Anini battles aftermath of devastating floods
ANINI, May 28: It’s almost two months since Anini, the district headquarter of Dibang
Valley got cut off from rest of the country. Despite efforts from govt, the situation
isn’t improving but only deteriorating day by day.
“We are receiving fresh reports of dysentery spreading to villages”, says Rajiv Mihu,
Secretary of All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU). “Many helpless villagers keep
calling us for help but we are unable to respond to their call instantly.”
“It pains to know that our people in villages are now surviving on tree roots”.
Alarmed at the situation getting worse, a team of student delegate led by Mihu met
Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi and called for intervention.
Mithi reportedly called up Chief Secretary apprising him of the ground situation
and assured the union of talking to CM for further help.
Meanwhile hundreds of college students from Anini who are now on vacation are stranded
“Every day I come to helipad expecting my turn to fly to Anini. But either flight
is cancelled or am not lucky enough to pass through the rush”, says Molo, who now
stays in a hotel in Roing.
One month has passed since he arrived from college in Tezu. He is eager to meet his
parents at Anini.
“I am trying my luck for a month”, he says. But hope turns gloomier as passenger
list grow day by day. The count has now reached more than 400.
The situation has added more to Molo’s misery. He doesn’t have enough money to stay
for more number of days in hotel.
Like him, many stranded students now survive on whatever money they are left with.
They stay in their relative’s house and some in hotels and rented house in Roing.
The solution however seems nowhere near. AIMSU secretary informs that even BRO workers
stranded in Hunli-Anini road are facing shortages of food and essential items.
And that has made the situation worse. The BRO isn’t swinging into action to clear
the roads of blockades making the entire stretch of road from Hunli to Etalin (89
km) unattended. The only hope lies in weather to improve for relief work to get moving.
“People are fighting with hunger, falling prey to dysentery and forced to eat roots,
but our legislative member is sleeping in Itanagar”, Mihu retorts.
DoNER takes forward Border Trade, Tourism with South East Asia
ITANAGAR, May 28: The Ambassadors of Thailand and Myanmar Krit Kraichitti and U Kyi
Thein met Minister of Mines & DoNER B K Handique in New Delhi on May 26.
In the ensuing discussions, they discussed about Border Trade, tourism and connectivity.
It was decided that the Ambassadors of the ASEAN Countries will visit the North Eastern
Region to explore the possibility of tourism and trade. The visit will be coordinated
by the Ministry of DoNER. The visit will be organized in two phases. In the first
phase the Ambassadors will visit the states of Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura. In the
second phase, they will visit Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Ambassador of Myanmar apprised Handique regarding the progress of the road linking
Zokhta in Mizoram and Setpytpin in Myanmar. The Ambassador mentioned that the request
by the Government of India for expediting the development of the road is being acted
upon by the Myanmar Government. This road forms the road route under the Kaladan
Multi Modal Transit Transport Project which envisages connectivity between Indian
Ports on the Eastern seaboard, Sittwe Port in Myanmar and then through riverine transport
and then by road to Mizoram thereby providing an alternate route for transport of
goods to North East India. The discussion also touched on the recent notification
by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on allowing more commodities for border
trade along Indo Myanmar Border. Earlier there was a list of 21 commodities allowed
for trading with Myanmar. On May 12, the Central Government has allowed 18 more items
like bicycle parts, life saving drugs, fertilizers, spices, agarbatti, sugar, salt,
stainless steel utensils.
AdiSU stages dharna against dam, vows to continue fight
ITANAGAR, May 28: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has staged a peaceful dharna in protest
against the proposed 2700MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project at Pangin today.
However, the peaceful atmosphere was tense with the visit of the ministers, MLAs
and Opposition leaders along with Govt officers to the site, who are lobbying in
favour of dam, the AdiSU informed in a release today.
Criticizing the ‘biasness from their representatives’ AdiSU speaker Tapir Taga said
the union shall never compromise with injustice done even to a single household.
The chief minister should be aware of the fact that 100 per cent local people are
against construction of the Dam, said AdiSu president Tapu Mibang, while adding that
the people first government should not turn into people next government. Nothing
can stop us from our fight for survival, said AdiSu convenor Obuk Gao.
Former AAPSU leader Ojing Tasing said that fight for own right shall not go in vain.
All Upper Siang District Student Union and All East Siang District Union also decided
to seek AAPSU support in their fight.
No rigging, says MLA while candidate refutes
ITANAGAR, May 28: Panchayat bye-election for Palin Zilla Parishad member (ZPM)
was peaceful, free and fair and there was no report of vote capturing, proxy votes
or rigging from any part of Palin area, said Palin MLA Takam Tagar in a release
today. The MLA urged the Election Commissioner not to entertain baseless complaints
of vote capturing and rigging and declare the results of the Palin Panchayat bye-election.
Meanwhile, the ASM candidate of Roing Panchayat segment in Tali Circle in Kurung
Kumey has demanded re-poll in the area. In a complaint to the State Election Commissioner,
she said that polling was allowed to start without the consent of the Polling agent
and the Returning officers and Assistant Returning officer were absent during the
Government land up for grabs at Sagalee
ITANAGAR, May 28: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has expressed serious
concern over land grabbing by government officials at Sagalee town. APPDSU team which
visited the site where government land has been encroached was shocked to discover
that same officers who are supposed to protect it are the encroachers. Alarm with
the act of government officers, union pursued the matter with additional deputy commissioner
of Sagalee. On enquiry it was informed that 83 people are on their way to obtain
land allotment certificate mostly comprising government lands. All area around government
quarters and offices are being encroached by the land grabbers, most of them being
government officers. APPDSU also claim that authorities are violating government
notification in allotting government land to these land grabbers. Further they had
warned all encroachers to vacate land immediately and also directed authorities to
cancel the allotment.
Dreaded NDFB cadre nabbed at Ziro
Ziro, May 28: A dreaded cadre member of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)
Kargeshwar Basumatary alias B. Khwrwmcher and his wife was apprehended by a team
of Lower Subansiri Police led by Officer-in-Charge of Ziro police station, Inspector
Tab Techi, here last evening at 6.30 pm from a rented house in reserve line here,
where he was staying along with his wife and a minor child. Kargeshwar, wanted by
CBI for his various crimes, was picked up after local police intelligence network
gave a tip-off of his presence in the area.
Earlier, DIG, CBI Delhi and SP, CBI, Assam, while informing of his criminal records
had alerted the local police of probable presence of Basumatary in the District and
requested for apprehending him.
A CBI team, which the details of his criminal activities is expected here any time
to formally arrest the outfit member and his accomplice.
Medical camp to contain diarrhoea
ROING, May 28: In its efforts to contain the spreading diarrhoea/dysentery at Dambuk
and nearby villages, a medical camp was organized at Musup, in Poblung C village
at Dambuk yesterday in order to facilitate treatment of children and age old people
weakened by diarrhoea/dysentery who are unable to come to the health centre for treatment.
Dr Amit Perme informed that altogether 59 patients suffering from the disease have
reported in the camp including 25 children below 10 years and 34 people above 10
years of age. And further 6 serious cases were admitted in the hospital today. The
camp was organized by the medical team headed by Dr Perme, MO in coordination with
PRI members and public headed by ASM Poblung C Baling Perme.
Baling Perme, ASM Poblung C said that the disease is still looming large in the village
as there are many who are still bed ridden. He further demanded for posting of two
regular nurses in the Dambuk CHC as there are only two nurses.
Meanwhile, with the timely act of the govt, a seriously injured 9 years old boy,
who was accidentally injured with a fire arm (Air Gun) was evacuated from the Dambuk
CHC to Dibrugarh by a special helicopter service today.
NFA calls for full time Director for NERIST
ITANAGAR, May 28: NERIST Faculty Association in a letter to the Secretary Higher
Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) called for appointment
of a full time Director for the Institute. In the letter, it said that the present
Director Dr Joram Begi may be replaced as he is not eligible to hold the post of
the Directorship of a central deemed university.
It further informed that to review the functioning of NERIST, the UGC had constituted
an expert committee who in its report has said that for the successful functioning
of the institute, a full time Director should be appointed. It said that MHRD is
yet to act on the report.
Royal Enfield Riders to ride for the Mithun
Bos Frontalis Festival 2010 from May 30
Itanagar, May 28: Coming out in support of the Bos Frontalis Festival 2010, the Royal
Enfield riders of the Arunachal Bullet Club along with 10 member riders from Shillong,
few riders from Tezpur, 17 riders from North Lakhimpur area, few riders from Dibrugarh,
Silapathar have decided to conduct a ride from Banderdewa to Chimpu, finishing at
the Akash Deep Complex, Itanagar, according to an information by the Working President,
Arunachal Bullet Club, Nabum Jose.
In a meeting here today, the club decided to extend their support to the cause of
mithun conservation and promotion of cultural heritage that the festival was trying
to achieve. The members felt that it was important to understand and accept the mithun
as a symbol of our fast eroding cultural identity and felt only a revival can save
it from disappearing.
It was also decided to reach out to the young people through the ride and to involve
more and more people in the movement and the motorcycle ride was a innovative way
to do that. Joining them in the ride will be volunteers of the Game Zone United,
a club of youngsters who have been participating and contributing in various musical
and cultural events.
The 40 km-ride will begin at 11 am during festival from Banderdewa and will make
pit stops at NERIST gate , Takar Complex, Bank Tinali, Chimpu before culminating
at Akash Deep. At each pit stop, the riders and volunteers will interact with the
crowds and hand out fliers and stickers relating to mithun conservation and importance
of cultural heritage and learning mother tongue languages.
It may be mentioned here that the ABC has been taking out rides in support of various
significant issues all through the years of its existence. Their first ride to the
Winter festival at Nampong and onwards to the Lake of No Return to spread the message
of the Look East Policy still stays in memory. Other notable rides have been the
ride to Kaziranga National Park along with other riders from the North East in support
of Rhino protection, the ride to Bumla Pass to protest China's claim over Arunachal
(reaching the last border post at 17500 ft), the ride to Seppa, Rupa, Bhalukpong,
Bana, Pampoli, Bomdila etc to carry the Governor's call of Clean Arunachal Green
Arunachal and the ride to attend the Myoko festival at Hong in support of cultural
The much awaited two days Bos Frontalis Festival 2010 will begin with hectic activities
at Vivekananda Hall, Itanagar on May 30.
The screening of “The More Things Change…..” (A film on Mithun conservation), multi-media
presentation on Mithuns by Dr Taba Heli, inter-university-college debate on the topic
“ Sacrifice of Mithuns – A cultural Burden?” will the main attraction of the inaugural
The programmes being organised on the occasion at I G Park will be more enchanting
with various competitions and cultural programmes including performance by international
rock band PARIKRAMA who will perform for the first time ever in Arunachal in the
band’s 19-year history.
Time to take a decision on Chakma refugee in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 28: It was year 1963-4 when Chakmas started to arrive in Arunachal
Pradesh from Bangladesh and Tripura. The then government of India wanted to give
shelter to these refugees and seeing huge tract of vacate land in Arunachal, they
established temporary camps for them.
The innocent tribal people of Arunachal, who didn’t knew much about these Chakma
let them stay in their own
This problem of Chakmas grabbing our land is spreading like a wildfire. Now they
are confined to Lohit and Changlang district but as their population increases they
may dare to move to other districts also.
land on humanitarian ground. They were settled in Changlang, Lohit and Papum Pare
district by government of India.
Well, it’s been 46 years since they moved into state on temporary basis but situation
is now quite different. Their populations have exploded to dangerous level and they
have reduced indigenous people to minority. There is growing anger among tribes
like Singpho and Mishmi who are worst affected due to influx of Chakma to their areas.
“Chakmas were originally to be settled in Gujarat but local resident there opposed
the move. Then Assam was the next option but there also people were dead against
them. Finally government of India dumped them on our soil,” said a Singpho youth.
The most hurting aspect for Singpho and Mishmi communities is to witness their own
land being taken away by same outsiders whom they had given shelter out of compassion.
“Our grandparents had given them shelter pitying their condition but now instead
of being thankful they are taking away our land from us,” says Wangpha Tinki, president
of All Tai Khampti & Singpho Students Union. He further added, “This problem of Chakmas
grabbing our land is spreading like a wildfire. Now they are confined to Lohit and
Changlang district but as their population increases they may dare to move to other
As these Chakma’s do not need Inner Line Permit to enter Arunachal, everyday they
are migrating in from Bangladesh, Tripura, Mizoram and Assam. Lackadaisical attitude
of central and state government towards Chakma issue all these years have embolden
them. “Our state government has been in sleeping mode regarding Chakma issue. I guess
none of the present MLA’s and minister’s land has been encroached by Chakma, so they
are not worried for ordinary people like us, “told one angry resident of Kathan village.
During a visit to Chakma areas, this reporter managed to speak with few of them.
Though mostly they evaded media, few came out to share their feelings. “These entire
violent acts are being committed by new group arriving from Tripura and Bangladesh.
People like us who are staying here since 1978 have nothing to do with them,” shared
one Chakma elder on the condition of anonymity. He accepted the fact that Chakma’s
have encroached forest area massively. “Our leaders staying at Delhi, Shillong and
in abroad have assured us that one day we all will get Arunachalee citizenship. They
encourage us to capture as much land as possible,” he ended.
What is more surprising is the fact that despite being provided with schools and
medical facilities and other civic amenities, the Chakmas have no regard whatsoever
for the law of the land.
State government need to understand the evil design of Chakma leaders and counter
them at various forums. Though it is too late but still Arunachal government should
find out way to safeguard rights of their citizen. One thing is sure that government
of India will never care about the issue as Chakma problem has been created by them.
Wake up our dear politicians; it is time to show real leadership qualities!
ATDSU calls for cancellation of ST certificates
ITANAGAR, May 28: All Tawang District Students’ union has called for cancelation
of ST certificates given to outsiders in Tawang area. The Union said that according
to information obtained by an RTI Act several people had fake ST certificates.
The union informed that atleast 30 cases of certificates being issued to Tibetans
and non-tribal have been unearthed during the period of 1996-2008. It further said
that some doubtful people from Sho village have been issued certificates which is
yet to be verified. The union informed that picture will be clearer after it gets
the status of 90 families residing in the village.
It informed that Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was informed about the issues through
a memorandum. It said that efforts are not made sooner, the whole state is set to
suffer as a result of these certificates.
Basar gets Farmer Field School
ITANAGAR, May 28: Farmers Field School has been inaugurated at New Bam village by
Extra Assistant Commissioner Basar Ibom Tao. Around 50 Farmers from nearby village
flocked in during the opening of the farmer’s field school.
Farmers from various villages trained on agriculture practices.
Basar in his inaugural address, urged upon farmers to be dedicated in their endeavour
to produce surplus production. Appreciating the initiatives of the Department of
Agriculture for opening the farmers field school, he also requested officer concerned
to render service at best so that other people can take example of it.
He later distributed integrated Pest management kit to the farmers.
Tojo Bam Agriculture Development Officer Basar, dwelt at length about the the objective
of farmers field school. He also highlighted the importance of agriculture and food
In his keynote address, Sub-divisional Agriculture Officer Narendra Singh elaborated
on the programme and policy of Agriculture Technology Management Agency. He also
highlighted the various components in which farmers can be benefited.
Project Officer APEDA, Assistant Engineer WRD and panchayat leaders also attended
Parbuk vill. clinch Gora Pertin memorial football trophy
Roing, May 28: Parbuk village clinched the Gora Pertin Memorial Football Tournament
in a nail biting final against Jia village winning by 5-4 goals in penalty shot-out
at Parbuk playground yesterday.
The match had to be decided through penalty kick after both the teams were tied 1-1
in regulation and extra time.
Prizes for Best Goalkeeper, Best Player, Highest Scorer, Best Discipline Team were
Altogether seven villages participated, including Meka, Balek, Bolung, Jia, Parbuk,
Kabang and Rayang participated in the tournament.
The tournament was organized for the first by Adi Cultural and Literary Society (ACLS)
to expose latent football talents and foster unity and brotherhood within the Adi
community. Sponsored by Tribal Development Agency, the tournament also aimed to develop
a complete football team and get it affiliated to the state football association
to participate in state level tournaments, former MLA and ACLS president Basu Perme
said. He also expressed his willingness to organize the tournament at district level
Meka Block ZPM Mibom Pertin, another sponsor, was satisfied with overall performance
of the participating teams. He hoped that this tournament will serve as good platform
to expose hidden talents.
Appointment illegal, say AAPSTEWA
Roing, May 28: All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees’ Welfare Association
(AAPSTEWA), in a letter to General Manager, APSTS demanded for immediate cancellation
of the appointment of one Lorance Jebisaw Riba at State Transport Services, Bomdila.
Alleging her appointment illegal, the association said that since there were many
senior and deserving candidates for the post within the department, her appointment
and regularization of service after she was being deputed to STS Bomdila from West
Kameng DC’s establishment 10 months ago, is totally against the interest and welfare
of those deserving candidates.
While opposing any appointment within STS department on deputation basis, the association
criticized the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for failing to come out with
a final resolution on the DPC meeting held in August last year.
AAPSTEWA also demanded the STS GM to either post a station superintendent at Seppa
station or promote an assistant station superintended for the vacant post for smooth
functioning, the letter added.
Art of Living programme at Ziro
Ziro, May 28: The Art of Living, a registered NGO is starting two courses at its
information Centre near Shiv mandir, Hill top here from June 1, next.
The ‘part one course’ for people over 18 years of age is a simple but profound program
that improves emotional, spiritual, physical and mental health of a person. The “Yes
Course”, specially designed for youths of age between 14 to 18 years will help to
cope with challenges of life without getting stressed, informs Art of Living, Co-ordinator,
I. Soni Devi.
Kurung Kumey girls felicitated
ITANAGAR, May 28: SSA District Mission, Kurung Kumey District has organised felicitation
programme of Pratibha Khoj under SSA Scheme recently.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng strongly emphasized on
girls’ education particularly in Kurung Kumey District. Briefing on act and provision
under Right to Education (RTE), he informed that the RTE would be implemented soon
in the District.
DDSE Takio Tuglo also spoke on several issues on social problem relating to the girls
education in the district and advised the girl child to avail the scheme and opportunity
to get better education for better tomorrow.
Later, Tayeng felicitated girl students who have secured distinction in studies.
Almost all the children of the 13 circles along with BRCs/CRCs participated in the
ITANAGAR, May 28: Simuila Foundation Society (SIMFO) in collaboration with the Yatong
Maansa self-helf group is organising a one-day health awareness-cum-medical camp
at Yatong under Manchal circle in Anjaw district on June 8 next.
DASU demands action while Police refutes allegations
ROING, May 28: Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU) has demanded action against erring
police personnel who allegedly manhandled the bike riders at Shantipur check gate
on May 26 last.
In a complaint letter to Lower Dibang Valley district SP, DASU alleged that instead
of providing medical aids to the riders who received minor injuries in road mishap,
the police manhandled and put them in lockup.
When contacted K S Singhera OC Shantipur Check Gate said the pillion riders drove
so roughly after crossing the gate that they fell down immediately and police personnel
at the gate rushed and picked them up. “They were booked under MVA 3/181 1989 and
charged Rs 150 challan for violation of MV Act and told them to produce adequate
document which was well responded and were released later”, the OC said.
The question of involvement of union does not arise as their parent readily accepted
the violation committed and appreciated the police legal action, the OC revealed
TCDC to coordinate in development activities
ITANAGAR, May 28: Taraso circle in Papum Pare district could have been the hub of
development activities for its large potentials in agriculture, horticulrure, fishery
sectors. But the circle is in wrong picture due to boundary skirmishes and lack of
proper policy and planning to develop infrastructure and tap the resources, said
chairman of the newly formed Taraso Circle Development Committee (TCDC) John Panye
in a release today.
The TCDC was formed in a public meeting attended by Panchayat leaders, Congress leaders
and general public at Nirjuli on May 23 last in order to coordinate and cooperate
with different departments in formulating planning and policy and implementing the
schemes and projects in the Taraso circle, the release further said.
Film Federation of Monyul formed
Tawang, May 28: Eminent film Actors, Directors, Producers and other Artists of Mon
region assembled at Tawang to come to an understanding to setup a Film and Entertainment
Board for Mon region called “Film Federation of Monyul” (FFM).
This federation aims to regulate movies created based on Monpa Community and the
ones produced in the region.
The federation’s primary focus is to preserve the Monpa culture, its identity and
the Monpa dialect using mass communication like film, music and entertainment programs
in a world where younger generations are developing affinity towards Westernization.
The executive bodies nominated in ‘FFM are Chombey Kee as President, Tsangpa Norbu
as Vice President. (DIPR)
ITANAGAR: Education Exhibition Ist Career Fair10, is set to take place in the city
of Itanagar on the May 30- 31at Hotel Subansiri.
The education extravaganza features over 30 leading India and international institutions
at the event. This 2-day event will provide aspirants a single gateway to entire
gamut of academic and professional courses available in India & Abroad in various
conventional and non-conventional streams.
The fair is organized by SAPE a leading Education fair organiser in South East Asia
and supported by Higher Education Department. The fair would be inaugurated by Director
Higher and technical Education Dr Joram Begi.
‘Release labourers’ salary’
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour’s Union (AAPGDLU) has
appealed the Govt to release the salary of labours for last two months.
In these days of skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the labourers are
getting a meager amount as salary and it is anybody’s guess what would be the life
of a labour, if he does not get such meager amount on time, said the union in a release.
It appeals the Govt to release the salary in every first week of the month.
Helpline for students
ITANAGAR: In an effort to help the Arunachalee students willing to pursue their studies
in Kolkata, the Kolkata Arunachal Students’ Association (KASA) has started its
‘admission information desk’ for the current session. Interested may contact KASA
president for further details on 09007566539.
Women’s Commission demands arrests
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Women Commission has condemned the recent gang
rape of a woman at Meka Village in Lower Dibang Valley on May 19. It called for arrest
of all those involved and immediate enquiry into the case. It further called for
protection of the victim and her relatives.
Kamin writes to CM
ITANAGAR: Former MLA Nikh Kamin has written to the Chief Minister allaging social,
moral and political atrocities being faced by the people of Yachuli area and working
PWD Division, Yazali. Terming it intolerable and against democratic set up, he called
on the chief minister to intervene in the matter and direct the concerned authority
to take legal action against those involved. He further said that working of the
PWD has been affected as people with vested interest have captured the department.