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Team Arunachal accomplish

Everest Mission

Anshu at the top of the world

ITANAGAR, May 12: Three days after Tine Mena scaled Mount Everest, another Arunachalee Anshu Jamsenpa conquered the world’s highest mountain peak and unfurled one flag each of India and Arunachal Pradesh on the summit of Mt. Everest at 7 am today.

Anshu’s achievement was informed by the Liaison Officer from Everest Base Camp today.

“This is one of the most memorable and satisfying moments in life and I am thankful to all my sponsors, well wishers, friends and family members who encouraged and stood by me solidly all along,” she said over Satellite Phone after descending to South Col (26700 ft) also known as the Death Zone.

Anshu, a mother of two children and married to Tsering Wange, a leading tour operator of the state had been undergoing rigorous mountaineering training for the past three years.

On April 5, Anshu was selected as team leader of five Nation International Mt. Everest Expedition. The expedition team consisted of 4 Indians, 2 Italians and 1 national each from Iran, Canada and Sweden.

Anshu and her team had a close shave when an avalanche hit their camp while ascending near Hillary Step.

During this trip American Rich Hitch and Sailendra Kumar Upadhyaya, former Foreign Minister of Nepal died while they attempted to climb the highest peak.

Meanwhile, the current mountaineering world record holder Apa Sherpa along with Chris Shumate of USA, Bruno Gremior of Switzerland reached  Everest at 09:15 am yesterday.

Meanwhile, Anshu  and Tine will be accorded a warm welcome in Kathmandu at  their Base Camp by D.K. Dinglow, Director State Sports and Youth Affairs Dept, Dr. K.R Meetei, In-charge Adventure Cell, Tsering Wange President AMASA and Karma Gyeltshen Everester & Consultant.

Close on the heels of the news of Tine Mena scaling Mt Everest and of Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung having qualified in the Civil Services Examinations, the news of Anshu Jamsenpa also having conquered the tallest peak in the world is indeed a red-letter day in the history of the state. It is heartening to note that as the state goes through its darkest hours, its women have come out in strength to give solace and soothe the pain that its people are facing today, said a release from Chief Minister’s office.

“I am indeed very proud of the fact that as we try and find our way in these times of difficulty, our women have shown a way for the state to re-group and re-live our lives. All of these women stand today as sentinels of a dream that we have of making our state known and recognized across the world. It is a tribute to their determination that they have been able to put Arunachal in the world map today,” said Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.

The Chief Minister, while extending his felicitations to all the people who have made this achievement possible, also stated that it will be the priority of his government that accomplishments in sports and games are given the utmost attention as this was a way through which the youth of the state get an opportunity to not just expose their talents, but also inspire other youth to walk on a path of positive action.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has congratulated both Tine Mena and Anshu Jamsenpa, for successfully scaling the highest peak in the world.

“It is one of the proudest moments for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially for every Arunachalee girl. Two years back it was our own Tapi Mra and today it is the two girls. It reflects their passion, self-belief and commitment towards their goal, he said while adding that it is indeed an inspiring feat for all the youth of the State.


State Govt honors sportspersons

with cash awards

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ITANAGAR, May 12: The State Government honoured the meritorious sportspersons of the state with cash awards in a simple function organized by Sports and Youth Affairs department here today. The State Govt has given away a total of Rs 20.48 lakh to 35 sportspersons for the year 2010-11, who have brought laurels to the state by winning medals with their outstanding performance at national, international and regional level competitions.

Yukar Sibi, the gold medallist in Youth Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship, Penang, Malayasia was given Rs. Six lakh while lifters Soram Hitlar Tagru and Takio Yana were given Rs 3 Lakh and Rs. One Lakh respectively for their medal winning performance in National Weightlifting Championship. Tagru and Yana won Gold and Bronze medal in the last National Weightlifting Championship in their respective weight categories.

Wushu player Hilang Takio and Karate player Dungru Dodum were given Rs One Lakh each for winning medals in national championship. Both Hilang and Dodum won a Bronze medal each in 9th Junior National Wushu Championship and National Karate Championship, 2009 respectively.

Promising shuttler Jokom Ribya, who won silver medal in 23rd Junior National Badminton Championship, was given Rs. Two lakh.

Everester Tine Mena was awarded Rs. One lakh for her pre-Everest Mountaineering expedition at Sikkim in  2010.

Karatekas Likha Lez and John Bagang were given Rs.50,000 each for winning Gold in Junior 23rd National Karate Championship held at Erode, Tamil Nadu while Juna Dada was given Rs.20,000 for winning a Bronze.

Karatekas Pacha Nabin Jamoh, Yomken Noshi, Higi Yamum and Rei Yadi were given Rs.50,000 each for winning Bronze in the national championship in senior category.

Judokas Rahul Mipi and Anjali Sangro were awarded Rs 30,000 each for winning Silver in National Rural Tournament (Gr-III) held at Aurangabad while Bronze medalists Madin Hina, Tako Tacho and Ehalu Tega were given Rs.20,000 each.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists of 24th NE Games held at Shillong were awarded Rs.10,000, Rs.7,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively.

The medal winners are, (Karate) Sampi Chege, Oyi Libang, Chunnu Sangno, Likha Lez (all gold), Dunun Mihu, Netha Menjo, Likha Rajen, P Nobin Jamoh (all silver), Tap Menia, Juna Dada, PC Dingla, Wangsa Lowang (Badminton) Gita Karki, Pinky Karki (all bronze).

The cash incentives were given away to the winners by Parliamentary secretary for sports and youth affairs Wangki Lowang and former MLA Kipa Babu.

After giving the away awards, Lowang said that the cash incentive is an humble initiative of the State Government to encourage sportspersons of the state. He hoped that the incentives given to them, although in small quantity, would boost up their morale and encourage them to excel in the field of  games and sports and bring more glory to the state in days to come.

Earlier, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs (i/c), DK Dinglow congratulated Tine Mena for conquering Mount Everest-- the most fearsome and highest mountain peak of the world to climb. He hoped that her achievement will inspire the youths of the state to take up sports as career.

The award giving ceremony cum felicitation programme was attended, among others, by parents and guardians of few sportspersons, former Sports and Youth Affairs director PR Mazumdar, former MLA Kipa Babu, office bearers of various sports bodies and officers and officials of Sports and Youth Affairs department.


Choose the ones who can lead: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, May 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has appealed to the new Chief Minister to induct efficient and energetic leaders in the three crucial portfolios of Home, Education and  Health.

Plenty of promising activities were taking place particularly in the education front under the dynamic leadership of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu with the introduction of Education Bill to revamp the dismal education scenario was a historic step, it said while expressing the hope that the momentum that was gained during his leadership will be continued with more vigor. The leaders who will be in the helm of affairs in the three crucial portfolio needs to be chosen carefully and performing ones should be allowed to continue, the Union said.

The circus of too many parliamentary secretaries in the state government should also be done away keeping only the performing energetic one, AAPSU further added.


Union lambasts Centre, supports

AAPSU demand

ITANAGAR, May 12: Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) extended its support to the AAPSU’s demand for engagement of CBI to enquire into the death of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.  The Union said that enquiry is needed as the Nagaland based UG group had issued threat to  Govt and urged  the Tirap and Changlang MLAs to withdraw support  to Govt by April 30;  the day late CM’s chopper met with accident. It further demanded location of the black box too.

Lambasting Central Govt for failure of ISRO and Air Force to locate the crash site of chopper, the union  said that the Centre must know the nook and corner of the  strategically located sensitive border state like Arunachal Pradesh. It further demanded both state and Central Govt to build border infrastructure including all weather roads in state.

Meanwhile, RGUSU appealed to the present Govt for a cabinet berth to son of late Khandu and hoped that new CM Jarbom Gamlin will carry forward the unfinished development works of  former CM.


Arunachalee part of world team

ITANAGAR, May 12: Riken Ngomle of Arunachal Pradesh has been invited to participate as a performer with Studio Matejka under the Grotowski Institute, a project led by Matej Matejka, principal performer and head of physical training for Theatre ZAR.

Riken is the lone Indian among seven invited from different countries of the world.

Ngomle participated in the last session of the Studio since his arrival at Wroclaw in mid-March 2011. His participation and involvement into Studio’s work impressed the leader and the members of the group to invite Ngomle to the open presentation on April 14, 2011. As well, Ngomle has been  invited for the August 1 to October 15, 2011 and January 3 to March 30, 2012 sessions and also for the presentations and seminars that will happen afterwards, among others works demonstration at Salford University, Great Britain in May 12, 2012, the invitation letter said.

During his participation in Studio Matejka, Ngomle will be partly supported by the Grotowski Institute.

The studio’s main intention is to focus upon the expression of the human being as a source for research into the foundations of the actors’ craft. It aims to create the space and opportunity, within a laboratory model, for the concentrated of an individual physical tongue. The research is not limited to solely to a closed laboratory work, but aims to confront its activities with a series of open work presentations, seminars and annual publications, the letter added.


ABK calls on CM

ITANAGAR, May 12: A team of Adi Baane Kebang Central Executive Body (ABK CEB), comprising of Bani Dangeng Chief Adviser, Annong Perme Chief Patron, Bodong Yirang Secretary General, Getom Borang Secretary Resource Mobilasation and seven others CEB members called on the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today at Itanagar.

While wishing him the best of luck on his future endeavour as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, ABK expressed hope that Gamlin, a well known dynamic leader shall lead the state to more development and prosperity. We have seen Gamlin as Home Minister and Power minister where he has done a tremendous job for the over all development of the state, ABK said and expressed the hope that under his leadership the state shall scale a new height in over all development.

ABK also assured the new Chief Minister that ABK being a non political and a socio cultural organasisation of the entire Adi Community shall extend all possible support to the new government in any of its positive move.


Multi-sectoral Development Programme

in East Kameng

ITANAGAR, May 12:  Under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Seppa Tope Bam a meeting was held at Seppa yesterday in connection with proper implementation of schemes under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) in the district.

He cautioned all technical field officers to supervise  every projects and advised them to put their sincere efforts in carrying out the programme successfully.  He strongly urged the Implementing Agency to use their man power in fullest extent despite typical topographical locations in interior villages. He explained that this programme would definitely bridge up certain infrastructural  gaps in the education, Health and Social Welfare departments in the district which have been long felt hurdles.

Vijay Sonam DPO who has been dealing this programme as nodal officer also elaborately explained the guidelines  & modus-operandi of the programme. He asked all field officers to follow the laid down norms and maintain quality of works so as to avoid future complicacies. He said that the School buildings, Medical buildings and  Rural Housing must be in accordance with the norms of RAMSA,NRHM and IAY guidelines respectively as emphasised by the ministry.

Kego Essi Project Director DRDA Seppa assured the house that DRDA would prove their competency and capability by executing all the projects under the said programme. He further directed all BDOs & E.O REs to take  photographic evidence  of every Scheme in three different phases right from the beginning upto the completion of projects. All the technical field Officers will be stationed at their assigned locations from 13th May 2011 so as to gear up the implementation part on war footing manner.

Elected representatives of East Kameng Atum Welly, Kumar Wai, Tani Loffa, Tapuk Taku and Karya  Bagang had a meeting earlier at Itanagar with D.C, DPO, Project Director, DDSE, DMO and Deputy Director ICDS of the district wherein they asked all the district functionaries to complete all sanctioned Schemes as early as possible so that the next load of schemes would be sanctioned soon and funds are released before expiry of 11th plan period.


Congratulations to the girls

ITANAGAR, May 12: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has congratulated Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung for their success in UPSC examination 2010.

In his congratulatory letter the Governor said that the accomplishment reflects their sheer determination and hard work. It will definitely inspire many Arunachalees to ‘Dare to Dream Big’. This will also help them to serve their State on a rational platform as well.

While reposing his hope that the three ladies will come up to the expectations of the people, Gen Singh advised them to be agents of change and be inspiring leaders of the society.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has also congratulated Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung for having qualified in the Civil Services Examinations. He said that this is indeed a moment of great pride that these young women have shown the way forward on how, amidst all hardships, one can achieve milestones on the sheer dint of determination and hard work. He appealed to the youth in the state to take inspiration from these three and to work towards fulfilling their own goals.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on behalf of entire student’s community of the state congratulates Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung for cracking this year’s civil service examination.

The apex students’ body of the state terms the success of the trio as an remarkable  and  inspiring moment for the student community. The union hopes that their success will give a tremendous impetus to the resolve of the civil service aspirants back here in home.

The scaling of Mount Everest by Tine Mena and in the course becoming the first lady from the North East is not a mean feat. Her success story, etch with untold hardship  and miseries owing to paucity of resources, amply demonstrate her grit  and determination and that nothing is impossible, if one does not wavered from the path he or she has chosen.  It  also implies in every field of life.

The state government needs to reward Miss Tine Mena suitably and promote her mountaineering career, so that she can bring more laurels to the state,  said AAPSU president Takam Tatung in a release today.

Congratulating Tine Mena for becoming the first lady mountaineer from the North East to scale Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world, Arunachal Citizens’ Rights (ACR) said in a release, “Her achievement has proved a point that today’s Arunachalee women in no way lack behind anybody if given proper guidance and patronage. Her strong determination and hard work despite of being from a humble background should also be an inspirational boost to the young talents of North East.”

ACR has also congratulated Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung for cracking this year’s prestigious Civil Cervices Examinations. “It is the proudest moment ever for the women of Arunachal Pradesh and the successes of these young, talented ladies show the advancing mindset of the women of the state.”, added the release.

Nyishi Nyem Achem has also congratulated Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung, Bullo Mamung  and Tine Mena for thier great achievement.  It said the achievement of the girls will remain as a great model to be followed.  

All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) today congratulated Tine Mena on her rare feat of achieving the title of first Northeast woman to scale the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest.

"That she achieved this rare distinction is great news for all of us here," said AIMSU in its release note.

"Mena’s accomplishment as role model for our new generation—is quite remarkable. Such impressive achievement honors the people of Arunachal Pradesh and especially the Mishmi community."

The APCS officers of Tirap district extend their heartiest congratulation to Miss Mitali Namchoom, Circle Officer, Khonsa for cracking the Civil Service examinations 2011 conducted by the UPSC. It is a matter of great pride for the APCS fraternity and hope that she would prove to be a great asset for the state, it said while adding that her achievement would also be an inspiration for the other aspirants from Arunachal Pradesh. Despite serving under a trying circumstances at Khonsa she could succeed for the premier service of the country which should be a good example for the upcoming students of Tirap in particular and Arunachal in general, the added.

Taru Bumer Memorial Society, Taro Opey Foundation,  Hija Artist and Literary Forum, VBMC Ziro congratulated Tadu Mamu and Bullo Mamung .

The organisations expressed the hope that their achievement would inspire the youngsters of the state.


Dirang KVK scientific advisory

committee meeting held

ITANAGAR, May 12: The third Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dirang in  West Kameng was held  for approval of  annual plan and review of its achievement in the Conference Hall of NRC on Yak (ICAR) Dirang  today.

The chief guest of inaugural function, Habung Donyi, ADC Dirang highlighted the activities of KVK and its importance for better agricultural production. He also requested the farmers to adopt scientific technologies and also to gain knowledge on various fields offered by the KVK.

The guest of honour, Dr. K.K Baruah, Director NRC on Yak, who presided over the inaugural function, spoke about the potential of the district in agriculture and allied sectors. Further he shared his experiences in farming and requested the KVK to explore the natural resources of the district through farming activities.

Another guest of honour, N. Pertin, Dy. Director, Agriculture, also the co-chairman of the session, explained about the different aspects of KVK in different district of Arunachal Pradesh. He also requested HoDs of agriculture and allied departments and progressive farmers to extend their views, suggestions and feed backs for incorporation in the AOP 2011 – 12 in the best interest of the farmers of the district. Dr. N. D. Singh, PC KVK, highlighted the activities and mandates of KVK during his maiden welcome address.

During technical session Dr. K.K Baruah suggested for procurement of critical inputs for OFT and FLDs from the research stations of same agro – climatic condition considering soil and temperature factors. He also suggested for addition of more nos. of training programmes on AH & Veterinary Sector. N. Pertin, pledged the cooperation of the Director of Agriculture towards achievement of action plan through recruitment of all the vacant post of SMS and other technical staff. He also suggested to the PC KVK to take the service of resource persons from the allied departments towards the successful implementation of action plan by maintaining cordial and good rapports with the concerned departments.

Mudang Takar, JE, WRD Thembang suggested for trial and popularization of  paddy cum fish culture for increasing production and productivity of field crops as well as fishes.

Bodumba, Progressive farmer of Namthung village suggested for incorporation of multiple cropping and agro- forestry programmes in ensuing action plan and for preparation of circle wise crop calendar in consultation with the local farmers and allied departments of the district by taking into account the socio-economic activities of the farming society.

Besides progressive farmers, Govt officers from various line department participated in the meeting.


Condolences and congratulations

ITANAGAR, May 12: Several organizations of the state are still pouring out their grief at the sudden death of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. At the same time, the organizations are congratulating the new Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.

Officers and staff of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union and Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Training Centre jointly convened condolence meeting on May 10 and expressed their deep shock at the untimely death of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

Late Khandu was the leader of the cooperative movement and was the 1st chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Apex Bank. He will always be remembered for his good deeds.  The death of Khandu is the great loss to the cooperative movement of India in general and state in particular, the union said.

Tarh Welfare Society in a condolence meeting held on May 10 deeply mourned the death of Dorjee Khandu.

Recalling the contribution of former CM, the Society said, Khandu had taken up a series of developmental activities in the state. His contributions for development of state within a short period of time will be remembered for ever by the people of the state, it said. Society will remember the personal contribution of Khandu towards changing of word from ‘Dafla’ to ‘Nyishi’ and the introduction of Nyishi as third language in the state, the TWS said.

Khandu was a guiding force behind all round development in the state, said Bogum Ao Foundation while mourning the death of former chief minister.  The Foundation also congratulated Jarbom Gamlin for being appointed as new CM.

Kargu Gamgi Management Committee, Itanagar, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union, Miao block,  general public, PR members, public leaders, HGB and GBs and officials  under Likabali sub division condoled the death of chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

Police Colony Women Welfare Association, Itanagar deeply mourned the death of PSO to CM Yeshi Chodak.  

Meanwhile, City Congress Committee, Itanagar, DCC and  BCC of Kurung Kumey district and Paktu Area People Forum congratulated Jarbom Gamlin for being appointed as new CM.


Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament

Gora Makik SC storm into final

ITANAGAR, May 12: Gora Makik Sports Club stormed into the final drubbing VKV Banderdewa 11-0 in the first semifinals of Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Gora Makik toyed their opponent in the entire match and scored at their will. Tamchi Tassung netted three goals while Legung Gambo, Loyi Kena and Taba Rakesh scored two goals each. Other scores were Gichik Taming (1) and Dari Jhon (1).

Gora Makik SC will lock horns with the winner of tomorrow’s second semifinals to be played between Tali Pip Sorang Club and Punglu Abu Sports Club in the final, according to organizing committee.


Santosh Trophy

Arunachal hold U’khand

Guwahati, May 12: Arunachal Pradesh played out a goalless draw against Uttarakhand in their opening match of the 62nd Santosh Trophy Football Tournament played here today.

Chattisgarh defeated hosts Assam 4-2 in a pre-quarter final match. With the lose the hosts crashed out of tournament.

In other group matches played today, Services beat Karnataka 4-0.

In two other group matches played in Nagaon, Delhi defeated Nagaland 2-0, while Orissa handed down a thumping defeat of 6-0 to Himachal Pradesh. UNI


News Impact

TWS condemns media report, support ANSU

ITANAGAR, May 12: Tarh Welfare Society (TWS) in its emergency meeting held on May 10 condemned the media report that appeared in Time of India web portal on May 4 which showed the Nyishi community in very poor light.

While supporting the demand of ANSU for immediate arrest of one Pradeep Thakur, the writer of the report, the TWS also said that public debate with Thakur should be held within seven days to know the actual reason behind the report.

Meanwhile,   the Society urged the administration to withdraw police checking drive and stop harassing the innocent people and seizure of dao in and around capital.


NCP team at Tawang

ITANAGAR, May 12:  A team of Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh unit attended the last rites of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu at Tawang on May 10.  The team included NCP president Ngurang Pinch, vice presidents Nera Techi, Tad Tana, general secretary Teli Denial and  MLAs Ralom Borang, Alo Libang.

MLA Techi Kaso was at Tawang for the last one week right from the day of the copter crash to the day of the last rite of late Khandu. NCP expressed its gratitude to Kaso for his relentless work and also thanked James Sangma, MLA Megalaya  cum National Observer in-charge of  North East NCP  who  was at Tawang.


Ravi Shankar’s birthday

ITANAGAR, May 12: Personal pledge to contribute in building a better world will mark the 56th birthday of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 13th May. Followers across the globe will make a commitment to do something that will contribute in bettering the society they live in.  

Public events will be held in hundreds of cities in more than 100 countries. Various seva (service) activities are being organized across the globe.

The Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh (AOLAP) will mark the day with a special event to be held at its Itanagar Centre in H Sector.



ITANAGAR, May 12: Arunachal Teachers’ Association, Papum Pare District Unit, students and teaching staff of government secondary school RGU, Rono Hill Doimukh condoled the demise of principal government higher secondary school Polo Colony Mapor Roniya (55).

Roniya was a sincere and dedicated principal.

The district unit ATA prayed to almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Skill development programme

ITANAGAR, May 12: The two programmes on 42 days skill development prog-ramme on Cane and Bamboo Handicraft held at Nyapin and Sangram concluded yesterday.

The programme was organized by Rural Development and Heritage Society, Sangram.

Speaking as chief guest on the concluding day, Sarli Anchal Chairperson Melli Tado encouraged the trainees and suggested the trainees to set-up handicraft unit in district headquarter.



ITANAGAR, May 12: A new organization, namely,  All Arunachal Pradesh Bor-                  der Peace Association (AAPBPA) was formed in a meeting held at Naharlagun on May 5  with S P Dolo and Kome Cheda as president and general secretary respectively.


Rs 4 lakh looted in Capital

ITANAGAR: An amount of Rs 4 lakh has been looted from a car in broad day light  here yesterday.

Papum Pare District Youth Congress president Nabam Taja informed the miscreants looted the amount of Rs four lakh with one gun revolver, pan card and all bank pass books from his Charvolet car parked in front of director of planning office  gate at 12.30 noon.  

“After withdrawal of the amount from SBI Ganga branch, I proceeded to Director of Planning office for some personal works. When I came out from the office after 10 minutes I found that miscreants destroyed my car, looted cash and other valuables,” said Taja in a release today. Police sources also confirmed the looting incident.


Committee to renovate sector road

ITANAGAR: Welfare Committee of C-II sector, Itanagar has decided to renovate their sector  road/drainage system  on self help basis on May 14.   The renovation work will carried out from dawn to dusk and the sector road will remain closed on May 14 and 15 for the same purpose, the Committee said in a release today.

The Committee said that it has taken this decision as the authorities failed  to pay heed to its  repeated request for construction of drainage system in C-II sector road. Criticizing the urban development authority, the committee said drainage system in other sectors are almost completed,  but the authorities  failed to start drain construction  work at their sector despite repeated pleas.   


Summer Science Festival

ITANAGAR: Vigyan Prasar is organizing Summer Science Festival at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, IG Park Itanagar from May 16- June 10. Students between  the age group of 11 to 15 years would take part in the festival.


Forum seeks support

ITANAGAR: Pakke Kessang Youth Forum appealed to the authorities concerned to make ration items and medicines available in four circles of the constituency before the monsoon creates havoc by cutting off communications.

Road communication, the key to development, is a far cry in four circles of Pakke-Kessang, the Forum said, informing that porter tracks were the only means of communication among the people of those circles.

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Make space for the younger lot

Dear Editor,

While congratulating Mr. Jarbom Gamlin on his taking over the reign of chief minister-ship from legendary predecessor, I would like to remind him of his responsibilities as the new chief minister of this State. First he should shed his mindset as an elected leader of Liromoba only. In the other words,  he should not pump all developmental fund in his assembly constituency alone but distribute equitably on need base. He should be proactive in all major issues concerning the State. To begin with, he should choose his cabinet with utmost care without any prejudice and fear. Members who have the zeal and sincerity to bring all round development in the State should only be inducted in the Ministry. For which he can assess the development taken place in that particular constituency within the MLA-ship of that members under consideration. To sum up, we want to see some fresh and young members in the Cabinet rather than old bunch of corrupt lot. Moreover, the Congress Party encourages the young leaders to lead the Country from fore-front. Having said that, some senior leaders must also be retained in the cabinet.

Finally, we hope our new CM will take our State to the new height of development.


Sunny Noro



Non performing officials

Dear Editor,

Is Arunachal govt  a rich government? I think so; it has recruited too many non working staffs in its offices. They enjoy absolute freedom to leave out of the office before the authorized close time, few irregular ones are the celebrities, and you only see them some times, surely with best things adorned with. In the light of the stated facts, I request all the head of the departments especially that of the tourism to show work etiquette others wise there are better ones still unemployed and are ready to serve selflessly for over all benefit. The secretary tourism or the director tourism is not requested but demanded to take stringent action against any of its irregular staffs intentional harassing public not only for the benefit of distressed person like me but for the average standing that the department has.


Haku Tatak,

Itanagar (on email).



The changing times

Dear Editor,

With the revolution in modern scientific technology the world has become a global village. We can communicate and update ourselves sitting anywhere through TV, computer, mobile. These developments have merits as well as demerits. I will share some of its disadvantages. Nowadays youths specially teenagers are very much addicted to idiot box watching Korean movies, long phone calls, chatting on computer whole night which has brought sea change in their food habit, dressing style and way of behaving. They are totally imitating all those celebrities living in foreign countries as if they too are foreigner. Are we not an Arunachalee? I wonder what will be the future of Arunachal if this trend continue? I think the day is not far when we will loss our own tradition and culture. Ponder on it.


Benjamin Tabing,

Itanagar (on email)



Increase the stipend

Dear Editor,

I would like to appeal the authority of higher education to increase the amount of stipend for the technical students who joined various colleges through APJEE.

We might also have joined private colleges which are far more better than the colleges which provides quota those who clear APJEE but we could not because our parents are economically weak. Since our state does not have enough technical colleges for aspiring students we have to continue our studies in other states with extra expenditure. For us the APJEE was the last gate to enter any technical college.

When I cleared the entrance exam I was happy not because I have cleared the exam but I thought I was going to get the engineering degree at least expenditure as compared to my fellow friends who have joined private colleges by paying lakhs of rupees. But coming to the college the expenditure are almost same with those of private institute.

When we read the news of release of stipend we thought at least the cost of books and stationary or the amount we have paid for hostel mess (one semester)would be the amount we are going to get but it was not that. The amount was too less for the technical students. I appeal all the student unions to come together at this point and help the poor students.


A student

Karnataka (on email)



They will always inspire us

Dear Editor,

A really great day for Arunachal and especially for the women of state. Congrats to Tine Mena, Mitali, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung! They really deserve their respective success. Women are as strong as men in all fields. They'll always be inspirational figures for all of us. Right now all of you, do bask in the glory! Wish you all the best of times and more success in times to come.


Sanjay Taram,

Pangin (on email)



Tagore and international understanding

Dear Editor,

The UPA govt under the pressure of a coalition partner from Bengal in the form of Trinamool Congress has stumbled upon the idea of instituting a 1 crore prize for 'international understanding' in the name of Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. But the question is how come Tagore comes in the sphere of 'international understanding' when the same poet writes something like "aamaar shonar bangla" (my golden bangla/bengal)?

Stop being carried away by hype and hoopla. Start thinking rationally, in a non-biased, cool way. Enough has been done to celebrate the late poet.


Sumon Das,


(on email)



One of the greatest human beings who walked on earth

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Mr. Sumon Das for his brilliant letter titled "Tagore was lucky in his life as well as in death" (May 12)!

So Bengalis have captured most parts of North-East India and Andamans! The nationalist mindset of Mr. Das has simply no parallels! Why don't Mr. Das ask the Parliament to amend the Constitution which guarantees equal right to all Indians to settle and earn their living in any province of India?

And I am eagerly waiting to see whether Mr. Das exemplifies guts enough to allege that Biharis, Gujaratis, Marwaris and Punjabis have captured the whole country!

According to Mr. Das, Bengalis are known to glorify talented poets which many communities do not do! Mr. Das may try to humiliate the likes of Sumitra Nandan Pant, Uma Shankar Joshi, Gopinath Mohanty, B.K.Bhattacharya, Shiv Ram Karanth, Amrita Pritam and T.S.Pillai and see the reactions of the respective states from where the great literary figures hail from.

Each and every successful figure in international circuit have lots of friends and admirers. If this phenomenon gets dubbed as having a "good network", then so be it. Let's see whether by preparing a "good network", Mr. Das comes up with a Nobel, Bharat Ratna or Padmabhusan! And can Mr. Das offer a single Nobel Laurette whose name was not forwarded for the coveted prize?

It is really a pleasure to be enlightened at last that Tagore sacrificed Knighthood not due to his anger or sorrow following the Jalianwala Bagh massacre, but only to please the public which was turning anti-British! In a society where the great humanitarian work of that saint named Mother Teresa gets dubbed as a "project to convert Hindus to Christians", it is natural that Tagore's renunciation of Knighthood will also be seen in a demeaning light.

The 150th birth anniversary of Tagore is being nationally celebrated by the "Pranab Mukherjee-Mamata Banerjee-dominated" Centre to appease the sentimental Bengali voters! Are the voters and administration of the countries world-wide and that of the United Nations also dominated by the Bengalis that they are celebrating the birth anniversary of the bard with such fan-fare?

Mr. Das has accused Arunachal Times for fomenting "Tagore propaganda" and fed up with numerous banners, advertisements, functions, lectures and articles revolving Tagore! Atleast "promotion" of Tagore is being done for one year only ie on his 150th birth anniversary! Can Mr. Das dare to protest against the "Hindi propaganda" sponsored by the Centre through seminars, posters and functions decade after decade, that too at the tax-payers' money?

How can the language of a particular section of population be dubbed as the "Rajbhasa" of a multi-lingual democratic country, gets promoted at the expense of all other languages and imposed upon the non-Hindi speakers who form more than 60% of the Indian population?

Mr. Das has taken up the cudgel for the other poets who do not get as much "publicity" as Tagore! Why don't Mr. Das ask the media to desist from "Sachin-worship" when number of great Indian cricketers have also excelled and contributed immensely for national cause? Of course every eligible poet should get the recognition he/she deserves, but that does not mean that Tagore should be rendered a cold-shoulder. Tagore was not only a poet par excellence; he was also a novelist, dramatist, painter, educationist, social reformer and one of the greatest philosophers and humanist the history of the world has seen. Moreover his writings were an inspiration for countless revolutionaries who laid down their lives for Indian independence (Yet Tagore is a British stooge!). Mr. Das may try his utmost to belittle Tagore; but the world knows his worth, greatness and relevance and thus accord due honour and respect.

Lastly, by unnecessarily referring to Tagore as a zamindar, Mr. Das has cleverly tried to indicate that monetary strength has played the greatest role behind his success! Had Mr. Das possessed minimum knowledge about Tagore; he would have known that the bard was not a zamindar, but a part of a large zamindar family. He used to oversee his family's zamindari in few districts of erstwhile East Bengal(now in Bangladesh) and in return used to get a salary just like the manager or employee of an organisation. Had he been a rich zamindar presiding over a mountain of wealth, he would not have to sell and mortagage all his wife's jewellery to set up the modest Ashram in Shantiniketan. Do Mr. Das know that in his noble mission of setting up the Ashram, Tagore became bankrupt enough to see the day when a Marwari money-lender was almost sending him to jail? At the very last moment, Tagore's well-wishers collected the required money and saved Tagore from savouring the jail-food! The person who dedicated all his money to educate the society and turned  bankrupt is a rich zamindar and selfish person indeed! And let Mr. Das know that Tagore donated the entire prize-money to Visva-Bharati and also earmarked all his earnings, copyrights and properties to the Ashram, not to his son!

Actually when any individual harbours undiluted hatred and jealousy towards any great personality or any particular community, all norms of logic and homework simply elude his mindset. It is indeed pity that when people across the world are increasingly feeling attracted towards Tagore's works and thinking and are flocking to Kolkata and Shantiniketan to learn Bengali and discover more of him, the likes of Mr. Das prefers to remain confined in a cocoon and throw racial taunts and barbs towards one of the greatest human being who have walked on earth!


Kajal Chatterjee,

Kolkata (on email)







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