Naharlagun, Dec 04: Stage is set for the Si-Donyi celebration in the state. In Naharlagun,
the festival would be celebrated near Helipad on 6th January.
The festival priest has already arrived from Daporijo today and the rituals/chanting
has begun for the bumper harvest and well being of human beings.
Meanwhile as part of the celebration, a Tagin Audio album, produced by Gamsuk Ligu
Garam has been released on 4th January in a cultural programme to pay tribute to
Maaluk Doyum, a legendry Tagin radio artist.
The album with songs by Jeli Kayi Tamin, Tapo Charuk Pakmen and Gamniya Baki Garam
was released by EAC, Itanager Habung Lumpung and Councilor Tai Tassung, Banderdewa
Traditional dance and drama competition
ITANAGAR, Jan 04: The circle level traditional dance and drama competition was conducted
at Bordumsa as part of Eknath Ranade's birth centenary celebration.
The first prize in traditional dance competition was bagged by Wakhetna village while
the second prize was won by Kherem Kachari village.
The first prize in traditional drama competition was bagged by Gidding village.
Eight teams participated in traditional dance competition and three in traditional
MLA Nikh Kamin, Head Gaon Bura Sekhet Tang Singpho, ZPM Tonko Singpho witnessed the
programme among others.
A similar competition was also organized at Diyun wherein Innao village bagged the
first prizes in both traditional dance and drama competition and Deori village the
There were seven troupes for the traditional dance competition and as many teams
for the traditional drama competition.
About 1050 people witnessed the programme.
Efforts to shift sawmills to Industrial zone
PASIGHAT, Jan 04: The Department of Forest, Pasighat Division has come out with
a plan to shift all band sawmills in notified industrial zones for their effective
In a letter to Dy. Director Industries, Pasighat, the EAC (Dev), who is also heading
the Task Force checking forest illegalities in the district, has appealed to the
Department of Industries to ensure shifting of all band saw mills across the district
in the notified industrial estates like Niglok, Pasighat and Mebo.
On being asked about unregulated and unrestricted band sawmills across the district
which have been responsible for major illegal timber operation, Divisional Forest
Officer Pasighat Forest Division Tabang Jamoh said that he had written several times
to East Siang Deputy Commissioner for shifting of all band saw mills in notified
industrial estate for effective monitoring and checking of illegalities. In this
connection, two district level meetings were also held at DC's office on July 24
and August 29, 2014 involving all ADCs of Mebo, Nari, Boleng and Ruksin and wherein
they emphasized on shifting of these band saw mills in industrial estate. But no
concrete steps have been initiated from the department of Industries, added Jamoh.
He, however, expressed the hope that this time the individual/cluster of band sawmills
operating from various isolated locations and private residence will be shifted to
the government industrial notified estates. (Maksam Tayeng)
Police act tough against ILP violators in East Siang
PASIGHAT, Jan 04: As many as 45 people have been arrested and later deported for
not possessing valid inner line permits (ILP) in Sille-Oyan area of East Siang.
The police set up check point at NH-52 in an effort to curb illegal entry to the
A case has been registered under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873
at Sile Oyan Police Station.
Later, the police produced all 45 for not possessing valid inner line permits before
A Police team led by SI M.S.Bori, Officer In charge of Sile-Oyan Police Station has
been patrolling the area for quite some time after a strict order from the District
Administration and Superintendent of Police, East Siang.
AAPSU supports hunger strike by aspirants
ITANAGAR, Jan 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has extended its
unconditional support to the APPSC examination aspirants, who have decided to sit
on 72 hours hunger strike to seek justice, and also lauded Ujum Perying for taking
"It is shocking to know that the APPSC has suspended four officials in the ranks
of Joint Secretary and Under Secretary although the Commission had earlier termed
the allegations leveled by the aspirants as baseless," AAPSU said in a release.
It is now necessary for the Chairman and the Members to come clean on this issue
to rebuild public confidence and trust on the Commission, the release stated.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Consultative Committee has every right to
have a copy of the Enquiry Report as they are the immediate affected party. The Commission
must make the Enquiry Report available to the Consultative Committee, AAPSU demanded.
The suspension of the officials, particularly the Joint Secretary cum Controller
of Examination, in connection with the question paper leak incident has raised our
concern. The confidentiality of any paper cannot be ascertained when the Controller
of Examination has access to all the confidential files. The functioning and confidentiality
as well as the Integrity of the Commission are highly questionable under these circumstances,
AAPSU said and stressed on the need of major reforms in the functioning of the Commission
to ensure that no such things are repeated in future. AAPSU also held the state government
equally responsible for showing laxity in deciding the matter after having the Enquiry
Report since October 3, 2014.
Govt. will be responsible if anything happens to the protesting aspirants, added
News & Views Award
ITANAGAR, Jan 04: News & Views Award for Excellence in Journalism, an annual award,
to commemorate the birth of electronic media in Arunchal Pradesh has been instituted
under the banner of Frontier Films by its proprietor Taro Chatung, who had produced
the 15-minute News & Views news episode.
Influenced by film star Shatrughan Sinha producing weekly news programme, titled
"Shotgun Show" for Zee TV, and after learning the first lessons on the basics of
TV journalism and its production at Zee TV's Mumbai office in 1997, Chatung under
an agreement with the Itanagar DDK started producing News & Views from July 10, 2000,
which came to an end in May 2005 because of policy decision by the DDK at national
level. The award carrying a cash of Rs 50,000 and certificate will be given away
on January 20, the day NEFA was christened as Arunachal Pradesh (Union Territory)
in 1972 at Ziro.
However, the maiden award will be given here, Chatung told organising committee headed
by senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, which met in the Press Club here today.
The criteria for the award included minimum five-year continuous service as a working
journalist in print or electronic media in Arunachal Pradesh, general category within
the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The screening committee, headed by Sahitya Academy awardee, Y D Thongchi, with Mamang
Dai, a Padma Shree awardee, IPR director C M Longphong, film maker Moji Riba and
social activist Sunil Mow as members, invites three bye-line stories three DVDs of
news stories with signals of channel concerned published/telecast during 2013 and
2014 from the qualifying candidates.
Five hard copies of each write-up/DVD should be submitted to Frontier Films, Mowb-II,
Near PWD CE (EZ) office, Itanagar by January 13 next. For any query, one may contact
Chatung: M-9862219208. The scrutiny committee will screen the entries on January
15. The entries are free of cost.
Appreciating the initiative, Dai said that it would go a long way in promoting journalism
in the state, which faces many an uphill tasks to serve the people. Among others
APC president Chopa Cheda, senior journalists Utpal Boruah, Tapan Das and Partha
Bhowmik were present during the occasion.
Wealthy Sissen plagued by govt apathy
ITANAGAR, Jan 04: It has enough spices to ensure a better living for its residents
but no road to take them forward. Enter Sissen village in East Siang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. The tiny village, perched atop a hillock on the right bank of
Siang river, has earned laurels for record production of organic spices but still
lacks a motorable road connecting it with the rest of the world.
The only means of communication for the few hundred villagers is a bamboo hanging
bridge over the river. Adults as well as children cross the river risking their lives
The village, under the administrative control of Kebang circle, has only 21 households
and 140 voters (as per 2011 Census). The residents had boycotted the April 9 Assembly
and Lok Sabha elections to draw the attention of politicians to their plight. But
nothing has been done to reduce their problems so far.
The village has farming enthusiasts from each household growing spices such as cardamom,
ginger, red chilli, turmeric, medicinal and aromatic plants, and many other agriculture
and horticulture products. Every person of the village has turned into organic spices
growers' to sustain themselves without depending on contract works or government
The villagers sold more than two tonnes of large cardamom (Golsey) in the nearest
market in Kekar Monying (near Sisen hanging bridge), Pasighat and Assam's Dibrugarh
district last year at Rs 800-950 per kg.
"Our villagers carry their produces by head load from their respective farms to the
nearest motorable road by covering around five to six km after crossing the hanging
bridge. A person used to carry more than 35 kg of cardamom in local made basket that
is worth around Rs 30,000 (per basket)," said Bakin Siram, a young farmer.
He said due to suitable soil and climatic condition, each household in the village
earns minimum Rs 1 lakh annually from cardamom, orange and ginger cultivations. "Apart
from spices cultivation, women from the village sell vegetables, red chilli, fruits,
etc.," he said.
Earlier, the villagers hardly earned Rs 10,000 per year before opting for horticulture
and agriculture farming. "Earlier, our people could hardly earn even Rs 10,000 per
annum. Now we have admitted our children to various private schools in Pangin, Pasighat,
Aalo and Itanagar," Siram said.
Witnessing handsome returns, the villagers have started cultivating rubber and medicinal
plants to supplement their annual income. If things go in right direction, the villagers
could earn minimum Rs 5 lakh per annum, he claimed.
"Sisen has been one of the successful farming centres of the state. Despite communication
bottleneck, the villagers scripted a success story through various schemes of the
state horticulture department," East Siang DHO Balom Apum said.
"We provide seedlings, barbed wires and constructed water tanks from government schemes
for them. They identify areas for community farming near their village and utilise
it judiciously," Apum said.
To encourage spices farming, the state government and the Spice Board of India had
on October 26 last year signed a memorandum of understanding here.
According to the MoU, the Spice Board of India would set up two auction centres at
Namsai and Kimin, besides model nursery at the Eastern, Western and Central Zones
of the state.
The Board would provide 30% share on subsidy to the cultivators and 20% shares would
be provided by the state. The Board would also document the indigenous spices of
the state. The state government would facilitate marketing of the spices through
"Buy Back Policy", and had decided to include spices in the flagship programmes of
"Arunachal Pradesh has huge potential for organic spices especially large cardamom,
ginger, turmeric and star anise, and we will assist farmers towards its production
through various schemes," Spice Board Director (Development) S Siddaramappa said.
Sissen village is also historically significant as the British troops had launched
an attack on the Adi warriors during the 1911 Anglo-Abor War here.
Despite having all the potentials to be among the front-runners, the villagers are
lagging far behind and still depending on porter tracks and ramshackle hanging bridge
for all purposes.
The light of development would only reach the people once the unconnected villages,
including Pongging, are linked with the Trans-Arunachal Highway from Dite-Dime to
Pasighat- Mariyang Road. PTI
For a more representative Delhi Police
Two weeks ago, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, alerted Parliament
to an astounding fact: In Delhi, instances of discrimination against people from
the Northeast had increased by 226% over the previous year.
Benighted private individuals-fellow students, colleagues, strangers-are behind much
of this racism. More disturbingly, police personnel are held culpable as well. In
this context, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge to recruit more Northeast youth
into Delhi Police is welcome. A more representative police will help stem racism,
and nurture a more cohesive national capital.
Nido Tania's death brought racism against people from the Northeast to the forefront;
the issue was reported not, as is customary with it, just by the Northeast media,
but by the national press as well. On January 29, 2014, 20-year-old Tania was attacked
in Delhi. The reason? His hair was partly blonde and his trousers red: preferences
that, in the eyes of his assailants, warranted derision. The exchange escalated and
took on increasingly racist tones. Next day, Tania succumbed to internal injury to
his brain and lungs. The tragedy, unlike many similar instances, caught attention
partly because it involved death, and no doubt partly because Tania was the son of
an Arunachal Pradesh Member of Legislative Assembly.
Activists, representatives, and reports suggest that other less fatal acts of racism,
and against Northeast people less-well-connected, are commonplace in Delhi--even
though they tend not to garner national attention. According to CNN-IBN, 78% of Delhi's
estimated two-lakh Northeast population has faced humiliation for its appearance.
Search for an apartment, and you're harassed for your "chinky" looks. Wear a sarong,
and be mocked for your odd tastes. Girls from the Northeast are categorically labeled
as amorous and buyable.
Statistics and student groups suggest the police, too, is discriminatory. According
to the North East Support Centre and Helpline, between 2005 and 2011 Delhi Police
registered just 36 out of 96 cases of crime committed against people from the Northeast.
The Nending Anyung incident illustrates the perception of an unjust police. Anyung,
a nurse from the Northeast, was subjected to racial, regional epithets at the All
India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on September 10, and was subsequently
strangled. That was bad enough. But then Delhi Police, at least in the eyes of Arunachal
Students' Union Delhi (ASUD), was negligent in its response. ASUD located the police's
apathy in Anyung's identity. The police dragged its feet, ASUD reasoned, because
Anyung is an Arunachalee, is from the Northeast.
The problem with all of this is threefold. One, obviously, is racism. Two, the perception
(backed by at least some evidence) that the police--that is state machinery--is discriminatory.
Whether Delhi Police is incompetent across the board is accessory for our purposes
here; the perception that the state is discriminatory, itself, is serious and worrying.
The broader, resultant problem is that, three, we have at hand a riven social fabric.
Trust, between one group of people and another, and between the people and the state,
is a prerequisite for the healthy functioning, and existence, of a diverse democracy.
Clearly, there is a dearth of this in Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to recruit Northeast youth into Delhi Police,
a plan he announced on a visit earlier in the month to the region, is a useful corrective
for restoring trust. (Data on the composition of Delhi Police is unavailable. But
a 2011 article on an incoming group of 344 sub-inspectors indicates that not one
of them hailed from the Northeast.) A police more representative of the city's motley
population will likely mitigate discrimination--at least that from the state machinery,
and perhaps slowly from private individuals as well. Incidentally, the Prime Minister's
announcement mirrors that of another head of state, of another diverse, divided democracy.
In the backdrop of high-profile instances of alleged discrimination by white police
officers against black individuals, United States President Barack Obama said he
aims to recruit more people from minority groups into the police. "We know that makes
a difference," he said.
A more representative police alone will not, to be sure, address discrimination in
Delhi against people from the Northeast. And the Centre seems to realize this; along
with several other measures, it has announced plans to include more content on the
Northeast in a revised CBSE syllabus. And, to be sure, discrimination against Northeast
people is not limited to Delhi. Nonetheless Delhi is the national capital, and so
the stakes there are particularly high. If Delhi is to have a certain amity between
those governing and those governed, and if its diverse population is to coexist,
then a robust social fabric is a necessity. The Prime Minister's recent announcement
is a solid step in that direction.
One hopes that if not in the next one year, or even the next five years, then perhaps
in the next ten years the Minister of State for Home Affairs will have better news
for Parliament: that instead of more than doubling, discrimination in Delhi against
people from the Northeast has halved.
(This column was first published in Huffington Post India)
The terror boat issue has been turned into a political battle between Congress and
BJP. Congress today asked the NDA government to come clean on Pakistani 'terror
boat' issue by naming the terror organization involved in the incident. Party claimed
that different versions were coming out and there was no concrete evidence to prove
a major terrorist strike was averted. Congress also accused the government of sensationalizing
the issue. BJP reacted very strongly to Congress charges and said the opposition
party's reaction on the issue of such sensitive national security was shocking.
A fishing boat, suspected to be from Pakistan, allegedly exploded after a dramatic
chase off the Gujarat coast on New Year's Eve after the vessel was intercepted by
Coast Guard near the Indo-Pak maritime boundary in Arabian Sea, raising suspicion
that a major terror attack was being planned. The boat's four occupants appeared
to have been killed after they blew up the vessel, refusing calls to surrender. The
two major political parties should avoid playing politics over national security
issue. Till proper investigation is done, they should refrain from making frivolous
statement over the issue. They are not doing any service to the nation by politicalizing
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Punish the divisive elements
This is in response to the news report “Now, Gujarat cops make ‘terrorists’ shout
pro-Islamic slogan”(January 3).
While the terrorists and lumpen elements need to be seriously punished, care should
be taken that those who try to malign a whole religious or ethnic group for heinous
acts of a few can also not succeed in escaping from the clutches of the law. Though
sexual atrocities have become a “national phenomenon”, yet certain vested interests
try their level best in painting the whole Bengali race in a “rapist” colour. Similarly
a very filthy mindset of equating Islam with terrorism has gained roots and it has
got reflected through the ugly deeds of Surat police. Not only do these parochial
outlook character-assassinate particular communities; but also give rise to intolerance
and hatred, thereby threatening the unity and integrity of the country.
By drawing inspiration from civilized countries ranking high in Human Development
Index, India should also strictly punish the divisive elements who engage in portraying
particular section of population in derogatory light.
Let there be freedom of choice
Recently there has been lot of talk concerning anti-conversion law. I personally
feel that such a law is indicative of a closed mind set. Even the demand for such
a law in our country is very selfish. These are the days when countries are becoming
more interdependent in terms of politics, economy, science and technology, climate,
peace, health, education, infrastructure, fashion and religion as well. This is an
era of globalization. We are the citizens of this earth. Why should we restrict the
exchange of religion when India so happily and eagerly shares her religion to other
countries of the world? The recently announced Yoga Day was warmly accepted by more
than 100 countries around the globe. When people from USA, Europe etc can warmly
accommodate and accept Hinduism, why can’t India allow religions of other countries
to be accepted by her citizens in India. Right from the constitution, administrative,
education, health care systems, communications, defence, information technology,
fashion; almost everything is copied or imported from other countries of the world.
If we can accommodate every essential aspect of life and development from other countries,
what is the big deal in accepting and accommodating religions of other countries?
Why do we remember the day when Swami Vivekananda delivered his lecture in Chicago
as National Youth Day? When Hinduism is preached and practiced in other countries
Indians are very happy and proud. When Hindu gurus preach in other countries they
become famous, otherwise they will be hardly heard and recognized in India. This
is the pitiful mindset of Indians in the matter of religion. There are few universities
for Sanskrit studies in India, but there are many foreign universities which have
implemented Sanskrit as compulsory course. Is the philosophy or the teaching or
the content of Hinduism so weak, that it can’t face the philosophy or the teaching
or the content of other religions of the world?
Locally, I think the philosophies of the indigenous faith of tribals are competent
enough to stand on its own. It does not need a law to uphold it.
Like the way other countries are open to Hinduism, India should also be open to their
religions and people should be given the freedom to choose which religion to follow.
Indian political leaders should not make anti conversion law as an issue to create
unrest in the country and we as educated and free citizens must understand the politics
of religion. If our leaders want to promote Hinduism, then they must do in the same
way other democratic countries of the world do i.e by giving people the freedom to
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