Aug 06


Capital cut off by massive landside

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Road communication between Itanagar and Naharlagun remained disrupted for the day following a massive  landslide  near Pachin colony, Naharlagun this morning which brought life to complete standstill.  The landslide occurred between Pachin Colony and NRL petrol depot, Naharlagun on NH-52 A completely disrupted the  movement of vehicles as hundreds of vehicles including loaded trucks, trackers and passengers buses  stranded on either side of the road since morning. The commercial vehicles proceeding towards Harmuty for Sunday marketing were the worst hit as many vehicles have to return home.

Though there is an alternative route between directorate of civil supply and Pachin colony,   the road could not be used by the motorists due to its dilapidated condition.

However, PWD highway department has immediately swung into action and  pressed man and machine into service including three numbers of excavators,  8 dumper trucks to clear the road at the earliest.

Speaking to this daily here this evening the PWD Chief Engineer Highway Bora Ete informed the department is working very hard to restore the road link as early as possible.  Executive Engineer Highway Nirjuli division Khoda Gyati, who is monitoring the ongoing restoration work since morning, informed that landslide occurred between 5.30 am to 6 am.  The restoration work is likely to be completed by Monday morning, he added.



Arunachal IAS officers under Central Govt’s scanner

NEW DELHI, Aug 05: The Centre is considering action against 127 IAS officers, including 4 Arunachal cadres, for failing to submit their Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) of last year to the government, reports PTI.

"The government is mulling action against the officers who have not yet given their IPRs. It can include withholding increment and appointments," a senior official of the Department of Personnel and Training said.

Of the total 127 IAS officers who have not submitted their property details, 32 are from Madhya Pradesh cadre (including suspended IAS couple Arvind and Tinu Joshi), 16 from Uttar Pradesh, 14 from Punjab and 12 from Odisha cadre, according to the latest data of DoPT.

Others who have failed to submit their IPRs belong to Andhra Pradesh cadre (8), Haryana and Karnataka (7 each), Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Nagaland  and Manipur-Tripura (4 each), West Bengal (3), Assam and Tamil Nadu (2 each) and Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Sikkim and Rajasthan (1 each).

The total sanctioned strength of IAS is 6,154, including 1,885 promotion posts. Of these, 4,377 officers are in position. An all-India service officer is bound to file property returns of a year by January end of the following year.

Besides these officials, there are 216 other IAS officers who did not submit IPRs for the year 2010.  Among these officials, 30 officers are from West Bengal cadre, 24 from Karnataka, 19 from Jammu and Kashmir, 17 from Bihar, 16 from Madhya Pradesh, 13 from Odisha, 10 each from Uttar Pradesh and Manipur-Tripura cadre and eight each from Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Union Territories and Uttarakhand cadre.

Seven IAS officers of Punjab cadre, six of Himachal Pradesh, five of Kerala, four each of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, three each of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and two each of Assam, Sikkim and Nagaland and one each of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have not submitted their IPRs for 2010, according to the DoPT data.

 It would be interesting to know all those Arunachal cadre IAS officers who failed to submit Immovable Property Returns.



Growing number of road accidents causes concern

Maksam Tayeng

Imagine, what would be the pain and agony of a helpless wife and children after a husband/father/lone bread earner (Mr X) of a family meets with a fatal accident in which he loses his life that’s too for no fault of his own. Just imagine how painful it would be for the helpless parents of young boy, say, ‘Mr A’, the only son and hope of his parents, is hit by speeding bike  making him paralysed  forever. The incidents like that of ‘X” and ‘A’ are preventable or avoidable if the road users/drivers have little traffic sense.

India is the home of  the highest road traffic accidents  in the world  with over 1, 30,000 annual Road Accidents beating even China. Forty percent of these accidents involve two-wheelers.

According to data received from AIGP (Operation) Nupur Prasad, IPS and Inspector Road Safety Cell Itanagar K.V.G. Pillai, there were 107 road accidents cases recorded from January to June 2012 in which 51 were killed and 195 injured. And if we go by district wise records of the year 2011, Capital Itanagar topped the table with 69 accidents with 34 deaths and 80 injured  followed by Bomdila-29 (19  death, 39 injured), Tezu-26 (16  death, 88 injured, Changlang-23 ( 4  death, 24 injured), Pasighat-20 (12 death, 26 injured), Aalo-19 (15  death and 22 injured), Tawang-16 (11 death, 39 injured). On the other hand, Dibang Valley (Anini) remained accident free district during the period followed by Yingkiong-03 accidents with no death and 5 injury cases.

According to Inspector Pillai  of Road Safety Cell Itanagar, of the total accidents and killed, 40 cases involved two wheelers, 20 three wheelers , 127 LMVs, 20 MMVs and 56 HMVs. This indicates the number of accidents are much higher in LMVs which is mostly owned by private individuals.

In the context of state’s oldest town Pasighat, the numbers of accident cases have grown manifold which is very alarming.  Despite of information and news that several accidents are occurring every now and then claiming precious lives, it seems that youngsters are learning nothing from it

‘The reckless driving among the youths, especially minors are a matter of grave concern in the district’, said East Siang Deputy Commissioner R.K. Mishra. He has sought the participation of parents and NGOs in spreading  traffic awareness among youths, which he feels if not checked, will create more chaos in the township.

‘The accidents involving rash and drunken driving continues to take its toll besides creating huge traffic problem, informed Additional Deputy Commissioner S C Debnath who has been working overtime to check the unruly drivers and law breakers through mobile checking in the evening hours.

Traffic Road Safety Cell Pasighat in-charge, T Radeng, a dutiful and committed Sub-Inspector says, ‘we have only 6 staff in place and if anyone goes on leave, we become paralysed as we are already running short of staff to manage the busy township’.

But the way traffic cell is functioning under S I Radeng with few policemen, they really deserve appreciations from all quarters. Many a times we have seen his men lifting and seizing several bikes and cars parked at wrong places. The traffic cell has been spreading awareness at various places through power point presentation of which one touchy slogan reads- ‘Parking is an integral part of driving etiquettes. How good driver you may be but if you cannot park your vehicle properly, you are still to learn few lessons on driving’.

Here, to minimize the cases and incidents of rash and drunken driving, tempering with the silencer pipes for noisy sound, driving without driving licence, allowing minors to drive etc, the participation of civil societies create traffic awareness can go a long way in preventing many  road accidents as we can’t wholly held the police responsible for this.

The parents are mostly responsible for their wards going astray and this is a bitter truth to which most parents would not shy away from. Parents at home can advise their wards not to drive fast, wear helmet while driving etc.They may immediately report to police in case if their wards do not listen to their advises. The collaborative efforts from both administration and the civil societies can curb such menace to a great extent. The participation of the later would strengthen the first’s effort as we can’t solely blame the administration and the police.

The District Transport Officer also needs to maintain due carefulness while issuing Driving Licences as many civilians has alleged the DTO of issuing driving licenses without proper test and verification.

In this regard, S P Pasighat, Pushpender Kumar while recalling of a little anecdote from his life where driving license issuing authority at Delhi during 1994 had seized his two wheeler driving license for six months due to non-wearing of a helmet in his test, said, ‘it would go a long way in controlling traffic chaos if concern DTOs do proper verification in issuing driving licenses’.

The following slogans are left for everyone who is less concern about safety driving-

“Better be Mister Late than to be Late Mister”, “If you know you are driving to your death – would you still drive so fast?”, “Anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac”, “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent”, “Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car”, “Life don’t have Reset button. Drive safe”.



Tapiumche Lake: An unexplored beauty of nature

Sangey Tsering

TAWANG, Aug 05: Tapiumche Lake, a tantalizing hill resort of Arunachal Pradesh situated at a height of above 10,000 ft from sea level at Tawang, is just the place for a dream holiday destination.

Snow-capped peaks, the Great Tawang Monastery, the Bumla and Sela Pass, the PT Tso and the Jhongetser Lake (Madhuri Lake), the scenic beauty and the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama come to one’s mind whenever we talk of tourism in Tawang.  Large number of tourists from different parts of the country and abroad visit Tawang every year. Tawang is a right place for  the people looking for adventure tourism  as it has interesting trekking trails for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Travel to Tawang is a little tiresome, but nature, displaying its splendor in all its glory, will make you realize that it is worth all the trouble getting to Tawang.

There are a number of high altitude lakes in Tawang but all of them are not accessible. Almost every tourist knows about the PT Tso Lake and the famous Jhongetser Lake (popularly known as the Madhuri Lake).

 But few really know about the unexplored beautiful lake, called, Tapiumche. It is the largest lake with a water area of 27 hectares.

It is to be mentioned here that the Department of Fisheries, Tawang, organized a Trout (Brown Trout) Fish Seed releasing programme at Tapiumche Lake on August 4.  The lake would have remained unexplored had the Fishery Department and Tawang deputy commissioner not organized the event.

Tapiumche Lake is located near Klemta Post, 30 kms from Tawang, on the way to Bumla Pass. It precedes the Bumla Post by a distance of 8 kms. Only one-third portion of the lake is visible from the main road. From the main road, one has to walk a distance of 500 metres to reach it. The enchanting lake, with the beautiful picturesque mountains surrounding it, deserves attention from the Tourism Department and the Government.

The Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen, after visiting the lake was amazed at the beauty of the nature as well as disheartened to know the fact that the lake was still unknown to the people and tourists. He even undertook a boating trip by inflated boat around the lake and discussed with the tourism officer to organize such boating event for the visiting tourists.

“I had not seen anything so majestic, peaceful and beautiful. I wanted to capture every image into the lens, but a lot is still in my mind’s eye”, said Lollen. He discussed at length with the DTO and the army along with HoDs  about the steps to be taken for the development of the lake. He further said that the lake is a fetching heaven for tourists far from the maddening crowd of the township. It is a beautiful natural site and provides the visitors and tourists with a lucky chance for deep communication with nature. The place  is also home to a number of medicinal plants and incense. He urged the people to come forward and visit the place.

Tawang, popularly known for its  scenic beauty and the Monasteries, still has a lot  to be explored and  the one of the unexplored hidden tourists’ paradise is Tapiumche Lake,  which needs attention of the  higher  authorities for devel. Lastly I would like to conclude with the famous lines, “ All things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart.” (The writer is an APO, i/c DIPRO Tawang)



Strategy chalk out for massive participation in Dorjee Khandu Memorial Badminton C’ship

ITANAGAR, Aug 05: The organising committee of 1st Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship - 2012 plans out extensive campaign and publicity to attract more participation from all corners of the state. This was resolved in the committee’s review meeting held here on Saturday.

“It’s time we fold our sleeves and start working for ensuring a grand and successful tournament”, said Tame Phassang, chairman, organising committee who presided over the meeting. He asked the members to seriously undertake their assigned duties.

The review meeting came out with several suggestions and finally resolved to reduce the entry fees for competition from earlier 500 for singles to 250, 1000 to 400 for doubles in the open championship. Extensive advertisement through print and electronic media was planned out.

Banners, posters have been displayed all over the districts and in the state capital as well.

The meeting also decided to publish a souvenir to commemorate the occasion.

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News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug05: 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.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Kameng Youth Organization (KYO) organized a mass social service yesterday to clean the District Hospital Bomdila.

Hundreds of students from Govt Hr. Sec. School and College, particularly hostlers, public and government officials joined the social service and cleaned the dirty hospital surroundings.  They appealed all to keep the Hospital clean and hygienic by not throwing plastic bottles, carry bags etc. here and there.

The social service was initiated through social networking site ‘Facebook’.


Meritorious students felicitated

ITANAGAR, Aug 05:  Talo Literary and Cultural Society (TLCS) has felicitated its meritorious students who excelled in CBSE class X and class XII examinations  and  NERIST entrance examination – 2012 in a glittering function held at general auditorium at Talo under Yachuli circle of Lower Subansiri on Aug 3.

Among the meritorious students who were felicitated were Toko Minam and Toko Mama of class XII Science, Licha Lui, and Toko Yadir (Class XII, Arts)  and Tabia Mekha, Byabang Limli, Toko Tata and Toko Yossum of class X. Society also felicitated Likha Tatam for being selected in North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology . Toko Tach chairman of TLCS advised the students to study hard to achieve a goal. Toko Ottu Executive  Engineer RWD Ziro and Toko Audil, Assistant Director Civil Aviation and Tabia Chobin, Principal Talo higher secondary school were also advised the students to be  dedicated and determined in study to achieve success.


Society reacts and clarifies

ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Reacting to the press statement under the caption ‘People oppose shifting of Payum CO office’, All Bori Welfare Society (ABWS) today clarified that the press statement was made by someone in the name of the Society on personal motive. Further, the Society made it clear that the July 31st public meeting was held to bring amicable solution to  the issue regarding new circle HQ to be set up at Rogong Rorang or at Beging Yorbe.  The house also unanimously resolved that Rogo Rorang to be the new circle headquarter.


Vehicular movement prohibited

ITANAGAR, Aug 05:  The Capital district magistrate in an order has directed  the  executive engineer, PWD CD-A    to  prohibit movement of vehicle over the bridge near Abo-Tani colony  immediately.

The  Abo-Tani colony bridge is totally worn out and not suitable for vehicular movement, the magistrate said in its order adding that bridge may collapse at any  time due to  continuous movement of vehicles.

The order directed the EE, PWD to take all  measures so that no vehicle  moves over the bridge and  to put signboard at visible location declaring the closure of the bridge.


Arunachalee wrestler to represent  India at World Jr. Wrestling C’ship

ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Rising wrestling star of Arunachal Pradesh Dada Riba has been selected to represent India at World Junior Wrestling Championship to be held abroad later in the month.

The host country would be decided after the end of the ongoing London Olympics, according to Arunachal Pradesh General Secretary Lokam Dari.



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

Attack on Tongam shakes the very foundation of our society

Dear Editor,

At last, the moves from our police department happened after much protest of the people from all walks of life. The action of the police department have at least managed to arrest the persons behind the vandalisation of the AT office, but it took them more than 3 months and an attempt on the life of a lady journalist to wake them from their deep slumber.

Of course, neither the entire state nor the democracy is at gunpoint, but the life and liberty of people has undoubtedly seen a setback in the recent times with the vicious head of communalism also raring to surface time and again. The present scenario in capital clearly reveals that muscles only can keep a person prosperous, safe and healthy. The attack on Ms. Rina could have been on anybody else. This attack shakes the very foundation of our society, where we have been taught to tolerate. Unfortunately, this tolerance of ours has been misconstrued as an act of submission.

The world over says media is the fourth pillar of democracy. Here in Arunachal, I seriously doubt even if our state is a part of a democratic setup, let alone the pillars of democracy. Where the jungle raj still prevails, the due respect to the fourth pillar is still a very very distant dream. In my initial days, after being back in Arunachal, I was dismayed at the contents of our state dailies. Now, I have come to look up to my journalist friends with more respect than I can describe, for being able to work in a war zone, that too where only one side has been allowed to use arms. Isn’t it prejudicial to our media friends that we expect them to report on par with the rest of the country, while there are no safeguards available to them as media houses or as individuals?

The fact that a person can shoot at anybody in broad daylight is a very disturbing fact and a phenomenon, which will surely be replicated by many more in the days to come.  Further, so many days have gone by and still the shooter is at large. The inability of the police to apprehend the shooter so far might very well imply that the shooter might be indulging in the bliss of some political asylum, as it is a known fact that so many “goondas” and “dadas” have flourished due to political leverage in our state. Now a situation has come, where there is no way out to suffice the needs of these parasites and their masters too are also no more in a position to contain the same.

So many people came, raised slogans, staged dharnas and walked rallies, but what after this? The incident will surely fade away from the minds of people save for the one who have been through this gruelling times. Will she ever be able to do justice to her profession again, after all, who does not care for dear life?

The govt. will continue to sing lullabies and the public, the media, the police and everybody else will continue to sleep to their deceitful tunes. When will we say, “we need no more lullabies from the spineless govt."


Duge Soki,





When will the 15 villages in Wakro circle see the light ?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight the plight of the people of 15 village’s viz. Longbing-I & Lonbing-II, Manthi, Tapoh, Tillai-I & Tillai-II, Tahar, Kamban, Thwang, New Tumba, Tilangkyong, Phanai, Kathan-I & Kathan-II and Tapun in Wakro circle of Lohit district due to non-supply of electricity and lack of basic amenities.

The people of these villages are reeling under darkness for years; none of the local representatives had ever endeavoured to facilitate the basic amenities to the public of this area.

Here I would like to share one example of a work which got halted due to lack of political will; otherwise people would have been enjoying the fruit of development. It’s been almost more than a year all the wiring works of centrally sponsored Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY)-Scheme for Rural Electricity Infrastructure and Household Electrification has been accomplished in those villages but up till now the electricity didn’t reach the homes of hapless people.

Whereas, on the other hand, the remotest village’s in Anjaw district, in spite of diverse unusual challenges, were successfully linked and transmitted over a year ago! With this backdrop the public of Runggung Valley (people of the said area) would like to know the truth from the concern authority, why there is so much delay?  May I entreat our local MLA for his kind intervention in this regard?           

In addition to the said adversity; this very year under the sponsorship of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Govt of India, certain villages in Lohit district got sanction of Solar Home Lighting System (SHLS). The said facility was intended for those poor villages which do not enjoy regular power supply throughout the year, wherein New Tumba village was also one of them. New Tumba village was awarded 20 sets of Solar Home Lighting System as per the circular issued by the concern office under the said scheme but to our utter surprise it vanished in the Office of Dy. Director APPEDA, itself at Tezu. When the aggrieved villagers inquired where about 20 sets of SHLS meant for New Tumba village, then the concern office provided very futile reason and further more contradicted its own order: APPEDA/TEZU DIVISION/E-01/2011/155-56, dated 4th April 2012. In this regard I would like to request the Deputy Commissioner, Lohit District and the Director APPEDA, Itanagar to redress the matter at the earliest possible.


Shivumso Chikro  





Please cooperate

Dear Editor,

This is apropos to the letter issued by some local leaders of Karsingsa protesting the selection of the new location for Greenfield airport on July 31.  I, on behalf of the Vth Lower Balijan Youth Association, protest their demand and allegation that Hollongi is a boundary disputed area. In fact, the place was properly demarcated by Arunachal and Assam before the arrival of British in North east and there is no record of any violence among the people here over the boundary issue.

In addition to this, it is the nearest location to capital Itanagar which covers 18 km only. We do not have any objection in construction of the airport at old location, but we should acknowledge the technical survey report of technical experts.

I express our gratitude to authorities for solving the prolonged demand regarding the construction of airport in the state and selecting  the new site  at Hollongi.

We request all the general public and public leaders of Banderdewa-Karsingsa and Lower Balijan to cooperate the same.


Teli Doya


Vth Lower Balijan Youth Association


Green initiatives

Telecom operators in India had to resort to diesel gensets for their power requirements since no significant initiatives have been taken to develop renewable power solutions. The estimates by Greenpeace show that telecom operators require over 14 billion units of electricity annually to meet the demand of their growing network infrastructure. Greenpeace says that the usage causes 5.2 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions annually, responsible for over 2 percent of the country’s total GHG’s (greenhouse gas) emissions.

There is this diesel subsidy support given by the government to telecom service providers which makes the situation even more painful. The Telecom Equipment Management Association (TEMA) estimates that telecom towers get close to INR 43 billion of diesel subsidies annually which translates to massive losses to the exchequer.

In a directive issued in November 2011, the Department of Telecommunications asked telecom operators to reduce carbon emissions occurring from their mobile networks by 5 per cent by end of this financial year and by 17 per cent by 2018-19. The operators, however, have asked the government for more time.

While the operators might have their own agendas and the government is following a cautious approach in the current unstable telecom environment, it is essential to keep the public interest on priority. Industry players should make public their carbon emissions level and set an achievable emission reduction target in a phased manner.