February 12


News Impact

Pregnant woman, two children charred to death


Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Feb 11: A pregnant woman along with her two daughters was charred to death while six others received partial burn injury in a devastating fire accident at Sigin colony Daporijo yesterday.

The fire which broke out at around 10.45 pm also burnt down 34 houses and damaged 21 partially rendering 108 families homeless. The properties lost and damaged in the mishap has not been assessed yet which is likely to cross crores of rupees.

The victims have been identified as Yaw Siyum (27), mother, Bonga Siyum (5) and Prety Siyum (18 months) daughters. Other   six injured were rushed to hospital for the treatment.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. However, public suspects candle light behind the mishap.

It is worth mentioning here that every household in the colony use candle due to frequent power cut.

Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu visited the colony and alleged improper electrification in the houses and carelessness of the people while burning candle. He appealed to each and every family to make proper installation of electrical wires etc. by skilled and certified electricians only. He said that most of the fire accidents here are caused by electrical spark due to loose contact etc.

Meanwhile, Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) appealed to the state government and District Administration to  provide immediate relief fund to all the fire victims, especially the deceased  family. TCS  team met the colony dwellers and shared its grief and sorrow with the victims families. TCS prayed to almighty for eternal peace to souls of late mother and her two children.

TCS and well wishers of Daporijo Township contributed cash amount of more than lakhs of rupees to the affected families. The amount was collected immediately after the mishap from well wishers within Daporijo Township. Meanwhile, the public condemned the authorities concerned for not providing sufficient fire tenders (vehicles) with re-filling points despite repeated pleas.

They also alleged that telephone calls are not usually attended at the time of calling by person on duty at fire station here which makes the situation bad to worse. Moreover, the fire brigade, at the time of incident, comes with half-filled vehicle and by the time the fire tender returns from re-filling point all go over,”  they alleged.

“This is a regular drama of the department which has been witnessed by public of Daporijo since last many years,” one of the public quipped.

Upper Subansiri is a fire prone district and many precious lives have already been lost in fire accidents in the past many years.

ATNS adds: Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee President Yari Dulom has appealed to the Government to provide immediate relief to the fire victims, specially school going children who are going to appear the examination in March next.



Five inmates escape from police lock-up, three re-arrested

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: In yet another incident of jail break five inmates run away from Koloriang police station lock-up. The incident took place on the midnight of 9th February.  The Koloriang police have managed to arrest 3 of them and have launched manhunt to nab remaining two.

While talking to this daily, SP Kurung Kumey Hage Laling stated that two inmates from cell no.1 broke the lock using iron rod. They then opened another cell and let 3 other inmates to escape. He also informed that at the time of incident 1 Hawaldar and 4 constables were posted at the jail.

“We are trying to figure out how they let five prisoners to escape. Detail investigation is being carried out. We are also questioning 3 rearrested inmates and hope to trace out the truth sooner,” said SP Laling.

The inmates who escaped include those facing serious charges of murder, attempt to murder, etc. This is the second major incident of jail break which has rocked the state. Last year in the month of August, 3 inmates including the prime accused of Akashdeep twin murder case escaped from district jail Jully, Itanagar and created big stir. The police have failed to re-arrest the trio.

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey district unit has expressed concern over the report and demanded for immediate re-arrest of the absconding inmates. Questioning the sincerity of police personnel the  Association also called for suspension of those police personnel who were on duty at the time of incident for their negligence.

The All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization has written to IGP, central and sought immediate termination of SP Kurung Kumey for the incident. Terming the incident as matter of great concern, the organization demanded thorough inquiry into the shameful incident and came down heavily on SP, DySP, OC Koloriang and jailers for their negligence. The organization has demanded SIT investigation in the matter.



Sanjoy inaugurates Kakoi CO office

KAKOI, Feb 11: The CO office Kakoi was inaugurated by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy at Kakoi under Kimin circle today. Local legislator  and Planning Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, various heads of departments, DC Pige Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte, panchayat leaders led by ZPM Bamang Yayu, GBs and villagers were present on  the occasion.

After inspecting the office, the MP stated that it was one of the best CO offices in the state and further praised the PWD department for successfully implementing the project. The team further visited the 20-beded girl’s hostel built by RWD and funded by the GoI under Multi Sectoral Development Programme.

Attending a public meeting later, the MP hoped that as Nyishis are one of the largest communities in the state, they should leave behind differences over caste, creed and religion so that development could take place at a better pace. He further urged upon the people to participate in Nyokum festival irrespective of differences in religion to popularise their rich cultural mosaic.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by ZPM pleading for flood control on both side of Bijuli nallah to protect the secondary school and porter track from Lower Jumi to Tani Hapa for inter-village communication, the MP sanctioned Rs 15 lakh from his MPLAD fund for the first project.  On being reminded by Rebia about the pending Kalaptakar (Lower Subansiri) to Kimin (Papum Pare) road via Dirgha in Kakoi for the convenience of people living in the foothill area, Sanjoy assured to expedite the GoAP project pending with the union ministry of road transport and highway.

Rebia later appealed to the people to protect the forest and wildlife as there was possibility of growth of nature and adventure tourism in the area which could serve as their greatest asset.

 Earlier former Kimin ZPM Bamang Mangha highlighted the various problems confronting the area.  DIPRO



AR conducts free medical camp  for villagers

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A free medical camp was conducted by 18 Assam Rifles under the aegis of 25 Sector Assam Rifles at Punyabhuni village on February 9 as part of DGAR MCA project.

Over 552 people, including adult, women and school going children from Punyabhuni and adjoining villages attended the camp and received medical treatment.

The Medical camp was inaugurated by Brig Rajinder Singh, Commander 25 Sector Assam Rifles. Colonel Rakesh Singh Chauhan, Commandant 18 Assam Rifles and S Roy Circle Officer Miao represented the civil administration.  

The medical team was led by Deputy Commandant Jishnu Barua and Captain Sridevi Thapa of 18 Assam.

The 18 Assam Rifles also distributed 250 mosquito nets and few solar lanterns nets to the villagers under Military Civic Action programme on the same day. Distribution of mosquito nets in such remote area will help prevent malaria in the area, AR in a release informed. Further the Solar Lanterns will be very useful to the villagers since there has been regular power failure at Punyabhumi village.



Educate the masses about HIV, Siram urges youth

MMC reaches Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Feb 11: Prevention of HIV is not the responsibility of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun alone but individual should contribute towards its prevention, said Education Minister Bosiram Siram while kicking off the Rock Concert under Multimedia Campaign on HIV/AIDS at Gandhi Chowk Market, Pasighat today.

Siram said that HIV which has no definite cure or vaccine pose challenge to all of us. It can be overcome only by creating awareness among the masses. He also asked the youth audience who turn up to the venue in large number to carry forward the message on HIV prevention to each and every household of the state so that people remain safe from HIV. The message on HIV generated through the platform of MMC should not be confined to people who attend the venue, he said.  East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra stressed on need to create an enabling environment for the People Living with HIV so that they do not feel discriminated. PLHIV needs to be brought to the mainstreaming, he said. While appreciating Yumrin Nokpa for declaring his HIV status openly to the public, Mishra said that the voice of people like Yumrin Nokpa should be echoed in the entire state so that PLHIV people could contribute towards creating awareness on HIV.

Earlier, Yumring Nokpa, General Secretary, ArNP+, who is also accompanying the MMC team in all the venues while sharing his experience appeal youth stay safe and do not do anything that may put them in risk of contacting HIV. Hate the sinner, not the sin and hate the virus not the person living HIV, he said.  

Dr. Riken Rina, Jt. Director (B/S) APSACS  said that the major concern for all of us is that 54 per cent of the total HIV detected in Arunachal are from age between 20-29 years alone. While giving a brief introduction of MMC Dr. Rina said that the mobilizations of youth for prevention of HIV/AIDS, is the main objectives of MMC.

K. Perme, DMO, Pasighat, in his address appealed to the people, especially the youth of the state to be agent of awareness, empathy and of behavioral change so that the fight against HIV/AIDS and concern for the PLHIV are taken to greater heights.

Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, told the youth about ABC of HIV prevention, where A stands for abstinence, B stands for be faithful to your partner and C stands for Condom Use. Condom is between you and the virus and not between you and your pleasure, he added.

Ongtang Thamphang, Dy. Director (IEC), Family Welfare while sensitising the audience on weekly iron and folic acid supplementation, appealed youth specially aged between 10-19 years to take IFA tablet to keep themselves healthy. He also appealed the parents to encourage their children to IFA tablets. NRHM, Arunachal Pradesh in convergence with APSACS this time is promoting ‘Solid Bano India Campaign’ where Weekly Iron Folic Acid supplementary for adolescence shall be given in the schools for youth aged between 10-19 years.

Obang Paro, spokesperson of Adi Students Union, Itanagar, in his address appealed youth audience to be agent of HIV prevention. APSACS in association with AdiSU, Itanagar unit organised the MMC at Pasighat this time. The student body mobilised the youth crowd to the venue during MMC.

The Alien Gods, a well known Death Metal Band from Arunachal Pradesh,with Carnal Sins, the winner of last year’s  MMC Red Rockfest Contest, who is touring the 8 districts to create awareness on HIV enthralled the Rock fans of around 2000 people in Pasighat by its rocking numbers.



ZPM distributes wheel chairs to disabled persons

Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Feb 11: Diibo ZPM Bamin Siri today distributed wheel chairs, crutches and walking sticks to old and disabled persons within his jurisdiction.

The ZPM accompanied by Mudang Tage ASM Tadu Chobing paid door to door visit at Mudang Tage village and distributed wheel chairs to two disable persons and walking sticks to a number of old persons.

In afternoon, he accompanied by ASMs Tilling Tanyo, Tamo Loder, Michi Richo and Michi Nimung visited Bamin, Michi, Siibe, Salang, Dapopogyang and Pare Ami villages where they distributed wheel chairs and crutches to five disabled and three partially disabled persons. They elderly persons were given walking sticks.

“I dreamt of a wheel chair for long but could not afford. Now, I thank ZPM Siri for fulfilling my long felt need,” said Tadu Laji one of the recipient of wheel chairs.

Another old man said, “It gave me more comfort than home made stick that I was using for long. This is the first and may be last one somebody would present me such a useful thing in my life”.

Diibo Zilla segment is the largest segment in terms of jurisdictional area in Ziro-I circle.

Siri covered most of the villages of his jurisdiction today excepting Dutta, Nenchalyang and Hija villages and donated the articles as per their requirements. He also proposing to visit rest of the villages tomorrow.

Sponsored by the department of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, the scheme was prepared under ICDS Scheme, Govt. of Arnachal Pradesh.



Concern over rising crime rate

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 11: An increasing trend of criminal activities, especially delinquent crime and crime against women, caught the police and civil administration unaware even as the civil society is grappling with measures to tackle the myriad forms of crime in and around Pasighat.

A sequence of the criminal records in the past few months/years reveals involvement of teenagers, women and old-aged persons with the offensive activities. Reckless driving of two wheelers by minors addicted with alcohol, consumption of narcotics and contraband drugs by children are other manifestation of juvenile delinquency. This also raises a question on introduction of ethics and values, traffic education and prevention of crime in the curriculum of school education.

Some sections of local people are approaching the district administration to take step to check the illegal activities before it goes beyond control. As such, the police, civil administration, teachers and parents were appealed to be sensitized on the ill effects of juvenile delinquency in the society. But, the authority is not awakening to act promptly to tackle the burning issue.

Some conscious citizens of the area point out the causative factors such as lack of parental guidance, negligence in upbringing of children by parents/guardians and teachers, exposure of raunchy videos, lack of emphasize in ethics and strict ruling in the educational institution.

Reports reveal that growing children are reportedly marching towards a bleak future as they have fallen into grip of detrimental practices like alcohol, drugs and sexual abuses. Consumption of alcohol and other contraband drugs is reportedly influencing them to commit offensive activities. It is high time for the society to rise to the occasion to save their children from going astray.

Meanwhile, the student unions have appealed the administration to issue executive order banning use of motor bikes (with gear) and mobile phone among the youths below 18 years and also the students at primary and secondary levels. Perhaps, it has executed it but trend is yet to come under control.

The local people now come to know that state government’s policy of police modernization is assurance only. The successive state governments, despite repeated appeals made by the local people, miserably failed to depute adequate police personnel to control the growing trend of criminal activities. The much hyped regional forensic science laboratory at Pasighat is not yet set up even after two years have passed from its announcement. Moreover, unholy nexus between some unscrupulous police officers and antisocial activists is alleged by the local people from time to time. Recently, angry women mob rocked Pasighat town by staging dharna at Pasighat police station. Their grievances stemmed on the fact that the police was inactive to book some culprits involved with sexual indulgence with minor girl at Pasighat. It was observed that police earlier had reluctant to arrest the culprits as the complainant did not accuse other than a woman. However, it accepted the complaint lodged afresh regarding the incident and arrested all other accused. But, the investigating officer, by going into a legal contradiction, was compelled to omit the complaint lodged earlier to fulfill the protestor’s demand.

The police, perhaps, were aware of the fact that their motto was to unearth the facts in the incident and to punish criminals under the law. Earlier too, police faced a lot of criticism for their alleged inactive role in dealing with some ‘interesting’ cases.

As a sigh of relief, the women activists of Adi Bane Kebang are conducting operation in the district against illegal selling of cheap liquor, narcotics and other drugs. They undoubtedly deserve appreciation for their efforts. It is expected to gain moral support from all quarters, but the outcome will depend on their dedication in the coming days.



Aalo Youth Festival, 2013 concludes

AALO, Feb 11: Prize distribution ceremony marked conclusion of the 10 days Aalo Youth Festival 2013 yesterday organized by All Aalo Youth Welfare Association (AAYWA).

Various sports competitions like marathon race, field and track events, literary competitions, felicitation to CBSE toppers, blood donation camp, HIV test etc. were organized during the festival.

Attending the function, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Gadam Ete appreciated the AAYWA for conceiving the noble idea of organizing the festival smoothly. He disclosed that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is always ready to help the youths in welfare activities. The youth force should always play a constructive role in our society and assured to help AAYWA for organizing such welfare activities in future also.

He distributed the prizes for marathon race while ADC Moki Loyi the prizes for literary competition.  

Setting an example before the gathering of youths, both the dignitaries took HIV test held on the occasion.

In his address, AAYWA Geli Ete highlighted the motto of his association which has been working constantly for the cause of youth of the district. The association is committed towards youth welfare activities and came up for the cause of disaster like fire accident at Siyom Colony. He expressed his gratitude to the CM, MLAs and all others who helped AAYWA in organizing the festival.



BJP observes Samarpan Diwas

ITANAGAR, Feb11: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today observed the 45th death anniversary of Pundit Deendayal Upadaya as Samarpan Diwas (Day of offerings) at the party headquarters here.

The party leaders and workers paid floral tributes to the portrait of party ideologue on the occasion.

In a simple but impressive programme presided over by the out going state BJP President, Dr. Tangor Tapak (MLA),

The BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao (Ex-MP), out going state BJP president Dr. Tangor Tapak, Leader of BJP Legislature Party Tamiyo Taga, Deputy Leader Tapen Siga, former Minister Lichi Legi, State BJYM President Doni Nich, State Mahiha Morcha President Kenjum Pakkam, State President (ST Morcha), Tadar Akap, State BJP Vice Presidents Padmeswari Jamoh and Kabak Yabii, State Secretary Kago Tadi besides party functionaries and workers attended the programme.    

The new State BJP President, Tai Tagak who is also the Organization in-charge of BJP dwelt in length the life and sacrifices made by Pundit Deendayal Upadhayay and apprised the party workers about the inspirations, path shown by him and his selfless services towards the nation.

He explained on BJP’s ideology and highlighted on various welfare schemes introduced by BJP led NDA for rural and weaker section of the society.

“Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was the leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1953 to 1968. A profound philosopher, organizer par excellence and a leader who maintained the highest standards of personal integrity, he has been the source of ideological guidance and moral inspiration for the BJP since its inception,” the party said in a release.

Pundit Deendayal was born on Sept. 25, 1916 and met martyred death on Feb 11, 1968 and was the first General Secretary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh and roused to its All India President following the death of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, and the party leader whose death was also condoled in the Lok Sabha even though he was not a member of Parliament.

Observation of Samarpan Diwas has also been reported from Pasighat, Aalo, Seppa and others districts.



 Educational awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Nyishi Students Union of Rajiv Gandhi University University conducted a number of educational awareness campaign at remote Kurung Kumey district from February 6 to 9.

The 4-day-long campaign covered schools and colleges in remote Nyapin, Sangram and Koloriang towns. The objective of the campaign was to provide guidance to the rural students pursuing their studies in such remote and underdeveloped villages as well as to assess the ground situation of the educational scenario in that part of Nyishi dominated area with lowest literacy rate.

The awareness camps were conducted at TT Govt. College, Nyapin and GHSS, Sangram on February 7 and 8 respectively. However, the camp at Koloriang could not be conducted due to board examination.

The campaign themed “each one teach one” included career counseling and personality development of the rural students. The NSURGU resource team comprised of six post graduate Nyishi Students of RGU, who included Bengia Tada, Tai Jatey, Karan Kholie, Toko Obi, Nangram Pentum, and Bengia Seema.

The presented through PowerPoint presentation on career after class 12, study technique and examination preparedness, adolescence education, women empowerment, ill effects of early marriage and politics and student.

The NSURGU team distributed career guidance books to the participants specially compiled for the programme.

The team interacted with the first batch student of the college and discussed problems being faced by them in the newly opened college. The team claims to have found lack of almost all amenities in the college. There are no proper classrooms, no libraries, no proper campus and almost nil accommodation for the teachers of the college which needs immediate attention of the authorities concerned.

The NSURGU team also visited many schools in the remote villages of the district during the campaign and expressed its concern over the pathetic condition of the Govt. run schools in the district.

“There is an utmost need of proper education policy since it has been witnessed that there is wastage of resources due to improper planning. Schools have been opened where there is no need at all; school buildings have been constructed in the middle of nowhere,” the visiting team said in a release. The teachers and students are compelled to work and study in the worst condition,” it calimed.

More than 300 students have benefited from the camps. The NSURGU expressed its gratitude to Nikam Development Foundation secretary Tai Gungte for his support and guidance during the campaign and All Nyishi Students Union for sponsoring the campaign and all those good people of Nyapin and Sangram who contributed in some way or other in making the camps a success.



Kri salutes Jeko’s community harmony

Tezu, Feb 11: PHE & WS Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri applauded the village community of Jeko for being an example of community harmony. “This village, with families from many different tribes settled here and having intermingled so well with the indigenous Mishmi community, today stands as an example of how we can all learn to live together”, Kri said.

Addressing the 3-day Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Jeko Baptist Church in Lohit district,  Kri added that creating a respect for our diversity and respecting each other’s cultures was the only way that Arunachal can move forward. “We need to understand and appreciate that the oneness of our State lies in our diversity”,  Kri said.

Jeko, which was at one time recognized by thousands as the gateway to the Parashuram Kund mela, saw another glorious moment in its history when residents celebrated the 50th year of its Church, set up in 1963. The celebrations were attended by many representatives from churches across the state and even from Nagaland and also witnessed many guest speakers, including Rev. Y Patton from Dimapur and Aparang Pertin from Roing.

Recounting the humble origins of the church, History Convenor Mark Boje gave a detailed chronicle of its growth from having just a few members to its present status as an important religious centre of the district.

Earlier, Executive Secretary of the DLBCA Rev. Bambo Pertin unveiled and consecrated a monolith marking the jubilee celebrations.



Tagak takes charges as state BJP chief

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Tai Tagak has taken over the charge as the  Arunachal Pradesh state BJP president and assumed his office formally in a simple but impressive function held at state BJP Hq today. With this, Tai Tagak becomes the 9th State BJP President.

Speaking on the occasion, the outgoing president Dr. Tangor Tapak (MLA) while welcoming the new party president said the BJP national president has recognized the sincerity, dedication of a party leader like Tai Tagak. This has again set an example that the BJP is a party with difference where performing leaders get their due recognition.

The new State BJP President Tai Tagak in his brief speech said the new state BJP team under his leadership would work for the establishment of proper democracy in the state. The state BJP would strengthen its party in the state, he said while adding that the BJP would also play a constructive  role as opposition party and cooperate the government in the development works.

Large number of BJP leaders including BJP National General Secretary, Tapir Gao (Ex-MP), leader of BJP Legislature Party, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamiyo Taga (MLA), Deputy leader, Tapen Siga (MLA), former Minister, Lichi Legi, State President, BJYM, Doni Nich, State President, Mahiha Morcha, Kenjum Pakkam, State President, ST Morcha, Tadar Akap, State BJP Vice Presidents –Padmeswari Jamoh and Kabak Yabii were present on the occasion.



Indu Yommin arrest case: Family members cry foul


PASIGHAT, Feb 11: The family member of Indu Yommin, who has been arrested by Pasighat police, have alleged that the EAC is using the police administration and thereby misusing his power. One Nongkong Yommin, a brother of Indu, in a statement alleged that the EAC (complainant) was forcing the police to arrest the victim (Indu) by leveling false and fabricated complaint against him.

Reacting on a news item appeared on this daily on February 7, wherein Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) vehemently condemned the attack on EAC Starlie Jamoh and sought strict action against Indu Yommin, the family men lamented that the officers and the police are manipulating the case.

Yommin has claimed that the discord between EAC Jamoh and Indu was ensued due to misdeed of the EAC’s wife, but the alleged EAC misinterpreted the sequence of the incident in order to save the wrong doer. The actual facts that aroused out of a motor accident is still in hiding, but the officers' association and others organizations condemn the incident of attack without knowing the realities.

The members of Yommin family are requesting office bearers of APCSOA and other clan based organizations not to condemn anyone without knowing the ground realities regarding the incident.

The Eastern Adi Students Union urged the authority to unearth the truth behind the incident.


Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: 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


APCF, DNGCSU support ALSU demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum has supported the demands made by Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) for immediate removal of sitting Parliamentary secretary Home and immediate induction of independent Home Minister, separation of judiciary from executive, immediate establishment of separate high court, appointment of high court judge from among the Arunachalees.

The Students Union Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar has also endorsed the demands made by Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) for removal of sitting parliamentary secretary and induction of new independent home minister. Union believed that induction of new independent home minister can improve the law and order situation in the state.


Training for DIPROs inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: One month training on Mass Communication for officers of Information and Public Relations Department (DIPR) was formally inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of Kolyani University Dr. Arup Banerjee at the Institute of Mass Communication Film and Television Studies, Kolkata.

DIPROs Yalik Jerang from Yupia, Nimina Namchoom from Daporijo, Tokmin Pertin from Tezu and Eleng Nokar from Seppa are attending the training.

Ravinder Kumar, Chief Editor, Statesman (Kolkata Area) in his speech highlighted the essence of journalism while

Shyamal Sengupta, Rector, Secretary of the Institute expressed gratitude to the Directorate of IPR, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for selecting the Institute and lauded the noble idea of the Directorate to train the Govt. officers on skill development and capacity building.

Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Resident Commissioner Bijoy Talukdar attended the inaugural function on behalf of the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. He urged the trainee officers to reap the maximum benefit out of the training.

The function was attended by Editor of Ajkal, a Bengali daily, Chief Public Relation officer of Eastern Railways, other dignitaries from Media Sector and learned faculty members of the Institute.


APATCYO condemns arrest of Darung

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) strongly condemned the arrest of Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung.

Saying that Darung was ‘intentionally’ being harassed, the APATCYO questioned as to why arrest warrant was issued only to Ojing Darung whereas 90 per cent of capital dwellers have already encroached the govt land since last 15 years and many of them including high profile politicians have already constructed 5 to 6-storey buildings. Where was the law during that time when the Govt land has been encroached since last 15 years ? the organization questioned.

APATCYO appeals to law department to treat everyone equally and not to give partial harassment to any individual.

The organization also suggests the State Govt to make a new plan and construct new government quarters for employees of every department in any other suitable places. “All the old Govt quarters are in the state of defunct condition. So instead of renovation better regularize the allotment process of all the  old Govt. quarters,” said the organization.


Career  counseling prog

ITANAGAR, Feb11:  An awareness programme on Career Counseling was organized at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mahadevpur, by JNV itself in order to encourage youths in achieving their goal. The programe was attended by K.K. Joshi ADC, Namsai, H.N. Dubey, EAC, Lekang, and many others.


Teli Kahi receives Bharat Jyoti Award

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award has been awarded to Teli Kahi for his meritorious service and remarkable contribution for the development of boxing in Arunachal Pradesh by India International Friendship Society (IIFS).

The award was presented to Kahi by former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam Dr. Bhishma Narin Singh at a seminar on Economic Growth and National Integration at New Delhi on February 9.

Presently, Kahi is running boxing club at Ganga village, near here.


Week-long computer training for Govt officials begins

ITANAGAR,  Feb 11: A week-long Computer Training Programme on  ‘Ms Excel & Access-1’ commenced at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.  As many as 20 Govt officials including LDCs/ UDCs/ PAs are participating the training programme which is being organized under the 100 per cent course fee assistance of the DoPT, Govt of India under its Plan Assistance for 2012-13.

In his inaugural address, Pema Tshetan, Director (Training) called upon all the participants to take the training seriously. He called upon the participants to acquire proper knowledge and skill on Computer usage as the effective functioning of Govt offices primarily depends on the quality output by its work force. The training course is being conducted with the faculty support of A to Z Computer Education Centre, Naharlagun.

T. Lodo, Dy. Director (Training) who is the Course Coordinator presented a brief highlight of the Course content.


Drive against tinted car windows at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The East Kameng district police along with magistrate conducted drive against black tinted film on car windows at Seppa town on 9th of this month. The police team led by SI P Payang and town magistrate Ainstein Koyu with the help of CRPF personnel carried out the drive.

Black films were removed from 60 vehicles including government and private vehicles. The entire exercise was supervised by Deputy Superintendent of police S Singpho.


AAPC opposes bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Aalo Area Peoples Committee (AAPC), West Siang district has decided not to support the 72 hours bandh call proposed by the Galo Students Union on February 12 in Galo dominated areas.

Both  GSU and AGSU have no moral right to call bandh in connection with the Jaunary 10 Aalo incident, the  Committee said  adding that it would not tolerate bandh call at Aalo which may vitiate peace and tranquility  and unity and integrity of Galo people.

AMSU supports APPDSU

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: All Mengio Students’ Union extends their supports to All Papum Pare District Students’ Union and opposed the decision of the state government to create Pachin (Capital District) by bifurcating Papum Pare district.


SFS School Pasighat celebrates parent’s day

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL, PASIGHAT, celebrated its annual parent’s day in a grand manner yesterday at school campus. The occasion was graced by Ninong Ering, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs and RK Mishra, Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District. Besides, members of School Managing Committee, Parents, well-wishers, benefactors and students took part in the function with great enthusiasm. A colorful cultural programme presented by students of SFS School enthralled everyone present on the occasion.

While speaking on the occasion, union minister Ninong Ering appreciated principal, teaching faculty and School Management Committee for giving due importance to co-curricular activities besides academic pursuit. He said that students should be nurtured and brought up in such a way that they develop as a person knowledgeable in every field. He also expressed his happiness over a family like feeling among parents, guardians, teachers, school administration and students which is lacking in many places in the country.

DC Mishra praised the talents of the students for presenting variety of cultural programmes and stressed on the need of giving priority to character building of students.

Rev.Fr.Varghese, Principal of school highlighted achievements and activities of the school. Samson Borang while speaking on behalf of School Managing Committee shared his views on development of school and stressed on the need of close co-ordination between school authority, parents and students. Celine Kakki speaking on behalf of parents urged the school administration and the teaching faculty to continue to give quality education to their children. The entire programme was anchored by two students namely Lirik Jonkey and Oni Darang of Class-VIII.


Kena visits assembly building construction site

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena visited new assembly building construction site recently and expressed his satisfaction over the progress of work.

During his visit he also interacted with the company staff and assured to hand over the building by the last part of August next, according to an official release.


Committee on PR submits report

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Adhoc Committee on Panchayat Raj under the Chairmanship of Jomde Kena, Assembly Deputy Speaker has adopted the interim report, presented to Speaker which was accorded approval. The Committee after detail examination has recommended for convening of a Special Assembly Session for discussion on the Constitution of Panchayat Raj system of Arunachal Pradesh and to amend the Acts/Rules of Panchayat Raj system."

Village level volleyball competition

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A village level volleyball competition was conducted by Jarkum and Yania Charitable Society under Nehru Yuva Kendra Itanagar at Chimpu on February 9 last.

Altogether eight teams participated the tournament in which Lukbia Youth Club beat Gangte Youth Club in the final match of the tournament.

Earlier, the inaugural programme was attended by Hake Tako, general secretary, Lok Sabha Youth Congress Arunachal West.


Demand baseless: ZPM

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: While condemning the repeated demand of the DAPF and KPF for transfer of the Damin BDO as baseless, Damin ZPM  Bamo Saktar today said central schemes like BADP, MGNREGA, Hariyali scheme are implemented under the strict supervision of panchayat members as per laid down guidelines.

Allegation of fund embezzlement leveled against the BDO by the two organizations is not only tarnishing the image of reputed officer. Such mischievous tactics also utterly put obstacles in granting centrally sponsored schemes for backward people, the  ZPM said in a release.

(Editor’s note: Opinion/views of various organizations/individuals in favour of/ against the BDO on this particular issue have been published  many a times and enough space has also been given to both the parties in this daily.  Therefore, this daily has decided not to entertain further news/press release on this issue till further decision.)  



The Principal of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mahadevpur was kidnapped on Feb 8 last, not on August 8 as wrongly published in this daily under the headlines “School principal kidnapped, released in Lohit’ on February 11. In another news item on the same day, the name of ALSU president was wrongly mentioned as ‘Tadar Tashi’ in stead of ‘Tadar Tarish.’ The inadvertent errors are regretted.





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

Ozone study may benefit air standards, climate

Ozone is both a major air pollutant with known adverse health effects and a greenhouse gas that traps heat from escaping Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists and policy analysts are interested in learning how curbing the emissions of these chemicals can improve human health and also help mitigate climate change.

By combining satellite observations of how much heat ozone absorbs in Earth’s atmosphere with a model of how chemicals are transported in the atmosphere, the researchers discovered significant regional variability – in some places by more than a factor of 10 — in how efficiently ozone trapped heat in Earth’s atmosphere, depending upon where the ozone-forming chemical emissions were located. This variability was found within individual continents and even among different regions with similar emission levels within individual countries. High-latitude regions such as Europe had a smaller impact than lower-latitude regions like North America. Ozone was observed to be a more efficient greenhouse gas over hot regions like the tropics or relatively cloud-free regions like the Middle East. The satellite data were collected by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer instrument on NASA’s Aura spacecraft.

The researchers found that the top 15 regional contributors to global ozone greenhouse gas levels were predominantly located in China and the United States, including the regions that encompass New Orleans, Atlanta and Houston.

Bowman and Henze found considerable variability in how different types of emissions contribute to ozone’s greenhouse gas effect. For example, compared to all nitrogen dioxide emissions — both human-produced and natural — industrial and transportation sources make up a quarter of the total greenhouse gas effect, whereas airplanes make up only one percent.  They also found that nitrogen dioxide contributes about two-thirds of the ozone greenhouse gas effect compared to carbon monoxide and non-methane hydrocarbons.


Please clarify the confusion

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the editorial letter titled “what happened to CM Talent award” by one M .Lollen, as appeared in the Arunachal Times (08- 02-2013) in readers forum, I too in fact have till recently thought the said Chief Minister talent hunt award has been discontinued after the death of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khundu in a tragic air crash. This is because there has been a complaint in the implementation of the CM talent award for the toppers of class X and XII since last two academic sessions. However we have been made known through the print medias quoting Chief Minister’s repeated references in his speeches in public meetings or functions and interactions with the media house or any other forums that the scheme still exist. Not only that the present Chief Minister(CM)himself has clearly referred the matter while highlighting his vision 2013 policies in the programmes of the govt, as made public in print during the last republic day celebration in the State capital. But in contrast to these we have observed many ambiguities in the materialization of this noble venture as many toppers have miserably failed to actually received the award, that is assured sum of rupees ten thousand and a laptop even though they have submitted their mark sheet and other supporting documents. Even if a particular student- is chosen for toppers award, either the amount or the laptop is only given to chosen one and most cases sum of Rs. 10,000/- is paid and the remaining assured award is made only in paper. To support my point of view during the month of August /September 2012, mark sheet and other relevant document of the toppers of several schools in and around twin capital was submitted to the authorities concerned through their respective institutional heads in the educational dept, which were actually sought for by the govt. But till that no any information has been made available either to the institutional heads or the students in whatsoever manner.

Now we want to know whether really the CMs Talent Award is still in implementation or has been discontinued. If yes, what is the status of those toppers whose names have been submitted to the authorities during the last academic years, if no, then why it is repeatedly referred to in the policy and planning agendas of the government in print or in any other platforms? Who are the persons or the authorities responsible for such lacunae or lapse? Is it any Ministry, higher authorities or the bureaucrats who are playing the dilly delaying tactics in the implementation of the scheme? It would be more appropriate if the Minister Education or the Chief Minister himself came out with the clarification on the matter to put the things straight before the public and to erase the doubts and confusions once for all. It may be re-called here that the CMs Talent Hunt award was initiated by the farsightedness of Lt. Dorjee Khandu to bring in all competitive and qualitative attitudes in the young minds so that they could really became worthy citizens in their youthful lives. We cannot allow such visionary initiative of Lt. Leader to go down in negative trend which could in long run compromise the education quality and scenario of our low literate state and its people. A small beginning definitely needs to be made by reactivating the scheme through perusal of the general complaints respectively, clearing all the pending cases of deserving toppers with payments of Rs. 10,000/- along with laptop and finally making pro-active discloser of the problems or constraints if any in the consideration of the names so that confidence is rebuilt in the minds of the students community and the general public now and then on the State Government.


Chera Sero,





When development becomes hurdle for citizen

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to tell the hardship I have been facing since the renovation work on drainage system of E-sector Naharlagun along the NH-52 road started. The work has deprived me from using my vehicle. I am having my residential building, adjacent of ABC India limited, which is located opposite of Naharlagun, E-sector daily market. I am a govt, employee and I have to go office regularly. Before, the renovation work on drainage system in my sector had begin, I used wooden frame which covered drain for my regular vehicular movement. This was the only passage I had and I was completely depended on it for my vehicular to and fro movement.

But with the start of renovation work on drainage system, the provision I had has been removed (wooden frame) by the workers perhaps as per the work’s requirement. The renovation work has started long ago, it is continuing and it seems, it going to take more time to be completed. Right from that day to till today, in this whole period, I have been depriving of using my vehicle. The only provision I had for my vehicle movement has been removed by them. Despite this, neither the old provision is restored nor has a new or temporary provision been made in the place. Because of the situation my vehicle is stranded within the four wall of my compound and even in real emergency I can’t use my vehicle. This is completely avoidable and uncalled for. Under this hardship I appeal whoever concerned whether individual, entity or department to be really sensitive towards the perspective of public mobility in their developmental works. Hoping for a positive respond from all concerns.


Annong Pertin



Illegal hunting poses threat to wild animal, migratory birds

Taku C. Tacho

All living things, including human interact closely with environment and are interdependent on each other for survival. However, men alone among millions of living things on earth can cause deleterious effects to environment. Hence, there is an urgent need for creating environmental consciousness among masses to protect it. One must know the great danger that is waiting for all of us on this planet if due precautions are not taken to protect environment.

It was in the early eighties. I still remember of hunting birds along with my friends with the help of so called Giirii (local trap). There were also so many other trapping instruments which we used to trap birds and other species in the jungle, garden and also in paddy fields. At that time, our parents did not discourage us rather they appreciated our deeds, especially when we succeeded to kill a bird. In tribal society this activities are also considered as ‘sports’.

Migratory birds like wild pigeon, great Indian Hornbill, crows, whistlers, tree creepers and leaf birds etc which are found visiting Ziro in Lower Subansiri district and some other places of the state state are in serious trouble because of illegal hunting. These migratory birds eat insects etc and killing of these migratory birds might cause serious impact on the ecology. Killing and sale of such wild birds are reportedly rampant in some parts of the state despite standing prohibition order by the respective district authorities.

All kinds of wild birds and animal species in our state are on the verge of extinction. During my childhood in early 80s, crows were found available in Ziro. Today, the total population of crow will not be more than 100 as told by one senior resident of Ziro.

Over 200 different species of birds are found in our state.  

Govt. and different local NGOs organized an awareness campaign few years back to stop such unlawful activities. But, to my knowledge, it did not work.

The Govt. of India introduced CCF-II project under UNDP in-collaboration with GB Pant Institute of environmental development, North-East Unit in two districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The main objective of this project is to conserve flora and fauna, discourage killing birds and hunting animals, deforestation and encouraging medicinal plants etc. It is being run by Bio-diversity Management Committee (BMC) under nature and Care Society Ziro Lower Subansiri district as informed by one of its member.

I read an article in this dailies dated 8th Feb. 2013, under heading ”Indian birds under threat from the climate change” wherein it was mentioned that India has 466 indentified important birds areas (IBAs) till now. However, if early measures are not taken the IBAs will shrink day by day.

We must give up this hunting culture to protect wildlife. Think what will happen if there is no bird, no animal around us?


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