The article Manipur's "Iron Lady" completes 10 years of hunger strike...(Nov. 3)
made me aware not so much of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) or its fallout
but of Irom Chanu Sharmila, a woman that truly deserves to be known as "Iron Lady
of Manipur". Sharmila who has been on a steadfast for 10 years demanding the withdrawal
of AFSPA from Manipur has become an image and a symbol of the pain and tragic memories
not merely of her people but of democrats everywhere. As a true patriot, I salute
her for a big step taken with great courage and risk. The rape, torture and killing
of Thangjam Manorama by the security forces and the nude protest by elderly women
have all been woefully neglected by the centre. Her demand for the withdrawal of
AFSPA should be fulfilled. The AFSPA has taken an immense toll on human lives. However,
it has also taken toll on Sharmila without physically killing her. The centre should
adopt some other way to put down insurgency in the state.
Bangalore (on email)
The speeding bikes!
We demand for good roads to travel on, but what if these roads are used as race tracks
by some existing stunning bikers who have no speed limit for their ride. The road
from Naharlagun to Itanagar is pathetic and the rides are increasing day by day on
this road, and often these speeding bikes rush through the rear-view mirror risking
safety of self and others as well.
The narrow and damaged road connecting the twin city is already congested with many
vehicles and we have to manoeuvre our car on this pathetic road to avoid accident,
but the rampant bikers risk life of anyone who comes on its way. They cause haywire
for the traffic coming against its motion. There should be definite speed limit for
vehicles travelling on this road. The district administration should take strict
measures to check such dangerous driving and deter others from doing so, as we profoundly
believe that safety can never be compromised.
Naharlagun (on email)
Put in joint efforts to restore peace
The Ziro incident that occurred on Nov 1 was shocking and condemnable. Accused in
the incident should be given exemplary punishment as per law so that no one can dare
to commit such crime in future.
Now the need of the hour is to restore peace and harmony. While extending solidarity
with the aggrieved family of the victim, I appeal to the people of Ziro valley and
the District administration come together to restore peace and communal harmony as
early as possible instead of blaming each other for the incident.
Many a times, before the recent incident, the people of Ziro valley proved themselves
as peace lovers and law abiding under the able district administration. So it would
not be right to fix responsibility to the DC only for the incident, rather we should
put all effort jointly to bring back peace and harmony in Ziro and see to it that
such incident never happens in future.
I once again request the people of Ziro to extend cooperation to District administration
and allow law to take its course and also request to the state Govt to extend every
possible support to district administration for restoring peace.
Apropos the letter published in this daily on November four written by Mohan Gyadi
on ANSU Electoral Enrollment system, I would like to mention few lines to clarify
the doubts and confusions.
Electoral enrolment process was adopted during the ANSU constitution review meeting
held in November, 2009 to check fake students (bogus voter) from voting. The meeting
was attended by senior students from Nyishi community and district leaders. This
is not a sole decision of the present ANSU executive members.
Further, this process will prevent double enrolment of voters. Many students from
various districts are residing at capital complex, and there is every possibility
of double enrolment, if enrolment committee accepts individual application. Hence,
it was directed to all that names of students studying in various colleges and universities
should come through their respective district students unions and branch students
unions. However, those students, who are pursuing their studies outside the state,
may send their necessary documents for enrolment through their friends in capital
complex, if available. But, it is clearly informed that every student should come
in person at the time of collection of their I-cards. The Rs.50 to be collected during
collection of I-card would be utilized in paper works.
I appeal to all not be confused in ANSU electoral enrolment system and if there is,
they should come to the ANSU office and get their doubts cleared.
Nabam Akin Hina
Electoral Enrolment Committee
Save the biodiversity
I am born & brought up at Arunachal Pradesh. I surveyed ethnic & indigenous knowledge
system and cultural value of tribal people for four years.
Slowly and steadily it’s losing its systems and values and biodiversity.
So it is necessary for every individual to help conserve the cultural and ecological
biodiversity of the land of rising sun.
Every associations and forum should take an active part towards this cause.
New Delhi (on email)
Act now to restore faith
Anything that advocates peace is universally accepted by all. It is heartening to
learn that Namsai slowly is pacing up to regain its lost peace and glory, ingloriously
disturbed by some.
Peace-loving people even from the community must be silently praying that at least
violence and atrocities from their end is being halted by the presence of huge military
blanket, if atleast not for anything else.
However, this doesn't and should not give the scope for the episode to be forgotten
and buried in some government official files. The restraint shown by the Khamptis
and Singphos is tremendously strong and unprecedentedly amazing. No other tribe of
this state would have shown such maturity and self-control, being attacked in such
a brutal way.
The government must reciprocate this moderation by fulfilling few of the important
demands made by the community. The root cause of all these problems is the leaders
of the Lohit-Changlang Development Forum. At least after so many days, the administration
should have arrested these trouble mongers. Merely warning them and then suppressing
them to be quiet for a while, will only embolden them to undertake these kind of
activities in the future.
Out of so many demands made by the community, I urge the government to act on this
immediately so that people's faith on this administration could be restored partially,
if not fully. Because, justice delayed is justice denied.
As we all know that our state civil service exam is based on the UPSC pattern. I
want to know from the commission that as UPSC have plan to conduct CSAT(civil services
aptitude test) instead of preliminary exam from 2011 onwards, whether it will be
the new pattern or old one for us in APPSCCE.
The commission should see that no confusion occur this time and dragged to court
unlike other years.
We the aspirants have great regard for the commission because this is only exam where
one can show his/her talent.Therefore it is my humble request to the commission to
let us know the pattern as soon as possible.
Most of the viewers are made to believe that reality shows on TV are real. But the
fact is that all these shows are ‘Stage-Managed’ Shows.
Be it singing, dancing competitions, the fights among judges, the crying, feet-touching,
all these are well-scripted before recording goes on. All the so called reality shows,
be it singing, dancing, Big Boss, Splitsville, Emotional Atyachaar etc., these are
more of stage-managed shows than reality shows. People should avoid being fooled
in the name of reality.
Clear the tension in Ziro
What happened at Ziro was unfortunate and could have been avoided had the communities
given a little thought. Anger is understandable but taking law into hands is not
at all justified. There are other ways of attracting the attention of the administration.
Well being of a society is not the responsibility of a single person or the government
machinery alone. People too have to play a responsible role. The administration alone
cannot bring order in a society.
Most of time it is administration that bears the brunt of anger. But there are ways
of doing it. Attacking the residence of the DC and other establishment is condemnable.
A bad precedence has been set in the state. Such kind of action should not be tolerated
at any cost. All sections of society in Ziro need to learn to live in harmony. The
tension in the air need to be sorted out by the citizens themselves. When there is
no harmony, even the most able administration would not be of any help.
A citizen (on email)
The dilemma of politics, media and associations
The North Eastern part of today’s India had enjoyed sovereignty of its own before
the invasion of British. They never comprised with self dignity and was under the
gaon bura institutions and traditional justice system.
Unlike the people of heartland of the country, the people of North East have unique
history of its own.
Though the people of Arunachalee are very much part of the Indian democratic system,
the illiterate and poor people of remote area still depend on village justice system
and gaon bura institution for reddressal of any dispute. In urban area too, many
citizens still believe in traditional dispute reddressal system instead of approaching
the Police or court. This is not because people do not have faith in modern judicial
system, this is because they have deep rooted tradition of dispute reddressal system
and maintaining unity and harmony within the communities.
Under these circumstances, it is not easy task for both state Govt and media to make
the people go with the system of governance, though the people themselves choose
the people to govern them.
There is no gain saying that, except implementation of centrally sponsored schemes,
the state Govt had no remarkable contribution of its own in development of state.
Of course, competition between the elected representatives to inaugurate and upgrade
as much schools in their respective areas a year before the Assembly election is
common thing. It does not matter whether the SSA teachers take the additional burden
and play the role of headmaster or principal temporarily to run the upgraded schools.
Frankly, added number of schools without infrastructure and required teachers make
the education system sick instead of healthy improvement.
On the other sectors, the word ‘development’ come to the watering mouth of elected
representatives only when there is every possibility to have central fund. Otherwise,
you have to satisfy yourself only with assurances that emanate from the clever brain
of the leaders.
If you peep into the activities of the our elected leaders, you will find that the
people in power are wasting most precious years of the elected period in political
calculation, taking revenge against political opponent after election and giving
assurance to revamp the activities of their respective department. Of course, you
will find the Right Honourables busy in inauguration and announcement during 3rd
and fourth year and fifth year before next election is the year of mass appointment
of political supporters of respective leader.
On the other hand, the bureaucrats put their brain inside the Almirah most of the
year, as they have to just follow the order of the head of the respective ministry.
Some bureaucrats are seemed overburden with responsibility of many departments at
a time. But they never complain, because it is democracy, the leaders are mai-baap.
The state media too, which is the last platform of the people, particularly for some
NGOs to shoot the state Govt with bullet of grievances, are also losing its grip
most of the time. If someone follows the local news papers regularly, he will find
how some NGOs, whose activities are either allegations on corruption and inter-clash
within the organizations, are using the media to serve their own purpose.
You will find selection, election and formation of organizations and impeachment,
dismissal and clarification from many little known or unknown organizations in regular
basis in news papers. The readers have no other option but to read it. This has
exposed how the media in the state are working helplessly.
In our state ‘corruption’ is a favourable word for some organizations to show their
existence, on the other hand, it is a forbidden word for the people in the helm of
affair. And for media, the same word is like a ‘serious patient’ in operation room.
It is not that there is no corruption in the state but the question is how sincere
and responsible the people or organizations supposedly fighting against corruption.
Arunachal Pradesh may not have much scope to expand its economic activities but its
people still have enough potential to show how civilization can survive and exist
with its time-tested tradition in the first changing world. The most precious asset
of the Arunachalee people are love and respect for human being irrespective of any
community or religion, their simplicity and honest nature. The people here need
no much lesson about morality and humanity as these are inborn quality of the tribal
people. The need of the hour is to reinvigorate the inner qualities already within.
Time has come for peace-loving people of the state to think seriously in collective
way to go deep into the system of governance and working of media for the benefit
of themselves and future generation. On the other hand, state Govt and media should
have strong policy to guide the people in right direction. Otherwise, the coming
generation will not forgive them, rather laugh at. Arunachal, a budding state, need
no much politics but retrospection and mutual understanding. At the end of day, it
is peace that works, not money or status.
A concern citizen
The poison tree has been planted
The series of ugly and inharmonious incidents have occurred in Lohit district. One
can predict these obnoxious incidents will trigger some more unfortunate times in
the future also. Before the issue of P.R.C the people from both the factions; Arunachalee
tribes and non tribes have lived in harmony since many years. Seen in this light,
it was only when govt. of A.P. tabled the issue of granting P.R.C. to non A.P.S.Ts
in Lohit and Changlang the ugly hue and cry disrupted the tranquil atmosphere.
Here, there are no two opinions about the fact that both the A.P.S.T. and non A.P.S.T
are at the receiving end. Only some of the so called leaders are reaping their ugly
Now we can see that the issue is not going to die, the poison tree has been planted
by the politicians who are going to bear the ugly fruits, I feel as a senior responsible
citizen of the district is that, the P.R.C should be granted to all those non A.P.S.T.
who have been living here for a generation. All these people have shared the thick
and thin times with the A.P.S.T. people of the district. The present issue is creating
misunderstanding among both the sections of the Lohit district.
The Politicians being the leaders of the people should convince the A.P.S.T. and
grant P.R.C. to the non A.P.S.T. of the said area. I would also request our representatives
not to take up the issues which will go out of the hand. The present impasse happened
only because of mishandling of the P.R.C. issue.
Tezu (on email)
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ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The four month long Multimedia Campaign on HIV/AIDS shall be kicked
off from Daporijo, Upper Subansiri by Health Minister Tanga Byaling on Nov 10.
The MMC which basically aims at capitalising on the popularity of local entertainment
avenues among youth like music concerts and sports, in its first phase shall be in
the form of musical competition among the local bands of the state covering nine
HIV high prevalent districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The four months MMC spanning from October 2010 to Feb 2011 shall be launched in three
phases in Arunachal Pradesh. The first phase shall be the musical contest among the
bands followed by State Level Soccer tournament and Road Shows in twenty blocks of
Urging the youths to come forwards and join the MMC by taking part in various activities
like Red Ribbon Superstar contest among the musical bands and soccer tournament,
Byaling, said that this campaign is very important especially for the youths who
are the backbone of the nation. HIV/AIDS is not just a health issue; it is a socio
economic issue as it affects the young and the productive group mostly. Every citizen
of the nation should put an effort to stop and halt the further spread of HIV/AIDS.
At the same time we also should be very sensitive to the issue of stigma and discrimination,
myths and misconception attach to HIV/AIDS and dispel such issues from the mind of
the people by giving them correct and complete information to the people, he added.
The Health Minister also urged the concerned district authorities to extend all possible
help to make the campaign successful at the district level so that more and young
group can participate in the competition.
Tapen Siga, MLA, Daporijo shall attend the programme as the guest of honour and there
would be a performance by the Alien Gods.
After scrutiny of the entries, there are 22 bands in the line up for the competition
representing various districts of the state. Apart from musical competitions, various
activities like Voluntary Blood Donation, IEC Exhibition on HIV/AIDS, Interpersonal
Communication on HIV/AIDS, Voluntary Counselling and Testing shall be carried out
in all the nine venues during the campaign.
A P State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun, Health Department, Directorate of Higher
& Technical Education, Department of IPR, Department of Art & Culture, Department
of Sports & Youth Affairs, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist, Arunachal
Press Club, DDK, Itanagar, AIR, Itanagar and District Administrations are the main
partners in this campaign.
20 houses reduced to ashes at Nari
PASIGHAT, Nov 7: 20 houses has been burnt following major fire accident at the Nari
main market area on Nov 6 last at around 9.30 PM. The devastating fire completely
damaged twenty houses including SP type building and huts.
The ADC Tasong Mibang along with local leaders, officers and police team visited
the spot and took stock of the tragic situation. Meanwhile the victims have been
temporarily accommodated in nearby areas and the ADC Mibang appealed the district
authority for immediate relief grant to each victims.
Though the police are investigating to find out the root cause of accident, reliable
sources informed and claimed that the accident started at a Video Hall and spread
immediately into the area.
The ZPM Kenyom Dabi has also appealed the state’s Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu,
Home Minister Tako Dabi who is also the local MLA of Nari, DC Pasighat, relief &
rehabilitation authority and local administration to look into the matter and to
extend supports to the fire victims.
Itanagar gets ready for NERM-2010
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Over 100 riders from 19 clubs across the country would reach Itanagar
on Monday afternoon to take part in the North East Riders Meet.
Prior to the seven day- 1300 kms epic ride to Mechukha, passing through Ziro, Daporijo,
Along, there is lot more in store for the riders and the citizens. IG Park would
be the centre of attraction from November 8 as lot of activities have been lined
up prior to the flag off.
Indigenous Food stalls and a Nepali food joint and Handicraft Stall would be ready
to welcome the citizens from Monday evening while the special attraction is stalls
by A to Z, Mumbai, Eastern Bull, Kolkata and Pawan Automobiles, Gauhati with accessories
for all kinds of bikes.
On Nov 9, AFFLATUS, the internationally acclaimed, all girl band from Shillong will
play in an open concert at Indira Gandhi Park.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen. J. J. Singh, will flag off the riders on the morning
of November 10 from Itanagar. The highpoint of the motorcycle ride will be the participation
of the riders in the Borders Areas Cultural Festival 2010 being held on 13-14 November
in Mechukha with all the five major tribes of the Mechukha Sub-Division participating
in the festival.
Nabum Jose, Chair NERM and also the President of the Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC)
informed that all preparations for the meet and the concert are on track. He informed
that bike ride would see the participation of people from all sections including
politicians, PR leaders and government officials. He further informed that Itanagar
Market Welfare Association has arranged a special welcome for the riders.
AAPSU terms capital roads death trap,suggests govt to show uniform gesture
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Taking a dig at Capital administration, All Arunachal Pradesh Students
Union (AAPSU) has sought explanations why it is not taking any tangible steps to
improve the road condition of capital region.
“Often we read in media that government is taking steps to improve road condition.
But at ground level nothing has been done, said AAPSU president Takam Tatung while
adding that many fatal accidents occur due to bad road conditions. They should be
answerable for death of ordinary citizens as capital road has become a death trap,”
He went on to add, “There seems to be no co-ordination between various departments
of capital. This lack of co-ordination has made mess out of Itanagar and Naharlagun
region.” He also lamented the fact that capital does not have any proper parking
lot which makes people park cars in road leading to disruptions of traffic.
“Urban development department gets so much of fund for beautification of capital.
Where are those funds going as there is no changes in capital complex,” stated Tatung.
Further he added, “Only those areas where VIP resides have got best road condition.
VIPs are getting 24 hour water supply. What about poor and ordinary citizens? Today
many sector roads are in deplorable condition and many colonies do not get water
supply. Capital administration needs to answer to our queries.”
AAPSU President also expressed his ire over bad road condition leading to Rajiv Gandhi
University (RGU). “First of all the basic design of RGU road is full of flaws. The
particular stretch of road from Doimukh till RGU is so dangerous, the union said
while warning that in case of any accident, consequences will be horrible.
Government should seriously plan to construct another road with better design,” stated
Condition of Hoj-Potin that connects capital to Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and
Upper Subansiri districts is in absolute mess,” said Tatung.
He also urged government to improve the road condition of Doimukh-Gumto and Naharlagun-Jully
road at the earliest so that heavy vehicles should be allowed to ply from these two
stretches. “Heavy vehicles should not be allowed to ply on NH52 (A). They not only
create trouble for motorists but also cause lot of damages to road. Heavy vehicle
should be made to ply from Gumto to Naharlagun and from there use Jully road to reach
Itanagar,” said Tatung.
(AAPSU) has welcomed the recent report that Miao-Vijaynagar(MV) road would be opened
for traffic by month of January. In a press statement AAPSU President Takam Tatung
has appreciated the way state governor and concern department had put in so much
of effort to complete this road project at the earliest.
But in the same vein he also wished that authority exhibit similar enthusiasms to
complete other road projects of state.
“This news will no doubt bring in lot of happiness for people of Vijaynagar, he
said while advocating road connectivity for places like Tali, Takshing and many more
In fact 20 Tali constituency do not have any road connectivity and authority should
show same kind of zeal to give road connectivity,” Tatung said.
Free Pediatric Ophthalmology surgeries
C.M.E at R.K. Mission Hospital
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: A C.M.E. on Pediatric Ophthalmology was held today at the conference
hall of R.K. Mission Hospital attended by the medical fraternity from Itanagar and
Dr. David Laws Pediatric Ophthalmologist from U.K. was the resource person.
Chief Medical Officer, General Hospital, Naharlagun Dr. Moji Jini in his address,
touched upon the problem of eye diseases in the State. He lauded the efforts of R.K.M.H.
and its collaboration with ORBIS in trying to mitigate this condition. He expressed
hope that R.K.M.H. would carry on this good job for many years to come.
Swami Vishwesha-nanda, Secretary, R.K. Mission Hospital, also addressed the gathering.
Dr. Rishi Raj Borah spoke on its role ORBIS in prevention of blindness in India.
In the clinical session of the program, Dr. David Laws told about the Pediatric eye
diseases, their causes and remedies in his visual presentation. The presentation
had vivid images of the various eye ailments of children and in depth description
of the diseases. It also had video clips of various ailments. He expressed his thanks
to ORBIS and R.K.M.H.
The session was followed by an interactive session, in which Dr. Laws answered various
queries put by the doctors present.
Dr. Lobsang, senior Ophthalmologist, R.K.M.H. also spoke on the occasion.
Dr. David Laws will be available in the RKM Hospital until 11 November 2010 and would
be conducting free Pediatric Ophthalmology surgeries during this period. A special
arrangement has been made to televise the surgeries live with interactive sessions.
Sonam and Tajo re-selected
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Jalley Sonam and Changma Tajo have been re-selected as President
and Secretary General of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) for a period
of five years in its 8th annual general conference cum rally held at Daporijo recently.
The tenure of the president and secretary general was extended from three years
to five years in the recently concluded AAPWU conference.
Meanwhile, members of AAPWU headquarters lauded its district units for re-selecting
Sonam and Tajo.
Both the newly selected president and secretary general of AAPWU were accorded warm
welcome at its headquarter at Itanagar on Nov 4.
It may be mentioned here that the present Union was first formed in 2003 with its
name - Arunachal Pradesh Trade Union Federation (APTUF) under the initiative of Sonam
In 2005, the nomenclature APTUF was changed to All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union
(AAPWU) with Sonam and Tajo as its first president and general secretary.
Global grassroots movement meets at Temaca
It’s hot sunny afternoon and the weather is dry in this far rugged country side.
A truck stops by the bar and a man with a hat and mustache comes out of the vehicle.
This is ‘Mexico’ that comes to my mind.
Fortunately I had the opportunity to visit this country as I was invited by International
Rivers, an organization based in Berkeley in California to attend its third meeting
of dam affected people. The meeting was held on October 1-7 in a small Mexican town
This sleepy town became the hub for discussion, attending seminars and sharing information
to develop collective strategies to strengthen movement to protect rivers and the
rights of the communities that depend on them. Around 300 participants of different
dam affected communities from 60 countries took part in the meeting, ‘Rivers for
I was recommended by my friends in Delhi and Pune to attend this biggest ever gathering
of dam affected communities from around the world. I represented my small Idu Mishmi
tribal community which is now faced with the collective threat of 17 large dams.
On arrival at Temacapulin we were greeted with smiles. This town of 500 people has
four century old beautiful heritage, monuments, a cathedral and a lively community.
The bad news is that this town will be inundated if the big dam called El Zapotillo
is built and the people living there have to face eviction.
The local people are strongly against the construction of the dam. So by participating
in the meeting, we not only became part of the global alliance against big dams but
also part of the local struggle.
Each day in Temaca started with the early morning ‘mistica’, a 15 minute gathering
for solidarity. It went as the most rousing moments during the meet where participants
from different countries would come together to sing songs of resistance with protest
In the meeting we were part of the Affected People’s Forum where we shared our stories
of resistance with other affected people from Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, China,
Mexico and Burma.
Some participants wore red bandana and were the ones of whom we were advised not
to click pictures of them. We were told they had come to the meeting at great personal
risk and came from countries where govt is extremely repressive.
I was curious about one such young activist who is based in Thailand.
She told me that she left her family back in northern highlands of Burma to continue
with their struggle against big dam being built in their homeland. These highlands
are where many ethnic groups that share cultural similarities with tribals from Arunachal
inhabit. Since Burma doesn’t allow free voices and protest, many activists like her
work from outside the country.
Though activism in Arunachal has been so far met with soft repression, but the slow
built up of heavy military presence can pose permanent security challenges to any
future voice of dissent. One of the recent developments in Arunachal is the rapid
militarization of the state and it has been apparent due to threat of border incursion
by Chinese Army on pretext of Chinese claim on the state. Other reason is to provide
security to infrastructure such as dams and highways for which the state govt has
plans to mobilize 30000 troops in this frontier state.
The importance of such international meet is that people at grassroots can get access
to funders and organizations that can help sustain local movements. On growing anti
dam movement in Arunachal, recently many politicians have accused ‘outside forces’
of discouraging development in this interior region. But to resist the ‘outside agents
and companies’ that are ‘luring’ and ‘misguiding’ our state govt for ‘hydro dollars’
we also need ‘outside forces’ to stop these profit monger from exploiting us.
Tezu meeting say no to PRC
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: A meeting was today held at Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu
to discuss about situation arising out of violence at Namsai because of pro-PRC rally
organized by non-APST people last month.
Around 20 thousand people turned up for meeting from Khampti and Mishmi belt. After
a prolonged discussion, members present decided to constitute a core committee comprising
of all section of society of Lohit and Changlang to check further grant of PRC to
non-APSTs in the two districts. Member present also demanded immediate arrest of
Lohit and Changlang Development Forum (LCDF) president and general secretary for
instigating violence against indigenous Khampti tribe at Namsai town.
Further they have asked government to compensate local citizens whose private properties
were damaged during October 23rd violence perpetrated by non-APSTs at Namsai, New
Mohong, Old Mohong and Silatoo.
In another decision taken during meeting, every one present asked government of
Arunachal Pradesh not to constitute any committee at any level to grant PRC to non-APST.
Beside seeking cancellation of franchisee and candidature of non-APST in Panchayati
Raj institution, citizens present sought transfer of Lohit deputy commissioner, additional
deputy commissioner of Namsai, Superintendent of police Lohit and other officials
whose failure led to non-APST waging war against tribal people in their own home.
Citizen also demanded judicial probe into October 23rd violence incident at Namsai.
Meeting was convened under the banner of All Lohit Students Union and attended by
representatives of All Namsai Area Youth Association, Tai Khampti Development Society,
All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union, All Mishmi Students Union and All Idu Mishmi
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The Congress leaders and Panchayat members of Likabali area strongly
reacted to the statement of Galo Students Union (GSU) criticizing Likabali MLA Jomde
Kena and Chief secretary Tabom Bam for their alleged failure to protect the rights
of Galo community, particularly on Assam-Arunachal boundary issue.
Reacting to the statement of GSU published in this daily on Nov 1, Likabali block
Congress leaders and Panchayat members in a release today said it was Kena, the
present MLA cum Parliamentary secretary, information technology, and science and
technology, who took up the issue of encroachment and establishment of Assam 22nd
IRBn headquarters and Training Centre within Arunachal terriroty at Likabali during
2007. They further informed a case is pending in the Apex Court for final settlement
of the issue.
Moreover, during the time of dispute between the people living along both side of
the boundary area in 2008, it was again Kena who took the initiative to defuse
tension and to find out solution to boundary problem. Subsequently the Guwahati
High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench in its order asked for status quo on boundary
issue, the release said.
On the other hand, contributions of Tabom Bam to Likabali sub division as then
DC of West Siang district can not be ignored. During 1987 boundary dispute, Bam had
played crucial role to protect the interest of people of Likabali sub division, the
State level talent search exam
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: NCS Education, an Itanagar based Institute will conduct a talent
search exam for the students from Class V to X of the state on April 24, 2011.
The examination will be held in different centres of district headquarters in three
categories. The students securing 1st , 2nd and 3rd position in each category will
be awarded cash prize of Rs 6000, Rs 5000 and Rs 4000 respectively, a release said.
Students concern at law and order
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Government degree college Seppa students union has expressed serious
concern over deteriorating law and order situation of East Kameng district. Citing
example of recent sprout in criminal activities in the district, especially daring
failed kidnap attempt of Gammon India officials who is executing Seppa to Chyangtajo
road construction, union has termed it as failure of police department.
Stating that repeated attacks on Gammon India officials is creating a bad image
for districts, union felt this will impact the developmental activities in the backward
East Kameng district. Urging government to take urgent steps before situation goes
out of control, union has sought immediate transfer of dedicated and sincere police
officers in the district. While seeking deployment of central paramilitary forces,
the union has also asked authorities to transfer or suspend those police officer
of districts who are not able to carry out their work efficiently.
Further union also has requested authorities to carry out investigation about the
report that some officials of Gammon India are helping and sponsoring militant groups.
12 arrests in Ziro
ITANAGAR: Twelve persons that led the violent attack on the offices of the district
administration and Deputy Commissioner’s residence have been arrested in Ziro yesterday.
More arrests are likely to be made.
Angered at the murder of a school boy, citizens took out their anger at the administration
on Nov 3. They damaged the Police station and government offices and residences.
The police station is yet to function as the entire machinery was brought down to
the ground by the agitated citizens.
The situation is reported to be normal under tight security provided by one company
of ITBP and IRBn while Section 144 of CrPc is still in place in the town.
DNGC annual week
ITANAGAR: Dera Natung Govt. College will celebrate its 31st Annual College Week from
Power Minister Jarbom Gamlin and MLA Likha Saaya will attend the inaugural function
on November 9 as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
The five day programmes will witness various games and sports, literary and cultural
competitions among students. Day one programmes include inaugural ceremony at 10.40
am followed by ‘Go as You Like’ at 11.45 am, Games and Sports competition at 12.15
pm, literary and cultural competitions at 2 pm and 4.30 pm respectively.
Games and sports, cultural and literary competitions will continue till November
12 and valedictory function is scheduled at 2.30 pm on November 13. A cultural programme
would be held at 5 pm which will mark end of the five day programme.
Resentment against dice permits
ITANAGAR: All Tagin Students Union expressed resentment over of the issue of dice
permit in Upper Subansiri district in every festive occasion.
Unlike other districts, the Upper Subansiri district administration has issued dice
permit for long eight days beginning from Nov 1 this Diwali which may create tension
among the common masses and invite problems, the union said.
Stating that issuing permit for gambling in every festival is not a good sign, the
Union drew the attention of Chief Secretary to take positive step for minimizing
gambling in Daporijo.