January 23


News Impact


Youth Cong leaders take part in AICC meet

ITANAGAR, Jan, 22: Two youth Congress leaders of the state – Toko Budh, Yachuli Assembly Youth Congress  president and Tadar Niglar, APYC president attended the All India Congress Committee Meeting in Jaipur, Rajasthan which concluded on 20th  January.


Bandh postponed

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Co-ordination Committee of Tirap, Changlang and Longding District Students Union has postponed its proposed 48-hr bandh call in Tirap, Changlang and Longding from January 24-25 following assurance from Parliamentary Secretary Gadam Ete to initiate a discussion among the representatives of Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts with Principal Secretaries (Home) and DGP regarding the demand of the committee on January 30.


Orgs condemn alleged attack

ITANAGAR, Jan, 22: All Sawa Youth Welfare Association (ASYWA) and All Krema Pao Youth Welfare Association today condemned ‘unlawful act’ of ANSU president who allegedly attacked one Rajiv Tari and damaged his house on 10th January.  They alleged that a group of people led by the Union president ransacked the house of Rajiv Tari without reason.


12-hr Raga bandh called

ITANAGAR, Jan, 22: Protesting against the alleged failure of district administration and state Govt to fulfill its demands, All Raga Students Area Students Union (ARASU) today declared 12 hours bandh at Raga during the Republic Day.  Earlier union demanded for the shifting of various sub-division offices under Raga sub-division from Ziro  to Raga including departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, PWD, Power, Medical and Education. It also demanded for posting of extra assistance commissioner and circle officer at Raga and immediate joining of staffs posted in  Raga area, and solution to   Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute at Dollungmukh area.


Awareness prog on RGSSBY

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) has organized an awareness programme on Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana (RGSSBY) at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district on Jan 19.  Around 100 local people were benefited from the  programme in which the BDO and ADI  took part as resource persons.

The  RGSSBY, a health insurance scheme for handicraft artisans,  aims at financially enabling the artisans community to access to the best of health care facilities in the country. The scheme will cover the artisans’ family of four comprising self and provides benefit like medical claim  amounting to Rs 15,000,  personal accidental benefit up to Rs 1 lakh and   SBI bank loan of Rs 25,000 without security.


AVP mourns

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The family of Arunachal Vikas Parishad expressed grief and sorrow over demise of Nabam Yaniang, mother of Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia.

She died at the age of about ninety years at her residence at Midpu.

AVP members prayed to Almighty to rest her soul in eternal and also to give strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


Death of Shandil’s wife mourned

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board Vice Chairman Soni Degio and Youth Congress of Rumgong Assembly constituency mourned the death of Anuradha Shandil, wife of Dr. Dhaniram Shandil, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in Himachal Pradesh, who died on Tuesday in New Delhi. It conveyed its condolence message to bereaved family and said late Anuradha would be fondly remembered.


Org resents over law & order

ITANAGAR, Jan, 22: Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Clan Youth Organization (APATCYO) today condemned the state government for allegedly failing to contain law and order problem in the state. Citing the various cases which remained unsolved, organization in a press statement questioned the state Chief Minister for maintaining stoic silence over the cases in the state capital.  Further it demanded for appointment of new home minister to maintain peace and stability in the state.



Adi Agom Kebang (AAK) was wrongly mentioned as Adi Bane Kebang in a news item under heading ‘AAK president relinquishes post’ published on January 22 issue of this daily. The mistake is regretted.


Air gun prohibited

SEPPA, Jan 22: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate Tope Bam in an order has prohibited sale and possession of Air-guns and pellet by the people within the district with immediate effect on the ground that the people possessing air guns are in the frequent habit of killing small birds as a result of which different beautiful and unique varieties of birds are on the verge of extinction, the order said.

In the order, it is further said that killing of wild animals and birds is an offence, punishable under Wildlife Protection Act and other relevant section of law.  

The GOI and State Govt. are very serious in effective implementation of Wildlife Protection Act to maintain ecological balance, it said. DIPRO, Seppa


Meditation camp at Daporijo

DAPORIJO, Jan 22: A Yoga cum Transcendental Meditation Camp was organized at Shiv Mandir, Daporijo on January 19 on the occasion of Kumbh Mela by the Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ), Daporijo.

Participants were taught yoga, transcendental meditation and pranayam techniques during the camp,

Jumin Ligu demonstrated yogic flying which is an extended programme of transcendental meditation propounded by Maharishi Mahesh yogi. He explained that in yogic flying (first stage) the body of the person who is meditating levitates in the air in the form of hopping without any conscious physical effort.

Participants of the camp expressed their enthusiasm for more such camps to be organised in Daporijo and nearby areas.

The Camp was attended by SC Yadav, SP, Daporijo, Jumin Ligu, L&EO, Daporijo and 20 other participants from the place. DIPRO


ANYA writes to Governor

ITANAGAR, Jan, 22: In a representation to the state governor today All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) demanded the suspension of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology director alleging him of misusing power by appointing assistant registrar.  ANYA claimed that the said officer has a bad reputation in misusing of fund meant for construction of type-1 quarters at NERIST which is being under vigilance of special investigation cell (SIC). Further, the association appealed to the governor to cancel the illegal appointment against 45% ST reservation quota. It also demanded for filling up of all backlog  vacancies under SC/ST and OBC quota. It said that ministry of human resource development had made an order to fill up the vacancies but the authority of premier institution did not comply  with it. In a separate representation to the Director National Rural Health Mission ANYA also demanded for cancellation of recent interview for nurses saying that it has conducted without considering the district quota.


Students urged to promote social harmony

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Jan 22: The 2nd conference cum election of All Taliha Payeng area Students’Union was conducted at Taliha.

Delegates and other intellectual members from all Taliha Payeng area participated in the three days conference.

Debate and discussion on upliftment of the society was organized during the conference, in which every delegate participated actively.

Speaking on the occasion, Same Timba encouraged the students to come forward and render selfless service for the welfare of the society and nation as a whole. He also exhorted the students to promote social harmony and brotherhoodness rather than creating conflict among the students under the banner of different students’ union. He suggested the union to adopt selection system instead of election since the latter creates more conflict and controversy among the students in electing office bearers.

He also gave emphasis on preservation and promotion of ones own culture and tradition as ‘loss of culture is loss of identity’.

Earlier, a procession was taken out in the main thoroughfare of Taliha Township followed by hoisting of flag by its former president.





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

Training on 70th Round National Sample Survey

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The State Level Training workshop on 70th Round National Sample Survey (NSS) organized by the Directorate of Economics & Statistics started today in the conference hall of the Directorate of Economics & Statistics.

Ankur Garg, Secretary, Economics & Statistics asked the newly recruited ROs and DSOs to work like professionals and keep themselves motivated and updated. Mentioning that he has high expectations from them, he urged them to provide superior quality of works. He further asked the department to provide correct and accurate data and maintain the glory and pride of the department as it is the core department which provides accurate statistics to the state.

Earlier, BK Tyagi, Deputy Director General North Eastern Zone while giving the keynote address informed that National Sample Survey is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation of GoI. The survey which was started in the year 1950 has been instrumental in developing a strong database on various socio- economic parameters. He further informed that the Sample Survey is conducted in the form of successive rounds, each round being normally of one-year duration. The information collected through these surveys is used by Central and State Govt. and other organizations for planning and policy formulations. The NSSO conducts surveys on different subjects in each round and the 70th round is earmarked for survey on Land and Livestock Holdings, Debt and Investment and Situation Assessment of Agricultural households. The survey period will be from January 1 to December 31.

In Arunachal Pradesh the survey will be carried out in 96 rural sample villages and 64 urban blocks, he further informed.

Koj Tajang, Director, Economics and Statistics while giving the welcome speech asked all the officers and staffs especially from the districts to take advantage of the training so that the 70th NSS can be completed successfully in the state.

All the ROs and DSOs of all the districts are participating in this 4 day long training workshop. DIPRO



AR conducts free medical camp at Pullung

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: 1 Assam Rifles and 402 Field Hospital under aegis of Headquarter 25 Sector Assam Rifles organized a free Medical Camp at Pullung.

A total of 810 patients including 242 males, 272 females and 296 children were treated throughout the day. The patients were also provided with required medicines free of cost. Various rapid laboratory tests as well as ECG were conducted, according to an Army release.

Four doctors and medical staff of the Army and Assam Rifles as well as DMO, Civil doctors and staff of District Hospital, Khonsa took part in the camp.

People from far-flung villages like Kaimai, Borduria, Old and New Laptang, Deomali, Namkhang, Namsang, Narotam Nagar, Bogapani, Pokkam and Hunkanjuri etc took full advantage of the Free Medical Camp.

The camp was inaugurated by Colonel HS Deol, Commanding Officer, 402 Field Hospital of 2 Mountain Division. The Raja and Gaon Bura of Pullung village on behalf of the villagers and nearby villages as well as the civil administration lauded the noble gesture of “The Assam Rifles and the Army” and expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the medical camp at their doorstep.

A small stall of health and hygiene awareness was opened to educate the villagers and musical concert was also organised by the Battalion band to instill a feeling of comfort.

Such camps, if organized regularly will go a long way in bringing the hill people as well as “Friends of the Hill people” closer to achieve sustained peace and prosperity in Arunachal Pradesh, the release added.



One should have a dream and passion in  life: Siram

PASIGHAT, Jan 22: The 2nd International Karate Open Championship is scheduled to be held at Al Ahli Club Sports Complex, Dubai (UAE) is just weeks away. P Nobin Jomoh, senior karate player of the state is fully prepared to lead the nation in the international event.

Lauding Sempai Jomoh for his outstanding performances, the Nino Youth Welfare Society (NYWS) Pasighat felicitated him on Tuesday. Showing their solidarity the NYWS headed by its President Baity Jamoh handed over some amount to Nobin which has generously been contributed by the members of Nino society to meet the to and fro expenditure of his ensuing Dubai trip.

Describing Nobin as a gem under the sea NYWS said Nobin’s achievement is a matter of pride for Nino clan and also a source of inspiration for the younger generation Arunachal Pradesh. Later, the members met the East Siang DC and made him aware of the financial struggle that the young boy is facing in his developing years. They sought government intervention with prompt financial help for Nobin’s next foreign trip (February) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to represent Indian Karate team in +84 kg Men’s Individual Kumite event in forthcoming 4th Asia Karate Cup 2013 including pre-championship coaching.

Meanwhile, the highly impressed Education Minister Bosiram Siram stated ‘One should have a dream and passion in life’ while congratulating Nobin for his selection. ‘I am hopeful that Nobin will bring more laurels in future and his performance will surely inspire the budding players in the state’ he added in his felicitation letter. Siram also highly appreciated NYWS for their generous contributions and encouragements.

On the other hand, Nobin conveyed his deep sense of gratitude to the NYWS members and the Education Minister for noble contributions, moral supports and blessings.

It is worth to mention that 24-year-old Nobin lost his parents when he was in class-VI standard only. He grew up in a poor family but remarkably completed his graduation in Arts despite financial constrains in life and won the first gold medal at the age of 15 in the state level competition. He has been honoured with coveted State-Award during the 65th Independence Day celebration in the year 2011. Participation at international level is not new as Nobin has already shown his caliber in abroad several times. He has already bagged dozens of Gold and Silver medals at national and international levels. DIPRO



Action committee to meet CM on Aalo incident

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Action Committee on late Goto Yudik murder case and the Galo Welfare Society in a joint meeting on January 21 have decided to call on the State Chief Minister Nabum Tuki as soon as he returns to the state capital on Janaury 23.

The three-point demand of the Action Committee was endorsed by the meeting, which included immediate arrest of all the accused in the case, immediate institution of a magisterial enquiry / SIT enquiry into the case and transfer/suspension of all the concern district officials to ensure an impartial enquiry into the broad day light murder of the GSU leader Goto Yudik at the venue of the Galo Baanv Kvba.

An Independent Fact Finding team was constituted by the GWS to look into the cause and effects of the murder of late Goto Yudik.

The meeting also unequivocally condemned the dastardly act of fratricide.

Claiming responsibility of the destruction of the Paktu Heritage pillar by the angry mourners from Upper Subansiri in the wee hours of the 11th January 2013, the members of the Action Committee also appealed to the complainants to immediately withdraw their FIR lodged against some prominent public and student leaders and others in Aalo Police Station.

Aalo incident condemned

Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) vehemently condemned the January 10 Aalo incident in which a young student leader Goto Yudik lost his life.

The Society demanded that justice must be given to the parents and family of Lt. Goto and all those who were involved in the gruesome murder must be given exemplary and rigorous punishment so that no such incidents recur in future.

Further, the  society appealed the Galo Welfare Society (GWS), the apex body of the Galo community, Galo Students Union (GSU) and all Galos of the state not to extent any types of support to any Galo organization which is divisive and disintegrative in nature and tries to malign the name of the tribe.



Boys’ hostel inaugurated

KHONSA, Jan 22: MLA Kamthok Lowang inaugurated a boys’ hostel at Khonsa today amidst a huge gathering of students, teachers, HoDs and public leaders.

Parliamentary Secretary Yumsen Matey and Tirap DC Dr Sachin Shinde were present during the inauguration.

While speaking on the occasion Lowang urged the students to maintain the hostel building properly as their own property. He passionately appealed to the students to work hard and compete against their counterparts in the state. He said that the parents and the teachers repose tremendous faith in them adding that they must not belie their hopes. The MLA assured to fulfill the other grievances gradually.

Parliamentary Secretary Matey while thanking MLA Kamthok for sanctioning and commissioning the boys’ hostel, asked the students to maintain it properly. He said that without education no society can move ahead and asked them to study hard to achieve the desired goal in life. He said that there was no substitute for hardwork. Matey further said that the world had become fiercely competitive and so the students should be well-equipped to face the harsh realities of life.

Deputy Commissioner Shinde asked the students to take maximum benefit out of Tirap District Career Counseling Cell adding it would help in honing their skill to face any entrance examination confidently. He told the students that there would be a coaching camp shortly for the aspiring students.

Earlier, in his welcome address the Principal of the school M.Hosai highlighted the plethora of problems being faced by the school. He however, profusely thanked MLA Lowang for his generosity in sanctioning the boys’ hostel. The DDSE was also present during the programme. DIPRO



Newborn found dead at Ruksin


RUKSIN, Jan 22: A one-day-old baby boy found abandoned in the dry culvert on NH-52 near Ruksin gate here was recovered dead by Ruksin police this morning.

The body was wrapped in a cotton cloth, local people, who informed police about the incident, said.

"He was probably left in the dry culvert last midnight and seems to have belonged to a poor family,” eyewitnesses said.

Police said the infant was given birth in a medical/hospital as it was found clipping with medical clip in the umbilical cord. No injury mark was noticed on the infant’s body at the time of inquest.

Police further informed that the infant was about one-day-old and seemed to have been abandoned in the dry culvert last night. Police has started investigation into the case.

The lifeless body was cremated after completion of post mortem and other necessary formalities.



‘Atang Ane’ -- The largest tree of the state

Gandhi Darang

Locally known as ‘Atang Ane’ (rubber tree), the Ficus Elestica (Indian rubber bush) located near remote Kallek Village of Yingkiong Forest Division under Kebang circle of East Siang district stands as the largest tree of the state under multi-trunk tree category so far.

The giant tree (Atang Ane) is situated in a sub-tropical forest range of 280 05’51.7” north latitude and 950 09’ 28.1” east longitudes. Its elevation is measured upto 648 meter (AMSL).

Situated in the northern side of Kallek Village, one can visit the tree after having three hours foot march from motorable road.  

During the visit to the tree by this reporter last Friday, Kallek HGB Tamang Tamuk informed that the giant tree was planted by one Sibeng Tamuk during early part of 20th century.  

“The ‘Atang Ane’ was planted by late Sibeng Tamuk to obtain rubber from it during the time of practicing jhum cultivation in the area and it is believe that the sapling of the tree might have brought from nearby Burma (now Myanmar) by him”, the HGB said.

The tree may grow larger in coming days as its growth rate is very fast as we are witnessing it since our childhood, asserted one Tagom Darang in his mid-60s.

“If properly taken care and link a porter track towards the tree, it will become one of the hotspot for tourist in the state”, said Dr Tajir Tamuk, a native of Kallek Village serving as an orthopedic surgeon at Dibrugarh based Aditya Diagnostics & Hospital.

Dr Tamuk also informed that an age-old bat cave too is situated just nearby the giant tree and if it is explored, this too will become a hotspot for tourist in the area.

Earlier, the 59.8 meters tree (in circumference) was located by one Takom Tamuk of Kallek Village and he received a cash award of Rs 15,000 from Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J J Singh.

Along with Tamuk, Rai Yayer of Nirjuli received cash award of Rs 5,000 for locating the second largest tree under the category Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) at Kankar Nallah, Nirjuli under Banderdewa Forest Division.

The brain child of the Governor, the aim of initiative in locating the largest tree was to add another feather to the tourism potential of the state.




Foundation Day of IDEA SHGs  celebrated at Taliha

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: With a view to strengthen SHGs morally, united and economically, Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) Self Help Groups of Taliha celebrated 2nd SHG Foundation Day yesterday.

On the occasion Sr. Josin SD gave welcome address and Tabu Duchok read out the aims and objectives and history of IDEA.

Addressing the SHGs, Taliha CO/BDO Kipa Raja gave brief description on SHG, its formation and selection of group member etc. He also said “as we form SHG we should not only target to conceive loan from the bank”. But bank looks upon the development made by the group first then only the bank decides to finance loan for the groups, he said. He said, IDEA SHGs of Taliha namely, Women SHG Taliha and Ajin Aram SHG Taliha have got support from the department. However, the department can not give all the SHGs support at a time, he said. He, however, promised to give support one by one.

He has announced and promised to give Taliha SHGs five tailoring machines and requested them to learn as IDEA team has been providing various skill development training since 2008.

On the occasion, Tagam Yako, Agriculture Development officer (ADO) expressed his readiness to extend support to the groups as and when he is approached.

Fr. Sijo Jose Kuliranyil SAC of Siyum appreciated the hard work done by the IDEA team and assured necessary to support SHGs of the region at any time.

On the occasion IDEA Project Coordinator Sanjit also gave short inputs and information regarding the project and the activity to be taken up during the current year.

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Digital Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre

48 per cent of children under the age of 5 are malnourished in India, about 7 million of whom suffer from severe acute malnutrition. The Prime Minister called this a "national shame'', which needs to be tackled on an urgent basis.  To fight this silent epidemic, and tackle the persistent issue of malnutrition, Save the Children has now launched a Digital Nutrition Rehabilitation.

Centre which provides all of us a chance to contribute to tackling malnutrition for some of the poorest and most marginalized infants, in some of the hardest to reach corners of India, thus saving a precious life.

Every year, nearly 1.7 million children die because of illnesses that are easily preventable and under nutrition is the underlying cause for about a third of these deaths. This innovative initiative is part of a larger national effort to ensure quality health care and nutrition for some of India's poorest and most marginalised children.

It's never been easier to support an initiative to help save children lives, and provide quality care and nutrition for young children. All one has to do is visit the digital centre at http://nutrition.savethechildren.in.

The digital centre simulates the experience of being inside an ideal and child-friendly Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC), now being set up in some states by their governments to treat babies suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) -- which is a life-threatening condition.


‘Fine system’ and my experience

Dear Editor,

In continuation to Taba Ajum's and T. Tahin's views and experiences, I too being a concerned citizen of Arunachal Pradesh would like to share my experience with my fellow readers on stretching trends of taking  "FINE" on petty collision of vehicles in our state and our lustres in the neighbouring states.

One Sunday we went to Harmuty for marketing in a private car of one of us who used to be a local of Itanagar. There was huge rush. After marketing, for return journey our parked vehicle required about turn. But due to limited parking lot and congested area, our local friend who was driving the vehicle accidently banged the other nearby parked car of Assam registration. We all scared and apologized the owner. The gentleman excused us but rather lamented the concerned authority for lack of sufficient parking area. We all breadth deeply. After few moment, the gentleman came close to us and said "Bhai Sahab! Sochke dekhiye, aap ka Itanagar me hone se aap ka kya haal hona tha". We trio looked at each others and got inside the car.

The sentence of the gentleman is really great concerned for our society. Arunachal Pradesh is better known as peace loving state among the seven sisters. But the trend of taking "FINE" is blacktopping our images in all aspects. This is peak time to think before  it is too late.


Ganesh Tamang

Koloriang, Kurung Kumey