ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended their sincere greetings to the people
of the State on the festive occasion of Oriah.
The Governor expressed hope that the festival will continue to strengthen the emotional
integration and mutual understanding among the people for peace and prosperity in
In his message, the Governor said that Oriah is celebrated to evoke the blessings
of Almighty ‘Rangwa’ for bumper harvest. The celebration has always helped in preserving
the age-old traditions and customs of the Wancho Tribe. It also provides opportunities
to work in unison for promotion and rejuvenation of the rich and colourful cultural
heritage. He wished that under the able guidance of elders of the community, the
On this auspicious occasion, I pray to Almighty Rangwan for his choicest blessing,
the Governor further wished in this message.
In his message Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that festivals strengthen the emotional
integration and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst
citizens. He prayed almighty God to bless all for peace, prosperity and happiness
in the society.
Nyokum Yullo begins
NIRJULI, Feb 15: Nyokum Yullo, the traditional annual festival of the Nyishis, began
today with the formal inauguration of a food festival at Nyikum Niya Hall ground
UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, flanked by Central Nyokum Committee vice chairperson
Tadar Yari, celebration committee chairman Tarh Nachung and other members, inaugurated
the festival comprising 47 stalls including 37 to serve local cuisines, besides few
selling traditional ornaments, dresses, headgears and daos etc and another by Arunchal
Pradesh Private Security Agency.
With hardly any source of entertainment in the Capital Complex, festivals are becoming
best entertainers for the people to relieve them of their modern day stress while
showcasing the rich cultures and traditions and promoting the local delicacies, Kaso
While finishing touches were being given to few stalls, most of the stalls were serving
customers. Tarh Tutu and Tarh Yari, both young mothers who came all the way from
remote Gaga village in Kurung Kumey district with opo and food stuffs to set up the
stall, were hopeful of doing brisk business. The committee has permitted jhandi munda
at the venue but regulated by strict rules and timing under the surveillance of its
members to avoid any untoward incident, Nachung added.
ASEF donates to fire victims
ITANAGAR, Feb 15: A 10-member team of All Sagalee Employees' Forum (ASEF) led by
its president Nabam Kiron Hina and Secretary General Tarh Hari visited the victims
of the fire accident that occurred in Deb village under Sagalee sub-division on January
31. The team donated some amounts from the Forum to the victims as relief.
12-houses were completely burnt to ashes and properties worth lakhs of rupees damaged
in the fire.
The ASEF further appealed to the likeminded citizens to extend helping hands to the
victims and the administration to compensate the victims appropriately for their
ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The three days block level sensitization–cum-orientation training
(final phase) to build capacity of frontline government functionaries and PRI members,
SHGs, youth, farmers and senior citizens of Gensi block was conducted at community
hall, Gensi from February 13 to 15 by Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Naharlagun
with support from district administration.
The Intensive Training Programme (ITP) mainly focused on four core sectors namely,
drinking and rural sanitation, primary health, education in rural areas, rural livelihood
and rural development.
T. Ronya, EAC/CO-cum-Member Secretary, Gensi and Sibe Circle, West Siang district,
who inaugurated the training, highlighted the importance of ITP, a project of ATI
that seeks to refurbish, reorient and upgrade the knowledge amongst all the stakeholders
in all the four identified sectors.
T Lodo, Deputy Director (RTD.) cum SNO (ITP), ATI, highlighted the course content
on four sectors on sanitation and water supply in rural areas, development of rural
education, rural health, rural livelihood and rural development and its implementation
Tamar Baki, Master Trainer –cum- Training Coordinator, ITP, Project, conducted the
technical session on office procedures of providing information as per RTI Act, office
and file management, CCS Rule, financial management; importance of ethical norms
in good governance; managerial skills, motivation and team building at workplace
and procedure of developmental schemes in the identified core sectors under ITP project.
Altogether 101 participants, including the block officer and the officials from Gensi
blocks, including medical department, PHED, DDSE, BDO, PWD, ICDS, staff from EAC,
Gensi, CO, Sibe, SHGs, Farmer Clubs, NGOs, elected panchayat leaders attended the
The DoPT, GoI sponsored programme was conducted by ATI with support from district
Meet resolves to ban IMFL during Myoko
ZIRO, Feb 15: Use of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) will be banned during Myoko
festival this year. The decision was taken in a meeting of Hija Employ Association,
All Hija Youth Association, student community, panchayat leaders and members, GBs
and general public of Hija village chaired by Hija Zila segment’s ZPM Dani Buker.
Myoko festival will be celebrated from March 20.
The meeting urged department concerned for early maintenance of all electric poles
to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Myoko.
The ZPM requested all to follow the rules and regulations adopted in the meeting
for smooth celebration of the Myoko festival. The meeting also appealed to every
member of Hija village to join the social service on every second Saturday organized
by All Hija Youth Association.
Training of counting supervisors held
AALO, Feb 15: Training to counting supervisors and poll officials was imparted
by mastertrainer Henrik Basar, SDHO Mechuka at Gumin Kiin today.
While outlinging the details counting procedures, the master trainer presented practical
demonstration on counting of polled votes.
Meanwhile, elaborate arrangement has been made at Aalo Town Club for counting of
votes on February 16. DIPRO
Awareness prog on social issues
ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Indo Global Social Service Society (SMILE) organized a programme
to create awareness among the young generation about various social issues, their
rights and welfare schemes launched by the government at IGSSS office, Nyakum Lapang
Resource person Neelam Rupa while explaining the definition of social issues, briefed
on difference between personal and social issues. Also, she gave a thoughtful presentation
on development, direction, and destination.
The other resource person Bengia Seema had a brief discussion on social issues like,
substance and drugs abuse and shared her views on how to overcome it.
The other topic discussed were, ‘development induced displacements’, preservation
of indigenous languages, adultery in the society, gender discrimination and student
Youth Coordinator, IGSSS Utpal Pegu highlighted on various government schemes available
for youth and the others.
Discussions were also held on Right to Information (RTI), Right To Education (RTE),
Right to Food and Forest Rights Act.
The program was attended by 30 participants.
Yesterday (on February 14), a similar programme was organised by the SMILE at Lourputung,
Itanagar, not at Nyorch, Naharlagun as wrongly mentioned in the published news. SMILE
regretted the typographical error.
PM Modi to flag off Rajdhani Express
ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here on February 20 on
a day's visit to attend the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day celebrations at Indira
Gandhi Park, officials said today.
Modi will inaugurate the Arunachal Festival being held here along with the Statehood
Day celebrations, said IPR Secretary, Dani Salu.
Salu, who is also the state protocol officer, said that the prime minister will flag-off
the Arunachal-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and also inaugurate the comprehensive power
transmission line project and the Itanagar water supply project. Modi will arrive
here at 10 A.M. and return to New Delhi by 12 noon, he added. PTI
Illegal hunter nabbed
ITANAGAR, Feb 15: A team of wildlife officials from Daying Wildlife Sanctuary and
Pasighat Police has nabbed an illegal hunter from Sanyasi Thukura under Anchal Wildlife
The team led by DFO Tashi Mize following a tip off conducted a joint operation on
Friday night and apprehended the hunter Saturday morning while he was cooking food
for other members of the gang.
The arrested person stated that he along with four other persons entered into the
sanctuary with two SBBL and one DBBL guns for hunting purposes. Smoked organs of
barking deer and their camping equipments were seized.
Other four members of the gang, who managed to escape, might have been tipped off
by their partner, police suspect.
The arrested person has been handed over to the Officer-in-Charge of Sille-Oyan Police
Station. An FIR has been lodged against the four others.
Rijiju exhorts young generation to promote culture
TEZU, Feb 15: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju while attending
the 43rd Tamla-Du festival of the Mishmis in the Lohit Valley of the Mishmi Hills
urged upon the young generation to recognize one’s culture and tradition and carry
it forward, rather than losing it.
He described ‘Culture’ as most valuable, which, according to him bestows identity
upon the community. “It is the local culture which provides the uniqueness and flavour.
It is reflected everywhere. It is the culture which provides the feel and identity
of a community”, he said.
He felt the numerical strength cannot undermine the confidence of a cultural identity
of a community. He cited how he participated as a member of Lok Sabha in six debates
in a single day in order to place the voice of the people of the state on the floor
of the parliament as the state has only two parliamentarians to represent the state.
In the same manner, he felt that numerical weakness of a community can be written
off by confidence and hence one should strive to preserve one’s culture in the boiling
pot of humanity.
He also informed that the BJP led central government is slated to pass a bill in
the parliament, which will make offence against north easterners in rest of India
punishable by minimum of five years.
“North-easterners of the country are sentinels, guarding the frontiers of the country
to keep the tri-colour flying high, harassment against them cannot be tolerated”,
he asserted. He also termed the Mishimi as ‘honest and straight forward’ with clean
heart, suggesting that human being should be smart but not overtly cunning while
lamenting that it will be a “great tragedy” if youths are going to the jungle to
train in arms.
“It is the collective failure of the system, as politicians, government officers
we have failed them. Arms and violence has no place in a democratic nation like ours”,
he claimed, while informing that height and chest expansion relaxation for recruitment
for those in north-east.
Meanwhile the host, the local representative, Mohesh Chai apprised the union minister
of the density of educational institutions in Mishmi belt which is lowest with only
one college to name, that is the Indira Gandhi Government College. Therefore, he
urged the minister for the establishment of the All India Institute of Medial Sciences
in the region. He also informed the minister that the region being prone to flood,
he urged the minister to look into the matter.
The parliamentary secretary for horticulture, Mutchu Mithi also spoke on the occasion
and extended his festival greetings.
Earlier, the chairman of the celebration committee, Bakrim Chikro informed that the
collective celebration of the festival started in 1972 with the initiation of the
elders of the community.
MLAs Tesam Pongte, Kento Rina, Laisam Simai, Tsering Tsashi, Zingu Namchoom and the
representative of the IMCLS, Enju Linggi and the general secretary Rajiv Mihu also
attended the festival.
Light delights people of Pakoti, Richukrong
ITANAGAR, Feb15: The villagers of small hamlet Pakoti, 8 kilometers off Seppa the
distirct headquarter of East Kameng has reason to smile these days, as every household
gets electrification including the government secondary school Pakoti hostels (both
boys and girls), and the teacher quarters following the restoration of non-functional
Pakoti Micro Hydel (2x50 KW) by the department of Electro-Mechanical Sub-Division
Seppa under Bomdila Division on 18 December 2014.
The department sources informed that restoration came after local MLA cum Parliamentary
Secretary Mama Natung had meeting with the department pressing for early restoration
of defunct micro hydel recently. It said that the micro hydel was established under
Hydro-Power Department under the total amount of Rs 1.45 crore and commissioned in
March 2011. The hydel generates 25 kilowatt monthly. Later the department and the
company conducted a trail run. But due to lack of accommodation and operating staffs
of the said department, it remained defunct for the last couple of years.
With the restoration of hydel, now the entire Pakoti village and its adjacent villages
have been illuminated, added the department.
The four technical staffs including operator and chowkidar is stationed at Pakoti
for the maintenance and constant monitoring, informed Junior Engineer who was looking
after the restoration work. To effective running of the said micro-hydel it said
that more manpower is required. The department of Electro-Mechanical had bifurcated
from Hydro Power Civil in October 2014.
Meanwhile in a release, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Mama Natung informed
that Richukrong circle headquarter has also been electrified this month. It connects
from Lasa village under West Kameng district, Natung added. He went on to claim
that he personally initiated with the concerned departments of both districts in
enabling electrification at Richukrong. Informing that he has allocated fund for
fencing at Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Drinking Water Supply at Pakoti village
under his home constituency from local area development fund, Parliamentary Secretary
appealed to public to cooperate with the developmental activities. The power is precious
energy, he said and emphasized on judicious use of power in both places. “Many developmental
projects are in pipeline, I appeal public to support the development activities”
Roing witnesses rise in criminal activities
[ Karyir Riba]
Roing, home of the peace loving Idu-Mishmis and Adis of Lower Dibang Valley district,
is witnessing a tremendous growth in criminal activities in and around the township.
The town which was once believed to be one of the safest places to live in, has become
home to anti-social activities. Crimes ranging from drug peddling to theft to even
extortion are at large here.
Lower Dibang Valley is believed to be one of Opium affected district in Arunachal
Pradesh. It is an undeniable fact that, on an average, almost every other village
here has a supplier or 'kani adda', as it is popularly known. Unfortunately, the
major part of the population that is falling prey to these 'addas' is the youth.
With a huge number of the youth involved, the case of drug abuse in the district
is really frightening.
Various women groups of both the communities have been fighting against this menace
since a long time now. Time to time, they try to create awareness against drug abuse
through seminars being organised in the town, as well as in villages, and they have
also went to the extent of destroying opium cultivations and have also managed to
send many peddlers behind bars.
The Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing (ABKWW), that had recently carried out a massive destruction
of opium cultivation at Anpum says, "We have and will always fight against the drug
menace, and we have always tried to include students, parents, learned elders and
public leaders to help us in this fight for a safe and healthy society. Not only
administration and police, but the general public should also play their part in
keeping the district crime free. The district administration and the police department
should keep strict vigil in the district and take necessary measures in order to
decrease the crime rate, if not completely eradicate it". Although the effort of
these women groups has touched a few, the larger section still remains undeterred.
If the anti-social activities are not nipped in the bud, it may take a bigger shape.
The drug menace, which was once not viewed as a threat to the society, has given
rise to unimaginable crimes.
Theft of all kinds is a daily routine. Valuable items like televisions, mobile phones,
music systems, computers, etc, are being stolen every other day from homes and private
offices. Ironically, even gas cylinders are not safe anymore! The most astonishing
part of these thefts is that motor bikes are being stolen day in and day out. Bike
lifting is the biggest nuisance in town today. Every other day there is a news of
someone's bike or scooty being stolen. And such is the modus operandi that these
items are lifted from right under the owner's noses. You park your bike outside the
bank, minutes later you come out of the bank, lo and behold! your bike is gone! The
victim goes to the police station to report. What happens? Nothing, an FIR is filed
- case closed! Such is the help provided by the police department for looking for
lost bikes, that victims have started thinking it a waste of time to go to them.
They would rather put that time to look for their bikes on their own. There are quite
a few victims who, after getting information about their precious stolen bikes, have
had to 'buy back' i.e. pay some amount in return of their own bikes from the neighbouring
Shantipur/Chapakuwa in Assam.
According to the research done by victims of bike lifting during their search for
their stolen bikes, there is a whole racket of bike lifting existing in the district
and the neighbouring Assam. The local thieves are mere pawns lured by the big pins.
Their job is to steal bikes and smuggle the stolen bikes across the check gate, for
just 2-3 thousand rupees, just what is needed for meeting their drug requirement.
Once the bike is out of Arunachal, it is modified and sold, and if the real owner
is lucky to find his bike in Assam, he has no other choice but to 'pay' to get back
his own bike. Many of the angered victims have gone to the extent of doubting the
involvement of the police in the successful functioning of the racket. The truth
behind this theory will surely be tough to prove!
Just as the town was grieving about bike lifting, another blow came in the form
of extortions! There are umpteen unreported cases of extortions doing the rounds
the town. The victims are the non-locals of every field --businessmen, servicemen
and even poor daily wage earners. The reason these cases go unreported is the mere
fact that the victims, who are non-local, are threatened against reporting and are
threatened with dire consequences if disobeyed. The victims are basically extorted
at 'daw point' (local matchet). Extortions too are taking place in a daily basis.
Shops are being visited, government quarters are being visited, pedestrians are being
stopped and their pockets being ransacked, all of these at 'daw points'. Nothing
at all is being done about these extortions. Today they are targeting the non-locals,
tomorrow they will start extorting the locals as well. [Although these cases are
not being reported officially because of fear of life, it is common occurrence and
talk of the town... so why is the police department giving a deaf ear to this problem,
is the biggest question here].
The reason drug abuse is believed to be the root cause of all these crimes is, because
all these crimes are reportedly being committed by young boys, and all of the suspects
are reportedly drug addicts. The local view point says that these addicts, belonging
to not so well to do families, are not willing to earn a decent living. But they
need money regularly to buy their daily dose of drug. With no other options left,
they choose the easy way to make money.
With no action being taken by the district administration and the police department,
there is no fear of being caught and so, their guts are over the moon right now.
It would be unfair to not mention here that the local MLA Mutchu Mithi, after taking
note of the situation, has given strict instruction to the concerned department to
take necessary action and check the growing crime rate as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the residents of the district are in total confusion about what the district
administration and the police department is waiting for? Why has not a single stolen
good ever been recovered till date? Why is nothing being done to stop these thefts?
What next after extortion - rape, murder? Well, hope the administration wakes up
out of its deep slumber and take some necessary action against this situation. Use
of the phrase 'before it's too late' would not be suitable here in this case, but
'better late than never', is all one can say!
CM’s Trophy tournament results
ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The day 7 results of the on going state level football and volleyball
tournament for CM’s Trophy played at SLSA sports complex, Chimpu near here on Sunday
are as follows.
Lower Subansiri beat Longding 6-0; East Siang beat Anjaw 3-0, Tawang beat West Kameng
Kurung Kumey beat Tirap 10-0; West Siang beat Capital Complex 1-0;
Lower Dibang Valley got walkover against West Kameng; Anjaw beat Changlang 2-0.