Aug 01


Soaring vegetable prices hit common people

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jul 31: The skyrocketing prices of green vegetables, fruits and other edible items at Pasighat, Ruksin and other adjoining areas is burning hole in people’s pockets.

The vendors here, taking the advantage of the adverse weather conditions and non-availability of local products, are charging exorbitant prices from the consumers giving lame excuse like high transportation charge etc in bringing such items from Bodilla, Shillong and parts of Assam. Currently, the average cost of a kg of Carrot is Rs 120, Tomato-Rs 120, Cabbage-Rs 40, Potato-Rs 30-40, French Bean-Rs 80-100, Squash and Patal-Rs 40, and Ladies finger-Rs 40.

On the other hand, the prices of common fruits such as mango, apple, grapes, citrus fruits are skyrocketing in the markets in Pasighat and other places. The price of a kg of Langra mango costs Rs 100, Dussera (Dosahari) mango costs Rs 80 and Fazali mango costs Rs 50. Most of these mango consignments are brought to Arunachal from West Bengal, Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Malda. Even the prices of apples brought to the State from Kashmir, Fiji and New Zealand cost around Rs 200 – 220 per kg. Prices of fruits are almost the same in the fruit markets of Assam located near the interstate boundary. Apples brought from China and New Zealand cost around Rs 200- 220 per kg and pomegranate brought from Nasik and Hyderabad cost around Rs 240 to 250 per kg.

Sources said that price of all fruits have become 50 per cent costlier than last year. It is said that fruit markets is controlled by the traders sitting in Guwahati, Kolkata, Allahabad, Banaras, Kashmir and Malda.

Alleging that the controlling authorities has no control over the soaring market prices, the locals demanded administration’s immediate intervention to regulate the market prices.



JMF Court takes up media attack cases

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 31: The judicial first class magistrate court of Talo Potom has actively started pursing few cases of attacks on media persons.

Potom was appointed specifically to expeditiously try ongoing and pending cases of attacks on media persons and media houses by state government as assured by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to the media fraternity.  

The 10 accused arrested by the Capital police in connection with the April 15 Arunachal Times vandalism case (86/2012 u/s 454/4247/34 IPC) appeared before the court on Saturday last for recording their confessional statements. The bail application of one of the accused was heard Monday.

On being pleaded under section 12 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 that the accused was a minor, the JMF, in his order, directed the chief medical superintendent of Arunachal State Hospital here to constitute a medical board to determine his age and submit the report within a week. Moreover, the JFM also directed the police to keep him in safe and separate custody till the receipt of the medical report, before posting the next hearing to August 07 next.

Two more cases, namely State Vs Venkata Laxmipati and others u/s 341/354/427/506/ 509 IPC (Assault case of The Sentinel Arunachal reporters Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen) and u/s 440/324/34 IPC (Assault case of Dawnlitpost associate editor V Ravindran) are being pursued by the court and summons have been issued for hearing, according to court sources.



Emporium cum training centre inaugurated

Changlang, Jul 31: Zilla Parisad Chairperson Junpo Taikam Jugli inaugurated the newly constructed “SGSY Product Display Stall/Emporium-cum-Training Center at DRDA office premise here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the ZP chairperson urged the implementing agencies of Rural Development Programmes to keep vigil and constantly monitor the central schemes to ensure quality work and timely completion. She exhorted the officers of DRDA to help the villager select only those schemes which are feasible in the district. She encouraged the villagers to go for tea cultivation for self employment.

Changlang ADC M C Roy  hoped that the building will be utilized for the purpose for which it is constructed and will help uplifting the rural people.

“The building was a long felt need of the agency as they had to depend on other departments during conduct of any programmme,” said M Bui, project director, DRDA Changlang .  ZPM, Changlang (North) Marina Kenglang and DFDO, Changlang N Longri were also present on the occasion. DIPRO



Arunachal Guv visits Maratha Light Infantry

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh visited troops of the Maratha Light Infantry in Uri sector in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on July 28 last.

Gen Singh, a former Chief of the Army Staff, who advocated the ‘Velvet Gloves and Iron Fist’ guiding principle exhorted the troops to conduct the military operations in professional manner. He appreciated the excellent service rendered by the battalion. Gen Singh, the life-long Honorary Colonel of the regiment of the Maratha Light Infantry, exhorted the troops to continue to serve the nation in the highest traditions of the Army and the Maratha Light Infantry.

It may be mentioned here that last time General JJ Singh visited Uri was shortly after the disastrous earthquake of 2005. It was under his able leadership as Chief of the Army then that the Army took upon itself to provide succor to the disaster struck population of Uri.  It was on the directions of the General that Army adopted village Churunda near the Line of Control for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

This time around the General came down to Uri specially to visit troops of Maratha Light Infantry located in and around Uri. General, who commissioned into 9 Maratha Light Infantry on 2nd August 1964 is the lifelong Honorary Colonel of the Regiment of the Maratha Light Infantry.



Anti-ragging strategy worked out

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: The Institute Level Anti-Ragging Committee (ILARC) of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) had its maiden sitting last Saturday to work out strategy to maintain the rapport of the premier institute.

The panel set up in 2009 under UGC regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in higher educational institutions, took stock of the situation under the chairmanship of the Director Prof. Dipankar Pal with participation of 12 including a number of external members.

After taking note of valuable suggestions of the members, the meeting lauded the steps taken so far by the ILARC, the Anti-Ragging Squad, which conducts surprise visits to both boys’ and girls’ hotels at odd hours and on a regular basis and appreciated the role of Students’ Union of NERIST headed by president Shankar Baggang to facilitate conducive academic atmosphere and harmonious relations among students from all over the country.

It was decided that any case of ragging will not be tolerated and stringent actions would be taken as per the UGCV regulations, including expulsion from the hotel and/or institute. The ILARC, Anti-Ragging Squad, SUN and security staff will continue to maintain vigil not only to curb ragging but also to prevent alcoholism amongst students as it makes them more vulnerable to break discipline and make deviations from their avowed responsibility of gaining knowledge for a secured future. Appreciating the active participation of the members, including the Prof. P. R. Alapati, Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof. D Jhajharia, HMC Chairman, D.P. Dutta, ASP Capital, Pradeep Kumar, Editor of the Arunachal Front, Dr. R. P. Bhattacharjee, Registrar (I/C), Prof. S. Samanta, Deputy Registrar (Academics), Prof. P. Parida, Controller of Examinations, S. Baggan, President SUN, P. Simi, Security Officer, V. B. Chandran (Parent-Member) and Sonam E. Bhutia (Student-Member) Dr Pal exhorted all to help NERIST so that it becomes the numero uno in the North Eastern region.

It may be noted that NERIST was established by the GoI in 1984 as an institute to provide technical education right from certificate level to doctorate level under one roof as the first such institute in the country to meet the need of quality technical manpower for North Eastern States in particular and the whole country and the globe in general.



45 days residential theatre workshop concludes at RGU

Rono Hills, Jul 31: The 45 days residential theatre workshop organized by the National School of Drama, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Hindi department of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), concluded here yesterday evening with display of series of Dramas themed as “ Tales of past and Present” based on the local folklores of different tribes of  Arunachal Pradesh.

Attending the valedictory  the function, MLA  Passang Dorjee Sona, said  Arunachal though a late starter in the field of Drama is catching up with the mainstream national artistes with our talented youths. Given the required grooming they can create miracles and can be the best artiste in the country, he said. Drama, besides  being a source of very good entertainment is also a very  effective  medium to send the crucial messages on cultural  heritage, national integrity and development to the common masses.

He congratulated the Director of the Drama, Riken Ngomle who has created a place for himself in the field of national drama and advised him to properly guide the youths of the state to that line.

Sona assured the organizers of  his unstinted support and cooperation to the National School of Drama in grooming the local youths in the field.

Secretary Cultural Affairs, IPR, etc, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Indra Mallo appreciated Ngomle and  the artistes for their efforts in beautifully and lucidly depicting the local folklores  in the form of plays which, according to her, would  give  continuity  to the rich cultural heritage of the state besides opening the floodgate to thousands of folklores of different tribes of the state to the field of Drama which so far remained  untouched .

Jamuna Bini, Assistant Professor, RGU, under whose aegis the theatre workshop was organized, highlighted the importance of the workshop in the state. She  expressed her gratitude to Sona, Mallo and Administrative officers, faculty members  and students of the RGU for their support and cooperation in conducting the theatre workshop successfully.

Riken Ngomle, Director, of the Drama also spoke during the function. DIPR



Association opposes selection of new airport site

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Claiming that the people had already donated land free of cost for construction of Greenfield airport at Karsingsa, Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association (BKYWA) has appealed the  Airport Authority of India and state Govt to change its decision to implement the greenfield airport project at Hollongi.

Opposing the reported AAI’s objection for construction of airport at Banderdewa due to hilly terrain and safety and security reason, the Association  said that  there is no any reason to change the location for the airport and Banderdewa is the perfect place for it.

The  AAI authority had gave its assurance not to change the location for the airport and land for this purpose had already been demarcated at Banderdewa, the Association added.

Decision welcomed

While welcoming the reported decision for construction of green field airfield at Hollongi, the All Papum Poma Students Union  has urged the authorities to take necessary step for construction of the airport at the earliest. It appealed the NGOs and individuals not to interfere in selection of airport site by the AAI.

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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh 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 Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Engineering Colony Welfare Committee (ECWC), Ziro conducted a day long cleanliness drive cum social service at the colony on July 28.

The department of PWD and UD provided men and machineries and other materials like cements for the social service. Ajay Electrical also provided 5 bags of cements for the purpose.

Earlier, Power Deptt Ziro also helped committee by providing and repairing old street light in the colony.

On the same day, few speed breakers in the road were constructed and few hoardings erected. The Colony Welfare Committee urged colony dwellers to keep their colony  clean and hygienic.


Unions oppose land regularization policy

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Students unions and community based organizations of various districts, in a general body meeting convened by All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU), have resolved to protect the public premises from illegal encroachment and occupation by any individual/party in all the districts of the state.

The representatives of the unions and organizations, while highlighting the illegal encroachment problem and occupation of public premises in the Capital Complex and other districts demanded the State Government to immediately cancel the Cabinet Decision passed on 2nd May 2012 saying that the land regularization policy adopted was against the interest of the public of state. The meeting  gave the state government  week time to roll back the Cabinet decision failing which, it said,  mass democratic movement will be launched all over the state.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various District Students Unions, Community Students Organizations,  welfare associations and branch Students Unions, including Papum Pare Unemployed Engineer’s Association, Arunachal Law Students’ Union besides former students leader of district and state, senior citizens and like minded citizens, APPDSU said in a release.



ITANAGAR, Jul 31: All Taksing Tagru Welfare Society felicitated weightlifter Sorum Hitler Tagru, Girls Inspector Cadre Yaro Taksing, APJEE topper 2012 Tagru Raju, SI, IRBN Tagru Magong, ASI IRBN Taksing Tallang, Class XII topper of Taksing Tagru society Shanti Tagru, Class X toppers of the Taksing Tagru society Tagru Tatu and Raja Tagru in a function at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuly recently.

Speaking on the occasion, ADM cum Estate Officer Talo Potom advised the students to study hard and become a good citizen.

He further advised the felicitated police officers to maintain discipline and dedicate in their duty and also appealed the people to cooperate with the magistrate and police in order to maintain peace in the state capital.

CO Likha Theji highlighted the tips on how to study and prepare for examinations and other competitive examinations.

DSP Capital Taru Gusar highlighted the role of police personnel and the problems being faced by them. He also urged the gathering to cooperate with the police department.

RGU, Assistant Professor Bikash Bage also advised the students to dedicate in their studies and urged the parents to encourage their children  to excel in their academic career.

General Secretary of the society Taksing Tame, acting President Takap Tagru, Tana Tagru also spoke on the occasion. All the speakers expressed their gratitude to all the achievers.


‘Post HM and subject teachers’

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Parsi-Parlo Area Youth Organization and ZPM Parsi-Parlo in a joint letter to the Director of School Education highlighting the grievances of students said that the government secondary school, Parsi-Parlo was upgraded to secondary school in 2009 but since then the school is functioning without headmaster and subject teachers.

It appealed to the Director to post headmaster and subject teachers at government secondary school, Parsi-Parlo immediately.


Tourism development meeting

Seppa, Jul 31: The District Level Tourism Development Committee chaired by the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam sorted out comprehensive plan for Tourism Development in the district in a meeting in his office chamber here yesterday.

The plan comprises recommendation of few proposals, including tourist lodge at Chayang Tajo and wayside amenities at Lamdung, The meeting stressed on good use of existing tourist lodge and the view point. He said that the feasible rate for leasing out the tourist lodges was already recommended to the tourist department.

Inclusion of Seppa-Chayang Tajo- Koloring in the Tourist Circuit Map was also was recommended. In a move to make use of the existing Tourist Lodge, the DC informed that the  DIPRO


Volleyball tourney at Jang

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: A volleyball tournament in memory of late Leki Dorjee, father of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu began at Jang, 40 km from district headquarters Tawang, on July 30.

Addressing the inaugural function, Thingbu anchal chairperson Passang Lhamu and CO P Dorjee recalled the invaluable services rendered by the former chief minister, a keen sportsperson and lover of all games and sports.

The tourney in memory of his later father is a befitting tribute to both of them, they added.

In all nine teams from different villages under Mukto assembly constituency are taking part in the sports event sponsored by the family members of the former CM.

The final match will be played on August 15 next.


Police appreciated

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association has lauded the Capital police led by SP Capital  for nabbing the accused in April 15 Arunachal Times office attack case.

The Association hoped that the  police will soon nab the culprit/s involved in attack on Tongam Rina, associate editor of the Arunachal Times and appealed the civil society and general public to cooperate with the police.


Committee  for speedy implementation of the project

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: A Development Monitoring Committee of Construction of Phaa Steel Bridge and Dha to Gangte Road called on the Palin MLA Takam Pario recently and discussed ongoing construction of steel bridge over Kumey River under Kurrung Kumey district. The committee in a release said that the on-going construction work is yet to be completed though it was supposed to be completed before mid June 2012.  Meanwhile, the  committee strongly stated that bill against the project  should not be prepared without the approval of the monitoring committee.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: A 3 days healing crusade with the theme of ‘Be Holy, for I am Holy" was organized at Dispur Baptist Church, Christian Basti Guwahati, Assam recently.

Dr. Joram Dol, the founder president of Apostolos Bible College and Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) attended the programme as Guest Speaker.

In his speech, Dr. Dol appealed the congregation to maintain the holiness and do not sit idle to be successful in life.

Believers from Guwahati  and its surrounding areas attended and received the blessings.

Songs and dances, skits etc. were presented by youths from different churches on the occasion.






16 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Is anyone empowered to ban RTI Act ?

Dear Editor,

While congratulating all newly elected office bearers of East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), I would like to mention here that both Jabu Lapung and Loga Tallong in their letters “Few Words regarding  “EKSWCO conference” and “EKSWCO conference was a mere confabulation of elites” respectively have rightly highlighted the essence of the RTI. EKSWCO members must realize the need of RTI in the district in particular and state as a whole.

We came to know that an agenda was moved in the EKSWCO conference held in July 21 and 22 regarding ‘RTI activities and its impact on society’ and surprisingly a resolution was also adopted for banning RTI activities in the district.  

Unfortunately, the speaker in the EKSWCO conference, who dared to speak against the RTI Act and went on to argue that RTI activities had adverse impacts,  was none but a highly educated elite member of the society and senior government officer. He even termed the RTI activists as blackmailers and the RTI a weapon of blackmailing.

The view of the speaker in the conference has not only misguided the EKSWCO members, but also given wrong message to the  people of the district and the new generation. One wonders, if he is a clean government officer, why is he scared of the RTI Act? Further, ethically, a government employee cannot go against Acts, like RTI Act, which have been enshrined in the Constitution of the Country. It is unbecoming act on the part of a Govt servant.

EKSWCO members may not be aware that there are corruptions in most of the departments in East Kameng district and this is apparently the highest in the state. Corruption is visible in all the projects and schemes here.

If the EKSWCO members are not motivated by some vested interests they should ponder on these issues in the greater interest of people of the district. They should remember that our RTI activist Payi Gyadi was conferred the Citizen Journal Awards by the international News Channel CNN IBN. Gyadi belongs to this East Kameng District and his dedicated efforts have unearthed many corruptions in the district.  Many corrupt officers and officials were punished and had their services terminated for their misdeeds. The positive impact of this RTI is that, government officers and officials have to think twice before indulging in corruption particularly in our East Kameng District.

I suggest, EKSWCO should take corruptions in most of the departments in East Kameng district. There are many schools in the district which are facing acute shortage of teachers. This is hampering the growth of the students in the district.

We, on behalf of the Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) would like to request EKSWCO to withdraw the immature resolution to ban the RTI activities at the earliest.


Chopa Cheda, President

Sama Yangfo,

General Secretary, ARTIAF



Recruit deserving candidates on merit basis

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to the notice of the common people a fact that haunts me a lot. It is  regarding the recent selection of peon/chowkidar-cum-mali/LDC/UDC/lab. assistant/attendant at Pasighat under Education Department.

The written exams of the above mentioned posts were held on 21st and 22nd  April 2012. I thought that the recruitment would be a fair one as it took approximately 3 months for evaluation of the answer scripts of the candidates like that of APCS exams. Ultimately, the result was declared and the 13th day of July was scheduled to be the date of viva exam. There was a ray of hope for a post graduate candidate like me to be selected on merit basis. Few of my fellow candidates hoped for special  recruitment under departmental  quota for they have been serving the department for a long period in the status of contingency therein.

When the candidates were short listed, I was amazed to see that I have been dropped from the list in spite of my qualification and proficiency, rather a few candidates who were below the average during our school period and had been dropped out of school a decade ago were selected. Thus, the hope  for selection on merit  basis has been crushed. A few more candidates who have left the school in their early age were also selected  in place of those who are  engaged as contingency for several years. Thus the in-service (departmental candidate) quotas  were also crunched to pieces.

Sometimes, I think I should file an RTI but I assume it is of no use for I realize that the selected candidates are my own Arunachalee brothers. So let them serve  the state. As the adage goes - “Every dog has its own day”, someday, I’ll have my chance. So congrats successful candidates, do keep going and serve the nation with your utmost dedication.

Last but not the least, I would like to appeal all the concern authority to recruit the job seekers strictly on the merit  basis. I strongly condemn the recent selection process which has demoralized hundreds of aspirants like me.


Bajong Jerang




EKSWCO never banned RTI activities

Dear Editor,

Apropos the letters published in your esteemed daily regarding  the resolutions adopted in the conference of the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), it is to clarify that EKSWCO never banned Right To Information (RTI) Act and RTI activities in East Kameng district as it is understood that once Act is being enacted no any Organization can put ban on it. So it is ridiculous claiming  EKSWCO banned RTI activities in East Kameng dist, rather EKSWCO being an apex organization passed resolution to discourage using RTI as tools for personal and vindictive motive and it appealed the activists to restrain and refrain from misusing it, as sometimes, it seriously hampers the developmental activities in the district.

As regards to the education system of the district, it’s well-being, being the prime objective of EKSWCO, we have already initiated the matter with the five Members of Legislative Assembly of our Dist. and the concern authorities of the Department and  better policies are  expected to be adopted soon.

Therefore, EKSWCO is pained and it regrets that members without attending the conference and knowing the detail facts are making allegation on the organization on the basis of hear-say.

Further, EKSWCO invites its members for constructive suggestions and advices   time to time for the welfare of the Dist. EKSWCO also appeals all the members to come forward and discuss any kind of grievances with Executive body of the Organization at any given point of time before publishing the matters regarding EKSWCO through media.


Er. Takar Tachang

General Secy. EKSWCO



An appeal

Dear Editor,

The foundation stone for construction of Greenfield airport was laid by the then Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil at Karsingsa. The people of Banderdewa circle are expecting lot from the Greenfield airport and they are against the shifting of airport project to other location.

Therefore, I on behalf of youth of Banderdewa, appeal the AAI authority and state Govt not to shift the Greenfield airport site from Karsingsa to Hollongi.


Bangram Bangang



Irrigation and smaller farmers

Irrigation makes higher yields possible, affording a second or even third season of crops. But water is generally scarce and so rapid growth of tube wells has raised concerns about sustainability. Pricing of both water, and electricity for agricultural purposes, are increasingly being used to ensure water resources are being used more efficiently.

The International Water Management Institute, which was commissioned to study the impact of irrigation policy change in West Bengal,  in its study found that the groundwater market which had flourished in rural areas shrunk. Smaller farmers had to pay more for their water, many turning to more expensive diesel irrigation or watering by hand.  This was an unintended and unexpected negative impact of the reform on poorer families.

The impact evaluation made two important recommendations - to scrap the permit system for small pumps and to introduce a fixed electricity connection fee for tube wells. Previously farmers had to pay for the full cost of wires, poles and transformers; something that most urban customers did not have to do. This was prohibitively expensive for many smaller farmers, especially if they were far from the existing electricity supply line.

However,  it is said that recommendations from the study to reduce red tape and costs for small farmers of acquiring electric pumps were adopted by the concern government.