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Four accused in Jumkar Basar murder case arrested

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: In a major breakthrough Papum Pare district police have arrested four people for their alleged involvement in Jumkar Basar murder case. The body of late Basar was found with multiple injuries near Gumto village under Doimukh circle on August 14.

The four arrested accused were identified as Nayan Megu, 26, of village Mebo, East Siang district, Hem Chandra Das, 26, of Harmuti Rajgarh, North Lakhimpur district (Assam), Vijay Pegu @ Kari Pegu, 20, of Singamara village, North Lakhimpur district and Damkir Giboh, 20, of Upper Barajan village under Likabali police station.  

According to the statement issued by SP Papum Pare, an FIR has been lodged at Doimukh Police Station by Galo Students Union president  in this regard on August 14 and a Case No. 29/2012  has been registered under section 302 IPC  and investigation launched. The police managed to crack the case by studying mobile details of late Jumkar Basar which was missing since the incident.

Interestingly accused Nayan Megu had changed his name and address as Giogi Tame of Sangram under Kurung Kumey district in 2008 and is living in disguise since then.  

The arrested accused revealed that Nayan Megu alias Giogi Tame, Jumkar Basar and Hem Chandra Das were field workers of private financial company, namely, Ambitious Diversified Project Management Ltd. In case of death of a field worker, the nominee will get Rs 1.5 lakh from the Head office of the Company as per the policy of the company. Nayan and Damkir Giboh were going through a financial crisis. Therefore, they plotted a plan to kill Jumkar Basar so that they get Rs 1.5 lakh from the company in the name of a fake nominee to overcome their  financial crises.  Accordingly, Damkir Giboh was allegedly given the task of taking Jumkar Basar to an isolated place and two futile attempts were made to take Basar to an isolated place on August 3 and 8. Later on August 12, they have succeeded  in their plan  and convinced late Basar to come along with them to North Lakhimpur on the pretext of some work. To execute their plan, both Megu and Giboh allegedly hired 3 persons namely Vijay Pegu @ Kari Pegu, Rajiv Paying and Raj Pegu of North Lakhimpur, Assam, the SP informed in his statement.  While returning from North Lakhimpur on August 13 night, they passed through newly under construction Railway Track from Harmuti to Gumto on foot during the night hours. After crossing Bihari Basti near  Gumto, they attacked late Jumkar Basar with boulders by inflicting injuries on the head and face of the deceased and  Basar instantly died on the spot.

The accused were arrested after joint operation launched by SP Papum Pare Nabam Gungte, P. K. Bhuyan, SP North Lakhimpur, S I Bumchu Krong investigating officer, Inspector R. Khomrang, Circle Inspector Doimukh PS , Inspector L. Bagra, Officer in charge Doimukh PS, OC PS North Lakhimpur, CMCU Unit, PHQ and Doimukh PS staffs.



CM calls for scientific approach to mitigate water crisis

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called upon the officers of the Water Resources Department (WRD) to put to optimum use their technical expertise in mitigating problems of flood and water, which are very specific to Arunachal Pradesh. He was interacting with the officers after inaugurating the newly constructed office of the Superintending Engineer (SE), Itanagar circle at Chimpu near here today.

Tuki observed that the situation of flood and water crisis is very unique in the state that calls for a very different but scientific approach to bring succor to the people.

“I am a layman when it comes to scientific and engineering solutions to the issues. Therefore, the onus is on you to come up with technical solutions,” he said to the engineers of the department and sought suggestions as well as advises from the experts through well-prepared proposals.

Tuki also suggested for roping in experts from outside the state, who can provide with inputs that may give long-term and permanent relief from floods and landslides.

“Don’t go for temporary structures and projects that would give short term solutions to our problems. As far as possible projects should be proposed that would give permanent solution,” he advised while hinting at going for cement concrete structures for flood protection.

Informing that several hydro-power projects are under various stages of implementation, the Chief Minister also sought advises and suggestions from the WRD engineers to make proper use of the water resources besides harnessing hydro power.  “On the sidelines of producing electricity, the water from our rivers can be optimally utilized for irrigation and drinking water supply,” he said and assured to keep clauses in MoUs and MoAs in future that would make it mandatory on the signatory to make alternative uses of water resources used to harness hydro-power.

Earlier, WRD Chief Engineer L Angu informed that the newly constructed office building cost the government Rs 300 lakhs, which was sanctioned under SPA in 2010-11. The double-storied building took only one year for completion and is situated in the WRD Complex, Chimpu. Adjacent to the office, a Conference Hall building is under-construction expected to be completed by March next year.

WRD Minister N Tingkhatra, Parliamentary Secretary Tinghap Taiju, Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly, Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin, Science & Technology Parliamentary Secretary J K Panggeng, Planning Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, State Medicinal Plant Board Chairman Bamang Felix and local MLA Techi Kaso were also present in the inaugural function.

Unannounced visit to Chimpu PHC

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made an unannounced  visit to the Primary Health Center (PHC) Chimpu situated at about half a kilometer from the newly inaugurated WRD Office. He was accompanied by Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly, N Tingkhatra, Jarkar Gamlin, T Taiju, J K Panggeng and Techi Kaso.

Interacting with doctors and officials of the health center, Tuki inquired about problems and issues being faced by them in providing health related services to the people. One of the major impediments of the center that came to the fore was problem of water supply. It was learnt that water supply has been disrupted due to the ongoing construction works on the 4-lane highway that passes through Chimpu.

The Chief Minister, who also holds the portfolio of Public Health Engineering& Water Supply, immediately called up the concerned officer and directed for provision of a water storage and supply of water through tankers regularly till supply lines are re-installed. On the other hand, Welly assured provision of sufficient medicines and other accessories to the Center and asked for a written requisition letter from the in-charge of the Center.

Local MLA Techi Kaso also advised the officials of the Center to approach his office in case of difficulties in running the Center efficiently and smoothly.



Namsai boy rescued from Gujarat, brought to state capital

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Believing an unknown and stranger almost cost him his life.

Bhane Rajkormakar Lohar, a 16-year-old boy of Kherbari village of Namsai in Lohit district, who was trafficked to Gujarat by a woman was rescued by Gujarat Police.

The boy was kept in a Juvenile Home in Ahmedabad for nearly six month before he was brought to Naharlagun by a team of Gujarat Police yesterday morning. The boy is presently under the custody of Oju Welfare Association (OWA), informed OWA chairperson Binny Yanga.

The woman trafficker, namely Pooja from Jharkhand brought Lohar to Gujarat with a promise to find a job for him. Falling prey to the lure of the women Lohar agreed to go with her. Pooja, accompanied by two other women of her age, took Lohar to Gujarat along with two other boys and a girl, an OWA release quoted Lohar as saying. The woman took them to industrialist state, Gujarat where Lohar was left to a wealthy family as house maid.  Lohar was promised to pay a monthly wage of Rs 3000 by his master. As the months passed by and there was no any hope for getting wage, Lohar asked his master for his salary. To his utter surprise, his master revealed him that he had already paid eleven months’ salary in advance to the woman (Pooja).

“I was so upset to know about the act of that simple looking woman”, Lohar said and added that he was so distressed and did not know what to do. Lohar ran away from the house with empty pocket and he kept loitering here and there in confusion for few more days. Fortunately, a kind hearted policeman approached him and asked him whether he needed any help. After listening to Lohar’s story, the policeman took him to the Anandnagar Police Station on March 25, 2012 and he was sent to Juvenile home in Ahmedabad after a brief enquiry. He stayed there for around six month before he was brought to Naharlagun.

Though Lohar is lucky that he could come back to his home state but he still shows his concern about those who accompanied him during his journey to Gujarat and he does not have any idea of their whereabouts!



FGA conducts leadership training prog for LCC and WAG

Itanagar, Aug 29: The week long Leadership Training-cum exposure programme for the Local Coordinating Committee (LCC) and Women Action Groups (WAG) of Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) concluded at Ziro today.

The women groups from Mechuka and Yazali participated in the programme titled “Identifying the best practice to empower the Arunachal families.” The participants were highly impressed by the volunteer works of the women groups and the members of Community Learning and Doing Center (CLDC), Palin and the Ngonu Ziro, a Ziro based non-profit organization.

The programme aimed at encouraging local people to explore various ways of mobilizing community energy to enable them to participate in the developmental process and empowering them to shape their future.

The training is designed to prepare a team of leaders in the sites of Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) so that the works are sustained even after the end of the project.

The similar training programme for Village Welfare Worker (VWW) was conducted at Primary Health Center (PHC), Sille. It is worth mentioning here that the FGA is working towards equitable and sustainable development since 1997.



East Kameng cut off

Seppa, Aug 29: Landslide triggered by incessant rain in the second week of August snapped road communication in various places in East Kameng district.

The PWD road from Pachi to Pipu, Seppa to Chayangtajo and Pakke to Khenewa remained cut off preventing normal supply essential items to those places..

Taking note of the problem of the people, East Kameng deputy commissioner Tope Bam had issued directives to the department concerned to clear the blockades within 10 days and submit action taken report accordingly.

The Seppa to Chayangtajo NEC road executed by Gammon India Ltd. witnessed slips and landslides at various stretches. The quantum of earth/rock slips to be moved and cleared in this road were at 84118.93 cubic metres and lost of restoration ran up to Rs 60 lakhs approximately. The said road has been restored for movement of light vehicles up to Chayangtajo and the executing agency Gammon India Ltd. has been directed to make the road through for heavy vehicles on priority.

Heavy erosion and landslides were also witnessed at various stretches more especially in and around 8 Kms ahead of Pakke point. However the Asstt. Engineer B.K.Sharma informed that the said road was restored for light vehicles. The Pachi to Pipu road also equally damaged at several stretches. The PWD department is doing all efforts and restoration activities were going on in a war footing. DIPRO



Sanjoy calls for nodal cell to prevent another NE exodus


GUWAHATI, Aug 29:  As the representative of North East state governments informed about post-exodus scenario vis-a-vis the number of students and working people who fled from Southern states and Maharashtra recently, it was amply clear that majority of them were from Assam.

While Meghalaya and Sikkim had no impact at all but Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Nagaland had little impact with about 100, 50, 200, 150 and 350 students and working people reaching their respective states.

The state government officers and deputy resident commissioners were taking part in an interactive session at a meeting here called by Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy after he apprised them of the outcome of the goodwill mission he led to Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai  to defuse the situation. The team including Delhi Arunachal Bhawan DRC KN Damo and Congress leader Likha Maj was the emissary of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Expressing serious concern over the present situation in Assam and the repeated bandh calls which was having a direct bearing on the people of NE in other parts of the country, Sanjoy called for a serious introspection to pit the house in order, keeping in mind that Assam is considered the face of NE.

He pointed out that the massive exodus of NE people was shocking that jolted the mainland and caught the state governments off guard as it was unexpected and the reason still not known and reminded the 1947 exodus.

He called for setting up a nodal cell for monitoring the situation while preparing a data base of the number of students and working people of the NE region living in various parts of the country.

None of the students and working people who had returned had given any specific cases of threat while few had come as their friends were returning home and few had run short of money, the disclosed. Guwahati Arunachal Bhawan DRC DJ Bora even informed that they had set up a helpline in the railway station.

Most of the state governments had set up helpline and their top ranking leaders had rushed to the affected states, Assam principal secretary (Disaster management) Atul Chaturvedi informed that the Assam government had already deputed commissioner, secretary and DGP level officers to coordinate with the respective state governments   for the safety of the students, their early return and ensure protection of the jobs of the NE people on their return.

He further informed that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had appealed through print and electronic media the students and working people to contact the officers through helpline and return soon. He also advocated coordination among the NE state governments to prepare date base for all purposes.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Singh Chavan’s close aide Ashis Dua also sought a complete data for the government to walk extra mile for the people of NE working or studying in that state.  

It was unanimously decided to inform the students as per the advice of the MP that they should report to their educational institutions before September 10 so that they could avail the special dispensation on attendance consented to by the respective state governments.

 He also reminded the appeal made by Karnataka Deputy CM D Ashoka during his NE tour to return with full confidence, while Maharashtra CM had announced to provide Guwahati-Pune-Mumbai chartered flights.



Exodus of NE students

Arunachal needs grievances redressalboard for students studying in other states

Ojing Tayeng

with inputs from PTI

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The recent exodus of North East people including students from other parts the country particularly from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in the wake of communal violence in some districts of Lower Assam might be due to rumours of impending attack, but this is not the first time that students from Northeastern region are facing threat and humiliation in Southern states of the country.

Though the common citizens fail to understand the actual reason of NE exodus, one can assumes that fear psychosis that prevails in the mind of NE students due to frequent attack and humiliation in other parts of the country in recent past might compel them to flee as precautionary measures.

It is worth mentioning here that India had alleged that the main sources of rumours were from cross the border. But this allegation was rejected by Pakistan and termed it as unfounded. It urged the Indian government to provide evidence that elements in Pakistan had used social media networking sites to whip up communal sentiments. The report further said the Indian charge had "irked" Pakistani officials, who claimed New Delhi was again using the media to conduct diplomacy instead of acting in a more responsible manner and sharing information. Such unsubstantiated statements are not very helpful in creating a conducive environment necessary for improving the relationship between our two countries, the report added.

However, in the midst of blame game on rumours which led to mass exodus of NE people from southern states of the country, the tense situation is reported to be limping back to normal in South Indian cities following intervention of respective government and various organizations.

Coming back in NE, over thousands inmates have taken shelter in relief camps in trouble-torn Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam following tense situation in the wake of an arrest of Bodo MLA recently  which sparked protests from BPF supporters. Unfortunately, violence in strife-torn Lower Assam districts reportedly continues resulting in huge loss of properties and life despite repeated assurance from government to ensure safety and security to the life and properties of innocent people. Fresh incidents of violence were reported in strife-torn Kokrajhar district yesterday.

As the situation seems to be out of control, the Assam government should intensify its activities in ground level instead providing only lip service. Repeated occurrence of violent activities may engulf the country and the people with ill motives may once again spread rumour and try to infuse disharmony among the citizen of the country.

It is also high time for the respective NE state government to pursue the Centre for full-proof security measures along Indo-Bangla and Burma international border as the explosive situation in north eastern states at present has been attributed to the unabated influx of illegal immigrants from across the border.

Meanwhile, the government of Arunachal Pradesh urged the students to return back to their respective institutions in South Indian cities following security assurance given by respective state government.

We welcome the steps taken by the Arunachal  government to arrange students return journey.  Now the state government needs to properly regulate and monitor the return journey of the students so that they reach their destination safely. A permanent grievances redressal board/committee need to be constituted to look into  the grievances of students of Arunachal who are studying outside the state. Moreover, Arunachal Pradesh needs to intensify ILP checking drive in all the 17 districts of the state. Whatever it may be, kudos to the various political organizations and their frontal wings for their cooperation and support to ensure security and safety of the North East people in time of needs. If such mutual understanding and feeling of oneness amongst the people of the country prevail, there would be no more feeling of insecurity by the people of north eastern states in other part of the country in days to come.



AAPPTF counters BRO’s claim, declares bandh

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Transport Federation (AAPPTF) today countered the claims of BRO. The BRO officials in a briefing to the governor on August 27 last said that Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) and Orang-Kalaktang-Shergaon-Rupa-Tenga (OKSRT) road project which is 70 per cent ready/motorable and further claimed that despite all the challenges BRO is working proactively and with commitment in building up the border road infrastructure of the state and the nation as a whole, the Federation said.

Criticizing the claim of the BRO, the Federation said the work execution between Balipara to Tawang road is not progressing and earth cutting is also not in systematic way. It alleged that altogether 49 died and 59 injured on accidents and many vehicles have also been damaged in between Bhalukpong to Tawang since 2009 due to unsystematic road construction being executed by BRO.

The federation further disagreeing with their claim alleged that the said stretch of road is still lying under the state of shock and causing lots of troubles to commuters.

They further said that the BRO official has assured completion of some stretch of roads within 15 days but their assurance remained a lips service.

Taking all these grievances, the AAPPTF has already declared 12 hours West Kameng and Tawang bandh on September 2 and demanded the BRO to fulfill their assurance immediately.

Meanwhile, AAPPTF in its general meeting held yesterday has dissolved the AAPPTF state unit executive members and decided to constitute conference executive committee for the ensuing AAPPTF conference cum Selection of executive member to be held at Aalo on November.



DC inspects power projects

ANINI, Aug 29:  Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Abu Tayeng accompanied by engineers of Hydro Power Development Department and DPO inspected the two commissioned mini power projects namely Echito Nallah, MHS (2x20kw) at Acheso, Awapani MHS Ph-I ( 3x50kw) and Pl-II (2x250 kw) at Alinye and under construction Awapni MHS(2x250 kw)  project at Gepulin.

All the projects are funded under PM package and implemented by the Deptt. of Hydro Power Development (DHPD.

During the inspection, the DC assessed the massive damages caused to Awapani MHS( Ph-I & Ph-II) by the recent torrential rain and instructed the Executive Engineer, DHPD to immediately submit Flood Damage Report (FDR) and damage estimation to the Govt. for necessary fund allotment so that timely maintenance work can be initiated to stop further damages to the power project.

While inspecting ongoing Awapani MHS at Gepulin, Tayeng urged the contractor to maintain quality work and ensure completion within the targeted period as the successful commissioning of the project will greatly benefit the villagers of the district for the next many years.

The DC instructed the  FA Ansari, EE, DHPD for  proper monitoring and  engineering guidance to the contractor. Also, DC instructed the E&M Department to ensure that the installed capacity of the projects delivers to its full capacity as the present power generation is much lower than the installed capacity.

The DC, circle officer Oni Padu DIPRO RT Khom accompanied the team of surveyors and planners from Urban department the next day to personally monitor the survey work of the newly notified Dambuen circle headquarter here. The DC shared his preconceived idea with the team on  planning and development of the new circle so that project comes up with systematic and desired shape.DIPRO.



Mukto Chag-zam ( Iron chain Bridge)

Rinchen Dorjee

Drubthog Thangthong Gyalpo, popularly known as Lama Chag-zam Wangpo was an architect, Philosopher and an Iron chain bridge builder. According to their authentic references, G.Tucci  and R.A.Stein accepts 1385 as the year of birth and 1464 as year of death of Thangthong Gyalpo.

According to the biographical information in the history of Bhutan, Thangthong Gyalpo was born in the year of  Wood Ox  year (1384) in the village of Rinchen Ding in Tibet. He started building Iron suspension bridges of more than 100 meter Spans at the beginning of 15th century, while in Europe, spans of more than 20 meters were regarded as significant achievement.  The only and more than 580 years old iron chain bridge, first of its kind  in Mon region was constructed by Lama Chag-zam Wangpo, sometime  during  1420  to 1430,  over river Tawang -Chu  named   Chag-zam where Chag means iron and Zam means bridge at Mukto village which is situated in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The main motivation behind this magnificent construction was his immense compassion for the people, who due to lack of bridges over various rivers in Himalayan region, were usually  compelled to cross them in small boats or other floating vessels etc.

During  his life time,  Lama Chag-zam Wangpo built over 100 iron bridges all over the Himalaya region. And Mukto Chag-Zam is certainly one of them and perhaps, it is, the only iron chain bridge in India built by him while  such other bridges are  over the various rivers in Himalaya region in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and other adjoining regions. Due to its unworldly nature of construction, this needs timely consecration prayer to lengthen its life. The local folks even today offer prayers at the metal work site. The consecration puja for the bridge was routinely  conducted by the Guru Rinpoche by virtue of his association with the builder of the bridge  in his previous incarnations. It is believed that the Third incarnation of Guru Rinpoche  was one of the three sons of  Drubthog Thangthong Gyalpo. It is  because of this reason that Guru Rinpoche  conducts Rabney at regular interval.

It is said that after completion of the construction of a good number of  Chag-zam  bridges at Bhutan, some  iron metals and finished iron chains were  found in surplus and left unused and as such with a view to make good use  of those surplus materials for the service of mankind and animals, Thangthong Gyalpo setout for Mon Region from Bhutan. He made his camp at Bherkhar, a small hamlet in Kharsanang area in Mon Tawang which is not very far from Tawang-Chu river, the construction site of Cag-zam.

As a testimony, his footprint, the skull used for performing  rituals and some iron chain are still preserved  in the house where Chag-Zam Wangpo stayed during the construction of the bridge.

He composed an opera called Ache Lhamo which was performed repeatedly to collect  fund and materials for construction work. The audiences, impressed with the performance of opera, donated in cash, in kind and pieces of iron for the construction. This opera is performed even today with great fanfare. Finally, he collected enough fund and iron to start the construction of iron bridge.

It is said and believed that he extracted the service of men, gods and demons to melt and mould the construction metals exercising his mystic and supernatural power. The men were engaged in day’s shift and the gods and demons took over at nights. The rock where the open air workshop was set up, still stands there as testimony. Surprisingly, no  sign of welding, which normally joins the metal to hold the bridge together, was  found along the entire span of the bridge, which is strongly assumed as an indication of him being a manifestation of a heavenly being.

The villagers of Mukto, Gomkyaleng and Mirba take care for maintenance, renovation and proper protection of the bridge and even today it is regularly used by men and animals to cross the river Tawang-Chu. Now the bridge is  very old as its age is calculated to about 600 years old, the present status of the bridge is not in good condition which needs immediate attentions of the Government to preserve, protect and promote such  important  monuments and old cultural heritage. If proper care is taken and maintained such monuments would attract good number of domestic and foreign tourists besides its architectural and academic importance.



Strive hard for academic excellence: DC

AALO, Aug 29:  The highest institution of learning in the district should strive hard for academic excellence by building a conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning, said West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete while attending the Fresher’s Social Meet at Donyi Polo Govt. College Kamki today.

“The collegians should be studious, disciplined and ambitious to become a worthy citizen so that they can play a multiple roles in the society for development, the DC said while expressing his deep concern over the dwindling reading habit and erosion of moral values among the youths.

He appealed to the student community to go for self introspection to excel in life and emulate the feats achieved by the successful people. Passing a cautionary note on indiscipline and unruly scenes during college election in the past, the DC said that everything should go peaceful for the interest of the college within the campus and any trouble shooters will not be spared at any cost and hinted at forming a disciplinary committee to look into disciplinary matters without interfering the internal administration of the college.

He also gave away Independence Day Commendation Certificate to the cook, prizes to Freshers and visited the college library.

Earlier, the DC visited the ADC Kamba office and interacted with the ADC and staffs on various problems, prominent being the road connectivity to the ADC office.

Kamba ADC Nyiken Lollen said that the image created by the collegians within and outside the college gate carry the entire image of the college and urged them to behave and maintain a high standard in as well as off the college campus for the school students to emulate and utilize their youthful energies for all constructive purposes.  The institution of higher learning at their doorstep is a great opportunity and students should be able to grasp all opportunities, he said and he assured all administrative support as and when needed.

Earlier, welcoming the gathering Dr. R. Karlo the Principal of the college said that positive attitude, sense of belonging ness to the college and inclusive look among the students alone can be mantras of success. The present day identity crisis and mushrooming of students unions is not only detrimental to the society but put negative impact on the minds of the students, he said.

“Students should be free from all present day vices and concentrate more on studies,” he said.

The Associate Professors and the senior students of the college also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: 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.


Sports calendar on the cards

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: A meeting of the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs was held in the conference hall of the Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) under the chairmanship of Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Indira Mallo to prepare a sports calendar to systemize sport activities, including PYKKA, in the state, according to an official release.

The meeting attended by the office bearers/representatives of all the state level registered sports associations, district sports officers unanimously resolved to stick to the guidelines as may be issued by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs from time to time. The meeting also felt the necessary of appointing more coaches in the department and providing scientific coaching/ training to the players by SAA. All sports competitions under PYKKA at block, district and state level would be completed by November as per schedule issued by the central government, the release informed..

Earlier, the presidents/secretaries of various sports bodies/associations had submitted their annual schedule of activities to the department of sports and youth affairs which will help the department in taking up the matter with the government for timely release of necessary financial assistance.

The meeting was attended by Director of Sports & Youth Affairs D K Dinglow, SAA vice chairman Likha Tara and other officers and officials of DSYA.


‘Relax age limit’

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Holder in Elementary Education Association in a letter to Director of Elementary Education reacted to the government notification regarding upper age limit for Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).

The Association appealed to the Director to reconsider the decision and relax the upper age limit upto five years for both the categories of TET.


AITC flays Govt on journalist shooting case

ITANAGAR, Aug 29:  The  state unit of All India Trinmool Congress (AITC) has extended support to the proposed plateful Dharna outside the Chief Minister’s Bungalow at Niti vihar tomorrow by the Press fraternity of the state in protests against authority’s failure to make any breakthrough in the July 15 shooting incident where the Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times suffered grievous bullet injuries.

It is quite ridiculous and unfortunates that the state government has miserably failed to make any breakthrough in shooting case though even after 44 days have passed, party general secretary Techi Necha said in a release.

He also expressed doubt over the sincerity of Capital police, whose duty is, among others, to ensure safety and security of the citizen.


Union demands proper implementation of power MoU

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union in a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister alleged that private hydro power developers are not adhering to the MoU/MoA while implementing the power projects in the state.

Besides various socio-economic welfare measures, MoU signed between the state Govt and private power companies clearly mentioned various categories of job to be reserved for the local  people. But in reality, the private companies  recruit the outsiders instead of giving preference to local affected people, the Union alleged. Private power developers, which do not the follow the MoU should not allow to implement project,  the Union said. It appealed the state Govt to constitute a committee to look into the matter in ground level to ensure proper implementation of MoU and to sign fresh MoU if necessitated.3


Forum calls capital bandh, admn. declares bandh illegal

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum has called 12 hrs capital complex bandh on August 31 in protest against the decision to shift Greenfield Airport from Karsingsa-Banderdewa to Holongi.

Media, magistrate, milk van, electrical, health and PHE departments are exempted from the purview of bandh call.

Meanwhile, the district administration has declared the said bandh call on August 31 as illegal.

Taking serious view of the bandh call, the magistrate under section 144 CrPC urged the bandh callers to abstain from any act that may affect the right, liberty, safety or security of common citizens or that may cause public disturbance of the public peace and tranquility.

The magistrate also directs the Superintendent of Police to take all necessary preventive steps to ensure that no bandh call takes place on August 31.


State Level Karate-Do Championship

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Arunachal Tenshinkan Shotokan-Ryu Karate-Do Association is organizing 18th Senior, Junior, Cadet and Sub-junior State Level Karate-Do Championship -2012 at Solung-Mopin ground, Itanagar from October 12-14.


Solung cultural prog. in full swing

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The cultural dance and song competitions organized as part of the Solung, the socio-agricultural festival of the Adi community, are going on in full swing since yesterday at Mopin-Solung ground here.

The highlights of today’s evening were the traditional dress show competition, group and solo dances among various rashengs (women group). The second day of the cultural competitions witnessed a huge gathering of children, young and old dressed in their best red and black traditional attires (galuks and gales).

The games and sports competitions have already been conducted. The main function will be observed on September 1. Besides the traditional observance, Tapung Yingkong, a compilation of Adi songs by Guni Pertin and Guute Bene by Ilo Libang will be released on the occasion.


Hunli KGBV to introduce Idu Ekob as 3rd language

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The School Management Committee of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Hunli has decided to introduce Idu [email protected] Azobra as a third language to be taught in the school in addition to their normal subjects. This was decided by the school authority in consultation with Abralow, Memorial Multipurpose Society (AMMS) chief Komini Meto and Hindu Meme, Literary Secretary IMCLS, informed AMMS in a release.

“It is a small step in the direction of preserving our own mother tongue (Idu Mishmi) from School point of view but a giant leap for the cause of Mishmi Society in general,” AMMS said in a release

Meanwhile, the school authority appealed to the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society, All Idu Mishmi Govt Employ Association, All Idu Mishmi Students Union, Idu [email protected] Azobra, NGOs, public leaders and Department of Education to extend their helping hand and support for the successful implementation of this noble cause in the best possible way and means, the release added.





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

Global water initiative

The UN Global Compact announced the launch of a global Water Action Hub – the world’s first on-line platform to unite companies, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders on a range of critical water projects in specific river basins around the planet.

The core of the Water Action Hub online tool is a map-based data management system that facilitates match-making by allowing users to identify potential collective action opportunities via river basins, organizations, projects, and collaboration action areas.

The Water Action Hub was developed by the CEO Water Mandate in partnership with the International Business Leaders Forum; Deloitte; GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the Pacific Institute.

While the Water Action Hub provides a platform for local project implementation, the companion beta version of the Guide lays out how effective collective action in sustainable water management is both the key to approaching shared risk successfully and addressing a substantial point of vulnerability for many companies.

It is said that the CEO Water Mandate is producing this Guide because collective action done right leads to a strong sense of shared interests, shared responsibility, and shared benefits. The collective action process emphasizes joint, proactive engagement that leads to better and stronger outcomes than available through unilateral action.


Wake up Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to share my experience of shopping gained  recently at Ganga market near Sumo counter in state Capital. When I enquired about price of a Water pump (1.5HP), a shopkeeper informed me that it will cost Rs 12,500.  When I asked for the same at Naharlagun, I came to know that it costs only Rs 8500.

Here a funny but serious question arises – Does the carrying charge of a water pump from Naharlagun to Itanagar cost Rs 4000? Infact, they are making our straightforward and innocent people fool and thus making huge profit.

My second experience is more interesting, I purchased a steel water bottle at Akash Deep complex which costs Rs 700 but after bargaining I paid 600.  Next day I revisited the shop to replace the steel bottle as I found leakage. To my utter surprise, I found MRP at cover of the bottle which was only Rs 470.

These are some examples how these businessmen from outside of state easily befool us. I request the authority concerned to check such unscrupulous businessmen and seize their trading license. If possible set up an office in the market area so that complaints could be lodged against unscrupulous traders at the spot.  Wake up Arunachal.


Nyayum Yekar

Chimpu, Itanagar



Not an acceptable suggestion

Dear Editor,

Although I appreciate KVK and NRC (Mithun) for organizing  animal health camps and vaccination programme for the welfare of Mithun farmers but the suggestion offered by Programme Coordinator, KVK, Papum Pare for imparting training to Mithun owners on pushing injection and castration cannot be accepted. I think this is against the Veterinary council rules. Mithun owners can be trained on basic first aids only and not to the extent of pushing injections and castrations which may invite legal and clinical complication in future.




National Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern center,

Khanapara, Guwahati


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