I being the Chairman, Bazaar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun would like to urge upon
authorities and department concerned to intimate the Bazaar authority while carrying
out various infrastructural developmental activities within our jurisdiction for
speedy development and beautification of the town, sectors and colonies.
We appreciate Er. T.H. Tayung, Chief Engineer, PWD, Western Zone, Er. Katung Wage,
Superintendent Engineer, Coordination Mowb-II Itanagar and Er. Ratu Techi, Executive
Engineer, PWD Division -II Naharlagun, PWD for taking up NH-52A road renovation works
within the township. And at the same time BWC appealed them to carry out the renovation
works in all sectors, colonies roads.
We hope Er. Taba Tedir, CE-Cum- Director UD will approve and sanction fund for construction
of drainages, other town beautification works at Naharlagun township immediately.
I also appeal to all the citizens of Naharlagun township, sectors, colonies and all
individuals to maintain cleanliness and not to throw their dirty wastes at the public
places to avoid various diseases like malaria etc.
I appreciate Capital DC Dr S B Deepak Kumar, SP Chukhu Appa, town magistrate Er.
Tallo Potum for peacefully maintaining law and order. Their encourage to the Committee
in peacefully maintaining the law and order within our jurisdiction at Naharlagun
also deserve appreciation.
We too want Dapo-Itanagar STS
The state transport department introduced transport bus services connecting almost
all the district headquarters with Itanagar. Accordingly there are bus services
from Itanagar to Pasighat, Itanagar to Aalo, Itanagar to Bomdila etc. But when it
is Daporijo, the STS buses leave for Daporijo from Naharlagun, and ply between Naharlagun
to Daporijo and vice versa. As a result, general public, Govt employees, students
of the Upper Subansiri district residing in Itanagar are facing great difficulties.
The worst sufferers are the economically backward students who fetch essential commodities
including rice from their villages to Itanagar to save day to day expenditure. Though
their destination is Itanagar, they land at Naharlagun, only to board in other passenger
vehicle with bag and baggage incurring unnecessary expenditure to reach Itanagar.
Same is the case when the Upper Subansiri people at Itanagar visit their native villages
in their district.
Therefore, it is my earnest request to the state transport authorities introduce
bus service from Itanagar to Daporijo via Naharlagun at the earliest for the convenience
of the Upper Subansiri people, particularly the collegians who usually return back
home to spend winter vacation after appearing house test examinations.
A commendable effort
The East Kameng District particularly Seppa was known for infamous criminal activities
in the past. With the wisdom of the Government authorities, the planners and the
genuine and dedicated officers there is a ray of hope for improvement of overall
security in the district. The development will gradually take its pace.
Last two months there had been lots of talks about presence of UGs with sophisticated
arms in Seppa. Fear psychosis prevailed among the people, particularly the workers
of Gammon India Ltd. Who have been striving to complete the ongoing work of Seppa,
Chayang Tajo Road covering about 85 Kms. The work came to halt, but with the assurance
of DC Tope Bam SP Kime Aya to ensure safety and security of the people, soon the
work resumed: with the arrest of three with arms on 28th November, 2010.
The people of Seppa rendered their support to the authorities concern in the process
of restoring normalcy.
We want to thank the govt for its efforts and congratulate the law-abiding citizens
of the district.
We appeal for full support to the authorities concern to make the ongoing reorganization
system more effective and fruitful very soon. We also sincerely appeal the youths
and the students community not be taken away by any kind of destructive forces which
are detrimental to the development of our society.
All East Kameng Students Union
Itafort needs preservation
Itafort, the lone historical monument in the state capital is situated in the hearth
of Itanagar township.
It is believed to be the oldest historical monument ever found in the state capital
which was built during 14th century by the Ahom king of Mayapur.
Ramchandra. According to Archeological Survey of India, it took 46,300 days to build
the fort and eighty lakh bricks were used in it.
However, this monument is gradually and slowly losing its charms and turning into
dumping place of useless materials. It seems the moral respect of lone historical
monument has perished into the insanity of youths who are loitering around the Fort
at night stuffing the historical monuments with empty bottles and rubbishes of cigarette
and tobaccos. Even some youths are inscribing their beloved names at the Fort.
As such, the very existence of the historical monument is now under great threat
which needs Govt’s immediate attention to preserve it. The possible remedy would
be the proper fencing around it and setting up vigilance committee for proper monitoring.
All illegal encroachment should strictly be prohibited and eviction drive should
be conducted in order to protect the lone heritage from extinction.
Don’t let personnel agenda disturb the development process
It was really shocking and disturbing to know about the impulsive and unfortunate
act of the public in destructing the Dare to Chambang road on account of non payment
of their genuine bills. It seems that two round of payment is already made against
the mentioned road but the genuine contractors have been left out selectively and
in a biased manner
It was only through the peoples active cooperation and participation we were able
to construct the Dare to Chambang road there by connecting it to the rest of the
world since independence and other related development during my tenure. Now we have
a ruling MP and an MLA belonging to associate partner of the government, the channels
of development initiated during my tenure should be continued without politicizing
the developmental issue.
I appeal the agitated public to restrain from indulging in such unfortunate and impulsive
act of destroying road and request them to take legal and rightful means such as
RTI to ventilate their genuine grievances. I also implore the incumbent MLA to direct
the concern department (PWD) to release their rightful payments against the road
constructed (Dare to Chambang) without politicizing the issue and further aggravating
the condition. Further more the concern department should exercise due caution and
impartially release the payment to genuine contractors without any fear and intimidation.
I firmly believe that this road is the lifeline to the development of the area and
request the MLA and also the MP (being from the area) to take the matter seriously
and look into their genuine grievances and address it immediately in order to bring
peace in the area. Let us not dig our own grave by settling our personal scores and
ulterior motives at the cost of the development and peace of the region.
Nail all forms of corruption
It is not so easy for everyone to fulfill promises as they are made. I have seen
many politicians making promises to do this or that. But, hardly few of them fulfill
some of their promises and rests forget it after attaining the desired power and
I have also seen many people buying party tickets at the cost of crores of rupees;
but I have never seen them utilize crores of rupees for good causes. And now, corruption
taking place everywhere in this land of “Rising Sun” which has been listed as one
of the most corrupt states as per survey. The PDS scam, worn out road condition,
backdoor appointment in various departments etc. speak volume of the deep rooted
corruption in the state.
The three promises made by the Khandu Government were revival of the Apex Bank, Streamlining
of PDS and a corruption free state.
The Apex Bank has been revived somehow by taking crores of loan from hydro power
developers or other sources. But no legal action has been initiated against the defaulters
till date. No proper planning has been made to make the revived bank to do daily
transaction through man and machine. How the salaries of employees are being managed
is not known.
There were 98 accused persons in PDS case, but legal action has been initiated against
only one person who happened to be a former chief minister and rest were left scot
free. But Why? Is this the law governed by the law minister of Arunachal Pradesh?
Is this the promises made by the present government to the people of Arunachal Pradesh?
I hope the new crop of politicians will learn one or two lessons from this and contribute
in making Arunachal Pradesh a corruption free state in days to come.
I also appeal various students organizations, NGOs, and sane citizen to rise to the
occasion and fight tooth and nail against all forms of corruption to make Arunachal
a transparent state-- where people can live a happy and prosperous life.
N. Alvis, (on email)
An inspiring story
It was amazing to read about an determined lady which appeared in The Arunachal Times
written by Dr Pegba Ringu.
It is a matter to be proud that such a woman without having any formal training has
been successfully running a tyre and minor repairing workshop by doing all mechanical
works herself to shoulder the responsibility of her family in a remote area like
It is unbelievable that a lady of such calibre is also with us. It is a glaring example
for others who are loitering here and there for easy contract works and white collar
She has once again proved the old saying that “when there is a will, there is a way”
and only hard work pays back.
Her dedication, perseverance and determination should not go unnoticed as we easily
forget our real heroes. She deserves due recognition.
May god bless for all success in her life.
I thank Dr. Ringu for spotting the iron lady.
E.E (E), Power
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Kargu Gamgi foundation day celebrated with a call to preserve own culture
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Kargu Gamgi, Itanagar has celebrated its 6th foundation day at Niti
Vihar here on Dec 5 last in a befitting manner. The celebration started with a mass
prayer at Gamgi. This was followed by colourful cultural programmes.
The chief guest of the function, Techi Gubin, the Arunachal Vikas Parishad secretary,
in his address said that the age-old rich tradition and cultures of Tani group
in particular are in verge of extinction due to influence of so-called modem culture.
Gubin, who is also the Director of Housing, appealed all the believers of indigenous
faiths to maintain and preserve their rich traditions and culture as handed down
by our forefathers. Gubin, however, informed that besides Abo Tani clan members of
Arunachal Pradesh, there are other communities in the world who worship Donyi-Polo.
While narrating the mythology of Donyi-Poloism in brief, the guest of honour Tabin
Karlo, a renowned social activist and priest of Galo community said the Donyi- Polo
is the progenitor of Jimi, the creator of this universe. He suggested for single
nomenclature of prayer halls of the indigenous tribes instead of different names
such as Gangging in Adi, Kargu Gamgi in Galo, Medar Nallo in Apatani and Nyedar Namlo
The chief advisor of Kargu Gamgi Managing Committee (KGMC), Itanagar, Tony Koyu,
also the Managing Director of APIDFC Ltd told that since our age-old tradition and
culture are in the verge of being vanished, Golgi Bote (late) Talom Rukbo had shown
the path to preserve age-old tradition and culture by organising prayer system.
He called upon one and all follow the path shown by Golgi Bote by participating
KGMC president Zirpok Zirdo and general secretary Goken Bagra also spoke on the occasion.
Members of Itanagar Gannging, Medar Nallo, Nyedar Namlo and Kargu Gamgi, Naharlagun
also took part in the celebration.
Meanwhile, the new executive body of KGMC has been formed for three years with
Yido Boje and Marpak Kadu as president and general secretary respectively.
Lt Yaza Waii Memorial T20 Championship
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Pachuk Bomber beat defending champion Gorkha Eleven by 3 wickets
in the inaugural match of the Lt Yaza Waii Memorial T20 Championship at Seppa general
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the defending champion set a modest
target of 116 runs before Pachuk Bomber to win.
In reply, Pachuk Bombers reached the target of 116 run with 1.5 balls to spare and
three wickets in hand.
Earlier, inaugurating the championship, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Tope Bam
said that the tournament would not only give a platform to the budding talent but
also instill them the sense of love and respect towards womenfolk as mother and sisters.
The tournament symbolizes the love and respect of Kumar Waii towards his late mother
and one should learnt lesson from him.
He appealed the players to maintain sportsmanship spirit and not to create any nuisance
which may lead to law and order problem in the district. He also appealed the people
to come forward and support such kind of event in future.
Kumar Waii, the Chief patron of the championship while encouraging the players to
take full advantage of the tournament informed that the tournament is not only to
remember his mother but to create a platform for the budding players to hone their
Championship Commissioner, Dahey Sangno, Championship Chairman and East Kameng DRDA
Project Director Kego Essi, SP, Kime Aya, former AAPSU speaker Norbu Sonam, Tungri
Effa were also present on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: All East Kameng Students Union has appealed the SSA state project
director to postpone the viva voice interview scheduled for the qualified SSA
candidates on Dec 14, 15 and 16 as the dates of interview coincide with the house
test examinations of the colleges.
The union in a letter to SSA project director said that most of the college students
qualified for SSA viva voce interview will be unable to attend the interview as
they are now appearing the house test exam in their respective college which will
continue up to Dec 20. The union appealed the authorities to reschedule the interview
date on Dec 22 after the house test.
Joint Christmas carol
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Ziro Christian Council (ZCC) will organize Joint Christmas Carol
at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli on Dec 11.
MLA-cum-Chairman APEDA Likha Saaya and SP Mari Ribia, have consented to grace the
auspicious occasion as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Arunachal
Christian Forum general secretary Toko Teki will deliver Christmas message.
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Adi Baane Kebang, Papum Pare district Women wing is organizing
an awareness camp on health and hygiene, housekeeping and other issues pertaining
to Adi women at Arunachal Vikas Parishad conference hall on December 12.
Committee resolves to safeguard forest
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The members of Lobi Welfare Committee, Itanagar have conducted a
social service to clear the jungle and erect boundary fencing in and around Lobi
wildlife range office yesterday in order to protect the forest land from the clutches
While participating in the social service Forest Officer Maj Talik called upon the
social workers to keep up the spirit of service for preservation of flora and fauna.
Meanwhile, the Committee resolved to protect forest with the cooperation from the
people residing in the vicinity of wildlife sanctuary and stand against encroachment
of forest land.
Union demands early completion
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: All Bameng Khenewa & Lada Students’ Union (ABKLSU) demanded the
APPWD and M/s GMR Limited to immediately complete the formal process of designing
and estimation of road diversion from Seppa to Chayang Tajo.
The NEC road was supposed to be taken up by Gamon India as per tender bid, but it
was later handed over to M/S GMR Ltd and State PWD, who have not yet initiated process
for execution of the said road, ABKLSU said in a release.
According to ABKLSU, a cost estimation and designing for the said road was submitted
to M/s GMR Energy Ltd. by PWD on March Five, 2009 for necessary action. But the power
developer has not yet responded to it, ABKLSU said and threatened to launch democratic
movement in case they fail to start construction of the road work immediately.
Schools week, appeals for infrastructure
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Annual school week celebration of Government Secondary School Nirjuli
started today. Papum Pare DDSE cum District Mission Officer, RMSA TT Tara inaugurated
the weeklong celebration today in the school ground.
Welcoming the guest, headmistress MN Kamki highlighted the various problems faced
by the school. School management committee expressed concern over inadequate infrastructure
and sought more care from government for up gradation of school.
Speaking on the day, chief guest TT Tara urged students to take part in extra co-curriculum
activities besides concentrating on book knowledge. He also sought cooperation of
parents for better development of school.
Flood protection schemes sought
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Chandranagar Welfare Committee (CWC) has appealed the WRD department
to take up flood protection measures in Chandranagar area.
The committee submitted two flood protection schemes to Chief Engineer, WRD, each
on the river bank of Ganga and Yapo in Chandranagar area in order to safe vital Govt
installations and human habitation like Yapo Colony, forest colony, market line,
Gyan Ganga school and mining office etc. The authorities should start flood protection
work before the rainy season, the committee said.
Association to put forward demands
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Field Staff Association has decided
to put forward their demands to the concerned authority to revise recruitment rules
1997, enhancement of scale pay of AFA and unification of AFA designations.
This was decided at a meeting at the Directorate of Agriculture, Naharlagun office
Six defaulters detected
ITANAGAR: The Inspector Legal Metrology and Consumer Affair, Basar conducted a surprise
visit at Tomi Market on Dec 3 last. During its inspection, the team detected five
cases of violation of packaged Commodities Rules and one case relating to use of
unverified weights and measures in business transactions with an intention to earn
The irregular weights and measures instruments were seized and detained by the Inspector
and cases against defaulters were registered under provisions of weights and measures
law. Other traders of the locality were advised to carry on business in accordance
with the provisions of law as framed for protection of consumer’s interest, accordingly
an official release.
Illegal appointments alleged
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union has alleged illegal appointments in
grade C and D posts under the WRD department.
In a letter to Chief Engineer, WRD, the AAPWU said that appointment were made in
Grade C and D posts without maintaining codal formalities and depriving the senior
most workers from their rights to serving the state. The union appealed the authorities
to cancel all those appointments at the earliest and fill up the vacant posts with
EDP on beauty parlour
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Altogether 25 unemployed women from Itanagar region are participating
in the 15-days Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) on Beauty parlour which
began at the conference hall of National Youth Project office here today. The programme
is being organised by NYP and sponsored by Khadi and Village Industries Commission
(KVIC) Itanagar. The master trainer is Tilling Minu.
Addressing the inaugural session as chief guest, A P Chobin motivated all the trainees
to avail the opportunities being provided by the KVIC for self-employment ventures.
Informing that various departments are also implementing self-employment schemes,
he said subsidy loan programmes of KVIC on various schemes have been proved beneficial
for the needy artisans in terms of employment generation.
NYP president H.P. Biswas highlighted the importance of such programme. While briefing
on various NYP programmes for the youths and unemployed artisans, he said there are
plenty of scope for self-employment venture like beauty parlour business in the urban
or semi urban areas.
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Table Tennis Association of Arunachal is organizing two days selection
trial at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy on December 20 and 21 to select players for
National Level Senior Table Tennis championship to be held at Kolkata from January
17 to 23, 2011. Five Men and Five Women players would be selected and they would
be provided free coaching with fooding and lodging.
Interested players both men and women of age above 18 years are asked to submit bio-data
with two recent passport size photos at Hotel Kosing on or before December 15.
Perennial water crisis hit citizens
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Water crisis in the capital region is a perennial problem. Summer
or winter, the drinking water crisis has always been a major issue for the residents
of not only the state capital but almost all the district headquarters as well.
Lack of proper management on the part of concerned department, lack of drinking water
conservation awareness among the citizen, negligence on the part of consumer regarding
payment of water bills, flood and landslides and shortage of water in intake points
are contributing factors to the drinking water crisis, despite available water resources
in the state.
In state capital, thousands of citizens have been facing drinking water shortages
for many years.
Here, most of the residents get one or half hour’s water supply a day, which is simply
too less. The situation is aggravated with the drainage and road renovation works
in various sectors of the state capital. Sometimes, the water pipe remains dry for
No doubt, every year to meet the drinking water requirement of the citizens in the
state capital, Public Health Department has been arranging water tankers, but people
living away from main roads are facing difficulty to avail even this provision.
Citizens are not happy with this make shift arrangement. Sanglo Putung Colony Welfare
Committee, Chairman Takam Tami said that residents of the colony are fetching water
from Ganga River as the residents do not get even a single drop of water as there
is no water pipeline, despite repeated appeal to the concerned department. He appealed
the department to immediately take up necessary steps for early connection of the
Chandra Nagar Welfare Committee President Bem Maching appealed the concerned department
to supply drinking water two times a day (morning and evening) instead of the supplying
it at odd hours (12 noon).
He further, appealed the concerned department to establish a PHED enquiry office
at Industry colony, Chandranagar and further urged the PHED for new connection of
water pipeline at Senki, Industry, Yapo, Tapang Parang colonies, Geology and Mining
Office area, Gyan-Ganga and Market line.
Donyi Polo Dariya Hill Welfare Association, President Nangbia Tani said that the
supply of drinking water by the department is not sufficient for the people of the
He further lamenting over the unnecessary wastage of water, appealed them to turn
the water taps off.
He further suggested that proper tapping of Sinki river water would ease the problems
upto some extend.
Hill Top Colony Welfare Committee, General Secretary Karsang Talar also briefing
about the water scarcity in the colony informed the people are tapping water from
wells to meet their requirement. Meanwhile, when contacted, Local MLA Techi Kaso
said “unless and until the Poma water project is completed, the demands would not
be possible to meet due to shortage of water in Senki River, water intake point”.
However, he expressed the hope that the drinking water demands of the ever increasing
population of the capital would be solved with the completion of Poma Water Project
by April or May 2011.
He defended the concerned department and said that it is putting its all efforts
to complete the project work as early as possible to regularize to water supply.
Dams in Arunachal easy target for China: Bahuguna
SHILLONG, Dec 8: Noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna on Wednesday said that
construction of dams in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh is a serious security
threat to India as it is an easy target for China.
"It is disastrous to construct dams in a border state like Arunachal Pradesh. It
will be an easy target for China. They can bomb them anytime if there is a war,"
Bahuguna said on the sidelines of a conference on "Sustainability: Management and
Beyond" hosted by IIM-Shillong (Indian Institute of Management).
The hill state of Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,030-km unfenced border with China.
The Central Electricity Authority has estimated the potential from 89 big hydroelectric
projects in Arunachal at 49,126 MW while smaller ones are expected to generate another
Urging people in the region to oppose construction of dams in the state, the green
warrior said these dams would kill the Brahmaputra river and the people in downstream
of Assam and Bangladesh. "It will devastate the environment and uproot people for
short-term benefits." Various groups in Assam have opposed the construction of 2,000
MW Lower SubansiriHydro Electric Power Project in Arunachal Pradesh that began in
2003, citing adverse ecological impact on downstream areas. The 2,906-km long Brahmaputra
is one of Asia's largest rivers that flows 1,625 km in Tibet, 918 km in India, and
363 km through Bangladesh before converging into the Bay of Bengal.
"It (dam) is a temporary solution to a permanent problem. After sometimes, these
dams will stop the natural flow of the river and destroy the river's ecology," said
Bahuguna, winner of the 'Asian Nobel Prize', the Magsaysay award.
However, the Chipko movement leader suggested large-scale plantation of trees along
the ranges as a solution. "Make the Himalayas a continuous dam by planting trees.
Trees will attract more rains and give more water."
Stating that a third world war over water will be inevitable if governments do not
wake up now, Bahuguna said that nations all across were facing water scarcity due
to drastic changes in ecology.
"People are fighting for drinking water and you must have heard China diverting its
river (Brahmaputra)," he said.
Every school will have school library soon: Siram
PASIGHAT, Dec 8: The state government is planning to establish library in each and
every school of the state informed Education Minister Bosiram Siram today while inaugurating
a newly constructed Library building, near general ground Pasighat.
The Minister expressing his satisfaction over the new library said that Pasighat
should be recognized as epicenter of knowledge.
Siram appealed citizens of Pasighat to make good use of the library and inculcate
book reading habit. He said that mere achievement of educational qualifications without
proper knowledge on the subject matter is a big threat for the state. He urged the
learned personalities of the state to write books on various issues and appeal one
and all to cooperate with the government in all fronts to bring developments in the
He further advised the student communities to be more sincere in studies and feel
secure in the hands of their seniors.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by the DLIO Y. Riba for appointment of chowkidar
and posting of more staffs for smooth functioning of the library, Siram assured that
he would discuss the matter with the concerned higher authorities for consideration.
He assured uninterrupted power supply and water connections into the library and
also assured to take up security fencing in next financial year.
The Guest of Honour, Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang conveyed his gratitude to Raja
Rammohan Foundation, Kolkata for granting Rs. 25 lakhs for construction of the building.
Earlier, the prominent writer and retired IAS officer Oshong Ering appreciated J
Rondo (ARO) for writing a book on Adis and advised library officials to keep more
historical books of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to attract the readers.
The Dy. Director Library Tarak Mize and BK Bhattacharaya (JL) also spoke on the occasion.
Among others Kipa Tari (AD), Kishore Sen Asstt, KN Dey (JL) all from Itanagar and
BCC Prez Tabuk Dai, ZP Chairperson Yai Dabi, HODs were also present on the occasion.
MLA calls for early restoration of water supply
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: MLA Alo Libang has urged upon the officers of the PHED to take up
immediately restoration works of one the intake points for adequate supply of drinking
water to the Yingkiong township. He gave this instruction while visiting the three
intake points of water supply which supplies water to the Yingkiong township today.
The MLA was accompanied by Bimal Welly EE (PHED), Kaling Taki AE and others during
All the three water supply intake points were completely damaged in the flesh flood
triggered by cloudburst in September last. Though the water supply to the Yingkiong
township has been restored temporarily, the local people are facing lots of hardship
due to shortage of drinking water supply.
The MLA wanted that regular and adequate water supply of water be restored. While
asking the officers to immediately take up construction of one of the intake points,
he assured to take up with concerned authority for restoration of the rest of the
damaged intake points.
They also inspected the damaged portions of the water supply pipelines where restoration
and repair works are going on full swing. The MLA wanted the department officers
to carry out survey for additional sources of tapping water for future. The EE assured
that within a week there will be a slight improvement in the supply of water. DIPRO
ABK felicitates successful APPSCE candidates
ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Adi Baane Kebang felicitated the achievers of Arunachal Pradesh
Public Service Competitive Examination- 2010 (APPSCE) at Hotel Arun Subansiri last
Altogether, 16 candidates Olom Panggeng, Sarah Enung Borang, Marina Siram, Rani Mibang,
Binti Mibang, Miranda Pertin, Nikita Panggam, John Pada, Jacop Tabing, Nijohn Danggen,
Makbul Siram, Geram Jonkey, Oni Padun, Arbind Pangging, Rosalind Pertin and Tam Saring
made it to the merit list.
The function was led by AKB General Secretary Tani Jonkey, Advocate Ajin Apang and
attended by Officers, public leaders and parents residing in the state capital. Speakers
appreciated the successful candidates while encouraging those who could not make
it this year to work harder the next time.
Further, the speakers, while briefing their service experiences, advised the new
officers to work for the development of the society and while advising them to be
honest, sincere, and dedicated to their duty.
The senior citizens further, highlighting the needs of preserving own language and
culture, suggested the officers and public to preserve and promote own language and
culture wherever they go and reside.
ABK also appreciated Dr RB Tripathy, Bandana Deori and resource persons for their
contributions towards successful result.
Later, the recently selected officers also expressed their gratefulness to ABK, for
their supports to all the aspiring candidates of the community.
Further they appealed the younger generation to physically and mentally prepare themselves
to get through any kind of competitive examinations.
Arunachal to be represented at 17th World Festival of Youth
ITANAGAR, Dec 08: Advocate Tadup Tana Tara, visiting faculty of Arunachal Law Academy
(ALA) and Easho M Cheriyan, Director ALA and St. Thomas School, Naharlagun will represent
ALA and India in the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students scheduled from December
13 to 21 at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tara, who had been the advisor to Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and member
of the hi-power committee on Chakma and Hajong refugees constituted by Union Ministry
of Home Affairs will deliver a key note lecture on world refugee problems in the
Tara also the legal advisor to AAPSU will present a paper on topic : Ethnic vis a
vis Militancy problems in India with special reference to Northeast India: during
the nine days festival.
Tara in a brief interaction with this reporter said here today that, he will also
present the mindset of Arunachalee people on illegal settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs
refugees in Arunachal Pradesh in the festival.
The festival with slogan "Lets defeat imperialism for a world of peace, solidarity
and social transformation’ will be participated by representatives from 150 countries,
The 11-member Indian delegation would be headed by Indian Youth Congress president
Rajeev Satav as chairman.
Sunbeam over plateau
She gurgled away her deepest emotions of piety and motherly love like the torrential
gush of a stream as she narrated the trials and tribulations of rearing the 14 odd
inmates in her small hut. We sat in the courtyard of the hut overlooking the whitish
and desolate paddy field of Ziro plateau that fascinates every visitor. Her campus
houses a tourist hut above a fish pond, a small half-complete museum building at
the foot of the little knoll, and a tailoring unit. A few plots of vegetable surrounded
the fish ponds.
Talyang Shanti soon regains her composure and apologises. Being a widow in her late
fifties and having faced life from close quarters, she talks passionately about the
interests of the inmates most of whom are mentally and physically retarded. She narrates
about Nobin, the oldest of the boys, who till a few years ago wandered hungry and
bare of clothes and made the roadsides and market sheds of Ziro his home. The story
of the rest is of similar nature: an old man (who expired recently) and a woman without
shelter, a few traumatized young women, children who had never experienced love and
care of families….
She said, “Having known tragedy since my childhood, I connected spontaneously to
the condition of the imamates. Being a mother and having experienced human suffering,
I could feel their pain and the need to shelter them.” This empathy made her bring
the tramps one by one into her hut, presently known as the ‘Mother’s Home’ that is
barely spacious enough for her younger son and daughter who are yet to settle down
properly. The food mostly of rice and wild vegetable and leafs of her garden are
cooked in big pots and eaten together. Even as she narrates this, Nobin snatches
away my mobile and staggers away. Talyang Shanti says he craves music, as most of
the children do. She laments, her request to a department for help of musical instrument
is yet to bear result. A few entertainment facilities would amuse their otherwise
dreary life and even help them recuperate, she says wistfully. While she narrates
these, the smallest of the inmates—a boy of ten years—keeps crying, Nobin gets engrossed
in music emanating from my mobile handset while the two women inmates’ dry clothes
and cook food. Life in the community’s small world gets set in motion on its own
With great effort the children mumble their prayers at lunchtime: “No mother, no
food; no mother, no food!” For them, Talyang Shanti, their mother, is like a sunbeam
flickering right into their tiny souls, illuminating their hitherto dark and bleak
life like a candle in a dark night.
Her challenges? Aplenty! Arranging treatment and procuring medicines for the sick
for which she has often to take them outside. Money is always a problem. Getting
admission for the five school-going children, managing shoes and uniforms, buying
rice etc etc. She is grateful to well-wishers who pitch in with presents such as
some rice, a few clothes, even a pair of uniforms….
She thanks Governor J.J. Singh who has donated one lakh Rupees with which she built
the tourist hut, enabling her to augment her income. DC Sadhana Deori often visits
her with VIPs and presents biscuits and other eatables to the children. Finance and
IPR Minister Setong Sena preseted a video camera while DIPRO Dengia Bengia gave a
TV set. As regards assistance from government agencies, she says her proposals to
various departments for help are yet to see the light of the day.
The woman with the missionary zeal has an ultimate dream: to set up an orphanage
for waifs and strays where she can give good education and care to them. Somewhere
in the outskirt of the township—provided she can get a plot of land. She says, “There
are many challenges. But I welcome them; challenges keep me going!”
Exigency vs aesthetic
From a tourist’s perspective, the stunning sight of extensive paddy fields of Ziro
valley is what the Tawang Monastery is to the famous township. Surrounded by green
hills, the extensive paddy fields in the middle are not only hub of Apatani culture
but also their economic life. Together with the traditional heritage of the community,
the aesthetic aspects of the enormous dish-like field in the middle of the encircling
hills draw visitors from far and wide.
But recently, due to pressure from population increase, many locals have begun to
extend their houses into the fields reducing the cultivation area and impairing the
beauty of the place. Dazzling tin roofs and RCC buildings threaten to replace the
soothing and alluring view of the site. One just hopes the old grandeur is retained.
Compelled to teach in absence of any off-school teachers and parents, I try to tutor
my six-year old grandson after his classes. The result is, however, often disastrous.
After a great deal of coaxing him out from his favourite cartoon serials, I place
the books before him for reading. Soon he saunters away to the bath room or pretends
to get thirsty and pours water in his glass. When he returns to the table after much
affectation, I ask him to recite the poems. “Recite them correctly!”, instead he
commands me, threatening with a stick. I try other methods, other subjects. The result
remains the same.
With our roles reversed thus, he snatches the remote control and switches on his
choice channels in a flash. Soon, Doremon, Pokemon, and Benten and their ilk resurface
on the tube with their hilarious prattles. It makes us often postpone the reading
until the next day.