April  07

Road connectivity is vital for development: Union Minister

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: “The union government is aware of unique natural beauty and the strategic location of Arunachal and therefore due importance is being given for faster development”, stated LC Kataria Union Minister of State (Rural Development) at Riew village while joining the inaugural functions of newly constructed Mobuk and Redang Deres.

He expressed concern about the hard circumstances faced by the simple and peace loving people of the area. He appreciated the spirit of survival. He assured that thrust will be given on the need for proper road connectivity. For this he assured that all efforts will be put into clearing the schemes which are in pipelines.

While narrating the intolerable hardships faced by the people due to unavailability of roads, Ninong Ering, Unon Minister of State for Minority Affairs advocated for speeding up the development process of the border state especially the road connectivity.

The materials used for the developmental works costs many times more than the plain areas as they are carried on head-loads. Therefore, special policies and programs have to be chalked to suit the area. He appealed all for their cooperation in the all round development of the area.

Tapang Taloh, Minister Industries while welcoming the union ministers informed that there is a huge potential in tourism/horticulture/agriculture/hydropower sectors in Arunachal Pradesh.

But due to lack of proper road communication, they could not be exploited. Hence stressed is on to develop the road connectivity to the cluster of villages located in the left bank of the Siang River. He briefed about the schemes for linking various villages stretch wise and their latest status. Many of these schemes are in the pipelines and he was optimistic that they will be sanctioned soon. State Technical Agency has already cleared this scheme and all efforts to fulfil the norms have been taken care.

The minister further added that creation of new district will usher in new phase of development in the area. His vision is to make the new district one of the best with all round development in all sectors and become example for others.

Both the Deres (Community Halls) amounting fifteen lakhs each was funded by MoS Ninong Ering from his MPLAD. The Mobuk Dere was inaugurated by Takop Taki (GB) while another Dere was inaugurated by Takiam Tamuk (GB) at Redang on the day. DIPRO




Drug smuggling flourishing in the state

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The arrest of two Arunachalee youths at Silapathar in Assam for alleged possession of banned drug substance has all of a sudden thrown light on the drug world.  Assam police yesterday picked up two Arunachalee youths for allegedly possessing banned drug substance from Silapathar town, Assam.

The Dhemaji police team acting on a tip off conducted search operation in hotel Pradep, Silapathar on Friday morning and recovered some packets of psychotropic substance like “brown Sugar” from their possession.

Police sources said the two persons namely Minli Lollen of Aalo, West Siang and Kento Karbak of Tezu in Lohit district were arrested. They were reportedly staying in room number 7 and had checked on 4th April night. The duo reportedly brought the drugs from Dibrugarh in Upper Assam. “We have not yet registered any case against the duo, but they have been detained and remanded to judicial custody. We have not yet identified the substances and had sent it to Guwahati bases Forensic Science Laboratory. Case will be taken against them after the report,” informed the investigating officer while talking to this daily.

For many Arunachalees the arrest of the duo was not surprise news as they are aware that drug smuggling is a thriving business in the state. According to the sources, capital complex along with Pasighat offers the biggest market for the drug smugglers. The drug users in capital complex vary from young school students to senior government officers.  Most of the drug users themselves are believed to be operating as drug peddlers.

“Dibrugarh is the hub for all sorts of drugs. Most of the peddlers buys the substance from there and sell at higher price in Arunachal Pradesh. Especially, demands are quite high in capital complex and places like Pasighat,” shared a citizen of capital on the condition of anonymity. Further, he alleged that capital police is well aware of drug business but are not acting against them. “Most of drugs enter capital either through Banderdewa or Gumto and police knows it very well. Some of the security officials themselves are drug addicts and therefore they help these drug peddlers. The drug addiction is serious problem in capital and many youths indulge in criminal activities to fund their addiction. There is urgent need to take action against drug business in capital, “he continued.  (With input from Ruksin correspondent)



Mopin celebrated with pomp and gaiety

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The popular festival of Galo community, Mopin was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety in various parts of the state.

At Aalo, the festival was celebrated with traditional fervor and enthusiasm at Donyi Polo Mopin ground by Central Mopin Celebration Committee today.

Lal Chandra Kataria, Union Minister for Rural Development, Ninong Ering, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Brigadier Ajay Kumar Barma, Commandant 5 Mtn Brigade attended the celebration.

Extending his Mopin greetings to the people, Kataria appreciated the tribal people in this part of the country for exhibiting their rich age-old treasured culture and traditions and said that smearing with rice powder is a symbol of Indian culture. He disclosed that Centre is giving due attention to this border state by providing special budgetary support in all sectors. He also released a Souvenir titled Digo Yamo published and edited by Pakjum Ete.  

Ninong Ering while addressing the people has appreciated the Galo Community for maintaining the age-old culture and announced a Development Package from his ministry for West Siang District a sum of Rs 40 Crore which is to be used for upliftment of Education and others developmental activities. He termed the announcement as Mopin gift.

Responding to one-point memorandum submitted by Degam Ete and Ige Jini to each dignitary pertaining to underground parking place at Paktu heritage centre and construction of permanent gallery at festival ground, Ering assured to look into construction of gallery by providing Rs. 5 Lakh at the initial stage.

Brigadier Ajoy Verma, the Commander 5 Mountain Brigade said that Army will always come up for the cause of people here in course of guarding this beautiful frontier.

Earlier, Doi Ado Ex-Minister welcomed the gathering and Moji Bagra, President District Culture and Indigenous faith read out the Mopin mythology in detail.  

On the auspicious occasion, Miba Ado Lollen, Mongam Diyum and Dr. Dubom Bagra were felicitated for their outstanding contributions towards preservation of traditional culture and raising the standard of Mopin celebration at Aalo.

Popir Dance competition, mithun sacrifice and house to house invitation were part of the day-long programme.

Mopin celebration at Likabali started with great enthusiasm today with Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena inaugurating “Tamar Karlo Donyi Polo Dere Rabgo” (Entry Gate) at Likabali Donyi-Polo Gamgi complex in presence of Gedo Ori, Deputy Director,  Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh along with other special invitees and guests.

Mopin was celebrated at Khonsa with great enthusiasm and participation of 15 communities yesterday.

Tirap SP Dr Vikramjit Singh, Deputy SP J K Lego and Zilla Chairperson Lorang Loham attended the celebration.

Mopin was also celebrated at Namsai by Mopin Festival Celebration Committee at Mopin-Solung ground today.

Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein,  MLA Nang Choi Sati Mein, Lohit DCC president Chow Noi Zignu Namchoom and Namsai Addl Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi attended the festival.

Addressing the people on the occasion Mein advised them follow the spirit of comradeship, the feeling of one Arunachal and to upkeep the tradition and cultural values of our ancestors in tandem with modernity in tribal society.

Both the minister and MLA contributed few amounts to the fund of Festival Celebration Committee as a token of encouragement.

Festival Celebration Committee president Lomkar Ete read out the Mopin mythology. (with inputs from DIPRO)



One more accused arrested in APRB robbery case

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: In a major breakthrough, Banderdewa police led by Officer in Charge SI Krishnendu Dev after a long chase arrested Ganga Tulom, 20, one of the two absconding accused in Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank daring broad daylight robbery case, from Banderdewa area on Friday.

Three miscreants had looted over Rs 6 lakh at gun point from APRB branch near RK Mission Hospital around 12.15 pm on October 8 last year.

After prime accused Lokam Tagio, arrested on Nov 24 last, during interrogation revealed names of his accomplices – Ganga Tulom and Lebang Tatung,  Itanagar police, investigating the  case [No. 261/12 u/s 448/392/34 IPC r/w 25(a)(1) Arms Act], had tipped of its Banderdewa counterpart, City SP Surender Kumar informed.

Kumar appreciated Dev, who coordinated by Itanagar SDPO Taru Gussar and Naharlagun SDPO Jummer Basar, acted very swiftly to conduct search operation and daringly chased Tulom alone despite getting injured in the process and succeeded in apprehending him.

Tulom, a permanent resident of Damin under Damin PS of Kurung Kumey district and presently residing in Chimpu, Itanagar was given 13-day police remand on being produced before a local magistrate, the SP said, adding a police dragnet was spread to arrest Tatung.



Arunachal Panorama Festival begins at RGU


RGU is the highest temple of learning in the state: Techi Lala


RONO HILL, Apr 6: “RGU is the is the highest temple of learning in the state where one learn at the highest level and extend knowledge in return while completed,” said Techi Lala, President, Arunachal Chambers of Commerce & Industries (ACCI).

Attending the opening ceremony of the two-day Arunachal Panorama Festival, 2013 at RGU ground today evening, Lala applauded the organiser for preservation and continuation of traditions and cultures at the higher education dais and appreciated the participation of different troupes which shows the oneness through diversity. The ACCI president further urged the university community to extend such unique celebration to every district of the state to bear witness of unity.   

Vice Chancellor Prof Professor Tamo Mibang while attending the ceremonial beginning said, “RGU has a big role for the entire state to bring change and to create impact. RGU has always tried to promote and preserve the richness in culture and traditions in various capacities along with the goal of academic excellence” Mibang further expressed on the occasion.

The VC highlighted the basic objective of such festivals in preserving the unique cultural identity and as well as to promote the unity in diversity among the various tribes.

While stressing the importance of such ideas, he cited the example of great saint Swami Vivekananda, who is no more, but his noble ideas have become eternal. Similarly such kind of ideas like Arunachal Panorama, which fosters unity among the various tribes, should be carried forward as legacy by the new generation in the coming days. Professor Mibang concluded with this hope that old days which had cultural and communication barriers are gone and new days have come to know and learn about each other’s culture by conducting such festivals.

The festival was inaugurated by lighting the traditional hearth followed by ceremonial opening display representing various community student troops from the university. A vital purpose of the festival is to mobilize the students by engaging them in activities that give spaces for creative and artistic achievements. The various traditional performances are aimed at emphasizing the essence of their rich cultural heritage and to act as a motivator for them to learn from their traditions. Expected fallout of the festival is to promote the idea of a ‘window’ to the composite Arunachalee culture where visitors can get a glimpse of the ways of life of the tribes.

Dr. Rachob Taba, Registrar, and Prof. Lungdhim, Dean Students’ Welfare, RGU also attended the program. (With inputs from Department of Mass Comm, RGU)


Landslides cut off Dibang Valley

ANINI, Apr 6: Road communication comes to a temporary halt on Anini-Roing road following massive landslide at numerous points triggered by incessant rain. Roads are snapped at Erone, Endulin, Ranli, Hunli and Deopani areas and the downpour is unending.

Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso accompanied by DPO CW Chautang , FH. Ansari, EE, DHPD, Dr. Saga Migri were on site inspection of various state and central sponsored schemes at Etalin, Anelih and Arzoo circles.

The team got stranded at Etalin due to snapping of road in both ends as informed by the DC himself from camp office Etalin. The DC met officers and officials of BRO at roadside camp offices and sought their full cooperation in restoring road communication. The DC suggested for engaging more labour force and machineries at the identified vulnerable points to ensure uninterrupted surface communication, especially during Panchayat election.

Immediate and adequate measures should also be initiated to ascertain the conditions of every bridge along the Anini-Roing road to ensure their protection as these bridges are the life-lines of the district which are on always high risk when water volume rises above danger level during the monsoon season, DC cautioned.

On the other hand, BRO is on the tract in a war footing manner by engaging available resource in the restoration work but progress is being slowed down by persistent heavy down pouring. BRO assures of complete restoration of service within a day or two if the weather remains continually clear. DIPRO



Convention on Adi language begins

PASIGHAT, Apr 6: Sponsored by Union Ministry of Culture, the first convention on Adi language organized by Kolkata Sahitya Academi in association with Adi Agom Kebang (AAK) begun today in the Doying Gumin Hall, Pasighat under the chairmanship of eminent writer Padmashree Mamang Dai.

Speaking in the inaugural function, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, while upholding the importance of AAK, said it has potential to enrich our language, literature and culture and the doors of Adi language and culture should remain open to all. This venture not only acknowledges the need for the advancement but also strengthen our age-old traditions of respect for the mother-Earth in the interest of a better world of harmonious co-existence of brothers and sisters, he added.

The minister informed that mother tongue is compulsory as third language in schools but it is not properly taught in the state.

The students have birth right to learn and write their own language and therefore teaching community must take care of it, he appealed. On the other hand, the minister assured to send the teachers in different trainings/ workshops / symposiums and exposures to learn new techniques and methodologies to improve their teaching skills in local languages. He advised the AAK executives to select good books, written in Adi language which could be purchased by library department with the financial help of the state government.

Terming language and culture as mirror of the society, he said our state provides a wide range of languages of indigenous inhabitants with a better scope of research work and all efforts should be documented properly for glorious history of Adi community in particular and the state as a whole.

Earlier, Director Elementary Education Bodong Yirang said our indigenous language is breast milk for entire Adi community and source of our lifestyle, culture and identity. Arunachal having 82 languages and dialects and in Adi’s literary wealth in written and oral forms is vast which is unparallel in form of Abangs, Penge, Ponungs, Bari, folklores such as Delong, Yoyo, Gognam etc besides emerging creative writings. Until and unless our literary wealth mingled in Adi is not documented irrespective of any script as early as possible, the cultural future of the community can not be guarded, he commented.

The AAK Advisor and prolific writer Kaling Borang highlighted the brief history of formation of AAK and its activities. Obang Tayeng Secretary (AAK), Coordinator Maktil Apum also spoke on the occasion.

Padmashree Mamang Dai, who ornamented the dice as Chairman conveyed her gratitude to the Kolkata Sahitya Academi for organizing the convention at Pasighat. She hoped such initiative would enrich the writers and poet in the state. Dai shared her experiences in the field of literary activities and according to her the main aim of the convention was to promote, preserve and share the richness of Adi language and cultural heritage in particular, creating a better understanding of humanity and democracy, secularism, justice and equalities in the society.

Scholars, Poets and representatives of Mishing Agom Kebang from neighboring Assam are also participating in the convention. DIPRO

Cash reward stands


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






NCP against selective delimitation

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh today urged the state Govt to refrain from alleged ‘selective delimitation’ and to devolve power to  PRIs completely.

State NCP president Kahfa Bengia in a release today maintained that “since the Census Commissioner of India has not published and notified the population data of the state, it is, therefore, arbitrary and illegal on the part of the Govt to accept few delimitation cases while rejecting many other genuine proposals.”

Citing the letter vide Govt order No. PR-319/2011/724 Dtd. Itanagar the 19th Nov. 2012, Bengia further disclosed that the Directorate of Panchayati Raj had already issued an order addressed to all District Panchayat Development Officers of the State banning delimitation till the publication of the 2011 census report.

Citing another  Central Govt order No. M-l1011/131/2008-P & C (AR) Govt of India, Ministry of Panchayat Raj, Dtd. 31st March, 2009 wherein all state Govts were strictly instructed to entrust the task of delimitation and reservation of constituencies to the State Election Commissions, Bengia wondered as to what the State Govt was doing all these years. Urging the State Govt to convey immediate approval to all delimitation proposals or stick to its earlier stand for final publication and notification of the Census data, Bengia further said that failure of the Govt to respect the will of the people as well as the mandatory Constitutional provisions will compel the party to seek justice and fairness.



‘Release stipend’

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUT) strongly urged the State Government to immediately release the stipend to Arunachalee students studying outside the state.

ASUT, in a release, claimed that though stipend to the students studying outside the state are usually released within March every year the same has not been released till date causing financial hardships to the students as the students are preparing to come back to their state after completion of examinations.


BSNL clarified

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Taking note of several complaints received from customers regarding unanimous SMS/calls for ‘gift offers, prize-money, job offer etc’ in BSNL mobile/land line service in the name of  BSNL,  the BSNL AGM in a release today clarified that  no such offer or gifts are being announced by the BSNL.


BJP demands free and fair PR polls

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded free and fair Panchayati Raj and Municipality Election in Arunachal Pradesh with proper implementation of the code of conduct.

While expressing concern over the alleged ‘failure’ of Panchayati Raj system in the state, the state BJP, in a release demanded devolution of power to Panchayati Raj Institutions for all-round development of rural people.

It also criticized the reported order of Directorate for Panchayati Raj stating that there will be no women Zilla Parisad member in Tirap district which is against Panchayati Raj Act.

BJP condemned the ruling Congress Govt. in the state for not giving much importance to Panchayati Raj system.


Society condemns attack on engineer

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The Shalleyi Anchal Welfare Society has condemned recent attack on Er Nich Tader at his Ziro camp office by group of hooligans. Terming incident as uncivilized act, society stated that such anti-social people are obstacle in the development of backward area like Tali.


Training on 6th economic census held

KOLORIANG, April 6: A two-day training on 6th economic census was held at the conference hall of Kurung Kumey DC office, Koloriang recently. Charge officers and supervisors from various government departments participated in the training in which Nending Tamang was the master trainer.

Addressing the participant during its inaugural function, ADC Koloriang Hage Takka while highlighting the importance of economic census urged everyone to ensure that the survey was done properly, as the data collected will be utilized for future planning. (DIPRO)


Libang inaugurates Dere at Jengging

YINGKIONG, Apr 6: Tuting-Yingkiong MLA Alo Libang inaugurated the newly constructed Dere at Jengging yesterday amidst a huge gathering of public, government officers and officials, PRI members, Goan Buras and public leaders. The Dere (Musup) was constructed with fund provided by the MLA from his local area development fund.

Speaking on the occasion, Libang said that he has made every effort to bring development to the area, like surface communication, electricity, water supply, building infra-structure for education and health. He appealed to the executing agencies to distribute, allot work judiciously and in justified manner.

The MLA informed that he has taken two most important and major projects-- the Nubo and Gandhi bridge over Siang River connecting the right bank areas with the district headquarters, Yingkiong -during his tenure.

Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang in his brief speech said Musup (Dere) is the identity of Adi society and advised the villagers to preserve the age-old culture maintaining the Musup neat and clean.

Taking the opportunity, the Deputy Commissioner informed the villagers about prohibition of killing wild life-- both plants and animals, fishing by blasting in rivers, opium cultivation, drug addiction. The Deputy Commissioner has also informed the instruction of the State Panchayat Election Commission on banning of killing mithun and pigs during ensuing Panchayat Poll etc.

Senior public leaders Bading Teng, Kangut Jopir, Mingang Apang and Akkong Apang, HGB Karko also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Fresh lottery drawn for ZPM and AS chairperson in Upper Siang

YINGKIONG, Apr 6: Lottery was drawn afresh for ZPM and Anchal Samity Chairperson Seats today to decide from where women candidates will contest in the ensuing Panchayat Raj Election in Upper Siang district.

As per the re-draw of lottery, the Tuting and Jengging Anchal Samity Chairperson Offices have been declared and notified as reserved seat for women while V- Katan and VII- Likor- Singa Zilla Parishad Segments have been declared and notified as reserved seats for women.

The lottery was re-drawn after the draw of lottery held on April 3 for ZPM and Anchal Samity Chairperson were declared invalid.

The lottery was drawn under provision of the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1997 [Section 85 (2) & (iv)] with Rule 12 of the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj (Delimitation of Constituencies and Reservation of seats for Women) Rules, 2002.

The lottery was drawn in the Conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang in presence of ADC, SDO, all outpost Administrative Officers, PRI members and representatives of various political parties. DIPRO


BJP observes its 33rd foundation day

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh unit observed the 33rd foundation day of the party here today.

The BJP workers and leaders paid tributes and reverence to founder-father of Bhartiya Jan Sangh, Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee and Mukherjee and Pt. Deendayal Upadyay and recalled their contribution towards the party.

The Bhartiya Jan Sangh was later converted into the BJP.

State General Secretary (Org) BR Waghe readout the historical events in formation of the party.

Party’s Mahila Morcha President Padmeswari Jamoh, Minority Morcha President Doni Nich, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha President Dugh Saha, senior party workers Tame Tama, BJYM General Secretary Hinium Tachu attended the celebration.

The event was presided over by State Vice President Katan Kamboh.

Meanwhile, state BJP President Tai Tagak and Treasurer Bai Gadi are leaving for New Delhi today and present report on party status in the state to the party high command. They also highlight the present financial status of the state.


6th economic census training held at Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, Apr 6:   The 6th Economic Census Training for the year 2012-13 was held in the Conference Hall of office of the Deputy Commissioner here yesterday.

Inaugurating the training the Deputy Commissioner, Liyon Borang asked all the Charge Officers, Supervisors and Enumerators to participate the training sincerely so that the objective of the economic census is fully achieved for the greater interest of the nation. He said economic census is very important as the data/ information collected during the census will be the base for future planning and development of the country as a whole.

The training was organized by the District Statistical Officer and his staff.

All the Administrative Officers of the district and nominated Charge Officers, Supervisors and Enumerators from the respective Administrative circles actively participated in the training. DIPRO


Diiri Diig festival celebrated


DAPORIJO, Apr 6: DIIRI DIIG Festival was celebrated with traditional gaiety at village Baja, especially by the dwellers of Baja Village, from April 1 to 3.

Attending the final day of the festival as chief guest, Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board Chairperson Marina Nido stressed the need for preserving their own culture and tradition. She urged the celebration committee to organize the festival in more traditional way.

Addressing the womenfolk, she advised them to not to confine themselves within the kitchen. She said that women have a greater role to play in the society for all round development.

Guest of Honour Same Timba, District Planning Officers, appreciated the celebration committee for organizing the festival in a beautiful manner. He appealed to the people to keep up the spirit and preserve their traditional culture. He also advised the children to learn their mother tongue and the elder to teach their children the dialect as well.

Various cultural programmes and games and sports competitions were organized as a part of festival celebration in which villagers including youths participated. Volleyball competition was also organized among the villagers.

According to the festival celebration committee DIIRI DIIG has been celebrated in the village since time immemorial. This festival is celebrated for peace and well being of mankind.





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