December 14


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Matey inaugurates approach road

KHONSA, Dec 13: Parliamentary Secretary (DoTC and SWWCD) Yumsen Matey inaugurated an approach road in Kheti village today amidst a huge gathering. The approach road was constructed by the PWD.

Speaking on the occasion Matey said that the approach road was very important that connects many colonies in the village. He asked the villagers to maintain it properly. He also asked the villagers to utilize the funds sanctioned against various schemes judiciously and appealed them to co-operate with the state government for all round development of the district and the state.

The village leaders, who spoke on the occasion, appreciated the local MLA’s effort in ushering in unprecedented development in the constituency and requested him to work with the same spirit. They also extended their unflinching support to him for his people-friendly initiatives.

Khonsa ZPM Wanglo Gosak and Lazu ZPM A Homtok attended the function. DIPRO


School week celebration gets underway

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The 40th School Week Celebration of government higher secondary school Doimukh began today with colourful note.  The celebration was declared open by the deputy director of school education (DDSE) Papum Pare T.T Tara in presence of Land Revenue and Survey Officer Techi Hitler. Speaking on the occasion, Tara advised the students to work hard to excel in their studies. He also stressed on the importance of the discipline in the school.

Giving advice to the students, Techi Hilter in his address said one must have to study at least 16 hours daily to get success in life.

Further the student welfare committee of the school submitted a memorandum to the DDSE with a request to provide one Xerox machine  and toilet facility in the school.


Attractive cash awards won by Tirap half marathon winners

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The 2nd Tirap Half Marathon was a roaring success in terms of participation and the message it carried.

Altogether 672 participants took part in the race in 5 categories.  The professionals, armed forces and open to men ran upto Longo village about 18 km from Khonsa. In this category Dinesh Kumar 26 Madras Regiment bagged the first prize while Thyagraj also of 26 Madras Regiment won the second position and the third prize was won by G. Anjaneyulu of the same Regiment.

In the open to all men’s category Taisa Wangnowham came first while Talai Josaiham came second and the third prize was won by Chailai Wangsa.

In the open to all women’s group Toinyak Kanglom won the first prize while Nyoli Atoraham won the second prize and the third prize went to Khamnya Thinra.

In the boys category Wangnok Sumpa got the first prize while Wangma Wangham got the second prize and the third prize was bagged by Wanglon Wangsa. They are all from Government HS School, Khonsa.

In the girls category Chumai Wangsu won the first prize while Ngunluh came second and Goimai Wangpan got the third prize. The first, second third prize winners were awarded Rs 15000, Rs 7000 and Rs 5000 respectively along with certificates of honour. The 4th to 10th positions holders were awarded Rs1000 each as consolation prize. DIPRO


12th Tang Memorial Football at Pasighat from Jan 5

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The 12th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Championship will be held in Pasighat, East Siang District from January five, 2013, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association general secretary G Doke.

It is pertaining to mention here that Education Minister Bosiram Siram had proposed to conduct the state’s most prestigious football tournament at Pasighat in the inaugural function of the last edition of the tournament in September last at RG Stadium, Naharlagun.

Meanwhile, Doke informed that the Education Minister is taking all initiative to host tournament in a grand manner in his home district.


8 houses gutted, relief distributed

SEPPA, Dec 13: Eight dwelling houses and three gumtis were gutted in a devastating fire at Rajabapak Colony, Seppa yesterday midnight at around 1 am.

Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam rushed to the accident site today and provided Rs 2700 each to the victims.

A team comprising Town Magistrate and DDMO physically verified the site and assessed the losses.

A team of East Kameng Social Welfare & Socio Cultural Organization (EKWSCO) headed by Robin Hissang, joint Secretary also distributed relief materials like blanket, carpets, utensils etc to the victims. DIPRO


DC reviews implementation of  developmental packages

ZIRO, Dec 13: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo while chairing a meeting to review and discuss various developmental packages being implemented in the district today directed all the district level officers and the implementing agencies to submit  status reports and actions taken punctually to ensure optimal implementation of various  schemes both under centre as well as the state Govt.

Emphasizing on   inculcating a good work culture, he sought the cooperation of all the officers and assured to conduct a workshop on ethics of good work culture.

Implementation and work progress under PM package PMGSY, flagship programs and other centrally sponsored schemes including roads and other infrastructures were discussed and reviewed in details. Also, implementation of CM’s Health Insurance Schemes to cover BPL population and CM’s agriculture mechanization program, implementation of various self-employment schemes, skill development program, employment generation schemes, were taken up and discussed in details.

While reviewing the law and order situation of the district, he took a strong note of the recent Yazali incident, and  promised to intensify ILP checking both at the police check gates as well as in the township areas.

The meeting was attended by all the District level officers of the district.


Org urged to defer bandh

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) authority has appealed to the All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) to defer its proposed 36 hours capital bandh call on December 17 and 18 for smooth conduct of various ongoing examinations.

RGU deputy registrar (exam) in a release informed that Semester Examinations of the University are going on in full swing from December 3 to 22 in all PG courses of university and B.Ed and LLB/BA, LLB in affiliated colleges. This would enable for smooth conduct of examination.


Awareness prog on PMEGP

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Manghi Welfare Society has successfully organized a one-day district level awareness programme on ‘Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)’ under the sponsorship of Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Itanagar  at Sangram in Kurung Kumey district on December 1 last. Altogether 84 members from SHG, farmers club and youths of the area took part in the day-long programme.


Stop polygamy and child marriage: LWKS

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  The Living Word Kingdom Society (LWKS) has urged the people to discourage the practice of social evils like child marriage, polygamy and force marriage.  The society preached the people during its maiden convention meet at Daporijo on 12th Dec last. It also raised voice against drug abuse and other bad habit like drinking. Further the society conducted social service  and cleared various drainage and garbage of Makcha Pada Colony of Jigi Village area.


Org expresses displeasure over arrest of its members

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) expressed displeasure over the arrest of its five executive members including president and general secretary by the police on Thursday. The  organization claimed that the arrest was made without prior notice.  It further demanded the authority to release the arrested members at earliest and said that failing to do so would invite rigorous agitation.


AAPBSU demands action against PDS accused

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) appreciated the SIT constituted by Gauhati High Court in connection with PDS scam for filing charge sheets against 57 accused, including 24 public servants.

While appealing to the Special Investigation Team monitored by Guwahati High Court to probe the case and punish the accused under relevant section of law, AAPBSU demanded termination of all accused Govt  servent from their respective post and those MLAs to resign on moral ground. It threatened to launch democratic movement in case the authority fails to probe the case.


“Donyi-Polo Aya Jinam” released

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The indigenous faith and cultural based documentary film titled “Donyi-Polo Aya Jinam” was released by Power Minister Tanga Byaling at recently concluded state level Indigenous Youth Festival -2012, Daporijo.

This film is produced and directed by Nyamo Doji, Chairman cum Managing Director of GGL Group of Company (SSSBE Unit), President of Galo Indigenous Faith and Cultural Council and IFCSAP General Secretary Youth Wing with the objectives of Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Indigenous Faith and Culture particularly of Abotani Clan of Arunachal Pradesh. This Film also aims at promoting communal harmony, foster brotherhood and oneness feeling among the Abotani Clans in particular and other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in general.



151 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

India & China need to develop mutual trust, says Gadkari

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  India and China needed to develop mutual trust and respect to strengthen bi-lateral relations, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said here on Thursday.

 "If India and China develop friendship by rising above their petty differences, they could rule the world with their ever-growing economic strength," Gadkari said.

 The two neighbours should resolve the contentious boundary issue by demarcating the territory through  mutual understanding and should work together for economic development of the South East Asia region, he said.

"The BJP will never compromise with the territorial integrity of the country," he said in a programme that officially concluded the Sahid Shradhanjali Yatra.

The Yatra, organised by the BJP's youth wing BJYM to pay homage to the martyrs on completion of 50 years of the 1962 Sino-Indian war, had been flagged off by Gadkari on October 18 and culminated at Bumla, the last Indian post along China border, in Arunachal Pradesh on October 20.

Gadkari, who is on a two days visit to the state along with party vice-president and Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakrovarty, paid homage to the martyrs of the Sino-Indian war offering flowers and lighting lamps.

Taking a dig at the Congress, Gadkari alleged that despite supreme sacrifices made by over 4000 army personnel in the 1962 war, the party in power at the state and the Centre failed to recognize their contribution to the nation and did not bother to remember them.

On the visit of a BJP delegation led by Gadkari to China in January last year, the party president said, "We had held meetings with various representatives of that country including the premier and discussed various issues of mutual interest including the boundary issue."

Meanwhile, Gadkari said his party was preparing a vision document for the North East for overall development of the region with main thrust on infrastructure development, education, power and health sectors. The BJP wanted "progress and development based politics in Arunachal" as the state remained to be backward despite inflow of a huge chunk of central funds, he said.

The party would give more emphasis on infrastructure development to attract investment to Arunachal if voted to power both in the state as well as the Centre.

"The state government failed in all fronts to bring real development. There are still several areas where there is no proper road connectivity, schools, health care facilities and basic minimum facilities for the people," he alleged.

Exhorting the people to vote NDA to power, Gadkari said his party wants to bring a change in the socio-economic scenario of the country which got distorted during the rule of the "corrupt Congress which is looting the country depriving the poor and the needy." He said, the country's GDP growth was mainly contributed by the BJP ruled states. PTI



7th National Shotokan Karate Do C’ship begins

No dearth of sports talents in NE: Sanjoy


Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The sportspersons of North East are also capable of competing against the world’s best, said Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy while inaugurating the 7th National Shotokan Karate Do Championship at Naharlagun today.

“There is no dearth of talents in the region but need to create and provide the right opportunities to the sportspersons,” Sanjoy said while citing example of Manipuri pugilist Mary Kom, who won a boxing medal in the London Olympics. The state government has accorded top priority to sports. It has adopted a pragmatic sports policy for all round development of games and sports sector in the state, Sanjoy said. Informing that Arunachal Pradesh Government’s 10 per cent job reservation policy for sportspersons in police department is the highest in the entire country, Sanjoy advised the young players to avail the opportunity by excelling in their chosen events. . “Perform well; you do not need to chase job; job will chase you,” he said.

Sanjoy, who also is the president of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association, stressed the need for players to maintain strict discipline as no one would succeed in life without maintaining discipline. Sanjoy also advised them to be obedient to their parents and teachers.

Meanwhile, the MP expressed grave concern over drug menace in eastern districts, including East Siang and alleged gun culture in some pockets of the state. He said that drug addiction is also spreading its ugly tentacles into some areas of the Capital Complex which is a matter of serious concern. He advised the youths to abstain from drugs which can ruin lives and scare families. Earlier, Sanjoy along with Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Indira Mallo Jain inaugurated the Shotokan Karate Training Hall constructed under the initiative of Arunachal Karate Do Association president Likha Tara.

In her brief speech, Secretary Indira Mallo advised the participating players to draw inspiration from the great achievers, who achieved success through hard work and sincerity.

Taman Pemba, Chief Instructor, International NSKF, Japan, who arrived here yesterday at the invitation of the organizing committee, said that his main purpose of the visit was to encourage the players for development of Karate in India and Arunachal Pradesh in particular. The 8 DAN Chief Instructor of International NSKF has awarded Black Belt to both Sanjoy and Mallo on the occasion.

All India Karate Federation General Secretary Bharat Sharma was all praise for AKA, especially its president and chiefs of various styles of Karate in Arunachal Pradesh for their untiring efforts for promotion and development of the sport.

He said that he had seen lots of potential in Arunachalee players. Echoing Sanjoy, Sharma informed that an Arunachalee karate player had beaten his Japanese opponent in his own soil few years back which proved the talents of sportspersons in Arunachal and justify the claim, he said. AIKF’s door is always open for Arunachal karate, he said and assured the parent body’s all help and cooperation for further development of the sport. He also advised the players to regularly participate in tournaments to hone skills and learn new techniques. He sought support from the parents and guardians and urged them to encourage their wards to take up karate since it is an Asian Games event.

All India Karate Federation (AIKF) vice president Kiran Kumar also praised the construction of the training hall to groom and train the karatekas. According to him this is first of its kind in the entire country. He informed AIKF’s commitment to take Indian karate to international level and sought support from all towards its endeavor.

The inaugural function was also attended by Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow, Joint Director Tadar Apa, Assistant Director Ramesh Lingi, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G Doke, Jt Secretary,Sports and Youth. Affairs Mige Kamki, chiefs of all four karate styles and senior karate players of the state.

Meanwhile, Tara informed that barring teams from Assam, Manipur, Maharashtra, Darjeeling and the home team, including APP, the rests could not reach Arunachal and returned back to their respective state due to bandh in Assam.

The tournament will start from tomorrow.



Lifter Jimjang breaks 7-year-old national record

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachalee weightlifter Jimjang Deru broke three national records in 50 kg weight category in the 8th Youth National Weightlifting Championship at Nehru Stadium, New Delhi yesterday.  He broke the previous record of Sukhen Dey set in 2005 during Bhilai Youth National Weightlifting Championships by lifting one kg more weight.

It is pertaining to mention here that Dey was the lone Indian male weightlifter in 2012 London Olympics.

Deru lifted a total of 193 kg (snatch 86 kg + Clean and Jerk 107 kg) to win three gold medals.

Earlier, Yukar Sibi set up a National record in the men's 62kg category by lifting 151kg in the clean and jerk in the 63rd men's and 26th women's senior National weightlifting championships in 2011.

Initially Deru was given Judo training by Yum Panku, Judo Coach of Sange Laden Sports Academy, Chimpu. Later, he was picked by Army Sports Institute, Pune in a sport talent hunt and nurtured and coached in weightlifting discipline. Other lifters participating in the championships are Gungte Yangfo, Langfu Roman, Sambo Lapung, Khang Kang Kong khang and Lalu Taku. Top lifters, including Sibi, Soram Hitlar Tagru and Kojum Taba could not take part due to injuries.

The team is being led by Coach Premita Devi.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Weightlifting Association president Abraham K Techi, on behalf of AWA and his own behalf, congratulated Deru, his team of coaches for the outstanding performance. He also expressed gratitude to Major SS Rao and Commandant, Army Sports Institute, Pune, who took lots of pain to come to Arunachal in 2009 and nurtured Arunachalee talents.



Sona announces Rs. 5 crore package for Monigong-Pidi Block

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Parliamentary Secretary Pasang Dorjee Sona along with head of various departments toured remote villages of Moniging- Pidi block from December 5 to 10 to get first hand knowledge about various problems faced by them.

The block is still not connected by road properly and most of the villages could be reached by negotiating mountain cliffs, ridges and rudimentary foot suspension bridges.

Sona said," my attempt is to at least improve the foot suspension bridges connecting various villages. Roads, hopefully, will be connected by PMGSY very soon as the necessary proposal is in active stage."

While announcing Rs. 5 crore as the Podi Barbi gift, Sona said, “Monigong -Pidi block needs special attention. I want to bring this block at par with the rests. But the support of the people is important in implementing the developmental schemes. So, I urge the citizen to extend all possible help to the Dept. and executing agency in completing the project by maintaining quality”.

He said that his priority sectors were roads, rural connectivity, educational infrastructure, health and safe drinking water.

In his 6 days tour he reached out to remotest possible places and met the villagers, Panchayat leaders and GBs and held public meeting.

He had one to one interactions with the locals to understand their problems. He admitted that it will take time and effort to bring the constituency at par with others owing to many constraints. Sona said,"my effort is to keep walking towards developing my constituency and do every bit to bring it to the mainstream of development. I too know that there are lots of bottlenecks but we have to overcome all these and keep marching. I am hopeful that under the leadership of our Chief Minister Nabam Tuki these remote places will see the light of development much earlier than the expected time."



Governor visits RKSM

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh along with State First Lady Anupama Singh visited Ramakrishna Sarada Mission (RKSM), Khonsa yesterday. On their first visit to the premier girl’s school in the State, the first couple was very impressed by the academic environment and the discipline. Visiting the hostels the first couple interacted with the children and Matajis.

The Governor said that Ramakrishna Sarada Mission (RKSM), Khonsa is not a school but an institution. It is a role model for all educational establishments of our country. Simplicity, cleanliness, and devotion to the deep rooted cultural values are evident everywhere, he said.

Terming the visit as inspirational, the Governor said the spirit of service and selflessness are abundantly visible amongst the reverend Matajis and teachers.

Addressing the children, the Governor advised them to be sincere, cheerful and work hard. Obey and respect your elders, think positive and aim high. The Governor added that successful lady will be only successful, if she is a good human being. Rise, shine, and be role models, he advised. The Governor assured to persuade the State Government for a good auditorium and a school bus. As token of love and care for the children, he announced a sum of Rs. 50,000 for purchase of books for RKSM library.

Speaker of State Assembly Wanglin Lowangdong, Parliamentary Secretary Yumsen Matey, Commissioner Home Ramesh Negi, Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Secretary Finance Swati Sharman, Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of Tirap and Longding accompanied the Governor and First lady during the visit.

Inspired by the visionary zeal of K.A.A. Raja, Chief Commissioner and later Lt. Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, State administration of Arunachal Pradesh approached the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission authorities to open an educational centre to disseminate knowledge and culture, to raise the status of the tribal women of Arunachal Pradesh and to improve their standard of living in the year 1972. The School was formally inaugurated on the 17th February 1973.

In March 1975, the school was shifted to its present permanent building the construction of which was made possible by a capital grant from the Central Government. It was declared open by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the 19th November 1976.

With an initial enrolment of 58 students in 1973, in three classes Preparatory, Class I & II, the school has now blossomed into a full-fledged residential school mainly catering to the all-round development of the tribal girl students of Arunachal Pradesh. The school is affiliated to CBSE, New Delhi and follows a 10+2 pattern of education.

The institution stands today on a sprawling campus of 30.58 acres campus nestled in the Patkai ranges of the Himalayas at a height of about 3500 ft. above sea level, overlooking the lush green fields and forest and the Khonsa Town. The campus accommodates in perfect alignment the hostel block with 7 hostels, which accommodates nearly 300 boarders, dining hall, auditorium, staff quarters and towering above all and standing like a sentinel is the Prayer Hall and a little away the school block adjacent to the orchard.

Governor lays foundation stone

In the day-long visit to Khonsa, the Governor also laid a foundation stone for integrated rainwater harvesting system of 1,50,000 liters capacity near Khonsa Police State.

Highlighting on the Project Tirap Deputy Commissioner Sachin Shinde armed with detail rainfall reports of last four years said that during rainy season large amount of water is washed away and during off season there is huge scarcity of water. To address the challenge, the project has been taken up by the district administration. Khonsa has highest amount of rainfall on 1003.20 mm in the month of July whereas it has 7.20 mm in the month of December on an average.  

Shinde further informed that the project will be implemented by District Rural Development Agency and is funded under District innovation fund. PRO to Raj Bhavan



Villagers  accuse PGCI of keeping public in dark


TEZU, Dec 13:  The Telluliang Village Welfare Society has accused the Power Grid Corporation of India of forcefully occupying their land under the guise of Reserve Forest, and have alleged that the landowners are not being entitled for any land compensation on that ground.

In a letter to the district administration, the villagers further  alleged that the company has unlawfully erected their concrete pillar post in the agricultural field causing loss of property and crops.

As per the government Notification No. FOR. 80/77 dated 10/08/1978, 100 hectares was excluded for the Telluliang village from the purview and ambit of the Udiomajam Reserve Forest (RF), said the letter.

Also Telluliang was officially declared a village in the year 2002 and inaugurated by Mukut Mithi, former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, it added.

“The construction are being undertaken without the prior consent or permission of the landowners causing impingement of the right of the landowners,” said the society.

The villagers have accused the Power Grid Corporation of keeping the public in dark in connivance with the district administration and forest department convening meetings without any prior distribution of any circular in this respect.   Instead, the villagers alleged that the meeting regarding land acquisition was held at Nepali Basti, despite Teluliang being the affected village.

The villagers have now resolved that they will not allow the Power Grid Corporation to carry out any activities in the village and that they will not part away even an inch of their land without fair compensation.

Telluliang is the oldest village in Tezu Town that has the unique characteristic of being the only village in entire district where three sub-tribes of Mishmi viz. Idu, Taraon and Kaman including Adi tribe has been coexisting and living peacefully for generations.



APLS celebrates foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The 6th Foundation Day of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) was celebrated at Conference Hall of Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here today.

Addressing the participants on the occasion, Ramesh Negi, Development Commissioner, Finance, Planning etc,   said that the State Government should take appropriate steps to establish Arunachal Pradesh Literary Akademi to boost the literature of the state. He, however, lauded the role of APLS for augmenting the literary activities in the State. Negi also suggested writers and young litterateurs to widen their thinking process beyond the boundary. The frame of the thinking process should not be limited within the State, he said.

Earlier, the annual day celebration began with the hoisting of Society’s flag by its president Y D Thongchi. In his address Thongchi appealed one and all to support the activities of the Society while APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin briefed the year long activities of APLS and invited all to participate in every second Sunday literary sessions.

Rinchin Dorjee, Former Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission and Dr. Tejum Padu, Joint Director, Higher & Technical Education, Dr. Tage Tada, Vice-President, APLS and S. Kri, Assistant General Secretary of APLS also spoke on the occasion.

The annual multilingual literary mouth piece of APLS, ‘Prayas’, was released and the winners of the English poetry recitation competition for school children held on December 9 were awarded with certificates and prizes to mark the occasion.

Noted young Hindi poet of the state, Jamuna Bini and actress of Nyishi film ‘Oyaa’, Jotom Borang were also felicitated by the dignitaries for their tremendous contribution in the field of poetry writing and film.

During the second sitting, RGU assistant professor Dr Doyir Ete delivered gave a lecture on  the topic -‘Indian English Fiction.”

Third session was designed as Multi-lingual Poet’s Meet entitled ‘Rainbow Recitation’. Large number of litterateurs including famous lyricist and poet Bodong Yirang were  present on the occasion.

The day long celebration came to an end with the screening of National Award winning Nyishi Film ‘Oyaa’ by Pill Topu.        



Piyong circle Inter-school Spelling Bee Competition cum bicycle distribution ceremony

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: An inter-school Spelling Bee Competition was organized jointly by Headmaster CK Longchot, Govt. Sec. School Ningroo (Piyong), CS Mantaw, J/T and his family members in memory of late Chow Suto Mantaw among the students from different schools under Piyong administrative circle at Govt. Secondary School Ningroo yesterday

Piyong Circle Officer Namrata Bhatt inaugurated the programme by lighting candles before the portrait of late Mantaw.

CS Mantaw, son of Late Chow Suto Mantaw briefed about the Spelling Bee Competition and its importance in this competitive youth age. This Spelling Bee concept was originated in America to improve the vocabulary of school students.

 Twelve new bicycles were also distributed to the poor and needy students, who use to come from far-flung villages for attending schools, on the occasion.

The bicycles were distributed by the widow of Late Chow Suto Mantaw.

Various government officials, teachers, panchayat members, public leaders and villagers witnessed the programme.




A journey of value, revelation and history -I

Tobom Bam

After 20 years of service as Horticulture Development officer (HDO), I was promoted to SDO/SDHO on 24th Sept 2012. On 22nd October 2012 early morning I set for Aalo DHO Office from HDO Office Basar which is 700 meter above sea level (asl). I looked towards North i.e the beautiful valley of Bam village. I imagined for a while. This was the place where people from Basar town and nearby villages confluenced in the only cinema hall of the subdivision in early 1960s. My eyes glanced at Bam check post (Richi) where I demonstrated Banana and pineapple garden under ATMA program to farmers. Bam checkpost is the junction of Aalo-Daporijo-Silapathar Road. Just about 200m above the junction near Daporijo Road, there is a GREF camp where 2 detachments of 144TF and 756TF are established. A newly established IIDC (Integrated Industrial Development Centre) under Department of Industries Govt of AP is also located. Bam GREF Camp is at about 800msl. About 1km north of this GREF camp is the historic peak of DEGO PUTU which is 1400 msl.  In 1890’s one Britisher conducted survey to this peak. One of my grandfathers, late Menyi Bam led the British explorer to this peak.

This story was often narrated by my father (Marto Bam) in presence of all family members many years ago. My father told that something was written on a piece of paper; it was inserted in a bottle and kept inside soil by digging.

Then I started moving by my Santro. I crossed Bam Checkpost within 15 minute. After 5 minutes I reached Ramam Geko (Pass) where there are 2 roads. Left Road goes to Nyorak-Rime-Nikte-Bene-Kamba- Mechuka. Right Road goes to Doke- Angu-Bagra-Doji-Aalo etc. A few villages and beautiful snow-clad peaks and ranges of Mechuka and probably McMohan line are visible and worth seeing from this pass. I took Aalo route.

After 45 minutes, I reached Agra circle. This is the horticulture zone of West Siang. There are nearly 25 Fruit Sale Counters on both sides of road. Pineapple, Banana, Orange and Tubers are the main crops in the counters. Another 25 minutes, Nigmoi Fruit Processing Plant at Doji village is reached. After 15 minute Aalo view is reached and then Sports Complex. Another few minutes’ drive, Darka village and then the famous RK Mission School is reached. Some of my friends at Basar Hr Sec School were from RK Mission. True to its ideal and reputation this institution has given bureaucrats, technocrats, businessmen and public leaders. In recognition of its yeoman service to AP, I visited Belur Math in 2000 when I was pursuing M.Sc (Flori & Landscaping) in BCKV, W.B. after 8 yrs of service as HDO. As a mark of reverence, and personally being vibrate I had invoked slokas in social and official gathering on several occasions. In one such event, at Directorate of Agriculture in 2008 (Organic Certification Training), late J.Padu Jt

Dir(Ag) appreciated me as he was a product of RKM Aalo.

I halted at Aalo for a night. I started at 6 am for Yingkiong on 24.10.12 by boarding a Tata Sumo. After an hour’s journey, I reached Sangam Bridge. Here the Yomgo River being gentle and deep blue slowly mingles to Siang River just 200m ahead. This Sangam area is bounded by 3 villages- Keba, Komsing and Yeksi. In my opinion, this can be developed into a tourist spot. Above the confluence of 2 mighty rivers are orange gardens of so many people of which Taloko Darrang’s garden is most prominent. Just few minutes drive, I peeped to see Komsing Suspension Bridge that I had crossed in 1998(Pangin tenure) to visit Komsing village. Here is the proof of the valour of Adi tribe who fought the might of British Empire in 1911. After sometime, I reached Boleng and then again Dime-Dite. Here is the famous Siang Bridge of undivided Siang. When I was in Class VIII, I, as a captain, guided the classmates in a tour program here. Here the road bifurcates into 2 ways; one goes on the left bank of the Siang River to Jenging-Karko-Moing-Tuting etc. Another road goes through the bridge. Here again one road goes towards Geku-Yingkiong etc. of Upper Siang and second road goes towards Riew circle of East Siang at exact opposite direction. I propose signboards at such crucial points to GREF and APPWD in their respective jurisdictions for convenience of travelers.

After an hour’s journey, I reached Geku, East Siang. It is a beautiful valley with much scope for growth. Scenic beauty, gentle slopes, flat lands, evergreen forests all around, majestic Siang and left bank places is its major features. NV School, proposed model college, KVK centre, EAC office, High School etc and new settlements are in the heart of the town. All weather road connectivity is its scoring point over other interior places. After half an hour journey, I asked one fellow passenger. “Where is former chief minister G.Apang’s village”. She pointed towards left bank and showed Karko village. Immediately I saluted 3 times from  my heart. One salute for his being  CM for nearly quarter of a century from my class v till I wrote an application to him for assigning me a Joint Director ( Urban Beautification/Horticulture) post in 2006 on strength of my 15 yrs as HDO and being 1st PG in Floriculture & Landscaping in NE India. Now by Grace, I am 1st M.Phil(Pomology)2008-10 in India because the course is new. Second Salute to his mother on whose womb such a great man was nourished. Third and the greatest SALUTE to his father whose seed became such a famous gigantic tree. Karko village is known to me not only for G.Apang. From Major RK Hranga’s (APO) memoirs, I came to know that a platoon of Assam Rifles camped here in 1944. Lastly after 5-hr journey I reached Yingkiong. On 25.10.12 morning, I gazed around the beautiful planned  Yingkiong town. I saw DC Office Complex where my DHO office is also situated. I joined in the morning session. Before going back, I wondered the pace of development that had taken place in Yingkiong as I vividly remembered a photo of Yingkiong of TK Bhattacherjee (Base Superintendent) with Gaonburahs in 1961.  (Tobom Bam is SDO/SDHO Mariyang and 1st Indian M.Phil(Pomology)


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Diabetes in India

According to a recent report of the International Diabetes Federation India has 6.13 crore people living with diabetes, second only to China. Nearly 60 per cent  of diabetics in India have never been screened or diagnosed due to lack of awareness. IDF shows that a staggering 62.6 per cent of the people in India are not even aware about the complications of the disease. By 2030, India's diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark as against 87 million earlier estimated. China has 90 million people suffering from diabetes in 2011 and is expected to touch the figure of about 130 million by the year 2030.

Such a high numbers of undiagnosed cases means people are putting their lives at risk from diabetes complications such as nerve disease, which can lead to ulceration and amputation of limbs. This spread of awareness will empower them to defeat diabetes through prevention and management, an expert feels.

Diabetes over a long term affects all organs of the body and is linked to heart attacks, stroke, some cancers and several infections, said Prof K Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India. He said despite all the good intent, India’s national programme on diabetes has not progressed and can claim only limited success to its credit, which is why there is a need to explore innovative models for tackling this disease.

However, it  is hoped that launch of ‘Uday’- a five year project under the Lilly NCD  Partnership to fight the rising burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in India, with an initial focus on improving outcomes for people with diabetes and High Blood Pressure (HBP) would  accelerate awareness  about  the life threatening disease.


An open letter to  PWD and Finance Minister

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily and in the most popular "Reader's forum column" I want to bring to the notice of the minister finance and the esteemed readers of the agony, frustrations and the miseries faced by the poor farmers of East Siang, Upper Siang and West Siang districts of our state.

That, in the whole state, the above mentioned three districts has inherited the dignity of life from their great forefathers by way of hard work indulging in Agriculture by toiling and moiling out their sweat to lead a life of abundance in food grains and other Horticulture products.

The farmers of these three districts produce so much of Food grains, Ginger and Mandarin (Orange) in huge quantity and quality and this way they have employed themselves, educated their children’s and lead a life with dignity since ages till date.

By the grace of almighty this also is a year of abundance and good harvest for Ginger, Vegetables and Orange products. All the Agriculture and Horticulture products are transported from the fields and brought down to Pasighat town for sale in the local market and outside buyers, the net value of the business which runs into crores every year. Inspite of the Cunning and Notorious middlemen eating the cream of the sweat and blood of the poor hardworking farmers, the farmers are satisfied with their fate and helplessness even when Department of Agriculture and Deptt of Horticulture with so many agencies/bodies in the likes of the non functional APMC and ATMA are in existent by wasting so much of Public money meaninglessly. The Farmers are in fact, made to believe that these departments and agencies are the instead, commission agents of the so called Cunning and Notorious Middlemen. Adding to the misery of the poor farmers this season despite good harvest of cash crops, there is no road to transport it to Pasighat market for selling the produce. The embankment of the bridge at Sideng River near Rottung village was completely washed away in this year’s monsoon season some six months back.

Due to which a load of two tonnes are only possible to be carried by a Pickup truck, whereas the hire charge for a two tonne load and Ten tonne load is almost the same, which are really making the Farmer's lose out so much. But the fact is that if PWD was sincere enough to think for the welfare of the people especially the poor farmers, with an investment amount of approximately just Rs. 1,00000/- (Rupees One Lac) only, the breached embankment could have been filled with Boulders and Sand Gravels so that heavy trucks could have passed the bridge. The insincerity of the PWD in restoring the Bridge with a small amount and the irony that it is not giving any Pecuniary earning and interests to any Engineer or any concerned person with rebuilding the bridge has deprived the Farmers to earn a good return for their hard work and forced them to carry one truck load of their harvest, five times by a Two tonne Pick Up truck and made them pay five times more unnecessarily in the process, depriving them to earn a little more profit. Herein, I draw the attention of the  Minister PWD and Finance to look into the matter, give a serious thought and do a good deed, at least once in your lifetime and sanction an amount of Rs.1,00000/- (Rupees One Lacs)only for bridging the breached gap on the Bridge in the general public interest. Even if there are no extra funds to repair the same, herein I suggest that just an austerity lifestyle self imposed for one single month by minister Finance can save one lakh of money to repair the bridge which will bring smiles to all the Farmer's suffering and who will really bless you from the core of their heart.

And to finish up the lines, I would really appreciate and say that, your once in a lifetime Good deed in re-bridging the embankment of the Bridge on river Sideng could have made us, the Poor Farmers' earn one rupee more on a kilo of Ginger and on a single Piece of Orange, as we don't have the mantra or the magic wand to become rich overnight without any known source of income like some sections of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. And we are awaiting your blessings as obediently as we can and with prayers to initiate action as early as anything can get, just in the hope to earn 1/- (One Rupee) more.


Vijay Taram

Tebo Village, Pasighat



Wrong People in Right Place?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column I would like to share a few words in regards to Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC). It is known from a reliable source that after conducting the Viva voice examination of APPSC 2012, a candidate who has not opted for the post of CDPO was awarded as a CDPO. But later on another candidate came to know the fact, and filed a case in the Honorable high court of Gauhati, Naharlagun bench. After the interference of court the candidate was appointed as CDPO, the first candidate has only opted for those APPSC entry grade. It is well known rule that a candidate who does not qualify for his/her own choice of post is automatically out of the race. Now my question is how come the APPSC had awarded the post of CDPO to a candidate who hasn’t opted for it? They had been recruiting for several years and how come such irresponsible results come up? Are they really fit to be member of APPSC? This blunder works of APPSC levels down their own motto, “Talent search is our Motto”. If you happen to make any enquiry, a blonde long hair an APPSC male member would greet you with his favorite sentence, go to the court, the court is there for you. This type of harsh and arrogant statement does not fit the motto of APPSC. It is my sincere request to APPSC members not to be harsh or arrogant because we the young people could easily get influence you seniors. We are not the one to teach manners but we expect teaching manners from well experience elders like you all. Regarding the appointment of CDPO the second candidate deserves it. The blunder work of APPSC had made me confused that which is right, wrong people in the right place or right people on the wrong place.


Anand Jerang,




“Who will bell the Cat?”

Dear Editor,

In this land where guns are mightier than the pen and entrusted SIT chiefs enact disappearing acts, let us watch with abated breath, who bells the cat? In a land ruled by morons, one can't expect much from courts and charge sheets filed. News items that carry headings like PDS have become mundane topics as people like me have accustomed ourselves to predict the likely outcome. Every remote chance of an interesting outcome is marred by unpleasant events where bold and outspoken scribes either get shot or are manhandled. The case has been dragged long enough and I am certain the remaining voices have been muffled either with multicolored minted bank notes or with metallic barrels.


Bengia Abo


Lower Subansiri