It was yet again another goondaism in state capital when lady journos were assaulted
physically. Arunachal is actually going Taliban way. There is no law when crime is
committed by certain section of people being protected by top up political powers.
The Police and law is handicapped. Otherwise such criminal would not have guts to
break law so easily. We know there are hardest of the criminals even in India’s metropolitan
cities like Delhi, Mumbai etc. These criminals are very well organised but they trembles
at sight of the Police. They tremble to death at slightest thought of encountering
the law keepers. But in Arunachal the local thugs pokes fun at Police walas. What
a pity. It is times our govt. take hard steps to curb the criminals and create fear
psychosis in the mind of law breakers. Terrorist infested states are more safer to
live than in Arunachal especially, state capital. We have not seen Talibanism of
Afghanistan but it wont be much different from lawlessness of Arunachal. Nobody feel
secure and safe even in day time. Murder, robbery, intimidation, happens in broad
daylight and nobody dares to even report to the police. Have you seen such society
in today’s world? I have seen even meek looking labourers and women public trash
the criminal publicly in Assam. Why public of Arunachal are such cowards. Bazar,
colony, sectors should stand up together bravely when crimes are committed in their
vicinity and hand over them to the police. Many NGOs including AAPSU are shedding
crocodile tears by writing condemnation in papers only. Everybody knows assault on
press is condemnable. They should come out in street instead of lip service. Remember
that if injustice is happening to your neighbor and you can sleep, wait for your
turn because you will be next victims. There are times when injustice cannot be prevented
but there should never be time when it cannot be protested. A law that cannot punish
the guilty cannot pursuade the citizen to respect and honour its code.
Crusader (on email)
Let’s civilize ourselves
My day begins with a newspaper. The first thing that I lay my hands on after I get
up is the newspaper. This is the story of millions across the world, for whom the
media is the door to the world. The media is the ear and the eye of the people. But
it is sad to see that the scenario is entirely different in our dear state. Only
recently we had witnessed an incident where a lady journalist was threatened with
death and this incident of assault on two lady journalist is the consequence of the
failure of the state to make a break through in the earlier case. With each passing
incident, the depreciation of the media is increasing and the authorities do not
seem to be concerned a bit to protect the interest of the media community who work
day and night to bring the facts to us. Why don't the people understand that the
journalist are also professionals and they are just trying to do their duty diligently
and sincerely when they report something. Freedom of media is a very essential factor
for development of any society.
Listening to hard rock and heavy metal, being dressed in the most fashionable attires
and moving around in swanky cars don't make a person civilized. Our society and state
is in a phase where the people are looking modernized but are not yet civilized.
Let's civilize ourselves and then modernisation is bound to follow. And to attain
all these, we need powerful media who brings out the truth. Such coercion and use
of force curtails their zeal to put in their best efforts to bring out the truth
and without a free and fair media every society will sink towards darkness.
So, let the culprits be brought to book and let the media do their job.
Duge Soki (on email)
A good effort by APSACS
This is regarding the Grand Finale of MMC on HIV AIDS.
Thanks a lot to Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society for the wonderful evening
which had the dual accomplishment, the most important social message and the platform
to the budding talents.
The capital needs such kind of events also as it is an entertainment starved place
and because of this most of the people, especially youth are into gambling, alcohol
and many anti-social activities. Music is the best medium especially for the North-Eastern
youth to unify for the social cause like AIDS, Drug abuse etc. Everything was great
but the sound system during the event was pathetic. Hope the organizer takes note
Itanagar (on email)
I appeal to All Arunachal Law Students to defer its 12hrs bandh call on 21st of this
month as Arunachal Law Academy Students are having its semester exams under RGU guidelines.
It is surprising that ALSU did not take into account the dates of the examinations.
I request the ALSU to defer its bandh call till the RGU examinations are over.
However, I appreciate and support the demand of ALSU and request the concern authority
to look into the matter with utmost care.
Byabang Ganga (on email)
Modernisation before civilization
It was shocking to read about the unacceptable treatment meted out to the two young
lady journalists (apropos “journalists at recieving end again, give 48 hours ultimatum
to govt". Arunachal is jokingly referred to as a land where modernisation has made
an entry before civilisation did. Unfortunately such sordid incidents help buttress
this kind of sarcastic remark.
We as citizens of a young and budding state must understand that status of a state
or a nation is not judged by its mere materialistic prosperity but what matter most
is whether the law and order rules the land and whether sense and civility prevail
among its citizens. The incident is a bitter reminder of the fact that Arunachal
as a civilised and prosperous state has a long way to go.
I as a citizen of this state condemn the act of those thugs involved in the manhandling
of lady journalists in strongest sense of the word. Hope the police authorities would
ensure that those culprits are booked before the ultimatum expires.
Itanagar (on email)
Let there be peace and development
Recent report of firing incident at Yazali town during filing of tender for propose
Yachuli to Dullungmukh road connection is very disturbing. Yachuli constituency is
well known all over the state for being intellectual centre of Nyishi community and
bringing bad name to such a beautiful area is really discouraging.
During my tenure as MLA of 16th Yachuli constituency with lot of hard work, I had
maintained peace in this peaceful region and carried out lot of developmental work.
It was during my tenure that circle office post and PWD sub-division office was established
at Yazali. These two offices were established to bring in more development in Yazali
area. But PWD office has become centre of problem in last one year. Few months ago
angry public had locked PWD office over some dispute and now a firing took place
in same premises during filing of tender. This development is very disturbing and
I am sure like me all the peace loving citizen of 16th Yachuli constituency will
be pained by this incident.
I believe that some vested interest is dividing the people and creating such kind
of messy situation for their personal benefit.
I being former MLA and a concerned citizen of 16th Yachuli constituency would appeal
to the state government to constitute a fact finding committee to prove this firing
incident. If administration does not solve such case to a logical conclusion it can
have negative impact too. So, before situation gets worse, I appeal state government
to intervene and make sure that ordinary citizen of area do not face more trouble
in future. I also believe that concerned department in this case PWD should take
responsibility for this mess and take some corrective measures so that such kind
of incident do not occur again. Also I can’t understand how villagers were allowed
to guard PWD office during filing of tender. It is duty of police and administration
to protect state assets like government offices. Administration need to answer why
villagers were guarding PWD office. It’s sad that these innocent villagers faced
so much of trouble because of this whole incident. I think people of Yachuli constituency
need to introspect and try to find where things are going wrong. Throughout the state
our area is known as intellectual capital of Nyishi and to maintain that tag we should
discourage such kind of violent act. I appeal one and all to maintain peace in the
area. We should think progressive and work for better development of our region.
I believe if we all join hands together, sure we will make 16th Yachuli constituency
a better place to live.
Let the law of land prevail here too
Our lovely state Arunachal Pradesh should have been a province of China where scandals
seldom happens, scamstars are given death penalty, development are given importance,
looters of poor are not spared, where minorities are given priorities, where politics
does not divide people based on race and where scamstars are not ruler of the state,
because law enforcing agencies are very strong in china.
On the contrary our law enforcing agencies are so corrupted that they have become
puppets of politician. I am sure very few politicians have been rich from the time
of their forefathers.
Most of the politicians have looted our state treasury to fill their pockets only.
So come on and fight with these so called pseudo rich of our state, so that our state
is not called Land of khusi khusi. So that there is no more MOU for selling our land
to hydro developers, PDS scam, illegal mining of our state coal, oil and other products
which are genuinely the properties of our people, which our people have been protecting
since time immemorial. Let the laws of land prevail in our state too.
A concerned citizen
No pen down please
This is quite irony and disappointing to learn the fact that in spite of brave complaint
made by two lady journalist, the police department is yet to nab the miscreant.
I firmly criticize the failure of police department for their feckless effort and
also the vacuity of the culprits.
This is an appeal to the concern department for the early solution of the case and
I also suggest the culprit to come forward before the claw of law grab his neck.
Last but not the least, I request our press community not to down their pen. Because
of misbehavior by some bumpkins other citizens should not be punished. It may lead
to a big void in the progress of the state.
Choose a leader that truely leads
I would like to appeal to all the students of Upper Subasiri District to abstain
from indulging in taking money for vote.
We are very happy to learn that apex student's Union of Upper Subansiri district
is going to conduct AUSDSU election by the end of January to choose right path traveler
leader to lead student community toward prosperity, integrity and progression.
Since many years, I’m observing the task done by All Upper Subansiri District Students
Union (AUSDSU). I'm not surprised to see no work done by them and we cannot expect
them to do commendable jobs in near future if same type of leaders are chosen again
So many came and go. Some left behind his footmark in corruption and some established
his identity in the eyes of MLAs and Ministers.
I would be glad if anyone tells me even a fraction of appreciable job(s) done by
them. Some of them uses this Union as a ladder to access to higher level political
world. Some sees it as his means and sources of earning his livelihood. Many become
good partner with Engineers, MLAs, Ministers and Businessman. Was this your manifestoes
or goals? Or it happened unintentionally?
None of them bother about welfare of his student colleagues. They never realised
the poor performance of his district's students in state or national level. Outstanding
performance of students in UPSC, APPSCE, JEE; NERIST, IITs, AIIMS etc have never
been his aim and prospects unlike other districts' students union.
The most realizable fact is, it is not his fault or his inability to work for uplift
of students. We should not blame them.
It is our fault to choose corruptive man to lead us. It is our wrong decision to
elect wrong path traveller leader, weak moral leader, a leader who rely upon his
money and brute power. It is our ability to elect wrong leader and it is our weakness
to elect a weaker leader. We should blame yourself for electing someone for money.
It is our corruptive instinct who elects them for a penny.
I do appeal to all my dear brother and sister of Upper Subansiri not to elect anyone
for money. Any candidates or his supporters who tries to lure the student by giving
money indicates that they are already corrupted candidates and they are beginning
their journey with corruptive activities. Then how can we expect such person to work
for betterments of students which needs a morally wealthy and honest man. Doing so
is violation of election code of conducts. This is prime time for us to elect a capable
leader who can lead us toward progression, stability, equality, fraternity, integrity,
liberty and humanity.
Abotanyi E Tagin
Share the experience
The recent exposure tour by the elites of Arunachal Pradesh is indeed a laudable
step. The fact that they have not squandered public money is worthy of appreciation.
Most often the Indian leaders at the centre organise tours at the expense of the
public exchequer. Now, we hope to see some really good changes in the affairs of
Arunachal Pradesh. We also hope that the now enlightened few, through print media
will give us a glimpse of the changes that we are expecting and the ways they will
Bengia Abo (on email)
Selfish designs of few
The Lower Siang dist issue is unnecessarily being dragged into controversy. The up
gradation of Basar ADC HQ is a due administrative process that takes place in any
It is difficult to understand the logic behind Likabali's demand. What can the govt
do when the place is not feasible for a HQ? The Trans highway would make communication
from Likabali to Basar a lot easier, so I don’t see why Likabali should have any
hesitation when they have been travelling to Aalo for all these years. Provisions
should also be made for inclusion of 36 Nari-Koyu in the proposed new dist.
The govt should carry on with its agenda for the creation of Lower Siang. Arunachal
can’t afford to lose a district just for the selfish designs of few.
Delhi (on email)
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Media fraternity step up protests against repeated assault
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Even after four days of the assault on two women journalists, the
case is yet to make any headway. Reacting to the hapless situation, entire press
fraternity including owners of the media houses, editorial teams and journalists
of the state, dressed in black, staged a dharna and indulged in slogan shouting in
front of the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner office this morning. Later, the
pen-wielding contingent marched to the Naharlagun police station joined by several
On December 12, Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen of The Sentinel Arunachal were assaulted
while they were on duty. Irked at the repeated assault and lack of action by the
concerned authorities, the journalists had launched a series of democratic protests
including boycott of all state government related news reports. After today’s dharna
and blacking out of portions of paper, if the culprits are not arrested, the fraternity
would initiate pen down protest from December 18 next and no newspaper would hit
the stands till the culprit is arrested and punished.
Aghast at the situation, senior journalist Pradeep Kr. Behera said, “We have been
victim of such assault so many times and from hereon we can’t be expected to take
it lying down.”
Another old hand in the state print media, V Ravindran of Dawnlit Post said that
he has been victim of such attacks many times and every time either the culprit went
scot free or was let-off within hours of arrest.
Editor of The Arunachal Times, Audrey Apang said, “Continual attack on media is not
what we deserve and justice must be delivered well in time.”
Joining the protest was another veteran and editor of Arunachal Front, Nani Kojin
who said that people should lend their support so that the journalists can be their
voice in a healthy environment.
Reacting on a telephonic report from official sources about ‘zeroing down’ on the
culprit, APUWJ and APC reacted sharply and stated that assurance over last 72 hours
have not yielded any result and only ‘sweetened words’ would not assuage the pain
and agony caused to the fraternity. In the same breathe, the organizations appealed
to groups and individuals not to interfere in the matter and give the issue any sort
of communal overtone.
“Humiliating assault in presence of several people despite identifying themselves
as journalists is clearly an attempt to choke the voice of media. The administration
should not delay the arrest or release the sketch of the culprit,” said APUWJ and
APC in a joint statement this evening.
Both the media bodies also urged and exhorted civil society organizations to cooperate
and support the democratic protests of the media persons.
APUWJ and APC further added that the entire fraternity is clear that they would not
settle the issue with any quarter for anything less than exemplary punishment.
“We have had enough,” they added.
Orgs condemns attack on journalists
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The attack on two senior reporters of The Sentinel Arunachal, Appu
Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen while they were discharging their duty as journalists on December
13 that too without any reason or rhyme deservers condemnation in strongest possible
terms, said Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries in a strongly worded release.
It is the press persons who against all odds have been working as watchdogs in highlighting
various aspects of developments as well as corruption eating away the vital resources
of the state meant for development. Media is the medium to raise the voices and concerns
of the people, its president Techi Lala said in a release.
No sensible human being would think of attacking a media person, particularly ladies.
It is high time that Arunchalee society reflects its maturity by showing its solidarity
with the media to facilitate it functions freely without any fear, the statement
ACCI urged the local administration, particularly the police to bring the attacker/s
to book and award exemplary punishment to bring an end to repeated attack on the
media in the state.
All Dutta Development & Welfare Association (ADDWA), Ziro, too has condemned the
assault and has demanded immediate arrests of the unknown uncivilized miscreant(s)
at the earliest. It said that exemplary punishment must be given so that no one could
dare to assault, abuse and attack the fourth pillar of democracy in future.
Arunachal Law Academy Students’ Union expressed deep anguish over assault. The union
said that Gapak was also former student of the Academy.
Expressing solidarity with media fraternity, the ALASU demanded the state Govt, particularly,
the law enforcing authorities to nab the accused immediately and award punishment
as per law.
Association demands CBI probe, AYSU appeals for peace
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Arunachal Pradesh BSNL Civil Contractors Association (APBSNLCCA)
has condemned the violence that broke out during submission of tender for construction
and formation cutting of the road from Yachuli to Gerukamukh via Mai, Pochu, Pei
at Yazali on Monday last.
The Association claimed that the officials of the Yazali PWD division tried to negotiate
with agitating group of people without any solution and just to waste time up to
3 pm. At last when the representatives of agencies and firms tried to submit the
tenders the mob prevented, pelted stone and attacked them, the Association said.
The association further questioned as to why the PWD division office allowed the
mob to trespass public office to prevent submission of tender and the Yazali police
did not respond to the call of the firm holders to escort them submit tender. The
Association demanded CBI enquiry to find out any possible involvement of politicians
and officials in the whole unfortunate episode.
While condemning the Yazali incident regarding submission of tender papers, All Yachuli
Students’ Union (AYSU) has appealed the public leaders and general public of the
area to maintain peace in order to materialize the development initiatives. The union
in a release today urged the authorities concerned to constitute a fact finding committee
to nail down the persons involved in the incident. The union further said that it
would not tolerate any foul politics by any group or individuals on development
Siang orgs welcomes hearing
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), Mebo Area Bachao Committee, Siang
Peoples’ Forum, Adi Students’ Union, East Siang District Students’ Union has welcomed
the postponement of the public hearings for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Project.
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meeting held on Dec 11 did not accept
the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared by Water and Power Consultancy
Services (WAPCOS) under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Water Resources. EAC directed
that EIA report be prepared as per Terms of Reference (TOR).
The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had granted ToR on Aug 3 for conduction
of EIA studies, categorically stating that there be comprehensive study covering
three seasons’ (base line data) for downstream impact up to Brahmaputra River confluence.
The meeting which was chaired by Okep Jamoh, Chairman, Forum for Siang Dialogue at
Pasighat today acknowledged the role played by all concerned that led to postponement
of the hearing and pledged to stand united to serve the downtrodden people of whole
India in general and the whole of Arunachal.
The meeting declared Deepak Tanti, from Tezpur, who died at Delhi in the Parliament
Gherao Andolan as the first martyr of people’s movement against “economic hegemony
of neo-colonialism over North-East India in the 21st century” said Spokesperson,
Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) Vijay Taram.
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Arunachal Law Academy Students’ Union (ALASU) urged the Arunachal
Law Students Union (ALSU) to defer its proposed bandh on Dec 21 as the date of the
bandh coincides with the examination of the law academy students.
NESO observe protest day
Itanagar, Dec 16: North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) observed ‘Protest Day’
in Delhi from December 13 to 15 against recent rape of a girl from the region and
the respective state’s student body had also met all the chief ministers of the North
East region recently.
Secretary General of NESO Gumjum Haider informed this daily today that Meghalaya
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had assured a delegation of NESO led by S Jyrwa, KSU
president, that he will take up the matter with Prime Minister and the union ministry
of home affairs. The Meghalaya CM further said that he would convene a meeting with
all the chief minister’s of this region on this regard.
The chief minister of Nagaland N Rio also assured the same to the NESO delegation
led by the Naga Students Federation (NSF), Haider further informed.
Bandh called off
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has call off its proposed 72 hrs Siang
district bandh from December 20-23, which was declared in December 14 last.
The band call was call off due to postponement of public hearing on 2700 MW Lower
Siang Hydro Electric Project.
Higi Kaum foundation day
Aalo, Dec 16: The picturesque Yigi-Kaum village, the ancestral home of Ori and Oka
clans buzzed with wide range of activities to mark its 10th foundation anniversary
on Dec 15 last.
Presiding over the meeting, former MLA Kirge Ori dwelt at length on geneological
aspects leading to reorganization of Ori Ao (Clan). Expressing deep dismay over falling
educational graph and lack of competitiveness among educated youth, he suggested
a deep introspection on all loopholes and declared annual award of Rs. 5000/- to
meritorious students as a source of encouragement.
The ZPM 5-Ubu Hoksum Ori and Anchal Chairperson Yomgi Ori called for unity among
the members and highlighted their efforts on developmental aspects as Panchayat leaders.
The Assistant Director of Tourism, Gedo Ori, President OARC Gedo Ori, Secretary OARC
Kenjo Ori and others also spoke on the occasion.
The Memorial volley ball tournament, sports, mega dances by women and students etc.
were other attraction of the daylong celebration.
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: All Meka Block Welfare Association and Parbuk Youth Welfare Association
in a joint letter to Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley regarding the recent
attack on the Lower Dibang Valley District, DDSE T Tatak appealed the District administration
to arrest the culprits within three days.
It further threatening to launch economic blockade in their respective area if the
attackers are not arrested.
ITANAGA, Dec 16: Tokhya Flago, Prem Mangkhia and Gandhi Khora have been appointed
as President, Vice President and General Secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh ITI Holder
Association in a meeting held at Papu Nallah today.
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The Peace Coalition of North East India (PCNI) in association with
PRO-RURAL, Dimapur and Ploughshares Institute (PCI) Connecticut, USA organised a
four-day training on “Conflict Transformation” at AIDA training centre, Dimapur
from Dec 6.
Altogether 32 participants from Nagaland, Manipur, Assam including secretary of the
Tribal Areas Development Society, Naharlagun, Nabam Rakap took part in the programme.
Resource persons led by Prof Dr Robert Evans imparted training on maintaining personal,
inter-personal, inter-community and societal peace. The Ploughshares Institute also
distributed certificates to all the participants.