ITANAGAR, Jan 20: In a tragic road accident at least four persons died on the spot
while several others seriously injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling
skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Nichipu on Bhalukpong-Tawang
road, yesterday afternoon.
The passenger Tata Sumo was travelling from Itanagar with fully seated and was on
its way to Seppa, the headquarters of East Kameng district, police said. The deceased
were identified as Kochi Tana (GB), Nikam Tana (GB), Tubin Tana and D Hiffo. The
accident occurred at around 1.30 PM when the driver of the vehicle failed to negotiate
a sharp curve at Sydel, 5 kms ahead of Nichiphu due to poor visibility, the sources
said. The injured were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals and a few seriously
injured were evacuated to Tezpur in neighbouring Assam.
Meanwhile, BJP leader LK Yangfo has mourned the demise of the passengers and appealed
authority concern to compensate the death as well as injured victims.
Digitization of official documents starts
BOMDILA, Jan 20: The District administration under the initiative of Deputy Commissioner
AK Singh and Record officer CO SW Mosobi has started the branch wise digitization
process of all the official documents in the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Bomdila.
441 ILP violators detected in West Kameng
BOMDILA, Jan 20: The West Kameng district Police have detected 441 Inner Line Permit
(ILP) violators under the seven police stations in the district during ILP checking
drive held recently.
Bhalukpong recorded the highest with 253 followed by Balemu with 150 persons. All
the 441 ILP violators have been deported out of the district. DIPRO
Eviction carried to widen roads
ZIRO, Jan 20: Town Magistrate Mokar Riba along with staff carried out eviction drive
at Gurudwara colony, Hapoli today.
Earlier, the magistrate had repeatedly served notices to the encroachers to remove
all illegal structures like compound walls, fencing, garages etc along the minimum
width/ ROW of roads of Ziro, for improvement of parking place and construction of
The town magistrate further informed that the eviction drive would continue in all
the sector roads, he directed all the encroachers to voluntarily remove the structures
before the eviction drive.
Pakke-Paga Festival concludes
SEIJOSA, Jan 20: The maiden three-day Pakke-Paga Festival concluded here in East
Kameng district today with great fanfare.
Addressing the valedictory function as the chief guest, Parliamentary Secretary,
Hydropower, Phurpa Tsering advocated celebrating the festival every year in order
to attract visitors and tourists to Seijosa to spot hornbills. He also informed that
the hydropower projects will soon be developed in the Seijosa area. Tsering encouraged
the organizers to create more publicity for Pakke-Paga Festival.
Local MLA and the chief patron of the event Kameng Dolo, said Seijosa is blessed
with hornbills and other beautiful animals that need to be protected. While the local
fauna had all but disappeared a few years ago, concerted efforts by locals and concerned
NGOs have resulted in saving the birds and animals, Dolo said, adding that the Pakke-Paga
Festival would pave the way to protecting the hornbills and increasing the state’s
DF&CSO holds meeting with FCI committee member
PASIGHAT, Jan 20: The District Food and Civil Supply Officer (DF&CSO) Vijay Pertin
today held a developmental meeting with the Consultative Committee Member of Food
Corporation of India (FCI) Ojing Yompang and officers of the department.
While presenting his office record before the member, Pertin informed that inadequate
supply of S.K. Oil and Rice has created problems to meet up the genuine demands of
the people of East Siang and Siang districts.
He further said that villagers of these two districts are dependent on SKO for kerosene
lamps and stoves. Many educational institutions like JN College, College of Horticulture,
Agriculture, Polytechnic College, State University, secondary and higher secondary
schools also need huge quantity of SKO for their respective hostellers every month.
Many working groups under various development projects being carried out in the district
are also regular consumers of SKO he added.
Pertin informed that earlier allotment of SKO- 140 KL has been drastically curtailed
down to 72 KL making lives miserable here. Monthly allocation of food grains especially
rice required to be enhanced for good management and the matter has already been
officially brought to the notice of the Director, F&CSO.
Consultative Committee Member of FCI Ojing Yompang, assured to pursue the matter
with union ministry as well as state government including both the MPs Kiren Rijiju
and Ninong Ering to take up the matter on priority basis. with of Consumer Affairs
and PDS authorities at the highest level at center. DIPRO
‘No violation of DPR’
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Shally to Rubdi PMGSY road is being constructed as per DPR
and guidelines of RWD Ziro division and the public of Rubdi village had never lodged
complaint against the executing agencies, said Development Committee of Rubdi Village
While reacting to the allegation of Rubdi Youth Welfare Committee that the road construction
work is being carried out through a different route skipping the originally aligned
route, the DCRV in a letter to RWD secretary said that allegation is baseless and
devoid of fact.
Claiming that the road construction will benefit many villages, it urged the authorities
for early execution of the PMGSY road.
Changlang girls bring laurel to the district
CHANGLANG, Jan 20: Changlang District was adjudged as the overall champion district
in the recently held five days State Level celebration of International Girls Day
under the head of Girls Education organized by the SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar from
January 8-12 at Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar.
From Changlang district, KGBV’s and Elementary Residential School took part in the
celebration where various events of track and field, literacy, cultural, Exhibition
Stall competitions, etc were organized.
Among the exhibition stalls the district won best vocational stall, Reemchu Sangkey
and Jaong Sammon won best orienteer and best comedian respectively apart from winning
many prizes in other competitions.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav and DDSE Hartum Loyi termed it as a
great achievement for the district and appreciated the outstanding performances of
the students and teachers of KGBVs of the District in particular and the NGOs R.K.
Mossang Memorial Society, Jairampur & A P Orphan Care Society, Kharsang in general.
Ering visits Jairampur
CHANGLANG, Jan 20: M P Ninong Ering visited Jairampur yesterday and interacted with
the senior public leaders and heads of departments and exhorted them to discharge
their responsibilities with utmost sincerity and diligence.
Today, he inspected the centrally sponsored schemes including the ongoing PMGSY road
connecting 17 mile to Khamdu village. He insisted the authorities of executing agency
to follow the PMGSY guidelines in toto and suggested them for constant inspection
in person to ensure quality work. He made it clear that no compromises on its quality
will be tolerated. After inspection of the ongoing PMGSY road and other centrally
sponsored projects, he left for Kanubari sub-division of Tirap District. DIPRO
Carry out work as per DPR
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Kapu-Kabak Development Council in a letter to Chief Engineer, Public
Work Department (Central Zone) said that as per DPR and original survey the ongoing
project C/o Tamen Tali road from 49 km to 60 km under NLCPR Kurung Kumey District
should connect through Kabak to Guchi village via Langa village but the present formation
cutting is progress in other direction i.e Kabak to Chambang via Mengi-Nyoko which
is not as per DPR prepared by concerned department.
The Council further informed that in its second round of meeting at Mengi Kabak recently,
the house unanimously decided to extend support and cooperation if original DPR is
maintained. However, it threatened to launch democratic movement against the department
if the work is not carried out as per the original DPR.
Kaling Tayeng is new CEO
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Election Commission of India vide its notification No 154/ARUN/2014-EPS
dated 16th January has appointed Kaling Tayeng, a 1998 AGMUT cadre as the Chief Electoral
Officer of Arunachal Pradesh. He replaced the outgoing CEO Chandra Bhushan Kumar,
according to an official release.
Katyal joins as ES ADC
PASIGHAT, Jan 20: Ruchika Katyal, an IAS officer of 2013 batch joined as Additional
Deputy Commissioner of East Siang District today.
Meanwhile, Katyal assured to maintain transparent and clean administration and hope
that she would be able to achieve her vision with co-operation and support from public
and government official under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava.
It is significant to note that the East Siang district administration will be lead
by three lady officers for the first time namely Nidhi Srivastava (IAS), Ruchika
Katyal (IAS) and Vijayanta Arya (IPS). DIPRO
Training programme on breeding of coldwater fish species
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: A national level training programme on “Culture and Breeding of
Important Coldwater Fish Species” is organized by ICAR- Directorate of Cold water
Fisheries Research, Bhimtal in collaboration with Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi
University at the University from January 20 to 24. The training programme sponsored
by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad aims to impart technical knowhow
regarding propagation and rearing of important coldwater fish species like Rainbow
trout, Mahaseer, Snow trout, Semiplotus and other minor carp including its seed production
Addressing the inaugural session, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof T. Mibang emphasized to
establish a network between research institute, state fisheries department and university
to develop the Lab to Land programme. He also called upon the participants to take
maximum benefit from the experts of DCFR Bhimtal and to utilize vast untapped resources
for the benefits of the upland hill population of Arunachal Pradesh.
J Taba, Director Dept of Fisheries Arunachal Pradesh while addressing the participants
emphasized on the need of dissimilation of the technologies from the research institute
to the end users.
Dr D Sarma, Principal scientist, Dr S K Gupta & Tandel Riteshkumar Scientist DCFR
who organized the training programme expressed the happiness of getting overwhelming
responses of different stakeholder of the region. They also emphasized that the training
programme will certainly benefit the farmers, officials and will be able to implement
the knowledge to the field level.
The name of the writer of the article “A festival with a purpose” was wrongly printed
as Amit Saring in place of Ajay Saring in our 20th January edition. The inadvertent
mistake is regretted.
BRO to recruit 1000 engineers from Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Border Road Organization (BRO) would soon recruit engineers from
Arunachal Pradesh for projects undertaken in the state. Around 1000 engineers would
be recruited through campus selection process where specific preference would be
given to local Arunachal youths or unemployed engineers who have already completed
This was revealed by Director General of Border Roads Organization Lt. General Rakesh
Mohan Mittal who had called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his Niti Vihar official
Bungalow this evening.
The DGBR informed the CM that all the road projects taken up by BRO in the state
have taken momentum and the works are expeditiously executed. He however cited few
challenges faced by the organization on construction of these roads.
The General Officer took up issues on security of BRO officers in the far flung road
site areas, shortage of construction materials and land acquisition matters with
the Chief Minister.
After a patient hearing, CM assured to extend all possible support to BRO to ensure
that the development of road network is not hampered. He however suggested the BRO
to review their rates for river bed materials which are comparatively lesser than
that are being paid by other construction parties including State PWD.
The CM revealed the visiting General of a policy decision taken up by the state government
for providing quarry licenses to unemployed engineers of the state to make them self
employed. He suggested the BRO to get the materials from local entrepreneurs in a
The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary, PCCF, Commissioner to CM, development
commissioner, Commissioner Land Management and Planning Secretary from the state’s
Expedite road project: Governor
ITANAGAR: The Director General of Border Roads Organisation Lt. General Rakesh Mohan
Mittal also called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
at Raj Bhawan, here today. They discussed on issues related to construction of roads
under BRO in the State.
The Governor emphasized on expediting the road projects under the BRO and timely
and proper implementation in the state. He advised the BRO Director General to ensure
that quality and integrity are maintained at all cost to uphold the prestige of the
The Governor asked Lt. General Mittal to encourage his officers and personnel to
maintain good rapport with State and district administrations for smooth implementation
of projects. He stressed on greater coordination between the Projects, i.e. Vartak,
Brahmank, Udayak and Arunank Project and use of suitable machineries.
The Governor said that most of the road projects under BRO have huge national stake.
The development of the area and security depend lots on their projects. He also suggested
expediting the work pace during the working seasons.
Shurbir Singh, Secretary to Governor, Major General Uma Shankar Dadu, OSD, BRO and
Brig. H.K. Pokhariyal, Chief Engineer, Project Arunank were also present in the meeting.
(PRO to Governor)
Arunachal boy selected for National Bravery Award
NEW DELHI, Jan 20: Arunachal boy Rumoh Meto has been selected as one of the Awardees
at National Bravery Award (Bapu Gaidhani Award), 2014 which will be presented by
Prime Minister in New Delhi during Republic Day celebration. Meto will also participate
in the Republic Day Parade.
It is worth mentioning here that Rumoh freed his 24 years-old cousin who was caught
in a 33-KV high voltage transmission. In his first attempt, he was flung off by the
livewire. But in his second attempt, he freed his cousin. His cousin, Milu Mega,
suffered burn injuries but Rumoh was relatively unhurt.
The award will inspire me throughout my life to excel and I will work for my nation
and fellow brothers. Meto, who is now studying in a army school, Nashik said, he
loves to play football and practice boxing. He hopes to join the armed forces.
Voices of discontentment against pre-paid metre system intensifies
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: People in huge numbers from all the corners of Capital Complex
today joined hands and took out a peace rally which started from Chandan Nagar and
ended at I. G. Park to protest against the pre-paid electric metre system. Displaying
anti pre–paid electric metering system messages with placards, banners and slogans
the people voiced their concerns.
The rally was organized by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) and supported by various
sectors and colony women welfare association.
While opposing the metering system ANYA also submitted six point charter demands
of memorandum with ultimatum to the office of the Power Minister (electrical). The
memo stated that process of pre – paid and AMR metering system installation should
be stop immediately and cancellation of electricity policy of ‘Pay as you wish’ for
the greater interest of the general public of capital. ANYA also added that there
should be immediate implementation of treasury challan system of billing as mode
of payment of electricity bill as well as independent inquiry commission be constituted
to inquire the huge revenue leakage, pilferages of electricity, illegal taping, non–
payment of bill, revenue collection system and expenditure system. Further they demanded
for the creation of Arunachal Pradesh Power Protection Force (APPPF) and reduction
of existing tariff rate of low tension (LT) and high tension (HT).
Later on ANYA explained that “Our state is one of the most backward states of the
country where 70% of local populace still live in below poverty line and the twin
capital city is crowded with middle class people, students and unemployed youths.
And the current phase of economic development is also very poor which shows that
Arunachal Pradesh is not developed enough to be implemented by such policy at the
same stage of existence.
Biri Kame, one of the public who was part of the protest said, “If metro cities like
Delhi, Mumbai and state like Bihar have rejected the implementation of the same then,
why was the Arunachal govt implementing such system”.
Baby elephant rescued
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: On being informed that a herd of wild elephant is roaming near
Malek village, about 8 KM from Roing town, the Divisional Forest Officer, Dibang
Forest division Roing, Aduk Paron, along with team of forest officials and Mehao
Wildlife Sanctuary Division, Roing rushed to the spot. The team found that a wild
baby elephant is roaming inside Deopani Reserve Forests in between Roing and Malek.
With the help of the IRBN personnel posted at the Malek village, the team managed
to catch the elephant calf.
The baby elephant has been brought to Roing Mini Zoo where it was handed over to
the Range Forest Officer, Mehao Wildlife Range. On further enquiry it was revealed
that the baby elephant was seen alone since last night in that area. The elephant
aged about 8 to 12 months has been named as Dibang Kumar. Meanwhile, the DFO engaged
the personnel of Dibang Forest Division, Roing for patrolling and also to locate
the mother of the baby elephant.
News & Views and Frontier Films Award 2015
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: In his own distinctive style veteran journalist Taro Chatung today
started the News & Views and Frontier Films Award. The award has been constituted
in recognition to the contributions of various journalists and film makers of the
state towards development of their respective fields. The award ceremony was held
today at Banquet Hall in a befitting manner.
The award ceremony was held today to also commemorate the declaration of Arunachal
Pradesh as union territory by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 20 January 1972
at Ziro, informed Taro Chatung, who has instituted theNews & Views and Frontier
Films Award 2015. During the event, Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to
Arunachal Front editor Pradeep Kumar Behera for being the senior most journalist
and pioneer of print journalism in Arunachal Pradesh. For film making, the Lifetime
Achievement Award was given to Dorjee Khandu Thungon who has spent 27 years in the
field of film making and has produced several feature and documentary films.
A short film making competition was also held under the Frontier Films Award 2015
in which Kombong Darang, a student of mass communication, Rajiv Gandhi University
bagged the Best Short Film Award and walked away with a trophy, certificate, and
a cash prize of Rs 10000. The competition was based on the theme ‘Itanagar Traffic’.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who attended the event, while appreciating the award initiative
said that it will send a good message to the media personnel and will encourage them
to continue their contributions. He added that the award will also motivate the budding
journalists and film makers of the state to pursue their work with renewed vigour.
Tuki while stating that the press fraternity of the state have a big and positive
role to play towards the development of the state said that that their work should
also reach to far flung districts so that it can educate and inform the readers about
various developmental activities. He added that the media can promote the developmental
potential of every district in various ways.
In regard to the film making, Tuki said that the tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh
will highly benefit and develop, if main stream filmmakers can be wooed to undertake
their projects here. Tuki opined that suitable incentive and policy can also be adopted
in this regard.
He further informed that the state government is constantly pursing with the central
government to establish a regional film institute here and that the central government
has accepted it in principle for the same.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, said that it is befitting to
recognize the contribution and sacrifices of media personnel as they constantly face
challenges in their field of duty, especially at times when there is “dilution of
this missionary profession due to interference of business activities”. Negi added
that media should work towards educating the society for positive social transformation.
Several media persons and film artists were also felicitated during the event, including
posthumous recognition to former DDK director Late Tadak Gara, Late Dilip Sharma
and Late Diganta Teron of cable network Arunachal Today, Late Pyagang Raju of News
& Views, Late Gopal Gosh of CCRD, Late Ajay Jha of ATV, co-producers of ‘Rashmi Rekha’
(1974) Late Rani Thansen Wangchadong and Late Kapney Wangsu, ‘Mera Dharam Meri Maa’
(1976) artists Late Dr Tao Gumsi, former minister Late Techi Takar for encouraging
local film makers, ‘Donyi’ (1986) artists Late Millo Pullo, Late Koj Tadi, Late Jangrowa
K. Lowang and Late Leegang Tachang, ‘Meri Zindagi’ (1988) artist Late Talar Kharsang
Ngoba, ‘Frontier Students (1996) artists Late Samrat Paul, Late Sapo Sigia, Late
Bamang Yade, Late Tao Beroi, and former president of Helping Hand Club who acted
in ‘Frontier Students’.
ANSU gives two month’s time to improve pathetic school scenario
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has urged the state Govt to take
immediate steps for improvement of educational scenario in five Nyishi inhabited
After visiting the schools in Nyishi inhabited areas, the ANSU drew the special attention
of the Govt, particularly the education department to redress teachers shortage problem
and lack of infrastructure in the schools.
In a memorandum to Education Minister ANSU said “lack of basic facilities in schools
is the major issue which causes hindrance in imparting better and quality education
in schools.” This shows the utter negligence and failure of the competent authority
and the state Govt in particular to run and maintain the schools which are considered
as temple of learning, the union added.
Expressing serious concern over the slow growth of literacy rate in most of the Nyishi
inhabited areas, the ANSU feels that there is an ardent necessity to give special
attention to the schools. The union gave two months time to the government to take
tangible steps for improvement of education by giving heed to their charter of demands.
The demands of the ANSU include immediate posting of full fledge principals, VPs,
headmasters and adequate subject teachers in Nyishi dominated districts, posting
of relievers before the transfer of teachers, development of school infrastructure
including renovation or reconstruction of decades old school buildings, time to time
inspection to the schools, introduction of biometric attendance system in order to
curb absenteeism, timely release of SSA/RMSA teachers’ salary, proper implementation
of RTE and various centrally sponsored students welfare schemes, proper demarcation
of school boundaries, blanket ban on transfer of teachers to non-teaching job and
entitlement of DDO power to the Principal of all the Govt. Higher Secondary Schools
in respect of all the Nyishi inhabited Areas.
A conversation with Tine Mena
Tine Mena conquered Mount Everest on 9th May 2011 and she made history by becoming
the first Arunachalee woman to do so.
Born on September 17th 1986, she is the eldest of the two daughters of her parents.
From a porter to an Everester, her journey has been tremendous. She started her journey
from the Adventure Camp, MMT where she was the Best Student. She was the best student
again at the Basic Course, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Her next venture was
a pre-Everest expedition selection to Mt.Shivaling at Uttarakashi. After getting
a Silver in the Advance course, she proceeded on a summit to various Mount peaks,
and then finally she conquered the highest peak of the world, the Mount Everest!
The Arunachal Times correspondent Karyir Riba met up with the gutsy lady in Roing
Karyir Riba(KA) – Miss Mena, you have brought laurels to Arunachal Pradesh. People
would be eager to know about you, like, who you are, where you are from, your childhood,
upbringing and so on. Will you please throw some light on it?
Tine Mena (TM) – I was born in a remote village of Echali, which is located 178 kms
from Roing. My childhood was spent in the laps of mountains and nature. I used to
work as a porter for the Indian Army when I was just 17 years old.
KR – Conquering Mt Everest is a distant dream for most of us. What inspired you to
take up this challenge?
TM –I used to work as a porter-cum-guide for people who came for trekking our mountains.
On one such expedition, I met Dr. K.R. Metei, who later became my mentor. He recognised
my potential, and it was because of motivation and inspiration from him that encouraged
me to conquer the highest peak of the world, the Mt. Everest.
KR – People are not very clear whether mountaineering can be chosen as a career or
is it just a hobby. What are the scopes of mountaineering as a career?
TM - There definitely is a vast opportunity if mountaineering is taken up as a career
option. Tourism can be promoted in our state by promoting adventure sports like Rock
climbing, Trekking, Paragliding, Rafting, etc.
KR – For being a mountaineer and more precisely an Everester what are the qualities
one has to possess both physically and mentally?
TM –One has to be fit both mentally and physically to be an Everester. That can come
only from regular hard work and dedication. An aspiring Everester has to be prepared
for any kind of situation because there in the mountains one cannot predict anything.
KR – What do you do to keep yourself fit for the job? I mean both diet and physical
TM –As I already belong to a mountainous region, my daily routine consists of trekking
and rigorous hard work. I follow a normal diet process like everyone else in the
region, like boiled rice, boiled vegetables and lots of fluid.
KR – Your daily routine for fitness?
TM – I constantly keep myself busy with physical activities like finding new trekking
routes, jungle cutting and training local youngsters as well as from all over the
KR – Now coming to expedition part, what are the processes that you have to go through
in order to proceed for summit?
TM – To proceed for summit one has to go through a tailored training process of Adventure
course, Basic course, Advance course and lastly, Selection process.
KR – Is there any screening test or anyone willing can just proceed?
TM – Anyone willing can proceed given he/she possesses a strong will power, mental
and physical fitness. However, one has to go through the earlier mentioned training
KR – It is known that conquering Everest is a very expensive job. What is the total
expenditure required for the whole expedition?
TM – It indeed is an extremely expensive process. The total expenditure during my
expedition in 2011 was near about Rs. 20 lakhs.
KR – It is quite a big sum. Did you get any help from any source?
TM –Rs. 20 lakhs, for where I come from, is a huge sum. I am truly grateful to the
many sources that extended financial help and made my dream come true. In fact, I
am planning to write an acknowledgement wherein I shall mention all the help I received,
to show my gratitude to each and every contributor.
KR – I understand that it must have been a dream-come-true for you. But tell me what
exactly you felt when you made it.
TM – There cannot be any way, neither in words nor in action, for me to describe
that moment. All I can say is that when you are at the top of the world, there is
a great sense of self realization that hard work and dedication does really pay.
All the hardships that you faced are all forgotten. And even after you have conquered
it, the thing about mountains is that you always want to return to it!
KR – Is there any plan to revisit the top of the world in near future?
TM – Yes, definitely! I am more than willing to revisit the top of the world anytime.
However, given the expenses and my financial condition, it gets difficult without
sponsors. I am planning to revisit soon though.
KR – Is there any plan or are you working on any mission right now?
TM –If given an opportunity I believe that I can achieve and set a record in Mountain
KR – You have brought name and fame to the state as a whole. Is the state government
paying adequate attention to you and your work? And are you happy with it?
TM – Well, I got all the support from the state government for my expedition and
also got recognition for my achievement, but due to some unknown reason, I still
haven't received the government job that I was promised.
KR -When you travel for your expeditions, do you face any kind of problems as a
TM - Sadly, yes. To cut extra expenses I have to travel without a guardian, and so,
have to face all types of people on my own. There have been so many instances where
I have had to face rude remarks, or instances where I have been touched inappropriately
by perverts. At first it was really difficult, but with due course of time, I have
learnt not to let any of these bother me. I have learnt to be strong. I would like
to say this to all girls that do not be scared or feel weak because of your gender.
Give them a fight and make them aware of your strength!
KR –Is there any difference or do you feel any difference in your private life, before
TM – Life has changed a lot after my conquest. Earlier I lacked in self confidence
but now I have gained a lot of it. I feel good when my work is recognised and respected.
Giving motivational speeches, especially related to my own experiences, in front
of young students at schools also is a pleasure.
KR – Are you planning to settle down to family life in near future, I mean marriage
TM –I am a very social person and every human being needs a family life or someone
to support you emotionally, and I am no exception. So I would say yes, I am open
to marriage and start a family, but after the accomplishment of my plan to revisit
the top of the world.
KR – Your message to the mass and especially to the youth?
TM – Always believe in yourself and what you have chosen to do. Your hardwork may
not always be rewarded with success but that doesn't mean you should give up. One
should always have his goal set. Last but not the least, always love and respect
your family because they are your greatest assets.
(Last year Mena's home was completely destroyed by a fire accident. All her personal
belongings, certificates, passport, and her most beloved mountaineering equipments
that she had used for her Mt. Everest summit, were burnt to ashes in that fire.
"I had to start everything from scratch, from rebuilding my house to getting new
mountaineering equipments. It was like a new beginning for me", she said.
When told about how my parents are a big fan of her's, she said that's what keeps
her motivated. "When I find out that people from far away who do not know me personally
have so much love and admiration for me, that’s what keeps me going and gives me
the strength to set goals and go ahead", Mena said.
Tine Mena says that she has no qualms with the government not being able to offer
her promised job yet. She said, "I have always been a hard worker and I believe I
can do any kind of physical labour to earn my living and take care of my family".
But the question here is, would it be justified to let a shining star who has brought
glory and prestige to, not only for Arunachal Pradesh but to the entire nation, to
work as a daily wage earner just to make her and her family's ends meet? We can only
hope that there is something good in store for this star of the nation.)
CM lauds medal winners in national school games
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has congratulated the medal winners and
participants of the recently held 60th National School Games and 10th National Youth
Weightlifting Championship respectively at Indore and Yamuna Nagar (Haryana).
While budding Karatekas from the state did exceptionally well in the National School
Games, weightlifters of the state again proved their mettle in the National Youth
“I on behalf of the Government and the people of the state congratulate our sportspersons
who have proved beyond doubt that youths from the state have everything in them to
compete at the highest level and win medals. We Arunachalees are no less than anybody!”
Tuki, an ardent sports and games lover, said in a statement here this evening.
The Chief Minister conveyed special thanks to the Karatekas - Minam Tekseng (Gold,
under 17 girls, below 56 kg), Nikam Sonoliyang (Gold, under 19 boys, below 65 kg),
Johny Mangkhiya, (Silver, under 19 girls, above 60 kg), Kambung Wangsa (Silver, under
19 girls, below 44 kg), Neta Menjo (Bronze, under 19 boys, below 45 kg), Yarda Tadap,
(Bronze, under 17 boys, below 45 kg), Gyamar Mach (Bronze, under 19 girls, below
52 kg) for keeping the Arunachal flag flying high amongst all from across the country.
Hailing weightlifter Jimjang Deru as a prodigy, who created a new national record
by lifting a total of 238 Kgs in the Under 56 Kg category at the National Youth Weightlifting
Championship, the Chief Minister said Arunachal Pradesh is proud of its worthy son.
Deru lifted 103 Kgs in Snatch and 135 Kgs in Clean & Jerk to clinch the Gold for
the event. He broke his own record set last year at the 9th Youth National Weightlifting
Championship held at Guwahati. Deru is the national champion in the Under 56 category
and has maintained the title for the past 3 years. He is also holding the title of
the Asian Youth Champion, which he had won recently at the Asian Weightlifting Championship
in Doha, Qatar.
Tuki also congratulated lifter Lalu Taku for winning 3 Gold medals in 69 kg weight
category, Gungte Yangfo for winning two Golds and one Silver, Yukar Tachack for clinching
a Silver in 62 Kg weight category, Dampi Umpai for winning a Bronze in the Under
56 Kg weight category and Tang Devi for bagging three silver medals in 44 Kg Girls.
The Chief Minister also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Team Managers,
Coaches and Officials of the teams.
Kamin conducts unannounced visit to schools, CHC
DIYUN, Jan 20: Diyun MLA Nikh Kamin accompanied by EAC Datum Gadi paid an announced
visit to Government Higher Secondary School, Innao on Monday and assessed the conditions
of the school buildings and other infrastructures besides interacting with the school
authorities and faculty members. He advised the school authorities to create a sense
of discipline among the students and check bunking of classes by the students. He
also asked the principal to ensure regular presence of teachers in the station.
The MLA was however shocked to find that the class rooms were almost empty despite
of high rate of enrollment in the only Hr. Secondary School of Diyun Circle. The
school building is also not in a good shape and there is shortage of subject teachers,
library, sanitation and drinking water facility.
The local legislator also visited the Community Health Centre (CHC) Diyun and inspected
the existing medical facilities. The healthcare facilities are woefully inadequate
given the population of more than 35,000. The Diyun CHC cannot cater to the medical
needs of highly populated Diyun Circle, it does not even have adequate staff to handle
emergency cases or medical equipment to perform major operations. There is inadequate
staff and medicines, lack of medical equipment and doctors.
Later, Kamin surveyed the flood affected areas along with the team of officers including
Maga Tasso, AE WRD, Datum Gadi, EAC Diyun and the village leaders. The team observed
that the situation at Diyun circle is very critical. It is feared that if proper
embankment is not constructed at the critical points immediately, it may spell doom.
It may play havoc not only in Diyun circle but also in Namsai Town which lies at
the vicinity of Diyun Circle.
In a major embarrassment to Arunachal government, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata
Party has alleged that Aditya Diagnostics & Hospitals based in Dibrugarh, 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. As per the report, 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 of Rs. 60,00,000 approximately has been cleared till date.
The news has come as shock to many Arunachalees, especially to the poorer section,
who were pinning hope on CM Health Insurance Scheme for further treatments. There
is growing fear that this scheme may get flop like any other government schemes which
bitterly fails after initial high voltage launch. The government of Arunachal constantly
brags Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme as one of the landmark achievement
of the present government. But sadly the report coming from a Dibrugarh based hospital
present different facts. Health department should immediately look into the matter
and resolve the issue at the earliest. The poor people have high from this scheme
and for their benefit it should be continued.
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Courage that emerges from pain and despair
It is a cold evening in the Adi belt and the wind whispers of the chill which will
follow the evening. She puts on her knock off windbreaker, checks the battery on
her torch, the dinner for her family and fades into the tattered road silently but
with purpose. The broken streetlights sing of the broken promises of the local administration,
she walks undeterred to the meeting place where mothers like her are waiting. They
greet each other with silent nods. They have news of an opium peddler. The rented
Tata Sumo drops them a few blocks from the target. They wait in the silence of the
night, braving the cold wind that the heartless Siang hurls at them, remembering
why they are doing this, for their children they say unto themselves, for their grandchildren.
Their pseudo-buyer knocks at the dealer’s door, haggles for a bit and is handed the
opium. The next thing the opium dealer sees is the charging of the Devis at his door,
Kali, Durga, Saraswati and all the blessed goddesses. The poor mortal, petrified
is taken into custody by the brave Arunachal Pradesh Police. There is however no
note of elation from the Women responsible because their fight is not over yet. They
will wake up tomorrow and go about their lives. Some will go back to teaching kids,
some will go back to treating patients, some will go back to their law books, some
will go back to work on their vegetable gardens and caring for their families but
when the cold chilly wind from the Siang challenges them in the evening, they will
don their monkey-caps and torches and go to save the people from drugs and alcohol.
They are Anti-Drug Committee of ABK Women’s Wing.
Despair and pain wise men say can cause a whole civilization to crumble. I believed
that in the past. I believed that a person should be as happy as possible but the
Anti-Drug Committee has taught me otherwise. Most of the women involved in this committee
are mothers who have lost their children to alcohol and drugs. Many have lost their
children to alcohol related accidents while some have lost theirs to the cesspool
of drugs. Whatever the reasons be these wonderful women are united by grief, frustration
and despair. It seems like God’s twisted sense of purpose that these women should
lose someone of great value in order to teach us to value our lives and the lives
of others. Now I know that from despair and grief there can emerge a great a knowledge
of life and its value.
The sense of loss has always determined the fate of a human being or a society. We
will always be shaped what we have lost rather than what we want, we will always
want but we will forever cherish those things which we will never have again, those
fleeting moments with family and friends, the first kiss or in my case the first
time I ever saw a library. Certain things will never come back and in that lies our
future. We can roll over, give into the pain and loss or do something about it. The
Anti-Drug Committee has done something about it. December 25 2014 to January 5 2015
was declared as dry day. Now one cannot buy alcohol after 7 P.M in Pasighat and there
is no alcohol available in the ‘ghumtis’ anymore. Marijuana and opium peddlers have
gone into hiding. The most wonderful news is that last year there were five related
deaths recorded by the general hospital of Pasighat during the ten day dry day that
was imposed this year, this year the number of deaths was Zero. This is fact, it
has been released by the Joint Director of General Hospital Pasighat and most of
the deaths registered last year were Road Traffic Accidents or RTA, most of which
alcohol or drugs are the main cause. So, many parents slept well during this ten
day dry day period and many kids were saved from the calamities of accidents, forgetful
of the women who made it happen. The good lord alone knows how many lives were saved
in this ten day period.
The foremost question which you will and ought to ask is what were the police and
the tax and excise department doing while there women were going on their nightly
raids? Nothing. What was the administration doing while these women braved the winter
winds to stake out the operation centre of these peddlers and goons? As usual making
promises and arriving last in the scene. Where were our local politicians? No idea.
I asked these ladies once to open a bank account so that people may donate money
into their cause. I was flatly refused. “This is our problem. We will solve it. The
well wishers’ support is enough.” They are wonderful human beings, these women, many
I know personally, most I wish to know.
The most important thing these ladies have taught me is courage, not the kind of
courage to meet the District Commissioner and speak one’s mind but the kind of courage
the emerges from pain and despair. This article my dear reader is about courage in
case you have found it misleading because of the title. This is about how a group
of women have found courage to make a difference because of the unfortunate events
in their lives. They have decided to change society because their children could
never grow in the kind of society they wanted and desperately hope that their grandchildren
will grow up in a better environment.
J. Matbing Jamoh
A lesson learnt
We choose this medium to express our feeling of gratitude to the Market Welfare Committee
of Aalo for their prompt action and would like to share this for the consciousness
On 7th of January 2015, with few of my friends, I headed to Ranaghat, Aalo, for
picnic. While on the way to picnic spot we sneaked into vegetable market to collect
some eatables. The local woman chopped 3 kgs of meat as demanded and charged Rs.
660.00(i.e. Rs. 220/kg). I was perplexed to know the rate of pork as it was supposed
to be not more than Rs. 200/kg. We argued with the vendor about the prevailing market
rate of the pork but it was futile, as she was reluctant to lessen the price.
We didn’t give up on the argument, not only for the sake of ourselves but for all
those section of consumers who are not capable of speaking up against such practice
and to teach the lesson to all those people who escalate the price for their own
reason and purpose and for awareness, to sensitize and caution the business communities
for such malpractices. A vendor should not trudge the price of commodities for their
ulterior motive. Strive hard to make profit but not at the cost of other’s pocket
rather with hard work and dedication.
Fortunately, I got a phone number of Market Welfare Committee from nearby shop and
appraised the matter to the committee.
To my utter surprise, one of the committee members reached the place within 5 minutes
on his two wheeler and settled the issue, and instructed the woman to abide by the
rate notified by the administration. In an unforgiving manner he admonished the local
woman to sell the pork only at Rs. 200/kg or vacate the counter for other fellow
to do business in decent way.
It was very satisfying effort and we are very much grateful to the market welfare
committee of Aalo for their swiftness and timely intervention. We all know selling
above notified rate is not only a problem in Aalo alone. There may be numerous reasons
for hiking price but do it after getting consent from regulatory body. I wish our
little action would fetch a big difference to shape a better marketing system in
our state. I appeal to all the market welfare committee in our state to be vigilant
and accessible to redress the grievance of consumers as well as traders when needed.
Anchal Samity Member
Many incomplete road projects
It’s been quite long time ago that Yembung-Yemsing to Tarak, Yembung to Yemsing road
renovation, Pareng Sine road (NLCPR) Dite-Dime to Riew, Riew to Rasing, Jorsing to
Komsing, Reglat to Lebung to connect Sissen village were sanctioned. How much we
wish that road projects are implemented and generate at least temporary employment
to the public and a long term connectivity to bring the seasonal horticultural products
to the market to transform the rural economy and the Government revenue as well.
The road connectivity will not only benefit the villages where it is constructed
but also other places and people. The more we delay, the prices will rise and the
contractors or the executing agency might cry because of price escalation for which
quality work is seldom performed. As a result the right to enjoy good infrastructure
is being compromised. No more Sissen village be born to boycott election in the future
because of lack of road connectivity. There are few projects against which GoI had
sanctioned but the executing department is not implementing the scheme.
Kiren Rijuju stated that all the unconnected villages shall be given road connectivity
so there is no point in holding back the sanctioned schemes. GoAP is requested to
implement the road projects in Siang belt for public interest without delay. GoAP
is also appealed to complete long pending Rottung-Kallek road.
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