Press offices vandalized, state media under threat yet again
ITANAGAR, May 8: In a shocking incident, the offices of Press Trust of India in Itanagar
and Arunachal Front, in Naharlagun were vandalized today by a group of youths.
Computers, inverters, telephones and other office infrastructure were completely
damaged in both the offices.
The damage was so massive that the daily has been forced to shut its office.
Not satisfied yet with their condemnable action, the perpetrators went looking for
the Editor of Arunachal Front Pradip Kumar at his residence while he was out in meeting.
The attacks were carried out by youths unhappy at non publication of a news item
by the dailies in the state.
The incident happened today in the afternoon forcing the City Police to tighten security
at all media houses based in the Capital town.
In the light of the earlier attacks on media persons, these incidents only reiterate
that despite all assurances of the government the media in the state is still hunted
down for various interests and freedom of the press remains just a slogan.
Previous experiences have shown that as long as the media toes the line on any issue,
it is applauded. But when it raises concerns about issues in the state and takes
a stand, it is made a scapegoat and vandalized. The justification of such an approach
can hardly be conducive to free speech and a free press guaranteed by the constitution.
ANSU concerned at lack of development
ITANAGAR, May 8: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has urged the 14 legislators
of the community, particularly seven from the ruling party to ensure proper coordination
among them for bringing development of all the Nyishi dominated areas in the state.
ANSU president Sikka Gapak and general secretary Arjun Panye while lamenting over
the present education scenario in the Nyishi belt, put the blame on the community
legislators for not showing adequate attention towards development.
The ANSU leaders further said the infrastructure development of all the Nyishi dominated
areas depends on proper road communication and therefore urged for paying proper
attention towards this end immediately.
Stating that ANSU is committed towards development of the community, the leaders
felt that the union will always stand for the interests of the people, adding, that
it would always stay in the forefront to question the government on issues related
to the community’s development.
Lamenting on the poor literacy rate of the state, particularly in Kurung Kumey district
as reflected in 2011 census report, Gapak said the Union would take all possible
steps and sought everybody’s cooperation to eradicate illiteracy, particularly in
the Nyishi belt. ANSU general secretary Arjun Panye resented against poor road communication
in the Nyishi belt which has been preventing their development and asked all Nyishi
legislators to take up projects to redress the grievances.
Organisations questions media report
ITANAGAR, May 8: A news report that appeared in Times of India (ToI) web portal
on May 4 last, written by one Pradeep Thakur, has created a furor amongst the members
of Nyishi community of the state.
The report, which talks about the ‘race to the chief minister’s post after the death
of Dorjee Khandu’, mentions the Nyishi tribe in poor light.
In his assessment of the situation Thakur while mentioning PWD Minister Nabam Tuki
as one of the contenders for the coveted post cites that ‘he (Tuki) belongs to Nishyi
tribe which does not enjoy good rapport amongst other tribes’.
Lambasting the report and the writer, the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) condemned
it as it showed the community in very poor light.
Talking to media persons here on Saturday, ANSU President Sikka Gapak said that
such news report based on hearsay and mere speculation of the writer is against the
ethics of journalism and fair reporting. The crime committed is more serious as it
damages the reputation and image of a particular community, he said.
Taking serious exception to the report, ANSU has declared three black days in protest
against the report and the writer.
“This is a message to the writer in particular and the media fraternity in general
to avoid dragging a community into bad light on personal and vested speculations.
This is also a demand for the writer and the media house responsible for the publication
to clarify and seek apology,” Gapak added.
He demanded immediate clarification by the daily prominently with an unconditional
apology. The Union questioned how could one of the largest circulated daily of the
country behave so irresponsibly in total violation of journalistic ethics and guidelines
of the Press Council of India?
“This is highly condemnable as it has hurt the sentiments of the largest community
of the state which has been contributing for all round development of the state in
all respects,” it said.
The Union observed that it is not concerned with who becomes the CM, which is decided
by the ruling party and legislators, but seriously viewed the ‘intention’ of dragging
the community’s name in the entire gamut that too in bad light.
On the other hand, ANSU has also asked the Government of Arunachal to clarify its
stand on the issue within 7 days or else it would presume it to be anti-Nyishi.
“We have 14 Nyishi legislators of whom 7 belong to the ruling party but no one represents
the united sentiment of the community. Unfortunately all are divided on personal
counts,” the Union added. The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU), in
a statement has also flayed the news report that came out in the ToI portal throwing
a ‘bad light’ on the Nyishi community of the state.
Asserting that the said report has ‘hurt the sentiments of the community’, the Union
sought clarification from the writer on what basis it was mentioned that the ‘Nyishi
tribe does not enjoy good rapport amongst other tribes’.
It went on to clarify that Nyishis have been the most generous tribes of the state
which can be vouched by the fact that in spite of the state capital being a Nyishi
dominated area people of all tribes permanently reside here in peace. Members of
other tribes successfully residing and flourishing in the state capital outnumber
the original inhabitants it claimed and reiterated that this proves the ‘good rapport’
enjoyed by the community amongst other tribes.
Demanding the ‘writer’ to come clean on the issue the Union also appealed political
leaders of the state not to drag in the name of tribes for political games. Meanwhile,
it urged the elders and umbrella organizations of the community to take up the matter
with the concerned media house.
Meanwhile, the journalists in the state has expressed deep concern over the report
that appeared in web version of the ToI.
Arunachal Press Club mailed a complain letter to ToI on Friday. Another letter was
mailed today registering stern objection signed by presidents of APC and Arunachal
Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ).
SLSA students shine in NEG
ITANAGAR, May 8: The students of Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) came up with
a commendable performance in the recently concluded 25th NE Games at Dirang in West
A total of 30 medals were won by them out of which 14 were gold, 7 Silver and rest
Karatekas grabbed highest medals ( 9 Gold and 2 Silver) followed by Judokas (4 Gold,
4 Sil., 4 Br.) and Archers (1 Sil and 6 Br.).
It is worth mentioning here that Genung Tekseng, a promising archer of the academy,
won three medals-- a silver and a bronze in 50 mt and 30 mt individual event and
another bronze in team event. While lauding the performance of the students, SLSA
principal Pubi Lombi acknowledged the contributions of the coaches in the remarkable
performance of his pupils in the Games.
Carry forward the legacy: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, May 8: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) today congratulated
newly appointed chief minister Jarbom Gamlin.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung, in a press statement, expressed the hope that while
Gamlin, a former AAPSU president, would fulfil all demands of the Union on priority,
he would continue the legacy of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu in accelerating
the pace of development in the state.
Tatung said AAPSU’s charter of demands included a permanent solution to the contentious
Chakma-Hajong and Tibetan refugee imbroglio and overhauling the education sector,
“We hope the chief minister would also withdraw all the pending cases against the
AAPSU activists who have been victimised while working for the greater cause of state
and its people”.
Expressing deep concern over the tragic death of Khandu in a chopper crash on April
30 last, which coincides with the alleged NSCN(K) ultimatum to legislators of Tirap
and Changlang to withdraw their support from Khandu’s ministry, Tatung said this
issue should be dealt with tactfully during the investigation to Khandu’s death.
Orgs demand registration of FIR
ITANAGAR, May 8: After a joint meeting Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) and Aane Siang
RTI Forum (ASRTIF) has condemn the act of Pasighat police authorities for not registering
case against the Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) for discrepancies in
the midday meal scheme in East Siang district as obtained through RTI and demand
for immediate case register.
Both the union has warned anymore delay in the case would not be tolerated & will
be compelled to launch democratic means for want of justice.
The case was filed by Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) on 06/04/2010 at Pasighat police
The joint meeting further call upon the Superintendent of police, East Siang to immediately
hand over the Ruksin PS.case.no.04/11/us/409468/471/341.p.c R/W section 13(c) of
p.c act lodged against B.D.O (C.D) Block, Ruksin by Aane Siang RTI Forum (ASRTIF)
to SIC and the culprit be immediately booked. The delay in handing over the case
by the authorities is giving ample time to cover up the misdeeds.
It has been observed that the work for flood protection in Ngorlung, Sika-Tode and
Billat are now being carried out at war footing pace. This act of the Block Development
Officer (BDO) is nothing but a desperate work to cover up the whole mismanagement
and fund embezzlement without carrying out any physical work earlier. However the
ASRTIF has documentary proof which has been already handed over to the authorities.
ITANAGAR, May 8: Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang
expressed grief and sorrow over tragic death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
“In him, we have lost a great leader, who was loved by all for his loving, caring
and friendly nature. The history will remember him as the great son of Arunachal
Pradesh,” Lowang said in a condolence message.
“May his soul unite with god in heaven,” the message said and conveyed his heartfelt
condolence to the bereaved family.
Meanwhile, Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) today deeply mourned the sudden demise
of Khandu and four others and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.
Sajolang Elite Society (SES) in a condolence meeting at Nafra today deeply mourned
the death of Khandu and his security officer Yeshi Chodak, teacher Yeshi Lhamu and
two pilots Captain T S Mallik and J.S Babbar.
Panchayat leaders, government employees, Mahila mandal and Sajolang Students Union
of Nafra were present in the condolence meet and prayed to almighty for eternal
peace of the departed souls.
Koloriang Damin Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union also condoled the death of
Khandu and remembered his last visit to Koloriang during Longte Yullo Festival celebration
on April 15 last.
Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament
VKV Banderdewa drub E-Sector Naharlagun
ITANAGAR, May 8: VKV Banderdewa drubbed E-Sector Naharlagun 6-0 in league match in
Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun today.
The match played earlier in the day between Tali Pip-Sorang Sports Club and BT XI
Junior ended in a goalless draw.
1. Emirates Football Club Vs Youth United 2. Zing Football Club vs. C-Sector Club,
Nlg. 3. Punglu Abu Sports CLub vs Arunachal Orphan Football Club.
Engineering wings in depts. opposed
ITANAGAR, May 8: Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association has opposed the
creation of engineering wings in non engineering departments in the state.
During its general conference held here on April 30 the Association further resolved
that no engineers shall be recommended for deputation and urged the Govt to consider
creation of post of the secretary/engineer-in-chief of the work department.
Demanding review of the allocation of business rules and strengthening of works department
on the basis of business rules, the house also decided to put a blanket ban on the
signing of first and final bills by AEs and JEs for the works not executed by the
work departments. House agreed that pay anomalies committee be given some more time
for submission of the report.
Meanwhile, new executive body of the Association was formed with Er Tomo Basar, SE
(PHED) and Er Tadar Mangku EE (PHED) as president and secretary general for the session
Trace out missing person: SAF
ITANAGAR, May 8: Save Arunachal Forum has informed that one Taji Siyum has been missing
from police custody since the Subansiri Youth Festival celebration on April 28 at
river island Kumporijo in Upper Subansiri district.
Despite repeated pleas and complaints lodged by the family and relatives, no enough
attempts have been made to trace out the missing person by the administration, the
Forum claimed and demanded that the person be immediately traced out. The Forum also
demanded social audit on the fund received and expenditure during Youth festival
celebration and said that such mega festival should be held during November or December
to ensure larger participation of youths and students who are pursuing their study
in different colleges and university.
Union calls for relief
ITANAGAR, May 8: Koloriang Damin Parsi Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union (KDPSSU) appealed
to the State Government for providing immediate relief to the victims of Koloriang
Around 20 houses were gutted in a devastating fire accident which broke out at 8.45
pm at Old Bazar, Koloriang, yesterday.
The students organization also appealed to the local MLA to visit the victims and
take stock of the situation for their quick rehabilitation.
Health awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, May 8: Upper Siang Women Welfare Society conducted a health awareness campaign
at Andhra Basti, Yingkiong highlighting the causes of various diseases and their
Dr. Kaling Dai, Dr. Miti Jopir, Dr. Gepeng Litin, Dr. Asik Miyu, Dr. Neyang Litin,
Dr. K Patuk and Dr. I Modi attended the programme and explained about the causes
of diseases like Malaria, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and harmful effects
of swinging tobacco. They also informed the gathering about various preventive measures
to avoid such diseases. Over 170 people attended the health awareness camp.
New CM congratulated
ITANAGAR, May 8: State Nationalist Congress Party today congratulated Jarbom Gamlin
on being appointed as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Describing Gamlin as senior and experienced politician, NCP hoped that the new chief
minister will fulfill Khandu’s dreams of making Arunachal a develop state. The party
thanked Prime Minister Monmohan Singh, AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister
P Chidambaram for their visit to Arunachal to pay homage to Late Khandu.
Meanwhile, a team of NCP led by its president Ngurang Pinch left here for Tawang
to pay last tribute the late chief minister.
While congratulating Gamlin on his appointment as new chief minister, Jigo Yego Youth
Association (JYYA) hoped that under the leadership of the new chief minister an amicable
solution to the vexed inter-state boundary dispute will be evolved.
The Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC), the members of Capital Complex Galo Christian
Fellowship, Naharlagun, villagers of Sili of Likabali also congratulated Gamlin on
his appointment as chief minister.
“Being an experienced leader and politician Gamlin will strive hard for peace and
prosperity of the state,” they said.
Org ask for action
ITANAGAR, May 8: Youth Welfare Association Chongkham said that Chow Noumee Namchoom
of Chongkham village was killed by unidentified persons in Kungseng area of Chongkham
village at around 7 pm when he was returning from his farm on May 7.
It demanded that police and district administration conduct an enquiry into the death
of Namchoom. He is survived by his wife and a minor daughter.
Tawang march for peace
ITANAGAR, May 8: The civil societies of Tawang organized a candle light march and
prayer today evening for the peace of the departed souls of the those who died in
the tragic helicopter tragedies of 19 April in which 17 people lost their lives
and 30th April in which chief minister including four others lost their lives.
Thousand of people from all works of life including monks, students, govt servants
attended the peace march. The march which started from Tawang Gompa reached the residences
of Personal Security Officer of Chief Minister late Yeshi Chodak, Yeshi Lhamu, teacher
& social worker who perished in the April 30 crash and residence of Dr Nawang Tomden
at Ketchenja who died in April 19 crash.
From there the citizens reached the residence of Dorjee Khandu at Lumberdung.
Myself, a well-wisher for the people of Arunachal Pradesh and a concerned citizen
of India demand the government should recheck all educational certificates, licenses
of pilots & engineers working at Pawan Hans. I think they are taking their job for
granted. The helicopters in their fleet are very old. Pawan Hans should dump their
old helicopters & replace them with new ones for the safety of the passengers. If
they do not have the money to buy, better they stop their services & just go to hell.
The shameless officials are still sitting dumb after two crashes at Tawang.
These irresponsible people should be taken to task so that these kinds of events
are not repeated in the future.
Pratyush K Sarmah
New Delhi (on email)
We will like to see Govt. stability
The state has deeply mourned the death of its CM. now the question arises in the
mind of everyone, whether the new CM will follow the ideology of the former CM, to
complete the unfurnished task and the dream he saw of Arunachal in the years to come.
We all would like to see stability in the govt.
Some fears of dirty game of politics may come up short-while from now.
I along with all the citizen would like to request all the elected leaders to cooperate
whosoever is heading the govt. in this time of crises to lead and monitor the unfurnished
work of former CM in their respective constituencies, rather than thinking of playing
dirty game of buying and selling. Ultimately the common citizens are the sufferer
of the whole outcome.
Itanagar (on email)
We need justice
Our CM is dead, and the place where they located him and the others on the chopper
didn't even fall close to the places ISRO detected. They were found by the locals
who worked day and night to locate. We need answers and we Need Justice! They played
with the sentiments of the people. And Why is the Governor not explaining the call?
He was the one who told National TV our CM was fine and the chopper has been traced.
And for Heaven's sake, there is no place called Taporchi at Bhutan. The Governor
is an Ex Chief of Army Staff, He should know the Geography far better than anyone.
There is no smoke without fire. Please explain the call and the identity of the
Caller. And how come ISRO detected all the wrong places? Why wasn't the area around
Sela given special attention right from day one? Why was the centre silent all this
while? Wasn't our CM from the same ruling Congress??A little word of assurance wouldn't
have cost anything. But maybe these days that's a little too much to ask for. Give
us answers India. Tell us the details of the Black Box. Please give us answers.
We are appalled by the lack of attention of the National media. The whole of Arunachal
Pradesh is complaining. Our CM's funeral is pushed to a tiny section of page 12 in
a leading daily. Such attitude, we deserved better. Obama and Osama are far way important
than the death of the head of a state perhaps.
Delhi (on email)
Not an encouraging one
Every daily news papers carried the death of our CM as their front-page headlines.
As an Arunachalee we wanted to know about the incidents. The day was 5th May, Thursday,
so as usual, before leaving my room for the college, I picked up 'Deccan Chronicle’
to know more. Then I came across a headline ''Dorjee: a grass root activist who rose
to become CM''. Under this headline I came to know about the life of our CM and what
he has done for us. It was really inspirational. He really deserves to be remembered
as a great leader.
But what made me to write this letter is the next headline of the paper ''Hectic
lobbying for new Arunachal CM''. Under this came across few names of politician who
would be our CM. Those mentioned were Tako Dabi, Jarbom Gamlin and Nabum Tuki.
The lines that caught my eyes were 'Nabum has been seen as a rival of the late khandu,
who kept him away by giving portfolios' and the other line was ' Nabam belongs to
Nyishi tribe, which does not enjoy good support from other tribe.
The first line was a political concept so I have zero knowledge about it. But the
second line has really made us think.
We are expecting media’s role to be important in uniting the peoples but the line
mentioned was not an encouraging one.
Davangere (on email)
Let the pilots decide
The tragic death of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu, and four others
in the crash of a single-engined Pawan Hans helicopter while flying from Tawang to
Itanagar was shocking. On September 2, 2009, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y. S.
Rajasekhara Reddy died in a similar accident.
As a parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture chaired by
Sitaram Yechury points out in its latest reports, VVIPs are known to force pilots
to operate in adverse weather conditions, when visibility is poor and the terrain
Political leaders should take the advice of pilots on weather conditions in the right
Bangalore (on email)
Give a thought to what is happening in your own backyard
In real sense this state is the sentinel of India and performs the duty of guard
for the nation even though it is totally neglected state in all spheres.
The negligence of Central government is proved in locating the wreckage of Chopper
carrying CM of Arunachal Pradesh and delayed search operation.
This treatment from the centre enraged the sentiments of the people of Arunachal
The operation carried out by the IAF aircraft and the ISRO could not locate the place
where the chopper crashed.
It clearly denotes that India is far behind- not to compare with the developed countries
like USA, England etc but from those of under developed countries like Bangladesh,
Bhutan, etc in the field of modern scientific technology.
We being aggrieved Arunachalee feel ashamed of such big comments from the national
leaders against Pakistan after USA killed Osama Bin Laden. Obama, the President of
USA along with his cabinets were witnessing the live activities of the Operation
thousands of Kilometers away: an absolute & Commendable Scientific Technology.
Before release of such big comments our national leaders should first talk of development
of India in latest scientific Technology and security of own home country.
If Arunachal Pradesh is really one of the states of Union of India, the central government
could develop military bases with sufficient infrastructure in the Indo-China Border.
Think of a cricketer earning lakhs of money from the Central government as gift-
think of a soldier foot-marching several days without water in desert and without
fire in snowy and icy mountains of Indian border: those struggling to defend foreign
attacks- sacrificing all the luxuries of their life for the nation.
On the other hand, we still believe Khandu might have been alive for some hours after
the crash and we could have done something.
Search operation with advanced scientific satellite technology could have located
and saved his life.
Due to negligence of Central Government knowingly or unknowingly Khanduji is not
with us today and Arunachalees are mourning in silence.
Dolo Baane Kebang
Who made that call?
I want to draw a few lines related to the Luguthang chopper crash in which our beloved
CM Dorjee Khandu & four others members lost their lives. While we went through ups
and down regarding the crash, many big questions seem to be arises.
Who has made the phone call regarding safe landing of the chopper? Why govt. did
stopped its search operation instead of sending recovery team immediately at landing
place. If this was a fake call why Govt have not traced out the fake caller till
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