December -  07



Youths attacked by miscreants

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU), in a release, alleged that some miscreants attacked five youths of Khamir village under Poma circle with sharp weapons injuring them severely on December 3 last at around 6.30 pm.

“The miscreants also attempted to kill all the youths with daos and firearms without any provocation,” APPSU alleged.

While condemning the brutal attack, the students union strongly demanded the authority to apprehend the culprits involved in the incident without any further delay and to award them exemplary punishment.


AR civic action prog

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: As  part of Civic Action Programme, “Op Samaritan” 18 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 25 Sector Assam Rifles distributed furniture and educational asset to Govt Higher Sec. School Nampong.

Brigadier Paritosh Pant, Commander 25 Sector Assam Rifles commended the Commandant, 18 Assam Rifles and his battalion for such noble initiative for settlement of school children. He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the assets.

Brigadier Pant explained the role and responsibility of Assam Rifles in national building adding that Assam Rifles is always committed to work for the welfare of the people besides its main duty of maintaining law and order.

S Roy, ADC Changlang lauded the services of Assam Rifles in maintaining law and order alongwith the civic action programme in the district.


World Disable Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All East Kameng District Handicapped Welfare Society has observed the World Disabled Day on December 3 last at Seppa.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner Tage Tado briefed about the importance of the day and highlighted the benefits being provided by the state and central governments.

Meanwhile, responding to a memorandum submitted by the society, he said that though the Red Card System is being implemented in the state but till date he has not received any such notification from higher authority to implement the same in the district.

He advised society to approach the department concerned for early establishment of separate fair price shop, BPL and AAY and issue of License for Fair Price Shop to PWD.

He further assured to apprise the Deputy Commissioner about their demand for allotment of land for construction of society’s Office building.

Later, the invited guests, District Medical Officer in-charge K Lapung distributed Wheel Chairs to the needy persons and also gave away meritorious certificates to the PWD for securing excellent marks in their academic career.

The programme was attended by officers, students, NGOs, Anganwadi workers and public.


Measles vaccination

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Measles vaccination programme camp was carried out at Bunny’s Fantasy World, Itanagar yesterday under the initiation of Directorate of Health Services, Itanagar.

On the occasion, all the students of the institution under 10 years of age were vaccinated.


UAEA demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) has strongly demanded the authority concerned for immediate cancellation of the recruitment process for filling up  various engineering posts on deputation basis in the newly created Engineering Wing of Education Department.

The association (UAEA) alleged that the process of recruitment of AE, JE, Surveyor, Draughtsman on deputation basis are being done without maintaining the Recruitment Rules of the State.

Memoranda were also submitted to the Director and Secretary, Education yesterday and in June last demanding cancellation of the process of selection, UAEA informed and said that it would approach the Education Minister seeking his intervention on the matter. Failing to fulfill its demand would compel the association to go for democratic movement in form of dharna, the release added.


Lengri Niki

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association would celebrate the Lengri Niki (Sii Donyi Polo Yillo) at Nibu Nyijik Model village, Jaami jaate, Itanagar on December 26 next.

History telling competition by the priests, magic power show, training for priests, seminar and cultural programme would be the main attractions of the day-long programme. Representatives from 16 major tribes are expected to participate  at the celebration.


Appeal to PWD minister

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All Palin Chambang, Yangte Gangte and Tarak Langdi Students’ Union urged the PWD and Finance and Planning Minister to shoulder the responsibility of construction of the proposed steel bridge over Kumey River on experienced builder by inviting tender.

The students’ union alleged that the work for execution of the bridge has been reportedly awarded to some individuals.

“It is not an easy task for ordinary builder to construct such a major bridge without having required experience and expertise, it said. The union also urged the local MLA to look into the matter.


Union appeals

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Tirbin Unemployed Youth Association (TUYA) of West Siang  appealed to the circle Administration and the Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) regarding land encroachment problem of various schools in Tirbin circle.

It said that one higher secondary school, eight Middle schools and various primary schools have not maintained the proper boundary demarcation since it’s establishment due to which some people have illegally encroached the allotted land of school for their private purposes. The Association appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matter.

It further said that schools are facing problems due to lack of infrastructures and shortage of teachers.


Measles catch up campaign

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Vaccination under measles catch up campaign in Papum Pare district which started on November 28, would be continued for another two weeks to ensure that all targeted children are vaccinated, according to an official release.


Union calls for shifting of site

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) urged the administration to shift JNV to the North-West direction of the upper campus of the JN College, Pasighat from the present site which it said was at the main entrance gate. It said that present site is likely to hamper the academic hours of the college and contradict with the future development of the College. In fact, the District Administration acting on our grievance had once ordered the JNV authority and the construction company to shift the site, but to our utter surprise the order had been overlooked, it said.

The union demanded the district administration to shift to the proposed location within December 14 .


Hostellers face hardship due to non-availability of rice

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The students staying in both the boys and girls hostels of Dera Natung Govt. College have been facing hardship due to non-availability of rice in Govt Fair Prices Shops (FPS) in Capital Complex upto Banderdewa.

Hostel prefects of both the hostels, in a press statement, said that the hostel boarders had to buy rice from open markets at double cost for the last two months.

“We also met the District Supply Officer and the Superintendent of Food and Civil Supply to apprise them of the problem, but in vain as both the officers expressed their helplessness,” the press statement said and urged the authorities concerned, especially Food and Civil Supply Minister to ensure availability of rice for the hostel boarders of the college at the earliest.


Reconstruct IG Park Rostrum

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All Capital Complex Contractor Workers Union appealed to the state government to reconstruct the Rostrum of Indira Gandhi Park which was burnt down by miscreants few months back and bring Pradip Thakur in the state to solve the ToI issue.


2nd Inter Frontier Band competition

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: 26 Pipers and six Buglers led by CT/GD Uday Singh of ITBP, Eastern Frontier Band team presently concentrated at Kimin won the first position in the 2nd Inter Frontier Band competition held at New Delhi recently.

Meanwhile, 10 BN, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Kimin has setup a Cyber cafe at Kimin under the initiation of its Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar on December 4.


Construction of road on self help basis

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: During a general body meeting of Leki Village-IV on Dec 4 it was decided to construct approach road from NH 52 to Dikrong River on self-help basis with voluntary contribution from the members. The cost of the construction is expected to be around Rs eight lakhs. The General Body appealed to the government and local representatives to contribute positively for the development of the area.


‘Check illegal stone quarrying’

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All Bassarnallo Youth Association (ABYA) appealed to the Papum Pare deputy commissioner to immediately check illegal stone quarrying at Papum river.

Alleging that a person had been illegally lifting stone from Pare river since last year, ABYA in a release, said that despite several complaints were lodged with Sangdupota CO and Balijan police, the authority did not take any action against the person .


PHC without doctor

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The Palin Primary Health Centre (PHC) has been running without a doctor since last two months causing great problems to the patients suffering from various ailments, said All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union.

While demanding the director of health services for posting of a doctor at the PHC immediately, the students union said that non-availability of a doctor during the ensuing annual school examinations may create great problems to the students.


BJYM border study tour

ITANAGAR, Dec 06: The first phase of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha International Border Study Team led by its President Doni Nich and General Secretary Taring Teri along with other members concluded its tour yesterday.

During their visit they interacted with local people of Taksing, Limeking, Nacho and Mechukha.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The 7th Foundation Day of Itanagar Kargu Gamgi was celebrated yesterday at Kargu Gamgi Hall, Niti Vihar.

In the day-long programme, mass prayer and cultural activities were conducted.

Priest and social activists of the community Tabin Karlo, Tama Mindo, Marpe Bojir, Tony Koyu and Kargu Gamgi Committee, Itanagar President and Assistant Secretary Yido Boje and Lukbom Gadi spoke on the occasion and advised the people to preserve their own rich cultural heritage.

Forum opposes deputation

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Nyishi Unemployed Engineers’ Forum opposed the decision of government to recruit engineers in Education and Tourism Departments on deputation basis.

It demanded the concerned departments to immediately cancel the posts.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The three-day Healing Crusade of APCRC Area-II Sub-Council was held at Sarli recently.

On the occasion, besides prayer and other religious activities, the Area-II Sub Council contributed financial help to a fire accident victim.

The team also provided financial assistance to Yangfu Gungma who met with a vehicle accident on November 27 at Sarli.

Meanwhile, the council appealed to the state government to provide adequate compensation to the fire victims at earliest.


NSUI president calls on Edn. Minister

ITANAGAR: The state unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) had a brief discussion with Education Minister Bosiram Siram on various issues related to education and students welfare.

Regular distribution of stipend to students, free education under Right To Education Act, school/college infrastructure, shortage of teachers/ faculties in various schools and colleges etc. were came for discussion in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the minister assured to provide all the basic facilities to all schools and colleges, the NSUI president claimed in a release.


Convention hall at IG Park opposed

ITANAGAR: Claiming that the construction of the convention hall at Indira Gandhi Park would reduce the size of the only recreational park of Itanagar, All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has demanded the state government to either stop the on-going construction work or shift it to another convenient place.

The beauty as well as size of the park has already been lost with construction of APEDA, Hydro Power Development department office, Science Centre, Cafeteria etc. and now the convention hall would occupy one tenth of the total space of the park leaving less space for common people to use, AAPYO said in a release.


Fire guts hostel

ITANAGAR: The boys hostel of Koloriang Govt. Hr. Sec. School was gutted in fire on November 24 last, informed Koloriang Damin Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union.

The belongings of the students staying in the hostel were also damaged in the fire accident. However, the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained, said the students union.

While demanding fund for re-construction of the hostel, the students union  also urged the Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner to investigate the cause of the fire. It also appealed to ANSU to visit the hostel.


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Govt committed to uplift youths: Tuki

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today asserted that if given proper guidance and direction youths of the state have the potential to reach the sky.

Inaugurating the Residential Training Center of the Don Bosco Youth Center (DBYC) here this evening, he congratulated DBYC for offering to become a center of guidance to mould and empower youths of the state.

“Youths have immense power. With education, today’s youths are more empowered and in a better place to decide the course of our world. At the same time, we must not forget that not all youths of today, especially in rural Arunachal Pradesh, are as empowered as their peers in urban areas. Absence of quality education, lack of proper guidance and no scope for higher studies has landed many of our rural and economically poor youths in doldrums,” the Chief Minister pointed out.

He also blamed rising unemployment as another factor forcing youths to sway away from the mainstream. Assuring the government’s commitment to help this section of youths to utilize their time and energy in the right direction, Tuki, however, expressed that government can only come up with various self-employment schemes and projects.

“It would be the role of organizations like the Don Bosco to encourage and guide the youths to voluntarily and successfully take up these schemes and streamline their lives. A government job is not the only solution to the unemployment problem. Expecting the government to accommodate all unemployed and educated youths in its departments is too much for asking and this is a bitter fact,” he explained.

Citing the examples of Yukar Sibi and Takio Yana, two budding international weightlifters hailing from rural Arunachal, Tuki said the youths of Arunachal have immense potential provided they are guided and moulded in a proper way.  The newly constructed building of the Youth Center at Vivek Vihar has dormitories for both boys and girls with total capacity of accommodating 50 inmates each. It also has a mess and a dining hall. Once completed, the first floor will provide a state of the art auditorium with seating capacity of 300 people.

“This is an achievement indeed for a non profit organization working for empowerment of youths and other social causes,” Tuki said while expressing profound gratefulness to Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for contributing a fund of Rs 40 lakhs for construction of the Center while laying its foundation stone on February 2, 2007.

“Late Khandu, a visionary, must have envisioned the importance of this Center for the state and therefore did his bit as an admirer and a partner,” he said.

Saluting the Salesians of Don Bosco for their relentless service with dedication despite numerous hardships, the Chief Minister also thanked them for venturing into this forbidden and less treaded state of Arunachal Pradesh decades ago and continuing with their efforts to eradicate illiteracy and unemployment without expecting any materialistic comfort and profit.

On his part, Tuki assured support to Don Bosco as well as all likeminded organizations, who are committed to serve the people, empower them and provide them with all the facilities to lead a better and satisfied life. He appealed for continuous support and aid to the government in its endeavours through philanthropic works.

He reiterated that channelizing the youth force in the right path has been top in his agenda since day one.

Legislative Assembly Speaker Wangling Lowangdong, also hailed the youth force of today. Lauding the works of DBYC in Khonsa, he expressed optimism that the Center at Itanagar would live up to the expectation of the older generation in helping mould the future of the state.

Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, a Don Bosco alumnus, assured whole-hearted support and cooperation to organizations like Don Bosco, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Ramakrishna Mission on the noble and philanthropic endeavours.

Asserting the importance of games and sports in moulding the life of a youth, he urged the state government to ensure establishment of a multi-purpose sports complex at least in each district headquarter of the state. He said if additional funds are needed for the purpose, all the three state MPs would walk the corridors of New Delhi for sanctioning of the same.

Also present on the occasion were Parliamentary Secretaries Nido Pavitro, Padi Richo, Thangwang Wangham and Yumsen Matey and MLAs Jomde Kena and Bamang Felix.


Nitish Kumar to attend  32nd Kalachakra initiation

PATNA Dec 6 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he will attend the 32nd Kalachakra initiation by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama at Bodh Gaya.

He gave the confirmation when the  Minister RWD & Tourism & Chief Patron of the Kalachakra Pema Khandu, alongwith the members of organizing committee,  called on him yesterday at his official residence in Patna and invited him in the felicitation ceremony  of His Holiness Dalai Lama by the  ecumenical International organisation of the Buddhist Tradition on January 10 at Bodh Gaya.

The Chief Minister said that he would be there a day before the start of the programme.

During the discussion, Pema apprised Bihar CM of the areas where support of his Govt. would be required, more particularly, provision of electricity for tented accommodation of the devotees, water supply and waiving of the congregation   charges etc.

Promptly responding to the requests, Kumar issued instant instruction to his Principal Secretary to sort out the matter and extend all possible helps. He also suggested the committee members to have a direct contact with his Principal Secretary on any matter pertaining to the Kalachakra.

Before arriving at Patna, Pema inspected the arrangements at Bodh Gaya yesterday. The issues pertaining to convenience of the huge number of devotees likely to arrive this time was top on his agenda. He also met the Secretary Bodhgaya temple management committee (BTMC) and Commissioner at Gaya to apprise them of the ground situation after having a meeting with the committee members.

The 32nd Kalachakra initiation, which is 5th in the series of Kalachakras at Bodhgaya is initiated at the behest of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and is expected to have the largest ever number of devotees in any Kalachakra initiations of the past.

Elaborate arrangements are being made for convenience and accommodation of the devotees from within and beyond the country


MLA inaugurates SPT transit camp, tours home constituency

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Tali MLA Markio Tado inaugurated the SPT Transit camp at Tali Hq. and handed it over to the administration.

The SPT transit camp was constructed by WRD department and funded under SPA 2009-10.

He also inaugurated the Govt. Primary School Bogu on November 28.

The MLA also visited his home constituency via Tali - Tamen road. On the way, he inaugurated the Sapa Foot Suspension Bridge over Kumey River funded under SPA 2010-11.

“This is one of the best foot suspension bridges in the entire constituency till date,” Tado declared during the inauguration amidst cheering crowds of Panchayat leaders, Gaon Burahs, villagers and RWD JE.

Meanwhile, Tado thanked Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for announcing packages for construction of School Playground and infrastructure development of circle office at Tali.

He also praised the CM for assuring for early completion of various roads connecting Tali & Pipsorang administrative HQs.


Subansiri Rafting Expedition

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Aquaterra started its rafting expedition on the River Subansiri on December 3 from Nacho and rafted the river via Siyum, Taliha, Menga, and reached Daporijo today.

The rafting expedition will finally terminate at Gerukamukh just before the dam site at Gerukamukh.

The rafting team had 38 members including participants from Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Britain.

The rafting expedition was flagged off by G.N. Sinha, Principal Secretary (Tourism) at Daporijo today.

The rafting expedition has experienced in various rapids in between grade 4 to 5. They also expressed their willingness to carry out such expeditions in other rivers of the state. Sinha invited organizations to carry out white water sports activities for creating awareness among the sport lovers across the world.


Erik Sakiang wins hearts; urges change

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Hidden away in the interiors of Papum Pare, in sleepy hamlets and bustling villages, there is a quiet story unfolding- that of Erik Sakiang, the pink-nosed piglet that has become the mascot of the Total Sanitation Campaign being taken up by the PHE & WS Department in the district.

Named by the villagers of Sakiang where it was launched, the little piglet continues to win hearts and extol people to change their lifestyles.

At the launch of the IEC component of the TSC at Nimte village today, Sangu Laamta the puppet play in which Erik Sakiang stars, once again drew laughter and on a more serious note made people pledge to install Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHLs) in their homes. The 20-minute outreach tool, conceptualized and produced by one of the state’s pioneer research organizations Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) evoked much enthusiasm from the audience both at Nimte as well as Kheel where it was also performed. Fighting a battle to make people change habits and accept the IHHLs, the puppet play and other outreach activities have been the PHE & WS Department’s key interventions, explained PHE AE N Saikia, who delivered the keynote address on behalf of EE JT Badal, the DWSC Chairman.  Sagalee Circle Officer Jumte Jini said that it is only when there is access to health, education and roads that our state can hope for true development. He called upon the villagers to give a deep thought about diseases that get spread through contaminated water and food because of open defecation.

 “We must all voluntarily take up the installation of the IHHLs as they are for our own well being, not the govt’s. Our families will benefit most from this”, he explained.

ASM of Sagalee Tadar Ami Techi, cajoled the audience, in particular the women, to be standard bearers of the campaign so that there is indeed a new life that will emerge. She said that whenever the government sets out to take up awareness campaigns on any issue or disease, the people must actively participate. “Awareness will come only from active participation”.

NN Amar Dio, Chairman of the NN Charitable Society, appreciated the efforts of the Department and pledged to extend its fullest support in making the district Open Defecation free.


Power minister reviews activities of his dept

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Power (Elect) and Rural Development Minister Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary Secretary Power (Elect) Gojen Gadi reviewed various activities undertaken by the Power Department, including centrally sponsored schemes, at a meeting at Vidyut Bhawan here yesterday.

Addressing the officers of the department, the minister emphasized the need of speedy execution of the projects under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY). Informing that RGGVY is a time bound programme, the minister exhorted all the officers to work hard to achieve the targets within the stipulated time.  He also directed all the field officers to take appropriate action for collection of maximum revenue and ensure its deposit in the state exchequer. Further, he asked the officers to identify all illegal consumers and pursue with them to get their connections regularized after payment of necessary security deposit.

The Parliamentary Secretary directed the Superintending Engineer's of Pasighat Electrical circle and Aalo electrical circle to take joint initiative for early completion of  the 132kV transmission line from Aalo to Pasighat being executed under NLCPR scheme.


Taloh assures speedy industrial dev in Arunachal

PASIGHAT, Dec 6: With a view to enhance state’s economic status to ensure better standard of living, Industries Minister Tapang  Taloh informed that he is planning to promote trade ties with the states of NE circuit. He was speaking at a meeting in Pangin in East Siang.

He admitted the state needs innovation, training and central financial assistances and there is a need to invest the resources at the right place and that there are enormous opportunities for the state to develop in industry sector.  He further informed that he would attend a meeting of North Eastern chief ministers and industry ministers to discuss the prospects of the Look East Policy of the Centre on Dec 10 next.

Meanwhile, after visiting the Sericulture Firm and Honey producing center at Sille on Dec 4, Taloh reached his constituency Pangin on Monday.

Taloh addressing public meeting at Pangin yesterday, claimed his entry in the department would bring faster development and overcome states industrial backwardness.

While focusing on handicraft and handlooms activities, the minister said, “We have a rich heritage of traditional handlooms and handicrafts which should be encouraged and developed by setting up village level cottage industries besides creating employment opportunities and large-scale market penetration.

In a separate meeting the Directors, DDIs, ADIs and ADTHs of Upper, East and West Siang districts updated the minister about the present situation and discussed various aspects of the concern department.

Later, Taloh attended a consultative meeting convened by the local administration where the head of offices and administration of Pangin-Boleng discussed various development and problems of the landlocked constituency. DIPRO


NAAC Peer team visits DNGC

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: A NAAC  Peer Team  visited  Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar   from  Dec 1- 3 for Re-Accreditation under the provision of UGC. The  team during their 3- day  hectic programme inspected  the  existing infrastructure  such as classrooms, library, Science laboratories, sports facilities, office records, hostels academic  credentials of Faculties of all departments .

The Peer team also had discussion with  Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher & Technical Education Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Prof. A. Mitra,  Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi  University   and   Deputy Commissioner  Capital Complex .

Apart from that they also had interaction with the Principal, Steering Committee, IQAC, various stakeholders such as Students, Alumni, Office staff, and  Faculties to assess  the effectiveness of management of the institution as a whole.  The visit came to a close with an Exit Meeting  held in the College auditorium on Dec 3 in which Tomar Ete , Principal of the college explained the purpose of the NAAC  Peer team visit and the benefit  of assessment and Re-Accreditation of Higher educational institutions.     

Chairman of the Peer team  Prof. B.A. Prajapati made  his observation and handed over the report on the assessment of the visit  to the Principal  of the college.

The college is the first in the State to offer itself for Re-Accreditation by NAAC, Bangaluru.

The other members were  Prof. K.K. Raina  and    Dr. Sham Lal Gupta.


School day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The Government Hr. Sec. School, Nyapin celebrated its school day from December 3 to 5 last.

The celebration began with paying homage to AAPSU martyr Kipa Kache followed by flag hoisting by All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) president.

Various literary, cultural and sports competitions were conducted among the students of the school, who were divided into four houses, according to a Nyapin Sangram Phassang Students’ Union (NSPSU) release.

Addressing the students, the ANSU president advised them to respect teachers and build a cordial relationship with them to create a congenial teaching-learning atmosphere in the school.

AAPSU information and publicity secretary stressed on co-curricular activities by students besides regular academic studies for overall development of a student.

A memorandum was also submitted to ANSU president to pursue with authority for early posting of a principal, vice principal, senior teachers for Geography, Political Science and a junior teacher for English at the school.

Meanwhile, NSPSU appealed to the state government to provide relief to the fire victims of Pinchi village for their quick rehabilitation.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Nyishi Nyem Acham celebrated its 5th foundation day at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli yesterday.  

NNA, after holding a threadbare discussion on Nyokum Dress Code, approved the bump/pare/letum dress as Nyokum dress in all Nyishi inhabited district.  

Social activist Bengia Dipti suggested to wear full Nyokum dress in Nyokum and while performing dances in different occasion by wearing rup rubin, koj, dumpin(black and cream colour), hukia/sanyin(two round)  and minimum three numbers of  syep tessi with bump/pare/letum and same parallel colour dress.

Women present in the day from five districts supported her suggestion and requested all Nyishi women to maintain and uphold the traditions of the community.

The other agenda of the day was on proposal for conducting seminar on “All the women presence after threadbare discussion on the matter unanimously decided to conduct the seminar in last week of May, 2012 to find the causes and means to eradicate most intriguing social evils from the society.

NNA, while proposing a seminar on Codification of Nyishi Marriage Laws and Property rights felt it is high time, the matter should be discussed and debated in a larger platform.


Facilities and disabilities


More than 1 billion people live with a disability, says the world report on disability, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank. It covers all forms of disability, from blindness to mental health issues.

It updates global disability estimates for the first time in 40 years and finds that 20% of the world's poorest people have disabilities and nearly 80% of people with disabilities live in low-income countries.

It is thirty years since the United Nations first observed the International Year of differently abled Persons under the theme Full Participation and Equality.

The UN states that during that period, there has been significant progress in raising awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities and in strengthening the international normative framework to realize those rights – from the World Programme of Action (1982) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).

Persons with disabilities experience higher rates of poverty and deprivation and are twice as likely to lack health care.  Employment rates of persons with disabilities in some countries are as low as one-third of that of the overall population.  In developing countries, the gap in primary school attendance rates between children with disabilities and others ranges from 10 per cent to 60%.

The UN millennium development goals (MDGs) may not be met by 2015 unless urgent action is taken to address the needs of people with disabilities, according to the first world report on disability.

Despite being pivotal in global efforts to reach the MDGs by 2015, people with disabilities are largely invisible in development statistics and absent from aid budgets. Disability is not mentioned once in any of the eight MDGs, or the 21 targets, or the 60 indicators for achieving the goals.


Do not poison the society

Dear Editor,

This refers to the letter Written by Ananth kumar. He should watch his words before he writes to the masses. The media should check such thing before it is fed to the general public. what he has written is totally uncalled for, biased, irrational, illogical and provocative. He addressed the whole state as racial, poor, underdeveloped, discriminating and its people semi barbaric. What he meant is that the inches of road, hospitals, medicines, pens and notebooks, clothes, education today and so on are all fed to poor and naked people like us by them. What he fell short of admitting is that we are beaten, discriminated in mainland in revenge of all this. He made mockery of us being Indians and claiming ourselves as an Indians. Funniest thing ever written is that admiring Sachin, Salman, Munni and Shiela is enough to prove us as Indians.

Such is the attitude of the people like Anant Kumar that patriotism, nationalism holds no value for him.

I could not figure out which justice he was talking of. No nation is perfect and nor India is. Everybody has to fight for bread and butter.

I do not advocate Hindi nor I am against it but I do enjoy speaking. I do not see hindi as a threat to the existence of the tribal culture rather it helps. Having a common language especially in our state is almost impossible due to large number of tribes and dialects and has own set of challenges. English can be forced on us. Hindi has rather bonded us. Yes our own language, culture should be preserved.

The esteemed daily like yours should not encourage such illogical writing. It’s good to see some nice writing by avid readers like Kajal Chatterjee and others but people like Anant kumar should not be encouraged which is denounce-able - another Pradeep Thakur in making. I request Anant kumar to keep such mentality to himself and do not poison the society. We are Indians and feel proud to be an Indians and we consider all as one.


Raju T. (on email)



There is not much difference in the treatment ‘we’ and ‘they’ get

Dear Editor,

This is in response to Ananth kumar’s “Arunachalees and their double standards”. This is no battle just exercising freedom of speech. I must say ethically speaking the headline of the article “Arunachalees and their double standards” itself has a negative connotation. There is nothing wrong in calling a spade as spade. But there is wrong in which context it is been said.  The treatment that ‘we’ get and ‘they’ get is not much of a difference. The metaphors used such as “punch bags”. Does it mean that physically they are tormented every day? One cannot stereotype something that has been said by lone over the intact people of the state. If so, what about us being embattled as foreign element and disgusted by the very existence of us every possible fraction of second?

While I can state that if it had not been for our state, they would have been unemployed in their state. So, It’s not they, who define us, it’s the opportunity that they get to explore our state.  How many of the people other than north easterners really know about the seven sisters? Or for that matter know about Arunachal Pradesh? It is only after the border issues that have been aired people got to know, that there is a disputed territory called Arunachal Pradesh. This is not the only state that experience corruption rampant. Or else team Anna would not have been so active in the other parts of India.  We are very much Indian like any other Indians and no one can snatch that right of being an Indian from us. Treating outsiders like outsiders is natural. Every one tends to be comfortable with their set of people. When we go out to other states, we are the outsiders there more specifically “Chinkies” which is a racial term in itself. And who does not imitate.

From the birth itself, the child imitates his parents. It won’t be true to call that we are best in imitating from celebrities like Salman Khan or Katrina Kaif. What is so erroneous in going for higher education outside? Every state has students, the involuntary migrants like us looking for a shining star to guide them for a better tomorrow. If it wasn’t for the step motherly treatment that we get from the central government we would have as many IITs, IIMs, Engineering, Medical colleges in the north east zone.  Look at Kerala and Mizoram two states known for highest literacy. Kerala have many engineering, marketing, medical colleges. Whereas Mizoram not one of it. Yet, it stands out against the odd and is the second state in India with highest literacy. The worst hit is the ill treatment that we girls encounter day to day in every sphere of life even worse.  

If I were to continue this way, the blame game will never end. We’ll keep taking stand for our own defense.  What I wish to project as a matured citizen is, we need to be optimistic and learn to have a sense of relativism. Avoid abhorrence and understand that the society we live in should not be united by certain restricted relations or modes of behaviour. Rather it should be to bridge the indifference that we tend to highlight more than the similarities. Nothing is constant; the only thing that is constant is “Change”. With open mindedness the change is sure to be a better change. Stop saying who’s who; work on “we”, “us”.


Dakter Esse,

(on email)



We don’t need to be fanatic

Dear Editor,

Ananth Kumar's letter in response to P. Rai's letter has ample truth and we need to change our attitude. And Mr Ngurang Riyo seems to have discovered Dodo species in Australia, whereas Dodo was said to be endemic to Indian ocean and Mauritius. There is no harm learning Hindi, we don't need to be fanatic about our respective languages like fanatic missionaries. Rabindranath Tagore too was dead opposed to narrow and fanatic nationalism and welcomed new learning, science, philosophy et al.


Lidor,  Itanagar



Who is a hypocrite?

Dear Editor,

This is in response to an article by Ananth Kumar..

My educated friend says that they (the mainlanders) are treated very badly here. Mind if I say, this is what you get when you do the same to us when we are in the mainlands. So, the feeling is mutual here.

Our girls and boys alike are being harassed just because our features are different, they don't take us as one of them. At least, in Arunachal Pradesh, we behave badly only when provoked, but here in the Mainland they do so without any provocation. Back in Arunachal, we consider Your's ilk as only outsiders But there in the mainland’s they refuse to even acknowledge us as Fellow Indians. Who is a hypocrite then?

The other pertinent point is that, I am not denying the fact that the Mainlanders are at a disadvantage here and in some cases also they have been wronged but let me put it very clearly. The things you are braving here in Arunachal Pradesh is nothing compared to what our Boys and Girls get when they go outside to study or to scourge for Jobs.

In retrospect you people have everything going for you here, your language has been imposed on us, our people have already accepted you people working in the Offices and most importantly we celebrates your festivals and the likes!

Still you are complaining!!May I again remind my Educated Colleague that there is a saying "When In Rome,Be like Romans"...So my question is how many of your people come out of your close knit closet and actually try to mingle with the locals, have you ever participated in the local fests?.

The other thing that my colleague complains about is the buying of the properties. Well you can't own one here, that you should be knowing, the constitution of India forbids that.

Moreover, most often than not you can get job here, try hunting for job in the mainlands with the cut throat competitions and you'll realise that you people are indeed very lucky.

Try any Office even in the remotest of the Circles and you will see it swarming with mainland people. So much so for the discriminations!!!

According to latest 2011 census, already the S.T. population has dwindled to around 60% and mainlanders 40% whereas it was 80:20 some ten years ago.  Our jobs are being taken away, our culture is being diluted, and there is a talk of the construction of dams in a big way, paving the way for more migrants.  Is this scenario not scary for an Arunachali, and for a guy like me who belongs to Tagin tribe numbering around 30,000, this influx owing to the construction of dams really is a scary situation.

In retrospect, I don't want our Arunachal Pradesh to turn into another Tripura where locals have been outnumbered and the migrants now rules the roost..

I would rather like that the I.L.P system be strengthened and that proper measures be taken to stymie the flow of the migrants.

Let me add, I don't Intend to hurt anybody's sentiment here but just presenting my views.


Tato Payeng

Daporijo,  (on email)





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