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AAPSU to analyse white paper on hydro projects

Federal Assembly accords priority to education sector, calls for university status to JN College


ZIRO, June 27:  The second session of the 24th Federal assembly of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union at Ziro has adopted six points resolution demanding top priority to education sector including infrastructure development, renovation and maintenance of dilapidated schools and colleges of the state, proportionate distribution of teachers in every school on need base manner and permanent demarcation of various educational institution of the state.

In one of the important decisions, the federal assembly also adopted resolution for Upgradation of Jawaharlal Nehru Collage Pasighat into State University and establishment of Arunachal Scout Head Quarter- cum- Training Centre at Kathan Village under Lohit District.

After analysing the white paper from the State Government about the Hydro Power Project, AAPSU resolve to take necessary step as deem fit.

It was also resolved that Chakma  and Hajong and interstate boundary issues will be persuaded with more vigor and AAPSU should explore new ways and means to check fake document viz- PRC/ST/ LPC/TL/. etc possessed by refugee and non indigenous in the  state.

The Speaker of the Federal Assembly Chera Tamak  while expressing satisfaction over the cooperation extended by the participants to his team for the peaceful and successful conduct of the Federal Assembly, exuded hope that with coming together of young student leaders from various nook and corner of the state the resolution of the concluded Assembly will bear fruits in the coming days.

He reminded the young leaders and central executive members of the AAPSU to use the platform meticulously as they have limited time for the betterment of the Society. He signed off by saying “Leaders will come and go but the institute of AAPSU will always.”

Earlier, the second day of the Federal Assembly once again witnessed vociferous debate and motion put in by various district students unions.

The notable debate put in the second session was the up gradation of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat to state university which was moved by Sunday Dupak, General Secretary of All East Siang District Students’ Union.  

To garner the house support, Sunday elaborated that JNC is the premier college of the state and has contributed much to the growth of the state since its establishment in the year 1964.  “But in recent time the premier college is in shamble due to utter negligence on the part of the State Government”, he said. He also added that the college has enough land with 230 Acres in its possession of which hardly 35% is being harnessed.  The College was accredited B++ (COLLEGE FOR POTENTIAL OF EXCELLENCE by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2006 for its overall performance down the years.

The other notable discussion put forth by various federal units was for cohesive relation between the apex students union  and  its federal unit. Taking part in the debate All Papumpare District Students’ Union President Nabam John opined that in many cases the central executive members of AAPSU do not disseminate its course of movement in various issues which greatly hindered the mass participation of students thus becoming a stumbling block for cordial working atmosphere among different federal units with AAPSU. Endorsing the APPDSU, the All East Kameng Students Union President Tukfi Riang went further by saying that image of AAPSU is paramount and central executive leaders who are in Union need to be cautious while carrying themselves out in public.


Cry of a Journalist

By Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, June 27:  On 20th June at around 6 PM, I reached my ‘The Arunachal Times’ office hurriedly after seeing off a friend at Ganga market bus stand. As I yelled out to my office boy to open door for me, two policemen also came out.

While rushing out, the office boy told the two cops that I am an employee of A. Times and so no need to worry. Once I got inside, my colleagues told me that two policemen were there as part of security cover after media were threatened by previous day by supporters of some political leaders.

At first instant it did not affect me but as I got down and started working, seeing policemen around in my own office made me very sad. Across the world, media houses are considered to most neutral of all and hardly are targeted except for few exceptional cases.  On that particular day all the media house of capital was working under police protection. I was not angry with those people who were threatening media house but feeling of helplessness over entire situation made me feel bitter. At that very moment I almost felt like giving up this journalism profession.

It was last October, when The Arunachal Times offered me to join them, that I decided to come back to my own state after spending 7 years outside in places like Mysore and Delhi. Desire of wanting to give back something to society and feeling that in my own state I can freely work made me to come back beside family obligations. But things are not as rosy as I thought.  When I first joined Arunachal Times, many of my friends advised me that with savings of my first few month of salary I should either buy a 'gun' for my safety or carry ‘dao’. I thought they were joking and passed of their suggestion with a smile. Since childhood we have been taught that pen is mightier than sword but am sorry to say in Arunachal sword seem to be mightier than pen.

 This poor journalist can’t afford to buy a gun, so maybe I have to give a serious thought of carrying a ‘dao’ to office for safety, if I wish to do justice to my journalism profession.  Also people in Arunachal have some sort of misconception about the role of media.  The duty of media is to inform and educate public about various issues and then it is responsibility of citizens to take forward such issue to next level.  But sadly in our state though we journalist raise various issues, participation of citizens is almost non-existent. Other than student activism, ordinary citizen hardly takes part in any social oriented activists.

 Also media persons strongly feel that they have not been given their due share by Arunachalee society. Despite working under hostile condition, people of this state only talk in negative line about media. Not a single week goes off without media house getting threatening call or journalist being abused or bullied in their own office. Virtually journalist communities live on the edge. It’s very unfair on the part of people to expect journalist to sacrifice everything for society. We media person too have a family and we also have family obligations. There are brother, sister, uncle, aunty, husband, wife and many more waiting at home.

People of this state need to understand media persons are also normal human being and want to live a peaceful life like any other citizen. It’s time they stop expecting media people to play role of ‘Shaktiman or Spiderman’.

 Many of the bright Arunachalee journalists in past has left this profession looking for greener pasture after their bitter experiences. If same attitude continues not many people will take up this profession. It’s been 8 months since I joined The Arunachal Times and now even I am having second thoughts about continuing in this profession seeing negative attitude of fellow Arunachalee towards media persons in general.


Vyang Yirang: An ideal combination of beauty and brain

ITANAGAR, June 27: On a drizzly dusk of June 19 2010, a memorable moment was inscribed on the pages of Arunachal history by a gracious and beautiful belle Vyang Yirang, hailing from a far flung region, Mebo in East Siang District by fetching the prestigious ‘Fa Fresh & Gorgeous - North East style Icon’ title, sponsored by Fa - an international cosmetics company, at Guwahati, Assam.

Dedicating the conquest to her beloved parents and the state, she disclosed jubilantly, ‘the blessing and tremendous support of my parents has helped me to accomplish this greatest moment of my life.

It would have been dreams on paper without their support, she added emotionally.

Besides idolizing her diligent parents, she is an ardent admirer of state’s prominent woman social activist Jarjum Ete, and a zealous fan of her closet friend, Nana.

It has been an arduous journey for a girl belonging to an interior place like Mebo, but the upshot has been exalting and I’m glad, I had my tryst with destiny, she said with pride.

Her triumph on such a huge platform has brought laurel to the state as she is the first Arunachalee to win the title and also the first from the state to win a beauty pageant outside the state. The feat has also bestowed her with six months modeling contract with Fa and a reputed fashion agency, Le- Modelle, which is also a first for any Arunachalee girl.

God fearing and ambitious, she struggled against all odds to achieve this rare feat. There were 3 other contestants from Arunachal but they couldn’t cross the barrier.

Amidst 22 finalists from various parts of the North East, her mesmerizing beauty and brilliance impressed the judges from film and fashion industry.

I’m so happy that the crown has been won by my friend and fellow Arunachalee, she was the most deserving candidate for the title because of her simplicity, style, beauty and brilliance, said her friend and competitor Tana Yamin.

Born in a Christian family, she is the daughter of Anam Yirang and Eving Yirang. Academically, she has excelled brilliantly with first class results in class X and class XII. An alumnus of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, she did her schooling from VKV Sunpura and Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth, Itanagar and presently pursuing her Master’s in Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing.

Describing about herself she said, ‘I have incurred my simple and selfless nature from my grandparents. I admire them as the cutest couple in the world, adding nostalgically she divulges, ‘they fell in love during the wars, when my grandpa was defending the border from Chinese intrusion in 1962.’

Amicable and down to earth, she has also won the Ms Arunachal crown in 2008-2009, Ms Siang 2007 first runner up, Ms College 2008 and Ms Youth Queen 2006 crowned by Celina Jaitley former Miss India and famous movie star. Her hobby includes travelling, reading, music, dancing and driving. She is also very fond of animals, soccer and romantic movies.

Besides confiding to turn into a pure vegetarian, she suggested the youths to stay away from drugs and to approach their goals with confidence and optimism no matter what.

As a matter of fact, she has achieved what most of the girls her age could only dream of, setting a paradigm for all Arunachalee girls, to believe in what they do and pursue it with passion and devotion. In fact, the state government should acknowledge such young achievers who bring laurel to the state with their ability and fortitude.


Society distributes relief

ITANAGAR, June 27: Orphan Trust Society (OTS) has distributed relief materials to 12 landslide affected families at Baki, Siyum circle in Upper Subansiri on June 24 last.

Two people were reportedly dead and six other injured in a sudden landslide in the midnight of June 23 last at Baki.  Eight houses were reportedly washed away while four houses partially damaged.  

Meanwhile, the Society again appealed the Govt, particularly the relief and rehabilitation department to take necessary step for early relief and rehabilitation to the people. NCP leader T G Baki also urged the state Govt to take corrective measures to prevent recurrence of landslide incidents in Upper Subansiri.  


Mengio sports club launched

ITANAGAR, June 27: The newly formed Mengio Sports Club was formally launched in an impressive function held at Naharlagun yesterday.

The importance of games and sports, job opportunities being provided to sportspersons by government and awareness on sports were the main points discussed during the inaugural function.

Arunachal Taek-Won-Do Association general secretary Tarak Tagling in his speech informed the gathering about job facilities being offered to meritorious sportspersons by the government.

Arunachal Karate Do Association president Bulang Marik said that many people within our country still do not have idea about Arunachal and its people. We can give our identity to the rest of the world through games and sports activities as it is the best way to show one’s own identity. Marik, who himself is a beneficiaries of Govt’s Sports quota, said that one can also earn livelihood through sports. He exhorted the youths of Mengio area to practice Karate to win more laurels for the state.

Anchal Samity Member of Mengio Tarak Passang highlighted some ground realities in regards to rural sports which are to be rectified. He said in a humourous sense that some of our karate players apply the effect of karate soon after they complete a week’s course. Also in football in our area, the first target of some players is to injure rival player! but not the goal ! He asked the players to give up such mentality and play the sport with true sportsman spirit. He hoped that the newly formed sports club would help create awareness on games and sporting activities at Mengio area.


Association oppose posting of officer

ITANAGAR, June 27: Likabali Youth Volunteer Association has said that Ibom Tao, EAC Basar should continue at his posting place as his tenure is yet not over. The association further making known its displeasure at reported move of the government to transfer Tao to Likabali said that during his earlier stint as CO cum BDO, people were at the receiving ends for five long years.


Adviser to CM

ITANAGAR: Former Advisor to Chief Minister Nanom Jamoh, whose services were discontinued before the last Assembly Election due to enforcement of model code of conduct has been re-appointed as advisor to Chief Minister on Women Welfare.


APDA training

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council under the aegis of National Rural Health Mission Arunachal Pradesh is organizing two days training on the subject, ‘Neonatal Care’ from June 28 which will be held at Conference Hall, Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun.


UAEA  says no to extension of deputation

ITANAGAR: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) has urged the Govt not to regularise the services of contractual JEs and opposed the extension of the deputation of officers.

The union demanded that all the engineers working on deputation should be sent back to their parent departments to pave the way for advertisement of the backlog posts.  Draftsmen who were illegally appointed to the posts of AUPO should also be sent back to their earlier posts, it said.  It also demanded trans Arunachal Highway as separate department from PWD. UAEA further said that Govt should consider its demands at the earliest to avoid agitation like dharna.


Merger of society

ITANAGAR, June 27: The Tayam Brah Brothers’ Capital Complex Youth Interim Committee in a meeting held here yesterday has unanimously resolved to amalgamate with Chem Abo Welfare Society (CAWS) . After the merger the society will be known as Tayam Brah Tabo Welfare Society (TBTWS).


Union allege

ITANAGAR, June 27: The All Leporiang Students’ Union (ALSU) has expressed resentment over the alleged beating up of Dr Tana Talin by Naharlagun Police following an incident which took place at A sector on June 19 last involving a Tata Mobile owner. It said the incident happened when the officer was on duty to collect medicine from Itanagar. The Union said that the doctor is still under treatment and demanded the authorities to take the matter seriously for delivering justice.

When enquired, City SP said, officer was arrested for trespassing the house of the Tata Mobile owner. However, later he was released by the court. SP further said, the arrested person was not beaten up.


Kudos to DDK

Dear Editor,

On June 23, DDK North East (PBC, Ghy) has organized and live telecast a programme, entitled "Guldasta" where the artistes from each and every states of North East were invited to perform hindi numbers.

The program has not only brought together different artistes of North East in a single platform but, it also gave a chance for interactions among the artistes belonging to different states of North East.

Most importantly, it was an exposure of musical talent of the artiste of the North East. Such program is appreciated and should be encouraged. But, I suggest in such a programme local songs of the different states of NE should  also be preferred along with the Hindi numbers. Hindi movie songs should be discouraged and self composed songs should be encouraged, because not only good singers, we also needs good composers too from North East.

None the less, I congratulate Director and his team for organizing the program. Kudos to you all. Expecting another such program in the future.


John, Reekam & Jeekam,




An appeal


Dear Editor,

I would like to draw your attention towards an accident which took place on 11th June at around 10 pm in night near New Petrol Pump C-Sector, Itanagar. A white Bolero brutally injured Mr Mangam Kuli.  But the driver of the car, without offering any assistance ran away from the spot. We understand that accidents happen sometime but this insane person even did not bother to check whether the victim was alive or not. At least for the sake of humanity, he should have tried to help the victim.

In this regard we have also filed police case against unknown accused and further call upon the driver to please come forward.


Mangam Tasap,





Be careful while choosing colleges


Dear Editor,

I would like to alert the parents/guardians of young talented children regarding admission in various Professional / Non Professional Colleges in different States of our Country as there are many bogus institute mushrooming which is not approved by the Ministry of HRD and UGC.

These days many Institutes are giving publicity through various News Paper for admission in various courses and offering reasonable fee and other amenities.

     So, it is my earnest request to parents/guardians to be shrewd while admitting their kid in various Colleges and take detail information about the College before taking admission or consult the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education for more details about the college. Astute parents can also consult with the Career/Educational Counseling Centre available in our City so that they may not be remorseful later.


Koj Kapa,





A letter to People First Government


Dear Editor,

If the People First Government has any Ministry of Power, I invite its kind attention unto the pathetic problem being faced by the People residing at F- Sector, Naharlagun.  Electricity supply in F-Sector Naharlagun is regularly irregular and life in the Sector is awful.

Public residing at F-Sector, Naharlagun are also people. But people first government seems to have mistaken them for other elements. Owing to the awful power disruptions, masses of this ever forgotten Sector are debarred from enjoying even the FIFA world cup matches.

Some time back our locality was informed that North Korea could not qualify for the super 16 in the FIFA world cup. We did not believe the news so we rush one boy across another sector to ascertain the news. Such is the case.

Last week, in F-Sector there was continuously black out for many days. Suddenly one day, probably accidentally, power flowed into the diseased wires of the sector for some seconds, on which many children ran out of their homes screaming in terror.

Poor children, they mistook the humming sound of Refrigerators, Air conditioners and various sounds of electric appliances to be of ghost who terrified them out of their wits for these sounds have now become foreign to their innocent ears. Some frightened children even got injured while running out of their homes.

On inquiry about the long power failure in the Sector, the inquiry cell informed that Transformer has exploded and it needs to be mended at Gauhati. Power supply was dismally resumed after some days, but it still remains off most of the time. On inquiry, every time they are now telling that maintenance work is going on. Result is now more maintenance: less power supply. What we now suggest the Power Department is “better you lessen your maintenance so that power supply becomes regular”, because in other sectors where their maintenance is lesser, power supply is better. It indicates that their maintenance means lesser power supply and more maintenance shall result to No power supply at all which we never want. So please don’t carry out maintenance works in F-Sector line if result of your so called maintenance work is to be no power supply.

Billing section seems to be the most efficient cell of the Power Department. They are very prompt in claiming electricity bills and collecting arrears. Whether power is supplied to the sector is not a concern to them at all. Almighty God! Why did not you bless other sections of Power Department with the same wisdom and efficiency endowed to the billing section?

Collecting bills are not only their duty; supplying power is also their obligation since they are collecting tax from the citizens. Please take note, public of F-Sector paying taxes are also citizens. So it is the humble request of the people of F-Sector Naharlagun to people first government kindly to provide proper power supply to us as well.


Father of an injured child.

F-Sector, Naharlagun.




Brag only when achievements are in sync with population number


Dear Editor

In multi-cultural India with numerous sub-nationalities the political leaders play havoc. Last month I was in Kolkata. In an election rally, a fiery chauvinist Bengali politician was speaking on the number of achievers Kolkata has produced. She was all over literature, films, beauty contests and everything she could recall in her moment of parochial jingoism to woo the sentimental Bengali babu. After the noisy banter my mind was occupied with the population-achiever ratio in Indian communites. The Bengalis are one of the numerically major community in India. More than 15 crores are in Bengal. Many crores have sneaked into Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa and elsewhere. In India they will be more than 20 crores. And if the population of Bangladesh is also taken into account the number will rise to more than 40 crores.

A nation or a community look good bragging only when their achievers are in sync with their population numbers. If we check the population and achiever ratio of the Bengalis, the fiery politician who was making an irritating over the top election speech in Kolkata would know that the Bengalis would be at the rock bottom. When compared with the population-achiever ratio of the Parsis, communities like Bengalis, Punjabis, Gujaratis etc which run into numerous  crores will be light years away.

A coaching institute which has an intake of 1000 and produces 100 successful candidates has 10% success rate. Another coaching institute which has a student base of only 100 and produces 10 successful candidates has 10% success rate. But in their promotional advertisements, no coaching institute highlights their actual student population who sought admission. So we do not know the real success ratio of the institute. So also Greece, a country of 1 crore getting 1 Olympic gold is equivalent in success ratio when India, a country with 100 crore population covets  100 gold medals. In both the cases, success ratio will be 0.00001 %.  The irony is that Indians jump in hysteria over a bronze medal. Gold is once in a blue moon. In Indians think in terms of ratio of success in terms of the population number, there will be a marked decrease in the complacency among us. The trap of sub-national jingoism will also be lessened to a certain degree resulting in a better understanding among people.


Sumon Das

Behera Road,

Bhubaneshwar, Orissa


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