June  19



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




Huge quantity of ganja seized

BANDERDEWA, Jun 18: One hundred kilograms of ganja, worth lakhs in open market, were seized on June 14 last from a local person, who was travelling in a state transport bus (No. ARX-0445) from Megio to Naharlagun.

A case u/s 20 of NDPS Act was registered, the narcotic substance seized and the person arrested, according to OC SI K Dev.

Meanwhile, Capital SP Surender Kumar has lauded the Banderdewa police for its alertness.


Awareness training on disaster reduction and preparedness

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: District administration Sagalee conducted “One Day Awareness Training on Disaster Reduction and Preparedness” at Sagalee yesterday. The training was intended for all the heads of line department of Sagalee.

Chuku Talar, ADC Sagalee inaugurated the programme. He advised the heads of department to be in preparedness for any eventuality during the monsoon season.  Dr Kirto Loyi, deputy director SIRD, Itanagar attended the programme as Resource person. Dr Loyi dwelt on various aspect on Disaster Reduction and Preparedness. He explained the need on constitution of different teams of experts in managing disasters and expected Roles and Responsibilities of team such as Rescue Team, First Aid & Medical Team, Damage Assessment Team, Water & Sanitation Team, Buffer Stock of food Grain Team etc. There is a need for comprehensive knowledge on disaster management and skills to enhance the capabilities of all concerned stakeholders.

The process of capacity building shall enable professionals and takeholders alike to effectively integrate disaster management into their development programs and policies. Our approach is towards building the capacity of the grassroot  people through PRIs and teachers in coping with situation and preparedness for “Before-During & After” the Disaster which  will lead to reducing the  catastrophe, said Dr Loyi.


Familiarization training on disaster management

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The district disaster management authority, Papum Pare and Capital Complex in collaboration with 1st Bn National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Guwahati comprising of 30 personnel led by Inspector Pukhraj Vishnoi conducted familiarization training on disaster management at various places such as VKV Chimpu, VKV Nirjuli, Govt. Hr. Secondary School Doimukh, PTC Banderdewa, Yupia headquarter and Govt. Hr Sec School Kimin from June 10 to 17 last.

The programme, which was attended by the locals, students, trainee police personnels and various NGO members, discussed natural calamities like flood, earthquakes, landslides etc.

In the exercise, the team explained about dos and don’ts during natural calamities. An exhibition of disaster management rescue equipments was also held at Yupia district headquarters.


Regional level Cub Bulbul Utsav begins

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The North East Regional Level Cub Bulbul Utsav began at State Training Centre, Naharlagun yesterday.

150 members including cubs, bulbuls, escorts and staffs from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, North East Frontier Railways, Sikkim, Tripura and Regional Headquarters are participating in the five-day utsav, according to BSC release.


KK ANYA unit pleads for adequate fund

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey District Unit today sought the state chief minister for adequate fund and implementation of the various schemes. In its representation to the chief minister, ANYA KK Unit drew the government’s attention towards the non-functioning of mobile tower at Koloriang. It also sought for adequate power and water supply and installation of ATM Booth at Koloriang town. Further it demanded the government to immediate arrest of persons involved in ADC residence attack, maintenance of GREF road from Yapap Hogu to Koloriang, deployment of adequate police personnel, and functioning of ADC Palin office, the association added.  


Bandh announced

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) and Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Organization (APSO) have declared a 12-hour capital bandh call on June 26 next against non-fulfillment of its demand by the state government.

The duo organization on June 14 last had submitted a joint memorandum to the Governor demanding immediate cancellation of appointments in B C D category posts under State Council for IT and e-governance.


WR Govt. College gets permanent affiliation

DEOMALI, Jun 18: In a significant development, Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Doimukh has accorded permanent affiliation to Wangcha Rajkumar Government College, Deomali on the recommendation of a committee constituted by the university and approval of the same by its Academic Council.  This paves the way for speedy development of the college in terms of infrastructure, faculty enrichment, academic curriculum, among others; as the college would now be getting financial aid not only by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh but also from the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi for its various developmental projects.

Much efforts were put in by Wangki Lowang, MLA, Deomali and Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher Education, Arunachal Pradesh for the finalization of site of the college and subsequently the inclusion of the college under UGC umbrella.  The College family, according to a press release issued by the Principal Dr. Milorai Modi, is in a jubilant mood after the fulfillment of this long felt need.


Solve power crisis, says AUSDSU

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: Expressing its anguish over power crisis in the entire Upper Siang district, the All Upper Siang District Students Union (AUSDSU) has warned of launching democratic movement against the concern authority if the crisis is not solved within a month.

In the release, it said, we have submitted memorandum regarding the crisis to the concern authority and the local MLA many times, but the situation, which began in 2011, is still the same.

On an average, we hardly get five hours of electricity every month. Students cannot concentrate in their studies, official works go pending for days, wireless communication goes bland and the medical supports do not work even in emergency.



East Siang all set to host football tournaments in memories of freedom fighters

PASIGHAT, Jun 18: East Siang is all set to host Late Bote Moyong and Late Matmur Jamoh football tournaments.

The resolution was passed in a coordination meeting under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra in his office chamber today.

According to official sources, the school level 4th Matmur Jamoh football tournament will start on Aug-1 and 1st Bote Moyong club level open football tournament from July11 next in the general football ground Pasighat.

Addressing the meeting, DSO (Sports) Mabul Siram said it would be a great chance for the organizers to pay homage to the great personalities and at the same time many budding footballers would be able to show their hidden talents, besides entertaining the soccer lovers of the district. DIPRO


EAP under APRB-RSETI held

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Rural Self- Employment Training Institute (APRB-RSETI) has conducted an entrepreneurship awareness programme (EAP) at Panchayat Hall, Doimukh  today.

Presiding over the meeting BDO N. Taya appreciated the RSETI concept  for reaching out to the poor for Self-employment Training Program.

Chairman N N Charitable Society Amar Nabia has stressed on self-employment venture for the unemployed BPL youths and  also called upon them to  engage themselves in more constructive  and  purposeful self-employment activities.

Altogether 30 beneficiaries took part in it. The participants were given task on Business opportunity.

P.B. Chettry, Director, APRB-RSETI highlighted the activities of RSETI  and its forthcoming Training Programs. He also informed the participants about Beauty Parlour and other courses especially for the Rural areas and distributed applications forms.


NES, ANSU demand arrest of culprit

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has condoled premature demise of one of the young members of the community Kapu Tajam. Late Tajam was a resident of Raga administrative circle of Lower Subansiri district.  He succumbed to fatal injuries inflicted upon him by some unknown assailants near school gate of Govt. H.S School, Ziro at about 9.00 pm on Saturday. The victim was referred to GNRC, Guwahati but had to rush back to Itanagar sensing imminent death due to the grievous injuries. NES has urged upon the Lower Subansiri district administration and the police to nail the culprits at the earliest and book as per the law to ensure speedy justice.

Further Nyishi Elite Society appealed one and all to maintain peace and tranquillity. The rumour mongers should not be heeded in such distress time rather everyone should co-operate the law enforcing machinery for delivery of quick justice. Meanwhile All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has also condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.


ACF writes to Chief Minister

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has written to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki drawing his attention towards two major issues concerning the Christian community of state. The ACF has appealed to chief minister to involve it in the decision making process for the selection of programmes and allocation of funds under Multi Sectoral Development Programme for Minorities (MSDP).

MSDP is basically meant for minorities and the Christian community of the state being a religious minority has a rightful claim to the benefit of these funds.  The ACF is in a position to understand better the needs of our community, it stated.   Forum also reminded CM about promise to release rupees ten crores towards providing better infrastructural facilities for various Christian educational institutions. Despite repeated promises, till date no money has been released in this regard. ACF requested CM to keep word and release said amount at the earliest so that the confidence of the people in the government is not lost on account of unfulfilled promises.






338 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


Yakali repolling held amidst tight security

Amar Sangno

SEPPA, Jun 18:  Amidst unprecedented security cover, the repolling of  147 Yakali Panchayat segment under 4-Sawa Anchal Samity in East Kameng district was conducted peacefully on Monday. There was no report of poll related violence.  This was informed by district election officer cum deputy commissioner Tarin Dakpe here this evening.  

Dapke further informed that two magistrates along with well-equipped 30 security personnel and five political interpreters were deployed in order to ensure free and fair repolling.

The DC added that 84.5 percent of the total voters turned out to cast their votes. Out of 297 total voters, 251 exercised their franchise. The polling team with  properly sealed ballot boxes has reached at Seppa today and accordingly counting will be conducted on 20th June, DC divulged.

The Yakali repolling was the last straw which had broken the district administration’s back.

Earlier there was report of volatile situation following the poll-related violence erupted during May 16 poll, which forced the State Election Commissioner to declare fresh poll on 28th May. However, the repoll/fresh poll was suspended temporarily after then deputy commissioner Tope Bam left the district under mysterious circumstance thereby forcing the district  administration to face the chaos and disorder.

Speaking to this correspondent over  telephone Tarin Dakpe said that so far the situation in Seppa town is normal, however,  the security will be kept on vigil till the counting is over. Dakpe added that due to cooperation of contestant candidates, presiding and returning officers and security personnel the repolling was conducted peacefully. He also credited the normalization of situation to East Kameng Social Welfare and Culture Organization, the parental organization of the district, which according to DC, played vital role in maintaining peace and tranquility amidst the volatile situation. He also appreciated the role of elected representatives and other NGOs of the district in conducting peaceful repolling.



E-governance training held

CHANGLANG,  Jun 18:  E-governance training on ‘State Portal’ and ‘State Service Delivery Gateway’ (SSDG) was held at DC Office Conference Hall, Changlang today.  The programme was conducted by DIT in collaboration with MNC – Hewlette Packard, for the staff of departments of Social Welfare, Labour & Employment, Land Management and Agriculture.

While inaugurating the training program ADC, Changlang M.C. Roy briefed about SSDG’s purpose and utility to the participants and encouraged the participants to take full benefit of the training.

Trainers Amitava Mukhopadhyay and Gourav Chakraborty from HP, Kolkata said “according to the national e-Governance plan, SSDG is a web application linked with the state portal through which citizen can apply online for departmental services.

They further explained that the objective of SSDG is to create a gateway between the citizen and the government departments.  This project will pave an accessible route between the government and citizen, thereby enabling the citizens to use the applications provided by the government more efficiently.

Trainers have made an effective attempt to make the department users understand the basic functionality of the applications so that they can further impart this knowledge to the citizens and clearly highlighted the objective of this automated program and the importance of spreading it among the masses so that they can make fully unitize it, which has been designed to make government procedures more hassle free.

Training on basic computer usage, citizen registration process in the state government portal, e-service work process for citizen through the portal and the role of the departments and its workflow process was provided to the participants. And they made a positive approach by giving a hands-on experience to most of the departmental user. DIPRO



Vandalization of NRL petrol depot condemned

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: The Capital Complex Petroleum Depots Association (CCPDA) has condemned the ransacking and vandalisation of NRL petrol pump. The action of defying law is highly condemnable and such acts should be discouraged, stated CCPDA in a release.

“Though NRL depot is not an official member of CCPDA, our association stands in solidarity with it in this hour of crisis,” said CCPDA. Further they added, “wilful contribution or donation should be respected by all organisations. It should not be identified as a weakness of the donour organisation and rather be treated as respect.” Association further appealed for more security cover for the various petrol depots of the capital complex.

Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) today vehemently condemned the vandalization of NRL petrol depot owned by Advocate Tony Pertin near Papu Nallah by some miscreants on Monday evening.

In a strong worded release ABK said that such act of vandalism should be condemned by various quarters of the society.  ABK also urged the authority to arrest the persons involved in ransacking and demanded for compensation of the damage. It also appealed to the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, community based organizations and students’ organizations to condemn such act.

Meanwhile Arunachal Students Federation (ASF) also condemned the ransacking of NRL petrol depot. ASF stated that such act is highly condemnable and it also requested the administration to arrest the culprits.



ATWS mourns demise of Pongte

KHONSA, Jun 18: All Tutsa Welfare Society of Tirap and Changlang districts has mourned the untimely demise of former Minister and founding father of the Tutsa tribe late Wangnia Pongte who died in a tragic car accident at Dhemaji, Assam on  June15 last.

The ATWS said late Pongte was a dynamic leader of the Tutsa tribe, his sudden demise is a great loss to the Tutsa tribe.

The members of the society prayed to almighty God for the eternal peace of the departed soul, give enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. The society also conveyed their condolence to the family members. DIPRO

Longding  District Congress Committee also expressed deep shock at the  demise of Pongte. In a condolence message to the bereaved family members,   DCC president Hokai Lukham   said with sudden and untimely demise of Wangnia Pongte, Changlang district and the state as a  whole lost a sensible and able leader. He was instrumental in recognizing Tusta Tribe of Changlang and Tirap district. His death is irreparable loss not only for the family members but for the entire community of Tutsa tribe in general and to the state as a whole.

All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization deeply mourned the untimely demise of former minister Wangnia Ponte. Organization observed two minutes silence as a mark of the respect to the departed soul.


46th Dree Football Tournament

SLSC, DSC in semi-final

ZIRO, Jun 18: The first quarter match of ongoing 46th Dree Football Tournament was played between last year’s defending champion Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) and the new comer Diibo Football Club (DFC) here today at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli.

Thousands of people thronged into the stadium to witness the first quarter final match which excited the football lovers much more than one in league matches.

DFC was the first to open an account in 32nd minutes of first half through Mobya Sera, (jersey No. 17). However, just after the lemon break, main defender of DFC made a hand ball in D-box area for which penalty shoot was awarded in favour of SLSC. Taking the golden opportunity, the SLSC team captain Tage Kano who took the shoot made no mistake to send the ball to net and thereby equalized the score to 1-1.

Thereafter, neither of the teams could score any more goals despite aggressive attempts from both the sides and the full time ended at 1-1 with no winner. Both the teams are well organized having potential to make the last bid in the battle for winner but the survival by the fittest with little luck is the rule of sports.

To eliminate one of the team, extra time of 20 minutes was given. Till then, neither of the team could achieve the victory. With no options on hand, the teams went for the tie breaker and winner of the day was decided ultimately. SLSC reached the semi-final by defeating DFC by 4-3 goals in tie-breaker and become the first team to enter into semi-final.

In second quarter final match of the day, Diibo Sports Club (DSC) easily defeated Zamara Club (ZCS), Siro by 4-0 and become the second team to enter into the semi-final.

Team captain Ligang Bungung of DSC scored two goals while Tamo Bida and Koj Tarung scored one goal each. Koj Tarung of DSC and Punyo Pugang of ZCS received yellow card.

The third quarter match will be played tomorrow between last year’s runner up All Hija Sports Association and High Definition Football Club while the Laji Bogia Sports Club will meet Hari Sports Club in fourth and last quarter final match at same venue.  



VI-Tarasso panchayat leaders hold parleys on development issues

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: A meeting of the newly elected Panchayat leaders from VI-Taraso Anchal Samity constituency was conducted at Taraso circle on June 16 last.  ASM and GPM chairpersons, all the newly elected Panchayat leaders from the Taraso circle attended the meeting.   

Presiding over the meeting, VI-Taraso ZPM Nabam Eka suggested all the newly elected Panchayat leaders to work for the society and devote themselves to accelerate development of the circle. Development activities of circle and improper road communication were also discussed in the meeting wherein an appeal was made to the authorities to implement road connectivity schemes within the Taraso circle and construct inter village roads for the greater benefit of the indigenous people of Taraso circle.

Panchayat leaders  have strongly urged the education department to transfer adequate subject teachers at Govt. Sec. School Taraso, Middle school Taraso and Middle school Bormai and also appealed to post a doctor at Taraso Primary Health centre (PHC). There are no doctors at the Taraso PHC for last eight months, the panchayat leaders said adding the people are facing lot of health problem due to non-availability of doctors at the PHC.

Taking serious note of absenteeism of Govt staff, the Panchayat leaders further urged the higher authorities of the respective departments  to issue directives  to Govt asking them to stay in the circle and perform their duty sincerely.



‘Sadma’ a Hindi video film released

ITANAGAR, Jun 18: “Sadma” a Hindi video film produced by Amiya Kumar Das and Directed by Prem Thapa was released by Taro Chatung, senior film maker at Arunachal Art Academy Naharlagun on June 14. Present on the occasion were Rinia Toko, Chairperson Arunachal Art Academy, Natung Toko, Techi Lombu, Nyishi film artist among others.

It is a village-story revolves around an innocent girl Bharati by name.  Her father dies of cancer, therefore, she becomes helpless and a government officer posted at her village by name Ravi comes to her life which makes her life more cheerful and lively. But it does not last long because one day Ravi leaves the village on transfer and never returns to her life because he has family at home. Lastly her life becomes bad to worse because she is alone all the ways. Moreover she is being ousted from her village by village panchayat because she gave birth to a child without the identity of her father.

She is more helpless with a child living without resources. Such difficult situation leads to death of her child.

Thereafter, she begins to wander aimlessly with mental imbalance and choose to live at railway platform. One day Ravi and his family happen to come across at this railway platform where Ravi found himself in a state of shock to see Bharati living in platform under open sky. However Ravi could not help her though he knows Bharati because of his wife and son are with him.  Hence with a heavy heart Ravi has to leave the place, and poor Bharati could not recognize Ravi because she is already mentally imbalance.

It is a worth seeing film of a one hours and ten minute without a single fight with two songs projected very decent way about a innocent village girl who suffers for her no fault and CD’s of this film is released in the market.




Non-violence key to world peace: Shivraj Patil

KURUKSHETRA, Jun 18: Ego and greed are the causes of conflicts and competition which need to be contained with the practice of spiritual values like truth, love, cooperation and compassion which are common in all religious scriptures and are the basis of creating a culture of peace, non violence, justice & equality in society, said  Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil.  Patil was addressing the spiritual leaders and scholars at the inaugural function of the two-days national convention on “Ahimsa Parmo Dharam and Shrimad Bhagvad Gita” organized by  Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya at Kurukhestra University Auditorium here  on June 16.

About two thousand spiritual leaders, saints, seers, academicians, scholars, researchers, jurists, law enforcing officials and intellectuals from all over India converged in the Convention to find out the ways and means to contain the increasing incidence of violence against women, children, elderly and other vulnerable sections of the society.

Speaking on the topic “God’s Wisdom for Re-establishing Violence Free Society”, the Governor said that Shrimad Bhagavad Gita gives the message of non violence the practice of which is essential to restore individual and world peace.  

He further said that the growing violence in society is due to inner vices which can be contained through the practice of spirituality and non violence which are the essence of Shrimad Bhagavat Gita and which are being carried out by the Brahma Kumaris all over India and Abroad.

Justice Chaudhary Nawab Singh, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court said that one should practice non-violence in thought, words and deed.

Rajyogi BK Brij Mohan, Convention Convener and Chief Spokesman of the Brahma Kumaris institution said that the Convention aims at brainstorming of saints, scholars and opinion leaders from all over the country to find out the root cause of growing violence and to suggest its remedial measures.

He said that the basic causes of violence are five vices which become pre-dominant in a person due to body consciousness or excessive materialistic mind set.  He said that practice and promotion of spiritual wisdom and Rajyoga as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita are the ways to create and spread peace, love and non violence in society.

Justice V. Eshwaraiah, Former Chief Justice, Andhra Pradesh High Court said that the Supreme Being never teaches violent war and the battle described in Bhagvad Gita is essentially non-violent war with the weapon of spiritual wisdom to dispel the darkness of vices from the minds of mankind.

Mahamandelswar Dr. Shashvatanand Giri, Founder Shri Gitapeeth Shashvat Sewa Ashram Trust, Kurukheshtra in his speech said that the main cause of violence is ego which emanates from body consciousness and it can be eliminated through spiritual awareness and soul consciousness. He said that any kind of ill will against any being or any thing is  also a form of violence which should be ended by good wishes.

Mahamandelswar Swami Saravanand Saraswati, Founder Maha Shakti Peeth, Delhi said that contentment is the key to peace, positivity and non-violence which are being practiced and popularized by the Brahma Kumaris all over the world.

Dr. Pushpa Pandey, Noted Scholar & Preacher on Gita said that the Gita knowledge acts like spiritual sword to annihilate inner five vices and thereby restores peace and non-violence in self and society. She said that like Mahatma Gandhi used the Gita tools of truth and non-violence for gaining India’s independence, we need to use the same tools of spirituality to get liberation from violence.

Rajyogini BK Usha, National Coordinator of the Convention from Mount Abu conducted the mass meditation for the audience and emphasized on the positive effect of meditation in making  human thoughts and behavior more peaceful, healthy and non violent.

Prominent among others who were present and spoke on the occasion were Dr. DSS Sandhu, Vice Chancellor, Kurukhestra University; Rajyogini B K Asha, Director, Brahma Kumaris’ Retreat Center, Gurgoan; Poet Devichnad Kaushik from Delhi and B K Shikha who performed the divine dance on the occasion.

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Even as 'killer' floods drown much of North India and Bangladesh an expert report released by BBC on Monday blames 'human activities' for extreme rainfall patterns, seismicity and increasing number of landslides across South Asia. Authorities in Bangladesh which is savaged by floods every year, confirm that the number of people killed and displaced and properties destroyed is rising alarmingly.

Though landslides are a common enough part of monsoon life in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region, what is worrying most experts is their increasing frequency and ferocity. "There has been an increase in the events of landslides in the region in recent years," says Mriganka Ghattak, a specialist in geological disasters with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC's) Disaster Management Centre in Delhi.

Of the total number of landslides in 2009 across the globe, 60% were in South Asia accounting for 280 lives. The region's share in the subsequent years has remained just as grim. Last month around 110 people drowned to death in the Chittagong region of Bangladesh in a deluge caused by landslides. A few days earlier, more than 80 people died in an earthquake-triggered landslide in northern Afghanistan.

Although authorities in most South Asian countries agree that there has been an alarming rise in the cases of landslide in the HKH region in recent years, they are yet to release official figures.

Another scandal in making?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to focus on some of the problems of the customers of the private company i.e Jeevan Samriddhi which is located in Naharlagun. After Kolkata Sharda Group Chit Fund Scandal, the customers of Jeevan Samriddhi got worried and asked the company to return their principal amount without interest but utter to our surprise, the aforesaid company is refusing to pay back our principal amount by citing the reason of non maturity of plan.  If Private Company like Rose Valley can return back the principal amount to their feared customers than why Jeevan Samriddhi is denying the principal amount of the customers. Even banks and insurance company like SBI, UCO,AXIS, Vijaya etc. banks and LIC, Bajaj Allianz etc can pay back before maturity why not they? Are they waiting for us to knock the door of consumer court? Are they waiting for us to lodge an FIR in police?  

Now question is that, where they have invested our money? We are not asking for interest, why they are unable to payback our principal amount. All these things make us to doubt integrity of the company.  

It is our sincere request to the state govt. to intervene in this matter seriously, otherwise the hard earned money of the people of Arunachal Pradesh is in danger again after Jeevan Suraksha scandal.


K. Robin


RWD Colony, Itanagar




Do something worthwhile for the welfare of students

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed and reputed daily, I am writing this in regard to vandalism of NRL petroleum station by suspected AAPSU activists.

Gone are the days of AAPSU when they would fight for the genuine right of Arunachal Students. Nowadays, it is all about money, politics and corruption.

Damaging a petrol station because the owner refused to give them petrol shows barbarism of our union leader. Only a third class union can show these types of acts.

And moving on to the statement issued by AAPSU that Mr Pertin is supporting Bhutanese refugee, I want to ask our beloved AAPSU leader where were they all this time.

When govt. said they would issue PRC to NON APST, why they were silent? may be their pockets were filled by politicians.

My request to the AAPSU, as you represents all students; please do something worthwhile for the welfare of students instead of commuting such shameless acts.

Bring back the old glory reputation of AAPSU.


Kenton Riba



Selective target of Arunachalee vehicle

Dear Editor,

This is about an experience while traveling in Assam road, which has left me feeling cheated & exploited by Assam police just because my car registration number bears letters "AR".  On 15th June 2013 I was traveling towards Itanagar from Bhalukpong. In between Ghopur (Assam) and Banderdewa I was stopped by some police constables, they demanded to see my car's registration card & driving license, which I obediently showed. Everything about documents was ok but they pointed towards police station and asked me to talk there. I was confused but I went in, name of police station is "Hawajan Police Outpost". A constable in khaki (his name plate reads Bhuyan) asks for my documents again, I obliged again, he kept documents in his custody & demanded insurance paper of car, I produced again. Then he said insurance premium for current year has not been paid yet and asked to pay Rs 1000/- as fine. I requested him that I was not aware that being late in paying premium of car insurance is a traffic violation. Usually people stop continuing car insurance policy after 2nd or 3rd year so I requested him to ignore this. All my requests went in deaf ear. He just kept replying "apuni ek hazar tuka tu dibo hi lagibo". I said ok but I will pay with full receipt, mr Bhuyan replied no problem & took out a booklet of plane paper with just one ink seal on corner of page. I demanded that I want proper challan receipt of the fine and nothing less, and then he asked me to speak to i/c sitting inside station. I went to him; his name plate reads B.Bora, decorated 2 stars on shoulder. I narrated all my story again, he showed me an age old torn book page which is kept ready opened where under some section it was mentioned that driving an uninsured car could invite fine upto Rs. 1000/-. There were many sub clauses which I couldn’t read due to lack of time. I requested him that fine upto Rs 1000 means any amount of Rs. 1000 or lesser and it does not mean that I have to pay exactly Rs. 1000/ - I also complained about the kind of receipt, he then asked me to pay Rs. 500/- and leave. Our argument carried on for some time, then I realized about my children and wife waiting for me under scorching sun of afternoon. Finally, Mr. Bora settled for Rs 300/- after paying the amount I came out to meet constable Bhuyan and demanded back my document. He was totally reluctant to give it back and twice reminded to S.I Bora that I am an Arunachalee by repeatedly saying "hetu arunachal hor gari tu ki korim". He gave my documents back only when the S.I waved 3 notes of Rs. 100/- each from his window (perhaps showing as symbolic victory of extortion).  

What makes me angry is the way they single out vehicles of Arunachal for applying traffic rule and extortion of money for their individual pocket. On that particular day also so many vehicles of Assam were openly violating traffic rules in front of the said police station, bikers were plying with 3 persons without helmet, passenger vehicles like Tata Winger were carrying 15 -20 persons more than its capacity with few sitting on roof & others dangling on windows and door. When I compared the same to constable Bhuyan his answer was, "apuni nijer kota kobi na, lukor kota tu kele koi asey". This clearly implies that they were no way bothered about traffic rules; they just wanted to make some money by targeting Arunchalee vehicles. I am worried now about this menace of bullying and extortion as I have to again go back by same route. I am also sure that many such incidents have happened to our fellow Arunachalee travelers and will continue to happen if no steps taken. This may also result in retaliation in some other form resulting in ugly situation.               

Therefore I sincerely request S.P of Sonitpur District to kindly inculcate some manner and wisdom to his subordinates. I am ready to pay my fine but legally and in prescribed challan.

I also request our state govt. not to give a deaf ear to this constant cry of foul by citizens of Arunachal and talking to Assam counterpart might solve the problem.


Ramesh Jamo