July 23


Murder attempt on journalist condemned

NCP team visits Tongam

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society Miao-Kharsang unit and Miao Mothers’ Association condemned the murder attempt on Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times on July 15 by unknown attacker(s).

Further, terming the attack on journalist as shameful and cowardice act, both the organizations appealed to the state government to nab the culprit(s) and give exemplary punishment to them.

Meanwhile, a team of state NCP, including Ngurang Pinch, Tad Tana and Karto Kai visited ailing journalist Tongam Rina at RK Mission Hospital in Itanagar today and enquired about her health.

Condemning the attack on the journalist in the strongest terms, they wished her  swift recovery and expressed hope that she would return to her job and continue to serve the society through her journalistic career.

Pinch demanded the GoAP to ensure that the attacker is arrested at the earliest and punished as per law. He advised the GoAP to hand the case over to the CBI if the law enforcing agencies of the state are unable to bring the culprit (s) to book.



State boxing team for 28th Sub Jr Men National C’ships announced

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: An 18-member boxing team from Arunachal Pradesh would participate in the 28th Sub Junior Men National Boxing Championships scheduled to be held at Akola, Maharashtra from August 26 to 31. The boxers have been selected from various boxing clubs and institutions, including SAI-SAG Centre, Naharlagun, Sangey Laden Sports Academy and Ganga Boxing Club, according to Team Coach Teli Kahi.

The Team: Peba Lombi (44-46 kg), Jenhu Homnyu (46-48 kg), Karling Natung (48-50 kg), Sosel Tayeng (50-52 kg) Dagrik Ete (52-54 kg), Gangte Epo (54-57 kg), Chai Haji (57-60 kg), Lungkung Tatung (60-63 kg), Ghanshyam Chetri (36-38 kg), Tadar Kaku (42-44 kg), Khunpong Wangcha (46-48 kg), Honrang Kongkang (50-52 kg), Techi Bida (34-36 kg), Sanjay Rabha (36-38 kg), Aguk Juja (38-40kg), Ringu Tara (32-34kg), Gichik Tana (34-36kg), Kipa Parang (36-38kg).



Preparation on for DK Memorial Open Badminton C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jul 22:  Preparations are going on in full swing for the first ever “Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship” -2012 beginning from August 20 to 25 next, according to Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) release.

The championship would be held for  U-15 & 19 Boys and Girls (Single & Double) events, Inter –District Open championship besides U-13, U-15, and U-19 Boys and Girls (Single and Double) events. Apart from that Senior Open Men’s and Women’s (Single and Double) events, Special contest of Sub-Veteran 35+ and Veteran 45+ would also be organized.

The winners of single title would be awarded cash prize 10,000 while men’s and women’s double winners would be given Rs12000 each,

The winners of U- 19 boys and girls singles would be given Rs3,000 each while the winners in doubles title would awarded Rs 6000 each.

The winners of sub junior singles under 13 and under 15 would be awarded Rs 3000 each and doubles title winners in this category would be given Rs 6000 each.

All the winners would be given trophies, medals and certificates in addition to the cash prize. The winners of veteran category  (above 35 and 45 yrs) would be given trophy, medals and certificates, the release added.


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News Impact

Toppers felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Toppers of AISSE, AISSCE examinations and Gold medalists in sports belonging to Tamchi Clan were felicitated at Nyikum Niya Hall Nirupjuli yesterday in a function hosted by Tamchi Welfare Society (TWS).

The students felicitated on the occasion were, Tamchi Ania, Tamchi Agung and Tamchi Amar, class X, Tamchi Messam, Class XII and Tamchi Tayam, Gold medal winner of Tenshinkan Karate National Champion (TKNC) 2012 held at Nainital, Uttarakhand.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: All Tagin Students’ Union and All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union jointly conducted a social service at newly opened degree college campus, Daporijo.

Meanwhile, the unions demanded the concerned authority to post required group D staff in the college immediately.


GASA resents lack of water & power supply

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: The Guwahati Arunachal Students Association (GASA) in a release informed that there is no electricity and water supply at Arunachal Guest House in Guwahati since last 5 days. Terming the situation as shameful, association said DRC Guwahati has failed to take steps in this regard.


Financial assistance demanded for budding player

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Adi Students’ Union, Itanagar in a memorandum to the state Govt today appealed for immediate financial assistance to budding Tennis player Mingki Talom.

It said that Mingki has been selected to get training at New York, USA but due to financial and visa/passport related problems Talom is unable to proceed to USA.

It also appealed to the Govt to provide monthly stipend to Talom and sponsor at least 12 tournaments in a year.


Homeopathic medical camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Gyan Mission Society conducted a one day Free Homeopathic Medical Camp at Holy Mission School, Chandranagar recently.

It is worth mentioning that, altogether 90 orphans are presently sheltered under Holy Mission School, Chandranagar.

The whole state stands in solidarity with Tongam and Press fraternity

Dear Editor,

The brutual attack on Tongam Rina is highly shocking and condemnable. The outrage over the horrifying incident is overwhelming. However, considering the law enforceing agencie’s laxity and complacency such untoward incident was imminent,  if our memory serves right, the journalist reportedly received death threats in the recent past. Just three months back the office of the Arunachal Times was vandalized by a group of masked intruders. In another incident, two lady scribes were attacked by a rogue element in uniform.

Apparentaly, in all these cases, the authorities concerned failed to deliver justice. The attack on the journalist could have been averted, if they had shown diligence and sincerity in their obligation of tracing out the culprits and taking them to task in nick of time.  It’s expected that the government would understand the public outcry and instead of paying lip service, leave no stone unturned to nab the culprit/s and ensure that justice is delivered.

All the media houses and media persons deserve adequate security enabling the watchdog of democracy to discharge their duties efficiently. The whole state stands in solidarity with Tongam Rina and the Press fraternity in their fight for dignity and justice.


Suraj Tayang




Increase intake capacity of B.Sc students in colleges

Dear Editor,

It is a tight slaps on the face of those students whose determination to become a doctor/engineer through joint entrance examination made them work hard for a year attending coaching classes, dropping their 1st year after 12th board exam. This step is very common all over India where students aim at taking up a particular profession whether medical or engineering by spending lots of money in study every year.

On the other side, let us not ignore the bitter truth. Not every student gets selected in Joint Entrance Examination(s). Hence, those students with financially weak background go for BA or B. Sc  degree in Arunachal Pradesh – the common scene which prevails, those aspiring to become a doctor joins B.Sc in Dera Natung Govt College or  JNC, Pasighat. But, if you personally encounter any B. Sc graduate, they would definitely  express their  willingness to  go for medical  courses in spite of simple B Sc. But due to financial problem, they stopped dreaming of what they had dreamt before.

Now, let us see what happened to our students, when they want  admission in B. Sc in D N G College, they are told ‘1 year drop out after 12th’   won’t be  given first preference or direct admission. They will have to wait for certain days, if seats are available after the admission of fresh students, they will look into the matter. Not only that, their form were even not  accepted.

Now, does the new so-called “educational rule” give justice to these students who have sacrificed a  year attending coaching classes every day, every week, every month, waiting eagerly for the entrance examination ?

Arunachal itself does not provide the educational facilities like medical college or engineering college other than NIT and NERIST and with such weak financial background where all those frustrated students will suppose to go if the Govt colleges refuse to take them.

In this respect, the Govt is requested to increase the intake capacity of B Sc students in Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar so that all the students irrespective of fresh or one year drop out  after class XII could get admission in B Sc course.


Nabam Khoda

GS, Leporiang Peoples Welfare Committee, Capital Complex.



Tongam belongs to  whole of Arunachal

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my personal views on the latest happening in the state, particularly regarding shooting out case against Tongam Rina, who happened to be Associate Editor of Arunachal Times. It is a cowardice act on the culprit who shot at female member who does not have physical strength to fight back.

It is condemnable from all quarters, and I personally condemn this incident.  Let's not politicize this issue and let's not aggravate this problem into a communal based issue. Miss Tongam Rina belongs to Arunachal Pradesh and we are all Arunachalis. As regard to the said incident, let’s not blame the government only. Let’s cooperate the police to nab the culprit. Yes, it is government's fault not punishing the criminals in strictest way. Police are also human being, let's cooperate the law enforcing department collectively in nabbing the culprits to win the reward from the Creator instead of cash reward offered by the police.  "Long Live Arunachali".


T Taba




Punish the accused

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the news items “Minor student raped (July 21).

The state of Arunachal Pradesh  has become the land where the minor girls are raped and  women are shot at.  Govt and Women Welfare Society should deal with such incidents, which has been happening repeatedly in every  corner of  the state almost every month,  with iron hand. No one should come forward to save the accused and law should  be allowed to  take its own course  of action.

Despite having full trust and faith on the teacher, how could the students  gain knowledge in an un-conducive  environment  which is being created by the teacher. The accused teacher should be awarded an exemplary punishment  as per the law so that  it becomes eye opener for others. Proper justice should be given to the victim and her parents.

The government  should  take  preventive steps  so that such  immoral and illegal activities do not recur.


Buteng Tayeng,



For safe and secure environment for women

In May last, the Union Cabinet provided its nod to the ‘Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill’. The bill was brought forward after a group of ministers addressed concerns regarding burden of proof in cases of sexual harassment earlier rested with the employer.

Bringing domestic workers also within its ambit, the bill makes it mandatory for all workplaces, including homes, universities, hospitals, government and non-government offices, factories, other formal and informal work places to constitute an internal committee for redress of complaints.

Prepared after extensive consultations with various stakeholders including lawyers and civil society organizations, the forthcoming bill has the potential of bringing about a positive impact on women’s participation in work.

The Indian Constitution guaranteed the gender equity under Article 14, 15 and 21 which includes protection from sexual harassment and the right to work with dignity and it is hoped that  the proposed Bill against sexual harassment of women at the workplace will get the approval from both the Houses during the ensuing Monsoon Session of Parliament. If the Bill is passed it would help women secure their fundamental right as citizens to practice any profession or any occupation in an equitable, safe and secure environment.

The parliamentary committee’s recommendations for the inclusion of domestic workers as part of the bill is therefore an important development, as it will cover 4.75 million of India’s domestic workers, accounting for 30 per cent of the female workforce in the country’s unorganized sector.