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November - 15



Give importance to local films

Dear Editor,

Bollywood movies are not depended on the local and regional papers for advertisements and so on. But it is the local film producers who actually need support of the media for mass communication. I believe our local films can be developing one or the other day in this state and in the region.

Without going in details about the mode of publication and other things around, I want local media, including print media to give importance to local films as the Manipuri papers are giving prime concern on their local films.

Like other Arunachalees, I too want to see the Arunachal boys and girls as sportsman, pop star singer, musician and actors. And when we have some local upcoming artists then it must be our prime concern to uplift, encourage and appreciate them.

We have been anticipating Er. Ibrahim Pajing's next venture because his first release "AATI¬PEYING" was so socialistic and realistic, which successfully hit the two states --  Adi  areas including other communities in Arunachal and in Mishing areas  in  Assam.  Concerning the film, it has a daring courage to pass a message to the society concerning matrimony both male and female. Such film was never produced before and now it is worth a volume of appreciation and admiration. Regarding the actor who I know was a good student from Boleng BK mission with a valedictory performance during his academic activities and now has become an actor with a message to all generations. I also urge the Adi people residing in the Capital complex to extend your support by watching the movie Gyargo-Pongkok, so as to pass the good message to the next generation. Let's watch the GYARGO PONGKOK.


Kengkar Tasing

G-Sector, Naharlagun



They are spokespersons of decision makers

Dear Editor,

In 2005, during the National Games in Assam, the state government under the chief ministership of Tarun Gogoi invited performers from Hindi cinema. Two Hindi film actors, Salman Khan and Karishma Kapoor were invited by CM Tarun Gogoi for breakfast with him. Neither of the two bothered to accept the invitation. They didn’t turn up and left for Mumbai in the morning flight. If this is the treatment meted out to the chief minister of Assam by two mere entertainers of  Bollywood, how can the people of Assam expect the chief minister of the state to be strong enough to raise voice against mega dams?

Tarun Gogoi is the chief minister of Assam, one of the most prominent state in north-east India. It would be wild imagination to even think of ministers of Arunachal Pradesh oppose mega dams in that state. The chief ministers of fringe states like Assam and its neighbouring areas are puppets who are used as rubber stamps by the central government of India.

Unlike states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala which are blessed with strong and sincere leaders, ministers of north-east states like Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are mere spokespersons of the power companies and the decision makers in Delhi.


Hayang Deuri

Boginadi, Lakhimpur



No true knowledge in spite of media boom

Dear Editor,

In the last few years we have seen media boom-- so many TV channels, newspapers, magazines, FM radio, etc. But where is the quality lost?

Also the focus is on silly matters.

TV ‘news’ shows the fights between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, but  the news of disastrous  flood in Uttarakhand because of the Tehri dam on Tehri river is not shown.

We see the small trivial details of cricket players’ and film actors’ weddings. But we are kept away from real issues of concern where poor villagers in Pongging in Arunachal Pradesh were mercilessly beaten by armed forces in the months of May and June, because of their democratic mass protest against dams. Even old people women were not spared. One old woman’s clothes were torn apart by the Govt armed forces.

Ministers who own TV channels show their speeches which support dams. This makes their sponsors in the form of power companies and Sonia Gandhi happy. But we are not shown the news where two huge dams in USA has been blasted and broken because of the disasters caused by them. The removal of two dams on the Elwha River in America is not shown by the Govt of India and not talked about by the state govt.

This is the reality and triviality of the numerous media groups which are functioning all around us in the 21st century. We have to rely on our own reasoning power than on Govt owned media organizations in our region.


Vox populi




A Silent Invasion !

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to Bhumi Upadhayaya’s letter “Spare Vijaynagar” in Arunachal Times on Nov 13. The original name of Vijaynagar is Nongkhung.

The present name Vijaynagar is given by Indian army with due permission of the central Govt. Just as we are giving up our native languages for Hindi, we have forgotten the roots of our place. This is the best example of  'Silent Invasion'.


Lachit Tekseng




‘Bahua’ and ‘Barua’

Dear Editor,

Some change looks to be in the offing in Bangladesh. The appointment of Dilip Barua as minister of industries in the neighbouring country is a welcome change. In Bangladesh, 'Barua' means 'Bahua', the tribesmen in the Chittagong hill tracts. Most of the Jamatiya tribes are Buddhists. It is actually pronounced 'Bahua', means a Buddhist Jamatiya hill man. This shows that religious minorities are coming up to an extent.

In Assam, 'Barua' title is accorded to people who were administrators over 12 villages in a district. The word Barua is derived from 'Baro', meaning 12 in Assamese. Many Birtish school teachers wrote the title Barua in different ways like Borua, Baroa, Baruah, Boruah, Barooah, Boroa, etc. But the Assamese tongue pronounces it as Borua, however written.


Rezaul Ahmed,

Lakhimi Nagar,






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Arunachal celebrates Children’s Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Pradesh today joined the Nation in celebrating the Children’s Day   to mark the birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru with great enthusiasm.

Various organizations and institutions across the state organized cultural events, competitive programmes among children as a tribute to Chacha Nehru  and his love for children.

Anganwadi Children from Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Doimukh and Balijan celebrated the day at the office premises of Directorate of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Naharalgun.

The Chief Guest of the occasion parliamentary secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Child Development Newlai Tingkhatra appealed all the officials of the department to work with devotion for overall welfare and development of the children in the state and implementation of all schemes pertaining to the department.

Director SW, WCD R T Riba  highlighted the department’s plan for celebration of ICDS week all over the state from November 14-19.

Deputy Director (ICDS) PE Angu, In-charge food and nutrition board B Bordoloi and MLTC  Principal M Gao also spoke on the occasion.

Later, Parliamentary secretary gave away prizes to the winners of various sports events conducted in AWCs of nearby ICS projects.

Heema Kids Paradise, Naharalagun celebrated the day at Hotel Tosum, Naharlagun in a befitting manner.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Secretary Urban Development Kapa Kholi extended children’s day wishes to the children of Heema Kids Paradise in particular and the state in general.

He highlighted the importance of the Children Day celebration and also briefed the life history and achievements of former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

Kholi called upon the parents to give time to their children’s education and other curricular activities, so that, they could become a good citizen in near future. He further suggested all the Kids schools of the state to conduct Kids camp programme at least once in a month in their respective school premises to build up a confident and strong determination in the young heart.

He appreciated the Heema Kids Paradise and also appreciated the parents for their cooperation to the institution.

Earlier, Chairman of Heema Kids Paradise Dr. Byabang Rana highlighting the activities carried out by the institution for over all development of the kids, informed that the institution is providing regular health check and other curricular activities to the kids.

The Chairman further appealed the parents to impart education in their respective home and assured to provide better services to its students.

Heema Kids Paradise, Principal Deepa Borah also appreciated all the parents for their cooperation to the institution.

Later, the playgroup, nursery and KG students of the institution presented songs and dances.

Guardian Angel School (residential) took out a rally in the main thoroughfare of the township with students carrying placards and banners reading ‘Unity in diversity’, ‘Unity is our strength’ ‘No child labour’ ‘Green Arunachal’ ‘Stop hunting wild animal, de-forestation’, ‘Each one plant one,’ ‘No plastic’ etc to mark the Children’s Day celebration.

The rally was flagged off at Zero point here by Dr. B N Sarmah, Liaison Officer Higher and Technical Education.

Over 400 hundred students of the school took participated in the rally along with their parents which was appreciated by all.

National Students’ Union of India Arunachal Pradesh unit also celebrated the day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan which was attended by PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, APCC vice president Tater Kipa, general secretary Minkir Lollen, APMCC president Yari Dulom, frontal heads, students, teachers and parent.

Essay writing and extempore speech competition were organised among students as part of the celebration and winners were given cash awards along with trophies. Nine students were given complimentary prizes and all others were given pen. The students of Arunachal Orphans School and Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy performed local and patriotic dances.

East Kameng Club also conducted drawing and essay writing competition for students at government middle school Pacha, East Kameng District as part of the children’s day celebration.

The competition was sponsored by WRD Minister Atum Welly, MLA Tapuk Taku and MLA Tani Loffa.


Border Area Cultural Festival at Mechuka

Cultural show, fire works mesmerize Bullet Riders

Taba Ajum

MECHUKA, Nov 14: With the arrival of bullet riders, the two-day border area cultural festival-2010 began with much fanfare at Mechuka town yesterday. Around 180 riders from various parts of country arrived here after traveling through Yazali, Ziro, Daporijo and Aalo. The riders were given warm welcome by people of Mechuka and local MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona himself was present to welcome the riders.

The festival was officially declared open by local MLA P D Sona.

In his inaugural address Sona urged local people to be a good host and welcome the revelers and riders with open arms. He  informed that government is working towards making Mechuka, a prominent tourist destination.

Also present during the opening celebration was J Siram, deputy director, art and culture, colonel K Nayyar, commanding officer Sikh LI regiment, former minister PW Sona and Thinley Norbu, head Lama.

The exhibition stall was inaugurated by colonel K Nayyar.

During the evening colourful cultural show was organized displaying rich tradition of people living in this area. However the main attraction of the evening was fireworks which lit the entire Mechuka town. The sky was covered with colours and with little bit cloud cover, the town looked absolutely amazing. Today bike riders, who have arrived here as part of North East Riders Meet (NERM),  went for sightseeing around Mechuka town.


Blue Pine Residential School, ZIRO wins 1st prize

Siram  calls for mass awareness on energy conservation

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Tilling Lure of Blue Pine Residential school, Ziro bagged the first prize, Amrin Rasul Khan of King Cup Public School, Itanagar and Saikat Paul of VKV, Chimpu walked away with second and third prize respectively in a state level painting competition on  energy conservation organized by NHPC at Banquet Hall here today. The First prize winner Lure was awarded with Rs 10,000 along with certificates and gift, while Rasul Khan and Paul were awarded with prize money of Rs 8,000 and 5,000 respectively.

All the 50 students from various schools of state who have participated in the competition were felicitated in a glittering function at state Banquet Hall here this evening.

Out of fifty students, 10 students received certificates along with gifts and a cash amount of Rs 1,000 each as consolation prize and 37 were given ‘participant certificates’ along with a bag full of gifts each containing various items.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, the Education Minister, Bosiram Siram said that any kind of development such as economic or social in the entire world was directly related to energy. “We need to be conscious about our energy resources and its limitation so that we can conserve it for future use”, said Siram adding that the need of the hour is to sensitize the people about energy conservation.  While appreciating the NHPC for taking such initiative to bring awareness among the people particularly students on judicious use of energy,  Siram called upon the students to be sensitized on the subject for a better tomorrow.

The guest of honour, Tape Bagra, Commissioner, RWD while remembering the first Prime Minister of India late Pandit Jawarlal Nehru on the occasion which coincidently was latter’s birthday urged the students to know the importance of energy conservation for future use. “Without energy modern civilization is not possible” said Bagra while emphasizing on judicious uses of energy. He called upon each and every one to contribute in conserving energy, adding that small contributions from every one would make lots of difference in energy saving.

Minister Finance, Setong Sena said that the subject of energy conservation was very crucial and should be pondered over by every one. “Everything in this earth has limitation so as the energy” said Sena adding that however discouraging ourselves from unnecessary use of energy we can save energy up to some extent for future use.

Earlier, the Chief, NHPC limited, Itanagar, S Murugappan highlighted on various project taken up by the corporation in the state to bring awareness among people.


17 Maratha Light Infantry Raising Day celebrated

Governor lauds warrior spirit of Jawans

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh addressed a special Sainik Sammelan of 17 Maratha Light Infantry, on its raising day celebration at Tenga in West Kameng district today. The battalion was re-raised at Belgaum on 15th November 1962 under the Command of Lt. Col (Maj Gen) E D’Souza, PVSM (Retd.)

Speaking on the occasion, Gen Singh, who is the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment for life said, I feel proud to see your enthusiasm, battle readiness, and high standard of your unit. I am very proud to learn about your warfare proficiency.  

Touching bit of the History of battalion, he said, in World War II in Myebon Peninsula your battalion was awarded with Battle Honour Ruywa. After your re-raising in 1962, you have continued the rich tradition in 1965 and 1971 wars. In operation Pawan and Operation Parakram, you displayed yourself as the premier, fervour and capable unit.

Exhorting the officers and jawans, Gen Singh, whose grandfather fought in World War II along with 1 Maratha Light Infantry (103rd Battalion), 2 Maratha Light Infantry and 5 Maratha Light Infantry said, in my life I am an example for you that a soldier’s son can be a Colonel and a Colonel’s son can be a General. I always kept my motto and that is ‘Fight to Win’ and ‘Win by a knock out punch.’ There is no second best in war. I am happy that your motto is ‘We can do it.’ This displays the warrior spirit of your battalion. We Marathas are proud that we follow the path of patriotism and nationalism shown by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, he added.

Extending his best wishes to the personnel and their family and expressing his confidence on the unit that in every task and challenge, it will come back with success and will make Marathas and the battalion proud, Gen Singh pointed, your battalion won the Inter Battalion Ghatak Competition in your Division, three times in a row displays a new professional standard and is praiseworthy. He also appreciated the efforts of the battalion in rendering necessary help to the local populace.

Commanding Officer of 17 Maratha LI, Col Ashish Thakur, SC, officiating Sub Maj Suresh Bhonsle and troops were present in the Sammelan. As token of appreciation, on behalf of people of Arunachal Pradesh, Governor presented a memento to the unit for their good work in the State.

It may be noted that alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Gen Singh was commissioned into the 9 Maratha Light Infantry (LI) on 2nd August 1964. He was made the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment for life for his immense contributions to the Maratha Regiment on 22nd October 2008.

In order to have cordial relations with denizens of the area, since it stationing at West Kameng district, 17 Maratha LI has undertaken numerous initiatives, including ‘Know your Army’ mela showcasing various arms and equipments of the army beside their practical demonstrations, its superb band, which was appreciated by all, especially the local denizens. Basic computer training course for girls at Bomdila as part of its endeavour towards women empowerment, pre-recruitment trainings in view of raising of Arunachal Scouts, medical camps in interior villages along with other social services towards indigenous populace have always being the part of the battalions activities.

Earlier, on his arrival at Rupa Helipad, near Bomdila, Governor was received by West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi, GOC 5 Mtn Div, Maj General A K Ahuja, Brigadier Jarken Gamlin and Commanding Officer 17 Maratha LI Col Ashish Thakur and other senior officers of District administration and the Army. PRO to CM

24th Sub-Jr National Badminton C’ship

Talar-Tanuj win doubles title

M. Doley

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Continuing his outstanding performance in the court of badminton, State’s promising shuttler Laa Talar pairing with Sai Tanuj of Andhra Pradesh lifted the Under-16 Doubles title in the 24th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship today.

Talar and Tanuj beat the pair of Aditya Joshi of Madhya Pradesh and Harsheel Dani of Maharashtra 21-17 18-21 & 21-19 in a thrilling final at Ranga Reddy Badminton court, Hyderabad, Talar’s father and Arunachal Pradesh Team Manager Laa Ribe told this reporter over telephone from Hyderabad this evening.

Talar-Tanuj duo reached the final defeating  Chatanya KP and Chatanya Reddy 21-18 21-12 in straight set yesterday.

Talar, a student of Nandi Pipes Badminton Academy, Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh has so far won many titles in different championships under various age categories.

Talar’s coach K Venkateswara Rao during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh in January last told this reporter that he has seen a lot in Talar. If he could maintain his present form and practice hard, no doubt, he will become number one shuttler of the country within next few years. He also urged the Arunachal Pradesh government to open more sports academies to groom talents.

Talar won the Under-16 Boys Singles, Under-19 Boys Singles and Men’s Singles Open titles of the Arunachal Pradesh state level badminton championship held at Itanagar recently. Talar pairing with Jokom Ribya, another budding player of the state, also won the Under 16 and 19 Boys Doubles titles of the championship.

He reached 3rd round of Junior National Championship in Boy’s singles held in Jaipur, Rajasthan last year.

He won the singles title in U-13 Championships held in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in 2009 and Cochin in 2008. He was a member of the champion team of All India School Tournament held in Vishakhapatnam in 2009 and runners up in the singles event and reached quarterfinals in Patna and Bangalore leg of the championship held in 2008 and 2009.

He also won the doubles title in Guntur in 2009 and reached upto quarterfinals in doubles championships held in Cochin, Bangalore and Patna in 2008.

Earlier, in 2007, Talar won the boys U-10 title in tournaments held in both Chennai and Cochin, reached final in another tournament held in 2006 in Indore. He also reached the doubles (U-10) quarterfinals in three events and pre-quarterfinals in as many tournaments he played in 2006 and ’07.


East Kameng College  celebrates its first College Day

SEPPA, Nov 14:  The first college day celebration of East Kameng College began at its temporary establishment at Govt. Hr. Sec School, Seppa today.

The celebration would remain as one of the important landmark in the history of East Kameng district, said local MLA Tapuk Taku while inaugurating the first college day celebration as the chief guest.

Addressing the students and the faculty members of the college, Tapuk advised the students to refrain from unimportant activities like unionism and groupism.  He asked the students  to  excell in the coming examination  in order to prove themselves that they are no less  than other students. He further said that the college day should be celebrated in grand manner with inclusion of all extra-curricular activities with whatever resources available.

Regarding the construction of the permanent site of the college, Tapuk informed that execution of the work for the construction of the permanent structure depend on the Govt. funding and the planning. However, he said,   time needed for proper planning and adequate fund for quality construction of college building with infrastructure for students.

However, he assured that he would look into the matter very seriously for the early materialization of the execution of work. He also assured all possible help from his side in future.

Speaking on the occasion as guest of honor, Executive Engineer, PWD,  Taniya Soki expressed his happiness over the celebration of the college day. Soki  further informed that he had a misconception of the district with all bad reputation but after coming to the district he found that the ground reality is something different from what he had heard about the district from outside. While asking the students to maintain sportsman spirit, Soki said that wining and losing is of not much important but  what is important is their participation.

College Principal Incharge, Robi Hissang while welcoming the chief guest, guest of honor and other dignitaries and the students present, said that as this was the first college day celebration of the first and lonely college, every one present are the part of this historic day to which one should feel fortunate enough.  Referring the Newton third law of motion, Hissang said that every activities has its own result, one will get the result as per their activities in the life adding that this day which we are celebrating today is the result of our collective effort and persuasion.

The football, volleyball and cricket events were other highlights of the day.

In football which was played between Kara Dadi house and Ane Doni, the former thrashed latter by 8-1 while in Volleyball Atto Polo house defeated Kara Dadi house. In cricket Atto Polo defeated Ane Doni by 90 runs.

The college students union chief coordinator (General Secy.)  Rillang Chege while delivering vote of thanks to house present also thanked state Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, former education minister Tatar Kipa, Director,  higher and technical education, Jeoram Begi, all the MLAs of the district, ANSU and the AEKSU for the establishment of the college.

Beside principal DIET P.K Chakarborty who also spoke on the occasion, chairman Holi family school, the faculty members and the students of both the colleges and the Govt. Hr. Sec.School, Seppa were present on the day. DIPRO


Kid’s Foundation School celebrates Children’s Day in style


DIRANG, Nov 14: The Kid’s Foundation School celebrated the Children’s Day in style amidst parents and faculty members here today.

On the ocassion, the tiny tots and teachers of the institute displayed various entertaining and patriotic cultural items while reminiscing the fond memories of Chacha Nehru’s love and affection for the children. A ‘bada khana’ was also arranged for the children later during the day.

Appreciating yeomen service of the institute in catering to education needs of poor and down trodden children of the area, ADEO Dirang T.N Tuksipa said that the school is making every effort to provide quality education to children. ‘Although the school is quite new, I am glad to find so many development in infrastructure and enrollment of students and I congratulate the school mangement committee for the same’, he said.

Dirang ADI along with many parents also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the school management for the rapid progress of the school.

The Kid’s Foundation started last year with only five students, now boasts of 56 students hailing mostly from the poor and downtrodden families of West Kameng District. Among them, five students are orphans who are charged minimal fees towards their boarding and schooling. The school is centrally located at Dirang town and has classes from pre-school to class five along with requisite faculty.






‘Change Your Life’ workshop from Tuesday

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Buoyed by the success of its ‘Change Your Life’ workshop, the Art of Living is organising another  six-day workshop at the Art of Living Centre in H Sector from November 16.

The centre-piece of the workshop will be the Sudarshan Kriya, an innovative breathing technique designed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.  “The workshop is designed to help people change the way they live and lead a stress-free and happy life. It will include modules on taking charge of the mind, controlling anger and other negative emotions, changing bad habits and improving health and fitness among other things,” said M Rajaque Rahman, a faculty of the Art of Living.


Death anniversary

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Family members, relatives and friends observed the death anniversary of late Pagri Koyu on November 14. A keen lover of music, mono-acting, dance and mimicry, Koyu did his BA from JNC Pasighat and LLB from JB Law College, Guwahati. His school education began at Don Bosco Jonai (Cl I-V). He also studied in Don Bosco Naharkatia (Cl VI-VIII), GHHS Deomali (Cl IX-X) and GHSS Likabali (Cl XI-XII).

He left behind his father, mother, two brothers and a sister.

Members of Koyu Youth Welfare Society, Koyu Welfare Society and friends from Guwahati attended the celebration.


Arrest miscreants: KBF

ITANAGAR, Nov 14:  Kipa Brothers Forum (KBF) has condemned the burning of car of its clan member and Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) general secretary Kipa Kanam by the miscreants at Lekhi village recently.

The Forum appealed the  administration and  law enforcing authority the nab the miscreants and give them exemplary punishment so that such incident does not happen in future.


Mopin celebration committe constituted

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Mopin Preservation Society of the Capital Complex Itanagar has selected Dr.Tejum Padu as  President and Pingi Neri, Moki Loyi as Vice President, Mardo Ninu as Secretary General for smooth organization of the Mopin Festival 2011 at Itanagar.


APMCC to celebrate Indira’s birthday

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee is celebrating the 93rd birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi on November 19 at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan.

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