Aug 07


Attack on Tongam Rina

Press fraternity questions sincerity of capital police, demands immediate arrest of attacker/s

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Press fraternity today under the banner of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) staged a dharna outside Chief Minister’s bungalow in protest against the non-arrest of attacker/s involved in the shooting of Arunachal Times, Associate Editor, Tongam Rina. Tongam was seriously injured when an unidentified gun man pumped a bullet into her waist outside Arunachal Times office on July 15 last.

Even after 21 days have passed, police are yet to make any breakthrough into the shooting incident.

Holding placards and banners, the media persons shouted slogans demanding immediate arrest of the culprit/s involved in Tongam attack case.

Expressing anguish over the lackadaisical attitude of the capital police, the two organizations asked them to expedite the investigation process.

“Press fraternity has extended all possible cooperation to capital police so that investigation is not affected. However till today police has failed to make any breakthrough in the investigation,” the organizations stated. They went on to add, “The delay in making any advance in the case is hurting the emotion and sentiments of journalist fraternity of the state and a sense of sadness and gloom prevails among the media fraternity. Until and unless the perpetrators involved in Tongam attack case are arrested, the journalists of Arunachal will not able to work freely.”

Meanwhile, Tongam was today airlifted to New Delhi for further treatment. Additional Public Relation Officer to CM, Rup J Pater on behalf of CM oversaw the whole exercise and personally accompanied Tongam.



Transfer and posting of forest officials on merit: Tuki

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Arunachal Pradesh is contemplating to consider transfer and posting of forest officers and officials on merit, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said here today.

“Those performing officers who have been discharging their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication shall be given three options for their choice of posting place,” Tuki said while addressing a conference here.

Stating that the government was planning to regulate similar process in terms of promotions, Tuki said that officers and officials doing exceptionally well in preservation of the rich flora and fauna would get priority in promotions.

Tuki suggested including subject on forest conservation, importance of wildlife and the impact of global warming in school syllabus. He asked the concerned department to co-ordinate with the education department to implement the plan at the earliest.

“This will educate our children in their elementary stage and will also generate awareness among their parents over the importance of forest and wildlife”, he justified.

Announcing that the state has received the highest grant under the 13th Finance Commission by way of “Green Bonus”, the chief minister emphasized on the need to protect the forest so that the state can continue to get higher central allocation in near future.

He also stressed on increasing the state’s forest cover from 82 per cent to 90 per cent through rubber and tea plantations wherever applicable.

Exhorting the departmental officials to gainfully utilize the CAMPA fund meant for afforestation programme, the chief minister was of the view that community participation should be made mandatory in such schemes.  “We must start afforestation programmes with economically viable plants so that economic generation could be ensured alongside increasing forest cover,” Tuki suggested.

He also suggested involving community and individuals under the programme so that they could be equally benefitted from such afforestation programmes. He asked the department to start the process on phase wise manner by selecting few divisions on an experimental basis.

“While development is the pre-requisite for the state, we must also ensure that the rich flora and fauna of the state is equally preserved”, he suggested.

The chief minister also emphasized on tapping rich forest resources like medicinal plants, rubber, tea, bamboo, cane and forest products for sustainable income generation and assured to provide all possible assistance to the department, particularly towards its funding pattern. PTI



Khonsa police nabs burglars

KHONSA, Aug 06: Khonsa Police arrested two persons accused of looting of about Rs 4 lakh from the ICDS office, Khonsa.

Acting on a tip off, Khonsa police led by SI Thomas Pertin, OC (in-charge) conducted a search operation on August 4 and arrested habitual burglars Panggen Wangsa (22) and Ngamhang Pansa alias Vijoy Pansa (22), who had stolen Rs.3,90,400 meant for old-age pension  from the office of the deputy director, ICDS divisional level cell, Khonsa on June 15. A smart phone was seized from the accused and they have been remanded to Police custody for further investigation. The accused are also suspected to be involved in other cases in which many other offices of different government departments were ransacked in Khonsa township during the last 2 to 3 months. The general public, government departments and different organizations have lauded the Police for cracking the difficult case. DIPRO



Police officer allegedly assaults an ASI

‘It is a closed chapter’, says SP

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: In a bizarre incident deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Pasighat, B. S Mehra allegedly assaulted an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police over a minor argument. The alleged incident took place on August 3.

According to a report,  the ASI and his patrolling team had caught some boys who were allegedly creating problem in the local market on Aug 3. However, the boys apologized to the police and promised that they will not create any problem in the future. The ASI reportedly wrote down the name of the boys and let them go. However later DSP Mehra allegedly arrived at the scene in civil dress and started querying about the students.  When the ASI explained him about the reason for letting them go, the DSP got infuriated and allegedly assaulted him. The action of senior officer has deeply affected the morale of Pasighat police and there is also anger against such inhuman treatment meted out to a junior officer.

However, when contacted East Siang Superintendent of Police termed the incident as internal matter of police and urged everyone not to sensationalize the incident. “There was some argument between DSP and assistant sub inspector over a matter. The senior officer has every right to take action if junior officer misbehaves. The incident is a closed chapter and everyone is back to work now,” said SP.



A fish farmer’s success story

Denhang Bosai

There are no two opinions about the fact that fish is one of the most savoured delicacies and is readily available everywhere including Arunachal Pradesh. Also there are many ways of preparing fish to make it more delicious and palatable. You can roast it, boil it, fry it and cook in a manner you may love to do. If one goes to any fish market in Arunachal, the customers always tend to look for local fish which is hardly found. Some fish sellers tell the customers that the fish they are selling is ‘Andhra Pradesh local.’ Yes, the greater chunk of fish supply comes from distant Andhra Pradesh. What a shame indeed! With so much scopes available for fish farming in our state, we should be selling fish to that state. But there are a few individuals in Arunachal  who are quietly contributing their bit to ensure that the customers get Arunachal bred local fish in the market.  Nokkai Wangjen, son of Jitwang Wangham hailing from Dasathong village in Kanubari circle of Longding district is one of the progressive fish farmers who has created a niche for himself and is a source of inspiration for the others. Today, he is a contented man being a proud owner of five well-maintained fish ponds spread in an area of about two hectares.

Nokkai Wangjen due to some compelling reasons could not complete his studies and read only upto six standard. But today he earns about Rs two lakh annually from fish farming alone. Apart from the fish ponds teeming with all kinds of fish, Nokkai has a piggery unit, a duckery unit and a small tea garden that fetch him extra income. He started scientific fish farming in the year 2005 and engages four labourers. He receives logistics support like training, fish seeds, fish feeds, medicines etc from the department of Fisheries, Khonsa and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Deomali.

He grows fishes like Rohu, Mrigal, Catla, grass carp etc in his fish ponds. Nokkai imparts training to his fellow villagers and eggs them on to adopt fish farming instead of carrying on with the destructive and unproductive jhum farming. Many villagers have successfully emulated Nokkai’s example by starting fish farming in Kanubari area. There are many people in our state, who, instead of involving themselves in fish farming, are indulged in destroying the aquatic life in the many rivers and streams criss- crossing our state by using poison, blasting, generator etc. They should use the traditional mode of fishing which is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Tirap DFDO Rup Narayan Pradhan said that Tirap and Longding districts had ample scopes for large scale fish farming, especially in Deomali, Khela, Tissa and Kanubari adding that his department was ever ready to help and support the willing fish farmers. Though Nokkai could not pursue his studies, he has been able to give proper education to his children. Nokkai  is able to fulfill all the daily requirements of his children thanks to the steady income from his fish farming and other allied sectors. He has three sons and one daughter. Two of his sons have joined Arunachal Pradesh Police recently while the two children are pursuing their studies.

It is worth-mentioning here that Nokkai Wangjen’s effort has been recognized by the Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research [DCFR], ICAR, Bhimtal by presenting him an award for progressive fish farming on 6th June, 2011. He has also won many district level and state level prizes. He has travelled all over the country to acquaint himself with the intricacies of scientific fish farming to improve his fish farming techniques to increase productivity in order to generate more income. A successful fish farmer like Nokkai Wangjen is indeed an inspiration for the people of Tirap and Longding in particular and the state in general to be self-employed instead of depending on government jobs alone which are hard to come by these days. Those people in Tirap and Longding districts who seem to have lots of excuses because of the unfavorable law and order scenario due to presence of insurgent groups, must learn from  Nokkai Wangjen. If  Nokkai Wangjen can, they too can prosper for which they need to show an unwavering resolve and the will to toil and moil. The next time when we visit the fish market we hope that we find them flooded with local fish caught from our fish ponds and not from Andhra Pradesh. (The writer is DIPRO, Khonsa and can be reached at [email protected])



Floods cause extensive damage in East Siang

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Aug 06: Flash flood triggered by heavy rainfall in the upper reaches of hillsides has badly affected paddy fields, horticulture gardens, fish ponds, irrigation channel and water pipelines and also damaged standing crops at Sille, Ruksin, Bilat and Mebo circles in East Siang district.

Surging water of the rivers and channel due to heavy downpour during the last month caused flood havoc at different places of the district and left a trail of devastation by eroding river banks, flood control dykes, irrigation systems and damaged paddy nurseries besides damaging PWD and link roads. Flood also damaged several bamboo plantations, horticultural gardens and other valuable plantations in the respective riverbanks.

It is alleged by the affected people that there is still no proper relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood affected areas despite the authorities being informed of the situation. Moreover, the authority has not yet initiated proper flood control measures in the areas even after observing the lurking situation during the past years.

“Since the people of the flood-hit areas are economically backward and are fully dependent on agriculture and other allied farming activities, they need assistance from the authority to meet with the heavy losses. But the govt’s apathy is adding to the rural farmers’ woes,” said  some of the affected people.

According to reports  flash flood inundated about 3,500 hectares crop land resulting loss of food grain amounting to 8, 400 MT. It caused loss of Rs 6.72 crore in agriculture sector, while there was a total estimated lost amounting to Rs 5.35 crore in fishery sector. As such, the restructuring cost is estimated at Rs 2.17 crore in water supply, Rs 9.6 crore in Public Work Department, Rs 30.54 crore in Water Resource Department (Irrigation & Flood Protection).

The hydropower department has estimated cost of  Rs 1.42 crore for renovation of Yembung Mini Hydel at Kebang, which was buried in a major landslide during early June last.

However, officials said that the department concerned is yet to submit detailed report of assessment on loss and damages caused by floods. It also said that the state government’s nominal relief fund is inadequate to meet the loss and damages, which is accounted to several crores of rupees. The office of the district disaster management officer is running with such myriad problems that it has no manpower and vehicle to mitigate disastrous situation.



Kamba PR leaders meet CM, demand for development initiatives

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: All elected Panchayet leaders of Kamba circle under Liromoba Assembly constituency called on Chief Minister at his residential office recently to apprise him about lack of development in Kamba circle.

Kamba, in spite of being the largest and most populated circle in entire Liromoba constituency; there is absolute lack of even basic developmental activities, the ASMs of the Kamba circle said and urged CM to take necessary initiative to improve the present situation in the area.

They submitted a joint memorandum to the CM demanding  creation of PHE WS Division at Kamba, black-toping, widening and CC drainage from BRTF road to ADC Office Kamba, Up-gradation of Police Station and establishment of Fire brigade at Kamba, Wire Rope Suspension Bridge over Hiru River (ADC Complex, Kamba to DPG College, Kamki) and  Up-gradation of PHC to CHC Kamba.

They also informed the CM about huge difference in allocating SPA fund for Kamba as compared to Yomcha / Liromoba.

Meanwhile, the CM reportedly assured full cooperation to all ASM’s and show his willingness to visit Kamba soon after discussing with other leaders of the area, the release claimed.



8th Independence Running Football Tournament

Itanagar FC pip Ganga Sec. School 1-0

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Itanagar FC pipped Ganga Sec. School by solitary goal in the ongoing 8th Independence Running Football Tournament at KV No 2 playground here today. The winner was scored by Ajit Thikak in  seconds of the play (90 Min).

The 2nd match of the day played between Gohpur FC ‘A’  and Lokam Brothers FC ended in a goalless draw.


Today’s Matches


ESS FC Vs Vivek Vihar FC at 2:20 pm.


Young Brothers FC vs BN United at 3:30 pm.


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News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug06: 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.


Markio Tado takes charge

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: MLA Markio Tado has assumed charge of  Chairman, Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited (HPDCAPL).

The newly appointed Chairman has reviewed all ongoing and proposed activities of the corporation with Managing Director Toko Onuj on the occasion.

There had also been an interaction session with the officials of the corporation.


Dy. Secretary Kumar retires

Naharlagun, Aug 06: Deputy Secretary (Secretariat Administration) V.B.S. Kumar retired from service , after serving the state for  36 years on July 31 last.

Kumar, who joined as stenographer in the year 1976, worked with Ministers including Mukut Mithi, Kameng Dolo and R.K. Khirmey during 1980 to 1997. He was promoted to Under Secretary in July 1997 and as Deputy Secretary in 2010. DIPRO


NYWA demands ‘re-correction’ in land allotment format

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) has appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene for ‘re-correction’ in land allotment format (annexure III, clue 2) in which it was mentioned that deponent should have no any land in entire Arunachal Pradesh.

Terming the format unjustified, NYWA  said “ the format mentioned submission of  S T  and PRC for land allotment but to get ST and PR certificates  the format further mentioned that without land allotment certificate, no ST and PRC shall be issued.” This has created confusion among the capital dwellers of the state, NYWA said.

Strongly opposing the land allotment format mentioning no land holding certificate, ST and PRC, the Association further said  “we  are  indigenous people of the state and our forefather have countable land since the time immemorial”.    The authorities should issue ST and PRC to the indigenous people of the  state capital and every indigenous people of Arunachal should have right to get land, ST and PRC, the Association said.  It urged the Govt to respond to its genuine demand within a week, or else, it threatens to launch democratic  movement.


Health check-up prog for students

ITANAGAR, Aug 06: Ori Welfare Society (OWS) organized a free health check up  programme for students under school health programme at Nikte Secondary School on August 4.

Medical officers Jego Ori from Aalo District Hospital, Kengo Ori and Marbi Riba from Nikte PHC conducted the health check up programme.

Eight, out of 272 students screened for Hepatitis B, were found positive.

They spoke to the students about ill-effects of tobacco and alcohol consumption, the consequences of drugs addiction, diseases like HIV/AIDS, cancer, Hepatitis B etc.

Medicines worth Rs.83,106 were also contributed to Nikite PHC by OWS for the benefit of people of Ubu-Bango. The society thanked the headmaster of Nikite Secondary school for his cooperation for successful conduct of the health programme.


Prize money for 1st DK Memorial Badminton Championship enhanced

Itanagar, Aug 06: In an urgent meeting of the organizing committee of the 1st Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Level Open Badminton Championship held under the chairmanship of Chief patron, Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu, the cash prizes for the events have been enhanced to the tune of Rs 5 lacs in total.

Besides, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism P D Sona, executive members Tame Phassang, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to  CM, N.L Togu, Organizing secretary and Saji Baby, Executive member, were present in the meeting.

After today’s revised prize  money, the winners of U-13, U-15 and U-19 Boys and girls Singles and doubles titles would get cash prize of Rs. 6000 and  Rs. 10,000 respectively while the winners of Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s singles and Women’s doubles titles would get Rs. 30,000 each.


Solung football tournament begins

YINGKIONG: Aug 06: The Solung Football Tournament was kicked-off by Adi Baane Kebang, Upper Siang District Unit President Gemin Jiji yesterday at Rajiv Gandhi ground, Yingkiong.

Addressing the opening ceremony Jiji advised all the players of the 22 participating teams to maintain sportsman spirit.

The tournament is being sponsored by Solung Festival Celebration Committee (SFCC), Yingkiong and organized by District Sports Association, Upper Siang District.

SFCC General Secretary Ajong Sitek while advising and encouraging the players to maintain discipline said “participation and good performance is more important in the field of games and sports”

DSA joint secretaries Onyok Libang and Olik Jijong Upper Siang District also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Sensitization cum workshop on disaster management

Naharlagun, Aug 06: The first phase of the two days sensitization cum workshop on disaster management organized by Papum Pare district administration was held today at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun. Many officers and staffs from different departments attended the workshop.

Attending the programme, Papum Pare deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu briefed about the importance of such training where trainees gain a lot which later on help them to be prepared to supervise any disaster in a better way. Disasters can happen any time, in any place and in any form. It can be an earthquake or flood, landslides, fire hazards, etc for which we need a quick response team, an early information system which will take immediate action in times of crisis, especially rural areas, he added.

Dr. Nawng Phuntso, Project Officer, Department of Disaster Management gave an overview of Disaster Management Programme while S.Kar and S.K. Patnaik, both Associate Professors from RGU, Rakesh Srivastav, Assistant Director, SIRD and K.Loyi, Dy. Director, SIRD briefed in detail about the vulnerability and risk analysis of disaster management, community mobilization on disaster management and the brief causes of earthquake and role of state and district administration on disaster management. DIPRO


Parl. Secy visits WRC field damaged by flash flood

Aalo, Aug 06: Parliamentary Secretary (Home Geology & Mining) Gadam Ete today visited the paddy fields damaged  by flash flood at Hiri, Hiru, Hisum and Mate area of Darka village and directed the allied department to assess the loss and submit the report to the Government for grant of relief assistance of crop damage immediately.

The flash flood triggered by heavy downpour on August 2 night damaged several paddy fields in Hiri, Hiru, Hisam and Mate areas and affected 23 families. The estimated land damaged area is 7 ha. (approx).

The affected people have appealed for grant of fund for construction of Bund at both side of the Hiri and Hiru river to avoid further damages in near future.

The Parliamentary Secretary was accompanied by Yora Tagum, Vice Chairman APBR & DA, Dorjee Neema, DDMO, N Riba, ADO, Tapun Taki, DACO i/c DIPRO and Panchayat leaders. DIPRO


Society demands verification of works under BADP schemes

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Seka Barbia Welfare Society, Parsi-Parlo Kurung Kumey district in a representation to Chief Secretary appealed him to verify implementation of BADP schemes for the year 2011-12 under Parsi Parlo CD Block.  It said that fund  against additional BADP scheme for 2011-12 should not be released before  verification of  previous projects under the same schemes.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Around 300 volunteers under the initiatives of Upper Subansiri District Sports Association and Bharat Scouts and Guides conducted a social service at Rijo ground, Daporijo,  Upper Subansiri district recently. Department of Urban Development, Upper Subansiri extended all possible help  to lift the garbage.


EDP on fruit processing

ITANAGAR, Aug 06:  A two-week entrepreneurship development program (EDP) on fruit processing and preservation was held at district industrial centre (DIC) Pasighat. The programe was conducted by the  DIC Pasighat  and sponsored by North Eastern Industrial Technical Consultancy Organization (NEITCO) Guwahati.  Altogether 40 local youths participated in the training programe which started on July 25 last.


Org appeals Govt

ITANAGAR, Aug 6:  Claiming that its general secretary was arrested in connection  with  the  recent 36 hours Govt office and Govt vehicle chakka bandh, Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Association (APATCYO)  in a release today said that instead of tackling the worsening law and order situation and arresting the  miscreants, the state Govt is  giving trouble to social workers.

While condemning the arrest, the organization  appealed the state Govt to immediately release its general secretary. It further  reminded  its demands which included shifting of location  for  convention hall from I G Park and immediate appointment of full-fledged home minister.





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

Child labour and child rights

According to an NGO there are six crore child labourers in our country and around Rs 1,20,000 crore is pocketed as profit by employers of child labour annually. As per government estimates, Rs 15 is spent on a child labourer per day while as per the national floor wage, an adult labourer must be paid Rs 115 per day.

According to the National Commission for Enterprises in Unorganized Sector (2007), the potential child labour pool in the country remains high at 45.2 million children. In June 2012, the ILO estimated that 21 million people had experienced forced labour over a 10-year period and 5.5 million of these had been children. Business supply chains aren’t clean either, in India hundreds of children were found to be working gruelling 14 hours a week in the cotton industry and 18 countries  in the world were found to produce gold with child labour exposing them to harmful toxins like mercury.

However, in a unique initiative, the UN Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children  recently released their report ‘Children’s Rights and Business Principles’ to rope in businesses to eliminate abuse of child rights.

The report in the end aims at forming effective alliances between governments, corporates and NGOs to make the world a better place for children.