May  09

Cash reward stands


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 today.

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, it said.

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 state.

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 party said.  


EVMs commissioned

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. 


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Dambuk MLA Jomin Tayeng passes away

Govt declares 3 days state mourning

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 10 next.

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 India.

“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 condolence messages.

“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 Pradesh.

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 loss.

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 informed.

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 duty.

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 well.



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 reporting.

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 collective.

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Pollution  and global climate

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 particles.

"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 Sciences.

"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

Dear Editor,

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 cargo truck.

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.


Biri Yapi

Vkv Itanagar




PRC issue is not a complicated one

Dear Editor,

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 it.

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.


Tenzing Wangyal






Revive APST bus service of Khonsa to Khanu Route

Dear Editor,

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.


Nepha Wangsa