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
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
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,
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.
AAPSU turns down Govt’s proposal on PRC issue, says won’t compromise
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
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
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.
Faculty of Law, BHU
Conduct interview through APPSC
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
Jumdo Bagra and
Nyumkar Bagra, Aalo
They really deserve appreciation
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.