Si-Donyi celebrated for peace and prosperity

Itanagar, Jan 06: The Si-Donyi festival of Tagin community was celebrated with traditional fervours and gaiety at Si-Donyi ground near Helipad, Naharlagun today. The festival is celebrated every year by Tagin community for well being of mankind. The Tagins believe that the all pervading Si-Donyi is the supreme authority of the existing life.

Addressing the gathering at the celebration, Parliamentary Secretary for UD and Land Management, Techi Kaso urged all the senior members of the community to impart their traditional knowledge and wisdom to their younger generation so that they can carry forward their tradition and culture ahead.

The Parliamentary Secretary also appealed to all to spread the message of love, peace and togetherness while celebrating the festival.

Kaso also released a Tagin folk tale book “The Story of Himbin Techi” on the occasion.

Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary Supply and Consumer Affairs, Nyamar Karbak appealed to the people not to forget their own culture and tradition no matter what religion they follow. He further appealed, especially to the younger generation to preserve their culture and language.

Si-Donyi Mythology was read out by Secretary General Si-Donyi Committee, Capital Complex.

Mega dance was performed by dance troupes from capital complex and districts on the occassion, reports DIPR.

Our Daporijo Correspondent adds: Si- Donyi festival of Tagin community was also celebrated with religious fervours at Daporijo today. The festival is celebrated annually to promote the health, wealth and prosperity of the people of the tribe.

The festival involves various rituals that are performed to appease Si -Donyi.

Attending the festival, ZPM Yokpo Baja appealed to the people of the community to foster communal harmony to ensure peaceful co-existence among various tribes.

The essence of all religions is peaceful co-existence and communal harmony, he said and appealed to all to have respect for other’s religions and belief.

He also highlighted various social problems concerning Upper Subansiri district and urged all to bring about a positive changes in the district.

He appealed to the members of the community to work for promotion of the festival.

Senior citizen Tabom Laigi urged the believers to preserve and promote the age-old culture and traditions to keep identity intact.

“Everyone should work for the betterment of the society. Every citizen coming from other state should be treated like a guest,” he said. Various sports, cultural and literary competitions were organized to mark the festival.

The cultural night was another main attraction of the festival wherein renowned local singers enthralled the audience with their melodious voice. A film titled “Light of Si-Donyi” was also screened.

Food stalls were also one of the main attractions during the festival. There were food stalls for different food items especially to promote the local cuisines.

Apart from local people tourists from Europe, Asia, America and members from various other communities thronged the festival venue and witnessed the colorful celebration.

The festival was also celebrated in a grand way at Siyum (SINALITA) by organizing colourful cultural nights and games and sports, cultural and literary competitions.

Dr.Tara Nayam, Vice President of Tagin Cultural Society in his address yesterday expressed happiness over participation of members from other communities in enthusiasm making the celebration a grand success.

Si-Donyi festival was also celebrated in Dumporijo, Aalo, Roing and many other places.




Siang organic campaign intensified, ‘Food Smart Citizens for Food Smart Cities’ launched

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

PASIGHAT, Jan 06: Intensifying its ongoing ‘Siang Organic’ campaign, the Siang Peoples Forum (SPF) in collaboration of Siang Tea Industries Ltd, Future Generations Arunachal Pradesh (NGO), Adi Baane Kebang and woman SHGs launched ‘Food Smart Citizens for Food Smart Cities’ in a workshop held in Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Pasighat today.

The campaign aims at protection of biodiversity in Siang valley through organic farming and sustainable agriculture to ensure food and nutritional security.

Attending the workshop, founder of Navdanya (A network of seed keepers and organic producers), Dr Vandana Shiva said that her mission has taken initiative for rejuvenation of organic farming in the Northeaster hill states, which is to be gradually extended to other states. She lamented that food produced by using chemicals has seized the joy of farmers, who have lost their food and nutritional security.

Dr Vandana said that chemical fertilizers are playing major role in climate change. As such, oxides of Nitrogen are causing air pollution, while 70 percent garbage is produced from inorganic food items. She suggested tagging Swastya Bharat Abhiyan with the ongoing Swachch Bharat Abhiyan launched by the central government.

While suggesting protection of the natural resources including water bodies, hills and natural forests, Dr Vandana said that insect pollination in crops increase productivity and it can be expected in organic cultivation of natural vegetation. Stating on the Draft Arunachal Organic Policy, Dr Vandana has sought people’s feedback based on the scopes and potentiality available in the region. She laid stress on conservation of local verities of food crops besides documentation of indigenous knowledge on seed storage and cultivation practices. She urged the local people to have an united efforts to make the state organic.

Explaining the concept of organic farming, Dean of Pasighat College of Horticulture & Forestry, A K Pandey said that organic farming is not confined to agriculture, but it is related to biodiversity and sustainable development of resources. He lamented that population explosion and consequent rapid urbanization has an adverse effect on food production, which is posing threat to survival of the countrymen. He also briefed on the issues and strategies of organic vegetable production with power point presentation.

The participants in the workshop made focus on availability of resources with feasibility of organic farming in Siang valley. According to them, about seventy percent organic food produced in their locality is safe, but the vegetables and fruits imported from inorganic farms is posing serious health hazard to the community people.

East Siang District Agriculture officer, Y J Lego in her impressive speech held the farmers responsible for contaminating the mother earth. She discouraged application of chemical substances in crop field and put emphasize on the improved organic cultivation to boost production.

Among others, Bharatiya Kishan Sangha (Arunachal state) president Takali Tamuk, ABK (Women) activist Anyak Mize, Siang Peoples Forum General Secretary Oyar Gao led the group discussions in the occasion and spoke in favour of organic farming.



Phassang refutes allegations, says ready to face probe

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: Jan Andolan Committee of BJP, Arunachal Pradesh Chairman, Tame Phassang today said that he is ready to face any investigation against him and welcomed the demands of All Arunachal Pradesh PDS Transporters’ Welfare Association (AAPPDSTWA) seeking enquiry into alleged mismanagement of funds under National Bamboo Mission when he was its Chairman back in 2009.

Phassang was reacting to the said Association’s allegations during a press conference held at Press Club here this afternoon. ‘I was the chairman of the National Bamboo Mission in 2009 and have no issues if an investigation is conducted as the allegations of mismanagement of funds against me are baseless and concocted’, he said. While terming the allegations of threatening the senior government officials levelled by the AAPPDSTWA as unfounded, Phassang said that there is no proof to support their claims and if one wishes can easily go through phone records to get to the truth.

The AAPPDSTWA has been demanding the arrest of Lokam Tassar, Tame Phassang, Kipa Kanam, Tai Taley, Toko Obi and Biri Kakum within 24 hours and alleged them of disrupting the senior public servants in discharging their duties resulting into delay in clearing of HTS payment to the genuine contractors. It has also warned to resort to boycott and disruption of supplies of essential commodities to all the districts in the state.

Strongly refuting the allegations, Phassang stated that he has abided by the High Court and Supreme Court orders directing that payment be made against the genuine contractors and claimed to have never stopped genuine bills as alleged. Stating that the party has the support of the state’s people in its fight against the gross financial mismanagement plaguing the state, the JAC Chairman further dared the present state government to accept the people’s genuine demands of conducting an investigation over the issue also.



Arunachal bag 6 gold medals in World Taekwondo Challenge Championship

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: Arunachal Taekwondo Team bagged 6 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the World Taekwondo Challenge Championship 2015 which was held at Gilton Ground, Mumbai from December 28 to 31, 2015.

The gold medalists are Tater Hui  (Senior Poomsae), Langkung Rade  (Poomsae under Red Belt), Godak Bogi  (Poomsae under colour belt), Bafragsai Tayang  (U- 56 kg female), Kumli Barah (U- 51 kg female), Bikash Baruah  (U- 72 kg)

Mechi Tago and Likha Govind won a silver and bronze medal in poomsae and under 58 kg category respectively.



School boxing team leaves for National School Games

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: A nine-member boxing team from Arunachal Pradesh, including two officials, left here for Kolhapur, Maharashtra to participate in the 61st National School Games scheduled to be held from January 10 to 13, 2016.

The selected athletes are, (Boys) Dejum Gadi (56 Kg), Taluk Bage (62 Kg), Chello Tade (69 Kg), (Girls) -Ayang Siram (48 Kg), Posen Kongkang (53 Kg), Bengia Yape (58 Kg), Minu Moriju (63 Kg).

Tarh Tassap is the Manager and Chef De-Mission.




EKSWCO commemorates Late Nicham Sonam’s birthday with mass cleanliness drive

Staff Reporter

SEPPA, Jan 06:  With a mission to clean up Seppa township ahead of Kameng River Festival (a three day cultural cum adventurous event) slated to be held from January 21 to 23, 2016, East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) today conducted a mass cleanliness drive while commemorating 54th birth anniversary of  Late Nicham Sonam, a founder member of EKSWCO.   Hundreds of volunteers participated in cleanliness drive. Entire town was divided into three sectors for the mission clean-up.   

The cleanliness drive was conducted in between Nicham Sonam bridge and Tari Bridge stretch at New Seppa by volunteers of EKSWCO and Women Welfare Organisation, Mothers Group assisted by the departments like WRD, PWD, RWD etc.  

Bank of Kameng River was assigned to All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU), East Kameng Christain Forum, Kameng Echo Adventure. Similarly task to clean up market areas was given to East Kameng Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EKCCI) and Bazar Welfare Committee etc. The EKSWCO is on war-footing to sensitize the people of East Kameng on sanitation and cleanliness. A series of sensitization programs are being carried out by EKSWCO ahead of the KRF 2016.

Earlier, while paying floral tribute to Late Nicham Sonam  at Nyedar Namlo Seppa, EKSWCO Chairman Kya Safar Pao remembered the contributions of Late Sonam and appealed the people to follow his path. Late Nicham Sonam was first Circle Officer (CO) from the district and is being considered as an architect of social and cultural growth of East Kameng district.




CS inspects vital infrastructure projects

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 06: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today inspected the progress of the construction of 360-bed ward segment of Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), Naharlagun. The project is funded under the forward linkage project under the Union Ministry of Health, GoI for strengthening and upgrading the ASH.

Upgradation of ASH is also a pre-requisite for establishment of Medical College in the State.

While inspecting, the chief secretary suggested for ensuring proper sewerage/drainage system and un-interrupted power supply. He directed to submit estimate for provision of un-interrupted power supply and assured to provide fund.

Expressing satisfaction over the pace of the work, the Chief Secretary called for monthly review of the progress of the work.

Director, Health Services,  Dr. Moji Jini informed that the ward segment will be completed by August, and OPD, Laboratory, OT, Blood Bank and Administration Block will also be accommodated for time being to facilitate the next phase of construction.

Later, in a meeting with senior medical and programme officers of the Health Department, Negi reviewed the implementation of various programmes and the delivery of healthcare services for the benefit of the people of the state.

The Chief Secretary also enquired about procurement of medical equipments for providing healthcare services and stressed on proper utilization of equipments procured/purchased for treatment and diagnostic care particularly for the needy and poor patients.

On the need for early establishment of proposed Medical College, the Chief Secretary suggested to prepare all required formalities for establishment of the Medical College.

He was accompanied by Secretary Planning, IPR and Printing Sonam Chombay, Commissioner Health, Bolung Siram.

Later, the Chief Secretary inspected the progress of construction of office building of Soochna Bhawan in Papu Nallah.  Being informed that the progress of the Soochna Bhawan has been delayed due to non release of fund, Negi directed for immediate release of fund amounting to Rs. 98 lacs for completion of the Bhawan at the earliest. The project was started in 2012.

The Department of Information and Public Relations, which is vital wing in disseminating the information and awareness of the welfare programmes and policies of the State Govt   is presently functioning in the old civil secretariat SPT Building built in 1971 and the entire area is now allotted for the ASH campus.

Earlier, the Chief Secretary also visited the State Library in Itanagar to assess the feasibility for the provision of the Reading Room to attract readers with all required state of the art facilities including cafeteria to cater the needs of the visitors and suggested for solar panel for generating electricity to minimize recurring cost of power.

Later, he  also visited the Directorate of Printing. While visiting all the sections to get first hand information about the printing technology and equipments, CS noted that with the available equipments and skills, the directorate can also take up all kinds of printing works apart from its day to day government printing works. He lauded the commitment and hardwork of the officers and staff and asked them to keep up the same tempo and spirit. DIPR



DC stresses  on door to door campaign

ROING, Jan 06: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan gave emphasis on door to door awareness campaign to clarify some misconceptions associated with polio and IPPI in order to achieve cent percent immunization coverage.

While reviewing the immunization coverage under IPPI - 2015, the Deputy Commissioner urged the officials of health department to reach out to each and every child of age between 0-5 years during the immunization drive. Further, he encouraged the department to reach out to the people even in the remote areas and seek help from NHPC, BRTF and other allied Department for successful conduct of immunization drive.

Earlier, DRCHO, Roing briefed informed that the first round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization programme in Lower Dibang Valley district for 2016 would be held from January 17 to 19 and the second round from February 21 to 23.

House to house polio immunization would be carried out on January 18 and 19 while booth base immunization would be given on January 17 January during the first round of the programme.

The District Action Plan for IPPI, 2016 of Lower Dibang Valley was attended by District Medical Officers, DRCHO, Circle Officer, representative from NHPC, 44th RCC, BRTF, Public Leaders. DIPRO



Support for bamboosa Library grows

WAKRO, Jan 06: Many well-wishers are coming out in support of Bamboosa Library moverment. Expressing her solidarity with the Lohit Youth Libraries at the hours of need, a research scholar in Max Planck Institute, Dortmund, Divya Singh contributed cash for rebuilding the Bamboosa House at Tezu. Divya is also the first recipient of the Bamboosa Memento of Gratitude.

Another well-wisher Deepak Sharma, Trustee, Sri Sri Rural Development Program of the Art of Living also expressed his strong support to the Lohit Youth Libraries and contributed for rebuilding the  library. Deepak also gave boxes to help the ‘Vacation Mini Libraries’ by the Library Network.

Earlier Deepak travelled to RIWATCH campus in Khinjili to meet the founder of the library movement. He interacted with members of local NGOs. Deepak, who was also felicitated with Bamboosa Memento of Gratitude assured to continue his support and exhorted all to support the noble cause. A core committee headed by Bapen Kri has been formed to rebuild the Bamboosa.

In an encouraging gesture Divya Singh took up the responsibility of sponsoring the education of a rural Arunachali child. The Apnes presented dances and sang to mark the occasion.



CS holds meet to discuss Statehood Day celebration

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 06: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi chaired a preliminary meeting with regards to celebration of Statehood Day 2016 and Festival of Arunachal at his conference Hall here yesterday.

In departure with the normal Statehood Day function, the meeting discussed to celebrate the 30 years of Statehood Day with a difference at State Capital and all districts in befitting manners.

Apart from the normal programmes, it was decided to organize lead up programmes as a precursor to the Statehood Day and Festival of Arunachal.

The programmes will spread over at different locations of Capital region. The main attractions of the events will be symposium on “Growth of Representative Government in the State” and debate & essay competition on 30 years of journey of progress at RGU Doimukh, a symposium by APSCW on “Journey of women progress during the three decades” and Workshop on Performing Arts & Theatrical Events. ‘Street pageant’ will also be a special feature of the buildup events to the Statehood Day celebration.

The functions will also be organized at district level with varied programmes like food festival, exhibition on the rich bio-diversity and traditional sports.

The meeting was attended by all the Commissioners, Secretaries, DC & SP Capital and DIPR. DIPR



Sensitization prog on management, rehabilitation of PWDs

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: Over 100 persons, belonging to various sections of Lower Subansiri district mostly women self-help groups, anganwadi workers, PRI leaders, producers’ organization and NGOs, were sensitized on “Concept, management & rehabilitation of persons with disability (PWDs)” at a workshop in Ziro today.   

Addressing the NYP facilitated 6th such national workshop in the state, ADC Neding Chatung lauded the organisers and resources persons for their initiative and called for more events in other parts of the district.   He advised the participants to make the best use of the knowledge earned to benefit the society.   

Apatani People’s Forum chief adviser Koj Hinda Tara and DUDA AUPO Punyo Tupey, in chest Apatani, exhorted the participants to rise to the occasion.

“It is a unique programme which would benefit those incapable to avail benefit outside the state,” Tara said while assuring all possible support.

“We would ensure involvement of the society in the greater welfare,” committed Lower Subansiri Vegetable Growers’ Cooperative Society secretary Kago Kampu & Ziro branch Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society secretary Dusu Amer.

Enlisting various steps including 120 short term courses conducted annually by Mumbai-based Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH), its HoD (SER) R Bhattacharjee said it aimed at social-economic rehabilitation of the PDWs by reaching the unreached with a special thrust to NE region by the GoI.

Today’s event, organized in collaboration with the National Youth Project (NYP),  aimed at bringing mass awareness about various Govt programmes, he said and appealed to the gathering to be ambassadors to make the PWDs national builders.     

The NYP funded by AYJNIHH has so far skilled 2,430 PDWs of Tawang, West Kameng, Papum Pare, Changlang, East Siang, Namsai, Lohit, Anjaw & Lower Dibang Valley districts, who all are engaged in productive works in their locality to earn decently, its president P Bishwas disclosed.



Lishank Tasar & Tadar Parte to represent India at Taiwan International Science Fair 2016

ITANAGAR, Jan 04: The project of Liashank Tasar and her group from Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Nirjuli entitled “A Study on Traditional Architecture in Itanagar Capital Complex and to Improve a Modified Typology for a Climate Responsive Contemporary House” was one among the top 16 projects selected during the 23rd National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC), 2015 which was held at Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab from December 27 to 31, 2015..

A total of 624 projects were presented by child scientists from all over the country at the NCSC.

Ten projects selected at the State level CSC 2015 held during November, 2015 from different districts represented Arunachal Pradesh and was presented by the group leaders of the projects on the selected focal “Understanding Weather and Climate” In this NCSC.

Lishank Tasar along with her first group Member Tadar Parte has been selected to represent India with their project at the Taiwan International Science Fair 2016 to be held during January 24 to February 2, 2016 at Taipei.    

The team of child scientists, teachers from the State was led by Dr. Debajit Mahanta, Joint Director & State Coordinator, NCSC, Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar.

National Council for Science Technology and Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India recognizing the achievement of the top 16 projects selected will provide 15 days internship for all the group members including the guide teacher of the project in some of the leading science and technological institutes such as IIT, IISER during the summer vacation as an incentive.

The Chancellor of Chandigarh University, during the valedictory function, announced to provide 100% scholarships to these 16 child scientists and Chandigarh University would adopt them up to the Ph. D. level, if they join Chandigarh University after their 10 + 2 level. Chandigarh University will bear their entire cost of education.

NCSC provides an opportunity to large number of children all over the country to enjoy learning of science by laying stress on the concept of “Learning by Doing” activities on real life problems and satisfying their creative urges and curiosity through action oriented research projects. The NCSC projects starts at District Level CSC and on the basis of innovativeness, merit, projects are selected from the district level to state level and then finally to the National level, which is held during 27-31 December every year.



Capital DC holds meeting on R Day celebration

ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki today urged upon the departments concerned to shoulder their responsibilities with dedication and sincerity for celebration of the ensuing Republic Day in a grand manner.  While addressing the representatives of various departments in a meeting held in his Conference Hall here regarding celebration of the Republic Day on 26th January next at Indira Gandhi Park, the DC further informed that the parade rehearsal would begin from Jan 13 next and the final rehearsal would be held on Jan 24. The DC urged them to ensure that all arrangement works are finished by  January 23 next.

He also directed the Dy SP Itanagar T K Nath to deploy adequate forces for security arrangements and crowd control at I.G Park. The DDSE Itanagar was asked to ensure participation of all schools in the Capital Complex in the Prabhat Pheri on the day as well as arrangement of student cultural troupes for which the DACO Itanagar was asked to coordinate the cultural events.

Meanwhile, DC informed that a special cleanliness drive would be carried out in Itanagar Municipal area and in  and around the I.G Park Itanagar to clean all drainages and to remove unwanted banners, hoardings, posters etc.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Habung Lampung EAC Itanagar, Michi Kani Dy Director, IPR, Bamin Nime Protocol Officer and officers from concerned departments. DIPRO



Tezu to host “Discover North-East India - Arunachal Pradesh Festival-2016”

TEZU, Jan 6: Tezu, headquarters of Lohit district will be hosting the three days “Discover North-East India-Arunachal Pradesh Festival-2016 at Loiliang Secondary School Ground on January 12, Tafragam Primary School Ground on January 13 and at Tezu Jubilee Ground on January 14. Artists from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Manipur, Mizoram & Sikkim are participating in the festival, reports DIPRO

A consultative - cum - co-ordination meeting in connection with the Discover North- East India - Arunachal Pradesh Festival ’2016 was held at DC’s conference hall under the chairmanship of Lohit  Deputy Commissioner here yesterday.

Addressing the meeting the DC was very optimistic for the successful conduct of the festival in Tezu. He requested all the Committee Members to  work with dedication to make the event successful. He specially emphasized on proper management of food, lodging, electricity and water supply, sanitation and proper maintenance of venues of the celebrations.

Speaking on the occasion, Tezu DACO gave a detailed outline of the festival and also sought the cooperation and support of all members/HoDs present for the success of the festival.



EE clarifies

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: Reacting to a news item under heading “Irked with power failure, people demand………”, which was published in a section of local dailies, the Executive Engineer (EM), Aalo EM Division Dept, of Hydro Power Development clarified that the Lhallung Hydel station was shut down for maintenance work during the day hours on Saturday ( December 26). However, Power supply was resumed in the evening of the same day. Since then the hydel is running smoothly till date, the EE claimed adding that every Saturday is a routine maintenance day of hydel stations.

The EE also said that load shedding takes place during peak hours. During lean period, the water discharge is low and only one unit is put into operation, the EE clarified.

With regards to staff posted at Lhallung Hydel, the EE informed that there are only 4 staff posted against Lhallung and rest have been arranged internally.

“We have managed to post 2 staff from Liromoba MHS, 3 from Aalo MHS and 8 from Mechuka MHS.  Out of the 17 staff posted, only 10 are competent to be engaged in shift duty. Rest have been engaged in other duties such as, cleaning of Power House, Intake, Power Channel etc, the EE added.



IMWA warns against unlawful activities

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: The Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) in a release informed that it has received many complaints and grievances from the business community. IMWA alleged that many individuals are forcefully taking huge amount of loan from the businessmen of capital complex. They termed such move as indirect extortion and appealed to such individual or party to refrain from exercising unlawful activities.

The association also requested the cyber cafe owner of Itanagar to maintain strict identification register. In most part of the city, the cyber cafe owners are not maintaining such priorities. Arunachal Pradesh is border area and Itanagar in particular is sensitive and important administrative centre. At such junction, anti social elements take advantage of such prevailing facilities that  is through cyber cafe especially in passing important information related to national security. The IMWA will soon carry out special drive to checkout all the cyber cafe in this regard.

“We have also received requests from some good denizens of capital complex as well as from teaching faculties of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar about the mini photocopy of text book during exams. This particular unfair means through mini photocopy is serious threat to our genuine students who seriously prepare for exam. In this regard, we also appeals the entire photocopy agent or locally called Xerox copy shops of capital complex to refrain from involving in mini photocopying of textbooks,” IMWA added. The Association  also called upon parents to keep an eye on their ward as many students in school uniform has been found to be roaming around in restaurants and indulging in wrong activities. The IMWA also expressed its inability to contain the rocketing price of goods and services. “We are association, having certain limits. We stand only for the interest of business community. We feel sorry for all the inconveniences and appeal one and all to refer your grievances to consumer right forum or cells. The authority is there for your interest and we are here for our interests,” the association added.



No breakthrough in Kali Bulo murder case

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: Five months after the beginning of probe into the alleged murder of Kali Bulo; the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Home Department is yet to make any significant headway into the case.

Kali Bulo, an Assistant (AT) teacher of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his quarter in the morning of August 5 last year. The mysterious death of the teacher drew a lot of public hue and cry across the state following which the State Home Department had constituted an SIT to probe the alleged murder case.

However, the SIT is yet to make any significant breakthrough in the case with the civil societies and students of Mechukha Sub-Division seeking the authority concerned to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the alleged murder incident.

Demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the alleged murder of Kali Bulo, a candle light march was taken out by the public of Mechukha under banner of Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) West Siang Unit and All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) West Siang Unit last evening .

They strongly demanded the authority concerned to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the alleged murder incident or else let the public know about the outcome of the SIT probe into the case.

Around 300 members comprising civil society members, students and teachers participated in the candle light march which started from Chorten Tinali, Mechukha and culminated at Govt Higher Secondary School.



NSCN-R distance itself from arrested persons

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: NSCN-Reformation said it has no link with Wingan Agan and Damwang Bangsia, who were arrested by security forces from Kheti village, Tirap on Sunday last.

“We distance ourselves whatsoever from Wingan Agan and Damwang Bangsia. They are in no way related to the NSCN-Reformation,” said MIP, Secretary in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh, NSCN-R in an e-mail to the Arunachal Times.

“Many youths are involved in carrying out extortion in the name of various organizations, including the NSCN- Reformation to fulfill their day to day needs as they find it easy way of making money unmindful of the consequences,” the  release said.

 “We are for peace and peaceful settlement of the Indo-Naga issue. We want to see that, our people are also given honorable and amicable solution through peace and negotiation,” the release further added.



Enrollment under APCMUHIS underway

PASIGHAT, Jan 6: A large number of people gathered at Pasighat General Hospital here to enroll their names under APCMUHIS. The District Medical Officer has organized the enrolled camp for the residents of Pasighat township. East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla along with JDHS (T&R) Dr. Kabang Lego, DMO Dr. M Perme and Medical Supdt. Dr. Y R Darang reviewed arrangements for enrollment today.

While exhorting the people to enroll their name under the  scheme, DC Khosla  said  the CMUHIS is a unique health scheme that aims to provide free medical and surgical treatment in empanelled government and private hospitals in cashless manner. Elaborating the significance of cashless manner, Khosla said when a beneficiary approaches an empanelled hospital for treatment under the scheme, he or she is not required to make any payment instead the payment is made on his behalf by the Insurer to the empanelled hospital.

During her visit, the DC issued directives to the district health authority for wide publicity and extra arrangement (before and after the scheduled time) for government employees so that normal official works is not hampered. Later she inspected the ongoing construction of the 50 bedded MCH Wing building and expressed happiness over the work progress. She instructed the executing agency for timely completion  of  the  building  with quality work. DIPRO



Relief sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Claiming that the house of Rungte-Rite Gaon Burah under Kra Dadi district has been completely destroyed in a fire incident which occurred on Tuesday, the All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak Langdi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU) has in a release today appealed to the state government to provide immediate assistance to the victim.



Wildlife protection awareness prog  held

ITANAGAR, Jan 6:  A series of awareness programmes was conducted by Taro Takam Tasang Multipurpose Society Ltd. (TTTMS), a local NGO in collaboration with department Forest, Seppa in various places under East Kameng recently.

During the programme, resource persons including Seppa DFO, T Palli, AEKSU general secretary Arjun Flago and forest guard Siang Veo appealed the participants not to indulge in deforestation and suggested them to practice traditional methods of hunting and fishing.  



GJCMCC chalks out progs. for Mega Mopin celebration

AALO, Jan 6:  The Golden Jubilee Central Mopin Celebration Committee (GJCMCC) held a meeting yesterday to chalk-out programmes for the coming mega Mopin celebration at Gumin Kiin here.

GJCMCC President Doi Ado and Secretary Henrik Basar disclosed their month-long tour to different parts of the state to garner support and mobilization of fund by teams of GJCMCC where overwhelming responses were received from Galo inhabited areas of the state.  

They urged all in-charges to present their DPR and fund requirement to sort-out all arrangement at their level in advance.

Elaborate arrangements are being made pertaining to paintings, filling up of Pinku Pinte Leker, Priest House, Gumin Kiin and other structure within the celebration ground.

The committee will also take up approach CC Pavement from Nehru Chowk to Donyi Polo Dere.  DIPRO



Govt. urged for proper utilization of SIDF

ITANAGAR, Jan 06: Arunachal Pradesh Intellectual Youth Federation (APIYF) has alleged poor or non-utilization of the State Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF) in various Assembly Constituencies during 2015-16.

The said fund is sanctioned for all the constituencies but still some constituencies have been deprived from the State Infrastructure Development Fund, APIYF stated in a release.

It appealed to the higher authority of the state government to implement the same in every constituency within the stipulated time period as per guidelines.







While referring to the news item “Bakin Pertin remembered” published in this daily on January 6,  the reporter of the  news clarified that it was 20th death anniversary of Late Bakin Pertin, not 19th. Moreover, Late Bakin Pertin was permanently settled at Mirbuk village, Pasighat in the year “1971”  not in 1997. The inadvertent errors are regretted.


January  07





Media should be cautious in reporting terror

Once again the role of media in covering the terror attack is being scrutinized post Pathankot terror attack. Some of the security experts alleged that non-stop coverage of terror incident helps terrorist and their handlers. In social media people demanded for banning of NDTV alleging that channel aired crucial information which has potential to aid the terrorists. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore issued a statement saying coverage of anti-terrorist operations by news channels must be as per the Cable TV Act, 1995 and advisories issued by the Ministry.

His remarks came in the backdrop of reporting of the anti terrorist operations by some news channels during Pathankot airbase attack. This is not for the first time that Indian media has been under scanner for covering of terror incident. In the year 2008 when   deadly gang of terrorists went on rampage killing scores of people at Mumbai, the Indian media found itself in the firing line, not just of the killers but also of the authorities, for its reportage of the attack. It was alleged that the non-stop coverage of incident, provided vital information to the Pakistani handlers. By using information sourced from continous media coverage, the Pakistani handlers kept on issuing instruction to Ajmal Kasab and his gang. At that time due to the scathing criticisms of media coverage of the Mumbai attack, the News Broadcasters Association decided to unveil self regulatory guidelines for telecast of sensitive events. However no one knows, what is fate of that self regulatory guidelines adopted by the association?  Definitely there are laws as mentioned by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore but news channel should also introspect and try correcting themselves.  While reporting any terror incident they should yield extra caution and don’t air sensitive information. Their reporting should in no way help the terrorists.








Readers’ Forum





A noble gesture

Dear Editor,  

So far I have not seen any festival celebration committee in Arunachal Pradesh which does not accept cash money from Chief Guest and Guest of Honour but there is a festival celebration committee which does not accept money from persons who attend celebration either as Chief Guest or Guest of honour that is Si Donyi Festival Celebration Committee of Tagin which celebrates the festival every year on 6th January.

I, as a journalist, attended this festival on several occasions and never found them accepting money from Chief Guest or Guest of Honour. It’s truly a noble gesture. I wish festival celebration committees of other communities also try to know as to why the celebration committee of Tagin does not accept money during the Si-Donyi celebration from guests and if possible they  should  follow this noble gesture.

To me, joining any festival without contribution of money signifies more sanctity of the celebration. In many occasions I have seen some guests were boastfully giving huge amount of  cash money to festival celebration committees amidst loud applaud from public but immediately it’s value gets vanished in the air because demonstration of cash money has no sanctity with originality of the respective festival. At the same time Tagin does not serve any wildlife meat during the celebration of Si-Donyi which reflects a sense of respecting every living being on this earth. Truly it is also a very good gesture with an objective. In some cases I found Chief Guest & Guest of honour were offered with wildlife meat during the celebration in order to please them which is totally contrary to promotion of wildlife. I wish, in time to come other tribes may also try to learn good initiatives from Tagins.


Taro Chatung,

Senior Journalist




Counter view

Dear Editor,

Mr. Sujit De’s letter titled “Need a resolution to rid a baggage of prejudice” published on January 5 is extremely well-intentioned. He deserves highest congratulation for his stand against casteism which is indeed the greatest evil plaguing the country. Unless we get rid from the medieval dark caste system, no amount of success in attaining Mars orbit will make our nation an “elite” one.

However, despite honouring Mr. De’s well intentions, I differ with him as far as the issue of surname is concerned. He refers to a school mate of him bearing the surname ‘Mal’ who had to stomach insults and bitter comments revolving his surname. And Mr.De concludes that age-old caste system is responsible for it! Now let me cite the case of my cousins whose family bears the surname ‘Malkhandi’. My cousins also had to face unfathomable taunts and abuses during their schooldays revolving their surname. Now comes the punch line --- My cousins are Brahmins, residing in the highest echelon of the laggard caste system! So it can be easily concluded that mocking certain persons by exploiting their surnames bear no relationship with caste system. Brahmins to Dalits --- all can be made objects of jokes if they have to bear uncommon surnames. Actually all depends upon the mindset of individuals. People who are evil in nature will abuse anybody by exploiting any peculiarities. One of my office colleagues reside in a village named ‘Kelomal’. Often many persons make fun of him by exploiting the name of his village. During my childhood days in Bihar, the Hindi-speakers used to mock at Bengali words and expressions. So people should learn to rise above such narrow mindset of humiliating others. Why is a mere surname being made a scapegoat?

Mr. De also states that surname fans nepotism. Yes, but linguistic, provincial and religious identities also give birth to all norms of bias, prejudice and favouritism. Now will Mr.De demand that henceforth, people have to hide their religious or ethnic identities as well? Will we identify ourselves as Mr.Sky Blue or Ms. Rose Fragrance? Again the mindset of people is the only factor. Those who believe in humanity will never favour or discriminate against another based on his/her surname, region, religion, language or nationality. And those who possess divisive ideology will continue to remain biased even with/without usage of surname. So the urgent need arises to strictly ensure that all appointments or interviews be conducted in neutral and transparent way.

Mr.De has also taken the cudgel on behalf of the bride who has to change their surnames due to patriarchal demands of the husband’s family. There exists innumerable couple who lead extremely happy cordial marital lives even though the wife has discarded her paternal surname post marriage. Also there exist innumerable couple who are always at loggerheads with each other and lead extremely violent relationship even though the wife has retained her original surname!  Marriage is an ideally a noble holy relationship where the couple are expected to traverse the path of life together through mutual affection and sacrifice. Change of surname or status quo regarding it is absolutely immaterial.

I am sure Mr.De will continue to fight against casteism and try to eradicate this evil system from the soil of India. But he should redirect his energy and time in a more constructive purposeful way instead of dwelling in mere surname issue only.


Kajal Chatterjee,





DC Jha doing commendable job

Dear Editor,

A young energetic, honest and sincere IAS Officer of the day is no other than Ravi Jha DC Tirap. Within a short span of his induction in the prestigious IAS, the young man has done the kind of work which others could not able to do in their entire career. Jha have proved himself as efficient, trustworthy, hardworking and role model for others. Most of our tribal officers do not want to be posted at TCL districts. But sir you have proved them wrong. Registering the entire group D Staff of DC office Tirap under the Prime Minister Bima Yojna a brain child scheme by our most respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paying the whole 1st installment from his own salary, enrolling the UTPS of Tirap Jail under APCMUHIS etc are the yeoman and commendable jobs done by the young officer. Thanks to all departmental staffs and public of Tirap who have given cooperation in this regard. I personally appeal to the govt. of Arunachal, if any; I doubt there is govt. as of now to recommend DC Tirap for the presidential gold medal award to the GOI for his outstanding and excellent performances. Congrats Ravi Jha and the people of Tirap who got a knowledgeable and a performer DC. Keep on young man.


Osong Saroh





APPSC cannot be trusted

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news published in your daily dated 29th Dec, 2015 regarding the demand of Arunachal Teacher Aspirants Forum (APTAF) for the placing PGT & TGT posts under APPSC.

In this regard, I would like to highlight that recent examination conducted under APPSC has been highly controversial. It has led to the suspension of some APPSC members & staffs due to unfair means of leakage of question paper. There was dharna and hunger strike against commission which the whole state witnessed. We have seen that APPSC is not conducting free & fair examination. Therefore APPSC cannot be trusted anymore. I therefore request to choose the best and re-think before going to any democratic movement.  


On behalf of Aspirant Candidates


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