today, Congress
captured majority of Zilla Parishad seats in West Siang, Changlang, Tirap and Lower
Dibang Valley districts.
The party bagged all the declared ZP seats so far in West Siang district excepting
the 2-Aalo East Upper seat which has been won by PPA candidate.
Most of the ASMs and GPMs seats at Aalo East, West, Monigong/Pidi and Liromoba were
also captured by the INC candidates. The detailed results of other parts of the district
are still awaited.
In Tirap, Congress bagged four ZP seats out of seven and rests were won by Independent
The Anchal Block for Lazu and Khela-Lamsa were reserved for women candidates.
In the ASM election also the Independent candidates gave the ruling Congress candidates
a run for their money. However, INC candidates won most of the Anchal Samity and
Gram Panchayat seats.
A giant screen was put up outside the counting center for the live-viewing of the
In Longding INC swept the poll.
Congress bagged four ZP seats out of six while BJP and PPA won one seat each in Lower
Congress captured 1-Hunli, 2-Roing, 4-Iduli and 6-Dambuk seats while PPA and BJP
bagged the 5-Koronu and 3-Meka seats respectively.
Out of 31 ASM seats in Hunli, Roing, Meka, Iduli and Koronu blocks INC won 23, Independent
-5, PPA - 2 and BJP - 1. Congress also bagged 21 GP seats out of the election held
for 43 seats in those five blocks. Independent won 11, PPA 6 and BJP 5.
Lottery was drawn to decide the winner after election tied in two Gram Segments under
The detailed result of Dambuk Anchal Samiti Constituency is still awaited.
The Indian National Congress captured 10 seats out of total 11 Zilla Parishad segments
in Changlang district. Independent candidate won the remaining one seat.
No post-poll violence has been reported from any place of the entire district. The
District Administration made elaborate security arrangements during entire election
period to prevent any untoward incident.
Independent candidates bagged two ZP seats in Dibang Valley out of the total three
while Congress won Anelih-Arzoo seat.
Congress bagged 13 Anchal Samity seats out of total 21 and Independent candidates
won eight. It also bagged 52 GP seats out of 72. Sixteen seats went to independent
candidates and one seat to BJP. Polling was not held in two GP seats as no candidate
filed nomination papers for those seats.
Geku ZP seat in Upper Siang district went to independent candidate. According to
a report, Jiten Ezing defeated his nearest rival Opek Taku of Indian National Congress
by a margin of 23 votes in a triangular contest.
ACF writes to parliamentary secretary home
ITANAGAR, May 22: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has written to parliamentary
secretary, home, government of Arunachal appealing immediate action to address the
grievances of Baptist believers who have been hurt due to destruction of Baptist
church at Digal Mukh under East Kameng district on 21st May.
ACF has condemned the act of Assam officials. Such activity that lacks sensitivity
to a religious establishment does not augur well for communal harmony in our state,
the ACF wrote in a letter.
“We have learnt with great dismay that the Baptist Church building has been demolished
by Assam Forest Department officials led by D.F.O, Biswanath Charali with the help
of police. We appeal to the authorities to look into the matter and redress the affected
people. This church was established in 1983. It is this 30 year old institution that
the Assam Government officials have destroyed without issuing an eviction notice
or taking into consideration the religious feelings of the people of Arunachal Pradesh,”
ACF stated. “In a secular and democratic country like ours in which the freedom
to practice one’s own religion is enshrined in the Constitution such actions should
not be overlooked,” the forum added.
ACF has requested parliamentary secretary home to compensate the affected believers
by helping them to rebuild the destroyed church.
Education system of Arunachal needs revaluation
ITANAGAR, May 22: Brain drain of India is a very well-known issue and a major concern
for us. But before going forward with the details of the whole of India, should we
be more concerned about our state?
Technically brain drain means emigration of skilled people from one country to another
country in order to explore better opportunities but in our reference it is from
our state to different states. Today when we look around there are people in hundreds
migrating from Arunachal to mainland Indian states in search for better opportunities
and better education. Especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai
and lately Bangalore, where you can spot people belonging to Arunachal in a great
number and figures increases every year.
So, what is driving away those people to move out from Arunachal to other states?
When asked to the parent’s reason for sending large number of students to the outside
state, they said “Because we want better future for our kids which other cities provides”.
Also while interacting with an old lady she said, “I never had chance to go to school
but I always wanted my children to learn and go to the city for higher education
because I always heard from people that people going to Delhi, Mumbai gets very rich
and they always speak in English and that’s what I always wanted for them to learn,
earn and never to struggle like I did”.
It is like stating the obvious that parent’s wants best for their children but why
sending them outside the state. Can Our GOVT. be blamed for this? Is there a major
fault in our education system? While talking about our education system according
to current census the literacy rate of Arunachal Pradesh is 66.96% which is an average
rate and also comparatively with other North-eastern states it is quite low. Can
poor conduct of education department be blamed? Time again our education system has
failed to bring about new reforms in order to compete with the rest of the states.
When asked to some of the students studying outside the capital, why choose other
cities rather than your own? They said “institute of cities like Delhi, Mumbai gives
us more exposure than our state can ever provide us with.” Also students shared their
views saying “there are no proper colleges established yet which sets the limitation
of choosing the courses for us”. “Am for freedom of expression so studying outside
the state,” shared a Mascom student.
Thousands of quotes from different people and somehow it all sounded same like the
voice of one.
We have already entered the 21’st century yet the lack of introduction of advanced
technology in our state’s education system has repeatedly failed to fulfil the need
of today’s education. The need of today’s generation is very different from what
it was like 2 centuries back. Upgraded technology is the need of the hour. We don’t
have medical college yet in our state. Every year medical aspirants has to go out
of the state in order to pursue their studies. Which can be proved good for our own
but at the same time it brings us the shame to realise the fact that we do not own
a medical college. But the issue doesn’t revolve around students going outside and
studying, everyone has their own rights to go wherever they want and to choose and
study whatever is right for them but the problem starts when our people starts working
outside that is when the Brain Drain starts. There are large number of people working
outside the capital because of obvious reasons better opportunities, reasonable income
and most importantly adaptable to new lifestyle. Big cities provide wide exposure
thus attracting the youth and offering them with ample amount of choices. People
working outside the capital have the same opinion that working environment of big
cities is much more intellectual and competitive and it is fun. We get the kind of
freedom which we don’t have back in Arunachal. Whatever the reason behind the brain
drain is but we can’t deny the fact that govt. has failed to promote employment avenues
to the youth. They should generate scope for not just professions like engineers
or doctors but also for mass media, fashion technology etc. Society claims young
generation as the ‘future generation’ the one that will light us towards building
the state into a developed state but what if there will be no young generation to
hold on because the big cities have already grabbed their attention.
There are loopholes in our education system and students of every corner from Arunachal
have something to say about how dysfunctional their schools are. No proper introspection
of schools and colleges are done. There is no availability of basic amenities required
to run the school.
Govt. should realise it soon enough that gone are the days of chalk and blackboard
and to revaluate the education system and ensure not just proper checking of educational
institute but to reinforce newly equipped and well upgraded advanced technology.
And ensure to guard the skilled youth from outsourcing because in order to eradicate
the corruption from Arunachal we need skilled and educated youth. We need educated
professionals to led our state to emerge as a powerful and developed state from so
called small village and also we need civilised and rational minded youth to bring
in the change in the society and enhance the beauty of our culture in the way it
Late Kenglang selected for Lummer Dai Literary Award
ITANAGAR, May 22: The Assam Sahitya Sabha has selected late Kengsam Kenglang, one
of prominent literatures from Arunachal Pradesh, for conferment of 3rd Lummer Dai
Sahitya Bota (Literary Award) 2013, posthumously.
Late Kenglang, an Assamese writer from Changlang district, has been chosen for the
prestigious award for his immense contributions towards Assamese literature, according
to Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.
He wrote several books in Assamese, including ‘Lonkai aru Thaknang’, ‘Teeli’ ‘Tangsa
Janajatir Sadhu’, ‘Jene Kukur Tene Tangun’, ‘Aair Homan Hobo Kun?’. ‘Aair homan
hobo kun’ has been translated into Hindi.
Previously, Kenglang was conferred with Phulchand Khandelwal Award, 2011 by the Sabha.
He was the second Arunachalee to be decorated with the prestigious award after prominent
author Y D Thongchi in the year 2003.
The Lummer Dai Literary Award – which carries a citation and a cash of Rs 25,000
– would be presented on June 1 on the occasion of 73rd birth anniversary of ‘Sahitya
Surya’ (late) Lummer Dai, the renowned novelist, in a function at Itanagar by the
Late Dai’s birth anniversary is observed jointly by Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society
(APLS) and the Assam Sahitya Sabha each year reflecting the age-old relationships
between the two states.
A review meeting in connection with late Dai’s birth anniversary celebration was
held here today under the chairmanship of APLS president Y D Thongchi. Among others,
Dr Tage Tada, Batem Pertin, S Kri, Tokong Pertin and Dr Pekba Ringu attended the
Rubber replaces jhum cultivation in Tripura
ITANAGAR, May 22: Rubber has served as a panacea in replacing shifting or jhum cultivation
by almost 90% in Tripura, said Latex Pvt Ltd managing director SK Bhowmik.
Taking to this daily from Rangnala block cultivation area, one of the four sites
taken up in 1992 as a joint project of the Rubber Board of India and Tripura government,
Bhowmik informed that there are 58 blocks in the area covering about 1,000 hectares.
The area falls under Sipahijala district, which is known as rubber district of Tripura,
the second largest rubber producer in India.
Giving the history of rubber taken up in 1963, he said that the RBI set up its first
field station in 1967 under its Kalicot office while the state government formed
Tripura Welfare Development Board, Tripura Forest Development & Plantation Corporation
Limited (TFDPC) in 1976, the RBI upgrade the field station it to a regional office
in 1976 to look after Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur and the state government set up
Tripura Rehabilitation & Plantation Corporation Ltd to rehabilitate jhumiyas by persuading
them to take up rubber cultivation with incentive of the state government and RBI
and the success story is for everybody to see, Bhowmik said with confidence.
Tripura’s 57-year-old rubber man Tapan Nath said rubber has brought a sea change
in uplifting the rural economy by removing the menace of insurgency to accelerate
the socio-economic development.
Every farmer earns about Rs 30,000 pm and leads a decent life, he said, adding when
Arunachal Pradesh has vast land rubber could earn green gold for the local.
Both of them spoke after addressing members of 157 rubber producers’ societies along
with agro gramin united chairman Likha Maj.
“I’m here to learn and replicate your success story in Arunachal Pradesh, where the
government has given top priority to rubber and tea cultivation to generate employment
and boost rural economy,” Maj said in his address.
He cited his recent study tour to Kerala’s rubber garden Kottayyam sent by the chief
minister to learn the secret of rubber, saying both the cash crops are being taken
up in Arunachal with priority to make the idle land productive.
ITANAGAR, May 22: Reacting to the news item under heading ‘East Kameng APCSOA’s Decision
Unfortunate’ published in this daily on May 21, the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service
Officers’ Association – East Kameng District Unit (APCSOA – EKDU) clarified that
the planned step of availing mass casual leave and stopping all administrative and
election-related works was born out of the total abdication of responsibilities by
the DC-cum-DEO and the resultant atmosphere of lawlessness and chaos in the district.
The APCSOA – EKDU considering its responsibilities, however, resumed work and the
counting of votes and other election process have been largely completed.
In regards to the DC-cum-DEO’s statement that he was unaware of the harassment meted
out to the administrative officers-cum-ROs/AROs, two incidents of ‘gherao’ and abduction/attempted
abduction of officers unfolded right before his eyes just outside his official chamber,
the APCSOA unit claimed.
“In both the above cases, he shifted his responsibilities as a leader and virtually
trapped the officers with a violent mob and made good his escape,” the release said.
“One incident will highlight the above contention. On May 17, the RO of Papu Valley
West was just about to leave for Papu Valley to control post-election violence, when
the DC called him to his chamber immediately. Despite his preoccupation, the officer
reported to the DC, and there outside the DC’s chamber, the RO was surrounded by
a mob of around 20 people, some reportedly armed with blades, and accompanied by
their local MLA. On espying the RO, the DC said: “Yeh aap logon ka R.O aagaya. Woh
Aapko batayega, and ducked back inside his chamber leaving the RO at the mercy of
the mob,” the release said
It alleged that the DC has repeatedly twisted the reports/factual statements submitted
by the ROs.
“Whenever a group demanded for re-poll, statements were submitted to the DC-cum-DEO
by the concerned RO. In all such cases (e.g. R. O Seppa East, R.O Papu Valley West),
the RO simply reported the facts based on the reports submitted by the Presiding
Officer, the Sector magistrate, and his own observances, without recommending the
course of action to be followed,” the release claimed.
Bam, avoided his duties (and its consequences) by claiming that the ‘RO recommended’
certain actions and washing his hands off the whole situation. In effect, he conveyed
the message that the ROs were to be held responsible and he be spared.
It also alleged that the DC-cum-DEO has never maintained confidentiality of the reports
of his officers. Reports sent confidentially to him would promptly be photocopied
in his office and handed over to whoever demanded them. The persons who attacked
Ainstein Koyu, EAC-cum-RO, were clutching the photocopies of reports sent under armed
escort to the DC just half an hour ago, the release said.
As far as security for Magistrates/ROs/AROs is concerned, belated response in the
form of one armed PSOs were provided after repeated attacks on the officers.
“In the given circumstance, the statement in the media by the DC was shocking to
say the least. Whatever grievances the officers of the district have were conveyed
to the state government/State Election Commission/APCSOA Hqs., and not made a matter
of public knowledge. By issuing statements to the media, it is the DC who has disgraced
the APCS community. By doing so, he has tried to create the impression that APCSOA
– East Kameng is abdicating its responsibilities, and thereby trying to arouse public
sentiments against the concerned officers,” the release said.
“This statement is just to set things in their proper perspectives. Wisdom and leadership
will be supported, even at the cost of broken limbs and hurt pride. In this case,
both were conspicuously absent,” the release added.
Tibetan delegates seek Govt, people’s support
ITANAGAR, May 22: The four-day campaign in Arunachal Pradesh as a part of ‘All India
Lobby Campaign' of the Tibetan parliament in-exile seeking solidarity and support
to find a lasting solution to the Tibetan struggle concluded with a press briefing
by the Tibetan Parliamentary delegation here today.
Addressing to the media persons, the delegation fervently appealed the Arunachal
Government and its people for continued support for the cause of Tibetans.
Pema Jungney, who is also a former Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile said,
“it is the moment for the Indian Government and the public to extend their continued
support and solidarity with the Tibetan causes. Saying that a number of governments
across the world have already raised voices against the Chinese government, Jungney
expects that the Union and the State governments in India would soon engage in similar
“This year the Tibetan Parliament in-exile launched a massive All-India Parliamentary
Lobby Campaign to highlight the critical situation inside Tibet and to seek timely
support of the Indian leaders and people while alongside calling for immediate global
intervention to end the crisis inside Tibet,” said Yangchen Dolkar, who is also a
member of the delegation.
The seventh leg of Northeast zone lobby campaign kick started on May 18 in Itanagar
and the delegation met the State leaders, law makers and intellectuals of the State
as a part of the campaign. The delegation has already met Arunachal Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki and other leaders, she added. Other political leaders, the delegation
met in the capital city, include Mukut Mithi (Rajya Sabha MP), Karya Bagang (MLA)
Pasang Dorjee Sona (MLA), Thupten Tempa (former Minister) and Tai Tagak (State BJP
Yangchen Dolkar further asserted that Tibet remained an independent nation since
2nd century B.C. until 1951. Tibet maintained its steady position as a peaceful buffer
zone between the two Asian giants, India and China. “The National uprising in 1959
in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet-following the invasion by the Chinese Communist party-
had forced the 14th Dalai Lama to seek refuge in India. After the complete occupation
of Tibet, the Chinese fortified the Indo-Tibetan border that emerges as a continuing
threat to the security of India,” she asserted.
Consequently more than 1.2 million Tibetans perished and unified Tibet was forcibly
assimilated into the neighbouring Chinese provinces. During the last 60 years of
occupation, the repressive policies by the Chinese were aimed to annihilate the identity
of Tibet as a nation and uprooting the indigenous population from their religion,
language, culture and customs, stated Dolkar.
Talking about the phenomena of self-immolation by the Tibetans, Dhardon Sharling,
another member of the delegation, claimed that the frustrated Tibetans inside Tibet
have resorted to this new form of non-violent protests since 2009 and till today
many died of the practice.
Meanwhile, a six minute video clip on phenomena of self-immolation by the Tibetans
was also screened during the conference.
International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated
ITANAGAR, May 22: The International Day for Biological Diversity-2013 was celebrated
by Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board at State Forest Research Institute, Chimpu
today. A popular talk series was organized on the theme “Water and Biodiversity”
as a part of celebration.
22nd May is celebrated every year as International Day for Biological Diversity as
adopted by the United Nation General Assembly. The day commemorates the adoption
of the text of the Convention of Biological Diversity on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi
Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention.
The ideology behind the celebration is to increase understanding and awareness on
biodiversity issues. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal,
Canada announced the theme of International Day for Biological Diversity 2013 as
“Water and Biodiversity”. The theme has been chosen to coincide with the United Nations
designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Speaking on the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary H.K. Paliwal emphasized
on conservation of biodiversity for quality water. He also said that development
should not be hampered for want of forest clearance but suitable compensatory plantation
in lieu of forest areas diverted.
PCCF and Principal Secretary Environment and Forests, D.V. Negi while giving key
note address of the popular talk series stated that Water is directly proportional
to Biodiversity. Without water life cannot sustain and thus the biodiversity.
Prof. D.N. Das, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills,
presented popular talk on the Inland Water and Biodiversity.
Prof M.L. Khan, Professor, Department of Forestry, NERIST, Nirjuli, presented on
Biodiversity loss and water crisis and Dr. P. Satyanarayana, Scientist-D, Head of
office, BSI, on Water and Biodiversity.
Four stickers representing Biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh published by Arunachal
Pradesh Biodiversity Board were also released by Paliwal on the occasion. As a mark
of celebration, plantation programme was also organized in SFRI, campus participated
by Chief Secretary, PCCF and senior forest officials. The prize to the winner of
the painting competition on “Water and Biodiversity” which was organized at Guardian
Angel School, Itanagar on the eve of celebration was distributed by the chief secretary.
PCCF (Wild Life and Biodiversity) N.N. Zhasa, Senior Forest officials of the State,
Board Member of State Biodiversity Board, faculty from Rajiv Gandhi University, NERIST,
Scientist from BSI, ZSI, SFRI, faculty from Colleges, BMC Members and school children
attended the programme.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of all the right
thinking people of our state regarding the issue of stipend money. The scholarship
money has not been delivered to the student community who are struggling hard to
meet ends. Our state govt receives massive fund from central Govt. for the development
of education sector. But we are surprise to know how hard is it to dispense a sum
of hardly Rs 7000 or 8000 each to just few hundred students? Therefore we the student
communities have decided to know the actual cause for such injustice. Why we are
kept in the dark side of the room while every ones knows that we are the future caretaker
of the state? Henceforth I invite one and all irrespective of their caste, age or
designation to participate in our rally against the people responsible for ignoring
the backbone of our beautiful state, a movement of today for the betterment of tomorrow.
The rally will be held on 24th of this month.
Chimpu area road needs attention
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
the concerned authority towards the pathetic condition of the roads in Chimpu area.
The stretch of road between Kendiya Vidyalaya No.2 and Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Itanagar
is in poor state since last one year. The earth cutting done on the road between
these two schools were meant to make the road a “National Highway” as per the Government,
but now it seems that they have made the road more pathetic than ever. The road is
full of potholes. Even the half portion of the road has fallen due to landslides
and it made the road thinner and pathetic. This may also lead to road accidents.
During sunny day the road gets too dusty that we even can’t open our eyes. It becomes
all the more of a mess when it rains. Life gets difficult for the students and other
people whose schools and offices are located in that area as they have to go through
that road every day. So, keeping the above in view, I hope that the concerned authorities
will initiate expeditious steps to ensure a good formation of the road in that area.
Panchayat election shames family
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share my experience regarding recent
visit to my Songio village under Parsi-Parlo circle of Kurung Kumey district to participate
in the Panchayat election. Actually it was not an election; it was kind of fighting
between brothers of same parents and family. Our some of the brothers forgot all
about their dignity, family etc. The election is not always about winning. If they
lose they start fighting with own brothers. I just felt so ashamed and bad to see
my family fighting each other to win election for their leaders. They should know
what negative effect it can have on theirs children’s and juniors. Hope there will
be a peacefully election next time. Let my brothers and family read this.
P sector, Itanagar
RTE - It’s advantages and disadvantages
I on behalf of people of Arunachal would like to write down few things in regards
to Right to Education (RTE) Act. We know that ambitious Right to Education (RTE)
Act came into force in the year 2009. It was started to provide free and compulsory
education to all children in the age group of 6 (six) to 14 (fourteen) years as a
Fundamental Right in such a manner as the State may, by law, determine. It was started
with a novel idea that envisaged to provide free education to many deprived children
and has several clauses which ensure that the numbers of school dropouts are also
reduced and hence taking care of the literary scene of the country where everyone
On the one hand, where the act has garnered many praises for making education accessible
to all, the various provisions given in the Act has also received criticisms from
In the clause-ll of the Act it is mentioned that ‘no child shall be liable to pay
any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing
and completing elementary education, but in reality only 10 (ten) per cent of the
schools are implementing the Act depriving many students of the free education that
the government so envisages to give.
The Act makes it mandatory that the teachers have to be appropriately trained, like
the teachers with the requisite know-how and academic qualifications, but the trend
that we see in the teachers it is clearly being seen as the domain of the political
leaders who have all their says in the recruitment processes. Many of the teachers
recruited, or shall we say political fixed, do not have the slightest idea of even
writing their names, let alone teaching.
And yes not to forget the absentee teachers. Most of the teachers after fighting
tooth and nail for the recruitment find it cumbersome to stay in their posting places
and instead prefers to stay in the Capital to prepare for their better avenue. It
is also one of the reasons why RTE is still distant dream in the state. The no detention
policy is another thing to be concern with, which in a way has discouraged the students
to put in hard work. And because of the no corporal punishments clause in the RTE,
many of the students are taking it in their stride to harass the teachers instead.
Why the Students’ Union are silent ?
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to ask a question ‘Why the
Students’ Union is silent? I wonder why our students’ union is silent on the recent
issue over the recent interference by Assam Police on Panchayat poll at Hassee -Russa
village under Longding district. Of course technically speaking it is the foremost
responsibility of the state government to take up such issues than the students union.
But the student union as an apex body of the state has a very right to bring up the
issues in light. The union could have pressurized the government to take up the matter
in earliest. But why all the union is still silent? I wonder why the students’ union
finds it more important to raise issues like ‘Green field Airport’ construction and
remaining silent on boundary issue. I wonder, how students’ union get so much of
time to visit New Delhi and meet the PM, HM, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul ji and discuss
over the Arunachal-China issue and while the people of the state are living in fear
and anxiety because of the threat posses by the neighboring state of Assam. I wonder
why there is a kind of selective issue being raised by the Union body and not those
even if it is of utmost important. Lastly, I wonder! Is it that we all run where
the money runs?
The people of Arunachal Pradesh have immense respect and hope in the students’ union.
In particularly the AAPSU which is consider by the people as the opposition party
within the state where there exist no opposition party in the state Assembly legislative.
The positions and the status which the AAPSU and other students’ Unions have got
among the people is something unique, no other students’ body has in other parts
of the country enjoy such status. The relation, regard, faith and the hope people
have on students’ union is something unique to the politico-administrative set up
of our state whereas the other state of India do not have. I appeal the AAPSU and
all district students’ Union of our state to take up the issue with the government
of both the state, central and come up with an acceptable solution. I also request
the AAPSU members to visit the Longding district and listen to the villagers of Hashi-Russa.
Your presence there will surely give a relief and a hope for the people of the village
who are living in fear.
World to face water scarcity
Speaking on the UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban said there was
a “mutually reinforcing” relationship between biodiversity and water that should
“We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply
and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards. Under current trends,
future demands for water will not be met,” Ban said.
Water, food, energy and climate are all linked.
Most forms of energy generation require water, variable weather is making agriculture
harder while extreme weather events are hindering natural water storage.
Ban believes there is an opportunity to address these challenges as the Millennium
Development Goals are replaced with a new set of objectives.
“As the international community strives to accelerate its efforts to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals and define a post-2015 agenda, including a set of goals
for sustainable development, water and biodiversity are important streams in the
“Although seemingly abundant, only a tiny amount of the water on our planet is easily
available as freshwater,” he said.
The latest UN World Water Development Report, released last year, called for $13.7bn
to $19.2bn of the Green Climate Fund’s annual targeted funding of $100bn to be directed
at the challenges faced by the water sector.
Much of this would be used to tackle supply shortfalls and flood management.
Climate change is already impacting the availability of water through rainfall disruption,
soil moisture, glacier, snow and ice melt and river, ground and water flows.