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February  - 28


Governor urges young generation to shoulder responsibility

ITANAGAR, Feb 27:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has said that onus of preserving the age-old customs and traditions rests on the younger generation.  “Wherever we go and whatever we may do, we must always maintain and protect our cultural heritage. To continue the spirit and to preserve the age-old customs and traditions, onus rests on the younger generations, he said while participating in the Shri Akhand Path, which was performed on the auspicious occasion of the shifting of Shri Guru Granth Saheb ji to the new sanctum-sanctorum hall of Naharlagun Gurdwara Saheb, at Naharlagun today.

Greeting the Sikh community of the Capital Complex on the propitious occasion, he urged upon them to imbibe good values of the Sikhism and try their best to do good deeds. True Sikh is the one, who is a good human being and live by the path propounded by the Gurus. Whenever you encounter with difficulties, have faith on the Almighty and carry-on with your good work, he added.

Governor, who had earlier paid obeisance before the Shri Guru Granth Saheb ji, presented a sword and a Chauri (a fan made of the hair of yak’s tail) towards the Gurdwara Saheb.

Led by Head priest Gyani Prem Singh, Gen Singh took part in the ‘Kirtan’. He also took part in Ardaas or common prayer. Ragi Jatha from Jalandhar led by Major Singh preformed kitans on the occasion.

As token of gratitude, Naharlagun Gurudwara Singh Sabha Prabhandak Committee (GSSPC) led by its President Sardar Sukvinder Singh Sandhu, Town Planning Director felicitated the Governor.

The committee also presented Saropas (Saffron scarf) to those who contributed towards the Gurdwara including senior architect Dawa Tsering, Sanjay Dawan, Jagdish Singh Joshi and Sikh ladies from Rangapara who performed the Shri Akhand Path.

The programme also included ‘Guru Ka Langar’ or the community feast for participants, guests and invitees. Many people of the community were invited on the occasion, including some from Punjab and many from different parts of the Assam. Apart from this, hundreds of invitees from different communities, religious organizations like Brahma Kumaris, Art of Living, Patanjali Yogpeeth (Baba Ramdev) and personnel and officers of Central Reserved Police Force and Border Road Organization attended the function.

At the sideline of the function, Senior member of the community Sardar Kanwarjit Singh, Water Resources Department Superintendent Engineer informed that constructed way back in 1973-74, the sanctum-sanctorum hall of Naharlagun Gurudwara Saheb, which is known for its philanthropic effort, was in a semi temporary building but with completion of the new sanctum-sanctorum hall, Shri Guru Granth Saheb ji was shifted. To celebrate the occasion, Shri Akhand Path was performed from 25th to 27th February. There are around fifty odd families of the community in the Capital complex, he added. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


AYA picks up its autonomous demand

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Apatani Youth Association has reinvigorated its demand for Ziro Valley Autonomous Council in its central executive meeting held at Circuit House, Hapoli today. While adopting a four-point resolution the AYA reiterated that Ziro, oldest District HQ, has been deprived of many development project ‘due to political suppression’ as compare to other district Hqs. It once again appealed the State Govt. to curve out Ziro Valley Autonomous Council from Lower Subansiri District.

While lauding  the Deputy Commissioner for her initiatives in maintaining cleanliness within Ziro-Hapoli township and Zero tolerance policy against encroachment, AYA appealed to the general public of Lower Subansiri district to cooperate the district administration. The Association, however,  requested  the DC  to  issue directives to department concerned for banning the illegal hunting and fishing within Ziro valley and also requested her to give necessary direction to all the HODs to stay in their respective office so that development could not hamper.

Stressing the need of preservation of scenic beauty of nature,   AYA discouraged construction of dwelling house in the field  and requested to all the people of Ziro Valley not to do so.


Army conducts national integration tour for Arunachalee children  

ITANAGAR, Feb  27: In an attempt to promote the spirit of nationalism and integration among the children, the Dah Divison of Army is sponsoring a National Integration tour for 20 young boys and girls from strife-torn Tirap district to Delhi and Agra under its `Operation Sadhavna’.

Tirap district superintendent of police  Vikramjit Singh flagged off the tour programme in presence of Colonel Naveen, Vir Chakra, Commandant, 19 Assam Rifles at Khonsa today.

The children hailing from various remote parts of the district including Pongchau, Kolagaon, Dadam, Muktowa, Kheti, Lazu, Kapu, Wathing and Lapnan. will visit historical places like India gate, Jantar Mantar, Red fort, Lotus temple, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Connaught place etc in Delhi and Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri during the 11 days tour. The children are accompanied by two teachers from their schools, one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and one Jawan of the unit during the tour.

While interacting with children, Colonel Naveen, said that this tour will be a new learning experience for them as they will be visiting various places of historical, religious and cultural importance.

The Parents/ guardians and teachers  also interacted with Colonel Naveen and SP Vikramjit Singh and lauded them for giving this opportunity to the children. None of the children have earlier visited any place beyond Assam and the exuberance and enthusiasm among them about the tour was noticeable.  The beaming and gleeful faces of children said all about the significance of this tour during flagging off.

The National Integration tour will prove to be a new exposure for the youths of remote areas of Tirap district and will help them understand their country better, said a release from the Army.


Army conduct IPPI prog

Tawang, Feb 27: The jawans of 38th Bn SSB Tawang under the Commandant Tsering Dorjai and Asst. Commandant Dr. J. Chakma in association with District health authority conducted 2nd round of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) Programme at Tawang  today. Altogether, 148 children were administered polio drop during the camp.

Apart from polio camp, the 38th SSB Bn. distributed medicines for common ailments like fever, cold, and gastric etc  on the occasion.

It may be mentioned here that the SSB jawans had organised a vocational training programme a couple of days back under its civic action programme. The local people lauded the army jawans for their activities for well being of economically backward section of the society.


Nyokum celebrated at Yangte, Bameng, Bhalukpong

Tatung calls for cooperation for better infrastructure, education

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Nyokum, the socio agriculture of the Nyishis was celebrated at Yangte in Kurung Kumey district with great splendor and gaiety amidst people from all villages of Yangte circle on Feb 26.

The All Arunachal President Students Union (AAPSU) President Takam Tatung addressing as the chief guest of the occasion called upon   the gathering  to  uphold the essence of Nyokum with renewed vigour. Speaking on development front, Tatung urged upon the people to cooperate with the authorities for infrastructural developments like the black topping of the road to Yangte, He also stressed on maintaining quality of works while  executing the scheme.

‘With proper road infrastructure  there will be better education and other facilities’, added Tatung.

Responding to the request of the celebration committee for a community hall at Yangte, the AAPSU president categorically assured of taking up and pressurizing the issue with the local MLA.

 Former All Nyishi Students Union general secretary Nilly Likha Tabo speaking as the guest of honour urged upon all to preserve the Nyokum festivity regardless of religious constraints as it affirmed the Nyishi identity. The ZPM Yangte HR Talo, panchayat leaders, officials and public of the area were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, both men and women dressed in traditional costumes performed the Buya dance. The mithun sacrifice, traditional dances by cultural troupes  were part of the programme.

The various prizes for the dance, song, football and volleyball competitions conducted as part of the Nyokum were given away by footballer Takam Tayam. For the first time in Yangte, Nyokum was celebrated in such a grand way where people from all villages and the ten gram panchayat segments gathered at a single venue unlike before when it was celebrated in a scattered way.

 The chairman of the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board-cum-Working President INTUC Pradesh Branch (A.P), Jalley Sonam participated in Nyokum Yullo celebration as chief guest at Bameng on Feb 26.

Addressing the mammoth gathering, Sonam called upon the youths of the state to take up horticulture and agri based schemes in large scale in order to solve ever growing unemployment problems of the state.

Stressing the need of promotion and preservation of ones rich cultural heritage which is gradually fading due to adverse modernization, he opined that during such festivals people from other tribes should be invited as the chief guests or guest of honors.

Earlier Sonam inaugurated Nyokum Yullo celebration at Bhalukpong on Feb. 25 last as the chief guest. Kumsi Sidisow MLA Thrizino-Buragaon and chief patron  of Nyokum Yullo celebration Bhalukpong highlighted the need to preserve own culture on the occasion. R. Rakshap EAC Bhalukpong attended the celebration as the guest of honor.

 The Nyokum Festival was also celebrated with participation of large numbers of people from Nyishi and other communities at general ground, Lichi village  under Doimukh Assembly constituency in  Papum Pare district  on February 26. The chief guest on the occasion, Vishal P Nabam, Advisor to Chief Minister and APCC Spokesperson, said the  festival is a platform to make all section of people to unite, share love and affection.  He further said Nyokum is nothing to do with any religion but is a traditional culture that is being followed by our Nyishi community since time immoral.

Expressing concern over the penchant to  western culture particularly by young generation, the chief guest also called upon the youths to play a pivotal role to safeguard own age-old tradition and culture which are on the verge of extinction.

Responding to the clarion call of Nabam, the people present on the occasion vowed to adhere to one point-resolution not to kill any wild animals, birds and aquatic life and safeguard natural flora and fauna in the Lichi area. He also gave away the prizes  to Volleyball (Women) Champion team of Potin Village and Volleyball Man Championship to United Sports Club Lichi and Best Player  award to Taba Nanya of Potin.


Society emphasise on language development

Tezu, Feb 27: A general body meeting was organised by Cultural and Literary society of Mishmi (CALSOM) on Feb 26 at Tezu.

The meeting was attended by Patrons Khapriso Krong, Sotai Kri, Soli Kri, senior advisors of CALSOM, members of Mishmi priest association, Mishmi officers, College and University Students.

During the deliberations various issues confronting the Mishmi community of Lohit and Anjaw District were discussed.

At the foremost all the participants stressed that, development of script was the need of the hour, as with phase of time use of local language was diminishing and development of script was the only solution for preservation of Mishmi language and culture. The participants also gave emphasis on documentation of old age tradition of Mishmis which were on the phase of extinction. All the members present expressed full confidence in the new executive body of CALSOM headed by Bajai Pul as Chairman and pledged to give overwhelming support to the programme and policies of the new executive bodies.


Media’s role stressed in promotion of Khadi products

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 27:  To promote Khadi products in the state, the Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) organized a press meet aimed at focusing the role of media in promoting Khadi products and the role of people towards media at the ongoing Zonal level Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) exhibition at IG Park today.

Speaking on the occasion, Arunachal Press Club (APC) President Jarpum Gamlin stressed on importance of media and for its due recognition in the state.

On the poor use of the medium in the state, he said “The economy of the country is dependent on rural products with serious challenge being lack of awareness on how to market the products.” He attributed it to poor understanding of the role of media in the state.

Associate Editor, The Dawnlit Post, V.Ravindran while appreciating the quality of Khadi products said, “Khadi will feed you, brighten your future and will one day make you successful.”  He also stressed on the need to encourage all to promote Khadi sector in the state.

Senior Journalist Pradeep Kumar gave a brief perspective of the history and rights of the Press. He said the media doesn’t need arms but needs people as their weapon.

“Nothing comes for free,” he said and threw light on the drawbacks of the media.

APKVIB CEO Sukamal Deb informed that the Ministry of MSME has eight sub-sectors under VSI (Village & Small Scale Industries) of which two sub-sectors are handled by KVIB but there is no resources provided from the government. He requested the media to highlight the problem faced by the department in the right perspective.

Proprietor BRI Papers and Stationery M.B. Singha from Manipur encouraged upcoming entrepreneurs to produce products to be exported to other states. He requested the media to help in bringing awareness in production and marketing of products.


News Impact

Kudos to sportspersons

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh and State First Lady Anupama Singh have extended heartiest felicitations to all the medal winners of the state in the 34th National Games held recently in Jharkhand.

In his congratulatory message, Governor said “your achievement is not only a matter of pride for us but also a source of inspiration for the younger generation of our state.  I am confident that you will work harder and bring more laurels to our state in future as well.” As a token of love, Governor has sent a pen and a lapel pin badge of ‘Team Arunachal’ to all the medal winners. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


ATA for fair conduct of exams

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA)  has appealed to the citizens of the state particularly parents and guardians of the students to cooperate  with the  authorities for free and fair conduct of the ensuing CBSE and AP Board examinations. The ATA also appealed the authority to provide sufficient police personnel to all the centre superintendents for smooth conduct of the examination.


Arrest the prime accused: Union

ITANAGAR: While lauding the officer-in-charge of Banderdewa police station N Sora and investigating officer K Dev for taking prompt action against corrupt officials accused in the pilferage case of construction materials, Nyapin Sangram Phassang Students’ Union (NSPSU) has demanded immediate arrest of Assistant Engineer, Hydro Power Department, Ziro Sub-division, the prime accused in  the pilferage case. It also demanded the authority to ensure that the prime accused does not get anticipatory bail and go unpunished.

It further demanded suspension of the prime accused and said that if found guilty, he should be terminated from his service.

Meanwhile, the students union cautioned all the departments executing developmental projects in the area of Nyapin Sangram and Phassang to carry out the works properly by maintaining quality.


AITC office inauguration

ITANAGAR:  Rajya Sabha MP and  NE observer of All India Trinamool Congress. Kanwar Deep Singh  will inaugurate the AITC state unit office at Bank Tinali on March 2. He will also hold meeting with the  AITC legislators of the state and party workers.

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Kidnapping and sense of insecurity

Dear Editor,

The broad-day - light kidnapping of one Anchal Samity Member, Mijum Ada from his residence at Liru Village, Likabali , West Siang on February 26 has brought a sense of complete insecurity to the already tensed-border area people. Reportedly', at about 1000 hrs, the Panchayat leader was approached by six masked men equipped with firearms and demanded rice and one lac rupees in cash.

When Ada expressed his inability to part with any rice and cash, the masked men all of sudden pointed pistol and dragged him away to a white Maruti car and took to unknown place. After outcry by the family members, the news of kidnapping spread like jungle-fire and, the youths of the nearby area dared to chase and find out the kidnappers. Hearing such incidence, the state police personnel from Arunachal and Assam as well, immediately swung into action showing their full ability and started their search operation with information and cooperation from the local youths and villagers.

The kidnappers learnt to be local youths, sensing their soon- arrest following full chase by the police and villagers left the victim alone leaving behind the car and fled to unknown place.

Although the victim had been rescued, it is a matter of serious concerns not only for the people residing in border areas but also to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. The credit must goes to police, local youths and specially to Assam Police who despite unacquainted with hills, jungle,, & surroundings of the area, took prompt action to undertake the search operation and rescued the victim with cooperation from the local police and people.

While condemning such anti-social act by our local youths, it is urged that the youths reportedly arrested be given extreme punishment as per law and to investigate into the kidnapping case thoroughly to find out the root cause of such undesired activities.

It may be noted that the public does not yet know about Sanjay Kumar, an official of Mineral Development & Trading Corporation kidnapped three months before.

The state government should also come out with some comprehensive policy on security measures to curb  such crimes and initiate policies for unemployed youths so that they are not compelled to opt for such crimes.


Tapak Nguso Lendo,


State BJP



Transparency being maintained

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the letter issued by Techni Necha, a public leader on Feb 25. I being in-charge of the implementing agency of JNNURM scheme express my profound thankfulness to him for his kind appreciation extended to district administration and UD & H Department over the way we are improving some of the Itanagar colony roads. The need of the hour is indeed cooperation from all sections of people residing in Itanagar. On our part, we put all our endeavour to produce best output for the interest of public. The district administration is really helping the UD and H department by evicting all encroachers along the roads for making it as model road.

The support of Capital DC Dr S B Deepak Kumar and ADM Talo Potom is really appreciable.

The personnel monitoring and supervision constantly by Potom himself till late hours for many days made it possible to widen minimum workable width of the proposed five model roads which is highly appreciable.

Regarding implementation of JNNURM schemes for improvement of all roads, it is clarified that fund allocated under the present JNNURM scheme is limited. Hence, out of more than 100 colony roads of Itanagar, the UD &H, department has taken over around 45 roads of different length from PWD. Out of the 45, 15 roads have been proposed for construction as model roads by the Govt. The eviction for widening of these model roads is being carried out by the district administration presently. It was also decided to improve the remaining normal roads in the existing width. Accordingly, the construction of drainage system and retaining walls etc for normal roads are also being carried out without widening the road.  It is also our endeavour to maintain quality and transparency in the implementation of the scheme.


R D Lewi,

Dy Director, Capital,

Complex division.



Hindi wins over English

Dear Editor

The articulation by S. Mundayoor on the rise and fall of English language in our state is an earnest attempt but not complete. I do not dispute the rise of English language in the period when our state was a union territory as the administrative block was in Shillong and English had been the official language.

The dispute remains in its fall, our state did manage to keep English as the official language but only in theory and not in practice, the main reason to such a development was not only the failure of the teachers but the socio-historical conditions of the state at that time, cause unlike Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram the first and second generation of teachers had mostly been either Assamese speakers or Hindi while in the case of the above three states there second generation teachers were mostly indigenous citizen who had been educated in English. Thus in the long run Hindi won over both Assamese and English. The success of Hindi perpetuated with coming of Doordarshan and Prashar Bharti. Also Hindi cinema worked as a catalyst, when people in Meghalya and Mizoram were singing hits of 'Greece' and 'Abba' we were tuning to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Hindi has managed to perpetuate till today as the people started drawing status and class positions with its use. The main set back of English is due to its replacement by Hindi.


Zilpha Modi

Delhi, (on email).



What’s wrong with your newspaper?

Dear Editor,

It was indeed sad to hear about the alleged offence committed by some engineers as published in your daily. And if proven guilty, deemed punishment should be handed out to them. However, I thought it was immature on your part to have used their names, their designation would had sufficed for the news article, not that they are some hard criminals on the loose and are a threat to the society directly. Before that, I also recall you publishing a news article related to lodging of FIR for the same case and the accused handing out his clarification subsequently. I am therefore somehow forced to believe that the same news was just a follow up.

I thought it would not be uncalled for if I remind you that, the jurisprudence in our country is such that no one is assumed guilty until proven so in the court of law. But unfortunately, in our country and specially in our state, the media does not seems to have understood the logic behind it or may be, its the free market economy that is driving it to its lowest ebb of morality. Sensationalism and character assassination seems to be the new mantra.

And off-late your house seems to have become very good in doing it, happily obliging for the free unpaid sensational local news. We see it every now and then in your readers column with accusations and counter accusations by some 'tom', 'dick' and 'harry' taking out their personal grudge in public which really do not have any bearing for the general mass. I am a nobody to tell you how to run your paper, nor am I asking you to please anyone.

But, this I hope you would understand, before calling names give some thought about the impact that your news would have on someone and their near and dear ones. All that I am asking you is to use your discretion more often.

I know, our state have a lot of self-proclaimed activist who might not agree with what I am stating here, but as I said earlier let there be no media trial, let the media be the source of information. Let the law take its own course


K. Suresh,

Naharlagun,  (on email).


Work culture and Youth

Dear Editor,

We are suffering lots of traffic jam due to renovation of NH-52, but I would like to draw the attention of executing agency not to blind fold the public of the state by simply carpeting the surface of the road by the poor means of specifications, like inverse super elevation, not maintaining the cambering, poor mixing, executing the work without engineers in charge. Engineers in this state are busy in making their own benefit by neglecting their duties.

Equally I would like to draw the attentions of various student unions, specially Unemployed engineers students union of this state. At least they can raise their voice against such poor specifications of works, rather than running door to door of every departmental office for vacancies of posts.

When will the educated people learn to serve this state selflessly? This state is affected by a very dreadful epidemic known as 'deaf and dumb'. Please raise some voice against such in justices.

Best of luck to the youths of this State.


A youth (on email).



Silence and Khonsa

Dear editor

Through the columns of this esteemed daily I would like to express myself on the problem going on in Khonsa.

The thing which the people of Tirap can't seem to understand in this time of the bloody clashes in Khonsa is that why is the state govt keeping such a deafening silence not commenting on it let alone taking any action.

The people see no silver lining behind these dark clouds, they seem hopeless and if you happen to ask a person from there about the problem ,they would most certainly say that the problem is here to stay & with the state govt taking little interest it might as well be so. This is so discouraging & disheartening.

The feeling of security has gone to the wind as the security forces just stand as mere spectators when all this clashes go on, as if there is nexus between the security forces and the insurgents. Most of the departments are running without Heads of departments as they are on the run leading to stagnation of all works.

I would like to express my great appreciation to All Tirap Students Union for the work they are doing.

Please keep it up.

In this state of ours it is the student community that has to take up many task otherwise taken up by political parties and public leaders.


Khunw, Khonsa.



Set an example

Dear Editor,

The Hiya Youth Trust had launched fight against the corruption practice committed by Tanung Jamoh, the Assistant Engineer, Ziro Sub-Division Department of Hydro Power Development. We appreciate the City police led by its SP Chukhu Appa, the Officer-in-Charge of Banderdewa Police station N. Sora and K. Dev, the Investigating Officer in the case and the entire police team of Banderdewa Police station for prompt action against such corrupt officials. They are setting good examples for their departmental folks. We also urge the authority concerned not to grant anticipatory bail to Jamoh, the prime accused in the corruption case.

Therefore we would like to urge the home department to issue red alert about Jamoh and ensure that he is arrested as early as possible.

Further we also demand immediate termination of his service to set stringent example against corruption.


Tarh Kechak,

Tarh Atung

Hiya Youth Trust.



Commendable effort

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article published on Feb 25 under the heading Siru Rijo tea Garden. A true appreciation must go to the commendable effort of the person who initiated such a big project in an interior place of ours.

Besides the tea production, it is providing medical facility, markets and jobs to the people. Such kind of future oriented works should be highly encouraged. Please keep up your good work.


Litum (on email).






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