May  28



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





VKV Itanagar students shine in Class XII CBSE exams

ITANAGAR, May 27: Vivekanda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Itanagar recorded 100% pass results in Class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations, both in Science and Arts.

Five students have secured above 90 per cent marks in Science stream while three students got more than 80 per cent marks in Arts. Those five students who got above 90 percent marks in Science are Reshma S Raju (94.4%), Prateek Samal (94.2%), Simanta Lahkar (92.8%), Bishal Das Purkayastha (91.8%) and those students who secured more than 80 percent marks in Arts included Robin Marbom (87.8%), Millo Chanya Nancy (84%), Nani Munya (80.6%).  Another student LodYubbe (Arts) secured (79.4%).


APJEE results declared

ITANAGAR, May 27: The Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Examination 2013 conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Technical Education for selection of candidates for various diploma and degree courses have been declared. The Exam was conducted on May 26 and results has been declared within 24 hours. Out of 6813 valid applicants, 5590 candidates appeared the examination.

The results are available in the website www.exametc.com and www.apjee.info and www.apdhte.nic.in.


1.90 lac fish fingerling distributed in Lohit

ITANAGAR, May 27: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Lohit distributed 1,90,000 fingerlings to 90 fish farmers of Kherem, Gunanagar, Solungtoo, GuhainGaon, Dharampur, Piyong, Khaojji and Kumari Khampti under on farm trial and front line demonstration to develop composite fish culture and integrated fish farming.

The fish seeds were distributed to the farmers from May 25 to 27 under the supervision of subject matter specialist (fishery science) of the KVK Debasis Sasmal to increase fish production and improve livelihood security of rural people.


Forum reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, May 27: Claiming that back stabbing policy of     Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) led to the death of one Bengia Tamang at Koloriang last month, Koloriang People’s Forum (KPF) today reiterated its demand for the immediate removal of PCC President from the post.  Earlier Forum in a letter addressed to INC president Sonia Gandhi, claimed that PCC is the responsible for the entire episode, adding that party has induced to fight within party by issuing double party ticket in a single Zilla/Anchal segment.


KGBV teachers serve ultimatum

ITANAGAR, May 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Teachers’ Association (AAPKGBVTA) today served an ultimatum to the state project director SSA Rajya Mission demanding for enhancement of salary and 50 percent reservation for Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Teachers’ in SSA teacher recruitment. In a release, the association said that despite repeated pleas the authority is yet to pay heed to its demand. The association would compel to declare an indefinite Pen-down strike from June 1st in case of failure of the authorities to fulfill its demands, the release said.


ACS mourns trader’s demise

ITANAGAR, May 27: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has condoled the tragic demise of prominent trader Dwarka Prasad Lakhotia in a car accident in Nowgong, Assam on Saturday night.

Lakhotia was a kind hearted person and his contributions towards state’s trade and commerce will always be remembered, ACS chairman Patey Tayum said in a release.

The Chairman conveyed deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


LES delighted

ITANAGAR, May 27: Longchang Elite Society (LES) in a release said that conferment of 3rd Lummer Dai Sahitya Bota (Literary award) on Kengsam Kenglam, one of the prominent literatures of Arunachal Pradesh by Asom Sahitya Sabha and Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society posthumously will encourage the coming generation in the field of literature.


Improve work culture, DC to officers

PASIGHAT, May 27: East Siang Deputy Commissioner has reiterated his commitment to make Pasighat crime-free and a better place to live in.  

Addressing a meeting of HODs here today, the Deputy Commissioner urged them to develop work culture and maintain discipline and punctuality in office.

“Together we can bring a positive change in the society,” the DC said. He informed that the government has instructed all the DCs to monitor various on-going schemes/project to ensure their timely completion. All the departments have to send their monthly progress reports for smooth supervision and monitoring of schemes/project, he said.

The field problems of the departments were also discussed in details. He informed that a committee will be formed to inspect the projects, especially central govt’s flagship programs. He also instructed the revenue generating departments to gear up their activities and achieve the targets set for revenue collections. DIPRO


Free power share from NHPC a myth: NCP

ITANAGAR, May 27: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit has flatly rejected the state government’s claim that Arunachal will get enough free power once the NHPC hydro-projects are commissioned.

According to state NCP president Kahfa Bengia, the State Govt. under the leadership of Lt. Dorjee Khandu had already taken the so called free power share of 12.5% well in advance in the name of reviving the sick Apex Bank in 2007.

The massive Rs. 225 crore taken in advance through MoA with NHPC at a compound interest rate of 9% not only belies the surplus power theory but more sadly mortgages Arunachalees future, the NCP president claimed.

According him, even if the NHPC’s 2000 MW Subansiri hydel gets commissioned by 2018, the debt burden on principal amount along with compound interest would put the entire Arunachalees into a debt trap for atleast two generations.

With Assam Govt. bargaining with Centre and NHPC authority for a major hike in their share of free power and Akhil Gogoi led KMSS’s anti-dam movement getting momentum day by day, the state’s share of free power will definitely be reduced and the debt period extended. Need of the hour, therefore, is to evolve a strategy to pay back the loan amount at the earliest rather than living in the dream world of free power, Bengia said.


Itanagar career fair begins

ITANAGAR, May 27: Many students flocked-in today at the 4th Itanagar Career Fair 2013 that is being organized by SAPE, a Kolkata based leading educational fair organizer of South Asia at Hotel Arun Subansiri.

Altogether, 36 Indian institutions are participating in the fair.

Merchant Navy’s participation is an added feature this year, said Sanjay Thapa, founder and MD, SAPE.

The fair which will conclude tomorrow is being organized in collaboration with state Higher and Technical Education Department.





316 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


I worked like a Head Gaon Bura”

Arunachal bids farewell to ‘People’s Governor’ JJ Singh


ITANAGAR, May 27: Arunachal Pradesh today bade an emotional farewell to outgoing Governor Gen.  JJ Singh and wife Anupama Singh here this morning. Hundreds led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, including school children gathered at Raj Bhavan helipad to see off the Governor and his wife with emotions overwhelming the sedate atmosphere.

Last evening, in a farewell function at Banquet Hall here, Singh placed the “People’s Governor” crown given to him by the Arunachalees as the highest honour among all medals and awards he had received in his life so far.

Addressing the function, Gen Singh expressed gratitude to Arunachal, Arunachalees and the state government, particularly the chief minister, with whom he had seamless relations along with his predecessors.

Enlisting the achievements, including accelerated pace of all-round growth of the state during his tenure and the schemes he got directly sanctioned from union ministers, the outgoing governor said he worked like the Head Gaon Bura and turned an Arunachalee. “Arunachal mein jiska dil lag jata hai woh wapis jana nehi chahta (he who likes Arunachal never wants go away), but every good things come to an end. We are indebted to Arunachal and Arunachalees and will keep coming back to be part of the state’s prosperity waiting in the wings,” said an emotionally charged Singh before meeting each one present on the occasion.      

First lady Anupama saluted the strength of the Arunachalees, particularly women, and assured, “We are going to keep coming here as Arunachal is our home.”

Earlier, the Chief Minister highlighted each of the achievements made by the Governor, particularly the ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit, ‘Clean and green Arunachal’, huge infrastructures including railway line, airfields, Trans-Arunachal Highway, Hollongi-Banderdewa four-lane, Arunachal Scout, tourism, horticulture, to name a few.

Tuki said this had endeared the governor to the masses who had conferred him the honour of “People’s Governor”. No other governor had done so much for the state which the Arunachalees would always remember, he added.

Speaker Wangling Lowangdong equally lauded the governor for his extraordinary capability as was referred by the governor earlier that “Arunachal Assembly maintains the highest democratic tradition in the country”.

Chief Secretary H K Paliwal shared his personal experience as principal secretary, when the governor had entrusted him with the responsibility of monitoring the package announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the state on January 31, 2008, reflecting his concern for the state.

The farewell function was attended by former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs and top ranking officers of the state government.

A colourful programme reflecting the cultural mosaic of the state was presented on the occasion.



18-year-old hacked to death in Capital Complex

ANSU demands exemplary punishment to culprits

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 27: An 18-year-old boy bled to death after he was attacked several times with Dao in the wee hours today at Legi Complex here.

The deceased has been identified as Bomjen Gapak, a 1st year Civil Engineering student of NGF College of Engineering & Technology (NGFCET), Palwal in Haryana.

A group of 12-13 unidentified assailants attacked six young boys, including the deceased, following an altercation in the car parking area of Legi Complex at around 2 in the morning.

It all started when two boys, deceased’s cousin brother and his friend, were attacked in Tadar Tang Road by two men, in a white R-15 motorcycle, following an altercation. Later the two men were joined in with 10 other men armed with Daos who came in a red car. Terrified, the cousin brother called up the deceased who came with three other friends. In the ensuing struggle, Bomjen was attacked by the armed men several times leading to his death. While he died immediately after the attack, his cousin sustained injury in his left arm who is now recuperating at a hospital.

Information was received by Itanagar police station at about 2:45 am who have launched a murder inquiry into the incident.

“We have rounded up some people who were found loitering around during that time. We cannot say anything until we can gather some information from his cousin,” informed SDPO Capital Taru Gusar while confirming the gruesome incident.

Legi Complex where the murder happened is just at a distance of 80-90 metres from the Police Station which very much explains the security system of the state capital that have since late witnessed many violent incidences. And despite of the fact that the district administration has banned carrying of lethal weapons like Dao, arms and ammunitions in and around Capital Complex, people are still using them in full public, not afraid to even use them lethally against another human being. And to add to the despair, the area Bank Tinali comes under few of the areas which are under CCTV surveillance.

“We are looking at some CCTV footages from the area,” shared the SDPO.

Meanwhile, the grieving father of the deceased, Debom Gapak, a state Govt employee, has appealed for the early arrest of the assailants.

“The culprits must be arrested soon and they should not be released. It is the only wish that I can wish for my son,” said the grieving father.

Condemning the incident, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has urged the Capital police to expedite the case at the earliest.

In the release, ANSU demanded guilty has to be awarded exemplary punishment and in no way should be granted bail.

We urge the home department to immediately deploy security personnel on patrolling round the clock in and around Capital Complex to check untoward incidents, it said.



7 CHF students secure ICAR JRF

PASIGHAT, May 27: Seven students of College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), Pasighat  have managed to secure ICAR Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by qualifying in the National Level ICAR-JRF Examination 2013 held on April 21.

The qualified students are N Rabichandra Meitei and  Lalbahadur Singh in  Agricultural Biotechnology, Lichamo J  Yanthan and Nangsan KL Khongwir in Horticulture, Napolean Rongmei, L Chanu Langlentombi and Tage Moonya in Forestry.

Education Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) New Delhi conducts national level competitive examination, ICAR-JRF every year to provide a platform for the students of agriculture to pursue post graduate education in different disciplines.

The college has a history of producing students of high academic excellence. More than 25 per cent of the  passed out students of CHF have secured ICAR-JRF scholarships in different disciplines of horticulture & forestry during the preceding years and 95% of them obtained seats for pursuing post graduation in reputed National institutes and SAUs. DIPRO



2nd phase of motor driving training prog begins

ITANAGAR, May 27: The second phase of Motor Driving Training programme for school dropouts students of Hija village, Ziro began at Old Ziro today.

Organized by Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro in collaboration with Lower Subansiri District Transport Officer, the programme was inaugurated by Taro Tallo, Secretary of  Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro.

As  many as 10 trainees are taking part in the 15 days training camp and the trainees were issued learner licences by District Transport Officer. They will be issued regular licence by same authority after successful completion of  the training programme.

The first phase one month Motor Driving Training for school dropouts students of said village was successfully completed on 25th May, 2013 where five trainees took part, and they will be issued  regular licences by District Transport Officer, Ziro within few days.

The main objective of training is to boost up morale of school drop outs students and encouraging them to find self employment for their livelihood.



Arunachal needs empirical research: Prof. Mibang

Rono Hill, May 27: Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang has stressed the need of a well designed empirical research in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Simple research has no meaning today. One has to go for aggressive research to find out the fact and to make a breakthrough. That is how we are going to contribute the world of knowledge,” Prof. Mibang said while inaugurating the two weeks capacity building cum training for the faculty of Social Sciences sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science research (ICSCR) in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and Management, RGU.

Key resource person, Prof. R P Vadhera from Mizoram University highlighted the present status and standard of research works in colleges and universities in North East which according to him is still at nascent stage as compared to mainland universities.

Prof. R Tamuli, Dean faculty of Commerce and Management hoped this program will help enhance the quality of research in social science.

Highlighting the broader objective of the program, Dr. T. Kaye, Program Director cum Associate Prof. at the Dept. of Commerce and management opined that whether hypothetical or empirical, research works and its result highly depends on methodology. Therefore, the knowledge of research methodology is indispensable in research works.

Dr. Ottem Moyong, Co-director of the program and Associate Prof. Dept of Commerce and Management also attended the inaugural program. (Contributed by Debananda S Medak, Mass Comm, RGU)

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Quality a must in road construction

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the pathetic condition of  Doimukh to Toru PWD road. Crore of funds are being spent on this road for last many years under various schemes like NLCPR, NEC etc but the road is not user-friendly till date.

It is seen that the contractors involved in the maintenance of the said stretch of road use to  renovate the  road with boulder and mud over it which later easily washes out  by a few minute’s rain. After the rain, holes appear again and the condition of the road remains the same.   The condition of Toru to Sagalee road is also the same.

I request the intellectual, youths and students of Sagalee, who frequently use the  stretch of the road to raise the issue before appropriate authorities.

I would also like to appeal the local MLA and chief minister to give strict instruction to PWD officials not to release bill of such contractors  who  do not maintain quality in road maintenance.


Techi Solo




Adequate security needed to safeguard the interests of sons of the soil

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news report "Manipur CM says Centre yet to decide on inner line permit"(May 25).

The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System is absolutely justified in declaring that it is not against outsiders, but wanted a system to restrict their entry so that separate identities of local and indigenous people could be protected.

India is not a monolithic country; but a conglomeration of different regions, each possessing a distinct linguistic and cultural entity of its own. Thus in the name of attaining "unity", the characteristics of each region and security of indigenous group cannot be tampered with. And just for the sake of keeping the heterogeneity alive which will also help India to remain united, adequate protection of rights of the sons of the soil are absolutely needed.

Sub-nationalism gains ground only when the indigenous population of any region is accorded step-motherly treatment or made aliens in their own homeland. The process of migration is fine, but adequate securities and measures need to be adopted to safeguard the interests of the sons of the soil in all sectors.

India's unity is fully dependent upon the policy --- Live and Let Live. Being part and parcel of India, no state can shut its door for the migrants from other regions. But the migrants should also remain indebted to the sentiment, language, culture and indigenous population of the soil which provide them bread and butter instead of trying to dictate over the locals. And indigenous population should also be made to enjoy the luxury of reservations in jobs, business sectors and land holdings so that they do not get threatened by the deluge of migrants. Else social disturbance is inevitable.


Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata




We will miss you, Sir

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to express few words of thanks to our Governor Gen.(Retd.) J J Singh who left our state on 27th of this month after completing his successful tenure.

During his stay in Arunachal for all these five years he has done numerous tasks for the benefit of our state. He has shown keen interest in implementing Harmuty to Itanagar Railway line project and many other development related works. Besides this he also maintained unity in diversity, whenever I saw his picture in Newspapers, attending any official function like inaugural ceremony, education related program or any kind of social appearance he always wore our traditional dress though it be Nyishi coat or Galo Galuk or any of our dress that represented the 24 major tribes of Arunachal and we were really proud of it. Madam Nirupama Ji also showed keen interest in developing the outlook of woman folk of our state through her SHG Muskan.

Wish, the President of India appoints Gen. (Rtd) Singh as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh again in near future.

We will miss you.


Token Poyom

Police Colony, Vivek Vihar.


Pollution to spark severe water shortages

Most of the world will face acute water shortages in as little as a generation or two if we  do not put the brakes on pollution and waste, warned scientists at a conference in Bonn on Friday. "This will be self-inflicted and entirely avoidable," says The Bonn Declaration  issued at the end of the four-day global conclave.

The conference assessed the impact of human development on freshwater resources, which  constitute only 2.5 percent of the earth’s total water reserves. Already, a third of the  world's seven million people have inadequate access to fresh water.

"In just a few generations, the majority of earth’s nine billion people will be living  under the handicap of severe pressure on fresh water," said Charles Vorosmarty, co-chairman  of the Global Water System Project, the research body, which hosted the meeting. "These  self-inflicted wounds have long-term legacy effects that are not easy to turn around."

Humans use up an area the size of South America to grow crops and another as large as  Africa to raise livestock. Two-thirds of major river deltas are threatened because of  groundwater extraction while in India a number of large dams are distorting natural river  flows on which ecosystems have depended for ages. Much of the damage is being caused by the  use of fertilizers and pesticides and sewerage.