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,
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
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
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
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
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
The meeting also decided to publish a souvenir to commemorate the occasion.
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.
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
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
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."
When will the 15 villages in Wakro circle see the light ?
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
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
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.
Vth Lower Balijan Youth Association
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
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