February 11


News Impact

Pallam Raju lays foundation stone of first NIT in Arunachal

Tuki pleads for Rs 281.17 cr one time grant

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Union HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju today laid the foundation stone of the first National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Arunachal Pradesh at its permanent site in picturesque Jote village, near here.

"The creation of NIT has ensured some seats for admission in undergraduate courses for students of Arunachal Pradesh which is bound to uplift economics of locality directly or indirectly and help in enhancing human development index in the state," Raju said after laying the stone.

The institute, which is being run in a temporary campus at Yupia since its establishment in July 2010, is offering undergraduate courses in Computer Science, Electronics & Electrical and Electronics & Computers Engineering.

The Union Minister said, the NITs, which were earlier known as the RECs, have been making excellent contribution in producing trained human resources in the field of engineering.

"In the recent years, we have been working towards restructuring these institutions to play even greater role in the national development and to become world class institutions not only in engineering manpower development but also in the development of new technologies through research and innovation," he said.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while welcoming the Union Minister said, establishment of the National Institute of Technology in Arunachal Pradesh has been a dream come true for our people and the best beginning an institute of repute can get that promises of a bright future ahead.

“Arunachal Pradesh is one of the states lagging behind in the field of Education and ranking 32nd position in literacy rate. The low ranking is mainly due to physical, social, cultural and economic problems of the state. However, it is striving to attain the level of developed State in various sectors. As availability of man power, technical inputs and resources are limited, the growth and expansion in education sector has been facing problems, by which the output is also not up to expectation.”

Tuki urged the Centre for a one time grant of Rs 281.17 crore to create infrastructure development in all the higher education institutions of the state. Tuki in his memorandum to the Union minister said that due to resource crunch, the state government was not in a position to provide the required fund for creation of basic infrastructure for 12 government degree colleges and three university level institutions

"Meager funds provided are meant for construction of temporary buildings. Buildings are, therefore, either out-lived or not suitable for running a Degree college. In some of the colleges the existing capacity is for 1500 or 2000 students but due to heavy rush of admission the enrollment of students has crossed 4000 marks and thus become unmanageable with limited accommodation," he said.

Also under the present scheme of setting up of model colleges, the costs of establishment are shared by the central and state governments in the ratio of 50:50.

However, considering the resource crunch in most of the North-eastern states, it is requested that full support may be provided to the scheme from the Centre or at best, the state share may be limited to 10 per cent only, Tuki urged in the memorandum.

About 50 per cent of schools under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are located in remote and far-flung areas. Lack of residential accommodation in the rural schools has resulted in absenteeism of teachers from their posting places, Tuki pointed out.

Tuki in the memorandum also requested the HRD ministry to consider opening at least one medical college and few more degree engineering colleges in the state keeping in view reports of social discrimination to students of the region creating administrative problems for the state.

Till such time that we have a medical college and a couple of more degree engineering colleges, the seats allocated to Arunachal Pradesh in medical and engineering colleges outside the state by the Centre may be increased, the memorandum said.

The Centre allots Arunachal 24 seats in medical colleges outside the state besides 150 Engineering seats every year, which is too meagre. Therefore, medical seats may be increased to at least 50 and engineering seats to 300 for Arunachal Pradesh, the chief minister said.

The other demands of the memorandum include, increase of quota from 7.5 per cent to 50 per cent for local candidates in NITs, suitably amend the Rajiv Gandhi University Act to enabling opening of more campuses of the central varsity in other areas and grant of 100 crore for establishment of Arunachal Pradesh University at Pasighat in East Siang district.

Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary Planning and Development Nabam Rebia in his brief speech urged the Government of AP to give its full support in establishing the Institute and requested to give job opportunities of at least C & D grade to the local dwellers in the Jote area.

The MP Takam Sanjoy also took the opportunity to thank the UPA government for its support from the beginning of education system in the state while giving the background of the education in the state. He said, NIT was a truthful gift from the Union which will help in flourishing the education system in the IT sector in the state. The MP also added that all the works and land of the NIT is allotted to the centre any trespassing on the land would be punished/ take strict action against anyone by the law.

Education Minister, Bosiram Siram while thanking and welcoming such noble cause said this will increase the education system in the state and urged the NIT family to give world class education quality to the students.

The programme was attended by Chowna Mein Minister Finance, Planning & PWD, Dr. Gagan Pratab Chairman Board of Governors NIT Arunachal Pradesh, Director NIT Prof. CT Bhunia, Students, Goan Burah and locals of Jote. (with inputs from PTI and DIPRO)



Bandh called off

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The DNGC Students’ Union (DNGCSU) has called off its proposed 12-hour capital bandh on February 11 following a discussion between Capital Complex deputy commissioner Sanjay Goel, City SP Surender Kumar and members of the DNGCSU at the DC’s office here today.

Later, in a joint press conference, DNGSSU general secretary Gora Rikam said the decision was taken in view of the forthcoming CBSE prep examination and Losar festival.  

The union said, however, that it would stage dharnas outside the SP’s office and the CM’s bungalow if those involved in the recent attack on Rikam are not arrested within a given timeframe.

“We have already identified the mastermind behind the attack and will soon arrest him,” the SP informed, adding that the accused has escaped and reached his village in Seppa. “We have already informed his parents that we are not going to spare him,” Kumar said.

He assured the union that the culprit would be nabbed within 72 hours. While a six-member police team has been sent to Seppa, Itanagar police is in constant touch with its Seppa counterpart, he said. Touching on the issue of containing crime, the SP said the department needs “at least seven to eight PCR vans in the Capital Complex to prevent crimes.”

The DC on his part criticized the bandh culture, and urged the union to have faith in the police department. “It is doing everything to maintain law and order in the capital,” he said.

Arunachal Law Students’ Union president Tadar Tashi, who was also present at the press conference, demanded exemplary punishment to the culprit as a deterrent measure.



School principal kidnapped, released in Lohit

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Lohit district is fast turning into kidnapping hub of Arunachal. In a latest incident of its kind, Mana Linggi, principal of government higher secondary school Mahadevpur was kidnapped on 8th August.

According to the Lohit police source, Mana was kidnapped from her official quarter located inside school campus by two un-identified gunman.

“Two persons carrying small firearms entered into her quarter at around 8.30 PM and kidnapped her. She was released next evening around 9 PM. Police found her nearby river at Sumoni village under Kakopathar circle of Tinsukia district,” informed police source. Police, however, refused to disclose whether any ransom was paid for her release.

On the other hand, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society along with Idu Mishmi Students Union claimed that school principal was released after payment of heavy ransom money. Both the organization strongly condemned the whole incident. “The miscreants from Assam got away with the booty happily and incident will encourage more goons to act like this. But who will reimburse the ransom amount paid by an innocent victim. It is extremely sad to know that somebody’s hard earned money goes in to the hands of uncivilized miscreants and it is more disheartening to think that administration can do nothing despite all this daredevil kidnapping. Kidnapping has become common phenomenon in Lohit district. The administration of Lohit district and neighboring state Assam must be held responsible for their failure to prevent such dirty act. It is shameful for the District Administration as well as Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for not being able to provide security to their citizen,” stated Tone Mickrow, General Secretary, Idu Mishmi Cultural & Literary Society.

Further he added, “Any society, which has no respect for teacher or learned people, can seldom grow. We appeal to District Administration of Lohit District to arrest the culprits as soon as possible and deliver an exemplary punishment, so that such kind of heinous act is not committed again. We also appeal to the people of Assam, not to shelter such people. It is duty of every individual and every civilized society to safe guard the education system. Education is basic foundation of human civilization and kidnapping of a teacher is crime against human civilization. We all must come together to condemn such inhumane act.”

 Kidnapping has become a big headache for Lohit district administration. In the last one year series of kidnapping incidents had shocked people of the district and many live in constant fear.

Chowkham and Namsai circle has witnessed maximum number of kidnapping incident. The latest kidnapping of a lady school principal is matter of series concern for the people of district.



I was harassed and defamed: Darung

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Claiming to have found various misleading, defamatory and malicious news items in the local dailies against him,  Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung today clarified various allegations leveled against him by All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union.

Darung said the report that he was arrested at the direction of the Gauhati High Court  was not based on facts and truth.

Section 3 of PDPP Act 1984 is a bailable offence, said Darung while producing a copy of the Gauhati High Court judgment issued on April 20th, 2012 against his anticipatory bail application under section 438 CrPC.  However, he resented that “All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union registered protest against his bail without rhyme and reasons.”

While referring to the Gauhati High Court order on August 6, 2012 (vide Crl. Petition No.09/2012), Darung further said “the Court quashed and set aside the earlier proceeding of Non-FIR case registered under section 3 of the Prevention to Damages of Public property Act -1984 against me and fresh direction was given to officer in-charge of Naharlagun Police Station to investigate and submit police report U/S 173 of Cr.PC.” However, no such police report was filed by the Police till date, he claimed. The Labour Commissioner further claimed that non-bailable warrant of arrest was issued against him “without any authority of law by the Chief Estate Officer cum Addl District Magistrate.” Darung said that he was ‘deliberately harassed at Naharlagun Police lock-up and defamed at the behest of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union by jumping all arrest warrant process as prescribed in Cr.PC 1973’.



Arunachal go down fighting 0-1 to Bihar in Santosh Trophy

ITNAGAR, Feb 10: "Arunachal Pradesh lost to Bihar by solitary goal in their opening match in the 67th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy at Kollam, Kerala today evening."

Bihar scored the winning goal in 21st minute of the match.  Arunachal’s striker Toko Poliam hit the crossbar twice in between 23rd and 25th minutes before Pani Raju was red-carded in 26th minute.

Arunachal made several inroads into Bihar’s defence after the second half. It found the net twice in 67th and 85th minutes only to be disqualified by the referee and Bihar went on to win the match 1-0, according to an information from Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.

Coach Kipa Bharat was satisfied with the overall performance of the state team.

“Although we lost the match, I am satisfied with the performance of my players,” Bharat told over telephone. He said that Raju’s absence made a big difference to the overall performance of the team. Further some controversial decision of the referee cost the match, he opined.

Arunachal Pradesh will play their second match against Himachal Pradesh on February 12.



Taloh visits Naharlagun industrial estate

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Industries, Textile and Handicrafts Minister Tapang Taloh today visited the proposed site for construction of the new office building for District Industrial Centre (DIC), Capital Complex at Industrial Estate Naharlagun. He was accompanied by the Industries Director Repo Ronya, Industries joint directors Subu Tabin and S K Dutta.

During his visit the minister took stock of the condition of the industry sheds. Since, it is one of the industrial estates in the state and has been accommodating good number of entrepreneurs to run their industrial units, Taloh expressed  his strong desire to upkeep these sheds for the benefit of the upcoming entrepreneurs. He further assured to take up special renovation works for the industrial shed at the earliest.

Expressing strong discontentment over the rampant encroachment within the industrial estate, the Minister advised the departmental officers to protect the Govt properties.



IGNOU RD desires to work for qualitative change in education sector

ITANAGAR, Feb 10:  Regional Director, IGNOU, Arunachal Pradesh Dr. Joseph Daniel has expressed his desire to work in close collaboration with All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association (AAPSA) to bring about qualitative changes in the educational ambiance of the state which has over 12000 untrained teachers who need professional training completed within 2015.  

“We have an uphill task in training these teachers, who though untrained, do a commendable job and bring the light of education to the remote corners of our State,” the IGNOU Regional Director  said while addressing at the 8th General Conference of AAPSA at Naharlagun yesterday.

“We need to appreciate their services and empower them through professional training which must be mandatory,” he said adding that the State has a long way to go with so many teachers requiring professional fitness.

The RD also called upon the principals and the teaching fraternity to take it to heart to make themselves professionally adept to be able, effective and productive.   He also expressed his desire to work in close collaboration with AAPSA especially to enhance the professional competencies of teachers.

Jose Lobo, Treasurer, AAPSA presented an elaborate report highlighting the various activities organized by AAPSA after the 7th General Conference.  

Craig Hansson and Balaji Mahadevan from 3DI School, Hyderabad, who sponsored the General Conference, also made interventions. Craig did a lively and thought-provoking presentation of value-based and creative education that 3DI can bring into the private schools through their presence and participation.    

Henry David, the President of Sahodaya, Arunachal Chapter, enlightened the gathering on the latest CBSE circulars and other technical matters concerning examinations, affiliation, training for principals etc.   

In the business session the members deliberated on matters such as students’ leadership training and career guidance programmes, teachers’ training programmes, common teachers’ day celebrations, principals’ training programme and Talent Search 2013.  

A reference was made to the evil practice of admitting students without proper documents by certain private schools which dampen the morale of all private schools.  

The assembly prayed for the eternal repose of the souls of Leegang Tachang, Principal, Frontier School, Ziro and teacher Rateesh T. R. from Vivekananda Public School, Ziro whose untimely demise left everyone sad.  

The Conference ended with a strong resolve made by all present to deliver quality education to the State through private schools and to be ethical in the ‘service’ of education.  

Over 70 private school principals and teacher representatives attended the conference.



 Field day prog for farmers

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: A field day  programme was held at the KVK farm Karsingsa on February 8 to create mass awareness and expose the farmers on improved agricultural technologies being undertaken by KVK, Papum Pare at its instructional farms.

Programme Assistant of Papum Pare KVK Tayon Darang narrated the concept of celebrating field day while Tadang Meena, Subject matter specialist (Agronomy) highlighted on improved cultivation practices of potato to the farmers.

She also led the farmers in the field visit and shown to the farmers the standing crops of Kufri Kanchan under On Farm Testing programme of the Kendra, a red colour tuber variety brought from the central potato research station, Shillong. She informed that the Kendra has successfully conducted front line demonstration programme on improved variety of potato being procured form CPRS, Shillong viz; Kufri Jyoti, Kufri Giriraj and Kufri Giridhri for the last two years to the farmers of the district.

Hemanta Ngangbam, SMS (Horticulture) taught the farmers on importance of offseason vegetables cultivation under Poly house for popularizing Protected Cultivation and led the farmers to visit the OFT plot of pea crop variety Arkel, made comparison study on traditional method of planting and high density planting method of pineapple. Farmers were also exposed to the poly house and net house of KVK farm, where in they were made acquainted with the improved cultivation technique of nursery raising and hybrid tomato cultivation under poly house.

A Vanaraja breeds of poultry birds, betel goat and fodder demonstration unit were also shown to the farmers by Dr. Tilling Tayo, SMS (Animal Science). He informed the farmers about the vanaraja which has the capacity to lay 120-130 eggs in a year. The farmers were made aware about the cultivation techniques of fodders grasses such as Napier, Broom grass, Oats etc.

Dr. Taba Heli, Programme Coordinator, KVK Papum Pare motivated the farmers to adopt farming as livelihood instead of searching for any other jobs. He also informed the farmers of availing loan through Kisan Credit Card. He, however, insisted the farmers to gain experiences on agriculture technologies by attending training conducted by the departments as well as KVK and practicing the same at the field before availing loan from the bank.

The programme was also attended by Dr. Runk Nabam, Veterinary Officer, Cattle and Livestock Breeding Farm, Nirjuli and all the staff of the KVK Papum Pare.

The entire programme was moderated by Dr. Nabam Gama, Farm Manager, KVK Papum Pare.

Altogether 30 farmers from different SHGs and Farmers Club of Karsingsa area attended the programme.



Eagle Trophy’ from March

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The once famous football tournament – Eagle Trophy – is being revived as a platform to give a new thrust to soccer in Arunachal Pradesh.

The IVth round of Eagle Trophy knockout tournament involving the registered clubs is scheduled to begin at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun from March one next, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) president Takam Sanjoy told this daily.

The state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken steps to organize sports and games competitions right from village to state level and adopted a sports policy offering incentives for recognized players including job reservation.

Encouragement to games and sports in the state is appreciable, Union Human Resources Development Minister MM Pallam Raju commented after laying the foundation stone of state’s first National Institute of Technology at Jote today.

Sanjoy, an ace footballer and member of Lok Sabha, disclosed that the APFA has taken tangible steps to bring discipline among the players and clubs so that state players could carve a niche for themselves at national and international arena.

Taking strong exception to the undisciplined behaviour of players and teams during the last Tadar Tang Memorial Tournament at Pasighat, Sanjoy informed that the APFA plans to introduce competitive soccer so that the state could take part in regional, zonal and national events.

The winners of the tournament will enter second division national league matches and get opportunity to qualify for higher leagues. Moreover, players will be selected during the tournament for undergoing training with incentives for improving their skill and confidence to represent the state at various soccer events, he disclosed.

Despite football being a very popular game and played across the length and breadth of the state, the element of discipline is essential. Therefore, a committee headed by sports & youth affairs joint director Tadar Apa as chairman has been set up, especially for Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament to ensure disciplinary proceedings against players and clubs playing foul matches, he pointed out.

The APFA will conduct the tournament under the chairmanship of Kipa Takam, a former footballer, Sanjoy added.



Awareness prog on cooperative thrift and credit

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: An Awareness programme on “Cooperative Thrift and Credit” was organized by Nefa Thrift and Credit Cooperative Society (Nefa T&CCS), Nirjuli in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU), Naharlagun and in support of assistant registrar of Cooperative Societies, Papum Pare   district at Sagalee on February 9.

On the same occasion an Opening Ceremony of new branch of Nefa T. & CCS was also held. Nabam Bate ZPM, Mengio, Hage Tarung, Circle Officer, Leoporiang, were graced as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. L. Ado, Asstt. Registrar of Cooperative Societies, S. R. Biswas, SICS, S.K. Biswas, SICS, Er. J. Bora and K. Riba, Asstt. Education Officer, APSCU were present.

While inaugurating the new branch,  Nabam Bate appreciated Nabam Amzi Tajo, Chairperson, Nefa T&CCS for her initiative and keen endeavour to establish a new branch at Sagalee which he hoped will definitely extent proper banking services to business fraternity, local public and particularly to the cooperators, SHGs, Farmers Club, etc. CO Hage Tarung also while encouraging the public to open their account, assured to open an account of his own in the branch.

On the occasion, Er. J. Bora, APSCU, S.R. Biswas SICS and K. Riba, Asstt. Education Officer also delivered their respective speeches on the various topics related to cooperative sector as well as Cooperative Thrift and Credit Activities.

About 200 participants from all walks of life in and around Sagalee attended the programme.



Bhalukpong Club declared overall champion in the Triangular Badminton championship

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Bhalukpong Club was declared overall champion in the Triangular Badminton championship which concluded at Bhalupong yesterday evening.

Bhalukpong Club won three out of five categories, including the titles for Singles, Veteran Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

The badminton tournament was held among the players Three Clubs, namely Multi-Sports Indoor Complex, Bomdila, Officer’s Club, Seppa and the host Bhalukpong Club.

The closing ceremony was attended by RT Khonjuju, Parliamentary Secretary, Soni Degio, Vice- Chairman, APSMPB, Tani Loffa, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation, Kumsi Sidisow, Local MLA, Chairman, APEDA and  Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary, RWD, Supply & Transport.

Parliamentary Secretary Khonjuju appreciated the effort of the Club and suggested for inviting Tawang Club in the next tournament in order to spread the feeling of brotherhood and bonhomie while promising to give personal help in the next tournament.

The patron of Bhalukpong Club and local MLA Kumsi Sidisow assured to keep Rs. one crore in the next financial session for development of the club building.

Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii, also the patron of the club, gifted one Generator set to the club. Certificates and mementos as well as prizes were distributed to all the participating players by the dignitaries.

The Overall champion trophy was handed over to the Bhalukpong Club by the Khonjuju.

The tournament was conducted by the supervision of State Badminton Coach by K Rupchandra Singh.



HRD Minister visits RGGP

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Union HRD Minister Dr. M M Pallam Raju visited Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic (RGGP) yesterday and had a first hand information on various on-going activities in the polytechnic and Community College for which RGGP is a nodal centre.

He also took stock of various central and state funded projects undertaken by the polytechnic.

The Union Minister interacted with the students almost for half an hour and enquired about their interests, facilities available and their effective use, career opportunity and their contribution towards the Arunachal society.

The minister also visited different laboratories of the polytechnic and interacted with Director Higher & Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi and Principal of the Polytechnic AK Tripathy on the  aspect of the various  on-going activities of the polytechnic  and Community  College and also took stock of various  central and state funded projects.

The Union Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Member of Parliament  Takam Sanjay and Director, Higher & Technical Education Dr. Begi.



Complaint lodged against ‘indecent comments’


TEZU, Feb 10: Villagers from Lohitpur have expressed outrage over passing indecent comments by an army officer during the Namsyang puja here on Friday.

Reportedly, the incident took place around 5 pm when traffic in the Lohitpur-Tezu road slowed down due to the celebration.

The officer hurled abuses to people observing puja citing unrestricted free movement of army as paramount interest to the nation.  

Following the incident, group of agitated villagers lodged verbal complaint with the Deputy Commandant, 82 Mountain Brigade Colonel V Sisodia.

The Namsyang rituals are observed by the local Mishmis for the welfare of the mankind. It is held once in every three years.

During the festival, gena, a customary movement restriction is observed by the people as mark of respect to the almighty. The local belief goes that all passages like roads to the village should be made free of negative forces.

Villagers are agitated that the army officer has hurt local sentiments without any basis because by evening the gena restriction was already lifted.

In the puja hours, traffic in the highway is slowed down while gena is being observed. Revering the local belief, even the army stationed at the Lohitpur brigade observes few hours of gena, said one villager.


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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: 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


Losar greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended best wishes to all on occasion of the New Year Buddhist festival of Losar, especially to those in West Kameng and Tawang districts.

In his festival message, the Governor wished that the occasion will bring tranquility and contentment in the society.

In his message, Tuki expressed hope that Losar – a festival with rich rituals and celebrations – would spread the message of human compassion and tolerance to each and every corner of the State so that the government’s vision for peace and development goes side by side on an accelerated pace.

“As the Buddhists, particularly of Tawang and West Kameng districts, welcome their New Year with religious fervour, I pray Lord Buddha to shower his choicest blessings on all mankind and may Arunachal Pradesh blossom in his bosom,” the Chief Minister said his message on eve of Losar today.


Appeal to electricity consumers

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The 132 KV RHEP-Nirjuli transmission line shall remain under shutdown on February 12 and 13 from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm to take certain modification works at Lekhi 132 KV bay in order to enable charging of 132 KV line from Lekhi SMS 132/33 KV sub-station to Chimpu 132/33 KV sub-station.

During the shutdown,  the twin capital city shall be fed through Gohpur Itanagar transmission line (GITL) which may not be adequate for the twin cities, according to an SLDCD, power department. It requested the power consumers to bear with the department.


AdiSU calls of  proposed stir

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: AdiSU has called off its proposed series of democratic movement, including rally and bandh in Adi inhabited area in protest against arrest of Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung. The decision to call of the movement was taken after Darung was granted interim bail yesterday.


APPDSU flays Govt

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has condemned the Arunachal Pradesh Government for making the judiciary system a mockery in the state.

Citing the example of granting interim bail to Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung on the next day of his arrest, APPDSU in a release said that the people in power and position in the society often tries to influence the court in their favour in absence of independent judiciary system in the state which delays the justice to be delivered in time.

 “Arunachal Pradesh even after the attainment of Statehood is yet to see independent judiciary,” it rued.

“As a top responsible government servant, Darung has misused his official power by encroaching govt. quarter allotted him and erecting standing structures in its place”, the release said and demanded for immediate re-arrest of the Labour Commissioner.

Though the union has been demanding the district administration as well as the state govt. to immediately deal with the illegal encroachment issues prevailing in the state from time to time the so called ‘responsible people’s government’ has always shown its unwillingness to act anything against the encroachers. Rather, it had blessed the encroachers (most of whom are govt. govt. servants) by passing Cabinet decision to regularize the encroached govt. land last year, the release said.

Meanwhile, APPDSU opposed any kind of dharna or protest in the capital, whose sole intention will be to protect a person who has committed a crime.


AJNRC  resolves to preserve natural resources

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: All Joram Natrual Resource Committee (AJNRC) will work for preservation of natural resources in Joram area in particular and Lower Subansiri district in general.

The new executive body of the committee has decided to chalk out plan and programme to check hunting, fishing, quarrying, felling of trees for firewood on commercial purpose and jhum cultivation etc.

The Committee will create awareness among general public and other stake holders on the value of natural resources and harmful effects of their destruction.


ARASA demands fact finding committee

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: All Raga Area Students Union (ARASU) has submitted a representation to the Raga ADC to constitute a high-level fact finding committee to find out truth behind alleged illegal demolition of school building and boundary wall of Govt Middle School, Tayasimla under Dollungmukh circle.

In its representation to ADC the ARASU said the  RCC school building, boundary wall of the Govt Middle School, Tayasimla have been illegally demolished and a general ground was prepared over the original site of the school. However, the school is functioning at Kutcha ghar, it said. The   Union  said  that the wrong doers, if any, should be booked.





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

Sustainable behaviour and environment problem

A new study by the Washington-based National Geographic Society found that Indians had the most sustainable behaviour, followed by Chinese and Brazilians. Americans ranked the worst, with Canadians coming second to last. The French ranked last in Europe.

Despite coming out on top, 45 per cent of Indians -- more than any other nationality surveyed -- said they felt guilty about their impact on the environment. They were followed by Mexicans and Chinese, with 42 per cent of consumers in each country expressing guilt. Consumers in these large emerging economies are the most likely to report that environmental problems are having a negative impact on their health today, the study said.

Americans were among the least sensitive about their impact, with 21 per cent saying they felt guilty. Even fewer Australians and Germans felt guilty, with the Japanese placing last with 14 per cent voicing guilt over their behavior.

The survey ranked nations based on consumption patterns in food, transportation and housing.

Indians also had the least impact in housing, followed by Brazilians who were by far the most likely to say they bought electricity from green sources. Biofuels are a major industry in Brazil.

Chinese consumers had the least environmental impact per capita from transportation, according to the study. Americans and Canadians ranked as having the most impact in both housing and transportation.

The 17-nation study by the Washington-based National Geographic Society found a "major disconnect" as consumers in rich nations had the least sustainable lifestyles but also felt the least guilty about their impact.


It’s time to set your mind above tribal affiliation

Dear Editor,

If it is non-bailable then how come it came bailable over night? I am referring to the drama-the high profile 'catch and lose' natak regarding the case of the labour commissioner Ojing Darung.  This incident shows to the world the real colour of Arunachal. There is no law. Absolutely none when it comes to rich, powerful and influential people. A good lesson passed down to generations?

And to all those tribal organizations - it is high time to set your mind above the tribal affiliation. A criminal should be identified by his face, and not by his TRIBE.


Takam Sakter

Thrissur, Kerela



Please Act Women Commission

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteem daily, I would like to appeal the Arunachal Pradesh State Women Commission and Assam State Women Commission to be responsive when victims file complaint for help and intervention. The women commissions are requested to go to the victim’s home, meet and support should be given as many of the victims cannot go to the commission’s office due to various reasons. The women commission cannot provide justice from the commission office at Itanagar by giving assurances only.

Although the commission may not take up my daughter’s case, I would request the commission to take up such cases seriously in future. The police had summoned the victim only for the FIR lodged on Jan 11, 2011 and the investigation is still pending, while the culprit is yet to be arrested.

Therefore, once again I would like to request the women commission to be pro-active in their work and provide justice to the victims as justice delayed is justice denied.


Kangge Pertin

Victim’s father

Bolung, Lower Dibang Valley