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Arunachal mourns Dr Hazarika’s death

Itanagar, Nov 5: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society expresses its deep sense of shock at the passing away of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the cultural icon of North East India, who many songs reflected and showcased the true natural beauty of  Arunachal Pradesh.

With his death, Arunachal has lost one of its greatest admirers, said APLS president Sahitya Akademy awardee YD Thongchi and general secretary Tokong Pertin.

Arunachal’s own  icon Bengia Hemata, who had arranged Bhupenda’s visit to Itanagar when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared Arunachal a Union Territory on 20th January 1972 to sing his self composed ‘Hamara Arunachal’,  also deeply mourned his death. Hemanta sang the Nyishi version of the song which was recorded by the HMV.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed shock at the death of the iconic figure.

 “In him we have lost an icon of the region and a great friend, philosopher and guide of Arunachal Pradesh,” he said in a message this evening.

“Bhupenda will always be remembered for his emotional attachment with Arunachal Pradesh and his long association with the state in its cultural evolution. His songs like the Siangor Galong…of 1961 and the Tirap himantor…of 1966 created an emotional bondage between the tribes of Arunachal and people of Assam. His music became a bridge between the people of the hills and the plains”, the CM said in a message from Delhi.

In 1977 the Arunachal Pradesh Government awarded him a Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution towards Tribal Welfare, and Upliftment of Tribal Culture through cinema and music.

The widow of famous writer- late Lummer Dai, Nanni Dai has expressed her profound grief over the passing away of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.

Recalling the illustrious figure’s contribution towards bolstering the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh ties, she said, “We can never forget Bhupenda’s role in bridging the gap between the two neighbouring states through his soulful music. He had made an indelible mark on the people of Arunachal for cementing its ties with Assam and bringing a sense of peaceful coexistence and harmony between the two States courtesy his unforgettable songs.”

While recalling the relations between her husband, late Lummer Dai and Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Nanni Dai said, “My husband attended the Dada Saheb Phalke Award function at the invitation of Bhupenda. While he was seated among the invitees, Dr Hazarika called Lummer to join him at the dais. Such magnanimous and big-hearted was the man.”

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has condoled the death of Bhupen Hazarika. AAPSU remembers his contribution in promoting culture and tradition of North East region at national level and his special love for the people of Arunachal.

A close acquaintance of Bhupenda, septuagenarian B K Ghosh Dastidar, who had the privilege to work with the singer during his early days, said “I have lost a personal friend.”

Vidyamandir, a Coaching Institute also condoled the death of Dr Hazarika.


No arrest yet, Dept to initiate action, seeks security

AAPSU, NCP ask for arrests

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: No arrest has been made so far in connection with yesterday’s  arson in capital complex in which 3 STS buses and SE, PWD (coord) office here were burnt down,  according to Capital SP Alok Kumar. However, four persons, who were roaming around, were arrested by patrolling team yesterday night under section 109 of CrPC, he said.

Additional forces have been deployed at all vital points, government office complex and isolated areas in and around capital complex, the SP said adding that mobile patrolling and checking have also been intensified after yesterday’s incidents.

While condemning the act of arson in the Itanagar Bus station yesterday and also making it clear that the Department will not spare any erring official for lapse of duty which contributed to the destruction of three APSTS buses by antisocial elements, the General Manager, State Transport Services lauded the police, fire brigade personnel and all those citizens who were instrumental in extinguishing the fire that would have otherwise destroyed many other buses parked inside the station and staff quarters.

Although immediate remedial measures have been initiated by the State Transport Services in an effort to avert recurrence of similar incident, General Manager stressed upon the urgent need for opening of police beats/ police chawkis at the office complex of General Manager, State Transport Services and Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies and the APSTS Central Workshop, Karsingsa as permanent measure for safety and security of life and property. He further appealed the District Administration to arrange stepping up of vigil at all the STS establishment in the capital Complex.

Expressing serious concern at yesterday’s arson, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) urged the state government to launch serious investigation into the case and give exemplary punishment to those culprits involved.

For last six months people of state were suffering due to infighting within ruling Congress party and were hoping that the change of leadership will settle down things for peace. But this serious incident has raised few questions regarding Congress party and their government, the Union said.

Such kind of law and order problem in capital is making life hell for the ordinary citizens. The worst sufferer is the student communities, it said as it urged  state government to strictly deal with law breakers and improve the security scenario at the earliest so that citizen of capital can feel safe.

AAPSU will be compelled to launch movement against ruling party in the state if law and order doesnot improve, it said.

Nationalist Congress Party state unit condemned the incideny. The NCP unit termed the incident as unfortunate and anti developmental and added that APST Buses were meant for the general public use.

It urged the state government and the concerned authority to initiate impartial inquiry into the incident and nab the culprit and award them with exemplary punishment.


ACCI makes CC TV installation mandatory

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: The business community in emergency meetings with senior police officers of Capital Complex district held simultaneously at Itanagar and Naharlagun has called for installation of CC TV within and outside all important business complexes to keep track of the movement of anti-social elements inimical to the state’s interest.

The Naharlagun meeting was addressed by SDPO Irak Bagra, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) general secretary Tarh Nachung, representatives of Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa Bazar Welfare committees, while the Itanagar meeting addressed by SDPO Taru Gusar was attended by representatives of All Itanagar Marker Welfare Association. Representatives of Capital Complex Petorl Pump Association attended the meetings.  

The ACCI made it compulsory for all the traders’ bodies to ensure installation of the CC TV immediately in their jurisdiction by the owners with intimation to the ACCI.  The CC TV would be mandatory for all petrol pumps and pharmacies.

The Arunachal State Hospital is the first in the state to install two CC TVs, one of which installed in the registration counter had helped on September 12 last to apprehend a pickpocket on the spot with the help of the TV footage. The business community has also warned against any unauthorized collection of donation from the traders in the name of any organization, association or NGOs. It has been decided to report such activities to the police for prompt action.


MLA takes stock of on-going projects

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: MLA Nabam Rebia made an unannounced visit to Sangdupota Circle today to take stock of the progress of the on-going projects.

Rebia inspected the Wire Rope Suspension Bridge connecting Gungu village with Khemyir over Poma river and expressed satisfaction over the completion of the bridge constructed under NLCPR. He advised the EE to effect some minor modifications.

Addressing the gathering at Sangdupota Rebia exhorted the people to have a positive attitude towards the development projects coming up in the area and urged them to extend their fullest help to the administration as well as the implementing agencies. He advised them not to hinder the execution of schemes and told the gathering that many more projects are on the pipeline. He said that in future Sangdupota shall be a major hub for business activities too with National Institute of Technology, Entrepreneur Development Institute, LAW College and Tourist Resort coming up in the area.

Moreover, with the district connectivity extending to Tarasso, Tapiaso, Seijosa and Pakke Kesang in future the area will see a major change and it shall definitely benefit the locals. He also urged them to preserve the wildlife and make the place tourism-friendly. In the end he asked the GBs and PRI leaders to assist the District Administration in mapping the Circle Headquarter at the earliest.

Papum Pare DC Pige Ligu said that since Sangdupota has long been recognised as CO Hq after the land was made available by the people of the area, the question of any dispute does not arise at all. He urged the GBs and PRI members to be the guardians of the CO Hq and instructed the CO and LRSO to do the mapping immediately.

  He was accompanied by DC Pige Ligu, EE RWD Paichulupa, CO Border Affairs Olik Taring, CO Sangdupota Likha Teji, LRSO Techi Hitlar, ZPM Nabam Sukia, Anchal Chairperson Panye Matung  and host of other officials and PRI members.

Later the team visited Dulane village after which they proceeded to inspect the WRS Bridge over Popum River near Kanebung.


Road accidents claim four lives

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Three persons were killed including the driver of the car (No.AR-01E 7733) in a fatal road accident near Silapathar today.  

The accident occurred when their car in which they were travelling from Itanagar to Pasighat collided head on with a truck (Dumper) in an accident prone zone at Silasuti  bridge point in between Silapathar and Demo at around 4 pm this afternoon, OC of Silapathar Police Station Suban Das told The Arunachal Times over telephone.

The persons killed in the accident were identified as Tadam Taki, a retired civil servant, Pangin, Rotom Kamgo of Kamba village, West Siang  and Pradip Biswakarma (driver) of Misamari, Helem, Sonitpur, the OC said.

Meanwhile, BJP state unit general secretary Tai Tagak expressed deep shock over tragic death of Rotum Kamgo and Tadam Taki.

Kamgo, 49,  was convenor of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP). He was  also Regional office bearer of RSS. He left behind his wife and two children.

While describing his death as great loss for the people of the state in particular, Tagak, on behalf of the party and his own behalf, conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members of both Kamgo and Taki and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls. Arunachal Vikash Parishad, East Siang district unit has also mourned the death of former APCS officer Taki.

Meanwhile, Tatung Chadap BE (civil) 3rd year student of PES Engineering College, Nagsenvana University Mumbai died in a road accident yesterday at Mumbai.

Late Tatung was the son of late Tatung Talok of Gimba, Tali circle of Kurung Kumey.

The body of the deceased would be brought to Itanagar and handed over to his family members and relatives for last rite.

Meanwhile, All Tatung Welfare Society mourned the sad demise of Tadap and termed his death as a great loss to the society.

The members of ATWS observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.


Nature enthusiast sights new moth

Arif Siddiqui

JAIRAMPUR, Nov 5: After sighting of Bhutan Glory, a rare butterfly in Ziro last September, the region is once again in the top list of researchers. The Nature enthusiasts of Ngunu Ziro under the leadership of Dr. Tage Kanu, unknowingly photographed a new species of Moth during their field trip to Talley Valley Reserve in September 2010.

The photograph was sent to Dr. V Subhalaxmi, Education officer of Bombay Nature History Society (BNHS) for identification which she was able to identify to Genus level. On consultation with international Moth experts in British Natural History Museum and experts from Hong Kong, it was confirmed that this is a new Species for Science. This day-flying moth identified as Zygaenid possibly mimics Bhutan Glory butterfly and thus shares same habitat.

Dr. Shen-Horn Wen from Taiwan University who has been specializing on this genus of moth has agreed to collaborate in describing this species.

There are currently an estimated 1,12,000 to 1,65,000 described species of butterflies and moths within 131 families on this planet. A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Moths form the majority of this order and about ten times the number of species of butterfly, with thousands of species yet to be described.  Most species of moths are nocturnal, but there are many day flying moths also. India including the North East is a home of approximately 15000 to 17000 species of Moths. But of late, the numbers of these Lepidopteron or insects with four wings have dwindled drastically. Around a hundred species of the butterflies are on the verge of extinction in India. The decline has been so rapid, especially in the Third World, that if allowed to go unchecked, it will be irreversible.

“Butterflies are almost always treated as non-target species in wildlife conservation and management programmes. The “Protected Area Network” set up by the government is directed towards “iconic” fauna like the tiger, the Asiatic lion, the elephant and the rhinoceros. While no one has an agenda against butterflies, these small, beautiful and agriculturally important  creatures are often ignored. Butterflies are an indicator of environmental health. Few are aware of the crucial role the butterfly plays in pollination of a large portion of economically important crops and flowering plants, which is second only to the honeybee. The millennia-old silk industry is also dependent on the butterfly. Should the butterfly diversity decline, it will directly affect the country’s agriculture” says Surya Prakash, a famous Lepidopterist and conservationist. Unfortunately, conservation of forest and wildlife is the most grueling or discarded effort to perpetrate in this rapidly progressing world. Because 80% of the local population in Arunachal, the home of many unknown species of smaller world, is directly or indirectly dependant on forest and forest bi-products for livelihood, the laws should be amended carefully to reform deforestation or afforest the barren land. If negligence endure and mindless deforestation continues than the fury of nature will devastate civilization in near future. Common flora and fauna will vanish and those rarest categories will be an example of the past. The developed countries like US where many butterflies are endangered as are their host plants because of depletion in forest cover; the US is now importing live butterflies to rehabilitate them.

“As the Lepidoptera fauna is not thoroughly explored in Arunachal Pradesh and that there are potential of recording new species for science, an extensive project will be planned for the region by the BNHS in near future” says Dr. Subhalaxmi, the Principal Investigator from BNHS who visited the Ziro and Talley Valley Sanctuary September last in pursuit of collecting the type specimen of the Zygaenid Moth. In this short survey conducted by BNHS in Siro Village and Talley Valley reserve of Lower Subansiri the team recorded close to 385 moth species and 68 butterfly species. Of the 385 moth species recorded, 278 species have been identified and remaining 107 species are yet to be identified.

“Many of the moth species are possible new for India and as the unidentified moths are being further studied, we may encounter new species for science as well” she added.

During this 10 days short survey, BNHS team also witnessed some of the Rare butterflies like Tytler’s multi spot flat, Bhutan Glory, Brown Gorgon, Powdered Green Hairstreak, Singe stone, Striped Punch,  White edge bush brown, White Commodore, Bhutan Sergeant, Great Yellow Sailor, Grand Duchess, Manipur Jungle Queen a uncommon one and a Khaki Silver line, a very rare butterfly.


PPA extends unconditional support, orgs hope

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: While extending unconditional support to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for good governance, the PPA legislators of the state hoped that the state will witness a new horizon of peace and harmony, unity and integrity, development and prosperity under the experienced leadership of Tuki. Besides political stability,  the party hoped that the very fabric of unity in diversity will be strengthened and all section of society will contribute towards building a strong, prosperous and peaceful Arunachal. Extending support to the new Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Arunachal Pradesh with its five legislators in state Assembly believed that peace, harmony  will prevail  in the state under the leadership of Tuki.

The party appealed the CM to take prompt action for arrest of the miscreants responsible for destruction of public properties recently. It further said that police personnel responsible for the death of late Heri Tai, who succumbed to his bullet injuries, should be brought to book.

NCP unit extended its congratulations to the new Chief Minister and expressed the hope that the new government led by Nabam Tuki will work in the spirit of common people for development, peace, harmony and maintain good and transparent governance.

The Galo Welfare Society has hoped that being an experienced leader, Nabam Tuki will work for the larger interest of the state and provide equitable development in all fronts.

All Tirap District Students Union (ATSU) hoped that the Chief Minister would come out with a proper strategy to ensure peace and harmony in Tirap-Changlang.

Union appealed Tuki to take necessary steps for conduction of Tirap-Changlang Battalion recruitment rally at the earliest.

Tagin Cultural Society (TCS)  hopes   that  CM will lead the state to progress and prosperity through peace and communal harmony under his leadership and will discourage the bandh culture in  the state .


SECC trainings end in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Nov 5: Training program for field staffs (Enumerators, Supervisors and Charge Officers) for Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) in East Siang district ended at Nari covering Pasighat, Ruksin, Pangin, Boleng and Riga for both Rural & Urban.

The training programs were conducted by the BDOs of East Siang in their respective blocks. The Additional Principal Socio-Economic and Caste Census SC Debnath (ADC), Rural Nodal Officer T Pada (PD DRDA), Urban Nodal Officer (DD, UD) Er. T Darang and Master-Trainers HK Roy and C Mukherji imparted the trainings in the district. A technical demonstration-cum-practical training with Tablet PC would be organized soon at the district headquarter Pasighat for better understanding of the enumerators, informed Debnath.

At Ziro, a daylong training was carried out by the

Master trainers P.P Dubey (ST),Hage Kago(DIO), Talen Taki(UPO) and T.S Radhakharishnan (AE).

A power point presentation on various methodologies to be adopted for conducting the census operation was given by the master trainers. The training programe was attended by 21 enumerators and supervisors. DC Nila Mohanan in her keynote address urged all the enumerators and supervisors to discharge their duty with sincerity and dedication as data collected during the census would form the basis for planning of future development activities.

Er Taker Tachang, DD-cum-DSECCO, Ziro stressed the importance of SECC2011 which would be the basis of evolving policies to eliminate poverty and poor living standard of urban dweller. (DIPROs)


Workshop on e-AgriKiosk Information Validation

PASIGHAT, Nov 5: One day Workshop on Content Refinement and Validation by the agricultural experts was conducted at the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Pasighat yesterday. This is one of the research activity undertaken by the e-AgriKiosk: Innovating for future project (Touch Screen Kiosks for farm technology transfer), which is sponsored by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under the Rural Innovation Fund (RIF) scheme.

Considering importance of Rice and Khasi mandarin for the farmers of the East Siang district, information and knowledge on these two crops was refined and validated. The workshop was chaired by Dr. B.N. Hazarika, Dean of the College and the project team was led by Dr. Bhanuprakash Mishra, Centre Co-ordinating Principal Investigator, Social Science expert Dr. A.S. Mailappa and Dr. Raja, an Pathologist along with multidisciplinary team of experts from the College of Horticulture and Forestry and KVK, East Siang district team had intensive discussion on farmer specific content.  

This project is one of first of this kind in north-East India proposes to provide farm information in local tribal dialect supported by the text and images by touch screen kiosks. After scientist-farmer participatory content refinement and validation process touch screen kiosks will be placed in the four villages of East Siang district.


Micro entrepreneurship development training

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: The Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO organized micro entrepreneurship development training in Mushroom Cultivation to Susana, Achu and Moses SHGs consisting of 17 members from New Khamlang Village under Miao Circle. The participants consisting of SHG members who are basically farmers showed great interest in mushrooming.

Paul Chawang and Alisha Mossang of AMYAA (NGO) facilitated the interactive training programme through participatory approach. In the theoretical inputs sessions Mr. Paul emphasized on the processes and steps to be followed in mushroom cultivation. He further highlighted the value addition of Mushroom product as food item.

In the practical cum demonstrative session the facilitators guided participants in the preparation of Mushroom Cylinders starting right from soaking the straw to packing the straw and mushroom spawns into mushroom cylinders. The participants having learned the process of mushroom cultivation will go for preparing of 160 mushroom cylinders. The SHG members expressed their interest and desire to take up mushroom cultivation as one of their main income generation activity. The AMYAA (NGO) will be extending full support to all the actively functioning SHGs, Farmers’ Club and unemployed youth who are genuinely in feasible income generation activities on their own or in groups.


VKAJ organizes free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) organized four Free Medical camps in Tirap district from Nov1- 4.

The camps were held at Pongkong, Barap and Lazu Township of Lazu circle and Khela of Khonsa circle.

A total 274 patients were examined and free medicines were distributed by the Mobile Medical Unit of VKAJ. Many people of these areas are suffering from various ailments like typhoid, flu, diarrhea and blood dysentery. Two health awareness meeting were also arranged.

Tirap Ingenious Peoples Society(TIPS) volunteers also participated in these camps. It is to be mentioned that these two organizations conducted more than 50 medical camps in Tirap during this summer.

The DMO of Tirap also supported this noble effort by providing them some basic medicines.     


Excellence Award for Debabrata Maji

ITANAGAR, Nov 5:  Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh has been conferred with National Status Award ‘Excellence Award for National Social Activity’ by the Global Achievers Foundation, New Delhi.

This award has been conferred upon him at a glittering function during the National Seminar on ‘Individual Contribution for Social Economic Growth’ held at New Delhi on Nov 4.

During the award presentation ceremony Former CBI Director Joginder Singh, Secretary of Minority Committee for AICC Anis Durrani, General Secretary of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee Dr. A. Ameerjahan, Secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Hari Pal Rawat and others dignitaries were present.


NBCC Youth Meet

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Nyishi Baptist Church Council, Sagalee Sub Division conducted its Youth Meet at Town Baptist Church, Sagalee from November 2-4 last.

Parang and Bobia team lifted the boys and girls volleyball champion trophy and in individual events Nabam Rui has been declared as best singer while Paje Dadang, Debia Tada and Techi Son were adjudged as first in Essay writing competition, best speaker and quiz competition respectively.

Executive Committee Member NBCC Techi James Tara attended the opening ceremony as Chief Guest while Anchal Chairperson Nabam Yakum attended the closing ceremony as Chief Guest.


Org denounce statement

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), East Kameng and Kurung Kumey district units in a joint release denounced the statement of Yumlam Achung led ANYA published in this daily on Oct 21.

Achung in its statement said that the ANYA election held on Oct 16 was totally unauthorized and unrecognized and differences between two factions of ANYA should have been sorted out in a same platform before conduction of election.

Reacting to Achung’s remarks, both the district unit said, Bamang Taji and Kumar Tajo have been duly elected by the voters of five districts including Capital Complex in peaceful manner on Oct 16.


Warm reception to promising dancer

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU), Leporiang People Welfare Committee Capital Complex and Arunachal Artists Forum jointly accorded warm reception to Nabam Apang, a promising  Arunachalee dancer at Naharlagun helipad yesterday.

Nabam Apang reached the 4th round of the Dance India Dance audition at Kolkata and has been selection for Mumbai audition.


ANYA hopes

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: Expressing happiness over induction of Papum Pare S P Nabam Gungte and  CO, 2nd IRBn, Changlang Kime Kaming into prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS), All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has hoped that newly inducted IPS officer duo will continue to render best of services to the people  without fear and favour.


Engineer deputed for training

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: GeoEnpro Petroleum Ltd, Kharsang Oil field has deputed Samjong Rekhung, Assistant Manager Electrical for a course with Caterpillar Company in Melbourne, Australia for Operation and Maintenance of Gas Based Power Plant.

It is for the first time that an Engineer from the Arunachal State is proceeding for such a prestigious course, said a press release from the company.


Two drowned in Kurung River

ITANAGAR: Horat Chutia who was working as private labour under Yangte Circle is reportedly drowned in Kurung River on November 1 while fishing.

Meanwhile, the administration constituted a special search team but unfortunately the team leader Dari Sangkio also lost his life at Kurung River during the operation.

The administration announced an amount of Rs 10,000 to the informer leading to recovery of the two dead bodies. Contact at 9402974329, 9436052749 and 9436259915.


News Impact



IAF rally and percentage of marks

Dear Editor,

Indian Air Force (IAF) held a rally at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun for the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland. The Students who secured 50% marks or above in 10+2 CBSE Examination were allowed to attend the rally.

I have secured 56.2% in plus 2 but I was rejected. One of the Airmen did not accept my percentage for Y group (Non-Technical) saying that I was not qualified to attend the rally as I got only 17 marks in Mathematics which was my additional subject. But the fact is that additional subject is not added in the overall percentage. They added my additional subject and divided it by six subjects whereas they should have just taken into account marks of the five subjects.

I want a reply from any IAF officer regarding this.


Takar Rie

Dera Natung

Govt. College



Dr Jini’s kindness saved my sister

Dear Editor,

My idea of medical service in our state was not very high and those of high medical officers were not better, but to my pleasant surprise, I was proved wrong by Chief Medical Officer, General Hospital, Naharlagun in particular and its staff in general.

On the night of Oct 30, my sister was critically ill and was referred to Guwahati for treatment. Problem of managing an ambulance seemed an uphill task to me, anyway I called up C.M.O, Naharlagun and requested for his help. Frankly I didn't expect much would happen but he took prompt action and arranged an ambulance to take us to Guwahati. I will ever be grateful to him and would not able to repay him ever. If not for him my sister would not have been alive.

I hope people like him will always keep burning the lamp of humanity and other officers should take cue and be sympathetic towards poor and needy.


D . N . Hina



Capable student leader is the need of the hour

Dear Editor,

The XVIth Biennial Conference-Cum-Election of the All Mishmi Students’ Union (AMSU) commences from 3rd November at Sunpura in Lohit. Established in the year 1978 with the motto to serve the Mishmi Society, it was initially a vocal pressure group. It acted  as a vigilant watchdog which would growl, bark and bite whenever the interests of the Mishmis were infringed upon. Upholding its motto, the AMSU since its inception played many significant roles for its society, such as fostering brotherhood among the Mishmis, organizing social services in the villages, guarding the native’s land from encroachment by outsiders and refugees, dissuading the sale of native’s land to outsiders and educating them about its long term implications etc. Similarly, the union leaders were elected on the basis of their integrity and leadership qualities.

But of late, it’s conspicuously seen that the union elections have turned into a political arena. The candidates are affiliated to one or the other politicians. The elections are fought under their auspice, who support the candidate of their choice. To ensure their victory, the political patrons entice the voters with money and other allurements. Obviously after emerging victorious, these student leaders would bend to the interest of their political boss. Instead of becoming a true student leader, they become the Netaji’s stooge, who dances to the latter’s tune by often keeping at bay the community's interest. Under the leadership of such dubious leaders, the union deflects from its motto. In such a scenario, many capable candidates without political affiliations are ignored and the union is deprived of a strong leader. Consequently, the credibility of the union is at stakes. In absence of strong civil bodies of the Mishmis, AMSU is expected to play a host of roles, such as stress on quality education, launch tirade against the opium menace, check the influx of migrants, prevent the marginalization of Mishmis politically and uphold the dignity of the natives, etc.

The need of the hour is of a capable student leader, who can galvanize the dormant youth power to work selflessly for the society. The student community needs to understand that the union election is not only about raving up and casting their votes. They should ensure that they vote for a candidate, who can deliver the goods without fear and prejudice.


Suraj Tayang

Tezu (on email)



Ban, hoarding and inflated prices

Dear Editor,

I would like to post some comment on banning of tobacco products, by various fly by night organizations. I do accept the negative aspects of tobacco consumption, but as an adult member of the society, it is my right and choice to indulge in whatever vices I want to without hurting the sentiments of the majority. Yes smoking, tiranga consumption among school children is rampant and it should be discouraged through awareness and one should not forget the role of parents and family, plus legislations have been passed to control it. Society as a whole should act these organizations has no authority to ban things whatever it maybe.

Does banning really solve the problem? It only leads to hoarding and inflated prices. A pack of cigarettes costing Rs 25 is being sold at Rs 50. The only ones profiting are vendors and wholesalers. The administration doesn’t seem to care. You get cigarette at Rs 25 at district whereas in the capital of a state the rules are openly floated by everyone. It explains the sorry state of affairs. The govt could start on a positive footing if prices are checked on every items used by the common people, though it may sound ridiculous but drops makes an ocean.

Lastly use your precious pages for useful news, not for any know all organizations.


Gampu Pertin




What is the motive behind such sudden compassion?

Dear Editor,

The Heri Youth Welfare Association strongly condemn 7 days ultimatum by one Yumlam Achung, who claims to be president of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) wherein he demanded renaming of Indira Gandhi Park as Heri Tai Memorial. Heri Tai is a martyr of the Nyishi community who laid down his life for the greater cause of the Nyishi community. We the family members of late Heri Tai are at pain to read the local dailies of November 2 issue where one Yumlam Achung so called president of ANYA demanded the State Govt to rename Indira Gandhi Park as Heri Tai Memorial Park. The entire Heri clan does not support such meaningless demand which smack of political motive and malafide intention.

The 7 days ultimatum is uncalled for and is an act to take undue advantage for selfish motive and thereby defaming the supreme sacrifice of late Heri Tai.  

The family members of late Heri Tai under the banner of All Heri Youth Welfare Association out rightly reject and strongly condemn the demand of Yumlam Achung and group. Heri clan does not recognize Yumlam Achung led ANYA and strongly warns them not to interfere in our family matter.

What is the motive behind such sudden compassion for late Heri Tai? Yumlam Achung may kindly clarify on why he did not express condolence to the bereaved family by visiting them at their home? Why he did not visit RK Mission Hospital when he was admitted there and taking his last breath? Why he did not attend the funeral which was attended by every member from Nyishi community?    

Moreover, Yumlam Achung or his representatives did not take the consent of late Heri Tai family before demanding renaming of the Park to the State Govt.

Regarding the Heri Tai case, the Heri clan strongly believes that matter will be seriously taken up by the NES, ANSU and legislators of the Nyishi community.

Therefore, the Heri clan warns Yumlam Achung led ANYA and any organization in future to refrain from playing with the sentiments of Heri clan and make mockery of the supreme sacrifice of late Heri Tai for their selfish interest.

The All Heri Youth Association also demands to the state government to nab the culprits who shot late Heri Tai on 11 October, 2011 at IG Park and award exemplary punishment.


Heri Tapum,


Heri Maju

Spokesperson, AHYWA



Some sense

Dear Editor,

Public Sense, albeit the absence of it is a pan India occurrence particularly so in case of our beloved state.

Take for instance, the ATM Booth. Go to any ATM kiosk and one will see it all swarmed by people. To top it all, you have a separate queue for the women folk, so much so for gender equality which I believe is typical of Arunachal only. This crowding of the ATM kiosk defeats the very purpose of a secure ATM Pin no.

It is very clear even from a layman's perspective that a criminal minded person can easily manipulate the situation and can rob a person. It would be far better if we be a bit patient and show a bit of common sense as well and stand in a queue outside rather than cram the insides.

The same people when they go out to some other states are all courtesy and gentleman personified, they waits, follow the rules etc. Wonder why they can't do the same in their hometown!


Tato Payeng

Taliha, (on email)




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