State needs juvenile courts
ITANAGAR, Oct. 31: The two-day workshop on Capacity Building Program for Journalists
organized by Impulse NGO ended on Saturday. The programme focused on the human trafficking
problem in northeast region and ways to report about them in the media.
On the second day, there was extensive discussion about the legal problem faced by
the young criminals due to lack of juvenile court in Arunachal Pradesh. Sunil Mow,
advocate with Itanagar branch of Guwahati High court dwelled on the urgent need to
set up juvenile court in the state. “We have filed a PIL in this regard. There is
immediate need to start juvenile justice system in our state as many offenders in
the recent days have emerged to be under age children,” told Sunil Mow.
Hasina Kharbhih from Impulse NGO Network discussed about how journalists should approach
while writing story on human trafficking. “It is important to make sure that journalists
understand the emotion of a victim while conducting their interview. If a victim
cries in between the conversation, don’t end the interview. Let that person go through
their moment of emotion and then continue the rest of interview,” shared Ms Hasina.
She also highlighted safety concern, which journalists need to keep in mind while
reporting on human trafficking issue. “Human trafficking is a dangerous crime and
lots of syndicate criminals are involved. Those journalists working undercover or
out in open must ensure their own safety,” told Ms Hasina.
The last day of programme saw active participations from the students of mass communication,
Rajiv Gandhi University. These young budding journalists asked many questions to
the attendees, which included prominent journalists of state and some NGO’s.
The two day workshop was organized by Impulse NGO in association with Arunachal Times
(media partner), Athupopu Social Foundation (state partner) and sponsored by UNIFEM
(United Nations Development Fund for Women).
Indira Gandhi remembered on her 25th death anniversary
NEW DELHI/ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President
Sonia Gandhi led the nation in paying homage to former premier Indira Gandhi on her
25th anniversary of death today.
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil could not visit Shakti Sthal to pay homage to
the late leader as she is presently abroad. A wreath was placed on Indira Gandhi's
samadhi to mark the President's homage.
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were among others who paid floral tributes to the departed
At Itanagar, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu paid floral tribute to the portrait of
Indira Gandhi at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. This was followed by senior Congress leaders,
MLAs Nabam Rebia, Atum Welly, Setong Sena, Bosiram Siram, Yumsen Matey and PCC office
bearers and members of frontal wing organizations.
The death anniversary of Indira Gandhi was also observed as National Unity Day.
Both Khandu and MLA Nabam Rebia while recalling the contributions of the former Prime
Minister said, Indiraji with her unparallel vision had led India during some crucial
years after independence. “ Till these days, we reaped the benefits of her farsighted
policies as prime minister” the leaders said and resolved to continue to be inspired
by her ideology.
PCC general secretary and vice president Padi Hinda administered the pledge to the
dignitaries present on the occasion.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal, District Congress Seva Dal, City Congress Seva
Dal and Block Congress Seva Dal have jointly observed the death anniversary of Indira
Gandhi as Rashtriya Ekta Divas at Congress Bhawan, Naharlagun. All the Seva Dal
members paid floral tribute to Late Indira and observed two minutes silence for eternal
peace of the departed leader.
Rastriya Sankalp Diwas was observed at Seppa General ground amidst large gathering.
The tiny toot’s from various School of the Seppa Township participated in the
programme and delivered speech related to the contribution of late Indira Gandhi
to the development of the nation especially the her role for the unity, integrity
and the security of the nation.
Earlier a joint rally by the students from different schools of the Seppa township
was taken out followed by the garlanding of the portrait of late Gandhi.
D. B. Singh, the senior teacher from Govt. Hr. secondary School, Seppa dwelt in length
about the life history of one of the great leader of the nation. Prasanta Saikia,
a teacher from JNV School, Seppa also spoke on the occasion
Besides numbers of Govt. officials and the teachers from various schools were present
in the occasion.
The 25th Death Anniversary of Late Indhira Gandhi was also observed at Deomali under
the chairmanship of Eving Yirang, Circle Officer Deomali/Soha. Dr.A.K Mishra,Reader,
W.R.G College, senior teachers of HS, Deomali K.Sharma and A.C Pathak and Chalin
Rajkumari Lollen, ADEO,Deomali were the speakers besides the Circle Officer. The
students of HS School and St.George School, Deomali presented patriotic numbers.
Tourism dept. organizes sensitization prog
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The Department of Tourism Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has successfully
conducted "Sensitizing Training Programme" for the 2nd batch, Group -D staff of the
Tourism Department under capacity Building for service providers.
Since its bifurcation from IPR Deptt and attaining a full pledge department, it is
the first kind of training wherein various levels of Group-D staff engaged in different
field where trained covering all the topics of tourism related subject and also all
the topics under training module of DONER for Group-D staff.
The Inaugural programme was attended by Pema Tsehtan , Director Administrative Training
Institute, as Chief Guest who exhorted the participants to improve their work culture.
He further congratulated the tourism department for being the first Govt. department
to sensitize the group- D staff .
Serphow Nimachow, Deputy Director urged the participants to come forward and understand
their responsibility to the department.
Meanwhile, Bandhana Deori (IRS) Secretary (Tourism) requested them not to forget
whatever they have learnt during the training, make best use of it in their capacity,
and contribute sincerely to the welfare of the department
The course was designed and coordinated by Bengia Manna Sonam, DTO.
Capital region witness influx of child beggars
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: In the last few months, there has been a sudden sprout in the number
of child beggars in the streets of capital complex.
Especially in the area nearby daily bazaar in Naharlagun, often one can see group
of kids in torn clothes moving around begging. Unexpected rise in their number have
caught the eye of everyone.
Chukhu Mama, a resident of Naharlagun who regularly drives through main bazaar road
tells, “There has been a substantial increase in the number of beggars in this particular
area. I wonder from where they managed to sneak in. I am sure most of them don’t
possess inner line permit (ILP).”
In the last few years security forces have been strictly checking ILP at Banderdewa
gate, with even private vehicles being vigorously scrutinized. Despite all those
measures, it becomes matter of concern when one sees such bunch of illegal beggars
in the twin town of Naharlgun and Itanagar.
When this reporter tried to speak to some of the beggars, inquiring about their place
of origin they all backed away. They just said few lines, “My mother will scold me.
Let me go,” and within a second they vanished from scene.
The presence of these beggars sure demands some explanation from capital complex
administration. When we spoke to Talo Potum, Town Magistrate about these beggars,
he said, “Superintendent of police has been instructed to immediately arrest all
of them if they are found begging in street and check their credential. They can
be booked for violation of ILP rule and arrested too.”
Most of these beggars are minor and often roam around in group. The administration
need to find out the network behind those involved in bringing these children to
Arunachal Pradesh. It is not a great sight, when children who should be sitting at
classroom are seen begging in the street. As most of them are minors, administration
need to find out ways to help and rehabilitate them.
Villagers allege harassment
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Leaders including Village chiefs alleged that under the direction
of Anok Wangsa, who unsuccessfully contested the last assembly elections on a PPA
ticket, people of Pongchau circle have been facing harassment. While calling on
the Chief Secretary to ensure that normalcy is restored in the Circle, the leaders
said that 22 people have been assaulted and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals
in the state and Assam.
They further said that even the school students have been forced to confine themselves
in the villages instead of attending schools.
They alleged that apart from physical assault, animals have been slaughtered and
household goods taken away at the instigation of Wangsa and his supporter.
Don Bosco alumni formed
Itanagar, Oct 31: Don Bosco Alumni has been formed here today at Itanagar in an impressive
gathering of past pupils at Don Bosco Youth Centre. The members reminisced the values
and the merits they imbibed from the Don Bosco institutions and decided to impart
the same to the younger generation. During the course of the meeting, the Itanagar
unit of Don Bosco Alumni was formed to carry forward the values the great educator
of youth Don Bosco stood for. The office bearers were also selected in the course
of the meeting: Michi Paku (President); Takam Titus (Vice President); Bengia Cecilia
(Vice President for Juniors); Techi Paul (Secretary); Tana Gulapi (Treasurer) and
Counsellors—Kime Aya, Duyu Tacho, Mepung Tadar and Ymlam Kaha.
Tea planters adopt resolutions
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tea Planters and Small Tea Growers
Association (APITPSGA) in a state level meeting here on Oct 28 last have unanimously
adopted various resolutions to redress the problems being faced by the tea planters
and small tea growers of the state.
The meeting organized to select the candidates for free Toklit training at Jorhat
was attended by the representatives of the district units of the association.
The meeting resolved that the district presidents should submit the names of the
candidates for free training at Jorhat latest by Oct 29 and the candidate should
report at the conference hall of directorate of trade and commerce, Itanagar on Nov
Other important resolutions taken in the meeting revealed that the district presidents
have to submit the list of the SHGs and individual planters and
they should provide information regarding total area under jhum cultivation of their
respective district latest by December next, NOC for procuring LPC should be counter
signed by GB/PRI member and circle officer and that the interested individuals can
apply for establishment of mini tea factories to the Association.
Lastly it was resolved that existing inorganic tea garden should not be converted
to organic rather new plantation should be provided for organic plantation.
Earlier, presiding over the meeting, the Association president T Gab disclosed that
he had a discussion with chief minister and MPs and ministers for development of
tea plantation in state and governor and planning secretary have assured all possible
help for boosting tea plantation. He has requested the planning secretary to release
pending fund of Rs 40 lakh to department of trade and commerce for tea plantation.
APITPSGA general secretary S Wangsha, Upper Subansiri district president Dakluk
Lida, Lower Subansiri district president Chamrak Tatem, Papum Pare district president
Nabam Sango, general secretary Ricky Wangham of Longding, Lohit representative
C Zingnu, Namchoom treaser of the Association D Salnang, All India Tea Board member
Nabam Nikia also participated in the meeting and highlighted the various problems
and suggested measures for the welfare of the tea growers.
Bikers take the Indian message to Bumla
ITANAGAR, Oct. 31: “We are Indian, We are not Chinese” with banner reading like this
Bullet club of Arunachal on Saturday embarked on a bike journey which will culminate
at Bumla near Indo-China border. The bike tour has been organized to convey strong
message to China that Arunachal belongs to India. There were five bikes, which started
from Itanagar, they will be joined by five more bikers from Tezpur. The group of
biker includes citizen from Arunachal, Nagaland and Assam.
The president of Bullet Club of Arunachal, Vijay Sonam told, “The motive of our expedition
is to spread the message to rest of India that we are die-hard Indians. The government
of China also needs to understand that we Arunachalee are part of India and we have
nothing to do with China.” Their decision to ride upto Bumla in Tawang district which
is the last border post on Indian side, itself speaks of their motive behind organizing
this bike rally.
“The people of this state need to be educated about the real threat that we face
from China. All of us are so lost in our daily day to day life, but someone had to
take initiative and am glad we could do that for our state,” informed Vijay Sonam.
Union calls for cooperation
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Labours’ Union (AAPGDLU) appealed
all the District unit AAPGDLU executive members and concerned department labourers
to cooperate with the District Zonal Chairman in the awareness campaign cum formation
of District level AAPGDLU.
NERIST organise Special Village Camp
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The NSS Cell of NERIST today planted around 200 saplings of amla
(Embilica indica) and jackfruit (Artocarpus hetrophylus) at a special Village camp
at the Lekhi Village.
The camp was attended by volunteers and Program officers of NERIST along with students
and teachers of Govt. Middle School, Lekhi and its villagers.
This is followed by campus cleaning. The plantation and the maintenance of Eco System
of Lekhi village will be taken care by the NSS Cell, NERIST.
A free medical check-up for the villagers and the students was also conducted by
Dr. Popi Comder Tok, Medical Officer NERIST Health Unit. Around 150 villagers and
students availed this free medical facility.
Union demands arrest
ITANAGAR: The Nyapin, Sangram, Phassang Students’ Union has appealed to the state
government to immediately arrest the accused ITBP jawan who was involved in killing
of late IRBn personnel Tako Tagak. In a press release issued, union condemned the
state government for its failure to make any arrest in this regard.
It is to be noted late Tako Tagak was killed in a tragic circumstance on the 17th
of this month at Seppa allegedly by ITBP jawan. State government has ordered judicial
inquiry into the incident. However reports are still awaited.
APSCW constitutes enquiry committee
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) would constitute an
enquiry committee to look into the most recent alleged rape case of a minor girl
by a APP Personnel.
Commission will submit the findings to the concerned authority for the delivery of
the justice to victim and her families.
Today, the APSCW visited the girl at RK Mission School. The APSCW calls for exemplary
punishment to the alleged rapist
Meanwhile it condemned the recent barbaric killing of 6-year-old boy Dusu Haley at
Ziro and demanded highest degree of punishment against the accused who has committed
one of the most heinous crime ever committed in Arunachal Pradesh.
The APSCW further called all to be more cautious against such psychopath and anti
social elements as they usually target the children and women who are most vulnerable
to such horrendous crimes. It also appeals to all NGOs, Women organization, SHGs
Voluntary Organization to come forward and make massive awareness on the growing
crime against children and women.
Inter-college youth festival
ITANAGAR: The VIIIth Inter-College Youth Festival is scheduled to be held at Rajiv
Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh in the 3rd week of November. RGUSU general
secretary, who accompanied an AAPSU delegation to New Delhi today, would meet AICC
general secretary Rahul Gandhi and invite him to inaugurate the youth festival, RGUSU
Bus pay passengers
ITANAGAR: Goods worth thousands were lost in route Dimapur and Banderdewa on October
30 from a night supper bus (AS 01K 2699).
The businesswomen who are sisters, on reaching Banderdewa found out that they had
lost some of the goods and informed the incident to their relatives at Police Training
Center, Banderdewa (PTC) at around 5 am this morning.
With immediate intervention of ASI Tashi Wangchu, Nayan Darin along with newly
recruited APP constable Ojong Moyong, Nanong Moyong, Taram Tali and their friends,
the Deep Travels, Banderdewa, Swapna Bus counter admitting their mismanagement paid
a partial amount of Rs 10, 000 to the sisters after 8 hours hassle.
ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Principal DIET Dr. Hari Bam inaugurated the one day District level
governor’s quiz competition of Pupum pare district at DIET Papu Nallah today.
Students from 13 schools participated in the competition.
Nabam Sera and Taba Tago of government secondary school Sakiang have been selected
as winners of the competition and they will represent the district at the state level
governor’s quiz competition.