February 26


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PPA questions BJP's silence on Mere Vichaar

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) said that it was surprised to see the BJP top brasses at the Centre still maintaining stoic silence over the 'explosive revelations' made in the 60-page note (Mere Vichaar) left behind by former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul before he committed suicide on August 9, 2016.

Raising questions before the BJP High Command as to why those politicians, whose names were found mentioned in 'Mera Vichaar', have not yet been directed to step down from their respective posts, the PPA in a press statement said that the stoic silence maintained on the issue by "big-mouthed" Narendra Modi, who always talks of corruption-free India, has put the common public of Arunachal in a big dilemma.

"Although the PPA is a partner of the BJP under the North East Democratic Alliance, the party was left with no alternative but to raise the question due to the long silence maintained by the BJP High Command over the serious issue", the press statement read.

"Now the ball is in the court of the Narendra Modi Government. It is to be seen whether he will keep his pledge for fight against corruption made from the Red Fort in 2015," the party added.

Further, the PPA in its press statement claimed that Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Government Spokesperson and Parliamentary Secretary Pasang Dorjee Sona, whose names figured in Pul's 60-page note, were among the key politicians, who have thrived on corruption for their political existence, thereby taking the parasite of corruption deep down into various systems of governance in the state.




132 KV Aalo-Pasighat HT line likely to be commissioned soon: APSERC

PASIGHAT, Feb 25: The 132 KV Aalo-Pasighat High Tension (HT) line is likely to be commissioned soon, which will meet the power needs of the district, said Chairman of State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), Raghunath Prasad Singh.

Singh disclosed it during a consultative meeting with East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamio Tatak and the departmental engineers in the DC's office chamber on Friday.

Earlier, Singh, along with Secretary Rakesh Kumar, inspected the 132/33kv switchyard at Dura Korong on Friday after inspecting the HT line from Aalo to Pasighat.

Secretary Kumar briefed on Electricity Supply Code (ESC), Standard of Performance (SoP) and Consumer Grievances and Redressal Forum (CG&RF), and stressed for effective implementation of the same with the help of the district administration.

Deputy Commissioner Tatak said that illegal tapping of power from overhead electricity line is one of the main causes of power shortage, and said that stringent action must be taken against power theft.

Tatak urged the SERC for lower tariff for rural consumers so that poor families in interior villages can light up their houses.

SE (Power) Duyu Tacho urged the Commission to make the process for house electricity connection easier as majority of the villagers do not possess all the required documents. (DIPRO)




Nyokum celebration with a difference

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Over the years, Nyokum celebrations have turned into commercial venture with food stalls, housie, lottery and other business-related activities dominating the celebration.

Also, songs in Hindi and other languages can often be heard playing in the cultural competitions being organized for Nyokum celebration. In the midst of all this, the people of Tegdo Pachin at Naharlagun under the banner of Langtey-Lotey Nyokum Yullow Celebration Committee (LLNYCC) are setting a trend by celebrating Nyokum in its purest form.

Led by Tadar Mangku as Chairman and Ringu Gautam as Organizing Secretary, the LLNYCC is celebrating Nyokum on the bank of river Pachin by mostly encouraging young children to actively participate in the celebration and by following the age-old rituals.

The cultural night event started on Friday, and the enthusiastic participation of children in the celebration was amazing, with children as young as five years old taking part in the cultural competition. True to its motto, the organizing committee has banned all kinds of business activities like food stalls, etc.

"We have been celebrating like this for the past several years. We have not altered anything and have kept the celebration in its original form. Our aim is to let the young generation know how their ancestors celebrated this festival," shared the committee chairman.

The organizing committee has also issued strict instructions to all those participating in the cultural competition to only perform to Nyishi songs. On Friday, when a team taking part in the group dance competition performed to a song of some other language, the organizers immediately stopped them and advised the young participants to perform only to Nyishi songs.

"There are other occasions to dance to Bollywood, Hollywood and other songs, but at least on Nyokum we would like our people to sing and perform in Nyishi. Our culture and tradition is dying a slow death. Therefore, occasions like Nyokum should be used as a movement to preserve our dying Nyishi art and culture," shared Tadar Tarish, President of Arunachal Law Students Union and a native of Pachin.

As the rest of the Arunachal celebrates Nyokum in a pompous way, the people of Tegdo Pachin are showing the way to celebrate Nyokum in its truest form.




Ogs seek justice for late Katem Dai, candlelight march held

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PASIGHAT, Feb 25: Hundreds of people from all walks of life joined the peaceful candlelight march carried out from Daying Ering Memorial Government Higher Secondary School to Gandhi Chowk, main market, here in the home town of late Katem Dai on Friday.

Late Katem Dai reportedly died following an altercation with his college mate at Guwahati.

A one-minute silence was also observed to pay homage to the departed soul.

Adiland & Upright Peoples' Organization, President, Mongol Yomso, All Bogong Students' Union, President, Baku Tamin, AUPO East Siang President, Bapir Perme and ABK East Siang WW President, Yalem Taga Burang appealed to the concerned authorities in Assam and Arunachal to give justice to late Katem by giving punishment as per law of the land.

However, Yomso urged fellow beings of the Adi community not to give the situation a communal colour.

Burang termed the untimely demise of late Katem Dai a huge loss and said that alleged accused should be punished at any cost.

The Adi Mising Coordination Committee, Guwahati (students), JNC Students' Union, Nyishi students studying in JNC and Government Polytechnic College, besides Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang, All Bogong Students' Union (E), civil societies and traders also joined in the march.




Mind Your Language !

Flights Of Fantasy

Group Captain M Panging

VM (Retd)

What is your mobile number? My mobile number is Nine Por Tree Sik Zero Pipe Pipe Por Por Zero...this is how many of us will pronounce 9436055440.

Belonging to the Tibeto-Burman stock, most of the native people from North East India have typical vocabulary, intonation and pronunciation traits. These typical traits could be due to usage over hundreds of years and maybe some genetics also. There are many words and pronunciations typically used in this area only. Pronunciations/words like Ng..,Ngo.., Nyi..., é, í...are typical to this area. Names like Phongwasun Ngamgadam, Thangwagam Lowangading, Mewlai Tingakhatra etc appears as tongue twisters to other Indians....just as Chinnadorai Subramanian, Elangovan Namboodripad, Mulayilthara Sadasivan are tongue twisters to us.

Most mainlanders would pronounce the name Míbang as Meebang or Mibang...Émul would be pronounced as Eemul or Imul...Ména would be called Mina or Meena...Ngo would be pronounced as No...Donyi would be pronounced as Doni....Nyodu would be called Nodu...Nyago as Nago.

Likewise most natives cannot pronounce certain syllables and pronunciations. Think would be called Tink...Four would be called Por...Five would be called Pipe...Six would be called Sik...!! Hindi words like Accha would be called Assa...Bhindi would be called Bindi...Chhuri would be called Suri etc. There is difficulty in pronouncing words/syllables with requirement to roll the tongue with the upper mouth.

Then there is this Assamese connection with older names and words. a...is pronounced like an o....Arati or Aarti is Aroti...Anima is Onima...Bharati is Bharoti...etc. Roti is called Ruti...

There are typically words prevalent in North East due to usage....Bitter Gourd is called Kerala instead of Karela...Kerala is a State of India!!...Brinjal or Baygan is called Baygun...In entire East India, Samosa is called Singhara...Mungphali (Ground nuts) is called Badam...!

When the Hindi teacher taught “Ka Kha Ga Gha Nga....”...the native student repeated “Ka Ka Ga Ga Nga...”....the teacher scolded the student...however the issue was the student could not pronounce kha and gha.

With many students studying outside the region and with wide proliferation of Hindi movies and Hindi TV channels, pronunciation is improving. Occasionally one can hear native comperes/emcees and announcers using correct pronunciations of both English and Hindi languages. Otherwise listening to speeches in Hindi by our leaders are a hilarious experience.

With improvements in pronunciation, shopkeepers will not give you Bindi when you ask for Bhindi...and we will not be eating Kerala and Baygun.




Youths urged to think beyond the horizon of government jobs

DOIMUKH, Feb 24: Minister of Power, Textile and Handicraft and Industries, Tamiyo Taga appealed to the youths to think beyond the horizon of government jobs which are very limited and start exploring opportunities in other fields.

He was addressing the valedictory function of Arunachal Pradesh Seva Sangh (APSS) conducted Skill Development Programme on Tailoring and Embroidery and Computer Hardware at Doimukh on Friday last, which was sponsored by SJVN Hydro Electric Project.

The Minister said that the government is providing logistic support in the form of subsidies and other required assistance to unemployed youths through various schemes to encourage them to set up their own industries and other economic activities to become self reliant.

While encouraging the youths to opt for cottage industries, Taga further said that textile and handicrafts are only viable cottage industries with very limited market within the state, but it can also be developed further with application of creativity and variety in production so that it can the  fulfill need of the local market and outside as well.  

DC, Tai Kaye also stressed that mass awareness and wide publicity must be done regarding such skill development programme so that many unemployed youths can avail the opportunity. Doimukh SDO, Ibom Tao also spoke on the occasion.

APSS Chairman RT Tara, DG(C) SJVN, Rajesh Kumar Jagota, APSS Expert Member-cum- Course Director, Taba Takam and APSS Doimukh Working Chairman, Tana Heli also spoke on the occasion.

Later, tailoring machines were also given to all trainees by the Minister of Power, Textile and Handicraft and Industries and DC Tai Kaye. (DIPRO)




100 trained under skill development

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Altogether, 100 trainees drawn from different districts of the state were distributed certificates for different trades on completion of short-term skill development training on February 22 at Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College, Itanagar.

The programme, held under the aegis of Governor's Skill Development Training for Unemployed Youth was jointly conducted by the famed NGO GPTI and the Department of Skill Development, Itanagar.

In his key-note address, Director of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Subu Tabin while underscoring the importance of skill development for livelihood of the educated youth of the state, said that any skill development training would help in employment generation.

He asked the successful trainees to create awareness on various livelihood schemes available under the department of skill development to help the educated youth acquire skill in different trades that would help them in securing jobs both under government and also private establishments.

 IPR Deputy Director, Denhang Bosai said that the skilled and trained youth are assets to the society and the nation, adding that in the absence of any industry worth its name, the educated youth of the state were totally dependent on government jobs which are hard to come by.

He appealed to the youth to take up skill development training that would help them stand on their own feet. He also appreciated the Skill Development Department and the GPTI for making an honest effort to equip the educated youth through skill development training.

Chairperson of GPTI, Topu Basar Ete also lauded the Skill Development Department for empowering the youth through meaningful skill development trainings, and assured to impart quality training to the youth in order to make them worthy of jobs for their livelihood.

The trainees also shared their views and experiences.




Wildlife law enforcement workshop at Tippi Wildlife Range

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The three day Wildlife Law Enforcement Workshop for protected area managers from across north-east India commenced in Tippi Nature Interpretation Centre of Pakke Tiger Reserve on Saturday.

From Wildlife Conservation Trust, R K Singh, with 20 years of experience in this field, is the chief resource person of the workshop.

Over the course of the training, the trainees will also learn how to file complaints and prosecute offenders against wild life.

"This sort of training is very important for us in the north-east as very rarely do offenders get prosecuted and wildlife cases are not taken seriously in our state," said Divisional Forest Officer of Pakke Tiger Reserve, Tana Tapi.

The programme is being organized by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Pakke Tiger Reserve Forest Department.

IG of the National Tiger Conservation Authority D P Bankhwal also spoke on the need to organize such   trainings, while Range Forest Officer of Tippi Wildlife Range, Kime Rambia shared about the un-paralleled beauty and management of Pakke Tiger Reserve.

The 27 participants from across the North East are protected area managers from Nameri, Kaziranga and Manas Tiger Reserve, Biswanath Charali Forest Division in Assam, Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram and Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary, and the adjacent administrative areas, such as Khellong Forest Division and Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary from Arunachal.




WASE urges DC to ban gambling

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PASIGHAT, Feb 25: Terming playing carom in the form of gambling and hosting of DJ night parties illegal, the Women Against Social Evils (WASE) here have submitted a petition to the Deputy Commissioner of East Siang district recently seeking ban on these two activities.

WASE President, Omem Ering, who met DC, Tamiyo Tatak recently, strongly pleaded to the district administration to put a complete ban on carom gambling as well as DJ night parties.

Reasoning the ban on carom board gambling, the WASE said that youths and government employees are addicted to it. Government employees are also seen gambling and evading duties. The trend has spread to every village of the district which has become a menace today, it added.

In the case of DJ night parties, the WASE apprised the DC that excessive use and sales of IMFLs, prostitution and drug peddling also allegedly prevailed in these night parties.

Omem Ering and Joya Tasung Moyong also went on to say that gambling in any form is illegal and many affected mothers and parents have approached WASE to check carom gambling and DJ night parties.

Mirbuk village has voluntarily banned carom gambling by issuing an order by the village elders as the menace had started to adversely affect the lives of youths.

Meanwhile, the Pasighat DC has taken the suggestions and petition of the WASE seriously and has assured to initiate proper action.




Ride for Nyokum

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: With the festive mood of Nyokum gripping the citizens here in the state Capital, the members of Royal Arunachal Riders (RAR) too dipped into the festive fervour and took out a rally under the theme 'Ride for Nyokum,' on Saturday.

Initiated at the request of Secretary Tourism Dr Joram Beda to spread the news of the 50th Anniversary (Golden Jubilee Celebration) of Nyokum Yullo at Joram, the 23 Royal Enfield riding members of RAR took off from Akashdeep Market Complex in Itanagar and traversed through Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Yupia before returning to Itanagar to complete the promotion.

Earlier, the flag-off ceremony, which was done at the hands of Dr Beda, was also witnessed by Assistant Professor Lily R Jomoh.

This year marked the 50th year of the Nyokum Yullo celebrations in Joram- a picturesque village under Lower Subansiri district. Accordingly, the organisers have been attempting to showcase the variant cultures and traditions of the Nyishis during the Nyokum Yullo this year by elaborating the celebration to 16 days with full on traditional fervour and gaiety. And today's promotional ride by RAR members was part of the celebration which would see its closure tomorrow at Joram.




Mass awareness prog on biodiversity conservation held

Illegal hunting & fishing banned

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PASIGHAT, Feb 25: A mass awareness programme on biodiversity conservation was held at Doying Kumdang Hall, Mebo Sub-Divisional HQ, Romdum on Friday by the Adi Students' Union, in collaboration with Adi Baane Kebang, Mebo Block and sponsored by Divisional Forest Office, Pasighat under state CAMPA.

In his keynote address, ABK Mebo Block President Oling Ratan stressed on the need for conserving biodiversity for survival of mankind.   He also recited a self-composed poem on the role of human in conserving biodiversity.  Through his literary works, Ratan tried to make the people aware of massive destruction of the  natural resources out of greed.

Mebo RF Range Forest Officer, Obang Tayeng and Range Officer (HQ), Osar Gao spoke on afforestation and biodiversity conservation respectively, while state Wildlife Board Member, Maksam Tayeng spoke on wildlife protection, man-animal conflict and need to provide adequate compensation to farmers for crop raids.

Mebo ADC Yemling Tayeng appealed to the general public against wanton destruction of forest and wildlife, while ABKWW East Siang President Yalem Taga Burang also spoke on the urgent need of banning illegal hunting, river poisoning, dynamite fishing and electrocution fishing.

Meanwhile, a resolution was adopted in the awareness programme to stop illegal hunting and fishing by use of dynamite, chemical, inverter, generator, air gun etc.

In a separate message, DFO (T), Tabang Jamoh appealed to the people to plant more trees with the theme "each one plant one".




Governor, CM convey Nyokum Yullo greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P B Acharya and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have conveyed their warm greetings to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Nyokum Yullo.

The Governor expressed hope that the celebration will further strengthen the rich and vibrant traditions of the Nyishi community.

He further said that the traditional knowledge of ancestors should be respected and valued. The younger generations should take pride in it and festival is the time they learn the folk proverbs, folklores, folk songs and folk dances and the rituals from the priests to preserve their distinct socio-cultural identity. "These are the essence of our identity and modernization and access to internet should not wean us away from our inheritance", he emphasized.

The Chief Minister in his message said, "Despite our varied diversity, we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage. This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs while keeping intact our unity in diversity.

"I believe the Nyokum Yullo celebrations would prove a major catalyst towards achieving this goal. The festival would further the goal of achieving communal harmony and unity and would showcase the rich and varied traditional culture of the Nyishis, the largest community of the state" the message further read.




Refrain from hunting: Jambey Tashi

TAWANG, Feb 25: Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi has cautioned everyone to refrain from indulging in hunting activities.  

Taking strict note of the endangered species of red panda, musk deer and black necked crane in the area, Tashi, who is also RWD Parliamentary Secretary, said that everyone must restrain from hunting wild life.

He was speaking at a daylong event on Environment & Forest Awareness and Wildlife Sensitization, organized by the Department of Environment and Forest, Tawang at Zomkhang Hall on Saturday.

Expressing happiness and enthusiasm over the soon to be built Rhododendron Park in Tawang, he opined that it would not only add to the scenic beauty but also conserve various species that are on the verge of extinction.

With regard to the incidences of forest fire in the district, he asked the leaders to educate villagers about the damages caused to the environment.

Advocating for tree plantation by one and all, he also suggested for proper nurture and care of the planted saplings and assured to extend his cooperation to the department.

CCF, Western Arunachal Circle, R K Singh also dealt on the importance of forest and wildlife and the need for its conservation. Taking instances of manmade disasters, Singh urged all to start taking precautions to mitigate the damages caused to the environment.

He emphasised that development is needed but not at the cost of environment.

Tawang DFO Abdul Qayum also gave an overview of the current departmental works, including status of Green India Mission, restoration of wetlands, Nature Interpretation Park and modern nursery.

Cultural performance from Snow Lion troupe and skits displayed by school children also marked the occasion.

A detailed presentation on "Wildlife Presence and Conservation Effort" was given by WWF representative Lham Tsering.

The event also saw the release of Tawang Forest Newsletter and the launch of the Tawang Forest website.

Among others, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jambey Tsering, Brigadier M P Singh, HoDs, GBs, public leaders, PRI members, NGOs and public also attended the programme. (DIPRO)




Contractors urge govt learn lesson from Pul's note

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association (AACWA) in a press release said that the ruling BJP Government in the state should learn a lesson from the 60-page note left behind by former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul before he committed suicide.

Urging the government to be transparent in allocating fund for schemes under the State Annual Development Agenda (SADA), the AACWA alleged that most of the schemes in the last two years were approved for areas of individuals, who had good relationships with ministers and MLAs.

Further, the contractors' association urged the government to give priority to education, health road and employment generation in the coming budget.

The Association also urged the government to give priority to marketing horticultural products and bridge linkage between small scale farmers and multi-national companies for the economic benefit of local farmers.




Death mourned

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 25:  The All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) has deeply mourned the demise of former convener of All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU), Chera Nega who breathed his last on February 23 at Niba Hospital, Naharlagun after a brief illness.

Born in 1980 at Langruk Village under Leporiang Circle, Nega held various portfolios in school level and was the Convener of All Papum Pare District Students Union since 2013-17 and General Secretary of All Sagalee Students Union from 2009-2012.

Meanwhile, in its condolence message, the Union recalled Nega as a sincere and dedicated student leader who always worked for the interest of the student community of Papum Pare district in particular and society as a whole.

Terming his death as a great loss to the society, the Union further prayed to the almighty for the eternal peace of the departed soul.





Theatre workshop by NSD in Bhalukpong

BHALUKPONG, Feb 25: A month-long production oriented theatre workshop and training conducted by National School of Drama, New Delhi commenced here on Saturday.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Kumsi Sidisow inaugurated the workshop, which was attended by HoDs, PRI leaders of the area and members of Aka Elite Society.




DRDA employees ready for mass casual leave


ROING, Feb 25: After their six-day pen and tool down strike yielded no results, the DRDA employees are ready to go on a five-day mass casual leave from March 27.

The decision, however, was taken before the end of their first phase pen and tool down strike on February 24, sensing that nothing is going to happen in their favour.

Meanwhile, the DRDA employees of Lower Dibang Valley district have taken five days mass casual leave following directives from the state unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association.

The six-day pen and tool down strike by DRDA employees ended on Saturday, bearing no fruit.

The employees will launch their second phase pen and tool down strike for an indefinite period after the end of the mass casual leave, if their demands were not met.




BJP celebrates Vijay Utsav

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh unit celebrated the party's success in the Maharashtra and Odisha local body polls as Vijay Utsav (victory day) in presence of a large number of party leaders on Saturday.

BJP leaders, including state party President Tapir Gao expressed optimism that the electoral success in Maharashtra and Odisha would give the party's campaign in the other poll-bound states a greater momentum and instill confidence among party workers.




DCC meet

BASAR, Feb 25:  The extended executive body meeting of District Congress Committee and Block Congress Committee of West Siang district was held at Basar on February 15, wherein books containing INC party ideologies were distributed among the newly appointed District Congress Committee and Block Congress Committee office bearers.

The meeting, held under the chairmanship of DCC President Marpin Basar was attended by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and All India Mahila Congress General Secretary Jarjum Ete.




Career counseling prog conducted

LUMLA, Feb 25: A daylong career counseling programme was jointly conducted by JL Enterprise, in association with Employment Welfare Association at Lumla Higher Secondary School recently.

Besides the Lumla ADC and ZPM Lobsang Younten, the programme was attended by RGU Professors, Nani Bath and Otem Padung, PhD scholars and ATSU, Tawang Vice President, Lobsang Tsering, DRDH, Dr Lobsang Tempa and retired Deputy Director Agriculture, Thutan Chonjin.




Farmers trained on integrated farming system

NAMSAI, Feb 25: In all, 52 trainees along with Gaon Burahs, Chairperson, ASM of Manmow Tissuei, Pangkhao and Mankhow villages took part in a two-day long farmers' training programme on 'Integrated farming system' on Friday last.

The training was organized by Lohit KVK I/C Programme Coordinator, Dr Debasis Sasmal at Kheram, Manmow Tissuei of Namsai district under ICAR-NRC on Yak.

During the ATMA sponsored programme, Dr Sasmal encouraged the trainees to come forward and avail the benefits of KVK conducted trainings and demonstrations and develop model farms on integrated farming system.

Kheram ADO, Nang N Mannow explained in detail about the different activities of ATMA and their collaborative work with KVK, while SMS (Animal Science) Dr B K D Borah imparted training on poultry farming and its management.

SMS (Horticulture), Ph Chandramoni Singh also imparted training on rabi crop cultivation and gave demonstration on seed treatment of ginger, which would benefit the farmers in the coming season.

Fungicide, insecticide and plant hormones were also distributed to the farmers on the occasion.  




ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Radhe Kojing, who worked as lab assistant in Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun, passed away on February 23 last at Tomo Riba State Hospital.

A native of Tajang village in Lower Subansiri district, late Radhe Kojing is survived by his wife and two sons.

A condolence meeting was held at the school by observing two minutes silence on Saturday.