December 18

A patient forced to die on street

In the battle of political supremacy in the state, a patient lost his life, with no chance to say his final good bye to his loved ones. One Karka Bahadur Chetry, a 60 years old man who lost his life at Papu Nallah had been sick and was on his way back to his native place at Kimin from Rama Krishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar when the blockade proved fatal for him. They were made to wait for more than two hours and were not allowed to pass through even after several plead. “We had to wait for more than two hours. We requested them to let us pass but was not allowed,” informed his son who carried the body of his lifeless father, a man denied a dignity in death. Few of his relatives later had to carry his lifeless body, bundle in a blanket across the blockade as hundreds of people watched.

By Appu Gapak



Dr Bath resigns from Core Committee

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Professor Nani Bath has resigned from Member, Core-Committee on Chakma-Hajong Issue, which was formed by the AAPSU. He cited personal and academic grounds as the reason for resignation.


NCSN-K cadre killed in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Dec 17: One hard core UG cadre was gunned down by Assam Rifles and Civil Police during fierce encounter with NSCN (K) organization at Longka village under Nampong Police Station of Changlang District on Dec 15.

The dead has been identified as SS Captain NSCN–K Lt Wangmi Wangdung alais Nyamjan Hasik, 48 yrs,  S/O Wangli Wangdung of Noglo Village under Lazu circle of  Tirap District. Arms and ammunitions were recovered from him.  

After completion of all the legal formalities, the dead body has been handed over to relatives of deceased. DIPRO


Rajkhowa creating hatred: NES

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today alleged that incumbent Governor J.P Rajkhowa is exercising extra-constitutional authority and creating atmosphere of hatred against the Nyishi community in the current socio-political turmoil. NES also claimed that during Rajkhowa’s days as Chief Secretary of Assam, highest eviction drive and encroachment of Arunachal territory by the Assam Forest and Police forces took place under his direct supervision.

Further NES also alleged that Union Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijiju is orchestrating the present political turmoil. NES also took a dig at the viral audio clippings of Kalikho Pul that appeared in the social media and instant messaging sites wherein he has made inflammatory remarks about Nyishi tribe and also implicating the local MLA on Tarasso carnage of last year. NES warned that due to mishandling of the present political situation by JP Rajkhowa and his political puppet Kalikho Pul, if any untoward incident and law & order problem arises they will be squarely held responsible.


Child with Special Needs

SEPPA, Dec 17: A Two-Day Medical Assessment Camp under SSA’s programme for Child with Special Needs (CWSN) was held at BRC building, Seppa and PHC Pakoti on Wednesday.

A medical team comprising Dr S.K Suman, Dr.Tage Tagiang, Dr. K.Soping along with medical staff conducted the camps. During the camps, 175 Children with Special Needs were identified and registered for provision of different types of aides and appliances for various disabilities. The assessment camp was organized under the supervision of Asing Lamgu, BEO (HQ). DIPRO


DA official dies

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Officers and staffs of DC office Yupia, has condoled sad demise of M. Bhattacharjee, Head Assistant (HA) and a minute’s silence was observed in his remembrance. Late Bhattacharjee joined the service in 1987 and was holding the post of Head Assistance in DC Office till his death. DIPRO


‘Maintain peace & harmony’

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Abo Tani Clan Organization (ATCO) has appealed to all Abotani clan in the state to maintain peace and harmony and brotherhood during the present political instability.


Private road renovated

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The maintenance work of private road including drainage system, CC pavement, culvert etc from Jesus Second Coming Christian Prayer Centre, Saker Dokap to Toyota Dealer (NH 52 A)  has been completed with the support of Joram Meney, Healing ministry, prayer warrior team,  Councillor of Ward No 18 and general public. This was informed by Prayer Centre Management Development Committee in a release today.


Mass awareness campaign on education

From a correspondent  

MECHUKHA, Dec 17: A mass educational awareness campaign themed “Say Yes to Education and No to Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking” was organized by the Voluntary Star Campaigners’ Association at Mechukha on December 12 last.

The Voluntary Star Campaigners’ Association   is founded by Mechukha ADC Tungge Loya.

The day-long campaign was attended by the officials, HoDs, PRI leaders, public leaders, senior citizens, businessmen, NG0s, parents, teachers, students and general public.

In the campaign, value of quality education was explained in details by the ADC-cum-Chairman of the association, Tungge Loya. He advised the students to go for quality education and avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking.

Chairman Onge Welfare Society Gebu Onge also gave detailed overview on the importance of education for overall development.

CDPO Bahi Koyu spoke on the importance of discipline and hard working in one’s life.

Principal TsoYargey, Public School also talked about value of discipline to become successful in life.  

Community Health Centre, Mechukha MO Dr Gebu Sona highlighted on the ill effects of alcohol, drugs and smoking on health and Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.


News Impact


Raj Bhavan orders in violation of Constitution: HC

We will challenge the Court orders: Pul

Guwahati/Itanagar, Dec 17: In a major blow to the prestige of the Raj Bhavan, the Gauhati High Court today kept in abeyance all decisions till Feb 2, including the removal of Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nebam Rebia.

The court order came on a writ petition filed by the Speaker challenging the Dec 9 notification issued by the Governor advancing the Assembly session to December 16 from the scheduled day of January 14, 2016.

Coming down heavily on the notification issued by Governor J P Rajkhowa advancing the session, Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that prima facie it was in violation of Art 174 and 175 of the Constitution dealing with convening of the session by the Governor and his message to House.

Issuing notice, Justice Hrishikesh Roy kept in abeyance the impugned decisions including the notification issued by the Deputy Speaker restoring the membership of 14 suspended MLAs and the holding of the "session" at a new place and also the decision taken at the "session" on Wednesday in which the Speaker was removed.

The judge allowed petitioner Kapil Sibal to implead the government of Arunachal Pradesh as a party respondent as he posted the case for next hearing on February 1 next year.

Sibal, while talking to reporters in Guwahati after the Court decision said that “Governor had taken one sided decision”, reports PTI.

Speaking to ATNS, Kalikho Pul, the projected Chief Ministerial candidate of the dissident Congress and BJP, said that the orders of the High Court would be challenged after he gets the copy of the orders.  He termed the Tuki led Congress govt a minority.

What kind of government allows a highway to be blocked for seven hours, Pul asked as he accused the government of undermining the comfort and security of the people.

People are not safe in the hands of the government that resorts to violence, he said.

Pul said that Speaker was not fair in his handling of the case of MLAs who were forced to resign. “The Speaker never heard them so there was no scope of natural justice”, he said.



Pained Governor to appeal against the HC order

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkohwa has decided to appeal against the High Court Order for which legal options are under examination. After obtaining all relevant documents including the Writ petition filed and the copy of the Order of the Single Judge Bench, an appeal will be made, said a release from Raj Bhavan.

“Governor is extremely surprised to know from TV channels that  a Single Judge Bench of Guwahati High Court Justice Hrishikesh Roy had issued a Stay Order staying the Order of the Governor (Dec 9 preponing the Legislative Assembly from Jan 14  to Dec 16) under Art. 174(1) of the Constitution of India and also other proceedings including removal of speaker Nabam Rebia by a resolution of 33 MLAs and asking for maintaining status quo ante, while the proceedings had already taken place much earlier and no confidence motion against Council of Ministers led by Nabam Tuki also passed well ahead of the Order passed by the Single Judge Bench, which reportedly took place much later on Dec 17, read the statement from the Raj Bhavan.

Justice H Roy has also cast aspersion on the Governor, of allegedly having taken side of a party, without going through records and materials available in the Governor`s secretariat, the release stated.  

“Governor is pained to observe that no notice or opportunity was given to the Governor/Governor`s secretariat of the writ petition filed in the Court, reportedly on behalf of the removed Speaker Nabam Rebia.



Capital witness tense situation

[ Appu Gapak ]

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 17: There was chaos in the streets of Naharlagun and Itanagar as pro Tuki and pro Pul camps took to the streets. Earlier, the Pul supporters, armed with bamboos and BJP flags were seen in large numbers near Papu Nallah. They dispersed but soon supporters of the government grouped blocking the National Highway near the Ave Maria/JCB showroom. Reportedly, the blockers carrying lathis were members of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) and all vehicles plying had to stop creating huge traffic chaos. However, people were allowed to walk.

The blockade continued throughout the afternoon with slogan shouting and burning of tyres. The blockers refused to budge even with Magistrates DC Papum Pare, Tai Kaye and CEO, Talo Potom pacifying and reasoning with them. Large numbers of ITBP personnel were stationed at the spot to contain any untoward incident. The blockade was lifted around 7 pm, after the administration threatened to take action.



Congress women undress in

protest against Rajkhowa

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Large number of women Congress workers today protested outside Rajbhavan against the state governor JP Rajkhowa alleging him of murdering democracy in the state.

They were protesting under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC). In a first of its kind in the history of Arunachal, Mahila Congress members protested by taking off their blouses as they  launched blistering attack on Governor alleging him of creating volatile situation in the state.

Women literally stormed every vehicle with a siren and beacon crossing the route. The women group which initially staged protest along the Itanagar - Naharlagun route leading to Raj Bhavan later rallied towards Raj Bhavan and held a sit-in protest outside the Raj Bhavan. All the roads leading to three gates of the Raj Bhavan were blocked. The women, later allegedly feasted near the road leading to the gate of the Raj Bhavan.



No confidence on Tuki, says rebels

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: 11 BJP, 2 independent and rebel Congress MLAs joined hands to show "no confidence" in the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and confidence in Kalikho Pul, a member of the House to head a new Council of Ministers and it’s swearing in.

The motion was moved by 11 BJP MLAs and two independent members.

This time the session was held in a hotel where the rebel Congress MLAs are camping.

This comes a day after they "impeached" Speaker Nabam Rebia in a community hall since the Legislative  Assembly premises was sealed.

33 members of the 60-member house, including 20 dissident Congress MLAs, later elected Kalikho Pul as the new leader of the House.

Moving the motion, Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga said that the house lacks confidence in the council of minister led by Tuki because of miss-governance, nepotism, corruption, for which the members are withdrawing their support.

The chief minister Nabam Tuki and his 26 colleagues have already refused to attend the “session” terming it unconstitutional.

“The GoI is releasing Rs 516 crore every month, but there is no AOP since Tuki came to power in 2011. No fund for development. All funds are in civil deposits and diverted to projects not meant for the purpose. The huge central disaster relief funds are misused and mostly spent in Papum Pare district as I had highlighted in the last budget session,” Taga informed.



CM seeks President and Prime Minister’s intervention

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has written to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday seeking their intervention in the political crisis in Arunachal, “to uphold the ideals as enshrined in the Constitution”.

The state has witnessed unprecedented political activities after the Governor J P Rajkhowa issued orders calling for leghislative session on Dec 16 instead of notified Jan 14.

"As per the provisions of Article 174 of Constitution, the Governor can summon session of the Legislative Assembly only on the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers. On the contrary, the Governor, on the strength of Article 175(2) issues a message for summoning a session," the letter read.

“The Governor, not stopping by issuing this illegal order, also issues the agenda of the business to be transacted by selectively taking up pending business of removal of the Speaker to be chaired by the Deputy Speaker whereas the notice for removal of Deputy Speaker was submitted earlier to the Assembly secretariat," Tuki said.

The Chief Minister’s letters further added that "In utter violation of all norms and laid down procedures, the Deputy Speaker, who stands disqualified along with some legislators convenes the illegal session with the permission of the Governor, in a badminton court and passes resolution for removal of the Speaker,".

"This is unprecedented murder of democracy and bypass of a democratically-elected government and in contravention to the provisions and ideals of the Constitution”, the letter added.



Papum Pare emerge as Champion at Mini Olympic

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The four-day Mini Olympic Games concluded with final football match between Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) playground, Chimpu near here today.

Kurung Kumey defeated Papum Pare by solitary goal to become champion. With just two minutes to go, Gyamar Kuku scored the winning goal bringing cheers to the supporters.

Papum Pare with 282 points won the overall Championship in the Games. Kurung Kumey with 191 points and Tirap (166 pts) came second and third respectively.

West Kameng with three gold medals emerged overall champion in men’s Boxing.

Karling Natung of East Kameng and Posen Kongkang of Tirap were adjudged best boxers in men and women’s category respectively. Tadar Agung of Papum Pare and Tang Devi of the same district were declared ‘best lifter’ and ‘best woman lifter’ respectively.

Teli Tayo Camdir of Papum Pare and Ha Yapa of Kurung Kumey were declared as the best athletes in men and women’s category respectively.

In Carrom (men), Nabam Dokho and Lika Tado of Papum Pare won the Gold and Silver medals respectively. The bronze medal was won by Kinji Ebiya of Upper Subansiri.

In women’s category (Carrom), Hari Yangum won the gold medal defeating Charu Sumnia (Sil) of Kra Daadi. Tana Ania of Papum Pare won the Bronze medal.

Director, Youth Affairs DK Dinglow, Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice Chairman and AOA Secretary General Gechi Doke, Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) President Shihan Likha Tara gave away trophies to the winners, runners up and third place finisher.

The closing ceremony was relatively a low key affair due to ongoing political turmoil in the state capital. It has affected the Games to a certain extent in terms of audience turn out and events held. One football semifinal and the final match had to be shifted abruptly from RG Stadium, opposite to State Legislative Assembly, Naharlagun, to Chimpu.

The Games was organized by Arunachal Olympic Association under the aegis of Department of Sports, where more than 1300 athletes from 17 districts affiliated with AOA took part. The Games flag was lowered by Dinglow marking the end of the four- day sporting event.



Cong protests on Arunachal issue, LS adjourned

New Delhi, Dec 17: Congress' attempt to raise the issue of political developments in Arunachal Pradesh led to the abrupt adjournment of the Lok Sabha on Thursday after the Speaker disallowed party leader Mallikarjun Kharge from raising the issue.

The adjournment followed noisy scenes when several BJP members protested against the practice of Congress members raising their issues after trying to disrupt the House, inviting vociferous protests from the opposition party.

Amid the protests, Kharge raised the issue of developments in Arunachal and was immediately disallowed with the Speaker observing that she had allowed the matter to be raised yesterday. Then, she abruptly adjourned the House for lunch recess.

However, Congress members, unlike the last three days, did not walk out and remained in the House in an apparent change of tactic.

Congress leaders, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, had yesterday met President Pranab Mukherjee and lodged a strong protest against state Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa, accusing the Modi government of trying to "oust" the Congress regime in Arunachal Pradesh with a "pre-planned design". PTI



Villagers urged to adopt alternative

means of livelihood

ZPM urges Forest Dept to take measure

to stop wild animals from go stray

SEIJOSA, Dec 17: Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Seijosa TR Tapu appealed to the public of the area to adopt alternative source of livelihood instead of indulging in illegal timber trade, hunting and fishing.

Explaining in details about the negative effects of deforestation on environment in an awareness programme at GHSS, Seijosa yesterday, the ADC appealed to the members of the organizer to find alternative means of income generation for those poor villagers, who have involved themselves in such illegal activities as means of livelihood in compulsion.

Seijosa DFO T Tapi also called upon the people of the area not to destruct forest and forest resources for peaceful coexistence between men and wild animals. He appealed to all those involved in such illegal activities to control greed to make money and preserve the forest resources instead.

Informing about destruction of paddy fields, houses, killing of domestic animals by stray elephants and tigers from Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary, ZPM Pani Tayem urged the Forest Department for granting compensation to the affected villagers. He also urged the Department to take measures so that elephants, tigers and other wild animals do not stray into human habitation in search of food.

He was also strongly against the use of hazardous chemicals, poison, explosive materials for fishing and hunting. The ZPM stressed the need for organizing such public awareness campaign to make the people aware about the importance of protection and conservation of forests, wildlife and other forest resources.

The ZPM said that the Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary can be a source of income generation for the unemployed youth by engaging themselves in various tourism related activities.

Saying that maintaining ecosystem through conservation of flora and fauna ensures a rich and healthy environment and society, Nama Nabam, one of the senior members of the area, advised villagers to refrain from illegal felling of trees, fishing and hunting. He also advocated for imposing hefty fine against the wrong doers.

The awareness programme on deforestation was held under the chairmanship of Kocho Nampe, AGS, Arunachal Greenery Society.



SIRD orientation on Village Development Plan

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Four days State Level Orientation Programme on Gram Panchayat Development Plan under ‘My Village My Development Plan’ (MVMDP), for Member Secretaries, concluded at SIRD, Itanagar today.

During the Programme, Director SIRD, B.J.Duia said that the Gram Panchayat Plan should be need-based and emanate from grassroots level to the top. He apprised that Government of Arunachal Pradesh has found it necessary that Intensive Training Programme should take place in which SIRD-SPRC shall be the guiding force. He further stressed that Administrative officers play a proactive role in the process.

 In the programme, Deputy Director, SIRD, Dr. V.K Sharma while addressing the participants, encouraged all the Member Secretaries to work out collectively at Gram Panchayat level for vibrant Panchayats.

RGPSA SNO Likha Kiran Kabak said that it is mandatory for the Gram Panchayat to have Plans and the funds be transferred to Gram Panchayat. She also apprised the Member Secretaries about the IPPE which is required to carry out in all CD Blocks of Arunachal Pradesh. However, the responsibility of planning in this initial year of 14th Finance Commission is shouldered to the BPT in Mission Antyodaya  Block and Gram Panchayat Development Committee  in  Non-Mission Antyodaya  Block and Member Secretary is the Charge Officer of Gram Panchayat Development Committee as per the draft guideline of Gram Panchayat Development Committee.

Faculties from SIRD-SPRC took sessions on topics including Planning Premise Development, Household Survey, PRA, Situation Analysis and Projectisation, Role of PES in MVMDP besides Panel Discussion on issue pertaining to  RD&PR during the course.

This programme was co-ordinated by the Course Director, Mihin Lali, Assistant Director (Rural Governance),SIRD-SPRC.



Arunachal wins national event

[ Karyir Riba ]

Roing, Dec 17: Arunachal Pradesh emerged as winners in the National Level Tribal Scouts/Guides/Rovers/Rangers Meet 2015 which was held at the State Training Center of Hajaribagh, Jharkhand between Dec 10th to 14th, bringing much laurel to the state.

A team from Lower Dibang Valley district consisting of four scouts, Dukha Mimi, Hularu Mekola, Haki Meto and Aya Mili, and four guides, Jihu Mito, Yaami Meto, Umiya Lingi and Pipi Miso, represented Arunachal Pradesh in the event, in which 14 different states of India had taken part. The team was escorted and guided by DTO Somit Mena and Guide Captain of Government Primary School Intaya Anita Lingi.

The team won 10 prizes in the 11 different activities of the event that included competition in folk song, folk dance, food plaza, village fair & games, exhibitions, physical display, rangoli & wall painting, integration march, camp fire and youth forum. On the basis of overall performance, the organising committee and staff of the event declared the Arunachal Contingent as the best participant state in terms of their punctuality, discipline,  performance and restless effort put in all of the activities of the event.

"Our traditional attire and other display of traditional song, dance, exhibition etc, had attracted a hoard of Jharkhand's local media too, making us very proud", informed Lingi.

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Go back to people and seek fresh mandate

Every time state witnesses political turmoil law and order problem breaks down.  In the year 2011 too, Arunachal faced difficult time when internal fight between Congress MLAs came out open and into the street. For day’s state capital burned and one person lost his life. In the last two days, twin capital of Itanagar and Naharlagun has been virtually taken over by political goons and men in uniform. Everywhere there are either goons or police force. Dwellers of capital have been virtually put on house arrest.

It’s a shame that political parties be it Congress, BJP and dissident MLAs are using goons in their political fight. Many youngsters are becoming volunteers and are engaging in violent activities. They don’t fear law as powerful persons are backing them. Politicians forget all the morality when it is matter of chair. Unfortunately our youths just for the sake of little money becomes prey of politicians and resorts to gundagiri.  The present scenario clearly tells that all the MLAs have lost trust of the people. They are resorting to all sort of unconstitutional activities and truly speaking MLAs have lost respect of the people of Arunachal. Therefore keeping this in mind fresh election should be held in the state. Political parties should go back to people and seek fresh mandate. Whoever wins the election should form the next government. In the interest of the people of Arunachal, Governor should dissolve assembly and order for mid-term poll.




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Socio-economically empowered neighborhood will contribute to India

Dear Editor,

Noble laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi must be the applauded for the global recognition of his selfless, dedicated efforts in securing safe childhood for millions of unfortunate, helpless and defenseless children in India. His work may have been easier and better organized now with international funding, political and administrative support.  But, I can well imagine what he had to endure at the earlier times when he started this movement. People safeguarding the exploitative slave trade on kids are politically powerful and are acutely obnoxious, politically and economically powerful and dangerous to deal with. It is amazing to think how he survived their pressures and attacks to carry this humanitarian work forward so successfully. Hats off to him for the hardship he endured personally to make life better for millions of helpless children. India being a huge country with a large human population represents an important global stake in any social movement that is undertaken. I am sure that through Mr. Satyarthi’s monumental struggle in India he will continue to address this serious question of preventing child abuses and for securing a better future for them. However, I also think about countless other helpless children from the Indian subcontinent or the SAARC neighborhood nations such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka; and adjoining SE Asian ASEAN nations such as Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia. While I extend my prayers and best wishes for his continual success in working towards improving the life of millions of kids in India; I also humbly beg Mr. Satyarthi to extend some of his service and/or training, guidance and consultancies to dedicated individuals, governments, non-government organizations and allied agencies in these neighboring countries too. Hence my humble request to him is to kindly advocate to the SAARC and ASEAN platforms to extend cooperation and collaboration to save millions of deprived, exploited and unfortunate children for a better future; and for their education and security. I sincerely believe that a socio-economically empowered neighborhood will contribute to the further development and progress of India too.

Mr Satyarthi’s support and attention could change a lot for underprivileged children in the SAARC and ASEAN neighborhood.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge AB, Canada




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