Aug 21


Is it only the duty of Govt to keep Capital clean and green ?

Braving incessant rain, volunteers come together for clean I G Park

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Group of young volunteers comprising more than 150 in numbers today carried out clean drive in the Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar.  Most of the volunteers came together through social networking site and an event page “Grab A Shovel-Help Clean Up IG Park” was created specially. Despite incessant rain large number of volunteers turned up since early morning for the programme.

Meanwhile, organizers of the event informed that this clean drive campaign which started in the month of April from Naharlagun town is basically being done to bring awareness among citizen of capital regarding need to keep city clean. “An idea born out of simple aspirations to see our State grow into something more meaningful is slowly but surely taking shape with likeminded people coming together. Each of us, hoping, that we can effect this change by reasoning with the communities around us, to participate and encourage the idea of "Civic Sense" and following it in its truest sense,” the organizers stated. They continued, “Looking around us and sadly seeing the gradual deterioration, most of us are aghast at our attitude towards the pristine environment and the way the systematic man made damages have resulted in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and the Capital Complex becoming just a shadow of its former self. If we don't stand up now, what will be left for the generations to come? If we don't come together here, won't it be too late? The affinity for bio-diversity and Nature should probably mean more to a Tribal than anyone else. Let's not forget - "We don't truly appreciate, till all is lost".”

“An act of littering a piece of paper, spitting in the side walk or dumping our household garbage in the streets is considered a normal routine and there is no hesitation in continuing this on a daily basis. This brings us to the question, is the Government alone responsible for the cleanliness of the Capital City or do we all, as conscious citizens; contribute in making ours a cleaner city. We appeal to each individual to quit littering our surroundings. We would also like to use this platform to request the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the concerned Department to provide dustbins in all public places in the city. This would be a step in the right direction. It's also been observed that some sectors have a makeshift dumping area and here too the garbage is not cleaned on a daily basis.

It's needless to say that both the citizens of the Capital City and the concerned Government Department need to work together as a cohesive unit,” they continued.



NE students hold parleys with Muslim leaders, police authority

Karnataka limping back to normalcy

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Situation is returning to normal in Karnataka with confidence building measure being taken to instill a sense of confidence among citizens of North East who have been fleeing from various cities of South India in fear of being attacked in retaliation after recent violence in Kokrajhar district, Assam. Group of North East students today held meeting with local Muslim leaders and police at Mysore and Bangalore city in this regard.

An agency report from Bangalore also confirmed that with confidence-building measures and scaled-up security in place, exodus of northeasterners from bangalore for their home-states has stopped.

While talking to this daily, Toklen Dupak, an Arunachalee student currently studying in Bangalore, informed that representatives of NE students along with various students studying in Mysore city today had a meeting with local Muslim leaders and police commissioner of Mysore city. “During the meeting Muslim leaders urged NE students to feel safe. In fact, they offered to provide volunteers from Muslim community if NE students want. Police commissioner also assured full safety and asked us not to believe rumours,” informed Toklen Dupak. Muslim leaders invited all NE students to join them in Eid celebration by offering to host dinner for the students.

Another student representative from Manipur Samson Khuveio informed that at Bangalore too they had meeting with Muslim leaders and everyone assured them that the community has nothing against NE people. Further, he expressed gratitude to government of Arunachal for helping NE students during present crisis.

“North East students of Karnataka express sincere gratitude to Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and MP Takam Sanjoy for helping us a lot. They provided us fund to organize meeting which helped to install confidence among NE people. Only Govt of Arunachal Pradesh came out to help us and it is a shame that other state governments of the region is not doing enough in this regard,” said Samson Khuveio.

Meanwhile, student representatives have appealed all the NE people to come back and rejoin colleges and their offices in Karnataka.


Arunachal goodwill team meets Tamil Nadu CS, DGP

Chennai, Aug 20: An Arunachal Pradesh goodwill team led by Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy met Tamil Nadu’s Chief Secretary and Director General of Police on Monday to check the exodus of people of the North East region following rumours of violence.

The exodus in the wake of rumours of retaliatory attacks on Northeasterners after the Assam violence abated today in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The goodwill team headed by Sanjoy had also visited Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to coordinate with state governments in South India, and demanded security and protection for northeast students studying in various cities in the region.

Sanjoy, who is also Convenor of All India Tribal MPs Forum, urged people of the North East region to return to the southern states, as the situation there is “conducive”.

“State governments are very alert and effective. Those who have run away must come back by August 25. The situation is absolutely conducive. Panic and rumours created by the enemy should not be a weapon to damage our society and family. I appeal all those who have gone to immediately return to the southern states,” he said.

New Delhi has asked Islamabad to crack down on elements based in that country for using social media networking sites to whip up communal sentiments and create scare among people of NE region living across India. Accusing Pakistan based outfits of creating fissures within Indian society, Sanjoy said: “This is a fight against our nation. Pakistan is trying to wage war against India and has already tried to divide us on basis of religion, now they are trying to segregate on the basis of looks. All of us are united; none can divide us because we are a strong nation.”

Sanjoy was here to meet representatives of the Tamil Nadu Government to convey the concern of northeastern people. He also interacted with students from Arunachal Pradesh and advised them to take precautionary measures.

Sanjoy is visiting South Indian sates as an emissary of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, and is accompanied by Congress leader Likha Maj. From Tamil Nadu he is expected to travel to Maharashtra to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.



Hibu meets NE students, reveals safety measures

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi Robin Hibu yesterday personally visited various colonies in Delhi where Northeastern students and employees are residing in large number, especially Janakpuri, Satyaniketan, Munirka, Indravihar and Gandhi Vihar and interacted with them.

Hibu assured safety and security of students and people of North East in Delhi and informed them about various measures taken by Delhi police to tackle any eventuality that may arise from the rumours. He gave advice and tips on coping with difficult situations and asked them to pursue their studies sincerely.

Hibu was accompanied by representative of various Northeastern student organizations in Delhi, namely Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi, Naga Students’ Union Delhi, All Assamese Students’ Union Delhi, Tripura Students’ Forum Delhi and Delhi Mizoram Chakma Students’ Union during the visit, according to Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi release.



C T Mein inaugurates Chongkham mini-stadium

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The much awaited Mini-Stadium at Chongkham was inaugurated by local MLA Chow Tewa Mein yesterday amidst  huge gatherings. The project was funded under SPA and executed by the Block Development Officer, Namsai.

Dedicating the stadium to the people of Chongkham, especially youth on the opening day of the function of 6th Champion Football Trophy, the MLA urged them for proper use of the asset for development of games and sports. Practising sports not only keep one physically fit but it can earn livelihood for them, if pursued seriously, he said. He urged the people especially, the youth to desist from using drugs. Later, he has handed over the keys of the Mini Stadium to Chow Silawa Mannow, the General Secretary of Chongkham Youth Welfare Association with a direction to protect, preserve and use of valuable assets properly.

The function was attended by K Nyodu, EAC, Chow C. I Mannou, a retired Principal and hosts of officers, officials and public of Chongkham area.



DK memorial open badminton begins

Sena foresees bright future of sportspersons

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A record 410 shuttlers of different age groups from various districts of Arunachal Pradesh are vying with each other for top honors in the first Dorjee Khandu Memorial Open Badminton Championship which began at Raj Bhawan Badminton Hall, here today.

Attending the inaugural function this morning, Horti/Agri Minister Setong Sena exhorted the participating players to make best use of the tournament to show their inherent talents. There is no dearth of sports talents in our state. But our athletes can not compete to their fullest potential due to lack of proper training, infrastructure and exposure trips. He hoped this tournament would provide a good platform to the young shuttlers to expose their hidden talents. Citing the example of Saina Nehwal, who has won a Bronze medal with her scintillating performance in the just concluded London Olympics, Sena asked the sports persons of the state to take inspiration from the ace badminton player. He was optimistic in saying that sportspersons of Arunachal Pradesh would be able to compete in bigger sporting events in different disciplines within a couple of years.

While urging the participating players to maintain sportsman spirit, Sena said winning and losing are part and parcel of the game. Hence the most important thing is not to win but to take part, he added. “Further, winning a game or two makes no player/team better than other”.

Sena recalled Kahndu’s great contribution towards development of games and sports in the state and said that the visionary leaders was also a keen lover of sports, who used to come to Raj Bhawan regularly to play badminton.

Earlier, Sena along with other dignitaries paid rich tribute to a decorated portrait of Late Khandu.

Principal Adviser to Chief Minister T N Thongdok advised the participants foster unity, brotherhood and the feelings of oneness through sports. He said that sports keep one physically and mentally fit. One can earn livelihood as well as personal glory from sports, if pursued seriously, he said. Thongdok advised the participating players to play the sport with true sportsman spirit.

While appreciating ASBA and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu for conducting the tournament in memory of Late Khandu, he hoped that state government would come forward to sponsor the tournament in future for the betterment of sportspersons in the state.

Tournament Coordinator and Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago delivered the keynote address.

The inaugural function was attended by the Chief Secretary (I/c), Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, Roing MLA among others.

The tournament is organized by Arunachal State Badminton Association and sponsored by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and his family.



Dabii calls for effective measures to tackle dengue

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Member of Legislative assembly Tako Dabii has expressed serious concern over reported finding of 4 dengue cases and 40 scrub typhus cases in Pasighat and its vicinity in East Siang district.

In a release Dabii said, “For the first time, in one of the towns in Arunachal Pradesh and its vicinity, breakout of dengue disease has taken place and everybody knows dengue is a life threatening. Matter should not be left only for haphazard treatment to the sufferers but Govt. must have a clear cut direction and instruction should be issued to the District Administration and Department of Health and Family Welfare, Arunachal Pradesh to tackle the dangerous disease with utmost care.”

“I can assume that if such dengue disease breaks out at Pasighat then it is likely to happen in Pangin-Boleng, Mebo, Nari-Koyu, Ruksin and Bilat areas too and if not controlled it may spread to other parts of the State,” Dabii added. He went on to add, “It may also be noted that before these diseases were detected, I had written a note to the health and family welfare minister regarding suffering of people from a peculiar type of fever/epidemic in large scale at Pasighat town and its vicinity vide U.O. No.ACM/O1/O11 /68, Dated 31-07-2012 for deputing a team from ICMR, Lahoal Dibrughar or a team from the State to study the epidemic.”

He urged Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to treat the matter seriously and call for cabinet meeting to discuss the measures so that disease is controlled at the earliest.



Tuki calls for effective mechanism to tap renewable energy potential

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has asserted for chalking out mechanism to tap the massive potential of renewable energy in the state. Tuki was addressing a jam-packed Banquet Hall on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas, organized by APEDA here today.

“Our hill locks, mountains and river banks have enormous potential for developing wind energy which if rightly harnessed can generate good revenue,” he said while identifying certain places like Pasighat, Sela Pass in Tawang, Hawa Camp near Kimin as some potential areas where proposal for wind energy generation could be effectively worked out.

While recalling the contribution of former prime minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Tuki termed him as the pioneer of modern and technical India. “He introduced computers and brought an Information Technology revolution in India,” Tuki informed the gathering.

He further recalled Nehru Gandhian’s close relations with the state of Arunachal Pradesh placing on record the sincere efforts made by Rajiv Gandhi for conferring Arunachal Pradesh a full-fledged State on February 20 in 1987.

The Chief Minister appreciated APEDA for advocating the essence of the development of new and renewable energy like solar, wind, bio-mass, hydro etc. for the future energy security of the nation. He advised the agency to create more and more awareness amongst the children in order to promote these sources of energy.

“The very purpose of the Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas is to create awareness amongst the public especially through the children by involving millions of them because they are the most effective media and they are going to be future leaders in different fields. An aware child can create awareness in a household, an aware household can aware a community and an aware community can aware a nation” Tuki emphatically said.

He congratulated the winners of various competitions organized by APEDA to mark the occasion.

“Let us pledge today to put our energy in developing and promoting renewable energy in order to make our state and the country self reliant, self sufficient, strong and prosperous in the days to come. I believe this will be a befitting tribute to our great visionary leader Late Rajiv Gandhi” the chief minister assertively said.

Speaking on the occasion, Power (Electrical) and Rural development and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling underscored the need to promote renewable and hydro power energy for economic development of the state and the nation. He disclosed that despite the state having abundant natural resources, it has to procure power to the tune of Rs 200  crore each year to meet up the state’s power supply demand.

“Arunachal Pradesh has the potential to generate huge energy in the form of hydro, bio-mas, wind and solar, which can change the state’s scenario in the years to come,” Byaling said while calling for concerted efforts to realize these prospects.

APEDA Chairman Kumsi Sidisow threw light on means to develop the renewable energy and his commitment towards materializing development and promotion of these non-conventional energy sources in the state. He assured to put his best foot forward to augment these sectors.

Among others, Director APEDA Er. M Loya also spoke on the occasion.

Colourful cultural programme,  a film show on renewable energy, prize distribution to the winners of various competitions were other highlights of the day.



Sadbhavna Diwas observed

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Along with the rest of the country, the Sadbhavna Diwas was observed in Arunachal Pradesh to commemorate the 68th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.

At Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhawan here, the Sadbhavna Divas started with floral tributes paid to the portrait of Rajiv Gandhi by the Congress leaders and workers.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, APCC general Secretary T C Tok, APMCC President Yari Dulom, All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch Inter-national, Arunachal Pradesh Unit President A T Kullo appealed one and all to rededicate themselves and follow the path shown by Rajiv Gandhi in nation building to fulfill his dream of modern India. Rajiv Gandhi was a visionary leader of the country, who has always been remembered as the architect of modern India, they said.

On the occasion, the party leaders and members took Sadbhavna day pledge.

Commemorating the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) organized a Sadbhavna Yatra (procession) from Rajbhavan Tinali  and to Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan here in order to promote communal harmony and peace in the  state. Large number of students including the students from Oju Mission School, Naharlagun took part in it.

Later, addressing the gathering at Congress Bhawan, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress, President Tadar Niglar appealed each and every one in the society to maintain communal peace.

Referring to the recent communal tension in some parts of the country, he urged not to believe in rumors. Niglar said that he had appealed the Youth Congress Presidents of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to extend all kind of help to the people including students of the North East state in time of needs.



AICU resolves to fight for oppressed

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) president Tok Buttum and general secretary Taw Tebin represented Arunachal Pradesh in the  58th Annual General Body meeting of All India Catholic Union (AICU) at Seva Kendra, Kolkata from August 17 to 19.

More than 250 catholic leaders from all over India attended the meeting.

Rt. Rev. Thomas D’souza, Arch Bishop of Kolkota  inaugurated the meeting in presence of John Dayal, member of National Monitoring Committee for Minority Education, government of India, who is also the former president of AICU as well as present Secretary General of All India Christian Council and Maria Fernandes, vice Chairperson State Minority Commission of West Bengal.

AICU resolved in the meeting to appeal to the Christian Educational Institutions Authority to stop denying the Catholic Children in getting admissions into their educational institutions on the ground that Christian children should be empowered through education in order to give constructive and quality contributions towards nation building and also faith formation.

The meeting also resolved to work for the upliftment of down trodden, Dalits, ST/SCS and OBC and raise strong voices against any atrocities committed against these sections of people and will continue to advocate for their rights.

Addressing the meeting, Buttum strongly raised the recent mass exudation of students and working groups from North East from various Southern States and appealed all the respective leaders of States to strongly pursue with their own Government to look into the safety and security of these students.

AICU appealed to both national and state governments to immediately arrest the situation and take action against those responsible for it.

Earlier, the meeting condoled the victims of Sikkim earthquakes and raised relief fund.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: 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.


Pre-Solung celebrated in Shillong

Shillong, Aug 20: Adi students studying in Meghalaya celebrated Pre-Solung festival in the state capital here today with pomp and gaiety.

Various games and sports activities such as running race, football and volleyball competitions, cultural activities such as traditional and modern dances were organized as part of the celebration.

Attending the celebration, Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) president Sokun Siboh exhorted the students to preserve their own culture and traditions for identity. The way of observing Solung should be maintained by all for larger interest of unity and integrity in the community, Sokun said. He also urged the students to study hard to achieve success in life.

Tasor Pabin, a prominent student leader of the community, also spoke on the occasion.

The programme was conducted by Adi Students Union Shillong (AdiSU, Shillong). (Contributed by Lota Singhi, Mass Com student, RGU)


Tagung seeks NEDFi’s help to promote handicrafts sector

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource Development Authority Vice Chairman Yora Tagung assured his cooperation to the artisans of North East for further growth of handloom handicrafts sector.

There is rich tradition of indigenous handloom and handicrafts in the region where bamboo is the major source of such products. Artisans can use bamboo for producing different bamboo based items like incense stick, toothpick, artificial flower etc., Tagung said while inaugurating the 10th North East Handicrafts & Hand loom Fair at NEDFi Haat, Guwahati today.

Assuring his fullest cooperation to the artisans for their future works, Tagung requested the NEDFi to organize such fair in Itanagar also. He further requested NEDFi to provide training on handloom and handicraft to the unemployed youth of Arunachal Prdesh.

Noted Assamese film director Munin Barua, AGM NEDFi and officials from various govt departments of Assam  were present in the inaugural  ceremony.

Artisans groups from all the eight states of North East have put up about 32 exhibition cum sale stalls. Bamboo and Water Hyacinth are the main attractions of the fair.


Student’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC), its women and youth wings, Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Women Wing (APCRCWW) and Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) and Christian Revival Church Naharlagun have mourned the untimely demise of Taba Jabet (Abu), a young and promising member, who breathed his last at Naharlagun on August 19. He was battling cancer for the last three years.

Jabet was a student of Indra Academy, Naharlagun and was the son of Late Taba Tasang and Taba Rija.

The APCRCC, APCRCWW and ACRYA office bearers, church members and relatives paid their respectful adieu to the departed soul while attending the funeral service at Polo Colony in Naharlagun on Sunday.


 Road mishap

Governor expresses shock

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh has expressed deep shock and grief over the tragic accident at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district on 19th August that claimed an unspecified numbers of lives.

Expressing his condolences, the Governor joined all in praying for the eternal peace of the departed souls.

The Governor has asked the district administration and appealed to all, especially civil societies to render their support to find and recover the missing persons. PRO to  Rah Bhawan.


IT consultants appeal for salary

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultants Association has appealed to the state government to release the salaries of employees working under Arunachal Pradesh Manpower Project Consultancy, which is state govt undertaking. The 256 IT consultants who are working as computer teachers have not received their salaries since April last, the association claimed in a release.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A- Extension Sector Welfare Committee along with sector dwellers conducted social service at its sector link road today. They temporarily repaired damaged road and also cleared garbage through social service.


NEEPCO assures job quota, says PPUEA

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: CMD NEEPCO, Shillong has declared its examination centre for  A and B grade posts at Itanagar, claimed Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers’ Association in a release today.  The CMD also  assured 100  per cent reservation of  C and D  category jobs for land affected people, the Association further said.


Youth Cong workers urged to strengthen party

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering exhorted the Youth Congress leaders to work with dedication to strengthen the party organization at grassroots level.

Attending a Assembly Youth Congress activity review meeting at Bomdila yesterday, the Parliamentary Secretary said that role of youth is vital for strengthening party organization at grassroots level and asked the Youth Congress workers  to be more sincere and dedicated toward Congress party.

The meeting was attended by D. L. Paichulpa,  president, District Mohila Congress, Shilley Sonam, General Secretary LYC Western Parliament I/c West Kameng District and Tako, General Secretary LYC Western Parliament and all the executive members of  four Assembly Youth Congress Committee of West Kameng District.

A Booth level Youth Congress Committee meeting was also held at DUDA Tourist lodge, Seppa on August 18 organized  by Assembly Youth Congress, Seppa East.

Hake Tako, General Secretary LYC Western Parliament I/c East Kameng district said that Booth level Youth Congress Committee is an important organ of Indian Youth Congress (IYC) in strengthening party organization at grassroots level.

The meeting was attended by Shilley Sonam, office bearers (presidents) of all the five Assembly Youth Congress of East Kameng District and booth level Congress Committees under East Seppa Assembly Constituency.


MWS conducts social service

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Modi Welfare Society (MWS), Upper Siang unit conducted a day-long social service by repairing the Yingkiong-Mariyang road which was badly damaged by the recent flood in the district.

Besides soiling, dumping and filling of potholes, the team also cleared road side weeds from Mariyang town to Lagru bridge point covering a distance of 10 kms.

Mariyang ZPM D Pertin, S Takyo AE PHED, S Pathak, JE PWD also participated in the social service.


Death condoled

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Central Nyedar Namlo (CNN) and Nyedar Namlo Doimukh unit condoled the death of Tana Yamin, W/o Late Tao Aren, village Chod, Under Yazali circle of Lower Subansiri District.

Yamin, a senior member of the Namlo movement, breathed her last on August 18 after a prolonged illness.

Her contribution towards society and state was remembered by the Namlo goers. “Yamin’s death is an irreparable loss to the society and the vacuum created with her death will be difficult to filled up,” Taba Takam, Secretary, Nyedar Namlo, Doimukh Unit said in its condolence message.

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


Bar association pleads for legal action

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Bar Association of East and Upper Siang districts has appealed to the East Siang deputy commissioner to take legal action against a police constable who had allegedly assaulted an advocate at Pasighat on August 18.

In its three-point resolutions adopted in a meeting held at Pasighat yesterday, the Association further urged the district administration to arrest the assaulter immediately and suspend him from his service for allegedly misusing his official power.

Informing that the house also discussed about the ‘ridiculous comment’ passed by the SP over telephone in connection with the assault incident, the Association resolved that disciplinary action should be taken against the SP and he should be transferred within a month for his comment.

When contacted, police sources informed that FIR has been lodged in this regard and investigation is going on.


Yoga Module for Teachers at Chongkham

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant organized a two days workshop called Samarth- a yoga module developed by Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for the teachers at Chaunanda Memorial School, Chongkham of Lohit district on August 18 and 19.

Yogic micro-exercises, creative games and interactive sessions with power point presentation were conducted the 2-day workshop.

The main thrust of the workshop was to bring about an attitudinal change which will help them to render their services in a more productive and effective way in contributing to the work of ‘man making and nation building’.

Forty-eight teachers from various private schools of Chongkham and Namsai participated in this workshop which was conducted by a team of trained resource persons from Vivekananda Kendra.






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

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Who is answerable ?

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the higher authorities towards the problems faced by the Adi students studying in Lohit district as they are deprived of school stipend?

It is worth mentioning here that the stipend of the students has been enhanced after a revision (Ref: January 30th 2012, A Times). As per revision  students  from Class I-V were entitled to get Rs 560 a month in place of Rs 360, Class VI to VIII students will get Rs 575 in place of  Rs 375 and class IX to XII students will receive Rs  600 in place of Rs 400. The Govt has also agreed to release the stipend on monthly basis.

During my school days at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Namsai up to the year 2007, I did never receive any school incentives nor any stipend being an APST Candidate. And surprisingly still this is happening; the Adi students of Lohit district are strongly exempted from awarding of school stipend. When enquired about this deprivation to one of the principals, the principal clarified that he cannot do anything for this … as it is being blocked by higher authority. And these is the reason we (Principals) are not distributing stipend Form to them. And once the blockage is cleared we won’t have any problem in awarding stipend.

Now my question is who is that higher authority and who is answerable for such impasse?


Buteng Tayeng




East Siang a round up

Dear editor,

State’s centennial district East Siang has some ugly segments so culpable to divulge. It has historical measures to hoard, but it’s enduring state of affairs has stories to tell, new projects to embark on at the same time many unfinished task mocking at us.

PP road, the single lifeline for three districts West Siang, Upper Siang and East Siang, gives only bumpy ride. The developmental funds vanished into thin air, the withheld Nugong bridge manifest a timorous public and some opponent leaders akin to hibernating vipers. Many derelict schools conjecture dark future, some teachers roaming free, many funds siphoned, infirm road from Nari to Koyu, flood torn Mebo circle, the Ruksin Bilat area a backward region in spite of its hospitable geographical feature.  2011 bottom-line eviction and bombarding as Siang Pokran test, the wacky road project to no man’s land in Pangin neglecting people’s interest are perhaps the most daunting episodes in its history.

The K/oil supply is a dark story which the authorities never initiate action upon the dealing agency. The Pasighat cooperative lamp providing 20 kg rice out of 35 kgs leaving us wonder where they might be selling all the 15kgs. The price trudge of vegetable and fruit is above BPL level,  the persons who smashed the statues of national leaders  are roaming free. Pasighat law and order problem is worsening with robbery, prostitution, some schools became wine bar, on 15 August shopkeepers were robbed and assaulted. The police rather warned the victims “are we supposed to guard you round the clock?” All are pathetic making Pasighat the Itanagar of East Arunachal. It is an Andher nagri chopot raja.

Pangkang ballot box case disposed in closedoor without court proceedings, Assam encroached near Nari town, Maoist presence in Mer Gadum, the centennial district truly needs a CBI probe as many things are spineless and fund misappropriation is discernible into lopsided assets. In East Siang every field needs awareness, many schools are pathetic whereas Education Minister hails from this district who finally would end up in obvious lip service ‘Kaye’(I’ll see). Every body is responsible in all these disarray or all wouldn’t be deaf and seeing all are blind. Will the Government justify with an apposite answer? It will be apt declaring East Siang the most corrupted district of Arunachal. Once the torch-bearer turns in to the most backward, mundane, haunted and bizarre county.


Karunath Pazing




Development remains a distant dream

Dear Editor,

In this era of rapid development, Richu-Krong circle in East Kameng district is still lagging far behind in almost all fields.

Though the people had welcomed the posting of a regular circle officer in 2011, after the years of neglect, the circle headquarter is yet to see the infrastructure development for better administration. The circle is yet to be properly connected by road.  During rainy season, the local people, particularly the emergency patients and their relatives suffer most due to poor road connectivity. One wonders, what happened to the all the previous schemes and fund sanctioned for road improvement ?

Similar questions may be asked in other development initiatives taken in the past such as water supply, electricity supply, and sluggish implementation of housing schemes without sanitary facilities, posting of medical personnel and educational staff without solving the accommodation problem. Yet these are not mere complaints but efforts to reach out the people’s representatives, department concerned and to urge them introspect upon their roles in  development for the people.


Dali Tagio, President

Richu-Krong Town Committee

East Kameng.



NMM and Women’s Rights

Dear Editor,

Anything bad must end one day. As I have said already that polygamy is the root cause of the domestic violence and atrocities on women in the state and it must be washed off from the face of mother Arunachal.

As the wearer knows where shoe pinches, so the women who are the serious victims of this crime only know how much they are suffering. A saying also goes when a woman is educated the members of her whole family become educated. Actually, she is the real head of the family in terms of management within the home in all respect. To make a family happy, prosperous, healthy and peaceful a mother must be happy first. When she suffers the development of a family and the education of the children suffer.

Today’s dissatisfied children will become the dissatisfied citizens of tomorrow and what good we can expect from such dissatisfied and love deprived citizens in society. So, I on behalf of the women of Arunachal Pradesh and on my own behalf earnestly request every responsible citizen to refrain from indulging in polygamy and  also ask the young unmarried women to refrain from getting into relationship with married man even if he approaches. Young female must think thousand times before agreeing to become a second wife.  We will take steps to identify those who are encouraging polygamy and take legal steps if necessary.

As a preventive measure, we will conduct moral and legal counseling to females of all age groups by inviting resource persons like lawyers, social activists and heads of all departments and autonomous bodies to create awareness on legal aids and laws available for protection of women from domestic violence and to give them rights and justice.


Tame Yam Natung


Nari Mukti Manch

Arunachal Pradesh



Solar Sector and  fund

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Though the JNNSM mandates a domestic content requirement -- meaning all projects must buy domestically manufactured solar equipment -- it does it only for the crystalline PV technology and not for the thin-film PV technology.

 According to researchers, taking advantage of this loophole, the US is using the climate ‘fast start financing’ for ruining the Indian domestic solar photo-voltaic (PV) manufacturing industry.

Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced closure and debt restructuring with no orders coming to them, while the US manufacturers are getting orders from Indian solar power developers.

Observers say, fast start financing is a US $30 billion fund set up under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The fund, adopted at the Copenhagen climate meeting in 2009, is supposed to help developing countries deal with climate change impacts and limit greenhouse gas emissions.  

Now, it is believed that the US has been using this fund to promote its own solar manufacturing, thereby benefiting themselves while knocking out the Indian manufacturing competition that doesn't have the same government backing.