June  04



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





Candle making workshop concludes

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: A 13-day MEDP Training Programme on Candle Making was organized by Rural Development Society at Takar Colony, Barapani, Naharlagun which concluded on May 31 last.

Aimed at imparting skill development with income generation of unemployed local women of the various self help groups, about 35 participants benefited from the programme.

All the resource persons while advising the participants to do hard work shared the way to avail government schemes.


Dr Paulson takes charge

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Fr. Benoy Joseph, who served Saint Claret College, Ziro for the last eight years as Principal and vice principal has handed over the office of the Principal to Dr. (Fr.) Paulson Veliyannoor. Along with Dr. Paulson, Fr. Allwyn Mendoz and Fr. Walter Naveen have also taken charge as Vice Principal (Academics) and Vice Principal (Administration).

Under the commendable leadership and service of Fr. Benoy, SCCZ grew in infrastructure, course diversification, and enrollment.

For Dr. Paulson, it is a return to the Office as he was the founder principal of the college in 2003. In 2005 he left for the United States for his doctoral studies in clinical psychology and returned to Ziro last year.


Newly elected PR leaders take oath of office

DAPORIJO, Jun 03: Sushil Nalo has been elected uncontested as the Chairperson of Upper Subansiri Zilla Parishad.

Further, all the 14 newly elected Zilla Parishad Members (ZPMs) were also sworn in the first meeting of the ZPMs held under the chairmanship of Gejum Ete, ADC cum member Secretary, Zilla Parishad on May 29.

In Lohit, Kyasing Munglang was elected as the ZP Chairperson in a meeting held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner today.

The oath of affirmation to all the eight elected ZPMs of Chongkham, Wakro, Lekang, Upper Lekang, Ningroo, Namsai, Sunpura and Tezu was administered by G.K.Paul.

Deputy Commissioner   RK Sharma was also present in the meeting. DIPROs


Union demands early construction of JNV building

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Highlighting the various problems faced by the students of JNV, Nafra due to inordinate delay in completion of the permanent school building, All Sajolang (Miji) Students’ Union, in a memorandum, has demanded the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner to instruct the executing agency to complete the construction work immediately. The Nafra JNV, which was established in 2005, is presently functioning from a rented building, the students’ union informed.

Other demands included establishment of Police Station at Nafra, shifting of Bomdila Govt. College to its new permanent site and posting of senior teachers at Govt Hr. Sec School, Nafra.


Union resents poor school infrastructure

ITANAGAR, June 03:  The All Banderdewa Circle Students Union today expressed concerned over the poor infrastructure of Govt M.E School Durpang ahead of new academic session. In a meeting convened by the union, various infrastructural related and decrease of student’s enrolment issues were discussed.  The Union also discussed demarcation of school boundary and responsibilities of school management committee.  Highlighting the problems of school, the school headmaster said that due to non-cooperative of public the total enrollment of students is decreasing. Further union resolved to take up the issues with concerned department for early redressal.


Murder condemned

ITANAGAR, Jun 3: The All Nyishi Students’ Union Upper Subansiri Unit (ANSU-USU) has condemned the gruesome murder of Bomjen Gapak on the wee hours of May 27 last at Legi Complex here.

Resenting the incident, it stated in the release today that the happening of the brutal incident just near the police station shows how week our security system is in the Capital. Police should not just depend on the CCTV footage; it is just a mere excuse for them, it said.

Further it appealed the district administration to capture the culprit/s at the earliest or else, it warned, a democratic movement will be launched in the Capital if necessary.


Tree plantation programme

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Arunachal Vikash Parishad, Upper Siang District Unit conducted a mass tree plantation programme from May 27-31 last.

On the occasion, the teams of AVP along with IFCSAP and Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Yingkiong, planted sapling of 107 plants in the premises of  Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Primary School Dakgong, Govt. Sec. School Parsing and the Donyi Polo Ganggging Yingkiong respectively.

The AVP members also planted  numbers of plants at Roneng Govt. Primary School Jenggeing and appreciated officials of various Ranges of Yingkiong Forest Division for their help.


School hours

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The ATA and AASSATA of Changlang district unit in a joint meeting yesterday unanimously resolved to maintain the usual school hours (i.e. 9 am) in all the Government schools throughout the district as per the guidelines of the Director of School Education.


ANYA advocates for special assembly session on boundary issue

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has demanded the state government to immediately call for special assembly session to discuss the vexed issue of boundary dispute with Assam.

In a one-point memorandum submitted to the chief minister, ANYA while questioning, why the state government is silent over the repeated evictions being carried out by the Assam authority without maintaining the status quo as ruled by the Supreme Court also asked to clearly demarcate land to avoid unnecessary fight between the two states.

The non decisiveness of the state government is causing harassment to the Arunachalees living along the boundary areas, it said urging the state government to provide special compensation to the locals who have lost their properties during the eviction.

And if the state government does not wish to initiate the boundary dispute with Assam, then ANYA shall be forced to start detect and deport movement against the Non-APSTs who serve as government employees and labourers in all the Nyishi inhabited districts of the state, it further warned.



Eviction drive conducted


RUKSIN, Jun 03: Ruksin Sub-Divisional administration today conducted an eviction drive at Electrical Colony portion of Ruksin Township and made the government land free from public occupation.

A team of officials led by Ruksin SDO (C) Y Tayeng today swung in action to remove the fencing, iron post and other structures from the government land. The authority however, has not booked any person in charge of encroaching government reserve land at the portion.

The SDO said that some unknown persons, who are trying to occupy the land through unfair means erected unauthorized fencing and other structures in the government land. He said the unscrupulous, taking advantage of busy schedule of the government officers during panchayat election, made encroachment at the power hoses site.

Taking a serious note on the unfair practices of encroachment of government land in Ruksin and Pasighat township, the SDO blamed the irresponsible role of the government employees for such illegal practices.

“The state government should formulate strong policy against the encroachers to discourage such immoral and unlawful practices”, the SDO said.

It is worth mentioning that Ruksin Area Youth Front has been moving the local administration to make the government land in and around Ruksin township free from encroachment.



BJP felicitates newly elected PR leaders

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates have won Anchal Samity Chairperson elections in Reru-Kalung under Lower Subansuri, Dadam under Tirap and Sigin-I under Upper Subansiri district.

BJP candidates also won ZP seat from Reru-Kalung and from Sigin-1.

BJP also won four Gram Panchayat chairpersons’ seats under Dadam and five under Sigin-1 Anchal Samity.

Our Daporijo Correspondent adds:  Local MLA Tapen Siga while felicitating all the winning BJP candidates from the district in the just concluded Panchayat election encouraged the party workers not to lose heart as winning and losing are part and parcel of election. He exhorted them to believe in party ideologies and work for the welfare of ordinary people.

District BJP President also appealed to the elected BJP Panchayat leaders to work for the welfare and all-round development of the society.


Everester Anshu felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD) felicitated Anshu Jamsenpa for achieving the rare feat of climbing Mount Everest for three times.

While felicitating Anshu, the ASUD team hoped the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. will suitably honor Anshu for her rare achievement.

Anshu became first mother to climb Mount Everest thrice, when he reached the summit last month.


Training on State Portal & State Service Delivery Gateway conducted

DAPORIJO, Jun 03: Training on State Portal and State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG) was conducted for the departments of Labour, Social Welfare, Land and Agriculture here today.

The participants were trained on the basics of computer usage, the state portal, SSDG and its components like e-forms and the departmental processes.

The SSDG, once introduced in our state, will enable the public to avail of services from the government departments while sitting in the comfort of their homes and without running around government offices.

Inaugurating the training, ADC Gejum Ete advised all to learn all that was taught as it would help in facilitating better delivery of services to the public by the government departments.

Trainers Anirban Goswami and Qadir Hussain, Software Engineers from HP explained about state portal and importance of SSDG.

“It is a web application linked to the state web portal through which applicants could apply online for services,” they said. Speaking about the importance of SSDG, they further said that it provides security from loss of data, puts a time stamp to the submitted forms which prompts the timely delivery of services, integrates existing and new data under legacy data which can be accessed by all and much more.  

The training was sponsored by State Council for IT & E-Governance, Department of IT in coordination with M. Lego, DIO, NIC, Daporijo. DIPRO






323 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


Media team returns from Sikkim with rich experience

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The press fraternities of state including members of Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist recently visited Sikkim as part of media exchange tour programme. The trip was organized by department of Information and Public Relation, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and was coordinated by their Sikkimese counterpart. The press team was joined by officials of IPR dept.

During the tour, press fraternities had opportunity to interact with officials of Sikkim and learn about its development model. The visit to famous Nathula pass showed us how cross border trade is helping to build better relation between India and China. “The trade through Nathula should be emulated in Arunachal Pradesh too. If India-China starts border trade in Arunachal, then it will surely improve relation between two nations. People to people contact do make difference. The border trade will also give access to low cost Chinese items,” shared a visiting journalist.

The impeccable hospitality by Sikkim IPR dept was another highlight of the tour. The Sikkimese people are known to be very hospitable, which is one of the reasons for Sikkim becoming tourist haven. The infrastructure development of Sikkim is way ahead of Arunachal and government of Arunachal can learn a lot from Sikkim model of development. The secretary IPR Indra Mallo Jain who visited famous Paljor football stadium, the home of United Sikkim Football Club and Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Govt Hospital was quite impressed with the work done by Sikkimese authorities. She spoke in details with hospital authorities and tried to learn how despite being a government run hospital it has managed to run so efficiently. The IPR and media team were surprised to know that in Sikkim government brings out weekly newspaper in local language for all the ethnic communities of state. The IPR Deputy Director Obang Tayeng who was part of tour said it was an eye opener for them to know that a government department can bring out such large number of publication. He hopes that visit will not only enrich press fraternities of state but also IPR department. The tours which begin of 26th of last month concluded on 1st June.



SIC indicts former minister for corruption

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Former Horticulture Minister Tsering Gyurme has been indicted by the Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance) for siphoning off public money to the tune of Rs 2.36 crores. The SIC accused Gyurme of having embezzled the amount during 2004-2006 meant for implementation of project work of Centre of Excellence in Dirang under the Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in Arunachal Pradesh.

According to report of SIC (Vigilance) PS Case No.03/2013 U/S 120(B)/420/471/409 IPC R/W 13 (1) (c) (d) & 13 (2) PC Act, 1988 submitted to the Additional District & Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge (PCA) Yupia, the state Horticulture Department had received Rs 10434.83 lakhs from Govt. of India during 2001 to 2008 under the Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in Arunachal Pradesh in which Rs 236.55 lakhs had been sanctioned for Dirang under West Kameng District for establishment of Centre of Excellence (COE) during 2004-06.  

However, according to findings of the SIC team, the said project never materialized at Dirang and the money meant for the purpose was siphoned off by the then Horticulture Minister in connivance with officials of the department.

Acting on complaint lodged against irregularity of the said project, Comptroller and Auditor General of India in 2008 had ordered for an ‘special audit’ according to which the state Accountant General constituted a special audit team to verify the performance/execution of field works by Horticulture Department in 6 of the 16 Districts in which West Kameng also figured.

The audit team accordingly inspected and found the project to be a ‘failure’ and the earmarked site lay barren without any orchid plants nor other installations or activities. Unable to provide any supporting documents or evidences for the failure, project Horticulturist said that the project had been damaged by ‘cyclone’. The stand was supported by the then Horticulture Director in his reply to Accountant General in November 2009.

Further, another ‘cover up’ inspection was also ordered at the project during Jan/Feb 2010 ascertaining the existence of COE at Dirang to protect officials of the department and politicians involved in execution of the project. However, from the information received from offices of Dirang Additional Deputy Commissioner and Disaster Management Director, Itanagar no any report of cyclone damage from neither Dirang Horticulturist nor DHO Bomdila had been received during 2004-2006.

The SIC report also pointed out that instead of West Kameng District Horticulture Officer receiving the fund, the same was received by Dirang Horticulturist and project implemented at behest of former Horticulture Minister Tsering Gyurme with ulterior motive for personal gain. Further, the payments made to the executing agencies were also firms of the said minister and his kiths and kins. The report also spelled out that the said former minister had been the Horticulture Minister during which the scam occurred and the gravity of corruption in other 15 Districts of the state during his tenure still remains to be unearthed.  



Issue of  illegal immigration

Arunachalee should learn a lesson from Bodoland

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The sorry state of affairs in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area of Assam should send alarm bell ringing in Arunachal Pradesh. Slowly the indigenous Bodo tribe is becoming minority in their own home-land and Bangladeshi immigrants are become majority in numbers.

Today immigrant population has overtaken locals in the districts like Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri which all comes under BTC. The Bodos are naturally feeling insecure about this development. This was one of the reasons why violence broke out between two communities six months ago in the Bodo Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD). National media gave it communal colour, however, for the indigenous Bodos, it was fight to protect their interest.

While for years various underground groups like National Democratic Front of Bodoland and Bodo Liberation Tiger Force were busy fighting for separate state for Bodo’s to be carved out of Assam, they somehow ignored the Bangladeshi immigrant issue.

During recent visit to trouble-torn Kokrajhar district, seeing the poor condition of area, I had a feeling that Arunachal might face similar situation in the future.  Just like BTC area, we are witnessing massive infiltration of illegal Bangladeshi migrants into our state. Today large number of labour class population in Arunachal consists of Bangladeshi migrants. In many urban areas especially in capital complex and district headquarters they are becoming deciding factor in the election process. The Arunachalee citizens are completely ignoring the impending danger and the day is not far when these Bangladeshi migrants will start dominating the local citizens. The condition will worsen once railway start operation inside Arunachal territory.

Majority of Bodo politicians are highly corrupted and made fortune out of huge money pumped in by centre. The ordinary Bodo citizens are facing acute poverty and unemployment problem. Adding to their woes, now they are forced to share all the avenues with Bangladeshi migrants who have managed to get local citizenship using illegal means. It deeply hurts the sentiment of Bodos.

When I approached few shopkeepers and local hotel staff, they were hesitant to talk about this issue. “When we start talking about this issue, it only gives us heart-burn. Our condition is worst. We are becoming minority in our land and there is no one to help us. Govt of India along with our own state govt has given us tag of being anti-national. We are forced to fight for our rights by ourselves and nobody seems to care for us,” told a shopkeeper at Kokrajhar town. They also feel neglected by their own politicians. “When Bodoland Territorial Council was formed we had big expectation. However things did not improve and development never took off properly. Our youths are working as labour and private security guard in various parts of country. Surprisingly, it is Bangladeshi immigrants who are enjoying benefit of all the government schemes. Our politicians has let us down,” said a Bodo youth working as security guard at a private hotel in Kokrajhar town. He continued, “Many Bodo people have sacrificed their life fighting for the cause of Bodoland. All their sacrifices have gone in vain. We are still being discriminated in our land and future holds no hope for us.”

The youths of Arunachal face similar kind of situation. The unemployment rate is rising and corrupt system is demoralizing the spirit of youths. Also the constant fear of being reduced to minority in their homeland due to colossal migration of Bangladeshi into state poses serious threat. The future looks tough for the youths of this tribal state.



ACS stages protest dharna

Dharna unnecessary, says SUN

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The members of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) today staged peaceful dharna in front of NERIST gate to register protest against alleged violation of the Recruitment Rules by the  NERIST authorities. The members also reiterated their demands for cancellation of all appointments made against the reserved quotas for the  APSTs as per roster and  filling up the same posts with APST candidates.

Alleging anomalies in recruitment process, ACS also questioned why the interview for the posts of registrar, deputy registrar and assistant registrar and assistant workshop supervisor was conducted in Guwahati instead of NERIST or Itanagar ?

Other demands of the  ACS include immediate  filling of all the backlog posts  by the APST candidates only and  termination of service of the laboratory assistant/ helper.

Meanwhile, the Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) has opposed the dharna staged by the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) at NERIST today saying that issues related to the institute have already been taken up by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) after the April 24 meeting with representatives of the NESO, the Alumni Association of NERIST, SUN, NERIST faculty representatives, the institute’s staff union and the NERIST authority.

Following the meeting, a committee was formed to find the facts of the SUN’s demands, SUN president Gyandhi Lapung stated in a press release.

‘The ACS has raised several issues, most of which has not an iota of truth,’ he said, adding that the ACS should refrain from creating confusion among the students by staging unnecessary dharnas since the case is ‘on the verge of being settled.’   

The NERIST authority ‘has already taken the initiative to reserve 45% of Group C and D posts, as per the GoI guidelines, and approval is awaited from the MHRD,’ he said.

‘From 2005 onwards, 7 from the state out of 12 personnel have been absorbed in the institute, which is 58.33 % of recruitment. The issue raised by the ACS regarding recruitment of 5 officers during 2012 has no basis as the recruitment was done in a transparent manner,’ Lapung said.

The matter of recruitment of a foreigner is sub-judice, which had been explained several times to ACS by the authority concerned, he added.

‘NERIST is the premier institute of the NE region, and any organization while endorsing an agitation should make sure that the demands and issues are genuine and not fabricated to serve vested interests,’ the SUN said.   

The SUN said it is ‘not only concerned with the affairs of the NERIST students but the future of the institute as well. We have a vision to make the NERIST the IIT of the NE region, and no NGO should interfere in the institute’s issues unless its students and authority demand.’



AAPSU team visits Longding, deplores demolition of school

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: After a three-day inspection of boundary areas of Longding district, including Hase Russa, Kamku Russa and Tanglam Russa villages, during May 30 to June 2, a team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its president Kamta Lapung has expressed strong resentment over the atrocities committed on innocent Arunachalees by Assam police and called for maintaining status quo.

Expressing shock at the dismantling of the primary school building and church at Hase Russa village, Lapung in a statement Monday said that such acts were inhuman and against the repeated agreements of both the state governments (on 10-07-87, 12-08-95 and 20-07-99) followed by joint meetings on 31-08-91 and 27/28-05-98 to maintain status quo along the disputed boundaries.

Moreover, such actions also disrespect the Supreme Court directive to maintain status quo as it formed a local boundary commission in Sept 2004 to identify the boundaries of Assam, Arunachal and Nagaland after the Assam Govt moved the apex court in 1989.

When the police personnel are working under toko patta-roofed jhupdi named as police check gates for the last many years, what duty could be expected from them, the AAPSU president wondered and called upon the GoAP to construct permanent buildings immediately at the check gates along the boundary areas for the security of the police personnel and to help them discharge their duties effectively.

Lapung took a dig at the GoAP officers posted along the boundary areas who were not discharging their duties properly thereby aggravating the boundary problem, and even there was unpleasant atmosphere for conducting the recently concluded panchayat elections in Longding and asked the GoAP to post committed officers to such problematic areas. He also requested for rebuilding the church and primary school buildings immediately honouring the sentiments of the local denizens.



Pre-monsoon disaster preparedness meet held

BOMDILA, Jun 03: West Kameng district administration held a crucial pre-monsoon disaster preparedness meeting involving all the administrative officers of the district, representatives from army, para-military forces, police and BSNL here today.

The Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on the District Disaster Management Plan was updated to strengthen the preparedness against natural or man-made calamities, especially during the months from June to October when landslides and floods occur frequently in the district. The past incidences were also taken into consideration while updating the plan.

Underscoring the importance of the meeting, Deputy Commissioner AK Singh, who also is the Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) spelt out that a well planned co-ordinated approach and attitude by the BRTF, Army and Para-Military forces, various government departments and agencies and the District Administration would go a long way in reducing effects of the disaster, if any.

In order to mitigate the losses in an eventuality, the DC proposed for procurement of various equipments to be used during such exigencies including Caution Sign Boards to be placed at disaster prone areas all over the district. The department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) in the district could play a vital role in disseminating information and creating awareness among the mass by organizing awareness camps throughout the district, he said. He also emphasized on availability and regulation of food grains, POL items and LPG cylinders and proper functioning of the telecommunication services which would be the lifeline during times of emergency. Also, he ordered for making functional the Control Room to be manned round-the-clock by officers and attendants on rooster basis.

The 18 Engineering Regiment of the Army assured to provide necessary men and machine, including medical services during any exigencies. So did Commandant 30th BN SSB, Dy. Commandant ITBP and OC 14 BRTF.

Not satisfied with the composition of the DDMA committee, the Singh proposed for inclusion of the army, ITBP, SSB and BRTF as members and to take up the same with the state government for necessary approval and order. DIPRO



36th Bn CRPF celebrates raising day

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The 36th Bn of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed at Khonsa in Tirap district celebrated its 45th raising day at battalion HQs, Khonsa and COY locations.

To mark the occasion, various sports event, patriotic  music competition among school children from various schools of Tirap and Longding Districts were conducted. A cultural  programme was also organized in the evening in which District Administrative and other police and force officers were present.

In his speech, B.C.Sharma, Commandat 36 Bn lauded the patriotic sprit of school children as they enthusiastically took part in the programs. He distributed essential utility items like acquaguard, water filter , mosquito net etc. to the participating schools.

The 36 Battalion of CRPF was raised on June 1, 1968 after merger of 2nd Bn PAC.  

Till 2012 this Bn was under Bihar Sector Group Centre at Mokamaghat and in 2012 after rationalization of Battalion this Bn is now under Adm control of North East Sector Group Centre at Khatkhati and OPS control under IG (OPS) Jorhat & DIG (OPS) Dibrugarh.

Presently, the Hqs is at Khonsa and Coys are at Wakka, Longding and Tissa of Dist. Longding and Deomali, Dadam and Khonsa of Dist. Tirap.

BC Sharma took over command of the Battalion on May 5, 2011 as the 27th Commandant of the Battalion.

The CRPF was initially raised at Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh on July 27, 1939 to assist the princely states to maintain the law and order.  Now with strength of over 220 Battalions CRPF has become the largest paramilitary force of the world and it is playing a stellar role in upholding the unity and integrity of the country.



Youth swear by transformation at AoL training

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: Candid sharing of heart-touching stories of transformation marked the culmination of the Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP) hosted by the Art of Living in its campus in Jollang.

Over 80 youth from different parts of the state participated in the innovative 8-day residential programme that focussed on creating a brigade of motivated and committed youth who are ready to bring about transformation in society.

The participants came from Roing, Seppa, Kimin, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Khonsa, Changlang and Namsai included youth from all backgrounds and all sections of society.

“We are known for our notorious activities in Roing. Some people have even given us the name of Kekra Gang and everybody is scared of us. We used to drink and smoke the whole day and create nuisance sitting by the road side. After this training, I have realized that we had chosen the wrong path. The training has helped us come out of our bad habits and now we aspire to lead a constructive and productive life,”

shared one of the participants from Roing,  who wished not to be named, in front of a gathering that included MLA of Roing Laeta Umbrey.

“We have learnt a lot of positive things from the training. From travelling from Roing with members of another local gang, to adjusting with all kinds of people to rigorous schedule, it’s has been very challenging to cope with the demands of training. Initially I felt like running away from the training, but slowly I started feeling different from inside. I have been a chain smoker and drinker for many years. But in just three days of the training, I am able to control my urge. I am confident that this training will turn around my life,” added another youth, who heads another self-proclaimed gang in the name of Psycho.

“My life was totally directionless. There was only chaos and confusion. Not knowing how to handle it, I resorted to drinking and I became an addict. I even discontinued my studies. The YLTP has given a new direction to my life and there is clarity in my mind now. I have already given up my habits, shared Kampu Rehe from Roing.

“I have totally come out of addiction to alcohol, ganja and gutka. I also used to steal money from my mother every morning to indulge in my addictions.  The YLTP has helped me get rid of these four bad habits,” said Krishna Tamang from Seppa.

“I was addicted to gutka for last six years and I came to training with 100 packets of Tiranga secretly packed in my luggage. Now I have totally come out of the addiction,” confessed Asha Kkumari from Khonsa.

Apart from these transformations, many participants reported overall growth in their personality. They talked about rising confidence level, improved concentration and focus and ability to face challenges positively. Many also reported improvement in their health conditions.

“I used to suffer from severe breathing problems. I couldn’t walk at all. But after learning the breathing techniques, my breathing problems have completely vanished,” shared Meku Lingfa from Seppa.

The stories of transformation was so touching that Umbrey offered to financially support further training of the Roing group to help them sustain the transformation.

Addressing the gathering, he expressed happiness that members of two dreaded groups of Roing have been given a chance to make a new beginning. He urged the youth to remain committed to what they have learnt during the training and act as role models for others, reminding them of the challenges they will face when they get back to the tempting surroundings back home. He lauded the effort of the Art of Living to train youth from all over the state and requested the NGO to do everything possible to deepen the transformation.

Responding to the request, Rajaque Rahman of the Art of Living assured the gathering that further programmes including vocation and life skills training will be conducted for the YLTP graduates.

Designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, YLTP combines breathing techniques and meditation with leadership skills and human values training. The youth were also trained in physical and mental fitness, personality development, leadership and communication skills, public speaking and vocational training.

“What the programme does is to create physically strong, mentally alert and morally responsible individuals who are ready to cross all their comfort zones and become role models for others,” says Mitra, a senior faculty of the Art of Living. “We want to empower the youth of Arunachal Pradesh through this training programme,” she added.

Listening to the experiences of the participants, one can easily conclude that the seed has been sown. “The workshop has boosted my enthusiasm and confidence level so much so that I can face the world.

Before the course, I was so shy that I couldn’t face even my friends.

The most important thing I learnt from the course is how take responsibility and mange time,”  said Rupali Taijong from Changlang.

During the training, Mount Everester Tine Mena and Inspector General of Police (Prison) J K Shamra also motivated the trainees to give their best and grab the opportunity for transformation with both hands.

Tine shared her inspiring story of overcoming all challenges to conquer her dream of climbing the Everest.

Sharma urged the trainees to develop their core competencies and learn teamwork. Swami Alexendar Luthra, a faculty of the Art of Living from Holland also conducted many sessions during the training.



RSS conduct personality development camp

ITANAGAR, Jun 03: The seven days students’ personality development camp organized by Upper Subansiri unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) concluded at Kupurijo VKV on Friday.

The main purpose of the camp was to impart discipline, inculcate positive personality and patriotism in students to enable them to become confident of their strengths and make them conscious about their moral responsibility towards the society.

The different programs held during the camp included various physical activities like yoga, pranayam, meditation technique, judo, playing legium, indigenous games and drill, group discussion on different burning issues facing Arunachal society, quiz, song and speech competitions.

The camp was attended by eminent resource persons, like MLA Tapen Siga, District Labour Officer Jumni Lego, the Circle Officer Dumpurijo Sadung Gyadu, Medical Officer Dr Nayam, VKV Principal A.Krishnan, RSS Divisional Secretary Dr Techi Upen Tara and State Organising Secretary Pradeep Joshi.

The different topics covered by the above resource persons included drug menace and its preventive measures, roadmap to a strong and self-sustained society, protection of indigenous faith and culture and role of youth in nation building.

Speaking on the concluding day, local Siga stressed on value-based life for youths, who more often than not seem to be confused today. He was narrating his old days of struggle for establishing a career which could make him the first MA of his district.

Dumpurijo Circle Officer Sadung Gyadu emphasized the need for developing the feelings of patriotism and disciplined life by all.

Dr Techi Upen Tara, Divisional Secretary of RSS highlighted the various welfare activities undertaken by the organization during times of disasters and normal times throughout the country.

Two students, namely Taka Sippi and Tanot Raji were felicitated for performing well in class 12th and qualifying in NERIST examination respectively.

The Camp was attended by students from various remote villages of the district.

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Jhum Cultivation is threat to future

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the dangerous situations that our government may be overlooking while pursuing for overall development of our state. As we all know that jhum cultivation is being practiced by locals since time immemorial. It is not only a primitive and low productive, but is also causing serious damages to local bio-diversity and global climatic conditions. Our forest reserves takes many years to grow but jhum cultivators randomly cut down trees in brief short times, thereafter, they burn it down which releases huge amount of carbon dioxide and other green house gases, thus, causing alarming global warming. Also in many parts of state including capital area, there is decrease in underground water level; as a result, small streams are drying up rapidly. Through your column, I request all concerned officials to scientifically study the said situations and find alternative solutions so that our people could come out from dependency on this - rigorous, unproductive, primitive as well as global threatening Jhum cultivation. Smooth development of state also means that we should be safeguarding security interest of our future generations while also mitigating present hardship of the people.


Dejum Potom,

VKV, Itanagar.




Truth cannot be hidden by mere explanation in media

Dear Editor,

It seems that Mr. Bamang Tago has given a befitting reply to former MP Mr Kiren Rijiju apropos his article "Ignorance is the last excuse for getting cheap publicity". But what about the opinion of Aam Admi of this state? Their opinion is the ultimate fact as we, the Aam Admi don't take side of anyone but of the truth.

I feel that this article was an effort to misguide "the Aam Admi" with facts and statistics. Here, I said "an effort" because we live the statistics and facts in our life and that cannot be overshadowed by a mere bookish data. The way that article ignored or tried to nullify the rising crime in state by comparing with other state is indigestible. Sir, may you also like to compare our revenue earnings and developmental works with those states? I am sure you must be aware of the legendary developmental works taken up by Nitish Kumar Govt in Bihar.

It was mentioned that Arunachal is prospering as lots of traders or investors are increasing day by day; spectacular economic growth and higher per capita income (PCI) against national PCI. I wonder where should go find the positive effects of these achievements? Being a ordinary citizen myself, I live with the people and I have seen that, in real life, the poor people are same as they were before. I have not observed any substantial increase in per capita income (PCI). People are still struggling to give their children a well deserved education. Schools are in ruins and only well do to families are sending their children to private institute leaving behind the poor people in destitute. They are sleepless, for their children have graduated and they don't know how they would provide them higher education in case they don't get a seat in lone University. However, let’s believe that PCI of the state and investors have risen. Perhaps, I could only think that the rich got richer thereby accounting for the rise in PCI, as we know in layman's word that PCI is the mean of all income and it doesn't necessarily mean that the income is equally distributed. These corrupted people having gulped down people’s money into their draconian belly need to spend and enjoy luxury for which traders are required and hence they get wooed. In nutshell, the difference between haves and haves not is tremendous and very threatening to the peaceful atmosphere that Arunachal is known for. Now as the economy has grown dramatically, it must have had good impact on basic amenities like Roads? Well, I guess there are no roads anymore in our districts, there are only Historical Remains of the Roads. As it was mentioned that Arunachal will host the second edition of International Tourism Mart of the country, why don't we also invite Fox History Channel to make a documentary on these great remains of Roads?

In the article the BJP government was criticized for its lackadaisical attitude towards Arunachal Pradesh, which, I would like to believe to be true. But then, I would be most impressed if this present govt sticks to Congress no matter whichever govt rules in the Center and proves that praise for the Congress was no joke.

I am not a political motivated person and I am not expert in language but I wrote what is reality and that, every single person I know believed. At the same time I plead our fellow citizens not to encourage your leader to practice corruption by seeking illegitimate personal benefits and to the leaders, please get inspired and do something great.


M Padu





Let’s bury the differences, promote peace

Dear Editor,

The recently concluded Panchayati Raj election was a political game that we played to win the heart of the general public and serve them as elected leaders. I was one of the contesting candidates under 1-Palin Anchal Segment and unfortunately I could not win (due to booth capturing). But win or loss has nothing to do with my spirit and motto to serve the society. And as I believe in democracy, I do extend congratulation to my opponent and also assure my cooperation in development activities and in promotion of peace and harmony. As the election is a political game, I also appeal people in general and warring group in particular not to create any law and order problem in the Palin area in the name of election. Let’s bury the differences that cropped up in relation to Panchayat Election. Let’s think for bright future of our area. I also pray to Almighty god to bless and help us in bringing peace, maintaining unity and harmony in the area.

Last but not the least, I do strongly appeal to the state Govt for immediate action against culprits  involved in firing incident  in which an innocent leader received bullet injuries on 22nd May. I also strongly condemned the attack on the residence of ADC Chukhu Takar and damage of Govt properties by Congress workers and request the state Govt to book all the persons responsible for mob attack.

Lastly, before the end of the letter, I extend my sincere thanks to the officers of KurungKumey district for their untiring efforts to conduct the election successfully, particularly in Palin area.


Langbia Anju

Contesting candidate

1-Palin Anchal





We are not fool

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the comical act enacted by former MP Kiren Rijiju and Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago in the local dailies. My only advise to both is- stop fooling around people and concentrate in your own work. Former MP Rijiju had 5 years to do something good for people of Arunachal but what he did? Except being all over media, he did not make any meaningful contribution in ground level. He cheated people of state by joining Congress party after  losing Lokh Sabha election and was very much part of present corrupt Congress govt.

As per as political secretary to CM Bamag Tago is concern, he was the same man who took up PDS scandal case years ago and gave us ray of hope. But today he is defending a corrupt and weak government which can’t guarantee safety of its citizen.  He is being paid to defend his boss, so we are not surprised. However I would like to tell both former MP and Political Secretary that we are no more fool. It’s an election year and therefore we can smell politics in both the articles. Please try some new method guys. We are bored of reading such useless articles. And yes, I am not really impressed with both the articles. Better luck next time, dudes.


Nato Tato


Karnataka lags on maternal health

According to a new study for every 100,000 child births in Karnataka, 178 mothers die, making its record for maternity deaths the worst in southern India and among the worst in the country. The research report is an eye-opener pointing to miserable levels of maternal care in a state that claims to be among the most progressive and economically developed in the country. Experts attribute the shameful stats largely to high risk social factors: child-birth among women much too young or old to bear children or dangerously frequent deliveries.

"Assistance from health providers is best in states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, close to 100%; but in Karnataka, it is only 85%," says KNM Raju, an independent researcher who analyzed the data available from the National Family Health Survey and the Sample Registration System of the government of India.

Figures for the survey covering the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh came also from the 2011 and 2001 census data.

A former head of department at the Population Research Centre, ISEC, Raju aims to soon publish the findings of his independent research to push the "Karnataka government into acting against the high maternal mortality rate."

"It is strange that a state that leads South India on most counts of development should be having such a poor maternal health record," says Raju.