January  22


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WW-II cemetery in shambles


JAIRAMPUR, Jan 21: All the industrious initiatives and finances propounded in renovating the famous World War – II Cemetery located seven kilometers from Jairampur is propelling towards initial ruination as its metal gate remain open 24X7, elongating free accessibility to all the dubious infiltrators to ravage and litter the historic compound.

Tourism Department turning complete blind eyes upon WW-II Cemetery’s security and serenity as well as the local authorities being totally paralyzed and perplexed without any official decree or communication from the tourism department, the unkempt status of the cemetery is not only offending the martyrs in their grave but also garnering severe criticism from all quarters.

Meanwhile, the reprehensible episode has coerced Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong Sena who also happens to be the source behind its renovation to intervene. Thankfully, his timely intervention has come as a silver lining for the frowning authorities who were enduring the back lashes from the regional and national media as well as the visitors.

Proffering a concrete and noble solution to this embarrassing episode,  Sena invited the youths to come forward to shield it from the destructive invaders by taking the responsibility to safeguard it along with the other newly built tourism infrastructures. He reprimanded the local youths for expecting everything on a platter and reminded them humorously that except ‘air and ailment’ nothing comes for free in this world.  Therefore, to inherit success, hard way is the only option, he added.

Whether an APST or non-APST, opportunity will be equal for everyone and only the diligent endeavours will have my support, he said.

Furthermore, emphasizing on entrepreneurship, he encouraged the youths to take on the newly constructed tourism lodges at Tirit Nagar and Pangsau Pass on lease under recently introduced private public partnership policy.

Such undertaking of youths will not only improve the accommodation facilities but will also enhance the flow of tourist and to certain extend contain the unemployment, he divulged.  

Moreover, soon the region will gain the official status of tourist circuit and the opportunity it will bring along will be enormous, he added.

Retorting to the criticism, ADC M Roy cleared the cloud by revealing the verity about his inability to act without proper coordination and communication with authority concerned.

Roy assured all the support for the youths whoever will undertake the WW-II Cemetery and newly constructed tourism lodge and added that it will be a pioneering step that will inspire many other youth to follow suite.

Meanwhile, DFO JK Hippo and RK Mossang Memorial Society Secretary Arup Choudhory assured of designing the empty space and periphery of the WW-II cemetery into botanical garden including medicinal plants that will bring in some extra income to bear its maintenance expenditure.


Arunachal needs more modern equipped hospitals: CM

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 21:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said that Arunachal needs more hospitals with advanced facilities to fulfill the needs of common people.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 50 bedded new block of Niba Hospital in presence of local MLA Techi Kaso here today.  

Stressing the importance of better medical facilities in the state, the Chief Minister called upon the young entrepreneurs and medical professionals to open more hospitals in Capital and rest of the state. He said that such venture will not only generate self employment opportunities for youths but also help thousands of people who are unable to access health facilities. He added that establishing more hospitals with modern facilities would also save the unnecessary expenditure of common people that are forced to seek treatment outside the state.

Tuki further assured that his government would extend all possible assistance in establishing hospitals in the state.

Local MLA Techi Kaso said that with opening of new block of the hospital, people of Arunachal will be benefitted to a great extent.  Kaso hoped the hospital would offer better service to the people.  

Managing Director Niba Hospital Dr. Nirmali Taba and Medical Superintendent R. Kamdik also spoke on the occasion.

Niba Hospital was started on 21 December, 1999 with 10 beds and 14 staff. By 2009, it emerged as a multi-specialty hospital and is empaneled as a government recognized Hospital since March 2011.


YRF-2012 ends with positive notes

Gijum Tali

AALO, Jan 21: The five days long extravaganza offered by the Yomgo River Festival came to a glittering end with Brigadier 5 Mountain Brigade, Raj Pal Punia gracing the day as chief guest on January 20.

Terming Arunachal in general and West Siang in particular as one of the most beautiful, peaceful and tourist hotspot of the country, he said that the annual festival is not only a noble endeavour towards promotion and exposure of tourism potentials to the outside world but it gives us a common platform for better civil- army understanding and improvement of cordial relation to gain much needed strength.

5 Mountain Brigade is one of the oldest in the country and fought many a battle in the past with the cooperation of civilian populace and army will always come forward to assist all possible help whenever needed.  He also disclosed that army is adopting series of schools under Army Civic Action Programme to improve the infrastructure of the schools. He expressed his gratitude to the district administration and organizers for keeping in touch with the army right from beginning to end.

Kento Ete, former minister, appealed one and all to expose the positive aspects of celebrating the festival to make it more meaningful in the years to come.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak who has conducted the 5th and 6th edition of Yomgo River Festival successfully elaborated the motive behind the celebration.

Moki loyi, Event Manager, YRF-2012 expressed his gratitude to one and all involved in the successful conduct of the mega event.

The Dandiya and Bhangra dance by the army, fashion show, folk dance, traditional songs and dances presented by the local artists were part of the concluding ceremony.


Governor releases children’s book on folk heritage of Arunachal Pradesh in Malayalam

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh released a children’s book written in Malayalam on folk heritage of Arunachal Pradesh at Raj Bhavan here today.

Authored by Sathyanarayan Munda-yoor, Coordinator, Lohit Youth Library Movement, and illustrated by Indrim Boo, a professional artist from Tezu, now working in Delhi, the book titled ‘Arunachal Natoti-kathakal’ contains 14 stories from different tribal communities of the State. It is narrated in a reader-friendly way highlighting the eternal ethical and human values in the Arunachal society. It has a foreword by Sumangala, a renowned children’s writer in Malayalam and is published by Mathrubhumi, a very reputed publishing house of Kerala.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor expressed the hope that the book will reach out to the people in different parts of the country and facilitate them in knowing the rich culture assets of Arunachal Pradesh. The governor said that people like Sathyanarayan Mundayoor, who have dedicated their entire life in the service of the Arunachalee people, are saving the cultural heritage, traditions and arts for posterity.

He emphasized that all the folklores, moral stories and fables of every tribe should be translated into different indigenous dialects, including English and Hindi. He also congratulated the illustrator of the book for the realistic illustrations for the stories.

Earlier, introducing the book, Lower Subansiri deputy commission Nila Mohanan said that folktales are the soul and ethos of the community and the author has introduced the soul of Arunachal Pradesh to wider audiences. It will help other societies to know the rich tribal diversity of the State. It is Malayalee gift to people of Arunachal Pradesh, Mohanan added.

While expressing his view on the book, Mundayoor, who was conferred Arunachal Pradesh Governor’s Silver Medal for meritorious services to the youth in 2008 said that it is reading material for diverse people, which speaks of Arunachal Pradesh.

Thanking the Governor for releasing the book, the author said that it is an honour to a book for young people. He wished that it will encourage in bringing out many books by many authors.

Lisa Lomdok, Assistant Professor, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University said that this is the first ever book published in Malayalam, wholly on Arunachal culture and life, though a few articles and travelogues touching the state have appeared in Malayalam by different writers. Probably this is also the first book from Malayalis/ Keralites who have had the distinction of serving and living in the region since the NEFA days. It could also be the first book in Malayalam for children of age 10-14 years introducing them to Arunachal life.

Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof David Shymlieh, State Information Commission and Sahitya Akademi recipient YD Thongchi, Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Secretary Health Kaling Tayeng, APIDFC Managing Director Tony Koyu, Director Trade & Commerce and Vice President AP Literary Society Tokong Pertin, Higher and Technical Education Director Dr. Joram Begi, State Editor of Gazetteer Sokhep Kri, Executive Director of Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions, Cultures & Heritage (RIWATCH) Vijay Swami, RIWATCH Governing Body Member Tayum Tok and secretary of Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi Rajesh Kamalan among the hosts of literary personalities present on the occasion. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)


Fights between two factions of NSCN intensify

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 21:  Factional fights between Naga rebel groups have further scaled up in Tirap and Changlang district with latest such incident taking place between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) at Songking village, about 8 KM from Miao town in Changlang yesterday around 3 pm in the afternoon.

A police team along with Assam Rifles and CRPF jawans reached the spot in the evening. There was no report of any casualty or damage of public properties.

While talking to this journalist, Changlang district Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo confirmed the incident. “Our team has recovered some live cartridge from the spot during search operation and we are working on this case. The people of the district need not be scared of such incidence since police is there to protect them,” the SP said.

The factional clashes between two Naga rebel groups for supremacy in Tirap and Changlang district has been going on for past many years. The situation turned worst last year when many cadres of both the factions lost lives and public properties got damaged in the fights.

According to the highly placed source, the factional fights are intensifying in Tirap district to rein the supremacy.

“NSCN (K), which has strong-hold over Changlang district in recent year, has been trying to spread their influence in Tirap district too. This move is being strongly resisted by NSCN (IM). This is the reason why there is intense battle among them,” a state home ministry source said.

“Though Khole- Kitovi faction broke away from NCSN (K) last year, the SS Khaplang led (K) faction is still holding strong influence in Changlang. He monitors the entire situation from his base in Myanmar. The struggle for area dominance between IM & K factions of NSCN will continue till one of them takes absolute control of the area,” the source added.

Even though there is strong presence of security personnel comprising state police, paramilitary force and army in the two districts, the NSCN groups are having a free run.

“The security forces which include state police, Assam Rifle and CRPF have failed to act against NSCN.  The cadres of NSCN usually come from Myanmar. The Assam Rifles, whose duty is to guard the porous Indo-Myanmar border, have failed to stop infiltration of NSCN into Arunachal. They have set up bases in only those border areas which have road connectivity while rest of the areas have been totally neglected,” said a resident of Changlang.

“Though army has strong presence in the two districts, they cannot interfere. The insurgency problems are a state issue and therefore need to be tackled by the state police along with help of paramilitary forces. Indian army can only take action against NSCN if it is instructed by the Centre. The Arunachal and central govt have not approached us till now, therefore we are helpless,” said a source with Indian army.

The Arunachal government is well aware of the factional clashes going on in the two districts but has not taken any concrete steps for the safety of citizens.

“State govt has no courage to take on NSCN groups morally and physically. It is an open secret that all the political parties take help of Naga rebels for government formation in Itanagar. There is tacit understanding between Arunachalee politicians and NSCN,” informed a source.

He went on to add, “Only central government can do something on this issue. But they too are going easy. At present, they are working on formula to divide NSCN into many groups and let them fight among themselves.”

As all parties involved are running away from their responsibilities, the people of Tirap and Changlang are preparing themselves to face more such troubles in days to come.


Arunachalee student manhandled by RIMS authority’

ITANAGAR, Jan 21:  A post-graduate student of Arunachal Pradesh at RIMS, Imphal, was allegedly manhandled while electrical goods of students staying in hostel were confiscated by RIMS authority led by the Director yesterday without any valid reason.

In protest, PG Association of RIMS-Imphal has decided to go for indefinite cease-work strike until the Director apologizes for his unconstitutional act and gives assurance of providing proper and adequate basic amenities to the students of the institute.

According to a press statement by state representative of RIMSPG Association, a team of staff of RIMS-Imphal following  a direction of the director, RIMS, entered the rooms of the PG students without any prior information and confiscated electronic appliances such as room heater, immersion rod, refrigerator etc. Further, the director himself with security personnel and other male staff entered the PG Ladies Hostel and behaved rudely with the PG ladies students.

Later, when the students tried to discuss the matter with the director, they were allegedly warned of dire consequences by the director, if they resort to democratic means of protest.

Though the state government is regularly paying the house rent @ Rs 7000 each to students every month, the students have not been provided proper sanitary toilet, sufficient water and electricity, mess facility and security in the hostel, the press statement alleged.  It urged the Arunachal Pradesh government to take up the case with Manipur government and also with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for an amicable solution to the matter at the earliest.


Torgya Festival begins at Tawang

TAWANG, Jan 21: The three days long Torgya Festival began with recitation of religious texts and Monastic dances in the premises of Tawang Gonpa here today.

Amidst huge gathering, the Torgya (a pyramidal structure of about 10 feet tall made of flour) was carried out of the monastery in a procession of Lamas who dressed in warrior outfit and chanted war slogan. It was burnt outside the boundary wall of the monastery towards southern gate with full religious rites. This symbolizes destroying of all evil and destructive forces inflicting all living beings.

Earlier, the Torgya was placed before the deities in the main prayer hall of the monastery where the reverent Lamas performed religious rituals and also recited several religious texts. The monks dressed in colorful costumes and magnificent mask of deities and animals presented various monastic dances of specific meaning and significance at the courtyard of monastery on the occasion.

The religious ritual of Palden Lhamo, the main deity of Tawang monastery, was also performed today.

Tawang DC Kemo Lollen released a local audio album, ‘Lamag Kadrin’  which was produced by Buddhist Cultural Preservation Society to mark the occasion.

On January 22, the Abbot of the monastery will bestow Wang (blessings) to everyone present by touching their head and sprinkling holy water. The blessed Manribs pills and Rhungmas (sacred thread) shall also be distributed to all.

The recitation of religious texts and monastic dance will continue up to the third and final day of the festival.

This Monastic festival is celebrated at Tawang Monastery every year on the eleventh month of lunar calendar to expel evil forces and bring peace and prosperity to all living beings.

Torgya is a three day festival signifying the destruction of evil spirits and harmful forces. It seeks to promote prosperity and happiness amongst the people. This festival is believed to be celebrated to chase out the evil spirits and usher prosperity and happiness for people and crops.

During the festival a ritual monastic dances (wearing colourful mask) in magnificent traditional attires are performed in cham-lang-- the courtyard of the Tawang Monastery. A propitiation (Torgya) rite of Yamactaka Chak Khar Zur Gurpa is conducted and with this connotation the festival is called "Torgya".

Thousands of people throng the monastery during these three days in their best dresses, making the festival a carnival of colours.

The core event of the festival is Chham, a highly choreographed sacred  dance lasting for three days. A select group of monks dressed in magnificent robes and wearing masks representing various divinities and earthly characters perform Chham in the courtyard of Tawang monastery to the accompaniment of beating drum and cymbals, blowing of huge telescopic horns and clarinets.

In the afternoon of the first day, the Abbot and other monks consign the sacrificial cake to the fire outside the compound of the monastery. On the final day of the festival, a vase initiation is bestowed by the Abbot of the monastery to the people and after making offering and ablution rituals in the presence of Maitreya Buddha; the image is taken for a procession on the circumambulation path, while at the same time the giant sized brocade Thangka is displayed for public viewing.

Every third year, this festival is celebrated on a grander scale and is called "Dung-gyur". During Dung-gyur the monks conduct "Mani Dum Drub" ritual (10 Millions of Mani Mantra recitation). DIPRO


West Kameng  football team brings laurel to the distric

BOMDILA, Jan 21: West Kameng district Boys Football team created a sort of history by winning the Football trophy in the state level Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA) organized recently at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu. The team defeated Lower Subansiri by 1-0 to win the title.

In the overall championship, the district stood 8th with 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze in various PYKKA sporting events.

District Sports Officer (DSO) Karbia Dodum, who holds the dual charges of both West Kameng  and East Kameng appreciated the role of Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi  and relentless effort put in by Vice Principal L D Komu and sportsperson John Rabasow for promotion of games and sports in the district. Dodum exuded confidence that the district, with all its sports infrastructure and budding sports talents, would produce sportspersons of excellence in days to come. He said credit would definitely go to the PYKKA for promoting games and  sports in the rural areas and for tapping and grooming up budding sports talents.

Meanwhile, an 18-member football team of the district, led by District Sports Officer, left for Itanagar this morning to compete in the Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLFT) to be held from Jan 22 to  Feb 2. DIPRO.


RBAPF opposes inclusion of Adi land in ‘Lower Siang’


RUKSIN, Jan 21: The Adi people of East Siang district, including the members of Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples’ Forum (RBAPF) are firm on their stand to protect Adi land upto Sime river in Seren circle and would never allow their land to include in the proposed Lower Siang district at ‘any cost’.

The RBAPF, in a written communique to this daily, stated that they have been sternly opposing inclusion of Adi villages and land in the proposed Lower Siang district, which is supposed to include present Nari-Koyu assembly constituency of East Siang district.

“It has been observed that some Adi villages, namely Depi, Depi Moli. Detak under Nari circle and Sido and Korang under Koyu circles are supposed to be included in the proposed Lower Siang districts without consultation with the villagers or the people of East Siang” it said.

Gamoh informed that in the context of partition of Adi land, the people of Adi villages in Nari Koyu raised the issue in a meeting of the Adi Bane Kebang held at Depi village on April 27 last year and it was resolved in the meeting that the Simen river would remain as the boundary of Adi land at its lower part.

He alleged that the authority is forcibly trying to include the Adi villages of Nari-Koyu in the proposed Lower Siang district without proper negotiation with the local people.

Gamoh, who is also district president of Bharatiya Janata Party, criticized the Nari- Koyu MLA Tako Dabi for allegedly playing a crucial role regarding the new district creation issue.

“MLA Dabi, instead of his divisive attitude, should try to develop the area without any discrimination,” Gamoh stated in the communique.


SHGs training progs on micro-enterprise

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: The Support Centre Microfinance Vision, a unit of Essomi Foundation Trust conducted two micro-enterprise building training programmes for Self Help Groups (SHGs) at Tezu and Ziro on January 13 and 18 respectively.

A team of resource persons,  including Wangfyak Wangsu and support centre microfinance vision team imparted training to the SHG members. The SHG members were eager to know details about pickle, candle and chalk making from the ICDS of the districts.

H Kri, circle officer and  deputy director charge, Lohit, cited examples of Lizzat papad, of how it had a humble beginning. He also explained the grameen model adopted in Bangladesh which was started by Mohammed Younus, a noble laureate.

Wihong Tangha, CDPO, Tezu and Jaya Jawal, deputy director, Ziro asked her workers and the SHGs to come forward with their woes and constraints so that they can discuss and try to resolve it.

The support centre imparted book keeping training, such as maintenance of account books, attendance/minutes maintenance provided by NABARD, a partner in implementing the microfinance vision of the state. The programme was conducted for anganwadi workers and SHG members of  Hunli, Lower Dibang Valley and Ziro, Lower Subansiri and  organized by ICDS, Roing and Ziro respectively.


Talat Tamuk and Orin Lego felicitated for yeomen services

PASIGHAT, Jan 21: Talat Tamuk, the oldest man of Rani village and EAC Orin Lego were felicitated at a function in recognition to their yeoman services towards upliftment of society. The felicitation programme was organized by All Rani Students Union and government employees of Rani village.  

Born in 1916 at Renging, Tamuk later migrated to Rani village, Sille. He was promoted from Chaprasi to village-level-worker. Talat Tamuk was closely associated with the British officers and then Assistant Political Officer Lt. PLS James.  Tamuk served the people in various capacities like social worker and successful entrepreneur. He was the first HGB, who tendered resignation from the post in 2010.

East Siang DC Talem Tapok lauded the initiative of the students and employees in acknowledging the services rendered by Tamuk and Lego. This kind of act will be a morale booster for others, he said.  The people should share their knowledge and experiences for upliftment of the society, the DC said and exhorted the students to follow right path along with proper education to become worthy citizens of the state.

Local MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak urged all to rededicate themselves for a better society. Priority should be given to education and other curricular activities, he added.

The MLA while elaborating his efforts for all round development of the area, informed that  Rani Middle School will be upgraded to secondary school from the next session. The facilities in the Primary Health Center will be improved and the maintenance of road network is underway, he stated.

Tanon Tatak Assistant Commissioner, Tax and Exercise, presented brief reports on achievements of Talat Tamuk and EAC Orin Lego. DIPRO


Rebia  emphasises on civic sense, timely completion of TSC scheme

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Parliamentary Secretary, Planning, Nabam Rebia  appealed to the people of Kimin for  preservation and protection of  environment. Civic sense is essential for human development, he said, while asking the people not to pollute nature during picnic and other such outings.

He was addressing a huge gathering of Panchayat members, Govt officials and general public after launching of IEC component of TSC under Kimin circle at  MPCC building, Kimin today by the Papum Pare District Water and Sanitation Committee. Rebia further directed the PHE department to ensure timely implementation of the TSC scheme and create permanent assets that would serve the community well.

Er. JT Badal, EE PHED cum member secretary of  DWSC, Papum Pare, in his keynote address stressed on maintaining personal hygiene and requested the public to take full advantage of TSC programme. He stated that the launching ceremony of IEC component under TSC has been completed in all the administrative headquarters under Papum Pare district excepting Tarasso circle which is scheduled to be held on January 23. He directed NN Charitable Society, the NGO entrusted with IEC campaign in Papum Pare district to complete the preliminary round by March 31 so that the work of IHHL (Individual Household Latrine), school toilets, anganwadi toilets etc can be taken up in the next phase of the programme.

Bamang Yayu, ZPM, Kimin and Bamang Mangha, Ex-ZPM, Kimin expressed satisfaction over launching of the programme in Kimin.


Thongdok tours remote areas

ITANAGAR, Jan 21:  Er. T N Thongdok, Principal Advisor Cum Parliamentary Secretary, PWD visited his constituency to inspect the feasibility of Rs. 300 crore hydel project in Mukhuthing, Gorbow, Membachur and Dikshi area.  He was accompanied by heads of the department of West Kameng district.

Addressing the development meeting during his visit, Thongdok underscored the need for maintaining quality in any developmental works.


Demand for Lower Siang district

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: All West Siang Border Student Union (AWSBSU) appealed to the state Govt for creation of Lower Siang district with its headquarters at Likabali. Establishment of district headquarters at Likabali will help the administrative authorities to check and control all the problems being cropped up in entire foot hill areas, the union said.


Fuel adulteration alleged

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Alleging sale of adulterated fuel by a petrol depot at Rigo Aalo, West Siang, Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has demanded immediate closure of the depot till the case is cleared.

The vehicle of the ALSU team, in which they were travelling, broke down after they drove it few miles. The incident happened after the car was filled with petrol from the said depot, an ALSU release claimed.

It said that an FIR was lodged with Aalo police against the depot. Sample of the fuel was also collected for purity test by the investigating officer, it said.


Appeal to citizens

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: The city police today requested the citizens of Capital Complex having knowledge about movement of any suspicious persons carrying arms, ammunitions and explosive materials or which is otherwise suspicious to inform it to the police immediately. The citizens may  pass the information to SP Capital – 0360- 2211283, SDPO Itanagar – 94362-08679, SDPO Naharlagun – 94362-71941, OC PS Itanagar – 94360-68179, OC PS Naharlagun – 94366-37750 and OC PS Banderdewa – 94362- 57276.

The identity of the informant will be kept confidential. In case of reliable information, the person concerned will also be suitably rewarded, said capital SP Alok Kumar in a release today.


ALSU demands for early creation of posts

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU), in a memorandum, has urged the Chief Minister to create posts of faculty and ministerial staff for Govt. Law College, Jote off Itanagar within the coming academic year.

While describing the need of human resources in the area of legal jurisprudence, ALSU said early start of the law college would benefit, specially the poor parents who are sending their wards outside the state for pursuing education in law.

The union urged the state government to prepare a DPR for infrastructure development of the law college and submit it to the Centre for necessary fund.

Other demands of the memorandum included, establishment of central jail, juvenile court/home/ board, opening of session court, codification of customary law, and separation of judiciary from executive.

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