ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Farmers Club Expert Meet
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: National Youth Project under its farm innovation programme conducted
expert meet programme for the farmers’ club of Pasighat and Maryiang area under East
Siang and Upper Siang district recently.
NYP promoted 10 farmers’ clubs each in as many villages in both the districts under
NABARD’s promotional and developmental programme.
Various problems faced by the farmers were discussed thoroughly besides discussion
on new technology on organic farming and vegetable cultivation.
All the farmers club unanimously decided to look for market for selling their bulk
produce which needs to be taken care of for the overall development of the villages
and state in general.
Establish Vth IRBn HQ at Nari: RPF
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: Ramle People Front (RPF) in its representation to the chief minister
today sought for establishment of IVth/Vth IRBn headquarters at Nari in West Siang
district. The Organization claimed that land for the establishment of the headquarter
had been earmarked at Deka-Pam areas under Nari ADC headquarter. Further it appealed
that the state government compensate the local people who donated land free of cost
for establishment of the Hq with Govt job and contract works.
Meanwhile in a separate memorandum RPF also appealed to the chief minister to relook
at tendering process of works under SPA in the area saying that current tendering
process is discouraging for the local people.
Org demands mobile tower at Yangte circle
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization in a representation to
general manager Bharat Sansar Nigam Limited, Itanagar appealed for immediate installation
of BSNL Tower at Yangte circle, Kurung Kumey district.
The organization said that the people of the region are facing problems due to non
availability of mobile connectivity.
Foundation day observed
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union today observed its 3rd
foundation day with pomp and gaiety at Polo Park Naharlagun. During the celebration,
various district joint secretaries along with cultural troupes participated. In
the sideline of foundation day, the union resolved to cooperate and work along with
the state government in restoring law and order and peace and harmony in the state.
Action committee reviews status of Yudik murder case
DAPORIJO, Feb 2: The Action Committee Aalo Incident, Dumporijo organized a meeting
today at the Inspection Bunglow, Dumporijo in the presence of MLA cum Deputy Chairman
(SPB), Takar Marde, representative of the District Administrarion SDO Gyati Taji,
representative from the SP office Inspector RN Hazarika, CO Sadung Gyadu to discuss
the status of Goto Yudik the murder case and action taken.
The committee also organized the traditional ‘Payi’ in the government quarters that
had been damaged in the aftermath of the incident and decided to repair the damages
so that the officers and staff who had fled the place could return and start normal
The meeting also requested all the government officers and staff posted at Dumporijo
to return to their respective posting place. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: Govt. Higher Secondary School, Hayuliang emerged winner while Govt.
Higher Secondary school Hawai finished Runner Up in the Inter-School Meet organized
by All Mishmi Students Union organized at Tamla-du ground, Tezu from January 26 to
31. Govt. Higher Secondary School Hawai was chosen for Disciplined School award.
All the winners and runner were facilitated with trophies and certificates for their
Fifty 50 participants each from all the Higher Secondary Schools, 30 delegates each
from all the Secondary Schools and 10 delegates each from all the Middle Schools
of Lohit and Anjaw districts participated in the mega event.
Various cultural, literary and sports competitions were conducted among the participants,
including from Indira Gandhi Govt. College.
APCC president and Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi, and parliamentary secretary Karikho
Kri and host of dignitaries and local leaders also witnessed the event.
NSCN-K cadre nabbed
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The troops of 1 Assam Rifles along with Tirap Police and IRBn during
their joint operation against money extortionists in Khonsa and Borduria apprehended
a self styled officer of NSCN (K), SS Lt Jowang Wangha, 28, of Borduria Church Colony,
according to an Army release.
The party also recovered one .22 Pistol with five live rounds, one AK-47 magazine
with 28 live rounds, one mobile handset and Rs. 4,000 cash.
Apang mourns Riba’s death
Itanagar, Feb 2: Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang expressed deep shock at the death
of Jikom Riba. Riba breathed his last after brief illness in a city based Hospital,
Naharlagun on Friday evening.
“I am extremely shocked to learn the news of the sad demise of our beloved Ashi Jikom
Riba. Ashi was popularly known as "Ashi Bokom"(Jikom) amongst our generations and
he was a role model for all of us. To me he was a social thinker and reformer who
worked relentlessly in his life time for the unity, integrity and solidarity for
the entire people of our state. He was also a traditionalist who worked for the preservation
of traditional arts and cultures of the indigenous people of the state. He was endowed
with all the qualities which require to become a complete human being,” Apang said
in his condolence message.
“Personally to me, he was a good friend, philosopher and guide. I had a high regard
of him which will continue to remain for ever,” Apang said adding that the vacuum
created by his death can never be filled.
On his own behalf and on behalf of the members of his family, the former Chief Minister
conveyed heartfelt condolence to bereaved family. Apang prayed to the Almighty to
give enough mental strength to bereaved family to withstand the irreparable loss
and also prayed for departed soul to rest in eternal peace and heavenly abode.
Yudik murder case handed over to SIT
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Following an order of the Govt the Aalo case (FIR no 02/13) of
Aalo police station in connection with the murder of student leader Goto Yudik has
been transferred to SIT for further investigation on Feb 1, according to an official
Awareness on health and family welfare held
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: A day-long health and family welfare awareness programme was held
at government higher secondary school Pompoli, 8 kilometers off Seppa in East Kameng
district on Wednesday. It was organized by directorate of field publicity, Seppa
unit, government of India under ministry of information and broadcasting in collaboration
with district health department.
Speaking as resource person Dr. Dirang Pizi highlighted the various centrally sponsored
health schemes such as Janani Shruksha Yojana and Janani Shishu Shruksha Karyakaram.
He also added that many facilities are provided by the central government for the
rural people to make their health safe and people can avail the facilities.
Further he asked ASHA and DAI workers of the area to perform duty sincerely so that
local people may get benefit and aware about centrally sponsored health scheme facilities.
Tamoli Matom head gaon bura of Jayanti village urged the government to post a doctor
at Pompoli PHC. Robing Fengche Matom Zilla Parishad Member suggested the people to
get benefit from the awareness programme. People from nine villages participated
in it and T shirts were also distributed to villagers.
APCSOA mourns EAC’s death
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA)
expressed deep shock over the sudden demise of M.R. Chakravarti, APCS, who died on
January 30 at Hyderabad after brief illness.
Late Chakravarti was very sincere and dedicated administrative officer and served
the State in different capacity during his service tenure. He was posted as EAC,
Capital Complex during the time of his death. He left behind his wife and a college
The APCSOA expressed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members
and pray almighty to bestow enough strength to bear the irreparable loss. The Association
also prays the Almighty Donyi-Polo to grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association Arunachal Pradesh (ESMWAAP),
in a meeting recently, decided to urge the authority concerned of the State Govt
to raise the issue of the Rajya Sainik Board and the Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh
on special provision.
The meeting also discussed its annual plans and programmes and constituted a new
Arunachal football team leaves for Kerala
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: Arunachal Pradesh will begin their Santosh Trophy campaign with
a match against Bihar on February 10 at Kollam, Kerala.
The 22-member football team from the state which left here today for Kerala to participate
in the 67th edition of the National Football Championship has been placed in cluster
‘B’ along with Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu and Karnataka, according to
Arunachal Pradesh Football Association release.
Arunachal will play their second match against Himachal Pradesh on February 12, third
match against Daman and Diu on February 14 before taking on Karnataka on February
The players for the state team have been selected on the basis of their performance
in the recently held 12th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Pasighat, the
Agri award morale booster for departmental staff
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: The Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh was awarded
the Krishi Karman commendation award by President of India Pranab Mukharjee for state’s
achievements in food grains production in New Delhi last month.
Arunachal Pradesh has achieved annual growth rate of 4.3 per cent in XIth Plan (2007-12)
as compared to 2.4 per cent in Xth Plan (2002-07) which is more than the national
level target of 4 per cent.
The awards included Rs. 25 lakh and a citation.
This is the first time that Arunachal Pradesh has been selected for this prestigious
award which is a great achievement for the department of Agriculture in the state.
Taking this opportunity, the Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Officers’ Association
conveyed its heartfelt congratulation to everyone from top to bottom in the department
of Agriculture who has been giving relentless services in the department to make
this memorable event happened.
This award has energized the department and boost up the morale of Extension functionaries
in the state to work harder to achieve the target of making Arunachal Pradesh self
reliant in food and farm income security, said Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Officers’
Association in a release
The Association appealed all officers and officials of the department to maintain
the same spirit and dedication in the services of farm sector with the motto to transform
the farm sector into a major paying profession.
202 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Governor, CM mourn death of Jikom Riba
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen. (Retd) J J Singh and Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki expressed shock over sudden demise of former IAS officer Jikom Riba after
brief illness in a city hospital yesterday evening.
Riba had retired from government service in 1994. He was 77 and is survived by wife,
four sons and a daughter.
“Riba was a distinguished administrator, who was deeply committed to the welfare
of the people and the poor and underprivileged sections of society. He was an experienced
and committed officer, who made important contributions towards the development of
Arunachal Pradesh,” the Governor said in his condolence message.
“His life and work, the very high moral standards he lived by and his simplicity
will continue to inspire civil servants in the future,” the Governor said. “May
Almighty Donyi Polo rest his soul in eternal peace,” the governor said in his message
and conveyed his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
Tuki visited the residence of Late Riba at Naharlagun and paid floral tributes and
respects to the mortal remains of the late senior citizen.
Interacting with the bereaved family members, Tuki said the services of Late Riba
not only as a government officer but also as an active and senior citizen, who played
a pivotal role in transition of the Arunachalee society, will always be remembered.
“He was a man who had no enemies till his last breath and his life is a lesson to
be learnt from,” Tuki said.
Offering his condolences the Chief Minister committed that people of Arunachal Pradesh
will cherish the contributions of Late Riba, who as a first generation citizen of
modern Arunachal led from the front in the socio-political evolution of the state.
Along with the Chief Minister, others who paid their last respects to the departed
soul this morning were Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly, Parliamentary
Secretaries Nabam Rebia, Nido Pavitro and Likha Saaya and MLAs Tako Dabi, Tani Loffa
and Bamang Felix.
“He is a legendry figure of the Adi-Galo tribe as he, as a young man, had led a group
of porters from his area to the frontier during the Second World War. A self-made
man, honest and pious to the core, Riba was a wonderful human being whose death will
create a void in Arunachalee society which would be difficult to fill,” senior politician
Tako Dabii said.
“May his soul rest in peace,” Dabii said in his condolence message.
“I have lost a father like figure,” a shocked Chief Information Commissioner Y D
Thongchi, told over telephone from Guwahati while conveying his deepest sense of
condolence to the bereaved family and praying for the eternal peace of the departed
The members of Karko Ao Welfare Society have also deeply mourned the death of the
veteran of the society, saying “We have lost a guardian whose loss will be felt for
times to come. We pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul.”
“He was a legendary figure of Galo Community, who was actively involved in the preservation,
protection and promotion of indigenous faith and culture of Galo community of Arunachal
Pradesh,” Galo Indigenous Faith and Cultural Council (GIFCC) said in a condolence
GIFCC prayed to almighty Donyi-Polo for eternal peace of the departed soul and bestow
courage and strength to the bereaved family to stand with the loss.
While expressing grief and sorrow over death of the veteran social leader, Arunachal
Vikash Parishad (AVP) in its condolence message said that Riba had been a source
of inspiration for all social workers in the yester years and will be a guide and
philosopher for all generations to come. He was a man of clean image and served the
people of Arunachal Pradesh as a responsible officer as well as a model social leader.
“A straight forward human being with down to earth disposition and an ever smiling
face, Riba continued to serve the people of the state by associating himself with
numerous voluntary organizations, including Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of
Arunachal Pradesh, Galo Welfare Society as patron, Voluntary Health Association of
Arunachal and AP Govt Pensioners’ Association (as president), Chief advisor of Arunachal
Siksha Vikas Samiti, the message said.
“He was also very much instrumental in the formation of Indigenous Faith and Cultural
Society of Arunachal Pradesh. His long association with AVP, Arunachal Siksha Vikas
Samiti and many other voluntary organizations has helped to shape all these organizations
and their function in the state. A self-made man, honest and pious to the core, Riba
was a wonderful human being whose departure has created a deep void which can’t be
filled up so easily”.
“May almighty Donyi Polo rest his departed soul in peace,” the members of AVP prayed
and conveyed condolence to the bereaved family members to overcome the grief.
Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) recalled Lt. Riba as a good and well-mannered
person who pioneered the education and administration movements in the state of Arunachal
Pradesh and the entire Galo Society has lost a lovable and enlightened “Nyiji” in
his demise. The vacuum created by his death would be very difficult to fill.
A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect for Lt. Riba by the KKWS members
and prayed to almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.
Adi Baane Kebang (Apex) while deeply mourning the sad demise of Riba, said that he
was a man of integrity, able and good administrator. He was one of the architects
of Arunachal Administration. Till his last breath he worked and advised for unity
of Arunachalees in general and Adis in particular, ABK said in a condolence message.
Describing his death is an irreparable loss for the state, prayed to almighty rest
his departed soul in peace in heavenly abode. ABK also conveyed deep sense of condolence
to the bereaved family to over the death.
The final rites will take place at his native village Ego-Dari on Sunday, family
Riba, son of freedom fighter, late Moje Riba of Dari village in West Siang district,
had his graduation from St. Edmund’s College, Shillong in 1964 and joined the NEFA
administration as circle officer at Along in 1965. He served as special officer (Cultural
affairs at NEFA secretariat during 1965-68), assistant director of social & cultural
affairs (1968-70) and was inducted into the prestigious IAS in 1981.
A straight forward human being with down to earth disposition and an ever smiling
face, Riba continued to serve the people of the state by associating himself with
numerous voluntary organizations, including Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of
Arunachal Pradesh (as president), Galo Welfare Society as patron, Voluntary Health
Association of Arunachal and AP Govt Pensioners’ Association (as president), chief
advisor of Arunachal Sikshya Vikash Samity and chief advisor of Karko Ao, among others.
He was attached to Raj Bhawan as OSD boundary issue in 1995.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA) today
expressed deep shock over sudden demise of Jikom Riba, an IAS officer who died yesterday
after brief illness.
In its condolence message, APCSOA stated that association remembered late Riba as
pioneer in the field of administrative and social development of the state especially
in NEFA days. Association added his contribution towards the state and its people
will be fondly remembered by people in years to come. Association prayed for enough
strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
Golden Jubilee of Mikong village gets underway
Centre is well aware of Arunachal’s security issue: Ering
MIKONG (RUKSIN), Feb 2: The Prime Minister of India and other Congress party bigwigs
are giving special attention to infrastructure development of Arunachal Pradesh,
said Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering today.
Attending the inaugural function of ‘Golden Jubilee Celebration’ at Mikong village
in East Siang today, Ering said that Centre is well aware of the security issues
of the state as it is located along the vulnerable border with three countries- China,
Myanmar and Burma. The central government is all set to grant adequate fund in agriculture
and allied sector besides development of surface communication in the hilly state,
Ering suggested the youths to be dedicated in their works for building the nation.
He urged them to cherish an ambition to serve the nation in the future.
Talking about development in agriculture and horticulture in the area, the union
minister assured to take up the issue with the union agriculture minister, who is
arriving at Pasighat to inaugurate to lay foundation stone of proposed Agriculture
College in the next month. Responding to a memorandum submitted by the golden jubilee
celebration committee, he announced Rs 5 lakh for development of Middle School playground
and another Rs 5 lakh for flood control measures at Dekam Nolla at Ledum. Assuring
early release of the funds, the minister instructed the department concerned to complete
these works before the month of April next.
Earlier, the union minister inaugurated the Monumental Pillar at Dere compound and
the newly constructed Girl’s hostel of Govt Middle School at Mikong.
Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Bosiram Siram said that Mikong is epicenter
of the district and bestowed with natural bounties. The sustainable income sources
with the natural resources should be preserved for the use of next generations.
Stressing on the need of formal education, the education minister urged the student
community to be sincere and dedicated in their study for a bright future. He also
urged the Gaon Burahs to learn reading and writing to carry out their roles and responsibilities
Siram, in course of speech, said that his government is working for the welfare of
the school teachers in the state. Our government has increased salary of the teachers
and urged them to reciprocate by discharging their duty.
Local MLA Tangor Tapak, in his address recalled his developmental contributions in
the area while senior citizen Obi Jerang briefed the historical background of Mikong
The villagers of Mikong village had migrated from present Kebang Village in Pangin
circle of the district. The people with pugnacious character underwent thorough expedition
and opened a route to the isthmus gateway of the Miku Dinggo. They later landed down
and settled at “Miku Kumting”. After they had sojourned some decades there, again
moved to western direction and settled their habitat at Kemi village and “Atang Kumting”.
The villagers subsequently renamed the village as Mikong. The village was shifted
to different locations in the wake of natural calamities and finally settled at present
location in 1963.
The three-day celebrations will conclude on February 4.
Society demands enquiry into Sikkin Kro mini hydel project implementation
DAPORIJO, Feb 2: Though the construction of Sikkin Kro Mini Hydro Power Project
at Bui village sanctioned four years ago has been officially completed, in reality,
the project is not yet completed, claimed Bui Youth Welfare Society (BYWS).
According to BYWS, the department concerned has already surveyed the project and
verified the work. Further, the sanctioned amount has also been drawn by the contractor
under taking the project.
The materials supposed to use for this project are lying abandoned at the spot and
other works like channel and pipe are in deteriorating condition. This project was
supposed to supply electricity in whole Gusar circle but there is still no electricity
even at Segi headquarters of Gusar circle, the society claimed.
Meanwhile, it appealed to the higher authority of hydro power department of govt.of
Arunachal Pradesh to inquire into the actual position of this project work and initiate
legal action against all those erring officers for their negligence towards this
project by simply verifying the work without maintaining proper guidelines.
ALSU flays Govt on Tongam attack case
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has vehemently criticized
the state Govt, particularly the home department for keeping mum over the Tongam
Rina attack case.
Why the state Govt is still maintaining silence on the issue even after 202 days
of the gruesome attack on Tongam Rina, associate editor of this daily, the ALSU
questioned. The state has failed to fulfill the demands of the civil societies as
well as the media fraternity on Tongam attack case so far, the Union said adding
the Govt has kept the people in confusing state regarding handing over of media attack
case to CBI.
While referring to the tragic Nirjuli fire accident where a mother and her two children
lost their lives, dead of a young boy at Papu Nallah, Naharlagun, attack on a law
student Haku Tatak in recent past and Yudik murder case at Aalo, ALSU president Tadar
Tarish rued that culprits involved in these heinous crimes are still at large. The
civil societies in the state are still waiting for justice and ‘rule of law’, the
The Union further demanded appointment of independent home minister to tackle deteriorating
law and order situation saying that the present parliamentary secretary home has
failed to discharge his duty up to the mark in absence of an independent home minister.
Donggin festival celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Bori Society living in Capital Complex, Itanagar celebrated Donggin
Festival here today. The festival is celebrated every year for the bumper crops,
good health and blessing of offspring and to bring peace within mankind.
Speaking on the occasion, Marne Garu a senior member of the society briefed about
the mythology of the Donggin Festival and exhorted the younger generation to promote
and preserve the rich culture, heritage and ideology of the society.
He also highlighted the importance and value of culture and appealed to the people
not to get confused between cultural and religion. “Culture is a kind of habitual
practice of particular community that expose its origin and identity but religion
is a belief and faith without any boundaries, he said and appealed to the communities
with different religion to participate in their own festival without any religion
interference to promote their culture and identity.
He encouraged the younger generation to study hard and become good citizen of the
Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang also advising the society to preserve their rich
cultural tradition and festival said that “Eating together does not matter but getting
together and showing unity and cooperation is most important for us, we should participate
our festival with full vigour and zeal.”
On the occasion the society felicitated Tabang Bodung (APCS), Yage Pari, Tanung Yaying,
Taling Taket, Happy Yaying for their meritorious achievements in different fields.
Amongst others President Adi Bane Kebang Kangir Jamoh and Baletee Pertin, Secy. Land
Management, T Ketan, Chief Engg ( Sanitation)PHED, Tapang Taloh, Director School
Education were present in the festival celebration.
Illegal immigrants - a threat to social fabric
DAPORIJO, Feb 02: A woman, who claimed she was from Ghaziabad district of Uttar
Pradesh, was apprehended by Army from Taksing area of Upper Subansiri district and
later she was deported to Assam by Daporijo police.
The woman, who claimed herself as Omiya Bibi (22), along with a child was first brought
to Aalo and later handed over to Daporijo police by Army.
Though the woman claims herself to be illiterate, she was found speaking Hindi and
Bengali fluently during interrogation. She also spelt out all the mobile numbers
which she used to communicate and also the vehicle numbers when she was being brought
to Daporijo from Taksing.
She revealed police during interrogation involvement of a local woman in the whole
episode. On further investigation by police, it was revealed that she was brought
to Daporijo by a local without obtaining inner line permit.
On being questioned that as to how she could manage to bring the woman into the district
without inner line permit, which is a punishable offence, the local women replied
that, their vehicles are not checked in the gate all the time. Taking this opportunity,
she succeeded to bring the woman from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, she told police.
Later, Daporijo police handed over her to Assam Police on the basis of information
found from her interrogation that she had relatives in Assam.
The story does not end here.
Many similar incidents are happening here. Every year many migrant laborers from
Assam and other states enter into Daporijo and other parts of the state without valid
inner line permit. Most of these laborers are engaged in building construction and
as house servant. The children are trafficked for working in garage and car washing.
Child and Women trafficking is alarmingly high in the area. People from Assam with
help of some unknown local people are reportedly operating child and women trafficking.
They send the trafficked children and women to different villages for which they
get money in advance. These children and women are brought by giving false assurance
of providing better education, food and other facility. Many women have also fell
victim of forceful marriage to older people and disable persons.
Sometimes these women are deserted and left abandoned when they oppose to marry older
or disable person according to their master’s wish. Many times, young girls ran away
from their master’s houses to get relief from the atrocities and other domestics
violence meted out to them and go missing.
Very recently, a young girl from outside the state was roaming in Daporijo township
area in abnormal condition. Numerous missing and kidnapping reports have been lodged
in Daporijo police station since last couple of years.
Such antisocial acts are not only confined to Daporijo but also practiced in other
places of Arunachal Pradesh. Is the govt. unaware of the crime?
Govt. should take necessary legal action against those persons, who involved in such
crimes. Human trafficking cell of Arunachal Pradesh must act promptly to stop the
Illegal migrants from other states without having valid inner line permit should
be checked thoroughly in every check gate. The public should also be aware of such
act discourage it and help govt. in preventing atrocities against women and child.