February  09

Rape of Manipuri girl in Delhi triggers protests

DELHI, Feb 08: A 14-year-old girl from Manipur was allegedly raped by her landlord's son in South Delhi's Munirka area. The accused identified as Vicky has been arrested after an FIR was registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at the Vasant Vihar Police Station, police said. The incident, which comes close on the heels of the death of an Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania, sparked off protests outside the police station with groups of students from the northeast blocking the road and clashing with the police following which traffic was diverted in the area. The demonstrators raised anti-police slogans and also tried to barge into the police station.

According to a police official, the incident took place at around 10.30 p.m. on Friday when the victim stepped out to buy some household items in the locality. The girl suffered injuries and was taken to Safdarjung Hospital where she underwent a medical examination. She is now being treated for injuries, police said. PTI


Unseasonal rain affects farmers in Siang valley


RUKSIN, Feb 08: A gusty wind followed by moderate to heavy rains lashed Siang Valley and parts of Dhemaji in North-Assam during the last 24 hours affecting farmers of the region.

The naughty showers, which came as a relief after a long dry spell, turned torrential since last night causing great problem for vegetable growers and daily wage earners.

The region witnessed a long dry spell during this winter which has badly affected the production of tea leaves and other horticultural activities in the region.

Sources from Regional Meteorology Centres (RMC) have reported that Normal weather condition has returned to the NE region during September last year as the Easterly or Northeasterly wind was blowing at the lower level of the atmosphere over the region.


Watch the news today

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: The reaction of the civil society including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and the family members on the murder of Nido Tania besides performance by Rikam Pada troupe during Republic Day parade, both at New Delhi, will be telecast by the Eastern Sky Media under its weekly news through the Capital Complex cable network during 8-8.30 pm on Sunday.


'Let protests reflect humanity'

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: While extending wholehearted support to the civil society including all NGOs, youth bodies and organisations for their protests to demand justice for Nido Tania, his mother Marina Nido made a fervent appeal to one and all to conduct it peacefully without blaming any leader or political party by name.

"Such protests should reflect humanity without any political colour and casting aspersion so that it serves its purpose, instead of getting diverted from the cause," she said to justify her plea.


Mori Riba passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Mori Riba, son of former Chief Minister Late Tomo Riba died in a hospital at Guwahati early morning today.

Mori, 48, is survived by his wife Tumbom Ingo Riba, two daughters and a son.

Born on February 15, 1966, at Daring village of West Siang district, Late Mori was a dynamic public leader and social activist.

Meanwhile, Ego Bango Capital Complex Intellectual Youth Forum, Ego Banggo Youth Association and Daring Area Students Union expressed deep shock at the demise of Mori Riba. The organizations prayed to the Almighty for enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Late Mori was a senior Galo member, the Galo society has lost a visionary and kind hearted man with the death of Mori, said GWS  in a condolence message. The Society deeply mourned the death of Mori Riba and conveyed condolence to bereaved family.


KVK training

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri district organized a training cum demonstration programme on "Application of mulching for enhancing yield and quality of fruits and vegetables" at Siiro village yesterday. Shashi Kant Chaturvedi, SMS (Horticulture) trained to farmers on application of mulching in fruits and vegetable. He also explained the farmers how the mulching can be useful for enhancing the yield and quality of fruits and vegetables.

Yowa Nunu, SMS (Agronomy) encouraged to farmers for using black polythene mulch for weed control and early harvest in vegetables. He also demonstrated the method of polythene mulching.

Altogether 16 farmers participated in the training cum demonstration.


Army recruitment rally at Likabali

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Indian Army will be conducting a recruitment rally for Soldier General Duty from March 3 to 9, 2014 at Likabali Military Station, West Siang district.

The recruitment rally for the candidates from Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley, Upper Siang, West Siang and East Siang, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare and Tawang districts will be held on March 3 March and East Kameng, West Kameng and Kurung Kumey, Tirap,  Changlang and Longding districts on March 4.  It will be held for candidates of all the districts, Ex Servicemen in DSC, Sons of War Widows/Widows, Outstanding Sportsmen, NCC Certificate holders on March five.

Written for the qualified candidates will be held on March 9.


AKKDYO expresses concern

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: The All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization (AKKDYO) has expressed concern over the functioning of various government departments in the district.

In a release while informing that it made an extensive visit across the district, it said that the famous archeological site at Parsi Parlo is not being developed at all and that there are no ATM facilities at Koloriang.

Because of the lack of government quarters, many HoDs and even teachers are not attending to their duties regularly, it added in its release.


ASUT reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: While expressing concern over non-consideration of long pending  demand for setting up of Arunachal Guest House at Vellore, Tamil Nadu, the Arunachal Students Union Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has urged upon the Arunachal Govt to take up immediate steps for construction of the same.


Review meeting for Statehood Day celebration held

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: A meeting was held in connection with the celebration of Statehood Day in the conference hall of Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok here yesterday. Dani Salu, Chairman Organizing Committee called upon all the officers to work with dedication and reviewed the progress of the preparation of each department. He asked all not to compromise with quality so that the festival could be celebrated in a befitting manner.  The DC Capital Complex Mige Kamki also asked all to work in cooperation with each other. All the Committee and Sub-Committee members attended the meeting. DIPRO


Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2014

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: The 12th edition of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2014, the biggest beauty pageant of North East, will be held at Indian Tea Association (ITA) Cultural Complex, Guwahati on April 12, 3014.

The most beautiful and young talents from Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will participate in the beauty contest.

The contestants will be judged on three categories viz. traditional wear, evening gown presentation and personality interview.

The Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2014 prize package includes: cash awards of Rs. 50,000, a custom American diamond tiara, gifts from pageant sponsors, extensive travel opportunities and professional representation by Mega Entertainment and opportunity to walk the Lakme Fashion Week to share the ramp with national, international models along with Bollywood stars in Mumbai for Reliance Trends.


Students witness Republic day parade

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Lokam Heera and Sania Srivastava from the state were among the 100 meritorious toppers, selected from all over the country, to witness the Republic Day Parade from the Prime Minister's Box at Rajpath in New Delhi. Both are the students of Royal Global International School, Guwahati.


AAPLU EK asks DA to provide relied to fire victim

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) East Kameng unit has appealed the state government and East Kameng district administration to provide immediate relief to the victim of the February 6th fire incident at Type-I Colony Seppa which killed two minor children and left their mother grievously injured.

Holding the department of power (Electrical & Hydel) responsible for not supplying regular electricity thereby forcing the residents to use candle, suspected to be the cause of the fire, and the fire service responsible for not reaching on time to douse the fire, it asked to initiate action against them.


Relief distributed to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Nyamar Karbak today distributed relief materials to the February 2 fire victims of Gemo Tali village under Kamba ADC headquarters of West Siang district.

The relief materials were provided to the victims by Karbak voluntarily and distributed them with help of local committee.

He also assured to extend every possible help to the victims for their early resettlement and assured to take up the matter with the state government for establishment of separate fire station at Kamba circle at the earliest.

While expressing shock over the unfortunate incident, he appealed to the people of the area to be cautious when handling fire to avoid such kind of incidents in near future.

He said that he will pursue the matter with the West Siang Deputy Commissioner and Kamba ADC for proper assessment of properties lost and damaged so that state government can provide the necessary relief (s) to the victims as per the laid down norms, said the APB&OCWWB Chairman.

The relief items included household items, blankets, helmets, plastic/gaon boots etc. Rs. 40,000 was also given only to each family.

Relief materials were also distributed among the July 27, 2013 fire victims of Kamba Medical Complex.


News Impact

Press bodies react to SUMA diktat

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: In what can best be described as an attempt to curb press freedom and dictate terms to the media in the state, members of the Students' Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) on Friday evening gheraoed the office of 'The Arunachal Times' and issued verbal threats to one of its journalists.

Reacting to a news item which appeared on the February 7 issue of the newspaper under the headline "Economic blockade lifted due to efforts of AAPSU and AASU says NESO Adviser", several SUMA members including young school students rallied outside 'The Arunachal Times' office at around 6:10 pm. Reportedly, the union's convenor Pebo Gyadi and vice-president Tagru Tame and another person demanded that they be allowed to enter the office. Once they were let in, the mob which had gathered outside began sloganeering besides kicking and shaking the entrance grill of the office whilst threatening to break down the office building.

It was then that Gyadi charged at journalist Taba Ajum and hurled a newspaper towards him.

SUMA members were opposed to the claim made by the NESO adviser. They said that AAPSU and NESO representatives were nowhere to be seen in the important joint meeting held at Gohpur, Assam on February 5 last along with members of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), Arunachal Law Students' Union (ALSU), All Papum Pare District Youth Association (APPDYA), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), All Assam Gurkha Students Union (AAGSU), Assam Minorities Students Union (AMSU), All Adivasi Students' Association of Assam (AASAA), All Assam Tea Tribes Students' Association (AATTSA).

Further, SUMA members went on to accuse press persons of "playing politics", and tried to dictate their own terms of publishing stories. Were it not for the timely intervention of the Arunachal Press Club (APC) president Chopa Cheda and the level-headedness of the staff present, the scene could have turned uglier.

As a fallout of the rowdy behaviour displayed by those who claim to represent the voice and aspirations of the people, the APC and the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) today issued a show-cause notice to SUMA questioning what right it has to dictate its terms on the press.

Reminding SUMA of its repeated offences against the media, the APC and APUWJ in its notice addressed to its president Biri Tabing said that "this is not the first time that the SUMA members have behaved in such abusive manner towards press persons of the state. It is to be reminded here that, slogans were shouted against press persons during a SUMA rally at Niti Vihar, abusive words were used against a lady journalist by a member of SUMA, verbal threats were used against the Arunachal Press Club president and outstanding advertisement dues of more than a year remains to be paid to media houses by SUMA".

A joint statement by the APC and APUWJ condemning the entire episode questioned whether SUMA is "financially backing media houses of the state that it feels it can dictate what can or cannot be published or broadcasted".

"While we appreciate the efforts put in by all those who helped bring the temporary lifting of the blockade, we question why unions are so eager to take credit instead of merely rejoicing in the fact that the blockade has been lifted. After all, did Mahatma Gandhi ever claim responsibility for India's independence or did Nelson Mandela say that he was solely responsible for removal of apartheid in South Africa?", the APC and APUWJ reasoned.

The two press bodies further said that "if SUMA has problems with what the NESO adviser said then they should take it up with him. Such behaviour is a clear indication that they are merely trying to prey on the press who everyone perceives to be easy targets instead of challenging those it should".

"We have had enough of presidents and generals trying to shove their diktats down our collective throats. When these unions want newspaper column space they are extremely polite but the moment an opinion or statement expressed by a third person or party which goes against their belief gets published, they begin accusing the press of biasness", the strongly worded joint statement read, further adding that "while the notice has been served to one organisation, it should serve as a warning to all others who think that media persons are alone and can be easily dominated".



ANMSU takes out candlelight procession, seeks justice for Tania

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: More than 200 students studying in Jalgaon, Maharashtra took out a candlelight procession at Jalgaon yesterday to register protest against racism and to pay tribute to Late Nido Tania, who was a victim of racial attack at Lajpath Nagar, Delhi on January 29.

The rally, organized by Arunachal North Maharashtra Students' Union (ANMSU) was also participated by students from other Northeast states studying in Jalgaon and   prominent local public leaders.  All the participants condemned the repeated attack on North-east people. Many student leaders from  NE states shared their views and demanded punishment to the culprits involved as early as possible. ANMSU also seeks justice for the late brother Nido Tania at the earliest.

ACGF condemns racial attack, seeks justice  

ITANAGAR: The members of Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) vehemently denounced the shameful act of physical assault on Nido Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh who had succumbed to his injuries on January 29 at Delhi. This is an obvious consequence of racial smear which is highly condemnable and is against the fundamental rights of equality and human rights, the Forum said. The North-east people and particularly the students studying in various metropolitan cities particularly in Delhi are victims of such racial discrimination, the Forum observed. Saying that the incident is not an isolated case, Forum further said several cases over the years had occurred which the local administration in Delhi  did not pay heed.

Violation to the provisions of Indian Constitution and racial discriminatory behavior towards the citizens of Arunachal and North-east people cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. All sections of the society must rise to this occasion and fight for justice.

The Forum condoles the untimely demise of Nido Tania and demands the concerned authority for speedy justice to him and his family members and urges all section of the society to stand up against such discriminatory acts in all walks of life.


Death of Tania a national shame: Modi

IMPHAL, Feb 08: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania in Delhi is a matter of national shame and asked the Centre and the Delhi government to shun their blame game on the issue and ensure justice for him.

He said such incidents further alienate the people of the northeastern states, which due to the "unfortunate policies" of the Congress have been neglected and have not developed in the last 60 years.

"It (the death of Nido Tania in Delhi) is a shameful incident for the nation. I offer my prayers for the boy and his family...There is lack of governance there. There are cases of atrocities on women.

"I hope the Government of India and the Government of Delhi come out of the blame game and works towards ensuring justice for the young boy and his family," Modi said. 19-year-old Tania, an Arunachal Pradesh MLA's son, was found dead last month after he was allegedly beaten up by a group of 5-6 men in Lajpat Nagar market in South Delhi following an altercation sparked by their taunts on his hairstyle. PTI




District level sensitization prog for Govt. officers & bankers

ROING, Feb 08: All District Heads of the departments, bankers along with NGO representatives participated in a district level sensitization programme on 'Scheme for development/strengthening of agricultural marketing infrastructure, grading and standardization' organized by NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd (NABCONS) in collaboration with Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO today.

Wanot Tikhak, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), chaired the programme. He exhorted every Government department to take advantage of the programme and focus towards the overall successful implementation of various rural development projects.

NABARD DDM/APM Kamal Roy enumerated the background and objectives of the scheme and its prospects in Lower Dibang Valley District. "The scheme has been formulated to develop marketing infrastructure in the country to cater to the post-harvest requirement of production and marketable surplus of various farm products and allied commodities," he informed. He also explained the salient features of the scheme, its subsidy based credit linked assistance (33.33% subsidy for NE states), eligibility criteria for implementing agencies and pattern of assistance, etc. Eligible borrowers under the scheme include individuals, farmers' groups, growers, consumers, partnership proprietary firms, NGOs and SHGs.

Early implementation of the scheme in Lower Dibang Valley district will promote direct marketing with enhanced quality and productivity, thereby improving the farmers' income, especially through marketing of turmeric, oranges, mustard seeds, ginger and other vegetables. The representative from HoDs of various departments expressed their support and collaboration in the implementation of various promotional, developmental and government sponsored schemes routed through the NABARD DDM, Roing. R K Paul Chawang, Secretary AMYAA (NGO) spoke on the Right Based Approach in formulating developmental policies and implementing of the same with focus to eradicate poverty in the District.



Business community in boundary area resolves to maintain peace

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Business community of both sides of Banderdewa area today organized a joint peace meeting at Banderdewa (Assam side) in order to ensure smooth flow of business in both sides of  Assam-Arunachal boundary area.

After the recent Tarasso incident which had badly affected business activities of both sides of the boundary, the business communities under the banner of the Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee (BBWC), Bazaar Babsaye Sanstha Banderdewa (BBSB) Assam and Harmoty Bazaar Babsaye Sanstha (HBBS) have jointly organized the peaceful meeting for the first time at Banderdewa (Assam). The  meeting assured business community and common public of both sides that they have been taking every step to maintain peace and tranquility in their respective areas since long time. Since the unfortunate incident of Tarasso, no any minor or major incident have been occurred in both sides because of their restless efforts and 24x7 vigilance duty of OC, Banderdewa PS and 1/C Banderdewa, Police outpost, Assam.

BBWC general secretary Kipa Hipik in a release further informed that both the Police Officers have assured the public and business community of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh of full cooperation for their safety and protection and requested to run the business smoothly. The release added that business communities from both sides have also appreciated the dedicated service of OCs of both police outposts of Assam and Arunachal in Banderdewa in maintaining peace.

Both BBWC president A K Loram and GS Kipa Hipik have also requested the public and business community of Arunachal Pradesh to keep doing business as usual. Asstt. Gen. Secy, Harmoty have offered to give all kind of support to normalize situation for the business in these areas.

Assam counterparts have also informed that two (unnamed) groups had tried to block the goods transportation from Harmoti and Banderdewa (Assam) into Arunachal Pradesh. However, they neutralized such move as they wanted to keep business undisturbed.



PHE&WS conducts sensitization prog on NBA

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: Public Health Engineering and Water Supply (PHE&WS) sub-division, Khenewa conducted a series of sensitization programmes on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) at Chayang Tajo and Bameng  headquarters.

Rallies were organized highlighting the importance of proper sanitation, safe drinking water and about formation of Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC). The rallies were actively participated by the teachers and students of KGVB school.

Workshop was also conducted on handling of field testing kits (FTK) for the PRI members for quality monitoring and testing of various drinking water sources at rural area.

Koro Leyak, Consultant, Water and Sanitation, briefed about NBA while Tafang Bagang, Assistant Engineer, elaborated the aims and objectives of the programme, importance of safe drinking water, proper sanitation, health and hygiene and also formation of VWSC, its role at village level. He appealed to the PRI members to cooperate with department for smooth implementation of the various schemes and programmes at rural areas.

At Chayang Tajo, Tara Bagang, social worker attended the programme as resource person. He suggested the villagers to maintain proper sanitation and use safe drinking water to avoid various water borne disease like diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice etc.

Er. Raju Bagang, JE Chayang Tajo section asked participants to rear pigs in proper and hygiene manner and encouraged them to adopt low cost Individual Household latrine (IHHL), which is being funded by the government through PHE & WS Department

At Bameng, Gujjar, head master of KGVB, Bameng appreciated the PHED staff for conducting such awareness programme at remote outpost where people are still not aware about sanitation and health. He shared his 27 years of experience as a teacher at remote villages in East Kameng district and minutely briefed about importance of washing hand before and after eating, usage of sanitary toilet and education. He requested PRI members to play active role in guiding the local people as per the directives of government policies.

Pritam Waii, laboratory Assistant, demonstrated the handling on Field Testing Kits (FTK) to PRI members.

After the demonstration, FTK was distributed to each Gram Panchayat Segments of Chayang Tajo block and Bameng block.

Taring Mompak, JE Bameng section encouraged the participants to adopt IHHL. He also briefed about the challenges in implementing the NBA.

Chapi Riang, consultant (M&E) informed that PHED, Seppa will conduct more such sensitization programme and workshops at various remote circle headquarters at Khenewa, Sewa, Pipu, Gyawepurang, Pijirang.

Block coordinators Hokap Lamnio, Doni Sonam and Jarje Sono along with Harang Sonam, JE actively participated for successful conduct of the programme.



Ligang Cricket Trophy-2014 begins at Oyan


RUKSIN, Feb 08: The 15th edition of Ligang Cricket (T-20) Trophy organized by Ligang Championship Trophy Cricket Committee (LCTCC) began at Oyan English School playground recently.

Inaugurating tournament in presence of sports enthusiasts and students, Daying Pao recalled immense contributions made by late Kolyan Pait and late Sanjeeb Bori (both of Oyan village) for development of games and sports in the area. Appreciating the tireless efforts of the organizing committee for conducting the trophy every year, Pao suggested the budding players to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit.

Pao hoped the tournament will provide a good platform to the budding players to show their hidden talents.  He also urged the youths to do the best for maintaining interrelations between the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Jakab Paron suggested the young sportspersons to maintain high sportsman spirit throughout the tournament while Jitendra Pait, the chief adviser of the organizing committee appealed all sections to extend cooperation for smooth conduct of the trophy.

The opening match was played between Sika Bamin Raising and RTCC (Ruksin) in which Ruksin team entered the next round by beating Sika Bamin team by 44 runs.

The trophy for this round is donated by Petor Mize of Oyan in memory of his late mother Yayong Mize. The winner will also get cash prize of Rs 20,000. The runners up team will be given Rs 10,000.

As many as 32 cricket teams from Ruksin, Pasighat, Mebo, Rengging under East Siang district besides Jonai and Silapthar in Assam are participating the trophy.

The semifinal and final tournament is scheduled to be held on February 21 and 24 respectively.



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