January  05


Stage set for Si-Donyi

Naharlagun, Dec 04: Stage is set for the Si-Donyi celebration in the state. In Naharlagun, the festival would be celebrated near Helipad on 6th January.

The festival priest has already arrived from Daporijo today and the rituals/chanting has begun for the bumper harvest and well being of human beings.  

Meanwhile as part of the celebration, a Tagin Audio album, produced by Gamsuk Ligu Garam has been released on 4th January in a cultural programme to pay tribute to Maaluk Doyum, a legendry Tagin radio artist.

The album with songs by Jeli Kayi Tamin, Tapo Charuk Pakmen and Gamniya Baki Garam was released by EAC, Itanager Habung Lumpung and Councilor Tai Tassung, Banderdewa Municipality today.



Traditional dance and drama competition

ITANAGAR, Jan 04: The circle level traditional dance and drama competition was conducted at Bordumsa as part of Eknath Ranade's birth centenary celebration.

The first prize in traditional dance competition was bagged by Wakhetna village while the second prize was won by Kherem Kachari village.

The first prize in traditional drama competition was bagged by Gidding village.

Eight teams participated in traditional dance competition and three in traditional drama.

MLA Nikh Kamin, Head Gaon Bura Sekhet Tang Singpho, ZPM Tonko Singpho witnessed the programme among others.

A similar competition was also organized at Diyun wherein Innao village bagged the first prizes in both traditional dance and drama competition and Deori village the seconds.

There were seven troupes for the traditional dance competition and as many teams for the traditional drama competition.

About 1050 people witnessed the programme.


Efforts to shift sawmills to Industrial zone

PASIGHAT, Jan 04:  The Department of Forest, Pasighat Division has come out with a plan to shift all band sawmills in notified industrial zones for their effective monitoring.

In a letter to Dy. Director Industries, Pasighat, the EAC (Dev), who is also heading the Task Force checking forest illegalities in the district, has appealed to the Department of Industries to ensure shifting of all band saw mills across the district in the notified industrial estates like Niglok, Pasighat and Mebo.

On being asked about unregulated and unrestricted band sawmills across the district which have been responsible for major illegal timber operation, Divisional Forest Officer Pasighat Forest Division Tabang Jamoh said that he had written several times to East Siang Deputy Commissioner for shifting of all band saw mills in notified industrial estate for effective monitoring and checking of illegalities.  In this connection, two district level meetings were also held at DC's office on July 24 and August 29, 2014 involving all ADCs of Mebo, Nari, Boleng and Ruksin and wherein they emphasized on shifting of these band saw mills in industrial estate. But no concrete steps have been initiated from the department of Industries, added Jamoh.

He, however, expressed the hope that this time the individual/cluster of band sawmills operating from various isolated locations and private residence will be shifted to the government industrial notified estates.  (Maksam Tayeng)


News Impact

Police act tough against ILP violators in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Jan 04: As many as 45 people have been arrested and later deported for not possessing valid inner line permits (ILP) in Sille-Oyan area of East Siang.

The police set up check point at NH-52 in an effort to curb illegal entry to the state.

A case has been registered under the   Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 at Sile Oyan Police Station.

Later, the police produced all 45 for not possessing valid inner line permits before the magistrate.

A Police team led by SI M.S.Bori, Officer In charge of Sile-Oyan Police Station has been patrolling the area for quite some time after a strict order from the District Administration and Superintendent of Police, East Siang.



AAPSU supports hunger strike by aspirants

ITANAGAR, Jan 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has extended its unconditional support to the APPSC examination aspirants, who have decided to sit on 72 hours hunger strike to seek justice, and also lauded Ujum Perying for taking the lead.

"It is shocking to know that the APPSC has suspended four officials in the ranks of Joint Secretary and Under Secretary although the Commission had earlier termed the allegations leveled by the aspirants as baseless," AAPSU said in a release.

It is now necessary for the Chairman and the Members to come clean on this issue to rebuild public confidence and trust on the Commission, the release stated.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Consultative Committee has every right to have a copy of the Enquiry Report as they are the immediate affected party. The Commission must make the Enquiry Report available to the Consultative Committee, AAPSU demanded.

The suspension of the officials, particularly the Joint Secretary cum Controller of Examination, in connection with the question paper leak incident has raised our concern. The confidentiality of any paper cannot be ascertained when the Controller of Examination has access to all the confidential files. The functioning and confidentiality as well as the Integrity of the Commission are highly questionable under these circumstances, AAPSU said and stressed on the need of major reforms in the functioning of the Commission to ensure that no such things are repeated in future. AAPSU also held the state government equally responsible for showing laxity in deciding the matter after having the Enquiry Report since October 3, 2014.

Govt. will be responsible if anything happens to the protesting aspirants, added the release.



News & Views Award

ITANAGAR, Jan 04: News & Views Award for Excellence in Journalism, an annual award, to commemorate the birth of electronic media in Arunchal Pradesh has been instituted under the banner of Frontier Films by its proprietor Taro Chatung, who had produced the 15-minute News & Views news episode.

Influenced by film star Shatrughan Sinha producing weekly news programme, titled "Shotgun Show" for Zee TV, and after learning the first lessons on the basics of TV journalism and its production at Zee TV's Mumbai office in 1997, Chatung under an agreement with the Itanagar DDK started producing News & Views from July 10, 2000, which came to an end in May 2005 because of policy decision by the DDK at national level. The award carrying a cash of Rs 50,000 and certificate will be given away on January 20, the day NEFA was christened as Arunachal Pradesh (Union Territory) in 1972 at Ziro.

However, the maiden award will be given here, Chatung told organising committee headed by senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, which met in the Press Club here today.

The criteria for the award included minimum five-year continuous service as a working journalist in print or electronic media in Arunachal Pradesh, general category within the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The screening committee, headed by Sahitya Academy awardee, Y D Thongchi, with Mamang Dai, a Padma Shree awardee, IPR director C M Longphong, film maker Moji Riba and social activist Sunil Mow as members, invites three bye-line stories three DVDs of news stories with signals of channel concerned published/telecast during 2013 and 2014 from the qualifying candidates.

Five hard copies of each write-up/DVD should be submitted to Frontier Films, Mowb-II, Near PWD CE (EZ) office, Itanagar by January 13 next.  For any query, one may contact Chatung: M-9862219208. The scrutiny committee will screen the entries on January 15. The entries are free of cost.

Appreciating the initiative, Dai said that it would go a long way in promoting journalism in the state, which faces many an uphill tasks to serve the people. Among others APC president Chopa Cheda, senior journalists Utpal Boruah, Tapan Das and Partha Bhowmik were present during the occasion.



Wealthy Sissen plagued by govt apathy

ITANAGAR, Jan 04: It has enough spices to ensure a better living for its residents but no road to take them forward. Enter Sissen village in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The tiny village, perched atop a hillock on the right bank of Siang river, has earned laurels for record production of organic spices but still lacks a motorable road connecting it with the rest of the world.

The only means of communication for the few hundred villagers is a bamboo hanging bridge over the river. Adults as well as children cross the river risking their lives everyday.

The village, under the administrative control of Kebang circle, has only 21 households and 140 voters (as per 2011 Census). The residents had boycotted the April 9 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections to draw the attention of politicians to their plight. But nothing has been done to reduce their problems so far.

The village has farming enthusiasts from each household growing spices such as cardamom, ginger, red chilli, turmeric, medicinal and aromatic plants, and many other agriculture and horticulture products. Every person of the village has turned into organic spices growers' to sustain themselves without depending on contract works or government jobs.

The villagers sold more than two tonnes of large cardamom (Golsey) in the nearest market in Kekar Monying (near Sisen hanging bridge), Pasighat and Assam's Dibrugarh district last year at Rs 800-950 per kg.

"Our villagers carry their produces by head load from their respective farms to the nearest motorable road by covering around five to six km after crossing the hanging bridge. A person used to carry more than 35 kg of cardamom in local made basket that is worth around Rs 30,000 (per basket)," said Bakin Siram, a young farmer.

He said due to suitable soil and climatic condition, each household in the village earns minimum Rs 1 lakh annually from cardamom, orange and ginger cultivations.  "Apart from spices cultivation, women from the village sell vegetables, red chilli, fruits, etc.," he said.

Earlier, the villagers hardly earned Rs 10,000 per year before opting for horticulture and agriculture farming. "Earlier, our people could hardly earn even Rs 10,000 per annum. Now we have admitted our children to various private schools in Pangin, Pasighat, Aalo and Itanagar," Siram said.

Witnessing handsome returns, the villagers have started cultivating rubber and medicinal plants to supplement their annual income. If things go in right direction, the villagers could earn minimum Rs 5 lakh per annum, he claimed.

"Sisen has been one of the successful farming centres of the state. Despite communication bottleneck, the villagers scripted a success story through various schemes of the state horticulture department," East Siang DHO Balom Apum said.

"We provide seedlings, barbed wires and constructed water tanks from government schemes for them. They identify areas for community farming near their village and utilise it judiciously," Apum said.

To encourage spices farming, the state government and the Spice Board of India had on October 26 last year signed a memorandum of understanding here.

According to the MoU, the Spice Board of India would set up two auction centres at Namsai and Kimin, besides model nursery at the Eastern, Western and Central Zones of the state.

The Board would provide 30% share on subsidy to the cultivators and 20% shares would be provided by the state. The Board would also document the indigenous spices of the state. The state government would facilitate marketing of the spices through "Buy Back Policy", and had decided to include spices in the flagship programmes of the state.

"Arunachal Pradesh has huge potential for organic spices especially large cardamom, ginger, turmeric and star anise, and we will assist farmers towards its production through various schemes," Spice Board Director (Development) S Siddaramappa said.

Sissen village is also historically significant as the British troops had launched an attack on the Adi warriors during the 1911 Anglo-Abor War here.

Despite having all the potentials to be among the front-runners, the villagers are lagging far behind and still depending on porter tracks and ramshackle hanging bridge for all purposes.

The light of development would only reach the people once the unconnected villages, including Pongging, are linked with the Trans-Arunachal Highway from Dite-Dime to Pasighat- Mariyang Road. PTI



For a more representative Delhi Police

Abhimanyu Chandra

Two weeks ago, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, alerted Parliament to an astounding fact: In Delhi, instances of discrimination against people from the Northeast had increased by 226% over the previous year.

Benighted private individuals-fellow students, colleagues, strangers-are behind much of this racism. More disturbingly, police personnel are held culpable as well. In this context, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge to recruit more Northeast youth into Delhi Police is welcome. A more representative police will help stem racism, and nurture a more cohesive national capital.

Nido Tania's death brought racism against people from the Northeast to the forefront; the issue was reported not, as is customary with it, just by the Northeast media, but by the national press as well. On January 29, 2014, 20-year-old Tania was attacked in Delhi. The reason? His hair was partly blonde and his trousers red: preferences that, in the eyes of his assailants, warranted derision. The exchange escalated and took on increasingly racist tones. Next day, Tania succumbed to internal injury to his brain and lungs. The tragedy, unlike many similar instances, caught attention partly because it involved death, and no doubt partly because Tania was the son of an Arunachal Pradesh Member of Legislative Assembly.

Activists, representatives, and reports suggest that other less fatal acts of racism, and against Northeast people less-well-connected, are commonplace in Delhi--even though they tend not to garner national attention. According to CNN-IBN, 78% of Delhi's estimated two-lakh Northeast population has faced humiliation for its appearance. Search for an apartment, and you're harassed for your "chinky" looks. Wear a sarong, and be mocked for your odd tastes. Girls from the Northeast are categorically labeled as amorous and buyable.

Statistics and student groups suggest the police, too, is discriminatory. According to the North East Support Centre and Helpline, between 2005 and 2011 Delhi Police registered just 36 out of 96 cases of crime committed against people from the Northeast. The Nending Anyung incident illustrates the perception of an unjust police. Anyung, a nurse from the Northeast, was subjected to racial, regional epithets at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on September 10, and was subsequently strangled. That was bad enough. But then Delhi Police, at least in the eyes of Arunachal Students' Union Delhi (ASUD), was negligent in its response. ASUD located the police's apathy in Anyung's identity. The police dragged its feet, ASUD reasoned, because Anyung is an Arunachalee, is from the Northeast.

The problem with all of this is threefold. One, obviously, is racism. Two, the perception (backed by at least some evidence) that the police--that is state machinery--is discriminatory. Whether Delhi Police is incompetent across the board is accessory for our purposes here; the perception that the state is discriminatory, itself, is serious and worrying. The broader, resultant problem is that, three, we have at hand a riven social fabric. Trust, between one group of people and another, and between the people and the state, is a prerequisite for the healthy functioning, and existence, of a diverse democracy. Clearly, there is a dearth of this in Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to recruit Northeast youth into Delhi Police, a plan he announced on a visit earlier in the month to the region, is a useful corrective for restoring trust. (Data on the composition of Delhi Police is unavailable. But a 2011 article on an incoming group of 344 sub-inspectors indicates that not one of them hailed from the Northeast.) A police more representative of the city's motley population will likely mitigate discrimination--at least that from the state machinery, and perhaps slowly from private individuals as well. Incidentally, the Prime Minister's announcement mirrors that of another head of state, of another diverse, divided democracy. In the backdrop of high-profile instances of alleged discrimination by white police officers against black individuals, United States President Barack Obama said he aims to recruit more people from minority groups into the police. "We know that makes a difference," he said.

A more representative police alone will not, to be sure, address discrimination in Delhi against people from the Northeast. And the Centre seems to realize this; along with several other measures, it has announced plans to include more content on the Northeast in a revised CBSE syllabus. And, to be sure, discrimination against Northeast people is not limited to Delhi. Nonetheless Delhi is the national capital, and so the stakes there are particularly high. If Delhi is to have a certain amity between those governing and those governed, and if its diverse population is to coexist, then a robust social fabric is a necessity. The Prime Minister's recent announcement is a solid step in that direction.

One hopes that if not in the next one year, or even the next five years, then perhaps in the next ten years the Minister of State for Home Affairs will have better news for Parliament: that instead of more than doubling, discrimination in Delhi against people from the Northeast has halved.

(This column was first published in Huffington Post India)



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Political war over terror boat issue

The terror boat issue has been turned into a political battle between Congress and BJP.  Congress today asked the NDA government to come clean on Pakistani 'terror boat' issue by naming the terror organization involved in the incident.  Party claimed that different versions were coming out and there was no concrete evidence to prove a major terrorist strike was averted. Congress also accused the government of sensationalizing the issue. BJP reacted very strongly to Congress charges and said the opposition party's reaction on the issue of such sensitive national security was shocking.

A fishing boat, suspected to be from Pakistan, allegedly exploded after a dramatic chase off the Gujarat coast on New Year's Eve after the vessel was intercepted by Coast Guard near the Indo-Pak maritime boundary in Arabian Sea, raising suspicion that a major terror attack was being planned. The boat's four occupants appeared to have been killed after they blew up the vessel, refusing calls to surrender. The two major political parties should avoid playing politics over national security issue. Till proper investigation is done, they should refrain from making frivolous statement over the issue. They are not doing any service to the nation by politicalizing this issue.

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Punish the divisive elements

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news report “Now, Gujarat cops make ‘terrorists’ shout pro-Islamic slogan”(January 3).

While the terrorists and lumpen elements need to be seriously punished, care should be taken that those who try to malign a whole religious or ethnic group for heinous acts of a few can also not succeed in escaping from the clutches of the law. Though sexual atrocities have become a “national phenomenon”, yet certain vested interests try their level best in painting the whole Bengali race in a “rapist” colour. Similarly a very filthy mindset of equating Islam with terrorism has gained roots and it has got reflected through the ugly deeds of Surat police. Not only do these parochial outlook character-assassinate particular communities; but also give rise to intolerance and hatred, thereby threatening the unity and integrity of the country. 

By drawing inspiration from civilized countries ranking high in Human Development Index, India should also strictly punish the divisive elements who engage in portraying particular section of population in derogatory light.


Kajal Chatterjee,





Let there be freedom of choice

Dear Editor,

Recently there has been lot of talk concerning anti-conversion law. I personally feel that such a law is indicative of a closed mind set. Even the demand for such a law in our country is very selfish. These are the days when countries are becoming more interdependent in terms of politics, economy, science and technology, climate, peace, health, education, infrastructure, fashion and religion as well. This is an era of globalization. We are the citizens of this earth. Why should we restrict the exchange of religion when India so happily and eagerly shares her religion to other countries of the world? The recently announced Yoga Day was warmly accepted by more than 100 countries around the globe. When people from USA, Europe etc can warmly accommodate and accept Hinduism, why can’t India allow religions of other countries to be accepted by her citizens in India. Right from the constitution, administrative, education, health care systems, communications, defence, information technology, fashion; almost everything is copied or imported from other countries of the world. If we can accommodate every essential aspect of life and development from other countries, what is the big deal in accepting and accommodating religions of other countries? Why do we remember the day when Swami Vivekananda delivered his lecture in Chicago as National Youth Day? When Hinduism is preached and practiced in other countries Indians are very happy and proud. When Hindu gurus preach in other countries they become famous, otherwise they will be hardly heard and recognized in India. This is the pitiful mindset of Indians in the matter of religion. There are few universities for Sanskrit studies in India, but there are many foreign universities which have implemented Sanskrit as compulsory course.  Is the philosophy or the teaching or the content of Hinduism so weak, that it can’t face the philosophy or the teaching or the content of other religions of the world?

Locally, I think the philosophies of the indigenous faith of tribals are competent enough to stand on its own. It does not need a law to uphold it.

Like the way other countries are open to Hinduism, India should also be open to their religions and people should be given the freedom to choose which religion to follow. Indian political leaders should not make anti conversion law as an issue to create unrest in the country and we as educated and free citizens must understand the politics of religion. If our leaders want to promote Hinduism, then they must do in the same way other democratic countries of the world do i.e by giving people the freedom to choose.


Takam Tadar

Delhi University






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