February 03


News Impact

Cash reward stands

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 life.

The meeting also requested all the government officers and staff posted at Dumporijo to return to their respective posting place. DIPRO


Inter-school meet

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 meritorious participation.    

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 release.


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 going son.

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.


Ex-servicemen meet

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 executive body.


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 16.

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 release added.



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 soul.

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 message.

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 sources said.

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

Prafulla Kaman

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, he informed.

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 smoothly.

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 village.

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 Union added.

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 future.

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

Karda Natam

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 crime.

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.

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