The recent death threat to journalists, particularly the associate editor of this
daily, invites severe condemnation. This is nothing but a cowardly act of an individual
or a group who anticipate conviction for certain crimes they have committed if this
sting probe of media continues. Obviously if any harm befall this brave and daring
lady concerned, the government will be answerable if prompt action is not initiated
from their end. Doubtlessly these cowards will prefer to attack from behind as they
have no courage to fight face to face as their faces are smeared with guilt.
On the other hand isn't it victory ? If we observe this incidents from an optimistic
angle. The people who resort to such lowly and disgraceful tactics show their frustration
and helplessness as the end slowly closing in. It’s a simple case of drowning man
trying to grab a twig. They vividly visualize their world made at the expense of
common man's pocket crushing. The once powerful started to show the sign of submission.
This perverted act should rather prove to be a catalyst and boost one's determination
to go deep into the dark world of corruption and unearth what games do people in
power play. This is a victory for common man and serves as an assurance to so far
demoralised souls that everyone is equal in the eye of law. This is another feather
on the hats of those who are on the side of the debate that pen is mightier than
My best wishes to the brave lady whose contribution in this fight against corruption
and irregularities are invaluable and also to the team of this outstanding daily.
Lego Baying(on email)
Human resource underdevelopment!
It is a fact that the anti dam and pro dam organisations has their own opinion and
justifications. Its my earnest request as a citizen of this virgin state to be realistic
in approach. Let’s have it today and lets think about our future generations. To
the pro dam organisation I would like to ask “Is building of skyscrapers with more
than 100 floors advisable in our state? To anti dam organisations I would like to
ask "what’s wrong in building a 10 storied apartment?” We need development but not
exploitation in the name of development.
To me, Arunachal needs dams but not mega dams as we are in seismic zone-v. Proper
RR policy for affected population should be the first priority(Upstream & Downstream).To
our government as a citizen I would like to request not to kill "The Goose that lays
Golden eggs like the farmer did". More than 130+ MOU`s within short span of time
make us feel that the hydro potential of our state more important than 8 to 9lacs
tribal population. Hydro resource seems to be more important than tribal human resource,
so rightly we can coin a term "human resource underdevelopment".
The Land Acquisition Act was of the British Raj and was a weapon because for them
the wealth and resource of India was more important than the Indians. Now we have
a government elected by us and they are our representatives. Our government has been
working for us and hopes it continues to look after our welfare. Pray that our Leaders
don`t become like King Midas and every citizen of this state would surely hate a
Midas Touch, no daughter or son of Arunachal would like to turn into a golden statue.
Dr Samson Borang
There are thousands of Tongam Rinas
Its a disgrace to see such bullying of media persons in Arunachal, when the press
is standing with the grievances of the common people as high priority. Yesterday’s
news on a death threat to the senior journalist is a case of acceptance by the people
involved in the PDS scam.
This is an illusion of corrupted leaders and the white colored officials of this
state that they can get away with this cheap strategy of disposing the story. Every
common man knows the name of every single accused in the PDS scam and tomorrow is
always a new day, a new fight for a justice. Taking out one Tongam Rina will not
solve the issue; there are thousands of Tongam Rinas waiting to fight for the freedom
of speech and a platform to give it back to every traitor who has been backstabbing
our Arunachal Pradesh.
The media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh should strongly reciprocate to this threat
and in my view choose a democratic way of fighting against these miscreants.
The news item really made me ashamed because of the ' bollywoodish' steps taken by
the unknown people to demolish the courage and strength of the one person who is
fighting for a cause, who is fighting for us.
A citizen (on email)
Why only blame politicians and system?
Its good to see many people commenting on corruption in the state. But why only blame
politicians and system? Corruption is a vicious circle in context of Arunachal Pradesh.
Even our innocent villagers are no longer innocent now a day. Those brothers of ours
in the villages who depends on us even for small matters becomes highly intellectual
and resourceful during the time of election and will start advising us. They would
openly declare that they vote only to those who pays or promise jobs for their relatives.
You end up humiliated trying to advice them to vote for genuine one. Now, when we
pressurize the politicians to pay for votes and provide jobs to our relatives irrespective
of their talents in exchange for vote, do we have right to question them about development
and good governance? Do the MLAs and Ministers have machines for spinning money and
jobs? In one hand we pressurize them to do wrong things and on other hand we blame
them for wrong doings. If we want them to do development, we should not ask them
for heavy donations or ask to put our relatives in jobs, pay for our medical expenses
etc and most importantly pay for vote. The proponents of anti-corruption and good
governance should approach the matter of corruption in its totality, not banging
only one door. A massive political awareness should happen especially in rural areas.
Once the elections ( of MLAs/MPs/Students bodies etc.) becomes a fair and clean affair,
rest will take care of itself.
E Basar (on email)
Please don’t commit harakiri
This is in reference to the news report "ANSU reacts to Ramesh statement, demands
power projects" ('Arunachal Times', Oct 10, 2010). The leaders of the All Nyishi
Students Union (ANSU) are committing a ‘harakiri’ by asking for construction of mega
dams on the rivers in Arunachal Pradesh. More than accusing Assam for the backwardness
of Arunachal Pradesh, these misguided leaders should question the integrity of the
politicians who have siphoned crores. One most important question is that why is
ANSU looking at the central government for development schemes? Can’t the youths
of the state think of indigenous ways to develop the state? Why can’t the ANSU think
of engaging its educated youths of coming up with projects on solar power generation
and harnessing of wind power in the villages of Arunachal Pradesh. Why are the people
of Arunachal Pradesh so very handicapped by taking central type of development all
the time since its inception?
During my 2 years stay in Vietnam, I see local youths of villages make mini projects
for power generation. Each village has solar panels and many villages have small
wind powered electric projects. Mega dams or large dams are avoided by the Vietnamese
people. And the villages of Vietnam are prosperous and thus electrified compared
to our state. They use solar power and wind energy for electricity. Thus the people
of Vietnam do not disturb the ecology nor do they harm the interest of the neighbouring
Why can’t the youths of each village in Arunachal Pradesh think of tapping the horticulture
and floriculture resources of the state? No one is stopping any state from self-development.
Begging for aid from the centre should be stopped by the students unions of the state,
especially the ANSU.
Vietnam (on email)
Let the truth prevail
The abusive and death threatening calls by some miscreants deserve strong condemnation.
They may be either illiterate, who does not know what the PDS matter is all about
and who are the ultimate victims for such racket or poverty stricken, who has not
received any food supply benefit from the PDS.
The unknown caller may reconsider the fact that Media is a channel through which
the common men are informed about the developments happening in our state.
Let the truth prevail.
I, on behalf of concerned citizens, render complete moral support to the Media Fraternity
for their fearless stand and disseminating information to the public eyes.
Apropos Dr. Gibji Nimachow's "Karo is not a hidden language", I acknowledge his work
on his tribe, the Aka. His thesis "the Aka - Land and People" may help Mr. K. David
Harrison better understand the existence of the dialect of the tribe. His claim over
the whole tribe and its dialect as discovered by him is nothing but his ignorance.
It would be knowledge booster if Dr. Gibji continues writing abstracts about Akas
which may help understand the lesser known Tribes of the Akas and Buguns.
Kada Tabu (on email)
Slap on our democracy
Its really shocking that some of journalists are threatened. It’s a slap on our democracy.
Now in such a condition what will our journalists do? We all know that media are
the mirror of society. When some miscreants try to break the mirror than how anyone
know the image of society.
Now many questions arise, who will care of our state is they are our own state govt?
Think again my readers. Save our journalist and save our image of society.
Media is the mirror
I strongly condemn those people who are threatening media persons of the state for
publishing news regarding PDS case in the state. I advise them to desist from such
nefarious activities as the PDS being related to poor people needs wider exposer.
This is fundamental rights of the citizen to know the pros and cons of the entire
PDS episode and the media being the mirror and Fourth Pillar of the democracy has
every right to inform the people about the happenings of the state.
Without media, the citizen will remain ignorant about the system of governance. Therefore,
we respect the activities of media and media people.
Regarding accused in the PDS scam, I would like to ask as to why the SIC is still
not arresting all remaining 95 persons who are allegedly involved in the PDS scam.
I also request the authorities to disclose the exact amount involved in the scam
Free and fair
I would like to appeal the concerned authority to organise the coming walk-in-interview
in free and fair manner for the post of the Resource Teachers and volunteers under
the SSA Rajya Mission.
Though, it would be walk-in only but the selection must be on the basis of talent,
sincerity, honest, patience, fluency as well as academic records.
Why we prefer them than locals
The district administration had once fixed a rate for all the commodities with respect
to the Capital Complex and was widely published in the newspapers (we don't remember
the rates now). Now I am wondering time and again whether the rate of the items as
fixed by the District Administration is still in operation or whether the whole fixation
and publishing of the rate was a namesake exercise.
There seems to be no uniformity in any of the items that are available in the market.
The worst affected areas are the "Sectors" where the rates of the items are much
higher than the MRP. When you ask the reason, the most common of the answer would
be "auto-fare or rickshaw fare". Now how far is this logic applicable? Suppose a
chewing-gum costs one rupee, so would the auto-fare of 40 rupees make the chewing-gum
a thing worth 41 rupees? Well everyone would say no, but more or less it is the system
that is prevalent in our dear state, because there is no authority or agency who
keeps a tight vigil on this.
In today's age nobody can remain unaffected by the inflation but would that justify
the selling of a small bunch of "laipatta" or "Kaddu-patta" or any other local vegetable
at an exorbitant price of rupees 20 per bunch. I remember last time I bought a pineapple,
it was 50 rupees per pineapple and as told by the vendor it was 50 rupees because
it is a big pineapple but as for me I did not find anything extraordinary in the
pineapple to call it "big". I do understand the hard work that is being put into
bringing these leafy vegetables and other fruits to the market, but wouldn't everyone
agree that these rates are too high? Well, the "kaddu-patta" almost grows in wild,
"laipattas" or any other local vegetables don't require any special attention and
you don't import these items, there are no taxes on these, then what is the reason
that we are being robbed of our hard earned money?
As far as I can see, it is our mentality that is leading to this situation. We the
tribal people are always trying to make the biggest profit margins, whereas the non-tribals
are happy earning a profit of a rupee or two on an item. And that is one big reason
why the "Maruaris" and "biharis" are getting rich and richer and richer, because
they are taking away all our money, because we all prefer going to them, because
they charge lesser amount, and because we can at least bargain with them. Whereas
go and try to bargain with a local and tribal people of our state and they would
never budge an inch and pat comes the reply "either take it or leave it".
The local vendors need to understand that a symbiotic relation should exist between
the vendor and the purchaser, otherwise the public tends to look for some other alternative
and the only alternative lies in the non-tribals, and as such our own people gets
deprived of the much needed cash which instead goes to the outsiders. Hope wisdom
Duge Soki (on email)
Grand people Alliance Proposed
Never in the brief history of Arunachal the need for formation of a transparent,
secular and democratic forum with like minded individuals cuttings across Party lines,
ethnicity, sex, religion, & Profession was so badly felt as on date to give collective
direction and wisdom to the fully derailed present government mired in countless
To name a few like Rs 1000 Crores P.D.S Scam involving the powerful legislators,
bureaucrats and the Contractors, Gross irregularities & financial mismanagement as
reported by CAG, mortgaging of almost entire river basin to the private merchant,
continues inflow of anti social elements within the State, persisting refugee problem,
non adherence to established C.P.W.D guidelines in implementing all Government schemes
under SPA, BADP, NCCRP.
The forum would appeal all intellectuals, senior leaders, the youth, government employees,
religious leaders. Media Fraternity to pool their valuable suggestion and advice
in making the vision of the forum a grand success. A vision for creating a clean
accountable transparent corrupt free Arunachal.
We hope to learn from mistakes
We would like to ask for the understanding and forgiveness of the people of Arunachal
Pradesh, the Aka people and Dr. Gibji Nimachow in particular, for all of the issues
that have come about as a result of the reports about our work with the Koro Aka.
It was extremely bad of us to have overlooked Dr. Nimachow's important and groundbreaking
work. We hope to get a copy of this soon so that we can use this major resource in
our work. It was even worse to criticize his comments, which we obviously did not
understand properly and which we unfortunately replied to when we really did not
understand them. We have made many mistakes in this process and we have caused much
misunderstanding. In part these mistakes were made because we used terminology that
we did not understand in their proper local context. This is entirely our fault and
we are responsible for these misunderstandings and mistakes. We are just ordinary
people and we make mistakes, and we hope to learn from these mistakes so that we
never repeat them. We have made these mistakes because we still have much to learn
about Arunachal Pradesh and its many vibrant cultures. We have great respect and
admiration for the people of Arunchal Pradesh. It is our sincerest desire to continue
to learn about this amazing place, and we hope that the people of this glorious state
will show us understanding and show us the way as we try to learn more about Arunachal
Pradesh and its people. Thank you for sharing some of your culture. We hope to prove
to be worthy of this opportunity some day.
Dr. Gregory D. S. Anderson, Dr. K. David Harrison (on email).
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
MIAO Oct 13: Miao Police today caught Sukhamoi Chakma @ Buba (35) of Santipur-III
under Diyun circle in Changlang district who was absconding with the tusk of an elephant
on late night of October 4 last.
The whereabouts of Sukhamoi Chakma could be traced due to the diligence of Investigation
Officer ASI Dumai Singpho. An informant was used by Singpho to get the information
to the alleged accused.
IO Singpho along with four police personnel of Miao Police left for Gunanagar III
under Chawkham circle, Lohit district and apprehended Chakma at 0030 hrs. The police
personnel had to track over two hours on foot before reaching the spot wherein the
alleged accused was taking shelter.
Along with the Sukhamoi another suspect Anil Chakma (20) was also detained. Both
have been booked under case no 52/10 U/S 379/34 IPC.
After interrogation accused Sukhamoi Chakma showed the police where the tusk was
hidden. He had buried the tusk weighing 2 kgs and 14 inches near the jungle area
of Khachang village.
Singpho is confident that with the arrest of the alleged accused more information
will be obtained on the ongoing elephant tusk racket in and around the area.
Though pleased with the arrest of the alleged accused, the IO said that help and
support of the local people is necessary to arrest others involved in tusk thieving.
Viable information provided in time could go a long way in solving cases he added.
Earlier on October 6 Subhas Chakma (30) of Prabhat village, Gunanagar II, p.o/p.s
Chowkham, Lohit District and Jyotimoy Chakma (42) of Dharmapur I, p.o/ p.s Miao Changlang
District were arrested.
The police personnel who accompanied the IO were Head Constable S K Gogoi, Constables
B Loma, N Tayu, S Abu of Miao police station and Constable N Tikhak of Chawkham police
Citizen threatens defamation suit
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Margi Ngomle, who appeared before CBI Anti-Corruption Branch Guwahati
yesterday on being summoned in connection with a case of carrying PDS items through
motorbike No AR 08-2699 from Lakhimpur FCI to Likabali-Aalo, said that neither he
is a PDS contractor nor he lifted any PDS item through the said motorbike.
While expressing his strong resentment over the entire episode where his name has
been unnecessarily dragged in to such scam causing mental harassment to him and his
entire family, Ngomle, in a press briefing this afternoon said that CBI Anti Corruption
Branch, Guwahati will provide him in written detailing the quantity and date of PDS
item carried by the said motorbike within one or two days.
Ngomle, who is a former NCP president of West Siang District, further informed that
the said bike which he bought in 1998 was sold to another person after 11 month.
Is it possible to carry PDS item through motorbike from North Lakhimpur to Likabali-Aalo?,
a visibly angry Ngomle questioned.
He said that a defamation case would be filed against the person, whoever be found
responsible for defaming his name and causing mental harassment to him, as soon as
he receives report from CBI.
Earlier, he alleged that a huge sum of money has been paid as transportation charges
against the said motorcycle without his knowledge.
He further revealed that at least two other bike owners from West Siang have been
summoned by CBI for the same case. When the infamous PDS scam came into light some
years back, incredible statistics were revealed. For instance, in a particular circle
in Arunachal with a population of 2,784 (according to 2001 census), every individual
consumed at least 24 kg of iodised salt per month while another record revealed that
every individual consumed upto 64 kg rice every month!
NESO, APWWS seeks action
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: The North East Students Organization (NESO), strongly condemned
frequent intimidation to Press fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh and demanded the Govt
to provide security to Tongam Rina particularly and the media houses in general in
Expressing shock over the intimidation letter dropped in the private house of Rina,
the NESO general secretary Gumjum Haider in a press statement today said the services
rendered by media persons should be appreciated by all of us.
Describing the plight of the media persons as well as their role in Arunachal Pradesh,
Haider said without any corporate and industrial support to the media, the media
persons with their meagre salary have been performing their duties with dedication
and sincerity for cause of common people. Everybody should restraints themselves
from this kind of unbecoming act, he added. NESO also strongly feels that lack of
proper administrative measures against unlawful activities and absence of drastic
follow up action against criminals is one of the reasons for such growing criminal
activities. Cold blooded murders and rapes are very common in the state but we have
never heard of any exemplary punishments against dreaded criminals, Haider said and
demanded the state Govt to speed up the follow up actions and act very tough against
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) expressed shock and anguish over
the death threat being received by one of its activists and Associate Editor of Arunachal
Times Tongam Rina.
Condemning the act of intimidation, the Society said death threat to a lady journalist,
who is daring to highlight various issues of public interest, is a shameful and cowardice
act. It demanded the Govt. to immediately arrest the perpetrators and provide proper
security to media houses and journalist especially to Rina.
Arunachal Pradesh Anti Corruption Union (APACU) has strongly criticized threatening
to a journalist and condemned the cowardly act of unknown person.
APACU president Nabam Rama demanded inquiry in the incident and stringent punishment
to the accused so that no person dare to issue such threatening letter near future.
The Union also appealed state Govt to provide security for the media persons and
called upon the media fraternity to keep on their role and fight against the injustice.
Karko Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) and Rina Welfare Society (RWS) have condemned
the death threat to one of the senior journalists of the state by unknown persons.
Death threat to a courageous lady journalist to suppress the Freedom of Press in
the state is a cowardice act and condemnable by any conscious citizen, said the organizations
in a joint release today. Both the organizations appealed the police and general
administration to book the persons involved in it.
Meanwhile, West Siang District Students Union (WSDSU) also condemned the life threat
to Rina and appealed the state Govt to find out the person involved in it.
Death threat to journalist open challenge to home ministry: AdiSU
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: The death threat to one of the daring journalists of Arunachal
Pradesh is a direct challenge to the home ministry of the state, said Adi Students
Union (AdiSU) today.
Death threat to Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times, Tongam Rina seems open
challenge to the home ministry, the AdiSU said in its memorandum submitted to Home
Minister today. The Union appealed the Minister to engage capable and competent police
officer to trace out the person who intimidated Rina. It is time for concerned department
to prove their competency in the matter, the memorandum added.
Stating that the press fraternity as a whole is pride asset for the people of Arunachal
Pradesh as they are relentlessly raising the issues confronting the society and its
people besides highlighting the developmental activities of the state, the memorandum
said that if media persons are threatened and demoralized in such way, the days will
not far when Arunachal Pradesh shall be engulfed by unlawful activities.
AdiSU further said that state Govt should prepare bill and place it before state
Assembly for enacting laws exclusively for media persons and media houses so that
Fourth Pillar of the democracy discharge its duty without fear.
Demanding deployment of adequate security personnel for media persons in the state,
the Union said, ‘We understand the personal security concern of journalists who
dare to write in any issues. People are also pleased with courageous reporters daring
to adhere in the spirit of journalism.
ANSU demands construction of Hoj-Potum road
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today demanded the authorities
concerned to start construction of road from Doimukh-Hoj of Papum Pare District to
Potin-Yazali of Lower Subansiri District at the earliest.
It is unfortunate that the demand for construction of said road yielded no positive
results till date, the union said and resented that though the tender process of
the road was initiated two years back construction work is yet to start. As a result
the road is laying in dilapidated condition and the people of Kurung Kumey, Lower
Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, other districts who use the road in summer season are
facing lot of problems, the union said in a release. The union also impressed upon
the State Govt., particularly to the elected leaders of above mentioned road affected
districts to jointly pursue the matter with the central and the State Govt. for early
start of the road.
The union also demanded land allotment certificate on time to the genuine and deserving
dwellers in Capital Complex and initiate proper remedial measures against various
outlets who are involved in issuing Inner Line Permit/Pass.
APSACS to carry out awareness generation
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) is soon going
to organize multimedia campaign through out the state to bring awareness among younger
generation youths about HIv-Aids.
Informing this in a state level committee meeting of multi-media campaign held this
evening here, APSACS Project Director Dr E Rumi said there will be musical and sports
event organized to create awareness among youths.
Starting from 10th November at Daporijo, APSACS is organizing musical contest at
9 different locations all over state. Various bands or groups will be invited for
participation and from each district one winner be selected. The participants can
belt out numbers from any language. Every band has to compose a song on HIV/AIDs
Later a state level competition will be held among winners from 9 districts. In the
next few days APSACS will come out with more details about this musical contest.
The main cause of organizing this musical contests is to generate mass participation
of youths and spread awareness among youths. Meeting was also attended by Tasor Pali,
member secretary APSACS, R.Rina joint director (Basic Services) APSACS, media fraternities
Freedom of speech
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: India takes pride in itself for being the largest democracy of
the world. Our constitution guarantees us freedom of speech and expression. But
often we are compelled to wonder whether these facts are true in regards to state
like Arunachal Pradesh.
First of all freedom of speech and expression does not make any sense in Arunachal.
Those people in power including politicians and high level bureaucrats hate this
constitutional provision. In fact they have opened up the new front to bitterly oppose
implementation of right to freedom of speech and expression in this state. It has
become a great sin to express your views on any corruption issue or against any politicians,
departments or officers. Just for expressing your simple and honest view, you can
be ruthlessly punished. If a young college pass out speak about illegal activities
in any departments, then he/she will be tortured while seeking government job. If
any contractors speak about favouritism or nepotism while awarding contract works,
he/she will never get any contract works. If any honest government servant tries
to do good work, he/she will be given punishment transfer.
About role of media which is consider to be fourth pillar of democracy, its better
I don’t talk about it. I only would advise young generation students not to take
up journalism as profession in Arunachal at least for next 15 years and yes one year
of bitter experience has made me give this honest advice.
Ever since it became full-fledged state Arunachal has been ruled by one political
party in dictatorial fashion with virtually no opposition to counter them.
Just like Communist party of China do not like any question being raised against
functioning of government of China, in Arunachal too no government likes any questions
being raised against their functioning. I hope I won’t be booked under National Security
Act for using “China” word.
Government seem to forget that we are part of this great democratic Indian system
and citizens of this state has every right to put up question against wrong doing
of government. But the situation is quite hopeless for young professional like us
in this state. If we try to highlight wrong doing by any department then it gets
personal. Head of the department will start gunning for head and if he/she is not
able to catch hold, then concern ministers also start head hunting against the complainers.
It’s really tough to understand why people of Arunachal can’t take criticism. No
people are perfect in this world and if somebody pin points the loopholes, they should
accept mistake and move on. But in our state, no one is willing to accept criticism.
Successive governments have always ruthlessly crushed whoever had tried to raise
voice against their bad governance. Many talented men and women are today living
jobless just because they dared to raise voice against wrong doings of state.
A sense of frustration is growing among younger generation students as many feel
Arunachal is heading towards becoming a failed state.
A childhood friend of mine hailing from Kurung Kumey district recently told me, “We
know there so many corruption going on in Arunachal. But still we can’t do anything.
This makes me very angry and I also feel ashamed of myself, as despite knowing everything
I am not able to do anything.”
Like him, I came across many youths who are angry at present status of state and
somehow I feel the anger are just waiting to explode. And the day when this anger
spills out, that will be the beginning of the end of corrupt system of governance
in Arunachal. Till that happens, this poor and helpless journalist will be patiently
watching the changing scenario of state.
Sonam invited to Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Journey of an unique film in the direction of global cinema fest
always continues. This time Arunachalee film SONAM will be screened at the 8th Tegernsee
International Mountain Film Festival. About a hundred international films in several
sections attach with each other in the contest - every day up to 30 different movies.
Breathtaking adventure, impressive images and extravagant landscapes flicker at the
only mountain film festival in Germany on the canvas.
Sonam (The Fortunate One), it’s a tale of love, lust and repentance, the movie become
the first feature made in Monpa (Arunachali), a dialect of the Indo-Tibetan branch
of languages, with subtitles in English for the big screen projection in celluloid.
The film based on an Assamese novel written by Sahitya Academy awardee Yashe Dorjee
Thongchi, produce by Garima films, (An unit of Garima Construction Pvt. Ltd) of Guwahati,
in collaboration with Itanagar based public charitable trust Mountain Hive. The filmgoers
found it as an unique feature film for the picturesque and effective portrayal of
a contemporary under represented tribal life culture. The film beautifully shot by
director Ahsan Muzid with his mountaineer wife Archana Bhattacharjee, that followed
Himalayan Monpa yak herders from a remote region in India. It had won the Rajat Kamal
(National Film Award) in 2005 for the best feature film in Monpa. The film attains
double triumphs- 37th International Film Festival of India, 2006, at Goa, India,
in Competitive Section & Indian Panorama. The film won double coups - 'Jury Special
Mention 2007' award and FIPRESCI's (International Critic Federation) Certificate
of Merit The 9th International Film Festival 2007 (Organized by Mumbai Academy of
Moving Images. SONAM has represented the country in various festivals across the
globe, including the National Geographic's All Roads Film Project in USA, Himalay
Archie Nederland Film Festival in Amsterdam, Autrans International Mountain Film
Festival in France and the UK’s first Himalaya Film and Cultural Festival at London.
The scenic valley of Tegernsee, with its lake nestled at the foot of picturesque
mountains, will for the eighth time host the annual Tegernsee International Mountain
Film Festival in October 2010. This festival is supported by the German Alpine Club,
Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation and ‘Tegernsee Tourism’. The Tegernsee Mountain
Film Festival is a competitive international event, bringing the best films on mountains
and their spirit of adventure to the heart of the Bavarian Alps. The festival provides
a forum for international filmmakers to meet and exchange ideas and Ashok Kumar Jhuria,
the producer of SONAM is supposed to be present at the Film Festival.
Create jobs for unemployed engineers
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA) mechanical
wing has appealed the state Govt to create large number of mechanical posts and take
step to fill up the vacant posts in various engineering departments in Arunachal
Expressing concern over growing number of unemployed mechanical engineers in the
state, the UAEA further called for strict reservation of mechanical posts in Hydro
power sector for APST Engineering diploma and degree holders candidates and added
that recruitment process in hydro projects should be carried out in state only.
After having a detailed discussion on the grievances of the unemployed mechanical
engineers in the state in its two-day meeting on Oct 7 and 8, the Association resented
recruitment of non-technical staff in various technical posts and appealed the concerned
departments to maintain recruitment rules and transparency. The meeting also criticized
the way the exam was conducted for junior engineers’ posts in power department on
Sept 19 last.
Youth camp stresses on Physical and mental strength
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: The third day of Vijay hi Vijay camp organized by Vivekananda Kendra,
shed light on the need for Physical and more importantly mental strength in today’s
The youth from various colleges of Arunachal Pradesh who were participants of the
camp got detailed in the need for mental strength more than that of physical strength.
Yoga and its use to increase mental strength and the various dimensions of it were
taught practically to the participants. Games based on team work and coordination
were also played.
Mukul Kanitkar, Secretary, Vivekananda International foundation, New Delhi, spoke
about the glorious present of India in modern times and also clarified that, India
will lead the world not by power but by teaching the humanity to live harmoniously
as it is India’s destiny. He explained how an individual is not an isolated unit
but a part of the family, where a family is the part of the society and the society
is a part of the State and the State being part of a Nation and several nations in
total make the humanity. Thus he stressed that Samarth Barath is not possible with
The Kargil Hero Major General (Retd) G. D. Bakshi spoke on “Vijay Kshan”, meaning
“Winning Moment” based on his personal experiences in the Kargil war which brew the
Patriotism in the minds of the participants.
The speakers spoke about how the glory of our Nation and the patriotism of our people
can be positively channelised for the re-building of our nations past glory and bringing
it to the global stage as a power which leads the world by mutual understanding and
Reaching the doorstep of the people to restore sight
Dr. Taba Khanna
“A little onward lend thy guiding hand
To these dark steps, a little further on.”
The popular line from John Milton’s ‘The Paradise Regained’ truly portrays the sense
of inability to lead a life with freedom and dignity by a person who is deprived
of sight. They lead a life of dependency which ultimately translates into burden
on the family, society and nation. By conservative estimate, there are about 185
million visually handicapped and 45 million totally blind persons in the world. In
absence of vocational training and proper rehabilitation, the burden on the society
is enormous, e.g; if a child goes blind today, he is likely to be with us atleast
for next 50 years. If timely corrective measures are not taken, there will be huge
social and economic burden on family, since it is estimated that the economic burden
of maintaining a blind person including loss of job by his relatives while taking
care of him, is rupees nine hundred per month. Now if we multiply this amount with
the 45 million blind population of the world, the amount is at staggering billion
of rupees annually. This cost of blindness is too high for developing countires
of Asia and Africa, where there is inadequacy of social securities and vocational
centres for blinds.
But, all blindness is not incurable, 50% of the blindness are avoidable- preventable
or treatable. The major causes of blindness and visual impairment such as cataract,
glaucoma, trauma, trachoma, refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy etc. can be treated
or prevented. Cataract accounts for 48% avoidable blindness and loss of sight due
to this cause can be restored by modern cataract surgeries which is being routinely
done globally as well as in our state. This is a very gratifying operation, where
patients goes back home satisfactorily after brief stay at hospital. Another common
cause of visual impairment is refractive errors which accounts for 14.5% of visually
handicapped population, can be corrected by simple pair spectacles, contact lens
or LASER surgery. Trauma to eyes are increasing by each passing day due to increase
in road traffic accidents, domestic and industrial accidents, use of crackers in
festivals etc and the resultant blindness can be actually prevented if adequate
safety measures are taken at appropriate level.
In spite of the fact that half of the blindness can be restored or prevented, the
society is still bearing the burden of avoidable blindness which can be attributed
to multiple factors ranging from simple ignorance to gross negligence. Keeping this
in view, the ophthalmologists and other stakeholders around the globe made a paradigm
shift in the approaches to blindness from passive hospital based management to reaching
community actively by eye care service providers. It has been observed that most
of the blind population belongs to people with low socio-economic catagories with
illiteracy, poverty, poor environmental sanitation, poor communication network, inaccessibility
to good health care centers looming large around them.If it is compounded by geographical
barriers as in hilly regions, the problems become more acute due to sparse population
distribution and limited transport facilities. In such a situation, unless the condition
is life threatening, people will not seek medical help actively and timely. So the
changing concept is to take the eye care services closer to the community. This new
approach of reaching the community by eye care team has brought about visible changes
in terms of awareness generation, community response and acceptance of services in
Changlang district. Since 2007, the Ophthalmic Out Patient Department in District
Hospital catered little over 2500 patients and performed 102 operations only, while
during the same period over 12000 eye patients were examined and treated for various
eye ailments and over 450 operations were performed during outreach programmes,i.e,
an increase of about 400% in both OPD as well as Operative cases. There is wide
gap in figures between active and passive eye care service seekers, the other important
reason is the participation of women and children. Though women and children accounts
for two-third of visualy impaired population, they donot actively attend hospital
as compared to adult males. In one of my previous article on ‘Gender and Eye Health’,
I emphasized on reaching the community by eye care service providers and National
Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), has choosen the appropriate theme(Reaching
the doorstep of people to restore sight) for World Sight Day 2010, so that more and
more emphasis is given to community outreach programme for wider coverage. Unless
we reach the community actively our target of vision for all by 2020 will be missed.The
countdown has begun and we have only another ten years to achieve our vision. Within
these ten years more emphasis must be given to priority eye diseases- Cataract, glaucoma,
corneal blindness, refractive errors, childood blindness and diabetic retinopathy.
The World Sight Day is observed every year on the second Thursday of October aimed
• Generating awareness among public on eye diseases giving more impetus on the preventive
• Guide and influences government of the concern countries for participation and
formulate mechanism for blindness alleviation including allocation of adequate fund.
• Greater involvement of Non-Governmental Organizations in blindness control programmes.
The endeavour of the medical fraternity is deemed to fail if there is no active participation
from community, volunteers and other wings of government. Since the countdown has
begun, my sincere appeal to all the section of the society to join hand and strenghten
our hands in achieving vision for all by 2020. (The writer is an Eye Surgeon, District
10th ITBPF got consolation prize
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Assam State Aids Control Society has decided to award consolation
prize to 10th Bn of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force for donating maximum units of
blood in the year 2009-10.
The award of Rs. 5000 will be given to 10 ITBPF at Guwahati on October 15.
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Adi Students Union (AdiSU) has opposed the proposal that dams
construction would strengthen the border strategy. The union was reacting against
the delegation of the Arunachal Pradesh who met Union External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna and registered protest against the outburst of Union Environment and Forest
Minister Jairam Ramesh on dam construction in Arunachal Pradesh. "Dams may be constructed
in the areas where local people welcome it but should not impose upon the areas where
people are against it, the AdiSU said.
It further said that state Govt or any organization should not take any decision
ignoring the people concerned who are fighting for their survival.
Clarifying the reasons for seeking outside support in their fight against dam construction,
the union said it would fight against mega dam constructions in Adil belt and take
help from any like minded NGOs from anywhere considering the hostile atmosphere under
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: The Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) has condemned
the Oct 7 incident of church demolition at Hayuliang under Anjaw and requested the
State Government to book the culprits under law immediately.
This is not the first incident since incident of Church vandalization also took in
many places in the past, ACRYA urges the people of the state to not to threat the
local Christians and Christianity as strangers or foreign religion, since it has
been accepted, professed and practiced by the local indigenous peoples.
RTE for PR leaders
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: A mobilization cum training programme on Right to Education (RTE)
for Panchayat leaders, GBs, teachers, village elders, parents and VEC members was
held at Community Hall Leporiang on October Nine last.
Attending the programme, J Tiwari, District Coordinator, SSA District Mission, Yupia,
highlighted the key points of RTE which provides for free and compulsory education
to all children of the age of Six to 14 years.
ASM chairperson Nabam Kakum, who chaired the programme, called upon one and all to
render their helping hands in achieving the goal of RTE. He urged them for ensuring
eight years of elementary education of every child of the said age group and their
regular attendance in school.
Leporiang ZPM Tana Tagum Tara stressed upon transparency in implementation of the
RTE Act so that the noble mission could achieve its goal.
P Jairam, finance controller, SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar spoke about responsibility
of the State in enrollment of child and completion of 8 years of schooling by them
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Reacting to the demand of the panchayat leaders and general public
of Changlang regarding Margherita-Changlang road, All Arunachal Registered Contractors
Association (AARCA) today said that it is not against the road development but
has been raising voiced against wrong policy adopted by authorities by allowing pre-qualification
bid to process at Delhi in the name of central policies and guidelines.
Being citizen of the state, the Association members, who are capable of taking any
arduous task, particularly in road construction, also want Arunachal developed
at par with other states of the country, the Association said while reiterating that
its demand is genuine.
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Students’ Union of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar is
organizing Dera Natung Badminton Championship in the memory of Late Education Minister
from Oct 15th to 19th at College Jubilee Hall.
Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh and President, AAPSU Takam Tatung, will be the chief
guest and the guest of honour on the opening day.
Chairman APEDA Likha Saaya, and President, Arunachal Chambers of Commerce and Industry
(ACCI) Techi Lala, will attend the valedictory function as the chief guest and guest
of honour respectively.
Durga Puja Greetings
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has extended his greetings and
good wishes to all Arunachalees.
The Governor expressed hope that the celebration of the triumph of good over evil
will strengthen the ethical and moral values, sacrifice and compassion.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu also has extended his warm greetings to the people of
the state on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja and Navaratri. He believed that
the festival will instill a sense of brotherhood and spread the message of peace
RGU release research journal
ITANAGAR: The Rajiv Gandhi University Research Journal (Vol. IX) published by Rajiv
Gandhi University was released by Prof. Tamo Mibang, vice chancellor in-charge at
function in the Council Hall of the University today.
The journal is dedicated to publication of research papers, articles in the field
of social and life sciences, language and literature and humanities. It also publishes
research notes, comments and book reviews.
Union withdraws ultimatum
ITANAGAR: All Idu Mishimi Students’ Union (AIMSU) has withdrawn its ultimatum served
to the Government to solve ‘Teachers Crisis’ at GHSS, Anini following verbal assurance
given by the Dibang Valley DC’s office on behalf of the Education Minister to fulfill
The association, in a release, said that it has withdrawn its ultimatum for a period
of One month from today following the assurance and hoped that the Minister would
keep his word and act promptly to solve the crisis within a month. It also praised
the DC for conveying the association’s demand to the Government immediately.
Hike in RTI fee resented
ITANAGAR: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit today appealed the State Govt
to revoke its decision hiking the information free from Rs 2 to 10 per page under
Terming the decision undemocratic and an indirect act of stifling democratic rights
of the citizens, NCP said the unexpected decision has made the mockery of the very
spirit and purpose of the RTI Act.