YINGKIONG, Dec 26: With an objective of getting first hand information regarding
various problems and grievances of the villagers living in remote and far flung areas,
Yingkiong-Tuting MLA Alo Libang conducted a week-long foot march to reach remote
and backward villages including Zido, Angging, Singging, Palling, Likor and Pugging
and Gette from December 17 to 23. The DC was accompanied by senior public leaders,
deputy commissioner and development officers and officials.
The MLA interacted with village heads and panchayat leaders and assured to fulfill
all the demands and basic requirements of the villagers.
Responding to a memorandum submitted to him by the panchayat leaders, the MLA said
that he would consult with the authorities concerned and experts before taking up
major development projects like construction of road from Likor to Zido and Ngamying
to Singga. He appealed to one and all to extend their cooperation for rapid development
of his constituency in the field of education, health, road connectivity and power
Other demands of the memorandum included construction and extension of the Dere,
school buildings, CC steps, medical centre, water supply connection, school infra-structure,
hanging bridges etc.
The Secretary, PHE Er. Tomi Ete stressed on his one-point agenda of focusing on total
sanitation campaign, health and hygiene for the people living in rural areas during
Deputy commissioner Borang informed the people that the road from Zido to Ngamying
would be completed soon and the reconstructed Nubo bridge over Siang River connecting
the left and right bank would be commissioned as well. He asked the people to cooperate
the Goan Buras for solving petty problems and further informed that the state Govt.
has temporarily stopped appointment of new Gaon Buras and also encouraged villagers
in agriculture and horticulture sector.
Senior public leader Gemin Jiji highlighted on all the major development projects
initiated and achieved by the present MLA. DIPRO
Backyard poultry units under RKVY
MAHADEVPUR, Dec 26: The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary; Lohit district
launched Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojna (RKVY) in Lohit today.
The department distributed inputs to 50 farmers under RKVY-Backyard Poultry Units
in Mahadevpur and Namsai area.
Altogether 100 units of Backyard Poultry, 10 units of Piggery and 8 Dairy units are
being implemented in the district under RKVY this year, District Veterinary Officer
informed. He sought co-operation, especially from PRIs and farmers to bring a tangible
change in animal husbandry sector.
ITANAGAR 26: Tirbin Unemployed Youth Association (TUYA) of West Siang appealed to
the General Manager of State Bank of India (SBI) Arunachal Pradesh to look into the
banking problems of the area.
It said that there is feasibility for establishment of a branch in the circle as
there are more than 8000 people in the area.
The association also appealed to the local MLA of the constituency to look into the
problem due to non-existence of a bank branch.
AAPBPA reiterates demands
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Reiterating its previous demands All Arunachal Pradesh Border
Peace Association (AAPBPA) today demanded installation of CCTV cameras at check gates
and other important places. The association also demanded the government to create
Village Defence Police (VDP) to look after the law and order problem in border areas.
Meanwhile, the association condemned the organizations that raised border issues
without its acknowledgment.
Apex bank mourns Dastidar Dada
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The employees of the Arunachal Pradesh State Coop.Apex Bank Ltd.
deeply mourned the demise of Bidyut Kumar Ghosh Dastidar, one of the pioneers in
setting up of the Apex Bank in 1977. He served in different capacities in the Cooperative
Sector for more than 40 years.
The staff of HO and Capital Complex branches of the Bank observed 2 minutes silence
and prayed for the peace of departed soul.
AAPYO supports UAEA
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Ahead of Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA)
proposed peaceful dharna at Raj Bhawan road here on Tuesday to press for its demands,
All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) today expressed its solidarity
to the association and urged the authority concerned to re-conduct the Assistant
Engineer (civil) Examination at earliest.
Earlier UAEA demanded APPSC chairman’s resignation and re-conduct of the examination.
Restore power supply
ITANAGAR, Dec26: Irked with irregular power supply, Pee Valley Youth Welfare Association
of Pania circle under Kurung Kumey district today demanded immediate restoration
of power supply in the area. The Association claimed that electricity which is supplied
from Palin to Pania ADC headquarter was snapped since 2002 for which the government
officials are reluctance to stay at Pania, it claimed.
PhD for Rima Taipodia
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Rima Taipodia, sub treasury officer Koloriang, has qualified for
Ph. D degree for his thesis – “Ecological effect of planting time, fertility levels,
and PSB on growth and yield of winter maize (Zea mays L.) after harvesting rice”.
He conducted his research under the guidance of Dr. A.K.Shukla, Head department
of Botany, Rajiv Gandhi University.
Taipodia is the first among Galos to get Ph.D in Botany from RGU.
He is the son of Tari Taipodia, retired teacher and late Dakbom Karbak. Dr. Taipodia
completed his schooling from Ramakrishna Mission school Aalo and Vivekananda Kendra
His degree will be conferred at the next convocation of the University.
Upgraded school inaugurated
DAPORIJO, Dec 26: Parliamentary Secretary, Health and Family Nido Pavitro inaugurated
the upgraded Niji Govt. Middle school during his recent visit to the village.
He was accompanied by Marina Nido, Chairperson APSSWB, DC, SP and other officers.
Addressing the public on the occasion, he announced to sanction fund for extension
of two classrooms and toilet for the school. He also assured black topping of the
road from Ligu to Niji, separate administrative center for Sigin-II, Primary Health
Centre at Hangkar village. He distributed 900 mosquito nets to the villagers.
Earlier, he laid the foundation stone for GNM Nursing School at Daporijo to be constructed
with a cost is Rs.5 crore and executed by RWD Daporijo division.
Upper Subansiri deputy commissioner, A Abhyankar informed public that a separate
Jansubhida branch is being opened in the DC’s office for the public convenience from
where public could collect all kinds of certificates such as PRS, ST certificates
and other necessary documents. He also informed that mobile DC office camp will be
conducted at Niji village during the second week of January, 2012. He donated 15
pairs of desks and benches for the said school. DIPRO
Bandhs on Tamar Yorpen suicide case
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In a dramatic development in Tamar Yorpen suicide case, Galo Students
Union (GSU) and West Siang District Students Union (WSDSU) jointly called 12 hours
Aalo bandh on December 29 reacting against All Kombo Welfare and Development Society’s
(AKWDS) demand to arrest GSU president for allegedly manhandling vice principal Jomdo
Lona on Tamar Yorpen suicide case on October 24 last.
Meanwhile, All Kombo Youth Association (AKYA) and All Kombo Students’ Association
(AKSA) also declared 12 hours Aalo bandh on January 4 reacting against the district
administration’s alleged failure to arrest Galo Students Union (GSU) president for
allegedly manhandling Lona and demanding revocation of the suspension of Lona.
In a joint mailed press statements, the associations further claimed that Aalo Police
had revealed Tamar Yorpen suicidal note was fabricated. Further, the associations
maintained that their agitation would be in phase wise manner till their demands
It later resented over the statements of various organizations condemning the AKWDS
demand for arrest of GSU president.
Basar Ao Welfare Association has also condemned AKWDS demand for arrest of GSU president.
Make way for IAS/APCS officer: APCSOA
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In a representation to the Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh Civil
Service Officer’s Association (APCSOA) had called for assigning the Director Elementary
Education (DEE) post to an IAS/APCS officer.
While informing that during the cabinet meeting on Dec 27, creation of DEE post would
be one of the agendas, it called on the Chief Minister to adhere by the government
of India’s notification and accordingly assign the post of DEE if approved, be marked
for IAS/APCS cadre.
Directorate of School Education in the state has been bifurcated into Secondary (DSE)
and Elementary (DEE), and a departmental candidate has already been appointed as
DSE, it said while adding that it is the moral responsibility of the government to
assign the DEE post to a Civil Service Cadre (IAS/APCS).
It argued that once a person from the same department gets into a Director’s chair,
there is no way to remove him/her in case he/she is found to be inefficient. If an
IAS/APCS officer is posted to the Director post, the government can make changes
any time basing on the performance; thus extracting the best out of a Civil Servant,
the association added.
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap organized a 3 days training
programme on recent advances in field crop cultivation for the agriculture development
officers and field level workers of Kanubari and Deomali sub division at Kanubari
The training was conducted by Dr. Simanta Kumar Kalita, SMS (Agronomy) KVK, Tirap
for increase in production and productivity of field crops in Tirap district. SRI
(System of Rice Intensification) cultivation methods of paddy, vermicompost preparation
and its advantage in agriculture and cultivation of quality protein maize and baby
corn were also demonstrated through power point presentation.
They also visited the front line demonstration plot on Toria (Variety TS-38).
Altogether 14 staff members have participated in the training programme.
20-Twenty cricket tourney
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The second district level 20-Twenty cricket tournament organised
by All West Kameng Youth Association (AWKYA) began at Bomdila today.
The inaugural match was played between Tanga Yankees Club and New Bomdila Cricket
Club in which the former defeated the latter by 10 runs.
Bittu Das of Tanga Yankees was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’.
The inaugural match was witnessed by Tsering Wange, president of Arunachal Mountaineering
& Adventure Sports Association, Shambu Siongju, district BJP president and Dorjee
Tsering, president of Bomdila Co-operative Society, according to organizing committee
Dr Puri’s new responsibility
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Dr S. N. Puri, Vice Chancellor, Central Agricultural University,
Imphal, Manipur has been nominated as President of Association of Indian Universities
The decision was made at Annual General Body Meeting of the Association held at
Kochi on December 17.
He will assume the office of President, Association of Indian Universities on July
State celebrates Christmas
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Along with the rest of the world, Arunachal also celebrated Christmas
with prayers for peace and feasts.
The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) organized a grand joint Christmas celebration
at the State Banquet Hall here yesterday night.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with a host of ministers and MLAs
also joined the celebration besides leaders and members of different churches of
the capital complex.
The Chief Minister in his speech said that there can be no development without peace
and no peace without development and since Christmas is all about peace he hoped
that the state would witness peace and development in years to come. Hoping that
through Christmas celebration the bond of brotherhood and feeling of harmony would
be strengthened, Tuki wished that this Christmas would bring showers of happiness,
prosperity and peace in the state as a whole.
In his message, the Bishop of Itanagar, Rev. Dr. John Thomas said that Jesus, the
Prince of peace, was born on this day to bring peace and happiness for the whole
of mankind. He hoped and prayed that peace would prevail in the state and all fellow
beings would live in happiness and prosper through His blessings.
Evan. Tai Ete, general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Churches
and Rev. Likha Ama, general secretary of Nyishi Baptist Churches’ Council led the
congregation in prayers.
ACF general secretary Toko Teki also spoke on the occasion.
All the participants at the packed Banquet Hall held the lighted candles and prayed
while the Chief Minister cut the Christmas cake. Soon after members of different
Churches and school children presented colourful songs and dances, and the Santa
Claus distributed gifts to the special guests.
Earlier, the band of the Holy Cross School ushered the Chief Minister and his colleagues
to the hall and the youthful ACF prayer band led the prayer and worship service.
Christmas was also celebrated at Christian Revival Church (CRC) New Palin, Kurung
Kumey with pomp and gaiety from December 23 to 25.
APCRCC vice-president Dr. David Pertin while attending as the main speaker, spoke
on the essence of Christmas and stressed that Christmas is a time of searching Christ
and giving room to Lord Jesus in ones hearts and souls. He emphasized on living a
life of a true Christian by upholding the virtues of total forgiveness, reconciliation
and harmony that God has shown in the birth of Christ to all humankind.
MLA Palin-Chambang Takam Tagar (Pario) said, “Christmas is a time of sharing”. He
appreciated the efforts of the churches in bringing positive changes to an individual
in particular and the society in general and urged the gathering to act as a messenger
of the people with the good news of Christmas.
Christmas was also celebrated at Ruksin in East Siang district with great enthusiasm
BJP takes pledge of good governance
Itanagar, Dec 26: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh yesterday celebrated
the 87th birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as “National Good
Governance Day” at State BJP headquarters here.
On the occasion, the senior party leaders, frontal wings functionaries, elected representatives
and party workers took pledge to follow the principles of accountability, transparency,
responsibility, coordination and sensitivity in work and make every possible effort
to establish good governance.
“We will remain committed to achieve the goal of making India a powerful, prosperous
and respected nation through Good Governance.”
BJP vice president, BR Wahge administered the good governance pledge at state BJP
The state vice presidents Padmeswari Jamoh and Kabak Yabii, General Secretary Tai
Tagak and Dominic Tadar spoke on the life, sacrifices and contributions of Bajpayee
to the motherland.
Bajpayee’s birthday was also celebrated in several district party offices across
the state in the presence of senior party leaders, frontal wings functionaries, elected
representatives and party workers.
Meanwhile, a collection of the bills presented by Vajpayee in Parliament “A Constructive
Parliamentarian” was released by his close associate and senior BJP leader and former
deputy prime minister LK Advani during the day in New Delhi in presence of senior
party leaders Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Sharad Yadav, Manohar Joshi.
Tuki emphasizes on speedy completion of projects
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki took out time to visit the construction
sites of the State Civil Secretariat and the State Legislative Assembly building
this morning. While the Secretariat is coming up at a satisfactory pace, the building
of the State Assembly is moving ahead comparatively slow due to several unforeseen
Interacting with officials at the project sites, Tuki emphasized on speedy completion
of the projects. He said all eyes were upon the government with regard to the two
important offices and it was up to the executing agencies and the contractors to
live up to the expectations of the people.
“We have to give results. People are keenly looking at us. We cannot fail them,”
Going around the premises of the two sites, the chief minister sought to know the
detailed plan for parking space, particularly in and around the Civil Secretariat,
which will be the nerve center of the state government. Pointing out that local people
give less importance to parking space while constructing buildings, he directed the
officials to plan and keep space for parking well in advance
Funded by the DoNER Ministry under NLCPR the Civil Secretariat will cover an area
of 39,133 square meters at the site of the old secretariat area. An amount of Rs
91.86 crore has been sanctioned for the project of which, till September 30, 2011,
Rs 66.14 crore has been released. Executed by the Kolkata based MS Simplex Projects
Limited under the supervision of state PWD, the project is targeted to be completed
within next year.
The Secretariat complex, which will also have the high-security office of the Chief
Minister, has four blocks. While Block 1 and 2 will have five and seven stories respectively,
Block 3 and 4 will have six stories each. As per official sources 47 percent of physical
work has been completed of the project that started on April 1, 2010.
The Assembly complex has also been planned to come up as a state-of-art infrastructure
complete with a library, conference room, research wing and enough space for security
personnel. (Media Cell, CM)
3 ULFA cadres killed in Lohit
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Three United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres were shot
dead in an encounter with security forces at Namsai in Lohit district of Arunachal
The ultras were killed in an encounter with personnel of 26 Maratha Light Infantry
regiment near Noa Dihing Bridge at Namsai in Assam-Arunachal boundary at around 10.15
pm last night, sources said.
Based on input received from SIB Arunachal Pradesh about suspected ULFA cadres coming
to Namsai for extortion, Army alongwith Arunachal Police placed mobile check posts
at various locations on road between Namsai and Maha-devpur and interior areas.
On December 25 at around 10.15 pm, three persons were seen approaching from Namsai
side moving towards Mahadevpur on a motorcycle. As soon as the motorcycle came near
the mobile check post placed near Noa Dihing bridge, the army troops tried to stop
the motorcycle for check. But the motorcyclist dodged the first stop party troops
and continued moving forward. The second stop of army challenged the ultras and tried
to stop them. At this point one of the terrorists, who was riding pillion, jumped
from the bike and started firing on troops and tried to flee. The troops retaliated
immediately with fire and killed all the three without suffering any casualties.
The slain ultras were identified as Dheeraj Dauwara of Hatijan village, Makum, Tinsukia,
Shiva Moran (26), son of Lileshwar Moran, of Digalkhate village, Makum, Tnisukia
and Janak Moran of Motapang village, Makum, Tinsukia.
Two pistols with ammunition, one hand grenade and blank extortion notes of ULFA alongwith
mobile phone and other incrementing documents were recovered from the slain ultras.
The elimination of these cadres will hopefully reduce the ULFA activities drastically
in upper Assam and Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh and the traders and business
in the area will surely get some relief in extortion demands, said sources said in
SECC in capital complex begins
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The socio-economic and caste based census (SECC) commenced in Itanagar
Capital Complex this morning.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Chief Secretary Tabom Bam were the first to be enumerated
to kick start the SECC campaign.
Speaking on the occasion, Tuki asked the SECC functionaries to conduct the census
in letter and spirit following the guidelines. No one should be left out and duplication
should be avoided, he added.
Capital Complex deputy commissioner Onit Panyang, district SECC officer Gyamar Tachung,
SECC charge officer AC Maru, supervisor, enumerator, data entry operator were present
on the occasion.
Altogether, 40 supervisors and 286 enumerators have been engaged for the campaign.
Besides, the ITI Ltd will provide IT services in this campaign, according to an official
Police fires at anti dam protestors, AAPSU questions Assam, AP govt
One injured in stone pelting,
FSD seeks release
GOGAMUKH, Dec 26: Police resorted to lathicharge and fired in the air here today
to disperse anti-dam protesters who blocked NH-52 on the border of Lakhimpur-Dhemaji
districts in Assam and pelted stones at security force and public vehicles.
The administration of the twin districts earlier appealed to the protesters to withdraw
their 10-day long agitation to allow movement of vehicles between Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh through National Highway-52, the sources said.
When they did not heed to the appeal, the security forces attempted to physically
remove the agitationists protesting against the construction of the 2000-MW Subansiri
Lower hydro-electric project near Lakhimpur on the border of Assam and Arunachal,
The demonstrators then pelted stones at the vehicles belonging to the CRPF, police
and public, besides oil tankers damaging several of them.
In a bid to control the situation, police resorted to lathicharge and fired in the
air to disperse the mob, the sources said.
The police also dispersed the protesters at Pohumara, Boginadi and Gogamukh in both
the districts and arrested over 200 picketers along with their leaders.
The blockade in Assam has severely disrupted supply of essential items in three Siang
districts of Arunachal.
Meanwhile, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has questioned the indifferent
attitude of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Centre on the whole matter. The state government
must immediately initiate dialogue with its Assam counterpart for a tangible solution
and see to it that the people of three districts of Siang belt do not have to bear
the brunt of blockade for their no fault.
AAPSU appealed to the various agitating organizations to see reason. The union also
appealed to the Assamese community of the state to impress upon the leaders of agitating
organization to end the unpleasant imbroglio, while stating that continued misdemeanour
by agitators may have far reaching consequences.
In order to find respite for the three districts of Siang belt namely, East Siang,
West Siang, and upper Siang badly hit by the indefinite economic blockade sponsored
by KMSS, TMPK, & AJYCP, AAPSU had delegated a student delegation led by union spokesperson
Tobom Dai and student leaders from the three districts on Dec 22 last. Accordingly
the agitating organization in a joint declaration communicated their decision to
lift the blockade for the greater interest of the common masses. However in a sudden
turn of event this organizations have once again imposed indefinite blockade without
any valid reason from last evening, said AAPSU president Takam Tatung.
The apex students’ body of the state is disheartened by the conduct of agitating
organization, namely KMSS led by Akhil Gogoi, whom the students’ delegation has personally
met, TMPK, and AJYCP, he said.
Subjecting common masses to untold miseries by blocking supplies of essential commodities
does not augur well for the age old friendly relation between the two neighboring
states and may instead ferment mistrust and bad blood, it said. The recurring international
boundary problem with China and the anti social activities going on in Myanmar boundary
and such repeated sponsored blockades by one or the other organization of Assam is
having a deep negative impact on the minds of the people of the state, it added.
Meanwhile, one Biri Tanya travelling to Pasighat has been severely injured, when
a stone thrown by an agitator hit him. He was reportedly being treated at Dhemaji.
Meanwhile, Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) condemned the arrest and harassment of
anti dam protesters in Assam.
FSD stands in solidarity with KMSS and other students groups of the region who have
been consistently opposed to the Big dams in highly sensitive seismic zones of Arunachal
Pradesh and Assam, it said while adding that it condemns the sustained action and
harassment of KMSS and their activists and targeting of Akhil Gogoi for constantly
opposing the destructive development policies and corruption of the government machinery.
FSD appealed to the authorities concerned to release innocent and poor students and
farmers, who have been arrested.
Roing police firing: citizens seek justice
ROING, Dec 26: More than three months after the Roing police firing on students of
October 5 that left nine injured, people are still waiting for justice. The state
government had constituted an inquiry committee consisting of Home commissioner T
Taloh and DIGP Robin Hibu to probe into the incident. But the citizens in state of
shock because of unprecedented level of police repression want much more.
A seven-member team from All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) and Idu Mishmi Cultural
and Literary Society (IMCLS) supported by funds raised through public donations,
met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here at his official residence on Wednesday.
In a meeting that lasted for half and hour, the community representative apprised
him on people’s demand and the sentiments arising due to police firing. "We fear
that if justice is not delivered, police will resort to firing on slightest pretext
setting a dangerous precedent, making the native communities vulnerable to police
atrocities in future."
In a petition submitted to chief minister, the organization demanded investigation
report of the inquiry team be made public. It also demanded suspension of magistrate
on duty M Tato, officer in charge SK Lenka for inept handling of the situation.
The petition holding responsible Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Garima Gupta
and superintendent of police Veenu Bansal for administrative lapses and police provocations,
demanded immediate transfer and suspension of the duo. The organization in its submission
said non delivery of timely justice has deeply hurt the community sentiment which
is rapidly gaining momentum.
“We place before you our grievances before resorting to any democratic means of agitations/protest”,
the community representative said.
Meanwhile, the physical condition of two injured is still said to be serious. One
Asati Linggi who was shot at in right elbow underwent operation recently. Another
injured is still to recuperate from the pellet injury in lower abdomen.
A Slow Awakening
On December 22 last,an extraordinary episode transpired on the sleepy street of historic
town, Nampong. On that wintery dawn, history smiled, when the emerald valley reverberated
with the slogan - ' we want peace, we want security and we want development’. Perhaps,
it's the mighty roar of 'change' that has awakened the slumbering precinct. Though,
it’s premature to predict the eventuality but by sensing the mood of the public,
it can be assumed that 'change’ has gradually agreed to sojourn on this elusive destination.
For the first time, the restless Changlang district straightforwardly demonstrated
their anguishes against the 'gun atrocities.' The verity of this ravaged region is
that no matter who holds the trigger, the barrel is always pointed on the head of
the poor villagers or civilians. Yes, suffering is not a stranger to this region
and it has only been intensifying with every collateral damages (aftermath of turf
war in public places). Finally, driven by the craving for peace, security and development,
people of all walks of life took the street to elongate their message. The peace
parade revealed the reality of people being petrified of NSCN (K) and NSCN (IM) ongoing
turf war in public domains. It also reflected the inability of the security forces
and civil administration to secure the rural habitations as well as the inefficiency
of the state government to address the insurgency issue.
With the immunity granted through ‘Cease Fire Treaty’ and ‘Armed Force Special Power
Act,’ its understood that the public plea’s or protest will not change anything but
at least now the world knows, how in pretence of 'security and liberty,' over the
years, the pain and suffering of poor people has aggravated. For instance, revering
the cease fire decree, the counter offensive of the security forces has been on suspension
that naturally has intensified the insurgent movements across the Patkai region for
turf domination. Apparently, the possibility of regular confrontation in public domain
and inking the perimeter of their turfs with innocent bloods has also multiplied
manifold. Adding fuel to the fire, the State Government’s incompetence to directly
deal or address the insurgency issue has created more space for internal turmoil
and with turmoil on the backdrop, peace, security and development is a distant dream.
In conclusion, the region will be stepping into the New Year 2012, with the message
that it also has a sensitive heart that wails, when hurt. Though, the peace rally
is a diminutive step but it truthfully narrates the aspiration of the common people.
Their message is crystal clear and the audacity they have shown by speaking their
heart is exemplary. Hopefully, the heartfelt endeavor has begun so that peace can
reign again. Though a slow awakening, thankfully, the silent suffering has a voice
now – voice of the people. ([email protected])
A small act of men but
giant leap for conservation
A biologist friend working with Wildlife Trust of India, a premier organization working
for the conservation of wildlife in India, told me about the plight of Hoolock gibbons
of Delow area in Lower Dibang valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. Delow was once
a beautiful and dense lowland sub-tropical rainforest, dominated by Deptrocarpus
and numerous ficus species of trees, an ideal forests for the gibbons. But with influx
of people from upper reaches of Dibang valley, these forests were gradually removed
for agriculture. But luck was on the side of the gibbons and for the people so migrated
was generally from Idu Mishmi tribe who revere these gibbons as a great source of
power and called them ‘Amelo’ and it is a taboo to harm them. Such cultural beliefs
which is still prevalent strongly has help the gibbons to survive, had it been other
tribes that had migrated to Delow, the story would have been totally different.
I have a long association with the hoolock gibbons, the credit for my venture in
wildlife conservation can be attributed to the gibbons.
As a school boy growing up in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, I was always smitten
by the loud “hookoo-hookoo-hookoo” call of the gibbons but never got the chance to
see them. The chance came in the year 1999, as a part of tiger census in Namdhapa
National Park. The loud “hookoo-hookoo-hookoo” call of the gibbons was so smitten
that with a friend, we followed the call. The spell broke only after we had located
the callers, a group of gibbons on a tree top but it was late to realize that we
had lost our bearings. Somehow we managed to reach our camp` bulbulia’. But was glad
and had had the feeling of content, from that day my love affair with the gibbons
Hoolock gibbons are one of the most endangered primates of the world and are also
the only know ape of India with its distinctive loud “hookoo-hookoo-hookoo” call
echoing whole across the low land evergreen forests of North-eastern states of India
to South East Asian countries. In Arunachal Pradesh, the gibbons were historically
distributed till eastern side of river Siang but sadly populations of gibbons in
Siang districts are more or less wiped out. So now we find gibbons only in the eastern
side of river Dibang and are found battling out for their survival in the districts
of Tirap, Changlang, Lohit and in both the Dibang valley districts. There are two
distinct sub-species or species of gibbons with minor morphological differences known
as Eastern Hoolock gibbon and Western Hoolock gibbon. The gibbon of Delow belongs
to group of Eastern hoolock gibbons.
The sex of gibbons can be distinguished on the basis of their body colourations.
The males are fully black in appearance with silvery white brows, which is also the
colouration of young females but the adult females gradually turns in to golden blonde
which is also the sign of sexual maturity of the animals. Young hoolocks are born
after a seven month of gestation, with a milky white or buff colored hair. After
about six months the hair of males will darken and turn black, while the female hair
remains buff colored throughout her life. After 8 to 9 years they are fully matured
and their fur reaches its final coloration. Their life expectancy in the wild is
about 25 years. The gibbons are known to be monogamous in relationships and are known
to pair for life and their sexual acts are quite similar to that of humans. The gibbons
are very territorial animals and defend their territory by visual and vocal displays.
So it becomes pertained that whenever any translocation of gibbons is being carried
this basic facts should be kept in mind. Such that, every individuals of the family
should be identified and trans-located and released in the same place together.
The small step:
A primatologist from Wildlife Trust of India had been monitoring these Delow gibbons
for months and had identified around 25 numbers of families of gibbons living in
scattered trees, each marking their own territories. A family of 3 individuals were
identified to be trans-located first but before the personnel’s and equipment’s could
be assembled. The female gibbon went missing and could not be traced till date. She
could have fallen victim to numerous threats that were present, ranging from domestic
dogs to aerial predators. But her lost provided the urgency to trans-locate the father
and daughter earlier than anticipated.
The methodology that was devised and operated to capture these two gibbons has gone
in the annals of scientific world as one of the best protocol to capture these arboreal
animals. One of the most touching sights of the whole operation that still linger
in my mind is the scene when the father gibbon cried as he was being separated
from his daughter during capture and the calm and soothing effects that his presence
was radiating to the bewildered female cub caught in another cage. And the happiest
moments were when both father and daughter were released safely in a designated site
within the protection of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary.
There are still around 24 families of gibbons left in the Delow area with average
family size of 3-4 individuals. The future conservation and safety of these animals
depends on us. The following steps can be undertaken for their conservation;
• Immediate steps should be undertaken to identify the most vulnerable families and
they should be trans-located within Mehao wildlife Sanctuary immediately.
• Since Gibbons are territorial in nature and a good population of gibbons already
exist there, not all families of Delow may find suitable site for release within
Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary. So where ever there are still sufficient canopy cover
available in Delow, such areas should be immediately brought under some legal protections
and the gibbons can be conserved in-situ by conserving whatever trees are left in
• One of most potential threat to the gibbons of Delow is from the domestic dogs
kept by the farmers. These dogs should be removed immediately.
• Though local tribes like Idu-Mishmi do not hunt gibbons but still there are threats
of hunting from others and one of the potential threat is from across the border
from Assam, where there are instances where gibbons were caught for pet trades.
• Massive awareness programs should be under taken to spread the plight of gibbons
of Delow and the need for their survival and conservation and protection of their
• All the trees within the territory of gibbons should be immediately marked and
protected till a definite plan is in place for their conservation. If needed these
trees can be bought in rent from the farm owner’s.
• If nothing works, farm land on which they are residing should be bought and should
be declared as conservation reserve.
At the turn of new year lets resolve to protect and conserve our wildlife and pray
that gibbons of Delow will survive and prosper for ever, for their presence in our
midst always bring joy and happiness and with great hope, let their “hookoo-hookoo-hookoo”call
always resonate in our forest. (The writer is a Wildlife Biologist and can be reached
at [email protected])
WRD minister visits home constituency
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Newlai Tingkhatra, Minister WRD, SW &WCD inspected the Anganwadi
centre at Longnakshi village under Kanubari assembly constituency during his recent
visit to the village.
He interacted with village heads to take stock of the various problems faced by the
villagers. The minister assured to look into the various demands, including all-weather
road connectivity, posting of atleast one more teachers at the lone primary school,
provision for sufficient drinking water and power supply in the village.
The minister also visited Banfera village and held a public meeting wherein the GB
apprised the minister of their various grievances. The GB urged him to repair Kanubari-Banfera
road and solve the acute shortage of teachers at Government Middle School Banfera
by posting more teachers. He also inspected the Anganwadi centre of Banfera.
At Sangsatham village, the GB and other prominent leaders have requested the minister
for construction of community hall, hume pipe culvert at Sangnu and Sanga Nalla;
construction of cement concrete step at Sangsatham village, posting of more teachers
at Government Primary School Sangsatham and construction of boundary wall to protect
the school from any encroachment.
Meanwhile, Tingkhatra assured the villagers that their genuine demands would be taken
up with the authority concerned for consideration on priority basis.
Kanubari ADC, EE (PWD) and Zilla Parishad Chairperson Rongnai Maham accompanied the
minister during the visit.
Change but never be at the cost of identity and integrity
Apropos Duge Soki’s letter titled ‘Let’s spare the languages’, I feel it my privilege
to put forth my agreements. Arunachal Pradesh may be on top of the list of linguistically
diverse state in whole of India. There are about 26 major tribes and nearly the equal
numbers of sub-tribes in Arunachal Pradesh. These tribes have their own distinct
and different dialects. To communicate each other a common language is the need of
the hour when the world is shrinking day by day in terms of knowledge. Assamese was
once the buffer language of Arunachal Pradesh by which trade in the form of barter
carried out between the plains and hills. When the people started venturing out of
the state in pursuance of education and other allied activities, Hindi become the
means of communications. Both Assamese and Hindi were used on the basis of needs.
Arunachal Pradesh needed them in the process of its transformation in the fields
of education and business. So, there has never been a question of imposition of the
Hindi, or in such cases the Assamese. It was adoption to fight the ignorance and
How do we take the imposition of religious doctrines in Arunachal Pradesh? The religion
in Arunachal Pradesh is animist in nature. Animistic as it used to be when the whole
world does. Duge Soki writes, ‘It is a fact that Hinduism and Christianity have been
fighting their silent wars to gain control over the beliefs and practices of tribal
people’. There lies the whole truth. Are we Arunachalese prone to changes without
knowing what actually are becoming of? The Christian and Hindu missionaries helped
mould Arunachal Pradesh socially and educationally and take away the very foundations
of these changes by mitigating the land’s ways of religious practices. Changes are
ought to take place, but it should never be at the cost of the identity and integrity.
I do not say that these missionaries plunder the social fabrics of Arunachalese but
surely they change the simple and straight mindsets of the people thereby creating
confusions, confusion as to whether they continue their own practices or to adopt
the other. Confusions are seen looming large amongst the learned.
So, make your home an example and preach!
Empty words and instutionalized corruption
Battle line is drawn. Bugle has already been blown. Now it is time to extend our
support. Those who can’t be at the war front; at least even morally supporting the
cause would suffice. The elite club is trying to divert the issue with wild allegation
to the torch bearer of people’s aspiration. The entire political establishments talk
of the need to eradicate corruption from society. But when it comes to action, all
fail to live up to the expectation.
It is futile to engage in the raging debate on the issue as it is tantamount to undermining
the intelligence of the reader. Any news channel worth its TRP rating can update
us in case we are behind time. In our place there is no personality or statewide
organization to look up to.
It is not that we lack these organizations. Rather we seem to be witnessing mushrooming
of organizations with fancy names worth dying for. But these organizations seem to
take up corruption matters selectively. Finding source of funding seems to be the
bottleneck of these organizations. And most them are community based organizations.
It is not unusual to see applications seeking contract work under the letter head
of these august organizations. So it would be too much to expect them to fight against
ALSU seem to be a state wide organization. We had some hope on their sincerity. Especially
their drive against unlawful usurping of real estate had given a glimmer of hope.
Hope they take up the matter of corruption too with sincerity. They can take the
lead in supporting the cause of anticorruption campaign.
We are bereft of a worthy flag bearer of this campaign in our state. In spite of
it, as individuals we can stand behind the team Anna. We are fortunate that their
fight is for all of us. Leaders whom we elected as our representative have forsaken
us. It is time to support the campaign calling for a foolproof legislation to dent
the rampaging tentacles of the corruption virus. If we don’t support now another
Anna might not take birth in the immediate foreseeable future.
Once we have a foolproof mechanism to keep tab on the systematic and instutionalized
corruption, it will not matter much whom we elect as our leader. We can still have
them as necessary evil but this piece of legislation should ensure accountability
and transparency in governance. Anything less and we will not budge for sure.
Solution to the raising disorders in the society
Recently, one of our fellow friends wrote about imposition of Christianity on our
local people leading to the contraction of our indigenous tradition and culture.
Well, I consider this to be a little bit misunderstanding of the reality of Christianity.
For me Christianity is the perfect means of sustaining perfect and balanced living.
If I talk about our indigenous culture, i feel that the practices, rituals, ceremonies
and the lifestyle based on the same culture don't promise a balanced and peaceful
state of life much.
Take an example of practice of taking local Opo during every ritual, making sacrifices
in every incident of life as a means to pacify the evil spirit, keeping horns and
jaws of animals sacrificed as a decoration in house etc. These practices, in real
sense, brings a lot of disorder into our family, society and environment. These mar
the peace and tranquility everywhere. Our local history is replete with the evident
of this disorder in form of murder, enmity, jealousy, suicide, domestic violence,
disturbance by evil spirits, suffering from incurable diseases, alcoholic death,
disunity, etc. And the reality is that after being fed up with such disorders in
life, people opt for better mode and style of life. On the contrary, the spread of
Christianity has turned many peoples, families, societies and regions into a lover
of peaceful living, brother hood, unity in diversity, cooperation, understanding,
fear of sin, act of mercy, forgiveness, etc. In other words, Christianity is the
ultimate solution to the raising criminal, behavioural, and other disorders in the
society. So, the Christianity has been owned by the people themselves rather than
being imposed by any external forces. In fact, for me, like English being universal
language which ensure global community, Christianity is a universal religion which
ensure global peace, unity and identity.
Daporijo, (on email)
Divorce gun culture and extortions
Your esteemed daily carried the news of protest by peace loving people of Rima Putuk,
Nampong and Jairampur demanding an immediate end to factional fight of insurgent
The fight between the two insurgent groups of the neighboring state has turned these
districts a battlefield. Innocent people, their live stock and other property have
no safety in the region.
The peace rally itself is illustrative that how the people are suffering and their
normal life is being disturbed. This gun culture has engulfed the development of
the area, though the government of is pouring fund to Tirap and Changlang. The presence
of external insurgent groups in these districts of Arunachal Pradesh has left the
life of the people insecure.
Until and unless this gun culture and extortions are divorced, the area would not
be developed at par with rest of the state.
As a senior citizen of the state, I appreciate the people of Tikhak community of
Nampong, Jairampur and Rima Putok circles that they have shown tremendous courage
to stand united against the prevailing situation. They should get the support of
the administration and the N.G.Os dedicated to the true and genuine development of
I also appeal to all the youths of Tirap and Changlang district in particular to
stand united to protect the life and property of the people of district and create
a congenial atmosphere for the development activities to take place, instead of becoming
prey to the trap set up by the insurgent elements.
Public Service Commission
Need for legislation to end land grabbing
I would like to appraise the govt about the menace of land grabbing in Arunachal
Illegal occupation of govt. land especially in govt. quarters, offices and institution
has become a menace in Itanagar and other district headquarters.
It is high time that govt should show some political maturity in dealing with this
problem. This menace can be solved only if the politicians show some political will.
It is seen that political interference in eviction drive is one of the main hindrance
in solving this problem.
Most of the land grabbers are govt. officials. They illegally occupy the garden/lawn
of their own quarter and construct RCC structures. It is also learnt that the govt.
officials deliberately damage their own quarters and in some instances have burnt
down their own quarters to occupy the land.
Arunachal Pradesh should pass a bill prohibiting grabbing of govt land in the same
line as that of Karnataka.
All RCC structures constructed without land allotment inside the govt. qtr compound
should be evicted. If no immediate action is taken in this line; then time is not
far when all the towns of Arunachal Pradesh will turn into slum areas without proper
sanitation and drainage system.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
The bill versus the bill
On Dec 27, Anti Corruption crusader Anna Hazare will begin a three-day hunger strike
for a strong Lokpal Bill at 11 am, exactly the same time that the Lok Sabha reconvenes
to debate and vote on the anti-corruption Bill in an extended Winter Session.
Anna who has rejected the Bill tabled by the government has already said that if
the law that is brought is not in consonance with his demands, he will begin a "jail
bharo" movement. At last count, over 1.25 lakh people had already signed up online
for the jail bharo movement.
On the other hand, the government is adamant that it will not be arm-twisted as it
has already said that Parliament will discuss the Lokpal Bill and will have the final
Cabinet has tweaked the anti-corrutpiton bill to include Prime Minister under its
purview but kept the CBI, the chief investigative agency out of Lokpal's control.
Though the Prime Minister will be under the Lokpal, but with safeguards so that matters
relating to external affairs, atomic energy and national security are excluded. A
complaint against the Prime Minister will be accepted only if three-fourths of the
Lokpal committee are party to it; the enquiry will be held in camera and the report
will go to Parliament.
However, even after government gave in some of the demands, it is unlikely there
would be any truce. Even with passing of the bill, there is bound to be more agitations
as Team Anna is adamant that the “weak” bill be replaced. Now it remains to be seen
how the government handles the massive agitation with no one willing to make any