ITANAGAR, Dec 31: As a part of the monitoring and evaluation of the TSP programme
of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar, a team
comprising A Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy) and Dr. Anupchandra, Scientist (Entomology)
visited Sonam Basar’s field near the camp of 23rd Bn. ITBP, Basar.
The team monitored the potato field and evaluated the conditions of the crop which
was found satisfactory and no symptoms of damage by any insects and diseases were
found in the field. However, the team advised the farmer to give life saving irrigation
as the field is found moisture deficient and no sign of rainfall is there according
to the forecast by the Agromet Advisory Services, ICAR Basar.
Ziro Govt HSS win champion trophy in CATC
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Ziro, for the third time, bagged the overall
champion Trophy in the Combine Annual Training Camp (CATC) held at Hanshara, North
Lakhimpur, Assam from December 21 to 30.
Drill, Firing competitions and various cultural events were organized during the
10 days camp.
Col. Sunil A. Patil, Commanding Officer, 1st AP Bn NCC, Naharlagun and J. Patil distributed
prizes to the winner cadets on the valedictory function.
Best Cadets in SD category was awarded to Under Officer Panjang Abo of Dera Natung
Govt. College, Itanagar while the Best Cadets in SW category was awarded to Under
Officer Donik Yasum of the same college. Best Cadets in JD category was awarded to
Sergent Tana Kamin of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Doimukh and Best Cadets in JW category
was awarded to Sergent Anamika Dey of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Itanagar.
Delhi gang-rape: Peaceful protests continue
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Public anger continues against Delhi gang rape with thousands of
protestors across the nation are paying homage to the 23-year-old brave Delhi gang-rape
victim, who was cremated at New Delhi on Sunday morning.
The victim, who was gang-raped on Dec 16 in a moving bus was quietly cremated Sunday
morning after her body was flown in from Singapore, where she succumbed to her injuries
in a hospital.
According to agency report thousands of protestors continued their peaceful protests
throughout the night till morning braving extreme weather conditions at the Jantar
Mantar in central Delhi. They are demanding justice for brave woman.
At Banderdewa, the gate way of Arunachal Pradesh capital, hundreds of people including
businessmen under the banner of All Banderdewa Circle Anti-Corruption Youth Forum
(ABCACYF) organized Candle-light vigil to pay homage to the brave woman on Sunday
evening. The Forum also demanded stringent punishment to the rapists.
Ziro–II Anticorruption Youth Forum (ZAYF) also took out a candle light march from
Ganga to Congress Bhawan, Itanagar today in solidarity with the victims of Delhi
gang rape and her families. The Forum demanded exemplary punishment to the rapists.
The Forum also demanded stringent punishment like life imprisonment or capital
punishment to the rapists and murderers of Class XII Yazali student Ralo Rini. The
authorities must enact and enforce strict legislation to ensure safety and security
of the women in the state and the country as a whole, it said.
Arunachal celebrates Indigenous Faith Day
Shoulder responsibility, preserve rich culture: Tuki
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: “If we lose our identity, we won’t exist,” said Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki addressing believers of indigenous faiths here at Nyokum Lapang on occasion
of Indigenous Faiths Day celebrations.
Calling upon the elders, particularly parents to take the responsibility to enthuse
pride in youngsters of their rich culture, the Chief Minister cautioned that shirking
away from the onerous responsibility may one day result in complete lose of the rich
culture of indigenous tribes of the state.
He expressed concern that traditional and moral values were diminishing day by day
in the youths of today and therefore said that elders of the indigenous communities
have to teach their youngsters of these.
Taking the example of the gang-rape in New Delhi that is still rocking the nation,
Tuki said such crimes are a result of strayed youths who have lost all moral values.
“Let a clear message against all sort of crime against women go from this platform,”
Tuki reiterated his commitment that any type of crime against women in Arunachal
Pradesh will not be tolerated.
“It is upon us – the parents – to ensure that crimes against women never happen.
We have to teach our children from the very early age to respect women and treat
them as equal. If any such dastardly thing happens, it is only us to be blamed,”
Lauding the Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) for
its endeavor to preserve and propagate indigenous faiths, the Chief Minister assured
all possible assistance from the Government. He cited several projects sanctioned
during his numerous visits to the districts and rural areas to assist indigenous
communities to flourish and prosper.
On information that IFCSAP was facing difficulties in functioning due to lack of
resources, the Chief Minister assured to enhance the Corpus Fund of Rs 5 crore to
Rs 10 crore during next financial year.
Meanwhile, on a personal suggestion from the Chief Minister IFCSAP President and
noted writer Y D Thongchi announced that from next year the Indigenous Faiths Day
would be celebrated across the state on December 1 commemorating the birth anniversary
of Late Talom Rukbo, pioneer of the Indigenous Faith movement.
The celebration was also attended by R K Mission Hospital Secretary Swami Vishweshananda
Maharaj, Parliamentary Secretaries Nabam Rebia (Planning) and Gadam Ete (Home), Chairman
State Pollution Control Board Tani Loffa and several luminaries of the Indigenous
Amongst the various cultural programmes, a mega dance by 250 girls representing at
least 11 major tribes of the state was the main attraction of the day.
Pasighat, the epicenter of the indigenous faith movement of the state also celebrated
‘Indigenous Faith Day’ (Donyi-Polo Day) today with joy and traditional gaiety. The
believers including old and young in large numbers thronged the Gangging sites since
morning and observed rituals, community prayers, participated in traditional songs
and dances, cultural tableaus and community feasts. They paid floral tributes on
the occasion to the portrait of Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo, the pioneer of the indigenous
faith movement of the state.
Among the eminent personalities, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering,
State’s Education Minister Bosiram Siram, East Siang Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra,
Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang President Tabi Jerang, General Secretary Tajom Tasung and
local leader Kaling Moyong greeted people on the auspicious occasion and urged them
not to forget their cultural roots.
While appreciating the indigenous societies for dedicating their time and energy,
they called for preservation of the rich culture and traditions stating that the
people across the globe were looking forward to explore Donyi-Poloism, of which truthfulness
is the basic essence. They prayed for peace and prosperity and appealed to uphold
the spirit of secularism in their messages.
In tandem with rest of Arunachal, the indigenous faith day was celebrated in a befitting
manner with a mammoth participation by the indigenous believers residing in every
nook and corner of the Bordumsa Sub-Division. To mark the auspicious occasion a bike/car
rally misted with indigenous flags was carried out from Wagon Ponthai village to
entire Bordumsa town and culminated at General Ground, Bordumsa. About 500 Bikers/
Cars participated in the rally shouting slogans etc.
Later, a mass public meeting was held in Bordumsa General Ground where pledge were
administered to the participants to uplift, protect, promote and preserve faith,
heritage, culture and tradition of the indigenous believers.
Donyi-Polo Day was observed in befitting manner by the Police Jawans at Chimpu 1st
The Donyi-Polo day was also celebrated at Donyi-Polo Gangging, Itanagar with pomp
and gaiety today. The celebration begins with the unfurling of Gangging flag by
its president Er Anong Perme in presence of large number of believers of Donyi-Poloism
including ABK president Kangir Jamoh and senior Govt officers and officials.
The main attraction of the celebration was the various sports events for the school
children organized by the Aji Nilung Tungko (ANT), a forum dedicated for the promotion
of spiritualism, education and extra-curricular activities among the children.
In musical chair competition, Kumari Minam Gamoh and Gugul Perme won the 1st and
2nd prize respectively in junior girls category. In senior girls category of Musical
chair competition Kumari Airemi Ketan and Kumari Rupa Rai won the 1st and 2nd prize
Other sports events and prize winners are : Mitan Goi, 1st prize and Badong Lego,
2nd prize in Sweet Race boys category, Batem Lego, 1st prize and Badong Lego, 2nd
prize in frog jump boys category. The prizes were distributed by Kangir Jamoh and
Army fights deadly forest fire at Bomdila
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The deadly forest fire near civilian helipad, New Bomdila was brought
under control and prevented from further spreading by local army units.
Army columns were pressed into service to fight the deadly forest fire on request
of West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi.
The forest fire had started spreading wildly and had reached the outskirts of New
Bomdila, posing a serious threat to the life and property of the villagers.
Fire fighting parties from the local Army unit immediately swung into action. The
intense heat and smoke generated by the forest fire made it extremely difficult and
dangerous to venture anywhere close. However, with complete disregard to personal
safety, the army soldiers battled the roaring flames and decided to create a fire
lane along a Nala. This presence of mind and timely action brought the fire under
The quick and timely action of the troop made a deep impression on the hearts and
minds of local populace and has been highly praised by the local administration,
stated an army release.
Year 2012: a blot in the history of Arunachal media
Every passing year has its own trail of history, both good and bad. It’s a universal
truth. When the good side of the history is cherished forever and the bad side is
forgotten. I drew this conclusion even before start writing this article amidst euphoric
atmosphere on the eve of New Year.
The year 2012, forget about Mayan failed Doomsday prediction, is a year to be remembered
for bitter experience particularly for media fraternity. Keeping in view the esteemed
readers’ enthusiasm for embracing a new year 2013, let me first start with good side
of our history unfolded over this year. Since in my article I basically focus on
media, the recap would be also largely on media.
Amidst anger and frustration among the media persons after brazen assassination attempt
on senior journalist of this daily, a new media cub, The Arunachal Pioneer” was born
on August 22 which was welcomed by media fraternity. Now the number of local daily
increases to seven with the launching of the new daily. It’s not toothless cub, rather
has fang of ability to strike with truth as justified by its tag line “freedom of
The Laadli Media Award 2011-12 for Gender Sensitivity Eastern Region to Tongam Rina,
associate editor of this daily, by ‘Population First’, a Kolkata based NGO in November
last in recognition of her voices of political and development analysis, largely
through her popular column Ring Side View and featuring of Eastern Sentinel CEO Jarpum
Gamlin among 37 Indians of Tomorrow by country’s leading magazine India Today in
its December edition have brought at least a smile for Arunachal media fraternity.
The 30th years or tri-decadal celebration of Arunachal Press Club(APC) and its subsequent
media out-reach programme and Photo exhibition jointly organized by APC and APUWJ
in collaboration with Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation in mid November
inscribed a indelible mark in history of Arunachal media which would be cherished
fondly for years to come.
The state has reason to smile when we glanced over achievement of sportspersons.
We can conclude here that Arunachal gradually finds her place in Indian sports map,
particularly in Karate and Weightlifting. Tam Tapak and Nobin P Jomoh with their
consistent performance held the state high. Tam Tapak bagged gold in 25th All India
Karate Federation Championship in Delhi and later was selected to represent India
in World Karate Federation Championship in Paris, France but he could not participate
to passport delay.
Nobin P Jomoh is a national Sotokan Karate Champion and he bagged gold medals in
International Karate Championship held in Delhi recently. In Weightlifting Sambo
Lapung and Jimjang Deru have mesmerized the whole state after breaking the national
records at 8th Youth National Weightlifting Championship held at Nehru Stadium New
Delhi in early December. Deru broke 7 years record of Suken Dey set in 2005 in 50
Kg category and Sambo broke the national record in 69 kg weight category by lifting
117 Kg clean and jerk 146 kg in total 258 kg.
The North East Youth Festival 2012 and Krishi Expo and Kishan Mela will remain in
the heart of Arunachalee people as fond memory. In the heritage front, we are proud
after Ziro and Talley Valley shortlisted for inclusion of UNESCO World heritage site.
However even after series of good events, some bad incidents overshadowed the whole
show. We, the media persons, will always find it difficult to forget some bitter
incidents, particularly after April 15 incident when the office of this daily was
ransacked. There is a nagging fear among media fraternity after associate editor
Tongam Rina was shot at on July 15.
When the press persons are yet to overcome the shock, machine men of this daily and
Associate Editor Ranjit Sinha were also beaten up in September and November last.
The tremor was not only felt by this daily rather Echo of Arunachal went through
the similar phase and its associate editor Tapan Kumar Das was beaten up.
In fact, the year 2012 left media fraternity in a quandary with no joy in heart.
When the people are embracing a new year, it would be 169 days that the culprits
involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor are at large.
Media in Arunachal is more or less become forbidden apple for media students, particularly
for the current working journalists in state, most of them found themselves in a
situation where they could neither swallow it nor spit it out.
However, the spirit among journalists is still high to serve the state and its people
and to become voice of the voiceless. With the beginning of New Year and new challenges,
it is as resilient as ever before. Someone should tell that media in Arunachal is
no longer a dead horse, which can be flogged any passer by, rather this horse (media)
is alive and it can kick back too.
Let’s bygones be bygones, hope best for future... is the New Year resolution for
CM assures ‘people-friendly’ governance
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated his commitment of a “People’s
Government” this New Year and sought the cooperation of people to achieve this.
“I assure the people, who are in fact the foundation of the Government, a transparent,
corruption-free and people friendly governance. To achieve this, I would need the
cooperation, love and confidence of the people,” Tuki said in his message on the
eve of New Year.
“Let us forget avoidable memories of the past and welcome the New Year with a new
spirit. Let us commit ourselves to peace and development. Let us promise to work
together for prosperity of every individual, community and region of our state. Let
this New Year be continuation of the new chapter in the history of Arunachal Pradesh”.
“It’s been a little over one year since I took over the reigns of our state. In this
one year, I visited almost all corners of the state and sowed the seeds of development.
There were many pragmatic policy decisions taken and projects launched. The fruits
of these decisions and projects may not be visible immediately but let me assure
you, the base of a bright future for our state has been laid”.
Governor extends new year greetings
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General (Retd) J.J. Singh has conveyed
warm greetings and good wishes to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the joyous occasion
of the New Year and wished for a happy and prosperous 2013.
In his message, the Governor said that the year 2012 was an important phase in the
development era of the State. It was the year when the efforts of the State Government
started showing tangible results in several fields. Final touches were given to major
developmental projects under Prime Minister’s economic package. The State clocked
an overall growth rate of 9.4% during the 11th Five Year Plan, which is considerably
higher than the national growth rate recorded during this period. Appropriately ranked
as the 4th best tourist region in the world for the year 2012 by renowned travel
magazine ‘Lonely Planet’, Arunachal Pradesh registered a record rise in tourist inflow
during the year. The year also saw the completion of the first successful year of
the pro-people and development oriented State Government led by Chief Minister Nabam
The Governor said that today, the people stand at the critical juncture of entering
the 12th Five Year Plan Period. The dawn of the New Year ushers in new hopes and
expectations. Many of these aspirations will be realized in the coming year. This
year, the people of the State will have a new state-of-art secretariat building and
their first railway link. Residents of Itanagar will get potable round-the-clock
water with the completion of Itanagar Water Supply project. The Itanagar-Hollongi
four-lane highway, 1657 km two-lane Trans Arunachal Highway and 805 km two-lane roads
connecting all district headquarters will be reaching advanced levels of implementation.
While expressing proud on the achievements of the youth, the Governor said that the
year 2012 was also the year of our youth. The sports-persons brought laurels for
the State in many national and international events. An expedition team successfully
scaled the 6488 meters high Mount Gorichen – the second highest peak of Arunachal
The Governor also expressed pain on the bandh-calls in the State capital and attacks
on the fourth pillar of democracy but added that showing utmost maturity, the people
of the State overcame the challenges and moved ahead.
Reflecting his feeling towards the ghastly Delhi incident, the Governor assured the
people of the State that the Government will take all steps to ensure that the female
gender in Arunachal are provided an atmosphere of safety and security. He requested
all to join hands together in ensuring that the nation doesn’t have to witness such
an incident ever again, while calling for the support and cooperation of all citizens.
Stating that the commencement of the New Year also reminds all to renew their pledge
towards working for the well-being of all, the Governor urged upon all to strive
forward with optimism and rise above differences and challenges to realize their
dreams. Let us give shape to our aspirations and make Arunachal Pradesh a vibrant,
prosperous and the ‘happiest’ State of India, General Singh appealed. PRO to Raj
Gandhian saint Bhaiji lays foundation stone of 1st Gandhi Ashram in Arunachal
MAHADEVPUR, Dec 31: While local inhabitants Deori were getting ready to bid goodbye
to 2012, a new ray of hope dawned in this village in Lohit district with Gandhian
saint Dr S N Subba Rao laying foundation stone of the first Gandhi Ashram in Arunachal
Addressing the villagers who with all humility waited for four hours, Dr Rao, a living
legend, said that Mahatma Gandhi had launched the khadi movement against the machine-made
British clothes as part of his swadeshi movement which ultimately ended the British
Raj in India.
Khadi intended to weave lakhs of Indians through the thread of love and charkha against
the British Raj by providing employment to thousands of rural weavers who had lost
their bread and butter with industrialization taking deep root to enrich British
Wishing success of the Ashram, Bhaiji called upon the villagers to imbibe community
spirit for the development of the area and contribute towards nation building. He
lauded state KVIC state incharge A P Chobin and Arunachal Gandhi Ashram president
Hari Pado Biswas for their untiring efforts to spread Gandhi movement in the remote
state to benefit the masses and hoped that the Ashram would be a model in the state.
Chobin, in his address, said that the Ashram, first in his tenure was the product
of two-year hard work jointly made by him and Biswas. The scheme would generate employment
for the locals most of whom are skilled weavers. Their enthusiasm during the preliminary
survey provided the real encouragement; he said and wished that the project would
turn out to be real Gandhi Ashram with the same spirit of the village with a population
of over 1,000 of the total 30,000 population of Lekang circle, represented by PWD,
Finance & Planning Minister Chowna Mein.
Pointing out the Ashram is one of the projects of Khadi & Village Industries Commission,
he assured to bring more such schemes for the state.
Biswas, the brain behind the Ashram, hoped that the villagers would stand together
to ensure success of the central-sponsored scheme. Unity, employment and spreading
Gandhi’s ideology would be spirit of the ashram.
Earlier, senior citizen M L Deori said such innovative development project at the
right place and right time would herald a new vista of hope for the people of Mahadevpur.
It is a great step towards Gandhi’s Ram Rajya, he added.
Governor calls on Union ministers
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh met Union
Defence Minister A K Antony in New Delhi today and discussed on various issues related
to the State.
Road communication and early setting up of the National Institute of Mountaineering
& Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in West Kameng district were discussed in detail.
The Governor, who is on an official tour of New Delhi, also met the Union Minister
of Health and Family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi on December 29. In the
meeting, they had a discussion on health related issues of the Frontier State.
At the request of the Governor, the Union Minister assured to send teams from Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare to check problems like oral cancer, diabetes, breast
cancer amongst women and other health problems in Arunachal Pradesh.
To have on-the- spot knowledge of the State related to health issues, the Union Minister
of Health and Family Welfare is also planning to visit the State in the coming months
of January and February. PRO to Governor
The body of the Delhi Gang rape victim was cremated but the protest against violence
on women continues across the country. Reportedly many organizations/ establishments
and Govt agencies decided not to celebrate the new year as the tragic death of 23-year
old girl had left the people sad.
President Pranab Mukherjee in his New Year message said that the new year 2013 should
be dedicated for improving security and welfare of women in the country and addressing
the mindset which is at the root of such incidents. "We mark the advent of the New
Year under a pall of gloom, as the nation mourns the tragic loss of a brave young
girl who became the victim of a heinous crime," he said.
Even the Armed Forces called off their Year's Eve parties while Congress President
Sonia Gandhi decided to shun celebrations as the country is set to usher in 2013
in a sombre mood.
The Army has issued advisories to all formations that they should not organise new
According to data New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India's major
cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours. The Rape cases reportedly
rose by nearly 17% between 2007 and 2011.
According to the NCRB statistics 2010, there has been a 4.8% increase in crime against
women as compared to 2009. 22,172 cases of rape were recorded in 2010. 8.9% of the
total victims of Rape were girls under 14 years of age, while 16.1% were teenaged
girls (14-18 years) and 57.4% were women in the age-group 18-30 years.
In Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in recent past admitted that crime
against women in the state has been on the rise.
According to Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women sixty cases of rape and
160 cases of crime against women were reported in Arunachal Pradesh last year.
As Congress president Sonia Gandhi has already said that “the nation's beloved
daughter will get justice and her fight will not go in vain,” we express our hope
that the people will continue their fight for justice to the all the oppressed women
of the country.
Let us strengthen our resolve to fight for the safety and protection of all women
of the country.