May 10

Tongam congratulated

ITANAGAR, May 09: Gumri Ringu, Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and President of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) congratulated Tongam Rina, journalist par excellence for the rare feat of being named in the list of “100 Information Heroes”. She truly deserves a grand salute, as she has brought glory and pride to this state. She is an inspiration for many young girls/daughters of the state, aspiring to shine in their chosen field of studies and career, Ringu said.


ECI orders probe into poll complaints

ITANAGAR, May 09: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered an enquiry into various complaints received for re-polling in 31-Chulla polling station of 21-Koloriang Assembly constituency and 2-Ruhi, 6-Giba, 15-Richik and 21-Ha polling stations of 20-Tali Assembly constituency. Accordingly the Enquiry Officer appointed by ECI had visited the respective district HQs and conducted enquiry in to the matter. At Koloriang the officer also met with the various Candidates/Election Agents in this regard.

Further, the Enquiry Officer examined the concerned polling officials in the CEO’s office, Itanagar today. During the process of enquiry, security was tightened up in and around the CEO Office campus. The Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex issued prohibitory order under Sec 144 CrPC. The process of enquiry is in progress peacefully. The reports will be submitted by the Enquiry Officer to the ECI, New Delhi for further appropriate action.


Demand reiterated

ITANAGAR, May 09: In a letter to the District Electoral Officer, BCC 37 Pasighat West Constituency has reiterated demand for cancellation of postal ballot issued to service voters belonging to this constituency.

Claiming to have authentic valid documents the committee said that may ex-servicemen have been issued postal ballot whereas many of them had already cast their votes in their respective villages on April 9.

It further said that postal ballot have been issued to personnel not enrolled in the electoral roll. They also said that DEO’s office was not transparent while dealing with postal ballot and that laid down norms were ignored while issuing postal ballot. The committee further called for expose to query files under RTI act before declaration of election result which is slated on May 16.


Strike withdrawn

Itanagar, May 09: Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) agreed to withdraw its proposed strike from May 10 to stop supply of petroleum products in Arunachal Pradesh after intervention of Arunachal Pradesh Petroleum Tanker Association (APPTA) to release the tanker bearing Registration No- AS-25C-6579 from police custody. The APMU came to this decision after joint meeting was held at the office of IOC, Doimukh today in between APMU and the victim family. Govt officers concerned, Doimukh ZPM, SDM, IOCL Doimukh, owner of tanker, APMU members, representatives of victim family and APPTA president (Negotiator) and team members were  also present in the meeting, said APPTA president  Kipa Kanam in a release.


GWS writes to CS

ITANAGAR, May 09: The Galo Welfare Society has written to Chief Secretary complaining against declaration of Topo Welfare Society to Tagin tribe and proposed erection of unity pillar at Dumporijo on 10th of this month. “It seems that such declaration and erection of unity pillar is fallout of electioneering in Dumporijo constituency. Such an activity may lead to disharmony amongst society of various clans and sub-clans of our state which might create mistrusts,” the GWS wrote.

Further they appealed to the CS to initiate appropriate measures to ensure that peace and tranquilly amongst various tribes is maintained and also take up the matter with DC, Daporijo.


Training for counting official held

KHONSA, May 9: A training was conducted at Khonsa community hall for the officials who had been assigned duties for counting on May 16.

The resource persons and experts highlighted the importance of the duty to be carried out by the counting officials. They demonstrated EVM machine and other intricacies involved while counting.

The training was supervised by the DEO Tirap & Longding Kamlesh Kr.Joshi, and

ARO K. Tikhak. The DEO asked the trainees to take the training seriously to ensure that the counting process is flawless and smooth.

Altogether, 165 trainees attended the training programme.


APETA urges payment of pending arrears

ITANAGAR, May 09: The Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (APETA) has urged the state government to clear all the pending DA arrears of the assistant teachers, Craft teachers, Lab Assistant, Junior Librarian within five months.

In its letter submitted to the commissioner education, it said, the pending arrear since 01.04.1998 to 31.12. 2008  to 31 is  Rs. 1,44,37,92,000.  And it is Rs. 21, 80, 55,037 from 01.01.2009 to 31.07.2012.


Postal ballot fiasco continues

ITANAGAR,   May 09:  The Mechuka  Block Congress Committee (BCC) today feared foul play in proper dispatch of postal ballots and the delivery procedure in regard to 133 postal ballot papers of 33rd Mechukha.

According to Mechukha BCC acting president Situ Kotin, 133 postal ballots of Mechuka have been registered by the ARO Mechukha on March 28 at Naharlagun post office. But some of the service personnel received the ballot papers of Parliamentary election only and did not receive ballot papers of Assembly election even after a month, the BCC alleged.

Where all those postal ballot papers have gone ?  Who is to blame for this ? the BCC questioned.


Forum lodges complaint to ECI

ITANAGAR, May 09: Referring to its one week ultimatum submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state on its demand for fresh poll in 15-Richik, 2- Ruhi, 6-Giba and 21- Ha polling stations of 20-Tali constituency, the Tali- Pipsorang Peoples’ Forum (TPPF) today submitted a complaint to Chief Election Commissioner of India  through the Nirvachan Bhawan against the  presiding officers and sector magistrate of  the above mentioned four polling stations saying that they (the election officials) have failed to present at Koloriang  before the enquiry officers from Chief Election Commissioner of India on May 7. It further stuck to its demands for fresh poll in the four polling booths mentioned above alleging anomaly by the INC candidate and his supporters.


News Impact

Naharlagun-Dekargoan train service suspended

ITANAGAR, May 09: The Naharlagun-Dekargaon (Assam) train service has been suspended from today by Indian Railway. This comes days after All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) demanded for immediate suspension of train service alleging that illegal migrants pouring into state using railway. While talking to this daily station master of Naharlagun railway station informed that as per the instruction issued by higher authorities of Indian Railway, the staffs of Naharlagun and Gumto stations have been withdrawn and both the stations have been sealed.

“The train service has been suspended indefinitely due to security reason,” the station master added. In a advertisement issued this evening North-East Frontier Railway informed public that the train instead of Naharlagun station, will now terminate at Harmuti and will continue to do so till situation improves.

Ever since train service started various student organizations of state like ANSU, SUMA, APPDSU and other civil society organizations have been expressing serious concern over large scale migration of outsiders into state. There is growing mistrust between people of Arunachal and Indian government over railway service. Large section of Arunachalee society believes that train service has been started in order to liquidate ILP system. It is this mistrust which has caused massive sentiment against train service. To make matter worse, railway authorities along with state government has failed to implement proper ILP checking system at train stations. Both the sides are blaming each other for this problem. “Everybody was aware that train service will start from March onwards. Why state government did not took any step in this regard. It is not our duty to check ILP and is prerogative of state government,” said a railway official who did not wished to be name.



We have to walk together as India belongs to us’

Delhi Police receive bouquets and brickbats

From a Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 09: Delhi Police received bouquets and brickbats during the maiden interactive session between its top rang officers and NE representatives at Hindi Bhawan here today.

Though praises were heaped on Delhi Police initiatives but numerous questioned were raised on lack of sensitivity about NE people among the police ranks, non-clarity in the notification issued to create the NE Cell to tackle the problems facing NE people, the cell set up in two barracks with hardly any furniture, manpower, logistics and financial power while the coordinator (joint commissioner of police Robin Hibu) appointed by the union ministry of home affairs had no authority, of the 41 cops from NE among the 82,000 cops in Delhi were holding insignificant position.

Delhi Police Commissioner Bhimsen Bassi was conspicuously absent while special commissioner of police (Law & order) Deepak Mishra, the chief guest, reached an hour later reflecting their sensitivity towards the NE issue.

However, the brainstorming session recorded the expectations of the NE people raised prominently by senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, who wondered how long it would take to recruit about 400 personnel of all ranks by Delhi Police from NE states as directed by the Delhi High Court and   why the NE Cell jurisdiction is yet to be notified with the required warewithal and authority to the coordinator? Supporting Kumar, AI pilot Capt Govind S Honjan suggested more women cops should be recruited from NE.

“Don’t treat us as criminals but victims,” corporate lawyer Ingchina (Nagaland) said while accusing Delhi Police of insensitivity by citing her personal experience in a police station.

When The North East Today Editor-in-Chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma (Tripura) charged the Delhi Police for identifying those arrested from NE in prostitution cases by their states reflecting complete insensitivity, Mishra quipped that police only rescue such victims not arrest.

Advocate Liyi Marli Noshi (Arunachal Pradesh) hinted at the harassment meted out to NE people by the land lords who do not sign any contract but raise the rent every six months.

“Don’t discriminate NE people,” said Sentisingla Longchar, assistant professor & HoD (CSR), Lady Harding College and said that if defence forces could go to remote NE districts for recruitment why not Delhi Police (during 2003 recruitment only the vacancy was advertised in Guwahati-based newspapers). There should 50% reservation for woman in Delhi Police to increase their presence while 41 cops from NE should be well-placed to help NE people, she added.

Another woman demanded fast tracking and designated prosecutor to deal with rape cases.

When Prashanti Moktan of Eastern Sky Media hinted that there were only two women of the 33 NE representatives identified by Delhi Police, Mishra assured to look into it.

Mishra on behalf of Delhi Police honoured Good Samaritan Delhites and cops those who had gone out of way to help NE people in distress besides launching the Facebook (delhipolicefornefolks) for the NE people to communicate effectively.

Earlier, Hibu, in his address, exhorted the gathering to serve as ambassadors for their brethren and adopt a positive attitude.

“We have to walk together as India belongs to us. Blaming ignorance, lack of knowledge and language barrier for cases of discrimination”, he said that Delhi Police stands with ‘Zero tolerance’ policy for you against cases with malafied intention.

Citing the example of how as a young officer in Mizoram he felt discriminated but gradually that disappeared, JCP Sanjay Benita said ethnicity, cultural diversity and geographical divide creates such problem.

“Stop feeling as victim as you have equal right like anyone as citizen of India. Let us fight it together”, he added.

The Delhi Police initiatives included meeting NE representatives every month, setting up of police out posts in areas inhabited by NE people, NE Cell with 15 personnel including a DCP created at Nanak Pure, data bank being maintained, rape case fast tracked, BPO/call centres have to mandatorily drop women employees at night at their homes, 6,000 NE people registered as voters during last general elections, Delhi Legal Service Authority activated with five lawyers from NE appointed as counsellors, 100/1093 activated as helpline round the clock, woman help desk manned by officers set up in every PS, plain cloth cops deployed to nab eve teasers, women cops patrol vulnerable areas, NE Cultural Centre at Delhi, self-defence training for NE women and coaching for competitive examinations proposed, among others, as highlighted by Hibu though a PowerPoint presentation.



Death of former minister Tingkhatra mourned

ITANAGAR, May 09: Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong and the officers and staff of State Legislative Assembly have mourned the demise of former minister Newlai Tingkhatra.

The Speaker had rushed to Delhi to visit him at Medanta Hospital on hearing the news of his brain stroke. He remained there at Delhi till the news of his death was announced. He also paid last tribute to the departed soul at New Delhi. They further prayed to the almighty God to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family members.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) have also condoled the demise of former minister Newlai Tingkhatra.

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) expressed grief and shock over the untimely demise of former Minister Newlai Tingkhatra.

“The third team of APSCW had the opportunity to interact with late Tingkhatra, while holding the charge of Department of Women & Child Development. He came across as a simple and  down- to-earth person, who was enthusiastic to know about the workings of State Commission and always ready to extend all possible help to the issues of women and children. In his demise the State has lost a great leader,” the APSCW Chairperson Gumri Ringu said in a condolence message.

“We convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife and children at this moment of grief  and pray to Almighty for granting eternal peace to the departed soul.”

The officers and staff of the DRC, Kolkata also deeply mourned the death of former minister Tingkhatra in a condolence meeting held at Arunachal Bhawan, Kolkata on May 8.

“His (Tingkhatra’s) absence will remind the people of Longding district of his fifteen years service as  politician and cabinet minister in the state,”  said Ronafiai Maham,  BJP candidate from Kanubari Assembly constituency. Maham on behalf of the BJP Kanubari conveyed condolence to bereaved family.   The members of the BJP unit also observed two minutes silence and prayed to Almighty for heavenly peace of departed soul.

The executive members of Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) have also expressed deep shock over the untimely demise of Tingkhatra and prayed for his eternal rest in heavenly abode.

Expressing deep shock at the death of Newlai Tingkhatra, former minister Thajam Aboh  in a condolence message said, “I have lost a good friend with whom I had association both in good and bad times. As a minister colleague also, we had shared tough time from 1999 onwards as both of us joined in party politics together.” The late minister was a strong believer of indigenous faith and culture. He advocated prohibition of drug-addicts in Wancho society particularly in Kanubari area. The creation of recent Longding district was also the result of his active initiative as a minister, for which the Wancho community would remember him for his  noble contributions, he added.



Children urged to hone their inborn aesthetic quality

2-day summer workshop on drawing and painting begins

ITANAGAR, May 09: Continuing their endeavour to develop the creative potential amongst the children in Arunachal Pradesh, Muskaan Welfare Society (MWS) led by the First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma is conducting a two-day Summer Drawing and Painting Workshop at Raj Bhawan from 9th May.

Numbers of students from various schools are attending the camp under the able guidance of renowned artists, Jitensdra Singh, Founder Principal of Ranjeev College of Fine Arts, MFA (painting) Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Yogai Bangyang, alumni of Shantiniketan, Kolkata and Rotu Tedi of Information and Public Relations Department.

Interacting with the participants and art experts, the First Lady of the State, who is the Chairperson of MWS, exhorted the children to hone their inborn aesthetic quality and avail maximum benefit out of the summer camp.

Expressing hope that they will be able to polish their skills under the resource persons, First Lady informed that the objective of the workshop is to provide exposure to the talented students who performed extremely well in the painting competition organised by Raj Bhawan during the Republic Day celebration earlier in the year.

The First Lady informed that Muskaan Welfare Society going for some special activities in education, health and cultural sectors for the year. In healthcare sector, the society has already organized an eye camp at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, where more than 300 patients benefited and free spectacles and medicines were distributed. For further treatment at Sri Sankardeva Netralaya, Guwahati the batch wise sending of patients will start from 11th May, which will be followed by second batch on 14th and third batch on 17th May. In Education Sector, MWS is proposing many initiatives in the future with special focus and women and child development.

Earlier, MWS Secretary Ar. Kobby Zirdo Bagra briefing on the Summar Camp said that in Arunachal Pradesh, Arts and crafts are not openly accepted career option due to lack of encouragement and proper exposure. She opined that the camp will address these aspects of negligence and help in instilling a respect and appreciation of the subjects amongst the young students.

As part of the two-day camp, an painting exhibition by Art Experts, Jitensdra Singh, Yogai Bangyang and Rotu Tedi are on display at the Camp venue.

Art and Culture Director, Mamata Riba was present on the occasion along with other guests and special invitees.



Late Dabi’s wife provided job on compassionate ground

PASIGHAT, May 09: According to official sources, Bater (Lollen) Dabi has been given a job of Assistant Teacher at Namey village on compassionate ground by the Directorate of School Education. Accepting the appointment, she has joined her duty today at the DDSE office, Pasighat.

A demand draft worth Rs 20,00000 sanctioned as Ex-Gratia grant in favour of Bater (Lollen) Dabi, widow of Late Mathew Dabi has been accepted by her today in presence of friends and family members.

Dabi, a junior teacher of Namey village, who was appointed as polling officer for the April 9 simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assembly, went missing on the day of polling. His body was recovered on April 17 from a gorge inside a deep forest, two kilometres away from Siine village polling station under Pangin assembly constituency.

Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma had ordered for investigation into the Mathew Dabi death case by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police.   DIPRO/ Source



CYO expresses concern over pathetic condition of road and drainage

ITANAGAR, May 09: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has expressed deep concerned at the sorry state of affairs of the capital roads and its drainage system. Drawing attention of urban and highway department CYO president Bengia Nachung in a letter addressed to head of two departments stated that with the advent of monsoon it has been noticed that roads of twin Capital city is deteriorating. The poor road condition reflects the degree of commitment and attention shown by the concerned deptt, the letter read.

“It is very unfortunate that the concerned department is not at all prepared for climatic changes and its consequences. Ocean sizes water logging and potholes in National Highway and Sector roads is creating nuisance for the dwellers of the city. The poor drainage system becomes a major hurdle for the daily commuters who is earning for their stomach,” stated CYO. They further alleged that many accidents take place due to this water logging and potholes, which is hidden underwater. It has been reported that in this 3-4 days of monsoon, several cases of accidents took place in the city, which is clearly due to poor road condition during rainy season.

“All this could have been avoided to some extent if the departments were alert and prepared enough by taking necessary steps during dry season. They could have minimized difficulty being faced by the common public if they had timely constructed proper drainage system along the road and maintained the quality,” continued CYO. Lastly they urged concern department and Municipal Council to take serious note of the problem and take necessary action to avert major disaster.



Tribute to a gentleman Mokar Riba

Gemar Padu

Today on the eighth death Anniversary of my elder brother Lt. Mokar Riba, I share with the family, friends and well wishers some of my memorable moments with him with a tearful adieu.

The year was 1981. The academic session had just begun. New students from village schools had just taken admission. It was a School debate competition held at the Auditorium at the beginning of the session. Those were the days good debaters were looked up with respect among students. I do not remember whether he spoke for or against the motion. When he stood up and started to speak, there was pin drop silence in the hall. Everybody was spellbound and few moment later, the hall was filled with reverberating claps to his each point. Unbelievably even the opponents clapped in unison. There was complete mass hysteria all around. Such was the oratorical capability he held. I became his instant fan. He also was a new student who joined back to become student again after serving as teacher for more than five years in an orphan school opened by our Ex- CM Gegong Apang. Soon I discovered that we were in the same hostel. He was in OBT thatched Barrack at Hirik Hostel. In an attempt to come close to him, I was looking for an opportunity. Then one fine Sunday, I came to his room in the pretext of serving midday tea only to be politely refused. He was sitting lonely listening to YE HAWA YE HAWA... YE FIZA YE FIZA.  HAI UDAAS JAISE MERA DIL MERA DIL- by Mahendra Kapoor from GUMRAH on his Gramophone. That was my tryst with a Gentleman, the Late Mokar Riba. At that time when I heard that song in his room, I thought it was just apt; never to realize that one day it will ring in to my reminiscence. From that day, we became so close to each other that I did not feel the absence of an elder brother. The following year he was awarded Silver Medal by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for his exemplary humanitarian service as Teacher of an orphan School in a remote place. The same year he got elected as the General Secretary of Along Higher Secondary School with thumping majority though it is another story that he had to step down with pressure from the student community after the famous AAPSU agitation of August1982.  He was a philanthropist. He would always come forward to help the poor and needy students but that was never for advertisement. I was one of those students. He was a man of great personality. He was a teetotaler and a theist.  In 1990, he went to Italy to study Theology and stayed there for a year and came back to India as a messenger of Universal religion. He would never share his problem with others though he would always share the problem of others. Eight years back on this day the 10th May 2006, Mokar Riba, the true gentleman left us forever, the news that shook the entire state. In his untimely demise, Arunachal Pradesh lost a dynamic and a selfless young leader of the State. (The  author is an Assistant Engineer in PWD,Highway)



DEO holds meeting for peaceful counting process

BOMDILA, May 09: In order to ensure conducive atmosphere for the counting day and violence-free post poll period in the district, DC cum DEO AK Singh today convened a meeting of all the contesting candidates (Assembly) and their election agents at district headquarter Bomdila.

Impressing on the need for their matching share and responsibility in maintaining law and order before, during and after the counting, Singh reiterated that the whole electioneering process and various other exercises for the last three months or so have been carried out for the contesting candidates and therefore it becomes their moral and duty-bound responsibility to ensure that their party members or supporters co-operate with the administration and obey the rule of the law.

The whole electioneering process in the district has been carried out in the most neutral way without fear or favor and the district administration would not in any way compromise or tolerate any attempt to sabotage the counting or instigations by any to disrupt the peace and tranquility of the area, said AK Singh. Any such attempts would strongly be dealt with without any considerations, he cautioned.

Highlighting the various arrangements made so far for an error free counting and also dealt on the dos and don’ts to be followed by the candidates, their election and counting agents, he also invited them and their election agents to be a part of the practical rehearsal of the counting process to be held at the counting centre on 13th.

Superintendent of Police Surender Kumar briefed on the various security arrangements to be put in force and appealed the candidates and their party members to co-operate with the law enforcing agency for their own interest and in the interest of the people of the district. DIPRO



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Interesting days ahead


With Look Sabah poll results just a week away, the political parties are beginning to explore every possibility to form next government. Opinion poll shows that BJP lead NDA will win maximum seats but still it is not clear whether they will get absolute majority. On the other hand Congress lead UPA have not given up hope and has even hinted that they are ready to extend support to the third front to keep BJP out of power.

With the possibility of hung parliament increasingly looming large, the role of small regional parties will be significant. Parties like AIADMK, BJD, YSR Congress, and TRS have not made their stand clear yet. Many political pundits believe that even parties like NCP, BSP, and SP who have been either part of UPA or extended outside support may also change loyalty post election. BJP on Friday said it does not believe in "political untouchability" and is open to take support from any party. The principal opposition party has started wooing possible alliance and has set tone for post poll political storm.

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Let us together prevent forest fire  

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article published in Readers Forum column of your esteemed daily dated 1st May, 2014, under the headline “Forest Fire Creates Havoc at the Fringe Area of Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary”. It is to clarify that Department of Environment & Forests, Government of Arunachal Pradesh tries hard to put in all efforts to prevent and control forest fire in and around Capital Complex every year especially during dry season. The department caries out awareness campaign programs like-publishing advertisement about different ways tocontrol forest fire in all the leading local dailies and also through Radio, Television. Displays banners are put in different prominent locations and awareness programs in schools and other place are regularly conducted. Forest Fire protection staffs are regularly engaged for the purpose. But, even after so much of efforts put in by the department, the Forest Fire still becomes matter of concern to all of us.

The beautiful natural forest of Itanagar (as mentioned in the article) is being destroyed by migrants population who come and settle in the Capital Complex from across the state. It is a matter of discussion and we need to find ways for this problem. All possible actions are initiated by the Department to contain illegal activities in the area. It is requested that people of state should understand the land status and policy/ programme of State Govt. We are taking every step to prevent illegal activities with collaborative efforts of police and district administration. The Department is of course concerned about protection and preservation of protected Area, but due to capital project, the matter at times, becomes complicated.

To improve and facilitate local fringe area dweller of Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary and to support and create sense of belongingness among them, the Department annually keep provisions of fund under various schemes of the state as well as Central Govt. i.e. CAMPA, CSS, TFC, PE etc. for creating awareness programmes, fire protection, management of habitats of wildlife sanctuaries etc. Department also facilitate  for poviding items like CGI sheet, LPG Gas, creation of horticulture garden with fencing to the local fringe dweller of Itanagar WLS. There is no base to argue that funds / works are not allotted. The management plan of the sanctuary is also in place. In case of any illegalities are found / detected and brought to the notice, immediate action is taken by the wildlife and forest officials under relevant the Act. This year also the wildlife and forest officials have taken action against the suspected offenders by filing FIRs against them besides taking departmental action as per the relevant Act. Regular occurrence of Forest Fire during dry season every year is really matter of great concern to the Department of Environment & Forests and to every conscious individuals of Capital Complex. Therefore, the Department of Environment & Forests, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh, once again appeals to the Citizens of Capital Complex, PRI Leaders, NGOs, students etc. to cooperate in preventing Forest Fire and help protect wildlife sanctuary and Reserve Forest in and around Capital Complex in particular and the State as a whole for posterity.


Joram Dopum

Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden





How do you look on Cow/Ox/Bull- as meat or symbol of god ?

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article titled ‘RSS turns Arunachal Tribal towards Hinduism’ by one Nitin Sethi that appeared in the local dailies few days back. I, being a local citizen of this state would like to add some views from my side. As per my understanding is concern, Mr. Nitin Sethi might be trying to bring the two different religions into one family i.e., Donyi Poloism and Hinduism in context of their way of worshiping the nature (moon or Chandra Maa, sun or Surya Dev etc.) and idols (statues of countless Bagwans and local idol made with bamboo and wood).  In whatever way you may try to mix these two, there is a big question, which has to be known to everyone. How can donyi poloism and Hinduism be the same? Since, from time immemorial (from forefather’s time) Cow and Ox are being used for sacrifices during festivals or in special occasions. Moreover, the tribal people are extensively having habit of eating beef in every household especially in the village level. On the other hand, Hinduism has great motherly love and respect for the COW/OX/Bull considering as ‘NANDI’ a close-devotee of Lord SHIVA. Taking bath in Ganga River by a Hindu is quiet aware but from some sources, it is also learnt regarding strict custom of Hinduism that, when a person sins, He/She must drink and take bath with the Urine of Cow/Ox as a sign of spiritual purification. If it is so, then every tribal whosoever willing to accept the idea of Mr. Nitin Sethi and agree to mix his traditional faith with Hinduism must stop eating beef and go through the same spiritual purification for we have sinned by eating beef. One cannot eat beef and bow down before the Statue of Lord Shiva etc. in the same time. In short, it is not possible to mix Donyi Poloism and Hinduism because in one direction it seems some similarities but on other way there are vast differences.


T.T. Talom

Damesite, Naharlagun.



Express gratitude

Dear Editor,

The family members of Lt. Mathew Baki Dabi would like to thank the Central Executive Committee of CoSAAP, Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association and its East Siang unit, Galo Welfare Society for all help extended to us during our trying times.

As we were struggling with the death of our beloved Mathew, these organizations have come forward to help us. Their assistance has been crucial in getting a Govt. job for a member of the family on compensatory ground. We would like to extend our gratitude to the Chief Secretary, Director and Secretary of Department of Elementary Education, Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Director of School Education East Siang for expediting the appointment process.

Because of the support of above mentioned organizations and individuals and many others, we have been able to see hope despite the tremendous tragedy befallen on our family. We found solace because of your untiring effort.

The organizations and individuals have gone out of their way to ensure that all necessary help was extended to us in our trying times. Even though, we will never be same again without Mathew with us, we comfort ourselves and find solace in the fact that he died while discharging a national duty.


Bater Lollen Dabi and family




Attacks on teacher is unhealthy for society

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to put forward my concerns over the repeated attacks on a teacher, that too while performing an examination duty.

It is said that 'teachers are the second parent' and 'school/college is a temple of learning' but the ever increasing attack on teacher is a contradiction to the age old sayings. Indeed, this is an unhealthy trend practised by the those considered future of the society(student) and a very serious matter that every student need to introspect.

The recent attack on the college teacher has come to the limelight not too far since the last attack had taken place. Such physical attack deserve condemnation from all sections of the society and indeed, it is a barbaric act which is unexpected from an educated youth of today. All the students are requested to abstain from indulging in violent acts. We expect various student unions to guide and also take stern action against such offender.


Habung Tamer







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