Apang arrest smack of political vendetta: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) said that the procedure
in which former Chief Minister Gegong Apang was arrested smacks of political vendetta.
“This entire arrest drama sounds politically motivated. Our state is going Tamil
Nadu way, where Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha always indulge in political vendetta
and arrest each other whenever they come to power. We should not encourage such kind
of politically motivated move,” said its president Takam Tatung.
He further asked government to hand over the case to CBI for fair probe. “If government
has honest intention, it should let CBI probe PDS case on the basis of PIL filed
in 2004. This way nobody will doubt the intention of the government,” said Tatung.
He further requested the government to release pending bills of PDS and not to harass
innocent contractors for mistake of others.
“Government has received so much of money from hydropower developer as upfront money.
They should use that money and pay it to the contractors. Using past case as excuse
to delay payment is not a good idea,” said Tatung.
Tatung further said that former CM should be treated with respect as he has served
state for 23 years. “Way authority is treating him like criminal is bad. Even the
most hardened criminal gets his share of respect and this is a man who was CM of
this state for more than 20 years,” said AAPSU president. He went on to add, “There
is no doubt there has been human rights violation by authority while arresting Apang.
He should have been either put in house arrest or kept at a guest house.”
Urging everyone to remember the contribution of former CM in the development of this
state, Tatung added, “The seed of development of Arunachal was planted by Gegong
Apang and today we are bearing the fruit of this dedication. Apart from late legendary
leader Daying Ering, former CM Apang is the one of the most revered leaders of the
state and is like father figure to many present generations Arunachalee.”
Press fraternity selects new team
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Reflecting the strength and unity, press fraternity of Arunachal
Pradesh today unanimously chose their new teams to ensure that the press functions
as the right bridge between the government and the public.
Jarpum Gamlin, Taba Ajum, Tumter Riba and Ojing Tayeng were selected as the president,
vice president, general secretary and assistant general secretary of the Arunachal
Press Club (APC), while Tongam Rina, Hiba Kaha, Dodum Yangfo and Sanjay Mosing were
selected as the president, vice president, general secretary and assistant general
secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ). V Ravindran
and Appu Gapak were selected as the treasurer and information & publicity secretary
for both the organizations in the general body meeting held at Arunachal Press Club.
The new executive members took over from the outgoing office bearers with a vow to
march ahead as the true partners of development of the people of the state.
Taking strong exception to the way media has been meted out by various sections,
including some government agencies, the press fraternity vowed to not tolerate such
behaviour anymore. Press is the true voice of the people and it has been univocally
decided to function as desired by rising above all considerations.
Taking into consideration various shortcomings of local media, like limited human
resource and financial problem, it felt that it has not been able to spread out to
interior places of this landlocked state where the true Arunachal lives. Programmes
by journalists would henceforth be conducted to highlight the problems by confronting
the people of interior and remote areas. Moreover, though the organizations and government
agencies are depriving the media from rightful advertisement, it should take note
that things would change for better to work for a better tomorrow.
After Taba Ajum lauded former APC president Pradeep Kumar and former APUWJ president
Taro Chatung as the father of journalism in the state, it was unanimously decided
to avail their services as advisers along with that of outgoing APC general secretary
Utpal Barua and former APUWJ general secretary Rup J Pater and treasurer V Ravindran.
All office bearers were chosen unanimously by inviting nominations with the proceedings
conducted jointly by Pradeep Kumar and Taro Chatung.
As the house congratulated the new teams and wished them all success in their endeavors
for the greatest interest of the press fraternity, the new teams sought everybody’s
cooperation to meet the rising expectations of the press fraternity.
Pain of Tirap
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Neither NSCN nor ULFA had ever trouble us but it is Assam police
who have made life miserable for Arunachalee villagers living along the border, told
one citizen of Russa village, while narrating their pain and anger. This statement
explains the whole picture of how people living along the border are being repeatedly
harassed by police force of our neighbouring state. The duty of police is to safeguard
the interest of citizen but Assam police seem to be hell bent on making life of Arunachalee
staying near border as bad as possible.
The residents of Russa villages where boundary skirmishes broke out on 14th August
are angry and sad over the entire incident. Though content with the steps taken by
state government they wished more could have been done at appropriate time.
When a team of minister, MLAs and media persons landed at Russa village on Saturday,
they poured out their heart. On the one hand they were happy to know that rest of
the state care for them but on the other hand they were saddened over slow response
of state government. The children whose life has been most affected because of this
incident also turned up to listen what delegation team had in offering. Though tired
and scared, their eyes were filled with hope and belief that with the visit of ministerial
team, their life will be back on track. These children love to play and go to the
school but ever since boundary skirmishes broke out they have been mostly confined
to their homes.
“We felt helpless as Assam people imposed economic blockade and made life miserable
for us. However with peace parley taking place between our and Assam government,
we are hopeful that we will able to live a normal life which all of us are patiently
waiting for. For last few days virtually this whole area has been turned into a war
zone. We are desperately waiting to have a peaceful sleep,” said one villager. He
further added, “We share excellent relation with Assam people who live on other side
of the boundary. But it is Assam police which always torture us without any reasons.
Their hostility towards Arunachalee citizen is too much to take. Constant raids are
being conducted on our home and our people have been accused of supporting ULFA without
any proof.” Rubbishing all reports of NSCN involvement in the incident, another villager,
told it is wrong to portray them as attacker as done by Assam media. “We have not
attacked any Assamese citizen or their police as being reported in Assam media. In
fact we are defending ourselves from heinous intention of Assam police. Also NSCN
has nothing to do with this whole episode,” told a local citizen of Russa village.
Another aspect which hurts local resident most is the imposition of economic blockade
by Assam based organizations. “Both Assam and Arunachal is part of India. So, how
can fellow countrymen can make life hell for another? We are hurt emotionally, as
we never expected our Assamese brethren to impose economic blockade against us,”
grieved a villager.
Citizens of both sides for long had maintained status quo as per Supreme Court of
India directive but it seems Assam administration always break it on every possible
occasion. “People of both Assam and Arunachal very well know about need to maintain
status quo. But every time it is Assam authority together with their police which
breaks status quo thereby fuelling tension,” told another local villager. In this
tense hour also people of Russa village situated in the beautiful hill of Tirap district
are still hopeful that soon peace will return to their villages and with that they
hope to live a normal life along with citizen of Assam.
12 including Govt employees booked under Wild life (Protection) Act
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Even as the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu advocates for a complete
crackdown on hunting and fishing in the state, 12 people including a doctor, an engineer
and a teacher have been booked under section 09 and 39 for violation of Wildlife
(Protection) Act’1972 by the Divisional Forest Officer, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary
& Tiger Reserve, Seijosa.
Apart from the arrest, the DFO of Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve Tana Tapi,
ADCF has seized 18 kgs raw meat of Sambar (Cervus Unicolor).
One Tata Mobile vehicle bearing registration number AR-05-1581 have also been taken
The arrested persons are Piter Dulom, Assistant Mineral Development Officer from
whose possession the 18 kgs Sambar deer meat were recovered, Dr. Gagung Yangfo, Medical
Officer, Er. Anand Bagang, Junior Engineer, Tage Nabum, Junior Teacher, Khandu Tachang,
AT, Jaro Gyadi, Office Peon of ADC Office, Taluk Bagang, Mineral Guard, Debu Chetry,
Rikam Gyadi, Dinesh Nyare, Tafang Zakio and Mangal Hiffo.
The arrested were produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate, 1st Class Seijosa
and later released on bail with surety money of Rs. 60,000/- and with a condition
that they will appear before the court or Divisional Forest Officer, Pakke Wildlife
Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve, Seijosa after every 15 days at their own cost till investigation
process is completed.
Society question SIC and Chauhan’s credibility
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Dibe Youth Welfare Society while expressing its deep anguish against
the present govt for arresting the former chief minister has questioned the credibility
if SIC and its SP MS Chauhan.
Its advisor Kinu Kayi alleged that MS Chouhan himself has given several NOC in the
PDS case. “As the credibility of the SIC in conducting the investigation in impartial
manner is doubt full and questioned by the public in the open”, Kayi appealed the
Guwahati High court to consider winding up the SIC and hand over to central agency
like CBI to undertake in-depth investigation of the case so that justice is delivered
to the people of the state.
Not denying the fact that the investigation should lead to its logical conclusion
and finding the real culprits, we are very hurt by the ill-treatment meted out to
Gegong Apang by SP SIC M.S Chouhan subjected him to mental and physical torture,
he further said.
“We hold the govt fully responsible for all the action as people are aware this is
directly politically motivated by those in power, the Association said while protesting
the pick and choose basis by which the investigation is being done and carried out.
All the reaction that are coming in the media and the governments reaction on the
issue is suspicious and fishy, it said while adding that people should know that
in the PDS the real culprits have been let off and are not even made accused whereas
some other people have been made the accused which was done very manipulative by
the state high court and SCI.
We are beginning to see a trend in Arunachal where democracy is murdered by money
power. People can get arrested and judiciary cannot protect the life of people.
It further said that it is deeply saddened by the fact that a dishonourable police
officer is made the head of SIC who himself is surrounded by controversy and charges
It said that “people in Arunachal is anguished and hurt by manner in which the SIC
is conducting the investigation in shoddy manner. Arrest of such a senior Congress
leader who has given all his life for Arunachal Pradesh is a big slap in the face
of ruling Congress led government”.
AAPSU welcomes lifting of economic blockade
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has welcomed the
decision of lifting of economic blockade imposed against people of Tirap by All Assam
Students Union (AASU) Sivsagar district unit. AAPSU reached out to AASU through NESO
to end this blockade.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung hailing this goodwill gesture of AASU district unit
also requested people living along the border to respect sentiments of each other.
“Hopefully lifting of blockade will normalize the situation and make life better
for citizens of Assam and Arunachal. We should not let people with vested interest
destroy peaceful atmosphere,” said Tatung. Further AAPSU president has welcomed decision
of government to slash room rate of Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal House at Delhi.
He said this will immensely benefit the citizen of Arunachal who often visit capital
city Delhi for personal and medical ground. It is to be noted that sudden hike in
room rent of Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal House at Delhi has cause heartburn to
many Arunachalees. AAPSU had vehemently opposed this hike and had requested government
to slash the room rent. Confirming the news of room rent being slashed one government
official told this daily that it was done in the interest of Arunachalee citizen.
He informed that room rent of Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal house which use to cost
`1500 per day will from now cost `1000 a day. In Arunachal Bhawan, the new block
where room rent at present cost rupees ` 1000 per day has been reduced ` 700 a day.
Other categories room costing rupees ` 2500 per day now has been slashed to rupees
` 1600 a day.
Engineer take up time bound pay scale
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: A State level Annual Convention of Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers
Welfare Association (APJEWA) was convened at Itanagar today. The convention was attended
by the representatives from All India Federation of Diploma Engineers (AIFODE).
Er R K Rawat President AIFODE and Er D R Kashyap Editor AIFODE Journal attended the
function as Special invitees. The Association dwelt upon the various issues related
to the serving Junior Engineers of the State, the primary issue was the deprivation
of the time bound pay scale after the completion of 12 years of regular service.
It was unanimously resolved that a memorandum will be submitted to the Chief Minister
soon appealing grant of pay scales of Assistant Engineer on completion of 12 years
and pay scale of Executive Engineer on completion of 24 years of Service will be
granted very soon. Prior to grant of 6th Pay Commission the Junior Engineers were
getting at Par with the pay scale of AE & EE on completion of 12 & 24 years respectively
but on grant of 6th Pay commission the Junior Engineers are worst effected suffering
a monthly losses of Rs 5100/- +DA per month.
A tale of two jackals
I want to dedicate this because of their spirit and vitality of youthfulness and
the zeal to survive against all odds. I admire them for their ability to survive
in the midst of hunting crazy Arunachalees.
I want to dedicate this write up to a pair of Jackal whom I have been watching for
last eight months in SenkiView locality of Itanagar. This is legally their home as
whole of Senkiview, Mowb-I and II and even Indira Gandhi Park comes under the boundary
of Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary. I want to dedicate this because of their spirit
and vitality of youthfulness and the zeal to survive against all odds. I admire them
for their ability to survive in the midst of hunting crazy Arunachalees.
Any wildlife books on Jackal describes them as a medium sized canid with scraggy,
buff grey coat interspersed with black hair while the underside, throat and the area
around the eyes and lips are white. Jackals are found in almost whole of the country,
preferring urban and semi-urban areas and forests as their ideal habitat. Though
they are very good hunters, they more have the reputation of being scavengers. Its
eerie howls are characteristics of the Indian countryside and jungles. It also yelps,
barks and uses shorter calls for as means of communication and to defend territorial
rights. And they were once widespread and were known as one of the commonest carnivore
of Indian jungle but now….
I first met the jackals of Senkiview during a mandatory walk along the CRPF camp
area. It had rained night before and the path around the camp was muddy and slippery.
While maintaining my balance, I was walking carefully watching my steps, enjoying
the call of Himalayan tree pie from across the senkiview river, in the chirping midst
of red vented bulbul, interspersed with the shrill call of Indian robin and with
sudden bass call Indian council. A tract of claw marks caught my attention, being
a trained wildlife Biologist and having experienced of walking and researching in
almost forty National parks and wildlife sanctuaries of the country, I knew the tract
to be of that of Jackals but still doubts lingered as there were many domestic dogs
walking and playing on the same route. Against my best intuitions, I assumed the
tracts to be of domestic dogs and moved on. After a week or so, walking along the
same route, I distinctly recognized the oval, muddy scat of jackals. This final confirmation
gave me such a great joy and relief to know that a jackal was still managing to survive
against all odds. Here was a jackal who was surviving literally in the midst of crocodile
jaw, the ever hungry Arunachalee’s for wild meat and ineffective Wildlife Department.
This determined my resolve to save this beautiful animal but before it, I needed
to know where this animal was hiding and surviving.
Thus began my quest to locate its hiding place, after few weeks of efforts, I located
its dwelling place to a small crevices on the slope of a hillock. But still I had
yet to make a visual contact. I knew that Jackals are diurnal, nocturnal in nature
but thought this basic biology surely might have got altered in the landscape dominated
by wild meat crazy people.
A chance encounter while returning late night from a friend’s party confirmed my
doubts; there they were in middle of the road illuminated by the light of my car.
They stood there under the light, gazed for few minutes and bounce off towards the
bushes. Thus it became a regular feature of me meeting them, admiring their beauty
and zeal to survive against all odds. With every encounter our bonding became to
grow strong, I began to sense that they too were becoming comfortable with my presences.
Many a times I could sense that they were starving but urge to help them with food
was surpassed by the Biologists in me. I knew, if I help them with food, they might
not be able to differentiate between me and the hunter which will surly guarantee
their dead. Days passed with me enjoying their daily company without even informing
any of my family members and friends about our secret rendezvous. During a school
break came my 10 year old nephew, an animal lover. So I introduced him to the Jackals.
I knew this small step will inculcate in him, life long affair with love and appreciation
towards our fellow wild animals.
Few weeks before, I began to notice that only the male Jackal was regularly coming
for our meetings. This perturbed me to wonder what might have happed to the female
Jackal. Whole array of doubts and fear began to disturb me as I began my search for
her. Jackals as other canids are prone to canine distemper, a deadly disease, without
treatment can lead to sure death. I began to wonder, whether she has become a prey
to this deadly disease or has become feast of Homo sapiens or whether she has been
killed by the domestic dogs. With such doubts and fear, one morning, I located her
body near a nala. The sight of her swollen body gave vent to my emotions which I
had suppressed for long after the breakage of my decade long relationships. Death
is such an easy thing; it is the loved ones left behind who feels the pain of death
and betrayal. Determined to know the reason of her death, I opened her carcass with
my rudimentary knowledge of vetinarary science. As I opened her, I saw two death
puppies inside her womb. I knew the sight of two dead cute puppies inside her dead
mother’s womb will always linger on in my conscience and will always remind me of
my failures to protect them. So, who killed my beloved jackal? Most probably she
might have died of canine distemper as tell-tale sign of the disease was evident
by her bluish dead stomach with secretion on her dead eyes.
Now whenever I meet my lonely Jackal, I can identify with him the sense of loneliness,
the sense of betrayal, the need for want and care but I know and He also knows that
there is always hope and the zeal to survive. (The write is a Wildlife Biologist
and be contacted at: -[email protected])
ROING, Aug 29: Five Arunachalis were arrested by Assam police today at Chapakhowa
in Assam after they were alleged to have got involved in a group fight with the locals
The incident took place while they were coming from Roing in two cars, when they
got into an altercation with the locals near block no 4 settlement at Mishing village
Sources said, in the ensuing brawl, of the seven people, two managed to flee back
to Roing and another five held by mob were later handed over to Assam police. The
five men who sustained injuries were admitted to Govt Hospital in Chapakhowa.
Police sources at Chapakhowa police station informed that they were later moved to
Tinsukia police station on the same day.
On further investigation, sources revealed that these Arunachalis were member of
a tribal family from Itanagar and had come to Roing on a case of family feud that
involved a girl from Chapakhowa. The Chapakhowa area where the incident took place
is inhabited by Mishing tribe of Assam. Takam Mishing Poring Kebang (TMPK) will
hold a meeting tomorrow on the incident.
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Parliamentary Secretary Science and Technology, Government of Arunachal
Pradesh has launched www.indigenousmission.org of Indigenous Mission (IM) today at
Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun.
Jomde Kena said that the NGOs could shoulder the developmental process of the state
along with government and appreciated the IM for creating the official website made
IM more transference and easily accessible to everyone. Karto Kaye, Vice President,
State NCP and member of Vigilance Monitoring Committee under MORD also attended the
Kaye said there are many sources including the government from where the NGOs can
seek financial aids and give yeoman service to the needy people.
Tabe Haidar, CDPO, Itanagar while welcoming the launch of the website said that it
will go a long way in ensuring transparency.
Madde Kangu, Chairman, IM said that though IM is doing a lot of work including running
a school and supporting SHGs but it is yet to receive any government financial aid.
He said that works are being carried out voluntarily.
NER Cub-Bulbul Utsav concludes
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The five days North East Regional Cub-Bulbul Utsav, 2010 held at
IGJ Government Higher Secondary School, Pasighat, organized by Bharat Scouts and
Guides, East Siang District concluded today.
Cub-Bulbul along with escorts from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, NF Railway
and Assam took part in the utsav.
During the programme, peace march was also held on August 27, where 650 Cub-Bulbul
including scouts and guides from Pasighat Township schools participated.
DDSE East Siang attended the valedictory function as chief guest.
Meanwhile, contingents from NF Railway and Assam were declared as best and 2nd best
contingents of the camp respectively.
Leaders for up gradation of school
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The Panchayat leaders, GBs and general public of Khodaso Panchayat
under Pakke-Kessang administrative circle of East Kameng district, in a memorandum,
has urged Minister, WRD & Civil Aviation etc to upgrade the Khodaso Primary School
to Middle School.
The memorandum said that up gradation of the primary school established 25 years
ago was very necessary keeping in mind the souring number of students as well as
mitigate students problem as the nearest secondary school at Pakke Kessang is about
9 km. Further, it would encourage students to continue their education beyond primary
level as well as prevent school dropout, it added.
It also demanded specific fund for construction of teacher’s quarter at Longpung
Primary school with drinking water facility at Longpung village.
Felicitation of toppers
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: A felicitation ceremony of toppers in Classes X and XII during
the academic session 2009-2010 from Dadam Circle of Tirap District was held at Khonsa
The function was attended by the Chiefs, GBs, Panchayat leaders and students including
other prominent public figures from the area. Addressing the gathering, the Chief
of Dadam Wango Lowang congratulated the successful students and asked them to keep
up the hard work and sincerity in every sphere of life to meet the demands of survival
in today’s competitive world. He also assured the students of rendering every possible
support from the community.
The toppers were Dine Ago, Moktowa village, 92% in class X from JNV Khapcho, Tissa,
Chalom Sumpa, Bera village, 80% in class X from RK Sarada Mission School, Khonsa,
Wisum Ruttum, Dadam Village and Wanglia Hakhun, Laho village.
Guwahati, August 29: Nangram Nikap and Mibim Take have been selected as the president
and general secretary of Guwahati Arunachal Students Association (GASA) on Saturday.
Byabang Joram, the Chief Election Commissioner of 49th General Election cum Conference
and who is also the Co-Convenor of All Nyishi Students Union selected the executive
members of the GASA, representing each communities of the State so that no one should
Art of Living
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The Art of Living is organising a stress management and rejuvenation
workshop in Itanagar from August 31, 2010. The six-day course will be held at the
Art of Living Centre in Itanagar.
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Gem Rido, Y Michael Jini and Teli Dokho Camdir have been selected
as president, vice-president and general secretary of All Arunachal General Science
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Disciplinary committee of the NERIST is taking action against the
culprit as per norms of the institute who reportedly attacked and seriously injured
a student of the institute yesterday, informed Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN)
in a release today. The SUN has full faith on the disciplinary committee, the union
said and appealed both side to realize the situation, desist from aggravating the
PASIGHAT, Aug 29: The Central Solung Festival Celebration Committee (CSFCC’10) Pasighat
is all set to celebrate the weeklong Solung festival.
Though the festival is primarily connected with the agricultural activities, it also
encourages interaction and promote age-old Adi cultural heritage.
Meanwhile, Oshong Ering IAS (Rtd) has consented to attend the inaugural day as chief
guest on September 1 next. Besides, Solung Ponung and cultural programme, the CSFCC’10
is organizing football, volleyball, chess, archery, tag of war competition.
IFCSAP’s Solung greetings
ITANAGAR: Indigenous Faith and Cultural society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has
greeted the people on the occasion of Solung. While appealing all to take part in
the celebration, President IFCSAP Nabum Atum said that it is part of our identity
and festivals have to be observed with all its traditional gaiety. This traditional
belief and wisdom of our forefathers should not be missed or omitted while accommodating
modernity during celebration.
He said that “these festivals will help us to maintain the traditional rhythm in
our life and help us to overcome the present day problems in our society. May Kine
Nane, the goddess of wealth bless all of us with extreme joy, lasting peace and tranquility
in our life”.
National nutrition week
ITANAGAR: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit, Ministry of Women and Child
Development, Government of India, Itanagar is observing national nutrition week at
capital complex from September 1-7 next.
Meanwhile, a workshop on nutrition promotion for stronger nation would be held at
Institute of Basic Education, Itanagar on September 1.
APST bus service from Kimin to Itanagar
ITANAGAR: Kimin to Itanagar direct APST bus service would be operational from September
1, informed assistant station Superintendent, Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services,
Substation Lilabari, North Lakhimpur.