December -  05



Unemployed engineers oppose recruitment on deputation basis

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association strongly opposed the decision of the government to recruit engineers on deputation basis in education department including Assistant Engineer (civil) Junior Engineer (civil) Surveyor (civil) and Draughtsman.

It alleged that the newly created engineering wing in the education department is going to recruit on 100 % deputation basis without following the recruitment rules.

The association strongly demanded the concerned department to strictly follow the recruitment rule.

It decided to conduct  a peaceful Dharna on December 10 in front of Directorate of Higher and Technical Education and Directorate of School Education, Itanagar to protest the recruitment process.


Sheltering festival

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR Dec 4: The Saint Thomas Catholic Church of Nimte village under Sagalee circle in Papumpare district celebrated the sheltering festival in a befitting manner here today. The sheltering festival is popular festival before Christmas among Christian believers across the world. Attending the function, Arunachal Bullet Club President Nabam Jose called upon the villagers to adopt the principle of non -violence and spread the message of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence among all religions.

He further advised the villagers to send their children to school so that people of the village could contribute to the state and nation in development activities. He added that people of the village should stand united in developmental activities.


Float open tender

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Gangte Circle Intellectual Forum  and All Taning Talam Welfare Society appealed to the concerned authority to float open tender for construction of motor-able steel bridge over Kumey River between Dha Hill Top to Gangte Administrative Centre.

It said that the organisations will not tolerate award of work order to any individual for construction of the bridge.

Meanwhile, the name of the Kumey River was wrongly mentioned as Kurung River in yesterday’s edition of this daily under heading “float open tender”. The inadvertent error is regretted.


Forum serves ultimatum to government

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum yesterday served a seven days ultimatum to state government on ToI and other issues.

The forum demanded the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to solve the ToI issue and produce Pradeep Thakur in the state, immediate clearance of all the pending bills of every department, police outpost at Kakoi, Taraso, fire station at Karsingsa and immediate arrest of all the individuals involved in the state’s PDS scam.

The forum threatens to launch protest if the government fail to meet the demands.


Medical camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Indian Army team posted at Taksing organized a medical camp at Taksing recently. Altogether, 113 patients were benefited from the camp.

On the occasion, the two army doctors highlighted about health care and advised the villagers and students to maintain physical fitness.


School girl dies after hit by bus

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR: In an unfortunate incident, a 6 years old school girl died today after a school bus reportedly hit her in Good Shepherd Residential School campus at Papu Nallah in Naharlagun this morning.

A class II student, the schoolgirl succumbed to her injuries and died at around 10:55 am at a private hospital in Itanagar.

Confirming the incident Naharlagun police station informed this daily that incident occurred around 6:45 am in the morning when bus bearing registration number AR01C-9872 of Good Shepherd Residential School was about to take the children to the church on Sunday.

The driver has been arrested and the bus seized. A case has been registered at Naharlagun Police station U/S 279/338/304(a) IPC for further investigation, police sources informed.  


Assembly session

ITANAGAR: The seventh session of the fifth legislative assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will be held on December 8 to elect a Deputy Speaker which has fallen vacant following the resignation of Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh.


Podi Barbi Festival

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh has conveyed festival greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh and to members of the agrarian community on the auspicious occasion of Podi Barbi.

In his message, the Governor said that he join Ramo, Bokar and Palibo brethren in welcoming the new agriculture season and pray for a bumper harvest.

The Governor wished that the festival heralding the harvesting season bring peace, happiness and prosperity to the people.


Run to out AIDS

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Kra-Dadii Club, an NGO based in Seppa observed world AIDS day along with the rest of the world. To mark the occasion a mega marathon race with theme “Run to out AIDS” with participation of more than 400 people including students and senior citizens was held.

 Maring Tok and Menu Taku were the winners of men and women section respectively.

The marathon was flagged off by deputy commissioner Tope Bam. During the day, free testing and counselling of AIDS/HIV and malaria was done.

More than 300 people got themselves tested for HIV.

Dr K Sopin who was resource person for the day spoke in length about HIV and ways to prevent it from spreading. He stated that youth can play special role to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS.


News Impact

Arunachalees and their double standards

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the article 'Hindi is a binding force' by Pawan Rai. Firstly I would like to congratulate Pawan for mustering such a courage to call spade a spade. It is indeed true and preposterous that most of the Arunachalees treat the people from the mainland India as outsiders or worse-refugees. It is a known fact in Arunachal that they are the favourite punching bags in the state.

The fact of the matter is, had it not been for this mainland people Arunachal as a state would have still lagged behind in every sphere. History is witness to it. So many crores are pumped into the state in the form of central schemes but it ends up in the pocket of these politicians and local officers who care a damn for these mainland people. They are remembered only during the elections. Not only that, even the police are biased in their dealing with these Indians and their grievances never gets redressed. It is very ironic that these Arunachalees send their kids to the best of colleges in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai but when it comes to deal with a common mainland Indian back in Arunachal, they are not even treated with minimum dignity. They are beaten and threatened at will at the slightest provocation. It is also very ironic and smacks of double hypocrisy when much hue and cry is made out when China claims Arunachal as its part. All Arunachal say in unison that 'We are an integral part of India"! But they call these mainland Indians as refugees/outsiders! How can you call them outsiders when you are calling yourself an Indian! They get inspiration from Sachin Tendulkar, they dress up like Salman, they admire Katrina but when it comes to deal with a common Indian they call them names.  Is this justice? Time has come to clean yourself up. Let this message go loud and clear. So called Mainland Indians in Arunachal are fighting their own battle in a silent way. They are living there bereft of even the basic human dignity. Its about time that they should get better treatment. Even otherwise they have such limited opportunities in Arunachal, let it be in getting job, be it in purchasing properties. Then why are they being treated as a threat to the society and as a result treated badly? Will somebody answer?


Ananth Kumar,

(on email)



Language is for communication

Dear Editor,

Over a period of time, I have been observing Hindi crusaders in your Reader’s forum. I appreciate Kajal Chatterjee and co for linguistic enlightenment drive through the Reader’s Forum for such a prolonged period.

 As a matter of fact, there is no need of such a long crusade through public forum unless any harm is being done to any section of society by learning or speaking in Hindi language.  

In fact knowledge of Hindi by Arunachalee has helped a lot.

Very purpose of language is for communication.  Whether particular language is national, official, state languages should come last in queue.  If at all someone is opposing Hindi or any Indian languages in India, they should first eradicate English from country. If neither English nor Hindi be used, we should go back to hundreds or thousands years back, invent, discover everything by ourselves and express or represent them in our local language or dialects.  Any written material in one language must not be translated into another language. For instance, novel or poem written in Bengali should never be translated into other language. Not even into Assamese or Oriya or Nagamese. A person must not know more than one language except their mother tongue. Two neighbors whose mother tongues are different must never communicate.  Similarly, two states or country whose languages are different must never engage in any form of deal. If our intention is not this way and if we accept language as media for communication among human being, opposing any language really makes no sense.  Language itself doesn’t matter much until two parties can comprehend. What is important is what is being communicated.  With these facts, using Hindi language doesn’t harm anyone or region.  Arunachal being a state with no language of itself, their denizens have every right of choosing which language suits them best.  Please note that the writer’s intention is neither to promote, nor to denounce any regional language or dialect.  Preserving, promoting mother tongue is important but knowing or using any language which enhances one’s value is not bad either.


Nabam Serbang,

(on email)



Bridge over Siji River

Dear Editor,

I, on behalf of the people of Lika, Bali Nyilok and Nyigup (NBN) villages, appeal to the local MLA Jomde Kena to do the needful for immediate construction of the bridge over Siji river (Gai Nadi). The villagers of western bank of the river have been facing communication problem with Likabali town due to delay in construction of the sanctioned bridge reportedly due to some petty issues.

Besides creating communication problem to the villagers, the river has also claimed many a lives while crossing it to reach Likabali.

I, therefore, sincerely appeal to our local MLA to look into the matter seriously and take immediate step to construct the bridge for the welfare of people of your constituency.


Doyum Taipodia

Lika village



Sports and lack of facilities

Dear Editor,

It is learnt from reliable sources that Central Government has been providing enough fund for development of sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh. There is also separate department for this sector to oversee the activities. But it seems the State Government is not doing enough for development of this sector which is evident from lack of basic sports infrastructure all over the state. And that is why we are still lagging so far behind other states in sports. Some playgrounds like Rajiv Gandhi stadium are getting ruined due to lack of maintenance. It has become a waste disposable spot and grazing field for domestic animals.

Nobody will disagree with me that few sportspersons, who have achieved success in national and international events by dint of hard work, are the true representatives of the state. They deserve accolades from all for their triumphs thus bringing laurels to the state in spite of lack of facility and proper support from the authority.

I, there, urge the sports mentors of the state to make efforts to bring Arunachal Pradesh at par with other sporting states by properly and judiciously utilizing the funds meant for development of sports sector.


Lingdum Taha

Arunachal Law Academy




Height of Hindi fanatism

Dear Editor,

This refers to the atrocious letter by Pawan Rai in your newspaper on Dec 2. Rai is one of the typical Hindi fanatics since he calls non-Hindi people lunatics. That means people who protest Bihari dominance in India are mad and those who listen to Bihari masters are sane. Shame on Pawan Rai and his tribe of thinkers!

The most developed nation like Japan, Korea, Germany, Russia, France and even our immediate neighbor China to name a few don't give priority to English language because these countries are formed on the basis of their mother-tongue. Unlike India, who sends army to beat Kashmiris and Manipuris, these are of the same genetic and racial stock who formed one country on the basis of one race and one language. If Srivastav, Mukherjee and Das taught Mathematics to Pawan Rai, that is his problem. Before Srivastav taught, the British gave the light of modern education to north-east. Indians called north-east land of Kiratas, that is lowly demons. Outsiders are exploiting the natural resources of north-east.

What does Pawan Rai want the states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya to do? I am sure that this Hindi fanatic wants north-east to bow and kneel before the Hindi culture and lose their ethnic identity in the years to come. This will be solely responsible because of affinity towards the Hindi culture.

If it was not for the British, high caste Hindi people like Pawan Rai would have called us naked like he calls the people of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Shame on his low thinking and feudal, bossy mentality. He symbolises what outsiders think of north-east and their superiority complex over us.

It was not Hindi people who showed light of modern education and civilization to north-east. Hindi masters may not like it and try to hide it, but it was the British who changed the life-style and modernised the north-east. Later Hindi peoples took over and started exploiting natural resources as in Jaintia hills and the markets of north-east towns and cities. English is more helpful for north-east people to check Hindi people invasion. This will never be agreed by people like Pawan Rai who form majority in central govt offices which take decisions for Hindi supremacy at the cost of native languages. People like Pawan Rai will never understand the sentiments and emotions of those people whose language has been subjugated under Hindi in the schools and offices in their own land.

If people like Pawan Rai came before Christian missionaries came, Khasi language would have been wiped away. Thanks to the missionaries, our native language survived Hindi onslaught in Khasi hills. We are thankful to English and would always vote for English as our official language when dealing with outside world.

Arunachal Times should not have given a chance to call north-east naked. Is the editorial board Hindi too?  Or else, people like Pawan Rai would not have dared to call us naked.

Yours truly,

Jason Lyngdoh




‘As dead as the dodo’

Dear Editor,

The letter by Pawan Rai published in 'Arunachal Times' on Dec 2 was in bad taste. Being from the dominant Hindi community of India, Rai is unaware of the anxiety of a minority community. Let me give him the example of a bird which is no more in this world. It is extinct now-- the Dodo bird. 100 years back the dodo bird roamed around  Australia. Then came huge number of sailors and pirates who ate the dodo so much that it became extinct. If too much of interference and contact with outsiders take place, small native tribes disappear. With them disappear their language, culture and heritage. Given our present education in Hindi schools, our languages will meet the fate of the dodo, and will be called 'as dead as the dodo'.


Ngurang Riyo

Itanagar, (on email)




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When they should be in school


The latest government report reveals that over five million children are economically active in the Indian labour market.

Millions of children still labour today, in factories, farms, kilns, mines, homes and waste dumps, deprived of education, play, rest, healthy growth and childhood.

The law in India treats much of child labour as legally permissible. For children up to 14 years, only a small set of vocations designated ‘hazardous' are prohibited.

Only in 2006 was employing children as domestic help declared illegal, and just five years earlier, rag-picking was prohibited among children. There are weak penalties and few prosecutions, barely a few thousand in the whole country every year. There is no prohibition of any kind of work for children who cross the age of 14 years.

Latest official estimates report around five million children economically active in the labour market, which is 2% of the total child population of India in the age group 5–14 years. Child rights activists, however, argue that the actual numbers of child workers are much larger, because children not in school are hidden child workers, rearing younger siblings, tending the home, or helping parents earn in the fields, home-based work or vending. Their numbers are four times as many as enumerated child workers.

Legislation has been unsuccessful in stopping child labour, even in hazardous industries. A third of all acknowledged child workers are found to be in hazardous occupations. About 53% of the total number of children working in hazardous occupations is employed in the pan, bidi, and cigarette industry, in construction, and as domestic help. 72% recorded child workers are in agriculture and constitute almost 9% of all agricultural workers.

The official tolerance of child labour is grounded in the belief that child labour is an inevitable product of poverty. This stand however needs to change. It is necessary that instead of depending on govt to bring in changes, we make the first move ourselves by not engaging children in any menial work. Accepting child labour as just another inevitable problem is going to add to the problem.


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Mukherjee assures special package for Arunachal

CM concerned at low Credit Deposit ratio

New Delhi, Dec 4: During a meeting with the Arunachalee delegation led by the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee assured to consider the projects proposed under alternative source as a special package to Arunachal Pradesh.

The team had impressed upon the union minister to consider the impending proposals of infrastructure requirements of capital city Itanagar amounting to Rs 1213.53 crores under Urban Sector and Integrated River and Flood Management of Arunachal Pradesh for Rs 396 crores which were to be funded by ADB/World Bank but could not be taken up by Government of India due to China’s strong objection.

The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki further expressed concern on low Credit Deposit ratio.

He informed the Union minister that some of the banks are not even lending to SHGs.

“This is evidenced by the large gap between the number of SHGs savings linked and credit linked. The purveying of credit in Arunachal Pradesh has to be championed by the Commercial Banks as they have around 70 branches compared to 23 branches of APRB and 22 branches of APSCB. Even among the commercial banks, SBI with 46 branches has to play main role. There is need for innovative models to deliver financial services. Otherwise the green initiatives of the Government of India in moving towards Electronic Benefit Transfer may not be realised fully in the state. The pattern of loan accounts reveals that only 20% of the accounts pertain to agriculture. Around 67% of the accounts related to personal loans. RBI may have to consider assigning higher weights for loans given in NER while computing priority sector lending and assigning lower weights to the loans issued in other parts of the country. This may provide some incentive to banks to seriously look at lending in NER” Tuki apprised Mukherjee.

He in turn assured to take up the issue on positive note.

While the chief minister appealed Mukherjee for permission of Finance Ministry for sanction of loan under RIDF etc. as a part of approved plan outlet for 2011-12, the union minister ask the state government to submit the amended FRBM for active consideration.  Mukherjee also gave a positive gesture towards gap-funding for completion, strengthening and commissioning of Hydel-stations under Hydro Power department.

The team included Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein, MPs Takam Sanjay and Ninong Ering, Principal Advisor to CM and Parliamentary Secretary T N Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, C C Singpho, Padi Richo, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam and Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering. (PRO)


A saga of never ending wait

Minister assures to lift Niglok IGC to a new high

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 4: Resentment of the people at the slow-pace of development work at the Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) under the state Industry department at Niglok in East Siang district, has literally reached its zenith.

The IGC, which had once brought new hope of industrialization among the people including bamboo technology, information technology park, fruit processing, machinery weaving units is yet to see any light of development as all forms of construction has been stalled for the last two decades.

The state’s industry minister Tapang Taloh, accompanied by the West-Pasighat MLA Dr Tangor Tapak, Director of Industry Rebo Renya, Handloom, Handicraft & Textile Director Khoda Ruja and East Siang district administrative officials, visited the IGC to take stock of the condition centre today.

The Minister while interacting with the industry officials, local PRI leaders and Gaonburahs in the complex assured the people to bring the industrial centre to a new height.

“I am sure that my entry to the industry department will bring a change and correct the shortfalls and the centre will get its due importance”, he said.

He said that he will discuss the problems facing the IGC with the Chief Minister for strategic steps for its early start.

Responding to a memoranda submitted to him regarding development of the industrial centre, Taloh further said that all necessary efforts would be put in place. Addressing the people, MLA Tangor Tapak stated that he had earlier moved the government for protection measure from Sile river, which has been eroding land allotted to the IGC and demanded sanction for construction of boundary wall around the complex.

Assistant Director of Industry (ADI) cum Project Manager of Niglok IGC Jumbom Riba, who earlier addressed the meeting, informed the present status of the IGC in a form of memorandum and requested the minister and officials concern for taking needful steps.

He stressed on construction of a RCC boundary wall around the complex in order to guard the properties.

It may be mentioned that the department of industry had submitted an estimate of Rs 20 cr to the Government of India (GOI) in December 1988. Accordingly, the GOI had approved an estimated amount  of Rs. 1.5 cr with which the department acquired land measuring 582.15 acres at Niglok under Ruksin circle.

The contractor entrusted for construction works, M/s- Tama Fabrication Works (Naharlagun) had assured to complete the construction at the end of 2006, but it has miserably failed to complete works even after extension of scheduled time on several occasions.

Presently, most of the building constructed inside the office complex are lying abandoned for the last several years and is already in dilapidated condition.


DPYK Silver-Jubilee concludes

Spiritualism is the essence of our existence: Siram

PASIGHAT, Dec 4: Spiritualism is the essence of our existence, said the Education Minister Bosiram Siram while attending the valedictory function of the four days long celebration of Donyipolo Yelam Kebang at the Central Ganging ground on Saturday night.

A society cannot progress if it merely imitates the ancestors. DPYK is the brain child of enlightened philosopher Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo who gave new mission and visions to follow our distinct norms, values, virtues through spiritualism and salvation, added Siram. The Aabangs are our Shastras and DPYK is working in right direction with faith and devotions to preserve our tradition, culture and unity paving the way to reform our great heritage, he said.

He also stated that the need of the hour is to empower youth with required skills to lead a decent life full of faith, discipline, broadness and wisdom to discuss what is best for the society.

The minister urged to introduce good books to students, spiritual activities and to continue research in the field. He further called for judicious use of Rs two crore granted by the Chief Minister in constructing a good cultural hall. (DIPRO)


Be ready to face any challenges: Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh exhorted officers and personnel of 9 Infantry Division of Indian Army to prepare hard and maintain team spirit to face any challenge.

The Governor was addressing them on the occasion of Jessore Day celebration, which commemorates the Army Division’s victory over the Jessore garrison, now in Bangladesh in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

Attending the celebration in Meerut Cantonment on 3rd December 2011, the Governor advised the officers to always lead from front.  Motivating the personnel of the Division, which is christened as ‘Pine Division’ the Governor said that there is no shortcut to success. He added that if you do not give up, God will be with you and success will be yours.

General Singh, who commanded the Infantry Division in 1996-98 nostalgically recalling his days with the Division, said that it was one of the most challenging phases of his service life.

The Governor, who never misses an occasion to draw attention towards Arunachal Pradesh, highlighted the unique features of the State, its flora and fauna and the people. He called upon the officers and personnel to visit the State as tourist and experience the hospitality of the tribal community.

Earlier in the function, the Governor released a coffee table book, ‘The Pine Warriors’ which gives details of the saga of valour of the Division from 1940 to 2011.

Lt General (Retd.) Mathew Thomas, who commanded the Division in

1976-78 and present General Officer in Command, Maj General SK Gadeock also spoke on the occasion.

Lt. General (Retd.) I.J. Khanna, who commanded it in 1980-82 and many serving and retired officers of the Division, attended the 40th commemoration celebration.

Before leaving for Delhi today, the Governor laid wreath at the Pine War Memorial and visited the archive of the Division, which recalls the details of the wars the Division fought since its inception. The Governor also visited the newly built ‘Jessore Park’.

The history of 1971 Indo-Pak war bears testimony to numerous fierce battles won with great tenacity and unsurpassed heroism by war heroes of 9 Infantry Division, which not only provided a decisive edge to the Indian Army in the 1971 campaign, but also contributed phenomenally towards enhancement of national pride and honour.

The gallant and victorious troops of the Pine Division entered Jessore cantonment (erstwhile East Pakistan) and unfurled the tricolor, which signaled the end of an era of oppression and exploitation by the erstwhile Pakistani Military rulers in East Pakistan.  The Commanders of Pakistan's 107 Infantry brigade, Brig Hayat Khan signed the 'Instrument of Surrender of Jessore' on the lawns of Khulna Rest House before Maj Gen Dalbir Singh,  the then GOC of the Pine Division. 81 Pakistani officers, 130 JCOs and more than 3476 men had surrendered along with large number of weapons and ammunition. (PRO, Rajbhavan)


Thakur Anukul’s birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The 124th birth anniversary of Thakur Anukul Chandra was celebrated by the believers with religious fervour here today.

The celebration also marked the visit of Sri Sri Dada at Satsang Centre, Itanagar in 2006.

The celebration began with Usha Kirtan at 4-30 followed by congregational prayer at 9 am and procession by the believers singing religious songs and holding posters with teachings of  Anukul in the main thoroughfare of the township at 11 am.

The afternoon programmes included, “Anand Bazar”  “Matri Sammelan” “Evening Prayer” and theatre.

Hundreds of spirited believers, including from Bihpura, Assam attended the celebration.


6th round of VOA

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The 6th round of the singing talent hunt, the Voice of Arunachal-2 was held at Naharlagun yesterday.

Six contestants have qualified for the next elimination round after the end of the round six.

One contestant is eliminated in each round on the basis of public voting through SMS. Gichik Taha was eliminated after the end of round six. The next elimination round would be held on December 10.

Attending the programme, Panye Taram, DFDO highly praised the organizing committee HAMARE  (Hayang Memorial Agro Industrial and Education Trust) for giving a platform to the young singers to expose their talent.   Encouraging the contestants to preserve their own culture through music, he appealed to the people of the state and the organizing committee to select the best and deserving one. Ashok Sonam, MD also a prominent singer, while highlighting the aims and objectives of the event, revealed that the contest has encouraged so many young singers to learn their own mother tongue through their local melodious songs.


Komsing Youth  lift Gaalem Pajing Winter Cup Football

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Komsing Youth Star Club lifted the Gaalem Pajing Winter Cup Football defeating Netaji Soccer Club Boleng 5-4 via penalty shootout at Boleng General Ground on December One.

The match was taken to tie-breaker after both the teams were tied 2-2 in regulation and extra time.

Tunong Pada of Rasing Team was adjudged as the “Player of the Tournament” while Nini Gao Komsing was declared “Best Footballer.” Nutu Komut of Rumgong team and Ige Ngomdir of Veteran Wolves team shared the highest scorer honour by scoring six goals each. Doban Taki of Komsing team was chosen “Best Goalkeeper” and Nixon Tatin “Best Promising Player of the Tournament”.

Best discipline team went to Rumgong team of West Siang.

After witnessing the final match, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jarsa Gamlin and Toko Darang, advised the youths to take up football and other co-curricular activities along with their studies. Both of them appreciated the Boleng Sport Association and Pajing Films Ltd. for conducting the tournament in a grand manner which gave the local youths a  chance to explore an exhibit their hidden talents.

Later, Gamlin contributed Rs. 50,000 to the organizing committee fund and also he agreed to give Rs. 2 lakh for repairing and maintenance of Boleng Football ground.

In the cultural events, Tayek Tatik of Beging was selected as the best singer and prizes for best dancer in groups were won by Mount Libar School Boleng, Paman English School Boleng and Kids Corner School Boleng.


ITBP beat APP, Tripura in All India Police Football

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) central football team based at Kimin under Papum Pare district beat Arunachal Pradesh Police 3-2 in their opening match of the 60th BN Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Tournament at Dergaon, Assam on November 23.

All the three goals were scored by Constable (general duty) Meash Ekka.

The ITBP team played out a 2-2 draw with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in their second group match on November 25.

In their third group match, ITBP team thrashed Tripura by 2-0 goals.

Meanwhile, 10th ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar expressed satisfaction over the overall performance of the newly raised football team. The team has so far won four tournaments this year.

Altogether, 35 teams from various police organizations all over India are participating in the championship.


Brahmaputra Vignette

Jonathan Larson

If you should have the good fortune to visit the venerable town of Bishwanath Ghat on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, as I did recently, you would find things much as they have been for generations: groves of bamboo, a neglected dak bungalow, a Hindu temple, a row of shops along the quiet road and a few, now sad, colonial era buildings. Which is quite surprising, since the village enjoys the serene safety of a commanding bluff overlooking the river sands and offers a majestic view of the valley. In the middle distance is the now docile winter river, and beyond, in the haze, the trees of Kaziranga and a line of blue hills. In any other world, this stunningly beautiful vantage point would have been swarmed by developers with an eye for prime real estate.

But some things have changed. Indeed, if you visit the river landing, the older villagers will point out to you the sturdy old trees once used by the river steamers as landmarks, and finally as places to tie up. Though few of the present generation know, even in the early years after Independence, paddlewheel vessels regularly plied the Brahmaputra bringing into the valley the manufactured goods from Bengal and taking back great chests of tea, bundles of jute and bags of valley rice.

The steamers would round the bend below Bishwanath, the thrashing of the paddlewheels becoming more distinct, and then, serving notice with the steam whistle, would edge up to the landing as sailors and workers swarmed the gangways and raucous crows wheeled overhead. For a few hours, there would be the thunder of oil drums being rolled on and off the ship, while gangs of labourers chanted work songs in moving the freight. And then, with furnaces stoked, the ships would drift gently into the current, the paddlewheels thrash to life, and they would surge away bound for Jorhat, Dibrugarh or Guwahati. In those days, before Rajdhani train service, ‘video’ busses, or jet aircraft, the steamers would carry passengers to and fro from Kolkata. And they will recount that at the prow of each steamer would often stand a sailor with a long bamboo pole which had been measured and marked. As the ship would make its way, the sailor would thrust the pole into the water ahead, seeking to take the measure of its depths and singing out to the pilot the readings.

Especially at night during the treacherous rains, when the pilot could not be certain where the channels and sandbars lay, safe passage of the steamer would often depend upon the sailor at the prow. And passengers and crews of those vessels will tell you, that there was no lullaby so powerful, so reassuring, as the cry of the boatman marking out the depths when he would sing out in Bengali, “Baam mileh nah! Baam mileh nah!” Such is the lore and soul of the river of which Bhupen Hazarika was once bard.

But the old trees at Bishwanath Ghat that bear the marks of the chains and hawsers of the steamers that once called at the landing, may well point the way toward a new future of river navigation. Indeed, might the river not once again become the highway it once was, in the service of all who lived along its banks? And might it not become inspiration for a new generation of poets and singers who will chant its dramas, its beauty, its mystery and its power? (Jonathan Larson, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, USA and travel writer. He was in North East recently)


Disaster prone Lohit prepare itself

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Lohit District Disaster Management Authority met on Friday to discuss damages in the last monsoon season and cases pertaining to granting of relief assistance to the victims of fire and natural disaster.

DC R K Sharma who is also the chairman of the DDMA directed all the executing agencies and Heads of department to submit a detailed flood damage report from 2003-2011 immediately to the Disaster Management Cell Lohit as per the direction of the State Govt. During the meeting, 45 house damage cases were verified and granted Ex-post facto approval by the DLRC.

DLRC further advised the Relief Branch to procure life saving drugs, equipments for flood monitoring and SAR operation during flood season.

In another meeting, the DC asked all the department and the offices of Lohit District to prepare a practical and pro-active disaster Contingency plan and submit the same to the DM Cell Lohit. Chairman applauded the Disaster Management branch of Lohit for implementing various programmes and awareness campaigns under DRM programme.

Further he advised the DRRO to update DM Plans at all levels of the district annually and make necessary changes and improvement and place the updated plan in the next DDMA meeting for approval. The DDMA Lohit further approved and recommended erection of disaster awareness hoardings in the important public places and institutions.

Further it was approved by DDMA Lohit for organising mock drills on fire and school safety soon in the district.

Chairman also suggested for organising disaster management campaign at panchayat and circle levels for which the DRRO Lohit was directed to complete the task in this winter. A team of officers have been selected and appointed to assist and complete this programme on time.


Tirap police organises free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: A free medical camp was organised at Khonsa by the District Police. Having been concerned about the extreme shortage of medical specialists at District Hospital, Khonsa, which is supposed to be a First Referral Unit, SP Tirap, Vikramjit Singh had been trying to organise a free medical camp especially for children and women.

His efforts bore fruit when Dr Anindita P Das, a Consultant Gynaecologist from Sai Medical Centre, Duliajan agreed to extend help. The camp was organised at Mother Teresa Home, a charitable institute run by Missionaries of Charity as an orphanage. First of all the 25 orphans residing at the Home were examined and necessary medicines were provided free of cost, after which the families from in and around Khonsa town were attended to. In all, over 120 patients were examined and provided with free medicines, even though some could not be attended to due to paucity of time.

Dr Anindita Das has promised to return in the near future.

SP Khonsa had also discussed the problem of shortage of specialists with the District Medical Authorities who assured to extend all possible help in the future efforts of the District Police to organise such camps especially with a maternal and child health focus which according to him can be a great opportunity to reach out to the people in need and to build a bond of confidence between the police and security forces with the public at large.


Workers union gets office at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Parliamentary secretary PHED & WS Karikho Kri inaugurated  the office building of all Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union, Lohit District Unit today amidst huge gathering of workers from Tezu, Namsai, Mahadevpur, Ckowkham and Sunpura Blocks, District head of department and PRI members.

Kri dwelt in length the policies and programmes of the govt initiated for the welfare of the working community. He emphasized on unity, integrity among the workers and their relations with the employers.

He also expressed his gratefulness to Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for constituting the Arunachal Pradesh Building and others construction Works Welfare Board being first of its kind in entire North-East.

He donated a sum of Rs. 20000.00 to the APPWU, Lohit unit for electrification of the building.

Replying to a memorandum submitted by AAPWU, Lohit Unit, he assured to complete construction of boundary wall and to donate a set of Computer to them.

G.K. Paulchoudhury, EAC (Jud) advised the worker to be united in all adversaries and appealed them to cooperate with the government and abstain from consuming liquore, drugs and warned of HIV / AIDS which deter their working abilities.

District Labour Officer Ozing Rukbo dwelt at length the provision of trade union act, 1926 and the Arunachal Pradesh Trade Union Regulation 1982 under which a registered trade union functions. He narrated the welfare provision for the workers incorporated in various labour and Industrial laws and requested each and every one to register themselves. (DIPRO)