February 18


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Rural sports meet under PYKKA begins

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The 3rd State Level Inter District Rural Sports Meet under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) began at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) playground, Chimpu, near here today.

Over 1100 boys and girls (U-16 years), including officials from 12 districts, namely Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, East Kameng, West Kameng, East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang, Lohit, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Tirap and home district Papum Pare, are participating in the sports meet.

Eight sports disciplines — Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Table Tennis (for both boys and girls), Football (boys only), Kabaddi, Kho Kho and Volleyball (girls only) will be conducted during the week-long event.

Inaugurating the sports meet, MLA and Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) chairman, Tapuk Taku advised the participating young boys and girls to take up sports seriously and try to excel in their chosen sports discipline. He advised them to practice their chosen sports regularly and have proper diet to become a good sportsperson. He asked them to abstain from taking drugs and alcohol, which may ruin their career.

Informing about the state government’s pragmatic sports policy, Taku said that the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has guaranteed job security to all outstanding sportspersons besides other facilities. He encouraged them to grab the opportunity by excelling in their chosen sports.

Later, Taku declared the Sports Meet open.

Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Indira Mallo Jain highlighted the aims and objective of PYKKA which aims at encouraging and promoting games and sports among rural youths. It also aims to tap and nurture hidden sports talents and create infrastructure, especially playground at village and panchayat level, the sports secretary informed.

Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombay, in his brief speech, delivered few words of advice to the young players.

“Sports inculcate the sense of discipline and team spirit. It (sports) does not only keep one physically fit but also foster friendship, he said and asked them to maintain the same throughout their life for achieving success.

Sports and Youth Affairs Assistant Director Ramesh Lingi gave the ‘Vote of Thanks.’

The opening ceremony was attended by Sports and Youth Affairs Joint Director Tadar Apa, SLSA principal P Lombi, Arunachal Wushu Association president Toko Teki, Arunachal Karate Do Association general secretary L Marik, District Sports Officers (DSOs) and coaches of the participating teams.

Lower Dibang Valley team was adjudged best in the march past.



BJP provides relief materials to Dapo fire victims

Awareness on fire safety measures and precautions stressed

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Tai Tagak accopnaied by MLA Tapen Siga and Party’s district office bearers visited the site of fire accident at Sigin –II Colony, Daporijo and distributed relief items to the fire victims yesterday.

Both the Party President and MLA distributed a blanket each to 110 affected people along with other kitchen items like, bucket, jug, gamla, plate and edible salt packets. The state BJP leader duo also handed over Rs. one Lakh to the fire victims as a token of sympathy.

The devastating fire claimed three precious lives, injured six and burnt down 37 families rendering 110 people homeless.

Later, Tagak interacted with the people and shared grief and sorrow with the victims of the inferno.

The BJP president having visited the sites and interacted with the fire victims and Colony Committee members opined that the magnitude of damage could have been prevented to a large extent had there been minimum required fire tenders. Presently, there are two fire tenders in the district headquarters of which one is reportedly lying defunct and another is not being properly maintained.

While expressing his serious concern over reports of frequent fire accidents in the state, the State BJP President urged upon the state government to thoroughly assess the lost and damages caused to the people in the devastating fire victims and sanction adequate relief and rehabilitation package at the earliest so that they could start normal life again. He also called upon the power department to notify the timings of power supply and cut and ensure proper house electrification to avoid fire from electrical spark. Stressing the need for educating people on fire safety measures and precautions, Tagak appealed to the people to be extra cautious while handling fire, LPG, using candle etc as majority of fire accidents are allegedly caused by electrical spark and using candle carelessly.

Siga, who is also the Deputy Leader of BJP Legislature Party expressed his serious concern over frequent fire accidents in the Daporijo township. He expressed his sympathy to the fire victims and assured them to press the state government for providing adequate relief and rehabilitation assistance.

He also called upon the dwellers of the Daporijo Township to take extra precautions to avoid fire and remain safe. The government alone can not solve this problem without support and cooperation of the people by following the fire safety regulations. The colony welfare committees too have great role play in educating the dwellers on fire safety precautions.  

Tagak and Siga along with other party office bearers and people present on the occasion observed two minutes silence and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of souls of the late mother and her two children, who died in the devastating fire accident.

District president Tapa Dadi, State BJYM vice presidents Dug Saha and Tomi Haider, former District Presidents and senior party leaders were also present.



Karate likely to be included in 2020 Olympic

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Karate—the ancient art of self defense – looks very likely to be included in 2020 Olympics Games. Karate will compete with seven other shortlisted sports –baseball/softball, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, wushu and wrestling – for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games as an additional sport," Reuters reported quoting IOC statement.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a surprise recommendation on Tuesday to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games leaving the way open for one of seven other sports, including Karate, to be included for the 2020 Olympics, the report said.

The representatives from the eight sports will make presentations at a meeting in Russia in May for inclusion in the 2020 Games. The Executive Board will recommend one. The final word will come in a vote at the IOC's general session in Argentina in September, the report said adding that whichever sport is chosen will join the 25 sports the IOC listed Tuesday as core sports for 2020 Olympics Games.

“Karate is the odds-on favourite to be included on the Olympic programme for 2020,” according to a report published in ‘Inside the Games’.

“They are 1/2 to win the nomination ahead of squash at evens, baseball and softball at 5/4, wushu at 5/2, roller sports 8/1, sports climbing 10/1 and wakeboard 10/1,” the report said.

While reacting to IOC decision, Karate officials here were in firm believe that the long ignored sport (Karate) at Olympic level will make its first appearance in 2020 Olympics. They claim that there are now more than 5 crore people around the world, who practice the sports.

Karate is one of the most played and popular sports in Arunachal Pradesh, and there are many karatekas, who have already shown their calibre in various international level competitions.



Free medical camp at Taliha

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Catholic Mission Siyum in collaboration with Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) yesterday organized a free medical camp at I B, Taliha in Upper Subansiri district yesterday.

A team of doctors led by Dr. Susmitha, Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum, medical officers Hage Oniya and Dojum Boje of District Hospital, Daporijo conducted free health check up. Altogether 254 patients from Taliha and nearby villages were treated for various ailments like respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, worm infestations, anemia, gastritis etc during the camp.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, ASM Posar Ginglo  emphasized  on the need to get good health care facilities for all. He appealed the public to avail the benefit of the  free health camp.

Tabu Duchok, Pastor, Catholic Church Taliha and the local organizer of the camp while welcoming the doctors said that such health camp will greatly benefit the local poor people. Among others Fr. Siju Jose, Parish Priest Siyum were present on the occasion.

Takap Dukom, ASM, Kodak and Evangelist, Catholic Church Taliha and Payeng circle, appreciated the doctors for offering free service and Catholic Misson Siyum, for organizing  the health camp. The camp was assisted by Sr. Josin area coordinator IDEA, the staff of Divine Mercy Health Centre Siyum and the members of the Catholic Church committee, Taliha.



Students should contribute in nation building: Sonam

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam said that the students should come forward to contribute in developmental activities in the state rather than resort to bandh calls terming that bandh calls hampered the developmental process. He was addressing as chief guest during the 7th general conference of All Pipu Chayangtajo Gyawepurang Sawa Student Union at remote circle headquarter Pipu on 15th February.

Emphasizing the students as backbone of the society, Sonam said that it has lot of  responsibilities to work for the society particularly for the welfare of the education sectors in the area. Further he expressed displeasure over the poor infrastructure of education sector in the area and added that students should focus on study apart from the union activities.  Former AAPSU president Kanu Bagang urged the union community to work for betterment of students’ community.

Ashok Doka, on behalf of union highlighted the various issues related to education such as shortage of subject teachers and poor infrastructure. He further claimed that despite repeated pleas the authority did not pay heed towards the issue.



Panchayat leaders on exposure tour to Maharashtra

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The resource identification and revenue generation are the key factors for the strengthening of Panchayati Raj system, said Dr Chahade, director of Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune while addressing a team of panchayat members from Arunachal Pradesh who are on a national level exposure visit to the institution.  Chahade advised the Arunachal Pradesh Government that the devolution of fund, function and functionaries are the key indicators of the rural governance and it should be placed in the hands of the Panchayat. Simultaneously, the revenue creation and proportionate distribution of resources among the three tier Panchayats is the vital role of the State Government to make the Panchayat as the vibrant local self government, he said.

Dr. Lavekar, Deputy Director General of the academy stressed on decentralized participatory micro planning which should be practiced by each and every rural centric departments through the forum of Gram Sabha.

Under the guidance of YASHADA course coordinator Dr S Pandey, the  18-member visiting team including ZPCs/ZPM, DPDOs  is keenly learning the functioning of PRIs in Maharashtra covering model planning, resource support to the PRI through the central government as well as state government, basic areas of the sectoral allocation to the PRIs, like water supply, sanitation, health, school education, road connectivity, rural employment etc, PRI involvement for the line departmental programme implementation, devolution of power with reference to fund, function and functionaries, role clarity of the officers and officials and elected PRI bodies, status of the DPC and district plan, model file moment process and consensus of the approval of the plans, state finance commission and its recommendation for the empowerment of the PRIs, tax and revenue generation of the PRIs and its utilization and auditing etc.

The visiting team also includes panchayati raj joint director T Messar, SIRD director Nyabin Ete and course director and AD R Srivastava.



Tuki campaigns in Meghalaya

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki continued his whirlwind tour of poll-bound states of the North East campaigning for the Congress. On Friday he addressed three campaign rallies in Tura area of Meghalaya covering three Assembly constituencies of Tura South, Tura North and Dalu.

At Dalu, the last Assembly constituency of Meghalaya bordering Bangladesh, Tuki urged support for INC candidate K R Sangma from the electorates. Similarly accompanied by contesting candidates of the party, he addressed party rallies in Tura South as well as Tura North.

While Congress is fielding Villikid A Sangma from Tura South, Noverfield Marak is contesting from Tura North.

Urging the voters to let Congress continue to rule the state, Tuki spelt out projects and schemes to be launched by the Congress Government if voted back to power for welfare of the common people and development of the state in all fronts.

He assured that Congress was committed to give a boost to the education sector by establishing a technical university that would be made operational within the next five years. On the health front he said the party would ensure quality health care affordable to all sections by enhancing the coverage and amount insured of the recently launched Universal Health Insurance Policy of the state government.

Taking on behalf of the Congress party, Tuki also assured increase in agriculture and horticulture productivity, ugradation of roads, provide livelihood by creating 10000 new jobs in government sector and 1 lakh new job opportunities in non-governmental sectors, empowerment of women, control on militancy and development of tourism sector.

Former IYC General Secretary Nyamar Karbak accompanied the Chief Minister all through the election campaign.

Meghalaya goes to poll on February 23 next along with Nagaland.



Students share tour experience

Rono Hills, Feb 17: “The educational tour for this year was emphasized to make a meaningful one leading the students to witness the academic advancement in pioneering higher educational institution of the nation like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and few other rather than just enjoying the scenic beauty of nature” said David Gao Asst. Prof. Dept. of Political Science while speaking at a experience sharing function organized by the Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union this evening at the University Employees’ Office premises after returning from 17 days “Annual Educational Tour” sponsored by UGC.

Gao appealed all the students of RGU to prioritize academic competition in the campus and to take the opportunity of national tour which is meant only for the toppers of every departments for the university annually.  

Addressing a gathering of student’s community on the occasion Tassar Annung, president of Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union, who was also a member of the  tour said “This time we have really returned university with a greater sense of academic competitiveness and patriotism. Entering into an exclusive library building with high end web accessibilities, 24 hours study environment, numbers of world class journals and canteen facilities with reasonable food price were some unforgettable experience”. Visit of  historical places like Jalianwala Bagh and India Pakistan Border at Wagah has opened every student mind and heart to understand the value of sacrifice for the nation, he further exclaimed.

While visiting Jammu University, the students came to know that the university auditorium is the biggest one in the nation. The various co-curricular activities in the campus were few attractions that highly fascinated the students of RGU.        

The tour started from RGU campus on 23rd  January and they arrived on February 10th last. The national academic tour covered Panjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi.

David Gao along with Sunil Prakash, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Education guided the team of 35 students, two toppers represented from each departments of Rajiv Gandhi University. The experience sharing function was kept to motivate the student’s community of the campus and to build a 24 hours academic environment and competitive breakthrough.(Reports Debananda Medak, RGU)




Spl publicity campaign on health and family welfare ends

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A special publicity campaign on “Health & Family Welfare" conducted by the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) GOl, Nampong Unit concluded with a mega rally cum awareness campaign in Motongsa, a remote village under Nampong Circle of Changlang district. Over 200 participants comprising women folk from the area, ASHA workers, Panchayat members, Govt officials and local public took part in the rally.

Addressing the gathering, as Resource persons from the Health department Dr. A. Chena M.O. Nampong explained in detail about the benefits of various centrally sponsored schemes under NRHM, like Janani Sishu Sursksha Karyakram (JSSK), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) etc. and exhorted the public to avail full benefits of those schemes from the health department.

Prevention and cure for diseases like HIV/ AIDS, Malaria, Dengue, T.B, Diarrhea and the need for special emphasis on immunization of every child were also explained to the public by Dr. Chena.

S.K. Deori, Field Publicity Officer Nampong informed that this special publicity campaign was launched by the DFP Nampong Unit from 30th January 2013 and during the period similar program on Health & family welfare were also conducted at various places of the Changlang District like Tikhak, Taipi village Jairampur, Nongkey, Machum, Theremkan village, and Govt. H.S. school  and Govt. Town Middle School at Nampong.

Group discussion, photo exhibition, film shows, free medical check up, quiz competition, rural sports etc. were the other important events of the publicity campaign. The winners were given away various prizes. Special T- Shirts and school bags were also distributed on the occasion.

Festival of Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Arunachal Pradesh is agog with hectic activities for celebration of ‘Statehood Day and Festival of Arunachal’ with the theme “Celebrating oneness” from February 20 to 22 at I G Park here.  Flower Show, cultural evenings, inter-district games and sports competitions by the participants from various districts and exhibition stalls by various departments and NGOs and display of Indian Army, food village  are the main attraction of the celebration.


GSU demands legal action

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has strongly condemned the life and property threats given to Bika Ronya, elder brother of GSU general secretary Binya Ronya by some miscreants on February 10.

According to a GSU release, the group armed with lethal weapon allegedly threatened Bika of dire consequences if the bandh call was not stopped as the movement was being led by his brother and GSU general secretary Binya Ronya. It further alleged that a group armed with lethal weapon had also stalked Binya Ronya at a Hotel in Aalo February 12.

An FIR has been lodged against the miscreants at the Aalo police station, GSU said.

“GSU had proposed to launch a democratic movement against the state govt. only for the cause of justice to the broad day murder of  late Yudik and in the interest of the Galo people as a whole. The agitation is not based in the interest of a single individual as they have been alleging, rather it is the decision passed by all the executive members of the union after through discussion and consultation with rest of the students especially of Galo Community,” the release said. “The GSU general secretary alone can not be held responsible for the decision of the GSU and he alone should not be targeted in such a way”, it added.

The Union appealed to the authority concerned to initiate immediate legal action against the culprits and bring them to book under appropriate provision of law.


Farmer society meets horti-agri commissioner


DAPORIJO, Feb 17: A team of Upper Subansiri District Farmer Society met the horticulture and agriculture commissioner and apprised him of the useless seedlings, plantation items and other materials being supplied to the district for last many years.

In a complaint letter to agri-horti Commissioner Hage Kojeen, the  farmers society alleged that they have been receiving outdated and useless seedling, plantation items and other materials for last many years. Kojeen was in the district as a head of the monitoring team.  Farmers’ activities are not being promoted due to less interest shown by concern department as farmers in the district are receiving bad quality seedling and other useless materials, they said.

The USDFS also alleged that supply works related to agriculture and horticulture are being awarded to outside people of the district. The farmers appealed to the  state Govt to provide good quality materials for the agriculture and horticulture purpose and award any supply work to local people.


‘Take action against all land encroachers’

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Union (AAPUU) has urged the state Govt to take action against all encroachers of Govt land in capital complex irrespective of their caste, creed, community and religions.

Expressing serious concern over rampant encroachment of government land by “high profile people like political leaders, bureaucrats, technocrats and top businessmen,’ the Union lamented that the administration had singled out labour commissioner Ojing Darung over a land grabbing case. The Union called for equal treatment for all land grabbers and said that state Govt should act tough against the trend of encroaching on government land.


GASU team meets Ering

ITANGAR, Feb 17: A team of Guwahati Arunachal Student’s Union interacted with Ninong Ering, Union Minister for Minority & Tribal Affairs at Guwahati airport guest house and urged him to pursue the state Govt for early construction of the  Arunachal Bhawan at Guwahati for the benefit of poor students and patients. The team appreciated the  minister for his positive response.






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

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When will journalist "Tongam Rina" get justice?

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily I would like ask to the Nabam Tuki led government when will journalist "Tongam Rina" get justice. It is high time they act as government has failed to arrest the culprits involved in the attack even after passing of 215 days.

 After the attack she has become an inspiring figure for us to take journalism as profession in our day to come.

Lastly, it is my sincere request to the home deptt, capital police and district administration to deliver justice to Tongam Rina at the earliest and to provide enough security to the press. And award harsh punishment to the culprits involved in the attack.


Takhe Apa



Please stand up for APST students

Dear Editor,

Through your column esteem daily, I want to remind and appeal to the so called student union leaders who had promised to fight for various rights of Arunachalee students during election time.

One such agenda is to increase the APST reservation quota in NERIST.

What I want to point out is that there are 3 levels in NERIST entrance examination, namely 1. NERIST entrance exam 1(NEE1) where no. of seat reserved for APST student is same as other state of north east India, which is only 16 seat 2. NERIST entrance exam 2 (NEE2), where number of seat reserve for APST student is again same as other state which is only 9 and 3) NERIST entrance exam 3 (NEE3) where no. of seat reserve for APST student is 1 in each department which is so low.

So, it is my sincere and direct appeal to so called student unions to raise their strong voice for the welfare of student community like to increase APST reservation quota of NERIST from present 16 to 30 in NEE1, 9 to 20 in NEE2, and 1 to 5 seat in each department mainly in civil and electrical in NEE3. Such step will be for the greater interest of our student community, so that our student should get maximum benefit like other state do.


Khyoda Tadam,




Capital needs streetlight

Dear Editor,

Benignly, I beg to state that it is pathetic to see that most of the places or colony in the entire capital complex remains under darkness due to absence of sufficient number of street light. It is pertinent to mention herein that the most of the heinous activities are committed in the area where darkness prevails in the absence of street light. Criminal are loitering in such area, the darkness act as appendages to the criminal to accelerate their criminal activities.

As such for the reason alluded above, ALL NYISHI YOUTH ASSOCIATION (ANYA), taking into consideration the plight of the affected public vehemently urge particularly Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and Home Minister to do some needful action for erection of the streetlights. It is believed that if the sufficient numbers of street lights are installed, it would serve as check for the potential crime to be committed.

In the light of the above facts and circumstances, we hope that government will initiate necessary action to install sufficient numbers of street lights in and around the capital complex in the interest of people and for the state as a whole.


Tai Nonang

AGS (Protocol)

All Nyishi Youth

Association, ANYA



Injustice against AP Judges shocking

Dear Editor,

This is with regards to your news item published in your local daily on 16.02.2013 pertaining to dismissal of Arunachalee Judges by Hon’ble

Gauhati High Court (Registry).

This is indeed very unfortunate and shocking news about the arbitrary dismissal of three Judges of the state by the HHC Registry which is the highest temple of justice for 7 North Eastern State. We don’t expect such injustice from highest judicial authority of the 7 North-Eastern State. The news is an eye-opener for the entire Public, Legal fraternities, Justice Seeker and the State Government as well.

The three judges of the state who had rendered services to the state for the last more than 10 years in administering justice to the people of the

state ought to have been given due consideration for such long years of services under Rule 7 AP Judicial Service Rules which has a force

of law under 309 of the Constitution of India.

In this regard, I personally along with my friends really appreciate MP Takam Sanjay who who brought out these facts to the public limelight. I further request the AP Govt to act as expeditiously as possible in any rate in the interest of General public of the state. I also request Arunachal Times paper to publish such important news item in front page of the paper as other paper did because it bears public importance.


John Lodu


Senior citizens need better care

According to a recent survey conducted in 12 cities in India to understand  the sentiment of the senior citizens of the country,  seventy per cent of seniors want to move out of town into a home of their own and 42 per cent seniors rank security among the top 3 requirements from a living space. While more than 80 per cent of senior people seek to sustain lifestyle or improve it as they do not wish to “retire” and more than 75 per cent expressed the want to be more active by wanting to socialize, club, party, exercise, play sports and shop luxury goods.

India had 98 million elderly citizens, and this is expected to grow to 118 million senior citizens by 2016 as average life expectancy will cross 70 years by then.

Changing familial trends and greater economic strength is making the lives of the elderly better in some ways. In general, income levels are on the rise – 8 to 9 out of every 10 seniors are working and value of salaries drawn has grown by 20 per cent over the last 20 years. The late working age, might be related to the breakdown of joint families. With joint families giving way to nuclear families, more and more seniors are living alone -- 3 out of every 10 seniors are living alone, with the figure being higher in the metros as compared to non-metros.

The findings of the research give a grim picture, showing a state where many of the elderly in India living unsatisfied lives full of insecurity and loneliness. With such a large population of the senior persons, India needs to step up to take more care of its senior citizens.