March 05


News Impact

Extortion threat to VKV principal: Police achieves a breakthrough

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Papum Pare police has achieved a major breakthrough in the extortion case related to principal of VKV Balijan School. Police have arrested one person namely Rocky Basumatary in this regard and are looking for another person Dayal Basumatary.

SP Papum Pare Nabam Gungte in a release informed that police used mobile trackers to crack this case. “The caller was tracked and located to Simaluguri in Assam. Later they were identified and taken into custody. On subsequent interrogation at a certain point accused Rocky Basumatary admitted that he is the person  who made threat calls. Also to misguide police, he had lodged false information of losing his mobile and SIM at Gohpur Police Station. He used the same SIM card to make extortion calls,” informed SP. Further he added, “The mobile set and SIM was recovered from Vikrampur village where it was hidden by Rocky Basumatary. Further Rocky disclosed that during the month of January one NDFB cadre namely Dayal Basumatary of his village hatched the plan to make extortion calls. Dayal gave the mobile number of principal and that’s how he started giving extortion calls.”

The Papum Pare police had swung into action after a case (PS Case No. 01/13 U/S 385/506 IPC) was lodged on 15/02/13 on receiving an information from Principal VKV Balijan that he had received extortion notice through voice and SMS call for a sum of Rs. 5 lakhs from an unidentified person claiming himself as NDFB cadre. The person had threatened Principal VKV Balijan of dire consequences if he fails to pay the ransom amount within the stipulated time. After the threat calls, panic situation prevailed among school staff, teachers, students, guardians and public of Balijan. In the meanwhile the Principal of VKV Balijan left for his home town and guardians started to withdraw students from school on security ground while simultaneously they demanded governments special attention into the matter.

The Papum Pare police had constituted a special investigation team under the leadership of Inspector G. Dutta of S.P Office, Yupia alongwith SI T. Rukh, ASI A. Bharali and Police Jawans. Police also deployed one section of IRBn at the school. The district Police is carrying out investigation to find out any other involvement in the case. However the cracking of case has given a sigh of relief to the public of area along with parents and teaching staff of VKV Balijan.



BJP demands detection of illegal

B’deshi immigrants

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from seven Northeastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh,  today staged dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Dehli demanding Centre to take urgent steps to stop illegal immigration from Bangladesh and CBI inquiry into the recent violence in Rabha Hasong areas.

The protesting BJP leaders from the North East demanded Centre to detect all Bangladeshis living in different parts of the North East, delete their names from voters’ lists and deport them. They also demanded that the Indo-Bangla border should be sealed immediately, according to an Arunachal Pradesh BJP release.

Expressing serious concern over China’s mega dam projects on Brahmaputra River in Tibet, BJP’s Arunachal Pradesh unit president Tai Tagak demanded Centre to take up the matter with China strongly and tactfully in the interest of the people. He emphasized on collaborative and coordinated efforts by all the NE BJP leaders on major issues of the region.

Sarbananda Sonowal, President, BJP Assam said, “Nearly 20 people were killed in recent violence in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council areas, and a CBI inquiry should be conducted to find out and arrest those behind it”.

He also said the proposed move to hand over a portion of Assam's land to Bangladesh under an agreement signed by New Delhi with Dhaka should be stopped. "The work on updation of the National Register of Citizens should be started immediately and completed within a specific time frame. The Central government should declare floods/erosion in Assam as a national problem," he said.

Addressing the protesting members, National BJP president Rajnath Singh assured that party would raise the issues of NE states in the Parliament as well as other appropriate forums. The BJP president also reiterated Party’s commitment for strengthening the social and emotional relations with the people of the NE states.

“The ground level situations and the core sentiments of our brothers and sisters of NE States need to be properly understood and realized to address the problems,” Singh said.

The BJP President also expressed his happiness to see the BJP leaders from all the seven states sitting together for important issues like illegal Bangladeshi infiltration, external and internal security threats, demographic change etc.

The Arunachal Pradesh team included, state general secretary (Org and Admn), BR Wahge, National Council Members Lichi Legi and Wanman Lowancha along with other office bearers, frontal wing chiefs and district presidents joined the dharna.

Natinal BJP Vice President Bijoya Chakravorty, Rajen Gohain, Kavindra Purkayastha, Romen Deka, all MPs attended the Dharna from Assam while Chowba Singh led Manipur team included state office bearers and former MPs and MLAs of Manipur. (with PTI inputs)



Lazu elevated to EAC headquarters

LAZU, Mar 4: Lazu, a non-descriptive circle headquarters in Tirap district, a stone’s throw away from Myanmar border, had all the reasons to rejoice and celebrate. It was not only for the first time the Ollos inhabiting the area were celebrating their festival Worang centrally on a collective platform, Lazu, the circle administrative center established way back in 1954, today got the full-fledged status of an EAC headquarters - a promotion long overdue.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki accompanied by Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi laid the foundation stone of the new EAC headquarters in presence of a beaming local legislator Yumsen Matey and Khonsa East MLA Kamthok Lowang.

‘Teshora’ (‘thank you’ in Ollo dialect) echoed the hills of this border hamlet amidst ‘thuds’ of traditional drums and ‘booms’ of country guns. The small festival ground was filled to the brim. Young and old – boys and girls – decorated to the hilt in traditional attires danced their heart out in tandem with hundreds of reverberating drums.

Congratulating the Ollos for coming together on a common platform for the first time to celebrate Worang, the Chief Minister wished them all on the occasion. He expressed optimism that the festival would be celebrated centrally for all times to come giving a platform for people from far flung villages to come together once a year and strengthen the bond of brotherhood and friendship.

He also congratulated the people of Lazu for getting a new EAC headquarters after a long time. With it, he hoped, development would usher in and change the very face of the region. “We have already sanctioned Rs 1 crore from SPA for establishment of an EAC office. If need be we will sanction more funds. What we want is a well planned office coming up that would serve its purpose by offering hassle free service to the locals,” Tuki said in his address.

He also informed that an amount of Rs 1 crore has already been sanctioned for construction of a multi-purpose stadium at Lazu that would cater to local needs for a common multi-utility ground. He also assured that funds won’t be a constraint for developmental purposes provided schemes and projects are implemented judiciously.

Tuki asserted that the state government will do everything for development of the three districts – Tirap, Chanlang and Longding. In this regard, he informed that an additional allocation of Rs 5 crore has been released to the Department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (DoTCL), which is headed by local MLA Yumsen Matey.

Reiterating that his government is taking utmost care for development of interior and border areas of the state, Tuki, however, admitted that the government alone cannot bring in development of the desired level.

“A single individual, even if he is the Chief Minister, cannot bring in development. Progress and peace will come only with our collective effort,” he said and called upon everyone to cooperate and contribute in their own way so that the dream of a developed Arunachal could be attained soon in the coming years.

Highlighting the commitment of the government to provide employment avenues to at least one lakh youths in the next five years, Tuki announced that by March 31 next, at least 1500 youths would be engaged in gainful employments.

“In such a short span of 1 year, we have succeeded to provide employment to 1500 youths. With your support we intend to fulfill our promise of employment to one lakh youths in the next five years,” he declared.

Earlier in his address, former Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Mukut Mithi called for holistic progress of each and every community of the state but on their own terms.

“Development is compulsory but it should not be forced in such a way that the tribal communities lose their identity in the process,” he said taking cue from the Nehruvian policy on development of tribals.

In the same note, he however felt that development of border areas is a must both strategically and socially. As a contribution from his side for the development of Lazu circle, he announced a sum of Rs 10 lakh from his MPLAD fund for any feasible project that can be chalked out by the local leaders.

Local legislators Kamthok Lowang and Yumsen Matey also spoke on the occasion. Also present were APMD&TCL Chairman Techi Lama, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police, Tirap and Assam Riffles and CRPF commandants.

As the chopper with the VVIP entourage took off from Lazu, its hovering sounds got bemused in the booms of thundering drums that had encircled the small helipad giving a traditional see-off to the first Chief Minister who had ever set foot on the land of the Ollos.



Five accused in Ramching murder case arrested


DAPOIRIJO, Mar 4: The five accused in Vijay Ramching murder case were arrested from Siyum village by Daporijo Police.

Acting on specific information, a joint team of Police and CRPF personnel under the supervision of Upper Subansiri Superintedent of Police (SP) SC Yadav conducted a search operation in Siyum village, which led to arrest of the five persons allegedly involved in the murder of Ramching.

All the arrested persons have been brought to Daporijo Police Station on Sunday evening. All the accused are from the same village.

The motive behind the murder is not yet known, IO of the case said.

The Daporijo SP has appreciated the villagers and GB for extending fullest cooperation in arresting the culprits.

Earlier, responding to a memorandum, Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu had given assurance to victim’s family to nab the culprit within or before seven days. Accordingly, the culprits were arrested on the fifth day of the murder.

Meanwhile, daily passenger vehicles to Siyum area and counter at New Market Daporijo were destroyed by miscreants today. Some persons were also seen preventing the passengers and other private vehicles from plying to Taliha area.

Many posters have been displayed everywhere in public area in the township demanding capital punishment for the murderer (s). Meanwhile, TCS appealed to the denizens to maintain peace and social harmony in the society.

“Let the Govt. punish the culprit as per the law”, it said and appealed public to cooperate with the district administration to maintain law and order.

The civil society is organizing a peaceful march tomorrow in protest against the gruesome murder of the youth at Daporijo.

Meanwhile, Tache Tagia Welfare Society expressed deep shock over the murder and appealed the govt.to award exemplary punishment to the culprit as per the law.



Flying squad nabs two in Bomdila

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: In an attempt to check extortion activities in Bomdila town, the West Kameng district formed a police flying squad under SI Tayeng who visits various offices and market areas.

SP West Kameng Nupur Prasad informed that flying squad was formed because of repeated complains about extortion activities in and around Bomdila town.

“Today two extortionists namely Gaye Taniang (18 yrs) of village Pate Flago, Seppa and Deepak Pareng (18 yrs) of village Londa, Seppa, went to the shop of C S Traders at around 4.10 pm and demanded Rs. 25,000 cash. When shop owner refused to pay, the duo forcefully entered into shop, physically assaulted proprietor Prem Sagar Raut, threatened him and took away Rs. 900 from the cash box,” reported SP.

In the meanwhile, the flying squad, which was doing rounds, got the information and immediately swung into action and arrested the two accused. Both are students of BA first year of Bomdila College, and Gaye Taniang is Assistant Social Service Secretary of Bomdila College. A case under section 452/384/385/323/506/34 IPC has been registered at Bomdila PS.

“The aim of creation of police flying squad is to instill confidence into various office bearers and shopkeepers so that they can conduct their functioning fearlessly and thus help in maintenance of public order. It also sends a warning to those youths who are engaged in illegal activities that strict legal action will be taken against them,” said SP West Kameng. Meanwhile as a token of appreciation, SP added that SI Tayeng and his team will be suitably rewarded for this work.



Youth to the Edge’ adventure camp to improve leadership qualities

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Former Minister DK Thongdok said that the adventure training programme ‘Youth to the Edge - Phase 11 Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh’ will channelize youth energy in right direction, develop overall personality and enhance self confidence, team spirit and improve leadership qualities. He was speaking at a reception programme organised by AMASA at Rupa where he felicitated 46 NSS volunteers.

The selected participants have come from  Dharwad, Karnataka University, Shimoga, Kuvempu University and Guwahati Commerce College.

Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) President Tsering Wange briefed about the programme and stated that altogether 160 college and university students from different parts of India are attending this adventure camp in four batches over a period of one month. He introduced his technical team which included training instructors Y Yongam from DS&YA Itanagar, D K Rai & D N Sherpa from HMI Darjeeling, P Boro & C Deka from Explorers Guwahati and S Lamu from AMASA Bomdila. K C Deori from NSS Regional Centre Guwahati, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt of India also addressed the gathering. He said that the scheme was sponsored by the Union Government to promote adventure activities in the remote areas of North Eastern region with the motto ‘Adventure to the Paradise Unexplored’. As a central Govt observer he spent two days in the camp.

The pilot project ‘Youth to the Edge - Phase 11 Rupa, Arunachal’ was earlier launched by DK Dinglow, Director Sports & Youth Affairs on February 23 last in a simple function held at Gyaptong Stadium Rupa. He urged the participants to strictly follow the modules set forth by the training instructors especially while undergoing training in  adventure activities like camping, rappelling, jummering, river crossing, rock climbing, trekking and during cultural interaction with the local people.  



Ering plays unity card for long term development

PASIGHAT, Mar 4: Unity and harmony can bring long term development, said Union Minister Ninong Ering today.

Addressing the people of Mane village, a remote village under Korang Circle, the minister informed that the UPA Government at center was ever ready to provide all possible help to develop our Arunachal Pradesh. However due to non furnishing of utilization certificates of projects in time, the subsequent installment of funds get delayed.

He urged all executing agencies to furnish the UCs in time to tide over this problem.

While sympathizing with the people of the area for the devastation caused by flood in the last monsoon, the minister sanctioned Rs five lakh each for Mane and Lipin villages for immediate flood protection works from his MPLAD.

Replying to the memorandum submitted by the villagers for development of a school at Mane and Lipin, Ering assured to provide Rs 20 lakh each for the purpose from Multi Sectoral Development Program (MSDP). He also assured that he will take up with the state and central governments for long term flood control works in the area.

Earlier, while interacting with the villagers of Kora village, the minister came to know about acute shortage of drinking water.

Ering instructed the concerned department to prepare a scheme under Model Village Lift Water Supply which will provide water for drinking, irrigation and power supply through solar power for which he will allot Rs 60 lakhs.

D Padung, EE (WRD) informed that long term flood protection works survey and investigation under basic concept scheme will be undertaken and assured to provide fifteen rolls of phase wire for immediate protection works.

Okom Siram EE (Power) said that effort is being taken into for immediate mitigation of the power problem of the village. He informed that FDR for the purpose have already been submitted.

Kenyom Dabi ZPM, Takir Kakki, Tagom Padung prominent leaders, GBs etc while briefing about the grievances of the village appealed the minister to help them out.

Later, the union minister held another meeting at Yagrung Dere and appealed the people to be sincere, dedicated and hardworking.

Replying to an appeal for improving the Dere, Ering assured to sanction Rs 10 lakhs in the first phase.

For recognition of freedom fighter Lt. Matmur Jamoh, who killed British officer Noel Williamson, the minister said that he will take up the matter with the concern authority at the state and central level.

Namuk Taloh ZPM, B Siram prominent leader, GBs etc also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



CM gives priority to rubber cultivation in state

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today hinted at tie-up with the Rubber Board of India (RBI) when agro gramin united chairman Likha Maj called on him and submitted a report on recent tour to Kotayyam to study about rubber cultivation in the rubber hub of India.

The chief minister immediately handed over the report to Chief Secretary H K Paliwal with a direction to take immediate steps as the GoAP has adopted a policy to promote rubber and tea cultivation for generating employment avenues and boost rural economy.

Appreciating the honey produced from rubber plant, the CM appreciated the team’s endeavour in visiting Kerala to see for themselves, which he said, would help them to turn opinion leaders.

Maj presented the organic honey bottle to the CM and Rajya Sabha member and APCC president Mukut Mithi in presence RD & Power (Electrical) Minister Tanga Bylaing and MLA Takam Pario.

As RBI chairman Sheela Tomas had consented to the invitation of the team for extending board’s support for rubber cultivation in the state, an official invitation from the CMO was sent for her visit along with a technical team on April 07 next.

Maj, who led the team as the emissary of the chief minister and called on the RBI chairman, other senior officers and also visited the rubber garden and producing units, in his report advocated involving the RBI through an institutionalized system to impart technical guidance to all intending rubber growers to ensure cent percent success, rubber cultivation should be taken up in large scale block-wise instead of peace meal basis, if required by forming cooperative societies involving the community so that providing subsidy by the GoAP, training and monitoring by the RBI and marketing of the product becomes easier, as community holding is a common practice in the state, the community ownership adopted by the RBI in Kerlala to ensure training and transfer of` ‘lab to land’ know-how to each farmer and high productivity would be a foregone conclusion.

The report also suggested organizing the first ever awareness workshop on rubber involving the RBI and coinciding with the chairman’s visit to spell the magic of rubber to the participants.

      Once the rubber cultivation is taken up methodically on scientific basis involving the RBI, I am confident that if India could produce 9.6 lakh tons of natural rubber worth Rs 2,000 crore annually with about 90% contribution by Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh would produce one lakh ton rubber within few years. Tripura the state second to Kerlala in rubber production is the best example where the area under cultivation has increased from just 3500 hectares in 1982 to a massive 57,620 hectares in 2012 and employing more than 50,000 farmers.

Interestingly, the rubber by-products like honey (with greater medicinal and food value than traditional one) and furniture of best quality made from the timber after the rubber plants grow old and discarded fetch huge income, the report added.  (from Pradeep Kumar, press adviser, agun)



State BJP demands action against PIO

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh RTI cell co-convenor cum BJP East Kameng district unit president Loku Sono today demanded disciplinary action against the East Kameng DRDA project director/PIO for allegedly harassing information seekers under RTI Act.

In a complaint lodged with the DC, the BJP leader said that the DRDA PD had collected fees from information seekers under RTI Act and deposited it in a SBI account in the name of DRDA instead of depositing it under head of account “0070 Other Administrative service”.

It is worth mentioning here that Sono had sought information from  PIO/PD regarding implementation of BADP/MGNREGA under East Kameng DRDA during 2009 to 2011.   While responding to the RTI applications the DRDA PD in its letter dated May 19, 2011 asked the BJP leader to deposit an amount of over Rs four lakh  in a SBI account being the cost of documents to be furnished under RTI Act 2005 “in stead of asking him to deposit the amount under  head of account 0070 OAS.”

On the other hand, the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission in its letter  written on  August 17, 2012 to East  Kameng DRDA PD said that it was a gross violation of the  provision of the RTI Act 2005 and directed the PD to deposit all the fees collected from RTI information seekers to the  head of account 0070 other administrative services in favour of the register, APIC within a month and to abide by the provision of RTI Act and Govt order issued from time to time.

The BJP RTI cell co-convenor also appealed the Deputy Commissioner to direct the DRDA district authorities to transfer the amount (RTI fees collected so far) from SBI account to RTI account.

Claiming that he was misguided by the PIO, the RTI activist Sono is now seeking all the documents under RTI free of cost.

Cash reward stands

The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006





De-addiction cum health awareness camp

Changlang, Mar 4: Changlang District Health Society organized de-addiction cum health awareness camp with the help of local youths of the village at Rangkatu village on March 2.

Changlang with large number of opium and drug addicts, especially among youths, the district health team imparted valuable knowledge and counseling relating to harmful effects of drugs and opium addiction. The medical team also distributed needful medicines and assured all possible support to affected youths. DIPRO


Standing committees

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker has extended the term of offices of  seven departmental Standing Committees  for another one year with effect from 22nd February till the constitution of new committees.


ASHA training  programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The third phase District/Block ASHA training on 6th and 7th Module organized by District Health Society, started at District Hospital, Seppa today.

Mina Rani from State Hospital, Naharlagun will impart training to the ASHAs during the 5-day programme under the guidance of Dr. Kaya Lapung, District RCH Officer along with DPMSU of East Kameng District Rural Mission under NRHM.


Relief sought for victim

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  A dwelling house at Belak-Murli village under Puchi-Geko circle in Upper Subansiri district was gutted in a devastating fire at around 2.30 pm on February 28 last.  The house owner Yali Lomdak  lost all her belongings  in the fire mishap, informed  the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Upper Subansiri district unit  in a release today.  The NSUI district unit appealed to  the authorities to provide immediate relief to the fire victim and  assess  the damages  for compensation.


AGSU appeals Govt

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  All Galo Students Union (AGSU) today appealed to the state Govt to take all necessary steps for  formal declaration on creation of  Lower Siang district in the  ensuing assembly session. AGSU also appealed to community based organizations of  East Siang and West Siang districts not to politicize the  district creation issue rather to join hands  in demanding the creation of new district.


Free coaching for AAPSC aspirants

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Donyi Polo Government College Kamki is organizing free coaching for APPSC aspirants from March 11 to 18 in view of ensuing Prelims exam 2013. Interested candidates are advised to take the opportunity.


IDEA conducts training on Organic Farming for SHG members

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  Itanagar Diocesian Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nirjuli and Caritas India conducted training on organic farming at Holy Trinity Ashram, Banderdewa on March 2.

The main resource person of the training Tadang Meena, Subject Matter Specialist in Agronomy from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nirjuli explained in details about vermin compost, organic manure, vermin culture, use of local plant based pesticides and input production, marketing and distribution. She also explained about making ‘contour line’ in Jhum cultivation and plant trees in order to prevent soil erosion.

She also gave details about the importance of planting “Dhaincha”   instead of using the urea and “Azolla” as manure for paddy cultivation.

 The training was attended by 68 participants from SHGs of Naharlagun and Banderdewa.


Relief distributed

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: All Cherom-Chera and Tadar Abu Charitable Society distributed relief materials to the fire accident victims of Sigin Colony in Upper Subansiri district recently.  The society also requested the district administration to provide relief to fire victims at the earliest. It also opined that existing fire brigade at Daporijo should be upgraded to tackle fire incident in future.


Sensitization training prog on RTI Act gets underway

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  A three days sensitization Training Programe on RTI Act 2005 got underway today at administrative training institute Naharlagun for the officials holding the charge of public information officer (PIO) of civil secretariat and other heads of department including the state legislative assembly.  The programe was inaugurated by Chief Information Commissioner Y.D Thongchi as chief guest today.  

Addressing the participants, Thongchi informed that the Supreme Court had ruled all RTI hearing should be done by two men bench of which one should be from law background having minimum of 20 years experience as law practitioner. He further added due this order all RTI hearing had been suspended for time being till the appointment of information commissioner from law background.

Clarifying its stand, he said, “  it is wrong notion of people that all RTI hearings are being suspended just to avoid RTI complaints, rather the state information commission is abiding the judgment of the Supreme Court.  Earlier director (training) Pema Tshetan pointed out that ATI have undertaken extensive RTI sensitization programme throughout the state over the years.


Union seeks investigation into admit card issue

ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  The All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) today sought investigation into the admit card delay row at Mengio government secondary school, claiming that twelve students  did not able to sit in examination due to misplacement of CBSE admit cards. Union in its representation to Director School Education expressed deep concern over the misplacement of students’ admits cards and appealed the authority to find out alternate solution for those students.


Improve law and order: AUSDIF

ITANAGAR, Mar 04: Claiming that there is total breakdown of law and order situation in Upper Subansiri district, All Upper Subansiri District Intellectual Federation today appealed to the district administration to contain law and order situation in the district. Federation also demanded that the law must be prevailed in the district to create congenial atmosphere. It also claimed that many unlawful activities took place in the district, however no persons were booked by the administration, it claimed.  Meanwhile federation also expressed its heartfelt condolence to bereaved family of late Vijay Ramsing,  B. A, second year student of Don Bosco College Itanagar, whose body was found at Sigin Colony Daporijo on 28 February.


Forum lauds Govt

ITANAGAR, Mar 04:Tebw Employees Forum today lauded the state government for awarding state gold medal Taba Tusar, an IPS officer, during the statehood day celebration for his meritorious service to the state police department. The society further felt that recognition to Taba would encourage youths in days to come and would make Taba as their role model.


ANSU for secured future of students

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has expressed serious concern over future of those students, who were deprived from writing their CBSE Class X examinations, 2013 though no faults of their own.

Students from various schools of Arunachal Pradesh, including Government Secondary School Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills and Government secondary school, Joram have been deprived from writing their examination due to mistake done by school authority while filling up examination forms, ANSU said in a release.  The students were unable to concentrate in their study as they were in confused state whether they will get chance to sit in examination or not and whether CBSE will recognize their pass certificates after examination? , the release said.

ANSU urged the Director of Secondary Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to make immediate clarifications about the examination date and its term and condition as per the latest guideline of CBSE so that deprived students can concentrate in their study for examination.

It also demanded the Director of Secondary Education to conduct yearly refresher course for teachers to update teaching techniques, methods and knowledge on latest guideline of CBSE.




In a front page news item published on Monday’s edition of this daily under the caption “Enquiry demanded into admit card row”, it was wrongly mentioned as “higher and technical education director” in place of “director school education.” The inadvertent error is deeply regretted.





232 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

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Aromatic rice may cut arsenic risk

Aromatic rice from Bangladesh's Sylhet region may be safer to eat than other varieties as they contain less arsenic, a study reveals.

Varieties of aromatic rice also contain higher concentrations of essential nutrients, according to researchers, whose findings have been published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging.

They estimate that a person could reduce their intake of toxic arsenic by up to almost 70 per cent and increase the intake of two essential nutrients which they mainly get from rice - selenium and zinc - by more than 40 per cent, if they switch to aromatic rice from the region of Sylhet.

Around 70 million people living in Bangladesh are exposed to arsenic because of the contamination of groundwater used for drinking and irrigation.

Arsenic has been found in groundwater in the country at concentrations up to six times higher than the 50 parts per billion the WHO recommends as the maximum safe value for human consumption.

Chronic exposure to the element can cause multiple organ cancer.

The study suggests that aromatic varieties could be a healthier alternative to non-aromatic rice, which is more commonly consumed in Bangladesh.