April  08

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 state”.

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 limited resources.

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

Taba Ajum

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

Staff Reporter  

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 unavoidable reasons.

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 9.

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’

Staff Reporter

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” Taffo added.

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 students.



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 yesterday.

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 & Culture.

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






Annual meet

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 became winner.

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 district.

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 the accident.


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. 

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News Impact


Control hypertension

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 Margaret Chan.

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 blindness.

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

Dear Editor,

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 by govt.

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.


Tassar Jina

Jully village, Itanagar



Indigenous tribe deprived of basic rights

Dear Editor,

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?


Nabam Tado





Welcome step

Dear Editor,

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.


Tadar Nima




Monsoon warning for Basar town

Dear Editor,

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 metallic road.

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.


Bomjar Basar,  Basar