CM assures govt help for differently abled
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The differently-abled children and children in difficult circumstances
of the state show cased their talents at Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan this evening
at a programe organized by Muskan Welfare Society.
The children displayed their amazing talent in their chosen fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who was the chief guest assured
to take up initiatives to uplift the condition of the differently abled children
and appealed to the people to come forward for their cause.
He appreciated the state women’s commission for creating awareness about various
issues related to women particularly on the child marriage.
Referring to the provision of 3% job reservation in every department for the differently-abled
people, Khandu assured to ensure that the provision is properly implemented so that
they would get jobs reserved for them in every department.
Taking note of a photo of students of the Donyi Polo School for the Speech and Hearing
Impaired clearing the road leading to their school, he assured that the institution
would get good road connectivity soon. He further expressed his readiness to visit
the institution along with the governor soon to take the stock of the road condition.
The CM donated Rs 5 lakh to the MWS and Rs 3 lakh for the cause of the differently-abled
Governor and Patron of the Muskan Welfare Society JJ Singh called upon the people
to extend their support to these children.
MWS chairperson Anupama Singh briefed about the objectives and the various activities
undertaken by the society and informed that many people including children have been
benefited by the society.
Earlier, a victim of child marriage, who is presently staying at the Oju Welfare
short-stay home, shared her story with the people present in the hall. She revealed
how she was sold off to an old man for money by her relatives, and informed that
dozens of other girls who are victims of child marriage are staying at the short-stay
She appealed to the CM to take up steps to stop child, forced marriages and to initiates
other welfare steps for such victims.
Students from Donyi Polo School for the Visually Impaired, Chimpu, Thupten Tsering
and Rinchin Dorjee of Manjushree Vidyapeeth, Tawang and Oju Welfare short-stay home,
Naharlagun, presented cultural programme besides a presentation on indigenous dresses
by Students of Don Bosco College and a dance by members of the Hornbill Centre of
Officers and delegates including Finance Minister Setong Sena, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong,
Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, DGP Kanwaljeet Deol, Papum Pare deputy commissioner Nandini
Paliwal, Capital DC Dr SB Deepak Kumar, City SP Chuku Apa and parents were also present
at the function.
Abysmal teachers’ attendance in Kurung Kumey, DA proposes termination
Koloriang, Aug 12: A massive exercise of physical inspection of schools and checking
teachers’ attendance was carried out recently in Kurung Kumey district, including
the remotest villages. The inspection was carried out by the concerned Administrative
Officers, ADEOs and BRCCs/CRCCs. The preliminary reports indicated that, there were
about 40 teachers mostly SSA, who have not seen the corridors of the schools for
the last 1 or 2 years or even more. There were more than 100 teachers who were found
absent and irregular during the month of June-July’2010. The figures would increase
when the complete reports are received.
The figures vindicate the resentment of some student’s bodies in the district, who
have complained before the Deputy Commissioner, Koloriang that the teachers attendance
in Kurung Kumey district was very poor and that students in the interior were suffering.
The Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey along with DDSE have already initiated action
in this direction. The Deputy Commissioner cum District Project Director, SSA has
issued order that henceforth, the monthly salaries of the teachers would not be deposited
in their bank accounts. It would be rather paid through the concerned ADCs or the
Circle Officers. It has also been ordered that monthly salary will be paid only on
the basis of monthly reports of the teachers. It has also been decided that ‘No Pay
No Work’ will be enforced in dealing with the absentee teachers. The matter of such
large scale absence of teachers and also absence for long period has been taken up
with the Govt. by the district Administration, Kurung Kumey. The District Administration
has proposed termination of the Contract service of those SSA teachers, who are
found absent for 1 or 2 years or more. Such absentee teachers from regular teachers
are proposed for suspension from their regular service.
In the recently held Zilla Parishad meeting at Koloriang, the Panchayat members have
expressed the deep concerned and have asked the district Administration to deal with
the problem with firm hand. Considering the irregularity of local teachers and shortage
of Science, Mathematics, English and Hindi teachers, the Zilla Parishad, Kurung Kumey
under the Chairmanship Pisa Gunia has adopted a resolution to recruit 50% of the
vacant teachers post from Non-APST candidates.
Kurung Kumey district is the lowest literate district of Arunachal Pradesh. As against
54.74% State literacy rate, Kurung Kumey has only 25.7%.
ARRDA submits status reports
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Arunachal Rural Road Development Agency (ARRDA), implementing
agency of Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has already furnished the status
of ongoing PMGSY projects sanctioned under Bharat Nirman since 2005 to the State
Vigilance & Monitoring Committee. The committee shall prepare tentative programmes
as per the Documents submitted to it to visit all ongoing project sites, informed
On August 2, the Commissioner RD, has directed the all DCs and PDs of Arunachal Pradesh
to provide all possible assistances to the visiting State level Vigilance and Monitoring
Committee Members for carrying out vigilance and monitoring activities effectively.
Besides, nodal agencies, the Committee also require effective coordination of the
general public for proper implementation of the all programmes of the Ministry of
Rural Development, the release added.
Do not exasperate the govt: Dabi warns Chakma
Changlang, Aug 12: Home Minister Tako Dabi visited Diyun Circle of Changlang district
yesterday to take stock of the tense situation created after some Chakma refugees
besieged two buses carrying local residents on 9th August last who were returning
after attending hearing of claims and objections for inclusion names in the electoral
Expressing discontentment over the disgraceful act by the Chakma refugees, the minister
warned not to exasperate the state government while adding that the state government
would not tolerate any kind of unlawful act by any community or section of the society.
The minister warned that the state government would not hesitate to take hard steps
if unlawful acts are repeated.
To contain the prevailing situation, the minister proposed for formation of Peace
Committee involving members from indigenous communities and the refuges.
Earlier, the minister and his delegates which included Secretary Home, DGP and DIGP
(East) were briefed upon on the prevailing law order situation in the area by the
Deputy Commissioner In charge L Borang who had conducted the hearing on Aug 9 last.
Borang requested the minister to deploy a company of CRPF permanently at Diyun.
Anchal Chairperson Innao while expressing the plight said that indigenous people
live in Diyun like refugees as they are outnumbered by the refugees which share 80%
of the total population in Diyun. He informed that not all refuge create problems
but put the blame on refugees who have descended in the district. Meanwhile, AAPSU
General Secretary Tujum Poyom terming the 9th August incident as unfortunate and
blunder on part of Chakmas appealed the Minister and state government to take proper
and immediate action to solve the issue.
Representative from Chakmas Bimal Kanti Chakma while accepting the incident as fault
of Chakmas urged the Government to book the persons behind the disgusting act.
Diyun is still tense but local administration and security personnel have been putting
maximum effort to control the situation from going out of hand. (DIPRO)
NEDWS flays Centre
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the recent Diyun incident in which the indigenous
people of the state were reportedly attacked by Chakma and Hajong refugees, North
East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) has criticized the Central Govt for its
lackadaisical attitude towards solution to various problems of North East including
decades old Arunachal-Assam boundary row and Chakma-Hajong refugee issue.
While lauding the initiatives being taken by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union
for solution to the burning refugee issue, the Society also extended its support
to the Chief Minister who decided to take up the refugee issue with Chief Election
Commission of India.
Manipur get the top slot at NE WushuChampionship, AP finishes third
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Manipur emerged Overall Team Champion while host Arunachal Pradesh
finished second runners in the 5th North East Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Wushu
Championship 2010, which concluded at Subansiri Stadium, Kimin, Papum Pare district
on August 10 last. Mizoram was the first runners up in the championship.
The host team won 28 medals, including five gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze. Mama Makcha
of Itanagar was adjudged the best fighter in junior category while M Chandra of Army
was adjudged best fighter in senior category.
Attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, Advisor to CM Vishal Nabam heaped
praise on All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (AAPWA) for organizing the championship
successfully. He encouraged the Wushu players of the state to take up the sport sincerely
which has a great chance to be included in the next Olympics. He appealed to the
state government to give Wushu priority for further development of the sport. Papum
Pare DCC vice president Ngorang Taka was the guest of honour.
Meanwhile, AAPWA president Toko Teki rued the apathy shown to the Wushu association
in providing assistance in any form for promotion of the sport. He said that the
championship where all the eight northeastern states and the Army team took part
has been organized successfully without any assistance from the government. He claimed
that Wushu association has failed to receive any financial assistance from the government
in the last eight years. Despite financial problem, wushu players have managed to
win medals at national and international events in the last few couple of years.
He advised the players not to expect much from the government and practice in their
own to bring more glory to the state by winning more and more medals. He lauded the
help, cooperation and contributions of All Kimin Youth Welfare Association in organizing
the event in a grand manner and 10 ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar for his support
and encouragement to the organizing committee in making it a success.
Over 300 players and officials from eight northeastern states and Army Wushu team
participated in the championship, which was inaugurated by Parliamentary secretary
(Industry) Nabam Rebia on August 7 last. 10 ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar was
the guest of honour.
Teki, meanwhile, informed that Wushu association chief coach Prem Kumar Sing has
been selected by Wushu Association of India to represent the country in the upcoming
international Wushu coaches and judges examination course to be held in Beijing,
China from August 18 to 26 next.
Junior Taolu Women
Miss Resma - 3 Gold (Event: Chanquan, Gunsu, Daushu), Miss Resmi- 2 Bronze (Event:
Nanchen, Nandao) and 1 Silver
Junior Taolu Men
Kishen Chetia - 1 Gold (Event: Gunsu)
Sub. Jr Shanshou Women
Miss Rita Tanti - 1 Silver (Category: 21 Kg).
Sub. Jr. Shanshou Men
Mama Makcha - Gold (20 Kg), Bijoy Chetia - Silver (24 Kg), Momokar - Silver (28Kg),
Kripu Tarak - Silver (52 Kg), Kishan Chetia - Silver (52 kg), Raja - Bronze (52 Kg).
Ganesh Das - Silver (45 Kg), Tama Makcha - Bronze (48 Kg), Tat Sonam -Silver (56
Kg), Prem-chandra - Bronze (60 Kg), Manu Gosa - Bronze (60 Kg), Yuchak Takak - Bronze
(65 Kg), Bakay - Bronze (52 Kg), Tam Tagio - Silver (52 Kg), Gangte Ajo - Silver
(48 Kg), Rei Taha - Silver (45 Kg), Taker - Bronze (53 kg), G. Nyakum - Bronze (44
Kg), Vishal - Bronze (40 Kg), Aching - Bronze (48 Kg).
Abo Lukham - Bronze (48 Kg).
ACR question India’s unilateral decision
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Citizens Right views with grave concern the unilateral
decision of the Government of India to impose large storage dam projects on Subansiri,
Siang and Lohit river basins, the tributaries of Brahmaputra, as a strategy to counter
China’s proposed dam building on Tsangpo.
Citing diversion of the water flow of Brahmaputra with consequences on downstream
impacts in India, the Indian Government wants to exercise its ‘first user’ rights
to strengthen its position in future negotiations with China over riparian rights.
When the policy of large dams in Arunachal Pradesh has already become a controversy
here, with protests coming in from communities living in various river basins such
as Subansiri, Siang and Dibang, making large storage dams a fait accompli is an affront
to the people of Arunachal Pradesh who remain pawns in the larger energy security
policy of the Government and now in the geopolitical relations between India and
China, all without their consent.
Equally serious is the statement coming out of the Ministry of Environment and Forests
that clearances of such projects will be put in the fast track. The EIA Notification
2006 under the Environment Protection Act, 1986 does not provide for any fast track
clearance. Which means that such projects will be cleared without taking in to account
the results of the public hearing and the environment impact assessment of such projects.
Therefore, a fast track clearance entails violation of its own notification and Act
by the Ministry of Environment and Forests under the Government of India.
Rather than making us, the people of Arunachal, the sacrificial lambs and guineapigs
out of the India-China geopolitical strategy and negotiations, India should immediately
explore the possibility of a joint discussion with China on the issue of riparian
rights and water sharing of rivers which flow through both the countries.
On the issue of riparian rights the people of Arunachal Pradesh will definitely stand
by Government of India’s position on downstream impacts of diversion of river water
flow in the upstream of a river basin. But, that would mean that Government of India
should also recognize the legitimate concerns over downstream impacts of dams in
Arunachal Pradesh voiced by the people of Assam and within Arunachal itself.
APCSOA lauds Govt
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA) expressed
happiness over the reported constitution of a committee headed by V. K. Dev, Commissioner
(GA/DA) Arunachal Govt to study various demands like identification of cadre posts,
streamlining of grade posts, Lateral Entry System of APCS. The Association lauded
both CM and chief secretary Tabom Bam for their initiatives for systematization of
State Civil Service which will really boost the morale of the civil service officers
of the state.
However, the Association reacted to remarks made on civil services during Indian
Engineers' Federation meeting held at Itanagar in July last. The association said
that IAS and APCS officers are not against engineers but are against the appointment
of engineers as secretaries to the Govt. wherein “engineers are appointed without
following the standing norms”.
ABC rides for a cause on International Youth Day
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: To mark the International Youth Day the members of Arunachal Bullet
Club (ABC) rode today from Dera Natung Govt College premise, Itanagar to NERIST,
Nirjuli to create awareness about HIV/AIDS among people, especially youth--the most
Speaking at a seminar organized by NSS unit of NERIST on the occasion, ABC president
Nabam Jose expressed serious concern over rapid growth of people with HIV positive
in Arunachal Pradesh. He said that the main aim of today’s rally was to make people
aware of the HIV which is spreading in the state like ‘wildfire.’
" If we do not check the menace today, it would be too late for us to control it,
he said, adding that out of the 159 persons detected with HIV/AIDS so far 90 percent
are HIV positive. He exhorted the educated youths to come forward and create mass
awareness among people about the disease and its preventive measures. He also informed
about various activities carried out by ABC, including ride to Lake of No Return
in Burma during the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2008 to highlight the Centre’s Look
He informed that the Royal Enfield riders of North East states have scheduled to
organize a North East Riders Meet at Itanagar from November 8-15 next. The aim is
to form a common Royal Enfield association as a parent body to oversee the common
issues of entire Northeastern states, which would also immensely help in fostering
love and goodwill among the people of North East through biking. We are also organizing
a goodwill ride to Mechukha, the mini Switzerland of the State, after the meet, Jose
HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination, especially in a state like Arunachal
Pradesh, were the main reasons why people with HIV/AIDS hesitate to come overground,
commented Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) deputy director Dr.
A Borang. Persistent efforts of various NGOs, religious and public leaders, encouragement
by family members and various stake holders could go a long way in bringing them
overground, Dr. Borang opined. He fervently appealed to the people with HIV/AIDS
to come overground and make use of various welfare activities and programmes initiated
by the government. He also gave a brief account of various modes of transmission
of the disease in Arunachal Pradesh where sexual route claimed the highest at 86%.
A blood donation camp was also organized at Medical Health Unit, NERIST by the NSS
unit of the institute in collaboration with APSACS to mark the occasion. 18 students
donated blood voluntarily.
Earlier in the morning, the rally organized by APSACS was flagged at Dera Natung
Govt. College premises by the Principal (i/c) of the college in presence of NSS volunteers/Red
Ribbon Club of DNGC led by NSS programme officer Joram Muthu and culminated at NERIST
CM announce ex-gratia relief for Tirap accident victims
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has announced ex-gratia
relief to the family of those who died and also to those who sustained injury in
the mini truck accident that took place near Kamhua Noknu Village under Pangchau
circle, Tirap district on August 9 last.
The announcement came after the receipt of the detail report from State Horticultural
Minister Honchun Ngandam this morning. Reportedly, the accident claimed three lives
and left seven more grievously injured.
While sharing his grief with the bereaved family members, Khandu expressed his deep
sense of condolences and announced 1 lacs each to the kith and kin of the deceased
and Rs. 50000 to the injured. (PRO TO CM)
DC calls on encroachers to vacate
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Human occupation is dangerous in and around place like Pacha Power
House complex because at any time unpredictable mishap may take place, one cannot
just ignore, I would like to appeal all the encroachers to vacate the area voluntarily
within stipulated time or face the consequences”, said DC East Siang Tope Bam who
physically visited the encroached land at Pacha Power House complex yesterday morning
along with ADC-cum-Estate Officer Mige Kamki, LRSO, Town Magistrate & EE (Hydro Power).
Further, he said that “whatever the District Administration is doing is in the interest
of public & keeping in view the safety of life & property of the encroachers”.
On receipt of a departmental written complaint, earlier DC/DM issued an executive
order vide No.LM-15/95-96(Vol-I) dated the 3rd August 2010 prohibiting unauthorized
& illegal occupation within Pacha Power House complex directing the occupants to
dismantle the structure & vacate the area within a period of 15 days time. But after
witnessing the seriousness of situation, the DM has slightly modified the earlier
order to 12 days time instead of 15 days expiring on 15th of this month failing which
an eviction drive will be carried out on 16th Aug’10.Al together 18 temporary huts
have been constructed in the premises.
Meanwhile, a meeting with ADC, EE (Power) & Hydro Power was held at DC’s chamber
to sort out ways & means to overcome the power crisis in Seppa Township. The
EE (power) informed that a transformer having capacity of 600 KV is ready to be installed
at premises of Govt. Hr sec, school, Seppa which on installation will reduce frequent
problem of load shedding. Thereafter, it was decided that EE(P) will install the
said transformer within a period of 10 days. It is worth mentioning that if the machine
having required capacity is installed it will not only solve the power problem of
nearby dwellers but also benefit the educational institutions located nearby such
as Govt. College, Hr secondary Girls hostel, Holy family school & Hr Sec school itself
with teaching community.
The DC opined that if EE (P) succeeds in making the aforesaid management, there would
be no load shedding in Seppa Township especially during office hours. And the long
pending demands of the people of Township will be fulfilled, the pressure for which
were also mounting from the consumers day by day, DC said. (DIPRO)
Kri calls for cooperation
TEZU, Aug 12: There are visible developments in Tezu area and this can continue only
if there is cooperation from all sections, said Parliamentary Secretary Transport
Karikho Kri. He said that team efforts of all departments, Panchayat leader and people
were necessary to ensure better development of the area.
He said this after inaugurating a double- storied Rostrum with flag base at its first
floor today. The building was constructed at an estimated cost of 30 lacs under SPA.
Addressing a gathering, Kri said that long felt need of the people for such a platform
to organize social, official and sports gathering is fulfilled today and one time
investment is an asset of the district. He also expressed his gratitude to Chief
Minister for granting the fund and executing agency RWD and contractor for completing
it without any loopholes within the stipulated time. The Parliamentary Secretary
also hinted on construction of boundary wall of the field to protect all assets therein.
Lohit Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma said that the asset created will go a long
way in mitigating all important curricular activities in the field and had words
of praise for the executing Department RWD and contractor for giving spectacular
shape and handing it before Independence Day celebration. The Executive Engineer
RWD ER. B. Basu and Assiatant Engineer highlighted the specifications, various and
toilet provisions with the rostrum.
ISI eyes Arunachal
ITANAGAR Aug 12: Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), a leading academic institution
in the world is eyeing on the state capital to set up a scientific centre in order
to cater to the needs of N-E Regional Developmental Programmes. This was conveyed
by the Institute’s Director Bimal K Roy who along with his seven faculty and administrative
officers called on to the state chief minister Dorjee Khandu in his Niti Vihar office
The team while seeking a suitable land for establishment of the institution, called
for identifying any government or semi-government building to start up their academic
session at the earliest possible. With an objective to promote the study and dissemination
of knowledge of Statistics, planning for national development and social welfare;
the ISI intends to set up various divisions pertaining to biological, mathematical,
computer science, environmental sciences besides statistics division in the proposed
The director further revealed that the institution would have scientists and administrative
officers from the state besides representatives from ISI for running the institution.
In this way job opportunities for talented local youths would also be generated,
The chief minister while welcoming the project assured all possible assistance from
the government’s end. He specifically directed Planning Secretary Ankur Garg who
was present in the meeting to explore for the land and building as sought for.
The visiting team through an impressive power point presentation briefed the activities
and functions of the ISI to the house. The Institution would offer various technical
courses besides helping the state government in formulating development plans and
programmes. It would conduct periodical training programmes and substantially emphasize
on research work. (PRO TO CM)
Seppa market shed made functional
SEPPA, Aug 12: We are thankful to Tapuk Taku, DC & DUDA in materializing the market
shed which generated self employment to needy women of Seppa Township, said Raju
Gyadi, President, East Kameng Chamber of Commerce & Industry here while attending
as a Chief Guest at a function in the premises of Market shed. The shed having 118
rooms was made functional meant only for vegetable & fish.
As a part of Town beautification, the concept of having a separate market area was
the initiatives of DC, DUDA & MLA Taku that got inaugurated last on July 15.
Meanwhile, a committee has been formed to look after the welfare of the market with
Raju Gyadi as Chairman & seven other as members. For smooth & peaceful functioning
of the market, the committee has requested the authority concerned to establish a
Police beat house in the complex. (DIPRO)
DLMC inspects WTP
ROING, Aug 12: The District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) headed by its chairperson
cum Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley District, Y W Ringu visited Water
Treatment Plant (WTP) here today to know the ground realities of water scarcity in
The department sources has informed that the Water Treatment Plant was built in the
year 2001 to 2006 with a cost of Rs 4,04,76,000.00 with a sole purpose to provide
the people of Roing township with safe drinking water.
Initially, the project was proposed to tap 5.00 Millions Litre per Day (MLD) of raw
water from Eme River and was designed to treat 2.00 MLD and accordingly the Head
Work was proposed in the River Eme at suitable location of 1800 mtr from the WTP
An unprecedented flash flood occurred during the year 2004 in the month of July had
completely washed away the work that was under progress in the head work and also
changed the river courses thereby making the site unsuitable for construction of
headwork. Due to that flash flood, the river had widened from 60 mtr to 180 mtr and
Wire rope suspension bridge over Eze River had to be dispensed due to widening of
its span from 300 mtr to 500 mtr. All these factors add together had made the tapping
of water from Eme River and laying of raw water main up to the WTP not feasible.
Since then the department had been surveying all possible sources to find out a new
source of water for tapping water supply to Roing Township. Proposal for tapping
water supply from some permanent sources of water has been submitted to the higher
authority for approval, informed Subhat Pertin, EE PHED.
As a stop gap arrangement and for making the WTP operational, seasonal waters from
“900 Nallah” is being tapped to supply potable water to the Roing township, but the
present source is not dependable due to insufficient discharge during winter season,
informed Onyok Yirang, AE PHED.
The officials of the department pressed hard that WTP will come under full utility
with its full capacity as and when the new project is approved by the authority and
requested the member present to help pursue the matter with higher authority at the
earliest. They also requested the denizen of Roing township to use the water judiciously
citing non-judicious use of water as one of the reason for water scarcity in the
The members of the DLMC unanimously assured to extend its full cooperation in getting
the new proposal approved as early as possible. The members of DLMC includes Chiliko
Meto, Zilla Chairperson, Namo Linggi, Mibom Pertin and Anjite Menjo, ZPMs and HoDs
of Work departments. (DIPRO)
The mystery of missing boy in Koloriang
Koloriang, Aug 12: 13 children between the age group of 8-12 were watching cable
TV late night in the house of Nangram Tahik at Sotom Village in Koloriang on July
24. The time was around 11.30 pm. While all were deeply absorbed in watching a Sharukh
Khan starrer Hindi film ‘Koyla’, one of the children Riya Niting, age about10 years
old, came out to relieve himself in the backyard of the house.
However, the boy could never complete the film. He suddenly disappeared only to return
home after 6 days of ordeal in midst of thick forest near Koloriang.
The guardian and relatives of the missing boy combed and searched the entire area.
All the nearby hills, jungles and banks of Kurung River were searched. There was
no sign of the boy.
One of the guardians lodged a missing report of the boy along with photographs before
the District Administration and police. Finding no clues, the helpless parents and
guardians decided to go for the traditional practice of chicken liver test called
‘Ruhu’ or commonly ‘Mangal’. The ‘Ruhu’ or the ‘Mangal’ was done on the 3rd day of
the boy going missing. The local priest (Nyibu), performing the ‘Mangal’ by chicken
liver predicted that the boy was alive and that he will return home safely after
few days. The ‘Mangal’ was then followed by a traditional rite, performed by the
‘Nyibu’, in which 2 pigs, 12 chickens and numerous eggs were sacrificed and offered
for the safe return of the missing boy.
The chicken liver ‘Mangal’ performed by the priest proved correct. The missing boy
Riya Niting returned home on evening of 30th July’2010 after 6 days, escorted by
a BRTF mate. The boy was in shabby condition. He was naked, full of wounds of insect
bites and scratches. He appeared hungry and looked somewhat abnormal in his behaviour.
He was speechless too. The elders brought him inside the house and made him sit in
the traditional fire place and comforted him. He was served with light food and warm
water. After sometime, he appeared slowly recovering and returning to normalcy.
How did Riya Niting disappeared on the night of July 24 from the backyard of the
house? Was he abducted and where as he confined for 6 days? Did he eat? Questions
If the missing boy Riya Niting is to be believed, on the intervening night of 24th
July, when he came out of the house to relieve himself, two human being like creatures
with thick hair in the face, dark in complexion, well built and tall, suddenly appeared
from the dark and caught hold of his hands and escaped with him. His mouth was gagged
and he could not shout for help. According to the boy, the abduction by the 2 unknown
creatures was like a dream – moving at high speed, often feet touching the ground
and flying in the air. He was lifted and flown away by the two unknown creatures
over the nearby hill and thick jungles. From the hilltop, the boy was chased down
and led to a river stream named ‘Sangma’ just down below the BRTF Jeevan camp, 3
kms from Koloriang. He was kept in captivity in a cave with thick jungles near the
stream. Riya Niting was confined in this cave in midst of the forest and could not
manage his escape, as he was guarded around by the unknown creatures. According
to the boy, he could remember and missed his parents in the initial days. He could
feel the heavy rainfall and storm that was prevailing in the area. The boy was threatened
not to attempt any escape or else he will be killed. The evil creatures could not
be seen at day but only their conversation could be heard. However, they could be
seen at night as dark, tall with hairy faced human being like creatures. The boy
was stripped of his clothes. When he felt hungry, he used to dig wild roots, locally
called ‘Takok’ and eat to control his hunger. In one occasion, he attempted to climb
a nearby tree to look around the place of his confinement. He climbed and from the
tree top, he could see roads and few local houses. He could see and recognized the
nearby ‘Tayeng’ village.
On the 6th day he escapes. As he came out of the captivity, he saw a helicopter in
the sky over Koloriang. (The helicopter belongs to Army and was returning from Sarli
after evacuation of a ITBP injured Jawan). On hearing the sound of the helicopter,
the boy reportedly recovered some sense. He looked up in the sky and shouted for
help. The evil creatures warned the boy not to raise voice or else he will be killed.
However, the boy managed to escape and reached the Koloriang-Sarli road.
A BRTF mate saw the naked boy with full of wounds in his body. He escorted the naked
boy to his house and handed him over to his guardian Nangram Takia on July 30 at
Who were the abductors- criminals or some unknown evil spirit? If the guardians of
the boy or other members of society or the priest are to be believed, the boy was
abducted by what is locally called ‘Yapam’ –an evil spirit or ghost with supernatural
power and often indulge in lifting human beings from their habitation. This believe
on existence of evil being prevails among all the ‘Abotani’ group of tribes in Arunachal
Pradesh. The Nyishis called such evil creature ‘Yapam’, the Adis ‘Epom’, the Adi
Galo ‘Yapom’ the Apatanis ‘Yapung’ the Tagins called ‘Yapang or Yapung’. There are
no scientific explanations for the existence of such evil creature with supernatural
power. The medical sciences often brush aside such events as probable case of cerebral
malaria. However, there are testimonies and many living examples in the societies
of these Abotani groups of tribes, who believe in the existence of such evils called
Upper Subansiri bids farewell to H. K. Shalla
Daporijo, Aug 12: The officers and officials of DC’s Office, Upper Subansiri district
bid farewell to Deputy Commissioner H. K. Shalla today as he has been given a new
assignment as Registrar Cooperative Societies.
Shalla had joined as DC, Upper Subansiri on 4th December 2007.
Bidding farewell to the district, Shalla thanked all the officers and officials for
their cooperation and teamwork in making his tenure as the DC of the district a smooth
one. Saying that he had had the opportunity to conduct 3 elections in the district:
the Panchayat elections, the parliamentary elections and the assembly elections,
he thanked and appreciated the support and contribution of all in making the process
a smooth and successful one. He hoped that the support he was given here would be
extended to the coming DC too.
Ajit Abhayankar (IAS) presently the ADC Basar, will be taking over as Deputy Commissioner
Upper Subansiri district. (DIPRO)
Posting of CO at Gangte demanded
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Anchal Samity member of Rai Raiga Anchal segment has demanded the
state Govt for immediate posting of CO at Gangte circle.
The ASM Choki Tatung resented that the people of Gangte circle have been facing lot
of administrative problems due to non-posting of CO till date. The CO HQ is defunct
since last assembly election due to transfer of CO, the ASM said while regretting
that state Govt did not pay any heed to the letters submitted to administration
during June last requesting early posting of a CO to the circle headquarter.
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Ministry of power, government of India has launched national campaign
on energy conservation for year 2010. In this regard, ministry has entrusted office
of executive director, Dibang and Tawang basin projects, NHPC Limited, Itanagar to
organize painting competition for school children. The state level painting competition
will held for students of class IV, V and VI.
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the end semester examination-2010
results of MA in Education and B Ed. The result can be seen at www.rgu.ac.in
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Commemorating the 68th anniversary of Quit India movement ((Bharat
Chhodo Andolan) the Kranti Diwas was celebrated by Lohit District Congress Committee
at Tezu on Aug 9 last. Block Congress Committees including Chongkham also celebrated
the Kanti Diwas with participation of large number of Party workers. The celebration
was organized to mark the 125 years of INC.
Karikho Kri, Parliamentary Secretary (Transport) and C.T. Mein, Parliamentary secretary
(AH& Vety), all frontal wings party leaders and block party workers participated
in the celebration and paid tribute to the great freedom fighters.
ITANAGAR, AUG 12: Nyishi Baptist Church Council has condoled the sudden death of
late Sangha Tania of Parsi-Parlo yesterday, who was an Evangelist since 1987. NBCC
has lost good shepherd of Parsi-Parlo Pastoral Range and an active worker of the
Council, a message said.
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Komli Jopir and Abhinash Panggam have been appointed president
and general of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) Upper Siang district