ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The ministry of youth affairs and NSS regional centre, Guwahati
in collaboration with directorate of higher and technical education, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh is organizing North East NSS Festival at NERIST, Nirjuli from 3rd to 7th
June. The objective of festival is to provide an opportunity to the NSS volunteers
to interact among themselves and get maximum exposure. Festival will also help youths
of NE states to learn more about culture and tradition of fellow neighbouring states.
BJP to field candidate for RS
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to field candidate for
the ensuing Rajya Sabha election scheduled on June 19 next.
"Despite knowing the fact that we don’t have sufficient representation in the state
Assembly yet we have decided to field our candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat. We
will fight the elections in true spirit of democracy,” newly elected BJP Legislature
Party leader Tamiyo Taga said. When asked who will be the party’s official nominee
for the post, he said the party’s central parliamentary board would decide about
Claims & counter claims brewing
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The claims and counterclaims are brewing on the alleged mismanaged
of fund meant for construction of 10 numbers of girls hostel under Palin circle involving
Rs 624.50 lacs out of total Rs 1249.00 lacs under the Department of Social Welfare,
Women and Child Development, sanctioned by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, as the executing
department PWD Sangram, Kurung Kumey district today claimed that out of ten, five
girls hostel buildings have been completed.
In its counter reply to the press statement issued by the department of social justice
empowerment and tribal affairs claiming that the received fund was placed under the
disposal of PWD Central Zone which was published in this daily on May 28 last, PWD
Sangram stated that project works were implemented through the local contractors
of the respective village where the schools are located. It further claimed that
out of 10 hostel buildings, five have been physically completed.
It also claimed that at Govt. Middle Schools like, Jamin, Joru, Pania, Dui and Amji,
the completed hostel buildings are being used by the students. The department further
claimed that at Govt middle school Jullang 80% physical works have been completed
and the works of other remaining buildings are yet to be started due to land dispute.
Lamenting on the press statement, the PWD Sangram said that allegation made against
the division for alleged embezzlement of fund without execution of work is totally
incorrect. It maintained that the division is eager to complete the remaining works
as soon as the nodal department released the balance amount of fund.
RS election notified
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The Election Commission today issued notification for holding election
for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Arunachal Pradesh along with several other states
on June 19.
The state's Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant following expiry of the term of MP Mukut
Mithi on May 26, election office sources said here today.
While the last date of filing nominations has been fixed on June 9 and scrutiny of
papers would be done the next day. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is
Power crisis grips state capital
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: As a gift to mark the swearing-in of new cabinet, the state power
department today carried out massive load shedding in capital complex. Some parts
of capital witnessed power cut lasting upto 5 to 6 hours. With sweltering heat weather,
it was nightmarish day for the denizens of capital.
Children and aged persons suffered most due to lengthy power cuts. State capital
has been witnessing power crisis for the last many months. In March just days before
assembly election was announced, the then power Minister Tanga Byaling had told in
the state assembly that power scenario is expected to improve from the month of June.
But it seems situation is only going from bad to worse.
ESFPSWA bids farewell to Mibang
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: East Siang Fair Price Shop Welfare Association (ESFPSWA) bade farewell
to Gautam Mibang who was serving as DF&CSO at Pasighat.
The members of the association said that Mibang has rendered valuable services to
the people of the district during his tenure.
Meanwhile, ESFPSWA while welcoming the new officer expressed hope that the new East
Siang DF&CSO Vijay Pertin would deliver his best services for betterment of the society.
AASSATA visits fire victim
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The members of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association
(AASSATA) today visited Yaji Koyu Godak, the victim of May 29 fire incident at Niti
Vihar where four houses were gutted down. Kodak is a JT teacher with SSA. The association
also extended some financial help to the victim.
Two earth excavators set on fire, claims society
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Alleging that two earth excavators parked near Kumey river bank
near Tali was set on fire by unknown miscreants on May 16 last, the Gungli Welfare
Society has urged upon the Kurung Kumey district administration to investigate the
case and book the culprits immediately.
In a release, it claimed that one of the earth excavators was completely damaged
while the other sustained only partial damage.
Fearing that the incident will deter the formation cutting for road connectivity
in one of the most backward area of the state, it appealed people of Tali and Pipsorang
area to cooperate with the execution of the work.
AACWALSU demands for re-tendering of project
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association Lower Subansiri
District Unit (AACWALSU) has requested for retendering of the Mini Secretariat Building
at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district.
In its complaint letter addressed to the Lower Subansiri DC, the association claimed
that without tendering the project, the PWD Department had awarded the work to M/s
Arunachal Pradesh Industrial Developmental and Finance Corporation (APIDFCO).
It further requested the concerned department to tender the project within 15 days
and threatened to launch democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled.
Block level farmers' training & demonstration prog
CHANGLANG, June 02: With the advent of summer, the office of the district agriculture
under DAO/PD ATMA, A D Panggam has successfully conducted training and demonstration
programmes for the villages under Changlang, Yatdam and Khimiyang circles. Circle
level ADOs, V. Singh, D. K Bora and N.Tato along with their team of BTM, SMS &
AFA-Martina Dabi, Nanju Tikhak & Techi gave an in-depth information to the farmers
on plant diseases, usage of various insecticides, plant nutrients, proper method
of weeding, spraying & Line-sowing and long-term benefits of adopting Organic farming.
In addition, village womenfolk were mobilized into forming Self Help Groups for non-land
based activities for financial independence. All the farmers showed great interest
through inter-active sessions with the department, according to a release.
'Refrain from illegal activities'
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The Itanagar PHE division has requested the settlers along the
pipe line of Poma Water Supply project to refrain from causing any damage to the
pipeline by way of illegal activities like digging or excavation.
In its official statement saying that such damages may cause casualty to life and
properties, it warned that if anyone is found involved in such activities will be
solely responsible and will invite severe punishment in the appropriate court of
House gutted at Kimin
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Claiming that the residence of Nabam March at Lora village under
Kimin circle was gutted down today at five in the morning, the All Kimin Students'
Union (AKSU) has requested the Kimin EAC to provide immediate relief to the victim.
As informed by AKSU, nothing could be saved as the entire house and the property
was reduced to ashes.
BJP Papum Pare unit, Kimin branch also requested the authority concern for providing
immediate relief to the victim for quick rehabilitation.
New market opens at Gohpur Tinali
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: A new market has been opened up at APMC Complex, Gohpur Tinali
near here under the initiative of the Ward No 2 Councilor and Agriculture Department.
The idea for opening up the new market was conceived and initiated by Ward No 2 Councilor
Tatung Tania with help of the agriculture department, especially concern officer
in-charge Dolang Akum, ADO and MK Gui, Ml.
"Opening up of the new market will give the shopkeepers and vendors of the area a
big sigh of relief as their old roadside market was evicted for construction of highway,
the Councilor said in a release.
He suggested each and every shopkeeper/vendor to keep the market area neat and clean
and use dustbin to maintain cleanliness.
While seeking cooperation for smooth running of the market, he requested the public
not to encroach the market area in the greater interest of the general public and
the business community. He assured them to provide a vehicle (truck) for lifting
Meanwhile, the business community and general public of the Ward expressed gratitude
to the Councilor, Director of Agriculture Department, Agriculture Officer In-Charge
and also the Capital Administration for opening up the market.
Candle light march for justice to Aroti held at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Demanding justice for late Aroti Mize, who succumbed to her injuries
at RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar on May 21st last, the All Adi Student Union (AdiSU),
Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) along with Adi Baane Kebang East Siang unit women wing (ABKWWES)
conducted a peaceful candle light march from Doying Gumin Hall to Gandhi Chowk Pasighat
on Sunday last.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the case status initiated by the state government,
AdiSU general secretary Obuk Gao appealed the government for early investigation
to find out the culprits involved in Aroti's case.
While placing displeasure over the delay in the investigation for the case, ABK secretary
Tabung stated that the investigation should expedite for justice and urged the investigating
authorities and state government to chalk-out the case in earliest manner to give
the justice to the family members of the victim.
ABK East Siang unit women wing general secretary Opak Takuk Ering also condemned
the frequent occurrence of crime against the women in Arunachal Pradesh and advised
the parents to know the whereabouts of their children.
Condemning the incident, AdiSU, ABK and ABKWWES has urged the state government not
to give bail to the alleged accused till the forensic test report is received.
State cabinet resolves to maintain transparency in governance
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The newly sworn in Council of Ministers this evening held the first
Cabinet meeting under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and pledged to
work with the motto 'Power to People' while passing the Cabinet Resolution with consensus.
In achieving the said goal, the Cabinet resolved that the Government will work towards
achieving absolute transparency and accountability in every single decision that
it takes in the next five years.
The Cabinet also resolved that all pending projects will be completed on time, especially
the Prime Minister's Package - Trans Arunachal Highway, district connectivity roads,
National Highways, Railways, Airports, etc. Focus will be emphasized on creating
favorable investment atmosphere to attract investments in the field of Pharmaceuticals,
Food Processing, Medical Tourism, Information Technology and Knowledge Park, etc.
A transparent mechanism will be put in place in this regard, the Cabinet resolved.
While reiterating that the Government will resort to a zero tolerance policy with
regards to revenue generation, resource mobilization and revenue leakages, the Cabinet
further resolved to accord highest priority to health and education sectors with
a comprehensive action plan that will be implemented in letter and spirit.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet thanked the people of Arunachal Pradesh for giving an overwhelming
majority and a mandate for a stable Government. The members observed that the result
and verdict of the people is a reflection of the desire for political stability,
people-friendly governance and support for continuing the existing programs and policies
of the Government. (MC, CMO)
75th birth anniversary of Lummer Dai celebrated
Dai's literary creations act as bridge of love between people of Assam and Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Sometimes misunderstanding can occur within the family members
which is quite natural. But the real problem starts when some organizations with
vested interests try to mislead people by fomenting the issue unnecessarily for their
personal gain, opined YD Thongchi, President Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS)
cum Sahitya Akademi awardee while referring to the boundary related disputes between
the two neighboring states of Assam and Arunachal. He said this while attending the
75th Lummer Dai birth anniversary celebration at Bihpuria, Assam yesterday.
An eight-member APLS team led by Thongchi attended the function organized by Asom
Sahitya Sabha (ASS) in collaboration with Lakhimpur and Bihpuria branches of Sahitya
Sabha held in Dharmeshor Kotoki Bhavan, headquarter of Bihpuria branch of ASS.
Staunchly supporting Thongchi's statement, ASS General Secretary Prahlad Tasa suggested,
"A discussion between both the states is the need of the hour. It is high time we
create a sense of amity and understanding amongst ourselves." He further added, "We,
in collaboration with APLS will leave no stone unturned to achieve that goal."
Earlier, the program started with paying of floral tributes and lighting of candles
to the portrait of Lummer Dai by Tokong Pertin, General Secretary APLS.
He highlighted how Dai's creations acted as a bridge of love and understanding between
the people of Assam and Arunachal. Later, everybody joined enthusiastically in paying
their tributes to Dai.
Pertin, on behalf of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, conveyed Tuki's appreciation and
gratitude to the people of Bihpuria and ASS for the establishment of 'Lummer Dai
Research Centre' for research and development of local indigenous languages and literature
at Bihpuria. Pertin also conveyed Tuki's special gratitude to Golok Hazarika, a prominent
senior citizen for donating five bighas of land for establishing the centre at Bihpuria
to an exuberant crowd.
He also presented Rs. 3 lakh on behalf of Tuki to Paramananda Rajbongshi, vice president,
ASS as a token of aid for the centre amidst thunderous applause.
More applause followed when he announced Tuki's assurance to grant Rs. 5 lakh annually
from the government side to help run the centre.
A visibly emotional Bhupen Bora, local MLA of Bihpuria thanked Tuki profusely for
the timely and generous contributions.
"I also thank Tuki for declaring state holiday when Bhupen Hazarika died. This shows
how much Hazarika was loved by the people of Arunachal. Such acts go a long way in
strengthening the age old ties between the people of Assam and Arunachal," he said.
He also announced Rs. 1 lakh from his side as an aid to the centre. He further added
that Dai's literary creations will remain alive and evergreen in the heart of his
Rajbongshi, Tasa and a host of intellectuals and elders present in the auditorium
also thanked and lauded Tuki for his noble gesture and help. In fact, they decided
to invite Tuki to Bihpuria in the immediate future to express their love and gratitude
The other attraction of the function was the songs sung by the evergreen Bengia Hemanta.
His rendition of the number 'arun kiran, sheesh ka bhushan' in five languages of
Arunachal including Assamese kept the audience spellbound.
Dr.P Ringu, convenor cum Asst. General Secy. APLS read out a humorous Assamese composition.
Also present in the function were Nabam Tarang and Mukul Pathak, both executive members
The program ended with a proposal by Rajbongshi to observe the third death anniversary
of Bhupen Hazarika by ASS this November at Itanagar instead of Assam with APLS.
First session of sixth legislative Assembly begins
Members administered oath
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The maiden session of the Arunachal Pradesh Sixth Legislative Assembly
began today with three days sitting.
The newly elected members took their oath on the inaugural day of the session. Protem
speaker Kameng Dolo administered the oath of affirmation to all members as the member
of the legislative assembly. Techi Kacho, Tage Taki and Pasang Dorjee Sona preferred
to take oath in Hindi while other members took oath in English.
Welcoming the members to the first session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly, Dolo
said "You are lucky to be one among the winners." He wished them good luck in shouldering
their responsibilities as MLAs.
There are 42 INC, 11 BJP, 5 PPA and 2 independent MLAs in the 60 members Assembly
house. Besides, the assembly has 19 new faces, 11 unopposed and 2 two women members
- Karya Bagang from Chayangtajo and Gum Tayeng from Dambuk.
The new incumbents included nine BJP members - Kento Rina from Nari-Koyu, Laisam
Simai from Nampong, Olom Panyang from Meriyang Geku, Tage Taki from Ziro-Hapoli,
Tamar Murtem from Raga, Tumke Bagra from Along West, Kaling Moyong from Pasighat
East, Dr Mahesh Chai from Tezu and Tesan Pongte from Changlang North constituency.
Five Congress members - Mutchu Mithi (Roing), Dikto Yekar (Daporijo), Zingnu Namchoom
(Namsai), Tatung Jamoh (Pasighat West), Mama Natung (Seppa West), three from PPA
- Wanglam Sawin (Khonsa East), Tirong Aboh (Khonsa West) and Pani Taram from Koloriang,
while Tsering Tashi (Tawang) and Paknga Bage (Dumporijo) are Independent.
Earlier, before starting of the day's business, a two minute silence was observed
as a mark of respect to former ministers late Newlai Tingkhatra who passed away on
the night of May 7 last at New Delhi following a massive brain stroke and late TG
Rinpoche, who left for his heavenly abode at New Delhi on May 16 last. Incidentally
late Tingkhatra won from 58 - Kanubari constituency as INC candidate leading to a
Secretary Legislative Assembly M Lasa laid three notifications on the table of the
house. These included - Notification No.GA/-05/2014 dated 6th March 2014 regarding
dissolution of the fifth legislative assembly of the state, Gazette Notification
No. EN/LEG/52(LA)/2014 dated 18th May, 2014 of the Election Commission of India regarding
constituting of a new Legislative Assembly for the state and Gazette Notification
No. LA/LEG/13/2014 dated 28th May, 2014 on appointment of Protem Speaker.
Later the Protem Speaker adjourned the house till 10 am tomorrow for the second day
3 boys seriously injured by anti-social elements at Poma
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: In a gruesome incident a group of unknown miscreants attacked three
boys at Poma village yesterday night causing grievous injuries to them. The three
boys, all hailing from Poma village, were attacked when they objected to the anti-social
activities of the group of youths.
As per the report, large number of youths who had come from capital was drinking
inside school campus of Poma village around 7 in the evening. The three young boys
requested them to leave the place but the mob gathered some more boys and brutally
assaulted the young boys. One of the injured boys is only 13-year-old. Victim's parents
have lodged an FIR at Itanagar police station. Three injured are Tacha Gellum, Techi
Bhai and Techi Tanu. The condition of Tacha Gellum is reported to be serious and
he is currently undergoing treatment. All Papum Poma Students' Union (APPSU) and
Poma Rillo Youth Welfare Association (PRYWA) have strongly condemned the incident.
"Such kind of repeated heinous act within the Poma Panchayat by outsiders has deeply
angered us. We welcome outsiders as we want to be part of developed society. But
it has been noticed that outsiders are taking advantage of our friendly nature and
creating trouble for the villagers. This will not be tolerated anymore," stated APPSU
and PRYWA in a joint statement.
They furthered appeal to the concern authority to immediately trace out the culprits
involved in last night's incident and give them exemplarily punishment as per the
law. APPSU and PRYWA have demanded the police for night patrolling in Poma-Jote areas,
as these days many outsiders visit these area routinely. "Among outsiders some come
for no purposes and create such kind of problems with evil intention. To check those
anti-social people routine patrolling is necessary. Villagers want to leave peacefully
and therefore need help of the administration in this regard," they continued.
ABK appeals for one more cabinet berth from Adi community
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) appealed to the Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki for induction of one more MLA from Adi community in his council of ministers.
Extending gratitude to Chief Minister for inducting Tapang Taloh as one of the cabinet
ministers, ABK said that there were two representatives from Adi community in the
state cabinet berth for the last one decade but it has been reduced to one this time.
The Adi community despite having the second highest representative of INC legislators
and one of the largest communities of the state could not find two cabinet berths
which is a great concerned for the Adi community. It is worth mentioning here that
prior to final selection of the cabinet ministers; the ABK had demanded the Chief
Minister for induction of alteast two ministers from the Adi community.
The ABK hoped that taking the vastness of the community and its representatives in
the state assembly, Chief Minister would induct one more minister from Adi Community
in his ministry immediately.
It also expressed hoped that under the leadership of Nabam Tuki, the government would
fulfill the expectations of the people and would also bring all round development
in the state.
'Arunachal a living lab of traditional knowledge'
ITANAGAR, Jun 02: Arunachal Pradesh is a living laboratory of traditional knowledge,
remarked a student from University of South Florida (USF), USA, who had been to RIWATCH,
Roing along with 14 other students and two faculties on a 15 days 'Study Abroad'
programme from May 12.
"The modern world is looking for traditional knowledge of indigenous communities
and really here is the living laboratory of traditional knowledge," the student opined.
The students were led by Dr. Carrion Iraida V and Dr. Manisha Joshi, faculties from
department of Social Work and Public Health. It was a first ever study abroad program
held in Arunachal Pradesh.
The very objective of the program was to provide US students opportunity to immerse
themselves in the indigenous context of Northeast India and provide a learning experience
about rich cultural traditions, social structures, health practices, lifestyles,
natural resources management and sustainable development.
Further it aimed at strengthening the collaborative engagement in sending equal number
of Arunachalee students to USF and other institutes of higher education in USA.
All of them were excited to experience the kind hospitality of the local communities,
their festivals, social fabric, value system and above all ethno medicine.
The team visited Mayodiya and Hunli to experience the Indian way of living and travelling
in crisscross high altitude thrilling roads.
A total of 16 sessions, including formal sessions by experts, informal interaction
with community elders, women's group and administrators were conducted to fulfil
the study objectives. Some of the remarkable sessions to note were by Sahil Nijhawan,
Ph.D. Student from University College London -Zoological Society of London on his
anthropological study of man and nature relationship. His presentation with slides
of rare animals found in Mishmi hills thrilled a packed audience at RIWATCH conference
Significance of cross cultural studies by Dr Lata Dani, a retired principal from
Pune College and potential to explore networking with institutes of higher education
by Dr. Joram Begi, Director of Higher and Technical Education were quite illuminating
and informative to them.
The participants were touched to experience the openness and kind hospitality of
the local people during number of dinners hosted by different families to them.
As a part of International Studies and community initiatives, the USF team participated
in social work programme by cleaning the District Hospital Roing and planting trees
at Govt. School Mayu on 24 May.
Responding to a Power-Point presentation on Lohit Youth Library Movement by Satyanarayanan
Mundayoor, USF students gifted a packet of books for library movement. These books
became a part of newly conceived program "Bag Pack Librarian" by RIWATCH and Lohit
Library Movement aimed at decentralizing the Libraries centrally located in towns
or villages. The USF team launched the first ten "Bag pack librarians" with bags
on 24 May 2014 at RIWATCH campus.
The whole study abroad program was surely a big leap forward to place Arunachal Pradesh
on global platform.
FCRC coaches start football training for youths at Aalo
AALO, Jun 02: A week-long football coaching for young footballers under the age groups
of 10 to 15 years by reputed coaches James Carr and Iteith Greenf from FC Reading
Club (FCRC) England gets underway at General Field Aalo today.
The inaugural training session was kicked off by Tadar Appa, Assistant Director,
DYSA cum Member Secretary Sports Authority Arunachal Pradesh. G. Doke, Secy. Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association cum Arunachal Olympic Association and Kipa Hage, Assistant
General Secy. Arunachal Football Association disclosed that the month long coaching
planned in the districts had to be cut short due to the recent simultaneous election.
They exhorted the players to take up the short but intensive coaching seriously to
acquaint themselves with skills, exercise and technical aspects of the game to excel
as good footballers in future. The talented boys from various districts of the state
will be sent to Itanagar for further training camp and boys selected in the state
level will be sent to FC reading Club, England for training, they disclosed. DIPRO
Ziro zeroing-in to become a tourism hub
Apart from writing down whatever little I know and sharing it with my esteemed readers,
especially the young people of our beautiful state Arunachal Pradesh, traveling is
another passion of mine. I have been to most parts of our state except a few interior
places. This time it was on the 24th of May when I requested my friend Amit Bengia
to take me along with my two children to Ziro about which I have heard so much. As
always, Amit did not disappoint me and asked my children and me to be prepared for
the trip. He told us to carry some warm clothes which we did. So, we started from
Nirjuli in his white Duster driven by a young driver. The road from Kimin to Yazali
was I would put not very good but so so. But from Yazali to Hapoli the road was too
narrow with a number of narrow turnings for comfort. The driver has to be always
alert and on guard to manoeuvre such dangerously narrow curves. However, the much-hyped
Trans-Arunachal-Highway will bring a change to this soon. Being a keen observer of
things whenever I go, I was appalled and flabbergasted by the sad fact that not a
single bird or wild animal was spotted on the way during our long journey. Leave
alone spotting them, even the cries of birds were not heard. It was like traveling
from Dimapur to Kohima in Nagaland wherein not even cries of insects can be heard.
Seriously, I felt terribly upset by the deafening silence of Nature and wildlife.
Something needs to be done urgently. The gentle and innocent-looking mithuns filled
the void of the wild creatures which appeared at almost every turning. Little wonder
then, I must admit that our journey to the famous Ziro started on a rather sour note.
However, my frustration and the great conflict going on in my mind due to the absence
of wildlife for which Arunachal Pradesh is known, was compensated by the breathtaking
view of the famous Ranganadi Hydro Project from Potin. The enchanting view had a
soothing effect on my weary physical and mental state. The Ranganadi and its surroundings
look more like a locale in Switzerland. My children thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful
sight and they confided in me that the long journey was worth it. Since I call spade
a spade, some people for the reason[s] best known to them loath and often criticize
my candid expression of things and situations. But I take them in my strides. I sincerely
feel that we must not hide our shortcomings and weaknesses if any. In this context
I may add here that whenever I visit any place in our overtly glorified state, I
am invariably followed by a few not so encouraging things like deplorable roads,
wanton destruction of forests and wildlife, lack of civic sense amongst our tribal
people, erratic power supply, imposing Churches dominating the landscape and dwarfing
the Indigenous places of worship and so on and so forth. This is the bitter truth
in our state. When we reached Hapoli, I was more disappointed seeing the dusty roads,
the shops run by the non-tribals and the unhygienic surroundings. Then I told my
friend and guide Amit that he had brought us to a place that looked like any other
small town in Assam. Then he quietly told me to have patience saying that we were
yet to see for what we had come. Obviously, I was little convinced and kept my cool.
In the meantime, my friend Amit took us to Ziro and beyond to see the pine trees
and the bamboo groves. My mind changed for the better. I was fascinated by the endless
paddy fields between Hapoli and Ziro. The newly planted young paddy plants stood
motionlessly as if telling us 'come in July-August when we are in our splendoured
best and add colour and beauty to the ambiance and landscape of Ziro.' Seeing the
paddy fields, I agreed without an iota of doubt that the hardworking Apatanis have
inherited the most advanced and scientific settled agricultural system from their
ancestors. They must be indebted to their forefathers for this unique system.
I was deeply impressed by the systematic community and individual pine trees which
surround the entire Apatani plateau standing like the sentinel. The pine trees are
cut for use when they are fully mature and the forest is replenished by planting
more pine trees for every pine tree felled. This sounded like a music to my willing
ears because in other places of our state people know only how to fell the trees
with disdain and never contemplate to plant trees. We also enjoyed seeing the special
and unique Apatani bamboo groves which are planted systematically. Another new and
innovative thing that impressed me was the way the skillful and intelligent Apatanis
construct the mithun and cow fences by using the upper parts [branches] of the bamboos
with leaves and twigs intact. The fences may look fragile but the mithuns and cows
don't penetrate through them because the twigs and the leaves are irritating to their
sensitive nose. What an idea indeed! After going around in the wilderness, there
was another surprise in store for us in the form of our lunch. My friend Bobby Hano
told us that the lunch was ready. He directed us to reach a certain place in the
outskirt of Hapoli. My eyes could not believe at first. The place was a beautiful
resort with small and cosy cottages. We happily occupied one cottage and ordered
our lunch. We had a sumptuous lunch that my children and I will cherish for a long
time. Then Amit told Bobby to take us to a Homestay in Siiro in Hong village. Bobby
being a local from Ziro and a wonderful host took us to Hong from the Ring road to
acquaint us more with the Apatani plateau. The Ring road I was told was the boundary
between the Apatanis and the Nyishis. We saw almost all the villages. The road was
of course in a real bad shape. Someone told us that the wretched road condition defeated
the former MLA. We had a hearty laugh. Even my children understood what a bad road
could do to a leader. My first impression about Hapoli changed once and for all when
we finally landed up at the Homestay in Hong which was situated amidst serene rural
surroundings. The huts were neat and clean with continuous water supply. The host
and the hostess were so caring and loving that we felt we were in our own homes away
from homes. Interestingly, we did not use the warm clothes we carried along. After
we had a good rest in the Homestay, Bobby informed us that we would be taken to an
Apatani traditional hut in Hapoli to savour the famous Apatani 'O' with pike and
pila. The Homestay is in a way the modern concept of the 'Manya' when during the
barter system days of the distant past, a Nyishi coming down from the hills to Ziro
used to stay in his Apatani Manya's house as a guest. So also, an Apatani visiting
a Nyishi village would stay in his Nyishi Manya's house. This system was prevalent
in the Nocte society also which was called 'Roowa' wherein the man coming from the
upper-belt Nocte area to the lower-belt would stay in his Roowa's house and verse-verse.
As planned, we went to Hapoli where Bobby was waiting for us. Later on the house
in which we had such a wonderful time savouring 'O' with nicely prepared pike and
pila belonged to none other than Taku Chatung, a young and energetic social worker
who is the President of The Apatani Youth Association. While emptying our bamboo
mugs of 'O,' we discussed on entire gamut of activities that could further improve
Ziro to make it the numero uno tourist destination. I was pleasantly surprised to
know that The Apatani Cultural Landscape was amongst the 55 sites selected from India
in the Tentative List of World Heritage Site this year which is a great honour in
itself. If this materializes then it would be the fittest tribute that the Apatanis
could pay to their ancestors for what they had inherited. People like Bobby Hano
and Taku Chatung are making a pioneering effort to translate the dreams of all the
Apatanis into a reality. The youth, academicians, intelligentsia, NGOs, Women's groups
and social workers should work jointly with Hano and Chatung to make Ziro the number
one tourist destination. But for this infrastructures like good roads, landing ground,
good hospitality, lodges, homestays, cleanliness, protection of the fragile environment
and precious wildlife etc arte sine qua non. The tourists come not only to see the
people but the forests, rivers, wildlife, ethnic culture, arts, artifacts and all
things which are held dear by the tribals. Having visited Ziro and having experienced
the warm hospitality, I find no reason why Ziro cannot be a tourism hub in the near
future. My children are insistent that I should take them again in the near future
too. That I will definitely do because children's happiness is my happiness. [The
writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at [email protected] yahoo.co.in]
Barbaric act of vandalism at Bomdila condemned
BOMDILA, Jun 02: In view of the ongoing impasse over the vandalization of the vehicles
belonging to the three MLAs of Tawang at Gontse Gaden Rabgyeling Monastery, Upper
Gompa, Bomdila on May 27 by a mob, a mass meeting was convened today at Dirang wherein
the Dirang Students Union, ZPMs, ASMs, Gaon Burahs, Political functionaries and senior
citizens vehemently condemned the unfortunate incident and termed it as barbaric
and totally uncalled for.
The speakers reiterated on the need to maintain peace and tranquility in the area
and to let the rule of law prevail in the Mon area.
ADC Dagbom Riba opined that the sentiments and emotions of the people might have
run high during that period but vandalism and acts of violence by whosoever can't
be tolerated. Riba appealed the people to extend full co-operation to the investigating
The meeting resolved that the accused individuals from Dirang in vandalizing the
vehicles of the three MLAs of Tawang shall surrender themselves before the Investigating
officer, Bomdila within a week's time and that they shall tender their apology publicly
at St. Lopon Stadium, Dirang to the three MLAs of Tawang in due course of time.
The meeting also strongly condemned the rumors of vehicles and people of Tawang being
targeted at Dirang. This is the act of mischief mongers pursuing their own personal
agendas and trying in vain to create rift, hatred and mistrust between the people
of Tawang and Bomdila, they said in unison. DIPRO
During the recent eviction drive undertaken by the administration along the roadside
at Naharlagun, the streets were cleared off from roadside shops and vegetables vendors.
I felt that now the pedestrians will get a better walking space without bumping into
each other and the city will glow and look better. In absence of proper sign board
and landmark due to overcrowding of streets the visitors from face lot of problems.
When the eviction was done, everyone thought roads are going to get wider and clean.
But surprisingly in the evening when I came to market, I found everything same like
before and vendors were functioning pretty well as if nothing happened. I just overheard
some passerby saying “Sab Hide and Seek hai ". Yes, exactly that is what happened.
The administration expects a lot from the public. We as responsible citizen should
try to execute some of our duties respectively for a better state as our administration
has to put more effort in this land of Khusi Khusi from hide and seek.
Acknowledgement to all media fraternity
Since from the last decade, it has been observed that the media fraternities of Arunachal
are gradually echoing their voices and deepening their footholds without biasness
towards any caste, religion etc. They are continuously putting their endless endeavors
to uphold the true spirit of journalism by disseminating the news beyond boundaries.
Tongam Rina, Associate editor of The Arunachal Times is a leading example from the
media fraternity to raise the various issues of the state without any fear which
has been recently honored by the ‘Reporters without Borders’ an international organization
that work for free press & information.
Likewise, many reporters from the media fraternity are continuously updating us with
the latest news despite of the various prevailing odds. However, some of the powerful
anti-social elements are actively engaged in assaulting the media person, vandalizing
the office which is a threat to the freedom of speech, commonly exists in the communist
country or in junta regime. In many parts of the country, it has reckoned the values
of media fraternity as a third pillar of the institutions by ensuring the basic freedom
to the media group. This is acting as an interface between the Government and the
common citizens and also works as a gateway to raise the public grievances directly
to the government in order to restore the transparency and accountability of public
delivery system aligned to accomplish the underlying objective of the good governance.
But, it is appalling to know that the media fraternity is targeted unnecessarily
by some miscreants with their personal motives.
But the question lies that if we cannot protect the freedom of expression of the
media fraternity than it is difficult to uphold the individual rights of the common
people in the state. The need of the hour is to protect the interests of the common
citizens inter-alia help the media fraternity to work independently without any pressure
from political groups, association etc.
In this regards, All Nyishi Students ‘Union (ANSU) has taken initiative to protect
the interests of the media fraternity and convened a joint meeting with the member
of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists
(APUWJ) on dated 12th May, 2014 at Hotel Ashoka Itanagar under the aegis of ANSU
President Byabang Joram, GS Nyanya Gollo and newly elected executive members.
Chopa Cheda, President (APC) and Azing Pertin, President (APUWJ) shared the grievance
of misbehavior by our own people, forceful approach by the organizations to publish
their issues in the front page only which is unhealthy trend and thereafter they
also appeal to respect the profession conduct of media fraternity especially print
media editors guild. The ANSU team led by president stated for extension of their
full cooperation to ensure the smooth functioning of the media fraternity in the
Therefore, I do humbly appeal to the entire concern citizen to cooperate with the
media fraternity in order to strengthen the third pillars of society for addressing
issues of the state to the region & beyond.
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Time to pay back
With the swearing in of 9 cabinet ministers last night, the suspense over cabinet
berth is finally over. Even though Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was sworn in on 18th
May, the state cabinet was not finalized due to internal fight among Congress MLAs
for cabinet berth. It is reported that matter was resolved only after interference
from party high command. While portfolios have not been allocated yet, it is hoped
that finally ministers will start working and address the concerns of public.
Also it is time Congress leaders forget their difference and work towards fulfilling
the promises made during election. People of Arunachal have given them absolute mandate
and its time they pay back citizens by honestly pursuing developmental agenda. If
state Congress leaders don’t bury differences and continue dissidence activities,
they will be the worst sufferer. People of Arunachal are smart enough and will punish
non-performers for sure.