June  01



The cash reward of  Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006




Society demands probe into Koloriang poll violence

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Bengia Welfare Society (BWS) reiterating the incident wherein a person, Bengia Tamang, was murdered in a poll related violence that took place at Koloriang in Kurung Kumer district on April 25 last has urged the chief minister to initiate action against those  responsible for the incident.

In a representation submitted to the CM, BWS demanded for immediate constitution of an impartial enquiry committee to unearth the truth behind issuance of two INC tickets for 10 Parsi-Parlo ZPM segment resulting in a conflict that led to the death of a person, immediate enquiry into the politics behind centralization of filing nomination papers and scrutiny of the same at the district headquarter, Koloriang, instead of conducting it at the respective administrative circle by RO concerned, immediate arrest of culprits behind the incident and immediate rehabilitation of widow and orphans of the deceased.

According to BWS chairman Dr. Bengia Tobin, the chief minister, in response to the memorandum, assured the delegates to facilitate a government job for the widow of the deceased. However, the CM urged the members to help maintain peace and tranquility as investigations were on and the long arm of the law would catch up with the culprit soon. “Any one involved in such dastardly act would not be spared and awarded exemplary punishment as per law,” he assured the delegates.


Apex Bank AGM’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, May 31: The members and staff of the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, Samannoy Gut Cooperative Society Ltd. (CCRD & SGCSL) have condoled the untimely demise of Apex Bank Assistant General Manager (AGM) Tadar Simi.

Recalling his immense contribution towards the growth of the bank, especially during the time of crisis, they said that Simi’s death is not only an irreparable loss to the bank and his family but also entire state. Besides an active social worker he was also an ardent lover of Nyishi art and culture, the members of CCRD & SGCSL said in a condolence message. They conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Petrol, diesel prices go up

NEW DELHI, May 31:  Petrol price was increased on Friday by 75 paisa a litre and diesel price by 50 paisa as the rupee hit an 11-month low, making oil imports costlier.

The increase, excluding local sales or value-added taxes, came into effect from midnight, Indian Oil Corporation said. Petrol price in Delhi was increased by 90 paisa to Rs. 63.99. Diesel would cost Rs. 50.25 as against Rs. 49.69 at present.

The oil companies cut the price of cooking gas (LPG), which consumers have to buy beyond their quota of nine subsidised cylinders a year, by Rs. 45 a bottle. Non-subsidised domestic LPG in Delhi will cost Rs. 802 a 14.2-kg cylinder.


IGNOU term end exam in June

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Term End Examination for June, 2013 of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will be conducted from June one to 28.


DTO office inaugurated

ZIRO, May 31: A new office building for District Tourism Officer was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ete said that since an independent office has now been established a special tourism reception centre could be opened which will be helpful to the visiting tourists.

District Tourism Officer Tater Mize welcomed the DC’s idea though there is no sanctioned post of TIO.

Biometric attendance machine installed in the DC’s office was also inaugurated today afternoon.

All the officers, officials and staffs working in the DC Complex including DC himself were included in the system which will be functional and effective from Monday onwards. A Total of 155 names have been entered in the system.

Two CCTV Cameras have also been installed in and outside the office Chamber of DC today and is already functioning smoothly. DIPRO


Campaign against drug abuse at Oyan


RUKSIN, May 31: The ‘Lisang Donyi Welfare Society’ in collaboration with ‘All Oyan Students Union’ recently conducted a public rally against “Drug Abuse” at Oyan Village.

Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Dr Robin Bori explained the ill effects of tobacco and adverse effects of consuming narcotic drugs and other psychotropic substances. He suggested the young students to give up the bad habits of consuming tobacco products and other narcotic substances.

Expressing strong concern over growing drug menace, Dr Bori urged the parent to keep eye on their children so that they cannot fall prey to drug addiction.

Another resource person Dr Hage Ampi explained the harmful effect of alcohol and smoking on human body.

Among others, Pasighat Block Education Officer Jaisingh Pao, newly elected ASM Lalita Pait, Oyan Gaon Burhi Bobita Bori, Student leader Marshal Jerang and others also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the members of Lisang Donyi Welfare Society, students and villagers took out a procession in and around Oyan and Sille village, shouted slogans against use of tobacco and narcotics in the society.

Teacher Jitendra Pait, secretary of Lisang Donyi Welfare Society appealed the people as whole, to whip out the drug menace has from the society. He thanked the people for their active participation.


Doni appointed as BJYM National Secretary

ITANAGAR, May 31: The All India President, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Anurag Singh Thakur has appointed Doni Nich as one of the National Secretaries, BJYM.

Prior to his assignment as the National Secretary, BJYM, Doni Nich held various positions in the State BJYM and state BJP.

He held State Secretary, BJP, AP during 2006-2009 and was assigned as the State BJYM President from 2009 to January 2013.

The State BJYM under his leadership has successfully led state BJYM International Border study and survey camps, also actively participated in the BJYM hoisted National tricolor flag at Srinagar on the occasion of January 26, 2011.

The State BJYM ranks and files led by State President, BJYM, Arunachal Pradesh, Dug Saha welcomed the decision of the central leaders.  

The State BJP President, Tai Tagak facilitated Doni Nich on being appointed as National Secretary here at State BJP Headquarter, Itanagar today.


Resolves to act tough against irregular teachers

ITANAGAR, May 31: The deputy director of school education Kurung Kumey has resolved to take tougher action against the irregular teachers in the district. The resolution was taken in a conference held at Sangram on 28th May last, which was attended by school principals, head masters and BRCs. The conference was held with objectives to bring better education scenario in the district. DDSE further urged the functionaries and teachers to effectively implement SSA scheme at schools.


Continue drainage construction

ITANAGAR, May 31: Questioning why the drainage construction on the NH-52A opposite RK Mission Hospital gate was stopped, the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) demanded the district administration to continue the construction work.

The particular building, it is learned. belongs to a senior legislator. If other buildings were evicted, why this particular building was left?, asked ANYA.


‘Provide proper mobile network’

ITANAGAR, May 31: The BJP, Anjaw unit has urged BSNL to provide proper service with high quality signals without any interruption in the district.

In a representation to the general manager BSNL, BJP Anjaw district president Banim Kri wrote, most of the time either the signal remains very poor or it is without signal and the consumer has to face lot of difficulties for communication; poor voice quality, one sided voice transmission and sometimes it stays without signal for many days resulting into debarment of mobile phone service for the consumers in Hayuliang.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, May 31: A Joint Social Service was conducted at Durpang Middle School by the students of Banderdewa yesterday.

During the programme, the students planted trees around the school boundary. The school headmaster, teachings staff and the members of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) also participated in the day-long programme.

The Banderdewa students also requested the education department to improve the school infrastructure at the earliest.





319 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


Governor impressed by state museum

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma accompanied by First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma visited the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here today.

Briefed by Research Deputy Director Batem Pertin, the first couple minutely observed each and every diorama of different communities of the State, textiles of different tribes, wood carvings, basketries, paintings, ornaments, weapons and archaeological remains. They were very impressed by the vast cultural diversity of the State.  

The Governor said that the museum provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the State. While appreciating the set up of the museum, he said that the museum has the potential to become one of the best in the country.

On their arrival to the State Museum, Research Director Dr. Tage Tada along with his officers and staff received the first couple on the maiden visit to the museum. He also presented some important publications of the Research department.  Earlier, the first couple visited the Itanagar Gompa at Sidhartha Vihar, Itanagar and offered prayers. Lama Tsering Tashi briefed them about the Gompa, which was consecrated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on 15th December 1996. PRO to Raj Bhawan



Police expedites investigation to nab  Bomjen’s killers; 40 youths detained

ITANAGAR, May 31: A special investigating team under the direct supervision of  SDPO Itanagar Taru Gussar has been constituted to expedite the investigation into the Bomjen Gapak murder case and to nab the culprits, informed the city SP in a release today.  The team is  being assisted by the Itanagar OC PS Tabi Bage. Bomjen, an engineering student was hacked to death by some unidentified persons on the intervening night of May 26-27 at Legi complex here.   

A total number of 30 to 40 youths including habitual offenders, rowdy elements and hooligans were rounded up so far and questioned intensively. Their photographs were shown to the injured victim at Hospital but he failed to identify any one of them, the police said.  Police has also obtained the video footages of the installed CCTVs of all private and Govt buildings and these are being scrutinized. Apart from these, the CDRs and ‘dump-datas’ have been collected which are under continuous process of analysis, the release said.

Police hopes that this gruesome murder case will be solved soon. Police will not left any stone unturned for solution to the case, the SP said. He appealed to the general  people  to extend full cooperation and  provide any input  which may lead to the arrest of the culprits.



Peace rally against PRC to non-APSTs  in Arunachal organised at Pasighat  

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Students' Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) along with DSU and public organized a mass peace rally at Pasighat in protest against any decision to issue Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) to non-APSTs of Arunachal Pradesh by Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) under the chairmanship of Takam Sanjoy.

SUMA president Biri Tabing and vice president (East) Kaling Moyong led the protest rally and demanded the authority to immediately stop further issuance of PRC to non-APST at Lohit, cancelation of land allotment issued to non-APST at Lohit, immediate cancelation of Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) on PRC issue, immediate cancellation of voting rights to all non-APSTs and thorough scrutiny of already issued Inner Line Permits (ILPs).

The rally was taken out from Doying Gurriin Ground to Gandhi Chowk Market, Pasighat.



Assam orgs protest against dam


RUKSIN, May 31: Assam’s leading farmers’ organization Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) have flayed both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Government for their role in construction of run-off-the river dam over Subansiri at Gerukamukh by National Hydro-electrical Power Corporation (NHPC) despite expert committee’s non-recommendation for the project.

Several hundred members of KMSS yesterday staged protest in front of Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner’s office and expressed their strong resentment over state government’s alleged denial of the expert committee report regarding construction of the dam over Subansiri river.

Expert committee report stated that construction of big dam over a terrain consisting of sand stone in an earthquake prone zone would be of great danger.

Tinsukia district unit of the AJYCP has also raised voice against construction of a dam in upper portion of Lohit river near Parashuram Kunda in Arunachal Pradesh.

They alleged that the Central Forest and Environment (MoEF) Ministry has givent permission to construct the dam without considering the future threats the dam may posed to the downstream (Assam) people.

The AJYCP unit while demanding immediate withdrawal of the permission threatened to intensify its movement if its demand was not met. The union burnt the effigy of Jayanti Natarajan, Union Minister of Forest and Environment in front of its office situated at Tinsukia town recently in protest against the nod given by the ministry.  “The MoEF should have heard the opinions of the people living in the downstream areas of the river before giving nod to construct the dam as the dam would pose serious threat to life and property of people at down stream,” the AJYCP leaders opined.

The AJYCP has also been moving Assam government for early solution to boundary disputes with Arunachal. The Dhemaji unit General Secretary of AJYCP informed that his union is all set to convene an all party meeting at Silapathar to discuss the boundary dispute with Arunachal within the second week of June.



Is Arunachal Pradesh a failed state ?

Kiren Rijiju

When we grew up in 70s and 80s, Arunachal Pradesh, the land of rising sun of India, was fondly enjoying with the sobriquet ''Island of Peace" in the midst of troubling neighbours like Assam, Nagaland and other States. We were not developed but proud of newly born Arunachal Pradesh because we were simple yet unique and peaceful. Every Arunachalee dreamed of catching up with more developed States and societies. Dreams will never be over. But today a small tribal population of around 8 lakh Arunachalees are not happy with the way where it has reached so far.

Govt of India has pumped in billions of money in last five decades to develop the State though it's never enough to the needs of a poor State which was newly created. The bigger question is how have we behaved ourselves and what did our own State Govt contribute. Govt's role is not limited to roads and bridges but must also touched upon softer human development index including advancement of basic human characteristics.

A State can be termed as "failed State" when some individuals wield excessive power above and beyond rules and State authority, when justice is not available to ordinary citizens, where crime rates and criminals are uncontrollable, exists of extreme political corruption is order of the day, where bureaucracy is rendered ineffective besides when the State is under high financial debt with economy in shambles.

In Arunachal Pradesh the opposition party has failed simply because the electorates need jobs and financial support which ruling members only can provide. Ethical democratic stands appeals to very few therefore people are tempted to form associations to pressurize the Govt without any burden to take care of their depending or demanding supporters thereby ending up in compromise with Govt or crushed.

Speak to anyone on the street. Traders are under perennial extortion raids, lawyers are not allowed to perform legal duties, Media is under constant siege, officers are put under duress either to perform improperly or not allowed to conduct congruously, institutions are tempered with, students have to fight for their stipends, intellectuals are not getting space to ameliorate their minds and common citizens are under constant fear of life and security.

Itanagar is the State Capital which means its must wear a cosmopolitan character.  It must not only be safe place for citizens to live but to attract diversified people with investment for economic growth. What's happening is opposite. It has become unsafe as well as repealing people from coming. Few fortunate rich people are draining the capitals as investment outside the State. The housing property acquired by our Politicians and few others in Delhi alone is astonishing. A poor State needs capital inbound not outbound.

Leaders are suppose to lead with example with impeccable conduct with probity in public life. If the purpose of getting elected is to acquire wealth then democracy is hijacked. It was appalling to witness ruling party leaders openly accusing each of toppling the Govt using militants. Some politicians are accused of misusing militants and Govt apparatus for booth capturing during elections. Then it becomes easy to fine out where is the root of criminals. Let the leaders understand that performance not perjury during it's tenure is the yardsticks to be judged. People ponder why an elected MLA or a corrupt officer becomes millionaire within few years. Has sense of social responsibility or moral obligation obliterated from our civilized society?

A young Arunachalee will be happiest when he proudly invites an outside friend to visit Arunachal Pradesh to showcase it's amazing beauty with colorful traditions and heritage. We have all it takes to be a strong, rich and progressive State. To present Arunachal Pradesh as a State where nobody is deprived of basic needs where everyone can live in peace is ultimate aspiration of all. If all these basic needs cannot be provided then at least give us back the title "Island of Peace" which is our inherent symbol and nobody has the right to it take away.

 If Arunachal Pradesh is not a failed State then please tell why a man on the street is not safe ? (The writer is a former MP of the state)   



Book on shifting cultivation & tribal culture released

ITANAGAR, May 31: A book on shifting cultivation and tribal culture written by Prof. Tomo Riba was released by Prof. KC Kapoor in presence of Takar Riba, retired Art expert of the state, Prof. SK Chaudhuri, Anthropologist in a simple function on May 29.

The book titled “Shifting Cultivation and Tribal Culture of Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, India” has been written mainly to show how the traditional life of tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh is very much attached to shifting cultivation.

“Shifting cultivation is more a culture and a way of life than agriculture to these people. The beliefs and practices, art and crafts, food habits, the technique of hunting and fishing, traditional healing and even the sentiments and emotions of the people are either directly or indirectly attached to shifting cultivation,” the author says.

The book has also mentioned, how centuries of practicing of the same system has helped these people to learn so many secrets of nature, which is termed as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). They have rich knowledge about the property of plants and behavior of animals and birds of their own surroundings.

“Many scholars have misconception about shifting cultivation without knowing much about it. Farmers do not cut the trees only, but also grow crops and domesticate animals. They are the maintainers of crop diversities as they grow more than 30 crops in the field.  They do not use any chemical fertilizers and pesticides to increase the productivity. Many blame them for global warming due to emission of carbon dioxide from few days burning in the field forgetting how crops in the field also help in absorption of carbon dioxide from atmosphere. Shifting cultivation should not be seen as an evil practice rather than a system practiced by ethnic communities of the world, not by choice but by compulsion. They are also the preserver of traditional culture of their society where many have already lost. They are content and don’t remain unemployed,” Prof. Riba said.

In Arunachal Pradesh individual farmers maintain their own forest for shifting cultivation. In other way it can be said that, shifting cultivation is there, so is the forest. They do not remove the forest permanently like agro-forestry and many other commercial farming. They fallow the forest to allow regenerating. Secondary forest during fallow period can support more organisms due to large plant diversity as compared to primary forest which is devoid of undergrowth.

The book has been divided into seven chapters comprised of Introduction, Origin of farmers and farming, Beliefs and Practices, General Life of Farmers, Different Stages of Shifting Cultivation, Shifting Cultivation and Allied Activities and Conclusion.

The book is one way of documentation of traditional culture of shifting cultivators of Tribal ethnic groups of Arunachal Pradesh India.

“One day shifting cultivation is sure to meet its natural death along with its rich Indigenous Cultural Knowledge and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Village depopulation has started in many places and in many families only last shifting cultivators are left. Replacing population who had to continue it is declining mainly due compulsory elementary school in villages.

Methods of cultivation may be almost same but there is a variation in techniques of cultivation in all over the world and even within the state. Thus most of the references have been taken from West Siang District which is almost centrally located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The book would be of immense importance to young researchers and people who had less exposure to their own society.

During his second visit to Kyoto University Japan as a Visiting Professor for six months from May to October 2012, Prof. Riba devoted his time in writing the book besides giving talks and presentation of papers in various seminars and workshops. This is his second book.

The book is the Series No. 6 of Practice-Oriented Area Studies, Centre for South East Asian Studies, Kyoto University Japan and printed at Dhaka in Bangladesh. It is a reference book, which has been sent to different Libraries of the world by Kyoto University, Japan.

Prof. Riba is the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences in Rajiv Gandhi University. During his first visit to Japan in 2010, he travelled extensively to the whole part of Japan from Hokkaido, the northernmost island to Yonaguni, the southernmost island near to Taiwan. The author seeks positive criticism for future refinement of the book.



Tribute to Tadar Simi

Dasher Teshi Taba,

For the time, I saw an iron built young man, in an occasion probably sponsored by collegians of that time in early 1977-78. Later on, he was known to be Tadar Simi whose name symbolized to that of a typical female Indian Hindu girl. Initially, I felt funny on his name but when I grew up with genesis or genealogy of my mother side I had developed a different attitude of respect to him and emotionally he became my admired gentlemen and I became the permanent admirer to him. It was during his hay days, I met him for the second time at Shillong in eighties who had been a borne selfless social worker, who grasped all classes of people and became the absolute guardian of absolute nature. To pay his social value and work, a million dollar would fall short in any transaction on his depth of knowledge on humanity and social values of life.

For the third occasion, I approached him, was in April 1987 to attend a meeting at Anchal Bhavan, Doimukh, in turn he took the responsibility of hosting the dinner and sent a chit which was read out in the meeting hall. He was in helm of banking affairs as a newly assigned branch manager of the Apex Bank and hardly could manage the time to attend social gatherings during banking hours. My meeting to him does not mean on personal but on social objects only.

An interesting incident took place in the dinner party in that evening. After the dinner Pai (Tadar Taniang) had been chatting with me in a ground kitchen of kiyi Simi’s quarter at E- Sector. By the time, we could hear the voice of  T.C.Teli, who came little late and was a fresh post graduate from Delhi University and making a step to enter into politics. It was the habit of educated youths of that time to abuse the leaders for their showing least sincerity to solve the problems of the community and state. Here, revered late Taniang might have felt offended and both took it to hot argument. Ultimately, it led to a scuffling between the Senior and Junior. The dinner party all that “began well did not end well”, due to this unfortunate incident. Here Simi felt sad. Simi was annoyed and bent on to avenge him but on my approach, he cooled down and was found to be an unlike of other people having aggression on such issues.

The wisdom he had possessed was unparallel to anybody. The knowledge on social and traditional view bonded him to far more wise and matured man and so he never became sort of short temper or aggressive nature. He always held his mind high and made people around him under domain of his wisdom and guardianship. He is credited to have hosted the first dinner on foundation of Nyishi Elite Society.

Simi had a dream for himself and for the society as well. He had been in pain at heart when the organizations of the community and state were involved in mutual clash on subjects concerning to the society. He always held society in his first priority and second came to individual. The wrong on part of persons involved in the affairs of society convinced least to him and so he sometime kept himself out of the scene. In this way, he was a total pluralist and strongly believed in pluralism to uphold the common interest of the state.

In certain aspect, he was disheartened on the view that people in the name of service to society, defame the society itself and they are not reached either by the social law or law of the land. Out of disgust he remained aloof from social activities in his later part of life but he admired and loved one who always bent on to share his views, or ideology or philosophy and sometime spoke on the future of the society. He was somehow persuaded and convinced to accept the advisor ship of Nyishi Federal Council. He really wanted the society to recognize themselves and reform the evils of distinguish among the brothers. He was a total human being at heart and practiced it; he had dreamt to build a society where haves and have nots does not come into practice in a developing society like ours. Now the question arises that who shall adopt the legacy propounded by him. May Almighty give a special place to a great soul of his stature?

The seizure of life is a temporary transition of life cycle but the ideology, the good sense and humor he had thought for the society will be immortal and hence he is an immortal. The sun has set at early 0400 hours on May 30, 2013 at his Karsingsha resident and his mortal remains has been shadowed by gloomy and darkness before the routine rise of the sun. Late Simi born to late Tadar Kame and late Kipa Yape at village Gangnee under Nyapin circle Kurung Kume district graduated from JN College Pasighat in 1982 and served the state government at various capacities and till date he was serving as assistant general manager of Apex Bank. (The writer is Dy. Director, IPR)



Indian lifters shine in Asian Youth Boys C’ship

ITANAGAR, May 31: Three Arunachalee weightlifters representing India at 15th Asian Youth Boys Weightlifting Championships at Doha, Qatar have brought laurels to the country as well as state by winning five gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

Promising lifter Jimjang Deru and Sambo Lapung won two gold and one Silver medal each while Lalu Taku bagged one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the prestigious event.

“Lalu Taku won a Gold in clean and jerk, silver in snatch and bronze in Total lift in Boys 60 kg category,” told Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Joint Secretary Abraham K. Techi over telephone from New Delhi today evening. He lifted a total of 242 kg (Snatch 107+ Clean and Jerk 135kg) on Wednesday.

Abraham further told that the lifters from India dominated the championship, where athletes from Asian countries, including China participated. Winning medals by beating top international lifters from Asian countries is definitely a matter of great pride, Abraham, who is also president of Arunachal Weightlifting Association said while congratulating all medal winners for their outstanding performance.

Jamjang bagged a Silver in snatch by lifting 87kg on the opening day (Tuesday) before adding a gold to his kitty in clean and jerk with a lift of 113kg. He signed off with a Gold in total lift with an effort of 200kg.

Sambo bagged a gold medal each in Clean & Jerk and Total lift and a Silver in Snatch in Youth Boys 69 kg category.

Meanwhile, Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Tapuk Taku and Vice Chairman Likha Tara congratulated the lifter trio for their impressive performance in the championship.

Both the Chairman and Vice Chairman hoped that their outstanding performa-nce in such prestigious event will definitely encourage other players into sports in the state.

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“Born to win but conditioned to lose”

Dear Editor,

Popularly known as ‘the land of rising sun’, Arunachal is also a well-known hydro potentials state. Being the Second largest forest covered state, it has got a huge resource of water. Large Hydro Power projects are what the Government is aiming for. But what I fail to understand is how does the state covered by almost 30 percent of water and receiving annual rainfall of 2000-4100mm (79-160 in) face acute water shortages. I would say during summer it is the design of the water tapping system and in winter it is by the default of the nature that is causing such shortages. But actually both of them are outcomes of poor management input. And very ironically we buy packaged drinking water in this land. A huge amount of income is wasted in such a field in which Arunachal can actually master. Surface run-off management, proper rainwater harvesting systems, Water treatment and purification plants, and mass packaged drinking water industries can really boost the economy. I haven’t seen more than 2-3 local water packaging companies. The national top-branded companies, most of them which comes from drought prone states dominate the national market and interestingly this state too.

Everybody looks at the negative side of the havoc-creating rainfall and water related disasters here. But now it is wise to bear it and rather make good use of the rain water, because we may not have such rainfalls in the next coming years. It is estimated that by 2020 India will be a ‘water-stressed’ state. That will directly affect our state too. Moreover the population density of Arunachal has recently increased from 13 to 17 person per sq.km. More population, more hands to work, but it just a red alarm. The changes hereafter are inevitable and a drastic one.

Today is the day and now is the time that we should start working on it. If not now, all the efforts taken later will be nothing but just delaying the inevitable. Ultimately at the end it is our beautiful state that will be in ruins. I don’t think that this blessed land of ‘Donyi-Polo’ is destined to see such a fate - “Born to win but conditioned to lose”.


Toko Mumcie

VKV Itanagar




Why we cannot love each other?

Dear Editor,

How can people be so ruthless? Why we cannot love each other? Why people have to kill to satisfy their furious mind. All these lines seem meaningless because it is not I who suffered. Because it is not I whose brother is dead. Because it is not I who is spending sleepless night crying.

Why is it that we always understand things only after it comes to I, Me or My? So selfish we are, drowned in I, Me and My. Hope someday you will be able to see something other than I, Me and My and stop being short sighted. We are all Arunachalees - is this sentence not enough for us to unite?????

Why can’t we join our hands together to find out the culprits? Are you trying to say my brother Bomjen Gapak, who was killed mercilessly, was not an Arunachalee? Or is it because he was not your real blooded brother?? Or is it because he was my brother and not yours??? If people of our state live with this kind of ideology, than I oppose to be an Arunachalee. As a girl and a sister, the only thing that I can do is pray for his soul to rest in peace and to help my parents find out those profligate people.

We will never relinquish finding out the culprits, neither me nor my family. Transition which is taking place in our state can devastate the future of our state. We can see different aspects of crimes taking place in our state.

For instance, my brother Bomjen Gapak was killed so brutally and still we are unaware of the person who did it. I don’t get it utterly. As per yesterday’s news, there was no electricity at Legi Complex when the incident happened, but when I personally enquired about it, I was told about the presence of electricity during the incident time.

At first, I asked his friends (who were with him during the incident) about it, they told me electricity was definitely there. Even the people residing at Legi complex informed the presence of electricity. I don't understand where the flaw lies! Now whom should we blame for it? Our state police? People? Our state government? Or my aggrieved family? Crime rate has already pre occupied the whole state. People are turning wild day by day. But everyone is just relishing watching the drama and this is the ugly truth of our society. Justice delayed is like justice denied.

Its a famous saying that unity is strength, so my dear Arunachalee brethrens, it is my earnest request to each and every one- let u join our hands together to deliver Justice to my late brother Bomjen Gapak.

'I will never despair. I will work on assertive way,’ let us say this and find the culprits.


Bompi Gapak

Kingcup Public School, Itanagar




Is East Siang district free from unnecessary fee collection ?

Dear Editor,

The collection of daily entry fees from commercial vehicles starts from Ruksin check gate, and within Pasighat and other areas of the district one has to pay yearly tax to so called Banggos for using commercial vehicle in their area.

Apart from these the Banggos also collect yearly tax from domestic animals owner at Rupees 100 or more per cow.

The interesting part is, these banggos will never collect these taxes from the people of their Banggo. It is the outsider (who migrated from other areas) from whom they collect these animal and vehicle taxes.

Now one wonders, why these police personnel charges entry fees at check gate, is this not there duty to guard the check gate, is this collected entry fee accountable, are they not drawing salary from concerned department?

If these police personnel are drawing salaries from their own department why they are doing such activities at check gates, and if it is a government order then why they refuse to issue money receipt.

Regarding Banggo, if they can’t collect taxes from their own people, why they depend on others and impose taxes on others for growth and expansion of their Banggo.

Through this letter, I would like to appeal to the District Magistrate to check collection of illegal entry fee at check gate and also urged the Banggos to maintain equality while collecting vehicle and animals taxes to uphold unity and brotherhood among us.


O Tayeng




Big blow to NE air passengers

Dear Editor,

From this week, all the airlines have restricted the cabin baggage from 23 kgs to 15kg and introduced heavy charges for any extra baggage. This has come as a big blow to all air-passengers to NE, specially the students, patients and tourists who need to travel to remote areas of states like Arunachal Pradesh.

Air services has been a basic communication facility and not a luxury for those living in the NE. It was with this realization that the India Govt. started air-services from early 50s to connect even remote pockets of Arunachal Pradesh. With the low-cost air services starting all over the country a decade back, it was the common people of NE and visitors to the NE, who have most benefited. Appreciating the hardships of air-travellers to and from remote pockets of NE, the airlines too were not very rigid in restricting the cabin-baggage.

In view of this, this short-sighted new decision would cause utmost hardships to students, patients travelling to the metros and other common people who have to travel outside. Further it would be a major setback to the promotion of tourism in our state, as tourists coming mostly in winter, would have to carry and pay heavily, for the essential extra luggage like winter-clothing, jackets etc.

In view of this, I, on behalf of all air-passengers from the state, appeal to our esteemed MPs as well as the state tourism dept authorities, to immediately take up this issue with the Civil Aviation Ministry and to ensure that the baggage limit, at least in flights to NE is raised back to the previous 23kg.


S. Mundayoor, Tezu


Say no to tobacco

Tobacco use kills nearly 60 lakh people every year and is the single most preventable cause of death globally. The World Health Organization, WHO, cautions that unless countries act, more than 80 lakh people are estimated to fall prey to tobacco every year by 2030, with four out of five deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries.

The tobacco use kills about 10 lakh people in India every year. According to the  Global Adult Tobacco Survey- India (GATS) - conducted by Government of India in 2010 in collaboration with WHO and Centre of Disease Control (CDC, Atlanta) covering all states and Union Territories of the country, nearly 35 percent of the population consume one form of tobacco or the other.

The survey finds that 275 million adults in India (15 years and above), nearly 35 percent of the population consume some form of tobacco.

The most prevalent form of tobacco usage is smokeless tobacco with 206 million users. Smokeless tobacco use in India is the highest in the world with 25.9 percent of the adults, 32.9 percent of men and 18.4 percent women, using it.

Among smokeless forms of tobacco, khaini (tobacco with lime mixture) is the most prevalent form (11.6 percent) followed by Gutkha (8.2 percent) and betel quid with tobacco (6.2 percent).

Among smoking forms of tobacco, bidis are the most prevalent form (9.2 percent) followed by cigarettes (5.7 percent).The average age at initiation of tobacco use was 17.8 years with 25.8 percent of females starting tobacco use before the age of 15 years.

A WHO report says 83 countries have introduced a comprehensive ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Health-conscious India had already enacted a law in 2003 to regulate consumption, production, supply and distribution of tobacco products. It makes mandatory the depiction of specified pictorial health warnings on all tobacco product packs.