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
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.
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.
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
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
Where all those postal ballot papers have gone ? Who is to blame for this ? the
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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
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
“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
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/
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
“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
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
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
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
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
---- Readers Forum ----
Let us together prevent forest fire
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.
Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden
How do you look on Cow/Ox/Bull- as meat or symbol of god ?
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
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
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
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.
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