June 18


News Impact


Father's  Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The believers of Christian Revival Church ESS sector Itanagar, celebrated Father's Day today honouring the fathers.

Narrating the importance and significance of celebrating Father’s Day in today’s world, Dr. Joram Dol, founder president of Apostolos Bible College and ACRYA explained the origin of Father’s day celebration, the role of a father and their influence in the society.

Gifts were presented to all fathers by the women and youths wings to show their love and honour on the occasion.


APCRCC, ACRYA and CRC Chimpu mourn member’s death

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC), its youth wing Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) and Christian Revival Church Chimpu have mourned the sad and untimely demise of Paul Vijay Diru, a young and promising member, who breathed his last at his Chimpu residence battling cancer on June 15.

Diru was a member of CRC Chimpu and was studying in class XII at Govt. Higher Secondary school (GHSS), Itanagar and was the son of Komi Diru and Yamen Diru.  

The APCRCC, APCRCWW and ACRYA office bearers, church members and relatives paid their respectful adieu to the departed soul while attending the funeral service at Chimpu on Saturday.


Emulate good practice

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The idea being practised at Akashdeep Complex here to employ some volunteers to help public park their vehicles could be emulated by other market welfare committees of Naharlagun, Itanagar and Nirjuli, suggested Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS).

If the practice is adopted, it would not only help in systematic parking of vehicles but also give employment opportunity to many unemployed youths, ECDS said in a release. This system which is practised in all metro cities would also reduce unwanted vehicular accidents mainly due to haphazard parking.

It also urged the state government to adopt a strict policy to deal with bandh culture in the state, especially capital complex.


HGB dies

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: All Nyishi Youth Association Lower Subansiri District Unit has condoled the death of  Milli Epo, head gaon burah of Pei-Mili village under Raga circle of Lower Subansiri.

Late Epo was the father of Milli Matop, vice-president (protocol) ANYA Lower Subansiri district unit. The association prayed for the bereaved family member to bestow enough strength to bear the irreparable loss.


Work on despite notice from Forest Dept: Federation

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Save Mon Region Federation claimed that the road construction at Kudung village under Lumla constituency was still going on despite claim by local MLA Jambey Tashi that the work has been stopped after a notice was issued by forest department for carrying out the work without forest clearance.

The motorable road project from TRC Tawang stage I to Tawang stage II barrage area  funded by NHPC had run into trouble after locals lodged complaint with concern authorities that the road construction work was started without proper forest clearance.

Responding to the public complaint, the  forest department had on June 7 issued order for immediate halt of the construction activity. Though the local MLA claimed that the work had been stopped on June 15, it continued, the Federation informed. The Federation said that its members visited the site  today and  found that construction work is going on.

They called on state government not to grant forest clearance to NHPC for their hydropower projects in Tawang stating that the company has   been carrying out road construction with violation of forest conservation act.


Union demands for probe

ITANAGAR, Jun 17:   All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students’ Union (APPDSSU) today deeply mourned the demise of Mekum Dolo, who was found dead on Friday at Abo Tani colony here.

Dolo was a class VIII student of government higher secondary school Seijosa of East Kameng district. Demanding to trace out the person (s) behind her death and exemplary punishment for them, APPDSSU gave authority 10 days to nab the culprits failing which the union threatened to launch agitataion.


Berlin Deori passes away

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Former General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Berlin Deori passed away this afternoon at his residence here.

Deori is suspected to have suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was 37 and left behind his wife, a four-year-old daughter, two sisters and a brother.

Berlin was the youngest son of former Rajya Sabha member late Omem Moyong Deori. His body would be cremated on Monday, family sources informed.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) expressed grief and sorrow over death of the youth leader Berlin, who worked selflessly for the party and the state.

In a condolence message, APYC conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Deori served as APYC General Secretary from 2005 to 2009. The All Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch International (AIRGVMI) National youth president Mongol Yomso has expressed shock over the untimely demise of Deori.

Describing late Deori as a dedicated youth leader, Yomso said his sudden death has caused an irreparable loss to the society and the state as a whole.

He conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Capital Complex Petroleum Depot Association (CCPDA) has also mourned the untimely demise of Berlin and prayed for the peace of the departed soul.

Deori was vice president of CCPDA.


Assam carries out eviction at Ramghat Dullung

ITANAGAR, Jun 17:   Barely weeks after the Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur and his East Kameng counterpart resolved to maintain peace along the border, Assam has done it again by carrying out eviction drive at Ramghat Dullung under Taraso circle of Papum Pare district on June 14 last breaking the mutual agreement.

Gram Panchayat Member Tana Nuk informed this daily over telephone that hundreds of Assam forest officials led by district forest officer (DFO) Chariali, Sonitpur evicted the LT pole of the Ramghat village area and further threatened to demolish the houses of villagers in the next eviction drive.

The district administration said that the report will be verified soon.

The agreement which came after an incident at Dissing-Passo circle in East Kameng had clearly stated that no fresh encroachment along the border would be allowed.

Meanwhile All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Papum Pare unit has demanded the government to take immediate action against alleged repeated eviction drive.

Neglected Tippi Orchid Centre decaying

Tongam Rina

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Tippi Orchid Research Centre, one of state’s best known assets is in dire need of attention.

One would imagine that the centre touted as one of India’s largest with more than 350 varieties of orchids, including rare species would be well taken care of but one glance at the centre is enough to expose the sad state of affairs.

The Tissue Culture Laboratory is on the brink of closure due to lack of equipments and even the fibre sheet of the Glass House is in tatters.

The supposedly translucent sheets have turned deep brown blocking the needed light for the orchids.

Inaugurated by Assam Governor B.K. Nehru in 1972, the Glass house which is a tourist’s attraction accommodates about 250 orchids which are displayed in earthen pots.

Almost all the vital instruments of the Tissue lab are outdated. The equipments bought in 1980 have not been replaced.

The pathetic condition can be gauged from the fact that it does not even have microscope and UV tubes which are mandatory for any labs!

The micro-propagation of orchid species through seed and tissue culture seems like a waste of time and effort as few survive though hundreds are carried out.

The officials say they rely on years of experience rather than scientific research!

The imperative Double Distillation Set, hot oven are out of order while other instruments are rusted. The small grinder at the Lab is over thirty years old while a small fridge of 100 litres is more than a decade old.

The double Unit Laminar-flow unit is unusable while the Rotary Shaker cum incubator needs to be repaired.

The almost thirty years old lab walls have developed cracks leading to water leakage and fungal growth during rainy season.

Hardening unit to acclimatize the orchid plantlets produced in the lab have not been used in the last seven years, effectively sealing all prospects of cultivation and growth of orchids.

Officials say even the natural orchidaria created within the orchid centre was under threat from encroachers. Only recently, boundary walls have come up but a sizeable chunk of land has already been encroached. Spread across ten hectares of land, the Tippi Orchid Research Centre near Bhalukpong in West Kameng, have been left on its own by the Department of Environment and Forest. If adequate funds are not provided, the centre would be forced to close down pretty soon.

There was a time when Researchers came flocking to the center from all over the world. Today there are few takers because of the pathetic condition of the Centre.

Interestingly, the govt does not charge fees from the visitors to raise fund whereas on any given day, there are more than 50 visitors to the centre.

And the centre has been forced to stop selling orchids mostly grown in natural orchadaria because they have run out of receipt sheets!  



Ambolin Bridge threatens to collapse

BSNL landline out of service


ITANAGAR, Jun 17: It is fear that if there is no respite from rain, Ambolin Bridge connecting Anini would be washed away yet again.

The bridge which connects Anini collapsed last year in April which was restored only in March this year.  Abutment on one side was facing some erosion.

Deputy Commissioner  Abu Tayeng and his team of officials, who visited the site yesterday, found that all the boulder protection walls have been washed away and the abutment itself is now facing the full brunt of the river.

The district administration has set up a WT station for regular updates and restoration operations.

The road is still blocked at Endolin Nallah.

The DC has instructed the BRO to take immediate measures. He said that only LMV are being allowed to cross the bridge for safety purposes.

The government has to take note that there are no administrative officers both at Aruzoo and Anelih circles making it more difficult for the common citizens who have to battle all odds during monsoon.

The lack of roads communication is not the only misery that the people of landlocked Dibang Valley are facing. The BSNL landline has been dead for the last 6 months while the mobile network is erratic.

The mobile phone services were supposed to have been upgraded but there has been no any improvement,  the users complain. Despite repeated complaints, the BSNL does not seem too bothered about improving the service or reconnecting the dead landline telephone  connectivity, the locals allege.



Forget ethnic difference, work for peace: Sanjoy

Shelter for destitute cum prayer hall inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The three days healing crusade organized by Deepak Nabam Ministry in Senki Park Prayer Centre concluded today with inauguration of the Destitute’s Shelter cum Prayer Hall by MP Takam Sanjoy and local MLA Techi Kaso in presence of officials and general public.

Speaking on the inaugural function, Sanjoy explained every individual’s responsibility towards promoting peace and tranquility in the society. While lauding the endeavors of Pastor Deepak’s Ministry to serve the needy and the destitute, he expressed his desirousness to support such gesture. He urged the people to forget about the ethnic differences and stand up for building social unity.

MLA Kaso said that pastor Deepak has initiated a noble venture which deserves support and appreciation from the government and the society as well.

Senior Pastor M K Babu, the resource person shared the words of God and said that Christianity throughout history had always spread good aroma in every society. He urged that a Christian should live for others and to be an exemplary in society. He also remarked that there was no practical contradiction between culture and Christianity as long as the right part is retained and obsolete part is discarded.

Pastor Deepak Nabam gave a brief account of the Ministry to serve the depressed, dejected and hapless in the society. He appealed to the people not to consider him as a religious preacher but a co-partner in serving the suffering humanity.

The function was attended by the believers and general public from across the state.



Sonam takes part in Japan International Labour Foundation progs

ITANAGAR, Jun 17:  Arunachal branch Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Working president Jalley Sonam participated in the 14 days programme of the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF) in Tokyo and Hiroshima which concluded on June 15 last. This year’s theme of the Foundation programme was “exchange of views on labour situation.”

Representing India at the programme, Sonam submitted report on labour situation of India in the international platform.

While participating in a series of programmes, Sonam, who also is the joint convenor of INTUC Northeast, briefed about the labour scenario of the country.  Out of the 173 million wage earners in India, 73 million do not receive minimum wages and 40 percent of low-paid wage earners belong to poor families, Sonam said. He further stated that in spite 8 to 9 percent annual economic growth in India, the living standard of workers is not improving.  Sonam informed that trade unions led by INTUC is constantly pursuing the government for rectification of core labour standards as per the four International Labour Organizations core conventions such as freedom of association  of 87 Convention, Collective Bargaining (98 Convention) and Minimum age of Employment (138 Convention) and Worst form of child labour (182 Convention).

During his stay in Japan, Sonam also visited big industries like Yamaha Piano factory, office of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, JTUC-RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), Japan Productivity Centre and UNYU ROREN (All Japan Federation of Transport Workers’ Union). He further participated  in the week-long Hiroshima study tour and visited the site where the Atom bombs were dropped during the Second World War.



Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, Jun 17: To commemorate the sesquicentennial (150th) birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar and Vivekananda Study Circle, Naharlagun jointly organized a two-day workshop on the theme “Man making and character building education in view of Swami Vivekananda”.

The first phase of the year long programme convened on June 16-17 at Vivekananda Hall, Itanagar was participated by students from Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Donyi-Polo School for visually impaired and Vivekananda Central School from Itanagar, and Oju Mission School, Good Shepherd School from Naharlagun. The children wing of  VSC Naharlagun also participated.

Attending the function, Rev. Swami Ishatmanandaji Maharaj of Belur Math enchanted the audience with his oratorical skills where he advised the students to strengthen their mind in order to stand on their own feet. He also spoke on the topic “importance of meditation”.

Earlier, he organised a yoga session which was attended by the house full audience.

“Meditation helps human being to concentrate their mind and building self confidence,” Swamiji said.

In the question-answer session, he enthusiastically answered a volley of questions threw by the students.

Rev. Swami Pradiptanandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission, Itanagar and Madhuparna Sharma, Associate Professor, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar also spoke on the occasion.  

Second day’s programme included discourse on the topic “Contribution of Swami Vivekananda for the Rejuvenation of India”, which was participated by Tomi Ete, Secretary, Public Health Engineering department and Subhash Chandra Dixit, Principal, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Chimpu.



DDMU reviews disaster management preparedness

BOMDILA, Jun 17: West Kameng District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) today reviewed disaster management preparedness and plans to effectively deal with emergencies during this monsoon.

Chairing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi, who also is the chairman of the DDMA, called for massive public awareness which would be key to successful disaster management. Public awareness on dos and don’ts, preparedness by the army, para-military forces and various departments, including police, medical, food and civil supplies, power, transport etc. would go a long way in effectively dealing with any emergencies, he said. The DC called upon the department concerned to always maintain highest level of readiness to fight any disaster.

Provision for maintaining buffer stock, petrol and diesel, life saving drugs etc and preventive measures to contain hoarding and black marketing in case of any man made or natural disaster were discussed in threadbare.

Unlike previous years, the monsoon this year has been late and reportedly this has affected the agricultural production in certain pockets of the district.

Co-Chairman of DDMA Zilla Parishad Chairperson Logiang Rikhong and Additional Deputy Commissioner B Dehingia advocated for mock drills and awareness campaigns on regular intervals in the district.

Earlier, the District Disaster Management Officer called upon the departments to come forward and extend all possible help in case of any eventuality.

The records of the last one decade reveals that the district is prone to natural disasters mainly accentuated by rain and cloud bursts with 2009 being the worst year. DIPRO

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Power, bandhs and funds

Dear Editor,

Gone are the days when the aphorism “today Pasighat knows and tomorrow Arunachal will,” was well known but things change and Pasighat has changed too.

There’s a paradigm shift, “...today Pasighat knows that Arunachal knew yesterday”.

Pasighat is copying Itanagar in adoption of Assam culture of bandh calls but so far has solved nothing. The political gimmick had licensed the culprits to soar free & fearless who smashed the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Daying Ering. Rather bandh culture has laden our times.

It is a culture in Assam that every sector can call bandh wherever, whenever, whoever for whatever. Pasighatians should sort out the sole cause of Pasighat Power failure which is M/S Huma Enterprise and the nexus who have been depriving the citizens from electricity.

The jigsaw goes like this; the contract for bridging power from Ranganadi to Pasighat was actually signed with Powergrid Corporation. Later the departmental bosses divided the scheme into two; Ziro to Along via Daporijo was sanctioned for Rs 62 crores which the Power Grid had completed in a year for Rs.61 crores which is visible in Along power supply.

From Along to Pasighat, M/S Huma Enterprise was given the contract with a sanction of Rs.54 crores (Govt of India Rs.29 crores and SPA Rs 25 crores) only for 130KV.

The task is indiscriminate, incomplete and baffling. But the most nauseating episode in this story is the asking of an additional fund of Rs. 64 crores.

A primary standard also could evaluate the probable result and rationalize the scene behind the screen.

Pasighat would have shined if the work culture was transparent since the beginning of the agreement. Same amount was spent but for lesser distance. During Pasighat Centenary Celebration, the visitors witnessed the power status.

The occasion reminded us our ancestors lived without electricity and Pasighat had faithfully kept the tradition.

We never know this power failure might be a maneuvered aim to hoist propaganda for Mega Dams.

An amount of Rs. 1055 lacs-(2011) was sanctioned for maintenance but the outcome!

The department and the executing agency M/S Huma Enterprise are best answerable.

Whole East Siang District should unite against such system without any social prejudice, regional and political color.

Our Chief Minister is requested to see the people’s cause as vital and invest necessary action upon those erring company and its nexus that overbearingly cheated the Govt and the people.

It isn’t too much to ask for a public audit to the department and the agency.

O! Pasighat! Strike the entity not the shadow.


Karunath Pazing





More political and personal than social

Dear Editor,

The frequent bandh calls enforced by various organisations in the state capital and all over the state, have caused immense hardship not only to the capital dwellers but to the whole state alike.

The government instead of taking a tough stand should act wisely and look into the grievances of the organisations. Everyone will agree that the issues are genuine and reasonable although the organisations themselves haven't earned the peoples' mandate. What is wrong here is the approach adopted by the demand makers and the learned citizens who don't take a second thought before criticizing the chief minister's leadership. Just like the intelligible demands put up, these self styled leaders also need to act mature and give time to the chief minister and his team considering the fact that it hasn't been long since he has assumed office.

The demands put up are not new, and have been passed on to generations of chief ministers who handled them in adeptly; why then single out Nabam Tuki alone? Giving an ultimatum, expecting an overnight change and imposing a 'knee jerk reaction bandh', speak of a personal or political motive rather than a social motive.


Bengia Abo





The uncovered truth

Dear Editor,

I, in the capacity of a secretary of Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing, Itanagar unit (ABKYWIU) condemn the recent attempt through media to defame the then chief engineer (P) Western zone. The truth about how the then CE (P) Western zone was wrongly suspended in March 2010 for reported over expenditure has come to light from documents we acquired. We cannot allow such discrimination and injustice to a person in a civilized society. We appeal to the state Govt to clarify how the then CE was suspended on wrong ground by the then Govt and request the organizations not to issue press statements against him. We  appreciate the wisdom of  then chief minister Jarbom Gamlin  who stated that “……… his suspension demoralized the entire service community merely on the basis of suspicion and based on certain distorted and incomplete information…..”

We also appreciate all those organizations who have voluntarily investigated and uncovered the truth to the public domain. We shall always stand by all such organizations, who are raising voice against injustice.

Lastly, we appeal to the media friends to exercise neutrality in publishing defamatory news items.


Tagori Mize


Adi Baane Kebang

Youth Wing

Itanagar Unit




I am still waiting

Dear Editor,

I cleared my B D (Bachelor Degree ) in one subject, namely, EPS-II in term end examination (extended duration) in Dec 2008 under IGNOU.  But to my utter surprise I am still kept waiting for the provisional certificate and grade card.  Meanwhile, I came to know that marks of EPS-II is also not included in the grade card.

I sent required fees for the examination twice on May 18, 2008 and November 18, 2008  for one subject mentioned above and assignment marks were also sent by the  Pasighat IGNOU coordinator to the competent authorities. Later I wrote letter to the register S E division (IGNOU), Maidan Ghar, New Delhi on June 30, 2009 for inclusion of marks in grade card. Thereafter, I personally wrote letter to the university authority thrice about non-receipt of final mark sheet and provisional certificate and the Regional director, IGNOU, Naharlagun also forwarded my case to higher authority. Despite all these efforts,  the IGNOU higher authorities failed to send my required documents.

What is the use of such IGNOU regional office and its different study centres, if the IGNOU, New Delhi, does not pay heed to the letter written by its regional centre, Naharlagun to look into non-receipt of my documents. I am still waiting for certificate and grade card after four years.

Now, I have no other option but to file RTI against regional director, IGNOU, New Delhi. The authorities should return my examination fees, if they are not able to issue my certificate within a month.


A deprived student



Pathetic condition of road

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the concern authority towards the pathetic condition of roads in Itanagar, particularly the road leading to R K Mission Hospital.

The bad condition of the road leading to R K Mission  Hospital not only creates numerous problems for patients seeking admission to the hospital and their relatives but also brings bad name to the  state as well.

The patients need good care and convenient mode of transportation for safety. But the condition of road from highway tri-junction to R K Mission is such that it might cause death to serious patients before reaching the hospital.


Taya Maggeh



Solid wastes  and environmental concerns

With industrialization of most countries in the world, increasing global population and rising demands for food and other essentials, waste products are being released into our ecosystems leading to an increase in pollution levels. This disturbs the lives of plants, animals and humans. According to the United Nations, in the 1992 Earth Summit, around 60 per cent of countries worldwide expressed their concern about disposing solid wastes along with other environmental concerns. The problem of global warming is a major threat to our planet and gets intensified due to waste disposal which is a primary reason for greenhouse gases.

Recently, a French green documentary highlights the prime issues pertaining to waste throughout the world.  The documentary film showcases the urgency to reduce the amount and harmfulness of waste and also focuses on finding  alternate ways for disposal of waste, which has doubled over the years. It shows the dangers of incinerators which were once considered the best solution for waste treatment, but causes cancer and other detrimental effects in people living nearby and also shows a wide range of efforts undertaken globally to reduce and recycle waste.

Since waste disposal issues are not pertinent to just one country,  all  the nations should come out together   with effective policies to address the environment related matters.