July 25


Binny Hiffo crowned Miss East Kameng

Jabu Lapung & Jemsi Dodum

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Binny Hiffo was crowned Miss East Kameng  in beauty contest organized by East Kameng Youth Forum on July 22 last at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Seppa auditorium.

Puja Singhi and Fepung Natung were adjudged as the first and second runners up respectively.

Hiffo, a  BA 2nd year student of DNG College Itanagar beat 11 contestants to wear the crown having outsmarted in various categories of assessment. When asked about her reaction on being crowned Miss East Kameng, the elated Hiffo said that she was overwhelmed after hearing her name called out as the winner of the contest which she never expected. One should not dishearten by failures as wining and losing are part and parcel of any competition. What matters most to us is participation, she added.

Mama Natung, a businessman, who was invited as the chief guest of the pageant contest stressed on the role of the society for the upliftment of the girl child and said one should come forward to support such kind of events/programme through which they get encouragement to face challenges in life. Raju Gyadi, president, East Kameng Chambers of Commerce and Industry emphasized on the role of the youth in bringing a positive changes in the society.



State Taekwondo team to take part  in referee seminar

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: As part of the preparation for the ensuing 32nd National Junior Boys & Girls Taekwondo Championship scheduled to be held at Naharlagun, a young team from  Arunachal Taekwondo Association (ATA) is leaving here tomorrow for Shillong to attend Black  Belt Examination and National Referee seminar to be conducted by Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI).

ATA Joint Secretary Kipa Niba and Coach Deepak Gurung would lead the team.  Another 36-member Taekwondo team of the Association would take part in the North East Taekwondo Championship scheduled to be held at Shillong from August 25 - 27.

While blessing the athletes, ATA president advised them to maintain discipline and learn everything carefully and bring laurels to the state so that the people of Arunachal Pradesh feel proud of you and Taekwondo sports.



Mading Tayeng passes away

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Veteran social worker and former President of the Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Mading Tayeng died at his residence in Pasighat yesterday.

He was 70 and is survived by his wife, 2 sons and a daughter.

Born in 1942 in Mebo village near Pasighat, Tayeng served the state government in various capacities before retiring as Joint Secretary under General Administration.

Being a man of principles with deep faith and high regard for Donyi Poloism, Tayeng always advocated and worked for the preservation and promotion of all indigenous faith and cultures of Arunachal Pradesh. He also served as the President of the Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang for 3 years from 2006 to 2009.

Many prominent leaders, including former ministers Lombo Tayeng and Doi Ado visited the house of Tayeng and paid tributes to him.

The rank and file of Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebeng, including its president Tabi  Jerang, former president Ajing Ering and General Secretary Tajom Tasung deeply mourned the death of its former president and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul, according to Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Pasighat.

Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Itanagar (DPYK) has mourned at untimely demise of Mading Tayeng. DPYK, Itanagar observed two minutes silence  and prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul.  AVP East Siang dist unit also expressed shock over the demise of Mading Tayeng and termed his demise as an irreparable loss to the society and the state.



Death of prominent historian mourned

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) fraternity mourned the sad and untimely demise of Prof. Hamlet Bareh Ngapkynta, prominent Historian of the North East, Padma Shri  Awardee and the Executive Council Member of the Second Executive Council of the University.

In a condolence meeting today, the RGU fraternity, including Deans of Faculties, Directors/Heads of the Departments/Institutes, teachers, non-teaching officers/staff of the University observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul. The meeting also prayed to almighty to give enough strength to the members of the bereaved family to overcome the grief and sorrow.

The University placed on record the valuable service rendered by Prof. Hamlet Bareh during the meetings of the Executive Council of the Rajiv Gandhi University. The University assured that all his valuable suggestions will be taken care of in due course of time.



NWS felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Neelam Welfare Society (NWS) felicitated the meritorious students, especially those who excelled in AISCE and AISSCE-2012 examinations conducted by CBSE and other distinguished achievers in a function here on July 21.

The members felicitated were Neelam Yaker (86.8%), Neelam Kuma  (83.6%), Neelam Matthew (81%) in AISSCE-2012 and Neelam Ania  (9.0 CGPA), Neelam Atum  (8.8 CGPA), Neelam Tuya  (8.8 CGPA) in AISCE-12. The society also recognized the efforts of Neelam Tayo (Akam) and felicitated him for his achievement in the field of music.

The Programme was attended by former Home Minister Neelam Taram, officers and 500 members of the society.

Neelam Tatam, President of the society encouraged the students to take up the study very seriously to excel in this present competitive world. He also suggested the present youths of the society to try their hands in various other fields other than the academic activity.

Taking the example of “Galelio” the scientist, Neelam Taram,  the former Minister stressed the importance of education.

Other speakers of the society stressed the importance of education for development.

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News Impact

Journalists attack cases

Steps for speedy trials

ITANAGAR, Jul 24:   All the cases of attack on the mediapersons presently being tried in courts of various judicial magistrates - first class, second class - in Capital Complex, Itanagar  have been withdrawn from the courts of concerned magistrates and transferred to the courts of JMFC Talo Potom for speedy trials and passing order as per merit of the case, said Chief Judicial Magistrate Itanagar Capital Complex in an order today.

While referring to the  several  instances of brutal attack on media persons/journalists in the Capital Complex in recent past,  the  CJM in its order informed that police has submitted charge sheets against the  accused in some of the cases.  “It is imperative to have speedy trials of such cases with hearing on day to day basis and to instill the faith of the public in justice delivery system,” the order said.


Union seeks AAPSU intervention

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Appealing to All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to intervene in managing the teachers’ crisis at government higher secondary school Jengging, All Upper Siang District Student’s Union (AUSDSU) today claimed that despite four senior teachers have been posted recently;  they have not reported to school so far.

AUSDSU added due to absenteeism of senior teachers the classes of XI standard are yet to start leaving students lives in tatter. Union also feared that posted teachers may seek for the cancellation of their transfer order, which would make the situation worst. The school was up-graded to higher secondary from secondary way back in 1992 and later handed over to Donyi-Polo Mission in the year 1998 and after painstaking effort by the public and organizations the government restored status quo of the higher secondary school level, it said.


Counseling for admission seekers

ITANAGAR, Jul 24:  Much to the delight of new admission seekers in DNG college here,  National Students Union of India (NSUI) unit  organized a  five days  awareness camp cum counseling session  with its slogan ‘may we help you’  at the College presmises from July 18 to 22.  The basic objective to organize such awareness camp was to help and guide new comers who seek admission in the college. A large number of students benefitted from the camp, release added.  


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: A  mass social service was conducted by the Biological Park Gyekar Sinyi’s Protection and Development Society (BPGSPDS) to plant trees at Biological Park Itanagar and to clean up the surroundings today. The social service was participated by BPGSPDS members, general public and youths including from Ganga and Bath Panchayat.

Meanwhile, a mass awareness meeting on protection and preservation of Biological Park and Gyekar Sinyi was held. The speakers of the awareness meeting expressed concern over environmental degradation, particularly in the state capital and appealed to all to create mass awareness among people of the need to protect and preserve environment.


Mortality of cattle rising: Association

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey district unit today said that there is higher mortality rate of cattle in Sangram circle due to foot and mouth disease. It said that due to non-availability of medicine and veterinary doctors the disease is taking epidemic form. Further, it appealed to authority to send sufficient medicines and doctors to save the cattle.


Appeal to reconsider decision

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: While supporting the All Papum Pare District Students Union against the government decision to regularize the encroached government lands in the Capital complex, Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers’ Association (PPUEA) today appealed to state government to reconsider its decision saying that the decision might plunge district into chaos.  


Society demands for re-arrest of attacker

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Agitating over the decision of  judicial magistrate Ziro to release the attacker of one Bini Tama, Bini Welfare Society today demanded the judicial magistrate to re-arrest the attacker. It alleged that despite Tama being inflicted serious physical injury by attacker the magistrate released him on bail.

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,



Tobacco menace: a plain solution

If the tobacco products are allowed to be sold only in plain packages, it can help fight the tobacco epidemic in simple way. A policy report submitted by the Australia-India Institute Taskforce on Tobacco Control has reasoned that tobacco products should be packaged plainly. If the Policy report called “The Case for Plain Packaging Made Plain - From Australia to the Indian People: Assessing the Socio-Political Scenario of Introducing Plain Packaging as a Policy Intervention,” becomes law then plain packaging legislation would disallow all extraneous colours, embossing and other embellishments likely to mislead on tobacco packs. The objective is to eliminate the “badge value” of all forms of tobacco product packaging. Brand and product names would be allowed only in a standardised, prescribed style, font and colour.

Despite advertising and sponsorship bans on tobacco firms, the package itself continues to be much too attractive for comfort.  Such packaging, with catchy images, colours, and logos are known to entice impressionable consumers. Plain packaging amplifies the effect of pictorial health warnings that depict the serious health risks of consuming tobacco.

The policy document provides unprecedented  market research evidence on plain packaging in India, a review of plain packaging policy initiatives from various national settings and evidence culled from consultation with a range of Indian public health and other experts.

Experts speak in favour of the documents saying that India must initiate legislation on plain packaging and ensure implementation of a policy that will have tremendous public health impact. They seek support of the policymakers, civil society and the media in favour of plain packaging, now recognized as a strong and effective measure for global tobacco control discourse. Plain packaging does not require costly new institutional intervention and can be easily implemented.