ITANAGAR, May 14: A week-long double’s badminton tournament was held at Narottam
Club, Deomali, the finals of which was played on May 12.
A good number of teams from in and around Deomali enthusiastically participated in
In the finals Lomhang Kanglom and Raja Sawin beat Manwang Lowang and Litwang Lowang
2-0 in a best of three finals.
The prizes were given away by Denhang Bosai, Secretary, Society for Promotion of
Nocte Indigenous Culture[SoPNIC] at a simple but attractive function. It may be mentioned
that it was here in the Narottam club where the former young MP Wangcha Rajkumar
was shot dead by two gunmen when he was playing badminton.
The club was built under his patronage from his MPLAD funds.
Speaking after distributing the prizes, Denhang Bosai said that the fittest tribute
that the people could pay to late Wangcha was by maintaining the club properly and
encourage the youth to take keen interest in sports adding that late Rajkumar was
not only a badminton aficionado but a very good player himself. He urged the participants
to rope in more young members so that they were engaged gainfully by playing regularly
and channelize their youthful energy towards constructive purposes. He also said
that many youths from other districts are doing very well, especially in weightlifting,
badminton, mountaineering etc. Games and sports can wean away the youth from going
astray, Denhang concluded.
APPDSU seeks postponement
ITANAGAR, May 14: The All Papum Pare District Students, Union (APPDSU) has appealed
the AAPSU to defer the bandh proposed on May 18.
It said that the ongoing VIth Sports Meet cum Miss Papum Pare 2012 at Balijan organised
by the APPDSU, wherein students participating from far flung areas of the district
have to return to their respective places after the completion of the programme.
It said that APPDSU is not in a position to participate in the bandh proposed by
It further said that the bandh will hamper the examination schedule of the Rajiv
Union resents absenteeism
ITANAGAR, May 14: All Memba Students’ Union in a release said that public of Menchukha
is facing hardship in official works due to absentee officers and staff of all the
government offices in Menchukha.
It alleged that the government offices remain open only for a short period that too
on the occasion of visits of minister, MLA, secretary and Director level officers.
It appealed to all the Head of Departments and office staff to stay in the posting
places and do their duty sincerely.
Environment awareness prog
ITANAGAR, May 14: The All Bogong Students Union (ABSU) organized an environmental
awareness campaign on May 12 at Napit village, East Siang District.
District Forest Officer (Wildlife), District Forest Officer (Territory) and the forest
staffs informed the villagers about the importance of wildlife and forest as they
requested the villagers to extend their supports and necessary help to preserve and
protect the wildlife and forest.
The campaign was sponsored under state CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management
and Planning Authority).
The Union members present during the campaign stressed on curbing the traditional
hunting practices from reserved forests, thus conserving the animals on the verge
Committee seeks school maintenance
ITANAGAR, May 14: Drawing the attention of the Education Department towards the deplorable
condition of government Middle School ESS Sector, the Sector Welfare Committee today
sought immediate renovation of school.
Committee also appealed for the maintenance of road leading from government higher
secondary school to minister’s bungalow.
Cloud burst damages road
BOMDILA, May 14: According to a late communiqué, a cloud burst on May 10 took heavy
toll of the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) road of Nafra to Khazalong
in the Weat Kameng district.
Reportedly, 70 metres of road formation was washed out and damaged two RCC culverts
of 2 metres span each.
The departmental report further added that the Retaining wall and wing wall of the
culverts which was of about 100 metres span have also been washed out with landslides
of various magnitudes in a chainage of around one kilometer.
The damage is estimated at Rs 60 lacs. (DIPRO)
AdiSU hardens stand
ITANAGAR, May 14: Adi Students Union (AdiSu) and Dam Affected People’s Forum (DAPF)
of Sirit, Siyom, opposed to large power projects in the state have hardened their
stand against proposed Lower Siang HEP 2700 MW.
It said that attempts were made to conduct public hearing despite opposition by stake
“The confrontation between administration and public on the day of public hearing
was invited by the state government by undermining public voice.
It further condemned the state government and public administrators who have issued
arrest warrant against some individuals. The organisations said that it was an attempt
to create fear psychosis in the Dam affected area.
It further accused the Nabam Tuki govt of turning into corporate friendly government
ignoring the voice of its own people.
RGU exams rescheduled
ITANAGAR, May 14: Due to administrative reason the Rajiv Gandhi University Examination
of Zoology (II & IV) Semester, MBA (II) Semester, Commerce (IV) Semester and M. Phil
(History/Pol. Science, Hindi & Economics) II Semester will be held on 19th May instead
of 18th May 2012. BCA VI Semester Examination shall be held on 22nd May 2012 instead
of 18th May 2012.
Strengthening NE Cultural Unity
Folk Dance Festival
ITANAGAR, May 14: Emphasizing the need for strengthening Cultural Unity among the
North Eastern states, a North East Folk Dance Festival was held at Basar on May 12.
The famous folk art forms like the Pongcholom dance of Manipur, the Gharia dance
of Tripura, the Shadmastieh dance of Meghalaya shared the stage along with the Holo-Holo
of Nagaland, the Bihu of Assam, and the Cheraw of Mizoram. The evening also showcased
the lesser known art forms of Arunachal Pradesh like the Jajinya of the Bokars, the
Chengu of Lisus and the Sacklok Tawang of the Nahs.
The North East Folk dance festival was organzed by office of the Additional Deputy
Commissioner, Basar with support of the North East Zonal Cultural Centre, Dimapur,
Ministry of Culture.
Inaugurating the event, Deputy Commissioner, Longding Shilpa Shinde, appreciated
the efforts made by the participating cultural contingents from the seven north eastern
states for coming for the event in furtherance of cultural unity.
The North East is a treasure house of folk arts and an occasion like offers glimpse
of its rich culture, she said.
Welcoming everyone, Deputy Commissioner in charge West Siang district, who is also
Addl. Deputy Commissioner of Basar, Dr. Sachin Shinde expressed satisfaction that
the regional level Festival being held at Basar has put the region in the cultural
map of the North East.
He informed that in spite of various technical and other difficulties, it is matter
of great happiness that the organizers, the participants and the public of the region
could come together for successful conduct of the programme.
The Director Art & Culture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh M.Riba delivering the key
note address, hoped that the effort of the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and the NEZCC
to encourage cultural exchanges through such programmes will help people of NE to
understand each other’s culture in much better way. She elucidated that without support
from Minister Art & Culture, Kamlum Mossang, Parliamentary secy. Art & Culture,
Parliamentary Secy. Power Gojen Gadi, Parliamentary Secy. Tourism \ Pasang Dorjee
Sona, chairperson State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Marina Nido, Secy. Art & Culture
Indra Malo Jain, The Deputy Commissioner I/C West Siang, Sachin Shinde, and specially
the NEZCC, the programme would not have been possible.
The contribution made by the Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar in the form of Team lead
by Deputy Director DDK Itanagar, Soni Kr.Singh who could manage to reach Basar against
all odds, is a great encouragement, she said.
ldam Bagra, Circle Officer, Basar who proved to be a pillar of strength for conduction
of the programme, thanked the NEZCC, the Govt.of Arunachal Pradesh, and specially
the Secy. Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for facilitating holding of
the programme at Basar.
International Nurses day
ITANAGAR, May 14: The Trained Nurses Association of India, Arunachal Pradesh State
Branch, celebrated the International Nurses Day on May 12 in the DHS Conference Hall
To mark the occasion, Director of Health Services, Dr. N. Kartik, distributed fruits
to patients at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.
Dr. Moji Jini, CMS of Arunachal State Hospital and Joint DHS, TB Dr. Bamin Tada also
attended the programe.
The Nurse’s Day is celebrated all over the world in honour of the birth anniversary
of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
The Theme which is given by the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, Switzerland
for this year’s celebration is ‘closing the gap: from evidence to action’.
Nursing Cell in-chare of Health Directorate and Registrar of State Nursing Council
C.S.Tada, who is also the President of TNAI State Branch, expounded on the theme
and its relevance to the serving nurses of Arunachal Pradesh. She called on all nurses
to up-date their knowledge and skills and to serve the patients and public with dedication
and devotion in spite of all odds.
The Secretary State branch, P.Yasuk Nurang also spoke on the occasion.
All those who spoke exhorted the nurses to serve with a caring and empathetic attitude.
The celebrations came to a close with a lively cultural programme presented by the
nurses of the State Hospital, and ANM students of Tago Memorial hospital.
Govt dismisses fear, says financial position under control
ITANAGAR, May 14: Responding to the concerns expressed by various organisations regarding
the financial position of the state, govt spokesperson Nabam Rebia said that despite
financial crunch, financial position of the state is under control.
Temporary adjustments from one head to another in the State exchequer is not a very
rare phenomenon and such adjustments are made up as and when appropriate resources
are available under the required head. Expenditures also need head-wise rationalization
/ reconciliation at the end of every financial year. It is in this context that orders
implementing certain financial austerity measures were issued by the State Govt.
in the month of April 2012, the Govt Spokesperson said.
He further informed that restrictions are being lifted in phases and the payments
of Demand Drafts were allowed in the first week of April itself.
Today, the Govt. has allowed the encashment of pending DCRs and release of banker’s
cheques also so that the people who have invested their money in projects are not
affected and their payments are made, he informed.
The other restrictions relating to Departmental expenditure will also be lifted in
a phased manner once the Plan discussions in the Planning Commission are over so
that we know the quantum of funds that will be flowing to the State Govt. in 2012-13.
The govt spokesperson further that there is no need to be concerned about deficit
budget of the State. Governments the worldover normally present deficit budgets as
it is always recommended that expenditure on development projects should be marginally
higher than receipts. Deficits are bad only when uncontrolled and spent on unproductive
purposes. They are financed by borrowings and the State Govt. has always honoured
the provisions of the FRBM Act by keeping its borrowings (deficit) under control,
as per limits specified by the Ministry of Finance, said Nabam Rebia in a press statement.
It is categorically iterated that the State, at no point of time had an overdraft,
either in the last financial year or the current. Rumours in this context being floated
by various individuals and agencies are denied as being false and baseless, the statement
However, he said that there is a resource crunch in the State, which is mainly a
result of the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations for the State
Govt. employees from the year 2009-10 onwards. Between 2007-08 and 2011-12, the salary
and pension component of the State budget grew from Rs. 596.33 crores to Rs. 1813.55
He further said that the increase in flow of funds from the Centre is not proportionate
to the increased requirements due to enhancements of salaries. Between 2007-08 and
2009-10, several MoU for hydro-power development were signed by the State Govt. and
the upfront receipts from these MoUs helped tide over the financial requirements
of the 6th Pay commission implementation to some extent, though not fully. But post
2010, this income stream also reduced as most of the available potential was already
allotted to developers and the gap continued to build up, he added. The award of
the thirteenth finance commission did not fully meet up our requirements under the
Non-Plan revenue deficit grant head. This was recognized by the Planning Commission
of India also and they have set up a committee to address the issue of the gap in
the head for Special Category States and suggest remedial measures. Our State Govt.
has already projected our requirement over a period of five years to this committee.
We are actively following up with the Planning Commission for early finalization
of recommendations, he added.
Govt defends PC statement
BJP, NCP, Tirap and Changlang students flays HM
ITANAGAR, May 14: After much criticism from various corners over a reported statement
regarding presence of the NSCN factions in Arunachal, State government has come in
defence of the Union Home Minister.
It said that Union Home Minister never denied presence of factions of NSCN in the
eastern districts. What he meant was that no faction of NSCN has the right to be
present in Arunachal Pradesh. Their presence in Longding, Tirap and Changlang district
or any part of the state is illegal and therefore, the State Government must take
suitable steps as per law to evict them from these areas, a Govt statement said.
Literal interpretation of statement made by the Union Home Minister, without realizing
its import, is regrettable, the statement further added.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh today criticized the reported
statement of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram as contradictory. According to
Chidambaram, the Central Govt does not recognize the presence of NSCN in Tirap, Changlang
and Londging districts, on the other hand, he was reported to have said that Centre
is worried for the three districts, the BJP pointed out.
Despite deteriorating law and order situation in the state, the HM described Arunachal
Pradesh as peaceful state adding salt to already suffering people, the Party said.
BJP wonders how could the Minister claim Arunachal to be a peaceful state when incidents
of kidnappings, extortions and threat become the order of the day.
Claiming that the security scenario in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts is
alarming, the BJP demanded pro-active measures to improve law and order and to address
the development gaps.
On inter-state boundary problems, the BJP said despite being in power both in Assam,
Arunachal and at the Centre, the Congress failed to take any step for peaceful and
amicable solution to Assam-Arunachal border row.
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh expressed dismay over
the reported statement of Union Home Minister showing ignorance about presence of
NSCN factions in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts. The Union HM was reported
to have said that the central Government does not recognize the presence of NSCN
in the three districts.
Pointing out the Home Minister’s reported condemnation over the presence of under
ground elements including Maoists in North East and some pockets of Arunachal Pradesh,
the NCP said “the very living example of the vehemence in trouble-torn Tirap and
Changlang districts is the cold blooded murder of former MP Wangcha Rajkumar.
Criticizing Home Minister’s reported statement that North East region is safe and
secured, the party said the HM is totally ignorant about presence of the Chakma-Hajong
in Lohit and Changlang districts. It urged the HM to re-consider his statement.
The NCP further said that law and order in the state is deteriorating with extortion
and looting etc since the demise of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu .
Appreciating the optimist approach displayed by Chief Minister regarding law and
order, the Party president Ngurang Pinch said the need of the hours is ensuring security
of persons and their properties.
All Tirap District Students Union (ATDSU) & All Changlang District Students Union
(ACDSU) have also condemned Home Minister’s statement.
The unions said that if the NSCN factions were not present than what led to clamping
of Armed Forces Special Power Act.
Home Minister is more concerned from Maoist in Arunachal Pradesh whereas their existence
is not evident, it said.
The Unions also condemned the Home Minister’s ignorance about the Chakma-Hajong creating
problems for local citizens of Lohit and Changlang districts.
The organizations blamed the state government, intelligence, and police for the Home
The Home Minister should have been briefed properly and govt should have given the
correct information on the sensitive and explosive issues, it said.
Last year when Home Minister visited Khonsa, Tirap District he had promised to take
tough stand against the factions. But today students’ unions are perturbed by his
sudden u-turn, it said.
Apropos to the news item “Ahead of PC’s visit, Assam does it again” that appeared
on 12th May issue of The Arunachal Times, this is to draw the attention of the citizens
of Arunachal Pradesh regarding the issue of Arunachal – Assam Boundary.
The news items appearing in the dailies in the recent times are just the tip of the
iceberg. Hundred of incidents of atrocities such as encroachment, abuse, custodial
deaths that the people of the foothills endure and their retaliations don’t make
it to the papers.
The infamous 1951 Notification and the one-man Commission Report known today as the
Bordoloi Commission report is called the “Constitutional Boundary” in Assam. The
Constitution of India is founded on the pillars of justice, liberty, equality and
fraternity. None of these canons exercised, the unilateral Commission can in no way
be accepted as “Constitutional”- The tribal representatives were deprived of their
mandate on the outcome of the report.
The people of the foothills are many a time looked upon with contempt for registering
our land in Assam but what the people of Arunachal have failed to understand is that
the Government of Arunachal in 1987 while hurriedly attaining Statehood had already
accepted the 1951 Notification as its boundary. From the day of inception of Statehood,
encroachments have intensified like never before.
We may accept that the tribal people were naive in 1951 but it is hard to believe
that we were still ignorant in 1987. Needless to mention that such people still are
voted to power!
And what options are left in the arsenal of ordinary peasantry when the Government
of Assam issues an Eviction Notice? There is no other option but to register one’s
own ancestral farmland whether it is in Assam, Arunachal, India or China as long
as the ownership is retained. Moreover, our top bureaucrats have always advised for
registration of our land in Assam when approached by the affected people.
Our establishment is not even equipped to issue a lawful Land Possession Certificate
which should have been suitably supported by an appropriate Land Reforms Policy as
mastered by our counterpart.
Heavily and hopelessly outnumbered, reinforced by the government machinery and forces
of the other side, the everyday people of the foothills are faced with the challenge
of our very existence in the absence of any assistance whatsoever!
In a democratic setup of Government, security is an essential component of governance
which necessarily must be provided by the State. Security is the sole prerogative
and undeniable responsibility of the State. Failure to provide security would compel
its subject to resort to device its own defense mechanism by means of creating its
own force. Such self security measures lack legal sanctions and may be termed unlawful
or act against the state. This way it would undeniably be the genesis of a chaotic
Or is there a greater subterranean conspiracy to allow Assam gain as much as they
can or is it an accomplished objective of keeping the people of the North East fighting
Its time Mishings get natural justice
I appreciate all of those individuals and organisations who opined variety of views
on the demand made by ABK’s for recognition of Arunachalee Mishing as Adi tribes.
On the other hand, it is unfortunate and tough to believe that, President of student’s
Apex body (AAPSU) of the State for quoting the statements “As per Constitution no
tribe can avail ST status in two different states”
The above statement does not confront as per Indian Constitution, for example the
Garo tribes are Schedule Tribes in States of Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam and Meghalaya.
Secondly, the gentleman (A citizen) sarcastically flashed news article on 30th April’2012
quoted “who originally happen to hail from Assam”, there is gross misconception or
ignorance about origin and inhabitant of various tribes in A.P, the than NEFA or
Eventually, I advice the ‘Citizen’ please try to know the history of Arunachal Pradesh
particularly of Adi villages.
As a matter fact, Adi (Abor) were the torch-bearer in constituting today’s Arunachal
Pradesh, starting from forming its first Student Union in A.P. called “Adi-Mishing
students Union” with its headquarters at Pasighat in early part of 1947 (now called
AAPSU), this is also rightly revealed by AdiSU on April 30 issue.
As per Adi Bane Kebang is concerned, it being highest body within the Adi community,
ABK shall never insist a whimsical demand. There must be realistic grounds behind
the ABK’s views. ABK has sensibly, genuinely studied and analysed on Mishings with
a methodology followed by proper reconciliation base on factual records. The possibility
of influx does not arise with the mechanism that ABK have and accordingly the issue
have urge before the State’s high level authorities.
Thirdly, this Arunachalee Mishings are not only indigenous to Arunachal Pradesh but
also showing loyalty by protecting the territory of Arunachal-Assam boundary since
the birth of Arunachal Pradesh and unlike the prevailing boundary problem at Likabali,
W/Siang and Balijan, Papum Pare districts, since decades and till date there is
no any kind of boundary problems in Arunachalee Mishings populated districts, namely
Sille- Oyan circle, Gadum E/Siang through Paglam (Dambuk Circle), Lower Dibang valley
and to Lekang circle, Lohit District.
As results, they are honestly protecting the territory and maintaining status-quo
with its Assam counterpart.
Nevertheless, there exist ample possibilities of influx in and out across border
but this Arunachalee Mishings have never crossed or let the Assam Mishings to approach
inside A.P for settlement.
It shall be immature and illogical, if anyone designates this people as migrants
of Assam or accuse availing of dual citizenship are baseless.
Mishing claiming their existence in the State is not a new chapter, this issue being
a backlog issue since creation of Arunachal Pradesh and time and again years after
years issue remained unresolved. Now the Govt. of Arunachal needs to address this
issue giving natural justice by curbing out an amicable path and eliminate those
policies which lead this pocket of peoples into economically backward, resulting
disgraceful of being alienated within their own homeland.
To accord the demand of ABK, the Govt. of A.P. or any other tribes / citizen of the
State are not going to encompass additional burden, reason is, since the time immemorial,
this people have their inherited Land and Properties within the territory of Arunachal
Pradesh and they must be protected and delivered their fundamental rights.
Instead of making a genuine and reasonable claim a complex, one should realize in
positive means. First and foremost, these peoples are Indian than Arunachalee. There
are generations to come and they shall continue to live in their forefather’s land
and properties, whether, it is agreed or not is immaterial to those innocent villagers/inhabitants.
I personally do not see any other way, rather than accord them as demand made by
ABK, which is a realistic solution to provide a natural justice to this demoralized
Society of Arunachal Pradesh.
Live and let live,
One Year is enough Time
Very recently Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made a statement that he needs time to fulfill
the expectations of the people of the people. I would like to remind him that one
year is more than enough time to prove one’s worth.
As an individual I would like state that I have never faced such a financial hardship
as I am facing now. I believe that unemployed youths like me who depend on part time/small
contract work must also be facing the same problem as I am. We have completed our
contractual works in March-April but the concerned department is unable to pay the
I would like to ask the CM what we should do to maintain ourselves and our family,
as we are over burdened with loans from private parties who give loan at the rate
of 10 per cent per month. We cannot go begging in the streets or become burglars.
We are unemployed and helpless but we are educated youths, these are against our
But help us to help you before it is too late, as hungry stomach knows no boundary.
An aggrieved contractor
Announce the results soon
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the Arunachal
Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) on the delay in announcing the written
results of the Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) exam that was conducted on February
I am certain that three months are more than enough to check the answer papers of
Therefore, I request the Commission board to declare the results as soon as possible.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Pollution pose threat to water body
The water bodies in Kashmir are feeding on a tide of pollutants and are shrinking
at a rapid pace. The world famous Dal Lake, which attracts international tourists,
has shrunk from 58 square kilometers in 1953 to 11 square kilometers. The lake has
also lost 12 meters in depth, according to environmental experts.
Massive encroachments and erection of many structures, house boats, and hotels have
led to the reduction in the size of the lake and it has also witnessed massive pollution.
Sewage from houseboats and hundreds of hotels in the vicinity of Dal Lake finds its
way into the lake. Around 65,000 people live in houseboats and small islands in the
Experts expressed concern that pollutants not only pose a threat to the water body
and human health, but are also dangerous for the fish and other fauna in the lake.
Taking note of the deteriorating situation of the lake, the court has literally
taken responsibility of protecting the lake by issuing several directives ordering
the government to safeguard the lake, which, according to the court, has turned into
The Dal Lake is not an isolated case in Kashmir. Reports show that the Wullar, Mansbal,
and Anchar lakes are likewise under threat. Wullar, the largest freshwater lake in
Asia, has shrunk from 190 square kilometers to 72 square kilometers. Despite having
been named a Wetland of Intertional Importance under the 1990 Ramsar Convention,
illegal use of 8260 acres of land officially designated as federally-protected lakefront
continues at Wullar.
The 240 kilometer Jhelum River, with a catchment area of thousands of kilometers,
is also quickly becoming polluted.
Physically, the Jhelum is deteriorating thanks to a shrinking water channel and a
rising of its bed. Biologically, nutrient levels are increasing and the presence
of pollution resistant algae- a major indicator of poor water quality- is likewise
on the rise.
Lack of infrastructure and its maintenance also contributes to the pollution levels.
Solid waste management remains another barrier to cleaning up Kashmir's waters. Government
officials charged with managing solid waste have been unable to even collect the
necessary data on sanitation in the state.
Now what need is a policy to stop these water bodies from perishing.