February  04

Chunnu brings laurel to  state

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Lady Constable Chunnu Sangno who represented Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) brought laurels to the state after winning Bronze Medal in senior female individual Kumite of -61 kg category in National Senior Karate Championship-2014 which held on 24th to 26 January at Talkatora Indoor Stadium New-Delhi.  With her medal she was qualified to participate in National Games to be held in Kerala soon.  Sangno was also decorated with grade A referee certificate presented by Lowinger Roland Chairman of World Karate Federation Referee Commission. She is only the first lady serving police who been decorated with grade A certificate in referee.

Expressing her rare success Chunnu said that without support of Principal, SP and other staffs in the PTC it would have not possible for her to achieve it. She also expressed her gratitude to local MLA Techi Kaso for helping her to airlift from Guwahati.


Cameraman dies of electrocution

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: In a tragic incident, Ajay Jha, 21, a cameraman from ATV, a city based cable television channel, died this afternoon after he was electrocuted near Chevrolet Showroom between Itanagar and Naharlagun road.

Reportedly, the incident occurred when the deceased along with other staff members of the channel were laying new cable wires in the area. The deceased was immediately taken to Niba Hospital at Papu Nalah, however he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

According to his colleagues, the intensity of electrocution was so strong that few of them were thrown far away from the spot. The exact cause of the electrocution however has not been ascertained yet.

He was cremated at Laluk later this evening.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) have deeply mourned the demise of its member.

Terming the death of the young media-person as a great loss not only for the family but for the entire press fraternity of the state, the duo organization conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to the almighty god for eternal peace of his departed soul.



Farmers training prog on horticulture

AALO, Feb 3: The progressive farmers of Pusi Bango Circle had a sigh of relief when Horticulture department officers and fields workers landed at Nigmoi to impart much needed training to control lichen and maintenance of old orange orchard at the orange farm of Gonya Bagra  on February 2. This programme under Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan states has been intensified in the district to do away growing problems of lichen and maintenance of old orange orchards for better yield and commercial values.

Speaking on the occasion, Henrik Basar, HDO said that training programme is being launched to give awareness on preventive measures on control of lichen, pest management, pruning and plucking for quality production of oranges in the district. He disclosed that such training programme had been completed at Rumgong, Bene, Jini, Gune Bane, Jirdin, Nigmoi and Darka villages to acquaint our farmers on the use of P.P. Sprayer machine, telescopic long reach pruning shear, falcon revolving reach pruning shear, lime, medicines, coper sulphade. He asked the participants to spread the message on such knowledge to fellow villagers.  Twenty selected farmers were distributed equipments along cash money of Rs.300 each. The twenty-five other farmers who also attended the training programme were also made available equipments and medicines. The elated farmers also reciprocated whole heartedly to the training programmee. DIPRO


Tani Foundation conducts social service

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: In order to sensitize the people about the importance of clean and hygienic water resources and for the preservation of natural resources, a social service was organized by the executive members of Tani Foundation, an  NGO at Rose Village (Midpu) under Doimukh Circle at the river Bank of Pare River on Saturday.

The members cleared all the littered plastics, papers, bottles and other garbages from the river bank which was piled up.

Advocating for cleaning up the surrounding after every picnic or gathering and also asking people residing near the river banks not to channel their toilets to the river, the NGO further suggested that the state government should come up with programmes and policies for conservation of river and streams in the state.

The programme was attended by Special Secretary Health and Social Welfare Dr Joram Beda, vice president ANSU Tagru Tame along with the members ZPM Borum-1 Techi Tolu, Ex President ANSU Nera Techi, Organising Secretary NESO Tujum Poyom, EAC East Kameng Dahey Sangno and EE RWD East Kameng Techi Jobe.


Exposure visit on bee-keeping

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A two-day "Exposure cum Training visit on Bee-Keeping" was conducted by ICAR under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat on January 30 and 31.

The programme was lead by Dr. Anup Chandra, Scientist (Agril. Entomology) with Bhoben Pait, Field Man (T-2), ICAR Basar wherein ten progressive farmers from Upper Subansiri and West Siang district including District Farmers Representative, West Siang District, Kenmar Basar, were participated in the training.  

At the outset, M. Deka, Sr. Scientist, AICRP on Honey Bee, AAU Jorhat, delivered a lecture on "Scientific Bee-Keeping" where he told about the importance and profitability of bee-keeping. He told the Italian bee, Apis mellifera is most profitable and can be commercialized provided it is done scientifically. The farmers were assisted by K. Ahmed, Field Man, AAU, Jorhat in visit to the well established apiary of C. K. Udyog, Jorhat where they got opportunity to be practically exposed with the large scale culture and production of Honey-bee.


AMSU to accord priority on education, fight drug abuse


HAWAI, Feb 3: All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) this term will primarily focus on education, said newly elected AMSU president Locholum Tayang.

Speaking to this correspondent, the new AMSU president said that the Union will also work on finding alternate means to opium cultivation and fight drug abuse in Mishmi society.

It is worth mentioning here that the 17th biennial conference cum election of the AMSU was held at Hawai in Anjaw district on January 25-28.

The conference was attended by All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) President Kamta Lapung as chief guest and AAPSU women wing President Aman Tayang as guest of honour.

Lapung in his inaugural address urged the students from Mishmi community to make AMSU a vibrant student organization of the community. In this quest, he assured firm support of AAPSU. Forty new executive members were elected for the term 2014-16.


Dead body found, cause not yet known

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A dead body of a young man identified as Habung Loder was found at Lagun Nallah, G- Extension, Naharlagun today morning.

According to police, the cause of the death has not been ascertained yet, it could have been an accidental fall or suicide.

Post mortem has been done and no external injuries relating to a physical assault have been found, added police.

Originally hailing from Ziro and a resident of Naharlagun, late Loder was a student of BA final year student of a college in Dimapur, Nagaland.


Modi to address Sankalp rally at Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address the Vijay Sankalp Abhiyan Rally at General Ground, Pasighat on February 22. Preparations for grand success of the  rally are going on since January 28 with the formation of Pasighat Vijay Sankalp Abhiyan Rally Organizing Committee.

Meanwhile, in an extended state office bearers meeting held yesterday at the party HQ, the state party President Tai Tagak constituted the Vijay Sankalp Abhiyan Rally State Level Organizing Committee with the state party President as its Chairman.

In a separate Press release, the party said the BJP’s extended office bearers meeting here yesterday under the chairmanship of Tai Tagak took stock of the law and order problem arising out of the Tarasso incident under Papum Pare district. The meeting decided to review the State BJP Consultative Committee for Border Area which was basically formed to look into the border affairs of the party.


Preparation for Statehood Day reviewed

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A meeting was held at the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall, Banquet Hall today to review the ongoing Statehood Day preparations.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi has called upon all the officers to be sincere and work with dedication so that the festival could be celebrated in a grand way. He also asked the organizing committee Chairman Dani Salu to ensure that all the tribes of the state take part in the celebrations.

Salu later had a meeting with all the committee members and briefed them on their duties with regard to the preparations. He also visited the Indira Gandhi Park along with the DC Capital Mige Kamki and SP Capital Seju P kuruvilla to review the construction works.

Among others Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to CM, R K Mishra, Secretary, DC and SP Capital and all the concerned heads of departments has attended the meeting. DIPRO


Awareness campaign held

ITANAGAR, Feb 3:  All Aka Miji Youth Association (AAMYA) conducted awareness camp cum survey tour in Aka-Miji inhibited areas in East Kameng and West Kameng  which concluded on 31 January last. Association further expressed shock at the non-availability of doctors and nurses in the PHCs and CHCs of the areas.  It also expressed dismay over the teachers’ absenteeism in various areas. It appealed to the concerned authority and local MLAs to look into the matter and take up it with higher authority.


Society seeks relief for fire victim

ITANAGAR, Feb 3:  The All Taksing Tagru Welfare Society today sought immediate relief materials for one Tagru Tayer of Dote village under Tali circle claiming that a fire accident was broke out on 30th January last in which worth lakhs of properties were gutted down. The  Society also appealed to the district authority  to assess  the properties lost in the fire mishap.


Seminar on border management

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is organizing a seminar on ‘Synergy among various agencies – critical for development and effective border management in Arunachal Pradesh’ on February 6 last at Banquet Hall here in collaboration with the Arunachal government.  Many top officials from all over North East are expected to participate in the programme.


Annual conference on H &T education

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The directorate of higher and technical education is organizing its annual conference on higher and technical education on February 24 and 25 next. The conference will also feature felicitation of former education administrators/colleges teachers, college teachers’ award, Governor’s Award to University Toppers (UG level), APSCTE’s Gold Medal to Polytechnic Toppers, NSS Awards, release of books etc.


Agriculture training at Nyapin

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A district level agriculture training programme under ATMA was recently held at Nyapin in Kurung Kumey district. A total of 40 farmer participated.

Tana Lazi, ADO discussed on various issues of agriculture production. He responded to various question related to production technology of crops and urged farmer to apply need based application of pesticides and fertilizer. Kento Siram, ADO cum BTT convenor, Nyapin demonstrated about scientific means of vegetable production and urged the farmers to take up income generating crops and stress more on organic cultivation methods.

In another session, Joram Robi, ADO, explained about improved methods of orange cultivation. The programme was assisted by BTM Mimar basar and Dr Hano Moda.


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CM reiterates appeal for calm

DUMPORIJO, Feb 3: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today reiterated his appeal to the people to maintain calm and help bring back normalcy disrupted due to two unsavoury incidents of violence in the recent past.

“I appeal to those resorting to economic blockade on Arunachal Pradesh to reconsider their staunch stand on humanitarian grounds and also call on people from outside the state residing here not to panic due to few stray incidents. We are peace loving people and believe in bonhomie and peaceful coexistence,” the Chief Minister said while attending the annual conference of Topo Welfare Society (TWS) at Dumporijo today.

Taking note of the two recent incidents – clashes at Tarasso in Papum Pare district and assault on a student at New Delhi – Tuki condemned both the incidents and assured that law will take its own course and the culprits involved will not be spared.

He, however, appealed that the incidents should not hamper the peaceful coexistence of different communities in Arunachal Pradesh.

“For the mistake of few, innocent civilians cannot be held responsible or made to suffer,” he said expressing hope that good sense will prevail.

Addressing a massive gathering of Topo clan, under the aegis of TWS, Tuki highlighted the various development and welfare projects taken up by his government in the last two years. He sought cooperation and support from all sections to fulfill his vision of a developed and progressive Arunachal Pradesh devoid of unemployment and poverty.

“I am not a good speaker. I don’t mind because I don’t believe in speaking. I believe in working and I am working… working for a better future of our generation next,” he said to a round of applause.

Responding to a few representations submitted by the people through local legislator and host Takar Marde, the Chief Minister assured that all grievances will be looked into positively. He also praised Marde for his pro-active role in the development of his constituency and appealed to people to support him in the coming Assembly elections.

Also present on the occasion, Dr Jayakumar, Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC) and in-charge Arunachal Pradesh, took the opportunity to remind the people of the upcoming Parliamentary and Assembly elections. He asserted that UPA Government in the Center and the Congress Government in the state have brought people-centric acts like the Right to Information, Right to Education, Right to Food, etc that has empowered the people at the grass root.

“People may harp on regional and other parties but only Congress can give a stable and people friendly government,” Dr Jayakumar said and called upon the people to favour the Congress in the coming elections.

Marde, while playing the perfect host, negated all rumours about partition in the Congress party and asserted that the Congress government under the leadership of Nabam Tuki is stable, vibrant and progressive. He said the mood in the party was upbeat and therefore will go in for the polls on a positive note.

Earlier, the Chief Minister unveiled the statute of Ato Topo, forefather of the Topo clan. BJP MLA from Daporijo, Tapen Siga was also present on the occasion. (Media cell)



Rahul joins protesters against Nido Tania's death, assures strict action

NEW  DELHI/ITANAGAR, Feb 3: AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi  Monday vowed "very swift action" into the killing of a student from Arunachal Pradesh Nido Tania in New Delhi recently and asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to order a judicial probe, as he stepped in to address concerns of people from the northeast in the wake of attacks on them.

The Union Home Ministry, meanwhile, directed Delhi Police to sensitize all police stations in the capital about people from the northeast living in their respective jurisdiction and resolve their grievances.

The Delhi High Court also took suo motu cognisance of the death of the student Nido Tania last week after he was allegedly beaten by some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar and asked the Centre to file a report on the incident by Wednesday. Rahul met protesting student groups from the northeast who had gathered at Jantar Mantar demanding that those involved in the attack on the student be brought to book.

Asserting that "what has happened was unacceptable", Rahul in his brief address said,"....You can expect a very strict action and detailed study done by a committee on the issues of north-easterners of this country. We are trying to move forward on that."

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering earlier in the day said that Rahul has asked the Home Minister to order the judicial probe and provide justice to the family.

The Union Home Ministry directed Delhi Police to adopt zero tolerance approach in cases of attacks on people from northeast and asked it to strictly follow the guidelines in providing security to those hailing from the region.

At a high-level meeting, it also directed Delhi Police to immediately register cases of atrocities on people from northeast, launch probe upon receiving complaints and book the guilty.

The meeting was convened in the wake of a series of attacks on people from the northeast in the capital recently.

A High Court bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to the Union Home Ministry, Delhi Government and Delhi Police seeking a status report on the incident by Wednesday and also details of the steps taken for safety of people from northeast staying in the capital.

Meanwhile, APCC in a release today informed that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi have expressed shock and grief over the unfortunate and premature death of Nido Tania, son of Raga MLA Nido Pavitra recently.

Both the leaders spoke to Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki and Nido Pavitra on telephone and shared the pain inflicted to the aggrieved family due to the irreparable loss.

“It must be trying times for you and your family members to come out of the trauma of losing your loving son, Late Nido Tania who was in his prime youth, in a tragic incident in Delhi.  But we must take the solace that the soul is immortal” they said.

Both joined rest of the country in condemning the incident in the strongest possible way and assured that the AICC would leave no stone unturned to provide justice to the late soul. “The perpetrators of the heinous incident will be brought to book and we will see that they are rightly punished according to the law of the land. We have already taken up the matter with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Police for expediting the case” Sonia and Rahul assertively added. (with inputs from PTI)



Candlelight protest over Nido Tania's killing


RUKSIN, Fe 3: Several hundred people including student union members, NGOs, and civil society members took out a candlelight march at Pasighat town this afternoon in protest against brutal killing of Arunachalee student Nido Tania at Delhi.

The candlelight march started from J N College and culminated at Gandhi Chowk at Pasighat market. The protesters bearing placards, banners and festoons in their hands chanted various slogans against Delhi Police inaction and racial discrimination against the people of Northeastern states. They have demanded Justice over killing of the young student.

Addressing the gathering at culminating point, the student vehemently condemned racial discrimination cherished by the people of Delhi and other parts of the country. "We the Arunachalees are Indians like any other Indians then why there is discrimination against our people on the basis of physical feature? The repeated atrocities committed by mainland Indian people cannot be tolerated anymore,” the student leaders exclaimed.

While demanding that Nido Tania killers be awarded exemplary punishment, the students appealed for proper preventive measure to stop atrocity. The protesters also deeply mourned the unexpected death of the young student. AAPSU Assistant Secretary (finance) Otem Doke, AdiSU general secretary Obuk Gao and chief functionaries of AESDSU, JNC student union general secretary Denish Modi and other also participated in the protest programme.



Wake up: alarm is ringing

Anirudha Bhakat Chutia

The time was around 8.30pm and I was in the newsroom. Suddenly, breaking news came in from Biswanath Chariali. 10 people killed by unidentified miscreants along the Assam-Arunachal border in Chauldhua in Bihali of Sonitpur district. And soon this report spread like a wildfire throughout the region. Politicians and organizations condemned the incident. But who were those unidentified miscreants? As the incident occurred near Assam-Arunachal border, many local residents pointed finger towards Arunachal Pradesh, which happens to be a sister of Assam itself. But was it true?

As the detailed report came from ground zero, we got to know that those who carried out the attack comprised of more than 500 people. Now the big question, which everyone ignored at that point of time, is it possible for civilians to carry out such large attack?

The population in border areas is seemingly low in density. So, if all the perpetrators were really from Arunachal they have to mobilize from different parts (other adjoining areas). Again if this is to be believed, it would have easily caught the eyes of many people, even that of Assam. But do we have any such evidence? So, is there any armed movement in the area?

From the very beginning of this episode, the role of one Vivek Das a CPI (ML) leader has been alleged by Arunachal Pradesh. It has been alleged that it is Vivek Das who prompted the violence in the area. If we go by this version, no doubt many more queries will pour into the incident, but it is time to investigate upon it. The very first sight that caught my eyes was when I saw the bodies of victims covered with the red flags of CPI (ML), which sends a clear communist signal. One cannot deny it. Moreover, off the late, we are witnessing a Maoist uprising in Northeast. The government of both the concerned states should step in and look into the matter.

The main problem that followed this inhumane massacre is the heartless act of economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh. If people think that by economic blockade the problems can be solved, we would have never reached the age of globalization. Hatred and such blockades can never give justice to the victims. Nor will it bring the perpetrators to the book of law. It will just worsen the relationship of two brothers. The entire episode needs to be handled in a proper way. People of both the states should make it sure that by dividing them, someone else cannot fulfill their vested interest. Because if it happens, the souls of the victims will never forgive us, nor will our forefathers or God.

The esteemed organizations which are staging this economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh should think over it again. Just because a section of the society thinks that those who carried out the massacre were from Arunachal Pradesh, doesn’t justify this. We need to think in a broad perspective now. We should act promptly hand in hand to find out the root cause. The local residents of the border areas, organizations and government of both the states should sit together, in order to find out the root cause that led to the present situation. An eye for an eye is not the solution. We need to move beyond that. We need to realize that it is Assam and Arunachal which will suffer for this ongoing crisis. The perpetrators are at large and it’s them who will gain from this. We need to think beyond border dispute, because the perpetrators are taking advantage of the border dispute between Assam and Arunachal. If we don’t wake up at this alarm, it will be too late.

Since time immemorable Assam and Arunachal Pradesh shares a very special bond. It was the time when even the Britishers did not came to this part of the world. Was there any border dispute then. Arunachal Pradesh took birth from Assam. Besides that, the culture and traditions of the tribes of Arunachal and that of Assam have a vast similarity which even no anthropologist and historian can deny. So, why are we fighting among each other? Isn’t it a fight between two brothers?

(The writer is an Assam based journalist and can be reached at anirudhanetv@gmail.com)



District level CM’s Trophy tournament concludes in Upper Siang and West Siang

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: District level tournament for Chief Minister’s Trophy for Football/Volleyball (Men and Women) concluded at General Ground Yingkiong in Upper Siang district on January 31 last amidst a huge gathering.

In his brief address at the closing ceremony Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang expressed satisfaction  over the  success of the event and highlighted the importance of games and sports in the present world.  “Games & Sports is part of parcel of life and players should maintain sportsman spirit in and outside the field he said”.

Earlier sports officer Ajong Sirek briefed on the on-going Chief Minister's Trophy right from the constituency level to District and State level. Final Football match was played between United Simong Sports Club and Mariyang Football Club in which the earlier (United Simong Sports Club) defeated the later ( Mariyang Football Club) in the margin of 2-1.

Among others, closing ceremony was attended by Tage Habung SP, Bading Teng ZPM, Api Komboh Chairperson Anchal Samiti, Gindu Tayeng ADTH and Atek Sitek, RFO.

The District Level Chief Minister’s Trophy for Football and Volleyball organized by West Siang District Administration under the aegis of Director SYA concluded on January 30.

Speaking on the occasion, West Siang Deputy Commissioner M K Sahoo advised the participating teams to keep up their tempo and do best results in the State level competition. Moki Loyi advised the payers to maintain discipline and strive to bring laurel to the district. Tomto Loyi, District Sports Organizer and DSA Secretary Gego Doji also spoke on the occasion.

In the Men’s Football final Aalo East and Basar Constituency emerged as winner and runner’s Up respectively while in Football women’s final Aalo West constituency and Liromoba constituency came as winner and runners up respectively.

Volleyball Men’s winner: Aalo East constituency and runners up Mechuka. Volleyball women’s winner: Basar constituency and runners up Mechuka. Best player award in Men football was bagged by Tonya Basar and Topi Karcho in women section. Best payers (Volleyball men’s): Bindo Lomi and women Domi Siram. DIPROs



Protest continues, condolences for Nido Tania pouring in

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The Nation seethes with anger as the protest over the death of Nido Tania, spread throughout the country.  The Arunachal Students Welfare Association of Pune (Maharashtra) and North East Community Organisation, Pune jointly organised a peace rally on February 02  at Pune from Good Luck Chowk to Shivajinagar police station ground to protest  assault and subsequent murder of Nido Tania.  Students and other people from North East states working in Pune in various capacities also participated in the rally with placards and posters. While condemning the brutal attack, the members also observed two minutes silence for the peace of late Tania. Speaking on the occasion, ASWAP president  Likha Tabin said that the people from Northeastern always face discrimination in every part of mainland India. “We are not foreigners, we are real Indians and do not treat us like aliens.: The Association demanded that the Delhi government should take strict action against the culprits and  punish them at the earliest.

The students of Gulzar Group of Institute (Punjab) led by the students from Arunachal studying there  took out a peace rally at Khanna in Ludhiana on February 3 seeking justice for Nido Tania, who was allegedly beaten to death by miscreants in South Delhi recently. Students of other North East states also participated in it.  While condemning the tragic incident, the students said nobody should be hated on caste and color. “Northeast is also an integral part of India and we are among them” said the Executive Director of the College  Gurkirat Singh. “Racism should not prevail in any college and society,” he added.

Meanwhile, condolences for Nido Tania still pouring in media houses from various organizations and  prominent individuals.

Expressing his deepest condolences over the death of Nido Tania, son of Raga MLA Nido Pavitra, the parliamentary secretary for agriculture Likha Saaya has condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

In a press statement today, the Yachuli MLA said that “rising number of crimes committed against Northeast residents in the national capital and other parts of the country are a cause of concern” and called for the need to initiate steps to create better understanding between all communities and regions of India. “A lack of awareness about the region and its people has created massive rift between people within the country. It is in the aftermath of such cases that we must collectively introspect as a nation”, Saaya said.

Appealing to people of the state to maintain calm, he further said that “now is the time to practice peace and express solidarity with the family of the deceased”. Calling for speedy justice for Tania, the MLA extended his heartfelt condolences to the grieving family and prayed that they find peace during this difficult phase.

Apatani Youth Association (AYA) strongly condemned dastardly murder of young Arunachalee boy Nido Tania in Delhi. “It’s unfortunate that Delhi Police act like hand-in-glove with the miscreants beating young boy at Lajpat Nagar. We the people of Arunachal and other Northeastern states are also Indian like anybody else living in anywhere in Delhi or any part of Indian and have equal right to enjoy right and freedom like any other Indian.”

 AYA demands culprits should be punished and justice be delivered at the earliest to regain faith of our people out there.  The Association prayed to Almighty God to bestow enough strength to bereaved family and for heavenly peace of the departed soul of late Tania.

Condemning the recent incident about a young boy, Nido Tania, who was thrashed to death in the heart of New Delhi, the All Kamporijo Circle Youth Association (AKCYA) has appealed Delhi government to take immediate action against the culprits’ responsible for the death.

The Aam Admi Party has expressed sadness over brutal murder of Nido Tania at Delhi. Habung Payeng, National Executive Member and North East States in-charge of party in a release appealed to the Delhi police to ensure that all culprits involved are arrested. Party also came down heavily on Delhi police who could not protect innocent citizen despite their intervention on the spot on that faithful day.

“I have discussed the matter with Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi and he told me that a group of people from north eastern states called on him and he has given an order for magisterial inquiry as per the assurance given to the people.  He said that after getting report, no guilty persons will be spared,” shared Habung Payeng.

Aam Admi Party also condemned the violence that took place at Taraso. They have appealed to the people of both the state to maintain calm and peace. Party fervently appealed to restrain economic blockade and not to harass the innocent people in both the states. “These incidents are taking place due to misrule by the Congress governments in Assam and Arunachal and as well as in Centre. They are not able to protect the people and deteriorating law and order day by day a big concern for common people,” said Habung Payeng, National Executive Member and North East States in-charge of party.



Siram conducts unannounced visit to schools

PASIGHAT, Feb 3: In order to maintain the chain of efforts for ascertaining quality education in Pasighat township, the local MLA and Education Minister Bosiram Siram today conducted surprise visit to Balwadi Primary, Lal Bdr. Shastri Upper Primary, Indira Gandhi Middle School and Town Middle School. He conducted consultative meetings separately with the school authorities, SMCs and students to know the difficulties being faced by them in schools.

While interacting with the faculties in schools, the minister said that well-maintained and attractive learning environments could assist in raising educational standards but maintenance of all the school buildings is not an easy task for his department because 78% of total allocation is being spent for salaries of 16,000 employees and the rest 22% is not enough for infrastructure development, maintenance and others activities. He asked the school authorities to set priorities for investment to help optimize their buildings and grounds while informing that he has been working tirelessly to redress the grievances educationists and students communities to upgrade the education scenario of the state with zeal and courage. Minor repairs and maintenances of school buildings would be carried out and water supply would be restored soon setting up over head tank connected with ground water lifting systems soon in the areas.

The minister while informing that the up-gradation of Balwadi Primary School is under process, categorically directed the DDSE to provide required desks, benches and almirah etc for the school. In LBS Pry. School, seeing the dilapidated condition of the old class rooms, the minister advised to take safety measures and dismantle those immediately which are unfit to continue regular class room transactions. At Town Middle School, Siram felt reconstruction of the complete school building would take much time and money. He however assured to provide some funds for immediate re-electrification and repairing of the roofs of the school building. During his unannounced visit, the minister personally checked the Mid-Day-Meal preparation and tested with the visiting leaders and officers before distribution to the students. The minister expressed his satisfaction and appreciated the teachers and students of all the schools for their sincerity and discipline.

The minister was accompanied by the Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, Dy. Chief Councilor Atik Pertin, DDSE Tani Talom, SSA District Coordinator Kalom Ering, BCC (I) Tobuk Dai, Anchal Chairperson Oni Tamuk and councilors of PMC during the visit. DIPRO



Initiate talks on boundary disputes, NCP urges Govts

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The state NCP today advised the Arunachal Pradesh and Assam governments to initiate dialogue on the interstate boundary dispute ‘by involving the central government’ to solve the issue once and for all.

In a press release, it said the decades long interstate boundary dispute came about because the one-man Bordoloi Commission ‘had simply drawn an imaginary boundary line between Assam and the then NEFA in the foothill areas of the NEFA to the advantage of Assam.’ ‘The boundary commission was neither represented by the then people of the NEFA, nor was their consent sought. By doing so, Bordoloi had violated natural justice, adopted partiality, and overlooked the permanent interest of the then people of the NEFA who were very simple, honest and educationally backward in comparison to the people of Assam,’ the party stated in a press release. The party also pointed to the report of the retired HC judge Tarun Chatterjee-led commission that around 70-80 percent disputed land along the interstate boundary should be given back to Arunachal Pradesh, and demanded action against CPI (ML) leader Vivek Das and Assam’s forest and police officials who encroached on Arunachal territory and carried out eviction as soon as the three-member commission had left.



BJP calls for intervention of Govts on eco-blockade

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Accusing both Assam and Arunachal Govts for maintaining callous attitude towards the suffering of common people after the Tarasso incident instead of solving the problem at the earliest, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today said that the post-Tarasso incident has been causing a nightmare to the student community, sports fraternity and common man who were outside of Arunachal Pradesh on various pre- occupations.

BJP said after the Tarasso incident, economic blockade has reportedly been launched at various places on NH 52 in Assam. As a result, several Arunachalees have been stranded at various destinations of Assam and they are facing lot of hardship to return back their home in Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP added.

Expressing concern over, what is said, state government maintaining stoic silent over the post-Tarasso incident along Assam-Arunachal boundary, the Party spokesperson Techi Necha said that the participants from Arunachal Pradesh for Sub Junior Boxing Association were stranded at Khonsa since January 30, 2014 due the economic blockade in Assam.

The state BJP demanded that the both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Governments embark on a conducive dialogue to withdraw the economic blockade and arrange alternate air boarding facility for safe and secure journey for the stranded people to their respective places and deployment of adequate Para- military forces in all disturbed places of Assam.


7th North East Fide Rating Chess Tournament-2014

Y Dhanabir and Madhab in lead

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Y. Dhanabir Singh of Manipur and Madhab Sharma of Assam is jointly leading with 8 points after 9th round in the 7th North East Fide Rating Chess Tournament-2014 organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) at Nyikum Niya Hall Nirjuli. In the Top Board 2nd seeded Manipur player drew his game with current NE Champion Santanu Borpatra Gohain of Assam. In the 2nd  Board former NE Champion Madhab Sharma of Assam defeated Ningthem Oinam of Manipur. In some other matches Manjit Taw of Assam defeated his counterpart Nirab Jyoti Bordloi, S Basanta Kumar of Manipur beat Dharmeswar Pegu of Assam, S. Rahul Singh of Assam beat Hage Lassa Nado of Arunachal while Rakesh Gurung of Sikkim defeated Biswajit Phukan of Arunachal. All the winners alongwith Santanu and Ningthem are in 2nd spot with 7 point each.

There were 6 players in 3rd position with 6.5 points. They include Lalnunsanga of Mizoram, H. Jacky Singh of Manipur, A. Chakritombi of Manipur, Thangchungnunga of Mizoram, Somorendra Toijam of Manipur and Biraj Barua of Assam. Sushmita Lama of Sikkim and Mahasweta Kumar of Assam lead amongst girls players with 5.5 points. They were followed by Jenny Gogoi and S. Monisha Devi both from Assam with 5 points each. Sejal Rai of Sikkim with 4.5 points and Rishita Sinha and Nikita Nath both from Assam, Manisha Gurung of Sikkim with 4 points each. The tournament concludes tomorrow.



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Nido Tania was victim of racial attack

Dear Editor,

I am shocked and pain to know that Nido Tania was beaten to death by group of men at a crowded commercial locality in South Delhi on 29th Jan’2014 for simple reasons about his hairstyle and mongoloid features. Late Nido Tania was neither criminal nor thief. How can a group of people beat him so mercilessly, since it was a simple altercation between the individuals? It is clear case of racial discrimination to the people of NE region by the mainland people. Our hearts are beating with sadness. In this connection there was a discussion in ‘Times Now’ new channel anchored by Arnab Goswami at 9 pm on 31/1/2014 for 45 minutes without break.

There were 7 (seven) members in the panel one from BJP, NESO Chairman Samuel Bhattacharya, social activist Bina Lakshmi,  Mr Chari, Mr Rahul Iswar and Arunachal East MP Ninong Ering. In the debate Chari, Rahul Ishwar and minister Ering tried to cover-up this incident as non-racial but admitted that it is deplorable and condemnable. Ninong Ering even shouted angrily on Arnab Goswami alleging that media people are responsible for exaggeration of the incident. But Arnab Goswami never submitted before Ering. We were expecting lots from Mr Ninong Ering but he was trying to under play the racial attack. Had Kiren Rijiju been in the discussion matter would have been different.

It’s a fact that NE People/students are facing discrimination in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai etc. So our elected representatives must protect the interest of NE region including hate crime otherwise they must go for paving way for energetic youth leaders.

Further, we must salute Arnab Goswami, Senior Journalist for showcasing that people from NE region too have potential in area of journalism. Govt, must recognize him and even I appeal state Govt to invite Arnab Goswami in the coming statehood day at Itanagar by honoring his ability, courage and knowledge.


Bali Potom

Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.



Feeling enlightened

Dear Editor,

It was an eye opener to read Amar Sangno’s article “Arunachal lives on razor edge” published in today’s edition of your daily. Hope entire Arunachalee have read and understood it, especially the so called elite elected leaders and pressure groups of state. Our future is dark, suffocated with lack of inter district connectivity. Just imagine if economic blockade lasts for one or two month, I suppose entire state would witness unrest and chaos. We are getting taste of it now. The economic blockade is affecting each and every individual's normal life. It also created unavoidable fear psychosis among Arunachalees who passes through Assam to reach various destinations.

What happened recently in Tarasso is highly condemnable, no human would ever appreciate it and no human would ever want it to happen, however, who really is behind it is still question of uncertainty. Assam-Arunachal boundary tension was there but it doesn't mean that some Guwahati based electronic media air the unfortunate incident as if India-Pakistan is at war. Instead of acting as responsible citizen of India, surprisingly it's like adding more fuel to fire.  For god sake! We subscribe your channel too and honestly we admire and love it too. We are Indian and most importantly we are neighbours too. Please remember that two different countries are not fighting for piece of land. We had age old relation and it matters a lot.   Assuming what we might have to face as year pass by its high time that our elder’s manifest and give concrete thought about starting proper border trade with China and Myanmar. It is to retrospect what former BJP MP Kiren Rijiju said, India’s Look East Policy is incomplete without linking trade route with China and Myanmar. It is true that trade route with these two countries is only way out to get freedom from anti-Arunachal elements of Assam. Pray whoever represents us at center next time; represent Arunachalee people and not the political party. And lastly, I highly appreciate Amar Sangno for letting realize what outcome we may see in near future.


TK Nyanya

New Delhi




The Silent Woman behind Creation of History on Republic day

Dear Editor,

While the dance and tablue team members received heaps of congratulations and nationwide appreciations for their magnetic performance during republic day celebration at Delhi, the real soul behind success of Rikampada dance and Ajilamu tablue has not been disclosed to the public of Arunachal Pradesh. The dedicated and tireless soul is none other than Madam Mamata Riba Naksang, Director Art and Culture. Her effective liasioning with North East Zonal Culture Centre Dimapur and Ministry of Defense, Culture affairs and of course the Tuki led State Govt has finally paid off and for the first time in history of Arunachal, a dance troup of 150 young souls and team of mesmerizing Ajilamu dance tablue captured imagination of the country. Madam Mamta Riba Naksang not only deserves a true gold medal but wild round of applause from the Nyishi, Monpa and Serdukpen community in particular and others in general for leaving a permanent imprint in the psyche of the nation towards richness of Arunachalee culture. I am sure the legendary soul of Lt Tomo Riba, father of madam Mamta, too enjoyed the colourfull cultural display on the republic Day and felt proud of his daughter.


Tarh Tugung



People should not be judged by colour of skin

Dear Editor,

Cosmetic surgery wonderfully retrofits and alters a ‘misbegotten’ face into near-perfect geometrical symmetry. In an economic structure based on the fulfillment of desires, a world dominated by the visual medium, only the rare youngster feels she has an ‘acceptable’ face, one that matches and fits the ‘standard’ image so bluntly being propagated by the commercial media. Hence the jingle goes: ‘Un-Fair skin? That’s why they are all unfair. Sunrays, dust, pollution, pollen, and particles attack you. But it doesn’t have to be so! Buy Fair. Within this much time, you will metamorphose into a demigoddess that floats four inches above the ground on ether of divine fairness. Shield yourself. Take care.’ Suppose I am neither fair nor lovely. Everywhere I turn, they tell me I am not okay. To be okay, I am directed to chase the unreal image of the computer-generated, photo shopped, aesthetically manipulated demigoddess. I’m just a natural born dark skinned human. I didn’t know my ‘kind’ were socially unacceptable. And since thousands of rupees and many years worth of magical potions and miraculous lotions couldn’t transmogrify me into the ethereal demigoddess whom men and women worship (or so they want young women to believe), in order to justify my natural presence on the planet, I am compelled to consider the terrifying prospect of going under the knife of exact science, so to speak. Let the masked surgeon slash, cut, and stitch my ‘misbegotten,’ ‘unwanted,’ ‘Un-Fair,’ geometrically erroneous face into a perfect progression of the divine ratio. Must I justify the way I am?

No, Nido Tania was not on this side of the gender divide. So what could have possibly been wrong with his face? He was not Un-Fair. Men are still reluctant to slap holy cream on their temples because it is harder to sell men as an object of pleasure to women. He was not outraged in a bazaar because he resembled material Madonna. Why, then, did his face deserve to be the focus of arbitrary hatred? The last time soldiers of the PLA displayed their Karate skills on the banks of Brahmaputra was in sixty two. He couldn’t have been mistaken for an enemy spy, miles in the wrong side of the cartographic line and smack dab in the centre, while our own intrepid jawans faced bullets fired from similar faces around the circumference. Quite a puzzle, it appears.

They tell me that unless I am as slim as a bamboo flute, there won’t be any music in life. So I should go hungry. I am supposed to go hungry, to remain semi-starved. Only then, as is the accepted rule, would I harmonize with the perverse demands of a visually obsessed culture. Another lady from Manipur, I hear, has been starving herself for decade plus years now. We are not living in the Auschwitz ghetto, the lady and I, and there is no famine even. But that many years of hunger, still I see her face nowhere. I see plenty Fair bamboos on billboards, posters, magazines, LCD screens. The absence therein of Un-Fair faces is fine by me. But the lady in question is in no way Un-Fair. Yet I don’t see her face.

Richard Loitham also wore glasses on his face like Nido Tania. I can’t say whether the spectacles are a common hate-crime trigger in both these cases where boys were teenaged students from NE.

Anyway, this much ado about eyes, ears, and noses sounds fatuous and betrays an inordinate preoccupation with appearances. What’s in a name? What’s in a face? Maybe something that need be said. To be killed in cold blood because one does not fit an unreal standard of social acceptance is, nevertheless, injustice. These are sad times when one is ‘judged by the color of the skin’ rather than ‘the content of the character.’ RIP Nido Tania.


Rupa Joram,

SKUAST, Kashmir.







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Role of civil society is appreciable

The Tarasso incident which claimed 10 lives has deteriorated relation between two neighbours Assam and Arunachal. Economic blockade imposed against Arunachal by Assam based organizations have brought life to standstill and is harming already deteriorating relation. However large number of civil society group from both the states is trying their best to improve the relation. Yesterday, people of Kimin-Kakoi area of Arunachal Pradesh and Nowboicha (Pohumara)-Kakoi area of Assam organized a joint peace meeting and resolved to maintain peace and tranquility in Assam-Arunachal boundary area. The meeting held under the initiative of Assam Arunachal Border Peace Committee while condemning the Behali-Tarasso incident urged both the Govts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to take necessary action against the persons involved and responsible for the incident.

In another move, Student Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA), All Papum Pare District Youth Association, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), All Assam Gurkha Student Union (AAGSU), Assam-Arunachal Labour Union Joint Committee, Assam Arunachal Border Committee, Adibashi Student Association of Assam and Minority Student Association also convened a meeting to maintain peace among citizens of two state. The apex student body AAPSU recently held joint press conference with Assamese citizens living in Arunachal and appealed for calm. Such initiative by civil society organizations of Assam and Arunachal is highly appreciable. The boundary row which has not been solved for such a long time is due to failure of both the state and union governments.  The ordinary citizens should not suffer for no fault of their. In the meanwhile, the Assam based organizations should understand the agony of fellow citizen and lift economic blockade against Arunachal.