Aug 27


NESO team meets Karnataka deputy CM

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: A delegation of North East Student Organization (NESO) led by its chairman Dr. Samujjwal Bhattacharjya and Secretary General Gumjum Haider met Karnataka deputy chief minister R Ashok at Guwahati yesterday to discuss about the much exodus of North East people from Bangalore and some other cities following remours of attack on them in the wake of the violence in Assam.

Ashok, who arrived Guwahati yesterday on a three-day goodwill mission aimed at wooing back the North-East people, briefed the NESO team about various measures taken by the Karnataka government for the protection of North East people in the state, according to a NESO release.

He said that the Karnataka Government took prompt action and the police machinery was activated immediately after the reports of mass exodus on August 15. He further said that  24x7 helplines have been set up besides increasing all security measures for safety and security of people from North East living there.

He said that 22 accused have been arrested and 17 cases have been registered in connection with spreading communal and hate SMSs. Out of the 22, 5 are allegedly found having link with fundamentalist group. He said, Special Trains are being arranged from Guwahati to Bangalore from September 1 to take back the people, who had left South Indian states following the rumours. He further assured that the NE students studying in Karnataka would be given special consideration in regard to their examinations and attendance.

A meeting, in this regard was held between the Government and VC`s of various universities and the employers have also been informed to take back their employees hailing from the region considering the situation.

The NESO expresses complete satisfaction of the briefing, and acknowledged with deep respect, the assistance and effort provided by Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok and his Government.

Karnataka DG of Police Lalrokhuma Pachau is accompanying the Deputy CM.

The NESO delegation was accompanied by AAPSU president Takam Tatung along with executive members of All Assam Students’ Union.



Martyr Patey Tassuk remembered

Staff Reporter

BANDERDEWA, Aug 26: The first death anniversary of Lance Naik Patey Tassuk of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles’ 17th Guard Regiment was observed by his family members and well wishers at his house here Sunday.

It was on this day that Tassuk was killed in an encounter with militants in Kupwara in Baramula district of Jammu & Kashmir last year, leaving behind his octogenarian mother, widow and two minor children.

Representing Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his political secretary Bamang Tago paid floral tributes at the martyr’s grave in the presence of a huge gathering.

“My brother is Arunachal’s first martyr who fought for the pride of the country. We are very proud of him and hope that many more such brave soldiers from our state will emerge in the future and fight for the glory of the nation,” Tassuk’s brother Patey Marik said.  Marik praised the Army authorities for paying the deceased’s ex-gratia and pension within the year. He also thanked the GoAP for giving Rs 5 lakh and a government job to Tassuk’s widow Ari.

Marik also submitted a list of grievances to the chief minister, requesting for land allotment or a petrol pump/gas agency for the family. The martyr’s family deserves either of the two from the government, he said.



No improvement in power scenario, PPWC threatens to call Pasighat bandh

Staff Reporter

PASIGHAT, Aug 26: Taking serious note of erratic power problem in Pasighat area Pasighat People’s Welfare Committee (PPWC) today decided to resume its proposed 72-hrs bandh after the expiry of 90 days time.

Earlier, the PPWC had temporarily suspended its proposed Pasighat bandh on June 22 for 90 days following assurance from the High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the government to improve the power scenario in the district by taking up effective remedial measures. Even after 60 days from the date of assurance given by the HLC for improved power supply, there is no visible improvement in power scenario in Pasighat and its adjoining areas till today, the PPWC resented .

Expressing displeasure over delay in finding out the solution to erratic power problem, PPWC Chairman Okom Yosung said “now it seems that the government and the concerned department had betrayed the people of Pasighat by holding only review meetings on the issue instead of expedite the physical works in ground level.

He said both the departments (Hydro & Electrical) should stop blame game on each other.  They should work on war footing in constant coordination  to mitigate the problems faced by the local people due to non-responsive and lackadaisical attitude of authorities, he added.

He further informed that besides bandh call, PPWC would organize sector wise public meeting to garner public support for amicable solution to chronic and erratic power scenario.

It is worth mentioning here that on June 21 meeting held at Pasighat, the High Level Committee (HLC) had given assurance for immediate renovation of the Sirnyuk, Gosaang and Rina hydels and complete replacement of turbines of Yembung and Sille hydels. During the meeting, it had also confirmed that the 33 KV line from Rina hydel to Pasighat has been completed and surplus power would be drawn to Pasighat immediately and transmission of 132 KV line from Aalo to Pasighat would be completed within three months time.

The Parliamentary Secretary (Hydro Power) RT Khunjuju, who is also a member of HLC had stated that the power crisis in Pasighat was a result of ‘communication gap’ and finally the government has taken up the matter very seriously to solve the power problem.

Two review meetings had already been conducted under the chairmanship of the DC Pasighat during last two months on the electricity issue. However, all the meetings and assurances remain as lip service till today as the people of Pasighat are still facing the same electricity problems as usual.



4 UPDF linkmen in police net

BORDUMSA, Aug 26:  Atleast four linkmen of United People’s Democratic Front were nabbed by Bordumsa Police at Bijoypur under Bordumsa circle on August 24.

The linkmen, identified as Anil Chakma (23); Chowpinto Thaman (45); Sanjiv Singh (21) and Arvind Singh (49) were apprehended by police while they were carrying out extortion in the area by targeting businessmen coming from other states.

Another six accused still at large are Bishnu Chakma; Boksu Chakma; Patharmoni Chakma; Dayalu Chakma and Mytiodhan Chakma.

During the course of interrogation, Anil Chakma admitted of collecting Rs. 50, 000 from the area and deposited the amount to Bishnu Chakma. The ransom letter was written in the pad of UPDF signed by its Commander 1st Battalion Sumana Munglang, and its Finance minister R. Gohain.

The police informed the UPDF is carrying out extortion activities in Bordumsa area to strengthen their organizational setup.

The police recovered 8 mobile handsets, daggers and one black veil from their possession.

Noteworthy that the 4 linkmen were seriously beaten up by the public of Bijoypur village before handing them over to police. Presently, they are nursing their wounds at Bordumsa Community Health Centre under police custody.

Earlier in a joint operation, the 18 Assam Riffles and Assam Police acting on an intelligence input successfully nabbed 4 ULFA linkmen along with Rs 12 lakh at Jagun on August 19.

The linkmen now in the grip of law were boarding a Santro car from Doom Dooma to handover the extortion money to one Rohendra Moran, a hardcore ULFA cadre.

The linkmen were Atul Borah, 32; Amar Shah, 30; Manoo Kaul, 29 and Rajen Karmakar, 43. It is noteworthy that Amar Shah is a lawyer by profession. Apart from the whopping cash the police recovered 1 Cell phone, 2 sim cards, clothes, cigarettes, lighter and 2 solar panels. The entire gang hail from Doomdooma in Tinsukia District of Assam and they are suspected to be involved in many crimes.

The consecutive breakthrough by security forces has established the fact that Assam-Arunachal borders are being used extensively by insurgent outfits active in the sisterly states. Further interrogation will certainly expose the short and long term designs of the insurgent forces. ( By Pisi Zauing)



Communication as an input in the development

Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete

A language serves as an outlet for human expressions, emotions, feelings and thoughts. It is the manifestation of evolution of human mind, which in turn, depicts the accumulation of ideas, facts, events, experiences, things, etc. through the times.   Evidently, growth and development of any language is intricately associated with unwinding of vast unknown and multi-dimensional enlargement of knowledge-base. It represents the collective wisdom and communal consciousness of any group of people. Obviously, language is the core of civilizational evolution.

Hey, I don’t mean to reflect upon myself through such explicit thoughtful expressions of my thoughts. But I just wanna share what my Father told me very early in my formative years: As we express ourselves, the language that we use, the way we  do it, and the like   reflects and reinforces our perception, attitude, preferences, choices, wishes, desires, expectations, aspirations, etc... which, in turn, mould our thinking and accordingly, cloud or open our mindset.  I prefer to call it, it’s all about thoughts: “as we think, so are we!”

A Communication is the process which facilitates these manifestations of emotions, sentiments, thoughts, ideas and information between and among individuals. Consequently, not only there is sharing of knowledge and information, but also awareness, good-will, services and relationships do evolve and develop as spin-off effects. Therefore, communication is a precursor to any event, small or big alike. It is the medium through which flows the inputs of development of either an individual or collectives such as communities or countries.  In fact, the communication, in itself, is a great input for the development. Especially in development in the context of countries like India, communication has an immense power to inform, educate, motivate, encourage and mobilize the citizens about various issues pertaining to socio-economic and political policies and decisions of the government. Mass and social mobilization, attitudinal change, and collective- and communal-consciousness are intricately inter-twined with the nature, methods, types and ways of communication.

As a matter of fact, communication, succinctly, refers to dissemination of information, thereby, contributing in creating a huge population of informed-citizens, also a  strong civil-society founded on the principles of personal liberty and justice, not merely social and political freedom. I understand the development as any new positive change in the society which brings about welfare and prosperity of the people as a whole.

Essentially, countries like India, which are predominantly poor; illiterate; substantial chunk of the population still laced with orthodoxy- deeply rooted to customs & traditions; rural-agricultural based society with scanty or relatively lesser industrialization; congested, scattered and haphazard urbanization; lop-sided economic growth both in terms of various sectors of the economy as well as different regions of the country; burgeoning population with increasing gulf between rich and poor; and so on so forth, communication can, surely and certainly, play a great role in eradicating these social evils, in bringing about as well as consolidating political-awakening among the masses and in spreading and sustaining economic well-being through the profile of the society as well.

Evidently, effective communication serves as an engine of any nation’s socio-economic and political stability. Consequently, it ensures national unity and territorial integrity. Thus, communication is an input in development in the context of counties like India. Frens!! “Pull up your shocks, tighten your shoes; come on, let’s make this country a better place to live in. Let’s learn communication to communicate good communication for good communications.



Solung Giidiie Ape Ediit Longe Koi?”

Maksang Tayeng

‘Solung Giidie Ape Edit Longe Koi…?’ (‘how many days are left until Solung Festival …?’) is the title of a song written by one of the great Adi lyricists and poets Bodong Yirang and sung by well known singer Lomyuk Lego.

As the countdown for the festival has already begun, there is a growing impatience among the community people to celebrate the festival.

The writer has beautifully and elegantly presented the vibes of the Solung Festival which is central of all festivals of Adis. ‘Solunge giidiie ape ediit longe koi….Apie giidiem pape ediit longe koi…Ngo toyang kirame…ngo duyang kirame…’ and goes on. The one who has gone through the every bit of the song knows how catchy it is and how insightful the writer has gone in and felt the feelings of the young lovers, who awaits for this festival to come so that their love may bloom in the fragrance of festivity like that of paddy fields blossom after its hard sowing. This song is written describing the impatience of waiting for Solung as people of all age groups eagerly wait for Solung to come. It’s a source of prosperity, unity and integrity for Adis.

Lyricist and poet Yirang’s another song on Solung “Solung Ponung nuurikye… Miri bibing me kaarikye… Irging Bibing ke ekumlo… Solung doboem gilaju”, also signifies the every vibes of Solung festivity and it’s a marvel in itself. Another ‘Dite mopang yamenge ngo...Yamne nom kangkape madung….’ song of the same writer has touched the souls of many fellow Adis which most of us hymns whenever there comes a moment of self hymning or open singing.

Besides all these huge contributions to his fellow beings, Yirang is all set to release this Solung an audio album titled “Kiring Yoksa” in loving memory of legendary Adi singers like late Talut Tasing (1944-69) from Riga village Song-‘Ngolu Bharot sok sisana mimum yame ye’, Taruk Ngukir (1957-84) from Bolung Village Song-‘Ngokke sisang angong atela’ and Abe Perme (1954-2010) from Pasighat Song-‘Popire ngo oh ho..ho’. ‘This audio album is an effort to pay homage to our these three legendary Adi singers who have contributed greatly and shown the path to the modern singers and lyricists.

The songs of this album are based on the theme of Socio-Cultural fabric of Adi Community with modern folk combination, said Yirang. Some of the songs of this to be released album are ‘Siring-sereng ponung mimum adut e’, ‘Dinggo-asi dinggo didume ane si kampoyado-dite dite-dite mopang pengu-pegang ringkosi dupo suyado’.

Bodong Yirang is presently serving as a Director, Elementary Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and he is the Secretary General of Adi Bane Kebang. He has been conferred Gold medal for Social Services and a winner of North East Excellent Personality Award.



Farmers’ Federation formed

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: For the first time in the state, a block level Farmers’ Federation under Sagalee Block was formed in a meeting cum awareness programme organized jointly by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare and NN Charitable Society (NNCS)  at  Sagalee on August 22.

Altogether 60 key farmers including chief coordinators and assistant coordinators of different farmers clubs and presidents and secretaries of different Self Help Groups (SHGs) actively participated in the programme.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, NNCS chairman N. Amar informed that a total of 39  farmers clubs  have been formed in different villages under  Sagalee area with prime goal of augmenting crops productivity thereby enhancing the livelihood opportunity of the local people.

Dr. Taba Heli, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Papum Pare, highlighting the role of KVK in rural development through capacity building of farmers, informed that the KVK is coordinating with banks for the credit supports and line departments for the service delivery support for the farmers in the different pockets of the district. Highlighting its role and activities for the  farmers, he, however, said with limited manpower and resource crunch, the entire agriculture issues and needs of various farmer groups could not be addressed properly. He enlightened the participating Chief Coordinator and assistant Coordinators of various FCs of the area about the need of forming Block Level Farmers’ Federation (BLFF) to  act as bridge between FCs and Govt. agency  to address the  problems in farming sector.

Techi Tora (Agri. Dev. Officer, Sagalee) while explaining the concept of Block Level Farmers’ Federation, stressed the need for attaining the self sufficiency in agri sector. He requested all the farmers clubs to be active and  work with competitive attitude  among the farmers to enhance the crop productivity. He further requested all the participants to be in close contact with KVK for technology supports and field Extension Officer for service support. Farmers’ Federation platform is purely for the interest of the farming community, not for any other purpose, he cautioned.

The programme concluded with the formation of block Level Farmers’ Federation Steering Committee to identify the issues of different farming sector and farmers clubs.



Par. panel pulls up Defence Ministry over Sainik schools

NEW DELHI, Aug 26: Pulling up the Defence Ministry for not being able to meet the demands of Sainik schools, a parliamentary panel has recommended that it review the number of serving defence officers required for smooth and effective functioning of these institutions. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, in its report, 'Critical Review of Functioning of Sainik School', has also pointed out to the lack of proportionate increase in number of serving officers posted in these schools.

"The Committee notes with concern that the Ministry has not been able to meet the demand of manning the Sainik schools. The main constraint in this regard has been indicated as release of adequate number of serving officers," the Committee said in its report which was tabled in Parliament last week. There has been no proportionate increase in the number of serving officers, which remained static at 72, although the number of Sainik schools has gone up from 18 to 24, the Committee noted. Recommending measures to tackle the shortfall, it said, "The requirement of number of serving officers for Sainik schools should be reviewed periodically and the requisite number of serving officers provided for the smooth and effective functioning of Sainik schools." The Committee also observed that the composition of Board of Directors of these institutions should be reviewed, "So as to have representation from National Defence Academy (NDA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), retired Generals and imminent academicians."

Along with serving defence officers, the Sainik schools are provided with five serving Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) for the purpose of NCC and physical training of students. PTI

It is worth mentioning here that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is constantly pursuing the defence ministry and Indian Army for early establishment of Sainik School in Arunachal.

During his visit to New Delhi in June last, the CM had urged Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh to open a Sainik School in the state. Gen Singh, who had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the chief minister in Itanagar when he was in charge of the Army's Eastern Command, assured his commitment to the proposal.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: 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.


North East regional level workshop of BJP held

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: A three-member delegation of BJP Arunachal Pradesh including party’s training cell convenor Sambu Siongju, state secretary and training cell in-charge Kotige Mena, and co-convenor Tarin Teri participated in a North East level regional workshop at Guwahti  yesterday.

In his inaugural address, All India convenor, BJP Training Cell, Dr. Alok Kumar called upon the state trainings cell convenors to work hard for strengthening the party with a difference in reality. He further highlighted the role of training cells in producing capable  party leaders to represent the masses in  decision making bodies.

The North-East BJP Organizational-in-Charge, P. Chandrasekhar Rao also addressed the workshop. The need of hour is to produce able, strong leaderships  who can  realize the problems faced by the grass root level people, he said. He called upon the state training cell convenors and co-convenors to extend support in making party more strong and vibrant.

Earlier, training convenors  of  NE states presented their reports of  the previous year  regarding training activities.


Union  holds discussion on its memo

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: The members of Lower Subansiri district Nyishi Students Union and All Nyishi Youth Association Lower Subansiri district unit along with Nyishi senior citizens of the district held a meeting with Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner on August 22 regarding memorandum submitted by Union for setting up of Nyokum ground at Ziro, according to LSDNSU release.  After a prolonged discussion, the district administration assured to take a decision in this regard by 15th of next month, the union claimed.


AYC leader visits East Siang

ITANAGAR Aug 26: AYC Lok Sabha East Vice-president Bakemso Towsik had visited East Siang district from August 22-24 last.

During his 3-day stay, he met the elected youth congress leaders of Pasighat East, Pasighat West, Nari-Koyu and Mebo Assembly Youth Congress and took review their party activities.


‘Avail benefit of Janani Suraksha Yojana’

CHANGLANG, Aug 26: A maternity and child health and dental camp was organized at PHC, Khimiyang by Karuna Trust and District Health Society Changlang,

Attending the camp, Khimiyang, circle officer and EAC in-charge Bamin Tarang suggested the expecting mothers to go for regular antenatal check up and hospital delivery for the safety of both the mother and child. He also urged them to avail the benefit of Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY). Thirty antenatal, 65 dental check up were conducted and 151 patients were treated for various ailments by a highly experienced team of doctors, who included Dr P Dutta, DMO Changlang, Dr K Khongrang, SMO, Dr Maipo K Lungchang, Senior Dental Surgeon, Dr K Mossang, Dr A Saikia, Dr Sunil Kr Nag.

All the villages of Khimiyang circle were covered by the camp. DIPRO


AVA revived

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: Arunachal Volleyball Association (AVA), which remained defunct for half decade, was revived in a meeting held at Naharlagun yesterday under the supervision of Arunachal Olympic Association. A new executive committee was also formed for smooth functioning.


ALSU demands CBI probe into jail breaking case

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has expressed shock and serious concern over the jail breaking incident where three under-trial prisoners escaped from the district jail, Jully.

Describing the incident shameful and a slap on the face of Home Department, ALSU demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

ALSU also condemned the reported physical assault on an Advocate in the court premises of ADC, Yachuli by some miscreants and demanded the authority concerned to bring the culprits to book immediately.

ALSU said that the recent incidents of murder of a school girl at Yazali, journalist shooting case, burning down of Govt office buildings, APSTS buses, murder of a young boy at Papu Nallah and other illegal activities  have only reflected the Home Department’s utter failure to maintain law and order situation in the state.


ACA participates in NE Zonal carrom C’ship

ITANAGAR, Aug 26: A team from Arunachal Carrom Association (ACA) participated in the 12th North East Zone Carrom Championship-2012 held at Nurul Amin Indoor Stadium, Nagaon, Assam from August 22-24.

Though the team could not win a medal, the players performed at their potential best and lost to their superior opponents.

While Diku Tatak lost to Madhev Singh of Manipur in Senior Boys Single the pair of Kekba Kango and Duge Kato went down fighting to their opponents from Assam in  Boys Doubles. Yomluk Kamgo and Dari Kame duo lost to their opponents from Mizoram and Gichik John and Chemen Doke were defeated by their respective opponent from Assam in Junior Boys Singles. The team was lead by Yarda Tayo and Dikbi Gangkak  as manager and coach, according to an ACA release.






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Take bold steps against illegal immigration

Dear Editor,

The recent violence that broke out in some districts of Lower Assam left many things to ponder upon. Who is responsible for that ?  Assam Govt or Central Govt may not take responsibility for such  communal violence but the   reality is  that common men are suffering most without their fault when such violence occurs.  

The communal violence in Kokrajhar  and some other districts of Lower Assam  could have been averted if the politicians were determined not to giver shelter to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh under its vote bank policy.

Therefore, it is my sincere request to leading students organizations of Arunachal Pradesh  and  civil society  to raise their strong voice against refugees  and illegal immigrants. We don't want to see our beautiful motherland Arunachal to face same situation like that of Kokrajhar in near future.

As we know that ''prevention is better cure'', we should take preventive measures against illegal immigrants  before it is too late. Illegal immigration may be a major issue in near future rather than Chakma-Hajong refugee issue in Arunachal.

Therefore, I request both  the state and Central Govt not to take the refugee issue  and  the issue of illegal immigrants lightly. The Govt should take bold steps for effective ILP system.


Khyoda Tadam





Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the news item published in the name of the  Subordinate Supply Officers Welfare Association (SSOWA) on August 23 edition of this daily.

At first, we, the undersigned want to clarify here that there is no such organization in the name of SSOWA neither it has ever been formed by any official. The name and signatures used in the press release are totally forged.

We strongly object and deny the news item published in the name of SSOWA and we do have respect for the department as well as for the department’s senior officers also. The press statement published is purely handwork of some vested interests and an attempt to tarnish the image of officials in particular and the food and Civil Supply department as a whole.

In this regard, we will be very much pleased if the director, food  & civil supply,  investigate the  matter properly to unearth the truth and  initiate necessary action against the persons involved in this matter which  has created confusion  and   damaged the reputation of department to a great extent.


Tana Rotu Tara (SIF&CS), Yupia

Rab Kara Dani,

(SIF &CS), Sagalee

Pranab Hazarika (SIF&CS), Yupia





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Energy subsidies

Although renewables need to be propped by higher subsidies than fossil fuels per-kilowatt-hour (kWh), they are still the way to go. According to a recent Worldwatch Institute report renewable energy needs 1.7¢ and 15¢ of subsidy per kWh as compared to 0.1-0.7¢ per kWh for fossil fuels. But this stat ignores the huge indirect environmental and health costs inflicted by fossil fuels on national economies. The US National Academy of Sciences estimates that fossil fuel subsidies cost the United States $120 billion in pollution and related health care costs every year. But these costs do not show up in fossil fuel prices.

Shifting official support to renewables from fossil fuels will help de-carbonize the global energy system and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, generating long term economic growth and reduced dependence on energy imports. According to International Energy Agency (IEA) turning off the subsidies tap for fossil fuels by 2020 would cut global energy consumption by 3.9 percent that year as compared to leaving it alone.  Alongside, demand for oil, coal and gas would fall by 3.7 million barrels, 330 billion cubic meters and 230 million tons respectively. By 2035, oil demand would shrink by 4, natural gas by 9.9 and coal by 5.3 percentage points.

Overall, carbon dioxide emissions would fall by 4.7 per cent in 2020 and 5.8 per cent in 2035. According to the IEA's chief economist eliminating subsidies in 2012 for fossil fuels could every year save as much as all of Germany's annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2015; the savings over the next decade might be enough to cover half of the carbon savings needed to stop dangerous levels of climate change.