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NCP demands high level enquiry, blames govt for delay in search operation

ITANAGAR, May 27: Nationalist Congress Party has demanded a high level enquiry in the April 30 chopper crash which claimed the life of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others.

The pathetic failure of the state government to trace out the body of the late CM and other crash victims accompanying him in the fateful copter would remain in the history of Arunachal Pradesh as the most callous attitude of a government, it said.

Instead of early efforts, the State Govt. waited for the satellite image, other aerial survey result knowing fully well that the haze and mist were making it impossible for the air surveys to find anything. The entire state was made to suffer from tension and uncertainty for virtually a week for the lack of common sense or may be the lack of proper attitude on the part of the administration to deal with such cases, it said.

One wishes the State government learnt a lesson from its miserable failure due to more miserable lack of uprightness in dealing with unforeseen events like the one we have experienced in the sad demise of a popular leader of Arunachal Pradesh, said its president Ngurang Pinch.

Can’t we reverse the careless attitude of the civil aviation in Arunachal Pradesh which, most unfortunately has earned the infamy of hosting alarming number of copter crash and related casualty since 1997 till now, he further asked. Meanwhile taking a dig at UPA government’s two-year-in- power celebration, NCP said that celebration has come at time of record breaking corruption, steep, speedy price rise, hunger and large scale suicide of the poor farmers and an all pervasive sense of dejection among the poor and lower middle class people of India who constitute the overwhelming majority of the country’s population. Three ministers of the government of India are behind the bars on charges of corruption after having amassed millions of rupees by cheating the public exchequer, it added.


Capital witness another looting incident

ITANAGAGAR, May 27:  Capital Complex  yet again witnessed another broad day light looting incident on May 24.

According to FIR lodged with Itanagar Police Station, two unidentified miscreants looted cash amount of Rs 8 lakh from the cashier of the Allahabad Bank branch, Itanagar at around 12. 15 noon at Bank Tinali.

Allahabad Bank branch senior manager  K D Noroh in its FIR stated that the incident happened when  he along with the bank cashier were proceeding towards Auto stand after withdrawal of cash remittance of Rs 8 lakh  from State Bank of India, Bank Tinali on May 24. Two motor-cycle borne miscreants appeared from nowhere, attacked, injured the cashier and snatched the cash amount and run away within no time, the FIR added.

Earlier, in a similar incident, the miscreants looted Rs 4 lakh from the car of the Papum Pare District Youth Congress president Nabam Taja in front of the director of planning office on May 11. Taja had withdrawn the cash from SBI, Ganga branch and put it inside the car.


APCS Topper undergoing training

on e-PDS in Tirap

ITANAGAR, May 27: Tirap is in the news for all the wrong reasons and often despised as a hotbed of insurgency, is also a training place for APCS topper.

The APCS topper-2010, Honi Bayang who opted for the post of DF&CSO, is now undergoing one month induction training-cum-orientation on Tirap Model e-PDS under Khonsa DF&CSO Amit Bengia.

Honi has been briefed about the various intricacies of the functioning of Tirap model e-PDS which has become a household name in Tirap district due to its success and user-friendly model.

Apart from acquainting Honi, an IIT alumnus with the functioning of the Food & Civil Supplies department, DF&CSO Amit Bengia, a state award winner is also taking him around to various outposts from FCI base depot to PDC and en-route/ off-route FPS locations to make new trainee have proper grasp on the scopes and challenges pertaining to the working of PDS on the ground level.

It is needless to add that IT-driven Tirap model e-PDS will get further boost with the joining of young IITian like Bayang.

It is worth-mentioning that Tirap model e-PDS is gaining popularity among all stakeholders thanks to its stupendous success in Tirap district which has been in operation for more than one year. It is now all set to roll out to other districts of the state. Asked why he opted for the post of DF&CSO/ADF&CS/DRC, Bayang said that ensuring food security is the prime concern of any welfare government adding that he has accepted the onerous challenge of streamlining the PDS in landlocked Arunachal Pradesh, making it truly consumer-friendly.

The department of Food & Civil Supplies which is under the direct supervision of the present Chief Minister is expected to gain new height and prominence given the experience and acumen of the HCM Jarbom Gamlin.  (DIPRO)



East Siang finally takes note of encroachment in Pasighat

Students demand strict action

ITANAGAR, May 27: The East Siang district administration has finally taken note of the encroachment in Pasighat Township. The oldest town in the state had witnessed several cases of enrichment of government land by private individuals.  

The All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU)-premier student organisation of Pasighat lauded the East Siang Deputy commissioner Onit Panyang, team of his official and District Land allotment Advisory Board members (DLAAB) who have painstakingly taken the task of physically verifying all the illegal occupied government land within the jurisdiction of Pasighat Township.

The three day daunting exercise of physically verifying all the illegal occupants came to an end today after visiting all sector areas within the BogongBango Donated land jurisdiction which comprises of 64,432 acres free to the government for establishment of District headquarter. Central executive members of ABSU also volunteered in the whole exercise and were taken aback by the impunity at which mostly Government officials are involved directly or indirectly in the act of land grabbing. The oldest administrative centre of the state is facing rampant encroachment problem and intruders have not spared even premises of government establishment.

Major revelation has come to light where allotted department land is usurped by the officials of the same department by obtaining government allotment order on the same piece of land. One such case which has come to the light is the allotment of veterinary dispensary land popularly calls as “key village centre” in Upper Banskota area of Pasighat to an employee of the same department.

The union questioned how an already existing government infrastructure of public utility can be allotted to an individual?

The union called upon the District administration to immediately set up an enquiry committee to come clean on the whole matter & immediately cancel the dubious allotment.

The union further called upon all the religious groups not to allow their religious institute such as church, Temple etc as medium of land grabbing by certain vested interested people and urge upon all the elected representative of the district to give free hand to the District administration.

All Bogong Students’ union (ABSU), have also organised a massive sit in Dharna infront of DC office Pasighat East Siang District on May 24 in support of its one point demand which was submitted to Deputy Commissioner in form of a memorandum for immediate eviction of illegal encroacher in government premises, when the District Land Allotment Advisory Board meeting (DLAAB) attended by elected representative of the, representative from Bogong Bango Kebang, and Pangin-Boleng block, under the chairmanship of Deputy commissioner was going  inside the DC Chamber.


Rural Health pioneer Dr Raj

Arole passes away

ITANAGAR, May 27: Dr. Raj Arole, Founder and Director, Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (Maharashtra) passed away on May 25 following a heart attack.

In a condolence meeting here today, Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) recalled the great contributions made by the pioneer in the field of public health and his contributions to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr. Arole, along with his teacher, Dr. Carl Taylor of John Hopkins University (USA) had been instrumental in conceiving the empowerment-based works of FGA in Arunachal Pradesh. In the late nineties, he traveled to remote places of the state including Palin, Ziro and Sille exhorting the communities to work for the better future of their children. The Village Welfare Workers (VWWs) working with FGA had been trained in CRHP in Jamkhed till 2005. Dr. Arole has been widely recognized for his pioneering works for the empowerment of the marginalized sections of the people. He, along with his wife Dr. Mabelle Arole, was jointly awarded Magsasay Award in 1979.

They also were awarded Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by Gettysburg College, USA in 1985. N.D. Diwan Memorial Award for rehabilitation of handicapped persons in 1987 and Padma Bhusan National Award for Social Service in 1990 followed for the couple. Dr. Arole was also conferred Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Dalit Mitra Award in 2004 for his works among the marginalized classes and Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice in 2007.

Committing themselves to serving and uplifting India’s rural poor and marginalized population Raj and Mabelle founded the CRHP in 1970.

Raj Arole was born in Jamkhed to a Dalit family. His parents, who were schoolteachers, sent him to a private English school, where he remained consistently at the top of his class. Against the odds because of his caste, Arole went on to one of the most prestigious medical colleges in India, the Christian Medical College (CMC) at Vellore. After graduating from CMC, he had obtained his residency training in medicine and surgery and masters of public health from the United States. It was during their US-based training that he and Mabelle planned an innovative project, utilizing comprehensive community-based primary health care. This strategy appeared to be the ideal means by which to effectively meet the immediate and long term needs of the poor and marginalized, especially women.

Initially started in 8 villages covering a population of 10,000 CRHP today covers more than 300 villages and 500,000 population - selecting, training and supporting of Village Health Workers (VHWs) and forming of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) such as farmers’ clubs, women’s clubs (Mahila Vikas Mandals) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs). FGA has been successfully replicating this model in Arunachal Pradesh since 1997 as did the Government of Maharashtra in 7 of its tribal districts.

Dr. Raj Arole has been a driving force in influencing the government’s policy in involving the communities in health care activities. He participated in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), chaired by the Prime Minister, as an NGO sector representative in 2006 and has since been playing significant roles in shaping it in various capacities.


18th AR steps reaches out to

remote Vijaynagar

ITANAGAR, May 27: 18 Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 25 Sect Assam Rifles has undertaken a project for Renovation of High School at Vijaynagar, Changlang, under Op Sdabhavana Proj.  

The High School at Vijaynagar is one of them which was built in 1972.  In 2006 the High School was totally burnt down and it was subsequently re-constructed by 29 AR in Jun 2006 as part of MCA proj 2005-weather and lack of periodical maintenance the school building was in need of some urgent repairs.  The poor villagers were not in a position to carry out repair/renovation of existing High School.  

There is virtually no electricity supply in Vijaynagar, one of the remotest areas in the state forcing the AR to step in.  The use of non conventional energy sources has gained widespread acceptability which is highly practical and effective in such areas. Since the  poor villagers were not in a position to procure Solar lights, it was proposed to put up Solar street lights in Vijaynagar as part of the MCA Project.  

The Solar street lights, with its poles and Solar panels were lifted from Mohanbari to Vijaynagar in Assam Rifles sortie. The Solar street lights have been erected at Hozolu, Mazgoan, Daragaon, Two Hut and Ram Nagar. Villagers from the adjacent villagers also approached the COB for similar action in their areas too.

Vijaynagar is an isolated area located around 150 km from Miao.  

The area consists of 14 Villages with population of approx 5500 with no road link between the villages and the nearest town.  The villages in this remote region lack basic infrastructure and educational facilities.  There are a few educational institutions in the area. The area is administratively neglected.  The living and financial condition of the people in the area is very poor.  


APSCW to submit MMS report

ITANAGAR, May 27: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) informed that the report of the enquiry committee constituted by APSCW to investigate the Daporijo MMS scandal would be submitted to the Government very soon.

The MMS scandal which clearly shows police atrocities has rocked the state after it was leaked out. Though some arrest have been made, the main accused Officer B. Boo is yet to be traced.

 Meanwhile, APSCW chairperson Komoli Mossang today congratulated the women achievers of the state in arious field this year. While noted author and journalist Padmashree Mamang Dai was selected as one of the 14 board members of  Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Anshu Jamsenpa created history by becoming the first women in the world to climb Mount Everest twice within a span of 10 days. Tine Mena became the first women from North East Region to climb the world highest peak.

Three local girls Mitali Namchoom,Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung cracked the prestigious Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations this year.

While congratulating all the five achievers, Mossang expressed the hope that their achievement would inspire the young girls and women of the state for greater achievement.


DU authorities meet NE representatives

ITANAGAR, May 27: A coordination meeting of all the Resident Commissioners of North Eastern States was called by the Delhi University authority today to discuss the new admission procedures for various courses during academic session 2011-2012.

The meeting was chaired by Prof. J M Khurana, Dean, Students Welfare, and University of Delhi.

K N Damo, Deputy Resident Commissioner, New Delhi and Narendra Verma, OSD (Education) attended the meeting.

Prof. Suman Verma, Joint Dean, Students Welfare and Examinations informed that a Teachers Counsellors and Senior Students Help Desk will assist the aspiring students during registration and admission at all the four centres. Prof. Verma sought cooperation from the Resident Commissioners of concerned states.  The rules and regulations and other important issues relating to admission procedures for the students of North Eastern States seeking admission in Delhi University were discussed in the meeting.

This year Registration for SC/ST candidates commences on 28th May and ends on 8th June  at Faculty of Arts, Delhi University, North Campus, Office of the Deputy Dean, Students Welfare, Delhi University, South Campus, Dhaula Kuan, Rajdhani College, Raja Garden, Ring Road,  Shyamlal College, Shahadara.

Documents required for Registration are two self attested photocopies of ST certificate, one copy of self attested photocopy of Class X certificate along with original copy, one copy of self attested photocopy of Class XII Mark sheet along with original copy,  One copy of attested photocopy of Class XII certificate/ Provisional certificate,  Two copies self attested pass port size photographs.

The Internet print marksheet should be duly attested by the concern Deputy Resident Commissioners. However, student coming from general category does not required to fill up the forms for their registration as online facility has been already made available. For details may visit website at www.du.ac.in.


PDS synonymous with corruption

in Anjaw: BJP

ITANAGAR, May 27: Corruption has posed a serious threat to the society and jeopardized the whole development process, particularly in implementation of centrally sponsored schemes and Public Distribution System (PDS) in Anjaw district, said district BJP unit today.

In a memorandum addressed to Governor, Anjaw BJP district unit president Banim Kri said that the PDS items including wheat and rice have been lifted from Tinsukia and Laipuli (Assam) FCI/FSD depots by carriage contractor on regular basis since 2006 but in reality people have not seen any wheat in Fair Price shops in the district for the last many years. The memorandum alleged that wheat has directly been sold in the black-market.

Claiming that documents collected by him from concerned depots speak volume of corruption in PDS, the  BJP leader further said that there is wide variation  in  quantity of rice  lifted under various heads and  the quantity of rice actually reaches the general masses.

Moreover, public are made to wait for 3-4 months for rice in the Fair Price Shops, forcing them to purchase rice from open market wherein the same PDS rice is being sold at an exorbitant rate. The BJP district leader further alleged that other essential commodities like Salt, Sugar and Kerosene which are also distributed through PDS are being diverted to black-market. He said the DC and the local legislator should be held responsible and accountable for the non-availability of wheat, salt, sugar and kerosene in the district.

Pointing out the hunger strike that has been launched in recent past by district BJP workers in protest against corruption in PDS and demanding resignation of local MLA, the memorandum alleged that instead of initiating an enquiry into PDS scam, the DC denied any corrupt practices in PDS, put the blame on Centre for shortage of PDS supply and defended carriage contractor. The memorandum further said that DC should be directed to furnish the PDS carriage bills released since 2006 and justify his claim of  corruption-free PDS in the district.


Energy production unit fails to produce energy even after a year

ITANAGAR, May 27:  The Energy production unit at Bomjir village in Lower Dibang Valley district has been in a dilapidated condition instead of producing energy to cater to the need of electricity of the Bomjir villagers.

Despite repeated request by the villagers, authorities failed to post an expert and operate the unit which was established in 2010,  Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) said in a release today. Now the infrastructure of the unit is totally damaged due to failure of the authorities to start it, the union resented.

DASU also urged the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency to conduct enquiry into the present pathetic situation of the unit and   take urgent step for operationalization of the same at the earliest.

In case of failure to start the unit, authorities should provide solar lamp to each and every villager, the union said.


Nepal recognizes Anshu’s world record feat

ITANAGAR, May 27: Anshu Jamsenpa, who created a world record by climbing the Mt Everest twice in one season  will be decorated with the prestigious Sagarmatha and Tenzing-Hillary Award instituted by The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal on 29 May. She is also being felicitated by Nepal Mountaineering Association on the same day coinciding with International Everest Day celebration in Kathmandu. Whos who from the mountaineering fraternity from around the world are attending the gala award function.

According to an information from Arunachal Pradesh and Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA), on May 30 she will arrive at Guwahati International Airport where a civic reception is being arranged by Assam Mountaineering Association led by Bimal Goswami.

She is tentatively scheduled to arrive at Itanagar on 1st or 2nd June before heading to her home town Bomdila. Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs Govt of Arunachal Pradesh is working out a State Reception to give befitting welcome to Anshu and Tine Mine, the first woman from North East to climb the Everest.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin is likely to flag-in the mountaineer duo. Earlier they were flagged off as Team Arunachal by Gen J J Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on April 1.


Farmers - scientists’ interaction programme held

ITANAGAR, May 27: A farmers- scientists interaction programme was held at Khonsa today under the aegis of Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA).

In his inaugural address, Tirap DC, W.Lowang while lauding the effort of the ATMA, said that a drastic change of mindset of the farmers was of paramount importance adding that while the food habits of the people had changed, the agriculture cycle followed by the farmers was the same. He further said that utmost emphasis must be laid on agriculture and its allied sectors as people are totally dependent on them for subsistence and asked the farmers to use all the available technology to increase productivity.

DAO-cum-Project Director, ATMA G. Hocha hoped that the interaction programme would be immensely beneficial for the farmers. He told the farmers to visit KVK at Deomali from time to time to take guidance from    the scientists there.

ADO Nokliam Sumnyan threw light on activities of ATMA adding that the basic purpose of ATMA was to facilitate transfer of technology to the farmers and to make them more productive in their field of activities.

Resource persons from KVK, Deomali Narender Kumar, Pranajit Phukan and other line department heads spoke on various topics and clarified the doubts raised by the farmers. Farmers from all over the district attended the all-important programme.



Pangin gets Sub-Treasury Office

PASIGHAT, May 27: A sub treasury office has been inaugurated at Pangin.

The long-felt desire of the people has been achieved with the inauguration of the Sub-Treasury-Office at Pangin said Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh who is local MLA of Pangin-Boleng in his inaugural speech on May 25 last.

With opening of Sub-Treasury Office at Pangin all financial business transcation would be easier, time saving, less expensive and now onwards authorities would be able to deliver quicker services to the common people, Taloh added. Disclosing his initiative Taloh informed that he is putting his best efforts to setup Cement-Factory soon in the area which would bring lot of developments enhancing rural economy.

Calling for a unison effort to take the constituency to a new height, he said the constituency is gradually moving towards a concerted development with the constant help from state and central leaderships.

Later in a public meeting held under the chairmanship of EAC Pangin Taddo Borang, the DS Taloh along with thousands of villagers expressed deep sorrow over the untimely demise of Lt. Dorjee Khandu.

He would be remembered as Chief Minister, who took personal interest in the developmental programmes, especially socio-economic development, hydropower and road communication. It was during his period, the massive programmes of Trans Arunachal Highway, airport and railway projects were taken up and his name and his contributions towards the development of the State will be written in golden letters, Taloh added.

He however resented over the slow progress of the Trans-Arunachal-Highway construction, carrying out by M/S SRK Hyderabad in the constituency and further urged to speed up their works involving more man and machineries so that it could be finished timely.


State-level workshop on PMEGP

PASIGHAT, May 27: A state-level workshop on the Prime Ministers Employment Generation Scheme (PMEGP) was organized by the Deputy Director of Industries Kaling Koyu at IGJ HSS auditorium under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang on May 26 last.

The Commissioner Industries Makbul Pertin who  inaugurated the workshop said that there are vast potentials for micro, small and medium enterprises which can flourish in the state. While advocating self employment, he said that the government is encouraging entrepreneurship with proper guidance and financial assistances but there is a need to avail opportunities by the youths. While stressing on wide publicity campaign, seminar and open-house-discussions, he suggested to setting up fruit processing unit at Pasighat.

Subu Tabin Jt. Director (Industries) in his speech said the country is setting up new ventures/projects /micro enterprises to generate self employment opportunities and also to increase the wage earning capacity of artisans and unemployed youths in rural as well as in urban areas of the country.

The chairman Onit Panyang stated that Panchayat leaders could play great role in spreading awareness in the society. He stated the identification of beneficiaries would be done at the district level by a Task Force consisting of representatives from DIC, KVIC and Bank headed by the Deputy Commissioner. The selection process would be transparent and fair with the involvement of PR leaders, he assured. While seeking cooperation from bank authorities, Panyang said delay in loans sanction may cause escalation in price rates which may not be beneficial to the applicants. He also urged the applicants to refund money timely for their better business careers.

Earlier, the Assistant Director (KVIC) P. Chobin and SBI representative claimed that they have created many employments till date in the country.

Renowned leader Nanom Jamoh said women can assist the entrepreneurs in both pre and post-production stages. Playing a significant role in the traditional economy of the indigenous agriculture and household-based manufacturing, they also equally deserve to avail the opportunities, she said.

ZPMs, ASMs, bankers and govt officers from East, West and Upper Siang participated in the workshop. The day long program concluded with Open-House-Discussions. (DIPRO)


Traditional Food Festival at Nongtham

ITANAGAR, May 27: The Nongtham Village under Kharsang Circle of Changlang organised two days Pangwa Traditional Food Festival in their village from May 20.

During the two days traditional food festival visitors and guests came from neighbouring areas like Kharsang, Miao, and Jairampur. Firth

S.S. Jugli, Secretary of Tangsa Baptist Churches Association (TBCA) and Principal of Living Hope School Nongtham Village came as resource persons.

This first ever Pangwa Traditional Food Festival held at the local level had many an eye catching attraction as each food items with rich traditional meanings and symbols were prepared by the selected village youth groups.

The demonstrative event of food festival had many a lesson to teach the younger generation of our time on the importance of the uniqueness of traditional identity.  

From among the many traditional dishes that were prepared, preparation of few traditional food items that could be mentioned are ‘Phsa’ a special vitamin made from raw fish, ‘khaplai yah (a type of leaf) grind and made into juice, which is taken by elders after hard work to regain their lost energy and strength; ‘Sithu’ is prepared by adding chicken, rice and leaf called saikii jag which is taken before the plantation of paddy; ‘Khaulam’ meaning Bamboo Rice prepared with new rice which is taken after harvesting; ‘Ngitoak’ known as Stone Fry in which fish is cooked by the heat of the stone wrapped in a leaf and placed on the oven; ‘Tsampo’ commonly known as steam rice, which is usually prepared to honour special guests and important persons as part of special treat; ‘Khaiiphuh’ special local bread made from rice powder through steaming process prepared and taken on special events; ‘Tsangtiih’ prepared mixing grinded ginger and dried fish and served on festivals; ‘Tingko’ it is commonly known as bitter tea taken after meals for digestion.  

Gaon Burah Kopnin Sena of Nongtham Village said “our forefathers handed down traditional practices and with the passing of time these rich traditional practices are dying away. This traditional food festival is organized with the aim of making aware the present younger generation the importance of preserving tradition at least by way of knowing the traditional names of food items and the process how each item is prepared”.

Traditional food festival will be organized at a larger scale by the TBCA in the month of October, 2011.

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My connection with Arunachal Pradesh is humanity

Dear Editor,

In answer to Dani Chaling's question --- "What connection  does he have with Arunachal?" ("We are here for serious business", 27 May), I  humbly state that my connection with Arunachal Pradesh is humanity, humanity and only humanity. And again I humbly state that not only papers of West Bengal, but  that of whole India and neighbouring nations are there to accommodate me. Just  for my call of universal brotherhood, not only the editors of New Delhi or  Madhya Pradesh, but those of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan personally do  congratulate me through E-mails. I write in Arunachal Times because I love the  state and the daily and its editor is well-aware that lion's share of my letters  published in it revolve or revolved around interests of Arunachal's people  and languages. Also the volume of letters that I have written in Arunachal Times  and in almost all Indian dailies for the cause of the safety of the  North-Eastern students at North India can hardly be matched by even any ethnic  North-Eastern. Yet, I am a Bengali-chauvinist!

In this environment of hate-mails, the letter of Myodiz has  arrived as a manna from heaven for me( "Kajal is a defender of all good cause",  27 May). It is my privilege that he has succeeded in appreciating my mindset.

And I will of course try to ignore the venomous remarks at heart as rightly  advised by Myodiz.


Kajal Chatterjee,

Kolkata (on email)



Fishes swim in this road

Dear Editor,

I wish to draw kind attention of authorities regarding the deteriorating condition of G-extension road, Naharlagun. I think, this road is the most deteriorated one in capital complex, where the pot-holes has grown so big that it looks like a small pond, where even fishes can swim!

After the shifting of SBI in G-extension a month ago, this area has become more of a commercial area. The drivers and pedestrians are facing great trouble while passing through this route. With the onset of monsoon, the road is degrading more and more day by day.

I, therefore, request the authorities concerned to look into the matter seriously and take immediate action before it reaches the zenith of its worst state, for the betterment of public and general development of the area and state.


Popi M.

Naharlagun, (on email)



Ministerial berths and other events

Dear Editor,

The passing away of our late CM has been a tragedy that the state won't forget anytime soon in the near future but the aftermath and the repercussions of the tragedy is still unfolding and the reverberations can be felt in every corner of our dear state. Now every other society based organisation is coming up with a shout against the demolition of their own leaders in the newly inducted cabinet of our state and the latest to join the bandwagon is the associations from East Siang. Does it mean that we, the Tagins of Upper Subansiri or for that matter any other society should also jump in to protest against the so called ill treatment to their politicians? In our case, our beloved senior minister has been demoted from Minister of human beings to Minister for Animals.

But while saying this, it is really regrettable that a person from a national newspaper has made a scathing comment on the very fibre of our state- communal harmony among the different tribes in our state. The words of Pradeep Thakur has created a uproar in our state, because of which there was a bandh call and by virtue of which I had the opportunity to sit idle and type out this words to you. It is really sorry that personal choice of a few people has been portrayed as the feelings of the entire tribes of the state. Every individual has reservations about other persons, but can it be generalised to denote a whole community or tribe? The words of Pradeep Thakur have really saddened and has hurt the feelings of our entire state and not the Nyishi community alone. Such an act to promote unrest among the tribes should be looked into with a serious eye and always be condemned.

But this apart, is the attack on the media  houses of the state justified? Why do the media in our state always bear the brunt of any public outburst? Would the media be able to do their duty in such vulnerable conditions? I had once thought of doing Mass Comm. and journalism but today I feel that it would have been a wrong decision.

There are hundreds more, who are interested in pursuing such careers but such incidents do really dampen their spirits.

Let's give a long and deliberate thought to this subject as it concerns not only a very important pillar of the democracy, rather it affects the whole structure and beliefs of the civil society.

Let's not punish our own brothers for the blunder and sin of an outsider, who does not know the real Arunachal. We support the cause of the ANSU, but let's not fight against each other.


Duge Soki,

Naharlagun, (on email)



What did he mean?

Dear Editor,

After going through the desperate and unconvincing 'his side of story' it is baffling why the alleged molester considered it necessary to voluntarily furnish extraneous clarifications detaching himself from being the maternal uncle and the age detail of the victim? By doing so is he trying to justify his misdeeds and bizzarely advocating that there is no wrong in assaulting a woman with carnal desire if her age is past 18 years and relation, five generations apart? Confusingly one getting 'enlarged' (inflated?) when on bail is first heard of, as he asserted, "the High Court, Gauhati, has enlarged me on bail". A useful recipe though, for them who fancy a little weight gain. As far as the harassments, humiliations and suspension from service is concern a perpetrator of a gruesome act deserves no less.



Pasighat, (on email)



Justification of rape is insane

Dear Editor,

Apropos to “My Side Story “, absconding for more than a month simply tell us many thing about his innocence. Although it may be bit late but we all have full faith in India Judiciary system. But being not related to someone does not give license to rape.

Instead of feeling guilty giving justification for raping is unacceptable and insane.


Bomri Riba

Ranchi, (on email)



Let there be trial

Dear Editor,

We all dislike repeated bandh calls but what else you do when your government are deaf and dumb to your burning issue and justiciary are sold into the hand of power and money. All are condemning the journalist in question but no one talks of arresting him and finding the truth, in contrast some self styled statesman are saying 'let democracy be the game of who can shout the loudest'.

At the time when Nyishis are humiliated through TOI, our brothers should have been with us but instead we are being subjected to condemnation. Of course you have privilege to make discouraging comment on us, but who knows tomorrow you may need our companion to shout. General Nyishis do also feels that those who vandalize media houses should also be brought to justice.

Already lot of nasty comments on us is being made on social networking site and news portal. Let there be a trial but punishment be given at the end of trial instead of repeated trial or else bury this issue of Pradeep Takur for good.


Nabam Raju,

Khonsa, (on email)



Messing up the issue

Dear Editor,

This is in connection to the controversy between ANSU & Press fraternity prevailing in the state.

The state as a whole condemn the remarks made by P Takhur and urge him to tender apology to the whole state of Arunachal Pradesh.

On the other hand, I would also like to urge the students' organisation that, the way they are messing up the issue in the state has created many confusions among the citizens of the state.

Why attack the local Medias when an editor of a national daily was purely responsible for this. Go and vandalize the TOI office at Delhi instead of calling Capital bandh here & demanding shifting of Media office from capital.

Capital bandh won't yield any fruitful result for them or for the state, instead put a blanket ban on circulation of TOI paper in the Nyishi belt area and in future try to pursue the state Govt. to shift the state capital out of Nyishi Belt.


Arun Prade, (on email)



What was the purpose?

Dear Editor,

I would like to appreciate the voice raised by ANSU in protest against Pradeep Thakur’s write up. Yes we’ve been hurt by his unethical words.

He has realized his folly and has said sorry.

So I would like to raise a question to ANSU whether they know what they are doing? Against whom are they agitating?  Business Community, Public, Government authority, local news paper editor Or Paredip Thakur?

What is the purpose of bandh call? Lodge an FIR against  Thakur who has hurt us.  



Srinagar, (on email)





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Org demands enquiry in assault case

ITANAGAR, May 27: All Arunachal Hindus Faith and Cultural Development Organization (AAHFCDO) has appealed to the Capital deputy commissioner to take action against Sonajuli ADO for allegedly assaulting its executive member Pandit Dibakar Mishra on May 24.

While condemning the incident the organization in a letter to DC informed that it has lodged an FIR against ADO at Naharlagun Police station for enquiry and take action against ADO, who had physically assaulted Mishra at around 9.30 am without provocation.


Union conference

ITANAGAR, May 27: Deputy Director Urban Development Naring Darang and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee Convenor Daniel Gao have consented to be the chief guest and guest and honour of the 9th annual conference of All Ruksin Students’ & Youth Union (ARSYU) on June 1.


Condolences pour in for Tanyom Haji

ITANAGAR, May 27: Home Minister Takar Marde expressed shock and grief over death of dedicated social worker, popular singer and former Baririjo ZPM Tanyom Haji, who breathed his last in Apollo Hospital, New Delhi on May 25.

“Haji contributed immensely to the society in eradicating social evils like polygamy, child and forced marriages. The vacuum created in his sudden death can not be filled easily, the Home Minister said.

Marde, conveyed deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The rank and file of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee also deeply mourned the death of Haji.

While recalling Haji’s dedicated services towards the society, APCC in its condolence message said that in Haji’s death the state has lost a dedicated and sincere social worker, singer and a veteran Congress man.

APCC prayed to almighty to rest the soul of Haji in peace in heavenly abode. They also conveyed condolences to the grief-stricken family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Heche Welfare Society (HWS), Dumporijo has condoled the sudden and untimely demise of Lt. Haji, one of the prominent personalities of Upper Subansiri District

The Heche Welfare Society in a condolence message to the family stated that the gap created in the society due to his demise will be difficult to fill.


New CO welcomed

ITANAGAR, May 27: The people of Pape Panchayat under Leporiang circle  welcomed new CO Hage Tarung, who replaced the outgoing CO Datum Gadi.  

Gadi has been transferred to Bagra circle in West Siang district.

While assuring cooperation, the people hoped that the new incumbent Tarung will work for all round development of the circle.

Meanwhile, the general public, including PR leaders, HGBs, GBs and youths bade warm farewell to Gadi in a meeting held on May 20 last.  Gadi lauded the people for extending support during his tenure in Leporiang.


Sumpi tops Cl-XII (Sc.)

ZIRO, May 27: Chiging Sumpi of JNV Yachuli has secured the highest marks with 80.16% in science stream in CBSE class-XII exam, 2011 in Lower Subansiri.

Chiging Sumpi, 17, daughter of Chiging Tangung and Diming of Dutta village, had also topped Class-X student in CBSE Exam in 2009.


Ziro-Ita Sumo, bus service suspended on Jun 14

ITANAGAR, May 27: All Lower Subansiri Maxi-Cab Association has decided to stop Tata Sumo and Bus services from Ziro to Itanagar and vice versa for a day on June 14 next in view of the ensuing annual conference of the association.


Separate CO HQs demanded

ITANAGAR, May 27: The members of Dopum clan including Panchayat leaders and intellectuals of Sangram area residing in Capital Complex in a recent meeting here have resolved to demand a separate circle head quarters for the people of Upper Sangram area/Dopum clan either at Leel of Hiba.

Further, a core-committee in the name of ‘Demanding Committee’ for  creation of circle headquarter was formed with Yurum Tari and Thomas Gangte Tadap as  chairman and general secretary of the interim committee for six month.


Seva Dal observes Nehru, Rajiv's death anniversaries

ITANAGAR, May 27: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) and its frontal wings paid homage to the former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on their death anniversaries on May 21 and 27 respectively.

Kipa Tagung, APCSD organizer cum admn/media cell, led the Seva Dal cadres in paying floral tribute to the portraits of Gandhi and Nehru  at Indira Gandhi Bhawan, Naharlagun. They also observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the great leader duo.


KCR criticizes USPA

ITANAGAR, May 27: Taking a dig at United Siang Progressive Alliance (USPA), who questioned the induction of Pema Khandu, son of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu, in the State Cabinet, Kameng Citizens Right (KCR) said that Junior Khandu’s induction to the ministry was sole decision of Congress Party and its high command.  As far as the issue of PDS scam is concerned it is still subjudice in the court, KCR said in its release and expressed its strong resentment over USPA’s press statement which has not only hurt the people of Kameng area but also grief stricken family of the late chief minister. It appealed to various organizations, especially USPA not to malign the image of the young minister in public eyes.


NHPC signs pact with JSC RusHydro

ITANAGAR, May 27: Hydro power firm NHPC Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia’s largest power generating company JSC RusHydro at New Delhi on May 23 last for corporation in building hydro power projects in India and other countries. “This MoU is a beginning of corporation and will decide areas of mutual interest for benefit of the two companies in the field of hydro power development, renewable energy sources and other areas of power generation,” an NHPC release said. Beside this, it will enhance international business opportunities and global presence of NHPC, the release added.


Tuki appeals

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki has called upon all sections of the society, particularly All Nyishi Students’ Union, to maintain communal harmony and law & order.

Tuki, who is sick and camping in New Delhi, in a statement today, urged the State govt to conduct a thorough inquiry into the disturbing news item filed by Pradeep Thakur in Times of India and bring the guilty to book.

He pleaded all to help the law take its own course.


Bohagi Bidai Utsav

ITANAGAR:  MLA Nabam Rebia, has consented to grace the “Bohagi Bidai Utsav” to be celebrated on May 29t at Art & Culture Ground, Naharlagun.

The Literary Competitions will be held on May 28 in the premises of Kristi Kendra, E-Sector, Naharlagun.


International nurses day

ITANAGAR: May Trained Nurses Association of India, Arunachal Pradesh State Branch celebrated the International Nurses Day on May 24 at Vivekananda Hall R.M Mission Hospital Itanagar.

Director of Health Service and Chief Medical Officer, State Hospital Naharlagun attended the programe as chief guest and guest of honour while the secretary RKM hospital also attended the programme.


Two more bear cubs to be released at Pakke

KOLKATA, May 27: Two displaced cubs of Asiatic black bear will be released at Pakke wild life sanctuary inArunachal Pradesh on June 1. Five black bear cubs are currently undergoing acclimatization in Pakke. The cubs were hand-raised at the Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation.

Since 2005, members of Wildlife Trust of India are working on bear conservation and rehabilitation center at Pakke and have already released 13 displaced cubs.

The field officers of the center said, "We rescue orphan bear cubs and bring them at our centre. After spending three months in the rehab center they are allowed to move to the open fields. This time we keep a tab on them through radio collars which help us to get more information on their habitat and nature."

The filed biologists of the organisation have expressed their worry on the increasing trend of bear poaching across Arunachal.