April  21

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






ACA announces 13-member team

ITANAGAR, Apr 20:  Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) has announced a 13-member team for the Under 16 Tri Series organized by Nagalanf Cricket Association  and recognized by BCCI which began at Dimapur, Nagaland today.

Arunachal will play their first match on Monday morning against the host Nagaland.

Yab Lala is the Coach and Manager of the team.

The other two teams are Manipur and Meghalaya.


10 houses gutted in fire


DAPORIJO, April 20: At least ten houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire at Menga, 21 km from Daporijo, this morning.

Properties worth lakh of rupees were destroyed, domestic animals  reportedly charred to death and many rendered homeless due to devastating fire. Line hotels and some shops were also gutted. However, no casualty is so far reported in the fire mishap.

No information on fire accident of Menga was received in fire station Daporijo, said officer incharge.

Cause of the fire accident was due to electric short circuit, which spark from one of the victim’s house, said Taliha OC.


DM directs license holders to deposit fire arms

KOLORIANG, Apr 20: Kurung Kumey District Magistrate Rajeev Takuk in an order directed all fire arm license holders in the district to deposit their fire arms in the nearest police stations or to their respective ADC’s or CO’s immediately.

The order further said “failure to comply with this order may result in cancellation of Arms license and impounding of the weapons”.

The district magistrate also prohibited carrying of sharp edged weapons like Dao, Knife etc in public places. The order shall be in effect till the process of Panchayat Raj Election 2013 is over. Further, in a separate order, Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer, directed all the administrate officers and head of offices of the district to remain at their posting stations till the election process is completed. DIPRO


Aam Admi Party refutes NCP’s claim

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Contrary to the assertion of National Congress Party (NCP) that it will project joint candidates in the ensuing municipal as well as panchayat election with Aam Admi Party (AAP) and Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA),  the AAP  today rejected NCP’s statement saying it is not correct.

AAP never attended any such political party meeting to discuss sharing of seats, it said in the release. Clarifying that AAP will not put up any candidate either in Municipal or the panchayat election this time; it appealed the NCP media secretary not to mislead public by such false information.

“However, AAP may support and appeal to the voters to vote for candidates with clean image, who are ready to serve the people as per the principles and ideology of the AAP,”  the release added.






279 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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India, China in touch to resolve Chinese incursion issue

Chinese incursion ‘extremely unfortunate’: Ering

NEW DELHI, Apr 20: India and China are in touch to resolve the situation arising out of deep incursion by Chinese troops who entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post.

According to government sources, the issue was raised by India after the incident came to light some time ago.

"This is an area where there have been differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control. Incidents do occur and are resolved peacefully on the basis of bilateral agreements which exist and mechanisms provided for in these agreements," the sources said.

"We are confident that the current incident too will also be peacefully resolved on this basis," they added.

A Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, according to highly placed sources which said a Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

The government sources said both sides (India and China) are in touch on the current incident, availing the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs.

The mechanism is headed by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the ministry of external affairs and the Director General Border Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mooted by former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the mechanism was finalised last year at the conclusion of the 15th meeting of the Special Representatives (SR) on the boundary question --National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo.

Under the mechanism, the two sides "undertake other tasks that are mutually agreed upon by the two sides but will not discuss resolution of the boundary question or affect the Special Representatives Mechanism."

It will "study ways and means to conduct and strengthen exchanges and cooperation between military personnel and establishments of the two sides in the border areas." PTI

Meanwhile, terming the Chinese incursion on Indian Territory as extremely unfortunate, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering on Saturday said that the attitude of their military is very unbecoming.

“As an individual from Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh being the border area of China, we would request the Chinese Government that this attitude by their military is very unbecoming. We really want that China and India work together for the development of the people, development of the country and become two very strong forces, which in fact the whole world will be afraid of,” said Ering.

The Congress MP from Arunachal Pradesh said that this contentious issue is there even in his own state.

“We have this issue even in Arunachal Pradesh also. This is a story not of now, but even before the 1962 aggression or even before 1947. We had trade links with China, but of course it was not China it was Tibet at that time.  So, we never had any links with China,” said Ering. “We had relations with Tibet. Of course we had our own sovereignty, they had their own sovereignty. That time Tibet was not under the control of China,” he added.

According to certain media reports, a Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) have entered the Indian Territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post, setting the stage for a face-off with Indian troops.

DBO, which is located in northernmost Ladakh, is a historic campsite. It is located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China.



RBI team arrives

NAHARLAGUN, Apr 20: Rubber Board of India chairperson Sheela Thomas leading a high level team arrived here Saturday afternoon to give a new thrust to rubber, a priority agenda of Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Thomas is scheduled to have a one-to-one meeting with the chief minister on the possibility of tie up between the state government and RBI for the Board to extend its all possible help.

After tea cultivation was taken up by the people in mass scale and a tea factory inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Oct 18, 2012 at Terit Nagar in Changlang district, this would be a path-breaking initiative if both State Government and RBI join hands to help farmers to grow rubbers.

The tea factory was set up by 249 share holders of Eastern Tea Growers Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. at an estimated cost of Rs 8.17 crore by with Rs 6.39 crore loan from NCDC with a capacity to produce 25,000 kg tea daily.

In her maiden visit to the state, Thomas, who is accompanied by rubber production commissioner Dr J Thomas, additional RPC MN Gopinath, project coordinator Dr D Choudhury, deputy RPC PC Goswami and  ADO BK Borthakur, would also address the first ever workshop-cum-awareness on rubber at SIRD conference hall on Sunday, which will be inaugurated by the chief minister. Officer of trade and commerce department including director Tokong Pertin, deputy director S Modi and AD Toko Tagur, agro gramin united chairman Likha Maj and chief adviser Pradeep Kumar received the RBI team at helipad.  



Free motor driving training for school drop-outs

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Taro Opey Foundation (TOF), Ziro in collaboration with Lower Subansiri district Transport officer is organizing a month long motor driving training at Old Ziro for school drop out students of Hija Village. The free of cost training was formally inaugurated by film maker and TOF chairman Taro Chatung in a simple function today. This is the first batch tranining programme and  the phase-wise  training will continue in order to provide  vocational training to the unemployed youths to the  rural areas.

A K Gupta, MVI Ziro distributed learners’  driving license to the trainees  on the occasion and  made them aware of traffic rules.  

Among others, Chiging Millo, asstt. district fishery officer, social worker Taku Chatung, Taro Tallo, secretary TOF, Taro Kojing, ASM Hija village  also spoke on the  occasion.  



Pasighat GH gets Diathermy & Ultrasound machine

PASIGHAT, Apr 20: In the bid to make Pasighat General Hospital one of the best equipped Hospitals in the state, a Diathermy and Ultra Sound Machine for Physiotherapy Unit was handed over to Dr. Kabang Lego, JDHS by R K Mishra, Deputy Commissioner, East Siang today.

Ponung Boring, DPO, Dr. M. Perme DMO and host Medical officers and staffs were present on the occasion. The machines which have been purchased from Untied Fund will help in treating many needy patients, hoped the Deputy Commissioner.

The Deputy Commissioner also visited the newly renovated Sick Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) and Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit (NRC) of the General Hospital funded under NRHM and carried out by the PWD. Various projects like the construction of security fencing of TB Hospital, renovation and fencing of boys hostel, construction of AYUSH building etc. were inspected by Mishra. He appreciated the progress of the works  and congratulated JDHS and his Medical family on installation of the CCTV in the hospital.

Dr. K. Lego while thanking the Deputy Commissioner, for his noble gesture and concern for the development of the hospital assured that all efforts will be for providing the best services to the patients. DIPRO



West Siang, Changlang  review PR

polls preparedness

At Changlang

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: West Siang District Election Officer Manoj Kumar Sahoo convened a meeting in connection with ensuing Panchayat election involving the representatives from different political parties, Superintendent of Police and Administrative Officers of the district in his Conference Hall today.

The DEO briefed the office bearers of political parties about the schedule of the election, nomination, scrutiny and withdrawal of candidature. Informing that copies of the Model Code of Conduct have already been provided to all the political parties, the DEO requested all the members of political parties to follow the Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit. He stated that role of political parties and the civil society is instrumental in ensuring free and fair conduct of poll. He also explained about various provisions under Model Code of Conduct.

The Superintendent of Police briefed about the arrangements being made by police to maintain law and order.

Apprehending that individuals/organization may slaughter mithun, pigs and other animals for providing meat as allurement to voters, the DEO in an order has banned slaughtering of such animal during election period. This ban order will remain in force till the completion of Panchayat Election. DIPRO

A similar meeting was also convened at Changlang by deputy commissioner Chanchal Yadav to take stock of poll preparedness and arrangement of the ensuing of Panchayati Raj Election in the district.

Addressing all ROs and Administrative Officers present in the meeting, the DC urged them to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of PR Election in their respective jurisdiction. She urged them to ensure strict compliance of the Model Code of Conduct.

The Deputy Commissioner also held a separate meeting with Superintendent of Police, Changlang, All ROs /AROs / CRPF and IRBn officials of Changlang district and urged them to ensure foolproof security for smooth conduct of PR Election in all polling stations keeping in view the sensitive nature of the District. In another meeting with SP and all public leaders of various political parties and contesting candidates in the afternoon, the DC explained in details the Model Code of Conduct issued by the SEC, Arunachal Pradesh and urged all the political parties  to ensure strict compliance of Model Code of conduct. She also sought the cooperation of all political parties to ensure free and fair poll in the district during the election Period and requested for all cooperation for any kind of clarification by any political parties in regard to election matters.



Terror attacks beckon introspection

Amitava Basu

April 15 was a Black Monday for the United States. The participants and spectators of a marathon run on Boylston Street in Boston were attacked by a series of bomb blasts. 7 innocent lives were lost. Over 100 people were injured and 24 are in critical condition. Back home, about 2 days later on April 17, Bengaluru witnessed terror blasts. It reminded of series of blasts that took place in Hyderabad a year back. The tragic memories of the ghastly cross-border terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 fill the heart with great sadness. This heinous and cowardly act of terrorism in Boston also reminds of the gruesome terror attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11 in 2001. The violent attack on the World Trade Centre caused loss of several innocent lives.

September 11 is a landmark date in the history of mankind. It is a date on which the world was shocked at the terror attack in the New York in 2001. And, on the same date over hundred years ago, non-violet movement was propagated by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and named ‘Satyagraha’ at a meeting in Johannesburg.  

Careful diagnosis of the terror attack and Satyagraha movement would show that both aim to resist opponents; yet, the manner of opposition is diametrically different. Satyagraha propounds vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on oneself. Real suffering bravely borne melts even a heart of stone. It is a means to secure cooperation of others consistently with truth and justice.  Elimination of antagonism without harming the antagonists is central to Satyagraha. On the other hand, terrorism manifests hard-core antagonism, and leaving a feeling of animosity. The protagonists of these two different ways of resistance to opponents would advocate for their respective approaches. The truth is violence begets violence, whereas Satyagraha endeavors to win the hearts and minds of the opponents and oppresses the evil.

History is testament to violence bringing temporal victory, but the battle between the two opposing forces continues like simmering fire. On the contrary, the civil rights movement in the United States led by Martin Luther King in the sixties following the path of Satyagraha realised the dream - all men are created equal, and people are not judged by the colour of the skin but by the content of their character.  The movement lifted United States from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

Martin Luther King expounded the six cardinal principles of Satyagraha.  First, instead of physical aggressiveness, the mind and emotions are kept active, constantly seeking to persuade the opponent that he is mistaken.  Second, it does not humiliate the opponent but gains friendship and understanding, which, in the process, facilitates reconciliation and avoids bitterness.  Third, Satyagraha wages battle against the forces of evil and not individuals.  Fourth, by accepting suffering, it opens up tremendous educational and transforming possibilities and becomes a powerful tool in changing the minds of opponents.  Fifth, humans have a cosmic companionship with God who is on the side of truth; and, therefore, justice would occur in the future.  And lastly, bitterness and hate are replaced with love and understanding.

Should all humans be children of God, there can be no difference between people.  Therefore, there is no reason to be not at peace with all of mankind.  In this present age of growing dissensions and increasing conflict, time has come to introspect and ponder over which is the right path to peaceful coexistence and sustainable development.  Violence causes destruction.  Satyagraha does not seek to end or destroy the relationship with opponents.  Instead, it seeks to transform or purify the relationship to a higher level.

What will be the call – death and destruction; or, peace and prosperity? It is for us to choose what sort of a world we want to live in and hand over to the next generation – a world of confrontation and hatred or a world of peace and love. If to do were as easy to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is therefore incumbent on the political leadership, socio-religious leaders, and the international community to take initiative and converge to tread the correct path, with all honesty and sincerity, and, guide to make the world a better place to live in; and build a promising and sustainable future for mankind. (The writer is a Development Practitioner based in New Delhi.)