January 20

Durbo Mimi and Pranko Miso win Reh Badminton title in men's double


ROING, Jan 19: Durbo Mimi and Pranko Miso defeated Ambra Mena and Apomo Linggi in two straight sets (21-13, 21-13) in the men's double final of the Reh Badminton Tournament organized by the Central Reh Celebration Committee here at the town club on Sunday.

Men's single title was also won by Durbo Mimi in a walk-over due to leg injury of his opponent Pranko Miso. Under 19 boy's single was won by Babrangso Breeng against Ginu Bomnyo (21-17, 21-17).

In women's double, Apali Mega and Mary Zida won the title by defeating Ajiya Umpe and Ashiney Molo (19-21, 21-17, 21-7), while the single title was won by Mary Zida defeating Apali Mega (21-9, 21-8).

Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, DC Shiv Kumar, SP Rajneesh Gupta and ex-ZPC Dature Miuli were present at the occasion as special invitees.


MSD Cricket Club lifts Winter T20 Cricket Trophy

DAPORIJO, Jan 19: The MSD Cricket Club lifted the Winter T20 Cricket Tournament trophy which concluded here today.

The final match was played between ECEB Cricket Club and MSD Cricket Club. Botom Sorum was declared the man of the match during the final. Along with the trophy, the winner club was given a cash prize of Rs. 40000.

The tournament was organized by the All New Market Youth Welfare Association, which was started on Jan 9 with participation of 10 teams from the district.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri, Komkar Dulom inaugurated the match amidst a huge gathering of the locals.


144 CrPC in Longding opposed

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The Longding District Students Union (LDSU) vehemently opposed the imposition of the section 144 Cr.PC in Longding district. Londging Deputy Commissioner in an order on January 12 has imposed section 144 Cr.PC in order to prevent unlawful activities and maintain peaceful atmosphere till the end of financial year on March 31 next, which, according to LDSU, is illegal and clever move of the DC to prevent the proposed dharna of the Union in protest against the lack of administration in the district.

Moreover, the order of the administration bears no clarity and authenticity as the Minister and MLA Thangwang Wangham had already described Londging as a peaceful district, the Union said and alleged that imposition of 144 CrPC for more than two months is an abuse of power. ‘The common people are facing lots of difficulties and problems in managing their daily works due to imposition of such order, the Union claimed  and appealed the state government to lift  the order  immediately.


Fire claims one at Dasi, houses burnt

Karda Natam

Daporijo, Jan’19: A devastating fire accident has charred a man to death at Dasi village, under Chetam Circle.

The deceased has been identified as Bade Mengnia. He was alone in the house when the fire started around 9 AM.  The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Dasi village is around 34 km away from Daporijo.

Property including local ornaments worth more than Rs 10 lakhs was completely gutted in the fire.

In another fire incident at Tanium Putung Colony Daporijo, two houses were burnt completely along properties worth crores of money.

The fire that broke out at around 3 AM here today was reportedly due to short circuit.

The fire tenders reached the spot on time and stopped further spread of fire.


Protests against Pre paid electricity

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The opposition against pre-paid electric metre continuous to grow. The Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) in a meeting held today decided to organize peaceful democratic movement against pre-paid meter. The association is going to hold a peace rally on 23rd January starting from Akashdeep market to Vidyut Bhawan to lodge their protest.

Ward No.1 Youth Association has also strongly opposed the pre-paid metre system. They association claimed that this new technology is not feasible in an underdeveloped state like Arunachal Pradesh. Further claiming that prepaid metre system is defective, the association requested the power department not to forcefully install the new metre in ward no. 1 Chimpu.


Relief sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The 9th Damin Anchal Block, Anchal Chairperson Lokam Baba has appealed to the district administration and the state government to provide immediate relief materials to the fire victims of Sangrik Happa Colony, Chimpu, Itanagar. Two houses including household   properties were gutted down in a fire accident yesterday at Sangrik Happa Colony.


Tamuk’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga, mourned the sudden and untimely demise of Onyok Tamuk, a renowned social worker who passed away at Pasighat general hospital yesterday. In his condolence message he prayed almighty God to bestow eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

The rank and file of Patanjali Yog Samity, Arunachal Pradesh today mourned the sudden demise of Onyok Tamuk, President, Pasighat Market Association. East Siang Unit of Patanjali Yog Samity stated it lost a well-wisher, guide and guardian in his death.


ANUYO demands ban on gambling

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The All Nyishi Unemployed Youth Organization (ANUYO) has written to Circle Officer, Banderdewa requesting for immediate ban on playing of dice (gambling) in the melas being set up at Banderdewa area. The organization claimed that open gambling is affecting the lives of many people as they are losing their hard earned money.

They also added that even though Capital district administration had banned playing of dice, but it is not yet being obeyed by the mela owners operating within Banderdewa area.  

ANUYO further alleged that some traders are operating star cement godown at NEFA Udyog Complex illegally without obtaining prior permission. They appealed the Circle Officer to issue stern order/ notice to mela owners and the proprietor of NEFA Udyog Banderdewa to refrain from indulging in illegal activities for the overall welfare of the people of Banderdewa circle.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Roing, Jan 19: The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalaya Dambuk run by the Arunachal Woman and Child Welfare Society (AWCWS), conducted a Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan today at Sirang bazaar, Dambuk.

Parliamentary Secretary WRD, Gum Tayeng participated in the event. ASM Chairperson Baling Perme, ASM Remi Dadam Lego, BCC President Makpak Perme, Dr Amit Perme MO Dambuk, Head Gaon Bura of Sirang and Dambuk were present among others.


ASF serve ultimatum to government

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The Arunachal Students’ Federation (ASF) in a letter to Minister of Power (Electrical) has served a seven days ultimatum to look into the public grievances relating to installation of prepaid electric metering system.

The federation demanded for stoppage of installation process of prepaid metering system till the clearance of outstanding electricity bill by the consumers.

The federation said that when huge outstanding amounts as power bill exist to be cleared by various government departments, private companies, business establishments etc., the Government and the concern department are pressuring the individual consumers to clear their liabilities.  

The federation demanded the department to ensure clearance of dues by government departments and private companies before installation of the new system.

It also demanded white paper for fair and transparent installation of pre-paid meter system, reduction of existing rate of Rs 4 to Rs 2 per unit and facilitation of free electricity under the provisions of the MoU signed between the State Government and the Companies such as the NHPC, NEEPCO etc.

Meanwhile, the federation threatened to launch democratic movement if their demands are not fulfil by the department within the given stipulated time.


AKSU social service at Kimin

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The All Kimin Students Union (AKSU) observed Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on Saturday by organizing mass social service at Kimin town. Panchayat leaders, govt. officials, business community along with student’s of various schools participated in the programme. The motto of event was keep clean, keep Kimin green. The participants carried out cleanliness in various parts of Kimin town. The social service was organized by AKSU in collaboration with All Papum Pare District Students Union.


NBCC sports and cultural meet ends

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The Nyishi Baptist Church Council, Youth Department has organized the 1st NBCC level youth sports and cultural meet at Naharlagun general ground from 13th to 16th January. Large number of youths from East Kameng, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Upper Subansiri participated in the events.

Minister for Tourism, UD and Art and Culture, Pema Khandu along with Parliamentary Secretaries Likha Saaya, Bamang Felix, Techi Kaso and MLAs PD Sona, Nikh Kamin and Laisam Simai joined the celebration along with the Christian believers. Besides prominent church leaders, DC Papum Pare also participated in the event.

Nirjuli Range won T-10 cricket tournament while Naharlagun Range won boys volley ball event. Pistana Range won the girls volleyball tournament.


Make use of tourism infrastructure: Director

Maksam Tayeng

Pasighat, Jan 19: In a whirlwind 3 days tour to East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley to take stock of upcoming, ongoing and existing tourism infrastructures/buildings, Director Tourism Karma Leki visited Pasighat, Mebo and Dambuk.

Leki said that, the purpose of constructing tourist infrastructures must be achieved at any cost. He took reference of some of wasted and abandoned tourist infrastructures in East Siang and others where the structures were either left half or poorly constructed.

He added that the department will ensure no such wastes are done for promotion of tourism in the state. He further said that his department is planning for a Siang river festival shortly.


Awareness prog on social issue & Govt schemes conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Indo Global Social Service Society (SMILE) conducted awareness cum sensitization programme on social issues, rights and liberty and government schemes at Gohpur here on January 17.

Speaking on the topic on “minority’ as recourse person, Arunachal Civil Society chairman Patey Tayum said that the minority people are suffering from discrimination and subordination. He, however, said “unfortunately, some of the leaders of tribal community could not understand the real sense of minority.” Arunachal’s tribal people do not come under the minority group, he added.   

Tayum also highlighted on slum which have been categorized as – notified slums, recognized slums and identified slum. He suggested the participants to preserve the forest for posterity.

An ACS team member Neelam Rupa encouraged the youths to choose the right path in their life and to respect their parents who are the guardians, guides and resource persons.

Altogether 45 youth took part in the programme.


News Impact

APCMUHIS empanelled hospital accuses state of non payment

Major embarrassment for the state: BJP

Itanagar, Jan 19: The State Bharatiya Janata Party has alleged that Aditya Diagnostics & Hospitals based in Dibrugarh, Assam, an empanelled hospital of the state has temporarily suspended medical services to card holders of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS) since January 13 last over non-clearance of payment.

The party termed it as a major embarrassment and another blot in the much touted ambitious plan.

The concern hospital has stated that despite repeated requests and conversation regarding outstanding payments till January 5 this month, only a lump sum payment of Rs. 15,00,000 approximately against total outstanding Rs. 60,00,000 approximately has been cleared till date, the party said in a press release.

Furthermore, the BJP has questioned the lack of interest shown by some branches of local banks across the state in implementation of the Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana. The party while expressing concern over the indifferent attitude of the State ruling Congress said that a large chunk of people will be deprived from availing special benefits which they are entitled to if enrolled by January 26 next.

The PMJDY which was launched in August of last year aims at providing bank accounts to the poor. Apart from providing many other financial benefits, those who open accounts by January 26, 2015 over and above the Rs 1 lakh accident, they will be given life insurance cover of Rs 30,000.



Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Indian Oil Corporation Limited is observing the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF 2015) with a theme “Indhan Bachao Jan Dhan Badhao” from January 16 to 31 next.

At Itanagar, Parliamentary Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Er. Markio Tado inaugurated the OGC Fortnight on January 17 last. He highlighted the importance of conserving petroleum products and appealed the people to efficiently use petroleum products and administered OGCF pledge on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioner, Mige Kamki, also highlighted the importance of OGC Fortnight and conservation of petroleum products. Dipak Pathak, Manager-Cum-State Level Coordinator of Oil Industry of Arunachal Pradesh and Swarbhanu Handique Sales Officer of Indian Oil Corporation Limited also spoke on the occasion.

Later, Indian Oil Corporation Limited officials conducted a quiz session on Oil and Gas conservation.



Mini-hydel restoration brings succor to people

From a Correspondent

DIRANG, Jan 19: Proving true the famous adage of "where there is a will there is a way", the Dirang Additional Deputy Commissioner Dagbom Riba led from the front in clearing a huge mound of silt that had accumulated in the forbay tank and all along the channel of the mini-hydel located here that had led to constant power disruption in the entire subdivision.

“The hydel was choked due to excessive silt accumulation and this was the cause of power disruption and low power output. We are grateful to the Dirang General Administration for helping in clearing of this mess and restoration of normal power supply", said hydro-power (E&M) assistant engineer A L Yadav.  In this massive exercise starting since 6th of January, 32 jawans from 30th battalion of SSB, 27 jawans from 4th battalion of ITBP and 10 workers from 120 RCC alongwith other civilian line workers had been engaged who toiled tirelessly to restore the hydel and bring succour to people.

Meanwhile, an "Army Awareness Campaign" was also organised today at Govt. Higher Secondary School by 6 Sikh Regiment led by Captain Sandeep and supported by senior public leader Senge Tsering. The students of the school and other youth of the area were made aware of the ways to join the army and the career prospects available to them in the armed forces.



News and Views award ceremony

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: All preparations are over for the maiden News & Views Award for Excellence in Journalism ceremony at Banquet Hall here on January 20.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi have consented to give away the annual award.

Frontier Films proprietor Taro Chatung, who instituted the annual award to commemorate the birth of electronic media in the state as well as renaming of NEFA as Arunachal Pradesh in 1972, informed that Sahitya Academy Awardee Y D Thongchi, with Padma Shree Awardee Mamang Dai, IPR Director C M Longphong, film maker Moji Riba and social activist Sunil Mow have selected the journalist for the award. Moreover, the jury headed by R D K Thungon and HD Appa, Bindya Ete Nalo, Rade Tajung and T G Tara has selected the winner of one-minute short film competition on the theme “Itanagar traffic”.



A festival with a purpose

[ Amit Saring ]

ROING, Jan 19: The first ever Orange Festival at beautiful quaint village of Dambuk that concluded yesterday may be viewed by many just like any other festivals where eating, drinking and merry making holds the central objective. But the Orange Festival at Dambuk is started with the true motive to promote Orange growing and its marketing. As Dambuk were previously known as Kaala Paani of Arunachal Pradesh due to its communication bottleneck which remains cut off for more than six months in a year during monsoon season, it is sure to be known with a better name. And it is going to get a new name from the Orange Festival that begun this year.

As the old adage says, ‘Nature is the Best Mother’, the hardships incurred by nature has taught the people of Dambuk to be hardworking and self-reliable.  As the first Orange Grower of the area, Pankeng Pertin who started growing Orange since 1980 shared that he started the Orange Garden in the year 1980 without any assistance from the govt and developed his orchard which is more than 8.8 Acres in area by working with hands only that too without engaging any hired labours as hired labours were not available in those days. His orchard located some 6 km from the village had no road connectivity. When he started earning some money from his produce after 8-10 years of hardships, then people realized and followed him in Orange growing. Today Mr Pertin earned enough money from his orchard to support his large family.

Likewise, there are many like him in Dambuk who by dint of their sheer hard labours developed their Orange Orchards and earned enough to support their living. Today, there are more than 100 families in Dambuk who have got Orange Gardens and many of them solely depend on it as a main source of income to support their family. Communication bottleneck of the area stand as a great hurdle in the marketing of oranges and the farmers have to compromise in the form of cheap rates of their produce due to high transportation cost owing to bad roads and perishable nature of the produce. Despite all these, Orange Festival at Dambuk this year has given them a reason to smile!

As the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, NabamTuki in his opening speech has rightly said, “Orange Festival should not be celebrated for only eating and merry making but should be celebrated for economic development of the people. Such kind of Festivals should not be meant for spending money but should be meant for earning by the local people” he continued and assured to provide Special Packages in the form of Drip Irrigations and Fencing Materials to support the Orange Growers of the area besides assuring to let it continue in years to come in a bigger and better way to the much applause of the people.

The Parliamentary Secretary cum Local MLA, Gum Tayeng who is also the Chief Patron of the festival and her son Abu Tayeng, General Manager(Transport) deserved appreciation for rightly identifying the potential of the area and for deciding to conduct it without assistance from the govt. As Tayeng said in her speech that the main idea behind celebrating Orange Festival is to create a platform for the local people of Dambuk to interact with the people from the mainland India and possibly people from outside India not only to taste the inaccessible oranges but also for the marketing of the Oranges in future. Besides Oranges, the purpose was also meant for cultural exchange in terms of songs and music and to let the people from outside to know local culture and the place and also for promoting adventure tourism like river rafting and angling in the area.

True to its Sense, the festival has served its purpose. Being poetic in nature, the festival has witnessed the performance of many renowned artists from abroad as well as Delhi, Kolkata, Rock bands and local artists. In addition to it the rhythmic Ponung dances, Tapu Dance, Dances of Idu Mishmi, Gals and Mishing communities has made the festival blend with local cultures too. The sounds of strings of guitar blended with the stormy winds of Sisar (Sissiri) River echoing through the Orange Groves in the evening coupled with the tents by Kite Manza that were set up just above the river bank of Sisar overlooking the view of the rivers all through its length made the venue a perfect one for the festival. The outdoor activities like River Rafting along the Dibang river from Nizham Ghat to Bomjir Ghat, Elephant ride across the Sisar River and 5 km riding of the All Terrains Bikes (RZRS & Sportsman) on the stony slopes were quite tempting for adventure lovers. It was truly a Festival with a purpose! If you had just missed this time, hope you won’t miss it next time! (The contributor is DIPRO, Lower Dibang Valley)



RGU conducts awareness prog on bird watching

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Centre with potential for Excellence in Biodiversity, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Doimukh, organized an awareness programme on ecological values of birds, bird watching and identification technique at Govt. Secondary School Rani, Pasighat, to lure young student toward bird watching and conservation of birds as a part of effort to create awareness on and conservation of bio-resources in the state.  

Speaking on the occasion as resource person RGU assistant professor Dr Daniel Mize explained the ecological important of birds as well as benefit of bird’s life to human. Apart from other benefit he stressed on how birds promote ecotourism and culture of local tribal people.

Ripin Taba JRF, RGU, spoke at length on the threatened bird of Arunachal Pradesh and factors responsible for declining of bird population. While speaking on factors responsible for population decline of birds, he said hunting is the main cause. Indian peafowl and green peafowl are locally extinct from the state and other species may also meet the same fate, if we don’t stop poaching of birds, he said. He also spoke on sustainable strategies to conserve the birds in Arunachal Pradesh.

Talem Tamuk, Headmaster of Rani Secondary School urged all to conserve birds seeing the immense ecological importance as well as benefit to human.

At the later part of the programme, participant were given hands on training on how to observe and identify a birds using field guides, binocular, spotting scope. Further, demonstration was given on how to photograph a birds using spotting scope with camera adapter.



ZPCs benefitted from exposure visit

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: A 17 members team of  Zilla Parishad Chairpersons (ZPCs), District Panchayat Development Officers (DPDOs) and SIRD faculties were taken for exposure visit to  Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Kerala to get the first hand knowledge about the functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in that state.

The team sponsored by the SIRD Arunachal Pradesh under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (RGPSA) was led by faculties Likha Kiran Kabak and S. W. Bagang. It returned here yesterday after successful week-long tour.

On the first day of tour on January 13, the team had a fruitful interaction with the KILA faculties on the functioning of three tier Panchayati Raj Institutions in Kerala and the active participation of Kudumbashree SHGs in the local administration.

On January 14, the team visited Idduki district Panchayat. This was flowed by visit to Idduki Block Panchayat and Gram Panchayat office at Vazhathoppe village on January 15. During their visit the team observed certain similarities in the Panchayati Raj system and funding pattern in both Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala.

However, the major observations which the team brought home is devolution of power to the PRIs with 3 Fs in Kerala, process of planning by each tier independently and 50 percent reservation for women in planning. Another important reason for the success of the PRIs in Kerala is the close coordination of PRIs with Kudambasree SHGs and the ability of Panchayats to generate resources of their own, the team observed.

The amazing experiences were that all Govt. departmental officers including subordinate staff are placed under the direct disposal of Panchayati Raj Institutions in each tier. The Gram Panchayat Office has well-established infrastructure, building etc. for the Gram and Block Chairpersons which is completely missing in Arunachal.



Training progs on Auto Cad and Establishment Rules start

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Two Training Programmes have simultaneously commenced at ATI, Naharlagun today. While a two-week training programme on “Auto Cad & Photo Shop”  is being conducted for 22 participating Engineers & Para Engineers, 25 ministerial staff, especially from UD and Housing department are participating in the one week training programme on “Establishment Rules –II.”

In the inaugural session, Er Taring Darang, Jt. Director (UD & Housing) has  informed that these special Training Programmes are conducted  for officers and officials of the department in order to sensitize and sharpen their knowledge in application of appropriate rules and procedures in their respective field of activities with a view to enhance the capacity building of entire manpower. He advised the participants to take full advantage of the programmes. For participating engineers, he said that “drawing is the language of engineers and para-engineers.

Addressing the participants, ATI Director Pate Marik has termed the occasion as ‘Rare’ one where entire employees of a department is being put together in such Training Programme in phased manner. He also advised the participants to improve their English language. The indiscipline and absenteeism of Govt. employees are hot talking points of general public & higher authorities these days. Therefore, Marik advised the participants to improve punctualities and sincerities to revamp work culture.

The Course Coordinator-cum- Assistant Director (training) for Establishment Rules, P. Tayeng, the Course Director for Auto Cad Programme Palvinder Singh and AD Training Nani Khambo have also advised the participants to be very sincere and serious in their respective programmes.



MSEC Awareness Camp

Tayeng calls for social integration

PASIGHAT, Jan 19: Two days Mega Socio-Economic and Cultural Awareness Camp (MSECAE), organized by the Itanagar Mebobian Welfare Kebang (IMWK) at Kiyit village, under Mebo Subdivision concluded on Jan 17 last.

MLA Lombo Tayeng in his address said, “The ideal of free human beings enjoying freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his economic, social and cultural rights, as well as his civil rights”.

ABK President Kangir Jamoh laid stress on preservation of age-old tradition and culture.

Members of ABK (WW) East Siang unit raising their voice strongly condemned cultivation of cannabis, opium etc and apprised the ill effects of alcohol and drugs. They claimed that teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable and proven strategies could improve the safety of young drivers on the road. Giving permission to open wine shops in such a large number in and around the township will promote alcoholism and has already seen a rising trend of crime in the areas where wine shops are operating, the ABK WW said.

The mega awareness camp was a meaningful platform for deliberations and exchanges of knowledge and strategies. It covered various issues like health including preventive measures of HIV/AIDS, education, disaster management, woman and child-care, protection and preservation of forest wealth and wildlife, traffic regulations, tea and rubber cultivations besides socio-economic-cultural development. DIPRO



Fog delays and sandwiches

[ Arunoics ]

As is common in winters that flights are invariably delayed because of fog, so is this small anecdote.

As my mobile alarm raced its irritating tone on the cold winter morning in Delhi I struggled out of my warm blankets to get ready to catch that early morning flight. Managing to reach just on time to board the flight perchance I met a friend on the same flight.

As the pilot made the announcements in a groggy voice for takeoff and the crew with sleepy eyes made their routine demonstration and drill, we settled down as I was ushered in the 4th row and seated with another lean gentleman probably in his early fifties. He was in a grey checked suit and feet comfortably snugged in leather with glossy iron plaques prominently displayed PRADA.

With thick fog enveloped all over the airport. I was surprised that the flight was on time. Technology has come a long way and perhaps this machine was equipped with some anti fog device, I said to myself and got myself locked with the safety belt.

The groggy voice of the pilot again came alive on the public address and in a very apologetic tone announced that the take off would be delayed due to very low visibility and signed off. Well technology has its limitations I rued to myself and got into a light moments with the friend I met in the airport who was seated behind me.

Well the wait inside the aircraft progressed from half an hour to one hour as our patience was being tested. Seeing the visible decline of patience of a fully packed flight, the crew started distributing packs of chips while not sharing any information when the flight would take off.

The passengers were all busy with the chips and the latent protest died in the low sounds of the crispy potatoes being crushed in the mouths of the hungry passengers. All must have rushed to the airport without eating fighting the inertia inside the warm blankets on a cold winter morning, l thought.

After three long hours of wait inside the aircraft we hear a voice again. "This is captain Gupta from the cockpit. The fog has cleared and we have permission from the ATC to take off in five minutes."- said the captain.

Once airborne the tired hungry passengers all dozed off to comfortable sleep catching up on the lost sleep. The crew then immediately made announcements that food will be on sale shortly. Like the fellow passengers, I was also very hungry and was looking forward to my pre-booked meal.

The air hostess very politely checked the list and handed me my meal. The gentleman next to me and my friend behind were both drowned in deep sleep. The hostess asked me to keep the pre booked meal of my friend so that I could hand it over to him once he is awake which I dutifully did. I enjoyed voraciously my share and kept the box of my friend in the middle seat which was vacant. Being satiated I got busy on mobile game the app which I had got recently.

In my deep concentration to cross and reach the next level in my game, I could hear sounds of very fast paced chomping from the side and in the first instance ignored and continued my game. The sound became louder and more rhythmic. I got suspicious and turned to look at my fellow passenger the lean gentleman and to my utter surprise he was very quickly chewing and eating away the valuable food of my friend which I was to dutifully take care and keep close custody to give it to my hungry friend who will be awake soon.

At one moment I felt I should just jump both my hands and snatch whatever remaining food from his hands and mouth. When I carefully looked I could see that my friend’s food was almost finished and suddenly I was engulfed with a mixed sense of guilt and pleasure. On the one hand I failed to be a good custodian of a treasure which was handed to me with so much trust and in the other hand the look of satisfaction on my fellow passenger on satiating his hunger filled me with happiness.

That very moment my friend woke up and the air hostess came and with both their eyes staring towards me demanding the food back.

I was so embarrassed to let them know that I have been an utter failure and could not take care of this small duty. Not knowing what to do, I called the crew close to me and said, "Ma'am I was so hungry so I ate it, can u give another packet to my friend".



China reacts vehemently to Japan’s remark on Arunachal

BEIJING, Jan 19: China today reacted sharply to Japanese Foreign Minister's remarks about Arunachal Pradesh being part of India, saying it is "seriously concerned" and has lodged a protest with Japan demanding a clarification.

"China has taken note of such report," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here while replying to a question on Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's comments in New Delhi last week.

"We are seriously concerned about this and have lodged solemn representation (diplomatic protest) with the Japanese side, asking Japan to make (a) clarification and immediately remove negative implications arising from this," Hong said.

Replying to a question during an interaction in New Delhi on January 17 about Japan's indication that it may not be involved in infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh and whether this was due to China's position, Kishida had said though his government wants to improve connectivity in northeast India, there was no plan to provide any aid to the state.

"You specifically pointed out the state Arunachal Pradesh in North Eastern India which is a territory of India which is pending in terms of its dispute with China and for the moment to my understanding there are currently no plans of Japan to provide aid to this state," he had said.    China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet.

Hong said Kishida's remarks are contrary to previous stand taken by Japan on this issue in the past.

"Japan has said explicitly to China that it holds no position and it will not intervene in the disputed area between China and India. Japan has also made public clarifications on this," he said apparently referring to Japan's stand expressed in November last year that it would not involve itself in infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

China said in November last year that Japan had clarified when it sought Tokyo's reaction to reports that India's Border Roads Organisation had given 'strategic' projects to the Japan International Cooperation Agency along the China border.  

Hong today said, "China's position on the eastern part of China-India boundary is clear and consistent." The issue is being addressed through talks between Special Representatives from both sides, he said.

"China and India are seeking the solution to resolve the boundary question that is fair, reasonable and acceptable to both sides. We hope the Japanese side can understand the sensitiveness of China-India border question and respect China and India's efforts to resolve dispute through negotiations and be prudent in its words and actions," Hong said. PTI



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Carry out traffic awareness campaign

In yet another road accident, a girl hailing from Naharlagun town was yesterday crushed to death. As per the police report, she died after coming under the back tyre of a truck at Jully road. The girl was pillion riding in a Scooty at the time of the incident. It is noticed that every year around New Year time, the state capital witnesses sudden rise in road accidents.

The majority of accidents are related to drink and drive. Especially most of the victims are teenage school and college going students. However, surprisingly capital administration doesn’t carry out any traffic drive during this time of the year. It is important to implement strict traffic rules in capital complex so as to rein in the rogue drivers.  Also lack of traffic awareness among the road users is also one of the main reasons for high accident rate. Keeping this in mind, the traffic police along with capital administration should carry out awareness campaign on regular interval.

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All the best to the Commission & aspirants

Dear Editor,

The 72 hours hunger strike(later extended indefinite) by Ms Ujum Perying (aspirant) to press the demands of APPSCC 2013-14 aspirants set a new trend of peaceful democratic protest. After Ms Ujum got hospitalized, the hunger strike was continued by members of civil society, organization and individuals. This was a new challenge confronted by the administration. Magistrates, police and doctors were deployed round the clock for maintenance of law and order during those gruelling days.

In the hunger strike, many leaders from various political parties, needless to mention their names visited the platform, some of them more than once, to show solidarity. Finally, a solution came late night on 15th January 2015 in which the Commission and the striking aspirants came to some sort of solutions for the greater interest of all and broke their indefinite hunger strike.

The good outcome of the protest is that the Commission has recommended a Reform Commission which is going to have per reaching effect on the future Civil Service Examination in the state.

Now that everything is well, let the Commission do their home work for the smooth conduct of the remaining competitive examinations with new team of Commission members and officers ahead, furthermore, let alone the aspirants to work hard to do their best and make a bright career out of it.

All the best to the Commission and the aspirants equally! The guns have fell silent now and all the fronts are closed. No chance to grind his axe any more. But all have a point of his own for jubilation and me too...!


Jiken Bomjen




Your will is bigger than your legs

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to say a word of praise for Ujum Perying and Consultative Committee, APPSCCE (Mains) who went for hunger strike against corruption. They have shown that with determination, commitment, self belief and positive thinking, nothing is impossible.

Had the ant given up trying and not tried to climb the wall because of its repeated unsuccessful attempts in doing so, it would have surely died in the well. Had not the will to free the country been strong in Mahatma Gandhi and in our other freedom fighters, India, the biggest democracy of the world would never have been a reality. We would still have been under the rule of the British. Had not there been self determination, self belief, positive thinking and commitement, the battle which Ujum and consultative committee have fought would not have been won. By taking the initiative to make APPSC exam corruption free, they had remind everyone of quote "be the change that you wish to see in the world" which was quoted by our father of nation-Mahatma Gandhi. They have also proved the words of Epictetus, the ancient Greek sage and philosopher which says, "Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn't be affected by an incident unless you let it." They had shown these words in their action. Their actions are a reflection of the courage and unselfishness which every Arunachalee should possess to make a better Arunachal tomorrow. They have set a good example how commitment, determination, will power, self belief pay off.


Pekpak Lombi

UCC,  Meghalaya




Pre paid metre and common people

Dear Editor,

What is going on? It was thought that Prepaid meter imbroglio has died out. But it has resurrected. One should be granted enough liberty to have the option of choosing prepaid or post paid. Same is with the mobile connection. The only difference is that in post paid system, one has to pay security deposit. Perhaps we all have paid security deposit of Rs. 2000/- for each connection. Then why is the forceful prepaid connection?

I am happy that few sections of people are opposing the pre-paid metering system. I wish these people save my house also from installing this system. Once the recharge exhausts at odd hours or the recharge is not available anywhere, it will cause great inconvenience.

If the people are honestly paying the electricity bills on time then one simply wonders why the Govt is hell bent on installing prepaid metering system incurring Rs. 85 crore.

This is a hefty amount. Perhaps a mini hydel could be constructed with this amount and there should be free supply of electricity to poor villages. But ever since our state boasts of having capacity to become power house of the nation, cost of electricity has become more and more expensive. If it was 60-80 paise per unit in 2005-06, now it is Rs. 4.00 per unit. Now days, a normal household has to sustain on various electrical equipments/ appliances like TV, fridge, iron, electric cooker, fan/ room heater etc. These appliances consume lot of power. Electricity charge at this rate multiplies to huge amount which adversely affects other household expenditures.

As said, if this step is to control the power pilferage and check defaulters, then there is time to time disconnection drive carried out with the backing of ADM. Many a times even court summons. How many stringent measures does govt want to impose on us? Rather, it is heard that other departments using electricity have lot of liabilities with crores of rupees. Then why choose the common people only?


K. Topu





Political legacy and INC

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the letter that appeared in the Readers Forum of 19 Jan Edition. It seems that the writer does not have concrete knowledge about political democracy.

First of all there is no system of political legacy in Indian democracy. More over India is a democratic country and every citizen of the India has the right to participate in any election. In case of Late Jarbom Gamlin, contribution in the field of political and social development towards Arunachal cannot be compared with anyone else. The sudden demise of Late Gamlin is in fact an irreparable loss to the society and Arunachal Pradesh in general, but the Political drama staged by the family members of Late Gamlin is a big slap to the Indian National Congress. It is found that the family members of Late Gamlin itself seems to be in a confused state because they could not decide who will carry the so called legacy of Late Gamlin, as three of his siblings are seeking ticket.  

Such drama is in fact very insulting to the soul of a true leader Late Gamlin as well as the Congress party. So the comparison made by Nyaluk Rakshap itself has created a mixed reaction among the people of 27th Liromoba Assembly Constituency.

If we speak about the legacy, it is not always necessary that a family member will be chosen, it can also include any loyal and committed congress worker. It is for the party and people to decide who the next candidate will be, either mere family member or a loyal senior congress leader. A strong and well established party like INC has the right to judge the popularity and win-ability of the candidate.

In recent case of Kanubari Assembly Constituency by-election INC ticket was not given on legacy ground, it was given to an outsider. And he won the election by huge majority. Sympathy can be considered but we think the INC party is confused whom the sympathy should be given, as there are so many candidate from the same family. In our opinion no one in the family deserves to carry the so called legacy in the true sense.

Hence forth mere legacy excuse should not be given importance and a true, loyal and a hardworking senior congress leader must be considered for the INC ticket.

Therefore, we disapprove the family legacy and stands with the decision of the Congress party in choosing a loyal and well established Congress leader.


Situ Potom

Kijom Karga

27th Liromoba Assembly Constituency




Blink and miss the power

Dear Editor,

Through your paper, I want to show the pathetic condition of Dambuk town under Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh. Though this small town is second to none in terms of its establishment, sincerity of people, Agri- Horti produces and education, the town is neglected by the Power Department.  When each town and villages are getting electricity 24X7, entire Dambuk town is provided 45 minutes of electricity facility from 5 pm to 5:45 pm every day for the last two decades. The only Inspection Bungalow and roads require funds for repairing.

When will students of Dambuk get lights for study?

It looks like Power Department is testing the patience of the people of Dambuk?


Nomni Pertin

Buddha Vihar Rd







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