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June 03

North East NSS Festival to begin today

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 it. PTI

 

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 June 12.

 

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 law.

 

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 garbage.

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.

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News Impact

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 readers.

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 to him.

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 of APLS.

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 bye poll.

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 sitting. DIPR

 

 

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 hall.

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

Denhang Bosai

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 agencies.

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

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Hide and Seek game being played at Naharlagun

Dear Editor,

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.

Yours,

Rickar Taipodia

 

 

Acknowledgement to all media fraternity

Dear Editor,

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 state.

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.

Yours ,

Hillang Nima

Art & Culture

Secretary, (ANSU)

 

 

 

 

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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.