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Tapun Gao passes away

PASIGHAT, Jul 3: 58 years old Tapun Gao Political Assistant and renowned Priest died on 2nd July in his residence at Mirbuk, Pasighat. He is survived by wife, four sons and three daughters.

In a message, the Education Minister Bosiram Siram stationed at Pasighat said Lt. Gao would be remembered for ever for his dedicated services.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang expressed his deep shock at the demise of renowned govt. servant. DIPRO



ITANAGAR, Jul 3: Members of Bishnupriya Manipuri Welfare Society, Capital Complex  deeply mourned the death of  Mridangacharya Nilmadhab Mukherjee, who died at his Guwahati residence  in the last quarter of May this year.

Late Mukherjee was appointed as the founder artiste in the State Publicity and Cultural Department of Assam in 1962.  He established the Purbanchal Kalaparishad in 1975. A participant in the International World Music Conference at Paris, late Mukherjee  had travelled  to  earstwhile Soviet Union and London in order to  promote Manipuri dance. Social activists and members of the the Society including Haridas Sinha, Brajagopal Sinha and Ranjit Sinha while reacalling the contributions of Nilmadhab Mukherjee said the vaccum created with the death of Mukherjee will be difficult to fulfil.


Pacha restored

ITANAGAR: 3 MW Pacha hydro power station has been restored on July 2, according to an information received from  SE, Hydro power Bomdila Circle. The station had broken down on May 19 after the Feeder channel was damaged.  


Union demand BSNL services

ITANAGAR: All Changlang District Students’ Union in 20 days ultimatum to General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Itanagar demanded immediate improvement of BSNL cellular services in Changlang.

It alleged that despite appeals by the union on the issue in November last; the authority could not fulfill the demand till today.


Union demand action

ITANAGAR: All District Student Union of Lohit  has demanded action against Medical-in-charge, Dr. A.C. Gohain and Biswas ( Ambulance Driver ) for having been allegedly negligent in performing their duties. The duo allegedly did not attend immediately to a student who met with an accident at Namsai on July 1. She later succumbed to her injuries.

The Union said if the responsible authorities of the emergency situation had been present there, the patient could have been saved. While holding the doctor responsible,   it demanded action against the doctor and the ambulance driver for dereliction of duty and misuse of government vehicle.


News Impact

Lack of initiative deters youths from coming back

4 NSCN (IM) cadre surrenders with arms

Tom Simai

LEKHAPANI, Jul 3: Looking for a better life and peace, four hardcore NSCN (IM) militants – Panngan Kamhoa, Hokam Hokip, Raja Basumatari and Bipul Basumatari laid their arms, at the 25 Sector Assam Rifles HQ of the Dah Division, today.

They surrendered with two 7.62 Self Loading Rifle (SLR), one pt 303 Bolt Action Rifle and large quantity of ammunitions and a radio set. All the surrendered cadres are in the age group of 17-23.

The surrender is considered as a huge success because for the first time, in recent past, it led to the recovery of two 7.62 SLR looted by the militants from the security forces.

The surrender ceremony was presided over by 25 Sector Commander P Pant, 18 Assam Rifles Col Sandeep Choudhory and Changlang SP Tumme Amo.

Applauding the decision of the youths to leave the gun culture to join the mainstream, 25 Sector Assam Rifles Commander also praised the changing mindset of the youths to embrace peace.

He also informed that the 18 Assam Rifles is doing everything possible to ensure peace and normalcy in the precinct.

The efforts of the battalion in motivating the youth to join national mainstream is praiseworthy, he said adding that the surrender has been possible due to the relentless efforts of 18 AR and the military intelligence agencies in the area.

It’s a sad reality that the youths who should be holding pen and pencil are holding rifles, said 18 AR Commandant Col Sandeep Choudhory.

Education and employment will definitely avert the youths taking the erroneous path, he opined.  It is to be mentioned that in last one year alone, some 50 hardcore cadres belonging to various insurgent groups has laid down their arms and more want follow but due to lack of surrender policy in the state of Aruanchal Pradesh they are hesitant to come forward, which indeed is grim drawback of the state government.

With two of it districts – Tirap and Changlang, being categorized as disturbed area since last 20 years, it’s very shocking that the state government has not considered the need of surrender policy to reform the militants who are willing to laid down their arms and join the mainstream.


Anshu’s date with Prime Minister Singh

New Delhi, Jul 3: Everester Anshu Jamsenpa of Arunachal Pradesh who recently created a world record in mountaineering will meet the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at 7 Race Course Road New Delhi tomorrow. She will be accompanied by Tsering Wange, President of Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association.

Anshu  will  impress upon the Prime Minister to open up the 1000 km of virgin and unexplored Arunachal Himalayas for mountain climbing and expeditions to civilians and foreigners alike. She will also request the Prime Minister to visit Dirang in West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh where the prestigious National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports Institute (NIMAS) is coming up.

NIMAS is being set up jointly by the State Government and the Ministry of Defence Govt of India.

Yesterday she called on the Defence Minister  A K Antony at  South Block. Extending hearty congratulations to Anshu the Minister said that she has not only set an example of courage and determination but also she has won the hearts of millions of Indians.  Anshu also called on the DoNER Minister B K Handique at Vigyan Bhavan accompanied by APCC  President & Minister PWD & UD Nabam Tuki , Wange and DRC K N Damo. The DoNER Minister while congratulating her added that she is an inspiration to the youths of India.


Citizens restore colony road

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: Irked at the govern-ment’s apathy towards maintenance of deteriorating colony roads, the residents of Dokum Colony and Door-darshan colony jointly organized a social service to restore the colony road today.

Hundreds volunteered during the social service filled potholes, cleaned litters and garbage around the road and cleared choked drains. Residents also pressed two JCBs into service to fill potholes and restore the road.

Meanwhile, venting its anger, the residents demanded the Urban Development department to restore the roads in capital complex immediately. Aghast at the UD department’s failure, it questioned whether the department has enough funds for maintenance. Demanding the government to hand over the task to Public Works department, a volunteer said, ‘ PWD labours at least cleared the choked drains but since UD took over the condition of the roads and drains have deteriorated.”


Lift 'No entry' for vehicle

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: Alleging non-maintenance of proper time schedule for entry of heavy vehicles in the twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun, the All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union (AAPMTWU) urged the authorities concerned to abolish the no entry time schedule for vehicles in the greater interest of the business community.

It said that irregularity in ‘no entry’ time schedule has not only harassed the truckers but also forced businessmen to pay halting charges to the vehicle owners.

It also opposed Govt’s vehicle registration for a period of 15 years saying that it is far from reach of the general public. The union suggested the department concerned to issue RC against any vehicle for a maximum period of 5 years considering the present road condition of the state.

While expressing concern over the bearing capacity of the RCC bridge near Model village, AAPMTWU appealed to the authority to shift the check gate from the bridge point towards roadside.

Meanwhile, the union alleged that the department of land management had not been functioning properly since many years incurring heavy revenue loss as well as depriving public of their legitimate claim for land possession rights.


Dustbins installed at Tawang township

ITANAGAR, Jul 3:  Environment Protection Society today installed dustbins at Urgyelling monastery, the birth place of HH the 6th   Dalai Lama and the Tawang Market Area  in order to maintain the cleanliness.

The installation of Dustbins had become a real necessity as the number of the shops and the population of the district seems to be increasing day by day, it said in a release while adding that this initiative will be of a great help in coping up with the solid waste management around the market area and the major monasteries, which are also some of the major tourist spots of the district.

The full expenses of the instillation of the Dustbins was completely borne by the society itself.   The Society thanked Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup for supporting the cause.


Jagannath Rath Yatra celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: Along with the rest of the Hindu devotees across the world, the Bishnupriya Manipuri community of capital complex today  celebrated annual nine-day-long Rath Yatra of  Lord Jagannath,  Balabhadra and Subhadra with religious fervour and traditional gaiety in state Capital.

Hundreds of community people from Capital region and Kimin  thronged to the festival ground with much enthusiasm and offered puja before the deity of Lord Jagannath. Major attraction of the celebration was recitation of “Jaydev’ by the devotees  and  devotional song and dance performance by  children.

The Bishnupriya Manipuris of Pasighat  also celebrated Rath Yatra with religious fervor at Pasighat Manipuri temple, near Balaji temple. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple and   performed religious rituals to mark the nine-day Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath.

 Member of other Hindu community also participated in the religious rituals on the occasion.

The three deities, Lord Jagannath who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Balabhadra and Subhadra undertake their journey in chariots pulled by devotees on this day. The Rath Yatra is being celebrated on the second day of the lunar fortnight that falls during June-July every year.


AKKDPWC lodges complaint of misappropriation of TFC grant

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: The All Kurung Kumey District Panchayat Welfare Committee (AKKDPWC) has lodged a complaint with Chief Minister, alleging that Zilla Parishad Chairperson cum Member Secretary of Kurung Kumey and the Executive Engineer, PHE, Sangram division have misused the 3rd and 4th installments of TFC grants worth Rs.1,03,57,500. They claimed that the grant allotted to ASM @ 30% and GPM @ 50 % as per guidelines of the Panchayati Raj Institution has been totally misused and not a single penny was given to the ASMs and GPMs for extending developmental activity in their respective areas.

AKKDPWC demanded the chief minister to initiate appropriate action against the erring ZPM chairperson, the EE, Sangram PHE division and other officials involved in the alleged misappropriation of Panchayat fund. It also urged the CM to give necessary direction to the authorities concerned to release the due TFC (of 3rd and 4th installment) share to the ASMs and GPMs at the earliest and also to make public the outcome of the representation submitted to all the concern authorities by Palin, Chambang, Gangte, Yangte and Tarak Lengdi Panchayat Welfare Committee in September, 2010 expressing displeasure over the illegal method being adopted by the ZPM chairperson and other officials for immediate rectification of the same.


Corruption and us

Ranjit Sinha

There is no magic wand which would lead to an instant solution to ills like corruption and black money.  This was the disclosure of Prime Minister during his interaction session with senior editors of the country recently. As a head of the democratic set up, PM advocated for enforcement of more laws to tackle corruption.

Obviously, fingers are raised against Congress  being the party in power for many decades on corruption issue.

BJP declared the 2010 as year of the scams with its slogan ‘Congress ka haath, gotala ka saath’. The scam list include 2G Spectrum, Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Society, rotten food grains, inflation of food prices, rice export, PDS, CVC appointment, LIC housing and Satyam Scams.  The party’s fact finding committee also prepared a report on scams in North East separately.  

However, it does not mean that political parties other than Congress have developed its immune system against corruption.

During  the first quarter of  2004, the  Congress had slapped 55 pages chargesheet against then NDA Govt, titled, “Vajpayee government: a saga of sins, scams and shame”. Congress had alleged that  country had lost Rs 49,057 crore because of various scams, including Tehelka, UTI, Balco, Hudco and the coffin scams, during the rule of the Vajpayee-led NDA government.

It is seen that  when people talks about corruption, the political parties indulge in mud-slinging without coming to the  logical conclusion as to  how the  corruption be eliminated.

Now  the pertinent question is who will bell the cat. Should  we wait for Govt to do miracle against corruption, or wait for more Anna Hazares or social organisations to eliminate corruption?

When asked about possible ways to root out corruption, a citizen said corruption is a world-wide phenomena.  Corruption was always there in India since the time of raja, maharaja   and in our society as an unwritten and untold  accord.

He went to add: It is impossible to eliminate corruption as it is governed by human mind set and attitude. Before talking about complete elimination of corruption we should ask ourselves  how far we are honest and devoted for well-being of our nation, he said.

Suggesting two-pronged strategy  in order to reduce corruption, he further added that apart from  sincere efforts in Govt level, society  and  citizens with conscience should come together  to promote human values which will ultimately help reduce corruption to minimal level.

So long there will be wide gap between rich and poor, corruption will always there, said an officer of a  financial institution. He suggested ‘progressive tax’ for richer section of the economically backward class to reduce the gap between have and  have nots. Such steps will help minimise the corruption in the society, he opined.

An educated youth, who opts to take up agriculture in bigger way for self-employment, said corruption can not be eliminated by laws only. How could you believe that  all the members of law enforcing authorities and vigilance committees are not corrupt, he asked.

According to a social thinker, corruption is a dreaded social disease. Tough there is no immediate solution to the corruption, we can reduce corruption to significant level, he said adding that we can bring it to a half if start acting against corruption with honesty and sincerity.

Does the  major responsibility of reducing corruption lie on public or individuals in the society ?


ANYA’s ownership fight continues

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) headed by Achung Yumlam as its president denounced the decision of Taring Mama led ANYA to go for fresh mandate.

Reacting to the news item published in yesterday’s issue of the daily, Yumlam claimed that he was selected unopposed as interim president of ANYA following the general body meeting held on April 3 to discuss threadbare on the on-going impasse in ANYA  which was also attended by former leaders of ANYA  from Nyishi dominated five districts. However, it was subject to selection/election of regular body within six month.

Yumlam further claimed that Mama is not above the mass resolution passed on April 3 and he does not have any authority to represent himself as ANYA president.

Vehemently opposing anti-Nyishi and Anti-ANYA tag in connection with the recent ANSU sponsored bandh, Yumlam claimed that Mama is not the president of ANYA and as such the allegations are baseless and untruth. Mama led ANYA in its statement earlier said that ANYA does not take any responsibility for opposing the ANSU bandh call by stray organisation in the name of ANYA. It further said “persons or organizations using the name of ANYA and going against the interest of community are already declared anti-Nyishi and anti ANYA”.

Yumlam led ANYA also invalidated the ANYA district unit committee headed by Kumar Tajo.


CCE reaches private school

PASIGHAT, Jul 3: To reform school education system, the East Siang district education authority organized a two days long training program on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in Siang Model School, Pasighat from yesterday. Gracing the inaugural day function held yesterday, as Chief Guest the DDSE Tani Talom stressed on effective implementation of CCE. A reliable evaluation based system in schools is necessary for the holistic assessment of a learner in scholastic, attitude, sport & games as well as in co-curricular activities, he added.

Pleading on proper implementation of CCE Talom stated it would ensure corrective measures providing essential feedback of students to boost all-round growth of the learners.

Y. Taloh and Deepa Sudheer secretary and principal respectively welcomed the efforts and extended their thanks to the education department for organizing the training.  Shri RD Singh and Biren Dutta both from DIET and CK Chowdhury and MG Omprakash teachers imparted the training as resource persons.(DIPRO)


PAYWA rubbishes clarification

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: The Paktu Ao Youth Association (PAYWA) has rubbished the clarification given by West Siang District Mission RMSA in the edition of July 2 of this daily regarding civil works at Government Higher Secondary School, Aalo and Nehru Memorial Higher Secondary School, Puakgumin, Aalo under Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

While question the clarification, Association stated that the democratic agitations launched after the Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak who is the Chairman of District Mission RMSA failed to response to the ultimatum given by the PAYWA.

The Association said that RMSA project has been implemented in total and complete violation of the guidelines. As per guidelines the Deputy Commissioner has no power to issue the work order as per his wish under political compulsion.

The PAYWA also questioned how the project can be executed in absence of Joint accounts of concern schools, while adding that the administrative approval has been given by Chairman himself which is totally against the guidelines of RMSA.  

The Association which has called a bandh on July 1 further said that it is committed to continue the democratic agitations unless these concerns are addressed.

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Dont forget and forgive

Dear Editor,

After the 36 hour bandh call given by ANSU, many letters have been written in response. Most of them are against the bandh stating it as an act of self pride and cheap matter.

The issue is a community issue and ANSU has the every right to see justice. They must know that our leaders and govt are deaf. With peace rally and policy of Anna's our leader will just watch the drama and laugh. When they are unable to understand the sentiment of whole community, we know how they will react to the peace procedure. Ultimately, this bandh culture can make the deaf and dump leaders listen.

On the other hand it is surprising that ANYA is taking the name of the community, yet they are not with ANSU.

This time it should not be forgive and forget. No matter what extend of penalty the accuse gets we need to know the person responsible for the whole episode.


T. Ken

Bangalore, (on email)



We are innocent

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the news item published in your esteemed daily on July 3 under the caption `Police register case'.

We are quite astonished and shocked to see the unfounded and baseless allegation published in your esteemed daily where in it was alleged that  we molested and beaten up Tami Yagam and Tami Yaro thereby causing them serious injuries while attending a civil case of land dispute at ADM-cum Estate Officer, Capital Complex, Naharlagun on July 1. It has also been blatantly alleged that the undersigned have snatched away sum of Rs. 10,000 from Tami Yagam's possession and tried to kidnap her, which is nothing but blatant falsehood, cocked up and fabricated story with ulterior motive to malign our social image and reputation.

We are quite shocked to see that on the basis of fabricated stories of  Tadar Yagam whose name has been reflected in media as Tami Yagam, the Naharlagun Police has registered the case without appreciating the real facts. In this regard it is pertinent to clarify that the undersigned have never involved in the said incident reported to have been occurred in the office premises of ADM cum Estate Officer Capital Complex Naharlagun on July 1.

However, from some reliable sources, we came to know that on 1st July after attending the land dispute case in the Court of  ADM, Tadar Yagam (Tami Yagam) was involved in serious altercation with some other ladies. In the meantime, other women who were witnessing the said incident had intervened and attempted normalize the situation. But in such situation, Yagam has stripped off her cloths by herself. None of any male members were involved in the incident as it was an altercation between the women and as such question of manhandling and beating-up of Tami Yagam and Tami Yaro by the undersigned or any other male member does not arise.

Even if it is presumed for the time being that they have been molested and beaten-up by any male member, then their physical injuries should be apparent, but in fact they did not sustain any injuries on their body which need not require any further clarification as the fact speaks for itself.

Therefore, we vehemently deny each and every unfounded and baseless allegation brought against us by Tadar Yagam with malafide intention to harass us. We are not involved in the case as alleged and are completely innocent. Therefore we sincerely request the law enforcing agency to make preliminary inquiry about such allegation to justify the veracity of complaint/allegation before any case is registered against any individual so as to ensure that the provision of law is not misused by such persons for their personal interest and to harass the innocent person for no any cogent reason.


Tadar Tabang

Tadar Take, Tadar Machang

Dam site, Naharlagun



Be transparent in selection process

Dear Editor,

While the written exams for supervisor’s post has almost reach the final day, nepotism or any form of bribe should be viewed seriously by the concern authority. If any doubtful candidate happens to be selected, that will invite RTI queries. The selection committee should facilitate free and fair selection. Many of the in-service govt servant, especially the senior teachers are serving after acquiring fake B.Ed certificates, which should not continue and thoroughly be checked.


Olik Megu,

Itanagar, (on email)



When is BSNL’s 3G services coming?

Dear Editor

From reliable source, I have heard 3G equipments have already been installed at Ziro in the month of March. But till today 3G services have not been started at Ziro.

Other Districts are already enjoying 3G service. I wonder what the concern authority of Ziro is doing. Are they waiting for public pressure?

Other private mobile service provider are also planning launch 3G at Ziro. If private company comes, then nobody will go for BSNL and thus it will be lost of public money.


Tage Apa,

Hapoli,  (on email)



Please do not malign the ANYA nomenclature

Dear Editor,

This letter is in regards to the press release of the ANYA in various local dailies of the state.

Dear ‘leaders’ of the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), just a gentle reminder that, the ANYA was the first such organization formed amongst the Nyishis. It was formed with a noble thought and aim to create a unified platform for the Nyishis to discuss and voice their opinions for the society. It later on became the present day Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and also paved the way for the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU).

Dear ‘leaders’, please remember, you are using that ANYA nomenclature. You are also doing this without any social mandate or social sanctions from the Nyishis. You have claimed to be the oldest torchbearer of our society, yet you cannot sort out your internal misunderstandings quietly. You talk about the unity of the Nyishis and yet you cannot unify yourself. You have ABC-led faction and XYZ-led faction. You claim that your move to oppose the protest-bandh was not politically motivated; yet open politics is being played in your organization. Tussle for the President/Secretary Post is going on, which can be seen through frequent  media releases.

Dear ‘Leaders’, your suggestions regarding other alternatives are truly commendable. I say go for it and make it materialize. Start a dialogue between the Nyishi Legislator’s and the Government. Organize peaceful dharnas, processions and hunger strikes at New Delhi. Submit Memos to the union ministry. Make the legislators bring the perpetrator to a traditional court of the Nyishis. Yes, please do it and do get some results.

Dear ‘Leaders’, please do your best with the alternatives too, but at the same time also, please do not oppose those who are doing the same by giving unrealistic, indigestible and eye-washing justifications.

Dear ‘leaders’, my honest request to you; please do not malign the ANYA nomenclature. It was created and formed by some of our great leaders and visionaries. But, for the society and not against the society. Please.


Tadar Babin,

Naharlagun,  (on email)



No more bandhs please

Dear Editor,

A severe loss to our state government and poor people, but there is still no understanding by ANSU and NES whereas I also being an Arunachalee would support for a peaceful Dharna instead of Bandh Call.

ANSU and NES are for betterment of People not for harassment of all other people. What we get by frequent bandh calls?

Where are the Nyishi intellectuals, the parents? Why they are not showing the way for betterment of people.

People in other state also read our local newspaper and they ask is it true that Arunachal has become a land of bandh call and union because every union is giving the ultimatum of bandh call. What does our state get by these calls? Therefore I request our ANSU and NES not to continue with the 3rd phase. you can go ahead with a peaceful dharna.



Kolkata, (on email)






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