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Good bye, Dorjee Khandu


Tawang, May 10: The mortal remains of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was cremated at Shebdung (Phamla) near his native village Gyangkhar in Tawang district this morning ten days after his tragic death in a chopper crash.

Khandu’s funeral was performed as per Monpa traditions and with state honour which included funeral march by various contingents of state police besides firing several rounds into the air as a mark of last respect to the departed soul.

Almost entire Tawang accompanied the body from his residence to the cremation ground to pay their last respect to their beloved ‘Laughing Buddha’.

The somber sky was filled with smoke from Tsang and chants of the monks as Tawang bid final good bye to its beloved son.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin and his cabinet colleagues, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, AICC leaders Dhaniram Shandil and Sanjoy Bapna including legislators and other senior government, police and Army officials were among those present.

 “It is the saddest day of our state and the nation as we gather here today to pay our respectful adieu to our beloved leader, Chief Minister”.

“We are still traumatised with thought of our Laughing Buddha has left us. It is very hard to believe that the man of his stature who had been widely loved by the people in the state as well as the entire nation is no more amongst us today”, said Jarbom Gamlin with choked voice and soaked eyes while reading out a brief citation on the life and achievements of late Khandu.

It was indeed unjust for the Almighty God to snatch the most loving son of the soil, who we believe was an ocean of compassion, pure, virtuous, a visionary and a pioneer of the Modern Arunachal Pradesh, Gamlin said adding. “In his death, the country has lost an eminent leader, an able administrator and a compassionate human being, who was committed to all round development. We are aware that the vacuum that has been created by his death will never be filled”, he said while promising to live up to the peoples aspiration by following the footprints of Late Khandu and carry forward the dream and vision he had framed for Arunachal Pradesh.

Abbot of Tawang Monastery Guru Rinpoche also addressed the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Pasighat Market Association closed their business establishments and cancelled all business transactions in the morning session as a mark of respect to the former CM  Dorjee Khandu. Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang in his message appealed all the employees to be rededicated and hardworking to achieve all-round developments in the state as envisioned by the former CM.


DGCA to inspect helipads

DELHI, May 10: After the fatal crashes of Pawan Hans choppers in Tawang which claimed the lives of 22 people including that of the Late Dorjee Khandu, and subsequent suspension of chopper services in the state, the centre has decided that Alliance Air will be asked to arrange Daily flights to Lilabari to connect Arunachal with the rest of the state.

A meeting was convened by the Civil Aviation Minister today after the Doner Minister B K Handique shot off an angry letter to the centre demanding better and safe air connectivity in Arunachal.

In the meeting, which was chaired by Handique, it was decided Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will conduct detailed inspection of all critical airports/airfields and helipads within 4 weeks. DGCA will also complete Security Audit of all helicopters/aircrafts of all operators and prepare detailed Action Plan within 4 weeks.

Ministry of Civil Aviation would also undertake a Detailed Study for Complimentary Routes between Fixed Wing and Copter Operations within 15 days. Among those who attended the meeting were representatives of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of Indian, official of Arunachal Pradesh government and other concerned agencies.


Bereaved family say thank you

TAWANG May 10: The family members of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have extended their deep gratitude to the people of the state including ministers, MLAs, government officials, defence personnel, para-military forces including SSB and ITBP besides state police for rendering all possible assistance in the hour of crisis.

“I on my behalf and on behalf of my entire family members and well-wishers extend my profound gratitude to all for active co-operation and participation in the search operation of my father along with four others”, Khandu’s eldest son Pema Khandu said.

“The unconditional love and rapport of the common citizens with my father will always be in my heart and my family will always remember them”, he added.

The family also extended profound gratitude to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, along with other union ministers and Congress leaders for their solidarity and cooperation to help in coping up with the trauma in the aftermath of the tragic chopper crash on April 30 last.

The people have very promptly responded to the crisis situation by placing their men and materials in the search operation which was of great and timely help to the family, Pema added.

“We are aware of the extreme hardships people have endured. The valuable support and solidarity which they have shown to us was much needed in the days of our tragedy. We cannot and will never forget their selfless and dedicated support extended to us” he added with a sombre note.

While extending his thankfulness to the Royal Bhutanese government particularly its Prime Minister Lyonchen Jigmi Yoezer Thinley, Home Minister Lyonpo Minjur Dorjee and cabinet secretary Dasho Tashi Phuntsho besides other ministers and officials including the Bhutan Army and Bhutanese police, Pema said, “Their sincere efforts in materialising the search operation by pressing all its logistic support in an well-organised manner needs special mention and accolades”.

“Dasho Tshewang Tobgyel, Dungpa (circle officer) of Sakteng circle in Bhutan deserves special mention because of his untiring and selfless service during the search and rescue operation”, Pema added.

Pema also extended his special thanks to the people of Tawang, Dirang and Kalaktang led by the elected representatives for their earnest effort put in for the search operation. He made a mention of the ministerial team led by MP Takam Sanjoy which included Tame Phassang, APCC Members and youths and said family members would be always grateful to them.

Pema further appreciated the efforts made by the administration of Tawang and West Kameng districts for their unstinted contribution despite all odds.

He also lauded the people associated with the political innings of late Khandu and said that their association would go a long way in cherishing the vision of the former chief minister.


Robin selected for MCTP at Cambridge

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 10: In a news which will bring cheer in the face of many Arunachalees, Robin Hibu, deputy inspector general of police (DIGP) of Arunachal Pradesh Police has been selected for phase IV of Mid Career Training Programme (MCTP) for IPS officers. The six-week training will be held at SVP Police Academy, Hyderabad and later part be carried at Cambridge University, London, United Kingdom. Robin, along with other IPS officers, will under go two weeks training at Cambridge, London from 27th June to 8th July 2011. An IPS officer of 1993 batch, Robin Hibu is decorated police officer of state who even had instinct with United Nation mission.

Expressing happiness over this selection for such prestigious training, Robin hopes that this training will be useful for state of Arunachal. “I will be representing our Arunachal Pradesh police and whole of state in general in a foreign country. This is proud moment for our state and I hope to become good ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh at Cambridge University,” said DIG Robin Hibu.


ANSU unhappy at police highhandedness

ITANAGAR, May 10: All Nyishi Students Union has expressed displeasure over high handedness shown by capital complex police in the last few days. Police had set up various check posts and have been carrying out search operation of vehicles leading to seizure of traditional dao’s. In a release ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye said ordinary citizen are being harassed because of police action.

“Carrying dao is part of our tribal tradition. If Sikh can carry their traditional sword anywhere in world, then why is capital police seizing traditional dao without any reason,” questioned Arjun Panye. He further added, “Many villagers living around capital complex carries their dao while going to farm land. Police are harassing those innocent villagers by taking away their dao. We urge capital complex administration to end this harassment at the earliest.”


FIR against Thakur

ITANAGAR, May 10: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has lodged an FIR with Arunachal Pradesh Director General of Police demanding arrest of one Pradeep Thakur for ‘making communally flaring up statement with the intention of dividing the state on communal line’.

The derogatory remarks of Thakur which appeared in web portal of Times of India on May 4 that ‘Nyishi tribe does not enjoy good rapport amongst other tribes’ has tarnished the image and reputation of the Nyishi tribe and the sentiment of the community has been irreparably hurt by otherwise avoidable and hurting comment, the ANSU said in its FIR. Thakur in his report is trying to divide the people of the state on communal lines thereby inciting communal disharmony, the FIR further said and requested the DGP to look into the matter and deliver justice immediately.

Meanwhile, Nyishi Nyem Ancham (NNA) has expressed serious concern over the news report appeared in the web portal of Times of India on May 4.

In a letter written to the Chief Editor of Times of India, the NNA urged him to come clean with true and correct source of information regarding the news. It further said that the writer of the news item Pradeep Thakur should be directed to seek public apology for his ‘blatant blunder’ within five days, if he (Thakur) actually works for ToI.

The provocative statement which portrayed a negative image of Nyishi community   is highly condemnable and unfortunate, the NNA said. It further said that article shows utter carelessness, irresponsibility and inefficiency on the part of Thakur.

Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) also condemned the irresponsible statement of Pradeep Thakur and also Times of India for coming out with such controversial article. RGU general secretary Taba Billow requested Thakur to apologize for his mistake.


NSUI condemns ransacking

of media houses

ITANAGAR, May 10: National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Arunachal Pradesh unit today vehemently condemned the attack on media houses and demanded the authority to bring the culprits to book immediately.

While reacting to the news report with communal remarks that published in Times of India (TOI), NSUI demanded the TOI reporter of that news item to apologize before the people of Arunachal Pradesh for his immature and careless reporting.


Fulfill demands before cluster survey and environment clearance’

ITANAGAR, May 10:  Jomlo Mobuk Dam Affected Welfare Association (JMDAWA) has urged the state Govt and Jaypee Arunachal Power Ltd to fulfill its nine-point demands before cluster survey and environment clearance for construction of Lower Siang Hydro project within Jamlo circle.

The Association will oppose any activities regarding  construction of Lower Siang dam until the demands submitted to state Govt and power developer are fulfilled at the earliest, it said.

The demands of the Association included resurvey for rehabilitation and re-settlement plan for the affected people, minimizing the height of dam from the proposed 86 meters to 75 meters, inclusion of affected villages such as Damda Debuk, Lorging Model, Lorging Ralung, Begging, Mori, Roying and Sipeng  in the list of re-habilitation and re-settlement plan and  establishment of VKV or central school, 20-bedded community health centre, job oriented vocational training institute for affected people.


Trek to create awareness on protection of wildlife and environment conservation

Ziro, May 10: A group of nature lovers who went to Talle Valley to participate in the Spring Trek ’11 returned to Ziro today after an exciting trip. The trek was organized by Ngunu Ziro, a Ziro-based organization working for integration of sustainable development with environmental conservation and preservation of traditional culture. The team had left Ziro on May 5, 2011.

“This is my most memorable and satisfying moment in life” said Bamin Tai, one of the participants. There were fourteen participants including two females in the four day trekking programme.

The main objective of the trek was to create awareness on protection of wildlife and environment conservation among the people. The team gathered at Tilling Lemba at Hong village and trekked to Pange via Moko on the first day. They trekked to Talle Valley on the next day amidst virgin forests and colorful wild flowers. The special features the team observed in the enchanting valley included the Niiri Piisa (Tsuga Pine), Palyu a beautiful bird seen only in the valley and Senji appu (rhododendron). They also visited the abandoned helipad and the rhododendron grove in the valley.

It may be mentioned that Ngunu Ziro is the local partner of Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) in implementing the wildlife survey project in the Talle Wildlife Sanctuary and a community-based ecotourism project at Ziro. The trek was a part of the strategy to create alternate livelihood sources for the local communities with a view to conserve the environment. Similar treks are planned to be organized so that local communities can take advantage of working as nature guides, tour guides, porters and cooks.


AAPSU demands CBI inquiry

into Khandu’s death

ITANAGAR, May 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today evening organized candle lit prayer at Akashdeep market in memory of departed former CM late Dorjee Khandu. AAPSU team led by President Takam Tatung observed one minute silence and bid tearful adieu to late CM. Large number of people including students and ordinary citizens turned up to pay homage to late CM and four others who died in a tragic accident at Tawang on 30th April.

Meanwhile AAPSU has called on state government to engage CBI to prove into the chopper accident. “It’s well known that prominent Nagaland based UG group had issued threat against government of late Dorjee Khandu and had urged MLA’s of Tirap and Changlang to withdraw support by April 30th. Ironically on that same day late CM met with Chopper crash. Government has to call on CBI for free and fair investigation,” said Tatung.

Further he added, “We want to know what happened to black box of that ill fated chopper. The emergency locater system of chopper did not function on that fateful day. These concern need to be addressed.”

AAPSU also urge government to prove how did ISRO and Sukhoi despite claiming to have all advanced technology were not able to trace the chopper.


Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament

VKV Banderdewa, Gora Makik SC enter semis

ITANAGAR, May 10: VKV Banderdewa and Gora Makik Sports Club entered the semifinals of Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament today.

The Banderdewa outfit beat Senki Valley FC 2-0 while Gora Makik FC defeated Zing Urban by 4-1 goals at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.

Loyi Kena scored 3 goals for Gora Makik while Ojing Jerang one.

Dakme Lohit and Kento Loya netted a goal each for VKV Banderdewa.

Morrow, Youth United will play against Tali Pip Sorang FC in 3rd quarterfinals at 1.30 pm and Punglu Abu FC play All Khoda Welfare Association in 4th quarterfinals at 3.10 pm, according to organizing committee.


News Impact


New CM congratulated

ITANAGAR, May 9: Various organizations, associations, NGOs, panchayat and public leaders have congratulated Jarbom Gamlin on being appointed as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Those organizations, NGOs, individuals and Govt departments which offered congratulations to the new Chief Minister include All Tirap District Student’s Union,  All Capital Complex Youth welfare Association, the Lohit district unit of ABK, Arunachal Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, Arunachal Capital Students’ Union of Monpa’s, Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association, All Yomgam Youth Association, Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Parishad, Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission, Apatani Youth Association, Black Bear Foundation Trust, Seppa, National Students’ Union of India, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation units of Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Upper Siang, West Siang, East Siang and Lower Subansiri district, Begam Ao and Tajang ZPM Rubu Hangu, Galo Students Union(GSU)

. In a release GSU urged new CM to accelerate the pace of development and make Arunachal one of the most developed states of India. All hoped that the new CM, being an experienced and veteran leader, will lead the state towards peace and prosperity.


Release payment,

demands contractors association

ITANAGAR, May 9: The Papum Pare district unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Contractors Welfare Association has demanded the authorities concerned to release contractors payment (2nd installment) under SSA civil works.

It said that though the second installment fund has been released by the state project officer (SPD) on March 25 last while payment to the contractors has not been made yet.


Fishing, hunting prohibited

ITANAGAR, May 9: The youths of Nimte and Rigo village, in a meeting, decided to prohibit fishing, hunting and collection of forest resources within the village jurisdiction. Violator would be dealt sternly, it said. It also demanded immediate restoration of power supply in the village which is reeling under darkness more for than a month.


ALYA demands for

restoring electricity at Leel vill

ITANAGAR, May 9: All Leel Youths Association (ALYA) demanded the power department to restore electricity at Leel-I village by replacing the damaged transformer.

ALYA informed that the transformer at the village was lying defunct since last year after it went burst.


180 schemes under AAP proposed

ITANAGAR, May 9: The 4th Anchal Samiti Meeting of Tali Anchal Samiti Block held recently has proposed a total of 180 schemes under Anchal Action Plan for the year 2011-12 and decided to submit it to the department concerned for  approval.

The meeting was attended by CO cum member secretary of Tali Anchal samiti Block, ZPM, ASM chairperson, ASMs, GP chairpersons and officers and officials of Tali circle.


Awareness prog

ITANAGAR, May 9: Awareness cum member education programmes on Cooperative was organized at Jenging and Yingkiong by Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union, Naharlagun from May 5 to 7 last.

Complete knowledge regarding registration process, rights and duties, values and principles of cooperatives along with latest amendment done to Cooperative Act and important notifications, orders etc issued by the department were informed through lecture and interactions with the participants.

The programme was conducted under the leadership of Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Union CEO G Nyorak along with district ARCS N Lego and others.


Congress team leaves for Tawang

ITANAGAR:  A team of Congress leaders including Dr (Col) Dhani Ram Shandil, member CWC, in-charge Arunachal Pradesh, AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna, in-charge Arunachal Pradesh along with APCC general secretary T C Tok,  Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch, Arunachal Pradesh unit vice president Nabam Nikia has left for Tawang today to attend the last rites of  former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu which is scheduled to be held on May 10.


Help desk

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Student’s Union Delhi (ASUD) urged those students willing to study in Delhi University to seek help from ASUD’s ‘help desk’ or contact JT Tagam @ +919716432014 for further details.


AITF constitutes

fact finding committee

ITANAGAR: In an emergency meeting of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF), while unanimously condemning the defamatory statement published in the online portal of Times of India, New Delhi, on May 4th last, against the Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh written by one Pradeep Thakur, supposed to be a senior Delhi based media person has decided to constitute a fact finding committee to inquire in the matter.

The AITF, the pan-Arunachal confederation of all community based organizations, working on a united Arunachalee identity condemns such unfounded comments from reputed media persons and media houses, harming the efforts of AITF, it said.

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Negotiate the problems

Dear Editor,

I congratulate the new Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin with  a ray of  hope that our land under  his leadership shall go forward in respect of  socio-economic development, indiscriminating colour and creed. My humble appeal to him being follower of his principle is- go shoulder to shoulder with your cabinet colleague in your daily walks and keep all people  of different tribes under your safe umbrella as one family.

Further, I would like to appeal to people of Arunachal Pradesh in general and the Cabinet Ministers, MLA’s,  government officials  and non-governmental organizations in particular to cooperate with our new CM with the principle “Unity is Strength”. Negotiate face to face- the differences but not agitation, so that momentum of acceleration in the path of state development is not interrupted.

Besides keeping due priority to the legacy of dreams of Late Khandu, request him to approach the Central government for modernization of  Road from Pasighat to Tuting and Singga-  and Balukpung    to Tawang  for security point view, proper implementation  of PDS to beneficiaries as the distribution is not in order and devolution of powers to Panchayati Raj.


Gekong Pertin

Mebo, (on email)



Explore the unexplored paradise

Dear Editor,

Every now and then we get to know the news that a central ministerial dignitaries in the form of union cabinet/state minister is visiting our state. I am truly not against their visit to our state, as their visit at-least brings ray of hope for developmental activities in this underprivileged and under-developed state of ours, where the pace of development equals null.

My question to those visiting luminaries is that, whenever they come to our state, why do they prefer to visit Tawang only..!

Why not Limiking/Taksing or Anini/Khonsa/Hawai or any other place in Arunachal Pradesh. Go to the dearth zone and please find the other face of Arunachal Pradesh. Are they of the opinion that mere visit to Tawang and enjoying the good hospitality and scenic beauty is equivalent to Arunachal Pradesh?

In view to show good hospitality we've lost our genuine and beloved CM Dorjee Khandu .Hence I implore all public figure to at-least explore the unexplored paradise, so that it will not remain uncharted and the expedite promises made by them may not impede. Yearning that this memo gets to bigwigs.


Goter Duchi

Itanagar (on email)



A multifaceted Khandu

Dear Editor,

I thought the Beautiful Mountains are great,

I thought the clouds are beauties  


The winds as friends of life.

But –oh!    What a shock!

Oh! What a sorrow!

My heart beat stops to think about-

The monstrous mountain,

The cruel wind

The treacherous clouds.

Who has snatched our beloved leader- Dorjee khandu from us .We can never forgive thou for such an unfriendly act.

           A leader who was loving and caring.

           A leader who was kind and generous.

           A leader who was so friendly and frank.

It was not a Pawanhans crash but was like a tsunami storm which devastated every one’s heart and wiped out smiles from every one’s face.  The news of death of Dorjee Khandu has brought a rain of tears from the eyes of Arunachalees. Though the cruel nature or the irresponsible chopper has snatched our beloved leader’s life, Dorjee Khandu shall continue to dwell in sweet memory of hundreds & thousands of people of Arunachalees forever and ever in times to come.

In this hour of grief all the people of Arunachal Pradesh share this unbearable sadness with the family of late Dorjee Khanduji. In him we have lost a great leader, and the history will remember him as the great son of Arunachal Pradesh. May his soul unite with god in heaven with a boundless happiness be with him unaccomplished during worldly life.


Wangki Lowang

Parliamentary secretary

Sports &Youth Affairs, (on email)



Beloved one, our love follows you

Dear Editor,

“Oh, painful indeed! What an agony! You were a handsome and beautiful human being! You appeared like a bright star in human form! You have come flying down like a tiny firefly!  Today you have transformed into spirituality! Mysteriously you have disappeared into the endless horizon! Silence prevails all around! You have changed your material form! To which direction of the spirituality you have travelled? Toward the periphery of the Earth atmosphere?  Toward the endless ethereal world? Where your spiritual ray travelled into? There lies the main path! It is broad and clean! Mortality is predestined! Our forefather has constructed this route! Their foot print might be available! Look and trace them out! Follow them! This is the truthful path of heavenly abode! Yes, there is the light awaiting you! May the truth and light embrace you! Establish yourself and rest in peace in the arm of spirituality forever! Re-uniting with your forefathers and resting in peace, will you warm up the struggling humanity by focusing rays and light through the Sun and Moon?

At the end of the every year! When the time revolve round! When the day breaks! When the darkness replace by light! Will you farther fall into the cycle of transformation here in the surface of Earth! Will you be re-born as some living being which can produce loving sound or sing at the backyard of your loved one to impress them of your presence! Will you re-germinate as grasses and trees on the grave, and thereby steal away our mind?

Alas! You have been separated from us by the door of the Earth! A smoky screen has separated you and us! Oh, you have drifted away living behind a tail of memories which alone appease us!

O, beloved one! Our loves follows you! Good bye


Oyin Moyong (Jr.)

Pasighat (on email)



Government land and private owners

Dear Editor,

Lately, I have seen so many land excavations in the capital complex and that too is mostly in plots which once belonged to the Arunachal Govt. and now a private property. So many private buildings are coming up in such Govt. plots which are converted to legal private plot. We can see many such old Govt. quarters adjacent to a big private building and most to these quarters are used as store rooms or guest rooms. My question here is: what happened to the orders issued by the Deputy Commissioner regarding illegal land excavation?

Even if the excavation is legal, is there any inspection team from the govt. side to survey the land which is being excavated?

How come the govt is allowing the legal transformation of a govt. land into a private land?

Is there any Anna Hazare in Arunachal, who can fight against such corruption?


Max D, Itanagar,

(on email)



Learn from Uttar Pradesh

Dear Editor,

The recent events taking place in Uttar Pradesh over land acquisition by the state government for highway project which has sparked widespread protest in Agra and other parts in UP that has left many dead and injured. Offices, houses, vehicles gutted down. It is a prime example from which our state government and the new CM should learn lessons that they cannot annex people from their forefathers land without  their consensus and proper compensation as it could result in chaos.

So my request is as many dams, highway projects are coming in Arunachal they should be intelligent and not repeat the mistakes made by the Mayawati govt.


Deewan Mara

Mumbai, (on email)







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