Miscreants physically assault A/Times staff yet again
APC & APUWJ condemn assault, demand arrest of culprits
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: In yet another dastardly act, a group of miscreants attacked two
employees of The Arunachal Times daily here in the wee hours Tuesday, sending shockwaves
among the terror-stricken media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh.
The incident took place exactly at 2.10 am when two machine-men, Ranjit Sarkar and
Sunando Bora, were about to enter the office on their shift duty. The miscreants,
who waylaid and mercilessly attacked them without any reason, were captured by the
CCTV cameras in the daily’s office.
The attackers made good their escape on two motorcycles after other night shift employees
on duty rushed to the entrance gate on hearing the commotion and screams outside
the office. The incident happened at the same spot where Tongam Rina was shot at.
Sarkar sustained grievous injuries though Bora escaped with minor injury. On receipt
of complaint, a police team rushed to the spot and rushed the duo to RK Mission Hospital
for treatment. A case has been registered and investigation launched.
This is the fourth major attack on the employees of The Arunachal Times. In March
2012, one DTP operator was beaten outside the office; on April 15, a group of masked
men vandalized the office and on July 15, associate editor Tongam Rina was shot at
outside the office.
The repeated attacks on media persons have sent shockwaves across the state; a number
of representations, peaceful dharnas and rally by the media persons have borne no
fruit as yet.
Taking strong exception to unabated attacks on press persons, even after security
personnel were deployed in press establishments, the Arunachal Press Club (APC) and
Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) have strongly condemned the
unprovoked assault on AT employees and called on the police to bring the culprits
to book at the earliest. However, both the organizations have expressed indignation
at the snail-paced progress in the Tongam Rina shooting case.
The two organizations have also demanded to know why the security personnel have
been withdrawn despite the fact that The Arunachal Times has been under constant
Meanwhile, CCTV footages has been produced before the police authority for prompt
investigation into the case.
A/Times paying the price for being voice of voiceless !!
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Arunachal Times (AT) daily expressed extreme sadness over
repeated attacks on its office and employees. In the last six months, the employees
of this daily have been at the receiving end of some brutal attacks including the
assassination attempt on Tongam Rina, the associate editor of this daily.
Apart from the four major incidents that is attack on one DTP operator, vandalization
of AT office, assassination attempt on Associate Editor Tongam Rina, attack on two
machine men, the threat and intimidation to journalists of Arunachal Times continued.
It is quite baffling as to why The Arunachal Times is being attacked repeatedly ?
Is it the price the daily is paying for being the voice of the voiceless Arunachalees?
It is worth mentioning here that The Arunachal Times has been emerging as true voice
of Arunachalee people for its unbiased and balanced reporting/news for last few years.
Now it is up to the people of this state to decide whether they want their voice
to be heard or let it get crushed? In all the previous cases, police investigation
has not yielded any fruitful results yet.The situation is deeply demoralizing the
employees of the Arunachal Times.
Dengue claims its first victim, spreads to Papum Pare
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Dengue claimed its first victim with a seven-year-old girl succumbing
to complications from Dengue fever at Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), Naharlagun.
The victim Punya Tana of remote Pakke Kessang in East Kameng district died in the
hospital on September 8 following complications from dengue fever, according to a
health department release.
Dengue has also spread in different parts of the state as many cases of dengue have
been reported in the ASH from places like Pakke Kessang, Balijan, Sagalee even Capital
Complex, the release said.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Atum Welly held an emergency meeting in his office chamber
with Commissioner and Secretary Health and Family Welfare Tape Bagra, Director of
Health Services Dr. K Nishing , State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa, DDHS (AYUSH) and
Nodal Officer APAN Dr. BVS Murty and Dr. K T Mulung, Deputy, Director (NVBDCP) in
the wake of dengue outbreak and directed the Health Department to tackle the situation
on a war-footing by putting in place all preventive, control and curative measures
in the affected areas. He also instructed the department to put up a contingency
plan and make relevant proposal to the government in combating the situation at the
earliest. He also instructed the Director to post a Medical Officer at CHC Pakke
Kessang with immediate effect.
The Commissioner and Secretary Health Bagra while enquiring about availability of
DDT in stock and other chemicals for IRS and fogging operation, advised to carry
out fogging operation in all mosquito breeding areas. He gave emphasis on creating
awareness about preventive and dengue controlling measures among people through various
modes of medias including radio with the cooperation of district administration and
PRI to bring about multi sectorial approach in containing the disease. He also emphasized
on provision of reliable testing equipments along with reagents and kits for making
diagnosis of the disease in the two major hospitals at Pasighat and Naharlagun. The
DHS Dr. Nishing agreed to execute all instructions and directed the State Epidemiologist
and Dy. Director (NVBDCP) to make the necessary proposals from the department for
obtaining necessary approval by the Govt.
The State Epidemiologist Dr. Jampa apprised on the actions taken by the department
informing that the surveillance mechanism are in place in both the state and the
district headquarters in the IDSP which is functioning in coordination with the District
Discussions were held with the doctors of ASH, GH-Pasighat and District Medical Officer,
East Siang on surveillance and case management. Support from the RMRC, ICMR-NER,
Dibrugarh is also being taken for testing the blood samples collected from the patients.
NE Zonal Inter-State Badminton C’ship
Arunachal win 4 medals
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Arunachal Pradesh Jr. Girls team lost to Assam 0-2 sets in the
final in the North East Zonal Inter-State Badminton Championship for Safi Qureshi
Cup which concluded at Gangtok Sikkim on September five.
Pinki Karki lost 13-21, 20-22 to Ningshi B Hazarika of Assam in the first singles
while Pinki pairing with Taring Yania went down fighting 17-21, 21-14, 22-24 to Ningshi
B. Hazarika and Bornali Konwar of Assam.
In Women’s Team championship for Chadha Cup, Arunachal had to content with the Bronze
as the team lost to Assam 0-2 in the semifinal.
While Gita Karki lost 10-21, 4-21 to her opponent from Assam Kaveri Phukan in singles
Gita pairing with Pinki again lost 15-21, 12-21 to the pair of Kaveri and Krishti
Das in doubles.
The pair of Pinki Karki and Taring Yania lost to Harshita Chaliha and Bornali Konwar
of Assam in Junior Girls Doubles final to bag the silver. Akshay Raito and Kalung
Takhi won a bronze in Junior Boys Doubles.
The Championship was inaugurated by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on September
Shillong turns into mini Arunachal
All tribes festival of Arunachal begins
SHILLONG, Sept 11: Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, turned into “Mini Arunachal”
today with the beginning of the week-long 4th Annual All Tribes festival of Arunachal
in a colourful note here at Old NEFA building. The Festival is being organized by
the Arunachal Students Union Shillong. It is celebrated every year by students with
the theme ‘oneness’ among Arunachalee students studying in Shillong. It also aims
at promoting brotherhood and communal harmony among the students of all tribes.
Inaugurating the colourful festival, Chayang Tajo (East Kameng) MLA Karya Bagang
expressed her happiness over the fact that students of Arunachal in Shillong are
promoting cultural and traditional values of their state despite far away from home.
“I am happy to see the students are maintaining culture and tradition despite being
far away from home” Bagang said. She further called upon the students to keep up
the spirit in order to preserve their age-old culture and tradition. She also advised
the students to give priority to education. Deputy Inspector General of ITBP Ashok
Kumar Cherri also expressed his happiness to see different tribes of the state.
Apart from the cultural events, various competitions such as literary, sports and
beauty pageant contest would take place. The several teams like Si-Donyi, Monyul,
Dree, Mopin, Solung, Nyokum,TLC (Tirap,Lohit,Changlang) , UCC (Union Christian College)
and NEHU are taking part in the sports events. (Contributed by Rinchin Choden, SMU,
AOA welcomes Reading FC
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The keen interest shown by English football club Reading FC to
hunt and groom football talents in Arunachal Pradesh has been welcomed by Arunachal
Olympic Association (AOA).
“This would be beginning of a new era for football in Arunachal Pradesh, and credit
must be given to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who convinced the Club officials about
the immense raw talent available in the youths of the state and their passion for
the game,” AOA Secretary General G Doke said.
Lauding the CM’s consistent efforts to put Arunachal Pradesh in world’s sports map,
the AOA Secretary General said that the recently approval of the state’s sports policy
by his cabinet, announcement of lucrative incentives for sports persons, job reservation
in various govt department for meritorious sports persons etc. speaks volumes about
his seriousness on the matter. A four-member delegation from UK recently called
on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his New Delhi and had a detailed discussion on development
of the game in the Northeastern State. The Reading FC members expressed keen interest
to conduct a talent search and groom the selected players at Reading FC football
academy in UK.
Further, the Reading FC CEO Nogel Howe had assured Tuki to send two coaches to Arunachal
Pradesh for preliminary assessment immediately at their own cost.
DC inspects Yembung hydel plant and ongoing tower-line project
PASIGHAT, Sept 11: East Siang deputy commissioner R K Mishra inspected the works
of Pasighat-Babuk 132 KV tower-line and maintenance of water channel at Yembung to
know the ground reality.
The DC had first hand experience of the disturbance of the existing 33 KV line curved
by the Highway contractor. The DC had a detailed discussion with the EEs (power)
of Rumgong and Aalo in Pangin Inspection Bungalow and instructed the Highway engineers
to speedup their work and directed the executing agency SRK to start work near 28
km off Pasighat immediately considering the venerability of the area. Formation cutting
should be carried out immediately so that tower erection can be taken up when the
land is set, he stated.
During the meeting the DC suggested to have good and fast communication between all
the working groups so that power disruption could be minimized.
At Yembung the DC met the SE (HP Civil), who is camping along with subordinates to
carry out the repairing works of water channel which was washed away recently in
devastating flood. On way back to Pasighat, the DC and his team of engineers also
surveyed the 132/33 KV sub-station and its power distribution system at Dura Korong
(Renging), informed official sources.
The DC was accompanied by SE and EE (power), EE (highway), President and Secretary
of PPWC and representatives of M/s Huma Enterprise and SRK construction during the
RKMS Alumni Meet
Aalo, Sept 11: Ramakrishna Mission School Aalo Alumni Association (RKMSAAA) met here
on September 8 to take up wide range of issues for the welfare of the school. The
former students of the school Kanki Darang (ADC Basar), Secy., RKMSAAA, gave a brief
report on the various activities taken up by the association like Hepatitis-B screening
in school hostel and organisation of alumni meet during January 2012 while Gijum
Tali, DIPRO, Treasurer, presented the account of the association.
Lijum Ete, CO Darak, Asst. Secy, informed the members that Swami Vivekananda’s voice
may have been lost forever as his captivating speech in the Parliament of Religions
in Chicago (Sept 1893) was never recorded. Senior members Dr. Nyage Geiyi, DRCHO
Daporijo and Karyom Doji, DHO Aalo put forward their useful suggestions.
Many suggestions were put forward by the members and were unanimously agreed upon
pertaining to celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in 2013,
creation of website, felicitation to toppers of Class X and XII, farewell to retiring
teachers, career guidance to students, periodic health camp, organisation of alumni
meet in 2013 and celebration of school’s golden jubilee in 2015.
Jarsa Gamlin, Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Chairman of RKMSAAA requested the individuals,
who have been entrusted specific tasks to speed up their respective works. DIPRO
Universal Brotherhood Day celebrated
TEZU, Sept 11: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) here organized a ‘Chattra Samman
Samaroh’ to felicitate the meritorious students of Indira Gandhi Government College,
Tezu for their achievements in the academic session of 2011-2012 on the occasion
of the Universal Brotherhood Day, today in the college.
The programme started with lighting of Lamp by the Chief Guest to pay homage to the
Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma, while addressing the students, lucidly talked
on the essence of Indianness and its spirituality. He compared the spiritual richness
of India to that of West, who visits to India to obtain spiritual enlightenment and
mental peace. Sharma said that people today have less time to introspect and clamour
and vie for fame and materialistic pursuits. He further urged the gathering to shun
differences and disparity for better tomorrow.
Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu Vice-Principal P Marap also spoke on the
teachings and principles of Swami Vivekananda and told that only the inclusive approach
of respecting others’ traditions and following one’s own tradition would foster brotherhood.
He asked the students to be sincere towards their studies.
Dr. Ashok Chauhan, i/c Principal IGGC in his welcome speech thanked the VIvekanada
Kendra, Tezu-Kanyakumari for their selfless service for the youths in particular
and the Nation at large.
Sailu Billai, Principal, VKV, Tezu highlighted the importance of the Day and spoke
on the philosophy, works and achievements of Swami Vivekananda and the Kendras.
Twelve meritorious students from different departments (B.A. and B.Com-1st to 3rd
Year) were felicitated on the occasion.
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Changlang also observed the Universal Brotherhood
Day at DIET auditorium today.
Changlang deputy commissioner Chanchal Yadav while appreciating the small kids for
delivering famous quotes of Vivekananda, urged the teachers to impart the teachings
and principles of the great statesman to the children. She also briefed some experiences
of Vivekananda during his Chicago world religious conference in 1893, on whose memory
this day is being celebrated worldwide.
Changlang SP VK Singh IPS also spoke on the occasion and inspired the students to
follow the ideals of Swami Vivekananda.
The students of Govt. HSS, Changlang displayed a “Nukkad Natak” depicting a responsible
citizen’s role towards his society. DIPROs
From our Ruksin Correspondent: With rest of the country, Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya
(VKV), Oyan today celebrated the “Universal Brotherhood Day”. About 600 students
from various schools took out a procession on the national highway-52 to mark the
120th anniversary of greatest speech on universal brotherhood delivered by Swami
Vivekananda at Chicago on the occasion. The procession was culminated at Sille Govt
The overall programme was conducted by the head master of GNA English School, Jitendra
Training for master trainers on voter registration held
BOMDILA, Sept 11: A one-day training of the AEROs of West Kameng, East Kameng and
Tawang districts on Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Roll was held today
at Kameng Conference Hall, Bomdila.
Addressing the AEROs District Election Officer in-Charge ADC B.Dehingia reiterated
on the need and importance of being competent in the electoral process. ‘A mistake
on one’s part; irrespective of its magnitude, could do a lot of damage to one’s image
and to the whole process. Therefore it becomes imperative that we do our homework
with all sincerity and diligence’ he said. This is a sort of refresher course and
sharing of one’s experiences and highlighting the technical problems faced, would
be very instrumental in making the junior AEROs well versed the complicacies and
the solutions thereof, he added.
EAC Toko Babu and CO Liken Koyu as resource persons from Itanagar imparted the training
on the Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls 2013. A detailed PowerPoint presentation
was made by Koyu and the queries of the AEROs were clarified by Babu and B.Dehingia.
Introduction to registration, constitutional and legal provisions on registration,
EPIC, Overseas Electors & Service Voters, SVEEP for voters Registration and Course
Evaluation followed by Group discussion were the session topics taken up for the
Master Trainers’ training. DIPRO
Bhoti teachers training programme commences
TAWANG, Sept. 11: The 10 days Bhoti teachers training programme began on September
Addressing the inaugural function, Rinchin Dorjee, former Chairman APPSC, called
upon the Bhoti Teachers for sincerity and dedication in preaching and preserving
the Bhoti Language in different parts of the district in particular and the state
as a whole. He urged the members to impart quality education along with moral values.
He added that only education with moral values is capable of taking a person towards
the path of progress. Students must not only be taught academic subjects in school,
but moral values and ethics as well.
Tawang DDSE R Phuntsok while highlighting the aims and objectives of the training
programme, emphasized on preservation of the rich culture and heritage of the region.
He urged the Bhoti Teachers to be more realistic in life while transacting the teaching
learning process. He further said that the role of teachers has always been vital
in the all round personality development of the students. In fact, a teacher is a
role model influencing every facet of the students’ growth and developing their innate
potentials, in addition to being a motivator, guide and friend. Besides, the teacher
of today is also responsible to enable and empower the learners to emerge as a competent
youth, ready to take on the challenges of the rapidly changing world. Hence, it is
imperative that the teacher continuously upgrades his/her knowledge and methodology
in order to enhance the quality of teaching.
Appreciating the fact that out of 51 Bhoti teachers in the district, 50 were present,
Phuntsok advised the teachers to serve with missionary zeal. Further he mentioned
that 5 Resource persons have been appointed for imparting different topics related
to Bhoti texts and other subjects like English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Hindi,
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh 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 Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
Bandh hits life
Itanagar, Sept 11: Life came to a grinding halt in the state Capital today following
a 24-hour strike called by the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF).
In Itanagar, Nahar-lagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas business and commercial establishments,
educational institutions, private and central government offices remained closed
while attendance in state government offices was thin.
Vehicles went off the roads except a few state transport buses which plied with escort,
police sources said.
The bandh which began at 5 am on Tuesday remained peaceful without any incidents
of violence being reported from any parts of the capital city, police said. The BCIF
called the bandh in protest against the decision to shift the venue of the proposed
greenfield airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi.
A similar bandh was also observed by the Forum last week. PTI
APAN launched for benefit of poor patients
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Arunachal Pradesh Arogya Nidhi (APAN) was launched by Health Minister
Atum Welly in presence of Commissioner and Secy. H&FW Tape Bagra and top health
officers of the state today.
Under this programme, the Arunachal Pradesh State Illness Assistance Fund would be
managed as a society for the benefit of poor patients living below poverty line in
Arunachal Pradesh so as to enable them to undergo specialized treatment for major
life-threatening illnesses at any of the Government Hospitals in India, according
to a Health department release.
Dr.B V S Murty, DDHS (AYUSH), who also is the Nodal Officer for APAN explained in
details about the rules and regulations enshrined in the programme.
Director of Health Services Dr. K.Nishing highly appreciated and welcomed the new
programme which would benefit the needy and the sick to undergo specialized treatment
for major life-threatening illness at any of the Government Hospitals in India.
State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa, DDHS (AYUSH) and Dr. K T Mulung, Deputy, Director
(NVBDCP) were also present during the launching ceremony.
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: District Magistrate Itanagar Capital Complex Sanjay Goel in an
order has prohibited sale and consumption of tobacco, Gutka and cigarettes within
the 100 meters radius of General Hospital, Naharlagun.
The magistrate said that tobacco and gutka are being sold and widely used within
the compound of general Hospital, Naharlagun which adversely affects the patients,
their attendants and visitors. It also hampers in keeping the hospital areas clean.
Koloriang, Sept 11: An Industrial Management cum Entrepreneurship Development Training
Programme was organized by the Department of Industries here.
Attending the training programme, Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk exhorted
the participants to show keen interest in such activity for the betterment of rural
Speaking on the occasion the Deputy Director of industries highlighted the importance,
objectives and scope of the training programme.
Altogether 35 entrepreneurs attended the programme. DIPRO
Efforts to control environment pollution
TAWANG, Sept 11: Eco- Wild Life & Pollution Control Society, in its endeavour control
environment pollution, has raided many shops in three blocks of Jang, Lumla and Tawang
in the district where large amount of plastics, polythene carry bags were found in
The non-biodegradable substances were disposed off and dumped in safety areas where
precautions were taken for minimum hazards to the environments.
The society had earlier too taken many such steps to control pollution and wildlife
preservation, DIPRO reported with inputs from president of EWPCS.
TCS lauds prompt action
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) expressed gratitude to the state
government and the department of home, in particular, for taking prompt action on
the complaint of Tagin Welfare Society, Itanagar by constituting a one-man enquiry
committee to probe into the alleged anomaly and manipulation in recruitment process
of police constables at Upper Subansiri District.
Condemning any irregularity in such recruitment processes, TCS appealed to the people
of the district to cooperate the enquiry committee by fearlessly revealing identity
of middleman or broker involved in money for post business in this recruitment as
alleged, if any, so that such perpetrators could be punished and the genuine and
deserving candidates are selected in this interview.
Further, TCS, the apex organisation of Tagin community endorsed the complaint of
Tagin Welfare Society, Itanagar over alleged irregularity in this recruitment process.
2nd phase of fogging at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Sept 11: The 2nd phase of massive Fogging is being carried put in and around
Pasighat township to contain vector borne diseases. Fogging was carried out at the
DC’s office complex, upper and lower Banskota, SS Mission, bazaar area, APP line,
DDK and AIR colonies, General Hospital, Mirku, Mirbuk and other adjoining areas today.
Informing that arrival 5 more fogging machine would expedite the operation, Dr. M
Perme said that fogging exercise will be carried on for next few days.
He also informed that arrangement for mass IEC programme is going on as without the
awareness and supports of the public, source management and control of the disease
will be a hard task. He appealed all to cooperate and maintain hygienic surroundings
and environment so that mosquito breeding can be controlled.
The DMO, who is personally supervising the exercise informed that fever case has
decreased to a minimum level. DIPRO
Teachers’ death condoled
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Changlang District unit of Arunachal Teachers Association
(ATA) has deeply mourned the sudden demise of Roman Mossang, A/T of Govt. Middle
School, Tengmo under Jairampur Circle. He died at his residence on September 8.
Roman was a simple but sincere, dedicated and hard working. His death is a great
loss to the society and the teaching fraternity in the district, the ATA unit said
in a release and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Justice Goel calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court Justice A.K. Goel called
on Governor JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here today. This was the first meeting of the
Chief Justice with the Governor after assuming the charge of Chief Justice of Guwahati
The Governor discussed various legal aspects including strengthening of judicial
system at district and sub-divisional courts in the state and additional infrastructure
for High Court bench at Naharlagun with the Chief Justice. He also discussed about
traditional justice system of Arunachal Pradesh with Goel.
During the meeting, they also discussed the importance of dams and other developmental
projects for growth and development of the State.
Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg was present in the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhavan
2 UPDF cadres nabbed
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Two UPDF cadres were nabbed and one foreign made 7.65 mm pistol
along with live cartridges and 3 mobile phones recovered by Lohit Police from Emphun,
about 55 km from Namsai, yesterday.
Acting on an input, a police team under the command of deputy superintendent of police
Dipankar Mishra of SIT PHQ, launched a search operation in the jungle of Emphun yesterday
which led to apprehension of the two cadres, who were identified as Nakkia Chakma
@ Puniyasen Chakma and Ranjeet Chakma.
During the search operation at around 1900 hrs, the Police team could locate a shelter
of UPDF and the team slowly approached the hut but all of a sudden the UPDF cadres
started firing at Police party indiscriminately from all directions. In retaliation,
the Police team also opened fire in which Nakkia Chakma sustained injuries on his
right leg [below the knee], Superintendent of Police, Lohit informed in a release.
Nakkia Chakma was evacuated to CHC Chowkham from where he has been further referred
to AMC, Dibrugarh for further treatment, the release added.
58 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Wake Up! Arunachal’s future is in danger !
I would like to draw the attention of the “Indigenous Peoples” of Arunachal to a
very serious issue. This issue is just one of the various issues which our State
is facing from a long time. The illegal immigrants and uncontrolled influx of migrants
from other states of our country into our state is a very serious issue. Being a
Tribal State such negative development is very dangerous to our tribal society. We
have the rights given by the international organizations like UNO (United Nations
Organization) and the Constitution of India to safeguard our land space, air space,
culture, forest, natural resources, economy etc. The illegal immigrants and migrants
from other states are a big threat to our rights.
I was shocked to know through a national journal that the tribal population in our
state constitutes only 64.2 % of the total population of our state. The other 35.8
% are non-locals. This was disclosed by the Union Minister of state for Tribal Affairs,
Mahadeo Singh Khandela on questions asked of Assam Riot recently. This is a very
alarming fact. This is because of uncontrolled influx of migrants into our state.
Interestingly, these things are happening when our state is supposed to be protected
through an “Inner Line Permit System”, which restrict non-locals (citizens of India
from other states) to enter into our states.
Besides our state, the other two states in Northeast India where ILP system is implemented
are Nagaland and Mizoram. According to the Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs,
the percentage of tribal population in these two states is 94.5 % (in Mizoram) and
89.1 % (in Nagaland) of their respective total population. These figures are much
better than ours. Northeast state Meghalaya, where ILP system is not implemented
is also better than ours. The tribal population percentage is 85.90 % in Meghalaya.
These facts tell us that the elected leaders of Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya government
and civil societies are doing a commendable job on this issue. I do not know what
the Government, Opposition Parties and Civil Societies of Arunachal Pradesh are doing.
Sometime I wonders whether they exist or not. If the uncontrolled influx continues
this way then the time will not be far when we will be reduced to a minority in our
own state and lose our own cultural identity and other rights. We cannot let our
state to be like Assam, Tripura where Indigenous Peoples are reduced to a minority
in their own land and Manipur where migrants are almost equals the locals. Migrants
are slowly invading into our society like a silent killer. Illegal and uncontrolled
migration will become a major economic, demographic and political problem if not
controlled. They are threat to our security also as many of them are rootless and
can do any crime.
The Government of Arunachal Pradesh must ensure to implement the existing laws strictly
and enact some other stronger laws for the protection of the rights of its people.
They must further increase the reservations in govt. jobs in favour of APST from
its present reservation policy. The govt. alone can’t fight these menaces. The joint
efforts of the government, civil societies, and indigenous peoples are needed. It
is not wrong to think of one’s education, career, and jobs but don’t think only these
things; take some moment of your brief life and contemplate on some serious social
issues and do something. The local media too can do an important role in creating
awareness among the ‘Indigenous Peoples’ of Arunachal.
Kudos to the Green Pioneers
Since few months back starting from April, our state capital witnessed number of
cleanliness drive undertaken by some white T-shirt clad people, who came together
through social networking site Facebook at strategic locations to make our capital
city a better habitable place, that too when there is chaos everywhere. This group
of like-minded people comprises of people from all walks of life like doctors, lawyers,
engineer, teacher, civil servants, journalist, self employed professionals, social
worker, clerk, student etc. and they are called The Green Pioneers. Hats off to them
and their selfless endeavor.
But on the flip side it is depressing to see that their sheer hard work and sincere
volunteerism has hardly changed the stubborn mindset of some section of capital’s
denizen who seem to think that littering is their birth right and will do whatever
it takes to make it look no less than an abandoned dustbin. This is evident from
all the garbage that are dumped in the same places where this group invested their
time and sweated hard with a hope that they (we) will see light in the end of the
tunnel. People it seems have taken this group for granted or maybe mistaking them
to be the employee of UD deptt., or even worse, some sort of high profile and good
looking bunch of rag pickers. People should realize that this group work real hard
to organize such events. And I am pretty sure they are not wannabe limelight seekers
Just think why the hell would anybody spend so much time, hard work and money on
such events when they have their own life to look after, when they have to keep pace
with others in today’s cut throat competitive world. They have a broader goal and
idea. An idea to bring real change in the rotten and rigid mindset, an idea to bring
in some sense of responsibilities, responsibility of contributing a little bit in
bringing back the serenity (which seems surreal these days) of our state. Where
potholes in road make internal organs bump each other, where traffic jams make likes
of tortoise and snails give us a wry smile, where bandh calls have become synonymous
to holidays and weekends, where ILP regulation is just for the namesake, where crimes
make life fearful, this group of people amid such chaos coming up with such grand
and Green idea is really laudable and should be appreciated and respected not just
in words but in action as well.
As of me, honestly, I have never been a part of these drives due to my unavailability
in the right time at the right place nor I am very active in the networking site.
But that hardly matters as long as these cleanliness drives being initiated by The
Green Pioneers inspire me to do my bit wherever I am. And hopefully I am doing that.
I confront (very politely) people who litters, I ensure plastics and other wastes
are not littered in and around my surrounding. I ensure that they are properly disposed.
I believe, I am living the main objective of the Green Pioneers and confident everyone
will follow suit. As of writing this letter, I just felt that these like-minded people
and the group The Green Pioneers needed some endorsement so that their GREEN IDEA
reaches people beyond Facebookers. I am an inspired man and hope sooner or later
everyone will be and do their bit.
Dress and dress code
This is in response to H.C Tok's opinion on dress code of our younger generations.
I myself have raised the issue couple of times and have even branded these young
ones as Pirated Koreans. But there is a difference in our outlook, I highlighted
their self ruining habits like going to beer bars and puffing cigarettes at their
school going age. But H C Tok only highlighted skimpy clothes of girls, nowhere he
mentioned the Bob Marley like untidy hairstyle and semi naked pants of boys with
waistline mercifully hanging on their lower butt.
Tok also gives an indication that the dress code of girls is a reason for crimes
like murder and rape of girls. He is indirectly justifying those criminals, this
is a very dangerous trend. If short skirts of girls can arouse them for crime they
can also be by watching pornographic videos which are available everywhere. This
mean that every time a psychopathic man sees a girl in short skirts or he watches
a pornographic video girls will have to run for cover? Please do not set a Talibanic
or Khap like trend in our state, its strange that no women based NGO have objected
this article. No doubt short skirts and clinging pants are morally questionable but
that doesn’t qualify them as victim of a crime.
Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and
soybean reaching all-time peaks due to an unprecedented summer of droughts and high
temperatures in both the United States and Eastern Europe, according to the World
Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report.
From June to July, maize and wheat rose by 25 percent each, soybeans by 17 percent,
and only rice went down, by 4 percent. Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index,
which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities, was 6 percent
higher than in July of last year, and 1 percent over the previous peak of February
Overall, food prices between April and July continued the volatile trend observed
during the previous 12 months, which halted the sustained increases between mid-2010
and February 2011. Prices increased in April, came down in May and June, and sharply
increased in July.
Sharp domestic price increases have continued in this quarter, especially in Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, experienced the highest price increases in maize,
including 113 percent in some markets in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the Sahel and eastern
Africa regions experienced steep price increases of sorghum: 220 percent in South
Sudan, and 180 percent in Sudan, for instance.
According to Food Price Watch, weather is the critical factor behind the abrupt global
price increases in July. The drought in the U.S. has resulted in vast damages to
the summer crops of maize and soybeans, for which the country is the world’s largest
exporter. Meanwhile, the dry summer in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan
has contributed to projected wheat production losses.
The abrupt food price increases turned favorable price prospects for the year upside
down. World Bank experts do not currently foresee a repeat of 2008; however, negative
factors — such as exporters pursuing panic policies, a severe El Nino, disappointing
Southern hemisphere crops, or strong increases in energy prices — could cause significant
further grain prices hikes such as those experienced four years ago.