February  6

Miscreants at work again, four APSTS buses charred

Taba Ajum with input from ATNS

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: In a shocking incident, hooligans last night burnt down four buses of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) and caused extensive damage to few other buses inside the compound of transport station, Ganga, Itanagar. The damage could have been more extensive had fire tenders not arrived in right time. As per the report, mob went into rampage after two boys got seriously injured in an accident.  The bike collided head on with APSTS bus carrying security personnel at around 10.15 pm near the office of this daily.

Alleging that security personnel did not help the two victims, the mob went unruly. However police took the bus to Itanagar police station. Angry with the action of police, the mob tried to set ablaze the police station demanding that authority hand over the bus driver to them. Both the victims are currently undergoing treatment in RK Mission hospital and their condition is stated to be critical.

Capital SP Hibu Tamang informed that immediately after getting report of accident, police team had rushed to the spot.

“The police reached the spot to carry out the investigation. But the unruly crowd did not let us do any work and started pelting stones on us,” said SP Tamang.

He further added, “Police had to lob two tear gas shells to disperse the mob at Itanagar PS. At around 12 PM, the group went to STS station, Ganga and set on fire the four buses and damaged many others.”

According to the sources, police had deployed security forces around APSTS bus terminus but in front of strong mob they became helpless. No arrest has been made till the filing of this report.    

Meanwhile, friends of accident victims claim that police inaction to save life of two boys provoked them.”The two boys in pool of blood were kept near by the roadside. The bus was carrying security personnel and they should have taken the victim to hospital immediately after accident. But they did not and we had to take help of other people. This delay could have taken the life of victim,” informed one of the friends of victim.

Reacting to the incident, state Transport Minister Jarkar Gamlin appealed to the people not to take law in their own hands.  Talking about the road accident which resulted in destruction of APST buses, Gamlin further said, “If the bus driver did any mistake, the agitating mob should lodge complaint with the police and allow the police to investigate into the matter as per law instead taking law in to hand.”

The state Govt had introduced the APST bus service mainly for the poor people living in remote area of the state, minister said adding damage of public property like APSTS buses will badly affect its service for the people.

Moreover, if private parties are invited to run the APST bus service under the private pubic partnership model  unlike the APSTS, the private agencies will prefer to run the buses in town areas thereby creating communication problem for the remote people, he added.  All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Association has given 20 days ultimatum to the concern authority to arrest culprits involved in last night incident. Failing this association has threatened to launch democratic movement.  This is the second time; STS station has been set on blaze. On November 4, 2011 unknown miscreants had burnt down 3 buses of APSTS. The police are yet to make any arrest till date regarding that case too.

APATCYO demands action against miscreants

Meanwhile, alleging negligence of APST bus driver and police on duty during road accident, the Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani  Clans Youth Organization demanded the state Govt for compensation to the accident victims who are undergoing treatment at R K Mission Hospital.

Condemning the destruction of public properties like buses the organization further demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants who were involved in destruction of APSTS buses, action against the forces deployed in APST station for their alleged inaction and removal of fuel depot from Itanagar STS bus station complex.

Other demands of the organization include establishment of police beat in every APTST station in state, construction of protection wall and establishment of permanent fire station at Itanagar STS station. It said, fire extinguisher should be provided at Itanagar STS station as immediate measures.


Dr Moter Jini Gamlin passes away

CM, Governor mourn

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Dr. Moter Jini Gamlin, the 44 year old wife of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, has passed away this evening at a private hospital in Guwahati.

She leaves behind her husband, a 13-year-old daughter and four-year-old son, apart from her parents, parents-in-law and a host of relatives.

She was born on April 17, 1968 to social reformer Dagmo and Tongam Jini of Jini village in West Siang. A brilliant student, she completed her MBBS from Lady Hardinge’s Medical College, New Delhi in 1995. Four years later, she married Gamlin.

Dr Jini Gamlin had been unwell since Dec 2008 and undergone extensive treatment in Delhi and later at Guwahati. Her mortal remains is being brought back from Guwahati and according to family sources, will be laid to rest at Aalo on Feb 07.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh has expressed shock and grief at the sad demise of Dr. Moter Jini Gamlin.

The Governor conveyed his sympathy to Gamlin and the bereaved family members.

“My wife Anupama and I join all the people of the State in conveying our heartfelt condolences. We pray to Almighty God to give you strength to bear this tragedy and offer our prayers for eternal peace of the departed soul”, the Governor said a condolence letter to Gamlin.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a message has also expressed his heartfelt condolences at the demise of Late Jini Gamlin.

In his condolence message to former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, Tuki wrote “I am aware, how painful it is to you to be deprived of the love and affection of a wife and the futility of these words of condolences. But we should take solace in the eternal truth that the soul is immortal”.

“May Almighty God give enough strength and courage to your family members to bear this irreparable loss”, the message further added.

Galo Welfare Society has also mourned the demise of Late Dr Jini Gamlin.


The Sadiya Snake Pillar - Mishmi Ahom friendship

Raju Mimi

I had heard lot about the famous Snake Pillar of Sadiya. During one visit to Guwahati city last January, I turned on to the southern end of Dighalipukhuri Tank in Ambari, where the Assam State Museum is located.

The Assam State Museum represents the cultural diversity of the North East. First opened in 1940, the museum collection includes many archeological objects. It also exhibits wide range of hand-loom materials, musical instruments, ancient coins, weapons, religious sculptures, manuscripts and crafts of the region.

Inside the small entrance hall of the museum is the ‘Snake Pillar’ that stands facing west. On the back is the reception and in left is the passage/staircase to other museum rooms.

The only little information available about the pillar is the description in Assamese and English, which is on a painted metal plate, erected beside the structure. On it is written: “The inscriptions in pillar (Ahom script) records a declaration made during the reign of Swargadeo Suhummong (1498-1539) to effect that Misimis would give four baskets full of poison to the Ahoms who in return would allow the Misimis to dwell in the hills.” The inscriptions on the Snake Pillar written in Ahom script is the oldest surviving Ahom text, inscribed for King Siuw Hum Miung (1497-1539) or Swarga Deo Suhummong. Reading the description on the metal plate, the immediate impression it carries is the Ahom dominion over the hills. More findings later, revealed the Mishmi-Ahom amity.

Some information on the Snake Pillar is found in the book, ‘Encyclopedia of North East India' by Hamlet Bareh. According to the book, the Stone-Pillar was installed at Sadiya maidan. Its height is 11 and base 15" x 15" square. The entire structure is shaped into an octagonal. It has vase capital and serpent-entwined thereon. The entire block is sculptured from a single block stone. It was erected, by Ahom in 15th century AD.

The book also has the translation of the inscription, which mentions: "I, the Dhingia Bara Gohain do engrave on the, stone pillar and the copper plate these writings (with the strength of which) the Mishmis are to dwell on the hills near the Dibang River with their families, children attendants and followers. They will occupy all the hills. They will give four basketful of poison and other things as tribute and keep watch on the body of the fat Gohain (Sadiya Khowa Gohain). If anybody happens to be in possession of and wishes to remain on all sides (of the hills), he is prohibited from encroachment. If any body would dwell by the side of the hills, he would surely become a slave (of the Mishmis). I do proclaim wide that if anybody sits exalted, he should break the agreement and break the stone.”

The pillar is the only little evidence that establishes the contact between the hill tribes (of Arunachal) and the Ahoms. Prior to Ahom annexation of Sadiya in 1522, the Chutiyas ruled this northeastern part of Assam. The Ahoms established their rule by instituting the position of Sadiya Khowa Gohain, the governor in charge of Sadiya. According to the historians, the Mishmis and Ahoms maintained complete peace and amity from 16th century to the advent of British in 1826. Colonel Ved Prakash in his book ‘Encyclopedia of North East India’ mentions the Snake Pillar as the record of treaty of friendship between Mishmis and Dhingia Bara Gohain, an Ahom minister for Sadiya Khowa Gohain.


TCS calls for strong case against Bohun Bo

ITANAGAR, Feb 5:  While expressing relief at the arrest of Bohun Bo, the master mind of Daporijo MMS scandal, the Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) has requested the DGP to appoint an officer who has excellent record in investigation of criminal cases.

‘With background of police officer he knows loopholes of criminal justice system, as such, he might try to take advantage of the same if the IO does not prepare an evidently good prosecution case,’ the Society said.

By absconding he has already jumped one of the main conditions of interim bail bond hence question should not arise for enlarging him on regular bail so soon, it said.  In a strongly worded release, the TWS further stated that “Bo not only appears to be weird, pervert & threat to society but his reported impersonation as a CBI officer and possible linkages with UG elements makes him a threat to National Security too”.

While suggesting further investigation in order to ascertain these facts, the society further said that “ if proved, he should be convicted & put behind bar for maximum term of his life as letting him loose would be a threat to the society as well as to the security of the nation.”

The TWS has expressed its gratefulness to Dipankar Mishra, Dy SP & his team of IRBn personnel of SIT who finally nabbed the notorious fugitive.

“ We also appreciate the work of all Police officers who tirelessly worked behind the scenes to nab the culprit especially the DGP, DIGP, AIGP, SP Changlang and all rank & file. The patience of the people of Upper Subansiri too deserves appreciation as it allowed the govt. & police force to take its own time to act without threat of ultimatum or bandh call” it said.


Outreach health camp at remote Lazu

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Tirap District Police and District Health Society have jointly organized an outreach health camp at Lazu village near the Myanmar international border today.

Altogether 249 patients, including children and pregnant women were benefitted from the health camp conducted by a team of doctors including Dr Sudhir Bagrodia, child specialist and Dr Diganto Burman from Dibrugarh. Free medicines were also distributed to the patients. Besides chief of Lazu village Wanggo Lowang,  Khonsa DRCHO Dr K Perme,  Dr K Socia, Dr K Matey, Dr MT Lazi and paramedical staff were present on the occasion.

Dr Bagrodia also visited the Mother Teresa Home orphanage and examined 27 orphans.

Earlier during his inaugural address, Tirap SP V Singh advised the gathering to give up opium cultivation as opium cultivation is quite rampant in this area. He asked them to take up horticulture and agriculture to boost rural economy. DRCHO K Perme also spoke on the occasion.


CM give emphasis on self employment avenues

REILA starts on a colourful note

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: “Let us be employers, not simple employees” asserted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while exhorting the students of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic to make use of their technical knowhow to  start their own enterprises and gainfully help the government in easing the burden of employment problem.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Institution’s annual Recreation, Entertainment, Information and Literary Activities (REILA) here at the RGGP premises today.

“This Polytechnic has a distinct importance as it caters to the most essential thing needed for development of a backward state like Arunachal Pradesh. As it gives training in specialized fields like automobile engineering, computer engineering, hotel management, garments and fashion technology, etc it helps in developing skilled manpower. Our youths will get proper training in skills that would not only help them in getting employed in skilled posts, which is of utmost demand in the modern world, but also prepare them to go for self-employment” Tuki observed.

While terming the youth force of the state to be channelized by proper guidance and skilled training, the Chief Minister lauded RGGP for providing both to the youths of the state.

“Only education without any development of skill in a particular field is of not much use in today’s world. We have to be expert in at least one particular field and then only we can earn and live a gainful life” Tuki further added.

The Chief Minister appealed the youth to learn the essence of ‘Dignity of Labour’ and not feel shy to take up any work big or small.

 “Future of Arunachal Pradesh is bright. I only ask your cooperation and call up to you  not only see the government as a provider but as a partner in leading the state to a bright future” Tuki emphatically said.

While responding to a 10 point memorandum submitted by the institute fraternity which basically surrounded towards infrastructural development, the chief minister issued immediate directives to the work department and engineers present on the occasion to start exercising the survey work so that the requests could be addressed in the 12th Five Year Plan.

Speaking at the occasion, Director Higher and Technical Education Joram Begi stressed on putting effort in the academic activities in order to compete the outer world. He appealed the students of RGGP to work hard and excel in their fields thereby bringing laurels to the state and the institution.

After witnessing the NSS’s success, the Director hinted for making NSS compulsory to all Colleges in the state.

Among others J Padu, Joint Director, Higher and Technical Education and Principal of RGGP AK Tripathy also spoke on the occasion.

Impressive march past and a mega dance show were other attraction on the day.


Bagang calls for promotion of local languages

AVK’s Women conference held

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Arunachal Vikas Parishad Papumpare, Lower Subansiri  and Kurung Kumey districts conducted women workers ‘ conference here at MTDC, Midpu near Doimukh on Feb 4-5.

Around hundred workers from Koloriang, Ziro, Yazali, Doimukh, Naharlagun, Balijan and Itanagar areas attended the conference.

The conference commenced with a procession of participating delegates in the Doimukh area led by Kabak Beyak and Arati Tayeng, the President and the General Secretary of the Organisiing committee respectively.

At the valedictory function, MLA, Chayan Tajo Karya Bagang, said  “We have to preserve our culture, women have to play major and good role in the well being of the family and also in the society. Our children are forgetting our mother tongue. We have to encourage them to speak our language”.

She assured to help in the activities carried out by the Arunachal Vikas Parishad.

Nabam Atum, veteran social worker of Arunachal Pradesh, expressed happiness in the cultural renaissance taking place in Arunachal Pradesh. It is the result of the concerted efforts of the people like you who are present in this conference, he said.  

On the opening day, Secretary IPR Indira Mallo Jain, said that the coming together is, indeed, a great achievement. She said the getting together of various tribes here will help to establish confidence that is the need of the hour. She also assured to do all possible help for the good work of Arunachal Vikas Parishad.

Onam Pertin, Development Officer, Industries and crafts, said mothers are  vital members of the family.

In all field of activities women are coming up shoulder to shoulder with their male counterpart, she said.  

Pratik Potom, President, Arunachal Vikas Parishad also spoke during the programe.

Resource persons who have conducted classes in the various sessions were Dr.Taba Nirmali on Health and Hygiene, Alka Gouri on Spiritual Development, Puna Sumpa on biographies of Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo and Padmabhushan Ranima Gaidinliu of Nagaland, Yamak Mize on Role of women in the family and society and Dr. Bige Yongam on how to create congenial atmosphere for the education of our children.


Departments plan for 12th five year plan

Focus on Skill development and employment generation

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Capacity building, skill development and employment generation figure as prime agenda for the 12th Five Year Plan.

The Chief Minister has been chairing the review meeting with all the departments organized by the Planning Department here at CM’s conference hall from February 3 last and is expected to stretch for another 3 days. New policies and programmes envisioned by the departments during the 12th Five Year Plan are being extensively discussed.

Apart from infrastructural development, efforts would be put on to adopt PPP model for more participation of private sectors in the development wagon of the state. It may be recalled that the State Government had recently adopted the PPP model for various projects in the state. Tourism sector in particular has been chalked out for extensive PPP model in terms of accommodation, transportation and creation of Adventure Tourism Infrastructure and its promotion. Rural tourism through cluster approach has also been outlined in the vision besides opening up of new Tourist Circuits and promotion of religious tourism has been proposed.  

While food security and revenue generation will be categorically emphasized, efforts would be put on to check revenue leakages.

Planning & Finance Minister Chowna Mein, Planning Secretary Ankur Garg, Special Secretary Finance Sonam Chombay and host of planning department officers along with directors and chief engineers of various departments have been attending the review meeting.

CM’s Principal Advisor T N Thongdok also attended today’s review meeting.


Changlang District T20 Night Cricket

Tom Simai

JAIRAMPUR, Feb 5: ‘Geo Enpro’ Changlang District T20 Night Cricket Tournament’ is being organized by District Youth Congress from February 13  here at General Ground.

Speaking on the sideline of the ground preparation, District Youth Congress former President James Jugli informed that this time around the tourney will be more grand and better than the previous edition.

Jairampur, under local Minister Setong Sena has proven time and again through various innovative events like Pangsau Pass Winter Festival, Butterfly India Meet, Pangsau Pass Car Expedition etc that by motivating and involving the youths some exemplary upshots can be accomplished.  

Sports, gradually is attracting the attention of the youths and Night T20 is encouraging them to anticipate for better things in days to come and I’m glad it’s shaping up the sporting talents and proffering a whole new dimension and avenues to gifted generation of the region, Sena said.

The second edition assures to traverse the sporting standard created by the inaugural tournament last year to the next level of entertainment and entertainment only, informed joyous T20 Night Cricket Secretary Nobinkam Tikhak.

With the limited resources in hand, all the efforts have been made to make the event world class. This time around, each match will be broadcasted live on the ground and besides electronic scoreboard (scoring software imported from United Kingdom) the third empire will be all wired up with latest technology available, he added smiling ear to ear.

1,00,000 watts floodlights on high raised tower on six corners will illuminate the oval glade and the sporting carnival is sure enough to entertain for eleven days at a stretch, T20 Night Cricket co-ordinator Tarun Majumder said.

The inaugural tournament last year commenced with minor flaws which have been taken care in the second edition and it’s assumed that the tourney will attract thousands of visitors from the state and neighbouring Assam, he added.

As a good will gesture, a team of Arunachal Youth Congress from Itanagar will also participate in the competition, informed Arif Siddiqui who is also brain behind all the technical glitz of the tourney.

A calendar 2012, “Glimpses of Rural Rendezvous” a candid tribute to incredible talents and their youthful energies of the state, shall also be released by CM on the day, Siddiqui added.

He further informed that the winner and runner up beside trophy will also get Rs 50000 and Rs 25000 respectively as well as man of the match will receive Rs 5000 and man of the series 15000.

We are all set to accommodate the thousands of vehicles expected during the tournament including security, informed Jairampur OC KM Das.  

It is to mention that Geo Enpro, an oil exploration company based in Kharsang is the major sponsor of the magnificent event.


Red Rockfest at Pasighat, DC calls for mass awareness

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Pasighat town witnessed Red Rockfest, a concert under multi media campaign on HIV/AIDS organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society in town club on February 4.

Local Rock Bands from the district Black Church and Magis apart from MMC star performer Alien Gods rocked the huge gathering of youth.

In an innovative way to create awareness on HIV, the Alien Gods’ lead vocal Olik Boko asked a young audience to explain  the mode of spreading HIV/AIDS and it preventive measures. The youth was presented a T-Shirt on Red Rockfest for giving all right answers.

While kicking off the campaign East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok called upon the youth to play a crucial role in preventing further spread of HIV/AIDS and stay safe. “Youth being the backbone of the nation has to play a crucial role in preventing further spread of HIV”, the DC said.

Appreciating the idea of involving youths in the MMC, he said prevention is the only medicine available against HIV/AIDS. It can be prevented only by generating awareness through campaign like Multi Media.

Zila Parishad Member Okom Yosung in his address advocated for open discussion on sex and  alertness of  youth against the menace of HIV/AIDS. He also urged the government to start sex education in the schools and colleges to prevent the dreaded diseases.

East Siang ATA president Tabung Ering urged the youth  response to the call of MMC to prevent HIV/AIDS.

APSACS joint director Dr. Riken Rina while giving a brief introduction of MMC said that the campaign aims at creating awareness among the youth aged between 15 to 29 years. He also highlighted the current scenario of HIV/AIDS in the state.

East Siang DMO Dr. T. Taloh said that youths should volunteer themselves to prevent HIV which has emerged as major challenge for mankind.


Fruit drop in mandarin orange –a threat in Lower Dibang Valley

In Arunachal Pradesh major Khasi Mandarin growing belts are the East Siang,West Siang and Lower Dibang Valley districts. The total area covered Citrus in Arunachal Pradesh is 25000 hectares and produced 37780 tonnes of fruits of which Lower Dibang Valley occupies 2780 hectares of land under citrus out of which Orange area is 762 hectares under bearing and 1456 hectares under nonbearing and produces 5715 tonnes (Anon,2010).The major constraints in production are heavy long spell of rains, soil erosion due to cultivation on 60-70% sloppy land, malnutrition, acidic soils with widespread zinc deficiency and different diseases like tristeza and greening.

Shedding of fully developed fruits prior to harvest is known as preharvest fruit drop which constitutes one of the major problem in citrus cultivation of the Lower Dibang Valley district. A total fruit drop of 50-60 percent observed 3-4 months preceding harvesting is observed in Musambi and Khasi Mandarin.

The major causes of fruit drop can be physiological factors, pathological factors, entomological reasons and abiotic factors. Physiological factors can be overcome by a single spray of 2,4-D(20 ppm) in August or two sprays of 10ppm each one in August and October. Under Zinc deficiency 0.6% zinc sulfate is very much effective to control fruit drop.

For entomological causes –firstly we can collect the insect manually and destroy them. Next, we have to remove the affected twigs of the plant and burning the affected twigs outside the field(twig borers will die by that).The adult of the trunk borers emerge from April to till September end. These can be controlled by shaking the trees or beating the branches and killing them by dipping in an insecticidal solution. or in kerosene. The trees infested with trunk borer can be treated with 0.02% Dichlorovos 5ml/bored hole and closing the hole with wet mud. Lastly proper weed management at proper time reduces the 50% chances of fruit drop in Mandarin orange as, all the insects harbouring in weeds can be eradicated by that process.

* Posted in Govt. Citrus Nursery, Balek, Roing,Lower Dibang Valley District (A.P)

Pasighat to host state level Citrus Show


PASIGHAT, Feb 5: In order to encourage quality production of citrus fruits and to assess the problems faced by the growers, the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat, in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra here is organizing a state level “Citrus Show” on February 10.

The organizers informed that the day-long programme will include an interaction programme, where the farmers would be given opportunity to exchange ideas among themselves and with the experts.

The state’s horticulture department reports reveals that citrus is one of the major fruit crop in the hilly state and various citrus species like mandarins, oranges, limes, lemons, graph vines besides many other wild species are being cultivated in Arunachal. There is an urgent need to safeguard the valuable resources and facilitate the citrus growers for sustaining the productivity and developing entrepreneurship.


“Leh-the Destiny” screened at RGU

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Commemorating the 29th Foundation Day of Rajiv Gandhi University, Monpa film “Leh- the Destiny” was screened at University auditorium on Saturday night.

The film directed by DK Thungon has all elements of cross-border romance, comedy and actions.

The film is the first of its kind and collaborative attempt by India and Bhutan and most of the shootings of the film were done in  Bhutan.

Showcasing a film that too in an institute of higher learning is the most exciting moment in my life, said director Thungon.  He expressed the hope that the film will definitely give a new direction in Arunachal Pradesh which is still in nascent stage in film making.     

Earlier, RGU community gave a warm welcome to the director and actors of the film and encouraged them.


Training on mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA), an NGO has conducted a mushroom training programme for the Miyajombo Self-Help Group, Mayu-I village in Lower Dibang valley district. Altogether 10 SHG members took part in it.

AMYAA secretary Paul Chawang and staff Jangam Pansa imparted training as resources persons. During the training, the participants were educated about the benefit of mushroom cultivation as alternative source of income, its price value and marking facilities.


Electricity revenue drive

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Capital electrical division, department of power, would carry out official revenue drive in the capital from February 10.

During the drive, legal and financial penalties would be imposed against the defaulters apart from collection of liabilities.


PWD store area encroached

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: All Arunachal Youngster United Federation in a letter to Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex Itanagar, Naharlagun alleged that the office area of Executive Engineer, PWD Capital Division-A, Itanagar is being encroached. It said that store of PWD has been completely dismantled and earth cutting is being carried out in the spot but PWD authority is still silent over the issue. It appealed to the DC to initiate action against the encroachers and the concerned authority. It further urged the DC to set up an inquiry committee within 14 days and threatened to launch a movement if the government fails to take necessary step on the issue.

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The grieving family awaits justice

Dear Editor,

60 days has gone by since the passing away of late Chow Pipali Chowtang. All these days, his 89 year old grandfather, 79 year old grandmother and the whole grieving family members have been patiently waiting for justice.

They were anxiously watching with high hope for justice by the Enquiry team appointed by the Deputy Commissioner, Lohit vide order no. vide No: LJ-15/2011(Pt) 19950-57 dated 13/12/201l.

But even after anxiously waiting for full 60 days, the family members are yet to get any status report. They are yet to even receive any correspondence from the administration.

So, with a heavy heart, I am writing to you.  

It's about the stagnant investigation of the local and district administration, the Arunachal Pradesh State Government and JNV Samiti in solving the case of the unnatural, untimely and mysterious death of two innocent students on 9th December outside JNV Mahadevpur School. They were boarder of JNV Mahadevpur.

This matter spread out like wild fire through the columns of your esteemed daily on 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th December 2011. And I dare to say that this matter was submitted to the Governor and Chief Minister personally by the students Union and the Youths Organisation of the concerned district, particularly Namsai and Lathao areas but even after 60 days no concrete report has been handed over to the grieving family till date.

As per Deputy Commissioner, an order was issued to the Additional Deputy Commissioner Namsai to conduct a discrete magisterial enquiry into the missing and death of the two students and it was ordered to submit the report within 30 days. The whole society is waiting anxiously to know how both the students were able to go out of hostel un-noticed by the school authority. If school authority says they had run away or gone without permission, then I dare say that it’s totally the negligence of school authority and its fault for not looking and providing proper security to the students who are staying at the hostel under their guidance.

The saddest things which make me feel like crying is the negligence of the Jawahar Navodaya samiti, Regional Office Shillong and H.Q New Delhi, the Local Administration Namsai Sub-Division and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Two months have gone but not a single person from these mentioned names have visited the grieving family.

I am indeed very sorry to say that the assurance given by the Governor and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh to look into the matter and grant compensation to the poor and grieving family members of late Chow Pipali Choutang, son of Chow Laiawon Choutang of Lathao Village and late Ajeckso Manyu, son of Chowla Manyu of Wekhitliang village seem to be a false promise.

I dare to write and say that it is totally inhuman to keep quit and that’s why I am writing this letter to your daily to let the Arunachal Government and the JNV Samiti know how the poor and helpless families of Chow Lajawon Choutang of Lathao and Chowla Manyu of Wekhetliang were devastated by the tragic end of their beloved and loving young sons. Both of them were brilliant, well disciplined and excellent in all activities. The dreams which their poor parents have nourished for years are really unimaginable. It is beyond us to calculate the pain and loss they faced.


Chow Lakhumang Chowtang

Lathao, Lohit



Baseless allegations

Dear Editor,

The allegations against the RWD Executive Engineer, Roing Division are totally baseless, politically motivated and fabricated.

A PDS Godown with a sanctioned cost of 20.94 Lacs is under construction at Etalin, Dibang Valley District. The work was started by the reputed local contractor of Anini. It is a small project in a far-flung area for which floating tender is not required as there is no registered class 1& 2 contractor of building project at Anini. So if the tender is floated then the work could have been allotted to outsiders who would be unacceptable to the local public. So to reduce the intense pressure of the public and for public welfare the work was taken up by the local contractor in consultation with the public, their leaders concerned and the department.

And the decision taken was on the basis of a consensus directive and instructions.

If the public of Dibang Valley desires tender could be floated for the next project by taking all concerns into confidence as desired by the higher authorities and the state government. No work is allotted without the approval of the authority and consent of the public and their leaders.

The people of Dibang Valley have always been cooperating with the executing agency giving momentum to most of the government projects in their greater welfare.

Such decision would also provide employment to the educated unemployed people of the area.

And the media should have seen the local situation and take the entire picture into consideration before leveling unsubstantiated allegations to tarnish the image of officers and the government, which is not the objective of the Press.


Y P Singh

EE RWD, Roing



Options for cancer treatment

Dear Editor,

Cancer is one of the killer diseases in Arunachal. There are many causes as to how a person incurs this deadly disease and many of them are very well known to us. Yet we act and behave so carelessly. We many a times forget that stitch in time saves nine.

I urge my fellow being to avoid those things harmful to our health and go for regular medical checkups. The main motto of writing this article is my little experience and understanding about cancer. Many a times, cancer patients in Arunachal undertake treatment in Itanagar or at the most in Gauhati where the medical expenditures are very high.

But there are many good government hospitals and establishments in other parts of our country with much better facilities for fighting cancer and the expenditure is at far less than the expenditure in Gauhati or Itanagar. One such institution is Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra. There are many government concessions for the cancer patients like medicines are available at subsidised rates, concessions in flight and railway fares. People should avail these facilities. The poor knowledge and lack of education among the poor people are the main barriers.

Therefore  I urge all the educated readers of The Arunachal Times to spread this message, reach to as many people you can and help save precious live.


Kesto Loriak




Economic trajectory

An additional three billion Asians could enjoy living standards similar to those in Europe today, and the region could account for over half of global output by the middle of this century. The optimistic finding of Asian Development Bank's Asia 2050 report comes with a word of caution though - while an Asian Century is plausible, it is far from preordained.

ADB also supports green growth and sustainable development through mechanisms such as the Climate Investment Fund, under which multilateral development banks have mobilized $6.5 billion for developing countries, with $2.5 billion earmarked for Asia and the Pacific.

The study presents two alternative scenarios for Asia's economic trajectory between now and 2050: the Asian Century Scenario and the Middle Income Trap Scenario. Under the latter, Asia's GDP per capita would be only about half of what could be achieved under the Asian Century Scenario!

This study brings to light some critical multi-generational issues such as widening income disparities and demographic changes.

The bottom-line is that a lot depends on our policy choices and its implementation.