November 12

Todo Utd thrash Tagung Neri 5-1

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Todo United FC thrashed Tagung Neri SC 5-1 in their second match to earn full 3 points on the third day of the second Arunachal Football League being held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

TUFC took early lead in the 4th minute with goal from Taying Nega. However, Vijay Kino equalized in 21st minute through a beautifully taken free kick. Nyammar Loyi and Taba Taram scored a goal each in 23rd and 35th minute to give TUFC 3-1 half time lead over TNSC.

General Modi and Taying Nega scored in 54th and 89th minutes respectively to complete the drubbing of the team.

Bamang Taji FC, which beat Todo United in the opening match are at top of the table with three points from one match while Todo United are at second position with equal points (3 pts) from two matches (1 win, 1 loss). Capital Complex SC are at third position with a point earned from a drawn match against TNSC yesterday. TNSC are at bottom of the table with one point from two matches (1 draw, 1 loss).

Defending champion Bamang Taji FC will be up against Capital Complex SC tomorrow at 2 pm.


APEDA to participate in IITF

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: A three-member APEDA (Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency) team led by its Information & Publicity Officer, T Muri has left for New Delhi on Sunday to take part in the fortnight-long India International Trade Fair (IITF) there, beginning November 14 next.

Under the pavilion of Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, APEDA will put up its Exhibition Stall in the IITF scheduled to be held at Prgati Maidan, New Delhi from November 14 to 27 with the APEDA exhibition set to be housed in Hall No 20.

The APEDA exhibition will focus on physical and status report of PM's Package which will be displayed in form of chart, said the IPO adding that important movement of Dr Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New & Renewable Energy, Govt.of India and the photographs during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh will be the highlight of the Stall in the two-week Trade Fair.


Assistive devices distributed to CWSN

ITANAGAR, Nov 11:  Arunachal Disabled Rights Group distributed assistive devices to children with special needs (CWSN) at new DDSE office Seppa on November 8 sponsored by SSA District Mission, East Kameng for the session 2013-14.

Crutches, walking sticks, blind sticks, eye glasses etc were provided to 139 CWSN. A health check up camp was also organized for the CWSN in collaboration with RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar.

Over 800 students have benefited from the health camp.

A similar programme was also organized at Government Secondary School, Bana on the same day which was inaugurated by East Kameng DDSE Kata Rangmo.

The camp was also attended by more than 300 CWSN and assistive devices, such hearing aids, crutches, walking sticks, eye glasses etc have been provided to 95 CWSNs.

The medical team was led by Dr Hano Romesh, ENT Surgeon, Dr Hage Nyube, medical officer (Eye).


Bharat Scouts and Guides celebrates foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Flag Day was observed to mark the foundation day of Bharat Scouts and Guides at State headquarters, Polo colony, Naharlagun on November 7.

A 15-member team of Scouts, Guides, Rovers and Rangers led by Dr. CB P Singh, DTO (S), Papum Pare called on T. Taloh, Director of School Education, K. Erang, DEE, Joram Begi, Director of Higher and Technical Education, GoAP and other officers and staff of the Directorate and presented Flag Day stickers.

The dignitaries contributed to the Flag Day Fund of Bharat Scouts and Guides in appreciation of the activities of the Organisation in National Building activities through the Youth.

Forty Scouts, Guides, Rovers and Rangers from various schools and colleges of Papu Pare district participated in the programme.


CALSOM conducts crafts competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: With an objective to encourage the local craftsmen and younger generation to preserve and enhance their skill in the field of local handicrafts, Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) conducted a craft competition at multi-purpose hall, Hayuliang on November 9 and 10.

The participants from 6 CALSOM blocks attended the 2 days event.

The competition also served as a platform to identify the people adept in local crafts among the Mishmi Community.

Attending the programme, Hayuliang ADC RK Borthakur lauded CALSOM and exhorted the organisers to conduct such competition on larger scale.

“These craft items have immense potential to attract customers, if sold in the market. Hence, CALSOM needs to take appropriate step in this direction,” the ADC opined.

Later, he distributed the prizes to the winners of the competition.

Wakro Block bagged the maximum awards in the inter-block level craft competition.

The event was also attended by CALSOM chairman Bajai Pul, secretary Somadang Towsik and other executive members, block committee executive members, Mishmi officers and students.


Consumer awareness camp

DAPORIJO,Nov 07: A one day consumer awareness campaign was organized by the department of legal metrology and consumer affairs at Rijo conference hall recently to make the consumers aware about their rights and duties.

Attending the campaign, local MLA Tapen Siga urged the people to come to the department of legal metrology & consumer affairs and know more about the rights and duties of consumers.

He also appealed to the traders and businessmen in the district to attend such programme as traders should too know the rights of consumers.

ADC, Gyati Teji advised the people to be alert while purchasing any items and check the dates of manufacturing, MRPs, weights etc. If there is any doubt, the matter should immediately be informed to the authority concerned for further verification and necessary legal action, he said.

Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology & Consumers Affairs, Minte Siga highlighted about the Consumers’ Protection Act while Tadu Bayor, legal expert, spoke about the legal aspects of Consumers Act.

Many representatives from various NGOs, including Consumer Association Upper Subansiri and Vigilance All Arunachal Consumer Association attended the meeting.


AAPLU demands regularization of post


PASIGHAT, Nov 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has demanded the state government to regularize the contingency and other lower grade staff serving in various development departments on seniority basis.

The union, with its headquarter at Pasighat, in a recent meeting adopted decision to take up the problems faced by the contingency and ALC staffs. It also appealed to the PCCF to allow union representatives in DPC meeting.


Milch cows distributed

TEZU, Nov 11: The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Lohit, has distributed two milch cows with calves to a beneficiary of Mekailiang village under subsidy scheme of 80:20 share.

MLA Karikho Kri distributed the pair of cows to one Gankhisai Tindya along with feeds, dairy utensils, chaff cutter and medicines etc.

The objective of the scheme is to uplift the economic status of the local people as well as to provide quality milk food to the general public, said Dr. Hano Tama, District Veterinary Officer. DIPRO


School inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 11:  Local MLA cum Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Agricultural Marketing Board Techi Kaso inaugurated the Government Primary School Modi Rijo at Modi Rijo on Saturday.

Organized by Modi Rijo Welfare Society, the inaugural function was also attended by representative from DDSE Papum Pare and Councillor Kabak Takka.

Further, the Society submitted a memorandum to the local MLA demanding approach road from National Highway 52A Lingalaya Ashram via Modi Rijo upto Sanglo Putung.


ASBA mourns death of former player

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: One of the prominent sportsperson of state, Gei Kato, who represented state in zonal level badminton tournament, died of electrocution on 8th of this month at Basar.

While informing this Arunachal State Badminton Association, in a release  said his death has come as big shock for badminton fraternity of state.

“He was a very good and sincere badminton player. He made state proud by representing in zonal level tournaments. We will miss him forever and it is a very sad moment for all of us,” ASBA stated in a condolence message.


News Impact

Murkongselek-Pasighat railway line to be constructed as per new alignment

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Nov 11: In spite of stiff opposition from people of East Siang, the NF Railway authority has finally decided to construct the Murkongselek-Pasighat Broad Gauge (BG) Railway line as per the latest and new alignment.

The construction of the BG line was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. But the project had faced a bureaucratic roadblock following objection from the local people as the proposed extended railway line is likely to affect several acres of crop lands in Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Pasighat circles in East Siang district.

The affected farmers, who have been opposing the recent alignment of the BG railway, urged the railway officials to construct the BG line as per survey conducted in 1968 or 1974.

The NF Railway started survey work of the Murkongselek-Pasighat BG line in September, 2011.

The project engineer of the BG Railway project informed that the revised rate of land value forwarded by the district administration is under consideration.

The district administration had earlier fixed land value for payment of land compensation to the affected families, which was not supported by the affected families. Later, the affected families moved the railway authorities for providing compensation as per rate paid in Assam. They also cautioned the administration that any forceful acquisition of their cropland in the name of BG rail line might invite law and order problem.

The BG railway line will link North-Assam area with Pasighat town, the district headquarter of East Siang of Arunachal, located at a rail route distance of 26.5 km. About 24.5 km of the route falls in Arunachal territory.

The Rangia- Murkongselek BG conversion (with extension up to Pasighat) project was one of the two major rail projects in Northeast announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during 2010.

According to the project engineer, the extended BG line will cross the National Highway-52 at two portions before entering into Arunachal territory. As such, the proposal of two Overbridges has been submitted to the authority for sanction.

The BG line is supposed to be proceeding on to Roing, Parsuramkund, Rupai and other places of Indo-China border.

The Rangiya-Murkongselek NF railway, which came up in 1962, during the Chinese aggression for transportation and mobilisation of security forces in Arunachal Pradesh, has not been spruced up even after more than four decades. Inordinate delay in gauge conversion works of the rail route evoked massive concern from the people of both the neighbouring states. Sources said that NF railway has decided to complete three prestigious railway projects in the Northeast including Harmoti – Naharlagoon – North Lakhimpur – Murkongselek – Pasighat project within the 12th five year plan period.

Sources also said that total projects with a provision of around Rs 48000 crore had been allocated for NE region out of which Rs 16,000 crore had already been spent.




LBC to inspect Arunachal-Assam boundary

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The Supreme Court-appointed Local Boundary Commission (LBC) headed by retired Justice Tarun Chatterjee and members SP Goel and Kamal Naidu arrived here today to inspect the disputed boundary areas between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

The Commission, who is on a five-day visit, convened a meeting here today with representatives from both the states, official sources said.

During the meeting, Arunachal Pradesh was represented by senior officials led by Chief Secretary H K Paliwal while the Assam team was headed by Home Secretary, sources said.

The Commission was apprised of the position of the Arunachal Pradesh government regarding its stand on the state boundary, they said.

The Commission would visit Tarasso, Gumto and Kimin under the jurisdiction of Papumpare district; Likabali under West Siang, Gerukamukh and Dollungmukh under Lower Subansiri to take stock of the ground realities and would interact with the people, sources added.

Meanwhile, Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has urged the state government to take up the matter of boundary dispute at Likabali with the visiting Boundary Commission properly. The Union also appealed to the local MLA to pay proper attention to the boundary issue and pursue the matter with the state government.

A team of GSU, led by its general secretary, visited the Arunachal-Assam boundary at Likabali ahead of the LBC’s visit to identify the disputed areas. The team also met the affected people and the local administration as well.



Christianity can go hand in hand with indigenous culture’

Raju Mimi

ROING, Nov 11: Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi said that Christian community in Arunachal has always been a victim of mistrust. He said this while speaking as chief guest during golden jubilee celebration of Dibang Lohit Baptist Churches Association (DLBCA) held at its mission headquarter in Midland yesterday.

“At the beginning people had misgivings that by getting converted to Christianity they will lose their indigenous culture and that Christians were influenced by anti-national elements,” said Mithi.

“But today Christian community in Arunachal has come a long way exemplifying that the religion can go hand in hand with indigenous culture. Moreover, they are also ahead in preserving local dialects and indigenous traditions.” He made this observation as he appreciated the traditional folk songs and dances presented by different tribal Baptist groups during the celebration.

Calling for proactive role of Churches in peaceful co-existence of different communities, Laeta Umbrey, MLA, Roing said that responsibilities of Churches have become more relevant today as it is one of the most influential institutions in the state.  Newly elected Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng congratulated the community people for celebrating the golden jubilee celebration in a befitting manner and assured her support in such endeavor.

While observing that Arunachal is ripped with assertion of tribal power by different communities and the region being prone to natural disaster, Reverend Dr AK Lama, General Secretary, Council of Baptist Church in North East India (CBC-NE) expressed optimism that Churches can play a unifying role as well assist in humanitarian works.

Exploring on scope for such roles, he said the Christian community has no dearth of volunteers willing to work for such cause and the need was to focus on capacity building.

DLBCA initially started as Adi Kristian Giidum Kebang (AKGK), which was formed by the people from Gousala, Rayang, Dambuk, Sunpura, Jia, Kangkong, Parbuk and Bolung on November 11, 1963. The first person to head the association was Late Lilo Lego and Late Babu Darin as the founder president and founder general secretary.

In 1975, AKGK was renamed as Lohit Christian Association. With bifurcation of Lohit district as Dibang Valley and Lohit in 1980, the organization was renamed Dibang Lohit Baptist Christian Association three years later. Finally in 1992 the association got its present day nomenclature with mission headquarter established at Midland.  The DLBCA presently boasts of having 32 churches and 5 fellowships with 4000 Baptist followers with total population of 6750.

Besides hosts of dignitaries and thousands of participants, the celebration was also attended by Karikho Kri, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE & WS) as guest of honour.



Governor urges sportspersons to focus on mental toughness

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today urged the state's sportspersons to focus on excellence in their respective sporting disciplines and advised them to concentrate on mental toughness in honing their skill.

Felicitating a few talented sportspersons of the state, including archers Maselo Mihu and Sorang Yumi and karateka P Nobin Jomoh at the Raj Bhawan here, the Governor lauded them for bringing laurels to the state.

Sharma suggested them to practice yoga which would help to prepare themselves for competitive contests and emphasised on promotion of boxing, body building and other games and sports events where the youth have potential.

Earlier Sports and Youth Affairs director D K Dinglow apprised the Governor on the initiatives in promotion of sports activities in the state. PRO to Raj Bhawan



Mossang attends NE food ministers meet

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The meeting of food ministers and secretaries of North Eastern States, including Sikkim on implementation of NFSA 2013 and augmentation of storage capacity was held at Guwahati today.  It was chaired by Prof. KV Thomas union minister of state for consumers’ affair, food & public distribution. Officials and ministers of all NE states participated in the meeting.

Kamlung Mosang, Minister Food & Civil Supplies after participating in the discussion submitted memorandum highlighting challenges confronting the state in implementation of NFSA on behalf of state Government to Union Minister and his team of officers.  He appealed for central fund for expenditure on state food commission and their staff.

Unlike other States, Arunachal Pradesh cannot arrange resources for pay and allowances of the State Food Commission and District Grievance Redressal Officers and their staff due to resource constraints, the minister informed. The memorandum also sought special additional allocation of SK for heating purpose in some districts. Due to the blanket ban on felling of trees by the Environment & Forest Ministry the common people living in the high altitude districts are forced to rely on kerosine for heating purpose.  Therefore, these districts require special allocation of SKO for heating purpose as the present SKO allocation is meant for illumination and cooking purpose only.

Other demands included setting up of sugar stock list at regional level, review of HTS scheme and placing of HTS to the state exchequer without routing it through FCI, allow the state government to decide HTS rates and central funding for complete computerization of Arun-ePDS State Project. In spite of not taking single help from Government of India, the state Govt is going ahead with computerization process in terms of directives of Supreme Court, Mosang informed. He added that for complete computerization, the state govt need central assistance.

The F&CS Minister Mosang was accompanied by the Director (F&CS) C.N Longphai, Dy. Director Movement S. Nath and OSD-cum- DFCSO ICC Amit Bengia.



Women protesters take to streetdemanding arrest of rape accused


TEZU, Nov 11: Hundreds of women protesters took to the streets of Tezu on Friday to demand justice for a minor girl, who was allegedly raped by her uncle.

Waving signs and placards, the protest led by Aman Tayang, a local women activist, assembled outside Tezu police station demanding immediate arrest of the accused, who is still evading arrest.

A 10-year-old girl of Mepo basti, 32 mile of Tezu was allegedly sexually assaulted by her uncle recently. The incident came to light when an FIR was lodged at Tezu police station by the victim’s mother.

A case has been registered under section 376 (2) (i) (N)/509 read with section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012 against the accused.

The rapist is reported to be still roaming freely.

“We want immediate arrest of the culprit, who is roaming freely even after filing of FIR for more than 10 days,” said Tayang..



Bulky syllabus creates panic among college students

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The newly designed syllabus of English compulsory by Rajiv Gandhi University meant for BSc and BCom first year students has reportedly created panic among the college students ahead of its semester examination in December. The students of Dera Natung College (DNGC) Itanagar, Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat and Indira Gandhi Government College Tezu were the worst sufferer. The current syllabus was redesigned and restructured by Board of Under Graduate Studies (Bugs) which comprised of teachers from various colleges and chaired by head of department in RGU replacing annual mode syllabus after the introduction of semester system for B.Sc and B.Com streams.

Ironically, the syllabus which supposed to be shorter in semester system examination considering the students’ career is lengthier than previous one by introducing Shakespeare’s drama ‘As You Like It’ which is not at all relevant for compulsory paper according to few college teachers.  It blew hammer on the students of B.Sc and B.Com as their own syllabus is voluminous too and they have to deal with chemical reactions and equations. The students are anxious at syllabus saying that the way it designed appeared more like Elective English or Honours Paper than compulsory paper.

“Shakespeare’s drama As You Like It is in BA English honours syllabus, but now it’s in our syllabus. I don’t understand what Bugs is trying to do,” said a B.Sc student angrily, who do not want to be named.

The current syllabus not only drew flak from students but from teaching community too, as a group of English department teachers from Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar vociferously opposed the syllabus and demanded for restructuring. The Arunachal Times has accessed a representation copy which was submitted by them to the Vice Chancellor RGU on 20th August 2013 forwarded by DNGC Principal.  

In its representation, the teachers pointed out that Units ‘A’ and ‘D’ of syllabus do not contain relevant contents as they have Prose pieces and Drama which are not appropriate for students of Compulsory students.  It suggested that unit ‘A’ may be replaced with Essay Writing and Letter writing which will be more fruitful for students’ career in competitive level aspect.  Further it suggested that syllabus must carter to the requirement of general English paper in order to make relevant to career of students. Objecting Unit ‘D’ of syllabus teaching community also of opined that it can be bifurcated by specifying each topic. Meanwhile HoD incharge of English Department in RGU could not be contacted for his comment on the issue.  

It is apparent that restructuring of syllabus is not at all possible atleast for this current academic session, thus it will build uphill task for students in coming semester examination.



DC visits Talley Valley to explore scopes of eco tourism

ZIRO, Nov 11:  Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete accompanied by hosts of officers and tourism stakeholders visited Talley Valley Wild Life Sanctuary (TVWLS) recently to get first hand information about the heritage site as well as to explore the scope of eco tourism.

TVWLS is about 30 km from Ziro, the district quarters of Lower Subansiri, and can be reached after an arduous journey of 15 km on foot.

While visiting the sanctuary, the Deputy Commissioner identified some suitable places for development of infrastructure with locally available materials to accommodate visiting tourists as well as forest officials. He advocated for developing an alternative trekking route within the sanctuary for the wildlife enthusiasts, researchers and photographers and an all weather road up to Pange.

Later, interacting with the forest officers and officials, he claimed that the sanctuary with rolling mountains covered by dense forest, abundant and rare varieties of flora and fauna will definitely attract tourists.

The Deputy Commissioner appealed for protection and preservation of all kinds of wild life, especially endangered and rare species for which the District Administration will extend every possible help.

Range Forest Officer Reddy Bei and his field staff at Pange, who are manning the whole Sanctuary covering an area of 337 sqkm, highlighted some difficulties they face in maintaining the sanctuary. The RFO informed about the varieties of animals that are found in the sanctuary, including Talley Vipers, which is found only in this sanctuary. Some frog species and bamboos are yet to be named, he said, adding that Tragopan Birds, clouded leopards and orchids are the special attractions of this area. According to him, May is the best month to visit the sanctuary.

The heads of offices, who visited the valley also promised to extend their full cooperation.

This tour was organized by District Tourism Officer Tater Mize.



Love for music bonding factor of NE people’

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: “The bonding factor of more than 100 tribes living in close proximity of harmony in North East India despite having diversified faith, practices and different culture and tradition is their Love for Music,” asserted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to a loud round of applause from a massive gathering at Thyagaraj Stadium on Sunday evening.

He was speaking in the 2nd edition of Annual North East India Coral Singing Competition organized by the Tangkhul Christian Charitable Trust of Delhi.

While lauding the trust for studying the nerve and instituting the mega event to strengthen the social fabric and furthering the national integration, Tuki said, “the programme intends and strives to explore the hidden talent of the young artists from various communities of North East by providing a platform to display their talents in the National arena and thereby building a stronger relationship among various communities through songs & Music”.

“We are inborn artists because these cultures of ours are deep rooted to our society which we inherited from our great ancestors” the CM emphatically said.

While throwing light on the luminaries who brought the North East India into the global radar like Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika known for his crisp baritone voice and flawless diction, a noted music director, playwright, actor, journalist, author, lyricist, politician and film-maker of the highest repute from Assam, the CM paid his rich tribute to the legendary artist. He also mentioned about the Shillong Chamber Choir, Sourabhee Debbarma,

Debojit Saha, Angarag Mahanta popularly known as Papon, Zubeen Garg and Geshe Ngawang Tashi, popularly known as Lama Tashi for their contributions in the field of music thereby making the north east India proud.

“It indicates that if given the opportunity, we have the ability to prove the world of our enormous talents” he confidently said.

Tuki appreciated the Tangkhul Christian Charitable Trust for their efforts towards under privilege people of India in general & North East people in particular in an around NCTD.

It may be mentioned that the 2nd edition of Annual North East India Coral Singing Competition saw participation of 13 Choir groups from different communities of the North Eastern people residing in an around NCT apart from individual singing competition.

"Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is one of the leading advocates of Grassroots Democracy in India. His politics is underlined with a sense of connectedness only a few leaders in India possess. The North Eastern Region and the country is proud of him" said Rev Dr. Mathanmi Zimik while welcoming Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.



RGU students conduct awareness camp on biodiversity at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The final year Post Graduate students of Department of Botany, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) led by Dr. Hui Tag, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, visited Tawang and West Kameng districts from November 5 to 10 and conducted awareness programmes on the importance of conservation of biodiversity.

At Tawang, the team along with Divisional Forest Officer of Tawang Pradeep Wagule conducted awareness programme on the key theme at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Tawang. Around 120 students actively participated in the interactive session.

The question-answer session evoked positive response from the students. Both Dr. Tag and Wagule explained in details how to conserve biodiversity and forest, mitigate global warming through aforestation at local level and also about the biodiversity conservation action plan in Arunachal Himalayan Region of India.

Wagule urged the young students to keep the picturesque Tawang town free from plastic and pollution, conserve forest and biodiversity wealth for sustainable human and environmental development in Tawang in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general.

Kago Tabiyo and Maryom Dai, both PG students of Botany Department and students coordinators of the outreach programme narrated their childhood experiences on biodiversity conservation at village level and urged the young students to go for tree plantation near school, temple and monastery premises every year.

Maryom dwelt on role of girl child/ student in conservation and management of agricultural and horticultural biodiversity, management of family nutrition through preservation of valuable wild and cultivated crop gene pool at home garden and agricultural field. She urged the students, especially girl students to take proactive role in spreading the message for conservation and management of cultivated and wild edible fruits and vegetables for healthy and balance nutrition at home and community level.

The thought provoking lectures by Dr. Tag and Wagule on components of biodiversity and environment, need for forest conservation and water resource management has enthused the young students.

The team also visited some important botanical spots, including botanical garden of Tawang that is harbouring all high altitude tree species of Tawang, significant high altitude wetland and Rhododendron patches of Tawang including PTSO and Sanguster Lake, subtropical and temperate forest of Jang, Sela and Nuranang region.

The team also visited Dirang, Rupa, and Morshing villages of West Kameng. The team conducted survey of medicinal plants around the forest of Morshing and Shergao forest ranges, and also conducted interactive session with important medicinal plants experts and local leaders of the Morshing village.

While concluding the tour, the team was of the opinion that Arunachal Pradesh, especially West Kameng and Tawang District is a paradise for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. They further opined that conservation of forest is crucial to maintain biodiversity richness and water recycle, harmonious functioning of the Eastern Himalayan ecosystem, and for the sustainable co-existence of man and nature.



State level workshop on PMEGP held

ITANAGAR, Nov 11: A state level workshop on Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) was held at Ziro on October 9 organized by Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Itanagar in collaboration with Arunachal Brand Society.

Attending the workshop, Parliamentary Secretary (UD&LM) Padi Richo suggested the beneficiaries to work hard to become a successful entrepreneur. He advised the bankers to release the loan amount to the beneficiaries as early as possible for successful implementation of their projects.

Lower Subansiri Zilla Chairperson Hage Kobing advised the beneficiaries to work hard and utilize the loan amount properly.

While briefing the objective of the workshop, A P Chobin, Director I/C, State Office, KVIC, Itanagar also highlighted about the status of PMEGP performance in the state during 2012 to 2014.

Jt. Director, DIC, Ziro, Gyati Mali informed about the performance of PMEGP in Lower Subansiri.

LDM, SBI, Ziro, SB Chanda spoke about the role of bankers and assured all possible help to the neficiaries in bank related issues.

‘Successful’ entrepreneur Mihin Doliang shared his experiences in the workshop. Hage Tado, Jt. Director, Handicraft & Handloom Textile was the resource person.

About 200 participants attended the workshop.

Group discussion and interactions were also held between the participants and the resource persons.


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Ensure equal distribution of power

The picturesque Tawang town yesterday erupted in anger over acute power shortage prevailing in the district headquarter. To express displeasure, a massive public rally was held which was organized by monks of Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) popularly known as SMRF. With the onset of winter, residents across the state are battling for survival due to erratic power supply. Reports of power breakdown are pouring in from various parts of state. In the month of August this year denizens of Seppa town annoyed with erratic power supply, gheroed power Minister Tanga Byaling  showing their irritation against power deparment.    

It is witnessed that every year during winter and monsoon season, state witnesses power crisis. Adding salt to the injury of poor citizen, the VIPs are given uninterrupted power supply.  In many district headquarters, VIPs have been provided diesel generator as back up. Why such kind of discrimination? Government is for needy and poor people, why should they concentrate only on welfare of VIPs?  The power department should ensure equal distribution of electricity to every citizen.

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Politicians and diapers should be changed regularly

Dear Editor,

There is only one thing of which I’m annoyed but happily. It’s the punctuality of my Newspaper wala. It’s natural for one to be irritated; especially when someone puts an end to the rhythm of your deadly sleep; that too in a horrifyingly chilly wintery morning like the one in Nagpur. But deep within; in a corner of my heart I really appreciate him for the commitment and sincerity towards his work. People of his genre are a rarity these days.

After my heart overcame the stiff resistance offered by my mind, I separated myself from the clutches and warmthness of my pillows and blanket and reached for the TOI. Through the thin membranes of dirt that had accumulated over night; my eyes landed upon picture of a lady- white skinned, long face with a dimple on her right cheek, few strands of grey hair neatly radiating backwards from her forehead and temples. The geography of her face was suggestive that she was a foreigner in origin but was dignifiedly dressed in sari. She was conspicuous with her right hand abducted above head and displayed her empty palm as though the Goddess of wealth – Lakhsmi was showering yellow coins to the ever down- trodden populace of India. With great difficulty my sixth sense helped me to figure out that this was the signature posture of the Nehru- Gandhi super bahu none other than Sonia Gandhi, who seemed perhaps to be suffering from chronic Adduction disorder.

Aha! So that’s it, the wave of election fever has engulfed the entire nation, especially the states of Chhattisgarh, MP, Delhi, Rajasthan and the Kuwait of Northeast- Mizoram, which are for polls. Alas! The season has arrived, the season of high profile beggars.

I’m told that she has been running a high profile begging racket under the umbrella of an organization called the United Progressive Alliance {UPA}, which has got the dubious distinction of making its ministers, MPs, MLAs, and other sidekicks really progressive by effective begging in elections and left the rest of India in darkness.

My mind was waging a war against many thoughts, was she waving a final farewell Tata- Bye to the ever confused Janta of India? As she must have been apprehensive of the opinion polls which observes the likelihood of the Lotus blooming again; as they say is because of someone called NaMo. Or was she up for another five years term as her five fingers were symbolically asserting the five greatest architectural marvels the UPA has ever built- The Coal gate, Rail gate, spectrum gate, CWG gate and the Bofors gate. People say that these invisible gates are more massive, awe striking, horrifyingly splendid than even the India gate, because of the money involved in it at the tunes of thousands and lakhs of crores. No other firms could have done it other than UPA which is a conglomerate of many architects specialized in designing these types of gates and headed by a leader who is one among Gandhiji`s monkeys but with a different philosophy – Bura dekho, Bura suno, par Kuch mat bolo ( our Prime minister).

Adjacent to her was the picture of this man with his hair, moustache and beard as white as foam, who dubiously camouflages sometimes to be the youth icon Swami Vivekananda, Lord Krishna of BJP, and the re- incarnation of the integrity man Sardar Valabhbhai Patel. His name itself has become a code word difficult to decipher- NaMo. Yes Narendra Modi.

In this dance of democracy he too stood in a mudra position, showing his two fingers, the middle and the index in a –V, which terribly appeared more prominent and bigger than his head and as if warning – Don’t dare look at me or I poke your eyes. So was he up to for it, to poke the eyes of every Indians and make this great nation a country of blind, where a one eyed man like him could be the king as the old saying goes? They say his brains has been corroded by RSS and his one eye blinded by Hindutva. Or was he throwing a challenge, if given the chance, BJP and its NDA could surpass the UPA perhaps in designing other gates. The NDA firm is not behind as they have registered their master pieces like the- Jain hawala gate, Godhra gate, and Bellary mines gate.

Whether it is Congress, BJP, or any other party, they have failed us. All the politicians are made of the same stuff; they belong to the same breed with mouth and teeth to feed but no hands to give. How rightly Leo-Tolstoy has observed – “Government is an organization of men who do violence to the rest of us.

Arunachal beware! The hiccups have been perceived for 2014 elections. Beware of high profile beggars, who beg with their tearful eyes during the elections and slap the aspirations of the common man with the same begging hand ones elected.

Ours is a failed state with unaddressed corruptions and scams like PDS, Nampuk-Namchik Coal mines scam. This is a state where a minister can offer a Govt job as birthday gifts to their unqualified children, height of Nepotism isn`t it? Ours is a state where petty thieves are punished but greater ones assigned the Govt offices. Alas! Coming of age I have learned to hate politicians.

As someone has rightly said – politicians and diapers should be changed regularly for the same reason you know why. Don`t know about the nation but our home seriously needs a clean drive social service. We need to change our attitude. Let’s not vote for but vote against. Vote against what? Yes against corruption, nepotism, unaccountability, and above all to vote against Politicians. The time is ripe to say no to politicians and to reaffirm that we want not politicians but Statesman. A politician first thinks of himself but a Statesman sees the vision of the common man through his eyes. Don`t know about you, but me, yea, I`m not gonna vote for but vote agains.


Dr Khioram Bagang




Reconstitute the committee

Dear Editor,

The members of 12th Pakke- Kessang Land Affected Peoples' Forum called on deputy commissioner cum Chairman East Kameng District level land acquisition Committee and submitted a memorandum. Responding to our memorandum, the Deputy Commissioner assured to set up a committee for the spot verification to take reassessment of left out land and properties during the time of assessment. And the same was constituted and were sent for spot verification and they found or came to know the fact that many villagers, the actual affected owners came to protest for not taking proper assessment of their land and properties. So, in order to bring a concrete solution on the issue a mass meeting was conducted at various villages of its own jurisdiction i.e. within 12th Pakke-Kessang area. After a threadbare discussion, many resolutions were passed by both public and the committees. And also we served an ultimatum for ten days. The month has passed but the committee constituted never visited the area to work out their assigned task till date.

So, we central Executive Members of 12th Pakke- Kessang Land Affected Peoples' Forum appeal to Chairman District level land acquisition committee to constitute a fresh committee and direct the land department to immediately reassess the left out land and properties along the Row particularly within the jurisdiction of 12th Pakke-Kessang constituency. If the Chairman fails to do so, the forum with the general public is ready to launch a "Highway Rokho Andolan" and will not hesitate to knock the door of the court for the justice.


Thaddeus Techi

General secretary


Nabam Budh Hina





May we rise above impotence

Dear Editor,

Kaling Jerang in his article titled ‘Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it,’ makes a compelling case for self dependency in Arunachal Pradesh. The message is loud and clear: Grovel not to the ‘fiefdom’chiefs in the hour of helplessness, discount not your own potential.

No sooner do ourstate’s funds and wits dry up than we crawl in desperation toNew Delhi, ostensibly seeking ‘suggestions’to solve even the most trivial problems in governance. One can only surmise the pitiable portrait we present to the ‘Delhi sultanate’. If not a ‘matter of hearts’, then it is as shameful a ‘matter of mind’ for every Arunachalee, expatriates not excluded, as when, like a vacuous devotee of anexploitive TV charlatan, we prostrate ourselves for aid and intervention from non-Arunachalees.

Salient points on thegovernance model of Sikkim and Nagaland came to the fore, as also did the looming threat to our indigenous culture that illegal immigrants en route from Assam pose. As a native student, I am bound by a sense of moral obligation to be duly concerned about societal abnormalities that plague the north east, for example, the high incidence of documented crimes against women in Assam, or the crippling economic blockades faced by Sikkim and Manipur (owing to political agitations demanding a separate Gurkhaland in the former instance and power-struggle among ethnic groups in the latter), and I repose faith in the bibliophiles of The Seven Sisters to have evoked in themselves a modicum of enthusiasm for such pressing issues, thusly moving their pens towards light, defying the dark ennui of conventionalism that unfortunately accompanies serious discourse. But as an Arunachalee,my fervour for a self reliant, self dependent Arunachal knows nobounds and deigns no frivolity.

Through the reputed columns of The Arunachal Times, I opine that the time surely has come to “dream of, conceive, plan, build and promote” a self sufficient Arunachal. As Kaling Jerang amply enunciates, we are resourceful state too. May we rise above impotence!


Ozzoh Rijiju,

Khellong Colony,Nafra.






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