March 18


News Impact

CM announces SPA fund for Leporiang Circle

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki attended the ‘Development Meeting‘ at  Leporiang  today. He was accompanied by MP (West), Takam Sanjoy, MLA Techi Kaso,  APCC General Secretary B.C. Tok, Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Superintendent of Police  Nabam Gungte, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chukhu Tallar, Superintendent  Engineer (PWD), Hage Bida and hosts of other officers and Public Leaders.

Responding to  a memorandum submitted to him,  the Chief Minister said that ninety nine per cent of the villages of Leporiang Circle are connected with road which he had initiated during his tenure. He announced Rupees one crore each from SPA for Leporiang Township Road, Bobia SE (PWD) internal road  and  Leporiang-Rachi road. He also announced Rupees two crores under SPA for construction of Circle Office Building and a Residential quarter for the Circle Officer in the financial year 2013-14. He also assured to take up establishment of Police Out post at Leporiang on priority basis.

The Chief Minister advised the people not to put any impediments on construction activities of the Trans Arunachal. He unequivocally condemned the illegal construction along the proposed Highway for sake of claiming compensations. He further informed the public that he has already taken up the matter of early release of compensation with the Central Government. He exhorted the people to let the work agency to start the construction activities for benefit of one and all. The Chief Minister also dwelt at length on various welfare programmes like Chief Minister Agri mechanisation Programme, Chief Minister Paryatan Bikash Yojana, Chief Minister Talent Award and Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Schemes

Tuki said that the government employees have been taken special care of by his government. He told that Housing loan for government employee to be increased from 7.5 lakhs to rupees 15 lakhs in the current budget besides HRA grants of 10 per cent of the basic pay scale. Ex-gratia will be paid to casual workers and Honorarium for GB & HGB will be increased to Rs. 500/- and Rs 600/- respectively besides two units of free power for  GBs.

He announced Housing project for Puroik community. He told that 800 family of the community will be provided CGI sheet under the IAY scheme. He also told that 15000 hectares of land will be developed under IWDP, according to an official release.

In his address, Takam Sanjoy called for ‘change of mindset’ to usher in new era of development. He requested the public to refrain from indulging in complaints and counter-complaints so as to facilitate better implementations of developmental projects and allied schemes. He further assured to take up sanctioning of a ‘Guest House’ at Leporiang on priority basis and announced rupees fifty lakhs for the same.

Techi Kaso  and Public leaders of Leporiang  Nabam Tara, Nabam Kakam, Tana Tagum Tara, and Nabam Runghi also spoke on the occasion.




NSCN-IM cadres burn down Govt

vehicles at Soha

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: After receiving the information that a doctor has been brutally beaten up by NSCN-IM cadres at Soha village near Deomali for denying extortion money, the Assam Rifles jawans reached the spot yesterday and along with police personnel managed to push the NSCN (IM) cadres into the jungles.

The Assam Rifles jawans, however, immediately came under heavy firing by a huge number of NSCN-IM cadres without provocation. In the meantime the NSCN-IM cadres had burnt the Government vehicles belonging to Soha CO and Police OC and fired upon them indiscriminately causing heavy damages to the village, according to an AR release.

Earlier, the NSCN-IM cadres reportedly ripped apart the telephone and electric poles in Soha village. It was learnt that Soha circle officer and Deomali police OC along with their vehicles were also trapped at Soha, the release added.



AAPSU writes to union HM

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has expressed serious concern over news of exchanges of fire between security forces and NSCN (IM) insurgent at Soha village under Tirap district. Understanding the magnitude of situation, AAPSU President Kamta Lapang has written to union home minister questioning the silence maintained by central government over the whole issue.

“This is not the first instance as intermittent turf wars between both the factions continues unabated in Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts, declared disturbed under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. The ceasefire area was never extended beyond Nagaland since the Govt of India began talks with the NSCN decade ago to find a lasting solution to the Naga issue. Reports of heinous crimes including extortion, torture of local denizens, kidnapping and murder and intermittent turf wars for area dominance by both NSNC (IM) and Khaplang factions are reported very often. Many well-established camps of both factions within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh were found and demolished by the security forces during the last few years, but intriguingly the Gol turned a blind eye while the locals suffered silently with the state government incapable of providing any solace to them even when the insurgents resorted to interfering in state administration and elections,” AAPSU wrote in the letter.

 During a visit to state the then home minister P Chidambaram while replying to the questions of press persons had stated that ‘‘the security forces would take strict action against the insurgents. It was unfortunate that they (NSCN factions) were out to kill each other (Referring to turf wars). But this cannot be allowed in Arunachal territory".

AAPSU stated that despite such statement, the people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding are suffering at the hand of NSCN. “Does it not tantamount to neglecting attitude towards the Arunachalees when their sufferings continue for none of their fault while Gol continues to hold peace talks with NSCN groups? What is meaning of such tall claims when the Centre fails to realize the agonies of the locals?” union questioned.

However, AAPSU appreciated the special package announced by union home minister for police recruitment, renovation and infrastructure building of new police stations in Tirap and Changlang districts besides creation of Arunachal Scout by the Centre to recruit the Arunachalee youths. The people, political parties, including the ruling Congress and the civil society have umpteen times made it clear that Arunachal welcomes Naga peace talks but would neither compromise with its territorial integrity nor tolerate continued violence against the innocent tribal’s of the state by the Naga insurgents. How long New Delhi wants to test the patience and tolerance of the patriotic Arunachalees, the AAPSU questioned.

Moreover, it was New Delhi on whose instant the Chakma and Hajong refugees were given voting right though there is no Constitutional provision for allowing settlement of any non-Arunachalee including Indians, but the foreigners were given voters' right. In order to cover up its mistake of settling the refugees in this prohibited land without the consent and knowledge of the local denizens, who are the owners of the land, union govt violated constitutional provision stated AAPSU.



New clinic inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic (AFHC) was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary for health Nido Pavitra at Itafort Dispensary yesterday. He was accompanied by host of other dignitaries which include likes of Bidya Gadi, Mission Director (NRHM), Dr. M Jini, CMO, Arunachal State Hospital, Bikash Bage, OSD to Parliamentary Secretary (Health), Dr. Amping Perme Ete, Nodal Officer (AH) NRHM, Dr. R Rina, Jt. DHS, Dr. D Raina, Medical Superintendent, ASH, Dr. D Duri, Project Director APSACS, Dr. Nabam Budh, Deputy Director APSACS, Dr. K Tuglik, DRCHO Yupia and other Doctors of Itafort dispensary and staffs of NRHM. The program was organized by the District Health Society, Papum Pare.

Dr. K Tuglik, DRCHO Yupia explained that adolescents (10-19 years) constitute 22% of the population of our state and a large number of the adolescents are out of school, married early, work in vulnerable situation and are sexually active and most of them are exposed to peer pressure. According to NHFS-3, 51.2% of girls and 33.4% of boys in the age group of 15-19 years are anaemic in the state.  42% of girls and 31% of boys are married before the age of 18 years. 29.8% of married girls in the age-group of 15-19 years have un-met needs of contraceptives in the state.

According to Demographic and Health Survey 2005-06 23.3% of girls in the age group of 15-19 years are married before the age of 18 years and 0.3% of the girls are separated, divorced or widowed in the age group of 15-19 years. According to APSACS data 17 people below the age of 20 years have been tested HIV positive in the state. All these data’s shows the vulnerable conditions and health issues faced by the adolescent’s population of our state. Govt. of India understood the need for intervention for providing Health services which caters to the adolescent population of our country as their needs is very different from those of children and adults. Hence Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic was established in the existing public health system to provide preventive, promotive, curative and counseling services to the adolescent population of our state. Service providers in AFHC consist of a Doctor, Nurse and RTI/STI or ICTC Counselors to provide quality services and care to the service users. Various Services like Counseling and Treatments for Skin Problem, Menstrual Hygiene, RTI/STI Management, HIV/AIDS, ANC, PNC & Immunizations will be provided in AFHC.                        

Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic helps in awareness generation in the society and building a supportive environment for improving health seeking behaviour of adolescents. It will also contribute towards the long-term health goals and help in reducing MMR, IMR, TFR and HIV infection in this age group.



BJP flays state budget as eye-wash

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh terms this year’s (2013-14) state Budget an eye-wash. The party said it is a populist election year budget with lot of hollowed promises diverting the people’s attention from the real situations of rampant corruptions. The financial situation of the Arunachal Pradesh government has gone from bad to worse. Though the Govt has been denying any overdraft but it had to enforce several tough austerity measures throughout the financial year 2012-13, the BJP said.

Presentation of deficit budget by the Finance Minister yet for 2013-14 reflects very poor and unhealthy financial management in the state government although deficit budgets are not always bad economy, the BJP said.  The party said that “there is urgent necessary to mobilize and make simultaneous efforts to upgrade the capacities of the system and make them strong and healthy so that the true purposes of the people who are the makers of government in our democracy are served above all.”

“By and large most of the wayside tourists motels/cafeterias/Lodges are non-functional facing with acute shortages of basic minimum amenities and wherever persons taken lease/franchisees are facing problems already in the different parts of the state, and whereas the state have limited towns of popular tourists destinations with limited good hotel / resorts facilities there is no much scope of generating good amount of revenue proposed in the budget and may rather turn burden on the hotels and resorts,” the BJP said.

The budget proposed for enhancement of civic charges, which was last revised in 2007 by 20 percent would be extra burden on the Aam Admi (Common People) especially who are already burning under the flames of skyrocketing market prices due to the wrong economical policy by the Congress led UPA Government, the party said.



How long do they wait for CM Talent Award ?

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  Prem Taku at his 16, does not know how long he has to wait for a laptop computer (he has been dreaming of it since school days) along with an amount of Rs 10,000 as he was supposed to get it from the Arunachal Pradesh Govt under Chief Minister Talent Award scheme meant for meritorious students of class X and XII.

This scheme was initiated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and announced during budget session - 2011-12 to instill a sense of competition and academic excellence among the young students of the state. Prem topped at his school with 10.0 CGPA in All India Secondary School Examination 2011 from St. Xavier School Palizi in West Kameng district.  

For many meritorious students and their parents to get laptop computer and cash award under so called CM Talent Award Scheme has more or less become a hollow promise, since they are yet to get it even after years passed.  Apparently delayed in distributing laptop computers has made students and parents weariness about the scheme. “My excitement for getting a laptop computer which my family could not afford has gone down” rued a student who got Grade A in all subjects in class X.

However, according to Secretary Planning Ankur Garg, the inordinate delay in distribution of cash award was due to rejection of many applications which have failed to follow the criteria such as bank account and other relevant documents sought in application.

Secretary further disclosed that 58.1 lakhs rupees had already been released for the total applicants of 740 (both class X and XII) across the state. But, he said, out of 740 applicants, 159 were returned to respective deputy commissioner for fulfilling the required criteria.  And for the year 2012-13, out of 624 applicants, 250 were sent back to district administration, and Rs 37.4 lakh had been released for cash award, he added.

Garg further added that tender process for procurement of laptop computer have been completed, however  due to legal challenge by some bidder the matter has been send to advocate general for his legal opinion. He admitted that it may take some time to distribute but assured it would safely reach those students.



AAPSU women wing conducts rally against crimes at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) headed by Aman Tayeng, President, W/Wings, AAPSU has conducted a peace rally at Tezu on  March 12  to send a strong message against growing numbers of crimes such as rape, murder, kidnapping, extortion, drugs smuggling etc.

The AAPSU team also criticized rampant activities of under ground people in the district which creates a fear psychosis to the peace loving people in the region. It posed a major threat to the life of common people and also curtails the basic fundamental rights of the people, AAPSU said.  

The state government should deploy adequate para military forces, police force in the region in order to restore a sense of security to the commoner. Lack of security and law  and  order in the Lohit district lead to a new height of crimes and atrocities against the humanity and among them the women and child are targeted by the anti-social activists in the Lohit and other parts of the eastern Arunachal Pradesh, said Joram Ashu, G/Secy, AAPSU women wing.

Strict checking on ILP at every check gates, increasing female police personnel and regular patrolling at sensitive place in the Lohit district were also important demands of the union.

The AAPSU team submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police (SP) and Additional Dy. Commisioner (ADC), Lohit requesting them to speed up the investigation and immediate arrest of culprits those who involved in the rape case of Chowkam. Punishment should be awarded to the culprits.

The AAPSU team headed by Biru Nasi, GS inspected Indira Gandhi Govt. College Hostel and interacted with the students. The students were urged AAPSU to help for immediate sanction of Safety tank in the campus. Suraj Tayem, Finance Secretary, AAPSU also accompanied with him. The AAPSU request students community to stay away from the opium and other drugs activities as it doesn’t only destroy life of individual but create a havoc in the society too.

The students’ bodies such as All Lohit Students Union (ALSU), Anjaw District Students Union (ADSU), All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU), Indira Gandhi Govt. College Students Union (IGGCSU), Women Welfare Society Tezu (WWST), All Tai Khamti Students Union (ATKSU) and many well-wishers, students leaders and dignitaries participated in the dharna.



East Siang facing drought-like situation


RUKSIN, Mar 17: Even thought the South-West monsoon was remaining active for several months in the region, some parts of Siang valley including Pasighat and Ruksin and Mebo in East Siang district are experiencing drought-like situation, reportedly due to scanty rainfall for last some months.

Except few pockets of East Siang, larger portions of the district like Ledum, Bilat, Nari, Koyu, Seren, Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Mebo circles are hit by drought-like situation.

The drought-like situation severely affects on rubber and tea cultivation in the area. Shortage of rainfall during last part of tapping season caused low production of rubber latex in Ruksin and Nari and Seren areas, while development of new plants are hit-hard. In a similar manner, growth of tea leaves in the region is found idle due to scanty rainfall this winter.

Scanty rainfall has become a ban for the rural farmers of the region, who are rearing domesticated cattle. The growth of the herbs in grass grazing lands is at leisure and consequently the cattle are facing scarcity of grasses.

The situation earlier surfaced in the region in 2009, when more than 11,000 hectares cultivated land affected. The rain-fed irrigation channel leading to paddy cultivation sites were dried up due to insufficient rainfall. The state government initiated contingency food production scheme among the rural farmers by providing Black gram, Green gram and Sesamum seeds for alternative cultivation.

The farmers of the affected area have demanded the state government to initiate alternative water supply measures for production of kharif vegetable other horticultural crops in the affected areas.



Make best use of free learning facilities in libraries: Borang

WAKRO, Mar 17: “Libraries provide you free services to learning all through the year. Students must make the best use of it” exhorted V. Borang, District Library & Information Officer, Tezu, as she delivered the valedictory address of the Reading Awareness workshop at Tafrogam village, off Tezu.  “Reading outside your text books alone can strengthen your education and build your career.” Borang also lauded the volunteers and reader-activists of Bamboosa and APNE libraries for spiritedly spearheading the reading movement in the district.

The workshop was a part of the Reading Awareness Campaign in Lohit by the District Library, Tezu conducted jointly with the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network and the VKV Tafrogam Alumni Education Society (ViTAES) to spread the joy of reading across the villages of the district.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Bapenlu Kri, Vice-Chairperson, ViTAES, thanked the DDSEs of Lohit and Anjaw and the Education Dept for their keen and generous support to spread the reading promotion activities to the remotest villages in their districts.

Explaining the importance of ‘each one teach many’ in the reading campaign, the Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library network, thanked the Director Public Libraries, Itanagar and the state directorate for their wholehearted recognition and  patronage to voluntary agencies  and the young reader-activists, for promoting reading habits among rural and marginalized  youth groups.

Each programme consisted of demonstrations of poetry recitation, story-telling and book reading by volunteers and reader-activists, followed by the training sessions for the local students.  At the end, the young participants performed some of these items before invited guests, giving the audience a delightful surprise on how a group activity promotes confidence in speaking and language use. The Coordinator and other adult volunteers gave reading and recitation demonstrations from periodicals like the Children’s Magazine, Dimdima etc and introduced famous authors like Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss and Shankar.    

Earlier, the Reading Awareness Campaign in Wakro circle got launched with a spirited programme at Namgo, a remote village off Medo. It was attended by over 50 students and teachers from 3 nearby schools. Inaugurating the workshop, the Namgo Gaonburah Sri Supap Kri expressed his great happiness that the Lohit Youth Library Movement has reached out to his remote village and lauded the APNE Library volunteers for their enthusiastic efforts to spread reading habits.

Expressing their happiness after the workshop, Viru Subba (GMS Namgo) and Nongown Emphum (GS Medo) said that it was for the first time, they were participating in such a unique programme and found it very beneficial. This was shared by the teacher Sulaiman (Gyan Sarovar), Wangpha Tinki (GMS Namgo) & Jalimsi Krong (VKV Tezu).

In the Story telling, Nongwon Emphum (Gyan Sarovar), Suiseng Manglong (GMS Medo) and Bisekso Kri (Gyan Sarovar) won the top places, regaling the listeners. In the painting contest at Namgo, Rakesh Rai, Asha Rai and Kishor Tamang won the first 3 prizes. In the skit-enacting and poem recitation contests, at Tafrogam, Kr. Sosemso Gam, Etemlu Tayang & Siya Bellai while the 3rd prize went to Bacham Tayang.

Earlier the APNE Library conducted a workshop at the Blooming Buds School, Namsai. It plans to conduct more programmes in remote villages like Tumba, after the annual examinations.



Ali-Aye Ligang celebrated with traditional fervor

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Central Ali-Aye-Ligang, the main festival of Mishing community was celebrated  with traditional fervor at Silapothar in Dhemaji district of Assam on March 14, 15 and 16.

While addressing the mammoth gathering  on the open session, Gumjum Haider, the former Secretary General of NESO appreciated Mishing community for preserving rich traditional cultural heritage of great ancestor, Abo Tani.  He said it is his dream to have common festival of tribes of Abo Tani someday.

“It is high time that the tribes of Abo Tani clan come together and work for the greater unity and progress of its brothers. We need to go beyond political boundaries imposed by political states, we need to know our anthropological lineage. For many decades and centuries we have not realized the existence of its clan members beyond its inhabited areas due to communication bottleneck; but today! Science has so developed and it is very easy to find our own brothers and communicating with them,” he said adding  “I would request students Organization of Tani Tribes to start working for common language of Tani groups which will be acceptable to all the tribes”.  

Haider appealed the people to know its genealogical roots and  said that “person who does not know its origin is like a tree without a root”. The Silapothar Central Ali- Aye Ligang of Dhemaji was attended by many dignitaries from MMK the Apex Social body of Mishing community.

Also present on the occasion were former MLA Poniram Tayeng, former MLA Bhuvan Pegu and President of TMPK J Doley along with many more students leaders from Assam. Haider was accompanied by Tanya Agu, Spokesperson AAPSU  and other student leaders.



DC visits Gusar, inspects school and health centre


DAPORIJO, Mar 17: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu along with the team of officers visited the Gusar circle headquarters at Segi village and inspected the basic facilities such as health and school infrastructure on March 15  last. Most of the govt. officers including the CO, BDO of the circle were present during his visit.

While visiting the school and health centre, the DC suggested for proper maintenance of school building and  health centre. He said public properties like schools and health centres should be protected well and stressed on proper fencing around the Govt buildings and infrastructure.   However, the villagers appealed the district administration for posting of adequate medical staff to the health centre.

 Delighted with the scenic beauty of the area, the DC also urged the local populace to protect the flora and fauna. Taggu observed that  the area could be developed as one of the tourists’ hot spots with the cooperation of the local people. The DC also advised the villagers to take care of their children in proper way. While pointing out the recent murder case at Daporijo, the DC also appealed to the villagers not to give shelter to miscreants who usually run away to villages after committing crimes in the town. The villagers should informed the police if such miscreants take shelter at the village, he said.

Meanwhile, the public expressed their grievances over erratic power supply and appealed for regular supply of power.



Gypsy in the midst of intrusive modernisation & changing trends

Mingkeng Osik

“Student life is a golden life” but is it? As these days every now and then all one can think about is competing, succeeding, struggling to achieve. And there upon come diversified distractions, illusions, and mind manipulating perpetual annexations of worldly things moreover pressure from every nook and directions.

In this 21st century, success means everything furthermore what the scenario stands at the moment. Everywhere there is a rush for something significant, with no time in the hands to even look properly into a mirror. All they say is it depends upon how you work hard and study today but has any parent or anyone tried to take a glimpse about how hard it is to be on the other side of it.

In Itanagar itself, numerous Students arrive with big dreams and timid aptitude to pursue education along with others, while some attain their goals while others not. Now, nothing can be yours and you cannot obtain anything that easily, likewise earlier during NEFA where our fathers and uncles at their age were forced to do Government jobs and elegantly pressurise to absorb administration and responsibilities in every sector for refurnishing the society, to take Arunachal in its zenith.  

With the coming of new era and advent of modernisation every single thing that comes under basic amenities like houses to live, & adequate jobs, etc are hard to find in every aspect and field, especially for students who come to not only in Itanagar but in other cities also with a hope to absorb, gain, relieve here or to engaged himself or herself and to get sustained, most probably.

In initial period of your career, and hereby due to excessive students in every institution everyone don’t get a hostel room but you need a place to stay than the ultimate option for one is to find an room or a rent house, and as far as for here no one can even dream of acquiring one adequate room. This all can be also said due to lack of available rent houses, growing population, limited appropriate land, competitive juncture in Arunachal capital etc which is a matter of concern for the state government. Those who don’t have relatives in cities like Itanagar do always becomes the victim for finding rent houses. Today, we are confronting with this grudge, what the next generation will?.

One cannot explain how it feels to be a student. Every now and then all you get is pressure from the family to fulfil their dream, pressure within ourselves as everyone wants to be someone standing as a mirror in front of the society so that the people will yearn to be like you. But this intrusive modernisation and sabotage living standards among the student communities sometimes have deliberately eluded the picture of enthusiasm from them. Camouflage dressing trends, disco, bars, imbibing alcohol, reckless driving, living in the world of illusions etc that has what infiltrated the mindset of most of the students, turning them to be the same. These are possibilities and happenings that influence the student, youths and can have a contrary result which might has dreadful consequences.

Literally, now in Arunachal the most diverging and susceptible factor that distracts the minds mostly among student bodies from going to the main conversion of attaining their goal is indulging and acting in Union & organisations. In Arunachal, most of the time it is observed that in a month numerous new Unions and students Organisations are formed, however most of them are just for name sake and to acquire and imbibe money in the name of Union. This manoeuvre of getting easy money without wasting a sweat is being engulfing every person and student in particular, and the interesting part is they see it as a way to end all miseries but fail to analyse where it will take you. Sometimes some of them came out succeeding from this game of politics but most of them remain jaded. These things of student politics should be concealed and put to halt in any circumstances by the state and the people residing here, for tomorrow it’s going to be worse than ever. No one gets benefit out of it except the pseudo politicians who use the mere students by beguiling and luring them for their own self motive.

The future stands if the foundations are strong today; there are hundreds of poor students still who cannot even afford to buy books though they may be talented or bright. Many may have perished like this from time immemorial, how it can be negotiated? Schemes, projects, assumptions are made for upliftment in the education sector, but can be seen only in papers as for real nothing has changed. The representatives to whom we have elected to represent us do blarney talk every time during elections and they goes unchecked, not concern about the inconvenience.

The GOAP should look upon such matters, with proper vision and perception. It should be inculcated that In comparison to other Indian states Arunachalee students have immense sense of knowledge in copious, if the government can paved a good way for one, they will create history for Arunachal. As we can see this is the second generation of our tribal’s in Arunachal who have accepted education and got learned in comparison to those other Indian states where education has already been thrived before 1947 yet still our students can broadly participate in country’s apex competitive examinations like UPSC, IPS, and ICS etc and have achieved success many a times.

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





Pre-Mopin celebration

PASIGHAT, Mar 17: The Galo students of Doying Gummin College, Pasighat celebrated pre-Mopin at the college campus here on March 15 last with pomp and traditional fervour, greeting each other by smearing rice powder on the face. The other major activities known as Pingi-Neri was observed on the next day at the residence of Dr. Nidak Angu.

The college Principal Egul Padung while extending his greetings to the students on the auspicious occasion urged to preserve the age-old songs, dances, costumes, customs and rituals related to Mopin. He congratulated the organizing President Moji Kadu and Secretary Kenli Rina for organizing the celebration at the college campus in a befitting manner. The Principal also appreciated the former General Secretary Toni Jamoh for his cooperation to make the event successful while stating that festivals are the platforms to create a conducive atmosphere to live harmonious life among various communities. The festival signifies the symbol of unity, brotherhood, friendship and cooperation and at the end brings a bumper harvest of crops, prosperity and wealth, added Padung. DIPRO



Short term training on orthopedically handicapped held

Naharlagun, Mar 17:The National Institute of Orthopedically Handicapped (NIOH), Kolkata in collaboration with Deptt. of Social Justice & Empowerment has conducted a one day Short Term Training Programme on Disability and Rehabilitation at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun on 16th March.

In the training programme more than 60 participants from various departments  Including doctors from Health Services,  R.K Mission Hospitals, Resource Teachers from SSA, Education Deptt. and members from NGO’s like Oju Welfare Association, Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired & Visual and All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society participated.

This was informed by Director of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Naharlagun in a press release on Saturday. DIPR



Health camp organized

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The District Health Society in collaboration with Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, conducted a female sterilization camp cum baby show at CHC Balijan on March 15th. 58 women benefited from the camp who had volunteered for sterilization. Best baby show was also conducted during the camp and Chuku Rilum, Taba Rizhang and Techi Tado were adjudged as first, second and third respectively. DMO Papum Pare, Dr. S. Ronya, DRCHO Yupia, Dr. Kipa Tuglik, DSO Dr. R R Ronya, Dr. Bombay Tayeng, Dr T Basar and Dr. A Siram were present in the camp.



Seminar on education held

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The department of education Jawaharlal Nehru College, JNC, Pasighat organized a UGC seminar on current trends in education with a special reference to North East India on 15th of this month.

Addressing the crowd, T. Talom, Principal of JNC opined that the seminar of such importance would certainly enhance the vocational, environmental, population, value and peace instinct of current education and advocated for totally focused approach to such fields.

 Dr P. K. Acharya, Asstt. Prof (Education), RGU, Itanagar rendered the keynote address and made the house aware of the ongoing trends in education field in the context of North- East. O. Tabing, Principal, DIET, Pasighat, highlighted the instructional role of education by connecting it to Public and Private Property (PPP) proximity. Earlier speaking on the ocassion Dr. T. Taloh, HoD and Programme Director, amplified the global trend of education inspired by vocational and professional approaches and envisaged the privatization of education as the healthy tool for brilliance. The three resource persons namely Dr Purnima Dubey, T. Tasing and Dr A. Padu presented their papers during the first technical session on varied aspects of education. Many students of education department enchanted the gathering with their well-knit power-point presentations on different trends of current education. The entire programme was hosted by T. Tayeng, a senior student.



NE BJP leaders to visit Itanagar

ITANAGAR,  Mar 17: The Organizational In-Charge of  BJP NE States, P. Chandrasekhar Rao and State Prabhari  and National BJP Vice President, Bijoya Chakraborty (MP) will be visiting Itanagar soon. They are also expected to address the state BJP executives  meeting to be held at Naharlagun on March 21 & 22.



UGC sponsored workshop conducted

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The UGC sponsored workshop on the theme “Potentials of UGC Schemes for Strengthening College Infrastructures and Faculty Development” was held at Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar on March 16.

Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher & Technical Education was the Chief Guest of Inaugural Session, while Tomar Ete, Principal was the Guest of Honour. The first Technical session was addressed by Dr. N. T. Jose, Dy. Registrar, RGU who spoke on the scope of UGC Schemes for developing college infrastructure while Dr. V. N. Sharma, SLO gave a presentation on the various avenues for development of Career by faculty members. The Third Technical session was addressed by Ramesh Chandra Roy, Chartered Accountant who gave a brief training session on how to maintain accounts and cash books for Audit and submission of Utilization Certificates.

In the valedictory session, Principal, D. N. Govt. College gave away the certificate to all participants coming from various colleges. The workshop was attended by as many as 62 participants from Govt.  as well as private colleges  of the state.



Senior businessman passes away

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 17: Fifty eight-year-old Binod Garodia, proprietor of Basar Commercial here and an active member of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI), died of kidney failure while undergoing treatment in a New Delhi hospital today.

He is survived by his wife and a minor son. His mortal remains will be brought to his native place Tinsukia for the last rites, family members said.   

  While expressing deep shock at the untimely demise of the senior businessman who immensely contributed to the growth of trade and commerce in the state for the last few decades, ACCI president Lala Techi and general secretary Tarh Nachung led the trading fraternity in conveying condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Garodia was associated with various socio-cultural organizations including as a member and president of Lions Club of Naharlagun, and he served the society through various welfare activities, Lala said, adding his absence would always be felt by the local community.

Joining the mourners, local legislator Techi Kaso recalled Garodia as a soft-spoken and good hearted human being. His invaluable contributions to Arunachalee society would always be remembered, Kaso said.   

The ACCI also mourned the death of Sheela Devi Rathi, wife of Manik Rathi, member of Arunachal Pradesh Chemist & Druggist Association, who died here on March 13 last, and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

The ACCI has urged the traders of the Capital Complex to down their shutters for two hours on Monday in respect of the departed souls.





245 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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Refrain from using communal words

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to share a view to the fellow citizen of Arunachal; especially to the community based students' union and other organization of the state. As per recent trends, while going through the contain of some local dailies it has been observed that, any tribe or community based organization frequently used a word "DOMINATED AREA" whenever they call any bandh and organize awareness tour in their respective areas. I am neither well versed in English Language nor going to interpret the exact usage of the word & its implication. However, what I feel and inner conscience says that, better we can adopt a word "INHABITED AREA" instead of dominated area, which has much positive approach than the former.

Once, I happened to be a delegate of a students' union conference of our own community and therein the same matter (issue) I moved in the miscellaneous resolution session for its further correction along with a senior student from Basar for the henceforth usage of the liberal word "INHABITED AREA" in all Union Official purposes. But to my utter surprise, the present incumbent of our students' Union has forgotten the resolution adopted and still deviates from the noble word. Infact, I failed to understand this new style of writing -Nyishi dominated Area, Galo dominated Area, Adi dominated area etc. it gives some sort of question in mind; who is dominating whom? This is unethical in general perception. Don't forget that the beauty of words in ones writing and speech always receives appreciation.

If I am not wrong, the word "DOMINATED AREA" better sounds in the context of religious fundamentalist group but not in the tribal inhabited area where mutual co-existence persist. As such, I request all the community based organization to retrospect it properly and refrain from mentioning the word in memorandum, press release, posters, banner etc. We should use tactful words which can imbibe positivity in the mindset of the younger generation. In this regard, print media can also rectify after due consultation with the leaders of these organization. Subsequently, leaders can also discuss with their members.

As a matter of fact, even the state and National Census Survey Board of India carries majority survey of any community of a particular region but not their dominated survey. It is that we, coined new things within the system. We need to think and act for the congenial atmosphere among the beautiful tribes of the state and let the glory of the Arunachal be sung by all.


Jummo Potom,





No place is safe on this earth

Dear Editor

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share some view. From past few months, I have read many columns in reader forum describing state capital as unsafe place to live. Even Delhi, the capital of India is not a safe place to live in then how can people expect Itanagar to be 100 percent crime free capital? Here I want to place few reasons why crime rate is increasing day by day in Itanagar. We all know that Itanagar is a place where many tribes lives, where people from entire North East lives including Non-APST. Itanagar is a place whom people considered as “Sapno Ka Seher”, peoples from other district comes here to achieve something in life. However if they fails to achieve their dream, few goes back to their respective home town and remaining will stay with frustration, and start indulging in illegal activities. That is why the possibilities of crime are higher in capital. No place on earth is safe. If any kind of crimes occurs in capital, finger should not be pointed towards only one particular tribe or community, instead let us fight together and make Itanagar crime zero place. Crime can occur anytime or anywhere, it’s just matter of time and situation. Every citizen should know how to protect themselves as it’s said “Prevention is better than cured”.

In recent time’s rape, extortion, murder and kidnapping have been re¬ported from different parts of Arunachal Pradesh and interestingly cases are still pend¬ing. Through your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the respective District Administrative to conduct the investigation thoroughly and give a capital punishment to culprits as per law.

Lastly, I would like to appeal every Arunachalee to help District Administra¬tion and also request the respected Political leaders not to pressure or interfere District Administration while investigation, let them work smoothly as per law framed. Stay alert and be safe. Remember “NO PLACE ON EARTH IS SAFE”.



Basar PWD Division




Long cherished dream

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of 49th-Magne Dogha Panchayat segment would like to appreciate MLA Tali, E.E. Er. Nich Tadar, A.E. Tarak Gongo, J.Es Giogi Tagung & Langpu Kumar who worked tirelessly work to complete Road project under RIDF Scheme (NABARD) from Barta Camp to Kumey River just near tali. The long felt dream of the people of 20th Tali Constituency has now become true.

The 20th Tali constituency is one of the most backward places of the state. So, I being educated youth of the area would like to appeal the local people of Taii to cooperate with working agency without any disturbance for early & better develop¬ment of the said project. Lastly, I on behalf of 20th Tali Assembly Constituency would like to appeal to the Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh and e Minister, Finance, Planning & PWD to provide sufficient fund for better completion of said project i.e. Yangte to Tali RIDF Scheme( NABARD).


Lingdum Taha




Frame marriage law

Dear Editor,

Permit me to draw the attention of Chief Minister of A.P, and Parliament Secretary Legal Jaw and Justice, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh through the columns of your esteemed daily for the need of marriage Certificate in our State. In Arunachal Pradesh still there are no rules and regulation for the issuing of Marriage Certificate whereas all the other states have adopted marriage rule long time ago. In our constitution this has already been provided under the section V and VI of Marriage Act, 1954. Marriage Certificate is useful for both Husband and wife as an evidence and proof of their married life

Therefore, I would like to appeal the Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh, Women, Arunachal Commission, Arunachal Women Welfare Society, leaders, NGOs, Organizations, Media Persons, and Student Unions’ to support and ensure the legal Marriage Certificate system be practiced in the State.


Sannu Hai

Ex-Defense Personnel

Senki Park




Improve power supply in capital

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of Chief Engineer, Power (Electrical) Department regarding poor supply of electricity in twin Capital Complex. The poor electricity supply is especially affecting businessmen and students.

Hence, I on behalf of senior citizen of capital complex would like to request the people friendly Govt. under the dynamic leadership of Nabam Tuki, to kindly suggest the authority concern to arrange proper power in day time  for the betterment of general public as well as businessman and for the greater interest of general public.


Nabam Tara

Senior Citizen


Women representation in parliaments

The year 2012 was a year of overall continued progress as far as women representation in parliaments is concerned. The global average of women in parliaments is now at 20.3 per cent, up from 19.5 per cent in 2011. This represents a gain of 5.3 per cent points in 10 years, says the latest report by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

33 lower houses of parliament had 30 per cent or more women MPs by the end of 2012. This is more than triple the number 10 years ago and is up from 30 lower houses in 2011, says the report Women in Parliament 2012. There were also fewer parliaments at the other end of the scale: 40 lower houses have less than 10 per cent women in their ranks, compared with 69 ten years ago and 46 in 2011.

While there has been a huge change across the world, it has not been as hunky-dory for Indian women politicians as data from the IPU suggests. Women representation in the Indian Parliament's upper house is worse than its neighbor, Pakistan.

India has a women representation of 10.6 per cent, whereas for Pakistan it is 16.3 per cent. A list on the website of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPR) also reveals that India lags far behind many countries, including neighbours Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, when it comes to women's participation in politics.

With 5.3 per cent women in its Parliament, Sri Lanka has the least number of women in its law-making.

Nepal and Bangladesh, particularly have a better record than India's. Nepal's constituent assembly has 33.2 per cent of women and Bangladesh has 18.6 per cent, India's Minister for Women and Child Development, Krishna Tirath informed Parliament earlier this week.

In Asia, women became the focus of elections when Park Geun-Hye became the first woman President of the Republic of Korea, and human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi won a by election in Myanmar.