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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.
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.
The Silent Woman behind Creation of History on Republic day
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.
People should not be judged by colour of skin
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,
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.
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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
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.