2011

October -  15

News Highlights

Heri Tai laid to rest, NES declares Oct 12 as Nyishi Martyr Day

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: The mortal remains of Heri Tai was laid to rest near Lawn-Tennis Court adjacent to IG Park this afternoon.

His body was brought to Naharlagun Helipad from Guwahati today and received by mourners, led by the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU).

Later the mortal remains was taken to Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar by convoy of vehicles where thousands of people from  all walks of life paid floral tribute and last respect to Tai who had been hailed as a hero by the Nyishi community.  

At a trying time, showing great maturity, the brothers of the deceased Heri Tachung and Heri Kaha in their messages appealed one and all to maintain peace and communal harmony as a mark of respect to the departed soul who sacrificed his life for the society.

Minister Fishery and Industry Tako Dabi, MLAs Tani Loffa, Tapuk Taku, Bamang Felix, Techi Kasso, Takam Tagar, Markio Tado and Kaling Tayeng, Secretary to the Government of Arunachal and host of senior members of the community paid floral tribute to the departed soul.

NES and ANSU and family members of the deceased extended heartfelt gratitude and thanks to one and all for the spontaneous participation to pay homage to the departed soul.   

NES President Bengia Tolum in his condolence address appealed the members of the community to act as a civil police to protect the image of the community at this critical juncture when active forces are doing the round to defame us. He also fervently appealed for maintaining peace and tranquility among all communities of the State.  

He declared 12th October every year as Nyishi Martyr Day to commemorate the death anniversary of late Heri Tai-the first Martyr of Nyishi movement.    

While strongly refuting the statement in the electronic media by the Home Minister Takar Marde, NES President Bengia Tolum charged that the statement was provocative and not at par with his position and responsibility. While the NES and ANSU are putting all out efforts to diffuse the present tension engulfing the State especially in the State Capital, such erratic and irresponsible statement may ignite further deterioration of the situation. Instead of resorting to such loose comments, the Home Minister should gear-up security apparatus and appeal for peace and tranquility, he said.

President NES clarified that the Nyishi Elite Society stands for the unity & integrity and glory of the community at all cost since its inception. NES has been acting as the bridge in unifying the community for the past 25 years and will continue to do so. It is unfortunate that few recently formed organisations comprising handful of people of the community without mandate in order to serve the political interest of vested groups are pointing fingers to the time-tested Nyishi Elite Society, he said.

Tolum further advised senior members to work for the cause of the community without leaning towards ways and means for self interested political sustenance

 

Security force to stage flag march, Kaso appeal traders to open shops

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: As normalcy is returning in the Security forces would stage flag march on the streets of the Capital complex to restore the confidence of the citizens, who have been panicked and living in fear psychosis following large scale violence on Tuesday last.

Following the violent incidents, arson and police firing at Indira Gandhi Park on Tuesday that claimed the life of 23-year-old Heri Tai, panic and fear psychosis spread hitting the day-to-day life badly, while the traders continued to keep their shutters down and the busy NH52A recorded considerably thin traffic since then.

Capital Complex SP Apang Tamut said that the district administration has promulgated prohibitory orders under 144 CrPC during 10 pm to 5 am everyday for the next few days till further order, while the forces would be on their toes round the clock to tackle any untoward incident.

Besides deployment of 14 companies of security personnel for flag march, flying squads have been formed and deployed at vulnerable points to tackle any mischief mongers creating disorder taking advantage of the present situation while magistrate and police would also be jointly patrolling in the Capital Complex to maintain law and order, he said.   

Cautioning against movement during 10 pm to 5 am and with lethal weapons etc, the SP said that no one attempting to break law would be spared.

Any citizen may contact 100, 2212233 (Itanagar PS), 2244329 (Naharlagun PS), 9402278734(SP) and 9436208679(SDPO) for help.

Meanwhile, local legislator Techi Kaso appealed to the business community of the Capital Complex, particularly the committees of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa markets and Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries to open their shops, instead of keeping it closed since Tuesday which has been causing suffering to the general public.

The closure of shops creates a wrong impression and adds to the prevailing disturbing atmosphere, Kaso said, adding trouble makers would not be tolerated as adequate security forces have been deployed throughout the state capital.

The business community has always been extending helping hand for the causes of the state, Kaso said and called upon all sections of the society to neither trouble them nor disturb their business.

 

Arunachal bag 5 golds in Commonwealth weightlifting C’ship

ITANAGAR, Oct 14:  Arunachalee weightlifter Yukar Sibi  won three golds in junior 62 kg and one gold in senior  category in the Commonwealth ( Youth, junior and senior) weightlifting Championship in Cape Town, South Africa on  Oct 12 last.  In Youth under 62 kg, Sorum Hitlar Tagru won  one gold.  However, in youth  (girls)  58 kg Takio Yana  won three silvers in  the championship on Oct 13.

Earlier Yana has won three silver medals at a time for India in Youth (Girl) section in her 58 kg category at Asian Weightlifting Championship in Pattaya, Thailand.  Sibi  and Hitlar Tagru also won 2 silver each for India  in senior men section and  under 62 kg category respectively. Last year,  Tagru won 1 Bronze Medal for India in Youth Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship under 62 kg in Penang Malaysia.

Overall medal hauls in this championship by Arunachal weightlifters are 12 (5 Gold and 7silver).

Meanwhile, D. K. Dinglow, Director Sports  and  Youth affairs has congratulated the trio athletes as well the Arunachal Weightlifting Association for this success. He pledged to give a warm reception to the players at the time of their arrival in the state capital.

 

Govt constitute enquiry committee, announces ex-gratia

ITANAGAR, Oct 14:  Taking serious note of 11 October incident where Late Heri Tai, who was injured and later succumbed to his injuries at Guwahati, Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has ordered for a one-man enquiry committee to find out the truth. Terming the incident as very unfortunate, the Chief Minister shared his grief with the bereaved family members for the irreparable loss of their beloved one.

He also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 Lacs to the kith and kin of the deceased.

Meanwhile, Gamlin has appealed to the masses and conveyed that the government has seriously taken up the issue and urged people to cooperate with it. He has called upon the citizens to maintain peace and tranquility. Gamlin further added that the state is going through challenging times and it is the responsibility of every citizen, cutting across community boundaries to stand together and prove to the world that Arunachal continues to be an island of peace. “My govt. is committed to ensure the people of the state feel secure and we will not leave any gaps till this is achieved. But the government cannot do this alone. Every citizen today must rise above all differences and think and act as one people” Gamlin emphatically said.

 

Three downstream affected associations oppose public hearing

ITANAGAR, Oct 14:  Mebo Area Bachao Committee, Downstream Villages Welfare Association and Mebo Circle Unemployed Youth Forum in a joint meeting unanimously decided to oppose the proposed public hearing of Lower Siang Hydro Electrical Power Project to be conducted from October 18-21.

The house further decided to declare bandh call within Mebo area from October 17-19 and would resort any means to jeopardize the proposed public hearing if the earlier demands of the three organizations are not fulfilled.

They said that they had met the authorities of Jaypee Arunachal Power Limited several times during the last two years but the authorities failed to give positive response to their demands for safety, security and development of downstream communities till date.

Meanwhile,  Mebo Area Bachao Committee has reshuffled its executive committee with Shoney Pertin and Karo Tayeng as its president and general secretary in an executive meeting of the committee.

 

ABK calls for restoration of peace

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Adi Baane Kebang, the apex social council of the entire Adi communities said that it is genuinely concerned with the prevailing state of affairs in the capital complex especially in the recent days and called upon all sections of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and particularly the government to help restore peace and harmony at the earliest.

Arunachal Pradesh, traditionally known as ‘the land of the rising sun’ is known for its peaceful co-existence and social unity among its numerous tribes since times immemorial, it said while adding that Adi Baane Kebang genuinely feels that every member of the Arunachali society has a bounden duty to uphold the traditional value of mutual respect and love for one another, and the spirit of brotherhood and communal harmony, which are the bedrock of our social unity and strength.  Adi Baane Kebang called upon every Arunachali to help re-establish peace and work for confidence building measure among all communities through mutual respect and trust.

The Kebang called upon all communities, social organizations, political parties and individuals to shun any form of mistrust and bad feeling and help re-establish sense of brotherhood and love that bind Arunachal together as a state. The prevailing state of uncertainty and alarm has to be dispelled jointly by all sections of society and endeavors must be made to bring back normalcy all over the state.

The Kebang expresses its heartfelt condolence to the family of victim of firing late Heri Tai and prays to almighty to give solace to the departed soul. It also appeals all to avoid spreading of rumor that might fan misunderstanding and suspicion among people.

 

NIFCS appeals for peace

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: The Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) expressed serious concern over current law and order situation prevalent in the state capital due to political unrest, and urged all community of the state to uphold the fabric of co-existence, universal brotherhood, and to maintain moral strength, peace and tranquility during the hours of political instability. NIFCS appealled every Arunachalese, community based organizations, socio-religious and cultural networking groups to come forward during the hour of state crises and spread message of peace and brotherhood amongst the people of Arunachal Pradesh.  The NIFCS further appealed the two factions of the ruling party to maintain political ethics and morality and requested to end the crises through constructive dialogue process.

The NIFCS also appealed the central AICC high command to intervene in the situation as quickly as possible so that unnecessary chaos in this sensitive border state of India due to political unrest could finally come to an end so that common citizens could live harmoniously. The NIFCS termed the firing incident in the IG Park Itanagar as highly unfortunate and appealled all social organizations proactive within Arunachal Pradesh as well as police force to observe peace and maintain highest standard of professional ethics and public decorum during procession and bandh call in near future without causing any damage to individual lives, public and state properties. The NIFCS extend its heartfelt condolence to Heri Tai and appreciated the family members of Tai and Heri Welfare Society for spreading message of peace and tranquility to every Arunachalese.

Meanwhile the President of NIFCS Taba Hare and its Secretary General Dr. Hui Tag states that ruling of multi-ethnic state like Arunachal is really a challenging job wherein the leader needs immense sense of self control, highest standard of political ethics and morality and with balanced wisdom while discharging their fundamental duty towards public, and at the same time, the public have the right to express their grievances in a very decent, peaceful and democratic manner. The duo further added that the situation is still not out of control as there is enough alternative to end to the crises provided two factions of the ruling political party through the intervention of AICC high command and sit together across the table. The NIFCS further requested the individual members to restrain from damaging public properties in the name of any Nyishi based organization during the hours of peaceful bandh call and also requested the govt. to ensure security and psychological peace to every citizens of Arunachal and also requested the public to maintain calm and serene. NIFCS requested everyone not to mis-interpret political unrest as communal unrest.

 

Churches appeals for peace and harmony

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) conducted prayer for peace and communal harmony at Christian Revival Church, Itanagar yesterday.

The Church leaders from various Christian Organizations,  Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) President Sama Dodum, Nyishi Baptist Church Council, General Secretary Rev.Halli Likha Ama, Arunachal Christian Forum, General Secretary Toko Teki, Arunachal Baptist Church Council President Toko Kach and Full Gospel Pastor Tatin Mize and others appealed all the believers to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state.

They also advised all the church to conduct prayer and fasting in their respective churches and fellowship for peace and harmony of the capital city and the state as well. During the peace prayer, a special prayer was also conducted for the eternal peace of late Heri Tai who died in a firing incident at IG Park on October 11.

On the occasion, intercessory prayers  were conducted by the senior pastors from various churches led by Pastors Hillang Taya and Khoda Tana, Deepak Nabam, Missionary Ter Tana, Elder Bagi Taja, Rev. Tar Choya.

Sonam appeals for peace: Indian National Trade Union Congress, Arunachal Pradesh Unit, Working President cum Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam taking serious note on the rumor that spread around the state capital after the October 11 incident here strongly urged the police department to investigate the matter properly to trace out the source of the rumour which led to fleeing of some people from the state capital.

He appealed Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students’ Union, Galo Welfare Society and Galo Students’ Union to organize a joint meeting to solve the problem amicably and find out a long lasting solution.

Sonam further briefing about the problems of contingency workers and daily wage earners appealed to entire people to maintain peace and harmony particularly in the state capital.

 

Orgs mourn death, appeal for peace and harmony

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Nabam Tuki deeply condoled the death of Heri Tai, who succumbed to bullet injury sustained at I G Park on Oct 11. He prayed to Almighty God for eternal peace of the departed soul and give enough strength to bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Tuki has appealed to the all section of people to maintain peace and communal harmony and to be united to restore peace in twin capital city and the state as a whole, according to an APCC release.

Palin MLA Takam Tagar expressed pain over unprecedented violence during  ‘Anti-Nyishi’ referendum rally of NCC which resulted in death of  Late Heri Tai due to unprovoked  police firing on Oct 11. The MLA conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Late Tai and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The MLA also appealed to the Nyishi fraternity to maintain peace and tranquility among all tribes. “Do not take law in own hands in this hours of crisis and let the law take its own course and justice be given to the victimized family,” he said.

The Nyishi Federal Council, Nyishi Welfare Association and United Nyishi Organisation  in a joint meeting  at Naharlagun today unanimously appealed  all concerned Nyishi organizations to maintain peace and tranquility in the society. They further appealed the rank and file of the all concerned Nyishis to use their wisdom with human approach and maintain brotherhood among all the communities, especially Galos of the state and continue the age-old bond of love and affection and cultural integrity between the two by maintaining communal harmony.

The members of the organizations observed two minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul  of Late Heri Tai and prayed Almighty to grant enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) and Nyapin  Sangram  Phassang Students Union (NSPSU) have condoled the death of Late Heri Tai of Joru village of Kurung Kumey district who succumbed to bullet injuries  on Oct 11. The Unions conveyed deep sense of condolence to  the bereaved family of Late Tai.

Meanwhile, ALSU appreciated All Heri Welfare Society (AHWS) for their fervent appeal to one and all for maintenance of peace, harmony and brotherhood for peaceful co-existence in the Capital complex and  the state as a whole. It further urged upon the state Govt to find out the police personnel involved in firing incident and give punishment as per law.

ALSU also appealed all communities and different section of the society to maintain the spirit of brotherhood and social harmony in Capital complex and convey the message of good will, not panic.

All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) deeply mourned the death of Late Heri Tai who succumbed to his bullet injuries at I G Park on Oct 11.  The Union prayed to the Almighty to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Union also appealed all the organizations, society and individuals to maintain peace and tranquility in the Capital Complex and not to indulge in any activity which may jeopardize the law and order situation in the capital.  Every Arunachalee has equal right to live in any part of the state, the union said and appealed the city dwellers not to believe in false and fabricated rumour of group clash.

Oct 11 incident was the result of the total failure of the law and order and administration, the union said while adding that Chief Minister and Home Minister should take the moral responsibility for the same. The union further urged upon the state Govt to book the police personnel involved in firing incident and give exemplary punishment.

 

NCC demands compensation for Tai’s family

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Nyishi Consultative Committee demanded the state Govt to compensate the family of late Heri Tai and provide a permanent Govt job to one of his family members. It said that a commercial plot of land be given in the state capital and ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the family members at the earliest. It said that if demands are not met it would  call 100 hours capital bandh. NCC further said that due to failure of the Nyishi Elite society, the Nyishi society is being divided while adding that NES only garlands the winner in elections avoiding the loosers. It said that a community based organisation should be able to take every sections, every groups, every individuals of the community along.

It further said that  the rally was organised to take public opinion on various issues and apologized to the Nyishi community if it was wrong in calling a rally to garner opinion. It further said NCC is not bothered who comes to power but it stands for the unity of the Nyishi community.  It further said that those who do not want  unity of community has created obstacles and prevented participants from reaching the venue while holding NES responsible for the fiasco.

It further said that Govt totally failed to provide  security to life and properties of common publics.  

 

Dibang public hearing  opposed

ROING, Oct 14: Downstream Anti Dam Committee (DSADC) has said it will oppose tooth and nail the public hearing fixed for Dibang Multipurpose Project 3000 MW at New Anaya and Roing from October 24 to October 31. “We want to send a clear message of our non acceptance to Dibang project by opposing the public hearing,” the committee said in a public meeting of Meka Banggo (circle) held at Jia Musup (community hall) on Wednesday in view of the public hearing.

It has called for a phase wise bandh on behalf of Meka banggo and urged compulsory participation of all public in the protest and said it will keep contact with other anti dam organizations of upstream areas of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley.

Reacting to Maoists allegations made by district administration on anti dam activists, the committee has spelled out that DSADC is purely a local committee formed by the public of Meka circle.

“All the activities of the committee are approved by the gaon burahs, panchayat leaders and prominent leaders of Meka circle. There is nothing to doubt about the integrity of the committee having link with ULFA and Maoists,” the anti dam committee said.

Also reacting very strongly on pro dam news releases made by the district administration through DIPRO, it said, “It’s a one sided game played by the administration, whereas the administrator should maintain neutral stand on dams for giving a fair judgment.”

The committee has also alleged misguiding of public on dam by the little known organization Downstream Pro Dam Committee. It has asked the pro dam committee to come clean on allegations leveled against anti dam groups, where it had said that the anti dam groups have so far achieved to sabotage the project by misleading the innocent public by creating unrealistic fears on dam breakage and its consequences.

 

BJP mourn the death of party leaders and Heri Tai

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh condoled the sad demise the BJP Mandal President, Nirjuli, Nabam Saha due to prolonged medical problems here last night. He is survived by 03 sons and 06 daughters.

The state BJP Leaders headed by its State General Secretaries - Tai Tagak and Dominic Tadar, State BJP ST Morcha President, Tadar Akap and Itanagar Capital District BJP President, Techi Tara attended the funeral today at Nirjuli and paid their last tribute to the dedicated party soldier.

The party also condoled the sad demise of the Mandal BJP President, Bameng (East Kameng), Hindu Dolo the other dedicated party worker recently expired.

The state BJP also mourned and condoled unnatural and sad demise of Heri Tai who succumbed to bullet injury on Oct 11 violence.

The party leaders and members assembled at state BJP Headquarter, Itanagar and observed two minutes silence for the peace of the departed soul.

ACCYWA condoles death: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association mourned the death of Heri Tai. It appealed to the state government to extend relief to the victim’s family and book the culprit at the earliest. It called on the people to remain calm and also urged the traders to open their shops for the convenience of the families.

 

Seminar, rally organized to mark the World Sight Day

PASIGHAT, Oct 14: The District Blindness Control Society (DBCS) Pasighat organized eye-awareness rally, seminar and free eye camp to commemorate the  World Sight Day (WSD) on Oct 13.

Rally with participation of teachers and students of Govt. Higher School, Bilat was followed by a seminar  at the Kebang Hall.

Speaking on the occasion the DMO-cum-Member Secretary DBCS, Dr. T Taloh said the main objective of observing the Day was to create awareness among all to bring to a common platform for elimination of avoidable blindness. Eye is nature’s gift, Taloh said and stressed on regular eye examination, protection from ultraviolet rays, maintenance of healthier diet.

Earlier Dr. Bai Bam, Senior Eye-Specialist of Ruksin PHC participating as resource person shared his knowledge and experiences through power-point presentation in addition to Dos & Don’ts tips for better eye care. The Circle Officer T Mitkong while assuring for possible cooperation conveyed his thanks to the medical department for organizing the camp at Bilat. Among others, N Moyong ZPM, Vice-Principal T Tayeng, Eye donation counselor Daniel Tali, Ending Jamoh MO also spoke and motivated the attending teacher and students.

Reportedly, 312 patients turned up and registered their names for treatment. Dr. Y Darang and Dr. Bai Bam both Sr. Eye Specialists offered their valuable service as resource persons.

Besides free medical treatments, medicines were distributed free of cost to the patients. DIPRO

 

IAF recruitment drive

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: The Indian Air Force will conduct a recruitment rally at RajivGandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, from 04 November 2011 to 06 November 2011 for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland) for enrolment of male candidates in Group ‘Y’ (Except Auto Tech, GTI & Indian Air Force (Police)) & Musician trades and Group ‘X’ (Technical) trades.

The written test and Physical Fitness Test (PFT) will be held for Group ‘Y’ (Except Auto Tech, GTI & Indian Air Force (Police)) trades on 04 November 2011 and 05 November 2011 for Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades.  

The required education qualification is Passed Intermediate/ 10+2/equivalent examination with Science, Arts or Commerce subjects with or equivalent vocational courses with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and pass in each subject or 03 years Diploma in any stream of Engineering from a Government recognized Polytechnic/Institute shall permitted to appear for Group ‘Y’  (Except Auto Tech, GTI & Indian Air Force (P) trades) & Musician in Indian Air Force. Candidate should have passed Inermediate/10+2 with pass marks in Mathematics and Physics with a minimum of 50% marks in overall aggregate or 03 years Diploma course in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical or Electronics or Automobile or Computer Science or Instrumentation Technology or Information Technology) with at least 50% marks in overall aggregate from a Government recognized Polytechnic institute for Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades.

Candidate should be born between 01 January 1991 to 31 March 1995 (both days inclusive). General Medical Standard for both Group ‘X’ (Technical) and Group ‘Y’ (Except Auto Tech, GTI & Indian Air Force (P) & Musician trades is 152.5 cm Height, Chest minimum rage of expansion is 5 cm, Weight ; Proportionate to height and age.

 

Orientation Training Programme on organic farming

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: One day Orientation Training Programme on organic farming for seasonal garden for Farmers Club, piggery and poultry  was held at Lekha village under Doimukh circle, Papum Pare District on October 8 by NN Charitable Society.

On the occasion, BDO Doimukh Chagam Dolo highlighted about the availability of market to sell their product. He advised the farmers to cultivate their products on commercial way. He assured that EO Agriculture and Horticulture would provide guidance to such farmer clubs and also assured all possible steps for providing bank loans to various interested and progressive farmers clubs. He also thanked the NABARD and the NNCS for conducting such training programme for the Farmers Club.

ASM Lekha panchayat Tana Teshi emphasized on proper guidance on technical farming. He expressed the hope that if such training are imparted to farmers, it will help them to produce surplus production which will automatically increase the standard of living of the farmers.

He further advised the loan borrowers to re-pay the loan amount to bank on time and added that default in re-payment would discourage the bank to give loans to farmers in near future.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Co-Operative Apex Bank (APRB) officials highlighted various schemes available for the progressive farmers. The officials also advised farmers to repay the bank loan timely.

The officials further said that “ our public think that the loan granted to them are given to them by government, but the amount which they are getting as loan are the amount of their fellow citizens and not of  the government. Hence, refund of the bank loan is must for  survival of the banks and the society”.

N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS) Chairman Nangbia Amar Dui advised the farmers to become a good farmer and to attend skill development training programmes. He briefed about the scope of farming, handloom and handicrafts.

He advised the villagers of Lekha to cultivate Banana in large scale and assured to provide skill development, capacity development training programme if necessary.

Gaon Burahs of the village also spoke on the occasion; they appreciated NNCS for conducting the training programme in the grass root level.

The programme was attended by Tana Sita, GPM Chairperson Lekha Panchayat, PRI leaders, youths, GBs, village elders and general public.

 

DC stress judicious utilization of fund under ATMA

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: The Agriculture Technological Management Agency (ATMA) Governing Board, meeting was held on 14 October last under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Liyon Borang. All the allied department members and other invitees- DHO, DVO, DFDO, ADTH, ACF, BM,SBI, PD,DRDA attended the meeting and participated in the discussion.

The DAO-cum-PD of ATMA, agriculture being the nodal department of the agency told the brief features of the ATMA, its functions, activities, and management etc before the board members and the staffs present.

The board meeting finalized and approved the fund allocation to its allied department and also decided to issue advertisement  for selection and appointment for the post of five BTM and 10 SMS for the Upper Siang District and first priority would be given to APST technical graduate for the aforesaid post.

The Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang  advised the officers of allied departments of ATMA to utilize the fund allocated in subject matter judiciously in a very successful manner so that the police of the government on the subject of ATMA is fully achieved.

 

Condolences

ITANAGAR, Oct 14:  Punia Nguki, the oldest woman of Nguki village passed away  on Oct 10 last. Late Punia is survived by her husband, a son, two sons-in-law and three daughters-in-law. Her last rite was performed on Oct 12 at Kuporijo.

Meanwhile, Rabi Welfare Society of Nguki village, All Sigi Gusar Unemployed Youth Forum and Diso-Katu Youth Club jointly condoled the death of Late Punia Nguki, conveyed  heartfelt condolence to bereaved family and  prayed for eternal peace of departed soul.

 

‘Deploy adequate forces’

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Expressing concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the Capital Complex,  the Chayang Mission, an East Kameng based NGO has appealed the Chief Minister to deploy  adequate para military forces to restore peace and tranquility in the state.

Pointing out the prevailing lawlessness in the state capital and destruction of private and Govt properties, the Mission said it is high time to take serious note of prevailing tense situation in the capital complex. It appealed the CM to take some bold steps before thing goes out of control.

 

Union demands posting of teachers

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Students’ Union of Government College, Seppa highlighting the grievances of students of government college Seppa in a letter to Director Higher and Technical Education appealed for posting History teacher and a Librarian at Government College Seppa within ten days. The Union threatened to launch movement if their demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time.

 

ACR calls for united move to bring normalcy

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) appealed to all thinking individuals of the state to stand united and face the onslaught of divisive politics irrespective of tribe and political affiliations.

The time has come for every section of the society – from employees to businessmen and the affluent to the common citizen –to work together to ease the situation and bring back the normalcy and harmony we have been living in, it said while adding that the law enforcing agencies and the local administration have to perform their duty without fear and partiality.

ACR yesterday called on Joint Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Jaideep Kochher and NHRC Joint Registrar Anil Kumar Parashar and apprised them of the human rights violations in the state in recent times.

It also filed a complaint with the Commission through the Asian Center for Human Rights against the Roing shooting case and the Itanagar incident that took the life one youth. The NHRC officials have assured ACR to immediately initiate steps to intervene and take stock of the situation.

 

APCF appeals teachers to return

ITANAGAR, Oct 14: Arunachal Pradesh College’s Forum (APCF)  has appealed to all the teachers of both Govt and private colleges, who left the Capital, to return back and resume their duties at the earliest. It also appealed to the Govt to provide police protection to the teachers and requested all sections of the society to maintain peace and harmony among all tribes and not to believe in rumour.

While condemning police firing on Oct 11 which resulted in killing of Late Heri Tai, the Forum demanded immediate arrest of the  culprit  for exemplary punishment. It also demanded resignation of home minister within 10 days for his alleged failure to tackle law and order in different parts of state. The Forum threatened to launch democratic movement in case of failure of the HM to do so.

 

AAPSU meet

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU) have invited all the Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and all the Community Based Student’s Union (BSU) leaders of state at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok Itanagar at 1300 hours on Oct 15 to discuss the ongoing problems in the state.

 

Association says no to bandhs

ITANAGAR: The Naharlagun Tata Mobile Welfare Association (NTMWA) has condemned frequent bandh calls which badly affects the normal life of the common people and business community and has appealed to the state govt to improve the deteriorating law and order in the state, particularly in the capital complex.

It also urged the government to quickly look into the matter of various organisation who are agitating for their different demands and grievances in order to avoid frequent bandh calls in the state.

It suggested the organisation to organise peaceful dharna instead of frequent bandh calls to show their sentiments and demands.

News Impact

 

That’s why you are attacked

Dear Editor,

Why don't dailies of the state updates us about the current political developments. You guys are supposed to do that. You perhaps don't remain neutral. Therefore you are attacked for playing under your affiliated political masters. Its feels laughable when you make hue & cry when attacked physically. We are in any case updated via the internet from national papers.

Yours,

Rony

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

Who said our state dont have heroes?

Dear Editor,

This is in response to a letter in the Readers Forum dated Oct 12. One Mr Irrable has founded this great association suitably titled All Kiba Kibi Union' with even a greater cause. Since there are so many so called organisations and associations in the state, this one I think wont be a pain either. And what a cause to fight for? Bandh against all the bandhs! In these times of hardship this benevolent soul has come with such a beautiful and original score. Who said our state don’t have heroes? This guy is our very own Akhil Gogoi. I declare myself a member of this great association. And urge all bandh affected people to follow my suit. Members for holding various Portfolio posts are open. Please Join us. First come first serve basis. Join in our fight against all kinds of bandh calls. Lets call for bandh against all types of bandhs.                             

Yours,

Kiba kibi fanl,

(on email)

 

 

Let peace prevail

Dear Editor,

Aftermath of Oct 11th incident, it is a testing time for all right thinking citizen not only of Itanagar but for whole of the state to maintain peace and tranquility in the capital complex.

Under such situation a section of people is available to take full advantage.

Rumour are spreading like wild fire that a particular community is being targeted. Time has come for all of us to come out openly to stop the wrong doings and a sense of security and brotherhood is call of the time.

So called politicians and leaders should come to the ground to a show their quality of leadership and guide the astray youths at this hour of need.

Every section of People, NGOs, Intellectuals, Academician, Community based organisation should come out openly to bring back normalcy in Itanagar.

Let Peace be prevail. Let us not hate one-another. Brother should not fight Brothers.

Yours,

A Concern Citizen,

Itanagar,  (on email)

 

 

No one would listen to the politicians

Dear Editor,

It is unfortunate that Team Anna’s initiative in Hissar by-election is interpreted as indulging in politics. I beg to differ in this matter. The Congress being the ruling party in the center is responsible for dilly-dallying the introduction of Jan Lok Pal Bill. We have seen how the crook politicians wanted to silence his voice.

Team Anna would have been treated the same way as Baba Ramdev if people were not behind Anna. Now politicians are riding piggyback in the anti-corruption wave. But unfortunately no one would listen to the politicians. Because we know how these politicians have been unable to introduce this bill in decades.

It is logical that Team Anna would campaign against the party which is trampling the wish of whole India to have a strong bill against corruption. A few who are not in favor of a people friendly bill would always find an alibi to derail it. We may not be an authority on this subject but as a layperson we know that there has to be a spark to ignite the impending mass hysteria against the rampant corruption in the society. Opposition in the name of infrastructure and logistic is immoral to say the least.

In our state it seems there is still time left to reach the critical mass of people having opinion against corruption. Let’s hope we realize it before it’s is too late for resurrection. We look forward to the intellectuals of our state to ponder over it. A team of intellectuals can be brought together to start the anti-corruption campaign in our state.

Our neighboring state Assam seems to have been blessed with a worthy son in the name of Akhil Gogoi. We also need our own Akhil Gogoi to realize the dream of a corruption free state. If we approach the Anna team they would certainly be ready to help us out to mobilize public opinion against corruption in our state.

In this forum we see letters from many readers espousing the cause of a corruption free state. They should start a campaign in the line of India Against Corruption template as done by Anna team. The population in our state is only about 14 lakh. If we are sincere and honest we can make our state a golden bird. It is criminality to just embellish anti-corruption tirade in our lips as in all our aspect.

Yours,

John,  (on email)

 

 

Let’s resolve to embrace the identity of Arunachalee

Dear Editor,

Like most common man, I also am pained by the spread of mindless violence and accompanying rumour in the state capital. No comment and whole hearted call for peace and communal harmony from administration and those responsible for the situation in this hour of crises. Dear Arunachalees please always keep in mind that such condition of law and order failure will reoccur if we all Arunachalees from core of our heart fail to keep the rationality of mind while deciding what is good and bad for communal harmony and peace in our day to day life. Some immature and selfish people from different tribes are inciting and playing with the sentiment of all of us by taking advantage of the political rivalry prevailing within congress party. This fact is very abundantly available if one happens to visit cyber social networks like facebook , twitter etc. Ugly cyber fight over communal issues using fake identity is very common phenomena which can worsen the communo-political fight. Criticising and arguing over the issue like which tribe is better will be an endless debate with collateral damage at the end. No matter how much you cry, the politicians will never leave any stone unturned on way to power even at the cost of disruption of peace and harmony of the society. So, it is quite useless for common men irrespective of tribes to part with them in the name of communal identity. Now communal harmony and peace lies in the hands of all common Arunachalees. Let’s ask ourselves how we tolerate and see each other in every day to day life in office, market, school, colleges, religious place, hospitals etc. Please introspect yourself when you return your home in the evening and see for yourself how much have you done in the day for peace and harmony by mingling with the people irrespective of the tribe s/he belongs to.

It is very pertinent to mention here that social scientist like R.K. Merton advocated that every happening or social reality has some visible and invisible functions and dysfunctions. Though this crisis has caused us loss of life and property, we need to focus on the invisible function of this crisis for the good of all common men who will have to struggle every day no matter who wins the political battle at the end. It is the time to reaffirm our commitment to peace and harmony. It is an opportune moment for us to realise that common men in Arunachal irrespective of tribe is a class of its kind who will never be cared by politicians of the state although they claim themselves to be our leader and come to us begging only for vote with few Gandhi’s notes and lots of false promises once in every five years. Our government established schools and colleges will always see shortage of everything you name. Our common men will continue to die of preventable and treatable epidemics in remote areas whether Siang or Kameng or Subansiri or Dibang or Tirap. Our common men will continue to go hungry every night due to shortage of ration items even though so called PDS contractors in every district get rich overnight. The roads through which common men commute will always be filled with elephant size pot-holes and face blockade in better part of a year. But at the end of the day, so called people centric politicians of our state will continue to get richer and richer with flats in every metro of India, their kits and kins will continue to study in costly schools of metros or in foreign countries. They will continue to enjoy every imaginable human comfort. But, we the common men will die fighting each other in the name of community without even knowing that above mentioned comfort can be tasted by us also if we love each other, respect each other, work hard together, teach our children the concept of peace, progress and harmony right from very young age. I ask all common people, “Why are we fighting and spreading hatred towards each other?”

Please do not ever ask me whether I am Adi or Nyishi or Galo or Monpa or Apatani or Tagin or Nocte or Wancho or Tangsa or Miji or Aka or Puroik or Mishmi etc. I was born Arunachalee, will remain Arunachalee and Promise I will die Arunachalee. Let’s together pray for the one who lost life, one who got hurt, one who lost property, one who is living under fear psychosis. Let’s resolve to embrace the identity of Arunachalee from our heart. Let’s work together with peace and harmony to lift our state to new height of peace and progress.

Yours,

An Arunachalee

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

President rule

Dear Editor,

Imposing President Rule for 10 years in Arunachal Pradesh is the only solution to save our state from falling to anarchy and chaos. We need no politics but only development and peace and harmony.

Yours,

Renaissance

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

Here is what I think

Dear Editor,

Lets keep it simple.

To the CM- Please visit a village and I mean any village of any tribe in the state and learn how to solve political problems from the gaonburas. They take better decisions than you.

To the other half of the problem, addressed to a certain someone - "Pehle capital complex ka road ko toh banao. CM baad mein bano"

To the public- Enjoy the bandhs and happy holidays in advance. And please continue forming more organizations.

To the organisations- Thank you so much. No classes to attend because of you. Maybe we'll get a calendar next year with all bandhs included so that we students can plan a number of vacations. What will happen if our studies are lost? Nothing. And when we grow old unemployed, maybe we can form some organization and join mainstream politics and be rich.

Yours,

A student

enjoying bandh

 

 

 

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Efforts to conserve Everest region

 

Everest base camp, a rocky plateau at 5,300m that is the starting point for climbing expeditions, has for years been the focus of clean-up operations after a series of stinging reports in the 1990s about rubbish and filth in what had once been pristine environments.

This year, Eco Himal, a Nepali environmental group, led a push to recover 8,000kg of rubbish from base camp as well as Camp 1 and 2  including the wreckage from an Italian helicopter crash.

The organization is pressing the government to develop a broader management plan that would set aside adequate funds to conserve the Everest region.

A Nepali environmental group is petitioning the government in Kathmandu to put portable toilets on the top of the world – Everest base camp – as part of a new management plan for the high-altitude region.

The environmental group argues public toilets would make it easier to maintain a clean environment at base camp, which sees dozens of climbing expeditions a year. It is also proposing public toilets at other popular peaks in the Everest region such as Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak.

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