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
Arunachalee boy found in Delhi park
ITANAGAR, May 19: An Arunachalee boy hailing from Tawang district was found on 17th
of this month from a park, near Delhi University. The Arunachalee student studying
at Delhi since then has taken the boy into their custody.
According to the information provided by one Tenzin, the boy was sleeping at park
when they found him. “We had got information that a young boy who speaks Monpa dialect
was seen around Delhi University. Soon we started search operation and located him.
He told us that his name is Tenzin Dawa. He claims that his father’s name is Mr
Chorpu and mother’s Mrs Dorjee Lhamu. Boy further told us that he left Tawang 9 years
ago and he doesn’t remember how he landed in Delhi,” informed Tenzin. “He is not
able to provide any concrete information to us about his family background and therefore
we are facing trouble. Through this daily, we appeal his family member to come out
and help us. He is healthy and safely staying with us now,” continued Tenzin. Any
person wanting more information in this regard may contact -09911623114 (Tenzin)
and 09818336220 (Lobsang).
AoL announces YLTP
ITANAGAR, MAY 19: Buoyed by the success of the training programme, the Art of Living
Arunachal Pradesh has announced another batch of its world-acclaimed Youth Leadership
Training Programme (YLTP) from 24th to 31st May 1013. The 8-day residential programme
will be held at the Art of Living Campus located in Jully Basti, Itanagar. Participants
are required to report by the evening of 23rd April. For further details and registration,
contact the Art of Living Centre, H Sector, Itanagar.
YLTP is a unique training programme aimed at creating physically strong, mentally
alert and morally responsible individuals who are ready to cross all their comfort
zones and become role models for others. The youth will be trained in physical and
mental fitness, personality development, leadership and communication skills, public
speaking, interpersonal skills; adaptability skills, time management , etc.
SVSSS Camp held
ITANAGAR, May 19: The Swami Vivekananda Sardh Shati Samaroh (SVSSS) Itanagar organized
ten days moral value enhancement training camp specially designed for the students
of Class V to X from 7th to 17th of this month. The camp was specially held for the
students of various VKVs of Capital.
The students from VKV Chimpu, Police Colony Vivek Vihar, VKV Nirjuli, Doimukh and
Polo Colony Naharlagun participated in the camp. The age old indigenous practice
of valued Sanskar, which gives an individual, good moral character and ethics to
lead a successful life, was imparted to the students. Around 400 students participated
in the camp. Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti Itanagar Karyakarta Shivam Riya, Roketso
Mam, Kumari Yago Digio, Komin Patir along with 16 other Karyakarta conducted the
Assault on poll duty officers condemned
ITANAGAR, May 19: Expressing concern over the reported physical assault on APCS and
other officers during their election duty at Seppa and other places in the state,
the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) in an emergency
meeting held here today has strongly condemned the incidents that happened at Nyapin
and Seppa. The Association adopted resolutions demanding preventive measures to
stop recurrence of such unjustified and intolerable activities which is becoming
a regular feature in the state.
The APCSOA strongly urged Govt. to nab the miscreants and punish them under appropriate
law of the land. Further, it demanded necessary security to the Administrative Officers
on election duty failing which, the Association will go for democratic movement in
Meanwhile, APCSOA urged upon all the candidates and their supporters not to take
the law at their own and instead, approach the appropriate authority for solution
to their grievances if any.
308 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
British High Commissioner visits Poma bamboo centre, calls on CM
ITANAGAR, May 19: The British High Commissioner Sir James David Bevan and his wife
Lady Janet Purdie Bevan, who arrived in the city on a six-day visit, today visited
the Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma, near here along with Governor Gen JJ Singh.
They went around the production centre and had a glimpse of the production process
and products, showroom cum sale counter of the center at Gohpur Tinali. They were
highly impressed by the handicrafts products of the centre.
Lauding the effort of Raj Bhawan towards financial empowerment of rural community,
they expressed hope that such initiatives will have long lasting impact on State’s
A brainchild of Governor Singh, the bamboo processing centre is benefitting a large
number of women both directly and indirectly.
Mooted by the Governor, Poma bamboo processing centre is an integral part of the
strategy to convert Poma into a model village in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier in the day, the visiting dignitaries, who arrived at Itanagar yesterday,
visited the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Gekar Sinyi Lake and Adventure Tourism
Camping Destination at Jotte-Poma.
Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner had an informal meeting with the Chief
Minister here this evening that was also attended by Minister of Food & Civil Supplies
and Geology & Mining Kamlung Mossang, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago, Chief
Secretary H K Paliwal, Commissioner to CM C B Kumar and Commissioner Personnel Gonesh
“Now that I have visited this beautiful state and had heart-to-heart talks with you,
I will become the advocate of Arunachal Pradesh for Britain,” said British High Commissioner
Sir James Bevan to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Lauding the natural richness of the state with highest forest cover in the country,
the High Commissioner offered cooperation and assistance in the development of the
“I am already a member of Team Arunachal,” he said proudly showing off the badge
of ‘Team Arunachal’, an idea mooted by Governor Gen J J Singh.
The High Commissioner sought to know the priorities of the State Government and scopes
for cooperation for wellbeing and progress of the state.
Tuki, in response, explained the recent policies adopted by the state government
especially focusing on agri-horti, tourism, sports, hydro-power and health sectors.
He said the State in recent years has made rapid progress in these fields, which
have been recognized and appreciated by all.
“We are stressing on the huge potential in our youths, who can change the future
of Arunachal with their participation in development of these sectors,” he said.
Referring to his visit to the State Museum here this morning, the High Commissioner
expressed his surprise over the peaceful co-existence of so many tribes with different
culture and traditions.
“Yours is a world in one state!” he exclaimed and urged the Chief Minister to face
the challenge of keeping it the same successfully in the backdrop of rapid development
that is taking place.
He promised to keep in touch with the state and explore avenues to cooperate in sectors
as desired by the State Government. He also assured to visit the state again.
The Chief Minister expressed gratefulness to the High Commissioner for taking trouble
to travel to the state and said that his genuine concern to partner with the state
has been a real moral booster.
Has Arunachal Pradesh become prisoner of its own frontiers ?
What baffles is not that India is behaving meek with China but why India seems to
not knowing how to behave with China. Whenever China acts in a manner that affects
India's interest or make movements in border area by intrusions, there would be a
panicky all around and under a hyper media reports, a lately guarded statement would
emerge from the govt. This has become a routine character of our conduct vis-a-vis
China. Ambiguity is the hallmark of Indian diplomacy towards China. It is true that
if one has to deal with China properly then one must understand China first.
I'm regarded as a hawkish, laden with emotions in my outlook with regards to China.
But in reality I believe in maintaining a cordial relationship with it's neighbour
so that both Nations can flourish together. A Superpower nation as neighbour must
be dealt with accordingly although it's difficult to remove the North India's obsession
with Pakistan due to historical reasons.
When I was issued normal Visa (to a sitting MP) to visit China during Beijing Olympics
I thought it was a defining moment which was also felt by then Ambassador to China
Nirupama Rao. The Ambassador shared this with me when she invited me for a tea at
her Beijing residence.
To my disappointment the matter was back to square. The Chinese have never taken
a practical stand related to border issues which could have lead to a permanent solution
(same told to Chinese Media including my South China Morning Post interview on 18.5.13).
The bigger question is what stops India from taking a bold steps which would put
the Chinese in a situation bound to respond. When diplomacy stagnates then time demands
for some bold, innovative and unusual moves by leaders chalking out a new course.
A time has come where India instill confidence and initiate steps to deal with China
at ground level.
The first visit of the new Chinese Premier Le Keqiang to India is an opportunity
to make it a landmark event. I would suggest two immediate proposals to be placed
before the Chinese PM which would be difficult to reject out rightly
The Chinese have soften their earlier stand of non issuance of Visas at all to Stapled
Visas to Arunachalees. The Govt has failed to take advantage of this move as many
in China believe that it amounted to conceding of Chinese claim on Arunachal. Then
Foreign Minister S M Krishna told me that accepting stapled visa would dilute our
position which is not correct. Actually it is China which has diluted their position.
I believe we failed to take advantage of it and it's a diplomatic blunder though
never too late. Once a stated position is accepted then that remains a standard baseline.
Once Visas are issued under a policy to Arunachalees even stapled one, can China
ever say that Arunachalees are Chinese ?
It's no doubt that Arunachal Pradesh had traditional trade link with Tibet and some
of it's areas were under it's indirect rules. But that ended since Tibet went under
Chinese Sovereignty and going by 1914 Shimla agreement, McMahon line is final and
permanent boundary. The re-opening of those traditional border trade routes along
McMahon line can bring a new dimension to our bilateral relations. Here India requires
to take a quick diplomatic initiative with confidence. Those border trade points
would immediately be treated as de-facto boundary where both India and China would
establish customs and trade related structures. In long run those border points would
become formal de-jure boundary.
Arunachal Pradesh is very poorly connected with mainland India. The China side of
Arunachal is completely closed. "Is Arunachal Pradesh prisoner of it’s own Frontiers"?
Is it correct to remain so isolated in 21st century globalization? It's time to realize
that Arunachal Pradesh understands itself as inalienable part of India beaming with
nationalism but does India understand Arunachal ? (The writer is a former MP of Arunachal
Demand to declare Gali RF as “De-reserve”
RUKSIN, May 19: The people of Depi, Debing, Poblung and Rayang villages under Ruksin
circle in East Siang district have expressed their strong resentment over the negligence
shown by the successive state governments in taking up their demand for de-reservation
of Gali Reserve Forest with the Centre.
According to report, there were only Adi 12 families settled in present Depi village
in 1922 and the villagers led by then Gaon Burah Tater Tali were paying land revenue
to then British government. The government later notified the area as Gali RF vide
notification No- FOR.230/D-1/80 and RCC-P2541 in 1936.
The villagers of the area subsequently assembled in a public meeting at Mirem during
December 1971, wherein they unanimously resolved to demand authority to declare the
notified Gali RF as de-reserve for cultivation purpose. As such, the people of Ramle
Banggo, Bogong Banggo and Legong Bangoo come to a decision of giving a larger area
at Midu Tapi (presently in Gutin RF) in lieu of the notified area under Gali RF.
The Extra Assistant Commissioner of Pasighat during 4th session of North-East Frontier
Agency (NEFA) put up the proposal to the Central Government during 1971, pleaded
that Gali RF should be declared de-reserved for cultivation purpose. In the later,
former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang too, wrote letter to the Centre
urging necessary steps for de-reserving of the forest area as per pubic demand. Accordingly,
then Union Minister of State for Environment & Forest (MoEF), Z R Anchari made a
reply to the state government in January 1987, wherein he stated that proposal for
de-reservation was under reconsideration.
However, the MoEF in its reply regretted that the proposal made by Arunachal Government
regarding de-reservation of Gali RF was not been possible to agree and therefore
it instructed Chief Minister to settle the encroacher on non-forest land. Later,
a joint Committee team of forest official from Itanagar and Shillong regional office
accompanied by Pasighat DFO paid aerial visit of the area, took photograph and conveyed
the feasibility report to MoEF in 1995.
But the forest officials’ efforts failed to convince the MoEF as the issue was pending
for seven years. In the year 2003, the State’s Conservator of Forest (CCF) again
moved the Assistant Inspector General of Forest under MoEF (FC Division), Delhi demanding
de-reservation of about 11,000 hectares of forestland in Gali RF under Arunachal
The local people led by one Togo Gamno (User agent) of Rayang village continued their
movement in support of their demand to declare Gali RF as de-reserve, but their demand
was unheard by the successive state governments. Gamno, who served his society as
an Anchal Somiti Member and presently acting as Gaon Burah of Rayang village, alleged
that none of the elected leaders like MLA and MPs elected from East Siang district
are paying attention for solution to the issue.
“The government notified our donated land as Gutin RF, but not declared Gali RF as
de-reserve and thereby deprived us from both sides”, Gamno exclaimed.
Presently, the villagers of Depi, Detak, Debing and a part of Rayang are depending
on the forest land for their agricultural and other farming activities. Alleged inaction
of the state government is pushing the people to live in the area amidst a tizzy
state in their minds.
Now, there is forest cover in Gali RF. The entire forest land under the RF (fall
in Assam and Arunachal territory) has transformed into dense human habitat.
Li holds talks with Manmohan, says visit will ‘inject new vigour’
New Delhi, May 19: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday began talks with his Indian
counterpart Manmohan Singh on all crucial bilateral issues within hours of his arrival
in New Delhi when he affirmed that his visit would "inject new vigour" into bilateral
ties and strengthen mutual trust.
Li, 57, accompanied by a senior-level delegation comprising government officials
and businessmen, arrived around 3 PM on a three-day-visit and was received by Minister
of State for External Affairs E Ahamed and senior ministry officials including Foreign
Secretary Ranjan Mathai.
In a written statement issued upon his arrival, Li said it serves the fundamental
interests of the two countries and their people and is a blessing to Asia and the
world at large that China and India coexist peacefully, maintain friendly relations
and work together to realise national rejuvenation.
He also said China regarded India as an important partner and friend, adding, "I
am looking forward to exchanging views with Indian leaders on bilateral ties and
regional and global issues of common concern."
Li also expressed confidence that his visit would strengthen mutual trust, deepen
cooperation, expand common interests and consolidate bilateral friendship, which
would inject new vigour into the China-India strategic and cooperative partnership
designed for peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, sources said today’s restricted meeting will only discuss issues of "major
concerns". Among other matters, India will convey its concern over recent Chinese
incursion in Ladakh region and stress that the Special Representatives of India and
China, who are scheduled to meet in next few months, take it up in detail to avoid
such occurrences in future.
India has been pressing for clarification and confirmation on Line of Actual Control
(LAC) in the India-China border areas pending the final settlement.
"Everything is on the table," Joint Secretary (East Asia) Gautam Bambawale said when
asked about the issues to be discussed between the leaders of the two countries,
which are witnessing differences on various crucial matters including boundary, waters
and on market access under economic ties.
"The two Prime Ministers would talk about these subjects. Since it (incursion) being
the recent occurrence (will be discussed)," he said.
Talks on trans-border rivers, especially India's concern over Chinese constructing
three additional dams on Brahmaputra river are also expected to figure in the restricted
Press fraternities of Arunachal don’t lose courage
It has become a shocking story in the state like Arunachal Pradesh once adored as
peaceful state in entire north east region that 308 days have passed, the culprits
involved in the July 15 attack on the Arunachal times associate editor Tongam Rina
are still at large. I want to appeal to the press fraternities not to lose courage
and unity. The people of the state (except perpetrators of the Rina case) are behind
you. I would like to appeal brother and sisters of the peaceful state to understand
the Role of media. Press is the very backbone of society. It plays role of a teacher,
reformer and a critic. Modern age is the age of democracy and democracy depends upon
public opinion. It is the real architect of Public Opinions. The press serves as
the most important weapon of modern life in combating all form of evils and injustices
in our society.
The press is a social reformer. It affords a platform, from which advocates of social
reform can push their causes for public attention. Press provides platform to the
people and communities who thinks they are unjustly treated, can air their grievances
there. The press keeps the public in touch with the day to day political socio- economic
change all over the world. The leading articles of news papers go a long way in forming
of public-opinion and guiding the people during critical period. The press exercise
great influence as it teaches the citizen their right and responsibilities. Lastly
the onus lies on the young and energetic present Deputy Commissioner and SP capital
complex to nab the culprit to prove their efficiency as an able administration.
Abo Tani colony,
Tale of text book
The Director of School Education, Itanagar is responsible for depriving the school
going children of the state of Arunachal Pradesh from availing free text books. The
quality & numbers of text books was compromised by the Education Department itself
for which Director of School Education, Itanagar is accountable for an avoidable
expenditure of 1.84 lakh and at the same Minister Concerns are answerable to why
the Education Department procured text books from the private publishers at a much
higher rates though books were available with the NCERT & CBSE at a much cheaper
As per the Audit Report of Arunachal Pradesh published for 2009-2010, it has come
to know that despite availability of NCERT/CBSE text books at cheaper rates; the
Director of School Education procured text books for the year 2008-09 from private
publishers at much higher rates and incurred an avoidable expenditure of 183.76 lakh.
The Education Department procures text books every year for free distribution to
the ST students of class I to VII under Universalization of Education scheme. The
main sources for procurement of text books have been NCERT, CBSE and private publishers.
A test check of the records of the Directorate of School Education (DSE) (December
2009) indicate that a Negotiation Committee, constituted for the purpose of fixation
of books rates, held meeting on 27 June 2007 wherein the rates for text books proposed
to be procured from private publishers were fixed. It was noticed that the rates
so fixed were much higher and were fixed by the Committee without comparing with
the NCERT/CBSE rates.
Audit scrutiny revealed that between July and September 2008, even without ascertaining
whether NCERT/CBSE was able to supply the books, the department procured various
text books at a total cost of Rs 4.91 crore from eight private publishers for free
distribution. The payments were released to the publishers after necessary verification
of the receipt of the books. The prices of books supplied by the private publishers
were higher by one and half to three times than that of NCERT/CBSE published books.
Had the department sourced the text books from NCERT/CBSE rather than private publishers
it could have saved approximately 1.84 crore on their purchase.
It was also found in audit that the department always procured books for Class IX
to XII from NCERT/CBSE. Books for Class I to VIII for the year 2009-10 were also
procured from CBSE/NCERT. Reason for procuring books in 2008-09 from private publishers
without even ascertaining and comparing the rates of NCERT/CBSE, were not available
in the records produced to audit. This total disregard to financial prudency in procurement
of textbooks resulted in an avoidable expenditure of 1.84 crore.
The matter was brought to the notice of the Government in May 2010; their reply has
not been received yet (September-2010).
The text books distributed to the govt. schools of the state has printing mistakes,
words are incorrect spelled and some texts were not legible at all. Moreover, text
books are distributed at the mid or end of the academic session by that time students
avails the books from the market.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) is an appropriate organization
to raise the issue and should demand the resignation of the Minister concern and
at the same legal steps should be taken to booked the officers involved in it.
Get tough with Assam
I wonder why government of Arunachal Pradesh is mute and silent spectator over the
recent interference by Assam Police on Panchayat poll at Hassee -Russa villager under
Longding district. It is reported that hundreds of police personals led by Sivsagar
Dist.SP obstructed the voting at the said village. This is not the first time that
people of this district are witnessing such trouble. In the past to such claim and
intrusion by people and government of Assam took place. Even after such repeated
claim and intrusion on Arunachal territory by Assam government, our Sate govt is
yet to wake up from the sleep. While "People First" is said to be the guiding force
of present state government but when its people is facing threat to its own land
and rights, the so called "People First Govt" is maintaining silence and deserting
the people to its own fate. Even after 5 days of the said incident, we have not heart
a single word or witness any action from our "People First Govt". I wonder what hinder
our leaders and govt to speak out tough and act against such intruder who are not
only wrongfully claiming our land but also illegally camping on our territory. I
humbly appeal our Govt & leaders to kindly act and speak tough before it’s too late.
“Verma Point” - History untold and unheard
Kindly do me the favour of publishing the following lines in the “Letters to the
Editor” of your paper.
It is about some fact regard historical but unknown to many of us, the “Verma Point”.
Verma Point is a pillar standing (not now) around 1-1.5 meters in height located
at my beautiful Talo Village, Yachuli Circle, Lower Subansiri District. Its dying
history goes back to 1960’s, when the first ever road connectivity reached this part
of Nyishi belt. It was a landmark achievement, because road connectivity brought
other aspects of development. Education being the most important one. It was the
need of hour for untouched and unexplored Nyishi belt at that time.
This important road connectivity work was undertaken by BROs (GREF) 104 Company,
headed by SB Verma. By the end of 1960, after lot of effort they had taken
the road through village Talo and reached the present Jaabli area (17-19 Kilo). But
it was not an easy task. They reached there after a lot of planning, mapping, survey,
trekking, challenging the deep jungle, facing nature’s worst fury and availing the
least machines and medical attention. It was all made possible by S B Verma, an intelligent
and experienced engineer and an excellent personality. But this Jaabli area was the
last point under his jurisdiction. He initiated a road network that would bring vast
social change in this part of Nyishi belt. He very rightly erected a pillar to mark
this historical achievement, and it came to be known as Verma Point. Later in 1962
during Indo-China War, the entire 104 company which constructed the said stretch
of road fled following the rumour that Chinese army is heading their way from this
route. Gunshots and bombings were clearly audible but Chinese troop never took this
route. Contrary to this, today, a leader availing all modern machinery would take
5 long months for a 5 km road for public welfare. But the same leader for his personal
benefit would have the work done just overnight.
The history behind the Verma Point is about the hardship taken to construct the road
in 60’s. The 104 company and the villagers had work hard putting their own life
at risk. The result of the hardships taken is clearly shown today. Talo village along
with the other Nyishi villages connected to this road have many intellectuals & officers
in all the important fields. Thus, a new era of progress and prosperity was followed
thereafter. Verma Point, inspite having such a history and creating a large impact,
indeed is both unheard and untold to many of us.
Presently the pillar is in ruined condition. Successive layer cutting of new roads
have left it in the jungle piled up with mud and vegetation. Today after 52 years
the same road is being elevated to a National Highway (work being started already).
Here S B. Verma’s long sightedness and purpose of the pillar is proved rightly. This
National Highway will make it to the last Chinese border and strengthen the border
area development. The words “Verma Point, 21 November 1960” on the pillar has a
lot to speak about journey from a jungle footpath to a national highway. Though this
issue is not so genuine, but the history is dying with passing days. With the commencing
of work for constructing national highway, the upgradation of this pillar and demarcation
it as a historical asset will serve it right.
Jotham Toko Tata
Appeal Supreme Court for early settlement
Once again report of encroachment of Arunachal land and disruption of election process
are being reported from Longding district. Why is our govt. silent? Additional police
force should be deployed and they should take control of school campus. Every year
Assam's land is eroded by flood and their land is decreasing day by day. Therefore
Assam is trying to encroached Arunachal land in many boundary areas. Immediate action
should be taken and the people be protected. The Supreme court should be appealed
for early settlement.
Work together to end hunger
Instead of its fast paced economic growth in past two decades India has lagged behind
in improving its record in Global Hunger Index chart, according to the report on
Global Hunger Index for seventh year which was released on Oct 11 last year by the
International Food Policy Research Institute.
In the list of 79 countries in the global Hunger Index, India was ranked 65th behind
China that was placed at 2nd place position, Pakistan at 57th and Sri Lanka at 37th
The report also points out the three countries Bangladesh, India and Timor-Leste
constitutes to the highest occurrence of underweight children under the age group
of five years, which records to more than 40 per cent in each country.
India was ranked second with 43.5 per cent of the children less than five underweight
in the list of the 129 countries compared for underweight child, after Timor-Leste.
As per the report, the nations that had showcased an absolute progress between 1990
Global Hunger Index to 2012 Global Hunger Index were Bangladesh, Angola, Malawi,
Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Niger, and Vietnam. Whereas there are 15 countries that have
managed to reduce it by 50 percent or more.
However, the good news is that the UN has launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia
and the Pacific. It calls on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society
and consumers to work together to end hunger in the region where the majority of
the world’s undernourished people live.
Halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger is one of the eight anti-poverty
targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have
pledged to achieve by 2015, along with improving education, gender equality, child
and maternal health and environmental stability.