February 15


News Impact

Doimukh NEEPCO office vandalized by miscreants

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The office of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) Doimukh was yesterday vandalized and its staff manhandled by miscreants.  

According to sources, a group of unknown people numbering around 35 entered into the NEEPCO complex at around 10.30 am and vandalized the office creating panic among employees. The group also physically manhandled some of the employees causing minor injury.

The group also damaged furniture, computer set and tore down important official documents. When contacted officer in-charge of Doimukh police station RP Singh informed that an FIR has been lodged against unknown attackers by NEEPCO authority. “We have registered case under section 147, 506, 323 and 3 PDPP Act.   The attackers specially targeted electrical and civil branch of the office,” said OC. The investigation officer of the case further stated that attack was due to the fall out of controversy over tender process and majority of attackers are believed to be locals of area.



Fight against land encroachment need political will

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Will our state Capital be free from land encroachment or will the state Govt regularize the encroached Govt land in Capital Complex? These lingering questions have shaken the mind of city dwellers again with recent arrest of labour commissioner, who was released later.

Labour commissioner Ojing Darung was arrested under section 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984 on charges of demolishing the type –IV Govt quarters allotted to him in D Sector, Naharlagun.  On the other hand, Darung, while producing a copy of survey report of the PWD said nothing illegal has been done in dismantling the quarter. He further said that he had already applied for allotment of the said plot of land. However, Chief Estate Officer cum additional district magistrate, Capital Complex, Talo Potom said ‘all codal formalities’ were not maintained while dismantling the Govt quarters. Potom further clarified that the arrest was made in connection with the dismantling of Govt quarter not encroachment.

When enquired about the action taken against the Govt land encroachment in Capital Complex,   Potom further said that hundreds  of  illegal structures built in Govt land along the sector roads and nation highways have  already been dismantled/evicted.

Responding to a specific question, Potom, while mentioning some of the land encroachment cases in Chimpu, Naharlagun and Karisingsa etc, said many individuals have been booked irrespective of tribe, caste, religion in recent past in connection with land encroachment cases.

Claiming that around 81 cases of land encroachment have been ‘dismissed’ due to ‘non-prosecution’ by  the complainant party like housing department, Potom further regretted that many individuals have succeeded to obtain ‘stay order’ from  high court in connection with land encroachment cases.

Referring to the Govt decision taken in August last regarding land allotment/ encroachment of Govt quarters and recent decision of the State Govt on Right of Way in state capital, the ADM further said that except some major cases, almost 50  per cent of land encroachment cases have  been solved. When contacted, Housing director Techi Govin said steps have already been taken against land encroachers and more than thousand cases of land encroachment have been forwarded to the competent authorities for action.

Changma Tajo of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU), while reiterating its stand said that AAPWU is not against any community or tribe but is against the Labour Commissioner as he is not properly implementing the welfare schemes meant for the labourers.

Govt land encroachment has already become a major and irksome issue for authorities concerned.

According to sources, there are 2296 encroachers of Govt land including Govt quarters/office premises in the Capital Complex right from Banderdewa to Chimpu.

As per the encroachers’ lists prepared by the land department following a Cabinet decision in 2010, 843 individuals have encroached the Govt quarters and offices. Out of the total 2296 encroachers, there are 337 encroachers of Rights of Way (RoW) along NH52 A. Also records shows that encroachment is more visible in sector areas. There are 1116 encroachers of RoW in sector, colony and approach road.



Arunachal records first win in Santosh Trophy

AT News Desk

ITANAGAR, Feb 14:  Arunachal Pradesh football team has created history by recording its first win in Santosh Trophy at Kollam, Kerala today. The record was created when striker Toko Polliam netted the goal against Daman and Diu 23 minutes into the match, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA).

Though Arunachal is presently occupying the second position in their group its all chances to advance into the next level of the tournament are over. The state team lost 0-1 to Bihar in their first match and drew 2-2 against Himachal Pradesh in the second match. Arunachal will play their final group match against Karataka on February 16.

“We could have won the match by bigger margin had we not failed to convert the chances created,” an elated coach Kipa Bharat told ATNS over telephone. He also expressed his satisfaction over overall performance of the team in the last three matches.

“The overall team performance has been up to the expectation,” he said adding that lack of exposure and poor finishing cost us the previous two matches. He informed that Arunachal dominated today’s match with 80% ball possession. Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Football Players’ Association (APFPA) has sought more support and encouragement from the state government and APFA for further development of the sport in state. Providing facilities like proper ground for practice, incentive for coaches and players and their due recognition will go a long way in improving the performance of the state team, the players’ association said.

Though the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APFA led by MP Takam Sanjoy as president have shown keen interest in games of sports sector, there ‘s still lot to be done, APFPA said. It, however, hoped sport in Arunachal Pradesh will reach another height under the patronage of the Chief Minister.



NES pays tribute to its former GS

ITANAGAR Feb 14:  In commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration the Nyishi Elite Society led by its President Bengia Tolum paid floral tribute to the portrait of late Nicham Sonam, former General Secretary NES on his 15th death anniversary at A Sector Itanagar.  

“Nicham Sonam came to this world to give something to the community and left us for his heavenly abode on February 14,1998, said Tolum.

Nicham was culturally resourceful and was man of amiable. He was the person behind success of Nyishi Unity Movement and good will mission to East Kameng in 1978 as he was the only and first graduate from Seppa at that time, Tolum recalled.

He was friend of all and he never showed his angry and difficulties to other,” said Dr. Joram Begi, former NES president and Director Higher and Technical Education. Nicham was the General Secretary of NES from 1995-1997 and founder President of East Kameng Socio Cultural Organization.  Dr. Tachi Taku, Vice-President NES and President East Kameng Socio Cultural Organization and Vijay Sonam General Secretary NES also spoke on the occasion.

Former NES President Dr. Ligu Tacho, Bengia Tabb, Tapu Gapak, Former Chairperson APSWB Tadar Yadir, all executive Members of NES and senior members’ community have also paid floral tribute to Sonam.



Young researchers urged to promote folklore, oral literature

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang urged the young researchers to come forward for rescuing age-old indigenous knowledge system hidden in the folklore and oral literature of multicultural tribal society of Arunachal Pradesh.

Chairing a one day national seminar on Folklore Proverbs of the Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh at Rajiv Gandhi University today, he expressed happiness over the relevancy of the seminar in current context and urged the young researchers to come forward and rescue the folklore and oral literature of Arunachal Pradesh for cultural unification and social integration among the tribes.

Prof. Dinesh Baishya, Dean of Media and Cultural Study, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya elaborated on significance of folklore proverbs in current multicultural society and urged the upcoming scholars to take up the issue seriously so that rich cultural and biological heritage of Arunachal Pradesh could be nurtured without losing its essence in future.

Prof. Anil Boro, Department of Folklore, Gauhati University has shared his experience with young scholars from different parts of the country and admired the noble initiative of the organizing committee in bringing such valuable topic in university platform for scholarly debate and discussion and for formulating policies for way forward. He also mesmerized the audience by his humorus Boro proverbs which really impressed the participants.

Dr. Ashan Riddi, Associate Professor, Department of History, RGU has narrated few important folklore proverbs of the Tagin community. His presentation was followed by Dr. Phillip Mody, Department of Commerce, RGU on Millang Adi proverbs informed great social and cultural relevancy to the contemporary society. Dr. Hui Tag, Department of Botany, RGU, and General Secretary of Nyishi Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society (NIFCS) has presented folk proverbs of the Nyishi Tribe and their role in governing Biocultural and Social environment of East Himalayan ethnoecological landscape. He informed that folklore proverbs is scientific and rationale and still playing a significant role in conservation of cultural and biological diversity of this global biodiversity hotspots-East Himalaya including Arunachal Pradesh. He fundamentally dwelt on the significant role and relevance of such valuable indigenous system knowledge in healing current social, cultural and environmental ills posed by the consumerism driven ideology of 21st century.

Other young presenters were Sodyung Kri on Kaman Mishmi community, Tage Momu on Apatani community, Nguri Shanti on Nyishi, Tumge Lollen on Galo, Rinkiolu Chai on Digaru Mishmi.

Dr. Tabang Mibang in his thought provoking proverbs on Minyong Adi has evoked wide response from the audience and has widely appreciated by the participants.

The valedictory session was addressed by Prof. Pura Tado, Dean of Social Science, Professor in Political Science, RGU. He urged the young scholars to take up the documentation activity with zeal and enthusiasm and also urged them to act as future academic icon and socio-cultural ambassador to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. During final feedback session young participants from RGU has interacted with Dr. Hui Tag, Secretary NIFCS, Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina, Seminar coordinator and Prof. Pura Tado, the Chair of the valedictory session as to how cultural erosion and gambling during our indigenous festival could be prevented in future.

Dr. Tag in his reply informed the upcoming young scholars that statewide cultural group networking movement is on the card. He also informed that, to curve certain bad practices of the society, close coordination among the top leaders of different cultural organizations of Arunachal Pradesh is urgently needed. He urge the youth to act as agent of desirable socio-cultural reformation for socio-cultural integration by upholding ethical and moral values hidden in our folklore proverbs and oral literature for conservation of rich biocultural heritage and rich but critical ethnoecological landscape of Arunachal Himalaya.

 The rationale of the seminar was conceptualized by NIFCS and Abotani Academy, few among the pioneer regional NGOs working on indigenous cultural preservation of Tani belt established way back in late 1990s and this noble concept was patronized by Department of Political Science, RGU.  

The rationale behind the seminar was to document losing tradition of tribal folklore proverbs which has deep philosophical and cultural meaning and has proven as powerful ethical and moral tools that governing social, economic, political, cultural, spiritual and overall ecosystem functioning of traditional ethnoecological landscape. These folklore proverbs, folk songs, folk dance which are proven highly scientific and rationale by contemporary conservation biologists, and even scientifically developed western nations are likely to lose its identity in coming decades due to onslaught of modernism. The seminar was organized with major objective to documents such valuable knowledge system in written form in immediate future which would act as ethical and moral guidelines tools for the future generation living in this East Himalayan critical ecosystem in general and the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

 The seminar was organized by the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University in collaboration with Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society and Abo Tani Academy, Yazali.



Kri assures all possible help to PLHIV

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Parliamentary Secretary (PHED & WS) assured all possible help to the people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the Lohit district which has high prevalence rate of HIV.

While kicking off the Rock Concert on HIV ‘Live Another Day. Journey Against AIDS’ at Jubilee Ground, Tezu yesterday, Kri said that he will provide one condom vending machine to District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Tezu and also assured to provide free rice on monthly basis under government schemes to PLHIV. Kri appealed to the youth to be equipped themselves with proper knowledge about the disease so that they remain safe from HIV.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma also attended the programme.

Lohit is the only ‘A-Category’ district in Arunachal Pradesh as per as HIV is concerned. Though Papum Pare has the highest officially recorded HIV cases, Lohit is declared A Category district in Arunachal Pradesh because of high prevalence rate of HIV among the general population.

“Live Another Day, Journey Against AIDS” Rock Concert under MMC while continuing its journey reached Tezu yesterday to educate the youth about HIV/AIDS. The death metal band ‘Alien Gods’ with large number of fans following among the youth, made the Tezu audience dance to the tune of its rocking numbers. Olik Boko, lead vocalist of the Alien Gods in his inimitable Rock style appealed youths to stay away from bad habits in order to move forward in life.

Carnal Sins, another death metal band who is also the goodwill ambassador of APSACS rocked the Tezu audience consisting hundreds of youth while urging them not to discriminate people living with HIV.

APSACS Dy. Director (IEC) Tashor Pali, during the course of rock concert while educating the youth on the routes of HIV transmission and its prevention asked the youth to remember ABC of HIV which stands for Abstinence, Be faithful your partner and condom use.

Yumrin Nokpa, General Secretary of ArNP+ while continuing with campaign asked the PLHIV from Lohit district to avail ART medicine being provided free of cost in the ART Centre at State Hospital, Naharlagun. He also appealed to the people of Lohit not to stigmatize people living with HIV. “Hate the virus but no to the person living with HIV”, he said.

Ongtang Thamphang, Dy. Director (IEC), Family Welfare sensitized the audience on weekly iron and folic acid supplementation. He appealed to the youths, especially of age between 10-19 years to take IFA tablet to keep their mind and body healthy as IFA is an iron supplement and not a medicine.

DMO in Charge, Lohit, Dr. Bhowmick, Dr. Jomya Ado, DPO, DAPCU, also spoke on the occasion.

Two local rock bands, The Dirty Rose and Audio Faction also enthralled the Rock fans of around 2000 people in Tezu by their rocking numbers.



Admin. reveals plan to regulate Rly passengers

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The state Govt would adopt proper mechanization to check ILP/RAP of train passengers before they enter the state through railway line.  This was informed by the Papum Pare district administration in a meeting held between district administration and representatives of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union today on the security issue that has to be addressed while implementing the railway project in state capital.  

The meeting was attended, among others, by DC Pige Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte, panchayat members, government officers and student leaders.

The administration further clarified that the law enforced in the land (BEFRA, 1873) would be upheld to control crime, influx of foreigners, anti-social elements, etc, into the state by trains.

The administration also said there would be no pollution by the entry of trains since most of the engines run on electricity, and that several advantages in terms of trade and commerce would accrue to the district and the state once the railway becomes operational.

The SP Nabam Gungte informed that the government has already sanctioned Class A police stations in Doimukh and Yupia along with a Class C police station in Gumto to contain illegal entry of passengers into the district.



District Level Orientation Workshop on Community Monitoring

PASIGHAT, Feb 14: The District Level Orientation Workshop on Community Monitoring sponsored by National Rural Health Mission (GoI) and State Health Mission was organised by Doying Gumin College, Pasighat in collaboration with the Daying Ering Foundation, the district nodal NGO.

In his keynote address, Principal of Doying Gumin College Dr Egul Padung highlighted the concept of National Rural Health Mission by introduced by the central government in Arunachal Pradesh.

Neiy Tayeng, Coordinator, District Community Monitoring Committee, dwelt at length on the importance of community monitoring in the rural villages and the necessity to the community monitoring of rural health systems.

Geman Tamuk, resource person of the district community monitoring committee spoke on the health rights bestowed to the people and highlighted on the need of ‘rights based approach’ to the demand of better health care system for potential beneficiaries.

The three days workshop started from the February and it was attended by people from Mebo CHC block including the village Gaon Buras, ASHA workers and PRI members of various villages.

People from Ruksn CHC block and Nari CHC block attended the second and third day of the workshop respectively.

The main objective of workshop was to locate community monitoring in the larger framework of community participation and ownership in Comprehensive Primary Health Care and to update participants about the community monitoring process under NRHM which will be implemented in the district soon. DIPRO



DLMC meeting held

KHONSA, Feb 14: The district-level monitoring committee meeting of Tirap district was held at DC’s conference hall under the aegis of Planning department yesterday.

The officers representing various departments submitted their progress reports along with photographs on various centrally sponsored schemes like SPA, NLCPR, ACA, RIDE,NEC, DoTC, PM Package and BADP etc. with proper records. They also expressed the bottleneck while executing some of the schemes. Most of the departments had completed their schemes though there were inordinate delays in some cases.

While reviewing the schemes Tirap DC Dr Sachin Shinde said that there has been a significant paradigm shift in the policy of the state government adding that monitoring of the schemes had been accorded top priority. He asked the officers working in the circle headquarters to conduct the meeting immediately and submit the reports. He asked the executing agencies to mandatorily produce photographs of the schemes and asked them to handover the completed quarters and other assets to the concerned departments immediately after completion with proper records and by maintaining proper formalities.

The DC told the officers that they must ensure that the schemes were completed on time and that there must be no compromise on the quality of work. He expressed concern over the absence of some Executive Engineers in important meetings that does not augur well for the district.

Earlier, DPO, Okep Tayeng in his welcome address explained the objective of the meeting and urged the officers to participate actively in the deliberation. The important meeting was also attended by ZPMs of the district. DIPRO



Minister Meets Fire Victims

AALO, Feb 14: Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin met the fire victims at Puak Gumin and consoled them to overcome the misfortune today.

Stressing on the need to prevent such mishap in future, he appealed to the inhabitants of the thickly populated colony to keep space for movement of fire tender, men and materials during such mishaps. The recurrence of such fire accident in this particular place is quite unfortunate and time has come for our people to construct dwelling houses with CGI roofing to avoid such house fires, he said.

The Minister insisted on detailed assessment of the losses for consideration of the govt. The minister also contributed Rs. 10,000 from his side as immediate relief to each fire victim.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner, who was also present on the occasion, said that road connectivity and spacing in all sectors are quite essential and he appealed the welfare committee of the colony and inhabitants to cooperate with the district administration to sort out any such problem. The District Administration will depute land record officials as and when needed, he added. DIPRO



Action committee pleads for job on compassionate ground

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Action Committee on Aalo incident while welcoming the handing over of Goto Yudik murder case to Special Investigation Team (SIT) and constitution of a one-man Committee headed by Commissioner Home to investigate the murder issue, urged the State Government to provide a regular job to the wife of the deceased on compassionate ground so as to support herself, children and family.

Reiterating its earlier demands, the Action Committee insisted the State Govt to act more in completing the investigation within a given time frame. It appealed to all individuals, society/union etc. who were the eye witness of the incident that took place at Aalo leading to death of Yudik to come forward and help SIT in investigating the case so that circumstances that led to brutal murder of Yudik can be unearthed and perpetrators in the instant case can be booked under appropriate sections of law for awarding exemplary punishment.

The Action Committee also demanded for dropping of criminal proceeding against innocent members for alleged damage caused to the Paktu Pillar at Aalo.

“The Action Committee sees it as an act of someone to divert the main issue which is unfortunate and uncalled for”.

It also hoped that the new GWS team will work on the charter of demands placed by the Action Committee on Aalo incident to state Govt and by pursuing the demands placed before the state government.



ZPM completes wheel-chair distribution

ZIRO, Feb 14: In Continuation of his mission to locate disable, partially disabled and old age persons, Diibo ZPM Bamin Siri yesterday reached Dutta village, Nenchalyang village and Hapoli town and distributed numbers of wheel chairs, crutches and walking sticks.

Siri accompanied by Hiinyo Tai GCP and Roto Tago ASM visited Dutta and Nenchalyang villages where he distributed six crutches and 14 walking sticks to partial disabled and old age persons.

At Hapoli, he along with ASMs Hano Tago, Tamo Gumbo and Bamin Apii visited to a number of houses where disabled and old age persons were residing and distributed four wheel chairs, three crutches and eight walking sticks.

After covering his area, the ZPM reached Hija village on request of ASM Nada Nyikang of Hidu Subu Anchal segment of Hija village where he distributed three wheel chairs.

Contented with the service provided by the ZPM, ASM Nada Nyikang of Hija village said, “Though he is not our ZPM but responded with my request. He distributed wheel chairs to deserving people of my segment. I really thank him for the yeoman service that could not be provided by me” Nyikang added.

“I never thought somebody will present me such a useful thing before I die. I have no befitting word to express my thanks to ZPM Siri”, said 82 years old woman Kime Pubyang.

Sponsored by the department of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Bamin Siri distributed these equipments to needy people.



Conference of Higher & Tech Edn

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 14: The Directorate of Higher & Technical Education, Itanagar is organizing the XIII Conference of Higher & Technical Education at Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall here on February 21 and 22.

Conference is being organized with the objective to provide a platform for the academicians and stakeholders to share their perspective views for policy recommendations on higher and technical education, and holistic approach to education infrastructure and above all adoption of best practices for quality education.

It would also dwell on introduction of Rashtriya Uchatar Shiksha Abhiyan(RUSA), Community College under Govt. of India Scheme, and mandatory assessment and accreditation of higher education institutions; in the state perspective. As usual the conference also features Outstanding College Teachers' Award, felicitation of former education administrators and college, university teachers, Governor's Award to university toppers, gold medal to polytechnic toppers, NSS awards, release of books etc. on the inaugural session of the conference.

Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General (Retd) JJ Singh and the Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki will attend the inaugural function to be chaired by Education Minister Bosiram Siram.

The Directorate of Higher & Technical Education has been organizing Annual Conference regularly in a meaningful manner for the last one decade. DIPR



Make sanitation prog a grand success: Byaling

DAPORIJO, Feb 14: Power and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling appealed to the PRI members and other stake holders to make their best effort for successful implementation of sanitation programme under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan to make Nirmal Upper Subansiri district.

Attending an awareness programme of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan here, Byaling suggested for construction of atleast a kitchen and a toilet for every household compulsorily and to stop open defecation. He also appealed religious leaders and NGO’s to come forward and render service to make the awareness campaign successful. He urged PRI members to give full co-operation to the executing agencies for successful implementation of the sanitation programme. He warned no payment should be released without physical achievement and proper verification of any scheme.

N Konia, EE, PHED, Daporijo division briefly explained factors affecting successful implementation of the schemes like lack of awareness among people, proper education and institutionalized PRI system etc. He also presented up-to- date physical status of the sanitation programmes in the district. He informed that 5787 individual household latrines for BPL families have been constructed so far out of the targeted 9045. The number of Anganwadi / School toilet constructed so far is 178 out of the targeted 221and 3 sanitary toilets out 25 have been completed.

He appealed all PRI members to co-operate with the nodal department for successful implementation of the sanitation programmes and bring awareness to the people.

Dr. Bagra, District Medical Officer,Daporijo dwelt at length about the importance of health and hygiene and its effect on human being. He stressed that it is not only important to keep our body clean but keeping our surroundings is equally important. He suggested that water from any sources for drinking purposes should be boiled properly before drinking to prevent many water borne diseases like, diarrhea, cholera, dehydration etc and food that we eat should also be properly cooked.

Chairing the meeting Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu advocated strongly that nodal department PHED, in collaboration with RD should implement the sanitation schemes according to the central government guidelines strictly and without political interference. Any violation of the guidelines will not be tolerated, he cautioned. Awareness for sanitation needs active participation from all of us, he said and urged  all to carry message and spread awareness to all the villagers, school children and common public the importance of sanitation. He asked Town Magistrate and urban development department to initiate this sanitation programmes and to make it successful. He lauded Tagin Culutral Society for their co-operatrion and support extended to the District Administration in organizing any social service activities. He appealed all the religious leaders, NGO’s PRI members, Officers, Principal and Headmasters of the school to create civic sense among the common mass and school children.

T Ketan, CE PHED explained in details the aim and objectives, purpose and motive of implementation of sanitation programmes, how it was started with the low budget, he also explained about the Nirmal Gram Prashkar to the PRI members.

K. Dulom, Director, RD highlighted the important policy and programmes of some of the schemes like MNREGA, KVK etc. He explained how to make use of sanitation from minimum resources and fund. He clarified all the doubts and questions raised by the member present.

DRDA project director, religious and public leaders, departmental engineers, officers and NGO representatives were present in the meeting. DIPRO



BCIF moves AAPSU on airport issue

ITANAGAR Feb 14: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) held a meeting regarding shifting of Greenfield Airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi under the chairmanship of its president Kamta Lapung here today.

A team of Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) also attended the meeting and alleged government’s failure to solve its ‘genuine’ demands.

BCIF told AAPSU that the DPR for the airport has already prepared and the feasibility report Okayed the Karsingsa site for establishing the airport. Further, the foundation has also been already laid in the site, AAPSU informed in a release.

It sought AAPSU’s intervention, if the demands are found genuine in public interest.

“The shifting of Greenfield airport is purely based on interest of some individuals and it also became a centre of gaining political mileage,” said Kipa Taniang, General Secretary BCIF.

“The Chakmas are refugee against whom the AAPSU has been fighting for last many decades and they have no right to sell land. The RR policy of the state govt. has clearly included Chakmas in the Project Affected Families   (PAF) which is not fair and justified for the people of the state and nation as whole”.

The BCIF claimed that their agitation on the Greenfield airport called earlier were justified and will continue to fight till the justice is delivered.

AAPSU in its release further informed that the BCIF president has criticized the state government for failing to solve the issue. According to BCIF, the release said, forest and defence clearance against the project have already been obtained and it is found to be fit for establishing the airport. BCIF also rejected Govt’s technical difficulties in regards to landing and taking off at Karsingsa field.

“The Karsingsa ground is lower in altitude as compared to other famous airports such as Sikkim and Ladakh. Further BCIF flayed the present government for lending a deaf ear to their genuine demand.

Meanwhile, AAPSU president has assured BCIF to cooperate with it if the demands and claims are found genuine after proper investigation.

He said that AAPSU being the apex students’ body of the state is always fighting for people’s cause and will never tolerate any injustice done to our own indigenous people.

The AAPSU president received the relevant documents on the issue from BCIF and assured to visit the proposed site very soon.

Meanwhile, Lapung urged state govt. to bring IAS cadre for smooth administration of educational department as a director.

Tadar Kakum, Convenor cum Chairman of Airport issue urged BCIF to work transparently and make people understand on the issue.

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: 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


Arunachal to participate in NE Rating Chess C’ship

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh will participate in the 6th North East Rating Chess Championship -2013 being organized by Imphal West District Chess Association on behalf of Manipur Chess Association at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal from February 28 to March 7.

The state will participate in all categories and is scheduled to leave here for Imphal on February 25, according to All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) release

The players have been selected on the basis of their performance in the 4th State Level Chess Tournament -2012 held at Nirjuli. An official representative of AAPCA to be led by its president Niapung Konia is also expected to attend the North East Chess Forum (NECF) meeting to be held in the sideline of tournament and make bid to host the next North East Rating Chess Championship in Arunachal Pradesh.


Assaulters arrested

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Four persons, namely, Janam Dodum, Runa Dada, Sonu Tabri and Tango Gyadi were arrested from Bameng village, New Seppa and Power House Colony, Seppa, in East Kameng district by police teams in connection with the February 5 DNGC students’ union general secretary Gorak Rikam assault case. A case (FIR No 32/13 U/S 448/326/34 IPC) has been registered against them at the Itanagar police station, City SP Surender Kumar informed in a release today.

They were remanded for 14 days judicial custody at the Central Jail in Jully.

While appreciating the district administration and Capital SP for taking prompt action against the assaulters of DNGC GS Gora Rikam, the Students Union of the Dera Natung Govt College today appealed to the administration not to grant bail against the  culprits.

Advocating for strict punishment to the accused, the Union demanded immediate installation of CC TV camera at all vulnerable points in the college premises.


All escapees re-arrested

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: All the five accused persons, namely, Sale Mangha, Bengia Taha, Bengia Tapung, Saji Tagi and Sangyo Tabu who escaped from judicial lock-up, Koloriang have been rearrested within three days from different locations. They are now lodged in judicial lock-up Koloriang, informed Superintendent of Police, Kurung Kumey District.


KVK programme

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Krishi Vihyan Kendra (KVK), Changlang organized a vegetable saplings and seed distribution programme at Lew Longkey village under Kharsang circle.

The subject matter specialist suggested the farmers to adopt scientific methods in agriculture field for high yield. He discussed with farmers about scientific cultivation of Chilly.

Programme Coordinator of the KVK Dr. N Kumar suggested the farmers to prefer new ideas in the field of agriculture.

Later, Bhindi and maize seeds and vegetable saplings were distributed among the farmers.


Triangular Badminton Championship

SEPPA, Feb 14: The Officer’s Club, Seppa welcomed Kumar Waii’s suggestion to include Officers’ Club, Tawang in the next year’s Triangular Badminton Championship.

The Club also lauded Dahey Sangno and Taring Mompak for retaining the doubles title and Guruk Produng and Pudom Taku for taking the runner up in sub-veteran category.

It also congratulated Guruk Produng and Taring Mompak for becoming champion in open category in the triangular badminton championship held among Bomdila, Bhalukpong and Seppa Clubs. DIPRO


Tamladu greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended sincere greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Tamladu.

In his festival message, the Governor expressed his hope that the festivity will evoke the blessings of Almighty and protect us from natural calamities. On this sacred occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty Lord Jebmalu to bless each one of us with his choicest blessing, he added.

“These are the days of festivals….time to celebrate our varied culture and reaffirm our unity,” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a message this evening wishing the Mishmis of Lohit district on occasion of Tamladu.

Tamladu, celebrated by the Digaru Mishmis on February 15, is a public display of their religious, social and supernatural beliefs to protect their village and people from any natural disaster.

“I join my Mishmi brethren in praying the God of Water and God of Earth to save our people from natural calamities. May Lord Jebmalu save us, our animals and the newly planted crops from all disaster,” Tuki wished.

The Chief Minister specifically prayed the Almighty to keep at bay natural disasters and fire mishaps, which is haunting human habitations too frequently these days.

At the same time, he appealed all, especially those in rural villages with kutcha houses, to remain vigil and adopt fire preventive measures.


GPF expresses concern at frequent fire accidents

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) has expressed grave over concern frequent fire accident reported from various parts of the state.

While expressing shock over the recent fire accident at Puak-Gumin at Aalo which has burnt down properties worth lakhs of rupee, GPF urged the society members to be extra cautious during this dry and windy season to prevent household fire.

It also urged the District Administration to take up the matter with Govt. to sanction extra relief fund for the fire-victims.

Meanwhile, Galo Peoples’ Federation assured all possible help and support to the news Galo Welfare Society in its all activities and hoped that the new incumbent will lead the society to a new height of achievement and glory.


Saint Vincent Pallotti School celebrates first annual day

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Saint Vincent Pallotti School, run by the Catholic Mission at remote Siyum in Upper Subansiri celebrated its first annual day on February 12.

The day was marked by various cultural performances by the tiny tots as they showcased their talents and won applause of the audience. The block education officer, Siyum, Tago Nima presided over the function and awarded prizes to the meritorious students in academics and extra curricular activities.

He exhorted the students to make full use of the facilities provided by the school. He also advised the parents and the general public to educate their children for a better tomorrow.

Earlier Fr. Siju Jose gave welcome address and expressed his confidence that the school will scale new heights in the coming years.

Fr. Sijo Chacko, the principal, presented the annual school report and elaborated the achievements of the school.

At present the school has 65 children with LKG and UKG sections. The programme was attended by parents, parishners and teachers of various schools in Siyum and its surroundings.





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Police behavior scares citizen

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to express some my view regarding rude behaviors of Civil and IRBn police of the state. It has become a habitual practice of our police personnel to threaten the poor and uneducated common people and obedient students with their words. These types of misbehaviors and indiscipline manners of one of the most known discipline groups of society creates fear psychosis and indifference attitude among the people. Such types of activities of police personnel are also widening the relationship between them and common people.

Today I was leaving for my college in hurry because I was getting late due to the engagement ceremony work of one of my elder sisters and therefore I forgot to wear helmet. On the way to college, I was stopped by police near Tata Sumo Counter, Ganga and was verbally abused and my bike key was snatched. I was fined and had to pay Rs 300 and accordingly challan was issued against me. Even after paying fine when I tried to get bike key back, the police still ill-treated me and continued to abuse me.

I want to ask the department concerned; "Are they are trained to talk and behave like this do? I appreciate capital administration and other police officers and officials for checking against traffic violators and drive against black films, but I am saddened with the way in which they are doing, especially with the activities and behaviors of some of the Civil and IRBn policemen.

We respect the police and think them to be our saviour. We obey their rules and regulations, but they are not likely to be respected. Though laws provide them power and position to maintain law and order and control crimes in the state, but it does not mean that they should use such powers for frightening and harassing the public and students. I am not saying that police are not pro people and people friendly; I am talking about those policemen, especially IRBNs who use powers unlawfully and unnecessarily.


Mamin Nalo,

A student of DNG College, Itanagar




Condemn anti-social act

Dear Editor,

It is very sad to learn from various sources such as NDTV, Arunachal Times...etc about the incident that occurred in Chowkham and being a social development professional condemn such heinous activity that is anti social. I wholeheartedly support that the culprits should be booked immediately and punished so that this kind of act is not repeated by anyone in near future.

I urge the Khampti brethren not to take law and order in hand in order to maintain peace and harmony. Also urge the Chakma leaders to cooperate with authority against such crime.

Krishan Chakma

Programmme Coordinator,

BODHI South-Asia Programme India




Please release our salary

Dear Editor,

Through your respected daily I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities, that we the SSA are doing our duties with dedication in areas far from our home. It is really sad to say that we are deprived of our salaries. The concerned departments should know that we are also having families to look after, children to take care of and last but not least stomach to be filled every day.

     Therefore I would like to request the concerned authorities to look after our problem as soon as possible.


Sukhita Munglang


Govt. Middle School





BSNL service at  Bhalukpong need urgent attention

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily I would like to bring it to the notice of concerned authorities that Bhalukpong is an important gateway place for 3 districts with highest inflow record of domestic as well as international tourists. This place needs better network communication for the betterment of the visiting tourists in particular and general public as a whole. But the present BSNL network service at Bhalukpong is very poor. It remains off for days together particularly during holidays and there is no one to raise this issue of public interest may be due to which it is always holiday for the BSNL staff posted at Bhalukpong. These staff or the equipments need immediate replacement for standard service.


Tony Nimsow,


Air pollution in India

Outdoor air pollution has become the fifth largest killer in India after high blood pressure, indoor air pollution, tobacco smoking, and poor nutrition, says a new set of findings of the Global Burden of Disease report.

The Global Burden of Disease report is a world-wide initiative involving the World Health Organization which tracks deaths and illnesses from all causes across the world every 10 years. The report says that in 2010, about 620,000 premature deaths occurred in India from air pollution-related diseases. GBD has ranked air pollution as one of the top 10 killers in the world, and the sixth most dangerous killer in South Asia. In fact, particulate air pollution is now just three places behind indoor air pollution, which is the second highest killer in India.

The India-specific analysis has been done using estimates of air pollution exposure at the national level and incidence of leading causes of deaths, aided by ground-level measurements, satellite remote sensing and models to capture population exposure. The GBD assessment follows a rigorous scientific process involving over 450 global experts and partner institutions including the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and the WHO.