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
DEO prohibits defacement of public properties
AALO, Apr 25: West Siang District Election Officer (DEO) M K Sahoo, in an order has
prohibited defacement of public properties, wall writing, pasting of posters/papers
or defacement in any other form and erecting/displaying cutouts, hoardings, banners,
flags on any Government premise including civil structures.
It also prohibited unauthorized campaigning and misuse of vehicles.
The district authority would take strict action against the violators of the order.
Licence holders urged to deposit fire arms
Daporijo DIPRO adds: In view of the ensuing Panchayat Election 2013, the District
Magistrate of Upper Subansiri district has asked all fire arms licence holders of
the district to deposit all types of fire arms under their possession to police stations
in their circles by May 10 and the arms so deposited will be released after the completion
of the election.
In another order, the District Magistrate under Section 144 Cr.P.C. has prohibited
the carrying of lethal weapons such as fire arms, swords, bow and arrow, explosive
materials and any other weapon with power to inflict bodily injury in the town, villages
and polling stations from April 28 till further order.
Farmers training under NAIP
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: A training cum distribution of different inputs such as seedlings,
silpaulin, Knapsack, polyfilm was organized by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,
Basar under National Agricultural Innovative Project (NAIP) at Chhota Rupak on April
The scientists and subject matter specialists from ICAR and KVK West Siang, Basar
delivered lecture and demonstrated on cultivation practices, pest and disease management
in Khasi Mandarin, Banana, Maize and vegetables. Thorough interaction was also organized
with the farmers and discussed in details about low cost polyhouse and jalkund (water
The team also distributed 2000 seedlings of Khasi Mandarin, 200 Banana saplings,
two silpaulin for constructing jalkund (water harvesting structure), six Knapsack
Sprayers, one Polyfilm for constructing the low cost polyhouse and 70 packets of
vegetable kits containing bhindi, pumpkin, sponge gourd, Sweet gourd, Ridge Gourd
and Cucumber, 70 packets of maize seeds (HQPM-1) to the farmers under NAIP.
A total 99 farmers from Chhota Rupak, Tabarijo, Paka, Ronya, Riddi, Digbak, Belo,
Lida, Kuporijo and Linney in Upper Subansiri District attended the training.
NSS RGU unit organizes Spl Camp
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Rajiv Gandhi University
conducted a Special Camp with the theme “Youth for Better Environment” at Workers
Colony, RGU Campus.
The volunteers actively participated in a cleanliness drive and renovated the colony
streets and drains.
Short programme on economic empowerment of women, family life education, family violence,
drug and alcohol abuse, pre-school education program etc., were also conducted with
the help of skit and play targeting the women and children.
Besides, various competitions for women and children were also conducted during the
Dr. T Lhundim, Dean Students Welfare, RGU distributed prizes to winners on the concluding
function and spoke to the gathering about the need and importance of education. He
encouraged the youth volunteers to shoulder the responsibility in bringing better
environment in the society.
Highlighting the events of the camp, Dr. Otem Moyong, Program Officer, NSS, RGU,
appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the volunteers during the camp and support provided
by the colony dwellers.
IDEA observes World Malaria Day
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration
with District Vector Borne Disease Control programme (DVBDCP) observed World Malaria
Day with the theme “Invest in the future; defeat malaria” at community hall at Balijan
today. The preventive and curative methods of malaria were highlighted through mass
rally with placards and banner, role play, quiz competition and various sessions
on malaria taken by Tatung Tayang, Zonal malaria Officer of papumpare district and
Dr. Taw Kaku, Medical officer in charge of CHC.
While focusing on the theme, the ZMO informed public to focus on preventive aspects
such as sleep always under impregnated mosquito net, allow DDT to be sprayed inside
of every house and draining out all logged water around the house.
The officials of NVBDCP and best performing field level staffs were felicitated with
mementos by the Deputy Director of IDEA, Sr. Licy for their continuous support to
implement intensified malaria control programme in the district.
Approximately over 100 people attended the progrmme.
Women SHG repairs cattle bridge at GTC
PASIGHAT, Apr 25: The members of Angun Bedang Self Help Group (SHG) on Wednesday
rendered social service by replacing a cattle bridge at the entrance of Jawahar Navodaya
Vidyalaya at GTC near Pasighat town.
The iron cattle bridge was in worn-out condition due to years of wear and tear since
its installation in 1964 at the time of settlement of GTC colony. It became a death
trap for the commuters with many accidents occurring during night hours.
The women activists, in active support of the local residents replaced the damaged
bridge with a RCC one worth Rs 36,000 purchased by the SHG. The effort of the women’s
group led by Minam Jamoh was appreciated by the local people.
Located at down of Pasighat Jawarlal Nehru University at left bank of mighty Siang
river, GTC is densely populated area. There are many offices, schools and government
quarters in a compact area besides some the Border Road offices.
The SHG is also running a mini vegetable cum fish/meat market at GTC colony for increasing
their source of income
284 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
SUMA stages rally against proposal on PRC to non-APSTs, submits memo to Governor
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) took out a
massive peace rally yesterday against the formation of Joint High Power Committee
(JHPC) on the issue of PRC to non-APSTs in the state.
The Rally which started from the DN College ground culminated at Nyikum Niya Hall,Nirjuli
and large number of students from DN College, Bon Bosco College, Polytechnic college,
scholars from RGU and non-APST public took part in the rally, according to release
issued by the SUMA.
Later a delegation of the SUMA headed by its president Biri Tabing visited Raj Bhawan
and submitted memorandum against any proposals for issue of PRC to non-APST.
In its six-point memorandum addressed to the Governor, the SUMA demanded immediate
cancellation of the joint high-Power Committee on PRC issue, immediate reconsideration
of the proposal for issue of PRC to non-APSTs, complete implementation of the Bengal
Eastern Frontier Act 1873 in the interest of the indigenous tribal people in the
state, immediate cancellation of land allotment issued to non-APST at Lohit district,
immediate deletion of the voting rights to all non-APST in order to maintain peace
and tranquility of state and thorough scrutiny of ILP already issued.
Process for consideration of PRC to Non-APST by forming Joint Higher Power Committee
(JHPC) is against the interest of the state concerned, the SUMA said.
While reminding its earlier memorandum submitted on April 1 last, the organization
gave a month’s time for amicable solution to its grievances in order to avoid agitation
including bandh call.
Kaying IB reeling under power outages
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: For the state like Arunachal Pradesh which is struggling for infrastructure
development, it is sad situation when one sees existing infrastructure being misused
by the concern authorities.
The inspection bungalow of Kaying under West Siang district is one such example.
The IB which was inaugurated by former CM P K Thungon in the year 1976 does not have
electricity facility causing difficulties to the visitors.
As per the report, the power line was disconnected by power department as the authorities
failed to pay the electricity bill.
Kaying IB is located on the Aalo-Menchuka road which is an important tourist destination.
Tomorrow if a tourist decides to stay in the IB, after discovering its plight, imagine
what kind of impression they will take back? The concern authority has lot to answer.
‘Rafting can become popular adventure sports’
Final leg of white water rafting gets underway
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The third and final leg of white water rafting expedition cum recee
organized by Arunachal Adventure Association in collaboration with department of
tourism, government of Arunachal Pradesh began on 23rd of this month from Mechuka
town which is also popularly known as Menchuka. The picturesque Yargap Chu River
which flows through middle of Mechuka (Menchuka) town was the venue for the flagging
in ceremony. The team will carry out expedition cum recee from Menchuka to till Pasighat
passing through rivers Siyom (Yomgo) and Siang.
The additional deputy commissioner of Mechuka Gepak Poyom flagged off the rafting
Speaking on occasion ADC Poyom urged department of tourism to organize such event
annually so that river rafting can become very popular adventure sports in the state.
ADC himself joined the team and for half an hour he was in the boat rafting along
with team. He said it was his maiden experience of river rafting and he fully enjoyed
the experience. However the team had to abandon the expedition after few kilometres
from Mechuka. The rough and turbulent water along with dangerous nature of river
made it impossible for them to continue the expedition. Later they put camp at Thumbin
village. Next day, the team started expedition from Thumbin village on the river
Siyom which is known as Yargap Chu at Mechuka.
Keep strict vigil on refugees, AAPSU to DA
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The nomination filed by a Tibetan refugee to contest in the ensuing
Panchayat election from INC ticket has been rejected by West Kameng district authority
after All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) objected to his candidature,
according to an AAPSU release.
AAPSU deputed a team to West Kameng on request of the district students’ union and
people where the visiting team was informed that a Tibetan refugee had filed nomination
to contest in the election from Sera Anchal Segment from INC ticket. After confirmation
of the allegation, AAPSU brought the matter to the notice of the DC and returning
officer and demanded immediate cancellation of candidature of the candidate.
AAPSU also urged the district administration to keep strict vigil on refugee related
issue and asked all the Tibetan and Bhutanese refugees to get refugee Card from the
authority concerned and move to their designated camps.
AAPSU also requested all the political parties to be very careful while selecting
and endorsing candidates in near future and check all records properly before making
them their party members.
It also urged the district administration to cancel all the ST and Permanent Resident
Certificates (PRCs) issued to non APST and refugees.
Follow election guidelines, DEO says POs
PASIGHAT, Apr 25: Pasighat is going to hold the Municipality poll for the first time
on May 16 next. With the preparations for ensuing Municipality election and as per
the provision under section 13 (1-4) and Section 14 of the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal
Act 2009 (Act No. 4 of 2009), the 1st phase training for both Presiding and Polling
officers was held in the DC’s conference hall today. It was enthusiastically participated
by the 20 Presiding and 50 Polling officers while the training program was imparted
by the Master trainers GP Pandey, OP Sah and RC Saxena.
Speaking on the occasion the DC-cum-DEO, RK Mishra advised the trainees to follow
the election rules and guidelines and asked them to perform their election duties
freely and fearlessly. We must act in a transparent manner as there is nothing to
hide in the electoral democracy and ensure that eligible voters can exercise their
democratic right to choose the leaders for the community, he added. The 2nd and 3rd
phase trainings will be held on May 6 and 13 next while collection of polling materials
is scheduled to be issued on May 14 and movement on respective Polling stations on
May 15 next, informed DEO Mishra.
Meanwhile nomination papers for the Municipal Election were scrutinized by the Municipal
Returning Officer Nilima Kumar (ADC) in presence of Election Observer Bandana Deori
in the Panchayat Office amidst strict security. Office sources informed 39 persons
had filed nominations for 12 Wards but 10 nominations were rejected. Two councilors
of INC party were elected uncontested. They are Atik Pertin (DST Colony, Ward-05)
and Kaling Darang (High-Region, Ward-04).
Nilima Kumar (ADC) who is also District Panchayat Development Officer is also scrutinizing
the nomination papers of the ensuing Panchayat election and it is expected to be
declared the result tonight. DIPRO
Speaker asks people to maintain unity
KHONSA, Apr 25: Festivals foster love, unity and peace, said Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong while addressing a huge gathering of revelers
on the occasion of Dadam area Hoju Kuwa celebrated jointly by 10 villages under Dadam
circle at Dadam village, about 19 km from here today.
Lowangdong said that he was deeply impressed by the spirit of the people of Dadam
area who had always stood by Borduria chief through thick and thin and passionately
appealed them to zealously guard and protect their traditional culture for the posterity.
He said that the Noctes had a well-knit society under the chiefs since time immemorial
and urged the people to maintain unity at all cost.
The Speaker further said that the Noctes were proud to have the unique chieftainship
institution which is democratic in nature and is helping the administration in running
the district in no small measures.
Commandant of First Assam Rifles Col. Prashant Nair in his brief address appreciated
the people for preserving their rich culture in spite of the ‘huge onslaught from
outside forces’. He greeted the people on the festive occasion. The chief of Dadam
village said that this year’s Hoju Kuwa had a greater significance due to the presence
of the paramount chief Wanglin Lowangdong.
BJP National Council Member Wangman Lowangcha in his speech said that the Tai Khamtis
and the Fakials who live in Assam had successfully protected their identities without
being swamped by the more dominant Assamese culture and exhorted the people to spare
no efforts in preserving their traditions. Hangliam Sumnyan, senior public leader
and Tirong Aboh, ZPM, who also spoke on the occasion, described Wanglin Lowangdong
as the traditional head and authority of the Noctes and assured that the Dadam group
of villages under Borduria village would always maintain unity to strengthen the
hands of Lowangdong.
Earlier, Wangdi Hakhun, President of the festival committee in his welcome address
highlighted the significance of Hoju Kuwa and thanked all the participants for their
active and enthusiastic participation.
Folkdances, modern dances and a grand community feast marked the day-long celebrations.
All the chiefs, GBs, Panchayat leaders, villagers from Dadam area, ZPC and HoDs attended
the celebration. DIPRO
Two Congress nominees for single ASM seat
PASIGHAT, Apr 25: The incident of filing nomination papers by two candidates nominated
by Indian National Congress (INC) for a single Anchal Samity seat at Sigar under
Mebo Anchal block has surprised everybody, including the election officials as well
as BJP workers in East Siang district.
Confirming the dual nomination filed by the ruling party, the Returning Officer of
Mebo Anchal Block informed that one Nangku Yirang and Akin Tayeng have filed nomination
for Sigar Anchal seat from INC ticket. Further, Nangku Yirang submitted another nomination
paper as Independent Candidate in the same post. Another independent candidate for
the seat is Anang Tayeng.
The incident, in fact is due to internal rift ensued in the ruling party in Mebo
block. One of the two candidates Nangku Yirang is said to be kin of standing Mebo
MLA Ralom Borang, while Akin Tayeng is a relative of former Mebo MLA and standing
APCC Vice-President Lombo Tayeng. The validity of candidature of the candidates is
reportedly creating much tizzy to election officers in the scrutiny process and the
matter is not yet decided.
The people of Mebo including the BJP leaders and independent candidates are anxious
on the doubling-up of nomination paper submitted by the ruling party. A senior BJP
leader of Mebo Lenzing Pertin has termed it “power-centric” feature of Congress party.
“The ruling Congress, through such imprudent acts has not only revealed its rowdiness
feature, but it also ruined the image of democracy. The people have now come across
the corrupt practices of Congress and lost their confidence on party”, Pertin opined.
World Malaria Day
Although Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed sporadic public outrage regarding law and
order, there is reason to be happy as there is a decreasing trend in malarial death
for last few years.
Hopefully, the world has also reportedly made major progress in the fight against
Malaria over the last decade. According to a report, since 2000, malaria mortality
rates have fallen by more than 25 per cent, and 50 of the 99 countries with ongoing
transmission are now on track to meet the 2015 World Health Assembly target of reducing
incidence rates by more than 75 per cent.
A major scale-up of vector control interventions, together with increased access
to diagnostic testing and quality-assured treatment, has been key to this progress.
But there are miles to go to achieve the goal. According to WHO, malaria still kills
an estimated 660000 people worldwide, mainly children under five years of age in
sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, more than 200 million cases occur; most of these
cases are never tested or registered. A recent plateauing of international funding
has slowed down progress, and emerging drug and insecticide resistance threaten to
reverse recent gains.
If the world is to maintain and accelerate progress against malaria, in line with
Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, and to ensure attainment of MDGs 4 and 5, more
funds are urgently required.
On the occasion of World Malaria Day, we hope both developed and developing country
come together and continue their investment and uplift their political commitment
for eradication of malaria.
Bamboo has lot to offer us
With reference to the article - Bamboonomics in our state - Poor Man's Timber or
Green Gold?" by Ms Koj Rinya, the DFO, Aalo - I would like to commend the author
for bringing to fore a very relevant issue facing all people of Arunachal. The point
made by the DFO regarding the use of bamboo are very practical and cover some very
basic aspects that affect all of us - a source of livelihood, economic prosperity,
conservation of our beautiful forests, conservation of our environment and development
of small scale industries and cooperatives based on bamboo. Indeed, no other product
other than the 'green gold' which we possess in such abundance is capable of doing
We need to thank Ms Rinya for highlighting this issue and giving us plausible options
for adapting these ideas and converting them to reality. In fact, the Forest Department
in Arunachal must ensure widespread publicity to the opportunities available in bamboo
plantation and make available necessary incentives and resources for implementation.
A country like Vietnam with 1.6 million hectares of bamboo covering 12.7 % of forest
land exports 300 million$ worth of bamboo and rattan every year - proving a household
with 100- 250 $ per hectare of bamboo cultivation. With 1.6 million hectares of bamboo
in Arunachal alone, given proper technical, financial and policy support from the
State government and National Bamboo Mission, as brought out by the DFO, the imagination
soars as what can be achieved here in our state with this green gold!
I don't know when people of Arunachal will wake up
Taba Ajum's article 'why should poor suffer at the expense of rich......' published
in your daily on 19.04.13 highlighted how government of Arunachal Pradesh caused
201.05 crores budget deficit for the financial year 2012-13 from the state exchequer.
One Tamuk Ali's letter to editor, 'confusing recruitment process' on 20.04.13 clearly
brought into light how the department of tax and excise, government of Arunachal
Pradesh has befooled and is befooling the entire people of Arunachal Pradesh.
An article by your correspondent, ''petitioner dismayed as APIC delaying return of
hearing'' dated 22.04.13 displayed how APIC and CIC defied court's order and legal
Now the unfortunate part is that no NGO or pressure group has taken up the issue
while the matter unveiled is of highest concern for the general public. Another interesting
observation is that the allegedly corrupt authorities are unfazed. By remaining
silent they are either accepting what is alleged or they think they are not accountable
to the people of this state.
And the most interesting part is that the general public is apparently not miffed
by the cheat, the loot, the exploitation etc carried out to them by the government
and its department and hence condones all such activities. By being silent spectators,
the general public and various pressure groups are making those critics who dare
to share callous activities of various authorities, redundant.
I don't know how many years Arunachal would take to wake itself up, but as of now,
I have a state where a wild cobra makes more news than 201.05 budget deficit or other
unfortunate stories cited above.
Don't let god stand in queue
I have heard and seen people looking and standing around and causing traffic jams
at 6km near M.M Toyota show room, just to have a glimpse of a king cobra snake. It
is a well come steps as some nature lovers had requested not to throw stone at the
snake, which shows a development to nature care and civilized culture. I also agree
and request the same to all the citizens, let the snake live at its own and peacefully.
Standing nearby, makes disturbance to the snake as well as it creates unnecessary
traffic jams. But till date I have not seen the snake, but instead I have seen Red
flag with sign in the said place. If I am not wrong, I think I have seen this sign
and flag in temples. It seems to be an initiative to construct a temple. As far I
am concern such flag and sign are not for the safety of snakes. If you really want
to have a real glimpse of the snake then have a deeply look at the said side and
you will understand. My request is to the administrators please do not allot plot
of land to GODS for they already have enough plots in heaven. If one GOD is allotted
then surely other GODS will be jealous and make a demand for the same which would
disturb the equilibrium of peace.