April 13


News Impact


Assam does it again, HGB injured

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: In a shocking incident yesterday, Head Gaon Burah of Kherbari Village under Dollungmukh Taba Murtem was assaulted by Assam Forest officials. The Gaon Burah, with a fractured hand and other injuries is currently admitted at R K Mission Hospital in Itanagar.

He was beaten up near the Dollungmukh Higher Secondary School and later taken to the office of the DFO North Lakhimpur by the Assam forest officials.

Only after the intervention of Circle office, was he released near Raj Ghar road.

The ASM of Kherbari Anchal Samity, Yepi Murtem in a letter to the Chief Minister called for his intervention. She said that people who manhandled the 70 year-old Gaon Burah should be taken to task.

While informing the Chief Minister about rampant encroachment, she called for deployment of personnel of the Arunachal Police or the IRBn.

Arunachal Law Students' Union(ALSU) informed that apart from the Head Goan Burah, one Gocham Toluk of Dollungmukh Circle was arrested and beaten up by the Assam Forest guard. Union further said that Assam resorted to several round of fire upon the local public at Dollungmuhk within the territory of Arunachal.

The Assam forest officials has made a camp nearby the Govt Secondary school Dollungmukh, which falls under the territory of Arunachal Pradesh. The Union further urged the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh to take immediate measures to solve the boundary problem of Dollungmukh.

This incident has happened soon after Assam Police officials mowed down a Pandal constructed for the Malinithan Mela and a building inside Likabali in West Siang district on April 5. It remains to be seen how the government deal with the situation this time.

Yesterday, the people had taken out a rally demanding action by the state government as well punishment of Assam officers involved in the mayhem.



Tuki  sanctions fund for Tezu mini-secretariat


TEZU, Apr 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has inaugurated the Rs 1.99 Cr Amik Ringya Hall, a multipurpose hall with 1000 sitting capacity here today.

Addressing a jam-packed gathering at the newly inaugurated auditorium, Tuki lauded the Mishmis for preserving their rich tradition and culture.

While responding to a 16-point memorandum, the Chief Minister  assured construction of a Mini-Secretariat at Tezu. “The project will be completed in three phases with an estimated cost of around Rs 25 Cr,” he said while announcing Rs 10 Cr to start the project work.

Tuki also assured to sanction an amount of Rs 1.50 Cr for construction of an office of the Superintendent of Police besides providing vehicles. While citing that Sunpura is a fast-growing small town, he assured to upgrade the CO administrative circle to EAC level.

“Reports of rampant encroachment of IG College campus have been brought to my notice,” he said adding that such encroachment will affect the future improvement of the institute. The Chief Minister, however, sanctioned Rs 1 Cr under NEC/NLCPR for construction of  boundary wall of the college to prevent further encroachment in future.

Tuki also assured to take up Tezu-Sadiya Road on priority basis under NEC and construction of bridges and culverts for NH-52 BRTF road to Bekhhuliang village under RIDF. Further, he sanctioned Rs 2.50 Cr for construction of two cold storages at Tezu.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister inaugurated the eye ward at district hospital and a DUDA shopping complex. He also laid the foundation stations of the offices of the Superintendent Engineer, Power and a Session court.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by MPs Mukut Mithi (RS) and Ninong Ering (LS), Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Parliamentary Secretary C T Mein, MLA Nang Sati Mein.  A host of dignitaries including Parliamentary secretary, transport, Karikho Kri, public leaders and people were present on the occasion.

Despite inclement weather, hundreds of people thronged to greet Nabam Tuki this morning on his first visit to the district after assuming the office of the CM.



Movement opposing mega dam in Siang valley intensifies

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Intensifying their movement against construction of mega dam in Siang Valley, various organizations, forums, NGOs, students unions, including from Assam have unanimously decided in a public referendum rally at Gumin Kiin, Aalo today to oppose the proposed public hearing on 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydel Project proposed to be conducted on April 17, 18 and 20 at Jeying, Rottung and Gumin Kiin, Aalo respectively.

The decision was taken after a threadbare discussion on the impacts of mega dam over Siang river basin by Takam Mishing Porin Kebang (TMPK, Assam), People’s Movement for Subansiri-Brahmaputra Valley, Siang People’s Forum, Friends for River-Basin Forum, Adi Student Union and Social Reforms and Anti-Corruptions Activists Association, Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Sirit-Siyom (DAPFSS), Voluntary Arunachal Sena (VAS), Keak Youth Club (KYC), Volunteer Peoples Democratic Unions Rights (VPDUR), Nyiko Bachao Forum (NBF).

The meeting while resolving to oppose and protest against the construction of proposed mega dam over Siang and Siyom rivers also decided to submit an ultimatum to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh demanding immediate cancellation of the proposed public hearing latest by April 15, 2012.

They also resolved to protest and prevent movement of any vehicles carrying dam construction materials of power developer through Jonai-Pasighat, Silapather-Aalo and Lakhimpur-Daporijo/Aalo route.

“The employees working under various dam construction companies in Siang Valley would voluntarily leave Siang Valley and withdraw their offices with immediate effect. Any tenants accommodating the employees and offices of the dam construction company shall withdraw their lease from these companies with immediate effect,” the resolution adopted in the rally said.

Further, it said, “any person found to be accepting any form of gratification from the said companies shall be penalized by the forum (SBF) as per prevailing customary rule; any local contractor installing stone crusher machine with a view to supply stone to the same company shall stop with immediate effect”.

“Any MOU/MOA signed by the Govt. and intending power developer for construction of Dam in Siang Valley shall cancel/strike off with immediate effect”, the gathering resolved.  



NES  denounces anti-social elements

ITANAGAR,  Apr 12: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) in a meeting with legislators of the community on April 10 denounced the anti-social act of few members belonging to the community, including self-constituted and unrecognized organizations in the name of Nyishi community causing disrepute to the community.

Taking serious note of the development, the meeting opined that stringent deterrent action must be taken by the law enforcing authority against such anti-social elements which have no caste, creed, religion or community.

“No social or political figures, intellectuals or any members of the community shall interfere in the police action or legal proceedings of such criminals, rather, they shall actively assist the law enforcing authorities,” the meeting resolved.

NES appealed to all the members of the community to implement the above resolutions in letter and spirit.

It also opposed all forms of donations and lotteries.

NES has also decided to constitute district level committees with the present and former ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, Panchayat leaders, members of NES and local based reputed social organizations for all the Nyishi inhabited districts to deal with the social problems at the social level and to assist the law enforcing authorities.



Govt for regulatory authority for distribution, pricing of water

New Delhi, Apr 12: Government today favoured a regulatory authority in order to ensure equitable distribution and pricing of water, which is increasingly becoming a scarce commodity, so that the demands of various sectors are met.

Speaking at the valedictory session of the three-day international conference as part of the India Water Week 2012, Union Minister of Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal underlined the need for a regulatory authority which could balance the competing demands of different sectors that use water.


"It is important that the pricing of water ensures its equitable distribution and the regulatory authority could serve this end.... There is a need to think differently for rational use of this scarce commodity," Bansal said.

The theme of the conference was Water, Energy and Food Security: Call for Solutions. PTI



Sona inspects tourism infrastructure

ITANAGAR, Apr 12:  Continuing his visit to various districts to gather firsthand knowledge on tourism related infrastructure, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Passang Dorjee Sona reached Tirbin on invitation of local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi on April 4.

During his first day of two-day visit on April 4, Sona along with Gadi inspected all the on-going tourism infrastructure sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Tourism. They visited Essi Rite picnic spot, Tai Boating spot and Tirbin lodge which is nearing completion. Thereafter, the team further proceeded to Deke where Sona inaugurated the Deke Rural Community Hall constructed by Tourism Department the next day.

Gadi detailed Sona about various upcoming tourism infrastructure and rural tourism projects that are being implemented in the area.

Attending Mopin celebration at Deke, Sona urged the locals not to cause any damage to tourism infrastructure rather they should extend all help to the authority in properly maintaining it. Tirbin area has got huge tourism potential, especially in adventure tourism which is a boon for local people, Sona said and hoped that rural tourism, if properly promoted, would immensely help uplift the economic condition of local populace.



CRPF’s mass plantation

ITANAGAR, Apr 12:  Dedicating to the soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation, 138 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) conducted a mass tree plantation programme in its premise at Senkiview here today.  

Second-in-Command Rajmukut Kerketta along with other officers planted many saplings around the unit premises. They emphasized on forestation and awareness generation among the people.



JNV Palin celebrates Annual Day

PALIN, Apr 12: JNV Palin has celebrated its 5th Annual day with much fanfare on April 10.

In his address, Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk exhorted the teachers to adopt holistic approach in order to  mould the  future of the students with human values. He also advised the children to concentrate on their study to achieve the goal in life.

Appreciating the team effort of the Vidyalaya staff in upbringing the institute, he appealed the local people to extend support to the school management. The DC further assured that he would extend all possible help  to Vidyalaya for its smooth functioning.

Addressing the gathering, Palin CO Rido Tarak assured to ensure regular supply of water and electricity to the school.

Cultural programmes by the school children and distribution of prizes to the winners of literary and sports competitions by the DC were the highlights of the celebration.

ZPM Techi Azad, CO cum DIPRO in-charge Jacon Tabing and BDO Takam Kanam participated in the programme.


Personality development camp by VKAJ

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) organized a personality development camp for the students of various schools of Capital Complex comprising of students of class VIII to X at VKV Chimpu near here, from April 5 to 8 April.

The camp organized with the motto of ‘Man Making-Nation Building’ aimed at preparing them physically, mentally, intellectually fit for good leadership quality.

The concept of  time management, confidence building, memory development, concentration, importance of sleep, technique for gaining energy and enjoying the study intelligently with the help of ‘Yoga’ and Pranayama were explained to the students by the experts.

Pai Dawe, Yuva Manch Pramukh, Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Pradesh advised the students to follow the ideals of Swami Vivekananda and urged the camp participants to at least practice one or two activity taught in the four-day camp to improve their personality as well as other required skills.



30 days training program ends

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: A 30 days training programme for employment promotion under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rojzar Yojana , a government of India funded scheme under state urban development agency ended recently. The training programe was conducted by Tomi Polytechnic College Basar of West Siang. 19 out of 23 computer skill education trainees were later awarded with certificates at a glittering ceremony held at College conference hall.


ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association has expressed shock at the sudden demise of Yabur Talom, wife of ADC Rumgong Tamik Talom. She died following an accident near Lokpeng village in East Siang district. Her two daughters were injured and have been evacuated to Dibrugarh for treatment.

The Association prayed for peace of the departed soul and early recovery of the daughters.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram has also mourned the tragic death of Yabur Talom.

In his condolence message, Siram said that untimely death of Mrs Talom has not only created a void for the family but is an irreparable loss to the society.  

Meanwhile, All Talo Welfare Organization (ATWO) deeply mourned the death of its member Toko Tadh who died on Monday last at Talo village under Yachuli circle of  Lower Subansiri. The organization termed his death as an irreparable loss to the family and the society.



Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament


Itanagar, Apr 12: Ramking United FC (RUFC), defeated Chimpu FC by solitary goal in the opening match of the first ever Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament at Don Bosco ground, Jollang today. The winner was scored by Khoda Bhai.

In another match of the day, Model Village Sports Club (MVSC) beat Tai Taru FC 5-4 via penalty shot out.

Altogether, 16 teams are participating the tournament organised by Taba Brothers of Jollang, according to a release.

Dibang students demand restoration of bridge

ROING, Apr 12: The Lower Dibang Valley District Students Union (LDVDSU) made an appeal to Border Roads Organization (BRO) for immediate restoration of the temporary bridge over River Eze, which is the lifeline of Dibang Valley district as well of the Hunli-Desali block.

In a release, Katon Langkam, president, LDVDSU expressed concern that if the bridge is not constructed before the onset of monsoon, the entire population of Dibang Valley will face severe shortage of essential goods.

It called for permanent solution to Eze Bridge, which was dismantled in December 2011 after it collapsed after a truck laden with goods was crossing.

In 2010, the people of Dibang Valley witnessed a massive humanitarian crisis due to snapping of road communication for almost eight months and Ministry of Home Affairs had to intervene.

The union regretted that despite witnessing crisis in such large scale, no concrete solution is being initiated by the authorities and no preparatory measures adopted.


‘Give preference to local youths’

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: While demanding recruitment to the remaining posts of police sub-inspector, assistant sub-inspector and other trades at the earliest, All Wancho Students Union and Tirap, Changlang and Lohit Students Union Itanagar hoped that concerned authorities would give chances to local youths of Tirap and Changang only in the ensuing recruitment drive.

It further urged the authorities to conduct the police recruitment without fear and favour and not to be influenced by political leaders and departmental officers.

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Who are they to destroy the peace?

Dear Editor,

Last year I got the chance to visit the Malini Mela, Likabali. I was so happy to see the site because it was filled with people from all tribes from across the country. In the historical site, I saw people mostly from Assam; bare feet, chanting prayers and climbing the steps in the hot sun to worship and have a glimpse of their deities. Seeing them get so involved in their devotion, I also felt like joining them and chant prayers along with them.

Later on when I went to the mela ground, I saw all kinds of things being sold, mostly Galo traditional beads and utensils made of copper and brass.

Maximum number of the sellers and participants were from Assam. Seeing the people of both the states enjoying so much, it really touched me that tears of joy run down my cheeks.

I even felt very proud that people from other states had come to our place to attend the Malini Mela. I prayed to God to let this moment be an everlasting one.

But this year when I heard about the barbaric deeds of the Assam officials, I could not stop my pain and anger. Who are they to come to our peaceful land and destroy the pandal constructed by the people of Likabali for the public during the mela and take away the furniture meant for the public?

Why have they forgotten that 90% of the participants attending the mela are from Assam? The Govt of Assam should not appoint these kinds of educated foolish officials, who can never do any good for the society.


M B Wangsu




Remember Khandu’s contribution

Dear Editor,

As practiced, the state government should honour Late Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu by naming an institution or a landmark after him.

His tenure as the Chief Minister saw remarkable changes in all-round development of the state.

After his untimely demise, forgetting his services to our state, we have been involved in dirty political game so as to achieve our selfish motive.

We even do not talk of anything to memorize his services in any form and even the state government have not recommended Khandu’s name to central government for any honorable civilian award.

I fail to understand if it is discrimination or misfortunate on our part.

I would like to appeal to our state government to recall Khandu’s services and recommend his name for the highest civilian award on his first death anniversary as a mark of respect to the departed soul.


Komjum Riba




Jhumming, wild fire and Itanagar

Dear Editor,

Jhum cultivation is being practiced even in middle of capital complex. All catchment area of Ganga Lake is under jhumming and in few years, the lake will dry up.

Forest department, must be strongly condemned for not functioning properly; wildlife meat are being openly sold in capital market.

Any economic activities in deforested area must be strictly banned or otherwise no one would be able to control wild fire in capital area. Forest dept must not allow cultivation even if the area has already been deforested by fire or tree felling.

On the other hand, road between Itanagar-Jully reflects uncaring attitude of both public and the government.

Lakhs of rupees are spent for construction of road and drainage but some selfish people simply damage or block it while making approach road for their houses.

In coming monsoon the road is going to be damaged due to such practises. Why is authority not taking serious action against these anti-social people?


Soyum Potom




An open letter to chief minister

Dear Editor,

The subsequent deteriorating law and order problem in the state more particularly in the state capital after demise of former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu seems to be never ending. The recent brutal attack on Haku Tatak, a law student has once again brought to fore the real state of affairs regarding the prevailing law & order problem in the twin capital.

The display of force with full impunity by Assam officials and police personnel at Likabali inside the Malini Mela complex which has been hoisting the event since decades has left an unpleasant taste and the recurring boundary problem from all over the state every other day reflects the level of seriousness at which the state government is handling the age old issue.  Unfortunately, this issue does not get mentioned even in the Governor Speech or raised by any of the elected representative at the Assembly session.

Moreover, reluctant approach on part of the government to arm the much hyped department of Border Affairs, has been almost reduced to a non functional one with absence of requisite man power and machine.  AAPSU, all these years has thought the creation of the department to be one of its major achievements.

It’s a paradoxical hope when we look back at the number of recent incidents that are yet to be solved and see the light of the day even after much time has passed giving an impression whether justice will ever be delivered.

The murders in the month of March at Papu Nallah and Chimpu, burning of APPSC office building in January, burning of PWD office and APST buses in February, recent factional clashes in Chassa village and Borduria has put a big question mark on security for common masses of the state. Chakmas & Hajongs are gaining limelight in state and regional media for their notoriety involving in drug trafficking, kidnapping for ransom and other anti national activities but these problems has been overlooked by the government time & again.

We are pained to see the performance of our three members in the parliament for not voicing these sensitive issues in the national fora. The practice of washing their hand off on the pretext of one or the other reason involving the sensitive issues of interstate boundary and refugee problem should be stopped and instead rigorously pursued by them. We also appeal to the state government to immediately work out modalities to check the increasing traffic congestion in the twin capital which has become one of the biggest pain in the neck for the capital dwellers and the problem is bound to grow bigger and take a monstrous shape in the days to come if an alternate arrangement is not made, when things are still quite manageable.

Lastly we remind the state government that the apex students’ body of the state is extending its all out effort and cooperation for the peace, tranquility and development of the state which should not be construed otherwise. The govt should make amends to immediately improve the law & order problem of the entire state. Otherwise, union will be compelled to take extreme democratic steps to wake them up from the deep slumber.


Takam Tatung





Antics of SBI

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the State Bank of India authorities towards its poor service at Khonsa Branch.

It is to be mentioned that for many days the ATM remains non functional, the new queue management system installed at the premises of SBI is making it more crowded at the bank.

For a simple transaction the public have to wait for 2-3 hours. Sometimes, the bank is closed due to link failure; on April 11 also the bank was closed whereas other central government establishments were opened.


A concern citizen,




Power project and Tawang

Dear Editor,

Tawang is famous for being peaceful and harmonious but within past few days it has been destroyed dangerously because of debates on dams.

Although building dams and barrages affect ecology up to some extent but on the other hand it also lead to socio-economic development of the people.

Hence, construction of dams can work as a source of income for the local people. Many unemployed people can be employed and culture can be preserved and promoted.

For example the Kameng Hydro project has created lot of job opportunity and generated better economic avenues for the local people. Construction of dams may lead to the deforestation and landslide but it can be checked by proper awareness and planning. There are many other factors responsible for degradation of forest recourses. Therefore the government, NGO and communities can team up and work together to stop deforestation.

Tawang area practices substance type of agriculture in which barrages can be boon by providing irrigation facilities.

In rural area every individual is craving for development, job opportunity, electricity, proper water supply etc. But without taking any risk this kind of activities cannot be fulfilled.

If risk can be minimized by taking proper risk assessment measures it can act as a catalyst for over all development of the people.

So we request the government, companies and builders to gather first hand information and take proper assessment by inviting geologists and experts from different parts of the nation before initializing such kind of project.

And it is also our request to the Tawang District administration that name of His Holiness must not be included in such activities which will destroy the unity and integrity of Mon-people.

I also appeal the citizens to maintain peace, prosperity and harmony in the region for better future.


Konchok Tashi


Daunting challenges

All across the globe, women activists everyday fight for equality and justice. These Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) face not only stiff opposition in their work but also often violence of different kinds.

The Global Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders reveals the daunting challenges that these women workers face on account of their gender and their cause.

The document argues that the violations are not stray incidents but in fact are a part of systemic and structural oppression caused by patriarchal and hetero-normative ideologies, which shape the landscape in which WHRDs work. Such hetero-normative ideologies not only iconize heterosexuality, they also rigidly define ‘normal’ gender identity, roles, sexuality and sexual relations. Both patriarchal and hetero-normative ideologies have led to a whole set of beliefs and systems that perpetuate gender discrimination and inequality.

Intended as an advocacy against abuse and a tool for building capacities to protect WHRDs, the document prescribes a number of responses based on a large number of case studies. The work emphasizes that the challenges faced by WHRDs are substantially influenced by social, cultural, economic and political factors.