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Everester Mra creates another record, climbs Mount Kosciuszko with

Lobsang Phuntsok

Anshu ready for trip back home

ITANAGAR, May 31: First Arunachalee Everester Tapi Mra created yet another record in mountaineering by climbing Mount Kosciuszko in Australia along with fellow climber Lobsang Phuntsok of Tawang today at 14.30 hrs (LST).

While informing this, Dr. Avinash Kumar Mishra, Principal Resident Commissioner, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, New Delhi, in a communique said that Tapi’s expedition to Mount Kosciuszko, which is 7316 feet above the sea level, was a part of his “Seven Summit Mission”.

Beside Mount Everest, Tapi has conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa and now the highest peak in Australia. He also attempted Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in North America, but the expedition had to be abandoned due to unfavorable weather condition.

On the other hand, Phuntsok of Tawang, a promising climber and Delhi based tour operator, made Arunachal proud by his rare achievement.

“We conquered it. We are standing at the top of Australia. No words to express our happiness,” they expressed their jubilations to one of their friends at Itanagar over telephone after they scaled the mountain.

“We are extremely happy to represent India here and proud to be Arunachalee.”

Meanwhile, Tapi and Phuntsok dedicated their feat to people of Arunachal Pradesh.

“We dedicated our feat to the people of Arunachal Pradesh,” they were quoted as saying.

He also credited all his accomplishments so far to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, who have been the constant source of inspiration and motivating force in his endeavors.

Both Tapi and Phuntsok expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, Industries and Fisheries Minister Tako Dabi, PHE Minister Chowna Mein for their constant support and encouragement.

Tapi in his personal message extended his gratitude to one Vijay Bias of Satyam Enterprise and entire business community of Naharlagun for their valuable support and cooperation. He also extended his gratefulness to the people of Tagin community, Tagin Elite Society, Tagin Welfare Society and various Tagin youth and students union for their relentless support and encouragement.

Meanwhile, Anshu Jamsenpa, the first mother in the world who climbed Mt. Everest twice in 10 days will be leaving for India tomorrow. Enroute she will be stopping for a night at Siliguri where a civic felicitation programme has been arranged by Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operator Association (EHTTOA).  

She is scheduled to arrive at Guwahati Airport on 2 June at 2.55 pm. There will be a civic reception by Assam Mountaineering Association (AMA). She attended 4th International Everest Day celebration in Kathmandu organized by the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation Govt of Nepal on May 29.  

All the Everest Summiters and record holders were honoured with Certificates and Medals. She mingled with the legendary mountaineers like Apa Sherpa who climbed Mt Everest for a record 21 times and Mingmar Sherpa who climbed all 14 peaks above 8000 mtr in the world.


Portfolios of Parliamentary

Secretaries announced

ITANAGAR, May 31: The portfolios of Parliamentary secretaries have been announced today. Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin administered the oath of office and secrecy  to 20 parliamentary secretaries in a glittering function here yesterday.


Parliamentary Secretary             Portfolios          Attached to


1. Tsewang Dhondup                CM Office                  CM

2. Nabam Rebia                    Industries, Trade &


                                         Govt. Spokesman,

                                                                  CM & Minister Concern

3. Nido Pavitra                     Co-operation                 CM

4. Jomde Kena                         Tourism           Minister concern

5. Gojen Gadi                    Hydro Power Development   CM

6. Kumar Waii                      Environment &

                                              Forest            Minister  concern

7. J K Panggeng                 Law, Legislature, Justice,

                                        election & Cultural Affairs    CM

8. Rajesh Tacho           Rural Development

                                       & PR                     Minister Concern

9. R T Khunjuju               Sports & Youth Affairs       CM

10. Phosum Khimhun              Geology & Mining        CM  

11. Thinghap Taiju              IPR, Printing & Tax & Excise

                                                                  CM & Minister Concern

12. Newlai Tingkhatra      Social Welfare & Women &

                                          Child Development          CM

13. C C Singpho                 Handloom &

                              Handicraft Art & Culture              CM

14. Thanwang Wangham      Health & Family Welfare, UD CM

15. Wangki Lowang      Information Technology &

                                  Science & Technology               CM  

16 Karikho Kri                     Transport                        CM

17 Lokam Tassar          Food & Civil Supplies & Transport,

                                  Labour & Employment               CM

18 Gadam Ete                      Civil Aviation                   CM

19 Padi Richo                   Land Management                CM

20 Likha Saaya             Agriculture                    Minister Concern



Lummer Dai regional research

centre at Bihpuria

ITANAGAR, May 31: Much to the delight of literary circle in the North East, the Regional Distance Education and Research Centre, named after late Lummer Dai, the doyen of the literature from Arunachal Pradesh, will be inaugurated in Assam’s Bihpuria under Lakhimpur district on June 1.

The inaugural ceremony will be followed by the conferment of Asom Sahitya Sabha-instituted 2nd Lummer Dai Memorial Literary Award on Basanta Das, a noted litterateur and researcher of folk culture of Diphu, Assam, in another function to be held at the Bihpuria College auditorium.

The eventful day coincides with the 70th birth anniversary of the well-known novelist, late Lummer Dai.

Set up by the Asom Sahitya Sabha at the premises of its Bihpuria branch, the cultural study and research centre will facilitate detailed studies on regional languages, mainly Assamese and other ethnic languages and dialects of the NE region.

To be chaired by Rongbong Terang, president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, both the functions will have participation of eminent personalities from both States, including Yeshi Dorjee Thongchi as chief guest, Bihpuria MLA Bhupen Bora as guest of honour, Mamang Dai, recipient of prestigious Padmashree award,  and Nanni Dai, Editor, Echo of Arunachal and widow of late Lummer Dai, as special guests, besides a strong delegation of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.

Later in the evening, there will be another cultural programme as a mark of respect to late Dai. Noted singer from Arunachal Pradesh, Hemanta Bengia, and local artistes are scheduled to perform.


Terafil water filter distributed to villagers

ITANAGAR, May 31: PHE and Water Supply Minister Chowna Mein distributed Terafil Water Filter to the iron affected villagers in Lekang circle of Lohit district under National Rural Drinking Water Programme in a function held at Mahadevpur recently.

 While handing over Terafil water filter to the beneficiaries,  the Minister stressed upon the importance of pure potable drinking water on the health of consumers. He further emphasis that the Panchayat leaders of Lekang Circle should take initiative regarding safe sanitary practices by creating awareness among various section of people.

The minister also congratulated the four Panchayats of Lohit district who had won Nirmal Gram Puraskar for the year 2011. He urged upon the elected Panchayat leaders to extend full cooperation to make the Lekang circle a Nirmal Block under Total sanitation Campaign.

Er. Tayum Tok, Executive Engineer PHE&WS Division Namsai had demonstrated the functions, uses  and up keeping of Terafil water Filter to the beneficiaries and other present during the function. He highlighted about the technological aspects of the terafil water filter in details.


AAPSU  calls for special attention

to Tirap-Changlang

ITANAGAR, May 31: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) led by its president Takam Tatung yesterday called on new Home Minister Takar Marde and    submitted a seven-point memorandum for solution of major problems confronting the people of the state.

AAPSU team was joined by members of Galo Student Union and All Upper Subansiri District Students Union.

AAPSU in its memorandum requested the HM to give special attention to the insurgency problems in twin district of Tirap and Changlang. The union said that because of poor response from past governments, insurgency problems have manifold and now it is local citizens who are bearing the brunt.

Pointing out that many innocent AAPSU activists were wrongfully booked by previous governments for protesting against Chakma-Hajong refugees, AAPSU further  requested the HM look into these cases personally. Till date many innocent former AAPSU activists are being harassed because of those cases, the union said.  Demanding modernization of police forces in the state, AAPSU also advocated for training on human rights for the police personnel. It said that in recent past the state has witnessed repeated clashes between state police and ordinary citizens in various parts of state. The union said many of these incidents happened because of human right violation by police force. State police should also be provided with latest technology and equipments to handle law and order in better ways, it said.

Fire service department has not been able to stand upto the expectation of ordinary citizens of this state, the union said and demanded that the department be overhauled for smooth and prompt functioning.

Demanding another police station at Itanagar to maintain law and order in the Capital city in view of the rapid increase in population, AAPSU said that CCTV camera in all the check posts bordering Assam should be installed to check illegal migration and  number of police forces be increased in boundary area which witness frequent boundary clashes. AAPSU feels that there is urgent need to establish Juvenile jail in Arunachal to deal with juvenile related criminal cases.

AAPSU said in the wake of unfortunate death of Late CM Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash, the state has witnessed many unpleasant incidents. Especially the derogatory article written by one Pradeep Thakur against peace loving Nyishi community has created deep mutual mistrust among the tribal people, AAPSU said and appealed the HM take urgent steps to restore mutual trust and confidence among tribal people of Arunachal.


ANSU movement suspended temporarily

ITANAGAR, May 31: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has decided to halt its movement against Pradeep Thakur for writing derogatory remark about Nyishi tribe in Times of India for next 20 days.  This decision was taken after a meeting between ANSU, Nyishi Elite Society and Nyishi legislators, informed ANSU in a release today.

The Nyishi legislators had pleaded ANSU and NES to authorize them to take up the matter with government at highest level regarding Pradeep Thakur issue, the ANSU said. However ANSU warned that if proper action is not initiated regarding Pradeep Thakur issue within stipulated 20 days time, the union will continue its movement.


2 Hostels for NE women at New Delhi

ITANAGAR, May 31: A working women’s Hostel for those hailing from the North Eastern states will be inaugurated in June at New Delhi. This will greatly help the working women from the NE region in terms of safety and comfort, informed Union Minister of DoNER Bijoy Krishna Handique at New Delhi today.

The 500-seater Working Women’s Hostel in Jasola is funded by Ministry of DoNER through the North Eastern Council (NEC) in association with the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Total cost of the project is Rs.17.44 crores wherein the share of NEC is 25%.

Land cost for the hostel has been shared between NEC and Ministry of Women and Child Development on a 50-50 basis. Handique has been in touch with Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women & Child Development to make the hostel functional at the earliest. Handique further said that the construction works have progressed to a major extent for another hostel named Rajiv Gandhi Girls Hostel to accommodate 500 Tribal Girl Students from the NER at the Delhi University Campus at a total cost of Rs.23.33 Crores jointly shared between NEC and Ministry of Tribal Affairs on 60:40 basis.

It is likely to be completed within this financial year. It is located at Dhaka Housing Complex, University of Delhi; Banda Bahadur Marg, New Delhi. NEC has already released 11.50 Crores towards this hostel project.

Apart from these two hostels, there is already a fully functional 500 seater girl’s hostel at Delhi University North Campus wholly funded by Ministry of DoNER, according to an official release.


Mission Anini

Raju Mimi

The highlands of Anini carry a dark niche in the local people’s psyche; of Mishmi-Tibetan conflict of mid 20th century, which led to the end of Tibetan settlements in Dibang Valley.

Last week, three people in a row committed suicide. One hanged himself, another shot himself with a gun and the third had failed attempt. The incident jarred the minds of ordinary people, who believe bad omen has fallen.

Indeed, life in Dibang Valley wracked by corruption, high living cost, poor road connectivity and failing system, is never easy. For the dead, living would have been tougher.

The recent suicidal tendencies of the natives points to pessimism generating out of life living in a small world. A hope blown in their life would have sufficed.

Therefore, towards an effort to raise hopes in the people, All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) on 20-26th May held a field trip to Dibang Valley district in support of its tour named as ‘Mission Anini’.

“Let us go in the interior places of our state, where we will meet and listen to people we haven’t met before, for an opportunity to spend time together serving and interacting to develop a greater sense of community:” the call by AIMSU President Malo Linggi stated the purpose of the mission.

Dibang Valley, though largest in the state is also the least populated district in the country. It suffered the worst humanitarian crisis, the previous year, following severing of road communication due to heavy rain. A year after the crisis, the social infrastructure in the district, however, remains the same.

The district is blessed with several educational institutions. But, improper accessibility and poor management has led to resources go waste.

The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) School in Anini, set up under Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi has the largest school campus in the country. The construction of new school building has recently begun. However, the speed of construction, as one teacher tells us, is going at snail pace. “At this rate, it will take another ten years for the construction to complete.” Meanwhile, the classrooms, offices and hostels are temporarily run inside the thatched hut. The teacher, staffs and the students share the same toilet. For bathing, there is no separate water tap for boys and girls. Every morning, it’s a long queue. It has been like this, since the school opened in 2006.

The newly constructed multistoried school building of Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) of Anini is believed to be the best in the whole of state. The credit is given to former Anini PWD Executive Engineer Nani Robin for conceiving the building plan.

But even before the handing over of the new school building to school authority did take place, it is now perforated with broken glass, windows, scribbling on walls.

The authority and public blame students for the damage, and the students on public. But in the blame game, no consensus is made over who should be responsible. And, shortages of teachers here is a perennial crisis.

The issue of PDS crisis is much talked about here. A committee under AIMSU Secretary Rajiv Mihu and Dibang Valley Students Union (DVSU) was formed to investigate on the alleged PDS scam.

On health facilities in the district, much has been reported on deteriorating condition, but to no avail.

There was, however, some good news too. The district administration brought out an official notice on regulating the prices of essential items in the market. Such step was needed, since a pack of Maggie noodle sold at Rs 20, petrol at Rs 90, SF rice at Rs 45 and so on.

All along, it wasn’t tricky to grasp people’s apprehensiveness here, when system had gone so awry. All sorts of negativity filled the minds. And then came, the news of suicides on every alternate day.

Perhaps, I was crazy to fall in the line to believe a bad omen befalling the community. But I know, positive attitude and increased public activism can bring a change.


Free medical camp cum anti-tobacco campaign held

ITANAGAR,  May 31: The Army unit stationed at Tuting in Upper Siang district under the aegis of Spear Head Division organized a free medical camp cum Anti Tobacco campaign for the residents of Ngamuing and nearby villages of Jidu and Kungging yesterday. The organizers had to traverse for four hours on foot from Tuting to reach the   village for medical camp which was organized in collaboration with the local administration.

More than 250 locals including the elderly, women and children  took the benefit of the free medical camp. The Army Medical Officer mentioned that while most of the diseases were weather related, a large number of the villagers were suffering from low back ache, skin ailments and worm infestation. While most cases were treated locally and provided with free medication,  few serious cases were referred to Yingkion Govt hospital.

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, the Army doctor also educated the local population on the harmful effects of tobacco to general people. Numerous charts and photographs were on display to  create awareness on  the dangers of tobacco use.


AEKSU demands action against

absentee officials

ITANAGAR, May 31:  All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) cautioned Govt. officials posted in the district on absenteeism and demanded the deputy commissioner to direct those officials/officers, who are absenting themselves from duty, to report for duty within seven days.

AEKSU in a letter to the deputy commissioner, informed that the heads of department including subordinate staff of various departments in the district headquarters were found absent during a surprise visit by a team of the students union. According to them, some employees are not attending their duties regularly and most of them have left the district headquarter in unauthorized manner without proper intimation to the deputy commissioner which has resulted in public harassment to visit the government departments almost daily to get their work done.

It also demanded immediate restoration of Pacha hydel project to meet power requirement of the district and early completion of electrification work under RGGVY in Seppa electric division. Alleging that work execution under RGGVY was not up to the mark, AEKSU demanded the deputy commissioner to constitute a monitoring committee for proper execution of the work as well as implementation of the scheme.


Panchayat awareness camps conclude

KHONSA, May 31: A week-long  Panchayat Awareness/ Mobilization of PRI members camps organized in various Kanubari, Deomali, Longding, Pongchau, Wakka and Khonsa  blocks in Tirap district  from May 25  concluded on May 31.  

Mobia Tai, CO, Khonsa presided over the concluding function wherein many Govt officials and panchayat leaders were present.

S.K. Deori, ADC-cum-DPDO highlighted the duties and functions of Panchayat leaders and urged them to work dedicatedly for fruitful implementation of various Govt. schemes like NREGA, TFC and SPA.

Rongnai Maham, Zilla Parishad Chairperson appreciated all the ZPMs/ ASMs/ GPCs of various blocks for their active participation in the Panchayat Awareness/Mobilization camps.

Earlier, Awang Gosak, ZPM, Khonsa-Borduria block and Wangjat Kuma, ZPM Khela-Lamsa block also spoke regarding non-proper implementation of Govt. schemes and urged all the ASMs/GPCs to co-operate each other while taking up various Govt. schemes.

P. Duggong, DRRO, Khonsa appreciated all the HODs, Panchayat leaders of various block for their active participation in Awareness/ Mobilisation camp.


NHPC annual profit climbs to

Rs 2,166.67 cr

ITANAGAR, May 31: The major Hydro-power producer of the country, NHPC reported 3.64 per cent rise in profit to Rs 2,166.67 crore for 2010-11 financial year, helped by lower interest expenses and higher other income.

The state-run company had a profit of Rs 2,090.50 crore in 2009-10. Profit increased mainly on account of higher other income and lower expenses due to lesser interest outgo in the last fiscal, according to NHPC release received here.

Highlighting the achievement of the NHPC and its future plan the  Corporation  on May 27 last  at New Delhi revealed that it has  signed MoU with SJVN Limited and Govt. of Manipur for formation of a Joint Venture Company for implementation of the 1500 MW Tipaimukh Hydroelectric (Multipurpose) Project in Manipur with share holding of 69%, 26% and 5% respectively, obtained concurrence of CEA for 520 MW Teesta-IV HE project in Sikkim.

NHPC further said that the corporation has submitted revised DPRs for Tawang-I with modified installed capacity of 600 MW and Tawang-II with modified installed capacity of 800 MW to CEA.

The NHPC said that construction activities of the 10 projects with a total installed capacity of 4502 MW are in full swing. This projects under construction are Chutak H.E. Project (44MW), Jammu & Kashmir,  Chamera H.E. Project Stage-III (231MW), Himachal Pradesh, Nimoo Bazgo H.E. Project (45MW), Jammu & Kashmir, Uri H.E. Project Stage-II (240 MW), Jammu & Kashmir, Parbati H.E. Project Stage-III (520MW), Himachal Pradesh, Teesta Low Dam H.E. Project Stage-III (132 MW), West Bengal. Teesta Low Dam H.E. Project Stage-IV (160MW), West Bengal, Parbati H.E Project Stage-II (800 MW), Himachal Pradesh, Subansiri Lower H.E. Project (2000 MW), Arunachal Pradesh and Kishanganga H.E. Project (330 MW), Jammu & Kashmir.

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APPSC, give us a level playing field

Dear Editor

In a few days time one of the dream exam of all the Agri./Civil engineering students will be held on June 2 and 3. The reason for which I am writing this letter is to forewarn the staffs of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) regarding possible malpractice in the said exam. From my past experience in some exams conducted by various independent departments, I have seen that many candidates were using mobile phones and notes inside the exam hall quite freely. And some candidates were also seen using toilet as their reference room. Such practices not only belittle the very purpose of written examination but also defeat the spirit of genuine competition, giving illegitimate advantage to some unscrupulous individuals.

Mobile phones should be strictly prohibited inside the entire exam centre because these high tech gadgets could be used very effectively for malpractice in various ways. Moreover all the candidates should be scanned thoroughly before admitting inside the exam hall for any hidden notes.

Since it is a competitive exam so all candidates cannot be selected but candidates should take this exam in true spirit of competition and refrain from cheating and malpractice.

Last but not the least, I solemnly appeal to the Chairman and the Secretary, APPSC, to stick to its motto  “Talent search”. I appeal them to maintain the sanctity of the Commission and the respect it commands in the hearts of thousands of poor, honest and hardworking candidates. Please be fair and give us a level playing field.


An aspirant.



Female Sex Worker and Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Two years back I read an article “Women at twilight zone” written by Gopal Rai which was published in a local daily. After reading that article I was so surprised that I even asked him a stupid question whether he really took the interview of a Female Sex Worker. I guess, at that time I was not ready to believe what I read.

But now being a mass com student we worked on an assignment of taking an interview of an NGO who works on AIDS awareness program in Arunachal Pradesh. At first we took it just as an assignment and were not at all serious. But after visiting the NGO, whatever we learned, it is really very shocking.

The estimated population of FSW in the capital complex is more than 500. Most of these FSW are house wives, students, widows, divorcees, who are doing this to fulfill their daily needs and requirements. They work temporarily as FSW for 2-3 years, and after that they stop doing this. But there is a possibility that by the time they must be infected with HIV. Now the NGO’s are facing a big problem in identifying the FSW, because they work hidden and are not ready to accept the fact that they are FSW. Even more shocking is that those who have been identified as FSW, don’t agree to go for HIV test. Even the population of gay and lesbian people is increasing. In the capital complex alone there are 150 gay persons.

In the official record the total number of HIV infected people in the capital complex is 90 and in Arunachal it is 160. But the truth is that it could be more than these because no one comes voluntarily for the test. 84% of the AIDS cases in Arunachal Pradesh were spread through sex and rest through other means.

We all know about AIDS and HIV but still people get infected by this. What is the reason? The reason is carelessness in spite of all awareness. People think that they know about AIDS and they won’t be infected. But the truth is carelessness and one single mistake may spoil one’s whole life and make the life of the family members miserable. So, it’s better to be careful rather than careless. Social awareness is not sufficient. It is related to home rather we should be more concerned. Testing blood once in a year is not enough. Blood must be tested in every three months; because if one gets infected, it won’t be possible to detect before three months which is called as window period.

Youths of Arunachal are getting attracted towards modern lifestyle and they indulge themselves in the act of drinking, smoking, using drugs and multiple sex. They are the soft targets and it’s really alarming. Rise; if it gets too late then there will be nothing left except repentance and doom.    


Monalisa Patsani,




Give us back our ST status

Dear Editor,

I would like to ask our Chief Minister to work toward the restoration of Scheduled Tribe status to the Yobin.

I want to say to the CM, please do not wait for strikes or bandhs. We do not have strength and resources to make such attention getting devices.

We appeal for justice for us. We need immediate declaration of our ST status.





All we are asking is justice

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to “Should Pertin be hanged without trial” in yesterday’s daily. I can understand the brotherhood you felt for Kirpa Pertin and I can also understand what Mr. Kangge Pertin is going through. But we should see the situation and support our relatives; otherwise it will encourage more crime in the society.

As for the law, we respect them, without law any society will go chaos, but one thing I want to ask Kaling Pertin that do all the victims get justice? I don’t think so, “Money” and “Good lawyer” matters. I think you understand that better because in the second last line in your letter you have mentioned that.

Is rape a suspectable crime like robbery and murder? If not then why will the father defame his own daughter’s name in front of everybody? Nobody is asking him to be hanged; all we are asking is justice which should have been given to the victim by now since three months is a very long time to suffer mentally and physically.


Nabam Takar, (on email)



Heights of shamelessness

Dear Editor,

This letter is in reference to “My side of the story” by Kirpa Pertin. I don’t understand when he says that he is not the girl’s maternal uncle yet they are five generations apart. Or did he commit the crime because he is not related to the girl?  By giving clarification that the girl is above 18 years, an adult, does he mean to say that an adult woman is free to be raped? How can you know the age of the girl better than her father? And regarding your bail at Guwahati High Court, we all know the judicial system of India! From heights of shamelessness, you have instead proved something.


T. Yakyap,




Difference between ‘accusing’ and ‘questioning’

Dear Editor,

First of all I would like to tell Kaling Pertin of Rayang village that I am not a close relative of the victim as you asserted your relation to Kirpa Pertin. And secondly, I don’t want anyone to be hanged to death even if they are criminals.

For your kind information, I didn’t ‘accuse’ MLA J. Tayeng who happens to be a close relative of mine, as you measure people in that sense. I questioned him since he also happens to be the MLA of our constituency. And regarding ABK, it is the greatest apex body of the Adis so they are also questionable. And I have questioned the other Adi organizations because I believe that they form unions to bring peace and tranquility to the community. And I haven’t questioned them just for the sake of it, I questioned them because the victim’s father clearly wrote in his letter that he approached all of them but none responded to him, if you cared to read his letter properly. There is a huge difference between ‘accusing’ and ‘questioning’. And I believe that we the public are entitled to question our public leaders, govt. officials etc. They are there to serve us, but it seems according to you we can’t question them and so just sit and watch. I was just trying to add my voice to the victim’s father’s unheard voice. Asking questions is my birth right in this democratic country and nobody has the right to take that away from me whether he is CM or PM. And I asked those questions in a humanitarian ground and as a woman I can understand the pain for that poor girl better in this matter.


Api Pertin,




Threat to cell phone users

Dear Editor,

Someone rightly quoted “Technology is a curse on the civilised World”. The International EMF Collaborative issued a report recently warning that cell phones may be more dangerous than users have been led to believe. Current research indicates that a regular use of cell phones and the magnetic radiation from mobile phone towers can pose a “significant” risk. It also says children are at a greater risk than adults because their developing brain cells are more vulnerable to electromagnetic radiation. Research also indicates that mobile phones may cause adverse neurological and embryological damage . It also pose health hazards by depleting the defence mechanism of cells. The rising levels of hearing loss in the younger age group are also attributed to extended hours of cell phone usage.


R D Thongdok,

Hyderabad, (on email).






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News Impact

ALSMA conference

ITANAGAR, May 31: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, Chairman Takar Goi, TMC State unit, president Toko Sheetal have consented to attend the annual conference of All Lower Subansiri Maxi Cab Association (ALSMA) at Hapoli on June 04 next. They will be accompanied by Dibing Sonam as special guest.

Meanwhile, the association has decided to suspend plying of passenger vehicle Tata Sumo and Bus services from Ziro to Itanagar and vice-versa on June 04.


Theatre workshop

ITANAGAR, May 31:  The National School of Drama is (NSD) conducting a 45 days theatre workshop at Green Mount School here from June one. The workshop would be production oriented and teachers would be from NSD.

Altogether 20 students have been selected for the workshop.


PR resolution

ITANAGAR, May 31:  The 4th Anchal Samity meeting on AOP of Gangte Tarak Lengdi held under the chairmanship of Anchal Chairperson Kabak Yania adopted few resolutions and drew attention of the authorities concerned as well as local (Palin) MLA for early materialization of the demands.

The resolutions adopted in the meeting included proposal for creation of a new CD block for Gangte circle, posting of General Administrative staff at circle office (CO), quarter for horticulture and agriculture development officers of Gangte, early notification of PHC at Gangte, posting of separate JE (power) for Gangte Tarak Lengdi, strict vigilance on PDS contractors and FP Shop owners, immediate completion of electrification works by Servo Max.

The meeting further resolved to serve show cause notice to  absentee ‘head of office’ (HOO), authenticate monthly progress report (MPR) of anganwadi workers by anchal samity member concerned.


SUN reconstituted

ITANAGAR, May 31:  The executive body of Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) has been reconstituted with Mai Aram and Shankar Bagang as president and general secretary respectively.


Union pleads  for strict traffic rules

ITANAGAR, May 31: All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers’ Union appealed to the Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex to initiate regular checking of driving license in the capital complex and also urged the drivers to drive their vehicle in a discipline manner especially in hilly region to avoid accident.

It expressed deep shock over the tragic accident of Trekker at Pahalwan Mor, Itanagar yesterday.



ITANAGAR, May 31: Former Minister Samchom Ngemu in a letter to Nationalist Congress Party President has tendered his resignation from the primary and active membership of the NCP today.


JAJD presents its 9th car

ITANAGAR, May 31: Jiyo Aur Jine Do--a micro financing empowerment project, Itanagar, has delivered its 9th  Car to Biri Anu of Sangram village under Kurung Kumey district in recognition of her outstanding performance in promoting micro-saving in the community and for achieving the free car equity scheme within 1 year, 1 month and 27 days. The key of the car was handed over to Anu by Tassar Mena, one of the board members of JAJD in a simple function in its head office here.



ITANAGAR, May 31: Rank and files of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal mourned the premature death of City Congress Seva Dal Organising Secretary Subu Onya, who died in a road accident yesterday.

The Dal observed two minute silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended their moral support and sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Apatani Meder Nello Council, Itanagar/Naharlagun also condole the untimely demise of Hage Punya, who died in a road accident yesterday at Pahalwan Mor.

Punya was the chairperson of Lower Subansiri Handloom Co-operative Society, Secretary, Kardona Welfare Society. Late Punya was a renowned social worker, devotedly worked for the indigenous faith movement in the society particularly in the field of documentation of concept and philosophy of indigenous faith, the Council said.


AVP distributes relief materials

KOLORIANG, May 31: The Koloriang branch of Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) gave away relief materials to the victims of May 6 fire mishap in a simple function held on Sunday last.  16 families who lost their house-hold properties in a fire mishap in old bazaar in Koloriang were provided essential kitchen items along with blankets by AVP.


Entrepreneurship training held

TAWANG, May 31: The two months long entrepreneurship training programme organized by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Branch Office, Itanagar in collaboration with the Tawang DIC for the local artisans/entrepreneurs of the district concluded at Tawang DIC today. Altogether, 60 women trainees attended the programme.

Speaking on the Valedictory function today, Deputy Commissioner, Tawang Gamli Padu urged upon the trainees to utilize their knowledge gained in the training for their self reliance. District head of offices also spoke on the occasion and encouraged the participants. (DIPRO)


Land slides causes damage

ITANAGAR, May 31:  Landslides occurred at Upper P-Sector, Romey Colony, Itanagar due to heavy rainfall on May 29 and 30 last caused severe damages to labour quarters,  said a colony committee in a release. The Committee appealed to the concerned authority to visit the damage site for necessary action.


APIC summer vacation

ITANAGAR: The court of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission will remain closed from June 6 to 20 on account of summer vacation. There will be no hearing of RTI cases during the vacation. However, the office of the Commissioner will remain open during the said period.


CM to address people

ITANAGAR: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin will be addressing the people of the state on 1st June through various electronic and print media. His message to the state shall be relayed through Door Darshan Kendra at 1900 hrs, All India Radio at 2000 hrs, Oo La La FM radio at 2000 hrs and in regional channel NETV at 2000 hrs on June 1. This is the first address of Gamlin after assuming of the office of the Chief Minister on May 5.


Roaming facilities

ITANAGAR: BSNL has provided roaming facilities to prepaid mobile customers from North East & Assam to other part of country and vice versa except Jammu & Kashmir. This was informed by BSNL sources here.


SES demands posting of doctor and teachers

ITANAGAR: The delegation of Sajolang Elite Society and elected panchayat leaders of Nafra block met Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin yesterday  and appealed him for  immediate posting of doctor at Nafra Community Health Centre and posting of senior teachers at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Nafra.

Chief Minister has given an assurance to the delegation to look in the demands.