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December - 28


Atrocities from across the border

Dear Editor,

It was again Gundagiri of Assam Police in collaboration with Assam forest officials in foothill villages of Kangku circle under Likabali sub-division. Assam’s forces seized a truck full of electric poles at Paanbari Assam forest beat house, Dhemaji district, bordering Siloni village of Arunachal. The truck was on duty of electrification of area under the RGGVY. It is not a new story that Assam police torture the Arunachalee residing in the foothills.

Forces of Assam assault local peoples in the name of extremist operation in regular intervals. Now the story has got worse. They have started to curtail all the developmental activities of Arunachal government in Kangku circle.

Not only this, they also surveyed every nook and corner of the villages and its properties like school buildings, Dere, water sanitary pipelines as if to warn us. And has started rapid plantation over W.R.C of the indigenous tribal people causing a severe fear psychosis among the tribal people.

I would like to appeal to the concerned authority to take the matter seriously. And I also appeal GSU and AAPSU and other student unions for their active intervention in the matter.


Jarchok Buchi

JNC, Pasighat, (on email)



No point creating two HQs within a close distance

Dear Editor,

In this very month, I have seen that there is a very hot controversy over the creation of Lower Siang. Since, I have been working in West Siang for more than eight years; I really do have ample knowledge to comment on the living conditions of the people of the district. In my view Basar is merely 50km away from present HQ Aalo therefore, I don’t see any sense creating two HQs within a close distance of 50 km. For the people of foothill areas creation of new HQ at Basar will no way bring any difference from the present HQ Aalo. Then how are these people getting benefited from creation of new HQ.  

I believe that Basar as independent ADC HQ is enough, now chance should be given to foothill areas as developments should be distributed not to be concentrated. The difficulties of costly commodities, tradition economy etc is no more than threat to life and security. We should extend our support to the people of foothill areas.

I am afraid Likabali and Nari-Koyu would turn into Charduar, which was a part a Arunachal but now encroached by Assam upto Bhalukpong making the life of our Nyishi brothers, who are still living there, like hell. Thanking You


L. Tsering, Jung, (on email)



Remove illegal construction

Dear Editor,

Apropos your news item " Union Demands" of 25th Dec, we support the action of DC, Aalo to remove the illegal encroachments made by Nyali Bagra Ex- ZPM and others in the Old Market area.

Bagra was disturbing the widening of old market road near the Co-operative store leading to Puak Ghat area which was being constructed for the Yomgo-Siyom River Festival.

The public of Old Market Aalo had in fact submitted complaint letter to DC to remove the illegal construction along the road. We appreciate and laud the action taken by DC Aalo in this matter. We would request DC, ADC and the Town Magistrate to carry on with their eviction and cleanliness drives in Aalo Township. Further, we would request and appeal Bagra not to drag the Student Unions for his individual and ulterior motives. Let the students concentrate in their studies.


Karyom Lollen,

Minchi Ete, Aalo

 (on email)



Our battles

Dear Editor,

Our greatest battles are with our own minds.

If you want to do, you have too many ideas but if you don't want to do, you have too many excuses.

You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. Undertake something that is difficult it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.


Gemin Nokar

Gujrat (on email)



Revive tribal languages and Nefamese

Dear Editor,

With reference to T. Sono’s letter “Don’t blame Hindi”. He writes that English and Assamese are foreign.

Yes, English is foreign. But to make a bright career in any part of the world, we need English. When it comes to Assamese, we cannot call it foreign. Urdu developed in Delhi, India. But due to partition it has shifted to Lahore, Pakistan. But roots are in Delhi. Assamese used to be spoken all over greater, undivided Assam before 1947. Later Hindi made inroads into the region because of different tactics by Delhi durbar, through N.C.E.R.T. textbooks and Bollywood films and songs. Assamese was the common link language. But the types of Assamese was different. In Nagaland, it was christened as Nagamese. In Arunachal Pradesh, it took the form of the dialect called Nefamese. Assamese itself developed due to the influence of tribal languages. So, it is not altogether foreign. Infact, we have developed Nefamese. It developed naturally. But Hindi has been imposed from Delhi by policy makers of India.

I would request the Christian missionaries to bring out a newspaper in Nefamese. It was Christian missionaries who saved the written standardized Assamese language of Sivasagar by bringing out the first Assamese newspaper ‘Orunodoi’. The missionaries should take active steps in Arunachal Pradesh to revive tribal languages and Nefamese dialect. This is because all central government undertakings and Hindu missionaries are only spreading and promoting Hindi, they are not concerned about the death of our languages.


Takam Yayi

Naharlagun (on email)



A distorted Christmas story

Dear Editor,

It would be wise on the part of media to thoroughly scan the articles before publishing it to avoid playing with sentiments of people. A distorted Christmas story published in your esteemed daily on Dec 25 by one Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo was really detestable and provocative.

The “Christmas”, period extending from 24th December to 6th January is celebrated all over the world commemorating the arrival of Jesus Christ. Every Christians know what they celebrate. Terming the Christmas star as “Shiva” and Christmas father as “Brahma” and Adam and adulteration of Christmas story with some teachings of Hindu faith is disgusting and indigestible. It is not only a spiritual molestation but rape of a religious belief.

Had the writer been wise enough, articles on religious harmony and world peace could have been published without playing with sentiments of Christian community. The writer is urged to refrain from playing with sentiments of other religious community.


Tom Koyu,


(on email)



Mention the number

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the APES 2010 advertisement. In its advertisement no PSC-R/24/2009 dated Dec 8, Item no 6(Six) wherein the optional subject are Civil Engineering and Agricultural Engineering, all advertised post are purely civil engineer based. If the commission want Agriculture Engineer, then they must mention the department and number of post available.

The two field of engineering is diverse, so there should be separate advertisement.

Hope, the commission shall view the matter seriously to avoid last minute hue and cry.


Civil Engineer,

(on email)



In support

Dear Editor,

I strongly support the opinion expressed by T.Sono regarding the use of Hindi language in the State. It is an added advantage to learn any other language, for that matter not only Hindi.  But the problem lies within us that we cannot teach our children to speak our own language.

I hope, like me many more would agree with T. Sono.     


Aken, Pasighat ,

(on email)




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Kurung Kumey lifts first Martyrs Cup

1st ever martyr’s cup-cum-inter-tribe youth festival concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Takam Tayam scored a goal in both half as Kurung Kumey defeated Lower Subansiri 2-0 in a fiercely contested final match to lift the first State Level Martyrs Cup organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today.

Kurung Kumey scored the first goal at second minutes of the match through Takam Tayam.

Stung by the goal, Lower Subansiri came out for the second half with renewed vigour and stepped up the pressure. However all forays made into Kurung Kumey side were successfully thwarted by the defenders.The tension was unbearable in the closing stages.

And when Tayam scored the final goal in the closing moments of the match the entire Kurung Kumey camp erupted in wild celebration.

The winner was awarded cash prize of Rs One lakh while the runners up team was given ` 50,000.

The best player, goalkeeper and highest scorer were given cash prizes of `5,000 each. The discplined team was given ` 15,000.

In Women volleyball final played yesterday, Lower Subansiri eves recorded a 3-0 straight set victory over Kurung Kumey and pocketed a cash prize of ` 40,000. The runners up team was given ` 20,000.

The Martyrs Cup was organized as a mark of respect and honour to those AAPSU leaders, who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of people of the state.

Meanwhile, the Martyr’s Cup-cum-inter-tribe youth festival organized by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union has culminated with a positive nod at Indira Gandhi Park here this evening. The five day long festival managed to pull crowds in thousands in the entertainment deprived Capital region. East Siang made its mark in cultural events with East Kameng leading the literary charts. Kurung Kumey shined in sports competition.

Chum Darang of East Siang won the Miss AAPSU contest and took home a  Chevrolet Spark Car. Darang impressed the judges and spectators with her answer in the final round and beat crowd favourite Taba Subi of East Kameng.  Licha Tosum came third. The first and second runners up took home Scooty each.

To mark the concluding evening various cultural programme was displayed by the local artist besides enthralling numbers from Jelly Kayi, who with his unique voice mesmerized the audience.

The other highlight of the evening was fashion show led by the Miss AAPSU mentor Tumter Riba along with the AAPSU contestants as they walked on ramp to enthrall audience on the occasion.

Earlier, highlighting on the successful conduction of five day event, the AAPSU president, Takam Tatung said that the inter-tribe festival was an  initiative of the Union to create communal harmony among various tribes of the State.

Expressing happiness over success of the fest, Tatung assured come up with such events to bring people closure and urged the people of state to spread love among each other for betterment of the state.

The first feature film of State ‘Meri Darm Meri Maa’ was also screened on the occasion for the audience.


RBWS contends atrocities

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) has condemned the atrocities meted out to the people of Dokhum village in Papum-Pare district. “The reported atrocity by the Assam Police is very unfortunate, though not surprising. People living in the inter-state boundary areas have been facing these problems; it is very saddening to learn that every time its the Arunachali villagers that suffer the most” it said in a release.

While extending support to the people of Dokhum village, the RBWS stated that a good neighbour should respect traditional fence, instead of disrespecting it. For where hearts do not meet, nothing else shall ever meet; repeated assault and encroachment by officials from across the fence precisely tends to do that, it said in a release.


Union demands proper infrastructure development

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The state government has created many blocks and circle headquarters and also upgraded many schools in various districts of the state in the recent past.

But, lack of basic infrastructure, sanitation management, land encroachment and inefficient staff, circle and block headquarters continue to suffer. Citizens have often written about these problems trying to attract the attention of the concerned authority. The latest to join is Hirik Hiru Students Union, Kamba. It said that even after the completion of 14 years of its establishment, Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki, there are no play ground, proper road connectivity, proper library and auditorium in college campus. It further said that the ADC Office Kamba is also facing shortages of government staff, infrastructure development and sanitation management.

It further expressing displeasure over the concerned authority for not initiating any drastic steps against the land encroachers, alleged that the land donors of Kamba circle are occupying the government land, which was earlier donated to government for township development. It further alleged that Kamba Circle Anchal Samity building, which is presently used by BSNL authority on rental is occupied by an individual and the fee is being collected by the said individual.

The union demanded the concerned authority to look into their grievances.


Intellectual awareness program for students

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The Samarth Bharat Parva, an intellectual awareness program for students conducted by Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Itanagar kicked off on Monday at the school premises.

The basic objective of the program is to highlight India’s contribution to the world.

A two-week long lecture series, debate, quiz and pictorial exhibition will also be conducted during this period. Vivekananda Kendra informed that the Samartha Bharat Parva is celebrated in the memory of Swami Vivekanand’s meditation in Kanyakumari.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, the bureau chief of Hindustan Samachar Anand Misra spoke on India’s contribution to the world through specific information in the fields of religion, science, mathematics and medicine.   

He said the India is an emerging super power in the world and asked the students to take the responsibilities to make India grow faster in every field.

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News Impact

New association formed

ITANAGAR, Dec 27:  Kangku Circle Social Welfare Committee (KCSWC) has been formed recently with Reli Kena and Rupe Ruti as president and general secretary respectively for socio economic development of the area.


AAPEDF demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The All Arunachal Pradesh Education Discipline Forum (AAPEDF) has demanded the authorities concerned to introduce Education as an optional subject in All Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Examination (Prelim.). It also demanded for immediate introduction of the same subject in Govt. Colleges at Seppa, Yachuli, Bomdila and also in schools as a separate subject, particulary at secondary and higher secondary level.


Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee-2011, Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar has decided to conduct various cultural competitions as part of the ensuing Nyokum celebration.


New welfare association

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The working contractors of civil construction wing, Prasar Bharati, All India Radio & TV of Arunachal Pradesh, in a meeting at Guwahati yesterday formed a new association in the name of Prasar Bharati, All India Radio & TV Contractors Welfare Society and appointed Bamang Roman and Dosh Dasi as president and general secretary respectively.

Meanwhile, the newly formed society has decided to submit a memorandum to the Chief Engineer, civil construction wing, New Delhi and Superindenting Engineer, CCW, Guwahati, Assam regarding proper establishments of new AIR stations in Arunachal Pradesh.



ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) condoled the sudden and untimely demise of Taluk Ringu. Late Ringu was an active member of the society. In his death, he leaves behind a bereaved family, and a host of mourning friends, colleagues and relatives. The Society prays for eternal peace to the departed soul.



ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Sajolang (Miji) Elite society organized a felicitation function on Dec 22  at Bomdila in which it honoured  Gothombu Dajangju and Koj Yabyang for their success in APPSCE 2010.

Aju khonjuju, President Sajolang Elite society said, “their achievement is an asset to Sajolang (Miji) community and hoped that they will serve the people with sincerity.”


AIPU demand revocation of order

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Indigenous Peoples’ Union (AIPU), in a letter to Comptroller and Auditor General of India has demanded immediate revocation of dismissal order issued against 22 indigenous Arunachalee employees of AG office, Itanagar.

The union sought the intervention of the authority for early revocation of termination orders failing which the union has threatened to launch democratic movement till justice is delivered.

The ongoing strike by the Arunachal Pradesh AG office Local Contract Employees Association has forced the AG office to shut its work and the office was also sealed by the agitating contract employees.


Water harvesting prog

ITANAGAR: Central Ground Water Board, State Unit is organizing mass awareness programme on water conservation, rain water harvesting and artificial recharge of ground water at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Itanagar on December 30.


APCC function

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is organizing a function to mark the conclusion of year-long celebration to mark the 125 years of Indian National Congress (INC) at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here tomorrow.


APIC winter vacation

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) will remain closed from January 3 to 18, 2011 on account of winter vacation and there will be no hearing during this period. However, office will remain open.


Si-Donyi Badminton

ITANAGAR: 37th Si-Donyi Festival Badminton Competition was conducted at Daporijo recently. Dr. Tabe Murtem won the Men’s singles title defeating Tani Damin while Tabe pairing with Depor Mara won the Men’s doubles title.