The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
BRO CE calls on governor
ITANAGAR, May 08: Newly appointed Chief Engineer BRO Vertak, Brig. PD Naidu called
on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J. J. Singh at Raj Bhawan here
Issues related to Tawang-Tezpur and OKSRT (Orang-Kalaktang Shergaon-Rupa-Tenga) road
were discussed in the meeting.
The Governor asked the Chief Engineer to ensure up-gradation works of Tawang-Tezpur
road, while dwelling at length on the importance of roads especially in the border
areas. The Governor further asked the Chief Engineer to speed up the work on priority
basis so that it can be completed at the earliest for the faster socio¬economic development
of the state. PRO incharge to Governor
APCTA condemns physical assault
ITANAGAR, May 08: Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) strongly
condemned the physical assault on Debojit Baruah, Assistant Professor of Economics,
Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh at his Office Chamber on 7th May. The association
extends its solidarity to the aggrieved teacher and appeals the University authority
to take stringent action against the student as per the RGU rules. Such an unprecedented
and heinous act by student on a teacher is highly condemnable across the society,
Furthermore, it appeals all the students to maintain the sanctity and decorum of
examination while taking their Exams.
BJP alleges misuse of Govt machinery
ITANAGAR, May 08: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh yesterday alleged
gross misuse of state machinery and active involvement of state Govt servants in
the Panchayat and Municipal elections in the state.
While reviewing the PR election preparedness at its headquarter here, the BJP said
use of govt machinery and involvement of Govt servants would set bad precedence in
The party further alleged huge flow of money in the election without any monitoring
system and also violation of model code of conduct. The free and fair election atmosphere
is grossly polluted under the long time Congress rule in the state, it said.
Giving a clarion call for positive and productive change, the meeting appealed
the people of the state for their conscious vote. “We need to realize and take decision
for the good of the state and the younger generations to come for good cause,’ the
ITANAGAR, May 08: The Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) sets consisting of Ballot Units
and Control Units to be used in the ensuing Itanagar Municipal Election have been
commissioned today at Siddhartha Hall here in the presence of the DC Capital, MRO
Itanagar, MRO Naharlagun, MERO and other officials along with the contesting candidates
and their agents. Informing that each Polling Station is provided with two EVMs,
the MERO said that one more EVM would be kept reserved against each Ward with the
Sector Magistrate and the same would be provided to the concerned Presiding Officers
as and when required.
Keen contest for ZPM and ASM in Tirap
KHONSA, May 08: As the D-Day inches closer the campaigning for ZPM and ASM elections
is getting more and more vigorous. The candidates are concentrating on house to house
and person to person contact to ensure that they reach out to the voters effectively.
The main contest in all the 7 anchal blocks is between the Congress and Independent
candidates. Two ZPM seats viz Khela-Lamsa and Lazu are reserved for women candidates.
But in these two blocks also there is a tough contest between the women candidates.
So also a few ASM posts are reserved for women candidates. Here too a keen contest
between women candidates will be seen. Most of the GPM post are uncontested.
The DEO in collaboration with the DIO, NIC has made preparation for live streaming
of 3 villages viz Khonsa, Kaimai and Borduria during the poll in which people will
be able to see the polling at real time. Also, live streaming of counting will be
done from the counting centre. Elaborate security arrangement is in place for smooth
conduct of the ensuing Panchayat elections. It is needless to mention here that all
the polling stations in Tirap are sensitive. However, hyper-sensitive polling stations
have been identified and security arrangements made accordingly.
Tirap Deputy Commissioner and DEO Dr Sachin Shinde is personally supervising all
the aspects and is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the polling is flawless
and incident-free. DIPRO
Adventure camp held at Mother’ Home
ITANAGAR, May 8: The department of sports and youth affairs, government of Arunachal
Pradesh in collaboration with Popu Heritage Foundation, Roing is organizing 2nd phase
disability adventure camp at Mother’s Home Ziro from May 7-13.
In the inaugural function the chairperson of the foundation Tine Mina said that adventure
tourism has lots of scope in state like Arunachal Pradesh. We should create more
awareness on this to reap the benefit.
While, sharing her experiences Mena motivated youths to pursue their career in this
adventure field and also encouraged the women folk to actively participate in any
sports and adventure activities.
Tailyang Shanti who is running the Mothers Home in Ziro also encouraged the women
to take part in various social and economic activities.
Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete also encouraged each and every one to strive for excellence
in whatever they do and especially encouraged the youth in sports and adventure activities.
297 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ROING, May 08: Sitting Congress MLA and first IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh Jomin
Tayeng passed away after a prolonged illness at Guwahati yesterday.
Tayeng, who represented Dambuk Assembly Constituency, is survived by his wife Gum
Pertin Tayeng and four children – three sons and one daughter – who all are top-notch
officers in their own right. While son Raju Tayeng is an IRS, another son Bolin Tayeng
is an Executive Engineer (Elect). Daughter Mimum Tayeng (Lego) and third son Abu
Tayeng are APCS (Admn Grade) officers.
Born to Late Bapang Tayeng and Late Osor Lego Tayeng at Dambuk of Lower Dibang Valley
District in 1944, Tayeng started his schooling at Dambuk and completed ME (Class
VI) from Teacher’s Demonstration School (an Orphanage) at Mergherita in the year
1955, Matriculation from Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Pasighat in 1960.
He did his Intermediate and graduation from Saint Edmund College, Shillong in 1962
and 1964 and Post Graduation (LLB) from Law Faculty, Delhi University in 1967 to
become the first LLB degree holder of the state. He cracked the most prestigious
UPSC Examination in the year 1968 in his first attempt to become the first direct
recruit IAS Officer of the state.
An able administrator par excellence, he was first appointed as Assistant Commissioner,
Jorhat in 1969, Sub-Divisional Officer of Golaghat, Assam in 1971 and then promoted
as Additional Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat, Assam in 1972. Then he was transferred
and posted as Project Director, DRDA, Diphu, Assam in 1973 and as Principal Secretary,
Mikir Hills Autonomous District Council, Diphu, Assam in 1974.
He was transferred on deputation to Government of Arunachal Pradesh and posted as
Secretary to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh in 1976. He was also the first
Director of Industries of Arunachal Pradesh. During his tenure, the Industries Department
was made a major Department. He started Industrial Estate at Naharlagun and also
regularized and promoted a large number of local officers and staff.
Prior to his coming to the state, the promotion quota for tribals of Arunachal Pradesh
was restricted to 15% and non tribal employees captured the major chunk of 85%. He
was instrumental in making the then Chief Minister write to the Government of India
and raised the tribal quota to 80% due to which a number a large number of local
tribal staff got their promotions and thereafter the benefit has been enjoyed by
the local tribal staff.
He was transferred to Meghalaya in 1977 and posted as Deputy Commissioner of Jowai.
In 1979 he was transferred on deputation to the Government of India and posted as
Director of Census Operations at Shillong. He was posted as Secretary to the Chief
Minister of Meghalaya in 1983 and also held the charge of Secretary Personnel, Home
and Political Department in the Government of Meghalaya. In the same year, he was
posted as Deputy Commissioner, Shillong, Meghalaya and then promoted as Commissioner
in 1985 and posted initially as Commissioner Home, Political, Power and Health. Thereafter,
he was posted as Commissioner of various departments of the Government of Meghalaya
on various occasions.
In 1997 he was appointed as Additional Chief Secretary and also held the post of
Chairman, Meghalaya State Electricity Board. In 2001 he was appointed as Chief Secretary
to the Government of Meghalaya. After retirement, Tayeng entered into active politics
and contested unsuccessfully as an INC candidate from Dambuk Assembly Constituency
in 2004 Assembly Election. He was elected as MLA from same constituency in 2009 from
NCP ticket and later, he joined Congress. He was also the former Chairman of Political
Affairs Cell, APCC and also served as Chief Patron, Adi Cultural and Literary Society
and Patron of Adi Bane Kebang.
His body was brought to Roing today by Special Chopper from Guwahati and the last
rite will be performed on May 10 in his residence at Rayang village, Roing.
Hundreds of people, including Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, prominent public leaders
of the district thronged the helipad to receive his body before being escorted to
his residence at Rayang.
Arunachal Pradesh Govt. has declared three days state mourning from today on the
sudden demise of Tayeng. The national flag shall fly at half-mast during the period.
The offices of all establishments in Lower Dibang Valley will remain closed on May
Meanwhile, Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have condoled
the death of Tayeng.
In his condolence letter to Gum Tayeng, wife of Late Tayeng, the Governor said, “Tayeng
was a dedicated and committed IAS Officer and a distinguished political leader of
our State, who constantly worked for the socio-economic development of the weaker
sections of the society in various capacities during his long and distinguished administrative
and political career. In his death, we have lost an outstanding public servant and
he will always be remembered for his distinguished services to the people of our
State and the Nation as well.”
“I join all Arunachalees to convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members
and pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul and give courage to the family
to bear this irreparable loss,” the message added.
“Late Jomin Tayeng has left a void that would be difficult to fill in near future.
He was not only an able administrator all through his life as a top bureaucrat but
also a perfect people’s representative after his retirement,” said Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki in a message today.
Expressing shock and grief over the demise the Chief Minister hailed Tayeng as the
first generation bureaucrat produced by the state during the NEFA days, who rose
to the position of Chief Secretary of Meghalaya after holding numerous top-post administrative
charges in Government of Assam, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Government of
“Being the first direct recruit IAS from Arunachal Pradesh in its formative years,
it is a stupendous achievement made by Late Tayeng, who pursued his education through
difficult times after losing his parents in his early childhood. He would always
remain as an inspiration for generations to come and his name will be written in
golden letters in the history of Arunachal Pradesh,” the Chief Minister added.
In his message, Tuki said that Late Jomin Tayeng in all his capacities – as an administrator,
as a people’s representative, as a responsible parent and as a senior citizen – has
excelled and set a benchmark, which would be aspired by all in all times to come.
“I pray the Almighty to bestow eternal peace to the departed soul and also provide
strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss. Let’s take consolation
that his demise is a loss to the entire state and each and every citizen of the state
shares the pain and grief at this moment,” the Chief Minister added.
Condolence messages are also pouring in from leaders, eminent personalities, political
parties, NGOs and various organizations over passing away of Tayeng.
“We have lost a member who through his quality inputs in the house had enriched democratic
practices. He was an inspiration to the young law makers,” Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong
said in his message.
Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi in his message termed Tayeng a human being with a
difference who worked for the greater welfare of the people till his last breath.
A void has been created in his death as the state lost a proud son who carved a niche
for himself not only as an able administrator but as a politician who won the hearts
of the masses.
“I’ve lost a guardian,” said Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, who was associated with
him for over a decade during his schooling and college days in Shillong. He was the
fatherly figure and guide for all purposes for the Arunachalees, particularly students
studying in Shillong. He had endeared himself to one and all by his amiable nature
and down to earth quality. The state will be deprived of his vast knowledge and experience
of a first generation pioneer,” Sanjoy said in his message.
Hundreds of mourners including Commissioner District Administration Bandana Deori,
East Siang DC RK Mishra, SP Pushpendra Kumar, govt. officers, prominent leaders Kaling
Moyong, Nanom Jamoh and leaders of various political parties and religious heads
thronged the Pasighat helipad to have a glimpse of their beloved leader and pay tributes.
The Chopper carrying the body of Tayeng was flown to Pasighat to enable the Pasighatians
to pay their last respect before proceeding to his native place for the completion
of the last rites.
Union Minister of State Ninong Ering and state’s Education Minister Bosiram Siram
in their messages expressed grief and sorrow stating that the nation has lost a great
son of the soil. Late Tayeng’s administrative contributions in different capacities
and social and political contributions will be remembered for long time.
“His contribution towards the development, prosperity, mutual understanding and brotherhood
will always prove an inspiration for the future generations,” duo added in their
“He (Pai Jomin) was the shining light of the Tayeng clan. His departure has caused
an irreparable loss to our clan and society which would be very difficult to fill,”
Tayeng Welfare Society said in a condolence message.
While expressing grief and sorrow over his death, TWS prayed to almighty to rest
of his soul in eternal peace and give strength to the family members to cope with
this great loss.
The officers and staff of Lower Dibang Valley DC’s office also mourned the death
of Tayeng and conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. The second half
of the office was declared closed after the condolence meeting.
The staffs of Department of tourism, government of Arunachal has also condoled the
death of Jomin Tayeng.
Tayeng enjoyed his successful married life for more than fifty years. Tayeng couple
was loved by all for their amiable character.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal
Pradesh unit, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) have also condoled the death of Tayeng.
“Tayeng was one of the pioneers in the development Arunachal Pradesh and his death
is a great loss for the Indian National Congress and the State as well,” APCC said
in a condolence message.
“In Tayeng’s death, Arunachal has lost an experienced and visionary leader,” state
NCP said in a condolence message.
“May Almighty rest his soul in eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family
to with stand this tragedy,” the message said.
PPA has termed the death of Tayeng as irreparable loss to the state of Arunachal
The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh also mourned the death of Tayeng. Late
Tayeng was a role model for younger generation, the party said adding the people
will always remember the contributions of Tayeng towards the state’s development.
Former Lok Sabha MPs Tapir Gao and Kiren Rijiju also expressed extreme shock over
the sad demise of Tayeng.
The members of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Itanagar today assembled at Golgii Bote Gangging
to mourn the death of Tayeng. They observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect
to late Tayeng and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of his departed soul.
Joining all in praying for the eternal peace of the departed soul of late Tayeng,
former Higher Education Director Pratik Potom said that the State has lost a multifaceted
personality and a dedicated legislator in his death.
He offered prayer to Donyi Polo to bestow the bereaved family enough strength to
bear the irreparable loss.
Recalling his college classmate, Potom said that Late Tayeng was labourious and sincere
person since his student days. As the member of State Legislative Assembly, he was
committed to the cause of the people and worked for them till his last breath.
The officers and staff of General Manager, State Transport Services and All Libo
- Ramo - Bokar Welfare Society have also mourned the death of Tayeng and prayed
for eternal peace of the departed soul.
“His death is a great and irreparable loss not only to the entire Adi community but
also to the state, ALRBWS said in a condolence message and prayed for eternal peace
of the departed soul. (With inputs from DIPR/DIPROs and various other sources)
DDSE’s death mourned
NAHARLAGUN, May 08: Education Minister Bosiram Siram expressed deep shock at the
untimely death of Lower Subansiri deputy director of school education Takio Tuglo
(Tarh Tuglo) who died about 5.30 pm Tuesday at his Papu Nallah residence here.
Born at Lumtey village under Nyapin administrative circle of Kurung Kumey district
on 11th October 1965, Late Tuglo started his primary education from Nyapin School
in 1971, thereafter, secondary education from Doimukh H.S School in 1984. Tuglo has
obtained MA (Political Science) and B Ed before joining service as a junior teacher
on December 17, 1987, promoted to Senior Teacher on 11th August’1995, then as Principal,
Govt. H. S School, Nyapin in 1998 till 2007, served as Deputy Director of School
Education, Koloriang, Kurung Kumey district from 2007-2010 and DDSE, Ziro from 2010
till his death. Describing his death as an irreparable loss to the department which
has poised for multifaceted growth, Siram conveyed his deep sense of condolence to
the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Tuglo, who died after suffering from cancer for sometime, is survived by his wife,
five daughters and two sons, People’s Party of Arunachal president Kamen Ringu, who
is his close acquaintance, informed.
Shocked at his untimely passing away, Ringu described him as a simple human being
who was committed to his duty. He joined others in mourning the premature death and
prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) also condoled the untimely demise of Tarh Tuglo, Deputy
Director of School Education, Ziro, Lower Subansiri District.
The NES prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and
bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the gigantic distress and irreparable
The NES also requested all the senior member of the community to attend the last
rites at Papum Nallah on Thursday. It further implores upon the state Government
to accord compassionate employment to the family members with necessary relaxations,
if required, for sustenance of the family.
Former MLA Ngurang Pinch also expressed deep sorrow at the death of Tuglo.
In a condolence message, Ngurang said “the world is too unkind to take him away from
our lives. We are indebted to his selfless service to the society and always cherish
the golden moment of youthful days we shared with him.”
Describing him as a man of vision, Ngurang further said, ‘We have lost a gem from
our community.’ He conveyed his deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family
and prayed for heavenly peace of late Tuglo.
The last rites will be performed at his Papu Nallah residence Thursday, family sources
The Staff of Deputy Director of School Education and the teaching community of Papum
Pare District expressed their deep sorrow over the untimely demise of Takio Tuglo.
Late Tuglo was a dedicated and sincere teacher and a good human being. He had served
in the capacity of Teacher, Head Master and Principal in Papum Pare District before
his posting as DDSE.
The Officers and other staff of the department observed two minutes silence and prayed
almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul and to give strength to his
bereaved family members.
The All Nyapin, Sangram, Phassang Youth Welfare Association (NSPYWA), Tarh Welfare
Society (TWS) and Education Development Organizing Society (EDOS) have condoled the
demise of Lower Subansiri DDSE Takio Tuglo (Tarh) who passed away yesterday evening
at his residence at Papu Nalah, near Naharlagun.
He was a proud senior citizen of Nyapin Circle and of the state as a whole, both
the organizations wrote in its condolence messages.
Chairman (EDOS) S Dolo described him as a respected citizen who was committed to
His untimely demise has left a huge vacuum in the Tarh family and Nyishi society
as a whole which will never be filled, stated TWS continuing, he was instrumental
in many welfare activities, particularly in uplifting the unity and integrity among
the members of the Tarh clan. His contribution towards the society shall always be
remembered in the years to come and will be source of inspiration for the young generations.
Conveying heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, they further prayed for the
eternal peace of the departed soul.
The staffs and officials of Lower Subansiri DC have also expressed shock over his
demise. In the condolence meeting that was held in the office premise at Ziro today,
DC Marnya Ete read out the milestones achieved by Tuglo and observed two minutes
silence to pray to the almighty to give enough strength to the family members to
bear the irreparable loss.
School boy dies in road accident
RUKSIN, May 08: In a tragic road accident at Jelom, 9 km east from Ruksin gate this
morning, one Taling Tatan, a 14-year-old boy, died on the spot, while his pillion
rider sustained severe injury and later admitted to Pasighat General Hospital.
According to report, the accident occurred when the young boy with his mate was proceeding
towards Ruksin Market riding on a TVS Motor bike along National Highway-52 at about
10.30 am. The pillion rider had fallen into accident by losing control and the bike
hit the nearby wall at the turning point. Poor Taling, who was riding the bike died
on the spot and his mate sustained severe injury.
Ruksin police, taking up the case recovered the dead body and later handed over to
family members after post mortem. They also recovered the motor bike having registration
No. AR-09 A-3634.
Deceased Taling was elder son of Tarung Tatan, a farmer of Sika Bamin village. He
was a class VII student in Sika Bamin Middle school.
Interestingly, there was traffic checking near the Jelom portion of the highway.
But, it was noticed that many a bikers were running to and fro during the day hours
without wearing helmet. The pillion riders, who have fallen into the fatal accident
today were minor and was driving with a gross violation of traffic rules.
Some conscious people of the area have raised question over the transparent conduct
of the local police regarding traffic regulation in the area and on the highway as
2nd phase training for poll personnel conducted
DAPORIJO, May 08: The 2nd phase of training for presiding and polling officers for
the forthcoming Panchayat elections in the Upper Subansiri district was conducted
here today at the Auditorium of the Government Higher Secondary School, Daporijo.
In attendance were all the presiding and polling officers assigned duty for the elections.
The 1st phase of the training was conducted at Daporijo on 3rd May where over 422
presiding and polling officers were trained. Present during the training were DC
Tahang Taggu and ADC Gejum Ete who advised all to learn all the procedures for the
easy, free and fair conduct of the coming polls.
Master Trainers Dr. B. Paul, P. Kalita and S. B. Singh imparted training on ballot
box preparation, polling and other related processes. Such trainings were also conducted
separately in various places for the circles of Limeking, Taksing, Maro, Baririjo,
Nacho, Dumporijo, Siyum, Puchigeko, Taliha, Payeng, Giba, Chetam and Daporijo from
27th April 2013 till date. DIPRO
Meanwhile, a pre-Poll meeting with office bearers and contesting candidates for
the forthcoming Panchayat Elections was conducted by the Superintendent of Police,
Daporijo Vijay Kumar (IPS) on May 7.
The SP gave detailed information on the model code of conduct and provisions of the
People’s Representative Act 1951 and also enjoined all to abide by the provisions
of the model code of conduct. He also appealed all to abstain from indulging in poll
related violence and warned that stern action would be taken against violators. DIPRO
Sector magistrates in Upper Siang urged to discharge election duties sincerely
YINGKIONG, May 08: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner L. Borang, SP Hibu Tage and ADC-cum-DPDO
Rajesh Panyang called upon the officers of election duty to be sincere, prompt in
tackling any situation during the election. The officers trio were addressing other
officers who were appointed as Sector Magistrates for the ensuing Panchayat Poll
slated on 16 May.
The trio in a meeting held in the DC’s conference hall here today also advised
the officers on duty to reach the places of duty one day ahead of the polling day
and return to the respective receiving center/ headquarters along with the polling
team - Presiding officers, Polling officers.
The SP spoke about shortage of police/ security personnel and briefed about the use
of Walki-talkie by the Sector Magistrates at the time of emergency so warranted during
polling day and feed back correct and impartial reports to the Returning officers.
The magistrates on duty will use immerset communication system in remote areas like
Singa, Gelling etc. The Walki-Talkies were issued to the Sector Magistrates. DIPRO
3 students from Tirap qualify for iit jee advance
KHONSA, May 08: The Tirap District Career Counseling Cell [TDCCC] has started showing
result. Initiated by the Tirap district Deputy Commissioner Dr Sachin Shinde, the
cell has been able to create awareness among the students.
Today, most of the students are aware of the various entrance examinations and the
ways and means to face these entrance examinations. In a major success of Tirap
district career counseling cell, 3 students qualified in IIT JEE ADVANCE Test scheduled
on 2th June 2013. All the candidates got 15 days crash course coaching for JEE in
the month of Mar-Apr 2013. These meritorious students are Japong Aboh, Ngongchan
Hondik and Rahul Kr Rai.
Ajay Singh, DIO, NIC and a member of TDCCC also took pain in taking regular coaching
classes for these students. It may be mentioned here that out of 10.5 lakhs only
1.5 lakhs have qualified to write the IIT JEE ADVANCE. The stupendous success of
these 3 brilliant students is a silver-lining in the otherwise dark cloud hovering
over Tirap district which is facing a plethora of problems.
In the meantime, the written examination of SSC Constable [GD] will be held on 12th
May for which around 35 candidates are going to appear from the district. These candidates
have already qualified the physical test. These 35 aspiring candidates were also
coached by the TDCCC with the help of 36 Bn CRPF. DIPRO
Award for Environmental Journalist in North East
ITANAGAR, May 08: Submission of applications for the ‘Northeast Go Green Journalism
Award 2013’ is open for environmental reporters ranging from junior to mid-level
journalists in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Desiring applicants must submit online a detailed CV alongwith four samples of their
original work (print, radio, television, online, photographic, or a combination
of all), preferably carried out between 2011 to 2013 and any other material to prove
long term commitment for environmental journalism and consistency in environmental
The reports can be in any of the languages in the region. Vernacular reports should
be translated to English for convenience of the judges. Each print article should
not be longer than 1,500 words. Any audio or video report must be of 15 minutes duration.
Longer reports should be reduced to 15 minutes for submission. English voice-overs
or sub-titles should be added in case of non-English reports. Photo stories should
have at least 8 photographs (max. 15) with accompanying text and captions.
Interested may send in their entries to [email protected] on or before May 12,
2013. More information is available at www.assamtimes.org or phone 09401732209.
The award will be presented on the occasion of the World Environment Day on June
5, 2013. A jury of experts including environmentalists, senior journalists, anthropologists
and researchers will select one from the 10 finalists for the award. The award is
an effort to encourage environmental reporting and honor reportage that has made
significant impact on environmental issues of the region. The award aims to emphasize
the role of journalists in strengthening democracy and freedom of the press while
reporting on environment. The award is an initiative of Assam Times, a new media
In an important study published on Monday, British scientists claim that even pollution
might have its silver lining!
If you thought there could be no silver lining to pollution, think again! In a study
published in Nature Geoscience, a group of University of Manchester scientists has
said that natural emissions and man-made pollutants may have an unexpected cooling
effect on earth's climate by making clouds brighter and inducing a larger number
of cloud droplets .
Their assertion amplifies on a long-standing theory that the brightness of clouds
(when viewed from the top) is determined by the number of particles and their size
as they control the efficiency with which they scatter sunlight back into space.
The tiny seed particles or pollutants, either natural or man-made (from vehicle exhausts
or industrial activity), often contain a large amount of organic material and are
quite volatile. They, therefore, exists as vapour in warm conditions.
In the atmosphere, however, the scientists found, that these very pollutants evaporate
and give off characteristic aromas, such as the pine smells from forest. Under moist
cooler conditions these molecules remain in liquid form, creating large, rain-inducing
"We discovered that organic compounds such as those formed from forest emissions
or from vehicle exhaust, affect the number of droplets in a cloud and hence its
brightness, so affecting climate," said study author Professor Gordon McFiggans,
from the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental
"We developed a model and made predictions of a substantially enhanced number of
cloud droplets from an atmospherically reasonable amount of organic gases. More
cloud droplets lead to brighter clouds when viewed from above, reflecting more incoming
sunlight. Our calculations proved that the increase in cloud droplets has a cooling
effect on global climate,” the author said.
Using of cell phone while driving is dangerous
Through your esteemed daily, I want to express my view on increasing threat of using
cell phones while driving .I am a class XII student of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya,Itanagar.
In an unfortunate incident, exactly two weeks ago I lost one of my friends in a tragic
accident. She succumbed to severe injuries before she could be taken to the hospital:
The cause of accident as reported by the police officers has been negligent driving.
It is mentioned in the report that she was talking on a cell phone that led to a
lapse in her concentration and she eventually lost her control, bumping into a huge
Her sudden demise has left us in an unexplainable pain. As a tribute to my love for
her I have decided to gather courage and recover from the shock. To engage myself
in a constructive work I have started a campaign to spread awareness about accident
related to Cell Phones and Driving. In the year of 2013 alone nearly 200 people lost
their lives because of accident related to Cell Phones used while driving. Cell Phone
usage while driving has been rated to be far more dangerous than drunk driving, which
highlights the dangers of using Cell Phones when we are commuting from one destination
to the other. Students of our school have vouched never to use Cell Phones while
driving and we are making several efforts to promote the same cause. I kindly request
your newspaper to help us in spreading more awareness about Cell Phones used in cars
and its dangerous consequences.
PRC issue is not a complicated one
I would like to have to have this opportunity to interact with the Arunachal Times
family. I must congratulate you on your pioneering work. This mail is in relation
to Tom Simai's recent article on PRC issue. While I agree with Mr. Simai but I can't
help at pointing out the drawbacks of his article and the obvious bias.
First off all let me be clear that I am against granting property rights to non-APST
residents of the state. But I would like to point out certain facts in a non-biased
manner. I am not a journalist but journalists need to be non-biased and neutral,
a tenet journalist today hardly shows.
Secondly, Mr. Simai faults the district administration at allowing the non-APST to
hold a rally. Why is the administration at fault here? A non-violent protest rally
is the inherent fundamental right of any citizen in the country. Going by his yardstick,
all the rallies taken out by non-residents in India should be banned be it North
East students rally in Bangalore or North Indian’s protest rally in Mumbai. The district
administration cannot but allow such protests till the time it is non-violent. In
the case, the protests did turn violent and the district administration should and
must take actions against the culprits but it cannot disallow a rally altogether.
Third, Mr Simai inadvertently equated PRC with ST. This is wrong on many grounds.
For example, say an APST lady gets married to a non-APST man. They have a kid together,
this kid is brought up in his mother's home and taught the culture and way of life
of her mother's community and say the father had left them a long ago or has expired.
Won't it be detrimental to the child who all along has been thinking his mother's
community as his own but all of a sudden is subjected to jingoistic notions of residency?
He is not going to be accepted by either side, for the APSTs he would be a non-APST
and for the outsiders he would be a boy brought up in a different culture.
My point, being in certain cases PRC can be granted albeit with limitations like
no right to property apart from inheriting what was his mother's and put a ceiling
on inheritance. Obviously, most of such families pose no threat to the indigenous
community because they themselves don't seek any APST certificate or property in
the state and also because they are more inclined towards the state. They even procure
legitimate ILPs to visit their mother and the hometown they spend decades in and
were born in. Let us not be harsh on them.
As for the ST issue, I wonder why the journalists don't raise a voice when Tibetans
have applied and have got ST certificates from the government hiding behind the veil
of Buddhism and Monpa tribe. It's a shame that I as a Monpa cannot do much about
Finally, PRC if given to people who have dedicated a major part of their life to
the state doesn't sound that bad to me. There are some outsiders who have done greater
good to the state then us. Let me remind again, granting PRC to a select few would
not endanger our way of life. As a matter of fact, our way of life is more at danger
from influence of religions not indigenous to the state.
Of course, the govt. mustn't give PRC to everyone. But there can be few exceptions.
The PRC law, if made, must be very strict and right to property must not be equated
with PRC (after all right to property isn't a fundamental right).
In conclusion, I would add that the PRC issue isn't as complicated as the two sides
are making it to be. In fact, those who should be genuinely asking for PRCs are silent
over the issue.
Revive APST bus service of Khonsa to Khanu Route
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the Arunachal
Pradesh State Transport Department. The bus service between Khonsa to Khanu village
of Longding district has been taken off a month ago. The APST bus which has been
supporting the inhabitants of Wakka Circle since last two decades have stopped in
a sudden and department is not taking any step to revive it. Because of it people
are facing serious transportation problem. The APST bus was the lone daily service
which was running in the region along with some other private commercial vehicles
which seldom runs. The problem has adversely affected the aam aadmi. It is like;
someone has trampled the oxygen pipe of common people residing at Wakka Circle and
it is almost suffocating the locals. Therefore, I request APST Department to kindly
revive the bus service.