February 06


News Impact

Raju to lay  NIT foundation

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Union HRD Minister is scheduled to lay the foundation of National Institute of Technology at Jote on February 10 at 10 am.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his cabinet colleagues are expected to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony, according to an NIT release.


Career counseling held

ITANAGAR, Feb 5:  A one day educational programe on career counseling was held at government secondary school Banderdewa today organized by All Banderdewa Circle Anti-Corruption Youth Forum with its motive to encourage and guide students who are to be appeared class X examination  soon. Kirshnendu Dev, officer incharge Banderdewa police station and Dr. Gyamnya Baki Garam veterinary officer attended the programe as resource persons.


AGSU welcomes Govt decision

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: All Galo Students Union (AGSU) today welcomed the decision of the state government to hand over the late Goto Yudik case to special investigation team (SIT). It also expressed its hope that SIT would start fair and impartial investigation with utmost sincerity to unearth the truth and ensure justice to be delivered to the aggrieved family. AGSU also stated that it will boycott the proposed 72 hours bandh from February 12 next saying that calling bandh is no solution rather it hampers developmental process of community in particular and state as whole, release added.


HGBs, ASMs react

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The head gaon burahs and Anchal Samity members of Depi, Depimoli, Detak have strongly reacted to the reported statement made by Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii on demand opposing inclusion of five Adi villages under Nari-Koyu constituency in the proposed Lower Siang district.

Dabii had reportedly refused to accept the demand of the Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples’ Forum (RBAPF) for not to include five Adi villages under Nari-Koyu constituency in the proposed Lower Siang district.

Reacting to the Dabii’s reported remarks that “the government designs boundary of any new district on assembly constituency based, not based on the caste and creed” (on January 31), the HGBs and ASMs  in a joint statement said that  such statement  should not be made  when the five Adi villages had opposed inclusion in new district.


Attack condemned

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) vehemently condemned the reported attack on Gora Rikam, General Secretary of Students Union Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar by unknown group today afternoon around at its Union office without any reason and provocation.

The ALSU team, which met the victim, termed the attack on the General Secretary as slap to the students’ community and students as a whole.

It appealed to the capital police to nab the culprits soon and book under appropriate section of the law.


IBCS mourns death of retired SI

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society has expressed deep shock over sudden death of Tashi Wangchu Tukshipa who died on 2nd of this month after brief illness.

Late Tashi is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. He was retired sub-inspector and also recipient of gold medal from President of India in the year 1999 for his dedication towards duty. IBCS extended condolences to the bereaved family members.  



ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Former MP and retired Chief Information Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh Nyodek Yongam expressed deep shock at the death of Jikom Riba, a retired IAS officer, who died on February 1 last.

Late Riba was a very simple, honest, straightforward and kindhearted person. We have lost a legendary figure of our society in his death, said Yongam in a condolence message. He prayed to Almighty Donyi-Polo for  eternal peace of Late Riba.

Pradesh office bearers of Congress Seva Dal and Lohit District Congress Seva Dal condoled the demise of Namsai BCSD Chairman Chow Phongknun Manpoong, who died on January 31 last.

The Seva Dal office bearers prayed almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Festival greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Boori-Boot Yullo.

In his festival message, the Governor expressed his hope that the festivity ushers-in happiness, good health, and prosperity for all.

“On this propitious occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty for showering choicest blessings on each one of us,” General Singh added.

In his message, Tuki said that celebration of the festival carries forward the tribe's vibrant and rich culture and tradition and helps us preserve it and pass on to the younger generation. As a matter of fact, festivals are the mirrors of the people's culture. "May the warmth and splendor, that are a part of this auspicious occasion, fill your life with happiness prosperity for the whole year and also in the years to come. May the festival fill the atmosphere with the spirit of mirth and love,” the message added.








205 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Drive against tobacco products, illegal encroachment

ITANAGAR, Feb 5:  The Capital District administration  today conducted  a  massive drive against illegal selling of plastic bags, liquour, gutka and other tobacco products  in Itanagar and Naharlagun today. Two official teams comprising 10 executive magistrates along with police and para-military personnel  seized thousands of packets of Gutka/ Nicotine  and plastic bags, etc. from various locations within the Capital complex during the daylong drive. Later the seized materials were burnt in front of the DC, Office, Itanagar. It is hoped that such drive would restrict the sale of such harmful in Capital Complex especially near schools & hospitals. An illegal encroachment was also removed today at Naharlagun.



State cabinet approves creation of ‘Kra Daadi’

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Treading perfectly according to the plans and visions for the States’ development, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his cabinet colleagues in principle approved creation of a new district in the name of “Kra Daadi” with headquarters at Jamin bifurcating from the present Kurung Kumey district. The decision was taken in the State Cabinet Meeting held here on February 3.

Reflecting Govern-ment’s concern towards safety of women and girls, the State Cabinet also approved in principle for establishment of All Women Police Station in the State Capital. It further approved in principle for creation of total 18 cells on crime against women in 17 districts headquarters and one in Police Headquarters at Itanagar.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Tuki had announced for creation of all women police station in the state capital with recruitment of 200 women police in his vision document for the year 2013 on January 4 last. This decision of the cabinet is realization of the vision document for safety of Women and Girls in the state.

The state cabinet also approved in principle for creation of one Police Outpost at Kheel in Papum Pare district.



Seppa likely to witness increasing child mortality rate

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Feb 5:  There is a report of outbreak of suspected deadly rota viral disease at Seppa in East Kameng as the mortality rate of children in district hospital reportedly has gone up over the last one month. Sources from the district hospital Seppa informed that more than ten children died so far of diarrhoea, severe vomiting and mild fever.

It also informed that at least five to six children are being brought to hospital with a similar symptom everyday and many of them are also admitted at district hospital.  Most of them are below the age of 10 years.

However, when contacted district medical officer quashed the report saying only two death cases have been so far reported. He also added that it apparently a seasonal disease as such symptoms were detected many a times earlier at Seppa during change of season. District medical officer further disclosed that efforts are being made to prevent the disease from spreading. “There is nothing to worry about, we are taking care of it” he added.

Meanwhile, a medical officer who wished to remain anonymous told that epidemic like vomiting, diarrhoea and cold fever has broken out which might be cause of rota viral disease. He further added that child may die of severe dehydration.

While filing this report sources from Seppa informed that district authority today sounded alert asking the citizens to remain vigilant  in order to prevent the viral disease from spreading. It suggested the people to keep its surrounding clean and use boil water, sources added.



7 houses gutted

YINGKIONG,  Feb 5: Seven houses were gutted and eight partially damaged in a major fire mishap at Geku (Peram) village at around 12.30 am on February 5.

However, there are no reports of loss of life.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary JK Panggeng rushed to the spot today to share grief and provide immediate relief to the victims.

Deputy Commissioner L Borang along with DRRO and DIPRO visited the spot for making assessment for relief and rehabilitation to the fire victims, reports DIPRO.

Meanwhile, Panggi Welfare Society appealed to the district administration and the state government to provide relief materials and other essentials to the affected people.

On the other hand All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization team visited recent fire accident site at Daporijo and interacted with the victims.

The team said that property worth lakhs of rupees were gutted down in the said fire accident. It appealed to the Chief Minister to provide relief materials to the affected people.



Seminar cum workshop on ‘Geographical Indications for awareness and registration’

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: One day seminar cum workshop on ‘Geographical Indications for awareness and registration’ organized by Geographical Indications Registry, GOI, ministry of commerce & industry, Department of Industrial policy & promotion in collaboration with State Medicinal Plant Board (SMPB), was conducted at PCCF conference hall of forest department here today.

Giving an overview of GI activity in India, examiner of TM and GI Prashanth Kumar SB said, “Geographical Indications is a name/sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and posses qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that place of origin. Geographical Indications can be used for variety of products, whether natural, agricultural or manufactured.”

Speaking about many local products of the state like handloom, handicraft like bamboo and wood carvings and popular local liquors of the state “Apong”, Kumar suggested that they should be registered with GI to protect rights of the local producers.

Adding that GI registration provides the registered proprietor and the authorized user the exclusive right to protect the registered GI on the specified goods, he informed that the process will also help to stop the monopolization of the market and would enable the producers to control prices, i.e., can charge premium prices, thereby enhancing profits.

As per the status of the GI applications in India so far 396 applications have been received, 667 application received from authorised users , published 49 journals, registered 178 products and 116 authorised user applications have been registered.

Informing about the legal procedures to obtain GI, Legal consultant & Advocate Biju K Nambiar said that the application for the registration must contain GI application form, a statement of case, the geographical map of the country/region or locality, the particulars regarding the appearance of the GI, an affidavit as to how the applicant claim to represent the interest of the concerned persons/ producers/ authority or organisations.

Faculty of Law, Kharagpur Dr KD Raju also spoke on the occasion and gave a power point presentation on the topic experiences of producers with the protection of geographical indications.

Program analyst of UNDP, New Delhi Dr Ruchi Pant, PCCF DV Negi, CEO T Gapak, and Member of biodiversity board Utrakhund, Rakesh Saha were the dignitaries among the others who attended the seminar.



Training prog on temperate fruits

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: As a part of Institute Flagship progarmme for the development of temperate horticulture in Arunachal Pradesh, a three days training progarmme on “Propagation and Inter cultural operations of Temperate Fruits” organized by ICAR Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar in collaboration with Department of Horticulture, Temperate Zone, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH), Srinagar, J&K began at Regional Apple Nursery, Dirang today.

In the inaugural programme, the purpose of training was explained by Dr. D B Singh, Horticulturist of Regional Apple Nursery, Dirang and welcomed the delegates.

In his inaugural speech, Dr. R Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR AP Centre, Basar briefed the importance of temperate horticulture and steps taken for its implementation and need of training programme for capacity building of extension functionaries and progressive farmers.

Dirang ADC D Riba, exhorted the participants to take the full benefit of the training and opportunities coming to this part of the sistrict. He also advised the state officials to implement the scientific cultivation of temperate fruits in their respective districts after successful completion of this training.

Resource person Dr. KK Srivastava, Senior Scientist (Hort.) from CITH, Srinagar, Dr. RK Patel, Scientist (Hort.) from HQ ICAR, Barapani, Meghalaya, Dr. Ashish Yadav, Senior Scientist (Hort.) from ICAR Sikkim Centre and Dr. D. Ramajayam, Senior Scientist (Hort.) from ICAR AP Centre, Basar took part in practical demonstration of different aspects of nursery management, training and pruning, grafting and budding of apple, kiwi, pear, walnut etc.

About 50 participants from different temperate zones of Arunachal Pradesh like Anjaw, Dibang Valley, Lower Subansiri, Tawang and West Kameng attended the training.

Different aspects of temperate fruits and vegetables would be covered in the three days training.  



State NSS volunteers shine in R Day parade

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers from Arunachal Pradesh, namely, Chukhu Abu from Don Bosco College Jullang Itanagar and Christina Panggam from Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar came back with flying colour  after successful participation in month long Republic Day at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from January 1 to 31. They were also selected to march on 26th Jan 2013 Republic Day Parade with Christina Panggam on Guideline in the marching contingent.

Both Abu and Panggam  were the part of  the 14-member contingent of NSS volunteers from North East – including four from Assam, two each from Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram . The team was led by contingent leader Ashok Kumar Pathak, NSS program officer, GHSS Palin, Kurung Kumey district.

The North-East states acquired a prominent place not only in parade but also in cultural programme in which Arunachal was in top with Bopia of Nyishi and ornaments of Pasighat were appreciated by whole camp.



SUMA contributes relief materials to fire victims of Jote Cheda

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) President Biri Tabing along with his cabinet colleagues today contributed relief materials to the victims of a recent inferno that left above 200 people of Jote Cheda village under Pipu circle in East Kameng district homeless on the fateful day of January 31 last.

A Tata Mobile-full of relief materials of basic required commodities contributed by the newly constituted students’ body have been received by Chopa Cheda on behalf of Gyadom Cheda Welfare Society (GCWS) in presence of SUMA General Secretary Unti Umbrey, Vice President (Protocol) Rido Pana, Convenor Pebo Gyadi, Vice President (East) Marshall Jerang, Chow Suphatta Namchoom, Chow Kyawon Singkai, Mojum Riram, Tajum Gumsar, Rohsan Dulom and Licha Tana.

While thanking SUMA for the yeoman service rendered to the people of the state during the hour of crises, Cheda informed that the relief materials would be dispatch tomorrow morning and appealed the organisation to continue their endeavour in greater interest of the people of the state.

At a time when they are going through the toughest situation in life it would be a reason to heave a sigh of relief for the villagers of this remote sleepy village who lost all their possessions in the inferno. “It is worth appreciation that the timely and good work towards the villagers who are in the gravest need of food and shelter would be enough to prove the credentials of the newly constituted students’ body. SUMA stands an example of a genuine conglomeration of students who are expected to further the cause of the state”, Cheda opined.   

To express their genuine concern for the welfare of the victims, Kra Dadi Club, a East Kameng based NGO also donated a sum of Rs 10,000/- as immediate help to the villagers of Jote Cheda.

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Banderdewa Check gate needs proper toilet facility

Dear Editor,

Few days ago I was coming from Changlang to Naharlagun to celebrate New Year with my family by a night super. As usual, early morning our bus stopped for checking at Bandardewa check gate. Like most of us in the morning, I too felt like my bladder is about to burst. So I came down and started desperately searching for a place to relive my bladder, sometimes on this side and sometimes on the other side of the gate. But I couldn’t find any right place. One more passenger was going through the same plight, but unlike me, he decided to let it go in a full public view against a wall. I couldn’t help but to laugh seeing that how he was “pretending” to be “ignorant” that people could see everything. May be his case was more serious than me, I thought. I wasn’t that brave, so I asked the CRPF jawan if there is any bathroom nearby. He said “bathroom to nehi hai, par waha kone mai ja ke khade khade mar lo”. So I went there and was really relieved to find a “pay and use” toilet. But my “hope” was short lived, as all the doors of the toilet were locked and the chowkidaar was nowhere to find. By this time, I couldn’t take it anymore, and thought the sight of a “toilet” itself is enough and let it go in a corner near the “locked” toilet itself. After I was done, I again felt laughing as one more desperate guy was looking for a bathroom, asked the CRPF jawan, got the same reply and was running towards the locked “pay and use” toilet. I believe he too must have met with the same fate like me.

I don’t mean to be gross or offensive. I just want to bring in notice of the authorities concerned to look into this small but “serious” matter. Once we enter our state, pungent smell of urine welcomes us. I don’t know who is the “in-charge” of the ever locked “pay and use” toilet of Banderdewa gate, but my earnest request to the concerned person or authority is to kindly make it functional as soon as possible and do provide a sign board on road side where it will be visible to all. It will be a great relief, especially to the female passengers.


Tai Dora



Don’t deny us our right

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column I would like to highlight about plight of Unemployed Engineers of state. This is in reference to the creation of 6(six) Assistant Engineer (A.E.) posts in Electro-mechanical(E&M) branch of Hydro-Power Department on 30th March, 2012 (Order No. PWRS/E-1045/2005/VOL-II/).

We unemployed engineers' are running from post to pillar pleading the concerned authorities to advertise the aforementioned posts as soon as possible before it's period and validity expires on 28th Feb., 2013. Also we are concerned about our career, age and agility as time and tide cannot wait for anyone.

However, the said Department sends us back every time by giving lame excuses ranging from petty issues like non-availability of syllabuses to Recruitment Rules(RR Rules) as if Electrical and Mechanical Engineering branches are new to them and as if they have not conducted countless interviews based on already existing RR.

I am sorry to mention here but there are many standard syllabuses being followed by various competitive exams such as UPSC Civil Services Exams where one can opt Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as their optional subjects. So they have their clear syllabuses of both the branches. Similarly, in Indian Engineering Services (IES), Electrical Engineering and mechanical engineering syllabuses are clearly mentioned. And many more such examples are available which our respected officers are unable to find out. Back home, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) do also offer both electrical engineering and mechanical engineering as optional subjects where they have clearly mentioned syllabuses of both the said branches in Combined Competitive Exams. Apart from them, Power Deptt. and Forest Deptt. also do have the syllabuses of both electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

All these evidences and more compel us to believe that they are doing it on purpose.

We know we are being fooled every time when we go to the said office but we are still helpless for various reasons such as believing in non-violence that stops us from acting aggressively in front of officers despite knowing that they are corrupt, etc. Also, there have been so many manipulations in recruiting various technical posts in the aforesaid Deptt. and we have the concrete proof of it through our RTI copies.

We, therefore, earnestly request the concerned and governing authorities to look into the matter and resolve any discrepancy and injustice inflicted upon all helpless unemployed engineers of the state before they become frustrated and hopeless in the society.


Oto Regon

Vice-President (Adm), UAEA (E)


Efforts to eradicate manual scavenging

The United Nations human rights chief welcomed the recent movement in India to eradicate manual scavenging, a practice traditionally relegated to Dalit women, and seen as a form of discrimination based on caste and gender.

Manual scavenging is essentially the manual removal of human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. In November, thousands of women of the Dalit caste – also known as ‘untouchables’ – began a 63-day National March for the Eradication of Manual Scavenging, advocating the elimination of this practice and calling for comprehensive rehabilitation of those conducting it. The march crossed a total of 200 districts in 18 states.

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said she was encouraged to hear that the national march has been supported by a wide cross-section of society and underlined that this degrading activity should be abolished and should not have a place in 21st century India.

In September, a new bill to ban manual scavenging and rehabilitate those who were forced to do it was submitted to the Indian Parliament by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. The bill builds on the strong legislative framework already in place prohibiting untouchability and bonded labour, and adds a comprehensive definition of manual scavenging.