2011

October -  31

News Highlights

Four dead, 14 missing as bridge collapses in Seppa

Govt. Announces ex-gratia

ITANAGAR Oct 30: Four people are reported dead after the suspension bridge connecting Seppa market to New Seppa over the Kameng River collapsed yesterday evening.

The dead have been identified as Lt. Yanu Liyak, 30 (F), Lt. Meme Doka, 27(F), Lt. Yalom Liyak, 65(F), and a 12 year old boy Prem Nampe. Prem succumbed to his injuries while on way to Guwahati for further treatment.

Among the fourteen missing are Marshal Dabang (10 M), Kare Sangyu (30 F), Pane Rang (45 F), Mecho Dodum (40 F), Nangmi Tabri (9 B), Tado Nampe (40 F), Mebing Lamnio (50 F), Gabing Miri (12 M), Mohan Miri (7 M), Lungni Tayung (25 M), Umi Cheri (28 F), Guye Tamang (15 M).

Some 30 injured persons have been rescued so far.

Army personnel along with state police have been pressed into services with two boats for rescue operation, according to Home Minister Takar Marde.

Army rescue operation team from Tenga arrived at Seppa this morning to assist in search and rescue operation.

But as precious minutes pass by, casualty could raise more.

The District Police has opened an Operation Control Room in the Police Station Seppa.

SP East Kameng  Kime Aya has appealed for calm and as he reassured the citizens that they are doing everything possible to trace out the missing people.

Citizens can contact the following phone numbers (PS- 03787-22223, Control Room -03787-222455,  SP 03787-222211 and SDO, DC, Seppa- 03787-222244 (R)/222240(O).

The dilapidated hanging bridge over Kameng River broke yesterday evening as people had gathered to collect Gandhi puk, an insect delicacy locally known as Taari.

State Government announces ex-gratia to the victims of bridge collapse incident in Seppa Township. Government Spokesperson Setong Sena revealed that the Government has announced Rs. 1 Lac each to the kith and kins of the deceased, Rs. 50000 each to those grievously injured and Rs. 25000 each for minor injured victims of the unfortunate incident of Bridge Collapse at Seppa. The Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin had earlier yesterday expressed deep shock and anguish at the bridge collapse in Seppa township. Terming the incident as extremely unfortunate, the Chief Minister shared his grief with the bereaved family and the families of the injured.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly informed in a release that detailed report on the incident including the condition of the wire rope bridge that led to collapse of the bridge is already sought from the district administration as well as Chief Engineer PWD. Welly appealed to all to main peace and calm and help administration in search operation to find out the missing persons. He also advised the Superintendent of Police to seek help of experts wherever required to trace the missing persons and bodies from Kameng river.

Expressing his disbelief and shock at the tragic mishap, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjay today deeply mourned the deaths and wished speedy recovery to the injured. As the number of missing was unknown, he asked the district police to continue the search operation.

He announced a sum of Rs 1 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for the critically injured and Rs 25,000 for less injured from his MPLAD fund.  

Though the mishap is unfortunate but such foot suspension bridges provide lifeline in remote and inaccessible areas of the state, he said and advocated that the GoAP should chalk out a plan on priority to ensure annual maintenance of all such bridges by fixing responsibility so as to avoid recurrence of such incident in future.

In his message, APCC president Nabam Tuki conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery to the injured. He directed the district authorities to extend all possible help to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones and those injured too.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh mourned the untimely deaths of persons due to collapse of a dilapidated rope wire suspension bridge over Kameng river in Seppa yesterday evening.   

The Party urged the state government to release adequate compensation to the relatives of deceased family and deploy rescue team immediately.

During its rally against corruption held on Oct 23 at Seppa, BJYM warned the state Govt about the terrific situation of the bridge, but neither the district administration, nor the local leaders and state government responded positively, the BJP said.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union  expressed deep sadness over Seppa bridge collapse. AAPSU while condoling loss of valuable lives, told the family members that in this hour of crisis it share their concern. It offered to join the rescue operations anytime.

It appealed to the state government to provide proper compensation to the entire victims and injured. Monetary assistance should be provided to all injured as soon as possible, so that lives can be saved. AAPSU askd state government to immediately identify all such old and dangerous bridges across Arunachal, so that such unfortunate incidents do not take place again.

East Kameng District Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) expressed deep shock at the collapse of Seppa hanging bridge yesterday evening.

Holding the local MLA and district administration responsible for the incident, the BJYM unit requested the Govt to provide adequate compensation to the family of the deceased. BJYM had pleaded for renovation of the said hanging bridge, but the Govt did not pay heed, the Morcha rued in a release.

Alleging rampant corruption and misuse of centrally sponsored schemes in East Kameng district, the BJYM further informed that  it will organize   a rally on Nov 24 at Seppa in protest against the corruption  and breakdown of law and order in the district. It will demand streamlining  of PDS, immediate widening of road from Nechipu to Seppa and Bana bridge.

Meanwhile, various associations, organizations and NGOs today expressed shock after hearing the news of suspension bridge collapse in Seppa yesterday.

All East Kameng Students Union( AEKSU), All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union(ABKLSU) has alleged that that after 1996, there was no maintenance of suspension bridge by  PWD, Seppa division.

Blaming the concern authorities, district administration and police department for the mishap, the students appealed the state government for immediate release of compensation to family of the deceased.

The unions further urged all the elected MLAs of the East Kameng district to provide fund for temporary construction of bridge.

 It further appealed the state government for immediate sanction of construction of RCC Bridge within one month. It further said that Hari Bridge should be repaired too.

They further demanded the state government for early constitution of an enquiry committee to find out the real cause of incident.

All Nyishi Students’ Union have constituted two men fact finding committee to study cause of the bridge collapse. The Union said that incident might have occurred due to the negligence of district administration, concerned department and public because such old age bridge should have been dismantled just after completion of bridge age.

It appealed the district administration for immediate relief for the victims and efficient search operations.

The Union further demanded state government to sanction sufficient funds to help the victims.

Donyipolo Nyedar Namlo, Itanagar have condoled the death. The members present have expressed anguish over the unfortunate mishap. The devotees of Donyipolo have prayed to Almighty God to safeguard the nature lovers and nature worshipers from such untoward happenings in future.

Describing the incident very unfortunate, Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) said that the tragedy could have been avoided had the authority repaired the bridge as demanded by the local people which was lying in a very bad condition due to years of wear and tear. NWA demanded for replacement of the wire rope suspension bridge with a permanent one.

All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) led by Bamang Taji as president, without elaborating, held the department concerned responsible for the incident and appealed to the East Kameng deputy commissioner to inquire into the cause of the bridge collapse within a week. It also urged the DC to engage more force/persons in the search operation.

While expressing grief and sorrow over loss of lives in the tragic accident, ANYA conveyed heartfelt sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family members. It also appealed to the State Government to announce ex gratia relief to the next of kin of those killed.

All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Organization (AAPRTIAO) held the PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki responsible for yesterday’s incident.

“Tuki, who did not give any interest to construct a new bridge over Kameng river connecting New Seppa with main town Seppa despite several memoranda and representations were submitted to PW Department in the last few couple of years by various organizations, associations, should resign from his post owning moral responsibility for the incident,” AAPRTIAO demanded.

The organization while demanding for construction of a new RCC bridge to replace the suspension bridge, appealed to the State Government for ensuring permanent job for family members of the deceased.

The Central Nyedar Namlo, Doimukh expressing shock over the incident, prayed Aane Donyi for eternal peace of the departed souls.

Expressing serious concern over the bridge collapse, the Kra-Dadii Club, Seppa has appealed the authorities to constitute an enquiry committee into the incident and  provide immediate relief to the victims’ family.

While demanding immediate restoration of collapsed bridge which is the prime link between old and new Seppa,  the Club urged the authorities to  take steps for renovation  of old Hari bridge and Bana bridge  which already served beyond their expiry dates. It blamed both the concerned authorities and public for their negligence, lack of awareness about the weak bridge.

Meanwhile, East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (AKMZSU) said that 14 persons are still missing after yesterday’s accident.

It strongly urged the authority to engage expert navy team in the search operation to find out the bodies of missing persons.

Holding the authority solely responsible for yesterday’s tragedy, the students union said that the incident could have been totally averted if they listened to the demands for early repairing of the bridge.

Condemning the district administration as well as public leaders for their careless-ness in restricting the movement of man and machineries while crossing the weak bridge, the students union demanded a high level inquiry into the incident.

It also strongly urged the government to reconstruct the Bana and Hari bridges, the life of which were already expired to avoid another tragedy.

It urged State Government and local MLAs to provide assistance to the injured persons for further treatment and also compensation to the family members of those killed in the accident.

 

Memoirs of 31st October , 1984

Bidol Tayeng

Today is 31st October 2011. On this day, 27 years back, Smti Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, was assassinated by her own 2 body guards at her official residence in New Delhi. As a young student, I witnessed the turmoil through which the nation’s capital and its citizens had passed through, following the assassination of the country’s Prime Minister. Today, recalling the events of 27 years back is difficult, but some of the events that I witnessed are still fresh in my mind.

Before I go to write on the events of 31st October, 1984, it is worthwhile to recall what was the political scenarios of the country at that time.  

To begin with, the early 80 decade witnessed upsurge of regional politics in the country. The Telegu Desam under the leadership of N.T Rama Rao has emerged as a strong regional party in Andhra Pradesh. So was the National Conference under the leadership of Md. Sheikh Abdullah, father of Farooq Abdullah, who was then in power in Jammu & Kashmir. The Akali Dal was trying to win over the hearts of the Sikhs in Punjab on the agenda of Anandpur Sahib Resolution. More such regional parties were also on the rise and active in different parts of the country.

Along with the rise of the regional politics, Politics of militancy were also emerging in Punjab and elsewhere in the country.  In Punjab, many religion based militant organizations came up, who picked up arms and started wagging war against the country and its sovereignty. The demand for independent ‘Khalistan’ for the Sikhs was popularized by these militant groups as their ultimate aim. This was marked by frequent and mindless massacre and killings of innocent people in the villages, trains, buses etc in Punjab. The separatist movement of the militants was supported by the traditional enemy of India, the Pakistan.

The law and order situation in Punjab continued to deteriorate. The militants continued to have their field day, killing innocent men, women and children where ever they liked. The places of worship in Punjab were converted into their safe heavens by different militants groups. Sophisticated weapons and explosives were transported and stored in these places of worship.  The most wanted extremist leaders were also taking shelter inside the sacred places of worship. Among the most dreaded was Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was also said to have been hiding inside the famous Golden temple of Amritsar along with others militants. Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, whom critics say was nurtured by the Congress to use against the Akalis, had later turned the barrel of the gun against the Congress and the Nation.

As the situation in Punjab went out of the control, Smti Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, decided to go for military action against the militants hiding inside the Golden temple.  On 3rd June 1984, the Indian Army led by General Kuldip Singh Brar entered the Golden temple with tanks, heavy armours and weapons to liberate the Golden temple of Amritsar from the control of militants. The operation which lasted for 4 days till June 6,1984 was code named ‘Operation Blue Star’. In the 4 days Army operation, 83 Indian Army Personnel, 492 Civilians and many militants were killed. The dreaded and the most wanted militant leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was also killed inside the Golden Temple.

While the Golden temple was liberated from the clutches of militants by the ‘Operation Blue Star’, the sacred Golden Temple, mainly the Akal Takht, was  badly damaged. While, the operation had earned praises for Indira Gandhi but many, particularly from the Sikh community got offended for ordering army operation inside their religious Golden Temple. There were uproar amongst the Sikhs in the nation and worldwide. The decision of Smti Indira Gandhi to lunch the ‘Operation Blue Star’ for flushing out the militants out of the Golden Temple came under heavy criticisms. There was even report of revolt in a small section of Sikh army, some where in the country against the operation.

This was the political background and the situation in the turmoil Punjab in the year 1984 when I joined Delhi University. The situation in the National capital, Delhi, was also very fluid due to its location near Haryana and Punjab. There was heavy security arrangement in the streets of the National Capital and movement at night time was very difficult. The common citizens of Delhi became suspicious of every common Sikh person. The citizens were even  scared to take ride in the taxi or autos of the Sardarjis, who otherwise were known for their sacrifice and bravery.

The day was 31st October, 1984. It was Friday. I was in my 1st year of B.A (Hons) in Hindu College, University of Delhi. On that fateful day, I had my breakfast at hostel at 8 a.m. I attended my first 2 classes of Political Science. I finished my 2 classes by 10.30 am and rushed back to my hostel to listen to the running radio commentary of India- Pakistan cricket test being played at Karachi, Pakistan. The then only TV channel of the country- the Doordarshan, had no arrangement for live telecast of the cricket match, played in Pakistan. For Indian team, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sandip Patil were batting, hitting four and strokes and moving towards a high score.  Sitting in the corridor of the hostel, we were enjoying the commentary with friends.  

It was around 1100 hrs, when rumours spread like wild fire in the college and the hostel campus that Smti Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, has been shot.  The hostellers rushed to the TV room to look for any special Doordarshan telecast. However, in those years, the orthodox Doordarshan Kendra switched off its morning programme by 9.30 am, only to be re-opened at 4.30 pm with the programme of ‘Krishi Darshan’. Unlike today, there were no 99 private channels or 7 x 24 News channels to give any Breaking News.  

Few boys then hurriedly picked up their transistors and started finding tune to BBC radio. The BBC was reporting live on the incident. I remember the famous New Delhi based BBC correspondence Mark Tully along with Satish Jacob  reporting from New Delhi about the incident. As BBC was updating the report, it was then finally confirmed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been shot by her own Sikh security guards at her official residence at 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi. The reason of assassination was reported as against her order of the ‘Operation Blue Star’ during June 1984, exactly 4 months 3 weeks ago.  The radio report further said that she has been taken to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi. After few moments, it was finally declared that Indira Gandhi has succumbed to her bullet injuries. The BBC news could not be immediately confirmed from All India Radio (AIR) or Doordarshan for quite some time. However, after few moments, the running commentary of India-Pakistan cricket test relayed by AIR suddenly went off the air, which confirmed us that the BBC news could be a correct one. Later in the afternoon, it was telecasted by special Doordarshan News that the Prime Minister Smti  Indira Gandhi was no more.  She has been assassinated by her own 2 body guards at her 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi in the morning.  

The country has lost its most powerful Prime Minister on 31st October, 1984. The evening of 31st October 1984, passed off with reports of stoning the places of worship, residences and business establishments of Sikh Community in Delhi.  On the next day i.e. 1st November 1984, at early in the morning, I boarded a DTC bus from my college stand to go to 109, South Avenue, New Delhi, the official residence of  Sobeng Tayeng, the then MP from Arunachal East. On the way, life in Delhi appeared different. There was less traffic in the streets. Many business establishments did not open their shutters. People were seen in hurry to reach their destinations. The entire city looked tense. After one hour, I reached 109, South Avenue at around 9 am. There were other few senior students from Arunachal Pradesh at 109, South Avenue. As the day of 1st November (Saturday) advanced, the situation in the National Capital started taking ugly turn. Dark smokes were seen rising high from all sides of the Capital city. Different kind of rumours were fast spreading. It was then known that there were backlashes on the Sikh community in the capital against the assassination of the Prime Minister by her 2 Sikh security guards. The places of worship, shops, petrol depots and all business establishments and residences of the Sikh community were targeted and set on fire by the angry mobs. Sikh commuters were dragged out of buses and their cars and were attacked. Sikh passengers coming from Punjab and other states by train to Delhi could not come out of the railway stations, as they were likely to be targeted.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Gandhi was then brought to the ‘Teen Murti Bhavan’, just about half a km from 109, South Avenue, where I was staying. Crowds started pouring in at the Teen Murti Bhavan. All the roads leading to the Teen Murti Bhavan were blocked by crowds and traffic. The Doordarshan live telecast showed thousands of mourners paying their last tribute to the mortal remains of the beloved leader. As the mourners were still paying their homage, the anti-Sikh riots spread to more areas of Delhi. Till the situation could be controlled in next few days by calling Army in the streets of National Capital, about 5000 innocent Sikhs were killed in the riots. Many who have left their houses in the morning to go to working places or duty, never came back home.  How the backlash against the innocent Sikhs occurred, the Govt. of India had constituted many Enquiry committees and investigation teams. While the actions taken by Govt. of India on the report of enquiry committees have been severely criticized,   the enquiry have  revealed and indicted many Congress leaders of Delhi like HLK Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar and others, for masterminding the infamous anti-Sikh riots.

The last rite of Indira Gandhi was performed on 3rd November, 1984 near Rajghat. The situation in Delhi was still tense. There was again fresh rumour that the drinking water storages of Delhi were poisoned, which sent fresh wave of fears among the citizens of Delhi. There was no movement of DTC buses and life continued to remain standstill.  I could not return to University from 109, South Avenue. Few auto rickshaws that were plying in the road, refused to go to sensitive locations where riots had occurred.  A week later, when few DTC buses resumed their services, I returned to my hostel. On the way from South Avenue to Delhi University, I could see the remains of burnt shops, petrol depots, houses, religious places, vehicles etc which speak of the intensity of the riots that rocked the nation’s capital in the wake of the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Coming back to University, I visited Kamla Nagar Market in the University to purchase stationeries and toiletries.  Many shops owned by Sikhs in Kamla Nagar Market, were also burnt down. A stationery shop owned by an old Sikh and his son, from where I buy my hostel requirements, were gutted and reduced to ashes.  I felt extremely pain for the old Sikh man, when I saw him trying to remove the debris and clean his burnt shop after a month.

India and the United States of America are the two biggest democracies of the world.  Like the United State of America, India has also seen some of the bloodiest history of assassinations. However, as a saying goes in America, ‘Assassination does not change the course of the history’, India too as a nation continues to move ahead. The biggest democracy in the world has survived the ordeal. The events of 31st October 1984, to which I was also a witness in Delhi, have become a part of history today.

[Note: The write-up is based on the memories and observations of the writer as a student of BA 1st year, University of Delhi, in the year 1984. He is currently the Director of Panchayat Raj, Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Maintain calm, appeals ANSU

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Claiming that there is air of apprehension that situation in capital complex may get tense because of leadership crisis in Congress party, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has appealed one and all to maintain calm.

Expressing concern that some anti-social elements may use ANSU’s name to create law and order problem, ANSU  general secretary Arjun Panye in a release advises all such elements to refrain from committing gross such mistake and also make it clear to every citizen of capital that ANSU stands for unity of every tribe of Arunachal and will never harm the interest of fellow citizens of capital.

 “We believe that this leadership fight is among Congress party leaders and therefore ordinary citizens of state should not be harassed,” ANSU said while adding that Congress leaders should immediately solve their problems within themselves and work for the benefit of the citizens of state.

 

BJP decries leadership crisis in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Expressing concern over the present state of affair including political instability, corruption and lawlessness in Arunachal Pradesh,   the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh demanded the AICC for immediate restoration of stable government in the state or recommendation for invocation of the Art. 356 (1).

Although the leadership issue is the internal matter of the concerned party, but the extremity of leadership crisis in the ruling Congress with 42 MLAs thrown the state out of the governance for  last six months which is unbecoming and utter disrespect to the people’s mandate, the BJP said in a release today.

The party said long time indecisive and neglect of the AICC to resolve the crisis resulted in draining of state exchequer, killings, violence, loots, kidnapping besides various illegal activities in the state and also shattered peace and communal harmony.

Pointing out the AXIS Bank ATM booth robbery incident at Naharlagun, yesterday, the BJP further said the AICC’s decision in resolving the crisis would bring soccour to the  people of the state, particularly the state capital who are facing constant fear psychosis, uncertainties and insecurity in the present situation. The party also demanded the AICC’s interventions in the burning issues like ToI issue in the state.

 

AIMSU questions inept handling by Police

ROING, Oct 30: The five-member fact-finding team constituted by All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) comprising student leaders, media persons and social activists to inquire into the incident of police firing on students on October 5 in Roing has raised serious questions over the inept handling of the situation by the police.  In its eight page report jointly submitted to the visiting high level inquiry committee by the students’ body and the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) observed that the police did not follow any standard procedure for crowd control.

“Use of force should be progressive and firearms must be used as a last resort. However, in October 5 incident, police used its strongest arm tactics (firearms) as ‘first resort’ without exhausting the other means.”

The two member inquiry committee constituted by the state government comprising of Home Commissioner T Taloh and DIG (West) Robin Hibu were in Roing from October 25 to October 28.

“A deliberate killing spree firing was carried out and police did not follow the very basic rule of law, which in essence the police behaved like mobs,” the observation noted.  

Pointing out police callousness during the incident the report said the crowd control procedure clearly mandates that police firing should cease the moment the crowd show signs of dispersing. However, in Roing police firing, the STF personnel chased the students as far as 200 meters away from puja premise and fired at them.

The investigation also questioned the administrative lapses that culminated to firing incident. As preventive measures, the administration seals all wine shops two days before the start of the puja. However, this time no such steps were taken by the administration.

The report also questioned the authenticity of administration version, widely reported in the media that the boys were armed with daos/sharp weapons and guns. It asked if the reports were true then did the police confisticate any knives/daos or even gun after the firing incident.

 

Society appeals to vote for Damkhoh

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: “If music be the food of life, play on” said Swami Vivekananda. Tirap district had enough of violence perpetrated by the insurgent’s active there but the youth must now concentrate on useful and gainful activities and music is one such activity, opines the Secretary of Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture.

In the on-going Voice of Arunachal singing contest, Damkhoh Moidam is confidently singing into the hearts of the music lovers.

However, the lone effort of Damkhoh Moidam will not suffice to earn him the top position as public votes given through SMS count ultimately. The Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture appeals one and all to vote generously for Damkhoh Moidam who represents the youth of insurgency-infested Tirap district.

Let us hope that a singing sensation emerges from the sleepy Soha village situated amidst hills of trouble-torn Tirap district, concluded the Secretary of SoPNIC. (DIPRO)

Union demands ban

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Condemning vehemently the formation of numerous unrecognized/unregistered organizations and associations by few persons or groups in the state with sole aim to fulfill their vested interests, All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transports Workers Union (AAPMTWU) strongly demanded the Home Minister (HM) to ban those organizations and associations immediately.

These so called organizations and associations, rather than helping the society and government in the development process, are creating more problems by way of engaging themselves in criticizing other organizations and the activities of the Government for their selfish motive and interest, the Motor Transport Workers Union said and urged the HM to punish them as per law.

 

Prayer meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The members of both Naharlagun and Itanagar Meder Nello today organized universal prayer meet on the occasion of the 4th death anniversary of Late Nani Tachang, a founder of Meder Nellos.

Led by Tailyang Tade  and Rubu Riika (priests) of  Naharlagun  and Itanagar Meder Nello respectively, the members prayed for  peace of the departed souls, universal peace and restoration of peace and harmony in Arunachal Pradesh in general and the Capital Complex in particular.

 

Coordination meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A block level co ordination meeting cum training for Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers was held at Pakke Kessang Public Health Centre (PHC) on October 26 last.

Medical Officer in-charge of the PHC Dr. M Rija informed the ASHAs and anganwadi workers of Pakke Kessang block about the importance of measle catch- up programme. Medical officer Dr. M Yubey told the participants about the myths associated with measles.

Anchal chairperson Sunil Nabom asked ASHA, Anganwadi workers and public to co operate with medical staff to make Pakke Kessang measles free.

 

Social service cum awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Oct 30:  Daring Youth Club has organised one day social service cum awareness camp at Daring Circle under West Siang District. The target of the camp was to educate the people on ecological balance and preservation of the beauty of the nature.

They cleaned the river beds and the line hotels of the area.

Circle Officer Mokar Riba asked the owners of the hotels to give clean food to the consumer and to keep good water filters for those travellers who cannot afford mineral water bottles.

The president of the organisation Moken Riba and Secretary Rini Riba asked the people and the shopkeepers to make dustbins and throw the garbage at specific location and keep the hotels and its pheripheri clean and serve the customers the best they can.

 

Pre-Nyokum

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Rajiv Gandhi University Nyishi Employees Association and Nyishi Student Union RGU has constituted committee for pre-Nyokum Yullo celebration with prof. Hui Tag as chairman and Bamang Taniang Kiogi(MA 3rd yr) as secretary. The pre-Nyokum at RGU will be celebrated on 24th February 2012.

 

Winter Volleyball Trophy

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The 3rd Yangte Valley winter trophy organized by All Yangte Area Youth Welfare Association is going to start from 31st October. On the occasion Palin ZPM Techi Azad will be chief guest whereas Lower Chambang ZPM Taring Bath will be guest of honour for the day.

 

Training on SECC

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The training on socio-economic and caste census was held on 29th October at Palin town. Training was attended by all the supervisors and enumerators of Palin and Yangte circle.

Kanam Takam, Block Development Officer, Palin and Rido Tarak, circle officer cum charge officer attended programme as resource respectively. The Panchayat leaders of area including ZPMs Techi Azad and Tarh Talo attended the training.

 

Felicitations

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar in its meeting held at Naharlagun on Oct 29 unanimously decided to felicitate Mege Dochuk of Taliha circle for being crowned the Miss Beauty of Arunachal -2011 title  at Hotel Arun Subansiri on Nov 5. The Society will also felicitate class X and XII meritorious students of the community during the felicitation function.

Meanwhile, it was informed that Tagin Si-Donyi Festival will be celebrated at New Si-Donyi festival ground near Helipad, Naharlagun from this year.  

 

OTS comes to Rijiju”s rescue

ITANAGAR: While mentioning the allegations leveled against former MP Kiren Rijiju on Pradeep Thakur issue by some organizations on the basis of statement in electronic media, Orphan Trust Society (OTS), Daporijo, said Rijiju had already clarified his position and demanded high level inquiry by CBI or sitting high court judge in the matter.

Levelling allegation and defaming the man of Rijiju’s stature deserve condemnation, the Society said and appealed to every Arunachalee to refrain from levelling such allegation against the former MP Rijiju ‘which will erode the moral fabric of the society.’

Meanwhile, OTS demanded the state Govt to put a blanket ban to all unregistered organisations immediately in view of present state of affairs.  Mushrooming of unrecognized organizations has become a menace which is detrimental to the peaceful co-existence,  it added.

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Deepawali sans crackers and jhaandi-munda

Dear Editor,

The order of the District Magistrate, Capital Complex, dated 21st October, comes as a heart breaking news that this year’s Deepawali will be sans crackers and jhaandi-munda! Agreed that jhaandi-munda is prohibited but ban of crackers is very disheartening. Understood that the District Administration had issued this order in view of the current situation but I must like to add that metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and other cities like Lucknow and Agra have been witness to nefarious terrorists attacks of late. Never was there any ban on celebration of festivals due to such attacks. Rather the people had stood back strong on its feet the very next day after such attacks. This is a symbolism of victory over everything that is evil. Deepawali is a festival which celebrates the very tenets of life.

It is understood that the Capital towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun is going through a situation but, i would like to put it this way: this Deepawali let us pray for harmony and peace amongst all the brethrens of the state and let us celebrate the spirit of Arunachal.

I know for a fact that the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh does not look forward to any other festival with so much anticipation as they do for Deepawali. It is also the only festival where people from every religion come out and celebrate it. Also, the parents along with their children must have pre-planned their Deepawali programme long ago. So, my request is that the District Administration may atleast re-consider its cracker ban so that we all can celebrate a very-very happy Deepawali, indeed!

Yours

Deekay,

(on email)

 

 

Christian contribution

Dear Editor,

I would like to reply shortly to Dominic’s letter on 18th October and by one Api on the 11th Oct. Incidents in the Capital complex. I am not writing this letter on behalf of any organization or Christian denomination, but on my own behalf.  

I personally look at the people like Domnic and Api as short sighted and one sided commentator. They forgot the positive contribution of the Christian towards the society for the tremendous changes in the socio economic life of the tribal people and to our community particularly. Their selfish political motive has blinded their eyes that even some believers were praying on that particular day and till today Churches are praying and fasting for the peace and harmony of the state. I also wonder if majority of the people in the Capital were not Christian imagine what would have happened on that fateful day. I deemed that there would have been even more violence than what happened on that day.

The society is presently undergoing political and social unrest and Christian throughout the state are praying and fasting for the peace and harmony of the state. Instead of praying and appealing for the peace and harmony, people like Dominic and Api, not knowing the actual fact, are dragging the name of Christian into present violence to ignite another form of violence.

Bible tells us that “Satan always wants the society to be disturbed and does not want to see peace and harmony” They always plan to divide the Community in the name of region, religion, community, and any forms of “ism”. The best way to overcome such temptation is to be patient and pray for them.

Therefore, this is my appeal to one and all to ignore such provocative comments “for they don’t know what they are doing” but continually pray for the peace and harmony of the state.

Yours,

T.T Tara, Naharlagun,

(on email)

 

 

Please don’t fight

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of few politicians in Arunachal Pradesh, that they do not have the authority to make Arunachalees sufferer in any way. We mass have voted you to power so that you can look after the problems faced by us. Recently, we have seen lots of incidences of violence in state capital which seems to be the by-product of tug-of-war between and within the ruling Government. My dear sisters and brothers of Arunachal, let us use our concise and not allow anybody to make fool of us. We are intelligent enough to understand what is wrong and what is right.

As an Arunachalee, I want to suggest all Ministers and MLA in the Government not to harass common people. They should dedicate their service for the welfare of Arunachal Pradesh. It is always not wise to depend everything on Central Government especially when centre is not willing to resolve the issue.

Don’t fight. Be a True Arunachalee.

Yours

True Arunachalee

 

 

Don’t be confused

Dear Editor,

Apropos the news item published on October 23 issue of your daily under the heading “Proposed Chess Championship Opposed” in which it was alleged that the tournament is being organized without approval of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) and Upper Subansiri District Chess Association is not affiliated to AAPCA which are not correct.

In this regard, I would like to clarify that the forthcoming state level chess championship scheduled at Daporijo from November 9 to 14  is being organized by AAPCA itself and Upper Subansiri District Chess Association is making all efforts for grand success of the championship.

I appeal one and all not to be misled and confused by such baseless and false propaganda.

Yours,

Dobin Doke, President

All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association

Arunachal Pradesh

 

 

 

A quality time

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of APPSC regarding the date sheet of Mains Examination. As we all know that APPSC is the only body left in our state that conducts the recruitment fairly and purely on the basis of merit, so, I would like to request the commission to conduct the Mains Examination atleast 5 months after the conduction of Prelims Examination. Our Commission has a syllabus at par with UPSC, plus includes a North-East section in almost all the subjects. The subjects are really vast and challenging; therefore, the chief requisite is the good amount of time for preparation. Even the UPSC gives 5 months time period for Mains Examination.

Previous examination had also given 5 months time period for Mains Examination, but still our Commission could break UPSC records by conducting all the processes within a year. So, it will be unjust for this batch if the exam is conducted in December. Moreover, half the candidate in this batch has written Mains in the previous batch. Therefore, to make the Examination more competitive, a quality time should be given so that it can be conducted in the same playing level for all the candidates, even for those appearing for the first time.

I also understand the fact that APPSC's schedule is really hectic. But since these posts are really challenging and demanding and requires efficient people for the same. Therefore, a quality time should be given to select well qualified people as followed by all the Commissions in our country, UPSC as well.

Yours

An Aspirant,

(on email)

 

 

Power projects and Arunachal

Dear Editor,

This is apropos to a letter captioned “ Kebang versus Development” authored by Pashoney Lego and published in your daily on 18th 0ctober.

The written piece seems to be borne by a confused mind that has lost touch with traditions and failed short to connect with contemporary modernity as well. The general public consultative meeting held at Pessing, Jomlo Mobuk Circle on 14th and 15th October’ 2011 with regard to the now cancelled Public Hearing for Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project(LSHEP) fixed on 18th , 19th & 21st ‘ October’ 2011 was attended by the Adi Bogum Bokang Kebang(ABBK), Adi Bane Kebang(ABK), Adi Students Union(AdiSU) and the traumatized masses of Kaying, Kamba, Pushi Banggo, PAYWA(Paktu Banggo People), Nyiko, Siyom, Sirit, Magong, Beging, Nugong, Dogong, Yobu, Rotgong,Bogong, Padam Monggu Banggos & others who are going to be uprooted from their pristine lands where their ancestors and forefathers had settled down and evolved their native culture for generations even much before the advent of colonial Britishers in the early 19th century and not say of the Indian Independence just few decades back in the 1947, if ever the dam comes up in future.

The kebang was rightly organized by Adi Bogum Bokang Kebang(ABBK) which is the Supreme Traditional Council of Adis as per Adi customary rules & practices and which has the judicial authority to deal with pan- Adi customary rules on criminal and civil matters including community land matters. In reality, Bogum and Bokang are the names of two renowned forefathers from where Adi, Galo, Bori, Bokar, Pailibo, Ramo, etc people originated and even today Bogum Bokang is the Supreme Inter-Tribal Traditional Council of these tribes with extra-judicial powers on civil and criminal matters which the Higher Judiciary in India also recognizes. On the other side the Adi Baane Keba(ABK) is a welfare society of Adi people registered with the state government under The Societies Registration Act’ 1860 and it has no judicial authority to function on customary rules and practices.

The MOA executed between the state government and the Jaypee Arunachal Power Limitted (JAPL) for the construction LSHEP was surreptitiously done without taking Prior Information Consent (PIC) from the project affected people and in complete violation of the Right to protection of life and personal liberty (Art 21) & 6th Schedule of the Constitution and Provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act’ 2006. Having fully ignored the dreaded and harmful impacts and fall outs of mega hydro projects, the LSHEP is being forced against will of the dam affected people of three Siang districts; and the downstream people of Assam. The LSHEP is being forced today upon the people by the very Nehru- Gandhi Scions ruled Union and State governments in utter disregard of the Late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s Panchsheel for Tribal Development.

The LSHEP affected people have every moral, social, cultural and constitutional right to fight democratically for scrapping of such a disastrous project which is bound to annihilate millions by bringing smiles to few thousands.

Arunachal Pradesh can surely excel in hydro power sector by going for sustainable & constructive micro and medium projects but not by unbridled construction of suicidal, deadly & disastrous hydro power bombs called as mega hydro projects in this geologically and seismologically fragile land mass.

There is a gross misconception among so called younger generation about development of hydro projects by the private corporates and creation of job avenues. It must be clearly understood that, had the basic purpose of development of hydro power sector in this state been revenue creation and creation of job avenues other than the politico-corporate greed then all the hydro power projects should invariably be handed over to the government owned Public Sector Undertakings(PSU) like NHPC, NEEPCO, etc where the issues of job creation for project affected people, job security, etc can be ensured by the government since those being government entities itself. But the glaring fact is that more than 90% of the hydro project MOA’s are executed by the state government with private power developers like Reliance, Jaypee, Jindal,L&T,DS Group, etc which are deeply motivated by corporate greed. With the private corporate houses, the government will not be in a position to ensure job reservation for the project affected people plus there is complete lack of job security, etc since world over, the private corporate houses are largely infamous for job cutting to maximize their profits. Today, people across the globe from North America, South America, Europe, Australia are carrying out mass demonstration & protest against capitalism, corporate greed & wealth distribution disparity, unemployment, job insecurity, etc and there is need for the younger generation to get deeper insights in to these economic and social issues and become proactive.

The Siang flood of 11th June’ 2001 that wreaked havoc in the Siang districts and downstream at Assam was just a trailer of what would be the cataclysm if ever in future the 66 hydro projects are to come up only in the mighty Siang river and its tributaries for which MOA magic tune has already been choreographed. Any work wrongly termed as development project which is going to be deadly and disastrous for the people of Siang districts, Assam, West Bengal is truly anti-national, anti-mankind, anti-nature and need to be scrapped as per wishes of majority of the project affected people.

The construction of mega hydro projects especially the LSHEP in the mighty Siang River and its tributaries are going to be deadly and disastrous and every Arunachalee and Assamese, whosoever aspires for healthy, safety, security of lives of the people and sustainability of development should fight tooth and nail for scrapping of these mega hydro power bombs.

Yours,

Tatin Tatak

Itanagar,  (on email)

 

 

 

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EDITORIAL

 

Himalayan region: best place to produce solar energy

 

So far, hot and sunny regions, such as North Africa have been hailed as the best for large-scale solar energy production.  But a study has found that key areas for solar energy production through photovoltaic (PV) panels are in the coldest regions in the world, including Antarctica. According to the study the freezing heights of the Himalaya region in South Asia, and the highest mountains in the Andes in South America, are two of the best places to produce solar energy.

These areas have a lot of sunshine — and therefore a high amount of solar irradiation — and low temperatures help improve solar panel performance.

Just four per cent of the area with the highest potential in the Himalayas, or around 120,000 square kilometres, could power the entirety of China, based on 2007 electricity consumption data, the study says.

Experts feel that as the price of photovoltaic has been decreasing and its efficiency increasing very rapidly, it could be a promising technology for the future. It could also provide electricity to India, as well as contribute to the mitigation of climate change by reducing CO2 emissions in the two growing economies. The results could also prove a good incentive for small-scale solar electrification of remote, rural areas, they feel.