Aug 08


CM calls for protection of reserve forests

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has suggested the Environment and Forest Department to encourage livestock farms under Eco-Development Scheme of  CAMPA to wean away the people from the act of illegal hunting practices. While justifying his stand, the chief minister said “such initiative can deviate the attention of the people towards economic sustenance schemes rather going for illegal hunting”. Tuki was presiding over the 3rd Governing body meeting of State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning (CAMPA) here at his office conference hall today.

While asserting for concerted efforts for preservation of the notified reserve forest, Tuki gave a clarion call to the department to deal the illegal encroachers of the protected forest areas with iron hands. “We must protect our reserve forests and wildlife at any cost”, he emphatically said while stressing for manning vulnerable areas by constituting honorary wardens from the community.

Tuki directed the department to immediately start planting fruit bearing plants at all schools and college areas and wherever feasible under the compensatory afforestation programme so that the dual purpose of afforestation cum income generation could be served.

Apart from suggesting extensive publicity on forest fire, wild-life and environment protection, illegal hunting etc., the chief minister was of the opinion that the department of IPR could be used for the purpose. He asked for placing banners and posters at all locations and prepare calendars on Environment protection so that more and more people could be educated on preservation of rich biodiversity of the state.

Calling for resurrecting the District Advisory Board, Tuki said that such board is essential to monitor the function of environment and afforestation programmes. Free distribution of imprinted sporting and caps on environment and wildlife could be added besides commendation certificates from the Governor could be awarded to those doing exceptionally good in bio-diversity preservation.

Earlier, Principal Secretary Environment and Forest & PCCF  B S Sajwan placed a detailed agenda in front of the house and assured to take the suggestions in a constructive way.

Among others PWD, Planning and Finance Minister Chowna Mein, Parliamentary Secretary Environment & Forest C T Mein, Chief Secretary In-Charge Yeshi Tsering, Finance and Development Commissioner Ramesh Negi with senior forest officers were present.



RGU students demand regular VC

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Demanding for appointment of a full time VC in Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), the students union of the University today organized a peaceful rally in university premises which was participated by the students of all departments with the slogans “We want regular Vice Chancellor in RGU”.

The Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) while expressing serious concern over the issue said that the frequent change of VC in this educational institution is hampering a lot in the developmental process. The union also submitted a memorandum to the RGU Acting VC Prof K C Kapoor, urging him to pursue the matter with the MHRD and UGC at the earliest.

Prof Kapoor while acknowledging the problem said that the need of the hour is to appoint a permanent VC. The students’ concern is genuine and we are taking up the matter with the concerned authority, Prof Kapoor assured. (RGU Mass Comm students)



Patum bridge needs Govt attention

Mingkeng Osik

Pasighat, Aug 07:  Patum Bridge, one of the oldest bridge in West Siang located 6 km from Aalo town, is in a dilapidated condition due to lack of maintenance. It is the only bridge that connects the nearby Adi villages situated opposite of the Siyom river.

For any type of communication, the people located opposite of the bank have to rely only on this bridge which is in a poor condition due to years of wear and tear.  Moreover, this kind of pathetic road condition has a direct impact on development of tourism in Upper and West Siang districts.

The road leading to Rumgong village and Pesing, about 32 km from Aalo town in West Siang district is also in a pathetic condition. The department concerned has never taken any interest to repair the road despite repeated pleas. It is the only road that links the village with rest of the state.

The All Adi Students Union (AASU) has blamed the elected representative and the department concerned for the pathetic road and bridge conditions.

“Despite our repeated appeal to the elected representatives and the higher authority to look into the matters, they did not pay any attention towards people’s grievances, lamented an office bearer of AASU.

“Moreover,  the iron Patum bridge should be made of RCC. There is every possibility of washing away of the bridge by flash flood since it becomes weak due to years of wear and tear,” he opined.

AASU urged the state government and the concern local MLA of Rumgong constituency to look into the matter seriously and take prompt action to renovate the bridge.



Social service conducted at Mebo CHC


PASIGHAT, Aug 07: The members of Mebo Baptist Church, a unit of  Adi Baptist Union, recently conducted a cleanliness programme at Mebo Community Health Centre (CHC) premise. The day-long programme was led by Pastor Basom Perme and T Borang, where local villagers besides the doctors and nurses of the CHC were present.

Interacting with the local people, the religious activists suggested the local villagers to live in a good sanitary condition to avoid  infectious and common diseases.

The secretary of the association, Domek Koyu informed that more such programme would be conducted in their area within the coming days. They would also organize a series of ‘healing crusade’ at different parts of East Siang district.

The local people of Mebo have appreciated the efforts initiated by the church members.



DC office gets facelift, CCTV cameras installed

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Sachin Shinde soon after assuming his duties has brought about a sea change in the administration and in creating infrastructure in the interest of the common people. CCTVs with eight high resolution cameras have been installed at vital locations in DC’s office. Tirap being a sensitive district with a number of insurgent groups active in carrying out their subversive activities, CCTVs were a long-felt need.

The Jansuvidha, main hub of activities wherein inner line pass, ST certificates, driving licenses etc are processed digitally, has been revamped. The Deputy Commissioner has provided new PCs and all necessary accessories for efficient and smooth functioning of the Jansuvidha. The citizens’ charter has been implemented in which all documents submitted by the public will be delivered within 48 hours. Uninterrupted power supply is being provided during the working hours through a generator. The DIO of Khonsa NIC Ajay Singh had rendered his invaluable services in truly revamping the Jansuvidha and in installing CCTV cameras.

The general public has lauded the effort of the DC, especially for improving the services of the Jansuvidha. DIPRO



Steps to strengthen army-civilian relationship in Tawang

TAWANG, Aug 07: In an effort to strengthen the District Administration - Army relationship, a meeting was held at the Deputy commissioner’s office here today.

Chairing the meeting, DC  Kemo Lollen briefed  about the measures being initiated to further strengthen the army-civilian relationship. Various issues that involve Army and the Administration were also discussed.

The DC urged the Army authorities to look into the matters regarding land acquisition by the Indian Army at places like Gomkang and Jumbo Home Area at Lemberdung. Issues relating to ILP (inner line permit) of the porters working under the Army and conducting  Army recruitment rally at Tawang were also came in the meeting for discussion. The efforts being made by Army to build up the Civil-Army relationship through various welfare activities was highly appreciated by the DC. He further mentioned that in spite of the structural and cultural difference between the Army and civil administration, his office would hail and support any action to narrow the gap between the two.

Brig J S Rajpurohit, Commander 190 Mtn Bge Tawang, apprised the DC Tawang of the Army Recruitment which will be held at Tawang by the end of this year. He further assured to look into the matter regarding ILP of porters. He thanked the District administration for the meeting and added that such gatherings will go a long way in shaping the bond between the Army and Civilians. He further informed that the Army is very soon going to start coaching classes for students of the district so as to prepare them for entry into Sainik Schools. All the Circle Officers and EAC of the headquarter were present in the meeting. DIPRO



Donli Riba Gaming Quest 2012 to begin Thursday

To have new category for Under-13 players for Tekken-6

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: The 3rd Edition of the state-level video game tournament organized to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Donli Riba, a gifted young musician will begin from August 9 to 11.

The tournament, called Donli Riba Gaming Quest 2012 will be played on the PlayStation 2 and 3 platforms and will feature two parallel challenges- Pro Evolution  Soccer 11 and Tekken 6. Starting this year, a special category for Under 13 year old gamers have been created for Tekken 6 with a view to give equal opportunities to young children to compete. With prize money of  Rs. 11,000 for the winner in each game and Rs. 6,000 for each runner-up, there is a lot of excitement amongst video gamers, both old and young.

Though gaming has always been seen as a wasteful pursuit, the organizers have taken on the cause of the tournament to give young people a chance to show their skills in these two games, considered challenging by gamers. Through the tournament, there will be an effort to remove the negative image of gaming and gamers and legitimize its image as a sport.

The tournament in its three years has emerged as one of the premier gaming tournaments of the state and has been attracting a lot of young talent, eager to showcase their skills.

Donli Riba is the grandson of former Chief Minister late Tomo Riba and had passed away prematurely after a sudden illness. The tournament is a way to celebrate the spirit with which he fought his illness and to promote positive thinking and optimism in youth.

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News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: 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.


‘Maintain cleanliness’

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: ADC Capital Complex Bokar Basar called upon the people of the G & F sectors, Naharlagun to maintain cleanliness and health and hygiene.

Addressing a public meeting organized by the G and F Welfare Committees, Naharlagun  on August 4 to bring awareness on health and sanitation, Basar  exhorted the public to cooperate the welfare committees in  maintaining a clean environment in the sectors.

The sector committees appealed to the concerned authority to initiate cleanliness drive and take up developmental activities  in the G and F sectors.


Governor Quiz competition

TEZU, Aug 07: The team from Govt Higher Sec. School, Old Mohang won the Governor’s GK Quiz competition conducted among the Higher Secondary Schools of Lohit and Anjaw districts at BRC Training here. Govt. Hr. Sec. School Namsai and Kendra Vidyalaya, Tezu secured the second and third place respectively.

Quiz master S.S. Malan, BEO conducted the competition with the help of DP Das, Junior Teacher and Md. John Ali, Computer Assistant under the chairmanship of Lohit DDSE N. Rina. DIPRO


Orientation prog for SHG members

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA), a Roing based NGO organized a one day orientation programme for Self Help Group (SHG) members at Italin under GOI scheme for backward districts.

A total of 50 women participated in the first ever SHG programme organized in the area.  

Elisha Aprawe, Anchal Samity Chairperson, Akunge Miuli, District Gender Coordinator SSA and RK Paul Chawang, Secretary AMYAA facilitated the orientation programme.

The resources persons Akunge and Paul made the womenfolk aware on the concept and importance of Self Help Group, its functioning, savings, record maintenance, SHG-bank linkage, women empowerment through SHGs etc.

Group discussions with the participants which were divided into several sub-groups were also held on the occasion. A total of 9 SHGs were formed.


Wanchos tie Rakhi to soldiers

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: In a unique celebration of the traditional festival of Rakshabandan, students and locals of Longding district tied ‘Rakhis’ to soldiers of the local army unit.  

Around 50 students from the nearby schools came to the Longding  Army post and participated in this pious ceremony.  The soldiers in turn gave gifts to their local Wancho brothers and sisters.

The function once again reiterated the close bonding between the locals and the army based in Longding district.


Training  prog on horticulture

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: A  team of  Horticulture Department field staff and  three progressive farmers participated in 15 days training programme held at Noida recently.

The programme was conducted by Institute of Horticulture Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation,  Govt of India.

Training on planting materials, orchards management, rejuvenation of old orchards and green house management were imparted to the trainees during the training period. Horticulture director Jombo Ratan also visited the training programme to encourage the participants.


NSUI members urged to maintain discipline

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: National Students Union of India (NSUI) Arunachal Pradesh State unit interacted with NSUI Lower Subansiri District Unit and Lower Subansiri College NSUI members on August 5.

On the occasion, NSUI state unit vice president Teli Naga advised the NSUI members to maintain discipline and devote in their study. He encouraged them to maintain cordial relation with all the people of the district and to organize blood donation, health and hygiene, social service awareness programmes.

Among others, Yachuli College Committee president, Techi Raga and general secretary Likha Yan also spoke on the occasion.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Upper P-Sector Romi Colony Welfare Committee,  Itanagar along with colony dwellers conducted social service at link  road to government primary school, P sector today.

Meanwhile, highlighting the difficulties of teaching faculties and students due to bad road condition, the committee appealed to the concerned authority to immediately restore the damaged link road. The road was damaged by landslide triggered by heavy rain on August 5, the committee said.


World Breast Feeding week

TEZU, Aug 7:  Health check-up and baby show marked the celebration of World Breast Feeding Week which concluded at Telluliang village today.

The programme was jointly organized by the office of the DD (ICDS) and CDPO Tezu,   Department of Women and Child Development.

W Tangha, CDPO Tezu explained about the importance of the world breast feeding week celebration.

Dr. Raju Mena, MO, District Hospital explained about the importance of breast feeding/ Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and appealed to the mothers to adopt healthy feeding practices.

Mothers with their babies participated in the celebration which started on August one. DIPRO


Young Bros. held by BN Utd.

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Young Brother FC played out a 1-1 draw with BN United FC in the 8th Independence Running Football Tournament at KV No 2 playground here today.

Nyato Basar (22 min) and Dakme Evra (72 min) scored a goal each in both halves for BN FC and Young Brothers FC  respectively.

Police Colony FC would meet Itanagar FC in tomorrow’s first match at 2:20 pm and the second match would be held between Gohpur ‘A’ FC and BN United at 3:30 pm.






23 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.


No possibility of my involvement in A/Times office vandalization case

Dear Editor,

With reference to the press release published in your esteemed daily on July 28 in which it was mentioned that, I am prime accused  or  mastermind behind April 15 Arunachal Times office vandalization as per the statement of one Charu Tanium, I would like to state here that  the said person has not given such statement to police as he is a stranger to me and as such, there is no possibility of my involvement in the said case.

Further, the announcement of huge amount of  Rs two Lakh to informer as a reward, whoever gives information is clear manifestation of higher authority to make criminal or terrorist out of innocent person. The most wanted criminal, bank robber and rapist do not carry such huge amount on their head for their crime. I feel greatly dismayed at the news item of July 28 in which it clearly mentioned that I am a wanted criminal. I appeal not only to higher authority but to media fraternity and general public as well to look into issue judiciously, rather than blindly influenced by the faulty buzz.

The law says no one is criminal until and unless he/she is convicted by the Court of Law. The news  has directly or indirectly hurt my sentiment and my humanity as well. I once again stand on my statement that neither I am involved nor mastermind behind Arunachal Times vandalization case.


Yumlam Achung,

Senki Park, Itanagar



Kamba circle needs CM’s attention  for development

Dear Editor,

I would like to  extend my heartiest thank to elected Panchayat leaders of Kamba Circle under Liromoba Assembly Constituency for apprising   the CM  about the lack of development in Kamba Circle.

Kamba, is one of the oldest and beautiful town in the West Siang district having ADC office, Police station, a college, a Hr. Sec. School and a Secondary School, and numbers of Middle school, primary school and private school. In spite of this, Kamba Circle is  lagging far behind in terms of development.

The demands mentioned in the memorandum  which was submitted by the Panchayat leaders of Kamba circle to CM are genuine and appreciable.

The people of Kamba circle need  the attention of the CM  and his initiative for speedy development.

We  are eagerly waiting for  his visit to the Circle.


Kaluk Nomuk