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
"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
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.
Nyokum celebration with a difference
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Over the years, Nyokum celebrations have turned into commercial
venture with food stalls, housie, lottery and other business-related activities dominating
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
The six-day pen and tool down strike by DRDA employees ended on Saturday, bearing
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.