January 21


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Discourage ‘barbaric’ activities: KWS

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  The  Khya Welfare Society (KWS) in a representation addressed to All Nyishi Students Union vice president  alleged that the ANSU president had attacked one Rajiv Tari (Khya)  and damaged house-hold properties without any reason on  January  9 evening.

While condemning the ‘criminal behavior and misconduct’ of a responsible person, the  KWS appealed to the ANSU executive members and various organizations to discourage the ‘willful and barbaric activities’ of ANSU  president, who, according to the Society,  has undermined the dignity of  a Apex student body of  the  community and  misused the  office of the Union.


Badminton championship

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Following are the results of first day’s play in the first ever district level badminton championship of West Siang district, which began yesterday.

The results:

Under -13 (Double): Toni Bam and Goni Bam beat Moji Ete and Tunu Doley (21-16, 22-20), Kirto Nyorak and Mie Nyodu beat Dagmik Riba and Goken Basar (21-16,21-18).

Under 15 (Double): John Bam and Degam Yongam beat Lukjum Lombi and Jungi Lama (21-6, 21-8), Gumken Riram and Kunjal Roy beat K. Nyorak and M. Nyodu (21-14,15-21, 21-15).

Men’s Open category: Tajen Kamum and Kargo Basar beat Margo Nyodu and Pasang Lama  (21-9, 24-22), Domo Ete and Bekir Nyorak beat Toi Basar and Dungu Saikia  (21-17, 21-12), Tape Kaye and Kenjom Ete beat Jumjar Nyodu and Jumkar Lomi (21-18, 21-8), Karmo Riram and Tomar Ango beat Karbom Riram and Tanu Tashing  (21-10, 21-8).


GSU  proposes a series of agitation

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has proposed a series of democratic movement following state Government’s failure to redress various grievances of the union, including the demand for immediate arrest of co-accused in Goto Yudik murder case.

In a letter addressed to deputy commissioners of West Siang, Upper Subansiri and East Siang, GSU announced 24 hour bandh in Galo dominated areas on January 22 from 5 am followed by peaceful procession from Old Market to General Ground, Aalo on January 23 from 10 am to 11am to register its protest against Govt’s inept handling of the case.

The Union further threatened 48 hours bandh from January 24 from 5 am to 5 am of January 26, if the demands were not met.

GSU set an ultimatum to the authority for fulfilling its demands which expires tomorrow.

While urging the Government not to politicize the issue, which will “only worsen the situation further,” GSU demanded proper and thorough investigation into the case.


Public rally on traffic rules


PASIGHAT, Jan 20: With a view to make the people aware on the road safety rules, the East Siang unit of Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU ) is organizing a mass awareness rally at Pasighat on January 23 next, informed the chief adviser of AdiSU, Ungkung Regon.

The road accident cases in and around Pasighat is on increasing trend and it is due to ignorance of the road safety rules and violations of traffic rules. Consumption of alcohol and other narcotics and psychotropic substances by the youths is another major cause of the accident.

The police launched drive against the reckless driving but it failed to check the traffic violators due to lack of pubic cooperation.

The day-long awareness meeting will be addressed by eminent citizens of the area, where police officers (traffic) and enforcement personnel are invited to explain about the road safety rules. Various student unions of the area and woman wing of Adi Bane Kebang would take active part in the awareness rally.


ANYA LS unit resents

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  The sub-divisional agriculture office under Raga circle in Lower Subansiri district has been laying functionless as there are no official and staff in the office for last two years,  said All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Lower Subansiri district unit in a release today.  Informing that an ANYA LS team has  come across the  defunct condition of the SDAO during its visit to Raga area on Jan 16 last, the  ANYA district unit said  even the  DAO, Ziro and ADC Raga could not  give a acceptable clarification.

The Raga MLA is also equally responsible for present condition of the  SDAO, the  ANYA LS unit said and appealed to the state Govt to look into the matter seriously.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  Around 200 volunteers including students under the banner of Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare  Association have conducted a social service at Dobam Village, Karsingsa today.

During the social service,  the volunteers cleared the jungles in and around the football ground with the help of a JCB.    


Students used for VIP reception, alleges BJP


PASIGHAT, Jan 20: The East Siang district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed Congress party leaders of Pasighat for using student communities for reception during arrival of the state’s Chief Minister and other VIPs in the area. President of district unit of BJP Denniel Mibang, in a statement alleged that young school children were used for reception of the chief minister atleast in three occasions. He stated“We are not against any development initiative by the chief minister or establishment of a university in the area, but we never support unnecessary harassment meted out to the student community in the name of rehearsal for his reception”.

The chief minister visited Pasighat three times so far and the student communities were reportedly used for his reception in every occasion.

In another statement, the BJP president criticized the state government for its alleged willful negligence in solving perennial power problem of century-old Pasighat town. He alleged that, showing utter irresponsibility towards the people, the government functionaries are equating the power supply problem with controversial big-dam (hydropower) projects. He clarified that construction of mega dam is a different issue and it should not be compared with the current power problem.


PPA working committee formed

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) in its Conference of People's Assembly (General Body Meeting) has amended the Party Constitution and created the Apex decision making body for the party, namely PPA Working Committee. Kamen Ringu has been elected as its Chairman in addition to his post of party President. The Assembly also elected Nik Kamin as the Party's Working President.  While accepting the responsibility of the Party as the working President, Kamin assured the party to work dedicatedly for the sake of regional interest and take PPA to a new height.


Forum calls for immediate

separation of judiciary from executive

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Human Right, Juvenile Justice & Anti-corruption Forum has reiterated its demands for immediate separation of Judiciary from Executive in the state.

The Union Law ministry had assured to extend financial help to north-eastern states, particularly Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh to strengthen the judicial system, the Forum  said  and added that almost all the  North Eastern states  have independent judiciary except Arunachal Pradesh.

Stressing the need of codification of customary laws of the state, the Forum said the separation of judiciary from executive is required for prompt delivery of judicial service and speedy trial of all the pending cases. The lawlessness followed by criminal activities will increase manifold if the judiciary is not given independent power to  deliver justice,  the Forum said.

Expressing concern over repeated attack on media persons and increasing number of criminal activities like rape and murder in the  state, the  Forum   expressed its resentment that no one has been arrested till  date in connection with the Tongam Rina attack case.  Pointing out the increasing number of law graduates in the state, the Forum also urged the  Govt to make all out efforts for creation of employment opportunities for law graduates.


APYC rejoices

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) has welcomed the elevation of Rahul Gandhi from General Secretary to Vice President of All India Congress Committee by Congress Working Committee (CWC).

It was a long cherished dream of the youths of the country that Rahulji be given bigger responsibilities, APYC said in a release. With this decision of the CWC, more and more youths of the country would join Congress party, especially in the Youth Congress and NSUI.

This formal announcement in AICC “Chintan Shivir” at Jaipur, Rajasthan, giving Rahulji a new role in the party has infused more energy in the party workers across the country,” the release said.

Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Tadar Niglar also delivered a lecture on importance of Youth in present political scenario, Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh and staple Visa issues in the AICC’s Chintan Shivir.

“The major chunk of the Indian populations is belonging to Youths and active involvement of youths in politics is need of the hour,” Niglar said. He also urged the central leadership to take the issue of China’ repeated claim over Arunachal Pradesh seriously by keeping in mind the sentiments and feelings of Arunachalees.





189 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Governor inaugurates Pangsau Pass Winter Festival

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh inaugurated the fifth edition of Pangsau Pass Winter Festival at Nampong, near Jairampur in Changlang district today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh, which is blessed with bountiful of flora and fauna, varying altitudes, abundant flowing rivers and a rich and diverse ethnic tribal population has an enriching experience and insights to offer to all the guests and the tourists. He said that the Pangsau Pass Winter festival has been providing a platform to showcase the tourism potential at national and international level. The festival stands out for its ethnicity and historical importance of the place. It also provides glimpses of the vibrant cultural identity of the different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor reminded all that Arunachal Pradesh has been chosen as the fourth best region amongst the top ten tourist destinations in the world for the year 2012 by one of the leading travelogues, Lonely Planet. It comes after Coastal Wales, La Ruta Maya, Central America and Northern Kenya. And recently, Arunachal Pradesh has added another feather to its wings after being voted the 'Favourite Upcoming Destination' by a travel magazine Outlook Traveller.

Responding to the request from Sena, who is the local MLA, regarding opening of Jairampur-Nampong-Pangsau Pass under tourist circuit, the Governor assured his best to raise the issue with concerned ministry at the earliest. Appreciating the young boys and girls taking part in the event, the Governor said that moving forward with modernization and development should remain the ‘mantra’, but at the same time we must inculcate pride amongst the younger generations in their very own age-old customs and traditions. Make the younger generation learn the importance of the cultural ethos, he stressed.

The Governor congratulated the people of Jairampur and Nampong and the organizing committee for the well organized event.

The Governor, who has been advocating for revival of Stilwell Road, the gateway to South East Asia, said that the opening of the road can transform the economy of Arunachal Pradesh by making it a production hub for feeding the Myanmarese and western Chinese markets. In the absence of road connectivity with China and South-East Asia, the much-hyped Look East Policy has not brought much benefit to the North-Eastern Region of India. The Governor hoped that once the road is opened, Nampong will be a hub for International business. The people of the area have to prepare themselves for the bright future.

In his address, Sena said that aim of the festival is to bring front the historical importance, rich culture, customs, ethnic diversity and geopolitical importance of eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

Stating that at present Jairampur-Nampong region is poised to take off as favourable tourist destination and also as commercial hub in terms of border trade and bilateral commercial engagement with Myanmar in the wake of ‘Look East’ policy of Government of India, Sena said that it is imperative that enabling policy decision ought to be taken and implemented by the State and Central governments. He also called for extending of Miao-Namdapha tourist circuit to Jairampur-Nampong-Pangsau Pass region so as to provide the opportunity to develop the tourism potential of the region.

Earlier in his welcome address, Organising Committee chairman Abboo Kimsing said that the festival highlights the potential of tourism, biodiversity, cultural heritage, flora and fauna and above all Myanmarese culture as a mark of Indo-Myanmar friendship. It also preserves the spirits of border trade encouraging the globalization of International trade with Myanmar, pointed Kimsing while expressing gratefulness to the State Government for the continuous support.

Orgnising Committee Secretary Youngme Mossang also spoke on the occasion.

As encouragement to the Pulse Polio immunization campaign in the State, the Governor administrated two drops of polio vaccine to a child in the inaugural function and urged upon the parents with children below five years to get their children vaccinated.

The Governor released an audio CD album of Tangsa modern songs titled ‘Peo Wan e’ by Kampeo, Likcha, Baby Renon and Som on the occasion as the First Lady’ released another titled ‘Patkai Janah’ by Joh, Phamula, Ngaitung, Chumya and Ayathu. Sena also released an audio CD titled ‘Ngi Ruwu’ by Rumikam.

A large number of cultural troupes from different parts of the State and country including neighbouring country Myanmar took part in the cultural presentation.  

Band party from 18th Assam Rifles also took part in the inaugural function. The Traditional fusion dance by the youth of Nampong and Jairampur thrilled the audiences.

Later, the dignitaries visited a ‘Tanga’ model house, exhibition stalls and PPWF village.

The three-day Winter Festival has been organized by the PPWF 2013 in collaboration with State departments of Art and Culture, Tourism and Trade & Commerce. Seven Sister Post, Terik Weekly and Independent Review are the media partners and ‘Help Tourism’ is looking after the accommodation.  PRO to Governor

First Lady of the State Anupama Singh, Minister Agriculture, Horticulture, Minister for Art & Culture, Geology & Mining, Food & Civil Supplies Kamlung Mossang, Chief Secretary Dr. H.K. Paliwal, Commissioner GA, DA, Protocol Banadana Deori, Secretary to Governor and Secretary Planning Ankur Garg, Secretary Finance Swati Sharma, Brig Rajendra Singh 25 Sector and Director Art & Culture Mamta Riba Naksang along with participants from different parts of the State and country and tourists, including foreigners attended the inaugural function.

District officers and officials led by Deputy Commissioner Changlang Chanchal Yadav, Superintendent of Police B.K. Singh and ADC Jairampur Nidhi Srivastava were also present on the occasion.  Pro to Raj Bhawan



Arunachal launches first round of NID

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest of the country in its nationwide campaign against deadly polio virus by launching the first round of National Immunization Day (NID) across the State today.

Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly set the tone and pace for the campaign by administering polio drops to the first child in the morning at R.K. Mission Hospital here in the presence of Jt. DHS (FW)-cum-State Immunization Officer Dr. T. Taloh and SMO (WHO-NPSP), Dr. Tana Takum.

The NID in the Capital Complex was conducted under the close supervision and monitoring of officers from the Directorate of Health Services and doctors from Arunachal State Hospital. Health officials and doctors in the District Hospitals similarly monitored the campaign in the districts and sub-district health facilities.

According to preliminary reports, details of which are awaited from the districts, 80% of the target children of below 5 years were administered Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) drops during this round of the programme.

The National Immunization Day (NID) is being followed by a two-day mopping operation by undertaking house-to-house visits on the following two days in order to ensure total coverage of target beneficiaries.

The State Immunization Officer, Dr. T. Taloh was all praise for the parents and guardians for their overwhelming response to the national call in the first round and has appealed to them to comprehensively participate in the second round on February 24 too.

While appreciating the contribution of vaccinators, supervisors and monitors in making the campaign a resounding success, he sought their unstinted cooperation in this national endeavour to perpetually do away with this crippling disease from the country.

The first round witnessed massive deployment of men, materials and equipments from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, which was ably supplemented by the Department of Social Welfare, NGOs, Panchayat leaders and students, particularly Bharat Scouts and Guides.



Papum Pare lift 12th Tang Memorial Football Trophy

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  Papum Pare grounded Capital Complex 3-0 in the final to become Champion of the 12th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at General Ground, Pasighat today.

Papum Pare was leading 1-0 in the first half through goal from Vijay Kino, who scored from inside the penalty box. Papum Pare increased the lead six minute into the second half through a wonderful header by Tayeng Nega. Topon Bora scored the third goal in 63rd minute to put the last nail in Capital Complex coffin.

Capital Complex could not capitalize on their one or two half chances due to poor finishing.

MLA and Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board Chairman Bamang Felix attended the closing ceremony as chief guest.

The winner was awarded cash prize of Rs.75,000 sponsored by the organizing committee and the Runners Up team was given Rs.60,000 sponsored by Felix. He also awarded Rs 10,000 to the winning team. The Fair Play team award went to Lower Subansiri.

Papum Pare’s Topon Bora won the ‘Golden Boot’ of the tournament and Techi Takar (Captain) of the same team was adjudged the “Man of the Tournament”. The “Best Goalkeeper” and ‘Best Defender’ awards went to Tapi Ama of Lower Subansiri and Gangte Chapi (Captain) of Capital Complex respectively. The cash awards of Rs 5000 each with trophies for the individual winners of Golden Boot, Man of the Tournament, Best Goalkeeper, Best Defender and Fair Play Team awards of Rs. 15,000 and trophy were sponsored jointly by E&K’s and Asmi Exclusive, Naharlagun.



Film festival-- beginning of a new dawn in Arunachal

Taro Chatung

Knowing that the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is organizing a film festival of Arunachal Films on the eve of the Statehood day celebration on February 20 next, I become overwhelmed with joy, because it will surely mark the dawn of a new era in the film making  in the state. Throughout 27 years long struggle in film making I have never come across such significant development in this field and it is, therefore, first ever such landmark development I have seen in the Sate in  film sector. It is truly a turning point in the history of film industry or the dawn of a new era in film making in the State.

In fact I am extremely happy with this significant development because over the 27 years long period I was formally and informally emphasizing  the importance of this sector  with the  successive Govts.  of this state so that they could initiate basic policy on film making like creation of State Film Financial Development Corporation  similar to the other States Film Financial Development Corporation of India to promote indigenous Film producers of this State. It is worth mentioning here that I as well as few producers of this State are still continuing in this profession though there is no proper infrastructure and policy in the State. No doubt in the recent past many indigenous producers have come up in this field and I congratulate them for venturing into this field.

After a long time,  the present Govt. under the leadership of CM Nabam Tuki could read the pulse of the Film fraternity of this State in order to promote film industry in the State. In fact, film festival on Arunachal Film on the eve of Statehood Day Celebration  will be a stepping stone to accelerate growth of film industry in the State. Several educated youths have  already involved and adopted film line as profession, and there will be thousands of educated youths who will find themselves in this profession in near future.



India benefits from London World Tourism Mart

UK tour operators heading to Arunachal


GUWAHATI, Jan 20: The three-hour long business to business (B2B) meetings between tour operators of nine participating states and 79 delegates from 23 countries marked the conclusion of the three-day International Tourism Mart (ITM) here today.

A particular state met queries and established wide ranging contacts with the foreign delegates to explore the vast tourism potential, union ministry of tourism secretary Parvez Dewan said without naming the state in his address, responding to eyebrows raised in some quarters if the huge expenditure would yield any result?  

Arunachal tourism secretary Sonam Chombay informed that tour operators of his state held 114 marathon B2B meetings.

This is evident of the interest foreign delegates showed in the unexplored North East, including Arunachal known as ‘Land of Rising sun.’

It may not be possible to quantify the benefits, but the ITM is a first step in taking forward its outcome to promote tourism. The event exposed a new NE with a great impact, Dewan added.

The benefit accruing to India post-World Tourism Mart held at London during November 5-11 was also visible at the ITM.

UK’s Green Operator director Joe Mearns and travel writer Laura Stone, who had threadbare discussion at London with the seven-member Arunachal team headed by Chombay, tourism director A K Singh and tour operator BAC Voyages head Bengia Mrinal, are on way to Arunachal after attending the ITM.   

“I was lucky to attend the fruitful London event and our week-long trip to Arunachal would definitely increase tourist flow between the European nations and Arunachal,” a visibly spirited Stone added.

Describing NE as the most unique region in the world for its widest range of diversity, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called for aggressive marketing with assertion to take tourism to its desired level.

“We don’t know our strengths and lacks aggressive marketing that is why the region has been lagging far behind. We have to understand our weaknesses, learn the trade and coin new phrases with what and how to present as marketing strategy,” he said with conviction.   

Appreciating the encouraging global response, he said tourism could generate huge employment with very less investment. The NE youth have been doing exceedingly well in all sectors including hospitality and media all over India, he informed citing examples.

Thanking government of India for putting tourism sector on top priority, Gogoi said “We would like to expand the area to all South East Asian, ASEAN and all neighbouring countries as the NE has great similarities with those nations. I’m a Tai as my forefathers (Tai-Ahoms) migrated from SEA nations,” he said and sought the guidance of MoT in projecting Incredible India’s la-jabab NE.

When a journalist wanted to know about security aspect, he said that Assam’s tourism flow had increased from 10 lakh to 66 lakh which amply proved that the tourists felt secured.

Assam Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma termed the event a milestone while state’s tourism principal secretary HS Dash said “It has been excellent job”.

Deputy Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism of People’s Democratic Republic of Lao Savankhon Rajmantri, Arunachal Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona, were among the dignitaries, present.

Arunachal stall did appreciably good business to ink a sales record in earning with two hours.

State’s Tourism Parliamentary Secretary PD Sona exhorted Secretary Sonam Chombay, director A K Singh and Officers Gedo Eshi, Leena Perme and Adong Moyong to work with greater enthusiasm in time to come.



Gogoi calls for early reopening of Stillwell road

From Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Jan 20: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today advocated early reopening of the historic Stillwell road along with speedy air and railway communication to re-establish trade link between the South East Asian nations and the North East India.

Gogoi nodded in conformity while responding to a question from this editor  - if he would take a lead along with his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Nabam Tuki for the chief ministers of the region to move the government of India to expedite the reopening to Ledo to Kunming road?,  on the sideline of the International Tourism Mart here today.

“I have been always for it. When I am advocating expansion of NE region along with the SEA nations, other neighbouring countries including China, the road, air and railway connectivity alone could help that achieve,” he reasoned.

“The Ledo in Assam to Nampong in Arunachal road has been developed but the road within Myanmar (about 150 km) need to be developed which is the matter between the government of India and Myanmar government. But we need the road for the NE India to prosper,” he said without mincing any words.

It may be mentioned here that Union MoS for Tourisms Dr K Chiranjeevi left for Laos today to attend the week-long ASEAN Tourism Festival that began on January 18 last where on behalf of the government of India he would sign a MoU with the ASEAN nations for promotion of tourism.

The delegates from Lao PDR –Seng Soda Vanthnouwy of tourism promotion division of the information, culture, and tourism ministry, B & P Hotel MD Bourout Viewngviseth, national tourism administration’s technical officer Khambou Thavixay and trader Xay Kham Phanouvong were very happy with the outcome of the ITM and the proposed MoU, which they felt would bolster the growth of tourism between India and ASEAN nations.

“India and China both mighty economy of the world with highest population, largest business scope and huge manpower cannot stay aloof for long. The relations between these two mighty economies along with the SEA countries are bound to grow sooner,” an Indonesian officer commented.



Awareness campaign on earthquake

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: A public awareness campaign on earthquake was conducted for the villagers of Peki-Modi under Mariyang circle of Upper Siang district by All Millang Welfare Society (AMWS) at their village (Peki-Modi) recently.

Addressing the villagers, AMWS Secretary General Losi Lego explained the villagers in details the causes of earthquake and its impacts.

He informed the villagers that there is a proposal for shifting of the village to nearby areas following a report of frequent tremors of minor intensity in Peki-Modi areas. He also informed the villagers that the earthquake of small magnitude do not have any potential to damage structure constructed on the earth.

Any earthquake of magnitude less than 5 will not cause any structural damages. However, the earthquake of magnitude of more than 5 will damage the building constructed without proper design and detailing to resist earthquake forces, he said.

He also explained the villagers that the major earthquakes having potential to damage the structure have effective radius of 300 Km. Therefore, if any major earthquakes occurs in the Peki-Modi or its adjoining areas, the nearby villages and towns like Dalbing, Damro, Adipasi, Millang, Gobuk, Mariyang and Yingkiong, which have just 10-30 Km Ariel distance will have the same damaging effect.

Hence, by shifting Peki-Modi in the nearby areas will not render them safety against seismic effects, he said.

He also explained the villagers that the village can be shifted under certain circumstances--if the village is located on the foothills of an unstable hill in which major earthquakes can trigger landslides having potential to damage the village, If the village is located on a plain areas in which a major earthquakes can create liquifaction of the soil, damaging the villages and if the village is located near fault having potential of erupting volcanoes.

If these three circumstances do not exist, the shifting of the village may not be a scientific decision. Instead the villagers should be provided with proper road connectivity, education and health and given a seismic resistant construction technology to build a safe house for themselves, he said.

In addition, the Society also suggested that the State Remote Sensing Application Centre (SRSAC) and State government can sponsor study of the frequent tremor experienced in the village by putting seismographs to know the location of the epicentre, location of the fault and other details in the nearby area so that the seismic hazard is firmed up for the village and its adjoining villages and towns.

The society also demanded the state government to fulfill the demand for revival of the full-fledged Anchal block (ASM) for Peki-Modi village, permanent Head goan burah (HGB) for Peki-Modi village, construction of permanent school building for primary school of Peki-Modi village for socio-economic development of the area and the village in particular.

The Society also expressed gratitude to union minister Ninong Ering, MLA Alo Libang, Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang and other HoDs, who accompanied them during their visit to one of the remotest and interior village of Millang Community.

A social service was also conducted in and around Peki-Modi village to keep the village clean and hygienic. A dance competition among the students of middle school, Higher secondary school and collegian were also organised to make the programme colourful.

AMWS team included intellectuals, collegians, student and public leaders from Millang community headed by its Secretary General Er. Losi Lego and and Secretary incharge Upper Siang Deke Modi.


VC Tamo Mibang: A Journey from Jomo to Rono Hills

“My grandmother is really the inspiration behind all this achievement”

Debananda Medak

“She did not talk of many things but was very concerned about my education….she took care of me. She wanted me to become educated…”. This is what Prof. Tamo Mibang, the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University recalls of his grandmother.

Mibang lost his father at an early age and does not even remember seeing the face of his father. He was practically brought up by his mother and grandmother though relatives in the village also used to take care of him. But not having his own father’s attachment was totally different from others, a fact that aggrieves him even today.

Prof Mibang was born in Jomo, a remote village of West Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh on 1st July, 1955. When he started schooling, he had to endure great difficulties having to cover a distance of 10 km in hilly terrain to reach his school. He would start walking at 6 in the morning and managed to reach school by 8:30 or 9:00 sometimes. He had to do this trek again on his return, covering almost 20 km on foot everyday!

When he reached middle school, he got a hostel seat but though there were no lights there, he was very happy because teachers were very caring. Tough discipline in the hostel taught him a lot. He reflects today that it was an inclusive education that he received back then. Every student engaged and enjoyed in activities like gardening and basketry. Teachers even took care in clipping the nails of the young students. Fondly recalling and praying for his departed teacher, Narendra Nath Lahon, Prof Mibang says that he was among one of the most inspiring people who taught them the challenges of real life and importance of inclusive education. Prof Mibang later went on to study at the Middle School at Rumgong (now a Higher Secondary School) and did his high schooling at Aalo.

Along with the encouragement he got from his grandmother and teachers, he remembers the motivation of Gaon Buras along with the local administration’s encouragement which he too cannot forget. Friends did not influence him very much and he was more attached to his teachers.

Prof Mibang then got admission at the Jawarharlal Nehru College, Pasighat way back in 1972 from where he completed his graduation with Honours in History in 1975 under Gauhati University. He then stepped into the GU campus in Guwahati to complete his MA in History in 1977. After his MA, he went to pursue LLB at Shillong Law College but could not complete it as he joined his alumnus, JN College as a Lecturer in his subject.

He served the college for ten years and in September 1988 he joined the Arunachal University (now RGU) as Reader in the Department of History. He went on to become a Professor and headed the Dept. of Tribal Studies (now Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies) in August 1995, of which he was Director till his recent elevation. He also served a very successful term as Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, amongst other responsibilities.

Childhood for him was very memorable and enjoyable but toughened him at the same time. Enjoyable in terms of tender age; they hardly knew the world. Life too was rustic. Long days were spent playing in the jungles, rivers and mountains of his homeland; growing up with nature without really thinking or knowing a destination.

And memorable as he listened to series of folktales from elders, particularly from his grandmother, holding up to him the wisdom that thrives in the tribal system of education. There was no formal school education then but an education of learning by observation and mentoring. This was the only education he initially got apart from love and affection. He pursued his studies in such situations that made him forego a lot of simple joys that youth indulge in for entertainment. He concentrated only to reach his goal. Nobody is free from love during youth, so he too had felt emotional. But as he had family responsibilities and problems, this was not to linger. Studying in any institution and solely depended on Govt. stipend, Prof Mibang decided to diligently pursue his one goal of academics. During school and college years most of his friends got married. But he himself married only after completing his Masters.

A man of strict habits, he used to drink local rice beer but once he started his education, he completely avoided any kind of alcohol and even today he hardly takes wine. So much so that his colleagues used to call him a tribal Brahmin!

Having made that long and painstaking journey from the village of his birth to this new turn in his life, Prof. Tamo Mibang, the new Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Unversity is all set to transform this lone Ccentral University of the state towards a new era of growth in all aspects.

Following is an abstract of a conversation that the writer had with Prof. Mibang.

DM: Is this (the appointment as VC) a dream you imagined?

Tamo Mibang: Not exactly. I wanted to become an administrator or join the defense services. I tried UPSC and Indian Air Force. Today I am here on a ‘Divine Order’…’ but one has to work hard. Nature is very powerful as my belief and experience has made me realize. So it is one of those mysteries of life.

Some teachers wanted me to become IAS officer, while others said Air Force officer. I myself tried two times to get into the Indian Military but could not do well in mathematics.

DM: Why did you get into academics?

TM: I did my Ph.D from Dibrugarh University in 1988. Since my school life I used to compose poems and I won many prizes for this along with essay writing therefore I was interested to pursue MA in English Literature at Guwahti University. I was even selected for the course. But some of my seniors advised me to continue with History since I had an Honours in it. So it has continued from learning and teaching to research.

DM: Key moments in your career?

TM: I am not only a teacher but also a researcher. I have guided many M.Phil and Ph.D scholars. I have a number of publications in various journals relating to tribal life and culture of North East India. I have authored two books, co-authored two more books and co-edited eight books. Some significant publications are ‘Social Change in Arunachal Pradesh: The Minyongs 1947-1981’, ‘An introduction to Adi Language’, ‘Folk Culture and Oral Literature from North East India’.

I am fond of writing journalistic articles in regional news papers. I also used to compose poems of course not now!!! (laughs). I have a number of radio talks not less than 25 radio talks from AIR Pasighat and Itanagar. I have written a tele-serial titled “Role of Arunachal during India’s Independence Movement”. It was telecast three times during the tenure of Mata Prasad, former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh when Tadak Gara was Director of Doodarshan Kendra, Itanagar. I have also written radio drama. I have written a short story “Ayi Kamkong”(The Giant), a story on super human collected from Adi folk tales. It was in fact a folk tale which had gone missing from popular lore. We collected this story from an interior village by an M.Phil scholar which otherwise was already extinct.

DM: What are the challenges of Rajiv Gandhi University today?

TM: Problem comes at any time. You know the human nature…there are some people who try to create issues out of non-issues and problems out of no problems. As head of an academic institute like RGU, we have to introspect ourselves where things have gone wrong, whether it is moulding the students in right direction or not. Our profession itself is teaching. Physical problem is just the secondary matters.

But some physical problems are there like students’ admission in terms of intake capacity. Students from other universities with higher percentage occupy seats despite those from our State also having good percentages. To increase admission of local students, authority has to devise certain mechanism to address the grievance of the students. Earlier under State University and even after conversion to a Central University we had 10% special weightage system for RGU students.

But being a Central University we have to strictly follow the UGC guidelines. Therefore seats for ST, SC, OBC and General quota are clearly stated and given. Due to infrastructure problems, it affects the intake capacity. But more or less other universities also limit intake capacity due to insufficient laboratory equipments, specially in science and technology. Even in well established universities, seats in humanities are not above 60. These are the general problems of the students. And we also have a water problem for the entire campus.

DM: Will our University ever be of world class standard as envisioned?

TM: One can dream, but unless one works hard, dreams cannot be realized. In India, we have more than 400 universities but no university has attained this status except IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand. America alone has 76 world class universities. Immediate neighbor China has 3 to 4 even Japan also. We can dream… but we have to work hard in terms of academic excellence. Despite having numbers of building infrastructure, if there is no academic quality and new research breakthrough, university has no meaning. We need to gear up our academic environment to promote academic merit and new research innovations. Without academic environment we cannot talk of world class university.

Peaceful academic environment is a pre-requisite to academic growth…as we can see from the example of JNU in New Delhi.

DM: How much of this quality education you mentioned, does RGU represent?

TM: Quality education we need to talk of. So far we are doing well. People talk of problems but I don’t subscribe to it. Despite problems in the campus, we have a strict academic calendar. We have semester programs as scheduled and, exams are strictly completed in record time. Results are declared in time too. We have more than 40 on-going research projects.

Recently, the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs, Govt. of India has provided a special package to the Department of Economics for the purpose of research and development. So we are not lacking behind.

And UGC too has provided a mega-project to the Department of Zoology and Botany in the area of Biodiversity. Our University has been selected for this project out of 40 contestant universities in India. The first phase of the project in Biodi-versity has already started from 2002-03 onwards. I am very confident that new research scholars here will create breakthroughs and innovations. I have observed that some are really committed to this.

DM: How do you see the educational scenario of Arunachal Pradesh today?

TM: In terms of quality, particularly in the elementary to secondary level and for college I have a different view…, quality is unable to come up. Because when we see in terms of teaching, may it be in humanities or science at school level, commitment of the teachers is not very encouraging. This is not my view as the Vice Chancellor, but as an individual observation.

Teachers are supposed to be the torch bearer in the darkness for the students. But this is not happening particularly, in the Govt. schools. That might be the reason why private schools are mushrooming. But even these private institutions are also not prioritizing towards real value education but more towards higher intake and higher business. Though, I must admit there are a few doing very well academically too.

And many government schools are running out of teachers…where students will learn?

Quality education includes behavioral sense of the youth, competence in technical skills, and excellence in learning English. This inclusive education among youth that makes them complete by their own is not seen in Arunachal today. We have to reform the educational system and move towards quality education. (The writer is pursuing his Masters at the Rajiv Gandhi University)

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Organic produce up by 20%

New Worldwatch Institute report examines the growth of global organic agricultural practices and their impact on food security and the environment.

Despite a dip in 2009-10 the footprint of organic farms has expanded three-fold around the world since 1999 to 37 million hectares says a Worldwatch Institute report in its Vital Signs Online service. The Oceania, Europe, Latin America and the island nations of the Pacific led the list of nations with the largest areas of land under organic farming according to Catherine Ward and Laura Reynolds who wrote the report.

Organic farming is now established to international standards, with 84 nations implementing organic regulations by 2010. According to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement, organic farming is a production system that relies on ecological processes such as waste recycling and does not use chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Organic farming can contribute to sustainable food security by improving nutrition intake, supporting livelihoods in rural areas and enhancing biodiversity while simultaneously reducing vulnerability to climate change. This is because it uses 50 percent less fossil fuel energy than conventional farming and relies on practices like rotating crops, applying mulch to empty fields and maintaining perennial shrubs and trees on farms, which stabilize soils and improve water retention, thus reducing vulnerability to harsh weather patterns. On an average, organic farms sustain 30 percent higher biodiversity than conventional farms.

Despite a decline in organically farmed land in China and India between 2009 and 2010, India's export volume of organic produce increased by 20 percent.


We need strong opposition party and active electronic media

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw your kind attention towards the importance of electronic media and an opposition party in our state. Role of an electronic media is need of the hour. Electronic media is arm of common people. It will cover all news of our state and any scam related to corruption come to the knowledge of common people and also any democratic movement of unions/association and crimes of our state will be televised which will aware whole India about our problem. Take the example of present teachers strike. Only our state people know about this strike other states totally does not know about this strike. If there will be an electronic media this issue will in focus of all Indian. If we have strong opposition party, our people and citizens of other states will know about our political issue and it will help in decision making. Every failure of ruling government will be criticized and various political democratic movements will be lead by our opposition party which may be help in decreasing Bandh culture in our state. The students unions will feel relaxed and they will focus only in welfare of student’s.


Punit Tara




Strike by teachers is harassment to the students

Dear Editor,

It is a very unfortunate that the SSA teachers are on strike at a time when classes should have been in full swing. The timing of the agitation itself is regrettable. So, I support the stand taken by the All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) and District Administration, Papum Pare on this issue. It seems the agitating teachers have completely forgotten the terms and conditions of their appointment. Now-a-days, every department has contractual workers in various capacities. In fact, school teachers are the only section of contractual employees drawing very handsome salaries. Every parent and students know that the state government has given incentives to them in quick succession. But, what they get in return are frequent agitations and absenteeism. Since quite a long time, govt. teachers are always in the news for the reasons which are debatable. Here, it is pertinent to recall the employees’ agitation for higher allowances in Tamil Nadu about 15 years ago. The then Jayalalita government was appreciated by the Supreme Court for stern action against the defiant employees. Ultimately, they had to be satisfied with reinstatement in jobs. Disobedience to transfer/posting order of the authorities has become order of the day. Most of the remote schools are lying abandoned.

So, constant harassment to the students and public seems unjustified.

Compared to other contractual employees (who are equally qualified) the teachers are much more fortunate. Even though, the rules clearly states that contractual workers cannot demand job regularization; the state government has shown consideration by agreeing to look into their demands in a phased manner. Every teacher is expected to lead the students by good conduct, dutifulness and sacrifice. No section of employee is above the society. So, the organizations should examine the issues before lending support to any pen-down strike or agitation. As of today, there are thousands of educated persons who are desperately looking for jobs. Moreover, the standard methods of recruitment for teachers are CTET (Central Teachers’ Eligibility Test) or SLET (State Teachers’ Eligibility Test). Research shows that those selected by competitive examinations are more sincere in functions.

It is hoped that the learned SSA teachers will understand their responsibilities and live up to expectation of the society.







Stop Taking Fine

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the article “Is the fine system acceptable in modern society?” by Taba Ajum published today in your esteemed daily. In his article, he has referred about various examples of how ridiculously people seek fine for minor accidents and how they take money in exchange for death of their loved ones in accident case. Fine system is serious social evil and it is badly damaging the image of Arunachal in general and citizen of capital complex in particularly. Once I had hired a taxi from Guwahati to reach Itanagar. As soon we reached Banderdewa gate, the driver refused to go further stating that he is scared of paying fine and all. I tried to convince him but could not. It seems driver had heard many stories of fine being taken from vehicles coming from Guwahati and therefore he refused to drive up to Itanagar.

State government should formulate a law stating that any person caught taking fine will be booked under law to deter those people who are increasingly beginning to make ‘fine’ as a source of living. Also community based organization like Nyishi Elite Society and student bodies like AAPSU, ANSU should carry out some kind of awareness campaign against fine system. Traffic police department also need to do some awareness in this regard. Accidents usually take place accidently and law is there to take care of it. Public should stop taking fine and work towards making Arunachal “a fine free state”.


T Tahin,





Open Itanagar-Hollongi road

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of people of Papum Pare district would like to appeal to the Governor of AP to instruct the Deputy Commissioner CAPITAL complex to immediately open the road from Itanagar to Hollongi which is under construction. The said road is close for the last 9 month. The people of state and business community as well as medical patients are facing terrible problems due to the closure of road. Further our party demands for immediate opening of the road within stipulated time of 3 days. In case the authorities do not taking action ,the party will  go for democratic movements.


Yowa Bullet

President BJP,

Papum Pare district