January 30


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: 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


MLA inaugurates Gompa

TAWANG, Jan 29: Lumla MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, who is currently on a four-day visit of his constituency, inaugurated a Gompa at Pamaghar today.

Addressing a huge gathering at Kudung  and Pamaghar, Tashi to maintain peace and be a part of developmental activities. He said that all should be a part of the nation building process and benefits of which should percolate equally to the bottom. He further requested the people of his constituency to abstain from alcoholism, hunting, gambling and other social evils. A clean environment, he said, is the best gift we can give to our children and future generations. We must protect our environment for the well being of all sentient beings, he said.  

Tashi accompanied by Mika Nyori, ADC Lumla and HoDs of Lumla sub-division and public leaders will be visiting Sakpret, Thongleng, Sakyur, Thrillam and Mangnam villages.


Release state’s share of SSA : ANYA

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) in a representation to Chief Minister has appealed for immediate release of outstanding state’s share under SSA to the tune of Rs eighty eight crore seven lakhs thirty eight thousand. ANYA claimed that due to non-payment of teachers and various other staffs working under SSA Rajya Mission are facing serious problem.

If the state share is released, then salaries of many employees of SSA can be paid on time, association stated.


Ph.D degrees to Ongong and Das

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Padmawati Ongong has qualified for the award of Degree of Philosophy (Ph.D) for his thesis “Premchand Ke Moolyankon Mein Kamal Kishore Goyanka Ka Yogdan”. Naba Kanta Das has qualified for the award of Degree of Philosophy (Ph.D) for his thesis “Chandra Kanta Aur Indira Goswami Ke Upanyason Ka Tulnatmak Adhyayan”.The degree will be conferred to them at the next convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University.


Drive against tinted vehicle windows conducted

ZIRO, Jan 29: The Third round of the drive against dark tinted films on vehicle window glasses was conducted by the district administration in and around Hapoli town  today.

The 1st and 2nd phases of the drive under the aegis of the Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri yielded a lot of appreciation from the general public as it led to an heightened awareness of the traffic rules and regulation among the drivers.

 Vehicles without valid papers were also checked during the drive and 175 numbers of vehicles were  imposed fine for violation of MV Acts. Many of the  violators of the traffic rules are riders of two wheelers.  An amount of Rs 40100 was realized as fine  from the defaulters during the checking drive, according to an official release.


Deshbakti Kavi Sammelan at Kuporijo VKV

DAPORIJO, Jan 29: VKV Kuporijo, Upper Subansiri district organized a Deshbakti Kavi sammelan on Jan 28.  Selected students from Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Si-Donyi Public school, Vivekananda Public school, Abotani English Medium Residential school, Govt. Rijo Middle school and VKV Kuporijo participated in the kavi sammelan and recited self-composed poems on Desh Bakti. Earlier, a school level kavi sammelan was organized in respective school from January 21.

Speaking on the occasion, Daporijo district research officer Dr. B. Paul advised the student community to have patriotic feeling in their mind. He also appreciated the students for their self composed poems.

Earlier A. Krishnan, Principal, VKV, Kuporijo urged the students to take interest in literary activities in order to enrich and expand their horizon of knowledge. The whole programme was coordinated by J. B. Jadhav and Pankaj Kumar, teachers of VKV Kuporijo.


Training on IDSP for medical staff organized

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: One Day Training on Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) for Medical Officers and Paramedical staffs was organized by District Surveillance Unit (DSU), Upper Subansiri District, Daporijo at District Hospital Conference hall yesterday.

Discussion on the importance of disease surveillance and the role of Medical Officers and Paramedical staffs in early detection of any type of disease outbreak were held. A mass interaction between the participants and resource persons was also held during the training.

The Training was conducted in the presence of Dr. T Dulom, I/c DMO, Daporijo. Resource Persons of the Training were Dr. T Nayam, DSO, G Digbak, Epidemiologist, Punam Doyom, Data Manager. The IDSP training was attended by 65 participants.


DFP organizes H&FW awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The Ziro unit of Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Govt of India organized a rally as part of the on-going special awareness campaign on health and family welfare at Bulla village in Lower Subansiri district today.

Resource persons from local health department highlighted on Janani Suraksha Karyakaran,  Janani Suraksha Yojna, Malaria and immunization against various diseases in a meeting held after culmination of the rally.

A quiz competition on various health and family welfare related topics was organized among the Govt Middle Bulla and winners were awarded attractive prizes.

Similar programmes were also organized by DFP at Siiro in Lower Subansiri and Kokila at Papum Pare district.


Senior GB beaten up

ITANAGAR, Jan 29:  The miscreants on Monday night beat up senior Gaon Burah of Sangkeng village under Namphai II area and injured him. According to the sources, cadres belonging to an underground asked the Gaon Burah to arrange for meat and drinks.

The old person expressed his inability stating that it was already late and majority of shops had closed by then. This infuriated the cadres and they thrashed Gaon Burah.

Meanwhile, women group from Miao area lodged an FIR against cadres of NSCN (IM) at Miao police station today claiming that they had beaten up Gaon Burah. While talking to this daily officer in charge of Miao Police Station informed that they have received written complaint from women group and will act accordingly to it.


Arun Dairy resumes sale of packet milk

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Pasteurized milk packets of Arun Dairy will be available in some selected milk sellers in the Capital Complex from tomorrow onwards.

The milk processing plant was shut for maintenance and replacement of some of the machineries of the plant.


Fire gutted three houses

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Three houses along with properties worth lakhs of rupees were gutted down in a fire accident at Koto village, East Kameng District on January 26 last. However, there were no human causality and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, informed East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union.

The union appealed to the district administration for immediate spot verification and provides adequate relief materials to the Koto fire victims. It also appealed to the organizations and NGOs to come forward to help the victims.


RGU faculty to participate in Intl conference

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Dr. Boa Reena Tok, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) will present a paper titled, “Perspective of Emerging Integrating Technology (ICT) in Learning and Teaching” in the 2nd International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2013) to be held on February 2 and 3, 2013 in Hong Kong, China organized by IACSIT and International Journal of Information and Education Technology (IJIET). ICEIT 2013 aims to provide a high level international forum to bring together industry professionals, academics, and individuals from institutions, industrials and government agencies to exchange information, share achievements, and discus the advancement in the fields of Educational and Information Technology, etc.


Sub-division level volleyball tourney begins at Lumla

TAWANG, Jan 29: The Sub-Division Level Volleyball Tournament, Lumla began at at Old General Ground today.

Inaugurating the tournament, Lumla ADC Mika Nyori advised the participating teams to maintain fair play and sportsman spirit. He expressed happiness over the enthusiasm shown by the teams and audiences alike.

Lumla CO Tashi Dhondup, HODs of the sub-division and public leaders were also present at the opening ceremony.

Ten teams are participating in the tournament organized by the Sub-Division Administration, Lumla and supported by Dept. of Sports and Youth Affairs.

The inaugural match was played between Kharteng Village Govt Higher Secondary School, Lumla in which the latter defeated the former.


DAPF threatens stir

ITANAGAR,  Jan 29:  The  Damin Area People Forum (DAPF) has reiterated its demand for action against  Damin block BDO alleging  his involvement in fund embezzlement under BADP project, MGNREGA and Hariyali scheme etc.

Claiming that its demand for action against the BDO for his alleged involvement in  misuse of fund had been ignored by the authorities concerned, the Forum threatened to launch aggressive movement in the form of peaceful dharna in front of the  office of the RD minister, if  its demand is not fulfilled by the minister within ten days.  


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: All Banderdewa Circle Anti-Corruption Youth Forum has conducted social service at Tiger Lake, Karsingsa recently.The volunteers clean the lake and its surrounding and tourist lodge.It demanded the tourism department for immediate maintenance of the project.


National voters day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The national voter’s day was celebrated on 25th of this month at ERO office campus, Sagalee. Additional deputy commissioner Sagalee, Chukhu Talar along with Hage Taker, principal government higher secondary school Sagalee was present on the occasion.

In his address ADC Talar spoke in length about the importance of national voter’s day.  During the day electoral roll of 15th Sagalee assembly constituency was displayed to the public and voter’s identity card along with badge were issued to the newly enrolled voters.


ABYA foundation day

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: All Bassarnallo Youth Association celebrated its first youth foundation day at government middle school Bassarnallo recently.

Papum Pare district DDSE TT Tara attended the function as chief guest and laid down the union’s foundation stone. He advised the youth to devote in the study and also urged the GBs and public to cooperate with the youth.

He also advised them to preserve flora and fauna of the area.

ZPM Nabam Eka also urged the people to support the youth for area development.

ABYA President Tarh Laniang read out the ABYA preamble and its bye laws.

Earlier, the members of the association also conducted mass procession.





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

Tuki reiterates commitment to develop interior areas

NYAPIN, Jan 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today reiterated the commitment of his government to develop interior areas of the state at par with other progressive parts. Visiting Nyapin, a remote administrative center in Kurung Kumey district today, he said government will deliver its best efforts to develop not only Nyapin sub-division but every interior and remote administrative centers across the state for over-all development and welfare of each and every household.

Addressing a mammoth party rally here, he announced Rs 2 crore for infrastructure development of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC)’s office and Rs 1 crore for construction of a community hall.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix, the Chief Minister assured to sanction funds to the tune of Rs 5 crore for blacktopping of the Nyapin-Sangram road to make it all-weather worthy. In the first phase he assured Rs 2 crore for it by March next. Of the 38 km, 12 km of the said road has already been black-topped under the initiatives of the local legislator.

To another appeal for construction of a road from Nyapin to Jamin – the proposed district headquarters of the new district to be carved out of Kurung Kumey, the Chief Minister said it will be taken up on priority under NLCPR during the next financial year. The road is proposed to connect Nyapin and Jamin via Laba, Panung, Leyang and Paji.

Asserting that his government is committed to exploit sporting potentials of local youths, the Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs 1 crore to develop the playground of the Government M E School at Sango.

During the INC Rally, at least 24 anchal samiti members and one ZPM of the NCP joined the Congress in tandem with the local MLA, who had merged into INC along with his four NCP colleagues on October 8 last year.

Welcoming the merger, Pradesh Congress Committee President and Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi said it was a homecoming ceremony that proves the credibility of INC in this frontier state. Mithi appealed his party cadres to re-dedicate themselves in strengthening the party from the grass root level in every assembly segment of the state. Keeping an eye on the forthcoming panchayat, parliament and assembly elections, the party president said Congress will come back to power with a thumping majority and for which every party worker will have to gear up from now to ensure it.

Taking note of the importance of education, the Rajya Sabha MP assured to sanction Rs 15 lakhs for infrastructure development of the Nyapin Govt Higher Secondary School.

On the other hand, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, who is also eyeing to come back for a second term from Arunachal West, announced another Rs 15 lakhs from his MPLAD for construction of a bridge over River Kidding that would connect upper and lower Nyapin.

The INC rally was also addressed by APCC Vice President Tatar Kipa, who was the Chief Patron of the rally, MLA Bamang Felix, prominent social activist and AICC member Tadar Yadir and District Congress Committee President Tarh Lejik.

Also present on the occasion were MLAs Tani Loffa, Techi Kaso and Markio Tado, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago, APYC President Tadar Niglar, , leaders of frontier wings and others.

Earlier on Monday, a mega cultural evening was organized to commemorate the maiden INC rally, which was attended by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy. At least 42 cultural troupes from villages across the assembly constituency performed all through the night to the awe of the visitors. Musical performances by young artistes of ‘Nyishi Idol’ fame added colour to the evening.

Sanjoy lauded the arrangements made by the local MLA and his supporters in a place far away from the mainstream.

Earlier, Tuki while addressing a huge gathering of public, panchayat leaders and officers in a development meeting at Toru, called upon public to give more attention towards education.

“Education is the backbone of every developed society and it enlightens life. Good education helps students build a strong foundation for future success,” he said. Tuki advised the students to live upto their parents’ expectation by excelling in their studies.

While responding one by one to the 25- point memorandum submitted by District Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nabam Aka, the Chief Minister said that Toru circle is a well facilitated circle and lot of development have been done here; the only bottleneck is telecommunication network to which he assured to take up the matter with BSNL authority for improvement of telecommunication.

Informing that his Govt is giving priority to agricultural and Horticulture sectors to encourage the farmers and small entrepreneurs, he said that  the recently held Krishi Expo’13 at Itanagar was an small step towards it to boost up the morale of farmers, cooperative societies, self employed youths and all allied department as a whole in the entire state.

He informed that a lot of skilled based jobs projects are on the pipeline for educated unemployed youths of the state and appealed to the youths to utilize their skill in more productive ventures like tea or rubber plantations.

The Chief Minister also assured to provide Rs 1 crore from SPA to construct the Cold Storage since horticulture produces like orange, sugarcane, banana and pineapples get perished before reaching to the markets incurring heavy losses to the farmers. He asked the agriculture department to look for the feasibility of double cropping as alternative to traditional one.

To the much applause of GBs present there, he also announced that his Govt has enhanced the GBs honorarium from Rs 500 to Rs 600 besides other welfare schemes like free electricity, telephone connection, uniforms etc.      Responding to the request for setting up of a Police Station at Toru Circle the Chief Minister while taking note of security aspects of the area, assured that a Police Station will soon be set up. He asked Superintendent of Police Papum Pare to take up matter.  

Earlier, Tuki alongwith Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family Welfare Nido Pavitra and others, upgraded the Health Sub Centre Toru to Primary Health Center and expressed that public of Toru can avail better medical facilities with the up gradation.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram, who accompanied the Chief Minister also addressed the people and said state Govt has achieved milestone in education scenario in a very short span of time by bringing five universities in the state and initiating many other commendable steps in education sector. He appealed to the public to respect teachers so that they can discharge their duty in a friendlier atmosphere. He also assured to upgrade Toru Primary School to inter-village Primary School.

Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family Welfare Nido Pavitra, Legislators Tapuk Taku, Techi Kaso, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu accompanied the CM among others. (with inputs from DIPRO Yupia)



Pre-recruitment training for Tirap youth

KHONSA, Jan 29: Tirap District Career Counseling Cell (TDCCC) in association with the 36th Bn CRPF started a month-long ‘pre-recruitment training program’ for entry into the Constable (GD) in the Central Police Organization (CPO) at Nehru Stadium here yesterday.

About 400 youths from the district under the TDCCC initiatives applied for the post of Constable (GD) in the forthcoming SSC examination’2013, of which all the candidates who fulfilled the physical standards, educational qualification and other criteria would be trained with the expertise from the 36th Bn CRPF. On the first day itself, more than 80 candidates were shortlisted for the training.

Addressing the aspiring candidates, the Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr. Sachin Shinde exhorted the youth to work hard with commitment for selection into the CPO. Referring to the programme, he described it as a rare opportunity where 765 (Male-702+Female-63) vacancies are meant to be filled up from amongst the candidates of Arunachal Pradesh. He also advised everyone to keep close contact with the TDCCC for any other vacancy information.

The Commandant, 36th Bn, CRPF BC Sharma advised the youth to take full advantage of the training to lead a respectable life in uniformed services. He further assured all possible help from the CRPF for constructive development of the youth of Tirap district. DIPRO



MTV Talent Hunt show

3 Arunachalee students clear 1st round of audition  

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Three Arunachalee students currently studying in ITFI College Chandigarh, namely Wangjing Wangjen (BHSRM student), Pill Biman (BBA student) and Penga Bojir (B.Sc ATHM student) have been selected for next round of MTV  talent hunt show known as Maruti Suzuki Colors of Youth 2012 season II. The audition for show was held at Chandigarh group college yesterday and was judged by Subir Malik of Parikarma fame and actress Isha Koppikar.

Hundreds of students took part in the audition but only six candidates were selected including three students from Arunachal Pradesh. This was first round of North Zonal level and 2nd round will be held at New Delhi tomorrow. It will be followed by final round audition at Mumbai. (Reported by Tage Tajung, Media student of ITFT College, Chandigarh, Punjab)



Panggeng visits fish ladder construction site

YINGKIONG, Jan 29:  The Parliamentary Secretary, Education, Law  and Justice and Mariyang-Geku MLA J.K. Panggeng visited the on-going  construction site of a fish ladder at the confluence of Sirang stream and Meytek stream 4 kms away from Katan CO(HQ) on 28 January last.

Panggeng was accompanied by DC Liyon Borang along with his team of officers comprising SP, DFO,DVO,DDSE,DFDO,EE (RWD,Yingkiong EE(PWD), Mariyang, AE(PHE) Katan on the occasion.

Sirang and Maytek streams are the tributaries of Yamne river which jointly flow to the Yamne river. Meytek stream has a steep Water fall which in Adi is called as “SISO DIINGGO”.

The fishes from below the water fall coming from the Yamne can't come up and cross the waterfall. Therefore, a channel from above the waterfall is being constructed to divert some volume of waters to the parallel Sirang stream through which fishes from the Sirang and Yamne can pass above the waterfall (Siso Dinggo). This  is the first of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh till date and would have a tourist attractions in future after its completion. The fund is being funded by the State's Fishery Development department and the scheme is being executed by the RWD, Yingkiong.

Earlier the Deputy Commissioner Borang and his team of development officers organized a public meeting on various developmental issues at Katan. Borang advised the villagers not to disturb Survey investigation activities of the executing company for proposed hydro power projects over Yamne river and appealed the Gao Buras, Youths and Panchayat leaders to cooperate the circle officer for development and progress of Katan town in future. The DFO, DDSE, DVO and EE(RWD) also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



DLVMC  meeting on Centrally Sponsored Schemes  held

DAPORIJO, Jan 29: The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA),Upper Subansiri, Daporijo conducted a District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DLVMC) meeting here at the Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijto to review the performance of all centrally sponsored schemes implemented in the district in 2011-2012. The Meeting was chaired by Gejum Ete, Deputy Commissioner incharge and attended by PRI members, PD DRDA Sode Potom, EE (RWD) T. Paktung, BDOs of all the CD blocks in the district, AE (PHED), APOs and officials of DRDA.

Annual Performance Report of Centrally Sponsored Schemes(CSS) for the year 2011-12 was presented by the PHED (Nirmal Bharat Abiyan and Water Supply), RWD (PMGSY) and Block Development Officers (IAY, Hariyali, IWMP, MGNREGA etc.) of the 9 CD Blocks (Limeking/Taksing, Nacho, Taliha, Giba, Baririjo, Daporijo, Dumporijo, Puchigeko,), which were discussed and reviewed.

‘Only if we as implementers of development works under CSS are satisfied with the work done will the public be satisfied and happy’, said Gejum Ete while giving the keynote speech during the DLVMC meeting today.

He stressed on the need for maintenance of quality, in works undertaken and added that it was the duty of each and everyone to monitor the schemes and see that true achievement  takes place at ground level.

PD S. Potom, explaining the aims and objectives of the meeting said that monitoring was an essential part of development activity and it is through monitoring of works undertaken that any mistakes or loopholes could be found and corrected. APO (Monitoring) M. Hai spoke on the importance of timely submission of reports and active participation of all in the monitoring process. DIPRO



State level training on SJSRY, NULM held

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The two days state level training on SJSRY and the proposed NULM organized by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Itanagar under sponsorship of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India concluded at IGNOU Conference Hall, at Naharlagun today.

Inaugurating the training, Prof. Dipankar Pal, Director, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) threw light on the SJSRY and the proposed NULM scheme said that NERIST has become a centre for short duration vocational training to generate livelihood for youths of the state.

The inaugural session was followed by the technical sessions conducted by faculty from Rajiv Gandhi University, NERIST, MSME-DI, Department of Handicraft and Textile, KVIC, JSS, IIE etc.

Besides the participants from different institutes, departments, organisations and development functionaries working in urban areas/ sectors of Arunachal Pradesh Professor N. Kar from Rajiv Gandhi University, R Seth from the MSME-DI, Santanu M. Deka and Dr. Ratna Bhuyan from IIE were also present in the inaugural session.

Binny Yanga, Social Activist and Dr. Joseph Kuba, Regional Director, IGNOU attended the valedictory session. Both Yanga and Dr. Joseph viewed that the proposed NULM would go a long way in creating employment opportunities for the urban youth of the state. They gave emphasis on skill development and efforts in right direction for the success of the proposed NULM.



National Girl Child Day celebrated

ROING, Jan 29: The National Girl Child Day was celebrated for the first time at Anganwadi Training Centre, New Colony Roing on Jan 24 last.

Dr Atlok Yirang, DMO while chairing over the programme has lauded the Deputy Director, ICDS for initiating the observation of National Girl Child Day for the first time in the district. He further exhorted the gathering to give equal treatment and facilities to the girl child and not to differentiate between a boy and a girl child. A properly educated woman can take necessary care and impart proper education to their children, he observed. The DMO informed  the gathering about the Govt schemes for wellbeing of women and girl child.

Earlier, Savitri Khamti, Deputy Director, ICDS Roing highlighted the importance of the day. She exhorted the gathering to give proper guidance and directions to the girl child adding that today’s woman has a dual role to play in meeting up the various family problems as well as to shoulder the responsibility in the society.

Taga Tado, Project Director (DRDA), G N Roy, DSP, Moloya Linggi, Secretary of Iniya Joway Ameway NGO, Supervisors Oyam Jamoh & Jini Mihu also spoke on the occasion. Among others, Supervisors  and Gram Sevika of Roing ICDS Project and 53 Anganwadi Workers attended the programme. DIPRO



Parl. secy inspects Mamin bridge project

YINGKIONG, Jan 29:  Parliamentary Secretary Education, Law & Justice JK Panggeng inspected the under construction Mamin bridge over Yammey river linking Dalbing village with Mariyang-Yingkiong road on January 27 last.

Panggeng directed the contractor of the 72 m-long steel bridge to complete it at the earliest for the benefit of the villagers. Reciprocating Panggeng, the contractor also reportedly committed in front of the villagers that the construction will be completed within March 2013.

Responding to a memorandum requesting him to upgrade the Government Primary School, Dalbing to Middle School, Panggeng assured the villagers to take up the matter with the State government.

Highlighting the importance of preserving wildlife, Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang discouraged hunting and killing of wildlife, fishing by using chemicals/poison and cultivation of opium. He advised them to take interest in cultivation of Horticulture and Agriculture like Gingger, Cardomom, Orange, Tea plantation which can boost up the economic condition of the people he added.

Dukkang Pertin, ZPM, Mariyang-Mopom appealed the district administration and civil supply department to keep buffer stock of ration commodities at Mariyang for the next rainy season on apprehension that the on-going state-highway road construction is likely to cause road blockages affecting transportation of such items.

EE(Elect), PD,DRDA, DFO and DIPRO from Yingkiong and SDO, EE(PWD), ZPM Mopom-Mariyang and other development officers from Mariyang accompanied Panggeng. DIPRO



Topo Gone- A handiwork of a miraculous priest

AALO, Jan 29:  No priest of the past and present generation of our society is as renowned and miraculous as late Kasi Yomcha was, who spent most of his life outside the home in the jungles, tree tops, bushes, banana grooves, rivers and the roofs of the houses without food and water to cast his divine magical spell.

The wife of the famous priest, who is the longest surviving woman under Liromoba Assembly Constituency nearing hundred years, relates the miraculous feats and supernatural power of her late priest husband. Conversion of rope into snakes, dragging of fishes from the river at will, piercing the finger to get water out of dry soil and ultimately taking the shape of tiger for some time creating havoc by killing domestic animals in Yomcha, Tirbin and Lombi areas were some of the miracles he had performed that remained a mystery for the tribal people.

It was after some years of isolation that he came back to his hometown, Yomcha with age telling on him and health severely deteriorating and remained without food and water for four to five days. It was during this fasting period that the famous Topo Gone was made by late Kasi Yomcha under the cover of blanket in an unconscious state, half human and half animal. This unique antique made of local metal depicts ailing female along with snake and frog surrounding it. It is said that the antique was at first created with a male along with the female but the male was abandoned due to bad omen attached to it as most of the thirteen children out of his wedlock with three wives, especially male use to die and every death in the family and Yomcha village resulted in the coming of blood drops at Topo Gone. After abandoning the male Topo Gone, two of the sons survived and the youngest son, Siter Yomcha is a sought after young priest in the state and he has inherited some of his father’s power at the very tender age.

Legend says that Topo Gone, an ancestral female damsel was on his marriage journey and sat on a stone which was in its infant stage despite caution not to do so and ultimately got stuck there along with the frog and snake that followed them. The antique which depicts that mythology was created during his ailing period and said to portray an ailing damsel and late Yomcha got well after the creation and today the antique is under the custody of the wife of late Kasi Yomcha and whosoever visits Yomcha make a glance to the historical specimen. But pregnant ladies are always scared of viewing or touching  it fearing of insane and ill health babies under the influence of ill health female Topo Gone.

Now, the wife of late Kasi Yomcha and the youngest priest son Siter Yomcha are desperate to get a scheme from the Govt. to erect a safe hall for the Topo Gone for public viewing and detailed estimate is being prepared to press the Govt. for consideration.  DIPRO

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UN trust fund

A new trust fund aimed at boosting youth volunteerism has been established with the goal of transforming the energy of the world's young people into tangible global development targets, the United Nations has announced.

Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Volunteers (UNV), the trust fund will provide the financial foundations for the creation of a youth volunteering modality which, in turn, will assist governments in the development of their own national and regional youth volunteer schemes while encouraging thousands of young people to support peace and development activities worldwide.

Since launching operations in 1971, the UNV programme has deployed more than 7,700 volunteers every year nationally and internationally, with 80 per cent coming from developing countries, and more than 30 per cent volunteering within their own countries.

The volunteers play key roles in contributing to peace and development in some 130 countries, helping to organize and run local and national elections and supporting a large number of peacekeeping and humanitarian projects. Overall, UN Volunteers comprise one third of all international civilians working in UN peacekeeping operations, according to the UNV website.

However, with the new trust fund in play, UNV voiced hope that it would be able to build on the current 87 international youth volunteers it already deploys across 50 countries.


Charity done in true sense

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight about Arunachal Charity Home (ACH), Dibrugarh branch [an Arunachal Pradesh based NGO]. One of my cousin brothers was struggling for his life since 2 months at Dr. Damani Nurshing Home and unfortunately he breathed last at Arunachal charity Home, Dibrugarh. The members of Arunachal Charity Home lead by Jobang Modi [Chairman] and  Oyin Paron [Vice-Chairman] helped us a lot and they deserve appreciation for it. Having observed and seen my family’s fight to save our late brother, the help offered by them was very encouraging.

Both Modi and Paron provided us an ambulance belonging to Arunachal Charity Home to drop the dead body of my brother late RAM TAYENG from Dibrugarh to our native village at AYENG in East Siang district on 27th of this month without charging anything. The Arunachal Charity Home also provided us accommodation facilities to my family at low rate as compared to normal people, during our stay at Dibrugarh for Late Ram’s treatment.

We thank Jobang Modi [Chairman],  Oyin Paron [Vice-Chairman] and all the staff of Arunachal Charity Home, Dibrugarh for helping the poor people in needy time.    Further, I believe and hope that Arunachal Charity Home  will keep the same spirit in near future too and help people who come from different part of Arunachal Pradesh for medical purpose and so on.   Lastly, Modi & Paron you will always remember in soft corner heart of my families for Evers.

 My dear fellow citizens of Arunachal Pradesh, if you face any difficulties/problem at Dibrugarh specially on Medical Purpose please contact on the following Phone numbers:- Chairman (ACH) and  Vice-Chairman (ACH)


Bomtem Tayeng

‘D’ Sector, Itanagar