April 23


News Impact


Workshop on photography

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: A two-day workshop on photography was orgnised at a city based hotel here on April 21 and 22.

Amatuar photagraphers and enthusiastic persons from various fields attended the workshop.

Resource persons from Delhi School of Photograpy (DSP) Bikash Das, who is the Dean of the School and his partner Deepak Virmani imparted training on landscape, portrait and the basics of photography to the trainees.

The trainees were also given practical training on photography by taking them to various places within Itanagar township. The presence of up coming models Subi Taba and Licha Pera added more glamourous to the workshop. The workshop was initiated by Halley Welly, Deputy Director UD, who is presently posted at Daporijo.

The workshop was successful as it opened the windows for the amateur  vis a vis professional photography, according to a release.



Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament

Jollang United FC to play Game Zone in final

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Jollang United FC and Game Zone, Naharlagun would lock horns with each other in the final of the first ever Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament on April 24 at Don Bosco School ground Jollang, here at 2.30 pm. In the semifinal matches held yesterday, Jollang United FC defeated Yarda Joseph FC by 3-2. Loyi Kena, Taba Tader and Tarh Nyara scored a goal each for Jollang United FC. In the other semifinal match, Game Zone defeated Vivek Vihar FC by 2-0. Orin Lego scored both the goals.


Earth Day observed

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Along with rest of the world Earth Day was observed by NEEPCO Ltd. at  its Ranganadi Hydro Electric  Project site at Yazali by organizing painting, slogan writing and quiz competitions on nature and environment among the school students at VKV NEEPCO, Yazali.

The Earth Day is observed worldwide every year to promote awareness and appreciation of the Earth and its natural environment to make it a better place to live,  said Saamarjit Chakravarti, Head Of Project, RHEP.

The day-long programme also included cleanliness drive and tree planting.


Ban mask wearing in Capital: KLA

ITANAGAR, Apr 22:  Kameng Lawyers Association (KLA) today urged the district administration to ban on wearing mask in entire Capital Complex. While citing the recent attack on the office of Arunachal Times by masked miscreants, the  KLA said masks are being  misused to commit crimes.

Expressing concern over deteriorating law and order in the state particularly in Capital Complex, the  KLA appealed to the chief minister to appoint full time home minister to tackle such issues tactfully.  Association further threw its weight behind All East Kameng Students Union(AEKSU) in its fight to unearth the true behind the Seppa PHED  water treatment plant(WTP) issue. It further  condemned the alleged misusing of funds of  Rs 9.18 crore without materializing the project. It also appealed to the newly constituted public account committee to examine the Seppa PHED water treatment plant. In a same line, KLA condemned the attack on the office of Arunachal Times.

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At least 15 houses gutted down

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: At least 15 dwelling houses were gutted down in a major fire accident broke out at C sector near deputy commissioner office Naharlagun this afternoon.

Though there is no human casualty, more than 66 family members have been rendered homeless, informed said Capital DC Onit Panyang.  The cause of the fire accident is yet to be ascertained. However, it is assumed that short circuit could be the reason, said Panyang.

The fire which broke out around 3:30 pm engulfed whole area within no time. However, the fire brigade rushed to the spot immediately and doused the fire before it engulfs the nearby houses. The total loss of property is yet to be assessed  as the  district administration is busy in rehabilitating the victims.

The district administration announced Rs 2500 for each family. DC also informed that victims who have no relatives to take shelter are temporarily accommodated at community hall near Rajiv Gandhi Stadium with help of local MLA Techi Kaso and executive engineer PWD Naharlagun sub-division. Kaso who immediately rushed to spot announced Rs 2000/ for each family of fire victim. Joining the helping hand Arunachal Pradesh Motor and Transport Federation general secretary Dobin Sonam and Tago Memorial Hospital donated Rs 10000 and Rs 2000 for the victims respectively.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe Students Union (APSTSU) condemned the fire service department allegedly for unpreparedness and negligence during the incident. Union alleged that fire brigade personnel came on spot with ill-equipped fire tenders. Further, it requested the government to provide relief to fire victims.



Herd of elephant spotted in D Ering sanctuary

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Much to the joy of animal lovers and environmentalists, the D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary wardens spotted a herd of elephant numbering around 60 including their cubs in the sanctuary last evening, according to DFO Tashi Mize.

The arrival of elephants is presumed to be a good sign as their presence in the sanctuary would certainly be a bane for the poachers and smugglers who are usually device new trick to escape from hawk-eyed forest guards. Unfortunately the elephants don’t stay here for long time due to low availability of fodders like wild bananas. Now sanctuary officials are of the view that planting of abundant wild banana tress will provide adequate fodder to the elephants and help them stay in the sanctuary permanently.  However, deputy range officer of Borguli forest range Naning Perme is of the view that aerial dropping of wild banana seeds across the sanctuary would be an ideal option.

Meanwhile, IFS officers from Maharashtra Pradeep Kr. Wahule and Millo Tassar accompanied by Solung K Sonam, advisor of Sanggo Lamte Foundation visited the medicinal plantation at Seram under Mebo area. While visiting the sanctuary, they  opined that  the sanctuary could become  a tourists’ hot spot if due attention is given by the government.

While supporting the  initiatives taken by the Tashi Mize for protection of the sanctuary, the local people  appealed to the Parliamentary Secretary, Forest C T Mein and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest B. S. Sajan to visit the sanctuary which will be morale booster  for the forest guards. Yung Tayeng and Oki Taruk, ASMs of Old and New Borguli respectively and Fringe People’s Forum-WL also called for development of infrastructure like construction of link road inside the sanctuary.



Press bodies react to CM’s statement

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist (APUWJ) and Arunachal Press Club (APC) have expressed dismay over statement of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki wherein he said that “if the local media do not cooperate with Government of Arunachal and boycott its news from April 24, it would be reciprocal”.

In an emergency meeting held here in the office of Arunachal Press Club today, the members of APUWJ and APC sought an explanation from the CM on his statement. They wondered whether CM is threatening to stop government advertisements to those media houses which boycott Govt news from April 24 onwards.

They further doubted if Tuki is the same person who had promised to work for the growth of the media in the state when he took over the reins of the state.

Addressing the presspersons at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan two days ago, Tuki raised eyebrows with his controversial statement that “Arunachal Times (AT) Staffs instead of remaining mute spectators could have got hold of one of the miscreants who attacked the office of the daily.” APC and APWUJ stated that such kind of statement from the man holding the post of Chief Minister is very distressing to hear. Further objecting to the irresponsible statement of CM, the organizations said, “During the time of attack only 4 office members were present inside AT office. Around 8 masked youth had entered the office premises and dozens more were waiting outside. Most probably some of the youths might have been armed. In such a situation how can CM expect staff of AT to catch hold of the attackers? What if any staffs were physically injured, will the state government bear loss of life? No one wants to get gold medal posthumously,” APC and APUWJ said in a joint statement.

The media fraternity of state has always been cooperating with police and concern authorities right from assault on the associate editor of Dawn-Lit Post, attack on office of Arunachal Front and also assault on journalists Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen. Did anything happen? Cases are still pending at courts and attackers roaming around freely. In the particular case of attack on AT, the staff and management of this daily has been cooperating with capital police and had provided all the necessary informations for further action.

“There is no point in dwelling what Arunachal Times staff could have done at the time of attack. Instead, CM Tuki should be advising his police force to work towards solving this case at the earliest”, the two organizations added. With all the evidences provided to the capital police 10 days is more than sufficient to trace out the attackers. Further the two organizations reiterated their demand for providing security to all the media houses of capital.



AAPSU can’t dictate term to Govt : APYC

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) president Tadar Niglar urged the All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU) to refrain from dictating terms to the state government.

“It is the prerogative of the state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on when and how various portfolios will be distributed amongst ministers and what portfolios would be under his command,” the youth wing of the Congress party said in a release.

“APYC feels that the state government should be allowed to function freely under the ‘able and dynamic’ leadership of state Chief Minister,” the release said.

It also appealed to the Press fraternity to change their decision to boycott any Press statements by government and all non-governmental organizations, including the student community from April 24 next.

“Keeping in mind the seriousness of the matter, APYC president Tadar Niglar who spoke to the Capital SP was informed that day to day rigorous investigation is being carried out to solve the case. The SP expressed confidence that the case would be solved in no time”.

Niglar also said that the maintaining law and order situation in the state is not only the state government’s responsibility but of every individual and organization.

“The government alone cannot be held responsible for the law and order problem in the state rather every individual should co-operate with the government to tackle the same,” Niglar said.

He further urged the administration and the police department to nab the culprits involved in the attack and punish them as per law.

APYC also supported the genuine demand of the Press fraternity for providing necessary security to all the Press establishments in light of repeated attack on media persons and houses in the state capital.



AdiSU demands action against LOU ED

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) demanded the Pasighat police to register a case against the executive director (ED) of Land Owner Union (LOU) and an employee of  Jaypee Arunachal Power Limited for their alleged offence of criminal intimidation, illegal possession of arms and ammunitions and threatening a peaceful gathering with dire consequences.

A complaint against the Executive Director of LOU has been lodged at Pasighat Police Station on April 20 for the offence of criminal intimidation, illegal possession of arms and ammunitions, threatening etc., AdiSU said in a release. It threatened to knock the door of high court (HC) if the authority fails to register case against him. AdiSU which met at Pasighat today to discuss the incident aftermath of the Public Hearing for Lower Siang Hydro Power Project, which was canceled due to stiff opposition from public who do not want dam at Siang basin, claimed that the untoward incidences at Jeying camp was provoked and intimidated allegedly by the LOU executive director and the JE of Jaypee Arunachal Power Limited.

AdiSU further demanded the Government to scrap the 2700 MW Lower Siang Dam Project.



Cultural programme at NERIST

ITANAGAR, Apr 22: A cultural programme was organised by the Ladies Club of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli on April 20 in the Institute’s auditorium.

Besides songs, dances and poetry recitation there was also a short skit which highlighted some of the important and burning social issues.

Attending the programme, Padmashree awardee and Chairperson of Oju Welfare Association (OWA) Binni Yanga fondly remembered her long association with NERIST. She explored her journey as social worker after leaving her service as school teacher and later police officer.

Earlier, NERIST director Prof. Dipankar Pal expressed his deep gratitude to Yanga for her dedication and selfless service to the common people of Arunachal Pradesh. He applauded the enthusiasm of ladies club for organizing such a colourful show.

Lopamudra Pal, the patron of NERIST ladies club said that from now onwards NLC will try hard to be an active social organisation in this part of the state.   

The programme enthralled the audience for about two hours.


An open letter to Govt

Dear Editor,

It is inspiring to hear the speeches of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and officers during public meeting and seminar etc. when they speak about self-employment schemes and Govt’s plan to generate employment opportunities in agriculture, horticulture, Tea, Rubber, Poultry, Piggery, Diary and many others  sectors. But, they should know about the capabilities of the Govt in providing technical guidance to the prospective farmers and upcoming entrepreneurs before announcing such schemes and projects. Farmers of other states like Assam, Punjab, and Haryana are equipped with modern agriculture equipments like tractor, water pumps and proper irrigation facilities while only seeds and manure are the things that have been provided to the farmers in our state. Here too, the process of distributing seeds and manure is politicized and not all farmers are lucky to reap the fruits of such schemes.

It is a shame for us that large numbers of jobless youth are still deprived of vocational and technical training facilities. Recently, I came to know that there is no any equipment or facilities for soil testing at Regional Research laboratory unit, G-sector Naharlagun. As a result large number of farmers are forced to  approach RRL Jorhat  in Assam which is not possible for every poor but interested farmers.

Due to improper implementation of policy and program of the Govt, the people of the state are still unable to reap the benefit of Govt schemes.  The state is lagging far behind in all kind of development such as employment generation, proper road connectivity, proper telecommunication facilities  in interior areas due to poor implementation of the projects and schemes.

 Many high profile dignitaries are found narrating their visit to foreign counties, but  they never try to share their idea and experiences gained in foreign countries  for the benefit of  own people in the state. Govt sponsored foreign trips of the dignitaries are not at all helpful  for the common masses. It is only wastage of public money on forieng tour.

Hence, through this article I would like to request the state govt. to establish more and more technological institutes in the state so that unemployed youths and farmers enhance their technical skill and launch self employment venture.


Nabam Akin Hina, Chairman,

Education and Cultural Development Society,




We want him out

Dear Editor,

I don't understand the stand of the present government regarding the transfer of present controversial Deputy Commissioner of West Siang district. His tenure in Arunachal has already been completed but he is still in the chair. During his tenure we have seen many ups and downs and his failure in everything. He has almost lost confidence of the people of West Siang. Presently his act pertaining to Malini Mela incident is also questionable and his continuation as Deputy Commissioner of Aalo is a great threat.

So may I request the present government led by Nabam Tuki to release him before another turmoil happens in the district.


Geli Ete, Aalo




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Food subsidy initiative for hunger-free Afghan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced a new food subsidy initiative towards providing Afghanistan’s urban poor with guaranteed access to provisions despite the threat of food insecurity.

The project is designed to assist households in Kabul through a monthly cash voucher programme aimed at offsetting the impact high food prices have on the poor.

It is worth mentioning that this project was launched after the successful implementation of similar programmes in other Afghan cities earlier.

According to WFP, some 18,000 households – or an estimated 114,000 individuals – consisting mainly of poor women and households headed by people with disabilities will benefit from the project.

Each monthly voucher is worth $25 and can be exchanged for food items in participating local shops.

While most of WFP’s work has traditionally focused on food-insecure rural areas of Afghanistan, the new voucher project will function as a safety net for those urban poor who are particularly vulnerable to high food prices.

There is a good news that many NGOs of international repute which are organizing poverty alleviation programmes in  the world. One of  such organizations is ‘Opportunity International’ which  provides financial products and strategies to over 2.5 million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world.