ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has stepped in to put an end
to the dispute between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Arunachal Pradesh
government paving the way for construction of a new Greenfield airport at Itanagar
at a cost of Rs. 650 crore. According to the report published in a leading national
daily Hollongi has been chosen as new site for establishment of green field airport.
Report further adds that ministry of civil aviation will shortly knock the door of
union cabinet to give final shape to the green field project which is of immense
importance for national security point of view. It is being reported that Arunachal
Government and AAI were locked in a bitter feud over proposed green field airport.
State Govt wanted the project to come up at Karsingsa near Banderdewa, while technical
committee of AAI recommended Hollongi as suitable site for the project. The AAI had
objected to the State Government’s choice on the ground that Karsingsa is surrounded
by hilly terrain and obstacles. It also argued that there was limited scope for future
expansion, poor safety environment and high cost of construction involved. The technical
committee of AAI also stated that Hollongi is located on flat ground and has scope
for higher usability in poor weather and a safe operating environment.
However, in a meeting held by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Pulok
Chatterjee recently, the PMO expressed concern over the continued delay in finalization
of the location and said the matter should be resolved without any further delay.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project would include provisions for commercial
activities such as hotel and a convention centre at the airport. It would also provide
appropriate facilities for livelihood activities for re-settled families.
Drug menace engulfs Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Jul 29: The century-old Pasighat town in East Arunachal is fast gaining
notoriety for illicit drugs trafficking which is posing a serious threat to the
Use of hooch, narcotics such as opium and ganja (Bhang) and psychotropic substances
like brown sugar and heroin by the teenagers’ and consequent rise in anti-social
activities are causing grave concern among the conscious citizens of the oldest township.
Reports say that more than 500 youths, including school-going children of East Siang
and Upper Siang districts have fallen into drug trap. It also claimed that some policemen
at Pasighat and Ruksin are also falling into opium addiction.
Though there has been an increasing trend in drug use by the adults and young ones,
the police and administrations refuse to see the reality, rued some citizens of Pasighat
“The police and civil administration have not initiated any step to control the drug
menace”, lamented Unkung Regon, the convenor of Central & Eastern Arunachal People’s
Regon, who is also chief adviser of AdiSU, East Siang unit said that his union has
decided to fight drugs menace and even to stop opium cultivation in the district.
The union also urged the authority to ban use of mobile phones in schools of the
The elite section blames the police and excise officials for ignoring the alarming
situation. They also alleged that besides illicit trading of narcotics and contraband
substances, drugs related crimes are being committed under the very nose of police
and administration. “An unholy nexus between the illicit drug traders and few unscrupulous
policemen cannot be ruled out”, alleged some leading citizens of Pasighat, who did
not wish to be named.
Drug menace is also posing threat to the youths at Ruksin area at Assam-Arunachal
boundary. People say that despite massive public concern over the rise in drug abuse,
the police and civil administrations are not taking firm step to prevent the offensive
activities along the boundary. Moreover, easy access to cheap country made liquor
and narcotic resulted in rise in anti social activities in the boundary area.
Ruksin Area Youth Front (RAYF) president Tadi Jonnom advocated for regular joint-patrolling
by both Arunachal and Assam police along boundary area to check such illegal activities.
Govt agencies and civil societies including students union should realize the gravity
of the situation and fight jointly to eradicate the drug menace, he said.
AAPSA conducts capacity building workshop for teachers
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Private School Association (AAPSA) organized
a one-day workshop on the theme of “Mission to Educate” for the teachers of capital
complex at Delhi Public School (DPS) here yesterday.
Eminent educationist Fr. M.C. George Menamparampil who has authored many a books
pertaining to education came from Delhi to conduct the workshop.
The resource person Fr. M.C. George Menam-parampil discussed in detail about the
innovative ways of treating and communicating with children. The workshop conveyed
that the success of an educator lies in the importance of continuous learning, innovation,
creativity, multicultural life, team work, self management, right value system and
self confidence in the life of educator.
Ivan J F Vas Principal, DPS, Itanagar explained to all the efforts of AAPSA which
is formed to make sustained efforts to bring in quality education in to Arunachal
Pradesh by trying to create an environment of “Responsible Parents, Committed Teachers
and creative, benevolent students”. To realize this vision with the continued assistance
of Fr. Cyriac, Director of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar, AAPSA has been regularly
conducting training, workshop, talent search programmes and seminars for parents,
teachers and the students of Arunachal Pradesh.
Around 120 teachers, headmasters, headmistress and principals attended the workshop.
Earlier, the programme began with lighting of the lamp. Sessions were effectively
supported by brainstorming session, video clips and PowerPoint presentation on different
aspect of education.
Dalbing village cut off, Silli reels under darkness
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The under-construction steel bridge and a foot- suspension bridge
over Yamne river have been washed away by flash flood in Yamne river on July 22 last.
The said foot suspension bridge was the only lifeline of people of Dalbing village
located in between Yingkiong, Upper Siang district headquarter and Mariyang sub division.
The life came to a standstill after the flash flood washed away the bridge.
Besides these damages, flash flood caused by heavy downpour has also damaged Yingkiong-Mariyang
road disrupting communication in various places. It also badly damaged the WRC fields
in Ruying area.
The sources informed that maximum numbers of farmers of Dalbing village are being
affected by flash flood.
The villagers appealed to the local MLA to take up the matter with the concerned
department and instruct the PWD for immediate restoration of the collapsed steel
The villagers also urged the concerned authority for early payment of relief materials
and compensation to all the affected families of Dalbing village.
Meanwhile, the villagers of Silli village, Upper Siang District are also reeling
under darkness due to severe damages caused to the Silli Mini Hydel Project by heavy
rainfall and flash flood recently.
The flash flood has also washed away MIC of Silli Korong (rivulet) and damaged WRC
fields of Pring area, the only WRC fields of Silli village.
The villagers informed that, rice cultivation will not be possible in this year due
to damage of MIC.
The villagers appealed to the Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang district to look into
the matter and provide relief materials to affected families of Silli village. It
also urged the concerned department to immediately restore the damaged mini hydel
Gohpur A, Gyan FC score big wins
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: Gohpur A and Gyan FC registered big wins in the 8th Independent
Football Tournament -2012 played at Kendrya Vidyalaya No.2 School ground today.
While Gohpur A trounced Sekey Colony FC 6-0 Gyan FC thrashed Vivek Vihar FC 4-0.
In another matches of the day, Lokam Brothers and All Chimpu beat Bn United and ESS
FC by 3-1 and 3-0 goals respectively.
The last match of the day was played between Gohpur Youth Club and Middle Chimpu
FC in which the former defeated the latter by a margin of 2-1 goal.
Earlier, Junior FC defeated AFC 2-0 in the first match of the day, according to organizing
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/9856060490.
Truck owners oppose restriction order
ITANAGAR, July 29: Claiming that restriction on plying of heavy vehicles from 9 to
12 noon and 4 pm to 7 pm has badly affected the earning of local truck owners forcing
them to face numerous problems in repayment of bank loans, All Capital Complex Public
Truck Welfare Association has appealed to the district administration to change
the period of restriction in plying heavy vehicles. It further said that the truck
drivers should be allowed to ply their vehicle in evening hours without restriction.
Further, Association adopted resolution asking the drivers to ply their vehicles
with valid documents and strictly follow traffic rules.
Toppers, achievers of Kipa clan felicitated
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: Kipa Welfare Society (KWS) has felicitated the CBSE Class–X, XII
toppers and achievers in other fields belonging to Kipa clan at Nyikum Niya Hall,
The students who were felicitated were Kipa Yakum, Kipa Linku and Kipa Apa of Class-X
and Kipa Mete, Kipa Manium, Kipa Anu and Kipa Mama in AISSC Examination.
The Society also felicitated Kipa Chaku (Weightlifter), for wining a Bronze Medal
in the National level Weightlifting Championship in Sub-Junior category and in the
NE Games respectively.
PPDBA submits memo
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: Papum Pare District Bar Association (PPDBA) has submitted a memorandum
to the Chief Judicial Magistrate–cum-Deputy commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner
on July 26 for the development of Bar rooms in Lower court, improvement of lower
court infrastructures, separate Sheristadar rooms, rectification of the bail endorsement
system and deployment of two independent Judicial Magistrates at Naharlagun and
Itanagar only to take up judicial matters.
APATCYO declares Govt offices & chakka bandh
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: Expressing resentment over state government alleged failure to
act on their demands, Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO)
today declared 36 hours government offices and Govt vehicles chakka bandh at Capital
Complex from 31 July. The APATCYO made it clear that all private vehicles, shops,
media, schools, colleges, milk van and magistrate will be exempted from the purview
of bandh. The demands of the organization included immediate cancellation of ongoing
construction of convention hall at IG Park and immediate appointment of full-fledged
home minister. It further demanded for an early arrest of culprit who attacked Tongam
Rina, associate editor of the Arunachal Times. It added that if government fails
to fulfill their demands, it would compel to go for 48 hours state bandh.
Nobin wins Gold
ITANAGAR, Jul 29: State’s senior Karate player Pacha Nobin Jomoh has won a Gold and
a Bronze medals in the 2nd All India Central Cup Karate Championship organized by
Neemuch District Karate Association and CTC CRPF Neemuch (MP) at Gymnasium Hall,
CTC CRPF Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh on July 22 and 23.
Nobin won the Gold in Individual Kumite in Senior +84 kg weight category and the
bronze in individual Kata.
Earthquake of moderate intensity rocks NE
Shillong, Jul 29: An earthquake of moderate intensity shook Meghalaya, Assam and
some other north-east states on Sunday but there was no report of any casualty or
damage to property.
The quake, which had a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit the region at around
7:51am and the epicentre was located 70 km underneath the earth’s crust in Myanmar,
officials at the Seismological Survey of India said. The officials said the quake
was of "moderate" intensity and all major towns in the region felt the tremor. Earlier
this month, tremor having a magnitude of 5.4 and 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit the
region with their epicentres located in Phek and Nagaland region of Nagaland respectively.
Today's tremor was also felt in Itanagar, Guwahati, Agartala besides Kohima and Imphal.
Police said there was no report of any casualty or damage to property in Meghalaya.
Manipur was also rocked for some seconds by a mild tremor at 8.52 am.
No damage was reported from any part of the state due to the tremor.
New policy on children
With more than one-third of its population below 18 years, India has the largest
young population in the world. 65 per cent of girls in India are married by the age
of 18 and become mothers soon after. Only 35 per cent of births are registered, impacting
name and nationality and 35 per cent of the developing world’s low-birth-weight babies
are born in India.
Our country is also the home to the highest number of child labourers in the world.
Moreover, the country has the world’s largest number of sexually abused children,
with a child below 16 raped every 155th minute, a child below 10 every 13th hour,
and at least one in every 10 children sexually abused at any point in time.
Keeping all these in mind, the central Govt has decided to revisit it’s policy on
children and is also preparing a draft on the revised national policy for children
2012. In this regard, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has invited
comments from the general public. This is also the first time the government is revisiting
its policy on children in the country since it endorsed the Convention on the Rights
of the Child on December 11, 1992.
No doubt India has made some significant commitments towards ensuring the basic rights
of children. Literacy rates have improved and school dropout rates have fallen. But
the issue of child rights in India is still caught between legal and policy commitments
to children on the one hand, and the fallout of the process of globalization on the
The revised draft policy reaffirms the government’s commitment towards children and
addresses the new challenges, seeking to realize the full potential of children’s
rights throughout the country.
It is hoped that the revised policy will ensure the overall and harmonious development
and protection of children.
Do we need to redefine the definition of development ?
How we define the word “development” in our personal terms is an exclusive state
of our mind. Do I characterize it with the literacy rate, which has grown up from
mere double figures to an encouraging 67% (with a 12.66% increase this decade, although
we still are the second last in ranking just nailing Bihar) ? Do I exemplify it
with the tremendous growth in GDP, which was highest in all of India during 2009-10
with a whooping 22.43% growth or, shall I construe it with the sense of modernization
and taste of western fashion our teens have adopted? We have grown, although in a
sluggish rate, in terms of infrastructure and industrialization and commercialization
in the last few decades and named it as our so called “revolutionary development”
but I often wonder, is that all?
Is this worldly development and alluring attributes of modernization the only weapon
for an ideal Arunachal, we dream of? Have we ever wondered what our society as a
whole is growing into? The way I see my Arunachal now is a ferocious, brutal, barbarious,
and communalist mob of people. I won’t even call it a society because that would
be an insult to the “word”, itself! The land where, community comes first than humanity,
the land where voice of the people is closed with bullets, the land where money and
“muscle power” speaks above all!
Development has been growing into the right course of direction but the society has
metamorphosized into the reverse order, it seemed like we were human once, but now
we are back to being apes.
This is the problem with every single tribe and society of this native land, which
was once appreciated as the most peaceful hilly state of the north-east. As time
passes by, we practised regionalism, corruption, and communalism up to such an extent,
that now the present “X- generation” is born with these genetic attributes. In this
so-called peaceful state, today, our personal sentiments pour the venom of communalism,
and are held by thin threads of humanity, which nails the society from opening the
doors to a catastrophe. We may be walking around in branded jeans and fanciest wardrobes
and label ourselves as civilized and modern beings, but seeing the primitive state
of mind we live in, I feel we deserve to be walking around in leaves and tree barks.
What is wrong with our society, what has made us so narrow minded, why we are jealous
of ourselves? Today what matters the most in my land is not that of “who I am?” But
“from where I am?” I don’t blame any particular tribe or society, as every single
one of us is suffering from the same paranoia. We may climb the highest stairs of
modernization in all fronts after a few decades, but without a conscious and stable
society that would be good for nothing. It is time for the elders and guiding forces
of respective ethnic tribes and cultures to start cultivating and nurturing a socially
conscious and stable society.
Our land, which is known for being the land of hundred cultures and diversity, our
diversity now is our biggest enemy. “Unity in diversity “ is a hollow quote here,
“diversity in unity” serves us right!
The only question left to ask is “do we need to redefine our definition of development?”
EKSWCO conference was a mere confabulation of elites !
Firstly, I would like to appreciate Jabu Lapung for putting all damn truths on record
in public domain through a letter ‘Few words regarding EKSWCO conference’, (July
Though personally I could not attend the conference but after going through the agendas
and final resolutions adopted in the general conference of East Kameng Social Welfare
and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) held at Seppa on 21 to 22 July, I was amazed and
baffled by so called unanimous resolution. Since the burning topics like deteriorating
education scenario, rampant land encroachment, pathetic health sectors and fine/penalty
system which prevailed in district were completely left untouched.
How could EKSWCO choose selective topics which appeared concerning more on the organization
rather than for common people in such a platform. Being a parental organization it
should not shy away from the responsibility to discuss the deplorable education scenario
and rampant illegal encroachment of government lands including quarters and offices
since this menace is changing the township and could bring serious law and order
Instead of writing a new challenging chapter in history of the organization, the
EKSWCO resolutions ended up with largely focusing on Right to Information (RTI) and
its negative impact as the organization attempted to control RTI activists.
One should not forget that RTI activities cannot be curbed by a bunch of officers
at their wishes since every government office has subjected to provide information
within 30 days according to RTI Act 2005.
I am agree with the fact that RTI is being used as blackmailing tools by many. However,
there are also remedies. If the concerned officers are honest and system is transparent,
there is nothing to afraid of RTI and its activists. I do appreciate the resolution
on revenge system but it could be more meaningful if a resolution was passed on fine/penalty
system along with this revenge system.
Before drawing my conclusion, I would like to say EKSWCO conference was a mere confabulation
of elites of the district rather than a conference to discuss at length the social
vices and issues which plagued the district.
Road to no man’s land
When government grants developmental fund, it becomes a matter of joy for us. But
what more could be ridiculous than this that Arunachal Government is projecting a
road to a No Man’s Land in Pangin circle. The project worth Rs.32.50 crores (D.O.DNER/NLP/AP/3/2010
Dtd 17th February 2011) is meant for road construction to connect Tarak village from
But it has overlooked nine major villages in Nugong Banggo which are deprived of
road connectivity since Indian Independence. This is absolute mockery of public interest
of Pangin-Boleng and humiliation to Nugong Banggo. Since 1971 Nugong Banggo is demanding
road. Even our state has attained its jubilee year but Nugong Banggo consisting of
villages Riew, Begging, Rasing, Komsing (old), Komsing (New), Jorsing, Pangi, Sissen
and Pongging is still unconnected to rest of the world. The project Yembung-Yemsing
road to Tarak village is purely needless for there is no human habitation. If Govt.
is taking so much delight in road connections then it should go for the unconnected
regions where life of the public is hectic in the absence of road.
Granting sanction to a road in a no man’s land to spend public money is ridiculous.
In this connection, two memorandums Dtd. 17th May 2012 and 13th July 2012 have been
submitted to Chief Secretary of the state Government for necessary action followed
by a letter to Joint Secretary, Ministry of Development of North East Region, New
Delhi Dtd 19th May 2012. The action is anticipated by Pangin Boleng public. Neither
GOI nor GoAP were expected such a wrong step for project implementation which is
waste of public money, time and energy. It must be immediately cancelled and grants
must be approved after meticulous study with due consideration of public need and
Take some corrective measures
I would like to express my views regarding the admission procedure in Rajiv Gandhi
University (Central university) of Arunachal Pradesh.
It is seen that many students passing out from the colleges affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi
University are not getting admission in RGU. NEHU in Meghalaya is also one of the
central universities and in their prospectus it is clearly mentioned that 50 per
cent seats are reserved for the ST/SC; other things being equal, preference are
being given to the domiciles of Meghalaya. If NEHU is giving preference to the domiciles
of Meghalaya, then, why not the Rajiv Gandhi University to the ST/SC candidates of
Arunachal Pradesh. Even the students whose ranks are in the top ten list of some
of the subjects also did not get admission in 2012-2013 academic session.
Therefore, the concerned authority is requested to take some constructive measure
for the betterment of the students who are pursuing their bachelor degree in affiliated
colleges of Rajiv Gandhi University.