ITANAGAR, May 19: All Nyishi Students Union has dictated that the office of the Sentinel
Arunachal be shifted out from Capital Region and Nyishi inhabited belt and president
of the Arunachal Press Club and CEO of the newspaper in question Jarpum Gamlin resign
from his post as president of the club.
The diktat came a day after the Times of India issued an apology to the people of
the state for its objectionable remarks that was published in its web edition of
May four about the Nyishi tribe wherein the news item stated that Nabum Tuki, PCC
president and PWD minister, considered to be the favorite candidate for Chief Minister
ship belong to “Nyishi tribe which doesn’t enjoy good rapport among other tribes”.
The Union further in an ultimatum to state Chief Secretary demanded that Pradeep
Thakur, the journalist who is credited to have written the piece be arrested within
48 hours and clarify on what basis the story was filed.
Out of the blue, on May 6th, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) served a letter to
President, Arunachal Press Club holding him morally responsible for the content of
the news item published in Times of India. “….as President of APC you are responsible
for co-ordinating with the media person of region and national daily…. We are deeply
saddened with national media painting the Nyishi community in the bad light….. We
are morally holding you responsible for such irresponsible reporting in ToI. …. Therefore
you are asked to clarify to the office of the Union within 7 (seven) days”.
Following the turns of events, on May 13, the president of APC had submitted his
resignation which was out-rightly rejected by the members of the press fraternity
on the grounds that it was the press fraternity that unanimously elected him to the
post and the decision pertaining to APC would be taken collectively by the members
and not by any other organizations or individuals outside the purview of the press.
The press fraternity has taken strong exception to the demands made by the students
union and said that it is an infringement on the freedom of press and violation of
rights enshrined under the constitution of the country.
The press fraternity has said that such ludicrous demands from any organization with
an intension to curb the freedom of press are uncalled for and unacceptable.
The press fraternity further called on the right minded organizations and individuals
to debate amongst themselves on the validity of the demands made by the ANSU to shift
the office of Sentinel out of the Nyishi belt in a tribal state like Arunachal which
is home to dozens of tribes.
Remains of Khandu immersed in Dikrong
ITANAGAR, May 19: The ashes from the mortal remains of Late Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu were immersed at Dikrong River near Doimukh today according to the Buddhist
The ash which was brought here on May 17 last from Tawang was kept in the official
residence of the Chief Minister at Niti-vihar before it was taken this morning for
Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin along with his legislator colleagues, officers and well
wishers accompanied the last remains of Late Khandu which was immersed by late Chief
Minister’s wife Rinchin Drema and sons Pema Khandu and Tsering Tashi.
Apart from immersion in the rivers of the state, the ashes would be used and put
in Chorten – Buddhist Stupas to be constructed in various places in the state as
a mark of respect to the departed leader.
“Crystal clear in my dealings as
ITANAGAR, May 19: In a classic example of getting caught between the sea and the
devil, Arunachal Press Club (APC) President Jarpum Gamlin today urged the press fraternity
of the state to accept his resignation owing to allegations on him of being responsible
for the inflammatory report in Times of India of May 4.
Earlier, Gamlin had submitted his resignation on May 13 following a letter seeking
clarification from him for the ToI report from All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)
but members of APC and the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ)
had refused to accept it. But now, he said, his resignation has become all the more
necessary with the latest demand for it coming from ANSU.
Standing by his decision to quit, Gamlin, however, said that he has been crystal
clear in his dealings as the APC president and regretted that the press and its members
were forced to go through a ‘rough time’ because of him, that too without his fault.
Citing one of the allegations on him that he had unilaterally restricted publication
of a certain news, Gamlin said that it was an unfortunate assumption. He said that
it was a unanimous decision keeping in mind the sensitiveness of the matter. There
was no intent to hurt the sentiments of the Nyishis or challenge the authenticity
of ANSU, he added. “It is unfortunate that unanimous decisions of the house were
squarely put on me as ‘dictatorial decision’ in public when the heat turned-on,”
Gamlin said in his resignation letter while adding that he has nothing against ANSU
nor has any ill-feeling against any community or individual.
Responding to another allegation that the newspaper owned by him did not carry the
report of the ANSU rally organized against the ToI report on May 13, he clarified
that owing to ‘hostile’ situation, offices of his newspaper was closed from May 9
to May 14. Therefore, there was no issue of The Sentinel Arunachal on that day, he
pointed.On a sentimental note, the APC President expressed anguish for being singled
out by ANSU.
“I too belong to a community that originated from Abotani. How can I think ill or
act against the interest of the Nyishis?” he questioned.
Gamlin further reminded that he had been coordinating with Nyishi organizations in
“I had participated in a mock interview for APCS aspirants of Nyishi community here
at the Science Centre. Later in a function at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli I was felicitated
by the Nyishi Elite Society (NES). As far as Pradeep Thakur, the root of all the
woes, is concerned, I need to clarify that I don’t know the person, never talked
to him and even don’t know that he exists,” he added.
AAPPTF demands action after accident
ITANAGAR, May 19: The Secretary General of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport
Federation (AAPPTF) Dobing Sonam has met with major accident at Chevrolet Car Showroom,
Near Shiv Mandir yesterday. AAPPTF in a meeting held in its office at Papu Nallah,
Naralagun today alleged that the accident occurred due to negligence on the part
of the owner of the Showroom. Dobing reportedly dashed upon the glass door of the
showroom and received multiple injuries and is recuperating in a city hospital. Questioning
the security and safety of customers, the Union alleged that there is no first aid
box to tackle such emergency cases, no attendant, security guard and chowkidar at
exit and entrance gate of the showroom.
It urged the proprietor to take up necessary precaution in the showroom to avert
such incident in near future.
Reach out to people: BJP
ITANAGAR, May 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh General Secretary-in-charge
organization Tai Tagak has called upon the party cadres to strengthen the party in
Tirap and Changlang districts. He was addressing a series of party meetings during
his three-day tour to both the districts in order to review party organisation from
He said the party cadres should take up the issues of public concern and reach out
to the villages to redress their various grievances in the field of education,
health, safe drinking water, community assets, self- employment ventures.
He also emphasized on sensitization of the people on the various schemes launched
by the government and financial institutions. Unless people are sensitized and actively
participated in the development activities, the real development would remain a
distant dream, he said.
Highlighting the contributions of previous NDA Govt at Centre towards nation building,
the the BJP GS said that the people of the state by and large accepted the BJP as
the best and disciplined party today. The party leaders and workers should reach
out to the people to be acquainted with their grievances, he said. The BJP also
welcomed the initiatives of the state PWD and appreciated the work progress for
two lane road connectivity between Margreta to Changlang, the district Headquarter.
It said the dream projects and policy initiated during previous NDA govt. is getting
Meanwhile, the BJP urged the Jarbom Gamlin led state government to pursue with the
Assam Govt for renovation of the decade old dilapidated Joipur - Khonsa road via
Deomali. The DONER ministry should be apprised of this important road for appropriate
action, the party said. The BJP also demanded the state government for pro-active
measures for time bound implementation of the proposed road from Margreta to Deomali
which would provide good road connectivity amongst several districts in the Eastern
Adult literacy and awareness progs
ITANAGAR, May 19: The Upper Subansiri district literary mission authority in collaboration
with State Institutes of Rural Development (SIRD), Itanagar, organized training programme-cum-awareness
camps for the non-literate persons in each and every block of the district under
capacity building training programme of BRGF from May 2 to 15 last.
The programme which started from Daporijo block covered all the interior blocks,
ended at Dumporijo with an objective to create awareness in the society about the
need of education among the non-literate persons and to eradicate illiteracy from
Large numbers of PRI members, workers and volunteers and public were present in the
different blocks HQ during the awareness programme.
Training on beauty care begins
ITANAGAR, May 19: A 21-days Vocational Training Programme on Beauty Care began at
National Youth Project (NYP) training hall here today.
A total of 25 unemployed youths are attending the three-week-long training programme.
Various techniques of beauty care will be imparted to the trainees under the supervision
of capable master and faculty members.
Two days exposure visits to nearby market areas will also be conduct for the better
understanding of the topics.
Earlier, inaugurating the training State Director, Khadi and Village Industries Commission
P K Behera motivated the youths and asked them to be self- employed. He also informed
about various schemes of KVIC for promotion of self employment.
The training being conducted by NYP under the sponsorship of National Council of
Rural Institute (NCRI) under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Govt. servants to stay at their
posting place: DC
SEPPA, May 19: Various developmental activities and law and order issues were reviewed
in a coordination meeting held by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam with all
heads of department of the district at Kameng Hall, Seppa on May 18.
Addressing the meeting, Bam urged the HoDs to put forward their constructive suggestions
for smooth functioning of the depts. He also stressed on collective efforts with
accountability as Govt. servants. He further urged the heads of the department to
ensure that their staffs stay at their posting place and obtain permission from the
concerned administrative officers before leaving the station.
The DC also instructed the administrative officers not to certify without physical
verification of PDS items and also the concerned department to see that PDS items
are made available to the people. He also asked the SP to take action against violators
of executive order which prohibited playing dice, lottery and Housie in the district.
On encroachment of Govt. land, he urged the HoDs not to be mute spectators in case
of encroaching their quarters or office premises. They should report to the administration
with correct information. For this, he sought the whole-hearted co-operation and
support of the elected representatives and PRI members of the district in solving
the land encroachment problem. Further, he informed that necessary process has been
initiated for procurement of land which was earlier under the SSB and the Committee
entrusted examined the estimated value of the assets.
SP Kime Aya informed that the perspective five year plan about requirement of police
personnel and upgradation of police stations has been forwarded to the Govt. wherein
it was proposed to have A class police station with infrastructural facilities in
DC HQ, B class in ADC/SDO HQ and C class CO Headquarter including Pakke-Kessang and
Bana check post. He sought coopertion from one and all and said that efforts should
be reformative rather than punitive to dealt with the violators of laws.
He also urged the teachers to play a pivotal role in moulding the youths as future
citizens. In order to minimize the crime rate, he suggested insntallation of high
tower light in vulnerable places, proper functioning of telephone and mobile services
with broad-band connection.
Heads of the department also spoke and highlighted the activities of their respective
Vijoy Sonam, DPO read out action plan of the previous meeting and to be taken up
which included identification of land by the committee for dumping and burial ground,
uprooting and clearance of bamboo within the town, SDO Bameng and Chayang Tajo,
to expedite assessment of land for establishment of ITBP battalion, land acquisition
for establishment of college at Wessang and immediate stoppage of illegal forest
felling more especially at Pakke-Kessang and Seijosa. DIPRO
Prospect of paddy cum fish culture
Dr. Debasis Sasmal & Debasish Borah
Paddy cum fish culture generate gainful employment for both skilled and unskilled
youths. In India rice is grown in 43.7 m ha of which about 40 per cent areas are
rainfed lowlands, mostly (14.6 m ha) located in the eastern India. The productivity
of rainfed lowland rice largely cultivated as mono-crop, is around 1.5 t/ha due to
different abiotic, biotic and socio-economic constraints. It can ensure food, nutritional,
economic and employment security for farmers. A substantial portion of about 4.5
m ha in the eastern India is suitable for the system. The details are as follows:
Field selection and design
Trench/ fishpond: For construction of fish pond/trench, the topsoil is deposited
in the area selected for paddy cultivation to elevate the bed of the paddy plot.
The rest-excavated soil is used for construction of perimeter dyke. During construction
of the perimeter and lateral trenches a side slope of 1:1 (horizontal: vertical)
is to be maintained. On the other hand for the construction of the central pond
1.5:1 (horizontal: vertical) side slope is to be maintained. Inner pond embankment
is not constructed to give free access to the cultured fish to the paddy field from
The perimeter dyke is to be constructed in such a way that it can resist the water
current, withstand weather conditions and can give protection to the cultured fish
stock. To maintain desired water level in the pond water inlet and out let may be
constructed with provision for preventing the escaping of cultured fish and also
preventing the entry of unwanted organisms to the fishpond from the out side. Site
should be medium deepwater (upto 50 cm water depth) low land. However, 10-20 cm excess
water situations are also suitable.
It should be free from heavy flooding.
Farm having clay soil with shaped field with and area for half to one hectare for
more is desirable.
Perimeter trench type: Fish pond/ trench of this type are dug out when the plot is
centrally elevated. The trench size should be 1/5th of the total area. Normally depth
of the trench is kept at 1.0 m but it may be more based on the topography of the
The area of the perimeter dyke is kept within a range of 1/9th – 1/8th of the plot
area. The height of the dyke should be minimum 1 m, but it may be more based on the
flood level of the area. Normally 0.5 m more height above the high flood level of
the locality is suitable for the perimeter dyke.
Total area of the plot (70 m X 72 m) : 0.51 ha
Trench/ fish pond :
Total length of the perimeter trench : 170 m
Top width : 6 m
Bottom width : 3.0 m
Depth of trench : 1.0 m
Total trench area (6 m X 170 m) : 0.11 ha.
Total length of the dyke : 180 m
Base width : 3 m
Crest width : 1 m
Average height : 1 m
Total dyke area (3 m X 180 m) : 0.06 ha.
Length of the paddy plot : 60 m
Breadth of the paddy plot : 56 m
Total paddy area (60 m X 56 m) : 0.34 ha.
Rice: The package of practices as recommended by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit
district for both the crops may be followed. Grow high yielding, intermediate height
or tall, long duration photoperiod-sensitive rice varieties with inbuilt tolerance
to pest and diseases. Rice varieties such as Ranjit, Rongadoria, Govind, Lachit and
Jalashree for Arunachal would be better.
Apply FYM @ 5t/ha at the time of land preparation.
Sow in dry condition well before the monsoon using 75 to 100 kg seed/ha. Use a spacing
of 20 cm in between rows. Line seeding, preferably dibble seeding using 4-5 seed
is desirable. Transplant if required, early by using aged and healthy seedlings.
Apply fertilizer @ 40:20:20 kg NPK/ha during sowing. However, in comparatively
shallow water condition, apply 50% N at seeding and the rest after weeding.
Do weeding with finger weeder in dry condition and/or with cono weeder in 5-10
cm standing water. Fill the gap with seedling in sparse area. Avoid insecticides
and herbicides. Use sex pheromone traps and light traps to monitor and control yellow
stem borer and other insects. Use neem based botanicals @ 1% for controlling stem
Fish: Release fingerlings(3-4 inches size) of catla, rohu, mrigal, common carp, silver
Release fish (carps) at 10,000/ha of water area. Among fish species, maintain a
ratio of 35% surface feeder (catla and silver carp), 35% column feeder (rohu) and
30% bottom feeder (mrigal and common carp).
Apply cow dung @ 6-10 t/ha and 300-500 kg lime/ha of water in monthly split doses.
Feed the stock daily @ 2% of body weight of fish with a mixture containing 80%
of oil cake + rice bran (1:1) and 5% of fish meal.
Other crops: Grow crops such as watermelon, groundnut, sunflower, sesamum, mung bean,
cowpea, okra, pumpkin, bitter gourd, poi(Basella) with limited irrigation from stored
rainwater in the micro-watershed.
On bunds vegetables such as okra, Gourd, radish, brinjal and leafy vegetables before
and during the wet season can be cultivated. During winter vegetables such as tomato,
French bean, radish, bitter gourd, cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal, pumkin
and leafy vegetables are also recommended.
Besides all these Agro-forestry, Apiculture, Poultry, Duckery, Goatery are also can
Rice-fish farming system can annually produce food crops, fish and meat, eggs besides,
flowers, wood and animal feed as rice straw from 0.5 hectare of farm area.
The net income will be ‘40,000 in the first year. This will increase to 80,000-
1,00,000 or more in the following years. Thus, this system increases farm productivity
by more than 10 times, and net income upto 20 folds over the traditional system of
rice farming. Rice-fish system generates additional farm employment also.
Conversion of very low-lying unproductive land into productive units through proper
planning. The system is ecofriendly and its different components like rice, fish,
prawn, birds, animal leading to recycling of wastes of one another. Such interactions
results in enrichment of soil nutrient status, better crop nutrient and bio-control
of weeds and other rice pests and ultimately increase rice yield besides, reduction
in pesticides and chemical fertilizers use. The policy is to take every possible
step to ensure the return of all resources to the productive system for increasing
protein food production. (The writers are scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit
district, Arunachal Pradesh)
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
Thanks to our new chief minister for taking up the issue of media reports about Nyishi
community and bringing the solution.
The Times of India has mentioned that everything published was based on assessment
of political circle. If the report was based on political circle, then are our elected
representatives playing a communal politics? We don't mind a CM is from which community
but this report has brought many questions to our mind. We are still confused.
Bengaluru, (on email)
Leave it to the Editor to decide
In his letter titled "Stop the war of words"( 19 May), Mudang Obing asks the editor
to stop publishing my protests against letters. Neither is I the editor of Arunachal
Times, nor Obing. So neither do I hold any authority to demand from the editor that
my letters should definitely be published, nor Obing possesses any moral right to
command the editor to stop publishing my opinions.
Whether my letters will see the light of the day or not is the sole prerogative of
the editor. Instead of engaging in a personal attack to malign me or trying to influence
the editor to gag my voice, what Obing can do is to prove my comments wrong and himself
offer a "better opinion" on the subject.
Why don't the likes of Obing leave the task of censorship to the editor of Arunachal
Kolkata (on email)
No space for personal ego
I would like to request the Editor- The Arunachal Times not to publish useless and
time consuming letters. In recent days, Sumon Das and Kajal Chatterjee made this
forum as a medium to reflect their personal ego. Please Das and Kajol this is public
Nirjuli (on email)
It is annoying
‘ Reader’s forum’ is an important space given by your paper for the reader to express
their opinions. The opinions are best readable when it carries the topic on current
political affairs of the state and the nation, the social and cultural affairs of
Arunachal, the views on programme and policies of the govt etc.
But it is annoying when person like Kajal Chatterjee et all goes on writing on daily
basis regarding the matters related to Kolkata and West Bengal and criticism on our
national language the 'Hindi' and its popularity in Arunachal Pradesh. Enough is
enough ! Let the writers like Kajal Chatterjee share their opinion in papers and
journal published in Kolkata. Spare the precious space of your daily for opinions
of readers on the matter related to our mother state.
Naharlagun (on email)
Give justice to my daughter
I would like to remind every citizen of Arunachal Pradesh and our nation regarding
the helplessness of a poor father and his victimized daughter. If anyone remembers
the headlines of Jan 14, 2011, it contained an incident regarding the rape of my
daughter by her maternal uncle EE(PHED) Kirpa Pertin at Hotel Ballerina, Tinsukia
on Jan 9.
I had filed an FIR at PS Roing which was forwarded to Tinsukia PS and the case was
registered vide FIR No.30 under section 376 dated 11/01/11. All required formalities
for necessary investigation were fulfilled by us.
An appeal was made to the MP (eastern parliamentary), MP (Rajya Sabha) and copies
were forwarded to the Chief Minister, Ministers Home, Ministers PHED, MLA 42nd Dambuk,
MLA 43rd Roing AC, Chief Secretary , Commissioner PHED, Secretary PHED, C.E.(PHED),
S.E.(PHED), DC Roing, ABK President but none responded.
No action has been taken by the Government against the culprit Kirpa Pertin till
now. I feel fully humiliated and dejected. Should we keep our hopes alive or is it
again that Money and Power buries the cries of the poor and the helpless?
It seems the culprit Kirpa Pertin has taken bail at Guwahati High Court vide 438
CrPc without even getting arrested after absconding for 3 months and is now moving
freely and shamelessly without any sign of guilt or remorse.
At the time of incident, he was working as EE (PHED) Khonsa and has been posted at
It is an appeal to every responsible citizen, voluntary organization, officers, student
bodies, responsible NGO’s to kindly bear the cries of a poor father and his daughter.
I would especially appeal to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, DC Roing, Women Welfare
Societies, AAPSU, Adi Baane Kebang, AdiSU, DASU and every responsible citizen of
our state to help me get justice.
Let us all check such kinds of evils. If today it is my daughter then tomorrow it
can be your daughter, your sister or your mother. I am poor but not coward. I shall
fight for my daughter’s justice till my last breath and do anything up to my limits
even if law fails.
Lower Dibang Valley
Good luck to Alliance Air
I want to take a moment to thank our state government for suspending the ill fated
Pawan Hans air service(PHHL) in our state.
I warmly welcome the recently made decision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation for
incorporating the Alliance Air in our state. Hope Alliance Air will provide good
service as it is meant for. We the people of Arunachal will be seeking 100% efficiency
in the service as well as safety.
Again, good luck to Alliance Air.
Kerala (on email)
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