The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Candle making workshop concludes
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: A 13-day MEDP Training Programme on Candle Making was organized
by Rural Development Society at Takar Colony, Barapani, Naharlagun which concluded
on May 31 last.
Aimed at imparting skill development with income generation of unemployed local women
of the various self help groups, about 35 participants benefited from the programme.
All the resource persons while advising the participants to do hard work shared the
way to avail government schemes.
Dr Paulson takes charge
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Fr. Benoy Joseph, who served Saint Claret College, Ziro for the
last eight years as Principal and vice principal has handed over the office of the
Principal to Dr. (Fr.) Paulson Veliyannoor. Along with Dr. Paulson, Fr. Allwyn Mendoz
and Fr. Walter Naveen have also taken charge as Vice Principal (Academics) and Vice
Under the commendable leadership and service of Fr. Benoy, SCCZ grew in infrastructure,
course diversification, and enrollment.
For Dr. Paulson, it is a return to the Office as he was the founder principal of
the college in 2003. In 2005 he left for the United States for his doctoral studies
in clinical psychology and returned to Ziro last year.
Newly elected PR leaders take oath of office
DAPORIJO, Jun 03: Sushil Nalo has been elected uncontested as the Chairperson of
Upper Subansiri Zilla Parishad.
Further, all the 14 newly elected Zilla Parishad Members (ZPMs) were also sworn in
the first meeting of the ZPMs held under the chairmanship of Gejum Ete, ADC cum member
Secretary, Zilla Parishad on May 29.
In Lohit, Kyasing Munglang was elected as the ZP Chairperson in a meeting held in
the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner today.
The oath of affirmation to all the eight elected ZPMs of Chongkham, Wakro, Lekang,
Upper Lekang, Ningroo, Namsai, Sunpura and Tezu was administered by G.K.Paul.
Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma was also present in the meeting. DIPROs
Union demands early construction of JNV building
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Highlighting the various problems faced by the students of JNV,
Nafra due to inordinate delay in completion of the permanent school building, All
Sajolang (Miji) Students’ Union, in a memorandum, has demanded the West Kameng Deputy
Commissioner to instruct the executing agency to complete the construction work immediately.
The Nafra JNV, which was established in 2005, is presently functioning from a rented
building, the students’ union informed.
Other demands included establishment of Police Station at Nafra, shifting of Bomdila
Govt. College to its new permanent site and posting of senior teachers at Govt Hr.
Sec School, Nafra.
Union resents poor school infrastructure
ITANAGAR, June 03: The All Banderdewa Circle Students Union today expressed concerned
over the poor infrastructure of Govt M.E School Durpang ahead of new academic session.
In a meeting convened by the union, various infrastructural related and decrease
of student’s enrolment issues were discussed. The Union also discussed demarcation
of school boundary and responsibilities of school management committee. Highlighting
the problems of school, the school headmaster said that due to non-cooperative of
public the total enrollment of students is decreasing. Further union resolved to
take up the issues with concerned department for early redressal.
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: The All Nyishi Students’ Union Upper Subansiri Unit (ANSU-USU) has
condemned the gruesome murder of Bomjen Gapak on the wee hours of May 27 last at
Legi Complex here.
Resenting the incident, it stated in the release today that the happening of the
brutal incident just near the police station shows how week our security system is
in the Capital. Police should not just depend on the CCTV footage; it is just a mere
excuse for them, it said.
Further it appealed the district administration to capture the culprit/s at the earliest
or else, it warned, a democratic movement will be launched in the Capital if necessary.
Tree plantation programme
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Arunachal Vikash Parishad, Upper Siang District Unit conducted
a mass tree plantation programme from May 27-31 last.
On the occasion, the teams of AVP along with IFCSAP and Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Yingkiong,
planted sapling of 107 plants in the premises of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Primary
School Dakgong, Govt. Sec. School Parsing and the Donyi Polo Ganggging Yingkiong
The AVP members also planted numbers of plants at Roneng Govt. Primary School Jenggeing
and appreciated officials of various Ranges of Yingkiong Forest Division for their
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The ATA and AASSATA of Changlang district unit in a joint meeting
yesterday unanimously resolved to maintain the usual school hours (i.e. 9 am) in
all the Government schools throughout the district as per the guidelines of the Director
of School Education.
ANYA advocates for special assembly session on boundary issue
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has demanded the state
government to immediately call for special assembly session to discuss the vexed
issue of boundary dispute with Assam.
In a one-point memorandum submitted to the chief minister, ANYA while questioning,
why the state government is silent over the repeated evictions being carried out
by the Assam authority without maintaining the status quo as ruled by the Supreme
Court also asked to clearly demarcate land to avoid unnecessary fight between the
The non decisiveness of the state government is causing harassment to the Arunachalees
living along the boundary areas, it said urging the state government to provide special
compensation to the locals who have lost their properties during the eviction.
And if the state government does not wish to initiate the boundary dispute with Assam,
then ANYA shall be forced to start detect and deport movement against the Non-APSTs
who serve as government employees and labourers in all the Nyishi inhabited districts
of the state, it further warned.
Eviction drive conducted
RUKSIN, Jun 03: Ruksin Sub-Divisional administration today conducted an eviction
drive at Electrical Colony portion of Ruksin Township and made the government land
free from public occupation.
A team of officials led by Ruksin SDO (C) Y Tayeng today swung in action to remove
the fencing, iron post and other structures from the government land. The authority
however, has not booked any person in charge of encroaching government reserve land
at the portion.
The SDO said that some unknown persons, who are trying to occupy the land through
unfair means erected unauthorized fencing and other structures in the government
land. He said the unscrupulous, taking advantage of busy schedule of the government
officers during panchayat election, made encroachment at the power hoses site.
Taking a serious note on the unfair practices of encroachment of government land
in Ruksin and Pasighat township, the SDO blamed the irresponsible role of the government
employees for such illegal practices.
“The state government should formulate strong policy against the encroachers to discourage
such immoral and unlawful practices”, the SDO said.
It is worth mentioning that Ruksin Area Youth Front has been moving the local administration
to make the government land in and around Ruksin township free from encroachment.
BJP felicitates newly elected PR leaders
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates have won Anchal Samity
Chairperson elections in Reru-Kalung under Lower Subansuri, Dadam under Tirap and
Sigin-I under Upper Subansiri district.
BJP candidates also won ZP seat from Reru-Kalung and from Sigin-1.
BJP also won four Gram Panchayat chairpersons’ seats under Dadam and five under Sigin-1
Our Daporijo Correspondent adds: Local MLA Tapen Siga while felicitating all the
winning BJP candidates from the district in the just concluded Panchayat election
encouraged the party workers not to lose heart as winning and losing are part and
parcel of election. He exhorted them to believe in party ideologies and work for
the welfare of ordinary people.
District BJP President also appealed to the elected BJP Panchayat leaders to work
for the welfare and all-round development of the society.
Everester Anshu felicitated
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD) felicitated Anshu Jamsenpa
for achieving the rare feat of climbing Mount Everest for three times.
While felicitating Anshu, the ASUD team hoped the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. will suitably
honor Anshu for her rare achievement.
Anshu became first mother to climb Mount Everest thrice, when he reached the summit
Training on State Portal & State Service Delivery Gateway conducted
DAPORIJO, Jun 03: Training on State Portal and State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG)
was conducted for the departments of Labour, Social Welfare, Land and Agriculture
The participants were trained on the basics of computer usage, the state portal,
SSDG and its components like e-forms and the departmental processes.
The SSDG, once introduced in our state, will enable the public to avail of services
from the government departments while sitting in the comfort of their homes and without
running around government offices.
Inaugurating the training, ADC Gejum Ete advised all to learn all that was taught
as it would help in facilitating better delivery of services to the public by the
Trainers Anirban Goswami and Qadir Hussain, Software Engineers from HP explained
about state portal and importance of SSDG.
“It is a web application linked to the state web portal through which applicants
could apply online for services,” they said. Speaking about the importance of SSDG,
they further said that it provides security from loss of data, puts a time stamp
to the submitted forms which prompts the timely delivery of services, integrates
existing and new data under legacy data which can be accessed by all and much more.
The training was sponsored by State Council for IT & E-Governance, Department of
IT in coordination with M. Lego, DIO, NIC, Daporijo. DIPRO
323 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Media team returns from Sikkim with rich experience
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The press fraternities of state including members of Arunachal
Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist recently visited Sikkim
as part of media exchange tour programme. The trip was organized by department of
Information and Public Relation, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and was coordinated by
their Sikkimese counterpart. The press team was joined by officials of IPR dept.
During the tour, press fraternities had opportunity to interact with officials of
Sikkim and learn about its development model. The visit to famous Nathula pass showed
us how cross border trade is helping to build better relation between India and China.
“The trade through Nathula should be emulated in Arunachal Pradesh too. If India-China
starts border trade in Arunachal, then it will surely improve relation between two
nations. People to people contact do make difference. The border trade will also
give access to low cost Chinese items,” shared a visiting journalist.
The impeccable hospitality by Sikkim IPR dept was another highlight of the tour.
The Sikkimese people are known to be very hospitable, which is one of the reasons
for Sikkim becoming tourist haven. The infrastructure development of Sikkim is way
ahead of Arunachal and government of Arunachal can learn a lot from Sikkim model
of development. The secretary IPR Indra Mallo Jain who visited famous Paljor football
stadium, the home of United Sikkim Football Club and Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial
Govt Hospital was quite impressed with the work done by Sikkimese authorities. She
spoke in details with hospital authorities and tried to learn how despite being a
government run hospital it has managed to run so efficiently. The IPR and media team
were surprised to know that in Sikkim government brings out weekly newspaper in local
language for all the ethnic communities of state. The IPR Deputy Director Obang Tayeng
who was part of tour said it was an eye opener for them to know that a government
department can bring out such large number of publication. He hopes that visit will
not only enrich press fraternities of state but also IPR department. The tours which
begin of 26th of last month concluded on 1st June.
SIC indicts former minister for corruption
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Former Horticulture Minister Tsering Gyurme has been indicted by
the Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance) for siphoning off public money to the
tune of Rs 2.36 crores. The SIC accused Gyurme of having embezzled the amount during
2004-2006 meant for implementation of project work of Centre of Excellence in Dirang
under the Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in Arunachal
According to report of SIC (Vigilance) PS Case No.03/2013 U/S 120(B)/420/471/409
IPC R/W 13 (1) (c) (d) & 13 (2) PC Act, 1988 submitted to the Additional District
& Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge (PCA) Yupia, the state Horticulture Department
had received Rs 10434.83 lakhs from Govt. of India during 2001 to 2008 under the
Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in Arunachal Pradesh
in which Rs 236.55 lakhs had been sanctioned for Dirang under West Kameng District
for establishment of Centre of Excellence (COE) during 2004-06.
However, according to findings of the SIC team, the said project never materialized
at Dirang and the money meant for the purpose was siphoned off by the then Horticulture
Minister in connivance with officials of the department.
Acting on complaint lodged against irregularity of the said project, Comptroller
and Auditor General of India in 2008 had ordered for an ‘special audit’ according
to which the state Accountant General constituted a special audit team to verify
the performance/execution of field works by Horticulture Department in 6 of the 16
Districts in which West Kameng also figured.
The audit team accordingly inspected and found the project to be a ‘failure’ and
the earmarked site lay barren without any orchid plants nor other installations or
activities. Unable to provide any supporting documents or evidences for the failure,
project Horticulturist said that the project had been damaged by ‘cyclone’. The stand
was supported by the then Horticulture Director in his reply to Accountant General
in November 2009.
Further, another ‘cover up’ inspection was also ordered at the project during Jan/Feb
2010 ascertaining the existence of COE at Dirang to protect officials of the department
and politicians involved in execution of the project. However, from the information
received from offices of Dirang Additional Deputy Commissioner and Disaster Management
Director, Itanagar no any report of cyclone damage from neither Dirang Horticulturist
nor DHO Bomdila had been received during 2004-2006.
The SIC report also pointed out that instead of West Kameng District Horticulture
Officer receiving the fund, the same was received by Dirang Horticulturist and project
implemented at behest of former Horticulture Minister Tsering Gyurme with ulterior
motive for personal gain. Further, the payments made to the executing agencies were
also firms of the said minister and his kiths and kins. The report also spelled out
that the said former minister had been the Horticulture Minister during which the
scam occurred and the gravity of corruption in other 15 Districts of the state during
his tenure still remains to be unearthed.
Issue of illegal immigration
Arunachalee should learn a lesson from Bodoland
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The sorry state of affairs in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
area of Assam should send alarm bell ringing in Arunachal Pradesh. Slowly the indigenous
Bodo tribe is becoming minority in their own home-land and Bangladeshi immigrants
are become majority in numbers.
Today immigrant population has overtaken locals in the districts like Baksa, Chirang
and Udalguri which all comes under BTC. The Bodos are naturally feeling insecure
about this development. This was one of the reasons why violence broke out between
two communities six months ago in the Bodo Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD).
National media gave it communal colour, however, for the indigenous Bodos, it was
fight to protect their interest.
While for years various underground groups like National Democratic Front of Bodoland
and Bodo Liberation Tiger Force were busy fighting for separate state for Bodo’s
to be carved out of Assam, they somehow ignored the Bangladeshi immigrant issue.
During recent visit to trouble-torn Kokrajhar district, seeing the poor condition
of area, I had a feeling that Arunachal might face similar situation in the future.
Just like BTC area, we are witnessing massive infiltration of illegal Bangladeshi
migrants into our state. Today large number of labour class population in Arunachal
consists of Bangladeshi migrants. In many urban areas especially in capital complex
and district headquarters they are becoming deciding factor in the election process.
The Arunachalee citizens are completely ignoring the impending danger and the day
is not far when these Bangladeshi migrants will start dominating the local citizens.
The condition will worsen once railway start operation inside Arunachal territory.
Majority of Bodo politicians are highly corrupted and made fortune out of huge money
pumped in by centre. The ordinary Bodo citizens are facing acute poverty and unemployment
problem. Adding to their woes, now they are forced to share all the avenues with
Bangladeshi migrants who have managed to get local citizenship using illegal means.
It deeply hurts the sentiment of Bodos.
When I approached few shopkeepers and local hotel staff, they were hesitant to talk
about this issue. “When we start talking about this issue, it only gives us heart-burn.
Our condition is worst. We are becoming minority in our land and there is no one
to help us. Govt of India along with our own state govt has given us tag of being
anti-national. We are forced to fight for our rights by ourselves and nobody seems
to care for us,” told a shopkeeper at Kokrajhar town. They also feel neglected by
their own politicians. “When Bodoland Territorial Council was formed we had big expectation.
However things did not improve and development never took off properly. Our youths
are working as labour and private security guard in various parts of country. Surprisingly,
it is Bangladeshi immigrants who are enjoying benefit of all the government schemes.
Our politicians has let us down,” said a Bodo youth working as security guard at
a private hotel in Kokrajhar town. He continued, “Many Bodo people have sacrificed
their life fighting for the cause of Bodoland. All their sacrifices have gone in
vain. We are still being discriminated in our land and future holds no hope for us.”
The youths of Arunachal face similar kind of situation. The unemployment rate is
rising and corrupt system is demoralizing the spirit of youths. Also the constant
fear of being reduced to minority in their homeland due to colossal migration of
Bangladeshi into state poses serious threat. The future looks tough for the youths
of this tribal state.
ACS stages protest dharna
Dharna unnecessary, says SUN
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The members of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) today staged peaceful
dharna in front of NERIST gate to register protest against alleged violation of the
Recruitment Rules by the NERIST authorities. The members also reiterated their demands
for cancellation of all appointments made against the reserved quotas for the APSTs
as per roster and filling up the same posts with APST candidates.
Alleging anomalies in recruitment process, ACS also questioned why the interview
for the posts of registrar, deputy registrar and assistant registrar and assistant
workshop supervisor was conducted in Guwahati instead of NERIST or Itanagar ?
Other demands of the ACS include immediate filling of all the backlog posts by
the APST candidates only and termination of service of the laboratory assistant/
Meanwhile, the Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) has opposed the dharna staged by the
Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) at NERIST today saying that issues related to the institute
have already been taken up by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) after
the April 24 meeting with representatives of the NESO, the Alumni Association of
NERIST, SUN, NERIST faculty representatives, the institute’s staff union and the
Following the meeting, a committee was formed to find the facts of the SUN’s demands,
SUN president Gyandhi Lapung stated in a press release.
‘The ACS has raised several issues, most of which has not an iota of truth,’ he said,
adding that the ACS should refrain from creating confusion among the students by
staging unnecessary dharnas since the case is ‘on the verge of being settled.’
The NERIST authority ‘has already taken the initiative to reserve 45% of Group C
and D posts, as per the GoI guidelines, and approval is awaited from the MHRD,’ he
‘From 2005 onwards, 7 from the state out of 12 personnel have been absorbed in the
institute, which is 58.33 % of recruitment. The issue raised by the ACS regarding
recruitment of 5 officers during 2012 has no basis as the recruitment was done in
a transparent manner,’ Lapung said.
The matter of recruitment of a foreigner is sub-judice, which had been explained
several times to ACS by the authority concerned, he added.
‘NERIST is the premier institute of the NE region, and any organization while endorsing
an agitation should make sure that the demands and issues are genuine and not fabricated
to serve vested interests,’ the SUN said.
The SUN said it is ‘not only concerned with the affairs of the NERIST students but
the future of the institute as well. We have a vision to make the NERIST the IIT
of the NE region, and no NGO should interfere in the institute’s issues unless its
students and authority demand.’
AAPSU team visits Longding, deplores demolition of school
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: After a three-day inspection of boundary areas of Longding district,
including Hase Russa, Kamku Russa and Tanglam Russa villages, during May 30 to June
2, a team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its president
Kamta Lapung has expressed strong resentment over the atrocities committed on innocent
Arunachalees by Assam police and called for maintaining status quo.
Expressing shock at the dismantling of the primary school building and church at
Hase Russa village, Lapung in a statement Monday said that such acts were inhuman
and against the repeated agreements of both the state governments (on 10-07-87, 12-08-95
and 20-07-99) followed by joint meetings on 31-08-91 and 27/28-05-98 to maintain
status quo along the disputed boundaries.
Moreover, such actions also disrespect the Supreme Court directive to maintain status
quo as it formed a local boundary commission in Sept 2004 to identify the boundaries
of Assam, Arunachal and Nagaland after the Assam Govt moved the apex court in 1989.
When the police personnel are working under toko patta-roofed jhupdi named as police
check gates for the last many years, what duty could be expected from them, the AAPSU
president wondered and called upon the GoAP to construct permanent buildings immediately
at the check gates along the boundary areas for the security of the police personnel
and to help them discharge their duties effectively.
Lapung took a dig at the GoAP officers posted along the boundary areas who were not
discharging their duties properly thereby aggravating the boundary problem, and even
there was unpleasant atmosphere for conducting the recently concluded panchayat elections
in Longding and asked the GoAP to post committed officers to such problematic areas.
He also requested for rebuilding the church and primary school buildings immediately
honouring the sentiments of the local denizens.
Pre-monsoon disaster preparedness meet held
BOMDILA, Jun 03: West Kameng district administration held a crucial pre-monsoon disaster
preparedness meeting involving all the administrative officers of the district, representatives
from army, para-military forces, police and BSNL here today.
The Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on the District Disaster Management Plan was
updated to strengthen the preparedness against natural or man-made calamities, especially
during the months from June to October when landslides and floods occur frequently
in the district. The past incidences were also taken into consideration while updating
Underscoring the importance of the meeting, Deputy Commissioner AK Singh, who also
is the Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) spelt out that
a well planned co-ordinated approach and attitude by the BRTF, Army and Para-Military
forces, various government departments and agencies and the District Administration
would go a long way in reducing effects of the disaster, if any.
In order to mitigate the losses in an eventuality, the DC proposed for procurement
of various equipments to be used during such exigencies including Caution Sign Boards
to be placed at disaster prone areas all over the district. The department of Information
and Public Relations (IPR) in the district could play a vital role in disseminating
information and creating awareness among the mass by organizing awareness camps throughout
the district, he said. He also emphasized on availability and regulation of food
grains, POL items and LPG cylinders and proper functioning of the telecommunication
services which would be the lifeline during times of emergency. Also, he ordered
for making functional the Control Room to be manned round-the-clock by officers and
attendants on rooster basis.
The 18 Engineering Regiment of the Army assured to provide necessary men and machine,
including medical services during any exigencies. So did Commandant 30th BN SSB,
Dy. Commandant ITBP and OC 14 BRTF.
Not satisfied with the composition of the DDMA committee, the Singh proposed for
inclusion of the army, ITBP, SSB and BRTF as members and to take up the same with
the state government for necessary approval and order. DIPRO
36th Bn CRPF celebrates raising day
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The 36th Bn of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed at
Khonsa in Tirap district celebrated its 45th raising day at battalion HQs, Khonsa
and COY locations.
To mark the occasion, various sports event, patriotic music competition among school
children from various schools of Tirap and Longding Districts were conducted. A cultural
programme was also organized in the evening in which District Administrative and
other police and force officers were present.
In his speech, B.C.Sharma, Commandat 36 Bn lauded the patriotic sprit of school children
as they enthusiastically took part in the programs. He distributed essential utility
items like acquaguard, water filter , mosquito net etc. to the participating schools.
The 36 Battalion of CRPF was raised on June 1, 1968 after merger of 2nd Bn PAC.
Till 2012 this Bn was under Bihar Sector Group Centre at Mokamaghat and in 2012 after
rationalization of Battalion this Bn is now under Adm control of North East Sector
Group Centre at Khatkhati and OPS control under IG (OPS) Jorhat & DIG (OPS) Dibrugarh.
Presently, the Hqs is at Khonsa and Coys are at Wakka, Longding and Tissa of Dist.
Longding and Deomali, Dadam and Khonsa of Dist. Tirap.
BC Sharma took over command of the Battalion on May 5, 2011 as the 27th Commandant
of the Battalion.
The CRPF was initially raised at Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh on July 27, 1939 to assist
the princely states to maintain the law and order. Now with strength of over 220
Battalions CRPF has become the largest paramilitary force of the world and it is
playing a stellar role in upholding the unity and integrity of the country.
Youth swear by transformation at AoL training
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Candid sharing of heart-touching stories of transformation marked
the culmination of the Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP) hosted by the Art
of Living in its campus in Jollang.
Over 80 youth from different parts of the state participated in the innovative 8-day
residential programme that focussed on creating a brigade of motivated and committed
youth who are ready to bring about transformation in society.
The participants came from Roing, Seppa, Kimin, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Khonsa, Changlang
and Namsai included youth from all backgrounds and all sections of society.
“We are known for our notorious activities in Roing. Some people have even given
us the name of Kekra Gang and everybody is scared of us. We used to drink and smoke
the whole day and create nuisance sitting by the road side. After this training,
I have realized that we had chosen the wrong path. The training has helped us come
out of our bad habits and now we aspire to lead a constructive and productive life,”
shared one of the participants from Roing, who wished not to be named, in front
of a gathering that included MLA of Roing Laeta Umbrey.
“We have learnt a lot of positive things from the training. From travelling from
Roing with members of another local gang, to adjusting with all kinds of people to
rigorous schedule, it’s has been very challenging to cope with the demands of training.
Initially I felt like running away from the training, but slowly I started feeling
different from inside. I have been a chain smoker and drinker for many years. But
in just three days of the training, I am able to control my urge. I am confident
that this training will turn around my life,” added another youth, who heads another
self-proclaimed gang in the name of Psycho.
“My life was totally directionless. There was only chaos and confusion. Not knowing
how to handle it, I resorted to drinking and I became an addict. I even discontinued
my studies. The YLTP has given a new direction to my life and there is clarity in
my mind now. I have already given up my habits, shared Kampu Rehe from Roing.
“I have totally come out of addiction to alcohol, ganja and gutka. I also used to
steal money from my mother every morning to indulge in my addictions. The YLTP has
helped me get rid of these four bad habits,” said Krishna Tamang from Seppa.
“I was addicted to gutka for last six years and I came to training with 100 packets
of Tiranga secretly packed in my luggage. Now I have totally come out of the addiction,”
confessed Asha Kkumari from Khonsa.
Apart from these transformations, many participants reported overall growth in their
personality. They talked about rising confidence level, improved concentration and
focus and ability to face challenges positively. Many also reported improvement in
their health conditions.
“I used to suffer from severe breathing problems. I couldn’t walk at all. But after
learning the breathing techniques, my breathing problems have completely vanished,”
shared Meku Lingfa from Seppa.
The stories of transformation was so touching that Umbrey offered to financially
support further training of the Roing group to help them sustain the transformation.
Addressing the gathering, he expressed happiness that members of two dreaded groups
of Roing have been given a chance to make a new beginning. He urged the youth to
remain committed to what they have learnt during the training and act as role models
for others, reminding them of the challenges they will face when they get back to
the tempting surroundings back home. He lauded the effort of the Art of Living to
train youth from all over the state and requested the NGO to do everything possible
to deepen the transformation.
Responding to the request, Rajaque Rahman of the Art of Living assured the gathering
that further programmes including vocation and life skills training will be conducted
for the YLTP graduates.
Designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, YLTP combines breathing techniques and meditation
with leadership skills and human values training. The youth were also trained in
physical and mental fitness, personality development, leadership and communication
skills, public speaking and vocational training.
“What the programme does is to create physically strong, mentally alert and morally
responsible individuals who are ready to cross all their comfort zones and become
role models for others,” says Mitra, a senior faculty of the Art of Living. “We want
to empower the youth of Arunachal Pradesh through this training programme,” she added.
Listening to the experiences of the participants, one can easily conclude that the
seed has been sown. “The workshop has boosted my enthusiasm and confidence level
so much so that I can face the world.
Before the course, I was so shy that I couldn’t face even my friends.
The most important thing I learnt from the course is how take responsibility and
mange time,” said Rupali Taijong from Changlang.
During the training, Mount Everester Tine Mena and Inspector General of Police (Prison)
J K Shamra also motivated the trainees to give their best and grab the opportunity
for transformation with both hands.
Tine shared her inspiring story of overcoming all challenges to conquer her dream
of climbing the Everest.
Sharma urged the trainees to develop their core competencies and learn teamwork.
Swami Alexendar Luthra, a faculty of the Art of Living from Holland also conducted
many sessions during the training.
RSS conduct personality development camp
ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The seven days students’ personality development camp organized
by Upper Subansiri unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) concluded at Kupurijo
VKV on Friday.
The main purpose of the camp was to impart discipline, inculcate positive personality
and patriotism in students to enable them to become confident of their strengths
and make them conscious about their moral responsibility towards the society.
The different programs held during the camp included various physical activities
like yoga, pranayam, meditation technique, judo, playing legium, indigenous games
and drill, group discussion on different burning issues facing Arunachal society,
quiz, song and speech competitions.
The camp was attended by eminent resource persons, like MLA Tapen Siga, District
Labour Officer Jumni Lego, the Circle Officer Dumpurijo Sadung Gyadu, Medical Officer
Dr Nayam, VKV Principal A.Krishnan, RSS Divisional Secretary Dr Techi Upen Tara and
State Organising Secretary Pradeep Joshi.
The different topics covered by the above resource persons included drug menace and
its preventive measures, roadmap to a strong and self-sustained society, protection
of indigenous faith and culture and role of youth in nation building.
Speaking on the concluding day, local Siga stressed on value-based life for youths,
who more often than not seem to be confused today. He was narrating his old days
of struggle for establishing a career which could make him the first MA of his district.
Dumpurijo Circle Officer Sadung Gyadu emphasized the need for developing the feelings
of patriotism and disciplined life by all.
Dr Techi Upen Tara, Divisional Secretary of RSS highlighted the various welfare activities
undertaken by the organization during times of disasters and normal times throughout
Two students, namely Taka Sippi and Tanot Raji were felicitated for performing well
in class 12th and qualifying in NERIST examination respectively.
The Camp was attended by students from various remote villages of the district.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the dangerous situations that
our government may be overlooking while pursuing for overall development of our state.
As we all know that jhum cultivation is being practiced by locals since time immemorial.
It is not only a primitive and low productive, but is also causing serious damages
to local bio-diversity and global climatic conditions. Our forest reserves takes
many years to grow but jhum cultivators randomly cut down trees in brief short times,
thereafter, they burn it down which releases huge amount of carbon dioxide and other
green house gases, thus, causing alarming global warming. Also in many parts of state
including capital area, there is decrease in underground water level; as a result,
small streams are drying up rapidly. Through your column, I request all concerned
officials to scientifically study the said situations and find alternative solutions
so that our people could come out from dependency on this - rigorous, unproductive,
primitive as well as global threatening Jhum cultivation. Smooth development of state
also means that we should be safeguarding security interest of our future generations
while also mitigating present hardship of the people.
Truth cannot be hidden by mere explanation in media
It seems that Mr. Bamang Tago has given a befitting reply to former MP Mr Kiren Rijiju
apropos his article "Ignorance is the last excuse for getting cheap publicity". But
what about the opinion of Aam Admi of this state? Their opinion is the ultimate fact
as we, the Aam Admi don't take side of anyone but of the truth.
I feel that this article was an effort to misguide "the Aam Admi" with facts and
statistics. Here, I said "an effort" because we live the statistics and facts in
our life and that cannot be overshadowed by a mere bookish data. The way that article
ignored or tried to nullify the rising crime in state by comparing with other state
is indigestible. Sir, may you also like to compare our revenue earnings and developmental
works with those states? I am sure you must be aware of the legendary developmental
works taken up by Nitish Kumar Govt in Bihar.
It was mentioned that Arunachal is prospering as lots of traders or investors are
increasing day by day; spectacular economic growth and higher per capita income (PCI)
against national PCI. I wonder where should go find the positive effects of these
achievements? Being a ordinary citizen myself, I live with the people and I have
seen that, in real life, the poor people are same as they were before. I have not
observed any substantial increase in per capita income (PCI). People are still struggling
to give their children a well deserved education. Schools are in ruins and only well
do to families are sending their children to private institute leaving behind the
poor people in destitute. They are sleepless, for their children have graduated and
they don't know how they would provide them higher education in case they don't get
a seat in lone University. However, let’s believe that PCI of the state and investors
have risen. Perhaps, I could only think that the rich got richer thereby accounting
for the rise in PCI, as we know in layman's word that PCI is the mean of all income
and it doesn't necessarily mean that the income is equally distributed. These corrupted
people having gulped down people’s money into their draconian belly need to spend
and enjoy luxury for which traders are required and hence they get wooed. In nutshell,
the difference between haves and haves not is tremendous and very threatening to
the peaceful atmosphere that Arunachal is known for. Now as the economy has grown
dramatically, it must have had good impact on basic amenities like Roads? Well, I
guess there are no roads anymore in our districts, there are only Historical Remains
of the Roads. As it was mentioned that Arunachal will host the second edition of
International Tourism Mart of the country, why don't we also invite Fox History Channel
to make a documentary on these great remains of Roads?
In the article the BJP government was criticized for its lackadaisical attitude towards
Arunachal Pradesh, which, I would like to believe to be true. But then, I would be
most impressed if this present govt sticks to Congress no matter whichever govt rules
in the Center and proves that praise for the Congress was no joke.
I am not a political motivated person and I am not expert in language but I wrote
what is reality and that, every single person I know believed. At the same time I
plead our fellow citizens not to encourage your leader to practice corruption by
seeking illegitimate personal benefits and to the leaders, please get inspired and
do something great.
Let’s bury the differences, promote peace
The recently concluded Panchayati Raj election was a political game that we played
to win the heart of the general public and serve them as elected leaders. I was one
of the contesting candidates under 1-Palin Anchal Segment and unfortunately I could
not win (due to booth capturing). But win or loss has nothing to do with my spirit
and motto to serve the society. And as I believe in democracy, I do extend congratulation
to my opponent and also assure my cooperation in development activities and in promotion
of peace and harmony. As the election is a political game, I also appeal people in
general and warring group in particular not to create any law and order problem in
the Palin area in the name of election. Let’s bury the differences that cropped up
in relation to Panchayat Election. Let’s think for bright future of our area. I also
pray to Almighty god to bless and help us in bringing peace, maintaining unity and
harmony in the area.
Last but not the least, I do strongly appeal to the state Govt for immediate action
against culprits involved in firing incident in which an innocent leader received
bullet injuries on 22nd May. I also strongly condemned the attack on the residence
of ADC Chukhu Takar and damage of Govt properties by Congress workers and request
the state Govt to book all the persons responsible for mob attack.
Lastly, before the end of the letter, I extend my sincere thanks to the officers
of KurungKumey district for their untiring efforts to conduct the election successfully,
particularly in Palin area.
We are not fool
This is in response to the comical act enacted by former MP Kiren Rijiju and Political
Secretary to CM Bamang Tago in the local dailies. My only advise to both is- stop
fooling around people and concentrate in your own work. Former MP Rijiju had 5 years
to do something good for people of Arunachal but what he did? Except being all over
media, he did not make any meaningful contribution in ground level. He cheated people
of state by joining Congress party after losing Lokh Sabha election and was very
much part of present corrupt Congress govt.
As per as political secretary to CM Bamag Tago is concern, he was the same man who
took up PDS scandal case years ago and gave us ray of hope. But today he is defending
a corrupt and weak government which can’t guarantee safety of its citizen. He is
being paid to defend his boss, so we are not surprised. However I would like to tell
both former MP and Political Secretary that we are no more fool. It’s an election
year and therefore we can smell politics in both the articles. Please try some new
method guys. We are bored of reading such useless articles. And yes, I am not really
impressed with both the articles. Better luck next time, dudes.
Karnataka lags on maternal health
According to a new study for every 100,000 child births in Karnataka, 178 mothers
die, making its record for maternity deaths the worst in southern India and among
the worst in the country. The research report is an eye-opener pointing to miserable
levels of maternal care in a state that claims to be among the most progressive and
economically developed in the country. Experts attribute the shameful stats largely
to high risk social factors: child-birth among women much too young or old to bear
children or dangerously frequent deliveries.
"Assistance from health providers is best in states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, close
to 100%; but in Karnataka, it is only 85%," says KNM Raju, an independent researcher
who analyzed the data available from the National Family Health Survey and the Sample
Registration System of the government of India.
Figures for the survey covering the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra
Pradesh came also from the 2011 and 2001 census data.
A former head of department at the Population Research Centre, ISEC, Raju aims to
soon publish the findings of his independent research to push the "Karnataka government
into acting against the high maternal mortality rate."
"It is strange that a state that leads South India on most counts of development
should be having such a poor maternal health record," says Raju.