May 29


News Impact


ABU rubbishes allegation

ITANAGAR, May 28: Adi Baptist Union(ABU), Pasighat has claimed that the church near GTC colony, Pasighat which was demolished recently by a mob was built at a considerable distance from the land which is being used as burial ground.

The demolished church was nowhere near the so called burial ground rather a person was buried near the church on May 4, ABU claimed. The govt. has already notified and allotted burial ground for various community at 21 Miles, Pasighat, it said.

ABU also rubbished the accusation of constructing the church at night time saying that it has enough documents and photographs of construction process.

ABU also criticized the press statement given by Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) saying that a responsible organization like IFCSAP has given partial statement without knowing the ground reality.

ABU demanded compensation against the properties lost and arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.


Workshop for handicrafts artisans

ITANAGAR, May 28: A two days state level workshop for handicrafts artisans was held under Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastashilpa Vikash Yojana (AHVY) Scheme in association with Tarhuk Samaj, Kopila Damin  at Naharlagun on May 25 and 26.

The workshop was addressed by resource persons drawn from various Govt. and non-governmental agencies including NABARD Itanagar, SFRI Itanagar, State Co-operative Society Naharlagun, MSME Itanagar and designer from Guwahati.

Addressing the participants, Textiles and Handicrafts Joint Director P Ete stressed the importance of handicrafts sector and urged the participants to come forward and make use of the various schemes under AHVY and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Govt. of India.

Over 100 handicrafts artisans from different AHVY clusters from all over the state attended the workshop.


Award for Nabam Atum

ITNAGAR, May 28: The O.N.E. India Award 2012 would be presented to Nabam Atum, a renowned social worker and former chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The annual Award instituted by My Home India to honour a person who has contributed to the national cause in North East India to be presented to Atum by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a function to be held at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Road,  Mumbai on June 4.

Born in 1948,  Atum has served the state government in various capacities. He was appointed as the Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. He has won the battle for life against cancer and has remained devoted to the social cause.

Atum, who was among the first few graduates of Nyishi tribe from Arunachal Pradesh served various organizations and associations in various capacities.


Call for conservation of biodiversity

ITANAGAR, May 28: Biodiversity Management Committee, Hong have celebrated ‘International Bio Diversity Day-cum-Awareness Campaign’ on May 22 at Tapi Lapang Hong Village in an effort to conserve   diversity. It was  sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board, Department of Environment & Forests, and Hapoli Forest Division, Ziro.

Tapi Elyu, Chairperson, Biodiversity Management Committee, Hong (Niiti) said that Ziro Valley might face water scarcity for paddy-cum-fish cultivation as the demands are increeasing more. He further said that deforestation for commercial purpose will have bad impact on the ecology in the area.  He appealed to the people to refrain for hunting and fishing and illegal felling of trees.

ZPM Hong Hibu Uma  appealed all to conserv and protect flora and fauna.  He has also assured that the panchayat’s Haryali scheme will be taken up from Manipolyang to Hong village. He distributed identity cards to the members of BMC, Hong and dustbins sponsored by Hapoli Forest Division, Ziro to the shopkeepers of Hong, Siro, Dilopolyang and Manipolyang respectively.

Tilling Yam, a member of BMC woman wing appealed the people to discard the practice of spending huge amount of money for purchase of weapons for hunting and fishing.


Tana Epa passes away

ITANAGAR, May 28: Tana Epa, a prominent citizen of Doimukh as well a visionary leader of the Nyishi community passed away at his residence at Midpu on May 27. He left behind 10 sons, including the present ZPM Tana Bado, 7 daughters and 22 grandchildren.  Epa, who was serving as a PI under Doimukh Administrative circle made significant contributions in the establishment of Panchayati Raj in the erstwhile Subansiri district as Anchal Samity Vice President in 1971-74. He was the first ZPM of the then undivided Doimukh Administrative Unit which then consisted of present day Doimukh, Balijan, Kimin and Sagalee administrative units. He also generously donated land for the establishment of many schools, offices and KVIC in the area. He will always be remembered for his lofty ideals and philanthropic activities. Markets in Doimukh area remained closed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary, Land Management, Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary, Health, Nido Pavitra and local MLA Nabam Rebia  today visited the residence of Late Epa. They recalled the contributions made by Late Epa in the establishment of the state capital at Itanagar and the various roles he played in bringing harmony to the society through his versatile skill in customary laws.

Earlier in the day, a sea of people including  local MLA Nabam Rebia and Papum Pare DC Pige Ligu attended the funeral services of Late Epa.


Bamin Tanii passes away

ITANAGAR, May 28: Bamin Tanii, the principal of Govt. H.S. School, Ziro has passed away on May 27 at  CMC Vellore while battling heart ailment. Born at Bamin village in 1968, Late Tanii left behind his wife, two sons and a daughter.

All Bamin Employee’s Welfare Association, the entire Tilling Clan of Bamin, among others expressed deep shock and anguish at the untimely demise and termed his death an irreparable loss. He rendered dedicated and selfless service for the welfare of the school, particularly guiding thousands of student community with his tough and  unique disciplined manner, the message added. He was devoted husband to his wife, good father to his children, able administrator to his student, good friends to his colleagues, thorough gentleman to his well wishers, the message added

Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) Lower Subansiri district unit deeply mourned the death of Bamin.

The untimely demise of sincere and dedicated govt servant like Bamin is a great loss to education department. Bamin was also advisor to ATA Lower Subansiri unit.


FPSA demands equal distribution of SK oil

ITANAGAR, May 28: East Siang Fair Price Shop Association (FPSA) expressing displeasure over the unequal distribution of SK oil in the district opposed allotment of SK oil to only a few individuals in the name of retailers.

It appealed to the concerned authority to allot SK oil and other commodities strictly based on quota against particular FPS.

The association threatened to launch movement against the authority if their demand is not fulfilled.

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Climate change and India

India, a developing country, may face major threat from global warming.  It requires serious thought to cope with the climate change as the country is still depending on natural resources for sustenance with large number of below poverty line population. Impacts of climate change are being felt in unprecedented heat waves, cyclones, floods, and on agriculture, fisheries and health sectors.

India is home to a third of the world’s poor and climate change will hit this section of society the hardest. Set to be the most populous nation in the world by 2045, the economic, social and ecological price of climate change will be massive. Studies indicate that over 50 per cent of India’s forests are likely to experience shift in forest types due to climate change.

Although India has maintained its clear economic and social development imperatives, the government recognizes that climate change is a serious problem.

Over the past few years, the global political will to tackle the climate crisis has grown.  In our country, the Prime Minister had already released India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change. Now it is time to implement the action plan seriously.

Capital, Pasighat bandhs pass off peacefully, 19 arrested

ITANAGAR, May 28: Barring some stray incidents of stone pelting at Banderdewa, the 12- hour capital bandh called by  three organizations passed off peacefully today. The law enforcing authority arrested 19 bandh supporters altogether. While 12 were arrested yesterday as precautionary measures, seven bandh supporters were arrested today from Banderdewa and Itanagar area.

However, business establishments, educational and financial institutes remained closed during the bandh. Attendance in state government offices was very thin despite government order to attend offices. All sorts of private and public vehicles remained off the road except a few state transport buses plying in the road with police escorts. The administration had declared the bandh illegal.

The organizations called the bandh in protest against Govt’s alleged failure to meet their demands for cancellation of land allotment to non-APSTs, among others.

Meanwhile, the 12-hour Pasighat bandh called by Pasighat People’s Welfare Committee (PPWC), in protest against irregular power supply, passed off peacefully.

All the business establishments, central and state government offices including educational institutions remained closed and vehicle remained off the road during the bandh period.

The Bandh was called against the state government and the power department for their alleged failure to meet the power demands of the people. The Committee are demanding replacement of turbines at Yembung Hydel, complete renovation of Sille Hydel, Pasighat, early completion of 132 KV tower line from Aalo to Pasighat  and immediate extension of power supply from Rina Hydel to Pasighat.

Meanwhile, PPWS Chairman cum ZPM Okom Yosung expressed his satisfaction at the success of the bandh.

He further said " if government and the concerned authority fail to initiate necessary action on PPWS demands within seven days, we will launch 24 hrs second phase Pasighat bandh on June 7".



Dambuk; at the mercy of nature

ITANAGAR, May 28: Apart from 1894 Anglo-Abor War at Yapgo, Dambuk is known today for its backwardness. A small Sub-Divisional Headquarter located in Lower Dibang Valley District with a meager population of 4014 as per 2001 Census, it is the place where the second Primary School of the State was established way back in the year 1946 at erstwhile Tapat village after the one at Pasighat.

But picture today is quite gloomy as the area remains cut-off from rest of the world for 8 months at a stretch beginning from March to October every year as it is surrounded by mighty Dibang in the East, Sissiri (locally known as Sisar) in the west and south. Even the country boat services are discontinued during the period as it becomes too risky.  

The discontinuation of the Pawan Hans helicopter service, only mode of transportation during rainy seasons, among others, have made the lives of the people more miserable and further pushed them back. The people of Dambuk have not been able to witness and enjoy the facilities and development fruits unlike other parts of the state even in this fast changing world. When one thinks of moving out from Dambuk, the voyage is same as experienced during 1970s; ride on the back of elephant, walks for miles on the sandy rivers on sunny days and get fully wet by crossing the rivers. Apart from the patients, the worst sufferers are the students seeking admission in various colleges.

 One has to either cross Sissiri river by riding on an elephants, risking their lives or cross the rivulet of Dibang River on foot and literally putting up their hands in order to safegaurd their certificates and clothes from getting wet.

Even those seeking certificates and others documents have to take the trouble of crossing rivers and wasting time, money and energy at Roing, the district headquarters because of bad road communication. And there is no guarantee of early return as there are always chances of getting stuck in the district headquarter as the Dibang Ghat the only route from Dambuk to Roing remains closed when there is heavy rains fall.

All these hardships could have been minimized if present SDO Headquarter is upgraded to Independent ADC Hqs as genuinely demanded by the people since long.

Besides this communication bottleneck, Dambuk town and its nearby hamlets are often threatened by the Sine River every year which flows just 1 km west of the township. This river has already created havoc and fear among the minds of the people by flooding the erstwhile Poblung and Tapat (Patbuk) villages during 1986-87 besides inundating many cultivable lands. Another river, Sisiri flowing some 7 km west of the township has already inundated some portion of Wet Rice Cultivated Land at Ibrom during 2009 and rest of the WRC fields are in danger of being washed away.      

 Not everything is going right for the people of Dambuk Sub-Division. Even many infrastructure development activities, especially related to roads and electricity, are in shambles. The construction of two major permanent RCC bridges on Sissiri River, one at Dambuk to Paglam road at 19km point by M/s SOMA Enterprise under PWD and another at Zero Point connecting Dambuk to Pasighat via Aohali-Mebo road by M/s Singhla Enterprise under GREF which is progressing at a snail pace is a matter of grave concern too. The completion period for permanent bridge over Sissiri along Dambuk-Paglam road has already expired on March 2012 but even the constructions of pillars/posts are yet to be completed.

The story of other one at Zero Point is not much better. The under construction PWD road from Bizari to Paglam is also facing many hurdles as many contractors left the bridge incomplete and the black topping works of the road has stopped due to case between some firms. Construction of Power Tower from Mebo to Dambuk via Aohali for drawing electricity supply of 33KV Power Line from the Ranganadi Power Grid from Pasighat is stuck in the tendering process itself, as the case is awaiting a court verdict.

Three electric poles for drawing 33 KV line from Meka to Dambuk by Indo Power Project Ltd that was slated to be commissioned on last week of April was washed away by Dibang river few days back. In the last 40 years, the power supply has remained the same; two hours daily in Dambuk township.

However, despite all these odds, there are few things that people of Dambuk can boast about. More than 100 families are orange growers, which is a major source of livelihood. Though faced with difficulties like communication bottle neck, lack of proper roads to the orchards, little technical know-how by the growers and improper marketing, people of the area have taken up orange on a large-scale.

November to February is a busy season as it is the only time of the year when the roads are open. Almost every work is carried out during these months.

A visitor, who comes to this place during winter, will never be able to gauge the difficulties faced by the people.



Arunachal to participate in Indo-Bangla conclave

ITANAGAR, May 28: A high level state delegation headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would be leaving here tomorrow for Bangladesh to participate in the North East India- Bangladesh Business Conclave to be held in Dhaka on May 29.

The Business Conclave is being organized as part of Indo-Bangla Trade Fair, 2012 by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with India Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI).

Issues on ‘North East India – Bangladesh: The Way Forward’ and also, on emerging business opportunities between North East India and Bangladesh will be discussed in the conclave. Tuki would be accompanied by Industries Minister Tapang Taloh, Parliamentary Secretary Trade and Commerce Phosum Khimhun and Deputy Director Trade & Commerce Sonyung Modi, according to an official release.



Raids to curb misuse of LPG in Tawang

Nima Khenrab

TAWANG, May 28: In order to curb the misuse of domestic LPG in various commercial establishments like, hotels, restaurants, school hostels, mess, monasteries etc, an unannounced inspection was carried out by a team of officials of the District Food and Civil Supplies Office (DFCSO) on May 24 and 25 in Tawang township and seized several LPGs cylinders from hotel and restaurants.

As per the standing instruction of the Govt. of India and the IOC, any commercial establishment catering to large number of population must refrain from use of domestic LPG. Misuse of domestic LPG is liable for penalty and can be booked as domestic LPG is issued at a subsidized rate for domestic use only. Such establishments are authorized to use only commercial LPG cylinders issued by the nearest and registered and licensed Gas Agencies in the locality.

Similar inspection is also being carried out at the other parts of the district Jang and Lumla by the concerned authorities along with the respective ADC’s.  

Tam Takia, DFCSO Tawang has appealed to the general public, owners of commercial establishments, public leaders and PRI members to refrain from using domestic LPG at un-authorized establishments.

Sange Tsering Kee, SIFCS cautioned that such inspections would be carried out at regular intervals to check the misuse of domestic LPG and added that any commercial establishment found using domestic LPG will be levied heavy fine and stringent action would be initiated against the defaulters.



WRG College faculty to participate in international conference in Canada

KHONSA, May 28: Bringing accolades to Arunachal Pradesh in general and Tirap district in particular, Dr. Satish Gupta, an Assistant Professor in the Department of English of Wangcha Rajkumar Government College, Deomali has been invited to give a talk on “Values in Science and Humanities: ‘Engaging India Across Cultures’ at an International Conference on ‘Engaging India’: Human and Social Dimensions of  Science and Technology” to be organized by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, an institute named after late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri to facilitate Indo-Canadian Educational Exchange Programmes on June 3.

Dr. Gupta’s talk seeks to augment a better understanding of the human and social dimensions of science and technology in order to ensure that new scientific ideas are applied appropriately in diverse cultural contexts and support improvement that are equitable among and within nations.  It is therefore essential that the relationships between science, technology and society be integrated into the broader sustainability and development research agenda.

Denhang Bosai, Secretary, Society for Promotin of Nocte Indigenous Culture (SoPNIC) adds, “Dr. Gupta’s participation in such an important international forum comes as a silver-lining in the otherwise dark cloud hovering WRG College which is plagued by a plethora of problems. The college has earned the dubious sobriquet of ‘mobile college’ as the permanent site for it has not been finalized as yet even after more than a decade of its existence.”  DIPRO



KVK conducts training

ITANAGAR, May 28: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit conducted two training programmes on “Integrated Nutrient Management of Maize” and “Integrated Disease Management of maize” for the farmers of Chongham, Alubari, Namliang, Momong in collaboration with Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture, Chongkham recently.

Discussions were held on problems and prospects of rice cultivation, the concept of INM and its importance for increasing production and sustainable development during the training programmes. Discussions were also held on types of manures and fertilizers, their judicious utilization in an integrated manner. The details of INM in maize were explained to the farmers by subject matter specialists.

It also discussed about integrated disease management practices in maize, disease and pests of maize and its control measures and about the common problems of the farmers.

Intercropping in maize with vegetables and cultivation practices of commonly grown vegetables in the area were also thorough explained by the horticulture development officer.

Seeds of maize were distributed to the farmers by ADO Chongkham and seeds of vegetables were provided to the farmers by HDO Chongkham.

The training was conducted in the ADO office and a total of 30 farmers attended it.


It can't go on like this for eternity

Dear Editor,

A letter captioned 'Failed Tests, brokers and Govt. Jobs' by a citizen on 26th May is a true depiction of the goings-on in our state. Everybody knows the existence of this crude form of nepotism and favoritism. We discuss about the rot in the vein of the society day in and day out. There is no sight of solution from anywhere. It can't go on like this for eternity. There has to be a limit to the extent of mismanagement and corruptibility and certainly there should be an end too to this 'free for all' situation.

A few brave soldiers who raise voice against the system in this space are strangled and left gasping for breath. The august institutions and departments have no respect for rule of law and natural justice expected of in a civilized society. No wonder most of the letters in this space are contributed by anonymous nobody's like us. It seems these anonymous letters had triggered the recent attack on a media house by some marauders. Funnily enough the intruders were masked as if to symbolically convey the reason for the attack. Earlier no one bothered to wear mask to ransack media establishments.

The second freedom struggle led by a diminutive from Ralegan Siddi has been decimated by the political juggernaut. Hope the messiah of the poor emerges again like a phoenix. The political establishments should see reason and create a robust ombudsman to tackle the corruption in the society. Least expected is the smear campaign launched by the political fraternity against the messengers of masses. We public get carried away by the cunning maneuver of the veteran cheaters under the garb of parliamentary democracy.

We have seen many isolated battles waged against many individuals and establishments in our supposedly 'peaceful' but not so incorruptible state. All cases seem to have lost ground on one or other reason. Now what is needed is a state Lokayukta to collectively fight against corruption at all level. Many states seem to have come up with exemplary models of Lokayukta. Why can't our 'people first' Govt. come up with a similar one to assuage the growing impatience of the corruption wary common citizen? This soul soothing slogan of the ruling dispensation should be discarded immediately and if not possible to discard altogether, it need be changed to the most apt 'people last' Govt. Or is the machinery awaiting for the day when people would have lost their patience and take to the streets. Or are they already aware that we people are incapable of a revolution? If it is so we must be wasting precious resources trying to flog a dead horse. A form of Arab spring is what we need the most.


A citizen.



A church and the burial ground

Dear Editor,

On 18th February 2012, GTC Baptist Church was constructed during broad day light, not in the night hours as alleged by the party who has demolished the church.

The claimed burial ground is not govt. notified burial ground. After establishment of Gram Sevak Training Center, not definitely 1950, some of the govt. staff whose dead body could not be taken back to their respective place, were buried randomly in the area and those are still there.

The Adi Baptist Union, agrees that the Church was built on govt. land but certainly, it is not the first one to build place of worship on govt. land. If the District Administration says that the Church was built on burial ground, then the question is whether the District Admin has officially notified the area as burial ground, if yes, then what is the total area and boundary of the notified area. The Church goers of the demolished church are the local citizen of GTC, JNC, Tebo and Raneghat area.

In all the press releases, it is mentioned that the church was built on burial ground, but so far there is no clear statement from District Admin. Regarding construction of Church, already the case is in the DC’s court.

On May 9, another party came up and took decision on their own while the case is still subjudised. They have submitted copy of the decision to DC, SP and OC Pasighat. They served ultimatum of 15 days to the church goers. The District Admin and the police have full knowledge of what was going to happen but they did not undertake any precautionary measure.

The Church was demolished on May 26 before the eyes of the helpless church goers. They neither confronted nor intervened when the church was demolished. They were only praying silently, asking God, to forgive those who were demolishing the holy place.

On May 27, incidentally the Pentecost Day, the church goers decided to conduct a peaceful worship service. But the District Admin, imposed 144 Cr. P.C in the area, and thus the worship program was not allowed, which was a clear violation of fundamental rights in a Secular country like India.

The District Admin has forgotten that if the church goers witnessed their own church being demolished before their own eyes very silently, how can there be any disturbance in a worship program?


John Borang




Saving earth from the evil clutches of plastic

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to throw light on increasing concern about the increased use in plastics.

Only after I had gone through the bad impacts of use of plastics in an article recently did it strike my mind that the use of plastic in Arunachal Pradesh, at least in our capital, is fast increasing. Despite the ban imposed in the use plastic in capital and in the state, the biggest shop to the small shop still stick to packing goodies in plastic bags though the greater disadvantages of using plastics are known, it is often overlooked by the so called modernised public who are ashamed of carrying a jute or a cloth bag with them every time they go for shopping and are careless about where to dispose the plastics.

The advantages of plastic are understood but the carelessness of people when it comes to plastic is hard to understand. The capital complex is filled with plastics.

The prime problem arises when a person thinks that nothing would change if he/she minimises or quits using plastic bags, but if every person starts doing the same thing then the earth would be in jeopardy. Each and every person has a duty to perform and only with this unity and cooperation, we can save the earth from the evil clutches of plastic. A strict and prompt action is expected from the authority concerned.


A Concerned Citizen



Yingkiong and facilities

Dear Editor

During my stay at Yingkiong, Upper Siang with my parents, I  have noticed some of the major problems faced by the common people of Yingkiong town including poor maintenance and frequent blockade of road during rainy season, supply of untreated drinking water and frequent load shedding.

Therefore,+ I request the concerned authorities to look into this matter.


Sukyi Bui, Yingkiong



A dept that refuses to grow

Dear Editor,

Change is the another name for growth and progress, and Pasighat, the oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed many positive changes except for the Power Department, which refuses to grow and seem to be suffering from progeria.

Power Department has grown old but still there is no sign of growth. These have handicapped the common masses of Pasighat. The problem of electricity has become major issue. Not only the Pasighatians but outsiders also face lots of problem because of irregular power supply.

During my school days I too had to study using an Oil Lamp. I still see my youngers facing the same problems. During VIP visit to the town the electricity and other basic amenities are worth enjoying. But, when it is high time for the students to burn the mid-night oil, they really have to use oil instead of electricity.


Anit Tamuk,


All Bogong Students Union



A police beat house  

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of state police department to establish a police beat house in Mowb II area of Itanagar so that any anti social activities and damaging of public properties are prevented.


Gyuth, Itanagar




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