May 15


News Impact


Badminton tournament held

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 the tournament.

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 the AAPSU.

It further said that the bandh will hamper the examination schedule of the Rajiv Gandhi University.


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 of extinction.


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 holders.

“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 in Naharlagun.  

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 further added.

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 crores.

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 Minister’s statement.

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.

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Few options left for the border people

Dear Editor,

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 society!

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 each other!


I. Riba




Its time Mishings get natural justice

Dear Editor,

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 Pro-NEFA period.

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,    


B. Bori

Gaon Buri

Sille-Oyan Circle



One Year is enough Time

Dear Editor,

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 bill.

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 ethics.

But help us to help you before it is too late, as hungry stomach knows no boundary.


An aggrieved contractor



Announce the results soon

Dear Editor,

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 11.

I am certain that three months are more than enough to check the answer papers of 120 candidates.

Therefore, I request the Commission board to declare the results as soon as possible.


An aspirant



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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 lake.

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 a swamp.

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.