February 05

NESO demands apology from BJP

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The North East Students’ Organization (NESO), an apex students’ body of seven North east states has condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for terming the people from North East as ‘Immigrants’ in the party’s vision document for the Delhi election. The NESO demands that the BJP tenders an apology for insulting and hurting the sentiments of the North Eastern people.

“This very act of terming the North East People as ‘Immigrants’ or in other words ‘foreigners’ portrays the attitude and mindset that they have towards the people from North East.

This mindset is even more amplified in the continued step-motherly treatment that is being meted out to the north eastern region, the continued implementation of dacronian laws like AFSPA and the unrestrained militarization of the entire region etc., ” NESO said in a press statement.


Select committee to examine Global varsity bill

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker has constituted a six members Select Committee to examine the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill, -2015. The  committee headed by  Education Minister Tapang Taloh as its chairman shall recommend and submit report to the Speaker within one month from the date of constitution of the Committee. MLAs Nikh Kamin, Tage Taki, P D Sona, Gabriel D Wangshu and Pani Taram are the members of the committee.


Two houses gutted in fire


DAPORIJO, Feb 4: Two houses were gutted down in a devastating fire mishap at Muri village on February 1. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and there were no family members in the houses during fire accident.  Local ornaments and live stock worth lakhs of rupees have been destroyed in the fire mishap.

Meanwhile, Nyishi Elite Society, Upper Subansiri Unit distributed household items as immediate relief to the fire victims.


NWS &NYA team conduct exploration tour

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A 50-member team of the Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) and Nabam Youth Association (NYA) lead by NWS chairman Nabam Epo and general secretary Nabam Tagi has undertaken expedition cum exploration tour to Yangte, Roing (Tali) in Kra Daadi district and Laba (Nyapin) in Kurung Kumey district from January 30 to February 1.

The team visited the historical “Radang Sea” situated at Yangte in Kra Daadi district on January 30. The team also visited the historical stone called “Guree Langcho” situated at Roing village under Tali circle where the Stone depicts the bonhomie of the Nabam Family.

The expedition team finally converged at Nyapin under Kurung Kumey district and visited the Nabam Namchang at “Leba” under Nyapin circle, the villages where the Forefather of Nabam Families has settled in the early days.


Hello doctor

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a Live Phone-in-Programme entitled "Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) Channel on  February 07. Senior Eye Surgeon from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital Dr. Lobsang Tsetim will reply to the listeners’ queries on the topic General Eye Care disease.

Listeners may call to the Doctor on the said programme from 8 to 8.30 PM on Phone Number 0360-2292239.


‘Enhance SSA teachers’ salary’

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) has written to secretary education appealing for enhancing of the salary of teachers working under SSA. The association alleged that since April 2011, the salaries have not been enhanced and therefore teachers are facing problem due to increasing prices of items.

ASSATA also claimed that SSA teachers working in other states are well paid in compare to their Arunachal counterpart.


Opium cultivation destroyed

CHANGLANG, Feb 4: The District Administration and Police Department, Changlang continuing its movement against opium cultivation and its illicit trafficking in the district. A team of magistrate and Police of Diyun destroyed about 2 hectares of poppy crop cultivated under Lower and Upper Moideep villages in presence of the village headman and public of the villages today.


Debate competition on Prepaid Energy Metering System

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A debate competition was organized by Deputy Director, APEDA, Tezu division. on "Implication of Prepaid Energy Metering System" in conservation of energy in Arunachal Pradesh at I.T.I. Balinong, Changlang yesterday.

APEDA Deputy Director (Tezu division) Nungkam Tangha explained about the importance of installing prepaid energy meter to save energy wastage and revenue leakage.

Principal I.T.I., Balinong described the state government’s initiative to install Prepaid Energy Meter as a good step in conserving energy. This will not only reduce labour cost but also check unauthorized or illegal electricity connection, the principal opined.


Support to youth led campaigns on GBV/VAW

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), Itanagar unit office has conducted a ‘support to youth led’ campaign on gender based violence (GBW) and violence against women (VAW) at Puroik Colony Youth Club, Pappu Nallah today.

Support to youth led campaigns on GBV/VAW is a peaceful rally and procession on different themes to serve as a platform for the youth to come out of their customary sensitivity, to raise their voice publicly in a meaningful and democratic way.

IGSSS has conducted the campaign starting from Puroik Colony to Neebha Hospital, Pappu Nallah.

A total 53 youths participated in the rally.

Gyamar Tamar, Principal, Puroik Colony Govt. School explained the participants about the objective of the program and also suggested them to maintain discipline while participating in the campaign.

IGSSS Youth Development officer Dharani Payeng encouraged the youth to be responsible and disciplined citizens so that the younger generations can learn from them. He advised them to create awareness among the people on the key issues for the betterment of the society.


NSS special camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The NSS volunteers of Govt. Hr. Secondary School Itanagar conducted a special programme at Govt. Upper Primary School Lorpotung, Itanagar in which they have erected cross wire fencing around the school campus, cleaned the drain and surrounding of the School campus.

There was active participation from the student and teaching staff of the school in the programme . The aim of NSS education through community service was imparted to them by the Programme Officer NSS Unit, Govt. Hr. Sec. School Itanagar.

During the special programme, the NSS team also visited Biological Park, Itanagar and gained some knowledge and information about wildlife and their importance.


YOMA draws CS attention over misuse of red light

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Irked with the use of unauthorized red beacon in and around Capital Complex, Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal (YOMA) in its letter to the Chief Secretary condemned the misuse of red beacon light. YOMA claimed that many influential politicians and bureaucrats are using red beacons on their vehicle violating the Supreme Court order. It also added that MLAs and ZPM Chairperson use their red beacon vehicle out of their jurisdiction. The organization further expressed apprehension that red beacon can be misused for carrying illegal and prohibited materials like arms, drugs and other prohibited materials.

During the peak hours, some unauthorized red light vehicle owners  use siren  causing inconvenience to the public, YOMA stated. It requested the Additional District Magistrate of Capital Complex to enforce law to punish the defaulters.


News Impact

12 houses gutted in fire

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: At least 10 dwelling houses and two granaries were reduced to ashes today in a devastating fire at Deb village  in Papum Pare district. The cause of the fire was reported to be an electric short circuit. However, there was no report of any injury, according to release issued by Sagalee ADC Jalash Pertin.

12 two houses include 2 SPT buildings, 7 OBT buildings and 2 SPT Granaries  and one RCC building. Besides damaging the houses, the fire devoured the house hold properties worth over 25 lakh.

Meanwhile, the Sagalee ADC along with Police personnel immediately rushed to the spot to assess the  fire damage. Immediate relief where distributed to the victims as per Govt. norms. Details report of the accident is being submitted to the Govt immediately.

Meanwhile, the ADC requested the Govt to sanction additional amount of Rs 10 lakhs to meet up such unforeseen eventualities in future.



RGU observes 32nd Foundation Day

Expert calls for intensive research in the field of nanotechnology

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has observed its 32nd Foundation Day in a befitting manner at the university auditorium today.

Delivering the Foundation Day Lecture on the topic: “There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom: An attempt to have a glimpse of nanotechnology from a layman’s perspective” in the University Auditorium, the Foundation Day Speaker, Prof. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Tezpur University, emphasized on the use of nanotechnology in various forms of human activities such as cosmetics, laptop, mobile, medicine, etc. He told that Dr. C.N. R. Rao is  one of the scientists who took the initiative for introduction of nanotechnology in India. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, took research on nanotechnology at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He recognized that in nature itself, the use of nanotechnology is there. The feather colour of peacock is one of the example of nanotechnology.

In ancient time also, the human used nanotechnology; for example the beautiful painting of Church Hall. The recent tennis racket and ball is an example of use of nanotechnology. At present, the scientists are also emphasized the needs of nanotechnology for making various drugs. If we use nanotechnology then side effects will be zero for taking any medicine, he observed.

The bright colour we use today it is the best example of use of nanotechnology. He also warned us of misuse of nanotechnology and deliberated on the harmful effects that may cause due to misuse of nanotechnology.

While giving a power-point presentation on the topic, Prof. Choudhury suggested creating more areas to cover the use of nanotechnology in modern India. He said that nanotechnology should be developed in a bigger way for visible economic benefits. He expressed satisfaction over the progress made by India so far in the field of nanotechnology.

In his encouraging speech, Choudhury also suggested for conducting research in the field of nanotechnology within the universities situated in the north east region of the country.

Prof. Choudhury is regarded as one of the pioneers of the discipline of nano-science and technology in India. With his research contributions in condensed matter of Physics, photonics and Optoelectronic Instrumentation, Prof. Choudhury is ranked as one of the top Physicists nationally in terms of research impact. Prof. Choudhury has published more than hundred research papers in reputed national and international journals.

In his address, Prof. K.C. Kapoor, VC (in-charge), RGU highlighted the achievement of the university since its inception. He pointed out that under the 1st Vice-Chancellor, Prof. C.L. Anand, Arunachal University started its journey with only 3 departments, 18 teachers and 49 students in the year 1988. The University made a humble beginning with very slow pace during State University. Initially funding was given by the State Government. Subsequently, the University got recognized by UGC under section 12-B in the year 1994 and then onwards UGC has also granted some amount to the University for its various activities. After conversion of Central University, the University prepared its Vision Paper in the year 2010. As of now, the University is having 20 Departments / Institutes, 131 regular faculty members, 1498 students.

He felt that RGU is a small university and small university is considered better as it is more responsive and easy to manage as per National Knowledge Commission (NKN), New Delhi. He further pointed out that the Govt. of India has sanctioned a Corpus Fund of Rupees ten crores to Department of Economics, RGU for research and creation of new knowledge and also to establish a Centre for Development Studies in the University. The UGC has also recognized Rajiv Gandhi University as a Centre for Excellence in Biodiversity and released an amount of Rupees seven crores under Phase – II. He also gave a brief account on the university’s painstaking journey of last 32 years.

Prof. A. Mitra, Finance Officer Acting while proposing vote of thanks opined that small is not only beautiful but also powerful.

Earlier, the  programme started with the welcome speech by Prof. Rachob Taba, Registrar of the University.

The Foundation Day lecture was attended among others by Dr. R.P. Bhattacharjee, Registrar, NERIST, Nirjuli and Dr. Tai Nyori, former Controller of Examinations and Registrar of the University, faculty members, officers, non-teaching staff, distinguished guests and students of the University.

It was on this very day on February 4, 1984 the university foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.  Ever since its inception, RGU (formerly, Arunachal University), which was converted into a Central University in 2007 as per the MHRD Notification and then has been trying its level best to achieve as envisaged in the University Act.

To mark the day, a friendly T-20 cricket match was also organized between teaching staffs and non-teaching staffs of the university.



NES condemns arrest of Arunachalee women

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has strongly condemned the arrest of two innocent local tribal women namely Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum from Dullungmukh under Lower Subansiri District by Assam police from their agricultural field within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh. The NES urged the state Government, particularly the Home Department to take immediate steps to secure release of two innocent women as they are neither criminal nor committed any crime.

“They were picked up suddenly from their agriculture land owned by them within the boundary of Arunachal Pradesh. It is reported that both of them have been falsely booked under various section of the Forest Act and charged under non bailable offence. This is sheer injustice, inhuman and a complete violation of human rights on the part of the Assam police,” the NES stated in a release. They questioned as to how the women folk had been arrested without the woman police, manhandled and put behind the bar. “We would like to draw the attention of the Women Commission of both the state of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and also the National Women Commission as well as the ST & SC Commission for the atrocities meted to those two innocent women by the Assam Police,” they added.

The NES earnestly appealed the people of Assam to prevail upon Government of Assam to release these two innocent women keeping in view the importance of maintaining peaceful relation between the two neighbouring state.

Further they urged state government, particularly, the Home Department to ensure safe release within one week and also ensure tribal ownership right over agricultural land.

ALSDSU team visit Dollungmukh

All Lower Subansiri District Students Union (ALSDSU)  visited Dollungmukh recently  to assess the situation after two local women were reportedly arrested by Assam Forest officials from their cultivating land. Condemning the arrest of the women, ALSDSU appealed to the Assam forest official to release the arrested women. It further requested the state government to intervene to ensure their early release and to allay the prevailing border tension.



DoTCL urged to take up people oriented projects

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding Affairs convened a meeting on 31st January here to discuss the plan and programme of the department. The meeting was chaired by Wanglin Lowangdong, Minister DoTCL, WCD, Social Justice & Empowerment.

In his inaugural address the minister requested all the stake holders to make concerted effort for the all round development of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts. He also informed that the department had received a Govt. grant of Rs 28180.00 crore and implemented around 5000 projects since its creation in 2003. He thanked govt. for inclusion of the department in the Arunachal Pradesh Business Allocation Rules 1998. He said that though department is in the infant stage, there is need to strengthen the department with a minimum manpower for effective implementation of the projects. He stressed on arranging more fund from Central and State Govt.

The meeting was attended by all the twelve MLA’s of the three districts, the Chief Secretary, Secretary, DoTCL, Director, Assistant Director, Project Manager NERCORMP etc. All the MLAs participated in the deliberations and all of them emphasized for enhancing fun allocation to the department. They suggested the NERCORMP Project Manager to work in coordination with the local elected leaders for all round development of the three districts.

Dr. Joram Beda, Secretary, DoTCL said department should take up visible and people oriented projects especially in the livelihood sector for sustainable development. He called upon all the elected representatives of the three districts to coordinate with the district executing department for timely submission of Utilization Certificate and other progress report.

It was unanimously approved that the function and duties of the department enshrined in the Business Allocation Rules 1998 shall be implemented by the department in letter and spirit. The house made some resolutions which shall be submitted to state govt. for consideration.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi while addressing the meeting suggested for taking up developmental projects which shall give maximum benefit to the people of three districts. He spoke about need to start rain water harvest as these three districts face water scarcity due to low water table level. He also advised the department and NERCORMP to find out solution by engaging expert team to study the water table level to prepare action plan for water management. He gave assurance to allocate fund from the State Govt.

The marathon deliberation on the developmental activities under DoTCL and NERCORMP was keenly participated by all MLA’s and other members.

The Project Manager of Tirap, Changlang and Longding presented a power point presentation on the NERCORMP projects implementation in these three districts.



Thongchi requests Bedetians to not to pay heed to mischief makers

Pekba Ringu

ITANAGAR,  Feb 4: Bedeti is a small place in Behali of Assam, around one and half hour’s drive from Itanagar. And incidentally, Behali is the place where some unpleasant events occurred last year following the boundary row between Assam and Arunachal. So it was a real surprise when the public of Bedeti came to invite YD Thongchi, President Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) to attend a felicitation program organized by ‘Uddipto Sora,’ the Socio-cultural cum literary forum of Bedeti on the occasion of their silver jubilee celebration recently.

Thongchi along with eight other prominent personalities of Assam including eminent musician J.P. Das, actress Chetana Das, and environmentalist Jadab Payeng were felicitated for their contribution in their respective field of pursuit. What was most heartwarming was that Thongchi was the only non-Assamese amongst the group to be honored. In fact, Thongchi is lovingly considered as an Assamese by the people of Assam.

It was equally heart touching to see the Bedetians warmly welcoming Thongchi and the other invitees from Arunachal with the traditional Assamese love and affection reserved only for distinguished guests. A cultural procession consisting of Vaishnavite musicians, different folk dancers and prominent people of the area received the group and later took them to the main venue. Thongchi was accompanied by Inumoni Das-Bora, member APLS and Dr. P.Ringu, assistant General Secretary APLS.

In his acceptance speech Thongchi thanked the Bedetians for bestowing such a great honor upon him and requested them to maintain the age old ties between both the states. He also requested them to not to listen to mischief makers from outside for maintaining tranquility in the boundary areas.  

The other highlight of the function was the enchanting musical program by Queen Das, J.P.Das and Anupam Chakraborty.

The people of Bedeti deserves special appreciation for making the first move in reconnecting the age old tie of brotherhood between both the states.

Let’s hope that this meeting ushers in a new era of camaraderie and cooperation between both.



156 Mithun vaccinated at Kimin

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Altogether 156 Mithuns were vaccinated against the Foot & Mouth Diseases (FMD) and 129 Mithuns were treated against various other diseases in the Mithun Health awareness cum vaccination camp held at Kimin on February 3. Papum Pare Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in collaboration with the department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary organized the camp in an effort to provide health for all Mithuns on mission mode.  It was sponsored by the Navaj Bhai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT), being implemented by North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA).

A total of 86 Mithun owners belonging to different villages of Kimin area viz. Durpa, Boda, Lora, Belo and Komasiki who have congregated themselves into Mithun Farmer Club (MFC) got benefitted from this camp.

After completion of vaccination and treatment programme, a face to face interaction session with the MFC members was organized wherein the team of veterinarians addressed the issues pertaining to Mithun health.

Initiating the discussion, Dr. T. Heli (programme Coordinator, KVK) expressed happiness over the presence of large number of Mithun owners under the initiatives of MF club at the Mithun health camp. He requested all the MF Club members for the pro-active participation in the Community Mithun Conservation project with sense of belongingness and team spirit. Further, he also requested the Mithun owners to develop a cordial relations with all the extension functionaries in the area for prompt service delivery at their door steps.

To queries raised by Takio Kapa (Treasurer MF Club) on tick infestation, Dr. Tilling Tayo (SMS, Animal Science) KVK and Dr. Nabam Arun (Vety Officer, Kakoi) enlightened the participants on remedial measures of ticks and worm infestation in Mithuns.

Dr. Bage (Asstt Rinderpest Officer, Disease Investigation Lab Nirjuli) while appreciating the efforts taken by MF club members of Kimin area suggested them to include a vet and local advocate as the advisory Members in the said Club for the addressing the Mithun Health and legal issues respectively.

The programme winded up with the field visits by the KVK and line department team in the community Mithun conservation project area for the finalization of site for the Mithun shed construction within the area. Taba Taro (President, Mithun Farmer Club, Kimin) also spoke on the occasion and appealed for more supports for Mithun conservation in the area.



Make good use of festivals to maintain unity: MLA

From a Correspondent

ROING, Feb 4: Tezu MLA Dr Mohesh Chai on Sunday called on the Mishmi people to make use of the festivals of Reh and Tamladu celebrated by the Mishmi community to preserve unity in the tribe.

Dr Chai was speaking at the ‘Reh Cultural Fest 2015’ organized by the Central Reh Celebration Committee (CRCC) 2015.

Though Reh and Tamladu festivals fall on different dates, the Mishmi people residing elsewhere in the state and the country have been celebrating the two festivals on common dates with the nomenclature 'Reh-Tam', he said.

Dr Chai said under the initiative of Mishmi Welfare Society (MWS), an organization based in Itanagar, the Mishmi people in capital complex will be celebrating ‘Reh-Tam’ on February 7 next.

He informed that Mishmi residing in all major cities of India will also be celebrating ‘Reh-Tam’ on February 7 next, for which preparations are underway.

“Through this joint celebration of Reh and Tamladu, we expect to see increased bonding and interactions within the community,” he said.

“With this practice,” said Dr Chai, “the festival of ‘Reh-Tam’ is expected to become the common festival of all Mishmi people to be celebrated every year.

He encouraged the younger generation to continue the tradition of joint celebrations of Mishmi festivals for unity and fraternity in the tribe. Encouraging cooperation among the Mishmi tribes, Dr Chai said “Today in Arunachal different tribal groups are coming under single fold. So we Mishmis must also not be left behind.”

Lauding Idu Mishmi as the most advanced among the other Mishmi of Kaman and Taraon, he said “We always look towards Idu community for guidance and close interactions within us will mutually benefit all of us.”

The 'Reh Cultural Fest' witnessed a fun packed show that included cultural dances from Mishmi, Apatani, Tagin and Memba tribes including a fashion show showcasing the tribal handloom designs from Arunachal.

For the first time in Reh celebration, the cultural event witnessed ‘Super Cool Dad’ and ‘Super Mom’ ramp walks organized by the University students from Rajiv Gandhi University.  

The cultural night was also attended by Mukut Mithi,, Rajya Sabha Member, Mutchu Mithi,, Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary, Zingnu Namchoom, Chairman, Bamboo Mission and Pakgna Bage, MLA, Dumporijo.



DTPC adopts resolutions for tourism promotion

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:  The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) in a meeting on Monday adopted several resolutions for promoting tourism in Lower Subansiri district and gave emphasis on homestay and domestic tourists.

The meeting was attended by all the members of DTPC, district tourism officer, deputy commissioner, district forest officer, deputy SP, Chairman of Siddeshwarnath Mandir Welfare Committee, NGO representatives, hoteliers, homestay operators and tourism stakeholders.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Kamki Darang suggested for giving more emphasis on domestic tourists due to its huge potential. He said that publication of brochures on district’s tourism attractions and interests with contact details, hotels and homestay facilities etc. will go a long way in promoting tourism sector in the district.

He also suggested for creation of Ziro Tourism website, Inclusion of birding and butterfly watching events in Arunachal Tourism website as well as creation of facebook page on it, checking hunting of wildlife for which police force, Chamber of Commerce, District Forest Office, NGOs and students unions should play a proactive role.

District Tourism Officer, Ziro informed that the registration of Homestay will be started in coming few days. He requested the hoteliers to give the maximum hospitality services and submit their monthly Tourist Arrival Report on time without fail. He emphasized on proper utilization of tourism infrastructure created so far by the Department of Tourism.

He emphasize on the promotion of rural tourism, especially the homestay concept and Ecotourism.

Punyo Chada of NGO “Nguno Ziro” briefed on various activities taken up by the NGO, like Tanw Lemba Bi-cycle Expedition, operation of Homestays, Birding and Butterfly watching events.

He also informed that there are more than 300 species of butterfly found alone in Lower Subansiri. Prominent among them are Bhutan Glory and Kaiser-e-Hind. He requested the authority for the sponsorship for invitation of experts from outside to identify more prominent butterfly species.

Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club President Koj Mama said that Ziro particularly the Talley Valley is gradually becoming a bird watching destination of India where 304 species are found in Ziro alone out of the total 690 species in the state. He urged the Dy. SP, DFO and DC to take necessary steps for creating awareness on the importance of wildlife.

Nada Buda, Chairman of the Sidheswarnath Mandir Welfare Committee, briefed about the technical problems faced by the Mandir Committee.

District Forest officer, Ziro who is also a member of District Tourism Promotion Council requested the Dy. SP for strict action against those found involving in hunting of wildlife. He also requested fellow officer for preservation of flora and fauna of Ziro.

John Pada, Dy.SP, Ziro requested the Hoteliers to submit the copy of visitor’s detail immediately to the Police station to avoid any untoward incident.



Naharlagun circle wins district level CM’s football trophy

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: Naharlagun Circle won the Second Capital Complex cum District Level men’s football competition for Chief Minister’s Trophy defeating Banderdewa Circle yesterday.

Itanagar Circle won the women’s football title beating Banderdewa.

Pagge Tashi of Banderdewa Circle and Techi Amin of Itanagar Circle were declared best men and women football players respectively.

In men’s volleyball, Banderdewa Circle beat Itanagar Circle in the final to win the title while in women’s category of the event Itanagar Circle beat Naharlagun Circle in the final.

N. Pansa of Banderdewa Circle and Tai Ake of Itanagar Circle were adjudged as Best men and women volleyball players respectively.

The winning, runners up teams and best players were awarded cash prizes.

Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General Geshi Doke attended the closing ceremony.

Tawang district level football and volleyball competitions for CM’s Trophy concluded at SSB ground, Tawang yesterday, reports DIPRO.

The men’s football final match was played between United Kee Brothers of Tawang Circle and Always United of Mukto Circle in which the former thrashed the latter by a margin of 4-1 goal to win the trophy. In the volleyball event, the Police Team  of Tawang Circle beat Lumla Team in a keenly contested final match.

Humanity Group of Tawang circle won both women’s Football and Volleyball titles.

ZPC Jambey Tsering distributed the prizes to the winning and runners up teams.

The tournament was organized by the District Administration in collaboration with Environmental Protection Society and the All Tawang District Students Union.



Laawe campaign to preserve Idu-Mishmi culture

Karyir Riba

ROING, Feb 4: A "Laawe campaign" was conducted by a team of seven men from Abali village to create awareness amongst the men folk of Idu-Mishmi community to preserve their culture and tradition.

They sported the 'laawe', the traditional cloth piece worn by men, instead of the modern trouser.

"The traditional ‘laawe’ has been long forgotten by the menfolk of the community, so we have taken this initiative to remind people that it is an important part of our tradition and culture, and to make them understand the importance of preserving the practice of wearing it", said the team.

This team reportedly, visited several villages to spread the message and to encourage the use of ‘laawe’, at least during the festival.

Our team will revisit those villages next year to see if our campaign was a success or not", they added.

The team further said that it is understood that it is not possible practically to wear ‘laawe’ every day, but it should at least be worn during local festivals.

The team hopes that their campaign will be successful and hopefully, the next Reh celebration will be celebrated in a more traditional way.



Endangered species rescued

Dogin Randa

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A ‘Sunda Slow Loris’ (Nycticebus caucang) was rescued and handed over to the Zoo authority at Biological Park here yesterday by Boto Nilling Leyu, Gen. Secretary, (INTUC) Upper Subansiri District Unit and Byabang Laki (Lucky).

They rescued the endangered animal while they were returning back to Itanagar from Pasighat on January 28.

Raya Flago, Curator, Itanagar Biological Park, while receiving the animal, encouraged both rescuers for their effort and concern for protection of wildlife. He further informed that the rescued ‘Slow Loris’ is one of the endangered animals which is under Scheduled I (Part-I) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

‘Slow Loris’ are a group of several omnivore species of nocturnal strepsirrhine primates which make up the genus Nycticebus and are found in the Southeast Asia and bordering areas. According to the previous classification there are at least eight that are considered valid. Each of ‘Slow Loris’ species that had been identified prior to 2012 is listed either “ Vulnerable” or “Endangered” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, which is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species.  



Arunachal’s Royal Flush band shines in Alicheringa festival

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 4: Arunachal Pradesh is known for its rich cultural heritage while song and dance are the inborn qualities of the Arunachalees.

This was proved by the state’s Royal Flush band which was adjudged runners-up during the three-day Indian Institute of Technology’s annual festival – Alicheringa – conducted at Guwahati during January 30 to Feb 1 last.

The festival included a national level rock concert-cum-contest, known as Rock-o-Phonics where 612 bands from all over the country competed for which auditioning was conducted at Bhopal, Indore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Guwahati. Six bands, including Royal Flush, out of the 30 bands, which were selected for the preliminary round, were short listed for the final round.  

The Royal Flush made its place as runners-up in the final while the Reverse Tragedy from Mizoram was declared winner.

The Royal Flush comprising of Yari Natung (vocal), Shamuel Pertin (base), David Tania (guitar) and Teji Toko (drums), received a cash prize of Rs one lakh with goodies and a certificate.

The judges were Floyd Fernandez, a top fusion-judge guitarist of national repute and Ne-Obliviscaris, an Australian prog, death metal band from Melbourne.

The Royal Flush is a blush, funk, alternative rock band which earlier took part in the Hornbill Rock concert during the recent Hornbill Festival at Dimapur and was also a finalist in the Shillong Rock Battle.

The band while performing sends a louder message against racism and problems of the present generation of the youth in the society.



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Time to introspect

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today led the charge against frequent bandh call which is sponsored by various students' unions and other organizations. Negi stated that bandh call hampers the developmental process. He urged student unions and other organizations to create public opinion against numerous social evils prevailing in the society instead of constant criticism of the government. The statement coming from the top ranked govt. official of Arunachal is timely and need to be debated.

In Arunachal unions and associations only take up those issues where they see chances of earning some bucks. Although they claims to be fighting for the poor and downtrodden, but they never take up issues concerning them. CS has rightly pointed out that issue like drug abuse, encroachment of Govt land and extortion activities are never taken up by these so-called pressure groups. In fact strangely, a student union was seen demanding regularization of govt. encroached land. Also bandh calls are often used as bargaining tool against state government. It is time everyone including the leaders of so-called pressure group introspects and asks themselves some tough questions.

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Distressed by random allegations and publications

Dear Editor,

I was shocked to see that in the 31 - 01 – 2015 edition, an article titled misleading claims has been published in my name in your Newspaper. When I was trying hard to find out as to who did it, another counter article has been published by one, Taja Tatin against me on 03 - 02 - 2015.

The fact remains that neither any person obtained my consent nor did you consult me before publishing the articles. Am I fool enough to nullify or question the legality and validity of the Committee of which I was one of the members? Am I ignorant enough to poke my nose around when I know that the headquarter issue of Siang district is  subjudiced in the Itanagar Bench of Hon’ble High Court? The claim of Mr. Taja Tatin that I gave my consent in favour of Boleng as headquarter of the Siang district is a blatant lie. If any such record is available as claimed by him, Mr. Tatin should show it to the public. Everything is crystal clear in the final report of the committee.

It is for all to see that apart from the Committee, opinion of a Geography Expert and a Legal Expert was sought for. The legal expert has opined that since the donated land at Boleng (Rengo) has private ownership in the form of village, WRC fields, Gardens and Orchards, there will be huge problem in land Acquisition. Whereas, no such problem will be faced at Pangin (Perang - Lampang) since the donated land is a virgin community land without private ownership. And that might be the reason behind choosing Pangin (Perang - Lampang) as the headquarter of Siang district. I was invited as one of the Committee Members, not as Geography Expert or Legal Expert. I am intensely hurt and deeply distressed by such random publications and wild allegations. I should not be expected to stoop so low, so as to get cheap publicity in Newspapers.


Nalo Pada



A reality hard to accept

Dear Editor,

On the First Death Anniversary of our brother,  Late Nido Tania, I am Happy to join you today.  I am happy to join you in what I believe will go down in history as the greatest display of assertion of freedom.  66 glorious years’ of Independence, and the remarkable visit of The President of the US for the recent Republic day celebration, was a clear demonstration of Sheer might for our nation. With the “make in India” slogan, our country is on the ladder of inexplicable achievement. While the ladder stands still and upright, with India looked at as the ‘emerging super power’, we have failed to give a helping hand to the very driving force of this possibility. We have failed to make our country diverse in its true sense and have not been successful enough to make India an inclusive, let alone, “The incredible India”.

Yes, 66 years on and the life of the Minorities, in particular the people belonging to the North-Eastern part of India, “is still sadly crippled by the manacles of the segregation and the chains of discrimination”. 66 years later, we still “languish in the corners of our society and find ourselves exiled in our own land”. So, we have come here to dramatize a shameful circumstance.

Article 15 of The Indian constitution promises us of, Prohibition of Discrimination on grounds of Religion, race, colour, sex or Place of Birth. It is obvious today that India has defaulted this note, in so far as race is concerned. Newspapers are filled with stories every day, some reported, while many not.  In the past, we’ve had innumerable cases where we gathered that ours is a Racist country and that we are assailed by sense of isolation. Reiterating under what insecure conditions we live in the metros. Should we be reminded again of the mysterious death of Loitam Richard in Bangalore, the murder of Ramchanphy Hongray  in Delhi and many more who chose to remain silent. These incidents have aroused debates amongst the many ignorant masses denying that it is nothing to do with Racism.  And it shouldn’t surprise us, if we have two sides of argument to it. Because that’s how racism works-  both the visible, explicit manifestations as well as the insidious and unseen.

Today, as we also remark the Martyr’s day, lets us honour Mahatma Gandhi by remembering his wisdom...that we are all beautiful flowers from the same garden....branches of the same majestic tree. I am sure, as I speak, many of us sitting here would reconcile when I say, Quite often I couldn’t even recall what exactly was wrong about the way in which the shopkeeper in my neighbourhood looked at me with words such as, “Chinki” called  as though,  they have become a daily dose of joke for them, or when the auto walas  fare charge went  a little more than my other friends from India paid. Or more frustrating, when every time you are asked, oh which country are you from? If you answer, Arunachal Pradesh, they still are stuck to, “Which country again?” Having to live with such latent forms of racism and deal with such insensitiveness everyday has made us exhausted. Building anger and frustration with every passing day. This is something my fellow brothers’ and sisters’ from down the south of India (Which again should be noted that, all south Indians ’are not just Tamils! And that Every citizen has their own-self identity) and from the beautiful stranded valley of Kashmir, especially from the Leh-Ladakh region will resonate this feeling of assailed by sense of isolation.

With the tyranny of geography placing us in a disadvantaged manner, all of us are thriving every day, seeking an answer to the question, “Who am I?” Remember the Advertisement from the Kaun Banega Crorepati, when the contestant on the hot seat is asked, “where is Kohima?” Have our people found an answer to it yet? Just recently, 29 students from Assam on a visit to Agra was repeatedly asked to prove if they were Indians and when they had an ID from Assam, the officer demanded to check if Assam was in India!

My recent visit to Jaipur was quite an experience for me and my friends, who had accompanied me for the Jaipur Literature fest. While the Pink city boasts of its rich history, the literature festival adds double glory to the city with various literature enthusiast from all over the world coming under one umbrella, we did not have a very nice welcome though. First stop, we were looking for a hotel and the guy at the desk says, “No hotel to the foreigners!” and refused to ignore the very beautiful Hindi that we proudly showed off! In fact, he insisted on us to prove ourselves as an Indian!  Yes, this is the Reality, so grave and hard to accept.

Maya Angelou’s, “I know why the caged Bird Sings”, has been called, “a symbolic character of every black girl growing up in America’, where she uses Rape as a metaphor for the suffering of her race. While the other is, that of a bird struggling to escape its cage, which tells us of, “a sequence of lessons about resisting racist oppression”.  I honestly believe in the words of Mother Teresa that,      “We are all little pencils in the hands of the writing God” and that our late brother Nido Tania’s death shall not go in vain! As much as I lament and mourn for his demise at a very early age, which he didn’t deserve at all, the stronger is my conviction that from this day on we shall not halt. “ Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice and now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”

2014, 30th January was when he breathe last, it’s been a year and our voices have consolidated, reaching globally to every corner of the world.  And that “our spirits of revolts will continue to shake the foundation of our nation until the days of justice emerges.” But yes, we cannot walk alone. In this walk, we need you. We need all of you and we need all the citizens of the world to make this country and this world a just world.

I have an utmost belief in the distant dream of King Martin Luther, when he said in 1963, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”.


Ngurang Reena

JNU, Delhi.







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