December 27


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: 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


DA cautions against unauthorized use of nameplates and stickers

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In an important move, the district administration today cautioned against the unauthorized use of name plates and stickers of various institutions such as ‘Press’, ‘Police’ and ‘Government of Arunachal Pradesh’. In a release DC Capital said that many anti-social elements are illegally using the name plates and stickers to do illegal activities and seek protection under such names. DC informed that a special drive would be carried out by district administration very shortly with the help of executive magistrate and police force to identify those people. DC also requested the general public to cooperate with the administration during the checking drive.


Ban illegal activities: Association

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: All Puyu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (APPYWA) in a letter to EAC cum CO, Mengio Silsango urged him to issue strict administrative order to stop illegal activities like hunting, fishing, timber cutting, selling of foreign liquor under Puyu panchayat. The Association said such order is necessitated in order to maintain ecology and better future.   


Coordination meeting of AIRGVMI

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: A coordination meeting of the All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International, Arunachal Pradesh state unit was held here on Dec 24 last.

The members present in the meeting including Nishlesh MR, chairman, NRI relation council and All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International and Mongol Yomso, National Youth president of AIRGVMI put emphasis on infrastructure development such as road tunnel, railways besides development in health and education sectors. The members felt that BOT model would be suitable for foreign investment with Indian companies. It also stressed on formation of multi-state cooperative Society for proper marketing of domestic products and facilitate export/import.

After threadbare discussion the meeting decided to urge the state Govt for a nodal centre of Agency for foreign investment, and appointment of one nodal officer   to coordinate with  difference Govt departments in Delhi and also stressed on single window clearance for project.

Haryom Bam, vice president (HQ) in his addressed asked the state Govt to consider the points discussed in the meeting.


Warm clothes distributed

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In its noble initiative for the cause of school children from economically backward section and aged people, Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS), a Kimin- based NGO distributed warm clothe free of cost at a function  held at Lora-I Catholic Church under Kimin circle during the Christmas day. Around 27 school going children and aged people were benefitted from the free distribution programme.


Society demands action

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In its representation to the commissioner home, Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) Itanagar today demanded for suspension of SP Daporijo and other members alleging their involvement in unfair means during the APP/IRBN constable recruitment drive. TWS claimed that as per report of the one-man enquiry committee headed by an IAS officer and  constituted by the chief minister to ascertain the truth the entire recruitment procedure was error.  The Society also demanded for exemplary punishment for accused whoever involved in unfairness means and early conduct of fresh interview.


Data dissemination workshop on House listing and Housing Data

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The house listing data of Census of India 2011 have been released which includes information on houses, household amenities and assets possessed by the households. It is important to sensitize the people on the demographic, socio-cultural and economic condition of the households of this state and make them aware on the availability and use of latest 2011 census data. In this regard, a one day Data Census Information Training/ Data Dissemination Workshop on House listing and Housing Data, Census of India-2011 will be held Banquet Hall here on December 27 and 28.


Bachelor barracks gutted in fire

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: At least four government bachelor barracks of PWD were gutted down on Christmas occasion at Poma PWD Camp under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare on Dec 25.  It said that fire broke out in the afternoon due to electric short circuit, when dwellers were busy in Christmas celebration.  Meanwhile All Papum Poma Students Union and All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union Upper Balijan Block Unit demanded for immediate relief for fire accident victims. Organizations claimed that all belongings all of dwellers completely burnt down to ashes.


Students demand early solution to Chakma refugee problem

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union (ATKSSU), All Changlang District Students Union and Tirap, Changlang, Longding and Lohit Students Union (TCLSU), in a joint press release demanded the State Govt. to find an early solution to Chakma refugee issue.

Condemning the recantation of Chakma people upon the indigenous Singpho people of Arunachal Pradesh, the TCLSU questioned as to why the state govt. did not deploy additional forces in M’pen, Miao of Changlang district.

Alleging complete failure on the administration in evacuating the conflicted land, the union also alleged carelessness attitude by the state govt. towards people of Lohit, Tirap, Changlang and Longding.

The ATKSSU and All Changlang District Students Union strongly condemned the administration for failing to give “rightful Rights” to the indigenous tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.


Christmas Premier League Football Tourney

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Tam Takam SC beat All ESS FC 1-0 in Christmas Premier League Football Tournament at IG Park today but exited the tournament following defeat in preliminary rounds.

Lingdum Tani scored the lone goal of the match.

In other matches of the day, Barapani FC beat Friendship FC 2-1 and Ngurang FC defeated Nyoph Nia FC 4-2.

The first quarterfinal match would be played between Paney Brothers FC and Vivek Vihar FC at 8 pm. The second quarterfinal between GPFC and TTFC would be held at 9.30pm while the third quarterfinal between Friendship FC and Chimpu FC would be played at 12 noon. Ngurang FC would play against East Kameng FC in the fourth quarterfinal at 1.30 pm.


Nobin completes hat-trick of titles

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Senior Karate player of Arunachal Pradesh P Nobin Jomoh completed hat-trick of titles when he won the Senior Men’s Individual Kumite title in the ‘Battle of Warriors’All Indian Karate Championship 2012 in Jaipur Rajasthan.

After his win in the 7th NSKF National Karate Championship earlier in the month followed by International Karate Championship in New Delhi on December 22, Nobin won his third individual Karate title in ‘Battle of Warriors’All Indian Karate Championship 2012 organised by Shito Ryu Seiko Kai Karate Do India and International Martial Art Federation of India in Jaipur, Rajasthan on December 24 and 25.

His outstanding of performance can be gauged from the margin of victory. He defeated his opponents from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh 8-0, 7-0 and 8-0 in the first, second and third rounds before he outclassed his opponent from Punjab 8-0 in the final.

Meanwhile, Nobin credited his performance to his coaches and instructor Sensei Deben Sharma, Likha Tara and Away Dolo. He also expressed gratitude to Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited (APFCL) Vice Chairman Jabring Venia for sponsoring him.





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

Christmas celebrated with great fervor

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Along with rest of the world, Christmas was celebrated with great fervor and gaiety in Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki participated in the celebration by attending the mass prayer at Christian Revival Church at ESS Sector here and later attended the ceremony at Naharlagun Catholic Church, Pappu Nalah with Bishop and other dignitaries yesterday.

In his festival message to the gathering, the chief minister greeted all Merry Christmas and asked them to spread the message of world peace, harmony and love preached by the great Lord. He also advocated for fostering the feeling of brotherhood among all communities irrespective of colour, creed, language and religion.

“All are one and are sons and daughters of the God,” he emphatically said while appealing the people to be as one family for the betterment of the society, country and the world.

The programme was also attended by Arunachal Christian Forum General Secretary Toko Teki and Rev. Dr. Takkeng Taggu.  

The Chief Minister later inspected the under construction building of the 500 bedded state hospital at Naharlagun. He was accompanied by the Health & Family Welfare Director K Nishing who explained the chief minister about the dream project which is gradually realized.

The CM asked the concern agency to complete the project well in time by maintaining utmost quality. He directed the health and Family welfare department to constantly monitor the work so as to ensure its expeditious implementation.

Later in the evening, the Chief Minister hosted a dinner for members of all denominations of churches at state banquet hall to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Members of the churches from across the state capital complex presented choirs and cultural programmes to mark the occasion. Mukut Mithi, Rajya Sabha member, attended the Christmas celebration as chief guest. Christian Revival Church (CRC) Naharlagun, the central church of APCRCC (Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council) celebrated Christmas with three days programme by organizing literary, sports, choreographies, artistic, prayers, worship and biblical discourse, merry-making and feasting.

Rev. Todak Riba, CEC member of APCRCC, who was the speaker of the occasion, dwelt in length the theme verse Luke 2:10. He said that Christmas should be an occasion to seek and find new and perfect ways of life in Christ Jesus.

Earlier, APCRCC vice-president and Deputy Registrar of RGU Dr. David Pertin said that Christ became poor to make the people rich both materially and spiritually. Christmas should be an occasion to allow Christ to take birth in our life, church and society.

Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Likha Epo said that Christmas should be observed from within and should not be made a showy affair only. He stressed that, Christ the Prince of peace should be invited in our families for restoration and peace.

Message-filled skits and dances with modern moves and elegance by women, youth and Sunday school departments of the church were the main attractions of the celebrations.

Chief Patron of the celebration Toku Nigla, service chairman Sudhir Kena and Organising Secretary Hillang Taro also spoke. The celebration was witnessed among others by APCRCWW president Assu Taba, Deputy Director of ATI Tenzin Lodo, Sr. Medical officers of Arunachal State Hospital Dr. Mope Riba and Dr. Habung Tagia, AE NIT Er. Tana Chiyi, AP Apex Bank Manager Vigilance Dari Tamin, AP Rural Bank BM Aben Dupak and many other officers, public leaders and score of young and old believers.

Christian Revival Church, Baririjo celebrated Christmas with a two day programme on from December 24.

Pastor Madde Kangu, CPC Kamru led the celebration as Chairman and Evangelist Karmik Riba, Indigenous Missionary of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Area-V Mission Field Murimugli as speaker.

Longa Kena, Executive Engineer, RWD Aalo, Gumki Haider, Anchal Chairperson Baririjo also attended the celebration.

Believers from Baririjo, Kulo, Yoka and Haider villages, panchayat leaders, GBs and well wishers joined the celebration.

Wakro celebrated Christmas by organizing a Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES) for 42 girls of the KGBV, Wakro.

Attending the celebration, Dr Syeda Hameed, Member Planning Commission, extended her Christmas greeting to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and hoped the “spirit of Xmas would heal our increasingly brutalized world.”  

The plan panel member always took out time and reached out to the people of Arunachal, especially in rural Wakro on important occasions and celebrations.

Mosamlu Manyu of KGBV spoke on the life and teachings of Lord Jesus Christ.

Anugrah Jarpum Gamlin, CEO of the Eastern Sentinel lauded the services rendered by ASSET saying “Your work is priceless. I convey my unconditional support for any beautiful work of welfare and service. Promote good work and discourage fraud.

Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency Vice Chairman Yura Tagung while attending Christmas celebration at Revival Church, Pichola suggested the people to maintain peace and brotherhood among them. He exhorted the people to emulate Jesus Christ and follow his teachings to live a peaceful life.

He promised to offer all possible help from his side in future to the people of the area.

 Christmas was celebrated at Pasighat with joy, togetherness exchanging gifts and greetings, redemption, rejoicing, feasting and singing that marked the day.  Stores stocking Xmas merchandise were inundated with shoppers as sumptuous feast formed an important part of the celebrations everywhere.

Long queues were seen in front of bakeries selling designer cakes and the city was decked up for the occasion as buildings and street-corners were illuminated and decorated with Christmas trees, banners and festoons. All churches, missionary schools and institutions were decorated with colourful lights. Special prayers were offered for peaceful and happy new year ahead with full of health, blessing and prosperity.

Amidst the joyous celebration, most of the Pasighatians working in different parts of the country are in town to spend time with their families and from outside, tourists had their time out in Pasighat thronging the church sites in and around the town by braving the chill weather.

Education minister Bosiram Siram, Union minister (Minority affairs) Ninong Ering and DC RK Mishra greeted the people on the auspicious occasion hoping the festival would strengthen values of brotherhood, tolerance and caring among people. They urged to uphold the ideals of universal love and brotherhood, in their messages.

Christmas was celebrated jointly by CRC Param, CRC Yaipu and CRF Nirin at Gite Bage yesterday.

Evan. Zarli Gongo, Indigenous Missionary, CRC Dumporijo Mission Field, speaker of function shared the words of God.

General Secretary CRC, Dumporijo Tako Yudik and Tumkek Nalo attended the function.

In their inspirational and motivational speech, both Yudik and Nalo appealed Christian brethren to maintain unity, peace and harmony among all living creatures and  also appealed them to have faith in god.

The program was marked by Inter village volleyball competition and colourful dances.

The function was attended by Bro Dampe Gongo, Bro Salen Gongo, Praise and Worship Team, Volunteers, women from CRC Dumporijo, GBS of Pomte Bage, Gite Bage, Pojorijo, and delegates from various Churches like Param, Yaipu, Pomte Bage, Ara-Nalo, DereNalo, Nirin etc.

The East Kameng district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also celebrated Christmas and birthday of former prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with pomp and gaiety.

The celebrations were attended by all office bearers of the district BJP and members.



Miao situation remains tense but under control

Peace committee formed  

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The situation in violent hit Miao area remains tense though under control. On 23rd of this month, Chakma refugees burnt down the houses of indigenous Singpho residents after clash broke out over piece of land at M’Pen village located nearby Miao town. The Chakma hooligans also ransacked Miao town following day.

Yesterday morning Chitra Nallah field belonging to Singpho citizens was also allegedly burnt down by rampaging Chakma group. The uneasy calm which Miao town is witnessing because of peace meeting held yesterday at office of ADC, Miao. The meeting was attended among others by Deputy Commissioner Changlang, Superintendent of Police Changlang, senior leaders of Singpho and Chakma refugees. After prolonged discussion a peace committee was formed and it was decided that both Singpho and Chakma will reconstruct the house which was burnt down during clash. As part of that initiative today house of one Singpho was rebuilt at Khagam village jointly by Singpho and Chakma under supervision of district administration. When contacted Superintendent of Police Changlang, BK Singh informed that situation is normal and there is no report of any fresh violence. “The patrolling has been intensified and peace committee formed so that any misunderstanding can be solved amicably. Lot of rumour and false report is being spread. The fact is that no any fresh violence took place after 24th December,” said SP.



CM announces ex-gratia for road accident victims

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock over the tragic vehicle accident at Mengio on December 24 at around 1400 hrs which reportedly claimed two lives and left scores injured. Those critically injured have been evacuated to Naharlagun General Hospital and Rama Krishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, while one who has sustained grievous injury and the condition stated critical has been airlifted to Guwahati.

The chief minister personally visited the injured at Naharlgun General Hospital and extended his solidarity to the victims. While expressing his deep sense of sorrow over the premature demise of two people who were identified as Nabam Nikam, age 45 and Nabam Yakap, aged 13 years, Tuki announced Rs. 100000 ex-gratia as immediate relief to the kith and kins of the deceased.

He also announced Rs. 50,000 to those grievously injured and Rs.10000 each to those sustaining minor injuries.

Terming the incident as most unfortunate, Tuki extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members while praying for the eternal peace of the departed souls. He wished speedy recovery of the victims sustaining injuries in the fatal accident.



Press fraternity condemns attack  on mediapersons at Miao

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist strongly condemned the attack on media team by CRPF jawans at Upper Bazaar Miao, Changlang.

“What can we expect from others when people who are supposed to protect us starts attacking”, the organization duo lamented while pledging to take the issue at the highest forum.

The media team – Pranjal Bhuyan (DY365), Tom Simai (Independent Review & Terik Weekly), Pisi Zuing (The Miao Times) and Nong Yongkuk (Protidin & Jhonobhumi) were reportedly attacked by the jawans led by its Major LC Sharma and Captain Hoshiyar Singh when they were covering Chakma issue.

While reporting the scuffle between the CRPF jawans and the local youths, the CRPF jawans attacked the media team at Upper Bazaar Miao.  “The jawans manhandled Simai and broke his mobile phone, tried to snatch the camera of DY 365 besides hurling all sort of abuses, ” complained one of the journalists.   

“A group of angry youth complained to CRPF for their dereliction of duty and inability to prevent burning of houses. Outnumbered and humiliated, the CRPF jawans left the scene and came back with 50 of their colleague armed with sophisticated weapons, lathis and took out their frustration on us,” Simai informed.



ATDSU condemns lathi charge on monks, demands solution to burning issues

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The All Tawang  District Students' Union (ATDSU) has vehemently condemned the barbaric act of lathi charge on protesting monks in Tawang.

ATDSU, in a an emergency meeting attended by senior AAPSU  leaders of Tawang, Mon Students' Union of Rajiv Gandhi University, Mon Students Association, Guwahati, Mon Students' Association of Shillong discussed various burning issues of Tawang and pending cases like Kangteng murder case and minor girl rape case etc.

The meeting after a threadbare discussion unanimously resolved to demand the District Administration to solve the rape and murder cases by January 2013.

The meeting further resolved to demand the District Administration/authority concerned to seek explanation regarding the pending cases and the brutal act within two weeks failing which the union threatened to launch democratic movement. Meanwhile, the meeting demanded the District Administration, Ministers, MLAs and authority concerned to conduct a mass meeting at Tawang on the burning issues issue and hydro power project within January, 2013.

The senior students and ATDSU appealed to all the people to maintain peace and harmony in the district.


Normalcy returns at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The situation has returned to normal in picturesque Tawang town which had witnessed violent clash between police and monks during protest against mega dam. According to the report today shops were open and there was business as usual. Seeing the improved situation, the district administration has lifted 144 CrPC which was imposed few days ago after violence rocked the hill town.



Language to communicate, not discriminate

Language cocktail rules young Indian minds

NAMPONG, Dec 26: A cocktail of languages ruled the minds of 350 young Indian, assembled here for the National Youth Project-organized National Integration Youth Leadership training camp.

Language is for effective communication, said NYP director Dr S N Subba Rao adding, “Respect each other’s language to end all language conflicts. Language has been the bone of contention in splitting powerful nations like USSR into pieces. Such mutual respect would help remain integrated and united.”

His message evoked strong demand for learning different languages by the campers other than their mother tongue. Divided into groups under a teacher, the youths were taught Nepali, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Konkani, Tamil, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Hindi.

“Moi tumak bhal pau (Assamese), Maile timi lai maya garchhu (Nepali), Ami tumakey bhalo bashi (Bengali), me tumchavar khupa prema karato (Marathi), Mey tenu pyar kardan (Punjabi), Nyan nine snehi kuno (Malayalam), Aao tujher mog karta (Konkani), Ham todakey pyar karila (Bhojpuri), Mun tumaku bhala paye (Oriya), Mein tujhey pyar karta hun (Hindi), Naam unnai kathalikiran-masculine & Naanum unnai kathalikiran-feminine (Tamil),” – ‘I love you’ reverberated the venue immediately after the  language class.

Ma’aa, the first utterance of a newborn, is the identity of a human being not language, said Narendra Bhai, adding language is to communicate not to discriminate. He said that India has 1565 mother tongues but 18 languages spoken by majority of the total 121 crore population are recognized by the Constitution of India.

‘M(aa)’ is the core of all religions with the Hindus uttering ‘Om’ and the Christians and Muslims ‘Amin’ for their respective gods, NYP vice president Pradeep Kumar said to define the magic of language to communicate religion. He said religion or ‘Dharma’ in Hindi is derived from Sanskrit’s Dhru dhatu.

Pointing out that if Dharma means “what one’s soul posses and cannot be separated”, he questioned –Should we fight over religion forgetting that we all are human being?

“Nooo” – a thundering univocal voice responded emphatically.

“Jodo jodo Bharat jodo” slogans rent the air as the campers in the afternoon took out a rally covering the main thoroughfare of the small township to covey Arunachalees, engrossed in celebrating Christmas, that “You are no different than us”.



High profile team returns without visiting the affected pocket

Singpho community living in fear


M’Pen/MIAO, Dec 26: On the Christmas Eve when the children across the globe was waiting for Santa Claus, the children of Singpho community were witnessing the burning of their houses by the Chakma Refugees at M’Pen, Lewang, Khagan Singpho, Phup and Pisi villages. They also witnessed the brutal assault on their parents by the Chakma mobs that were armed to teeth with sophisticated weapons. Chakma mobs stole all the livestock’s, along with all the valuable ornaments and money before turning the Singpho house’s into ashes. If it was not enough, the Chakma mobs also shredded the only sustenance source that connects these sensitive villages with Miao town by taking away all the boats that were used to ferry the commuters and vehicles.  

Despite the sensitivity of the situation that surfaced due to the temerity of Chakma Hajong refugees, the high profile team consisting of Parliamentary Secretary Home Gadam Ete, Inspector General of Police, Coal and Mining Minister Kamlung Mossang, DC Chanchal Yadav, SP BK Singh and hordes of other official that crossed the river upon a truck returned without touring the entire affected area on Dec 25.

The high profile team only visited the nearest village – Lewang, while they skipped the other affected villages – Khagam Singpho where the victims were waiting to interact with them at the Buddha Vihara. The team also didn’t interact with the victims that were taking refuge at Phup Middle School. When the media team arrived at Khagam Singpho that borders with Chakma village – Moitri -1,  the villagers were horrified knowing about the high profile team leaving without meeting them as all the affected people were waiting to give the team the first hand information about the volatile situation.

Meanwhile, reflecting the laxity of the security personnel deployed to protect the village, Walula Singpho whose shop and house were burned said that despite her repeated call to the security personnel who were at the village didn’t stop the Chakma mobs from burning the house stating that they are yet to receive any instruction from local administration.

DC Chanchal Yadav ordered a unit of CRPF to be deployed at Lewang ME School where the villager has taken refuge. She also ordered to start a kitchen for the victims.

Yadav also asked the Lewang GB not to pursue any revenge attempt but to solve the situation amicably and assured them to take action against the culprits.

We are scared said Phup Ongla GB Khagam village while interacting with media because the three days has gone by but the administration is yet to come to our village.

Kumsentang Singpho, Inato Singpho, Ina Anand, Legen Gum Singpho, Gujula Singpho, Walalu Singpho, Miyangtang Singpho, KG Singpho etc are the people whose house and gardens has been burned down by Chakma mobs at Phup, Khagam Singpho and Lewang.

Reportedly, the Chakma refugees that attacked these villages including M’pen has been reported of carrying sophisticated weapons like AK 47, pistols along with country made pistols, machetes etc. They are believed to be the member of United People Democratic Front. Inclusively, eyewitnesses has divulged that Chakma’s employed with various armed forces were also involved in the brutal attack that has rendered hundreds homeless.

The Chakma mobs belonged from illegal settlement areas like Dharmapur 12&3,  Bijoypur 12&3, M’pen etc.    

Meanwhile, Singpho Development Society President, besides condemning the state government for failing to solve the issue, blamed the local administration for the on-going scuffle between the indigenous community and the Chakma refugees.



Dabii steps in Sipu village, inaugurates community hall

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 26: Nari-Koyu MLA and former minister Tako Dabii on Tuesday stepped in Sipu village, the remotest village of his constituency and inaugurated a Baptist Church and a community hall, which were constructed with his MLALAD fund granted during the fiscal year 2009-10. The fund released for each building was Rs. 5 lakh. He also extended Christmas greeting to the villagers.

Dabii was accompanied by a host of dignitaries including Nari ADC Tasso Mibang, ZPC Y Dabii, BCCI President Takir Kakki during his visit.

Addressing the villagers at newly constructed Sipu village community hall, Dabii urged the youths to be dedicated for development of their area and its surrounding. He advised the villagers to refrain from destruction of natural resources. Reiterating a lot of developmental activities in the village such as construction of micro-hydel, installation of drinking water pipelines and establishment of a primary school in Sipu village, Dabii assured of granting more fund in the days to come.

“I am working with dedication along with other leaders for the welfare of Nari-Koyu people and the state as well. The state government is putting all efforts for development of surface communication in rural areas besides creation of employment avenues”, Dabii said amid thunderous applause.

The villagers led by head Gaon Burah Tamir Karba and Gram chairperson Takom Karba submitted a four-point memorandum to the  MLA urging development of Tene-Sipu hilly road, early connection of power line under RGGVY, construction of bridge and culvert along the main entry road and early construction of Sipu Basar link road.

Sipu village is located at about 35 kilometer west from Ruksin amid hilly terrain with lush green vegetation. Its natural bounties as the numerous perennial streams flowing down from northern hills provide a perfect setting for echo tourism hotspot.

DIPRO adds: The MLA also inspected the Tene-Sido-Sipu road and bridges and assured to take bigger step to connecting Sipu with Basar in days to come which already been surveyed by NEC.

Earlier, the ADC Mibang appreciating the villagers said Sipu was one of the most peaceful villages of the district. Efforts are still being made to educate the population about health and hygiene and further assured to extend full cooperation from the administration. Among others, the HGB Tamir Karda also spoke.



Bhagawat Guru Parba concludes with positive note

Prafulla Kaman

ROMANANDA KHETRA (GADUM), Dec 26: ‘Sri Sri Romananda Bhagawat Sangha’, Mebo an active organized religious group of Hinduism in upper part of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has recently conducted its 66th Vijoy Guru Parba at Romananda Khetra, Gadum village in East Siang district.

The two-day programme ended successfully with a note of unity and integrity among the ethnic tribals of the region. The programme included flag hoisting, congregational Nam-Prasangha and discussion on the topics of Hinduism and Rajkriya (cultural) competitions.

Welcoming the guests on the concluding day progrmme, Romananda Bhagawat Sangha (RBS) coordinator Abyram Payeng explained the significance of Vijoy Guru Parba celebration on account of the advent of their “Guru Romananda”. He asserted that God initially created the human being and devils and later sent the Gurus for atonement of their sins and evil deeds through spreading spiritual knowledge. According to him, Romananda was one of the religious Gurus, who bestowed spiritual knowledge among the tribal communities of Northeastern region.

Speaking the occasion, former Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee Vice president and former Arunachal minister Lombo Tayeng exhorted the Bhagawat Sangha activists to work for peace and tranquility among the societies. Stating that peace  is the main key to development, Tayeng exhorted the devotees to follow the virtues of Romananda and guide their growing children in the religious way.

Tayeng suggested the Sangha leaders to register their society under the competent authority and avail the opportunities provided by the state government. He donated some amounts to the sangha for smooth conduct of their organizational activities and also assured every possible help and cooperation to the sangha.

Addressing the concluding day of the meet, the organizing secretary of Arunachal unit of Bishwa Hindu Parishad Promut Joshi discussed on various topics of Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mohabharata’ with respect to moral behavior and kindness. He is optimistic that Romananda Sangha activities would strengthen the Adi- Mishing relationship in Arunachal. He feels necessity of English version of the Hindu epics for wide publicity among the people.

Tonia Langkam, the chairman of ‘Future Vision (NGO)’ laid stressed on dedicative service of the sangha leaders, while Paniram Pangging appealed the sangha members to maintain unity and discipline in their conducts.

Rajkriya (cultural) presentation by young troops from Borguly, Gadum and Mer villages showcasing their religious faiths were special highlight of the concluding progrmme.



Awareness campaign on workers’ welfare schemes

Koj Kano

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Continuing its efforts to make people aware of the benefits being delivered by it, the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has conducted awareness campaign at Nacho under the Upper Subansiri district recently.

Tage Tupe, Registering Officer APB & OCWWB Upper Subansiri Distt, informed about various welfare schemes being implemented under APBOCWWB like medical benefit, old age pension, education benefit, housing loan, maternity benefit, death benefit, disability pension, tools and advance marriage assistance to two children of registered workers and encouraged workers to register under APB&OCWWB to avail the benefits.

More than 700 workers from various departments, including Border Road Organization of Nacho and Lemiking circle attended the programme.

Tabi Marde, President and Taje Digbak, General Secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union Upper Subansiri unit also attended and spoke on the occasion.

Jumni Ligu, District Labour Officer of Upper Subansiri attended campaign as resource person.

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AAPSU need to mend ways

Dear Editor,

This column is regarding ongoing activities for AAPSU election 2012. There are reports of gun firing and violent incident at DN College over AAPSU election. I wonder why they (AAPSU candidates) still want to be student leader when they have so much of money, man power, arms and ammunition with them? If they are already well established, why don't they start their own business??Why bother student union??

AAPSU is supposed to be for students but not for EX- students. Student body like AAPSU are the backbone for student, they are supposed to inspire and ignite the bright student and help them in pertaining better educational qualification. But it seems present candidates are more integrated and focused on political affairs. MP's and MLA's are already there to look after politics and play politics. So now if student body will also be involved in politics, then who will look after the problems of students??

We don't see such violent incidents even in general elections, but here we are experiencing terror on student body election. Their (candidates) actions does not signify of a bright student leader, rather it’s like a politician from "BIHAR"'.

Can't you sense how citizens are affected from it? Can’t you see what the future generation students perceive from such incidents? And I really can’t sense any social objective behind such violent act. Now, what done is done but there is still time to overcome it. Apex body like AAPSU are our (students) source of inspiration as during difficulties they are the only one to be rely upon. But creating such circumstances fades the faith and trust.

So, it’s a sincere request to perceive my objective in positive manner. "EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING"



Soni Waii Sonam





Arunachal- a land for industry of unions and associations

Dear Editor,

It will be not wrong to describe Arunachal Pradesh as "Industry of Unions & Associations". Here and there emerges a new associations and unions with multiple banners. Steeply entering into the point, I would like to point towards our Apex student body AAPSU and its 24th conference cum general election.  Really we are fortunate/unfortunate enough to witness a general election of student union which took a month to conclude. Apart from students every section of society has faced hardship in the meantime process. Really it was annoying to witness 'money game' in student politics. Even nomination fee for president and General Secretary post is Rs.1 lakh and 50 thousand respectively beside minimum for assistant secretary post was Rs.20 thousand as per report published in newspaper. Everywhere right from highest post of president to lowest post of assistant was marked with huge money involvement.

I find in every social network sites, papers and day to day conversation that students are blamed of taking money for their votes. Pity for the poor students who are lobbied and compelled to take in order to sustain for little pocket expenses, to purchase books and material and other day to day needs. Generally most of the students studying within state are from poor background, parents are hardly able to afford even for admission fees. It would have been little better if instead of direct involvement of money good numbers of subject related books of reputed author and publication was distributed, though its bit difficult but not impossible if they leaders really meant for students. Thus, Student leaders are to be blamed for misguiding those poor students. Also state Govt. is to be blamed for untimely disbursement and non release of stipends and despite announcement of increase in stipend rate it is yet to be received by students.

Hundreds of para-military forces and police personals are deployed in Election venue. Dear so called student leaders, just remember because of your infightings, misconceptions and petty politics large number of defense personals are diverted.

As AAPSU is busy in long election process, state had faced several hardship and problems like rape, murder and physical assault of student community, the long pending Chakma refugee issue has arose again in Singpho areas and beside several other problems.  Further our state has been running under Rs. 200 crore deficits according to last budget. So, its earnest request to AAPSU team please doesn’t add more problems. We know your lots of money have been wasted. But fault was yours as you only involved student politics with money.






Wake up Education Department

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I on behalf of the people of Dibang Valley (Anini) would like to convey the message of disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the Government. The lone Gov’t Higher Secondary School Anini was closed down on 17th December after the ultimatum dated expired on 15th December. The ultimatum letter on the closure of school had been dispatched to all the responsible Gov’t agencies on 6th December. The non- response of the Gov’t lead to the closure of the school where future of many students is associated. Indeed, it is a shameful event for education department in particular and the government in general in the educational history of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is worth mentioning here that many times we been given assurances by many politicians in the past on the account of their picnic visit or campaigning agenda but never stick to their commitment. Recently a formal interaction took place at the Deputy Commissioner’s chamber which was attended by our local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Rajesh Tacho who is also holding the post of cabinet minister of urban development (UD) and Fisheries. He was clarifying to the house on the issue by saying ‘ many times I put this problem before my colleague education minister but he hardly respond me by saying ‘ Mere Pass Koi Jaddu ka Chhari Nahi Hai ‘. Hopefully the minister might not have magic stick to curtail down the ongoing crisis but can maintain the equality to his fellow brothers and sisters of the state. The need of hours is to uphold our poor younger generation who is the future of tomorrow but not blaming each other within their colleagues to smash the real issue. And if this tussle continues in near future then their capabilities must be questioned or should step down from respective portfolios.

Again, the system of transfer and posting itself is a big mess in every Gov’t department (including education). We have had very stringent regulations regarding transfer-posting norms but it’s been muddled by so called ‘POLITICIANS’ and ‘BUREAUCRATS’. Many times the newly appointed teacher subsequently come with transfer order usually recommended by so called ‘Mantriji’ or ‘Uppar Walla’ which is the worst trend at present in the state like ours. My dear well wishers, at the time of such crisis everyone should join the hand together and need to demand or pressurize the Gov’t to amend for ‘COMPULSORY’ stay (at least 3 yrs) once posted wherever. Particularly the place like Anini is been accredited with punishment posting place for the outsider. So, the local educated youth should be given chance to serve the poor people of the region. And I on behalf of the people of Dibang valley District would like to appeal the Chief Minister of the state to intervene on the present school teacher crisis as soon as possible. My apprehension is that the further negligence may hamper the future of our younger generation abruptly.


Eri Tayu

Public Leader, Anini




Time to take some action

Dear Editor,

Being a victim Singpho citizen, the decision taken by Chanchal Yadav the Deputy Commissioner of Changlang district to rebuild only one home of Singphos being burnt down by Chakma refugees is somewhat a partiality decision shown against the Singphos by government of Arunachal Pradesh. Lots of motorbikes, houses and car along with the household belonging have been burnt down by the Chakmas and who is going to compensate them.

Also the blackmailing type of decision to arrest the leaders of both the groups (ie Chakma and Singphos) if someone among both the warring groups does some wrong action is just like mother scolding her children as she cannot guarantee who is going to attack first because this is not a joke.

M’pen the name itself says it is a Singpho village because M’pen family still is living then how come the Chakma refugee claims the M’pen village as theirs when historically the area belongs to Singphos.

The Chakmas who have fled from Bangladesh during 1970’s due to building of Kaptai dam and other problem can how claim that M’pen belongs to them. And why the government of Arunachal Pradesh is giving protection to refugees instead of their own indigenous people. We have lost our faith in government. It is a high time Singphos should know to what to do to protect their own territory as our forefathers have done so.


J. Singpho

E-Sector, Itanagar

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