June  16



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




Free eye check-up camp

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: A free eye check up and cataract operation camp under National Programme of Control of Blindness began at Diyun, Changlang yesterday.

Conducted by Mobile Eye Unit, Naharlagun headed by eye specialists KK Deb and Taba Khanna, the camp is being attended by eye patients from Changlang, Miao Diyun and Bordumsa area.

A total of 206 patients with various eye ailments were registered for check up at the camp.

According to information eye check up was being carried out under the personal supervision of Changlang DMO P Dutta. Doctors from Diyun CHC are assisting the team.


NCC advance leadership training camp ends

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The advance leadership training camp conducted by NCC Group Headquarters, Tezpur concluded at Dera Natung Government College here on Saturday.

The camp was organized to inculcate leadership quality in youth and motivate them to join armed forces.

Maj Gen RK Sharma, Additional Director General, NCC Directorate NER attended today’s function as chief guest.

Col S A Patil, CO NCC Bn, Naharlagun expressed his gratitude to State Govt and DNGC authority in particular for providing all assistance for smooth conduct of camp.


Improve work culture: CoSAAP

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: Elated with the state government’s move to increase dearness allowance (DA) of 8 per cent over the existing 72 per cent to all the state government employees, the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has asked the state government employees to improve work culture for overall development of the state and also to enhance the policies of the state government for the welfare of the common people.

We further appeal the state government to consider the other genuine pending demands of the state government employees including release of 10 per cent HRA with effect from April last, the release added.


Death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The All Habung Welfare Society has condoled the demise of Habung Pappu who passed away today at her native village at Reru in Lower Subansiri district.

Late Habung Pappu was 82 years old, who left behind three sons, four daughters and 32 grand children.

In the condolence message, the society wrote, her death is an irreparable loss to the Habung clan. She was a very popular lady as she was extremely amiable and was of helpful nature.

Expressing regards and sympathies with the bereaved family, the society further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Youths against drug abuse

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The All Arunachal Pradesh Anti Drug Youth Organization (AAPADYO), in its fight against consuming and selling of drugs, collaborated with Capital police today to nab five drug peddlers from Itanagar Gompa.

We request the law enforcing authority to take strict action against such drug peddlers to save and protect the society, stated AAPADYO appealing the senior citizens, civil societies and youth organizations to cooperate with them in promoting awareness among the youths about the ill effects and potential menace of drugs.


Hottest day

NAMSAI, Jun 15: Namsai recorded its hottest day in the last 8 years on June 11 last with the temperature soaring to 37.8 degrees Celsius, informed Gonong Pertin, AE WRD Namsai.


Grieving parents thank supporters

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The parents of the teenager who was killed in the unfortunate incident of May 27 have expressed their grief and thanked the many supporters who came for the candlelight procession yesterday.

Tabom and Yama Gapak, parents of the 18-year-old Bomjen Gapak, who lost his life when a group of about 12 people attacked him with dao at Legi Complex here, said they were ‘devastated by their son’s death’ but seeing the many supporters coming for the candlelight procession it gave them much courage to deal with the loss.

“We hope with so much support around, those responsible will be behind bars very soon. Justice will be delivered,” hopes the grieving father.


NNA resolves  to work for women emancipation

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The two-day general conference-cum-election of the Nyishi Nyem Achem (NNA) concluded in a colourful note with commitment to strive hard for ensuring the safety, security and all round development of Nyishi women at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirubjoli on Saturday.

The meeting further gave emphasis on women education for eradication of various social evil prevailing in the society.



ITANAGAR, Jun 15: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), in a release, clarified that Party will initiate legal action against its four defector MLAs only.

NCP in a press statement yesterday mentioned to initiate legal action against its five MLAs.






335 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


Ex-minister Pongte dies in road mishap

One-day state mourning announced

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: Former minister Wangnia Pongte has lost his life in a fatal road accident at Dhemaji area  around 11 am today.  He was rushed to the Civil Hospital Dhemaji after the  accident where he was declared dead.  The accident occurred on his way to Changlang when his Alto Car collided with a Tata Winger, reports DIPRO in-charge Changlang.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has declared state mourning on Sunday as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former minister Wangnia Pongte and the national flag would be flown half mast Sunday while a holiday will be declared in Changlang district only on the day of his last rite.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma expressed  deep shock and mourned the sudden demise of former minister Pongte. He said that untimely demise of Pongte is a great loss to the State and its people, especially for the Tutsa community.

Conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, the Governor offered prayer for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief over the tragic demise of former Minister Wangnia Pongte.

“The information has come as shock to me. This is a moment of tragedy and I, on behalf of the government and the people of Arunachal Pradesh, convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members,” he said in a message here this evening.

Pongte reportedly succumbed to the injuries inflicted on him when the car he was travelling in collided with a Tata Winger near Dhemaji this morning.

Tuki recalled Late Pongte as a leader of the masses who worked tirelessly for upliftment of his district, especially the Tutsa community. He said the tragedy has taken away one of the true sons of the soil.

“Late Pongte will be remembered forever by the people for his contributions as a minister and a legislator,” Tuki added in the message.

Expressing deep shock at the untimely demise of  former minister, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Komlung Mosang said it  is an irreparable loss to the state.  Mosang conveyed deep sense of sympathy to the  bereaved family. The Tutsa Community of Changlang also expressed deep sorrow over the untimely death of Pongte. The community prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Born on November 14, 1953 at Yankang village, Changlang, Late Pongte  was a keen football lover and  Arts graduate from J N College, Pasighat. Pongte was  appointed as circle officer in 1978. However, he resigned from the post in 1984 and contested unsuccessfully as independent candidate. In 1990, he was elected as MLA and became the  minister (independent charge)  of state for research, library, labour and agriculture and again re-elected in 2004. Earlier, he had served the society as student leader since 1968.  He was elected as AAPSU joint secretary  in 1970 and general secretary  during 1974-76.



NES gives a clarion call for crime-free state

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today called upon the state Govt to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the state so that every citizens live a peaceful life.

Interacting with the media persons, after being reelected as NES president for the third consecutive time at NES silver  jubilee celebration at Yazali in April 19 last, Bengia Tolum  said  that it is first duty of the  welfare state Govt to protect  the life and property of every citizen.

Giving a clarion call to make the state crime free,  Tolum  also  requested every citizen of the state to extend a helping hand to the Government in maintaining law and order and to bring the criminals to the book.

Stating that  his organization is not in favour of using the word “deteriorating’ as they have no statistical data on crime,  Tolum, however,  said that home department must see to it that the  police personnel are doing their job sincerely and dedication.  At least Govt should ensure that the existence of police force is felt in the society, he said.

Emphasizing the need of maintaining a Pan-Arunachal identity in the state, Tolum said during its silver jubilee celebration,   community leaders like Adi Bane Kebang president Kangir Jamoh,  had  called upon the Nyishis, the largest community of the state, to play a role of big brother for state’s all-round development.  And accordingly, the NES will continue its struggle for maintaining a Pan-Arunachal character for peaceful coexistence of all  communities of the state, he said. “Without development of Nyishi, there will be no progress of Arunachal,”  Tolum said while seeking the cooperation of all NGOs, civil society and media  in  identifying problems and its remedial measures.

When his attention was drawn to rising number of bike accidents, particularly during  night hours,  the NES president  said that  police must  act tough, intensify its patrolling  in between  9 pm to 4 am and  take stringent action against the reckless driving.  

NES vice president Er Katung Wahge, general secretary Tarh Tabin and assistant general secretary Dr N T Rikam,  former NES presidents and executive members were present during media interaction.



NCP urges Centre to review its approach towards China  

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: The State unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) urged both Centre and the State Government to review its policy towards China and support the Tibetan cause.

Describing the violations of basic human rights of the Tibetans by the Chinese authorities, especially in matters of culture and religion, and aggressive marginalization of the Tibetans through the policy of economic imperialism and exploitation of its huge water and mineral resources as extremely upsetting, the state NCP unit urged both the Congress led Govt. in Centre and State to realize the gravity of the Tibetan problems and start an early review of India’s approach towards China.

“The innumerable instances of self immolation in various pockets of Tibet and the growing unrest amongst Buddhist monks throughout the globe are matters of international concern and speak volume of the grave situation.”

According to Bengia, the greatest Foreign Policy blunder Committed by Central leadership was accepting Tibet and Tibetan problems as internal matter of China. This sort of soft, timid and ambiguous approach by the Indians State led to Chinese Aggression in 1962, he claimed.

“The Chinese die hard stand on sharing only hydrological data and not immediate signing of Treaty on Water Sharing with India is enough indication for the ‘once bitten twice shy Indian State’ to ponder upon its past follies and initiate  counter aggressive Foreign Policy. Unless this is done, Arunachal will always be a part of unfounded claim of the Red Army, Bengia opined.  

To begin a change in paradigm shift in policies, the GOI should not only support the Tibetan cause internationally but more importantly allow the voices within the Nation State, particularly the voices of Arunachal, who are the worst victim of Chinese occupation to ventilate their concerns for Tibetan Refugees in India as well as those in Tibet, he opined.

The spontaneous formation of TSG Arunachal (Tibet Support Group) with participation of prominent leaders like RK Khrimey, Anok Wangsa, Kabak Tacho and many others, including leaders from various political parties in the state extending  their unconditional support to Tibetan cause is a welcome beginning, Bengia said.

The Arunachalees living in border pockets of Taksing, Limeking, Singha, Geling, Monigong, Charli, Damin, Mago, Thimbu etc. are leading a wretched life with no facilities of Pakka Road, electricity, Telecommunication, health care and modern educational amenities, essential commodities only because of fear psychosis of the policy makers of Indian mainstream of another Chinese aggression, he claimed. Party’s state unit Spokesman and General Secretary T Naksang, called for a major public debate over the second class citizen treatment of the Arunachalees by New Delhi.



Dear Dad

Vipasha Bhardwaj

Before beginning to express a tribute to the Dads all over the globe, I vouch not to go deep into tracing its origin like everybody else does. Rather, I would like to bring forth those critical moments when dads (well my dad constituted the rescue team) saved our souls from the sound thrashing of moms, did credible duty as the defense lawyer so on and so forth.Still, Dads aren’t all that charitable beings for one can sniff out their disapproval when you go out for shopping, yes I just mentioned that! “I got that for you last month, it had cost me my month’s salary, how could you be such a monster” or “You know what, with this much amount that you are spending on your vogue items a pauper would have afforded his daily meal” are some of his trademark statements. On the contrary, mother’s emote a more liberal approach as she is inherently possessive and informed about her offspring’s demand and the legendary ‘mood swings’ when they don’t have ‘demanded’ stuffs at their disposal.

Since the supposed truth goes somewhat like this “a son is a son till he gets himself a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life”, I would like to churn out possible ecstasies by feeling a lot more pampered. To be the father of growing daughters,is quite challenging a responsibility because one has to view the situation from both the perspectives;from the daughter’s lens and his own parental instincts. He cannot be a ruthless dictator, taming his daughters and demarcating out of bounds areas for her nor can he be too liberal a guardian. I read somewhere, “Any fool can be a father but it takes a real man to be a daddy”! A daughter’s, as they say, first hero and her last lover dads are someone who don’t tell you how to live rather they will live and let us watch them and as you grow up watching them living you will realize what God has gifted you with; the masterpiece of Nature.

Driving away back from your hostel his heart wrenches more than yours and its him who wishes for a prompt reunion. Taking a trip down the memory lane, I could recollect that day when dad was stretching his neck and eyes full of anxiousness at my home coming, that was a pleasant yet poignant sight.To a father growing old nothing is dearer than his daughter and nothing is more expensive than hugging his daughter tight after what seems like a decade of separation. No matter whom she grows up to be, a daughter will always remain that tiny little child flaunting her neatly tied braid and twirling around the household space like a naughty little elf.

So this is for you young man (because legends never grow old),of whom I can vouch for that he won’t ever hurt me and no matter how grave my mistakes are, one pretentious innocent look and he will be a pat of butter in the hot frying pan. Happy Father’s Day Dad and as the appeal goes ‘sunn raha hai na tu’! (On the occasion of Father’s Day on June 16)



West Siang DC calls for collective efforts to mitigate  problem in education sector in district

AALO, Jun 15: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner M K Sahoo has called upon the officers of the education department in the district to work hand in hand as a cohesive unit with a sense of commitment to nurture the young generation and sort out all ills and problem that largely plague the education department as health of a society largely depends on education. The  DC was addressing the education authorities holding different responsibilities at Cluster, block and district level here  recently. All principals, Vice Principals, Headmasters, BEOs, and CRCs from all parts of the district took part in the meeting.

The district has been educationally advance and has a legacy of producing many a luminary of the state, the DC said adding such trend should be sensitized among the young generation through self-confidence building measures and objective assessments in all institutions.

He said infrastructures in different locations require proper monitoring by the field officials and teacher-taught ratio and over staffing at township areas needs streamlining so that light of education percolate down to far flung areas where schools  remain defunct or face acute shortage of teachers. The school lands need proper identification and encroachments of school land, downsizing the important project under National Flagship Programme, absence of teachers for long duration and registration of fake names in the school for drawal and other contractual works that put negative impact on the people who are really concerned for the cause of education will not be tolerated in any way, he said while passing a cautionary note to all responsible officers of the department.

The DC also patiently heard the grievances and problems put forth by the education officers and assured to take up with the govt. at appropriate levels.

The West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke dwelt elaborately on all measures to improve the education scenario of the district under centrally sponsored flagship programme like SSA, RMSA, Mid- Day Meal and Shakshar Bharat. Education being the largest department in the district, problem within is enormous and need coordinated effort to solve all key issues.

He urged the school authorities to ensure timely receipt of Mid Day Meal items, timely submission of ACRs, report returns by the Block Education Officers to know the ground realities and reiterated non participation of many schools in state sponsored Science Exhibition, seminars, Congress and other literary activities. He also urged the education officers of the district to get requisite qualification as desired by the Govt for future promotion. Moli Tato, DAEO expressed his gratitude to one and all for the successful meet and said that such congregation will go a long way to sort out the problems of the department. DIPRO



NABARD to start horticulture in Tawang under TDF

ITANAGAR, Jun 15: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has conducted a detailed consultation with the farming community of six villages in Tawang district to start horticulture farms under Tribal Development Fund (TDF) program.

Delhi Based NGO InsPIRE Network for Enviornment (INE) and Yuva Arunachal have prepared a proposal for establishing the horticulture plantations in those villages in detailed consultation with the community.

The community consultation began in Lumla in presence of Parliamentary Secretary and MLA Jambey Tashi, who called upon the community to own the program and generate sustainable employment options through establishing the horticulture plantations with support from NABARD.

Reminding of the fact that agriculture is the mainstay of livelihood for majority of people in Arunachal Pradesh, Jambey requested the NABARD representatives to look into all the unique agriculture problems existing in the region and consider them during the project planning.

NABARD DGM Anoop Mohan explained the communities about the different programs carried out by the Bank while AGM Sachin Kamble explained about the details of TDF of NABARD.

Dr. K Inkarsal, AGM of NABARD also participated in the detailed community consultation.

The communities of the area have brought out the burgeoning man-animal conflict in the area which has become a major threat to the agriculture.

ADC in Charge of Lumla Tashi Dondup advised the farmers to opt community farming in order to reduce the cost of cultivation and easy marketing of their produces through community organizations.

The Program Officers of InsPIRE, Dr. Monalisa Sen and Dr. K. M. Jayahari have expressed their commitment to support the agrarian communities and ensured all their support to make the program a success.

Chombey Kee, President of Yuva Arunachal gave the detailed account of the program to the communities and requested them to utilize the opportunity to walk toward prosperity through horticulture production and marketing.



Vocational training prog on “Nursery Raising Technology for Vegetable Crops”

PASIGHAT, Jun 15: A 5-day long vocational training programme organized by KVK, East Siang, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat for Soi-Liya farmers club  concluded  here today.

Earlier, inaugurating the programme, Dr. A. K. Pandey, Dean, CHF, Pasighat emphasized on the scope of vegetable farming in Arunachal Pradesh, which is also the need for the hour to be nutritionally secured. Vegetable farming is a remunerative venture for the farming community in general, he said and encouraged the rural youth in particular  to take up such activity. The farmers were also taken for exposure visit to Jampani vegetable growing areas and Rayang village for vegetable growing, rubber plantation and Integrated farming systems.

During the valedictory session Dr. A.K. Pandey, Dean distributed certificate and vegetable seeds to farmers. The participating farmers were from Sipu, Sido, Kakki, Rotte and Jarku villages of the district. The farmers in their feedback appreciated the simple yet unknown farmer friendly technologies that were taught during the training programme. The farmers also requested for organizing such programme in future for the benefit of the farming community. Dr. Mahesh Pathak, Programme Coordinator thanked the farmers and assured them of every technical help from KVK. The entire programme was coordinated by Toge Riba, SMS, Plant Protection who was also the course coordinator of the training programme.



46th Dree Football Tournament

AHSA, DFC enter quarter final, HDFC defeats DMFC

ZIRO, Jun 15: Last year’s runner up team All Hija Sports Club (AHSA) enter into quarter final of 46th Dree Football Tournament by defeating Sancha Yapa Football Club (SYFC) here at Subansiri Stadium Hapoli today being organized by Central Dree Festival Committee.

AHSA become the third team to enter into quarter final of the tournament by defeating SYFC by 1-0. The lone goal for AHSA was made by Nada Tado in 44th minutes of second half. The score was 1-0 till the end of the match. Dani Sambyo of AHSA and Tage Mali of SYFC received yellow card.

With the defeat of SYFC, AHSA becomes the winner of (Group-C). Diibo Football Club (DFC) who had defeated SYFC on June 12 last by 2-1 become the runner-up of (Group-C) and also entered into the quarter final.

The first match of day was played between High Definition Football Club (HDFC) and Dolo Mando Football Club (DMFC) in which former defeated later by 1-0. In unintentional fault, the goalkeeper of DMFC got leg injured and referred to Itanagar.

Tomorrow’s first match will play between Hari Sports Club and Youngest Club Hari while in second match Sojang Lapang Sports Club will meet High Defination Football Club at Subansiri Stadium.

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