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We regret, says newspaper while it wishes the best to people of Arunachal Pradesh

Resolve issues on the strength of dialogue and consultation: Gamlin

ITANAGAR, May 18: After creating havoc in the state with its objectionable remark about the Nyishis in its May 4th edition, Times of India has expressed regret over the publication of the news and in turn has tendered an apology in the Wednesday national and regional editions of the daily.

Under the heading, ‘No intention to hurt Nyishi tribe’, the paper stated, “A propos the report in the web edition of TOI on May 4, 2011, on the frontrunners in the race for Arunachal chief minister’s post after the tragic death of Dorji Khandu, it was mentioned that Nabam Tuki, PCC president and PWD minister, was considered to be the favourite. The article said Tuki, who enjoyed support of MPs and several MLAs, belonged to “Nyishi tribe which doesn’t enjoy good rapport among other tribes”. The report also mentioned Jarbom Gamlin, who has since been appointed the chief minister, and Setong Sena as other contenders for chief ministership.

 We wish to state that the report was based on the assessment in political circles here, and that we did not intend to hurt the sentiments of Nyishis or any other community. We also regret any offence that we may have inadvertently caused and wish the best to the people of Arunachal Pradesh”.

Disturbed by the news item and concerned with the sequence of events that followed, including the attack on two media houses and the Press Club building, the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin held a meeting on Monday last with the editorial representative of the national daily at New Delhi and expressed the government’s concern over the publication.

While conveying that the sentiments of not just the Nyishi community but that of the entire state of Arunachal had been hurt by the offending sentence, the Chief Minister called upon the media house to take immediate measures to assuage the pain that was caused.

In response, the Times of India expressed their regret over the publication of the news and has today tendered an apology.

The Chief Minister has appealed to all communities in the state to maintain calm in any incidence of this nature. “Such critical situations can only be understood and resolved on the strength of dialogue and consultation. The government, on its part, will always take all steps to find solutions to any issue that comes up. But it is important that we must all stand with each other and address these situations collectively and in due respect to the rule of law.”

He appealed to the Nyishi community, who were mentioned directly in the report, and in particular to the frontal organizations to show true fortitude and act as a balm to re-assure the community at this time.

Meanwhile, he also strongly condemned the assaults on the media institutions by unidentified miscreants and said that such acts of violence are senseless and only add to further confusion. If Arunachal has to move ahead, we as a society must come out of this circle of force and intimidation and adopt a completely new way to deal with differences in opinion that is based instead on rationale, the Chief Minister said.


Alliance Air comes to rescue of

Arunachal air travelers

New Delhi, May 18: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the services of Alliance Air to Lilabari and Tezpur due to suspension of Pawan Hans Helicopter (PHH) services to Arunachal Pradesh. The service of the PHH was forced to suspend its services after the death of Dorjee Khandu and four others in a Pawan Hans crash in April 30.

The Air India subsidiary would from now on mount six additional flights each week with turbo-prop ATR-42 aircraft to Tezpur and Lilabari to serve Arunachal Pradesh. These flights would connect these townships with Kolkata and Guwahati, an official spokesperson said here.

Five weekly frequencies would be operated on the Kolkata-Guwahati-Lilabari-Guwahati-Kolkata sector, while two would be mounted on the Guwahati-Tezpur-Jorhat-Guwahati sector.

One frequency would be flown on the Guwahati-Lilabari- Tezpur-Guwahati route also. UNI


SBI urged to improve customer service

ITANAGAR, May 18: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has expressed displeasure over poor service provided by State Bank of India in state capital. In a release ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye urged SBI to improve customer service  within capital complex at the earliest.

“SBI has complete monopoly over banking service in Arunachal at the moment. Because of this they are taking customer for granted and thereby lacking to provide quality service,” said Arjun Panye. Further he added, “Most of the SBI banks located in Itanagar do not have proper parking space. We have to struggle hard to get parking space. Adding to misery, staffs of SBI are very rude and never behave properly with the customers. It seems they take us for granted.”

ANSU also took exception to delay in service by SBI. “First of all it is so difficult to open an account in SBI. And it takes long time to get ATM if one somehow manages to open an account. Also for poor citizen getting loan for business activities from SBI is almost impossible,” stated ANSU GS. Union also decried the poor ATM service of SBI. “Most of time SBI ATM do not function. Sometimes machine breaks down or other time there is no cash. It is hard to depend on SBI ATM in times of emergency,” said Arjun Panye.


Medical benefits to registered worker

ITANAGAR May 18: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) while continuing its welfare activities for the workers handed over a sum of Rs. 5000 to Tana Taso as medical benefit to a registered worker of the Board.

Taso is working as a casual worker in Water Resource Department under Sub-Division Doimukh section Balijan and at present he is undergoing treatment at R.K. Mission Hospital.

The benefit was handed over by Jalley Sonam, Chairman APB&OCWWB-cum-Working President INTUC Pradesh Branch (A.P) in presence of Changma Tajo, Secretary General INTUC Pradesh Branch (A.P)-cum-Secretary General AAPWU and Paul Tad President AAPWU Papum Pare District Unit.


NHPC urged to pay heed to the agreements

ITANAGAR, May 18: The Subansiri Lower Power Project Implementation Committee (SULPIC) has urged the executive director of the Subansiri Lower Project, NHPC to implement the agreements/demands  signed on May 8 and Nov 22 last year at the earliest to avoid any democratic movement.  

The Committee informed that it had called off their proposed strike after the agreements were signed between the NHPC, Subansiri Lower Project (SLP) and Nyishi Elite Society on May 8 last year and again between project executive director and SULPIC on Nov 22 last in presence of PWD Minister Nabam Tuki and Parliamentary secretary Nido Pavitra to look into various demands of the local people.

The demands which are yet to be fulfilled included regularization of 22 workers from right bank engaged  through contractors, appointment of 40  Arunachalee youths in C & D category posts as per MoU, establishment of VKV school in Dollungmukh,  construction of road from Kolaptukar to NH 52, construction of village road from Dollung bridge to para C O Hq and Rajali village.


Social Auditing of Fair Price Shops

Aalo, May 18: Social Auditing of all Fair Price Shops under Basar Circle is going on and will be completed by 24th of May next.

ADC cum Chairman of Circle Level Vigilance Committee of Basar Circle Dr. Sachin Shinde is on intensive tour to all the villages and is interacting with consumers of all categories whether the ERC meant for them are actually reaching at Govt. approved rate and addressing the grievances on the spot.

SDF&CSO, Basar Er. Minli Tato disseminated information under PDS activities and monthly food grains allotted to concern FPS since April/2010 to till date by the District Authority and the quantity dispatched by the outlet to consumers as on date.

All measures are being undertaken for  proactive information, disclosure & monitoring of PDS.

M/s Nyai Riba FPS of Regi village & M/s Gome Riram FPS of Sage/Piri villages have been found misappropriating seven and nine quintals of APL Rice which was recovered for further distribution to the concerned consumers.


Media should be given free hand

ITANAGAR, May 18: The attack on media and media persons in the state has sent a negative message to the rest of the country as well as world about Arunachal and its people, United People’s Council (UPC) said in a release.

Media should be given a free hand to inform people the truth about the affairs of the Government, its people and the society, UPC said while referring to the recent attack on media houses, including that of a national news agency.

It appealed to the various associations, organizations and NGOs to avoid unlawful activities to meet demands. If there is issues, they should seek the legal support since there is established laws to  deal appropriately with every  law breaker, it suggested.

UPC vehemently condemned the insulting remark on a particular community of the state by a Times of India reporter that  published in on-line edition of that national daily on March 4 last.

It termed the remark as baseless and nefarious attempt to divide the people of the state on communal line.


Nabam Atum elected as VP of Janajati Dharm Sanskriti Suraksha Manch

ITANAGAR, May 18: Nabam Atum- veteran scholar of Arunachal Pradesh has been unanimously elected recently  as Vice President of Janajati Dharm Sanskriti Surakha Manch operating in all the eight states of Northeast region including Sikkim.

Born to Nabam Epo and Naba Yeni  on March 15, 1958 at Naharlagun, Nabam Atum shouldered various responsibilities in the state Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh from 1977 onwards till his retirement on 24 September 2004 as the Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, Itanagar. After retirement from Govt. service he rendered selfless service to the society as the President Arunachal Vikash Parishad, President Indigenous Faith and Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) and Vice President, Ram Krishna Mission Hospital Managing Committee, Itanagar.


TCYA calls for bold step to

save forest resources

ITANAGAR, May 18:  Tarasso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) conducted a patrolling at Papum River and caught 6 Persons using explosives for fishing. (See photo)

The Association has called on the State Forest Department and specially to Officers of Banderdewa Forest Divisions to wake up from their deep slumber and take effective steps to protect the vast Flora & Fauna of the State before things goes out of control. It said that instead of verbal assurance, some actual works in protecting the resources should be taken up.  

It further called on the Public Works Department not to be mere spectator to the woes of public of Tarasso Circle. It called on the department to repair the hanging bridge over the Papum River which connects the Tarasso Circle with rest of the State.


Mega health camp to mark SES

foundation day

ITANAGAR, May 18: A two-day mega health camp is being organized at Nafra from May 23 as part of the foundation day celebration of Sajolang Elite Society (SES).

Various cultural competitions, camp fire and laying of foundation stone of SES office by Bomdila MLA and Parliamentary Secretary RT Khunjuju will be the main agendas of the five-day celebration.

The programme will be attended by Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh and Bameng MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii as chief guest and guest of honour respectively on May 25. Former MP Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate the health camp on May 23 at Govt Hr. Sec. School Nafra.


Blood donation camp by CRPF

ITANAGAR, May 18: A Blood Donation Camp and health programme on awareness of AIDS was organized at 138 Bn, CRPF, Sinkiview, today with the assistance of a medical team of R.K.Misson Hospital Itanagar.

The Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by Bhupendra Kumar, Commandant 138 Bn, CRPF in which the personnel from the Unit willingly donated blood for needy people of the local area.  This programme is a regular practice of the Unit for better police-public relation.


News Impact

Demand for polytechnic supported

ITANAGAR, May 18: While supporting the demand of Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) for establishment of a polytechnic in Dambuk, the executive body of Dibang Adi Youth Association (DAYA) said that many a times the development activities were being neglected by the state Govt. on the ground of communication problem in Dambuk. “But this time we will not consider communication problem as the hindrance for establishing Polytechnic in Dambuk”, the Union added. The Union further said that all developmental activities should be decentralized and shared equally among all the regions of the district.


Restrictions on hunting

ITANAGAR, May 18: Village welfare committee of Nyorch-Tarajuli has strictly prohibited fishing along the Nyorch River and hunting under Borum panchayat jurisdiction.


International Museum Day

ITANAGAR: Directorate of Research, Itanagar has observed international Museum Day today at JN State Museum conference hall.

Speaking on the occasion, Director of Research Tage Tada highlighted about the modern concept of Museum and its changing conditions, values and ideas. He also added that despite diverse nature of museum and its collection, the museum’s commitment to serve the people, both present and future generation is paramount.

Deputy Director, B Pertin said that every art, monument or museum is testimony of a living symbol of history.

On the occasion, tree plantation was also carried out at the premises of state museum and heritage research building by the staff of research department.


Recruitment of Hawaldar Education in Army

ITANAGAR: Recruitment of Havidar Education   in the Army Educational Corps in Group X and Y will be carried out by Recruiting Officer (HQ) Shillong from June 27 to July 02. Written exam of the selected candidates will be conducted on July 31 2011.

Candidates applying for the recruitment of Havildar Education need to affix their passport size photographs on application form. The application duly completed should be submitted to Recruiting Officer (HQ) Shillong, Pin – 900332, C/O 99 APO before 28 may 2011 for further processing.

Eligibility conditions are – Group X- M.A./ M.Sc/MCA or BA/  B.Sc/ BCA with B.Ed and Group Y BA/B.Sc/BCA without B.Ed.  They should not be below 20 years and above 25 years of age as on 24 Oct 2011 (DIPR)



Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain was wrongly mentioned as DC of Papum Pare in a front page news item published in  this daily on May 18. The mistake is regretted.

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Thakur should be booked

Dear Editor,

I would like to question Pradeep Thakur of Times of India on  what ground he has made such insulting remark on Nyishi community, which appeared in the Times of India of May 4th web edition?

Have Thakur ever visited Arunachal Pradesh? If yes when. Have he done any research work on the behavior of Nyishi Community? If yes, in which university and which year?

If he is innocent, who has fed him to write such reports against the Nyishi community who are living in peaceful co-existence with the rest of the community in the state?

If Thakur do not have answers, it is a slap on the face of those journalists who are misusing the freedom that comes with being a journalist. He should be booked as per the provision of law for trying to create misunderstanding among the different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and giving fabricated information against Nyishi community.


Nabam Vijay

ASM C/Person II-Doimukh



Thakur has united us all

Dear Editor,

It is rightly said that every bad thing in life has a good side too. Which is amply clear from Pradeep Thakur episode, his ignominious reporting against Nyishi community has united all the tribes of Arunachal. It is indeed heartening to see that almost all the tribes of our state have shown their solidarity and strongly condemned the baseless reporting void of truth. We are a family and in a large family possibility of occasional minor scuffle or attrition is nothing but natural. But it never means that we do not love or like our family member.  

Vacuous reporters like Pradeep Thakur who lack ethics and resort to yellow journalism at every possible opportunity just to fill space in newspaper deserve severest possible condemnation from every rational and peace loving individual.   


T. Sono (on email)



The magnificent five

Dear Editor,

Hats Off to the five magnificent young ladies, who dared to dream big and ultimately, transformed their dreams into reality. The trio of Mitali, Tadu and Bullo deserves all praise and admiration for their success in the prestigious civil service exam. They’ve made their parents and the state proud by their achievements and proved that hard work and perseverance pays off. It’s further expected from them that, they would honestly serve the public, unlike some Bara Babus, who collude with the corrupt politicians to loot the public money.

The duo mountaineers deserves pat on their backs for scaling the world’s highest peak. Tine made us proud by being the first lady from the North East to achieve the rare feat. Despite living in acute poverty, she fought against all odds to achieve her goal, which is worth emulating. Anshu’s marital status and being a mother of two didn’t deter her from chasing her dream of hoisting the tri colour on the Mount Everest, which is highly commendable. The duo’s success story is the outcome of their sheer hard work, determination and fortitude.

May the magnificent five attain greater heights in their respective careers and bring more laurels for the state and become a source of inspiration for every Arunachali.


Suraj Tayang,

Tezu (on email)



Stop the war of words

Dear Editor,

Please stop publishing the words of war between one Sumon Das and Kajol Chatterjee. It worthlessly occupies a lot of space in your esteemed daily which could be used to accommodate a better opinion/suggestion by a better visionary and learned person.

Nevertheless, I would like to take this opportunity to thank this esteemed daily for the great effort.


Mudang Obing  (on email)



Stop illegal timber business

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw attention regarding the illegal timber operation going on within Namsai Division of Lohit. It is a well-known fact the Supreme Court has given a verdict to stop the illegal felling of trees all over India in 1996.But its regrettable that some unscrupulous people are still carrying-out illegal timber operation by violating the order. It is also found that more than 100 (one hundred) unlicensed saw mills are setup in and around Namsai Forests Division. However, the sawn timber are smuggled-out to Assam during night time without any obstruction at Forests check gate and Dirak Police check post.

I would like to appeal the concerned department in particular and the new state govt in general to stop the illegal timber operation forthright without further delay so that the flora and fauna of the state can be protected/conserved for the younger generation. It will also help preserving eco-system and save from global warming.


Concerned citizen,

Namsai (on email)






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