February  28

Maintain age-old relation: Dabi exhorts people of Assam and Arunachal

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 27: Nari-Koyu MLA and Govt spokesperson Tako Dabi today exhorted the people of both Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to maintain a cordial relation for peaceful co-existence.

Addressing a public meeting at Pam village under Nari-Koyu area, Dabi urged the people of both the states to maintain their age-old relationship and communal harmony for overall development of the two neighbouring states.

“Development can take place when there is peace and communal harmony; he said and opined that economic development of a particular area depends mainly upon the development of surface communication and proper use of the natural resources available. People of both the states have equal responsibility towards development of the border areas, Dabi said.

Dabi asserted that he was working relentlessly for improving the socio-economic status of the local people irrespective of caste, creed and religious beliefs.

Earlier, Dabi opened a newly completed PMGSY road constructed from NF railway to Pam village with a length of 2.5 km. The road was constructed by Pasighat division of Rural Work Department at the cost of Rs 2.63 crore. Dabi hoped the tran-Arunachal highways being constructed in the state will play a major role in state’s economy thereby bringing rapid development besides inter-linking all the districts. Speaking on the occasion,  East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok suggested the local people to take proper care of the public properties while urging them to take active part in successful implementation of government schemes.

Present on the occasion were Nari ADC, T Mibang, RWD executive engineer T Taboh, government officials,PRI leaders and gaon burahs.



RIWATCH inks collaboration with America’s leading University on public research


ROING, Feb 27: Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage (RIWATCH) achieved a new feat on Sunday when it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with University of South Florida (USF).

USF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, which is one of the Florida state's three flagship universities for public research, and is located in Tampa, Florida, USA.

The MoU was signed between Dr Joram Begi, Director of Higher and Technical Education, government of Arunachal Pradesh and chairperson, RIWATCH and Dr Maria de los Angeles Crummett, Associate Vice President for Global Affairs, USF in a simple ceremony held at institute's campus located in Khinjili, Roing. A large gathering of local villagers, government officials, social workers, well wishers, and host of dignitaries that included Laeta Umbrey, MLA, Roing, Kelo Pulu, President, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS), Tone Mickrow, Secretary, IMCLS and Iduli ZPM Anjite Menjo witnessed the historic signing.

“The new partnership seeks to explore together on activities of an academic and cultural nature by involving students and faculties of USF and RIWATCH by developing collaborative projects to strengthen and enrich international educational and research experiences,” said Vijai Swami, Full Bright Fellow and Executive Director, RIWACH. “It will open avenues for students and researchers to explore cultural and educational studies across the continent.”

The two parties agreed to support its faculties and researchers to develop contracts and propose collaborative projects which will be considered based on its merit and availability of funds. It further agreed to seek internal and external sources of support of project programmes and exchanges.

Speaking on behalf of USF, Dr Maria said, “We have come here to work with you because we are dreaming big and USF as a global institution believes in engaging locally, nationally and internationally. This is a very special honor for us because we are working with nothing less than humanity itself.”

USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a "very high research" institution. In its 2010 ranking, the Intellectual Property Owners Association placed USF 9th among all universities worldwide in the number of US patents granted.

“How it is that we can enrich the life of our students in America, by knowing about people, languages, cultures, traditions of another country, of another region of India. And that is here present, vibrant and welcomes us with open arms,” said Dr Maria expressing delight at the prospect of USF’s new engagement with the local community.

“It is an honor and privilege to be represented, to be part of the great institution RIWATCH which defines what we mean by global engagement,” she said.

RIWATCH was established in Nov 5, 2009 at Iduli, Roing and its foundation was laid by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Gen. J. J. Singh. It is an Affiliate unit of International Centre for Cultural Studies (ICCS), Pennsylvania, USA.

The institute offers research scholars to study different ethnic groups of North East India and initiate comparative and cross cultural studies of various ethnic groups of different countries. It also facilitates young scholars from North East India to have opportunities of cross cultural studies in foreign countries and vice versa.

RIWATCH is spread over 10 hectors of land in Khinjili, Roing donated by Somu Linggi, former IMCLS General Secretary and RIWATCH Treasurer. The newly completed administrative block was inaugurated by Dr Maria.  

Dr Ann C. DeBaldo, Associate Vice President for USF health international who was accompanied Dr Maria inaugurated the RIWATCH’s new building of Center for Public Health Research. The institute has as many as six departments: Center of Himalayan Herbs and Ethnic Medicine (HHEM), sociology, anthropology, archaeology and museaology. The campus has a well developed herbal garden that grows local medicinal plants and other important herbs.  

RIWATCH also has the Center for Community Research, located in Abali village, 5 km from the main campus in a plot owned by institute member Kotige Mena. It is established as part of the institute to engage and work with the local community. It was inaugurated by Dr Martha L Coulter, director, Harrell Center for the Study of Family Violence, USF College of Public Health.

RIWATCH proposes to develop itself into a full fledged university to be known as UWATCH (University of World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage). Despite infrastructure hurdles and a humble beginning, Vijai Swami, the brain behind the institute is optimistic enough. “It’s not the building that will make the RIWATCH. The programs will make the RIWATCH,” he says.



Beijing has ‘no rights’ to interfere in India’s affair

China's objection to Arunachal visit most unfortunate: A K Antony

Antony’s visit to Arunachal

NEW DELHI/ BANGALORE, Feb 27:  Defence Minister A K Antony today slammed China for raising objections to his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, describing Beijing's comments on the issue as "most unfortunate" and "really objectionable".

He said Arunachal is an integral part of India as Jammu and Kashmir and as defence minister it is his right and duty to visit the state, which has recently celebrated 25th anniversary of its statehood.

"I was surprised to see such a reaction. I feel it is most unfortunate and, at the same time, it is really objectionable," he told reporters here.

His comments came as China reacted sharply to Antony's visit to Arunachal Pradesh for its statehood celebrations and said India should refrain from taking any action that could "complicate" the border issue.

Antony said it was his right as defence minister to visit all border states.

"I have been visiting Arunachal since 1984. This time, I was thrilled to visit the state on its silver jubilee of attaining statehood," he said, adding the state has achieved progress.

Defending Antony's visit to the northeastern state on the border with China last week, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna asserted that Beijing had "no rights" to interfere in its domestic affairs.

"India will not tolerate external interference of China into the Indian territorial affairs".

Krishna also reminded China that Arunachal Pradesh is a "part and parcel" of India.

"All seven states in North Eastern parts of India are part and parcel of India and China has no rights to make adverse remarks on Antony's visit to Arunachal Pradesh," he told reporters.

India has taken the Chinese remarks "seriously" and it would take up the issue with Beijing at an appropriate forum, he added. Krishna also said it was not the first visit to the northeastern state by Antony.

Reacting sharply to Antony's visit to Arunachal Pradesh for its statehood celebrations, China said India should refrain from taking any action that could "complicate" the border issue.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has "asked India to work with China to maintain peace and stability in border areas", state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China routinely takes exception to any high level visits of Indian officials to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims is a part of Southern Tibet.

It was part of the discussion of the past 15 rounds of border talks by the Special Representatives by the two countries. China also denies visa to people of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its claim to the area.

In a recent case, visa was denied to a senior Indian Air Force officer to visit China as part of defence delegation prompting New Delhi to scale down the size of the delegation. PTI



New fish species found in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Researchers have discovered a new fish species Garra kalpangi from Arunachal Pradesh.

The research team including Dr. K. Nebeshwar, Senior Researcher, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manipur University; Dr. Kenjum Bagra, Research Officer, Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board and Dr. D.N. Das, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University have named their discovery after River Kalpangi at Yazali.

The research article has been published in the February, 2012 edition of the Journal of threatened taxa and is available online at http://threatenedtaxa.org.

The cyprinid fish under genus Garra are bottom dwellers. The genus consists of approximately 70 species in the region from Borneo, southern China and southern Asia through Middle East Asia, Arabian Peninsula and East Africa to West Africa. There are altogether 15 valid species of Garra known from the Himalayan foothills and distributed in the Ganga, Brahmaputra and Chindwin basins in northeastern India. Including the currently described one, in Arunachal Pradesh there are nine species of Garra, namely, G. lissorhynchus, G. annandalei, G. gotyla, G. kempi, G. lamta, G. mcClellandi, G. arupi and G. naganensis.

In 2009, Dr. Kenjum Bagra and his research team published a list of fishes of Arunachal Pradesh numbering 213 species in an International journal. Since then, there has been addition of four more discoveries.

Considering the remoteness of vast area of fish habitats in the rivers of the state, it is expected that many more new species would be discovered from the region.



Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Nyokum Yullo, major festival of the Nyishi community was celebrated in various parts of the state with traditional fervor on February 26.

Addressing the gathering on the festive occasion at Yachuli, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary, Likha Saaya called upon the people to preserve their own culture and tradition. He further said, such kind of festival provide a common platform for people irrespective of their caste and creed to promote brotherhood and harmony.

Highlighting the achievement in his constituency, the MLA sought people’s cooperation for rapid development. He also assured to sanction fund for infrastructure development of the ground like construction of a store room and toilet.

While lauding the Nyishi community for preserving their rich tradition and culture since time immemorial, Yachuli ADC Kento Peyang exhorted the community people; particularly youth to shoulder responsibility for educating the masses about the need of promoting  culture.   Besides cultural programmes, sports competitions were also organized to mark the celebration.

The Festival was also celebrated with six days programme at Yupia. The main attraction of the festivity was fashion show contest wherein Aman Yangfo  and Tana Demin won the Mr and Mrs Nyokum title respectively.

Impressed with the first ever colourful celebration of the Nyokum Yullo at district headquarters, Chief Engineer (Power) Anong Perme called upon the festival organizing committee to keep up the same tempo and continue the celebration in future.  Among others, IT director S Dey Sarker was also present.

Participating in the Nyokum celebration at Sango village under Phassang circle, Transport Minister Jarkar Gamlin emphasized on preservation of culture and tradition.

In her address, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Chairman Gumri Ringu called for empowerment of women in the society and asked the people to fight against child marriage and polygamy. Among others, former minister Tater Kipa, former MLA Kipa Babu and PPA chairman Kameng Ringu were present on the occasion.

Earlier, Gamlin took part in the pre-Nyokum celebration at Leel on February 25.  Parliamentary secretary, tax and excise, Lokam Tassar, Sangram ZPM Tai Yapang also joined the celebration.

At Sangram, MLA Ralom Borang inaugurated the Nyokum Yullo  festival in presence of  huge gathering  including engineer Gumto Doji of power department, Ziro.

Participating in the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Changlang, parliamentary secretary, WRD, Thingaap Taiju called for documentation of culture and heritage for posterity.

SP T Amo and Er Charu Sakap also spoke on the occasion.  Other highlights of the celebration were traditional modern and Buya dances.

Nyokum  Yullo was also celebrated by the Nyishi people at Namsai and Mahadevpur on February 27 with traditional gaiety.

Addressing the gathering at Namsai, Additional Deputy Commissioner T Miso called upon the people to work together for unity, peace and prosperity. Among others, Panchayat members, Govt officials attended the celebration.

At Kimin, the10th ITBP personnel played the role of perfect host for grand celebration of the Nyokum Yullo at the Mini Football Stadium.  

.The main attraction of the celebration was the spectacular performance by the ITBP Jazz Band. ITPB Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar highlighted the activities of the Himveers for welfare of common people on the occasion. He also informed about the on-going year-long  golden Jubilee celebration of the ITPB. Among others, MLA S R Subha from Assam also  present.

Arunachalee students studying in Tamil Nadu also celebrated the Nyokum with much fanfare in Gobichettipalayam Erode district.  Cultural progamme, sports competition and Mr and Mrs Nyokum contest were the main attraction of the celebration.



Two arrested, 38 lacs recovered

Art and Culture Dept forgery case

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Kurung Kumey district police officials have arrested two people in connection with Rs 2.5 cr forgery case. The arrested two is currently lodged at Koloriang Police Station.

Earlier, two were arrested by Naharlagun Police.

The two arrested are Mohammad Alauddin Khan, UDC cum accountant and Dubom Apang, BDO cum circle officer, both employees of the office of deputy commissioner, Koloriang.

Rs  2 crore 50 lacs were allegedly withdrawn by Oshan Borang, District Art and Culture officer (DACO), Kurung Kumey, along with his accomplices using forged signature of Director Art and Culture.

While talking to this daily over phone from Koloriang, Deputy Superintendent of police Dusu Taka, who is also investigation officer of the case informed that district police is working over-night to solve the case and has managed to recover Rs 38 lacs till date.

“Kurung deputy commissioner had lodged a case at Sangram police station wide case no. 4/12/ U/S- 468/420/471/409/34 IPC. Immediately after that we started working on this case. The arrest of two persons and their subsequent interrogation has led to the recovery of Rs 38 lacs,” informed Taka.

Further he added, “On Feb 22, we recovered Rs 5 lacs and yesterday Rs 33 lacs was recovered. The money was recovered from office and resident premises of the two arrested persons.” Police has frozen the bank accounts of all the accused at the moment.  

The main accused of the case, Oshan Borang, is out on interim bail.

Dy Sp Taka further asked everyone to co-operate police in the investigation.

“We have made some real progress in this case. The Koloring police are putting in the best effort to solve this case as soon possible,” said Taka.  



Know Your Legendary Artistes

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Guni Pertin is one of the renowned singers of the state. He hails from Bolung village of Lower Dibang valley district.   Born on 6th July 1958, Guni started his singing career with All India Radio Dibrugarh in 1970.

He started his basic education in music focussing on Harmonium, Tabla and singing in the year 1963 with a cultural team from Assam under the command of legendry Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika who had camped at Bolung village for two years.  

His first songs ever recorded in Air Dibrugarh was “Donyie Sadak Angong Esare muddung angong Sa Menap Darep Tolabong” and “Sikange Rotkon Yameye Ngolu, Sinam Turnam pesomang.”

He got certificate for being one of the prominent vocal Artists of Arunachal Pradesh by the North Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Dimapur in 2006.  He is now serving in Arunachal Pradesh Police as deputy superintendent of police and posted at Anjaw district.



Students and women orgs extend help to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: A delegation of Adi Students Union (AdiSU) visited the fire devastated Gobuk village under Yingkiong Upper Siang district on Feb 26. The AdiSU members distributed blankets and essential utensils to the members of the six houses affected by the fire.

On Feb 22, six houses were completely gutted while eight others were damaged.

 The AdiSU informed that Yingkiong Market Committee also chipped in to provide relief materials to the people affected by the fire accident, while the members of the Upper Siang District Student’s Union also accompanied during the relief distribution.

AdiSU has appealed to the concerned state government authorities to immediately provide relief and rehabilitation to the six families affected by the fire accident.

Banggo Women Welfare Association, Upper Siang District, has also distributed 3 blankets alongwith utensils and 50 kg rice to each of the fire victim. The Association has assured to provide all help to the victims.

Further, Dr. Apir Apang, has also made some contributions to the fire victims.



DC inspects headquarters site

ANINI, Feb 27:  Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng, inspected a site which would be the Circle Hq at Acheso for the Dambuen circle.

Interacting with the villagers, DC underscored the importance of a Circle headquarters which is coming up in the area while seeking co-operation from each villagers for enabling its early establishment.

Villagers of the area unanimously agreed to donate land measuring about 150 Acres for the purpose and assured to extend every possible support.

While appreciating various initiatives being taken up by the DC in bringing the administrative service closer to villagers through his innovative idea of carrying along “Mobile Office” during all his official visits to villages and remote circles and his pursuance in getting Govt. approval for establishment of new circle Hq. all the speakers’ exuded hope that establishment of Circle Hq. in the area will bring forth many more developments besides public service at doorsteps.

During the inspection, DC was accompanied by Hage Lailing, Project Director (DRDA), Oni Padun, Designate Circle Officer of the circle, Rinchin Tsetim Khom, DIPRO in-charge, Panchayat members, village heads, villagers and officials from the LR branch. (DIPRO)


Resolve all issues: DASU

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU) has demanded the Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner to resolve all issues that are preventing the  pending construction works of the 33 kv line from Mebo to Dambuk under NLCPR failing which DASU would be compelled to launch democratic movement in the form of dharna before the DC’s office on March 12 followed by district bandh on March 19.


Ultimatum to local  MLA, DC on ALG

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Paph-Nehabo Village Welfare Committee (Dutta) gave local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo a month’s time to hold a meeting with people of Dutta village and other affected land owners in connection with the proposed extension of advanced landing ground (ALG) at Ziro failing which, the committee said, will stage peaceful dharna in front of deputy commissioner (DC)’s office.

While resolving to stand firm on its earlier resolution not to spare an inch of land for the proposed ALG/airfield, the Committee criticized Niich and Niiti ZPMs duo for making comment in favour of extension of the airfield under PM package.


Catholic Mission distributes relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Secret  Heart Catholic Mission School Daporijo, led by its Parish Priest Anto Thomas distributed 60 blankets, 20  bag rice and other household items to the fire victims of Airport colony, Daporijo.

A total 50 houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Airport Colony, Daporijo on August, 2011.

The colony dwellers expressed their gratitude to the Catholic Mission, Daporijo for their humanitarian gesture.


Kri visits Ziro PHE division

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: While on a visit to Ziro PHE & WS Division office on Feb 25, Parliamentary Secretary, PHE & WS Kariko Kri advised the Departmental officers & staffs to be sincere & punctual in discharging their duties.

Interacting with the officers, he lauded the department for being well organized.

Later, he visited the ongoing water supply project at Yachuli sponsored by Ministry of DoNER and various ongoing water supply schemes under NRDWP, TSC and also inspected the Hapoli water supply project under PHE & WS Division, Ziro.

Later on, he attended a Congress Party meeting at DCC office at Hapoli & advised the party workers to be dedicated & work for the needy people & make the Congress(I) stronger as cadre based organization.


JMDAWA merges with DAPFSSB

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Jomlo Mobuk Dam Affected Welfare Association (JMDAWA), allegedly a pro dam group, in a recent meeting, has merged with the Dam Affected People’s Forum of Siyom-Sirrit Banggo (DAPFSSB) and expressed its willingness to work together with the latter for the welfare and interest of dam affected Banggo people, claimed DAPFSSB.

DAPFSSB further claimed that JMDAWA was allegedly working against the interest of Banggo people on dam related issues which was condemned by all.

The other objective of the meeting was to create awareness among the villagers about the mega dam on Siang river and its possible social, environmental, geographical and other impacts on local indigenous people.


Dharna suspended

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) has temporarily suspended its proposed dharna on February 29 following assurance from the deputy commissioner to initiate action against govt land encroachers in the district within March 15, ALSSU convenor Tanya Agu informed.

ALSSU had called the dharna in protest against district authority’s inaction on govt land encroachers.


Free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: A Total of 271 patients under Kamba Circle and it adjoining areas were benefited from a day long free-medical camp organized by Hirik-Hiru Students’ Union at PHC Kamba yesterday.

A team of specialist doctors from District Hospital, Aalo including Dr. Goter Doke (Gyn. & Obs.) , Dr. T.Taso (MO I/c, PHC,Kamba) assisted by Rimik Riram (Ophthalmic Assistant), A.K. Deori (Pharmacist), Nirun Baitha (Attendant) conducted the camp successfully. Earlier at a brief inaugural function, Dr. Jagdish Mishra SMO, Aalo and  Senior Citizen Kenpe Kamki lauded the role of the Union and emphasized for more developmental activities in the area.


‘Miscreant burns school’

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The examination cell (room) of the Liromoba Higher Secondary school was allegedly set on fire by miscreant on the night of February 23 at around 9 pm, informed Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU).

All important files and papers, including a copier, were burnt to ashes in the fire, the students union claimed.

While condemning the act, KKSU demanded the police to apprehend the culprit immediately and punish him.

KKSU also demanded the Home department to establish a police station at Liromoba circle to properly maintain law and order problems.


Folk dance festival

ITANAGAR: The state government has decided organize a state level folk dance festival at Tuting, Upper  Siang District on March 2.

Each district from all over the district will be represented by a 15 member’s team. DIPRO


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A good message

Dear Editor,

As many of you are well aware, the recently concluded Red Rock Fest-2012 with the theme “Youths are the solution not the Problem“ conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) at IG Park, Itanagar was very impressive and commendable.

The main objective behind the Rock concert was to impart knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS and to bring positive behavioral changes which are very crucial to our youths. The young people between the age group of 15-29 years are highly vulnerable and they are mostly being affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. The youths pass through a very critical junction of life. The wrong step taken and wrong deed done during this period will put them in a very critical point of their lives.

The present population of the World today is 07 billion, out of which, youth occupies 03 billion. Therefore, young people carry 03 billion hope for better future, and 03 billion ideas to change the Society and the World.

As per the latest information received from the APSACS Project Director, Dr. Emi Rumi during the programe presently there are 188 HIV sero-positive detected so far in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. Most of them are youths in the age group of 15-29 years. The Physical, Social, often Peer pressure and the attributes of adolescence makes young people highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, STIs/STDs and other sexually transmitted infections.

Anyone of us can be a victim of HIV/AIDS. So, let’s solemnly pledge today as concerned and responsible citizens to join hands and fight against the HIV/AIDS. Hope, the APSACS will conduct such programme time to time.    


John Panyang



Give them some space too

Dear Editor,

At the outset, I extend my heartfelt appreciations to organizers and its media partner ‘The Arunachal Times’ for bringing into limelight our legendary artists under Arunachal Legendary Artists Felicitation Function 2012. Many a little facts which had remained unknown to us have been brought into the limelight.

I keenly follow the write-up under the caption ‘Know Your Legendary Artists’ in your daily but for the kind information of the organizers and the media partner, I wish to share some information on the yesteryears pioneer singers, lyricists and composers.

The First Radio number to go on air at All India Radio (AIR) was a modern song ‘Esing-eme yaying yage motelo ngolu ke dolun’ composed by Late Matlut Jamoh of Tingra Village, Pasighat and sung by Nanni Dai, the present Editor of Echo of Arunachal which was recorded at AIR, Shillong in 1963-64.

First patriotic modern song ‘mimum-yame, nolua, bamboo nyame nolue –kaju kaju gilaju……’ composed by Tagang Taki of Pangin Village, a multifaceted writer popularly known for his thought provoking book – ‘Himantor Jui’ on Chinese aggression on the then NEFA, was recorded at AIR, Shillong just few hours after Nanni Dai’s evergreen ‘Esing-eme’ solo number.

Apart from Taki who composed the popular and evergreen patriotic number, Tagang Taki, Ex-MLA Pasighat Sutem Tasung, Nanni Dai, Okesori Megu, Yane Dai, Monu Doley, lent their voices.

This was followed by one of the legendary community integration song ‘Lendak Lokke, adak lokke ngolu takam atel’ composed by Taluk Tasing. Bimola Bori Chaliha, and others lent their voices for this immortal number.  

Another rare composition asking parents to send their children to school ‘Angonge ronkom gonte dingkabong, ting, ting, ting’ was by Former Deputy Commissioner (Retd)Katon Borang.

Abey Perme’s romantic composition ‘Tani gidaso yedo alop sim bire nome mipaye’ and Late Taruk Nguyir’s beautiful composition ‘Popire ngo-ho ho’ is also a feat in the musical arena.

Guni Pertin, a tough cop also sang numerous modern romantic songs including ‘mitilang angong nok legangeme mipasuyam’, ‘solung gide-aye kuda’ and many more.

I feel an obligation being a citizen of this state to bring forth to your kind attention to all these legendary artists and I do hope that the organizers and the media partner of this beautiful event may give some space for these torch bearer artists of yesteryears.


Tokong Pertin,




A reminder to repair road and collect garbage

Dear Editor,

I want to pass this message to the authorities of UD or whoever is responsible for the collection of Garbage and maintenance of sector roads. The road leading to SP Office (Old IGP Office) in G extension, Ganga is in bad shape with full of Potholes, which has been filled up by mud, by the residents staying in the area so it looks like a dirt track when there is little bit of shower. The irony is the department maintaining the road has done repair work till the Trijunction of Ganga Market, the take off point of Road to Jully village but for some strange reasons they forgot to repair the road leading to the SP Office, Directorate of Fire Services, LB Sewa Police Officers mess etc.

Have they exhausted the fund for the same or are they waiting for the summer deluge to wash of the filled up mud. To make matters worse the newly constructed drain is all clogged by garbage in three to four places due to want of collection of garbages by department concerned. The dustbin is all overflowing with garbage and emitting very foul scent thereby causing the residents lots of inconveniences.

Has the department concerned forgotten the existence of this sector in Itanagar or are they on strike?

I request that Department concern may please clarify or please let us know when they would repair the road or when they would start to collect the garbage, so that people leaving in the sector will take the trouble to construct gates welcoming them when they happen to come to repair the road and when they happen to come to start collecting garbage.


A  suffering Citizen



Money eating service provider

Dear Editor

I would like to draw your attention how the BSNL cheat its customers and how they are earning profit.

On 17th of February 2012, I received an SMS from the service provider No 59595007 that I have been charged Rs 7 from my account balance for love tips for girls, along with which came “if you want to unsubscribe sent UNSUBLG to 59595. Now that I have never subscribed any such services, I was surprised. Accordingly I sent UNSUBLG to 59595 and they charge Rs 2 per SMS. It is still pending and never delivered. I had tried at least for a dozen times, but all in vain, and still I have been charged Rs 2 per SMS for all those pending SMS. After that I called the customer care no +919400024365 which is automatically set by the service provider on my handset. But the response is “the call cannot be completed at the moment, please try after sometime”. Since from 17th of February 2012 till date I have been trying to call but the response is the same.

Again on 21st of February 2012, I received another SMS for the second time from the service provider. It was the same SMS and they charge me another Rs 7 from my account balance.

Horrifyingly, on 23rd of February 2012 again I received the same SMS for the third time with the same charges.

Within a span of seven days, BSNL have charged me thrice and deducted balance from my account. This is looting. I have been penalised for doing nothing wrong. I am not only the one who has been looted in this way by BSNL.

I just cannot understand why and for what reason I am being charged, and the greatest problem ever I am facing is how to get to the service provider?

Going by my experience, I don’t have any qualms in giving a name to BSNL. It should be renamed as Burglar Service Nigam Ltd


Katem Boko,




Where has the money gone?

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlight my nightmarish Experience with the Postal Life Insurance (PLI) Policy.

I opened PLI Policy in the month of June "2006"@ with a monthly deposit of Rs.475 and monthly premium was deposited up to September 2011 under Policy No. NE-27683-cs dtd. 3/8/2006.

In the period of 5 years and 3 months, I deposited a sum of Rs. 29925/- (Twenty Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty Five).  

Due to my financial problems following a medical condition, I was compelled to opt for pre-mature withdrawal of my PLI Policy.

Accordingly the Dy. Divisional Manager (PLI) NE. Circle, Shillong- 793001 have responded and accorded a sanction order No. s101(s)/11-12/NE-27683-cs/(key-id30456) for payment of Rs. 23005/- as net value against my 5 years and 3 months old PLI Policy.

But I am quite upset with the amount of Rs. 23005/ as my deposited amount itself is Rs. 29925/-

Where has the rest of the money amounting to Rs 6920 gone?

The Sub-postmaster of Miao post office in which I have deposited my entire premium of 5 years and 3 months said that he do not know anything about the formula of calculating Bonus/interest of PLI Policy and its relevant norms as post office is not responsible other than collecting premium at the counter.

I caution my fellow customers to be careful so that they don’t become victim like me. I not only had to part with my hard earned money but had to make do without the bonus too.  


Lukgum Romin,

Namdapha National Park,  Miao



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From school to labour market

Since the start of the global economic crisis, young people have faced particularly hard conditions when trying to transition from schools to the labour market.

In the aftermath of the economic crisis in 2009, global youth unemployment rate saw its largest annual increase on record, resulting in some 75.8 million unemployed youth.  Joblessness rates among youth are also significantly higher than adult ones. In 2010, for example, the youth unemployment rate was 12.6 per cent, compared to 4.8 per cent for adults, according to a United Nations report.

The report also reveals that even after finding work young people face unstable conditions, as they are often the last to be hired and the first to be dismissed. It also noted that young women face greater challenges than their male counterparts when accessing jobs, with many having to work part time or in lower-paid occupations.

Despite the many obstacles young people were hopeful and optimistic that they would be able to not only find jobs, but also make significant contributions to their society.

The young people are placing more and more importance in creating their own opportunities and becoming entrepreneurs rather than being employed by large companies.

They are looking to innovate in areas that are growing such as green technologies and communications.