April  09

BBK convention-cum-mega festival begins

CM outlines his vision to develop Pasighat  as knowledge city

PASIGHAT, Apr 8: The BBK (Bogong Banggo Kebang) Convention-cum-Mega festival began today in a spectacular show of pomp and gaiety.

The major events of the  opening day  of the  convention were inauguration of BBK (Bogong Banggo Kebang) logo, double storied building of Balek HS School. The exhibition stalls and cultural presentations, depicting the history of Boggong Banggo Kebang were highly appreciated by the audience. Another major event which attracted the  attention of huge gathering was the Mega dance presented by hundreds of girl students wearing traditional attires.

Union Minister of State Ninong Ering, MLA Ralom Borang, BJP MLA Dr. T Tapak, Pol Secy to CM Bamang Tago, Ex-MLA Tapum Jamoh, Commissioner (PWD) Ganesh Koyu, DC RK Mishra and SP Pushpendra Kumar were present on the occasion.

Inaugurating the glorious event, Chief Minister Tuki said this would remain as red-letter-day in the history of the State. He praised the Education Minister Bosiram Siram, MoS for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering  and also BBK President Oyem Dai and General Secretary Tagom Padung for having taken the decision to conduct such mega festival at Balek, the root of Pasighat in a befitting manner. Tuki urged the people to take the event as a great chance to show their rich culture and big-hearted hospitality.

Chief Minister Tuki said Pasighat has been in limelight for its stupendous development in various sectors – infrastructure, education, agriculture – to note a few. He said that he has vision to develop Pasighat into hub of education and the knowledge city of the state. Pasighatians are lucky enough, who got the State University, Polytechnic college and also going to get Agriculture College, Railway service and Airport soon, he commented. Pasighat was the lone town which is going to conduct Municipal election with the capital city soon. He disclosed various developmental schemes and projects to be brought in action under the Union Urban Ministry soon after the Municipal election. He happily informed that his government has already launched a website for transparent financial and other dealings of the state through e-governance policy. There will be opportunity for the common citizens to put their grievances to the CM and other concerned ministers/department.

The state will get High-Court soon of its own. For better policing and to ensure better law  and  order a DIG headquarter will be set up at Pasighat. He hoped the Rail and Air connectivity for Pasighat will boast in tourism sector and business activities in the district. While appreciating the health authorities of Pasighat General Hospital for their noble initiatives and esteemed services in the field, highly impressed CM said they have touched new height in the state. He assured to provide CT (Computerized Tomography) Scan Machine to make the hospital more modernize.

Tuki appealed the people to welcome hydropower in the sate for a better and wealthy Arunachal. The projects will not only meet the demands of water and electricity, but would help to set up industries, control flood and bring in developments in agricultural sector which would make Arunachal a financially strong state and minimize unemployment problems. The district has immense potential for hydro power which should be exploited. It will be environment-friendly and its effect to environment is minimal, he further added.

Replying to a memorandum, submitted by BBK President Oyem Dai for land allotment and setting up a ‘New Market’ in High-Region area and renaming the roads/lanes in the names of pioneers of Bogong who had generously donated their lands and rendered yeomen services, the CM instructed the Deputy Commissioner to take immediate action and to recommend the cases to the government for consideration.

Regarding beautification of Pasighat township, Tuki said that once Municipality is established funds for the purpose will be made available under Urban Development. Necessary funds for construction of teachers’ quarters and maintenance of school building will take up by the Education Minister itself.

On this auspicious day Nabam Tuki felicitated the Pioneers Dr. Daying Ering, Architect of modern Arunachal, Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo and Toshing Ering, the 1st teacher from Bogong Banggo posthumously.

Before concluding his deliberation, the CM while appreciating the cultural event said such activities will enhance and promote the cultural diversity through the exhibition of dance, drama and music in its various forms with the essence of innermost emotions and feelings of Siang valley.

Earlier the Guest of Honour Chowna Mein, minister for Finance, Planning and PWD renewed his relationship with the Adis and remembered his college days. Adis are one of the most democratic tribals of the state and the process of actual development was started from Pasighat in the early stages of the state, he asserted. In his brief speech Mein congratulate the organizer for wonderful celebration. He said that the financial position of the state is stable and therefore there is no cause for any panic or alarm as is evident by the fact that all usual government transactions such as salaries, pensions etc are continuing. Some hard measures which were taken by the government  are nothing new as there have been instances of taking such regulatory measures in the past also and there is no reason for any quarter to criticize the present govt pursuing people-centric welfares with commitment, Mein added.

He informed that the government has given priority to all the developmental schemes under different sectors for the current financial year and is also committed to implement all the innovative schemes and programmes as announced during the 2013-14 budget session to fulfill the aspirations of the people. The present govt. has also implemented the schemes and programmes announced in the 2012-13 budget in letter and spirit, said the finance minister in his address.

The Education Minister Bosiram Siram who is also the local MLA of the area said that Pasighat has always been blessed by the care and kinds of the present Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Siram added, the present government under the dynamic leadership Tuki has given State University, Polytechnic College, approved Railway and Air services for people of the district. He extended his thanks and gratitude for providing two crores each for constructions of Cultural and Community Hall-cum-Office buildings of Donyipolo Gangging and Adi Baane Kebang soon after taking charge of the Chief Minister of the state. According to Siram the state is marching towards the tremendous developments under care of the present people friendly government.

Among others, the BBK President Oyem Dai and General Secretary Tagom Padung also spoke on the occasion and presented a detail status report of BBK. They said the organization is tirelessly working for socio-economic-cultural upliftment of the society and being received good cooperation from the government and as well as the people. Various challenges and hardship being faced were also expressed. Duo conveyed their thanks and gratitude all the citizens and Bogong community in particular for cooperation and coordination. DIPRO



Governor, Orgs. mourn death of Sharmila

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh has expressed shock and grief over the untimely demise of Takam Sharmila, who lost her life in a tragic road accident near Shillong yesterday. Sharmila was working as an Assistant in the Governor’s Secretariat.

In his condolence message to Gora Makik, husband of Late Sharmila, the Governor said that “Sharmila was not only a sincere and diligent member of the Raj Bhavan family but also a kind hearted woman”.

The Governor, who met the members of the bereaved family at the official residence of Late Sharmila, offered heartfelt condolences and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. The Governor also prayed for early recovery of the Miss Reshmi and Master Gungte, who were injured in the unfortunate accident.

A condolence meeting was held at the Governor’s Secretariat.

Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, who visited the injured children at Guwahati Medical College, and other officials offered prayer for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), Students’ Union of Dera Natung Government College and National Students Union of India (NSUI) state unit expressed grief and sorrow over premature demise of Sharmila, wife of Gora Makik, a native of Palin village under Kurung Kumey district in tragic accident at Nang about 45 km off Guwahati.

Sharmila was an active AAPSU activist during the president ship of both Takam Sanjay and Tage Lapung during 1992-1997. The then AAPSU leaders headed by President Nabam Jallow appointed her as Secretary Information and Publicity in the year 1997 for her commitment and dedication towards AAPSU. She was President of AAPSU’s Women Wing from December, 1999 and served till December 2001.

“Sharmila’s death is an irreplaceable loss for the women folk and the entire state as well. Her contributions towards AAPSU and the state will always be remembered,” AAPSU said in a release and prayed for the peace of departed soul. It also conveyed heartfelt condolence to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, the AAPSU President Kamta Lapung and  DNGCSU appreciated the service and prompt action taken by the team of Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong (ASUS) headed by its president Aga Taku in bringing the mortal remains of Sharmila to the state capital, Itanagar.

Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF), in its condolence message, said that the premature demise of Sharmila has saddened everyone. ACF conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Expressing shock over sudden demise of Sharmila, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in a condolence message said that she was very much active in social work and led many movements for the welfare of people of the state during her tenure in AAPSU as its women wing president.

“May almighty rest her soul in peace and give strength to her family in this hour of grief,” ANSU prayed.

While expressing grief and sorrow over untimely demise of Sharmila, ALSU in a condolence message said that she will always be remembered for her contributions towards the student community.

“May her soul rest in peace and God grant enough strength to the members of the bereaved family to overcome these trying times,” ALSU said in a message.

Shocked at sudden demise of   Sharmila, Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA), said that in her death NNA has lost a kind and spirited soul.

NNA prayed almighty to rest her soul in eternal peace and give courage to her family members to cope with the tragedy.

NNA also prayed for early recovery of her daughter and son, who are undergoing treatment in Guwahati.



Convention ends with a call to promote Adi language

PASIGHAT, Apr 8: The two-day convention of Adi Agom Kebang (AAK) concluded yesterday with a clarion call to promote Adi language and literature by all participants. During the convention, AAK took full advantages to propagate own language and literature amidst the scholars.

Padmashree Mamang Dai, prominent writer and retired IAS officer Oshong Ering, retired Information Commissioner Bani Danggen and Dana Pertin chaired the technical sessions phase wise.

Notably seventeen Adi well-known literary personalities, including NN Lego, Kaling Borang, Kipa Pertin, Rongili Nonang, Tahong Taggu, Gindu Borang, Kabuk Pertin, Maktil Apum, Arak Megu, Tarak Mize, Girin Tamuli and many more presented their study papers on classification of Adi folk songs, history of Adi language, dreams and influences in Adi life etc.

The President of Mishing Agom Kebang, Dr. Bidyeshor Doley, who attended the valedictory function highly appreciated the efforts of AAK President Nini Pertin and Secretary General Obang Tayeng and also the representatives of Kolkata Sahitya Academy Officer-in-Charge Gautam Paul and Aruni Chakraborty for their initiatives and tireless efforts in this regards.

Dr. Doley in his address stated that while other literatures have made tremendous progress in the country the Adi and Mishing languages with their common heritage and origin have lagged behind because of lack of initiative in written literature though the language is more than thousand years old. Describing various challenges in the way of developing its written literature especially problem in script issues and inadequate resources, Doley called upon members of both the communities to strive for preservation and promotion of the language. Earlier, Tapang Taloh, Director School Education said it was a joyous time for all that due to the efforts of AAK, the percentage of young scholars participating in the field has been increasing over the years. Development of Adi language and literature is collective responsibilities of all members of the society, he further added. Improvement of text books and proper implementation in schools requires proper application of planning and efforts. He stressed on research and documentation of language for its promotion. He also suggested the text books should be written and screened by experts and competent authority.

The AAK President Nini Pertin in his presidential address stated that traditional merrymaking and rituals can not be separated. He suggested to accepting easy alphabets to read and write in Adi language so that it could be easily propagated in the society.

General Secretary of AAK Obang Tayeng extended his thanks to all the attending personalities and Maktil Apum and Taring Tabi in particular for their assistance and hard works.

In his valedictory speech Tayeng highlighted various initiatives taken by AAK including introduction of text books in schools, publication of magazines and holding meetings to promote Adi language. He expressed hope that the idea and knowledge shared in the two day convention would help to promote Adi language and literature. DIPRO



Arunachal Panorama festival concludes

RONO HILL, Apr 8: Does a pan-Arunachal identity exist in our State today and if so how strong is it? Can Arunachal carry the burden of not having a strong unified identity? What can we do to enhance this identity - were few of the far-sighted inquiries that students of Rajiv Gandhi University, academicians, social activists and media persons of the state shared during a symposium on “Pan Arunachal Identity - A Myth or Reality?” which was conducted as part of the two-day Arunachal Panorama festival at the RGU campus yesterday.

Dr. Nani Bath, Associate Professor in the department of Political Science attending as a panelist opined, "We belong to a largely conservative and inward looking community. Significantly, entire tribal groups of Arunachal bear the same routes of origin and migration. So despite keeping a community diversity, we need to develop a common Arunachali identity shared through dance, song, dress and even one link language for all."

Dr. Bath felt that a festival like Panorama should be put forward in every corner of the state to display the diversity, and yet celebrating its unity. He also said that while this unity was very critical for the fruits of development to percolate down to the people, it must at the same time not be divisive and must not displace communities.

Editor of Arunachal Front and one of the pioneers of the media in the State, Pradeep Kumar said that the notion of a pan Arunachal identity is not mythical, but rather a reality. What needs to be done is for the youth of the State to come forward and actively uphold this by way of knowing each other better and respecting our diversity.   

Another panelist, Taring Mama, Chairman of the Arunachal Citizens' Rights (ACR) said, "Until and unless we listen and understand to each community of the state we would not be able to create this pan-Arunachal identity". Arunachal as an entity is already known across the world owing to its strategic geo-political location on the world map, but do we really identify with this in our worldview? To holistically sustain this identity, he underlined the role of educational institutions, media organizations and the Legislature and political leadership to achieve the goal of a pan-Arunachal identity in the coming days.    

 Biru Nasi, General Secretary, AAPSU said that while one goes outside the state, a sense of insecurity due to our limited numbers brings about this sense of pan- Arunachal identity - so it is a reality. But within the state it is still largely a myth. Participating as one of the panelists at the symposium, the General Secretary of the State’s apex student’s body informed that AAPSU has already launched a series of programs to bring out communal harmony in the state. It has also started the process to amend the Constitution of the students’ body to accommodate equal representation from each community in its Executive Body and this would be implemented from the next election, he informed.

Moderating the wide spectrum of the discussions between the students and the panelists, filmmaker and faculty member Moji Riba wrapped up the symposium by noting few key recommendations that emerged. These included bringing about a change in mindsets and creating a sense of respect for each other, need for a strong regional political party in the state to air the aspirations of its people, for textbooks and curriculum content to be introduced at the elementary level about the diversity of our tribes, the need to encourage inter-tribe marriage and to strengthen an apex body of different communities like the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) that can act both as a bridge and as a conflict resolving mechanism.  

The symposium was followed by display of various traditional games as well as presentations on rituals, folk songs and dances. This was an apt complement to the traditional huts of various tribes that were constructed and the sharing of the cuisine from these tribes.

 A display of traditional attires and innovations in design saw the culmination of the Arunachal Panorama, when the embers from the traditional hearth that had been burning for the last two days, were collected- to light the fire in the next festival. (With inputs from Debananda Medak, Kombong Darang, Duru Soki, Kenyir Taipodia and Doggin Randa)



NCP to go alone in PR polls

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: Unlike Maharashtra Municipality and Panchayat Elections where there is healthy alliance between NCP and INC, the NCP Arunachal Pradesh has decided not to go for pre-poll alliance with the ruling INC Party.

Having taken the approval from the NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar, NE incharge Praful Patel and National General Secretary Tariq Anwar, the State NCP President Kahfa Bengia disclosed that the NCP central leadership has taken a very serious view of the recent wholesale merger of all five NCP legislators with the ruling Congress Party and thereby breaking the holy coalition dharma of the UPA at the Centre.

Setting the ton for free and fair municipality and Panchayat Elections, Bengia stated that honesty, credibility, acceptability with fair degree of educational qualification and experience in public life shall be the guiding criteria for selection of NCP candidates.

Disclosing that the party is at the verge of completing its people friendly manifesto with the primary emphases on providing security and peace to its citizens, Bengia urged the voters to abstain from all sorts of allurements and false promises specially from the ruling regime and come forward in creating a vibrant Municipality that would guarantee all round development irrespective of caste, ethnicity, religion and region. The NCP President further disclosed that to defeat Congress policy of divide and rule, the NCP units of the state have been instructed not succumb to such divisive tactics and if need be, align to any other likeminded individuals and parties that stand for giving real power to the commoners, reviewing anti-people policy on hydro power and mines, bringing down the sky rocketing price rise of essential commodities, zero tolerance to corruption and transparency in public life, clearing long pending dues of the Govt. employees, solving the vexed refugee and border disputes with neighboring states and most importantly instilling a sense of security and optimism amongst the youths of the state.



A unique awareness prog for parents


ITANAGAR, Apr 8: About 100 parents and students gathered at Anchal Samity Hall, Roing on Sunday to take part in the awareness programme ‘Parental Awareness and Children’s Education in Mishmi Society’ organized by Mishmi Scholars Association (MSA) in collaboration with Enjalumenda Women’s Empowerment Forum (EMWEF).

The programme which aimed at raising awareness on parent’s role in children’s education and motivating the parent as primary stakeholder in building of a society was prompted by the growing concern over lack of educational progress in the Mishmi society.

Participating in the event Radhilu Chai, Vice Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Women’s Commission (APSCW) observed that “This is the first time I am ever attending a seminar on parenting in our tribal society.”

Considering the paramount role mothers play in child’s growth, she said the tribal society must encourage women to inherit parent’s immovable properties and called for family and societal support. She also encouraged the organizers to work towards a common platform for all Mishmis.

“In today’s changing socio-political scenario, when all the tribes in Arunachal are witnessing huge changes, role of MSA in Mishmi society will be very important. If we want our voices to be heard, we should unite to form a majority and not get divided as minority,” said Chai.

Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Swami, Executive Director, RIWATCH said, “In the last 30 years, Arunachal has witnessed vast changes in education scenario. There was a time, when our parents were illiterate and concerned about our education. Today we are educated and again concerned about our child’s education.”

Having observed children being sent to different boarding schools in futile effort by parents in search for good quality education, he said “The belief is that sending children to good school will bring better education. But what parents forget is that it is they who can make all the difference,” he said and added, “Teachers can never be a substitute to a parent.”

Earlier, in his opening speech, Sokhep Kri, Chairperson, MSA and State Editor, Arunachal Gazeteer said, “The dawn of modern education in Mishmi society started very late. It began with a school in Chidu, Lower Dibang Valley district in 1950. We were deprived of education from early days. ”

“Therefore to have sense of the past and to plan accordingly for the future, we have to dwell on the issues and problems in the community,” he said.

The discussion in the seminar cum awareness programme began with the topic ‘Current challenges and issues of parenting’ by Rakhi Linggi, Secretary, EMWEF. She outlined three main issues – sex education for children, drug abuse and lack of genial ambience for child’s growth.

Speaking on the subject ‘Parental involvement in home’, Krishma Pulu, member, EMWEF said parents must inculcate sacrificial attitude. “Children learn from our deeds and not from words.”

Dr Rama Tewari of Art of Living (AoL) speaking on the topic ‘Spiritual education: A child’s right’ said that as a spiritual being, children are also capable of empathy and understanding the spiritual dimension. “Their creativity should not be killed by trying to make them what they are not. The ultimate goal in a child’s life should be happiness.”  

While speaking on the topic ‘Parents role in child’s education,’ Dr Manaya Mena, Chairperson, EMWEF said, “Parents cannot escape from their duty by sending off them to a hostel. They need our care. If we send our children to hostel when they need us, then they will send us to old age home when we need them.”  

The awareness programme felicitated Dibili Miuli, Emme Mihu and Sole Mickrow recognizing them as successful parent and for being an ideal to their children and to the Mishmi society. They were awarded with an appreciation letter, a Mishmi shawl and cash prize. All three achievers share similar background of being uneducated and from interior villages and had raised their children in difficult circumstances.

Highlighting the importance of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in child’s education, Sailu Bellai, Principal, VKV, Tezu said, “Every father, mother and a guardian is a teacher. So why not we all teacher sit together and work for our children. Today if I am able to stand before you, it’s because of my teachers and parents.  So I am here not as a resource person, but as member of MSA and speak here not based on any research or thesis, but through my own experiences and observation.”

In the final topic of the session ‘Source of child right’ by Sunil Mow, member MSA and Human rights advocate highlighted various legal provisions for protection of child enshrined in UN instruments, constitution and Indian Penal Code.  

Concluding the event, Shivumso Chikro, Assistant Professor, Don Bosco College, Itanagar in his vote of thanks thanked all the participants and resource person including the guests. He also thanked Anu Siksha Seva Trust (ASSET), Wakro, Anjithe Menjo, Zilla Parishad Member, Iduli and NHPC Ltd, Roing for their material assistance in conducting the workshop.



Skill Development Programmes

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: 90 Days Skill Development Programme (SDP) on House Wiring and 28 Days Advance Training on Cane and Bamboo Handicraft was started at Sangram on April 4.  It is being organized by Rural Development and Heritage Society (RDHS) Sangram and sponsored by NABARD, Regional Office Itanagar for unemployed youth and school drop out of the district for self-employment.

Earlier, project implement and monitoring committee meeting (PIMC) on pre-training was conducted on April 3.

Out of 30, 25 trainees have been selected for House Wiring training. On the other hand, 12 trainees, out of 18 applicants have been selected for Advance Training on Cane and Bamboo Handicraft.

Addressing the inaugural programme Tadar Taluk, Branch  Manager, Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank limited Sangram suggested the trainees to take  full advantage of the  training proramme seriously to become self-employed.

He also suggested the NGO to take responsibility for re-payment of loan from SHG and Farmers Club. However, he expressed happiness that repayment of loan started under the guidance of Rural Development and Heritage Society (RDHS) and also promise to give loan under the schemes like KCC and WCC to SHG members in coming financial year with proper recommendation  of NGO with good rapport. He has appreciated General Manager NABARD, Arunachal for working in rural area.

O P Maunglang, DDM NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh also spoke on the occasion.  He explained about the important of Cane and Bamboo for artisans and resource available in the state, suggested the trainees to be successful in their life.

He further highlighted the activities of NABARD and schemes supported by it. He requested the Branch Manager Apex Bank Sangram to provide loan to the Farmers Club, SHG and Join Liability Group (JLG) based on Agri and Horticulture and weaver schemes.

Tamchi Niania, chairman, RDHS suggested trainees to take the benefit of the training programme and extended thanks to the GM and NABARD staff for their support.



Five days ABCC annual meet ends


ROING, Apr 8: The 5th Annual General Meeting of Arunachal Baptist Church Council (ABCC) was held at Baptist Church, Rayang. It was hosted by Dibang Lohit Baptist Churches Association (DLBCA) from April 5 to 7.

Programme Manager Noah Ngukir reported that around 718 delegates representing 17 member associations of the council gathered with the theme ‘Rooted and built up in Christ.’

ABCC is the apex body of the Baptist family in Arunachal Pradesh with 19 member associations and represented by more than 26 tribes of the state.

In his keynote address delivered during the opening ceremony by Toko Kach, President, ABCC stressed on the motto of the council –Witness, Service, Unity. He exhorted every members of the council to practically live out their commitment for the welfare of the state.

Earlier, a welcome address was delivered by Rev. Banbo pertin. Rev. Bonny Resu, General Secretary, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation delivered the message of God to the gathering.

The executive secretary of Apatani Baptist Association Tage Donyi led a thought provoking Bible study while Maker Khasung led two workshop sessions on music.

The choir of DLBCA ministered the word of God through singing in worship services on the 3-day meeting.

A colorful cultural show was displayed on Sunday by Idu Mishmi Baptist Khumu Keba Embo (IMBKKE), Hewa Baptist Churches Association (HWA), DLBCA, Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Apatani Baptist Association (ABA) and Mishmi Baptist Church Council (MBCC).

The 5-day event ended with a candle light service with the pronouncement of Benediction by Rev. Daniel Noroh, Pastor, Baptist Church, Rayang.



DUDA conducts skilled training on beauty culture & hair dressing

AALO, Apr 8: A skill development training for employment promotion amongst urban poor on beauty culture and hair dressing was conducted by District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) at M/S Gorgeous Beauty Parlor cum Training Institute run by Topu Basar Ete, the lone Vocational Training Provider in the state.

Inaugurating the training yesterday, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete said that the training assumes special significance in the present day context when job opportunities are dwelling and Govt. is targeting self income generation schemes for the unemployed youths. Urging all to take up the training seriously, he asked the youths to curve a niche for themselves in their chosen parameters to stand on their own feet. Marcony Potom, Deputy Director, DUDA outlined in details the objectives under SJSRY and said that urban poverty alleviation through gainful self-employment venture, supporting skill development and empowering the community to tackle issues of Urban Poverty through sustainable self-managed community structures are being taken up to give boost to the urban poverty. The trainees may get loans on subsidized rate to start their innovative ventures in the long run, he said.

In her key note address, Topu Basar Ete, the lone Vocational Training Provider nominated by the Govt. of India, narrated her struggle for the past five years to bring about Beauty Culture revolution in the state. Her untiring effort has paid huge dividend but tasks ahead are still there to spread it in the nook and corner of the state. It will not only impart art of Beauty Culture but fetch job opportunities for the unemployed youths all over the state and Beauty Culture and Hair Dressing is emerging as one of the fundamental needs in this age today, she said.

On the occasion, all trainees were handed over tools and kits for the training. 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






Lifter gives Arunachal golden start in NE games

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 8:  Lifter Tinchap Wangcho gave Arunachal Pradesh a perfect start by winning a gold medal on the opening day of the 27th North East Games, which began at Khuman Lampak Stadium, Imphal today afternoon. Tinchap won the medal in Men’s 56 kg category, informed Sports and Youth Affairs Joint Director Tadar Apa.

Anuing Wangsu bagged the second medal for the state by finishing third in the 1500 mt race. She became the first Arunachalee athlete to win a medal in track and field event in NE Games, when she won a bronze in 500 mt race in previous edition of the Games at Aizawl, Mizoram last year. She is a student of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy.

Around 1400 players from eight North East States, including Sikkim will be competing in athletics, badminton, boxing, football, hockey, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting and wushu in the five-day Games.

Arunachal will compete in Athletics, Boxing, Judo, Weightlifting, Football, Badminton, Table Tennis, Wushu and Taekwondo. The state has fielded a strong 123-member squad comprising 75 men and 48 women athletes in the Games. Boby Meitei is the Chef-De-Mission.

Arunachal had won 45 medals, including 7 Gold, 10 Silver and 28 Bronze Medals in 26th NE Games last year.



Training on 6th Economic Census

CHANGLANG, Apr 8: The two days district level training on 6th Economic Census was conducted here from April five.

M C Roy, ADC formally inaugurated the programme in presence of T. Rongrang, DSO Changlang and L. Regon, Research Officer as resource persons.

All the EACs and COs along with 80 enumerators from Changlang Sadar and Yatdam circle attended the training. DIPRO



Appeal for cooperation

YUPIA, Apr 8: The District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Officer of Papum Pare has appealed to all the Panchayat leaders, Gaon Buras, ASHAS and senior citizens of the district to cooperate with the spray men in the on-going DDT spray operation and allow 50% Indoor Residential Spray.

He informed that DDT Spray which started on April one will continue till August 31. DIPRO



Uniform money under SSA distributed

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: Uniform money under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for the year 2012-13 was distributed to the students of Govt. Schools of Tawang district on April 6.

Tawang Deputy Commissioner Tawang inaugurated the distribution ceremony in four schools of Tawang Township, namely Govt. Upper Primary Schools, Shyo, Kakaling and PWD colony and Town Secondary School in the presence of DDSE Tawang, District Co-ordinator (SSA), I.E Co-ordinater (SSA), Parents and SMC Members of Schools, according to an official release.  



Upper Subansiri BJP discuss strategy for PR polls


DAPORIJO, Apr 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Upper Subansiri District headed by president Tapa Dadi organized a crucial meeting in order to chalk out strategy and policy for the ensuing Panchayati Raj election.

All the district and mandal level party office bearers and local BJP MLA Tapen Siga took part in the meeting.

Addressing the party workers and office bearers, Siga advised them to follow the party ideology and never down their morale for being in Opposition party. “Believe in hard labour, be proud of being the members of a national party,” he said.

Mandal and district level party office bearers also expressed their opinion and stressed on effective strategy for Panchayati Raj election.

Meanwhile, Tapa Dadi urged the party leaders to strictly follow the party policy and programme and maintain the party spirit. He also called upon both district and mandal level party office bearers/leaders to perform their duty and responsibility seriously and maintain coordination.



Joram Dol takes part in Crusade convention

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: A four days long convention was organized by SEWA ministries, Chottepur Prarthana Bhavan at Pathankot Punjab from April 4 to 7.  It was power-packed four days of deliverance where many people received healing and deliverance through a renown Gospel Preacher Dr. Joram Dol, Founder President of Apostolos Bible College, Itanagar. Dr. Joram Dol proclaimed the word of God with great power in the crusade convention. He also talked about the Love of God for which ‘we need to love one another and respect one another without any caste or colours’. He also presents Jesus as our role model. “We need to learn from the Bible and the Bible is the great gifts of God,’ he said.   

Pastor Vinod Abraham, Founder  and President of SEWA ministry was the host, he was also instrumental in organizing this Convention. The renounce Gospel Singer, Pastor Renny Thomas of Kota Rajasthan lead the worship which made the convention more colourful. The Village Chief was very much thankful to Dr. Joram Dol, for his tireless services to the people of Punjab Pathankot and presented a local traditional gift as a token of love and gratitude.

During this program 11 of them were baptized.



Mopin celebrated at Seppa

SEPPA, Apr 8: The Mopin festival of Galo Community was jointly celebrated by Adi- Galo Community with traditional fervour and gaiety at Seppa on April 5.

DDSE Kata Rangomo  and EE, i/c (RWD) Pai Dawe were the Chief Guest and Guest of honour respectively in the celebration.

Chayangtajo ADC J Pertin, who was the president of the celebration committee, exhorted the members of the community for lager participation during such festival irrespective of religion and belief to maintain one’s own culture. DIPRO



APLS monthly literary meet held

ITANAGAR, Apr 8: The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) has mourned the sudden demise of its treasurer R N Koley's father Jamini Kanta Koley and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The octogenarian had breathed his last on 27th March at his Nalikul (Hooghly), West Bengal residence due to old-age ailment. He is survived by his three sons including R N Koley, who is also the Assistant Director of Research (Cultural Affairs), GoAP, and a daughter and scores of relatives.

During its monthly literary sitting held on Sunday, the APLS members led by its president Y D Thongchi observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul. Among others, also present on the occasion were APLS vice president Tage Tada, general secretary Tokong Pertin and AGS Dr Pekba Ringu.

The APLS' monthly literary meet, usually held on every second Sunday of month but was preponed as scheduled date coincides with Rongali Bihu festivities, this time, had witnessed a modest participation.

Rindo Pertin, one of the junior members of APLS, read out his story titled "First Impression is the Last Impression", drawing appreciation from renowned writer Thongchi, who gave some important tips to the budding writer to make further improvement.



West Siang women come up for cause of rape victim

AALO, Apr 8: The members from West Siang Women’s Welfare Society, Aalo branch visited Nyorak village recently to know the ground reality of the incident of rape of a minor girl at Nyorak village in the evening of March 26.

According to information gathered by the women group during their visit to the village, it was revealed that the accused is a habitual offender and even fined in local Keba for committing such offence in the past. Expressing their deep anguish over heinous crime inflicted on such a minor girl, the women wing have personally approached and lodged written complaint with District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police to handle such heinous crime. It also appealed them not to grant bail plea of the accused till the investigating process is over.

They advocated for a deterrent and exemplary punishment to the culprit. DIPRO







267 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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Police brutalities

Dear Editor,

Through esteemed column of yours let me express how I was humiliated in front of public by CRPF Jawan & APP police personnel at “Ganga Market” on 6th April. May be it is curse to be AAM ADMI (Common Men) in India where law is applicable to section of people only i.e. us the AAM AADMI.

On 6th April 2013, I was quite happy that I started day with enthusiasm as I had an opportunity to participate with GREEN PIONEERS in pre-preparation for Tree plantation program. I left the venue happily considering I did something worth for a day & went to my friend’s place for the lunch party. It was wonderful day as delicious food coupled an opportunity to meet with my university batch mates, by 4 pm our lunch program luded & I had to drop my Assamese friends till Ganga bus stand. I must admit I had carried three people in my bike (Including me) on the way to the bus stop, but what exactly happened at Ganga market still haunts me. Nearby R.K mission first gate I saw CRPF Jawan signalling us to stop which I duly obliged. Later I tried my best to convince one of CRPF Jawans politely that I am sorry that we made mistake. Another CRPF Jawan who was standing in some two meter distance used abusive language & asked me to get down right there where I stopped my bike ,then I realize that I have covered some space from a main road which may cause problem to traffic movement & replied him back in bit high tone "SIRJI TODA PYAR SEY BAAT KIJIYE MEIN BIKE KO SIDE MEIN PARK KARLETA HOON". I don’t know what else was in his mind or what he had interpreted of what I had said & he started abusing me further & start beating me with LATHI, then I couldn’t resist and I too started shouting in protest WHY YOU ARE BEATING ME? WHAT WRONG I HAVE DONE? TAKE ME TO HIGHER OFFICIAL SO THAT I CAN CLARIFY MY STAND & God knows what other words I have used out of anger. For every word I spoke CRPF Jawan responded with LATHI .After sometime we reach the place where magistrate MR TALO POTOM was sitting, before I started speaking with Potom sir to place my version of incident one APP constable blindly accused me of being drunk. I then got more furious and shouted at him in front of whole public saying "HUM KAHA PIYA HUA HAI MERA MOUN SOUNG KE DEKH LO." After these words of mine even APP CONSTABLE started beating me along with CRPF Jawan. All encircled me as if I was the most wanted CRIMINAL & Magistrate still stood there watching me getting mass beating without interfering the matter. Leave alone the interfering he won’t even provide me an opportunity to justify my stand. He then instructed his driver & one constable to take me to BANK TINALI POLICE STATION, then I asked him what to do with my bike & hand over my bike key to other police constable there at duty & got up in the magistrate vehicle cooperating with them. In the police station they asked me for documents related to my bike, on producing them they ask me to call one of the family members & ask him to be there at THANA. . As I took out my cell phone to call I realize my cell has been broken when I was beaten up by JAWAN! After sometime they allow me to leave from the police station by noting down my details and provide me with one hand written letter so that I can take back my bike. On approaching Mr Potom for my bike his response was really cordial & he explained me of the problem they have been facing in maintaining proper parking management in Ganga market area. Well I appreciate his gentlemen attitude & the work they are doing for us. But my only question to them will be is it right to beat somebody black & blue by jawan on duty just because one has violated the traffic rule & dare to voice out in protest for his right? I don't deny that I have violated the traffic rule & was ready to go through the official procedure as per rule for the violation. In school we have been thought to stand up for one right, alas!! Those teachings proven wrong today and only they are right who has the power. Sadly we commoner are reduced to ashes as there is no mechanism to address the grievance of the AAM ADMI. Some police personnel’s in uniform are terrorizing the citizen by directly resorting to a physical act without judging the situation. I feel there should be strict code of conduct for police personnel too & they should be given special training in Public Relation. Because of the barbaric attitude of some police men, the public are scared to approach police & they rather prefer to alienate themselves from the police. Lastly, if beating up someone by men in uniform just because he dares to speak up for his right is legal, then why to condemn when some govt. officer get beaten up by public for his/her wrong doing? Is it because law is only meant for aam aadmi ? Or is it that we commoners should always remain silent in front of uniform wala no matter what & consume the injustice like daily meal or we should stand up boldly when we are right? I am baffled!! . My wound may heal with time but what about the self-respect that I lost in front of public? Oops….who cares after all I am just another AAM AADMI.


Michi Tabyo,





Police and their woes

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your daily I would like to highlight the poor condition of police personnel in capital complex.  Recently I was with police personals regarding some criminal case which took place at Polo colony, Naharlagun. We were on the way to Polo colony and suddenly the police gypsy stopped in between road and driver repeatedly tried to start it. I joked with a police officer saying, “AREE YAR POLICE KA GADDI START JALDI NAHI HONE SE TO GUNEHGAR BAG JAYEGA”. Then an SI told me that PETROL KHATAM HO GAYA ISLEYE START BANDH HO GAYA HOGA. HUM LOG KO SIRF 5 (five) LITRES PETROL PER DAY MILTA HAI. After knowing the facts, I was shocked and felt bad for the police officers. Most of the government vehicles are used by officers for vegetable marketing at Harmuty and for dropping their relatives, children’s at Guwahati and Shillong. They use petrol and diesel allowances for such leisure trip too. But police who are supposed to protect us are only given 5 litre petrol a day. The gypsy vehicle used by police consumes heavy petrol and therefore 5 litres is just not sufficient enough.

Adding to it the condition of police station is also very bad and need urgent up gradation. Further I also got to know that special branch of police do not have single vehicle for official duty work. How can we expect them to carry out duty on foot march? It is one of the reason why state police lacks strong intelligence network and therefore criminals never gets arrested on time.


Nabam Akin Hina


Education & Cultural Development Society (ECDS), Kimin




An important beginning

Dear Editor,

Hats off to the Apatani brothers and sisters for having taken lead in augmenting their local dialect by launching the first fortnightly local language newspaper from Ziro. Such step is the need of hour and indeed the only hope to build a common regional language for our state in future. I also would like to appeal the policy framers and general public to give serious thought on venturing new ideas like introducing subjects of own local dialect in schools of each districts [except for non-resident], and if possible creating a standard to test the mother tongue of every qualified candidates especially in State Civil Service exam and also in other exam conducted by the government. However these are just a personal gist to give my poor ideas a definite shape through your invaluable opinion.


Philip Jerang

Motibagh, New Delhi



A new technique that can identify catastrophic landslides based on their seismic signals could one day lead to a global system for identifying regions at particular risk from this hazard.

Giant landslides involve millions of tonnes of rock and debris moving downslope at speeds often above 110 miles per hour. Such events are rare, but, when they occur, the loss of life and damage to property can be enormous.

In 2009, several hundred people were killed when typhoon-loosened rock fell from a mountain onto a remote Taiwanese village.

Some 300 landslides of this scale have been documented scientifically since the nineteenth century, but there is still no global system for identifying these events as they are infrequent and often occur in remote areas. It can also take a long time to confirm individual landslides, particularly when they occur in isolated places.

"In Taiwan in 2009, it took 48 hours for the authorities to realize a landslide had happened, valuable time that could have helped people to be rescued," according to Göran Ekström, study co-author and professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University, United States. In a paper published in Science in recent past, Ekström and his Columbia colleague Colin Stark say they have found a way of distinguishing the 'surface waves' associated with giant landslides from the background cacophony of seismic noise, particularly from earthquakes, using a data analysis technique.

Applying their technique to historic seismic data that is freely available online, the pair confirmed several known giant landslides and identified others that were previously unverified.

One of the results independently confirmed anecdotal reports that a landslide had struck a remote village in northern Pakistan on 4 January 2010.

One current limitation of the technique is that it overdetects, generating about ten false positives for every genuine landslide. As a result, seismic signals must be verified against visual evidence of landslides on satellite images.