2011

October -  13

News Highlights

Itanagar take a step towards normalcy, Organisations appeal for peace

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: A day after the state capital witnessed unprecedented violence which resulted in a death of a young man, there was uneasy calm in the state capital. Though there was no untoward incident the whole day, some people are reported to have left the state capital fearing further violence.

Capital yesterday had witnessed unprecedented violence which left scores injured, several shops ransacked and few private residences damaged and vehicle torched.

The Police said that the law and order situation in state capital is normal and adequate forces including SSB, ITBP and CRPF have been deployed in capital complex to tackle law and order situation and thwart any untoward incident.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung appealed to all sections to maintain peace and communal fraternity and to not take law into their hands under any provocation.

In a statement, Tatung demanded a magisterial inquiry into Tuesday police firing in which a youth was killed, saying the fact should be made public immediate and the guilty punished.

He also demanded adequate compensation for the next of the kins of the deceased as the valuable life has been wasted for none of their fault.

While announcing that the AAPSU would hold a peace rally in the state capital soon, the students’ body cautioned the GoAP to not provoke any section of the society in the name of politics.       

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students Union Delhi has also appealed for peace and calm. This incident has deeply disheartened and horrified the many Arunachal people who are based outstation said President of ASUD J.T.Tagam.

The Union further condemned and criticised the ongoing political chaos while appealing the people of the state not to become the tool of shrewd politicians.

The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee appealed to the people of Arunachal to maintain utmost restraint and peace during this time of “chaotic situation created by some people who do not want peace in the state”.

The APCC also appealed all the tribes to maintain mutual cooperation and peace among the communities.

The State government should be more vigilant and not be a mere spectator of the infighting among the communities as it is the duty of the Government to protect each and every citizen of the state, it said.

The APCC also deeply condoled the death of  late Heri Tai ,who succumbed to the bullet injury and prayed the almighty to give strength to the bereaved family of Late Tai.

The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh is extremely pained by the unprecedented events of violence that took place in the state Capital on October 11, said a party release.

The BJP also expressed deep shock and concern over the incidents of unwarranted police firings   yesterday which resulted in death of Heri Tai who succumbed to his injuries.

The party demanded judicial enquiry into the incident and immediate adequate reliefs from the state government for the bereaved family.

The BJP expressed its deep concern over the uncontrolled law and order situations in Arunachal Pradesh entering five months because  rifts, factionalism infightings and rivalries in the ruling congress and its affects expanding.

The BJP Arunachal Pradesh appealed all sections of the people of Arunachal Pradesh to maintain peace and harmony to overcome present crisis by maintaining restrain and fostering brotherhood and put coordinated efforts in order to bring back normalcy. Violence has no solution and inciting violence from any quarter for different reasons should be defeated with our collective and consensus efforts and understanding, it said.

Leadership crisis in the ruling party after the tragic death of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has become imminent and open secret, it said while adding that under such situations the government is not in position to function and carry out its constitutional obligations which has become matter of serious concern for all including national security… “The mal-governance under the scams, communalization and criminalization ridden successive state Congress governments has ultimately led Arunachal Pradesh once known as “ an island of peace “ to a violence torn state and the year 2011 has become history for the state – a record state Capital Bandhs which will certainly have impacts on the days to come.

“Unlike other states the matter of constitutional crisis in Arunachal Pradesh for several months now should not merely be seen from the eye of a particular political party for its government by the constitutional institution. The Raj Bhawan should act on the call of time and situations” it said.

The situations of unpredictable violence, killings, kidnappings, secessionists activities become rampant with lootings are also taking place taking the advantage of the situations. What guarantees that the anti-national and terrorist elements would also not take advantage of the peculiar situation thrown upon consequent upon the rivalries and factionalisms in the ruling party inciting communalization and criminalization of politics in their self interest above the all, the party said.

The Galo Welfare Society in a statement has appealed all to maintain peace and harmony. It appealed all the Galos and the larger society not to spread unnecessary rumour, and appealed them to remain calm and not create panic situation and let Peace and Harmony prevail.

GWS is saddened with the rumour that there is perceived threat of breach of communal peace in the capital complex.

“The traditional bond of bonhomie and brotherly relation with all other tribal brethrens remain intact” it said.

While condemning yesterday’s police firing during Papum Pare district bandh, All Nyishi Youth Organization (ANYO) today said that both Chief Minister and Home Minister were responsible for ugly situation in the capital during yesterday’s “Anti-Nyishi rally.” The organization also demanded immediate termination of the police personnel involved in firing incident.  It further appealed  all members of Nyishi community   to restore communal harmony.

All Nyishi Educated Youth Forum also held the state Govt responsible for yesterday’s firing incident in which several persons were injured. The Forum said that the chief minister and home minister should take moral responsibility and resign from their respective posts.

The Forum demanded judicial enquiry into the firing incident, medical assistance to the victims and injured persons and immediate suspension of police personnel involved in the firing incident.

Why extra para military forces were not deployed and bandh was not declared illegal as per supreme court order, the Forum questioned and condemned the attack on business establishments and private residence.

It reiterated demand for intervention of the Governor and imposition of President Rule in order to improve law and order situation.

Arunachal Law Students’ Union vehemently condemned yesterday’s police firing and demanded judicial enquiry into it and immediate arrest of the police personnel involved in the  incident.

Expressing concern over the tense situation and mindless violence in twin capital city for last few months in the capital and state as a whole, the union appreciated the NES and ANSU for postponement of its proposed 36 hours bandh in Nyishi dominated areas.

Stressing on peaceful co-existence, communal harmony and improved law and order, the union said the state needs strong constitutional machinery to tackle law and order. It further appealed the Governor to intervene to improved law and order and also appealed to all communities of capital complex to maintain peaceful co-existence.

 

Injured in Itanagar violence dies, family appeals for calm

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Heri Tai, a victim of yesterday’s Itanagar violence has died. He succumbed to his bullet injuries sustained at IG Park Itanagar. According to family sources, Late Tai, was airlifted to Guwahati this morning from R K Mission Itanagar to GNRC, Guwahati where he died this afternoon.

The 23 year old was working as security guard, at a BSNL office in  Naharlagun.

His body will be brought back to Itanagar on Thursday after the hospital formalities including the postmortem are done.

Meanwhile, All Heri Welfare Association has appealed one and all to restrain from creating any law and order problem following the death of the young man. The Association urged everyone not to take law into their own hand and let the law take its own course of action,.

This matter should never be given a regional or communal colour at any cost, said its President Heri Taro while adding that the Association will hold the group, individual or organisation responsible for any untoward incident or communal colour which the law-abiding Heri clan does not endorse.

The Association also appealed the State Government to unearth the truth and book the culprit at the earliest as per the law.    

 

NES, ANSU condemns Police firing, demand thorough enquiry

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Nyishi Elite Society(NES) and All Nyishi Students Union(ANSU) vehemently condemned the firing incident at IG Park on 12th October which claimed the life of Heri Tai.  

A thorough inquiry into the incident has to be set up and justice be delivered at the earliest so that the confidence of the public on the institution of police can be restored, it said.

“The deceased soul was an anti rally cadre of ‘Great Nyishi Referendum Rally’ organized by the Nyishi Consultative Committee (NCC) and sponsored by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. It is pertinent to mention that Nyishi community had declared the said Rally as Anti-Nyishi Rally. The incident could have been easily avoided if the government had taken preventive measures” it said.

The NES and ANSU acknowledge the supreme sacrifice of late Heri Tai for the cause of the society and decided to lay his mortal remains in befitting manner, it said.

NES and ANSU also condemn brutal assault on many of the innocent public by the security personal on that unfortunate day.

NES and ANSU visited the hospitals and met injured victims who are recuperating from bullet/stone-pelting/and dao’s wound.

Meanwhile, the organizations said words of fear psychosis among the communities of Arunachal are doing the round.

“NES and ANSU are not against any community.  We acknowledge peace, tranquility and peaceful co-existence as the pre- requisite for over all development and we value and practice it in letter and spirit. This is sad to note that some people with vested interest are painting communal colour to our movement for some cheap gain” it said.

NES and ANSU condemn, in strongest term, such move by the vested group and urged everyone not to believe such rumour.

Meanwhile, it said that there is complete breakdown in government machinery and it is high time the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh intervenes and put his best effort to bring normalcy in the State, especially in Capital Complex.

 

AIMSU appeals for postponement of public hearing

ROING, Oct 12: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) have appealed to the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) to direct the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) to postpone the environment clearance public hearings to be held for the 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project in New Anaya and Roing on from 24th to 31st of October.  

The demand was put forth appraising on the tense situation in Dibang Valley due to firing on young students and other civilians which took place by armed personnel of the Special Task Force on October 5, 2011.

“The situation is certainly not conducive for conduct of the public hearings for the 3000 MW Dibang Multi-purpose project later this month. Adequate time needs to be given for things to calm down and resolution of the emerging conflict over the firing by police personnel on un-armed civilians,” stated the memorandum addressed to JM Mauskar, special secretary of MoEF.  In another appeal to the people of Dibang Valley, the union said,” Though public hearing is considered an occasion where people are given the opportunity to air their views on the proposed project. In reality, the public participation is used merely as rubber stamp for approval of the project and the decision makers use it as a way to sell a predetermined plan and do not truly care about people’s concerns.”

“So considering the flaws in the public consultation process, it is the community that will loose its say on the project once the hearing takes place, irrespective of differing views on dam,” said the union.

 

ACCI condemns damages, seeks compensation

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Taking strong exception to the excessive damages caused to number of business establishments in the Capital Complex during Tuesday’s 12-hour Papum Pare district bandh, particular loot of valuable merchandise from BB Plaza, Itanagar causing huge losses to a number of unemployed local youths who had set up their shops on loans from banks and other GoI schemes including PMEGP, the Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) today condemned the anti-social elements for their mindless acts.

It is the traders who stand all the times for all genuine causes of the people of the state and donate generously to numerous organizations, but such vindictive attitude towards the business men would spread fear psychosis among them discouraging them to run their shops while completely sending a wrong message to the outside investors and dissuading them from investing in the state, said a statement from ACCI general secretary Tarh Nachung and Vice president Dominic Tadar.

The ACCI condemns the state government for its complete failure in providing security and safety to the traders and their establishments during any agitation. Interestingly, the traders down their shutters during all bandhs out of compulsions to save their establishments but the traders are the first to be victimized for none of their fault and suffer huge losses.

The ACCI demands that a proper inquiry should be ordered to asses the total losses caused by vandalism and adequate compensation be paid immediately to the traders who were looted or whose shops were damaged to help them to run their show in state’s interest.

The traders continued to down their shutters as an impact of Tuesday’s vandalism.

 

APCC observer to assess the situation

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee expressed anguish over unprecedented violence which left several injuries, damage of public and private properties yesterday.

The APCC in a release today claimed that the party has conveyed the factual lawlessness situation of the state to the High Command and expected that the high command would depute an observer to assess the situation in the state in a day or two.

Terming the yesterday’s reported firing incident by police wherein a bandh call activist got severe injuries as unfortunate and uncalled for, the party cast an aspersion on the efficiency of the people whose duty was to ensure the security of the citizens and its property.  The APCC further appealed to those who involve in violent incident and bandh call to refrain from unlawful activities to maintain peaceful co-existence, communal harmony and to have a law abiding society in the interest of the state.

 

NCC demands high level inquiry

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Nyishi Consultative Committee called upon the state Govt to constitute a high level inquiry committee headed by a sitting judge of a high court to enquire into the violence incidents occurred during the peaceful rally carried out by the Committee yesterday.

The NCC in a release today said that the rally inviting all Nyishi based social organizations was organized to seek clarification from the state Govt on the vexed ToI issue which created unfounded ripples in state with derogatory remarks of Pradeep Thakur.

The NCC said it was unfortunate that “some lawlessness people” blocked roads at different locations including Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Itanagar and I G Park and prevented the participants from attending the NCC meeting at I G Park.  It further said  “sporadic violence that marked NCC rally was unfortunate and it was due to the declaration of the said rally as “anti-Nyishi” by the NES and its sister organizations.”   “Now, it is beyond no doubt proving that the so called dignity fight by some of the organizations in the Nyishi Community shows the real image of the mighty and grateful Nyishi Society,” the Committee added.

The NCC condemned the police firing  at I G Park and impressed upon the state Govt to punish the police officials involved in gruesome firing and also demanded the  state Govt to fix the responsibility on the rally protestors, especially the leaders  behind the damage of huge public and private properties in twin capital city. The committee further said that the role of some of the Nyishi organizations, who are spearheading the so called Nyishi dignity movement, in disrupting the NCC’s peaceful rally must be enquired.

 

Tagar praises role of Christians

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: MLA Takam Tagar praised the Christian role for various reformations in the Nyishi society.

Attending the silver jubilee celebration of Savata-Choba Catholic Church on October 9 last, Takam stated that majority of community people quit liquor in the area after Christianity have come. The lessons and principles of Jesus Christ instilled in them a peaceful mind, Takam said. He, however, called upon the people to preserve their own culture and tradition for identity.

The MLA sought cooperation from all for all round development of his constituency.

Later, the MLA contributed Rs.50,000 to the Church welfare fund, Rs.30,000 for construction of CC step from main road to Choba Catholic Church, Rs.10,000 for Mother Teresa Charity Mission and Rs.5,000 for various cultural troupes.

Yangte ZPM Tarh Talo also praised the role of Christianity for significant socio-economic changes in the Nyishi society. But he was critical about the change of name after having himself/herself Baptised. He called for preservation of own culture and tradition at any cost apart from believing in Christ.

He also donated Rs.30,000 to the silver jubilee organizing committee.

Palin ZPM Techi Azad, CO Rido Tarak, BDO Takam Kanam, father and sisters of Catholic community also attended the celebration.

 

Governor stresses for augmentation of tourism sector

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: State Tourism Minister Pema Khandu called on the Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan on Oct 10. Various issues which need to be addressed on priority to harness the full tourism potential of the State were discussed in the meeting.

Underscoring the need for exposure tours organized for youth and entrepreneurs in Tourism sector, the Governor advised the Tourism Minister to initiate programmes for capacity building in the service sector.

While calling for further improvement of the tourism sector in the State, the Governor pointed that Arunachal Pradesh has huge scope for religious tourism, wildlife & eco tourism, cultural tourism and adventure tourism. Once tourism sector is developed, it will facilitate in providing livelihood to large numbers of youth and women of the State.

Citing the example of Ganga Lake project, the Governor suggested for taking up tourism projects under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. In the meeting the Governor stressed the need for creation of more tourist circuits and home stay facilities.

Gen Singh, who has facilitated the launching of some projects for the State, including State Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition at Banderdewa, the Adventure Tourism Camping Destination site at Jote and the tourism counter at Guwahati Airport for augmenting tourism activities in Arunachal Pradesh advised Khandu to expedite implementation of these Raj Bhavan initiatives. The Governor suggested for working in double shifts during this working season.

Enquiring on the progress of Adventure Tourism Camping Destination site at Jote, the Governor suggested the construction of a restaurant with simple toilets in the area. He also asked the Minister to speed up the work of Tourism Counter at Guwahati Airport.

State Tourism Minister, while concurring the need for exposure tours for entrepreneurs in tourism sector informed that he is proposing training programme for the local entrepreneurs and has kept fund for such programmes. He also informed the Governor that eleven projects under Indian Tourist Development Corporation in Bhalukpong –Tawang route have been taken over by the State Government for proper implementations.

Responding to the Governor’s query on the starting of the management courses of the SIHM, G.N. Sinha, Principal Secretary Tourism briefed him that advertisements for core faculties will be issued very soon and hinted on starting the first batch from Rajiv Gandhi University.

 

Affected villagers oppose Public hearing

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Public leaders, Gaon Buras and affected land owners of Silli village in a letter to Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang District and Jaypee authorities strongly opposed the public hearing of proposed Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project schedule on October 18.

They said “the authorities will not be allowed to conduct the proposed public hearing under any circumstances till complete re-survey of the land” it said  and demanded that the survey should be done in presence of land owners, villagers and others.

It said that without the re-survey, the total clear cut area of land to be acquisitioned for the project and total area of affected land owners will not be possible which will create problems time and again in coming days for the villager and land owners.

They urged the Jaypee authorities not to finalize any issue regarding land acquisition by taking and influencing only few numbers of land owners as they are not authorized to act upon the matter on behalf of all land owners.

They further alleged that “earlier survey was made by the Jaypee authorities without any intimation to the land owners, public leaders and GBs of Silli village which resulted into numbers of land disputes between the land owners.

They further said that maximum numbers of land owners are not aware of the public hearing while adding that even the public leader including sitting ASM, Gram Panchayat members, GBS of Silli village has also not been taken into consideration for holding the  public hearing.

 

3 day long District Level Games and Sports

Aalo, Oct 12: The Arunachal Vikas Parishad in collaboration with Donyi Polo Trust Committee, Aalo organized a 3 day long District Level Games and Sports to hunt sports talents and promote indigenous faith among the young generation from Oct 11.

As part of the programe, a procession was taken out from Donyi-Polo Dere that culminated at General Foot ball Ground.

Addressing a big gathering, the former Minister Doi Ado said that the games and sports that forms integral part of our lives not only gives us physical endurance but gives sufficient income to sustain life easily adding that all sportsmen have name, fame and are rich individuals.

He stressed on construction of Donyi Polo Dere and distribution of flags in all villages to show their own identity.

The young kids should be taught to speak our own safegaurd our oral literature that has no written records, he added.

Ogong Tamut, an ardent believer of Donyi Polo faith said that Donyi Polo has been our guiding principle from time immemorial and called for safe guarding the tribal faith, worship and belief to keep our own identity.

Krishna Vhire, Joint General Secretary, Vikash Parishad, Silchar also dwelt at length on richness of tribal culture and called for preservation and safeguarding it from other influence and erosion.

The President and Secretary of District Level Games and Sports organized by AVP & DPDTC, Moji Bagra and Tuter Nima spelt out in detail aims and objectives of the district level meet and urged all believers of Donyi-Polo faith to make all out effort to infuse a sense of pride among the younger generation about our culture and tribal way of life.

 

Association gives  ultimatum to govt

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association  (ACCYWA) has given 45 days ultimatum to  PWD and UD Department to start road repairing works in capital complex, especially NH52A failing which the association has threatened to go for 2nd phase of 24-hr bandh call.

Roads in capital complex have worsened ever since APPWD has taken over the road from BRTF, ACCYWA said in a release. It said that PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki and PWD Chief  Engineer (W/Z) Bora Ette must resign from their respective posts if they fail to start road works within 45 days.

ACCWA had given 12-hr capital bandh on October 10 last demanding the authority to hand NH-52A road over to BRTF for proper maintenance.

It criticized the PWD Minister’s silence on the matter and his long-absence in the hour of need.

ACCYWA said that Tuki had assured to start road work on war-footing on June 15, 2008. Further, there has been no reaction from Tuki till date although a proposal of Rs 284 crore for road maintenance by PWD department was returned unapproved by Director General (Road Development) and Special Secretary, it added.

ACCYWA said that it has given 45 days ultimatum on request of the Chief Engineer. It claimed that the CE had confessed his faults of not taking interest of the highway before some political leaders and officers in a meeting here on October 9 last.

 

Orientation Programme on SHG Movement

CHANGLANG, Oct, 12: An Orientation programme on formation of SHGs was held for Anganwadi workers at Changlang on October 11 2011. It was organized jointly by Support Center, State Microfinance Vision Itanagar and DISHA a Khonsa based NGO.

Total 40 Anganwadi workers from Changlang and Khimyong ICDS blocks attended the programme. Main objective was to strengthen the Anganwadi workers as facilitators for formation of SHGs in their respective areas.

The specialty of the programme was a slide presentation of Vijay Swami, Executive Director RIWATCH, on success stories created by women SHGs of Arunachal Pradesh. The presentation also gave the overall scenario of SHGs in rest part of the country and compared with Bangladesh Gramin bank. This triggered live discussion on analyzing successes and failures of SHGs, the need based approach and market survey.

The programme was formally inaugurated by M. C. Roy, ADC Changlang. In his inaugural address, he impressed upon the Anganwadi workers to take the advantage of the programme and create success stories.

While speaking as guest of Honour, Marina Kenglang, ZPM North Changlang, revealed that Changlang lags behind in SHG movement compared to rest part of Arunachal. What is needed is the motivation, to facilitators as well as to the rural women.

Anganwadi workers expressed the need of training of SHGs in various enterprises. The Programme Co-ordinator of Support Center Microfinance Lomi Linggi has appealed the workers to find out the needs of SHGs so that it will be easy for support centre to organize trainings accordingly. She also revealed that for larger reach out, similar kinds of programmes will be taken up by Support Center at door steps of various blocks of Changlang district in the coming days.

The participants were also addressed by CDPO Changlang Wemkhum Khilak and Secretary of DISHA Wangfyak Wangsu

 

Training of doctors and paramedical staffs

TAWANG, Oct 12:  The Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) Tawang conducted a training programme for Doctors and Paramedical staff on October 10 and 11 in District Hospital, Tawang.

Attending the training, Tawang district medical officer (DMO) Dr. TC Khrime called upon the medical officers (MOs) and paramedical staffs of the district to have strict vigil on the communicable diseases and report timely as per the guidelines of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP).

Dr. K. D. Gautam, DSO insisted on complete and timely submission of various reports under the programme.

Dr. Wangdi Lama DRCHO underscored the importance of the training in reporting of outbreaks in time.

Resource persons Dr. K. D. Gautam DSO and Epidemiologist D. K. Thungdok focused on early detection of outbreaks, control and response for the betterment of the community’s health.

A total of 19 Paramedical staffs and 18 Doctors were trained in two batches.  DIPRO

 

Seminar on Hindi Literature

PASIGHAT, Oct 12: The two days long literary seminar on the topic ‘Agyeya Aur Hindi Sahitya’ was organized by Hindi department of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat on Oct 11 and 12. The seminar was  organized in honour one of the foremost figures of Hindi literature, Sacchidanand Hiranand Vatsyayan, popularly known as ‘Agyeya' on his birth centenary and sponsored by UGC.

The centenary seminar witnessed the presence of litterateurs   like Prof. Kumar Pankaj BHU Varanasi, Prof. Chandrakala Pandey of Calcutta (Kolkata) University, Prof. S. Chaturvedi of Hyderabad University, Prof. AK Nath Tezpur University and Prof. Debraj of RG University and other dignitaries from all over the country.

Inaugurating the seminar as chief guest,  Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok lauded the efforts of the college Principal Tayek Talom and his associates for propagating the use of "Rashtrabhasha" and expressed hope that rich contributions made by the several speakers would help the audiences. Terming it was historic moment for JNC Tapok said Agyeya was a pioneer of modern Hindi poetry, fiction, criticism and journalism who also translated many books of world literature into Hindi. Agyeya traveled extensively, both in India and abroad like University of California, Berkley and after returning home he became Founder Editor of the Dinaman, he further added.

Earlier, the Chairman of Dying Ering Foundation Oshong Ering, who was the guest of honour, pointed out that the seminar was aimed at promoting Hindi literature as it is a widely spoken language. He suggested to conduct more and more seminar inviting students and teachers from several universities in near future to attract the young generation to take more interest in the national language making it more popular.

Prof. Kumar Pankaj of Banaras Hindu University his keynote address presented a brief life history of Agyeya. He said the content in Hindi stories these days was quite different from that penned in the past. Though changes in the literature were a natural process, the present writers must introspect as to why their readership was lesser as compared to that of  earlier writers. The present writers seemed to be more concerned about the style of writing, he commented.

Principal Talom while delivering his welcome address stated the actual motive of the seminar was to make Hindi as a preferred language of communication across the nation and influence the society. According to him it was the best way of promoting the Hindi language by inviting people from across the nation. Talom extended his thanks to Dr. Igul Padung, Principal Doying Gummin College, Pasighat for active participation and coordination.

The Chief Guest of the valedictory function, Dr. Joram Begi, Director of Higher and Technical Education while interacting the gathering, highly appreciated the college authority for organizing the seminar and further suggested to conduct more seminar and workshops on other subjects to enrich knowledge.

Taking privilege on the occasion he welcomed the writers, poets and journalists to visit Arunachal Pradesh to know more about state’s beauty, tradition, art and culture and to explore the hidden treasures through their writing. State Liasion Officer Dr. V.N Sharma was the guest of honour of the valedictory function. DIPRO

 

West Kameng plead for honour to Choddak

Dirang, Oct 12: The panchayat leaders and public of West Kameng District led by Dirang ZPM Dor Tsering has appealed the state Govt. and state Director General of Police to recognize the supreme sacrifice made in course of duty by Late Yeshi Choddak, the then security officer to late chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

While informing that state Govt. was yet to recognize and confer any reward or award to late Choddak and his family despite passage of five months, they appealed the state Govt. and DGP to recommend late Chodak’s name for President’s Police Medal and to provide alternative employment to his wife on humanitarian ground at the earliest.  “The conferment of timely and due honour to a brave policeman who gave away his life at the call of duty without any second thoughts would be a morale booster to other policemen of the state and it will raise prestige of the police force”, said the leaders.

 

Org rubbishes APPC statement

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) has rubbished the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)’s press statement that the 12-hr capital bandh on October 10 last was politically motivated and organized in the behest of the Chief Minister.

Describing the APCC statement as baseless, ACCYWA in a release said that “We have no any kind of political connection with the CM and any political leaders of the state on the issue. We are just fighting for improvement of Capital roads, which has gone from bad to worse.”

“If  we had any connection with the CM we would not have burnt tyres on VIP road of Raj Bhawan when the CM was coming back from New Delhi,” the release said adding that APCC should raise voice against the bad road condition  instead of making such baseless allegation.

 

Association welcome new director

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Employees Unions and Association of NERIST welcomed the  new Director of NERIST Dr. Dipankar Pal.                  

The all-round development of NERIST was held up due to frequent changes of director in-charges, it said and hoped that under the able guidance and direction of Dr. Pal, NERIST will flourish and able to acquire allround development in the coming days.

A product of IIT, Delhi, prior to appointment as Director NERIST, Dr. Pal was Professor in BITS Ranchi (Deemed University) and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (Deemed University), Gujarat.

 

NBCCYD Campaign

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Nyishi Baptist Church Council Youth Department is conducting youth campaign program at Pistana, Deed, Talo, Yachuli, Yazali and Kimin pastoral ranges from October 19-24.

During the campaign, awareness on better education system, religious duties towards social law and order system, responsibilities of parents would be imparted.

 

Resentment over frequent bandh calls

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Volunteer People’s Union for Democratic Rights  (VPUDR) strongly condemned frequent band calls which badly affect the normal life of common people.  The people of the state should stage hunger strike to raise their voice against injustice or deteriorating law and order situation in the state instead of resorting to bandh call, it said.

Meanwhile,  VPUDR appealed  all the heads of department in Kamba circle to stay at Kamba and perform their duty regularly. It further appealed to the telecom department at Aalo to improve its BSNL service.

 

APITU condemns violent incident

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) has condemned yesterday’s police firing incident during bandh and demanded immediate termination of police personnel who resorted to firing on agitators.

APITU in a release today further said that it has called the 12 hours Papum Pare District bandh in protest against the failure of present Govt to tackle law and order situation and in favour of its charter of demand which included arrest of persons involved in recent Roing firing incident, assaulters on Everester Tapi Mra and murderer of Chow Sunando Manpoong at Namsai and lastly for preservation of sanctity of CM bungalow.

The Union further held the CM and Home Minister responsible for present law and order situation and demanded their immediate resignation and also appealed to the people of the state to maintain peaceful co-existence.

 

Prayer Meet for peace

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) is organizing a Prayer Meet for peace and communal harmony at Christian Revival Church, Itanagar on Oct 13 at 2.30 pm.

Christian leaders of the state, all the Pastors, Evangelists,  Missionaries, Reverends, Fathers, local church leaders and Prayer Warriors of  Capital Complex will attend the meet.

 

Don’t take law in hands: Kaso

ITANAGAR: Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso has severely condemned the massive violence during the Tuesday bandh and proposed rally in the Capital Complex, but at the same time would call upon all sections not to take law into their hands with vindictive attitude.

“I express my deep sorrow and shock at the death of a young life by police firing at Indira Gandhi Park Tuesday afternoon” he said while appealing to all sections of the society to maintain calm, peace and tranquility considering that the happenings in the state capital would send a wrong message to outside and bring bad name to the state.

He said that he was deeply hurt at the massive damages caused to properties, roads and felling of trees during the bandh.

“All the properties belong to us and I have been making all out efforts to bring fund for development. It would be greater interest to not damage public property during any agitation” he said.   

 

Release contractor’s bill: Association

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) has strongly demanded that state Government to release contractors’ pending bills within a month.

“We demand the state Government to entrust various departments for release of all the pending bills within one month,” the contractors’ association said and adding that it would be compelled to launch legal and democratic movement against the state Government till the pending bills were released.

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Arunchalees can’t be dictated

Dear Editor,

It is indeed, disgusting, and unfortunate to see the letter written by T.Mossang and others dated 8th Oct advocating the establishment of NPF in Arunachal instead of advising and passing comment on Home ministers strong and appreciable statement.

Why he doesn’t go to Nagaland and do some social service. People of Nagaland are facing lots of hardship in Nagaland. I would rather suggest Nagaland Chief minister and T.Mossang to concentrate the problems of the people of Nagaland. You don’t need to worry about the problems faced by the people of Arunachal.

The people of Arunachal are capable and will decide by ourselves to solve our own problems. We don’t need some other agency or state to interfere in our internal matter.

We respect the hope and aspiration of Naga but not at the cost of our people and our land.

And it not difficult to judge the reason of some people of our state who are ready to sell our land and own people for their only personal benefits and unfortunately they called themselves a public leader. People of Arunachal specially the public of Tirap and Changlang should not come under their instigation and they should socially boycott such anti-Arunachal miscreants.

Yours,

Concerned Arunachalee

 

 

Police excess versus mobocracy

Dear Editor,

Finally the students union of our state is taking some interest in raising their voice against something that has no financial benefits to them. I appreciate them for their huge involvement in the recent Roing issue and I further hope that they would keep raising their voice until justice is achieved.

The incident in Roing is deplorable , condemnable and stands out as a black day in history of Arunachal.

With condemnation pouring from all quarters and rightly so but one thing in these reactions has saddened me and prompted me to write this article.

While the incident deserves to be condemned and guilty punished , it is  also equally pertinent to know, understand and see both sides of the fence. While there cannot be any  justification for firing however provocative, still, it is more dangerous and harmful to our society if we  choose to overlook the ills plaguing our society and put the blame on the forces and outsiders as many are doing.

The brutality and excesses of the police is never in question, as repeated incidents  point out. But I believe and firmly do so, the general trend of our society's progress is gravitating towards lawlessness, anarchy and abject disregard for law.

Surely democracy is being understood as mobocracy and mobs in the name of unions are a greater threat to society. We are getting increasingly  intolerant, violent, xenophobic and communal.

Even in this incident , it is alleged, a mob attacked the magistrate and police with  bottles ,daos and guns. In these kind of situation what would the police do? Wait till their heads are chopped off? And the reason for the mobs anger? Apparently they were asked to close down a dice game which they refused and confronted the police. Utter disregard for law and authority!

While firing by the police cannot be justified however grave the provocation is, in this moment  of shock and anger, we should not justify hooliganism and criticise the public where it is due. I sympathise  with the victims and believe it is a case  of police excess and brutality but still feel  those responsible for creating the scene should also be bought to book along with the police.

Democracy doesnt mean the state is only responsible for everything. People also share  equal share of duties. It is a case of give and take. If the citizens are mature  and abide by law , there is no reason for the state to intervene and create situations. But if people start rioting then state has to take affirmative action and stamp its authority.

My views  might be resented by many and construed as justifying police action. But i believe we cannot demonise the police all the time and overlook the public's role in such situations. In this case though,the police and the authority clearly seems to be at fault and should be punished accordingly.  

As we know,  there's a very thin line dividing justifiable police action and police excess.

I just hope  we dont create situations where we need to differentiate between the two.

Yours,

A citizen,  (on email)

 

 

Give us a chance too

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to request our Namsai public leaders not to give contractual works to the non-tribals. There are many educated unemployed youth who has no work to do. The leaders concern should understand that our own khampti society is on the verge of extinction. Our own people are getting poorer day by day as we are unable to cope with the changing environment. The tremendous growth of the outsiders is already a major threat to our own local population. Nowadays, these outsiders have become the favorite for the political parties which is not a good sign. why to shower so much of blessings to the outsiders just to gain votes, why not to your own people? I request the NGOs, student unions to take this matter seriously.

Yours

Chow Bramadutt Namchoom

Namsai, (on email)

 

 

I envy the animals

Dear Editor,

Sometimes I envy the animals in Namdapha. Since childhood I have been hearing ‘save animals, save tigers’ but never heard anyone saying ‘save people, help Lisus’. Even NGOS who have reached in our place happen to be animal-lovers only. I haven't seen even a single social activist till now taking interest to reach us and know the reality about. We have been crying out 'for help' and to ‘save us’ since long time back but our SOS cries have never been attended. Ironically, we are the one who have been helping the animal activists and researchers to accomplish their works successfully. They gained monetarily by bagging lots of funds but what we get is 'leave the land' order only.

It’s ridiculous. When it comes to animals, people speak out for the rights of animals but our cry for to be loved and help and give back our lost rights just die down in the air. Titles like ‘encroachers and poachers’ have become our nicknames, in spite of everybody having knowledge that there are others also living around the park. Besides, in my opinion poachers are not confined by boundaries. When Lisus/Yobins are being blamed to be the poachers, who knows the real ones must be laughing at us from far and watching the drama taking more advantage.

We have been requesting the Government to restore back our Scheduled Tribe status since long but till today it has become a game for the politicians. No one seems to have any serious concern for us.

Our tears have drained now. It's very hard to digest and heart breaking with frustration when we are being treated as aliens in your own land. I have developed a different concept for 'Democracy' now. It is ‘for the power to the power and by the power’. Since we are weak economically and have no political voice our cries cannot reach to those who sit in the power. The real concept of the word 'Democracy' for the people to the people by the people is found only in text books now. I am not sure how long this misery and helplessness will continue?

So, I appeal to all the like-minded people and the social organizations that have sympathy for the downtrodden marginalized people to come forward and extend help to make us feel that we are also Indians and a part of this great nation. I would like to invite people of Arunachal to visit our place, meet our people and try to find out the real fact. In order to avoid misunderstanding, I would like to clarify that we are not against  the protection of animals and forest unless the act itself do not take away our livelihood.

Rather, we can be the guardians and be the protectors of Namdhapha Park itself. But until and unless you win the heart of the local people, and provide them their livelihood the conservation cannot be successful. We do not want the same history to be repeated again as once we were driven out from our own and longtime cultivated wetlands at gun point to make room for other settlers who were allowed and got to enjoy in the readymade fields. When National highway can cross through Kaziranga National park why not an all-weather road can be constructed through a portion in the park. Besides, the road was already pre-existed earlier. Having the road will make manning the park easier. In the present situation even government officials who get posted in our place hardly stays at the station. They enjoy uncut and unofficial holidays at home instead of attending their duties.

That was the reason that in the recent incident, the body of a 14 year old student who was raped and murdered by an Assam Rifle jawan had to be kept for more than 10 days for want of post mortem procedure. How much it humiliated the grieving family. In this way we face negligence everywhere.

Dreaming for comfort and modern amenities are beyond our dreams because the simple basic needs for survival also are hardly we get. But I must appreciate and express our gratitude to the great souls like Governor J. J. Singh, late CM Dorjee Khandu, PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, Power & Forest Minister Setong Sena, MLA cum Chairman, APMDTCL Kamlung Mosang and other officials who were involved for taking initiative to reconstruct Miao-VNR road.

We hope follow-up will be there till the road becomes all-weather road as it serves as lifeline for our community.

I am just an ordinary Lisu girl trying to draw a rough picture of the actual life we have been living and facing the untold hardships hoping that it may touch some kind-hearted soul who will come forward and will support for our endeavor to live a normal and dignified life as till now we only know how to envy the more fortunate animals who have a whole department to take care and protect their lives and hosts of NGOs to feel concern for them. Thanks.

Yours,

Anyi Nio  Ngwazah

Shillong, (on email)

 

 

Let there be equal treatment

Dear Editor,

I would like to inform you that, we are daily witnessing helmet checking at various locations in Capital Complex, Itanagar, which we find it very helpful indeed. The police personnel are really providing a good safety rules and regulations in the twin city.

As we always witness accidents on daily basis, mostly in two wheelers, we suggest that checking of helmets must be done on daily basis.

However, I observed that the police personnel on duty while checking skip their fellow colleagues even if they are without helmets. Whereas, if a civilian pass through without a helmet they stop them and ask them to pay a fine of Rs. 100/-.

So, in my point of view, everyone even a police personnel or IRBN or any military officials should be checked properly whether they are on duty or not. If they are without helmets, they too must bear the consequences as we are facing it and pay the same amount of fine.

By this, I would like to awaken the sleeping authorities to focus not only on checking helmet but also should be an RC checking & Driving License checking.

Yours

Er. P. Riba

Itanagar,  (on email)

 

 

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Global energy poverty & role of world community

 

International community can play a pivotal role in providing electricity to the poor countries of the world. More than 1 billion people in poor countries around the world could have access to electricity within 20 years, if the international community is prepared to make the effort, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its study.

Access to electricity for poor people would cost about $48bn a year and it would enhance the status of health, education  besides  economic growth of the poor people. More importantly, it would not require a leap in greenhouse gas emissions, as low-carbon energy could make up a large part of the new energy sources to bring the poor into step with the modern world.

People with access to electricity suffer far less from indoor air pollution, mostly caused by cooking over traditional wood fires. Close to 3 billion people around the world currently have no access to clean cooking facilities, and indoor air pollution is one of the world's biggest "silent killers", causing millions of deaths and many more cases of respiratory illness every year, mostly in women and children, who are more exposed to the pollution. Education is also improved with electricity access, as children are able to study at home after school, rather than having to rely on kerosene lamps or candles.

The IEA calculates that of the money needed, $18bn could come from multilateral and bilateral development sources, $15bn from the governments of developing countries and $15bn from the private sector.

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