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Media should be eyes and ears of the government and people: Tuki

Press fraternity honours Dr Moji Jini, Tarh Yana, Mitalee Namchoom

National Press Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 16: The National Press day was organized at the Banquet Hall here today.

Immediately after the swearing in of his Council of Ministers, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, attended the programme and said “I request the media to be the eyes and ears of the government and mirror the grievances of the people without any fear and favour.” Tuki, though, cautioned against any unsubstantiated allega-tions, sensationalization and vulgarity resorted to by the media.

He pointed out that media has of late been questioned for not only the paid news but yellow journalism as well as at times its role against national interest in total violation of ethics and defeating the principles of self-regulation.

The Chief Minister announced to initiate the process of finding a suitable land for construction of a Press Colony, a promise by Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

Construction of a Press Colony to accommodate members of the state’s media fraternity was a welfare measure assured by Late Khandu besides granting a corpus fund of Rs 20 lakhs for welfare of media-persons. However, due to unavailability of suitable land the construction of a Press Colony was delayed.

In tandem with the late Chief Minister, Tuki assured cooperation and support to the media fraternity and media houses of the state including those in the electronic media and expected the same from them. He, however, was categorical when he said that he did not mean that media should blindly support even if the government erred in any manner.

 “While extending my good wishes on this day of introspection, I would like to appeal to my Press friends to adhere to the fundamental objectives of journalism to eschew publication of inaccurate, baseless, graceless, misleading or distorted material, avoid conjecture, speculation or comment as a statement of fact to prevent avoidable misgivings in the minds of the people. Moreover, they are also urged to exercise due restraint and caution in no way to jeopardize, endanger or harm the paramount interests of the State and society, or the rights of individuals as specified under Article 19 (2) of the Constitution of India,” the Chief Minister appealed.

He expressed hope that this year’s theme of debate, a routine exercise on the day, “The Media has failed as an instrument of public accountability in Arunachal Pradesh” – organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Press Club  in collaboration with Department of IPR and CCRD would be eye-opener for the civil society.

Also while responding to a request made by the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society and endorsed by APUWJ and APC for naming a road after the state’s Father of Journalism late Lummer Dai, Tuki announced approval of the same on the spot. Members had appealed to the Chief Minister to name the road that runs through Prem Nagar area in Naharlagun starting from the State Hospital to Daily Market after the late writer/journalist, where he lived till his death after retiring from government service. To the question raised earlier by media persons that what would his government do to honour the great humanist singer late Dr Bhupen Hazarika for his invaluable contributions to the people of India, particularly Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, the Chief Minister announced a high level committee headed by Sahitya Akademy awardee Y D Thongchi with members, including noted writer Mamang Dai, a Padmashri awardee as members to suggest methodologies for the purpose.

On the occasion, as customary, Tuki also felicitated three achievers of the state nominated by APUWJ and APC in cooperation with DIPR. They were Mitalee Namchoom (IAS topper), Tarh Yana (Weightlifter) and Dr Moji Jini (Super Specialist).

Y D Thongchi who was the Guest of Honor appreciated the role of the media in the state. He said that unlike media elsewhere, the media in Arunachal is still unadulterated.

The celebration was also attended by Chief Election Commissioner, MP Takam Sanjoy as Special Guest, Cabinet Minister Tanga Byaling, MLAs Padi Richo and Karikho Kri, Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) members and others besides members of the press fraternity.


Anandita Das walks away with Ngarsee Torio best debater award

NERIST walked away with the 4th Chief Minister’s Debate Trophy while the Dera Natung Govt College won the second place. Anandita Das of NERIST won the Ngaarse Torio best debater award while the Mibom Toko got the Ngaarse Torio best debater runners up award. The topic of the debate was the house believes that “The Media has failed as an instrument of public accountability in Arunachal Pradesh” which was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, Arunachal Press Club in collaboration with Department of IPR and CCRD. Eight colleges from all over the state took part in the state level debate competition.

Associate Professor Dr Nani Bath, RGU, who was speaker of the debate, credited media for success of many events including recent Anna Hazare movement. He however regretted that in Arunachal unfortunately media is not allowed to work freely. He said that success of the new government led by Nabam Tuki will be gauged by the way it helps and gives space to media in carrying out its work.

The judges of the event were Mepung Tadar Bage, Gabriel D. Wangsu, Pradeep Kumar and Dr. Pekba Ringu.

Senior journalist Gabriel D Wangsu shared his  experience of being associated with Arunachal media fraternity. He said that journey was tough but hoped that the scenario will be better in days to come and  media will be able to perform its work freely without interference.

 Senior Journalist Pradeep Kumar shared his experiences and problems faced by media in the state while Dr Pegba Ringu in his deliberations urged all the young people of state to follow their heart and follow the dreams.

Former Vice chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh state Women’s Commission Tadar Mepung Bage said that it may take years for media fraternity to really enjoy the true meaning of freedom of expression. She called for joint efforts from every Arunachalee to work together to make the state a better place to live in.


11 ministers inducted in Tuki Ministry

ITANAGAR, Nov 16: 11 ministers, including 4 new faces, were inducted today in the  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki ministry.

Governor JJ Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly inducted ministers in a simple function at Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan today.

Tuki was sworn in as Chief Minister on November one last, but he took two weeks to finalise the list of his council of ministers.

The new faces are Komlung Mosang, Tapang Taloh, Rajesh Tacho and Jarkar Gamlin.

The seven others were Setong Sena, Atum Welly, Tanga Byaling, Bosiram Siram, Chowna Mein, Pema Khandu and Newlai Tingkhatra. All of them, excluding Tingkhatra, were in the Jarbom Gamlin ministry.

The new portfolios would be distributed soon, Tuki told reporters.

Meanwhile, Tapang Taloh has tendered his resignation as deputy speaker of state legislative assembly today.


Sombre Siang receives Dr Hazarika’s ashes

PASIGHAT, Nov 16:  Bhupen Hazarika’s ashes were immersed in Siang River at Komlighat today with all-religion prayers for the eternal peace of the departed soul. Earlier yesterday, the ashes were taken to Pasighat by Ainstein Koyu (CO) from the state museum, Itanagar and members of Sankar Guru Kristi Kendra, Pasighat escorted the Urn from Ruksin check-gate to DC’s office. The DC (Incharge) SC Debnath received the urn with full honour and kept it in the Conference Hall for public viewing.

Today, thousand of admirers thronged to pay homage to the legendary singer Bhupenda.

Later, the Urn containing the ashes was carried to the immersion site in a procession. Officers, police personnel, leaders, students and businessmen led by the prominent writer Oshong Ering, Deputy Commissioner SC Debnath, BS Mehra (Dy.SP) and Dr. BN Hazarika (Dean of CoH) marched from the DC’s office to Komlighat via residential colonies, Namghar and main market etc.

At Pasighat Namghar, Assamese community performed holy rituals and paid special regards to Lt Hazarika’s Urn followed by Nam-Kirtan, Dhani and floral tributes, reports DIPRO.

Meanwhile, the people of Likabali paid last respect to legendary musician Dr. Bhupen Hazarika today.  A brief public gathering was organized after the group carrying the ashes of Hazarika halted for brief period at Likabali on their way to Aalo.

The meeting was attended by CO and i/c SDO Likabali, panchayat and public leaders, officers and officials of Likabali sub-division, GBs and general public.


Inter-College Youth Festival kicks off on a colourful note at Rono Hills

CM assures employment avenues

ITANAGAR, Nov 16: The 9th Inter College Youth Festival being hosted by Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) at Rono Hills campus kicked off on a colorful note.

All the colleges of the state affiliated to the University are taking part at the festival.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who inaugurated the programme today assured that the government would ensure good number of employment opportunities in the state. He, however, cautioned that creation of employment opportunities does not mean job in government departments alone but implementation of various self-employment schemes, where the youths of today have to prove themselves as worthy entrepreneurs.

“We will ensure various schemes of self-employment where you have to prove yourself as worthy entrepreneurs. Then only we can bring our state to a respectable height in matter of economic development which alone can bring over all prosperity of the people,” he asserted hinting at the worrying tendency of the youths to depend solely on the government for employment.

Wishing the festival to be a success, the Chief Minister said that the Youth Festival of the University is a befitting platform to provide all students a launching pad for excelling in diverse fields. Not taking anything away from the importance of academic activities, he felt extra-curricular activities significantly enhance one’s mental and physical competence.

He, however, regretted that, at times, youths divert their energy other than the main track and cautioned against vested interests, who may make the youths scapegoats for their nefarious designs.

“So, under my governance I would feel happy if the young generation brings laurels to the state and not defame it in any way,” Tuki appealed.

Emphasizing on the role of sports in national integration, the Chief Minister said India being a vast country, a melting pot of various religious and cultural entities, can take a lead in the field of sports as the best vehicle for promoting national and emotional integration. “This was the prime dream of our most dynamic leader Late Rajiv Gandhi to make India a strong nation in every field. UPA Government in the center is trying its level best to translate his dream into a social reality. Provisions of 12th Plan envisages lot of promotional schemes for the development of education sector at par with several developed countries of the world,” he informed and reiterated that it is high time to realize the importance of activities being pursued in the colleges and universities, so that the extra energy of the young students is channelized in a positive direction.

Showering praise on Arunachalee sportspersons, he expressed pride that, though in small number as compared to other states, they have registered their contribution in prominent fields like mountaineering, weight-lifting, karate, badminton, music, etc.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the RGU Students Union (RGUSU) the Chief Minister assured to take up the issue of construction of an alternative road to the university campus within the current financial year. On the rest of the demands like street lights and drainages in the campus, he promised to take up the matters with concerned ministries at the Center for fund provisions. To another memorandum submitted by the Employees Welfare Association of the University, the Chief Minister said he will take up  its issue with the Center on right earnest.

Takam Sanjoy, Arunachal West MP, in his address as the Guest of Honor, called upon the youths to inculcate leadership qualities while still young and students.

“Leader is a person who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way,” he said.

Sanjoy also cautioned the youths against getting swayed away by wrong publicity by persons with vested interest or biased media houses. Citing the recent communal unrest in the state due to a wrong message passed by one leading newspaper, he asserted that Arunachal with its different tribes has always been a land of peace and communal harmony.

“Such wrong message should be thwarted outrightly as our unity cannot be disturbed by any external or internal agency,” Sanjoy reiterated.

The MP, who had promised Rs 20 lakhs for establishment of a Social Center in the University from his MPLAD Fund, today handed over the money to the Vice Chancellor Prof David R Syiemlieh. Earlier, he had donated a Public Address System to the University, which he had promised during his last visit to the campus.  


Demonstration on Pine Needle Briquette machine

ITANAGAR, Nov 16: A demonstration on working of Pine Needle Briquette machine would be held at Indira Gandhi Park near Range Forest office here on November 18 and 19.

The machine is likely to be used by the Environment and Forest department and also by public to make pine apple needle briquette, especially in the high altitude area where pine needle and bamboo are easily available. Use of this machine might solve the problem of fuel wood, especially in high altitude areas.



ITANAGAR, Nov 16: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) has condoled the death of Singa Jilen, an energetic youth of Rite village under Tirbin circle and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

All Kurung Kumey Group D Staff Welfare Association has deeply mourned the sudden demise of Lokam Anand and Bengia Yapi and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls. While Lokam was serving as LDC in CO office, Damin Yapi was serving as peon in DC’s office Koloriang.


DNGC appeals

ITANAGAR, Nov 16: The Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt. College (DNGC) while describing the hardship faced by the students of the college due to in sufficient teaching staff, has appealed to the state government as well as directorate of higher and technical education to provide atleast one more teachers for political science in the college prior to house tests.

The present teacher-student ratio in the political science department of the college is 1:225. Under such situation, it is tough task to impart quality education to the students by the limited teaching staff, the Students Union said in a release.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Nov 16: A ‘healing crusade cum festival of life’ was organised by Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church (APCRC) Area-I at Sagalee from November 11 to 13 last.

Thousands of people from in and around Papum Pare district attended the programme and availed its benefit.

The programme was attended by Dr. Joram Dol, president Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association and Prof. Imcha Yanger from Naharlagun as speakers. Both Joram and Imcha exhorted the believers to follow the words of God in everyday life to make their life more meaningful and beautiful.

Rev. Toko Loma and Dr. Techi Anand were the service leaders and Er. Nabam Sutum and Bro. Khyoda Tamo were the programme coordinators.


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Set questions from syllabus only

Dear Editor,

I would like  to draw the attention of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) regarding the mistake of putting questions from portion which were not there in the syllabus of APPSCCE Mains.

In the last year`s Mains examination, especially in Geography-paper 1, questions were set from chapters which were not  there in the syllabus. In Geography paper 1, question no. 1 (a), question no. 2 (a) and 2 (i) and question no. (10) were from chapter of geographical thought which is not in the Mains syllabus. The aforesaid questions carried 54 marks in total.

So, it is my request to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission to instruct the question paper setters to turn the pages of APPSCE Mains syllabus so that the mistake is not repeated. Otherwise, the whole paper would be considered absurd.

Also, I would like to request the candidates to remain alert of this fact.


A candidate,

(on email)



DC’s court and the presiding officer

Dear Editor,

Let me express my deep anguish and humiliation faced by me because of  Amjad Tak, the Deputy Commissioner of West Siang.

On 11/11/11, I applied for appointment to meet the Deputy Commissioner at 9.30 along with my client Nyamo Kamduk by filing up the visitors Slip in the P.A. room with an objective to file a Misc. Case in Civil Appeal Case between Nyamo Kamduk Vrs Hilem Loyi and others. Accordingly, the visitors Slip was submitted to the DC’s table through the Peon. It is worthy to mention here that in the subject column of the visitors slip, I had clearly mentioned the subject of my meeting or appointment as “for filing of a Misc. Case in Civil Appeal/10. My name, address, designation, subject matter and date were duly filled up in the slip. Till 10.30 am there was no signal of appointment to any public including me. During the pendency of time, the ADC Aalo went to the room of DC’s Chamber and went back and EAC (Development cum JMFC) also went to the chamber and returned back. Thereafter, my visitor slip was returned back to me by one of the Peons of his office with a remark written as ‘EAC (D)’ at back side of the slip. The peon stated that I should meet the EAC (Development).

Now, it is very surprising that I have no business with EAC development since the case is pending in the court of DC and EAC (D) has got no jurisdiction to hear the matter which I had intended to file before the Court of DC.

Later on, I again tried my best efforts through the PA to meet the DC but I could not.

It is also necessary to mention about the back ground of the petition. Since, there is pending case in between Nyamo Kamduk Vrs Hilem Loyi and others regarding Ropi stream for irrigation channel in the court of DC Aalo.  

On 1st Nov, 2011 the DC Aalo passed an order of injunction against Nyamo Kamduk stopping the digging activities in Lori WRC field. As such, the injunction order dated 1/11/11 was issued without hearing us. Therefore, an application under Order XXXIX Rule-4 of CPC was to be filed before the Deputy Commissioner. Hence, my client and I went to meet the presiding officer of the court. In this case, I have already moved an application for transfer of the said Civil Appeal case to FTC Basar or to District and Session Court Yupia.  The case is pending trial before the  High Court. In spite of such petition for transfer, the DC Aalo is willing to take up the matter and pass order in favour of other party and do not want to entertain us in the court to hear our grievances and even do not want to admit any petition from our side.

The office of Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District Aalo or DC’s chamber or Court is public office and the court of DC is not private property of Amjad Tak where he can refuse to meet an officer of the court while allowing the other subordinate presiding officer of the same court. The deputy commissioner cannot make a mockery of the judiciary system. He should have to know the meaning of composition of the court. A single Presiding Officer alone cannot be said to be court unless there are two Counsels representing the parties.

Hence, I appeal to the civil societies to judge the matter and also appeal to the bar association of District and Bar Association of Guwhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench to kindly initiate serious action against such presiding Officer.


Tageng Padoh


Guwahati High court Itanagar Permanent Bench, (on email)



Where the pigs make merry

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your daily, I would like to draw the attention of the department concerned, which looks after the collection of garbage and maintenance of sector roads in capital complex, towards the unhygienic condition of the road leading  to the SP office, Capital Complex (Old IGP office), Ganga.

There are three large garbage dumps within a stretch of 200 meter along the road where the pigs are making merry causing the road more dirty  and unhygienic to use.

I, therefore, request to department concerned to collect the garbage and dispose it off atleast once in a month and maintain the road properly.


A  concerned citizen,

(on email)



Money matters too

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the demand for quality education all over the country.

But where does it come from?

Critics may not agree with me; but quality comes from hardwork; for maintaining hardwork one needs energy, for energy one needs food, for food one needs money and money comes in the form of salary. What on earth makes them believe that we the teachers are well off without our salaries? Timely disbursement of salary is crucial for imparting quality education.

We need to root out “Ho jayega, kal de dega” attitude.


Tana Abson

Itanagar, (on email)



Authorised Quackery

Dear Editor,

Quackery is prevalent in almost all parts of India. As per a study conducted by Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) in 2009, there are 2.5 millions quacks in India. Arunachal Pradesh being a tribal state is no exception. To make things worse and to my surprise, the authorities have allowed the faith healers to work in General Hospital Pasighat in the name of Ayush. As far a my knowledge is concerned, Ayush is derived from Ayurvedic Medicine wherein, herbal extracts  are used for treating human ailments by a trained specialist in that branch of medicine. Do these faith healers have the minimum qualification to practice Ayurvedic, Homeopathy or Allopathy? No wonder why many patients are diagnosed in the late stage of a disease which would have had a different course otherwise.

Medical council of India is looking at all aspects of quackery, including those using Ayurvedic or alternative medicine to cure patients without any formal training or qualification. The punishment for practicing Quackery as per Medical Council Act 15(2) b and 15 (3) are 1 year imprisonment and Rs.1000 fine.

Back home, the story is different altogether and we, the medical fraternity are the mute spectators. On one hand, the authorities talk of quality healthcare and on the other, there is a complete dilution of the health system in our state compromising the quality of health service. I do agree that there are certain ailments which are beyond the reach of medical sciences, but the principles on which it is practised are always evidence based.

I would like to appeal to the authorities concerned that if at all medical malpractice cannot be denounced, then at least it should not be encouraged, that too in the premises of an institution like General Hospital.


Dr Tajir

Pasighat / Dibrugarh.




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Preventable deaths


Close to one lakh children below the age of five years died of diarrhoea attributable to rotavirus infection in 2008, accounting for 22% of the total deaths reported globally, reports the latest edition of the Lancet Infection Diseases magazine.

Diarrhoea related with the rotavirus infection resulted in 453,000 deaths worldwide in 2008 among children younger than five years—37% of deaths attributable to diarrhoea with five countries accounting for more than half of all deaths attributable to such infection: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Introduction of effective and available rotavirus vaccines in other countries, mostly middle-income or poorer, could substantially reduce worldwide deaths attributable to diarrhoea, the paper has suggested.

The  study did a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies with at least 100 children younger than five years who had been admitted to hospital with diarrhoea. They also included data from countries that participated in the WHO-coordinated Global Rotavirus Surveillance Network. Studies were classified into one of five groups on the basis of region and the level of child mortality in the country in which the study was done.

The authors of the study note that their estimate of deaths due to rotavirus-related diarrhoea in 2008 is somewhat lower than the previous estimate of 527 000 deaths in 2004, saying the difference is largely because of an overall decrease in diarrhoea-related deaths in children younger than 5 years from 1•8 million in 2003 to 1•2 million in 2008.

The figures tells us that lot need to be done to make an effort to put an end to preventable deaths.