ITANAGAR, Oct 19: In a brutal reminder of the unsafe condition and danger facing
womenfolk of the state, one 13-year-old girl, namely Bomrik Kali of old Dari village
under Basar has been found dead in a mysterious circumstances in the evening of October
13 at around 7.30 pm near Nyigam village. Locals claimed that the body bore assault
marks drawing suspicion that she might have been killed after rapping.
She was a class VI student of Govt. Secondary School Dari. An FIR has been lodged
at Basar police station in this regard.
While talking to this daily, officials of Basar police station informed that four
persons have been arrested on suspicion and police is making all efforts to solve
the case. However, they refused to comment on rape charge and stated that all the
evidence have been collected so as to ensure that truth prevails.
Galo Students’ Union president Damik Gameh while condemning the incident has appealed
to parents to take proper care of their children, especially teenagers, who are vulnerable
to evil practices, like drugs addiction, alcoholism etc which is becoming a threat
to tribal society.
Basar Area Students’ Union (BASU) and Dari Area Students’ Union have also expressed
shock and anger over the incident.
BETAPF protests against establishment of army camp at Pagi village
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: Basar Ego Tirbin Area Peoples’ Forum (BETAPF) has protested against
the proposed land acquisition for establishment of army camp at Pagi village, Basar.
In its letter to the West Siang Deputy Commissioner, the Forum lamented that, the
local administration, despite knowing the fact that majority of the land owners and
the poor villagers had been opposing to the proposal since 2003, is going ahead with
The villagers from surrounding and adjoining areas are dependent upon this land for
their daily needs like firewood, building materials and other non-timber forest produces,
If constructed, the Army camp will affect the Bugo Nallah and the Bugo WRC fields,
pollute the Kidi and Hire rivers and cause massive deforestation in the area, the
Forum said, and suggested for establishment of the camp somewhere beyond Siru village.
Association calls for protection of Dharia Hill
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: Expressing concern that illegal hunting, fishing and timber cutting
may affect flora and fauna of Dharia hill area, the Dharia-Hill, Donyi-Polo Forest
Care Association has urged the state government to take steps to check such activities.
Steps, such as awareness campaigns, establishing check gates, appointment of security
guards and engaging the farmers to protect their area can be taken up to stop such
illegal activities, the association said in a release.
GSU rejects clarification
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: The Galo Students Union (GSU) has rejected the clarification given
by the office of ADC, Kamba.
In a press release, ADC Kamba had claimed that he and the ADO, Kamba had no role
to play in collection of 3.5% money from the beneficiaries.
But, GSU claimed that about 100 beneficiaries, in their signed complaint letter to
the Union alleged that the ADO, Kamba was the person, who had received 3.5% money
from the beneficiaries at ADC office complex, Kamba.
While reacting to the press statement of former minister Lijum Ronya and Youth Congress
leader Nyamar Karbak, GSU suggested both the elders not to politicize the issue which
has been taken up by the union in the greater public interest.
The GSU welcomed the constitution of a committee to look in to the matter relating
to return of payment under the chairmanship of Gedo Kato.
ACS demands details of inspection report
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: Angry over the alleged dilly dallying tactics adopted by authority
concerned to give details of the inspection conducted by Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner
Sanjay Goel after the alleged embezzlement of Rs. 10 crore in ‘Navi Mumbai lease
agreement’ signed between the state government and US Roofs Ltd on October 12, 2007
for construction of Arunachal Guest House cum Emporium in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra,
the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has demanded the Chief Secretary to provide the
details of the inspection report within seven days. ACS in a release claimed that
it had applied through RTI seeking details of the inspection report from the Chief
Secretary (CS). However, the application has reportedly gone missing from the office
of the Chief Secretary, the ACS release said quoting the CS as saying.
Sanjoy pays last respect to Taki
AALO, Oct 19: MP Takam Sanjoy has paid floral tribute to the mortal remains of Tabin
Taki at his native place Pangin, 71 km from Pasighat, East Siang here today afternoon.
Sanjoy met the better-half of the deceased Mrs. Jhony Taki, his children and conveyed
his deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and assured all possible help
from his end.
Sanjoy was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Gadam Ete, Industry Minister
Tapang Taloh, APCC and APYC leaders. The leaders also observed two minutes silence
as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
DAPORIJO, Oct 19: A mass social service was conducted under the initiative of Upper
Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to clean the Daporijo town area today.
All the drains and nallahs were cleaned and garbage collected from the road side
were disposed of with help of DUDA labourers during the day long cleanliness drive.
All the temporary pigsties near the airfield were also dismantled and roadside vendors
were advised to shift to the designated market place.
Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu also actively participated in the social service
by cleaning drains and collecting garbage.
Public, Govt. officers and officials from various departments, members from different
NGOs participated in the social service.
Meanwhile, the students of Govt. Higher Secondary School and staff also organized
a social service separately today at District Hospital and their school premises.
More than 1000 students, who actively participated in the social services, were divided
into two groups for the social service. They cleaned the hospital surrounding by
collecting garbage lying here and there and threw them in waste disposal area.
The DUDA Deputy Director appealed to the public to cooperate and participate in such
social services to make Daporijo one of the most hygienic towns in the state.
AAPLU submits memo to AH&Vety minister
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU), in a memorandum, has
urged Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister for inclusion of its representatives
in the DPC meetings of his department so that they can raise the Union’s various
issues such as promotion of W/C enrolment etc. The other demands of the union included,
approval of provision of head counting system in the department, sanctioning of bachelor
barrack for the labourers, regularization of services of casual/contingency staff
and creation of ‘C’ & ‘D’ posts and clearance of pending files.
NPF reiterates demands
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: Reiterating its demand to the state government that furnishing
documents such as PRC and land allotment certificates for obtaining ST certificates
etc should not be made compulsory for the indigenous tribal people of the state,
the Nyishi People Forum (NPF) has threatened to launch democratic movement, if its
demand were not met.
Also expressing disappointment over the cost of a land allotment form which is Rs
250 per form, it further demanded not to delete the names of persons from the electoral
rolls without his/her knowledge.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: The students of the Govt. Hr Sec. School, Polo Colony, Naharlagun
conducted a social service to clean their school premises today.
Led by the school captain, the students also planted saplings of different species
in their school campus.
Arunachal will soon become favourite destination for Bollywood film makers, says
TAWANG, Oct 19: Bollywood heart-throb Vivek Oberoi pointed out that the state of
Arunachal Pradesh and picturesque Tawang district in particular could become hot
destination for Bollywood film makers in the future. Oberoi who air-dashed from Mumbai
today attended the curtain raiser event of Tawang Festival-2013 which begins tomorrow.
Speaking from Tawang War Memorial, Oberoi, whose forthcoming movies include much
awaited Krrish 3, stated that Arunachal Tourism under the leadership of Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki could undergo a sea change to become global tourist destination as well
as prime target of Bollywood film makers to shoot films.
“Arunachal is blessed with unparallel scenic beauty, perennial streams, snow clad
mountains, lush green valleys. All these qualities make it perfect destination for
every travelers,” said Vivek.
The Grand Masti actor informed that Switzerland became most sought after tourist
destination in the world just because of shooting of Bollywood films.
“We spent millions of rupees in shooting films abroad, but we can shoot same films
here in much lower cost. Moreover, the people here are so welcoming and warm that
would make our job easier,” the actor said without mincing any words.
Applauding the mystic beauty of Tawang, Oberoi announced that he would be back soon
with his entire family to explore the natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh. He credited
his visit to Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, who had invited him
during his recent Delhi trip.
Chief Minister Tuki, in his address, urged Oberoi to become the brand ambassador
of Arunachal Tourism and promote the state, known as ‘Last Sangri La on the Earth’,
at global level, particularly in Bollywood in the greater interest of the country.
Tuki underscored that superstars like Oberoi can play a pivotal role in promoting
this beautiful frontier state for enhancing socio-economic and cultural ties not
only with the rest of the country but across different parts of the world.
While welcoming Oberoi on behalf of the people of Tawang and the state, the Chief
Minister highlighted the fact that although Tawang has become one of the leading
tourism destinations in the country much more remains to be done to realize its full
potential. He also pledged the support of his government towards any future Bollywood
movie projects in the state.
“Arunachal is no more a hidden paradise rather it is a global tourist destination,”
said Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona, adding that Tawang would soon become
a Bollywood destination because of Oberoi.
Earlier, Oberoi interacted with the cultural troupes, school students, the locals
and personnel of the security forces. Later, a colourful cultural display to showcase
the cultural mosaic of Arunachal tribes, besides band display by 190 Mountain Brigade
of the Indian Army added flavor to the programme.
Among others, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, GOC 5th Mountain Division, Brigadier
190 Brigade and host of Ministers from other North Eastern states along with senior
government officials were present. (With input from CM Media Cell)
ITM begins to highlight tourism potentials of the region
TAWANG, Oct 19: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated the Second International Tourism
Mart (ITM), 2013 in Kalawangpo Conference Hall here today.
Organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in association with eight
Northeastern states and West Bengal, the main obejctive of the ITM is to highlight
the tourism potentials of the region in the domestic and international markets. The
event will also facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, Government
agencies and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Tuki said that the Mart would realize its objective to
project Northeast India as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the
“Northeast India, particularly Arunachal Pradesh with its flora and fauna, rich biodiversity,
the ethnic communities with their rich cultural heritage, lifestyles, festivals,
arts and crafts, the inherent qualities of its people, such as hospitality, festivities
and love for music and culture, is indeed an ideal place for the tourists,” Tuki
said. He also said that the region is India’s treasure house for adventure sports,
like mountaineering, trekking, white water rafting, angling etc.
“With such diversity not only in its geography but also in our way of life, the Northeast
India has a lot to offer to any tourist visiting this part of the country,” Tuki
Informing that his government is putting all efforts for promotion of the tourism
sector by improving roads and air connectivity, the Chief Minister hoped the tourism
sector will create massive self- employment opportunities in the state in days to
He sought cooperation from international and local media in promoting tourism sector
of the region.
Later, Tuki inaugurated the exhibition stalls put up by nine participating states
to showcase their tourism destinations and to interact with the delegates.
Union Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan, while reiterating Centre’s commitment towards
the North East states for infrastructure development, particularly in tourism sector,
informed that though the region represents only 4% of the country’s population the
government of India spends 56 percent of the budget for the North East states.
Conveying message on behalf of Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi, Dewan said
the Govt. of India is serious about the promotion of the northeastern states.
He also assured that Centre would extend all possible help for beautification of
Tawang. He, however, sought cooperation from the people in developmental activities.
Later, responding to media persons query, he stated that sufficient fund would be
allocated to the region for all round development, including the tourism sector.
State Tourism Minister Pema Khandu in his address exuded hope that the ITM-Tawang
would create platform for buyers, sellers and stakeholders to network and generate
business. While quoting the world famed travel magazine, which termed Tawang as “Last
of the great Shangrilas,” Khandu highlighted the mystic beauty of Tawang and Arunachal
before the visiting dignitaries and participants.
Girish Shankar, Union Additional Secretary of Tourism said of the ITM that it was
the Central Government’s vision to promote Northeastern part of country, which is
popularly known as “Land of Paradise Unexplored.”
The first ITM was held in Guwahati in January, 2012.
Sixty-eight participants from abroad, including tour operators, hoteliers, media
persons and government officials of 23 countries are participating in the ITM.
State Tourism Secretary Sonam Chambey highlighted the tourism potentials of eight
NE states and West Bengal through power-point presentation during the technical session.
Tourism Ministers of Nagaland and Sikkim, EE Pangteang and Bhim Dhungel, Parliamentary
Secretaries Jambey Tashi, PD Sona, Tsewang Dhondup, and Chairman, Department of Karmik
and Adhyatamik Affairs TG Ringpoche attended the inaugural programme, among others.
Kaso inaugurates AAPDDWS office
ITANAGAR, Oct 19: “Differently abled people too have the diverse qualities as average
people. They are sometime unnoticed by normal people in the office or in society,
but they too have same right in democratic country like India,” said Itanagar MLA
Techi Kaso while inaugurating the office of the All Arunachal Pradesh Deaf & Dumb
Welfare Society (AAPDDWS) at Press Colony, Naharlagun on October 12 last.
While sharing the emotion and miserable condition of the parents of differently abled
children, Kaso said that, some of the children are deaf or dumb by birth, others
have medical or physical problem but we should face the condition through soft and
While appreciating former Chief Minister Gegong Apang for running the school for
hearing impaired with full dedication since its inception, he said many children
of the school have not only learned abc but serving the state in many Government
Responding to a one-point memorandum submitted by AAPDDWS president Tagam Dasi and
General Secretary Techi Takar for providing a plot of land to the society for construction
of houses for AAPDDWS members, the MLA assured to look into the matter.
Founder advisor to AAPDDWS Achu Bagang said there are certain talented members in
this group who needs encouragement from both public and Government. While advising
the parents, he urged them to give love and affection to such children.
He further said that government should do something for differently abled people
for their livelihood. He lauded parents for encouraging their differently abled children.
Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired, Chimpu, Principal In-charge S. Tenzing
said that people of the state will surely help this group of people if the purpose
of society is positive. He encouraged the society to organize cleanness drive, free
blood camps and avoid collection of donation.
Members from Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired and Women Wing AAPDDWS
presented cultural programmes. Koj Tayo also presented some magic items on the occasion.
Shooting of Adi film on Anglo-Abor War begins
PASIGHAT, Oct 19: The shooting of Adi feature film on Anglo-Abor War directed by
Nepthelee Megu began at Yagrung village on the outskirt of Pasighat town Thursday.
While briefing the synopsis of the film, the young director from Mirbuk village said
the film will mainly focus on anti-British activities by Abor (Adi) warriors during
Bitbor Mimak (1858), Bongal Mimak (1859), Nijom Mimak (1894) and Poju Mimak (1911-12),
the last Anglo-Abor war in the Abor jungles.
The director is planning to complete the film within this year. He received support
from the state’s Art and Culture department for making the film. Some MLAs and ministers
from Adi belt and well wishers have also assured him of all possible support and
assistance from their side.
Tasi Nonang of Bilat Bamin village is playing the role of Matmur Jamoh, who assailed
British Political Officer Noel Williamson during the 4th Anglo-Abor War (Po:ju Mimak).
Revika Rukbo and young singer Omin Ering are the assistant directors of the film.
Meanwhile, Megu appealed all sections of the society to extend support, cooperation
and necessary suggestions in making the first ever war film in the state.
The film would be made in Adi language with English and Hindi sub-titles, the director
It is worth mentioning here that the ‘Poju Mimak Centenary Celebration Committee
(PMCCC)’ in collaboration with ‘Paator Gumin Heritage Preservation and Research Foundation
(PGHP&RF)’ conducted the Centenary Celebration of Poju Mimak (4th Anglo-Abor War)
at Kebang Poglek village in East Siang district during early December, 2011 and commemorated
their unsung heroes, who fought valiantly against the Britishers and sacrificed their
lives for protection of their motherland.
Shooting of the film was also held at Pagla Korong portion of Yagrung hill site today.
The shooting for rest part of the film will be held at different places in Upper
MLA lauds SSB’s role in empowering youths
LUMLA, Oct 19: Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) set up in early 1963 in the wake of the
Sino-India War to inculcate feelings of national belongingness in the border population
and develop their capabilities for resistance through a continuous process of motivation,
training, development, welfare programmes and activities has made a huge difference
in the life of the people living in the border areas, said Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi.
Lumla in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh is located along the Indo-China border.
Addressing the concluding function of Samajik Chetna Abhiyan, being celebrated by
the SSB to mark its golden jubilee of service to the nation, Tashi lauded the SSB
for its activities in skilling the local youth, providing them various assistance
and sending them to various parts of the country on exposure trips.
Giving a chronological history of SSB which had started its activities in the then
NEFA, North Assam (northern areas of Assam state), North Bengal (northern areas of
West Bengal), hills of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Ladak. It was later extended
to the other border areas of the country, the people of Tawang, particularly Zemithang
circle, who were witnesses to the Chinese aggression, are fully aware of the invaluable
services the SSB personnel rendered to the people living in the most difficult border
areas against all odds to serve as the sentinel of the frontier.
He extended his gratitude to the force for becoming the friends of the hill people
through their yeoman’s service by wearing a human face while serving the nation.
“We the border people find in SSB an ever willing friend. We have no words to reciprocate
our feelings except that our hearts are with you. Those serving with SSB from different
parts of India are not necessarily acquainted with the very strenuous hard border
life. But you people serve us to at the call of duty,” Tashi added.
SSB commander Rajiv Rana pointed out that from earlier role of spreading the spirit
of patriotism among the border people, its role has changed to guarding the Indo-Nepal
and Indo-Bhutan borders now. However, the SSB continued to take up various civic
action programmes for the greater welfare of the people reflecting its commitment
for the welfare of the people, the commander said and sought the support of the local
MLA for facilitating more such events.
Samajik Chetna Abhiyan aimed at SSB’s commitment to continue to be friend of the
border people, Rana added. He also announced to take rain shed in three villages
and toilets in two villages. SSB assistant commandant Khandu Glow pointed out that
he had taken nine days to travel to Lumla from Zemithang which takes four hours now.
This could be possible because of the attitude of the people, he said and exhorted
the people to make Lumla a model town.
The stalls set up by the SSB for the four-day programme included photo and weapons
exhibition, CSD canteen, free health check up camp, disaster management unit besides
the stall of NGO Pragya which provided kits for testing anaemia, NHPC besides an
exhibition on hydropower had set up a medical camp assisted by the BRO’s doctor
The commander and the MLA gave away awards to the winners of various competitions
organized for the event, memento for excellent service, besides solar lights and
vegetable seeds to the poor villagers, books to the local schools.
West Siang Women Welfare Society office inaugurated
AALO, Oct 19: The newly constructed office building of the West Siang Women Welfare
Society (WSWWS) was inaugurated by West Siang Zilla Parishad Chairperson Yaman Bagra
amid huge gathering.
Addressing the gathering, Bagra appreciated the efforts put in by the women group
to mobilize fund to establish its own office and said it will go a long way to act
as the platform for the women to carry out its activities. The women have a very
vital role to play in the present day society and require fund mobilization to carry
forward their activities. Govt. alone cannot mitigate their needs and time has come
for us to form Self Help Group to garner funds and go for women related schemes to
do away our dependence syndrome, she continued.
President, WSWWS, Karngam Ete dwelt at length on the activities of the women and
efforts made to mobilize fund to construct the office building of its own.
The Society recalled and appreciated the efforts put in for the cause of women by
then DC Marnya Ete, Jumda Rike, Er. Ngomdir. Marme Loya, Jumken Ete, Dongam Nyodu,
Dr. Monya Jini and Y.Lollen . They also prayed for speedy recovery of ailing former
president and women activist Jumbom Ete.
Prominent women from various parts of the district attended the function. DIPRO
Teacher arrested on rape charge
RUKSIN, Oct 19: Ruksin Police today arrested an assistant teacher serving at Niglok
Upper Primary School under Ruksin block with charge of sexual assault on a minor
girl of his own school.
According to report, the teacher on Friday allegedly took the 10-year-old girl to
Ruksin market on the pretext of taking photograph, enticed her by offering sweets
and allegedly raped her in the backyard of the Industrial Complex at Niglok.
The incident came to light last evening when the girl told her mother about the whole
incident. Her parents immediately lodged an FIR with Ruksin police station against
the teacher and demanded his immediate arrest.
Ruksin police booked the rapist teacher under section-376(F) IPC and RW section-6
of POCSO, 2012 (P.S- Case No- 28/2013) and remanded him to judicial custody.
The incident has left everyone shocked and angry.
Terming the incident as “inhumane” and “barbaric”, the Niglok Mohila Somity, Adi
Bane Kebang (Women wing) and others have urged the administration to conduct a free
and fair trial so that the offender gets stringent punishment as per law.
They also demanded his immediate dismissal from service for the heinous crime.
Hard work never goes unrewarded: Ering
PASIGHAT, Oct 19: “Hard work never goes unrewarded,” stated Union Minister Ninong
Ering while addressing the 47th College Annual Day of Jawaharlal Nehru College here
Expressing that the achievements of the college are praiseworthy, Ering lauded the
faculties and students of the institution for their untiring efforts for making JNC
a vibrant and advancing educational institution in the state.
Stating that the college has so far produced many scholars, administrators, eminent
writers, journalists and leaders, he exhorted the academicians to maintain work culture,
discharge duty with dedication and live up to the society’s expectations.
Ering sanctioned Rs one crore on-the-spot for construction of additional hostel buildings
and another Rs one crore for extension of college buildings from his discretionary
Taking privilege of the occasion, Ering informed that Multi Sectoral Development
Programme (MsDP) under the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs doesn’t encourage conversion
in Arunachal Pradesh.
“I am an Arunachalee tribal by birth, live as tribal and will die as tribal. Motive
of my ministry is very clear and we should come together for development of our state,”
The MsDP is a centrally sponsored scheme and the Central Government had identified
many blocks as minority concentrated areas in the state based on deficiency in the
socio-economic and basic amenities parameters, he said.
He further clarified that no outsider but only the local people of identified blocks
are entitled to avail the schemes and it would not encourage conversion.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava while delivering few words of advise
to the students urged them to be sincere, dedicated and hardworking for a brighter
Principal of the college Tayek Talom highlighted the various achievements of of the
college and stressed on maintaining strict discipline by all.
General Secretary of JNC Students Union, Denish Modi also spoke on the occasion and
submitted a four points memorandum to the Minister. DIPRO