June  30



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 infectious disease.

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.


Death mourned

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 the occasion.


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 the meeting.   


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 area.

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) in AISCE-2012-13.

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.


Chairpersons elected

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 Seppa.

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


Social service

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. 


News Impact


Follow the principle of an institution, Sanjoy says AAPSU

Staff Reporter

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 the members.

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 authority.

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

Tai Dora

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 birds.

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?

Vipasha Bhardwaj

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 lights.

“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.

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