Reminiscencing about first Mopin celebration at Aalo
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Mopin, the main festival of Galo was first celebrated on community
basis in a grand manner on April 1, 1966 at the then Town Club, (present police station
It was debated to a great extent whether to perform chicken-liver examination as
festival cannot be performed without such examinations as per beliefs and practices.
However, it was decided to celebrate the festival without chicken-liver examination.
But another problem crept up again. All the priests refused to perform the rituals
of the Mopin due to superstitions attached to it. No priests came out to perform
the ritual. At last, late Gotu Bagra turned up voluntarily to perform Mopin rituals.
Kore Bagra accepted to perform animal sacrifices for the first time and he continued
to take part in such works for the next four years.
It was only after four years that the people began to realize that evil spirit had
not befallen on late Gotu Bagra and Kore Bagra as per their superstition perceived
earlier. Their agriculture fields began to prosper and yielded bumper production
besides enjoying a happy social and economic life. By observing all this things,
the people forgot all superstitions and beliefs and came out to enjoy the celebration
and indulged in ritual activities.
Rayom Jini voluntarily agreed to sacrifice a Mithun as Pingi Neri. Thus, superstitions
came to an end and people of the Galo society took keen interest in the festival
and festivities with a broader outlook. Iken Riba, late Yimar Riba, Dagi Bagra, Late
Gotu Bagra, Late Gotu Bagra, Late Tadak Gara, Nyamar Ingo and Late Rima Taipodia,
Late Doi Taipodia and Gumken Bagra were the pioneer members of Mopin celebration
in the year 1966.
Mopin became a popular festival in Galo society after traversing all odds and reformation
efforts put-in by many veteran members. Mopin has awakened all the tribes of Arunachal
Pradesh. One after another, the people of Arunachal Pradesh began to claim that every
tribe should have one festival of its own. Mopin inspired all other communities to
take interest in their festivals and as a result festival revolution started soon.
The hidden culture, oral literature, folklores, folk-tales and various other cultural
heritages were focused to the outside world. This is a great achievement and contribution
of Galo society to the other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The pioneers of Mopin celebration,
those who had dedicated and devoted their time and energies to bring about our Mopin
cannot be forgotten by younger generation.
Assam-Arunachal boundary row resurfaces in Likabali area
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The Assam and Arunachal boundary issue is back to forefront once
again. The tension is brewing up in Likabali town as Assam government has opposed
construction activity inside Arunachal territory. The problem started on March 24
when Assam officials objected to construction of a multi-purpose stage near Malini
temple as part of the preparation for annual Malini Mela-2012 celebration from March
29 to April 4.
Every year thousands of pilgrims from across the country visit Malini Mela for religious
purpose. Majority of them are from neighbouring Assam. To cater to the needs of the
visitors, the stage was being built by the organizing committee with the voluntary
contributions by the public.
On March 24, Assam officials led by HK Pegu, the Sub Divisional Officer (SDO), Sissiborgaon,
visited the construction site and sought immediate halt to the construction activities.
Taking further step, MS Manivannar, Deputy Commissioner, Dhemaji district on March
26 wrote a letter to his West Siang counterpart Amjad Tak terming the construction
activity at Malini area as illegal. He called upon DC Tak to advice Manilinithan
Mandir Committee to take prior permission from Assam authorities for such construction.
The letter claimed that the land belongs to Assam.
While replying to this, DC Tak clarified that people of Likabali under the banner
of Malini Mela Committee have been celebrating this event since 1964 at same ground
where construction of stage is going on. But Assam authority had never objected to
it. Further he told that most of the visitors are from Assam and the stage is being
constructed basically for their convenient.
As per the land record, the area which Assam government is claiming as its own comes
under the notified area of Arunachal Pradesh. In order to protect the area from being
encroached, the Malinithan archaeological site area was declared as protected area
vide notice RES (H) 124/75 dated 12th October, 1981. Many people believe that this
problem is arising out of political issue in Assam. The man behind this controversy,
H K Pegu, SDO, Sissiborgaon, is believed to be close to Bhuben Pegu, former MLA of
Jonai Assembly constituency, who lost assembly election to Pradhan Baruah, the sitting
INC MLA. It is also believed that SDO Pegu, at the behest of the former MLA, is creating
controversy so that public emotion goes against the present MLA.
However, the ordinary citizens of Dhemaji and nearby districts are getting ready
to take part in the celebration. Like every year, they are hoping that this year
too celebration will pass off peacefully without any problem. The local Arunachalee
citizens of Likabali is seething with anger over this move by Assam.
“We began the construction of the stage with fund collected through great difficulty.
Also, the stage is being constructed for the benefit of pilgrims, mostly comprising
of Assamese people. Malini Mela is regularly celebrated at the present site every
year since 1964. As far as our knowledge and memory is concerned, Assam Govt had
never made any objection to it earlier. This sudden action is baffling everyone,”
told a citizen of Likabali over phone.
When contacted Ibom Tao, Sub Divisional Officer (SDO), Likabali informed that the
SP and ADC, Dhemaji along with police force visited the area yesterday around 7 pm
and asked for immediate stoppage of the construction activity. He further informed
that, for now, the construction activities have been stopped so that it does not
hamper the festival beginning on March 29.
Meanwhile, Galo Students Union (GSU) has expressed strong resentment over this action
by Assam officials.
In a press statement, GSU general secretary Pakmik Taipodia urged the state government
to take serious note of the illegal action taken by Assam officials. “People of Likabali
have been suffering at the hand of Assam authorities for quite long time. To make
matter worse, Arunachal government had always given step-motherly treatment to people
of Likabali. We are fighting to safeguard our land from being taken away by Assam
but our own government is not worried,” said Pakmik. Further, he called on Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki to take up the issue with his Assam counterpart immediately.
Assembly passes two more university bills
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: With the passing of the Venkateshwara Open University Bill 2012
and the Arunachal University of Studies Bill 2012 by the state assembly today Arunachal
Pradesh is poised to have two more Universities.
While the Padmawati Education Trust, Meerut sponsored, Venkateshawara Open University,
will be established at Itanagar, the Arunachal University of Studies will come
up at Namsai, Lohit and it will be sponsored by World Education Mission.
Earlier, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said with the passage of the university bills
in the Assembly the Arunachalee students will able to continue their education
in own state with lesser expenditure and lesser hardship. The private parties are
interested to serve the people of the state and have promised 25 per cent seat reservations
besides free education for the BPL students of the state under public private partnership,
he informed. There is a plan to have knowledge cities and scientific cities in the
state as well, he announced.
Moving the Bills Education Minister Bosiram Siram said it is right time to improve
higher educational sector in the state. He assured of proper monitoring, supervision
and vigilance on the functioning of the private universities.
Welcoming the bill, TMC MLA Tani Loffa said the opening of private universities and
colleges would in no way burden the state exchequer. It would immensely benefit the
economy of the state and its people.
Congress MLA Tako Dabii, while supporting the bill said passing of so many university
bills at one go might invite public doubt on the credibility of the educational institutions
and the government. He urged the Government to study all pros and cons of the educational
bills. The Assembly also passed Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Prohibition) Bill 2012
and Arunachal Pradesh Fire Service Force (Amendment) Bill 2012 by voice vote.
Mini Secretariat in all the districts: Admitting that some of the official bungalows
of the Deputy Commissioners constructed way back in the 60s and 70s are in a very
dilapidated conditions except for Anini, Tawang and Anjaw, the CM informed the house
that the Government has decided to construct Mini Secretariats in phased manners
in all the remaining 14 districts in the 12th five year plan on priority basis. The
DC offices of Itanagar Capital Complex and Ziro would be taken up in the first phase
to be followed by Daporijo. On the criteria for construction of the Mini secretariats
as demanded by Roing MLA Laeta Umbray the CM said there is no such criteria, it is
based on the proposal submitted the concerned DCs and on the need based basis
Poor BSNL Service: Dissatisfied with the written reply of the CM on horrible BSNL
network service in Itanagar and Seppa, Tani Loffa said the damage of underground
OFC of BSNL is a mere excuse as it could be reconnected or repaired within a day
or two. But in some places service are lying defunct for years together. However,
the Chief Minister assured to take up the matter with concerned ministry.
Commissioning of Pacha Hydel Project: To a supplementary of MLA Tapuk Taku, who complained
that Pacha Hydel at Seppa is running on a single turbine due to which there is very
irregular electricity supply at Seppa township, the CM informed that the other turbine
of the Hydel project has been sent for repairing and will be commissioned on its
arrival. Nyapin MLA Bamng Felix suggested that a new turbine should be installed
in place of the old one.
National seminar on pre-colonial history & traditions of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The Department of History, Rajiv Gandhi University under the UGC,
SAP DRS-II has conducted a national seminar on “Pre-Colonial History and Traditions
of Arunachal Pradesh: with reference to Tawang and West Kameng districts”, here today.
In his address, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. David R Syiemlieh said that
like many things, Indian history, despite its own historical traditions had drawn
influences from the West and by western writers. From early part of the 20th century
when Indian history began to be taken as an academic subject, its understanding of
periodi-zation was drawn largely on the European models.
There is justified reason for objecting to the classical, if not archaic subdivision
of Indian history into Ancient, Medieval and British. If somehow we accept the nomenclature
of Ancient and medieval as they are based on variable time scales, there was just
no credible reason to have a British period in Indian history as it negates a history
of the people of India, he added. He further said though there has been a continuous
history of India going to millennia, the periodization of Indian was more influenced
on political lines and not on the social, economic and cultural institutions. Historians
have to see the significant in change to arrive at the close of an era and the beginning
of another. Historians have tried to classify history and to periodize history on
the basis of some major event like the Arab conquest of Sind in 712 AD or the establishment
of the Delhi Sultanate in 1226.
He asserted that ideally each history should be dated by their own local and significance
and yet history incorporates the local into the general adding Indian history is
replete with examples of this situation.
“I may be pointed out that historically many tribes and communities of the north
east region were not really part of the Indian ethos till more recent times. Historians
by giving them an ancient/early, medieval or modern connection past within the Indian
contest and without the people’s consent will be contributing to a fallacy in history”,
said Prof Syiemlieh.
He added that it is possible to reconstruct the pre-history of some of the tribes
from material remains, it becomes difficult to provide the tribal histories with
ancient and medieval past because there is an absence of written materials from which
to reconstruct that past.
If we want to know about the pre-history, the conventional methods of writing history
do not help. We need to take resort to research in linguistics, ethnology and archeology
for the purpose.
The department of history RGU may ponder such points and examine what will be the
most appropriate term and periodization to use in the case of the history of Arunachal
in its long history of humankind in this region.
Speaking on the day, Co-coordinator, UGC SAP DRS-II, Dr S K Singh said the seminar
is most important in context to Arunachal Pradesh as the students will learn about
the Western part of Arunachal from its historical perspectives.
Urging the scholars to share their knowledge with other students, Dr Singh said the
state has its rich traditions and cultures which should be known to all.
The western part of Arunachal Pradesh is rich in all aspects including religion,
hospitality etc. and it should be explored and given exposure to the world particularly
from historical perspective.
Seminar co-coordinator and Director of Institute of Distance Education, Dr Ashan
Riddi said the traditions of Arunachal Pradesh need to be re-growth in historical
perspective and the seminar is the best forum to discuss the issue.
Head of Department of History, S N Singh, in his chairman remarks, said the subject
‘history’ is not an opinion; it is based on facts and figures. A historian has a
vast scope to study on the western part of Arunachal and to unearth many untold and
unheard histories with the implication of new methodology.
Yet another incident of vandalism
PASIGHAT, Mar 28: In yet another incident of vandalism, the newly constructed RCC
boundary wall of the commercial plot adjacent to the Bogong Anchal Bhavan, near circuit
house, Pasighat was demolished by an ‘illegal’ settler on Monday night.
However, the offender has reportedly admitted his wrong-doing before Pasighat police
stating that he was forced to do so in order to open a path for his residence inside
the commercial area.
The plot of land was allotted to a local family in 1982 by the district administration
and since then the family has been running business activity in the allotted land.
Since, it is a land dispute case, the police has reportedly forwarded the case to
the Deputy Commissioner for necessary action. The incident evoked strong reaction
among the conscious citizens, who have demanded strict action against the offender.
“Vandalism has now become order of the day in Pasighat causing serious concern among
the locals”, opined some government officials here.
15,000 hectares of Assam's land encroached by Arunachal: Assam Minister
Ojing Tayeng with inputs from PTI
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Alike Indo-China border issue, the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam boundary
issue remains a major cause of concern for the citizens of both the states particularly
living in border areas.
In a fresh statement to Assam legislative assembly, Assam Border Areas Minister
of State Siddique Ahmed said over 80,000 hectares of Assam’s territory are illegally
encroached and occupied by Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura.
He claimed that 15,000 hectares of Assam's land have been encroached by Arunachal
Pradesh alone out of 80,000 encroached hectares of Assam’s land by neighboring states.
The minister further added that Assam has already approached the Supreme Court to
have the lands occupied by Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh back. Efforts are being
made by Revenue and Forest departments to evict the encroachers, he added.
Such statement of Assam minister would bring more eviction drives along the Assam-Arunachal
boundary and create fear psychosis to Arunachal people living in disputed areas.
It is well known that our people living in Assam-Arunachal boundary areas are constantly
living in fear, as the forest and police officers of Assam often resort to unprovoked
eviction drive against the people of Arunachal residing in boundary areas, thereby
depriving them of their homes. The Assam officials conduct the eviction drives under
the pretext of the Bordoloi Commission report's on the boundary despite signing of
a status-quo agreement between Arunachal and Assam governments.
It is worth to mention that the Commission’s report was never accepted by Arunachal
right from the beginning.
The Assam-Arunachal boundary issue was also raised in Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly many a times earlier by concerned legislators. But till today both Assam
and Arunachal governments could not work out any modalities for bringing out a long
lasting solution to boundary row in spite of constitution of a boundary commission.
Hope, the state government would ensure safety and security of Arunachal people living
along the foothill areas of Assam-Arunachal boundary before any unwanted incident
Govt refutes BJP’s charges, spells out ‘path-breaking policies’
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The present four-month-old state Govt has evolved a number of path-breaking
policies and taken up a record number of initiatives for all round development of
Arunachal Pradesh, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while refuting all charges leveled
by a BJP leader on budget proposals and state Govt initiatives.
Addressing the media persons at Nokmey Nimati Hall of the Assembly Secretariat today
the Chief Minister said the state Govt has taken up steps for improvement of health
sector with recruitment of 100 doctors. On education sector, the Chief Minister
said, the Assembly has approved educational bills for establishing technical institutes,
colleges and universities in tune with the Central Govt’s policy for expansion of
education sector. Moreover, the state cabinet has taken up many important decisions
which include enhancement of student’s stipend and ex-gratia payment and recruitment
of police personnel in Tirap and Changlang districts is going on.
The Chief Minister further said that more than 18,000 km Trans-Arunachal Highway
works are in progress at satisfactory level and Govt has decided to introduce e-governance
in all the district as administrative reform initiatives.
“There could not be greater mockery of a responsible national political party like
BJP that their leader’s statement was in total contradiction of what their elected
members (MLAs) have given on the floor of the State Assembly during the last few
days,” the chief minister said while adding that ‘We always welcome any positive
criticism in the greater interest of the state and its people, but the Press statement
of a BJP leader was unbecoming.” BJP leaders should know the basics of planning and
implementation and difference between public finance and private finance before criticizing
just for cheap political popularity, Tuki said.
District level workshop on creation of DBR held
Aalo, Mar, 28: A one day workshop on creation of District Business Register (DBR)
was held under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak at his
office conference hall here yesterday.
In his key note address as the resource person, North Eastern Development and Finance
Corporation Ltd. assistant manager G. Thaosen disclosed that Arunachal is the first
state to get first installment of 13th Finance Commission Grant (TFC) and each district
will get Rs one crore to launch the programme. The ambitious programme envisages
to list out enterprises and establishment to develope a frame work about all activities
in the district and this will in turn help the government in developing annual action
plan, formulating plans and programmes besides generating revenue. Effort will also
be made to provide network connectivity to district, state and centre.
District supply officer Doge Naksang and SIS K. Loyi dwelt at length on establishment
of District Business Register and Training to trainers recruited for the purpose.
BRC will provide business registration number and principal activity code as per
National Industrial Classification 2008 to entrepreneurs in the district. It will
be mandatory to quote BRC and activity code for all types of registration in the
The meeting was attended by HoDs, BDOs, Panchayat leaders. DIPRO
2nd phase training on NSSK concludes
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The 2nd phase of 2 days training on Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram
(NSSK, Basic Newborn Care and Resuscitation) for medical practitioners and Nurses
concluded yesterday at Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun.
The training was conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council under the aegis
of State National Rural Health Mission.
While addressing the valedictory function, Dr. R Doye, Vice-President, APMC, said
that nurses play a vital role in health delivery system and urged them to be dedicative
to their profession.
Dr. Moji Jini, Registrar-cum-Secretary, APMC said “knowledge is power in every profession
and especially in medical profession so we must keep on learning to deliver.” After
receiving training the nurses can save new born and help decrease Infant Mortality
Dr. D Padung, Nodal Officer, state NRHM also advised the nurses to do their duty
regularly in their respective health centre. Nurses from District Hospital Seppa
and Nampong PHC shared cases of similar nature on the occasion.
Dr. Hibu Tagyung, Pediatrician, Dr. Bombey Tayeng Toko, Gynecologist and Dr. Koj
Jarbo, Anesthesiologist of Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun attended the programme
as resource person. Sine April last year, 404 medical professional were trained
Training on business registration held
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: A one-day workshop/training on Business Registration Center and
Business Registration number was held at Yingkiong today.
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Ex-officio District Business Registrar Liyon Borang appealed
the nodal departments/agencies and all other relevant department officers and officials
to implement the government policies and programme of effectively and judiciously.
The resource person G. Thaosen imparted the training through power point presentation.
He informed that under the thirteen finance commission the Center has allocated Rs
1crore to each of the district of Arunachal to implement the scheme of business registration.
Business Registration Center (BRC) will be set up in every district headquarters
under the control of each Deputy Commissioner which will provide Business Registration
Number (BRN) to each business entrepreneurs. 60 officers and officials attended
the day training programme as participants.
New Banggo created
ROING, Mar 28: The newly bifurcated banggo of Meka Banggo was named as Kundung Banggo
after a thorough discussion by all the gaon burahs (GBs) and the banggo secretaries
of all the villages of this banggo in a meeting held recently at Kangkong Musup,
about 26 km from Roing near Shantipur Gate.
The decision was taken in consequent to the bifurcation of Meka Banggo Bane Kebang
into two banggos in its annual general body meeting held at Jia Musup on January
All the Adi villages from Meka, Jia, Bolung, Parbuk , Kangkong, Kabang and its surrounding
hamlets will come under the jurisdiction of Kundung Banggo.
This name has been derived from a perennial stream called Kundung that originates
near Jia Village. The increasing number of local kebang vis-à-vis with ever increasing
population and disputes have necessitated the bifurcation of erstwhile Meka Banggo
into two namely, Roing Banggo and Kundung Banggo.
Cancel public hearing: SBF
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Siang Bachao Federation (SBF) appealed to the West Siang deputy
commissioner to cancel the proposed public hearing on environmental clearance for
the proposed 2700 mw Lower Siang Hydro Power Project scheduled to be conducted by
Arunachal Pollution Control Board from April 17 to 20 at Jeying, Rottung and Gumin
SBF, in its letter to the deputy commissioner, alleged that the state government
has signed MOU and MOA with power developers for the construction of 2700 MW hydel
project without any consent and knowledge of the people. Moreover, the Forest Rights
Act 2006 for tribal populace has not been considered while signing the MOU/MOA. Further,
the project details have not been provided to the majority of people who are totally
ignorant about the actual position of the project.
“Mere publications of the DPR in the newspapers does not serve the purpose,” the
Forum said and demanded distribution/publication of literature written in local dialects
regarding the project. Prior information should be furnished to PRI members, Goan
Buras and public etc for full knowledge about the said project, it said.
Further, Aalo township which is the HQ of West Siang district which falls under submergence
or Green Belt Zone did not reflect in the cadastral survey which maintains Aalo as
non-affected area which entitled no-risk cover for future damages is a matter of
Cops urged to implement order
Naharlagun, Mar 28: The district administration has asked both the Superintendents
of Police, Itanagar Capital Complex and Traffic cell, Itanagar to strictly implement
the Executive Order restricting entry of heavy trucks in the capital complex during
This executive order has not been enforced in letter and spirit resulting in congestion
of traffic and parking problems in the Capital Complex, according to the District
Federation endorses Marde’s proposal
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Endorsing former Home Minister Takar Marde’s proposal for an alternate
road from Alipurduar in West Bengal along the foothills of Bhutan and via Nechipu
Trans National Highway during the Assembly session, All Arunachal Youngster United
Federation (AAYUF) today appealed to the other legislators to impress upon the Govt
for early execution of the proposal to avoid frequent road blockade in Assam. It
also said that government and corporations like NHPC should jointly take initiative
to materialize the proposed four-lane alternate road project.
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Expressing dissatisfaction over the tender process for supply of
school uniforms by the state project director SSA Rajya Mission, Siang Contractor
and Suppliers Union today claimed that guidelines of Union Ministry of Human Resource
Development have been violated while floating the tenders. Tender process should
be de-centralized at district level as per the guidelines, the union said while adding
that other departments have already adopted de-centralized purchasing policy and
SSA Rajya Mission should also follow the same policy.
Association opposes payment
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Claiming that implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran
Yojana in Parsi-Parlo area was not up to the mark, All Langbang Sera Yarba Pado and
Sigriang Youth Association urged the authority concerned not to release the bill.
Project was not implemented properly as per the guidelines, it alleged and sought
action against the erring officials.
INTUC welcomes university bill
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) state Youth Wing today
welcomed the passage of bills in the State Assembly for establishment of universities
in the state. It said that the proposed Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical
University at Ziro will usher a new era in education sector as well as generate
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte and Tarak-Landi Students’ Union
in a release claimed that Kurung Kumey district administration has assured to take
up the issue of land encroachment of government higher secondary school, Palin. The
assurance came from the DC when a delegation of the union met the DC and requested
him to solve the school land encroachment issue, it said.
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: SHRISTI-2012, the annual festival of the North Eastern Regional
Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) will be held from March 30 to April
1. The three days techno-management festival will be participated by eminent academicians
and scholars from various higher institutes of the country.
Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof David Reid Syiemlieh and NERIST director
Prof Dipankar Pal would attend the inaugural ceremony of the Festival on March 29
at NERIST auditorium.
Fire at car showroom
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: A major fire broke out at ‘Ford’ showroom near Papu Hill, Naharlagun
around 9 pm today. While talking to this daily, Capital SP Hibu Tamang informed that
two new cars were partially damaged in the fire incident. However, there was no report
of casualty and fire tender from Naharlagun rushed to the spot immediately and doused
the fire. Electricity short circuit in the showroom is reported to be cause of
NES for enforcement of strict law and order in state
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Expressing serious concern over deteriorating law and order situation
in the state, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has sought the Chief Minister’s personal
intervention in managing the law and order problem in the state.
“The law enforcing authorities must activate the intelligence network, intensify
surveillance including intensive night patrolling. Exemplary punishment should be
awarded to the perpetrators of crime as per law without succumbing to any interference,”
NES demanded in its letter to the Chief Minister.
Citing several instances of anti-social and criminal activities, including burning
down of SE, PWD office at Mowb-II on November 4, 2011, APSTS buses at Itanagar bus
station on the same night, torching of Government veterinary farm building at Nirjuli
on February 2 and murder of an women near IRBn, HQ at Chimpu on March 5, NES lamented
that “unfortunately, none of the criminals of those incidents have been brought to
book and punished.
In recent past, we have unconfirmed reports of vandalism, threat and extortion in
the offices and official residences of senior officers, especially, the technocrats
in the state capital as well as District Headquarters. If the matter is not nipped
in the bud, it is destined to metamorphose into a law and order disaster for the
state, the letter added.
Mopin Sports Day
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Mopin Sports Day was organized by the Mopin Festival Celebration
Committee, at Mopin-Solung Ground here today as a part of Mopin festival.
Various games and sports events, like Sack Race, Three-leg race, T.T. Ball throw,
Blind Hit and Spoon race were held during in the morning session today.
Pinku Pinte won the Sack Race in Boys event while Pinku Ome and Ampir Neli bagged
the second and third prizes respectively.
In the Women’s Blind Hit events, Agam Neli won the first prize and Kargu Kardi won
the second and third prize. In the women’s Table Tennis Ball throw Pinku Pinte won
the first prize while second and third prize were won by Bis Bite and Dinyi Loma
Popir party respectively.
In spoon-ball race, Pinku Pinte won the first prize and Ampir Neli and Donyi Sago
bagged the second and third prize respectively. The three-leg race competition for
the Boys was won by Pinku Ome followed by Hip Tagi and Donyi Sago in second and third
The afternoon session witnessed Men’s volleyball Final Match of Senior group and
Neli Nengo Popir Party won the senior volleyball title defeating Liji Lipin Popir
Party Ampir Neli Popir party won the open while the open competition title defeating
Donyi Sago Popir party in a nail biting final match played in the afternoon.
All the Popir Parties of Itanagar took part in the games and sports events.
The Mopin Games and Sports events was started on March 22.
Someone has truly said that a clean and healthy environment is the first sign of
an ideal society. A clean and hygienic society reflects the civic sense and responsible
attitude of the people of the locality. Well sadly, we Arunachalis are certainly
not the best in this business, as like the rest of India we also lack the habit of
social cleanliness and basic civic sense. Youth in Arunachal, I feel, is still unaware
of its potential and is in sleeping stage. Most of them are ignorant, inefficient
and directed towards the evil side of the society. Our youth are sinking in the glittering
world of drugs and entertainment with every passing day. Civic sense and Arunachalee
youth sounds like mangoes, on an orange tree. Seems like we have copied every single
thing we could from the foreign countries except cleanliness.
Arunachalee youths are today characterized by the color of ghutkha in their mouth,
and it seems like they are proud of it too!
We the youth of Arunachal are one of the most ignorant, self centered, and wasted
youth of the country, and do not mistaken my words as I am also inducted in this
“youth”. If you feel my allegations are sarcastic, ask yourself what have you done
for your society till now? We Arunachalee youths are those, who would die to attend
a D.J night party, but never ever attend a social service drive. We would spend 1000
bucks on alcohol and entertainment but wouldn’t donate a penny to the social welfare.
Had our relation with the social conscience ended the day we were born in this world?
We the present generation youth are full of unused power and raw potential, and if
ever used, it’s used for the wrong cause. Have you ever imagined what the condition
of our state mainstream politics would be, if we youth don’t run around like puppets
in their campaign? If youths from our state can climb mountains, win medals, make
world records, and contribute to the pride of our state, why we can’t? We don’t need
a big platform to contribute something to the society; it always starts with a thought.
Let’s have a think about the unhygienic and pitiful conditions of the public places
of our society. You must have been through lots of place in our twin capitals where
the public places have been filled with trash and garbage everywhere, be it the Ganga
market in the central Itanagar or the G- extension area in Naharlagun. Must have
seen the garbage dumping area near Balijan or the biggest sewage canal in Itanagar,
the Dikrong River?
This is the story of almost all the sectors, over garbaged dustbins and dirt all
around. Even the Itanagar daily market smells like shit.
We have been waiting for too long and I feel it’s our time to take the initiative
now. We need to let the young and grown up understand that individual cleanness is
good for nothing, without a clean society we all are dirty. Dirty toilets and spits
on the walls of public places will only depict the pathetic civic sense in us.
When it comes to initiative, the first step is always considered the most decisive
one. I feel proud to tell you that two youths from Itanagar are taking the first
step towards the change we have been waiting for. Miss Ruma Nguri, and Miss Kobyum
Zirdo, both residents from Itanagar have planned to organize a cleanliness drive
programme in the sectors and localities of Naharlagun. This surely seems to be a
brave and noble cause they are working up to. This group of college and school going
youths met up in a social networking site to start this cleanliness drive and make
their contribution to the society.
I request the people of Arunachal especially the “Youth” to spare a day out of their
life and take part in this noble initiative and make the society a better place.
The drive is scheduled on 7th April 2012 , 9.00am starting from polo park Naharlagun
and volunteers of all age irrespective of any bounds are heartily welcome to help.
Interested volunteers may contact miss ruma nguri, at 9402197103.
This is just a start, I also request the youths of other towns to conduct such programmees
and give their best contribution to the society. Lets us seek the change, stay cool,
stay clean and never forget the fact that, “style is an option, cleanliness is not”.
So, what have you decided? Are you helping Ruma clean up?
Team based on nepotism and blatant regionalism
This is in response to the news report "Tendulkar's achievement something super human:Srikkanth"(25
K.Srikkanth has stated that in his very first match, Sachin Tendulkar got hit on
his mouth and still continued playing despite lots of bleeding! Either Srikkanth
is completely ignorant of facts or he is cleverly trying to hide the fact that Tendulkar
proved to be an absolute flop on his debut! The incident which has been mentioned
by Srikkanth did take place in Sachin's fourth Test at Sialkot. Actually, in his
first Test match, Sachin scored merely 15 runs! However such faux pas is not a bit
unexpected from the likes of Srikkanth because all traits rational and true cannot
be expected from those people who have adopted the Nazi theory that if something
is said loud enough, convincingly enough and long enough, it becomes "true" in the
minds of its listeners.
Rightly has Srikkanth said that Tendulkar thrives in an imbalanced world! Thus when
the whole world witnesses that cricketers get dropped for consistent failures or
asked to retire when they get past their prime; Sachin remains such an exception
whose religious failures on crucial junctures had always been cleverly swept under
Let's view the scandalous contrast in behaviour meted towards Sourav Ganguly and
Sachin. It was none other than this very chief selector, K.Srikkanth, who played
an instrumental role in forcing the 36-year "aged" Sourav Ganguly to quit international
cricket despite aggregating highest Test runs among the Indians in the period between
late 2006 to mid 2008, averaging 54 in his last Test series and scoring a Test-winning
innings of 85 at Nagpur against Australia in his last match! But the 39-year "kid"
Sachin, despite religious failings with the bat since last year's tour to England
and presiding over the team's loss against Bangladesh by wasting precious deliveries
to pursue his personal milestone of "century of centuries", will be allowed to retire
on his own terms! Thus Srikkanth has not only proved his supreme hypocrisy, but his
spinelessness as well. Srikkanth is himself not aware of the fact that by making
Sachin the "Super selector", he has undermined the very status of the post he holds!
Had Sachin got conspired against like Sourav and was forced to retire in 2008, had
he been firmly asked to quit due to his drastic failures; the "super human" achievement
of Sachin would not have witnessed the light of the day.
The team which is purely based on supreme double-standards, nepotism and blatant
regionalism is bound to bite the dust which is being consistently witnessed in England,
Australia and Asia Cup.
Make space for common good
I am very fond of reading the Readers' Forum where people express their personal
views, place their opinions, grievances and voice their sentiments in various aspects
or issues. However, sometimes the contents of the Readers' Forum appear to be filled
up with irrelevant, unwelcoming and misguiding stuff which gives wrong impression
to our state machinery and citizens’ perspectives.
Therefore, it would be highly appreciated if all of us focus on positive aspects
and issues related to common interest of the people of the State.
Dilemma of candidates
I would like to express my grievances regarding the interview for the posts of UDC
in education department which is going to be held next month in East Siang, West
Siang and Changlang districts. Earlier, the interview was supposed to be held at
state Capital which prompted me to apply as it was convenient for me to face the
interview in Capital Complex.
Now I have to attend interview not in my home district Hq. Daporijo or state Capital
but at Pasighat which is not possible for me as I will not able bear to and fro
expenses. I think, many other candidates will also face similar problem.
Therefore, I would like to request the higher authorities of education department
to conduct the interview at Itanagar or respective district Hq of the candidates
so that they can face the interview.
N G Aying, Itanagar
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