December 31


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: 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


Students advised to be sincere in study

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Attending the School Week celebration of Nyapin Higher Secondary School, Kurung Kumey on December 27, APYC president Tadar Niglar advised the students to study sincerely to be a good citizen.

Highlighting about Youth Congress activities and ideologies of the Congress party, the APYC president appealed the youths of age 18 to 35 years to support the party and educate themselves on active politics of state as well as the nation.

Again on December 25, Niglar attended the Christmas celebration of Revival Church at Sangram. He advised the members of Christian community to keep firm believe and faith on their religion and also he narrated the secularism ideology of INC.


Rijiju appointed election prabhari

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari has appointed former Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju as the central Election Prabhari on Dec 29  for the forthcoming Meghalaya state Vidhan Sabha elections. Rijiju would look after the affairs of elections matters of that state which is going for elections in the early 2013.


TWS condemns physical assault

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: East Siang district Mahila Congress Committee President and active member of Tayeng Welfare Society (TWS) Oter Tayeng was mercilessly beaten by one Mary Ering while the former was attending District Congress Committee meeting at Pasighat on Dec 26, said the TWS in a release.

The TWS condemned the barbaric act by a responsible citizen, who is also wife of education minister and appealed to the law enforcing authority to immediately arrest the attacker.

An FIR lodged at Pasighat Police station said that Mary came to the meeting and physically assaulted and injured Oter with a weapon in presence of public.


Indigenous Faith Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh has conveyed good wishes to the people of the State on the occasion of Indigenous Faith Day.

In his message, the Governor expressed his hope that the celebration of the day will inspire all to carry forward the rich indigenous faith system as it has been done since times immemorial.

On this special occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty God to invoke his choicest blessings for each one of us, the Governor added in his message.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also extended his best wishes to the people on occasion of Indigenous Faiths Day to be celebrated across the state by all indigenous communities on Monday.

In a message on eve of the celebration, Tuki expressed hope that the festival would not only reaffirm the need to preserve the state’s indigenous faiths, beliefs and traditions but also send the message of religious tolerance and respect for all faiths.

“This is a big day for all of us that remind us of our roots. This is a celebration of our ancestors, our beliefs and our traditions. Let us all join the celebration in our own ways and means,” he said.

Tuki appealed that all kinds of festivals and celebrations should foster religious and communal harmony so that the state and its people march ahead in an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh extended best wishes to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Indigenous Faith Day. The BJP also expressed hope that the new year 2013 will bring peace, progress and foster peace, harmony and progress.


Chimpu FC lift Christmas football trophy

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Chimpu FC defeated the Paney Brothers FC in the final match played at I G Park today to win the first ever Christmas Premier Football league trophy. The tournament was hosted by E-Sector Indira Gandhi Park Forest Colony Youth Forum.

The winner team of the tournament was awarded with cash prize of Rs 30,000 along with trophy and certificate. The runner up team walked away with Rs 10,000, a trophy and certificates.

Indira Gandhi Park FC received cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a trophy as best fair play team while Taksing Mangha of Taksing-Tagru FC, Yarda Taja of Chimpu FC and Gollo Sankar of Indira Gandhi Park FC were adjudged as the best player, best goalkeeper and highest scorer of the tournament respectively.

Attending the closing ceremony, former minister Lechi Legi called upon the sportspersons to maintain true sportsman spirit. He also donated some amount to the organizing committee and cultural troupe as a token of appreciation.






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

PIC on Bharat Nirman at Likabali concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The 3-day Public Information Campaign (PIC) on Bharat Nirman in Likabali, West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh ended yesterday with a day-long special awareness publicity programmes at Chigo-Chido general ground.

In her address Likabali Zila Parishad chairperson Komde Nyodo said that emphasis had been laid on social infrastructure development.

Appreciating  role of PIB in disseminating information of Bharat Nirman and other flagship programmes through public information campaign in rural area like Likabali, she  observed that there has been a qualitative changes in the life of the common people, particularly in rural areas.

In his key note address J Karbi, Circle Officer, Likabali called upon the panchayat leaders to play a crucial role in getting the welfare programmes implemented in proper way.

Karsen Basar, EO, DRDA, Likabali highlighted the work done under MGNREGA in the West Siang district. He said the Department of Rural Development covered almost all villages under Likably Sub-Division. He also explained about implementation of IAY in Likabali.

Tuli Bagra Tamuli,CDPO, Likabali speaking on the occasion as a resource person highlighted the progress made under the ICDS in Likabali Sub-Division. He further explained about various components of ongoing ICDS programmes specially immunization.   

 Earlier, M. Doley, Deputy Director (M& C) PIB, Guwahati explained the objectives of Public Information Campaign. He called upon the masses to participate in the campaign and learn about the Government schemes for their benefit. He also requested the people to come forward to avail the benefit of various Schemes of the Central Government.

During the public information campaign in Likabali, the components of Bharat Nirman and other flagship programmes were highlighted through lectures, booklets, photo/poster exhibition, quiz and song and drama programmes. The exhibition on Bharat Nirman put up  by the DAVP and various Departments of the district  turned out to be big crowd-puller on all the days. The three days special awareness campaign was organized by the PIB and other sister media of I&B in active cooperation with the  West Siang district administration. (PIB/Guwahati)



APYC takes out candlelight march in solidarity with Delhi gang rape victim

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress conducted a peaceful candle light vigil at Itanagar from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan to Akaashdeep at 4.30 pm onwards in solidarity with the victim of Delhi gang rape and her family members.

While demanding justice for the victim, the Youth Congress demanded capital punishment for those culprits involved in the heinous crime.

Over 100 youth activists, including PYC, LYC (Western PC) and AYCs of Itanagar and Sagalee joined the candle light march.



Change the mindset, uphold equality and dignity of women: ACR

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Expressing grave concern over heinous gangrape and the subsequent death of the 23-year-old Delhi girl, Arunachal Citizen’s Rights (ACR) has exhorted all to change the patriarchal mindset, uphold equality and dignity of women.

The heinous crime and the subsequent death of the girl have forced our country to wake up from its slumber. The protests in Delhi and other big cities reflected the seething anger of our youth – the women and the students – not cowed down by the police brutality in India Gate, ACR said in a release.

But, the shocking silence of the government and the political class is adding insult to this mass anger. It is not enough to establish a commission or notify an enquiry, we need quick and timely action. The police reform is pending for decades, the judicial reform is pending, and legislations to protect women are weak enough to act as deterrents against sexual harassment, molestation, rape, dowry and female feticide, it said.

The youth of this country wants a change, an end to discrimination justified by the patriarchal society that we exist in, an end to the commodification of women that patriarchy also justifies.

It is also disconcerting for us that in Arunachal Pradesh also we are coming across increasing incidents of sexual assault against women, something that our egalitarian tribal society never dreamt of. We all need to act quickly and put an end to this menace, protect and respect dignity of our women.

For all of us it is surely a challenge, tougher than ever but we need to take that up. Perhaps, this is the best time to take a mass resolution that we should fight to end discrimination against women, change the patriarchal mindset against women and uphold equality and dignity of women.

A country can never develop, grow and move forward where the discrimination starts from the womb of our mothers, the release added.



Consumer awareness campaign held at Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Association Upper Subansiri District Unit in collaboration with Department of Legal Metrology, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh organized mass consumer awareness campaign on December 28 as part of National Consumer Week celebration from December 24 to 30 at Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo.

Inaugurating campaign, Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu, who is also the President of District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, advised the traders to strictly follow the guidelines and norms of Consumer Act 1986.

The Resource persons Minte Siga, Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs give the keynote address on consumers’ rights and Adap Maling, vice president, AAPCAUSDU educated consumers about new LPG gas connection, importance of MRP and how to check fuel adulteration etc.

Advocate Tadu Bayor also attended the program.



Soil of Oyan village on archaeologists’ radar, primary survey completed

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 30: The soil of Oyan village on archaeologists’ radar as the State’s Archaeological Research department following a report in this daily in early July this year that precious beads, archaic goods, metallic idol and coins are unearthed in Oyan village, conducted scientific survey in order to explore more treasure beads.

A three-member archaeologists’ team led by PJ Das visited Oyan village on July 18 and conducted preliminary survey at Oyan village, located at 10 km east from Ruksin check gate.

The archaeologists took over some of the metallic coins discovered in the soil of Oyan after careful examination. They were hopeful that there may be more archaic goods in the area and these might help them explore a lot of historical facts about the area. They also confirmed that there was human settlement in the area during pre-independent period.

It is worth mentioning that the local administration imposed some restriction in the area and instructed the local people to stop further digging/excavation in search of precious beads until the archaeological survey and other activities were completed. The Sille-Oyan Circle Officer (CO)Ayeng Perme and Oyan Village Development Committee members, who assisted the team in survey works, informed that the archaeologists would conduct more exploration in the area soon.

“The deputy director, Research in Itanagar office has told us about fund provision for conducting more exploration works. Shortage of staff in the department is hitting their pre-scheduled activities as one of the archaeologists has retired from service while another was transferred to Assam. Presently only one is conducting the department activities. They, however, will arrive at Oyan again as soon as the vacant post are filled up”, informed CO Perme while quoting the report of a Deputy Director of Research,Itanagar.

Oyan village is one of the ancient villages in East Siang district and located at Assam Arunachal boundary. The villagers said the precious beads and pearls found in the soil such as Dogne, Doksor, Dogpun, Doglee etc are related to tribal traditions. These are reportedly found more or less along the riverbanks at Oyan, Niglok, Rayang and Debing sites in East Siang district.




Baki Garam Football Club lift Si-Donyi  Football trophy

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Dec 30: Baki Garam Football Club, coming from behind, defeated Taliha Payeng Football Club 2-1 to lift the Si Donyi  Football trophy at Rijo Ground here.

Taliha Payeng Football Club was leading 1-0 in the first half.

However, Baki Garam netted two goals in the second half to win the tournament.

Speaking on the occasion, Nyapung Konia encouraged the players to do regular practice instead of practicing during the tournament session only. The footballers of the state have lots of talent and potential. If pursued seriously, they can represent the country at international level in future.

L Kare, Secretary, Si Donyi Celebration Committee informed that, football in the district has changed a lot. The strict discipline and sportsman spirit shown by the players during the whole tournament could be understood from the fact that no player has been either booked (yellow card) or red carded.

The final match was witnessed by hundreds of football lovers including many VIPs.



Centenarian Tasing Darang celebrates birthday

H K Roy

PASIGHAT, Dec 30: One of the oldest living persons of East Siang Tasing Darang celebrated his 100th Birthday yesterday at his residence at Rengging.

“I had quite a good time today by the blessing of Donyi-Polo and I cannot describe my feelings in words”, said the centenarian on this special occasion.

He migrated from historic Kebang to Rengging village at the age of 10 years.

Selling a goat and one Gadu (Blanket) at Rs ten in total, Darang managed to take admission in Sadiya Mission School (Assam) during 1932 and read up to class II. During the 2nd World War, he moved to Patkai Hills of Indo-Burma border to carry the loads of the refugees coming from Burma as he was appointed as Chief Sardar by the Head Clerk Rai Boruah.

On September 15, 1943 he got a chance to join as Kotoki and posted at Pasighat by the British rulers and received Rs. 15 per month as salary. Later in the year 1948, he joined as VLW and he was paid Rs. 160 a month. Finally he took retirement in June 1972. His pension amount has been enhanced from Rs. 70 to 8,500.

He is the son of Late Taper Darang and Late Yari Paron Darang and proud father of nine sons and four daughters (two daughter died) and grandpa of many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. All are now living independently and settled down at Pasighat with their families.

He is the father of Tapang Darang, who served in SSB, Tajong Darang, a farmer, Tayon Darang, retired DC, Tarung Darang retired Jt. Director (V&AH), Taking Darang, UDC, Tapi Darang EE(PWD), Tanu Darang (Manual Mining deptt.), Otem Darang (Arts Graduate) and Jem Darang (Technical student).

He is still maintaining a good health and mentally sound having good appetite.

When asked about the secret to his long life, the living legend said that he has been always against bribes, alcoholism, drugs and other anti social activities.



GPF mourns Koyu’s death, flays Govt on scribe shooting incident

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: The Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) today deeply mourned the demise of Tokom Koyu who died in a fire accident yesterday at Koyu village.

Pointing out the immediate relief of Rs 2000 only for affected family, the GPF members suggested the Govt. to work for the welfare of the people.

Taking a dig at State Home Department, the Federation regretted that the people of Arunachal are being duped by the Department particularly in Tongam Rina shooting incident. The GPF further said that no details of its progress and any breakthrough have been reported regarding the case till date.

Whiling recalling their meeting with the Parliamentary secretary on Oct 25 last where the Govt. representative parliamentary secretary for home Gadam Ete had reported about handing of the case to the CBI, the Federation said that the infamous shooting case is still waiting to see the light of the day. Further, it suggested the Home Department to verify and check the statistics of the crime and crime graph in the State of Arunachal, particularly at State Capital.

Supporting the suggestion of Eastern Arunachal Peoples’ Welfare Organization, the GPF opined that the State Govt. should de-centralize the developmental activities with immediate transfer and full functioning of the Development Commissioner, East, at the earliest.



IAEWP award giving ceremony deferred

NEW DELHI, Dec 30: The Lifetime Achievement Award for the Chief Minster of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki instituted by the United Nations affiliated International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) - ECOSOC, UNDPI, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Green State of the Year Award 2012 to be conferred upon the Chief Minister and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh on December 30 at New Delhi has been deferred in the 3rd week of January 2013 viewing the sad demise of the paramedical student, who was gang rapped last week and sent to Singapore for treatment. Announcing this during the inaugural function of the 33rd World Management Congress at New Delhi soon after the condolence offered to the departed soul, the IAEWP World President Dr. Charles Mercieca and the IAEWP South Asia Vice President Dr. P R Trivedi in a joint statement said that as the entire world and India are saddened and as IAEWP has resolved to solve these mind related pollution at the earliest, the IAEWP Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 and CUTE Green State of the Year Award has been deferred till the 3rd week of January 2013 while the exact date will be announced in consultation with the Chief Minister's Office at Itanagar.  It may be mentioned that the Alabama (USA) based IAEWP and Verbania (Italy) based Clean-Up-The Earth (CUTE) Green State of the Year Award had been announced in favour of Nabam Tuki and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh respectively to be conferred on 30 December 2012 at New Delhi.

The parameters relating to the selection of Nabam Tuki and the State of Arunachal Pradesh have been based on the action plans envisaged by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for retaining peace on the Mother Earth of Arunachal Pradesh besides the Green policies of the State relating to sustainable agriculture, vocational and employment centric education, medical and health care facilities, rural reconstruction, tribal development, road construction, horticulture, pomology, fruit preservation, and processing, medicinal plants, ecotou-rism, adventure tourism, religious tourism, medical tourism, folk medicine etc.

During the inaugural function of the 33rd World Management Congress today, more than 500 foreign and Indian delegates appreciated the efforts of the Chief Minister Tuki for inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of the Ziro based Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University on 28 December 2012 in the presence of several Ministers, MPs and MLAs from Arunachal Pradesh.

The 150 hectare green campus of the University will offer Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the coming academic session specially in the areas of engineering, paramedical sciences, architecture, information technology, business administration, medicinal plants, hospitality management etc. for the students from Arunachal Pradesh in particular and the North East in general besides different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, North and South America.

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Lack of uniform approach in health sector

In view of gaping shortages of doctors, allied healthcare professionals would have to play an increasingly prominent role in providing health services to India’s masses, says a report released by the Public Health Foundation of India.

The report highlights the lack of a uniform approach in defining Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), largely known as ‘paramedic’ in India and calls for correcting this perception by standardising a comprehensive definition for AHPs, along with a defined career pathway, salary structure and cadre formation to ensure their growth prospects.

Pointing to a considerable regulatory gap in the allied health space, the report reasons that this is attributed to the lack of a comprehensive regulatory framework and absence of centres for excellence or apex bodies for professional development and training of AHPs.

It points out that a number of councils such as the Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI) to name a few, have already been established by Government of  India for regulating the standards of education and training, as well as the registration of practitioners in respective fields. While such bodies aim to prevent unqualified people from practicing and also for maintain the standards of these professions, the fact however remains that there is no central regulatory mechanism for AHPs.

It calls for standardised course duration, curricula, training methodologies and other such components pertaining to the education and training of allied health professionals.

The Indian public health care system has limited options for employment for AHPs that is far from being rational in its approach. The report’s authors have analysed that given the fast-paced growth in the healthcare sector, there is a potential for developing cadres of several new and emerging fields of AHPs.



Who will give justice to us?

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to inform the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh about the barbaric and savage act of Mary Ering (Siram), first wife of sitting Education Minister, who unnecessarily assaulted my mother without any valid reason on  Dec 26 evening. My mother who is presently holding the post of District Mahila Congress Committee (DMCC) President, East Siang  district was to attend the meeting conducted by Education Minister. Suddenly Mrs Siram physically assaulted my Mother who was with her Congress companion members. In the meeting there was no any argument with Mrs Siram. I got shocked when I first heard the news about my mother being attacked and badly injured in the meeting hall where all its committee members were present.

My motto here is to convey the people that there was no valid reason, people usually think “oh!  She hit her there must have been a reason.” Even you must have thought that. I thought in similar way too when I first heard the news. But when I spoke with eye witness, everyone told me there was not a single worthy reason. She must not forget that her husband is a minister and people need him.    

Some people updated this incident in social networking site and they didn’t know the true story of my mother’s incident. If my mother is guilty, she will never  “Knock for justice”. An FIR has been lodged in Pasighat Police station but in vain. Therefore, through this esteemed daily I would like to ask citizens of Arunachal Pradesh who will give justice to my mother?


Gemin Tayeng.

Victim’s  son.    

Village-Mebo, Pasighat




Rapists should be hanged to death

Dear Editor,

After the gory 26/11 Mumbai mayhem, the whole country was baying for the blood of Kasab and the "nationalists" even questioned why he should be tried in court at all ! Following Kasab's hanging, the "patriots" had also celebrated his death!

Now it is high time we realise that the Indian rapists and murderers of the hapless girl are infinite times greater sinner than the Pakistani Kasab. The hungry uneducated unemployed Kasab was merely a victim of poverty whose plight was cleverly exploited by the terrorist organisations to further their vested interests. Also he was a mere instrument rather than the think-tank of the arson.

The demon of poverty and illiteracy compel the victims of fate like Kasabs to join terrorist outfits who wage war against alien nations.  But the employed bus staff of New Delhi are home-bred criminals who had attacked the country's very own daughter from within, that too without any economic compulsion or brainwashing; but just to "satisfy" their lust.

Innumerable cases of rape and murder get reported in the dailies of this "great" nation claiming to "worship" women. But right from the media to the common public, Indians forget it in hurry so as to immerse their conscience in the cesspool of IPL, Bollywood, Sensex etc. Moreover, it is New Year eve! Night-clubs, bars, discotheques are waiting for the "modern", "enlightened" Indians to have a hell of a time by dining, drinking and vulgar dancing! It is hoped that in this hullabaloo, the tragic brutal death of the girl will not be forgotten and the Indians will continue to demand adequate punishment for the culprits just as they zealously did in case of Kasab, but without taking resort to violence like that happened recently in New Delhi claiming the life of an innocent cop.

As far as punishment is concerned, there lies absolutely no reason why the criminals would not be hanged to death. Let's hope that such a punishment is not "reserved" for only a rural poor caretaker like Dhananjoy Chatterjee who was alleged to have committed the same offence!

Last but not the least, it is hoped that the Indians who are invading the streets and organising candle-light marches in perhaps all Indian cities and towns since the incident of rape will refrain from engaging in lunacy and fun to celebrate the New Year so as to honour the departed soul and instead mourn the death of the violated girl by solemn prayers. Else it would get proved that their marches and candle-light vigils were nothing but "fashion" and utter rhetoric!

And our resolution for 2013 should be to voice our protests against every incident of rape irrespective of the geographical location and social/financial status of the victim. Also we should raise our voice against the philistine dirty mainstream commercial films, advertisements and sections of visual and print media which barbarically exploit feminine bodies to make a quick buck. Vulgar display of skin and constant portraying of women as "sex objects" in the name of "modernity" and "art" have absolutely devastated the moral fabric of the society resulting in increasing incidents of eve teasing, molestation, rape and related murder.


Kajal Chatterjee,





Justice delayed is justice denied

Dear Editor,

It is extremely unfortunate and tragic that the perpetrators of the Tawang gang rape case of August 28th, 2012, are still free and breathing fresh and free air. It pains my heart to mention that she was raped and killed by 9 persons and thrown in the jungle. Her head was smashed and throat slit before she was killed. It is of utmost importance to mention that she was just a 14-year old girl who was returning back from school when she was abducted by 9 persons. She had her whole life and a bright future ahead. The Tawang District Administration is still clueless and helpless. It still awaits the Post-mortem and DNA report after almost 4 months of the happening of the crime. The need of the hour is to make strong laws so that the perpetrators of crimes like this are given stringent punishments. This would deter others from committing these sorts of crimes in future. We need to increase mass awareness, responsibility and sensitivity among all of us so that crimes like this do not recur.


Yeshi Wangchu Kharma

Indra Vihar