November 23


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Assembly committee to conduct district tour

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Committee on Government Assurance of Fifth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will be undertaking an official tour to the district of Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng from Nov 25 to 30.

Spot verification of Pacha Hydel project at Seppa and meeting with concern department is also being scheduled during their tour programme under the chairmanship of Tamiyo Taga, MLA along with five members  and MLAs Alo Libang, Tapuk Taku, Ralom Borang, Er Markio Tado and Kariya Bagang and accompanied by three officers and officials of Legislative Assembly, according to official release.


Mass prayer for Moge Doji

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Central Nyedar Namlo (CNN) and its Doimukh unit prayed for early recovery of Moge Doji.

The mass prayer led by Namlo Priest Nabam Sangkam prayed to Aane Donyi at Doimukh Nyedar Namlo on November 18 for speedy recovery of the singing icon of Arunachal Pradesh, who is currently undergoing treatment in Dibrugarh, Assam.

Nabam Atum, chief advisor of IFCSAP cum vice president of North East Janjati Faith and Cultural Protection Forum, RT Tara, Chairman, CNN and around 100 believers of Aane Donyi joined the mass prayer, informed Taba Takam, Secretary Doimukh Nyedar Namlo Unit.  


ACCI demands for deployment of forces in market areas

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in a memorandum to the Parliamentary Secretary, Home, demanded for immediate deployment of paramilitary and police forces at the strategic market areas and create congenial atmosphere to open the shops with immediate effect.

Traders of Itanagar are known as  highest revenue paying trading community which needs to  be protected in all aspects including their life and property, the ACCI said.

Apprising the Govt of total law and order failure at the state Capital which leads to the looting, extortion with physical threats  to trading community, the ACCI said, the poor traders having no option left with them had to remain only mute spectators, while their shops are being looted by some unknown miscreants in the name of AAPSU.

Despite repeated complaints and pleas for police protection and to contain law and order, the local administration miserably has failed to provide any protection, the ACCI said adding that looting and extortion process went on continuously and the traders having no alternative option to defend themselves had to close their shop to save their life and property.


ABYCC, president Yachuli provides relief to the fire victims

ZIRO, Nov 22: Yachuli Block Assembly Youth Congress president Toko Budh, Yachuli ZPM Toko Puna and CO, Yachuli Neelam Teji distributed 10 bags rice and other household items to the victims of a devastating fire that occurred on November 11 at Yachuli. The fire completely gutted the houses belonged to Dodiam Hormin and Tech Tania and also the granaries attached to the houses. The AYCC president Budh appealed to the Govt to provide relief to the victims. DIPRO


TKSC felicitates achievers

ITNAGAR, Nov 22: Tai Khampti Singphow Council (TKSC) has felicitated few persons in recognition to their services extended towards the state and the society in various fields, and awarded cash and citation to seven persons, including one posthumously on November 18 last.  

 Lt. Nang Choi Khalena Namchoom, former Director of School Education was honored with a Buddha image and presented citation for her contribution to the state in the field of education posthumously. Chow Noi Pantu Mancheykhun, the GB Innao Khampti was honored with a Buddha image and citation for his contribution towards the society in the field of literature. Nang Choi Shikawati Namchoom, former President, Women Welfare Society Namsai, Nang Choi Kenchini Khamhoo, General Secretary, Mohila Mondol Chongkham, Indrajeet Dey, Namsai, Chow Noi Brahmadutt Namchoom, and Chow Noi Silawa Mannow, General Secretary, Chongkham Youth Association were felicitated with with cash awards and citation for their bold and sincere services extended to the Council in the various campaigns launched by them against drugs and opium peddlers and trafficking in Lohit district and Namsai sub-division.


Week long village sports and cultural competition concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The week-long village Sports and Cultural competition of Bam village concluded at Govt. Sec. School Bam playground yesterday.

The participants were divided into five houses where Lechi house emerged overall champion. Bumchi and Leda Houses emerged champions in literary and cultural  competitions.

Addressing a mammoth gathering on the valedictory function, Markar Bam, Superintendent Engineer PWD Basar urged the entire village member to be disciplined and maintain work culture.

Taking the example of Tabom Bam, IAS, he further appealed all the students to concentrate much on study and follow the path of elders of the village, who are holding good position in the society.

The concluding day function was attended by almost all the head of the department of Basar sub division, including the Commandant of 20th ITBP Basar.

Earlier, on November Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi inaugurated the week-long program and assured a package of Rs 30 lakh from SPA for the development of the playground. He further assured to pursue the government for building of a mini stadium.


SHG awareness training

YINGKIONG, Nov 22: A Self Help Group Awarness Training sponsored by NABARD and organized by Aarro Society Yingkiong was held at DC’s conference hall here today.

Around 200 representatives from various SHGs attended the training programme.

Addressing the trainees and development officers, Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang, said that training in any discipline irrespective of ranks, senior and junior is necessary to learn and gain experiences to promote oneself in any development activities and business transactions.

NABARD representative Devajit Biswas delivered the keynote address.

Resource persons of the training were drawn from various govt development line departments, Branch Manager, SBI Yingkiong. DIPRO


Kurung Kumey CoSAAP unit withdraws demands

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Confederation of the Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP), Kurung Kumey district unit has withdrawn its three-point demands following arrest of two persons involved in attack on CO Gyamar Amte. Earlier, the CoSAAP unit demanded arrest of the attackers on CO within three days and threatened to launch a series of agitation in case of failure of the law enforcing authority to arrest the culprits.

The CoSAAP unit said that two accused, namely, Lokam Teki and Sangkung Tapuk were arrested in connection with the CO attack case and a case No 25/12 U/S 325/34 IPC has been registered at Sangram Police station.

The Kurung Kumey district CoSAAP unit appreciated the DC Rajeev Takuk and SP Hage Laling for their prompt action and appealed them to arrest all the culprits involved in the case and also appealed all its members to resume their duty.


Training on Rabi crops and animal husbandry

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Lohit Dist., FTC Kherem in presence of scientist of KVK Lohit has conducted one day training on rabi crops and Animal Husbandry in Nangtaw Shyam village on Nov 9. A total of 164 farmers of four villages of Nangtaw area were present in the training including the ASM of the village.

M. Chowlu, DTO FTC Kherem cum PD ATMA in his inaugural speech talked about the importance of the programme. Debasish Borah, SMS (Agronomy), KVK Lohit thoroughly discussed about the cultivation of mustard crop, concept of INM, its importance for increasing production and of mustard.

D. Barman, PTO FTC Kherem and D. Biswas, SDAO, Namsai discussed about potato cultivation  and common problems of different crops respectively.

Dr. K. Sharma, Sr. Vety. Officer in his speech explained about the scientific methods of rearing Pig and poultry. He inspired the farmers to take animal husbandry as a part of their livelihood in a scientific manner.

The farmers actively participated in the training and said that they will practice the system from the ongoing rabi season.


CCPDA agrees to open petrol pumps on certain conditions

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The CCPDA in accordance with the notice issued by the DM office, has agreed to keep the petrol pumps open, provided that adequate security personnel be provided in each pumps as already requested by the CCPDA. As the concerned law enforcing authorities are fully aware of the explosive nature of products stored in all the petrol pumps, the CCPDA once again reminds them the gravity of the situation, and if any untoward accident occurs, then the District Administration will be solely held responsible for the incident(s).

The CCPDA while fully entrusting its security on the District Administration during the ongoing AAPSU election processes at Itanagar Capital Complex do also warns that, if the administration is unable to prevent any law & order problem in the petrol pumps, then all petrol depots under the CCPDA will close down its shutter to prevent itself from being harmed in any way.

The DC has currently arranged security personnel in all the petrol pumps, but for a limited period of time, hence the CCPDA has also decided to restrict the business hours from 6am to 6pm in the evening till the AAPSU election process is over.


Action assured

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: A delegation of Ziro –II Anti-Corruption Youth Forum (ZAYF) called on the Director General of Police at Itanagar on Nov 21 last and requested him for immediate arrest of the culprits involved in Ralo Rine murder case.

After patience hearing, the DGP reportedly assured the delegation to  arrest the culprits.  While expressing full faith in judiciary,  the Forum hoped that the culprits will be brought to book immediately under the  initiative of the DGP.


Counseling programme held

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Leporiang People Welfare Committee Capital Complex had conducted one-day counseling programme for teachers and students at government secondary school Leporiang on November 17 last.

LPWCCC chairman Tadar Nikam, General Secretary Nabam Khoda, Assistant Professor RGU Nabam Naka and other senior members were the resource persons of the programme.

Besides teaching staff and students, the ASM, school development committee members and public also attended the programme.


National Pharmacy Week

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Arunachal Pradesh Pharmacy Council in collaboration with the Arunachal Registered Pharmacist Association is going to celebrate National Pharmacy Week with the theme “Pharmacist in Public Health” at Vivekananda Hall here on November 23.

Health and Family Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra, H&FW special secretary Dr Shalini Verma and DHS Dr Kartik Nishing are scheduled to attend the programme.


Coaching camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: To promote cricket in the state and for the upcoming BCCI Associate & Affiliated Members Tournament 2012-13, Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) is going to conduct coaching cum selection trail for Under-14, Under-19, Under-22 and junior and senior women from November 26.

Trained coaches from BCCI and National Cricket Academy, Bangalore will conduct the coaching camp, according to ACA release.


Eucharistic procession

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Itanagar Catholic Church will take out its annual Eucharist procession from Dying Ering Colony to Nyokum Lapang here on November 25 next. Prior to the procession, Itanagar Bishop John Thomas will preside over the Eucharistic mass. Hundreds of believers are expected to participate in the procession.






130 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Tongam Rina gets Laadli Media Award

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Associate Editor of this daily, Tongam Rina was honoured with the Laadli Media Award 2011-12 for Gender Sensitivity, Eastern Region this evening at a glittering function in Kolkata.

The award is instituted by the Population First, an NGO working on population and health issues supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  She received the honour under the Special Awards Category in which acclaimed Film maker Aparna Sen was one among the four winners.

The citation said that Tongam is today recognized as one of the dependable voices of political and development analysis, largely through her popular column Ring Side View. She has written on issues as wide ranging from the issues of gender, politics of hydropower, to the dilemmas of environment and development, to the complex web of the Public Distribution System, deep tribal fault line tearing her state apart and even to rainwater logged city streets.

The award comes at a time when people of the state are left wondering about the investigation process after Tongam was critically injured by a gunman who shot her on July 15 just outside the office of The Arunachal Times. Despite assurances from the state government, even after passage of four months, there has been no headway in the investigation.

However an undeterred Tongam said that despite slow and questionable investigation, she would continue to write. In her message, she said that the award has inspired her to work with more dedication for the cause of the people of her state.

She thanked the Arunachal Times family for giving her the space to voice her opinion  and the Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists for standing up for her cause.

Meanwhile, the other winners from the North East were Partha Prawal Goswami of  Eclectic Times, a Guwahati based magazine  for his feature on witchcrafts in Assam and the need to prevent victimisation of women and All India Radio, Guwahati for tracing the gender sensitivity in Contemporary Assamese Literature.



PR deptt issues clarification on Panchayat polls 2013 and delimitation

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: With barely 6 months left for the present tenure of the Panchayats in the State to complete its 5 years tenure, speculations are rife as to when the next Panchayat Election will be held in the State  and if the delimitation of the existing Panchayat Constituencies will be carried out.

The Department of Panchayati Raj, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has come out with clarifications quoting the Constitution provision relating to the Panchayat Election. As per Article 243 E (1), ‘Every Panchayat, unless sooner dissolved under any law for the time being inforce, shall continue for five years from the date appointed for its meeting and no longer’. The same Article under clause (3) states thus ‘An election to constitute a Panchayat shall be completed- (a) before the expiry of its duration specified in clause (1)’.

The implications of the above Constitutional provision is that the duration of the Panchayat is fixed as 5 years and cannot be extended under any clause. Further, the Election has to be conducted before the expiry of the 5 years duration.  If for any circumstances, the Election is not conducted, the tenure of the Panchayats in the State will automatically lapse during May 2013.

  The above Article inserted in the Constitution of India by the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 is to be complied in letter and spirit.  In some states, the State Govts. failed to conduct the Election for certain reasons. The State Govt. decisions were challenged in the High Courts and the Supreme Court. In their rulings, the Courts have quashed the decisions of the State Govt. and directed the States to conduct the Election as per provision of the Constitution.

In WP (Civil) No.719 of 1995, the Supreme Court in its judgment dated 12th August 1997, observed  “...It is necessary to emphasise that various clauses of Art. 243 are to be followed in letter and spirit. The concerned states cannot be permitted to withhold Election of Panchayats except in case of genuine supervening difficulties, e.g, unforeseen natural calamities in the state like flood, earthquake etc., or urgent situation prevailing in the state for which Election of the Panchayat cannot be held in time. It will be unfortunate if the concerned states remain insensitive to the Constitutional mandate of holding Election of Panchayats in time.” Another issue where clarifications are being sought is the issue of ‘Delimitation’ of Panchayat Constituencies.

 In this regard, the Department of PR has clarified that as per Govt. decision, the Delimitation process will be henceforth, carried out by the State Election Commission (SEC) Itanagar. However, for carrying out the delimitation, ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1997’ and ‘The AP Panchayati Raj (Delimitation of Constituencies and Reservation of seats for women) Rules, 2002’ are required to be amended first. The process of Amendment of the said Act and the Rules are at present under progress.

Further, the Delimitation process is to be carried out as per the latest Population Census Report. However, the Census Report 2011 has still not being published by the Directorate of Census Operation, Arunachal Pradesh, Shillong.

The Amendment process and the publication of Census Report of 2011 may take time. Therefore, the Department of PR or the State Election Commission may not be in position to carry out the Delimitation of the Panchayat constituencies before the next Panchayat Election. The next PR Election, scheduled to be held during April-May 2013, is likely to be held on the basis of existing Anchal Samiti, Gram Panchayat and Gram Panchayat Segments, said PR director Bidol Tayeng in his clarification.



RBI team visits Tarajuli and Gumto

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: A high level team from Rubber Board of  India accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (Trade & Commerce) Phosum Khimhun and Director of Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin made a spot visit of Tarajuli and Gumto areas in Papum Pare district to assess the potentiality and status of rubber cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh.

While interacting with the rubber farmers, the Rubber Production Commissioner Dr. J Thomas, appreciated the enthusiasm shown by them, especially the commitment of the State Government for encouraging the farmers to take up environmental friendly initiatives such as rubber cultivation.

The Rubber Production Commissioner requested the State Government to send 20 officers of the State Government to undergo training under Rubber Board of India. He assured to extend every possible guidance and technical know-how from their Board.

While sharing his experiences on cultivation of rubber, Dr. Thomas highlighted the scientific and systematic cultivation of rubber and invited the officers of the State Government and rubber farmers of Arunachal Pradesh to Kerela for gaining their first hand personal experience about the management and production procedures on the baseline of rubber cultivation.

He suggested the farmers to obtain advice from the Rubber Board of India to ensure supply of quality rubber planting materials.

Khimhun conveyed to the team of Rubber Board that  Arunachal Pradesh has a vast area of land which can be used for rubber cultivation. He requested the Rubber Board of India  to extend technical guidance and inputs to the farmers of the state on rubber cultivation.

PC Goswami, Development Officer, Rubber Board Zonal Office, Guwahati,  demonstrated on spot contouring, budding and cutting of rubber plant and its management to the farmers. Other visiting team members included P Ramachandran, Joint Rubber Production Commissioner, S Modi, Deputy Director, Trade & Commerce,  Nabam Aka, Chairperson, Papum Pare Zilla Parishad and Taba Taram, Arunachal Pradesh Rubber Growers’ Association.

Yesterday,  the RBI team attended a meeting with Phosum Khimhun, Parliamentary Secretary, Trade & Commerce, Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin and Trade and Commerce deputy director S Modi.

Khimhun expressed that the state has a lot of potentials and scope for Rubber cultivation due to its favourable climate and soil conditions. He further exerted that the rubber cultivation is an impressionable way that can solve unemployment problem to a certain extent in Arunachal.

There is saturation in Govt jobs and other contract works and the way to solve unemployment lies with self-employment and so the State Government is targeting the educated unemployed youths and progressive farmers of the state to undertake rubber cultivation by imparting technical know-how in which the Rubber Board of India will have to play a crucial role.

He also requested for early consideration for the proposal of establishment of Regional Office of Rubber Board in the State and required assistance for implementation of rubber schemes and for conducting awareness programmes in all the rubber growing areas in the State in collaboration with the State Government and also for enhancement of grant-in-aid for rubber farmers as rubber is not a traditional commercial crop of the state.

Dr. J. Thomas, appreciated the initiatives of the State Government and assured of every possible help from the Rubber Board of India. He further added that the Rubber Board of India in the 12th Five Year Plan has outlined & submitted an ambitious action programme for rubber development in India giving more emphasis to non-traditional rubber growing areas of the country to bring them in the rubber map of India.

While sharing success stories of rubber farmers of Kerela  and Tripura, he suggested for formation of Self-Help Groups and women empowerment societies since, as per his experience, women based groups has been more successful in rubber cultivation and production specially because women easily adapts to rubber budding technology in comparison to male-counterparts. He also assured that in addition to the existing Field office at Ruksin, the Rubber Board of India is planning to open two more Field Offices in the State.

Tokong Pertin, while participating in the discussion, stated that rubber cultivation is not only a lucrative cash crop, but also maintain greenery and ecological balance. He further informed that the white gold has a world-wide demand and can be marketed any time, as and when the rate of raw rubber is high in the market. The Department in association with the Department of Agriculture as ‘Team Arunachal’ is committed to turning Arunachal Pradesh as one of the rubber hub of North East Region as by virtue, the people of this state are agriculturists and with technical guidance / expert input given by the Rubber Board, the activities can be effective. The initial stages up to four years multi-cropping can be practiced to supplement the income of rubber planters. Now, the people of the state are shifting to non-traditional rubber cultivation, Pertin said and requested the Rubber Board of India to extend all possible help and assistance including imparting training to the Officers from the Agriculture Department, technical guidance and financial support to the rubber farmers of Arunachal Pradesh.



State Level Photography Competition results declared

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The result of the ‘State Level Photography Competition’ on the theme “Arunachal Tourism” organized by Arunachal Press Club as part of the 30th years of APC Celebration, which kicked off with the National Press Day celebration on November 16 last, has been declared here yesterday.

The first prize was bagged by Pretty Elapra, a student of Indira Gandhi Govt. College, Tezu. Her photography with the perfect blend of an Idu Mishmi man and a snow clad mountain somewhere in Dibang Valley district in the background won the heart of the three judges, noted Film Maker Moji Riba, Photographic Officer from DIPR Kishor Kumar Chakbraborty and Transmission Executive All India Radio, Itanagar Gopal Rai.

Second prize went to Tasso Kago with his beautiful portrayal of the scenic beauty of picturesque Mechuka valley in West Siang district while Tagong Ketan won the third prize with his photography of the scenic beauty of Anjaw district. The prizes for the competition will be given away during a function to be held in the first week of December at Itanagar.

The three judges had a difficult time choosing the winners from around 62 amazing photographs out of 23 entries that had come from all across the state and few from outside the state.

Meanwhile, as decided ten (10) best photographs among the entries were chosen for consolation prize and three for special mention. However, entries selected for special mention will not receive any prize. (Name of the consolation prize winners were:  Marak Pertin, Habung Adii,  Bijay Nalo, Tadu Omo, Techi D Tara, Jomi Sora, Luvjoy Choker, Mojum Riba, Tokong Pertin and Kury Kenning). Special mention: Tasso Kago, Tadu Omo and Kury Kenning.



DCs hold meet on inter-state issues, stresses on peace along boundary areas

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: With a view to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border areas, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu had a one-to-one meeting with North Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Dr.Anwaruddin Chudhury recently.

Ligu apprised his North Lakhimpur counterpart about his recent visits of border villages of Bogoli, Dengka, Buka, Belo and Lora with Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia. He narrated in details about the problems faced by the Arunachalee people living along the boundary and opined that their problems need to be addressed on humanitarian grounds and sought help from him whenever the border communities faces calamities too.

Ligu further opined that it would be in the greater interests of both the administration if no any permanent structures come up along the disputed areas till the final outcome of the apex court verdict.

Dr. Choudhury reciprocated the gesture of Ligu and assured that it would be the endeavour of his administration to maintain peace along the border. He further stated that Arunachalee people living in his district are taken utmost care by his administration so that they do not suffer from a sense of alienation. Both the DCs too discussed about the wildlife and the elephant corridor along the border areas.

Ligu sought the expertise of Dr. Choudhury in evolving strategies for the preservation of wildlife and their habitat in these areas.

Later, Ligu expressed gratitude to his Assam counterpart for rendering humanitarian services to the Arunachalee people in the recent past, who suffered from vehicular accidents within his jurisdiction.

Dr. Choudhury opined that such meetings should be held regularly so that the cordial relation is maintained among communities residing along the border of both the districts.

The meeting was also attended by Lakhimpur ADC Mr Gupta and Dy SP Mr Swargiary.



Pare Rangers defeat KKDCA to sail through, Gorkhas too hot for Firebrand Bomdila

Staff Reporter

SEPPA, Nov 22:  Pare Rangers beat Kurung Kumey District Cricket Association (KKDCA) by 20 runs in their first match at 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship 2012-13 here today.

The Rangers set KKDCA a moderate target of 172 runs after being invited to bat first by KKDCA, which won the toss. Akilesh Sahani led the team from the front as he scored 99 run from just 58 balls. His entertaining knocks included seven towering sixes and nine sparkling hits to the fence. He also claimed one wicket conceding 37 runs from his quota of over.  Sahani, who hit the most sixes in the tournament so far, was later adjudged ‘Man of the Match,’ the prize for which was sponsored by Rasom Beyong, Zilla Parishad Member of Bameng.

However, he failed to eclipse the record of RB Saha’s hundred at the ground and fell victim to nervous 90s. He was run out by Vineet Kumar at the score of 99.  

Techi Neri and Kamsa Yangfo contributed 28 (20 ball) and 23 (31 ball) respectively to the team’s total. KKDCA bowlers did not have much impact on the Pare Rangers batting line-up. Lalit Vagle was the lone bowler, who captured two wickets conceding 30 runs in his four spell. Tarh Gambo also proved expensive as he gave away 30 runs for one wicket.

In reply, KKDCA were bundled out for 151 in 19.5 over. Skipper Kipa Tayum was the top scorer (38 runs) of the team. He struck one six and six fours and faced 29 balls before he was clean bowled by Techi Neri.

Lalit Vagle made rapid 22 runs from 10 balls with help of three powerful sixes.

Atum Sonam Waii and Techi Neri claimed three Rangers wickets each in their given spells.

In another match played in the afternoon, the Gorkhas thrashed Firebrand Bomdila by 6 wickets in 9.1 overs.

Choosing to bat first, Firebrand were bowled out in 18.1 over for 94 runs. Firebrand batting line up failed to deal with the Gorkhas disciplined bowling attack.

Vinay Rai of Gorkhas gave first blow to Firebrand with his opening ball by uprooting the stumps to claim Netam Tsering’s wicket.  Kiren Gurung ran through the Firebrand middle order as he claimed two wickets in four spells conceding 6 runs with economy of 1.5.  Raj Hussain also bagged three wickets in his four over conceding 23 runs.

Later, Raj Hussain was declared Man of Match for his outstanding knock off 46 runs in 24 balls. He struck eight boundaries and two huge sixes. Vinod Sharma contributed with 1 wicket from bowling and 19 runs from his bat.

The man of the match was sponsored by Ekka Rimo, Junior Engineer Power Department Seppa.


Today’s Match

8-30 AM

Papu Vikings  & Capital Complex CC


12.00 Noon

Pacha Highlanders  &  Lower Subansiri  DCA





BJP castigates state Govt on law and order

ITANAGAR: Nov 22: Alleging that total anarchy was prevailing in the state Capital, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the State Government to either tackle the prevailing law and order situations or quit.

Expressing grave concern over the law and order situation that is prevailing in the state capital for the last couple days forcing the business community and traders to shut their shops and business establishments, the Opposition party said that the present ruling Congress Government in the state has left the security of people at the mercy of anti-social elements and miscreants.  “The State Government, whose primary duty is to ensure the law and order and protect the life and property of the people, the indifferent attitude shown by the ruling Congress Government in the state in tackling the situation is very unfortunate and unbecoming,” the party said in a release.

“The unprecedented shut down has not only incurred heavy losses to the traders and shopkeepers but also harassed the general public,” the release said and demanded an explanation from the Chief Minister that as to why the state capital should be allowed to hold ransom for several days without any security measures? Why there should not be rule of law in the state capital areas?

Meanwhile, the proposed visit of BJP national president, Nitin Gadkari to state Capital has been postponed for his pre-occupation, the party informed. The date of his visit will be announced later, the party said.



Siram exhorts students to study hard, work with vision

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Education Minister Bosiram Siram advised the students to study hard for excelling at university examinations and for better career prospects.

Attending the silver jubilee celebration of the Bomdila Govt College recently, the Education Minister emphasized that the College students must work with vision to take the state towards progress and prosperity. He called upon the teaching faculty and non-teaching staff to work with dedication so that youth of the state get better opportunities to pursue higher education.

Responding to the Students’ memorandum on adding Education as a subject in the existing Arts stream and opening Commerce stream in the College, the Education Minister assured that he would take up the matter in the right earnest and do the needful to fulfill the demands.

He released the Souvenir brought out by the College family to mark the silver jubilee of the College. He gave away mementoes to outstanding alumni of the College and the teachers, who have built up the academic credentials of this institution of higher learning.

Minister congratulated the students, the teachers and the staff of the College on their Silver Jubilee Celebrations and expressed his satisfaction over the remarkable contribution made of the College in bringing the light and fruit of higher education to the people of undivided Kameng in particular and the state in general.

He emphasized how under the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, the Education department is working with vision and commitment to develop and widen the base of higher education in Arunachal Pradesh with provision for establishing more universities across the state and strengthening infrastructure in Colleges while ensuring faculty and staff appointment in Colleges to provide affective academic atmosphere to benefit the youth of the state.

Jalley Sonam, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, in his address exhorted the youth to fulfill the dreams and expectations of their parents and community through hard work and determination in today’s cut-throat competitive age.

Expressing grave concern over growing drugs abuse by youths, he requested the Education Minister to arrest this danger early and effectively with coordination and awareness at all levels.

He also highlighted the role that the College students in preservation and promotion of unique culture and traditions of various communities in the state. He pointed out that a good work culture could ensure development of the state and happiness of the people.

Earlier, Principal of the College,  Dr. Hage Lasa presented a brief report on achievement made by the College with its dedicated faculty and staff  in fulfilling the aspirations of the people and the youths of its catchment area of the undivided Kameng sector. He firmly reiterated the commitment of this premier institution of higher learning to serve the people with renewed zeal and vigour.

While drawing attention of the Education Minister towards various infrastructural problems, he hoped that the upcoming permanent site at Wanghoo would ease staff accommodation and hostel needs for boys and girls. He urged the Education Minister to sympathetically consider the genuine demands of the students and the community around for opening of the Commerce stream and Education subject in the College at the +3 level.

The functions were attended among others by the Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, West Kameng, all Head of Departments, Panchayat Members and Gaonburas. The dignitaries were welcomed with Saraswati Vandana presented by the students.

The Guard of Honor was presented by the students from NCC, NSS and Rover and Ranger Units of the College and Minister witnessed the grand parade of March Past teams. The Principal of the College,  

The General Secretary of the Students’ Union of the College submitted a memorandum for introducing Commerce stream and Education as one of the subjects at the College.



Lumla-Tashigang road

Bhutan King’s permission sought


LUMLA, Nov 22: While Arunachal Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken initiative for constructing the Lumla-Tashigang road, the powerful Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Bura Association, Tawang district unit has urged the Bhutan King for permission to build the Bhutan portion of the road.

Indian government of late has shown keen interest to build the Lumla-Tashigang road to reduce the distance between Tawang, which houses the world-famous Tawang Monastery, and Guwahati, the gateway to North East India, by about 200 km and travel time by almost 6 hours.

It takes around 15 hours to travel from Tawang to Guwahati via Bhalukpong and Tezpur, a distance of about 600 km. The road is not fair-weather because of Sela pass located at an altitude of 13,700 feet while the 400 km Tawang-Lumla-Tashigang would be a laissez-faire road and help reopen the age-old traditional border trade between the people of Bhutan and Tawang district.

The district GBs led by president Kota Lama, in a memorandum, has pleaded with the King for permission to rebuilding of hardly 10 km road which would complete the road.

Pointing out that the people of Bhutan and the Monpas of Tawang district have the same religion, culture and traditions, the GBs said that since olden days the people of Tawang used to visit religious places, like Gombay Kora, Durang Chorten, Gonja Ney, Tango Ney, Thimpu Dzongkha etc. in Bhutan while the Bhutanese used to visit for pilgrimage to Tawang Monastery, Gorsam Chorten, Zangdopari Gompa, Taksang Gompa, Urgelling Gompa, Khinmay Gompa, Lhu-gyepu Phobrang (Muktur), Thongmin Gompa, Manma-Gyalam Ney, Thanga-Fe Ney, Banga Jang Ney, Sarong Gompa, Changbu Gompa, Gomshin Ney etc with great difficulties by undertaking foot march for days together.

“Your majesty, the road connectivity would facilitate easy movement of people from both the countries. The old people face tough time in travelling to the above mentioned places on foot. Being a kind King we are hopeful you would provide solace to the righteous people to fulfil their life’s last wish to go on pilgrimage,” the memorandum added.

The opening of Lumla-Tashigang road would be useful for the Indian Army guarding the border, said Tawang District Seva Dal chief organizer Lobsang Dawa, while appreciating the CM for his assurance on reopening of the road soon in his address during the recent Tawang festival in presence of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

The proposed STOL (Short take off a & landing) airport at Lumla would be a boon for security of the nation as Lumla’s weather remains conducive for air operation, commented Lumla circle anchal chairperson Lobsang Yonten.

Yonten’s comment supports the recent statement of Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne that the outcome of 1962 Chinese aggression would have been different had India used air power.

“Locals have consented to offer land, while the official feasibility report has already been submitted to the DGCA. Moreover, a team of lawmakers including Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Parliamentary Secretaries Jambey Tashi (Civil Aviation), Phurpa Tsering (S&T) and Padi Richo (Land Management) led by the CM has already taken up the matter with Defence Minister A K Antony,”  local MLA Tahsi informed.      

To ascertain the road status, this editor escorted by guides Jamyang Drema and Thutan Tashi travelled the 48-km Lumla to Bleting double-lane motorable road today. The road has been built till the last Bhutan border point though massive work is in progress for giving finishing touch and blacktopping of the road.

Pema Dhondup, the sub-contractor building the last patch of the road including the culvert, said that there is only 50 metre distance between the last Indian border point and Bhutan point as shown in the picture.

The last Indian border villagers are Buri, Bleting and Dongmareng having 18, 55 and 20 households respectively while the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) mans the border post.

The people of Gyangbo, Manam and Thangbrang villages of Bhutan, who march on foot for 30 minutes to Indian border villages to sell their vegetables, are waiting impatiently for the Lumla-Tashigang road to open as it would immensely accelerate their socio-economic development.  Tahsigang is far off from Bhutan border.

Nawang Tsering, a teacher of Bleting Govt primary school, said that the people of Tawang district undertake about 5-hour foot march on pilgrimage to Gombey Kora. The 700-year-old Gorsam stupa in Zemithang circle also records visit of Bhutan pilgrims every year.

     Bleting located at an altitude of 6,730 feet is windy round the year, Tsering said, adding the area is suitable for generating wind energy. As the GoI has been stressing on generating new and renewable energy resources, Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency should take initiative in this regard.

The people in the border villagers lead a hard life depending on agriculture and road construction taken up by the Border Road Organizations.

While ponies are the lifeline of transport in the hilly area but many walk for hours to reach the nearest market for procuring essential commodities. The regular frequent Tata Sumo service however has improved the connectivity providing solace to the people.    



Intl. Year of Cooperatives’ celebration  concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 22:  The weeklong celebration of International Year of Cooperatives 2012 organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) under the aegis of Department of Cooperation, GoAP ended with a valedictory function here yesterday.

A state level seminar on the theme “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World” was organized at Conference Hall APSCU, Naharlagun on November 15. The Seminar was attended by Jalley Sonam, Chairman, AP Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and James Techi Tara, Ex- Chairman, APSCU.

Dr. K.I. Meetei, Director, Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM), Guwahati; Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong T. Thongdok, MD, Apex Bank, Nagesh Kumar B. AGM, NABARD, Itanagar and Sanjiv Tirkey, Programme Manager, State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM), Itanagar were the resource person of the seminar.

The resource persons delivered on various important topics on the key theme, such as recent trend of Cooperative Movement in India, of the need to streamline HRD process in Cooperative   Institutions in Arunachal, role of micro-finance for the development of the Cooperative Society in Arunachal, role of cooperative societies for the inclusive rural development in Arunachal, role of Cooperative Bank in the development of cooperative sector. They also highlighted briefly on various agencies including Agro-Horti, Handloom and Handicrafts, Dairy etc. with a focus on the marketing aspects for the smooth functioning of cooperative institutions in Arunachal.

A debate competition  on the topic ‘Cooperative enterprises-- the emerging economic backbone of the developing countries’ amongst the school students’ from Govt. Secondary School , Polo Colony; KV No. I, Naharlagun and Govt. HS School, Kongkor nallah, Polo Park, Naharlagun on November 17.

The students of KV No. 1 took away the first and second prizes and the 3rd prize went to GHSS. Kongkornalla.

The fourth celebration was a Workshop on ‘Thrift and Credit Day’ by the AP State Coop. Apex Bank Ltd. at Conference Hall, APSCU on November 19. The workshop was attended among others by Sanjoy Goel, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex.

The valedictory function held in the Polo Park, Naharlagun was attended by Rajesh Tacho, Minister, UD, Housing Fisheries and TN Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretary, PWD and Principal Advisor to Chief Minister had attendtion the function.

Addressing the meeting, Tacho hoped that such celebration would strengthen the cooperative movement in the state to support socio-economic development. He advised to organize cooperative education programs in all district headquarters for the benefit of rural people.

Norbu Thongdok explained the cooperative as lifeline for the general public as the cooperatives are community based organisation (CBOs), job oriented and cooperatives have succeeded in India to ensure social justice and equitable access to the poor and marginalized.

Dorjee Khandu Memorial Award for Best Cooperator went to Tapang Taki while the Best Cooperative Award was won by Rupa LAMPs Limited, Rupa.

The prizes for the first three best stalls, best debater, winner of bicycle race were awarded with certificates, trophy and cash.

The Cultural Night organized in the evening with participation from different tribal communities and representatives of different cooperative societies enthralled the people. Gumri Ringu, Chairperson, A.P. State Commission for Women; Momota Riba, Director, Art and Culture attended the occasion.

DIPRO adds from Aalo: The weeklong celebration of Cooperative Week to mark the International Year of Cooperative concluded with a function at District Industries Complex, Aalo.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete attended the valedictory function and urged the Cooperative Department to intensify the movement to uplift the rural economy through innovative and fruitful measures. The cooperative Sectors in various parts of India and foreign countries have been very successful in transforming the economic life of the people and we should emulate such success stories implement in our state, he said. He also appreciated the lively debate competition held among the collegians and school students on the topic “Cooperative Movement is an important tool for changing the economy in Arunachal”.

Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Society RP Singh highlighting the objective of the celebration said that the avenues opened up in cooperative sectors can wrest the problem of unemployment in the long run. The enterprising youth should come forward to spread the movement.

Tuter Nima Station Superintendent, STS, Dr. Taking Gammi SVO, Degam Ete and B. Ete, a mushroom cultivator also spoke on the occasion.



Tuki calls on Maharashtra Governor, CM

MUMBAI, Nov 22: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called on Governor and Chief Minister of Maharashtra – His Excellency K Sankaranarayan and Prithviraj Chavan respectively today here at Mumbai. Wishing them on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Tuki extended cooperation on bilateral ties and bonhomie between the two states.

In both the meets, the Chief Minister reiterated his concern on security and safety of people from the North East working and studying in Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra. The Governor and the Maharashtra Chief Minister assured Tuki that the Maharashtra Government will leave no stones unturned to insure security and safety of Indian citizens, particularly from the North East, in Maharashtra. They expressed regret on the recent incidents of violence on people from the North East and assured similar incidents will not be repeated as people of Maharashtra would stand by people of North East in such times.

Tuki requested his Maharashtra counterpart for allocating a suitable land for construction of a Girls Hostel for Arunachal Pradesh in Mumbai. The request was promptly accepted in principle by Chavan.

Yesterday, Tuki, on being the president of the Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA), attended the Annual Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Awards Ceremony at the Chambers Terrace, Taj Mahal. India's top performers in international and domestic cricket during the twelve-month period from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012 were feted at the ceremony including cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar (Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award) and the rising modern day star Virat Kohli (Polly Umrigar Award for being India’s top international cricketer of 2011-12).



LWS celebrates its foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Leyu Welfare Society celebrated its 6th foundation day on November 18 last at Daporijo.

Speaking on the occasion, LWS president Er Taluk Jeram appealed to the officers and public leaders to work dedicatedly towards the society and advised the youths to cooperate with the senior members for society’s development.

General Secretary Rocky Motu advocated for promotion of better education and social security for the society. He also urged his fellow members of the society for establishment of LWS office at Daporijo.

Parliamentary Secretary RD and Panchayati Raj Punji Mara urged the people to maintain communal harmony and assured possible help for establishment of LWS office.

On the occasion, the society felicitated Manisha Hina, Kamti Dubi, Lukpi Mara and Damjum Jeram for excelling in CBSE 2012 examination.

The society also conferred mementoes to Vijay Battak, Kepor Mara, Sweety Mara, Menga Sikom and Er Taro Jeram for their achievement in various fields who brought laurel to Tagin community in general and Leyu in particular.


Bring normalcy

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the statement of IMWA published in your esteemed daily on Nov 21 last. I, being the former IMWA President, would like to state that IMWA always stands for welfare of all business community of the Capital Complex and it looks into the problems of business community like extortion, forceful donation etc. for peaceful running of their business.

However, I am very sad to say that some group of people had done extortion in the name of APPSU election and harassed the business community. It is the right time for IMWA to stand on behalf of Bazaar Committee for safety of business community. I request the present IMWA executive members to follow the bye-laws of the organization and rules and objectives  and request all executive members of IMWA to come forward to tackle the situation and bring normalcy in greater interest of business community in particular and citizens of Capital Complex in general and to take strict action with support of Home Department against the persons involved in extortion from business community of Capital Complex

Last but not the least, I would like to appeal the capital administration and Home Department to bring situation in normal position by immediately deputing Police forces to every shop of the Capital Complex for  re-opening the shops  and for peace and harmony of Business Community and the citizens of the Capital complex. Administration should give strong punishment to individual or group who carry out extortion in the name of AAPSU election-cum-conference.


Dado Tajuk

Former IMWA president





Who will rein in domestic fundamentalists and  terrorists who bleed the country from within?

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the report "26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab hanged in Pune's Yerwada jail"(November 22).

Kasab might have been hanged to death; but when will the rabid, and often elite think-tank, be vanquished from the face of the earth who religiously exploit the acute poverty in the society and brainwash the Kasabs to create mayhem? It is indeed unfortunate that only those who are used as mere instruments get punished, but the real sponsors of terrorism get off scot-free. Countries affected by terrorism should certainly enforce strict laws and defence mechanism to protect its borders, but the greater challenge lies in uprooting poverty and hunger from the society. Else no power in the world can prevent birth of more poverty-stricken hungry uneducated unemployed Kasabs, to be lapped up by the terrorist organisations to further their vested interests.

However, there lies no doubt to the fact that the sponsors of Gujarat pogrom or the 1984 Sikh massacre, people engaged in "honour killings", caste wars are infinite times greater culprit than the Kasabs. The sin of poverty and illiteracy compel the victims of fate like Kasabs to join terrorist outfits who wage war against alien nations.  But by posing a direct assault on the very basis of India only ie secularism and communal harmony and insulting all traits of humanity; the cold-blooded home-bred criminals attack the country from within which is much more fatal. The entry of alien Kasabs can be controlled to a great extent by sealing international borders and strengthening the defence mechanism, but who will rein in these domestic fundamentalists,  terrorists, casteists and feudalists  who bleed the country from within?


Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata






Raga PHC needs doctors

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlights the medical problems being faced by the people of Raga area. There is no doctor at PHC Raga for last one year. Poor people of Raga area are compelled to come down to Ziro, even for minor ailment like fever which could have been treated at Raga. The absence of doctor and subordinate staffs makes a minor health issue into a major health problem since going to Ziro for treatment is not affordable for all the people.

So, I request the state Govt, particularly health department to depute regular staffs at Primary Health Centre, Raga.


Tukum Monoi Milli

Raga, Lower Subansiri

The heat is on

To have any chance of capping the rise in average global temperatures to below two degrees Celsius this century, the world would have to dramatically step up both the size and speed of action on climate change right now says a fresh Emissions Gap Report coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation.

The report shows that greenhouse gas emissions levels are now around 14 per cent above where they need to be in 2020. Far from receding, the concentration of warming gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has risen by 20 per cent since 2000 and continues to do so.

In the absence of swift action, emissions are likely to touch 58 giga-tonnes (Gt) in the next eight years, says the report, which involved 55 scientists from more than 20 countries. In other words, the latest study forecasts a wider gap as compared to the UNEP assessments of 2010 and 2011, owing partly to the projected economic growth in key developing economies.

According to previous assessment reports, emissions need to be on an average at around 44 Gt or less in 2020 to set the stage for the even bigger reductions needed at a manageable cost.

The Emissions Gap Report 2012 points out that even if the most ambitious level of pledges and commitments were implemented by all countries—and under the strictest set of rules—there will now be a gap of 8 Gt of CO2 equivalents by 2020-- 2 Gt higher than last year’s assessment. Preliminary economic assessments estimate that costs will rise by at least 10 to 15 per cent if the emission reductions targets for 2020 are not met in time.

The report recommends “Avoid, Shift and Improve’ polices and measures that encourage improved land planning and alternative mobility options such as buses, cycling and walking over private cars alongside better use of rail freight and inland waterways.


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