ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja inaugurated
a welfare exhibition showcasing the rare products and culture of the remote Himalayan
region at CPWD Ground, RK Puram, New Delhi today.
Organized by Himveer Wives’ Welfare Association (HWWA), welfare arm of the ITBP,
the exhibition is an annual event and the profit generated from the sales are used
for the ITBP personnel and their families.
The Union Minister also released the souvenir ‘Kanchan’, the special annual issue
of HWWA on the occasion, according to an ITBP release.
GBCC holds 3rd literary meet
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Literary Committee of Galo Baptist Church Council (GBCC) in
its third literary programme “Galo Agom Keba” held at Telam Baptist Church recently
has unanimously resolved that Galo will be the first language of all GBCC members
and they will make every correspondence in churches through this language only.
The ‘Agom Keba’ which is held annually to preserve, maintain and further development
of the Galo language resolved that GBCC members should use the bible and other religious
texts in Galo and the Sunday School Department will introduce teaching Galo language
in all the churches.
It further resolved to discuss the matter with apex body of Galo tribe, Galo Welfare
All affiliated churches presented their collection of folk-lore such as Topo-Gone,
Kari-Karnya, Jai-Bone, Dite- Diingum etc in the meeting.
Panchayat leader appeals DSE to post teacher, supply uniforms
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Mariyang-Mopom Anchal Samiti chairperson Yanggo Tayeng has urged
the Director of School Education (DSE) for supply of school uniform and proper implementation
of Mid Day Meal schemes in schools of Mariyang under Upper Siang district.
The chairperson claimed that the authority has not supplied school uniforms to various
schools of Mariyang-Mopom block till date and MDM scheme has not been implemented
The chairperson also urged the DSE for immediate posting of Senior teachers at Govt
Higher Secondary School Mariyang.
Youth awareness camp held
LONGDING, Oct 27: A two-day youth awareness camp was organized by Arunachal Vikash
Parishad (AVP) in collaboration with Vivekananda Arun Jyoti Longding branch to commemorate
the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at KGBV Senua recently. The function
was attended Captain J K M Laskar of 4th Rajput Regiment, Longding as chief guest.
In his address, Captain Laskar opined that the role of youth is of utmost important
for the country.
Sandeep Keshaver, the organizing secretary threw light on the work of the organization
and said that there is conflict between modernization and westernization which people
Earlier, Manhang Loham, BEO of Longding Distdict and Nagar Sanchalak V K Arun Jyoti
welcomed the guest and the participants.
On the second day Nokkai Wangsaham addressed the gathering. He explained about the
vital fabric of Wancho culture and its accountability in the modern context. The
interactive speech was also given by the 1st runners up Arunachal Idol, Nokngam Lukham
of Niausa village, about the role of youth in nation building. Various games and
sports events marked the two-day programme.
ACS condemns gang-rape and murder in Guwahati
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has condemned in its strongest term
the alleged murder of two women after rapping at Jogipara area near LGB International
Airport in Guwahati.
Describing the incident as inhumane and barbaric, ACS chairman Patey Tayum, in a
release demanded the Assam Government to award exemplary punishment to the culprits.
He also demanded not to grant bail to the culprits under any circumstances.
APSMPB conducts trainers’ orientation course
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plants Board (APSMPB) organized
a three-day trainers’ orientation course under UNDP-GOI-GEF funded Project ‘Mainstreaming
Conservation and Sustainable use of Medicinal Plants in three Indian states - AP’
here from October 23 to 25.
Member secretary, T Gapak, and Research Officer D Yonggam from APSMPB encouraged
participants from different districts of the state to conserve and made them aware
about sustainable use of medicinal plants.
Dr J Rao and Deepa Srihasta from FRLHT, Bangalore along with other Botanists of the
state covered various issues of Medicinal Plants as resource persons.
PCCF and Principal Secretary (E&F), AK Wahal also attended the inaugural session.
Project Coordinator, APSMPB, Tenzing Dema also spoke on the occasion.
Ex-MLA association mourns Namchoom’s death
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Ex-MLA Association of Arunachal Pradesh has expressed grief and
sorrow over death of former minister Indrajit Namchoom on October 24 following cardiac
Recalling his invaluable service to the state, the former MLA association in a condolence
message said that Namchoom will be remembered forever by the people for his contributions
as an able minister, a seasoned legislator, a responsible bureaucrat and an all time
“We have indeed lost a very good friend, a responsible bureaucrat and an all time
sportsperson. His immense contributions towards the State and the Association will
always be remembered.”
“May his departed soul rest in eternal peace,” the message said while conveyed heartfelt
condolence to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
BJP condemns Patna serial blasts
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed
shock over serial bomb blasts that rocked Patna ahead of Narendra Modi’s ‘Hunker
Rally’ at Gandhi Maidan.
Condemning the blasts in a press release, the state BJP said that the barbaric act
by anti-social elements was a clear attempt to disrupt the rally which deserves condemnation
from all quarters.
The party demanded the Bihar Government led by Nitish Kumar and UPA Govt. at the
Centre to immediately constitute an independent judicial enquiry committee headed
by a retired judge of the Supreme Court to find out the culprits.
State govt. misuses fund meant for legislative assembly building
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The security concern and delay in release of working bill is posing
serious threat to timely completion of legislative assembly building at Itanagar.
One of the most prestigious infrastructure projects of state, the construction of
legislative assembly building is progressing in extremely slow pace. Recently the
construction agency had expressed deep fear for safety and security of its staff
after repeated incidents of assault on labourers and looting of construction materials
were reported from the site.
According to the report, the delay in clearance of bill by Public Works Department
(PWD) has badly hit the project work. The department has failed to clear bill to
the tune of Rs. 6, 86, 89, 637 to the executing agency. All this is happening despite
the fact that till date state government has received Rs 32.24 crore from central
government for legislative assembly project.
As per sources in the year 2008 centre released first installment of Rs 5 crore followed
by 2nd installment Rs 13 crore 62 lakh(2010), 3rd installment Rs 8 crore 61.62 lakh(2013)
and state matching of Rs 5 crore this year. The construction agency has only been
paid Rs 18.55 crore, out of total received amount of Rs 32.24 crore. An amount of
Rs 13.69 crore meant for legislative assembly building has been misused by the state
government. The design of building was also changed in the midst of project, which
lead to cost escalation. The original estimate of project was Rs 41.03 crore, however
due to the delay project cost has escalated to Rs 90 crore. It is feared that if
the project is not completed in time, it may lead to further escalation of project
cost which will have severe impact on state exchequer.
Meanwhile, while talking to this daily, Er Vishnu Prasad, general manager of executing
agency informed that situation is so bad that construction activity has completely
stopped. “Due to security problem majority of labourers has fled from the site. Adding
to our woes, the concern department is not releasing our pending bill. Because of
all these problem construction work has stopped. We have no money even to pay wages
of our workers,” informed the general manager.
Further he continued, “We know this project is a prestigious one for the state and
entire people of Arunachal want it to be completed on schedule. We also want to keep
our word and complete the project at the earliest. The release of pending bill on
time, coupled with proper security arrangement at construction site will surely help
in our endeavour to finish the project as per schedule in March 2014.”
The GM also added that whenever project stops it takes minimum of two month to mobilize
resource to re start the work.
“It’s an ardent task to restart the work once it stops. If such trend continues,
this project will not be completed on schedule. We are giving our best and people
of this state should not blame us later for any delay. We are writing to executive
engineer PWD capital division “A” seeking release of pending bill and copy of same
letter will be submitted to office of Chief Minister, minister PWD, Planning and
Finance, Legislative assembly Speaker, chief secretary, development commissioner
to finance and commissioner PWD. We are essaying our problem to these respected figures
and are hopeful that they will surely address our concerns,” continued the GM.
The project of prestigious nature like legislative assembly building should be completed
on schedule or else it will severely dent the image of the state. Already the signs
of New Delhi expressing concern over delay in implementation of various developmental
projects in Arunachal came to forefront when Union Minister for Rural Development
Jairam Ramesh in February this year wrote a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki showing
his displeasure over slow progress of PMGSY road projects. Are we waiting for another
union minister to write letter pointing our wrong doing?
Laa Talar the rising sport star of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) has expressed
joy over performance of its player in the just concluded 3rd North East Zonal inter-state
badminton championship held in Itanagar.
Addressing the press-persons at Arunachal Press Club today, Bamang Tago, joint secretary
of ASBA stated that in Laa Talar, the state has finally found a sporting icon.
“The brilliant performance of Talar in North East Zonal inter-state badminton championship
has given new direction to badminton sport in the state. Talar won both Boy’s and
Men’s single title beating some tough opponents. He has been consistently ranked
number 1 in under-10, under-13, under-15 and under 16 in both singles and doubles
at national level. He is a rising sport star of the state,” stated Tago.
He also informed that ASBA has learnt a lot by hosting prestigious event like 3rd
North East Zonal inter-state badminton championship. “To organize national level
championship we need a badminton stadium having atleast six courts. We don’t have
such facility in our state which is a big hindrance. However soon we will brief state
government about this and hopefully something positive comes out,” said Tago. The
new sporting icon of state Laa Talar while replying to media persons informed that
his ultimate dream is to win Olympic gold medal for the country.
“I am working hard towards achieving my target. At present I am training at Prakash
Padukone Badminton Academy at Bengaluru. Everyday our training starts at 9.45 am
in the morning and continues whole day,” told Talar.
Till date Talar has won 26 gold, 8 silver and 12 bronze in various international,
national and state level tournaments. He is also pursuing his education and is currently
studying in class 12. At present he is in contract with oil giant HPCL to play for
them in season 2013-14. Talar will represent India at Li-Ning Singapore youth international
tournament to be held in December this year.
Proud father of Talar, Laa Rebe who was also present in the press conference spoke
in details about financial ordeal the family is facing in order to support Talar,
his younger brother and younger sister Laa Yajum, who all are pursuing badminton
“I am a simple teacher and my income is not enough to fund my children’s sporting
dream. When they win accolades, they help to sell image of state to the rest of the
world. Therefore I appeal well wishers to come out and help us. If Talar or Yajum
becomes international champion it will only enhance stature of the state,” stated
ABS Jt Secretary Bamang Tago also appealed to corporate bodies of state to come forward
and support sporting talent like Laa Talar. Budding badminton stars Laa Yajum and
Jokom Ribya were also present in the press meet.
Picturesque Mechukha all set to host ‘Adventure Sports Festival’
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The picturesque Mechukha valley, one of the less explored tourism
destinations in the country, is all set to host various adventure and sports activities,
like Power Propelled Gliders, Micro Light Gliders, Aero Modeling, Trap Shooting,
Para/hang gliding, Mountain Biking, Rappelling, River Crossing, Rafting and Trekking
besides colourful cultural extravaganza with a three-day ‘Adventure Sports Festival’
starting from November 7 next.
The three-day adventure festival is being organized by the Department of Tourism,
GoAP under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, GoI to promote adventure tourism in
Mechukha. The event partners are Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD)
and local administration of Mechukha Sub-Davison.
Apart from adventure activities and cultural extravaganza, the festival would also
offer a plethora of ethnic cuisine of various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh besides
exhibition of Handicrafts and traditional attires.
The celebration would also feature renowned singers like Amit Paul, Sourabhee Debbarma,
Gemo Diyum, Brokp and Folk dance display of various tribes and communities of state.
The other attractions of the event would be sightseeing of various important places
including the Samtem Yongcha monastery of the Mahayana sect, situated atop of a hill
overlooking the valley, which is believed to be more than 400 years old.
While interacting to this correspondent, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and
local MLA, Pasang Dorjee Sona exuded hope that this event will surely promote adventure
tourism in the area while benefiting the local people, specially unemployed youths.
Commenting on the preparations, he said, the local administration with the help of
CCRD is doing all out effort to make it a grand success.
“We have also arranged V-Sat to make internet facility available for the visiting
media-persons this time so that they can easily disseminate their stories and reports
on the event in particular and beauty of Mechukha as a whole to other parts of the
world”, added Sona, saying media’s role is very vital for promotion of tourism in
Youths, adventure seekers and trekkers from the region and outside are expected to
attend the event.
Improve image of Seppa: Leaders
Misuse of social media fraught with far reaching consequences: MP
SEPPA, Oct 27: Expressing deep concern at the degrading image of East Kameng district,
particularly this HQ town, elected leaders, senior citizens and students’ leaders
have urged the GenNext to improve the image of the district.
East Kameng (that became a district in 1980), with suitable agro-climatic condition,
fertile land and numerous valleys criss-crossed by perennial streams and mighty Kameng
River, is one of the major rice bowls of the state. Pappu, Pakke and Passa Valleys
produce huge quantities of good quality rice to feed East Kameng and the state capital
Itanagar besides export quality oranges of Bana reach the state and Assam’s markets.
The enchanting landscape, lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains, ever flowing
streams and Kameng’s deep green water rich in aquatic species are enough to develop
the district as a tourist host spot. But alas! the tourists shy away for the backbreaking
roads, lack of infrastructures and ignorance of the locals.
That is why Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, addressing the 16th general conference
of All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) here on Saturday, called for an attitudinal
change to face the fast changing competitive world.
“There is pass or fail with politics undergoing sea change while everyone desires
success in life. Learn good things from others, work hard with patience and spirit
of coexistence for success to embrace you,” he told the huge gathering in Seppa HS
School auditorium. “Student union is a battle ground to train yourself for the
future. Don’t aim only for politics where entry is easy and sustenance is tough,”
the MP cautioned.
A group of foreign tourists while on tour to Palin were made to do away with their
costly cameras (still and video) about two decades ago and since then foreigners
hardly visit Kurung Kumey district which hinders tourism growth, he said while advocating
hospitality to woo tourists.
“The athletic youth of East Kameng could win much more national and international
laurels. Practice boxing in the ring not against your people or visitors,” he said.
Taking strong exception to misuse of social media by some vested interest groups
intending to tarnish image, Sanjoy warned that such irresponsible acts could have
far reaching consequences.
‘Calling a spade a spade’, Seppa (East) MLA and Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh
chairman Tapuk Taku questioned that why the youths being tomorrow’s citizens were
encroaching upon the jobs of officers, MLAs and MP instead of devoting time for
studies? What the three authorities would do then? What would you do in future then?
Leave the specific jobs to the designated person for bringing social order, he advocated.
Citing the example of a recent incident involving students and CRPF personnel, the
MLA regretted that it could have been easily averted with mature actions.
“The district was put to shame when a group of young uniformed students gheraoed
Panchayati Raj, RD & Power Minister Tanga Byaling and Seppa (West) MLA Tani Loffa
in this auditorium recently to protest against power crisis. This was unbecoming
of the youths,” he resented before appealing to mend their ways and attitude.
East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organization chairman Dr Tachi Taku, a product
of guru-shisya parampara after entering the school in 1980 to study under lantern
light, spared no words to blame the negative and destructive attitude of the present
generation of the students.
“Where are you heading for? Where is your destination? Why are you resorting to RTI
for not getting a project and obstructs district’s development? As youth you must
stop such activities for the greater welfare of the district,” he sincerely exhorted
“History is waiting for the young Arunachalees to push up the GDP of India. Tap the
huge potentials of NE, Arunachal in particular, to help India attain developed nation
status by 2020. It is time for you to wake up,” appealed senior journalist Pradeep
“AAPSU aims at maintaining communal harmony in this multi-tribe state and continue
to spearhead movements in support of the burning issues of state since its inception,”
president Kamta Lapung said and asked the youth to rise to the occasion.
Conference chairman Lota Singhi rued that no foreign tourist visited the district
for last so many years for the unwelcome attitude of the people. It is time for bringing
a turnaround, he said before appealing the MP and MLA to renovate the dilapidated
auditorium, which was built three decades ago.
APCC spokesman Norbu Sonam, Lok Sabha (Arunachal West) Youth Congress president Dikto
Yekar and general secretary Kahfa Bagang, Palin BCC president Taring Kumar and NESO
coordinator Pritam Sonam cheered the youth with the MP for rekindling a new hope
for a better tomorrow.
Bollywood heartbreak kid Vivek Oberoi in love with Arunachal
He may not be as charismatic as Bollywood Bad-shah Shah Rukh Khan that wherever he
goes crowd follow him and recalcitrant fans create chaos while seeking autographs
and clicking pictures. But Bollywood heart break kid Vivek Oberoi when climbed the
podium to address huddling crowds at War Memorial Tawang during the Curtain Raiser
Programe of Tawang Festival on 20th October last, his humble and cheerful nature
almost floored every man and woman and left them awestruck. His stardom charmed
over pretty ladies who were waiting for his arrival as many shouted his name.. Vivek..Vivek…!!!
He made army men aptly surprise when he disclosed that his grandfather and father-in-law
served Indian Army and also fought in 1962 war.
Roaring applause was trailing when he saluted Indian Army, while saying you are the
real heroes; we are just reel heroes. Despite caught up with hectic schedule of Krissh-3
promotion across the world, neither had he uttered single word on super hero sequel
nor he tried to promote it. All he had on his lips were praiseworthy words on beauty
of Arunachal and Tawang and its rich culture and tradition.
While having one on one interview with The Arunachal Times on the sideline of event,
Oberoi scion said there is a wrong concept among mainland India about Northeastern
states that it is infested with violence, hostility and insurgency without knowing
much about Arunachal Pradesh.
“People think whole of Northeast is hostile and unsafe but Arunachal is completely
safe,” he said. He asserted that when he goes back to Mumbai he would carry pleasant
message about Arunachal Pradesh and its tourism potentials.
“I would spread this message among my friends and film industry community that Arunachal
is safe and wonderful state” Vivek added.
He was so overwhelmed by the patriotism of Arunachalee people. On being asked about
his view on Chinese claim over Arunachal, he quipped that India needs to be aware
more about this state as so many people had laid their lives to protect it from China.
We should feel emotional about Arunachal, without it India cannot be called Incredible
Oberoi further opined that Arunachal needs to pay more attention on creating proper
infrastructure if it wants to become major destination for Bollywood.
“Without proper infrastructure shooting cannot be taken place. In Himachal it is
very easy to shoot because; it has infrastructure and local artists too who helps
shooting crew members,” continued Vivek.
Grand Masti actor fell in love with exotic beauty of Arunachal Pradesh as he admitted
it moment he stepped out from Helicopter. “This is my first visit to this beautiful
state and I want to explore every length of Arunachal. Next time I will come with
entire family,” he assured.
EKSWCO celebrates 35th foundation day
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) celebrated
its 35th foundation day at Chayang Tajo from October 22 to 24.
As a part of the celebration, a mass social service was conducted at the Community
Health Centre at October 23 participated by the local MLA Karya Bagang, EKSWCO executive
members led by its chairman Dr Tachi Taku, government officials PR leaders, delegates,
cultural troups and the general public.
Later, the local MLA inaugurated the newly constructed ADC office building and the
A Volleyball competition was organized on the day in which nine teams participated.
The final match was played between Aka and Puroik team in which the former defeated
In women’s volleyball category, KGBV Chayang Tajo became the winner defeating East
Kameng Artist Forum woman team in the final.
In the badminton competition, Byabang Tugu and Meram Bagang was the winner while
runners-up trophy went to Eka Rimo and Purnima Gyadi in the mixed double category.
In Men’s double category, the winning team trophy went to Lagjang Dolo and Solung
Miji and the runners up were Byabang Tugu and Chacho Digging.
On October 24, outstanding achievers of the district, weightlifters Sambu Lapung,
Lalu Taku, Menu Tajo, Assistant professor Ajum Bagang, class XII (Science) topper
of the district Charmak Yangfo, Class XII (Humanity) topper in the district Yasu
Dolo and Class-XII (Humanity) topper from Sajolong (Miji) community of the district
Manashi Nalouiju were felicitated.
Later, many of the known figures of the district spoke on ‘Rise of Clanism and its
After long debate on the issue, it was decided that EKSWCO will not oppose formation
of clan based organization, but will discourage clan based organization’s involvement
in mere individual disputes.
It was also decided that EKSWCO will not support any clan’s negative activity in
the district rather will urge govt. administration and the concerned judiciary authority
to take stern action on the groupism and Clanism activities.
Various issues such as implementation of Puroik Area Development Agency (PADA), activities
for Puroik welfare measures, Seppa to Chayang Tajo road being executing by Gammon
India Ltd., electricity problems of Chayang Tajo, under construction of BSNL tower
at Damdale Tajo were placed before EKSWCO for redressal to which the latter assured
of taking up the matter with the authority concerned for early redressal of the problems.
Siram lays foundation of Model Degree College, Tengmo
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today laid the foundation for
establishment of a Model Degree College at Tengmo under Jairampur sub-division in
presence of Agriculture Minister Setong Sena and hosts of local Panchayat and public
leaders and govt. officers. This multi-crore project would be constructed under PPP
mode. The minister also inaugurated the sub-divisional library at Jairampur.
The requisite land measuring 20 hectare for the proposed Model Degree College has
been donated by BK Chena, sitting Member of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
The Minister and his entourage also attended a public meeting at Govt. Higher Secondary
While responding to a memorandum placed before him by the PRI leaders, the Minister
assured to look into their grievances and also assured to solve some of the demands
on priority basis in consultation with the local MLA and Agriculture Minister Sena.
Sonam calls for respect for all religions
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board Chairman Jalley Sonam has called upon the people to respect and value other
religions to maintain the religious harmony in the state. Sonam was addressing on
the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebration of Christian Revival Church at Yaba in
Kurung Kumey district organized by Kurung Kumey District Christian Revival Church
Council on yesterday.
Stressing the role of Christian brethren in spreading the message peace and communal
harmony, APB&OCWWB Chairman urged all to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining
peace and tranquility.” “Let’s join hand together and work to strengthen unity and
brotherhood,” he added.
Wishing the people on the occasion, Sonam said, “I do hope celebration would bring
peace, love and unity among all the communities of the district and the state as
Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu, Pastor Siang Christian Prayer Centre, Pasighat was the Speaker
of the Programme. Colourful cultural programes were also displayed to mark the occasion.
Naharlagun United win first State Level Veteran Cup Football
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: In a keenly contested final match Naharlagun United trounced Arunachal
United 1-0 to win the maiden State Level Veteran Cup (30 years and above) Football
Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium here this afternoon.
Though the first half remained scoreless, but the NU centre forwards, displaying
coordinated game, netted the lone goal after Toko Shama slowly booted the ball past
the opponent’s goalposts to claim the honour, as Chandra Murtem enthused the audience
through his lively commentary.
Of the eight teams, including Legislative Assembly, Ward No. 25, E&K’s, Siang United,
Kameng Veteran FC, Officers Sports Club, both the teams qualified in the semifinals
in the tourney being organized by Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) with Kipa
Punung as organizing secretary that had begun on October 19 last.
While NU bagged the cup along with Rs 1 lakh, leaving the runner-up trophy with Rs
70,000 to AU, NU’s Tage Tat was adjudged the highest scorer (8 goals), Mingu Bage
the best goalkeeper and Pura Talo man of the match, who all received the cup, trophy
and cash awards from the guests Finance Minister Chowna Mein and Tourism Parliamentary
Secretary P D Sona.
Earlier, Mein condemned the stapled visas issued by China to two Arunachalee archers
recently which deprived them from winning laurels for India, adding weight to the
voices of the masses emanating from all over the state.
Before kicking of the final match of tourney, Mein said that Arunachalee youths of
late have proved their mettle in almost all categories of sports in the national
and global arenas.
Appreciating the CCSC, Mein on behalf of GoAP assured all possible support to promote
games and sports in the state.
Though sports came to Arunachal Pradesh very late unlike in NEFA days, Arunachal
Pradesh lost its soccer icon recently in the death of former minister Indrajit Namchoom,
who made his mark since NEFA days at national and international arenas. The state
lost a great sportsperson, honest politician and great administrator in his death
though he was a great inspiration for state’s sports talents, Mein added.
He called for preserving the dying cultures and traditions which would ultimately
help the state revive, rejuvenate and earn name in every fields.
CCSC patron and Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, in a message, congratulated all
participating teams for reflecting sportsman spirit and assured the event would be
made a regular feature.
The tourney aimed at promoting the spirit of fellow feeling and fraternity by creating
a platform for the veterans who had exhibited their soccer talent during young days,
said CCSC chairman Toko Prakash.
Pointing out that CCSC, a champion club with a record of winning all cups including
the state level Tadar Tang Cup besides producing many state level footballers, Prakash
said it aimed at carving a niche for itself in national level like that of Shillong-based
Lajong Football Club.
Naharlagun councillor Kipa Takum, Kimin ZPM Tai Tayu, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce
& Industries president Techi Lala, SYA assistant director Tadar Apa, APFA secretary
general G Doke and senior officers, among others were, present.
BSC lift 12th Odam Ering Football Trophy
PASIGHAT, Oct 27: Bogong Soccer Club (BSC) lifted the 12th Odam Ering Football Trophy
defeating Gora Makik SC by solitary goal in the final at Pasighat Sports Complex
The all important goal was scored by Rokom Tasung in 78th minute. The wining team
was awarded cash prize of Rs. 60,000 along with the coveted trophy while the runners
up team was given cash prize of Rs.30,000 with trophy.
Takio Agung of Gora Makik and Tonik Dai of BSC was adjudged as the best player and
best goalkeeper respectively. Rokom Tasung of BSC became the highest scorer.
The tournament is conducted annually in memory of Odam Ering, wife of the architect
of modern Arunachal late Dr Dying Ering and mother of Union Minister of State for
Minority Affairs Ninong Ering.
Altogether 22 teams from East Siang, Itanagar and Dhemaji of neighboring state Assam
participated in the tournament.
MoS for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Obyak Ering of the sponsoring family, Bogong-II
ZPM Okom Yosung and Mebo ZPM Oling Perme, ZPC Kaling Dai, veteran footballers, local
officers and leaders enjoyed the final match. DIPRO
Teacher assault case
Fact finding committee to assist police in inquiry
RUKSIN, Oct 27: Strong dissatisfaction has been prevailing among the people of East
Siang district over brutal physical assault on a school teacher by some miscreants
at Oyan on October 19.
According to report, Maloko Jamoh of Mirbuk village,Pasighat, who is serving at
Diyum in Changlang district, was assaulted by some miscrents when he was returning
home along with a companion on that fateful day. However, Raktim Das, who accompanied
him, escaped unhurt.
Oyan police after reciving an FIR lodged by the victim, had registered a case (PS
case No- 04/2013) under sections- 341/324/ 34 IPC. But, police is still unable to
trace-out any culprits involved with the attack.
This incident has evoked strong concern among the people including the members of
Nino Welfare Society, Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) and others ethnic organizations. Some
of them also blamed the villagers of Oyan-Jelom area, who are residing at Assam-Arunachal
The members of ABK along with representatives of various Adi organizations sat in
a meeting with Assam based Mishing Students Union (TMPK) leaders at Sille-Oyan Circle
office today and discussed the issue of attack. The meeting constituted a ‘fact finding
committee’ including leaders of ABK, TMPK besides Gaon burahs and PRI leaders of
both sides. It is said that the committee will cooperate the police in their investigation.
It also entrusted to submit the ground level inquiry report over the incident of
brutal attack on or before November 6 next.
Training on Ramie cultivation
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: A training programme on improved production technology for cultivation
of Ramie, a valuable textile fibre, was organized at Ramie Research Station (CRIJAF),
ICAR, Sorbhog, Assam from October 23-25.
Organized by Ramie Research Station, ICAR, Sorbhog following directive of Central
Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (ICAR), Barrackpore, Kolkata the programme
aimed at popularizing the traditionally grown, high value natural textile fibre crops
in North East, including Arunachal Pradesh.
Eleven farmers and educated rural youths from West Siang district attended the training.
The inaugural programme was attended by Borpeta district agriculture officer MP Rownier
and Gemdak Ngomle, Secretary, RDWS, (Arunachal Pradesh) as chief guest and guest
In his speech, the DAO said that ramie is more remunerative crop than any other
fibre crops. But, this crop can only be popularized among the small and marginal
farmers of the country through Public-Private-Panchayat Partnership (4Ps) mode, farmers’
interest and industry–institution initiatives.
Dr. SP Gawande, Scientist (Plant Pathology), RRS told about utility of the training
program as well as national and international research and developmental scenario
on ramie and also expressed about the potential of this crop in the Northeastern
Earlier, Dr. AK Sharma, Scientist In-charge of this station briefed about the research
and developmental activities being carried out by the ramie research station.
Later, he conducted practical demonstration on different techniques of Ramie cultivation,
pest management, processing (decortications and degumming), finance and marketing
A training manual on Ramie cultivation was also distributed among the farmers.
Farmers of Arunachal Pradesh have initiated ramie plantation in West Siang district
under the Tribal Sub Plan of ICAR.
Some of the innovative farmers have expressed their interest for 100 ha. ramie plantation
in Arunachal Pradesh.
The valedictory function was held on October 25 which was attended by Sudhir Kumar,
DIG SSB, Bongaogaon Assam as chief guest.
Certificates of participation were distributed also to the farmers of Arunachal Pradesh.
Sanskar Bharati’s patriotic song competition held in Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Oct 27: With a view to search “hidden talent” among the youths of Arunachal
Pradesh, the state unit of Sanskar Bharati, a national level cultural organization
working for promotion of indigenous ethnic cultures in the country today conducted
its district level patriotic song competition “E Watan Ke Logo” for East Siang district
at Pasighat town.
Sanskar Bharati, which also works to inculcate a sense of patriotism among the youths
of the country through song and music, is being supported by Indigenous Faith & Cultural
Society of Arunachal Pradesh. It has taken a special effort to commemorate the martyrs,
who have bravely fought for the protection of their motherland.
The competition was especially to select three top singers from the district to compete
in the state level ‘Sarhad Ko Swaranjali mega Event’ at Itanagar scheduled on November
At Pasighat, the programme was facilitated by ‘Delong Padung Musical Association’.
Yangki Eko, a Class XI student of Bilat HS School won first position in the competition
while the second and third position went to Chita Meme and Anshu Jolie Ering of Pasighat
Chita is a B.Sc 3rd year student of JN College, Pasighat and Anshu, a 13-year-old
girl studying in Class VIII in Siang Model School was youngest among the 13 competitors.
Modern song dance by young dancer Ninur Padung enthralled the guests and audiences.
The programme was inaugurated by Pasighat Civic Body member Ponung Lego.
APLS’ 52nd monthly literary session held
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The 52nd monthly literary session of Arunachal Pradesh Literary
Society (APLS) chaired by its president YD Thongchi was held today at the Conference
Hall, JN State Museum, Itanagar. The literary session was dedicated to pay homage
to legendary singer Manna Dey and former minister and renowned sports personality
The session started with Shanti Stotra led by Arunika Koley followed by floral tributes
to the portraits of the both luminaries. Apart from this, a discussion also took
place on literary awards wherein Tokong Pertin, Dr S K Ghosh and Gopi Basar, a new
member also took part besides Thongchi.
Thongchi mentioned the contribution of Manna Dey in the field of Indian music and
Late Indrajit Namchoom as well-known sports personality of Arunachal Pradesh. He
recapitulated his playing days with the performance as striker in a match held at
Shillong. To pay tribute to the both departed souls, Roman Borah and Hongmo Ete presented
Usual literary session was switched on with the presentation of an English story
“The value of helpfulness & tolerance” by Aryaman Borah, a class V student of Garden
Angel School, followed by a beautiful literary piece ‘My Classroom’ by Rindo Pertin.
Arunika Koley recited her self-composed poem ‘Winter’ and travelogue on a pleasure
trip titled ‘A trip to the land of Durga’.
Inumoni Das Borah presented two beautiful Assamese poems – ‘Sharanir Shei Prachin
Samoy’ and ‘Samoy’. Ajanta, famous Assamese poet depicted her poetic glimpses through
an umbrella (poem scripted on umbrella) – ‘Priya Bandhu’ to reveal her passion on
umbrella. Ramendra Nath Koley presented a mini story titled ‘Rat Bhor Hoi Gachhey’
– a realistic agony of mother for her son serving in abroad.
This literary session was remarkable with the presentation of Hindi ‘Shairee’ by
APLS president Y D Thongchi and told the members that he had started to compose ‘Shairee’.
He also recited a Nepali poem composed by Bikrambir Thapa of Shillong, an Academy
Youth awarness camp organized
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The two days youth awareness camp organized by Arunachal Vikash
Parishad (AVP), exclusively for the college going students to mark the 150th birth
anniversary of Swami Vivekananda concluded at Vivekananda School Chimpu here today.
Addressing the youths on the occasion, AVP’s Capital Complex unit president Jomnya
Siram advised them to take full advantage of the awareness camp and wished them a
bright future in life.
AVP vice president Techi Gubin highlighted the various core issues and activities
being carried out by AVP since its inception. He informed that AVP is doing all out
efforts to save the indigenous faith, culture and traditions from being gobbled up
by alien culture.
He expressed happiness to see all college going students taking part in the youth
awareness camp and urged them to protect, preserve and promote their own culture
and tradition for identity.
Swami Chinamayanda advised the students to follow the ideals of Swamiji and urged
them to play an important role in eradicatng various prevailing social evils and
deep rooted corruptions from the society.
Principal of the school SC Dixit advised the young participant to be humble and always
listen to their seniors and teachers for a bright future. SS Khandu, Vice Principal
of Dera Natung Govt. College thanked AVP for conducting the all important awareness
programme and their relentless selfless service to the poor and needy people of the
state. He advised the college going youths, not to be swayed away by bad influences.
The decision of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) to file petition seeking disqualification
of four former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators, namely Techi Kaso, Bamang
Felix, Ralom Borang and Alo Libang for joining Congress party is a new phenomena.
Such instance has never been witnessed in the past in Arunachal. For a state like
ours where change of loyalty by MLAs is routine affair, this step by PPA will set
a defining precedent.
The Tenth Schedule popularly known as the Anti-Defection Act was included in the
Constitution in 1985 by the Rajiv Gandhi ministry and sets the provisions for disqualification
of elected members on the grounds of defection to another political party. Referring
to this provision of constitution, PPA in its petition claimed that the merger of
NCP legislators with Congress-I is not at all valid unless the original political
party (NCP) gives nod at national level. The Assembly Secretary M Lasa has served
notices to all the four defected legislators and also to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
seeking their comments within one week. It will be interesting to see how things
turn out in days to come. Whatever may be outcome this new development should be
welcomed by every citizen of this state who is tired of seeing constant shift in
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Bandh system is becoming part of our culture
Nothing that follows hereon is anything that you don’t already know or are in the
delightful process of discovering. And since there are very few things more boredom
inducing than a news article telling you what you already know, I might as well drop
the feigned tone of solemnity that is usually assumed when one talks about public
issues in Arunachal Pradesh, thank the good people of the press for granting me the
opportunity to be heard, and proceed straightaway.
When I hear people say that Arunachalites are less than capable of enterprise and
innovation, therefore the prevalent joblessness among sundry young adults, I am not
sure what to make of it. Because clearly, if it isn’t the creative spirit of my people,
what explains the proliferation of multiple political unions and organizations? Where
critics see mushrooms sprouting in clusters all over the political landscape, I only
see enterprising young Arunachalees innovating the means to get for themselves a
piece of the centrally sponsored development pie. When certain sections of our society
band together and proclaim the title of Elite, then, without discrimination, certain
other sections should be free to mushroom together and declare themselves Unions.
Apparently, self-aggrandizement is the buzzword of the Arunachalee society. Might
there be a chance of us compensating for something? If business-as-usual is good
for the Elites, then let us not decry the business-as-usual of our Unions. Critics
might also see that all this mushrooming further divides society on narrow lines
of thought. I see diversification in a society more vibrant than before and almost
too colorful now to behold in a glance. So much color, it’s fancy. We are the Unions,
we stand for unity and as patriots we are all about unity in diversity. Without any
known expert assistance, the next generation has succeeded in executing the exemplary
job of making something beneficial out of nothing. From where these up and coming
leaders and activists get such ideas of democratic mushrooming remains a deep mystery.
But here it is, mushrooming all over wall calendars and letterheads and of course,
newsprint. In a way it all sort of balances out neatly towards a more inclusive polity
? an unacknowledged development toward which the next line of politicos have contributed
much and for which acclaim is long overdue. Someone ought to give a medal to the
person who started the whole trend because the playground of political affairs is
no longer dominated by a few bullish teams now that various teams have cropped up
all over and are contending for the free prizes. The voice of Arunachal is finally
reverberating in the corridors of bungalows. In fact, there are so many voices of
Arunachal, one wonders at the alacrity of our leaders working in the din. More aptly,
the noise of Arunachal is being heard in the legislative Tower of Babel. Finally,
we the people… Or so I should hope.
What’s more, a good ol’ tribal bloke doesn’t only earn a handsome income by being
affiliated to a Union, but he also now has a response frequently required in the
problematic scenario where some miscellaneous babu keenly bent on browbeating him
by pulling rank on him says, “Oye! I’m the big elite.” “And I’m the large union.
“Oh, so it’s like that, huh. What is it that you do, exactly?”
“I’ve been meaning to ask you the same question in particular and a few other questions
in general,” says the PR Secretary and evens the tally. Oh, the equality!
Announcement of a pending shutdown of all commercial activities probably pleases
no one more than the schoolboy whose simple plan to reach college next year involves
the innovative utilization of a computing tablet to Google for solutions of complex
algebraic equations in the examination hall.
I can easily imagine such a boy receiving such a tablet as a birthday present from
his PR Secretary father in particular or any other developmentally departmental chap
in general. Now that’s positively a sign of a prosperous Arunachal, I would have
claimed, had it not been for the already established definition of prosperity which
purports that a handful of affluent families owning property in other states is the
surefire indication of a prosperous Arunachal and not the presence of computing tabs
in the hands of unguided teenagers as I suggested before. But I digress. Moreover,
big shots can’t be negated; their words function as divine law around these parts.
Much ado. So shutdown calls, bandh calls are in vogue, causing much trouble for the
daily buyers and sellers, impeding economic activity especially in the state capital
when carried out and generating unnecessary anxiety when not. Who bears the responsibility
for this supposedly regressive trend? The Unions, they’d cry in unison. No doubt.
But in a sense, the mango people are used to all modes of shutdowns. By all modes,
I mean all modes.
It makes little to no difference to many a mango people, whatever the mode, because
we have gotten used to all modes shutdowns. One mode of shutdown is effective for
a specified duration? shops remain closed, wheels remain frozen, and then it’s over
in a matter of two digit hours. Then there is another mode of shutdown inflicting
our lives. This mode of shutdown is slow, insidious, and inconspicuous but happens
right beneath our noses on a daily basis, all year round. By far, this mode of bandh
has caused the public more losses than all the bandhs ever called by all our Unions
and Organizations combined. And the losses aren’t just objects. The nature of this
bandh is peculiar. No one is responsible for it, yet everyone is responsible for
it. It is a bandh affecting our facilities. A bandh we voluntarily impose on ourselves.
Our eyes are bandh. Our ears are bandh. Our mouths are bandh. Maybe our collective
consciousness is bandh. The symptoms of this affliction is not confined, it is widespread.
This mode of shutdown has infiltrated the mind and heart of the most remote villager
to the best educated Arunachalee. Come elections, you feel the bandh. You walk into
a government office, you feel the bandh. You talk to the union guys, you feel the
bandh. You walk by a school or college, you feel the bandh. You converse amongst
your colleagues, you feel it. You know it. But your eyes are bandh, ears are bandh,
mouth is bandh, your entire mechanism of distinguishing the good from the bad seems
to be in a perpetual state of bandh. At times suspicion points to our brains being
bandh. Nevertheless, it is a normal bandh, an accepted bandh. A bandh that has become
so much a part of our culture that any real or imagined ill of the Union manufactured
“bandh culture” is rendered inert in its omnipresence. From whence this bandh originates,
nobody knows, though we have some idea of what it does to a once guileless people.
The ‘C’ word won’t be inserted anywhere here, as some canny readers must expect.
Neither shall this write-up morph into a run-of-the-mill soapbox fare. Better leave
it at this, then, that there are modes of shutdown. And some of these modes are costing
us more dearly. But then again, we are a bandh culture.
Polo Colony, Naharlagun
Fraudsters on the prowl
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to ring an alarm bell to the
fellow citizens of our state with regards to the very tricky acts of the fraud money
launders coming from different parts of the country in the guise of genuine businessmen
by setting up well furnished offices with fake documents in order to probe their
genuine identities. Till now many parties claiming to be genuine companies have befooled
our innocent Arunachalees and looted worth crores of their hard earned money.
These parties lure our innocent people to invest their hard earned money with a promise
of huge returns in short period of time. They promise to return double the amount
of Banks. Our people are so easy to convince that they take no time to decide and
jump at once to invest their money without realizing the future consequences to make
it double in short span of time and thereby they become a very easy fray for these
fraudsters who will vanish from the scene after fulfilling their wicked schemes.
Finally our people become victims of all these fraudsters and lose everything. After
being deceived they run from pillar to post in search of helps but it becomes too
late for the authorities to nab the culprit and punish them and get back the cheated
money in time and all these investors remain only victims in the eyes of everybody
and live a painful and miserable life. Our people are yet to learn a lesson out of
all these bitter incidents taking place time and again. Hot cake of deception is
still prevailing in the state in the different names and style of companies and organizations.
The infamous incident of Jevan Suraksa consultant and Real Estate Developers Ltd
looting people of the state worth crores of rupees leaving the investors and agents
in a miserable state is well heard by every denizens of this landlocked state. Infact
we cannot see their pains and agonies. Despite their repeated pleas to the authorities
with furnishing of all needful documents of the fraudsters to arrest them and punish
them, still no major breakthrough has taken place yet from the authorities side.
In yet another major incident it is seen that a company of same category in the name
of SEBA REAL ESTATE Ltd in its state office at Itanagar Ganga and pasighat, Regional
office at Guwahati and head office at Karimganj Assam is reported to have collected
crores of rupees from the people of the state thereby promising to return the amount
in double in 3 years. This too has applied the same tactics of those fraudsters by
luring people to invest their hard earned money. Now it is reported from hundreds
of investors that even after crossing of maturity time of more than a year this so
called SEBA REAL ESTATE LTD has closed their offices and has not paid any returns
of that kind of their earlier promises. Now with the running away of all the self
styled officers of said company, the poor investors are coming out and making claims
to their respective agents and agents to the area sales executives and so on thereby
creating a hot and unpleasant atmosphere among the agents and investors with the
claiming of their hard earned money that can be seen everywhere almost in all districts
which might result in law and order problems in the coming days if the situation
is not dealt properly in time. Hot water is boiling among investors and agents but
it is surprising to see that despite all this no FIR from any individual or group
has been filed from any corner of the state. Few days back on the 8th and 9th Oct
issue of the Arunachal Times News a Notice was seen publishing in the back side of
the daily regarding conducting of an emergency meeting on 10th of Oct ‘13 to decide
the future course of action after failing of the notification of 18 July'13. No sign
of any meeting or resolution appeared afterwards but on 24th Oct issue of this daily
again a notice has been published regarding redemption of payment in next March'14.Now
the onus lies in the hand of the esteemed investors and the agents who are both victims
of these fraudsters who has left them to taste all these bitterness of life. Now
whom to blame for all these answerless problems? Who brought this business in this
state of ours and who gave these fraudsters chances to cheat our innocent denizens
is the needful questions of this crucial hour. Whom should we held responsible for
all these great loses incurred in the state? Finally I being a concerned and cautious
citizen would like to request our Government authorities to tackle this case immediately
and nab all the absconding officers and officials responsible for all these great
losses causing to the people. These fraudsters should be given capital punishments
so that no incidents of this kind take place in the state in near future.
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