First local language newspaper of the state launched
ZIRO, Apr 7: Supung Puyu—the first fortnightly local language newspaper in Apatani
language was lunched in a function held at Abotani Hall, Hapoli yesterday by local
MLA-cum-Parliamentary (Land Management, UD, Housing & Town Planning) Padi Richo and
Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Taru Talo.
The first issue of the Supung Puyu, a fortnightly newspaper in Apatani language has
been released by local MLA Padi Richo and the deputy commissioner Lower Subansiri
district, Ziro amidst huge gathering.
Appreciating Yachang Tacho, publisher cum editor of the newspaper for taking up the
publication in local language for the benefit of the people, Richo said that the
newspaper will serve as an important platform to improve the Apatani language as
well as a medium of learning. He was also of the belief that with the publication
of Supung Puyu, the dying language of Apatani that remained in loose gripes for last
few decades would be revived.
Richo urged people of Apatani community, including govt. servant, PRI members, educational
institution etc. to cooperate and support the publisher by becoming a regular subscriber
of the newspaper.
To the thundering applauds of the huge gathering, he has committed to subscribe 127
copies of the newspaper for all the ASMs of Ziro-I Assembly segments, the Govt. schools
and colleges in Ziro Valley and a copy each for all the colleges in the country.
Deputy Commissioner Talo, while congratulating the Publisher for successful lunching
of the newspaper, suggested the publisher to make it an effective medium of learning
and promote the same to a weekly publication in due course of time. He also urged
general public, including Govt. Servant, HoDs and others to subscribe the newspaper.
Yachang Tacho, publisher cum editor of the newspaper narrated about the aim of publication
and his desire for bringing out a newspaper in local language in order to put a brake
on dying language of Apatanis.
Considering the fact that Apatanis, mostly younger folk are avoiding own mother tongue,
“I was longing to bring out a journal or a newspaper so as to make it a medium of
learning as well as a platform for improving language”, he said.
He also expressed the problems being faced by him in bringing out the newspaper and
appealed people of Apatani community to support in keeping it up and in making it
as a platform for improvements of the language.
Representing Popi Sarmin Society (PSS), Mihin Kaning, vice principal of Govt. Hr.
Sec. School, Ziro has encouraged the publisher to continue the publication with full
dedication for the benefit of the people of Apatani. He also suggested him to use
the phonetics approved by Apatani Cultural & Literary Society (ACLS) and PSS.
Gyati Habung, vice president ACLS while comparing other north east States like Manipur,
Nagaland etc where people are reading local newspaper even by the vendors, he expressed
his happiness for bringing out a newspaper in their own language.
A prominent writer for Apatani community, Takhe Kani while encouraging publication
of the newspaper in local language suggested publisher to use all the forgotten words
or phrases of Apatani and also requested for giving a column or space in the newspaper
specifically for legendary section.
About 300 well wishers including Dani Sulu, Secretary Fishery, Member Secretary,
State Finance Commission, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, HoDs, ZPMs, Panchayat leaders,
ASU, NGOs, students and general public attend the function.
Earlier, Koj Tara, Chairman Subansiri LAMPS gave welcome address and expressed his
happiness over participation of well wishers from all walks of life in the function
to witness lunching of the newspaper.
Centre agrees in principle for a separate HC for Arunachal
New Delhi, Apr 7: The Centre has in principle agreed to give a separate high court
for Arunachal Pradesh today. In response to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s demand for
a separate high court for the state in the Joint Conference of the Chief Ministers
of the State and Chief justices of High Court at New Delhi today, Altamas Kabir,
Chief Justice of India and Union Law Minister Ashwini Kumar agreed to the demand.
Tuki had emphasized that “as the separation of judiciary from the executive in the
state is already initiated, it would be in the fitness of things that the state has
its own independent high court not only for better supervision, monitoring and control
over the sub-ordinate courts but also for the convenience of the poor litigants of
The Chief Justice and the Union Law Minister in their overall assessment of the judicial
system of the country praised the performance of Arunachal Pradesh.
Chief Justice Kabir was in agreement with CM Tuki’s assertion that the traditional
‘Kebang’ system practised in the state is doing well in covering the judicial needs
of the panchayat areas and the pendency of cases is negligible.
Tuki appealed for additional manpower and infrastructure development to augment the
judicial system keeping in view the special category status of the state and its
In his speech CM mentioned that the State Government is taking steps to separate
the Judiciary in a phased manner while accordingly creating and filling up the posts.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Legal Advisor to CM and Supreme Court Advocate,
Ranji Thomas, C.P Mansai, Secretary Law, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Hatobin
Mai, OSD to CM, Dr Avinash Kumar Mishra, Chief Resident Commissioner, Kesang.N Damo,
DRC, among others.
Mystery deepens over case of missing girls
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: The case of two missing girls who had disappeared from Tuting in
Upper Siang district is deepening day by day. On 11th December 2012 at around 3.45PM
two minor girls namely Tiduli Mena aged 5 yrs of Singa village and Pema Jangmo 10
yrs old of Bishing village of Upper Siang District went missing near the Army Artillery
camp of the Gurkha Regiment. The family member lodged an FIR on 19th December at
Tuting police station fearing foul play.
The mutilated dead body of Pema Jangmo was retrieved from the bank of river Siang
on 2nd March by army porters while collecting stones. The whereabouts of the other
girl is still not known. Though months have passed, the investigation has not yielded
any result yet. The Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) have written
to Chief Minister seeking his intervention in this regard and claimed that administration
is not serious about investigation.
“The family member doubted involvement of Indian army personnel based on the immediate
local evidences and had lodged FIR seeking fair investigation in this regard. Sadly
the administration and police have not been able to make any progress in the case
as the suspect is an Indian Army personnel,” IMCLS stated in a release.
Further they added, “the loss of a child is unbearable. Equally painful is the neglect
of FIR. Neither administration nor police are yet to trace out anything so far. It
is very worrying that the response of concerned administration has not been forthcoming
at all. The public at large fear that the alleged accused being an army personnel
is being shielded.”
The administration on their part clarified that they are carrying out investigation
with lot of honesty and dedication. “The police under OC Tuting are properly investigating
the matter. Even Indian army authorities has cooperated us in the whole investigation
process. Therefore it is wrong to say that we are not serious about the incident,”
told deputy commissioner of Upper Siang Liyon Borang over telephone.
In contrary to the allegation levelled by the victim’s family, some local citizen
claims that two girl had committed suicide by jumping into Siang River. “Some of
their friends had overheard two of them talking about committing suicide. From what
we know it looks like a case of suicide but police need to find out reason which
compelled such young soul to commit suicide,” informed a local citizen of Tuting
on condition of anonymity. The conflicting report is deepening the mystery behind
the case. Whatever may be the case, the parents of missing girls deserve to know
how their daughter went missing?
Takam Sharmila dies in road mishap
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Thirty-two-year-old Takam Sharmila, sister of Lok Sabha member Takam
Sanjoy, died in a tragic road accident near Guwahati in the wee hours Sunday while
on way to drop her Class-IX daughter in a school at Shillong.
While she died on the spot, driver Tikaram sustained grievous injuries, her other
son and daughter also sustained injuries. The mishap occurred when a speedy truck
collided with the Fortuner (No. AR-01E-6767) carrying them along the busy NH 52 at
Nang, about 45 km off Guwahati, according to family sources. They had left Itanagar
around 11 pm Saturday. All the injured were rushed to a private hospital at Guwahati
for treatment, where the injured are convalescing while the driver is stated to be
in a critical condition.
A heartbroken Sanjoy made all possible attempts to airlift her mortal remains which
did not materialise despite the GoAP nod and consent of other sources for numerous
The mortal remains arrived at her official Raj Bhawan quarters and later taken to
her Papu Nallah residence late night where the last rites would be performed on April
Sharmila, wife of Gora Makik, had joined the directorate of IPR on 17-12-2002 as
an upper division clerk and was promoted to the rank of assistant while on deputation
to Raj Bhawan.
Many relatives and well wishers including the staff of Raj Bhawan, IPR and printing
directorates made a beeline to her official quarters after the news broke to join
the bereaved family including her parents, who had arrived today from their native
village Palin, at this hour of grief.
“We couldn’t do anything.... a loving soul is gone,” Sanjoy said while praying for
the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Hundreds carry out plantation drive under banner of ‘Green Pioneers’
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: With a slogan “each one plant one for a green earth” hundreds of
saplings were planted in and around Donyi-Polo School for Hearing and Visually Impaired,
Chimpu here today. The plantation drive was being organized by the Green Pioneers
in collaboration with the state forest department. The campaign was generated by
the Green Pioneers via social networking like facebook and twitter to persuade the
volunteers to take part in the plantation.
Hundreds of volunteers from different profession turned up in the drive; however
most of them were youths and teenagers including hearing impaired students of the
said school. The volunteers made many seedling protectors from bamboos after planting
the saplings, so that it can be saved from cattle.
“After a long gap we carried out plantation drive since our group is associated with
save environment,” said Pritam Taffo, an advocate who is also active member of the
Green Pioneers. Taffo further disclosed that Donyi-Polo School for Hearing and Visually
Impaired was chosen as plantation site after an extensive survey. “If everybody contributes
its part by planting a sapling we can save our mother earth and fight global warming”
Extolling the group initiation, Dr Kenjum Bagra, an environmentalist said that such
plantation drive should be encouraged by every citizen. He also opined that planting
a sapling is an act of global contribution in saving the mother earth. Meanwhile
a colourful cultural programme was also displayed by hearing and visually impaired
NES team takes part in AANA conference
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: A Nyishi Elite Society (NES) team led by its president Bengia Tolum
attended the 37th Annual Conference of All Assam Nyishi Association (AANA) at Phuloguri,
one of the largest Nyishi villages in Charduar area of Sonitpur district of Assam
The NES president advised the new AANA team to constitute full executive body with
one male and female representative from each Nyishi village in Assam. He assured
to participate in the first executive body meeting of AANA.
Earlier, a new executive team of AANA headed by Wala Sengdo as its President was
constituted under the supervision of the NES.
Tali Wahge, the first president of AANA was felicitated on the occasion. Perung Chiri,
outgoing president of AANA appealed NES to take up the matter with the Assam Government
for change of nomenclature from Dafla to Nyishi in consonance with the Constitutional
Amendment Act of 2008.
The NES team comprised of Tarh Tabin, AGS, Er. Katung Wahge, Finance Secretary, Yumlam
Kaha, Secretary, Kurung Kumey, Er. Kholie Tath, Secretary, Papum Pare, Tame Yaku,
Assistant secretary, Education & Literary and Techi Lombu, Assistant Secretary, Art
Nyishi people in Assam are residing in Phuloguri, Rangagarah, Boroli Basti, Dolong
Basti, Hodubari, Gormara, Dubea, Soibari, Jorhat, Rangajan (North Lakhimpur district)
and Rangajan (Sonitpur district).
Capacity building training for UD officials
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: A two-day Capacity Building, Training and Research for preparation
of State Urban Poverty profiles, Alleviation, Strategies in State and City level
and Slums Profile and Strategy in State and City level organized by department of
Urban Development and Housing concluded at a city-based hotel here today. The programme
was sponsored by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Govt. of India.
All the deputy directors, urban programme officers, assistant town planners and assistant
urban programme officers from all the districts participated in the programme.
Speaking as the chief guest during its inaugural function, CE-cum-Director, UD &
Housing T Tadir said, it is a matter of concern that due to rapid urbanization in
India, people living in slum areas are also increasing, as a result large number
of people are living without basic amenities in urban areas.
Saying that responsibility of the department is increasing with more urban areas
coming up under the jurisdiction of Urban Development in the state, he called upon
the participants to take good advantage of the workshop.
Professor and Head, SPA, New Delhi Dr N Sridharan, Professor & Head, SPA, Bhopal
Dr B Choudhury and Professor and head of department, Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University
Dr. Nishamani Kar were invited as resource persons.
During the two-day training, the participants were also taken to the Waste management
plant at Chimpu for site visit.
On the concluding day, Joint Secretary, UD & Housing Sumedha advised the participant
to work hard in their respective division.
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
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Arunachal Student Union of Haryana (ASUH) organized its first ‘Annual
Meet Day’ at Shahabad, Haryana yesterday.
A football competition was also organized among various colleges, including Galaxy
College, E-Max College, Ambala, J Polytechnic, Shivalik College, Haryana, ITFT College
Chandigarh, Punjab and ACMI College, Faridabad, Delhi in which ITFT College Chandigarh
Attending the programme, former MP Kiren Rijiju delivered few words of advice to
the students asking them to study hard to achieve desired goal in life. Describing
that students are the future of any nation, he advised them to become worthy citizen
through hard work and live upto their parents’ expectation.
Joram Biba, an IAS officer of Moga district in Punjab and Chuku Jirjo, Vice President
of Arunachal Student Union of Delhi (ASUD) also attended the programme.
Meanwhile, ITFT College, Chandigarh students apprised Rijiju of non release of stipend
and urged the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh to release the same before end
of second semester examination.
Two dead, five injured in road accident
DAPORIJO, Apr 7: In a tragic road accident, two women lost their lives and five other
sustained grievous injuries when the Tata Sumo, in which they were travelling from
Itanagar to Daporijo, fell into a deep gorge near Puchigeko area of Upper Subansiri
The deceased have been identified as Yasu Nalo (32) and Maya Don (19).
Though the cause of the accident is not yet known, police launched investigation
to find out the actual cause of the accident. However, it is alleged that the accident
occurred when one of the passengers drove the Sumo in the middle of the journey,
said IO Token Dubi
The accident was reported by one of the injured persons through his cell phone to
his family members at Daporijo at around 4.30pm yesterday. The injured persons have
been admitted at Daporijo General Hospital.
Meanwhile, daily Tata Sumo service from Daporijo to Itanagar was kept off today following
Visit Nari-Koyu and see development, asserts Dabii
PASIGHAT, Apr 7: Visit Nari-Koyu and see the real development, asserted local MLA
Tako Dabii while inaugurating a drinking water project at Koyu today.
Describing water a major component of life, the educationist turn politician Dabii
urged people to maintain and protect project. He hoped all the completed and upcoming
projects in the district will ensure better facilities to the people in days to come.
Later, in a public meeting organized by the villagers at the Tumpak Koyu Hall, Dabii
threw lights on the present water project and its distribution system. He appreciated
O. Padung, EE, PHED and his team of engineers for timely completion of the work.
Dabii informed that the project was planned to solve the drinking water scarcity
in the area and Rs. 73.99 Lakh was provided under National Rural Drinking Water mission,
a centrally sponsored scheme under his initiative. He hoped the said water project
would curtail incidence of water borne diseases and enhance the general well being
of the people.
Taking serious note on deforestation, hunting and illegal fishing, he criticized
the practices saying that these would destroy biodiversity which should be checked
by the authorities immediately.
While pointing out that many trees are being fell mercilessly in the village areas
of Sido, Sipu, Rina, Kakki, Mane, he said deforestation causes erosion, silting of
rivers, landslides and floods. He advised the people to restrain themselves from
such illegal practices and raise voice against the issues. He instructed the authorities
of forest and administration to protect the natural assets at any cost. DIPRO
266 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
The United Nations health agency has called on countries to intensify efforts to
prevent and control hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, which affects
about one billion people worldwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing the importance of people taking
steps to improve their health by calling on adults to measure their blood pressure
on World Health Day.
"Our aim today is to make people aware of the need to know their blood pressure,
to take high blood pressure seriously, and then to take control," said WHO Director-General
World Health Day is observed on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the
founding of WHO in 1948 and each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority
area of concern for the agency. This year's theme "Measure your blood pressure, reduce
your risk" focuses on preventing hypertension in people over 25 years of age.
Hypertension is one of the most important contributors to heart disease and stroke
- which together make up the world's number one cause of premature death and disability.
It is most prevalent in Africa, where it affects up to 46 per cent of adults.
High blood pressure also contributes to nearly 9.4 million deaths from cardiovascular
disease each year and increases the risk of conditions such as kidney failure and
People can take simple measures to reduce the risk of hypertension such as consuming
less salt, eating a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding
tobacco use and avoiding harmful use of alcohol. These actions, along with the measurement
of blood pressure, also save individuals and governments time and money, WHO says.
Don’t ignore our contribution
Through your esteemed daily would like to share few things regarding 50 bedded hospital
which is supposed to be established at Jorung village, Palin. Jorung village under
Palin circle is one of the most economically developed among Tassar Anchal segment
in terms of literacy, employment, health & hygiene and kind hearted nature. The indigenous
inhabitants of Jorung village had donated its own land, where the villager used to
rear their mithuns at the time of farming in the form of lungte sulung(Mass fencing
for mithuns) to the govt, for the sake of development of the area as well as district.
The land was donated for construction of 50 bedded hospitals at Jorung under Tassar
Anchal Segment. An agreement was signed between the public of Tassar Anchal Segment
and the govt, under the condition that 100% contract work would be given to local
people of this Anchal Segment, which comprises of four villages namely Jorung, Tassar,
Yapap and Rayuk. But unfortunately in the last couple of years it has been found
that all the contract works of the 50 bedded hospital has been awarded to the public
of Tassar Anchal Segment and a few from the Langbia Anchal Segment too, but none
of the indigenous people of Jorung village were awarded even a petty contract works.
The deprivation of work to the people of Jorung village is breach of agreement signed
So after going through all kind of inequality treatment meted towards the people
of Jorung village, the village had formed a committee (JVDC) in the presence of all
the public and youths of this particular village in the month of April 2012 and the
same had been circulated through this local daily in the mid of the August last.
The three point resolution passed during the meeting was rejected by the project
chairman of 50 bedded hospitals. He had threatened our members to deal using police
force. Now, the question is how can one so easily threaten to use police force instead
of considering the sentiments of the people and find an amicable solution about appeal
made by the project affected people. Such kind of act is against democracy and violates
right to equality. The development under the influence of politics can never meet
peace and progress of the village simultaneously.
We the committee under JVDC urge the concerned executing agency not to issue work-order
to any individuals or firms for the construction of the 50 bedded hospital until
an amicable solution is arrived at between the project effected villagers(JORUNG)
and the project committee.
Jully village, Itanagar
Indigenous tribe deprived of basic rights
Felling of trees for domestic use or self employment in an unrestricted forest area
by the indigenous people of the state can cause deforestation but there seems no
concern on large scale deforestation if state govt. signs more than hundreds of Mega
Dams Projects with the Mega Dam Developers.
Haunting & killings of wild animals is a crime but issuing gun license & bullets
to the innocent villagers is not a crime.
Saw Mill is banned today but till today no alternative has been provided to the people
of the state for the procurement of timbers & logs for the construction of houses.
Native tribes are depended on firewood, roots, leafs, timbers, logs, bamboos, cane,
meat etc for day to day living on the forest but cannot use any resources of the
restricted forest. No subsidy or alternative is provided to them though they are
settling there since time immemorial.
Load Carrier (LC) collect woods by felling trees in the forest for the govt. servants,
MLAs & Ministers can be exempted by the officers of the concern department but if
the same is done by innocent villagers becomes illegal and they are booked under
violation of forest acts.
Educating the educated class to save environment & forest through local print media
of the state is a waste experiment by the department concern as newspaper are not
subscribe by the villagers.
The various categories of Reserved Forest were declared in Arunachal Pradesh only
after 1980s but various tribes were staying in those RF areas from time immemorial
but our state govt. does not give any heeds to the rights of the indigenous tribes
over their own forest.
The infight between the villagers & forest officials over the jungles & forest might
be generating revenue for the state government as the accused villagers have to pay
the price at last.
Where is the status of being indigenous tribe?
I whole heartedly welcome the recent public notice published in your esteemed newspaper
by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission of Arunachal Pradesh and by the Chief
Engineer (P), Western Electrical Zone, Itanagar for inviting the general public,
consumers and the stake holders to express their views, suggestions, grievances and
objections before the august body of the Hon'ble Commission on 10th April, 2013.
This is the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh that the due process of
law and the consumer's right is taking place so far the matters relating to electricity
tariff regulations is concerned. This is the right approach and is being appreciated
by the consumers of electricity in this state.
Kudos, to the Tuki government, commission and power department for their efforts
and deeds. The consumers can now air their views, give suggestions, grievances and
objections before the august body. I request the consumers thorough this Daily to
come forward to utilize the golden opportunity to place their views, suggestions,
grievances and objections before the commission to strengthen the functioning of
the democratic institutions. Therefore, I request the commission and the department
of power through this column to organize similar public hearing in the District Head
Quarters (as being done in other states) considering the communications constrains
of this state where the news papers and other mode of information reach belatedly
so that a comprehensive views, suggestions, grievances and objections could be heard
and an appropriate decision could be arrived by the commission and by the department
of power before processing of Tariff.
Monsoon warning for Basar town
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight about deteriorating road condition
of Basar town which is in need of immediate attention. The magnificent Basar plateau
(also a place where a sight of Cowboy hats is as common as in North America) has
undergone lot of developmental activities under the leadership of our present MLA.
However, the condition of the main road at Basar town says something else. At some
places, the road is in pathetic condition with naked boulders lying on half-stripped
The pot holes are turning into plunge pools; the most serious and dangerous one is
on the RCC Bridge over the 'See' river. This is causing lots of inconveniences to
the Basarian, especially to the students. The broken oil chamber of my car is the
latest causality. I am afraid that in the coming monsoon, the public might have to
ferry their vehicles on the road if no immediate measures are taken for the improvement
of the road.