June 15


News Impact


Former Political interpreter dies

PASIGHAT, Jun 14: Bhandari Moyong, an ex-service man, political activist and social worker passed away this evening at his residence at Mirbuk village after a  heart attack. He is survived by two wives, two sons, seven daughter and three sisters.

Late Bhandari Moyong resigned from the post of political interpreter to join active politics. He was also known as active social worker. However, for the last few years he  was living a retired life due to ill health.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Bosiram Siram deeply mourned the death of Moyong. “ In his death we have lost a great soul and a social worker,” Siram said in a condolence message.  He prayed for Moyong’s eternal peace and for enough strength to his family to bear the irreparable loss. DIPRO


LDC’s death condoled

KHONSA, Jun 14: The officers and staff of Tirap Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Khonsa deeply mourned the untimely demise of Ranliam Tante, LDC on  June 13 at Khonsa after a prolonged illness.

He was battling against cancer for a long time.

In a condolence meeting at DC’s office yesterday,  the officers and officials observed 2-minute silent prayer as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

ADC Homjong Matcha on behalf of all staff,  conveyed sympathies and words of consolation to the wife of late Ranliam Tante.

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Bandh cripples normal life

ITANAGAR, Jun 14: Life came to a grinding halt in Capital Complex for the second day following 48 hours capital bandh called by three organizations in protest against non-fulfillment of their demands.

Educational institutions, business establishments, Central Government offices and banks remained closed while attendance in State Government offices was almost nil. Vehicles also remained off the roads, except for a few State transport buses and a few private vehicles on the second day of the bandh.

Barring some stray incidents of road blockade in Banderdewa, Papu Nallah and some other parts of the Capital Complex, the bandh remained peaceful today. There was no violent incident reported  from anywhere so far. However, the law enforcing authority detained two persons as precautionary measures, the Capital DC Sanjay Goel informed this daily.  Like the previous day, the DC office remained open today, he added.

Elaborate security arrangement was made and police patrolling parties  are engaged round the clock  in Itanagar and Naharlagun to thwart any kind of violent activities during bandh, the administration informed.

Demands of the  three organizations include enhancement of  age-limit for ST (Scheduled Tribes) and OBC (Other Backward Classes) candidates in Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and cancellation of land allotment to non-Arunachalees.



Kro-Chekor festival of the Sherdukpens

SHERGAON, Jun 14: The month long Kro-Chekor festival of the Sherdukpens ended on June 12.

The festival which falls in the holy month of Jipa Saka-Dawa, the fourth month of the Lunar Calendar, is celebrated for good harvest and well being of the society. It starts with recitation of Buddhist scriptures by monks’ at least 15 days preceding Purnima.

On June 4, the Chekor was celebrated in Rupa, Jigaon and Shergaon with religious gaiety where the young girls carry sacred Buddhists texts around the village ceremoniously accompanied by the villagers and the monks. Clad in their traditional attire, the bare feet young girls carry the holy scriptures for hours together on a designated track covering the whole of the village.

At Shergaon, the Abbot of the Tawang Monastery Guru Rimpoche led the religious festivities.

A day after Chekor, a clan wise annual pilgrimage known as Kro is taken out to a cave in the mountain top and pray to Nyachin Dumbo Lagang for well being of village and good harvest.

Kro-Chekor is also an opportunity for the young people of the village to train themselves to run a household. Each clan has their own Blang (house) where the youngsters learn the intricacies of managing a household and taking care of the responsibilities of their society. All rituals related to the festival are also arranged by the young ones.

During the holy month, people generally do not indulge in any forms of hunting and fishing.  

As part of the festivities, several dance forms including the famed Azu Lampu are performed.]



Lohit law & order situation alarming’

Trace out kidnapped GB: Mein

ITANAGAR, Jun 14: The Finance, PWD and Planning Minister Chowna Mein accompanied by Forest and Environment Parliamentary Secy Chow Tewa Mein and Namsai MLA Nang Sati Mein reviewed the law and order situation in Lohit district today.

Terming the situation as alarming the minister said ‘Although efforts are being made by everyone but reports of kidnapping and extortion are received quite often from the area. Inability to trace out the Pangkhao GB Chow Mikhita Namchoom even after about a month of his kidnapping and failure to nab the culprits is a matter of grave concern. In other cases of murder, extortion and kidnappings some culprits were arrested but many are still at large.” He directed the police and administration to engage all sources to find out the GB and to nab the culprits. Such incidents can not be allowed to continue and shall have to be curbed, he added. He also appealed all panchayat and public leaders to keep watch in their area and to inform the police and administration if any suspicious movement is noticed.

Chow Tewa Mein and Nang Sati Mein also expressed great anguish over the situation and asked to leave no stone unturned to find out and nab the culprits and to provide safety and security to the people of the area. The ZPMs and public leaders present in the meeting also suggested to brief up security in the area and to put check posts at the border areas which are porous at various places. They also asked for rigorous ILP checking.

Earlier the Lohit DC, SP and Namsai ADC incharge briefed the house about the prevailing situation and steps taken so far, according to an official report.



Old Ziro CO office to be upgraded to EAC Hqs’

ZIRO, Jun 14: Old Ziro will have Extra Asstt. Commissioner headquarters instead of Circle Office, said local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for UD, Town Planning & Land Management Padi Richo at Silver Jubilee celebration function of Kudung Barang Welfare Society (KBWS), Ziro here at Govt. ME School, Kudung Barang on June 13.

While disclosing it, Richo said that since circle officer can not issue important certificates like ST, PRC etc., posting of CO at Old Ziro will not serve the very purpose for which public made the demand earlier.

Responding to a memorandum submitted to him by the organizing committee, Richo assured to make the Kudung Barang road thorough, which passes from BRTF road to BDO office, by constructing a culvert after completion of Dree festival. But, he put a condition that the contract works must be carried out only by the women group of the village’.

Responding to other point pertaining to construction of a community hall at the premises of Govt. M E School, Kudung Barang village, Richo assured construction of an Indoor Hall instead of Community Hall. He, however, made it clear that the land required for construction of the Hall should be provided by village people. In regards to drinking water problem, he assured construction of a well in the village. He suggested the village people to identify a suitable location for it.

Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Taru Talo while attending the function assured to sanction fund for construction of boundary wall of the Govt. ME School, Kudung Barang.

Colourful cultural items were displayed on the occasion by the school children as part of the celebration.

Kudung Barang is one of the newly created villages in Apatani Plateau located near Old Ziro Airfield which falls under Hija Zilla segment.

Among others, PN Khirme, SP Ziro, Dani Sulu, Dy. Financial Advisor, NIC, Guwahati, Pura Tado, Professor, RGU, Dani Yubbe, DAO attended the celebration.



72-hr Pasighat bandh from June 22

PASIGHAT, Jun 14: A Pasighat Peoples’ Welfare Committee (PPWC) sponsored public meeting on electricity crisis in the township was held today.

The meeting was attended by ZPM Bogong Banggo, ZPM Legong Banggo and ZPM Sille Oyan, other PRI leaders, All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU), Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) East Siang Unit and other students’ organizations, public and senior citizens.

During the meeting, the house unanimously decided to launch its 3rd phase 72hrs Pasighat bandh on June 22.

However, PPWC chairman Okom Yosung informed that the bandh would be called off, if the state government take needful steps before June 22 including complete replacement of turbines at Yembung Hydel, renovation of Pasighat Sille Hydel, early completion of 132 KV tower line from Aalo to Pasighat and power supply from 2 MW Rina Hydel for the township.

Earlier, PPWC had organized 12 hours Pasighat bandh on May 28 and 24 hrs Pasighat bandh on June 7-8 last. PPWC had also submitted numbers of representations to state government and concerned department on these crucial issues but the government is reluctant to address the grievances of the people.


Infected with money and politics

Dear Editor,

To tackle bandhs, I humbly request our state govt to please pass a bill in the next assembly sitting to eliminate all such type of organisations/associations that do not have mandate of the people. They are harassing people by indulging in bandh call. Mere declaration of bandh as illegal is really not sufficient.

In fact, the disease of bandh culture will persist as long as these association and orgaisation are allowed in the society. Need of the hour is to clean out these infectious culture among our partially guided youth. Their minds need to channelized properly. Their minds are infected with money and politics. They need full guidance from parents, elders, society and govt.

Even after that, if youth detract themselves from good way of life then why should the administration hesitate to arrest and punish them.

We need to tell the bandh enforcer that no organisation can take the society on ransom to act against the govt.

If one is not happy with the govt of Arunachal, then there are so many political parties in the state which are legitimate platform. Therefore let me remind the bandh enforcer to contest election if they really want to do good for society.






Common people who are at the receiving end

Dear Editor,

There was a time when AAPSU and ANSU sponsored bandh calls in the state were effective weapons to tackle anti-social elements which were wholly supported by common public. Their demands were genuine and the  common public trusted them.

In case of present day bandh calls, it appears that it for the interest of handful of people who forms organizations/associations.

Their bandh call do not affect the government but the common people because govt. has realized that there are hundreds of organizations with varied demands which is impossible to be fulfilled by any government. Ministers, MLAs, govt. Officers and all the government employees have police escort and free to go anywhere without any disturbance, but common public are victimized by the bandh.

Most probably when common people realize the real effect, they are not going to support any bandh call and it will become a useless weapon for any organization.

When any organization does not obtain common public's moral support it will never be a success.

Therefore it is required for the common public as well as organizations to be aware of the situation when bandh call is organized.


Kara Sako



The hub of bandhs

Dear Editor,

Capital complex has become the hub of bandh callers. Please wake up. For some political reasons, why should the

common people suffer? Please do not race for more Bandhs.

Although it’s true that Bandh culture was introduced by the present

Head of the state, for his chair, but i request others not to follow his foot step, because bandh is illegal and incurs loss to economy of the state.

Please find out another way of protest, so that common people are not harassed.


Ajay Mili




Illegal encroachment and IG Park

Dear Editor,

I for once would like to support the government on convention hall issue. It is very surprising that the unions say nothing about the private encroachments from all sides of the Indira Gandhi Park. Rumours are heard that even the lawn tennis court area also will be taken away by some private individuals. When people are randomly encroaching and even obtaining allotment orders in the forest department area, why not the government can atleast keep some to itself?  Is the government not us?


Frustrated Youth



BWCs and fund collections

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to support APPDSU for raising question against the Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun for illegally collecting fees from the traders, shopkeepers and other business communities.

The same case is going on for long in the Itanagar Market too. The Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has been collecting monthly fees and surprisingly the fees are being fixed according to the size & nature of the business, overlooking the profit and loss for those traders. Most intriguing point is that the association peoples are not seen anywhere or anytime during the need of the traders and they appear only during the collection period.

So, the concerned authority should kindly look into the matter immediately. And it is ardent appeal to the IMWA or other Market Association to pardon the Traders and work selflessly for the welfare of the traders and not for their own benefit.


Miti Hunn



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Global funding misses newborn children

The world has achieved remarkable progress on reducing child deaths—from 12.4 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010—but that progress is not reaching newborn babies at the same pace. As a results, newborns (infants in the first month of life) now account for more than 40 per cent of child deaths.

From 2003 to 2008, official development assistance doubled for maternal, newborn and child health in the 68 countries with the most newborn deaths, but only 6 percent of this funding mentioned the word “newborn” and only 0.1 percent included specific newborn care interventions.

Maternal mortality is declining faster than before, but newborn mortality is declining at half that rate—showing that improved maternity services are not enough to combat threats to newborn survival. Declines in newborn mortality rates are also 30 percent slower than those of children under 5 who survive the newborn period, the report says.

More than 75 percent of newborn deaths could be prevented in 2015 with universal coverage of high-impact interventions like Kangaroo Mother Care (wrapping newborns in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers for warmth and improved breastfeeding), antibiotics for babies with infections, exclusive breastfeeding, and other basic care. The report shows political will to reach the poorest families with the most effective interventions for newborn health has had dramatic results in low-income countries such as Bangladesh, Malawi and Nepal.