April 21

CM congrats Talar

ITANAGAR , Apr 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has congratulated ace shuttler Laa Talar who reached upto quarter-finals in the recently concluded World Junior Badminton Championship-2014, representing India at Malaysia. Talar called on Tuki at his official residence today. Tuki while congratulating the young talent exhorted him to practice hard and prepare for the ensuing Olympics to be held in 2016.

“You have already made us proud and we want you to achieve newer heights and bag Olympic medals,” Tuki emphatically said.

Talar in return thanked the CM and the state government for all the support extended to him and assured to do his best to bring more laurels for the state and the nation.  

Talar was accompanied by his parents and family members besides other well wishers.


Fire Service Week observed

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Fire and Emergency Services of fire station here observed the Fire Service Week from April 14 to 20.

Several fire awareness programmes, including mock drills of rescue operation, first aid and demonstration of portable fire extinguishers were organized at various places within the Capital Complex to mark the Fire Service Week.


Easter Sunday celebrated

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Easter Sunday was celebrated by all the Baptist Churches under Apatani Baptist Association (ABA), Ziro, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“In his great mercy, god has given us new birth into living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” Area Supervisor of ABA Pastor J. Lalrinawma said quoting from Bible at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Baptist believers organized dry fasting and prayer in their respective Churches from Saturday evening to prepare themselves for the day. The day was marked by Sun Rise Service at the dawn break at their respective churches.

Later, Sunday School students celebrated the day by singing and dancing.  Special Easter Services were also organized in all the Churches.


VKAJ conducts personality development camps

ITANAGAR, Apr 20:  Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) here conducted a series of non residential personality development camps for the students of Class IV to X of Capital Complex at VKV, Chimpu, Police Colony, Vivek Vihar, VKV, Nirjuli and NERIST from April 11 to 20.

A total of 150 students attended the camps conducted by the members and activists of VKAJ.

Various sessions were held to inculcate in students the sense of patriotism, importance of self discipline, cultural values, social service etc.

VKAJ is also conducting a residential personality development camp here from tomorrow in which a group of selected students will participate.


NERIST badminton stadium re-openes

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: NERIST badminton stadium was re-opened by Air Marshal (Retd.) Pranab Kumar Barbora, Chairman (Board of Management), NERIST on April 18.

In his brief speech, the Chairman stated that the Indoor Stadium should only be used by the students and the employees of NERIST and no outsiders will be allowed to play in the stadium.  A notification in this regard has also been issued by the NERIST authority effective immediately.

Dr. Dipankar Pal, Director (NERIST), Dr. PR. Alapati, Dean (Student Affairs), Dr. Tado Karlo, Chief Warden (Hostel), Dr. LB Singha, Additional Chief Warden (Hostel), faculties and students of the institute were present during the programme.


EVMs sealed, locked in strong room

SEPPA, Apr 20: All the EVMs used in re-polling at eight polling stations in East Kameng district were sealed and locked in strong room at GHSS Auditorium here in presence of candidates of all political parties and their election agents today.

All the polled EVMs of East Kameng meant for 1-Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency were also properly packed in box to dispatch them to RO, West Parliamentary Seat, Aalo, West Siang. DIPRO


Nysihi Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The 7th Nyishi Day was celebrated at Ligu General Ground, Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district yesterday.

Addressing the gathering after unfurling the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) flag at Nyishi Dapo Pillar, All Nyishi Students Union Assistant General Secretary Tukbom Ligu explained the importance of the day for the people of Nyishi community. He recalled the pioneers from the community, who worked relentlessly for the unification of the Nyishi community.

Hundreds of enthusiastic community members dressed in their best traditional attires and people from other tribes also attended the day-long programme.


Farewell Meet held at NERIST

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: A general farewell function was organized in NERIST by the pre-final year student to say goodbye to out-going students of the institute yesterday.

NERIST Director Dr. Dipankar Pal, Dean (Students’ Affair) Prof. PR Alapati, faculty members and students from all the states of North East and other parts of India studying in NERIST attended the programme and gave emotional farewell to the outgoing students.

Department wise competition was organized as part of the program and prizes were distributed to the winners.


News Impact

Beijing says no to Arunachal youth in India delegation

NEW DELHI, Apr 20: India-China diplomatic row is showing no signs of easing anytime soon. Beijing has asked New Delhi not to send youth from Arunachal Pradesh in the annual youth exchange delegation next month.

Youth Affairs Minister Jitendra Singh has replied to Beijing saying that the entire exchange must be cancelled if it did not want youth from Arunachal Pradesh in the delegation.

According to a report in The Indian Express today, Jitendra Singh shot off a strongly worded letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, asking him to cancel the trip unless China drops the condition.

“I believe these incremental steps by China to challenge India’s sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh and its other territories must be nipped in the bud, lest these lead to bigger and more direct challenges,” wrote Singh, who is also Minister of State for Defence.

According to Singh’s letter, the Chinese embassy conveyed to his Ministry that “no youth from the state of Arunachal Pradesh be included in the youth delegation” after which the matter was referred to the Ministry of External Affairs for advice and guidance.

The MEA, however, sent no response, a fact that has also been recorded by Singh in his letter. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports sent its first letter on March 12 stating that they had been “informed orally” by the Chinese side to avoid any nomination from Arunachal Pradesh. The letter, therefore, sought “necessary direction” on the subject. This was followed by another reminder on April 3.

While the MEA never got back with a firm direction, sources said, it withdrew the political clearance given to the Minister and Secretary of Youth Affairs to head the delegation on grounds that India was in “election mode” and it may not be the right time to undertake a visit as bilateral issues may arise.

When his comments were sought, Singh said he never intended to travel as he was preoccupied with electoral work and that even last year, he had sent a ministry official instead. But he said he was outraged by China’s decision to exclude youth from Arunachal Pradesh.

“I think that is very serious. I find it disturbing and absolutely absurd. How can China dictate whom we can include in our delegation and from where? That’s for us to decide. I have taken it up with the External Affairs Minister and asked that the delegation not be allowed to go if China insists on this condition,” Singh said.



Sissen village needs Govt attention: ACS

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The little known Sissen village under Panging Assembly constituency was in news recently as the villagers boycotted the re-polling too which was conducted on April 19 last.  No voter turned out to exercise franchise during re-polling.

It is not that the villagers had boycotted the election without reason. They have been demanding infrastructure development of the  area including road connectivity since long.

To know the ground realities, a team of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) headed by its chairman Patey Tayum had visited the  village recently.

Interacting with the aggrieved Sissen villagers, the ACS came to a conclusion that the demands of the villagers are genuine and need to be looked into.

According to ACS, there is no road connectivity to the village in real sense. The villagers are still living in a stone-age without infrastructure like road connectivity, and proper health and education facilities.  The Sissen village has a historical significance too as many villagers laid their lives during  the Anglo Abor war, the ACS said.

In the name of road connectivity,   there is a hanging bridge over river Siang which serves as a life-line of Sissen villagers. Though the state Govt. had accorded priority to health and education, there is no any health facility in the village. It seems that elected leaders are not serious and not keen to take up development activities in the village, the Society observed.  Promises are galore but leaders have no time to fulfill the promises, it added.

The labourious Sissen villagers have taken up horticulture  and other self-employment activities but that too remains a far cry without help from Government side.

Therefore, ACS appealed to the state Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, and all departments concerned to give top priority on development of Sissen village and Nugo Banggo area as whole as the people are crying for development.



56th APLS literary sitting held

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The 56th literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) was held at the Conference Hall of J N State Museum here today instead of usual second Sunday sitting of this month due to general election.

Chaired by its president Y D Thongchi, the session started with one minute silence observed by its members to pay homage to literary stalwart Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel laureate from South America who wrote in Spanish language and Khushwant Singh, an Indian writer of his repute.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez  died Thursday last. He was best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The 1967 novel sold more than 30 million copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

In his address, Thongchi briefed the literary contributions on both the renowned authors.

Further Thongchi extended gratefulness to NEEPCO authority for awarding Rs.one lakh each to Tagang Taki, East Siang district and Zongsam Wangsom, Changlang district for their contributions in literary pursuits under corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme.  The award is being given with the recommendation of the APLS for the year 2014. The NEEPCO award (in cheque) will ceremonially be conferred  on both the awardees in APLS annual conference likely to be held in June next.

An usual literary sitting was switched on with a creative story entitled  “Kindness towards Animals  as to human” by a student member Aryaman Das Bora followed by another literary piece “Memorable Day in my life” by another student Rindo Pertin.

Dr. Tapak Zirdo, who is author of a poetry book entitled  “ Mvii-momii ( silent thinking)”  a collection of fifty five poems in Galo language published recently on the day of Mopin festival, recited two poems in Galo language along with English version   “MUU Galuk” and “ LVKON go ENk  Maanvm” which are mingled with poetic expression.

Before the end of the session two more poems were presented by Inumoni Das Bora  “Ichha” in Assamese and R. N Koley “BPL” in Bengali which were widely appreciated by the members present.  Among others, its general secretary Tokong Pertin and Senior Journalist Ranjit Sinha were also present.



Women’s Savings Day celebrated at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Along with rest of the country, the Department of Small Savings, Lohit district celebrated the Women’s Savings day on April 15 at Lohitpur, Tezu.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Field Publicity Officer Jotho Yun highlighted the aims and objectives and importance of  Women’s Savings Day celebration.

While informing the gathering about various savings schemes offered by Government of India through Post Offices across the country, he stressed the need of a practical approach in bringing  every household into savings network.  He urged the MPKBY/SAS agents to equip themselves with the latest rules and regulation of small savings to enable them to work in the field more conveniently.

Jogin Tamai, Political Asstt. (TR) cautioned against unscrupulous and bogus financial companies, and stressed the need of creating public awareness about various Post Office savings schemes. He also informed the gathering about few bogus financial companies like Red Cherry, Jeevan Suraksha,Tower Infotech etc., and how they swindled hard earned money of the people. He urged the womenfolk to develop savings habit to secure their future. If necessary, he said, would conduct door-to-door intensive campaign in villages to encourage the villagers on small savings.

Mithilesh Sah, SAS agent, KB Oli, Group Leader (PRSS) also spoke on the occasion.



RBES suspects foul play in death of polling official

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Suspecting foul play in the death of polling official Mathew Dabi, Ramie Banggo Elite Society (RBES) has demanded the authority concerned for unearthing the truth behind his mysterious death by investigating the matter immediately.

Claiming that circumstantial evidences suggest possibility of a cold-blooded murder, RBES in a release alleged that no polling officials, including the presiding officer of the polling station, did not feel it necessary to file an FIR at the nearest police station after Dabi had gone missing . The society demanded proper interrogation of all the co-polling officials to unearth the truth behind Dabi’s death.

While expressing dismay over delay in declaring the post mortem report, the Society threatened to launch democratic movement if the authority fails to deliver justice to the victim at the earliest.

RBES also appealed to the Election Commission to grant ex-gratia to the kith and kin of the deceased as per Commission’s norms and guidelines beside providing a Govt. job to his wife on compensionate ground.

While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of Dabi, RBES prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (APETA) has expressed shock over mysterious death of Dabi and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

While echoing the same sentiment and demands, APETA condemned the state election authority for alleged poor security arrangement in the polling station and threatened not to cooperate and participate in election process in future.



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Accommodation problem

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw kind attention of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) authority towards problem faced by the women scholars of RGU. A new hostel has been constructed for us and we have submitted our application in the month of February but till now the selection list is not out. We are eagerly waiting for the list to come out, so that we get accommodation in hostel as it is very difficult to reside outside the campus. Therefore we earnestly urge the university administrative authority to look into the matter and take immediate action.


Apilang Apum,

Research Scholar, RGU



Has PPA turned its stand on Refugee issue?

Dear Editor,

This has reference to the April 14 issue of Outlook magazine, which carried an article on the influences and issues that are playing on the minds of the electorate in this election. A media entrepreneur Prahlad Chakma, has been quoted in it saying that the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) candidate from his constituency has “promised to take up the Chakma issues and get us voting rights, birth certificates, etc.” and that the community has been holding regular meetings to build a consensus to vote for him. This brings a critical issue back to the forefront of Arunachal’s own political dialogue. While there are over a 1 lakh of estimated Chakma refugees in the area, 1600 have been enrolled to be eligible to vote- a move questioned variously by the AAPSU, indigenous people’s groups as well as, at one time, by the PPA itself.

While the issue of the grant of voting rights to these 1600 needs another occasion for debate, what I would like to put forth is a question to the PPA and its current leaders. If memory and historical fact serves right, it was the PPA under the leadership of its own stalwarts like Tomo Riba, Bakin Pertin, Kamen Ringu, L Wanglat and many others who raised a strong objection to the grant of citizenship to Chakmas settled as refugees in that area by the Govt of India. As a matter of fact, the Arunachal Congress (a briefly existing regional party) also contested and won a Parliamentary election precisely on this issue. If we are to believe the Outlook story as many fellow Indians across the country would, the PPA of today seems to have turned its stand on the issue completely upside down. I would be very keen to know, as would all of Arunachal, whether this turnaround is indeed true? And if it is, should the PPA continue to call itself by that name? Because for a party born to protect the rights of the indigenous people of Arunachal, such an act is not just a betrayal of the expectations of the people, but sadly of the very vision of its founders.

We can scarcely afford to hurt the spirits of these departed legends and offend the sentiments of the living icons, pained as they must be with the way money and muscle power and not ideology plays out in our world of politics today.


Modon Riba

E-Sector, Naharlagun



Arunachal need good health care facilities

Dear Editor,

Since childhood I have been observing the pathetic condition of our state. There is no strong and generous leader who takes initiative for establishment of medical colleges, IITs, other colleges or universities for the convenient of the students who belong to poor family but are interested to pursue technical course. Many patients of our state are dying due to absence of medical colleges and inadequate medical instruments as well as due to lack of medical experts.

Despite having many highly qualified, experienced and more aware citizen as well as development of science and technology still there are many evil minded, greedy, heartless people in our country and mainly in our state i.e., Arunachal Pradesh.

I encountered a tragic moment when my elder sister Miss Kanu Marbom who was the first child of my parents demised on 1st April, 2014. An incident happened with her on 30th March, 2014. My parents and elder brothers took her to our district hospital Daporijo and within no time brought her to RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar. We did all tests and treatments at RKM hospital. The main cause for her deteriorating condition was detected but there was not enough medical facilities to cure and treat so that her life could be saved. Few days later around 3:30 am early morning we took her to Guwahati for further treatment. I was holding her as we started journey. She was in my arm while traveling by bolero car but my bad luck she died. I could not save her life. We know that everyone must die sooner or later. We would have been more satisfied if we were able to give treatment to my sister. She died without saying any words to us. We did not know what she wanted to say to us and wished/desired from us after her death. This incident reflects that there is really urgent need of good medical facilities along with better trained doctor and medical experts in our state. Due to lack of good medical facilities my sister could not be given proper treatment at right time which caused her death.

Other than lack of proper health facilities, our society also faces social challenges. Many of our students are going stray in life and indulging in criminal activities. These incidents are happening because of the weakness and nepotism of the people. We need leader who work for the welfare of citizen and fulfill all their basic requirements. Lastly, we the family members of late Kanu Marbom would like to thank all the relatives and others people for their help and contributions.


Rukjesh marbom




Unearth the truth

Dear Editor,

Sudden and untimely demise of poll official Mathew Dabi in mysterious circumstances has sent shock wave. Now the question everyone is asking how come an official on polling duty goes missing during the whole half period of the polling process and no one notices. Is not the presiding officer answerable? Sector magistrate visits every polling station hourly, how come the missing official on duty has not been reported to him. These polling officials should be question properly and they should be made answerable to the circumstances leading to Dabi’s death. The involvement of the villagers cannot be ruled out as the villagers were reportedly discouraging the relatives not to venture in that spot from where the death body was recovered. Investigating agency need to unearth the truth. Although it is impossible to have another Mathew Dabi now but we can at least find a solace if culprit involved is punished as per the law of the land.


Karken Rina, Aalo,







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Sisen village pose challenge to new govt.

Though a polling station was setup in Sisen village under Pangin (ST) Assembly constituency with all the necessary men and material for the conduction of the simultaneous re-poll yesterday, it had no effect on the villagers of Sisen as no one of the 140 voters in the village turned up to cast their votes. Earlier, the villagers had boycotted the April 9 poll too. The unhappy villagers of Sisen, young and old alike, sent clear message to the polling personnel wearing headbands with 'no road no vote' written on it. They were protesting against lack of development in the area. Sisen is situated at about one and half hour walks from the main road with only a suspension bridge over Siang River that links the village to the main road.

Election Commission had taken serious note of April 9 boycott incident and deputed East Siang deputy commissioner cum district electoral officer to defuse the matter. DC had visited Sisen few days before re-poll and assured villagers to look into their grievances. After the visit of deputy commissioner, election commission was hoping that villagers will participate in election process.  The debate over method of protest may continue but there is no doubt that villagers of Sisen have managed to attract nationwide attention towards problems faced by them. It will be interesting to see how the new Arunachal government reacts to their demands in days to come.