May 26

BJP man congrats Chayangtajo MLA

NAHARLAGUN, May 25: The 9-Chayangtajo BJP candidate LK Yangfo, who lost the poll battle to Congress candidate Karya Bagang by 386 votes, congratulated the latter on her victory and hoped she would continue the developmental work in the constituency.

‘I extend my sincere congratulation for the victory and best wishes in your entire endeavour,’ Yangfo said in a press statement.

Offering his support            for Chayangtajo’s development Yangfo, however, said, “In the spirit of a true opposition leader’ he would monitor the MLA and point out the mistakes whenever necessitated.”

Extending his best wishes to Nabam Tuki led government, the BJP MLA candidate hoped that Tuki would complete the developmental works left pending in the last two years of his governance and take the state to a newer height.

Crying hoarse for his defeat, he blamed the alleged ‘unholy nexus’ between the Congress candidate and the PPA candidate just before the poll day that, he believed, resulted into his defeat.

Yangfo alleged that the PPA candidate retreated from the poll-fight in the last moment and instead supported the Congress candidate after ‘fixing a deal,’ while urging the PPA central leaders to be careful in issuing party ticket to people with doubtful character.


ABK demands speedy inquiry into Aroti death case

ITANAGAR, May 25: The Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has condemned the alleged kidnapping, raping and murdering of Aroti Mize of Takilalung village.

Terming the incident as dastardly, ABK vice-president Tony Pertin in a press release has demanded the authorities to take swift action and to award stringent punishment to the accused.

Urging that law should be allowed to take its own course, ABK has appealed not to treat the issue on community line as the perpetrator did not commit the offence representing a particular community. The act of kidnapping, raping and murdering is an offence against humanity especially against womenfolk and, hence, it deserves condemnation from one and all, stated Pertin.


Tenshinkan Shotokan karate team bags 8 medals

ITANAGAR, May 25: The state Tenshinkan Shotokan karate team finished overall third with eight medals, including four gold, in the 27th National Tenshinkan Shotokan Karate Championship, which concluded at Nainital, Uttarakhand, today.

While Gollo Joseph won a gold medal in Boys (Cadet) in 14-15 years category Lokam Maya and Karsang Yanga won a gold medal each in below 54 kg and above 54 kg weight category respectively in Girls Cadet group. Biplab Devnath won a gold medal in +76 kg category in Junior Boys 16-17 years group, informed coach and manager of the team Tai Hipik.

Other medal winners are, Gida Yaro, Silver, in -53 kg weight category in girls 16-17 years group, Tai Rija, Bronze, in -48 kg weight category in girls 16-17 years group, Sibon Engti, Bronze, in below 55 kg category in Junior Boys 16-17 years group and Tamchi Tayam in below 68 kg category.

The Arunachal Team was also adjudged as the ‘Best Disciplined’ team.


AYA assures support and cooperation

ITANAGAR, May 25: Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has assured all possible help and support to the authority and the family members of late Aroti Mize in delivering justice to the deceased.

Reacting to a news item published in this daily today, AYA said that it had neither supported nor tried to defend the alleged accused of Aroti Mize death case.

“Our earlier statement should not be misconstrued at this juncture in the interest of delivering justice to the deceased and to maintain peace,” AYA urged the AdiSU and ABK youth front.

While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, AYA prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, AYA supported the candlelight vigil being organized by AdiSU and ABK Youth Forum to protest against increasing crime against women as well as to demand justice for late Mize.


News Impact

Effort to wean youths away from opium addiction

ITANAGAR, May 25: In an effort to wean away the local youths from opium addiction and to bridge the gap between local community and the security forces, the 25th BN Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP) stationed at Tezu organized one day friendly T20 cricket match in association with local NGO, Amik Matai Society, Tezu at Parshuram Stadium.

The cricket match played between Rusan Club promoted by Amik Matai Society and 25th BN ITBP cricket team was inaugurated by W. Inaobi Singh, 2nd in Command, 25th BN ITBP Force in presence of the NGO representatives and ranks of the force.

Rusan Club won the cricket match by 10 wickets.

In his concluding speech, W. Inaobi Singh who himself was a national champion in gymnastics informed that ITBP will promote sports and games to build people to people contact and to establish trust with security authorities by the local community. He advised the youths to refrain from opium addiction and assured to extend all possible support to promote sports and games for the benefit of the local community.

Secretary, Amik Matai Society requested the authorities of ITBP to support the initiatives of the organization in the field of sports and games under their civic action programme. He felt that their support will not only develop cordial relations and co-operation with the villagers in rural areas but also divert the youth energy in a constructive way for the benefit of the society.



Women groups recognize and honour Arunachal’s Florence Nightingale


ITANAGAR, May 25: “Mothers are the homemakers but in the case of our own Florence Nightingale Gyati Jailang (Duyu), she has not only made her home but also earned accolades and blessings from numerous families of Arunachal Pradesh”, said the chairperson of Diilyang-Diibu Welfare Society, Capital Complex (DDWS, CC) Tage Habung Napi while felicitating Jailang at a city hotel here today.

DDWS, CC Secretary Duyu Kojing Yakang said that achievement of Jailang was outstanding and prestigious for the entire medical fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh. ‘Our colleague Jailang is one amongst the 35 nurses recognized and awarded by President of India from all over India for her excellent services in the field of nursing this year. This is a matter of great pride for entire Arunachal Pradesh and I hope this will inspire and motivate other young girls to chose nursing profession and excel like her’, she said.

The 22 member DDWS, CC presented a trophy, citation and traditional dress gift items to Jailing.

Later in the day, another 15-member senior Apatani women group “Kolo-Ajing Group” (KAG) also felicitated Jailang with a trophy and traditional dress gift items. The wives of senior Apatani citizens and officers of Capital Complex recreated their nostalgic younger days with colourful dance and song numbers at a city hotel and hoisted a lunch programme in her honour.

“We hope and pray many more of our friends receive such recognition and award from the President of India so that we can frequently come under one platform, enjoy and re-create our past nostalgic younger days”, echoed Kuru Sera Ampi and Hibu Dolley Dindi, wives of PWD (Central Zone) chief engineer Kuru Sera and Chief Conservator of Forest Hibu Dolley.

Meanwhile, secretary of ‘Talyang Uru Clan’ of Ziro Er. Gyati Rabin Atto on behalf of the entire clan congratulated Jailang on her spectacular and rare achievement and wished her family a long and prosperous life ahead.



Pasighat-West people expect a ministerial berth for Jamoh


RUKSIN, May 25: The people of Pasighat-West constituency (Ruksin) including the ZPMs and 37th Block Congress (I) Committee have appealed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to give their new MLA Tatung Jamoh a cabinet berth in the state government.

The dejected people, who have been suffering from innumerable problems, are cherishing a new hope after the constituency has come under Congress captivity. The former BJP MLA, who had been representing the area, has miserably failed to address the perennial problems of the area and his incapability led the people to think for a change in the leadership.

The active Congressmen of Pasighat-West constituency stated that their MLA Jamoh deserves a cabinet berth not only to the fact that he has technical knowledge on the developmental issues but also to fulfill the commitment of the Chief Minister made during the election rally. The Congress leaders also appealed to the APCC bigwigs to fulfill the hopes and aspiration of the dejected people of the area by inducting MLA Jamoh in the council of ministers.

Ruksin area bordering to Dhemaji district of Assam has strategic importance as there is an inner line entry point to enter the Siang belt and Dibang valley of Eastern Arunachal. Thus, it is considered as a gateway to five upper Arunachal districts with several tourist destinations. But, the area is still deprived of fruits of development in all fronts.

It is reflected through various public allegations that no particular development has been achieved by the elected representatives in the last two decades. Considered as life-line of the area, the 14 Km- stretch of Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ) PWD road, which connects the interior villages with Ruksin headquarter is still in a pathetic condition. Besides, the weak Bailey bridges along the road are not yet repaired.

The villages settled on hilly terrains and foothills have enormous scope for agriculture and allied sectors like horticulture, apiculture (honey rearing), pisciculture and animal farming, but due to lack of proper facilities and modern technologies, the farmers have to depend on natural factors. Moreover, establishment of many sub division offices including Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery and others departments is some of the long pending demands of the rural people of the area.



Mutchu’s electoral success - how he did it

Raju Mimi

Mutchu Mithi, son of APCC President Mukut Mithi surprised everyone with his record winning margin in the recently held assembly polls. He defeated PPA's chief ministerial candidate Laeta Umbrey by 2185 votes.

It is learnt that elsewhere in Arunachal, the news of Mutchu's victory itself came as a big surprise. This is perhaps because Umbrey had scored two successive victories against the ruling party candidate in 2006 bye-election and 2009 general elections. It had helped bolster his image of being 'unbeatable'.

So why is Umbrey revered as one of the best leaders in the state failed to make a mark in his own home constituency? The answer perhaps lay in the resurgence of Mithi in the state politics in 2012 as APCC president. He had temporarily withdrawn from state's active politics when he was offered the gubernatorial role in 2006. Soon after Mithi's return as APCC president, Umbrey started to lose support on the ground. All his key supporters defected and joined with Mithi. So it was imminent that - Umbrey couldn't survive the election. Meanwhile, Umbrey kept himself alive in everyone's imagination by being vocal in assembly.

This phenomenon of changing equation is explained from the voting behaviour in Arunachal where voter preference for ruling party is high. Likewise, voting behaviour in Roing is shaped by the perception generated of who commands power in Itanagar. In 2009 elections, Umbrey comfortable rode as Mithi had lost much of influence in the state government. A similar attempt to create perception of Mithi being sidelined in the government was attempted in this election. But it failed to work because of Mithi's strong hold in the state Congress party as APCC chief coupled with strong anti-incumbency wave.

The anti-incumbency factor in recent times has also emerged as key factor in Roing politics. This is unlike previous times, when a person could rule for more than 20 years riding on an image of being 'invincible'. A strong anti-incumbency wave against Mithi in 2009 helped Umbrey rose to power. In 2014, the same factor worked in favour of Mutchu.

During Umbrey's tenure, he failed to address several major issues affecting the common man. Most prominent of them was the water crisis. Water is an issue that has affected all, irrespective of one's economic or social background. It is not that Umbrey sat quiet on the issue, but was left handicapped being seated in the opposition. He had repeatedly blamed his failure to a political conspiracy, where he claimed that his proposals and files on drinking water went missing or was blocked. To Umbrey's bad luck, the political tussle that goes in the power corridor, the common people fails to understand. They are convinced only with the tangible output - of how much water and of what quality comes out from their tap. So it became apparent that Umbrey had no influence in the state capital. So eventually people decided to vote for one who wields power to move files.

To counter the growing clout of Mithi in the state politics, Umbrey also made several political manoeuvres. He joined PPA and got himself declared as the chief ministerial candidate. However, all these strategies backfired, and Umbrey started losing support in Roing. It became quite evident that Umbrey was making big political miscalculations. People were least sure of PPA to emerge as a strong regional power when BJP was looming around. Even then the loss could have been made up for if Umbrey had joined BJP. But that became only as mere wish for many of Umbrey's well wisher. Even today, some

Congress party members admit that had Umbrey contested from BJP, the fight would have been tougher.

The present political equations and the anti-incumbency factor did lead Mutchu to win the election. However, the record winning margin is credited to Mutchu's own personal charm and his army of dedicated party workers. The difference lay perhaps in the attitude of the two leaders. While Umbrey is always high on confidence, and his leadership built around his personality, Mutchu is self-critiquing and derives his confidence based purely on his performance; or in his ability to perform. Perhaps this is one reason why Umbrey impresses the masses outside Roing, and Mutchu with his realistic approach is more convincing to his home crowd.

Also Mutchu during the election campaign presented himself as different from the older generation of leadership. He asserted himself more as a learner than as a leader. This attitude made him to connect well with the people. He gave people the sense of 'ownership' over their life, and gave them the confidence that personally they could make a difference in it. He talked about realistic things, of issues, and promises that are achievable. Perhaps what did the trick was his 'honest' approach. He didn't have qualms even to express his leadership as being inferior to Umbrey, offering to learn from his experiences. So Mutchu's own perceived weakness and self-correcting attitude became his strong point.



Modi to be sworn-in as 15th Prime Minister of India today

SAARC leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremony

NEW DELHI, May 25: Narendra Modi, who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, will be sworn in as the Prime Minister tomorrow in the forecourt of the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan at a grand function to be attended by foreign dignitaries including SAARC leaders.

The swearing-in ceremony of the 15th Prime Minister of India would be attended by nearly 3,000 guests, including top leaders from SAARC countries like Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will also attend the swearing-in ceremony as he has been invited for the function by PM elect Modi.

President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the 63-year-old Modi and his Council of Ministers in the presence of a host of leaders, including outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, besides leaders of various other parties and Chief Ministers of a number of states.

Modi’s mother Hiraben is also expected to attend the ceremony. Besides Sharif and Rajapaksa, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will be among the foreign dignitaries attending the ceremony.

Bangladesh will be represented by Speaker Shirin Chaudhury as Premier Sheikh Hasina would be travelling to Japan at the time of the swearing-in ceremony.

This is the first time that the heads of states of SAARC nations have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Indian Prime Minister.

Following in the footsteps of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi had expressed his desire to be sworn in at the forecourt so that a large number of visitors can be accommodated for the ceremony.

Earlier, Chandrashekar was another Prime Minister who had taken oath at the same venue.

The historic Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan is the usual venue for such ceremonies. But since it can accommodate about 500 people, the forecourt was decided as the suitable venue. PTI


Jaitley, Rajnath, Gadkari likely in Modi Cabinet

New Delhi, May 25:  Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Shiv Sena's Anant Geete are likely to figure in a compact Narendra Modi cabinet which will involve a radical restructuring of various ministries with one cabinet minister heading a cluster of departments in complementary sectors.

In a clear indication that Modi is opting for major changes in the structure of the government, a statement issued by his secretariat here tonight said that "focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries which are working in complementary sectors".

Modi is eventually aiming at "smart governance" where the top layers of Government will be downsized and there would be expansion at the grass root level.

In forming his cabinet, Modi has adopted the principle of "minimum government and maximum governance" and also "rationalisation with a commitment to bring a change in the work culture and style of governance," the statement issued from Gujarat Bhawan said.

The statement came at the end of another day of guessing game about the names of ministers to figure in the Modi cabinet that will be sworn in at 6 pm tomorrow.

Till late tonight, even Rashtrapati Bhavan had received no list of ministers from the Prime Minister-designate. However, indications were that Jaitley would get Finance, Rajnath will be in charge of Home and Gadkari one of the infrastructure ministries.

Geete would also have a Cabinet portfolio.

Other names making the rounds for the cabinet include Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uma Bharti, Harsh Vardhan and Piyush Goel.

Sources said that the number of ministries would be between 30 and 35 which would be much smaller than usual. However, an expansion of the ministry may take place later.

There was no clarity on the role of Advani with some reports suggesting that he may not be made lok Sabha Speaker which he is said to favour but he may continue as NDA chairman.

In that case, Sumitra Mahajan, senior BJP Paarliamentarian and former minister, may become the Speaker.

The statement said Modi is aware of the "high expectations" of the people. For whole of four days, he was busy with the formation of the ministry and discussing various alternatives to effective governance, convergence and coordination between various ministries, it said. PTI



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Let us fight together for justice

Dear Editor,

Really it’s hard to lose someone before the time comes. My heartfelt condolence goes to late Aroti Mize and I pray for bereaved family to have enough strength to bear the irreparable loss. In the mean time am surprised with the nose pulling and exchange of words of allegation between ADISU, AYA etc. I would  like to remind them that they have nothing to do with this case. Let law  enforcing authority and law of the land take its own course of action. If you can, just pressurize for free and fair investigation and justice to the victim. Let’s not degrade the  situation and age old peaceful relation between two tribes. It’s time to fight together for justice of late  Aroti Mize and her family. Let’s show our oneness despite certain  differences.  


Duyu Tagio, Itanagar



Political appointments at what cost?

Dear Editor,

I fully agree with the view and concern of journalist Taba Ajum as expressed in the article under the headline “Political appointments burden on state coffers” published in your esteemed daily on 24/05/2014 issue. Through this column, I would also like to express my view and concern by asking the following few question:-

1.      Are the service of Chairmen and Vice- Chairmen of sick and nil revenue earning govt. undertaking really required?

2.      These departments (undertaking) do not earn revenue for the state for which they have been established. In such situation, one wonders whether they have been established only to fill up the political appointments, so that those appointed person enjoys the perks including free furnished accommodation, luxury vehicles etc.

3.      As they are not earning revenue, are the appointments made on political considerations only to bring burden on state coffers?

In the beginning, vice- chairmen were appointed with conditions that they are not entitled to any perks. But now this condition has been removed by manipulation and they claims entitlement of big furnished accommodation, luxury vehicles etc. With cost of maintenance rising, it is bound to bring additional burden on state coffers.

Instead of unnecessary burden on state coffers at the cost of development due to such injustice political appointments, the concerned ministers/ parliamentary secretaries/ Principal Secretaries/ Commissioners / Secretaries head of the department as requires, be made ex- officio Chairmen without extra expenditure, so that these undertakings can earn revenue for development.

           Apart from political appointments of chairmen/ Vice – Chairmen under state Govt. undertaking including those which are good as defunct, the state Govt. is re-employing the retired all India Service/ Central Service officers including HK Paliwal, IAS (Retd.) from UP cadre as Advisor to the Arunachal Govt. which is highly objectionable and unjustified. His appointment should be cancelled immediately. The action of the state govt. in appointing retired IAS officers as advisors to the state govt. gives rise to the following question:-

1.      Is Arunachal Pradesh not for Arunachalees but for those retired officers?

2.      Is state Govt. cannot function without retired IAS officer? If so, what is the use of serving IAS officers which consumes lion share of the state coffers in salaries and perks?

3.      Instead of paying high salary to such retired IAS officers along with perks, why not create few lower posts with that money to give employment to few educated but unemployed youths of the sate who are running from office to office in search of job, instead of saying no fund for creation of post?

Finally, I would like to appeal to the State Govt. to cancel/stop political appointments and re- employment of retired IAS/ Central Service officers at once. Else the organizations that are sincerely concerned for the development of state in general and youths in particular, will have no other option but to take agitation/ democratic  path to fight against the anti development as well as anti-People / youth policy/ action of state Govt.


Romik Jogu

General Secretary

Arunachal Law Student Union (ALSU)




Let retired people enjoy post retirement life

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, first of all I would like to congratulate Tongam Rina for being mentioned among 100 information heroes of world. She has made whole Arunachal proud and brought us to the limelight of world. Also I would like to fully support the article published on 24th May under the headline “Political appointments burden on state coffers.” It’s true that appointment of too many parliamentary secretaries and OSDs by state govt. is useless and simply wastage of state exchequer. Also why Tuki led state govt. is caring so much about ex CS HK Paliwal? He should not be allowed to continue in the post of adviser to govt. of AP. Is there dearth of knowledgeable man in our state? How long can we depend on people like Mr Paliwal? Enough is enough and let him go and spend his post retirement life peacefully rather than hitting his head post retirement.


Kretkam Tikhak,




Good initiative by Arunachal Times

Dear Editor,

I am thankful to your newspaper for carrying out reports on two important issues in your daily titled - (1) Political appointments burden on state coffers on 24th May and (2) When lawmaker turns law breaker on 23rd May 2014.

Really your paper is very much concerned about Indian Democracy and condition of Arunachal’s economy. Such write ups are outcome of your better exposure to other parts of this country, I guess. You are really maintaining the role of a mass media. Keep it up.


Bimal Prasad


Bhubaneswar, Odisha






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Jostle for cabinet berth

Hectic parleys were held on Sunday for government formation involving Narendra Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders as also the RSS, but there was a veil of secrecy in the exercise, triggering speculation on who gets key ministries. The list of council of ministers, who will take oath along with Modi on Monday evening, is expected to be conveyed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan by Monday morning. The allies Shiv Sena, TDP, Akali are also reportedly bargaining hard for cabinet berths.

BJP leaders today went into huddle to hammer out any differences before government formation. But there was complete silence over who will take oath along with Modi tomorrow. It has lead to speculation among who can be probable candidates for cabinet berth. As BJP remained out of power for 10 long years it is believed that there is intense lobbying going on for cabinet berth among party leaders. Adding to the woes, the pre-poll alliance partners are also vying for their share. Hope the allurement of cabinet berth will not spoil the good governance as promised by Narendra Modi.