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
Former Advocate General of Arunachal passes away
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Former Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, Nagendra
Nath Saikia, passed away at 7.55 pm on June 27 at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology,
Hyderabad, at the age of 83. Born in Golaghat, he was a Senior Advocate of the Gauhati
High Court, Guwahati; a former Advocate General of Nagaland and Advocate General
of Arunachal Pradesh for two times.
Apart from this, he was former president of Gauhati High Court Bar Association; former
President of the Rotary Club of Guwahati; vice-president of Guwahati Mental Welfare
Society; founder lecturer of JB Law College. He was also closely associated with
missionary institutions including the Don Bosco Society.
The senior advocate’s death cast a pall of gloom among the legal fraternity. His
last rites at the Nabagraha cremation ground at Guwahati on 28th June was well-attended
by people from a cross section of the Society. A resident of Bamunimaidam area of
Guwahati city, Late Saikia leaves behind his wife, two sons, two daughters-in-law
and three grandchildren, according to family sources.
Acquired land for TAH handed over
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Clearing the deck for construction of Trans-Arunachal highway,
NH-229 under Papum Pare district from Khodaso to Hoj segment the district administration
today handed over portion of land acquired to chief engineer, PWD, Highway division.
The Papum Pare district administration had carried out land acquisition for Khodaso
to Hoj segment of the project.
The certificate of acquired land for following segment were handed over to highway
department, Segment 4 (Khodaso-Raik), Segment 5A (Raik-Leporiang), Segment-5B (Leporiang-Kheel)
and Segment 6 (Kheel-Hoj).
‘Activate flood monitoring cell’
ITANAGAR, June 29: Sensing the onset of monsoon which could possibly wreak havoc
in the state, Water Resource Department Secretary G. Ete directed the chief engineers
of western and eastern to activate flood monitoring cell at Headquarter, circle and
district level. The direction came after conducting a review meeting of the WRD on
Friday. Ete also directed subordinates to conduct sensitization and workshop especially
in flood prone area of Arunachal Pradesh.
KVK training for livestock owners, farmers
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Livestock owners were advised for timely vaccination of their animals
to avoid diseases like foot and mouth (FMD) in a training program conducted by Krishi
Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Upper Subansiri at Riddi village on June 27.
Inaugurating the training, Program Coordinator (KVK) Dr. Deepanjali Deori explained
in details about FMD and advised the farmers to vaccinate their animal to avoid the
Subject Matter Specialist in soil science and fisheries discussed about the production
and use of vermin-compost, selection and maintenance of proper size and ratio of
fish seed for good production. A total of 20 farmers attended the training program.
ITANAGAR, June 29: The 21st Koloriang People’s Forum has mourned the demise of its
adviser and former ASM Dare Potum who passed away at his residence at Papu Nalah
yesterday following brief illness.
In a condolence message, terming his death as a loss for the 21st Koloriang constituency
of Kurung Kumey district and Nyishi society as a whole, it offered condolences to
the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Legal awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, June 29: The Papum Pare district legal services authority organized a legal
awareness campaign on availability of health care services including mental health
at CO’s office premise at Banderdewa today.
PR leaders and GBs of the locality attended the programme.
DMO Papum Pare Dr S Ronya, Senior Psychiatrist Dr NA Namchoom, EAC Yupia Likha Tejji,
CO Banderdewa Pama Bagang and Legal expert Tania Kipa were the resource persons on
Hong Dree Football Tournament
Semifinal line-up complete
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The semifinal line-up for the 24th Hong Dree Football Tournament
has been decided after today’s last two quarter-final matches were played.
Miring Manni Diko Sichusi Club (MMDSC) beat Hibu Punyo A-Team (HPAT) 3-1 while Sambu
Club B-Team (SCBT) pipped Ngunu Club (NC) 1-0 to enter semifinals at Hanoko today.
Bullo Khoda scored both the goals in 4th and 26th minute for MMDSC. Punyo Pugang
of HPAT reduced the margin to 1-2 by scoring in 34th minute through penalty shot.
Earlier, the winning goal for SCBT was scored by Takhe Pugang in 12th minute.
Miring Manni Diko Sichusi Club (MMDSC) and Kago Narang Tallo Budhi Football Club
(KNTBFC) will lock horn with each other in the first semifinal tomorrow while the
second semifinal match will be held between “A” and “B” team of Sambu Club.
ACWU supports ANYACC demands, bandh call
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Arunachal Construction Workers Union (ACWU) has supported the various
demands of All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex unit and its proposed bandh
call on July 11.
Coordination meeting of resourceteachers & IE volunteers held
SEPPA, Jun 29: Inclusive education (IE) is the noblest intervention under the SSA
programme under which the differently able children has some right and grow themselves,
said Kata Rangmo, DDSE in a coordination cum review meeting of Resource Teachers
and I.E Volunteers at Seppa. He also said that henceforth the attendance and Data
of CWSN collected by Resource Teachers and I.E Volunteers should come to district
level through BRCC/CRCC to district I.E coordinator and review meeting will conducted
in last week of every month.
Coordinator I. E Kacha Tajo while welcoming all the RTs and I.E volunteers in meeting
reviewed all and presented progress report in detail about the activities related
to inclusive education.
The Resource Teachers and I.E Volunteers sought timely release of honorarium during
KVK West Siang and ICAR Basar scientist visits WRC field
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: A team of scientists and SMS from KVK West Siang District and ICAR
Basar along with staff of the line department visited and monitored the different
farmers field at Doji Jelli and Darka areas yesterday.
The team monitored the different fields and observed that the problems in rice were
due complex reasons. The team termed the causes as nutrient deficiency symptom and
insect infestation in the root system.
The team observed that farmers are drastically using herbicides (glyphosate) in the
bunds between the plots of paddy field which is not recommended and encouraged by
the experts. The team also observed that the dose of the herbicide is also not properly
applied which will drastically affect the soil structure in the long run.
Later, the team interacted with the DAO, ADOs and AFAs at DAO’s Office, Aalo and
suggested the control measures and requested to take up the necessary action.
Forum asks for garbage dumper
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The All Banderdewa Circle Anti-Corruption Youth Forum has demanded
the Urban Development and housing department for garbage dumper/ tipper for Banderdewa
In a letter submitted to the director, urging for providing garbage dumper/tipper
for the area said, the incessant rain for the past few days is causing inconvenience
in cleaning up of garbage and other waste materials.
LPWCCC felicitates meritorious students
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The Leporiang People Welfare Committee Capital Complex (LPWCCC)
felicitated the meritorious students of the area in a function at Naharlagun today.
The felicitated students were Nabam Pumin (81%) Humanities and Nabam Muni (73.8%)
Science in AISSCE-2012-13 and Nabam Kuttu (9.4 CGPA) and Nabam Achung (8.6 CGPA)
Giving away the certificates, Zilla Parishad Chairperson of Papum Pare district Nabam
Aka emphasized on the qualitative education to compete in today’s competitive world.
She further appealed the parents to guide their children in the right direction so
that they understand the real meaning of education.
SEPPA, Jun 29: Anchal Samiti chairpersons and Gram Panchayat Chairpersons of 07-
Seppa East, 08- Seppa West and 12- Watte Anchal Samiti were elected on June 25 at
Tara Singhi, Dili Rimo and Gyano Taku were unanimously elected uncontested as Chairpersonship
of 07-Seppa East, 08- Seppa West and 12-Watte Anchal Samiti respectively. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The Pachin Welfare Committee (PWC) had conducted a social service
by repairing the hanging bridge connecting Pachin Colony and D Sector Naharlagun
on Saturday. The social service was initiated by the local MLA Techi Kaso and Ward
Councillor Techi Rupa. Committee appealed to the concerned authority for construction
of permanent bridge saying that bridge is an important location for communication.
It said that bridge was constructed way back in 2002 and till date no repairing has
taken place, a release added.
Repair of damaged road sought
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The Dokum Colony Welfare Committee has urged the state government
to repair the damaged colony land and the road.
In a letter submitted to the chief minister, the committee while informing that the
colony land as well as the road was damaged by the incessant rain on June 25 night
causing a lot of problem for the people, it requested for repairing the flood damaged
road from SP office to Dokum colony.
349 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Follow the principle of an institution, Sanjoy says AAPSU
ITANAGAR, June 29: Urging the members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU)
to follow the principle of an institution, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy said “Organization
without principle is a dead organization”. He was speaking at two days programme
of AAPSU office shift in-cum-special federal meet at NEFA Club building here today.
Exhorting the AAPSU members to be careful from being misused by anyone, Sanjoy urged
them to avoid any sort of misunderstanding and if they exit then he advised solve
them for the betterment of the organization.
Raising serious concern over emerging of various associations/unions, he added that
to much inflow of money in socio-political life is dangerous. Being a big platform
for the youths of Arunachal Pradesh, he advised the members to reform the electoral
process of AAPSU.
Expressing solidarity to AAPSU leaders, North East Students’ Organization general
secretary, Sinam Prakash Singh said the launching of the AAPSU website is a big achievement
for the organization as it will help people to know about different works done by
Speaking about the influx of illegal migrants, Singh said that it is a serious issue,
as it hampers the integrity of the indigenous people. “For the last few years NESO
has been doing its job sincerely to sort out the issue and had many discussions
with the central government,” he said.
While appreciating the meet, political secretary to chief minister, Bamang Tago said
that it is an encouragement for the students to be united and stand together. He
also expressed concern over the establishment of new unions on daily basis.
While addressing the gathering, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said “development of
school and college infrastructure and welfare of students is the first and foremost
priority of the organization.” The union’s priorities will be introduction of computers
up to the secondary level, reconstruction and renovation of schools, introduction
of sociology, commerce and science steams in all affiliated colleges of RGU, he said.
The union will leave no stone unturned to fight for the permanent solution to inter-state
boundary issue and the border issue with neighbouring countries, he further added.
Lapung said that the union will continue to oppose the issue of permanent residential
certificate (PRC) until it is resolved.
He also submitted memorandum to MP Takam Sanjoy for proper negotiation with the political
leaders of other states for the Arunachalee students being targeted as a victim
there. He also requested to the state Govt to enhance the students' stipend.
During the programme mementos were presented to the former AAPSU presidents and young
martyrs as a respect.
Later General Secretary AAPSU Biru Nasi and AAPSU Finance Secretary, Suraj Tayam
expressed full dedication towards strengthening and oneness among all its members
and vowed to continue its fight for the welfare of the people of the state and for
the betterment of the students community of the state.
Later, a football match was played between present and former AAPSU leaders to encourage
the youths towards sports and say no to drugs. The present AAPSU team was led by
president Lapung and MP Sanjoy was leading the former AAPSU member team along with
NESO general secretary Singh and Bamang Tago. AAPSU eleven beat the former AAPSU
eleven by 2-1. MP Sanjoy scored 1 for the former leaders.
The programme was attended by members of apex body, district students' union members
along with school students.
No double benefit at a time: JSM
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Janajati Suraksha Manch (JSM) has appealed both the Central and
State Governments to take all necessary measures to ensure that no citizen will get
double benefit under reservation policy and any schemes of the Government.
Holding a threadbare discussion in a meeting here today on the reported statement
made by the Union Minister of Minority Affairs that minority constitutes 40 per cent
of Arunachal’s population, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of JSM informed that so far,
the State Govt has issued Minority Status Certificate to only 20 persons.
“It seems from the Union Minister’s statement that the Buddhists, the converted
Christians and the Muslims with suspected nationality will be enjoying the benefit
under minority package,” the meeting observed. But, facilities for the minorities
to those people will be contradictory to the Constitution as one can not enjoy double
benefit at a time, it said.
Buddhists and Christians have been enjoying the Schedule Tribe status and its benefits
since independence, it said.
The Manch appealed to the State Government to set up a separate counter to surrender
the Scheduled Tribe certificates of those who wanted to avail the benefits given
to minority groups and produce the list of minorities as and when required.
Another demand of the JSM was re-introduction of the column no. 8 in the application
form of Scheduled Tribe certificate to mention religion of the applicant so that
identification of the applicant whether he/she comes under Schedule Tribe or any
other group could be easily ascertained.
All participating members in the meeting unanimously endorsed the issue to Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) to take up the matter with
The meeting was attended by prominent personalities, scholars, social activists,
including Taba Hare, Dr. Tai Nyori, Nabam Atum, YD Thongchi, Toni Koyu, Chaphung
Wangsu, Muntu Mossang, Techi Gubin, Nyamo Doje, Bai Taba, Dr. G Baki.
‘Nursing is more than just a job’
21 nurses take pledges
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma today exhorted the nurses
to live up to the best nursing ideals and excel in the chosen field. Gracing the
Capping ceremony of 27th batch of General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) trainees of
School of Nursing, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar as chief guest at Vivekananda
Hall, RKMH here today, the First Lady said some jobs are mere careers, aimed primarily
at personal upward mobility but others like journalism, the Army, the Medical profession
often require one to go way beyond the call of duty. What you are about to undertake
is not just a job, it is a Calling, she added.
Amidst Vedic chanting, altogether 21 young trainees received their nursing caps from
their teachers and took oath of the ‘Ten vows of dedicated Nursing’ in Sanskrit and
the ‘Nightingale pledge’.
Sharma, who has spent the better part of her life amongst the uniformed fraternity
and has seen the nursing staffs in the frontier areas from close quarters said that
the nurses not only provide clinical help, but also are a source of the healing touch
for those who need it most. While reposing her faith that the newly inducted nurses
will work with passion and fervour, she pointed that they are dedicating their lives
to help others.
Conveying greetings of the Governor to Ramakrishna Mission Hospital fraternity, the
First Lady complimented Swamiji and Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar for their
dedicated service to the State of Arunachal Pradesh as well as the neighbouring States.
The First Lady congratulated the meritorious students, who received of academic prizes
and faculty members.
Swami Purnajnananandaji Maharaj, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission, Aalo presided over
the ceremony dwelt in length on the noble profession.
Swami Vishweshanandaji, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Swamiji,
doctors, nursing staffs, students of School of Nursing of the Hospital and guests
and invitees were present on the special occasion. The students of School of Nursing
of the Hospital presented a colourful cultural programme. RK Mission Hospital started
the School of Nursing in the year 1985 and first batch of students passed out in
the year 1989. The school is registered under the Indian Nursing Council. It is the
only school which offers General Nursing and Midwifery course in the entire State.
Till date 335 students have successfully passed out from this school.
Birds are coming back
After a long history of mass slaughter, it is good to see different species of birds
making its presence felt again. There was a time when kids with catapult were more
than a common sight. But things are slowly changing now. Kids prefer electronic gadgets
more nowadays, something that went in favour of our little birds. In my courtyard
itself I witnessed re-appearance of previously common birds like Bulbul, Sparrow,
Munia, Spotted dove, Tailor bird, Sun bird, Kingfisher, Weaver bird, Magpie Robin,
Pipit, Tree Pie, Emeralds dove etc. In my garage itself, few pairs of sparrows have
already successfully raised their chicks. Now those chicks follow their parents where
ever they fly, desperately begging for food while flipping their young wings. Almost
at the same time, young tailor bird chicks are also seen following their parents,
enjoying tasty treat of insects their parents catch and feed them. It’s good that
they have no cooking issue with their mom! Weaver birds are but bit late than the
previous two. Still now, male Weaver birds are seen in the initial stage of weaving
nest upside down on leaves of Betel nut trees of our garden, expecting to impress
their mate by his architectural skill. They don’t seem to be progressing much though.
There are still many bird’s species that are yet to make a comeback. Birds like Common
Myna, Drongos, Hill Myna, Oriole, Green tree pie, Barbets, Crows, Vultures, Egret,
Owlets, Red Start, Fork tail, Indian Roller, Hornbill etc. are some of those still
missing. There was a time when we occasionally witnessed groups of Great Hornbills
flying overhead, with an unmistakable sound of their huge flipping wings. Continuous
slaughter and habitat destruction must be the prime reason for their disappearance
I believe. But I am positive that with time, they too will come back one day when
our people will stop hunting them and their habitat restored. I don’t know who exactly
was behind the novel idea of introducing synthetic hornbill beak to the Nyishi people
to replace the original one, but he/she deserve a thousand salutes from all the nature
lovers. This simple but effective tool can also be implemented to all other types
of animal parts our tribal people of Arunachal use.
In the meantime, we can help them come back by planting at least one tree in our
own garden. Not just any tree, but the one on which they feed and nest. Trees like
Ficus (Peepal), Kadam, Jamun, Papaya, Gulmohar, Bombaxceiba, Erithinaindica, Silver
Oak etc. can provide shelter, fruits, insects and nectar to different kind of birds.
Ficusrumphi and F. bengalensis are two species which support a very wide range of
Before I finish my article, I would like to share what one of our South Indian Lecturer
of NERIST used to say “Even crows of Banderdewa knows not to cross the gate.” (Writer
is Range Forest Officer with Govt of AP)
What’s in a name?
Eve-teasing, as we all know, “is a delightful Indianism which couldn’t be found in
any other English Dictionary” to misquote the Great Indian Dirty Old Man Khushwant
Singh. But why Eve? Why not Sita, Radha, Paarvati for that matter? Is the Biblical
Eve less chaste than our Indian ‘apsaras’? Since ever, women have been the target
of male voyeurism and also his poetic inspiration. And we have all seen and read,
critically analyzed what variety of ‘poems’ stem out from such inspirations! Men
have dissected the whole anatomy of women to produce his masterpiece; from her eyes
to bosoms to her slender restless waist, the major visible parts are a part of his
poetry and the funniest part is though they have repeated it ad nauseam. We women
have accepted it as a sly compliment and secretly enjoy flipping the pages. Not that
I brag about being prudish, even I find such metaphors exciting but if they can,
we too can. I disagree with the celebrated bard Shakespeare when he wrote: “Frailty,
thy name is woman.” Men have projected us this way as they don’t want to lose the
grip they have over their counterparts otherwise let me not recall the valour of
legendary Rani Lakshmi Bai, the corporate tycoon Indra Nooyi and the familiar political
master Sonia Gandhi and alike of whom the whole world holds as an archetypal figure.
These women have come out of the enclosing that society has built for us and leaped
heavenwards. Would Shakespeare still de-materialize the will of such women warriors?
I have a little doubt about it.
What next? How about coining a new term say ‘Adam-teasing’ as to compete with the
cutting edge of Casanovas and Roadside Romeos or penning some limericks on men or
passing a lewd remark on a man passing by? I don’t mean to be a staunch feminist
or desperately trying to attract controversies, all I want to do is express my opinion
on this whole ‘Eve-teasing’ thing and wish to make an exception to the rule with
women too participating in this traditional event by ‘making passes’, engaging in
milder forms of ‘chher chhaar’ which do not involve personal contact like wolf-whistle,
a wink, a leering look’ et cetera. Even the pretentious ‘healthy flirting’ could
be enlisted as one of the retort. So, it’s done then..I have realized MY utopian
dream of living in a society where not only ‘mards’ but even ‘aurats’ could wink
or pout or ogle at a man whenever she is uneased by the remarks of a ‘lafangey parindey’.
When I visualize such live situations of women taking the charge I instantly feel
like being one amongst them and tell the men folk: It’s PAYBACK TIME, guys!!
‘Mishmi girls could become excellent solar technologists’
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: “You have been excellent learners of solar technology, as good
as University students” complemented Dr. Christian Casillas, a renewable energy expert
and educator from University of Berkeley, USA, at the end of a three days workshop
on “Solar Empowerment of Youth” organized by Lohit Youth Libraries and ASSET, Wakro.
“You have learnt well the basics and can now help the community to make better use
of solar lights,” said Dr. Casillas, who was in Wakro as a part of the environmental
awareness campaign by the Lohit Youth Libraries. He was accompanied by Dipti Vaghela,
a rural technologist specializing in mini-micro hydel programmes in Orissa.
Addressing the valedictory function of the workshop, Dipti pointed out the vital
importance of renewable energy systems in a large and rural country like India.
“Unlike the centralized energy systems, the decentralized systems like solar and
mini-micro-hydel, could be directly in your control and you, the community, will
have the power to manage it,” she said.
Complimenting the ASSET and the Lohit Youth Libraries for their keen interest in
environmental education of the youth, she heartily appreciated the participation
of a large number of Mishmi girls in the workshop.
“Youth could promote a better understanding of our renewable resources among common
people and help Arunachal remain an ever-green state,” she said.
Dipti also presented to ASSET schools, a set of indoor solar lighting systems and
6 mini-solar lamps for students, donated by Thrive Energy Technologies, Hyderabad,
under their programme “One child, One Light”.
During their stay, Dipti also had active interactions with the members of the Wakro
community and presented PowerPoint presentation and video-clips on her work on 5
mini-micro-hydel systems in Orissa and how the local people were managing their operations.
Speaking on their experiences of the workshop, participant Sharon Mathews (Govt Sec
School) thanked Dr. Casilllas for bringing clarity and interest in the theoretical
concepts of light and power.
Priya Ngi, Kishalu Kri and Bithemlu Thalai (KGBV), and Elai Rangmang (AVB, Wakro)
elaborated how they could learn practical aspects of taking care of and testing solar
“We can now advise a user on how to care of their lights.”
Earlier, the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries welcomed the experts, who came as
volunteers of the Lohit Youth libraries and heartily complimented Dr Casillas for
stimulating his students to discover, analyze and get practical experience, overcoming
their fear of making mistakes with instruments.
17 students of Class VIII-X and two teachers from three schools of Wakro participated
in the workshop.
GSU urges Edn. Minister to solve school problems
ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Galo Students' Union (GSU) along with Likabali Youth Volunteer
Association (LYVA) recently visited Govt Hr. Sec School, Likabali and took stock
of the various problems faced by the school.
As told by the principal of the school, encroachment of school land, shortage of
teacher -- both senior and junior, hostel for boys etc. were some of the serious
problems faced by the school.
The school was functioning without senior teacher in Political Science, Hindi and
junior teacher in social science in secondary level, GSU informed.
While appealing for early posting of teachers for those subjects, GSU appealed to
the authority concerned of education department not to transfer the History teacher
of the school, who is being transferred.
The Boys Hostel of the school was lying unused in a dilapidated condition since 2009
while the Girls hostel was in need of immediate renovation.
LYVA informed the hardship faced by the class XII passed students of the school in
getting admission in distant DPGC, Kamki as JNC Pasighat has stopped giving admission
to students of the school from this year.
Meanwhile, the GSU appealed to the Education Minister to look into the problems in
greater interest of the students.