Aug 11


4th NE cultural festival concludes

Modernize but always root to your culture: Governor

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The 4th North East Cultural Festival being held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun concluded today. The 3 days cultural extravaganza witnessed massive crowd turn out and impressive performance by cultural troupes from all over North East states.

While gracing the 4th North East Cultural Festival as chief guest on  August 9 Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh said “modernize but always root to your culture and traditions.”

Clad with indigenous attire, the Governor along with State First Lady Anupama Singh spoke on rich traditions and indigenous attires of the tribal people and highlighted the importance of preserving of one’s own culture and traditions.

The Governor further  dwelled in length on the enormous scope for development of tourism, horticulture and organic farming in the region and employment opportunities these sectors will generate.

Not missing an opportunity to express his concern for the protection of the pristine environment of the region, the Governor urged the  youths to preserve flora and fauna.

Conveying his appreciation to AAPSU and NESO for taking initiative in organizing the festival in Arunachal Pradesh,  Singh termed the event as a great show and added that it is one of the finest evenings he shared with young people. The governor cheered Olympic champion Mary Kom for winning a medal in world stage. He also announced a cash contribution by the Raj Bhavan towards the festival on the occasion.

In his welcome address, NESO General Secretary Gumjum Haider gave a brief background of the festival and said that it is an effort by the organizations to unite the people of North East through cultural initiative.

Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, P D Sona, numbers of invitees and large numbers of students, youth and public attended.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union president Takam Tatung said the event was successful due to excellent support from all quarters. “Everybody including students, volunteers, government departments and participants from NE states made the event a grand success,” Tatung said.  The  AAPSU expressed gratitude to everyone involved in making the Cultural Festival a grand success.

The performance of Indian Idols Sourabhee Debbarma and Meiyang Chyang added flavor to the cultural event. (News Desk / PRO to Raj Bhawan)



State Cabinet likely to approve Sports policy

Enhanced job quota for sportspersons, Mini Stadium in all districts: CM

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The much awaited Sports Policy is likely to see the light of the day as Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has informed that his cabinet would sit tomorrow for its final approval.

“The Cabinet will approve the Sports Policy tomorrow and the 10% job reservation in Police Department will be implemented soon for the benefit of the Sportspersons of Arunachal Pradesh, Tuki said while inaugurating the administrative building of Sports Authority of Arunachal, Girls Hostel and Multipurpose Sports Hall of Sangay Laden Sports  Academy at Chimpu near here today, according to a release issued by Director of Sports and Youth Affairs.

Tuki exhorted the sportspersons of the state to take up sports  professionally.

“Games and Sports, if  pursued seriously, could earn livelihood as well as glory for them,” Tuki said. Impressed by the current performance of sportspersons in the state in various competitions,  the Chief Minister informed that economically viable Multipurpose Mini Stadium would be constructed in all districts. He gave emphasis on hunting and grooming sports talents by conducting competitions at various levels. He also urged various sports bodies/associations to extend cooperation to Sports Authority of Arunachal for development of games and sports sector.

The Chief Minister has also announced Rs. 10 lakh cash incentives to Manipuri pugilist Mary Kom  for winning a bronze in London Olympics.

“I salute Kom and  convey my congratulations on behalf of the whole North East,” Tuki said.

“This clearly proves the visible and hidden sports talent of the NE region,”  Tuki, an avid sports person and known footballer, said, adding this would encourage the Indians, particularly the sports persons of this region to work hard conscientiously to win laurels for the nation.

He also assured for incorporating Rs. 25 lakhs for the Olympians and Rs 1 crore for medal winners in Olympics in the sports policy.

Moreover, explaining the steps taken to promote games and sports as a rewarding career, the chief minister said that his government has already announced job reservation under sports quota, especially in the state police and sports departments, which was increased from existing 5% to 10 %. This would be affected from the very next recruitment, he added.

Disclosing that Rs 20 crore sanctioned under SPA for development of sports infrastructure across the state, Rs 2 crore announced to hold sporting activities at the panchayat levels all over the state, sporting talent hunt will be conducted in all districts, few schools to be adopted as state’s Sports Academy, he said that his government will continue to give priority in sporting activities.

“We are confident that our youths will win medals, including Olympic ones soon for the nation to make Arunachal Pradesh proud,” the chief minister added. The newly appointed chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal Tapak Taku has highlighted the problems being faced by the Authority and all other registered state level sports associations in promoting their particular sports events and organizing the competition in the state level and participating in the National/International championships during his welcome address.

A friendly volleyball match was organized between Chief Minister team Vs Chairman, Sports Authority team in which Chief Minister  team won the match by 2-1 set.

Later, the CM accompanied by PWD, Finance & Planning Minister Chowna Mein, UD Minister Rajesh Tacho, Principal Advisor to CM T N Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretaries Padi Richo, Karikho Kri, Purpa Tsering, MLAs Bamang Felix, Kumsi Sidisow, Tapak Taku,Secretary UD Kapa Kholie, Secretary Youth Affairs Indra Mallo Jain and some other prominent personalities inspected the ongoing MLA apartment project at Chimpu.



Pasighat West Congress teammeets CM, places grievances  

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: A  delegation of Congress leaders from 37th Pasighat West constituency headed by Block Congress Committee president Tanyup Taggu along with PRI members, village coordinating members and senior party workers  yesterday called on Chief Minister Nabum Tuki at his official residence to highlight the public grievances. During the meeting, grievances like deteriorating condition of MMJ road, selection of beneficiaries against the ongoing Hariyali schemes under Ruksin CD block without the knowledge of PRI members and alleged irregularities in implementation of MGNREGA and other Government development initiatives were highlighted, according to a release.

The BCC president also apprised the CM of the suppression of the party workers by present BJP MLA in development activities like old-page pension to older citizens and engagement of youths in  projects under UPA-led central Govt,  the release said.   The chief minister reportedly assured the delegates to take up the matter  regarding deteriorating MMJ road within this financial year. He also assured them of full cooperation and take up other grievances seriously, the release  said  adding that the CM also accepted invitation to visit Pasighat West.

Earlier, Tanyup Taggu along with INC party workers from Pasighat West, East Siang district participated in a central function organized to mark the 70th anniversary of the 'Quit India Movement” at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan here yesterday. Taggu hoped that such important function would be observed in a grand manner in East Siang district  next year  to strengthen the “Gram Swaraj”.



I-Day sports meet

Students urged to excel in academic & co-curricular activities

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Independence Day sports meet being organized by School Management Committee of Bassar Nallo Govt Middle School began today in the school ground. Events like volleyball, football and literary competition are being organized as part of sports meet.

Addressing the inaugural function, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) general secretary Arjun Panye expressed concern over deteriorating standard of education in Govt Middle School, Bassar Nallo.

ANSU GS, who once studied in  the same school,  said “In the last few years, it has been noticed that majority of students are discontinuing their education. Such trend is a blow to glory of Govt Middle School, Bassar Nallo.”  He urged both students and teachers to go for serious introspection in this regard.  The ANSU leader further exhorted the students to respect teachers. Students should never misbehave with teachers and should actively take part in co-curricular activities, he added. Panye also stressed  on proper implementation of the provisions of RTE  for benefit of students.

SMC Chairman Nabam Simon said even though the school is located only 25 kilometer away from state capital, students  are facing many problems. “The infrastructures of school need to be improved. Most of the classrooms do not have fans which makes life difficult for students during hot summer season. Also textbook reaches very late which adds to the misery of student communities,” said Simon.

A volleyball match was played between Bassar Nalla Govt middle school and public of Langdung village to mark the opening of the sports meet.  Langdung village defeated the school team and won the match by 25-19 and 25-23.

Large number of villagers, students and teachers participated in the opening ceremony.



Regional Diagnostic Centre at Ruksin a distant dream

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Aug 10: Inordinate delay in functioning of the proposed Regional Diagnostic Centre (RDC) in Community Health Centre (CHC) at Ruksin is causing grave  public concern.

Lack of modern health care facilities in the CHC is pushing the patients either to Itanagar or  Dibrugarh, Assam for diagnosis of complex health problems.

The health department officials of the district during November last year informed that a RDC would be established at Ruksin Community Health Centre (CHC) and it would start functioning from January last. The doctors said that the ultra modern machineries of the RDC would lessen the time and energy of patients who used to go to Itanagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia for diagnostic purposes. But, the people are yet to seen any RDC in any hospital of the district and it is not yet ascertained.

Health department sources informed that installation of the RDC was delayed due to lack of compatible compartment in Ruksin CHC. There was no suitable room therein for installation of the Ultra- Sonography (USG) and Computerised Tomography (CT)- scanning machine. The experts have suggested reshaping of the rooms, but the authority has not done it till date.

Sources further informed that the engineer, who is supposed to install the RDC machineries, is presently engaged at Silchar Medical College Hospital (Assam) and he will be able to come to Ruksin only after completion of a series of works. The engineer will first check the condition of the machineries, which are kept unused for long, that whether these machines are still in good condition or not.

“Our people are hopeful that setting up of the RDC with modern health care equipments in Ruksin CHC will benefit them. The authority is ‘wilfully’ neglecting the issue and thereby playing a cat and mouse game over community health. We have been demanding the authority to start the X-ray and USG facility in the CHC immediately, but to no avail,” said  some leading citizens of the area. The District Medical Officer (DMO) of East Siang, Dr M Perme, when contacted, expressed unwilling to disclose about installation of the RDC, but said that the process would take enough time.

The CHC set up in 2003 at  Ruksin is the only government hospital and First Referral Unit (FRU) in the vast area. Patients from different parts of East Siang, Upper Siang, twin Dibang Valley districts and Jonai in Assam regularly visit this hospital for having sterilization services and treatment of various ailments.



Plan afoot to lure more tourist in Tawang  

TAWANG, Aug 10: District Tourism Master Plan may be prepared by Tourism consultancy with support from the District Tourism Department and the district administration, suggested Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen.

Chairing the district level tourism committee meeting at his office chamber today, the deputy commissioner said that Tawang has vast potential for all round development of tourism, adding that there is scope for religious, cultural, research and other tourism in the district. He urged the members to encourage and create awareness about Home Stay to the public, where there are no facilities of lodging for visitors. This will, in long run, be a source of income for the local people of the area, he said.

Cleanliness, food hygiene and sanitation should also be maintained to cater to the needs and demands of the tourists, the DC said and further highlighted the importance of the places that are connected with the 6th Dalai Lama (born at Tawang) like the Urgelling Gompa and its surrounding areas, maternal house of the 6th Dalai Lama at Kitpi, etc. He called for preservation and promotion of such religious places in the district. He also supported the establishment of NGOs and Tour operators working mainly on the interest of tourism development in the area. He also brought into notice the importance of Army in the development of tourism in the district.

“Tourism development in Tawang without reference to the defence, is not possible. Besides security, the Indian Army can be a catalytic agent in promoting tourism,” said Lollen. He advocated for a meeting with the Army authorities and higher officials of the government in the near future for relaxing the PAP/RAP norms for foreign tourists in the Tawang-Jhongetsar Lake-Zimithang circuit.

The DC also exhorted  the members to work for adventure tourism infrastructure development proposals from the district while highlighting the actual requirements of the district.  He advocated the idea of leasing out the tourism assets to a single private institution for better management and systematic development of tourism in the district. Lollen also directed the DTO to create a Tourism website of the district at the earliest to cater to the needs of the modern IT world.

Tsewang Norbu, Deputy Director of Research Tawang, advocated for creation of a “Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso’s Trail” for development and exhibition of the religious sites connected with the 6th Dalai Lama  (Tsangyang Gyatso). He also urged the DFO Tawang to survey the various species of Rhododendrons  found here and propose for creation of a Rhododendron Sanctuary in the district.

The District Tourism Officer, Tsering Deki, stressed on the need for tourism awareness programme to create awareness among the people. She stressed on initiatives from the private organization of the area for tourism development.  Various issues concerning the development of tourism in the area were put forward by the DTO.

The members present in the meeting also discussed on various adventure trekking routes in the district, different holy sites of the area and the measures and efforts that can ensure the tourism development in the right direction.

Besides the members of District Tourism Development Committee and Lt. Col. S.Banerjee, Admn Cmdt 190 Mth Bde the meeting was attended by Richin Dorjee, Former chaiman APPSC, SP Tawang, ADC Lumla, CO Mukto, CO Lhou, director DUDA Tawang, DPO,DFO, ADAC,DIPRO, Public leaders and Tour operators. DIPRO



Dynamite fishing: a person receives grievous injury

Pasighat, Aug 10: In a bizarre incident, a person sustained severe blast injury when he was fishing by blasting along with some of his friends  in a river at Ngopok village under  Mebo Sub-Division. The person received grievous injury in his right hand and he has been admitted in General Hospital Pasighat.

The incident occured due to late throwing of the dynamite into the river, informed a visitor of the patient in the hospital today.

Blast fishing or dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill fishes. Underwater shock waves produced by the explosion stun the fish and cause their swim bladders to rupture. This rupturing causes an abrupt loss of buoyancy; a small number of fish float to the surface, but most sink to the river floor. This illegal practice is extremely destructive   for aquatic animals and it can damage surrounding ecosystem.

Although fishing by blasting is banned throughout the state, it is still in practice across the state mainly due to easy access to explosive materials through various sources, which is used for clearing rocks and boulders.

There are several instances in which many have lost their limbs during fishing by blasting which needs a strong initiative from the government to create awareness and check illegal leakage of the explosives from various agencies. (Story contributed by Maksam Tayeng)

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News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: 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.


CM assures to help Mingki

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to extend all possible help to state young tennis player Mingki Talom. Talom was selected to get training under leading tennis academy in New York, USA.  CM’s assurance came  when a representation from Adi Students Union Itanagar approached him seeking help for the budding player to get training in USA. Mingki, an emerging tennis player from the state, is reportedly unable to meet up all requirements to fly for New York in USA for the training.



ITANAGAR, Aug 10: A delegation of Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers’ Association (PPUEA) met NEEPCO chairman cum managing director and other high officials of the power developers here today and placed its various demands, including Scheduled Tribes (ST) quota for the recently advertised posts in NEEPCO, cent percent job reservation in group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts for project affected people and examination centre at Itanagar for any NEEPCO posts.

The Association informed that the NEEPCO authority has assured to look into the demands placed before them. In regards to demand for ST quota in the recently advertised post, the NEEPCO Chairman cum Managing Director has advised the Association to take up the matter with the Union Ministry of Power and Govt of Arunachal Pradesh too. The CMD, while assuring to look into various grievances of the Association in future, has urged the Association to extend cooperation to NEEPCO for smooth and timely completion of the on-going projects in the state.

Meanwhile, the Association urged the Union Power Minister to review the NEEPCO’s present job reservation policy for Scheduled Tribes effected many decades ago,  which is totally against the indigenous tribal people of Northeastern region.


SBI opens new branch at Naharlagun

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The State Bank of India (SBI) has opened a new branch at Naharlagun today.

The new SBI branch named ‘Naharlagun Bazar’ is opened on  BPR mode and it will serve all the banking needs of the customers excepting government transaction. The branch has been open in view of the demand from public of Naharlagun and its nearby area.

The branch was inagurated by former minister Lichi Legi along with SBI Itanagar regional office managar BN Das in presence of large number of customers and officials from SBI.


ABEWS demands justice & compensation

ZIRO, Aug 10: All Bamin Employees Welfare Society (ABEWS), Ziro expressed great shock and grief over the sudden and untimely demise of Bamin Bath, a class-IX student who succumbed to multiple injuries he received in an accident at Khonsa on July 29.

Late Bamin Bath, S/o Bamin (Hano) Nime and Abo Wangpang, S/o Akham Wangpang were allegedly mowed down by a vehicle of 36th Bn CRPF at Khonsa.

The ABEWS conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Claiming that the incident happened due to negligence of the driver, the society urged the police department to immediately arrest the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident and punish him as per law.

The society urged the CRPF authority to visit the deceased family immediately and compensate them.


Orgs appeal  Rebia to dissuade airport shifting

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:   Banderdewa- Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association (BKYWA) and Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) today appealed to Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia to dissuade the state government in shifting Greenfield airport from Karsingsa-Banderdewa to Hollongi.

In its representation submitted to Rebia, BKYWA expressed concerns that shifting of airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi might create land acquisition and re- settlement problem since at least 10 Chakmas village are settling there.  Resettlement and compensation to the villagers will also involve huge amount, it said.


Science Seminar

TEZU, Aug 10:  The students of Government Higher Secondary School and Secondary School, Tezu and VKV, Tafragam, namely Ashish Singh, Agil A. Thomas, and Malleng Perme secured the first, second and third position in the district level Science Seminar held here on August 8 last.

A total twelve higher secondary and secondary schools of Lohit district participated in the seminar Lohit DDSE (in-charge) N Rina chaired the seminar. DIPRO


Pre-Independence Day games and sports

KHONSA, Aug 10: In the run up to the 66th Independence Day celebrations, volleyball,badminton and table tennis tournaments were held at Khonsa from August one to 7 in an effort to popularize games and sports among the people and also to help the youths channelize their energy towards constructive purposes.

The tournament was conducted by the Sports department in collaboration with the district administration.

Circle Officer  (Hqs) Tai Mobia formally declared the tournament open on amidst a huge gathering of sports lovers.

In volleyball competition, altogether 10 teams from villages in Khonsa circle participated. Thinsa village beat Pullong in the final to win title while Kapu team finished 3rd.

Badminton and table tennis competitions were held for both singles and doubles. Apart from the open to all tournament a badminton doubles competition was held exclusively for the officers working at Khonsa to provide a platform for healthy competition among the officers serving in this insurgency-hit district.

Attractive cash awards, trophies and certificates would be given to the winners in different events on August 15 at Nehru stadium, Khonsa. DIPRO


8th Independent Running Football Tournament

All Chimpu FC beat Gohpur ‘A’ FC 3-1

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Riding Takesh Hari’s hatrick, All Chimpu FC  beat Gohpur ‘A’ FC by 3-1 goals in the second quarterfinal to enter semifinal in the on going 8th Independence Running Football Tournament at KV No 2 playground today.

The match were played between ALL CHIMPU FC VS GOHPUR “A” FC. In which Takesh scored in 5, 42, 82 minutes to complete his hattrick while the consolation goal for Gohpur ‘A’ FC was scored by Sango Taloh in 15th minutes..

The 3rd quarter final match will be play between Gohpur Youth Club and Police Colony FC tomorrow at 3 pm.


2nd Inter-district Wushu C’ship on Aug 12

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The 2nd Inter-District Wushu Championship 2012 would be held at Sangey Lhaden Indoor Hall at Chimpu on August 12.

Over 100 Wushu players from different districs are expected to take part in the Championship, according to All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (AAPWA).

AAPWA further informed that M Premkumar Singh, the chief coach of Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association, has been invited as a technical official (Judge) for the 8th Asian Senior Wushu Championship 2012 to be held at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from August 18 to 26. Singh will depart for Vietnam along with Indian Wushu team on August 17.

Meanwhile, AAPWA congratulated woman pugilist MC Mary Kom for winning a Bronze medal in London Olympics. Her rare achevement would inspire millions of young sportspersons of different disciplines, AAPWA president Toko Teki said in a release.






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

Make judicial stamp papers available in all treasury offices

Dear editor,  

I would like to draw the attention of the state Govt and treasury director towards the problem being faced by the people due to non-availability of judicial stamp papers of all denominations in all treasury offices of  Arunachal Pradesh.

There is a shortage of judicial stamp papers of all denomination in treasury offices for the last year. Non-availability of judicial stamp papers of lower prices badly affected the students and poor people.  The students are compelled to purchase the stamp paper of higher prices during their admission session to school/college and universities. On the other hand, the common people too are suffering as they have to buy judicial stamp papers of Rs. 100, 500, 1000 for  simple affidavits for PRC and other minor  works, which, in real sense, requires only judicial stamp paper of Rs Rs. 5,10,20,50 etc. When we enquire, the concerned authority simply informed us that there is no supply from higher authority.

One wonders, is it a policy of the state govt to earn more revenue by selling only the judicial stamp papers of higher amount to the poor people ?  Are the elected leaders not aware of such crisis ? The elected leaders should take up the matter with concerned authorities for making judicial stamp of all dominations in state available.

I would also like to urge to state govt. and concerned authorities to immediate make available  all denomination of judicial Stamp papers for the benefits of common public.


Nabam Akin Hina,

Chairman,  ECDS, Kimin.



Let us help the mentally ill persons

Dear Editor,

Our town Naharlagun is witnessing growing number of people including helpless  and mentally ill persons. Mentally ill persons  are roaming in streets making troubles for the  common people and shopkeepers. Everyone  in the town knows what can be the worst consequences if they  have to face a mentally retarded person.

Leaving a mentally ill guy with torn clothes and long hair free to roam around our homes will not only risk others lives but his own too. People usually can watch him walking through the traffic risking his own life and drinking alcohol near the well known crowded Lagun bridge with a piece of torn cloths, it obviously looks dangerous and vulgar too. Chasing people and snatching things from the stores are some of the cases of his insanity.

He is helpless, he doesn't have a normal mind like ours to think about himself or others, but we can think about him and take a step forward  for his rehabilitation and treatment.

There are many rehab centres and hospitals for such sick persons, our authorities would be honoured by the people if they  take steps for treatment  of this ill person, rather then leaving him free which can lead to a sad ending.

So, I want to make an appeal to the people and  administration to look into the matter as in these developing days of our town these are some major problems to deal with.


Geri Koyu,



Move towards sustainable transportation

Emissions from transportation contribute to approximately 80 percent of the harmful air pollutants that result in 1.3 million premature deaths annually, according to Worldwatch Institute researchers.

However,  steps had already been taken for  more sustainable transportation. The largest financial commitment made at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June last was a pledge by the 8 largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) to commit 500 staff and to dedicate $175 billion for more sustainable transportation in the coming decade.

According to researchers this action promises to begin countering decades of unsustainable investments in transportation systems, such as building high-capacity motorways. But it will require new resources for civil society groups to be able to ensure independent monitoring of impacts and follow-through by MDBs.

According to the International Energy Agency, the demands on transportation infrastructure continue to mount. Without changes in policy, 2 to 3 billion cars will be on the world’s roads by 2050, in comparison to 800 million cars today.

Observers believe that sustainable transport strategies can address rising mobility needs that accompany increases in population, employment, and trade at a lower cost overall, with more job creation and fewer adverse impacts.