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
Objection to compensation payment
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The 12th Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum today strongly opposed payment
of compensation along PROW of Trans-Arunachal Highway from CH 3790 to 7300 of segment
Khodaso-Raik strip, claiming that area falls under Pakke-Kessang administrative
circle in East Kameng. Forum appealed to deputy commissioner Papumpare to hand over
said compensation amount to East Kameng district counterpart.
Hage Kobing elected L/Subansiri ZPC
ZIRO, Jun 02: Hage Kobing has been elected unopposed as the Zilla Parishad Chairman
(ZPC) of Lower Subansiri in the first meeting of the newly elected Zilla Parishad
Members at conference hall, Hapoli today.
DPDO cum Member Secretary of Lower Subansiri Zilla Parishad Nending Chatung coordinated
the meeting which was attended by 12 ZPMs out of 14.
Chairpersons of nine Anchal Samities out of 14 were also elected today. The Chairpersons
of five Anchal Samities would be elected tomorrow. DIPRO
RGUPET-2013 from June 8-10
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Around 1000 candidates will appear in the Rajiv Gandhi University
PhD/M.Phil Entrance Test--2013 (RGUPET) to be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University
from June 8 to 10.
A total of 670 applicants for PhD and about 385 applicants in M.Phil have been shortlisted
for appearing in the academically important and research oriented prestigious RGUPET,
informed the RGU’s Deputy Registrar (Academic & Conference) Dr. David Pertin.
The candidates will vie for 67 PhD and 72 M. Phil vacant seats in various disciplines,
including Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science and Engineering,
Economics, Education, Geography, Hindi, History, Political Science, Mathematics,
Management, Mass Communication, Tribal Studies and Zoology, Dr. Pertin said.
Help desk for admission
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: For all those students looking forward to studying in Karnataka,
the All Arunachal Students’ Union Association of Karnataka (AASUAK) has set a help
desk for their assistance in the admission.
“We suggest all the parents and the students to contact us on +918277605110 and
+918861492010 for admission related matters’, stated AASUAK in a release.
322 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Accolades continue to pour in for the Mount Everest conquering
team from North East. The 14-member team of mountaineers from North East led by Surjit
Singh of Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) reached the summit
The team was given a rousing welcome by DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar on their
arrival at IG International Airport in New Delhi on May 31. High ranking officers
and officials of DoNER ministry and Govt of Manipur were present on the occasion.
Representing Arunachal Pradesh, KN Damo, Deputy Resident Commissioner and his staff
members received the NE Everesters in the Airport with bouquets and khadas.
Yesterday, Assam Minister for Tourism, Forest and Environment Rockybul Hussain on
behalf of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi organized a civic reception and felicitation
of Everest team members in Assam Bhavan in New Delhi. The programme was also attended
by former DoNER Minister B.K. Handique, Assam MP Bhubaneshwar Kalita, MLA Devbrata
Saikia, and President of Assam Mountaineering Association Stayen Sarma,
It is worth mentioning here that Assam Govt has announced cash award of Rs.20 lakh
each to Everester duo from Assam Tarun Saikia and Manish Deka. Manipur Government
has announced Rs. 62 lakh to its mountaineers while Mizoram Government announced
Rs. eight lakh. Meghalaya Govt has announced promotion of Wangshuk Myrthong from
constable to Sub Inspector. However, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh is yet to
make any announcement for Anshu Jamsenpa, who conquered the world’s highest mountain
peak for third time, and first timer Nima Lama, according to Arunachal Mountaineering
and Adventure Sports Association release.
The Chief Secretary, Govt of Manipur also organized a felicitation programme to honor
the NE mountaineering team on May 31.
The NE India mountaineers were also honored by Nepal Government on May 29 coinciding
with the celebration of 60th anniversary of Mt Everest Expedition.
Along with other Everest summiteers, the NE mountaineers were given standing ovation
by the mountaineering fraternity led by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Ram Kumar Shrestha.
All the summiteers received a letter of appreciation from the Government of Nepal
in addition to Everest summit certificates.
The Tourism Secretary of Nepal Sushil Ghimire while congratulating the Everesters
said, “We want that all Everest summiteers, irrespective of their nationalities,
live a dignified life and that you will be known for your bravery in your neighborhood
He also condoled the death of 16 climbers and sherpas, who lost their lives on the
slopes of Everest region during the current climbing season.
AVP remembers Dwarkacharya
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Arunchal Vikash Parishad (AVP) paid homage to late Dwarkacharya
ji, the founder organizing secretary, in a programme organized at its head office
Dwarkacharya was an engineering graduate from Andhra Pradesh and came to Arunachal
Pradesh as full time worker of Kalyan Ashram in 1988 and founded AVP in 1993 under
the president ship of late Talom Rukbo and secretary Jatan Pulu.
While offering her tributes to Acharya ji, Shanti Tasso, founder member of AVP, who
had worked with him said that he taught us how to live and work for the society.
She also shared her memories of touring with Acharya ji and Talom Rukbo in Arunachal
for spreading the indigenous faith movement in grassroots level.
Tai Tagak, another founder member of AVP and present state BJP president also shared
his experiences with Acharya ji. He informed about the unique initiative of Acharya
ji of conducting the Bharat Darshan tour called ‘Arunodaya-92’ in 11 states of the
AVP president Pratik Potom appealed the gathering to fulfil the dreams of Acharya
ji by working hard.
AVP Vice President Techi Gubin also appealed to follow his foot prints.
DM Mallo, patron of AVP said that carrying forward his work will be the real homage
Workers and members from RSS, Sanskar Bharati, Vidya Bharati, Patanjali yog samiti,
Kargu Gamgi, Donyi Polo Ganggiing, Nyedar Namlo, Medar Nello , RIWATCH and many others
paid their tributes to the departed soul. Similar programmes were also held at Donyi
Polo Namlo, Daporijo , Youth camp , Deomali, Kargu Gamgi Itanagar and Naharlagun,
Medar Nello, Naharlagun, Donyi Polo Ganggiing Itanagar and Chimpu and other places
of the state.
Ignorance is the last excuse for getting cheap publicity
Apropos the article “Is Arunachal Pradesh a failed State? – by former MP Kiren Rijiju
published in some sections of local dailies that created lot of misgivings in the
minds of the people. His misconceived notions punctuated with false, fabricated and
without any facts and figures needs to be put straight. This clearly reflected his
utter frustration to gain cheap political mileage by mudslinging at the popular Congress
Government in the State led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
The very headline of the article is misgiving for the word ‘state’ is used in the
context of a nation, not any of its federal unit.
A former MP, if considers himself a democrat and intellect, should consult the Wikipedia
that offers free encyclopedia publishing Failed States Index since 2005 prepared
by the United States think-tank Fund for Peace and the magazine Foreign Policy.
Ignorance is the last excuse for getting cheap publicity even without understanding
the concept and its implication which was not expected from a former MP from the
state who could not deliver.
If D-gang was ruling the roost in Mumbai once, Maharashtra was never called a ‘failed
state’ neither Bihar where Ranvir Sena recruited its army openly to launch war against
landlords. Is Maharashtra which houses India’s financial capital Mumbai not a developed
state or for that matter Bihar (including Jharkhand), which once had the highest
mineral reserves of the country? How many traders had run away from Mumbai, Bihar
or for that matter Punjab (during the hey days of Khalistan movement)?
The recent ambush of Congress leaders by Maoist killing 28 in Chhattisgarh cannot
be termed a failure of law and order in the state as Maoists have poised the greatest
challenge to the security of the nation.
Are crimes not occurring in these states? North East states, including Assam and
Nagaland have comparatively been peaceful and same goes the case with Arunachal Pradesh
where crimes are from outside spill over. The skirmishes is a common phenomenon across
the globe but the crime rate of Arunachal on record has come down and many outside
underground operatives were nabbed and huge catche of arms and ammunitions seized
which reflected the alertness of State’s police and security personnel.
State Capital Itanagar is invariably described even by the people from outside as
mini-India because people from various parts of the country co-exist peacefully with
the indigenous inhabitants. The continuous migration of people from all over the
state to Itanagar is an indicator of the prevailing status in the capital. The numbers
of trader is rising with every passing day and the Capital Complex reflects cosmopolitan
nature every Sunday with the market area over crowded with sellers and buyers.
If Arunachal is wooing investors from outside, it is a sign of prosperity if an Arunachalee
owns property outside the state. The economic development has to be on reciprocal
Opposition is a provision in democracy which none can deny. India is perhaps the
best proof where though Congress has ruled for the longest period since India attained
democracy but opposition parties have also flourished. So goes the case with Arunachal
Pradesh. Who stopped the opposition from rendering its constitutional responsibility?
Congress is too big a house with the capacity to accommodate every section of opinion
makers but committed to its ideologies.
Arunachal Pradesh is still an evolving state but progressing very fast while trying
to removing its numerous inherent and nagging problems. Can anyone deny its spectacular
economic growth of 9.4% - about 1.5% higher than the national growth rate? Arunachal’s
per capita income (PCI) was 10% lower than the national PCI in 2007 which stood at
10% higher in 2013.
The State’s financial position is very sound as has been repeatedly told through
the media. The temporary regulatory measures are well within the prescribed norms
to ensure fiscal discipline. All the schemes announced in 2012 in the state assembly
were executed, numerous policy decisions were taken to benefit all sections of the
society, student’s stipend rates have been hiked, thousands of unemployed youths
employed, the health and education sectors witnessed tremendous growth but providing
the statistics would be well neigh impossible for it would be huge. The 2013-14 Budget
was announced with funds earmarked against each scheme for the first time in State’s
history. Moreover, a number of national, global awards and recognitions given to
Arunachal speak volumes about this little known state’s potentials and credibility.
Thankfully, the credit goes to Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for its
all out support for accelerating the development of this land-locked state. It is
needless to remind the lip-service given by former Deputy Prime Minister and BJP
stalwart L K Advani for granting no fund or scheme to the state. His famous remark
at Indira Gandhi Park in 2003 – “Arunachal Delhi se door hey, par dil se nahin” –
was proved contradictory. Is that how BJP is committed to the development of Arunachal?
It is a well known fact that the Union Tourism Ministry has chosen Arunachal Pradesh
to host the second edition of International Tourism Mart of the country which will
be hosted by Tawang in October next. A good number of foreign tour operators, government
officials and hoteliers are expected to attend the event to showcase Arunachal, known
as Last Sangri-La on earth, to the rest of the world.
Criticizing for the sake of criticism is very easy, if someone knows the nuances
of language. But the wearer only knows where the shoe pinches!
Just by jumbling of ornamental words without any statistics or records make no sense
like an ‘empty vessel sounds much’. He who is a turncoat should not resort to mudslinging
by realizing that he who lives in a glass house shouldn’t dare to pelt stone at others.
Why to hoodwink people while living in a make believe world? (The writer is Political
Secretary to CM)
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
Why we cannot love each other?
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
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
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
Kingcup Public School, Itanagar
Is East Siang district free from unnecessary fee collection ?
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
Big blow to NE air passengers
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.