December -  31


Nyedar Namlo inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Dec 30:Parliamentry Secretary for Health and Family Welfare and Food and Civil Supplies Nido Pavitra inaugurated the Donyi Polo Nyeder Namlo at Tamen Boasimla recently.

Addressing the believers, Pavitra assured to contribute fund for construction of footpath from main road to the newly inaugurated Namlo and also assured to construct a Nyeder Namlo at Raga.

ZPM Bar Sumpi advised the gathering to preserve the tradition and culture and particularly urged the mothers to take care of their children besides handling of social responsibilities in the society.

Arunachal Vikash Parishad, vice president Techi Gobin appealed to the people to follow their ancestral religion.

Earlier, Tamen-Boasimla Nyedar Namlo Welfare Committee, Chairman Kabak Tacho highlighted the activities of the Namlo committee.


Union extends help

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Central executive members of the Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) accompanied by general secretary, AAPSU Tujum Poyom and members of All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Activists (AAPACA) and president Galo Students’ Union, DNGC unit visited Sesi Likar village to provide essential commodities to the fire victims. It informed that the house and properties of Kike Likar, GB of Sesi Likar village was completely burnt down in a fire accident on Dec 28. But the victim’s  family have not yet received any help from the authorities, they alleged.

The team further demanded the O/C Kamba Police Station to investigate the cause of the fire and also appealed to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kamba to sanction immediate relief fund for victims.


Org calls for posting of officer

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Tirbin Unemployed Youth Association (TUYA) appealed to the State Government to post an Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) at Tirbin circle. It said that due to absence of administrative officer for the last five months, there is no proper law and order.

It further said that some unscrupulous people taking advantage of the situation are encroaching land in various places like Govt Hr Secondary and Middle schools, Inspection Bungalow (IB), BDO office, Helipad. Regarding institutional land encroachment problems, the association appealed to the Deputy Director of School Education of the district to take necessary step.

The association also appealed to the Deputy Commissioner,  West Siang and ADC Basar to look after the situation and take immediate preventive steps.


APCSD appreciates defiance of bandh

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) appreciated Civil societies who came forward to oppose the Bandh Call today.

It termed the defiance of the bandh as the first of its kinds while hoping that civil societies will resist such bandh calls in future as well.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal further appealed to the civil societies to come forward to lodge an FIR against heads of unauthorized organizations.

The frontal wing of Indian National Congress further stated that if the issue is genuine; organizations raising it will always receive appreciation as well as cooperation and support.


News Impact

Time has come for people of Arunachal to change their mindsets

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The year 2011 will be remembered as one of the most challenging one for Arunachal media. The media faced lot of hostilities as state went through a crisis because of infighting within ruling Congress. The leaders from both the camps used all sort of tricks to intimidate journalists during the crisis period.

The problems for media begin with the death of former CM Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash. As Congress begin to look for new leader, a news item was published in Times of India portraying one of the largest tribe of state in poor light. Though mistake was committed by a journalist from national daily but its repercussion was bore by state media. The office of Arunachal Front, a leading daily of state was completely destroyed by so called unknown miscreants and it took more than a month for them to rebuild everything. In another setback, English daily The Sentinel Arunachal closed down as state went into deep crisis. Administration, police and civil societies helplessly watched media being persecuted. Similarly Times of India has been banned in state capital. By doing such kind of act, few people are only trying to isolate majority of Arunachalee citizens from rest of the world.

In the last six months, the threat and intimidation against media continued as both camp of ruling party used numerous associations and organizations to bully media persons to impose their will. With political crisis over and state getting back to normal, media fraternities were hoping that things will improve. But bullying never seems to end and with each passing days it is increasing. Such is the situation that local dailies are being forced to publish a notice informing citizens that press releases are to be submitted at press box and no personal meetings will be entertained.  Recently a visiting journalist friend of mine told me, “Nowhere in this world I have seen newspaper carrying such notice. This shows Arunachal society in very bad shape. If media is not allowed to work freely, the state will never witness development in true sense.”

 The basic problem in Arunachal is lack of tolerance and lack of knowledge about how media functions. If any press releases are not published, next day 20 or 30 people lands up in media houses and starts bullying the press persons. Usually it is prerogative of media houses to publish news as per the news value. However in Arunachal people try to dictate the term with warning, “Front page main chap do or else mera ladka log aapka office thod dega.” It has become almost daily routine for journalists to be abused in their own offices. The time has come for people of Arunachal to change their mindsets. Arunachalee should adopt a New Year resolution that they will let media work freely.


Sanjoy accuses China of funding KMSS to stall North East development

New Delhi, Dec 30: The row over the construction of 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border intensified further, with Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy on Friday accused the anti-dam agitators of getting funds from China to stop the infrastructure development in the North East region.

Arunachal, which shares borders with China and Myanmar, has the potential to generate an estimated 50,000 MW of hydropower.

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) led by Akhil Gogoi and the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) are opposing the NHPC project and had announced on Thursday to block movement of men and materials related to the Lower Subansiri project at Gogamukh where the NHPC project site is located.

The KMSS and four other anti-dam organizations have been alleged of carrying out the protest under the influence of the Maoists and United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

The Maoists, who are mostly active in certain areas of Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts bordering lower Dibang valley and Lohit districts of Arunachal Pradesh, are taking help of ULFA to expand their reach in the North East region.

ULFA chief Paresh Barua, who has found shelter near the China-Myanmar border in the Yunan province of China, is helping the Maoists to get foothold in the region. Sanjoy, who represents Arunachal (West) in Lok Sabha, today said: " The Government of India should declare this organisation (KMSS) to be an outlaw to ensure that the national security of our country is protected, as they are getting support and funding from our neighbours across the border."

"We used to have underground movements and organizations in North East, but today the situation is different. It is the Maoist infiltration and this ideology infiltrating the region particularly Arunachal Pradesh," he said.

"The Maoists want to have a highly sophisticated design to use jungles in Arunachal to carry on their nefarious designs with the help of external forces. I should very clearly say that all these situations are coming from not other than China.

"With the coming of mega projects, money is coming to the state in a big way, and lot of businessmen are investing in the region. And the Maoists want to go for a huge extortion when business people are coming there. The naxalites want to carry on with this activity to create problems in the North East," Sanjoy added.

To a question on who exactly is opposing the mega-dam projects, he said: "Akhil Gogoi-led KMSS is spearheading the movement for the last one-and-a-half years now. Where were they when we started the project in 2005? When work is on the verge of completion then suddenly they are trying to disrupt it."

Assam's Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is also of the view that there was no point in simply opposing the project for the sake of opposition, as the project would benefit Assam.

To generate nearly 30,000 MW power in 10 years' time, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has signed MoUs with several private firms for 10 major hydropower projects.

Among the major projects currently being executed in the state are the Ranganadi Project, the Subansari Project and the Taloh Power Project. The construction of Subansiri Lower project was started in 2005 after obtaining all the statutory and regulatory clearances from the concerned agencies of the Government of India as well as state governments of Assam and Arunachal.

The start of project has brought about a major increase in the commercial activities and has given impetus to local market and source of livelihood to local people.


AASU joins protest, announces blockade

GUWAHATI, Dec 30: A day after chief minister Tarun Gogoi slammed the ongoing anti-dam protests by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity and four other organizations for being allegedly carried out under the influence of Maoists and Ulfa, All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Thursday announced to block movement of men and materials related to the Lower Subansiri project from Friday to Monday.

The AASU leadership said the blockade will be at Gogamukh where the NHPC project site is located. KMSS secretary Akhil Gogoi added that move has lent strength to the anti-dam protest.


CBI produces four in Wangcha Rajkumar murder case

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Dec 30: Exactly four years after the gruesome murder of former MP Wangcha Rajkumar, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has produced the four accused out of six charge sheeted in Tezu session court (Eastern Session Division) on December 23 last.

CBI Inspector Praveen K Dubey, Investigating Officer of the case along with CBI Special Public Prosecutor SS Rahman produced the four accused while two others are still absconding.

Ramson Longland, Tache Wangchu, Reishang Luikham and LK Kaping have been arrested, while two others- Horni Muivah and Penpang Wangpang are still reportedly absconding. They all are said to be involved with the NSCN (IM).

Sources informed that the case was taken into “consideration of charge” on December 23 last, while the next date of hearing is fixed on February 3, 2012.

I Ahmed, a Gauhati High Court advocate assisted by Advocate J Sumpa, represented the accused persons in the court.

The CBI, corresponding to Deomali Police Station (Tirap dist.) case No.24/2007 had taken over the case and followed up investigation.

The accused are being charged under sections- 120(B)/304/307 of IPC and Read With sections - 25(1A, 1B) and 27(2,3) of Arms Act besides sections-16 and 18 of Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Acts.

One of the most popular politicians, Rajkumar’s life was cut short on  December 23, 2007 in Deomali when assailants shot him dead while he was playing badminton.  

The investigating agency had hinted at the NSCN (IM)’s involvement in the killing, allegedly after the politician’s closeness with the rival NSCN (K) become more apparent.

The murder case had rocked the state with civil societies literally putting a halt to governance demanding handing over of the case to CBI and actions against underground elements.

The assassination case was later handed over to CBI by the state government. (With inputs from ATNS)


Governor greets on Indigenous faith day

Khonsa all set to celebrate the day

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh has extended greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of indigenous faith day. The Governor hoped that the day will inspire all to preserve and promote our religious values and identity.

In his message, the Governor said that the spiritual or the faith value systems of different communities are a source of guidance and inspiration. They enlighten the believers and instil virtues such as tolerance, compassion, kindness and willingness to sacrifice for the common good amongst them.

Offering his prayers on the occasion to Almighty to shower His choicest blessings on each one of us, the Governor hoped that indigenous faiths will continue to strengthen the bonds of our composite culture and beliefs.

As usual, the Tirap Indigenous People Society (TIPS), Khonsa is organising the Indigenous Faith and Culture day 2011 in a grand way tomorrow in Tirap district. Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh, Wanglin Lowangdong will attend the occasion at the Nehru Stadium, Khonsa.

Massive rally covering the length and breadth of the Khonsa town will converge on the Nehru stadium for the programme. The major attractions of the programme will be indigenous songs and dances, traditional games and sports like Dah kikoh hapmin(stilt fight), Wahphokuat (bamboo pole climbing), Wahthuammin (Reverse bamboo push), Wakih jaliak and batthoekhuam(parrot and parakeet walk), Kongkongkhiap (bamboo dance). DIPR


NYWA bandh evokes partial response

Itanagar, Dec 30: The 24-hr capital bandh called by Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) to protest against the State Government's alleged failure to take steps against some national dailies publishing derogatory remarks against the Nyishi community evoked partial response today.

The bandh which began at 5 a.m today was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere during the bandh, police said.

While educational institutions and non-governmental organizations remained closed, attendance in government offices was thin despite a call from Government to boycott the bandh..

Though commercial vehicles remained off the road except the Tempos, a few state transport buses were seen plying with security. However, private vehicles plied on the roads and shops also remained open. The state government has declared the bandh as illegal and made elaborate security arrangements to thwart any untoward incidents during the bandh.

Earlier, the NYWA called a 12-hour state capital bandh on December 12 after expiry of its 10-day ultimatum to the government to intervene to secure an apology from the concerned newspapers after two national dailies published a derogatory remark against the Nyishi community on May 4 last.

Why should state bear the brunt?

Dear Editor,

The repeated bandh culture in Arunachal has become a menace for common public. These bandhs are called specially in the name of Nyishi. I cannot understand what exactly these bandh callers want. Are they glorifying the Nyishis or defaming it?

The NES and ANSU spearheaded the ToI issue and set the state ablaze.  One lost his life and many their property. Till date there is no progress. The issue is dying a natural death. Why because of the Nyishis, the entire state should bear the brunt. It is high time to ponder how to take the state to a new height of development. It is not the bygone years when you could call bandh for mere a reason. It is surprising to know that the NES and ANSU had declared the bandh call as illegal and anti social.

The ANSU should never forget that they were the one who started the bandh culture in capital. If now other Nyishi based organization calls a bandh why it is illegal and anti social? They also have some genuine reasons of their own.

The whole time NES president has been shouting from his lungs that ToI issue has been politicized by some group for their own vested interest. But by now I think we are pretty sure who actually politicalised the issue.  I think NES and ANSU should change their format of speech and excuses.


A concerned Nyishi



Somewhere we have missed the mark

Dear Editor,

India with a pluralistic society it is necessary to take into account the concerns and the wishes of all the stake holders in the spirit of unity in diversity. This will ensure healthy nation building, strengthening unity among all the communities and taking the country into a new height. However, our country seems to be strongly embedded with the connotation "slow and steady wins the race" and not ready to explore beyond it. No doubt the later part is always the winner but in this age "slow" has become out-fashioned. I feel we are still far away from success in integrating all the communities including smaller tribes of Arunachal Pradesh living in far flung remote areas near international boundary of the country who are also an integral part of Indian nation. Many places and many tribes in Arunachal Pradesh still live 50 years backward the civilization. Still no basic infrastructure like road communication, health care, education, ration supply, electricity etc. which many advanced countries even cannot imagine in their wildest dreams. This shows the real image of our so-called thousand years-old civilization and the largest democracy in the world. Every group of the societies and every region of the country should be made to feel that they are also an important and an integral part of this great nation. This will bring harmony, peace and progress in the country. However, mere sugar-coated words are not enough which seems to be doing the round till date, there should be manifestation of words with time-specific actions.

When the world is busy in the path of progress and development, we are still fighting hard to contain communal mistrust, regional imbalances and a fight for inequality. It seems we have missed somewhere very badly the strategic planning to bring unity in diversity and progress in pluralism.


Philip Ngwazah

Tainan City, Taiwan



Not impossible but taxing

Dear Editor,

I am writing in reference to the extension of examination date due to 24 hour bandh call on the Dec 30. As per the notification by the APPSC, the examination now is scheduled to be held on the 9th of January 2012. I am writing the exam myself. We have examination on the 7th as well as 8th of January 2011.Rescheduling the examination on the 9th would mean we would be sitting for exam for three consecutive days. That means we would be writing for 18 hours in those three days. It is not something impossible, but it would fall very heavily on those writing the exam.

So, I would like to request the commission to reconsider their decision.





Some miscommunication

Dear Editor,

This is regarding my letter ' Reschedule SECC Enumeration'. I am to clarify that there is no lapse from the District Authority and the required SECC materials have been distributed to all the enumerators in my presence on Dec 28, thereby enabling each and every enumerators to proceed to their blocks.

I regret if the topic has touched any body's sentiment and request entrusted agency to keep in touch with their grass root level workers without expecting from them.


Nomni Pertin

SECC supervisor, Namtok



They too are the limbs of the society

Dear Editor,

Listen to the silent voice of your inner conscience; let your philanthropic spirit be the all and end all of your life; share sorrows of those disabled persons who are struggling hard for their survival; grant opportunities to them to lead a life of dignity; let them stand on their own feet; wipe out their tears and earn the choicest blessings of God.

Dear brothers and sisters! See the plight of the disabled. Grant their Rights to them. They, too, are the limbs of this very society; They, too, are the sons and daughters of the maker Almighty.

Fear God and fear future. Laugh not at our miserable and pitiable condition. Be kind to us. Our sincere request to you all is –“let the door of humanity open’.  Do not shake us, we are shaken”

I would like to request one and all to provide a helping hand to All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society in the name of humanity. Do what you can for those who need your help and support. Be generous and provide your valuable service and guidance for the betterment and uplift of the differently able persons as mandate given by the parliament.


Er. Gyamar Karo


All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society



They are following your path

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of NES and ANSU, that after lots of violence in the state capital for more than five months pertaining to Pradip Thakur issue, even after written and verbal apology offered during the reign of Jarbom Gamlin as Chief Minister, the organizations rejected the apology. What type of apology they wanted exactly?

Moreover, why NES and ANSU are not raising its voices against the issue after change of guard in the state? Why NES and ANSU have kept silence and why is it opposed to the bandh call on the ToI issue? Every individual of our community has a right to raise voice against the issue not only NES and ANSU. But it is very unfortunate to observe that NES and ANSU are keeping silence after change of the Chief Minister.

Have they forgotten the sentiment of Nyishi community? Pradip Thakur must be brought to Itanagar and he must give public apology at I.G. Park. Let every community of the state know the result of those violent movements.

How can NES and ANSU declare those who are calling bandhs on the issue as anti- Nyishi, anti-social and illegal instead of supporting them?

Only NES and ANSU’s sentiments were not hurt. And these organizations who are calling bandh are following your path and carrying forward what you have left halfway.


Kipa Tanang




We need respite

Dear Editor,

Infamous derogatory words of Delhi based journalist have created lots of troubles in the daily life of Arunachalee. The state has incurred huge losses running into crores due to repeated bandh call by the different organizations in the state capital in the last 7-8 months.

Common people are tired of such repeated bandh calls. Although Pradeep Thakur has already asked for forgiveness but different organizations continued its agitation asking deliverance of justice. Now two steps need to be taken to solve the issue permanently; either State  Govt  find permanent solution to this issue immediately  or organization should accept the apology  of Pradeep Thakur, as the saying goes “Forgiveness is the best form of revenges”. The common people who are facing trouble needs respite from repeated bandh calls.


Yomjum Yomgam







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A bad year for the elephants


According to reports 2011 has truly been a horrible year for elephants with 23 tonnes of ivory seized, representing at least 2,500 dead animals.

There had been at least 13 large seizures of ivory this year, compared to six last year of less than 10 tonnes.

More elephant tusks were seized in 2011 since the ivory trade was banned to save the animals from extinction.

But it has continued illegally because of huge demand in Asia, where it is used to make decorative objects.

The experts say that the escalating large ivory quantities reflect both a rising demand in Asia and the increasing sophistication of the criminal gangs behind the trafficking.

Traffic said the smugglers appear to have shifted away from using air to sea - in early 2011, three of the large scale ivory seizures were at airports but later in the year most were found in sea freight.

The only common denominator in the trafficking is that the ivory departs Africa and arrives in Asia, but the routes are constantly changing, presumably reflecting where the smugglers gamble on being their best chance of eluding detection.

Some environmental campaigners say the decision to allow some African countries, whose elephants populations are booming, to sell their stockpiles of ivory has fuelled the illegal trade.

Despite the seizures, there were generally few arrests.

On the other hand, many elephants have been killed due to elephant/human conflict while in some cases extreme poverty has led to the killing of elephants for meat.


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