July 19


What ails the law enforcing authority ?

Itanagar, Jul 18: This is the CCTV footage captured on April 15, 2012 (see footage in pix). The office of The Arunachal Times was vandalized by a group of over 10 unidentified youths on April 15 in between 3.45 pm to 4 pm. They had trespassed into the news desk, went on a rampage without any reason and destroyed computer sets. While some of the members had rampaged the office systematically, few others stood guard making it impossible for the employees to retaliate.

An FIR was lodged with the Itanagar Police Station on the same day with a plea to nab the miscreants.

On the verbal request of law enforcing authority, the CCTV footage was not published earlier so that it does not hamper investigation process. Though the footage was provided to law enforcing authority for proper investigation, till date no miscreants have been arrested.

However, seeing the importance of CCTV footages which help investigating agencies to solve many criminal cases across the country in recent time, here we produced the footage so that people can extend cooperation to media and the investigating agencies to nab the miscreants, maintain peace and tranquility and bring back a sense of security to all the citizens of the state.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Press fraternity does not know whether the person shown in the TV footage was connected with the recent attack on Tongam Rina or not.

It remains as a question, why the law enforcing authority did not arrest any one involved in April 15 vandalism ?

We request the state Govt to give justice to the media persons and arrest the culprit(s) who attacked Tongam on Sunday last.


  Why this indifference to the repeated attacks on the media ? Is the law enforcing authority unwilling to act due to reasons best known to them or are their hands tied due to interference?



Press fraternity seeks Governor’s intervention for justice & security

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: A delegation of media persons, led by Arunachal Press Club president Taba Ajum and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist general secretary Dodum Yangfo called on the Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on July 18.

Interacting with the media persons, the Governor stated that any kind of violence is against the interest of Arunachal Pradesh and its future generations. No society can develop and improve socio-economically, if there is no peace. Arunachal Pradesh has been a peaceful State and must remain so, he said adding all of us have a stake in ensuring communal harmony and peace; this alone can result in prosperity.

Condemning the recent incident of violence in strongest terms, he said that it is a challenge and we must not shy away from our responsibility. All out efforts are being made to nab the perpetrators of this crime and help from the public would be vitally important to nab the culprit.

Assuring that corrective steps will be taken, which includes patrolling and security around the general area near the media houses, Governor said that each member of the society has a role to play and they must sincerely do their duties.

Expressing concern over the repeated attack on media persons, the delegation appealed to the Governor to intervene and give justice to Tongam Rina, who was attacked by an unidentified gunman on Sunday last.

While submitting a memorandum to the Governor, the delegation further appealed him to intervene and take suitable steps for safety and security of the lives and properties of the media fraternity who have been working under constant threats.  

In its memorandum, the Press fraternity resented that despite providing CCTV footage with clear identities of two of the miscreants, who had ransacked the Arunachal Times’ office on April 15, 2012, home department has failed to nab the culprits. Though the state Govt assured to the press fraternity of all possible help after April 15, last incident, nothing has materialized so far, the memorandum said. Terming the  Govt’s failure to  nab the culprits involved in attack on media persons in recent past  as ‘sheer lack of will’, the delegation urged the  Governor to intervene and direct the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) to intervene and fight for justice for Tongam and Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen, who were assaulted in recent past.

“Lip service, as has been served in the past, to the ‘fourth pillar’ won’t serve any good purpose to the common cause of building a healthy society, the memorandum added.

Yesterday, a delegation of Adi Galo community called on the Governor General J J Singh at Raj Bhavan and submitted a 10-point memorandum to the Governor. They requested the Governor for his intervention in addressing their grievances, which includes recent case of attempt on life of senior journalist Tongam Rina, attack on many individuals and properties and other heinous crimes in Capital Complex.

While expressing his grave concern on the recent incidences of crimes, the Governor assured the representatives that he would do his best to ensure that law and order is maintained and thereby remove the feeling of insecurity amongst the general public.

Giving a patient hearing to their grievances, the Governor appealed to the community leaders to maintain peace and harmony.



Itanagar becomes safe haven for criminals: BJP


PASIGHAT, Jul 18: Reacting to the assasination bid on a journalist of this daily, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that the people of Arunachal Pradesh are not safe under Nabam Tuki-led Congress Government in the state.

“The indifferent attitude of the ruling Congress Government over the law and order situation is encouraging the criminals to commit heinous crime in the state capital in broad daylight,” BJP National Secretary and former MP Tapir Gao claimed. The soft approach of the State Government towards criminals and criminal activities would lead to “Talibanization” of the State, the Gao feared. He alleged that the unabated corruption by the Congress Government has resulted in increase in heinous crime in the state.

Referring to a central government’s decision to allocate Rs 30 lakh fund to each Maoist disturbed district of the country, Gao alleged that the State Government is neglecting the insurgency problem of the state.

Vehemently condemning the recent attack on the journalist, the National BJP Secretary urged the State Government to address the security issues instead of being a mute spectator to the burning problem.

“Attack on journalist is not only a cowardice act but an attempt to murder democracy,” he opined.

The East Siang district BJP committee president Tamat Gamoh also vehemently condemned the assasination bid on the journalist and opined that assault on media is not tolerable in a democratic country.

Meanwhile,   All East Siang District Students’ Union, Central and Eastern Arunachal People’s Organization, Adi Students Union, All Bogong Students’ Union,  Galo Welfare Society, Galo Students Union East Siang unit and PRI leaders of the district today assembled in a meeting at Pasighat and decided to stage a dharna in front of DC’s office tomorrow to demand early arrest of the assailant (s) of Tongam Rina.



Weightlifting Coaching Centre cum Gym inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: The Arunachal Weightlifting Coaching Centre cum Gymnasium has been inaugurated at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The coaching centre cum gymnasium is equipped with latest state of the art equipments like Manual Treadmill, Multi Gym, Abdominal benches, Smith Machine, Cable Crossover, Arm Curl Bench, Abdominal Board, Flat Bench, Multi Bench, Press Bench, Twister, Hex Dumbbells, Weight Plate, Olympic set with Bar and Collars, Push Up bar, Weightlifting Bar, Cycling, Spin Bike, Crazy feet massager etc.  Besides providing training to budding weightlifters the coaching centre cum gymnasium would also benefit the health conscious, Arunachal Weightlifting Association President Abraham K Techi said.

Informing that 25 students from remote villages are being trained in the coaching centre by former national gold medalist and NIS and National Coach Ch. Permita Devi on contract basis, Abraham urged the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to sanction a weightlifting indoor stadium and five weightlifting NIS coach on priority basis. The AWA president was hopeful of producing Olympic medalist within a couple years, if the facilities are provided.

Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G Doke demanded the chief minister through a memorandum to either appointment a person associated with sports association having thorough knowledge on sports and good management skill as chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) or create a post of Vice Chairman for development of sports sector.

“Though the SAA was revived in 2006-07 after dissolution of AP State Sports Council, its main objective could not be achieved till date due to appointment of the Chairman from the elected representative, who does not have knowledge on games and sports, the memorandum allged.

Claiming non-implementation of 10% sports quota for meritorious sportspersons in state police department despite approval of the same in cabinet in March 2010, the memorandum urged the CM to instruct the Administrative Reform (O&M) department to immediately process the file for issuance of notification to this effect so that the meritorious sports persons could be absorbed in the police department.

Other demands included relaxation in recruitment criteria, especially in height and physical tests, like high jump, long jump, running race  etc for sports persons of different disciplines, abolition of 100m race for both male and female candidates, adoption of state sports team in State Police Department.

The students of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre, Naharlagun and others have demonstrated Judo, Karate, Archery, Teakwondo, Weightlifting etc. on the occasion.



Condemnations pour in

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Condemnations are still pouring in from various organizations, associations, NGOs over attempt on life of Tongam Rina.

Condemning the brutal attack on the lady journalist, Youth Network Movement of Arunachal (YNMA),  appealed to the State Government to bring the culprit (s) to book at the earliest award them exemplary punishment.

While demanding security for all the local press establishments to avoid recurrence of such attacks in future, YNMA said that despite repeated pleas by the Press fraternity, the Govt has utterly failed to provide security to the media houses. It claimed that soft approach towards the criminals has encouraged crime in the state, particularly in capital complex.

YNMA urged the government to wake up from deep slumber and act swiftly to contain the growing law and order situation. The Galo Students’ Union  (GSU), in an emergency meeting yesterday, gave the state government seven days to arrest the culprit (s) involved in the attack on Tongam or else it would be compelled to launch democratic movement in form of bandh call. While condemning the assasination bid, the students union also demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter to unearth the truth behind the whole episode.

All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) strongly condemned the intended assassination of the lady journalist and called on the state government to deal ruthlessly with the perpetrators of this unjustified action.

“We demand immediate and thorough investigation of the case so as to hold those responsible for this aggression accountable,” said AIMSU president Lokha Elapra in a release today.

“Violence against journalists is an attack against free expression and the society as a whole, and we strongly condemn all such acts.”

“We call on authorities to protect journalists and to promote a secure environment for journalists so as to prevent them from being easy target of those against the free voice,” added the release.

Condemning the life attempt on the senior journalist, Lapung Welfare Society (LWS) has demanded the government to apprehend the culprit(s) at the earliest and award them stringent punishment under appropriate section of the law.

While venting out its anger over repeated attack on the poor journalists, some of who get salary even less than “E” grade Govt employees, the LWS appealed to the Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist to stop working for atleast a year so that the people can understand the value and importance of Media.

The Lohit Youth Library readers and volunteers have expressed utter shock over the heinous violence perpetrated by anti-social elements on Tongam and prayed for her speedy recovery and safety and security of all the upright and conscientious journalists in Arunachal Pradesh.

“It’s very shocking to hear such crimes in our State. Arunachal has been one of peaceful State and such criminal acts must not be tolerated,” Padmashri Awardee Binny Yanga said while condemning the attack on the lady journo.

She appealed to the people to be vigilant and cooperate with Police to fight crime and criminals.

“I am relieved that Tongam is out of danger now and I wish her for quick recovery, Yanga added.

While condemning the brutal attack on the senior lady journalist, Arunachal Vikas Parishad Likabali Youth Volunteer Association, All East Siang Anti-Corruption Forum, West Siang District Students’ Union, All Shertuken Youth Welfare Association, Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, Siang Contractor and Supplier Union, have appealed to the state government to apprehend the culprit (s) at the earliest and give them exemplary punishment.

“The assailant (s) should be brought to book immediately and award exemplary punishment so as to restore confidence in the minds of the press fraternity, they said in separte statements.

While praying for quick recovery of Tongam, they urged the state government to uphold and ensure the right to freedom of expression in Arunachal Pradesh to protect the democratic credentials of the country.

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News Impact

Capital Complex bandh

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association (APDYA) has called 12-hour Capital Complex bandh on July 23. The association’s  demands  included removal of the present director of school education and appointing a candidate from AGMUT cadre to the post; cancellation of illegal appointment to Group C and Group D category posts and the arrest of the cashier allegedly involved in a fund misappropriation case.


Association protests appointment

ITANAGAR, Jul 18:   In its representation to general manager of Hyderabad based M/s Sushee-IV RCL AH Ltd, All Papu Valley Youth Welfare Association has lodged its protest against the company for allegedly appointing  public relation officer(PRO) and C and D grade staff from other area.  The  Association  said the Company has deprived the bonafide  residents by appointing  the staff from other area. It  demanded appointments of local people and threatened to  obstruct  works of the company which is executing the Trans Arunachal Highway in the area.


GPF stages protest rally, calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Around 1200 volunteers under the banner of Galo People’s Federation (GPF) yesterday organized protest march from Mopin-Solung Ground to the Raj Bhawan in protest against attack on senior journalist Tongam Rina and demanding proclamation of President’s Rule in the state for effective delivery system.

Later, a GPF delegation called on the Governor J J Singh and apprised him of the alarming law and order situation in the state including attack on Tongam Rina.  The GPF said that the Governor assured  the delegation of justice to Tongam Rina and has immediately instructed the Capital DC to swing into action. On the demand for President’s Rule, the governor sought time, the Federation claimed.

The delegation also highlighted the looting incidents vandalism, burning of APST bus station, reported attack on individuals and ransacking of Arunachal Times office in recent past.

While giving a patience hearing to the grievances of the delegation, the Governor advocated peace as a prerequisite for finding a solution to the issues and asked for sufficient time for solving the criminal cases, the GPF said.


Union retreats demands

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Retreating its earlier demands for land  allotment of  Nyokum ground at Hapoli-Ziro, Lower Subansiri District Students Union today gave one month time to the district administration  to fulfill its demand. Claiming that various government officials of Yachuli and Raga sub-divisions are functioning from Ziro, the union urged the district administration to direct the officials to work at posted place.


BB revived

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Two-day Bogum Bokang consultative meeting was held at Itanagar recently to discuss the matters related to revival of the institution of Bogum Bokang.

During the meeting the house resolved to revive the activities of Bogum Bokang and to work out the modalities.


Seminar on banana fibre

ITANAGAR, Jul  18: Rural Development Society conducted one-day seminar on Banana fibre and Pineapple extraction at Itanagar yesterday.

Altogether, 100 trainees attended the programme.

On the occasion, resource person and Mushroom Growers Society Tripura president Chanda Debbarman highlighted about Banana Fibre and also demonstrated its finished products made out of Banana.

RDS president Tabu Dui urged the concern authorities and banking sector to provide financial help to self help groups.


Five houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Five houses along with properties were gutted down in a different fire accidents at Bogum village, Limeking circle and Siyum circle recently.

Siyum Nacho Limeking Taksing Students’ Union appealed to the district authority and the state government to provide immediate relief fund to the fire victims and initiate step to avert such incident in near future.

Meanwhile, Limeking Youth Welfare Association contributed blankets and utensils to fire victims of Bogum village.


Inform and get Rs. 2 lakh reward

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Arunachal Pradesh Police has announced Rs.2 lakh reward for anyone giving specific information or clue leading to arrest of the assailants of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of Arunachal Times.

The informer/s name and address would be kept secret and they may contact Capital SP on his mobile no. 9436040006, according to a release issued by Capital SP.


ABK demands immediate arrest of culprit (s)

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: A team of Adi Bane Kabang (ABK) led by its president Kangir Jamoh, general secretary Bodong Yirang and secretary  N Tondrang met Chief Minister at his residence today and expressed their discontentment over the law and order scenario in state capital, particularly attack on the Arunachal Times, Associated Editor Tongam Rina on July 15 last.

The ABK team urged the Chief Minister to initiate step for immediate arrest of the culprit/s who attacked Tongam and award exemplary punishment so that such unfortunate incident is not repeated in the peace loving state.

Expressing their solidarity with the victim and her family, ABK also appealed to one and all irrespective of any community not to politicize the unfortunate incident.

Protect  the freedom of Press

Dear Editor,

Recent attack on the noted Investigative Journalist, Tongam Rina, is a matter of concern not only for media fraternity but also for every citizen who believes in democratic values.

No one can ignore the fact that the print media enjoyed some freedoms even under the British rule and it played a significant role during the freedom movement. After independence it engaged itself in massive transformation of the society by development support communication, exposing social injustice, corruption and other evils. In fact, we owe much to the press insofar as our socio-economic and cultural developments are concerned. In a composite society like ours; journalist have enormous responsibilities and to do justice to their duty; they deserve conducive environment. Unfortunately, since the last few years newsmen have become soft targets of the criminals. Editors and Reporters are spokesmen of the society. Frequent assaults on the media persons are attempts to gag the voice of the people. No lawful citizen will support the act of coercion and bid to subjugate the Fourth Estate. The first Prime Minister, Pt. J.L. Nehru also strongly advocated the role and freedom of the Press. Freedom of Speech and Expression from which the Press Freedom is derived, guaranteed by the Constitution is now under threat.

The rising crime-graph in the capital complex is a matter of great concern for one and all. In the prevailing environment of insecurity and turmoil;  the citizens will naturally expect the authorities to act without fear or favour. One of the effective remedies might be to award 'full punishment' to the offenders. The Independence of the press and other social fabric must be protected.


Kirtu Riba, Itanagar



Mere hyperbole and consolation words are not enough!

Dear Editor,

It is a matter of great shame on the part of our govt. that in the heart of the Capital Complex, an eminent, young, promising journalist is being shot at at the premise of her own office without an ounce of fear!

Why is there a constant law and order fiasco whereas the so called govt. has always turned down the charge saying that it is being maintained thoroughly? If so, why such a vehement attack to our leading journalist has taken place? Moreover, it was not the first attempt of the goons to terrorize the media fraternity. The memory of last time's vandalism in the Arunachal Times office by the anti-social elements has not been erased off yet. Why does our govt. so self-engrossed in their own political games and issues? Why don't they realize and understand that it is the common people who elect them. Why the Govt is least bothered about the citizens welfare, security, problems and basic amenities and blows only trumpet in the air exaggerating with high voltage, hyperbole words and promises that can even shake a mountain!

But the truth is that an empty vessels makes much sounds and the lofty words are just like a vacuum, which easily gets compressed in times. When we look back, we could see numerous cases of reckless law and order during las  few months. Now, the fact is that the Govt. has utterly failed to check the proper functioning of the system and its lackadaisical attitude results in such incidents which has now become a common thing in the Capital. Such heinous acts pop up every now and then below the govt., administrators’ nose without any remedies and cautions!

Media Fraternity is the voice of all sections of people. They are the best spectators and mirror of the society. We the people as a whole strongly condemned the atrocities being committed to them.

Mere high and resounding words won't do this time. Our today’s silence will lead to another promising Tongam Rina's brutal attack tomorrow and the next victim could be from our own household.

Therefore, it is a humble appeal to the Govt. that they should wake  up from their slumber and give ear to the cry of the public and take stern step to nab the culprit who attacked Tongam and put him behind the bar immediately and save their much defamed and tarnished image.


Sempey Taipodia

R.G.U, Rono Hills



Tongam Rina is epitome of democracy and neutrality

Dear Editor,

Murder or shooting in broad daylight or in the busiest area is perhaps an every-minute/second occurrence in this great land named India! Thus though such gory news are unfortunate to the extreme, it has lost all shocking element due to the "enviable" regularity! However, when a highly respectable journalist, who also happens to be the Associate Editor of reputed Arunachal Times, gets shot at by miscreant(s); a chill passes down our spine. If personalities like Tongam Rina gets assaulted in such cold-blood, then the insecurity of common folk can easily be deduced.

Tongam Rina is nothing but the epitome of democracy and neutrality in this highly intolerant, hypocrite and undemocratic society of ours. We are in urgent need of having such unique personalities in our midst so as to enrich the society.

The administration of Arunachal Pradesh should nab the culprits immediately and the judiciary should award capital punishment for them and the conspirators who are behind the brutal attack on her. People who don't respect the human rights of others should also not expect human rights for themselves. Only extreme punishment like hanging to death for all murders and murder-attempts will deter the criminals of India from even thinking of nipping the precious life of anyone.

Let's pray to the Almighty that the brave and upright Tongam Rina emerges winner in this hour of crisis and continue to enlighten this bankrupt and rotten society through her mighty pen and noble deeds.


Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata



Declare results

Dear Editor,

I would like to appeal to the DDSE or authority of education department, Pasighat, to kindly declare the result of LDC or UDC interview. I could not understand the process involves in declaring the result while other districts have already declared results and   appointments were also made.  Sometime, it comes in my mind that the high authority of education department are trying to sale the post of LDC or UDC but no one can purchase the post because it is so costly and  that is why posts of  LDC or UDC are kept unannounce!


Obit Padung


New campaign for better ways to grow

Despite enormous growth in economic and political power, 46 per cent of Indian children are malnourished, and 1 in 3 of the world’s hungry live in India. Yet India stands on the threshold of potentially the largest step toward food justice the world has ever seen, as the National Food Security Bill works its way through parliament with a view to being passed during its current term, covering about 70 per cent of households.

Oxfam India and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)  have brought out a new Food Justice bulletin, which examines the issue of food justice in India. Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India’ brings together the views of some of India’s leading practitioners and academics. It addresses key questions including how to ensure the rights of marginalized people are protected, how to empower women and how to assess government commitments to reducing hunger.

The food Justice bulletin is being published as part of the Grow campaign, which is Oxfam’s new campaign for better ways to grow, share, and live together. A campaign for the billions of us who eat food and over a billion men and women who grow it, to share solutions for a more hopeful future in which everyone always has enough to eat.

India being a strategic country for the Grow campaign, and last year, the campaign was launched simultaneously in New Delhi and five other cities in India—Guwahati, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Patna.