ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Banggo United FC registered a 3-0 win over Ngargo Ao FC in a group
match in the first ever Solung Football Tournament organized by Solung Festival Celebration
Committee Itanagar (SFCCI) at DNG College playground here today.
Oyin Tatin (30 min) and Yongkiram Tayeng (69 min) scored a goal each for the winning
team. The third goal was an own goal. Ato Borang of Banggo United was named ‘Player
of the Day’.
Solung United FC and Golgi Bote FC from group ‘B’ have already qualified for semifinals,
informed SFCCI sports secretary Kadum Apang, in a release.
1. Siang UFC Vs Banggo UFC(G-A) (2 pm)
2. Dongin FC vs Minam YFC(G-B) (3.30pm)
CSC, Sanglo Putung win in super 10
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: BNFC lost 4-5 to Chimpu Sporting Club (CSC) in a Super 10 match
in the 7 Warriors 9th Independence Running Trophy Football Tournament at KV No 2
playground here today.
CSC shot into lead three minutes into the match through Tai Thomas which was equalized
by Tamuk Taja of BNFC in 17 minutes.
CSC scored four goals in the second half while BNFC could score only three. Other
scorers of CSC and BNFC were Takesh Heri and Tashuk Ramching respectively.
The second match of the day was played between Sanglo Putung and Chandnagar FC in
which the former beat the latter by 2-0, which also included an owl goal.
1. Chimpu United vs Friends Youth Club
2. Spartans GHYC vs Shining Boys FC.
Awareness programme for farmers and stakeholder
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Training for the creation of awareness among farmers and other
stakeholders regarding provisions of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers
Right Act (PPV & FRA), 2001 was organized at Orchid Research Centre, Tippi by the
State Forest Research Institute, Itanagar on 10th of August. Training was sponsored
by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Authority, Ministry of Agriculture,
Govt. of India.
Speakers during the day included EAC Bhalukpong, SFRI Director, DFO Silviculture,
DFO Khellong Forest Division, Bhalukpong who all spoke on various aspects of PPV
& FRA, 2001. Dr. L R Bhuyan, Systematic Botanist, SFRI and Dr. Ona Apang Principal
Investigator made power point presentation on topic general flora of Arunachal and
procedures for conducting descriptions of characters of orchid as per the guidelines
of the authority. More than 100 farmers attended the awareness training, the release
Students take out rally
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: A mass peace rally was organized by the students of GHSS Itanagar
along with Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) from H S school
premises to restricted area of CM’s bunglow today to ventilate their grievances
and submit a memorandum. Thousands of student from twin capital city reportedly took
part in the rally.
Addressing the students at dharna site SUMA president Biri Tabing exhorted all those
participants to maintain social spirit for cause of coming young generation. Later
Tabing along with School representatives submitted the memorandum to the Education
Commissioner C B Kumar for necessary action. The Education Commissioner was said
to have assured his full cooperation for solution to grievances.
While pointing out the construction of road ‘through the middle of school compound
creating much disturbance for the school authority,’ the memorandum addressed to
the CM demanded immediate halt of payment to the contractor and take appropriate
action against the erring executing department at earliest. It further demanded
proper maintenance of school boundary, improvement of school infrastructure and
refund of excess amount charged from the students as school fees and additional
bus service for transportation of students.
Councillor visits RKMH
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: On the eve of the Independence Day, the councillor of ward no.5
and also the member of empowerment standing committee (IMC) Taba Yall Nabam today
visited RK Mission hospital, Itanagar. She interacted with patients and administrative
Later she distributed fruits to the patient and prayed for their speedy recovery.
She also heaped praised on RK Mission hospital for their yeomen service and assured
full cooperation from her side being councillor of the said word.
ACGF condemns physical assault on govt officer
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The members of Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) have vehemently
condemned the dastardly act of physical assault on Er. Narang Gumbo, Executive Engineer,
Sangram division by some miscreants without any provocation at Naharlagun recently.
Such unruly behavior and act on any public servant will demoralize the effective
functioning of their duty and hamper the overall development of society directly
or indirectly, ACGF added in a release. Any public servant must be allowed to function
with fair and just manner. The forum appeals all public concerned to restrain from
such activities, and particularly to administration to curb such menaces and identify
the culprit and impose exemplarily punishment without any prejudice.
DPC meeting held at Yingkiong
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: District Planning Committee meeting of Border Area Development
Programme of Upper Siang district was held in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner
office Yingkiong on 13th August under the Chairmanship of Liyon Borang Deputy Commissioner.
Informing about the aims and objectives of the meeting the chairman Borang announced
the decision of including Jengging under BADP schemes during the current financial
year for the first time.
He appealed officers and Panchayat members to submit schemes on priority basis restricting
the amount to a tune of 1.85 crores each under the three border blocks- Jengging,
Tuting and Payindem. Local MLA Alo Libang while participating in the discussion suggested
and insisted judicious and perfect selection of schemes and proper monitoring of
its implementation so that the public get the real development. Nobeng Burang ZPM
Jengging extended thanks to the authority concern for inclusion of Jengging under
BADP schemes. Kopir Osik ZPM Likor-Singga and PR members representing Singga and
Migging also attended and participated in the discussion. DPO, DMO, ADTH, CO Jengging,
DAO, DHO and DVO attended the meeting and participated in the discussion.
National Librarians Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: National Librarians Day was celebrated in a befitting manner to
pay tribute to Dr S R Ranganathan, father of library science on his birth anniversary
in the complex of District Library Anini in presence of Administrative Officers,
Army Officer, Principal, Teachers and students of Govt. Hr. sec School, J.N. Vidhyalaya,
Anini under chairmanship of Tamune Miso, Deputy Commissioner Anini.
Speaking on the occasion, RK Singh, DLO & IO highlighted the reasons behind the celebrations
of National librarian’s Day. Prizes were also distributed to the participants of
essay and quiz competition conducted by District Library on this Occasion. National
Librarian Day was also celebrated in a befitting manner at District Library, Koloriang.
The function was attended by the library readers, teachers and students of various
schools. Jacob Tabing CO (Hq) graced the occasion. In his brief speech he emphasized
upon the importance of the developing reading habit to improve the knowledge and
also urged the people present to utilize the full capacity of the Library as the
Library is the store house of knowledge. Joram Taga, District Library and Information
appealed the mass to avail the maximum benefit of library service as library is supplement
to class room teaching for students and People University as whole.
An Essay competition was also organized among the students of various schools. The
competition was divided into Senior and junior group. The winner was awarded cash
prize with certificate and also free membership of the library were given to top
eight students of each group to encourage library culture.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The All Banderdewa Circle Students’ Union (ABCSU) conducted a mass
social service at market premise and near Police Station, Banderdewa yesterday.
The day-long drive was attended by the teaching staffs and students of Govt. Secondary
School, PTC, Banderdewa, panchayat leaders and the PS OC.
Social service at Doimukh
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The panchayat leaders of IInd Doimukh Anchal Samiti Block, Teachers
students and General Public under the guidance of Anchal Chairperson Yab Lotus, ASM
8th Doimukh conducted social service along with plantation around Govt. Primary School
Sangri under papum Pare District. Gram Panchayat members were also present. Panchayat
leaders also donated ceiling fan to Govt. Primary School Amba, Doimukh.
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Training cum demonstration on drip irrigation by using waste plastic
bottles was held on date 8th August at Abuliyang by KVK Lower Subansiri. During
the day of training, SMS (Soil Science) Hage Munth explained in details about how
waste plastic bottle can be used for irrigating the crops by simply making a tiny
holes on bottom of the bottle. More than 13 farmers attended on the training.
Literary competition at Bana
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: An inter-school literary competition which include essay writing,
painting & quiz competition was held at St.Xavier School,Bana on 13th August in which
more than 70 students from Govt. Sec School, Eklavya Model Residential School, Kameng
Welfare Society School, St. Xavier School & Govt. Middle School,Bana participated.
The competition was sponsored and organized by Abu Taba, CO cum BDO and D K Thungon,CDPO,
Bana to encourage the students in extra -curricular activities and to expose their
hidden talents. The prizes to the winners of the competition will be distributed
on 15th August 2013.
CBI registers regular case against MLA Phurpa Tsering
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: In a major setback to sitting Congress legislator from Dirang assembly
constituency Phurpa Tsering the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered
a Regular Criminal Case under Sections 120-B r/w 420 of IPC and Sections 13(2) r/w
13(l)(d) and 15 of P. C. Act' 1988 against him and endorsed the case to Vikash Kumar
Pathak, Inspector, CBI, ACB, Guwahati for investigation. Besides him 7 other persons
including local government officials and Panchayat leaders will also be investigated
by the CBI.
The copy of the said regular CBI case has also been forwarded to the Special Judge,
P.C. Act, West Sessions Division-cum- Additional District & Sessions Judge, Bomdila,
West Kameng District for information and necessary action on 5th of this month. The
Writ Petitions Vide No. WP(C) 153(AP) 2012 dated 18.04.2012 was filed by Leiki Khandu
and another Writ Petition Vide No WP(C) 154(AP) 2012 dated 18.04.2012 by Dorjee
Khandu. Both the Petitioners further submitted the Additional Affidavits on 17.07.2012.
The Writ Petitions and Additional Affidavits alleged anomalies in acquisition of
land and building and in determination and payment of compensation to land owners
for horticulture / land/ building acquired for Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH] Project
in the Dirang region of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Bench, while disposing the two Writ Petitions passed
a common judgment on 09.08.2012, directing CB1 to make an enquiry into the matter
and to find out the truth or otherwise on the alleged irregularities committed by
the members of the Compensation Board, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh and other persons
including the local MLA of Dirang Constituency. In compliance of above CBI, ACB,
Guwahati Branch registered PE No. PE0172012A0005 ([PE 5 (A)/2012-GWH) dated 29.09.2012
for conducting enquiry.
As per the CBI report, during enquiry omission and commission constituting criminal
offence by suspected persons causing pecuniary loss to the Govt, and pecuniary gain
to certain persons were found. Accordingly, enquiry report was submitted on 29/04/2013
before the Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench. The Gauhati High Court
ordered that CBI should take further necessary action as directed by them. Report
further read, “The enquiry discloses the prima- facie criminality on the part of
the Compensation Board Members for showing favour to some selected few beneficiaries
including Phurpa Tsering, MLA by preparing false and fabricated valuation reports
which is highly inflated and misrepresenting certain vital facts with regard to the
duplicity of land including that of Phurpa Tsering and presence of apple/orange trees
on land to be acquired for two lane Trans Arunachal Highway. The approximate loss
was calculated to the tune of Rs. 2, 15, 94,140.00 (approx.) due to overvaluation”.
CM lays foundation stone of TCC, launches NUHM
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: On the eve of Independence Day, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today
gifted the people of the state a Cancer Center and the National Urban Health Mission,
marking another milestone in the health sector of Arunachal Pradesh.
In a simple but impressive function at the premises of the Naharlagun State Hospital
here, Tuki laid the foundation stone for the Tertiary Cancer Center (TCC) and also
launched the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) in presence of Health and Family
Welfare Minister Atum Welly, Secretary Indira Malo Jain, Director Dr Kartik Nishing
and Chief Medical Superintendent Dr Moji Jini besides host of officers, doctors and
officials of the State Hospital.
Describing the TCC a milestone in state’s heath delivery system, Tuki however called
for massive awareness campaign against all life threatening diseases including cancer
and conduct of free health camps to know the health status of the masses. He advocated
introduction of health card for each family in tune with his proposed CM’s Universal
Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) which would provide cashless treatment in notified
government and private hospitals initially to BPL category families. Once the state
and district hospitals are upgraded, expert surgeons could be brought from reputed
hospitals from outside to treat patients within the state as per the agreement under
preparation to be inked with a reputed insurance company with proven record, he added.
Tuki urged the concerned Minister, Secretary and officials of the Directorate and
the State Hospital to fast-track processing of the proposal and ensure its launch
by September next.
“We cannot delay giving the benefit to the people, particularly in delivery of health
services, with reasons like official bottlenecks,” he observed.
Expressing dismay at the inordinate delay in upgrading of the 15-bedded State Hospital
to a 300-bedded multi-specialty hospital-cum-medical college, the Chief Minister
appealed the implementing agency to expedite the construction.
He asserted it as one of the most prestigious projects of the state and said that
delay in its completion is equal to depriving the people of their basic rights.
Citing his meeting with Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad recently at New Delhi,
Tuki informed that the Union Minister has assured all-out support to Arunachal Pradesh
in augmenting health services and will visit the state next month to take first-hand
report of the ground situation.
Without taking the name of the executing agency of the 300 bedded-cum-college, the
Chief Minister emphasized that the dream project should be executed on war footing
or given back to the State Government. The Center is implementing the project through
an agency by signing a tripartite MoU, the State Government being a party to it.
Speaking on the occasion, Welly said the TCC would immensely benefit the state people,
but suggested the health mangers to find out the cause leading to rise in number
of cancer cases, particularly stomach cancer. He also called for strict enforcement
of ban on sale of tobacco products in the state to prevent cancer.
He said the NUHM would be great relief but exhorted that those in medical profession
are ‘social workers’ and should serve with dedication and sincerity to serve humanity.
“The TCC approved by the Center under National Programme for Prevention and Control
of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) with radiotherapy
facility would offer complete treatment for the poor people who cannot afford the
time consuming and costly treatment outside,” said Oncosurgeon and State Nodal Officer
for NPCDCS, Dr Mari Basar. The Rs 6-crore project includes Rs 1.8 crore of state
Dr Basar and radiotherapist Dr S Tsering were heaped with praises for their untiring
efforts since 1999 to make the TCC a reality.
Earlier, H&FW director Dr Kartik lauded the state government, particularly the Chief
Minister for creating directorates of medical education & research and family welfare,
creating posts of 100 Medical Officers, 52 ANMs while 55 specialist’ posts were under
process which would help improve the health scenario of the state.
Dr Jini, in his concluding address, said that despite inadequate facilities doctors
of the State Hospital were serving the people, including those from Assam, to their
best capacities which however would improve with upgradation of the hospital.
Meanwhile, Dr Raja Dodum, State Nodal Officer for NUHM, explained the objectives,
target and implementation procedure of the newly launched Health Mission.
ANSU seeks Govt status on its demands
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Appalled by the inaction of the state government in the Bomjen
Gapak murder incident, the All Nyishi Students’ Union has urged upon the state government
to come out with the report regarding the demands placed by it.
In a release, it said, two months have passed since the agitation was deferred on
the assurance given by the chief minister himself. The government needs to clarify
on the status as per the demand. We expect a man of his stature, the guardian of
the state, to honour his commitment, it said.
It appears as though all the demands are still to see the light even after passing
of two months and to this the chief minister owes an explanation to the entire public
of Arunachal Pradesh, it held.
The union is deeply hurt by this casual take by the government and being taken for
a ride for two months and for the lackadaisical attitude shown. The union will deliberate
on the further course of action very seriously after the update given by the government
in this regard and intensify its agitation after the union is satisfied that the
entire stretch of two months was not just an eyewash, it declared.
ANSU has been demanding arrest of culprit involved in Bomjen’s murder case, appointment
of Independent Home Minister, additional police stations at Itanagar and Naharlagun
and installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic areas of capital complex.
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: In a rare show of maturity and unity, the All Arunachal Pradesh
Students Union (AAPSU) and Naharlagun NRL petrol pump owner and senior advocate Tony
Pertin came to term and resolved the ‘misunderstanding’ that cropped up after the
unfortunate petrol pump vandalism incident at Naharlagun on June 17 last. However,
Adi Baane Kebang and Adi Students Union (AdiSU) played a perfect mediator in resolving
On June 17 last, a group of persons reportedly ransacked the NRL petrol pump at Naharlagun
owned by Tony Pertin.
Addressing a joint press conference here at Arunachal Press Club today, ABK president
Kangir Jamoh showered praises on AAPSU president Kamta Lapung for showing maturity
in resolving the issue. Lauding all the members of AAPSU and AdiSU who played
important role in bringing a solution to the misunderstanding, Jamoh hoped that
such maturity will be displayed by the young leaders in future too for greater interest
of the state.
“The case has been settled with the intervention of ABK and also AdiSU” declared
Kamta Lapung. “Life is nothing but full of compromise, let us compromise in greater
interest,” Lapung said adding that the 17th June incident took place due to communication
gap and misunderstanding. He appealed to the ABK and AdiSU to continue their good
works for the cause of people of the state. Lapung further appealed to its advisers
to continue their guidance to the Apex student body.
“Little misunderstanding has been settled” said Tony Pertin adding “misunderstanding
sometimes happens out of emotion and anger. It was a case of such a nature.” He
also apologized to well-wishers, general public and petrol pump dealers for the inconvenience
caused to them due to such ‘misunderstanding’. He also assured to work together
for progress of Arunachal.
ABK secretary general Bodong Yirang, who is also director of elementary education,
said that Kamta Lapung had shown maturity to tackle the crisis. He hoped that Lapung
will continue his maturity in future too.
AdiSU president Sokun Siboh also lauded the AAPSU leaders for their matured decision
in solving the issue. He also appealed Pertin to continue his cooperation. AAPSU
convenor Tadar Kakum also spoke on the occasion. Among others AAPSU legal advisor
T T Tara was also present in the press meet.
‘AAPSU is not final authority’ : While addressing the media persons, AAPSU legal
adviser T T Tara appealed to the general public of the state not to believe in misinformation
that AAPSU is granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajong or AAPSU is inclined to issue
PRC to non APSTs. Tara clarified that AAPSU is not a final authority to decide on
granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajong and issuing PRC to non-APSTs.
AAPSU is only a team member of the JHPC which is basically formed to study the ground
reality of Chakma-Hajong in the state, Tara said adding once completed, the report
will be submitted to the Govt for necessary action.
Similarly, on the issue of PRC to non-APSTs, the advisor informed that state Govt
will take a policy decision on it. He reiterated that AAPSU will always fight for
the interest of the indigenous people of the state.
Massive manhunt launched to trace back absconding UTPs
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Taking serious note of the recent jail breaks at Chowkham, Tezu
and Khonsa, state government has launched a massive manhunt and combing operations
on with the help of CRPF and Assam Rifles. Two cases vide NMS PS Case No.121/13/
U/S 224/34 IPC and FIR No.70/13 dtd. 6.08.2013 have been registered. Action has been
taken against the officers on duty including Guard Commanders who have been put under
suspension and departmental action has been initiated against the IRBn staff, the
Photographs of all the criminals and hue-and-cry notice of escaped UTPs was circulated
to all neighbouring districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland including
main bus stand, railway stations, check gates likely to be used by the escaped UTPs.
Besides this, police men on duty at Tirap Sub-jail have also been arrested in connection
with FIR No.70/13 dtd. 6.08.2013 U/S 223/224/34 IPC, PS Khonsa. Informing that advisories
have been issued to all district SPs under the overall supervision of DCs to ensure
regular checking of police staff deployed, besides checking of jail staff as per
Jail Manual, stationing of adequate number of police personnel in sensitive jails,
proper checking of visitors to avoid smuggling of hacksaw blade, crow bars or any
such instrument into the hands of prison inmates and to pursue proper power supply
24 hours back up for proper vigilance and overview, inmates in prisons should be
rotated and no inmates should be allowed to stay in a cell longer than two weeks
at a stretch, regular and thorough checking of Prison cells should be carried out
by the jail authorities without complacency and there should be 24 hours power back
up in each prisons/jails/sub-jails, rotation by the concerned police commanding officers
of staff posted on jail duty and rotation of IRBn and AAP Bn staff on the pattern
of para-military forces without interference from external sources, it hoped that
with the initiatives taken by the government, recurrence of such instance will be
checked and prevented.
Mouth-watering final on cards as ITBP face BTFC
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF), Kimin set up a mouth-watering
Eagle Trophy final with formidable Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC).
ITBP team stormed into the final defeating Todo United 3-2 in a high voltage match
at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today afternoon.
Todo United, which entered into the semifinal defeating Tarh United yesterday, drew
the first blood against the para-military team scoring in 3rd minutes through Takam
Tayam. The ITBP team suffered another big jolt when one of their players was sent
off for foul play few minutes later.
After trailing 0-1, the 10-men ITBPF team fought back valiantly and went on to score
two quick goals in the 27th and 30th minutes through Gumli Riba and W Madhu Singh
to lead the match 2-1 in the first half.
Both sides played aggressively in the second half, especially Todo United, who were
desperately looking for the equalizer. Tayam, one of the senior-most football players
of the state, again rocked ITBP camp by scoring the equalizer in 46th minutes. This
was, perhaps, one of the best goals of the tournament so far.
The match was evenly poised until Gumli Riba scored in 70th minutes to book ITBP’s
place in the grand final.
Earlier, BTFC outclassed Gora Makik SC in the first semifinal.
Striker Toko Poliam gave BTFC a flying start by scoring in14th minute. He again found
the net in 35th minute to give his team 2-0 lead in the break.
GMSC, who entered into the semifinal trouncing Model SC 8-0 in the quarterfinal,
could not live up to their reputation in today’s match. However, GMSC fought back
in the second half scoring in 62 minutes through Techi Tasar; but ultimately lost
the match to a superior team.
Poliam netted his third goal in 70th minutes to complete his hat-trick. Tage That
put the final nail in the coffin of GMSC by scoring in 71 minute.
Poliam was adjudged player of the match for his outstanding performance.
The final will be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow at 2.30 pm.
Protest rally held against atrocity to women
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: A peaceful procession was conducted by Nari Kalyan Kendre and All
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society at Daporijo Township today. Women from every
walk of life came out in the street to register their protest and make people aware
against the domestic violence and atrocity towards the women. Recently a minor girl
was allegedly raped at Daporijo.
Procession started from Rijo Ground covering most of the colony within the township.
Finally the procession culminated at Rijo conference hall, where protester gathered.
Later a meeting was conveyed in presence of Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent
of police along with other dignitaries.
During the peaceful procession more than five hundred women including students from
Govt.Hr. secondary school participated. Representative from women community like
doctors, engineers, teachers, panchayat leaders, social activist, media persons and
public actively participated. Most of the women participants were both tribal and
Many slogans and quotation dedicated to the empowerment of women and condemning ill
treatment against the women was reflected in the placard and banners.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Tahang Taggu encouraged the women NGOs to meet every
after four month and list out the grievances faced by women and try to resolve it.
During the meeting every likeminded NGO working for women should exchange their thoughts
and views for the empowerment of women. He added that child marriage should be discouraged.
District Planning Officer, Same Timba also spoke on the occasion. Submitting two
point memorandums to Deputy Commissioner Nari Kalyan Kendra Chairman Yayum Ligu appealed
for the early trial of the accused and financial help to rape victim. Social activist
and member of NKK, Duma Yekar demanded capital punishment to culprit for such heinous
crime and stop such barbaric act from occurring again in feature.
President AAPWWS Kakri Nyokar, appealed the women to fight against the prevailing
injustice and fight for their rights. Condemning the recent rape of minor girl at
Daporijo she urged every well-wisher and political leaders to not seek bail to any
culprit involved in such heinous act.
Freedom is meaningless when no one is Aazad
When I was passing out from Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), I asked a Deori friend
of mine coming from Assam to study in RGU how did he feel staying two years in Arunachal
Pradesh? Happily he replied, “I really enjoyed being here. I like Arunachalee contrary
to what was told to me by my relatives when I told them I took admission in Rajiv
Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh. People here are simple and straight forward
sans cunn-ingness and deceit-fulness. I enjoyed eve-ry freedom here and loved being
Time changed! Today, somewhere inside our hearts, many of us find we cannot enjoy
the real freedom. Many feel, the state is not as safe as it used to be, though many
may claim. Inside our hearts we, somehow, believe and accept that the place is becoming
insecure for us irrespective of caste, community or region.
Recently, while buying chana-matar-badam from a chanawala at Nahralagun roadside,
I asked him, “Bhaiyya kitna kama liya,” he looked upset and replied, “Kahan sir,
abhi abhi ek ladka aaya thaa, haath mein beer bottle thaa aur pura nasha mein thaa,
usne mera jeb check kiya aur sab kamaya hua paisa le gaya aur saath mein ek bada
sa chana ka packet bhi le gaya”. Surprised by his answer I asked why he didn’t protest.
He was afraid of protesting. The man was scared of being beaten up by that drunken
guy. How free he feels, only he knows!
Journalism in Arunachal Pradesh is clear example of how freedom is curved, pressed
and twisted by few people for their self interest. Journalists work hard risking
their lives in mirroring the reality. But everywhere freedom of press is chained.
Hard wor-king media persons are threatened and humiliated at every drop of a hat.
Not only this, they are warned and intimidated and threatened of being killed or
tortured. Do they really enjoy the freedom of press and freedom of expre-ssion? Answer
is crystal clear.
Concerned parents are always worried about their children’s well being. If they are
late by any means particularly at night, many horrible imaginations start coming
to their minds. Their children being in trouble, beaten or killed are few scariest
imagi-nations that haunt these parents. Their minds are not free.
If in an emergency one has to go to any place during night time, one has to think
time and again before stepping out from home. No one feels secured or safe to move
out during such an emergency. Where is one’s freedom?
Law abiding citiz-en don’t feel free to drive along the main highway. They are afraid
of being hit or smashed by law bre-akers of traffic rules. Sometimes their minds
are preoccu-pied of being killed or being fined if someth-ing goes wrong. Are they
really free? You know the answer better.
Only few days back I read a joke about a school going child saying to his mother,
“School sey darr nahi lagta hai Maa, Mid Day Meal sey lagta hai”. Joke apart, somewhere
between the lines one realises how scared school going children and their parents
are regarding their lives. Parents are not free from fear of losing their children.
Freedom is confused here.
Rapes and murders were unheard of in the land of rising sun till few years back.
Time has changed. Rape, murder and other criminal activities make headlines in most
of the state’s local dailies.
Womenfolk cannot move freely at night hour which makes mockery of Gandhiji’s vision,
“The day a woman can walk freely at midnight on the roads, that day we
can say that India achieved independence”. They are not free from the clutches of
greedy and lecherous eyes. Does freedom hold any meaning for these women?
In many parts shopkeepers cannot keep their shops open till late night. They start
shutting their shutters as soon as the sun hides beyond the western horizon. How
free and secured they feel is still a mystery.
And finally, where is the actual freedom when a rickshaw puller has to pull another
fellow being for earning livelihood even after India achieved freedom many years
back? Freedom is meaningless for him.
However, having said all these, all is not dark and depressing. There are freedoms
that we enjoy everyday. We must be optimistic. Let everyone enjoys the things they
love doing it without obstructing another person’s freedom. Let each of us feel secured,
safe and free. Let there be an environment where each of us can enjoy the happiness
of being free and pleasure of freedom or else what is this freedom if no one is aazad
The recent floods in the Indus River, which are becoming an annual occurrence, are
certainly devastating for the local human population but for one species some conservationists
believe, they provide a silver lining. The extra water in the Indus River is a godsend
for the endangered Indus Dolphin, considered Pakistan’s flagship species, as it provides
them with a larger area to swim and hunt in, connecting all the side channels and
Every five years, the WWF-Pakistan along with the Sindh, Punjab and KPK Wildlife
Departments and other NGOs, conduct an Indus Dolphin population survey on the river.
According to the findings of the latest Indus Dolphin population survey, conducted
in 2011 after the massive floods of 2010, an increase in dolphin population was observed
in some of the river sections.
In a previous news report based on the same study it had been claimed that the Indus
Dolphin’s population had decreased. However, various other reports contradicted it.
The conservationists involved say it is a matter of interpretation.
The movement of the Indus Dolphin is not restricted to the main stretch of the Indus
River. During high flow season, the Indus Dolphin routinely swims into the many connecting
irrigation canals of the Indus when the gates are usually opened. It frequently moves
back and forth in the irrigation canals and tributaries of the river. When water
levels go down and the canals are closed, the dolphins get stranded in small water
WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with the Sindh Wildlife Department set up an Indus
Dolphin Rescue Unit several years ago to rescue trapped dolphins and physically transport
them back to the Indus River. There have been a number of rescues since the floods
of 2010 because many dolphins spread into irrigation canals and active channels and
had to be rescued from there.
With due respect and humble submission, I would like to lay down few words in your
daily. Few months ago back, in every print media under the banner of SUMA my name
was published as RTI Chairman of said union. Many people including my friend asked
me about how I being a Convenor of AKKDSU accepted such post. As per my knowledge
there are many people by name Natung in our clan. But as per the official appointment
of SUMA, some other person is the RTI chairman.
Being a convenor of our apex district student organization my soul and duty did not
permit me to serve in other organization till completion of my tenure. This is my
humble appeal to our student comrade that I am not a RTI Chairman of SUMA and from
today onward I wish every people’s miss-concept have been clear from my side.
But being an active student member my mental and moral support is always with those
organizations that think and act for welfare of student community and I am ready
to serve for common cause and act for mankind of state as whole. Long live Arunachal
Long live Student Organization
Wrong act on the part of police
Through this esteemed daily I would like to express my strong criticism against the
unruly behavior of Naharlagun police to the media person which appeared on August
10th of this daily. Before this, also many such incidents have appeared in this daily
a few months ago. As usual, it is the miscreants who attack media as they really
don't want media to expose their illegal activities. But what a sad, now the police
too don't want the media to work freely. I really never expected such unethical behavior
from police side on the media.
If we talk about the press, HG Wells regarded the press as the very backbone of enlightened
citizenship. And the Robert Lynd describes the press as a reformer, teacher and a
critic. Dear citizens, in the light of this context, it is the news paper which is
the greatest and most potent channel of expressing the opinion of the public through
feature, article, report, advertisement, readers forum and editorial sections. As
we have democratic government in India so certain types of rights, liberty, freedom
of express, to give constructive criticism etc. are guaranteed for us in constitution
It is confirmed that the press is the very backbone of enlightened citizenship and
the press people are dedicatedly, tirelessly and impartially doing their job to expose
wrong or right, true or false activities of people, state and country in front of
public. It seems the press is really a teacher, reformer and a critic.
From my point of view media is eyes, ears and mouth of the common people. Those who
attack on the media means they attack on the eyes, ears and mouth of the common people
and the common people should raise their voice against such people whenever such
uncivilized behavior occurs.