May  13

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





Electioneering for PR elections

Workers union alleges harassment to workers

ITANAGAR, May 12: Claiming that some people are forcefully seizing the voter’s I-card of workers at Capital Complex to ensure casting of votes in favour of their candidates,  All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union today vehemently condemned the reported act.

In a release AAPWU also expressed concern over the latest development. It said many poor workers were being threatened by the some people asking workers  to cast votes to their candidates.  Union appealed to the political parties to refrain from such practice. Further it also appealed to district administration to take all necessary measures to ensure peaceful election.  

It also urged the district administration to intensify its security deployment in and around Capital complex for the safety of common people.


2nd Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament

PUFC lifts the trophy

ITANAGAR, May 12: Petwa United Football Club (PUFC) of Naharlagun scored a goal in each half against FC Triumph in the final to lift the Second Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament at Don Bosco School Playground Jollang near here.

Techi Tasar gave PUFC 1-0 lead in the first half by scoring within 2 minutes of the play while Taying Nega netted the second goal in 76th minutes to seal the victory.

Taying Nega and Tage Pilya, both from PUFC, were of adjudged the best player and best goalkeeper respectively.

Ngurang Alin of Jollang United FC became the highest scorer.

The discipline team award went to Model Sporting Club.

Debia Padang, AE, PHE and Water Supply, Naharlagun sub-division and Project Manager of Jiyo aur Jine Do Tam Matam attended the closing ceremony, according to organizing committee.


Capital Complex prepared for Municipal and PR polls

ITANAGAR, May 12: Municipal Election authorities of capital complex in a meeting here today urged the contesting candidates and their agents to extend full cooperation for free, fair and smooth conduct of the ensuing elections.

Briefing them about election code of conduct, SC Debnath urged them to help administration create an atmosphere that is conducive for free and fair election. He assured full support and security from civil administration for successful conduct of the election.

The Municipal Returning Officers of both Itanagar and Naharlagun advised them to strictly adhere to election guidelines.

SDPO T Gussar highlighting the law and order scenario said that elaborate security arrangements have already been made for the ensuing panchayat and municipal elections. He informed that some traffic restrictions are also being proposed during poll periods.

AMROs Jiken Bomjen informed that sector magistrates have been deployed in all the 30 Wards.

A meeting was held among the Officials in the afternoon in connection with issuing and receiving of poll materials including the sealing and packaging of election papers and materials. DIPRO


Maoists attack Doordarshan centre in Bastar, 3 cops killed

Raipur, May 12: In the first attack by them on a national media centre in Bastar, and probably anywhere in the country, Maoists attacked a Doordarshan Kendra late Saturday night, killing three cops and leaving one policeman of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force injured.

The attack came three months after CPI (Maoist) cadres killed a journalist in Sukma. They had apologised following the murder of Nemichand Jain, and said their top leaders were probing the case and would punish the junior cadres found responsible for it.

The attack on the DD Kendra happened around 2 am, when a group of Maoists entered the relay centre in Telimarenga, nearly 10 km from district headquarters in Jagdalpur in Bastar district, and opened fire. While policeman Majhar Khan was guarding the gate, others were sleeping in their room.

The deceased, all belonging to Chhattisgarh, included Silbani Ekka, Alexander Lakda and Basudev Sahu. Khan, who was injured in the attack, has been referred to a Raipur hospital. Bastar IG Himanshu Gupta said that security of the relay centre has been enhanced.

Apart from being a rare attack on a media organisation, this was also the first instance in the last several months of Maoists managing to launch an attack in a city area in the state. The attacks have seen a spurt since Chief Minister Raman Singh began his Vikas Yatra through the state last week, with Maoists regularly targeting policemen.

In another attack in the state, Maoists killed policeman Samay Lal Kanwar in the Temelwada region of Sukma district on Sunday.


East Kameng  all set for PR elections

SEPPA, May 12: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Tope Bam said that handling situation with decency and tactfully by applying presence of mind hold keys to peaceful conduct of the election. Bam was briefing the special executive magistrates, ROs and AROs in a security meeting for peaceful conduct of the coming PR Election at his office chamber here yesterday.

While giving tips on how to defuse tension, Bam suggested them to maintain complete diplomacy and convincing power using all past experiences.

He informed that 12 special executive magistrates have been appointed by government in addition to the ROs and AROs to maintain law and order situation in East Kameng during the forthcoming PR election. He directed them to enforce model code of conduct and also the prohibitory orders relating to the PR election. He cautioned that no voter should be allowed for movement in a vehicle belonging to any political party or candidate during the voting day.

Superintendent of Police BK Mishra informed that elaborate security arrangements have been made and patrolling intensified within Seppa town for safety and security of the people. DIPRO





301 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


Press fraternity reminds CM of his assurance to solve Rina case

Documentary titled “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” released

ITANAGAR, May 12: In its continued efforts to seek justice for senior journalist Tongam Rina who was shot at outside her office on July 15, 2012, the members of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists today assembled at Arunachal Press Club and expressed dismay over slow progress of investigation. Even though SP Capital Surender Kumar recently assured to solve the case within next two months, press fraternity is apprehensive.

A documentary titled “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” capturing the entire sequence of events about Tongam Rina case right from the day she was attacked to till date was released today at Arunachal Press Club premises. Noted political analyst and associate professor of RGU Dr Nani Bath, prominent advocate and president, Arunachal Bar Association Pritam Taffo did the honour of releasing the documentary in presence of crowded press people.

While addressing the press persons Dr Bath said, “It’s unfortunate that state machinery is yet to make any breakthrough though 301 days have passed.  If such trend continues, the future of state looks dark.” However, he hoped that the police department will able to give justice to Tongam and press fraternity at the earliest.

Appreciating the members of APC and APUWJ for rigorously pursuing Tongam Rina case, he said “Despite difficult situation, the Press in the state has done decent job. Also this documentary capturing all the events related to Tongam case is a good initiative. This will act as ‘documentary proof’,” continued Dr Bath.

 In his address advocate Pritam Taffo said it is very sad that Arunachal government has failed to solve the case till date. Recalling his own experience of participating in various rallies held in capital in recent past seeking justice for Tongam Rina, he said everyone wants justice for her and govt should expedite investigation to solve the case at the earliest.  

Earlier, Arunachal Press Club president Taba Ajum while briefing about documentary said, “This documentary captures everything. It includes video statement of SP Hibu Tamang, SP Surender Kumar, various protest rallies held in capital and numerous other incident related to Tongam Rina case. This will remain as archive and will be useful in our fight for Tongam case. This is our documentary proof.”

Further he added, “SP Capital recently assured us to solve the case within next two months. We have been disappointed many a times in the past but still we have no choice but to hope. I also take this opportunity to remind Chief Minister Nabam Tuki that he had assured the Press people to solve the case at the earliest. 301 days have passed and no breakthrough yet. What happened to his assurance?” Ajum also added that until the justice is delivered press fraternity will continue to fight. “Every Arunachalee is emotionally attached to Rina case. They all want to know outcome of the case and am sure they will never let this case die. We are extremely thankful to them for supporting us and we expect they will continue to do so in the future too. Without the support of Arunachalee people we cannot fight for the justice of Tongam Rina,” said APC President Taba Ajum.

Senior Journalist Taro Chatung said this is difficult time for press fraternity of state. “When we had started journalism career we faced many difficulties but in due course of time we managed to come over all obstacles. Last two years has been very tough for all of us. However this phase too will pass off and am hopeful that in near future we will have free media working fearlessly in the state,” Chatung said.

The documentary titled “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” was conceived by APC President Taba Ajum and edited by Yuvraj Mehta of NE TV.



1st NE India Mt. Everest Expedition team ready for final summit

ITANAGAR, May 12: The First North East Mount Everest Expedition Team is all set to start final summit attempt this week.

The team members, including the Everester Anshu Jamsenpa and Nima Lama representing Arunachal Pradesh, will try to climb the world’s highest peak (29035 ft) on either May 17 or 18. Most of the team members have touched Camp 3 (24000 ft) having done several hikes to Kala Pathar (18200 ft), Pumori (19100 ft) and Camp 2 (21000 ft) as a part of acclimatization training for the final summit attempt.

Dr L Surjit Singh, expedition leader stated that the earlier plan for the summit attempt between May 12 and 14 was suspended due to bad weather condition. During the last acclimatization climb, the team members had to return to the Base Camp (17700 ft) after they faced violent wind (70-80 mile/hour) and dipping temperature (of below -30 degree Celsius) between Camp 2 and Camp 3. Tsering Wange president of Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) stated that prayers and pujas are being organized in different monasteries for the successful completion of expedition and safe return of all the climbers.  

Messages of good luck and best wishes have been pouring in from far and wide ever since the team was flagged off by the President of India from Rastrapati Bhavan New Delhi on March 20.

Consulate General of United States of America Wendy Kennedy (Consular Services Chief), conveyed her best wishes to Anshu, when she visited Bomdila and Tawang recently.

In his message, the Governor Arunachal Pradesh Gen JJ Singh stated, “The 1st North East India Everest Expedition will definitely promote mountaineering amongst the people of the region, especially Arunachal Pradesh which has the longest Himalayan Range amongst the Himalayan States in India. On behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and on my behalf I convey best wishes to the participants and join every Arunachalee in praying for successful completion of the expedition”

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is also the Patron of the Expedition, in a message stated that he is confident that the team will successfully scale Mt. Everest and make the North East and India proud.

West Kameng DC A K Singh, Lower Subansiri DC Marnya Ete, Arunachalee Everesters Tapi Mara and Tine Mena, Media fraternity and several other well wishers also conveyed their best wishes to Anshu and Nima for the successful completion of the Everest Expedition 2013.



APLS remembers Tagore

ITANAGAR, May 12: The 46th literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) started with floral tributes to the portrait of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore as part of birthday celebration in Kabipaksha at JN State Musrum here today by APLS president YD Thongchi, vice president Dr Tage Tada and followed by other members present on the occasion.

Thongchi recited a Tagore’s poem in Bengali while Dr Pekba Ringu, assistant general secretary recited the Adi version of Tagore’s famous poem ‘Where The Mind is Without Fear’- “Aapie Peso Kamang Kolo”, translated by Kaling Borang, well-known poet, writer and social activist.

Later, regular literary session began with the participation of budding poets. Aryaman Borah presented an English poem – ‘Raindrop’ while Pema Choekye Thongdok recited three self-composed poems – ‘Jigaon My Village’, ‘Rainbow’ and ‘Our Sweet Home’. Pill Topu read out his write-up ‘Asha Ke Kiran’ and Roman Borah gifted a thought-provoking writing ‘The Status of Various Languages in AP’. Lastly, RN Koley presented a beautiful Bengal story called ‘Swagatam’. Later, a detailed discussion was held for organizing the birthday celebration of late Lummer Dai, to be conducted at JN State Museum here on June 1 next.

APLS sources added that on June 1 the 3rd Lummer Dai Literary Award would be conferred in a function to be organized by APLS in collaboration with Asom Sahitya Sabha, which had been conferring the award since 2009 in every two years.

Asom Sahitya Sabha president Imran Shah and general secretary Prahlad Tasa are scheduled to attend the function.



BJP & NCP seek deletion of illegal voters

ITANAGAR, May 12:   The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have demanded for deletion of “additional voter  list” from 36 Nari-Koyu Constituency of East Siang district. Both the parties claimed that electoral registration office (ERO) had illegally published additional voter lists on 29th April 2013 last with addition of more that 300 new voters after the filing of nomination papers. It said that ERO had intentionally violated the norm. Both  the parties further made it clear that sudden rise of voters at Koyu Anchal Block is totally unacceptable.  In its representation addressed to the state election commissioner, parties resented that despite repeated pleas no action has been taken yet.

Earlier in response to the complaint filed by Kenyir Ringu of NCP  against the new addition of the voter lists, the state election commission had sought detail report of the revision of electoral roll from district election officer of East Siang.



Mon Festival celebrated with traditional fervor

ITANAGAR, May 12:   The Mon Festival 2013 being organized by the students of Aka, Miji and Monpa was celebrated with traditional fervor at Arunachal Bhawan, Guwahati today.  

The colourful cultural display of three communities was the centre of attraction. Hundreds of students from different communities of Arunachal Pradesh also participated in the festival.

Speaking on the festive occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam suggested the student community that they should not betray their parents in pursuit of their main goal. “Student should not betray their parents by deviating from main goal (hard study)”, he added.

Reminding that students are the future of the state, Sonam further advised the student community to work hard to achieve their goal. He also called upon the students to stay like closely-knitted family to maintain the unity among the students of different communities.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union Finance Secretary Suraj Tayem also attended the festival.

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Mother’s Day

If you are living with your mother at home, you may not able to realize much about the love  and affection that your mother bestows on you. When you are away from your sweet home for study and livelihood; it is right time for a person to feel and recognize the  priceless love of Mother.

It is said that the Mother Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries. Most  countries celebrate the special occasion of Mother's Day on the second Sunday in the month  of May. The particular day was declared as the official day for Mother's Day celebrations by US President Woodrow Wilson by signing a Joint Resolution on May 8, 1914. This tradition of  honoring mothers and paying them tribute on the second Sunday in the month of May spread to  many countries across the globe. Various countries adopted this date to celebrate Mothers  Day.

At present, besides US Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in several  countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece,  Italy, Japan, Turkey and India.

It is good to see that a good number of Mothers celebrated the pre-Mother’s Day at state Capital Itanagar on the eve of Mother’s day on May 11. Hope such spirit will continue in  future too. Expectedly, this Daily was flooded with good number of articles on Mother’s Day.

However, against our will, we have to select only a few of them for publication due to space  constraint.

Believing God or not may be a personal matter of an individual. But one must believe in the  unlimited power, love and affection of a mother and respect her as Goddess.  Remember,  Mother wants you to be happy in life and in return she wants nothing.

Make use of modern technology for betterment

Dear Editor,

Most respectfully I would like to draw your attention that being in 21st Century, we need to be more updated in every field of progress. We have official website of Arunachal Government from which we can have various information. But there are some department websites, which have not been updated for many months.

For example our Arunachal Public Service Commission's website is not being updated since 2012. Technology has advanced a lot. But till date our government has not been able to avail the benefits. In other states students studying in different places can access their states' employment status, apply online and download the admit card also.

In our state, students studying outside are unable to have updates. They have to come down to Itanagar with huge expenses only just to apply for jobs. Again our postal service delay adds to the problem by delaying the delivery of candidate’s admit card.

This is not fare and govt IT department should take initiatives to provide the necessary technology to every department to avail all the benefits and be one of the fastest growing states in e-governance.


SJ Singpho




Appeal to urban voters for municipal election

Dear Editor,

This is the historic time for those voters, who will be exercising their franchise in the first ever municipal election in Arunachal Pradesh on 16th May. By this letter I would like to appeal to all the voters of urban areas that you have been given opportunity by state govt. to bring some changes in urban areas of Arunachal Pradesh by choosing educated and capable leaders for your wards in municipal election 2013. I congratulate state govt. under leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for implementing urban local bodies by implementation of municipality.

It is well known that in our state due to lack of choosing good leaders at rural bodies, the Panchayat Raj system has been total failure in many parts of state.  Many of the elected Panchayat leaders are dependent on local MLAs for the implementation of policies and programs, which are to be avail under ministry of Panchayat Raj, govt. of India.

I would like to appeal all the urban voters to elect leaders who are well educated and capable. The candidates should be viewed above party, blood relation, clan or tribe.  Due to lack of strong local bodies at urban areas drainage, colony road, drinking water facilities, electric problem, Childrens Park and other modern amenities are not available in urban areas.  

Urban areas in Arunachal Pradesh especially twin capital city of Itanagar and Naharalgun are in worst conditions. The twin city is suffering from illegal encroachment problem. Law and order situation is bad. These important issues need to be dealt strongly and a good municipal councilor can surely tackle it.


Nabam Akin Hina


Education and Cultural development Society, Kimin




Simple thing made complicated

Dear Editor,

This is in response to reader’s forum letter titled 'seeking correction' by Tako Dugi and Digli Tamin. I want to inform the learned gentlemen that as they themselves have spelt out, the caption reads "They (Nyishi) were also locally known to each other as Kodang, Yano, Tagin.”  Dr Joram Begi has in no way (fallaciously) made up his mind. I am a true Nyishi of Lower Subansiri, but I am a Tagin for a Yano (Nyishi of East Kameng area). The term Tagin is used by the Nyishis of East Kameng area to refer to the Nyishis speaking an accent spoken in and around Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri and vice versa. The caption by Dr Joram Begi read "locally known to each other.” It never mentioned the Tagin tribe of Upper Subansiri. This issue should have never vexed you if instead of delving in books and veterans you simply could comprehend the subtle meaning of the sentence by the learned Dr Joram Begi.


Bengia Abo


Lower Subansiri District




Remember people are reading

Dear Editor,

Please Arunachal Times tell me what is a "CITY SCAN"??

It was used repeatedly in your news report published today under the headline “Health secretary inspects district hospital”. Did you mean our normal "CT- SCAN" or some kind of machine scanning the city? Remember people are reading it. Thank you


Takam Sakter

Govt. Medical College, Thrissur