ITANAGAR, May 08: Water supply here has been disrupted following damage caused to
450mm dia main supply line to Poma Water Treatment Plant due to landslide triggered
by heavy rain last night.
The restoration work is going on in war footing. However, it will take two to three
days for complete restoration as incessant rain is hampering the repairing works.
PHED, Itanagar has appealed to all consumers to bear with the incontinence caused
to them and cooperate with the department till restoration completes.
Smart Cards to beneficiaries of CM’s Health Insurance Scheme
ITANAGAR, May 08: Smart cards will be issued to those, who have enrolled names for
availing benefits of CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme after verification by
Medical Officer In-charge of the Government Health facilities.
Non-APST beneficiaries will have to produce supporting documents for proof of domicile
status at the time of issue of the cards. All beneficiaries who have enrolled their
names may inquire and collect their smart cards from the nearest Government health
facility, according to Health &Family Welfare department release.
Upper Subansiri district F&CSO clarifies
ITANAGAR, May 08: The Food Corporation of India (FCI) authority has not released
the APL and AAY rice quota for the month of January this year, due to non- availability
of stock at FCI base depot in Daporijo despite cost value was deposited by the District
PDS wholesale nominee on time to the FCI account and the matter was communicated
to the director of food & civil supplies, Naharlagun for necessary action, clarified
Upper Subansiri district Food and Civil Supply officer today. The F&CSO was reacting
to the news items of All Upper Subansiri Fair Price Shops Association which was appeared
in this daily today under the headlines “Association seeks action.’ The Association
in its letter to the Director Food & Civil Supply claimed that the district food
& civil supply authority did not issue the allocated PDS items such as APL, AAY so
far though Food Cooperation of India Zonal Office Guwahati had already allotted for
Upper Subansiri district for the month of January 2014.
The district F&CSO further clarified that the Director of Food and Civil Supplies
has taken up the matter with union ministry of consumer affairs, food & public distribution
but no any response or extension order has been received from the ministry till
Terming the allegations leveled against the district food & civil supply officer
as totally baseless and misleading, the district F&CSO said that the withdrawal
and distribution of January quota will be made available to the fair price shops
and the consumers as and when extension of lifting order is received from the concerned
Student educational tour
ITANAGAR, May 08: Ten students of Govt. College, Doimukh have been selected on merit
basis for nine days educational tour to Delhi and Agra from May 9 to 17.
Dakli Lombi, Assistant Professor under the guidance Dr. NT Rikam, Principal will
accompany the touring students as escort.
This tour is sponsored by Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of
Bomdila all set for counting
BOMDILA May 08: With the training of the Counting Supervisors and assistants today
at district headquarters Bomdila including training on counting of PBs, procedures
on distribution and issue of EVMs for the six Parliamentary & six Assembly tables,
Sealing, role of the Micro Observers etc, ground works are almost over for successful
conduct of the counting on May 16.
Further, to facilitate a flawless, error-free and efficient counting, practical rehearsal
of the counting process would be done on 13th at the Counting Hall.
The required arrangements inside the Indoor Multi Sports Complex Bomdila, which would
be the Counting Hall, have been well taken care of as per the directives of the ECI.
Earlier, DC cum DEO AK Singh urged the officials to maintrain dedication, zeal and
enthusiasms for successful conduct of the counting on May 16.
ADC (Eln) P Sora and Master Trainer Singh presented Power point presentation on the
Training for counting personnel and micro-observers held
ZIRO, May 08: The training for counting personnel and micro observers was held today
at the multipurpose stadium at Hapoli under the vigil supervision of the Deputy Commissioner,
He expressed confidence for a peaceful counting and instructed the officials to carefully
read the guidelines provided to avoid any confusion and discrepancies during the
The training was imparted by R.S Bisht, Nodal Officer for training. DIPRO
BJP delegation calls on CEO
ITANAGAR, May 08: A high level delegation of the state BJP led by party’s state president
Tai Tagak, national general secretary Tapir Gao, former chief minister Gegong Apang
called on the chief electoral officer (CE0) of Arunachal Pradesh recently and apprised
him of the issues of Chulla polling station, according to a BJP release.
“The BJP unit also welcomed the Chief Election Commission of India’s decision for
deputing the third party officials to enquire into the entire issues of Chulla polling
station in Kurung Kumey district,” said a party release
ACS urges authority to repair road approaching Holiday Inn
ITANAGAR, May 08: A team from Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) headed by its chairman
Patey Tayum visited “Holiday Inn” at Pilputu under Sagalee on May 6.
‘Holiday Inn’ is a kind of recreational place, especially made for newly married
couple, constructed by the State Tourism Department.
However, the road that leads to the inn is in deplorable condition which might prevent
flow of tourists to the destination during the rainy season. Further, it was also
observed during the visit that the rooms of the said lodge are also not up-to the
mark, the ACS chairman Tayum informed.
The team ACS urged the authority concerned for immediate renovation of the approach
road and also the rooms of the Inn. The “Holiday Inn” is located about 94 km from
Cong rubbishes fresh poll demand
ITANAGAR, May 8: Reacting to the demand of the NCP Tali block unit for fresh poll
in 15-Richik, 2- Ruhi, 6-Giba and 21- Ha polling stations under 20-Tali constituency
even after clarification of election agent of INC candidate on the fresh-poll demand
by the Tali Pipsorang Peoples’ Forum (TPPF) in the same polling stations, the Block
Congress Committee under Tali Assembly constituency today termed the fresh-poll demand
of the NCP unit as un-democratic and dictatorial.
In it clarification, the BCC said that the polling in the four polling stations
in question was conducted as per laid down procedures, rules and guidelines with
deployment of sufficient paramilitary forces and sector magistrate.
The poll for 2-Ruhi and 21-Ha polling stations was conducted on April 9 with free
and fair voting and there was no any complaint lodged from any voters/polling agents
to the presiding officer and sector magistrate on the day of poll. 6-Giba and 15-Richik
polling stations were recently re-polled on April 19 with free and fair voting under
the surveillance of more than 30 IRBn and CRPF jawans including sector magistrate.
So any anomaly in these polling stations is out of imagination, the BCC said in
its release. Therefore need for conducting fresh poll does not arise, it added.
Floral tribute paid to former minister
SEPPA, May 08: The members of East Kameng Socio Culture and Welfare Organization,
Natung Welfare Society, well wishers and relatives assembled at memorial cemetery
stall of the former minister late Dera Natung and paid floral tributes to his portrait
at Seppa today. They also observed two minutes silence for the eternal peace of departed
Robin Hissang, Joint Secretary EKSCWO while throwing light about the contributions
and achievement of the former minister remarked that late Natung was the co-founder
of EKSCWO and the pioneer of East Kameng district.
Dema Natung, younger brother of the former minister informed that similar programme
shall be carried out at the birth anniversary of late Dera Natung. DIPRO
Suggestions sought on draft forest Act
ITANAGAR, May 08: The Department of Environment and Forest, GoAP, has sought views
and suggestions from all for further improvement of the draft Arunachal Pradesh Forest
Act which can be seen in the Department’s website (http://arunachalforests.gov.in).
Suggestions may be sent either through post or e-mail to the PCCF and HoFF/ Principal
Secretary (E&F), Department of Environment and Forests, Zero Point, Itanagar (e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Former minister Newlai Tingkhatra passes away
Three days state mourning declared
ITANAGAR, May 8: Former Minister Newlai Tingkhatra passed away yesterday night at
New Delhi. He was undergoing treatment at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon since April 25
last. Earlier, the former minister was admitted in Aditya Hospital, Dibrugarh following
a massive brain stroke in the wee hours of April 24 at his home town Kanubari. He
is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. A graduate in Arts, late
Tingkhatra belonged to Wancho tribe.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided to observe three day state mourning
w.e.f 8th to 10th May on account of the sudden demise of Newlai Tingkhatra, former
Minister Transport, Cooperation & DoTC . During the period of state mourning, the
National flag will be flown at half mast throughout Arunachal Pradesh and state government
offices outside where it is flown regularly.
Late Tingkhatra had contested from 58-Kanubari Assembly constituency as INC candidate
this election held on April 9 last.
Born to Late B. Tingkhatra in 28th June 1952 at Kanubari under Longding district,
Late Tingkhatra was elected to the State Legislative Assembly from 58 - Kanubari
Assembly Constituency during 1999 and became Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation
till October, 2001. He was inducted as Cabinet Minister Agriculture in July 2003
and continued up to July, 2004.
Late Tingkhatra was re-elected in 2004 and became Minister for Environment & Forest,
Mines & Minerals. Again he was re-elected during October 2009 and was appointed as
Parliamentary Secretary (Social Welfare, Women & Child Development) to the government
of Arunachal Pradesh and later inducted as Cabinet Minister with portfolio of Water
Resources Development, Women and Child Development, Social Justice, Empowerment and
Tribal Affairs during November 2011, besides holding the portfolio of Transport and
Late Tingkhatra would also be best remembered as a pioneer in tea industry in this
frontier state. He was an example of self entrepreneurship through sheer hard work
and all sincerity, and there was no looking back as he embarked upon serving the
people through social services and active political life.
A business cum political leader, late Tingkhatra was a true lover of wildlife and
a crusader against social malice, and he led the people from the front in the struggle
against all that challenges peace and development of the society. Travelled all over
India besides Singapore, Thailand and China, the former minister also played sports
like badminton, chess and carom, besides social service and gardening.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has expressed shock
and grieved the sudden demise of former minister Newlai Tingkhatra.
On behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor conveyed sincere and heartfelt
condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed
soul. In his condolence message to wife of Late Tingkhatra, Dr. C. Arfila Tingkhatra,
the Governor said that Late Tingkhatra was a distinguished leader of Wancho Community,
who made huge contribution towards peace and development in the state, particularly
in the eastern districts of Tirap and Longding.
The Governor added that Late Tingkhatra always believed in selfless service and he
will always be remembered for his yeoman service and his development oriented endeavours
Meanwhile, State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki visited AIIMS hospital this morning to
extend his condolences to the bereaved family of former minister Newlai Tingkhatra,
who breathed his last in the wee hours today. Tingkhatra’s mortal remains were brought
to AIIMS for post mortem and other necessary formalities for sending the body back
to his hometown Kanubari for last rites.
A visibly sad Chief Minister recalled his long personal association with Tingkhatra
and said in a statement, “I have lost a good friend. He was a senior politician and
one of the longest serving Ministers in the state who contributed significantly to
public life. Today is the time to reflect on his notable achievements including his
immense contribution towards the creation of Longding District. I pay my homage to
him and pray that God may give strength to his family members at this hour of grief.”
A team deputed by the Chief Minister is taking care of the formalities for bringing
the mortal remains of the departed leader back to his hometown tomorrow. He has also
directed the State Machinery for arranging the official funeral service which is
likely to be held on 11th May, 2014 (Sunday) at Kanubari.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Dr. K Jayakumar, Secretary, All India Congress
Committee (In Charge Arunachal Pradesh) who paid his condolences on behalf of the
Party, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
A host of dignitaries were also present to pay their last respects to the departed
leader including senior leaders from the state namely Kumar Waii, C.C Singpho, Karya
Bagang, Wangling Lowangdong, Mama Natung, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago,
State Youth Congress president Nyamar Karbak and National Secretary NSUI Kirbe Dulom.
BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao and State NCP President and General Secretary
Kabak Tacho and Nimay Sangey respectively also visited AIIMS to pay their condolences.
Tingkhatra was an active and hard-working leader who served the INC party with
sincerity and dedication and made immense contribution for all round development
of the state as politician and social worker, said Arunachal President Congress
Committee president Mukut Mithi while mourning the death of Tingkhatra. His immense
contribution for the welfare of the state will always be remembered by the people
of the state, he said.
Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee and officers and staff of Department
of Tirap, Changlang and Longding also expressed deep sorrow and observed two minutes
silence prayer for the peace of departed soul.
“Former minister Tingkhatra was honest and straight forward man. His long service
to the people of Arunachal Pradesh as minister in different capacities will be remembered
forever by the people,” said the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Pradesh
in a condolence message. The rank and file of the NCP extend heartfelt condolence
to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty God to give eternal abode to departed
The rank and file of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh also expressed
shock over the sudden demise of Newlai Tingkhatra. In an emergency meeting, the party
recalled the contributions and dedicated service of Tingkhatra for development of
state and its people. Led by party president Tai Tagak, the BJP leaders and office
bearers pray to Almighty God for eternal rest of the departed soul in heavenly abode.
His sudden demise is irreparable loss to the state and the Nation, the party said.
Meanwhile, former minister Chowna Mein expressed deep sadness at the demise of Newlai
Tingkhatra. In a condolence message, Mein said “He was not just a colleague but a
very dear friend and like a brother to us. His good natured humour and his ability
to always see the positive even in tough situations made him a man liked by all.
He was also a gentleman and a politician par excellence. I am sure the future generations
of the area will emulate him and carry forward his vision. He will be dearly missed.”
The demise of Newlai Tingkhatra, Minister for Transport, Co-operation and DoTC is
an irreparable loss that brings to an end an era of development in the society, said
Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, a public leader of Kanubari.
Remembering the dedicated service of Tingkhatra for last many years, Wangsu said
besides representing 58-Kanubari Assembly Constituency for the last 15 years and
serving the state as MLA and Minister of various departments, Late Tingkhatra would
also be best remembered as a pioneer in tea industry in this frontier state. He was
an example of self entrepreneurship through sheer hard work and all sincerity, and
there was no looking back as he embarked upon serving the people through social services
and active political life.
“In his passing away I have lost an elder with whom I shared common vision of peace
and development for the people of Kanubari Assembly Constituency. My sincere condolence
to all the members of his family and pray the Almighty for granting peace to the
ANSU-APPDSU demands immediate suspension of train service
ITANAGAR, May 08: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) headed by its President Byabang
Joram and General Secretary Nyanya Gollo along with members of All Papum Pare District
Students’ Union (APPDSU) lead by its General Secretary Nabam Gandhi today held joint
meeting with Chief Secretary, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Deputy Commissioner and
Superintendent of Police Capital complex, along with other officers were also present
in the meeting held at Banquet Hall.
The meeting was organized following the invitation by Chief Secretary to both the
unions for discussion in regards to joint memorandum of demands submitted by them
on 28th April. The main demands of ANSU and APPDSU were immediate suspension of train
services between Assam-Naharlagun till the formulation of permanent and proper mechanism
to check Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, construction of multipurpose bridge over
river Dikrong connecting Tigdo-Doimukh in Papum Pare District as per the agreement
signed by the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and affected public, ANSU and APPDSU in
2008. They also called for white paper assurance from NF Railway authority to ensure
that C and D grade job is reserved for native local people in particular and people
of Arunachal as a whole.
ANSU and APPDSU claimed that CS assured to convey their sentiment to the railway
authorities at the earliest. Meanwhile after having a long discussion and debate
with the CS, both the union said that they will continue to pursue their above stated
charter of demands.
Intensive awareness campaign on ILP continues
NAHARLAGUN, May 8: In view of difficulties faced by Railway passengers from neighbouring
states in obtaining inner line permits (ILPs) to visit Arunachal Pradesh, the Government
of Arunachal Pradesh has started an awareness campaign since May 3 last on the procedures
and from where to obtain the inner line permits.
To make the procedure more easier and accessible to the prospective visitors and
to ensure comfortable and happy visit to Arunachal Pradesh particularly Itanagar,
commercials on how and where from to obtain ILP has been issued to various electronic
and print media of the neighboring state and over 10000 pamphlets in English and
Assamese have been printed and handed over to the Railway authorities for distribution
to the Railway passengers and general public. Hoardings in English and Assamese language
is also being put up in all the 20 Railway station from Dekargaon (Tezpur) to Borum
The awareness campaign has been necessitated following arrival of huge visitors
without valid inner line permit after the inauguration of Railway line to Itanagar.
As per the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation,1873, all visitors from outside the
State willing to visit are required to obtain Inner Line Permit. Inner Line Permit
(ILP) can be obtained online at www.arunachalilp.com on payment of Rs. 100. It is
also available at the office of resident commissioner, New Delhi and Deputy Resident
Commissioners at Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur
and the Dy Director, Supply & Transport, Rowriah, ( Jorhat). Inner Line Permit is
also issued by all Deputy Commissioners of Arunachal Pradesh. DIPR
AAPYO distributes relief to fire victims
PASIGHAT, May 08: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has distributed
relief materials to the victims of the recent fire that broke out at Pasighat Forest
Colony rendering nine families homeless.
The AAPYO team led by its president Biri Joy along with the organization’s East Siang
unit president Maklek Jamoh today distributed relief materials like carpet, blanket
and other kitchen items among the victim families.
Some of the families are still living in temporary houses constructed at river bank.
According to the victims, AAPYO said, the fire started from a government (forest)
quarter and later it spread to adjoining houses within no time. The organization
demanded the state government to hold responsibility of the mishap and pay adequate
compensation to the affected families.
The youth organization with the motto “Save today’s Arunachal for better tomorrow”,
appealed to all sections of the society to maintain peace and unity. The organization
works for the welfare of the poor and needy people besides taking up burning issues
of the state and discouraging communal discrimination among various ethnic groups
living in the state.
DM bans unwanted construction works within Aalo township
AALO, May 08: West Siang District Magistrate M. K. Sahoo has issued an Executive
Order prohibiting any kind of construction activities within Aalo township without
prior intimation and clearance before starting any kind of construction activities
with immediate effect. The order is necessitated as govt. employees/private individuals/
govt. departments have started construction within Aalo Township without prior permission
from the competent authority. It has also been observed that allotees carry out construction
activities without plan duly approved by the Deputy Commissioner as per term and
condition of govt. land allotment order to private individual and department.
The ADC-cum-Estate Officer, Town magistrate, CO (Dev), LR&SO and OC, PS Aalo have
been given specific instructions to stop and report any kind of construction activities
within Aalo township and lodge FIR against defaulter, seize construction materials
and make arrest with immediate effect. DIPRO
Mithun -- a symbol of wealth or tradition ?
Mithun (Bos Frontalis) , considered as the pride of Arunachal Pradesh and which once
was the state animal of Arunachal Pradesh is disappearing day by day. The animal
carries religious significance and has an intimate relation with socio-cultural life
of people. Traditionally Mithun is a unit of wealth. It determines how wealthy one
is by the number of Mithuns he owns.
But isn’t it high time still considering Mithuns symbolic to wealth? Out of the various
reasons responsible for their decreasing number including problems faced while rearing
mithuns, the tradition of slaying a certain number of Mithuns during wedding is one.
There are a series of rituals followed in a wedding both from the girl’s and groom’s
families in which mithuns are slain. Not just the weddings, mithuns are slain in
large numbers also in social gatherings, election parties etc. Average cost of one
mithun might range from Rs. 40,000-50,000 or more. That makes well to do families
slay even 30-40 mithuns during the wedding. If it has to be done traditionally, shouldn’t
it be made as a symbol of the pious cultural ceremony of a marriage instead of slaying
them in large numbers? In fact, the huge amount of money which is spent in carrying
out the ritual should be put to some other use or given to the bride and bridegroom
for them to use. Mithun, which plays an important role socially, economically and
culturally is under a great threat of extinction and so are the long followed traditions.
Epi Ellen Riba, doing masters in English from Delhi University says, “We should stop
slaying Mithuns in marriages and other rituals. It hurts to see those poor creatures
so ruthlessly sacrificed. They are also living beings, not a lifeless commodity used
for showing off wealth.” The youth from Arunachal want to bring out awareness for
these creatures which are not even found in other countries. According to them, being
in 21st century, the mindset should be changed. So they are taking steps to at least
let their generation know about this, saying that they should at least stop slaying
them in marriages and parties shadowing it under the name of rituals. If ritual needs
to be followed, then it should be done just with one mithun, symbolizing it with
that ceremony and making it an offering, not a sacrifice.
“It’s a culture made by our ancestors but times are changing, so we should be the
ones altering these rituals before it is too late”, says Nima Tsering, currently
studying in Silchar, Assam.
The words of these concerned citizens should be taken heed of. After all, if Mithuns
become extinct then there will be no more of them to sacrifice. Then what will happen
to the rituals and traditions? How will ones wealth be determined during the weddings
and cultural gatherings? Proper measures and strict laws are made to protect the
endangered species in other states. But will changing the state animal to ‘Hollock
Gibbon’ solve the issue?
Meeting on disaster preparedness held
ITANAGAR, May 08: A meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)
Capital Complex was convened in the Chamber of the Deputy Commissioner Itanagar,
Capital Complex to assess and take stock of the disaster preparedness with the onset
of the monsoon.
Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki who is the Chairman of DDMA asked all the members
as well as all the line departments concerned to work as a team so that everyone
becomes prepared to tackle any kind of disaster. Reiterating that Capital Complex
has witnessed disasters like landslides, road blockage frequently during monsoons,
he asked all to remain prepared as it can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone.
Briefing on the objective of the meeting, the DC said that contingency plan is already
updated with the contact number of all the immediate responders so that the effect
of disaster could be minimized.
During the meeting, he also took stock of the inventory and resources available with
all the departments. Stating that there is gap between disaster requirement and the
resources available, he asked all the concerned departments to update and provide
the latest inventory record to his office so that the DDMA can start work on it so
that there is no lacunae left from District Administration’s side.
He also directed the DySP (HQ) AK Nath to place a proposal for the demand of basic
disaster fighting equipments like Cranes, vehicle mounted ladder, concrete cutter,
bulldozer, gas mask etc to the higher authority. He also stressed that the DDMA is
the actual operating wing and has to work on the ground level and for that all departments
should work like a family because if disaster comes, it would not be confined to
a particular person or place, rather all are stakeholders.
The FO(DM) Jogam Angu highlighted the strategies and preparation for the Monsoon
2014 which includes Emergency Operating Centres which is already activated and will
start functioning soon on non working days also, safe shelter location and vulnerable
areas which is already identified and the district disaster management plan which
is already on the process of updation.
During the meeting, it was also decided that two committees would be formed which
would carry out the survey of sensitive areas located near streams or nallahs and
the other to carry out the survey of all tall, high rise buildings in the Capital
Complex. All the member departments had attended the meeting.DIPRO
Delhi Police to review steps on security
of NE people
From a correspondent
NEW DELHI, May 08: The safety and security of the NE people living in the national
capital here, particularly discrimination against them is still a far cry despite
several steps initiated by Delhi Police to achieve the goal.
Mixed reactions came on the problems faced by the NE people in Delhi and the peculiarity
of region during an interactive-cum-lecture series by senior journalist Pradeep Kumar
to sensitize various ranks of Delhi Police, right from constable to assistant commissioners
of police during May 6-8 at Police Training Centre, Jharoda Kalan and Special Training
It was interesting for many to know the diversity that has made the NE perhaps the
most diverse cultural garden of Indian subcontinent, especially the Constitution
guarantees right over land and air to the people in states, like Arunachal Pradesh,
Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim, innerline permit (ILP) system implemented
under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873 Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland
and Arunachal’s Gaon Bura institution of set up under Assam Frontier (Administration
of Justice) Regulation 1945 which makes GB a police and a judge as the direct representative
of the administration at village level.
However, placing the NE people at the same pedestal because of their Mongoloid features
would be a blunder for they might look alike but they are pole apart because of vast
diversity in lifestyles, food habits, dresses, traditions, customs, rituals etc.
while modernity is yet to spread in to NE, Kumar said.
Quoting statics, he proved that there was discrimination against the NE people, who
have targeted, victimised and discriminated more than their counterparts from rest
of India and there was much more steps needed to end this discrimination.
It was disheartening and shocking that Nido Tania lost his life in January last for
none of his fault against country raised its voice univocally, second such protest
after Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.
Kumar questioned why the decision of Delhi Police to a recruit about 400 personnel
of different ranks from NE has been inordinately delayed despite the directive of
Delhi High Court.
During interaction many disagreed that the Delhi Police was in any way part to such
discrimination. They wondered when criminals are criminals without any separate identity
why the victims should be differentiated.
“It was police record that has proved how the NE people have faced hate crime,” Kumar
Coincidentally, SIs Veicheny and Amarjeet, both from Manipur, also disagreed that
there was discrimination.
“Discrimination is there every, right from school to service places, village to city
though in different forms which is beyond denial. But it depends on each individual,
his/her conduct, adaptability. Most of the NE people feel that India is yet to accept
them while language is their greatest barrier,” Veicheny said without mincing any
“Human relation is always give and take. It cannot be one way traffic of expectation
alone without reciprocation,” concluded Kumar.
However, it was learnt that the top ranking Delhi Police officers would have an interactive
session with the NE representatives – students’ leaders, women activists, NGO and
media persons - here tomorrow to review the steps taken so far.
Elaborate arrangement for preparation for vote counting
ROING, May 08: A meeting was held at DC’s chamber at Roing today in connection with
the preparation for counting of votes of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha Election 2014.
All the Administrative Officers and Nodal Officers attended the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Roing Shiv Kumar asked the district police to make tight
security arrangement around the counting hall on the day of counting and to put police
barricades at 100 metre away from the counting hall on all sides. He said that there
will be only single gate entry to the counting hall and no mobile/cell phone would
be allowed to bring inside the counting hall. The counting for both Assembly and
Parliamentary Constituency would be done simultaneously on 14 tabulations and the
whole process of counting would be properly videographed, he informed.
DEO further asked the magistrates to be strict and prompt in action while dealing
with any kind of law and order problem and not to be delayed in filing FIR or registering
case against the law breaker, if found any. He expressed hope that with the proper
coordination from all the administrative officers, nodal officers and cooperation
from the political parties and their candidates, the final phase of the election
process i.e., counting would be completed smoothly and peacefully in the district.
Habung Haliyang, DSP has briefed the DEO regarding the security arrangement for the
counting day and after the counting and informed that the district police are fully
prepared for any eventualities.
Apart from other administrative officers and nodal officers, W Tikhak, ADC Roing,
Atul Tayeng, ADC Dambuk and Ranpok Perme, SDO Hunli were also present in the meeting.
Training of vote counting officials conducted
YINGKIONG May 08: The District Election office Upper Siang District, Yingkiong conducted
the first phase of training to counting supervisors, Assistant/ Additional counting
Supervisors at Tourist hall here on May 8 in presence of DC-cum-RO, Dr. Tariq Thomas.
Before the training start the RO advised all the trainees, counting officers and
officials to acquire thorough knowledge of counting process, proceedings, relevant
conduct rules and laws of Election commission of India thereby no mistake is committed
during the counting process.
Dr. Thomas hoped and wished them to accomplish the counting process as per the provisions
and guidelines of ECI in free, fair and peaceful manner.
While interacting with the trainees and making a clarification on counting procedure
of postal ballot papers, Master Trainer Hengo Basar PD advised the Counting Supervisors
to adopt error and defect free to complete the assigned duties without facing any
problems and complaints from any corners. Master Trainer, Dr. Ahik Miyu imparted
the training through power point presentation in detail. Dr. Kaling Dai DMO and Starlie
Jamoh EAC both the Master Trainers also imparted the training. Later all the trainees,
supervisors, Asstt/Addl. Supervisors took part in the mock counting with EVMs. DIPRO
Tingkhatra: A down to earth man and man of action
It is indeed sad that over the last few years a number of political stalwarts in
Arunachal Pradesh had left this world after contributing greatly for the all round
development of our state. The latest political leader who left us forever is late
Newlai Tingkhatra, former minister who had contested in the recently concluded Assembly
elections from INC party from the 58 Kanubari Constituency. He expired on 7th May-2014
at 11 pm at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. He was in life support system for a long time
after he suffered from a massive presser stroke. The attending Physicians and Specialists
there tried their best to revive him but in vain. The Chief Minister of Arunachal
Pradesh Nabam Tuki visited him several times to wish him for Godspeed recovery and
assured all possible help to Tingkhatra’s family. Tingkhatra was a self-made man
who rose to the position of cabinet minister from a very humble backgrounds beginning
from 1999. He had held various portfolios and introduced a number of new and innovative
schemes in which ever department he worked. Late Tingkhatra did not possess the most
dashing personality and was not the greatest of orators in this world but his work
spoke loud and clear. He believed in ‘work more, talk less’ and was a man of action.
Late Tingkhatra was born in Banfera village and had his early schooling in government
higher secondary school, Khonsa and graduated from the Jawarharlal Nehru College,
Pasighat. His contemporaries fondly remember him as a simple person who was an ardent
sportsman. After his graduation, Tingkhatra did not apply for any government job
but was a self-employed. At the time when timber industry was at its peak, he started
a timber industry in Kanubari which employed many Wancho youths. He was a successful
business man who worked hard and wanted others to work hard. He disliked lazy people
and used to practically rebuke the youths who loitered around uselessly doing nothing.
When the timber industry was banned by the Supreme Court in 1997, late Tingkhatra
embarked on another profitable venture; tea industry. He had a sprawling tea garden
at Kanubari and also a tea factory. Whenever any guest visited him at Kanubari, he
used to present a packed of tea without fail. In fact, late Tingkhatra had inspired
many educated youths of Kanubari area to plant tea. Thanks to his initiative, today,
one can see many tea gardens in and around Kanubari and Ranglua. Late Tingkhatra
was a workaholic and practically changed the face of Kanubari Township which is today,
one of the fastest growing model towns in the state.
His untimely demise is a great loss not only for Longding district but for the whole
state. He was one of the leaders along with his Wancho Legislatures who helped create
the Longding district. Late Tingkhatra’s death is a personal loss for me because
we two enjoyed a very close personal relationship. We had a very good rapport. God’s
ways are indeed inscrutable. Just before the declaration of the twin Parliamentary
and Assembly elections in our state, he invited me to Kanubari to highlight his development
initiatives in print and electronic media that unfortunately never happened and
will never happen because of his sudden death. Since late Tingkhatra himself believed
in pragmatic work, he used to appreciate my humble work and used to encourage me.
In his death I have lost not only a fatherly figure but a simple man with great thoughts
and heart for the people of his area and the state. [ The writer is DIPRO, Tirap
and can be reached at email@example.com]
As per the news report a woman from Jami-Jate area was arrested by Itanagar Police
for allegedly clearing forest land by setting fire for jhum cultivation in Daria
Hill area. A case has been registered at Itanagar Police Station under section 435/427
IPC R/W section 33(U/A) of Indian Forest Act. The environmentalists and nature lovers
for sure is not impressed with such delayed response. Starting from mid-April to
1st week of May before rain started to lash capital, hillocks surrounding capital
complex was burning. Citizens helplessly kept watching and were hopeful that forest
department along with capital district administration will take stringent action
against people responsible for forest fire.
However to the utter dismay of everyone, no concrete step was initiated and hills
continued to burn. Had nature god not intervened in the form of rain, things could
have really turned sour. Not only forest cover was being lost, the fire threatened
to burnt down the villages situated nearby capital. Forest fire caused massive loss
to villagers of Poma area as agricultural produce was completely gutted down. It
is a well known fact that every year forest fire severely affects the hills surrounding
capital complex. Despite making tall claims, the environment and forest department
along with capital administration has been miserably failing to take tough step against
people involved in causing forest fire.
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IRBn- savior of state
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to jot down few words of appreciation for
Jawans of Indian Reserved Battalion (IRBn), Arunachal Pradesh for their intervention
at Chouldhoa in Tarasso Circle along the Assam - Arunachal Border by foiling the
bid of Assam Forest Officials to set up forest camo inside Arunachal territory. Hats
- off to the IRBn personnel for their instantaneous action. Time and again, the Assam
Forest Officials try to overpower the decision of Honourable Supreme Court of India
to maintain status quo till further notification. Inspite of this, the recent attempt
to construct Forest Camp by Assam Forest Officials inside the territory of Arunachal
Pradesh is a conspiracy to instigate the innocent denizens living in Tarasso to resort
to violence in despair so that people of Assam have the opportunity to avenge death
of their kiths and kins who lost their lives in the tragic Bihali killing orchestrated
by unidentified miscreants taking advantage of the sensitive situation some months
This is the second vain successive attempts by the Assam Forest Officials in the
last one month. Though whole country is busy participating in parliament election,
ironically the forest officials of Assam are busy erecting structures to construct
their camps inside the territory of Arunachal Pradesh. There is a big question mark
"why?” It seems Assam Forest Officials have notion that the denizens of Tarasso and
Arunachal Pradesh Administration are as of now maintaining dormancy after taking
part in both parliamentary as well as assembly elections. The Assam Forest Officials
undoubtedly has an axe to grind by indulging in such low act. Last but not the least,
there are reasons to cast aspersions on the recent act by the Assam Forest Officials.
Firstly for the repeated and exemplified disrespect accorded to the decision of the
Supreme Court of India and secondly desperate attempts to escalate the situation
at this point of time when the whole world is eyeing on the result of Parliamentary
Election of the greatest democracy of the world. Give peace a chance to reign in
the area. Where to find peace? It is there in fostering unity, prosperity & fraternity
among ourselves irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Confucius said, "Before
you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves".
Vice - President
Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA)
Train killing domestic animal
With due respect, I am to inform deputy commissioner of Papum Pare district that
the trains running on Harmuti-ltanagar railway track is rampantly killing goats and
cows within Gumto, Emchi, Doimukh, Tigdo and Borum Panchayat. Till date right from
the day train service started, almost 20 goats and 6 cows has already been killed
by the trains. The domestic animals are part and parcel of the cattle rearer which
is also regarded as saving bank account. And this rampant killing of the animal causes
heavy loss to the animal rearers.
Therefore, I on behalf of the general public living nearby railway track area would
like to request DC Papum Pare to kindly issue direction to the railway authority
to erect security fencing provision around the railway track from Gumto to Borum
so that the goats, cows and other domestic animals could be saved. If this is not
possible than provide 5 nos. of Chowkidar post to 5 Panchayat for taking care of
16th Tigdo Panchayat Doimukh
Salute to the brave lady
Through the column of your esteemed daily I on behalf of the citizens of Arunachal
Pradesh, would like to congratulate Tongam Rina for being listed in "100 information
heroes" and bringing glory and pride to our state and nation. In state like ours
where there is very rare media coverage and very handful of true journalist, it’s
because of heroes like Tongam Rina that we people get to know the true depth of news
and information of our state relating to any issues. It’s a pride moment for the
entire journalist fraternity that she brought ray of hope for the field of journalism.
We wish her to endure more success and bring lots of pride and glory to our state
in years to come.
Sang Khandu Thongdok
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