November 26


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: 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


Associate Editor of Arunachal Times beaten

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: In yet another instance of unwarranted brutality, the Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Ranjit Sinha was assaulted by a group of miscreants in front of the daily’s office at around 2.40 am on Friday.

The group comprising four boys assaulted him without any provocation inflicting serious head injury on him. At the time of the incident, Sinha was about to go home after finishing his office works.

The miscreants also took away his purse containing cash, ATM cards and driving license.  The miscreants fled the spot before the security guard, who was relaxing, was informed about the incident. Sinha was rushed to the RKM Hospital for necessary treatment. After being informed of the incident, Itanagar Police visited the spot immediately and took stock of the situation.

This is the fifth attack on office and employees of this daily this year.

The Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) has condemned the incident and said such attack only exposes the evil side of the society.


NCC day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: NCC Cadets (senior divison and wing) of Dera Natung Government College Itanagar of 1st APBn NCC Unit celebrated NCC Day at college campus today.

On the occasion, ANO Lt. Agin Taboh gave away the award of ranks of corporal to nine cadets and Lance corporal to three cadets.

College principal T Ette gave away award of rank of under officer to Panjang Aboh, Nabam Kunnung and Tomo Taba of 1st APBn.NCC.


Dr Romeo Meetei to deliver lecture in Intl. summit

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Dr. Kangabam Romeo Meetei, In-charge Adventure Cell, Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has been selected as panel of speakers at the International summit on "Sports For Development" organized by Magic Bus International supported by Australian Sports Commission at Ranchi from on November 26 and 27.

Dr Romeo Meetei, will deliver on the topic "Personal & social development through adventure and outdoors Sports”.

He has been selected at the International Summit after seeing his tireless effort to promote adventure sports in the North East States.

It is pertinent to mention here that he has already produced Everesters.


AASSATA to launch indefinite strike

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All Arunachal SSA Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) has announced an indefinite tool down/pen down strike from December 3 next to press its long pending demand for the regularization of the 2003 batch SSA teachers at one go as per its resolutions adopted in sitting of  its CEC and Federal Units in last January.

“We have been given assurance in January last to redress our grievances withing a month, but nothing has been done  so far”, the AASSATA said. Accusing the authorities concerned of adopting delaying tactics, the Association further said that  the high-power committee which was constituted to study the demand and  financial implications for regularization of 3002 batch SSA teachers has  also failed to submit its report even after the end of the November 20 deadline set by the AASSATA.


3 feared drowned in Dihing river

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Three students of Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar in Tirap district feared drowned in Dihing river at around 3 pm today, according to a inforemed source.

The three missing students have been identified as Dogin Mize (Class-X), Hage Tomo and Habung Apa (both class IX) and they reportedly have gone there for swimming.

Confirming this report, Tirap SP informed that search operation was carried out till late evening with the help of fishing net to trace out the missing boys.  Army and local fishermen were also alerted and rigorous search operation would be resumed early morning tomorrow, he further informed.



ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Ori Welfare Society (OWS) felicitated achievers of Ori society in the field of education to Dakjum Ori, Kimo Ori, Torik Ori, Tumi Ori, Doyir Ori and Dr. Jego Ori yesterday.

Meanwhile, the OWS conducted a meeting at Yigi-Kaum and Ego Yami village in which the members decided to take up various development programmes of education.

On the occasion, OWS advisory board member Hoktum Ori announced the Mugmar Ori memorial academic scholarship of Rs 1000 per month for two years to class IX topper of Yigi-Kaum and Nikte areas.

OWS General Secretary Dr. Jego Ori also announced Ipe Ori memorial academic excellence award of Rs 10,000 to class XII topper of Ubu-Banggo.


APCSOA pleads for adequate infrastructure in all admin. HQs

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) commended the District Administration headed by Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk and Police for nabbing two of the culprits in CO Koloriang assault case.

The APCSOA also expressed gratitude to the State Govt., various Associations, Unions and members of Civil Society for extending their solidarity with the victim in particular and APCS fraternity in general in this hours of need.

“This will really boost the morale of the serving APCS officers in the remote and outreached corner of the State and create a sense of safety and security as well as feeling of oneness among them.”

Meanwhile, APCSOA urged the State Govt. to provide adequate infrastructure in all the administrative headquarters for better administration as well as implementing development schemes smoothly and timely. It rued that most of the Administrative Hqs. are lacking adequate infrastructures due to which the Govt. officers are facing great difficulties in implementing and disposing govt. programmes in scheduled time.

 “The safety and security of serving officers/officials must be taken care of on priority”.

The APCSOA also stressed upon more and active participation of APCS officers for a good and people friendly administration at their level.


One SPT building gutted in fire

ROING, Nov 25: A residential house, SPT type building with thatch roofing of one Poknom Tayeng of Gamgu (Meka) Village, Roing, Lower Dibang Valley District was completely burnt to ashes on Saturday last.

The cause of the fire was not known which started on around 10:30 AM when the parents and other adult members of the family had already left for their days work with only maid servant at home as usual. The fire that reportedly started from the local made kitchen house attached to the building has engulfed the entire house within few minutes before the fire brigade arrived and doused off the fire, an eye witness says. All the belongings in the house including valuable traditional brass plates of around 40 Numbers each costing around Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000, 10 Nos Brass Pots, 2 Nos  Traditional swords(Yoksa) costing around Rs 1-2 Lakhs in present day value and traditional beads, furniture, TV, etc. and all important documents were completely burnt down in the fire incident.

The property of around Rs 25 lakhs were damaged in the fire accident. However, no casualty was reported in the accident.

Officials from district administration and police had visited the accident site later on the day and accordingly standing board constituted under District Disaster Management Department will assess the actual damage caused by fire.

Another fire accident occurred at Boum Godown area of Roing Township near DIET campus today at around 9:00 AM in which Labour camps cum office consisting of five rooms made of woods with CGI Sheets thin roofing of a Sawmill were completely gutted down by the fire. DIPRO


KVIC organizes awareness camp on PMEGP

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: A district level awareness camp on Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP) was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Commission at Nenchaliya on November 24.

A.P. Chobin, Assistant Director, in-charge KVIC State office, Itanagar highlighted on PMEGP and also other programs of KVIC like SFURTI, RISC, PRODIP, Khadi Institutions, etc.

He also briefed on the marketing scope of PMEGP, REGP and other V.I units.

The resource person from District Industries Centre Kago Bhat, ADI delivered a lecture on link between KVIC and DIC in implementing PMEGP program.

Another resource person Bengia Yacham Taba, Assistant Manager, SBI Ziro informed about the role of bank in availing PMEGP loan and other bank loan schemes like KCC, etc. She advised the participants to directly approach her and other bank officials for any kind of help and information regarding loan. Villagers from Hija, Nenchaliya, Duta, Mudang Tage villages and Old Ziro attended the program.

The program was coordinated by Nada Yapa, teacher from Hija village and group interaction was one of the parts of the program.






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

Sena lauds dedicated service of mediapersons

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Media is the fourth pillar of the democracy. It is working as eyes of the common people in Arunachal Pradesh despite various adversities, said Agriculture Minister Setong Sena while inaugurating the photo exhibition being organized by the Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist as part of its thirty years celebration at Press Club today. The photo exhibition with the theme - ‘Triumph and Tears’ aimed at showcasing the growth of the media in the state over the last 30 years. Capital DC Sanjay Goel, Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin, PHE Secretary Tomi Ete, social activist Jarjum Ete and large number of media persons were also present on the occasion.

While congratulating the APC and APUWJ for its successful completion of thirty years of journey, he said both APC and APUWJ are doing commendable job. However, he said, it was just a beginning. The praiseworthy work like  photo  Exhibition  showcasing  the journey of thirty years of both the print and Electronic media in the state will definitely bring awareness and help the people to discover and remind them how the journey was started, added Sena.

‘Though I have been here for last eight months I have seen lots of problem faced by the Press fraternity, despite your hurdles you’re giving your full effort for the development and proper functioning of the system, with the help of your Pen power’, said  Capital DC Sanjay Goel in his address.

Sanjay, however, urged the media persons to analyze press releases properly before entertaining them as news and also urged  them not to entertain the release which may hamper the development activities of the state.

More than 60 people, including the students from Royal International School, Naharlagun have visited the exhibition on inaugural day. The exhibition is open to all and will come to end on December 2 next.

Meanwhile, a team of five media persons has left for Bomdila in West Kameng district for district outreach programme to be held on November 26 next. The district outreach programme is being conducted in few of the selected districts of the state.




Minister, Parl. secretary emphasize on quality education

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Minister for Finance, Planning and PWD Chowna Mein and Parliamentary Secretary Forest and Environment and Local MLA Chow Tewa Mein today visited Mimey and Empong villages of Chongkham circle to get first hand knowledge about various problems of the villagers today.

Both the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary and accompanying engineers inspected the bridge site at Teaying River.

Addressing the villagers, the Minister assured them of his assistance and cooperation to bring development into their villages. He assured that a steel bridge over River Teaying would be constructed under RIDF while the Mimey MIP would be repaired and 80 mtr guide wall at Empong village for village protection constructed.  Community Halls with attached bath would be constructed at both the villages, he said adding that electrification of the village would be taken care of. Both the Minister and Parliamentary secretary guided the youth towards quality education, women empowerment, generation of self employment to overcome unemployment which is a universal problem.

All the HODS of Namsai Subdivision and Chongkham Circle and Public leaders accompanied the Minister and the Parliamentary secretary.

Mimey village was established in the year 1958 and situated at about 15 to 16 kms of Chongkham. Though situated in the otherwise developed district the village is still not connected by all weather road and there is no electricity. The lone Budha Vihara is in dilapidated condition.



13 houses gutted in fire mishap

AALO, Nov 25: In a fire mishap that broke out at Siyom Colony at around 1530 hrs yesterday, 13 houses were gutted leading to huge loss of properties.

The army, air force and police fire tenders were pressed into service immediately but took time to control the devastating fire as the vehicles were unable to reach the accident site.

However, the fire tender pipes were joined to reach up to the accident site quite down the road end and dwelling houses along the roadside were saved from the fire.

The Commandant 19th Grenadiers, Col. GS Chundawat and rank and files from 5 Mountain Brigade wrest the initiative not only to put off the fire but established tents at the site to shelter the victims. The breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation of construction materials are also being assisted by the army. The district administration is working out the immediate relief to the fire victims. The owners of few houses, who were out of station at the time of incident, suffered complete losses.



Eucharistic procession for peace and prosperity

ITANGAR, Nov 25: Leading thousands of strong Catholic believers of Capital Complex in a religious procession carrying the Holy Eucharist from Catholic Church Itanagar to Catholic Church Nyokumlapang, John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar exhorted the faithful to pray for peace, harmony and prosperity of Arunachal.

The annual Eucharistic Procession of the Catholic Church, coinciding with the feast of Christ the Universal King was spectacular for the sheer number of faithful, who turned up in spite of the apparent inclement weather. The procession also marked the inauguration of the Year of Faith for the Catholics as announced by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at Rome exhorting all Catholics to grow in faith and in the Gospel values of holiness, love compassion and universal brotherhood.  

Taw Tebin, Secretary, Catholic Church, Itanagar, while welcoming the gathering spoke about the uniqueness of the Eucharistic Procession.  

“We are here to pray for ourselves and our people of Arunachal, who really need enlightenment and God’s grace to lead peaceful lives. Let our procession enable us to be messengers of peace,” said Tebin who is also the Secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU).  The Charismatic preacher Fr. George from Patna led the people in a faith journey through his twenty minutes’ mesmerizing and spirit-filled exhortation and called upon everyone to mould their lives on the life and person of Jesus Christ.  

Special prayers were offered for the Governor, the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues and leaders of various religions and all elected representatives of Arunachal and all other leaders.

The Eucharistic Procession which showcased the unity of all tribes under the banner of Christ the Universal King, ably organized by Taw Tebin, Nabum Pekhi and elders of Catholic Churches Itanagar and Nyokum Lapang and Frs. Karthik, Tomy and Ploycarp together with Sisters, women groups and youth had a unique message as poignantly expressed by Tarak Miri Stephen, a Catholic elder from Jullong,

“Nyishi, Apathani, Galo, Nocte, Wancho, Adi, Adivasee, Malayalee or Nepali -- it’s wonderful that we are all united as a family in the Catholic Church under the banner of Christ the Universal King.  Religion is here to unite, not to divide.”



Chalo Loku celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering while greeting the people on Chalo Loku of the Noctes of Tirap at Khonsa today said that he was fully alive to the plethora of problems Tirap was facing adding that serious steps were being taken to mitigate the sufferings of the common people.

Ering asked the security forces deployed for counter-insurgency operation to ensure that the innocent people were not harassed. He urged the executing agencies to monitor the central schemes properly to ensure effective implementation.

The Minister appreciated the folk dances and asked the people to preserve their rich culture for the posterity. He further told that he was giving top priority to proper road connectivity.  

Ering later released 3 CDs recorded by Thajam Aboh, Hatwang Hosai and Hangthian Tekwa. Folk dancers from Lapnan and Hukan enthralled the huge crowed.

Parliamentary Secretary Yumsen Matey, local MLA Kamthok Lowang, DCs and SPs of Tirap and Longding, Brig. 117 Infantry, Co., Madras Regiment, CO, Assam Rifles, CO, CRPF attended the programme. An indigenous food and handicrafts festival was also held as part of the festival which was a huge success.

The Silver Jubilee of Chalo Loku in Capital Complex was celebrated by the Noctes with traditional gaiety at Senki Park here today.

Attending the festival, Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong Sena appealed to one and all to keep the tradition alive.

While extending festival greetings to the people of the community, he wished for their happiness and prosperity. Sena released the Chalo Souvenir and a Nocte audo CD on the occasion.

Minister Health and Family Welfare Atum Welly urged younger generation to carry forward the age old tradition for the future generation. Festivals bring in the feelings of oneness among the people, he said while appreciating the people of the community for showing great enthusiasm in celebrating the festival.

Welly also informed the gathering about numerous health programme launched through NRHM that will help the people of Trip, Changlang and Longding district. He also spoke about CM’s Insurance Scheme and Arunachal Pradesh Arogya Nidhi launched to provide financial assistance to the poor people.

P. Hosai, DRC Mohonbari, Assam also spoke in the occasion.

Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Minister for Urban Development and Town Planning Rajesh Tacho, Deputy Speaker Jumde Kena, Ex- Minister T L Rajkumar, Parliamentary Secretary T. Tiju also attended the programme.

Cultural troupes from Bordura and Moktowa village presented traditional dances. DIPR  

The Chalo Loku was also celebrated at Deomali which was attended by APFCL Chairman Tani Loffa and asked the people to preserve their culture at any cost.



4th State Level Chess Tournament

Lingi & Dupit maintain lead

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Former State champions Bharat Lingi and Gapor Dupit, both international rated players, were in lead with 5.5 points after end of 6 rounds of the 4th State Level Chess Tournament at Nyikum Nyia hall Nirjuli today.

Top seed Lingi of Lower Dibang Valley defeated Tabu Dupit of Upper Subansiri while Gapor Dupit of Upper Subansiri out classed his opponent Biswajit Phukan of Papum Pare.

Tapung Pogia Mara, Raluk Dui both international rated player of Upper Subansiri and Dobin Doke were in second position with 5 points each. They were closely followed by Nabam Kayang and Taw Baki with 4.5 points.

In Under-15 category, Tachung Dupit of Upper Subansiri was the sole leader with 3.5 points.

ELO rated player Nabam Kayang of Papum Pare was in lead with 4.5 followed by Kekjap Riba of Upper Subansiri with 3 points and Nampi Giasing Tamin with 2.5 points.

Chemen Qayyam of Upper Subansiri District was the sole leader with 3 points in female category.

The closing ceremony of the tournament will be held tomorrow at 5.30 pm informed, Tamchi Kache, Secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association.



Basic amenities elude greater Ruksin area

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Nov 25: Though Ruksin Sub-division under East Siang district appears to have grown from some perspectives in the last decades, but in real sense, the fruits of development have not yet percolated down to the villages under three circles of Ruksin, Bilat and Silley-Oyan.

Located at vulnerable Assam-Arunachal boundary, Ruksin area has a strategic importance as there is an inner line entry gate to enter the Siang belt and Dibang Valley district. The area is still deprived of fruits of rural development. It is reflected through various allegations that the state and central government’s rural development efforts for the last one decade have failed to ameliorate the economic status of the rural people.

The senior citizens of the area allege that no remarkable development has been achieved by the elected representatives in the last two decades. Basic amenities have still been eluding the area while the residents are crying for development of rural road connectivity. They say that their elected leaders are allegedly showing utter negligence and are not concerned with the perennial problems faced by the villagers for the last several years.

“Our villagers have been helplessly watching corruption and misappropriation of funds in the government departments, but none of the leaders including, PRI leaders, local MLA or minister is raising voice against the illegal practices. Indifferent role of the elected representatives and step motherly attitude of the successive governments have made our lives miserable,” rued the senior citizens.

The entire Ruksin Sub-division falls under West Pasighat constituency. Considered as life-line of the area, the 14 Km- stretch of Mirem-Mikong-Jonai is still in a pathetic condition since long.

The villages settled in hilly terrains have enormous scope for agriculture and allied activities like seasonal horticulture apiculture (honey), pisciculture and animal farming, but due to lack of proper facilities and technologies, the rural farmers have to depend on natural factors. No schemes like Horticulture Technology Mission, Bamboo Mission and National Medicinal Plant Board has been implemented in rural areas for far. Establishment of agriculture and horticulture sub division office at Ruksin is a long pending demand of the rural people. But the same has not been established till date.



Everester Mena and Jamsenpa exploring trekking routes in Dibang Valley

ANINI, Nov 25:  Everester Tine Mena and Anshu Jamsenpa along with hosts of sportspersons, including one from Sikkim have arrived here on November 22 for a week-long tour of the district to study the potential of the district in adventure tourism like Trekking, Rafting, Para gliding etc.  

The team was accorded warm reception by the District Administration, public leaders, and students on their arrival at the district headquarter.

In a discreet function, Tamune Miso, Deputy Commissioner felicitated Everster Anshu Jamsenpa and Tine Mena for their stupendous feat in mountaineering by scaling the Mt. Everest with Everester Tine Mena becoming the first lady climber from North East to scale Mt. Everest and Everester Anshu Jamsenpa, becoming the first mother in the world to conquer the Mt. Everest twice within a span of 10 days.

Speaking on the occasion, Mena extended her heartfelt thanks to the District Administration  and public leaders for the love and cooperation showered upon her by the public of her home district since the day one of her venture to climb the highest peak of the world.

Touched by the warm reception, Anshu expressed her thanks to the DC, officers and the Public leaders of the district. Interacting with the officers and public leaders, Anshu dwelt in length about her mountaineering career which she started four years back.

Talking about the potential of the state in sports, she appealed all officers and public to help in promoting and encouraging the younger generation so that true sports potential can be trapped and exposed to the outside world.

The team will be exploring few trekking routes to open it up for the interested adventure lovers in the District besides their planned visits to schools and other institutions to share their personal experiences to motivate and inculcate interests in younger generations. DIPRO

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Sobha Yatra’ marks conclusion of Vivekananda’s birthday celebration

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Celebration of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and Silver Jubilee celebration of Vivekananda Study Circle, Naharlagun concluded today amidst fan fare and fervour.

The days proceeding started with “Sobha Yatra” at 9.30 am led by Rev. Swamijis of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar and other Rev. Swamijis of Ramakrishna order coming from various parts of India.

The rally started from Mahila Imdad Bhawan, near DC’s office upto Helipad point and culminated at the starting point via Kalibari Naharlagun.

Swami Vivekananda’s songs rendered by the children wing of VSC wafted in air which filled nook and cranny of the township.   

Thousands of people joined the rally including 150 tiny tots from various schools clad in Swamiji’s attires. The portrait of Swami Vivekananda was placed on a four wheeler decorated with various photographs of Swamiji.

Enthusiastic women folk clad in white and red sarees were seen chanting the slogans of Swami Vivekananda and dancing.

To commemorate the Silver Jubilee celebration of VSC, a souvenir “Vivek Jyoti” was released by Rev. Swami Suviranandaji Maharaj, Assistant Secretary, Belur Math.

In the evening, he along with Swami Ishatmanandaji maharaj gave religious discourses to the devotees and admirers of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The three days programme ended with a classical rendering by Rasika Ekbote and her disciples.



Story of 85- year ‘school boy’ thrills Lohit viewers

Tezu to have a film society soon

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: For years to come, it would be an unforgettable experience for all those library enthusiasts of Tezu who had gathered at the CALSOM hall yesterday afternoon.

For it brought into their lives –both young and old - the deeply touching and almost unbelievable story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old Kenyan man, who boldly walked up to a primary school to claim his right to education, and succeeds, in spite of seemingly impossible obstacles. For, he was determined to learn to Read. Today, Maruge holds the Guinness world record for being the oldest person to begin primary school education and to address world leaders in the United Nations.

This unique event - the screening of ‘The First  Grader’ – A National Geographic Entertainment and BBC Film, for the first time in Arunachal, was organized by CALSOM jointly with the Bamboosa Library Tezu, marking yet another innovative intervention by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, to promote and strengthen the joy of learning among the youth of Lohit. It was possible, thanks to an enthusiastic patron of the Lohit youth Libraries, O. S Chandran, a retired Central Govt. officer from Chennai, who obtained the film from USA, and is now on a visit to Lohit, to hold a series of workshops in “Electronics as a hobby” for senior students.  

Addressing the gathering of teachers, library enthusiasts and young reader-activists before the film-show, Chandran fondly recalled the years he had spent in Lohit. It was his close association with the young reader-activists that motivated him to share inspiring inputs like these films and hobbies like electronics. He also gave a brief summary of the film, which beautifully brings out the vital need of committed teachers in building a progressive nation. “Teacher Jane will always be an inspiring model for us”, he said.

Speaking at the end of the screening, T. Gamlin, Suptd, Tax & Excise, Lohit, expressed his happiness in being privileged to watch this premier show. “I am greatly benefited” he said. “It provides us plenty of opportunity for introspection.”

 “All teachers must watch this film”, said Sailu Bellai, Principal, VKV Tezu, who plans to hold a special screening of the First Grader for her teachers. Palushi Pul, teacher I/c, CALSOM School, wholly supports this view. Sri Bajai Pul, President, CALSOM declared that he proposes to hold screenings of the film across Anjaw.

 “It was thrilling”, chorused students Nitusi, Rubila, Shapilu and Purabi reader-activists, as Deep and Dilip nodded whole-heartedly.

A deeply moved Dr. K. Rajendra Babu, Assist. Prof, IG College, Tezu, said that the screening could mark the beginning of a film society in Tezu, to share selected classic films that can stimulate thinking and emotional skills in the youth.  

Welcoming Chandran and guests, the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries, pointed out that the libraries are pioneering yet another innovation, viz. regular screenings of select and unusual films that promote learning environment in the region. “The next film will be “A Small Act”, another inspiring real-life story, again from Kenya.  This too is a must-watch for Arunachali teachers and elite”, he said.

Set in a mountain village in Kenya, “The First Grader” (2010) tells the remarkable story of a proud old freedom fighter, who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write, joining a class alongside six year-olds. Together he and his young teacher Jane face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through - and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past. The film is directed by Justin Chadwick, starring Oliver Litondo as Maruge and Naomie Harris as teacher Jane.



APCSOA pleads for adequate infrastructure in all admin. HQs

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) commended the District Administration headed by Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk and Police for nabbing two of the culprits in CO Koloriang assault case.

The APCSOA also expressed gratitude to the State Govt., various Associations, Unions and members of Civil Society for extending their solidarity with the victim in particular and APCS fraternity in general in this hours of need.

“This will really boost the morale of the serving APCS officers in the remote and outreached corner of the State and create a sense of safety and security as well as feeling of oneness among them.”

Meanwhile, APCSOA urged the State Govt. to provide adequate infrastructure in all the administrative headquarters for better administration as well as implementing development schemes smoothly and timely. It rued that most of the Administrative Hqs. are lacking adequate infrastructures due to which the Govt. officers are facing great difficulties in implementing and disposing govt. programmes in scheduled time.

 “The safety and security of serving officers/officials must be taken care of on priority”.

The APCSOA also stressed upon more and active participation of APCS officers for a good and people friendly administration at their level.



WKIPS gives authority 2 days to arrest assaulters

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: West Kameng Indigenous People’s  Society (WKIPS), in a meeting today vehemently condemned the assault on ASI S Thinley and SI A Tayeng by some miscreants on November 17 and gave the district authority 2 days to arrest the culprits involved in the incident, according to a WKIPS release.

Alleging involvement of some members of a certain organization in the incident, WKIPS demanded the authority to ban the organization and bring the members involved in the incident to book.

The society also demanded the authority for deployment of additional CRPF personnel in the district headquarters and round-the-clock police patrolling with adequate personnel.

It threatened to launch democratic movement, including bandh, dharna etc on November 28 in case the authority fails to fulfill its demands.

The meeting was  attended  by B. Dihingia, West Kameng DC in-charge , Hage Deilyang, West Kameng SP in-charge Aju  Khunjuju,  president,  Sajalong  Elite Society,  Dibru Dususow General  Secretary,  All  Hrusso Socio Cultural Society, members of Bomdila Town Committee and community based student  organizations. More than 150 members of Women Welfare Society also attended the meeting, the release claimed.



NHPC Lower Subansiri Project provides relief to flood victims

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: NHPC Lower Subansiri Project provided flood relief materials to 533 villagers from Ukhamati, Madhmingmang, Gogamukh and Nalbari Gram Panchayat, Block Bordoloni, District Dhemaji at Subansiri Lower Project site today.

It was mesmerizing to see villagers coming to visit Subansiri Lower Project all the way from their villages, namely Bamchenia, No.1 Kadamguri, Naogaon, Majhdeurigaon, Narenpuria Ahom, No.2 Kadamguri, Rupohigarpara, Phupbaligaon, Krishnapur, Kadamtala, No.1 Sonapur, Manikpur and No.2 Narayanpur.

The occasion also provided them an opportunity to see the project as they were taken to the project site to see different components like dam, power house, intakes and diversion tunnels. At the site, NHPC officials explained with the construction process and operation process on project completion.

During the interactive session, R K Chaudhary, Chief Engineer together with other NHPC officials responded to quarries of the people regarding their apprehensions and fears that are floating around. Project documentary film was a great help to make them understand safety and benefits of the project. Villagers were also apprised with the development works being undertaken by the project in and around the project for the benefit of the people.



Death of noted actor mourned

ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Apatani Cultural and Literary Society (ACLS), Ziro has deeply mourned the untimely demise of noted actor, singer and lyricist Leegang Tachang.

Tachang, winner of Rashtriya Rattan and International Gold Star Millennium Awards in the field of Socio-Cultural and Education, passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness.

“He was a man of multi-talented personality and one of the assets of Apatani Community having contributed a lot in the field of arts and culture, socio-cultural and educational activities. He was instrumental in organizing and choreographing the two successful traditional fashion show events “Transetter” at Ziro during the year 1997 and 1999 organized by the Apatani Cultural and Literary Society, Ziro,” the society said.

His premature demise has caused an irreparable loss to the Apatani Community in particular and state of Arunachal Pradesh in general. The vacuum created by his death in the society would be difficult to fill,” ACLS said.

“May almighty god grant eternal rest to his soul, they prayed while observing a minutes’ silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

They also prayed to almighty to bestow enough courage and strength to the bereaved family to withstand the loss.

Mother Society, Ziro and Home Society, Ziro also conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family today.

Debia Teji, Secretary, Himalayan Tribal Welfare Society, Deed, Lower Subansiri Dist. has expressed heartfelt grief and sadness at the sudden demise of Lt Leegang Tachang, Director, Frontier School, Ziro who passed away on 24th Nov’ 2012.at Fortis Hospital, Noida.

 “Tachang was one of the talented personalities in the field of art, music, cinema and socio-cultural activities and friendly natured person. His untimely demise has caused an irreparable loss to Apatani community in particular and State as a whole,” Debia Teji, Secretary, Himalayan Tribal Welfare Society, Deed, Lower Subansiri said in a condolence message. Teli, on behalf of the HTWS prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and also conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

“This is indeed a shattering moment for the people of Ziro in particular and the state as a whole. In Tachang’s death the state has lost a visionary person, who contributed immensely in bringing quality education in the state by encouraging establishment of Private Schools.

While paying sincere tributes to the departed soul of Tachang, the Private School Association Ziro prayed to almighty to rest his soul in peace.

The PSAZ’s Chairman Padi Grayu and its General Secretary, Rubu Tadii, in their condolence messages on behalf of PSAZ prayed almighty God to give enough strength to the bereaved family members to stand over the crisis.

The chairman also today declared that all the private schools in Ziro valley will remain closed tomorrow (Monday) in respect of Lt. Tachang.

Tachang was the man behind establishment of Frontier School Ziro. He was also the founder member of the Private School Association Ziro (PSAZ).

The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) has condoled the death of noted film actor Leegang Tachang.

The executive body members of APLS, in a condolence meeting observed one minute’s silence as a mark of respect to late Tachang, who breathed his last in New Delhi yesterday.

He was “most forward looking and creative personality, Y D Thongchi, president of APLS said.

Dr. Tage Tada, Gyati Rana and Batem Pertin also recalled his contributions.

Tokong Pertin, R.N. Koley, Dr. Pekba Ringu, Roman Bora, Inumoni Das Bora were also present.

Former MLA Nani Ribia expressed shock over untimely demise of Tachang.

“In his death we have lost a multi-faceted personality, who contributed a lot in the fields of education, film and music. His death has caused an irreparable loss not only to the Apatani community but entire state,” Ribia said in a condolence message and prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace. He also conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family to bear the loss.

Apatani Career Guidance Forum, Itanagar deeply mourned the untimely demise of Leegang Tachang.

Late Leegang was a popular actor, singer, lyricist, his contributions in the field of music, art, cinema and socio cultural activities will remain as great treasure for the people of the state.

Apart from these, he was a great educationist too and was associated with educational development in Ziro valley.

His demised is not only loss to the family but to the state as a whole. The gap created by his demise is very difficult to be filled in the days to come.

The members of the Forum prayed almighty god to give enough courage and strength to the bereaved family to overcome the situation.



My sojourn with Leegang Tachang in the Film world

Taro Chatung

It was 1974 when I happened to meet a smart small boy in Don Bosco School, Tezpur, who was three years younger than me. That talented boy was non other than late Leegang Tachang who died yesterday morning i.e 24th November 2012 in New Delhi. We were together at primary level in Don Bosco School. It was our first meeting and my last meeting was in December 2011 at his office chamber of Frontier School, Ziro, who was the director of that school. As soon as I received the news of his demise which made my nerves motionless for a while, it shook me bitterly. However, I regain my cool within no time.

Our first meeting was in the year 1974 and last meeting was 2011 -- exactly 37 years long practical friendship has winded up yesterday. However, sweet memories of our first meeting and long time friendship will never be winded up like that of mortal life which is too short. Today, practically my nerves are being touched with his dedication and talent shown during my first film pre-production ‘Donyi’ in Hindi language. The pre-production began in 1985 when I, late Leegang Tachang and M B Sonar came together and started writing story, scripts, lyrics and selection of artists. Major job was the management part that we three persons began with a Rajdoot motorcycle. In later stage, many persons joined us. It is not possible to mention their names in limited space. However, I will acknowledge them in appropriate medium in near future.

Management could come up in time due to hard work and dedication of Tachang, Sonar and me. It helped me to start stage production i.e shooting job which began in time and also completed in the given time. Late Tachang was working with me as an actor, script writer, lyricist, music arranger and also sharing responsibility in management which immensely helped me to complete my first assignment (Donyi) in 1986 whose premier show was organized in December 1986 at the official residence of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang. The film was circulated all over the state and public response was awesome. Thereafter we did never look back. Immediately in 1988, I started producing my next film ‘Meri Zindegi’ wherein Tachang again took lead role, also wrote songs and composed music.

He continuously shared responsibility in management. In fact, there was a good team consisting of Tachang, Er Himar Ete, who is now working as an officer at Urban Development department, D K Thungon, who was with me as assistant director, (presently he is a renowned film maker of the state), R D Thungon, presently joint director RCS and late Sanju Deori who was the director of photography of the film who in later stage shouldered responsibility to complete the film Meri Zindegi which was produced and directed by me. Meri Zindegi was also very popular in the state. Thereafter late Tachang joined Frontier School Ziro where he dedicated his services which helped growth of the school and with his sheer deed of hard work and management that brought the school up to a remarkable level in academic activities.

It is understood only his true spirit of friendship and helping each other memories only lives for ever in my mind else his physical life has passed away yesterday which was too short. Surely, his sacrifice and dedication he had done in the growth of film and audio in the state will be remembered for all times to come by the upcoming generations. I pray almighty god to bless his soul to rest in peace and have strength enough of his bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.