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July  - 23



Queens Baton receives warm welcome in the State

QBR Relay completes successfully

ITANAGAR, July 22: The much awaited Queen Baton finally arrived in the State capital for its Arunachal Pradesh leg today and was received warmly from all sections of society including school children from various Schools of the capital city and people enthusiastically thronged busy areas/thoroughfares to welcome prestigious Baton .AP is the 10th state and marks the 26th day of the arrival of the Baton to the country.

The minister for Tourism, Power and parliamentary Affairs Jarbom Gamlin formally launched the Baton relay, 2010 in Arunachal Pradesh today at R.G. Stadium, Naharlagun in presence of general public and large numbers of students and sportspersons and Govt. officials of the state. Earlier, Padi Richo President AOA handed over the baton to Parliamentary Secretatry Sports and Youth affairs Wangki Lowang on the occasion at R. G. Stadium. National level footballer Gumpe Rime was also one of the baton bearers at R.G. Stadium, Naharlagun.The NCC cadets of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Itanagar gave a guard of honour as a mark of respect to the Queens baton at R. G. Stadium, NLG.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister Power, Tourism and Parliamentary affairs Jarbom Gamlin said that the Queens baton Relay aims to create a sense of involvement and enthusiasm of the general public for the ensuing prestigious XIX Commonwealth games in New Delhi that India is hosting in October.Gamlin extended gratitude to the organizers for involving the Arunachal Pradesh. Advocating for promoting a sporting culture and to encourage promising youngsters to take up sports at a proffestional level , he called upon the President AOA and concerned authorities to take initiative to give the best of Infrastructures and coaching facilities.

Further earlier at Naharlagun helipad on the arrival of the 11 member baton relay team led by Lt. Gen. Raj Kadyan (ADG QBR and ceremony Commonwealth games 2010)the Queen’s Baton was received by President Arunachal Olympic Association(AOA) and parliamentary secretary land management, labour and employment Padi Richo. Minister UD and PWD Nabum Tuki and Capital DC Dr. SB Deepak Kumar among others.

Among others Local MLA Techi Kaso, Zilla Chairperson  Nabam Akap were the baton bearers at the Relay at Naharlagun.At DC office the Baton was received by DC capital SB Deepak Kumar including DC Papumapare Nandini Paliwal and city SP Hibu Tamang.

From DC office Naharlagun till arrival Rajbhawan the Queens baton relay was carried through convoy mode. Various sportsmen of the state from various fields were the baton bearers during the Queens baton Relay at Itanagar passing through busy areas like Legi Complex Akaskdeep etc. At Rajbhawan Secretary to Governor , Ankur Garg received the Baton, while at Itafort it was received by IPR,  Art & Culture Secretary Y.D. Thongchi. The Relay also covered TG Gompa and the historic archeological site of Itafort South gate.

At Akashdeep the baton was received by President APCC Techi Lala and he as a a baton bearer took round of Akashdeep and handed over the Baton to Chuunu Sangnu, Karatekar.The baton also reached Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy( SLSA) at Chimpu and was received enthusiastically by the students and other members.

From SLSA Chimpu the Baton Relay reached Indira Gandhi Park Itanagar and the Baton was handed over to Wangki Lowang Parliamentary Secretary Youth & Sports Affairs. He planted a sapling there to commemorate the occasion.The Queens Baton Relay team was accorded an enthusiastic welcome at I.G. Park by school children.

Finally the Queens baton relay culminated at State banquet hall, here in the evening. The Chief Secretary, Tabom Bam received the Queenen Baton 2010 at Banquet Hall. A cultural programme was organized in honour of the baton.

The highlights of programme at Banquet Hall included presentation of memento to QBR Team including the Commonwealth Mascot Sher , release of Special cover depicting the culture and heritage of AP with Queens Baton Stamp on it by Nabum Tuki, Minister PWD and UD. Mascot Sher was given a big round of applause by the gathering including dignitaries.

Addressing on the occasion parliamentary Secretary S & Y Affairs welcomed the QBR team and said that such opportunity for the state would go a long way in creating awareness and in developing interest in sports in the state.

While the team leader Lt Gen, Raj Kadyan said that QBR 2010 aims to spreads the message of brotherhood , friendship and camaraderie and help India to project itself to the world and the states to project their culture. The Relay is an effort to propagate the spirit of friendship through the medium of sports as sports transcends all boundaries of nation, caste and creed. Moving across states with diversity of culture has been an incredible expereinece, he added.

He thanked the support and enthusiasm of the general public, state administration, police and other departments involved in the QBR including the sponsor Hero Honda the smooth conduct of the Relay and for the sucees of the event as a whole. DIPR


No tension along Indo-China border: ITBP

Madhurjya Doley

KIMIN, July 22: There is no any cause for concern as complete normalcy is prevailing along Indo-China border, said retiring Inspector General, ITBP, Eastern Frontier Daljeet Singh, who was given an official farewell by all the Battalions under Eastern Frontier ITBP at 10th ITBP headquarter here today.

Addressing the officers and Jawans of ITBP on the occasion, Singh praised them for rendering sincere and dedicated services in various inhospitable terrain and other parts of country in maintaining law and order situation. Valour, determination and devotion to duty being the motto of the ITBP, he exhorted the officers and jawans to render services as per the reputation of the force.

ITBP is now one of the major and reputed Para-Military forces in India having 45 battalions as compared to eight when it was first raised in 1962, Singh said. Besides guarding the 3488 kms of Indo-China border ITBP jawans are also deployed in various VIP installations and rendering their services with utmost sincerity, he said.

Singh, who joined the force as Company Commander (Deputy SP) in 1974, also made a special mention about Arunachalee people and heaped praised on them for their love and affection shown to the force. One of the basic aims of ITBP is to develop a close relationship with local people to work together in difficult time and situation, he said. For this, various welfare activities are going on under its civic action and border area development programme, he said and appealed to the people to avail the opportunities. DIGs of Gantok and Shillong also spoke on the occasion and praised Singh for rendering yeomen services to the nation during his elaborated 36 years of service period.

Singh was serving as Inspector General (Provisioning and Procurement) at the Directorate General of ITBP, New Delhi from September 2008 to October 2008 before he was posted at Shillong as Inspector General (IG), Eastern Frontier. ITBP in November 2008.

He also received various medals for his meritorious services, including the President’s Police Medals for Meritorious services in 1993, President’s Police Medals for distinguished services in 2000, 50th Independence Anniversary medal in 1998, Police Special Duty medal in 2003, DG insignia (Copper) and Commendation Letter in 2003, Ops Medal J&K in 2004, DG insignia (Silver plated) and commendation Letter in 2005 and DG insignia (Gold plated) and commendation Letter in 2009.

Earlier, an impressive parade was presented by ITBP jawans as mark of respect to the retiring IG.


Org question upfront premium

ITANAGAR, July 22: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges Forum has asked why the government has parked Rs 3,91,41,24,000/ in Vijaya Bank. The Union further wanted the government to make public on the money being spent and projects for which it was spent.

In a response to an RTI, Power Department has informed that upto 31/03/09, Rs 89305.0045 was received as upfront premium. As per the state hydro power policy the upfront premium  is non refundable one time commitment fee deposited by the power developers to state at the time of signing of MOA calculated on the basis of installed capacity of the allotted project which shall not have any bearing on project account. The upfront premium and processing fee against allotment of hydro power projects are deposited into the state exchequer through treasury challan.


Assam and Arunachal joint effort to stop drug abuse

ITANAGAR, July 22: In continuation to phase wise action against growing drug menace in the region, the Singpho Development Society, Bordumsa organized a Mass Anti-Drug rally under the banner of Joint Anti-Drug and Opium Eradication Association of Bordumsa and Madhavpur to combat the growing challenge of Opium and Drug.

In the protest rally from JNV Tinali of Goju village to Bordumsa village covering around 5 km more than 1000 people of all community men, women, students ignoring geographical barrier came together against growing drug menace with banners, placards and pamphlets.

Among those who attended the rally was SDPO Margherita.

After the rally a general meeting was held at Bordumsa Town Club which was presided over S. S. Choudhury, ADC Bordumsa.

Mayong Maio, the Branch President of Singpho Development Society and President of Joint Anti-Drugs and Opium Eradication Association of Bordumsa and Madhavpur apprised on the course of action accomplished under the banner of SDS and constitution of Joint Anti-Drugs and Opium Eradication Association with various organization of Assam to deal the problem effectively with co-operation of Police and Administration of Arunachal and Assam to make the region drug free. Speaking on the occasion the representatives of ASSU, Gorkha Student Union, Bengali Federation, Bhojpuri Union, AASAA, ATAKSU, Mohila Mandal, Mahila Samiti, and General Public of Bordumsa and Madhavpur (Assam) urged all section of people to co-operate actively to fight against growing menace of drugs to make the region drug free.

They also sought co-operation of Local Administration and Police of both Arunachal and Assam in this respect.

Tongko Singpho, Chairperson of Anchal Samiti, Bordumsa speaking on the occasion expressed the satisfaction at the huge turn-out of women in the rally and she urged women of all section of both Assam and Arunachal to give support to carry on the fight against drug menace in the area.

The Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) Margherita (Assam) while appreciating the joint movement of likeminded organization of both Arunachal and Assam assured all possible co-operation from his side in his jurisdiction.

S. S. Choudhury, ADC Bordumsa who chaired the meeting hailed and appreciated the move taken up by the people of both Arunachal and Assam side ignoring the boundary barrier to fight jointly the growing menace of opium and recent inflow of drugs like Heroin, Brown Sugar to the region which is a common concern of the region.

He stressed upon the role of women in such movement and expressed satisfaction over the huge turn-up and active participation of women of various communities of both side. He also praised the women groups of both side for carrying out joint raid with Police of Arunachal and Assam side. So far two drug peddlers were arrested and are in custody besides few addicts.

Further emphasizing the need for creation of mass awareness he termed it as best women to fight growing menace of drugs easily than any other option.

He also stressed for running de-addiction centre at CHC Bordumsa on a regular basis with co-operation from CHC officials Bordumsa, Dist Medical Officer, Dist. Administration Changlang District and other organization also with financial help from the State Government since SDS has no fund of its own to carry forward the movement.

He assured of all possible co-operations from Local Administration to tackle the problem.




State level award to 4 Anganwadi workers

SW, W&CD dept launches website

ITANAGAR, July 22: Four Anganwadi workers, Bengia Yamang of Koloriang West Anganwadi Centre in Kurung Kumey, Yapi Payang, Reying Centre in West Siang district, Nang Hewali Tungkhang of Nongtaw-Shayam Anganwadi Cente in Lohit district and Limi Mito of New Abali Anganwadi centre in Lower Dibang Valley district were  presented State level best Anganwadi Workers Award at a ceremony held at the premises of Directorate of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Naharlagun today.  The Award is instituted by the Centre in order to motivate and recognise the exemplary services of the Anganwadi workers for the child welfare and other related areas under ICDS.

Chief Guest of the function Newlai Tingkhatra, Parliamantary secretary, SW&WCD gave away the state level award. The awardees were presented bank draft of Rs 5000, a citation and commendation certificate each.

The Anganwadi Centres will be made well equipped, chief guest informed and called upon the awardees to work with more responsibility.

Earlier, the chief Guest launched the website www.arunachalswwcd.gov.in  of the department.

SW, WCD director R T Riba, Joint director T P Loyi (ICDS) and Joint secretary, SW, WCD C N Longphai also spoke on the occasion.


Workshop to address marketing problems of farmers

ITANAGAR, July 22: NABARD in collaboration with National Institute of Agricultural Marketing is organizing a State level Awareness Programme on Govt of India Scheme in Itanagar on July 23, which will be attended by officials of Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, AH& Vety, Finance, Planning, Marketing Board, bankers and NGOs. The workshop will be inaugurated by Director, Agriculture Tago Basar and will be addressed by Marketing Officer, Directorate of Marketing & Inspection, Govt of India.   The Programme would be useful in creating awareness on various aspects and type of projects which can be sanctioned  in the State.

The farming community in Arunachal Pradesh is diversifying into new areas of crops -  spieces – large cardamom, black pepper ginger, turmeric, chillies, fruit crops – kiwi, citrus, pineapple, etc. covering an area of 86,154 Ha. The production during 2007-08 of ginger was 38,000 MT,  large cardamom  635 MT, citrus 37780 MT, pineapple 32780 MT. Progressive farmers of West Kameng district have taken up cultivation of tomato.

While the production level has significantly improved, the marketing infrastructure  in the State is quite inadequate for marketing of these crops. Farmers are reportedly selling these products to commission agents / middlemen from other States direct from field. Farmers producing kiwi face lot of problems to get good price of their produce as they are unable to sell their products in Delhi market.   Most of the farmers are ignorant of post harvest technology and during the transit, more than 25% fruit crops get damaged. There are neither modern fruit & vegetable markets nor spices market in the State. There is also no modern meat market in the State.

With a view to improving the existing agriculture marketing network and also to promote a parallel marketing network in the private and cooperative sector, the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperation launched Scheme for development / strengthening of agricultural marketing infrastructure, grading and standardization with effect from October 2004. The aim of the scheme is to provide additional agricultural marketing infrastructure that helps in coping up with the marketing surpluses of agricultural and allied commodities including dairy, poultry, livestock. Under the Scheme, subsidy @ 33.33% is available in North Eastern States and upper ceiling is Rs 60 lakh; while for government bodies there is no upper ceiling. The scheme is credit linked and applicable in those States which amend the APMC Act to permit setting up of agricultural markets in private and cooperative sectors and allow direct marketing and contract farming.

Arunachal Pradesh has already amended APMC Act in 2006 and thus the scheme is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh. Some State Agricultural Marketing Boards  in Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andra Pradesh have taken steps to modernize / strengthen the APMCs and also to create additional infrastructure. Some private entrepreneurs and corporates had also set up private markets and also resorted to contract farming which have not only solved marketing problems of farmers but also provided them better price of their produce. Incidentally, no project has been taken up either by Marketing Board or private entrepreneurs in Arunachal Pradesh.


You just won a lottery!

For people new to internet, frauds involving unsolicited emails may not be apparent to them, but sooner or later many of these novice users get bitten by online scams, reports Raju Mimi.


ROING, July 22: While on a regular check through my email, I received a mail from a young student from Anini informing me about a letter of remittance he had received in the name of Reserve Bank of India informing him of one million British Pounds to be released in his name.

The letter was sent to him through e-mail with letterheads that look like that of RBI and purportedly signed by Governor RBI to make it appear as genuine

Though the offer had in the beginning tempted him, a slender idea of it being an internet fraud aroused his suspicion and he was on time alerted. But not many are lucky to have evaded such misfortune.

Milo (name changed), a small time shopkeeper in Roing, lost thirty thousand rupees to acquire the prize money of five hundred thousand of Great British pound, which the fraudsters claimed he won in a lottery.  

“I could not sleep or eat properly for many month”, he says.

Having lost their hard earned money, the victim undergoes a prolonged mental agony. Most often, these frustrations stems not merely out of grief over loss of money, but on the inability of the victim to share the experience with others.

“I couldn’t speak about it even to my closest friends, as I didn’t like to be mocked and appear foolish”.

And this is the reason why many such cases go unreported. In Roing alone, it is estimated that there are around more than fifty such cases of people falling prey to unsolicited fraud emails, though it could only be a grossly underestimated figure. The victim ranges from students to even govt officials and such gory tales of fraud goes only about with whisper in the ear. More recently, such fraudulent messages have started to appear via SMS informing the user of having won prize money of several thousand American dollars.

“Despite such widespread fraudulent messages circulating around us, there is lack of adequate awareness”, says A Meme, a local in Roing.

The reason as he cites, “Upon recieving message of winning a prize money, the victim chooses to keep the information on their new found fortune a secret, which only adds to their bad luck. After they have doled out huge money to get their fortune, then they realize the folly of it.”

“However, even after experiencing the bitter fact, it remains as a secret for fear of humiliation.”

For fraudsters, the limitless boundary offered by internet and mobile services has made them reach to victims even to far off places like Anini. So time again, RBI has been generating awareness informing the people that the remittance in any form towards participation in lottery schemes is prohibited under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.

And, these restrictions as RBI says are also applicable to remittances for participation in lottery-like schemes functioning under different names, such as, money circulation scheme or remittances for the purpose of securing prize money /awards, etc.

As modern means of communication pervades our life, ignorance can only mean bad luck.


Action at community level to conserve our forest and wildlife

Yazali, July 22: It is not only our duty to contribute to world-wide efforts in containing global warming which threatens the very existence of life on earth, but also take actions at local levels to conserve our forest and wildlife, were the key messages to the participants in the environment awareness program in Kuch-Kuth village today. The program, organized by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA), was attended by 55 men and women from the surrounding area. Interestingly, there were more women participants than men.

“We have always depended on nature and knew we need to conserve it,” said a participant. “Today we learnt how to start taking concrete actions.” The participants discussed about the threat of global warming, the role of common man in protection of wildlife, and community participation in the government’s effort to conserve nature can make any project more effective.

Facilitated by Hibu Tatu and Punyo Chada, both Green Teachers, the villagers prepared workplans for the coming three months. Their plans include plantation of saplings in the degraded forest areas, prohibition of hunting, and social services to keep the villages and the surroundings clean. Tree saplings, provided by the Hapoli Forest Division, were distributed to the participants at the end of the program.

It may be mentioned that FGA is carrying out a project entited “Identifying Best Practices to Empower Arunachal Families” in the three selected sites in the state, of which Yazali area in Lower Subansiri is one.

The other two sites are Koyu Korang area in East Siang and Mechuka area in West Siang. The project explores various ways of mobilizing community energy to enable them to participate in the developmental processes and hence empower them to take locally contextual steps.


Where is your ethical journalism?

Dear Editor,

This is in response to Kajal Chatterjee’s letter.  I write this because if you do not respond to a charge labelled against you-particularly when they are misplaced, then there are people who take it as a sign of weakness and fault. The idea of a dignified silence eludes the conscience of such pompous people.  

Having said that I must admit that there is a streak of genuine concern for ‘indigenous tongue’ in the mind of the writer; only her priorities are misplaced and emotions informed by deep-seated frustrations against what she calls ‘Hindi-zealots’. What I am afraid of is that she missed the overall spirit of my article. I am not offended by the response per se; in fact people writing in public space should be ready to take most unkind response in good spirit. But the response in question was certainly not charitable. This is unexpected, given the fact that the author comes from Kolkata. She seems to be inspired more by activism of Mamta Bannerjee than the genius of Tagore, Satyajit Ray or Amartya Sen.

Given the seriousness of accusations labelled against me, I think I deserve space for elaboration.

If a contempt of court is committed, the doors of judiciary are open; no one is holding her back from seeking justice. This fashion of quoting court verdicts for every falling leaf is best left to the legal fraternity. As for definitions etc, there are many terms, labels and concepts on which the Constitution is silent. We need not look for explanations just because our back aches.

I have, in  my article, nowhere reflected-tacitly or explicitly-support for Hindi. I only made a humble attempt to present the reality as they are. Now if anyone makes a mountain out of it, please do not hold me responsible. And for Gods sake, please do not make a case of Hindi versus indigenous language, or Hindi versus Bengali. That is what I call misplaced priorities. People in India and the world over will like to respect Bengal for its achievement in governance, various development indices, human rights, reduction of poverty, employment opportunities, good moral ethics and probity in public life, contribution to the welfare of country and humankind, etc (and these are some of the reason why Bengalis are respected world over), not just because every Bengali is crazy about speaking their own language. The same logic applies to Arunachal also. For the sake of argument, if the learned writer is so obsessed about ones tongue, not only Hindi, why not we Indians discard English also since it’s a foreign language? Why not the writer re-adopts her non-anglicised surname of ‘Chattopadhayay’ instead of ‘Chatterjee’?      

“Brainwashed”! Tribal communities across the world have been written about by non-native travellers, administrators, and scholars with liberal use of both negative and positive adjectives. Fallout of the above is that, tribes are consequently seen as being ‘innocent’. Serious discussion on public issues should go beyond such stereotypes. Insularity breeds insularity.   

Not only Bollywood culture in Arunachal, the western (Hollywood) culture is invading youths across the country. There are hardly few young people who turn up to see M S Subbalakshmi; tickets are sold out when Bryan Adams tours India. Nothing ‘unique’ is going on in Arunachal.

The learned commentator also makes liberal use of phrases like ‘sons of the soil’. These are concepts which best suits the armoury of a political analyst. There seems to be a covert attempt to incite hatred against a particular language just to fulfil ones angst. And these are the same people who cries foul when there is a movement against Hindi in, say for example, Manipur.

That native languages of Arunachal are facing a threat of possible extinction is a fact every person in the state knows very well in the same manner as every environmentalist knows tigers are threatened; we do not need anyone’s astrology to forecast the same. Nor are we thirsty of unsolicited sermons on ways to save the same. We are better left alone to solve family exigencies.

Editor, if The Arunachal Times is a forum where not policies and larger issues but personal egos are traded, then I propose to honourably withdraw from giving any further view on anything published in your daily. Where is your ethical journalism? After all I am not Vinod Mehta who shows exemplary wit in the face of countless invective charge against him. And this all, even after I refrained from taking any name in my article. There are ‘Rights’, and there are morals guiding that right. Otherwise, crafting phrases to defame others is a game every child is most adept to. I tender my profound regret and apology to the esteemed readers of this daily, as well as the learned commentator, for having taken their time and reading space. You will not see me here again.  


Tajen Dabi

Dept of History, RGU



When Kolkata becomes Kalkatta

Dear Editor,

Apropos the editorial "God's own country"( 19 July), the policy of officially changing the names of states or cities so as to return to indigenous roots is not wrong in principle. It is definitely not a sin if Englishman's Baroda or Trivandrum gets identified as pronounced by the indigenous people of the region ie Vadodara or Thiruvananthapuram. But in an ideal society, all its inhabitants are assured of at least six basic essentials

---- food, attire, shelter, medicine, education and justice. But no such state exists in India where all amenities are ensured to its citizens. Rather acute poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, blatant injustice are order of the day. In such a sorry perspective, the authorities should invest all their energies, resources and time to uplift the downtrodden. Only when all basic objectives are attained, can we afford to adopt procedures of changing names.

However, the attitude of certain sections of the media and Central authorities are very pathetic as far as the game of changing names is concerned.

And the attitude of the Central authorities, as exemplified in its national circulars, notices and advertisement features; is nothing but imperialist and a direct assault on regional sentiments. It is very common to witness that Kolkata is referred to as 'Kolkatta' or 'Kalkatta'. Even Bengali or Bangla gets projected as 'Bangali'. Neither is there any official existence of a city named 'Kolkatta', nor is there any language named 'Bangali'.

But still such blatant distortion of names of cities or languages are occurring in broad daylight, that too by authorities of a multi-lingual democratic country! What the English, French, Portuguese, Dutch imperialists had done previously, the "democratic" Hindi-zealots are presently performing it now so as to suit their own tongue and pronunciations; thereby exhibiting their utmost disregard to the sentiments of the sons of the soil.

Thus, even if it is concluded that proposals of changing names is condemnable; but more condemnable are they who apply different yardsticks for different communities or try to Hindi-ise the ethnic identity of a city or language.


Kajal Chatterjee,

(On email)




Not at the cost of livelihood

Dear Editor,

The claims and objections raised by the Jote Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (JPYWA) regarding declaration of industrial area in Jote (July 20, in this daily) was correct.

The actual landowners of this project site were never made known about any project or schemes neither by any panchayat leader nor by the departmental officer. All were made by few individuals. We came to know that the actual requirement of land to the project area is 201 Acres whereas the requirement of land are extended to 301 Acres. Development works are not opposed but no one should be made victim in the name of development.

We the actual landlords/ landowners will not part away with our land. How can we give our farming land which is a source for livelihood?

We the landowner, therefore, oppose this industrial park establishment at Jote. We cordially request the Govt. and industries department to shift the very project from Jote to some other places for betterment of the people.


Tam Tukap,

Taba Pania, GB,

Gollo Takang, Tam Taming and 13 others.



Space for ad

Dear Editor,

Your daily is widely circulated and most of the citizens depend on it for news and information. Nowadays with advent of information technology readers are opting for online version to access facilities provided by your reputed paper.

But I don’t find advertisement space in the online version of your paper. It would be in favour of section of readers if it is also updated in the paper.

That shall provide us opportunity to have more access to information.


Aegami (On email)




Unbecoming of politicians

Dear Editor,

Recent assembly tumult in Bihar where legislator hurled a slipper at the speaker and a woman legislator broke flowerpots has shown us the  deteriorating state of politics. Sometimes I wonder why such unwelcoming events prop up in the Assembly and Parliament. Is it a democratic way to voice demands or some other reason? Whatsoever the reason may be, such revolting action should not be adopted by the political leaders who are matured both in age and political experiences.


Jumli Rina (On email)




Selects tribal teachers

Dear Editor

With reference to the news item published on July 11 in your daily, under the head line ''no compromise with recruitment of teachers: Khoda'', I being a post graduate in science, would like to request the concern department to please conduct the proposed Senior Teacher(science & mathematics) exam with at least 60 percent reservation for the locals Scheduled tribes. Today there is no shortage of local candidates who are qualified to teach so it wouldn’t be a tough job for the government to fill up the posts by selecting the best candidates among us.


Onong yosung

Pasighat,  (On email)



Value of water

Dear Editor,

I want to urge my fellow citizens to acknowledge the importance of potable/drinking water.

Drinking water is a major problem facing across the globe so we should collectively take care of this life-sustaining necessity for our own comfort and convenience. Help the department by intimating on time about loss of drinking water and never waste water. I also request the consumers to be considerate with the field staffs so that water problem can be mitigated.

Civic sense of consumers will help a lot in this regard.


Debia Padang

PHED Sub-Division

Naharlagun, (On email)






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In-service training for Group-D staff

PASIGHAT, July 22: In service Training program for Group “D” employees of the DC's establishment, Pasighat began on July 21 last at the DC's conference hall. All together 80 staff members in 4 batches are participating in the training prog which is of three day duration each.   

The East Siang Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang said that such trainings would increase efficiency in the workplace and also beneficial for the service career of group D staffs. The DC further informed that the decision was taken by the district administration in accordance with the provision and recommendations of the 6th CPC.

The SDO (Sadar) Nilima Kumar, suggested the participants to attend the program sincerely so that they could contribute their services with better knowledge and skills.

Circle Officer S. Jamoh, O. Perme and O. Apang CO and H.K. Roy of IPR Department are the resources persons


Meeting discuss Polytechnic issue

ITANAGAR, July 22: The people of Yachuli segment in a general meeting attended by All Nyishi Students’ Union president, panchayat leaders and students have discussed the proposed shifting of Govt Polytechnic College from Yachuli to Ziro and unanimously empowered the ANSU to spearhead the movement for polytechnic.

The meeting convened by the All Yachuli Students Union (AYSU) also discussed land distribution issue at Ziro and requested the ANSU to take up the matter with appropriate authorities. AYSU in a release today claimed that ANSU has agreed to take up both the issues besides the issue of defunct Western Division commissioner of Yachuli.


Orgs question govt action on Late Nguso case

ITANAGAR, July 22: The Global Human Rights Organization (GHRO) and Nefa Indigenous Human Rights Organization (NIHRO), Kargu Kardi Students Union (KKSU) condemned the brutal acts of Police personnel leading to the death of Late Jumchi (Tashi) Nguso on July 15.

The organizations termed it as inhuman and gross violation of Human Rights and abuse of power.

After observing all circumstantial facts and evidences of the incidence its clearly indicates police atrocities, recklessness, and serious violation of Human Rights, said a joint message by GHRO and NIHRO.

The organizations also questioned the state government and the concerned authorities for the delay in arrest of those erring police officers and the cops involved in the murder case.

NIHRO and GHRO said that registration of case U/S 279/304(A) IPC is completely misleading and demanded that it should be booked under appropriate sections like 302 IPC. Such misleading registration of the case is nothing but an attempt to hide the facts of the case, it added.

The organizations urged upon the state government to hand over the case to the independent inquiry Agency like - Central Bearua of Investigation (CBI) for impartial inquiry. Since, it is a serious Human Rights Violation, Murder/custodial death.

The organizations also urged upon the state government and the higher authorities of the Police Department to impart proper Training and Counseling programe to the police.

It said if there is delay in the process, GHRO and NIRHO shall file an appeal before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and even UN Human Rights Body.

Kargu Kardi Students Union (KKSU) said that apart from the incident of July 15, there has been many untold cases of police brutality which resulted in mass public outrage that particular day.    The Union appealed to the ‘eye witnesses’ to come over voluntarily and give their witnesses. Their statement can make a difference in this whole episode, it said.

The Union further condemned the police officials for injuring the one Soyi Rida with a tear gas shell. The victim who is in Guwahati for medical attention. The Union appealed the Chief Minister to extend financial help to the victim.


Miss Beauty of Arunachal

ITANAGAR, July 22: Miss Beauty of Arunachal, 2010, contest is reaching its finale with 18 girls being shortlisted for final round after gruelling audition. The final round will be held on July 31 at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli.

The winner will take away the crown of Miss Beauty of Arunachal, 2010 and a cash prize of rupees one lakh. While the 1st runner up will walk away with prize money of rupees fifty thousand, the second runner up will get thirty thousand rupees.

At the moment all the shortlisted girls are busy rehearsing for final round at Nemko Hotel. The participants include girls from different educational background like that of MBA, Mass communication, Bachelor of Engineer graduates and so on. Organized by Naharlagun based, Arunoday Society, Miss Beauty of Arunachal, 2010 contest is a unique initiative to promote tradition of state and also spread awareness about issues like drug addiction.

Giving insight about this, Nabam Yall, organizing president of Miss Beauty of Arunachal, 2010, told, “We are very happy with the kind of enthusiasm girls have shown towards this contest. With this event we want to spread awareness about problems of HIV-AIDS and Drug addiction to young generation Arunachalees. We also want to promote our traditional handloom and handicrafts through this event.


Jindal Power to hand out food

ITANAGAR, July 22: Jindal Power Ltd at Etalin has decided to come forward to help local communities in and around Etalin who are facing shortage of food.

Fifty quintals of rice and salt is ready at Roing to be transported by road to block point near Hunli and potters have been arranged at block point to transport ration by head loads across to other end of the block. The process of ration distribution should be over within a week’s time.


Dist Press Club condemns arrest of Tamil Daily Editor

Tiruchirapalli, Jul 22:  Tiruchirapalli District Press Club today strongly condemned the arrest of the editor of Tamil daily 'Dina Bhoomi' S Manimaran, his son M Rameshkumar and another staff for publishing news on granite quarries in the region.

In a statement here, Club secretary L Shawnawaz Khan said the newspaper had done its democratic duty by publishing the news on the illegal granite quarry business. The arrest of Manimaran and others had clearly showed that the DMK government in Tamil Nadu had started attack against press and its freedom. UNI


Seijosa ADC to issue ST papers

ITANAGAR, July 22:  The panchayat members, Gaon Burahs and senior citizens of the Seijosa and Dissing Passo circle in a meeting held at Seijosa ADC office on July 19 have unanimously decided to cooperate with the administration in issuing ST/PRC certificates to bonafide residents of these area. The Seijosa ADC in East Kameng district has been empowered to issue these certificate to bonafide residents of Seijosa and Dissing Passo circle in an order issued on July 9 last, ASM  Gamja Langlang said in a release today.

The ASM also lauded WRD Minister Atum Welly and DC Tope Bam for their positive initiative in empowering ADC to issue certificates.



AASSATA appeals

ITANAGAR, July 22:  While appreciating the initiatives being taken by education department including Education Minister Bosiram Siram,  education commissioner Hage Koda   for improving the education scenario of the state, All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) has  appealed both the minister and commissioner to redress its genuine demands.

Reminding the assurance for early release of four month’s salary of SSA teachers and regularization of their service, the Association also assured to cooperate with the department in implementation of programmes and policies. It also urged the SSA teachers to   shoulder their responsibility with sincerity and devotion.

“We are always in touch with the government to redress our grievances as early as possible and getting positive and encouraging response from all levels”, the association  president and general secretary in joint press release said.


Ballad of existence

ITANAGAR, July 22: Yazali; Ballad of existence” a twenty six minutes documentary film will be released by acting Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Central University Prof. Tomo Mebang on Friday at RGU conference hall.

The film is an attempt to reflect Yazali and its contributions to the Nishi community through extensive interaction with the people of Yazali, depicting their daily lives and linkages that the valley forges with their culture, social organization, economy and livelihood.  

The film also reflects thinking and opinion of the people of Yazali of what lies ahead in their future.

The concept of the film is by Souparna lahiri, a social activist and directed by Tapas Mazumdar and Indrojit.


Committee appeal

ITANAGAR, July 22: Expressing concern over the increasing number of migrant population in the Capital Complex  and non-improvement of existing NH-52A and sector roads, Papu Nallah Development Welfare Committee (PNDWC) has appealed the authorities to improve and renovate the Jully road. Improvement of Jully road which connects Central Jail and Don Bosco college and other important location with Capital will help reduce the road accidents and traffic congestion  during rush hours, it said.


NEDWS’s plea

ITANAGAR, July 22: The North  East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS)  has appealed the state Govt to provide adequate Maths and Science teachers in interior schools of the state.

While conducting a tour to district headquarters of the state to take stock of the ground situation NEDWS president Tabom Boje  also  demanded at least 2 doctors and five nurses in every primary health centre in state and take adequate measures for protection of Mithuns.



ITANAGAR, July 22: A 35-member team of Hindu devotees of Nirjuli area has left Deoghar in Bihar on a religious tour on July 20 last. The tour programme was sponsored by MLA Techi Kaso.


Gayatri Parivar

ITANAGAR, July 22: The Gayatri Devotee Shri Parmeswarji and his Santhikunj Representative Tolly Team Members from Haridwar are again arriving in Capital Complex Itanagar on July 24. His entry will be marked by celebration of Guru Purnima Diwas as dedication to the birth centenary year of Yug Rishi Taponistha Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya, the Patron-Founder of All World Gayatri Parivar.

As part of the prog, an Interactive Session, Deep Yagya, Akand Jap, Pravachan & Five Kundiya Gayatri Yagya programme will be held at Doimukh Tramvekeswar Ramakrishna Gayatri Mandir on July 24-25.



ITANAGAR, July 22: Apatani Students’ Union (ASU) has expressed deep shock at the death of its former president and former AAPSU vice president Mudang Laling, who died on July 20. Late Laling was the ASU president during in the year 1988-1990.

The union conveyed deep sense of condolence to bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of Late leader.


RGU results

ITANAGAR: The Final Examination 2010 Result of PG in Botany (II &IV Semester), Zoology (II & IV Semester), Mathe-matetics (IV & II Semester) and PGDHMT (II semester) has been declared. The result can be seen in the University website: www.rgu.ac.in.


Environmental pollution alleged

ITANAGAR: Banderdewa Circle Environment Polution Control Committee (BCEPCC) has appealed the State Pollution Control Board to check and ensure pollution control measures by the Satyam Group of Industries situated at Banderdewa.

The committee in a release today alleged that the people residing within the vicinity of industries have been facing health hazard, even the rain water is not usable after the establishment of the industry. It urged the SPCB to initiate step against the industries under environmental laws at the earliest.


In-service training prog

ITANAGAR: A state level in-service training for nurses of Arunachal Pradesh will be held at Banquet Hall on July 25. The training programme will be inaugurated by Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary secretary, H&FW, Nido Pavitra.


Mass Com Test

ITANAGAR: The Department of Mass Communication, Rajiv Gandhi University will conduct the Admission Test for the Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication, session 2010-11, on  Sunday 25 July at the University Extension Centre, Naharlagun from 10:00 a.m. onwards.

The names of candidates short-listed to appear in the test will be declared on the morning of 23 July.

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