April  25

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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Lot needs to be done to empower Panchayats in real terms: PM

NEW DELHI, Apr 24: Ruing that the bureaucracy is still unwilling to share its powers with elected local bodies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday made a strong pitch for an "immediate change in this mindset" to strengthen and empower panchayati raj institutions.

There is "still a lot to be done" to give the panchayats responsibilities and powers in real terms, he said, addressing a gathering of panchayat heads from across the country on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Diwas here.

"The purpose of panchayati raj is decentralisation under which people get the right to run administration themselves. We have to make efforts so that this does not remain mere a slogan but turns out to be a reality in our life time. For this we will have to give responsibilities and powers to the elected representatives in real terms," he said.

The Prime Minister said, "I frequently receive complaints that the bureaucracy of the Centre and the states still do not like to see their powers being curtailed or share their powers fully with the local bodies. There is a need to immediately change this mindset."

Singh said that local governments can play a key role in development but their success depends on various factors including the capacity of the elected representatives and the decentralisation of power.

The Centre, he said, has allotted around ten times more money in the 12th plan to help the states in their initiatives towards strengthening panchayats.

The "Centre will implement Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Empowerment Campaign under the 12th plan to strengthen Panchayats. We have allotted more money this time to help the states in their initiatives to strengthen panchayats and the budgetary support for this purpose has been increased by around 10 times at Rs 6437 crore from Rs 660 crores in the 11th plan. "I hope that state governments will use this fund thoroughly in strengthening institutions of local self- governance. It is our promise that the central government will provide all possible help to states so that our development process becomes more inclusive and sustainable," he said. PTI



NERIST employees end agitation after AAPSU intervention

NIRJULI, Apr 24: The employees of the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) ended their week-long agitation Wednesday to not cause further academic loss of the students at the intervention of the AAPSU.

The employees have been agitating over non-implementation of its 10-point demands including old pension scheme, departmental promotion committee as per rationalize staff structure (RSS) and regularization of 21 contractual employees.

Of the 408 sanctioned posts, 200 are teaching staff whereas the contractual Arunachalee employees have been demanding their job regularization.

A meeting convened by AAPSU president Kamta Lapung and NERIST director Deepankar Pal, NESO coordinator Pritambhai Sonam, AAPSU finance secretary Suraj Tayam and representatives of employees and student bodies under the chairmanship of AAPSU legal advisor T T Tara decided to constitute a eight-member committee including various representatives to go into the demands and submit a report to the NERIST Board chairman within a month for further action.

Lapung, who advocated an end to groupism and to not politicise the institute of higher education, in a statement later cautioned anyone polluting the academic atmosphere of the NERIST.

NERIST, a deemed university fully funded and controlled by the union ministry of human resource development, set up in 1984 offers unconventional and innovative academic science and technology oriented higher education.



CMs’ meet on internal security planned

NEW DELHI, Apr 24:  Notwithstanding the absence of many Chief Ministers at a recent conclave, the Home Ministry has convened yet another conference of State leaders on June 5 to discuss the country’s internal security situation and ways to deal with it.

“The next Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security is proposed to be held on June 5, 2013,” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told Parliament on Tuesday.

The meeting is expected to discuss various issues related to terrorism, internal security threats and measures to counter them besides issues relating to Left Wing Extremism, cross border infiltration, police modernisation and training.

Many Chief Ministers, including those from Congress-ruled States, had kept away from a conference on police reforms convened by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on April 15.

Chief Ministers of Odisha, Assam, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland had attended the conference besides Governor of Jharkhand and Delhi Lieutenant Governor.

In the June 5 conference, the Centre may try to push for setting up of the controversial anti-terror hub.

Singh said a conference of all State DGPs was also scheduled to be held in September.



Governor, Chief Minister  extend Moh Mol greetings

ITANAGAR, Apr 24: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J. J. Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has extended warm greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Moh Mol.

In his festival message, the Governor wished that the festivity would usher in peace and communal harmony.

“On this festive occasion, I join our Tangsa community in offering prayers for a bumper harvest, prosperity and for longevity of the Nong Culture,” the Governor said in his message.

“I am optimistic that this celebration of Moh Mol would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity not only for the Tangsa community but for each and every citizen of our state,” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a festival message this evening.

Conveying best wishes to all on eve of Moh Mol, the Chief Minister reiterated the importance of indigenous festivals and the need to celebrate these with large participation. He observed that festivals and celebrations are the links to a community’s original roots, which need to be reaffirmed frequently as accelerated development in the modern day can take one far away from their roots.

“We have to keep pace with the fast changing world but also stay connected to our roots. May this Moh Mol enlighten us all on this very important aspect,” he added.



8 DBMS students selected for Sainik School

ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Eight students of Diyum Bui Memorial School (DBMS)  Dumporijo run by Bui Welfare Society, Daporijo have qualified for admission in Sainik School, Punglwa, Nagalang and six others are in waiting list, informed BWS in a release.

While felicitating the students for being selected for admission in class VI in the prestigious army school, BWS chairman Tagam Bui gave full credit to the sincere and dedicated efforts of the teaching staff for this achievement by bagging 8 seats out of the total nine selected from the state.

While encouraging the students to maintain this trend, the chairman urged the teaching staff to put more efforts to bring more quality in education in Daporijo in particular and the state as a whole.



Army to raise two new airborne units for deployment near China border

NEW DELHI, Apr 24: Against the backdrop of China strengthening its capability to airlift soldiers, India is planning to raise around 1,500 more airborne troops for deployment in the northeast along the China border.

Under the 12th Defence Plan, India is planning to raise two new battalions of the airborne troops with around 1,500 personnel under the elite Parachute Regiment  of the Army, defence ministry sources told PTI here.

The new raisings would be apparently used to check any move by any adversary to airdrop their troops within Indian territory and capture that area, they said.

The new units would also be used for the conventional roles in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in that area and would also be capable of being dropped behind enemy lines in case of any future war, they said.

Recently, the Army raised the 11 Para (SF) that is being deployed under the Tezpur-based 4 Corps and 3 Corps in Dimapur which are two of the Army's main formations looking after the border with China in the northeast.

The Parachute Regiment has 10 units under it of which eight are special forces units while the rest are Para Commando units with capability of launching airborne operations.

Seven among them have already been trained and classified as special forces, which are supposed to carry out counter-insurgency operations during peacetime and sabotage enemy installations beyond enemy lines during wars.

They are deployed in different sectors of the country and have also been given the responsibility to handle 26/11 type attacks near their area of deployment.

China in the recent past has significantly enhanced its capability to launch airborne operations and according to some reports, can air lift more than 3,500 soldiers for operational deployment in one go. PTI


Now, Chinese choppers enter several hundred kilometres inside India

LEH/NEW DELHI: As the intruding Chinese soldiers refuse to budge from their occupied position in Daulat Beg Oldi(DBO) sector in Ladakh, two Chinese military helicopters have violated Indian airspace at Chumar, several hundred kilometres southeast of Leh, adding to the prevailing tension. The Chinese choppers entered the Indian airspace on April 21 and hovered over the area for quite sometime and returned after dropping some food cans, cigarette packets and notes written in their local language, official sources said today.

The incident happened five days after a platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) had come 10km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in the DBO sectoron the night of April 15 and established a tented post there. Chumar, which is about 300km from Leh, provides another access to Aksai Chin, an area which is under illegal occupation of China, besides from DBO.

After the incursion incident, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the border guarding force, has beefed up its strength in the area and Army from the nearby location had increased its surveillance.

Last September, Chinese helicopters flew over Chumar with some of its troops even getting onto the ground. The troops destroyed bunkers and old tents of the Indian Army before returning to their own air space. The situation in the DBO sector, meanwhile, continued to remain tense with the PLA personnel, who have come with some dogs and vehicles, refusing to budge from the area. PTI


Negotiations on to resolve Chinese

incursion issue: Antony

BANGALORE/NEW DELHI:  India said on Wednesday negotiations are in progress at "various levels" to resolve the incursion issue with China peacefully.

"Negotiations are going on at various levels to resolve the issue peacefully," defence minister AK Antony  told reporters here.

"Our government will take every step to protect the national integrity and security", he said, when asked about the issue.

India had on Tuesday asked China to revert to the status quo position in Depsang Valley in Ladakh where troops of both countries were in a face-to-face situation after Chinese forces intruded nearly 10kms inside Indian territory.

"We have asked the Chinese side to maintain the status quo in this sector (of the western border)," official spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs Syed Akbaruddin had said, adding, "by this I mean the status quo prior to this incident." PTI



Global migration and economic growth

"Migration is a fact of life in our globalizing world," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed. "It is not a question of whether to halt the movement of people across borders. The question is how we plan for such movements and make the most of them."

The global total of international migrants has increased to 214 million in 2010 from 155 million in 1990, with the number of internal migrants even larger as most move within their countries rather than across national borders, according to the Secretary-General's latest report on new trends in migration.

Among major factors contributing to these growing trends, the report spotlighted changes in socio-economic conditions, conflict, environmental degradation, an increase in human trafficking and the integration and disintegration of countries.

Given the growing numbers of international migrants, Ban urged the global community to pursue "five key goals" in resolving what he described as "a complex issue that demands a comprehensive solution."

In particular, he underscored the need for safe, legal channels of migration; the alignment of migration policies to the demands of the labour market; addressing the problems of those migrants without legal status; promoting integration into host societies; and facilitating so-called return or circular migration that allows migrants to return to their native homes at the right time.

"Migration is often a hot-button issue," admitted Ban, who pointed to the fact that smaller countries tend to suffer when skilled people leave. But, he noted, they also benefit from remittances, while destination countries benefit from needed labour and economic growth.

On a cautionary note, Ban warned that migration should "not be the primary solution to the demographic challenge." "The best response to population trends is to implement the Cairo Programme of Action on Population and Development," he continued. "This includes empowering women, providing all people with access to reproductive health care, and educating the next generation."


Request to the director, Cihcs

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to state that, I am one of the candidates applying for the post of Lecturer in Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS), Dahung : West Kameng District : Arunachal Pradesh, Govt of India. I am very much annoyed to know about my centre of interview which will be held in Conference Hall, National Archive of India Annexe Building, Janpath, (Near Shastri Bhawan), New Delhi-110001 on Dated 6th May. Sometimes, it seems to be similar case of British Policy where ICS (Indian civil service) examination was conducted in England to reduce the Indian candidates for appearing the prestigious Exams. Similar case is occurring to deprive Arunachal for the said post.  In fact, Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Dahung, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh is itself under its own state then my question is why the decision has been taken to conduct the interview in Delhi instead of its own state. Whereas Itanagar and Bomdila are suitable place for the conduct of the interview. Even though, l hope that no candidate from Delhi or Mumbai is applying for the said post because everyone knows that Arunachal Pradesh is very far way from that sates.

Therefore, l appeal to the Governor, Director (CIHCS) and Arunachal Citizen Right (ACS) to take steps for solution to this problem very soon, not for me but for the future aspirants who will apply for the various posts conducted by the said university in future.


Pape Nyokir





Remove darkness, bring light

Dear Editor,

Pakke-Kessang is one of the oldest circle headquarters in East Kameng district. Recently it has been upgraded to EAC HQ.  But the area is still facing power problem. Although there is a very old mini Hydel project, but it is of no use now.

Erection of electrical poles and wiring has been completed under RGGVY scheme in 2011 in this area. But the people are still living in darkness due to non-connectivity and non-availability of electricity; the area is lagging behind in the field of development.

It is a fact that the people of our village have to come to Sagalee town of Papum Pare district for minor works like Photostat of their documents for which they have to spend huge amount for to and fro. Another fact is that many of the official staff are found absent from their respective duties due to non-availability of the electricity in the area.

In this age of information technology, no body wants to live without electricity. So I want to know when the authorities will supply electricity to the area.

Seijosa, situated along Assam-Arunachal boundary is blessed with 24 hours power supply from neighbouring state. If power can be supplied from other state, then why Pakke-Kessang area is not connected with power supply line from Rupung village bordering Papum Pare which is very nearest  to our village.

Therefore, I, on behalf of the  people of the  area would like to make an appeal to all the intellectuals, public leaders in general and our local MLA in particular to look into the grievances of the people  and take up the  matter with concerned department for early power connectivity/power supply to our area.


Thaddeus Techi





Let APPSC conduct interview

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight few points regarding the posts of Assistant Inspector under Tax and Excise deptt.

I would like to add some points on Tamuk Ali’s  letter “Confusing recruitment process” published in your esteemed daily on April 20. It is  seen that educational qualification for Non-APST is Graduate and for APST is Class-XII passed. I cant understand how graduate student is compared to under graduate student, I never saw recruitment rules like this before.  It should be either Graduate or under graduate for all. Moreover after going through Tamuk Ali’s letter, we as a candidate fear of foul play by concerned deptt.  So, I request the authorities concerned to conduct interview through APPSC in order to maintain transparency in the recruitment process so that our hard work  does not go in waste.


Benjamin Toko,




Pls don’t concentrate only in Capital complex

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like bring a point for Arunachal Cricket Association. As published on 24th issue of this daily, Arunachal team is now participating in four state series in Dimapur, has lost a match and won equal number. My point here is of not losing or wining, it is of giving chance to our (Arunachalee) boys. As per this daily news, the players who was key in wining their second game are to be surprised, none of the four mentioned named sounds Arunachalee. Secondly, while conducting selection camps please do not concentrate only on Itanagar-Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh do not end here. There are lots of talented boys in rural areas who do not get a chance to show their talents. Last but not the least, congratulation to their win and keep the winning record.


Debia Hania