DELHI, Feb 08: A 14-year-old girl from Manipur was allegedly raped by her landlord's
son in South Delhi's Munirka area. The accused identified as Vicky has been arrested
after an FIR was registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)
Act at the Vasant Vihar Police Station, police said. The incident, which comes close
on the heels of the death of an Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania, sparked off protests
outside the police station with groups of students from the northeast blocking the
road and clashing with the police following which traffic was diverted in the area.
The demonstrators raised anti-police slogans and also tried to barge into the police
According to a police official, the incident took place at around 10.30 p.m. on Friday
when the victim stepped out to buy some household items in the locality. The girl
suffered injuries and was taken to Safdarjung Hospital where she underwent a medical
examination. She is now being treated for injuries, police said. PTI
Unseasonal rain affects farmers in Siang valley
RUKSIN, Feb 08: A gusty wind followed by moderate to heavy rains lashed Siang Valley
and parts of Dhemaji in North-Assam during the last 24 hours affecting farmers of
The naughty showers, which came as a relief after a long dry spell, turned torrential
since last night causing great problem for vegetable growers and daily wage earners.
The region witnessed a long dry spell during this winter which has badly affected
the production of tea leaves and other horticultural activities in the region.
Sources from Regional Meteorology Centres (RMC) have reported that Normal weather
condition has returned to the NE region during September last year as the Easterly
or Northeasterly wind was blowing at the lower level of the atmosphere over the region.
Watch the news today
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: The reaction of the civil society including Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki and the family members on the murder of Nido Tania besides performance by Rikam
Pada troupe during Republic Day parade, both at New Delhi, will be telecast by the
Eastern Sky Media under its weekly news through the Capital Complex cable network
during 8-8.30 pm on Sunday.
'Let protests reflect humanity'
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: While extending wholehearted support to the civil society including
all NGOs, youth bodies and organisations for their protests to demand justice for
Nido Tania, his mother Marina Nido made a fervent appeal to one and all to conduct
it peacefully without blaming any leader or political party by name.
"Such protests should reflect humanity without any political colour and casting aspersion
so that it serves its purpose, instead of getting diverted from the cause," she said
to justify her plea.
Mori Riba passes away
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Mori Riba, son of former Chief Minister Late Tomo Riba died in
a hospital at Guwahati early morning today.
Mori, 48, is survived by his wife Tumbom Ingo Riba, two daughters and a son.
Born on February 15, 1966, at Daring village of West Siang district, Late Mori was
a dynamic public leader and social activist.
Meanwhile, Ego Bango Capital Complex Intellectual Youth Forum, Ego Banggo Youth Association
and Daring Area Students Union expressed deep shock at the demise of Mori Riba. The
organizations prayed to the Almighty for enough strength to the bereaved family to
bear the irreparable loss.
Late Mori was a senior Galo member, the Galo society has lost a visionary and kind
hearted man with the death of Mori, said GWS in a condolence message. The Society
deeply mourned the death of Mori Riba and conveyed condolence to bereaved family.
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri district organized
a training cum demonstration programme on "Application of mulching for enhancing
yield and quality of fruits and vegetables" at Siiro village yesterday. Shashi Kant
Chaturvedi, SMS (Horticulture) trained to farmers on application of mulching in fruits
and vegetable. He also explained the farmers how the mulching can be useful for enhancing
the yield and quality of fruits and vegetables.
Yowa Nunu, SMS (Agronomy) encouraged to farmers for using black polythene mulch for
weed control and early harvest in vegetables. He also demonstrated the method of
Altogether 16 farmers participated in the training cum demonstration.
Army recruitment rally at Likabali
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Indian Army will be conducting a recruitment rally for Soldier
General Duty from March 3 to 9, 2014 at Likabali Military Station, West Siang district.
The recruitment rally for the candidates from Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley,
Dibang Valley, Upper Siang, West Siang and East Siang, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri,
Papum Pare and Tawang districts will be held on March 3 March and East Kameng, West
Kameng and Kurung Kumey, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts on March 4. It
will be held for candidates of all the districts, Ex Servicemen in DSC, Sons of War
Widows/Widows, Outstanding Sportsmen, NCC Certificate holders on March five.
Written for the qualified candidates will be held on March 9.
AKKDYO expresses concern
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: The All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization (AKKDYO) has expressed
concern over the functioning of various government departments in the district.
In a release while informing that it made an extensive visit across the district,
it said that the famous archeological site at Parsi Parlo is not being developed
at all and that there are no ATM facilities at Koloriang.
Because of the lack of government quarters, many HoDs and even teachers are not attending
to their duties regularly, it added in its release.
ASUT reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: While expressing concern over non-consideration of long pending
demand for setting up of Arunachal Guest House at Vellore, Tamil Nadu, the Arunachal
Students Union Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has urged upon the Arunachal Govt to take up immediate
steps for construction of the same.
Review meeting for Statehood Day celebration held
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: A meeting was held in connection with the celebration of Statehood
Day in the conference hall of Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok here yesterday. Dani Salu, Chairman
Organizing Committee called upon all the officers to work with dedication and reviewed
the progress of the preparation of each department. He asked all not to compromise
with quality so that the festival could be celebrated in a befitting manner. The
DC Capital Complex Mige Kamki also asked all to work in cooperation with each other.
All the Committee and Sub-Committee members attended the meeting. DIPRO
Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2014
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: The 12th edition of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2014, the biggest
beauty pageant of North East, will be held at Indian Tea Association (ITA) Cultural
Complex, Guwahati on April 12, 3014.
The most beautiful and young talents from Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will participate in the beauty contest.
The contestants will be judged on three categories viz. traditional wear, evening
gown presentation and personality interview.
The Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2014 prize package includes: cash awards of Rs.
50,000, a custom American diamond tiara, gifts from pageant sponsors, extensive travel
opportunities and professional representation by Mega Entertainment and opportunity
to walk the Lakme Fashion Week to share the ramp with national, international models
along with Bollywood stars in Mumbai for Reliance Trends.
Students witness Republic day parade
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Lokam Heera and Sania Srivastava from the state were among the 100
meritorious toppers, selected from all over the country, to witness the Republic
Day Parade from the Prime Minister's Box at Rajpath in New Delhi. Both are the students
of Royal Global International School, Guwahati.
AAPLU EK asks DA to provide relied to fire victim
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) East Kameng unit
has appealed the state government and East Kameng district administration to provide
immediate relief to the victim of the February 6th fire incident at Type-I Colony
Seppa which killed two minor children and left their mother grievously injured.
Holding the department of power (Electrical & Hydel) responsible for not supplying
regular electricity thereby forcing the residents to use candle, suspected to be
the cause of the fire, and the fire service responsible for not reaching on time
to douse the fire, it asked to initiate action against them.
Relief distributed to fire victims
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Nyamar Karbak today distributed relief materials to the
February 2 fire victims of Gemo Tali village under Kamba ADC headquarters of West
The relief materials were provided to the victims by Karbak voluntarily and distributed
them with help of local committee.
He also assured to extend every possible help to the victims for their early resettlement
and assured to take up the matter with the state government for establishment of
separate fire station at Kamba circle at the earliest.
While expressing shock over the unfortunate incident, he appealed to the people of
the area to be cautious when handling fire to avoid such kind of incidents in near
He said that he will pursue the matter with the West Siang Deputy Commissioner and
Kamba ADC for proper assessment of properties lost and damaged so that state government
can provide the necessary relief (s) to the victims as per the laid down norms, said
the APB&OCWWB Chairman.
The relief items included household items, blankets, helmets, plastic/gaon boots
etc. Rs. 40,000 was also given only to each family.
Relief materials were also distributed among the July 27, 2013 fire victims of Kamba
Press bodies react to SUMA diktat
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: In what can best be described as an attempt to curb press freedom
and dictate terms to the media in the state, members of the Students' Union Movement
of Arunachal (SUMA) on Friday evening gheraoed the office of 'The Arunachal Times'
and issued verbal threats to one of its journalists.
Reacting to a news item which appeared on the February 7 issue of the newspaper under
the headline "Economic blockade lifted due to efforts of AAPSU and AASU says NESO
Adviser", several SUMA members including young school students rallied outside 'The
Arunachal Times' office at around 6:10 pm. Reportedly, the union's convenor Pebo
Gyadi and vice-president Tagru Tame and another person demanded that they be allowed
to enter the office. Once they were let in, the mob which had gathered outside began
sloganeering besides kicking and shaking the entrance grill of the office whilst
threatening to break down the office building.
It was then that Gyadi charged at journalist Taba Ajum and hurled a newspaper towards
SUMA members were opposed to the claim made by the NESO adviser. They said that AAPSU
and NESO representatives were nowhere to be seen in the important joint meeting held
at Gohpur, Assam on February 5 last along with members of All Nyishi Students Union
(ANSU), Arunachal Law Students' Union (ALSU), All Papum Pare District Youth Association
(APPDYA), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), All Assam Gurkha Students
Union (AAGSU), Assam Minorities Students Union (AMSU), All Adivasi Students' Association
of Assam (AASAA), All Assam Tea Tribes Students' Association (AATTSA).
Further, SUMA members went on to accuse press persons of "playing politics", and
tried to dictate their own terms of publishing stories. Were it not for the timely
intervention of the Arunachal Press Club (APC) president Chopa Cheda and the level-headedness
of the staff present, the scene could have turned uglier.
As a fallout of the rowdy behaviour displayed by those who claim to represent the
voice and aspirations of the people, the APC and the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working
Journalists (APUWJ) today issued a show-cause notice to SUMA questioning what right
it has to dictate its terms on the press.
Reminding SUMA of its repeated offences against the media, the APC and APUWJ in its
notice addressed to its president Biri Tabing said that "this is not the first time
that the SUMA members have behaved in such abusive manner towards press persons of
the state. It is to be reminded here that, slogans were shouted against press persons
during a SUMA rally at Niti Vihar, abusive words were used against a lady journalist
by a member of SUMA, verbal threats were used against the Arunachal Press Club president
and outstanding advertisement dues of more than a year remains to be paid to media
houses by SUMA".
A joint statement by the APC and APUWJ condemning the entire episode questioned whether
SUMA is "financially backing media houses of the state that it feels it can dictate
what can or cannot be published or broadcasted".
"While we appreciate the efforts put in by all those who helped bring the temporary
lifting of the blockade, we question why unions are so eager to take credit instead
of merely rejoicing in the fact that the blockade has been lifted. After all, did
Mahatma Gandhi ever claim responsibility for India's independence or did Nelson Mandela
say that he was solely responsible for removal of apartheid in South Africa?", the
APC and APUWJ reasoned.
The two press bodies further said that "if SUMA has problems with what the NESO adviser
said then they should take it up with him. Such behaviour is a clear indication that
they are merely trying to prey on the press who everyone perceives to be easy targets
instead of challenging those it should".
"We have had enough of presidents and generals trying to shove their diktats down
our collective throats. When these unions want newspaper column space they are extremely
polite but the moment an opinion or statement expressed by a third person or party
which goes against their belief gets published, they begin accusing the press of
biasness", the strongly worded joint statement read, further adding that "while the
notice has been served to one organisation, it should serve as a warning to all others
who think that media persons are alone and can be easily dominated".
ANMSU takes out candlelight procession, seeks justice for Tania
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: More than 200 students studying in Jalgaon, Maharashtra took out
a candlelight procession at Jalgaon yesterday to register protest against racism
and to pay tribute to Late Nido Tania, who was a victim of racial attack at Lajpath
Nagar, Delhi on January 29.
The rally, organized by Arunachal North Maharashtra Students' Union (ANMSU) was also
participated by students from other Northeast states studying in Jalgaon and prominent
local public leaders. All the participants condemned the repeated attack on North-east
people. Many student leaders from NE states shared their views and demanded punishment
to the culprits involved as early as possible. ANMSU also seeks justice for the late
brother Nido Tania at the earliest.
ACGF condemns racial attack, seeks justice
ITANAGAR: The members of Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) vehemently denounced
the shameful act of physical assault on Nido Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh
who had succumbed to his injuries on January 29 at Delhi. This is an obvious consequence
of racial smear which is highly condemnable and is against the fundamental rights
of equality and human rights, the Forum said. The North-east people and particularly
the students studying in various metropolitan cities particularly in Delhi are victims
of such racial discrimination, the Forum observed. Saying that the incident is not
an isolated case, Forum further said several cases over the years had occurred which
the local administration in Delhi did not pay heed.
Violation to the provisions of Indian Constitution and racial discriminatory behavior
towards the citizens of Arunachal and North-east people cannot be tolerated under
any circumstances. All sections of the society must rise to this occasion and fight
The Forum condoles the untimely demise of Nido Tania and demands the concerned authority
for speedy justice to him and his family members and urges all section of the society
to stand up against such discriminatory acts in all walks of life.
Death of Tania a national shame: Modi
IMPHAL, Feb 08: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said
the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania in Delhi is a matter of national
shame and asked the Centre and the Delhi government to shun their blame game on the
issue and ensure justice for him.
He said such incidents further alienate the people of the northeastern states, which
due to the "unfortunate policies" of the Congress have been neglected and have not
developed in the last 60 years.
"It (the death of Nido Tania in Delhi) is a shameful incident for the nation. I offer
my prayers for the boy and his family...There is lack of governance there. There
are cases of atrocities on women.
"I hope the Government of India and the Government of Delhi come out of the blame
game and works towards ensuring justice for the young boy and his family," Modi said.
19-year-old Tania, an Arunachal Pradesh MLA's son, was found dead last month after
he was allegedly beaten up by a group of 5-6 men in Lajpat Nagar market in South
Delhi following an altercation sparked by their taunts on his hairstyle. PTI
District level sensitization prog for Govt. officers & bankers
ROING, Feb 08: All District Heads of the departments, bankers along with NGO representatives
participated in a district level sensitization programme on 'Scheme for development/strengthening
of agricultural marketing infrastructure, grading and standardization' organized
by NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd (NABCONS) in collaboration with Alombro Mayu
Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO today.
Wanot Tikhak, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), chaired the programme. He exhorted
every Government department to take advantage of the programme and focus towards
the overall successful implementation of various rural development projects.
NABARD DDM/APM Kamal Roy enumerated the background and objectives of the scheme and
its prospects in Lower Dibang Valley District. "The scheme has been formulated to
develop marketing infrastructure in the country to cater to the post-harvest requirement
of production and marketable surplus of various farm products and allied commodities,"
he informed. He also explained the salient features of the scheme, its subsidy based
credit linked assistance (33.33% subsidy for NE states), eligibility criteria for
implementing agencies and pattern of assistance, etc. Eligible borrowers under the
scheme include individuals, farmers' groups, growers, consumers, partnership proprietary
firms, NGOs and SHGs.
Early implementation of the scheme in Lower Dibang Valley district will promote direct
marketing with enhanced quality and productivity, thereby improving the farmers'
income, especially through marketing of turmeric, oranges, mustard seeds, ginger
and other vegetables. The representative from HoDs of various departments expressed
their support and collaboration in the implementation of various promotional, developmental
and government sponsored schemes routed through the NABARD DDM, Roing. R K Paul Chawang,
Secretary AMYAA (NGO) spoke on the Right Based Approach in formulating developmental
policies and implementing of the same with focus to eradicate poverty in the District.
Business community in boundary area resolves to maintain peace
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Business community of both sides of Banderdewa area today organized
a joint peace meeting at Banderdewa (Assam side) in order to ensure smooth flow of
business in both sides of Assam-Arunachal boundary area.
After the recent Tarasso incident which had badly affected business activities of
both sides of the boundary, the business communities under the banner of the Banderdewa
Bazaar Welfare Committee (BBWC), Bazaar Babsaye Sanstha Banderdewa (BBSB) Assam and
Harmoty Bazaar Babsaye Sanstha (HBBS) have jointly organized the peaceful meeting
for the first time at Banderdewa (Assam). The meeting assured business community
and common public of both sides that they have been taking every step to maintain
peace and tranquility in their respective areas since long time. Since the unfortunate
incident of Tarasso, no any minor or major incident have been occurred in both sides
because of their restless efforts and 24x7 vigilance duty of OC, Banderdewa PS and
1/C Banderdewa, Police outpost, Assam.
BBWC general secretary Kipa Hipik in a release further informed that both the Police
Officers have assured the public and business community of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
of full cooperation for their safety and protection and requested to run the business
smoothly. The release added that business communities from both sides have also appreciated
the dedicated service of OCs of both police outposts of Assam and Arunachal in Banderdewa
in maintaining peace.
Both BBWC president A K Loram and GS Kipa Hipik have also requested the public and
business community of Arunachal Pradesh to keep doing business as usual. Asstt. Gen.
Secy, Harmoty have offered to give all kind of support to normalize situation for
the business in these areas.
Assam counterparts have also informed that two (unnamed) groups had tried to block
the goods transportation from Harmoti and Banderdewa (Assam) into Arunachal Pradesh.
However, they neutralized such move as they wanted to keep business undisturbed.
PHE&WS conducts sensitization prog on NBA
ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Public Health Engineering and Water Supply (PHE&WS) sub-division,
Khenewa conducted a series of sensitization programmes on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA)
at Chayang Tajo and Bameng headquarters.
Rallies were organized highlighting the importance of proper sanitation, safe drinking
water and about formation of Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC). The rallies
were actively participated by the teachers and students of KGVB school.
Workshop was also conducted on handling of field testing kits (FTK) for the PRI members
for quality monitoring and testing of various drinking water sources at rural area.
Koro Leyak, Consultant, Water and Sanitation, briefed about NBA while Tafang Bagang,
Assistant Engineer, elaborated the aims and objectives of the programme, importance
of safe drinking water, proper sanitation, health and hygiene and also formation
of VWSC, its role at village level. He appealed to the PRI members to cooperate with
department for smooth implementation of the various schemes and programmes at rural
At Chayang Tajo, Tara Bagang, social worker attended the programme as resource person.
He suggested the villagers to maintain proper sanitation and use safe drinking water
to avoid various water borne disease like diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice etc.
Er. Raju Bagang, JE Chayang Tajo section asked participants to rear pigs in proper
and hygiene manner and encouraged them to adopt low cost Individual Household latrine
(IHHL), which is being funded by the government through PHE & WS Department
At Bameng, Gujjar, head master of KGVB, Bameng appreciated the PHED staff for conducting
such awareness programme at remote outpost where people are still not aware about
sanitation and health. He shared his 27 years of experience as a teacher at remote
villages in East Kameng district and minutely briefed about importance of washing
hand before and after eating, usage of sanitary toilet and education. He requested
PRI members to play active role in guiding the local people as per the directives
of government policies.
Pritam Waii, laboratory Assistant, demonstrated the handling on Field Testing Kits
(FTK) to PRI members.
After the demonstration, FTK was distributed to each Gram Panchayat Segments of Chayang
Tajo block and Bameng block.
Taring Mompak, JE Bameng section encouraged the participants to adopt IHHL. He also
briefed about the challenges in implementing the NBA.
Chapi Riang, consultant (M&E) informed that PHED, Seppa will conduct more such sensitization
programme and workshops at various remote circle headquarters at Khenewa, Sewa, Pipu,
Block coordinators Hokap Lamnio, Doni Sonam and Jarje Sono along with Harang Sonam,
JE actively participated for successful conduct of the programme.
Ligang Cricket Trophy-2014 begins at Oyan
RUKSIN, Feb 08: The 15th edition of Ligang Cricket (T-20) Trophy organized by Ligang
Championship Trophy Cricket Committee (LCTCC) began at Oyan English School playground
Inaugurating tournament in presence of sports enthusiasts and students, Daying Pao
recalled immense contributions made by late Kolyan Pait and late Sanjeeb Bori (both
of Oyan village) for development of games and sports in the area. Appreciating the
tireless efforts of the organizing committee for conducting the trophy every year,
Pao suggested the budding players to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit.
Pao hoped the tournament will provide a good platform to the budding players to show
their hidden talents. He also urged the youths to do the best for maintaining interrelations
between the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Jakab Paron suggested the young sportspersons to maintain high sportsman spirit throughout
the tournament while Jitendra Pait, the chief adviser of the organizing committee
appealed all sections to extend cooperation for smooth conduct of the trophy.
The opening match was played between Sika Bamin Raising and RTCC (Ruksin) in which
Ruksin team entered the next round by beating Sika Bamin team by 44 runs.
The trophy for this round is donated by Petor Mize of Oyan in memory of his late
mother Yayong Mize. The winner will also get cash prize of Rs 20,000. The runners
up team will be given Rs 10,000.
As many as 32 cricket teams from Ruksin, Pasighat, Mebo, Rengging under East Siang
district besides Jonai and Silapthar in Assam are participating the trophy.
The semifinal and final tournament is scheduled to be held on February 21 and 24