April  24

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






DM temporarily suspends arm licenses

AALO, Apr 23:  West Siang District Magistrate (DM) Manoj Kumar Sahoo, in exercise of power conferred upon him, has temporarily suspended Arms and Ammunition Licenses of West Siang district and directed all license holders of all types of firearms to deposit their weapons with the Officer in-Charge, Police Station of their respective jurisdiction before April 28.

Ignoring or violation of the order would be considered sufficient ground for cancellation of license and seizure of weapons. The weapons with license will be released on May 25, 2013, the order said.

However, the Govt. Office/Department and Banks would be exempted from the purview of the order.  DIPRO


Student’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: AAPSU Women Wing has condoled the sudden demise of Kime Kenya, a student of RGU, who was found hanging in her university hostel room yesterday.

“Kenya was a sincere, hardworking student with free and frank nature. Her premature death is a great loss to the family members and friends in particular and the state as a whole,” AAPSU’s Women’s Wing said in a release.

The Women’s Wing of apex students’ body of the state prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and to give enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


RGU semester end exams

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Post Graduate Semester end examination of various departments for 2nd and 4th Semesters of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) will be held from May 6 to 30, according to a University notification.


PI Tati Lego passes away

PASIGHAT, Apr 23: Political Interpreter (PI) Tati Lego, who served under British India, NEFA and later Arunachal Pradesh Government in various capacities, breathed his last at the age of more than 100 years at his home at Darne village, Mebo in East Siang District on the night of April 21.

Lego was appointed as PI by then British Political Officer Peter James, who is popularly known as Jame Sab (Sahab) or Jame Migom among the Adis.

Lego, who retired in 1983 from service, won the hearts of many officers during his service tenure and received certificates of appreciation from many administrators, including Governor of Assam S.Ford Ali in 1959 and K H Mehta, Adviser to Governor of Assam for rendering meritorious to NEFA administration during the Achingmori incident of 1953.

He was also the pioneer in building Mebo-Dhola Road.

One Toyek Borang, a 90-year-old retired Peon under NEFA recalls Lego as a very dynamic person. Lego was also popularly known as ‘Payong’ for being the middle of three brothers.

Lego left behind his wife, sons, daughters and grandchildren and great grandchildren. His youngest daughter Onam Lego is serving as Deputy Resident Commissioner, Shillong under Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.


Mega Healing Crusade at East Kameng

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: The first ever three days Mega Healing Crusade  was organized at Pakoti Valley, East Kameng district from April 19 to 21  by Christian Revival Church Pakoti Valley.

Renowned gospel preacher Evan. Dr. Joram Dol, founder president of Apostolos Bible College, Itanagar and Evan. Sangam Flago, Pastor Karwah prayer Centre, East Kameng Dsitrict was the Speakers of the said crusade.  

The Healing Crusade was witnessed by Tapuk Taku, MLA cum Chairman State Sports Authority, Bida Taku, Ex-minister, Jalley Sonam, Chairman APB&OCWW board, LK Yangfo, Member Secretary, ACWC and Raju Gyadi, adviser EKCCI.

More than 100 pastors and leaders of different churches and near about 5000 believers attended healing crusade.


U-16 cricket series

Arunachal defeats Meghalaya

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Arunachal Pradesh defeated Meghalaya by 10 wickets in their second match of the BCCI recognized U-16 Four State Cricket Series being held at Dimapur, Nagaland today.

The opening pair of Prabhakar and Md. Faiz of Arunachal easily chased down the target of 33 runs set by Meghalaya in just 7 over to record their first win in the tournament.

Firoz Shah took six Meghalaya wickets while pacer Rakesh Sahani scalped four. Meghalaya innings lasted for 10 over only.

Firoz Shah was declared Man of the Match for his superb bowling.

Arunachal lost to host Nagaland by seven wickets in their first match yesterday.

Batting first, Arunachal team were bundled out for a paltry 72 runs in 30 over. Nagaland chased the target of 73 runs in 18 over losing three wickets, according to Arunachal Cricket Association release.


APFA to conduct selection trial  for U-16 Ntl Football C’ship

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Arunachal Pradesh will participate in U-16 National Football Championship scheduled to be held from May 15 next.

While informing this, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) General Secretary G Doke said that a selection trial is being organized at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun on April 25 and 26 to select the state team for the championship. He further informed that as per All India Football Federation rule, players born after January one, 1998 will only be eligible to participate in the trial.






282 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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AAPSU turns down Govt’s proposal on PRC issue, says won’t compromise

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 23:  Toughen its stand on PRC issue to non-APSTs, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today turned down the government overture to have a discussion on the vexed issue.

Addressing a press conference here this evening, AAPSU President Kamta Lapung out-rightly rejected the notion of agreeing to issue PRC to non-APSTs.  Lapung  accompanied by  Happy Toko Vice President Protocol and Suraj Tayem Finance Secretary added that there is no question of the Union to compromise with the issue, saying that the  apex organization has been spearheading the issue since its inception.

AAPSU president also sent strong message to the state government that the union have enough weapons (citing Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulating Act 1873) to defend its stand on the PRC issue. Further president divulged that the union had carried out spot survey in many affected areas to ascertain the legitimacy of their (Non-APST) claims for PRC and to assess the exact data.

On being asked that many non-APST are taking shelter under lease agreement which exceeded 90 years, AAPSU stated that it would not approve the lease agreement with non-APST that exceeded 45 years. However the union made it clear that it is not against lease agreement rather against agreement for  more than 45 years. “Lease agreement with non-APST  for  more than 45 years is totally unacceptable, it is more or less permanent settlement, we will take up the movement against it” said President.

Claiming that few self-style organizations are exaggerating the PRC issue, AAPSU appealed to organizations not to exaggerate the issue and sought their cooperation to fight the issue.  It also appealed to the citizen to cooperate with them in fighting for the sake of indigenous people of state.


Districts alerted on disaster preparedness

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: In view of the onset of South-West monsoon, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has issued directions on disaster preparedness to all Deputy Commissioner, Superintendents of Police and the concern department of Disaster Management.

The Chief Minister sought precautionary measures in advance so that minimum damage is caused to the public properties/ Govt. assets and to ensure that there is no loss of lives. The Departments/Agencies concerned need to activate control rooms/ ensure maintenance of essential services, Power lines, surface transport, tele-communication, ensure proper stocking and placement of essential commodities, buffer stock, drinking water, medicines, search and rescue and evacuation and damage assessment teams and to generate awareness among the common masses, the directive spelt out, he said.

The Chief Minister appealed citizens to come forward to build a disaster resilient State by abiding by the building and construction norms. He advised against building houses in the flood prone, low lying, disaster prone areas and avoid choking of approach roads so that in case of emergency the teams for rescue and relief operation can reach the disaster sites immediately.

The State being in the seismic zone V utmost care has to be taken that fragile land is not disturbed by ad-hoc cutting of earth and by building seismically un-safe buildings, he added and appealed fellow citizens to maintain cleanliness to make the state free from diseases and epidemics.



Gyan Maha Yagya at Lingalaya ends

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A three days  Shiv  Gyan Maha Yagya  a religious programe  organized by Nepali Sanskriti Suraksa Parisad Papumpare Zilla Samiti at Lingalaya Mandir along NH 52A which began on 21th April  concluded today with religious fervor. Hundreds of devotees from different part of the India  including  host state Arunachal Pradesh thronged at Lingalaya temple on the occasion.

Attending the programe Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board(APBOCWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam  said that the religious  occasion symbolized for the peace and prosperity of Nepali community in particular and world in general. Greeting the people of the community on the occasion Sonam urged the people to celebrate the occasion irrespective of caste line. Emphasizing on mutual relationship between Nepali community and Arunachalee, Sonam added that every people of the state should  participate in such occasion to strengthen the mutual relationship. He also called upon the youths of the community to work for the betterment of its own community.



Helicopter service in NE States

New Delhi, Apr 23: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that Government has laid down Route Dispersal Guidelines with a view to achieve better regulation of air transport services taking into account the need for air transport services of different regions of the country including North Eastern States.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha today Ghatowar said, according to these guidelines, all scheduled operators are required to deploy in the North Eastern Region, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep (Category-II routes) at least 10% of their deployed capacity on trunk routes (Category-I routes). Further at least 10% of the capacity thus required to be deployed on Category-II routes, is required to be deployed for connectivity exclusively within these regions (Category-II A). However, airlines provide air services to specific places depending upon the traffic demand and commercial viability while complying with Route Dispersal Guidelines.

 Ghatowar said, further, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted initial No Objection Certificate (NOC) to M/s. North East Shuttle to operate scheduled Air Transport (Regional) Services in East/North-East Region.  Operations in domestic sector have been deregulated and flights are being operated by airlines concerned on the basis of commercial viability subject to adherence of Route Dispersal Guidelines, the Minister added.  PIB



Two days national seminar at RGU concludes


RONO Hill, Apr 23: “Individual has no life without a language, likewise society without a culture. English has transcended over many Indian languages. This has remained a very critical point to realize ourselves today. English language is not powerfully imposed upon us but we have a spontaneous reception to it said Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University while attending a two days national seminar on “Indianness and Indian Literature” organized by the Dept. of Hindi, RGU at the Conference Hall today.

Prof. Mibang opined, “Hindi has been significantly mentioned and prioritized in Indian Constitution both as an official and as a link language in day-to-day life. But it is not the indication that the whole folk languages should assimilate within it. To bridge a nation, a largely accepted link national language is required. The same has to bridge the region and the globe”.

Within a region there are many tribal group having their dialects and folk literature. Only difference is that their dialect and folk literature exist in various forms has never been developed and published in written form. Tribal people are not only in Arunachal Pradesh, there are different tribal group all over India. So there are large numbers of folk language and literature in oral form. But as folk literature is still to practice in written form, therefore it is not published. Young research scholars and students in higher educational institutions have to start catering this area, Mibang further emphasized.

In the seminar, Prof. Oken Lego (HoD), Dept. of Hindi, RGU  said that as per UNESCO report (2009) on “language” there are 2500 (approx) languages all over the world, that are listed as endangered and the report positioned those languages as highly vulnerable and towards extinction. Out of these 200 languages are in India alone. Significantly, a large numbers of languages are also mentioned from North East Region in that report as endanger.

“Without folk literature, greater Indian literature is always incomplete. Indian literature is analyzed both in cultural and literary perspectives, where Indianness and morality is equally reflected. Whenever Indianess and Indian literature is analyzed, folk literature is always left behind. Liberty in representation of those folk or oral literary activities is not justified till today, Prof. Lego pained.  In Indian literature value, emotions, love, caring, and morality are often talked of, but folk literature is not represented and criticized with proper direction Lego informed.

Attending as one of the key resource person in the colloquium, Prof. K M Mishra, Dept. of Hindi, Aligarh University urged to establish a University to be based primarily on folk literature particularly in Arunachal Pradesh, as a larger numbers of tribal folklores and oral folk literature are never been fulfilled through research and documentation by smaller institutions.  

Attending as chief guest, prominent writer from Jharkhand Nirmala Putul said, “having a discussion on Indian literature in such a platform will help us in creating a new perspective to evaluate Hindi literature and the role of folk literature in it.

“We have suffered a long journey through Indian literature ignoring all these folk literature, time has come up to bring these out and to strengthened Indian literature. Indian literature has to be representing collectively bringing all these folk art, the writer added.

Concluding her speech, Nirmala said, “the preservation and exhibition of historical, cultural and traditional existence of Arunachal Pradesh at State Museum, Itanagar reflects a rich socio-cultural tract of tribal refinement of life in the state. The same has to stand for through literature in written form. Folklores of tribal people, which are exist in the forms of song, drama, dance practiced orally should be brought into literature in written form”.

A book written by Dr. Harish Kumar Sharma was launched in the seminar. (Contributed by Debananda S Medak and Kombong Darang)



World Book Day observed

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Gorakh Nath Rajbhar, a retired driver with the Public Works Department of Arunachal Pradesh gave away World Book Day prize to Kesilu Tayang, Apne library activist, to mark World Book Day at Wakro today.

Kesilu, a Class IX student has been regularly opening the Apne library for the children of Wakro even during her summer vacation.

Gorakh Nath, who was leading a team of members of civil society from Mahadevpur lauded the commitment of Kesilu. All the members of the delegation on visit to Anugrah joined the retired driver in appreciating the noble cause of the young angel. Satyanarayanan Mundayoor, in his message appreciated the young activists of Apne library for their involvement in promoting the library movement.

ASSET provided reading and writing materials to Kesilu and assured to provide her more assistance for her entire academic session. ASSET thanked Binod Saharia of Dibrugarh for support rendered to the simple function and also for supporting various social functions and initiatives in Lohit and Dibang. World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book) is a yearly event organized by UNESCO on April 23 to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. The date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejia Vallejo, and Halldor Laxness.


Alcohol consumption and its negative impact

Alcohol use is now the third leading risk factor for death and disability across the globe, according to the recently released Global Burden of Disease study (GBD-2010). Deaths attributable to alcohol use now number 4.8 million.

According to a release from the Public Health Foundation of India, 32 per cent of Indians consume alcohol and up to 13 per cent are daily users.  Between 30 and 35 per cent of adult men and approximately 5 per cent of adult women consume alcohol, according to PHFI.

“India is one of the major growing markets for alcohol, and consumption of alcohol has resulted in negative impacts on general well-being and health of the people,” says Dr Monica Arora of the PHFI. While excise tax on alcohol provides most of the state excise tax revenues, there is little connect of the taxation policy with any policy on public health, she argues.

This information was revealed at a consultative workshop on ‘Alcohol Taxation and Multi-Sectoral Policy Interventions to Counter the Harms Associated with Alcohol Consumption’ organized by PHFI and its partner HRIDAY, in association with the Swedish National Institute for Public Health (SNIPH) and the Karolinska Institute of Sweden in New Delhi.

Experts at the workshop argued for a rise in taxes on alcohol products to hold the growth of a habit of alcohol abuse. They had the benefit of sharing information from a variety of sources from across the world, especially Sweden which is a storehouse of documentation on the results on combating the effects of alcohol on society and the disease burden on the economy.


Arunachal is rapidly turning into a capitalist society

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh, once known for its diverse culture and peace loving people, is no more the same. The concept of development and welfare state has been left far behind. In the name of development, all we get is erratic power and water supply, pit holes in roads (or no roads at all), poor telecommunication services and an unending list of fake assertions and false promises.

There’s chaos everywhere as ‘might is right’ has become the fundamental law of the land. The value of human life has ceded and became meagerly low. Crime rate has substantially increased in the last few years while the State machinery is busy quenching their thirst for power, privilege and the like. News of murder, rape, extortion is making headlines frequently but the culprits are still at large. Adding much to the fear of common man a new culture emerged from nowhere, the ‘Gun Culture’- a less defensive, more offensive approach.

In terms of socio-economic development also, the State has failed miserably. Rich are getting richer and poor, poorer. No doubt, Arunachal is rapidly turning into a capitalist society. Unemployment has taken its toll in the youths of the State and the count is increasing year by year. Adding much to the grief of poor deserving candidates, jobs are being sold in an open market at lucrative prices.

Constitutional remedies such as Right to Information have also failed to protect the public from arbitrariness and despotism. On the other hand citizens seem to be very well versed with some of the rights, namely, right to assemble and form association guaranteed by our Constitution. This has led to the formation of all sorts and types of unions and associations, which of course deserve acclamation for their pollution control measures (bandh calls) in the state. Students’ unions have lost their credibility for obvious reasons. Regionalism and communalism has also plagued the society. The law seems to have too many loopholes otherwise the activities of many groups and association would have amounted to sedition for propagating or inciting class hatred.

Now, only a revolution of some serious kind can curb all the menaces and establish a stable and progressive society. Until than the common mass can only remain a mere spectator and be the victims of system.


Bido Sora,

Faculty of Law, BHU





Conduct interview through APPSC

Dear Editor,

We too have same opinion expressed by one Tamuk Ali in his letter “Confusing recruitment process” published in your esteemed daily on April 20. Here we would also like to highlight some points regarding illegal appointments to the posts of assistants Inspector (T and E).  Four candidates were appointed to the  posts of AI (T &E) without conducting interview on March 7, 2007 and later  within  few months their job were regularized  through DPC whereas many other contingency staff in the same department were serving for the last 10 and 15 years but no regularization.

The High Court in its judgment on December 22, 2009  had quashed  the regularization and directed  to fill up the  said posts through  fresh recruitment following proper recruitment rules within a period of four months from 4th January 2010.

Regarding recruitment to the  four posts of AI (Tax and excise), we also like to request the  authorities concerned to conduct interview  through APPSC in order to maintain  transparency in the recruitment process  and to give justice to all the aspiring candidates.


Jumdo Bagra  and

 Nyumkar Bagra,  Aalo




They really deserve appreciation

Dear Editor,

We are lucky enough to witness a sea change in our capital administration under DC Sanjay Goel, which got beautifully highlighted by Keter Bagra in his article ''A perceptible difference.....'' that was published on April 23. Yes, the capital DC Goel deserves a big Diamond medal for his remarkable feat, but at the same time, I would equally prefer a Diamond medal for Tongam Rina, Keter Bagra, Taba Ajum and the Arunachal Times for their act of bravery in bringing out the good quality articles to the insensitive minds of masses from time to time. Dear Readers, please remember that, this unique ability to think and produce, distinguishes the team of Arunachal Times from the rest.


Philip Jerang

New Delhi