June 14


News Impact


APPDSU not happy with BWCN activities

ITANAGAR, Jun 13: Raising allegation of violating the norms of Society Registration Act by Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun,  the All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) gave Itanagar Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner 15 days to cancel BWC’s registration under the Act.

APPDSU, in a release alleged that BWC has been illegally collecting fees from the traders, shopkeepers and other business communities operating in the Naharlagun market every month and annually in the name of carrying out welfare activities and interest of the business communities.

As per the provision of the Society Registration Act, APPDSU said, a registered society has no any rights to collect any fee other than membership fees.

A complaint was lodged with the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex in May and an FIR with Police Station, Naharlagun against BWC, Naharlagun for their alleged illegal activities. But no any action has been initiated against the BWC, APPDSU claimed.

The students union further alleged that BWC fixes the market prices of all commodities without obtaining any permission from the district administration which is fueling hike in commodity prices.

It appealed to the district administration not to be a mute spectator to the happenings around.


DA appeals AEKSU to call off bandh

SEPPA, Jun 13: Asserting that the District Administration had been sincerely dealing with the land encroachment problem in Seppa township, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam appealed to the All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) to call off its proposed district bandh on June 20.

The DC said that the District Administration has already directed ADC cum Estate Officer Tage Tado and Town Magistrate to take appropriate action against those land encroachers as per law. Since the district administration is taking up the issue sincerely,  there is no logic for calling bandh by the AEKSU as it will unnecessarily disrupt the normal life in the district headquarters, the DC added. The bandh has been called by AEKSU following expiry of ultimatum given to the district administration to take action against the land encroachers. DIPRO


Orientation prog for SHG members

ITANAGAR, Jun 13: One day orientation programme for Ane Gungma Self Help Group (SHG) of Choba village under Palin circle was conducted at Choba on June 10. The programme was organized by Community Learning and Doing Center (CLDC), Palin.

The main objective of the programme was to help the group work effectively for the benefits of the society.

CLDC President Byabang Rocket lauded the members of SHG for maintaining upto date records of the events and activities of the SHG.

As many as 20 members participated in the programme.


APCA inter-village carrom competition concludes

ITANAGAR, Jun 13: Chemen Doke (Lendo) beat Jumli Karbak to win the Singles title of the first ever Inter Village Carrom championship conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Carrom Association  (APCA) at Kamba from June 11 to 13.

The doubles title was won by the pair of Kekba Kambo and Jumli Karbak by beating the duo of Dejom Ronya and Yomluk Kambo.

Attending the final day of the competition, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress vice president Nyamar Karbak appealed to the participants to extend all help and cooperation to APCA in popularizing the game in the state. He also urged them to maintain sportsman spirit while taking part in such competitions. Karbak contributed a Computer set, pair of chairs and Rs Two lakh to the fund of APCA as a token of encouragement.

APCA president cum team coach Dikbi Gangkak also spoke on the occasion and expressed his gratitude to Karbak for extending all support to make the competition a success.

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Traditional dye:  A dying art?

Denhang Bosai

Tirap district is pregnant with many unique ethnic  art forms which are facing a sure slow death thanks to the callous attitude of the local people who are not at all interested to revive these precious arts handed down to them by their ancestors.

It is indeed sad that many traditional arts are vanishing right in front of their eyes. They helplessly watch these traditional art forms disappear from the tribal society. Many precious folksongs and folkdances which were held dear by their ancestors are dying along with the folk artistes who are great exponents of these arts. No attempt whatsoever is being made to document these invaluable vanishing arts. The younger generation shows no keenness to preserve and promote these art forms for the posterity. The Noctes of Tirap district were adept at making indigenous guns, salt, earthen pot, dye and many other rare ethic equipments many of which are not seen today. In fact, Borduria village was famous not only in Tirap district but even in the plains of Assam for manufacturing black indigenous salt in the many salt wells the village had its ownership. History is witness to the fact that Borduria became one of the most powerful paramount villages in the whole of Tirap district because of the salt wells it possessed. Interestingly, the black salt was naturally iodized as there was not a single case of goiter in the whole of Tirap district. Some even say that the black salt had some medicinal values. Now, coming to the main topic of the traditional dye manufactured and used by some of the Noctes living in the higher reaches of Tirap district, it is indeed a matter of concern that this art is also on the verge of extinction for want of experts who have the expertise and knowledge. This traditional dye is made and used mainly by the villagers of Huakan, Moktowa and Thinsa. However, it is Huakan village about 18 KM from Khonsa which is famous for this traditional dye. This permanent red dye is used in decorating the traditional paasong, a decorated spear and mooh, used to decorate the arm during festive occasions. These are made of goat’s hair. The stick on which the coloured goat’s hair is affixed is made of tisaan bang, a kind of wild palm. Some artisans also use bamboo but it doesn’t last long. With the cost of goat’s hair getting costlier by the day, the cost of paasong and mooh has also gone up manifold.  The preparation of this traditional red dye is interesting and painstaking. The colour is extracted from a rare creeper normally found in the deep jungles and is called bii. The literal meaning of bii means poison and the creeper is indeed poisonous and must be handled with utmost care.

In order to prepare the dye, first some creepers, bii are collected from the jungles. The pieces of bark of the creeper, bii are put in the bamboo tube for boiling. Then the white   goat’s hair is arranged. Normally it is on the white goat’s hair that the red traditional dye is applied. So, after selecting the white goat’s hair, the hair is tied tightly with the help of a rope on the whole length as per requirement to get the red and white stripes. The white goat’s hair with some portions tied with a rope is then put in the special bamboo called waa tarron with its upper side cut open and boiled for 5 to 6 hours in the fire along with the pieces of bark of the bii.  After that the goat’s hair is taken out and the rope is untied from the entire length of the hair. The portion which was exposed to the dye appears red while the portion which was tied with a rope appears white, the original goat’s hair colour. The boiled goat’s hair is then kept in the sunlight for a day or two to dry. The same method applies while making mooh and pongpaah khaphok, decorated headgear. It takes about 10 to 15 days to make a paasong. The creeper bii grows throughout the year in the wild. Some of the popular artisans of Huakan village who are expert in this unique ethnic art are Thingkap Nokbi, Ranlit Nokbi, Nokdoan Nokbi, Lihang Sumnyan, Khoamphoa Sumnyan and Pangney Nokbi.

Another vanishing art from the present Nokte society is traditional pot making. In the not too distant past some Nocte villages in Dadam circle used to make earthen pots which were very popular. The pots were of different sizes. Dadam, Moktowa and Kothin villages were famous for this art. They say scientifically it is safer and better to cook in earthen pots than in metallic utensils which can be harmful for the health.

The elected leaders, government departments’ heads, NGOs and the intelligentsia must strive to conceive out of the box ideas to revive these dying ethnic arts to utilize them gainfully. Instead of spending funds on CC steps, the elected leaders can place funds to encourage black salt manufacturing, earthen pot making and in popularizing the traditional dye preparation. This will not only generate employment opportunities for the restive youths but will augment the economy of the local people if carried out systematically.  The demand for paasong, mooh, pongpaah khaphok etc is growing as the people have begun to realize the importance of traditional attires. This will encourage the villagers to rear more goats as goat’s hair is the raw material for these ethnic articles. It would also mean that the people are carrying forward the rich legacies of their ancestors. The people cannot remain mute spectators to this sad development. The onerous onus is on all to revive and safeguard the fast vanishing ethnic arts.  The young educated Noctes must learn to love and appreciate their ethnic arts so lovingly preserved for them by their caring ancestors. It’s their bounden duty to help preserve, protect and promote these ethnic traditions. (The writer is DIPRO, Khonsa and can be reached at [email protected])



Bandh paralyzes normal life

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Jun 13:  First day of the 48-hour Capital bandh called by three organizations paralyzed the normal life in Capital Complex today.

Barring some sporadic incidents of stone pelting and burning down of a motorcycle, the bandh, which began today morning, passed off peacefully.

Bandh supporters set fire to a motorcycle near Punjabi Dhaba at around 4.30 am while four vehicles (dumper) of Urban Development Department were damaged by bandh enforcers by pelting stones, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel told this daily over telephone. However, no person was hurt in the incident, the DC said adding that two persons were arrested in this connection.

Educational institutions, business establishments, central government offices and banking institutions remained closed while attendance in state government offices was almost nil as 99 per cent of Govt offices were found closed during the bandh hours, excepting the Capital Complex DC office,  according to sources.

All commercial, private and public vehicles remained off the roads except for few state transport and Rajiv Gandhi University buses which were running with police escorts.

The Deputy Commissioner admitted that government officials have bowed down to the bandh call due to fear psychosis. “Our duty is to ensure security. But we cannot force everyone to come out to defy the bandh. It is up to them (public),” the DC said. He went on to say that administration’s role is limited unless public extend support.

There was intensified police patrol in Itanagar and Naharlagun with watch being kept on all vulnerable pockets, the DC said.

But the majority of the business community and government employees blamed the administration for failing to provide security to them during bandh call. “There are instances of burning down vehicles and destroying shops by bandh enforcers in front of police personnel,” said Rikam, a businessman. In such a situation, who would dare to come out to take on with the bandh enforcers,” he said angrily.

On being enquired by this reporter that as to why most of the government officials have preferred to stay back at home during bandh, majority of them cited security reasons.

“I don’t want to take chance, that’s why I did not go to office today,” said a lady employee of Power Department, who requested not to be named.

The three organizations have been demanding immediate cancellation of land possession certificates to non-Arunachalees. Other demands of the organization include enhancement of the age-limit for APST and OBC candidates in the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission examinations.

Bandh calls opposed

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) strongly opposed any kind of bandhs in the state, the impact of which has far reaching consequences.

The random bandhs called by various organizations/groups in the recent past in the state have not only brought normal life to a grinding halt but also caused great inconvenience to the students seeking admission out side the state, ASUD president  said in a release while referring to the two-day bandh call by three organizations.

Bandhs become meaningful when the movement is supported by the mass, ASUD president said.

“We appreciate the issue you have raised; but educated youth of Arunachal should not forget that bandh is not the solution for every problem. There are other tactics to achieve the objectives,” he said.

While appealing to the bandh callers to call of their bandh, ASUD urged the state government to look into the matter raised by the concerned organizations.



Disproportionate allotment of kerosene in East Siang


RUKSIN, Jun 13: The people from different parts of East Siang district expressed resentment over the alleged disproportionate allotment of SK (kerosene) oil and edible items in various circles under Public Distribution System (PDS). They have also raised question on the criterion adopted by the District Food & Civil Supply department in distributing PDS items.

The East Siang district administration has supplied the modified quantity of PDS SK oil for the lower belt of the district recently. Accordingly, the sub-allotment of SK oil for the last month was also distributed to different circles, which is disproportionate to the population or  family ration cards.

According to information, the department allotted approximately 18,700 litre SK oil to three dealers under Ruksin circle, while the allotment of SK oil in  Sille-Oyan and Bilat circles were 2,500 litre and 6,600 litre respectively.

Likewise, SK oil allotment received by Nari and Seren circles is about 1,500 litres while it is only 500 litres for Koyu circle.

A retailer of Ruksin, Jokut Modi is receiving largest quantity of SK oil i.e. 13,700 litres to cover Ruksin township and four nearby villages, while another retailer of Debing village Otem Modi was allotted 4,000 litre for distributing to around 140 families in the village. Similarly, one Ellison Siram of Bilat was allotted 3,000 litre SK oil for distribution in Bilat Bamin village; whereas the agent for Mirem village, Tamok Mize was allotted only 1,500 litre for distribution among larger number of families in Mirem and Mikong villages.

The Sille-Oyan circle in West-Pasighat area has largest population, but only 2,500 litres of SK oil was allotted for  five villages in the circle. The PDS consumers in and around Pasighat Sadar observe the same phenomenon as SK oil  supplied to 16 authorized dealers within Sadar area is allegedly not based on the population or the number of ration card holders.

It is alleged that some retailers received large quantity of SK oil under active political intervention and a large quantity of the oil is sold in the black market. This unhealthy practice is encouraging some unscrupulous traders, who are reportedly using the kerosene for adulteration of diesel and petrol.



Changlang DC calls for timely completion of schemes

CHANGLANG, Jun 13: Changlang Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao called for timely completion of various rural development schemes being implemented in the district.

Attending the 50th Annual Governing Body meeting of Rural Development Agency (DRDA) here yesterday to finalize the Annual Action Plan (AAP) for the year 2012-2013, Gao, who also is the CEO of DRDA, advised the Block Development Officers (BDOs) and Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) members that selection of various schemes in their respective block should be based on demand basis. The rural people should identify the schemes as per their requirement and accordingly programme implementing agencies should submit project proposals for approval.

Expressing satisfaction over successful implementation of various rural development programmes in the district, Gao advised the implementing agencies to give more priority on MGNREGA and implement the programme strictly as per guide lines. He suggested the BDOs to keep close coordination with all the grassroots level functionaries for speedy implementation of RD programmes. He cautioned the programme implementing agencies to ensure utilization of fund in time and submit utilization certificate so as to get subsequent financial grant from the Government.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson Junpo Taikam Jugli emphasized that Block Development Officers should monitor all the on-going schemes and visit sites to verify the works before making payment. She advised to make best use of the fund allotted for rural development.

DRDA Project Director Manik Bui presented annual achievement and performance reports for the year 2011-2012 and sought cooperation of all line departments, BDOs and PRI members for successful implementation of schemes.

Later, the BDOs submitted draft AAP for the fiscal year 2012-2013.

Sindunong Singpho, ZPM, Bordumsa, KN Tikhak ZPM, Nampong also put forwarded valuable suggestions for inclusion in the AAP. DIPRO



Teachers’ orientation programme ends

WAKRO, Jun 13: Teacher's Orientation Program by the ASSET, concluded here successfully today.

M.N. Chaturvedi, Principal, Intaya Public School, imparted valuable guidance on how to inspire children mathematically in the Maths workshop focusing on Vedic mathematics. All the participants in general and mathematics teachers in particular confirmed having benefited immensely out of the sessions. Teacher Majun Hazarika, empowered the trainees with the right skills of lesson planning. She also conducted workshop on CCE.

Many teachers opined that they will be a more confident teachers and that the proper lesson planning will ease the teaching and learning process.

Sessions on Professional ethics of Teacher by Dr K Rajendra Babu, Lecturer, Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu met with enthusiastic response from the participants. He called upon the teachers to sincerely uphold the dignity of the noble profession. Dr Rajendra Babu also conducted session on vocational training. He further suggested that schools and teachers must equip students with vocational skills. He also deliberated on building soft skills as effective teachers. K Krishna Rao, Principal, DPS, Duliajan, contributed to the Top-12 with an impressive powerpoint presentation on classroom management. Rao dealt elaborately on various roles and  challenges of the profession. He exhorted teachers not to choose teaching profession by chance but to dedicate one self to the noble profession by choice saying- “ A good teacher explains, a better one teaches and the best teacher inspires.” Nandita G Sharma, Counsellor, DPS, Duliajan, in the topic “Emotional Intelligence master key to success” discussed on Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient and Spiritual Quotient. She emphasized that a teacher needs to build a good rapport with the child so that she can connect to the learner in a child well and concluded that only an emotionally balanced child can have a healthy mind to receive knowledge.

The brainstorming sessions on English Language Learning and English Language Teaching by Satyanarayanan Mundayoor witnessed spirited participation from all. The ELL and ELT sessions were activity power packed with group discussions, reading, story telling, poetry recitation and word games. Satyanarayanan stressed the need for schools and teachers to increase English language proficiency to be able to teach English effectively and properly.

Rashmi, Bursar Apna Vidya Bhavan in her valedictory address requested the participants to make full use of the skills acquired in the orientation program. While lauding the support from Bharabi Das Gupta, Principal Kids Foundation school and Rajen Limbu, chairman Lohit Rising School, she also appealed to managements and heads of other privately run schools to come forward and benefit from the annual TOP service by participating and thereby updating their teachers in the service of the children.

Binay Lama from Lohit Rising School went back an inspired teacher. He appreciated the organizers for assisting the rural teacher's in sharpening their skills.



Dree Football tourney

HUFC beat P-XI 3-2

ITANAGAR, Jun 13: Huto United Football Club (HUFC) defeated Pegasus-XI (P-XI) 3-2 in a keenly contested match on day three of the Dree Football Tournament organized by Capital Complex Dree Festival Committee-2012.

HUFC was leading the match 1-0 in the first half with goal from Millo Loder (Jersey 10) in 25th minute.

Pura Richo (J-09) and Nani Nani (J-05) added the second and third goal in 50th and 55th minute respectively.

Ngilyang Komo (J-16) and Kago Taker (J-10) netted a goal each for P-XI to reduce the margin to 2-3.

In another match of the day, Dam Site Football Club (DSFC) grounded GLF-FC 12-0 in a one-sided match.

While Tailyang Ribya (J-10) of DSFC scored in 8th, 16th minute Lod Gyute (J-07) scored in 18th, 40th and 56th minute to complete first hattrick of the tournament. Duyu Khoda (J-09), who superbly played and made remarkable contribution to help his players to score at will, also netted four goals in 36th, 58th, 60th and 63rd minute.

Lod Gyute was adjudged as the Man of the Match.

The matches fixed on June 13 have been rescheduled on June 15 at 6.30 am and 8.45 am and the matches fixed on June 14 are  rescheduled on June 18 in the morning.


Bandh call should be last option

Dear Editor,

I, being a bonafied tribal citizen of the state, would like to share few things with the people.  It has been almost daily news that there is a bandh call by an organization in favour of its demands or bandh call by another organization against some decisions. Whom to believe and how to believe is third factor, and we too want to go for a bandh call to know this fact.

Bandh is a pressure tactics, but it should be used as last option. If calling agitation/bandh is a democratic and constitutional right then we  should not also forget our duties  towards our society.  Right of someone should not suppress the freedom of other persons. Therefore, I earnestly request the govt. of Arunachal to look into the matter seriously and consider the grievances if it is for greater interest or deal with iron fist if it is bogus.

Bandh calls cripple the life of common people, who have nothing to do with such bandhs and suspension or postponement of bandh create doubts on the role of the bandh callers. Therefore, the bandh callers are also requested  to adopt other method like fasting as better option and effective weapon to express their grievances. Our esteemed dailies should also act as facilitator in creating awareness on rights and duties of the people, otherwise if such things continue, then I am damn sure we shall go back to pre-Ahom period.


Bunty Tao



Diesel exhaust causes lung cancer

Diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans. This was the unanimous conclusion of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). More than a decade after it was classified as 'probably carcinogenic to humans,' the UN health agency classified again diesel engine exhaust as 'carcinogenic to humans.'

According to IARC, large populations are exposed to diesel exhaust in everyday life, whether through their occupation or through the ambient air. People are exposed not only to motor vehicle exhausts but also to exhausts from other diesel engines, including from other modes of transport, such as diesel trains and ships, and from power generators.

There had been mounting concern about the cancer-causing potential of diesel exhaust, particularly based on findings in epidemiological studies of workers exposed in various settings.

The IARC working group found that there was sufficient evidence to determine that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer, and noted that there a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Now, it is time for the governments to consider environmental standards for diesel exhaust emission and set up regulatory body to coordinate with the engine and fuel manufacturers.