Wreckage of US Air Craft with human skeleton found in Lowllum Mountain
Seppa, June 20: The wreckage of US Air Craft, presumed to have crashed during the
IInd- World War with four human skeletons have been found in the Lowllum Mountain
under Chayang Tajo Sub-division, East Kameng District, on June 7.
To reach the place, one needs to walk on foot for two days from Kesse Bagang, after
covering a distance of 80 km from Seppa to Chayang Tajo.
Though the presence of the wreckage was known to villagers of Chayang Tajo, on Friday
one Tani Bagang and Chapo Yangfo who belongs to villages near the crash site, came
to meet the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner with parts of the plane.
According to them, four human skeletons have also been seen at the site.
A plane which has the number ‘S-195T6, BLACKHAWK, dated 7-26-1943’ inscribed on it
hints that the Air craft belongs to USA which might have crashed during the Second
Clayton Kuhles, a US citizen who have been working for many years in Burma, India,
Bangladesh and China to locate and document missing-in-action (MIA) Allied aircraft
lost during World War II has confirmed that plane is from the US in an email.
Clayton along with tour guide Oken Tayeng has managed to track down couple of these
planes in the state.
The US Dept. of Defense stated in 2004 that more than 500 US aircraft and 1200 crewmembers
were still missing in the China Burma India theater called the Hump from WW II, with
nearly 416 Americans remaining missing in India alone. These planes met their end
while flying the area called the “Hump” in the route between US airbases in northeast
India and airfields in Yunnan province of China.
Many of these aircraft were never found, and their crew and passengers have been
declared "Administratively Dead" or Missing In Action.
Last year, an American Gary Zaetz, Nephew of 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz, navigator of the
"Hot as Hell", visited Damroh in Upper Siang, the crash site. The crash site was
chanced upon. A US JPAC recovery team also visited the Hot as Hell crash site near
Damroh with help from the Indian military.
As of now, it is difficult to draw any concrete conclusion as the details are too
scanty but identification of Air craft as BLACKHAWK should be enough clue for experts
to come to a conclusion.
Full information on the wreckage shall be ascertained only after the spot verification
of the silent and immovable plane lying in the ‘Lowllum Mountain’. (with inputs from
BJP demands high power autonomous border management group
ITANAGAR, June 20: India shares 4056 kms boundary with China. After 1962 Indo-China
war, China has illegally occupied 20000 sq kms in Arunachal Pradesh, 38000 sq kms
in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, excluding 5180 sq kms the area ceded to her
by Pakistan in 1963, said the Indo-China fact finding committee’s preliminary reports
The reports added that there have been a claims and counter claims made by Indian
and the Chinese governments. As a result there is no commonly delineated Line of
Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries till today.
While, highlighting the poor infrastructure, road and telecommunication connectivity
in the Indo-China border in Indian side, the reports said “In the last few years,
China has undertaken numbers of infrastructural development in Tibet Autonomous Region
(TAR) as well as on the India-China border which would provide the potential to the
PLA Army to mobilize forces and equipment in a much shorter span of time. China now
has 40,000 kms road network in Tibet, apart from rail links the 1,118 km one from
Lhasa to Gormo in Qinghai province and this new rail line into Tibet have changed
the scenario totally”.
The committee, after close interaction with the people in Ladakh, Jammu and Kasmir
reported that there is an urgent need to improve conditions of the roads and supply
of require advanced equipments for proper surveillance in this region besides Arunachal
The report also revealed that, to put claim over the Pastures like Logonk Ampo, Bhumsedum,
Melung, Tarahap, Dora, Dokbuk, Logma, Sirdeeng, Misisile, Nakumba, Tabeehar, Nagsang,
Seldom etc. China encourage their grazers to enter these Pastures. But on Indian
side ITBP don't allow our Riboos (grazers) to go to the pastures earlier held by
them and now these areas have also become disputed territory. Adding that, once our
security forces also forbid the People of Demchok to hoist national flag on Independence
Again in 2009 the people of Demchok undertook construction of road inside our areas
(but within Chinese Claim Line) out of NREGA funds. But the construction was stop
by Chinese army personnel and no objection was raised from the Indian government.
Further construction of irrigation channels at an amount of 3.75 crores in Damchuk
could not commence due to Chinese objection. But to the contrary, the Chinese has
constructed similar road on their side (within our Claim Line), there was no protest
from Indian side and till date the government has not taken up the matter with the
Chinese. Demanding the centre to speed up the developmental activities in the border
areas, the report added that the China has deployed 2 lakh Army on Indo-China border,
constructed 13 Airports and has established several missile points on the border.
Press fraternity bids adieu to Supriyo Dev
NAHARLAGUN, Jun 20: The press fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh today extended a warm
farewell to former IPR and printing director Supriyo Dev following his superannuation
on April 30 last after 33-year of dedicated service to the state and its people.
Describing him as a great human being, who balanced his professional works and personal
qualities to discharge his duties in the greater interest of the state while winning
the hearts of who ever worked with him, the press persons extended their gratitude
for what he did for the profession and the state. Apart from members of Arunachal
Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) led by its president Taro Chatung, Arunachal
Press Club (APC) members led by its president Pradeep Kumar, human rights activist
Jarjum Ete, journalist turned author Mamang Dai, among others, spoke at length about
Dev and urged him to continue to serve the state in what ever capacity he desires.
Reciprocating the gesture, Dev said his retirement had no link with his decades-long
association with Arunachal, particularly with the media friends, and he would continue
to work in the greater interest of the state.
The first printing press of the state government under the IPR directorate was started
with the appointment of Dev on 4th May 1977.
PPA MLAs’ expulsion takes new turn
ITANAGAR, June 20: After what the entire press fraternity of the state experienced
whether to publish or not the report of expulsion of two PPA legislators with pressures
mounting from the PPA and the ruling Congress to publish it and the legislators not
to honour it during June 16 and 17 last, it was shocking at the information about
a press conference on Monday by the PPA reportedly to revoke the expulsion order.
The print media, on receipt of the expulsion order, contacted the state assembly
and learnt from the assembly secretariat that though the expulsion letter was received
but the assembly speaker was away from the state for attending the five-day presiding
officers’ conference at Srinagar (June 19-23) and would return to the state capital
after the conference.
Was it prudent for the PPA or its legislators to take the press fraternity for granted
and influence them to publish anything against the press ethics is for the people
The press in the state is invariably accused of being partial and weak, but the people
forget that a society gets a press it deserves.
The press being the voice of the people draws its strength from the people and if
the people have to ultimately decide if they want an impartial media.
A news item when published on the basis of a press release if hurt a leader or a
party or an NGO is taken personally and the media persons are attacked individually.
This has to stop forthwith as a clarification would be enough to clear the misgiving.
This does not mean that press is empowered to tarnish the image of anybody by publishing
unsubstantiated news. For that those issuing releases have to realize that press
can outright reject any unsubstantiated release or claim without assigning any reason.
Once this is realized, coercion or muzzling of the press would automatically come
to an end.
Miao administration under fire from Singphos
ITANAGAR, June 20: In the backdrop of 144 CrPr imposed at Miao circle on Friday by
the local administration headed by EAC Gautam Hazarika, the Singpho Development Society
has strongly condemned the act of the administration, here today.
Citing the liberty attributed by the Indigenous Rights, the forum has stated, it’s
an intended act of the administration to harass the local Singpho community to withhold
them from the rights to life and livelihood.
It’s a direct violation of the rights offered by the constitution and Hazarika has
violated the act and under the Tribal Atrocities Act, he has committed a heinous
crime by harassing the tribal community and prohibiting them to construct house in
their own land. The story commenced when the Singpho community were stopped and attacked
by the Chakma refugees on April 05 at M-Pen while they were on the way to construct
houses on the legal land of one lady named Thuing Singpho.
Thuing Sinpho being the rightful owner of the land, the High Court awarded the verdict
in favor of her and ordered the administration to evict the land from the encroachers
and hand it over to the LPC holder.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) while going through the report
of the high powered committee under the chairmanship of state Finance and IPR minister
Setong Sena constituted two years ago has expressed certain apprehension and termed
AAPSU president Takam Tatung said the creation of the high power committee was a
good initiative from the government but its findings, which is available with the
AAPSU, showed that the Committee went with a half hearted approach.
“The half hearted initiatives of the Committee is clearly reflected in the report
which is very unfortunate”, he added while urging the government to show some sincerity
in this long pending issue.
Awareness prog on Water Hyacinth based craft industry
TEZU, June 20: Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia Crassipes) which is called Paani Meteka
in Assamese is an aquatic plant which is abundantly found in Tezu under Lohit district
and in many parts of the North eastern region. Thus it possesses a high level of
potential to emerge as an industry on its own. Moreover, the design and skill has
to be of excellent quality to fetch a premium price. Realising this, North Eastern
Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi) organized the first ever one-day Awareness
programme on water Hyacinth based crafts in association with the local based NGO
– Amik Matai Society on June 19 at New Mekailiang.
The Programme was attended by the District Youth Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan
and representatives from DRDA and Horticulture. The programme on behalf of NEDFi
was conducted by Chandra Kanta Das, Marketing Executive (Aggressive International
Marketing Project). About 50 participants attended the awareness programme belonging
to various SHGs, NGOs, artisan groups & entrepreneurs.
Chairman, Amik Matai Society informed that “water Hyacinth based crafts is a new
concept. Thus, people are still unaware that this water hyacinth can be turned into
exotic handicrafts. Countries like Thailand, Malaysia and China are producing beautiful
handicrafts from water hyacinth and it has a niche market because of its natural
fibre. Earlier it was found that the water hyacinth was mainly used as a fodder for
the piggery units by the local inhabitants of Tezu.
The NGO with the support of NEDFi aims to conduct a series of training programmes
and marketing linkages through trade fairs and exhibitions later for this water hyacinth
based crafts which have the potential to become an innovative source income generation
activity for the artisans, SHGs and local entrepreneurs.
Discussion on Refugee issue in context of A.P & the way forward
ITANAGAR, June 20: On the eve of World Refugee Day, The Arunachal Times and CCRD
organized a discussion “Refugee issue in context of A.P and the way forward’ at E
& K’s restaurant, Naharlagun, here yesterday evening as part of Saturday Cinemaghar.
With Chakma issue again coming to forefront in recent days, discussion were mostly
centered on ways to deal with Chakma and Hajong refugees living in Arunachal. Starting
the discussion, Rajiv Gandhi University‘s political science reader, Dr Nani Bath
said that only the way to solve this tricky issue is by holding mutual dialogues
between the native of Arunachal and the Chakmas and Hajongs.
He also stressed that none of the national political parties like BJP or the Congress
party is willing to initiate towards finding solution to this issue because of political
Emphasizing on the need to restrict Chakmas and Hajong to settlement areas, Dr Bath
said that finding out their exact number in Arunachal Pradesh is very important.
Social activist and Galo Welfare Society’s president Jarjum Ete said one need to
be practical while pursuing Chakma-Hajong refugee issue. Indigenous people have every
right to protect their interest and Arunachalee should present their case in proper
national and international forum.
Arunachal Citizen Right’s Chairperson, Bamang Tago said that people of this state
should be sensitized about Chakma-Hajong issue. He also added that strong will on
the part of state and central government is needed to bring an end to this issue.
AAPSU spokesperson cum chairman of Chakma-Hajong refugee issue committee, Tobom Dai
said all the human right experts of the state must come forward to find a relevant
solution to this decade old issue. “We need to introspect and start new chapter in
Chakma-Hajong movement. Need of the hour is to work out a solution acceptable to
indigenous people of Arunachal,” says Tobom.
The discussion was followed by a screening of a documentary film ‘In Search of My
Home’ directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas that has been produced by the Centre
for Communication & Development Studies in India. The film is about journeys of a
Burmese and an Afghan refugee family and their struggle in India as refugees.
AAPSU condemns intimidation to media
ITANAGAR, June 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has condemned
the intimidation and arm twisting tactics carried out by certain groups against press
fraternity as reported in the news in recent time.
The union called for restrain and respect to the press fraternity of the state who
are working unconditionally for the betterment of our society in trying situation
without much help from any quarters.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung sympathizing with press fraternity said, “Our media
friends have been able to disseminate the real problems and consciousness has been
brought into our Arunachal society with the untiring efforts put in by them and more
so in state like ours, media has a pivotal role in shaping the destiny of our state.
Any differences should be amicably solved through dialogues or by writing through
the same media houses.”
VHAI promote traditional system of in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, June 20: To further strengthen the traditional systems of medicine in Arunachal,
the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) has started imparting training to
the Local Health Service Providers Local Health Service Providers (LHSPs) in few
This initiative is very popular in Thrizino area, West Kameng district, where a nice
herbal garden has been created by VHAI with the active involvement of community and
support of local administration.
62 species of medicinal plants are so far planted in Thrizino garden, which is growing
day by day under the direct supervision of Kanti Nandi a graduate of Marathwada Agricultural
Some herbal plants are already popular among the people of Thrizino and used by LHSPs,
so, VHAI is planning to supply more medicinal plants which can be grown in kitchen
gardens. This project is supported by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health
& Family Welfare, Government of India. Similar initiative is going on at Gensi of
West Siang district; and likely to be expanded to Lumla in Tawang district.
To further popularize the herbal medicine of Arunachal by conducting Clinical Trials
Dr. N. Peter, a post graduate scholar of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),
Kharagpur has joined hand with VHAI and he is all set to conduct scientific studies
under the direct supervision of Dr. Ramashankar, Asst. Director (IC), Ayurveda Regional
Research Institute (ARRI), Itanagar.
VHAI has already conducted studies at Thrizino and Gensi by involving two groups
of respondents; i.e. common people & LHSPs. Both the studies have found that the
age-old practice of local-medicine is still relevant and popular, so, VHAI and few
Government agencies are working together to further strengthen the indigenous medicinal
practices of Arunachal.
Blood donation camp held at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, June 20: Blood donation benefits both the donor and the recipient said
the Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang while attending one day Advocacy Program on
Voluntary Blood Donation, held at General Hospital, Pasighat on June 18 last.
He appealed the heath authority to convene more and more awareness programs at the
block level and advised the people and the students to donate blood and join hands
in bringing awareness on importance of voluntary blood donation.
The Guest of Honour D.C. Srivastav SSP briefed on the benefits of donating blood
and assured to take part in the June 25th blood donation camp.
DDHS (Blood Save), Naharlagun Dr. B. Apum, DDHS (T&R), Pasighat Dr. K. Lego, Dr.
Tapi Ering and Dr. Kaling Jerang, both pathologists and Medical Superintendent GHS
Pasighat Dr. Onik Moyong also spoke on the occasion.
The program was organized by the DDHS(T&R), East Siang District in collaboration
with the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun.
Cong announce officials election
ITANAGAR, June 20: The Pradesh Returning Officer (PRO) AICC Virender Bakshi has
approved the appointment of DRO, BROs and AROs of East Kameng.
Former MLA Taba Haniya has been appointed as DRO for East kameng District for ensuing
party organization election of AICC. Vice President Arunachal Pradesh youth Congress
Kipa Kaha, has appointed as BRO of 10- Seppa (East) while General Secretaries Rikam
Nabam Lalum and Tako Taluk are BROs of 11-Seppa (West) and 8-Bameng Assembly Constituency.
ATYO against construction
ITANAGAR, June 20: All Tagin Youth Organisation (ATYO) of Upper Subansiri district
has lodged complaint against alleged construction of building in Govt land near state
transport office in Daporijo. It also urged the district administration not to entertain
any move for obtaining land allotment certificate.